Food & Drink

  BEST ATTEMPT AT WORLD DOMINATION: Yellow Rocket Concepts Multiple locations yellowrocketconcepts.com 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 with numbers like those Yellow Rocket has been seeing—more than $9 million in food sales…

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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 in the following categories: Home & Garden, Service & Help, Culture & Lifestyle, Style &…

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Out & About

BEST MUSIC-SCENE ADDITION: South on Main Jazz Series 1304 S. Main St., Little Rock southonmain.com 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 of concerts set to run through through April. On the schedule? Minneapolis jazz trio The…

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Shopping & Style

BEST PATRIOTIC SHOPPING SPREE: Domestic Domestic 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite C, Little Rock domesticdomestic.com 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 space (owned by the former owners of neighboring store Eggshells Kitchen Co.) is filled with…

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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 best place to stock the bar, etc.—but we suppose someone has to do it. After months of…

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Health & Fitness

BEST WAY TO DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE: call Becca Clark at Creative Convenience convenientlyorganized.com (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 and half-burned candles. Take a gander at that collection of tacky snowglobes from every vacation…

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Grab Bags

HERS 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 skirt, $109 at Dillard’s. 7. Belt, $15 at Beehive. 8. Pelle Moda wedges, $155 at…

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July Arkansas Sketchbook

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 the charred fibers keeps the mosquitoes at bay, and as she and her siblings sit and listen, and the sun…

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Worst of the Best

Whether 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 than ever to let their opinions fly. On Yelp.com, an online business-review website, even Arkansas’…

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Picnic in a Minute

Single in the City 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, and that book you’ve been meaning to read? 1. Sake available at Colonial Wines &…

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Rodeo Queen

Ten-year-old Pat had no intention of ever riding a horse. No sir, and thank you very much. Strong-willed and independent, she preferred wheels to hooves, pedals to stirrups. In the summer of 1944, she was a slight, auburn-haired girl happily pedaling through childhood on her trusty two-wheel bike. That is, until her father put his…

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