IF YOU GO
What: Chattanooga Market.
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd.
Sunday, after serving Mom breakfast in bed (because that's what you do on Mother's Day), spend the afternoon at Chattanooga Market.
"It's sort of a no-brainer for dads," said market spokeswoman Melissa Siragusa.
After all, visitors to the First Tennessee Pavilion will have plenty of options for lunch -- regular food trucks and stands include Taco Sherpa, Famous Naters, Lupi's Pizza and the Yellow Deli.
There is live music each weekend. They can shop for a handcrafted gift -- perhaps some soap or jewelry -- or let Mom pick it out herself (after all, she usually has the best taste). Beautiful floral arrangements are on hand.
Finally, all the trimmings for a special dinner, from fresh produce to homemade pasta, are available. And to top it all off, admission and parking are free.
"Really, anything you need is there," Siragusa said. "It's an all-in-one, easy Mother's Day family event. We've done all the planning. Just show up with her."
To make the day extra special, there will be an area set up with champagne, wine and strawberries for mothers to indulge, and The Hot Choclatier will be on hand to satisfy mom's sweet tooth.
Chattanooga Market, Siragusa said, has the proverbial something for everyone, including a rock-climbing wall for the youngsters.
"As kids get older, it becomes harder to find that common denominator, something you can do as a family that everyone can enjoy."
She said she looks forward to spending the day at the market with her own children.
Holly Leber is a reporter and columnist for the Life section. She has worked at the Times Free Press since March 2008. Holly covers “everything but the kitchen sink" when it comes to features: the arts, young adults, classical music, art, fitness, home, gardening and food. She writes the popular and sometimes-controversial column Love and Other Indoor Sports. Holly calls both New York City and Saratoga Springs, NY home. She earned a bachelor of arts ...