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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Adam Davis invites everyone to the gift shop located in the Welcome Center at Mammoth Spring State Park. He said there are over 1,000 unique and original items in the shop. Photo by Jan Thompson
MAMMOTH SPRING -- One of the best kept secrets in the area can be found at the Mammoth Spring State Park. It is the gift shop located in the Welcome Center at the park.

Adam Davis is the facility manager at the state park and also manages the gift shop.

Davis is a 1999 graduate of Mammoth Spring High School and received his bachelor's in business degree from MSU in 2005. He and his wife Alexis live in Mammoth Spring and are the parents of a 7-month old son, Skylar.

"We have people here locally that don't even realize what our gift shop offers," Davis said.

The shop is small but is filled with over 1,000 items with most of them being unusual and unique.

They have T-shirts and coffee mugs and a large selection of Arkansas souvenirs.

"We have some local natural items such as handmade jewelry made by Kathy Crase from Thayer," he said.

There are Arkansas canes and hiking sticks and lots of Razorback items.

"We have a lot of collector's items that can't be found anywhere else," Davis said.

The gift shop and welcome center is also filled with all kinds of information. Everyone who comes in gets a free Arkansas map. They offer brochures about anything in the state and have a lot of educational tools.

One interesting item is an Eye Flyer. It is a book and the pages all have bar codes on them. The bar codes are scanned with a Bird Scanning Wand. After being scanned, the sound of whatever bird or frog or other animal on the page can be heard. It is filled with 100 different sounds of nature.

They have books about the Civil War, the history of Arkansas, cookbooks and more.

Another interesting item that is sold in the gift shop is a Salt Lamp. "This lamp sends negative ion charges into the air that purifies the air," Davis said.

There are locally made soy candles, agate bookends and Arkansas grown buffalo and elk jerky.

The gift shop and welcome center is open seven days a week. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and winter hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Davis said the only days they are closed are Christmas, New Years and Thanksgiving Day.

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