Your Insider’s Guide to Mother’s Day 2018—All the Local She Could Ever Love

We are well aware that getting gifts or spending a ton of money on your mother doesn’t symbolize true love.

But when you think locally, it’s a mixture of supporting small businesses and giving her a top notch experience that both of you can enjoy (or she can solely enjoy)—so when we were thinking about our moms, these were the few ideas to shop, eat, and be that came to mind. So go off gang and have a wonderfully warm day with her. It’s never too late to tell the ones you love, you love them.

What To Buy

Holly Coley’s Sloth Pitcher

If your mother loves effortless design with a cute twist, a Holly Coley mug is sure to seal the deal. The mug is made with a stoney matte glaze on inside, textured brown clay outside. So slow down your morning and drink coffee with your mommy. //


If you and your mom want to get more hands on experience, a couple hours of the ceramics wheel is sure to brighten a morning of creativity. We chose Pinckney’s ceramics class as it encompasses making a finished product from start to finish. We think making matching mugs would be sure to brighten your mom’s day. //

Seldom Seen

A mom who’s Bay Area born and raised, is the type of mom who should feel Hella Good on their day. Luckily for us, the Hayes Valley best-kept-secret Seldom Seen has just launched their newest additions to their Hella Good line. Think hoodies, dad hats (for moms too), and cute enamel pins. We mean, don’t you want your mom to look hella good? //

What To See

OMCA’s RESPECT: Hip-hop Style and Wisdom

A day of history, style, and music—Oakland Museum of California’s RESPECT: Hip-hop Style and Wisdom is a great avenue to really enjoy black excellence with someone you love. Everything from Tupac’s lyrics, to iconic fashion accessories, to even live murals. The goodness of the exhibition cannot be contained. //

The Drag Experience: Hamilton

Say you couldn’t afford to slam down a grand for Hamilton tickets, don’t worry—we have the next best thing. The Drag Experience takes on their Hamilton show at OASIS in SoMa. Performances by KaiKai Bee Micheals Sugah Betes Cruzin D’Loo Gia Dina IsisElsa Touche Linty The Pristine Condition Madd Dogg 20/20 Jeffrey Hodges Chris AnzaloneIt has several meanings; the new “Mothership” of drag in SF, something warm and comforting, nurturing even. Motherly if you will //

The Mother’s Day Dance Act

If you’re looking for something more spiritual to do with your earthly provider (Mom), the Mother Daughter Dance is an intimate one act ritual theater piece written and performed by poet, actress, activist and local psychotherapist, Allegra Lucas. Directed by Armand Volkas. The piece uses spoken word poetry, performance art and dance to explore the complexities of a mother—daughter relationship while offering a unique rite of passage for a new mother as she embarks upon the birth of her first child. Boom //

What To Drink


A simple coffee date with your mom is sometimes enough, so why not let it live with some Andytown snowy plovers. From what we’ve tried, the plover is a rich coffee base made with housemade cream on top—we can sum it down to drinking it like a beer. Of course, other coffee options are available if you choose to not get it, but look at the picture, how could you not? //

Palate of the People

For those moms who want to enjoy light libations, a tour through California’s Roses wouldn’t be a bad start. The Palate of the People team are excited to give you and your mother an experience that’s custom, chic, and bubbly. Taste a sneak peek of the newest vintage of rosé, along with sparkling and red wines. Enjoy a guided wine education experience with delicious cheese pairings to match. //

USS Hornet Tea Time

And on the more hardcore side, the USS Hornet is welcoming Mothers and commanders alike to enjoy tea time on the boat itself. The will be comprised of a tour through the Hornet followed by tea time and sandwiches overlooking the Bay. All profits made will be going back into the museum. //

What To Eat

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The Snug

From the hands of chef Brian Shin, brunch at the Snug has gotten a lot more hearty. Introducing new items to the menu regularly, eating your way through their newly launched brunch menu will be a dream come true, plus so centrally located in Pac Heights—you’re surely to make a day out of it with dear ole’ mom. //

Third Culture Brunch Series

Our friends over at Third Culture Bakery have announced new dates for their brunch series in Berkeley. Not only can you taste and eat the sweet sweet mochi muffin, but get into the litany of other decadent bites they will be serving. Think mochi waffles, lychee mimosas, and more. //

Buffalo Theory Brunch

Is your mom a classic beer enthusiast? Well Buffalo Theory on Polk may need to be your first stop. With nearly 50 beers on tap, their also new brunch menu is sure to go down smoother. Don’t forget the fact that TV’s line the walls and normally a Giants, Warriors, or 49er’s game is playing. For the moms who love their home teams. //

// Photos courtesy of the businesses and events, header photo by Kelsey Chance.

Your Insider’s Guide to Mother’s Day 2018—All the Local She Could Ever Love
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