GRAVETTE -- Gravette's third Thursday event on June 16 featured several activities despite the evening's oppressive heat. Main Street businesses stayed open late and cold drinks at Gravette Nutrition and ice cream and bottles of cold water at Lili's Bubble Waffle were selling especially well. A snow cone booth was also doing a lively business.
Face painter Alaina Carlton was painting eye-catching designs on many youngsters' faces and members of the Old Town String Band were entertaining listeners with music and song while selling tickets for a handmade quilt and a banjo to be raffled on Gravette Day. The Gravette Public Library stayed open until 7 p.m. and registration was open for its children's summer reading program.
A couple of newcomers to the Gravette Main Street business scene were on hand. Ruby Jackson, of Rogers, opened her MIRA Home home decor business and served strawberry punch to visitors browsing in her shop. Kim McDougal, of Local Bliss, set up a sidewalk display of clothing and accessories, jewelry, homemade soap, books and other gift items.
Nicole Jowers welcomed visitors to her family's Cajun restaurant, Lagniappe Bistro and Market, and Gentry artist Lydia Seiden returned to exhibit her colorful paintings.
Kimberly and Craig Honchell, owners of Fat Chop Creations in Bella Vista, were first-time exhibitors and displayed several examples of their custom printed shirts, tote bags and mugs, key chains, candles and other gift items.
Chamber secretary Jowers said eight vendors canceled their plans to participate because of the hot weather. Jowers invited everyone to attend next month's event on July 21.