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Volume 3

Issue 1

February / March 2012

Business in a New Era

Dark Chocolate Just What the Doctor Ordered

The

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NWA’s Most Influential and Inspiring People

And More Inside ...


8th Annual

CHOCOLATE LOVERS’ FESTIVAL

Experience a complete world of chocolate appreciation where proceeds benefit Eureka Springs area non-profit organizations.

Saturday, February 11 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eureka Springs, Arkansas Call 888.465.4753 or visit eurekachocfest.org for venue and ticket information.


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In this issue, our cover story focuses on Dr. Martin Greer, of Martin Greer Candies. He shares with us his motivation behind a tradition passed from father to son for three generations - it’s about families helping families. On page 22, David Disick, recognized as among one of the pioneers of the fractional experience, addresses the benefits and growth of this worldwide concept of shared ownership. Ann Gray We would like to thank you for the many letters, calls and emails we receive daily. We welcome your suggestions. Starting with this issue, we introduce 2NJoy’s Annual “IT” LIST on page 44. We’re looking for nominations of local people who “have IT” – the thing that makes them stand out as influential, interesting or inspiring. In each issue, we’ll announce the current nominees and let you get to know them. Then, in November 2012, our Board of Advisors will select 12 winners for the inaugural “IT LIST.”

See You in April. May God Bless,

Ann Publisher: Ann Gray ann@2njoyinc.com Editors: Jo Lightfoot

Tiffany Hellerstedt

Creative Director: Matt Austad matt@2njoyinc.com Contributing Photographer: Keith Branch Branch Photography, Arturo Account Executives: Warren Adcock - warren@2njoyinc.com Tommy Patterson - tommy@2njoyinc.com Randy Saunders - randy@2njoyinc.com Community Outreach Representative: Russ Anzalone Legal Counsel: Scott Tidwell, Tidwell Law Firm, Bentonville, AR Contributing Writers: Leslie Olson, Jo Lightfoot, Gaynell Belloni Lisa Reaves Guest Writers; David Disick, Sue Damron, Linda Moea’i Laurie Mallory and Jenna Ruhe

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But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 1 John 3:17

LETTERS Dear Ann and 2NJoy Staff, What an amazing experience I have had with 2NJoy magazine. From the moment I met you Ann and saw your magazine, I knew I had been given an incredible gift to be featured in your Dec/Jan issue. I have received many comments on the article and how beautiful and enjoyable your magazine is. It has been a new experience to have strangers walk up to me and say “I know you from somewhere.....”. Thank you Leslie for capturing “me and my tea room” perfectly in your interview. Matt and Arturo, your photo session at the tearoom produced first class images. I can’t thank you all enough for all you have done for Simply Scrumptious Tea Room. I look forward to having you all for lunch again real soon.

“I subscribe to several magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian and American Heritage. When I have finished reading them I donate them to the Veterans Hospital. However, the October 2011 issue of 2Njoy will remain with me. That issue on the Grand Opening of Crystal Bridges was outstanding. All of you at 2Njoy are to be congratulated. It is a real keeper.” Ed Delk

Charleen McCain Simply Scrumptious Tea Room & Emporium Eureka Springs, Arkansas The contents contained herein may not be copied or reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the publisher. Products and services advertised in the magazine are not necessarily endorsed by 2Njoy, Inc. Views expressed herein are those of the authors and advertisers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of this magazine. 2Njoy, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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2nd ANNUAL contributors Leslie Olson

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Jo Lightfoot

Gaynell Belloni

Lisa Reeves Lisa Believes she has had many opportunities in her career and enjoys giving back to her community in a number of ways. Reeves personal philosophy is “pay it forward,” Lisa Reeves’ law practice has moved from Town Center to Greenwich Center, Bella Vista, across from the Sugar Creek shopping area on U.S. 71 and Dartmoor Road.

An international traveler, found herself in the unlikely destination of Gravette, Arkansas. After becoming a casualty of the economy, she started Human Write Communications, a one-womanshow that helps to tell the human side of every story. In addition to writing, Leslie works with refugees and immigrants to build more diverse, integrated and sustainable communities. In her free time, she raises kids and chickens.

During the first decade of her career, Jo held a wide interest of business processes and priorities, such as banking, manufacturing, architecture and psychology. For the next 15 years, she worked as a freelance artist and graphic designer. Jo later transitioned to computer graphics, technical writing and management training. She first studied at Lincoln University in Jeff City, then at the University of Arkansas where she graduated with honors.

Hailing from Colorado, Gaynell and her family moved to northwest Arkansas in 1994 . She has been to college three different times, taught gifted children for 15 years, and worked as a journalist and photographer for a weekly paper. As a freelance editor and proofreader, Gaynell recently completed work on a book for therapists. A member of the Bella Vista Garden Club, she enjoys getting her hands dirty and is an avid reader.

David Disick

Sue Damron

Linda Moea’i

David M. Disick, Esq. is the President of The Fractional Consultant which assists developers in the United States and abroad in securing financing. A former Wall Street attorney, he is recognized as among the pioneers in the fractional industry. He has chaired panels at numerous international conferences in the U.S. and U.K. He was designated as among “The Top 21 Fractional Professionals of 2010” and “The Top 21 Fractional Innovators of 2011.”

Sue spent her early years in California, in the San Fernando Valley, and graduated from nursing school before moving her family to Arkansas. She held the position of Director of Nurses before taking on the responsibility of training other nurses to become directors of nurses. Since 2005, Sue has worked in Home Health and spends her free time painting and in photography and quilting. She is an accomplished seamstress, even drafting her own patterns.

Originally from California and recently relocated to NWA from Kansas City after losing her spouse, Linda is starting life over! She has a strong background in Customer Service, Account Mgmt. and Sales. She has experience in Small Business Mgmt. as well as Account Mgmt. with Large Domestic and Intl. Sales/ Production and Acquisitions. Linda has been a Tradeshow Coordinator for Mayflower Transit as well as Key Account Rep for Grundfos Pumps. She is currently Office Mgr. at 2NJoy Magazine. Linda loves to cook, travel and is quite the craft maven.

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content UP FRONT Publisher’s Letter

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Contributors

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Local Cultural Events

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Features Health & Wellness

* Clear the Clutter

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* Victory Walk

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* Kikiberri Yogurt

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* Fall-Proof Your Home

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* Dark Chocolate

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Eat Good Eat Right

And save room for pie!

