Ozark Classic Crafts Mall in Downtown Hardy has something new – a Selfie Photo Booth! Visit Marc and His New Hi-Tech Customer-Pleasing Attraction! (Posted by Ginger Smith)

As many times as I visit Marc Herring’s Ozark Classic Crafts Mall, that’s how many times I see something different from anything else I’ve ever seen before!  He stays on the cutting edge of the tourism industry with all he offers and has for over 30 years now.  My last visit was no exception.  Marc’s newest attraction, well, at this moment, is the FREE Photo Booth where you walk up to the Mashuga Photo Booth (By Hal Mandelman) and you get your picture taken, as you stand in front of it, BAM!  It’s done!

Close by is a computer where you can log onto your Facebook page and your images just taken will appear for you to share on your personal FB page!  If you want to print it off for memories of “The Pause in Hardy,” I think it costs $1 – ONE DOLLAR!  There are other options, you can for a minimal cost put your pix on a calendar or magnetic picture frame, or other really neat ideas for display.  You won’t go to any other place I’ll bet you where you can take an instant memory, printed off, and in your possession!  It’s a hoot!  Marc REALLY tried to get me on there, but I’m a fast dodger, past kick boxing experience!  He and his personable clerk and his two beautiful man’s best friends always are a delight to visit, and YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT MARC IS UP TO!

The Ozark Classic Crafts Mall is housed in the original Theater of Hardy Arkansas. It now is home to over 100 dedicated Craft Artists who love crafting their imaginative creations into being. We offer 4 dedicated work shops where custom orders are most welcome. Stop by and be amazed at what can be made for you. Nearly 100 craftsmen and their products under one roof. Renting space to different vendors from Ozark jelly producers to makers of wooden toys.

I understand Marc will have his new tech at the Business Expo at the A.L. Hutson Center Oct. 14th!  Meanwhile, today, go see Marc at the mall and let yourself relax and just try to look at everything in his awesome mall! Tell Marc that Ginger sent you!!  See you there!



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Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.