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NORTH BAR 5

Check out the eclectic menu at North Little Rock's gourmet bar.

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MOTHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS 6 ECO VILLAGE 7

When effort meets design and dedication, it seems that virtually anything is possible.

SO EXQUISITE 8

SŌ is your neighborhood restaurant and bar that is a hot spot for any meal or private event.

EAT LOCAL / SHOP LOCAL 10-11

Discover local restaurants, shops and services in central Arkansas.

BE A LOCALIST 12

How to fight hate in your community Fat Jack's Oyster Bar

THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER 16-17

A few fun things to do around Arkansas this summer!

30 YEARS OF DOE'S 19

Doe’s has been a family business for the entire time that it has been an institution in Little Rock.

SETTLED SOULS 20

Housing the homeless in central Arkansas

OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES 23 Teaching our children to stand tall!

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ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Ladye Albini Rich Niemeyer,

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For advertising information, please call 501-476-4200. For Subscription services, please call 501-554-1126. Local. Magazine is published bimonthly by 411 Publications, Inc. P.O. Box 1835, N. Little Rock, AR 72115 411publications@gmail.com The contents of Local. are copyrighted, and material contained herein may not be copied or reproduced in any manner without the written consent of the publisher. CONTRIBUTOR SPOTLIGHT ADAM CHEREPSKI Adam received his Master’s degree in Education from UALR. He enjoys everything there is to do with food, from cooking at home to dining at locally-owned establishments. Writing is a passion of his. Be sure to check out his blog, oneflewovermyhouse.tumblr. com and on Facebook at One Flew Over My House. RICHARD LEDBETTER Richard Ledbetter resides among the gentle-rolling hills of his South-Arkansas farm, where he penned and published a pair of historical novels, "The Branch and the Vine" and "Witness Tree;1910." He regularly contributes to several regional periodicals and performed feature roles in a number of Arkansas made movies.

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North Bar Shines in Park Hill - Adam Cherepski

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yle Dismang and Eric Greer went to high school together for a short stint and quickly became friends. It is this friendship that eventually established the foundation of North Bar in the Park Hill neighborhood of North Little Rock. After high school, they took different paths. Dismang went into the family construction business, but after the housing crash in 2011 and the subsequent cutthroat approach of his competitors, he sold the business and searched for his next venture. Greer attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas. After graduating, he went on to work for Wolfgang Puck before eventually returning to Arkansas. It was this move back to Arkansas that brought the friends back together.

As a hobby, Dismang delves a bit into art, although if you get a chance to see some of his work, the word hobby is an insult – the man is talented. Greer, who was working at Garden Bistro at the time, remembering this about Dismang, reached out to him to commission him for a mural. While Dismang was working on the mural, Greer offered him a job as a server… and they were off. The two worked together for three years at Garden Bistro. While Greer was in the kitchen experimenting with peculiar, yet harmonious, combinations, Dismang was running the front of the house, improving procedures and efficiency. After they realized how well they worked together, they knew it was time to open a place of their own. North Bar was born. They took what they had learned and put it into production. They opened a neighborhood bar in a neighborhood that was sorely lacking in this realm. They had a vision of what they wanted, and now they had the autonomy to see that vision through. The unconventional

sandwiches and burgers that were met with skepticism previously now had a place where they could flourish. The artistic collaboration that reunited this tandem had taken on a new form. The menu at North Bar is both eclectic and dynamic. This is due to both the creativity of Greer and the restaurant’s customer-driven approach. Granted, there aren’t many customers who would suggest putting peanut butter and jelly on a bacon burger (it is excellent, by the way), as they do, but there are other requests that have been heard and heeded. When most people hear the word “bar”, they associate the accompanying food with wings, burgers and fries. While these items definitely shine, there are some other surprising offerings as well. North Bar has a variety of vegan and glutenfree options. Snee, Dismang’s wife and the bar manager, is vegan, therefore it only makes sense that there be vegan offerings at the restaurant. However, what is more impressive is that there are more than 15 vegan items available, including seven sandwiches. I must say I am a skeptic when it comes to vegan food, so I asked Dismang, a fellow meat-eater, to be honest with me. He actually said his favorite menu item is the Green Thumb Pesto Burger, which is a pesto northern white bean patty, garlic aioli, provolone, lettuce, tomato and balsamic onions. And, yes, the cheese is vegan too. North Bar even has vegan bacon, which is a term that I deem similar to jumbo shrimp or bittersweet, but it works. There are also nearly ten items that can be prepared gluten-free. Separate fryers and dedicated kitchen space enable the staff to navigate these measures. Don’t get me wrong, while there are healthy specialty items on the menu, those seeking excellent “bar food” will not be disappointed.

Creative sandwiches like the Angry Bird, a hand-battered chicken breast with provolone, house-smoked chipotle spiced sauce, lettuce and tomato; and burgers like the aforementioned PB & J Bacon Burger, and the King of The Hill Burger with bleu cheese, cranberry marmalade, bacon, lettuce and tomato are the stars of the show. As stated, the menu is ever-evolving, and more options will be coming soon. Some of the sandwiches that have been offered as specials may just find their way onto the laminated page. Greer’s culinary experience is evident in the food, all the way down to all of the sauces and dressings being made in-house. When looking at the menu, all I can say is ‘trust him.’ Let’s not forget that “Bar” is in the name of the business. North Bar has 16 taps occupied predominantly by local breweries. In fact, their most popular beer, the Park Hill Blackberry Pale Ale, was created by Nolen Buffalo of Water Buffalo Brewing. It is exclusive to North Bar, and a dollar is donated to the Park Hill Neighborhood Association with every pint sold. Mules and martinis dominate the cocktail portion of the menu. Snee, the bar manager, insists on providing consistently well-crafted drinks, and her patrons can attest to that. For dessert, the choice is simple – Flywheel Pies from Prescott, Arkansas, in a variety of flavors. Add some ice cream, and you are good to go. North Bar does everything they can to support local businesses, from the beers on tap and the gluten-free breads, to the produce in the kitchen and the fried pies, because they know how important it is to help each other. A few years ago, Greer reached out to Dismang because of his vision and his craft pertaining to paint. Now, from that reconnection, a new vision and craft have taken shape. The unique offerings and the excellent customer service put North Bar on a different level. North Bar is located at 3812 JFK Blvd. in North Little Rock. You can check them out on Facebook to see all of their brilliant constructions at facebook.com/501northbar. Their number is (501) 420-1117. North Bar is open Tuesday - Thursday from 11AM-2PM and from 5PM-9PM. On Friday and Saturday, the hours are 11AM-9PM. 5


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Back to the Land - April Lane

Samuel Pettit had a very specific vision of creating a space to enrich the community and those who live within it. In 2017, he brought The Land Eco Village to life. About three acres currently surrounded by 500 for sale has become the home for his new and inviting village—a sanctuary with an emphasis on tiny homes and space to cultivate Mother Nature’s blessings.

