Southern Living is starting to take note of NWA’s cultural influence. 

In the September 2017 issue of Southern Living magazine NWA gets some love

Run, don’t walk to the nearest news stand and pick up a copy of Southern Living. The media has been catching on to NWA for awhile now and Southern  Living has decided to see what all the fuss is about. 

The cover of the Travel & Culture section features none other than our Fayetteville favorite Maxine’s Taproom with The Silver Shakers laying down some tunes.

The Fayetteville and Bentonville section of the article shows love to many of our other local favorites too.

This, of course,  isn’t the first time Southern Living has noticed us

Fayetteville was ranked as #1 on their Most Affordable Small Towns to Live in and was recognized as one of the Most Budget Friendly Vacation Destinations.

A House in My Own Mother’s Neighborhood was Featured
Rogers Was Cited as one of the Best Places to Retire

Bentonville was called “The South’s Next Culteral Mecca”

With all of of this buzz, I wonder if you think the media is on the mark or missing some great targets. If you were to write to Southern Living about something they missed what would you tell them?  

30 years sure makes a difference

In 1985 Fayetteville Arkansas had a population of around 37,000. Most roads west of I-540 were dirt (I-540 is now I-49). There were a couple of Walmarts that didn’t even have groceries back then and going Rogers or Bentonville was like going to the far side of the universe (not to mention there really wasn’t much of a reason to).


Dickson Street 2016


Northwest Arkansas is basically a greater metropolitan area that includes Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and the surrounding areas. People commute daily to and from for work, shopping, appointments and leisure. We are showing up on national lists as the best places to live, work and start a business.

With all of this moving and grooving going on I want to share my townie experience. It’s easy to get lost in the throng of all of the shiny new corporate facades (irony of photo not lost here), so I want to chronicle my day to day and then some. I want to share with anyone who would care to listen what it is that makes this place pretty great from the grass roots all the way up to some of the *shiny*.

There will be more to come so please like and share. Feel free to let me know what you’re NWA is too by dropping a line.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art