Image via University of Arkansas
For our Summer Issue Road Trip, the Prairie Hive gang headed east to Fayetteville, AR for a quick day trip filled with shopping, touring, and yes, food…
Arkansas has always been a bit of a mystery to me…the odd mix of artsy hippies, southern belles and bikers makes any trip to the state sure to leave you with a good story to tell. Home to the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville adds a college town vibe into the mix and never disappoints!
We headed into town on a Saturday, just in time for the Farmer’s Market in the Downtown Square. In addition to all the fruits, veggies, flowers, soaps and the like being sold at the market itself, the beautiful downtown square had lots of shopping to offer as well. One of our favorite stops was Riffraff Boutique, a fun mix of fashion, jewelry, gifts and home decor items (Plus, I love the slogan – perfect for a wannabe DIY-er like me!).
How cute is this bike/pallet display? We were also digging this sweet pillow.
In addition to the boutique shopping, we were pleasantly surprised by the number of vintage shops around town! Our favorite was the Airstream-turned-boutique, Grey Dog. Tons of dresses, tops and jewelry are packed into this tiny shop – the selection is really well curated and the small space encourages locals to come back often!
You KNOW we can’t pass up a sale rack…or piles and piles of necklaces!
We also found some great vintage at a little shop behind Maude boutique, and in some other surprising spots around town.
In LOVE with this cute doggie!
For the mother of all vintage shoppers, the Daisies and Olives Flea Market just outside town is a great side trip. We found lots of goodies tucked away in the many booths inside the space.
A little of the loot from Daisies and Olives…
Between shops, we stopped for coffee at Mama Carmen’s - a great local shop that has a good story as well. Mama Carmen’s is part of a non-profit called Global Restoration company that helpws with community development projects around the world. The real Mama Carmen runs an orphanage in Guatemala City, and a percentage of the shop’s profits go to straight to their namesake.
Bags, pillows and textiles for sale…for a good cause!
While we were there, they suggested we try the Greenhouse Grille restaurant (where we were so busy eating we forgot pictures – but trust me, the homemade black bean burger was fantastic!). While we were in town, we also tried out Hammontree’s Grilled Cheese restaurant (see Prairie Hive Mag for our pics!), just off Dickson Street, the center of all the action in Fayetteville.