Get your Star Wars fix in Hot Springs

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Inside the Galaxy Connection. Photo by Z. Clift.

In a galaxy not so far away, one can get their Star Wars fix in Hot Springs.

The Galaxy Connection, which showcases owner Jon Clowers personal collection of vintage Star Wars toys and memorabilia, has recently moved to a prime location downtown at 626 Central Avenue. The store serves as both a gift shop and museum and is co-owned by husband and wife team Jon and Bridgett Clowers.

“He loved Star Wars as a kid,” said Bridgett Clowers about her husband’s collection. “He was born in 1977 when the movie came out but saw it a few years later. He had some of the toys as a kid, then when he got older they got sold in garage sales. A few years ago he started going and trying to collect all of the toys he used to have to put in his office. He got a few figures and it eventually turned into a bigger massive collection. And then the thought came to him that he loves Star Wars, and others do too. So he thought why not share the collection with others that enjoy it. Because the Star Wars story is inspiring and motivational and it gives a lot of hope.”

The superhero room. Photo by Z. Clift.

The store has a gift shop in the front and the back of the store houses Clowers collection. There are replicas on site of characters like Darth Vadar and props like a replica of Hans Solo frozen in carbonite.  There is also a room that focuses on superheroes with memorabilia featuring characters like Batman and Wonder Woman.  Guests can take photos of the collection and also interact with many of the props and exhibits. The tour, which is $7, is self-guided though a tour given by the owner, for $15, can also be scheduled ahead of time during certain time slots on Friday and Saturdays. For more details call 501-276-4432 or visit thegalaxyconnection.com.