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The local Mother’s Day gift guide you’ve been searching for

She’s our cheerleader, our example and our champion. It’s only fitting that we gift our very first best friend with something special for Mother’s Day.

Here are a few unique local options:


Let Mom stop and smell the roses — or calla lilies and peonies on a regular basis with a Nectar subscription. You can choose from four different types of flower design: Mixed arrangement with a seasonal flair of Designer’s Choice, En Masse (all one type of flower), Organic Mix (fresh cut and plant materials) and Bundle (no vase, all flowers) and have them delivered directly to your mother.

You can choose between weekly, biweekly and monthly options with a minimum order of $75. Plus, you can include a note with your bouquet and share any special requests that the florist should keep in mind when bundling your beauties.

940 N. Davidson St.

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Bon appetit!

Surprise your mother with a cooking class at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen in Atherton Mill and Market. On Sunday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. there will be a Mother’s Day Brunch class where you can make smoked Salmon Toast, Spring Vegetable Frittata and Gluten-Free Crepes with Sweet Vanilla Ricotta and Strawberries. The class is $65 and advance registration is suggested as classes do sell out.

2140 South Blvd.

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Get jazzy

Is your mom an arts and culture enthusiast? If so, treat her to an evening at The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art for their Jazz at the Bechtler event where art and music meet beautifully. On May 6, She’ll listen to the tunes of The Ziad Jazz Quartet with guest tenor and Berklee College of Music grad Danny Walsh and the galleries will be open to peruse until 9 p.m. There will be two performances, 6pm and 8:15pm and the theme is Smoking Saxophones. Tickets are $14 for the general public and $8 for museum members.

420 S. Tryon St.

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Tea Time

Treat your mother to an afternoon at The Ballantyne Hotel for their Mother’s Day Tea event taking place from May 4-7. Mom will enjoy tea sandwiches, sweet treats with an option to add a Champagne Rosebud ($8) or a Pink Lady Cocktail ($10) too. The cost is $36 for adults and $18 for children ages 5-12. Plus, since you are on the grounds, consider adding a pampering treatment or two at their award-winning spa.

10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.

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Take a look in a book

“Trophy Mom,” a witty book by Charlotte Observer humor columnist Tracy Curtis gives you real stories of mommy life that will make your mom nod in agreement while simultaneously laughing out loud. Here’s an excerpt from the book discussing celebrity moms…

“They go to Mexico when it’s not even spring break. And they have more than one pair of sunglasses. And they always say that being a mom is their favorite role. Really? Because personally I’d love a crack at playing Roxie Hart in ‘Chicago’ on Broadway, but that’s just me. A typical night involves a ball gown and a red carpet, the typical wedding includes a castle and Wolfgang Puck, which makes the rare morning trip to Starbucks worthy of a full page spread.”

These stories and more are what your mom can look forward to during her “free time” and will be a great addition to her book collection.

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Photo: Christina Hussey