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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Limetree – Cooking with Their Family for Your Family

BY JACLYN ROSE – At age 15, Debbie Skaggs (Carver) began working at the Limetree Restaurant bussing tables.  “My mom, Pauline Skaggs, was also a cook at the Limetree at the time and I moved from bussing tables to helping cook and wash dishes. I then was moved to a cashier position and eventually started waiting tables.  I’ve literally worked ...

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Doty Construction – Adding a Touch of Unique to Polk County

BY JACLYN ROSE – In the early 1990’s, Robert Doty’s family moved from Washington State to Polk County. Doty attended Acorn High School, graduating in 1996.  A family trade, he began his career in construction, working with Bobby Bartow that same year.  “Construction is something my family has always done and I’ve always had a knack for it,” explained Robert. ...

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Polk County Developmental Center Inc. (PCDC) – 40 Years of Advocacy

BY JACLYN ROSE – Polk County Developmental Center, Inc., (PCDC) was organized in 1972 by a group of concerned parents and citizens.  With a focus on teaching and training individuals with disabilities, PCDC began inside Mena First Baptist Church and opened the doors on their first facility on Amsterdam Street in late 1976.  At the time there were seventeen adult ...

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The Hair Fairy – Creating a Princess in You

BY JACLYN ROSE – “I’ve always been a fan of fairies and imagination and I know sometimes they are seen in a negative light, but I wanted to make something positive out of them and name my shop after something I enjoy, so I came up with The Hair Fairy and I love it,” explained Kristin Nichols. A 1989 graduate ...

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Stewman’s Flowers – Decorating the Moments of Our Lives

BY JACLYN ROSE – Shawna Ritchie, a Texas native, graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Houston Art and Fashion Institute, just after completing high school.  She went on to run a junior sportswear boutique for several years in New Caney, Texas. Ritchie and her husband, Steve, are high school sweethearts who married 29 years ago.  “Steve ...

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