Prairie Grove: A Place For Unique Shop­ping Ex­pe­ri­ences

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - JUNK WEEKEND - By Lynn Kut­ter

PRAIRIE GROVE — While Prairie Grove will be the scene for two junk fes­ti­vals this week­end, his­toric down­town Prairie Grove and other shops in town con­tinue to pro­vide day-to-day, year-round op­por­tu­ni­ties for cus­tomers look­ing for unique gifts and home dec­o­ra­tions, re­pur­posed and an­tique fur­ni­ture, bou­tique cloth­ing and jewelry.

Vis­i­tors com­ing to the Arkansas Ap­ple Fes­ti­val, Junk at the Mill and The Junk Ranch are en­cour­aged to drive through Prairie Grove, mak­ing a stop to browse through the many unique stores in the area or take a break for some­thing to eat or drink.

In all, Prairie Grove has about 25 flea mar­kets, an­tique stores and other bou­tiques, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from City Hall.

The stores in­clude Daisies & Olives, which cel­e­brated its 20th an­niver­sary in De­cem­ber 2017. The build­ing has about 80 ven­dors and is one of the an­chors for the down­town area.

New flea mar­kets and bou­tiques con­tinue to open in Prairie Grove. One of the new­est is the Rus­tic Rooster, lo­cated on U.S. 62 High­way or Her­itage Park­way. The Rus­tic Rooster pro­vides booths for ven­dors to present items for sale.

Other new vin­tage bou­tiques that opened this past year in the down­town area in­clude Junk Pink and High on the Hog.

The down­town area also has re­ceived spe­cial recog­ni­tions in the past year.

Prairie Grove was ac­cepted into the Main Street Arkansas pro­gram in May. Specif­i­cally, Prairie Grove is a mem­ber of the Arkansas Down­town Net­work, a pro­gram that falls un­der Main Street Arkansas, which rep­re­sents about 39 cities seek­ing to re­vi­tal­ize their his­toric down­town ar­eas.

Ac­cord­ing to Rick Ault, who chairs Prairie Grove’s Main Street steer­ing com­mit­tee, the vi­sions and prin­ci­ples of Main Street Arkansas fall in line with vi­sions lo­cal res­i­dents have about down­town Prairie Grove. They all want to see the down­town grow, both from a eco­nomic per­spec­tive and a his­tor­i­cal preser­va­tion per­spec­tive.

Along with be­ing ac­cepted into the Main Street pro­gram, two his­toric dis­tricts in down­town Prairie Grove were rec­og­nized na­tion­ally this year. The his­toric dis­tricts were named to the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places by the United States Depart­ment of In­te­rior. The Reg­is­ter is the coun­try’s of­fi­cial list of his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant prop­er­ties.

Prairie Grove Com­mer­cial His­toric Dis­trict is lo­cated on the south side of East Buchanan Street, be­tween 107 and 305 Buchanan, and in­cludes Mock Park at 123 S. Neal. Some of the build­ings date back to 1883.

The dis­trict has 2.6 acres and rep­re­sents the main thor­ough­fare in the town’s cen­tral busi­ness sec­tion. One build­ing in the dis­trict, the South­ern Mer­can­tile Build­ing, was named to the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places in 1990.

The se­cond dis­trict, called North Mock Street Com­mer­cial His­toric Dis­trict, con­sists of the two build­ings at 114 and 116 North Mock St. Both struc­tures are de­scribed as turn-ofthe-cen­tury com­mer­cial build­ings.

The build­ing at 114 N. Mock Street was con­structed in 1903 as B.H. Har­ri­son Ma­sonic Tem­ple and now pro­vides meet­ing space for Prairie Grove’s Oc­ci­den­tal Lodge No. 436.

The build­ing next door at 116 N. Mock St., was con­structed in 1904 by B.F. Carl and orig­i­nally was Ozark Mer­can­tile Co., sell­ing fur­ni­ture and cas­kets. It now has Fat Rolls Bak­ery on the first floor and res­i­den­tial space on the se­cond floor.

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While you’re shop­ping at The Junk Ranch, Junk at the Mill and the Arkansas Ap­ple Fes­ti­val, make a stop to go through shops in down­town Prairie Grove and other parts of the com­mu­nity.

LYNN KUT­TER EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

These are some of the home dec­o­ra­tions or gifts that can be found in High on the Hog Vin­tage Mar­ket, one of the new busi­nesses in down­town Prairie Grove. The mar­ket, owned by Steve and DG Whitney of Prairie Grove, opened in De­cem­ber and has about 12 ven­dors. it of­fers a mix of an­tiques, vin­tage, farm house dec­o­ra­tions and bou­tique cloth­ing.

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