How to Spend Mother’s Day in Downtown Newark

Want to spoil Mom on Sunday? Head to Main Street.


It’s nearly impossible for us to repay mom for everything they do—but every Mother’s Day we try. Make her extra smiley this year with a date on Main Street in Newark. Grab a tasty brunch, go shopping and treat her to a massage. Less than a mile in length, Main Street is the perfect place to stroll, chat, and knock out some Mother’s Day activities with your mom. Don’t forget—it’s on Sunday, May 14 this year!


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What to eat


Newark Deli & Bagels

Order: Bacon, egg and cheese on an everything bagel, $4.75

If you have a full day of Mother’s Day events planned, go with something easy. The long lines at Newark Deli & Bagels should tell you something—college kids and Newark residents alike have been lining up for years for the doughy delights and breakfast sandwiches. Made fresh on the griddle, the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on an everything bagel is the perfect on-the-go companion. Plus, it’ll keep you full until lunch.

36 E. Main St., 266-7150,

Courtesy of Newark Deli & Bagels

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Home Grown Café

Order: Avocado toast, $13

If mom is vegan or gluten-free, she will enjoy the healthy menu selection at Home Grown Café. Wash down your avocado toast—made with sprouts, smoked salmon, eggs and cherry tomatoes—with a mimosa, Bloody Mary or a fresh Bellini.

126 E. Main St., 266-6993,


Roots Natural Kitchen

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Order: Pesto Caesar bowl, $7.80

A new spot on Main Street, Roots Natural Kitchen is changing the salad game. Sit down for a casual lunch with your mom, or take it to go. At less than $8 a bowl, you definitely can afford to treat your mom on a budget. Try a crowd favorite, the pesto Caesar bowl, which is loaded with kale and topped with chicken, bulgur, lime-pickled onions, tomatoes, shaved Parmesan and pita chips.

12 E. Main St., 273-2620,



Order: Orecchiette mac & cheese, $18

Your mom’s mac and cheese will always be your favorite, but not without a challenge from Taverna. This “grown up” version is made with sweet onions, prosciutto and two types of cheeses. The restaurant’s soft lighting makes for the perfect atmosphere for a fancy-yet-affordable mother-daughter date.

121 E. Main St., 444-4334,

Stone Balloon Ale House

Order: Bucket of Bones, $23

A bucket of ribs is never a bad idea, especially when shared with mom. Marinated in root beer chipotle barbecue sauce and served with hand-cut fries, this meal never disappoints. When mom heads to the bathroom to wash her hands, order some dessert. We recommend the Banoffee tiramisu.

115 E. Main St., 266-8111,

Where to shop

Heart & Home

Find the perfect gift from Heart & Home. With affordable jewelry lines like Stia and Kameleon, you’ll surely find something that fits her style. Or get her some new beach accessories, like a new S’well water bottle, a Simply Southern hat or a Vera Bradley tote.

108 E. Main St., 737-8980,


Another store filled with novelties, there will surely be something here for your mom—especially if she embraces a bohemian style. A favorite for locals, Grassroots has a range of jewelry, handmade candles and garden décor.

93 E. Main St., 453-9751,


Down the street from Iron Hill, Bloom is filled with whimsical finds and vintage brands such as Silver Spoon Jewelry, an original line inspired by silverware patterns from the 1800s. Although small, this eclectic shop will keep you and your mom dazzled for hours.

165 E. Main St., 454-7266,​

Courtesy of Bloom

How to unwind

Empowered Yoga

Try the Newark Stationary Sequence class, which offers a full-body sequence of postures for all skill levels. 

230 E. Main St., 738-9642,

Be Truly Well Chiropractic & Day Spa

The only thing better than getting a massage is gifting one to mom. (She deserves it!)

19AS Haines St., 525-4343,

Gloss Blow Dry Beauty Bar

Mom’s life isn’t always glamorous. Treat her to a blowout and a makeup tutorial. 

77 E. Main St., 294-6904,

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