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Farmington is a growing community west of Fayetteville where families are moving into the region for great schools with competitive sports and a reputation for getting along. Farmington was founded as a highly agricultural community sandwiched between the academics at the University of Arkansas and the historic communities of Prairie Grove and Cane Hill. But now it’s a perfect place to raise a family and work in nearby towns or remotely from home.
As a community grows, so do the opportunities for the families there. Many stores supporting farming equipment, building supplies, and everyday family needs bloom all over town. This growth also comes with a growing food scene, several salons and boutiques that each carry their own flair, and an opportunity to share the space and invite different types of visitors to the community.
This fall, as you are chasing colors among the Northwest Arkansas fall foliage, doing some early Christmas shopping at the craft fairs, or just enjoying some day trips or outings in the area, don’t miss these six stops for fun shopping and eating in Farmington.
Imagine for a minute you are on vacation along the coast. You pop into the most beautiful store with warm scents of harvest time and hints of Christmas begin to gleam among pumpkins, wooden beads, lanterns and wooden wall hangings. You’ve probably walked into Onion Creek on Main Street in Farmington. This store holds a perfect collection of beauty products, jewelry, seasonal home decor, baby items, and pantry supplies. Initially built in the late 1800s as the local post office, it resembles the early general store at the beginning of the 20th century. The washroom and bath supplies scream luxury relaxation, while the soup mixes and flavored olive oils make your heart zest for holiday parties. There are even hygiene supplies and razorback gear for the guys. It’s a beautiful space, even if you just want to stop, rock on the porch, and watch the cars go by!
The Holler is a local nursery and garden center with great prices and warm customer service. I’ve always noticed the beautiful plants outside, any time of the year, but stopping in this fall, I found trees ready to be planted, full mums for my fall porch, and a wide variety of seeds to store away for winter garden preparation. Incorporated into the business is a custom fireplace and steel stove showroom for indoor, outdoor or camping fire containers. While the garden center carries lawn car supplies, the statues, yard art, chimineas, and porch decorations are great opportunities to check off Christmas lists for those mothers-in-law, teachers or holiday hosts.
Pedal Pops started as a buggy fruit popsicle vendor around Fayetteville for farmer’s markets and festivals. As their popularity has grown, so has their need for an expanded business location and in 2022, while the food service industry was still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, Pedal Pops expanded to a permanent brick-and-mortar location in the entertainment district of Farmington. Their outdoor plaza space hosts other food trucks and outdoor lawn game space for college students and families. Weekly they have a karaoke night where patrons can gather on the turf lawn and sip brews, play cornhole, eat a taco and occasionally listen to live music. It’s a thriving spot for creative college students, contractors on lunch break, and the perfect after-school treat. But not to fret, their specialty frozen fruit bars still appear at local events, pumpkin patches, and light displays throughout the area.
Do not let the trendy clothing that greets you when you open the door overwhelm you that this is not your place. You are just where you are supposed to be! Shop owner Mallory uses her distinct eye for fashion and seasonal threads to bring a variety of clothing styles for any body shape. Of course, young adults and teens are a big part of their audience, but the mamas of those gals and their friends will find layers that work for them, too. The showroom carries clothing, accessories, handbags and shoes. But do not miss their online shopping opportunity through their social media conversations.
Next-door neighbor Bethel Brew draws a crowd. It’s never understood if the clothing draws the coffee crowd or the coffee bastions, the clothier. Either way, Bethel is a perfect hidden watering hole in Northwest Arkansas where living on mission means another cup of joe! Brad and Tanae Coleman opened their mobile business after realizing that coffee is a common language among many cultures. They desired a gathering spot that could move around to markets, festivals, sporting events and seasonal gatherings. But their following loved the mission and begged for a permanent spot to sit, work, meet and even grab a treat. Where we come from, shopping and sipping seem like a perfect combination!
Farmington is the perfect place to get off the main road and discover a new town. Gather a group of friends and tour the town’s holiday open house the first weekend of November . . . or just take a day by yourself and sip and stroll.
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