25 Shops Where You Can Find a Curiously Perfect Gift
Shopping Photo Credit: Purdy Art Company
Eureka Springs has “shop local” down pat. Our quaint and quirky Historic Downtown brims with an eclectic array of shops and galleries — and that means dozens of places to find unique gifts for family and friends, as well as cool discoveries that you may just want to keep for yourself.
If hunting for one-of-a-kind pieces of art, crafts or jewelry your thing, you’ll be glad to know that 300 of our 2,000 residents are working artists, many of whom sell their work right in town.
This city is proof that holiday shopping doesn’t have to be ordering online and waiting for delivery trucks to drop boxes on the doorstep. Holiday shopping can be interesting. It can be exciting. It can be fun. Cruising Eureka Springs on a Holiday shopping excursion is not just a great way to find and purchase terrific gifts — it’s a day well spent.
Here’s a quick overview of about 25 of our retail establishments, broken into categories. Note: Nearly all of these mostly small, locally owned businesses are within walking distance of each other. And most will be lit up and decked out for the season.
Clothes, Footwear and Accessories
Nelson’s — The largest retail store in Eureka Springs features two floors populated with one-of-a-kind belts, purses, hats and the like, along with fine clothing and footwear by such brands as Chaco, Free People, Fossil, Clark’s, Toms, Smartwool, ENO and such.
Hats Hides & Heirlooms — What’s a hip town without a haberdashery? HH&H showcases cool hats, rugged hats, fancy hats, funky hats and more — for men and women.
Wild Blue Yonder — A store that caters to your outdoorsy side, with apparel, footwear and accessories by such brands as Patagonia, Kuhl, Prana, ExOfficio, Nativ, Teva, Birkenstock, and more.
Christophers Eureka Springs — This boutique specializes in clothing and accessories for women who have a fun, individual sense of style.
Planet Leather — The shop offers top-quality leather goods, from handbags to belts to Bible covers. Motorcycle accessories, too.
Sonya’s — One side features fine leather goods, the other has a bounty of inexpensive costume jewelry.
C’est la Vie Eureka Springs — A fashion-forward women’s boutique. Clothes, shoes and accessories. Vous aurez fière allure.
Food and Cooking Gear
Gourmet Eureka — The name sums it up. This shop sells fine food products sourced from local (including grains and mixes from War Eagle Mill), Northwest Arkansas and internationally acclaimed product lines.
Silly Chile — One of the hottest shops in town, Silly Chile has all your peppery desires covered.
Eureka Charcuterie — You’ll find a wide array of gourmet cured meats, specialty cheeses, scrumptious condiments, pickled veggies, spreads, jams, artisan chocolates and more.
Eureka’s Nut House — Go ahead, go crazy for this store’s vast selection of nuts and nut-based products.
Tummy Ticklers Kitchen Store — Your inner gourmet chef will drool over this shop’s array of cooking tools and kitchen supplies.
Gifts & Novelties
Silver Maple Market — At either of its two locations in Eureka Springs, peruse an elegant collection of personalized gifts, including two-of-a-kind products made by local artisans. Silver Maple also features an ample kids section.
Soap Stop & Body Shop — All the scrubs, creams, lotions, balms, oils, masks and fragrances a body could ask for.
KaleidoKites — How many towns of 2,000 have a shop dedicated to kites, kaleidoscopes and collectibles? That’s Eureka, for ya.
Razorback Gift Shop & Observation Tower — Located in an old house two miles west of Historic Downtown, this spacious, Arkansas-centric store has more items than you can shake a hog’s tooth at. For a dollar, you can climb the adjacent observation tower for views of the Ozarks.
Granny’s Place — She stocks all sorts of fun stuff: tie-dye clothes, hand-drawn bags, toys, herbal remedies and essential oils — not to mention fairies, dragons and Renaissance outfits.
Jewels, Baubles … and Beads
Magee Jewelry — All of this shop’s rings, pendants, necklaces et al are one of a kind, handmade by a Magee.
The Jewelry Show — Baubles, trinkets, handmade clothes, and, of course, jewelry, much of it affordable. The shop features a large selection of Christmas-themed products.
The Jewel Box — This store sells the creations of local jewelry artists, as well as paintings, prints, blown glass — and let’s not forget its festive selection of feather masks.
Crescent Moon Beads — Need beads? This place has got ‘em in spades. Beaded jewelry too. And free starter lessons so you can craft something special yourself!
Galleries and Artist Showcases
Art Colony Eureka Springs — Two dozen resident artists show, discuss and sell their work in this big, funky compound.
AMUSEd Fine Arts & Extraordinary Books — This whimsical shop offers as much or more for kids as adults.
Fusion Squared — Combines an array of colorful fused glass items created by local artist John Rhinehart, mixed with gifts and work of other American artists.
Wilson & Wilson Folk Art Company — Located in Eureka Springs’ very own flatiron building, this gallery’s slogan is “Own Art Be Happy.” We wholeheartedly agree.