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Welcome to the second issue of From East to West that showcases not only the splendid beauty offered by the Ouachita Mountain region but also the many opportunities available to experience it and make memories that will last a lifetime! I have to share that this publication was a concept of our entire staff, of which the majority are native to this area. We all wanted to be able to launch a magazine that wouldn’t serve simply as another travel brochure or directory to the area, but would allow us to feature the many areas, businesses and people that… we think… make this such a fabulous place to live or vacation! With continued support from our incredible advertisers, we hope that this is the first of many issues to come! Unlike the famed Rocky or Appalachian Mountains, our rugged Ouachita Mountains run from East to West. Mena sits at the base of the second highest peak in Arkansas, Rich Mountain, and is the gateway to the Talimena Scenic National Byway as well as the Castle in the Sky – Queen Wilhelmina State Park. It only seemed appropriate that much of our first issue be dedicated to her “royal return.” Vacation means different things to different people… relaxation to some and adventure to others. And that is why guests to our area always find just what they’re looking for! Our area includes mighty rivers, crystal clear creeks, magnificent fall foliage and regardless of how you want to take all of that in… hiking, ATVing, mountain biking, kayaking, hunting, (and the list goes on and on and on and on), we encourage you to experience our Ouachitas from east to west … or west to east! We look forward to showcasing what we are proud to call “home” and what tourists have dubbed “the perfect escape.” Also housed in the KCS Depot is the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce, which welcomes thousands to the area each year, providing maps and assisting guests in any way they can. Many stop ﬁrst as tourists and later request relocation information as they discover that their once “getaway destination” can become the perfect “retirement haven.”
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The splendor of our Ouachita Mountains is probably best known for its bountiful and rich autumn colors but to limit yourself to just the one season to absorb the fall beauty would be like eating a banana split without any bananas. Let me explain. The rainbow of colors from blooms and wildflowers that dust the entire Ouachita landscape… along with the clean crisp mountain air… can be just the prescription you need to either find the illusive state of relaxation or to rejuvenate your spirit and soul! Take it all in slowly from the porch of a historic B&B or live on the edge with plenty of adventurous opportunities to choose from. And, since Mena is centrally located and surrounded by a plethora of other sites and activities, you can make us your base while you explore and experience all that this majestic Ouachita Mountain region has to offer! Touring Mena serves at the gateway to the renowned 50-mile Talimena National Scenic By-way so include touring this magnificent drive on your “absolute must-do” list. The Talimena lies entirely within the boundaries of the 1.78 million acres of the Ouachita National Forest. Because the ridge line runs predominantly East to West rather than North to South, the distinct Ouachita Mountain range’s directional trend gives rise to distinct North slope and South slope plant and animal communities. The North slopes, in particular, are an extraordinarily rich habitat for Spring wildflowers, thanks in large part to the area’s very rich, dark, and moist soil. In fact, it is said that 4
Rich Mountain derived its name from the surprisingly rich soil. Folklore claims that, at one time, the mountains were the roosting place for an immense population of passenger pigeons and that their droppings contribute to the richness of the soil. Touring during the Spring generally always includes catching a glimpse of the area’s newest residents as wildlife’s off-spring are beginning to roam with their Mommas. Black bear and deer are common sightings and also the forest’s smaller inhabitants like possum and squirrels as they go about their daily routines. Both area state parks, Queen Wilhelmina and Cossatot, both offer a number of programs that allow you to explore both the flora and fauna with your own personal guide. The beauty of the abundantly colorful blooms can probably be best appreciated along one of the drives numerous hiking trails. Be sure to check out our “Adventure” section on page 20 for more details. Birdwatching The Ouachita Mountain range is abundant with birdlife. Strong updrafts and turbulence above the mountains entice these birds to perform fascinating and entertaining aerial acrobatics. Birds of prey are plentiful in the Ouachitas including golden eagles, who are particularly active during the Spring season. Red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks claim the area as home year-round.
