2005 Mother's Day Guide

A Good Laugh

Parkwest

Rimi

A Day off and a Clean House

Belly Dance Lessons

yo

ya

yo

Griscom

"I Heart Mom" Tattoo

Nothin

lovin

Southern Market

SM's

ol

Tea Set

The Hipster

toolbelt

stylin

bearin

organized,

Cellphone

ringing?

breath

Supermom

Donnamite

stylin

LeSportsac

LeSportSac

Only $27.30.

Umbrella

Guiness

Available at Paper Paraphernalia at 5113 Kingston Pike.

Weekend Retreat

Spa Visit

SpaVisage

SpaVisage

Robe and Nightgown

Babs

Bedhead

Handgun Course

packin

Chocolate Mom

Silver Bracelet

Picture Frames

Phoenix

Reiki Treatments

Harley-Davidson Clothing

Both?

fringey

stylin

hankerin

Vegan Gift Basket

Sharif

Harb

pigburger

Jewelry Box

Arrowcraft

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A Good Laugh

If laughter is the best cure-all, then perhaps it's time to fill your Mother's prescriptions at the Comedy Zone, located just off Cedar Bluff at 9246 Parkwest Blvd. Their May lineup promises to be a riotous rigmarole, with the unorthodox maternal musings of Grandma Lee, James Sibley's PG humor, the intellect of Carl Rimi, and Mickey Dean's down-to-earth, yet sophisticated, social commentary. Be sure to call 692-9633 immediately to get the good seats.

 

A Day off and a Clean House

Your mother has spent approximately two weeks of her lifetime vacuuming, a week mopping, and six months doing laundry. Give her a break. Hire a merry maid, or several, to encourage her to take a load off. They bring all of their own cleaning equipment, and are trained to clean from top to bottom, promising to leave behind a distinctive fragrance that says, "It's Merry Maids clean!" They can probably even get rid of that stench your father leaves in the can every morning, post-coffee.

 

Belly Dance Lessons

Ever heard the saying, "shake what yo mama gave ya"? Well, maybe it's about time you gave something back to yo mama and let her shake it for a change. Give her some belly dance classes courtesy of Sara Griscom, the soft-spoken guru that will ease mom through the steps till she's gyrating comfortably around the studio at Gypsy Hands. Though one needs no experience and hardly any athletic ability to enjoy this eastern dance form, if your mom's more likely to be more relaxed lying down, book her for a massage. Just make sure to book early, as Gypsy Hands' schedule fills up fast. Beginner belly dance classes are held Wednesdays and all levels are welcome on Tuesday nights for only $10 per class. Call 522-5829 for details.

 

"I Heart Mom" Tattoo

Nothin' says lovin' like a permanent scar. OK that sounds sarcastic, but unless your mother is one of those that would whimper about how she's raised a hellion were you to turn up with a tattoo, an "I Love Mom" tattoo from Saint Tattoo is an original and heartfelt gift idea. Besides, it's better than that pentagram symbol you've been covering up with baggy clothes. This time, choose the tattoo that'll bring tears to mom's eyes, in a good way. Call 971-3983 or visit www.sainttattoo.com for information.

 

Southern Market

Testimonial: My mother loves the Southern Market Shops, and since my father figured that out, gift-giving holidays have been much easier. Mom digs SM's upscale selection of home décor and other stylish doodads, but with summer on the wind, garden goodies are of the season. Planters, pots, ornamental signs and stone sculptures make any porch or veranda into more cozy terrain. Guess I better take a tip from ol' Dad this Mother's Day.

 

Tea Set

It's a shame your side of the family didn't inherit great-great-grandma's china that survived one war, two fires and three divorces. But you can help Mom fake it with this Victorian tea set with gold leaf trim. Ornate and dainty, this fine china will inspire Mom to dig through her cupboard for some Earl Grey and Darjeeling and those nice linen napkins to really set the scene. Maybe she'll even teach you how to hold your pinky out for authenticity. Pick one up at the Tattered Rabbit.

 

The Hipster

Remember how mom always lugged around that gargantuan bottomless pit of a purse when you were little but could never seem to find anything in it? Well, it's time to update your mama in the new hotness that's destined to be a hallmark trend of the 2000's—The Hipster. Much like a toolbelt, the sleek and stylin' garment hangs around those child-bearin' hips, compartmentalizing her belongings in an organized, and fashion-forward manner. Cellphone ringing? Need an emergency breath mint? Never fear, Supermom is here, and she knows just which pocket it's in. The Hipster will only set you back $25 at Donnamite. Pick up some stylin' kicks for yourself while you're there.

 

LeSportsac

A woman asks a lot from her purse. It must suit her numerous outfits and moods, hold her lipstick and checkbook, and weather being toted from morning to night. LeSportSac responds to these needs with durable construction, lively fabric designs and—for the gal who needs a purse of sizable dimensions—Sacs roomy enough to double as duffel bags. While this cute little number might remind your mom of the psychedelic '60s or the swinging '70s, its vibrant print will ultimately make her feel young at heart. Only $27.30.

