Hot Springs Hot Spots Magazine - November 2014

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HOT SPRINGS HOT SPOTS EDITOR Jim G. Miller Fall is a special time in Hot Springs. It’s a time when the Master Gardeners begin preparing the flowerbeds planted throughout the city and the downtown Christmas lights are hung. October was certainly a blowout of fun and exciting events with a great year for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Bill Clinton also made a splash with his most recent visit.

November ushers in a time of last minute preparation for the holidays and for the approaching cold front. The local and mid-term elections are officially over and we are all thankful, hopefully, not to be buried with political advertisements and last minute campaign appeals. November is truly a no nonsense type of month for not shaving and not worrying about anything other than maybe some fall cleaning and some family togetherness during Thanksgiving. Watching the game and watching the calories we can’t wait to celebrate early this month with our two-year anniversary Hot Spots Downtown Pub Crawl which will be taking place up and down Central Avenue. We like to have fun in every issue and we look forward to having fun with you this November 15th during our crawl. It will be a one of a kind evening that will start at Steinhaus Keller and end at Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery. We hope that you have enjoyed reading over the past two years many things have changed with Hotspots but the two things that have always remained the same is the spectacular photography by chief photographer Jeremy Rodgers and our brilliant layout and design work by Art Director Marisa Rodgers. So we will definitely be toasting to them both during the night of the Pub Crawl. Our entire staff works diligently to bring you the best of what’s happening in Hot Springs and we hope to continue doing so for many years to come. If you like our publication and you can’t find it at many of our distribution locations you can now subscribe on our Facebook page so you will receive it directly to your home. Also of course keep up to date on events by liking our page. This month we cover No Shave November, the new band Ghost Bones, esteemed poet Kai Coggin, the non-profit organization Committed to Freedom, and much more. If you have suggestions or feedback please write to us online or send us a good ole fashioned letter we would love to hear from you, our readers. Thank you for enjoying Hot Springs Hot Spots.


CREATIVE/ART Marisa Rodgers PHOTOGRAPHY Jeremy Rodgers Jim G. Miller CONTRIBUTORS Samuel Binns Alex Bridges Denise Parkinson COPY EDITORS Carl Miller SALES Justin Lemaster To subscribe: Visit the ‘Shop’ tab at For advertising opportunities: or call 501-620-4520 For editorial queries: Please write to: Hot Springs Hot Spots 801 Central Avenue, Suite 30 Hot Springs, AR 71901 or email BE SOCIAL WITH US LIKE US ON FACEBOOK FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

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Lighting a Fire


Rolando’s Speakeasy Continues to Spark Up Downtown Hot Springs

Photography by Jeremy Rodgers

Story by Jim G. Miller


Years ago I waited tables at Rolando’s and it was one of the best server jobs I’ve had. It wasn’t just the amazing people I worked with but the atmosphere and the quality of the food and drinks that made it such a unique experience. Sherry Cuzco and her husband Rolando decided to remodel the upstairs of the historic building that houses their restaurant into a Speakeasy a little more than a year ago. Now, if you walk upstairs to what was once a brothel, you will find an elegant dining area and full bar capable of making some of the best Prohibition era drinks in town. There are plenty of tantalizing food options to choose from on their solid menu. If you’ve never tried anything there before we recommend the Adventura Appetizer. A great sampler platter it gives you a little taste of nearly everything they offer on the menu. The queso flameado is also an appetizer worth trying. The server lights this chorizo infused cheese dip on fire with a splash of 151 Rum giving you a show and something yummy to eat while you wait for the entrée.

Utilizing a historic space overlooking Central Avenue it’s a one of a kind dining experience for both friends and family. Rolando’s also has probably the best outdoor dining area in Arkansas with their patio sitting directly at the base of West Mountain. Depending on the weather the cool lit ambiance of the outdoors especially during the fall is a perfect time to sit outside and have dinner and drinks. If it is a little chilly then you may of course want to dine either downstairs or upstairs in the Speakeasy. Rolando’s Speakeasy also occasionally hosts live musical artists on the weekends and they are always willing to host parties both large and small, the space is great for nearly any event and they offer special food and drink specials for large parties. Their fully stocked bar offers genuine throwback drinks that provide a special treat for both first time guests and regulars looking for a cool spot to frequent. Across from the Arlington Hotel we recommend visiting them especially on the weekends when the serving staff is wearing their flapper outfits or gangster era garb.

Offering amazing pork, chicken, shrimp and tilapia Rolando’s also has vegetarian items. There is also a plethora of prohibition style concoctions to choose from but the classic mojito has long been one of their signature drinks. If ordering from the throwback menu we recommend trying their old fashioned. Using large round ice cubes Rolando’s Speakeasy is a place where you just feel classy while having a drink. The Quesadilla de Chivo is one of our favorite dishes but you can’t go wrong with anything you order on the menu. The Ensalada de Casa is also quite delicious and their slow cooked pork tastes great with any of their signature menu items. Interested in dessert? Definitely try the rum cake which is one of the best in town. A long established downtown dining spot Rolando’s Speakeasy is a welcomed addition for those looking for a fun and entertaining place to eat, drink, and play. Join us there on the evening November 15th during the Downtown Pub Crawl. If you are interested in booking a party or event give them a call at (501) 318-6054.

