Growing up and going to college in Fayetteville, AR, I feel like I often overlook how cool of a town it is. There is no other place with such a thriving small business scene and support for all things local. So coming from a townie, here are my eight favorite things (really in no particular order) about my hood...
1. THE PEOPLE: I love how diverse Fayetteville is. There are people from lots of different backgrounds and with many different interests, who all contribute to the community. It took me awhile to recognize how special such a culture is. You've got classic family types, young urbans, college students, business people, soccer moms, entrepreneurs, and of course the "keep fayetteville funky" hippie crowd. Somehow it all works out.
2. ALL MY TREASURES: This little flea market is one of my biggest secrets. Out Huntsville Road, All My Treasures is made up of different booths owned by vendors. Everything is always changing, you never see the same thing twice. There's nothing like finding a cool vintage piece for super cheap!
3. RIFFRAFF: Over the past 4 years I've gotten to work for Kirsten Blowers and be a part of this rapidly growing store. Definitely a "get to work" over "have to work" mentality. We're constantly growing, creating, and having nerf gun wars. My favorite part of the job are the window displays that I get to create each month. Shop local!
4. FHS: I have this embarrassing amount of Fayetteville High School Bulldog pride. Like I don't wish I was still in high school, I'm just a very proud alum... purple pride runs deep. Seriously though, don't get me started.
5. GERALDI'S: In case you don't know, I love spaghetti an obnoxious amount. And no where else in town can you get a small spaghetti for $3.89. All of their food is homemade and fresh.The pesto pasta and pizzas are delish too.
6. SHINDIG PAPERIE: Seriously one of the coolest littlest shops around... I find myself making up reasons to buy new stationary just so I can go in. My dad got monogrammed trout cards for Christmas...don't think he's used them. Anyway Shindig does personalized invites and stationary sets, but also sells other trinkets and paper goods.
7. FARMER'S MARKET: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays on the Downtown Fayetteville Square a slew of local farmers, gardeners, and craftsmen gather to sell their wares. If you haven't been... go, go, go!
8. LITTLE BREAD COMPANY: A Block Street staple. Order a spinach feta pocket, ask for it heated up, sliced, and to add tomatoes. Say hi to Cody for me.