“I have always had an interest in tiny houses. They are easier on the earth and our resources,” Pettit said. “I have always been interested in having a collective of people that have a community. It takes a village for a reason. It kind of fell into my lap. One day my mother, a real estate agent, and I were looking around to try to find a spot. I found this abandoned site that was a testing facility for the oil and gas in Greenbrier, and I bought it. It fell into my lap really, and I started developing it. I built my house and am still working on that. I have six small houses that will serve for when visitors

come along. It will serve as a retreat center and a space for community enrichment but will be open for all sorts of functions—yoga and meditation retreats, work-to-trade, farming coops potentially and many others to encourage a community atmosphere. It should be open and ready for visitors by the end of the year.” Pettit sees an opportunity to utilize the natural beauty and richness of the land toward the local benefit of community members in an age when expansion and corporate growth are becoming the publicized model. Pettit and his family have a business building homes, as well: “We have a mom, pop and son business with Pettit Homes and are now in Heber Springs working on a tiny home, but we don’t just do tiny homes. We do custom work and any form of general contracting and flip houses. My personal passion is the tiny homes because it is what I see as liberating people that alleviate the financial burden for families.” “I would love to see an eco-subdivision sprout up here around me,” he said. “I have people ask me about every three days if they can come live there. It’s puzzling. I see what is left to be done, but other people see what I don’t sometimes, which is an amazing amount of work that has already been done. I haven’t spent much on it, and it is still flourishing. I will be able to implement everything I want to do and pay off what I do owe on it. I am also looking for partners who are looking to stand together and continue to see this dream come to fruition.” When asked what additions he would like to

make, Pettit had some pretty remarkable plans. “First and foremost, I would love for it to eventually be a butterfly and bee sanctuary.” He said. “A place for the pollinators to come and flourish. I have a lot of seeds that are very exotic and serve to assist that flourishing process. I want to turn the place into a sanctuary for the bees. I want to move toward sustainable gardening for collective gardening. My design for putting in flowers is a no-effort design. Everything is invasive, everything is edible and everything is a flower. I want to put in some narrow paths, and then I will just tend to extracting the weeds and using some form of guineas for pest control, but try to use what I can biologically and not rely on anything unnatural or toxic.” This concept of creating an environmentally conscious community is now starting to spread throughout the country, not just in Arkansas. Glen Hooks, Director of the state Sierra Club, remarked, “It’s heartening to see this development take place, especially with the amount of planning and thought given to how to most gently impact the land. It’s clear that Samuel cares a lot about creating not just structures, but true community. I certainly wish him luck and look forward to seeing this idea take root elsewhere in The Natural State.” Even after all the work he has already put into it, Pettit comments on how this is just the beginning, and how appreciative he is for people already so vested in it. “It is a work in progress. It is a dream,” he said. “I would love an offgrid situation. I love neighbors and people. I would love for neighbors around to develop a collective and assist each other in creating something special.” He hopes to open The Land Eco Village to the public by the end of 2018 and begin hosting people and events on a regular basis. When effort meets design and dedication, it seems that virtually anything is possible.

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SO Exquisite - Adam Cherepski

SŌ Restaurant and Bar has graced the Little Rock dining scene for more than twelve years. Jeannie and husband Ron Smith were inspired to create the restaurant after a visit to New York City, specifically the SŌHO District of Manhattan. Prior to this trip, Jeannie owned a little coffee shop in the same location that SŌ now inhabits, known as The Living Room. As one of the oldest buildings in the Hillcrest neighborhood, maintenance problems occurred from time to time. More than a decade ago, the downstairs floor literally split as a result of street drainage issues. The foundation was compromised to say the least. Jeannie saw this as an opportunity to take what she had seen in NYC and bring it to Little Rock, thus SŌ was brought to life. The atmosphere of SŌ brings New York City to the South through its quaint layout and industrial decor. The shotgun-style restaurant with a bar adorning one side, banquette seating on the other, and additional dining space downstairs, features a rustic-wooden bar, exposed stone and brick walls, and dim Edison style bulb lighting. This is what a classic NYC restaurant feels like, and we have it here in Little Rock. The beloved Jeannie Smith passed away in December of 2017, but her family continues to let her light shine through the restaurant. Her husband Ron Smith and son Matt Smith have taken on the mantle of owner and operator. They know the importance of SŌ to Jeannie and ensure her legacy lives on as the restaurant continues to thrive. SŌ continues to run in confident and reliable hands. Sam Cooper became General Manager in October of 2017. He has shown immense leadership and continues to guide his team in the right direction. He is surrounded by both young, creative minds and also restaurant veterans that have been at SŌ since the beginning.

Cody Rudd served as sous chef, under the tutelage of Casey Copeland, and was promoted to Executive Chef in October 2016 based on his vast knowledge and exceptional performance. Since becoming Executive Chef, Cody has exceeded all expectations. The delicious mainstays include the Seafood Fondue and the Cold Smoked Filet. Seasonal dishes allow the ever-changing menu to stay fresh. This spring the menu will feature two new dishes, the Duck Tasso Linguine and Chicken and Gnocchi. Chef Cody is continuing to present delicious flavors in a unique and elegant way. After a delicious dinner, guests are encouraged to enjoy the decadent Tres Leches Cake or the famous Chocolate Sack, created by Jeannie Smith herself. Chef Cody loves to display his culinary expertise at the monthly wine dinners. These dinners give him an opportunity to use his knowledge of food and wine, and adventurous attendees always keep him on his toes. These dinners are ticketed events and take place on the last Tuesday of every month. SŌ is known for its extensive and one-of-a-kind wine list. Jeannie and her keen nose made it a priority to create one of the most unique wine lists in the state, containing many varietals from all over the world. And while the bottles are impressive, even more impressive is the ample number of wines available by the glass. So, if you enjoy a nice glass but are not looking to invest in a bottle, SŌ will most definitely have something for you. The well-known and talented Veo Tyson is a staple to the restaurant. For twelve years he has served behind the bar taking care of guests and creating relationships. The bartending legend has been in the business for over 40 years and credits one reason behind his success: the people. Veo is

best-known for his Chocolate Martinis, but if you ask the people sitting on the stools, they will say he is best known for being Veo. SŌ is your neighborhood restaurant and bar that is a hot spot for any meal or private event, and with the warmer weather approaching, be sure and enjoy the covered patio seating. SŌ is located at 3610 Kavanaugh Boulevard in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock. They are open4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and Thursday through Saturday from 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Chef Casey Poe’s Sunday brunch is from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. For reservations, call 501.663.1464 or visit sorestaurantbar.com. Facebook: @SORestaurantBar.

