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Studio at 1142 – More Than Just Hair

BY MICHAEL REISIG – If you want to be pampered in luxury, the new Studio at 1142 Salon and Spa, located on Highway 8 East, next to Sophie’s Restaurant in Mena, is the place to go. Owner Lyn Watkins moved her establishment to this larger more accommodating location a couple of years ago and she has since taken Mena uptown ...

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Four Winds Trading Post

BY MICHAEL REISIG – There is no other place in Mena, or Polk County for that matter that displays and cherishes this country’s Native American heritage like The Four Winds Trading Post. The organization relocated in the early spring of this year, opening up in downtown Mena, on Mena Street, right next to The Skyline Café. Lyn Dilbeck, who is ...

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Dream Spinners Christian Dance Company

BY LEANN DILBECK – Dream Spinners Christian Dance Company is the long-time dream of Hatfield resident, Candace Riner. As a child living in Dardanelle, Riner was extremely introverted often hiding behind and tightly clinging to her Daddy’s leg in public. At age five, her parents enrolled her in baton twirling lessons in hopes that it would help with her shyness. Riner ...

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The Shirt Shack

BY MICHAEL REISIG – If you’re looking for a place that can provide you, your club, or your organization with great T-shirts and exceptional designs then you need to check out The Shirt Shack. Owner Sharlene Balkenhol loves what she does – creating designs that will catch people’s attention and offering the best quality for a great price. Balkenhol was ...

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Not Just Chicken

BY MICHAEL REISIG – If you’re looking for good food at prices that won’t break the family budget, Mena has a new store that can help you out. Not Just Chicken, located in the Papa’s Mexican Café plaza on Highway 71 South, lives up to its name, providing a variety of meats and prepared foods that the family will find ...

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Medi Shop Pharmacy

Medi Shop Pharmacy on Highway 71 South has been a part of Mena for a long time. Today it’s owned by Bob Geyer, a well-known pharmacist in Polk County. Geyer was born and raised in this area. He graduated from Mena High School in 1973, and went to work for a company that delivered freight for a few years. But ...

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American Artisans

BY MICHAEL REISIG – When you have lunch at American Artisans it’s like eating in an upscale art gallery, or an uptown deco-diner – works of remarkable art surround you while you enjoy an exceptional cuisine at reasonable prices. Owners Rick and Donna Chrisman are doing something they’ve wanted to do for a long time, and it’s working. Rick was ...

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The Cross-Eyed Cricket

BY MICHAEL REISIG – If you like quality antiques, unusual contemporary items, interesting conversation, and a cozy environment that makes you want to come back, then you need to stop by The Cross-Eyed Cricket. Owner Donna Wilson is long-time Mena resident but this has long since become home, and she loves it. “Wilson was born and raised in Dallas. She ...

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Nat Nat’s Café

BY MICHAEL REISIG – Nat Nat’s Café is the latest eating establishment in Hatfield, Ark. The owners, Amanda Ruch and Brandy McCoy, will tell you it’s not based on fancy, it’s based on good food at reasonable prices, and they are living up to their word. Amanda Ruch said the restaurant is named after her daughter. Ruch was born in ...

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