Spring is Here

As Winter continues to drag on in Toronto we’re desperately looking for the signs that spring is just around the corner. While we are having trouble finding them outside, inside Manulife Centre Spring is in full bloom! Check out some of our favourite products from around the centre that will fill your life with the spirit of the season until the weather catches up with our mindset.

Spring is Sweet

Easter Candy | Bloor Street Market
There’s nothing like the appearance of Cadbury Mini Eggs on grocery store shelves to mark the start of Spring. We love the whole selection of Easter treats on the seasonal shelf in Bloor Street Market, including these neon gummy bunnies. Stock up for your seasonal celebrations or simply grab a treat for yourself to enjoy the colours and flavours of the season.

Spruce up your Space

Umbra Woodrow Spruce Wastepaper Basket | Nirvana Home Collection
With Spring comes Spring Cleaning, so why not make the most of your annual decluttering by treating your space to a beautifully designed wastepaper basket. The Woodrow Spruce wastepaper basket from Umbra is not only a beautiful colour that will compliment almost any decor, but it’s an affordable and practical purchase that will serve you for years to come. Pick one up at Nirvana Home Collection and bring home something that will spark joy every time you dispose of unwanted clutter.

Succulent Fever

Succulents Tea Mug with Stainless Infuser | Indigo Books, Gifts & Toys
We all have it. There’s no denying the appeal of these easy to care for plants. But for those with the brownest of thumbs, it’s better to find other ways to achieve #PlantLady status. That’s why we love this gorgeous tea mug from Indigo. This mug will bring the outside in while we wait for the city’s foliage to return with an added bonus: you can’t kill it.

Step into Spring

Men’s Dilan Slip-on Sneakers in Jeans | Ron White Shoes
It really starts to feel like Spring the you can step out of your heavy winter boots and into your light spring shoes. These casual yet classy slip-ons from Ron White Shoes are the epitome of spring footwear and will carry you through sunny walks in Yorkville to brunch at The One Eighty. Pick up a pair at Ron White Shoes and be sure to take in their newly refreshed space while you’re there!

Spring Hues

 
Vincent Collection Floral Scarf by Anja Gockel | Petra Karthaus
With Winter (mostly) behind us it’s time to add a little colour back into our wardrobes. Petra Karthaus makes it easy with this bright and beautiful floral scarf that would make the perfect addition to your closet. These bright spring hues are sure brighten up any day. If you love this pattern as much as we do, be sure to visit Petra Karthaus on our Main Level as they have the whole collection in store.

Sunlight Savings

 

 

Dior Sunglasses | Toronto Eye Care
While the weather is not fully there yet, we have been blessed with several sunny days throughout March. It’s also officially Spring, so our days are not just sunnier, but they’re longer too. So how better to celebrate these longer days than with a new pair of sunglasses! Good thing Toronto Eye Care’s selection is second to none. This tortoiseshell pair from Dior are truly classic and will never go out of style. Find Toronto Eye Care in their new location on our Main Level next to Bay Bloor Radio.

Decked & Prepped

December is here, which means holiday celebrations galore! But with holiday celebrations comes seemingly endless to-do lists and shopping lists. Luckily, Manulife Centre’s one-stop shops and services have everything you need to get holiday-ready.

 

GIFTS

From fashion and electronics to all of your holiday hosting essentials, we’ve got you covered. Get your shopping done at Manulife Centre this season for an unmatched experience.

 

Gift Wrapping at Manulife Centre 

Give more with your gifts this season by having them wrapped here. Starting December 9th, Manulife Centre will wrap your gifts in support of the Children’s Aid Foundation. For purchases not made a Manulife Centre, we are accepting donations of $5 (small gift), $10 (medium gift), $15 (large gift) or $20 (extra large gift.) Plus, receive complimentary gift wrapping for your Manulife Centre purchases. Find our gift wrapping station on the Concourse Level near Guest Services from December 9th – 24th.

 

ERRANDS

Mail your packages, drop off your dry cleaning and check all of your errands off your list. With many of our services all located in our Concourse Lounge, you can truly get everything done, all in one place.

 

Complimentary Valet Parking

Starting Monday, December 4th we are offering Complimentary Valet Parking in our parking garage! Simply enter our garage via Charles Street and follow signage on P1 to the Valet Services Booth. We will then park your car for you so you can tackle your to-do list without spending valuable time searching for a spot. As always, you can get 2 hours of parking free with a purchase of $25 or more at any of our retailers. Simply validate your parking at Guest Services on the Concourse Level before you go.

 

RELAX

Treat yourself at the salon or the movies, and enjoy a warm holiday atmosphere. With great places to eat and Toronto’s best movie theatre, a visit to Manulife Centre also makes for a relaxing holiday afternoon.

 

Holiday Entertainment

We are excited to welcome back to the Centre the talented a cappella trio from Countermeasure Music. On the following dates the trio will be roving Manulife Centre, singing the classics and spreading cheer!

Saturday, December 16th, 12pm-3pm

Sunday, December 17th, 1pm-4pm

Friday, December 22nd, 5pm-8pm

 

The Steve Koven Duo will also be on site during the holidays, this time in our Concourse Lounge. Catch them on the following dates:

Thursday, December 21st, 12pm to 2pm.  

Friday, December 22nd, 2pm to 5pm

Saturday, December 23rd, 12pm to 2pm

Sunday, December 24th, 12pm to 2pm

 

Happy holidays to all of our guests. We hope to see you at Manulife Centre this season, where you can get Decked & Prepped, all in one place.


