Painted Tree supports vendors

Lucky Leaf Plants owner Melissa Smith sets up within the Painted Tree Boutiques. 

Jennifer Mejia|Marlin Chronicle

A retail haven, an indoor flea market, a one-stop shop dripping with the allure of a Pinterest page–the Painted Tree Boutiques offer a retail experience for those who want a little bit of everything. A variety of vendors set up shop, selling items from florals, clothing and sustainable products to baked goods, gifts and more. 36 locations, spread across the nation with more to come, are open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

This store fosters the entrepreneurial aspirations of countless individuals by allowing many vendors to showcase and promote their own products with assigned booth spaces. For entrepreneurs and their products, being a vendor at the Painted Tree means an increase in overall engagement, foot traffic and sales. 

“This is a really great concept store for someone like myself, who is still working full time,” Lucky Leaf Plants owner Melissa Smith said. Smith has been a vendor at the Painted Tree since May of 2023. “I didn’t know how well my products would be received. Not having to jump into a brick and mortar is a great thing for somebody that wants to explore. Or for somebody that’s just looking for some extra income; your storefront is how you choose to run it,”  Smith said. 

The Painted Tree gives each vendor plenty of leeway on how they choose to run their space and encourages each vendor to tell their own story, which adds a layer of authenticity to each small business owner that can’t be replaced. 

In the world of consumerism, the Painted Tree and its constituents aim to make purchases  that are more than just transactions, but emotional investments. Buying something you love not only brings joy, but also connects you to its story. By adding personal touches to each retail space, vendors create a memorable shopping experience that builds loyalty. The fundamental approach at the Painted Tree Boutiques is about fostering connections and shared values and making every purchase meaningful for shoppers. 

The Painted Tree Boutiques is certainly an interesting and fun concept of shopping–leaving behind mass consumerism and practicing mindfulness. This type of setup, often likened to an indoor flea market or artisan market, can offer a wide range of goods in one location, making it convenient for shoppers to find unique items while supporting local vendors.

This aspect also makes it a wonderful place to bring visiting relatives, shop for a housewarming gift or just shop on a rainy day. It’s a great way for small businesses and artisans to reach a broader audience and for shoppers to discover handmade, one-of-a-kind treasures. 

Michele Ryba, a local guide, left a glowing Google review. “Wow, not what I was expecting. Much larger and many more booths… like Ebay on steroids,” Ryba said.

Customer Yvonne Frederick shared another review. “If you’re looking for a shop to support local artists and creators, Painted Tree is really the perfect venue. There are about 200 unique booths to shop in and there’s something for everyone,” Frederick said.

For what started as a vintage market in Bryant, Arkansas, the Painted Tree Boutiques has certainly expanded its reach. Whether a seller is looking to expand their small business, or a customer is seeking an entirely new shopping experience, the Painted Tree Boutiques offers everything they need and more. 

By Jennifer Mejia