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Downtown Spotlight on Soap Stop & Body Shop

Soap Stop & Body Shop 15 Spring St. Eureka Springs, AR. 72632 501-613-soap Http://www.eurekasoapstop.com Hours: 10-6, closed mon-tues.   Ahhh, nothing is sweeter that walking up Spring St. and all of a sudden your nose catches a clean, fresh smell.  That is exactly what happened as I drifted across the street to investigate the newest store in town, Soap Stop & Body Shop.  I knew I had arrived at a store that I was going to really enjoy and after spending some time looking around , I was right. Kim, Kendra, Casey and Michelle are the wonder-women who have brought you this shopping pleasure. I am convinced they never sleep between the soap shop and The Nut house located at 54 Spring St.!  Yes, that’s right; They are always busy either making roasted nuts or creating the original soaps that we are going to discuss.  All these ladies live in and around Eureka Springs.  We are proud to support our hometown crew. Back to the soaps…………….There is so much to talk about that I am not sure where to start , so I will just dive in with a couple of my favorite items.  Kim and the crew have a felted soap. This is a collaboration between them and local felter Vicki Hardcastle from Fleece and Flax. (see blog on them). These soaps are not only colorful, but useful as well. I will be  buying these for unique presents to give to my friends. (shhhh, don’t tell)  My second favorite are the bath salts that come in so many colors and fragrances. Again perfect for little add in gifts.  They are just to cute not to buy . Are you into natural products? How about the natural deodorant line made with natural magnesium. Or the Whole Farm soap made from beef tallow, goats milk and lavender. They use local producers to create this wonderful soap.  How wonderful is that!  The list goes on and on.  Eternal youth clay mask, lotions, candles, bath balm and beard balm are all found here. Now allergy season is upon us and I want you to go by             and pick up the shower steamers. Natural and easy to use. Turn on the hot water in...

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Downtown Spotlight on Just Between Friends

Just Between Friends 49 Spring St. Eureka Springs, Ar. 72632 Www.shopjustbetweenfriends.com Email:mrshedwards20@gmail.com 479-253-6098 Owner: Marsha Edwards Hours: 10-5 Let’s welcome to the Downtown blog Just Between Friends located in the heart of downtown Eureka. Owned and operated by Marsha Edwards , a hometown girl, this shop is chocked full of awesome name-brand gifts. Marsha grew up in Eureka Springs . Her father was an entrepreneur and a much-loved man in our fair town. She learned the art of a successful business management through his teaching and leadership. Marsha is quite the entrepreneur herself as she has owned a variety of businesses , all successful and diverse. She has been in business this coming April for 30 years ! As some of you may remember she owned several shops up at Pine Mountain before deciding to close them and downsize to one shop downtown. So let’s talk about her awesome shop ! Come, walk through the front door with me and begin to take in the amount of inventory and color that greets your eyes. The first thing you notice on the right of the shop is the beautiful, hand embroidered state pillows. Of course Arkansas is right there at the front with Eureka Springs boldly standing out at the top. This line also has drinking glasses, towels and mini pillows , all which make a great gift to yourself to remind you of the great vacation you just had! Going a little deeper into the store and we are met with Marsha’s pride and joy. Pandora Jewelry. This giant of the jewelry industry shines with it‘s variety of gifts. Of course they are famous for their charm bracelets. You will find every charm under the sun here. Marsha and her staff are happy to assist you in building your story in charms or the perfect bracelet for a special loved one or friend. There is simply so much in this line that one must go in and experience it. No lack of glitz and sparkle here! As we head to the back of the store, we take notice of another major name brand line,Vera Bradley. Another giant in the industry which leads the way in handbag, travel accessories, totes...

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A Day of Romance in Eureka Springs

Romance in Eureka Springs knows no seasons, it is in bloom all year round.  February is the month of love, right? So today I thought I would make a few suggestions for a love filled day in our fair town. With these lovely winter temps that we are having , getting out and making a day of it presents no problem.  Eureka Springs has long been a town where lovers come to relax and enjoy some down time. Who doesn’t like to come to Eureka?  So let’s build a bucket-list day of love! Let’s start at the beginning of your day with breakfast at Mud Street Cafe located at Spring St. and Main. This well-loved cafe serves a delicious breakfast , brunch and lunch. The decor is stepping back in time making this spot cozy . If you don’t do more than a muffin and coffee , you will be glad you stopped in. And it is part of Eureka’s famous underground!  After your special breakfast walk down Main St.  to the mural stairs and take a selfie on our now famous artsy stairway.  There is usually someone around who will be glad to take your picture for you  so you can include the entire painting!  This is such a beautiful addition to our downtown area.  Climb those stairs and you are up on Spring St. So many shops just waiting for you to indulge in their speciality items.  I would suggest that maybe you stop by The Art of Romance at the corner of Spring St. and think about some new lingerie for  you and your significant other.  What a fine selection you will find in this tastefully decorated shop of romance.  There is something for everyone .  You will smile that knowing smile at each other for the rest of the day. Since it is always a beautiful day in Eureka, I suggest having a picnic lunch at one of our beautiful springs.  Pack it yourself or have one of our eateries pack it for you.  Enjoy the sunshine and the company of one another.  When you finish it is time to go to that already schedule massage at Spa 1905 Aveda locate in the Basin Park Hotel. Nothing speaks...

