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Mother's Day not canceled: local businesses offer specials to help celebrate mom during pandemic

DeKALB – For Mother’s Day on Sunday, Hillside Restaurant in DeKalb is offering a “White Glove Affair.”

“It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, a combination of the idea of a classy touch and the cleaning and safety protocols we’re doing at our restaurant during the coronavirus,” Hillside Restaurant co-owner Mary Wilson said. “Usually Mother’s Day is a fancy occasion, with families coming to dine in at our restaurant. This year is going to look a little different with curbside pickup, but we’re still celebrating the holiday.”

According to the National Retail Federation, 86% of consumers will celebrate Mother’s Day this year and 78% said that celebrating Mother’s Day is important to them this year because of the coronavirus. Consumers will spend an average of $205 on Mother’s Day gifts and celebrations, up $8 from last year.

Jill Barczak, operations manager at Blumen Gardens in Sycamore, said that Mother’s Day weekend typically is one of the garden shop’s busiest weekends of the year. Blumen Gardens was able to reopen following Gov. JB Pritzker’s amended stay-at-home order, is open for shopping 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and offers pickup and delivery options.

“Everyone has been wanting to buy something cheery and colorful to brighten their mom’s day,” Barczak said. “People have been shopping for their mothers, grandmothers, sisters, friends who are mothers. We have gifts for all different kinds of moms, something for everyone. We have a range of items for all budgets: home décor, house plants, hanging baskets, soy candles, shrubs, mulch for outdoor projects and gift certificates at any increment of dollar value.”

“During the coronavirus, it’s more apparent now more than ever how much moms do,” she said. “In the absence of seeing and being with our moms, we’re realizing how much our moms have done for us over the years. Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and thank them.”

To celebrate Mother’s Day, local restaurants, including Ellwood Steak and Fish House, Hillside Restaurant, The Lincoln Inn and Faranda’s, all in DeKalb, will offer specials.

Ellwood Steak and Fish House, 2219 Sycamore Road in DeKalb, will have three different Mother’s Day specials: a 14-ounce prime rib, one side, soup or salad for $28.95; 8-ounce filet mignon, one side, soup or salad for $33.95; or surf and turf with a lobster tail and 8-ounce filet mignon, one side, soup or salad for $59.95. For orders, call 815-901-0270.

Hillside Restaurant, 121 N. Second St. in DeKalb, will offer its “White Glove Affair,” with curbside pickup from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Dinner options, including stuffed chicken breasts, honey glazed ham, roast turkey, salmon béarnaise and beef stroganoff, cost $14.95 and include sides, tossed green salad, rolls and butter.

Pans of pasta, lasagna and beef stroganoff cost $44 each and feed eight to 10 people. Whole quiches cost $15 and feed four to six people. Homemade pies, including rhubarb, cherry, caramel apple and lemon crunch, cost $15 each. To order, call 815-756-4749.

The Lincoln Inn and Faranda’s, 302 Grove St. in DeKalb, will offer a Mother’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mother’s Day. Two brunch options will be available. The $20 option includes scrambled eggs, seasoned steak tips, cinnamon French toast, rosemary red roasted potatoes, fresh berries and layered cherry cheese pie in a cup. The $26 option includes seasoned steak tips, crispy jumbo fried shrimp. A loaded twice-baked potato, fresh vegetable, spring salad and layered cherry cheese pie in a cup. Preorders are required and can be made by calling 815-756-2345.

“Moms definitely deserve extra this year [because of the coronavirus],” said Bill McMahon, owner of The Lincoln Inn and Faranda’s. “Moms had to step up their game. All the kids are home from school; there’s so much uncertainty in the world. Moms are wearing many hats: teacher, cook, nurse, cleaner, referee, umpire. It’s important to let her know how much you care and make her feel extra special.”

The Lincoln Inn, Faranda’s and Becky Beck’s Jewelry in DeKalb have partnered to offer a $99 Mother’s Day package. The package includes an enameled rose with 24-karat gold in a variety of colors, sterling silver earrings in a choice of styles and designs and a brunch from Faranda’s. Ten dollars of every package purchased will support DeKalb County Community Gardens. To order a package, call 815-758-3800.

“This year, Mother’s Day is a day to appreciate all the women in your life during this difficult time,” said Joan Protano, client relations manager with Becky Beck’s Jewelry. “Our packages allow the community to celebrate their loved ones in their lives and support local businesses and organizations.”

Fatty’s Pub & Grille is offering brunch packages that include a small bouquet of flowers from Glidden Florist. The family-style brunches of either a breakfast casserole or French toast will be available for purchase for curbside carryout or delivery on Mother’s Day. The brunches cost $59.99, feed four to six people and include fresh fruit, breakfast potatoes and a small bouquet of flowers. Mimosa or bloody mary kits can be added for an additional charge. All family-style meals must be ordered by Saturday, May 9, by calling 815-758-7737.

Glidden Florist, 917 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, is only selling gift baskets and plant gardens for Mother’s Day. Orders can be placed online through their Facebook store for pickup or delivery.

“Proms, graduations, festivals, parades, lots of events are being canceled because of the coronavirus,” Oscar Hansen, owner of Glidden Florists said. “But Mother’s Day is still happening. Mother’s Day is not canceled.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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