This year, traditional Halloween celebrations may not look how we usually remember them, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had! From dressing up (or down), indulging in sweets and giving back to the community, we have a few tips to help you celebrate Halloween this year. Keep reading to learn more about how you can have Halloween fun with the help of Hillcrest Mall and our retailers!
Dress Up (or Down)
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Whether you’re getting dressed up for a virtual Halloween celebration or dressing down and getting cozy to enjoy a classic Halloween movie, our retailers have you covered in the costume department. Click the link below to browse & shop Halloween gear, and if you’re up for in-store shopping, you can visit our Store Directory below.
Stores to visit:
Spooky Storefront Photo Contest
Looking for a fun way to show off your costume? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve challenged our retailers and food truck vendors to decorate their storefronts and trucks this Halloween and we’re challenging you to a Spooky Storefront Photo Contest, where we’re giving away a $100 Hillcrest Gift Card PLUS to one lucky winner. Read below on how to enter.
Here’s how to enter:
- Post a photo on Instagram in front of your favourite decorated store or food truck (bonus entry if in costume)
- Tag us @shop_hillcrest and the store or food truck vendor
- We’ll select a winner to receive a $100 Hillcrest Gift Card PLUS on November 1
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Arguably the best part of Halloween.. the sweets! Whether you’re hosting a safe and socially distant get together or a virtual one, stock up on the snacks from a variety of our Specialty Food Retailers.
Stores to visit:
Pass the Plate Halloween Edition
Food security in Canada is at an all-time high and no matter the occasion, it’s always an amazing gesture to give back. We’re on a mission to raise 350,000 for Food Banks Canada and you can help! Gather your family or friends to create a Halloween-themed #PassThePlate2020 video – 1 post on social media using #PassThePlate2020 can provide 10 meals for hungry Canadians. Here’s how to pass the plate:
- Post a pic or video of you passing a plate with the hashtag #PassThePlate2020 and tag us @shop_hillcrest
- Tag & challenge your friends to do the same.
Hillcrest will donate $5 for every post*.
*OXFORD WILL DONATE UP TO $10,000 FOR ALL POSTS WITH #PASSTHEPLATE2020
Don’t forget to follow us @shop_hillcrest for our latest updates & inspiration.
Thanksgiving gives us the chance to gather with friends and family and celebrate over a delicious meal. Like all things this year, 2020 has altered many of our annual plans or traditions. We likely won’t be traveling far to visit loved ones or enjoying big gatherings, but that doesn’t mean all Thanksgiving rituals need to be ruled out. Despite social restrictions, it’s possible to make the most out of the holiday and carve out new traditions.
You can still have a fun and memorable holiday with social distancing rules in place. Here are a few fun ideas on how to make it happen.
Spice Up Your Thanksgiving
Plan the menu
A Thanksgiving menu can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like. For many, turkey will be the star, but delicious sides deserve just as much love. Let seasonal vegetables shine like beets, parsnips and brussel sprouts. And don’t forget about dessert – a scrumptious pumpkin pie or an apple galette topped with vanilla ice cream is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Once you’ve sorted out the menu, make your grocery list and shop ahead of time. As it gets closer to the big day, start your prep work in advance so you’re not stressed or overwhelmed on Thanksgiving Day.
View our Dining Guide here.
Set the table
The fun isn’t just in serving up a delicious meal, it’s also in setting up the decor. Whether you love a rustic theme or glam, you can get your table ready with a few flourishes. If you love to go all out, top the table with decorative gourds, which work as a centerpiece or a table runner, or bring out your best serveware. You can even involve the kids by enlisting them to make place cards. If you prefer to keep the decor simple, place flowers in a vase as your centerpiece, choosing autumnal hues to set the mood.
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Liven up your front porch
You can also show your outdoor space some love with a bit of festive fun. Decorate your front porch with pumpkins, which you can either carve or paint to personalize. Other ideas include putting up some string lights or swapping your welcome mat for a seasonal one. If you live in an apartment, you can still join in on the fall festivities by adorning your door with a seasonal wreath.
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Pass The Plate
Thanksgiving is also a great time to show your gratitude outside the home and help those who might not be as fortunate as you. Food insecurity in Canada is at an all-time high due to the pandemic, and we have the opportunity to come together to make a difference. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and with the holidays quickly approaching, Oxford Properties is on a mission to raise 350,000 meals for Food Banks Canada. Starting October 1st, for every Instagram or Facebook post you share of yourself passing a plate with the hashtag, #PassThePlate2020, we will donate $5. One single post will feed 10 meals for hungry Canadians.