Business in a New Era

* Overview of the New Norm 16

* Local Trade Partners

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* Any Lab Tests Now

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* The Plaza Co-Op

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Luxury Fractional Ownership

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From Conspicuous to Conscious Consumption

Martin Greer’s Candies

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Fine Candies: A Father to Son Tradition

Recipes

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The Best Dessert I’ve Ever Had

Westfield Chapel

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A Legacy of Help and Healing

Anatomy of Elder Law

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The Last Will & Testament

The “IT” List NWA’s Most Influential & Inspiring People

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Cody Slaughter as Elvis Presley in The National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet. photo by Joan Marcus

The Natural State can be most proud of Cody Slaughter, the young rising star from Harrison, AR, who plays Elvis.

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here’s a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” at Walton Arts Center in February—featuring native Arkansas musician Cody Slaughter in the prominent Elvis role. The smash-hit musical, Million Dollar Quartet will be coming to Northwest Arkansas for eight performances, running February 21-26. Its story starts on December 4, 1956, when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet is a true history lesson, a 90 minute performance featuring rock, gospel, R&B and country hits including: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” Aside from the southern charms of the setting, Million Dollar Quartet has ties to Arkansas, like Kingsland, AR, birthplace of Johnny Cash. But the Natural State can be most proud of Cody

Art / Culture Slaughter, the young rising star from Harrison, AR, who plays Elvis. From the lip curl to the hip swirl, he nails the part. Born and reared in Harrison, AR, gateway to the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Cody Slaughter began entertaining at the young age of 13. A true Southern boy, Cody’s great passion for Elvis’ music and memory has directed his career path. Cody Ray Slaughter has been tagged as one of the most talented, young Elvis Tribute Artists in the country. Cody has performed across the country as well as Branson, MO at Tony Roi’s Elvis Experience, Legends In Concert, and ‘50’s At The Hop. Elvis Presley Enterprises named Cody the 2011 ‘Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist’ in Memphis, TN this past August. Come relive one of the greatest nights in history with Cody Slaughter in Million Dollar Quartet at Walton Arts Center this February 21-26!

The National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet. photo by Joan Marcus

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By Jenna Ruhe

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pring! It’s almost here—that time of year when most of us start wanting to clean and eliminate clutter. Why? Well, too much clutter can make us feel stuck, overwhelmed, and depressed. Sometimes it even damages our mental, emotional, social, or physical health. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states unequivocally that “80% of our medical expenditures are now stress related.” As clutter accumulates, it drains our energy and steals our motivation. It can also lead to physical ailments, damaged relationships, confusion, and poor productivity. As an old Chinese proverb states, a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind. Barbara Hemphill, a nationally known author and Professional Organizer, calls clutter “postponed decisions.” That’s why now is a great time to decide to develop healthy habits for managing it. For many of us, this better way to live can begin with where we live. According to the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), getting rid of clutter eliminates 40 percent of housework in the average home. Removing clutter from our physical environments—or even our schedules—frees up space, time, and energy to spend on more important things. Yes, it’s nearly spring—time to take back our homes and schedules and live the way we envision. How to start? Refresh your mind, write down some goals, and set deadlines. If you’re ready to eliminate clutter, start small and know you can ask for help. Give yourself clarity, peace of mind, and a better life!

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hen Greg Lemke injured his spinal cord in an ATV accident, the 33-year-old lost more than the ability to feel his arms and legs and use them. “There were dreams, aspirations and anticipation of a life of quality and dignity,” explain Greg’s parents, Al and Lynda Lemke. “With this trauma, not only has a person’s spinal cord been injured, but his quality of life has been severely compromised. His dignity is challenged hourly.” Though the Lemkes were pleased with the supportive care their son received at Craig Hospital in Colorado, they were disappointed to learn that once Greg was discharged, most doctors seemed to take for granted the idea that his recovery had reached its peak. The Lemkes—including Greg himself—believed he could do better. Inspired by the actor Christo-

By Leslie Olson pher Reeves’ success regaining 20% muscle control and 70% of sensation after his own spinal cord injury, the Lemkes set out to help their son—and others with spinal cord injuries like his—expand their lives’ possibilities. “We train them with the goal of getting out of the chair,” the Lemkes explain. In April 2009, Victory Walk opened a modest-but-effective therapeutic clinic in Springdale, picking up where most spinal cord rehabilitation programs stop. Victory Walk is one of only 20 clinics in the United States providing this type of service. The affordable therapy, guided by two therapists who have been taught the principles of “intensive stimulative therapy,” incorporates techniques that encourage redevelopment of neurological connections between the brain and the muscles being exercised. This exercise program helps clients restore circulation, strengthen respi-

ratory function, and maintain heart health. Exercise also keeps muscles conditioned and ready to react when control starts to return. The Lemkes emphasize it is important to keep these muscles toned, preparing clients to take advantage of future scientific breakthroughs. Lynda explains, “The old adage, ‘If you don’t use it, you lose it,’ is extremely relevant for our clients.” In Victory Walk’s exercise area, no one will get away with not using it. As rock music blasts from a stereo, the center’s trainers, Alicia Miller and Corey Strunk, count a client’s bench presses while they joke easily with him. It is in that comfort, ease and encouragement that Victory Walk’s success goes even deeper. “Ideally, the result of our therapy is a person with a freshly positive outlook on life and a greater appreciation of themselves, their support system, and their community,” Lynda comments. “Slipping into obscurity is easy for an injured person to do, so we train and encourage each client to face the world as a participant—not an observer.”

Victory Walk is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. To learn more about the organization, to make a tax-deductable contribution or to learn more about Victory Walk’s Third Annual fundraising golf tournament in the summer of 2012, go to www.victorywalkinc. com or call Lynda at 479-365-2600.

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Its the Berries by Jo Lightfoot

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almost a shame to spoil the secret. But, then, good things don’t stay hidden long. If you haven’t already discovered Kikiberri, chances are you soon will. Who wouldn’t be excited to find exotic confections that combine goodness, flavor, and fun? Kikiberri, Bentonville’s new self-serve

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frozen yogurt shop, is literally a font of enchanting combinations. For owners Brad and Jami Bernards, the word Kikiberri itself combines a tribute to the person (their daughter) and the fruit (the Chinese wolfberry) that initially inspired their business. The shop’s proprietary Kikiberri flavor is “our very own blend of superfruits from around the world,” says Jami. The key ingredient—the high-antioxidant wolfberry or goji berry—is touted in China for health and longevity benefits. Kikiberri and Kikiberri Blue are the shop’s best-selling probiotic flavors, offered alongside ten other flavors and over 75 toppings including fresh berries, fruits, nuts, cookies, candies, syrups, and specialty creams.

