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10 Soda Fountains in Arkansas


In our fast-paced, drive-thru world, the art of a carefully-crafted ice cream sundae or milkshake is lost. Or is it?


Old-fashioned soda fountains dot the Arkansas map from Jasper to McGehee. Many of them offer a full array of delicious menu items like shakes, sundaes, malts, sandwiches, salads, burgers, homemade pies and cakes. So slow down, step back in time, and enjoy a big, gooey, hot fudge-dripping ice cream sundae at one of these Arkansas establishments.


  1. Spark Café Soda Fountain in Bentonville is a 50s inspired ice cream shop attached to the Walmart Museum on the downtown square.
  2. Printing Press Cafe and Soda Fountain is leading a Calico Rock downtown transformation. Enjoy a humongous sandwich made with the highest quality of meats and finish with some old-fashioned soft serve.
  3. Fort Smith Museum of History in Fort Smith features a soda fountain in a 1920s-1940s pharmacy.
  4. Ozark Café in Jasper is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
  5. Charlotte’s Eats & Sweets in Keo features a different selection of pies every day.
  6. Loblolly Creamery is a Little Rock-based creamery making small batch ice cream, fizzy sodas, and other sweet treats.
  7. Palace Drug Store & Soda Fountain in Mammoth Spring offers a different lunch special every weekday.
  8. Kelley’s Drug and Selections in McGehee is a full-service pharmacy, gift store and soda fountain.
  9. Futrell Pharmacy in Pocahontas is known for their handspun milkshakes and malts.
  10. The Soda Jerk in Searcy is the newest old-fashioned soda fountain in the state and features Loblolly Creamery ice cream. Check out the growing downtown area of Searcy and grab a sweet treat or specialty float.

Hot Arkansas summers and cold ice cream treats go hand in hand, so take a break and visit one of these soda fountains soon. You can worry about the calories later. Also, let us know about the soda fountains in your neck of the Arkansas woods.

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Arkansas Women Blogger member Stacey Valley is a wife, mom of four girls (two by marriage and two by adoption), and public health professional. She adores her interracial, real-life modern family, and is thankful that her husband Anthony loves her kind of crazy. Cooking is her therapy. She dreams of moving to Italy one day, so you can often find her binging on House Hunters International. Stacey’s life motto is "Live big. Love deep." which is also the name of her blog.

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