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WINTER ISSUE NOVEMBER 2011

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holiday

GIFT GUIDE




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Historic Downtown Russellville Booking Holiday Parties Now

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Fine ART FOR SALE, Refreshments, AND……… LIVE MUSIC!

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Historic Downtown Russellville

1st Friday, December 2nd 5-8pm Santa. Carriage Rides. Carolers. Refreshments. Art for gift giving

Open Thanksgiving and Christmas Day...Menu available on line at opalmaescafe.com

Diamonds • Colored Stones • Gold Sterling • Watches Ring Sizing & Jewelry Repair Available Throughout the Holiday

the Cornerr

(479) 968-3660

An Evening with Mr. Conductor

Saturday December 17th 6-7:30pm at The Depot $5.00 Children Reservation Encouraged. Downtown @ 311 West C Street www.frameshopgallery.net

(479) 967-1398

Historic Russellville Depot 320 W. “C” Street

(479)967-1437

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FURNITURE & APPLIANCES In Historic Downtown Russellville

• 30-DAY MONEY-BACK SATISFACTION GUARANTEE! • A PAYMENT PLAN FOR EVERYONE REGARDLESS OF CREDIT SCORE! • STORE OPERATED APPLIANCE SERVICE DEPARTMENT FOR WHAT WE SELL!

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220 West Main Street Downtown Russellville

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There’s Still Time to Layaway for Christmas

Opal Mae’s Cafe & Catering 321 W. “B” St. • Russellville (479) 967-6725

Alterations Custom Clothing Uniforms and Window Treatments

Yasmin SembRia (479) 967-6695

the Cornerr

Since 1944

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behind the lines

elcome to the holiday season! The 11th year of the new millennium is nearly behind us — can you believe it? — but before we say goodbye to 2011 I invite you to take the opportunity to enjoy this “most wonderful time of the year.” Since our last edition of RVL Magazine, the Arkansas River Valley has said goodbye for now to one of its own, former RVL editor Mary Kincy. She is now living and working in the Austin, Texas, area, but may pop in from time to time within these pages or that of our sister publication, The Courier, to say hello. Meanwhile, my role behind the scenes — and behind the lines — at RVL Magazine will take on a more public profile. It’s a challenge I’m excited to meet. Despite my changing role, we at RVL Magazine are committed to our continuing mission to tout the people and places of our communities in the Arkansas River Valley. In this issue, our annual Holiday Gift Guide, we highlight a range of options for shopping local this season, from patronizing area artists to stopping in at one of our many locally-owned small businesses. Studies show that dollars spent shopping locally have three times the impact on a community as dollars spent at national chains, so as community partners it is an act for which we advocate — and we want to put our money where our mouth is. That’s why we’re once again sponsoring our annual $250 shopping spree, offering Arkansas

River Valley residents the chance to support local merchants while registering to win money to help pay for all those holiday expenditures (see details on page 13). Also in this issue are features on holiday crafts, party planning, upcoming events, holiday food, this year’s Main Street Russellville ornament and — my favorite — what the men in our lives really want for Christmas. Behind the scenes, RVL is busier than ever compiling events, galas and open houses for our readers to attend. Socializing with old friends and making new ones while spending time with family is truly what this time of the year is about. For RVL, the year has been one marked of change as we continue to evolve and grow with the community. Thanks to you, our dedicated readers and our loyal advertisers, we are thrilled to bring you the 2011 Holiday Gift Guide, the largest RVL Magazine since its inception. A special thanks is extended to all of the RVL staff for the long hours and dedication it takes to bring so any aspects of our community together in print. The RVL staff wishes you a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

The season of sharing starts with

Our Community.

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Get your sparkle on.

HISTORY HANGUPS

Preview this year’s Main Street Russellville ornament.

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Reflect your life and your style in one-of-a-kind jewelry created in dazzling beads of sterling silver, 14k gold, Swarovski crystal, colored stones and Itanlian Murano glass.

SUCCESS POPS UP

Larry Roberts trades the 9-to-5 for a personal venture.

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BRANDI AND BRE

Two local women transform a hobby into a business.

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PARTY TIME TIPS

Lesleigh Smith suggests ways to set your party apart.

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TURKEY TIME

Old Post Barbecue offers an alternative to holiday cooking.

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310 WEST MAIN RUSSELLVILLE 479-968-3117 Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

A GIFT THAT GIVES BACK

Pottery Worx wares benefit more than just the recipient.

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HOLIDAY HAUL

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A MAN’S GUIDE TO GIFTING

Rose Drug recommends fashionable gifts to fit the season.

Columnist Adam Sweeney offers hope to the helpless with his guide to finding the perfect gift for the man in your life. Publisher David Meadows Advertising Michelle Harris Business Office Kelly Davis Circulation Mike Geiss

Design Mary Kincy Gracie Camp Photography & Cover Art Joshua Mashon Production Adam Franks Steve Douthit

Sales Jim Kelley Lauren Lampkin Judy Manning Marie Norris Meagan Wilson

Published quarterly by The Courier, Russellville, Ark.

Annual Year End Red Tag Sale Layaway Now for Christmas

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Story by Whitney Snipes Photos by Joshua Mashon

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2011 LIMITED EDITION

ORNAMENT FEATURES BURRIS MEMORIAL PLAZA

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or Christmas, Arkansas River Valley residents can hang a piece of history on their tree. Since 1994, Main Street Russellville has featured many of the community’s historic buildings on limited-edition collectable Christmas ornaments. The project began as a way to raise awareness of Russellville’s many historic structures, landmarks and sacred places and emphasize their value to the community. This year’s ornament features Burris Memorial Plaza, located at the intersection of Main Street and Arkansas Avenue. “This year was the 10th anniversary of the dedication of the plaza, and the committee felt that it was the perfect landmark to feature on this year’s ornament,” Betsy

McGuire, Main Street Russellville’s executive director, said. While a few of the early ornaments have sold out and are out of circulation, many of the early issues are still available. Below is a list of the entire ornament collection to date. All editions are still available to purchase, unless otherwise noted. • Pope County Courthouse, 1994. • Historic J.L. Shinn Building, 1995; sold out. • Missouri-Pacific Depot, 1996; sold out. • Old Post Office, 1997. • Russellville Public Library, 1998. • Riggs Hamilton American Legion Post, 1999. • Central Presbyterian Church, 2000. • First United Methodist Church, 2001.

