Saline County offers shoppers friendly convenience with a good mix of eclectic home-grown businesses and nationally franchised establishments.
Route 13 enters Harrisburg from the west and takes you downtown and around the square. Many of the historic buildings around the Harrisburg square now house professional services, the county courthouse, offices of lawyers, physicians and investment counselors. Recently a main street bank built a new facility on the square with architecture in sync with the other historical buildings, and another bank completely remodeled its seven-story building.
The northern area of Harrisburg, along Route 45, contains the newest retail centers. Arrowhead Point Shopping Center is anchored by a clothing store, shoe store, and a farm and home store, all being national chain businesses. Shawnee Square Shopping Center, adjacent to Arrowhead Point, also has a large national food chain and several smaller retail outlets. It also houses two restaurants.
Parker Plaza, at the south end of Highway 45, is anchored by some restaurants, chiropractic services, rental services, a sports store, a beauty salon and more. The area around these shopping centers contains free-standing stores offering everything from building and garden supplies to designer jewelry and boutique gift items.
Drive seven miles north of Harrisburg on a new four-lane highway to Eldorado. This community has participated for the past few years in the national “Main Street” program to revitalize its downtown area and bring local shoppers and tourists back to Main Street. Downtown Eldorado is home to antique shops and art and craft shops with a local flavor. There are a variety of shopping experiences, including quality furniture stores, a pharmacy, a fitness center, and an ice cream shop. The citywide revitalization has brought life back to Main Street.
The villages of Carrier Mills, Galatia, Muddy and Stonefort all add their own distinct businesses, many of which have a long history in their communities. The shops in these small towns offer everything from quality home furnishings and work ware to building materials and the staples of life. These neighborhood shop owners know their customers on a first-name basis. If you come in to visit the area, you will leave as a friend.
Fast-food fanatics will find all of the classic favorites in Saline County. If you’ve got more than a few minutes to spare, one of Saline County’s full-service, sit-down restaurants will fit your bill. Menus vary widely and include barbecue, Chinese, country cooking, Mexican and Italian, along with classic bar and grille fare.