The next “big thing” in shopping is making waves in central Arkansas — Hometown Dreamer Marketplace in downtown Beebe.
Founded earlier this year by Stacy Dorgan and Emily Edwards, Hometown Dreamer Marketplace is not only providing residents of the area with some of the best local shopping around but is also revitalizing downtown Beebe and promoting togetherness for the community.
The marketplace is tucked in the heart of the historic downtown area in a 5,000 square feet venue that hosts about 35-40 local vendors. The available shopping ranges from trendy and upscale gifts and accessories; farmhouse furnishings to jams, jellies and raw honey — all locally sourced from small businesses around Arkansas and the region.
Hometown Dreamer Marketplace has provided the opportunity for small businesses and local artisans to showcase themselves.
That includes Sherry Koon, owner of Steel Magnolias Market, who operates out of the marketplace.
She came up with the idea for the name from her favorite movie, Steel Magnolias (1989), and found the determination to open such a passion project from the values she learned as a child.
“Growing up in eastern Arkansas and the youngest of seven children, we learned at a very young age the meaning of value, thanks to the teachings from our parents,” Koon says. “All my life I had always dreamed of opening my own business, and getting products in it that help other people.
“Steel Magnolias Market was created because I love to purchase unique items that make a difference in the lives of others. Most of our items come from suppliers that have a mission to help others by selling their products to boutiques such as ours, or from small business owners that put their heart and soul into their products so that they too can provide for their families, support local football teams, raise money for church camps and help their communities grow.”
Which is why the Hometown Dreamer Marketplace was the perfect place for Koon to move her business to.
She had originally first opened her shop in the previous version of the building where Hometown Dreamer Marketplace now stands, but eventually moved to another location in Searcy. After Dorgan and Edwards purchased the building and completely remodeled it to a “Chip and Joanna Gaines” like degree, Koon told her husband that she wanted to move their business back to Beebe, to be part of such a special endeavor.
Koon carries a wide variety of flair including clothing like dusters and raglans, makeup junkie bags, Musee bath balms, tons of different accessories, Honeyton Farms honey, and so much more.
“We are downtown, and we want people to come back downtown,” Koon says. “I want people to know that they don’t have to travel to Little Rock. There are so many quality items at the marketplace, and so many great things happening in this historic district.”
And Hometown Dreamer Marketplace is much more than just the latest shopping destination.
“We are in it for the reason of making a difference rather than just a job,” Koon says. “Supporting each other provides opportunities for everyone.”
Beebe resident or otherwise, if you have not made it out to Hometown Dreamer Marketplace, you don’t know what you’re missing.
230 N. Main Street
Beebe, Arkansas 72012