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Johnson Manor Bed & Breakfast A warm smile and open doors await tired travelers when they stay at Johnson Manor B&B. Located in the heart of the Ouachitas, Johnson Manor is a short walk away from historic Janssen Park and a few minutes drive to local shops and restaurants. Larry and Carol Johnson purchased the property located at 600 11th Street in Mena in 2011 for their retired living, and then later opened the home for a bed and breakfast. A walk through the doors of the large Victorian home showcases intricately detailed wood combined with Southern decorating, a unique blend that will make the most weary souls feel right at home. Natural pine floors flow throughout the home, making the already large home seem even bigger. The welcoming smile and hospitality of Johnson Manor will make you feel like you never left home. While enjoying your stay, guests receive the luxury of hot, fresh cooked meals at their convenience. Guests will enjoy drinks and light complimentary snacks while they rest. A stay in the charming bed and breakfast provides all the modern amenities for guests, all the while providing the rest and relaxation needed. Don’t delay booking your stay in the warm and inviting Victorian style home. To learn more about Johnson Manor and the services provided, go to their website, www.johnsonmanorbb.com. To book your stay, contact Johnson Manor by calling 214-673-7764.
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Board Camp Hideaway Bring the whole family to enjoy the scenic outdoors that surround Board Camp Hideaway. The beautiful private log cabin located in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains offers plenty of space for the entire crew with a queen bed and four twin beds. The large living area is the perfect place to spend quality time. The site also offers modern amenities such as satellite TV, central heat and air, and Keurig coffee maker. The fully furnished kitchen has a new, full size refrigerator and all linens and towels are provided. Take joy in country living and traveling the miles of backroads that surround the property. You can also bring your ATVs to ride the trails nearby. There are also swimming areas nearby in Arkansasâ€™ natural creeks. Your family is sure to enjoy this private and spacious cabin. Rates are $119 per night and if you stay four nights, you get your fifth night free. To reserve your next stay, call 479-234-1150.
The Carriage House Inn Nestled in the heart of Mena is the historic and stately [The] Carriage House Inn. The welcoming Inn is within walking distance of the picturesque Janssen Park as well as the shops and eateries of the downtown. The Inn is one of the most well known historic homes of Mena, the Shaver house, which was built in 1898 by Judge Benjamin Shaver. Benjamin Shaver was the son of the famous Confederate hero; Fighting Colonel Shaver. Later it was bought by Dr. Redman and became the first hospital in Mena, Ark. Later it was converted to apartments until it was bought by the Scott and Ashley Vacca family and converted into an Inn. The house was originally surrounded by an orchard and was built with a water well and a horse and carriage house. The picturesque home is routinely used as a backdrop for bridal and prom photos. The Carriage House boasts one guest cottage and 3 guest rooms. They offer nightly rates as well as monthly corporate rates. The Carriage House Suite, The Parisian Loft, and The Riderâ€™s Den are expertly appointed with everything you need for not only a comfortable stay but a memorable one as well. Complete with queen size bed, tuck into the cozy bedding for a night to
remember. Enjoy a nice relaxing bath in your private bathroom, complete with claw foot tub or sit back and enjoy the flat-screen TV and DVD player or access to the wireless network. Of course, your stay would not be complete with out their scrumptious fresh baked cookies and other snacks! Rooms are also available in their Carriage House Cottage. This was the original carriage house and has been converted to a private guest house. This is perfect for extended stays or corporate housing. The house includes a living room, dining room, bathroom, and kitchenette area. Feel free to make yourself at home with the fully equipped kitchen that is complete with a flat screen TV, Wii gaming system, and several board games. Again, make sure to save room for their delectable fresh baked cookies and snack basket. If you would like to learn more about The Carriage House Inn or to book a room, visit their website, http://www.thecarriagehouseinn.net/ or call 479-243-0957.
