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South Florida businesses hoping to score big on Mother's Day

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Posted at 5:23 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 17:23:55-04

Local small businesses are hoping to cash in for Mother's Day.

This week stores and restaurants on the Treasure Coast can now open their doors at 25% capacity.

And with Mother's Day just days away, some are hoping to have a steady stream of shoppers.

The Island Cotton Company in Stuart opened on Monday.

Slowly shoppers are starting to show up to shop.

Owner Michelle Davis says she's excited to open the women's boutique again, "We were so excited that we did a happy dance here on the streets and starting to plan ahead. I called all of the employees to see who was ready to come back to work."

She says she's happy to see her customers in person again and hopes shoppers will buy Mother's Day gifts locally to support small businesses owners.

"We have beautiful scarves, we have gorgeous necklaces and unique jewelry. Our cotton is unique. My sister designs the clothing," she said. "We do really well for Mother's Day it's one of our biggest days of the year. We always do a sale. Who knows this year with everything that is going on."

Many restaurants and stores remain closed during the pandemic.

But business owners hope people will order carry-out or delivery.

Laura Olsson owns Johan's Joe Swedish Coffee House and Cafe in West Palm Beach. She is hoping locals will order online gifts for Mother's Day.

"For Mother's Day we are hoping we get some pre-orders for people who might want a box of pantries or a catering order of Swedish pastries for their family for breakfast in bed on Sunday for mom," she said.

They are helping to make moms feel special from a distance since for now their doors are closed.

"I always look for something decadent but it's also just that time to relax and slow down and have something sweet. but it's really about who gives it to you," Olsson said.