Who enjoys holiday shopping at the mall? Not I! when I think of going to the mall in December I think of the crowds, the stress, dragging around my coat and bags and packages, not to mention cranky kids (mine and everyone else’s!). As much as I’d like to though, I can’t avoid it entirely. But there are a few things that make it bearable. Things like finding the perfect gift for everyone on my list, stopping by the Orange Julius kiosk for a half orange half strawberry Julius, or picking the fast line at the toy store.
Or, if you’re an RBC Avion cardholder, by taking a well-earned break at an RBC Avion Holiday Boutique. Cardholders can visit one of these exclusive boutiques at select malls across Canada and receive complimentary services that help make holiday shopping just a little more enjoyable, like a coat and parcel check, VIP lounge and café, concierge services, and gift wrapping. It’s RBC’s way of thanking Avioners for their loyalty throughout the year!
This weekend we had to do some shopping, and we chose to go to Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby to check out the Avion Holiday Boutique while we were there. It’s located on the Upper Level near the Great Court, across from the Apple Store. The beautifully decorated lounge was a badly needed break from the busy crowds just outside the door.
I loved being able to check our coats while we were shopping. We were able to pop back in whenever we liked to drop off our bags and packages and even have them gift wrapped too!
You and I both know dragging the kids through the mall is one the fastest ways to ruin a shopping trip, especially if it’s been a while since lunch. Kids get cranky when they get hungry. Happily, the cafe has complimentary snacks and bevvies to refuel you and the kids. Tee got a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream and a gingerbread cookie. Yum!
While you kick back with a cup of tea and check your email using the complimentary wifi, the kids can get some holiday reading done too.
Get pampered at the Avion Holiday Boutiques at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby and at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto until December 31. Services available include:
- Coat and parcel check
- VIP lounge and café with free wifi
- Concierge services
- Gift wrapping service (also available to the public at Yorkdale Shopping Centre for a nominal fee to be donated to charity)
- Valet parking (only at Yorkdale Shopping Centre)
Services available at the Avion Holiday Experience Carts at the Halifax Shopping Centre in Halifax and at the St. Laurent Centre in Ottawa until December 24:
- Gift wrapping voucher at in-mall gift wrap centre
- Snacks and beverages
- A festive holiday gift
Disclosure: I am part of the RBC® Avion Holiday Boutique Influencer Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.