Much like St. Patrick’s Day and Easter, Mother’s Day 2020 will look a bit different than previous years, due to COVID-19 and business closures across the city. As we prepare to celebrate the wives, mothers, mother-in-laws or motherly figures in our lives, we won’t be able to shop from neighborhood boutiques or make brunch reservations like we usually do.
However, there are plenty of creative ways we can celebrate mom this year — from online orders to no-contact floral deliveries. Plus, these gifts and activities will support local Fort Collins businesses, many of which may be struggling during this difficult time.
Celebrate the incredible mom(s) in your life with some help from these beloved Fort Collins businesses!
Photo Courtesy of PAGEFIFTYFIVE
Melissa of PAGEFIFTYFIVE creates honest, witty and thoughtful greeting cards and other paper goods, which are all available on her online shop. She even has a collection of Mother’s Day cards, from the hilarious to the endearing. Pick up a card for mom and a few others for the ones you love! PAGEFIFTYFIVE has something to say for pretty much every occasion.
At the moment, Pinot’s Palette has switched their regular class schedule to include all virtual classes, so you can get creative from the comfort of your home with a glass of wine in hand. Their studio artists will guide you step-by-step through the project; all you have to do is provide your own supplies! The experience is completely interactive, which means you can ask the artists questions throughout the event. Each class is $15 per guest.
To find something that fits both of your schedules (or to be able to attend an in-person class in the future!), you can also purchase a gift certificate to be redeemed at a later date.
Photo Courtesy of Old Town Spice Shop
Old Town Spice Shop is packed with a variety of sweet, savory, spicy and inventive spices, plus teas, coffees, salt, pepper, sugar, sauces and snacks. They have something for every kitchen and many of the spices are freshly ground in the store. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they are accepting online orders for shipping only. All online orders will be shipped within 1–2 business days with free shipping for orders over $35 so you can have a family dinner night for Mother’s Day!
Skip the cooking and the dishes this Mother’s Day by picking up a meal from your favorite local restaurant. Although all restaurants in Fort Collins are closed for dining in, many have pivoted to offer curbside pickup or delivery — and the offerings are changing on a daily basis! To keep up with the various options available, one Fort Collins resident created this editable, shareable Google spreadsheet with Fort Collins and Loveland area restaurants, bars, breweries and franchises still operating at this time.
Create your own charcuterie board (and pair it with a bottle of wine!) with help from The Welsh Rabbit. Their delivery menu includes options for an extensive at-home meal, including pasta, snails, quails and even tongue, plus plenty of cheese. Pick from the Gouda Platter, the Popular Platter or the Want to Share? Platter, each of which comes with olives, druits, nuts and your choice of a baguette, local wheat crackers or gluten-free crackers. Create a fancy spread to share with mom and the whole family!
The team at Nuance creates small-batch, bean-to-bar chocolates made straight from cocoa beans roasted and ground inside their Old Town facility. You can pick up these delicious and authentic creations in the form of fresh truffles, single-origin and flavored bars, hot chocolate, and more! At this time, Nuance is taking serious precautions to protect the safety of their customers, the community, and their staff. Please wait outside the shop if there are already customers inside, or you can opt for curbside pickup if you would like.
Photo Courtesy of Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary
Organize an at-home spa day for mom with natural body products from Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary. They sell a wide range of products online, including bulk herbs, herbal tea blends, essential oils, bath and body products, all made from mostly organic and only natural ingredients. During COVID-19, Golden Poppy is only fulfilling online orders, which can be shipped to your house (or your mom’s house!) or picked up at their store, if arranged ahead of time.
Most moms love candles! And there’s no better source for local candles than Beldamia. These perfectly scented soy and beeswax candles are hand-poured in small batches right here in Fort Collins. You’ll find a mixture of sweet, floral scents alongside woodsy, spicy scents, such as Woodsmoke — a customer favorite!
No Mother’s Days is complete without fresh blooms. One of our favorite florists in Fort Collins, Paul Wood Florist, is offering no-contact delivery of hand-arranged fresh flowers to the Fort Collins area at this time. Shop from their collection of arrangements for spring, from the traditional to the modern. Get $10 off your order (and future orders!) by texting PWFLORIST to 57711.
Cozy Cottage is our source for all things cozy. This family-owned boutique sells home accessories, bath and body products, apparel, furniture, and one-of-a-kind vintage finds. Plus, they have an incredible selection of gift boxes with hand-selected items, like candles, succulents, hand cream, and other little accessories. You can even add a special message in the notes and they will include a card with the gift box!
Since 2009, Happy Lucky’s has remained committed to quality, selection and community, offering an interactive and immersive tea experience at their Old Town shop. Peruse their collection of teaware and teas — the largest in the state of Colorado! — arranged by type, origin and theme. At this time, they are offering store pickup, local delivery and free shipping on orders over $25.
Photo Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company
Since opening in 2011, Rocky Mountain Olive Oil has become an Old Town favorite. The store is owned by Andi Rose and Shaun Armon, who have curated an inventory of small-batch, non-GMO and preservative-free oils and vinegars with no artificial color, gluten or added sugars. The store offers an exciting and flavorful shopping experience alongside outstanding products. At this time, you can shop their inventory online to either be shipped or available for in-store pickup! Until May 31st, they are offering a free 4-ounce bottle of Olive Oil Skin Care hand lotion when you buy any two 375 ml or 750 ml bottles of oil or vinegar.
Help your mom keep her to-be-read pile stocked by picking up a new book or two from Old Firehouse Books, an independent bookstore with a wide variety of books in all genres. While the shop is closed at the moment, they are reinstating curbside pickup and local deliveries and are still processing web orders at this time. Enjoy free shipping on orders over $20! Consider organizing a family book club as another way to bond during this time!
What local mom-approved gifts or experiences are we missing? Let us know in the comments below!