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No matter what kind of shopper you consider yourself, we have some fun Christmas shopping road trips to bring a little sparkle to the holidays while you see beautiful parts of Arkansas almost as quickly as you can swipe a shopping card!
If a road trip is what you desire, check out these themed routes that take you all over Arkansas with a mission in mind – complete your Christmas shopping list and create a new 2024 Arkansas Bucketlist!
NWA Square to Square
Shopping on a downtown square, entertainment district, or Main Street is great for kitchen stores, local toy stores, mercantile, book stores and gentlemen’s shops. Northwest Arkansas towns, north to south, have all the perfect shops for a whole weekend to shop ’til you drop. But save some room for great meals because the food is part of the trip in that corner of the state!
Fayetteville shopping – Riff Raff, City Supply, Freckled Hen House, Sleet City, Pink House Alchemy, Presley Paige, Gearhead, Sara Kathryn’s, Mockingbird Gifts, Kindness & Joy Toys, Maude
Stay around, eat dinner at Cheers at the Old Post Office or Tula on the Square, and experience the Lights of the Ozarks.
Day Two breakfast/brunch at Homegrown in Springdale and stroll downtown for the morning.
Springdale shopping – Bella Gifts, R. McClintock studio, Maple Market, Milk + Sugar Bath Co., James + James, Midtown Mall, Revival Gifts,
I highly recommend lunch at the Iron Horse Coffee Company (the Numan if you need a recommendation), then wander the streets of downtown Rogers for the rest of the day with a cup of Onyx coffee in hand!
Rogers – Honeycomb Kitchen Shop, Fresh Harvest, Posh Alley, the Rusty Chair, The Dotted Pig, Alexander Baking Co, and shopping around the Promenade outdoor mall
Quick breakfast at the Ozark Bagel Co. so you can plan a bigger sit-down lunch.
Bentonville shopping – the square is the place to start with the Bentonville Mercantile, mixed art galleries, Three Dog Bakery, Phat Tire bike shop, Once Upon a Time Books, Blue Moon, Label Boutique and Overstreet’s Jewelry.
A golf cart tour with Big on Bentonville is a great way to end the trip, beginning and ending under the lights of the Bentonville Square and many restaurant options.
Eureka Springs is your next destination, where haunted mansions meet quirky customers who hold many stories that are mostly true. Antique stores are scattered along your route, with many hiding near pocket parks and hilly drives.
From there, head to Tontitown, where you can stroll at the Tontitown Flea Market and Country Classics for the rest of the day.
Spend the night in a nearby Airbnb cottage or downtown Siloam Springs loft for a new day of treasures at Sassafras Antiques, Two Gals Junk, Steampunk Alley and Heart of the Home.
Then finish your trip in downtown Prairie Grove, where many say the best treasures are at Daisies and Olive, Southern Mercantile and Miss Rosie’s. But five other shops along the same street give you plenty of options to dig through.
Walk the Line Wonderland
This trip will take you along Arkansas’s southern and eastern borders, shopping through towns that feed the world and offer expansive views of farming communities and heartbeat towns of Arkansas history.
Downtown Texarkana – this area historically served as a railroad town, beaming with travelers, luxury hotels, holiday theater productions, and even a pivotal stop on the Memphis/Shreveport Hayride route for rock n’ roll musicians.
Finish in Wilson, AR – a town rivaling Nashville, Tennessee and Savannah, Georgia, as quintessential southern destinations. White’s Mercantile and Wilson Cafe are essential stops before leaving the area.
But plan to stay at The Louis and live in luxury as your gift to yourself this holiday season.
Made in Arkansas Stocking Stuffer Stroll
We know that many unique products come from all four corners of Arkansas. Whether artisan chocolates, fair trade roasted beans, deviled egg trays, golden candies or a sweet tea glass, this route will hit all four corners and the capitol city for some interesting Arkansas Products.
Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in Northwest Arkansas with her chicken man and break-dancing son. Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, small business trainer, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now, she is using those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop, which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom! Keisha loves to feed birds, read the stack on her nightstand, do dollar store crafts, cook recipes from her Pinterest boards, and chase everyday adventures on her Arkansas bucket list.