Category archives: Magazine

Not All Vodkas Are Created Equal

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Rock Town Distillery puts Little Rock on the vodka map with its top-of-the-line offerings. even years ago when Phil Brandon started distilling vodka at his downtown Little Rock warehouse, he knew he wanted to make his vodka special. Not only has Rock Town Vodka become his number one seller, but it has evolved and the company now makes grapefruit, basil an[...]

Publisher’s Note: Live Life to the Fullest

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Summertime for my family is about spending time together and making memories to last a lifetime. This summer, the staff at AY Magazine encourages you to do the same. Our July issue is chock-full of “unexpected” things to go see, where to eat and fun getaways for all ages. Enjoy a steam in a cave in Hot Springs, take the family fishing on the beautiful Whi[...]

Kids Culinary Camps: Where Food Meets Fun

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hether your child is a prodigal chef or just interested in all things related to baking, a variety of cooking camps around the state offer fun-filled summer sessions for all skill levels. There’s no shortage of specialty summer camps available to parents looking to provide summer enrichment for their children. One growing trend in the summer camp industr[...]

The Golden Girl: Legendary Little Rock Restaurateur Hasn’t Missed a Step

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ook up the word “lair” in any dictionary and chances are Mary Beth Ringgold’s office will leap off the page. Tucked into a crow’s nest-type cranny in the cavernous Cajun’s Wharf, the room bursts with uniform catalogs, invoices, reams of reports, forms, vendor orders and copious miscellany. Personal photos elbow for wall space amid framed magazine articles an[...]

A Peaceful Lakeside Cottage: Little Rock Couple Builds Happy Home on Lake Hamilton

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wning a home in Hot Springs after living in Little Rock for nearly four decades was an easy decision for Kay Koonce. Koonce grew up in Hot Springs at the former Alpine Chalets Lake Resort on Lake Hamilton. Her parents, Elza and Martha Young, owned and operated Alpine until they decided to sell in the 1980s. The resort was turned into condominiums and the[...]

A Christmas Proposal Leads to Vows in the Spring

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Leah Yeager and Edward Payne Harding say “I do” in a romantic ceremony on the family’s Little Rock farm. CHEF MEETS GIRL Yeager and Harding met about five years ago when he was working at the former 1620 Savoy restaurant. Harding had just returned from culinary school in New York in his first restaurant role. “I was at 1620 for dinner one night and orde[...]

Make a Quick Getaway:
6 Trips for Arkansas Explorers

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he best trips are usually in your own backyard, and fortunately for Arkansans our backyard is stunning, and full of adventure and wild wonder. There are always places to discover – and rediscover. We rounded up our top trips in the state and did our best to include something for everyone. Make memories with the entire family, have an adventure on a natio[...]