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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.”

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.

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

Every Dog Has His Day in Front of Abby’s Camera

When Abby Malone was a young child, her family traveled from Arkansas to Ocean City, New Jersey, to visit her grandfather. Accompanying her were her pet raccoon and a sugar glider, a small pocket-sized marsupial native to Australia. She was an animal lover through and through. So it was no small leap for the child to grow up and become a pet photographer.

Five to Follow with Louie Graves

“What are your five favorite media sites?” Five to Follow asks veteran newspaperman Louie Graves of Nashville.

Derrick Hamilton Creates Fun, Finds Success

Throughout his adult life, there are two things of which Derrick Hamilton has always been certain and these have served as beacons when life was murky and the path to success clouded.

Handicapper Turns Passion Into Profits by Picking the Winners

“Mark the Magician” Albert has been predicting winners at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs for 15 years. He is a familiar voice handicapping the races on Arkansas radio stations, and his tip sheet is sold online, at kiosks at the track and across the street at Crosswalk Bar and Grill where it can be purchased from Mark himself.

Calling the Shots

Kory Cribb always planned on joining the construction business, but the Great Recession led him to take his idea for a hunting business from dream to duck call.

Platinum Drywall Succeeds With Work Ethic, Reputation

If there’s one thing Anthony Brooks knows, it’s how to leverage an opportunity. It’s what got him into the construction business and it’s what’s helped his business, Platinum Drywall, grow into one of the leading drywall subcontractors in the state.

A Business that Bubbles

When a great idea for a product or a business bubbles to the mind’s surface, most people say “Someone should do that.” But some people, like Heather Francis, say “I should do that.” Ironically, the business idea that bubbled up in her mind is all about bubbles.