by Lin Stone
Now, I'm sure that every business here in Polk County is honest, faithful, and true, and no aspersions are cast upon anyone not listed here. But the ones who are listed here I have dealt with personally and found them to be professional, courteous, and convenient.
One terrific resource in town is Goss Electronics. Not only does the company have most of the phone accessories and electronic components the family might need, the staff is almost aggressive in assisting you to find exactly what you need. It is found 410 on the south side of Highway 71 and almost dead center of town. Staff members keep up with community affairs and don't mind spreading the word about good people in town. Phone 479 394 2780Two of the most helpful insurance agents I have found in town are: George S. Davis, found at 1161 Hwy 71-S with a phone number of 479 394 4521 and Steve Standridge found at 1402 Hwy 71-S with a phone number of 479 394 6131 -- These are both really great guys.
Mena Medical Center was founded in 1950 and since its beginning the community has committed resources toward providing a level of quality health care equal to that of larger communities. When I was visiting my friend Leonard Rhoades in the hospital for a knee replacement he was well attended, and more than happy with the staff. He said the beds were as comfortable as he had at home. The best things I liked were the friendly smiles, helpful directions and well-lit halls. I had to go to the emergency room for a possible stroke and found even friendlier and more helpful folks. It was very reassuring to find a better staff here than usually encountered in the Little Rock Megatropolis.
The web is changing a lot of things for Mena. For example: ArkaTents offers Family Tents .. Trail Tents .. Screen & Sun Shelters .. Tarps .. Lofts .. Sleeping Bags .. Campus Plus Tent Tips Buyer Protection .. Gift Registry. The company is doing so well it is expanding to twice its size.
The Blue Knights of Mena can be found here.
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All my bags are custom designed by me inside a pet and smoke free studio. Each one bears a permanent signature on the inside, so that you will always know you have a Handbags by Rachel original!
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Handcrafted Garden Bridges produces handcrafted Cedar or Redwood garden bridges for Koi ponds, Japanese water gardens and landscaped yards. Rod Bird personally custom designs and builds all his garden bridges using only top quality hand selected Cedar or Redwood. The bridges come with posts and rails or high arched or low arched garden bridges without posts and rails The handcrafted garden bridges are built strong enough to hold up to 400 lbs — that's strong enough to hold a small tractor if you need to dash across it. Galvanized hardware is used on each garden bridge to prevent rust and Rod is happy to weather treat or stain the bridges if needed for your area. The pictures on the site are really good, and the site is one of the best designed that I've seen.
A US Motors plant is found here, over by the Rich Mountain Community College. For the past 50 years, many of the farmers and ranchers I've interviewed, preferred motors from US Motors.
Ouachita Art Glass produces the highest quality hand-crafted etched glass awards.
Real Estate Services
But, maybe I should list the best industry here as RETIREMENT. Older people who are just driving through will suddenly realize MENA is The RIGHT Place to settle down in retirement. Real Estate agents are having a field day here with all the mountains to live on and valleys to explore. Many of the brokers are on the web.
www.menarealestate.us offers 360 Deg. Virtual Tours to let you fully appreciate the Mena homes shown.
Vision Realty has produced a web site about the entire Polk County Region. There are 4,000 pages now, and running strong. Much care and devotion was lavished on this site as it was being created. All the churches and their meeting times are listed. All the major businesses are listed. All the graveyards known are listed. All the banks, government offices -- large or small, and the list goes on and on. The writing, the descriptions, the photos, are superb.
Because land is such a bargain around here there are people buying up raw land and throwing a mobile home on the land.
Price's slogan is THE PRICE IS RIGHT! I can go along with that too, but it was the SERVICE that impressed the dickens out of me. The crew I observed installed twice as many supports as I've seen other companies put under a house this size. Their tools were top notch and well taken care of. They worked together as if each one was a hand inside a glove. There were enough of them to monitor the progress of every portion of the installation as each task was being done. Smooth as silk, polished as a drill team on the parade ground, they put the house together as if a roll of drums was counting the cadence. Call (479) 394-4111 for your own demonstration.
