With the holiday season now in high gear, the mad retail rush has taken hold. And no matter what you’re celebrating, you’ve likely already got your list written, it’s just a matter of knowing where to begin. When you’re staying in an unfamiliar city, navigating the best shopping spots can be a challenge, let alone finding those truly thoughtful gifts for family and friends. Here are four shopping hot spots that not only offer a host of unexpected gifts, but you’ll also discover they provide a pleasant shopping experience too. As an added bonus, each shopping spot is easily accessible to our Qwest short term rental location.
The Drake General Store. With a carefully curated collection, the Drake General features an eclectic mix of lifestyle gifts including clothing, food and home décor. When you want to give an off-beat gift, you’ll find something for just about anyone on your list from cozy pajamas for your nieces and nephews to comfy, handmade pillows for your best friend. With gift packs available at nearly every price point, it’s also a great place to find a little something for colleagues or clients.
The Art Gallery of Ontario. While you may have caught the David Bowie exhibit this past fall, you might not consider the Art Gallery of Ontario as a shopping destination; yet it is. From adult art enthusiasts to creative children, the AGO’s gift shop is packed with inspiring gift ideas. Whether you’re looking for contemporary art pieces for your spouse or art supplies for a pint-sized Picasso, be sure to put the AGO on your hot spot, shopping list.
Kensington Market. From vintage finds to one-of-a-kinds, Toronto’s Kensington Market includes a collective of local retailers, many of whom have been in business for generations. Here you’ll find you can please your fashion-minded daughter with a few vintage accessories, along with that deliciously perfect item for the foodie on your list. And don’t forget to check out the Festival of Lights, an annual event held on December 21st celebrating the ethnically diverse Market culture.
Hudson’s Bay Company. Your holiday shopping is not complete until you’ve shopped at the Bay’s Queen Street location. Here you’ll find detailed, animated window displays that inspire the spirit of the season. While the number of high-quality brands are endless, the current Olympic collection will please the sport enthusiast on your list. The Hudson’s Bay Company Collection, offers a selection of toys, blankets and clothing that provides a touch of pure Canadian heritage; making it all the more inviting to cozy up during a cold winter’s night.
Whether you’ll be living away from home for a month or longer, learning to be flexible with your living arrangement is a part of the process. While you can likely get used to different furniture or kitchen appliances, maintaining a safe living environment for your whole family is top priority. From downtown condominiums to suburban dwellings, DelSuites takes safety very seriously, which is why guests have access to a variety of safety features from baby gates to cabinet locks to electrical outlet plugs to childproof your home. Along with the safety features, here are three ways to keep everyone safe and feeling right at home.
Spout It Out
Let’s face it there is nothing worse than having your child knock their head, face or teeth on spout of your bathtub while splashing around. Not only can this be a very painful accident but it’s also a totally avoidable one. Spout covers are available through guest services which can help make bath time a fun and familiar evening activity for everyone.
From your television to lamps to your laptop, cords and cables can be tough to get around. Especially when you’re not in your usual surroundings, children can easily forget where they are and trip over cords or wires that they don’t realize exist. For toddlers and younger children especially, keep cords and cables from the same electronic devices fastened together with a few nylon cable ties. Make it easier on your whole family by keeping additional devices such as laptops, in one area so that that no one gets tripped up by surprise.
As a parent, you’ll know the rooms in your own home that present the most safety issues. When you’re in a new place, check out those areas first before you allow your children to roam freely. Check the windows and doors and request additional child safety systems from guest services if you’ve got a more adventurous child. It’s also wise to check the shelves in closets and open bookcases and remove heavier items that may fall.
For more information on how DelSuites can make your stay comfortable and safe for the whole family, contact us today.
Making the move to a new city or a new home can be a difficult transition for the whole family; factor in a teenager or two, and you’re bound to encounter a few additional challenges. From leaving their best friends to finding new ones, teens can be more sensitive and perhaps even a little less adaptable than younger children especially when their school, social network and extracurricular activities suddenly change. But whether you’ll be staying in a short-term or long-term rental, try incorporating these ideas to help lighten the load for your teen and make it a smooth transition for your whole family.
