CINDI BOOTH, owner of Stifft Station Gifts and Sundries retired as an IT manager and developed her jewelry line, Bijou Booth, eight years ago. She purchased and renovated a space in the historic district of Stifft Station and opened her eclectic gift shop. stifftstationgifts.com.
1. What locally made bath product is a must-have and why? Kind Folke Mint Chocolate Deep Hair Conditioner is perfect for my long silver hair. It smells wonderful and it’s organic!
2. Where is your favorite local spot to gather inspiration? The Arkansas Arts Center—I’ve enjoyed every class that I’ve taken there, and have always enjoyed visiting with the students and teachers.
3. Tell me three handmade items on your own wishlist. Nan & Idge makes a gorgeous leather cuff, which fits perfectly and is so soft and beautiful you never want to take it off. Valerie Goetz makes the most delicate horsehair raku fired pottery I’ve seen. Claudia Horvath, the knitting instructor for our little yarn store, just brought in a beautiful hand-knitted cowl that has my name on it.
4. Which craft fair do you most look forward to? Hillcrest HarvestFest was the first big craft fair where I sold my Bijou Booth jewelry line.
5. Name three can’t-live-without locally made eats or drinks. Well, I’m not sure how healthy these are because they are all sweet, but I must have Rosalia’s cinnamon rolls, K Bee honey and Kyya chocolate.
6. What locally made things do you use in your own home? Art by Lois raku leaf tray, The Road T-shirt by Rachel Trusty, Nannie’s Naturals soap chip bag, The Eccentric Dose kitchen towels, K Bee honey and Bear Kingdom Vineyard jam—just to name a few.
7. How would you describe the art scene in Little Rock? Vibrant and eclectic. It seems that everyone is making and creating something in their spare time, and it’s all different.
8. What’s your favorite local art venue or event? The Art Museum Sale held every November. Local artisans sell the items that they learned how to make while taking classes at the Arkansas Arts Center.
9. What do you look for when choosing items to sell at Stifft Station Gifts? Overall what appeals to me most are those things that are both beautiful and functional. And, of course, I’m always looking for items that represent Arkansas.