I highly recommend that anyone traveling through southeast Arkansas with a little time to spare visit The Village strip shopping mall located just off US 425 approx. 5 mi. south of Star City (& then 1 mi. to the west). I’ll get to its great eating places in a moment, but first should say this is probably the most unusual shopping center you’ll ever visit in that its located out in the country in a pine thicket with all of its businesses being owned by members of the same religious group. Don’t fear you are falling into the hands of some far out cult, tho. These are some of the finest people I’ve ever met & they do not proselytize at all; you have to initiate any conversation concerning their religious beliefs (basically southern Protestant) and then they’ll still make no attempt to sell you their religion. It is a real pleasure & current day oddity to shop where people really know their business & are so anxious to serve the customer. It’s also pleasant & unusual to shop walking around in a country setting with pleasant breezes, birds singing, beautiful trees and their great fresh smell all around you.The Village has among the, if not the, largest & finest lamp & lighting/electrical supply/contracting firm, jewelry & decorative home items store, and taxidermy shop (with many unusual "critter displays" ) in the state. It also has a large antique store, good bookstore, print-frame-gift shop, upholstery shop, leather shop (specializing in saddle building & repair), china-glass-etc. repair shop, watchmaker, outdoor power equipment sales & repair business, auto & auto body repair shops, pet shop, and live plants & flowers shop (in season). A large furniture store which burned is being rebuilt along with a new custom furniture maker shop. Think that is all but I may have inadvertently overlooked one or two other shops.
Now to the eateries. The Village has several wonderful restaurants & other eating places. The Sweet Shop is an old fashioned soda fountain, sandwich shop, and gift shop, with delicious fattening fountain offerings (I’ve not tried its sandwiches). The Barbece Shop is The Village’s primary "open during the day" restaurant, offering salads, sandwiches, variety of "skillet dinners", and, of course, all sorts of delicious barbecue (if available, its "Scraps Platter" is at least a pound of barbeque scraps and great crispy outside pieces with Texas toast). The Barbecue Shop has recently opened an old fashioned Meat Market. The Bakery offers an extensive variety of all kinds of breads and rolls, cakes, pies, cookies, etc., all made right there, many unique, some old fashioned, and all wonderful. While it is mainly a "take home" business, it does have a few tables where one can enjoy cookies, pasteries, etc. with coffee or soft drinks there in the shop while enjoying the great smells of all the baking in progress. (Evening/dinner restaurants are described below.)
The Village is totally closed on Sundays and Mondays. Most of its retail shops and eateries described above are open 9A to 5P on Tuesdays & Wednesdays (believe The Barbecue Shop is only open 11A – 2P those days), and all the retail shops & above listed eateries are open 9A – 9P on Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays.
The Village’s two evening/dinner restaurants are open only on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 5PM to 9PM. One of those is The Catfish Restaurant in which I’ve never eaten but have perused its menu of various catfish and other seafood selections primarily, with some other choices. It offers menu single plates, all you can eat from the menu choices, and carry out dining and does a really big businsses. I’ve heard it highly recommended. It was the first business established in what is now The Village.
The other The Village evening/dinner restaurant, and to me its piece de resistance, crown jewel of dining, what makes it worth enduring a 90 mile drive home at night through desolate f,20,17592,0,13523,126.96.36.199
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