Imagine this: It’s a Saturday in December and the mall is bustling with holiday shoppers. You have a shopping list that’s about a mile long, but thankfully, your husband and kids are there to help (right…!). The parking lot is jam packed, but instead of searching for that lone parking spot in a sea of vehicles, you simply drive up to the mall’s entrance and use the complimentary valet service to park your vehicle.
You stop at the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique to drop off your family’s coats, and your Christmas shopping begins! A sweater for grandpa, candles for your sister, and a few teacher’s gifts later, you quickly acquire a few handfuls of shopping bags. The hubby looks bored and the kids start to whine – it’s time for a break at the RBC Avion VIP lounge!
While the gift’s are being wrapped by the Avion professionals, the Café provides you and your hubby with a quick and complimentary caffeine pick-me-up, and a couple of marshmallow-topped hot chocolates for the kids. Your husband finds a comfy spot to watch the game on a flat screen tv, while the kids are occupied with holiday-themed books and a borrowed iPad. You decide to do some secret shopping for the family, and ask the concierge for some quick tips on where to find the last few items on your list.
The shopping is done and you indulge in a chocolate chip shortbread cookie, while the gift wrapping service finishes up the last few presents. Think this scenario is too good to be true? Not with the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique!
RBC Avion believes that Avioners deserve the very best, and I was excited to receive an Avioner-For-A-Day Pass, so I, too, could check out their VIP Holiday Experience at the Coquitlam Centre. I packed up the kids and headed to the mall, something I very rarely do, especially around the holiday season!
The parking lot looked full, but I quickly found the RBC Avion Valet Tent and before I knew it, we were in the mall, ready to shop! It took a couple of minutes to find the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique, but it was easy to locate with its’ bright lights and Avion branding. The concierge greets you with a smile when you first walk in, and we headed to the back to drop off our coats.
Every person at the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique was friendly and helpful, making sure our needs were taken care of, quickly and confidently. After dropping our coats off, we stopped by the Café, a complimentary service to Avion card holders. Their offerings included a variety of teas and light, medium, or dark roast coffee, as well as hot chocolate with all the fixings for the kids. There was also a large selection of treats including candy canes, chocolate chip cookies, and, my personal favourite, maple syrup lollipops.
The boutique was beautifully decorated for Christmas and everything was blue, white, and silver. The decor was modern and tasteful, with lots of plush seating and many flat screen tvs to watch a large selection of holiday movies on. There were also books for the kids, as well as iPads available to borrow for your duration in the lounge.
After my coffee, we headed out into the busy shopping mall to purchase some Christmas presents. Usually the kids start whining about being hot, so my arms quickly fill up with everyone’s coats, plus my purse, and the shopping bags! With the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique, you really feel like a VIP because they take care of your coats and shopping bags for you.
The VIP experience really takes the stress out of holiday shopping. When the kids seemed too get a bit bored and tired of popping in and out of stores, I knew there was a quieter place we could go to relax and kick up our feet for a bit. After the kids picked out a present for daddy, we went back to the Avion Holiday Boutique to get it wrapped by their professionals.
The RBC Avion Holiday Boutique proves that Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be stressful and hectic, instead it can be relaxing and feel almost luxurious. Our shopping trip was great from the start with the cheerful valet attendants, made sweeter with treats at the Café, and the lounge allowed us to unwind from the busy crowds while waiting for our present to be wrapped.
Want to get the Avion VIP Holiday Experience? Even if you’re not an RBC Avion card holder, you can use some of the offered services for a small fee, which get donated to Sick Kids. Check out the RBC Avion Holiday Boutique website to find out more information.
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. The opinions on this blog are my own.