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Mother’s Day at The Plaza

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Mother’s Day at The Plaza

Wednesday 05 May 2021

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it is the perfect time to explore how you can show your appreciation, for the upcoming 9th of May. The Plaza has you covered for all types of gifts for the different mums out there, so you can benefit from the peace of mind that this coming Mother’s Day, you will have a happy mum.  Mothers are superheroes and our biggest supporters. Most of us, usually do not show enough appreciation and this coming Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate all mums. Irrespective of whether they subscribe to what is portrayed as the perfect mother in the media, all should be celebrated equally.

For the chic and posh mum

Choosing a gift for the chic and posh mum is for sure no easy feat. Products complementing beauty regimes, exceptional perfumery and top-class clothing and jewellery are ideal. These types of mums invest significant time and effort to maintain their sophisticated looks, and it is only fair to reward them with a gift that contributes to the image they want to keep.  Apart from the extensive selection available at The Plaza’s outlets, we want to make your life a bit easier, and are suggesting some gifts for your consideration. Just have a look at the below options:

The miracle working mum

This particular mum leads one of the most hectic lifestyles. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can take its toll on the miracle working mum, which is why she deserves to be pampered. She deserves her break and to feel appreciated during this special day. Several delightful gift options are available and some are listed below for your consideration.

The sporty/outdoors lover mum

 A healthy mum is a happy one. Maintaining a fitness-oriented lifestyle requires discipline and commitment. Buying such a mum a gift which corresponds well with her healthy lifestyle is a smart choice. Such a gift may be sporting clothing or a blender. Pay a visit to Miss Selfridge, Stivaletti and Intercomp to source the best gift for your sporty mother. Have a look at the below options:

The new mum

Being a first-time mother is one of life’s most beautiful gifts and is cause for celebration. A mum’s first Mother’s Day should be unforgettable, as a new phase of motherhood is ushered. A sophisticated gift should help you in achieving this. Visits to Mothercare, The Body Shop and Franks are definitely worth your while. For this Mother’s Day, The Body Shop is offering two impeccable gift boxes for our new mums. Anyone would be thrilled to nourish and cleanse the skin with the British Rose and White Musk luxury gift boxes. The refreshingly floral and infused scents are excellent options to spoil the new mum.

Another delightful option for the new mum is the Trussardi Eau De Parfum, which boasts an enriching fragrance.

The casual mum

For the less fussy and more direct, The Plaza also offers several options for casual mums. BORTEX and PROMOD are sure to have various garments aimed to tickle most people’s fancy, which are comfortable for day-to-day, yet extremely stylish. For this coming Mother’s Day, have a look at the below options from BORTEX and PROMOD:

Grandma mums

How can we forget the grandma mums? They are just super! Not only do they care for their own children, but also for their kids as well! One of the best gifts that we can give to such mums is the time, which they truly deserve. If you are planning to celebrate Mother’s Day at home, you may consider one of the several dining options offered by The Plaza food hall, currently operating through take-away and delivery only, due to the current situation. The wide variety of culinary dishes is guaranteed to tantalise your taste buds.

For those who are still unsure, amidst all the wonderful options available, a voucher can also be bought, to allow mothers the flexibility of choosing whatever they wish. This can be done by following the below link:

https://plaza-shopping.com/gift-voucher/

Free flowers will be distributed to all mothers on Friday 7th May from 4pm and Saturday 8th May from 10am.
Where? On High Street (c/w Tower Road), Bisazza Street and Sliema Promenade!
The Plaza is organising this event to thank all mothers.

 

The way the giveaway works:

🌺 Friday 7th May from 4pm & Saturday 8th May from 10am on High Street (c/w Tower Road), Bisazza Street, Sliema Promenade.

🎁 Win one of the EIGHT PRIZES below:

The Plaza Shopping Centre
€100 voucher

@thebodyshop_malta
€38 – British Rose Bath and Body Gift
€38 – White Musk Flora Deluxe Gift

@morganmalta
€50 voucher

@mothercaremalta
€50 voucher

@pokmalta
2 free meals

@promodmalta
€50 voucher

@junction_malta
€50 voucher

HERE IS HOW IT WORKS

👉 1. Get your flower*, offered by The Plaza, on Friday 7th or Saturday 8th May

👉 2. Fill in the tag which is attached to the flower

👉 3. Drop it off in the ballot box (level 3) at The Plaza

🏆 The EIGHT lucky winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Monday 10th May on Facebook and Instagram.

