Mother’s Day gift guide

By Ciara Conley -

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, have you found the perfect gift? While there are many ‘big-box,’ options available at the click of a button online, there are also some great local options fit for every mother’s interests and hobbies.

If your mom is addicted to fitness, Doc Spartan has just released a new collection of products tailored specifically for women. The set, called the “Badass Mom Bundle,” features a four ounce face scrub, a two ounce Rosewater Toner and Face Moisturizer, and an eight ounce Coffee Infused Eye Serum. Veteran-owned and operated, all the products in the Doc Spartan line are made with all-natural ingredients and are produced, packaged and designed locally. To view all their products and collections, you can shop online by visiting

To help mom put some pep in her step, you can visit Coffee @ the Lofts, where you can purchase fresh coffee grounds for home brewing, or a gift-card to help her coffee habit.

If you’re looking for a more sentimental gift for mom, you may consider checking out personalized products made through Scioto Valley Graphics, located 29 Stockham Hill Road in West Portsmouth, the shop offers a variety of custom gifts and decor. From photo-printing, canvas prints, vinyl signs, wall decor and photo restoration services, you’re bound to find the perfect keepsake for mom this holiday.

“I had Nancy print family portrait ornaments for my mother for Christmas. They turned out better than any chain or internet store could have done, because she uses her photo restoration background to enhance photos so that the color and lighting pops on the material you want printed,” said Main Street Portsmouth’s Executive Director and frequent shopper, Joseph Pratt. “Her work is gorgeous and something we just keep adding to the collection. She prints on wood, stone, metal, ceramic, canvas, and more. Her limitations are always being pushed and she continues to offer more and more gift and keepsake options for the area at a very low price.”

Classic Mother’s Day gifts include sweets and flowers and its no surprise that you can find these locally too. To satisfy a sweet tooth, check out ‘83 Sweets located at 18 Ridge Lane in Lucasville. Owned by mother-daughter duo, Julie Blackburn and Alyssa Logan, winners of the Food Network’s television show, Cupcake Wars, this shop has everything you need to give mom a sweet-treat.

“Our white wedding cupcakes and our Buckeye cupcakes are our top two sellers. The peanut butter frosting is ultra fluffy and smooth. And the white wedding is very special with a slight almond flavoring,” said owner Julie Blackburn. “We’ve hit it big with the strawberries already, we use Bapst strawberry patch and yesterday we launched our seasonal favorites, which are strawberry shortcake cupcakes, strawberry tarts, strawberry danish, and a mega/cup cake strawberry shortcake.”

You can stop in during store hours from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, or place a special order by calling 740-259-CAKE (2253).

As far as flowers go, there are plenty of places where you can find mom’s newest addition to the garden. You can visit K.C. Hardin’s Greenhouse at 123 Greenhouse Road in South Shore, Coleman Garden Center at 216 Jefferson Street in Portsmouth, or Portsmouth Supply and Feed at 240 Second Street.

There are also a variety of antique stores located along Second Street in Downtown Portsmouth, where you’re sure to find a unique and one-of-a-kind gift.

If you’re looking to pamper mom, look no further than Amelia Gray Skincare and Cosmetics. Currently located at 633 Seventh Street in Portsmouth, the shop offers makeup and skincare products, facials, waxing, make-up application and gift cards.

“Our most popular service,the Uptown Facial, leaves mom feeling super relaxed, with the added benefit of youthful, glowing skin,” said owner, Tarrah Bouts. “And for our moms with little ones, the sleepless nights and nonstop running can really make you look and feel tired. Our new Brow/Lash Makeover will help them look rested by opening the eye area, with longer and darker lashes, and showstopping brows. Plus, there’s an added benefit of a 30 minute nap during that service and it will save them several minutes every morning for several weeks.”

Amelia Gray will be moving into their new location, 1662 11th Street in Portsmouth on June 1.

While shopping online may be easy, taking the time to support and explore local businesses is always worth the while.

By Ciara Conley

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-981-6977, Facebook “Ciara Conley – Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara.

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-981-6977, Facebook “Ciara Conley - Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara.