Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Best of 2014


By Katie Bridges, Jordan P. Hickey, Nicholas Hunt, Rhonda Owen and Emily Van Zandt

Photography by Arshia Khan | Illustrations by Scott Strickland

It’s a tough job rounding up dozens upon dozens of Natural-State superlatives—the best alfresco entertainment, the …

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The Best Laid Plans


Photo by Rett Peek

It started with a simple question put to a cherry-picked group of our state’s foremost architects and academics: Which residential projects across Arkansas epitomize the very best of our state’s architectural heritage? The answers—and there were

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Reader’s Choice 2014


We asked, and you delivered. Hundreds of Arkansas Life readers weighed in on their favorites in our Best of 2014 Readers’ Choice survey, our annual round-up of what’s best here in The Natural State. Superlative businesses and organizations were tallied …

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Out & About


arrow-two-best-ofBEST MUSIC-SCENE ADDITION: South on Main Jazz Series
1304 S. Main St., Little Rock

Oxford American’s SoMa restaurant and bar will have new pull for jazz fans starting in October, as the dining room stage kicks off a series …

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Shopping & Style


arrow-two-best-ofBEST PATRIOTIC SHOPPING SPREE: Domestic Domestic
5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite C, Little Rock

It’s impossible to not fall in love with at least one or two knickknacks at this new clothing and home-goods store in the Heights. The airy …

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Health & Fitness


arrow-two-best-ofBEST WAY TO DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE: call Becca Clark at Creative Convenience
(501) 620-0546

Searching for inner peace? Look around you. See the stacks of unread books and months-old magazines. Check out those dried-up tubes of mascara, single socks …

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Food & Drink



arrow-two-best-ofBEST ATTEMPT AT WORLD DOMINATION: Yellow Rocket Concepts
Multiple locations

When it comes to Arkansas restaurant groups, none is quite so prolific as Yellow Rocket Concepts, the foodie brain trust behind Big Orange, Local Lime and ZaZa. And …

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Grab Bags


1. Ricardo Beverly Hills suitcase, $179 at Dillard’s.

2. For Love & Lemons top, $129 at Scarlet.

3. Necklace, $42 at Kristin Todd Accessories.

4. Clutch, $52 at Beehive.

5. Marc Jacobs watch, $175 at Dillard’s.

6. Antonio Melani …

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July Arkansas Sketchbook


Delita Martin Mixed media 2013

If you follow her eyes outside the frame, there are scraps of fabric smoldering in a bucket, and sitting in the grass, her grandmother is speaking, telling stories of indeterminable provenance. The smoke rising from …

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Worst of the Best

yelpWhether it’s a four-star dining room with white tablecloths or a beloved basement bar, there’s not a restaurant in the state that can please everyone. And thanks to the wonders of the Web, those displeased diners now have more ways …

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Picnic in a Minute

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It’s a lovely summer evening, and you’ve got a clear agenda. Why not hit the park for a solo supper soirée with some freshly rolled sushi—we got ours at Sushi Café—an ice cold bottle of sake, …

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