Each mother deserves to be loved and celebrated all year round, especially during Mother’s Day.

Spring and Summer Collections 2021 – Apparel Trends – What to expect?

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Spring and Summer Collections 2021 – Apparel Trends – What to expect?

Monday 26 April 2021

Following a challenging year, we can all say that we deserve to treat ourselves with the latest fashion. In this article, we shall be going into some main trends currently being touted for the upcoming spring and summer. Whilst it has been quite a difficult couple of months, it is the right time for style inspiration. So what should you consider?

Oversized shoulder pad boyfriend jackets

An eighties inspired fashion trend. Combine this with straight-leg trousers and you have achieved an ultra-modern look. Suiting this upcoming trend, are colours of powder blue, charcoal and neutral ones. The outcome of this exciting style would be quite chic.

Camel colour styling

This style type which is inspired from the seventies allows you to keep a neutral look. In this regard, you can mix and match with several styles to create the right level of contrast. A subtle yet flattering feature for your look, it is definitely worth trying out in the spring and summer months.

Source – editseven.ca

Head scarfs

A fifties and sixties inspired trend. It is catching like fire! They protect your hair and add an extra element to your overall style without being too imposing. If you want to keep it even simpler, opt for bold colours.

Source – www.essentialhome.eu

Yellow Bags

Such bags have become a trend. They are literally dominating runways and streets. The best part about a yellow bag is that it is quite easy to acquire. The different shades to choose from are endless and the style is quite timeless.

Source – www.purseblog.com

White Knee-High Boots

A style inspired by the sixties. A minimalist colour and when combined with a patterned mini dress or skirt, you will multiply the sleek touch.

Blue accessories

The plus side of such accessories is the unlimited options. Blue accessories can be combined with several styles of garments. Combine a blue handbag or hat with a black or grey outfit and you are up and ready.

Source – www.purseblog.com

We are excited to see you all again at The Plaza, with restrictions now eased! Let us tend to your fashion requirements through the many outlets available.

Retail outlets are open from 10am – 7pm.

Iconic Spots in Sliema

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Iconic Spots in Sliema

Friday 16 April 2021

One of the most popular localities in Malta, Sliema is an exceptionally vibrant and sought after area. It is delightfully positioned next to the sea, allowing for impeccable views throughout. Sliema’s architecture is beautifully integrated consisting of modern apartments, old houses and Baroque churches. Sliema attracts volumes of people all throughout the year for different reasons including entertainment, shopping and night life. In this article, we shall be discussing some iconic spots in Sliema.

Sliema promenade

One of the key distinguishing features of Sliema. Locals and revellers simply call it “the front”. It is the place where joggers, dog walkers and strollers congregate, especially during the summer months! Whilst one is at the Sliema promenade, the Torri ta’ San Giljan which dates back to the 1600s, can be admired. At the promenade, one also finds the Independence Garden, which is quite a tranquil spot.

Balluta Bay

Another distinguishing feature of Sliema. Together with the clear waters, one would enjoy the magnificent view of the Carmelite Parish Church. Just behind Ballluta Bay, a bristling piazza, to enjoy a coffee or two! This bay is considered to be one of the most popular that Sliema has to offer. Apart from the casual swim, you may wish to gather some snorkeling gear. You may be impressed with the fish-filled reefs.

Qui Si-Sana Gardens

One of the poshest areas in Sliema, with luxury apartments extending throughout the majority of the area, the beautiful gardens may be enjoyed after a hard day’s work or to chill during the weekend. The marvellous sea-view complements this majestic location.

Fond Ghadir

In a nutshell, the Fond Ghadir consists of man-made bathing pools. What is impressive about these baths is that they go back to the 1800s. They provide ample relaxation during the summer months. Think of them as natural bubble baths!

Sliema’s churches

Strolling in the streets of Sliema gives you the opportunity to appreciate some of the locality’s distinct churches. One of the most remarkable is the Baroque Stella Maris church. This impressive church dates all the way back to 1853. In High Street, one would notice the oldest religious building, constructed in 1802, known as the Our Lady of Graces. Throughout the summer months, most of Sliema’s churches would be elegantly designed in anticipation of their respective feast.

March Spring Time – A Fresh Beginning?

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March Spring Time – A Fresh Beginning?