• First Baptist Church, 2002. • First Christian Church, 2003. • Historic Mo-Pac Depot, 2004. • Boulder Avenue Christian Church, 2005. • Masonic Temple, 2006. • Henry R. Koen Building, 2007; sold out. • Pearson Hotel, 2008. • Caraway Hall, 2009. • C&D Drug Store, 2010. • Burris Memorial Plaza, 2011. The ornaments are one of the many projects of Main Street Russellville, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to downtown revitalization. Ornaments are available for purchase at the Russellville Depot, 320 W. C St., as well as The Frame Shop and Gallery and C&D Drug Store.

SELL OUT SALE Lay away now for Christmas OLD SILVER PRICES!

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Jewelry John Bell Necklaces 42 different styles

Bangles from Heaven Squiggle Rings

Mustard Seed Jewelry

PJ’s corner

903 West Main • Russellville, AR • 479-968-1812 • Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5:30 pm

“Truly the largest selection of sterling silver jewelry in the River Valley!”




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HOME DECOR

HEADSTONE SADDLE STARTING AT $33

Valley Park Center

next to Cato Monday thru Saturday 10am to 7pm • Sunday 1-5pm www.randsfloral.com




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Story by Adam Sweeney Photos by Joshua Mashon

Success pops up ▲

Arkansas River Valley manʼs idea to work from home takes off


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isitors to local convenience stores have likely noticed the distinctive displays bearing bags upon bags of Iron Works Kettle Corn Co. popcorn — but they probably haven’t heard how the company’s president, Larry Roberts, developed the idea for the product as a way to stop “throwing away” his family time. Rewind: Roberts was sitting on an airplane. He worked as a process engineering consultant. He spent about 300 nights a year in hotels, all the while missing his wife Tracy, an art teacher at Russellville Middle School, and his two children, MacKenzie, a high school sophomore and Drew, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas. “For me, I was living on the road and I was missing my children,” Roberts said. “So I was out on the road trying to come up with a job that would bring me home and there just wasn’t anything that was comparable to my salary.” Near the start of the flight, Roberts grabbed an airsickness bag and started scribbling down ideas to answer this question: What can I do that would let me work at home? He thought back a quarter-century, to the day he visited Silver Dollar City in Branson

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Larry Roberts at work in Russellville.

and tasted kettle corn for the first time — an idea that had been in his head for a while. Nearly a decade before, Roberts and a friend had constructed a kettle corn cooker and had dabbled in selling the corn at area events such as Fall Fest. They initially

thought of peddling the kettle corn at larger events like the War Eagle Craft Fair near Hindsville, but didn’t anticipate how difficult it would be to get permission to sell at such events. See SUCCESS on page 29

GREAT LOCAL PRICES! www.beachshackinc.com • 3083 E. Main St., Ste. D, Russellville Valley Park Center • 479-967-3826


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Come see what

CLARKSVILLE

has to offer!

Layaway

Family Shoe Store

Large Sizes

“Largest Selection in the River Valley” • New Balance • Skechers • Asics • Merrell

• Nike

• Rocky Boots

• Born

• Reebok

• Muck Boots

• Bobs

• Red Wings

• SAS

•Clark

Shoes for the Entire Family

302 Main • Clarksville • 479-754-3781

ARKANSAS CYCLE WORKS, INC. ARKANSAS CY CLE WORKS

Motorcycle & ATV Service

Parts • Accessories Apparel

Whitson-Morgan Motor Company Happy Holidays!

I-40, Exit 58 Clarksville • (800) 467-3018 • (479) 754-3020

www.whitsonmorgan.com Happy Holidays from

Woodard

Carpet & Design

Serving Pope, Johnson, Logan, Franklin, & Newton County

479-754-2531 479-754-2818 Fax woodardcarpet.com

479-754-8279 • 1-866-681-6225 Toll Free

110 W. Main St. Clarksville, AR 72830 • 9-6 Mon.-Fri. 9-Noon Sat. email:arcycleworks@msn.com • www.arkansascycleworks.com

514 West Cherry Clarksville, AR 72830

FREE ESTIMATES Come See Our Selection of Formal & Cocktail

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from I-40 & Exit 58, P.O. Box 737, Clarksville, AR 72830

479-754-2000

Hardwood • Natural Stone • Area Rugs

800-530-7812

Dresses!

Danielle’s Bridal 2382 West Clark Road Clarksville, AR 722830 (479) 754-5885 www.daniellesbridalshop.com

Candyland Christmas Parade & Lighting Ceremony December 3rd starting at 5:30 p.m. in Downtown Clarksville


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REGISTER TO WIN A 2011

250

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Shopping Spree YOU COULD WIN BY REGISTERING AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS! Winner to be announced on Thursday, December 8, 2011

Look for The Courier Red Stocking and enter to win! A-1 Pawn A New Image Advance Collision Alpha Counter Tops Arkansas Beauty College Arkansas Tire & Auto Arvest Bank Avon Licensed Beauty Center Bath Junkie Beach Shack Beauty Zone Bethany’s Bizzy Bee Quilts CBay C&D Drug Store The Candle Factory Carr’s Chain Reaction City Mall Copper Pig The Corner Stone The Courier D & R Paints Daiber Vision Care Dalton Dentistry

Dr. Michael Cooper, DDS Dream Designz Ewing’s Video & Tropical Tanning Feltner’s Athletes Corner The Frame Shop Gifts On Parkway Goldmaster’s Joshua’s K&M Detailing Leaning Willow Lefler’s Leonards Hardware Liberty Bank M.Hills Mattress Maxx Maus Implement Millyn’s Nebo 2 Newton Tire Opal Mae’s Cafe The Other Foot & More Peters Family Living PJ’s Corner Preferred Staffing, Inc.

