Paris Candy Antiques is not going to be a bricks and mortar home for Lauren McCants’ Southern Salt Food Co., but antiques shoppers and neighborhood nabobs will be able to enjoy coffee and sweet and savory pies when work on the former liquor store at the northwest corner of 23rd and Arch Streets all comes together. “It’s a work in progress,” McCants said.
You can see McCants’ fondness for the vintage and funky in how she’s decorated Southern Salt, with its aqua walls and red door and plastic flowers and tin roof and frame windows. She’s been collecting antiques for years. Cuteness aside, Southern salt is known for its eclectic Asian fusion cuisine — Asian tacos, marinated portobello mushrooms, kale salad with a helping of purple hull peas and cornbread on the side.
The truck will be parked outside Paris Candy at times, when its not at the Bernice Garden Farmers Market at Daisy Bates (14th Street) and Main on Sundays, the new Arkansas Yoga Collective at 7801 Cantrell on Thursdays or doing special events. But Paris Candy will “really be more of a shop and a gathering place. Our goal is to make that part of town a little more walkable,” McCants said. Also coming to the intersection, McCants said, is a master carpenter’s business. Paris Candy and more businesses at the intersection would be a welcome change for the area, which while neighbored by beautifully restored historic homes could use new investment and a facelift. More good news for SOMA.