Mena Mountain Resort One of Mena’s newer lodging and event venues remains one of the best kept secrets in Western Arkansas… the Mena Mountain Resort is a spacious, upscale facility that gives you the feeling of a true “mountain retreat” but is located only a few minutes from Mena on a state highway. The décor is an eclectic blend of antiquities mixed with modern design that leaves you wondering what treasure you will find in the next room. Every corner of the property is expertly appointed with everything you’d expect to find in a luxury, 4-star mountain top resort yet, just minutes from all the conveniences of town. You can commune with nature, enjoying the area’s plethora of outdoor activities by day and then look forward to being pampered in the evening by the resort’s attentive staff that is ready to exceed all of your expectations. Whatever the words “retreat” and “vacation” mean to you, you will find it at Mena Mountain Resort. If not taking advantage of the many adventures within the region, you can spend your time relaxing by their pool and strolling through their peaceful gardens. Mena Mountain Resort is designed to accommodate a weekend stay or to host banquets, birthday parties, class reunions, club meetings, conferences, corporate retreats, family reunions, graduations, holiday parties, honeymoons, weddings and receptions. The event staff of Mena Mountain Resort can assist in planning and executing events both large and small. Regardless of how you want to enjoy the spectacular Ouachita Mountain region, you can expect to relax, retreat, and rejuvenate when Mena Mountain Resort is on your travel itinerary.
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ABears Den For a stay that feels like country living but is nestled just minutes from the abundance of shops and eateries in Mena, visit ABears Den, a bed and breakfast that provides all the comforts of a luxury stay on a beautifully landscaped property. All rooms at ABears Den provide plenty of space for double occupancy and upon arrival, you can expect cold bottled water, coffee, homemade cookies, a selection of hot teas, and fresh flowers, waiting just for you. Each room also includes cable television and wireless internet. Outdoors, you can relax on the covered patio that includes seating and a fire pit. Around the property, you’ll find fountains that sing with the sounds of flowing water. Take a walk across the wooden bridge to find more outdoor seating… the perfect place to sit and waste the day away while hearing the birds sing, watching the squirrels play, and enjoying nature in its finest setting. This quiet location is waiting for you… waiting to give you the best stay in the Ouachitas… waiting to pamper you with a hand prepared breakfast before you embark on your adventurous day… it’s all waiting, just for you. To learn more about ABears Den, including pictures, amenities, and location, visit their website: http://www.abearsbandb. com/. Give them a call or text at 479-394-8519 or send an email to: email@example.com.
Mena’s budding arts district is located in the center of downtown and features an art gallery, live theatre, a working arts and crafts studio, a Native American Trading Post as well as a new creative arts center. They are all surrounded with delectable eateries, boutiques, and a nt i q u e/ re s a l e stores.
Ouachita Little Theatre The Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT) is located in the old “Lyric Theatre” movie house that was built in 1923 and offers multiple live stage productions throughout the year. The building’s history and the storms it has weathered are as dramatic as the many plays that entertain the community and tourists each year. The OLT’s exceptional performances are made possible by a group of devoted individuals who work tirelessly to bring quality live productions to the area. In fact, the OLT was recognized in 2009 by the American Association of Community Theaters (AACT) as the Arkansas State Community Theater Champion. The group also returned with awards for Best Costumes, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Play Performance. It regained its Championship status in 2013 when the AACT once again recognized OLT as the Arkansas Community Theater Champion. The theatre typically performs three to four plays a year, with other venues playing throughout the year such as musical entertainment, talent shows, and much, much more. The Spring 2017 production is Mary Poppins, the summer production will be Tom Sawyer and thespians will tackle Hamlet in October 2017. Whether it’s a musical or a tragedy, you can be guaranteed that each production is entertaining and sets the bar for community theater at its finest. Each production showcases the wide-ranging acting talents of locals and is expertly presented with precise attention to detail in costuming, make-up, music, sound, and lighting. You can check them out online to stay abreast of the latest productions each year at www.oltmena.com.
