Wednesday, 09 December 2015 18:38

Gift Guide: Soccer Mom

Written by  Dwayne Hoover
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Gift Guide: Soccer Mom Illustration: Anthony Carpenter

What day is it, Tuesday? Does that mean there’s t-ball practice or a PTO meeting? Crap, it’s both, isn’t it?  Well, whatever.  After a week filled with fundraising and uniform washing, the Soccer Mom has a sitter lined up this weekend for some much-needed “me” time. 



 It’s often said that chocolate is better than sex. To be fair, it probably depends on the chocolate — and the sex. Regardless, a quaint little candy store in downtown Allegan offers a variety of treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s also a great place to snag a last-minute present like a custom gift basket, coffees and teas, or even a box of specialty truffles.

Something Sweet, 109 Locust St., Allegan, (269) 686-8584



Dump the kids on dad, grab some friends and head over to St. Julian for an Enhanced Tasting & Tour. Spend a care-free late morning or early afternoon on a stroll around the winery, led by St. Julian’s wine educators, with your choice of a cheese or chocolate pairing with your wine tasting. Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy some actual cheese with your wine instead of constantly asking your kids if they want some “cheese with their whine?”

Enhanced Tasting & Tour, St. Julian Winery, 716 S. Kalamazoo St., Paw Paw, Sun.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m., $20, by reservation only,, (269) 657-5568



When Grandpa and Grandma offer to take the kids after church, you might want to stop into Old Dog Tavern. Their Bloody Mary Bar is a solid Sunday destination spot for those looking to unwind. You’ll also enjoy a special brunch menu, $5 mimosas and sometimes live music. So take the time to spoil yourself, because tomorrow kicks off a whole new week of fulfilling everybody else’s needs.

Bloody Mary Bar at Old Dog Tavern, 402 E. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo, Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,, (269) 381-5677



Can you say date night? The Wizards of Winter hit the State Theatre this month, bringing a stripped down, more intimate performance of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s music. The show is led by some of the group’s original members. 

The Wizards of Winter, Kalamazoo State Theatre, 404 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo, Dec. 12, 8:30 p.m., $25-55,, (269) 345-6500



Take a break from the frantic drive-thru meal schedule and treat yourself to something kinder on the palate at Four Roses. It’s off the beaten path, but provides a culinary experience more typically seen in larger metros, specializing in dishes made from local, fresh ingredients. It’s the perfect place to schedule a romantic dinner or a relaxed lunch with the bestie.

Four Roses Cafe, 663 10th St., Plainwell,, (269) 685-1077



Adulthood is the worst, so take a break from all obligations and let nostalgia remind you of a time when you only had to worry about yourself. Detroit’s Mega ‘80s hits The Intersection twice in December, providing you with the awesome opportunity to rock out to all of the music you’re otherwise too embarrassed to admit to liking. You know you’ve been looking for an excuse to dust off those L.A. Gears buried in your closet anyway.

Mega ‘80s at The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, Dec. 12 & 18, 8:00 p.m., $10,, (616) 451-8232

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