Ten #SimplyGrand ways to treat mom

Spring brings not only sunny skies and bountiful blooms but also a holiday honoring the woman who brightens all your days. This Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day and a perfect chance to demonstrate just how much she is appreciated!

During this pandemic, expressing your love can be tricky but certainly not impossible. In case you forgot or haven’t figured out yet what to get mom, here are ten SimplyGrand smart restart ideas:


Even though our local movie theaters have yet to reopen, you can still show your love with dinner and a show! Step one, order a scrumptious takeout brunch from Ely’s Ivy. Their extensive menu offers everything from sugar glazed ham and herb roasted chicken to smoked salmon quiche and French toast bake, with plenty of superb sides to complete the meal. Step two, stop by Ferguson Books & More to pick up mom’s favorite flick or television series on DVD.


Is mom an 80s rocker chick, by chance? An Andy’s Harley Davidson gift card plus tickets to Def Leppard with ZZ Top, October 12, at Alerus Center, would be totally rad!


If country is more mom’s style, bet tix to Luke Comb’s October 2nd concert at Alerus Center and a gift card to purchase some stylish new cowgirl boots from Home of Economy will really make her yeehaw!


I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “sweets for the sweet”. Take that literally and pick up some Chippers (chocolate covered potato chips) or any of the other famous candy delicacies at Widman’s. If mom prefers her desserts in pastry form, O’ for Heaven’s Cakes bakes up some of the best cookies, cupcakes, muffins and more in town. Know what would make this gift basket even sweeter? A cute North Dakota or Minnesota mug from Kittsona plus a Bully Brew Coffee gift card.


If mom has been a little stressed and needs to tee off, nothing beats a day of golf at King’s Walk. This scenic Arnold Palmer designed course is a perfect place to play a round. Afterward, stop in the clubhouse and treat her to a delicious dinner at the popular Eagle’s Crest Grill.


Pamper the woman who pampered you with a gift card to AVANT Hair & Skin Care Studio. In addition to hair styling, some of their other five-star services include facials, waxing, brow embroidery, massage and makeovers.


Who doesn’t love University of North Dakota sporting events?! Present mom with an IOU for tickets to a UND Football or Hockey home game this fall, along with a gift card to the Sioux Shop at Ralph Engelstad Arena where she can purchase some fabulous Fighting Hawks logo wear.


Although nothing compares to mom’s beauty, a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the newly opened Persephone’s Floral or blooming plant from All Season’s Garden Center will come pretty darn close!


Treat mom to a flight without purchasing a ticket or leaving the ground. Rhombus Guy’s Brewing Company offers flights of their tasty taps paired with fabulous food and even brewery tours, upon request. Not quite ready to hit the town? Even though Half Brothers Brewing Company has yet to reopen the dining area, they do offer lots of tasty menu items plus growlers and cans of their awesome ales to-go.


If no one can cook as good as mom, bestow upon her a gift card to The Olive Barrel, so she can fill the pantry with the finest quality oils, vinegars, spices and more. While there, you might also want to pick up a copy of local celeb and Food Network star Molly Yeh’s latest cookbook. Make your present uniquely grand by adding some cute ‘n cool gift items from Beckamade.com such as handmade dishtowels, aprons, kitchen magnets and cards.

If you’d like more info about the abovementioned businesses, as well as the 411 on all our #SimplyGrand attractions, restaurants, stores and more, be sure to check out VisitGrandForks.com. We also invite you to follow Visit Grand Forks on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.