Mena Art Gallery The Mena Art Gallery is actively involved in the community and inspires artists of all ranges and talents. As a growing number of artists relocated to the area, Mena Art Gallery was born from the SouthWest Artists group that is a non-profit organization that was established after World War II to bring beauty back into the lives of people in a war weary world. The group continued to flourish and eventually opened the gallery in 2002 that showcases not only the talents of local artists but artists from around the country. One of the gallery’s featured events is a juried show, the Art of the Heartland Exhibit, that the group launched in 2015 with the goal of bringing back American pride after a long period of economic downturn. The exhibit assembles the finest display of representational paintings made in America that display the best of American Art. Only paintings with the highest quality in workmanship, color, value, composition, style and diversity of subject matter are juried into the impressive exhibit. Mena Art Gallery also offers multiple workshops and classes throughout the year to help grow, nurture, and connect local artists ranging in talents and mediums. For more information on the Mena Art Gallery, check out http://www. southwestartists.org/ or call 479-394-3880.
Ouachita Arts Celebration Quickly becoming one of Mena’s larger festivals, this event was founded by the SouthWest Artist group as yet another way to facilitate and showcase a growing arts community. The event combines community and culture with a splash of artistic flare. The Ouachita Arts Celebration is hosted in the fall each year and showcases fine arts, music, belly and interpretive dance, martial arts demonstrations, flint knapping, Native American drumming, along with multiple arts booths lining the main street of town. The booths are staffed by the artist themselves and allows you an opportunity to watch them perform their artistry/craft as well as an opportunity to visit with them. There are also numerous children’s activities with demonstrations and hands-on creative things for the family. The 2016 Ouachita Arts Celebration attracted close to 30 pre-war automobiles, including the famous Doc Hudson car, made famous by the children’s animated movie ‘Cars.’ Festival goers enjoyed viewing these antiques and seeing the craftsmanship that went into their construction and restoration.
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American Artisans American Artisans combines art and food to make one of the most memorable experiences in the downtown arts district. It is both a small bistro and a small art gallery that features very unique handcrafted arts featuring pottery, glass works, wood works, jewelry, gourd art, paintings, and artistic pop-art tables from local artists and others from around the country. These incredible works of art surround you while you enjoy an exceptional cuisine at reasonable prices. One visit and you will see why it has quickly emerged as one of Mena’s “hot spots” for both locals and tourists alike. Owners Rick and Donna Chrisman are doing something they’ve wanted to do for a long time, and when you combine passion with talent, success is sure to follow… as it has at American Artisans. “Over the years, we had discovered that food and art go together well and Donna loved to cook, so we decided to put all these elements together. We bought a building on Mena Street in 2011 with the intent of creating a place that would offer a pleasant environment, providing quality food and unique, quality had-made crafts,” said Rick. Eating at American Artisans is an experience in and of itself that offers a very comfortable, casual setting, with gourmet foods at very reasonable prices. The building is a work of art itself, blending a 100-year old structure and the modern age, with remarkable artwork surrounding patrons as they enjoy their fire roasted tomato bisque or Santa Fe salad. Your taste buds will thank you and remind you that no dining experience at American Artisans is complete with a side order of their very famous homemade potato chips and dip that will make you want to pull up stakes to relocate to Mena! American Artisans is located in the heart of the downtown arts district, 615 Mena Street, at the foot of the Talimena Drive. They are open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Check out their Facebook page, American Artisans, for special menu items of the week. This upscale dining and art experience is a very unexpected find in small town Arkansas.
