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CHAMBER CONNECTION 2021


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821 Mena Street TheOuachitas.com 479.234.7305 Please visit our Facebook page for hours and announcements

@OuachitaCoffee

@OuachitaCoffeeRoasters


TheOuachitas eatery

roaster brewery

The Ouachitas: Roaster, Eatery, and Brewery is just one of many Polk County’s area gems. They offer a unique variety of coffeehouse specialties, delicious food, and an impressive selection of beers, ciders, and wine. It’s the perfect location for people to gather and enjoy themselves. As the first micro-brewery of it’s kind in Arkansas, The Ouachitas is focused on delivering a high-quality product with a detail-oriented staff. They offer several different types of brews and ciders on tap, which includes some of their very own. Just some of the other things The Ouachitas offers include in-house roasted coffees, breakfast fare, craft pizzas, fresh salads, and a selection of other mouth-watering treats. What The Ouachitas don’t make in house they source locally or from other excellent Arkansas companies. They believe their customers deserve the very best products and you can be confident that they make every effort to make your order special and perfect with every visit. The Ouachitas isn’t just a great place to eat and drink. On Saturday nights they feature live music from regional artists. Tuesdays are made for Trivia Night. Stop in to enjoy their daily brunch specials with new menu items added regularly. Owner Derek Campbell is dedicated to bringing people together in a welcoming environment. He loves the community that forms around a good cup of coffee. People come together in common interest and it opens up so many avenues for making real connections! Visit their coffee bar and tap room and experience the welcoming and inspiring atmosphere of The Ouachitas. 4


Welcome The area’s premiere conference and event center is located on the pristine campus of UA Rich Mountain. The OUACHITA CENTER is a spacious 13,000 s.f. well-equipped facility that has the diversity to host a plethora of events including expos, conferences, meetings, weddings, proms, banquets, or receptions. This incredible facility includes a 20 ft. bi-fold glass door to allow large equipment to be moved in and out of the Grand Hall. The Grand Hall is also equipped with LED screens, high definition projector, and a 20 ft. screen. Five conference rooms are equipped with wall-mounted LED screens. Additional audio/visual equipment available including laptops and wireless microphones. Retractable stadium seating up to 219 is available or round/rectangular tables able to seat up to 360, a full caterer’s kitchen, ample paved parking and sidewalks for your guests, along with multiple stage layouts… all designed to make your event a success. Host your events in this spectacular conference center by calling 479-394-7622 ext. 1221 or email at CommunityRelations@UARichMountain.edu. More information available online at UARichMountain.edu/Ouachita-Center.

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TO THE

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MOUNTAINS

The Chamber Is Where It’s At - 7 Ambassadors - 8 Find Your Social Side - 10 Welcoming New Members - 11 2019 Community Awards - 14 Calendar of Events - 15 Hidden Hot Rod Hideaway - 21 Spreading Holiday Cheer - 21 Have A Look Around - 24 Take A Trip Downtown - 26 Art Of The Ouachitas - 27 Take A Stroll Through History - 30 Historic Walking Tour - 31 Adventure In The Great Outdoors - 33 Rivers & Lakes - 35 Backroads & Trails - 38 Her Majest Awaits - 39 Polk County Stats - 40 Just a Walk in the Park - 42 Hometown Schools - 43 Member Business Directory - 44 Mena KCS Historic Depot - 57 Helpful Info - 59

THE MENA POLK COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 524 SHERWOOD AVENUE • MENA, ARKANSAS 71953 479 • 394 • 2912 | INFO@MENAPOLKCHAMBER.COM

WWW.MENAPOLKCHAMBER.COM Photography by: Andy Philpot Brandon Johnson Samantha Maechler Deana Cagle Casey Hines Cassandra Hicks Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Staff


Hi! I am Pilar Fowler, President of the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce. I am so glad you are here! Our community has an abundance of possibilities to keep you busy exploring or relaxing, whichever you desire. For the outdoor enthusiast, the activities are plentiful; ATV trail riding, hiking, crystal mining, canoeing, mountain biking, fishing, hunting and more. If the arts are more your style, the Downtown Arts District features art studios with paintings, photography, sculptures, and glass art all created by local artist, The Ouachita Little Theatre is a historical gem to our community and produces shows that will keep you intrigued . I also encourage you to take time to dine at any of our locally owned restaurants. The food, specialty coffee, and local brewery scene has really blossomed over the last few years, you will not be disappointed! If shopping is more your speed, there is a huge selection of specialty boutiques, gift stores, and unique shops to choose from. As you can see, our little mountain community has so much to offer. Whether you are visiting or coming to put down some new roots, I welcome you and hope you enjoy your stay.

-Pilar

On behalf of the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce, we would like to welcome you to our wonderful community. Mena is a great town with a big heart. Whether you are visiting, looking to relocate, or one of our amazing residents, you are the heart of this incredible community. It is an exciting time to be a member of the Mena/ Polk County Chamber of Commerce. After a year of the unknown, we are excited to bring back our great events that will allow our member businesses, and the community, to gain visibility, succeed, and grow. Like many of you, we have greatly missed these wonderful events including the Chamber Banquet, Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run, Ouachita Arts Celebration and the Parade of Lights Christmas Festival. We are ready to see everyone and get back to planning events, networking with local businesses, and being involved with the community (in person!). We’re so happy you’ve taken an interest in our area, and from all of us at the Chamber: “Welcome to Mena!”

-Whitney & Marisa

Pilar Fowler President Union Bank of Mena LeAnn Dilbeck Vice-President UofA Rich Mountain

Holly Henry Treasurer

Christian Motorcycle Association

Terri Harrison Secretary Polk County Clerk

Brad Castor

Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative

Mike Godfrey UofA Rich Mountain

Greg Goss First Financial Bank David Maxwell Mena Public Schools

Sara Mitchell Mena Regional Health System

Nina Moore Union Bank of Mena

Whitney Horne Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce

Kevin Smallwood Marisa Johnson Executive Director of Advertising & Events

RE/MAX Mena Real Estate

Mike Vega The Tire Shop of Mena


WhyYou join the should

chamber

10 MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS OPPORTUNITIES 1 NETWORKING Attend one of our quarterly networking opportunities in order to make

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valuable business contacts. Or go big by attending the annual Chamber banquet! MEMBER2MEMBER DISCOUNTS Take advantage of discounts for Chamber Members by Chamber Members on valuable business products and services.

MEDIA MARKETING 3 SOCIAL SHARE! SHARE! SHARE! Let us help your social media marketing go further. We share our members posts on our social media accounts.

CUTTINGS 4 RIBBON Just opened your business? Or maybe you are celebrating a remodel or anniversary? Let us help!

BUILDING INFORMATION 5 BUSINESS Gain access to important news, strategies, issues, and events that impact your business

6WORKSHOPS Learn something new! Attend a workshop to build your skills and 7 8

knowledge and get a leg up in your industry. BECOME A BOARD MEMBER Respect is earned, and there is no better way to earn it in the business community than by volunteering your time to serve on the Chamber Board. BUSINESS LISTINGS Chamber Members receive categorized listings on our website and in our annual directory.

FOR THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY 9VOICE It’s true, there is strength in numbers! Make your voice heard about the issues that matter to your business.

THE CHAMBER SPOTLIGHT 10BEOurINweekly Chamber Spotlights reach thousands of people! Membership entitles you to a chance to be in the limelight.

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FIND OUT MORE AT WWW.MENAPOLKCHAMBER.COM/MEMBERSHIP


The Chamber Ambassador Committee is a selected member group who volunteer their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber, its members, and the county at large. Chamber Ambassadors serve as goodwill representatives for the Chamber and the Mena/Polk County community and play a vital role in partner retention, recruitment and communication. These highly visible, enthusiastic volunteers are in the center of business activity. Our Ambassadors foster relationships between current, new, and prospective members and help them understand and take advantage of their Chamber benefits. They also help encourage participation through personal interactions, welcome businesses, share opportunities and maximize each member’s investment through mentorship, guidance and community involvement. They enjoy rewards of making new contacts, strengthening business relationships, and accessing resources to further their own success. Ambassadors represent the Chamber through referring new members, participating in events, such as ribbon cuttings, and Chamber networking functions as well as many more support activities. Do you have a desire to become more active in the local business environment and give back to your community? If so, please contact the Chamber to find out how your unique strengths can be used to build a better and stronger organization for the benefit of the Chamber members and the community as a whole.

Ambassadors Doc Watson Honorary

Steve Guin LazEass Acres RV Park & Campground

MAKE THE

WORLD GO ROUND

Ashley Titsworth Mena High School

VOLUNTEERS DO NOT NECESSARILY HAVE THE TIME; THEY JUST HAVE THE HEART.” -Elizabeth Andrew

Lexi Dilbeck Mena High School

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CONTACT THE CHAMBER MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00AM - 5:00PM 524 SHERWOOD AVENUE MENA, AR 71953 (479) 394-2912 INFO@MENAPOLKCHAMBER.COM WWW.MENAPOLKCHAMBER.COM FIND US ON SOCIAL MEDIA @menapolkcoc

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Our members are social and it shows! From posting on Facebook and Instagram to attending networking events, they know the value that comes from being a member of the oldest and largest business orgainization in the area. Connect with the Chamber and our members by joining in the conversation.

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Ozark Inn

Rose Aircraft Services LazEass Acres RV Park & Campground

ARVAC, Inc.

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Transcendence Energy & Bodywork

Gabriel Clothing Co.

The Market

Cossatot River Wilderness Lodge


Michael Hamby, P.A. TAG Digital Design Ouachita Nutrition Cheryl’s T Shed Keller Williams Realty

The Ouachitas

Home Helpers Home Care

2020 NEW MEMBERS

2021 NEW MEMBERS

Melissa Ross, EXP Realty Agent Victoria Dieterle, TAG Digital Design ARVAC, Inc. Rose-Wood Completions Little Italy Pizza, Pasta, & Subs II H&R Block Cheryl’s T Shed Jo’s Antiques Transcendence Energy & Bodywork LazEass Acres RV Park/Campground Ouachita Nutrition Cossatot River Wilderness Lodge Farm Fresh Finds Michael Hamby, P.A.