To be eligible, shoppers will register at one of the participating merchants. Winner may choose (five) $50 Gift Certificates at 5 different participating stores of their choice. Courier employees, participating merchants and their immediate families are not eligible for drawing. No purchase necessary. Drawing to be held at The Courier office 4 p.m. Thursday, December 8, 2011. Winner to be announced Sunday, December 11, 2011. Only one winner. The Courier is not responsible for lost entries or entries not turned in by the drawing time. For complete rules and details see the daily and Sunday Courier.

Quizno’s RS Floral Race Carpet Rose Drug, Inc. Russellville Depot Russellville Family Clinic Savanah’s Scrapbook Panache Sew Sassy III’s Company Threads Valley Piano Vinson Electric Supply Inc. Weiderkehr Village Wilkins Brothers Outdoors Woody’s Clarksville Merchants Arkansas Cycleworks Danielle’s Bridal Family Shoe Johnson Chevrolet Whitson Morgan Woodard Carpet

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Brandi and Bre

AREA WOMEN TURN CRAFTING HOBBY INTO A BUSINESS MODEL

and-crafted gifts can be hard to come by in an age when machines mass-manufacture most products. Cue Brandi Akin of Pottsville and Breanne Davis of Russellville. The two engineers of the business formerly known as “Something Borrowed” now known as “Brandi and Bre” aim to provide handmade, thoughtful pieces to residents of the Arkansas River Valley. The business grew from a hobby. “People would come to our houses and say ‘Where did you get this?’ and we would be like, ‘Oh we made it,’” Davis said. “We sort of decided, ‘Why don’t we sell this stuff ?’” The crafty duo offers multiple items for the home including ornaments, door hangers, picture frames, cabinets and framed windows with phrases etched upon them. Materials more often than not come from old barns, which the women scout on a regular basis. “We call it treasure hunting,” Davis said.

Akin said the business’ home furnishings make good Christmas gifts due to the originality and singularity of them. “It’s one-of-a-kind,” Akins said. “We try to make everything different and it’s not something you can buy in a store.” Prices for the women’s crafts range from $8 for ornaments to $100, with custom-built cabinets, depending on the size, costing upwards of a few hundred dollars. Orders can be customized to the customer’s wishes. Davis said a unique handmade item can add a special touch to one’s home. “Everyone is looking for that great conversation piece of art for their home, and we feel like our stuff can be that great conversation piece,” she said. “We have pieces from windows to frames. It’s just unique.” For more information on the items, email Akin at brandi_akin@ hotmail.com or Davis at breannedavis@gmail.com.


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crafts THE HOTTEST TREND IN DIY DECOR?

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re you part of the Pinterest craze? Pinterest is part social networking, part idea sharing and 100 percent the domain of do-it-yourselfers, who visit the site regularly for inspiration and ideas. To join Pinterest, follow these steps: Below: A Brandi and Bre creation aimed at the holiday season.

1. Log on to Pinterest.com. 2. Click “request an invite.� 3. Enter your email address. 4. Check your email and follow the link. 5. Create your account. 6. Select categories of your interest. 7. Create your own categories. 8. See a picture you like? Mouse over it and click repin to put in appropriate category. Pin away!


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FOR HER Bath Lovers Gift Set Includes: Apothecary Jar with Sisal Scrubber, Bath Salts, Fortune Cookie Soap, Bath Pillow, Body Dessert, Fizzy Ball, Soaking Soda, & Bubble Bath For Only $50

Bath Junkie 2125 E. Parkway, Russellville 479-968-2284 Rock Revival Jeans by Miss Me $168.00 Beach Shack 3806 E. Main, Suite A Valley Park Shopping Center Russellville (479) 967-3826 www.beachshackinc.com

Diva Outfitters Clothing Prices vary A-1 Pawn of Russellville 2207 E. Main Street Russellville (479) 968-4106

Kid’s Clothing by Mud Pie $38.00 Rose Drug, Inc. 3103 West Main Place Russellville (479) 968-1323 or 968-1050

Miniature Tea Sets & Miniature Glassware Prices vary PJ’s Corner 903 West Main Street Russellville (479) 968-1812


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FOR HER Red Louben Sweater Regent Faux Fur Vest M Hill’s 717 S. Arkansas Ave. Russellville (479) 968-5045

Unique Clothing and Gifts Leaning Willow 2410 E. Parkway Suite 5 Russellville (479) 567-5523

Tempur-Pedic Pillows Get a FREE $99 Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR®-Neck Pillow OR Standard TEMPUR®-Symphony Pillow when you purchase any 2 Tempur-Pedic pillows of $99 or greater value. *Offer expires January 31, 2012. Not valid on previous purchases or pending orders. Limit 5 free pillows per household. Offer is limited to U.S. residents only. See sales associate for details.

Starting at $99.00 Mattress Max 404 North Arkansas, Russellville (479) 890-9059

Columbia Fast Trek II Full Zip Jacket Only $44.99

Wilkins Brothers Outdoors 815 North Arkansas 479-968-4322

NEW “Hatbox Cosmetic” by Vera Bradley $46.00 Gifts On Parkway 2149 E. Parkway Drive, Russellville (479) 890-6932

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FOR HER Large variety of traditional acoustic pianos to modern digital pianos. Prices vary Valley Piano Co. 813 E. Main, Russellville (479) 968-5200 www.valleypiano.com

Naughty Monkey Tight Rope heels $74.95

The Other Foot & More 2143 E. Parkway Drive Russellville (479) 968-4900

Not Your Daughters Jeans “The Original Slimming Jean” $98.00 Ewing Tanning & Younique Boutique 1610 S. Arkansas Ave., Russellville (479) 968-2728

Keen Boots for her (Bern Baby Bern and Golden Boot shown) Starting at $140.00

Feltners Athlete’s Corner 2320 West Main, Russellville (479) 968-6464


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GIFTS MADE IN THE RIVER VALLEY

Looking for unique gift ideas? These River Valley merchants offer products made right here, at home, in the River Valley. To make shopping easier, local merchants are ready to assist you in choosing the perfect gifts and gift packages. Can’t choose just one? Create your own custom basket to include all these River Valley favorites tasteful gifts sure to bring a smile to out-ofstate family and friends.

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BIZZY BEE QUILTS Great Gift Ideas!