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Blue Canoe Brewing is one of downtown’s favorite breweries. They now offer a beer themed menu that includes starters, entrÊes, desserts and a slider and float pairing. All available at the taproom. 425 E 3rd St. in Little Rock 501-492-9378

Cabot Meat Market offers a variety of retail meats and seafood including steaks, sausages, pork, hamburgers, chicken and side items. There are family pack specials and salsas, honey, jams and jellies. Processing also available. 119 N. Adams St. in Cabot. 501-843-5511

Fat Jack's Oyster Bar and Grill provides live music, cold beer and great food. Come try the variety of cajun food, burgers and fish while watching your favorite sports team. Don't forget to try the best oysters in Arkansas! 101 Central Ave. in Hot Springs. 501-623-5225

Brave New Restaurant provides a casual, warm environment, delicious food and excellent service at a reasonable cost with a goal to have every meal be a celebration of food. 2300 Cottondale Ln. in Little Rock. 501-663-2677

K Bird honors the regional cuisines and street food of Southeast Asia & has definitely become a local favorite. Using all fresh ingredients, the simple menu offers favorites such as pad Thai, fried rice & curry dishes are sure to impress. 600 North Tyler St. in Little Rock. 501-352-3549.

District Fare is the Republic of quality meats and eats. Dine in or take out. They offer sandwiches, house made charcuterie, meats, cheeses and specialty market items not typically found in the area. 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd. in Little Rock. 501-671-6328

Lakewood Fish & Seafood Lounge is a sports bar and seafood joint. You can find sops, salads, oysters, catfish, shrimp, crab, and even an alligator basket. Stop by to check out the daily fish, too! 4801 North Hills Blvd. in North Little Rock in the Lakewood House. 501-758-4299

Doe's Eat Place features Little Rock's favorite steaks, hot tamales with chili, succulent broiled shrimp, tasty grilled salmon, mouth watering hamburgers and more. It is filled with memorabilia that makes the experience what it is. 1023 W. Markham St. in Little Rock. 501-376-1195

Lagniappe @ 610 brings a taste of Louisiana to Downtown. Specials include Red Beans & Rice w/ Smoked Sausage, Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya, and a fish fry every Friday. Food cooked to order. Full service bar open 7 days a week. 610 Center St. in Little Rock. 501-374-4678

Southern Table is a boards, bites and bruschetta eatery specializing in seasonal small plates and a shared menu with world dining options. Proudly serving Southern Table produced cheeses and Raimondo Winery wines and products. 323 S. Cross St. in Little Rock. 501-379-9111.

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The Green Corner Store's Tea Bar offers over 30 premium loose leaf teas, coffee pour overs, kombucha on tap, and fresh pastries- all from Arkansas makers. It offers organic, local, and sustainable tea service that anyone can enjoy. 1423 S. Main St. in Little Rock. 501-374-1111

Altura Graphics offers screen printing services, t-shirts, banners, signs for your business, yard signs, trade show displays, vehicle lettering, and so much more! They can supply you with exactly what you need for any occasion. www.alturasigns.com. 501-753-4925

Montalvo Interiors & Apparel offers home decor, interior design, womens' and mens' apparel, jewelry, shoes, and more! They carry exceptional pieces and service with customized attention. 201 Edison Avenue in Benton. 501-794-6677

J & P Bike Shop has a wide variety of bikes, racing apparel and skateboarding equipment. They also offer service and repairs on your bicycle. There is a 10% discount for all military and bike club members. 7910 Hwy. 107 in Sherwood. 501-835-4814

A State Customs specializes in oversized tires and wheels for any vehicle. They also offer LED conversions, lifts/lowering, window tint, audio installations, tire rod ends, ball joints, brakes and rotors and more. 4250 Rixie Rd. Ste A in North Little Rock. 501-833-2205

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Central AR Baton Twirling is Janice Jackson Seamand's newest studio that focuses on the instruction of baton twirling to students from beginners to advanced twirlers. Classes offered include group twirling, twirling dance, and private twirling. 1089 Front St. in Conway. 501-733-1131

National Pawn Shop has been locally owned and operated since 1945. Arkansas's oldest gold and diamond broker. Come by today at the corner of Washington and Main Street to buy, sell or trade. 100 E Washington Ave. in North Little Rock. 501-375-6789

Ann's Health Foods offers award winning health food, vitamins, specialty foods, diet products, and body building products. Come by and speak with our knowledgeable staff Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm. 9800 Highway 107 in Sherwood. 501-835-6415

Legacy Jewelers offers a wide variety of unique jewelry pieces for every budget as well as custom design, jewelry and watch repair, battery replacement, engraving and strap adjustment..Over 40 years of experience. 1604 S. Pine St. Ste B in Cabot. 501-941-3003

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BE A LOCALIST. By Kaitlin Schmidt

Fighting Hate in Our Community - Southern Poverty Law Center

Bias is a human condition, and American history is rife with prejudice against groups and individuals because of their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or other characteristics. As a nation, we’ve made a lot of progress, but stereotyping and unequal treatment persist. Since 2010, law enforcement agencies have reported an average of about 6,000 hate crime incidents per year to the FBI. But government studies show that the real number is far higher — an estimated 260,000 per year. Many hate crimes never get reported, in large part because the victims are reluctant to go to the police. The good news is, all over the country people are fighting hate, standing up to promote tolerance. More often than not, when hate flares up, good people rise up against it — often in greater numbers and with stronger voices. This guide sets out 10 principles for fighting hate in your community. 1. Act. Do something. In the face of hatred, apathy will be interpreted as acceptance by the perpetrators, the public and — worse — the victims. Community members must take action; if we don’t, hate persists. When a hate crime occurs or a hate group rallies, good people often feel helpless. We encourage you to act, for the following reasons: • Hate is an open attack on tolerance and acceptance. It must be countered with acts of goodness. In the face of hate, silence is deadly. If left unchallenged, hate persists and grows. • Hate is an attack on a community’s health. Hate tears society along racial, ethnic, gender, 12

and religious lines. Hate crimes, more than any other crime, can trigger community conflict, civil disturbances, and even riots. For all their “patriotic” rhetoric, hate groups and their imitators are really trying to divide us; their views are fundamentally anti-democratic. • Hate escalates. Take seriously the smallest hint of hate — even what appears to be simple name-calling. Slurs often escalate to harassment, harassment to threats, and threats to physical violence. Don’t wait to fight hate. 2. Join Forces. Reach out to allies from schools, clubs, and other civic groups. Create a diverse coalition. Include children, police, and the media. Gather ideas from everyone, and get them all involved. Others share your desire to stand against hate. There is power in numbers. Asking for help and organizing a group reduces personal fear and vulnerability, spreads the workload, and increases creativity and impact. Coalitions can stand up to hate groups. You and your allies can help educate others as you work to eradicate hate. 3. Support the Victims. Hate crime victims are especially vulnerable. If you’re a victim, report every incident and ask for help. If you learn about a hate crime victim in your community, show support and let them know you care. Surround them with comfort and protection. Victims of hate crimes often feel terribly alone and afraid. They have been attacked simply for being who they are — for their disability, their ethnicity, their sexual orientation. Silence