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Four Winds Trading Post If you enjoy or cherish Native American heritage, Four Winds Trading Post will be on your “must do” list while you visit our beautiful Ouachita Mountains. Lyn Dilbeck, founder of the trading post, is part Cherokee and has an intrinsically deep appreciation and passion for her Native American heritage. “This is an all volunteer operation – no one gets a paycheck for the hours put in at the business itself,” she explained. “When I put the shop together I really couldn’t afford to go out and buy items so I thought it would be great to have a place that sold items from all the local artists in the area. Ninety percent of our inventory is from area artists who provide Native American-style items, but finding artists that do ‘native-style’ work is somewhat of a challenge and I’m always open to seeing items from folks in this area who do this kind of thing. Nonetheless, I have to say we have a number of well-known people contributing to our success. Where else can you go in Mena and get a documented Navajo rug?” Dilbeck explained that the shop offers a wide variety of items from talented artists of the area, giving them a place to display their skills, but that she prides herself on being able to display the talents of genuine American Indians as well. Inside Four Winds Trading Post, you can find pine needle baskets which are absolutely beautiful, beadwork necklaces and earrings, and magnificent native-style flint knives exactly like those used 200 years ago, pen and ink paintings, bamboo flutes, wooden bowls, native prints and pictures on tiles for floors and kitchens or for walls, and even woven dreamcatcher earrings.
‘Reﬂections’Creative Arts Center Adding to Mena’s Downtown Arts District, Reflections Creative Arts Center houses a multitude of expressionistic arts including dance, music, voice, martial, aerobics, and an art studio. Emmye Rowell of Mena purchased the historic building on the corner of Mena and Maple Streets for her Christian Dance Company, Beautiful Soles, in 2016, and has spent the months since completely renovating the property inside and out, restoring it to its original glory. The original high ceilings have been uncovered and restored and the original cast iron pillars that stand from the bottom of the first floor to the top of the second, represent the early 1900’s craftsmanship that is evident throughout. The floor of the second story has also been removed near the front side of the building to create a 30’ tall lobby with a staircase and wrap around balcony with a view of the downstairs and downtown. In addition to the arts, there will also be an ice cream shop with coffee and free wi-fi in the downstairs lobby area. For more information, contact Rowell at 479-216-4224 or email at: dancebeautifulsoles@gmail. com.
In one of the most unique places in North America, the Ouachita Mountains surrounding Polk County, Arkansas offers a variety of outdoor adventures that are sure to stir the adrenaline of even the most courageous. The ‘east to west’ layout of the Ouachitas Mountains is a unique quality of its own, but the trails and streams that are nestled here, are unequalled. Whether you are into mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, or kayaking, there are thousands of acres of national forest and hundreds of miles of streams and rivers that provide options to everyone from beginners to the most experienced.
Biking, Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking, and More BIKING For those who like two wheels under their feet, you’ll find two Epic rated courses in the eastern portion of the mountain range, with a popular tour/race held on both. The Ouachita Challenge is now in its second decade and is held in spring each year. The event sends cyclists on a sixty-plus mile loop over two days on two of the area’s best trails, both with Epic ratings from the International Mountain Biking Association – The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail, known for its challenging climbs, vast technical sections, and scenic views of the Ouachita River and The Womble Trail, known for its fast trails and scenic views of the Ouachita Mountains and valleys. In the western portion of the region, you’ll find Earthquake Ridge at the base of Rich Mountain, Arkansas’ second highest peak. The trail runs aside the National Talimena Scenic Drive on both the north and south sides of Rich Mountain. The area has unique flora and fauna and unique species of animals as well. Mountain bikers will love the challenge of this 6.8 mile trail that is also fit for hiking.
