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Collaborative shopping spaces are changing the commerce environment for tourist destinations, small towns and downtown Main Street shopping experiences in Arkansas. It’s a long-standing business principle that you must diversify your portfolio of offerings to grow a business. Most small-business owners in Arkansas’ passion, work ethic and most importantly, having their finger on the pulse of and being tightly weaved into their communities helps to bring more opportunities and new ideas.
Photo provided by Amelia’s Picalily and More
Attempting to expand their business and stay open during a challenging economic year from the Covid-19 pandemic, stores like Amelia’s Picalily and More in downtown Nashville, Arkansas, changed the shopper experience by expanding their business model with new ventures, including a bakery, boutique and photography space.
Amelia Moore, the owner of Picalily and More, recently shared on the Create Bridges podcast about her decision-making process. “I wanted to be part of the story of Main Street. I knew the businesses I added could support and sustain each other. When you are in a small town, you are not only competing with the other businesses in your town but the larger towns around you where people will travel to shop. It is important as a small-business owner to keep up, stay on your toes, and know the needs of your local shoppers as the question, ‘what will make them want to come in here again and again, even if it’s not in your wheelhouse or the original idea that drove you to start a business?'”
This collaborative shopping experience makes many of these places “one-stop shops” in local hometowns across the state. By creating these shopping spaces, makers can attract a new offline audience made possible by tourism and foot traffic.
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