Turpentine Creek seeks new downtown space for gift shop
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR) closed the doors on its downtown store at the beginning of January. Until further notice, the refuge's main location at 239 Turpentine Creek Lane in Eureka Springs will be the only place open for ticket purchases and shopping.
The refuge was given notice in October that the building it had been renting for more than 15 years would be repurposed for another use.
"We would like to thank the Eureka Springs community for many years of patronizing our downtown location," said TCWR president Tanya Smith.
While the downtown area was not home to any of TCWR's 90+ animal residents, it served an important purpose by spreading the refuge's mission to those touring historic Eureka Springs and providing a convenient location for the purchase of tickets and merchandise. Because of this, TCWR is looking for a similar space to rent.
"At this point, it would be nice to have a small shop downtown to sell tickets and items that support our animal residents," Smith said. "We hope someone in the community has a space they can donate or rent to us at a reduced rate so we don't lose the valuable donations the downtown store bought."
If anyone knows of a location that could accommodate a new downtown space for TCWR, call Smith at 479-253-3715 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.