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Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and Downtown Chapel Hill is prepared to pamper all the mothers out there! Local content creator, Taylor McLean, put together this Mother’s Day guide to help you and your mothers get the most out of celebrating this holiday in Downtown Chapel Hill.

A majority of our small businesses are open Mother’s Day weekend. Due to Coronavirus related restrictions, we recommend making reservations and appointments when possible.



There is something about brunch that makes holidays even more special. It’s fun to sleep in, take your time getting ready, and then sit down at a lovely restaurant to enjoy a meal with your favorite people! Mothers don’t get the opportunity for a slow morning too often, so I highly recommend taking her to brunch at one of the following Downtown Chapel Hill restaurants.

Carolina Coffee Shop 

?138 E. Franklin St

? Open 8 AM – 3 PM daily

? This restaurant was recently awarded by The Daily Tar Heel Carolina’s Finest 2021 “Best Brunch” and “Best Outdoor Seating”. They serve breakfast, brunch, coffee, cocktails, and more all day making it the perfect spot to celebrate mom!

The Carolina Inn

?211 Pittsboro St.

? Reservations Available Sunday, May 9th between 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM

? I’ve personally enjoyed two holiday brunch experiences at The Carolina Inn and can confirm that they are indeed worth the hype! This year they have a special Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet where you can “feast on a seasonal spread presented by Executive Chef Jeremy Blankenship” it will feature an “assortment of fresh salads, carving stations, seafood, seasonal sides and more!”

Crook’s Corner

?610 W. Franklin St.

? Brunch served Saturday & Sunday from 10:30 AM – 2 PM

? Looking for something a little more casual? Crook’s Corner is the place  for you! They have amazing southern favorites like Shrimp & Grits, Beignets, and delicious biscuits!

?: Taylor McLean

La Residence Restaurant

?202 W. Rosemary St.

? Brunch served Saturday & Sunday from 10 AM – 2 PM

? Mimosas, beignets, and benedicts — yes, please! This French restaurant has several of my favorite brunch dishes on their menu. Dine inside or outside on their large patio.


Looking for something a little nicer for later in the day? Luckily Chapel Hill’s fine dining scene is concentrated downtown! 


?310 W. Franklin St.

? Open Saturday 11:30 AM – 11PM, and Sunday 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM

? Delicious South Indian Cuisine that has received awards from the News & Observer and Chapel Hill 7 years in a row! Their dishes are sure to get everyone’s mouths watering!

Talulla’s Mezze Lounge & Bar

?456 W. Franklin St.

? Open for dinner on Saturday & Sunday from 4:30 PM – 10 PM

? This is my favorite Turkish restaurant in the Triangle! The food is authentic and flavorful, and the atmosphere is beautifully decorated with colorful tapestries. I love ordering the Yoğurtlu Kebablar for dinner and Kazan Dibi for dessert! 

?: Taylor McLean

411 West

?411 W. Franklin St

? Open 5 PM – 9 PM daily

? A super cute and classy fine dining restaurant offering Italian and Mediterranean dishes with a healthy California twist! I dream of trying their pasta dishes and dessert menu!


Is the mother in your life an experience seeker? Treat the mother in your life to a day of pampering that will help you both get more acquainted with Downtown Chapel Hill’s small businesses.

As a Chapel Hill mom, my ideal itinerary would include a hair treatment and blow dry at To The Woods, sipping on a coffee or drinking hot chocolate while examining the bookshelves at Epilogue, signing up for a yoga class at Franklin St. Yoga, and finishing off the day following the Chapel Hill Downtown Walking Map to discover cool murals and art scattered around town!

For a list of activities, services, and shopping available in Downtown Chapel Hill, click here. *insert link*


When asked what we want for Mother’s Day, most moms might respond with “nothing”, or “I don’t need anything”. They’re lying. We want to be surprised with something thoughtful! Lucky for you, several Chapel Hill small businesses have the perfect gifts for the mothers in your life! 

Here are a few Downtown Chapel Hill shops you need to mosey on over to for Mother’s Day gifts!

University Florist & Gift Shop

Mothers love flowers! I thought I didn’t, but after getting flowers as a gift on my first Mother’s Day, I LOVE them.

I picked up this beautiful Mother’s Day themed bouquet from University Florist this week. It’s stunning! The shop has vases available now in their fridge, or you can customize an arrangement featuring your mom’s favorite colors!

Follow me on Instagram, @taylorhopemclean, for a chance to win a custom bouquets from University Florist. The giveaway will run from Monday, May 3rd, to Wednesday, May 5th! 

Light Years Jewelry

My obsession with jewelry (let’s call it what it is), has only grown since I became a mom. There’s something about putting on a necklace and earrings that complete the mom uniform. 

My favorite Chapel Hill jewelry shop is Light Years Jewelry. They carry a variety of affordable, high quality pieces that are sure to bring a smile to Mom’s face. 

Light Years carries mom-themed pieces (like the mother & child dangles or mama bear stamped bracelet), or you could go with a staple gold chain necklace, hoops, birthstone earrings, or personalized piece.

Epilogue Books

Books, brews, candles, and chocolate. What’s not to love about Epilogue’s Mother’s Day Gift Box? These surprise boxes include a book related to motherhood, candle, bag of coffee or tea, toffee, and chocolate! Everything except the book is locally sourced! It is a top tier Mother’s Day gift!


Uniquities, a premium boutique on Franklin St., has all the cute things that are on any mom’s wish list! 

You can’t go wrong with a graphic tee, especially one that compliments mom! Pair it with these sneakers and you’re all set!

Shrunken Head Boutique

Shrunken Head has all the gear for your UNC mom! They have a Mother’s Day collection ready! I recommend the UNC Mom hat, UNC mom water bottle, and UNC mom license plate frame. Moms love that stuff!

Thank you for supporting our Downtown Chapel Hill small businesses and celebrating moms this week!