Next Sunday, May 10th, is Mother’s Day. It also marks two months since the world shut down in an unprecedented effort to slow a global pandemic; needless to say, the last eight weeks have thrown even the most resilient of mamas for a loop. There are the essential workers putting themselves at risk on the daily, forgoing cuddles and much more to protect their family; moms caring for – and continually worrying about the well-being of – quarantined kids, often while juggling a job and/or financial stresses; and higher-risk mothers and grandmothers separated from the beloved little ones in their life, to name a few. I can say with 100% certainty that the mothers in your life deserve a little something special next Sunday!
What better business owners to support during these tough times than our fabulous, hardworking Prince Edward County people. A sure-fire win-win! Without further ado, here are some ideas for spoiling – in a sweet but safe way – your partners, mothers, and grandmothers, while supporting your beloved local people and places. As always, please let me know if I’ve missed any local Mother’s Day-specific offerings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the gourmand
The Counter Coffee & Kitchen’s Mother’s Day Brunch Basket ($50) includes make-your-own brunch ingredients, Kaleidoscope Kitchen pastries, Strictly Maple maple syrup, and a variety of add-ons (sparkling wine! flowers!) from local businesses. Pick-up Saturday May 9th.
Parsons Brewing Company is offering Mother’s Day County Care Packages ($85-100) including local items from Flora Lora Flowers, Stella’s Eatery, Lighthall Vineyards, Three Dog Winery, and of course, Parsons! Order for Pick-Up Sunday May 10th 10-5, or get free Mother’s Day delivery in the County.
Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company is selling Survival Kits ($95) with enough pasta, cheese, and charcuterie for several family meals, as well as Cheese Care Packages ($49.95) with a variety of cheeses, salami, and a preserve – all items are from the farm. Delivery is $10 / free pick-up from outdoor on-site fridge.
Let the County Pasty Company fill up the freezer with delish Cornish-inspired pasties – now accompanied by their new dips! Contactless local delivery (free with minimum order of 5 pasties).
Land & Bog is selling BBQ Rib Kits ($30) including a spice rub, BBQ sauce, honey, and a recipe; $5 from each kit sold goes to Wellington’s Storehouse Foodbank. Order via email at email@example.com or FB messenger. Free local delivery in the County.
Karla’s Confections is offering custom Mother’s Day hand-painted sugar cookies ($25/dozen). Porch pick up.
Butter Dream Cakes continues to create mouth-watering treats amidst the pandemic; view the delivery menu here and send orders to firstname.lastname@example.org. Free delivery within a 15 minute drive of the shop, available Tuesday-Saturday 12-4.
Honey Pie Hives and Herbals’ farm-grown honey, soap, tea, spice blend, lotion, and lip balm products can be purchased individually or in a variety of gift boxes. Order online, free local delivery.
Beacon Bike & Brew (website here) is offering two deliciously decadent Mother’s day baskets. For coffee lovers ($65) – a Reusable Huskee Cup, bag of Quietly Coffee’s Allie and Lennie blend, and Centre & Main Chocolate Company’s beautiful “Flower Bomb” bar. For tea lovers ($45) – A Kikkerland tea and fruit infuser, bag of Number E Tea (green or chai), and Centre & Main Chocolate Company’s “Flower Bomb” bar. You can also pick up strawberry lavender scones – 4 for $14, available baked or frozen. Curbside pick-up on Friday May 8th and Saturday May 9th from 9-3.
Mother’s Day weekend also offers the perfect moment to support your favourite County restaurants. For take away and delivery information, check out restaurant websites and social media, Support Local PEC, and this map of local food establishments.
The Back Room is mixing up a special sunrise to sunset Mother’s Day kit – from breakfast tea (with scones and preserves, or a Gluten free version with Jubilee Farm pancake mix and chili maple syrup) to a coupe glass, cocktail shaker, and the fixings for Bee’s Knees – they’ve got you covered ($110 or $75 without alcohol, tax incl.) Also included is a DIY Mother’s Day card provided by Raising A Village – Quinte, who will receive a $5 donation from every kit sold. Local delivery within the County on Saturday May 9th.
At Kinsip House of Fine Spirits’ online shop, choose from handcrafted bitters, spirits, maple syrup, and liqueurs, in individual or gift set formats. For a limited time, a free 120 mL bottle of their hand sanitizer will be included with every spirit or maple syrup order. Curbside pick-up and free local courier delivery for orders over $50.
The County Cider Company has put together a colourful Mother’s Day basket, the fruits of Fieldbird Cider‘s County Collab with Hubbs Creek and Redtail Vineyard are in their final sale days, and oh my! We are blessed with too many options to mention here. Please visit the websites of favourite local vineyards, breweries, and cideries, or use these super local resources for pick-up and delivery info – Support Local PEC and this map of local beverage establishments.
Bloomfield Beauty Co. carries a wide range of health and beauty products, as well as jewellery, linens, robes, and candles, in their online shop. You can also purchase gift cards for the online shop and build a custom gift box with any 3 items. Free contactless pickup at the spa on Fridays and Saturdays. Once-a-week $5 doorstep deliveries within Kingston, PEC, Belleville, and Trenton, $75 minimum.
