It’s almost here, are you ready? Never fear, downtown to the rescue! Mother’s Day will be here on Sunday, May 12, and we’ve got some great last-minute ideas to help elevate you to ‘Hero’ status (remember, the flip side is ‘Zero’ and nobody likes being a naught).

Cool stuff at the Agora Borealis, open until 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 11!

First, great stuff. Great gift ideas can be found at five locations downtown: The Agora Borealis at 421 Lake Street, Artspace’ giftspace at 708 Texas Street, Gina Marie’s Antiques, Oddities and Curiosities at 500 Texas Street, Louisiana Specialty Gifts in the Red River District and Appli-K’s, also in the Red River District. Take your choice of art, jewelry, coffees, bath and body products, Louisiana-themed items, pillows, antiques, even slightly-weird ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not’-type items for the Mom who just happens to be interested in taxidermy or old autopsy items (we know, we know. Don’t cross Mom!)

We have multiple fun eating options, too.

SALT Cafe at the Shreveport Aquarium is hosting a Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. You can book your reservation here.

Red River Brewing Company at 1200 Marshall Street is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch Bash from 10:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. Make it a whole day at RRBCo!

Abby Singer’s Bistro at the Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas Street, is opening just for Mother’s Day Brunch. They’ll be serving from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call 318.459.4125 to make your reservations.

Fatty Arbuckles Pub in the Red River District is holding a Champagne and Oyster Mother’s Day from 2- 7 p.m. Grilled and Raw Oysters, Crawfish by the pound, and select Champagne “by the Bottle” or Glass. Sparkling By the Glass: Mum Napa $15, Ivy $12, Ruffino Prosecco $7, J Rose $5, Bottomless: J Rose $15 or Ruffino $19, Oysters: Grilled ~ 1/2 Dozen $12 ~ Dozen $19, Raw ~ 1/2 Dozen $6 ~ Dozen $12. Deals: 1/2 Dozen Char-Grilled and Bottle of Ivy (France) $16, or Dozen Raw and Bottle of J Rose $16.