Mountain View is the epicenter of traditional crafts in Arkansas
1. Laffing Horse Design
17467 Hwy. 66, 870-213-6692
Don’t take the humble broom for granted, because these take an everyday cleaning tool and elevate it to the point of art. Laffing Horse makes more than 3,000 brooms every year, all by hand, in more than 30 different styles.
2. Old Time Print Shop
1032 Park Ave., 870-269-3851
This shop lives up to its name: Antique equipment and traditional printing techniques are utilized to create items like greeting cards, notepads and prints for hanging, all inspired by traditional letterpress from the 19th and 20th century.
3. Arkansas Craft Gallery
104 E. Main St., 870-269-3897
The Arkansas Craft Guild is a collection of goods by artisans in disciplines that range from ceramics to jewelry, wood work to bath products and everything in-between.
4. Stone County Ironworks
408 Ironworks Dr., Mountain View 870-269-8108
Known as “America’s Blacksmith Shop,” Stone County Ironworks is an artisan-led maker of highly crafted, hand-forged iron products. Stone County Ironworks’ products are bench-made by dedicated American artisans who treasure a simpler way of life in the hills of Arkansas. You’ll find everything from iron hardware such as drawer pulls and doorknockers to furnishings and accessories like iron beds, tables and even lampshades.
5. Dahlstedt Pottery
511 Jackson St., 870-269-4103
David & and Becki Dahlstedt’s pottery studio is in the heart of Arkansas craft country. The Dahlstedts offer workshops for pottery students as well as a wide selection of work for sale. Don’t miss: The Ozark Folk Center State Park. From music to crafts, old time artisanship to demonstrations, the folk center has it all. For anyone looking for handmade products from the Natural State, making a trip to Mountain View is almost like a pilgrimage.
6. Stone County Farmers Market
121 Main St., 870-213-5785
Nothing goes better with traditional art and music than homegrown produce. This farmers market is vendor-managed and the food found for sale there is completely local.
7. Mountain View Music
123 W. Washington St., 870-269-9044
This music store has it all: Live entertainment, instrument repair and brand-new banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolins and other folk instruments are available for purchase.
8. Mellon’s Country Store
19735 Hwy. 5 N., 870-269-3354
More than just a regular country store, Mellon’s features nightly loft lodging and entertainment at the Hole in the Wall Theater. Goods available include an assortment of musical instruments, Arkansas blown glass, old-fashioned candy and a selection of CDs from folk musicians.
9. Dulcimer Shop
1104 Sylamore Ave., 870-269-4313
This shop is home to the renowned McSpadden Dulcimers, and visitors can watch the mountain instruments being made on-site.
10. Lewie Lloyd
787 Hub Willis Rd., 601-951-5897
Knife makers have a long history in Arkansas, and Lewie Lloyd’s work is a prime example of the high-end artistry that goes into making blades. Lloyd makes most of his own steel, then fashions his blades and handles. In addition, he makes the leather sheaths custom to fit each blade, making each piece one-of-a-kind.
11. Legacy Herbs
606 Mitchell Ave., 870-269-4051
Handmade soaps for artisanal skin care, insect repellant sprays, herbal smoking blends and ointments are just part of the Legacy Herbs repertoire. Like many in Mountain View, owners Sue and Raymond Creasey are also musicians, and their CDs and videos are available along with their herbal creations.
HUNGRY? The buzz on Tommy’s Famous (12), located at 205 Famous Place, comes from local sources like the Arkansas Times Readers’ Choice awards, but this pizzeria has also received accolades from regional and national press outlets like Southern Living and National Geographic Traveler. Stop in for some of the best pizza and barbecue in the state and join the fan club! Call 870-269-3278 for more details.