You can order natural, cruelty-free soaps and skincare products from Savon Du Bois’ online shop. Free local delivery or curbside pick up at the store; for non-local delivery, free shipping on orders over $50.
Contact Queen B’s Lash Boutique via their Facebook page for information on gift cards (services cost $15-180) and bath bomb packages. Packages via porch pick-up, gift cards via porch pick-up or they can record the information in their system.
Hairgicians is offering a special Mother’s Day package ($50) including manicure/pedicure, waxing, and facial products. Details on Facebook page, porch pickup or delivery.
Flora Lora Flowers is taking Mother’s Day orders for their stunning arrangements through the online shop until Tuesday, May 5th; deliveries will take place from May 8th-10th. Contactless curbside pickup and free delivery in the County.
Flowers by Marvin offers same-day delivery of their beautiful bouquets throughout the County; verify local delivery costs ($9.95-26.95) and cut-off times here. Contactless curbside pickup and delivery.
Coriander Girl’s gorgeous offerings can be ordered through their website until Sunday, May 3rd for May 9th and 10th delivery / pick-up dates. $12 delivery in the County, contactless curbside pickup on May 9th and 10th from 10-2.
Flowers N Such (7 Paul Street, Unit 2, Picton) is open for curbside pickups and delivery; give them a call at 613-476-0203 for info on Mother’s Day arrangements.
Clothing, art, and other unique local gifts
The Local Store recently launched its online shop where you can peruse their vast selection of locally-made art, food, homeware and decor, and much more. Free gift wrapping, contactless pick-up from 11-4:30 every day – orders will be ready the following day, or possibly same day if received in the morning. Delivery via Canada Post.
Zest Kitchen Shop recently launched their online store and for Mother’s Day is offering free gift wrapping and local delivery for a minimum purchase of $25. For Mother’s Day weekend, free local delivery on Saturday and Sunday (minimum order $25).
Check out Kelly’s Shop’s Facebook and Instagram pages for frequent updates on the boutique’s fabulous selection of clothing, jewellery, and unique gifts. They can also deliver gift cards. Curbside pick-up, free local delivery, and payment can be done by E-transfer.
Check out the Green Gables Gifts & Greetings website and get in touch by phone (613-393-1494), text (613-885-2419), or through Facebook for information on their unique clothing and home/garden decor offerings. Veranda pick-up or local delivery.
Head to Books & Company’s online shop for books, puzzles, games, and – for bonus points – Miss Lily’s pastries (6 for $15)! Pastries can be pre-ordered for Wednesday and Saturday curbside pick-up. Books & Co. products are available for curbside pick-up and County-wide delivery.
Lovers of County lore will enjoy two gems from Picton-based Invisible Publishing: Don’t Honk Twice, A Prince Edward County Anthology, and the soon-to-be released County Heirlooms, a collection of recipes and stories from over 30 County-based chefs, farmers, and other food producers. County Heirlooms is edited by local restaurant owner and operator Natalie Wollenberg and Leigh Nash, Invisible’s Publisher, and royalties will go to Food To Share, a local food security organization.
Froggy Pond Rustic Designs creates personalized local pebble pictures – visit their Facebook page for a visual!
Works from artist Susan Wallis‘ new series Hope Nests series are being offered at a reduced price for Mother’s Day.
Josefina’s Ladies’ and Men’s Fashions has Mother’s Day baskets and gift certificates available. Call 613-847-5338 or check out their Facebook page and scroll (until you can stroll again) through the racks. Free local porch drop offs.
Visit the In a Stitchy Mood Facebook page to view their sweet custom, hand embroidered “Family Tree” blankets ($65).
Innovative Jewellery is working on an online shop, but in the meantime you can call 613-645-2144 for details on products and delivery. Gift-wrapped porch deliveries and curbside pick-up.
Magpie Clothing Essentials staff will help you find the right handbag, piece of clothing, or jewellery for your special someone. Check out their Facebook page, and call (613-476-8366) or email (email@example.com) for more info. Contactless free delivery within the County and will mail to more distant locations.
Contact Gilbert & Lighthall Marketplace via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (613-476-3131) for help in finding, and wrapping for free, the perfect gift. Free curbside pickup, and contact-less delivery anywhere in PEC.
Summer Sudz Cleaning is offering $10 off all gift cards, and if you spend $100 or more you’ll receive five of their all natural home cleaning products when they are released in September 2020. Email email@example.com for more information or to place an order. E-gift card or contactless local delivery.
The County Emporium is putting together a sweet package including a card, pancake mix for Mother’s Day morning kid-made pancakes, and a vintage tea cup with a sweet little plant. All proceeds to local family food security charity. Check their Facebook page for more details. Pick up or local delivery.
Upon purchase of a Joseph Prinzen Woodworks charcuterie board from now until May 7th, you will also receive a dipping bowl from The Ye11ow Studio, cashew spread from Caju Winds, and a Sandbanks Estate Winery tasting passport for 6 individuals for free. Facebook shop here. Free local contactless delivery on Friday May 8th to PEC and Quinte region, $10 for delivery to Kingston, Napanee, and Brighton region.