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Photography by Jeremy Rodgers

Story by Jim G. Miller


Bobby Nixon was handing out fliers for a show at the Exchange when he first met his future bandmate, Ryan Jolly. Nixon was doing promotion for his Ballistic Missile booking agency at the Exchange while also playing in other band projects. Nixon’s played and toured with multiple bands such as Church of the Snake, Attractive and Popular, and the Holy Shakes just to name a few. He has also toured as a guitar tech for the band Alt-J. Often known for its DIY style the Exchange was a popular venue for many underground bands and it was an opportune meeting place for youth seeking an alternative style of music not commonly heard in Hot Springs. Nixon and Jolly wouldn’t meet again for another few years when they discovered that they lived in the same neighborhood. Ryan and his roommate Adam Walton were working on an unnamed two-piece project with Jolly on guitar and Walton on drums. At the time Walton was sporting an electronic drum kit and had only recently decided to begin playing drums

after becoming a master at playing the Rock Band video game. “You should see me play,” Walton laughs. “It’s ridiculous.” After getting a real drum set Walton quickly learned the ropes and is developing quickly as a talented percussionist. Jolly has played in other bands throughout Arkansas and he also records his own beats. Getting together for a jam session was the logical next step for the two neighbors. Nixon on guitar, Jolly on bass, and Ashley Hill on vocals have joined with Walton to form the band known as Ghost Bones. There’s an appealing energy that blends with the stripped down percussion intertwining with Nixon’s original guitar playing. Jolly’s bass playing compliments Hill’s vocal style each being subtle and yet powerful. Casual by design the band has a glowing stage presence and sound. “They were a pleasant surprise,” says recording artist Jason Tedford of Wolfman Studios who recorded the bands first EP and saw them play during their debut performance at Maxine’s Live. Their first three

songs on their self-titled EP are all great, with the song Pied Piper definitely being the catchiest. Hill who writes most of the songs had to have some initial encouragement from Nixon and the rest of the band before jumping on stage. “After about two years of dating I finally got her to sing for me and after hearing her I knew we needed to start a band,” says Nixon. Usually just singing in her 90s mustang she didn’t start singing into a microphone until last July. Ghost Bones is setting up a steady tour schedule and planning to do more recording soon but you can check them out during their upcoming shows on November 7th at The Blue House in Conway with Captured! By Robots, with Peckerwolf on November 19th at Low Key Arts, at the Buccaneer in Memphis with Nervs on November 22nd and also on December 6th in Hot Springs at Maxines Live. With pop sensibilities this experimental Hot Springs National Park indie band is definitely one to keep on radar in coming months.

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ALBUMS ON REVIEW < We Were Promised Jetpacks Unravelling

Released October 6, 2014 The Scottish indie rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks’ newest album follows a narrative, unravelling various emotions as the album progresses. The Edinburgh group has not mellowed entirely from their past work, but there is a subtle change that transfers the band’s work from focusing on the surface toward something with more substance. Lead single “Safety in Numbers” opens the album with a darkly elegant substance, building on a layer of synths that lead toward pounding drums and racing guitars. The album’s tension never slacks, even on softer songs like the ominous “Disconnecting.” which also acquires a sturdy sense of strength despite its delicate instrumentation. The band’s former delicacy in its catchy indie pop roots merges with their later, heaver sound in “A Part of It.” The constant waves of soft and raw emotions only temporarily cast a spell of gloom. The instrumental penultimate track, “Peace of Mind” reveals a sense of hope as if the sun is rising and a new day is starting. As the title of the album suggests, the album unravels. It builds slowly, nestling in the lowest of valleys and on the highest of peaks.

< Ben Howard I Forget Where We Were

Released October 20, 2014 Ben Howard’s second album, three years after his debut, sets a tone for reflective songs that contemplate the pain of love, restlessness, and falling short. The British musician transforms his sound to dark and ominous as a result of his newfound comfort and confidence to bare his soul. The album may have a seemingly bleak beginning, but opener “Small Things” provides the initial push as the album gradually descends into an abyss. Waves of guitar and distant drums echo with reverb, replacing his former acoustic sound. “In Dreams” possesses a sudden force of energy that makes it stand out, bursting with rapid guitar picking. Howard sounds the most carefree on the optimistic “She Treats Me Well,” which features a distinct intricacy. The guitar fluctuates between austere and lavish, choosing to revel in austerity on the nostalgic “Evergreen.” The subtlety of Howard’s inner madness fades as the album reaches its emotive peak on the distraught “End of the Affair,” which gradually builds upon Howard’s desperation and leads listeners toward the song’s explosive end. The album serves as a friend that suffers through the various states of confusion and resentment with you, taking you on a journey to escape the darkness.

