The National Retail Federation reports that about 54.3% of Mother's Day celebrants say they'll be going out for brunch or dinner.
When iReporter Nicholas Pegues and his brother took their mother, Marilyn Hegman-Davis, to brunch in 2010, they didn't choose any old pancake spot. They surprised her with a trip to Paulette's, a Memphis institution for nearly 40 years. Even more special, Pegues said, was that his mother often spoke fondly of dining there when she was younger.
"I'm a college student. Even if you're on a tight budget, you can still give your mother a quality gift," Pegues said. "Paulette's means something -- it's a trademark. She was real surprised. 'You're listening!' "
As Pegues points out, that Mother's Day dinner was significant furthermore since Paulette's moved last year out of its longtime Overton Square digs to a new location Downtown in the River Inn on Harbor Town Square. Now all those Mother's Days, proms, Valentine's Days and after-concert desserts at Paulette's can fade into memory along with so many other good times on old Overton Square.