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One Day A Week: Spoil mom for Mother’s Day

The Cotton Mill Exchange is located in the S.C. State Museum.
The Cotton Mill Exchange is located in the S.C. State Museum. Submitted

Show your respect and admiration to the woman or women who made you the person you are today with a day in the Vista.


Take the matriarch in your life out to brunch at Motor Supply Co. Bistro, a restaurant known for celebrating South Carolina’s heritage foods. With an emphasis on fresh and local, this upscale American eatery changes its menu daily for lunch and dinner. All entrée ingredients are either house-made or from any of the 18 affiliated local farms, ensuring only the freshest and finest selection. The level of quality is only matched by the diversity of options, from wild caught South Carolina shrimp and grits to house-made banana bread French toast, making Motor Supply one of the tastiest thank yous in town.

Where to find it: 920 Gervais St. Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


Continue the five-star treatment with a little pampering at Gervais Nails and Spa. This friendly and accommodating nail salon provides customers with free parking in the back of Lady Street and complimentary wine or soft drinks throughout the appointment. In addition to a wide array of colors in polish, gel, and powder, there are many pedicure and manicure options, including a $40 combination package. Walk-ins are welcome, or reservations can be made by calling 803- 851-3175.

Where to find it: 701 Gervais St., unit 120. Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday.


Speaking of walk-ins, following your spa treatment stop by Cotton Mill Exchange for any last-minute gifts. Located on the first floor of the South Carolina State Museum, this store has unique jewelry, decorative items, and specialty food products from the Palmetto State. Even if your special someone isn’t from South Carolina, the selection of items is guaranteed to provide a lasting souvenir of the Mother’s Day you spent in Columbia’s Vista.

Where to find it: 301 Gervais St. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.


Finish off your evening at Studio Cellar, a local social paint studio that offers paint classes and freestyle hours. At the paint bar you can paint whatever you like and take as long as you need while you sip on wine and beer sold on site. Those who would prefer to work on a project with the help of an instructor can reserve a spot for one of the studio’s group classes. Whichever way you paint, this Mother’s Day you will have been able to give and receive one of the greatest gifts: quality time.

Where to find it: 912 Lady St. Open 5-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. www.studio-cellar.com.