< OK Go Hungry Ghosts

Released October 14, 2014 Although OK Go is mostly known for the mind-boggling and beautifully executed music videos, the group’s effort also shines in their music. The album’s electronic eccentricity appears on the album’s powerful opening, “Upside Down & Inside Out,” featuring thrashing chopped up vocals that twist and morph. The following song, “The Writing’s on the Wall,” flows with rhythms and hooks that are reminiscent of The Cure. The album then falls into a valley, but it is brought up to the climax of the album, “I Won’t Let You Down.” The peak does not diminish, but maintains itself in the next song, “The One Moment,” another memorable highlight where OK Go evokes their rawness as the song gradually grows into a victorious anthem. “If I Had A Mountain” and “The Great Fire” cover the album with a layer of warmth by including soft and swooshing synths. The great fire is extinguished with the album’s closing song, “Lullaby,” which attempts to drift the listener to sleep with its soothing pleas as the vocals fade away. OK Go continuously shows off its creative dexterity through the energetic detail of their songs, making every listen a new experience as you uncover buried layers in each song.

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The Revelatory Poetry of Kai Coggin

Photography by Jeremy Rodgers

Story by Jim G. Miller


Poetry can come from the most unsuspecting places but it usually comes from those with interesting lives or interesting stories to tell. Poetry can come from teachers, preachers, politicians and musicians; it can come from the homeless and the hostile. Hot Springs has a unique brand of poetry as though distilled from the hills, and poets have come and gone sometimes reemerging only briefly before flowing on by. Over time their words could be heard on the streets and in the historic city lofts and down to old Maxine’s where Wednesday Night Poetry currently helps to nurture a blossoming local interest.

historic Arkansas arts district of Hot Springs the perfect place to pursue her creative muse.

Kai Coggin discovered the venue immediately upon arriving in Hot Springs from Houston. Traveling here with a tight knit crew of long time friends she first stumbled upon Hot Springs while vacationing in Mt. Ida, AR. A 9th and 10th grade English teacher prior to moving to Arkansas Coggin has made major strides with her voice and style since she chose to focus her talents on poetry. And she found the culturally unique and

Considered a hidden gem by some, Coggin credits Wednesday Night Poetry to be her reason for continuing to write and generate new poems each week. “It’s an inspiration as a poet to have the opportunity to receive instant feedback from an audience,” says Coggin. In her newly released book of poems there is clearly that golden thread centered on the heart. Expressing an appreciation for the art of good love poetry, Coggin also focuses

“Everyone in the community has been really supportive,” says Coggin who attended the Pink Door Women’s Poetry Retreat this summer in Rochester, NY. Initially Coggin did some crowd sourcing in order to finance her trip and also to self publish her first book of poems, “Periscope Heart.” Luckily Coggin found a publisher in Swimming with Elephants a non-profit publisher to print her first book and it was in large part thanks to her opportunity to attend Pink Door.

on how the feelings and concerns regarding selfimage shape our experiences like in the poem, “Constant Before Picture”. Anyone interested in getting a signed copy of her new book may do so online at www.kaicoggin. com, All Things Arkansas, Coffee Love, and you can also find her at Wednesday Night Poetry at Maxines. The Garland County Library also has the book available for checking out at any time. Coggin, a Houston 2008 Teacher of the Year, is currently leading Words & Wine every Tuesday at Emergent Arts from 7pm to 9pm. The guided creative writing workshop started October 21st and will last through November 11th. It is $12 per class and it is not mandatory to show up to each one. Coggin has been very grateful for the support coming from locals in Hot Springs. “It’s like you just put something in the ground here and it blossoms and grows, or at least it did for me.”

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Healing & Preventing Sexual Abuse

Photography by Jeremy Rodgers


Story by Sallie Culbreth & Anne Quinn

Adam’s mother sexually abused him almost every day until he was twelve. Sarah’s youth pastor raped her when she was thirteen. The scars Adam and Sarah carry have robbed them of much of their adulthood as they each wrestle with the daunting task of reclaiming their lives. Experiences like these leave survivors to struggle with intimacy, trust, addiction, rage, eating disorders, body image issues, hypervigilance, and both physical and emotional damage. These are difficult stories to tell because they are about an ugly reality: sexual abuse, but since the early 1990s, a local non-profit with global impact, Committed to Freedom, has been offering holistic empowerment and spiritual tools to help survivors move beyond abuse, exploitation, and sexual trauma. Through unique, accessible, and often-free resources, the non-profit has helped thousands of survivors to address the damage in order to move beyond abuse. “These aren’t stories that people want to hear,” says founder Sallie Culbreth, herself a survivor of childhood

abuse. “These stories are ugly and disturbing, tragic and frightening. Most of us want to look away, but the continuing tragedy may cause years of suffering after the abuse actually ends. That’s where Committed to Freedom comes in.” The organization offers online articles packed with recovery information. They also offer seminars for abuse survivors; clergy and congregational leaders; therapists and helping professionals; highrisk populations such as inmates and sex offenders; survivors of torture and rape as a weapon of war; and parents who are also survivors. The Way Forward, a free self-help workbook, has just been released that is a PDF download. “Not only do we offer recovery resources for survivors, but we work to prevent abuse with our bystander awareness training for festival volunteers, good consent awareness programs, empowerment workshops for children, and prevention workshops for parents, says codirector and sexual assault survivor, Anne Quinn.”