amplifies their isolation; it also tacitly condones the act of hate. And because they may fear “the system,” some victims may welcome the presence of others at the police station or courthouse. Local human rights organizations often provide such support, but individuals also may step forward. 4. Speak Up. Hate must be exposed and denounced. Help news organizations achieve balance and depth. Do not debate hate group members in conflict-driven forums. Instead, speak up in ways that draw attention away from hate, toward unity. Goodness has a First Amendment right, too. We urge you to denounce hate groups and hate crimes and to spread the truth about hate’s threat to a pluralistic society. An informed and unified community is the best defense against hate. You can spread tolerance through social media and websites, door-to-door fliers, letters to the editor, and print advertisements. Hate shrivels under strong light. 5. Educate Yourself. An informed campaign improves its effectiveness. Determine if a hate group is involved, and research its symbols and agenda. Understand the difference between a hate crime and a bias incident. Eruptions of hate generally produce one of two reactions: apathy or fear. Before reacting, communities need accurate information about those who are spouting hate. Through their literature and websites, hate groups spread propaganda that vilifies and demonizes African Americans, Latinos, Muslims, Jews, LGBT people and other groups. More often than not, members of hate groups use other groups as scapegoats for their own personal failures, low self-esteem, anger, or frustration. Know the impact. Hate crimes and bias incidents don’t just victimize individuals; they torment communities. 6. Create an Alternative. Do not attend a hate rally. Find another outlet for anger and frustration and for people’s desire to do something. Hold a unity rally or parade to draw media attention away from hate. As much as you might like to physically show your opposition to hate, confrontations serve only the perpetrators. Every act of hatred should be met with an act of love and unity. Many communities facing a


hate group rally have held alternative events at the same hour, some distance away, emphasizing strength in community and diversity. They have included forums, parades, and unity fairs featuring speakers, food, music, exhibits, and entertainment. These events give people a safe outlet for the frustration and anger they want to vent. 7. Pressure Leaders. Elected officials and other community leaders can be important allies. But some must overcome reluctance — and others, their own biases — before they’re able to take a stand. The fight against hate needs community leaders willing to take an active role. The support of mayors, police chiefs, college presidents, school principals, business leaders, and others can help your community address the root causes of hate and help turn bias incidents into experiences from which your community can learn and heal. When leaders step forward and act swiftly in the wake of a hate incident, victims feel supported, community members feel safe, and space for action and dialogue can grow. Form relationships with community leaders before a hate incident occurs.

8. Stay Engaged. Promote acceptance and address bias before another hate crime can occur. Expand your comfort zone by reaching out to people outside your own groups. Hate usually doesn’t strike communities from some distant place. It often begins at home, brewing silently under the surface. It can grow out of divided communities — communities where residents feel powerless or voiceless, communities where differences cause fear instead of celebration. The best cure for hate is a united community. Experts say the first step in changing hearts is to change behavior. Personal changes are important — the positive statements you make about others, challenging assumptions about people who are different — but communitywide changes are crucial for lasting change. Often, either after a bias incident or as a tool for preventing one, communities want to sponsor multicultural food festivals and other events to celebrate differences. These

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Sometimes in the restaurant business, you must adapt. Sometimes it works out, and other times not so much. In the case of Fat Jack’s in Hot Springs, the former is true. When Fat Jack’s opened six years ago in what was once The Villa shopping center at the north end of Central Avenue, the plan was for it to be a bar where the locals could go to hang out, watch some live music and enjoy some great food. Unbeknownst to the owners, Jack and his wife Meredith, the city of Hot Springs felt Fat Jack’s was more of a restaurant. Madison, the general manager, attributes this to the tourist industry and the location (being in the tourist town of Hot Springs). The owners took this new classification and ran with it.

They began concentrating more on the kitchen and food offerings, and what has transpired is a melding of the initial vision and reality into one diverse destination. Some of the specialties of the house are the oysters. These can be prepared in either their purest raw form, or they can be cooked in a variety of different ways. No matter how you like them, these Hot Springs rarities should not be missed when visiting Fat Jack’s. One other item that Madison enthusiastically mentioned as a must have is the Crawfish Bread. This is French bread, split and topped with crawfish tails, their house-made creole sauce, and cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. This creation is then finished off in the oven before you finish it off at the table. Their gumbo is also award-winning and is available every day. At Fat Jack’s, the food is just as varied as the people enjoying it. Seafood, steaks, Tex-Mex, and burgers dominate, and you can’t go wrong with any of it. Just close your eyes and point to something on the menu, and you will enjoy

whatever you land on – guaranteed. In fact, the food has been so well-received that in the short time that Fat Jack’s has been in Hot Springs, they have undergone more than one expansion to accommodate the crowds. The downstairs is dedicated restaurant space, and the upstairs is where the initial plan has taken shape – the bar and stage. There is also ample patio seating for those who enjoy peoplewatching along Central Avenue. The upstairs room is available for private functions which Madison tells me have included rehearsal dinners, birthday parties and even wedding receptions. Let’s not forget about the initial idea for Fat Jack’s – the entertainment. Every Friday night, the walls echo with the random offerings that karaoke brings. This is your time to shine. Grab a drink and the mic, and let everyone know who you are based solely on your music choices and singing style. If you’re like me, this may require more than a beer to build the courage. Fear not, your bravery is only a Hurricane Jack (a Malibu rum based-punch served in a bucket) away. If participation is not your forte, let the professionals handle it on Saturday nights. Live bands, concentrating mainly on Rock and Roll and Country, play every weekend. Discover the best local music in a relaxing, comfortable venue. If you are a local looking for a hangout, a tourist looking for a unique restaurant, or you are somewhere in between, you are sure to find what you seek at Fat Jack’s in Hot Springs. They are located at 101 Central Avenue and are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You can find them at fatjackshotsprings.com and on Facebook.

