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Oktoberfest event set for Oct. 1 on the Fayetteville square

A crew from Little Rock-based Lost Forty Brewing serves beer samples during the Hot Springs Craft Beer Festival held May 30 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

Photo: Brian Sorensen

If you like craft beer, live music, and hanging outside in Fayetteville in the fall, there’s an event coming up in a few weeks you might be interested in.


When: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2017, 1-7 p.m.
Where: Fayetteville Square
What: A craft beer, live music, and family friendly event created by the Arkansas Brewers Guild
Tickets: $5-10, on sale at Eventbrite

The Arkansas Brewer’s Guild is once again hosting an Oktoberfest featuring all of the above on Saturday, Oct. 1 on the Fayetteville square.

This year’s event will include craft brews by 15 Arkansas breweries, along with live music by Handmade Moments, Yokohama Drifters, and Henna Roso.

Admission is $10, and includes entry along iwht a 12 oz commemorative sampling glass, two sampling tokens, and access to the beer, art vendors, food trucks, a kid zone, and other activities. Additional sampling tokens are available for $1 per token.

Designated drivers tickets are $5, and those 17 and under get in for free.

The event is a family friendly occasion, with a kid zone featuring games, crafts, and more.

Advance tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite. For more information, check out the Facebook page for the event.

Music schedule

1:30 p.m. – Yokohama Drifters
3 p.m. – Henna Roso
5 p.m. – Handmade Moments

Participating Breweries

Apple Blossom Brewing Company
Bentonville Brewing Company
Bubba Brew’s Brewing Company
Columbus House Brewery
Core Brewing Company
Diamond Bear Brewing Company
Flyway Brewing
Fossil Cove Brewing Co.
Gravity BrewWorks
Lost Forty Brewing
New Province Brewing Company
Ozark Beer Company
Saddlebock Brewery
Stone’s Throw Brewing
Vino’s Pizza-Pub-Brewery

Musician Jason Moran to kick of lecture series at Crystal Bridges

Jason Moran / Courtesy photo

The distinguished lecture series at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art kicks off this week with a talk and performance by jazz musician, Jason Moran.

Moran will give a talk featuring short jazz performances to punctuate his lecture at the museum at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21.

His appearance at the museum coincides with the traveling exhibition by painter Stuart Davis entitled In Full Swing, on display now through January. Davis’ work was also heavily influenced by jazz.

Similarly, Moran’s musical work is often influenced by visual art, including 20th century painters such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Egon Schiele, and Robert Rauschenberg.

Moran has also scored a ballet by choreographer Alonzo King, and ideo works by contemporary American artists such as Glenn Ligon and Kara Walker.

Admission to the lecture is $10 ($8 for Crystal Bridges members). For a bit more information, visit crystalbridges.org.

Local organizations look to spread inclusive message during Bikes, Blues & BBQ

Fayetteville artist Olivia Trimble of Repaint Hate stands in front of a sign she created in South Fayetteville earlier this year

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With vendors setting up on Dickson Street, and “Welcome bikers” banners adorning bars and restaurants all over town, all signs are pointing to it being Bikes, Blues & BBQ week in Fayetteville.

This year, however, some local artists and graphic designers are hoping to welcome the motorcycle enthusiasts to town with a little bit different type of sign.

The local chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) and Repaint Hate, a grassroots movement that works to combat hateful graffiti in Fayetteville, have partnered to make yard signs and t-shirts to display at this year’s rally that convey an inclusive message to the mass of visitors that will take over the city this week.

Signs with messages like “Y’all means all,” “Hate is not in our anatomy,” and “In this town, we choose love” have been printed, and are being distributed to be displayed around Fayetteville as the rally gets underway.

The bike rally has come under fire in recent years for merchandise sold during the event bearing the confederate flag. In an effort to help curb some of that controversy, rally officials said this year,they would ban that merchandise from being sold by official vendors during the rally.

Olivia Trimble, founder of Repaint Hate, said thoughts of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia were fresh in her mind when she came up with the idea for the campaign.

Signs created by Repaint Hate and AIGA to be displayed at this year’s Bikes, Blues & BBQ Rally

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“I had friends kind of worrying about hate speech coming into town with the visitors,” she said. “It went from an idea to something that I felt like we needed to make happen when I also heard from friends in the LGBTQIA community, and women of color who said they felt uncomfortable with some of the symbols they see at the rally, and were worried about going to the gym on Dickson Street.”

“We decided to do a positive campaign, with the hopes to convey the standards our city has for valuing diversity and inclusion,” she said.