Friday 26 Feb 2021

As the colder weather starts to subside, and we get accustomed to brighter days, we cannot help but hope for a fresh beginning. The past couple of months have been enormously difficult for most. The rapid global spread of a dangerous pandemic, lockdowns and restrictions, followed by an economic halt, disrupted numerous lives.

The fresh breeze of spring is undoubtedly welcome, especially as many countries across the world are seeking an exit from the pandemic. In view of the new beginning, there are several things we can look forward to and you should approach it in style.

Clothing outlets at The Plaza

In view of the upcoming and much anticipated spring season, there are several retail options for you at The Plaza. The new season will undoubtedly call for the need of new clothes and you are indeed spoilt for choice at The Plaza. Irrespective of whether you are looking for formal wear or casual clothing, you can find a wide array of options to match your tastes. Perhaps you are looking forward to some new suits to greet the new season, especially now that more employees are working at offices. You would be delighted with a visit to Bortex. 

You may also be in for some casual clothing as you slowly start planning to catch up with friends and acquaintances, once the situation improves. Several outlets can cater for your casual clothing choices including Junction, LC Waikiki, Riot, Miss Selfridge, Mimi and promod.

Pamper yourself this spring

The new season is the perfect opportunity to pamper yourself with a new style and haircut. You will be satisfied with a haircut from Antonio’s Barber Shop or some perfumes available from the numerous outlets. You also have the opportunity to pamper yourself through the products offered at The Body Shop.

Culinary delight

Whilst you are shopping for your new items to enjoy this spring, you can enjoy a delightful meal at the recently established food court. The choice of cuisines is endless as you can experience different international tastes, all available at the same food court. As the situation improves significantly, you may plan for some outings to experience the cuisines available this spring, enriching your culinary experience.

 Looking forward to spring? We are! We look forward to welcoming you at The Plaza.

Easter Traditions in Malta

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Easter Traditions in Malta

Friday 26 Feb 2021

Easter is one of Malta’s most anticipated feasts and many prepare for it months in advance. As Easter quickly approaches, we shall discuss some of the common Easter traditions in Malta. Perhaps this year, we would be in a position to enjoy some of the most common traditions in Malta.

Source: Zejtun – Good Friday Procession (6) | Easter Celebrations | Pictures | Malta in Global-Geography

Good Friday

This is a holiday which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus, preceding Easter Sunday, the day of his resurrection. During this day, many would typically avoid the consumption of meats and sweets to show religious respect. Quite common on Good Friday are the traditional sfineg. These are delightful fried treats that are filled with anchovies and olives. These would be quite delightful following the seven visits on Maundy Thursday, which bring Maltese families together. 

Easter eggs and figolli

Easter is synonymous with lovely treats and delights. Easter eggs are quite delightful and figolli make afternoon tea an immense treat. These are treats that are normally made available during the Easter period, so you would do well to indulge.

Easter lunch

Another Easter tradition where you can enjoy several meal courses that make the day special. This would consist of a full-blown meal including nibbles, starters, drinks and a main course to die for. It is very common that you would end up eating from these dishes for days. As you can imagine, the mood would be quite different from that of Good Friday. The feel would be that of celebration rather than the solemnity which is evident on Good Friday.

Source: Kwarezimal – Mannarinu

Easter associated food

Together with the delightful figolli mentioned earlier on, there is the Kwarezimal. During the period of lent, many people would give up eating on meat and sweets, however Kwarezimal are allowed. These are delicious, chewy, nutty, orange-flower flavoured local biscuits. There is also the Qaghaq tal-Appostoli. This is the traditional unleavened loaf of bread eaten after the Seven Visits on Maundy Thursday. It is a ring-shaped loaf of unleavened bread made with honey and garnished with almonds and sesame seeds. 

Are you looking forward to this Easter? We are!

Malta’s Unique Carnival Cancelled for the First Time Since World War 2

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Malta’s Unique Carnival Cancelled for the First Time Since World War 2

Monday 25 Jan 2021

As we progress through the new year, within just a couple of days, we would normally be looking forward to Carnival. A yearly event in which both adults and children rejoice for some fun and quality time. 

Why do we look forward to Carnival?

