Mother's Day will be a little different this year thanks to COVID-19, but these local small businesses can help you send the moms in your life some extra love this week to show them you care. Support local shops and make mom smile this Sunday.

Mother’s Day is coming up quick (on Sunday, May 10th) and, in these physically distant times, figuring out an appropriate and safe way to show the moms in your life some extra love might be harder than in other years. Thankfully, many of downtown Victoria’s small businesses are open and ready to make the day special, even if celebrations still have to be from afar for a little while longer. And if you don’t see your favourite downtown shop below, give them a call or reach out to them on social media to see how they can help make this Mother’s Day as wonderful as possible.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert

Moms love us, care for us, and make sure to feed us well as they watch us grow. Return the favour this year with a special homemade meal or order from her favourite restaurant; so many of downtown Victoria’s restaurants and cafes have pickup and delivery options.

Whether it’s breakfast from Shine Cafe, a build-your-own bundle from Nourish Kitchen, or a grocery delivery from the V-Unit to make her a classic Village breakfast in bed, nothing beats a solid start to the day. If she’s a “coffee is all the fuel I need” type of gal in the morning, then opt for a lunchtime or dinner date instead. Or surprise her with a sweet treat from The Dutch Bakery, Crust Bakery, Chimoto Dessert, Fol Epi Yates, Venus Sophia Tea Room, or one of downtown’s many other delectable destinations.

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We’re SO excited to share with you our latest creation, the AFTERNOON TEA BOX . Launching just in time for Mother’s Day, the beautifully presented, made to order, afternoon tea box is brimming with all the delightful tea sandwiches, scones, and desserts from our Signature Afternoon Tea. We know how much you miss it😊 . You can now ORDER ONLINE for safe pick up on Mother’s Day, quantities are limited and will not be available after sold out. Purchase link in bio . PLUS our best selling teas are also available to shop online with FREE delivery on orders over $50 in Canada and $100 in USA☕️ . Thank you everyone for your amazing support of our family business, while we offer a new and different way to serve you as we adapt to these unusual times! We will always do so with the same love, care and beauty you know you will get from Venus Sophia. Thank you so much🤗

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Relaxation station

If she’s not a big foodie, there are other thoughtful things to do for mom this year and maybe some solo relaxation time is just what she needs. Local artisans and boutique shops have put together perfect little gift sets for a day full of pampering at home. Send some love from SALT or pick out something she’ll love to wear from Migration. Get soothing scents from Amelia Lee’s apothecary delivered or find more pretty smells and stylish gifts for mom’s lovely home from Rook & Rose. The Tuscan Kitchen also has a special Mother’s Day offering that could make for a great surprise.

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MOTHER’S DAY DELIGHTS Your mum is a cooking addict? Simply loves small luxuries? We have the perfect selection of products to delight her senses on that special occasion 💐 Kitchen linen: choose from our 100% linen from Russia or our colorful range of 100% cotton tea towels from France Truffle products: a selection of fine truffle salts, creams, oils and sauces for a delightful cooking inspiration 🎁 More products on our Mother's Day selection 📦 NEW: store pick-up option now available for your order ! #stayhome #staysafe #socialdistancing #wearethereforyou #customerservice #mothersday #italianpantry #smallluxuries #mothersdaygift #giftidea #bodycare #italy #italianfood #ceramics #France #French #Provence #thetuscankitchen #yyj #familybusiness #shoplocal #majolica #italian #tuscany #handpainted #handmade #smallbusiness #victoriabc

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Nurture mom’s growth

Like Mother Nurture interests, hobbies, and talents in those around them, help mom reconnect with her own hobbies and hidden talents by putting together a different kind of opportunity for relaxation. Order art supplies from Opus, get her started on a new knitting project with beautiful colours from Beehive Wool Shop, or arrange for mail order or curbside pickup from Button and Needlework Boutique. Maybe a puzzle or new book can help her decompress too. (Oscar and Libby’s, Munro’s Books, Russell Books, and other shops in downtown Victoria have those areas covered.)

Flowers and plants for the mother with a green thumb

If mom’s happy place is with her hands in the dirt, Capital Iron offers remote ordering and virtual shopping options, as well as free local delivery on purchases over $50, for those spring gardening needs. A lovely bouquet is sure to brighten up mom’s day too so place an order with Brown’s The Florist, Flowers on Top, or Poppies Floral Art to get it delivered in time for Sunday.

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Mother's Day is coming, and it's less than two weeks away! Our design team has been coming up with some gorgeous options for our website. We encourage you to place your Mother's Day order early as this holiday is our busiest one in the flower shop. Sending flowers is the perfect way to help the mom or mother figure in your life feel connected from a distance…Call us today or place your order online! . . . . #mothersday #orderearly #exploresidney#explorelangford #yyjflorist #yyjflowers #thinklocal #flowershop #brownstheflorist #vancouverislandflowers #StayConnectedFromADistanceWithFlowers #takecareofyourself #takecareofyourmentalhealth#mentahealth #governmentofbc #provinceofbc #covidbc

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Wine, beer, and more good cheer(s)

If physical distancing means this year’s celebration of mom needs to be held from a safe distance, still make the time to (virtually) bond and create new memories together. Have a beer together or share a glass of wine online and get mom to share some of her favourite stories. (Liquor Express, Swans Liquor Store, and The Strath Liquor Store are open for pickup or delivery so you can both enjoy your favourite adult beverage together, apart.) Or plan happy hour and enjoy a concert on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., listening to Canadian jazz while saying “cheers” to mom.

Happy Mother’s Day, Victoria!

Whether you’re celebrating your mother, the mother of your children, or your best mom friends this Sunday, take a moment to show your appreciation for all of the hard work that they put in. Go all out and plan a whole day of surprises, drop off that thoughtful gift (or get it delivered), and give the moms you love most an extra reason to smile while supporting our local small businesses. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

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