Trimble said Repaint Hate and AIGA NWA will have a booth at the rally near Arsaga’s at the Depot, where they will be distributing signs and t-shirts, and engaging with visitors to the event.

The group will man the booth during the rally on Friday, September 22 from 1–4 p.m., and on Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Several local graphic artists and painters are also creating large panels with similar messages, and they’ll be displayed at Farmers’ Table Cafe, Local Color Gallery, Arsaga’s at the Depot, and other prominent locations around the city.

The smaller signs, created by members of the AIGA and printed locally by Spark Design, are also available to pick up at The Handmade Market.

“We just felt like we wanted to do something to welcome these visitors to our city with some direct signage that tells them who we are,” she said. “We can’t force anyone to stop wearing hateful symbols, but we can at least take a stand in this small way.”

Live music and events at Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2017

Jason D. Williams / Photo: Clayton Taylor

Ready or not, here they come.

The 18th annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally is set to roll into Fayetteville tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 20), and run through the weekend at various locations around the region.

The motorcycle rally includes live music at several stages around town, including the main stage on Dickson Street, as well as at a satellite stage at the Washington County Fairgrounds.

Headliners this year include rockabilly piano man and BBB regular, Jason D. Williams, local 80s tribute Hot Lix, excellent local bluegrass outfit, Arkansauce, and others.

Other highlights of the rally include the annual battle of the bikes competition, which kicks off with registration at 7 a.m. on Saturday on the Dickson Street main stage, followed by several classes of competition from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The annual Parade of Power bike parade is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 23. The parade starts at the fairgrounds, and makes its way down College Ave. to Dickson Street.

Food-wise, the People’s Choice BBQ competition, featuring some of the best BBQ cooks in the nation, is set for 6 p.m. on Friday night at the Washington County Fairgrounds. You can get a plate of the competitors’ creations for $10, and help choose this year’s people’s choice champion.

There are also always plenty of vendor booths set up with turkey legs, funnel cakes, meats on sticks, and other street carnival fare if you get hungry at the event.

There are poker runs, demo rides, stunt riding exhibits, lawnmower pulls, a car show, a karaoke competition, vintage bike show, a Miss BBB pageant, and a million other things scheduled during the four-day event.

A full schedule of music and some event highlights are below. For the full scoop, visit bikesbluesandbbq.org.

Main Stage on Dickson Street

Wednesday, Sept. 20
5:30 p.m. – The Squarshers
7:30 p.m. – Arkansauce
9:30 p.m. – Mountain Sprout

Thursday, Sept. 21
4 p.m. – Gary Hutchison
5:30 p.m. – Funk Factory
7:30 p.m. – Oreo Blue
9:30 p.m. – Earl and Them

Friday, Sept. 22
3:30 p.m. – Leah & the Mojo Doctors
5 p.m. – Vintage Pistol
6:30 p.m. – The Uncrowned Kings
8:30 p.m. – Hot Lix
10:30 p.m. – Jason D Williams

Saturday, Sept. 23
2:00 p.m. – Mister Lucky
4:30 p.m. – Diva’s On Fire
6:30 p.m. – Arkansauce
8:30 p.m. – The Mixtapes
10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. – Dead Metal Society

Bikes Blues and BBQ Campground at the Washington County Fairgrounds

Wednesday, Sept. 20
7 – 11 p.m. – Blew Reed and the Flatheads

Thursday, Sept. 21
6 – 11 p.m. – Brickfields

Friday, Sept. 22
6 p.m. – 12 a.m. – Boston Mountain Playboys

Saturday, Sept. 24
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Brody Buster
9 p.m. – 12 a.m. – Dr. NOLA and the Soul Shakers

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Arts & Events

Gymnastics classes at The Jones Center.

Looking for a gymnastics class for your child? The Jones Center has fun, high-quality weekly classes for just $25 per month. Details.

JJ’s Grill on Steamboat has live music with Fetts Folly, Ouachita River Band, Jamie Wolfe & The Wranglers, and more this week!

Kingfish has live music this week with Isayah Warrod, Charliehorse, and Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts.

Love local beer? Maxine’s Tap Room always has a great selection on tap.

Ozark Natural Foods has classes on Jams & Butters, and a Taste of Fall this week! Sign up.

TheatreSquared’s next show, the world premier of The Champion, opens Oct. 11. Get tickets.

Have you ordered your subscription to the Broadway shows coming up at Walton Arts Center yet? There are still a few left.


