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Progressive Therapy Kids – A Downtown, Hometown Clinic

BY JACLYN ROSE – For the past five years, Progressive Therapy Kids has been in the school districts in Polk County, providing physical, occupational and speech therapy to local children.  Because many children are unable to continue therapy during the summer months, which is critical in many cases, in June of 2015, Progressive Therapy Kids opened a clinic, located at ...

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Holly Spring Real Estate – Matching People with Properties

by JACLYN ROSE Both Keith and Sharon Aleshire have family ties in Polk County that stretch back to the 1840’s-1860’s. Their love, pride, and knowledge of the area is second to none, and as realtors, this gives them a great advantage.  Keith was born in Mena and graduated from Norman. To him, Mena has always been home and he was ...

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Mena Antique Mall – A Top Notch Establishment

BY JACLYN ROSE  – Located at 617 Mena Street in Mena, The Mena Antique Mall boasts an impressive 4,000 square feet of shopping space, that is the equivalent to half a city block.  The store opened 12 years ago, under the management of Ken McKinnis, and in February of 2015 was purchased by Michael and Maggie Eddy, who had worked ...

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Mena Family Fun Park – Fun, Fun, and More to Come!

BY JACLYN ROSE – Mena Family Fun Park, located at 2300 Highway 71 South, is more than a go-cart track.  It is more than bumper boats and batting cages and it is more than an arcade and pizza place.  Though Mena Family Fun Park will offer all of this and more to the community, the owner, Rick Bagwell, has a ...

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Dog Tired Ranch – A Loving Heart for Fur-Babies

BY JACLYN ROSE – Bobby and Janet Dodson are a beautiful example of how love can heal. The couple faced heart breaking tragedy when one of their four daughters disappeared tragically almost twenty years ago, but instead of living in hate, they have chosen to spread happiness to others and use animals, which their beloved daughter adored, to do it. ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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