On November 14th at 7pm, the organization will host its annual fund raising event, Eat Dessert First, sponsored by Magic Springs and Simmons First National Bank. The theme for this year’s evening is Star Wars. Dessert, provided by Ambrosia Bakery, will be served first, then “Bantha” burgers (BBQ), followed by a family friendly variety show featuring musicians Amyjo Savannah, The Itinerant Locals, and Chuck Dodson, along with an entertaining episode-like saga that focuses on the end results of the organization’s work: Reclaiming Wonder. The Wine Rack will also be hosting wine tasting throughout the evening for adult guests. The event will be at Low Key Arts, 118 Arbor Street. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children, and free for under age five. There will be a silent auction throughout the evening. Guests are encouraged to compete in the Star Wars themed costume contest in which judges can be bribed to pick winners. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door. Space is limited and reservations are encouraged. For more information, call 501-545-0791.


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Getting Your Groom On

I rarely get my haircut and when I do I usually select someone at random to do it. It’s like throwing caution to the wind I guess. But usually it’s just whomever is easiest to book an appointment with because of my busy schedule. Needless to say I am also not as diligent as I should be about trimming my beard. In fact I am terrible at paying attention to my facial hair. I never groom it. Is it laziness? Is it because I had a beardless father, who knew nothing of the fine ar t of facial hair sculpting? Sadly the days of the hot straight razor shave have dwindled and I often feel awkward when asking the hairdresser or barber to trim my whiskers. If my beard looks too crazily unkempt I’ll have my girlfriend trim it for me. But this, friends, is no way to live. You must tame that unkempt beard unless of course you’re going for that whole natural unkempt look a la the Dude. This of course brings us to an impor tant time of the season for all of us with properly masculine face hair. It’s time for “No Shave November.” It’s a perfect time of the year where gluttony abounds and a care-may-free attitude regarding hygiene is only natural. Our imaginations turn to old Saint Nicholas—who probably never shaves because he’s Santa and he doesn’t have to. Still having an unruly beard can be bothersome. You get food in it or you accidentally bite into your mustache while eating a sandwich. The flavor saver is not an incredibly attractive concept probably to most women if you are a single male. (I cherish my flavor saver.) Many ladies will be frank by telling you that an unkempt beard is as

unattractive as stinky breath. Grooming is an ar t form and everyone has their own unique style that must be communicated via the facial hair. Of course there are also those poor souls out there who are incapable of growing a beard. We bearded folk don’t necessarily pity you though. It’s hard work maintaining an immaculate beard. For any newbie to the ancient ar t of manscaping it’s impor tant to remember that just letting your beard grow is not enough. A tailored beard takes training and practice to maintain. Luckily there are individuals out there who have in good conscience considered cer tain things that are impor tant in properly grooming and nur turing a healthy beard. BRO: Beard Rejuvenating Oil is a favorite beard oil among many locals here in Hot Springs. Composed of essential oils like sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, vitamin E, patchouli, and sage oil. This tonic helps stimulate hair growth, promotes healthy skin, and has a great fragrance making for an all around healthier beard. Combing your beard and of course making sure that your face is washed regularly are also impor tant things to do to stimulate circulation and growth in your beard. Produced here in Hot Springs National Park by Brianna & Adam Moore. Brianna who also owns Larkmar tin Soaps appreciates a good beard, which is why her and her grizzled husband Adam decided to unveil BRO. Moore also makes a shaving cream that is all natural and very convenient for shaving. Find out more about BRO at www. #hshotspots



Most times of course a barber or stylist in town will help you in trimming up your facial hair but it’s not hard to do on your own either. Just get yourself a good hygiene kit with some sharp scissors and pair of adjustable clippers and you are set. Of course, you could just go find Barber Darb and she will also get you straightened out. Barbers are usually your best bet for a shave and a haircut. Whether or not the sudden boom in beardom is a phase has yet to be determined. It’s become such a thing that documentaries have been made about the subject, contests are common, and an industry has grown. There’s even a local Facebook group called the Spa City Facial Hair Club. It’s specifically for guys who want to show the world what Hot Springs has to offer— in terms of facial hair at least. Many people have marveled at the great appreciation that some have for good facial hair and it’s definitely been embraced from both a style and cultural perspective. For many a beard is a sense of identity. It displays who you are and reveals your character. It’s not so much a status thing as it is a casual and yet bold statement. One thing is cer tain and that is that winter is coming and a face full of whiskers is often better than none at all especially when a cold wind is hitting you dead in the face. I know I’ll be letting mine go this November and with a little beard oil and some attention it should look pretty good come Christmas.