Food & Drink

New crust at Eureka Pizza

Bordinos will host a fall happy hour and fundraiser for The Spark Foundation on Thursday, Sept. 14. Get appetizers, wine, and beer for $25.

Buster’s has awesome drink specials every Sunday, including $2.50 bottles and well drinks! More.

You don’t have to rush out for lunch at halftime of the Hogs game Saturday. Just call Damgoode Pies!

Eureka Pizza is now better than ever. Stop in and try their new and improved summer wheat crust!

For NFL Football, MLB Baseball, College Football, and more, Farrell’s Lounge is a great place to catch the game!

Wanna win a 55” TV? Foghorn’s is giving one away every week at Touchdown Thursday!

Grub’s has $5 appetizers at all locations from 3-7 p.m. nightly! Get cheese fries, fried mushrooms, pickles, queso, and more!

Now you can take fresh pizza from Ozark Natural Foods home with you! Call ahead Monday-Sunday from 11a-7p!

Download the Sassy’s App!.

Fish Tacos, Black Bean Burger, Grass Fed Beef Burgers, and more. Greenhouse Grille has awesome options for lunch.

Feed a bunch of folks with a crowd-pleasing Fiesta Pack of build-your-own tacos from Flying Burrito Co!

Lucky Luke’s has a new Saturday special. Get $5 BBQ cheese fries and $5 Coors Light pitchers all day every Saturday!

Download the Sassy’s App today to make it quicker and easier to order take out! No fees, just order and come pick it up!

Penguin Ed’s on Wedington Drive now offers hot sub sandwiches! Yum.

Tuesdays are Trivia Night at Sassy’s BBQ & Grille! Answer questions while you enjoy $2 margs and $3 Mexican beers!

Like Southern Food Co. on Facebook to stay up to date with their nightly specials. And mark your calendar for music by Tiffany Christopher Oct. 7!

Chicken. Football. Repeat. Tenders and wings at Slim Chickens are perfect for tailgate season!

Taziki’s is celebrating 9 years in Arkansas! Help them celebrate by entering to win FREE food for a year!

Thursday night is martini night at Wasabi! Enjoy some of the best concoctions in town for just $5!

Wood Stone Craft Pizza is raising money for the NWA Food Bank on Sept. 21!


Real Estate and Home Services

Move into a lovely Marigold 2bedroom floorpan at Uptown Apartments in September, and your first month’s rent is free!

Price reduced! Check out this awesome Flyer Homes listing on Mount Sequoyah.


Services

Online and mobile banking from Bank of Fayetteville just got a whole lot better!

Are your computer systems running at full capacity? Let the local experts at GCM Computers keep your business running for maximum performance.

Check out the new Instant Reviews, the easiest way for your business to get online reviews!

UARK Federal Credit Union is hosting a Shred-It Event on Friday, Sept. 29 from 11a-2p. Details.


Health & Beauty

Need contact lenses? You can order online conveniently from Austin Vision Care.

Tired of shaving? Check out laser hair removal from Laser Partners!

Erase summer’s damage. Enjoy 25% off all chemical peels all month at Premier Dermatology.


Shopping & Retail

Use code “Ship It” and get free shipping from ShopSomethingUrban.com this week!

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Adventure Subaru is hosting a “Find What You Love” Crosstrek Launch celebration on Saturday. RSVP here.

Wanna get 0% APR for up to 5 years on a 2017 Outback? Adventure Subaru can make that happen.

The Anchor has awesome new Razorback pieces from Woodworx Workshop in stock this week!

Fayettechill’s new fall t-shirt collection is available! Stop by and grab one at their Basecamp location on Dickson Street!

Now there’s a local option for custom framing in town! Check out Frame Fayetteville!

No one wants to get out when they’re sick. That’s why Collier Drug Store delivers medicine to their customers, free of charge.

Avoid the traffic on Dickson Street, and shop Something Urban online! Use code “Ship It” for FREE shipping!

Sweater weather is right around the corner! Check out the oversized cardigans and more at Riffraff!

Need a new PC? Don’t forget students can get academic pricing at UA Computer Store!

Ready to call the Hogs? Get game day ready with this custom Razorback jewelry from Underwoods!


Weekend Flyer: Fayetteville Film Fest, Square to Square, Pokey LaFarge, and more

Friday, Sept. 15

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Wanna watch a movie? How about a lot of movies? The Fayetteville Film Festival kicked off earlier this week, and runs through the weekend. There are four feature films, and dozens of shorts, documentaries, music videos, and more on the schedule this weekend. Block passes start at $5, and there are still some day passes available for the Saturday showings for $20 (plus fees). For more information, check out the website.