Great selection of handmade quilts, diaper bags, baby items in stock. Personalized bags for mom or anyone on your gift list. 2621 West Main St. Suite 8 Russellville, AR www.bizzybeequilt.com (479) 264-9771 • (479) 967-4003

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THE CANDLE FACTORY

Smelly Bears & Friends “New Holiday Scents” Candles • Warmers Gift Baskets Collectibles & Gift Certificates Available 7280 Hwy. 64 West (across the bridge) 967-9299 Mon.-Sat. 9-5 www.russellvillecandles.com

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BIZZY BEE QUILTS •Quilts • Diaper Bags •Burp Cloths • Nursery Sets • Embroidery • Children’s Clothing • Lots of Neat Personalized Things 2621 West Main St., Suite 8 Russellville, AR www. bizzybeequilt.com (479) 264-9771 (479) 967-4003

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RIVER VALLEY PEPPER SAUCE

Award Winning River Valley Pepper Sauce ...

2001 Winner of the Fiery Food Challenge “Best New Product” Purchase at: Krogers, Harps, Chicken Mart, Brangus Feed Lot, Stoby’s Restaurant, Holiday Inn, Old South, Newtons Pharmacy. Online at www.mypepper.com or for case purchases

967-5058 Rodney Yeager, Roy Yeager, Scott Dorminy MY Pepper Co., Inc., P.O. Box 9092, Russellville, AR 72811

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HOLLAND HONEY Offering Hand Made Soap, Lotion Bars & Sticks, Lip Balm and 100% Pure Raw Local Honey Available at: Pope County Farmers Market on Saturdays April through December Or Contact Ric at: 479-284-2140 • 479-747-5429 hollandhoneyfarm@gmail.com http://www.facebook.com/ pages/Holland-Honey-Farm

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WEIDERKEHR VILLAGE

Village Liquors Weiderkehr Cellars New Sunday hours: Now open at 10 a.m. Browse our unique gift shop and choose from a wide assortment of gift packages. We ship worldwide. 800.622.WINE Exit 41 on I-40 www.wiederkehrwines.com

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FOR HIM A Gift For All! Prices vary

Valley Piano Co. 813 E. Main, Russellville 479-968-5200 www.valleyapaino.com

Gift Certificate for an Oil Change and Tire Rotation Holiday Special $30.00 (Reg. $36.49)

Arkansas Tire & Auto 2304 East Main Street, Russellville (479) 968-4304

Merrell Cairn Full Zip Fleece Jackets Only $74.99

Wilkins Brothers Outdoors 815 North Arkansas 479-968-4322

Unique Chess Sets

TOMS for Men - Red Flannel

PJ’s Corner 903 West Main Street, Russellville (479) 968-1812

The Other Foot & More 2143 E. Parkway Drive, Russellville (479) 968-4900

Prices vary

$54.00


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FOR HIM Under Armour Boots Hiking to Rubber Boots Prices vary

A-1 Pawn of Russellville 2207 E. Main Street Russellville (479) 968-4106

Powermate by Milbank 3KW Portable Generator With Full 2 Year Warranty

Sanuck Shoes

$475.00

Vinson Electric Supply, Inc. 2500 S. Arkansas Ave. Russellvillle www.vinsonelectricsupply.com (479) 968-1296

Starting at $55.00

Beach Shack 3803 E. Main Street (Valley Park Center) Russellville (479) 967-3826 www.beachshackinc.com

“How To Really Be A Razorback” $53.95

Men’s Northface Aconcagua Jacket $149.99

Feltners Athlete’s corner 2320 West Main Street, Russellvillle (479) 968-6464

Gifts On Parkway 2149 E. Parkway Drive, Russellville (479) 890-6932

Chain Saws Starting at $179.99 Features great power-to-weight ratio for firewood or jobs around the house. Includes side access chain tensioner for easy adjustment. Carr’s Chain Reaction 201 West Parkway Drive #D, Russellville (479) 968-5305


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Holiday Gifts by Jim Shore $24.95 Gifts On Parkway 2149 E. Parkway Drive Russellville (479) 890-6932

Fully Functional Teapot Clock $24.95

PJ’s Corner 903 West Main Street, Russellville (479) 968-1812 Underarmour Striped Beanie $24.99

Feltners Athlete’s Corner 2320 West Main, Russellville (479) 968-6464

Stocking Stuffers by Natural Life Beach Shack 3806 E. Main, Suite A, Valley Park Shopping Center (479) 967-3826 www.beachshackinc.com

Good Works Bracelets $8.00 to $24.00 Lots of Styles Available Great Stocking Stuffer! Wilkins Brothers Outdoors 815 North Arkansas 479-968-4322


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Browning Knives & Wallets $14.99 - $24.99

A-1 Pawn of Russellville 2207 E. Main Street Russellville (479) 968-4106

Holiday Frames $24.95 The Other Foot & More 2143 E. Parkway Drive Russellville (479) 968-4900

Travel Bag - available in several different shades and styles $24.95 Ewing Tanning & Younique Boutique 1610 S. Arkansas Ave., Russellville (479) 968-2728

Shop Local And You Could Win A

250

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THE DENTIST / Dr. Michael Cooper, D.D.S .

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A great smile is the gift that keeps giving. Especially since virtually all Americans (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Further studies have shown that 96% of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex and 74% of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a personʼs chances for career success. Dr. Cooper recognizes the life-changing experience a new smile can bring to your life. He works diligently with each patient to achieve their exceptional smile. “There is no greater reward than to watch the immediate transformation once the patient sees their new smile for the first time,” states Dr. Cooper. “I am incredibly blessed to be in a profession that allows me to give my patients a smile theyʼve always dreamed of having.” A consumer study performed by the AACD further revealed that after patients received a new smile there was a substantial increase in the patientʼs personal characteristics. These characteristics included feeling more attractive, increased level of confidence, friendliness, and more popular with the opposite sex. This year give yourself the gift of a great smile. For a free cosmetic consultation, call Dr. Michael Cooper today.