Polk County Republicans Baron Insurance Agency Keller Williams Realty Mena Zyrka, LLC. Home Helpers Home Care Lela Nordyke Photography Hear Your Life Happy Tails Pet Services Moonie, LLC. SacredTouch Massage & Bodyworks

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Thank You

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great year

The Annual Chamber Banquet is a time of celebration, when we toast our members and reflect on our success. A night of fun with a little bit of glitz and glamour thrown in. However, 2020 went a little different... One of the biggest benefits you can get from a chamber of commerce is the opportunity to network. While we also try to focus on our community events, advocacy efforts and educational opportunities, networking has always been a need of our members, and our purpose as an organization is to provide our businesses with what they need. The events of this last year upended nearly all our expectations of those needs. Our team strived to help our community in any way that we could during this time. On behalf of the Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce Staff and our Board of Directors, we would like to thank you for your support over the last year. We understand the impact of COVID-19 on our local business community and the challenges this brought. With our member’s continued commitment to the Chamber, that enables us to: • Stimulate the local economy through programs, events, and services that spotlight area business, promote business activities, and encourage entrepreneurs; • Advocate for business by building positive relationships with local, state, and federal elected officials to promote a pro-business climate and adopt positions to influence public policy; • Offer networking opportunities to build and strengthen your business network with fellow Chamber members; • Provide education training and business resources to our members through courses we provide and those provided by our Chamber members. Since we were unable to have a banquet in 2020 we did not get to properly recognize the following individuals, businesses, and organizations who were the recipients of our 2019 Community Awards. We hope to have a bigger and better Chamber Banquet this July where we are able to truly thank them for their commitment to our wonderful community.

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From the Board of Directors and the Staff of the Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce


2019 Community Awards

BEST NEW CONSTRUCTION rose-wood completions

BEST RENOVATION/BEAUTIFICATION louise durham elementary

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR suzy q’s sweet creams & coffees

best non-profit christian motorcycle association

ambassador of the year Jennifer Schubbe

past president greg goss

Volunteer of the Year victor Rowell

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR seth smith

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What

TO DO IN THE

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MOUNTAINS

Polk County Calendar of Events

JANUARY

∙First Day Hikes at Queen Wilhelmina State Park ∙Elks Annual Hoop Shoot sponsored by the Elks Lodge ∙Starving Artists Sale at Mena Art Gallery ∙Spring Registration at UofA Rich Mountain

FEBRUARY

∙Elks Valentines Dinner and Dance at the Elks Lodge

MARCH

∙Talimena 13.1 Half Marathon sponsored by Polk County Boys & Girls Club ∙Elks St. Patricks Day Dance sponsored by the Elks Lodge ∙The Cossatot Race sponsored by The Arkansas Canoe Club ∙ The Ouachita Challenge Mountain Bike Tour & Race sponsored by Friends of the Ouachita Trail

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APRIL

∙Elks Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Elks Lodge ∙Area 14 Special Olympics Arkansas Track & Field Day hosted by Mena Public Schools ∙Main Street Festival sponsored by The Crossing Church ∙Spring Registration & Fall Pre-Registration at UofA Rich Mountain

MAY

∙Run for the Son sponsored by Christian Motorcyclists Association ∙Annual Job Fair sponsored by AR Department of Workforce Services ∙Pioneer Day at Queen Wilhelmina State Park ∙Annual Master Gardeners Plant Sale sponsored by Polk County Master Gardeners ∙Memorial Weekend at Queen Wilhelmina State Park ∙Veteran’s Memorial Celebration at the Polk Co. Courthouse, sponsored by the Elks Lodge ∙Small Works Competition at Mena Art Gallery ∙Elks Fishing Derby at Campbell Farm, sponsored by the Elks Lodge ∙Peak to Peak Poker Run at Queen Wilhelmina State Park

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June

∙Jubilee in June sponsored by Town of Hatfield ∙Knap-In sponsored by Renegade Ranch ∙Lum & Abner Festival presented by Mena A&P Commission ∙Lum & Abner Car Show at Janssen Park ∙Lum & Abner 5K Race at Janssen Park ∙Lum & Abner 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at the Historic Armory

July

∙Mena’s 4th of July Celebration at Tapley Park presented by the Mena A & P Commission ∙Independence Day at Queen Wilhelmina State Park ∙Elks 4th of July Celebration at the the Elks Lodge ∙Vandervoort 4th of July Picnic sponsored by Town of Vandervoort ∙Pioneer Day at Queen Wilhelmina State Park ∙Annual Butterfly Count at Queen Wilhelmina State Park ∙Memorial Weekend at Queen Wilhelmina State Park ∙Small Works Competition at Mena Art Gallery ∙Christmas in July sponsored by Mena Downtown Partners ∙Member Appreciation Banquet sponsored by the Chamber

August

∙Polk County Rodeo at the Polk County Fairgrounds ∙Celebrity Waiter Dinner sponsored by Relay for Life ∙Fall Registration at UofA Rich Mountain ∙Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run sponsored by The Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce 17


September

∙Annual Ham Fest at Queen Wilhelmina State Park ∙Wheel-A-Mena Bicycle Tour to the Top at QWSP sponsored by the Rotary Club of Polk County ∙Annual Health Fair sponsored by Mena Regional Health System ∙Polk County Fair & Livestock Show at the Polk County Fairgrounds ∙Rich Mountain Rendevous at QWSP sponsored by CASA of the Ouachitas ∙National Chamber of Commerce Week sponsored by The Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce ∙Elks BBQ Cook-Off sponsored by the Elks Lodge

October

∙Art of the Heartland National Competition at Mena Art Gallery ∙Changing of the Colors Rally sponsored by Christian Motorcyclists Association ∙Elks Halloween Dance, Haunted House, & Hayrides- sponsored by the Elks Lodge ∙Veteran’s Fishing Derby at Campbell Farm, sponsored by the Elks Lodge ∙Trailer Rides at Queen Wilhelmina State Park ∙Wheel-A-Mena Tour to the Top at Janssen Park - sponsored by Rotary Club of Polk County ∙Cossatot Half-Marathon Trail Race at Cossatot River State Park ∙Downtown Merchants Daylight Trick-or-Treat sponsored by Mena Downtown Partners

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NOVEMBER ∙Fall Craft Festival at Polk County Fairgrounds ∙Ouachita Arts Celebration sponsored The Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce ∙Christmas Open House at South Mena Street ∙Toys for Tots Drive sponsored by Marine Corp League & Elks ∙Veteran’s Day Celebration sponsored by Marine Corp League & Elks ∙Spring Pre-Registration at UofA Rich Mountain

DECEMBER

∙Mena Christmas Parade of Lights sponsored by The Chamber ∙Mena Christmas Festival at Janssen Park - presented by The Mena A & P Commission ∙Santa’s Outback Barn at the Historic Janssen Park ∙City of Cove Christmas Parade sponsored by City of Cove ∙Christmas Gift Show at Mena Art Gallery ∙Toys for Tots Telethon sponsored by Marine Corp League

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Hidden HIDEAWAY

HOT ROD

In 1976, Mark Campbell started a tradition. The Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run was born from a desire to unite hot rod enthusiasts in a place that Campbell loved and called home. His business, Street & Performance was the perfect platform to launch a car show from, and launch it did. In fact, it took off like a rocket, or a drag car if that is your preference. From its initial conception to current day, the Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run draws car lovers from far and wide. Sadly in 2015, at the age of 70, Mark passed away leaving behind his car show and his legacy. In 2016, the Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce got behind the wheel of the Rod Run and has worked hard to grow this unique event that highlights some of the most amazing features of the area.

Heading in to its forty-fifth year, QWRR has grown and shows no signs of slowing down. It is truly a tradition for locals and visitors alike. They all look forward to every August, when over 200 hot rods, street rods, lowriders, rat rods, and trucks descend on the small, quaint town of Mena. One of the very unique elements of this event is its multiple locations. Friday night’s show-and-shine is a throwback to a simpler time when cars cruised up and down the main drag revving their engines for hours and hours. People fill Mena Street, alongside gleaming fenders and perfect upholstery, kicking off the two day event. Put it in high gear and fast forward to Saturday when we pack the top of Rich Mountain at Queen Wilhelmina State Park for a full day of looking at cars, talking about cars, comparing cars and of course, food, kids fun, and plenty of opportunities for retail therapy. The chances to take home some hardware are many as we have added classes to the voting ballot. The Mark Campbell Award is not only picked by someone who was close to Campbell himself, but the winner receives the honor of having their prized set of wheels as the inspiration for next year’s t-shirts. You’ll have plenty of chances to put your hot rod through its paces on the Talimena Scenic Byway. This local treasure is full of twists and turns and is the route to and from Saturday’s event locations. That evening finds us back on Mena Street, down at the south end, listening to live rock & roll and the rumble of motors while the sun sets behind the mountain. Stick around for awards and linger a little while longer with friends over a plate of BBQ prepared by some of Mena’s finest gentlemen to ever step behind a smoker.

Mena

Unbeknown to some, is a hidden pocket of hot rod culture. Street and Performance is no longer in existence, but people in the know still bring their cars here for specialty treatment. Rod Run is the perfect place to connect with the locals, especially the ones with gasoline running through their veins. And you won’t get far before finding someone who brings up Mark Campbell’s name. Take notes for your next visit to Rod Run, but you’ll probably be back before then. The love of fast, shiny, and loud cars is strong in these hills, and many find it hard to stay away.


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Queen Wilhelmina

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Presented by the Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce 524 Sherwood Avenue • Mena, AR 71953 • (479) 394-2912 22


RICH MOUNTAIN ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.

We’re Here For You!

Welcome to Mena! From quality customer service to assisting schools, rural water districts and rural fire departments, Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative is committed to assisting the members and communities we serve. It’s all a part of our dedication as your local energy partner since 1946.

515 Janssen Avenue •PO Box 897 Mena, AR 71953 479-394-4140 • toll-free 1-877-828-4074 www.rmec.com


HAVE A LOOK AROUND...

Talimena Scenic Drive

Sweeping views, stunning overlooks, and historic sites summon you to travel along the 54 picturesque miles of the Talimena Scenic Drive. Travel across the second highest peak in Arkansas, on this magnificent, National Scenic Byway between Mena, Arkansas and Talihina, Oklahoma. A destination favorite of motorcyclists, hikers, and those who love the grandeur of the Ouachita Mountains and the challenging turns, curves, and hills. it is easy to see why so many return. Stop for a visit at Queen Wilhelmina State Park and grab a bite, or stay the night, at Queen Wilhelmina Lodge. A number of historic sites such as Rich Mountain Fire Tower, Horsethief Springs, Old Military Road, and the Choctaw Nation/State Line Historical Monument provide travelers with a glimpse into the regions past. The Talimena Scenic Drive is a must see in the fall. There are few things that compare to the brilliant display of fall colors in the Ouachita Mountains. The mountains unveil a kaleidoscope of colors and enchant visitors with a warm show of red, orange, yellow, and gold. The best time to see this brilliant display is late October and early November. It is the perfect opportunity to visit the shops of Mena and enjoy the festivities of the Ouachita Arts Celebration. make plans to explore all the beauty that is the Talimena Scenic Drive.

