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Coinciding with unprecedented growth, Northwest Arkansas is also experiencing a dramatic increase in specialty stores, meaning businesses that are primarily open to offer goods or services limited to only one particular segment of the marketplace.  From world-wide famous specialty shops like A. G. Russell Knives and Junk Brands to small designer shops like Valere Rene Handbags and Three Dog Bakery, NWA is headquarters for many innovative businesses.

These unique stores listed below add incredible value to our community:

Bentonville

Bleachers
110 E Central Ave
Bentonville, AR 72712
(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 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.

Junk Brands
1004 NW 11th St
Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 715-4772

Another unique specialty store operating out of Bentonville, Junk Brands is widely known for their trendsetting headbands. They also make Junk apparel, accessories and have a wide selection in their college and NBA stadium shop. In addition to their Bentonville retail store, they have an enormous online business.

Rush Running
1600 SE J St #2
Bentonville, AR 72712
(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.

Three Dog Bakery
113 W Central Ave #101
Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 268-5599

The original bakery for dogs, Three Dog Bakery offers all-natural, human quality, handmade treats for your canine friends. They also stock dog accessories including U.S. made rawhides and chews, training items, collars, leashes, beds, and furry friend novelty apparel. Dog owners love this store almost as much as their dogs.

Eureka Springs

The Eureka Market
121 E Van Buren
Eureka Springs, AR 72632
(479) 310-6319

Do you have dietary sensitivities? This is a natural food store with a goal of providing the community with quality food in a relaxing environment. They offer a wide selection of gluten-free, non-GMO and dairy-free products, and their produce is locally farmed and unsprayed or USDA Certified Organic. You’ll find the staff friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Don’t find what you need? They will be glad to special order for you.

Fayetteville

Fayettechill Clothing Company
205 W Dickson St
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(844) 244-6790

Moved and motivated by nature, Fayettechill creates and markets outdoor apparel for outdoor lovers who really want to experience their chosen outdoor activities in clothes designed for the outing. Their purpose driven clothes are comfortable, durable and fashionable. The Fayetteville store is a natural gathering place for NWA’s outdoor enthusiasts.

Shindig Paperie
100 W Center St #5
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 521-1778

As the name suggests, Shindig’s is a paper company with many unique lines of greeting cards, personalized stationery, cards and gifts and invitations to every conceivable occasion. They strive to stock lines that are American designed and produced. If you still love to send and receive a handwritten invitation, you will love this most unusual cozy little stationery store.

Rogers

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210 S 1st St
Rogers, AR 72756
(479) 531-2243

Begun in the owner’s own dining room, this unique company designs and creates excellent-quality, handmade, fashionable lifestyle bags including totes, beach bags, makeup bags and custom handbags. Its customers rave about the beautiful designs, many even have a collection of Valerie Renee Handbags, and some have custom-made handbags. This is a beautiful store, stocked full of the bags and accessories you’ll love.

 

A.G Russell Knives
2900 S 26th St
Rogers, AR 72758
(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.

Springdale

Euna Mae’s
1503 Carley Rd
Springdale, AR
(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.

 

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Photo at top of the page courtesy Arkansas Dept of Parks and Tourism