Five places to stop and shop on the Paris Square

Alex Gladden
Fort Smith Times Record
Volunteers established Eiffel Tower Park in 2014, spurring downtown growth.

The Paris Square has a law firm. It has boutiques. It has a florist shop. It has a little bit for everyone. 

JA Outfitters 

For the last four years, JA Outfitters has been a place for men to shop in Paris. The store caters to men, carrying hats, beer koozies, T-shirts and more. 

“We just offer a lot more stuff that nobody really carries around here," JA Outfitters manager Hailee Faldon said. 

Faldon said not only does the store draw in locals, but it also brings tourists in from out of town. 

She said the store offers brands that people cannot find anywhere else but in Fort Smith or northwest Arkansas.

The store is also hosting a music festival on the square, starting at 7 p.m. Friday. The show will feature local artists, two breweries, and two food trucks. 

Fabulous Finds 

Fabulous Finds is new to the square. It joined the plethora of downtown businesses last August. 

The store plays host to four booths that feature local boutiques, including handcrafted work, Fabulous Finds owner Shelley Schluterman said.

Schluterman plans to add an additional booth in the near future. She stocks items from stores ranging from dollar stores to Target, selling them for cheaper than their original prices. 

“We just have a variety of something for everybody," Schluterman said. 

Island Cowgirl 

Island Cowgirl helped spur the revitalization of the downtown square. 

For the last seven years, the boutique has watched the Paris Square blossom into what it is today. 

Owner Annette Berry credits Paris' Main Street Arkansas program for making much of the change, supporting local businesses with grants to make improvements. 

Island Cowgirl has been the recipient of one of these grants this year, using the money to replace ceiling tiles and paint, said Shawna Stengel, the director of the program. 

Island Cowgirl supplies women's clothing, ranging in sizes from newborn to 3XL. Berry's goal is to be a resource for women in the town. 

“For the most part I think it helps people not have to go to Fort Smith," Berry said about her store. 

Scott's on the Square

Scott's on the Square has been a staple on the Paris Square for more than three decades. 

The store originally started as Scott's Flowers With Style.

“We are the only remaining flower shop," Scott's on the Square manager Jessica Cooper said. 

The shop specializes in making silk and fresh floral arrangements and often caters to events and weddings. The store also sells home decor and makes deliveries. 

Castle Graphics 

Castle Graphics is also a longtime business of the Paris Square. 

The store has been on the square for approximately 20 years, owner Darla Gilbreath said. 

The shop creates designs for signs, T-shirts, banners, and awards. 

Gilbreath said her store is “just another business that we need to keep alive," espousing the benefits of shopping local. 

Having local businesses is beneficial to the town, she said. 

“Because our little town is very small, so the more stuff we have, the more stuff there is to do," Gilbreath said.