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HIKING While on Rich Mountain, you can also enjoy several hiking trails. Lover’s Leap trailhead sits near the famous Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge and offers superior views of the surrounding area. Although the trail is just over a mile long, the romantic walk to the edge of the cliff where sunsets can be viewed over a breathtaking valley, is one of the most popular walks in the region. The Queen offers another trail just on the opposite side of the Lodge – The Reservoir Hike. There you’ll wind your way down the edge of the mountain to find an old water reservoir built by the pioneers that founded the surrounding towns. A small campsite is nestled in the trees for those who wish to break free from the normal camping experience. The Ouachita Trail also stretches through the region. Known for its biking and hiking options, it runs for near 200 miles, with a half-dozen recreation areas scattered along the way, perfect to use for camping during multi-day hiking adventures. Only foot traffic is allowed on 55 miles of the trail with 137 miles open to both foot traffic and mountain bikes. A range of elevations can be found along the trail, from 600 to 2,600 feet, as the trail winds through forested mountains, sweeping valleys and clear, cold, running streams. CANOEING/KAYAKING If water activities are more your style, the region offers a variety of rivers perfect for taking a slow stroll down in a canoe or for whitewater rafting in a kayak. For an exciting adventure, check out the mighty Cossatot River. Named by early Native Americans, Cossatot means ‘skull crusher’ and lives up to its legendary status. Often dubbed as the most challenging whitewater rafting in Arkansas, it’s headwaters stretch for 26 miles, beginning just south of Mena, and has a Class 4/5 rating, giving the most experienced canoeists an adrenaline rushing challenge. In the eastern half of the region, the Caddo River offers up a less challenging river, but the perfect place for a slower paced day. Along the way, canoeists can enjoy a swinging footbridge, rock gardens, and a geological oddity in the form of hot springs bubbling up for the bed of the river. The Little Missouri River is also known for it’s beautiful scenery as kayakers and canoeists wind their way through twisted rock layers and forested banks. The Class 1/2 river will take you over Little Missouri Falls and Winding Stair Rapids, where a series of drops in the Class 4 category will surely get your heart pumping. For the rugged adventure of a lifetime, visit one of these exceptional outdoor treasures… We promise, you’ll be back for more!
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The Carriage House Inn---at the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains in Mena, Arkansas. Located in the heart of Mena, walking distance to downtown and Janssen Park, this stunning 1898 colonial home and guest house is the perfect place to call home on your next vacation to Southwest Arkansas.
479-243-0957 Alternative reservation number 214-356-5137 Innkeepers: Scott and Ashley Vacca adventure
Holly Springs Homestead Holly Springs Homestead is a family business that has brought the Alston family together both in work and at the dinner table. Managing 300 acres, the Alstons, along with their sons, Ryan and Drey, created the homestead to bring their family together, while providing fresh and local products for visitors. The family is also Polk County’s 2017 Farm Family of the Year. At Holly Springs Homestead you’ll find fresh from the garden veggies, Heirloom seeds, Watkins products, pure raw honey, garden supplies, Joy dog food, beeswax, hunting and fishing licenses, and Arkansas Grown & Arkansas Made products. Kids will enjoy the Mud Pie Kitchen and teepee area. The addition of a Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in the Fall of 2016 attracted visitors from all over. Spend your day checking out the farm at 217 Polk Road 184, or 5.5 miles down Polk Road 74 in Mena. For more information on Holly Springs Homestead, visit their Facebook page or give them a call at 479-243-6525. EBT and SNAP benefits, along with major credit cards are accepted.
Jot’Em Down Store Take a step back in time when you visit the Lum and Abner Museum & Jot ‘Em Down Store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. The museum houses the remnants of a bygone era when Lum and Abner were at the rise of their stardom. The Lum & Abner radio show was welcomed by audiences for nearly 25 years. The duo was created by Chester “Chet” Lauck, who played Lum Eddards, and Norris “Tuffy” Goff, who played Abner Peabody, on their wildly popular radio show that began in 1931. Lauck and Goff grew up together and built many of their characters from real-life residents of the town of Waters. The town’s name was changed in 1936 to Pine Ridge, after the fictional name of Lum and Abner’s hometown. The pair also went on to star in seven feature films in Hollywood during the 1930’s to 1950’s. Visit the museum and gift shop that pays homage to the area’s most famous duo. You’ll also have a chance to shop in the Jot ‘Em Down Store for old fashion general store goods. The museum is owned by Lon and Kathryn Stucker who give tours from mid-March to mid-November. They are open Tuesday thru Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 5 p.m. Tours must be booked in advance by calling 870-326-4442. Special arrangements can be made to accommodate visitors. Admission is free.
