Shop The Freckled Frog and Support Arkansas
Artisans - Everything in the Shop Is Made Here
Start your holiday shopping at The Freckled Frog, the delightful downtown shop that sells handcrafted items made exclusively by Arkansans.
Sadie Nuffer, owner of the shop, said she has lots of new handicrafts perfect for gift giving.
The shop has beautiful flame-painted copper jewelry by Miriam Quagliato, owner of The Gypsy Phoenix. She makes her colorful designs on copper with heat from a torch.
“We have coin rings made out of coins from different countries,” Ms. Nuffer said. “I’ve seen these done before, but not this nice. These are made by Gary Higgins of Alexander.”
Larry Witherspoon of El Dubya Pottery creates some amazing pieces that look like museum art but function like your everyday dishes; they are dishwasher and microwave safe. If you have a very special person on your list, a piece of pottery from Mr. Witherspoon would make a unique and functional gift.
The Freckled Frog carries a wide variety of t-shirts, many with Arkansas themes. One of the youngest entrepreneurs is Kate Walters, 17, a senior at Central High School. Ms. Walters started out selling her cat collars and other designs at the shop when she was only 10. Now, she designs and cuts her own screens and prints her own t-shirts.
The shop has shirts from Hillcrest Water Bugs, the original maker of the “y’all” tees, and clothing lines from Homegrown Arkansas and Nativ. It offers shirts by Tiffany O’Brien’s The Eccentric Dose, which are Arkansas themed.
Sadie said the shop’s location at 419 President Clinton Avenue has worked out well.
“It’s really good. We get tons of foot traffic. We get people from all over the world, and it’s really fun to show off a good part of Arkansas. We have lots of creative people around here.”
The shop carries the work of about 70 Arkansas artisans.
Among them is Sadie’s sister, Rose Nuffer, who makes very fine leather journals. Rose also gives free herbal classes every other Sunday at the shop.
The Freckled Frog has a great line of soaps, lotions and candles.
“We have the most amazing candles ever. They are made just for us. They burn absolutely clean, they have an extremely long burn time, and they smell the same all the way to the bottom,” Sadie said.
The shop specializes in jewelry, with many pieces as low as $3. Sadie makes a lot of the jewelry, much of which incorporates Arkansas quartz crystals. The shop offers framed art prints, scarves, hats, fingerless gloves and all manner of inexpensive, clever stocking stuffers.
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of “Goodnight Little Rock” by Emily Wyatt and featuring fantastic illustrations by Nathaniel Dailey.
Gift wrap is free at the Frog. 514-2060.