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Fans of cultural ambassador Shea Childs know her as hostess-with-the-mostest of Low Key Ar ts, Hot Springs’ indie music/film nonprofit. But that calm demeanor and Madonna-esque smile derive from a special calling: as a Licensed Cer tified Professional midwife, Shea has attended more than 150 bir ths. “Barbara Muller has attended close to 500 bir ths,” Shea notes of her colleague, teacher and friend, who for decades was Hot Springs’ only Licensed Cer tified Professional midwife. Barbara, a midwife and home bir th advocate since 1975, settled in Hot Springs in 1990. She delivered the second child of Shea and husband Bill Solleder; their first daughter was born (also at home) when the couple was living in Chicago. Shea opted for homebir th after attending a lecture by obstetrician Mayer Eisenstein, author of The Homebir th Advantage. The birth went swimmingly—including the little wading pool that allowed a waterbirth, right in their Chicago apartment. Family and close friends waited downstairs; as Shea recalls: “Neither of my parents had ever been to a homebirth and they were nervous. But the next day, my dad said, ‘if everyone was born this way, the world would be a very different place.’ And my mom called me her hero!” Cer tified Professional Midwifes (CPMs) can only attend homebir ths, but as Shea explains: “I’m an advocate for normal, un-medicated bir th, whether at home or not. The new buzzword is “physiologic” bir th, which means trusting the innate capacity of the healthy mother to bir th her baby.” Barbara Muller notes that “More and more bir thing women are claiming their right to a drug-free and empowering bir th experience.” Born and raised in Hot Springs, Shea is a sixth-generation Garland Countian. That means many of her ancestors were born at home, as most Americans were up until the 20th century, usually assisted by a “granny midwife.” But modern science began to favor hospital bir ths. The (male-dominated) medical profession cast homebir th as unsanitary and midwives as ignorant, even dangerous. By 1940, the percentage of homebir ths dropped to 44 percent. By 1960, it had fallen to 1 percent. The United States is unique in the developed world for its history of criminalizing midwifery rather than promoting collaboration between midwives and physicians. The pendulum appears to be swinging toward midwifery, thanks to national cer tification programs and increased awareness of bir th options. About

30,000 babies per year are born at home in the U.S., a number that is slowly increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Rather than treat pregnancy as an illness requiring a hospital stay, midwives empower women to direct (as much as possible) their own experience. At present, the U.S. rate for C-sections is alarmingly high, especially elective C-sections, which cause unnecessary risk for mother and baby. Barbara points to an increase in C-sections (from 5 percent in 1971 to up to 35 percent today) that parallels a rise in maternal death rates. Midwives’ clients are closely monitored by a team (including their midwife, doctors, doulas, chiropractors and apprentice midwives), so problems can be detected early. Risk factors, from advanced maternal age to chronic health disorders and breech positioning of the baby, can be assessed. High-risk pregnancies are not suited for homebir th. Shea works with Hot Springs doula Kayla Bradbury. “A doula is a labor suppor t person,” Shea explains. While midwives are trained to provide care, including assessing fetal growth, monitoring maternal vital signs, ordering and evaluating appropriate lab work and referring clients for medical suppor t when needed, doulas help keep the mother calm, focused and comfor table during labor. Shea also works closely with Dr. Kellie Jennings, a chiropractor who specializes in pediatric and pregnancy needs. In fact, Shea just moved in to her new office digs at Freedom Chiropractic’s address, located in a vintage Craftsman bungalow off Malvern Avenue. Shea will never forget her first client as a licensed midwife: “This was a Christmas baby,” she recalls. “It was 2011, and we had an ice storm. She went into labor around midnight, but there was so much snow and ice—the family lived out in the country—that her husband came to fetch Barbara and me in his four-wheel drive vehicle.” With electricity out due to the storm, Shea and Barbara arrived to find a “Norman Rockwell scene” lit by candles and a glowing fireplace. “The baby was born right before sunrise, and as the children woke up, they met their new sibling,” Shea notes. “The family made breakfast on a woodstove—like frontier life.” Find out more about the new frontier of midwifery and homebir th in Hot Springs by visiting #hshotspots



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Sunny Side Up a Cup of Coffee e HOW DO YOU BREAKFAST? f Story by Jim G. Miller Photography by Jeremy Rodgers




