Northwest Arkansas’ High South cuisine is associated with nostalgia, fresh ingredients, tall tales and rural roots. In the 1890s, Ozark apples fed the nation. Welch’s Concord grapes grew in Arkansas vineyards. Local poultry king, Tyson, still satisfies America’s chicken craving. Local chef turned author Erin Rowe recounts her culinary adventures stomping grapes, canning hominy, picking Muscadines, gathering wild watercress and tracking honeybees. Featuring fifty heirloom recipes dating as far back as the early 1800s, An Ozark Culinary History celebrates it all — from chow-chow to moonshine. Signed copies of this cookbook are available at Honeycomb Kitchen Shop and make the perfect holiday gift for the person who loves everything NWA. (Remember that a gift card for cooking classes would make a great gift for aspiring chefs! Honeycomb offers those, too!) Click HERE to see more about this gift from Honeycomb Kitchen Shop.
Honeycomb Kitchen Shop is a supporter of over twenty-five Arkansas local artisans and continually looks for handmade kitchen tools, linens and food items to add to their collection. Some of their most popular Arkansas-made items are handcrafted recipe boxes made out of Arkansas hardwoods by Don DeSpain of Rogers. Don’s recipe boxes pair well with handmade recipe cards created by another Rogers native, Jane Para. Write your favorite recipe on a card and put it in the recipe box to give as a local gift with a personal touch. HKS also has to share some hometown love with their Lux Fragrances candles. Handmade in Des Arc, AR (hometown to co-owner Melissa Turpin), these candles come in a variety of pleasant and aromatic fragrances as well as fully decorated gift boxes. No wrapping required for these gorgeous candles! Click HERE for more details about this gift from Honeycomb Kitchen Shop.
Where to shop: Honeycomb Kitchen Shop is located at 213 W. Walnut Street in Rogers. For questions about classes (or products), call the shop at 479-340-1022.
Left: Branches Hoodie
This comfy hoodie is perfect for people (like us) who are super proud of our Arkansas roots. Even if the person you’re shopping for wasn’t born here, this would be a great gift for newcomers who have fallen in love with the area and are putting down new roots of their own. Cost is $39.99.
Right: Arkansas is a Natural Hoodie
This classic unisex hoodie features a design that’s a replication of a vintage Arkansas Tourism sticker that you frequently find on the back of a 1990-1993 Jeep Wagoneer. So retro. So soft. And oh-so-perfect for every Arkansas lover we know. Cost is $39.99.
Where to shop: You’ll find Rock City Outfitters shirts in stores around the state and in local festivals and shows (like the Northwest Arkansas Boutique Show November 17th and 18th). But you can find the FULL line of shirts on the company’s website, which is super easy to shop and navigate. Click here to check it out.
Left: Greenwich Bay Trading Company lotions and more
Greenwich Bay Trading Company is an Artisan family-owned business that handcrafts French-milled soaps and luxury spa products in the USA. This Artisan Family has a hand in every aspect of the creation of their products, including the artwork on the packaging. These gifts are incredibly priced from $2 to $9.
Right: Duke Cannon soaps and more
Duke Cannon is a fun company that makes grooming essentials for men. Manufacturing in the USA, this small artisan company also gives back to the men and women serving our country. A portion of the company’s proceeds directly support four different Veteran causes, which means this company has a local impact here in Northwest Arkansas. Prices for Duke Cannon items range from $9.50 to $31 (and these gifts are definitely man-sized!)
Where to shop: We love the distinctively local vibe of each Scott Frame & Art location. We always find artwork (including local photographs and Razorback prints) that we fall in love with when we’re in the shop. Recently the company has introduced a new “Artisan Reserve” collection of gift items. Each of the companies in the collection must meet three of the six criteria the shop owner’s have established:
- Must be handcrafted
- Must have a charitable-giving component
- Must be made by a small business
- Must be made in the USA
- Must be Artisan
- Must be Fair Trade
The Artisan Reserve collection also includes a line of men’s and women’s bracelets that sell for $14, with 25% of the proceeds going to Soldier on Service Dogs (SOSD). They’re a non-profit agency located in Fayetteville that provide service dogs to Northwest Arkansas Veterans diagnosed with PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury at no cost.
Scott Frame & Art is located at 2603 W. Pleasant Grove Road in Rogers. (Store number is 696-8263.) They also have a Fayetteville location at 100 E. Joyce Blvd. (Store number is 479-443-7262.)
See more: Keep up with the latest announcements and product arrivals by following Scott Frame & Art on Facebook.