Anyone who knows me knows I’m all about “Go big or go home” and this month’s AY About You is just that – BIG!


This issue is a particularly big deal to us here at AY because it marks our 35th Anniversary since our founder, Vicki Vowell, hung out her shingle in downtown Little Rock. Starting with little more than a typewriter and a dream, Vicki steadily laid the foundation for the magazine we all enjoy today, the largest of its kind in Arkansas. We have taken what she started and run with it; branching into new forms of media that continue to keep us at the head of the column for all that’s great in Arkansas culture.


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Speaking of things that are a big deal, inside you’ll find our much-anticipated annual Best Of listing of finalists! Making this list is a real accomplishment; out of all the people, places and businesses to be found in our great state, only three can rise to the very top of the heap, as voted on and determined by you, the loyal AY reader. We congratulate all of this year’s honorees and invite you to check on your favorites in health care, restaurants, shopping, media and many more categories!


There’s plenty of other great content here too, just in time for the start of summer. Get your burger fix at DeLuca’s in Hot Springs, which heads our Burger Bucket List and get the lowdown on some fine pies at Charlotte’s Eats and Sweets in Keo. Meet our Super Moms and help us cheer heart disease survivors profiled in our Go Red for Women feature. And you can even plan a concert date by checking out our look at the top music venues around the state.


I would be remiss if I didn’t wish all the moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day this month. Moms are special and they have the hardest job in the world so whether your mother is still with us or if she’s smiling down from above, we send hugs and kisses to them all.



Finally, a big announcement in my world, I am overjoyed to share the news of my wedding with my soulmate, Ryan. Donning the flowing white dress from Unveiled Bridal, and sparkling with diamonds from Sissy’s Log Cabin, I walked down the aisle to marry the love of my life. Our dream honeymoon in Italy was an unforgettable experience that became more magical with each passing day. We owe our deepest gratitude to our dear friends at Small World Big Fun, whose dedication and attention to detail made our trip truly spectacular. We also thank our beloved Italian friend, Margie Raimondo, whose kindness and generosity made our stay in Italy an unforgettable one. True love has the power to awaken our souls and make us feel alive. Ryan and I are blessed to have such incredible friends and family who have made this journey possible. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your love and support.


Thanks for reading AY About You. As you get out and about, drop us a line about what you’re doing and where you’re going this summer.


Heather Baker,

President & Publisher

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