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479-243-9600 1168 Hwy 71 S. • Mena, AR 71953
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The picturesque Little Missouri Falls are tucked deep within the Ouachita National Forest. The cascading falls are one of the most popular destinations within the Ouachita Mountain region. There is a picnic area and access to the Little Missouri hiking trail, which follows the Little Missouri River. During summer months, the rocks will be blanketed with swimmers of all ages enjoying the cool and crystal clear waters. The area is also perfect for scenic photography.
Unlike many rural downtowns that are crumbling and decaying, struggling to compete with the popularity of outlet malls and promenades, Mena’s downtown is reviving and thriving with extensive remodels and capital improvements. Once vacant buildings have come alive with new commerce.
Reviving & Thriving Downtown & More... Mena Street serves as the gateway to the scenic Talimena National Byway that leads directly to the Queen’s front door and gives guests and locals a plethora of culture, shopping, and dining opportunities. Much of the revitalization can be attributed to the visions of the Arkansas Regional Coalition of the Ouachitas, who actively began spearheading the campaign in 2011. A $1.3 million streetscape project is now complete and adds to the entire experience of shopping with new sidewalks boasting quaint light posts reminiscent of a time gone by and, of course, benches for a quick rest! Flanked by Sherwood Avenue and DeQueen Street, the shopping and dining are not excluded to Mena Street alone but encompasses several blocks on either side of Hwy 71. The budding arts district located in the heart of town continues to grow, offering new events and activities throughout the year… and proving to be a destination in and of itself. Theatre, arts, shopping, and antiquing… who knew you could pack so much in two square blocks? Mena Street is steep in tradition, too, with a number of businesses who have weathered both the decline and the revitalization first hand. Guests and locals alike will quickly tell you that no visit is complete without dining at the Skyline Café that first opened its doors in 1922, and has been featured in numerous state and national publications. Coast to Coast Home & Hardware store is located on the south end of Mena Street and has been delivering personalized service 7 days a week since 1946. Another corner-
stone retailer is Washburn’s Home Furnishings that has been serving the area for over 77 years. Also in the heart of downtown Mena is the historic Mena Depot Center, a restored KCS Depot. The Depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a local museum, housing local history and includes a room of Lum & Abner memorabilia and the famous Ouachita Portrait Collected by local artist Monta Black Philpot. This same collection was once displayed in the rotunda of the Capitol. During various times of the year, downtown Mena is the host to large-scale events ranging from the arts, street dances, festivals, and car shows. The Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run is one of the longest standing traditions, celebrating over four decades, and is responsible for bringing 200-300 highend antique cars and street rods into downtown and to the Queen each August. Simply put, no visit to see our area is complete without a day or two exploring all that downtown Mena has to offer!
