Thanks to its vast selection of singular gifts, June’s Hallmark has achieved Gold Crown Store status, making it an ideal destination for card-seekers and trinket trappers. Small gifts for burgeoning readers include Peanuts Holidays Through the Years ($14.95), a book that finally reveals the surprising genetic structure of the Great Pumpkin, and Hallmark Recordable Storybooks ($29.95), which allow parents and older siblings to permanently narrate thrilling yarns. Postage-paid greeting cards save tongues the trouble of licking stamps, and fiesta dinnerware ($13–$48) offers an elegant alternative to eating off of frisbees. Each store comes equipped with a friendly, knowledgeable staff that can help customers
Since 1988, owner Rita Hall and Cloverdale Florists’ team of professional florists have banded fresh buds into festive bouquets. Roses and tulips pair with hydrangea, lilies, and orchids in a variety of festive arrangements to celebrate occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or teeth cleanings. A selection of potted plants blossom within households, and fruit-and-flower gift baskets combine edible and aesthetic pleasure. The colorful petals of customized bridal bouquets, floral cake decorations, centerpieces, and wedding ceremonial flowers can distract guests from the groom’s drooping toupee.
Profiled in the Arkansas Times and on THV, Rock Town Distillery crafts small-batch artisan spirits using Arkansas materials. Local red winter wheat transform into vodka and gin, corn and wheat become the award-winning clear Arkansas Lightning, and charred white-oak barrels grown from Arkansasian barrel trees cradle young bourbon as it ages. Each day, the distillery hosts warehouse tours, complete with the grain-to-bottle production story of each spirit and tastings of all liquors at the end.
Arkansas Extended Learning Center culls a massive, seasonal lineup of informative classes, recruiting chefs, artists, athletes, and other professionals to share their wisdom with students of all ages. Pupils can pick up new hobbies such as fly-fishing or digital photography, or sharpen nascent abilities in fields such as cooking and wine-tasting. Otherwise, they can tone up their physiques in fitness and dance classes, discover a new way to communicate in foreign-language workshops, or learn how to cut their way out of a hedge maze during gardening and landscaping tutorials.
Green Earth Pharmacy's massage therapists and pharmaceutical doctors mete out relaxing therapies and health screenings. During the 5- to 10-minute cholesterol screening, customers can survey the state of their cholesterol levels, peeping into the guarded lives of lipoproteins and triglycerides. Staffers dole out health recommendations and $20 worth of supplements.