Call of the Wild

Like most mornings, a sudden change in background noise will wake you. But this time, there’s a different assault on your senses. Instead of an alarm clock, the songs of wrens and robins chirp you awake. A puff of breeze brings the smell of frying bacon, coffee and—are those cinnamon rolls? The rising sun dapples…

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The New Big College Towns

Ah, fall. You know the season. It’s when your darling daughter or son loads up the car and heads off to college—a location of their choice that becomes, by default, one of your most frequented weekend stops. You remember what it’s like to be a student: a life of eating out, late nights studying and…

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A Little Bit of Chicken Fried

Chicken and fixins’ from Your Mama’s Good Food. Pan-fried, deep-fried or pressure-fried—we love our fried chicken. Born of similar dishes brought to the south by both African and Scottish ancestors, the traditional fried chicken served as “Sunday’s best” generations ago remains on the table as the crispy-crusted comfort food of the South. But as for…

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Easy Does It

When it comes right down to it, it was meant to be. Little Rock-based designer Kevin Walsh—of Bear-Hill Interiors fame—was casually considering finding a lake property when a Hot Springs real estate agent ambled into his Riverdale storefront. The two got to talking, and the realtor mentioned he had a pint-sized lakeside cabin that might…

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The Game Changer

In the fall of 1913, the University of Mississippi brought a team of 18 football players to Conway to take on the Bulldogs of Hendrix College. The day before the game, the Conway newspaper trumpeted the momentousness of the occasion. “Ole Miss, the gridiron team which is dreaded by all Southern colleges, will arrive in…

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No One Retires From This Line of Work

On a Wednesday afternoon in early July, singer-songwriter Hayes Carll has just completed taping a guest DJ spot on the University of Texas at Austin’s KUTX. The radio station playing music defining the Austin music experience invites local musicians in regularly for these guest spots—Augie Meyers, member of the Sir Douglas Quintet and the Texas…

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Brothers in Arms

Nowadays when people talk about craftsmanship, few products make the cut. Furniture is cobbled together from particle board, and we peel away “made in” stickers citing countries of origin thousands of miles from the soil beneath our feet. Many of the objects we use daily are mass-produced overseas with dubious quality control, leaving us with…

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State of the Arts

INTRO: Most of us can appreciate the old way of doing things. However, beyond the appreciation and casual approval of artisinal crafts and activities is a group of folks—who for reasons of aesthetics, integrity, or family heritage—are revisiting their roots. Although at first glance many might seem throwbacks or suggest atavistic leanings in an increasingly…

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Iconic Eats

The Original AQ Chicken House SPRINGDALE & FAYETTEVILLE Settling into a booth at the original AQ Chicken House on a rainy winter afternoon is as close to cozy as you can get in public (meaning, not in your XXL college hoodie and holey sweatpants). Close your eyes each time the waitress floats by with a…

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The Land of Shopping Opportunity

E-Darling This sprite of a Hillcrest storefront is a relative newcomer. But good news travels fast (particularly on the Internet), and budget-conscious Arkansans are flocking to E. Leigh’s (3001 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock; eleighs.com or (501) 265-0448) for its collection of girly frocks and on-trend accessories. And while the physical shop may be small, E.…

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