Originally posted by Liketoeat
I know all about the growth in northwest Arkansas, but didn't realize you guys right across the line in Missouri were also part of that booming area. The growth is great for the economy, but it is surely destroying the beauty and charm of the area. Such is the price of progress anywhere, I guess, and its surely a better way to destroy beauty and charm than by senseless political fighting and economic stagnation/decline, both of which are doing in all of eastern Arkansas.
Yup, you're right about the mad growth here. For the past 4 years I've gone home to visit my parents for the summer, and I can't believe the changes when I get back. Old stuff I liked gone, new stuff here. 71B is crazy. I wouldn't say the beauty is gone -- just have to stay off 71B, which is just fast-food-strip-mall hell.
And the changes I'm talking about are week-to-week here, not just month-to-month. But Dickson Street will be really pretty if they ever finish it.
By the way, the Inn at Carnall Hall is now open. I went by last week and it looks beautiful (from the outside, anyway) and the parking lot was full -- and school's not even in session till Monday!
Sadly, Pianalto's in Tontitown is now gone. But they are still baking up lovely stuff to sell at the Farmer's Market in the center of town, and they should get a permanent place soon.
Sandwich recommendation: Jammin Java, in the center, where Hog City used to be. They use wonderful bread, from a bakery on Gregg Ave (can't think of the name), Boar's Head meats, and lettuce, tomatoes, etc. from the Farmer's Market (well, why not, since it's right outside?).
And what d'y'all mean by "the old Mary Maestri's"? There is a Mary Maestri's in Tontitown -- you mean it's not as good? I haven't been there yet, or to the Venesian Inn either (because I loved Pianalto's so much that I never tried the others). So where do I go in Tontitown now?
The Washington County Fair is this weekend. Come on up! Corndogs all around