June's Hallmark boasts Gold Crown Store status and showers shoppers with a plethora of greeting cards and gifts. Celebratory species abound, starting with postage-paid cards for every occasion, whether celebrating a birthday, graduation, Mother's Day, or jury duty. Or drape wrapping paper over WoodWick candles ($2.99–$28.99), Fiesta dinnerware ($13–$48), Willow Tree collectibles ($10–$169.99), and much more. Meanwhile, children who can’t sleep without hearing fairy tales narrated by a faraway relative or the grocery store bagger with the fascinating mustache can revel in the Hallmark Recordable Storybooks ($29.95). Alternately, the Hallmark Interactive Storybooks ($29.95 for toy with book; $9.95 for additional books) come narrated by a cuddly version of the tale’s main character, who giggles and comments on the events in the story.
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.