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Brad and Jami are adamant about using the highest quality, certified-organic natural ingredients. “Health is the thing that got us into this,” they say, emphasizing the combined benefits of the fruits with the yogurt itself (which has active cultures and is a superb source of calcium). The resulting yogurt is on the tart side, low in sugar, and contains virtually no fat. As one indulging customer remarked to her husband, “I like how we can be bad and good at the same time.” Initial free samples are Kikiberri’s hallmark “because you can’t appreciate what we offer unless you taste it.” Once that happens, people come back repeatedly with ever-increasing numbers of their family. “It’s fun! …We like making friends.”


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“Oh… who let the dog out?!”

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hat was my husband’s cry as he spun around to chase our Yorkie across the street. Rod loved the new puppy. The puppy, of course, loved to explore. As Rod ran up a wet grassy embankment in sandals, he slipped and twisted his ankle.

Falls are a particular concern for me as a registered nurse, because I frequently hear sad stories of typical cases and their outcomes. Prior to a fall—these stories go—the person was independent, lived alone and was very active. He or she exercised regularly and had few medical problems, then suddenly “tripped on a rug” and had to go through an extenThough the puppy was safely retrieved, Rod had fractured sive course of treatment. This is a common occurrence, and it certainly is consistent with my experience. The good news his ankle. Later, stabilizing pins were put in. Rod had to is that the person is likely to have a full recovery with no loss learn to use a walker and crutches, required pain medications, and—due to persistent pain—endured another surgery of function. On the other hand, those with diabetes, heart and lung disease, and smokers are at high risk of complicasix months later to have the pins taken out. It was nine tions from falls, such as embolisms that can cause strokes. months before he could walk normally. Though we had What can you do to stay safe from falls? First, take an inveninsurance, it was still an ordeal. tory. Look around your house, inside and out. If you have Our experience was not unique. Falls are a frequent and elderly family members you can’t be with all the time, check serious hazard for people, especially when a fracture, open their house and make changes as soon as possible. wound, or head injury results. While accidents happen unHere are some random thoughts. Consider whether you expectedly, we must be careful not to create an environment or your loved ones would be able to get from the car to the that invites falls. Besides from unforeseen accidents, falls can result from drug or disease responses, or from our own care- kitchen in a wheelchair. Are there steps to climb? Is the person able to walk up and down stairs using a walker or lessness, pride, or lack of awareness—factors we can prevent. 12 February/March 2012

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crutches? Getting clothes out of the closet using an assistive device (such as a cane or walker) is challenging for someone who breaks his ankle, hip or leg. If you are able to get to the shower and commode with a walker or wheelchair, are you able to stabilize yourself to transfer to the shower chair or the commode without grab bars? Oh, and we haven’t even discussed cooking and laundry yet… You can get the pan you need or bend and stoop to put the laundry in the washer, right? Want to investigate some more? Try this: carry a plate of food to the table using a walker. You’ll find that you need three hands unless you have one of those walkers with a seat or a basket. Do you have enough room to manipulate

the walker in the pathway you have available? Are you aware that a wheelchair requires a 3-foot wide space to get through doors? Have you tried turning around in a wheelchair? That requires a 3-foot radius. I say this because, if you roll up to the bathroom, you will need to turn around to go back in the kitchen or living room. One broken bone below your waist and you will be facing these challenges. Other considerations of this scenario are: 6-12 weeks lost time from work or favorite activities; sitting for long periods watching TV, or looking out the window, or in the bed with your leg or foot elevated; plus all the expenses of getting well. All of these things assume your prognosis is good for a full recovery.

There are practical ways to minimize the risk of falls. Here are some highlights:

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Lighting and visual clarity. Light all used spaces appropriHealth maintenance. Don’t smoke, as it slows the healing ately: no high glare lights, and use bulbs that last a long time. process and would make recovery from a fall more difficult. You have to see where you are going. Get your glasses changed Stay healthy and manage any chronic disease. Most falls occur if you need to. due to chronic inactivity and poor muscle strength, causing the lower limbs to fatigue quickly and easily. It is important Walking surfaces. Be alert to uneven surfaces such as to exercise safely and routinely. Poor nutrition can be the first irregular ground levels, uneven driveways or sidewalks, and cause of weakness and can contribute to other factors. Other curbs. Keep pathways clear and use a cane or walker, good medical causes for falls are generally a result of a sudden shoes, extra lighting, or other aids to assist you. change or decrease in needed blood supply and oxygen to the Hand rails. Put functional and secure hand rails on any heart or brain. This can happen for a wide variety of reasons, stairway. Place grab bars around the shower, tub, and toilet to from toxins and medications to infections, dehydration and blood pressure or blood sugar irregularities. Know the specifics use in transfers and balance. of your health conditions and those of your loved one so you Assistive devices. Use your assistive devices in and out of can take proper precautions. If a fall occurs, be prepared to the home to enable stability. Have them fitted and sized by a give the physician a good report of whether there was any loss physical therapist. Most physical therapy centers will be happy of consciousness, visual change, sudden gut pain, seizure-like to adjust your walker or cane and give you a few pointers on activity prior or simultaneous to the fall, and other details. using the proper stance and gait, free of charge, if you call Medical care. Take your medications as ordered and keep them or go to their clinic. in touch with your physician. (Taking medications as ordered Careful movements and advance planning. Plan ahead. means: the exact dosage, at the correct interval, and on time, Don’t take unnecessary chances. Ask for help. Don’t make every day.) Consult with your physician if the medication is sudden quick moves. I can cite many examples of accidents ineffective or you are experiencing side effects. The doctor caused by being in a hurry. Most are covered by the “look will change your meds, but he or she has to know any deviabefore you leap” principle. tion from the prescribed dose and interval, so that it can be appropriately adjusted. Also consult your physician or pharElimination of clutter. If an object blocks the pathway to macist about all the medications, both prescribed and over the a necessary part of the house such as the bathroom, kitchen, counter, since interactions occur readily and your diet can also or bedroom, move it to a safe location or get rid of it to mainhave an effect. tain a 3-4 foot wide path. Keep things off the floor but—if frequently used—within reach. Wipe up spilled water, grease, and other liquids from floors as soon as possible to avoid slips.

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No matter what comes first—the fall or the acute medical event—a fall is a fall, is a fall, with all the personal and economic ramifications involved. Do what you can do to minimize your risk, be aware of what could cause a fall in your home, and create a safe environment so that you will live in comfort for a long time. Each small decision counts, in a big way. www.2njoymag.com

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The nationally-recognized 8th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival. Held at the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Ark., the festival will run from 9am3pm on Sat. Feb. 11, 2012.

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Just what the doctor ordered…for dessert.

