Businesses beckon kids to shop local to salute moms

Forrest Gump
"Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. — You never know what you're gonna get," said Tom Hanks' Forrest Gump character. The COVID-19 pandemic leaves plenty of room to honor mothers on Sunday. (Paramount pictures)

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — COVID-19 may have shifted some of the traditional stresses of Mother’s Day from questions such as who’s cooking, who’s hosting or, heck, where to go out to eat, but Coulee Region eateries are touting their options for pick up and delivery to fill the bill.
The only question remaining is making sure moms get their well-deserved honors. Judging from the creative ways area folks have been using to salute people on their birthdays, anniversaries and retirements during this historic Safer at Home period, mothers will get their due.
Drive-by salutes. Horn-honking homages. “We Love You Mom” balloons and confectionaries will satisfy mothers’ sweet tooths. And the heck with the novel coronavirus.
Put another way, Downtown Mainstreet and Support Local La Crosse, among others, are offering suggestions to show Mama that life is more than a box of chocolates.
“Mother’s Day is this weekend and is the perfect opportunity to support local businesses,” Be Local suggests.
“Countless Downtown businesses are facing a devastating loss of revenue, but are now at least able to be open for curbside pick-up, delivery and online. Please consider supporting those businesses that are open,” says the Support Local website.
“During this unprecedented time, it is paramount that we work together to preserve our small businesses. Small businesses donate 250% more to their community than larger businesses (Small Business Saturday, 2019). Small business owners are always generous with us, now we must step up to protect and support them.”
Support Local has a list of restaurants, essential businesses and other businesses that are open and offer plenty of food, gifts and bling for moms.
“Let’s rally as a community to support these small businesses while keeping safety a top priority and remember that we are #mightytogether,” Support Local says.