May 7, 2019
Trying to plan the perfect Mother’s Day celebration for the most important woman in your life? There are tons of opportunities to shop local while enjoying a great Mother’s Day right here in Albany, Oregon. From activities and gifts to some of the best spots for brunch, Willamette Community Bank has some great suggestions for your Mother’s Day shop local list.
Where to shop local for Mother’s Day gifts
Bill’s Flower Tree: Flower’s are a classic way to show mom you love her. From simple bouquets to big displays, no florist in Albany does it better than Bill’s Flower Tree. Stop by their storefront in Downtown Albany, or order online at BillsFlowerTree.com.
Sid Stevens Jewelers & Jordan Jewelers: Jewelry is another classic gift for mom that’s meant to last a lifetime. Albany is home to two local jewelers right on 1st Street in downtown that go above and beyond for their customers. Jordan Jewelers features a wide array of well known designer collections. Looking for something one-of-a-kind? Sid Stevens Jewelers specializes in custom jewelry design and creation.
Visit Sid Stevens Jewelers online at sidstevensjewelers.com.
Visit Jordan Jewelers online at jordanjewelers.com.
Emma Downtown: Is your mom a fashionista? Emma Downtown is Albany’s go-to boutique for women’s clothing, home decor, and other unique items. Find that perfect gift for mom or pick up a gift card, and let her do a little shopping on her own. Visit Emma Downtown on Facebook to find out more.
Love Yoga Studios: For the active lifestyle mom (or one that just needs a little quiet and relaxation) a membership or class package to Love Yoga Studios may be the perfect gift. With classes for every experience level and interest, Love Yoga Studio has the right experience for everyone. Drop in or check out their offerings online LoveYogaStudios.com.
Urban Ag Supply: For mothers with a green thumb check out Urban Ag Supply, one of Albany’s newest downtown shops. Urban Ag Supply has everything you’ll need to get a flower bed or garden growing strong, and they even offer delivery. Stop by the store or check them out online at UrbanAgSupply.com.
Brunch (and dinner) stops for Mother’s Day
Brick & Mortar Cafe: Brick and Mortar’s brunch offering has developed a bit of a cult following in the Mid-Valley, and for good reason. Delicious food, generous portions, and build-your-own Bloody Mary Bar makes this brunch spot one to check out. Visit BrickandMortarCafe.com to view menus and specials.
Frankie’s Restaurant: Frankie’s in North Albany is well known for their farm-to-table offerings, sourcing as many ingredients as possible from around the Willamette Valley. With a recently introduced brunch offering on weekends from 11am-3pm — and just as tasty as their other offerings — Frankie’s is definitely worth a stop. Visit frankies-oregon.com to view menus and specials.
Sweet Waters Family Restaurant: For an option out of the hustle and bustle of downtown Albany check out Sweet Waters Family Restaurant on Santiam Highway. Delicious, generous portions of traditional breakfast offerings and comfort food in a family-friendly environment, Sweet Waters is a perfect spot for a low-key family brunch. Check out Sweet Waters Family Restaurant on Facebook for more information.
Downtown Waffle: For a unique brunch experience in an intimate setting check out Downtown Waffle. The Liege waffles made with brioche style dough instead of batter creates a hearty, filling waffle. Topping options abound from sweet fruit and chocolate options to savory roasted chicken, vegetables, and cheeses. Check out Downtown Waffle on Facebook for more information.
Sybaris Bistro: While not usually open on Sundays, Sybaris Bistro makes an exception for Mother’s Day brunch. Known for their farm fresh food in an intimate setting, and unique chef-created offerings on a rotating menu Sybaris prepares a special meal for Mother’s Day brunch that kids and moms alike are sure to find delicious. Reservations are required, so plan ahead! Go online to sybarisbistro.com to view the menu and book your reservation.
Family activities for a great Mother’s Day
Albany Historic Carousel & Museum: One of Albany’s biggest attractions, and a great family-friendly environment, the Historic Carousel and Museum can provide hours of fun for kids and grown-ups alike. Open 10am-5pm, the Carousel is a great place to stop for the family after Mother’s Day Brunch. Get more information at albanycarousel.com.
The Pix Theatre: Another great option right in downtown is Albany’s historic, independently owned theatre, The Pix. Catch a family-friendly movie with the kids during the day, or sneak out in the evening for an adults-only outing. In addition to your normal movie theatre snacks The Pix has beer on tap! For more information including movie times and menus check out albanypix.com.
Mid-Willamette Family YMCA: For families that like to be on the go, check out the Mid-Willamette Family YMCA. With open pool and gym times throughout the day, you’re sure to find fun for everyone whether shooting hoops or in the water. Visit ymcaalbany.org to see schedules for open swim and other activities at the YMCA.
Why shop local:
At Willamette Community Bank we believe shopping local is just a better way to shop. Purchases made at locally owned businesses keeps more money in our communities — as much as 50 percent more — and that re-circulates through the entire local economy, maybe even coming all the way back to you.
So when you shop local you aren’t just buying a sack of groceries. You are helping a neighbor grow their business. You are putting a ball in the hands of a local youth. You are providing support for local nonprofits. You are building a strong community. Shop local. It’s worth it.