I make no bones about my preference for online shopping. No crowds, no dragging around packages, no aching feet or back, no parking troubles, and so on. But there are times when only an in-person trip to the mall will cut it, so even I make the trip when needed, especially at this time of year.
With Christmas shopping the struggles are real - finding a parking spot at the mall can be brutal, and then hauling around heavy bags filled with holiday joy is exhausting. And sometimes painful. But not everyone has to suffer like this. There are those special folks, members of the RBC Avion program, who get to shop like VIPs at this time of year. That's right. At select malls in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, RBC has set up RBC Avion VIP Boutiques where members can take advantage of numerous services and a relaxing spot to take a break from the shopping chaos outside.
In Toronto, the Avion Holiday Boutique is located at Yorkdale Mall. Avion members enjoy free valet parking, coat and parcel check, VIP lounge & cafe, and gift wrapping! Basically, they are taking care of all of my concerns other than the crowds. But even there I can briefly escape the crowds and settle in to the beautiful lounge atmosphere, with soft holiday music, twinkling lights and super comfy chairs.
|Gorgeous, right? It's like a spa.|
|Show your RBC Avion card and grab a VIP coffee. |
Or maybe a hot chocolate you can fancy up with marshmallows and sprinkles.
|Welcoming faces and great service. That poor guy had so many packages from me.|
|Bookshelves offer magazines and books for both grown-ups and children, to keep everyone entertained.|
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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 , as always, remain my own.