The complete overhaul of airplanes, etc.. is a huge industry too.
Rich Mountain Electric has about the friendliest staff in Mena.
AIRCRAFT INTERIORS, INC. has experienced personnel to provide a
custom interior for your aircraft. The staff has a combination of over 75
years in the aircraft business.
The Intermountain Municipal Airport in Mena provides complete and quality aircraft services.
A.O.G. Paint Services is a small, personal operation with integrity which specializes in custom aircraft painting.
Ultimate Aircraft Services is a worldwide aircraft delivery company.
THE WOOD SHOP has been providing Custom Cabinetry for Executive Aircraft for 21 years.
HAMPTON ENTERPRISES has been providing outstanding aircraft repair and aircraft maintenance for a variety of makes of aircraft for 25 years. "We manufacture many parts in house which helps us in keeping the repair cost down to a minimum." The house specialty is repairing planes to "Better Than New."
Mena Aircraft Engines, Inc. is an FAA Approved Certified Repair Station.
Reebaire Aircraft is rapidly growing towards becoming one of the most complete Aircraft Modification Centers in the world but has almost completely moved out to Hot Springs.
Rose Aircraft Interiors has been setting the standard in Corporate Aircraft Interior Refurbishment for more than 30 years.
Street and Performance is a world class operation with its own foundry and casting facilities. Street and Performance has produced custom vehicles for Michael Jackson and other celebrities by the score. Day after day, 7 days a week, as I drive by here I see beautiful cars being worked on. The brand new web site will give you an even better view than I get. You can get a tour any day of the week.
The Ultimate Engine from Mena is in a class of its own. In fact, you could call it perfect as it is built step by detailed step, slowly and carefully to the highest degree of excellence possible.
ArkaTents offers Family Tents .. Trail Tents .. Screen & Sun Shelters .. Tarps .. Lofts .. Sleeping Bags .. Campus Plus Tent Tips Buyer Protection .. Gift Registry. The company is doing so well it is expanding to twice its size.
Where do you find: General Construction Construction Management Pre-engineered Butler Buildings Renovations Crane Service from 5 to 50 tons Structural steel erection Precast concrete erection? Mena Steel Buildings.
Double Scent Candles is found at 1107 Mena St. The candles are double scented to last longer and do more good. There are over 60 different scents available in dozens of colors with a wide variety of containers to choose from. More are being added each day. Custom made candles are the specialty of the house. Owners are Nathan and Courtney Roth. Nathan is retired military. They also care for Nathan's grandmother who is 94 years young. Their web site has pleasing colors and terrific pictures.
The Rich Mountain Community College (just across from US Motors) has a spacious layout, and some great teachers. Old folks like me can take classes for just $5.00 Like I said, this is a great retirement community, even if you have to work for a living.
Just about everybody here has need of a chainsaw, if not for themselves, then to help someone else cut wood. When I decided to become a native I bought my chainsaw from Randall's at 2806 Highway 71 South. The prices were right, and the selection was awesome. Some of those bars were EIGHT feet long! I couldn't even pick up the blade by itself, much less the chainsaw. 479 243 9300 is the phone number to call.
For the Sake of Animals.
I finally caught Jim's Junk open. This is on Highway 71, heading west and on the right hand side of the street. Inside is disappointing at first with everything so crowded and the people ahead of me clawing through the bargains before I could decide if they were bargains. Paperback books were 8 for a dollar. Many of the hard back books were only a quarter each.
Jim says the only thing ever stolen from the store ("besides my pickup") was a tiny windmill Jim made up himself.
"And I've got more items here than a Super Center Wal Mart. Of course, most of mine is one-of-a-kind so I don't need as much floor space as they do."
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articles to Tale Wins. Thirty seven of his books have now been published by Browzer Books.
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