Shady, Arkansas

Hidden deep in Arkansas’ Ouachita National Forest, east of Mena, is the small mountain community of Shady. This remote and rugged area is home to many trails and enjoyed by hikers, backpackers, and off-road enthusiasts alike. This is a remote mountain setting where stunning vistas give way to lush valleys and lazy streams meander their way through the forest, searching for cascading waterfalls. With miles of natural beauty to explore, it’s easy to see why this is a favorite spot for locals and visitors. While you’re there, be sure to make a trip to Shady Lake Recreation Area. This scenic, 25-acre lake was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, in 1937. The campground offers sites for both tent and RV/trailer campers. The campground offers showers, toilets, and a dump station. Other amenities include a pavilion, playground, fishing pier, swim area and a boat ramp. There are many hiking trails and unique and historical treasures waiting for discovery, in this truly unique area.

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Take a Trip DOWNTOWN


If it’s culture you desire during your stay, take a trip downtown. Mena may be considered a small, quiet, and quaint place, but it’s heart is lively. A mix of old and new make up the downtown district, where you can catch a glimpse of the past while enjoing the experiences of the present. North Mena Street is the offical beginning (or end depending on which way your journey takes you) to the Talimena National Scenic Byway. It is also home to the emerging Downtown Arts District, where you will find galleries and shops full of world class treasures. Glass work, pottery, painting, and weaving are all showcased in the area. The performing arts are alive and well at the Ouachita Little Theatre, located in a restored 1923 movie house originally called The Lyric. Here you can catch a local production nearly any weekend of the year. Looking to strengthen your body after satisfying your artistic side? Treat yourself to a dance class or mixed martial arts, or treat yourself to something sweet at one of the many cafe’s and eateries. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served in the district. We know our coffee, and curbing your caffeine craving will never be a problem with one of our three specialty coffee houses. You’ll find retail shops and boutique stores offering everything from clothing, flowers and jewelry all the way to cosmetics, furniture, and home goods. If something unique is what you are searching for, stop by one of the numerous antique stores and get lost for hours browsing the treasures of the past. Whether spending your day shopping with friends, creating a masterpiece with family, or just taking a solo stroll. The historic downtown district holds something for everyone and is a must during your visit to Mena. 26


THE Ouachitas ART OF

Mena Art Gallery

Mena Art Gallery is located in beautiful downtown Mena. Though this inviting and cozy gallery may not be large in scale, the shows presented are on the national level. The Mena Art Gallery supports individual and community involvement in the creative arts and strives to inspire and serve all ages of artists. In addition to art shows and exhibits, the gallery provides workshops, seminars, field trips, classes, and more. To learn about all the Mena Art Gallery has to offer, visit the gallery at 607 Mena Street or call 479 394-3880.

Ouachita Little Theatre

Ouachita Little Theater is a performing arts organization in the town of Mena, nestled in the magnificent Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. The OLT’s mission is to plan productions, recruit qualified directors, perform shows for children and adults and produce workshops in the theater arts. When visiting, please stop by the Ouachita Little Theatre at 610 Mena Street. For more information about OLT, acting, becoming a volunteer, renting the theater for your performance or event, or costume rental, call the information line at 479-243-0186, email info@ouachitalittletheatre.org or visit their website, ouachitalittletheatre.org. 27


American Artisans

American Artisans is a distinctive gallery representing quality artisans from Polk County and across the nation. The high quality work includes blown glass, wood turning, wood boxes, jewelry, gourd art, paintings, kaleidoscopes, pottery and many more exceptional items. Stop in to shop and stay for an incredible lunch! American Artisans is located at 615 Mena Street. Please call 479 394-1112, for additional information.

Wild Hare Art Glass Studio and Gallery

As you explore the many shops of the Mena Arts District, be sure to indulge your creative side at the Wild Hare Art Glass Studio and Gallery. This imaginative studio inspires its guests with original, exquisite designs. Here you will find unique gifts ranging from wall hangings to ornaments, birds to bird houses, and platters to stained glass. For the artists, a wide variety of art supplies are available to help you create your masterpiece. Wild Hare Art Glass Studio and Gallery features an on-site kiln and offers many classes and workshops. Stop by, relax, and see what inspires you! 609 Mena Street.

Ouachita Arts Celebration

Fall colors are ablaze and a cool mountain breeze awaits you at the Ouachita Arts celebration held annually on the first Saturday in November. This highly anticipated, indoor-outdoor festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. The festival offers a variety of fun and engaging activities. Enjoy fine arts and crafts, shopping, live music from a variety of performers, face painting, children’s activities, a quilt show and many other features. This festival is constantly adding new events you won’t want to miss. To find out more about this year’s festival go to www.menapolkchamber.com

Ouachita Portrait Collection

Explore the exquisite works of Monta Black Philpot proudly displayed in the historic KCS Depot Visitors Center. This Prismacolor pencil art collection portrays local residents as seen through this local artist’s eyes. The brilliant detail captured in the portraits will capture your imagination as you learn the stories behind the faces. Spend some time in the beautiful depot, lost in the chronicles of rural Arkansas as told through her work. 524 Sherwood Avenue

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“Those who have seen, most assert they know no spot more favorable to sane and healthful human life than Mena.”

Take

a st ro l l

through history

∙THE MENA STAR, 1920

A drawing at Watkins Hardware Store for a $50 gold piece, 1920


Polk County as we know it was organized on November 30, 1844. In the 1830’s, the first white settlers made their way into the area settling in the areas now know as Potter, Rocky, and Hatfield. The original county seat was Dallas, but in 1898 it was moved to Mena, a new settlement built by and for the Kansas City Pittsburgh & Gulf Railroad, later called the Kansas City Southern (KCS).

The town of Mena was officially established on August 19, 1896 and was the brainchild of Arthur Stillwell who had a dream to build a railroad, as straight as the crow flies, from Kansas City, Missouri to the Gulf of Mexico. His project was backed by an investor from Amsterdam, Jan DeGoeijen. Mena gets its name from DeGoeijen’s wife, Folmina “Mena” Margaretha Janssen DeGoeijen. Janssen Park was named for her father and many streets througout the county derive their names from either the connection to this foreign partner or the destinations along the railroad itself.

One of Mena’s most recognizable landmarks, the cabin in Janssen Park is older than the town itself. The log structure was built in 1853 by William Shelton and has long stood as a symbol of perseverance and strength alongside the many settlers that struggled to survive in the rugged and wild Ouachita Mountains. It has served as a home, hospital, inn, club house, civic center, a museum, a city hall, and it was rumored that Jesse James and his gang used the cabin for shelter on several occaisions. Janssen Park was also created as part of Stilwell’s plan and with help from the KCS Railroad, its swamps were turned into ponds. The spring which feeds the ponds was a source of drinking water for the newly established town and in 1918, Father Gallagher from St. Agnes Catholic Church was appointed “Park Commissioner” and turned the 10 acre parcel into a beautiful place for the citizens to enjoy. Notable individuals from the area include Chet Lauck and Norris Goff of Lum & Abner fame, Dorothy Shaver, the first female president of Lord & Taylor, T. Texas Tyler, renowned country music singer, and Paul Tyrone Lewis, renowned artist.

The current depot was constructed in 1920 and replaced the original wooden structure. The Historic KCS Depot is still in use today and serves as a visitor’s center, museum, and houses the Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce as well as the Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission. Mena’s history is housed here, and it is well worth a visit to delve deeper into the rich and storied past of Mena and Polk County. Stop by the Visitor’s Center & Historic KCS Depot Museum at 524 Sherwood Avenue. 30


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ADVENTURE

IN THE

What adventure will you discover in the Ouachita Mountains?

Family Friendly Fun Board Camp Crystal Mine

Dig your own crystals at the all natural Board Camp Crystal Mine! Everyone will find crystals to take home! We respect teh Earth and don’t use heavy equipment. We only dig by hand and will show you how! We are family and dog-friendly, mobility accessbile, and shady in the summer! Visit our Crystal Shop and relax at our Crystal Cottage with moutnain views! Also, experience the UnXplained Tour! Hear the story, see the evidence, then you decide! Please reserve your get-away at boardcampcrystalmine.com or call 479-243-0771.

Mountain Glory Station and the Glory Train

BOARD CAMP CRYSTAL MINE

For Reservations

479.243.0771

All aboard! It’s time for a rail trip around Queen Wilhelmina State Park. You’ll discover a miniature train and perched high atop Rich Mountain. The Glory Dig your own depot Train chugs around two miles of track with stops along Crystals the way to capture the views in a real mine! along the southern vista. All Natural! While you’re there, make plans to have some fun No Tailings! on the newly refurbished Rich Mountain Minigolf. Once you have worked up an appetite, stop by the Mountain Glory Station and enjoy their eats and sweets. 3897 Hwy 88. Mena. 479-437-3331

110 Polk Road 62 Mena, AR 71953

The Blue Zip Line & Farm

Fly like a bird and soar among the trees! The Blue Zip Line and Farm provides its guests with a thrilling adventure. Located on the Banks of the Irons Fork AS SEEN ON DISCOVERY & TRAVEL CHANNEL River, come experience a new way to view the Ouachita Mountains. Set among 300 year JOSH GATES EXPEDITION UNKNOWN incredible HUNT FOR EXTRATERRESTRIALS old oak trees, The Blue is an excursion like no other. If you are looking for a unique gift idea or would like to arrange a group outing, the owners can help you plan your adventure. They are also autism friendly; hence the name The Blue. 142 Polk Road 185 in Mena. 479-2168639

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Great Outdoors

Bucket List Excursions

Cossatot River State Park

The Cossatot River flows through the Ouachita National Forest offering a beautiful, yet challenging course for kayakers and canoeists. Cossatot is roughly translated from an Indian word meaning “skull crusher” and the river has been called “the most challenging section of whitewater between the Smokies and the Rockies.” The Cossatot is 89 miles long, begins southeast of Mena, and is listed as a National Wild and Scenic River and an Arkansas Natural and Scenic River. When local rainfall increases the watershed, the river forms Cossatot Falls, a rocky canyon with a series of back-to-back class III-IV+ rapids that drop around 40 feet in 1/8 of a mile. With names such as Washing Machine, Whiplash, and Devil’s Hollow Falls, adventure and adrenaline are likely flow as fast as the river. Camping sites are located near the Cossatot Falls area, and at the nearby Brushy Creek Recreation area with four scenic trails, spanning nearly 20 miles, for hikers to enjoy. Cossatot River State Park Visitor’s Center is located at 1980 Hwy 278 W, in Wickes. 870-385-2201.