Beautiful Smile

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Alyse Eady Little Rock, AR

General Dentistry

479-968-4477 michaelcooperdentistry.com • 110 S. Inglewood • Russellville • Monday-Thursday 8-5

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at its finest…

Holiday Frames

Ugg

Toms for the Family

nov. 25 • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Santa arrives at City Mall nov. 26 • 6-10 p.m. — Winter Wonderland, Pleasant View Park • 1 p.m. — Main Street Mission Toy Run, old Kroger parking lot on State Highway 7 South. Bring a new unwrapped toy worth at least $10 and put a smile on a needy child’s face. nov. 28 • Deadline for entries in the Russellville Christmas Parade dec. 1 • 6 p.m. — Christmas Tree lighting, corner of Boulder and West Main Street • 6:30 p.m. — Russellville Christmas Parade dec. 2 • 5-8 p.m. — Holiday Open House/Downtown Art Walk in downtown Russellville • 6-10 p.m. — Winter Wonderland, Pleasant View Park dec. 3 • 6-10 p.m. — Winter Wonderland, Pleasant View Park • 11 a.m. — Hector Christmas Parade dec. 4 • 1-3 p.m. — Exhibit Opening Reception for the Young Arkansas Artists and 2011 Collegiate Winner, River Valley Arts Center

Fashion for the Holidays Naughty Monkey

The Other Foot & More 2143 East Parkway Drive Russellville • 479-968-4900

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“Basically, in order to pop corn at those places, the people who are doing it have to die or something,” Roberts said. “They’re in it forever. So the equipment just sat in storage. We’d pull it out once or twice a year at Fall Fest and a couple of other places and pop corn. It was interesting when we did it; people just loved it. From the start people were saying, ‘This is the best we’ve ever tasted.’ The first few times they would say something like that I’d think, ‘OK, they’re just saying that.’ Then everybody started just raving.” On the plane, he kept coming back to the idea. “I knew I couldn’t get in fairs, so I was thinking, ‘How can I make that work for me?’” Roberts said. “I decided the only way to do that was to let someone else sell it for me. That brought up a lot of issues. You have to get FDA approval. You have to be in an inspected facility. You can’t just do this in your garage or set it up on the corner. There’s health safety, food safety. There’s a litany of things you have to do to sell a product. At first I thought, ‘That’s too much.’ A few months went by and I finally started asking questions. ‘What would it take?’” With a little research, Roberts discovered the regulations for popcorn manufacturing were not as stringent as he first believed. “Since it’s popcorn, you’d have to really, really try to hurt someone with it. The approval process all the way through has been much quicker and easier than I anticipated,” Roberts said. Last July, Roberts approached Nancy Drewry, who at the time was operating a farmer’s market in town, about selling the popcorn at her store. “They said, ‘Sure, but it’s the wrong time of the year for that,’” Roberts said. “’People want that in the fall.’ I said, ‘Let’s give it a shot.’ So we filled up their display with popcorn and it immediately started selling. It was the middle of the summer and it really started building a local following. People would be really aggravated if they came in to the shop and they didn’t have the product on the shelf.” From that moment, the business began expanding. Soon Iron Works Kettle Corn was available at other locations, including PDQ convenience stores. Upon request, Roberts presented his product to Harris Baking Company of Northwest Arkansas, which now distributes the product to 300 privately owned grocery stores across seven states. Another national chain with about 300 locations recently agreed to sell the product. And Roberts Red Wood Court Coat recently was approached by a with Louben Pant wholesale company that speand Simon Sebbag cializes in supplying products Necklace to prison systems in 12 states. 717 S. Arkansas • 968-5045

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uring the holidays, gifts and glad tidings aren’t the only highlights of the season. Holiday parties tend to turn up by the handful, with everything from friendly, family and corporate gatherings in full swing. But trying to plan a successful holiday party can seem overwhelming. Local event planner Lesleigh Smith of Dardanelle, who recently journeyed back from Texas — from which she traveled the globe planning extravagant affairs — said one of the secrets to a successful holiday party is organization. “Organization is key, (as is) not stressing out,” Smith said. “I think what most people do is stress out too much. Know what your strengths are and know what your weaknesses are. If you are unsure, hire out or ask for help. You don’t want it to come party time and you still aren’t ready. Set aside time for yourself to get ready. That’s a huge part.” The Lux Events owner said the next step is to send out invites. “I’m a firm believer in people mailing invitations, not e-vites,” she said. “Make it personal. People want to feel like it is a party, but it doesn’t have to be over the top.” When planning the party, keep in mind special touches to set the tone. Smith said music to fit the mood is key (she set the tone for the interview with Justin Beiber’s new holiday album) as well as items like candles, which are more budget-friendly than flowers. Another touch to make your party a hit is to plan a theme. “One of my little quirks is to have a mascot,” Smith said, gesturing to a table setting. “This setting has a deer theme. I’ve done stuff in the past with a squirrel and had acorn salt and pepper shakers. It’s something that kind of sets the party apart to have something fun without being cheesy. All of the stuff on the table, I walked out and got out of my back yard.” When it comes to good eats, Smith said simple is best. “Keep it simple unless you are a cook,.” she said. “Finger foods are best. If you are doing a full-blown meal, I highly sug-

Lux Events’ Lesleigh Smith knows a lit tle something you may not: any setting can convey a holiday mood — with the right decor. gest getting it catered. Otherwise, you, the hostess, will be up and down all night long. Another suggestion provided by Smith, is to have a signature drink to spice up the regular water-and-soda routine. “A lot of people don’t think to do it, but when at a party, people tend to go to their usual ‘Oh I’ll have a Coke.’ Give it a fun name and call it your signature drink. Like here, we have buckshot cider. It keeps with the theme and is simple with apple cider and a splash of cranberry. It makes people step out of their comfort zone and gives them something when they walk in to feel welcome.” Smith said when dining, it’s best to break out the good dishes. “It makes people feel warm and fuzzy when they are eating and dining on something firm, not paper cups and plates,” she explained. Finally, it’s not a party without the company you keep. “Honestly, what makes a good party are the friends and ambiance you erected,” Smith said. “Just getting your friends there is what makes the party good.”

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Small touches like the ones above, including cupcakes from The Cake Place and custom invitations, are key to a successful holiday party, planner Lesleigh Smith, wearing clothing from The Other Foot on the previous page, tells RVL.

