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Mother's Day: You've Got Options

Last minute gift options for the procrastinator in all of us
photo courtesy Winery of Ellicottville

With the countdown to Mother’s Day 2020 coming in hot, the pressure seems to be a little higher than years past. Mothers have taken on so many extra roles and rarely get a break during these COVID times. For some fathers who worked outside the house, they might be seeing for the first time what it takes to rule the roost round the clock and work too. Well, to make this day magical for mom, Ellicottville has all of the ingredients.

Kicking it off with brunch, surprise mom with curbside pickup from Dina’s Restaurant. Their menu will have your mouth watering, featuring everything from fresh baked croissants to mixed berry crepes to banana nut french toast. They will also feature bouquets freshly picked by Flowers Off the Farm.

Next, get the supplies you need for mom to have the at-home facial of a lifetime from Ellicottville Oasis, which carries the highly-coveted skin care line, Eminence. Add in an Oasis gift card for the massage she deserves when this is all over. A gift card to the Ellicottville Salt Cave would be another fabulous post-COVID spa visit. Your mom will appreciate a future date of relaxing and resetting with a halotherapy session inside the salt cave, boosting her immunity and providing a natural detox to her respiratory system.

Get your curbside deliveries from any one of Ellicottville’s amazing gift boutiques. Kazoo II and Daff are open for curbside pickup, and they are making life easy with complimentary gift wrapping. If you haven’t been inside either of these stores, they boast a mix of timeless, well-made clothing, handmade footwear, jewelry and decor.

If you are unable to visit your mom this Mother’s Day, or you know a mom who will be celebrating alone, “send a smile” from Ava Grace Fashions. Owner Jessica Gilbert will personally handpick a few items and ship it off to whomever you want to send a smile to, through her Send-A-Smile program (free shipping anywhere in the U.S.)  Ava Grace also offers curbside pickup, and stocks some of the best day-to-day streetwear available in town.

Ellicottville is also home to Alexandra, which is not a store to be skipped. Their planners, notebooks, cards, books, coffee mugs, handmade pottery, candles and so on are unique and useful. Other local shops moms love include Gado Gado, Nature’s Remedy, and Watson’s Chocolates (did someone say chocolate? … that’s a no-brainer).

Don’t forget to to stock the freezer with classic Italian from Villaggio. Give mom not only the night off on Mother’s Day, but a night off later in the week as well. Head to stockthefreezer.com for a complete menu. Last but not least, and this is the most important part … BUY. HER. WINE and ICE CREAM. The Winery of Ellicottville is open, as is the Tee Bar for their frosty goodness of ice cream and specialty sundaes.

American novelist Barbara Kingsolver says, “Sometimes the strength of Motherhood is greater than natural laws.” Let’s be serious, we have all been pushing moms to the max lately. Give them the showering of love they give us each and every day; it is the least we can do. Below find all of the hashtag-this and insta-thats to get in touch with the fabulous shops and restaurants mentioned above as they all are running specials, for you, right now!

• Dina’s: Pre-Order by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 8th. Menu available on their FB and IG pages. Email: james@dinas.com

• Ellicottville Oasis: Check out their website at ellicottvilleoasis.com. Gift cards can be downloaded and printed from your home computer

• Ellicottville Salt Cave: Shop their online store at ellicottvillesaltcave.com

• Kazoo II, Daff, Ava Grace Fashions, Alexandra, Gado Gado, and Nature’s Remedy: Find them all on the web, Facebook and Instagram

• Villaggio: StockTheFreezer.com #stockthefreezer

• Winery of Ellicottville: Peruse their latest flavors on Facebook and Instagram, and go to wineryofellicottville.com to order

• The Tee Bar: Currently operating Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12:00-8:00 pm for take-away only

• Watson’s Chocolates: Open daily for all your sweet tooth cravings


“All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” - Abraham Lincoln