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Have you found yourself roaming the isles of the big box giants looking for something special for someone who is difficult to buy for?  Why not try a different approach this time?

You can have an incredible, positive impact by choosing to shop local.  Spending your dollars shopping locally helps your friends and neighbors keep their stores open.  The local stores in Bentonville, Rogers, Fayetteville, Springdale, Eureka Springs and Siloam Springs offer great gift ideas, and the small shop owners truly appreciate your business and support.

Consider one of Northwest Arkansas’s truly unique gift shops. These are places that specialize in hard-to-find or one-of-a-kind gifts, and these are also perfect opportunities to help the local economy.

 When you want to give a gift that will be remembered for a lifetime, shop the Top 10 Local Specialty Shops listed below:

Shopping In Bentonville

110 E Central Ave, (479) 250-0296

Bleachers exemplifies the creativity of a successful small business making it happen on the Historic Square in Downtown Bentonville. They sell quality NFL, NCAA, MLB, NBA and NASCAR apparel, your favorite team souvenirs, hiking and biking information, drink gear, Tim Ernst outdoor books and so much more in a unique sporting environment. The welcoming owners are typically on the floor to answer questions, and the rest of the staff is efficient and super friendly. This is definitely a terrific place to shop for the sports minded person in your life.

Remedy Road
114 West Central Ave, (479) 321-1316

Remedy Road is the place to shop for beautiful gifts from around the world.  Shop stunning handcrafted, bags and totes, children’s clothing, jewelry, leather satchels, Prosperity candles and so much more.  Buying these products helps ensure that small disadvantaged businesses from many different lands survive and thrive.

Rush Running
1600 SE J St #2, (479) 464-7866

The obvious choice for running and walking apparel, shoes and gear in NWA, Rush Running stocks more than 50 brands including all the top ranked brands that you love. A local, family owned store offering amazing customer service, which includes the use of Stride Analysis, a procedure that involves videoing you while you run on a treadmill. A sense of community and well being through running and walking is achieved in NWA by this company as it promotes these two individual sports.

Eureka Springs Shops

Nelson’s Eureka Springs
34 Spring St, (479) 253-6600

The largest retail store in Eureka Springs, Nelson’s offers wallets, bags, straps, apparel, footwear, fur, cowhides, Life is Good, watches, jewelry and much, much more.  Don’t miss this delightful store when shopping Eureka.

Stores in Fayetteville AR

Pack Rat Outdoor Center
209 W Sunbridge Dr, (479) 521-6340

With more than 80 brands to choose, Pack Rat more than likely will have the items you need to make the most of your adventure in the outdoors. They are well stocked and experience at bringing to the NWA community backpacking, travel, paddling, footwear, clothing and climbing gear. Just ask any question about any of the products they sell, their customer service will either have the answer or find the answer for you. Note:  Image at the top of the page is courtesy of Pack Rat Outdoor Center.

Freckled Hen Farmhouse
840 N College Ave, (479) 935-3690

If you’re out of gift ideas for those you love and for hard-to-buy-for friends, and you want to give them something special and unique this holiday season or any season, for that matter, stop in at the Freckled Hen Farmhouse where you’ll find truly unusual gifts for all occasions.  If you enjoy cooking, the inventory of kitchen items will please every aspiring chef. This is one of those lovely shops, where it is almost impossible to leave without buying a bag full. Visit soon to see for yourself.

Shopping in Rogers AR

Russell Knives
2900 S 26th St, (479) 631-0055

A landmark along I-49 in Rogers, this award-winning company sells only the finest cutlery and is the oldest mail order knife company in the world. It is also the reigning authority on knives. Columbia River knife & Tool, Böker, Randall, Kershaw, Benchmade, Spyerdco, William Henry, Canal Street Cutlery and SOG are just some of the high-quality brands it sells. If you’re into knives, you must visit this unique store.

The Dotted Pig
114 W Walnut St, (479) 633-8552

Wonderful little store in downtown Rogers specializing in unique gifts for the entire family. One-of-a-kind gifts and home decor, handcrafted jewelry, reasonable prices and everything “pig.”  You can’t help but love this cute store.

Siloam Springs AR

116 N Broadway St, Ste E, (479) 373-6363

Bathetopia offers a delightful twist on scent products.  At this amazing shop, you’re able to design your signature scent.  Imagine! You can create bathe and body products infused with a personal scent belonging only to you, and since harsh chemicals are never used, skin irritations are eliminated.  Bathetopia also has all natural pet shampoos. Visit soon to give this unique shop a try.

Springdale AR

Euna Mae’s
 1672 S. 48th Street, (479) 419-9690

Euna Mae’s is a must-see housewares, grocery and kitchen supplies specialty store. You could easily spend the morning browsing the shelves looking for linens, dishware, cookware, gifts for the cook in your life, or hard-to-get jellies and jars of a good old southern kitchen staple, Chow chow. The store is warm and cozy and the owner knows how to dish out southern hospitality.