About 20 German Village businesses will have special offers and treats next week in celebration of Mother's Day.

About 20 German Village businesses will have special offers and treats next week in celebration of Mother's Day.

Sponsored by the German Village Business Committee, the third annual "Mother May I?" takes place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 10, throughout the village.

Katharine Moore, executive director of the German Village Society, said the event, modeled after Village Lights, came about to showcase what the area has to offer.

"It's to attract people looking for ways to entertain their mothers," Moore said. "Everyone brings their moms to the fabulous restaurants (in German Village), but they weren't staying to experience German Village."

Moore said people are often surprised at the number of places inside the village, but can have a difficult time finding them.

"Anything that we can do that leads people to our shops helps," Moore said.

Some of the specials include free desserts for mothers, goodie bags and live music. Bakery Gingham, for example, will offer free "cuptakes," Polaroid pictures of moms and their children eating cupcakes. At Schmidt's Fudge Haus, a free box of chocolates will accompany the purchase of any flavor of fudge, while Katzinger's Delicatessen will give away prizes to mothers.

"Everybody is just giving a little T.L.C. to mom," said Sarah Kellenberger-Harpham, co-chair of the event and proprietor of Helen Winnemore Craft. "Everybody will be doing some kind of ode to mom."

Still, the event is for more than visitors.

"German Village is an attraction for tourists, but not always a destination for those in the neighborhood," said Anne Fletcher, co-owner of Pistacia Vera and the other co-chair of the event.

She said first-time visitors to the area will be able to find the village's often secluded shops by following signs posted at the stores. In addition, participating businesses will have "Mothers' sayings" posted in their storefront windows.

Those interested in submitting their mom's quirky sayings can call Moore at 221-8888 or e-mail KMoore@germanvillage.com.

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