Carnival represents five days of fun-filled activities, colours, competitions, events and the traditional “karrijiet”. The festivities of Carnival take place just before Lent, prior to Ash Wednesday, to be exact. Children would typically look forward to Carnival due to the school holidays which accompany it. Families normally make their way to Valletta to enjoy the brimming atmosphere, music and people in costumes.

malta carnival

Photo Credit: Zarb Coaches

Carnival’s background and its relevance today

The celebration of Carnival can be traced back to the 1400s. This event used to be celebrated in a grandeur style by The Knights of St. John where they used to enjoy strength competitions and balls. It is quite remarkable that Carnival managed to survive throughout all these years. Although it has evolved into something a bit different, the activities are enjoyed in full swing, with the main parades taking place in both Valletta and Floriana. It is also quite common that balls and parties are organised in both Malta and Gozo. Such parties would typically consist of attendees being dressed up with face masks and other colourful costumes.

Photo Credit: MyGuideMalta

It is also customary that young people would celebrate Carnival in Nadur. The celebrations taking place in Nadur would normally be a bit different than the ones in Valletta or Floriana. This Carnival is not usually televised and gathers quite some controversy, since religious institutions have protested in the past about how the celebrations were held. The Carnival in Nadur is simply however, the result of a group of people meeting and congregating, not organised by any specific committee.

Thyes, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Carnival in Malta is also synonymous with a particular type of cake that most enjoy. Going for a stroll in Valletta or visiting most confectionaries, you can purchase the traditional ‘Prinjolata’. This is quite a distinguishing treat, including sponge cake, almonds, eggs, coated with meringue and finished off with chocolate and cherries. They would typically be quite big and are sold according to weight.


Prinjolata, Photography Ian Noel Pace

With Carnival being cancelled for the very first time since World War Two, due to the pandemic, we will be holding onto our costumes for the coming year.

Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day

Friday 15 Jan 2021

During the month of February, we celebrate Valentine’s Day, where we commemorate romantic love, friendship and admiration. Every fourteenth of February, people celebrate this special occasion by sending messages of affection to partners, friends and family. It is also customary, that cards and flowers are sent to express appreciation and love.

The history of Valentine’s Day

This day is named after Saint Valentine. He was a catholic priest that lived in Rome, in the third century. This Saint has several stories to his account, which contributed to him becoming the legend that he is today. 

During the lifetime of Saint Valentine, it was a delicate time for Christians. The Emperor at the time, was of a pagan background and had set up strict laws for Christians. It was deemed that Roman soldiers should not be allowed to marry, as they had to ensure their devotion to Rome. Saint Valentine would marry such soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and it was here where he started to establish a reputation in relation to the importance he gave to love.

His activities were not to last forever as he was caught and imprisoned for not complying with the laws set out by Emperor Claudius. His good nature extended to his prison years as he catered for fellow prisoners and his jailor’s blind daughter. According to legend, Saint Valentine had cured this girl from blindness. It is said that his final act before being executed was to write to her a love message, signed “from your Valentine.”  He was killed on the 14th of February in the year 270.

Following more than two hundred years, the 14th of February was announced as St Valentine’s Day. During this period, Rome had adopted a Christian religion, with the Catholic Church determined to squash out the remains of paganism. 

In contemporary times, Valentine’s Day is celebrated by couples, with dinners, romantic getaways and gifts. For this year’s Valentine’s Day, here at The Plaza we have a wide range of gift options for your special someone. Come give us a visit and see for yourself.

January Sales at The Plaza

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January Sales at The Plaza

Saturday 02 Jan 2021

The month of January is synonymous with shopping sales. This January, outlets at The Plaza are giving out fantastic sales so that you can start the year on the right foot, benefiting from quality products at great prices. So what are the products you can benefit from during The Plaza January sales?

Men and women’s clothes

Visiting The Plaza means having the opportunity to browse through countless clothing shops, boasting different styles to satisfy the various tastes. Whether you are looking for formalwear, casual clothing or a different style, you are guaranteed a luxury of choice at The Plaza, and with the fantastic sales currently available, it is definitely the place to visit. It is also a good idea to pay a visit, especially as we progress through the winter, and you may need to upgrade your wardrobe.

Bortex

Shoes and footwear

Talking about starting the year on the right foot, you may need a new pair of shoes! Come have a look at the different collections available.

RIOT

Beauty and perfumery

The Plaza holds a number of retail shops aimed at making you look and feel better. Benefit this January as you stroll through the different shops, browsing various products of high quality and at excellent prices.

