Family Business: Martinous Oriental Rug Company

Martinous Oriental Rug Company Little Rock, AR 501-224-0313 www.martinous.com [dropcap]D[/dropcap]avid Martinous, owner of Martinous Oriental Rug Company, has been heavily involved in his family-owned business for the past 51 years. Martinous says his business is based on high ethics, strong morals and great service. “Our family business is unique because of the years of experience…

Family Business: FAB&T

FAB&T Jacksonville, Sherwood, Cabot & Austin, AR 800-982-4511 www.fabandt.com [dropcap]F[/dropcap]irst Arkansas Bank & Trust Senior Vice President and COO Mark T. Wilson says his family-owned business carries on the legacy of his grandfather, Pat Wilson. “We aren’t flashy and we aren’t trying to impress people with anything more than good, honest banking and a desire…

Family Business: Gaston’s White River Legacy

Gaston’s White River Legacy Lakeview, AR 870-431-5202 www.gastons.com [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he legacy began in 1958, when Al Gaston bought 20 acres on the White River. When his son Jim Gaston inherited Gaston’s White River Resort a few short years later, there were six small cottages and six boats. Today the resort sits on more than 400 acres,…

Family Business: Mercedes-Benz of Little Rock

Mercedes-Benz of Little Rock Little Rock, AR 501-666-9457 www.mercedesbenzoflittlerock.com [dropcap]M[/dropcap]ercedes-Benz of Little Rock General Manager Kevin Wilson says the business is locally owned and has been serving Arkansas for over 40 years now. Wilson says the family-owned business is unique because the owners truly care about their employees and customers. According to the company’s website,…

Family Business: Cooper Family Dentistry

Cooper Family Dentistry Jacksonville, AR 501-982-7547 www.coopersmiles.com [dropcap]I[/dropcap]n 1977, Dr. James Cooper established Cooper Family Dentistry in Jacksonville. This year, the family business celebrated its 40-year anniversary. Today, Dr. James Cooper’s son, Dr. Jordan Cooper, runs and operates the business full-time. He joined Cooper Family Dentistry in 2006 following his graduation at the University of…

Family Business: Diamond Center

Diamond Center Fort Smith & Fayetteville, AR[ 479-452-0246 | 479-445-6646 www.diamondcenterjewelers.com [dropcap]J[/dropcap]im Cash III owns and operates the Diamond Center, a fine jewelry shop located in Fort Smith, Arkansas and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Cash says the store is unique because it is a Preferred Retailer with Preferred Jewelers International. He explained that because of its membership…

Family Business: Daniel

Daniel Little Rock, Bryant, & Benton, AR 501-223-8442 www.danielortho.com [dropcap]D[/dropcap]r. John Daniel, an Arkansas native, started Daniel Orthodontics in August of 1990. Dr. Daniel got started in his line of work because of his dad, who was also an orthodontist. “He continued the tradition from there,” Josh Seaman says. Seaman is the director of operations…

Family Business: Hopkins

Hopkins Searcy & Heber Springs, AR 501-268-2000 | 501-362-2006 www.hopkinsorthodontics.com [dropcap]D[/dropcap]r. Jonathan Hopkins is a family-oriented, driven individual who started Hopkins Braces in 2006. The practice grew to have offices in Searcy and Heber Springs, and Melissa Sparks, the office manager for both Hopkins Braces locations, says the business itself continues to be extremely family-oriented.…

Family Business: Gwatney Chevrolet

Gwatney Chevrolet Jacksonville, AR 501-982-210 www.gwatneychevrolet.com [dropcap]G[/dropcap]watney Chevrolet General Sales Manager James Miller says the Jacksonville dealership is one of the top low-price leaders in Arkansas. “If they want the best price in Chevrolet they think of Gwatney Chevrolet first. We’ve always been committed to being that dealership, we haven’t changed that,” he says. Harold…

Family-Owned Businesses

AY Magazine is honored to feature family-owned businesses across Arkansas. These businesses work hard to make sure they have organized and personable customer service skills, along with possessing strong ethics. Many of these Arkansas family-owned businesses have been passed down through the generations. Each business has changed and evolved throughout the years, mainly due to…