Going Green in the Natural State

We have been hanging around close to home lately.  Business is slowing down as the summer draws closer and will pick back up full speed ahead in the fall. Between now and then we are preparing to welcome two new grand babies to the world, both boys. (Is there any other kind?) ( Except for the one and only Brookie, heart o' my heart)

This week was a trip to Arkansas for the midwife home visit all birth participants are asked to attend.  I have been blessed to be present for all six of my grandchildren's births so far, and Lord willing, I will be at the next two.

Somewhere along the way, my daughters have become these organic, earthy, natural women.  Amy has gone the large family/homeschooling route; Kristin has gone the way of  baby-wearing/cloth diapering/herbal/midwifery/home birthing. I was more of a middle-of-the-road traditional gal, so my girls fascinate me.  I fully support both of them and have learned a lot from them.

For some time now I have heard of "The Green Corner Store" in Kristin's conversations, so much so, that it had become almost legendary in my mind. She has purchased many things from there, including cloth diapers, natural soaps, local honey, Logan's amber teething necklace, lip balms and herbs.
So this morning while we were out for her prenatal chiropractic visit she took me by The Green Corner Store!

 From their website:
"The Green Corner Store is located at the northeast corner of 15th and Main Streets, in the historic South Main District of downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.  We are inside the circa 1905 Lincoln Building built by C.J. Lincoln, a local drug wholesaler. It originally housed the C. H. Dawson drug store and soda fountain which operated for 60 years. After being vacant for a period of time, the building housed a car audio store and most recently a law firm. The Lincoln Building is now used by The Green Corner Store.  In 1996, the Lincoln building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places"

"After researching and practicing a sustainable lifestyle, healthy living and safer alternatives for more than 15 years, Shelley Green (yes, our owner's last name is really Green!) opened The Green Corner Store in the summer of 2009 with a strong commitment to preserving and sustaining the environment.
reminiscent of an old-fashioned general store...... the first and only eco-lifestyle retail store in Arkansas. The Green Corner Store sells environmentally friendly goods that are truly better for people, pets and the planet. We offer easy ways to be "greener" without sacrificing style, convenience or comfort.
The Green Corner Store carries the basic necessities for everyday living - plus fun items like gifts, toys, accessories,  products that are environmentally preferable to others on the market. They can take the place of disposables and reduce emissions. They are recyclable and/or made from recyclable materials, are compostable, organic and, whenever possible, sourced from local suppliers. "

Beautiful old soda fountain

Apparently a popular spot, I had to wait to catch these
 tables empty to grab this shot.

Many vendors have goods here: Soaps, herbs, honey, jams,
 baby things, jewelry--all homemade or Fair Trade items.

Between the soaps, lavender and other fresh natural things,
 it smelled wonderful in the store!

....3 weeks.......

I particularly liked the antique oak shelving throughout the store.
The Green Corner Store definitely appeals to all the senses. In hindsight, I am regretting not getting a scoop from the Loblolly Creamery bin at the soda fountain.  Clearly, I was not on my a-game!

All in all, this was a very pleasant experience and I enjoyed seeing this little peek into Kristin's life.


Amy said...

Love, love, love! I hadn't thought about until you said it in your post and I finished reading, that it was kind of legendary in my mind, too! So cool to actually "see" it!

Amy said...

I love it!! I hadn't thought about it until you said it, but it's kind of grown legendary to me, too. Glad to see a little corner of their world. :)

Betsy said...

What an interesting store to visit.

Linda Jacobs said...

You are destined to have grandsons! LOL! What a cool store! Looks so old fashioned and inviting. My kind of place! And your photos are beautiful!


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