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July, 2015

  • 7 July

    Main Street Shoppe – A Family Boutique

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Family is of utmost importance to Kayla and Tate Mendoza.  Both born and raised in Polk County, and raised friends, they graduated from Mena High School in 2006.  “Tate and I didn’t date in high school, we dated in junior high and then we hung out during our freshman year of college and began a long ...

June, 2015

  • 30 June

    Avalon Keep Botanical Gardens – Creating Beauty for All

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Michael Cate grew up in Mena, a 1976 graduate of Mena High School, he attended a private college in New Mexico where he gained an Associate’s Degree in Communication and met his wife, Melinda. Upon graduation the couple moved back to Mena, where Cate spent some time working for KENA Radio before purchasing The Looking Glass, ...

  • 23 June

    Sun Country Inn & Country Express

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Twenty-five years ago, in November of 1990, The Country Express was opened at 1146 Highway 71 South in Mena, at the corner of Bethesda and Highway 71. This full service fueling station and convenience store offers four types of gasoline, one with ethanol and three without, and received new fuel pumps last year. More than your ...

  • 17 June

    Home Grown Boutique – Hometown Style with Heart

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Katelyn Aleshire, the daughter of Michael and Roxanne Aleshire, is no stranger to hard work. After graduating from Acorn High School in 2014, she moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, where at one time she worked four separate jobs. The everyday crime in the city caused Aleshire to re-think life away from Polk County and she moved ...

  • 9 June

    Hippity Hoot Notions – Stylish Whimsical & Unique

    BY JACLYN ROSE – When Jeanne Sterner first picked up a crochet hook it was simply to make a couple of hats for a soon-to-be-born niece.  As she sat at her computer watching YouTube videos on how to crochet, Hippity Hoot Notions, the incredible business she would build was not even in her mind, rather she just wanted her niece to ...

  • 2 June

    The Mercantile – A Perfect Mix of Old and New

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Several years ago, friends of Judy and Robert McClara moved from Texas to Mena, and the McClaras came to visit for the Thanksgiving holidays.  During that time they fell in love with the area and the people and purchased the famous Lum from Lum and Abner’s house on Port Arthur that very week.  “Mena was so ...

May, 2015

  • 28 May

    Mena Radio – A County Legacy

    BY JACLYN ROSE –  It’s been 65 years since KENA first signed on the air and while a lot has changed over the years, the local community’s dependence on local radio, especially during crisis situations, is as strong as ever.  Since 1950, local residents can turn to KENA radio for the latest news, weather, and sports updates, besides enjoying their favorite ...

  • 20 May

    Huitt’s Professional Window Cleaning – Brightening Your Day

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Zeb Huitt began his career in the janitorial industry at a young age by helping out friends and family. His father has owned a successful window cleaning business in Huitt’s hometown of Springfield, Missouri for the past 15 years. “I started helping my dad at his window cleaning company when I was 15 years old. He ...

  • 12 May

    Ouachita Regional Hospice – Care Givers

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Tom Patterson grew up outside of Boston and worked for Ansata Arabian Horse Farms in Texas. His passion for horses would take him all around the country, including Mena. After moving to Georgia to work with horses, he completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia in Athens and then later received his ...

  • 7 May

    Don’s EZ Pay – Three Generations of Service

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Don Cecil spent time in the United States Air Force and always dreamed of being an entrepreneur and owning his own business. In 1982, he opened a used furniture store in DeQueen, Arkansas and was also a licensed repairman and air conditioning man. In 1988, he transitioned his store to a rent-to-own with the name Don’s ...