‘Bates sisters’ boutique to be torn down and redeveloped
Posted On August 3, 2021
BATES SISTERS BRANDY, Ark.
— The tiny Arkansas boutique has been around since the late 1960s and the Bates Sisters boutique is a quintessential small town in this mid-size, blue-collar town.
Its a reminder of how far Arkansas has come.
When the business opened in the early 1990s, it had just six employees, and then came the recession, and the building’s fortunes took a dramatic turn.
In 2016, it reopened after a renovation and is now a thriving, family-run boutique.
It’s now a favorite stop for locals and tourists, and has become a destination for family and friends alike.
A lot of the business, especially when it’s the season, is going for a lot of money.
The owners of the boutique were able to afford renovations, including new kitchens, a new patio and an updated bathroom.
“The renovations were the key to what we’re able to do,” said Anna Bates, who has run the boutique for more than 30 years.
Her husband, Scott, has been running the business since 1994.
We really want to continue the tradition, she said.
Bates said the boutique has a good mix of the locals, mostly locals, and also tourists, as well as business people and the community.
That means people can come here and visit, get a cup of coffee, buy some books, and come back.
They can also get a massage, or go on a trip or spend some time with family, she added.
But that’s where things get a little tricky.
Some residents of the community don’t like the idea of the store being torn down, but that’s just the nature of the industry, Bates said.
The city of Batesville has been trying to make sure the property is used for something positive.
In 2017, it opened the building to the public for the first time, and opened it up to the community for a week to give it a second chance, said Mayor Ron Larkin.
Larkin said he hoped to reopen it in 2019, or 2020.
He hopes to get the building built again so it can be used for other things.
You just have to think, you know, it’s just going to be a piece of the puzzle that’s going to work, he said.