Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Red Door Market

Is it just me, or is there just something special about a red door?
There's certainly something special behind this red door. Downtown's newest establishment, The Red Door Market, opened it's freshly painted door this morning, on this blustery fall day.

The cozy shop sells an array of products, from snacks, chips, drinks and candy to gourmet Arkansas products, like jelly, jam, sorghum, salsa, syrup, fruit butters (sweet potato butter, anyone?), honey, pickled products and BBQ sauce. For example, there is Ozark Mountain Honey from Mt. View, House of Webster products from Rogers, Kirkland Family Foods all-fruit jams from Siloam Springs, organic War Eagle Mill products, and Post Familie grape and muscadine juice from Altus, to name a few. They'll also soon be selling a line of cheese straws and cookies from a family-owned business in Little Rock. In addition, employee Lana Hudson has a line of handmade aprons, in cheerful colors and patterns for adults and children.

With the holidays coming, my mind was spinning with all of the possibilities I saw for great hostess gifts or gift baskets. The Red Door staff would be happy to help you create a customized gourmet food basket for that lucky foodie in your life.

Chris Salley, the owner, is also the owner of the City Barber Shop right next door. Incidentally, he also helps to keep our town safe as a Siloam police officer. He really loves downtown (of course!) and enjoys displaying antique photos and momentos in the barber shop. I was intrigued to discover that the barber shop has been operating on the corner of University and Broadway since at least 1881, when the building was called the Morris Hotel. Imagine that!

The Red Door Market is currently open Tuesday-Saturday from 10-6. Enjoy!

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