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RIVERFEST May 25-27 RiverFest will once again be presented along Little Rock’s Riverfront Park. The Arkansas festival tradition will continue with a three day, two main stage music festival. The musical talent on RiverFest’s two main stages will be a combination of local and regional acts and well known national headliners. In addition to a weekend of music on the two main stages, RiverFest will have a large Ford Family Fun Zone with carnival attractions along with adult and kiddie rides. Location: Little Rock, AR

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It is as exciting as it sounds! Imagine combining kayaking, American football, and ultimate frisbee, and you aren’t far off. Join a park interpreter at the water’s edge for a crash course in this fun hybrid sport. Never kayaked before? No problem. This is a great opportunity for beginner and experienced paddlers alike to learn and sharpen their paddling skills. Teams will be assembled on the spot based on participation. Location: DeGray Lake Resort State Park in Bismarck, AR

34TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL May 18-20 The largest ethnic festival in Arkansas, serving food to friends and the community for over 30 years. In addition to wonderful ethnic food, the event includes live entertainment, children's activities, an indoor gift market, and church tours. Location: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Little Rock, AR

IN LIVING COLOR 5K - RACE AND WALK TO END LUPUS May 19 The 23nd Annual Norma Lampert Memorial Lupus Springers 5K Race/Walk to End Lupus, now called "In Living Color 5K and Walk to End Lupus", will be held in conjunction with the Arkansas Dept. of Health. This fundraiser for the Lupus Foundation of Arkansas, Inc. is to help fulfill their Mission: to provide patient education, advocacy, and support to all affected by lupus, increase public awareness of the debilitating disease, and help raise research dollars to find a better diagnosis, a better treatment, and a CURE.

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MAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS May 1-31 To say that Eureka Springs is a colorful community is an understatement. There’s an overall creative vibe running through our historic arts village driven by more than 350 working artists in all mediums. During the month of May, we show it all off. Our 31st annual May Festival of the Arts is packed with art exhibits, demonstrations, performances, culinary arts, free music in the park, and a street party thrown by artists. Location: Eureka Springs, AR

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Five rides to choose from: 25, 50, 62, 80, or 100 miles. Pancake-flat course, very well-supported ride with and plenty of rest stops. Registration opens on January 1, 2018 and includes registration fee, commemorative t-shirt, and post-ride party complete with music, exhibitors, great food, and beer garden.

33RD ANNUAL FUN DAY June 7 It's summertime and we are ready to celebrate! Bring your family and friends to Woolly Hollow State Park for a day of games and contests on the beach! Sack races, pedal boat races, watermelon seed spitting, and a water balloon toss are a few of the fun events of the day. Free swimming and pedal boating too! Location: Wooly Hollow State Park in Greenbrier, AR


29TH ANNUAL BAT-O-RAMA June 8 Park staff and special guests will be on hand for some great family fun as we celebrate one of the most beneficial but misunderstood creatures in the world … BATS! Nighttime mist netting will be conducted so you can get an up-close view of these amazing creatures. Bring your cameras! Location: Devil's Den State Park

EUREKA SPRINGS BLUES WEEKEND AT TURPENTINE CREEK WILDLIFE REFUGE June 16-17 It doesn't get any better than big cats and blues! Join the Refuge as they host award winning blues artists and other acts from around the world. Enjoy service/merchandise and food/ drink vendors, and great music during this family-friendly, multi-day fundraiser. Location: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

29TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S FISHING DERBY 42ND ANNUAL FARM FEST June 8-9 This event has family fun, food, carnival rides, and arts and crafts. Bring your lawn chairs and listen to the live entertainment on the courthouse lawn Friday and Saturday evenings. There is also a KCBS sanctioned bar-b-que contest and space enough for over forty teams. Location: Wynne, AR

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SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION June 23 The Plum Bayou Culture built this unique mound complex over 1,000 years ago. Celebrate the arrival of summer with an array of handson opportunities and learn about Native American culture with your whole family. Beginning at 6 p.m., try your hand at using primitive style weapons, create and take home native style crafts, and more. Following, at 7 p.m., there will be a special guided sunset tour of the prehistoric mound site. The evening will conclude with the observation of the sunset. Location: Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park in Scott, AR

June 16 Come to our park and catch a whopper of a good time at the 29th Annual Children's Fishing Derby. Thanks to our many sponsors, this event is free and there are plenty of prizes. There will be a prize for the biggest fish, smallest fish, and the first fish caught. Participants ages 15 and under must do the fishing themselves (parents may help younger children). Bring your own bait and tackle and get ready for a great time. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Location: Daisy State Park in Kirby, AR

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Have fun and learn about your heritage with Living History Characters at “Migration Patterns & the Cultural Heritage of Arkansas Settlers,” during our Celebration of Arkansas' 182nd Birthday. Old State House Museum's lawn is the place to encounter people from that time doing the activities typical for people of that period. Where did the people of Arkansas come from? Find out!

Enjoy a relaxing evening paddle on Lake Ouachita to watch the full moon rise. Scan the shoreline for wildlife sightings and listen to the natural sounds as the nocturnal world comes alive. Kids 6-12 must ride tandem with an adult. This tour is for ages 6 and up. Kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are provided, but participant are advised to bring headlamps/flashlights. Space is limited, so make reservations at the visitor center.

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Enjoy a fun-filled family day of horseshoes, egg toss, sack races, bike parade, and of course softball tournaments. ….. all topped off with homemade ice cream! It will be a July 4th celebration your family won’t soon forget!

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Thirty Years of Doe's - Adam Cherepski

Thirty years ago, Doe’s Eat Place opened at the corner of Ringo and Markham streets in downtown Little Rock in a modest location next to a beer and wine store called The Dog House (whose sign still hangs today). Central Arkansas natives probably are familiar enough with Doe’s to know at least a little bit of its history. The original Doe’s is in Greenville, Miss., and in 1988 restaurateur George Eldridge opened the Little Rock location. I bring this up not to give background on the restaurant itself, but more to give background on George and his family. Doe’s has been a family business for the entire time that it has been an institution in Little Rock. The family is now three generations into the day-to-day operations. This speaks to the passion behind what they do. For a family to be close after all those years is a feat in and of itself, but throw running a restaurant into the mix, and it can only be considered a miracle. When I visited with Katherine Eldridge, George’s daughter, I asked about the rationale for the location. She told me that it was a great location with a lot of character, and that it was close to Buster’s in the Train Station. I presumed this was in order to capitalize on the draw of Buster’s, but she remedied this ignorance by informing me that her dad actually owned Buster’s for a short while. George Eldridge has been in the restaurant business for most of his life. In 1976, he bought The Band Box (currently The Box on 7th Street). After his stint there, he opened The Sports Page, which grew into a three-location operation, and it was after this – in 1986 – that he bought Buster’s. So, the location for Doe’s was mainly due to proximity, so he could keep an eye on what was going on at both of his places. In 1991, George and his son opened up a second Doe’s location in Memphis

