Bluebell Cafe’ & Country Store

The best of both worlds come together at the Blue Bell where you can find real home-style meals, tasty sandwiches,  or come in on a Friday for catfish, coleslaw, and hush puppies.  There is something for everyone…Shop in the gift store area featuring great gifts and products from local artisans, or enjoy one of Blue Bell’s famous burgers and other good eats.

Join in the Saturday Night jam sessions from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, harmonica, dobro or even that recorder you tried to learn how to play in band!  Or just come and enjoy the great atmosphere and good company!

Bluebell Cafe and Gift Store

8 Highway 298 East
Story , AR 71970 


Ouachita Mountains Regional Library/Montgomery County Library

The mission of the Montgomery County Library is to provide materials and service for county residents of all ages for personal enrichment, enjoyment and educational needs. The library provides access to a collection of books and other materials to serve these needs, especially a place for young children to discover the joy of reading and the value of libraries.

Montgomery County Library

145 A Whittington St.
Mount Ida, AR 71957 


Norman Area Public Library

Believed to be the smallest freestanding public library in the U.S.A.; features local books, pictures and newspapers; 1939 Works Project Administration structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places; 14×14 brick with Spanish tile roof and rock fence encloses the square.

255 E. Main
Norman, AR 71960 US

Imagination Library of the Ouachitas

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by giving free age-appropriate books to children from birth to age 5.

Imagination Library of the Ouachitas

P.O. Box 482
Mount Ida, AR 71957 


Individual – Pat Smith, Local Author

Author of It’s All about the Food. Where the American Diet Went Wrong, Why That Matters to You, and What You Can Do about It. All profits from book sales benefit the Montgomery County Food Pantry.

Crystal Seen Trading Company, The

Welcome to the Crystal Seen Trading Co where you will find a wonderful variety of hand-crafted Jewelry, Crystals, and Minerals, Souvenirs, Crafts and more. Our on-site jeweler has 25 years experience with stone-cutting and setting, wire-wrapping, and silver-smithing and is also available to set the crystals (or stones) you dig at our mine or purchase. Here we focus on providing services to our visitors from simple wire wrapping of your hand-dug crystals to working with the children and families, offering many different classes and workshops, which can be handcrafted to your budget and needs.

We also have two options for mining here. We offer a full day’s adventure in our 10 acre (non-commercial) rock-hounding mine, which has no deep holes or pits, no equipment and is very family friendly for hiking as well, promoting the true prospecting experience where you can walk and gather, or with the right tools, bring forth new-born crystals. And for your convenience, for those of you who are just passing through or wish to have a shorter experience, we also keep crystal tailings (dug by the hour) here at our shop, so we can still share the experience with all those who find us. We welcome ALL AGES to come dig crystals in The Crystal Capital of the World!

For more info, or to arrange a class or workshop, please email us or feel free to call us.