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Eastern Iowans celebrate Mother's Day

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Eastern Iowans celebrated Mother's Day in many different ways. Eastern Iowans celebrated Mother's Day in many different ways.
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Eastern Iowans celebrated Mother's Day in many different ways.

It's the busiest week of the year for Pierson's Flower Shop in Cedar Rapids. The shop encourages customers to have their Mother's Day flowers delivered early.

"I look forward to it and my staff I think dread it a little bit but we try to prepare ahead and make it as smooth as it can be," said owner Al Pierson.

The store staffs extra people on the holiday. The month of May brings in 25 percent of the company's business, Pierson said.

For others, it was a day for a trip to a different greenhouse.

For 41 years, Noelridge Greenhouse has held a Mother's Day Showcase. Flowers grown there will soon be planted around Cedar Rapids.

"Some of the stuff that we grow are different than other places have," said greenhouse worker Lori Farmer.

Danielle Lund and her family made the trip to the greenhouse together. Mom received some plants and a new garden hose for Mother's Day. Now she's looking for ideas for her own garden.

"They are wonderful to follow me on Mother's Day and they are really kind and they've made this a really special day," said Lund, a mother of two.

Other families took mom to see a show. Local writers and bloggers read humorous and heartfelt stories in a show called Listen to Your Mother.

"My mom is definitely an inspiration to me and I think that the stories that we'll hear today will be touching and I wish that I could be on stage talking about her," said Macy Koch, who surprised her mother with tickets to the show.

The event raised money for Waypoint Services, a shelter in Cedar Rapids.

"I just want to give voice to motherhood and all the stories of motherhood and also support mothers in the community by giving back to Waypoint," said Lyz Lenz, producer.

The National Retail Federation says the average consumer spent just under $170 on Mom this year, up 11 percent from last year.

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