Eight Great Things To Do This Weekend: Mother’s Day – 4/30/20
Mother’s Day is coming up quick, and just because we’re quarantined, that doesn’t mean you get to skimp out on showering Mom with gifts and affection. Today, we’ve compiled a list of all the best ways you can prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day in the comfort of your own home, all while supporting local business.
ONE: Noreast Apparel provides many great T-shirts to choose from. And here’s the good news. Their “Pandemic Support Team” shirts feature logos from your mother’s favorite area restaurants and cafes. Order a shirt, and 10 dollars goes toward helping the business featured in your shirt’s design. Noreast Apparel also features a wide variety of hoodies, workout clothes and more.
TWO: With the weather improving, now’s the time to get a head start on gardening necessities. Help out Mom by finding new seeds, plants and more. Nunan Florist & Greenhouse in Georgetown, Weston Nurseries in Chelmsford and Wood Bros Florist in Lowell have everything you need to keep you home garden looking healthy and diverse.
THREE: Going with a gift that promotes self-care is always a good way to go, and many of Lowell’s small business have exactly what you need. Red Antler Apothecary is one. They’re on a mission to provide quality products with transparency and ease. On their site, you can find unique soaps, teas and CBD oil. Another Lowell business, Amaranth & Rue, sells soaps, lotions, massage oil and even handcrafted jewelry.
FOUR: Continuing along with the idea of self care, Lowell’s Sutra Studio is holding virtual classes meant to teach and promote yoga and meditation. During trying times, a relaxing drop-in session could be just what Mom needs to release stress and continue staying active.
FIVE: As long as the weather cooperates, an outdoor walk can be a great way to spend a morning or afternoon, while also releasing stress and getting some much-needed exercise. Winnekenni Park in Haverhill, Georgetown-Rowley State Forest and the Field of Dreams Park in Salem, N.H., are all great spots to enjoy nature and relax.
SEVEN: Support local artists! There are many, and, like everyone, their ability to make a living has been impacted by the pandemic. One you should consider is Wyldflower Creations. The owner is originally from Dracut, but travels the United States in an RV, looking for wild creations with which to make her jewelry. Check out her Etsy page here.
EIGHT: Finally, restaurants across the Valley are celebrating Mother’s Day with special offers. Here’s a list of some of the best local spots to get your delicious Mother’s Day lunch/dinner.
Cobblestones of Lowell: Whether you get their Cobblestones chicken marsala, mac and cheese with short ribs or their Szechuan eggplant and tofu, you can’t go wrong with this menu. Top it all off with a bottle of red or white wine, and you’ve got a great full course meal. Additionally, if you call Chelmsford’s moonstones directly, you can get 10% off curb-side pickups.
Horseshoe Grille: Through June 1, all curb-side services and delivery are free. That, combined with a great menu of expertly prepared meats makes this North Reading staple a great choice for Mother’s Day.
Seoul Kitchen: Westford’s Seoul Kitchen is a family-owned restaurant that specializes in authentic, Korean-style food. From Korean tacos to tiger wok shrimp, this place does it all.
Tuscan Kitchen: In Italy, a true artisan combines simplicity in the freshest ingredients with time-honored, scratch preparation. Tuscan Kitchen celebrates the culinary traditions from all over Italy with extensive menu options. If you are in or around the Salem, N.H., area, you can do no wrong celebrating Mother’s Day with freshly made pastas, breads and more.
Orzo’s: Whether you want a Mother’s Day brunch or dinner, North Andover’s Orzo’s Italian Restaurant has what you need. For four people, Orzo’s brunch and dinner packages have everything you need for a delectable Mother’s Day meal. You better hurry though — all Mother’s Day meal packages must be ordered by May 7.
Angelina’s: In Tewksbury, Angelina’s Italian Restaurant is the go-to place for authentic Italian meals. Along with their extensive list of appetizers and entrees, Angelina’s is now also offering family packages for four or six people. Try the chicken parm, American chop suey or one of their many other choices — you can’t go wrong. Plus, all family style dinners come with plenty of garlic bread.
Seaglass: This Sailsbury-based restaurant features a diverse cast of meal options on their menu. But, for Mother’s Day, their family style dinners, fit for four, are their best option. Offering lasagna, whole-roasted chicken, seafood and steak, any choice from their menu is a good choice.
Cafe Azteca: This Lawrence restaurant wants you to know exactly what authentic Mexican food tastes like. Fresh produce, savory meats and harmonizing salsas, Cafe Aztec does it all.
Grazie: Grazie Italian Restaurant is opening back up on May 4, just in time for Mother’s Day. Help welcome this Dracut-based business back to the market by celebrating Mother’s Day with some of their mouthwatering Italian dishes.
Andover Classic Wines: No celebration meal is complete without wine, and Andover Classic Wines has some of the best. If you’re not into wine, no problem. Andover Classic Wine feature a variety of craft beers and spirits as well, all available via pick up or delivery.
Purple Carrot: At Purple Carrot, you can get the best plant-based meals your way. Lowell’s Purple Carrot offers meal plans for two or four, and all shipping is free.
Jocelyn’s: Jocelyn’s Mediterranean Restaurant and Martini Lounge has great food, martinis and wine. This Salem, N.H., restaurant is the go-to place for celebrating Mother’s Day with authentic Mediterranean food.
Phoenician: Family-owned and operated, Haverhill’s Phoenician serves delicious, generous portions of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine as well as traditional American favorites.
Chowder Factory: For seafood lovers in or near the Lowell area, the Chowder Factory is the place for you. Although their menu features a wide array of chowder dishes, Chowder Factory also specializes in delicious pot pies, chili and more.
Buono Bistro: This North Andover-based restaurant has everything an Italian lover could ask for. On their menu, you will find a variety of pasta, insalata and zuppa-related dishes.
and don’t forget…
Andover Classic Wines’ Virtual Wine Tasting: Andrea Lewis will be joined by Ciro Pirone, noted Italian wine scholar and director of Italian wines for Horizon Beverage, to guide guests as they experience two outstanding wines from Piedmont. Taking place Thursday, April 30, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., you can RSPV by emailing Wine@AndoverClassicWines.com.