Shop local for mom
By Kathryn Lenn
As Sweet as Mom
Sweet Satisfaction by Debbie Buchbinder
Mail service only
Debbie avoids gluten and dairy and was getting tired of eating dark chocolate. In the fall of 2018, she started reaching out to candy companies who specialized in dietary-friendly recipes, and she began making her own mail-order treat boxes for others who needed some variety in their sweets game. You can hardly believe you’re missing the milk in the milk-chocolate candies, and two of the bars taste like big-name candy bars. They have toffee, brittle, truffles and chewy caramels. For the mom with a sweet tooth, sign her up to receive monthly boxes that cater to her dietary restrictions while still satisfying her desire for a treat. Or, maybe you just want something for yourself. You can buy online at any time. Everything is gluten and dairy free and 100% vegan. Visit the website and get $5 off your first order with promo code: “RWMAG5”
For the Foodie
Fiddlehead Coffee Co.
412 3rd Avenue SE, Rochester
Fiddlehead opened its doors in February 2019 and has been consistently adding to the Rochester food scene. It offers responsibly-sourced fresh coffee beans, a house bakery with a Minnesota State Fair blue ribbon winner running the show and local produce from Pearson Organics. And with the most green kitchen in the state of Minnesota that’s orchestrated by a James Beard award recipient, this small restaurant has big personality. Mom can eat local cuisine, drink organic and bio-diverse wine, try the house-made bitters or gin and subsequently give back to programs providing help and relief for those struggling in our community. Their Mother’s Day brunch is May 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with bottomless blood orange mimosas. If you can’t make it to brunch, pick up a gift card.
Dwell Local, LLC
602 7th Street NW, Rochester
Dwell Local is packed with everything for the mom who loves Rochester’s local products and artists. Owner Paul returned to Minnesota from California and opened Dwell in June of 2014 to help give locals beautiful things being made by their neighbors. There’s a room for anything you may need for the new mom’s baby shower, such as adorable Minnesota onesies made by Driftless and hand-made blankets. There’s also a room highlighting the gardener, with scatter garden kits and Fox & Fern Floral arrangements. The walls are loaded with local license plate art, canvases with beautiful sayings and local artwork. You can also pop in to grab some artisan popcorn mixes, statement and fair-trade jewelry, various handmade soaps and bath bombs as unique as your mom. Mix in some antiques, craft accessories, wallets, hand-poured candles and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, and this is a store mom can’t miss. Add a gift card to her present so she can experience it for herself too.
For the Mom with Pets
Chuck & Don’s Pet Food & Supplies
Barlow’s Plaza, 1117 6th Street NW, Rochester
Chuck & Don’s Pet Food & Supplies is a Minnesota original. First established in Eagan in 1990, a Rochester location launched in October of 2017. Not only does it have a fully-supplied pet wash room, but it partners with local pet adoption agencies for coupons and special offers for your new family member. Chuck & Don’s also has a huge variety of handmade cookies and pet treats, carries an unmatched selection of everything you would need—from food to accessories—for any pet and employs staff that are passionate and knowledgeable about animals. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome. On Wednesdays get $5 off a pet bath.
For the Sporty Mom
1190 16th Street SW, Suite 150, Rochester
TerraLoco is the place to shop for the mom who runs. The shop opened in August of 2012 and is now owned and managed by Tiffany Piotrowicz. Using video-gait analysis to ensure the running shoes you buy work for the way you run and featuring a variety of gear for hard-to-fit feet and strollers to take little ones on the trail, TerraLoco is the place to go to keep mom’s running (or walking) game strong. She can also sign up for workshops or classes or join various events. All the while, she’ll be giving back to our community. TerraLoco supports our area with every $5 5K event they put on, and they work with youth runners through Bolder Options, student discounts and more. TerraLoco’s summer challenge is a fun and easy way to have some friendly competition with friends and family while encouraging fitness.
A Moment in Time
Midwest LifeShots Photography
Online or by appointment only
When you realize that mom needs to be in some of the family photos and the kids won’t be this little forever, schedule a family session with a professional photographer. Scott and Jen Elder started Midwest LifeShots in the summer of 2008 and have been helping people remember the happiest moments of their lives ever since. Offering engagement and wedding shoots, maternity and newborn sessions and family sessions, there are a variety of packages to bring the photos to life. Midwest LifeShots allows you to document mom and the loves of her life. They take the time to build relationships with their clients, and they maintain the highest levels of customer service to ensure the picture-taking process is not only painless, but actually enjoyable. Visit their website and see for yourself just how beautiful a memory can be.
Katie Lenn is navigating motherhood and adulthood, and finds it therapeutic to share her life’s mis-happenings by writing about them.