Smart Shoppping: Who’s more deserving than Mom for an executive-sized bonus?

Would you like to have the important position of operations manager of a busy organization? You would be expected to work 14 hours a day, seven days a week, with no vacation.

The work would include scheduling, food services, chauffeuring, teaching, laundering, janitorial duties, clothes styling, shopping, law enforcement and home decorating. The pay? $0.

Welcome to the world of motherhood. However oppressive the workload seems, since the beginning of time women have taken on this job. Their reward is a lifetime of love and devotion. Now is your time to thank your mom—I suggest flowers, jewelry or a day at the spa. A loving note would be a caring touch.

Florist Terrafolia, established in 1976, is a family-run, West Island full-service floral and exotic tropical plant business. Their flowers arrive daily from farms and greenhouses in Quebec and around the world. They promise prompt and efficient delivery; a privilege card offers a 15-per-cent discount.

Their “reuse and recycle” program invites the community to trade used vases for flowers. The management and staff contribute to such community charities as the West Island Women’s Shelter and the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation, and support many local groups.

3375 des Sources, D.D.O. 514-683-3533, 1-888-683-7799.,

You can pay full price for gold jewelry in the heart of downtown, or walk a little to Bijouterie Oro, where you can save half your money.

You could go nutsy over the vast assortment of gold hoop earrings—they sell them by weight. Browse hundreds of chains in two-tone or three-colour gold from Italy or Turkey. There are 14-carat Italian chain bracelets too, and lots of little religious pendants.

If you want to buy Mom illusion diamond studs, they have those, too. These earrings give the illusion of a whole stone, but are made up of little ones—for a much littler price.

If she has an older diamond (or any other precious stone) ring and you’d like to change it into something more modern, they can show you trays and trays of semi-mounts (that’s what your stone sits in), so you can see exactly what the ring will look like—it can even be tried on.

Bijouterie Oro, in business since 1987, can reproduce a piece of jewelry from a photo. And they can repair your broken jewelry. It takes about two weeks to have a piece made from scratch.

1255 Phillips Square, Suite 1010. 514393-1721, 514-575-7511,

Open since 1998, Spa 2000 is a full-service esthetic and day spa on the West Island. The objective at Spa 2000 is to help clients rediscover their balance, energy and beauty.

It offers many services for clients of all ages, such as deep-cleansing facials and anti-aging facials, using collagen, peptides and proteins, among other techniques.

They offer gift certificates for laser hair removal and electrolysis and for pressotherapy, a treatment providing comfort for heavy, tired legs. Of course, there are massages: Swedish, therapeutic, hot stone, prenatal and reflexology and body scrubs to remove rough, dry skin.

Perhaps Mom might like some waxing, or a manicure, pedicure or even eyelash and eyebrow tinting. For her special day, how about a make-up application?

3563 St. Charles Blvd, Kirkland. 514-695-5040,,

1 Comment on "Smart Shoppping: Who’s more deserving than Mom for an executive-sized bonus?"

  1. Shopping only has two p’s.

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