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

For views that go on for miles and miles, a trip to the Queen Wilhelmina State Park is a must. The park is located on Ark. 88 (Talimena National Scenic Byway) 13 miles west of Mena and encompasses 460 acres, featuring a campground with 41 campsites and a bathhouse. There are picnic areas, trails, and a seasonal miniature train and mini-golf course. The park offers daily, weekly, and monthly activities to participate in including park interpretive programs that highlight Rich Mountain’s unique fauna and flora. Park campsites, hiking trails and overlooks are just a short walk from the lodge. For more information or to make a reservation call 877-879-2741 or 479-394-2863.

Wolf Pen Gap

Bring your off-road vehicles, mountain bikes, and backpacks and hit the trails. Discover what outdoor adventurers from across the nation return to again and again. From challenging trails to leisurely paths, you can pick your pace at Wolf Pen Gap. Explore the majestic mountains, lush valleys and discover something new at every turn. Immerse yourself in the Ouachita Forest, where beautiful flora and fauna happily greet you as you wind down the many shady paths. Beautiful and untamed, the winding rivers and hidden swimming holes filled with cool, clear, mountain water invite you to take a break away from it all. Whether it’s adventure or serenity you seek, Wolf Pen Gap has something for everyone.

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A rkansas summers are hot, and the best way to cool off is a trip to the nearest body of water. Locals

Bard Springs

know the best places, and are usually agreeable to share the location of their favorite spot or at the very least, their second favorite spot. Bard Springs

Located next to a small scenic stream in a remote mountain setting, the Bard Springs Recreation Area offers five adirondake-type shelters for picnicking. A very small dam on the stream creates a pool of water that is popular with swimmers in the summertime. Once a small campground in the past, this area is now open for day-use only. No electricity or water is available at the site, but a vault toilet is provided. Nearby Shady Lake offers camping opportunities. Mena-Oden Ranger District 479-394-2382.

Cossatot River

Cossatot River State Park - Natural Area The Cossatot River flows through the Ouachita National Forest offering a beautiful, yet challenging course for kayakers and canoeists as well as numerous sandbars and swimming holes for those who prefer to live life at a slower pace. When local rainfall increases the watershed, the river forms Cossatot Falls, a rocky canyon with a series of back-to-back class III-IV+ rapids that drop around 40 feet in 1/8 of a mile. With names such as Washing Machine, Whiplash, and Devil’s Hollow Falls, adventure and adrenaline are likely flow as fast as the river. The rest of the year, the river meanders lazily and is a welcome respite from the Arkansas heat. Camping sites are located near the Cossatot Falls area, and at the nearby Brushy Creek Recreation area with four scenic trails, spanning nearly 20 miles, for hikers to enjoy. Cossatot River State Park Visitor’s Center is located at 1980 Hwy 278 W, in Wickes. 870-385-2201.

Little Missouri Falls

Little Missouri Falls Little Missouri Falls is a stair-step fall situated in a deep gorge that attracts those looking to explore, those looking to relax, and those in search of the perfect photo opportunity. A short hike on a paved trail is required to reach the falls, and is worth every step. As soon as one lays eyes on this gorgeous section of the Little Missouri River, they instantly know that they will return. Restrooms, an observation site, picnic tables, and barbecue grills are available. Caddo-Womble Ranger District 870-867-2101

Mountain Fork River

Mountain Fork River The Upper Mountain Fork River offers 31.7 miles of canoeing or kayaking from near Hatfield, Arkansas to Broken Bow Lake in Oklahoma. This part of the river has Class I and II rapids, clear water, fishing for Smallmouth bass and other species, and excellent scenery with pine forests covering the hills and bluffs along the river’s course. Water levels in the river are generally adequate for boating yearround.

Ouachita River The Ouachita is a river of diverse beauty. It begins as a small mountain stream at Eagleton (Polk County) and flows eastward approximately 120 miles. It winds through lush mountain valleys, steadily building as it flows between huge boulders beneath mountain bluffs. The Ouachita is noted for its great fishing, especially bass, bream, and white perch. Wildlife is prolific along the banks of the river. Mena-Oden Ranger District 479-394-2382.

Ouachita River

Shady Lake Shady Lake is a small but scenic 25-acre secluded lake in the southern Ouachita National Forest southeast of Mena. This area and the lake were developed by the CCC in the 1930s. The Shady Lake Trail traverses Saline Creek and passes the historic Shady Lake Dam. The campground offers 64 sites for campers, both tent and RV/trailer. Twenty of the sites offer water and electric hookups, with most of those being able to accomodate Rvs up to 30 feet long. The rest of the campsites, 44 of them, are primitive tent camping sites, offering no hookups. The campground (in-season) offers showers and flush toilets, and a dump station as well. Mena-Oden Ranger District 479-394-2382.

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“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he is not the same man.” - Heraclitus

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Lake Wilhelmina

Lake Wilhelmina is an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission lake approximately 200 surface acres in size, constructed in 1958. The lake has a reputation for excellent bluegill and redear fishing. The commission maintains a concrete boat ramp on the southeast side of the lake. Primitive camping areas are located along the eastern side of the lake. An accessible wooden fishing pier is located on the southwest side of the lake. Polk Road 125, Mena.


Earthquake Ridge - 4.4 miles Fourche Mountain Trail - 26 miles Ouachita National Recreational Trail (IMBA EPIC) Big Brushy Complex - 15.5 Miles Rich Mountain Trail - 8 miles Shady Lake Trail - 3.5 miles Wolf Pen Gap - 42 miles

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“the mountains are calling, and I must go.” -john muir Wolf Pen Gap Let the journey begin! Bring your friends, family, ATV’s, UTV’s, and ORV’s and let’s go exploring. It’s time to hit the trails of the Wolf Pen Gap Trail System and see what incredible destinations we can discover. Visitors travel to the trails, from across the nation, to ride the diverse terrain and more than 40 miles of looping, connected trails. With its soaring mountain vistas and numerous creeks and rivers, this is the perfect spot for a getaway. Make sure to get that perfect photo when you visit the two footed oak, the abandoned mine shaft and Little Missouri Falls. If it’s luxurious cabins or primitive camping you seek, you’re sure to find the perfect accommodations. From beginner to expert, for the laid back and the thrill seeker, the Wolf Pen Gap Trail System offers something for everyone. So, whether it’s a day, weekend, week, or longer, make plans to travel off the beaten path. Mountain Biking Offering a variety of terrain, many trail options and natural beauty around every bend, Western Arkansas is quickly becoming a preferred destination for mountain biking. Bring your bike, hit the many trails, and feel the exhilaration and excitement of this amazing area. The trails around Mena offer a wide variety of challenges to accommodate any skill level. Whatever route you choose, incredible woodlands, peaceful streams, spectacular waterfalls, and refreshing mountain air are waiting to greet you.

We are known for our trails. Wolfpen Gap was the first of its kind. Ask our regulars why they keep coming back, AND YOU’LL LIKELY HEAR, “THE MOUNTAINS, THE RIVERS, AND THE ROADS.”

Hiking and Backpacking If rugged, remote, and beautiful is your definition of a good time, the mountains of the Mena/Polk County area are the destination for you. Whether a novice or experienced hiker, the trails of the Ouachita Mountains introduce those who enter to an incredible adventure. If a day hike is on your agenda, Earthquake Ridge, Orchard Trail, and Shady Lake Trail offer easy to moderate trails with wonderful views. If you are traveling along the Talimena Scenic Drive and want to stretch your legs for a bit, Queen Wilhelmina State Park invites you to stop and explore. Lovers Leap, Reservoir, and Spring Trails can all be accessed from the park and provide easy to strenuous treks. For those interested in a longer, more challenging journey, venture out to the Wolf Pen Gap Trail System. While some trails are easy, those wishing for a more difficult challenge can find it here. Or set your sights on the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. This is the longest trail in the Ouachita National Forest and spans 192 miles across its entire length. With panoramic views and elevations reaching 2,600 feet, beauty and adventure await you along this impressive trail. When it’s time for a solo trek or family outing, visit the mountains, rivers, and trails around Mena to unplug and reconnect with the outdoors.

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Q ueen Wilhelmina State Park Let’s create an adventure where the winding roads leave us with anticipation of what’s around the corner. A place where the breathtaking, panoramic views seem to go on forever and cotton candy sunsets sweeten the skies. You have an audience with the majestic Queen atop her beautiful, mountaintop setting at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. So, put the convertible top down or the kickstand up and let the adventure begin. Queen Wilhelmina State Park is located on the Talimena Scenic Drive, northwest of Mena, Arkansas, on Rich Mountain. Rich Mountain is the second highest peak in Arkansas, at 2,681 feet. The jewel in the crown, of the park, is the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge. The only open lodge on the 235 mile Ouachita Trail, the original “Castle in the Sky” was built in 1898 and has graced this same location since. The original lodge was built by the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad to house its passengers. As many of the railroad’s investors were Dutch, the lodge was named to honor Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, who was to be crowned in September 1898. continued... PHOTOGRAPHS PROVIDED BY ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND TOURISM


continued... The grand opening of the Wilhelmina Inn occurred on June 22, 1898. The KCPG railroad, facing financial difficulties, sold the lodge to what later became the Kansas City Southern Railroad. The original inn fell into disrepair, and permanently closed in 1910. The State Act 76 of 1957 created Queen Wilhelmina State Park and it was dedicated at the Louise Durham School in Mena with Governor Orval Faubus and Winthrop Rockefeller as the key-note speakers. A new lodge was built and opened June 22, 1963 using some of the original rock work and was in operation for 10 years. On November 10, 1973, a kitchen fire spread, destroying the lodge. A new lodge was then re-opened, in 1975 and is the third to have reigned over this location. The refurbished Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge reopened to the public in 2015, after a $9.6 million renovation and expansion. The lodge was expanded from 25,881 square feet to 37,029 square feet to include the addition of a new hearth room with fireplace. This room boasts an incredible wall of windows which frames the wide open views of the Ouachita Mountains. Today’s Queen Wilhelmina Lodge offers 40 guest rooms, including Queen, King, King with spa tub and gas fireplace, and King Suite choices. Two guest rooms on each floor, at the west end, include gas fireplaces and spa tubs. If it is business accommodations you are looking for, there is an upstairs meeting facility that includes a balcony overlooking the south view from the mountain. When it’s time for a quick break, a wrap-around porch, on the building’s south side, provides guests and visitors with a comfortable outdoor space. Be sure to get fueled up before heading out on your adventure. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in the Queen’s Restaurant. Enjoy fine Southern fare with world class views. Before you leave, stop by the treasure-filled gift shop. There are many beautiful and unique items to choose from. In addition to the lodge, Queen Wilhelmina State Park encompasses 460 acres, featuring a campground with 41 campsites and a bathhouse. Park campsites, hiking trails and overlooks are just a short walk from the lodge. There are picnic areas, trails, and a seasonal miniature train and mini-golf course. Take advantage of the daily, weekly, and monthly activities to participate in including park interpretive programs that highlight Rich Mountain’s unique fauna and flora. The park is located on Ark. 88 (Talimena National Scenic Byway) 13 miles west of Mena. To plan your adventure, visit the Queen Wilhelmina State Park website at www.arkansasstateparks.com/parks/ queen-wilhelmina-state-park or call (877) 879-2741 or (479) 394-2863.

