Five miles west of Eureka Springs you can pull over from Highway 62 and enjoy the superb view from Inspiration Point. Here at the top of Rock Candy Mountain, you are 550 feet above the White River valley.
During our visit the hillsides were covered with redbud trees in blossom. I'm sure it's a fantastic spot for a sunset.
What to buy: Castle Antiques is a large 3-storeyed emporium of bric and brac with many windows looking out onto the fantastic view (see second photo).
You'll find all sorts of furniture, farm tools and other collectables.
If you like book stores this is a fine one. The owner is usually at the counter and helpful. The selection here is eclectic and interesting. It is well worth the stop. The prices are standard to a little below.
There is a pretty well stocked kids selection.
It feels relaxed and comfortable. It is a good place to browse around for something you have not seen at the huge but poorly stocked Mc Bookstores.
What to buy: Kid's Books, How To Books, Political Books.
What to pay: About average for a book store. This is not a bargin shop it is a quality shop. Please bring cash. She does not take Cards.
Danny and Bill welcome you to their well-stocked foodie heaven!
Fresh roasted coffee is brewed on the premises for a quick pick-me-up.
On the practical side, they have cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, candles and tableware.
And when it's time to binge, they have a delicious assortment of teas, chocolates, candies, coffees, cookies, jellies, marinades, salsas, oils and other goodies. They even have Scottish shortbread and Cadburys Flake bars for Brits with a sweet tooth.
What to buy: This is THE place to come for a special memento for anyone who loves food.
I picked up some dry rub BBQ spices and a darling decorative cloth for the kitchen.
What to pay: It's not wildly expensive, but they are Gourmet with a capital 'G' after all!
You can tell that since the last time that we were in Eureka Springs, Allan and I have become grandparents. Now when we are looking in shops to buy gifts, our first impulse is to look for items for little Sabrina Dee. We first looked in the Baby Petunia, a Children Boutique in the 500 block of South Main Street, 636-724-5338, but it was way too expensive. I must admit that they carried clever, beautiful, and one-of-a-kind items; nevertheless, way out of our economical ranks.
Then, we perused Bear Factory[300 Block of South Main Street, (636)940-0047] which held a massive collection of bears, but I think these bears were mainly for older children and adults who collect bears..
Finally, we discover a wonderful, perfect shop for purchasing something for Sabrina...
What to buy: In the 600 block of South Main, we walked into Main Street Books
Calming music could be heard through this small place, but it was faint and in the background. I love book stores, especially privately owned ones. The owner and manager stood at the register talking softly to one of the locals. Allan and I, fortunately, were left alone to "snoop". I hightailed it to the children's books, and discovered a gold mine. I saw books that I have seen nowhere else.
I chose 2 slick cardboard books that were in a series. Cleo the Cat and Hello, Cleo. You are asking, "What's so special about that?" Well, Jill, Eric, and Sabrina have a cat named Cleo. Now, what are the odds that I would find this perfect book for this perfect family?
I WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT THE BOOK STORE THAT I FORGOT TO TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH
What to pay: I paid $3.95 for each "Cleo" book.
This shop features over sixty local and regional artists and craftspersons. Owned and operated by a local silversmith, you get personal service.
Many of the artists are members of the Arkansas Craft Guild or Best of Missouri Hands.
From art jewelry in gold, silver or other medium to pottery, to hand blown glass and more, you'll find beautiful things for you or your home.
This shop participated in the First Friday Artwalks (April through December) and has several artist's reception Saturdays in May during the May Festival of the Arts.
What to buy: Art - from traditional hand woven split oak baskets to art jewelry.
Many of these artists have national reputations in their fields from traditional ozark craft to contemporary work.
There is a "eureka style". It's funky and fun - and it's timeless. You'll find pieces you'll wear for years, jewelry you'll pass down and artwork that will grace your home for years.
What to pay: From $5 to thousands.
Most items in Eureka Thyme are locally made and produced. We have local art in many media. For the interesting, unique, fun, this is the place to shop!
What to buy: For eclectic art, jewelry, pottery candles, soy candles, wood carving, quilts and quilted jackets, wall hangings, stained glass, body care products, Wild Thymes condiments, greeting cards, handmade cards, books, incense, and all with plenty of free parking and easy access. come to Eureka Thyme in The Quarter, 121 East Van Buren, Suite C.
What to pay: Our prices range from 25 cents for a cone of handmade, all-natural incense, to $4000.00 for exquisite award-winning quilts.
There's all sorts of stores in Eureka Springs for the tourist, from New Age/Christian/Art Gallery/T-shirt/Quilts/Clothing/Antiques/you name it! My personal favorites are: Nelson Leather, 34 Spring Street (stop in just for a wiff); Crazy Bone, 37 Spring Street (unique, nice quality gifts); Zarks, 67 Spring Street (beautiful art & jewelry - pet Leo the cat while you're there); Silly Chili on upper Spring Street (all sorts of spicy concoctions); the Quilt Shop at 2 Center St. has a wonderful selection; and for antiques, go to Center Street Antiques in the old mill, 75 Center St., or the Antique Mall on Hwy 62E almost out of town.
Eureka Springs is a mixed bag of shops, ranging from fine furniture to clothing to souvenirs such as t-shirts and turquoise. Window shopping is as much a pasttime here as sitting on a crowded balcony with your highboy watching the pedestrians huff up the hills. Old buildings are presently kept alive by the traffic that tramps to its registers, so loosen your purse strings and browse a little. Eureka Springs will fit both your bag and your budget.
Its a smallish shop, and colorful and fresh. It is a store with im guessing over a 100 scents to choose from, and then they make what ever it is you want, from bath gel, to bubble bath, oils, massage oils, bath beads, shampoo, conditioner, lotions of all kinds, ect. I LOVE THIS STORE.
What to buy: They have Native American shops, and wonderful Art stores. Going through these shops willl make you want to redecorate or add to your homes decor.
What to pay: In this particular store, expect to spend $15 and more.
Eureka Springs shopping is essentially about antiques, arts and crafts. Most shops are located on Spring Street and Main Street. You will need at least 1 full day to go around.