Lucy

Devices

The Plaza also allows you ample choices for devices. If you are considering a new phone, tablet or laptop to reward yourself and start the year in better fashion, you should pay a visit to Intercomp. You may encounter that phone or any other device that you would be looking for at a good price, starting off the year with a blast.

Intercomp

Kids’ clothes

The Plaza also offers an ample selection for kids’ clothes and shoes. Visiting The Plaza in January may allow you to benefit from fantastic sales for your little ones. Starting the year with a smile on their faces will definitely bring great satisfaction to you as a parent.

Mothercare

Food that makes you spoilt for choice

You may not be an avid shopping fan. In that case, you can also treat yourself to the various meals available at the food court. With the choice of different international cuisines available, you are sure to enjoy yourself, whilst the rest of the family shops.

Whilst we wish you the best for the start of the new year, we do look forward to greeting you here at The Plaza.

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Looking Back at 2020 and Looking forward to a Brighter 2021

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Looking Back at 2020 and Looking forward to a Brighter 2021

Saturday 02 Jan 2021

Many are glad to see the chapter of 2020 coming to a close, as we herald in the new year, where most are hoping that it will be a significantly better one than the previous. During this time last year, very few would have thought that the following months will be characterised by several hardships, including an uncontrollable pandemic, global lockdowns, over a million deaths and many people infected.

As we start off 2021, there is most definitely a greater sense of optimism as the world may be turning the tide. As multiple vaccines are dubbed to become available, and with programmes to get people inoculated fast, we may indeed be in a position to speak about the pandemic as a thing of the past during the course of 2021. In this article, we shall discuss some of the things we so desperately miss, and look forward to during the course of this year.

Tourism and travel

The world is definitely not the same without easy access to travel. The joy brought about by visiting a country and temporarily getting away from it all, compares to nothing. Due to airport restrictions and a general sense of fear, people are not travelling as they used to. A country such as Malta feels empty without tourists and we look forward to be able to greet them again, sooner rather than later as the situation stabilises.

Shopping

Due to the disruption caused by the pandemic, many people steered away from physical shopping, to avoid crowds, transitioning to online transactions. As the situation improves, it is expected that people will once again engage in physical shopping, as it is a totally different experience to buying through a computer or device.

Events and entertainment

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a major shift to the events and entertainment industry. Considering that the virus is so easily spreadable, there are several restrictions for events, which are capped at low amounts of attendees, without much opportunity for mingling as people are asked to remain at their seats. In a nutshell, stand-up events will have to wait. The same applies for restaurants, which also have to face restrictions, with each table being kept at a two-metre distance from the other. Bars and other outlets that serve drinks which go hand in hand with nightlife remain closed for the time being.

Once the situation improves, many would get the opportunity to indulge in several events and enjoy some well-deserved entertainment.

Shop and Win Launches Again

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Shop and Win Launches Again

Thursday 03 Dec 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Shop and Win offer will be launching again soon. Winners of this offer will benefit from some fantastic prizes such as weekend breaks at the 1926 Hotel & Spa, Kempinski and Palazzo Jean Parisot. The winners of the weekend breaks at the 1926 Hotel & Spa and Palazzo Jean Parisot will benefit from a spa voucher. A KSR MOTO Electric Scooter is up for grabs as well. The Plaza will also be announcing four winners daily, who will benefit from a fifty Euro voucher which can be spent at the shopping centre.

 

The offer will be available for a limited time starting from the 2nd till the 24th of December. Make this festive season even more special with The Plaza’s Shop and Win!

So how does the Shop and Win work?

You will be pleased to hear that you can easily qualify for the offer without breaking the bank. You will be able to collect a Plaza code for every ten Euro spent and become eligible to participate.

Participating in this offer is easy. Simply visit the below page and insert the details accordingly:

Prior to registration, those participating will need to answer a simple question and then proceed with entering their unique code. Eligibility also requires that those willing to participate Like The Plaza Shopping Centre Facebook page.

The winners will be contacted via the email address provided, so make sure to check your inbox regularly! You do not want to miss out on your winner’s email.

With all the outlets available at The Plaza, your Christmas shopping is covered and what better way to wrap it all up than with the chance of winning a gift to treat yourself? The options available guarantee that you can buy gifts to suit anyone’s tastes and preferences. Eager to claim your prize? The more you shop at The Plaza, the better your chances.