Niagara College may be Santa’s best kept secret.
Whether your mission is to wow the recipients on your list with the perfect gift or to prep your own home for the holidays, look no further than NC’s Learning Enterprises. Gift items abound on campus where you can pick up festive florals at the NC Greenhouse, something to toast the season with at the NC Teaching Winery or Brewery retail stores, pamper your loved ones with a gift from our Teaching Hair Salon or Teaching Spa, or treat them to culinary delights from award-winning Benchmark restaurant.
The best part: shopping at the learning enterprises is the gift that keeps on giving, with sales supporting student learning – now, that’s the icing on the Yule log!
NC Greenhouse / Benchmarket
The holiday season is in full bloom at the Greenhouse, with a variety of student-grown festive flowers perfect to present to your holiday party host, or to deck the halls of your own home for Christmas.
Poinsettias are available in various sizes and price points: four-inch for $4.40, a six-inch for $7.50, or a 10-inch for $20. Each Poinsettia purchase also supports a worthy community cause, with $1 from each sale donated to the College’s United Way campaign.
A variety of holiday-inspired gift gardens are also available ($10 and up) as well as winter urn inserts and fresh wreaths, succulent plants and dish gardens.
No visit to the Greenhouse is complete without swinging into the adjoining Benchmarket. Stock up on fabulous finds made by NC grads/entrepreneurs that are sure to please those who appreciate natural and artisanal products like soaps, balms, lotions, bath balms, jewellery and more.
Treat the foodies on your list with a dining experience at NC’s award-winning restaurant, where they can enjoy food, wine and beer created prepared and presented by students at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute. Benchmark gift cards fit any budget – they are available in any denominations. Stop in or call 905-641-2252 ext. 4619.
Visions of sugar plums dancing in your head? Benchmark’s holiday cookie tins are sure to steal the spotlight at your next holiday party! These decorative tins include approximately 48 cookies, with mouth-watering assorted delights including Raspberry Crinkle cookies, Gingerbread, Chocolate Sugar, Sugar, and Cranberry Orange Biscotti.
Tins are $36 (including taxes) and may be ordered online (while supplies last) through Eventbrite.There are four pickup dates to choose from: Dec. 13, Dec. 15, Dec. 20, and Dec. 21. Visit www.eventbrite.ca/o/benchmark-restaurant-15073704454
NC Teaching Brewery retail store
Tap into gift items sure to please any craft beer enthusiast. Treat them to the Brewery’s popular award-winning favourites, like Butler’s Bitter or the Beer 101 line or a rotating selection of unique small batch brews created by the next generation of brewmasters. Don’t miss Rudolph’s Red Nose Ale – a Christmastime specialty brew (while supplies last)!
Purchase a six-month Growler Club gift membership for $100 (including HST), which is packaged with a NC growler, a NC pint glass, a NC bottle opener as well as beer jellies. ‘Drafted’ club members not only gain access to an exclusive tap that features a new small batch seasonal brew each month – this month’s selection: English Winter Ale – they also have special membership perks including tasting notes and recipes for food pairings (emailed monthly), and advance access to specialty brews before they are released to the public. More info about Growler Club is available at www.ncteachingbrewery.ca/growlerclub/
Gift cards are available in any denominations.
NC Teaching Winery retail store / Wine Visitor and Education Centre
Seeking that special holiday gift that combines the experience of dining, wine and beer? Check out Wine and Dine Gift Packs now available at the WVEC. A $100 gift pack includes a $50 Benchmark gift card (with a bonus complimentary dessert), two bottles of VQA Wine, a $10 Brewery gift card, and complimentary tasting cards; or spring for a $150 gift pack which includes a $100 Benchmark gift card (with two bonus complimentary desserts), two bottles of VQA wine, a $10 Brewery gift card and complimentary tasting cards.
‘Tis the season to take advantage of a special holiday wine sale, with all wine 15% off until December 31 (in store and online). It’s the perfect time to pick up the Teaching Winery’s medal-winning vintages including recent winners 2013 Dean’s List Prodigy Icewine, 2012 Balance Brut, 2012 Dean’s List Meritage, 2013 Balance ‘Barrel Fermented’ Chardonnay, 2015 Balance Dry Riesling – and many more!
Meet the ‘grape’ expectations of your favourite oenophile with a NC Wine Club membership. The membership includes two bottles of wine delivered each month and exclusive membership perks (special event invites, complimentary tastings, wine tours and more). December club selections are in-store, wrapped up and ready to gift. Memberships are available for $45 per month (including HST and shipping) and a minimum six-month purchase is required upon joining. For wine club details visit: www.niagaracollegewine.ca/page?pageid=159DCDC5-E54D-8057-E837-02F849B067C9
Don’t forget the cider aficionados on your list; the WVEC also sells multiple award-winning Cider 101.
View a full list of gift packages available at from the winery here:
Gift cards are also available for purchase in any denomination.
Visit the store or shop online at www.niagaracollegewine.ca/index.cfm?method=homepage.showpage Free shipping is available on orders over $150. Bottle gift wrapping is also an option for online orders.
Teaching Hair Salon
Giving is always in style at the Teaching Salon, where our Hairstyling students keep public clientele perfectly coiffed, ready for any celebration.
Hair-care products from Joico, American Crew and KMS – including shampoos, conditioners, styling products make great stocking stuffers or wrap them up under the tree. A variety of Christmas Gift Packs are available for purchase, starting at $20. To purchase, stop in during clinic hours: Wednesday 2:30-8:30 p.m., and Thursday 12:30-6:30 p.m. until Dec. 21.
The Hair Salon relocated this fall to the Pavilion Building in the Welland Campus (100 Niagara College Boulevard). Call 905-735-2211 extension 3620 or visit www.niagaracollege.ca/employers-community/shop-dine/hair-salon/
Pamper your loved ones and clients alike with the gift of health, beauty and wellness.
Gift cards are available which can be used for any of th services offered by Esthetician students – from manis and pedis, to skin care treatments and relaxation massages, as well as on any of the spa’s retail products. Gift cards never expire and make the perfect gift!
The spa is offering a December sale on all regular priced, in-stock retail merchandise. Buy one item, receive 10% off, buy two items, receive 20% off (both), buy three items receive 30% off (all three), and buy four items or more and receive 40% off (all).
Promotions are available during regular spa operating hours, no appointment required.
The spa is located at the NOTL Campus (135 Taylor Rd, in room E103). The last day for services in the spa before the holidays is Dec. 15. The spa will be open for extended hours Monday, Dec. 18 to Monday, Dec. 21,giving valued clients the opportunity to pick up last-minute gifts and gift cards. Please visit the website for times the spa is open on these dates. Call 905-621-2252 ext. 4230 or visit www.ncteachingspa.ca/