Publisher Heather Baker

It wasn’t until earlier this year, when I was forced to pack up and leave in the middle of the night, that I truly appreciated the level of comfort that only one’s home can provide. 


A few months ago, my ice maker created a huge mess in my kitchen, forcing my family and me to relocate for a period of time. Of course, my friend Cathy Tuggle found us a place to stay immediately, but it all happened too quickly. Over the past several months, I’ve found myself feeling disoriented at times – wanting not for a home, but for my home.


Thankfully, with a lot of help from my friends, family and many loved ones, my home has been repaired – a welcome rainbow after quite a lot of rain. 


Along with rainbows, September brings our annual home issue, featuring ‘AY’s Best Realtors’ and ‘Innovative Home Awards’ winners for 2022. We’ll also take a look at one of KellCo Custom Homes’ latest stunning builds as well as my own freshly renovated kitchen, which features an ultra cool bar for entertaining guests at those soon-to-come holiday gatherings. (Yes, I’ve already got the menu planned and the Christmas tree on standby.)


Speaking of ultra cool bars, we will be stopping by a couple of our favorites, including Brewski’s Pub & Grub in downtown Little Rock, and you’ll find out which spots throughout the state made it on our September ‘Sports Bars Bucket List.’


We’re also checking in on some upcoming big events for two of our favorite causes: The annual Bolo Bash Reception & Luncheon – hosted by the Baptist Health Foundation – benefitting the renovation and expansion of Baptist Health’s maternal and infant care areas and NICU; and the annual Dancing With Our Stars Little Rock Gala – with support from the good-hearted folks behind Sissy’s Log Cabin – benefitting the Children’s Tumor Foundation.


So kick off your shoes, find a comfy spot on the couch and make yourself at home with this month’s issue of AY Magazine. 


That’s it from me, and us, this time. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy.


Heather Baker,

President & Publisher

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