I appreciate the convenience of online shopping as much as anyone, but I still love to hit the streets in the South's thriving downtowns and renewed mainstreets. That's why I seek out local boutiques and eclectic little shops to retail Southern Girl Soapery products. (And, there's nothing that makes me happier than southern belles in business lifting each other up.)
All About Brinkley, Arkansas
Halfway between Little Rock, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennesee sits the historic town of Brinkley. Named after Hugh Brinkley, one of the builders of the first railroad to cross the state of Arkansas, the town honors that history at the Central Delta Depot Museum.
(History buffs will want to head just a bit north of the city to the Fargo Agricultural School Museum to learn about the school founded by Floyd Brown of the Tuskegee Institute.)
Shop the Cottagemall & Cafe
But, the can't miss spot we are focusing on today is the Cottagemall & Cafe. Housed in a lime green building, circa 1946, the shop is known for the owner Beth's homemade chicken salad and pimento cheese. And, don't miss Mimi's desserts! (Hit up Facebook for the daily special.)
Not only is Cottagemall & Cafe a great little lunch spot, they also offer a unique shopping experience guaranteed to make any belle's heart go pitter-pat. Shop locally-grown Della rice, jewelry, designer handbags, Merle Norman Cosmetics, and, of course, Southern Girl Soapery Arkansas-made soaps and bath goodies!
We are thrilled to welcome Beth and the crew at Cottagemall & Cafe to the Southern Girl Soapery family! So stop in for lunch and stay to shop. Tell 'em Stephanie sent you.
Have you been to Beth's Cottagemall & Cafe? What is your favorite lunch order? (And if you make a meal of Nanny’s Coconut-Pecan Cake, I won't judge.)