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By Leslie Olson

truffle a day may not keep the doctor away, but researchers are discovering chocolate may have some surprisingly delicious health benefits.

natural cocoa has nearly twice the antioxidants of a glass of red wine, two to three times more than green tea, and up to five times that of black tea, according to the February 2007 edition of Dr. Andrew Weil’s “SelfHealing” newsletter.

While visiting an island near Panama, Harvard scientist Norman Hollenberg observed that natives who drank a concoction made of minimally-processed cocoa had remarkably low blood pressure. Hollenberg determined that the key factor was flavanols. Studies have shown that people with high blood levels of flavonoids have lower risk of heart disease, lung cancer, prostate cancer, asthma, and type 2 diabetes.

But the “Chocolate Doctors” warn that the health benefits of chocolate rely on moderation. According to Julie Pech, the author of “The Chocolate Therapist: A User’s Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate” (Trafford Publishing), the health benefits of chocolate come from the cocoa, not the fillers often found in convenience store candy bars.

Additionally, dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, which are believed to neutralize free radicals that cause cell damage. In fact, a mug of

To enjoy maximum benefits from your daily dose, choose one ounce of the dark variety that boasts at least 50% cocoa content. Avoid filled chocolates, too, as these tend to pack

calories and fats, which outweigh the positive qualities of the treat. Interested in putting the “Chocolate Doctors’” theories to the test? Taste the many ways that local chocolatiers are whipping together a sweet mix of decadence and healthy living at the nationally-recognized 8th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Festival. Held at the Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Ark., the festival will run from 9am-3pm on Sat. Feb. 11, 2012. The festival will feature contests, chocolate-themed exhibits and plenty of samples. The festival will wrap up with a semi-formal St. Valentine’s Day Ball and Silent Auction. For ticket pricing and more information, contact the Festival organizers at 1-888-465-4753 or visit the website at www.eurekachocfest.org.

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Bartering or trading for items, sans cash, is increasingly popular. Face-toface community swap meets are being held. Internet-based nonprofits offer free items or exchanges, two of the largest are freecycle.org or swap.com, and craigslist.org also offers goods for sale. Consumers do business with these organizations not just to save money but to help others and keep usable items out of landfills. “Neighbors pulling together” has expanded beyond cultivating commuis now considered a smart way to infuse nity gardens, too. As we Americans put is a grassroots movement at its best— dollars into a local economy. Coopadvantageous to all participants and our can-do attitudes into practice during eratives are designed to pool resources this tough economy, we reap many without a political agenda. for the benefit of all members. Credit New business models are springing benefits: minimizing landfill use, getting up and local examples will continue to unions throughout the country, as well acquainted with neighbors, and patronas Carroll Electric Cooperative and be featured in 2NJoy magazine’s new izing local businesses. A more personal addition, “Business in a New Era”. Lo- The Plaza at Highlands Crossing in and caring economy is emerging. Northwest Arkansas, are all nonprofit cal Trade Partners, for example, is an organization that coordinates businesses cooperatives. mericans today are dusting off ancient economic systems and adding electronic twists as they seek ways to stretch their dollars ever further. Trade and barter are in full swing and most organizations are using the Internet to coordinate exchanges. This

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as they exchange goods or services. Any Lab Test Now is a retail medical facility where patients directly purchase medical tests without prescriptions. Pre-paid legal or medical service businesses are designed to save consumers money. Shopping at pre-owned clothing stores

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This is a grassroots movement at its best…”

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Creating Community with Barter

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rading for goods and services is an increasingly popular alternate economy joined by both individuals and businesses.

One such organization is Local Trade Partners (LTP), where business members exchange their merchandise or skills. The innovative enterprise includes bartering for health care medical, dental and eye exams. “I believe we’re offering our participating businesses something few other barter organizations can,” founder Rolf Wilkin said. The jewel in their crown is Physicians’ Specialty Hospital in Fayetteville, which accepts trade dollars from LTP members. “Small, family businesses traditionally have terrible medical insurance with high deductibles. It creates a safety net. The number one reason for bankruptcy of small businesses is because of medical bills,” LTP Senior Trade Broker Rich Creyer explained. Starting from scratch in 2009, the organization now boasts over 500 members exchanging goods and services in northwest Arkansas. There is a monetary cost to join LTP, $249 per year, Creyer said. “It’s a method for building a business as well as supporting other local businesses,” said member Beth Cook, owner of BLaRue, a gift shop in Rogers. “There are tremendous benefits. It’s not cash out of my pocket - it’s almost like a savings account. I can accumulate enough dollars toward big items like putting in carpeting, or tires for my car, maybe take a trip.” Bartering can provide much-needed services or goods without the use of currency, but the IRS does consider trade dollars as legal tender, so there may be tax consequences.

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Medical Tests

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eed your cholesterol checked? Suspect a child has strep throat? Life doesn’t always come at us at the most convenient of times. Accurate and convenient medical tests can now be performed without prescriptions at retail health service testing centers located throughout the country. Northwest Arkansas is fortunate to have one of these labs located in Bentonville, Arkansas. Any Lab Test Now, located in Bentonville, is a franchise business and is co-owned by Mitchell and Larry Masters. Mitchell has a keen interest in saving his customers money and as a business owner, has flexibility to help those in need of their services. Students, military personnel and seniors receive a markdown from their regular scheduled fees. Mitchell says, “there are also discounts for bringing in a friend” - and that’s an added bonus! Scott Mitchell has stated that the tests are less expensive, generally at least half the price of testing at other labs. For example, a cholesterol screen is $49.00 There are certainly many tests that you wouldn’t want to just have done on your own, but in some cases where you are doing follow-up and watching for concerns, you can save yourself the time of waiting for an appointment, getting a prescription, and then call to schedule another appointment to have the tests done. Generally no appointment is necessary, but it would be best to check with the lab to see if there are any “night before” limitations or requirements for them to be able to run the tests you require. “It saves the patient money and time without having to see the doctor”, Mitchell said. The company offers numerous tests such as complete blood counts, chemistry panels and hormone levels of women and men can be scrutinized. Also, you can obtain testing for pregnancy, paternity, and food allergies. That is just a sample of 18 February/March 2012

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what they have to offer. They offer flu shots, vitamin injections and a medical weight loss programs. Another attractive benefit is that most test results can be obtained within a few days and a secure website allows patients to look up results online.

No appointment is necessary and the business is located at: 1501 SE Walton Blvd, Suite 177. Contact 479-657-6740 or www.anylabtestnow.com/Bentonville_AR


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Trading Up to a Better Lifestyle by Gaynell Belloni

“The best thing is the lifestyle.”

telephone, are provided by the cooperative. At least one person in the home must be 55 years of age or older.

