As the town of Russellville grew up along the Missouri-Pacific railroad, the depot was one of its most important structures and the center of community activity. Today, since the depot has been restored by Main Street Russellville, it holds that honor again, as the site for the farmers’ market, festivals, meetings and more, as well as home to the Main Street Russellville offices.
This season kids’ fashion goes classic with tailored shirts and sheath dresses for girls and sweater vests and seersucker shorts for boys. Layering these styles provide long wearing style through the changing seasons and timeless appeal that will melt your heart again and again.
Models: Isabelle Todd and Cade Childers
Special thanks to Gretchen Gray for the use of her wonderful outdoor spaces.
In honor of Independence Day, we’ve devoting our last page to the American flag. One of our country’s most recognizable and powerful symbols, the flag includes 13 red and white stripes, representing the original colonies, and 50 stars, representing each of the states. Although the design was adopted on June 14, 1777, beginning in 1818, new stars were added to the flag to represent each new state on the fourth of July each year, and the 50-star version, adopted on July 4, 1960, has been the longest in continuous use as of 2007, when it surpassed the 48-star flag.
Wines for Summertime Fun
We recently asked Clark Trim of Colonial Wine and Spirits in Little Rock to give us the inside track on some of his favorite wines for summer. Here is his take on warm weather vino, along with suggestions on what dishes to pair with them.
Marques De Grinon Dominio de Valdepusa 2002 Summa
From a vineyard in Spain located in the Pusa River valley between Toledo and Madrid, this is a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. Rising on the nose are elegant, yet contrasting aromas of zesty pepper, clove, cacao and smoke. These lead to a rich palate with layers of wild red fruit flavors and notes of mineral and spice. This hearty red is perfect paired with a hearty beef steak right off the grill. Around $40.
Panarroz Jumilla 2006
Spanish reds are just perfect for summertime grilling. This one is much more affordable than the Summa, and with its full body and flavors of chocolate, blackberry and cherry, it will hold its own with a steak, a hamburger off the grill or pizza. Around $12.
King Estate 2006 Oregon Pinot Noir
A wine of sophistication pretty well sums it up. King Estate is much lighter in body than the two from Spain, a characteristic that makes this red exceptionally food friendly. It has a deliciously smooth texture with flavors of cherry, raspberry and plum. It will nicely accompany a wide range of summer foods. Think grilled, with a range from grilled chicken breast, to grilled salmon, to pork chops and all the way to a nice filet mignon. Around $30.
Chateau St. Jean California 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
This iconic winery won the Wine Spectator Number 1 wine in 1996 for its Cinq Cepages. They also make a full line of award-winning varietal wines. I like the Cabernet Sauvignon for a summer grill party because it’s priced right and delivers lots of punch for the price. Dark berry fruit flavors mingle on the palate in harmony with sweet tannins that make it perfect to accompany grilled meats, fresh fruit, and cheese. Around $14.
Hunold 2005 Pinot Gris Alsace
Alsace has long been one of my favorite regions. It produces white wines of great distinction and this one is a good example. It’s rich and soft, yet weighty with lots of white fruit flavor that pair nicely with vegetable dishes, pork or veal, and spicy foods such as curry and Mexican food. Around $22.
Selaks 2006 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is the wine that really put Marlborough, New Zealand on the world wine map. With its lush grapefruit-gooseberry flavors, it’s great to just enjoy around the pool, yet it’s also a very versatile food wine. It pairs nicely with most grilled or broiled fish or seafood, salads, and vegetable dishes. Around $17.
Pierre Boniface 2006 Apremont
Savoie is nestled right up in the shadows of the towering Alps in a place where you wouldn’t even think grapes would grow. Yields there are low, so not a lot of wine is produced, and the locals drink most of what is. But a little makes it to Arkansas, and it’s a wine worth searching out. It is light and crisp and perfect with summer salads or fresh fruit. Around $16.
RiverAerie 2006 Riesling, Columbia Valley Washington
Award winning winemaker Ron Bunnell hand-selects lots of grapes that go into this Riesling. It’s a wine that is made with food in mind. With fresh notes of granny smith apple followed by a touch of nice citrus, it’s perfect with fresh salmon or grilled sea scallops. It’s also nice to just sit and enjoy. Around $18.