Breakfast. Arguably the most impor tant meal of the day. There is just something about the sight of two sunny side-up eggs on a plate next to bacon and toast with a good cup of coffee on a cold winter day that has a true southern quality to it. Maybe it’s that second plate covered with grits and biscuits slathered with sausage gravy. Of course no good southerner is going to turn their nose up to pancakes or waffles drenched in butter and maple syrup. No matter how you like to breakfast we decided to go on a delicious journey of some of Hot Springs’ favorite morning Hot Spots. (Apologies to the donut shops but we decided you deserved your own ar ticle; which will be coming soon.) In this ar ticle we carefully plotted out independently owned cafes, kitchens, and diners that we have frequented and also heard about through word of mouth or online. In preparing for this Spa City breakfast rundown we loosened our belts and threw any concerns about our cholesterol out the window. The first impression you get from a breakfast establishment aside from the décor is your encounter with the server or waitress. We will star t off by saying that each one we met was extra nice and hospitable. Often times one would make us laugh or just shoot the breeze with us in between refilling our coffee. Making a good impression can go far and it can often explain why so many people remain loyal to cer tain restaurants. The second factor you take into consideration is the coffee. Sure everyone has their own opinions about coffee but if it’s too weak or if it’s been brewing for just a little too long then it can definitely put a damper on the rest of your meal. Every breakfast place we went to seemed to use a different brand of coffee. The English Muffin uses Farmers Brothers which we thought was good, but not quite as good as the coffee at The Higdon Square Café. Still we were very much impressed with our waitress Carol and her recommendation of the corn beef hash was spot on. This homemade dish was a real treat and especially unique considering some spots, if they serve corn beef hash at all, will give you some kind of canned monstrosity that is indigestible. The English Muffin of course gets its name from the fifteen different flavors of English muffin they serve and they are all pretty delicious especially if you top them with some gravy. Still nothing beats a good homemade biscuit, which you will find at nearly every breakfast place listed. The Colonial Waffle and Pancake House has been a landmark in Hot Springs for many years. Like many breakfast havens it’s also a meeting place for locals to conduct business over coffee. Aside from their glorious waffles the Colonial has great omelets and a variety of healthier breakfast plate options. They have one of the most extensive breakfast menus in town and they appreciate their local clientele so much that they provide a 20% discount to people who live or work in downtown Hot Springs. This is one of the only breakfast spots that we have found to do that but hopefully it will be a continuing trend.


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Next stop down the line of historic downtown Hot Springs would be the Pancake Shop. This breakfast mecca has put Hot Springs on the map multiple times for its amazing consistency and high quality. The Pancake Shop has a big city feel and is constantly bustling because of its reputation but we have managed to squeeze in there on a few occasions and love everything they serve. I am especially fond of the buckwheat pancakes and fresh squeezed orange juice. Only open for breakfast they pride themselves on their pork products and our only quandary regards the exclusion of potatoes on their menu. Still they are high up on the list of great breakfast places in not just Hot Springs but the entire state. We can’t leave downtown without talking up Granny’s Kitchen, another traditional breakfast stop they don’t have the same longevity or reputation of the Pancake House or the Colonial but they make up for it with some supreme character and similarly great food. Phil’s Restaurant, which used to be in the Howard Johnson, has also been a common favorite especially for locals. Now at their new location across from Oaklawn in the old Facci’s they are hammering out both breakfast and lunch. Phil prides himself on his excellent southern style home cooking and he doesn’t skimp on the morning breakfast por tions. We recommend trying everything here, especially the ribeye with eggs, which is something, you can’t get in every breakfast place, we have mentioned. Phil’s also serves chocolate gravy, which is a delicacy in itself not found in just any southern kitchen. There are a few outsider breakfast spots definitely wor th mentioning. For star ters, Greg’s Rise and Dine Café in the shopping center next to Harvest Foods on Airpor t Road. Greg has been extremely successful with feeding folks

in town since day one and he has a loyal repeat clientele thanks to his good old fashioned breakfast food, excellent prices, and polite staff. Hester’s Family Restaurant now has the only breakfast buffet in town located in the Travelodge Hotel off Central and Grand Avenue. This is a historic little dive that is perhaps one of the best kept secrets in town. You are in for a real treat if you find the chicken and waffles on special. They have a great and affordable breakfast menu that you can order from if you aren’t craving the buffet. The old style booths and courteous wait staff make this one of our favorite places for breakfast. The Higdon Square Café is located in an old house off, yes you guessed it, Higdon Square. The motif is a little unusual on the inside but It’s definitely comfortable homestyle cooking. They serve up a mean cup of coffee with some fine sausage gravy and biscuits. The pancakes were a sweet and fluffy surprise for our taste buds. I would definitely recommend visiting the Higdon Square Café at least once for a try. The Shady Corner Café off of Shady Grove Road is our last breakfast stop to mention on this list of many great ones. They are a great casual breakfast stop and their silver dollar pancakes with warm syrup are quite good. There are of course several restaurants that we have failed to mention that do breakfast, if we did in fact leave you out do not take offense. There are many that we hope to discuss in the future perhaps on a more individual basis but at least for the time being we’ve given you a good plot for breakfast goodness. Many restaurants are now offering a Sunday Brunch like Jason’s and the Copper Penny Pub. The Sunday Brunch available at the Arlington Hotel is also quite popular because of its opulent selection. Word on the street is that the Superior is also going to be offering a Sunday Brunch. Certainly something that will be worth checking out because who doesn’t like beer for breakfast? Please feel free to tour any of the above mentioned breakfast stops, if you do just let them know that the crew from Hotspots sent you. #hshotspots






