Stay busy in Booneville with these five things to do

Alex Gladden
Paris Express
Main Street Exchange is a consignment store and one of the few places to shop in town.

From shopping to eating, keep going with these five places to go in Booneville. 

Main Street Exchange 

At Main Street Exchange, Boss, the owner's standard poodle, greets customers at the door. Main Street Exchange is one of the few places to go shopping in town. The consignment shop sits in a row beside a couple of other thrift shops. 

Boss greets all the customers at Main Street Exchange.

Cheryl Pratt opened the shop about 20 years ago. It passed from family member to family member until Pratt moved back in town and started running the shop again about two years ago.

“It’s really growing and doing really well," Pratt said.

The store carries clothes, books, movies, jewelry, local honey, and handmade soaps and candles.

 “You just never know what’s going to come in," Pratt said.

Pratt focuses on getting quality items in the shop.

“We want to carry good stuff," Pratt said.

City Parks 

Booneville has four city parks that many people use for the walking trails.

Marcelle Phillips Park has a jungle gym, pavilion, tennis and basket ball courts and a pool.

“Lots of people around here like to get out and walk," City Clerk Gayleene West said.

At one of the parks, Marcelle Phillips, people can go to the pool, play on the tennis and basketball courts, take their kids to the playground or relax at the pavilion.

Rainey Park and Veterans Park both have walking trails. The city is raising money for a splash pad at Veterans Park. West said it will be at least 2022 before officials are able to add in the splash pad. People can also go fishing at Veterans Park.

The fourth park is designated for the baseball fields.

Marcelle Phillips Park has a jungle gym, pavilion, tennis and basket ball courts and a pool.

Reid's Hometown Barbecue

People flock from all over for a taste of Reid's Hometown Barbecue.

Reid's Hometown Barbecue is a family affair. Most of the staff is family. The walls are lined with photos of family members.

The restaurant has been serving up its barbecue for almost five years, said Cassie Massey, one of the restaurant managers. Massey's parents own the restaurant.

The restaurant is family-owned and operated. Massey said most of the people who work there are related.

Massey said the restaurant has a family-friendly atmosphere.

“I think we provide a good family atmosphere place to eat," Massey said.

The ribs and the brisket are two of the most popular items on the menu.

Massey said the restaurant offers good quality food and the only barbecue in town.

Booneville Public Library 

The library offers many activities for children and adults alike.

“This is basically where you come through to get some sort of entertainment," said Brittany Downs, the library's branch manager.

Downs is always trying to come up with new program ideas, she said. During the pandemic, the library is taking extra steps to ensure that people are safe during library activities.

People can join a plant exchange at the library, where they bring a plant and trade it in for a new one. They can also bring their kids, from infancy to pre-K, to storytime that happens at 10 a.m. every Wednesday.

There is also an after-school craft time on Thursdays.

Elite Physiq

Booneville residents can go to Elite Physiq to keep in shape and exercise.

“We’re proud to own this and take part in our community," said Jonette Moses, one of the gym's owners.

The gym has been open for two years and offers cardio and weightlifting equipment as well as cardio training classes. People can also use the tanning beds at the gym.

Moses said she wants people to feel comfortable working out regardless of their age or fitness level.

“And I think anytime that you know people can work out and feel supported and not made feel uncomfortable in that workout situation, they can start feeling better about themselves," Moses said.