Vina Robles Edna Ranch California Chardonnay
Grapes for this wine come from Edna Valley, where Pacific breezes provide the cool climate for good Chardonnay. The wine is rich in tropical flavors of pineapple, baked apple, and pear. It is a wine that will stand up nicely to seafood or pasta dishes accompanied by a rich sauce. Around $20.
Walk This Way
Conway has much to offer residents and visitors alike, combining the best aspects of a small town with the cultural opportunities offered by two top-notch universities. Both the University of Central Arkansas and Hendrix College are known for amazing performing arts and special events, while Conway Regional Medical Center offers world-class healthcare in a friendly environment. Combine all these amenities with great boutique shopping and a rapidly expanding dining scene, and you’ve got the best of both worlds, whether you’re just in town for a visit or you decide to make Conway your home.
Conway’s Classic Touch
Fletcher Smith’s Jewelers
Hambuchen Home Furnishings
House of Ivo
Just T’s N
The Kitchen Store
Lance Johnston Photographers
The Plant Outlet
Room to Room
The Sporty Runner
A Very Merry Christmas Store
Walk This Way
Warp & Woof
Ye Olde Daisy Shoppe
American Blinds & Shutters
Coney’s Garage Door
Conway Custom Builders
Creative Concrete Solutions
Floorscapes of Arkansas
Hambuchen Custom Homes
First Security Bank
First State Bank
Pam McDowell Properties
Dining and Events
Agora Conference Center
Michelangelo’s Italian Ristorante
Oak Street Bistro
Downtown Fayetteville is overflowing with live entertainment, great restaurants and top-notch shopping experiences. Book a room at The Cosmopolitan Hotel and devote a weekend to exploring all the offerings on the historic square and nearby Dickson Street, and if you want to extend your stay indefinitely look into a luxury condominium at Elements at the Icehouse. Each full-furnished condo includes two master bathrooms with Jacuzzi tub, a gourmet kitchen and private parking. No matter the length of your stay, be sure to enjoy an artful experience at Walton Arts Center. This wonderful performing arts and entertainment center always has something to see from exhibitions to theatrical and musical performances of all kinds. You’ll soon understand why so many people are in love with Hog country.
19 S. Block Ave., 479-442-9984, www.3monkeysboutique.com
3 Monkeys is the place for oh-so-cute baby and children’s clothes from top brands like Burberry, Lipstik Girls, True Religion and Lacoste. Check out their great gift ideas too.
509 W. Spring St., 479-251-8726
Pick up the latest fashions from cutting-edge clothing, accessories and shoe designers like Betsey Johnson, BC Footwear and many more.
24 E. Meadow St., 479-442-7525
Stop by this women’s clothing boutique for the latest creations from designers like Tory Burch and St. John. Don’t miss their beauty counter filled with Bliss products and Trish McEvoy cosmetics.
106 N. Block Ave., 479-443-2323, www.dsvboutique.com
This full-service bead store and boutique boasts racks of imported clothing and cases of unique sterling-silver jewelry and gifts. They can even help you create custom jewelry pieces, and they offer classes.
Fayetteville’s Farmers’ Market
Downtown Square, 479-575-1875, www.fayettevillefarmersmarket.org
Make time to peruse this farmers’ market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for the freshest produce, beautiful flowers and unique arts and crafts.
204 N. Block Ave., 479-442-7010, www.floranwa.com
Flora is known for their exceptional florals, potted orchids and extraordinary plants. They are happy to create botanical masterpieces for any event, and they have all the garden and flower accessories you’ll need.
French Metro Antiques
200 W. Dickson St., 479-587-0804, www.frenchmetro.com
French Metro Antiques is a direct importer of fine French antique furniture and accessories. The knowledgeable staff travels to the provinces of France regularly to uncover one-of-a-kind furnishings to enhance your home.
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French Quarters Antiques
11 N. Block Ave., 479-443-3355, www.french-quarters.com
If you’re looking for fine French and European antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries, stop in French Quarters Antiques for a large selection of investment-quality pieces at affordable prices.
Kimberly Harper Interiors
19 S. Block Ave., 479-442-4999
Whether you’re wishing to redesign your entire house, or just spruce up a few rooms, visit Kimberly Harper Interiors. She offers a full-service interior design business, as well as in-stock furniture, accessories and artwork.
