By Bear State Bank

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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