If you spend time on the internet or scrolling around Netflix, you’re probably familiar with this “Parks & Recreation” duo and their phrase:
That’s right — today is Oct. 13 which means Treat Yo’ Self Day is here again. This year it’s extra special because this was the Treat Yo’Self Day predicted by the show in its final season.
The now-iconic day and phrase started in 2011 with Season 4 Episode 4 of “Parks and Rec” where Donna Meagle (Retta) and Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) treat themselves to a day of spending and relaxation.
The five biggest categories of Treat Yo’ Self includes clothes, fragrances, massages, mimosas and fine leather goods, according to Donna and Tom.
Since it’s Friday, you might not be able to spend the entire day treating yo’ self (some of us have to work to pay for the treats) but you could probably hit at least one or two things on this list.
For those wanting to go all in, here’s a guide on how to spend the whole day treating yo’ self to the five categories plus a few extras (it is Treat’ Yo Self Day after all).
9:00 a.m.: Sorry, there’s no sleeping in. We’ve got a big day planned.
Start the day by indulging in an authentic French pastry downtown at My Boulánge. They have croissants, danishes, quiches, tarts and more to choose from with a kitchen led by chef Bruno Rizzo.
Grab a coffee from Iron Bank or Fountain City Coffee while you’re downtown. Try something outside of your usual order or ask for a suggestion from the barista.
It is time. to. shop. First on the list: clothes, fragrances and fine leather goods.
You have a few options here depending on where you like to shop. Shoppers can choose from one of many retailers at Columbus Park Crossing (Ulta is located there with a large variety of fragrances) or Bradley Park Crossing.
If you’re looking for more boutique styles, try The Posh Peach or Southern Pearl located on Broadway downtown. Men can also take a look in The Oak Branch, a clothing and accessories store also on Broadway.
There’s also Lizard Thicket at The Landings or Blue Door Boutique off of Whitesville Road behind Bradley Park Crossing.
Fine leather goods? Take a visit to Dillard’s, Macy’s or JCPenney at Peachtree Mall for a handbag, jacket or maybe a pair of shoes.
Time to recharge for the rest of the day with a good lunch and some special treats.
Bare Roots Farmacy on 12th Street is a farm-to-table restaurant with a rotating menu featuring fresh, local ingredients. They have different dishes all the time so try treating yo’self to the special of the day or if you’re going on Saturday or Sunday for brunch, take a dive into the Champagne Bar.
If you’re looking for barbecue, there’s also Smoke Bourbon and BBQ on Broadway. It’s “not your daddy’s barbecue,” featuring dishes like pimento cheese wontons, gnocchi & brisket and grilled lobster tail.
After lunch, swing by Kilwins for rich fudge, ice cream, pralines or a little sampling of everything! These aren’t your every day, run-of-the-mill desserts so pick out something your taste buds will enjoy.
While getting a mimosa during the week might not be feasible, we’ll swap that out today for a flight of beer at Nonic. With over 30 beers on tap and even more in bottles and cans, you can’t beat the selection here. Step out of your comfort zone in the flight and treat yo’ self to some pours you might have wanted to try but passed up before.
Time to check off the last category of Treat Yo’ Self Day: massages.
There are actually quite a few options around Columbus for a massage, so choose something based off your preferences.
City Life Massage is the top-rated choice on Yelp right now with reviewers saying the foot and back massages will change your life.
There’s also Massage Envy in Bradley Park, Wildwood Day Spa in Lakebottom and European Kür & Spa. See the top rated places for yourself here.
Time to treat yo’ self to something that doesn’t involve spending money — a nap.
A simple indulgence that’s easily taken for granted, a quick nap will be necessary before the last stop of the day.
It’s time for dinner, and it can’t just be any dinner on Treat Yo’ Self Day. We’re heading to Epic.
Pull a nice suit out of the closet or a dress you’ve been saving for a special occasion and make your way to Front Avenue.
The only restaurant in Columbus with a Four Diamond rating by the AAA and its Auto Club Group (and one of only 14 in Georgia), Epic “continues to marvel their guests with personalized service and exquisite culinary creations.”
If you’re able to snag a reservation at the Chef’s Table, take it. You and up to eight guests can enjoy a menu put together by Chef Jamie Keating and his culinary team in a private dining experience in the center of the kitchen.
But don’t worry if you can’t get the Chef’s Table. You still have tons of unique choices from their menu, including lemon scented cobia, pan seared scallops & pancetta bacon, confit breast of duck and a kangaroo loin.
Treat Yo’ Self Day wouldn’t be complete without a dessert. Try an after-dinner drink while looking over Epic’s dessert menu featuring dishes like pumpkin crème brulée, study of chocolate and trilogy of banana.
...the day is done. Take an evening stroll along the Chattahoochee River or keep the night going with more drinks downtown.
Or if the day has been too indulgent, head home for bed — you’ve earned it.