339 N. West Ave., 479-443-5535, www.lolaboutique.com
Lola Boutique is a must-stop for the most up-to-date women’s fashions from Alexis Bittar, a. Cheng, Ashley Paige, Corey Lynn Calter and more. Don’t miss their more than 30 exclusive lines, including lingerie, apparel, jewelry, handbags and much more.
The Pink Papaya
509 W. Spring St., 479-521-PINK
If your ‘do is in need of an update, step in Pink Papaya, an Aveda hair salon, for an appointment with one of their professionally trained and handpicked hair stylists. You can also choose to be pampered with a manicure, pedicure, massage and more.
Romance Diamond Co.
248 W. Dickson St., 479-443-9289, www.romancediamond.com
Specializing in diamond engagement rings and jewelry from Kwiat and J.B. Star, Romance Diamond is a must-see for stunning jewelry of all kinds, including Cartier, Breitling and Tag Heuer. The custom jeweler on staff can also create masterpieces.
628 W. Dickson St., 479-442-7627
Easily update your wardrobe with the hottest shoes and accessories from Snapdragon. With funky collections like Pink Studio and N.Y.L.A., there’s sure to be something that catches your eye.
101 W. Dickson St., 479-442-0140.
If you’re looking for metropolitan chic, stop in Something Urban for hip and trendy clothing selections and accessories.
Town & Country Shop
9 S. Block Ave., 479-442-5561
Town & Country Shop boasts the latest women’s fashions from Lynn Ritchie and Alex Evenings and accessories from Brighton, Matt & Nat and more.
Underwood’s Fine Jewelers
611 W. Dickson St., 800-572-2242, www.underwoods.com
Founded in 1957, Underwood’s affords clients award-winning diamond and gem jewelry. Tom Weishaar, their master bench jeweler, is happy to custom create any piece for you, and there are even Razorback-inspired pendants, cuff links and earrings for the hog fan.
324 W. Dickson St., 479-527-6795, www.bordinos.com
You’ll definitely want to spend some time at Bordino’s, where the exciting menu ranges from grilled Tasmanian salmon and blackened strip loin to goat cheese gnocchi. The bar and lounge area is the perfect spot to enjoy one of their inventive cocktails, and they are also open for lunch.
The Common Grounds
412 W. Dickson St., 479-442-3515, www.commongroundsar.com
When you’re in need of a caffeine pick-me-up, visit The Common Grounds. This gourmet espresso bar serves the highest quality and widest variety of coffee drinks in town. You can also grab breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. Their full bar specializes in yummy martinis and a wide selection of wines and beers.
318 N. Campbell Ave., 479-527-0086, www.theosfayetteville.com
Theo’s American Kitchen & Cocktail Lounge is a delightful blend of coastal cuisine and Southern cooking. The award-winning wine list is extensive, yet easy to navigate, and the staff is always willing to suggest their favorites. Whether you’re interested in a delectable dinner or just meeting friends for drinks, Theo’s is a great choice.
Tucked away on the banks of the White River, Mountain View boasts an amazing combination of natural beauty and native Arkansas crafts and music. Though Stone County suffered damage in February’s tornado, Mountain View’s picturesque downtown remains a bustling center of commerce, with impromptu musical sessions popping up on Saturday nights. On the third weekend in April, the Ozark Folk Center hosts the Arkansas Folk Festival, with a parade, handmade crafts, frontier life demonstrations and more, all celebrating the opening of the spring season.
Arkansas Craft Gallery
104 E. Main St., 870-369-3897, www.arcraftguild.org
The retail outlet of the Arkansas Craft Guild is dedicated to promoting its members’ handmade art and crafts. It’s an amazing place to discover a new artist and find a special piece of pottery, glassware or wood.
Aunt Minnie’s Little Yellow House
116 Howard Ave., 870-269-2726, www.auntminniesyellowhouse.com
Set aside plenty of time to browse the wonderful handmade pottery, wooden ornaments, jewelry and “splatter-ware” in every color. Aunt Minnie’s also offers Kathy Van Zealand handbags and purses.
The CornerStone Shoppe
101 N. Peabody St., 870-269-4800
With accessories by Brighton and Fossil and Yellow Box and Rocketdog shoes, The CornerStone Shoppe is full of stylish ladies’ wear items downstairs, with a home and kitchen department upstairs.
The Dulcimer Shop
1104 Sylamore Rd., 870-269-4313, www.mcspaddendulcimers.com
The finely crafted McSpadden dulcimers made in Mountain View are some of the best anywhere, and you can experience the crafting and playing of these traditional mountain instruments here.