at the corner of Beale and 2nd streets. While it was a great location, they shortly realized that what people wanted on Beale was live music and a great bar. So, instead of paying for the Doe’s name for a live music venue, they changed the name to Blues City Café, which is still the name today. They sold this location in 1996. Doe’s was brought to the national stage in the early 90s when Bill Clinton was running for president. It served as an unofficial campaign headquarters. In fact, when Rolling Stone magazine interviewed Clinton during the campaign, that interview took place at Doe’s. And, after he was elected, Doe’s was asked to cater an event at The White House. Catering is not something they normally do, but for this instance, they made an exception. In 2012, George decided it was time to retire, and he contemplated selling Doe’s. Katherine, who had been out of the restaurant concentrating on her family for 15 years, was not hearing this. She knew in her heart that Doe’s had to stay in the family, and she bought her dad out and has been running it since. Now, her son, finished with college, is working right alongside her making sure that the family stays in this family business. The legendary food that has become synonymous with Doe’s is still priority number one. Of course, they are known for their steaks above all else, and this is for good reason. The steaks are aged anywhere from 21 to 30 days and are cut in-house every day. They come by the pound, so come hungry and bring someone with you. Tamales, accompanied by a bowl of robust and meaty chili, are also a favorite, so be sure and get a few for starters or for lunch. You will find burgers, hot dogs, salmon and shrimp, and all are done with skill and great attention to detail. The menu is limited, but I have always felt this is a good thing for both decisionmaking and for the concentration of efforts by the staff — depth, not breadth. There are three dining rooms at Doe’s, some of which can be used for private party rooms. So, if you are planning a small outing or a large gathering, they can

accommodate you. As the weather gets nicer, I would be remiss to not mention the patio seating. While it is not visible when you first walk in, I assure you it is there, and there is not a better place to eat a perfectly cooked steak than outside on a beautiful day. If you are headed downtown for a show at the Robinson Center or a concert at Verizon or for any other reason for that matter, be sure to make Doe’s your dinner stop. Or, if you are already downtown, stop by for a great lunch with friends.

Throughout all of the Eldridge family ventures, Doe’s stands alone. It is the mainstay that has stood the test of time for the last thirty years. However, the fact that every one of George’s ventures is considered a local institution speaks volumes to his and his family’s determination and success. They will take care of you like you are one of their own. Doe’s Eat Place is located at the corner of Ringo and Markham streets near the Train Station in downtown Little Rock. They are open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Find them on Facebook and at www.doeseatplace.net.

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Settled Souls - Adam Cherepski

According to a 2017 tally, more than 55 percent of the Little Rock area homeless are unsheltered. At this point, there were approximately 990 homeless people counted in the area. That means almost 550 people are outside in the elements every day. Getting into a shelter is not easy, and getting back on your feet with a place of your own is tougher still, but it does happen. Some of the metropolitan area’s unsheltered do, in fact, get back into their own place and establish a foundation for a new beginning. Many would think that this is considered “mission accomplished,” but there is still so much more that is needed. That is where Settled Souls comes in.

In February of 2016, Our Lady of Holy Souls Church learned of the housing model that Jericho Way had created to identify those of its homeless clients who qualify for housing. In order to be assisted with housing, the individual must have proper identification, have not been convicted of a felony in the past three years, and must pass a vetting process. Once through this level of vetting, if the individual appears to be a good candidate for housing, Jericho Way assists them with the application process for either government-assisted housing or a housing voucher. 20

These successful applicants typically have nothing more than what is on their backs when they are handed the keys to their new home. This hindrance is alleviated by Stephanie Byers, Lindsey Taggart, and the volunteers and donors of Settled Souls. The mission of Settled Souls is “to aid homeless men and women transitioning to permanent housing, by providing many of the staple home furnishings, and helping their new apartment or house feel more like a secure and welcoming home.” Housing recipients struggle to acquire household items and basics due to both the cost and the access. Not only can starting out be expensive, but even if you do have the means to pay for items, you may not have the ability to get to them due to lack of transportation. Settled Souls uses a team of donors and volunteers to transport needed items, including furniture and other basics – what they call “day 1 needs” – to each new resident. They move everything into place and even decorate each apartment or home. For anyone who has ever moved before, you know what a task this is. In just two short years, Settled Souls has fully furnished the apartments of 60 different individuals, and they have partially furnished four more with bigger items that were lacking, such as beds, dining tables, chairs, dressers, rugs, etc. Each client receives more than 50 home items including a furnished bedroom, stocked bathroom and kitchen, and a comfortable living room with a TV. Any recipient will tell you what they are truly given is hope. As cliché as it might be, there is definitely a difference between having a house and having a home. Settled Souls makes sure that their clients have the latter. These people are given a foundation, and this help encourages them to build upon that. Volunteer opportunities include anything from donating needed items to helping with a move. If you would like to know how you

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Out of the Mouths of Babes - Adam Cherepski

It seems as parents, we are telling our kids what to do on an incessant basis. We tell them to clean their room. We tell them to get their shoes on. We tell them to do their homework. We tell them to go play. We are constantly telling our kids what to do, and then when they have the nerve or audacity to respond in a contrary manner, we tell them to not talk back. Just listen, and do what you are told. And then, we tell ourselves that it is our job as parents to mold these small humans into good, upstanding adults. Is it this constant submission and concession that makes us good, upstanding adults? On the other side of this same coin, we tell our kids to stand up for themselves and essentially to not take shit from anyone. We tell them to stand tall. We tell them to hold true to their beliefs no matter what resistance they might meet. We tell them to be headstrong and driven to accomplish the goals that are in front of them. We empower them to be individuals.

We find ourselves constantly flipping this coin for our kids right in front of their faces. We toy with them to the point that they are never sure when it is time to act one way or the other. At some point, we have to give them the coin, but when? You will know this when you find yourself truly listening to what they have to say. We recently saw the movie, The Greatest Showman. The kids loved every minute of it and have been asking Alexa to play the soundtrack ever since we left the theater. As we drove home, we spoke about our favorite parts just as we always do. What was your favorite song? Who was your favorite character? What was the best part? Once we got through this regimen, the kids dug a little deeper. They spoke about the wrongs that were committed against the performers in the movie. My son began the conversation stating how sad it was that they treated them so badly. He said that they should not have been treated that way based simply