Put In Face Time
Thanks to technology, teens can still stay connected with their friends no matter where they may live through a variety of social media networks. With DelSuites free WIFI, encourage your son or daughter to schedule weekly chat dates with friends on Skype of FaceTime which will help them feel that they aren’t missing out. If your teen doesn’t already use Facebook or Twitter, help them set up an account and encourage them to reach out to friends and family, which is a great way to share updates about your whole family’s new adventure. At the same time, it’s important that your teen begins to establish friendships at school and in your new neighbourhood. Be supportive of inviting new friends and classmates back to your home or encourage your teen to participate in extracurricular activities or sports where they’ll meet new friends who share similar interests.
Creating a Room of their Own
Even if you’re living in a furnished rental in Toronto, you still want your family to be comfortable. Helping your teen personalize their bedroom with familiar items from your previous home or purchasing a few new accessories that they have selected, will help them create a space for themselves. From homework to finding a quiet spot to read or listen to music, having their own room to retreat to will not only enable them to feel at home but will likely also save you from a few arguments with other children in the family.
Get Involved in the Community
Whether you’re family is residing in a condominium suite in the Toronto’s downtown or suburban dwelling, you’ll find that your neighbourhood is a hub of activity. From arts and entertainment to community recreation centres to an abundance of not-for-profit organizations, it’s easy to find new activities that will keep your teen engaged. Encourage your teen to volunteer with a local community centre or charity group, which will not only help them learn new skills but will also help them establish and broaden their social network; making them feel right at home.
Today we celebrate our 15th anniversary, cementing our reputation as one of the most experienced Corporate Housing provider in Toronto. Since the inception of DelSuites, founded on 8th October 1998, the company’s knowledgeable team and relentless customer focus has propelled rapid growth within Toronto.
Over the company’s 15 years in business, DelSuites has provided “A Home Away from Home” to many families and corporate clientele. In addition, DelSuites has offered employment to some of the best in the industry who have been the integral part of this company’s success.
“The team will continue to focus on building a company that thrives and adapts to an ever-changing business climate that will give DelSuites a competitive edge and look forward to celebrating again in another 15 years,” shares DelSuites General Manager, Dan Henderson.
We will continuously reflect on the lessons learned over the past 15 years and will always remember our core values that shape the culture and character of our company. By doing things the right way with respect to ethics and dedicated to provide the best in class in furnished accommodations to our customers. Our feedback consistently ranks among the best in the industry, and we’ve found having both operational experience and a top-notch workforce is the key to making a seamless experience for our customers.
Although downtown living definitely has its perks, you don’t have to live in the heart of the city to enjoy the amenities that Toronto has to offer. In fact, jetting out of the bustling core may be just the break that you need; but let’s face it, even on the weekends, you’ll still want to be close to good restaurants, parks and entertainment venues.
In the heart of North York, the Meridian offers you the benefits of metropolitan living including easy access to green spaces.
From outdoor enthusiasts to young families, guests will enjoy the opportunity to explore the parks and trails that are within walking distance of the front lobby. In particular, the recently expanded Edithvale Park offers plenty of room for playing and picnicking.
Although the parkland accommodates multiple uses, in 2012 the park was professionally designed to incorporate a unified appearance. The expansive park now features two new playground structures, a herb garden and new plantings.
As an added safety feature, additional lighting has been added to the pathways. Intended to serve as a hub for community gatherings, a community baker’s oven has also been added to the location. From crisp pizzas to tender flatbreads, follow the aroma for a delicious treat on weekends and some weeknight evening.
In addition, the Meridian is also close to outdoor splash pads and recreational sports fields that are a refreshing bonus, especially during the heat of the summer months. Along with its close proximity to parklands, the Meridian includes easy access to subway and GO bus systems.
Whether you have business in the suburbs or downtown core, at the Meridian you’re only a five-minute walk to Yonge and Finch station, which allows you to easily connect to other regional transit lines should you need to travel outside of Toronto.