Why do we celebrate our dear mothers every second Sunday in May? A Philadelphia woman named Anna Jarvis, whose mother had organized women’s groups to promote friendship and health, originated Mother’s Day. On May 12, 1907, she held a memorial service at her late mother’s church in West Virginia. Within five years virtually every state was observing the day, and in 1914 Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday.
As always, we have many local options in our neighborhood to help you recognize and honor the brave and resolute who bore and raised you! First and foremost, there is Terra Bella Flowers and Mercantile who not only supports local and organic flower farming, but also will make you an arrangement that will convey to mom just how special she is. Sip & Ship also has some gift options to delightful your dearest – from hand-selected cards, indulgent treats, wines and gifts she’ll love. The real kicker is Sip & Sip has gift wrapping services and you can send it off if your mom is far away – all in one stop. Phinney Books is also your go-to for a thoughtful gift – packed with thousands of cookbooks, novels, and interesting reads, they also provide a free wrapping service.
Mother’s day is also a great time to support our highly-impacted restaurants and bars. Got a hockey mom? Bring her a Poutine Flight and a Nanaimo Bar from the Angry Beaver. A Pomelo or Essay No. 1 from the Teacher’s Lounge will bring a smile and some effervescence to an evening with mom. Also do not forget that Phinney staple Oliver’s Twist not only is shipping out their legendary cocktails, but owner Karuna Long is exploring his roots with a stellar Cambodian menu. With dozens of restaurants, bars and cafes throughout Phinneywood, you can’t go wrong. This Sunday is about spending time with mom, not cooking – get some food to go!
Here are some other Mother’s Day specials and highlights from around the neighborhood:
Ada’s Restaurant and Bar
Ada’s – a fine dining Turkish restaurant is hiding in plain sight on Phinney Avenue – will be opening open on Sunday 2pm and serving a special Mother’s Day menu in addition to their normal menu. Chef Ayhan sent us a picture of the special menu:
Nutty Squirrel Gelato
For Mother’s Day, our local gelataria will have the following specials:
1. Rose gelato flavor in celebration of Mother’s Day, available starting Wednesday and through the weekend.
2. Macaron Gelato Sammies, available Friday-Sunday while supplies last.
3. Bakery pop up by Sweet Nothings and More, on Sunday 9AM-12PM
Modern Japanese Cuisine
Setsuko and Modern have two Mother’s Day specials this year.
First is a DIY Hand Roll Set for two, which includes two Negi Hama and Cucumber, two Poke Salmon and Avocado, two Baked Salmon Yuzu Kosho, and two of Setsuko Pastry’s Straberry Mochi. This all sells for $75+tax and you can order by emailing email@example.com by Thursday (5/6) at 10pm for Sunday pick-up.
Second is Mother’s Day Dessert Set: Setsuko Pastry’s signature Matcha Roll Cake, organic Strawberry Mochi, Chocolate Mousse with Strawberry Cream, three cookies (matcha, chocolate, and black sesame), and 2oz of loose leaf organic Japanese Hojicha tea. This all sells for $22+tax and you can order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday (5/6) at 10pm for Sunday pick-up.
Half Moon Bouldering
Our brand new bouldering gym will have a Mom Climbs for Free Event this Sunday the 9th. Bring your mom to climb with you and HMB will treat her to her visit and provide free rental shoes. Plus, you get to write her a card as part of the event!
Our local, organic, and cruelty-free self-care product maker would like to celebrate all the mothers in your life with their curated selection of mother-approved gifts filled with bountiful blooms. Honor your mother(s) with long-lasting bouquets that aren’t just beautiful to look at – they make you look and feel beautiful too.
Follow rue Santé at https://www.instagram.com/ruesante/ or https://www.ruesante.com/contact-events For their daily Mother’s day gift idea countdown & special promotion announcements. Shop on their website or in-store at The Bar Method. https://barmethod.com/locations/seattle-phinney-ridge/
Champion Wine Cellars
Moms! You inspire us every day. We see you and all you do for your families (not just kiddos but also pets, parents, extended family, chosen family, and more). And, as recognition for the many roles you fulfill, we wanted to honor you this Mother’s Day by creating a special club for you.
Introducing…Champagne Club! For someone as beloved as ‘mom’ and anyone else you love dearly. And, we’re rolling it out just in time for Mother’s Day. This is a club for those who adore the bubbly stuff and other high-end offerings. Think of it as a quarterly token of appreciation and reminder of how grateful you are for the special people in your life.
Taco Del Mar
Our local Baja-inspired eatery has a great special for this Sunday: 2 entrees, 2 drinks and 2 sides for $20.
Decadent Dog Care
For all of the dog moms out there, 25% off all services for the month of May. Includes cozy in-home dog boarding, park hikes, and dog walks (subject to availability). For regular rates and info, see www.decadentdogcare.com
Inherent Knowledge is hosting a six-session women’s series on Who We Are Now – The Pandemic as a Lever of Personal Growth and Renewal. Reading for the group will include David Epstein’s Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. The book will be used in concert with your pandemic self-reflections to generate curiosity — to either get you going, keep you going, help you pause, or help you refine what is next. Contact Susan Turner at email@example.com to sign up or for more details. The first four readers of The Review who sign up for the first series by Mother’s Day, May 9, 2021, will receive a free copy of the book. There are eight spots in each series. Books must be picked up from Inherent Knowledge in Ballard. First series starts online the week of May 17!
The Bar Method
Fit Momma Prenatal Special. A safe and effective workout for mom and baby, The Bar Method Phinney Ridge offers strength-building exercises and custom stretches that help support your growing babe and prepare you for labor. All classes are taught by expert instructors specifically trained on prenatal modifications. The Fit Momma Prental package includes:
- A private 45 minute prenatal session
- 3 months of unlimited classes
- Complimentary newborn onesie and workout facemask for mom