Celebrating Mother’s Day in the Time of COVID-19

Abbey Rose Floral Artistry's Mother-Daughter floral team as photographed by Sandy Harrison of Photographic Elegance. Flower from Abbey Rose and a studio session with Harrison are both great Mother's Day gift ideas!

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MINT HILL, NC – Looking for unique ways to treat mom special this Mother’s Day?  Check out these local opportunities to create a wonderful memory.

Capture a memory with Photographic Elegance

Call before May 10 to book a “Mom & Child” photo shoot with Photographic Elegance. A studio session plus 5×10 mounted print similar to this one is only $149.

“Looking back, I so wish I would have taken the time to have had my mom and I’s portrait taken at some point,” says photographer Sandy Harrison.  “Now is the perfect time!  Get your professional portrait taken before your life gets back to the hustle and bustle.”  In the spirit of giving back to those who have given so much to their families, Harrison is offering a studio session with an 8” photographic portrait for $100.  Call 704-598-9099 before May 10 to book your session.  Sessions can be scheduled after Mother’s Day, and measures are in place to shoot while maintaining a safe social distance.  Whether you’re a mom who wants to capture this moment in time with her own children or you want to honor the mom in your life, photography is a perfect gift!

Shop Locally

If you’re tired of scouring Amazon for all your shopping needs, support a local, small business!  Goodness Gracious Gifts and Interiors has a large selection of gifts for Mother’s Day: vases with sayings for Mom, small gift baskets with soaps, lotions, and foaming milk bath, mugs, Tervis drink cups, flavor-infused olive oils and vinegars, wine glasses and wine bags with sayings, kitchen gnomes and gnome kitchen bottle toppers, and Mint Hill Puppie Love shirts in a variety of colors and sizes from small to XXL. 

Goodness Gracious Gifts and Interiors has a wide variety of items for Mom this Mother’s Day.

In this age of social distancing, Goodness Gracious is happy to fill orders through their Facebook page or by phone (704 808 0227).  Owner Pam Eggleston brings new meaning to the words “window shopping” by bringing proposed purchases to the shop’s window for customers to make a decision.  “It’s a strange way to do business,” says Eggleston, “but it works!”

Better known for their in-person DIY classes, The Gift Workshop also has a small retail shop with a great selection of gifts for Mom.  Follow The Gift Workshop on social media for deals on beautiful gift items from lines such as Mudpie, Simply Southern, Scout Bags and Meri Meri.  Everything is available via curbside pickup or local porch drop delivery with virtual payment options to make every transaction contact-free.

Say “Thank You” with Flowers!

According to the National Retail Foundation, flowers remain a perpetual favorite Mother’s Day gift in 2020, with the percentage of people planning to purchase them second only to greeting cards.  Rather than shopping from a big-name online florist, consider shopping local.

The Gift Workshop is accepting pre-orders for Mother’s Day bouquets through Tuesday, May 5.  Blooms wrapped in flower paper and tied with a jute bow are $20 each, and you can add a vase for $5 more.  Orders are paid online via PayPal or Venmo and picked up curbside between May 8th between 1:00 and 4:00 for a contact-free transaction.  They also offer delivery within three miles of the workshop.

The Gift Workshop is offfering $20 bouquets for Mom.

Abbey Rose Floral Artistry, Mint Hill’s only full-service flower shop, is the place to go for a customized flower arrangement for Mom.  Abbey Rose offers arrangements at a variety of price points and offers contact-free ordering and delivery – they’ll leave your flowers on the porch for Mom and call when they’ve been delivered.

Say it with Popcorn!

Mama K’s is celebrating Mother’s Day with a “Mother’s Day Gift Bag.”  For $15, you can give mom three individual bags of Mama K’s original kettle corn, chocolates and flower seeds to plant and enjoy!  Mama K’s is accepting orders via email (mkkettlecorn@yahoo.com) or phone (704-231-4878) through Friday, May 8.  Pickup is available Friday and Saturday from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at their location outside Sammy’s Snowballs.

Mama K’s Kettle Corn is offering “Mother’s Day Bags” filled with three bags of their signature kettle corn plus chocolate and flower seeds!

Wine & Dine Mom at Home

You may not be able to take the Mom in your life out wine tasting this year, but you can bring wine tasting to her with the help of Vintner’s Hill.  For a limited time only, enjoy a three-bottle wine flight pre-selected by the staff at Vintner’s Hill.  From the Impero Italian Flight and the Educated Guess Flight to the Summer White Flight and Pinot Noir Flight, Vintner’s Hill has something to please every palate.  Add the “Dinner for Two” takeout special featuring a small charcuterie board, two house salads and two flatbreads for only $36.  Call 980-237-0457 to order; pickup is available between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm Monday through Saturday.

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her eight-year-old daughter Hannah and her six-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: marybeth@minthilltimes.com