Mountain View Music and Gifts
123 W. Washington, 870-269-9044, www.pickmountainviewmusic.com
New and vintage guitars, fiddles and banjos from names like Martin, Weber and Blue Ridge fill this staple on the square, where you can also pick up music books or take a lesson on your new instrument.
Olive Tree Gallery and Coffee Shop
116 W. Main St., 870-269-7717, www.theolivetreegallery.com
The work of Arkansas artists, from pottery, to bronze sculptures to painting, as well as handcrafted furniture, fills this gallery. Not only do they offer custom framing services, the coffee shop and Internet café mean you’ll want to settle in for a while.
201 W. Main St., 870-269-3999, 800-380-4766, www.stoneiron.com
Hand-forged wrought-iron furnishings and accessories are the specialty at Stone County Ironworks’ Mountain View Showroom, from four-poster beds to lamps, door hardware and fireplace accessories.
A Timeless Touch
223 W. Main St., 870-269-4004
Stop in at A Timeless Touch, just west of the square, for seasonal decorations, antiques and many other gifts.
Town & Country Interiors
112 Howard Ave., 870-269-5505
Located on the square for 13 years, Town & Country is known for their amazing selection of antique furnishings, from wardrobes to complete dining room groups, as well as local crafts.
Zeke’s on the Square
101 E. Main St., 870-269-4746, www.zekesmusic.com
Visit Zeke’s for guitars, banjos and mandolins from Kentucky, Alvarex and Ome, as well as instructional books and materials.
Anglers White River Inn and Resort
Hwys. 5-9-14 N., 870-585-2226
On the banks of the White River, this picturesque restaurant and inn serves wonderful steaks, catfish, seafood and chicken, along with salads and all the extras. Stay the weekend in their rustic, yet luxurious loft studios, or book a trip with their knowledgeable guides for spin- or fly-fishing.
Joy’s Main Street Café
108 W. Main St., 870-269-7533, www.joysmainstreetcafe.com
This downtown delight is always hopping, thanks to a big menu of salads and sandwiches. Each night, they prepare a different supper special, and the desserts are always homemade.
Ozark Folk Center Skillet Restaurant
Hwy. 382, 870-269-3851, www.ozarkfolkcenter.com
Dine at the Ozark Folk Center to enjoy the Skillet Restaurant’ home-style Southern recipes, while overlooking the butterfly garden and wildlife feeding stations.
Tommy’s Famous…Pizza, BBQ and Ribs
205 Famous Pl., 870-269-3278. www.tommysfamous.com
Locally owned and operated since 1991, Tommy’s consistently wins awards for all their specialties. It’s a required stop on any trip to Mountain View!
Wood’s Pharmacy and Old Fashioned Soda Fountain
301 W. Main St., 870-269-3253
This community hub serves up all your favorite salads and sandwiches at their authentic soda fountain. But a visit wouldn’t be complete without sampling their ice cream specialties, from ice cream sodas to banana splits, or a made-to-order cherry phosphate.
Blanchard Springs Caverns
1001 E. Main St., 870-757-2211, 888-757-2246, www.blanchardcavetours.com
About 15 miles northwest of Mountain View, the Blanchard Springs Caverns are an awe-inspiring sight. Choose from guided tours in three different levels of difficulty, one of which is handicapped accessible, and see the amazing natural decorations of these living caverns, operated by the U.S. Forest Service.
Ozark Folk Center
Hwy. 382, 870-269-3851, www.ozarkfolkcenter.com
Open Wednesday through Saturday from April through September, the Ozark Folk Center is operated by Arkansas State Parks to preserve and interpret the crafts, music and folklore of the region. Along with a well-equipped lodge, cabins and conference facilities, they offer a Craft Village presenting more than 20 demonstrations of pioneer crafts, a daily living history demonstration, a nationally renowned heritage herb garden, hourly musical performances and a nightly music show.
From flirty florals to graphic prints to swinging shifts to shining metallics, the dress comes in all shapes and sizes this spring. It’s one-stop dressing at its best. Watch for oversized patterns to make bold news, while bright colors also make fashion headlines. One strong accessory–a statement-making necklace, a stack of bangles, a colorful handbag or pair of shoes is all you need to make the dress add up to big style this spring.