Forging a Cult Classic

In a crowded, dim warehouse near the Heifer International campus, a part-time school bus driver is busy placing heavy grill bodies into cardboard boxes sporting the name of a 62-year-old company: Portable Kitchen. Dozens of rectangular, rounded-corner grill bodies—each formed from hand-poured molten aluminum at a foundry in Kansas—line the floor in neat rows, waiting…

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June Best Bites

The WWT-rita Loblolly Creamery at White Water Tavern, Little Rock The well-known, well-loved monthly boozy-milkshake collaboration between Loblolly and White Water Tavern moved to a whole new level this month with sorbet margaritas. (2500 W. Seventh St.; (501) 375-8400) Steak and brisket pho Pho Thánh My, Little Rock This west Little Rock eatery is the…

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Photographic Memories

As a young girl visiting her relations in Wilmot, Susan Paulsen found photos everywhere. Scattered loose in shoeboxes that had been labeled by year. Clinging beneath the crinkly plastic sheaths of puffed-up leather photo albums. Even decades later, she still can remember turning them over in her hands, squatting before the deep chests of drawers…

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Rare Bird

The year I turned 14, the winter had three holidays: Christmas, New Year’s and the annual Audubon Society field trip to Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge. It was the most heavily attended of the monthly field trips hosted by the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas, and for good reason. January at Holla Bend held the…

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Shore Things

1. Anna & Ava earrings, $15, and bracelet, $24, at Dillard’s. 2. La Blanca swimsuit, $109 at Dillard’s. 3. L*Space cover up, $140 at Lavender. 4. Sun hat, $20 at Dillard’s. 5. Aspiga sandals, $60 at Lavender. 6. Echo Designs beach bag, $58 at Barbara Graves Intimate Fashions. 7. Coola organic sunscreen spray, $26 at…

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Treading Lightly

Skiing the waters of the White River with only a narrow safety belt snug around his waist, 20-year-old Dee Webb thought himself invincible. He wasn’t the least bit worried that he couldn’t swim. “I could dog-paddle, and that was about it, but I thought I could make it with that,” Webb recalls. When he and…

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Open Mic

Unless he tells you, you’d never guess that Matt DeCample was once deathly afraid of public speaking. After all, the Washington-state native and adopted Arkansas politico has been the governor’s spokesman since 2003, when DeCample left his job at KATV to join the then-newly minted attorney general’s team. And then there’s the matter of how…

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Infuse That Brew

On the concrete-topped bar at Fossil Cove Brewing Co., a pair of upright plastic tubes are making the industrial warehouse-come-brewery look more like a science lab. Inside the clear tubes, handfuls of bright green hops are soaking in pours of amber beer in a gadget with a name worthy of a pro wrestler. The tool,…

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June Arkansas Sketchbook

With every snip, the background falls away. As the sharp metal edge traces along the lines, the context and scenery fall to the floor. Their hair and lithe arms and legs freed, the tiny dolls become something more. They take on new meaning when placed in new settings, their pen-and-ink emotions and simplified narratives varying…

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For Keeps

[maxgallery name=”for-keeps”] As Little Rock physician Dora Smith turns the pages of a photo album spilling over with family snapshots and old deeds in her serene, sophisticated living room, it’s instantly clear that to call her house a home is an understatement. Her hand stops over a sepia-toned photo, with one finger resting on a…

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Alternative Country

Desperate to blaze a new trail this summer? Here’s where to slurp oysters in CHARLESTON, explore the New South in ATLANTA, play castaway on the GOLDEN ISLES, watch the sunrise in the SMOKY MOUNTAINS and gallery hop in SANTE FE. When the ultimate vacation includes afternoons of historic-home browsing and nights filled with award-winning eats…

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