“When you sit down and work it out, it becomes less expensive here than a home,” Delk enthuses. Current share prices range from $113,000 to $273,000 and units are available. Besides the units themselves, The Plaza conhen the grandchildren outgrew their summer visits, Ed Delk and tains common areas and a dining room that offers an evehis wife looked around their four- ning meal each day plus two Sunday brunches a month. bedroom, 3,000 square-foot home A catering company provides the meals—members simply and decided they did not want to make a reservation and pay an additional fee. take care of it any longer. The Plaza at Highlands CrossResidents find the social aspects of the community ing provided a welcome solution. stimulating and supportive. “The best thing is the lifestyle,” says Board President Ed Grossheusch, “There’s The Plaza, located in Bella Vista, is the first seniorprivacy if you want it or activities if you want to get housing cooperative in Arkansas. It offers a commuinvolved.” nity environment without the rigors of yard and home maintenance. Delk is now a proud member of its Board The Plaza has plenty of amenities. A fitness center of Directors. keeps members moving; sitting areas invite companionship and games; a workshop engages idle hands; and a The non-profit independent living community is library entices inquisitive minds. owned by a cooperative corporation and controlled by a five-person elected board. Members purchase a share Above all, there is community. Members become like of the corporation at a price based on the size of the an extended family—sharing meals and helping each apartment they select. A monthly fee covers maintenance other. Delk testifies to this. “When someone has a proband operating expenses. Appliances and utilities, except lem, we gather around them.”

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By David M. Disick, Esq.

If

you have ever owned a second home—as I have—you can probably relate to this story about “Joe.”

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fter years of building up his business, Joe could finally afford a luxurious second home. He built it about an hour’s drive from where he lived. It was a gorgeous lakeside property, a veritable dream come true. The problem was that Joe didn’t have much time to use the home. He was so busy, he could only spend a few weekends there each year. And on those weekends, he spent half of the first day fixing things—on a new house! Then, each time, he spent a few hours shutting the place down, not knowing when he could return to use it again. After a while, he got so tired of the hassle, he sold the property.

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uckily for our character, someone introduced him to the concept of luxury fractional ownership, where he could own an even more luxurious vacation home with absolutely no maintenance hassles for a fraction of the price of his wholly-owned second home.

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econd home ownership has radically changed over the past decade and half. Families no longer want the burden—both financial and managerial—of owning and maintaining a second home. Shared or “fractional” ownership (particularly at the highest end, known as Private Residence Clubs) has experienced extraordinary growth. As someone who helped pioneer that trend, I am eager to tell you more about it.

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What is Fractional Ownership?

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ractional ownership is owning a portion of a luxury item along with others who also love and appreciate it. The fractional ownership phenomenon originated with real estate. Now it has now spread to other items like aircraft and jets, boats and yachts, classic and luxury cars, corporate hospitality (luxury suites and sporting events), luxury motor homes, race horses, and even fine ladies’ handbags. Fractional ownership, in my opinion, is an experience… It is more than simple ownership of the product; it is the experience and joy of owning. It is a feeling, bound up with what one aspires to achieve in his or her lifetime. Most of all, it is smart. It is the new smart way of owning a piece of something luxurious, without the expense and hassles of total ownership.


Fractional Ownership of Real Estate.

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s applied to real estate, fractional ownership is a structure that allows a number of co-owners to own and occupy a particular residence for a specified amount of time each year. The fractional deed functions just like a whole ownership deed. It can be recorded, mortgaged, gifted or willed, and the title can be insured. The property can be resold through local real estate agents or by the owners themselves.

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he term “Private Residence Club” was first coined and used for my pioneering fractional vacation property, Franz Klammer Lodge in Telluride, CO. This term distinguished the property from “timeshares” and signaled that it offered a luxury “5-star” vacation experience. Later, other brands like Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons Hotel adopted this designation. Today, “Private Residence Club” categorizes the most luxurious fractionally owned properties—those with a prime location plus top-quality construction and furnishings, and offering extensive property amenities and owner-member services.

Fractional Real Estate Growth.

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n the U.S., the luxury fractional segment’s annual sales have grown from about $70 million in the mid-1990’s to about $2.3 billion in 2007. The segment substantially outperformed whole ownership in the ensuing economic downturn and has since expanded to other parts of the world. Significant further expansion is anticipated.

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Benefits of Fractional Ownership. Fractional ownership of vacation homes provides numerous benefits.

A Financially Prudent Investment. Even in challengEffortless Vacationing. Most high-end fractional ing economic times, people want to vacation. By purchasing ownership properties offer personalized, club-like vacation a vacation home rather than renting, they can build equity experiences with on-site property management and concierge while enjoying a sense of ownership. services. These benefits free owners to spend more time Economical Use of Assets. The average use of second vacationing. Services and amenities may include 24-hour concierge, airport pick up and drop off, the services of a homes in the U.S. is about four weeks annually. A dramatprivate chef, stocking the refrigerator prior to arrival, storage ically-increasing number of people have the means and of personal items when not in residence, reserved tee times, desire to own a second home, but they are not prepared to tie up substantial assets in a single property that will be used and countless other such items. Fractional ownership is really more a lifestyle investment and pure indulgence than a so seldom. These purchasers want to avoid the burdens of absentee property management. They ask, “Why pay 100% strictly tangible real estate investment. It means experiencing the destination and creating memories from the moment of of the cost of a vacation home used only a fraction of the year?” Fortunately, fractional ownership’s lower price point arrival—a true storybook vacation.

can facilitate all-cash or part-cash purchases. It can help buyers qualify for a mortgage or home equity loan. It can facilitate seller financing. It can make a luxury vacation home purchase possible that would otherwise be unaffordable or inadvisable. For some, it can even facilitate the purchase of several vacation homes in different locales.

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Benefits for the Community. Generally, fractionals enjoy in excess of 70% year-round occupancy, a rate much higher than for whole ownership. Accordingly, fractionals create greater opportunity and stability for local employment through more spending in the community from visitors yearround.


Fractional vs. Timeshares: Making a Distinction

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rom a strictly legal perspective, fractionals and timeshares are both considered to be “shared ownership.” They are treated the same under most laws because both specifically allocate the duration and scheduling of co-owner occupancy. However, this is where the similarity ends.

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lientele. Fractional ownership properties cater to a relatively affluent clientele, who come from households earning in the top 10% of households in the U.S. (Generally, qualifying annual household income for fractional ownership is $150,000 plus; for Private Residence Clubs is $250,000 plus; and, in contrast, for timeshares is $75,000 plus.)

