School is BACK! Whether your kids are going back to in-class learning or homeschooling, it’s fun getting a few new items to prepare for learning. We popped into Metropolis at Metrotown to take advantage of their wide selection of stores’ with COVID safety precautions in place. There are hand sanitizing stations and social distancing signage throughout the mall, as well as for individual stores. We also found some faaaab deals too! We felt relaxed and safe shopping there.
Where to get cool back to school gear at Metropolis at Metrotown
First stop: backpacks at The Herschel pop-up
We headed to the Herschel pop-up and we were in backpack heaven! They have a new backpack called THE MILLER and it is their biggest backpack to date! It is ready to be filled with binders, devices and at least a couple of textbooks too! The newest collection with Disney is also available. Be sure to check out the reusable masks! They are soft and very comfortable. Don’t forget to check out their rain jackets – it’s a fan favourite and made for layering.
Their COVID measures include frequent sanitizing, physical distancing and a limit of customers in-store.
Pro tip: Show your student ID to save 10% off your purchase.
Second stop: supplies & accessories at OOMOMO
OOMOMO is THE place to go for fun and unique supplies, all Japanese inspired. We found a ton of stickers, pens/pencils, notebooks, pencil cases all at awesome prices. There are aisles full of craft supplies perfect for stay-at-home activities. We found some lunch boxes and cute accessories too! We also found some packable raincoats and ponchos for only $6 – perfect for stashing in backpacks or the car.
Oomomo is limiting customers inside the store and has mandatory face masks and sanitizer at the entrance. Something we found unique was the tray at the cashier used for placing your cash and receipt to limit contact.
Pro tip: Check out the erasers that resemble sushi and cookies. We recommend Bacoban – it is a disinfectant that lasts up to 10 days!
Third stop: organization at MUJI
So we’ve stocked up on writing utensils, it’s time to organize them! Muji has amazing bins and containers for keeping your items in place. We really liked the stacking bins for vertical spaces. The girls are obsessed with the mini pencil crayon packs and pens! They have amazing stationary too. Save 10% when you show your student/faculty and healthcare worker ID. More in-store promotions are found here. They also have masks. Virtual consultations are available with an interior advisor or stylist advisor.
They are also offering virtual workshops – check them out -> Muji Virtual Workshops
Muji requires face covering or masks and hand sanitizer when shopping and has a reduced capacity inside. There are directional arrows on the floor and partitions at the cashier. Staff are required to do temperature checks prior to their shift. There is also increased sanitation of dressing rooms.
Pro tip: Muji has travel-size spray bottles that are perfect for backpacks and desks! Simply fill with liquid sanitizer and the kiddos are good to go!
Last stop: treat for Moms & Dads at Arc’teryx
We heard Arc’teryx is having 30-50% off fall and winter items from past seasons so we had to make a stop! Stay dry at school drop off with their GoreTex rain jackets that are also super chic!
- Mandatory hand sanitizer and face masks
- Regular scheduled cleaning of high-touch areas
- Quarantine returns for 72 hours
- Cashless payment system
This post is sponsored by Metropolis at Metrotown
With over 330 stores, Skytrain access and free parking, Metropolis at Metrotown is BC’s largest shopping centre. Major stores include Cineplex SilverCity, Hudson’s Bay, Indigo, Old Navy, Real Canadian Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sport Chek, T&T Supermarket, Toys “R” Us, Uniqlo, Urban Behavior, Walmart, Winners HomeSense, and Zara. www.metropolisatmetrotown.com
The blogger behind Nourish Through Movement, Reg Von Lok writes about DIY and style, nourishment through movement and integrates it all with motherhood, family and life's curveballs. She lives live in the Metro Vancouver area with my husband and two girls.