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This Month's Must Read:

So You Want to Open a Bar

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About Us: The Bear State of Mind

This Month's Must Read:

Bear State + Arvest

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Mama Bears. Part 5

One of the many reasons I want my kids to understand money, appreciate what it can and can’t do, and know how to manage it has more to do with character than counting dollars and cents. At some point, most of us have met someone who is seemingly obsessed with fancy things, trips, labels and financial status symbols, and we came away from that meeting hoping to never, ever let our kids become materialistic monsters.

Financial Tips, Home, Saving

Till Debt Do Us Part. Part 5.

Part of what attracted me to the man I married 18 years ago was how much we had in common. In so many ways, we were a LOT alike. When it comes to marriage, sometimes financial opposites attract. Find out how to make the most of your life with a constant spender, or compulsive saver.

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So You Want to Open a Bar

We’re suckers for other businesses that carry the name “Bear,” so we were drawn to a bar and hamburger joint in an industrial section of Fayetteville called “Bear’s Place.” There you’ll find chainsaw-carved wooded bears holding American flags guarding the entrance. Another wooden bear peers down from the roof as if it’s ready to leap on unsuspecting prey. Bear’s Place sounds like our kind of place.

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DeLuca’s Pizzeria Napoletana

DeLuca’s Pizzeria Napoletana in Hot Springs opened its doors four years ago. During this time, proprietor Anthony Valinoti, who had no previous restaurant experience, grew the business from a fledgling restaurant to the establishment hailed by the Arkansas Times as having the best pizza in Arkansas and receiving recommendations from The Food Network and Time Out New York.

Local Stories, News

Michel Shay, 2017 Gold Buckle Gala Honoree

If you want a meeting with one of the more successful business owners in the Springfield area, don’t go looking in a high-rise building with glassed-lined corner offices with city views. Instead, you will have better luck by knocking on the door of a modest, metal office building with nothing more than an address on the front door. There you will find Michel Shay, whose business portfolio includes more than a dozen restaurants, a convenience store, two wildlife ranches and a farm.

Events, Home, News

Bear State + Arvest

Change is in the Bear. As you’ve probably heard, our big change at Bear State is that we’re merging with Arvest Bank pending regulatory approval. What does this mean for you? This first Q&A should answer some of your more pressing questions.  We’ll be the first to admit that we don’t have all the answers today. We don’t even know all the questions yet. But not to worry, as we’ll be here with you through the transition and beyond. After all, Bears are fiercely loyal and adaptable!

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Financial Tips, Home, Saving

Mama Bears. Part 5

One of the many reasons I want my kids to understand money, appreciate what it can and can’t do, and know how to manage it has more to do with character than counting dollars and cents. At some point, most of us have met someone who is seemingly obsessed with fancy things, trips, labels and financial status symbols, and we came away from that meeting hoping to never, ever let our kids become materialistic monsters.

Financial Tips, Home, Saving

Till Debt Do Us Part. Part 5.

Part of what attracted me to the man I married 18 years ago was how much we had in common. In so many ways, we were a LOT alike. When it comes to marriage, sometimes financial opposites attract. Find out how to make the most of your life with a constant spender, or compulsive saver.

Financial Tips, Home

Till Debt Do Us Part. Part 4.

Right now, in homes across the country, there are dirty little secrets stashed in shopping bags in the trunks of cars. Some are tucked away behind storage boxes in the garage or lurking under the bed.

Financial Tips, Home

Mama Bears. Part 3.

Kids are quick to ask questions, and they don’t shy away from the tough ones: Why is the sky blue? What happens after we die? How did a baby get into her tummy? Parenting books and stories from fellow parents help us anticipate those questions and think about how and when we want to answer them. But many of us are caught off guard when our kids ask about money.

Financial Tips, Home

Till Debt Do Us Part. Part 3.

Our grandparents’ generation used to joke about being attached to a “ball and chain” once they got married. For today’s couples, that heavy “ball and chain” is likely to come in the form of debt that one or both people brought into the marriage.