on the way they looked. Both kids then begin a back and forth about how the performers’ appearances meant nothing since their talent was so incredible. My wife and I just sat and listened and smiled. In school, my son has been learning about laws and government, and how the system works, at least as far as a second grade textbook will take him. We were driving home from baseball practice, and he asked me about laws that President Trump has made – typical postbaseball conversation for a seven year-old. I claimed ignorance in a vain attempt to skirt this conversation. He wouldn’t have it. “Daddy, just name one law that has passed since President Trump has been in office.” I told him that one of the main goals was to address healthcare. He said, “Like take it away?” I told him, “Yes, in some instances, but don’t worry about it.” I quickly mentioned his excellent play on the field to redirect. Nope. “Daddy, why would the leader of the country want to take away healthcare for the people in the country if they truly need it to get better?” Astonished, I simply said, “Excellent question buddy, excellent question.” Driving around town, the kids have noticed the people standing on the corners asking for help with their small cardboard signs. This opens up the dialogue in the car to another serious topic. My wife and I explain what we know about homelessness and do our best to put it in terms that they can understand. Obviously, we can only give them the overarching definition of homelessness since each situation is vastly different from the next, but in this case, the gist will suffice. They ask why we don’t ever give them money which opened up a much larger and more complex can of worms. After hemming and hawing our way through this explanation, the kids then suggested that we make care packages to carry in the car to hand out to these people whenever we cross paths. This was their idea. We were proud of them

for coming up with this on their own, but that was not enough for them. They have become insistent. The fact that we have not completed this task in the last 48 hours is apparently unacceptable. They remind us every day that we need to make these care packages, and we have a plan lined out. There is no doubt. My daughter, at one point, had a little disagreement at school on the playground. We’ve all been there. Since she was able to speak, we have known that we were dealing with an old and sensitive soul. When this incident came about, her sensitivity kicked in, and she was beside herself not knowing how to remedy the situation. She got upset and cried. She took it upon herself to tell these friends that they were hurting her feelings and that she wanted them to stop. Simply, and to the point. They stopped. We insist that our kids listen to what we say. We want them to heed our advice. We do this because it is our job as parents to impart our wisdom upon them so they can learn from it. So, why are we resistant or surprised when we hear wisdom from them? Currently, we have a movement of youth in this country that is overwhelmingly inspiring and cannot be ignored. I am sure that these kids have had that coin flipped in front of them their entire lives. While I am not ready to hand over the coin to my kids just yet, the resolve that the students of Parkland have shown, along with their youthful supporters, shows that they are ready. Give them the damn coin. You have prepared them well. Now, listen.

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We started our business many years ago to help people in our community. Overtime they have become like family. Local businesses are able to bring a community together. The heartbeat of the town you call your own. ANN BIRCHARD Owner of Ann's Health Food Store

To me, the most important thing about shopping local are the relationships you build in the community. Not only are you supporting your neighbors, your're supporting your community as a whole. Shopping or eating local brings everyone together as friends and as customers. I think everyone likes to feel comfortable and welcome anytime they go out. When you shop local, you are guaranteed to feel at ease and you will never be alone on your shopping adventures!

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I have been a small business owner for several years. A large percent of the money made in local businesses stays here to build my community. It’s always good to be able to walk into a store and the manager and or business owner knows my name. It’s always good to have that camaraderie and closeness between others it just makes shopping easier. I also like the fact that in the end, I’m helping my community grow.

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It’s important to shop local to me because it’s a great way to give back to the community I was born & raised in. It’s also a way to meet the business owners & learn more about their passion to own a local business. Anything to benefit home, I’m all in!

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Club 27 - Richard Ledbetter

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he success of Little Rock’s Latin dance venue, Club 27, on 614 Clinton Ave., is an ongoing phenomenon with beginnings right down the street. In 2008, Chris King and Suzon Awbrey hosted Salsa dancing on Wednesday evenings in their spacious music hall, The Revolution Room. Popularity of the regular occasion drew consistent numbers, who came to share in an atmosphere of fellowship among people with a common interest.

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Club 27 owner, Jorge Gutierrez, who met his wife and co-owner Sarah Catherine at Salsa night at the Rev Room, told Local how they eventually came to have their own dance club. “I was born in Medellin, Colombia, in 1976 and came to the U.S. in 2001. I moved to Little Rock from Chicago in 2004 after finishing college at De Paul University,” Gutierrez said. “My life here has been in two parts. From 2004 to 2008, I didn’t really know anyone and didn’t do much but work. I had always lived in big cities so it was an adjustment. In 2008 I went back to Chicago until the company I worked for offered a better position back in Little Rock. That began my second part of life here.” Attempting to make the best of his new home, Gutierrez said, “I started coming to Salsa night at the Rev Room. It was being done by my now-wife Sarah Catherine and her friend. For me, it was great to walk into a place in the 26

middle of Arkansas and hear the music I grew up with. The moment I saw Catherine I was struck. When I found out she was teaching Salsa on Saturday afternoons, I went. I already had an idea of how to dance, but its different here than in Colombia. I attended class every week, and we had a core group from Wednesdays that all came on Saturday. We developed into a very close-knit bunch that took the opportunity to dance with newcomers at the Rev Room to help introduce them to the steps. We tried to make everyone feel welcome. Word got out, and more people started coming. In the midst of all this, Sarah Catherine and I became good friends. But she had a boyfriend, so I didn’t tell her how strongly I really felt. About that time, the Rev Room changed Salsa night from Wednesday to Tuesday due to scheduling issues.” With a sheepish grin, Gutierrez shared, “I believe it was the week before Thanksgiving. My boss wanted to check out Salsa, and I had told him about the torch I carried for Sarah. He came with me and while he was there he told her how I really felt. I was embarrassed, but it put me on her radar. Now she knew I had a thing for her. “Then the 2010 earthquake happened in Haiti, and Sarah is very passionate about helping people. She put on a fundraiser with proceeds to go toward relief for earthquake victims. I was enjoying the evening and eating cake when she came over and told me her boyfriend and her had broken up. I was so surprised I nearly choked on the cake. We started dating soon after on Valentine’s Day.” Jorge and Sarah now have three children, ages five, three and one. “By that point I was a better dancer, and they needed help with the music,” he said. “I had a broader sense of Latin culture, so I began to pick the tunes and help instruct. We had enough people coming by then that we decided to try doing it on Friday night. “We went to Vieux Carre on Kavanagh, and when the regular evening clientele left, we’d move back the tables, set up speakers, give lessons and dance until close.” Success created problems all its own. “We had so many dancers coming there began to be concern about wear and tear on the floors,

Gutierrez said. “So we went from Vieux Carre to Union Bistro and did our Friday night thing there. It kept growing, with people bringing more and more friends until it got so crowded we couldn’t dance anymore. Then we moved to Browning’s Restaurant and filled it until we were over capacity. Being in the Heights, there were also a few complaints about the traffic and noise until the owner told us we could not have Salsa night on a weekly basis. As a result we decided to look elsewhere. “About then, someone referred us to Juanita’s on Clinton Ave. When we approached the manager he was initially a little skeptical but gave us a chance, and that began our partnership with them. We were bringing in 200 to 250 people per week. There would be evenings when only eighty people came to the live music show early, but afterwards we’d pack the house with late night Salsa dancers. We approached them about keeping the upstairs ballroom every week and putting in a better dance floor. I volunteered to do the labor if they’d purchase the materials. The company I worked for, Polo Plaz, makes floor finishing, so I could get them a deal on cut-off, leftover flooring and the material to finish it. Everybody went crazy over the new floor and we started having 250 to 300 customers. Salsa provided a steady income for Juanita’s, but it wasn’t enough to keep them afloat. We moved to the Metroplex after Juanita’s closed. “We put in a wood floor there, but at that point I wasn’t enjoying the Salsa as much because I didn’t feel our customers were being properly served. The numbers began to dip, and so did the income.