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Winter time must do’s in Downtown Eureka Springs

Today I decided to share my list of fun things to do in Eureka Springs in the winter.  Yes we have some cold days, but really our winters are very average and so, so beautiful when it snows.  So far this winter it has been pretty nice temps and very enjoyable in our fair town. Things do slow down a bit , but I imagine if we are honest this is true for every small tourist destination.  Eureka Springs never sleeps , even in the winter napping season.  So let share my list of fun must do’s in my hometown. We all know that Eureka has the best shopping around and that we do not lack for good places to eat.  So with that being said, I will leave it to you to shop at your favorite store and eat at your favorite restaurant.  My list is a little more out of the box. The first suggestion I have is to start by learning some of the history of Eureka . You can do this by visiting the Historical Museum located on the south end of Main St. It has beautiful displays throughout it’s first and second floors. It also has the best selection of books about Eureka Springs and some of the characters that lived here.  The Cornerstone Bank, just down the street from the museum, is a free museum created by the grandson of Mr. Claude Fuller. A founding father of our town who served 2 terms as mayor and went on to become a congressman. A very nice stop to take in. And then make sure you stop by and visit the library as it is one of the few working Carnegie Libraries in the nation. Carrying on with the history tour; why don’t you come on down to the park and enjoy a stroll with the Downtown Walking Tours.  It is open each morning at 11 a.m. 7 days a week. You will enjoy story telling about Hell Raisers, Hoodlums and Heated History. A fun time I assure you ! After you are done with the history tours, it time for a snack. Pulled taffy is one of my favorites. Everyone has seen the taffy pulling machine...

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Downtown Spotlight on Parts Unknown~A Fashion Adventure

Parts Unknown 26 S. Main Street Eureka Springs, AR. 72632 479-363-6415 http://www.partsunknown.com http://www.scullyleather.com Owner: Dan Scully;  Manager: Cary Monday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 10 am-6 pm   Who is ready for a fashion adventure? Then come along with me and let’s go to Parts Unknown at 26 S. Main. The Scully family from California opened this upscale clothing store in the heart of downtown Eureka Springs. It is one of six stores with the rest being located in larger cities in California, Texas and New Mexico. So we aren’t we lucky to have such a fine clothing store right here in our fair little town! The Scully family business dates back to 1906 when they began to manufacture leather jackets and helmets for pilots in WWI and WWII. Admiral Byrd was outfitted in Scully gloves and jackets as he embarked on his expedition to the Antarctic. You can find some of the historical clothing pieces on display in the Smithsonian Institute and also at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wa. Today the company manufactures not only jackets, but also briefcases, agendas, luggage sets and other travel accessories. You will find all that and more at Parts Unknown in Eureka. As you enter the store you are met with an array of merchandise to browse through. There is something for everyone! Let’s start with the men’s fashion choices. In the shirt department you will find Nat Nast, Kahala, True Grit and Scully brands, along with many others. And if you go on-line you will find even more clothing lines to order from. Of course the Scully Leather jackets are a must see and are a popular jacket line with the men. The diversity of clothing styles range from Western to casual comfy and the dressy Nat Nast. You men will not be disappointed. The women can indulge themselves in some nice upscale clothing from Nally & Millie, Tianello, Aventura, Kerisma, Chalet and many other lines. The Scully brand is also featured there in the Cantina clothing and the leather jackets and coats. Besides the clothing, accessories can be added from a wide variety of shoe lines. Handbags, scarves and camis are abundant throughout the store. There is a very large on-line...

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Downtown Spotlight on Downtown Walking Tours

Downtown Walking Tours Located In Basin Park in the heart of downtown! Your tour guides: Ralph Wilson and Christie Braswell Tours daily April 15th -Dec. 15th,  Then Am tour daily, Pm tour Saturday only     Welcome to the Downtown Spotlight ! Today I think we should visit the Downtown walking tours located in Basin Park. Did you know that there are two tours offered daily that share the colorful history of Eureka Springs? There is so much fascinating history to be shared about how the town was built around the healing waters and the many legendary people who called our fair town home. The tours are at 11 am and 4 pm daily April thru December. In January through March the 11 am tour is daily and the 4pm tour is on Saturdays only. Let’s get started our adventure with the morning tour, Hell Raisers, Hoodlums and Heated History. Sounds intriguing doesn’t it?   The tour meets at the Kiosk in Basin Park daily . This is an easy walking tour that lasts 45 minutes to an hour.   After a brief introduction to your guide, you will begin a journey into the history of the healing springs as early as the 1500’s when the native Americans would visit the springs. From there you will learn the history of Eureka Springs in its youth and when we were incorporated as a city. Sadly our town was plagued by major fires . These fires help form the city you know today. Would you like to hear the details of the 1922 bank robbery or the years when Eureka was called “Little Chicago”? Or how about the years that Carrie Nation lived here? Now that was a chapter you don’t want to miss! Civil War Caves, Backwoods Barons and notorious hoodlums who roamed our early town will all come to life as you take a lovely walk through the downtown area. This tour is a wealth of information of so many great happening in the early days of our shanty town. The 4 pm afternoon tour is the famous Downtown Underground Walking Tour. It involves some stairs and lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.   A favorite with locals and visitors alike....

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