Over 100 years ago (in 1914, to be exact), President Woodrow Wilson made Mother's Day an official holiday. As one might guess, it didn't take long for restaurants, florists, and confectioners to get in on it. In fact, the woman who campaigned for the holiday, Anna Jarvis, was so disgusted by the commercialization of the holiday that she spent the rest of her life fighting to remove it from the calendar. Of course, Mother's Day is here to stay, so if you're going to spend your money, you may as well do it locally, and there are plenty of good restaurants, florists, and confectioners in Oz to choose from, as well as other special offers from local businesses and organizations!
Moonlight Tavern is offering a special Mother's Day menu from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with choices such as Prime Rib and Champagne Chicken. Plier's Full Circle Pub & Restaurant will have Prime Rib and additional specials between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
If you're looking for chocolates in Port, Chocolate Chisel has a wide variety of milk and dark chocolates to choose from, as well as chocolate dipped strawberries (pre-ordering is recommended). Jewelry can be found at Sharbuno Jewelers. Both Pear & Simple and Locally Inspired have great gifts and Locally Inspired is offering a Mother's Day Plant Bar the Saturday before Mother's Day, as well!
No No's has brunch from 11a.m. - 2:30. For reservations, call (262)675-6960.
For flowers, try Lighthouse Florist in Saukville.
Flannery's at Fire Ridge in Grafton offers a Mother's Day Brunch. Reservations are required; call (262) 375-2977.
The Bloomin Olive is where to go for flowers in the Grafton area, and Sweet Trio and Handmade With Love has all the sweet treats mom might want.
Mr. B's, A Bartolotta Steak House, has a Brunch Buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call (262) 518-5500 to make reservations. Cafe 1505 is serving brunch and reservations are required -- call (262) 241-7076).
La Terre at the Mequon Public Market is the place to go for blooms and Cocoa Tree Confectionery is the place to get chocolate and sweets. Barthel's Fruit Farm is offering free tea or coffee to moms from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. while she shops for flowers and seedlings, as well as
The Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement are having a special Mother's Day Weekend, the 11th and 12th, featuring treats, prizes, specials, samples, wine tastings and live entertainment just for mom!
There's always a special caramel apple from Amy's Candy Kitchen or classic candies from Ashley's Confectionery to make mom's day, and flowers from Rachel's Roses. Armbruster Jewelers is, of course, a main stay for jewelry, but there are so many great jewelry and gift stores in Cedarburg, you could just take mom through them all and let her pick out just the right thing.
If Mom is an outdoorsy type, she may prefer a hike at Lion's Den Gorge in Grafton, Sauk Creek Nature Preserve in Port, Harrington Beach in Belgium, or a nature preserve such as Riveredge in Saukville or Mequon Nature Preserve.
Happy Mother's Day to all from Ozaukee Living Local!