It’s easy to contribute! Starting Oct. 1st-Dec 31st:
- On Instagram/Facebook, post a pic or video of yourself passing a plate with the hashtag #PassThePlate2020
- Tag and challenge your friends to do the same.
Give a Thoughtful Gift
Another way to give thanks is to share a token of appreciation. Send one of our newly launched eGift Cards as a group. We make it easy to invite friends, family and colleagues to contribute together. Perhaps you want to thank a teacher who has been a huge support during this school year, or a loved one going through a hard time.
Savour The Fall Season
Thanksgiving also means that fall is in full swing. Embrace the season to its fullest with these cozy picks.
Sweater weather is the ideal time to bring out the candles. Seek out scents that bring the outdoors inside with earthy, woody notes like cedar and firewood. Or, go for a candle that conjures up fall’s most delicious flavours like pumpkin spice, cinnamon and vanilla.
Fall is also the perfect time to take stock of your skincare routine and make the necessary switches. That might mean swapping your lightweight moisturizer for a thicker one or adding a rich body butter into the rotation.
Spending more time indoors? Cozy throws are essential for creating the perfect hygge setting.
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Curbside Pickup & Delivery
However you spend Thanksgiving this year, remember that even in the most extraordinary circumstances, the holiday is all about good food, good company (whether in real life or virtual!), and celebrating what we’re grateful for, not just this day, but all year long. Be sure to follow us @shop_hillcrest for more inspiration.
As the days become cooler and the leaves begin to fall, now is the perfect time to take stock and make changes. Whether it’s housewares, fashion or beauty supplies, a new fall look for your home or for you, it’s is easy to find what you’re looking for at Hillcrest. Keep reading for a few ways you can refresh for fall.
Food & Beverage
Although the Pumpkin Spice Latte has become the most popular drink of fall, many other companies have followed suit coming up with their own fall drinks. Whether you’re going for a cold drink like the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks or opting for something warm like an Oat Pumpkin Spice Latte from Second Cup, you can’t go wrong! Here are a few places to visit at Hillcrest where you can get yourself a fall-inspired beverage:
Beauty & Health
The changing season also means changing weather conditions, which in turn changes how our skin reacts to our current skin care products. If you’re unsure how to transition your skin care cabinet for the new season, visit any of our Beauty & Health retailers for an expert opinion:
- Beauty First
- Hudson’s Bay
- The Body Shop
- Your Good Health Store
- Yves Rocher
- View all stores here.
- Shop Beauty here.
Gone are the days of slip-ons and sandals, but we don’t mind because we love a good bootie or a pair of fresh sneakers. If you’re stopping by Hillcrest to refresh your fall footwear, here are a few stores you can visit:
Who doesn’t love curling up in front of the TV with a fluffy blanket? It’s time to embrace the colder weather and welcome some comfort and coziness into your home. Explore new-in home fall items at the following retailers:
Chunky knits and cozy sweaters… need we say more? Fall fashion is hitting the shelves at Hillcrest and our retailers are waiting to welcome you in for a new season shopping spree! Visit the following stores for new-in fall fashion:
Don’t forget to follow us @shop_hillcrest for more inspiration!
Plan Your Route, Make A Shopping List
If you’re heading out to do your back to school shopping, plan in advance to minimize stress and make the most out of your time here at Hillcrest. Start by writing the places you’ll need to visit by referencing the complete list of stores that are open and checking their new hours of operation, available here.
Create a categorized checklist for the things you’ll need for different grades and years. Here are some ideas to help you get started:
- Technology: Stay up-to-date with gadgets that let you study smart like a USB hub that keeps you plugged in and wireless headphones with a built-in microphone and noise-cancelling capabilities.
- Clothes: Sort through the closet and drawers to see what you already have and what you need to buy such as basics you need to stock up on and any additional pieces on your shopping wish list.
- Accessories: If you’re returning to school, step into the new year in style with footwear essentials like sneakers and boots that’ll help complete any outfit. Don’t forget about your backpack! Look for one that’s durable and as functional as it is comfortable. Even if you’re schooling from home, you’ll still need cozy shoes or slippers that offer comfort and support while class is in session.
- School supplies: Notebooks, binders, pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, erasers and rulers need not be boring. Inject fun into your stationary essentials by choosing pastel hues, bright colours and even rainbow tie-dye, or personalizing them with stickers. If you’re learning virtually this year, tech will be top of mind, along with other remote-learning gear.
