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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Mena’s Merle Norman Skin Care and Cosmetics

BY JACLYN ROSE –  Shanna Leach and her husband, Brandon, grew up in Yale County but moved to Conway, Arkansas, over nine years ago.  When their oldest daughter, Kynzie, currently a nursing student, graduated high school they decided they were ready to get back to country life.  “I went on a float trip several years ago on the Caddo River ...

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OMG! Smartphone and Tablet Repair – Fixing Life’s Little Jams

BY JACLYN ROSE – When Burt Nichols broke his smart phone, he was distraught to learn that he had to travel to DeQueen, Hot Springs, or Fort Smith to have it repaired.  On his way back, he began developing an idea to open a smart phone and tablet repair store in Polk County.  Burt enlisted the help of his son, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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