Polk Co. founded in

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20,000 approximate population county seat MENA locations on the national historic register 28 862 square miles over

1/2 in the ouachita national forest 6 lakes & reservoirs

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state parks national scenic byway

383.1 miles of forest service roads 152.4 miles of hiking/biking trails 46.2 miles of atv/utv trails

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rich mountain elevation second tallest in Arkansas

1 airport 1 hospital

13 major employers with 50-500 employees

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∙ ACORN ∙ ALDER SPRINGS ∙ BIG FORK ∙ BOARDCAMP ∙ BOGG SPRINGS ∙ CHERRY HILL ∙ COVE ∙ DALLAS ∙ DUCKETT ∙ EAGLETON ∙ GRANNIS ∙ HARTLEY ∙ HATFIELD ∙ HATTON ∙ HIGHLAND ∙ INK

∙ MENA ∙ MIDWAY ∙ MINERAL SPRINGS ∙ MOUNTAIN FORK ∙ NEW POTTER ∙ NUNLEY ∙ OLD POTTER ∙ OPAL ∙ POSEY HOLLOW ∙ RICH MOUNTAIN ∙ ROCKY ∙ SHADY ∙ SHADY GROVE ∙ VANDERVOORT ∙ WICKES ∙ YOCANA

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JUST A

WALK IN THE PARK

or maybe a run, do some somersaults, skip a little, join a game of pick-up, fly a kite, or feed the wildlife. The opportunities for fun are endless in one of Polk County’s numerous and beautiful parks! Janssen Park

Take a step back in time, at Mena’s beautiful Janssen Park. Located within walking distance of Mena Street, this jewel invites you in like a familiar friend. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 10 acre park hosts an 1851 log cabin which has served many purposes in its lifetime. It is rumored to have been used as a hideout by outlaw Jesse James, has been used as a hospital, post office, and city hall over the years. The park contains two spring fed ponds, two Mountain Howitzer Cannons, and a bronze boy and girl fountain purchased in 1914. Take a leisurely walk across the beautifully manicured grounds, gather for a picnic under the trees, plop down on a blanket and watch the ducks, or have a family gathering in the gazebo. Playground, picnic pavilon, basketball court, and

restroom facilities are available.

McMillan Park

This large, wooded park is conveniently located a few blocks from downtown yet feels like it is miles away. A community treasure, McMillan Park offers something for everyone. If it’s a quiet picnic under the sprawling shade trees or a summer afternoon spent splashing in the neighborhood pool, make plans to enjoy all the park has to offer. McMillan Park features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, playgrounds, picnic pavilon, UofA Rich Mountain baseball fields and practice facility.

Aubrey D. Tapley Sports Complex

This 74 acre park located on Highway 71 North in Mena. There are currently 5 baseball/ softball fields, soccer fields, concession facilities including a pavilion, restrooms

and two playgrounds. The future is bright for the complex as many more projects are being planned. The complex also serves as the venue for community events including the Annual 4th of July Celebration and multiple tournaments each year.

Hatfield City Park

A beautiful park located in the heart of the community offering a paved walking trail, seven outdoor exercise stations, handicapped accessible picnic tables, playground, restroom facilities, and a small stage performances.

Cove Park

Small in size but big on fun, this quaint park has plenty of structures for kids and those of us who are kids at heart. A basketball court and covered picnic pavilon round out the offerings.

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Hometown

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education

You’ve got choices when it comes to education in Polk County. Three school districts are located in the area and each offers something unique to its students. Athletics, performing arts, STEM programs, and much more make Polk County an excellent choice for raising the leaders of tomorrow. In addition, our two-year university is under the umbrella of the University of Arkansas and offers Associates Degrees, Transferable Courses and Degrees, and Certificate and Technical Programs.

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DIRECTORY ATTORNEYS

MADDOX & MADDOX ATTORNEYS AT LAW 520 CHURCH AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-6060 MADDOXMADDOXLAW.COM

AUTOMOTIVE

MICHAEL HAMBY, P.A. 610 CHURCH AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 479-252-2324

71 CUSTOMS TINT & ACCESSORIES 1181 HWY 71 S∙ MENA, AR 479-394-2464

GENTRY CHEVROLET 1027 E HWY 70 ∙ DEQUEEN, AR 870-518-0041 ∙ GENTRYCHEVYINC.COM

SPLASH CAR WASH 504 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-6549

A & B TIRE SERVICE 1400 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-1222 ∙ MINERSABTIRE.COM

HORNET TIRE & AUTOMOTIVE 109 S 5TH STREET ∙ COVE, AR 870-387-8270

THE CORNER 1100 HWY 71 N SUITE 0 ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-1120

BAYWASH CAR WASH 205 N. MORROW ∙ MENA, AR 479-234-1572

JEFF’S COLLISION REPAIR, LLC 711 PETROS AVENUE ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-2141 ∙ JEFFSCOLLISION.COM

THE TIRE SHOP OF MENA 808 HWY 71 N ∙MENA, AR 479-394-4100

COUNTRY EXPRESS 1146 HWY 71 S ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-7310

MENA FORD 1103 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-3550 ∙ MENAFORD.COM

TIM’S YAMAHA & POLARIS 1411 HWY 71 S ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-4539 ∙ TIMSYAMAHA.COM

DDH 10-MINIT LUBE 210 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 479-243-0010

RICHIE’S DISCOUNT AUTO GLASS 3008 HWY 71 S ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-9938 ∙ RICHIESAUTOGLASS.COM

AVIATION

HAMPTON AVIATION 196 HWY 980 ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-5290 ∙ HAMPTONAVIATION.COM

BANKING

ARVEST BANK 1608 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-8210 ∙ ARVEST.COM

R&C AVIATION 293 POLK RD 52 ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-4780 ∙ RANDCAVIATION.COM

ROSE-WOOD COMPLETIONS 145 AIRPORT LANE ∙ MENA, AR 877-394-2525 ∙ ROSE-WOOD.COM

FIRST FINANCIAL BANK 600 HWY 71 ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-3552 ∙ FFB1.COM

UNION BANK OF MENA 303 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-2211 ∙ UNIONBANKOFMENA.COM

MITCHELL COMPUTER SERVICES 717 MENA STREET ∙ MENA, AR 479-437-3886 MITCHELLCOMPUTERSERVICES.COM

ZYRKA, LLC. 214-397-0800 ∙ ZYRKA.COM

DIAMOND BANK 203 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 479-243-0123 ∙ DIAMONDBANKING.COM

COMPUTER/INTERNET

DATAMAX 317 THIRD ST ∙ HOT SPRINGS, AR 501-624-4496 ∙ DATAMAXARKANSAS.COM DAVIS BROTHERS SATELLITE 120 HWY 71 ∙ MENA, AR 800-239-8049

VYVE BROADBAND 855-367-8983 ∙ VYVEBROADBAND.COM

CONSTRUCTION/EQUIPMENT/SERVICES ALESHIRE ELECTRIC 1003 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 479-243-2053

HANDY HARDWARE 2584 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-3648

FIVE J ELECTRIC, INC. 2300 HWY 71 S ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-3419

INSULATION WORKS 7915 HWY 71 S ∙ WICKES, AR 870-385-7364

GILBERT’S HARD ROCK DRILLING 908 4TH STREET ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-5087

MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS HATTON QUARRY 323 POLK 15 ∙ COVE, AR 870-385-2301 ∙ MARTINMARIETTA.COM

GLENNAIRE CONSTRUCTION, INC. 205 PORT ARTHUR AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 479-243-5549 GLENNAIRECONSTRUCTION.COM

RED RIVER READY MIX 181 POLK RD 43 ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-5033 MARTINMARIETTA.COM SCOTT KIERSEY HEAT & AIR 1001 HWY 71 S ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-234-9600 WHOLESALE ELECTRICAL SUPPLY 507 SHERWOOD AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-5110

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DIRECTORY DESIGN, MARKETING, & PRINTING CHERYL’S T SHED 207-A MARTIN AVE ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-216-6567 FENIX INDUSTRIES - BILLBOARDS 4104 E 9TH ∙ TEXARKANA, AR 71854 870-584-9199 ∙ 870-774-3700 MILLER SIGNS & GRAPHIX 1100 HWY 71 N. SUITE F ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-216-6140

EDUCATION

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TAG DIGITAL DESIGN PO BOX 1786 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-243-0333 ∙ TAGDIGITAL.DESIGN THE OFFICE STORE 201 N. MORROW ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-243-0333

QUICKSILVER PRINTING 1100 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-385-5155

COSSATOT RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT 130 SCHOOL DR. ∙ WICKES, AR 71973 870-385-7101 COSSATOT.US

OUACHITA RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT 143 POLK 96 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2348 OUACHITARIVERSD.ORG

UARM SCHOOL OF COSMETOLOGY 601 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-6808 UARICHMOUNTAIN.EDU

MENA PUBLIC SCHOOLS 501 HICKORY ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1710 MENASCHOOLS.ORG

PCDC ADULT EDUCATION & WELLNESS 1410-R AMSTERDAM ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-437-3722 PCDCMENA.COM

UA RICH MOUNTAIN 1100 COLLEGE DR. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7622 UARICHMOUNTAIN.EDU

ENTERTAINMENT & RECREATION ART & MUSEUMS

AMERICAN ARTISANS 615 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1112

LUM & ABNER STORE & MUSEUM 4562 HWY 88 ∙ PINE RIDGE, AR 870-326-4442 ∙ LUM-N-ABNER.COM

HENRY’S STUDIO & ATELEIR 124 PINECREST LN ∙ MENA, AR 71953 HENRYMORENO@GMAIL.COM

MENA ART GALLERY 607 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3880 ∙ MENAARTGALLERY.ORG

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MENA HISTORIC DEPOT & MUSEUM 524 SHERWOOD AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953

EVENT VENUES

CMA IRON MOUNTAIN 112 IRON MTNLN. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 870-389-6560 CMAUSA.ORG