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ize. Timeshare developments tend to be large—sometimes hundreds of units. In contrast, fractional developments rarely exceed 50 units. Furthermore, timeshares may have up to 50 owners per unit, while fractional ownership properties generally have four to fifteen. As a result, vacations at fractional properties feel more intimate, personalized, and exclusive.

Fractional Ownership Opportunities in Arkansas.

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hope you found this overview of fractional ownership interesting and thought-provoking. Soon I expect to be able to share information with you about a unique application of the fractional concept to a wonderful project in the Arkansas Ozarks.

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avid M. Disick, Esq. is President of The Fractional Consultant, which assists developers in the U.S. and abroad in securing financing. A former Wall Street attorney, he is recognized as among the pioneers in the fractional industry. He has chaired panels at numerous international conferences in the U.S. and U.K. He was designated by Fractional Life as among “The Top 21 Fractional Professionals of 2010” and “The Top 21 Fractional Innovators of 2011.”

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uality. The quality of fractional ownership properties is generally good to excellent, while the quality of timeshares is variable. The resale value of fractional ownership properties, compared to that of timeshares, reflects this. In addition, amenities in fractionals are extensive, while those of timeshares are variable. Finally, and perhaps most satisfying to the buyer, sales methods for fractionals are low-pressure and relationship oriented.

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By Leslie Olson

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The past is very present at Martin Greer’s Candies

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like to get that old-timey look,” says the proprietor. “When people walk in, they don’t see a modern factory. They see a candy shop very much like it would have been 50 to 100 years ago.” The Greers’ shop, located just off Hwy 62 two miles east of Gateway, Ark., is home to a taffy puller that is 93 years old, a taffy wrapper that is 96 years old, a cream beater that is 112 years old and a hard candy maker that is, according to its proud owner, “somewhere between 150 and 200 years old.” Far from being carefullyretired museum pieces, the Greer family’s well-loved confectionary equipment may be some of the hardest-working antiques in the country. Each year, Dr. Martin Greer, his wife Jeanette and their family carefully craft thousands of pieces of delicious chocolate and candy, one piece at a time. Like the equipment, many of the recipes the Greers use have a long history of satisfying customers. Some of the oldest recipes come from “Rigby’s Reliable Candy Teacher,” published in 1897. But the book was hardly Greer’s most reliable teacher. That title belongs to Dr. Greer’s father, M. L. Greer Sr.


Generations trade, he also struck a path of his own, studying art and earning his doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Arkansas. “At first, Dad thought that I was just wasting paper,” says Greer. For nearly 40 years, Greer taught students—from kindergarten to graduate level—and shared his passion for teaching and art. Even when his Gateway store first opened, in 2000, Greer was involved in more than just candy making. He built his shop by hand in less than four months. At the same time, he was teaching art in Purdy, Mo., preaching and leading bible study in a small congregation, and cooking candy in the time between. “I enjoyed the whole thing, really,” Martin says of the busy time. “That’s the thing that kept me balanced.”

In 1924, when he was just a teenager working in a farmhouse kitchen near Texarkana, the senior Greer started making and selling candy. After learning how to spin stick candy and mastering the secrets of “the hard goods” from Greek candy makers, Dr. Greer’s father became a sort of traveling candy apprentice. “Dad just moved from place to place and picked up what he could here and there,” he explains. After weaving his way across the country, working for the largest retailer of chocolates in the U.S. and weathering the sugar rationing of WWII, the elder Greer finally opened a shop of his own in Ft. Worth, Tex. When Martin Greer Jr. was born in 1939, it was almost literally into the family business. “Dad and Mom put me in a chocolate box—it was a pretty good-sized box,” he chuckles,

“and they laid me on the stick-candy table.” While Greer can hardly remember being in that box, he does recall the candy shop storefront next to the Camp Bowie Theater in Ft. Worth. “I was allowed to go to the candy case and get one piece of candy a day,” he recalls. “Then Dad would carry me the half-dozen blocks home on his shoulders.” In 1955, Martin started learning to cook candy, too. “By the time I was 20, Dad had me cooking over 500 pounds per day,” Dr. Greer says. Immersed in the family business so fully, he explains, “Candy making just became a part of me. Dad taught me an awful lot. I was very lucky to have him as my mentor.” Though candy making is an important part of him, Dr. Greer emphasizes, “I’m a little more complicated than that.” While Greer kept up the family

Though he thrived having variety in his activities, disability forced Dr. Greer to make difficult choices about how to simplify his life. When he was only ten, he had been severely injured. As a result, his neck and spine fused together. His injury grew more painful with arthritis every year. Greer explains that, eight years ago, he couldn’t pick up 15 pounds. Though he hated to leave the school in Purdy, Mo.—“We had good kids who wanted to learn,” he insists—Greer reluctantly retired from full-time teaching. He remembers, “The doctor told me, ‘You’re gonna be in a wheelchair within a year, and you’re going to be bedridden within two.’” Greer clears his throat, “He didn’t give me much hope beyond that.” Greer was later surprised to recover that lost hope in the work of making candy. “There’s a difference between mental stress and physical work,” he muses. By removing some of the stresses in his life

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and laboring at a task he loves, Greer has recovered enough to be able to lift 50-pound boxes of chocolate. He credits this to staying so active. Tradition, hard work, family support and a unique passion for innovation combine to make Greer’s chocolate consistently delicious. “I am constantly trying to improve the recipes,” he says, like the good scholar he is. “I use the scientific method. Once I make something, I evaluate it and see what the results were.” Greer even maintained a notebook of his hypotheses and observations. The changes he has made, Greer explains, are very slight—a shift in the proportions, an added minute to the boiling time, a few degrees subtracted from a cooking temperature. “For instance,” the candy connoisseur points out, “our peanut brittle is crunchy, whereas most people’s brittle is hard.”

