The Farmhouse under new management

Caroline Derby, Intern Reporter

The Farmhouse, a small business in downtown Arkadelphia, is under new ownership. David and Tracy Rider, long time residents of the Arkadelphia community, have taken on the new endeavor of running the Farmhouse. They both had always admired the store, and when the previous owners decided to leave town, the Riders did not want to lose the Farmhouse too. “We immediately reached out to The Montgomerys, who we knew had poured their hearts and souls into making this company what it is. We explained to them that we would be honored to be able to purchase it and carry on the legacy they started in our wonderful little community. Within a month of our conversation, we became the proud new owners of The Farmhouse,” Tracy Rider said. 

This store has been a staple in downtown Arkadelphia for several years and has come to be a store locals go to when needing gifts, home decor, and other unique items. Although the Riders are not looking to change much about the store, they will add several new items while keeping the idea and atmosphere the same as it has always been. “We are introducing men’s gifts, pet products, and accessories and trying to bring more children’s items in. We will also be adding more items that contain our amazing one of a kind logo.” These new items will provide more ways to shop within the Farmhouse and help keep the business going. 

Small business shopping is essential, and in downtown Arkadelphia, the Riders plan to make sure that their new business also supports other small businesses’ efforts within the town. Rider believes that small businesses are the backbone of communities. When you purchase an item from a local business, not only are you receiving a product or service, you are also helping to keep your community alive. The money you spend at a local business not only helps to provide services within your community, but your money will be spent several times over throughout your town,” Rider said. It is important to the Riders that their business helps keep downtown Arkadelphia alive and flourishing by supporting neighboring companies. 

Under this new ownership, the Farmhouse will continue to be a loved part of the Arkadelphia community and a place where people can go shopping locally. The Riders are not new to Arkadelphia and want to continue the legacy of greatness the previous owners started with the Farmhouse. Rider said, “We have raised three children here, we have a wonderful church family, an unimaginable number of loving and supportive friends and the best family anyone could ever ask for here. Our hearts are very much in this community, and we want to see it thrive.” The Riders are excited to be a part of downtown with their “historic, one of a kind corner store.” 

The Farmhouse is located at 636 Main Street and will officially reopen on Saturday, January 16th, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.