The mall is kind of one of my favourite places to go to. Some people may think that’s a bit odd, but I mean what’s not to love? Tons of stores to find good deals to update your wardrobe and get cute outfits for your kids, buy books and stuff for your home, a food court to fill your tummy when you don’t feel like cooking and a play area where the kids can have fun and get out of the house on a blustery winter day.
It’s even better when the holiday season starts. All of a sudden, the mall is full of more shoppers, more deals, beautiful decorations and people (most of them) are just happier at this time of year, it’s contagious!
Last year I discovered something at Coquitlam Centre that made holiday shopping even better, the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique. It’s a place where people can get a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and recharge a little, both themselves and their phones and get some serious VIP treatment.
When I heard the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique was already open this year, I headed to the mall to get started on my shopping. When I first got there, I showed them my RBC Avion Visa and I headed inside. I dropped off my jacket at the coat check and sat down for a nice cup of tea before I started shopping.
After I had tackled some shopping and my bags were full, I came back to the lounge. It was so great to be able to shop without the heavy jackets and parcels, I didn’t get sweaty at all! I dropped off some presents to be gift-wrapped, free-of-charge! It was such a big and beautiful space that I decided to sit down and relax while I waited for my gifts. I got a glass of lime water, some yummy cookies and sat down on their comfy white couches and recharged my phone as I waited. It was fabulous!
There is a whole list of services available:
– Valet parking
– Coat and parcel check
– Gift wrapping service
– Lounge and cafe
– Concierge/Porter service
– Charging stations
– Entertainment and free wifi
And I don’t want to forget to tell you that they have these wonderful displays of items like Lego, designer hand bags and sunglasses and even electronics that you can win for friends and family.
If you already have an RBC Avion Visa, as an ‘Avioner,’ you and your family get to enjoy all these awesome complimentary services! If you aren’t, don’t worry because you can you can also enjoy the valet parking, coat & parcel check and gift wrapping services for a pre-set fee (all coat & parcel check and gift wrapping fees are donated to charity.)
I will be visiting the lounge for the rest of the holiday season as it is open until December 31. This time it was great shopping on my own and to relax at the lounge in the midst of all the holiday hubbub sans children. Next time I’ll probably have two toddlers in tow and I know they will love the lounge too! It’s very kid-friendly with a live pianist, hot chocolate, treats and more.
The RBC Avion Holiday Boutique has also popped up in different cities in Canada:
1. Halifax Shopping Centre – from Dec 1 to 24th
2. Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Square One Shopping Centre – Nov 22nd to Dec 31st
3. Coquitlam Shopping Centre – Nov 22nd to Dec 31st.
If it all sounds too good to be true, then you have to check it out for yourself as you head out for some holiday shopping. Trust me, it’s worth it for the VIP treatment and it’ll make you look forward to all your holiday shopping when you know that you have the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique to help you relax and Shop In Style.
Disclosure: I am part of the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. As always, the opinions on this post blog are my own and I seriously love this holiday boutique lounge!
p.s. After I showed my kids this blog post, they remembered their experience from last year and now they can’t wait to go too!