ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Mother's Day will be here before you know it and with it, that age-old question: What's the best thing to buy? What follows are some possibilities found at Rockland's mom and pop shops.
Avellino Esthetics, New City: Indulge Mom with a relaxing facial or an invigorating massage. You get top-notch personal service at this homey woman-only spa where Owner Rachelle Covino uses only the best organic products. Shop Mom: 123 Park Ave, (845) 634-6352, www.avellinoesthetics.com/ .
Presence Of Piermont: Owner Fara Abramson always stocks one of a kind items in her shop. A mom herself, she knows what women want. Among her top selects: trowel tools for gardeners, silk pillowcases to ensure a restful sleep (and minimize wrinkles) and gratitude pottery bowls that show mom how much you care. Shop Mom: 499 Piermont Ave, (845) 680-6128.
P. Ross, Nyack: Looking for something with a European feel? P. Ross specializes in sophisticated accessories, clothing and shoes, adding a stylish flair to Mom's wardrobe. Shop Mom: 89 Main St., (845) 348-1767, www.prossboutique.com/ .
Saffron Trading Company Nyack: Indulge mom in items from Congers' Soap & Paper Company. You'll also find candles, wooden serving plates, and lots of great baskets. Shop Mom: 14 S Broadway, (845) 353-3530, www.saffrontradingcompany.com/ .
The Chocolatier, New City: Chocoholics will enjoy the sweet offerings here, in particular the many varieties of chocolate-covered pretzels, always a big hit. (So, too, are truffles, nut clusters and butter crunch.) The store also carries a wide variety of gifts including Our Name is Mud mugs and serveware. There will be storewide sale Saturday, May 7 for Mothers Day. Shop Mom: S. Main St, (845) 638-3322, www.nychocolatier.com/ .
The Danu Gallery, Pearl River: Give Mom a taste of Ireland's best. The Danu Gallery has everything from Celtic jewelry to handcreams, scarves and Colm De Ris pottery. Shop Mom: 39 E Central Ave., (845) 735-4477, www.thedanugallery.com/ .
The Editor, Piermont: Get Mom summer ready with a "Surf's Up" candle from Belmar, N.J. The store recently got a batch of new urban separates in, along with fun jewelry. Shop Mom: 530 Piermont Ave., (845) 359-5323, www.theeditorpiermont.com/.
The Jewelry Gallery, Stony Point: Pick out what you want; then tell your kids/hubby about. The Jewelry Gallery is hosting a Ladies Night Out on Friday, April 29 starting at 5:30 p.m. and all day Saturday April 30. Items are 20 percent off for Mother's Day. This being a jewelry store, there are all sorts of gorgeous items to choose from. Shop Mom: 32 South Liberty Dr., (845) 429-2613, www.thejewelrygallery.net/.
Things I Love Interiors, New City: This place isn't called "Things I Love" for nothing! Here, you'll find items for one's home, as well as jewelry, accessories and serveware sure to make Mom smile. Shop Mom: 191 S Main St., (845) 639-6005.