Vault: Banking on a Great Experience

By Kristy Alpert | Photography by David Yerby [dropcap]F[/dropcap]or nearly 40 years, the building at 723 Central Avenue in Hot Springs sat empty, abandoned after its last tenant, Citizens Bank, moved out and shut the ironclad vault one final time. Dating back to 1909, when it opened as the First Federal Bank, the building earned its…

Home Away from Home

By Julia Trupp New faces, new classes and new places – these are all facets of the college experience. Going off to college is nerve-racking, exciting and bittersweet all wrapped up into one, and a dorm room for an incoming freshman becomes his or her encompassing safe haven. But instead of hanging up a bunch…

A Hydrangea for Every Garden

By P. Allen Smith | Photo by Mark Fonville. [dropcap]I[/dropcap] am hard-pressed to name a shrub that matches the hydrangea for drama, splendor and elegance in the garden. From the subtle white starry-shaped lacecap flower of Hayes Starburst to the dramatic, large white globes of Incrediball — one of my favorites — there’s a hydrangea…

A Walk Through The Garden

By Caleb Talley Take a trip through Hot Springs’ Garvan Woodland Gardens. There are few places across the state that come alive quite like Garvan Woodland Gardens. The botanical paradise, a division of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, is nestled in the Ouachita Mountains in Hot Springs. There’s…

The Beyond Experience Georgia O’Keeffe

By Caleb Talley Through Sept. 3, visitors to Bentonville’s Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art will have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience a collection of works by renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986). This unique exhibition, titled The Beyond, features more than 30 paintings by O’Keeffe, a modernist pioneer whose work continues to inspire artists and…

Greers Ferry Happy Place

By Kim Dishongh | Photography by Jamison Mosley Every weekend, Melody and Steve Stanley head north, to their happy place. The original blueprint of the home, built in the early 1970s, hangs in the entryway of the home they have made uniquely their own. “We didn’t want a designer to come in,” says Melody. “We…

A Town with ‘Hope’ for the Future

by Curtis Lanning  Being the birthplace of both former President Bill Clinton and former Gov. Mike Huckabee certainly gives the town of Hope something to be known for, but there’s much more to this friendly little community of nearly 10,000. Mayor Steve Montgomery said the town boasts plenty of great outdoor activities. “It’s almost like…