• Do keep it simple or hire out. Know your limitations and make sure you are ready to delve into decorating and cooking for your party. When in doubt, hire out. • Do break out the good stuff. Don’t be afraid to use the fine china and crystal. It can make a casual event a bit more polished and makes your guests feel special too. • Do send formal invitations. Handwritten notes are the most special, but a printed invitation is great too. Just skip the e-vite, please. • Do create ambiance. Candles create the perfect lighting and everyone looks good in candlelight. Remember that atmosphere is half the battle. • Do create a playlist. Have a playlist appropriate to your party styling on your iPod ready to go as soon as the first guest walks in the door. Tuning to a channel on your TV that plays only music will work in a pinch. • Do have a timeline. When prepping for an event, the details can sometimes take longer than expected. Create a timeline that begins the morning of your party and stick to it.

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... and don’ts F • Do have a signature drink. Having a signature cocktail or “mocktail” allows guest to break away from their normal libation and try something festive and fitting to your party. • Do give out favors. Tell your guests thank you with a small take away from your party, even if it’s something like a take-home bag of cookies with a thank-you tag. • Do allow time for you. There’s nothing worse than greeting your guests at the door while still trying to light candles and get dressed. Allow yourself time to get ready and loosen up, because when you feel good and are enjoying the party, everyone else has a great time too! • Do appeal to the senses. Sight (a great ambiance). Sound (your great playlist). Touch (Real dinnerware. No plastic and paper). Smell and taste (The food will take care of this). • Don’t make it formal. No one likes a stuffy party, so make sure guests are comfortable. • Don’t stipulate a dress code. Allow guests to come as they choose. Most people enjoy dressing up for a party, but for those who don’t, make them feel welcome too.

• Don’t hesitate to hire help. If you are serving more than one course or desire elaborate decor, hire professionals. Otherwise you’ll be decorating and/or in the kitchen and to stressed to enjoy your party. • Don’t designate the party to one room. Allow your guests to mingle throughout the dining room, living room, kitchen and outdoors,. Keeping the lighting consistent in those areas will make guests feel welcome to roam. • Don’t skip the coat check. It’s cold out and people will have extra layers. Allow one room in your home as the coat/purse room or have a garment rack tucked away. • Don’t forget the loo. A well-stocked powder room should never be underestimated. It’s a comforting gift to your guests. Every detail will be noticed. • Don’t hide the bevs. Place the bar or beverages where guests can serve themselves and keep extra bags of ice in your freezer, just in case. • Don’t take yourself too seriously. Anything goes these days with table decor and menus, so have fun! Lesleigh Smith has had more than 11 years experience in high-profile weddings and events across the country. Creating rustic masterpiece weddings and events has become her specialty.

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ne of the most time-consuming aspects of the holiday season is food preparation. Old Post Barbecue provides a solution, saving customers the hours normally spent cooking a turkey. For about 25 years, the restaurant has smoked turkeys — and assorted other meats, including ham, brisket and pork loin — year-’round, but with specials during the holidays. “We’ll be covered up. We do about 300 for Thanksgiving and 300 for Christmas — sometimes more,” Steve Dodd or, as he’s known to customers and employees, “Barbecue Steve,” said. Dodd has personally seen to the smoking process at Old Post for 22 years. Manager Teri Coffman said holiday deadlines of Nov. 19 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 19 for Christmas have been set

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for people to bring in turkeys purchased elsewhere for smoking. She said the times for preparation vary. “It depends on when they need it,” Coffman said. “If it’s frozen, it takes four days. We set deadlines for the holidays, but it never fails — I set the deadline and people come in after. ... It depends on the size of bird. Some can go for four hours. Some go for nine hours. We have people that bring us 23- and 24-pound turkeys that do not smoke well. How on earth they find them that big, I do not know.” She said the service has always been popular — even more so since Old Post is one of the few restaurants in the area to offer the service. See TURKEY on page 46

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hich of your family’s holiday decorations means the most to you? Is it a family heirloom passed down through generations? Something you purchased for yourself ? A gift someone gave to you, or maybe an ornament with your child’s picture gracing the front? All of the above can be created in one local shop — Pottery Worx. Pottery Worx is a paint-your-own pottery studio open to the public. It is also a model retail project designed to allow mentally-challenged Friendship Community Care consumers the opportunity to gain life and business skills. Retail coordinator of the Russellville store Stephanie Morgan said anywhere from three to six Friendship Community Care consumers man the phones and greet customers daily. “They will work on their goals every day, writing checks, counting change and just being integrated into the community,” Morgan said. “We are a nonprofit and all the stuff we sell here goes back into Friendship. Purchasing items and creating your own work is a win-win here. It goes back into the community, helps others learn life skills and you’ve got an original piece of art all at the same time.”

At Pottery Worx there are more than 200 pieces to chose from. Items include large bowls, plates, mugs, soup bowls, flower pots, gnomes, tiles, banks, ladle holders and lights-witch covers, just to name a few. For the upcoming holidays there are Christmas ornaments, Santa figurines, Christmas bowls and more. “A lot of people tend to buy the big plates, tiles and, during the birthday parties, it seems a lot of people go for the figurines,” Morgan said. “Right now everyone is coming in to make gifts and it is beginning to really get busy.” Morgan said the pottery is pre-made and the store provides all the supplies required to decorate — paints and brushes. After a customer finishes a piece, it normally takes about a week to fire. During the holiday season it can take up to two weeks. Morgan stresses Dec. 8 is the deadline to guarantee a piece ready before Christmas. “We get very backed up around the holidays,” Morgan said. “You are allowed to paint after the deadline, it just isn’t guaranteed to be ready.” There are people in the store to help with choosing paint colors, and no appointments are needed. See GIFT on page 47

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he holidays are coming quickly, and with them a whirlwind of activities — decorating, parties and, of course, gift buying. To help shoppers make the most of the holidays, Jeannie Smith of Rose Drug in Russellville offered a few tips of popular gift and decorating items. One of the popular gift ideas for women this year is shawls, and Rose Drug offers some of the hottest trends in staying warm. “We were in the Mistletoe Market and we sold — this was our No. 1 seller — these new shawls,” Smith said. “Shawls are really in.” One trendy shawl featured at the store is a multi-use item made by Mudpie, the brand that also makes most of Rose Drug’s children’s clothes. What looks like a decorative flower also serves as an anchor to secure the shawl in place. Smith said the shawls come in a variety of colors and retail for $40. Another popular item is a shawl/sweater hybrid that wraps around the shoulders and fastens with large buttons. It is made by The Royal Standard and retails for $42. The kids can get dressed up in the holiday spirit, too, with Rose Drugs’ collection of Mudpie children’s clothing. The holiday line includes items featuring Santa, reindeer, ribbons and tulle. In addition, Smith said the store carries children’s shoes — in both tennis shoe and Mary Jane styles — that are hand-painted with holiday designs. Holiday hats, socks, bows and ribbons are also part of the children’s collection.

