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The sweet, small town of Hardy, Arkansas is well known for its proximity to the beautiful Spring River, but equally impressive and well worth the drive to visit all on its own, is the charming downtown. Main Street Hardy is filled with antique shops and boutiques – the perfect place to spend a sunny day strolling the street in search of treasure.
When I visited Downtown Hardy for the first time, I was quite honestly surprised – in the best way. I may have come for the river, but I lingered on the street lined with inviting shops and a few local restaurants.
I could have spent hours milling about in Memory Lane Mall, a place packed to the brim with furniture, glassware, collectibles and such. The first greeting from the friendly store comes from the neon sign above the door resembling an old phonograph. The second greeting comes from the nice man behind the counter before you walk down aisles sure to resemble memory lane: old, but salvaged and beautiful items that have possibly survived through many exchanges of hands. Every turn leads to another booth, each ladened with full shelves of items that likely make up the details of someone’s memories. Stairs invite customers to check out an entire other level – where the maze continues. Books, records, and memorabilia invite visitors to step back in time.
Nestled next to Memory Lane lies Kozey’s Country Store. The small store is filled with Amish jams and breads. It’d be a shame not to grab a freshly baked loaf of zucchini bread or stock up on an assortment of sauce, jellies and jams.
Down the street, several boutiques serve a variety of guests. For styles ranging from everyday casual to evening gowns and wedding dresses, women should visit 128 Boutique Gallery. The consignment shop boasts an entrance that looks straight off a small street in Europe, with large glass doors and a balcony above. The store is packed with fashion, jewelry and décor.
Another option for women seeking style is Jade’s Boutique – a fashionable store for clothing, shoes and jewelry. A little further along the street lies another gem by the same owner: Jade’s Home and Décor. The latter is filled with handmade pottery, candles, glassware and more. Find an accent piece for your home or the perfect gift for someone you love.
If you love mid-century modern, then visiting The Brass Cat is a must. This tasteful shop is curated to perfection with furniture restored by the owner, Amanda. The building itself is a beauty to behold, but once inside the rows of records and artful pieces are also sure to impress. Each piece is chosen and displayed with care. The store will make you want to leave with the perfect piece, or perhaps redesign your entire home.
There’s even something for the little ones in your life. Noni’s Children’s Boutique sits inside a lovely old building remodeled with impeccable taste. The bright space is filled with precious clothes and toys.
Rest from the day (or weekend!) of shopping with a hand-dipped ice cream cone at the Hardy Sweet Shop.
Whether you’re there to kill some time before setting off for the river, searching for something perfect for your home, or shopping for a loved one, Downtown Hardy is practically full of treasure.
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