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April, 2015

  • 7 April

    Allbaugh’s Florist – A Blossoming Team

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Born and raised in Polk County, Ann McAllister and Pat Copelin are the mother and daughter team that make up Allbaugh’s Florist.  Both are vital parts of the business, each with their own niche, and have been working together since 2009. For 35 years, Copelin served the students of Mena as the Cafeteria Manager at Mena ...

March, 2015

  • 31 March

    Matt Thomas State Farm – Traveling Full Circle

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Matt Thomas graduated from Poteau High School in Poteau, Oklahoma in 1998, he then went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Oklahoma State University. “After college I took a job selling life and health insurance on the road. I was licensed in 26 states and went from the east coast to the west ...

  • 24 March

    Il Primo Chicago Pizza – Serving Up the Real Slice

    BY JACLYN ROSE – When Robert Wolfe was five years old, his family moved from Sicily to Chicago. It was there that Wolfe was raised amongst the most iconic pizza makers in the United States. He quickly learned the skills and values that lead him to this day, biggest of which is that quality always counts. After moving to Arkansas, ...

  • 18 March

    Liberty Gun & Loan – A Passion for Guns & Gun Safety

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Bob Brewer, Jr., was born and raised in Hatfield, Arkansas, with a family history that goes back for generations. As a child, he studied guns and learned the fastest way to impress his family was to know every make and model. “I spent a lot of time with my dad and my uncle, who owned gun ...

  • 10 March

    The Front Porch – A Unique Country Blend

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Jerry and Lori Price have a unique talent of taking the ordinary and turning it into something truly extraordinary.  The couple, who married in 1981, have a lot of history in Polk County.  “I was born and raised in Mena and Jerry moved here in 1981, when we got married.  In 2001 we moved, following our ...

  • 3 March

    Mena Medical Associates – Broadening Polk County’s Healthcare

    BY JACLYN ROSE Mena Regional Health System (MRHS) has a long standing tradition of service to the community in Polk County, as well as its neighbors.  Beginning in 1980, MRHS has been providing acute inpatient and outpatient services from their original building located on North Morrow Street which was then renovated in 2006 to add additional space, as well as ...

February, 2015

  • 24 February

    Southwest Outdoor Center – Powering Your Lawncare Needs

    BY JACLYN ROSE –  Southwest Outdoor Center, located at 1167 Highway 71 south, was founded by Chuck Lewis in November of 1992.  Specializing in mowers, they sell several well-known and quality brands such as, Cub Cadet, Husqvarna, and Grasshopper.  They also sell trimmers, chain saws, pole saws, blowers and other types of power equipment.  Additionally, Southwest Outdoor Center sells parts ...

  • 17 February

    Bumper to Bumper – Keeping Polk County’s Wheels Turning

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Carl Pate began his career in automotive parts just after high school and has built a lifetime career in the industry. Pate was raised in Cove, Arkansas but moved to Mena his senior year, graduated from Mena High School, and immediately began working for NAPA.  In 1984, he moved to The Automotive in Mena, which through ...

  • 10 February

    Charmed – Polk County’s Gem

    BY JACLYN ROSE After 16 years working in the field of manufacturing, Lisa Doughty was ready for a change of pace so, along with her husband, Dalton, she opened Charmed in June of 2008. “We, like most of the people around here, would go to Fort Smith or Hot Springs and go shopping and so often we would go into ...

  • 3 February

    Loulla Bell’s Boutique – Bringing Southern Style to the Masses

    BY JACLYN ROSE – Brad Cole and Alexa Rouse, owners of Loulla Bell’s Boutique, are both natives of Mena and graduates of Mena High School, but that is where the similarities end.  The duo are as different as night and day but together create a powerhouse team that have built an online clothing boutique that has garnered over 50,000 Facebook ...