There’s plenty of good music in town Friday night as well. Songwriter Corey Smith is at George’s, local rock band Moonsong is at Nomad’s, and Austin Americana act Palomino Shakedown is at Smoke & Barrel with locals, Dumptruck Boyz.


Full list

12:00 pm

Fayetteville Film Fest

Chancellor Hotel
Art
3:00 pm

Plaza de las Americas

UA campus
Community
6:00 pm

Second Line Strings

Sassafras Springs Vineyard
Music
6:00 pm

Ultra Suede

George’s Majestic Lounge
Music
7:00 pm

Christine DeMeo Band

Foghorn’s on 15th
Music
7:00 pm

K.I.D.S.

Foghorn’s on Green Acres
Music
7:30 pm

Moonsong / Crash Blossom

Nomads
Music
7:30 pm

TheatreSquared: Fun Home

Nadine Baum Studios
Music
8:00 pm

Avery Lee She

Dickson Street Pub
Music
8:00 pm

Oh Jeremiah / The Whetherman

Stage 18
Music
8:00 pm

Taylor Jones

Mojo’s Pints & Pies
Music
8:30 pm

Jeff Fox

JJ’s on Dickson
Music
8:30 pm

Tim & Travis

JJ’s on Steamboat
Music
9:00 pm

Corey Smith / Noah Guthrie

George’s Majestic Lounge
Music
9:00 pm

Lighting Fly

Kingfish
Music
9:00 pm

On the Water / The Gebharts / Open Fields

Backspace
Music
9:00 pm

Palomino Shakedown / Dumptruck Boyz

Smoke & Barrel Tavern
Music
10:00 pm

Fredrickson Hellfire

Black Apple Crossing – Springdale
Music

 

Saturday, Sept. 16

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The semi-annual Square to Square Bike Ride is Saturday. This year’s event starts at the Bentonville Square, and will ride into Fayetteville beginning at 8 a.m. Expect to see some cyclists at the Farmers’ Market.

There’s a fun sounding festival about 20 miles west of Fayetteville in Cane Hill this weekend. The 31st annual Cane Hill Harvest Festival has a pretty sweet lineup of music, including John Moreland, Trout Fishing in America, Jack Williams, Arkansauce, and several other acts. The event runs on Saturday and Sunday. Here’s more information.

Collier Drug Store is turning 100 years old, and they’ve got a celebration planned on Saturday with live music, free food, a mobile soda fountain, and more. The party goes from 1-5 p.m. Here’s more info.

How about some laughs? The local storytellers from That’s What She Said Show will kick off a new season at a new venue this year. They’ll be at the Sunrise Stage inside Sunrise Guitars. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Music-wise, Fayetteville Roots Festival veteran Pokey LaFarge is back in town for a show at George’s. He puts on a pretty great show. Tickets are $20 (plus fees) at George’s ticketing site.

Full list:

