Mommy is relaxing during this holiday season all thanks to RBC Avion Holiday Boutique at Metrotown. I recently got to spend a day in the life of an Avioner, and find out just what it is like to enjoy shopping during the rush of the holiday madness at the mall.
My anxiety levels tend to rise before I even get into the car to head out shopping. I have two children I have to worry about, a preschooler and a 6 week old, and I have to make sure I have everything I need for them with me. Often the kids are fed, dressed, and ready to go out the door, and I’m just lucky if I have a cup of tea in my hand or have even had a small bite of food. By the time I actually arrive to the mall to do any shopping I am already dwindling when it comes to my energy levels. This time round though things were totally different. I arrived knowing that I had a place I could go to get away from it all.
We managed to get a bit of shopping done along the way to the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique, but my kids were already getting restless, and were in need of snacks, and a bottle. So we headed to the boutique very quickly. Once there we were greeted with welcoming smiles, and told to sit down and enjoy. That is exactly what we did!
We were offered a hot cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate right away. My oldest loved getting to sit at the little café bar while her hot chocolate was prepared for her. It was even cooled down, and given extra marshmallows just for her. What goes great with a warm drink? A cookie! We were all offered a cookie or pita chips. This was a pleasant, and very welcomed surprise. I highly recommend the gingerbread cookies.
My husband headed to the coat check so that he would not have to worry about carrying his coat around the mall. This was also a good thing because we had run out of room on our stroller. Once he was done that, we found a spot in the lounge area and got comfy while we enjoyed out hot drinks, and cookies. My daughter even found Christmas books that she could read. This gave us some added, and much needed quiet time. Thank you RBC Avion Holiday Boutique for that! In all the noise of the world around us it is nice to just get away from it all for a bit.
The wonderful relaxing treatment thanks to Avion did not stop there. We were also able to check in our gifts that we had purchased while at the mall, and have them wrapped for us. After checking our gifts in at the gift wrap desk, and selecting what wrapping paper we wanted the staff there got to work on wrapping them perfectly. Each gift was given a tag to identify them, and make sure they were returned back to the rightful owner. I was so impressed with their organization. Our gifts were even placed in reusable tote bags, which made it much easier for us to bring them back to the car with us. There was no juggling act going on.
Going to the RBC Avion Boutique really helped make this holiday shopping day perfect for me, and my family. I had nothing to worry about. I can really see why so many love being an Avioner. It was wonderful to enjoy a break from all the hustle, and bustle.
Now you might be wondering if there is a holiday boutique in your area, well if you are an RBC Avion cardholder and are near Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, British Columbia or Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, Ontario then you are in luck. The RBC Avion Experiences are also available in Halifax at the Halifax Shopping Centre, and in Ottawa at the St. Laurent Centre.
Services available at the Avion Holiday Boutiques Inclue:
- Valet parking (at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Toronto ONLY)
- Coat and parcel check
- VIP lounge and café
- Concierge services
- Gift wrapping service
Services available at the Avion Holiday Experiences:
- Gift wrapping voucher at in-mall gift wrap centre
- Snacks and beverages
- A festive holiday gift
In store RBC Avion Holiday boutique experiences began on November 27, and go until December 31, 2015, in Burnaby at Metropolis at Metrotown and in Toronto at Yorkdale Shopping Centre, during mall hours. Cart experiences began on November 27 and will go until December 24th, in Halifax, NS at Halifax Shopping Centre and in Ottawa, ON at the St. Laurent Centre, during mall hours.
While the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique is for Avion cardholders only, but at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, ON, the public can enjoy gift wrapping services for a nominal fee (to be donated to charity). Really though, you do not want to miss out on making your holiday shopping experience include this. If you are wondering how to become an Avioner you can get details here.
Now for the rest of the holiday season you will find me going back to Metrotown for any other holiday shopping I need to do, and stopping in at the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique.
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.