Wish the mother, mother figure, or special lady in your life a Happy Mother’s Day with a unique take on a traditional gift, made, or purchased, with love in Brooklyn. By Jessica Allen.
The Green Spa
Named the #1 Wellness Center in America by DAYSPA magazine, The Green Spa & Wellness Center in Bay Ridge is the ultimate relaxation destination. Services include customized facials, body scrubs, micro-needle therapy, tired leg and foot treatments, soothing stone massages, cupping, guided visualization, aromatherapy, threading, waxing, manicures, pedicures, and fake tattooing. Open and family-owned since 1998, The Green Spa is located in an eco-friendly, feng shui-approved building, and offers experiences for men and children too.
This Williamsburg store sells all kinds of pretty things by all kinds of designers. There are necklaces, rings, bracelets and cuffs, earrings, and anklets, along with candles, cards and stationery, keychains, lip balm and makeup, hair accessories, nail polish, perfume, boxes, tea sets, compasses, trays, bath scent, soaks, and soaps, and even a pom-pom garland for easy-breezy decorating. Prices range from spare change to the thousands. Catbird is truly an emporium of sparkly, lovely stuff.
Baked in Brooklyn
If you’d rather make Mom something than buy it, head to Baked in Brooklyn. This pottery and craft studio lets you paint a ceramic object of your choice, from a coffee mug to a plate to a dog dish, tea pot, or beer stein. You do the designing, the detailing, and the stenciling, and then it gets glazed and fired. Out the object comes, ready for eating, dish-washing, microwaving, and gift-giving. You might consider doubling the fun by inviting Mom along, and crafting together.
Flowers are great, but they don’t last very long. Go one step further this year by giving Mom many years’ worth of flowers or shrubs or trees, in the form of a whole new garden. dig designs and constructs greenspaces for rooftops, balconies, backyards, and other urban areas. If Mom is more the do-it-herself type, the Atlantic Avenue store offers expert advice, supplies, and a vast selection of indoor and outdoor plants. We’re particularly taken with the topiary animals.
This Mother’s Day adventure starts with brunch in the Beaux-Arts Court at the Brooklyn Museum. Once you’ve had your fill of mimosas and omelets, you’ll take a guided tour. If Mom has a feminist side, visit “The Dinner Party,” by Judy Chicago, and learn how the triangular tableau celebrates women’s contributions to Western civilization. If she’s into the deep past, you might attend “Mummy Dearest: Mummies and More from Ancient Egypt,” while “Extraordinary Women: Celebrating Mothers and Motherhood in Art through the Ages” seems totally apropos.