Popular items for hoiday gifting include embellished scarves and shawls (pictured above), rustic-looking picture frames and home decor. Rose Drug points the way.

For children’s gift ideas, the store carries the “imaginations at play” line of educational toys by Manhattan Toys. Big kids need toys, too, and for the adults Rose Drug offers an array of gift ideas from picture frames, candles, Crabtree and Evelyn gift items, Resident Chef soups and dips, aprons, jewelry and more. For those holiday parties, Rose Drug offers an array of holiday

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At left, a selection of bowls displayed at Rose Drug represent just a few of this year’s popular gift items — and just a few of the things the store offers aside from pharmaceuticals.

dishes and platters as well as hostess gifts and home decor. Styles range from traditional to modern and trendy. Holiday casserole dishes make great hostess gifts, Smith said. She also said items with festive ribbon or bows are popular.

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A holiday mix is among the varieties of popcorn sold by Iron Works.

“It’s one of those situations where we can sell every single kernel of corn we can pop right now. It’s really been a Cinderella story. That’s all happened in 13 months,” Roberts said. “I quit driving the growth two or three months ago, but the momentum has just continued to propel it.” The product is also sold at the exit store at Silver Dollar City, a development with which Roberts is particularly pleased. “That’s taken us full circle. For us to be able to sell our

products at Silver Dollar City is just awesome,” Roberts said. The recent success has prompted a move to a new manufacturing location on East 14th Street with more expansion likely in the near future. “We’re still using the original cooker,” Roberts said. “We’re going to build probably three more of them very quickly to keep up with the volume that we’re shipping.” He said the commitment to quality would remain. “We do one batch at a time,” Roberts

explained. “It’s all by hand. We’re still doing the original goodness and if we expand, we’re going to continue to do it that way.” Currently, the company offers 13 different flavors, with new options on the way. “The most popular flavor is our traditional Black Label, which is just the traditional sweet and salty popcorn,” Roberts said. “The second most popular is our own special flavor called Red Label, which starts with kettle corn, then we

add a savory seasoning to it and some cayenne pepper. So you get sweet, salty savory and a little hot. We also do White Cheddar, Nacho Cheese and for those not faint at heart, we have a flavor called Barn Burner. It’s actually hot and spicy popcorn very similar to a Flaming Hot Cheeto and some of the other hot snacks you find. The thing that makes it hot is the same component that is in pepper spray — oleoresin spices. Once we make it hot we shake on some nacho cheese flavoring over that so it’s savory and hot. It’s very similar to a Flaming Hot Cheeto, but it’s our own special recipe. You’re not going to find it anywhere else.” Roberts said the flavors come from experimentation and input from friends and family. “They’d say, ‘Hey have you tried this,’ ‘Have you tried that,’ or ‘You know, we’d really like something spicy.’ So the Red Label was born,” Roberts said. “And then the more people you come in contact with, the more you hear about their favorite flavors are. Just to be unique we added the Barn Burner. There are tons of other flavors, which I don’t even want to talk about right now because we’re so busy. But as we expand and get through our growing pains, we’ll break some of those out.” A rarity in the kettle corn business is Iron Works’ Sugar Free Sweet and Salty variety.

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“You can’t find it,” Robert said. “We’re the only people who offer a sugar-free kettle corn. It’s sweetened with an artificial sweetner called sucralose, which is made to resemble and act like regular sugar. It’s basically a one-forone substitute. If you put a teaspoon in of sugar, you’d use a teaspoon of sucralose. It’s fluffy and withstands heat.” As Roberts discovered last year, the kettle corn is a popular gift idea. “Last year, the farmer’s market put our product in well over 500 gift baskets. We’re going to offer gift baskets. We can do traditional gift baskets where you can pick the popcorn you like, but we can also put extra things in there like fudge or coffee or things like that to kind of round it out.” Along with the baskets, Iron Works offers gift boxes. “We take a box and fill it up with four big bags of popcorn,” he said. “Typically it’s a couple of bags of Black Label and a couple of bags of Red Label and then a caramel corn and a chocolate-covered caramel corn. What’s neat about this is it comes in a box that’s ready to ship. We can actually ship it for them. It’s a nondescript box, but when the person who gets it opens it up, it’s wrapped on the inside. So this is a great shipping thing.

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We can work with people on whether they want the box wrapped on the inside or not, but it’s neat to open the box up and see the popcorn’s wrapped.” Roberts said several styles of gift baskets are offered. “We’ve done several styles of gift baskets that are big enough for an entire office,” he said. “We have two sizes of bags. We’ve got a big five-ounce size and now we have a grab-bag size — it’s an ounce and a half. It’s small and it’s perfect for gift baskets because you can put 10 or 20 of those in there in a variety of flavors. Everybody can find something they like.” Roberts said gift packages can be ordered at the company’s website, www.ironworkskettlecorn.com or by calling 858-1493. About a year removed from his brainstorming session on the plane, Roberts said he is spending more time with his family — just not the way they probably envisioned it. “I’m in the same town I live in,” Roberts said. “I guess the one thing I did succeed in is I’m spending more time with my family, but I don’t know that my family really appreciates it because they’re down here working with me. They’re bagging corn. “I couldn’t do this without my family and friends.”

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“Men don’t want clothes for Christmas. We know we need clothes. We don’t want clothes.”