OUACHITA CENTER 1100 COLLEGE DR. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7622 UARICHMOUNTAIN.EDU

DAISY ROOM - JANSSEN AVE. FLORIST 800 JANSSEN AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-8019 MENAFLOWERSHOP.COM

POLK COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY COMMUNITY ROOM 509 S MORROW ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1569

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES BOARD CAMP CRYSTAL MINE 110 POLK RD 62 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-243-0771 BOARDCAMPCRYSTALMINE.COM COSSATOT RIVER STATE PARK 1980 HWY 278 W. ∙ WICKES, AR 870-385-2201 ARKANSASSTATEPARKS.COM

EVENT SERVICES

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LION’S CLUB DISC GOLF COURSE 500 LIONS CLUB RD.∙ MENA, AR 71953 QUEEN WILHELMINA STATE PARK 3877 HWY 88 W. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2863 ARKANSASSTATEPARKS.COM

WILD HARE ART GLASS STUDIO 609 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-234-4927 ∙ WILDHAREGLASS.COM

POLK COUNTY LIBRARY 410 8TH ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2314 MENAPOLKCOUNTYLIBRARY.ORG QUEEN WILHLEMINA STATE PARK 3877 HWY 88 W. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2863 ARKANSASSTATEPARKS.COM

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DIRECTORY FINANCIAL SERVICES

EDWARD JONES & ASSOCIATES 501 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7940

HEROD & HEROD, CPA 601 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7830

FARM CREDIT SERVICES OF WESTERN ARKANSAS 1607 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1027

H&R BLOCK 703-H HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2144 ∙ HRBLOCK.COM

FLORISTS

ALLBAUGH’S FLORIST & GIFTS 709 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-4616 MENAARFLOWERS.COM

JANSSEN AVE. FLORIST 800 JANSSEN AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-8019 MENAFLOWERSHOP.COM

FUNERAL HOMES & MONUMENT SALES

BEASLEY WOOD FUNERAL HOME 611 JANSSEN AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1310 BEASLEYWOODFUNERALHOME.COM

SANFORD & COMPANY , P.A. 812 DEQUEEN ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-5414 SANFORD-CPA.COM

BOWSER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME 2608 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-4477 BOWSERFFH.COM

COTNER/HERITAGE MONUMENT 2601 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7092

MENA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM 311 N. MORROW ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-6100 MENAREGIONAL.COM

SOUTHWEST EMS, INC. 1311 HWY 71 N. SUITE C ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3434

SACREDTOUCH MASSAGE & BODYWORK 400 F CRESTWOOD CIR. MENA, AR 71953 479-234-5464

TRANSCENDENCE ENERGY & BODYWORK 601 MAPLE AVE MENA, AR 71953 479-216-6721

HEALTH SERVICES EMERGENCY SERVICES

AIRMED CARE P.O. BOX 610 ∙ MURFREESBORO, AR 870-925-1269 AIRMEDCARENETWORK.COM

HOLISTIC HEALTH SERVICES

MENA SPINE & REHAB 701 S. MORROW AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-437-4444 MENASPINEANDREHAB.COM NATURAL HEALING SOLUTIONS MENA, AR 71953 602-524-5008 DOCRUSSN@GMAIL.COM ,

PHARMACIES, SERVICES, & MEDICAL SUPPLY

ARKANSAS BLOOD INSTITUTE 5300 S. U ST. ∙ FT. SMITH, AR 479-431-5900 ARKBI.ORG

FREEDOM PHARMACY 710 4TH ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-437-3089

MENA POLK COUNTY SENIOR CENTER 401 AUTUMN DR ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-3254

COOPER-ANTHONY MERCY CHILD ADVOCACY 403 MORROW, SUITE G ∙ MENA, AR 71953 501-622-2531 ∙ MERCY.NET

HEAR YOUR LIFE 600 HWY 71 ∙ MENA, AR 501-701-4388

PEACHTREE MENA ASSISTED LIVING 1803 CORDIE DR ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2600

HOME HELPERS HOME CARE 479-777-2712 HOMEHELPERSHOMECARE.COM

RICH MOUNTAIN NURSING & REHAB 306 HORNBECK ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3511

MEDI SHOP PHARMACY 204 HWY 71 S ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3254

WAL-MART PHARMACY 600 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3897

DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT 513 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1142 ELITE HOSPICE, LHC GROUP 602 DEQUEEN ST ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1134 ∙ LHCGROUP.COM

HOSPITALS, PHYSICIANS, & CLINICS FIRST CARE FAMILY HEALTH & WALK-IN 1706 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1500 HEALTHY CONNECTIONS 136 HEALTHPARK DR. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-243-0279 ∙ 479-437-3449 HEALTHY-CONNECTIONS.ORG

MENA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM 311 N. MORROW ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-6100 MENAREGIONAL.COM

FITNESS

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VISION

OUACHITA WELLNESS & SPORTS CENTER WAL-MART VISION CENTER 400 CRESTWOOD CIR. #F ∙ MENA, AR 71953 600 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7979 479-394-1143

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DIRECTORY INSURANCE

AR BLUE CROSS/BLUE SHIELD 3501 OLD GREENWOOD RD., FT. SMITH, AR 72903 479-648-1635

BARON INSURANCE 809 MENA ST ∙ MENA, AR 71953 870-715-5278. BARONINSURANCEAGENCY.COM

ARKANSAS VALLEY INSURANCE 1402 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-6131

GEORGE DAVIS - STATE FARM AGENT 410 SHERWOOD AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-4521 STATEFARM.COM

BARBARA KLUTTS INSURANCE 151 RYAN LANE ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-234-9384

MATT THOMAS - STATE FARM AGENT 1311 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-437-3400 STATEFARM.COM

MENA INSURANCE AGENCY 206 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2244 POLK COUNTY FARM BUREAU 309 S. MORROW ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3650 AFBIC.COM SHELTER INSURANCE 205 N. MORROW ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1181 SHELTERINSURANCE.COM

LOCKSMITH

ABC LOCK & SAFE 3682 HWY 88 E ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-216-5262

LODGING B&B’S & INNS

A-BEAR’S DEN B&B 2205 CHURCH ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-8519 ABEARSBANDB.COM

CABINS & CAMPGROUNDS

JANSSEN PARK PLACE B&B 511 9TH ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1880 JANSSENPARKPLACE.COM

CRYSTAL COTTAGE AT BOARD CAMP CRYSTAL MINE 110 POLK RD 62 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-243-0771 ∙ BOARDCAMPCRYSTALMINE.COM

HEATH VALLEY CABINS 1210 POLK ROAD 61 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-243-0911 HEATHVALLEYCABINS.COM

CMA CABINS & RV 112 IRON MTN LANE ∙ MENA, AR 71953 870-389-6196 CMAUSA.ORG

LAZEASS ACRES RV PARK & CAMPGROUND 116 POLK 55 ∙ MENA, AR 918-208-7336 LAZEASSACRES.COM

RENEGADE RANCH 3680 HWY 88 E. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-216-0155 OUACHITARENEGADERANCH.COM

CORNERSTONE MOUNTAIN RETREAT 255 POLK 30 ∙ HATFIELD, AR 479-234-8245 CORNERSTONEMOUNTAINRETREAT.COM

MEADOW PINE CABINS 698 POLK ROAD 26 ∙ HATFIELD, AR 479-243-3752

WOLF PEN ATV CAMPGROUND 559 POLK RD 61 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-0404 WOLFPENATV.COM

COSSATOT RIVER WILDERNESS LODGE 3737 POLK 402 ∙ MENA, AR 479-216-3412 COSSATOTRESORT.COM ELKS LODGE RV CAMPING 124 ELK LANE ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3740

HOTELS/MOTELS

EXECUTIVE INN 704 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3710

MENA MOUNTAINTOP CABINS 141 CABINS LANE ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1771 MENA VACATION RENTALS 1182 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-234-2304 ∙ MENAVACATIONRENTALS.COM

QUEEN WILHELMINA STATE PARK 3877 HWY 88 W. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2863 ARKANSASSTATEPARKS.COM

OZARK INN 2102 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1100 OZARKINNMENA.US

VACATION RENTALS

STONEHILL COTTAGES 140 MOSSY OAK LANE ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-216-7030 STONEHILLCOTTAGES.COM

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OUACHITA RIVER HAVEN RESORT 122 RIVERHAVEN RD. ∙ PENCIL BLUFF, AR 870-326-4941 OUACHITAHAVEN.COM

TURKEY CREEK RENTAL 202 CR 37 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-234-5331 TURKEYCREEKRENTAL.COM

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DIRECTORY MANUFACTURING

AYNES ICE, LLC 500 RIDGE AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-4942

NIDEC MOTOR CORPORATION 500 N. MORROW AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-8879 ∙ 479-394-8758 NIDEC.COM

SMITH PALLET COMPANY 159 POLK 29 ∙ HATFIELD, AR 870-389-6184 SMITHPALLET.COM

HILAND DAIRY COMPANY 204 MAPLE AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1891

PCDC ADULT WORK CENTER 205 S. MORROW ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-0777 PCDCMENA.COM

STERLING MACHINERY COMPANY 104 PORT ARTHUR ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-4248 STERLINGCNC.COM

MONTCO/REPOPS MANUFACTURING 3183 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-4500 REPOPS.COM

R&D INDUSTRIES, INC. 141 POLK RD 113 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-4431

MEDIA

KAWX 93.1 208 DOGWOOD CIRCLE ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-234-5428 KAWX.ORG

PULSE MULTI-MEDIA 1168 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-243-9600 MYPULSENEWS.COM

THE MENA STAR- mena/waldron newspaper 501 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1900 MENASTAR.COM

KTTG 96.3 ESPN RADIO 1912 CHURCH ST. ∙ BARLING, AR 479-484-7285

PET SERVICES

HAPPY TAILS PET SERVICES 479-216-9970 EMAY2092@GMAIL.COM

HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE OUACHITAS 368 POLK RD 50 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-5682 HSOMENA.ORG

PHOTOGRAPHY LELA NORDYKE PHOTOGRAPHY 479-234-9032 LELANORDYKEPHOTOGRAPHY.INFO

REAL ESTATE CENTURY 21/PERRY REAL ESTATE 1118 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-6500 ∙ CENTURY21.COM

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY MENA 1142 HWY 71 S. ∙ 479-222-1192 KELLERWILLIAMSREALTYMENA.KW.COM

SELECT REALTY 2611 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7676 ∙ MENASELECTREALTY.COM

