Mothers Mean the Most

It’s Mother’s Day soon! You’ve celebrated it many different ways over the years, but what about this year? Running out of ideas? We have options that may give you an idea. Maybe you have a gift, but you need to get flowers or plan a brunch spot for the day. Look no further – we have plenty of options for all of those items on your list this Mother’s Day.


State Street Market Shops
701 N. State Street
Elgin, IL

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00PM
Closed Mondays

This store has a variety of items from antiques to collectibles. This includes house decor, bird houses, luggage, framed photography, and unique knick knacks.

*They have two days on May 9-10  (Saturday and Sunday) where they have Moms Appreciation Days – Refreshments & gifts for Mom.

Banbury Fair
211 W. Railroad Avenue
Bartlett, IL

Monday – Saturday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM 
Sunday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM

This shop offers unique gifts for Mothers’ Day. They have a wide assortment of florals, prints, candles and paper products. They also have purses, shoes, and furniture if you want to go that extra step.

Shockey Jewelers
18 Douglas Avenue
Elgin, IL

Monday – Friday: 9:00AM – 5:30PM
Thursday: 9:00AM – 7:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Closed Sunday

Their jewelry selection is diverse from the more collectible style to modern designs. For example, they have heirloom estate pieces or customized design pieces. Either way you have the option to choose “unique, one-of-a-kind treasures” the owner, Peter Shockey, hand selects while traveling the world.

Around the Corner Candy
99 W. Main Street
West Dundee, IL

Monday-Thursday: 11:00AM – 7:00PM
Friday: 11:00AM – 8:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Sunday: 12:00PM – 6:00PM

This store has their own candy bar with over 1,000 candies open to ordering from them. They also have a selection of “Nostalgic Candy” for the mother that is sentimental about the candy she remembers growing up. If your mom isn’t necessarily a candy fan, but loves gifts and plush toys – this store has that too. Get her an over-sized teddy bear just because!

Romantica Boutique
125 W. Main Street
West Dundee, IL

Monday – Thursday: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Friday – Saturday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM

They have a new spring and summer line with bright new choices of clothing for the mother that loves to shop for clothes. They have formal and casual dresses, tops, bottoms, and jackets to choose from. You could even buy her a complete outfit with jewelry and accessories all at Romantica.


Solo Restaurant and Wine Bar
13 Douglas Avenue
Elgin, IL

Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00AM – 3:00PM and 5:00PM – 9:00PM
Friday – Saturday: 11:00AM – 3:00PM and 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Closed Sunday &  Monday

Just as the name says, this is the place to get wine for your mom. They have many choices of white and red wines, while also offering reserve wine from Italy, Spain, and France. You can buy any of these wines by the bottle, which will make a terrific special gift for the mother in your life who loves wine. In addition, you could also sign her up for the CRU wine club. Local members enjoy the option to pick up monthly wines at solo as well as lots of other exciting events.

Sweet Pop Fizz
316 N. River Street
East Dundee, IL

Monday – Thursday: 9:00AM – 7:00PM
Friday – Saturday: 9:00AM – 8:00PM

This is another favorite wine shop that offers wine by the bottle to purchase. On Wine Down Wednesday you can buy these bottles for $3 off the original price. In addition to the fabulous option of wine, this store also offers great desserts. They have cupcakes, truffles, and exotic popcorn. Buy a bag of either one of these desserts and make a basket of food and wine for that special mom in your life.


Klein’s Farm and Garden Market
1175 Lillian Street
Elgin, IL

38W 718 U.S. HWY 20
Elgin, IL

Need flowers? They’re always a great touch to your mother’s day gift. Klein’s is a local flower market that can provide you with fresh, beautiful flowers that are a step up from the last minute supermarket flower selection. They have annuals like impatiens, petunias, and marigolds and other new varieties of flowers including verbena, million bells, mini petunia, and sun-loving coleus. If your mother is really into gardening and planting, there are hanging baskets and patio planters available as well. Personally, my mother loves local produce and flowers and likes to shop around when she’s at these markets. This market has pure maple syrup and local honey available if your mom is anything like mine.

Platt Hill Nursery
2400 Randall Road
Carpentersville, IL

This nursery offers a wide variety of flowers from annuals, tropicals and house plants, perennials, and roses. They also have local produce like vegetables, fruits, and herbs to add as an extra gift for the mother that loves to cook. If you happen to stop by ask what Platt’s Picks are for May so you are sure to get the favorite flower in bloom that month.

The Flower Wagon
989 W. Spring Street
South Elgin, IL

This cute nursery offers everything from annuals to perennials to unique potted plants your mother is sure to love. The best part is the trained staff can help you easily find a flower or plant your mother can cherish for many years to come. Give her a gift that will keep on growing!

Brunch on Mother’s Day

Holiday Inn of Elgin
495 Airport Road
Elgin, IL

10:00AM – 2:00PM

The Holiday Inn of Elgin will have a Mother’s Day brunch with an omelette station, carving stations, and a seafood bar. Call 847-488-9000 to reserve your spot.

Elgin Public House
219 E. Chicago Street
Elgin, IL

10:00 AM – 12:30PM

Elgin Public House has a Sunday brunch option every week, but for Mother’s Day they kick it up a notch with exceptional expanded brunch options. The items they’ve served in the past are assorted pasta dishes, dessert trays, seafood entrees, egg strata, and a salad bar.  

Solo Restaurant and Wine Bar
13 Douglas Avenue
Elgin, IL

11:00AM – 3:00PM

Solo is opening an all new Sunday Brunch option in May from their new chef. For Mother’s Day they’ll have great options for you all to enjoy including Mother’s Day Mimosas with refills. Make your reservations online at or call 847-622-7656.

Villa Olivia
1401 W. Lake Street
Bartlett, IL

9:30AM – 3:00PM

Villa Olivia offers Sunday brunch every week, but for Mother’s Day they offer many more options to make your mouth water. From Slow Roasted Beef and Ham at a carving station to Tilapia and Eggs Benedict – they have multiple entree options to choose from to satisfy your taste buds. Most importantly it includes a complimentary glass of champagne.

*Side note: Check out the May exhibit at Side Street Studio Arts that is a celebration of Mother’s Day. Its a visual art exhibition and a performance on May 9th at 7:00PM featuring the work of the children of artists and artists inspired by their mothers.

About the Author: Shalina Wozny I am a communications intern for EACVB. I really like being the “middle man” and finding a way to bridge the gap between people. I like exploring new cities, eating a good bowl of pasta, and having anything sweet for dessert – dessert is a must for me! Fall is my favorite season; the leaves changing color fascinate me. I love having deep, soulful conversations. Follow my posts on this blog to find out more about what I love to do in this area.