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Many Mother’s Day traditions will have to be put on hold this year, but Topanga families still have many options for celebrating mom this year.
Flower Power Topanga’s tiny Pine Tree Circle shop is closed, but the business is still open. Proprietor Gidget will create a custom bouquet of fresh flowers, or a gift basket with teas, herbs, and other soothing gifts. Delivery and curbside pickup are available. www.instagram.com/flowerpowertopanga/
Topanga’s Earthbaby has suspended flower delivery during the coronavirus crisis, but they still offer gift baskets with candles, mugs, bath salts and other goodies. www.earthbabyflowers.com
Topanga Homegrown, 120 S Topanga Canyon Blvd., is another great local option for Mother’s Day, the shop is closed, but offers curbside pickup, and has a selection of gorgeous floral scarves that can double as the now all-essential face covering, as well as luxurious robes and loungewear, jewelry, candles, and even grab bags priced at $25 and $45, with surprises to delight any recipient. Check out the store’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/topangahomegrown, or call for more information: (310) 455-8781.
Brunch may be out this year, but how about a backyard picnic? Canyon Gourmet, 120 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Suite 110, offers an artfully curated selection of fresh produce, artisan breads baked daily by Gjusta Bakery, fine chocolates, cheese, wine and other goodies for a festive Mother’s Day celebration. (310) 455-4200.
Check our restaurant guide on page ??? for breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas. Takeout can be dressed up with flowers, the best china, a tablecloth and candles, or served on a tray in bed. Something mom didn’t have to cook herself may be extra welcome right now, as families juggle work, child care, school, and three meals a day at home.
Instead of cut flowers this year, how about garden flowers? Tomato starts, seed packets, a lemon tree or a rose bush might be welcome at a time when everyone blessed to have a garden or patio is spending more time in it. Try ordering seeds or a gift certificate from Botanical Interests, www.botanicalinterests.com or Renee’s Garden, www.reneesgarden.com.
Try Green Thumb Nursery, 21812 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, for a wide range of plants, and essentials like potting mix. This family owned nursery is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.daily, and also offers curbside pickup: www.greenthumb.com/canoga-park-green-thumb-nursery, (818) 340-6400.
Those Topanga family Mother’s Day traditions that won’t happen this year? How about making a certificate for a rain check? Brunch at the Inn of the Seventh Ray when it reopens; a walk in Topanga State Park; a yoga class or sound bath; a facial at Sienna Skin Care,a horseback ride; a day at the beach. There are many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day, even in the middle of a crisis, and maybe this is an opportunity to create a new family tradition while we all wait until we can do the things we love best with the people we love most, once again. This Mother’s Day, a simple phone call or three little words—I love you—might be the best gift one can give.
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