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How does one make peanut brittle crunchy rather than hard? “Ah, that’s a secret,” he laughs. For as much as his equipment and family heritage connects Dr. Martin Greer’s candy making with the past, the business also is solidly linked to a future generation of candy makers. Greer’s older children did not have any interest in taking over the candy business. “They are social workers, geologists, PhD-holders, teachers and medical doctors,” he explains. But Uriah, Greer’s second-youngest son, is poised to carry on the sweet tradition of his father and grandfather. A 21-year-old student at the Bible Institute of Missouri, Uriah comes home each weekend to help his family cook candy. In the summer, he makes nearly all of the shop’s sweets. “Uriah enjoys book learning, but he also enjoys working hard to make a


product that people enjoy.” After saying this, Dr. Greer pauses. In the quiet, the pride he has in his son is apparent— “It’s really gratifying to see.” Greer’s candy making tradition is also being carried into the future in a rather unlikely location. In Tagaytay, a city in the Philippines, the Greers helped open another candy store. Greer and his wife Jeanette, who is originally from the Philippines, have been active in church mission work there for the past 22 years. After completing other projects, the couple decided to help a family become economically self-sufficient in the country where unemployment and poverty prevail. To overcome economic barriers, the Filipino family needed a trade, so the Greers set out to teach the family the trade they knew: candy making. “We’re not wealthy,” Greer explains. “We live plain, ordinary lives. But we believe that this is important to do.” The Greers hope the small candy store in the Philippines—called “Greer Family Chocolatiers,” of course—will eventually grow to become a school where others can learn the skills of the candy making trade.

At Martin Greer’s Candies, it’s apparent the owners have taken to heart the lesson of families helping one another.

For as much as the Greer family has taught the residents in Tagaytay, the family has also been inspired through their work in this country halfway around the world. “We can learn a lot from the Philippines,” Dr. Greer says. “Families getting together and helping one another—that’s what matters in a country like the Philippines. It should be important here, too.”

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Dr. Greer is quick to point out that he cannot claim success as his alone. “This is not a one-man business. It is absolutely a family business,” he emphasizes. Jeanette, his wife of 23 years, dips chocolates, packs them artfully and sells them. “I would be happy making about two dozen kinds of candy,” Greer says. Jeanette, he explains, is more visionary. “When people first walk in here, the first word from their mouths is usually, ‘Wow.’” Greer credits his wife with that “wow factor,” for she is constantly encouraging him to add shelves and try new varieties. Jeanette’s mother Rosalinda dips many of the chocolates and Iday, Jeanette’s sister, helps with cleaning inside and gardening outside. Even Joshua, the Greers’ 12-year-old, works in the shop after he is finished with his homeschooling for the day. Having family members who share a love and lend a hand to the art of crafting fine candy is a large part of what makes it possible to create over 200 mouthwatering varieties. For instance, rather than using machines to coat their chocolate covered cherries—as most chocolatiers do—the Greers individually hand-wrap cherries in fondant and then dip them in chocolate. Hand dipping also allows the Greers to use their four dipping pots to quickly create

a multitude of flavors. “We can take a peanut butter meltaway center and wrap it in milk chocolate or white chocolate,” Dr. Greer says. “We can use the sugar-free to dip raisins, pecans, almonds, cashews or pretzels…” Greer trails off, allowing a listener’s imagination to do the math, drifting into decadent possibilities. Each year, the Greers combine the tastiest local ingredients with about 8,000 pounds of the world’s finest grade chocolate. Small batches ensure artistic flexibility, but they also help deliver the freshest chocolates to the customer. Unlike the manufactured stock of large commercial candy makers in the busy season, a batch of chocolates at Greer’s shop rarely lasts a week. Asked how a gas station candy bar in a wrapper stacks up against his own artisanal product, Dr. Greer erupts in laughter. After the chuckles subside, he says, simply but proudly, “There is just no comparison. When people get our choco32 February/March 2012

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lates, they get the real thing.” Customers of the candy shop certainly enjoy the family’s dedication to quality. But equally, Dr. Greer and his family appreciate the customers who stop by to get a taste of three generations of family tradition. Outside Greer’s shop, a 30-foot candy cane towers over a crowd of vehicles with license plates from across the country. Smiling visitors depart with bags of English toffee, Nut Caramel Tempters and fudge that fill their cars with rich tempting aromas. Presiding over this entire scene is the silhouette of a robust man stirring a candy kettle. “That’s Dad,” Greer says of the man whose likeness is painted on the sign. It’s hard to be sure from the silhouetted profile but, with three generations of Greers and an influence that has helped sweeten lives across the country and around the world, it seems certain M. L. Greer Sr. is smiling.

Martin Greer’s Candies is located on Hwy. 62 two miles east of Gateway, Ark. and is open year round, Mon.-Sat 10-6 and Sun.1-5. For more information, call 479-656-1440. Order Greer’s candies online at www.martingreerscandies.com.

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recipes

Baked Lemon Pepper Salmon Ingredients 4 (4 ounce) salmon fillets 2 Tablespoons butter, melted 1 Tablespoons soy sauce ( optional, less sodium and totally awesome without!) lemon pepper to taste 3-4 fresh lemons, 1 thickly sliced for garnish, and 3 for squeezing fresh juice for basting. Fresh Dill for color

Directions Preheat oven broiler. Place salmon filets in a large oven safe skillet on top burner , spray skillet with cooking spray, add lemon juice and soy sauce and bring to a low simmer. Place salmon skin side down in the lemon juice, cover and let fish gently steam for 7-9 minutes. (you should be able to gently flake with a fork). Remove lid and sprinkle with lemon pepper.

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With oven rack on highest setting, place skillet under the broiler with oven rack on highest setting and allow salmon to brown, about 2-3 minutes.


Happy Rolls

Green Bean Bundles

Ingredients

Ingredients

1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons warm water 1/3 cup oil 2 Tablespoons bread yeast ½ teaspoon salt ¼ cup sugar 1 egg (lightly beaten) 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1# fresh green beans, wash and trim ends

Directions

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 Degrees.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oil, water, yeast and sugar. Gently stir just a sec to make sure it is all dissolved. Let stand for about 15 minutes to let yeast start to activate.

Blanch green beans for 2-3 minutes just until the color pops! After draining, toss green beans with olive oil. On parchment sheet, or large cutting board, divide green beans in small bunches ( I divide mine into 8-10 beans… 2-3 bundles per serving).

Using your dough hook, mix salt, egg and flour. Let it knead until well incorporated and dough is soft and smooth (just a few minutes… do not over mix as it will cause your bread to be tough and dry). Form dough into 12 equal pieces and roll into balls, place on a well-greased 9x13” pan. Let them stand in a warm place for about 10 minutes. Bake in a preheated oven at 400ᵒ for about 10-12 minutes, or just until browned. In 30 minutes you will have yummy homemade rolls better than his momma made!

10-12 slices of bacon (uncooked, not thick sliced) 1 Tablespoon olive oil (or melted butter) ½ to 1 teaspoon garlic salt

Take “uncooked” bacon, wrap around the green beans once or twice and tie in a knot or you can spirally wrap around the bundle and fasten with a toothpick. Place green bean bundles on a baking stone and or cookie sheet lined with parchment, sprinkle with garlic salt to taste, bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. I watch mine to make sure the bacon is fully cooked with a little brown on top. Enjoy!

