Mother’s Day Shopping & Dining Guide

May 5, 2020

Mother’s Day is May 10. While social distancing may make your usual celebrations more challenging, Tenleytown Main Street businesses are here to help. We’ve put together a guide to gifts, experiences, and even celebratory meals that you and mom can enjoy this Mother’s Day.

Balloons & Plants

Balloon Zoom creates gorgeous balloon sculpture, bouquets, and bespoke balloons. For Mother’s Day – or any day – they are offering yard balloon installations for only $50 just for Tenleytown residents. These no-contact balloons are a safe way to send love to mom, and Balloon Zoom will even arrange to pick up the balloons and supports when she’s done enjoying them. As always, there is no charge for delivery in Tenleytown.

If flowers are more your mom’s love language, Tenleytown Ace Hardware has a selection of potted orchids and decorative house plants that will bring joy for many weeks to come. Order online or call ahead for curbside pick-up.

Cards & Gifts

One can never go wrong with a card on Mother’s Day. From funny to heartfelt, you can find just the right sentiment at locally-owned businesses like The UPS Store and Ace Hardware in their card sections. Ace also has a selection of Made in DC products that would make perfect gifts.

For those mothers who love their fur babies almost as much as their kids, PetMAC has treats, pet toys, accessories, grooming products, pet beds and climbing trees, and even doggy apparel.

Or maybe your mom is taking to the bike trails right now for exercise or a respite from the stay-at-home policy. City Bikes has all the accessories or bicycle gear she might want. You can browse online from the comfort of your home before you purchase.

All of these essential businesses are open. You can call ahead or place an order online to pick-up while safely social distancing.


For the mom who likes to learn something new, online classes are all the rage right now! Gift her yoga, meditation, belly dance, or another online fitness class from a Tenleytown studio. Or maybe she’s been wanting to learn a new instrument. Middle C Music has you covered there, and they have great musical gifts for contactless pick-up or delivery, too. And if your mom is missing quality time, you can sign up for a fun, family dance party with CityDance POP! that you can do together, whether she’s in the next room or the next town.

Gift Cards for Future Pampering

If you’d normally be pampering your mom with a spa day, purchase a gift card now that she can use later when businesses reopen. Trust us – she’ll be looking forward to enjoying manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, and more.

Mother’s Day Meal

Did you know that Tenleytown has 35+ restaurants, ranging from casual to full-service? With many cuisines – from French to Italian to Indian – and at many price points, it’s easy to find a perfect option to celebrate mom. Order for carry-out or have it delivered, and don’t forget to include a nice bottle of wine or batched cocktail. Find delivery options here and a complete list of Tenleytown restaurants here.

Have a favorite Tenleytown shop or restaurant for Mother’s Day that we missed? Know of a great special offer just for mom? Let us know at