Culinary Capital

We understand why Washington, D.C., gets such a bad rap. Built from the ground up to serve as this great nation’s seat of political power, the city has been synonymous with the bureaucracies that call it home practically since its founding. From afar, it’s a city that can seem soulless—a jumble of government buildings interspersed…

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December Arkansas Sketchbook

For a moment, she doesn’t seem herself. For a moment, there are no crowds, no pearls, no sunglasses. For a moment—for those precious few seconds when you first set eyes upon her face, she’s so removed from the normal spheres and context with which she’s so often associated that her face seems only vaguely familiar—like…

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The Enduring Legacy of the Hilarious Jesters

In the 1950s, mandated integration began transforming Arkansas sports forever. Four African-Americans paved the way at the high school level in 1955 when they joined the football team at Fayetteville High School, making it the first integrated high school sports team in state history. Two years later, a young man named Harold Hayes joined Fayetteville…

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The Complete Package

There comes a point in everyone’s life when wrapping paper starts to matter. When it’s better to use three pieces of tape rather than 30. When a box should look more like a cube than a pineapple. When you realize it’s OK—and probably even preferable—to leave the neon-blue Frozen-themed paper to the side when wrapping…

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A Christmas Story

There were school marching bands, floats made of tissue paper and chicken wire, the color guard on horseback and Brownie Scout troops piled in the back of pickup trucks. We were assembled in the old TG&Y parking lot. At least, that’s what the paper called it, even though the store had been closed for years.…

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Winter Solace

Maybe it begins at the store when you see employees replacing the fake spiderwebs and glow-in-the-dark ghosts with gold-and-silver tinsel and giant red poinsettias. Or perhaps it’s when the first greeting card arrives, and you remember you’ve forgotten to mail the personalized cards you ordered last summer. Then it hits you that you honestly don’t…

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Something for Dumplings

Less than a mile from Harding University in Searcy, there’s a small cinder-block building painted in bright blue and gold. The sign out front, hoisted high upon a rusty metal pole, reads “Slader’s Alaskan Dumpling Co.” For most Arkansans, “Alaskan dumplings” are probably less familiar fare than, say, catfish and cheese dip, but the restaurant’s…

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His and Her Guide to Local Gifting

HERS 1. Ashley Childers-designed gold box from Emporium Home.  2. Hillcrest Cottage love garland, $24 from hillcrestcottagelife.com. 3. Neely Phelan vintage rhinestone clip earrings, $150, and vintage rhinestone clip necklace $195, from neelyphelan.com. 4. “Dream a Little Dream” Roll & Tumble Press print, $30 from Four Legged Bird.  5. Gold Bowl, call for price, from…

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From the Ground Up

Everything starts with a seed. Everything has a point of origin. Everything has to start somewhere. And though those roots can be rather difficult to decipher, the ganglia of connections a fray of misdirection, if you trace them back along the courses they’ve taken, eventually you can find where they started. With Flyway Brewery’s Arkansas…

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There’s Nothing Like an Old Fashioned

Whether he’s behind the bar at Bentonville’s The Hive or crafting custom cocktails at private events as a mixologist-for-hire, it’s hard to imagine Brandon Davidson doing anything else. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll soon discover he is a man of many lives. There were the years he and his wife spent pursuing their…

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