at The Freckled Frog
The Freckled Frog, which sells handcrafted items made exclusively by Arkansans, has enlarged its space downtown and is chock-full of exciting and modestly priced gifts for the holidays.
Sadie Nuffer, who co-owns the charming shop with Erika Robbins, said the shop has lots of new handicrafts perfect for gift giving this season.
“We have some cool old-fashioned wooden toys,” Mrs. Nuffer said. “And, Kate Walters , a junior at Central High School, is designing and printing her own tee shirts.”
The shop is also now selling hand-blown glass from Plaid Grasshopper of Hot Springs.
“We have goat milk soap, lotions and lip balm from Tammy Sue’s Critters.”
Tammy Sue Pope raises her own goats on a farm in the Cato community on the border of Pulaski and Faulkner counties. The goats share the farm with horses, chickens, dogs, cats and a llama. Her products are made from fresh goats’ milk, oils and herbs, many of which she grows herself. All of her soaps are made in small batches in her kitchen. Each bar is hand cut and trimmed, wrapped in fabric and beribboned.
Another new product is local honey from K-Bee Apiaries in Sherwood, which is owned by Larry Kichler, 2nd vice president of the Arkansas Beekeepers Association.
Gary Higgins of Alexander has brought in some coin rings made from French coins, shillings and coins from the Republic of Kenya.
“We have all the Nativ stuff,” Sadie said. “And we have tee shirts and tea towels and things from Tiffany O’Brien’s Eccentric Dose. They are all Razorback themed.
“We have amazing soy candles. They are being made just for us now, and they come in many amazing flavors. These are the best soy candles you can find - the best ones we’ve ever come across. They are clean burning. It’s the only (candle line) we sell.”
Other great stuff The Freckled Frog carries includes jewelry starting at just $3, infant clothing, scarves, hats, fingerless gloves, patchwork skirts and Arkansas quartz crystal jewelry.
The shop specializes in custom-made jewelry. Sadie said they will be making custom jewelry up until the week before Christmas. You may bring in beads, jewelry pieces or other things from home to be incorporated into custom pieces. The shop also has a large collection of beads and things with which to make your own unique jewelry.
The Freckled Frog has been doing well in its location at 419 President Clinton Avenue adjacent to Cache Restaurant. The shop has expanded into space once shared with the herb store Dandelion, which closed earlier this year.
“We are doing good. It’s really fun meeting all the tourists from all over the world and showing off the Arkansas we love. We’ve meet a lot of really cool people,” Sadie said.
The shop offers free gift wrap. For information, call 514-2060.