Whoever the special mom is that you’re shopping for, you know you’ve got to get it right this Mother’s Day. One of the goals we have at 3 Steps to StartUp is to help small businesses survive and thrive in our state. We know that living in West Virginia gives us access to high-quality and unique options for spending our hard-earned money, and that includes gift-giving. What better way to say “Happy Mother’s Day” this year? Here are six ideas for your Mother’s Day small business shopping. 


The classic Mother’s Day gift, flowers are always an appreciated treat. Finding a local florist is like finding a local treasure, and it’s even better if you can find a florist with local, West Virginia-grown flowers. Did you know that 80% of the flowers sold in the United States are imported from outside the country? Buying local means you’re getting a product that will last longer and support your community.  

If the mom you’re shopping for prefers flowers that aren’t fresh-cut, it’s a great time of year to head out to a local plant nursery for a flowering bush or a hanging plant that your mother can enjoy all year long! Local plant nurseries are important sources of local flora, and business owners have a passion for beautifying our community with their green thumbs.  

Wine or Other Spirits 

There are nearly two dozen wineries in West Virginia to date, and the industry continues to grow! Daniel Vineyards is a popular destination in Crab Orchard. The winery serves food in addition to their wine and would be a fun outing for a well-deserving mom. Forks of Cheat Winery in Morgantown and Kirkwood Winery & Isaiah Morgan Distillery are also great local destinations. 

Not only does West Virginia play host to a variety of wineries, but many of our entrepreneurs have also perfected the art of mead-making. Mead is a spirit made by fermenting honey, water, and yeast. Craftsmen sometimes add flavors to the mead using fruit, spices, or grain. Honey River Meadery in Harmon, Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead in Lewisburg, and Mountain Dragon Mazery Fine Honey Wine in Fairmont are just three options for trying out this specialty drink. 

Many of these facilities offer tours and tastings worth taking advantage of! After all, what better gift is there for the mom in your life this Mother’s Day than quality time? 

Salon or Spa Gift Cards 

Scope out some of the local options for a spa day or salon services for the mom you’re shopping for this Mother’s Day! If the mother in your life has a favorite salon already, get a gift card to cover her next salon services. Don’t be afraid to gift her something that she wouldn’t normally do for herself, either! Moms are notorious for taking care of others before they treat themselves, so take this opportunity to make her feel really special! 

Online Shopping, but Local! 

Just because you shop online doesn’t mean that you’re not shopping local! Many West Virginia entrepreneurs offer online shopping from all over the state. Here is a list of retailers from across our state, each more than worthy of your support! 

In many cases, shopping local means you’re getting unique and quality wares hand-crafted by local artisans. Today, we can do the same thing by shopping online. Featured West Virginia retailers include reclaimed woodworkers, popcorn makers, and screen printers among others. 

Brunch or Dinner at a Local Restaurant 

Nothing is quite as ubiquitous as a Mother’s Day Brunch. Moms are known for feeding their families, so Mother’s Day is your chance to let the mother in your life take a break and enjoy a meal without being the hands that prepared it. Any meal would be welcome, especially if a mother is accompanied by family. The only rule? Make it a local establishment! Keep your favorite restaurants in business by paying a visit on Mother’s Day. 

If you wanted to avoid the Mother’s Day restaurant rush, giving the mom in your life a gift certificate to your favorite place another time would show just as much appreciation. You can even extend the celebration this way.  

At 3 Steps to StartUp, we believe that West Virginians should support their own, and that small business success is everyone’s success. That’s why we think that this Mother’s Day, we need to think locally and find great things in our own backyard. You may even end up shopping local with a business that 3 Steps has helped. If you would like more information about how 3 Steps to StartUp can help your business get started, contact us! We can help you get your business moving. Maybe next Mother’s Day you will be up and running, open for business.


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