Date: July 21, 2008 |
A quick jaunt down Arkansas’ scenic Highway 7, the first state-designated scenic byway, is a fun way to see two great towns: Hot Springs and Russellville. Whether you’re looking for outdoor activities on the lake or a relaxing way to get away from it all, these terrific spots have more than you could possibly see in one weekend.
203 N. Commerce, 479-880-0224
Whether you’re in the market for Michael Stars tees, Free People dresses and premium denim or colorful and artistic home accessories, entertaining pieces and accent furnishings, III’s Company’s well-stocked Russellville store is just the place to find inspiration.
The Frame Shop & Gallery
311 W. C St., 479-967-1398
Custom framing is key at The Frame Shop & Gallery, where you can find the perfect accent for original art, keepsakes, needlework and just about anything you can imagine. The gallery includes oils, watercolors, photography and sculpture by a variety of local and regional artists.
407 N. Arkansas Ave., 479-968-3001
There’s much more to explore than the sassy and sophisticated apparel and accessories from names like Flax and Brighton at Lefler’s Russellville location. You’ll also want to browse their complete Clinique and Estee Lauder cosmetics counters, where you’ll get amazing customer service and the inside track on makeup and skincare.
Outdoor Living Center
370 Lake Front Dr., 866-496-5285, www.olcrv.com
Start your trip at Russellville’s Outdoor Living Center, where you can find recreational vehicles of all shapes and sizes, along with parts and accessories and fun extras like the Segway.
Rendezvous Formal Wear
208 W. Main St., 479-890-7766
The biggest names in bridal design are all represented at Rendezvous Formal Wear, including Alfred Angelo and Da Vinci, and their full-service staff can help you with everything from bridal party attire to party planning.
River Valley Furniture
2609 E. Parkway, 479-967-9984, www.rivervalleyfurniture.net
High-quality furniture at the best possible prices is the specialty at River Valley Furniture, which has been serving Russellville since 1995. Names like Kincaid, La-Z-Boy and Broyhill are displayed in beautiful room vignettes with accessories, lighting and everything you need to make your home complete.
319 W. Main St., 479-967-1707
Made from scratch Italian delicacies, from spaghetti and lasagna to steaks and shrimp scampi, have kept customers coming back to Italian Gardens for years.
405 W. Parkway, 479-968-3816, www.stobys.com
Breakfast, lunch or dinner, Stoby’s is the place to be, thanks to their diverse menu of salads, sandwiches and, of course, cheese dip.
1410 Arkansas Ave., 479-968-1410
The original Feltner’s Whatta-Burger can’t be beat for delicious drive-in food like burgers, fries and shakes.
Accessory Gallery by Ru-El
2020 Central Ave., 501-321-9168
The diverse offerings available at this enticing shop change often and run the gamut from fashionable jewelry to Tano and Brighton bags to stylish ladies’ wear for day and night, along with luxurious bath products and candles.
Blue Moon Gallery
718 Central Ave., 501-318-2787, www.bluemoonartgallery.com
A leading force in Hot Springs’ artistic community, Blue Moon Gallery, owned by mother-daughter team Pat and Dishongh Scavo, features paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture. With artists like Randall Good, Mark Hatfield, Wendeline Matson and Megan Chapman displayed within, this is the ideal spot to discover the next piece in your collection.
Chrysalis Day Spa
4332 Central Ave., 501-520-5400, www.chrysalisdayspa.com
In their amazingly relaxing and beautifully designed environment, the professionals at Chrysalis Day Spa specialize in everything from facials and brow shaping to microdermabrasion and massage for men and women.
De Madera Trading Co.
4334 Central Ave., 501-520-5712
With colorful flair, the furnishings at De Madera can contribute a worldly touch to any room and are versatile enough to design an entire home around. Including unusual accessories, convenient storage pieces, upholstered furnishings and more, the offerings are diverse and utterly fun.
Doodlebug’s Children’s Boutique
3832 Central Ave., 501-525-5700; 120 Central Ave., 501-609-9020
All the hottest brands for little ones fill the racks at both locations of Doodlebug’s Children’s Boutique, from My Vintage Baby to E-Land. From head to toe, you’re certain to find just the thing for playtime and special occasions alike.