Washburn’s Home Furnishings Washburn’s Home Furnishings is Mena’s cornerstone downtown retailer, serving the area for over 77 years. The store was founded by a man who helped shape Mena, in many ways, Mr. Omar Washburn. His founding principles are still very much in practice today and can largely be attributed to the store’s growth and sustainability through almost eight decades. The large 2-story showroom spans almost half of a city block and includes home furnishings for every room of your home, including man caves, breakfast nooks, you name it… and it is all expertly displayed and accessorized to help you find the perfect piece or set to complete your home. They recently introduced the very popular Magnolia Home Collection to their large assortment of top quality brands such as Ashley, Bassett, Broyhill, Lane, LaZBoy and many more. If you packed everything but the kitchen sink for your vacation, who says you can’t come home with a new refrigerator, right? Washburn’s also carries a wide range of appliances for your kitchen or laundry room, including popular brands like Frigidaire, Crosley, and Speed Queen. No home is complete without the perfect accessories and the staff at Washburn’s are the experts in helping you find the perfect piece to compliment your furniture and your style. From pillows, to rugs, to table décor or wall hangings, select the perfect piece from the showroom. One visit in and you will see why Washburn’s is a favorite of the locals. The business has remained progressive in an ever-changing business world but the founding principles are as solid as their reputation. The Washburn’s name is synonymous with quality and customer service. A formula that has proven to be successful for over seven decades and shows no sign of changing course any time soon. 28
Turtle Cove Spa Slow down for a day of relaxation and pampering when you visit Turtle Cove Spa at Mountain Harbor Resort in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Turtle Cove Spa is nestled in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains on the shores of Lake Ouachita. Billed as ‘more than a day spa,’ it is a destination spa for you body and soul. Their holistic therapy approach uses local quartz crystals to create a crystal energy balance. Their services are wellness-based and are designed to restore your mind and body to a state of equilibrium. Whether you are seeking a massage, skin care, holistic, or body therapies, Turtle Cove Spa strives to connect with their guests and provide a gratifying spa experience. Their exceptional therapists have a combined experience of over 20 years. Book a luxurious couples massage in their fireside suite or make it a girls’ day and let Turtle Cove Spa bring you harmony and relaxation. They also offer Indian Foot Detox and Aroma Touch Aromatherapy massages. Turtle Cove Spa has been rated a top spa by Spas of America for more than 5 years. Enjoy the Ouachitas in a relaxed state of mind at this majestic wellness retreat! The spa is open at 10 a.m. daily with the exception of being closed on Tuesdays. Hours vary by season. To learn more and book your appointment, call 870-867-1220, email email@example.com, or visit their website www.turtlecovespa.com.
Mena 4th of July Festival Tapley Park
Vandervoort 4th of July Festival Vandervoort Campgrounds
Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run Queen Wilhelmina & Downtown Mena
Wheel A’ Mena Tour to the Top
Polk County Fair & Livestock Show
Begins & Ends at Janssen Park
Polk County Fairgrounds
Annual Ham Fest
Polk County Rodeo
Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Polk County Fairgrounds
RMCC’s Bert Hensley Memorial Golf Tournament Glenwood Country Club
CMA Changing of the Colors Rally Christian Motorcyclists Association
Ouachita Fall Foliage Festival
Ouachita Arts Celebration Main Street
Fall Craft Festival
Christmas Festival & Downtown Parade Janssen Park & Main Street
Polk County Fairgrounds
For Regional Events go to Arkansas.com/events • For Local Events go to MenaPolkChamber.com/eventslisting.php
Ouachita River School District • “A” Rating by the Arkansas Department of Education • AP Courses • UA Rich Mountain Courses tuition free for our students • Small, Safe, Caring, Family Environment
“More than a school, we are a family. A place to belong!”
Medical & Mental Health Services Available at the ORSD Wellness Center located on the Acorn Campus
Extra Curricular Activities: Archery • Basketball • Baseball Bass Fishing • Cross Country • Golf Rodeo • Softball • Tennis Track & Field • Trap Shooting Choir • Cheerleading • Band
Acorn Campus Oden Campus ElementaryOffice Office -- 479.394.4833 Elementary 479.394.4833 Donna Reyer Davelynn Lane High School Office - 479.394.5544 High School Office - 479.394.5544 Shannon Lyle Shannon Lyle ORSD Wellness Center - 479.394.2932 ORSD Wellness Direct Center Line- 479.394.2932 Direct Line
OdeMaddox Maddox Elementary Office Ode Elementary Office 870.326.4311 870.326.4311 Donna Reyer Davelynn Lane High School Office High School Office 870.326.5522 870.326.5522 William Edwards II William Edwards II
Superintendent’s Superintendent’s Office Office 479.394.2348 479.394.2348 Jerry Strasner Jerry Strasner
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State Farm Insurance Agent
Welcomes you to Mena, Arkansas
You are going to love it here!
(479) 394-4521 Downtown Mena Hwy. 71 & Mena St. 410 Sherwood Ave.