 

Umbrella

Nothing says "I Love You" like an umbrella that says... "I Love You." This $30 collapsible bumbershoot from Lulu Guiness Umbrellas serves as a special reminder to Mom that when the going gets tough, you've always got her covered. Available at Paper Paraphernalia at 5113 Kingston Pike. Prices start at $30.

 

Weekend Retreat

If you love your Mother, tell her to go away. For the weekend, that is, to one of Butterfly Gap Retreat's lovely countryside resort homes only six miles from downtown Maryville. Set on a lovely 900-acre stretch bordering on the Foothills Parkway, the Gap guesthouses are accessible to several walking trails and scenic overlooks. Guests less enamored of the great outdoors can avail themselves of amenities such as air-jet tubs, screened-in porches, and TV/DVD entertainment centers with a large selection of DVD movies. Houses rent for $250 per night plus tax.

 

Spa Visit

When Frankie Goes to Hollywood whispered "relax," a visit to SpaVisage must've been on the horizon. This year, the spa is offering a handful of packages to pamper your mother real proper-like. With treatments involving smoothies, massages, facials and pedicures, a trip to SpaVisage is the next best thing to giving her a weekend away. Prices range from $145-300.

 

Robe and Nightgown

For the flawlessly hip mom, this bedtime get-up from Betsy & Babs, too is sure to score her extra points in the bedroom with your father. (Now there's a mental picture for you.) The Lilly robe is priced at $145, while the 100-percent Egyptian cotton chemise by Bedhead is $98. Go on. Dress her up in your love.

 

Handgun Course

Make Mom a crack shot! How better to please her than to show her how much you care about her ability to defend herself. Coal Creek Armory is offering Mother's Day gift certificates good for their basic handgun course. The emphasis is on safety, of course, and on shooting what you want to shoot when and where you want to shoot it. Note to fathers: If you feel you might ever have occasion to find yourself up and downrange, don't do this. Otherwise, it can be fun for the pistol packin' mama and her whole family. Course cost: $85.

 

Chocolate Mom

Chocolate, that gift for all seasons, is available this year in a special Mother's Day presentation box. The goody inside is a milk chocolate M-O-M, spelled out in big, solid, delectable letters for that precious, chocolate-addicted woman who'll salivate over it. The Chocolate Factory in the Candy Factory at the World's Fair Park has the preparation on hand. But hurry. Supplies aren't really that limited, but Mother's Day is upon us. Pick one up for $5.95.

 

Silver Bracelet

Her hectic schedule is cram-packed with carpools and Little League games, boardroom meetings and boiling pots. In other words, busy moms need a daily reminder of how much they're loved. Your Mom need only look down at her wrist to catch your drift, if you present her with this delicate silver bracelet from Lilly's Bead Box. Or you may give her a gift certificate to the shop, pay her admission to one of the jewelry-making classes, or browse from Lilly's selection of pre-made necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

 

Picture Frames

Bliss Home, the new across-the-square annex to the popular and never predictable gift shop, Bliss, specializes in nouveau furniture, and if you want some of that, you should get you some, by all means. But for mom-shopping on a realistic budget, look at one of these recycled metal picture frames with decorative flower magnets. They may be perfect for holding photos of Mom's favorite son: your brother. Grab the three-piece set for $30.95.

 

Phoenix Reiki Treatments

Whoa, Momma! For $50 a session—that's an hour of pristine aromatherapy and raindrops—your mother can get rid off all that stress that's been building up all year long. This promises to be unlike anything she's ever had before; at Phoenix, Young Living Essential oils are painstakingly selected to find the perfect match for your mother, allowing her to escape from the workaday world with an intensely fragrant siesta. The Reiki can also be combined with other holistic treatments for a full-body synergistic experience, giving mom the ultimate escape from reality. It's virtual reality, without a computer. Appointments can be made between 9 and 5, Monday through Friday. Call 300-5662.

 

Harley-Davidson Clothing

Does Mom live to ride, or ride to live? Both? Either way, she ought to be decked out in the latest Milwaukee trade-marked duds from Knoxville Harley-Davidson. This Mother's Day, besides the Mom/heart/arrow tattoo you get inked on your own arm, go get her some black, fringey, H-D thingy so she'll think of you while she's stylin' on the boulevard this summer. How about that leather biker's cap? Hog-hankerin' wannabes welcome, too.

 

Vegan Gift Basket

Don't force-feed your mother chocolate after chocolate this Mom's Day. There are other ways to satisfy her sweet tooth and cut down on the empty calories, all while showing her just how much you care. Get a Mother's Day Basket from the Vegan Bakery, prepared by Sharif Harb, our local Southern-fried ahimsa guru. These vegan delicacies have been known to taste just as good—or even better than—the typical egg-and-milk concoctions. Expose Mom to the newest culinary choice to hit Knoxville since the pigburger. Call 216-2559 soon to place an order.

 

Jewelry Box

For the Mom who has lots of baubles, bangles and beads but no stylish place to keep them when she isn't showing them off among the ferns while clubbing at Michael's, Arrowcraft has this glorious handcrafted wooden 40-inch tower of a jewel box in your choice of four hardwood finishes. At $1,100, it's terrific gift for that mother whose jewelry needs a place of its own—one that's smaller than a room but bigger than a bread box.

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