This upcoming Monday, Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga is hosting an exclusive event to launch their new sustainability initiative, featuring urban beekeeping! Yes, beekeeping! The Square One rooftop will now be home to four beehives, in an effort to support the growth of their population. It’s amazing to see Square One making use of *all* space, and giving these bees a new home!
To help kick-start the initiative, Square One will be partnering with health and wellness superstar Steph Shep, and Nike trainer, Eva Redpath, including a free body conditioning and flow class led by Eva on the roof!
Did you know? Bee populations are currently in decline all around the world, with urban development and climate change as just two causes for their habitat loss. “At least 30% of the world’s crops and 90% of all plants require cross-pollination to spread and thrive, and here in Canada, bees are our most important pollinators.” – Source
Want to learn (and see) more? Keep your eyes peeled on @ShopSquareOne and @NatashaNKPR‘s Instagram stories for an inside-look to the event!
how to enjoy the summer within a 2 hour drive of toronto!
The hot weather is the perfect excuse to get out of the city and spend some time in the great outdoors (that’s within a 2 hour driving radius)! We’ve put together a list of our favourite ways to escape the city life this summer:
Visiting a lavender farm is a perfect way to spend a day in the summer (and you’ll leave smelling great)! Many of these beautiful farms are only a short drive away from the city. Terre Bleu is one of the biggest lavender farms in Canada and is conveniently the closest to Toronto, near Milton. Terre Bleu is definitely Instagram worthy with a giant yellow door in the middle of the field, lavender ice cream, and tons of other scented and flavoured goodies at their gift shop!
Just hop on the QEW and check out the amazing waterfalls in Hamilton! Great for the active or those looking for a peaceful afternoon, there are over a hundred waterfalls where you can hike or even have a picnic. If you’re feeling a bit overheated, you can even stand in the waterfall to cool down!
The Elora Gorge is one of the most beautiful and spectacular natural areas in the Grand River valley. Take a day trip to Elora Gorge or spend a few nights camping (with a breathtaking view to wake up to)! Canoeing, tubing, a splash pad, sport fields, trails, and access to great fishing on the Grand River, makes Elora Gorge Park a family favourite!
Niagara Falls & Niagara-on-the-lake
Spend the day (or weekend) in the picture perfect town of Niagara-on-the-lake, with gift shops, fine dining, historical sites, infinite ice cream options, and sooooo much more. The Niagara Whirlpool Jet Boats ride is a must when visiting this cute little town. Take on this Class 5 white water that’s guaranteed to leave you absolutely soaking wet and amazingly refreshed. Not a fan of getting wet? The Jet Dome tour follows the exact route as the Wet Jet but shelters you from the water. If arcades, zip-lining, and ferris wheels interest you, drive to Niagara Falls for a fun-packed weekend!
GO Transit is also offering weekend GO Train service to Niagara Falls from June 22 – September 3.
What are your summer plans? tweet us (@NatashaNKPR) and let us know!
Friday June 1st marks the official start of Pride Month, with the Toronto Pride Parade on June 24th. We’ve put together a quick guide of all the products and activities offered by our clients that will help you celebrate! We’ve got you covered for what to wear, and what to do, to show your pride this June!
Dax Dasilva, the CEO and founder of Lightspeed, is also the founder of Never Apart, a not for profit organization geared towards igniting positive change and unity through culture! Never Apart has released two Colour by Icons colouring books that celebrate 50 LGBTQ icons. Colour by Icons 2.0 features LGBTQ trailblazers including David Bowie, Yves Saint-Laurent, Leonardo Da Vinci, and many more! All proceeds from the colouring book benefit Never Apart’s LGBTQ programming!
Swarovski has a great selection of beautiful rainbow necklaces that you can show your pride with. Whether you like mid-length necklaces, chokers, or long necklaces Swarovski has got you covered for the upcoming parade!
On June 16th, MEC will be celebrating Pride Month with a special ParkBus event! This will allow urbanites who want to go camping a chance to get there on a communal (and fun) bus without having to rent a car or take some sort of transit to Narnia!
An amazing part of Pride Month is seeing the stores participate by setting up fun window displays! Bloor-Yorkville will be all decked out in rainbows for the month, making it that much more fun to window shop! Spend a weekend checking out all of the beautiful window displays as you browse through the incredible shops and restaurants throughout the neighbourhood.
How will you be celebrating Pride Month? Tweet us at @natashankpr to let us know!
There are so many places in the city, you can get lost trying to decide where to go! I’ve curated a list of my favourite places to go- Whether you’re looking to eat, shop, or play, there is something for everyone this winter.
Where to… EAT
Ufficio |1214 Dundas St W.
One of the best places to stop if you’re looking for an amazing meal! I personally love their green beans and ricotta gnocchi. (Who doesn’t LOVE gnocchi??)
Bake Shoppe | 859 College St.
Some of my absolute favourite treats are from here! I’m currently on a sugar cleanse for January, but typically my kitchen is always stocked with something, whether its the Retro Flakies or Nutella Cookies- I’m obsessed!
Bar Centrale | 1095 Yonge St.
This is my go-to spot for brunch, just located downstairs in Terroni! I always tend to go back for Poached eggs on top of brioche.
Where to… SHOP
TNT Fashion | Yorkville Village, 87 Avenue Rd.
TNT has been a shopping staple of mine for years. They offer an amazing curation of brands and collections- you can’t go wrong! Visit their store in Bloor Yorkville to find the perfect items to add to your winter wardrobe.
South Hill Home | 146 Dupont St.
Making your home warm and inviting is so important in these cold dark months, and South Hill’s beautifully crafted furnishings definitely do the trick! Stop by and pick up a new piece to make your space feel fresh and happy this winter.
Square One Shopping Centre| 100 City Centre Dr, Mississauga
This may be outside of the downtown core, but Square One is one of my top shopping destinations! When you need a break from hunting for the best finds, stop by for a delicious eclair at Nugateau.
Where to… PLAY
Windsor Arms Hotel | 18 St Thomas St. What better way to spend a chilly afternoon than at the spa, followed by high tea? Windsor Arms is a must for curing the winter blues!
Toronto Maple Leafs Game | Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St.
Every now and then I love to catch a Leafs’ game with Anthony! Recently, this winter, I’ve really enjoyed going out and getting into the team spirit- it’s so much fun!
Thompson Toronto | 550 Wellington St W.
Get out of the cold and enjoy the Thompson! You can wet your palette at the bar then head on to their Screening Room for a movie!