Flea Mar­ket moves; be­comes antique store

The Weekly Vista - - News - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

A new lo­ca­tion has given a long­time Bella Vista busi­ness room to ex­pand — both phys­i­cally and creatively.

Af­ter 32 years, Bella Vista Vin­tage and An­tiques MALL moved a few miles south, and owner Crys­tal Or­donez has some new ideas for the busi­ness.

Or­donez also has a new part­ner; Mar­cus Har­ris is co-owner of the busi­ness. The pair spend a lot of time talk­ing about com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

It’s no longer a flea mar­ket, Or­donez said. Now they will only ac­cept ven­dors who have vin­tage or an­tiques for sale. They have plenty of room for the 60 ven­dors al­ready signed up and will add even more. Or­donez is hop­ing to add more fur­ni­ture, pos­si­bly, on con­sign­ment. The fur­ni­ture, she said, doesn’t have to be an­tiques, but it must be good qual­ity fur­ni­ture.

There’s even a kitchen down­stairs that may be­come a meet­ing room for small groups look­ing for a space.

Once a month, they will in­vite their own ven­dors and some guest ven­dors to set up out­side. That will give ev­ery­one the chance to bring large items for sale, she said.

There will also be movie nights out back. The new lo­ca­tion comes with a back lawn where peo­ple can set up chairs or blan­kets and watch a movie pro­jected onto the back wall of the busi­ness. Dur­ing foot­ball sea­son, she ex­pects to host tail­gates and game-watch­ing par­ties.

“The pos­si­bil­i­ties are al­most end­less,” Har­ris said.

The area will get even busier as more and more peo­ple start to use the new by­pass, Or­donez said.

The store is lo­cated in an un­in­cor­po­rated area of Ben­ton County, not within the city lim­its of Ben­tonville, she said. It’s south of Wal­greens just off High­way 71 B.

Har­ris hopes to have a larger se­lec­tion of sports equip­ment. It would go along with the man-cave room the pair are plan­ning. In­side the man cave, fish­ing equip­ment, antique lures and tools will be for sale, but there will also be space for men to sit and wait while their wives shop.

The sec­ond en­trance in back pro­vides ac­cess to the down­stairs for peo­ple who can’t use the in­side stairs.

The new ad­dress is 13026 N. High­way 71B/ Frontage Road, Ben­tonville. That is just south of the Church of Christ at the in­ter­sec­tion of U.S. 71 and McNelly Road (County Road 40). The phone is 479-855-6999. They have a Face­book page which can be found by search­ing Bella Vista Vin­tage & An­tiques.

Lynn Atkins/The Weekly Vista

Crys­tal Or­donez and Mar­cus Har­ris pose on the front porch of their new lo­ca­tion. Bella Vista Vin­tage and An­tiques has moved south and is lo­cated just off of High­way 71 near Kozy Heat.

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