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Saying thanks to our moms on their special day
Business owner says Mothers Day usually third busiest holiday
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Carol Slaughter, owner and floral designer at Occasions Florist in downtown Gainesville, works on flower arrangements for Mother's Day customers Thursday, May 7, 2015. - photo by Erin O. Smith

What kind of gift should you buy for Mother’s Day? Jewelry? Flowers? Something more specific?

Bill Hardman’s wife had some ideas.

“A few days ago my wife (mother of their seven children), asked me what I was going to get her,” said Hardman, an attorney in downtown Gainesville. “Women have this way of letting you know.”

Hardman left his office and walked down the street Thursday afternoon, stepping inside Gem Jewelry Co. He bought wife, Da Anne, two silver bracelets. Much like Hardman, all the husbands, sons and daughters around the country will soon dig in their pockets and purchase something nice for the women in their lives. Because, in case you’d forgotten, mom does a lot.

It’s important you let them know you care, Hardman said.

“My wife, like most mothers, has done things that men can never imagine. She’s devoted her time, and her life, to raising our children (Will, Elizabeth, Bill Jr., Brooke, Claudia, Stuart and Stephen). How do you repay them for that? You’ve got to show them how much you care.”

Gem Jewelry Co. owner Linda Orenstein said something sparkly should do the trick.

“It’s a personal gift. It’s a keepsake that every time she wears it, she remembers who gave it to her,” Orenstein said. “Jewelry may go out of fashion, but it never goes out of style.”

Orenstein said business typically ramps up for the holiday. In terms of the amount of business the shop does, Valentine’s Day brings in the most customers, followed by Christmas. Mother’s Day is the third busiest holiday, she said.

Carol Slaughter, co-owner of Occasions Florist in downtown Gainesville, said Mother’s Day is indeed a busy time.

Folks tend to buy mom flowers because “flowers are a luxury, but it’s an affordable luxury for most people,”

Slaughter said. “It’s a tradition to give flowers to your mother or your wife.”

She said they tend to sell mostly “big, spring-mix bouquets” for the holiday.

Taking mom out to eat on Mother’s Day is yet another option.

Scott’s Downtown in Gainesville has a special Mother’s Day brunch scheduled on Sunday, because — as Owner

Scott Dixon put it — “mom does everything, so you’ve got to give her a break once in a while.”

As for the Hardman family, whose matriarch Da Anne has raised seven children (that’s seven separate Mother’s Day gifts), Mother’s Day remains a time to celebrate a woman who has given all for the sake of her kids.

“That’s what it’s all about,” Hardman said. “Just saying ‘thanks.’”