HOLLY SPRINGS REAL ESTATE 1114 HWY 71 S. ∙ 479-394-4200 HOLLYSPRINGSREALESTATE.COM

MELISSA ROSS, EXP REALTY AGENT 479-343-1233 MELISSA.ROSS@EXPREALTY.COM

UNITED COUNTRY REAL ESTATE 1182 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7545 MENA-ARKANSAS-REAL-ESTATE.COM

JOHN & CHRISTY TITSWORTH 1182 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-234-2304 ∙ 479-216-0050 MENA-ARKANSAS-REAL-ESTATE.COM

RE/MAX MENA REAL ESTATE 816 S. MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-5000 ∙ REMAX.COM

RENT-TO-OWN DON’S E-Z PAY, INC. 402 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1372

RESTAURANTS

AMERICAN ARTISANS 615 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1112 CHICOLLO’S FOOD EMPORIUM 1308 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-234-8236

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CHOPPING BLOCK STEAKHOUSE 1156 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-6410 CHOPPINGBLOCKSTEAKHOUSE.COM COUNTRY EXPRESS 1146 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7310

LA VILLA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1100 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-243-0822 LITTLE ITALY PIZZA, PASTA & SUBS II 1411 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-385-9618


RESTAURANTS - CONT. THE OUACHITAS 821 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-216-0624 OUACHITACOFFEE.COM PAPA’S MEXICAN CAFE 1506 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-6461 PAPASMENA.COM SASSAFRAS BAKEHOUSE 207 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 903-253-5588

RETAIL

SHERWOOD BISTRO 517 SHERWOOD AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2385

SUBWAY 1325 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2510

SONIC DRIVE-IN 1001 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-437-3001

WENDY’S/EXXON/BASKIN ROBBINS 901 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1572

QUEEN’S RESTAURANT 3877 HWY 88 W∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2863

ALLBAUGH’S FLORIST & GIFTS 709 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-4616 MENAARFLOWERS.COM

JAKE’S FIREWORKS 2570 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-243-6640 JAKESFIREWORKS.COM

PONY EXPRESS, CAVEMAN ENGRAVING, & THE CORNER SHOPPE 822 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7377

AMERICAN ARTISANS 615 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1112

JAMES’ SUPER SAVE FOODS 707 7TH ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7257

QUICKSILVER PRINTING 1100 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-385-5155

AMERICHEMM, LLC 2913 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1692

JANSSEN AVE. FLORIST 800 JANSSEN AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-8019 MENAFLOWERSHOP.COM

RUSSELL CELLULAR 408 HWY 71 N∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-437-3653

BOOKS & STUF JO’S ANTIQUES 410 SHERWOOD AVE. #7 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 2010 HWY 71 S∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-234-5568 ∙ BOOKSANDSTUFMENA.COM 479-243-6817

SALVATION ARMY THRIFT STORE 401 SHERWOOD AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-437-3110

BURKES OUTLET 601 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 71953

THE MARKET 1601 HWY 71 S∙ MENA, AR 71953 903-217-8434

SOUTHERN OIL JUNKIES MENA, AR 71953 318-547-5938

MENA FLEA MARKET 909 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-216-3584

THE CORNER 1100 HWY 71 N SUITE 0 ∙ MENA, AR 479-394-1120

MENA PAWN & GUN 1411 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-5200

THE CORNER SHOPPE 822 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953

MITCHELL COMPUTER SERVICES 717 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-437-3886 MITCHELLCOMPUTERSERVICES.COM

THE OFFICE STORE 201 N. MORROW ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-243-0333

COAST TO COAST 813 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3456 DEPOT ANTIQUES 519 SHERWOOD AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1149 DON’S E-Z PAY, INC. 402 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1372 FARM FRESH FINDS 2209 HWY 71 S ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-234-5284 FARMER’S CO-OP 318 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3373 FARMERSCOOP.COM FREEDOM PHARMACY 710 4TH ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-437-3089 GOSS ELECTRONICS 410 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2780 ∙ GOSSELECTRONICS.COM HANDCRAFTED GARDEN BRIDGES 153 HWY 270 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-243-0375 ∙ REDWOODBRIDGES.COM HANDY HARDWARE 2584 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3648

MOONIE, LLC. 711 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 504-571-9532 TOTHEMOONIE.COM MOUNTAIN PAWN & GUN 1510 A HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-5589 MRHS GIFT SHOP 311 N. MORROW ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-6100 MENAREGIONAL.COM PCDC RESALE STORE 201 S. MORROW AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2671 PCDCMENA.COM PCDC RESALE STORE - KIDS 811 EAGLE GAP. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-216-7341 PCDCMENA.COM

THE OUACHITAS: COFFEE PIZZA BEER 821 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-216-0624 OUACHITACOFFEE.COM THE OUTBACK BARN 3321 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1200 THE SHOP AT THE FOOT OF THE HILL 200 GRANDVIEW HEGHTS ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1169 WAL-MART SUPERCENTER 600 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-0025 WASHBURN’S HOME FURNISHINGS 1020 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-4332 WASHBURNS.COM WILD HARE ART GLASS STUDIO 609 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-234-4927 ∙ WILDHAREGLASS.COM

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Since 2008 205 N. Morrow (479) 234-2958


DIRECTORY SALONS & SPAS

SACREDTOUCH MASSAGE & BODYWORK 400 F CRESTWOOD CIR. MENA, AR 71953 479-234-5464

SENIOR SERVICES

MENA/POLK CO SENIOR CENTER 401 AUTUMN DRIVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-5459

TRANSCENDENCE ENERGY & BODYWORK 601 MAPLE AVE MENA, AR 71953 479-216-6721

UARM - SCHOOL OF COSMETOLOGY 601 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-6808

PEACHTREE MENA ASSISTED LIVING 1803 CORDIE DR ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2600

RICH MOUNTAIN NURSING & REHAB 306 HORNBECK ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3511

TRANSPORTATION & STORAGE JLM TRANSPORTATION, LLC P.O. BOX 199 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-385-0199

THE OUTBACK BARN 3321 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1200

U-LOCK-IT 3183 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-4453

AEP/SWEPCO 101 W. TOWNSHIP ∙ FAYETTEVILLE, AR 888-216-3523 SWEPCO.COM

L&M PLUMBING PO BOX 1037 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2651

RICH MOUNTAIN ELECTRIC CO-OP 515 JANSSEN ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-4140 RMEC.COM

CENTERPOINT ENERGY CUSTOMER SERVICE: 800-992-7552 EMERGENCY CALLS: 888-876-5786 CENTERPOINTENERGY.COM

MENA WATER UTILITIES 701 MENA ST ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2761

SOUTHERN DISPOSAL 2608 HWY 8 E. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2175 SOUTHERNDISPOSAL.NET

PINNACLE PROPANE 2201 HWY 71 S. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-5900 SOUTHERNLPGAS.COM

VYVE BROADBAND 855-367-8983 VYVEBROADBAND.COM

UTILITIES & HOME SERVICES

DAVIS BROTHERS SATELLITE 120 HWY 71 N ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7960

INDIVIDUALS & ORGANIZATIONS INDIVIDUALS

ANDY RINER, PROSECUTING ATTORNEY 18TH WEST JUDICIAL DISTRICT PO BOX 1721 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-216-6207

HENRY MORENO, HENRY’S STUDIO & ATELIER 124 PINECREST LN. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 HENRYMORENO@GMAIL.COM

AUBREY KLEINMAN, SOUTHERN OIL JUNKIES MENA, AR 71953

LARRY TEAGUE, STATE SENATOR P.O. BOX 903 ∙ NASHVILLE, AR 71852 870-845-8490 ∙ 870-845-5303

DEBRA BUSCHMAN, ATTORNEY MENA, AR 71953 479-437-4007

LUCAS TURNER, KNOTTY WOODS MENA, AR 71953

MARC ROSSON 1851 HWY 71 ∙ GILLHAM, AR 71841 870-584-9434 PAM THOMPSON, FINANCIAL CONSULTANT 702 LOCUST ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-216-1761 VICTORIA DIETERLE, TAG DIGITAL DESIGN MENA, AR 71953 TAGDIGITAL.DESIGN@GMAIL.COM

GAR EISELE 76 CRAIG ST ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-0979

ORGANIZATIONS ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SERVICES 1100 COLLEGE DR. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3060 ∙ DWS.ARKANSAS.GOV

CASA OF THE OUACHITA REGION, INC. 812 B DEQUEEN ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-243-9277 ∙ 479-234-8566 ARKANSASCASA.NET

ARVAC, INC. 606 PINE AVE ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-4707 ∙ ARVACINC.ORG

CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLISTS ASSOCIATION 4278 HWY 71 S. ∙ HATFIELD, AR 71945 870-389-6196 ∙ CMAUSA.ORG

ARKANSAS REGIONAL COALITION OF THE OUACHITAS VISITOUACHITAS.COM

CITY OF MENA, AR MAYOR SETH SMITH 520 N. MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-4585 ∙ CITYOFMENA.ORG

CLARICE’S ROOM OF HOPE 403 MORROW ST. STE C ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-385-5071 ∙ CLARICESROOM.ORG HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE OUACHITAS 366 POLK RD 50 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-5682 ∙ HSOMENA.ORG KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS 204 8TH ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7427 ∙ KOFC.ORG

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MARINE CORP LEAGUE P.O. BOX 1215 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 MCLNATIONAL.ORG

MENA LIONESS LIONS CLUB P.O. BOX 1229 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 903-288-2014

MASONIC LODGES OF POLK COUNTY MENA LIONS CLUB DALLAS LODGE #128 P.O. BOX 44 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 701 PORT ARTHUR ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1955 479-394-1069 ∙ DALLASLODGE128@GMAIL.COM MENA RANGER DISTRICT MASONIC LODGES OF POLK COUNTY US FOREST SERVICE MOUNTAIN MEADOW LODGE #218 1603 HWY 71 N. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 107 PEEBLES LANE ∙ COVE, AR 71937 479-394-2382 ∙ FS.USDA.GOV 479-216-1363 ∙ MTNMEADOW218@YAHOO.COM POLK COUNTY DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER MASONIC LODGES OF POLK COUNTY 201 S. MORROW ∙ MENA, AR 71953 WICKES LODGE #548 479-394-2671 ∙ PCDCMENA.COM HWY 278 ∙ WICKES, AR 479-234-2054 ∙ WRYE@WINDSTREAM.NET POLK COUNTY FAIR & RODEO ASSOCIATION MENA ADVERTISING & PROMOTION 156 POLK RD 43 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 COMMISSION 479-234-2477 524 SHERWOOD AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-8355 ∙ VISITMENA.COM POLK COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY 509 S. MORROW ∙ MENA, AR 71953 MENA DOWNTOWN PARTNERS 479-394-1569 ∙ POLKARHOUSING.COM P.O. BOX 825 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-243-3043 POLK COUNTY LIBRARY 410 8TH ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 MENA ELKS LODGE 479-394-2314 124 ELK LANE ∙ MENA, AR 71953 MENAPOLKCOUNTYLIBRARY.ORG 479-394-3740