124 Central Ave., 501-624-2025
For every delightful indulgence, from Lampes Berger to bath and beauty products to Pandora Jewelry, Essentials is the place. It’s hard to resist browsing row upon row of beautiful apothecary items, which is half the fun!
800 Central Ave., 501-318-4278, www.gallerycentralfineart.com
Owner Bess McFadden Sanders fills Gallery Central with inspiring works that pique her own interest as a lifelong collector. Works by Barry Thomas, Arden Boyce, Gino Hollander and many more can all be explored.
Gary Thorson’s Furniture
350 Malvern Ave., 800-648-8452, www.garythorsonfurniture.com
The extensive variety of brands and styles, from names as well known as Bassett and Thomasville, available at Gary Thorson’s are ideal for crafting a stylishly personal look with help from their knowledgeable staff.
House to Home
4328 Central Ave., 501-520-4949
House to Home is the place to find the finishing touches for any abode, like custom draperies and bedding, Peacock Alley linens, Vietri pottery and furnishings for every room.
402 Central Ave., 501-321-2441, www.laurays.com
A longstanding Hot Springs tradition, Lauray’s is the place for diamonds, from custom-designed bridal sets to black diamonds, right-hand rings and three-stone rings. Their designer brands include John Hardy and Jude Frances, and their full-service staff loves educating consumers about all aspects of fine jewelry.
The Material World
4328 Central Ave., 501-525-0204, www.thematerialworld.com
There’s more than just fabric at The Material World, where they also stock elegant accessories and accent furnishings. It’s a wonderful destination for your next design project, with a large selection of in-stock fabrics for inside and out, along with trims and cording.
3948 Central Ave., 501-520-0624
A fun spot to spend time exploring all the latest trends, Pink Avenue is known for denim, separates and adorable accessories.
222 Cornerstone Blvd., 501-520-5222
This top-tier ladies’ boutique is filled with the latest looks, from contemporary styles and premium denim to classic, tailored apparel and colorful jewelry and accessories.
118 Central Ave., 501-624-4083, www.tillmanshotsprings.com
If you’re looking for beautiful objects from eras past, there’s no better place to start than Tillman’s Antiques. The Tillman family searches the world for amazing artifacts, such as museum-quality silver, Faberge eggs, fine jewelry and stunning porcelain.
Traveling with Style
5001 Central Ave., 501-525-9510
A delightful mix of fun, versatile ladies’ clothes makes Traveling with Style a must-stop for stylish ladies. Don’t miss their fabulous selection of accessories, handbags and jewelry.
307-B Broadway, 501-321-0307
With a naturally eclectic aesthetic, Verdigris offers amazing pieces with an artistic flair, such as accessories and classic, transitional furnishings.
110 Central Ave., 501-318-4438
This terrific collection of shops on Central has ladies’ apparel and accessories, bedding and linens, and home accessories on the menu.
DINING AND ACTIVITIES
Back Porch Grill
4810 Central Ave., 501-525-0885
Completely re-designed by interior designer Sandy Sutton, this restaurant inside the Sunbay Resort is well known for hand-cut steaks grilled to order and creative fish dishes, along with nightly chefs’ specials.
Central Park Fusion Cuisine
200 Park Ave., 501-623-0202, www.centralparkfusion.com
With local and organic ingredients and classic culinary techniques as their top priorities, this diverse spot offers delicious dishes with a worldly flair at lunch and dinner.
4330 Central Ave., 501-520-4187, www.chefpaulsfinedining.com
Known for fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere, Chef Paul’s serves Mediterranean-influenced food, along with famous wine dinners and house-made desserts.
5101 Central Ave., 501-525-7437
Seafood, steaks, sandwiches and burgers are served up on the deck or inside this Hot Springs favorite, where you can arrive by boat or car.
Hamilton House Estate
132 Van Lyell Terrace, 501-520-4040
Dinner on Wednesday through Saturday nights and a famous Sunday brunch have made Hamilton House Estate Bed & Breakfast a sought-after destination.
Maxwell Blade Magic Lantern Theater
121 Central Ave., 501-623-6200
Legendary Hot Springs magician Maxwell Blade has a brand-new theater in the heart of downtown, where he’s sure to wow you and your family with his inventive brand of illusion.