Financial Tips

Meet the ITM. It’s Like an ATM with a Smart Mouth.

Think of ITMs as the next generation of ATMs, only better. As the name suggests, ITMs offer you the option of actually interacting with a live teller via a video screen. Bear State Bank has three currently in use and plans to roll out more in the future.

Home, Local Stories, Stories

That Darn Rob

“Hi, I’m Rob and I’m a wood turner. I make traditional shaving gear and other wooden goods.” Rob handcrafts and sells traditional shaving gear, mostly wet-shaving brushes made of acrylic. The brushes sell for $40 to $70 apiece and are highly valued for both their functionality and collectability. 

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The Waters

Historic downtown Hot Springs has a new jewel in her crown. The Waters, a new 62-room boutique hotel across from Bathhouse Row, opened in the renovated Thompson Building. The Waters, which has quickly become a favorite retreat in Spa City, retains many features of the original historical building while providing a modern experience.

Education, Local Stories, Stories

So You Want to Start an Urban Farm

Once a stress-release hobby for white-collar city dwellers, urban farming has blossomed into a big business accounting for one fifth of the world’s food supply. Urban farming and community gardens are not new concepts; the Victory Gardens of WWII supplied 40% of the vegetables grown in the U.S. 

Home, Local Stories, Stories

Five to Follow with Mike Pettey

Five to Follow asks The Ohio Club owner Mike Pettey to share his five favorite media sites. Read all about Mike’s unique success story, and how his club’s history became it’s biggest asset. “The history has been a big draw. It’s been fun to develop The Ohio Club into a destination. People come to Hot Springs from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Missouri and Tennessee, and part of the reason they come is The Ohio Club.”

Stories

Five to Follow with Dr. Jay Barth

Five to Follow asks Hendrix professor and self-described political junkie to share his five favorite media sites. Many are familiar with Dr. Jay Barth through his writings for Arkansas Times, his collaboration with Roby Brock for the Talk Business and Politics polls, and his past appearances on AETN’s Arkansas Week.

Local Stories, Stories

Mountain Biking and Photography Drive Novo Studio Head

“Thanks for calling Novo Studio. This is Philip Thomas. I’m currently on the phone, on a photo shoot, on a bicycle or currently unavailable.” -voicemail, Novo Studio

Events, Home, News

Bear State + Arvest

Change is in the Bear. As you’ve probably heard, our big change at Bear State is that we’re merging with Arvest Bank pending regulatory approval. What does this mean for you? This first Q&A should answer some of your more pressing questions.  We’ll be the first to admit that we don’t have all the answers today. We don’t even know all the questions yet. But not to worry, as we’ll be here with you through the transition and beyond. After all, Bears are fiercely loyal and adaptable!

Events, Home, News

An Announcement to Roar About

The Bear has some news to share, ok, roar about! An agreement has been signed where Arvest will acquire Bear State and come together as one customer-focused bank. Embracing change is a key part of who we are at Bear State and we couldn’t be more proud to join the Arvest family.

Events

The Bear Goes Pink for the Jonesboro Fundraising Race

Bear State Bank is going pink for the inaugural Komen North East Arkansas Race for the Cure® set for Saturday, May 6 at the Centennial Stadium on the ASU Campus in Jonesboro. Bear State is a Crystal Sponsor and a team of associates from our Jonesboro branches will run/walk in the race.

Events

Swing into Spring with the 34th Annual SpringFest

Fayettevilles SpringFest kicks off Saturday, April 15 with a 5K run, live music, arts and crafts booths and their signature event, the bed race up Dickson Street. See the schedule below for all the events.

Education, Events

Sip it Forward. Kindness by the Cup

Bear State teamed with Westrock Coffee of Little Rock to provide complimentary coffee for returning students across Arkansas’s college campuses.

Events

Support Our Troops with the Holiday Military Supply Drive in Harrison

Bear State is partnering with Cox Communications and the Army National Guard to collect items that will be sent to Arkansas National Guard troops who will be deployed over the holidays.

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