Best Way to Immortalize Your Darling Dachshund

Dani Ives’ needle-felt paintings Were it not for the embroidery hoop and stretched linen, we’d have taken the work by Fayetteville artist-slash-Instagram-darling Dani Ives as what it appears to be: lifelike, super-technical, almost photorealist paintings. But that’s not paint, friends. That’s wool. The self-taught artist needle-felts fibers into stunning textural portraits of four-legged friends—and she…

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Best Place to See the Light

Jones BBQ Diner (new Jacksonville location) For years, we’ve gone down to Marianna, paid visits to Mr. Jones that’ve felt like pilgrimages for those foil-wrapped, James Beard Award-winning chopped pork sammies. So, you may ask, were we skeptical about this new place, opened by a relative? You’d better believe it—especially after we found the place…

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Best Burgeoning Small-Town Arts Scene

El Dorado’s Murphy Arts District El Dorado’s darling downtown and friendly folks have long had us considering taking up address in the 71730. And now that the longstanding (and impressively ambitious) plan to create a downtown-El-Do arts district worthy of a city thrice its size is starting to take shape, we’re finding the town’s siren…

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Best Food Under One Roof

[maxgallery name=”18750″] 8th Street Market In a way, 8th Street Market in Bentonville is kinda like the perfect dish. For starters, it’s got all the right ingredients: the farm-to-table ethos guiding an emphasis on local farmers; vendors like Hello Cocoa, Bike Rack Brewing and Yeyo’s Mexican Grill anchoring the space; and the newly opened Brightwater…

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Best High-Brow Brew

Ozark Beer Company’s collab with Crystal Bridges Buckminster Fuller, the architect behind Crystal Bridges’ new Fly’s Eye Dome installation, was a lot of things: an inventor, a Harvard lecturer, an environmentalist and, apparently, a pretty bigtime beer nerd, according to notes discovered by the museum crew in his archives. Those notes—not a recipe, per se,…

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Best NYC-Theater-District-Worthy Venue

[maxgallery name=”bestof2″] TheatreSquared’s impending digs UK-based Charcoalblue made headlines when it was announced they’d landed the contract for the $200 million performing arts center at the World Trade Center site. Also on the docket for the internationally renowned firm? The new 50,000-square-foot home of TheatreSquared, just off Dickson Street in Fayetteville. Ground broke this June…

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Best Use of a Double Entendre

That’s What She Said It may be the punchline to everyone’s favorite innocently dirty joke, but That’s What She Said is also the title of Fayetteville’s favorite live storytelling show. Modeled after similar live storytelling shows —NYC’s The Moth, The Monti in North Carolina—the bards of TWSS perform hilarious, relatable tales of shame, sex, sibling…

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