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Downtown crawl Hot Spots Celebrates its Second Year in Publication It’s been two years of Hot Springs Hot Spots being printed locally at Wheeler Printing as a free monthly magazine. What star ted off as a somewhat eclectic ar ts and enter tainment magazine, about a somewhat unusual and eclectic town, has steadily morphed into a true community-based independent magazine. Driven by eye-catching cover photography by Jeremy Rodgers, layout and ar t direction by Marisa Rodgers and strong content based original stories, Hot Spots strives to promote Hot Springs as a truly unique destination for both guests and local residents. Celebrating the city of Hot Springs and a two-year streak we hope that you are able to join us for the upcoming downtown pub-crawl, that we hope will become an annual tradition. Hot Spots would not be possible, of course, without our loyal readers and the local businesses that suppor t us. We hope to continue planning exciting events throughout the entire city. This upcoming pub-crawl will begin at Steinhaus Keller, a favorite downtown venue for many locals and right downstairs from our office in Spencer’s Corner. We could not think of a better place to kick off. Then we’ll be heading to the Copper Penny Pub one of Hot Springs’ newest venues and quickly becoming recognized for their pub fare and live music. After we leave the Penny we’re going to safely amble across the street to Maxine’s Live, a historic venue and excellent bar this is a perfect midway point for the crawl, which will be building up some delicious steam as we chug down to the Ohio Club; Hot Springs’ oldest bar and a popular Blues venue with great drinks and great food. Speaking of good food and drinks the next stop on our pub-crawl journey will be Rolando’s Speakeasy. This month’s featured restaurant and a recent expansion, there will be flavored moonshine and

melted cheese dip aplenty for pub-crawl par ticipants to enjoy before heading down to Fatjack’s. A great stop on the tail end of Central Avenue, Fatjack’s is a Cajun-infused watering hole with a great deal to offer in terms of live music. A photo scavenger hunt, sponsored by Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters, door prizes along with, of course, food and drink specials will be a fun thread throughout the evening. The last stop on the Hot Spots Pub Crawl adventure is the Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery. A beautiful environment to wrap up the evenings festivities with some tasty suds, Superior also has a great menu and a great staff all around. At the end of the crawl we will announce who won the $500 cash grand prize. Remember you have to be present at the crawl from star t to finish in order to win so come hungry and thirsty. Par ticipating pub-crawlers will each get a token for each place visited during the crawl. We will also have commemorative shir ts available for purchase this year. Pub-Crawlers are encouraged to have as much fun as possible, dress to stand out, get crazy. There’s no theme but just look at it as an oppor tunity to let loose this November. This is going to be a great oppor tunity to taste and experience everything that all of these downtown venues have to offer. Please remember to always tip your bar tender and servers. We hope you join us for all of the fun, live music, prizes, and games happening during this evening celebration. Hot Spots would also like to give a special thanks to Real Rock Radio 101.5, the City of Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, Ouachita Outdoor Outfitters, Rave Grafix, Render Creative Group and Wheeler Printing and all of the terrific venues for sponsoring this year’s Pub Crawl. Be sure to hit up the after par ty with us at 3B’s if you aren’t too spent from the crawl to hang. There will be billiards, beer pong and some more great food and drink specials for everyone who par ticipated with the crawl. #hshotspots




JV Farms Showcases the Healthy Side of Country Living

Photography Courtesy of JV Farms

Story by Jim G. Miller


I met Jay and Valorie Lee like many people have down at the Historic Downtown Farmers Market where they have sold their eggs and an array of different meat products such as chicken, pork, beef, lamb, and goat. They were not hard to miss with their large chalkboard sign and old beat up white Ford pickup truck with the “No Farmers: No Food” bumper sticker. Living on a third generation farm the two have used a modern farmers ingenuity in marketing their unique and wholesome products to the people of Garland County and surrounding areas now for many years. Not only have they shaped their own lives through healthy farm style living but they have influenced others as well. As an example they have helped other farmers and have regularly opened up their farm to visitors and guests. Their newest addition known as The Milk Barn is quickly developing into a unique gathering place for individuals to experience a taste of what farm style living has to offer. Built by Jay Lee’s

grandparents back in the 60s they have given the old space a makeover thanks to original woodcarvings by local artist Scott Fischer. Whenever available JV Farms offers unpasteurized milk, which is only available in Arkansas if you go directly to the farm to purchase it. Currently JV Farms sells a variety of meat products along with goat milk and they often host public and private events at the Milk Barn by appointment. Still in the developing stages Jay and Valorie hope to have it completed as an idea event venue, which will allow for more guests to come and visit their farm. Buying from the local farmers market has become a very hip thing to do but it should not necessarily stop there. Getting to actually know the people who are growing your food is a rewarding aspect of living in a rural community. Valorie also has a just for fun Facebook page called Dir ty Farm Girl, about the process of her healthy

country girl transformation that’s resulted in her losing 110 lbs. JV Farms partners with many local restaurants and shops providing their meat products direct from Cypress Valley Butcher Shop. You can sample their pork products at Superior Bathhouse Brewery and Distillery, DeLuca’s Napoletana Pizzeria, Park Island, Little Penguin Taco in Caddo Valley, and you can also find their various products at the Country Store. If you would like to reserve a spring pig from JV Farms feel free to call them and let them know. They have sold several roaster size pigs for Whole Hog cookouts and parties happening this fall and their December batch of chickens are nearly ready. If you want to pick up fresh and bag yourself they are $10 per bird, bagged $12.50. Both are priced for you to pick up at the Milk Barn those three days. They will schedule your pickup day and time a week out. All other chicken will be $3.75 lb for whole chickens.

