Category archives: September 2017

Family Business: Hopkins

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Hopkins Searcy & Heber Springs, AR 501-268-2000 | 501-362-2006 www.hopkinsorthodontics.com r. Jonathan Hopkins is a family-oriented, driven individual who started Hopkins Braces in 2006. The practice grew to have offices in Searcy and Heber Springs, and Melissa Sparks, the office manager for both Hopkins Braces locations, says the business itself con[...]

Family Business: Gwatney Chevrolet

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Gwatney Chevrolet Jacksonville, AR 501-982-210 www.gwatneychevrolet.com watney Chevrolet General Sales Manager James Miller says the Jacksonville dealership is one of the top low-price leaders in Arkansas. “If they want the best price in Chevrolet they think of Gwatney Chevrolet first. We’ve always been committed to being that dealership, we haven’t c[...]

Family-Owned Businesses

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AY Magazine is honored to feature family-owned businesses across Arkansas. These businesses work hard to make sure they have organized and personable customer service skills, along with possessing strong ethics. Many of these Arkansas family-owned businesses have been passed down through the generations. Each business has changed and evolved throughout th[...]

Survivor Stories

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Karen O'Dell Age: 59 | Years Survived: Went through final radiation treatment Aug. 18 2017 Karen O’Dell is a strong, family-oriented cancer fighter. Her experience with Highlands Oncology Group has been absolutely wonderful. She says her family has constantly prayed for her and that has been her biggest blessing. “We are very thankful this happen[...]

Runway for a Cause Celebrates 15th Year

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issy Jones has supported Komen fundraisers for years. In 2015, she became part of the cause. “I never thought I would be one of those people benefiting from it,” says Jones, founder of the iconic, family-owned jewelry store chain Sissy’s Log Cabin. Sissy’s is a presenting sponsor of this year’s Runway for the Cure, a fashion show held to raise money for t[...]

A Time Forgotten: Chef Matthew McClure Reinvigorates Southern Cuisine with a Dash of Nostalgia

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hef Matthew McClure is a fan of reinventing traditions. A four-time James Beard Award semifinalist and executive chef at The Hive at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, he is always studying food, searching for ways to alter flavor profiles to put a new twist on a timeless classic. “I hate monotony,” says McClure. “If I had to cook one thing over and over fo[...]

Opening the Vault: Timeless Fine Dining Coming to Hot Springs

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he stone building nestled in a corner of downtown Hot Springs’ Central Avenue is fairly unassuming. With its gray archways and wrought iron door there’s not a lot to make its traditional facade stand out. Unknown to many outside the Hot Springs area, the building constructed in 1909 was home to First Federal Bank and then Citizens Bank. Thanks to a local tea[...]

Delectable Slices of the Natural State

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rkansas, unlike other destinations around the world, is not known for a singular style of pizza. From corner to corner of this state, you’ll find all sorts of variations on the classic flat tomato and cheese pie — from the thinnest of crusts at places like Iriana’s to the thick, biscuit crusts of Rod’s Pizza Cellar. The sauces vary, too — thin or chunky, spi[...]

Dream Factory: NLR’s Regional Innovation Hub

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A Showpiece for Inventors and Entrepreneurs ouring the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in North Little Rock’s Argenta District is very much like wandering through an oversized toy box. In one corner rests a three-foot-wide Millennium Falcon scale model, constructed entirely of cardboard. In another, a row of 3-D printers stands in formation. Down a ha[...]

Savvy Shields Says Goodbye

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Arkansas’ Miss America reflects on a year of travel and service as she prepares to pass on her crown. rkansas native Savvy Shields’ reign as Miss America began last September in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and that is where it will end this month when the 22-year-old Fayetteville native returns to crown the next lucky lady. She’s clearly come full circl[...]