New Bakery District store brings tropical plants, home décor to Fort Smith

Max Bryan
Fort Smith Times Record

Plant lovers in Fort Smith can look no further than a corner of the Bakery District to fulfill their foliage affinity.

Kindred Roots opened Feb. 6 at 70 South Seventh St., bringing with it hundreds of tropical plants along with gardening and home accessories. The shop has also brought an interest in plants and home décor to the area, said store manager Ashley Parker.

Parker's sister Samantha Daniels wanted to open the location as an extension of her plant shop All Things Kindred in Rogers. The siblings grew up in Greenwood.

Opening Kindred Roots cost around $5,000, which Parker financed through her sister's photography, wedding and floral businesses.

“That’s where the ‘roots’ part of the name comes in. This is where she’s from, so she wanted a store. She likes the bakery," said Parker.

Kindred Roots features wood-top tables, floors and shelves filled with tropical plants like monster and snake plants. Between the plants sit stacks of pots, rows of watering cans and miniature stools for accessorizing.

The shop's side entrance is adjacent to Fort Smith Coffee Co.'s waiting area, which allows customers at the coffee shop to browse the plants while they wait for their drinks.

"They didn’t even realize they were into plants, but they take a plant home with their coffee," Parker said.

"I love that (Samantha) chose the Bakery District as her landing site for the extension," said Kaity Gould, owner of Coffee Co..

The Bakery District had to close during the snowstorm that hit Fort Smith, but Kindred Roots has still gotten good response since opening. Parker estimated about 40 people come into her shop each day, and foot traffic is even higher on Fridays and Saturdays.

Parker and Daniels would like to eventually move to a larger space but plan to stay in the Fort Smith area. 

"Our goal is to be a place for everyone, where you come to find that perfect plant for that perfect spot," Parker said.

Kindred Roots is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.