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July, 2016

  • 19 July

    Mena Feed – The Friendly Feed (and More) Store

    BY RICK WRIGHT – Mena Feed, owned by Dewayne Morris, is more than a feed store, it’s a place where customers are often called by name when they walk in the door. Morris not only has an incredible talent for remembering customer’s names, he educates his customers in just about every area of ranching and farming; from feeding show pigs, ...

  • 13 July

    Avants – Providing a Home for Challenged Women Since 1986

    BY RICK WRIGHT – “Avants Group Living Center, is a branch of PCDC,” said Director Stephanie Moore. “It is it’s own entity but is managed through PCDC.” The facility was opened in 1986 and is coming up on it’s 30th anniversary. Avants holds up to nine residents. Two of those, Diana Berg and Amona Sanders, have been there from the ...

  • 5 July

    Janssen Park Place Bed & Breakfast – A Step Back in Time

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Find yourself in a turn-of-the-century Victorian style home when you stay at Janssen Park Place Bed & Breakfast, right in the heart of Mena.  The handsome two story home was built for the slower pace of the early 20th century as evidenced by the wraparound front porch graced by eight ionic columns.  The Georgian Revival home ...

June, 2016

  • 28 June

    Country Cat Café & Sweet Shop

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Lifelong Mena residents are living out their dream at the Country Cat Café & Sweet Shop. Tamara Purcell is known in her circle of family and friends for her southern style food that is second to none and her daughter, Sarah, who co-owns the café with her mom, has her mom’s flare, but on the sweet ...

  • 21 June

    Farm House Health Food and Herbs – Offering a Healthy Approach

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Farm House Health Food and Herbs is not your average store. It’s filled with organic, non-GMO, and gluten-free, products that will either quench your hunger or fix your ailments. Farm House was originally opened by Mary Ables and later purchased by Dwayne Morris, owner of Mena Feed, in 2006. He moved the store to a property ...

  • 14 June

    Chiquita’s – Serving the Area for 3 Decades

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Chiquita’s has now been a staple in Polk County for 30 years and owners, Martin and Cindy Knittig, say it’s been a blessed ride and they look forward to many more years. The Chiquita’s concept began when Martin was working for Tastee Freeze and desired to open his own business. “He had a lot of experience ...

  • 7 June

    The Carriage House Inn – A Personal & Historical Lodging Experience

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Carriage House Inn was a concept developed after a by-chance encounter with guests after Scott and Ashley Vacca moved to Mena and bought the famous Shaver House at the curve on Port Arthur and 12th Streets in Mena. Ashley explained that when she was pregnant with their first child, the couple decided to raise their ...

May, 2016

  • 31 May

    Ouachita Little Theatre – Decades of Live Action Entertainment

    BY MELANIE BUCK – The Ouachita Little Theatre has provided decades of entertainment for Mena and the surrounding communities through live action plays and musicals. The Theatre, known as the OLT, was founded in 1979 by Leda Benson and until 1985 provided plays and other performances in the Mena Middle School Auditorium. In 1985 the group took possession of the ...

  • 24 May

    Bearcats for a Cure – Students Leading the Fight for a Cure for Cancer

    At an early age, Keeley Jones learned what cancer is, what it does, and that much more research is needed for a cure. Turning her life experience and research into a passion, Jones has been part of a team that has raised over $25,000 for the cause in the last three years; a fete that not many high schoolers have ...

  • 17 May

    Holly Springs Homestead, Inc. – More Than Just a Farm, It’s a Way of Life

    BY MELANIE BUCK – Leaving the corporate world behind wasn’t an easy decision for Luke and Deedee Alston, but after a couple of years getting their hands dirty on their homestead, they are sure thankful that they did. Holly Springs Homestead is a family business that has brought them together both in work and at the dinner table. “Some companies ...