POLK COUNTY OFFICIALS MEETS MONDAYS, 5:30PM IN THE POLK COUNTY LIBRARY POLK COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE 507 CHURCH AVE ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-8130 QUALITY OF LIFE COALITION P.O. BOX 1135 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-234-3605 ∙ QOLOUTREACH.ORG ROTARY CLUB OF POLK COUNTY P.O. BOX 1776 ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1801 TALIMENA SCENIC DRIVE ASSOCIATION 53157 HWY 59 ∙ HODGEN, OK 74939 918-653-2187 TALIMENASCENICDRIVE.COM UOFA POLK COUNTY EXTENSION COOPERATIVE SERVICES 211 DEQUEEN ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-6018 UAEX.EDU

RELIGIOUS SERVICES CHRIST COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP 2837 HWY 88 E. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-234-7943 CCFMENA.ORG

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 501 9TH ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3051 MENAFIRST.ORG

THE CROSSING 104 MENA ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-7600 CROSSINGMENA.COM

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 811 PORT ARTHUR AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-2541 FIRSTBAPTISTCHURCHMENA.COM

ST. AGNES CATHOLIC CHURCH 203 8TH ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1017 STAGNESCHURCHMENA.ORG

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 1010 DEQUEEN ST. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-1290

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 904 CHURCH AVE. ∙ MENA, AR 71953 479-394-3583 FIRSTPRESBYTERIANMENAAR.ORG

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The Mena KCS Historic Depot & Museum

The Historic KCS Depot Visitor’s Center & Museum is located in the heart of downtown Mena, Arkansas at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and State Highway 88 otherwise know as Mena Street. The Mena Kansas City-Southern Depot is a historic railroad station on Sherwood Street in the center of Mena, Arkansas. It is long single-story structure, built out of brick, with a tile roof and Mediterranean styling. It was built in 1920 by the Kansas City Southern Railway to designs by the company architect, T. C. Horstmann, and is one of the most elaborate surviving early-20th century railroad stations in the state. It is now owned by the city, and houses a local history museum, the Mena Advertising & Promotion office, and the local chamber of commerce 57

The restored Kansas City Southern railroad station houses a museum full of historical displays, railroad memorabilia, and art exhibits, including a room dedicated to Arkansas natives Lum n’ Abner; the Ouachitas series paintings by local renowned artist Monta Black Philpot which one hung in the national rotunda; and a restored 1939 Dodge police car. A full service visitor’s center operates out of the depot offering rest and respite to travelers just as it did in its heyday. Information on local lodging, dining, and recreation are available. Community minded volunteers act as hosts and hostesses at the Center. The Depot Center is a focal point for community activity and a gateway to the Talimena Scenic Byway. Mena’s first depot was built in the summer of


1896, when Mena emerged as a railroad boomtown. The town of Mena marked the halfway point on the Kansas CityPort Arthut route, and was therefore set up as the central division point. As such, it was necessary to have adequate buildings. A depot, machine shops, and a roundhouse were all constructed as welll as stock yards and pens. The Depot was the focal point of Mena and served as a social and economic center as well. As the years passed and Mena moved away from the roughness of the boom-town era, criticisms began to arise over conditions in the Depot. Complaints against the “inadequate accommodations” and “unsatisfactory conditions’ led to the construction of the current depot which was dedicated November 8, 1920. The relationship between Mena’s city fathers and the Kansas City Southern Railroad began to sour over the early years of the 1900’s until the ralroad’s central division was moved to Heavener, Oklahoma in 1910. In 1985, a group of Mena organizations began trying to save the building that was so significant to the history of the city. The deed to the depot was officially transferred to the city on February 6, 1986. Dozens of volunteers donated more than 7,500 hours of labor to the renovation of the building. Still others donated cash and

materials to restore the dilapidated old depot into a modern facility that is a credit to the city. The building is now valued at $250,000 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since the building reopened to the public on July 12, 1987, visitors representing most states and many foreign countries have registered.

“A Ouachita Portrait,” a widely exhibited collection of local personalities by Monta Black Philpot, is now on permanent display at the Depot.

The Mena Kansas City-Southern Historic Depot & Museum 524 Sherwood Avenue Mena, AR 71953 For more information call (479) 394-2912 or Follow them on Depot Museum Hours Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm Saturday 9:00am - 3:00pm

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Ambulance ∙ Fire ∙ Police ∙ Sheriff: 911 UTILITIES

AT&T: 800-288-2020 Centerpoint Energy: 800-922-7552 Mena Water Utilities: 479-394-2761 Rich Mountain Electric Co-Op: 479-394-4140 Southwestern Electric Power Co: 888-216-3523 Vyve Broadband: 855-367-8983

STATE OF ARKANSAS GOVERNMENT SERVICES AR Game & Fish Commission: 479-394-2441 Dept. of Child Support Enforcement:479-394-6339 Dept. of Community Punishment: 479-394-4107 Dept. of Human Services: 479-394-3100 Dept. of Workforce Services: 479-394-3060 Highway Department: 479-394-3612 Revenue Department: 479-394-2333

POLK COUNTY Circuit Clerk: 479-394-8100 Circuit Judge: 479-394-8107 County Clerk: 479-394-8123 Cooperative Extension: 479-394-6018 District Court Clerk: 479-394-3271 Health Dept: 479-394-2707 Housing Authority: 479-394-1565 In-Home Services: 479-394-3433 County Judge: 479-394-8133

Juvenile Intake: 479-394-8145 Juvenile Provation: 479-394-8146 Library: 479-394-2314 Prosecuting Attorney: 479-394-6114 Public Defender: 479-394-5353 Sheriff’s Dept: 479-394-2511 Tax Accessor: 479-394-8121 Tax Collector: 479-394-8111 Treasurer: 479-394-8150 Veteran’s Srvc: 479-394-8147

CITY OF MENA Advertising & Promotion Commission: 479-394-8355 Animal Control: 479-394-8399 City Clerk/Treasurer: 479-394-8150 City Hall & Mayor’s Office: 479-394-4585 Code Enforcement: 479-394-7436 Municipal Airport: 479-394-4077

CITY OF COVE City Hall: 870-387-5791 Cove Post Office: 870-387-2430

CITY OF GRANNIS City Hall: 870-385-7216 Grannis Post Office: 870-385-2312

CITY OF HATFIELD City Hall: 870-389-6611 Hatfield Post Office: 870-389-6151

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Parks Maintenance: 479-394-8309 Post Office: 479-394-2884 Street Department: 479-394-8315 Swimming Pool: 479-394-8315 US Forest Service, Mena District Office: 479-394-2382

CITY OF VANDERVOORT

City Hall: 870-387-2941 Vandervoort Post Office: 870-387-2535

CITY OF WICKES

City Hall: 870-385-2575 Wickes Post Office: 870-385-2581

HISTORY

First Financial Bank was originally chartered as a savings and loan institution in 1934 under the name “First Federal of El Dorado”. We have deep roots in El Dorado and Union County, Arkansas – and those roots have given us the ability to branch out and grow our retail footprint across Arkansas and Mississippi, as well as support nationwide growth for our specialized lending products. In 2018, FFB acquired Bear State Bank in Mena, Arkansas as part of the divestiture of Arvest Bank. Today, we employ 17 people at our Mena location and look forward to many years of success in Polk County. We currently have 15% market share in Mena and have had a poultry lending presence for the past 20 years.

Community Banking that puts Community First

First Financial Bank is dedicated to providing the very best financial services to their customers while providing resources and support to the communities where they do business. They support many nonprofit organizations, schools, and events in their retail locations – both with financial resources and employee volunteers. Giving back is a big part of their corporate culture, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it helps improve quality of life for their employees, their customers, and their family and friends.

Do you Kasasa?

In 2013, First Financial introduced a rewards checking product called Kasasa. Both Kasasa Cash and Kasasa Cash Back are free accounts that can reward you for many things you’re already doing. We also offer a wide range of deposit accounts and other retail services including consumer, commercial and mortgage lending. For more information, stop by or call our Mena location today at (479) 394-3552.

History of Agri Lending

FFB has been involved in poultry lending since the early 90s. Fast forward 25 years and FFB is now the nation’s premier poultry lender, with loan production offices from Nacogdoches, Texas to Laurel, Delaware. We are a preferred Small Business Association (SBA) lender and offer personalized, “come to you” service that revolves around the poultry grower’s schedule, not ours. In 2013, we added another lending division to draw upon our years of experience in the agriculture sector with our nationwide Farm and Ranch Division. Our lenders travel the country to meet with farmers and ranchers to provide personalized solutions to the unique needs of those involved in agriculture.

Mortgage Lending

With seven mortgage offices across the state, we have experts who are very experienced in the local market and will work closely with our customers throughout the entire process. We want to provide terms you’re comfortable with — available through our wide range of financing options. We’re very proud to say that we’ve helped people move in to their dream homes, from start to finish, for over 70 years.

Professional Services Lending

Pharmacy Lending First Financial Bank is one of the nation’s leading small business lenders - originating over $200M in pharmacy loans over the last few years. Our lending team has over 75 years of pharmacy experience and includes current and past pharmacy owners. Our Professional Services Division offers financing solutions to help practicing pharmacists meet a wide range of business needs from start-up loans to financing equipment, expansion, and remodeling. We offer flexible terms tailored to your unique situation. Whether you are buying, selling or refinancing, we’ll work with you, one-on-one, every step of the way.

Veterinary Lending

FFB began their Vet Lending services in 2018, with the hiring of Dr. Brennan Pitard, DVM. Dr. Pitard helps other veterinarians achieve their goals by offering personalized service on every loan. Before joining First Financial Bank, Dr. Pitard was a practicing veterinarian where he learned the intricacies of the business of veterinary medicine. Through the intersection of Dr. Pitard’ s deep industry expertise and close collaboration with FFB’s Professional Services team, he helps other veterinarians start their own practice. The industry has taken notice, inviting Dr. Pitard to share his insights on practice financing at conferences; most recently at VMX in Orlando and at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas.

Call or stop by anytime!

Greg Goss knows banking and he probably knows you. Stop by or call to talk with him or one of his staff to get to know our products and our people. If you haven’t been in our building lately, you’ll love the remodeling we’ve done and our “Mena Wall” – filled with photos of landmarks around Mena and Polk County. First Financial Bank - We’re all the bank you’ll ever need.


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