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s one of the few male contributors to this publication, I felt I had the opportunity — some may say the responsibility — to provide a guy’s point of view to this gift guide, hopefully ensuring men of the Arkansas River Valley aren’t plagued with ugly ties this holiday season. Feeling the weight of my task, I decided I needed some assis-

tance, so I went to the place where millions of people go every day for expert advice — to random Facebook friends. So with their support, I have compiled a list to assist you while you’re searching for that perfect gift for the ever-hard-to-please men in your life — whether spouse, father, boyfriend, brother or other.

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advice Though this list of items is organized in no particular order, there’s hardly a more sought-after technical device than a couple of items from a little upstart business named Apple. Help your man mourn the loss of the late, great Steve Jobs by purchasing him an iPhone 4S or an iPad 2. The new iPhone features “retina display,” and it runs on a 3.5-inch, 960- by 640-pixel screen. The iPhone’s retina display features 326 pixels per inch (four times as many as the iPhone 3GS). It also features two cameras — one front-facing camera and another on the back of the device. While the only plausible use for a front-facing camera is Apple’s iPhone 4S to help take better Facebook profile pictures, the only thing better than one camera on a phone has to be two cameras on a phone. The iPhone 4S will also record HD video and features tapcontrolled video focus, built-in video editing and one-click sharing. While recording video, the LED flash will stay on to illuminate scenes. Possibly the most exciting feature is video calling through an app called FaceTime. FaceTime runs exclusively on WiFi, and only between iPhone 4 devices, but it brings us one step closer to “The Jetsons” technology. The iPad 2 also features two cameras for video calling and HD video. The Apple website promises the dual core a5 chip means the new iPad “can do twice the work at once.” The site also boasts the product has up to nine times the graphic performance of its predecessor. A little more than a month ago, at a Walmart not far away, the Star Wars saga became available on Blu Ray. The movies are available either as one six-movie package or — as

I’d recommend — the films are boxed in their proper trilogys — the prequels and the far-superior originals. The discs also contain bonus material such as deleted scenes and other extras, not to mention another round of tweaking to the originals from ultra-perfectionist George Lucas. Any movie fan would be well pleased to receive the films in their new high-definition format. He doesn’t have a Blu Ray player or HD TV? Looks like you can add to the list. Every year, shoppers are attracted to the goofy gadget table at their local department store. Most of the time, this table features junk that will likely break within an hour or two, but if you find yourself drawn to the gadget table, seek out the Totes Air Guitar. This air guitar toy uses an infrared beam to turn every strum into a guitar chord sound, and it may be just the The Totes Air Guitar right gift choice for those still upset by the demise of the Guitar Hero franchise. Chord and tone buttons allow you to play thousands of real songs or improvise your own. Pre-recorded songs include Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” and The Beatles’ “Let It Be.” See GUIDE on page 46

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TURKEY continued from page 35 “I’ve already had 56 calls asking about it,” Coffman said. “We’re the only one in the area who still do it. U.S. Cafe used to do it, but now they’re out of business.” For those who want to skip the step of picking out their own turkey, Coffman said the restaurant also sells smoked turkeys. “We buy them, smoke them and sell them. It’s a lot easier on everybody,” Coffman said.

Coffman said the bargain the customer found on a pre-purchased turkey determines which option is a better bargain. “It depends on how good a deal the person gets on the turkey,” Coffman said. “If they find one for 30 or 40 cents per pound, they’re getting a better deal just having us smoke it instead of just paying us for it. Ours are 12- to 14-pound average. You can’t beat a $27 turkey where all you have to do is heat it up.”

GUIDE continued from page 45 For the sports fan who also likes to pose as a part-time chef, there’s a nifty football shaped cutting board — Picnic Time Touchdown! Cutting Board — that could possibly be used more than once before being forgotten — and might even be reused every time football season rolls around. For the storm chaser or just the general weather worry wart, there’s the Weather Channel Wireless Forecast Station. It features forecast icons and air pressure readings show what kind of weather to expect, so weather watchers can always be prepared. Some Facebook friends mentioned wanting a simple night out with their wife or significant other. While I frown upon giving a gift card to a spouse, this would make a fantastic gift for a brother or father — a gift card to their favorite restaurant, local DPC 1921 Bow-Trim Fedora

or otherwise, to fuel that night out. For the gamers out there, there’s a host of new video game releases, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Batman Arkham City and Elder Scrolls Skyrim. No matter what gift you choose, there’s one simple piece of advice I’d recommend you keep in mind: Men don’t want clothes for Christmas. We know we need clothes. We don’t want clothes. When our final pair of jeans is ripped beyond the point it can be worn legally in public, then we’ll go buy our own clothes, but we do not want clothes picked out by our wives, girlfriends or mothers at Christmas — unless they come in the form of a cool hat. This little fedora — the DPC 1921 Bow-Trim Fedora — seems to fit the bill, even if you won’t let us wear it in public. In addition to serving as a member of the RVL Magazine staff, Adam Sweeney has been a guy for more than 30 years, and is a self-recognized expert in the field.

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GIFT continued from page 37 “We do host and rent out the space for birthday parties, mother’s night out, sorority parties, after-hours parties, etc.,” Morgan said. “But this is the only time we ask people to make reservations.” Morgan noted the significance of handmade gifting. “Personally, I think homemade ornaments and pottery gifts are fabulous,” Morgan said. “I mean, what is better? You can personalize your ornaments or Christmas gifts how you want them. Write what you want and detail it how you want. I think we are a place where people can come paint their stress away and ultimately give back to the community.” Pottery Worx participates in the quarterly Downtown Art Walks. Morgan said employees have been working with watercolors during the last few months as a side project and plan to sell their work

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as Christmas cards during the upcoming walk on Dec. 2. “I’m really excited about this for them,” Morgan said. “We plan to box them up and/or tie them with ribbon so people can buy them for Christmas cards. Obviously part of the profit will go back into Friendship, but the consumer will get part of the profit as well. I just think you can go buy cards in the store, but these are handmade gifts that when you purchase you are actually helping not only Friendship, but that consumer as well, which makes it all the more special.” Pottery Worx is located at 320 W. B St. in Russellville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information or to sign up for the monthly news letter, call 967-0882.

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RVL Gift Guide 2011  

The 2011 edition of The Courier's RVL Gift Guide.

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