- Furniture: Whether you’re learning virtually or completing assignments at home, make sure your workstation is ready to go with an ergonomic desk and a chair.
Once you have your list, map out your route, write down the order of the stores you need to stop by. If you have any questions prior to your visit, text us at 226-210-1015 so we can assist you with the closest entrance and path to your desired store.
For your convenience, you can also pickup your online or telephone orders curbside from participating retailers or restaurants here.
You can purchase gift cards at our Guest Experience location in the shopping centre (located right next to entrance #4). Payment can be made with Cash, Debit Card, American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Union Pay, JCB, Ali Pay, & WeChat Pay. Daily Total Purchased Limit per individual is $9000. Cash – Maximum daily purchase limit is $2,500. For orders over $9,000, please visit our website.
With the Hillcrest Gift Card PLUS, you can use it to shop at our centre or any one of our Oxford Properties’ shopping centres across the country, book a hotel stay or fly anywhere Porter Airlines takes you. Plus, there are no fees, no expiration date, and no depreciation.
For more information about gift cards, click here.
Whatever the school year ahead holds – a return to classrooms or remote learning – we want to help you ease back in safely and comfortably. That means equipping you with the things you need so you can focus on the important stuff. Be sure to follow us @shop_hillcrest for regular updates!
As announced by the Premier of Ontario, Hillcrest Mall’s food court will be open for take-out and delivery. Seating has been removed as per the modified Stage 2 restrictions. To learn more, click here. Indoor dining in restaurants has also been restricted by the Government of Ontario as of October 19th. To view a list of restaurants that provide Takeout, Delivery and Curbside Pickup, click here.
It’s summer time, and summer time calls for a sweet treat! We’ve rounded up all the places you can visit at Hillcrest for a sweet summer treat. Click on the store name below for hours and more information.
Ice Cream, Gelato & Frozen Yogurt
Smoothies & Juices
Coffee & Tea
Starbucks (Indigo) • 416-670-7650
Be sure to follow us @shop_hillcrest to stay up-to-date!
As announced by the Premier of Ontario, York Region will move into modified stage two restrictions on October 19th, 2020 at 12:01 am and will be in place for 28 days. The modified stage two restrictions may have an impact on desired services, please contact the store you would like to visit to learn more about their current services. Learn more here.
Self-care comes in many different forms. Whether it means gifting yourself a spa day, or simply picking up bubble bath from your favourite store and relaxing with a glass of wine, everyone enjoys self-care in their own unique way.
To help you prep for a relaxing day or moment of self-care, we’ve gathered a list of salons, spas and other health and beauty offerings at Hillcrest. Click on each store for more information. We also recommend visiting their website or calling ahead to learn more about their safety guidelines.
Treat yourself with the ultimate at-home self-care day! See below for a selection of stores offering health & beauty products that will compliment any self-care day. Click the link to browse all health & beauty offerings.
Hair & Nail Care
Please phone ahead or visit the website of the salon you would like to visit to learn more about their specific safety guidelines prior to your visit. Please note, services may be temporarily unavailable, please call in advance to confirm.
Ashby Grove • 905-787-1631
- Ashby Grove is a men’s upscale barbershop that specializes in men’s and boys cuts, styles, shaves, scalp treatments & men’s hair care products.
- Beauty First provides spa services so you could feel your absolute best all the time.
- Eh Voila offers the latest trends and techniques in all aspects of color, cutting, hair design and esthetics.
- Hair Spot is a modern salon offering hairstyling, beauty services, treatments & colour, bridal & formal styling.
- From a manicure to a complete colour and cut makeover, Natural Solutions is there for you.
- NRG Salon & Spa offers several salon and aesthetic services, including haircutting and styling for men and women.
- Trade Secrets is a leading retailer of salon professional hair, skin and beauty products. With over 4,500 products offered, and a network full service salon, we are a one-stop beauty shop.
Health & Fitness
For some self-care could mean getting in a good workout or diving into a yoga class. Whatever your favourite activity is, we’ve got stores that stocks all of the items needed to have a successful workout session.
Another great way to unwind and relax is to enjoy a book. Whether you’re into personal development, non-fiction or a good biography, Indigo Spirit at STC has what you need.
Indigo • 905-508-9538
Hillcrest Gift Card Plus
Give the gift of choice! You can purchase gift cards at our Guest Experience Kiosk located at Entrance #4. To learn more about the STC Gift Card Plus, visit our Gift Card Page.
Be sure to follow us @shop_hillcrest for more!