Being away from family on Friday nights no longer seemed worth it. “Eight months after Juanita’s closed the building was still empty, so I called the owner and asked could we rent the upstairs? He said yes if we’d find someone to take the downstairs. I knew an Argentine family who wanted to open a restaurant, so I proposed they take the downstairs. They needed time to decide and a little convincing, but finally went for it, and it is working out very nicely for them. “Club 27 began as strictly Salsa but has grown until now we rent out the space for various events on our off nights. It’s a safe space where people come together for a fun, healthy night of multi-cultural, multi-economic mixing. Unlike most bars, Salsa provides a sort of speed dating situation where couples can meet and get to know each other in short order with opportunities to interact through the dancing. Everyone watches out for everyone else, and we’re very protective of each other. Following a year in business, we’ve had no fights.” Again with the grin, he added, “Our security guys are all LRAFB Marines.” Asked where the name Club 27 is derived, Gutierrez said, “There are 26 Latin American countries plus the U.S. is 27. It’s a place where different cultures come to enjoy dancing together.” Nearby Stickyz Rock and Roll Chicken Shack and Rev Room co-owner Suzon Awbrey said of Club 27, “They are great folks to work with, and its something good to have in the neighborhood.” For more information about Club 27, email club27lr@gmail.com or www.club27lr.com. Check out Club 27 on Facebook!

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Local Sound: Adam Faucett - Adam Cherepski | Photography by MCE Photography/Chad Edwards

I can remember hearing Adam Faucett for the first time; he made that big of an impact. I was at White Water Tavern with a group of friends to see another artist. Faucett was the opener for the other act, but after hearing him, he should have been the headliner. I had never heard of Faucett up to that point. I am not one who usually keeps up with the local music scene. Baseball games and soccer practices tend to get in the way of being the socialite I once was. I stood there next to my wife holding my PBR when Faucett walked up to the microphone. Having never seen him before, I had no idea what to expect. His appearance is unassuming – just a man in sunglasses with his acoustic guitar. He made a few quips to loosen up the crowd, and then he began to strum a gentle chord that was soothing, and then he let loose with his voice. He bellowed, not yelled, one of the strongest notes I have heard from a human being. It immediately got the attention of the entire room. None of my friends had heard of him either, but once he began singing, we all looked at each other as if to say, “What is going on?” We were in awe. The song was “Day Drinker” and has since become one of my favorite songs. As a kid, Faucett was influenced by such artists as Queen, Elton John and Otis Redding, but it was not until a Sonic Youth concert when he was 17 that he truly realized music was his passion. Faucett’s influences would create one of the most random mixed tapes ever made, and it is this eclecticism that makes his music unique, but in no way speaks to the genre that he finds himself in. Faucett even states that he makes music that he didn’t intend to make. His lyrics and melodies forge a path to what is considered Americana or folk music, an almost polar opposite of his idols, but somehow it works, and it works well. His songs take shape as he sits on his couch picking at his guitar – 28

resulting from experiences and daydreams. Faucett started playing guitar at age 12. He had always seen his heroes with electric guitars on stage, but it wasn’t until he was flipping through the Sears catalog that he realized he could own one for himself. He is a self-taught musician aside from a year-long stint taking lessons at Fletcher Music in Benton. After he honed his skills, he began performing his own songs in high school and has been a member of a band ever since. He has toured across the country as well as some dates in Europe with an array of other groups and singers. While most artists like to team up with other acts of the same genre, Faucett finds himself working with all sorts, illustrating his appreciation for music as a whole. His new album, “It Took the Shape of a Bird,” hopes to create a sense of wonder in listeners by letting them know that there is more to this world than you can see. This is the fifth album for Faucett, and it will be released June 29, 2018. He will hold a release show June 30 at White Water Tavern. Once released, you will find the record on all streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music and others. If you are like me and want to have a tangible copy, it will be available on Faucett’s site, adamfaucett.com. You can follow Adam Faucett on Facebook and Twitter, and if you are interested in booking him for a show, email booking@adamfaucett. com. Be sure to check out his tour dates and make a point to see him live as soon as you can. It is a memorable experience.

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The Arkansas Made Arkansas Proud Show at War Memorial in April provided an opportunity to meet so many people, and we look forward to next year! The Me & McGee booth hosted many of our partners including: The Farm at Barefoot Bend, Geri’s Jams and Jellies, Fennel & Fire, Three Best Bakery, and newcomer Teaberry Kombucha. The Farm at Barefoot Bend sampled bratwurst, and we quickly discovered forested pork and Kombucha go very well together!

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Teaberry Kombucha, which is a fermented tea, has been a fun experience. Nathan Brown’s drinks are made in Little Rock, and he is quickly becoming part of the family. As a molecular biologist, he has crafted some incredible tasting Kombucha. Teaberry flavors include Lemon, Strawberry, Ginger Peach, and Mojo Mint. White River Creamery cheeses can be found at Me & McGee Market. This is yet another family we have been blessed to get to know, and their cheeses are out of this world. The family run goat dairy and creamery is located in Elkins, Arkansas. White River Creamery raises Registered Dwarf Nigerian goats whose milk has the highest butterfat of goat breeds leading to delicious cheese. Varieties include goat feta, cow feta, gouda, cheddar, halloumi and fromage blanc. The Farm at Barefoot Bend, who supplies the majority of the meats found at Me & McGee Market, is hosting farm tours in Lonsdale. These enjoyable tours give the opportunity to see how the cattle, hogs and chickens are raised, as well as getting the opportunity to meet Damon Helton, the farmer and owner of Olde Crow General Store. Olde Crow is a deli-style rustic eatery with a menu including sandwiches and a

daily special. Sandwiches are served with Me & McGee Market pickles! Another new development is we are now Blue Diamond Plant Partners! Blue Diamond Plants are locally grown and Arkansas strong. The group consists of Gold Lantana, Velvet Elvis, Redhead Coleus, Wasabi Coleus, Dragon Wing Begonia, Caladium, Supertunia and more. Many varieties of flowers and plants can be found at Me & McGee Market. Thank you for helping us support our incredible partners! Find us on Facebook, Instagram and check out our blog at meandmcgeemarket. com/home/blog "It's the experience" 10409 Highway 70 North Little Rock, Arkansas

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