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recipes This recipe comes recommended to us from Donna Hamilton of Image Builders

White Chocolate Bread Pudding Serves 8

The Palace Cafe, located on New Orleans’ Canal Street in the old Werlein’s Building, is the newest restaurant from the Brennan family, who also operate some of the City’s finest restaurants: Commander’s Palace, Mr. B’s Bistro and Bacco. This dessert has become extremely popular, and has practically become The Palace Cafe’s signature dessert. You will absolutely slay your guests if you make this. I’ve had dinner guests describe this dessert as “the best dessert I’ve ever had.”

For the pudding:

Directions

3 cups whipping cream 10 ounces white chocolate 1 cup milk 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 8 egg yolks 1 loaf French bread, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces and dried in the oven 2 tablespoons chocolate shavings for garnish

Heat the cream in a double boiler and add the white chocolate; when the chocolate is melted, remove from heat. In a double boiler, heat the milk, sugar, eggs and egg yolks until warm. Blend the egg mixture into the cream and chocolate mixture. Place the bread slices in a baking pan. Pour 1/2 of the mixture over the bread and let settle for a while, making sure the bread soaks up all the mixture. Top with the rest of the mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 275 degrees for 1 hour. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes until the top is golden brown. Top with Tart Cherry-Zinfandel Sauce, or make a sauce by thinning some good jam or fruit preserves with rum and gently heating it in a saucepan, or, if you’re truly a glutton for rich food and a large waistline, drizzle with the white chocolate sauce

For the white chocolate sauce:

Directions

8 ounces white chocolate

Gently melt the white chocolate in a double boiler. Remove from heat and mix in heavy cream. Spoon over bread pudding.

3 ounces heavy cream

You can also use milk, semisweet or bittersweet chocolate in this sauce, although I think a lighter, fruitier sauce works better; all that chocolate can be overkill.

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by Jo Lightfoot

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assing through Westfield Chapel’s entry doors into its gracious, warm-toned interior is a comforting transition—and deliberately so. The chapel’s design and mission evolved from David Fulfer’s life-long ministry of help and healing. “We knew that we wanted the environment to be warm, for people to feel at home when they came in,” says Jeanne, co-founder of the chapel and David’s recent widow. Jeanne now heads the Springdale facility. Their son Colby fills many roles there and is also co-pastor of a local church. As Jeanne and the chapel staff testify, “Ceremony helps the family heal.” For each grieving family that comes, the staff works

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intensely to facilitate a ceremony that is unique, fitting, and meaningful. Since pre-planning eases this process and usually lowers costs, it is greatly appreciated by relatives. “Listening is our job,” says funeral director Bradley Sheppard. Getting to know the family well helps create their ideal personalized event. It also helps staff members anticipate and sensitively fill their needs for emotional reassurance, planning assistance, and keeping costs affordable. Westside Chapel excels in all these areas and more. But its deepest satisfaction comes from tending to the small, personal touches “that mean the world to everyone.” At one ceremony, for example, arriving guests encountered the warm aroma of the loved one’s trademark chocolate chip cookies,


which elicited laughter and sweet tears of remembrance.

Inspiration

Fittingly, these small personal touches have become Westside Chapel’s trademark. “We do it the way you want it, to make you comfortable, and to honor your loved one.”

“We knew that we wanted the environment to be warm, for people to feel at home when they came in.” ~Jeanne Fulfer

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Anatomy of Elder Law By Lisa Reeves

THE LAST WILL & TESTAMENT If you don’t have a plan for your estate, the government does

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f you do not implement an effective estate plan, the State of Arkansas (or state of residence at death) will provide for the distribution of your assets through the laws of intestacy. When an individual dies without a valid Last Will and Testament, Trust, or other written estate planning document, the individual dies “intestate” and the title to the property owned at death, both real and personal, passes to beneficiaries dictated by state statutory law. Contrary to popular misconception, the property does not pass directly to the state or country; however, it rarely results in the distributions the owner desired.

What is a will?

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Last Will and Testament is the traditional method of designating the beneficiaries of the assets you own in your name alone at the time of your demise. A Will is revocable or changeable, but has no lifetime effect for the individual who creates and executes it. A Will results in a legal probate process according to the laws of the state in which you reside at the time of your death, for any assets of your “probate estate” which will be transferred to designated beneficiaries. This probate estate does not include those assets which will pass by separate beneficiary designation, but does apply to the court supervised process for all other assets.

What is Probate?

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robate of a decedent’s estate is a formal, court controlled process, established and conducted according to state law, that allows the conveyance of legal title from the deceased’s estate to the beneficiaries designated in the Will—or by law, if the decedent died intestate. The Probate Court determines the validity of the decedents Will, and appoints the named executor or an administrator to gather the assets, notify and pay creditors according to orders of the court and to distribute the assets pursuant to the Will’s terms. The court governs the process by requiring approval and accountings at various steps throughout the procedure and grants costs and standard fees which in Arkansas may be up to six percent of the gross probate estate. The average time for the process of probate is between 12 and 18 months, meaning that the beneficiaries will wait before any estate assets are distributed. 40 February/March 2012

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For a reason What is an Executor/Administrator?

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n Executor (Executrix) is the individual designated in a Will to administer the estate probate process(es) and transfer a decedent’s assets pursuant to the terms established in the decedent’s Will. Often the executor must be appointed or approved by the court before he or she may act. An Administrator (Administratrix) is appointed by the court in a intestate probate proceeding. Additionally, the executor or administrator may be required to post a bond while serving the Estate and will account to and will seek approval and account to the court for all actions taken affecting the estate.

What can be done to avoid the court process of probate?

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Living (Revocable) Trust is the most common estate planning tool to avoid the time delay and costs associated with the court process inherent with a Last Will and Testament or intestacy. Look for information on using a Revocable LIVING Trust in the next issue or contact Attorney Lisa Reeves at 855-4755 to learn more about your planning needs

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Northwest Arkansas’ Most Influential and Inspiring People

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n December 2012, 2NJOY Magazine will introduce the first-ever “It List” award winners. This eclectic group of 12 local baby boomers – many of them unsung heros – decidedly has “It”, the thing that makes each stand out as influential, interesting or inspiring. Throughout the year we invite you, our readers, to nominate individuals, no matter how little-known or unsung, who have “IT” – the thing that makes them unique. From these nominees, 12 individuals will be chosen as the inaugural winners of the 2NJOY Magazine “IT LIST”.

Nominations accepted by email at: theitlist@2njoymag.com

Now, please begin thinking of your nominees, people who have inspired you and made a difference in the lives of others.


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