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AN ARtiSAN VILLAGE: Fine fudge & good finds

Photography by Jim G. Miller

Story by Jim G. Miller


Just outside of Conway there is a little ar tisan village called Pickles Gap. It’s a unique little tourist stop that’s been in operation for more than 30 years. While many might refer to it as a tiny tourist trap there are definitely a couple of reasons to make a stop especially if you’re in the Conway area. Where the heck in Conway, Arkansas? Well if you didn’t know it’s half way between Pickles Gap and Toad Suck. What’s Toad Suck? Well that’s for a future Wor th the Drive ar ticle. Located at 315 Highway 65 North two miles north of Conway, Arkansas legend has it that a German immigrant was crossing a gap in the creek when his wagon over turned spilling out all of his pickles. This is how Pickles Gap derived its name. Known primarily as an artisan’s village it also has a restaurant called Big Al’s BBQ with Southern-style cooking and of course, fried pickles. Typically only open for lunch you can

eat from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the week and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. There is an outdoor stage area called Th’ Pickin’ Porch that occasionally hosts local musicians. The true reason that many people visit Pickles Gap however is because of the stellar fudge and shopping that is available. The Fudge Factory, aside from having a ridiculous amount of fudge, also has chocolate covered bacon, Twinkies, and over thirty different types of fudge and ice cream to choose from. Many of the other shops in Pickles Gap offer unique handmade crafts from artisans throughout Arkansas as well as fresh made jams and jellies. They also carry amazing hand carved and hand painted mahogany birds by Joel Dournel-Zanni, a renowned French artist, owner and founder of Blue Frogs Company based in Colorado. Located close to the “city life” there is a touch of country living to Pickles Gap with fields of

fall flowers blooming near the creek where this six-acre oasis rests. It’s a lovely stop especially if you’re heading north to enjoy the fall foliage. When we stopped by we met an old bird dog named Jake and got to play in the creek a little. There’s definitely something unique about the location. The main stone structure in the center that housed the wheelhouse also contains a large chimney and outdoor oven spaces common in older structures. Like many scenic stops and quirky hotspots Pickles Gap Village is an unusual place that is wor th the drive. Many people that live in Conway are not even aware of this colorful little tucked away jewel. Check out Pickles Gap Fudge Factory, Big Al’s BBQ, the antique shop, the collector’s flea market, the wax worm, and knife shop open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm and on Sunday from 10:30 am to 5 pm. First time visitors get 10% off. Visit their website at


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7 veteran’s dinner & Dance 2014 15 downtown pub crawl 8 baron’s ball: THE MUSES INSPiring Excellence

24 12th annual chili cookoff &


at Elk Lodge, 132 Abbott Place

party of the century

at Hot Springs Convention Center

a day of appreciation for our veterans at Adair Park | 11am-2pm

Veteran’s day USO SHOW at Hot Springs Mall Near JC Penny’s

9 Yes we can! Food Drive

and thanksgiving buffet

at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming

11 Veteran’s day memorial service at Veteran’s Memorial of Garland County, 118 Orange | 11am

Veteran’s day flag run at Dodge Store | 7am

Veteran’s day Parade

at Downtown Pub Locations 6pm | Spencer’s Corner, 801 Central

seminar: “The power of flow’ at The Muses Cultural Arts Center

at Exchange Street Parking Deck

27 Thanksgiving buffet at Oaklawn Racing & Gaming

16 ballet arkansas nutcracker

thanksgiving Day dinner

at Garvan Woodland Gardens | 3pm

28 Bingo! Low key arts

presentation & reception

19 captured by robots!, peckerwolf & ghost bones

at Low Key Arts, 118 Arbor | 7pm

20 Taste of the holidays 21 Garland County health

at Belle Arti & Porterhouse

film program fundraiser

at Low Key Arts, 118 Arbor | 9pm


ICE on ICE Soiree

at The Arlington Hotel | 6pm

at The Arlington Hotel | 6:30pm

department flu shots

theater presents “The prince and the pauper”

at Convention Center, Hall D

22 THE SPA 10k

at Whittington Avenue - Olive St. | 6pm

at Downtown Hot Springs | 8am

12 Jazz society’s

Holiday lights opening concert

at Garland County Library

at Garvan Woodland Gardens

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Dec 5-14 the pocket

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WOMEN TO WOMEN LUNCHEON at Casa Bella, 325 Broadway

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