By Bear State Bank

Illusionist Brings the Magic Back to Hot Springs Landmark

There’ll be a second act for the historic Malco Theatre on Hot Springs’ Central Avenue, thanks to master illusionist Maxwell Blade, who will reopen the renovated playhouse in November. Blade, who will stage his magic, comedy and music show at the venue, will join a long line of performers who have entertained on this span since the late 1800’s.

So You Want to Start a Dog-Grooming Business

With its self-service wash tubs, professional pedicures and custom grooming, Bark ‘N Paws is a one-stop shop for prettying up your pet. This month, So You Want to Start gets to the bottom of what it takes to start a dog-grooming business. Ever wonder what it takes to open a business? So You Want to Start profiles businesses and poses that very question.

Bath Water for Beer

In 2013 Rose Schweikhart opened Superior Bathhouse Brewery in Hot Springs after the iconic structure sat tenantless for over 30 years. The Superior is the only brewery located in a national park, and it is the first to utilize thermal waters in beer. In her four years as owner and brew master, Schweikhart expanded her brand and exceeded the 10-year projections in her business plan approved by the National Parks Service.

The Equifax Security Breach – What You Should Know

As you may be aware, Equifax recently announced a large data breach of their systems that is expected to impact over 143 million consumers. While this is not a breach associated with Bear State Bank, we strive to protect our customers through information and education. Bear State Bank places the highest priority in the security of your accounts and information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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