A new ice cream and coffee shop inspired by the Ozark area’s rich history will open across the Finley River from the Ozark Mill next year, according to a Bass Pro Shops press release.
The shop, to be located on the corner of Jackson and Third Streets, will be modeled after a small post office that occupied space within the original 1800s-era mill, which was located along a delivery corridor called the Ozark Trace Route.
“Housing a post office with weekly mail delivery was one of the many ways mills served as significant gathering centers for community members,” the release reads.
The shop, to be known as “The Post,” will serve as a connection point to help link the mill to the rest of downtown Ozark. The concept was developed in response to a community survey by the Historic River District, a nonprofit organization established to guide downtown revitalization. Coffee and ice cream were among the two most requested items noted in survey results.
“We’re excited to offer a place for friends and families to gather together for a cup of coffee or ice cream cone by the Finley River, one of the many beautiful waterways that makes our region so special,” Johnny Morris’ daughter, Megan said. Megan has been actively involved in developing the ongoing project.
The Post is anticipated to open in 2019 as the first phase of the Ozark Mill site development. The Ozark Mill’s entire structure was recently lifted and temporarily moved to allow construction crews to rebuild the mill’s foundation, according to the press release. Crews hope to return the mill to original spot later this year, so interior restoration can begin.
“While plans are still being finalized, the vision calls for a variety of visitor amenities, including historical tours, dining, event space and enhanced riverfront access to help connect more people to the Finley River,” the release says. “Additional details will be announced in the coming months.”