Coming Soon: Broadway Flowers, and a loft

On the morning bike ride I noticed new signage on the old Daddio’s building in downtown Siloam Springs. I’ve been told this building was, in its distant past, a bank. More recently it’s housed a coffee shop and pizza parlor if I remember rightly, although in the five years I’ve lived in Siloam it hasn’t functioned for anything more than storage.

The signs read as follows:

Custom Loft Design for the Orcutt family, coming soon


Broadway Flowers, coming soon

This is one of the downtown partnership buildings which I mentioned last month, a collaborative effort between the Houston family and Drake Renovations, as you can tell from the sign in the window of the building.

I also stopped at the farmer’s market for some local produce on my way home this morning. I arrived a little early; some of the vendors were still setting up. The market was recently moved to Bob Henry Park from the corner of University and Mt. Olive. The former location provided better visibility and a more central location in the small downtown area. I’m not sure why it was moved.

The market is a small affair for our small town of 14,000 people, but it seems have grown in the last two years. It bothers me, in the new location, that the vendors are so spread out. You can see in the photo three blue tents, peddling flowers and some produce, about half a block from the couple in the foreground. The spread goes another half block to the left with tables full of plants, pillows and — thankfully — farm fresh eggs.

This morning I purchased flowers, dill and fresh tomatoes. The advantage of local food, among other things, is knowing where it comes from. I was amused earlier this week when some government bureaucrat hollered on the news about needing new laws so that consumers know where there produce comes from, in relationship to the recent salmonella outbreak.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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