…And A Drug Store

Errands? In the winter? Ugh. You’d probably rather just stay cozy and warm under a blanket or curled up by the fire. Fortunately, we make doing what you have to do easy because Manulife Centre is one-stop get’er done. You can buy groceries from Bloor Street Market, drop off your LBD (that’s little black dresses) at Parker’s Cleaners, get Roy to fix your shoes, stock up at the LCBO and Indigo gift cards, and do your drug store run at Pharma Plus next door.

The thing about drug stores is that most people go in knowing exactly what they want. But if you take some time to look around, the product rage is actually pretty amazing. That’s what we did the other day at Pharma Plus. Here’s what caught our eye.

 

#5 KIT Argan Cuticle Oil

Winter’s been doing a number on our cuticles around here. We went looking for relief and came up with Rexall-brand Argan oil. 100% natural and paraben-free. And it absorbs really quickly so no mess. Fingers never felt smoother.

 

#4 Meet Matt(e) Nude

This eye shadow’s palette has nine (nine!) different shades of nude. This means that no matter what your skin tone is, you can find the right match — and go lighter or darker depending on your look.

 

#3 Be.better Oblipicha Hair Mask

This is another Rexall exclusive brand. We were drawn to the name. We’ve since learned “Oblipicha” means sea-buckthorn oil, and that we’ll be buying more Be.better in the future. They do soaps, sun care and a pretty fabulous beeswax.

 

#2 Vasanti Power Oils Lip Gloss

Most lip glosses are sticky. Not this one. Smooth and hydrating — perfect for winter chapped lips. Plus, it has the colour and vibrancy of a lipstick. We like the Deep Brown Berry.

 

#1 Marcelle Sheer Tint Fluid Moisturizer SPF 15

Better than a foundation because ¾ again ¾ winter. And this one banishes dry skin and provides SPF protection. They come in three to five shades you can mix to match your skin tone.

 

 


Hosting Christmas this year?

Good for you. Someone in every family has to step up, and whether it’s your choice or your turn, you’re doing right by the people you love. Doesn’t get more Christmas-y than that.

On the flipside, hosting is stressful. So we put together a 45-minute plan visit to Manulife Centre for the express purpose of receiving stress.

 

Stop #1: Parker’s Cleaners (5 min)

Picking an outfit in advance will make the day-of so much easier, and help you avoid the closet-vomit on your bed. Bring your choice in for a dry clean so it’s perfectly pressed for the occasion. We recommend leaving it in the plastic wrapping until the big day.

 

Stop #2: LCBO (10 min)

Your ideal wine pairing will be less than ideal if the LCBO’s sold out of what you want. Stock up early so you’re good to go with no “uh-oh’s.” And for those guests who prefer shots to chardonnays, you can take the opportunity to refill your liquor cabinet. And don’t leave without a bottle of Bailey’s.

 

Stop #3: Indigo (10 min)

Every family has two people who can’t sit together, whether they’re too immature when they’re in close proximity or they’re just too shmoopy with each other. Table cards are a great way to avoid this. Indigo has a style for every setting. And while you’re there, you can spend a minute or two in the cooking section to get inspired.

 

Stop #4: William Ashley (10 min)

Yes, your food will make the event, but your table will set the tone for the evening. And nobody puts dinner decor together better than Ashley’s. Walk through the showroom for a few ideas, and take a few pictures so you know exactly what you’re doing the morning of. Also, have a look at the centrepieces in the under-$100 section. You may find exactly what you’re missing.

 

Stop #5: The Varsity Theatre (5 min)

Movie passes make the best stocking stuffers. Anyone can use them and everyone has time over the holidays to catch a flick.

 

Stop #6: Guest services (5 min)

Don’t forget that you’ll get two hours of free parking if you spend $25 or more in the Centre in addition to the free holiday valet service. Just bring your parking ticket and your receipts to the guest services desk on the concourse level.

 

You’re best to execute this plan the week of December 12th, partly because it’ll give you time to relax before the event, but mostly because the Steve Koven Duo will be here setting the mood with some holiday jazz.

 

Enjoy the holiday season, and enjoy hosting!


Shopping’s a holiday at Manulife Centre

We work hard every day to create an elegant, relaxed and well-curated experience for our visitors.

In December we take it up a notch.

 

Look for gifts, not spots.

We’re still offering two hours of free parking with a $25 purchase, but from December 8–23, we’re also pleased to offer free valet service.

 

Wrap for a cause.

Our gift-wrapping service is back on the Concourse level across from Guest Services from December 5th to 24th, and this year it’s in support of the Children’s Aid Foundation.

For gifts purchased outside the Centre, we’re accepting $5 donations for small gifts, $10 donations for medium-sized gifts, $15 donations for large gifts and $20 donations for extra large gifts. Wrapping is complimentary for purchases made here.

Gift wrapping is available from Monday to Friday from 10am-8pm, Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday from 12pm-5pm. On Christmas Eve, the wrapping station is open until 4pm.

 

Shop to a soundtrack.

We invited the Steve Koven Duo to set the mood with a mix of soft jazz and seasonal favourites. Look for them on Monday December 12 from 12pm—2pm, Tuesday and Wednesday (December 13 and 14) from 5pm–7pm, Thursday and Friday (December 15 and 16) from 12pm–2pm and Saturday December 17 from 3pm–5pm.

 

Do extra right by the people on your list.

We sent some stylish elves through the Centre to find the perfect gift for anyone. Then we put them all together in a small, portable holiday gift guide you can pick up at directory stands on every floor. You can pick up your copy starting the week of December 5th.

 

And, of course, take it all in.

Bloor Street’s amazing this time of year. There’s our tree, of course, and then there are the gorgeous holiday displays, festive lights, happy faces and holiday spirit from Yonge Street to Avenue Road. Grab a hot drink from Timothy’s or from the Starbucks in Indigo and stroll the strip in style.

Ho ho hope to see you here.