7:00 am

Saturday Fayetteville Farmers’ Market

Fayetteville Square
Community
8:00 am

Winslow Run Half-Marathon & 5K

Winslow, AR
Activity
9:00 am

Fayetteville Film Fest

Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History
Art
9:00 am

Ozark Native Plants Sale

Ozark Natural Foods
Sponsor
10:00 am

31st Annual Cane Hill Harvest Festival

Canehill, Arkansas
Music
10:00 am

Winfest Music Festival

Winslow, AR
Music
10:30 am

Super Saturday: Robin Hood Showcase by Arts Live

Fayetteville Public Library
Performance
11:00 am

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Mae Farm
Community
12:00 pm

The Vietnam War – AETN screening and discussion

Fayetteville Public Library
Community
1:00 pm

100th Year Celebration

Collier Drug Stores
Sponsor
1:00 pm

Fayetteville Film Fest

Chancellor Hotel
Art
2:00 pm

TheatreSquared: Fun Home

Nadine Baum Studios
Performance
5:00 pm

Pesto Fest

Tri Cycle Farms
Community
6:00 pm

Rachel B

Sassafras Springs Vineyard
Music
7:00 pm

Coverblind

Foghorn’s on Green Acres
Music
7:00 pm

Pinetop Renegade

Foghorn’s on 15th
Music
7:30 pm

Tatsuya Nakatani

Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall
Music
7:30 pm

TheatreSquared: Fun Home

Nadine Baum Studios
Performance
8:00 pm

Bill Dollar and Loose Change

Mojo’s Pints & Pies
Music
8:00 pm

Dan Martin Band

Dickson Street Pub
Music
8:00 pm

Square to Square bike ride

Fayetteville Square
Activity
8:00 pm

That’s What She Said Show

Sunrise Guitars
Performance
8:00 pm

The Vine Brothers

Black Apple Crossing – Springdale
Music
8:30 pm

Easy Mountain

Kingfish
Music
8:30 pm

The Odds

JJ’s on Dickson
Music
8:31 pm

Honey Shuffle

JJ’s on Steamboat
Music
9:00 pm

Cosmic Elegy / Sekoyah / Phoenix Up / cAulfield

Nomads
Music
9:00 pm

Pokey LaFarge

George’s Majestic Lounge
Music
9:00 pm

RFRSH / DJ E-YO

Smoke & Barrel Tavern
Music
9:00 pm

Scott Elliot

Emma Ave. Bar & Tap – Springdale
Music
9:00 pm

Strange Adults Comedy Showcase

Backspace
Comedy

Sunday, Sept. 17

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A bunch of local bands are coming together to raise money for the homeless shelter on Sunday at George’s. The Cate Brothers, Big Uns, The Ozark Howlers, and Los Peos will perform, and proceeds will benefit 7Hills Homeless Center.

The inaugural Miracle Travel Works Poker Ride is set for Sunday, Sept. 17 starting at Core Public House on Mud Creek Trail in Fayetteville. The non-profit organization provides financial assistance to families seeking urgent medical treatment for their seriously ill or injured child away from home. Here’s how to participate in the ride.

There’s a benefit concert at JBGB on Sunday night featuring Pat Green and Barrett Baber. Proceeds from the show will benefit First Tea of NWA. Here’s more info.

10:00 am

31st Annual Cane Hill Harvest Festival

Canehill, Arkansas
Music
1:00 pm

Good Medicine

Terra Studios
Music
1:00 pm

Hispanic Heritage Festival

Fayetteville Square
Community
1:00 pm

MTW Poker Ride

Core Public House – Fayetteville
Fundraiser
1:00 pm

Shelter Jam

George’s Majestic Lounge
Fundraiser
1:00 pm

Sunday Salon Artist Talk: Rashad Delph

Fayetteville Underground
Community
1:00 pm

Volunteer Trail Build

Kessler Mountain
Volunteer
2:00 pm

Mountain Street Music – Jim Mills and The Hellbenders

Fayetteville Public Library
Music
2:00 pm

TheatreSquared: Fun Home

Nadine Baum Studios
Performance
5:00 pm

Nakatani Gong Orchestra

Walker Park
Music
6:00 pm

The First Tee NWA benefit concert: Pat Green / Barrett Baber

JBGB
Music
7:00 pm

TheatreSquared: Fun Home

Nadine Baum Studios
Performance
7:30 pm

Willi Carlisle’s “There Aint No More”

Black Apple Crossing – Springdale
8:00 pm

Open mic

Dickson Street Pub
Music

PARK(ing) day festivities planned in Fayetteville Friday

A Park(ing) Day parklet created by students from ASLA Student Chapter at the University of Arkansas in 2016.

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Two new temporary city parks will be installed on Dickson Street on Friday.

Students from the ASLA Student Chapter at the University of Arkansas, the City of Fayetteville’s sustainability department, and Bike Fayetteville will be converting parking spaces into “parklets” along the street as part of the national PARK(ing) Day event set for Friday, Sept. 15 around the country.

An ASLA designed Parklet recently installed near Blackboard Grocery on Dickson Street

PARK(ing) Day is a concept created by landscape architecture firm Rebar, and has become somewhat of a global phenomenon in recent years. The idea behind it is pretty simple. Residents turn public parking spaces into miniature parks as a way to illustrate how even a small area can be transformed into an enjoyable space.

In Fayetteville, the ASLA students will transform spaces 7346 and 7347 into a parklet featuring seating, an outdoor art venue, and greenspace. Space 7347 has already been converted into a parklet, with a structure designed by ASLA Students, as part of a larger Tactical Urbanism experiment that will run through Sept. 2018.

The Sustainability Department and Bike Fayetteville will use spaces 7344 and 7343 to create a multi-use area featuring lawn sports, a seating area, and a reading nook.

The parks will be set up from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

In addition to the PARK(ing) Day celebration, the city will also celebrate National Drive Electric Week from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sept. 15 in spaces 7365-7368. Electric vehicles will be on hand for citizens to check out, and the mayor will give some remarks on the benefits of electric vehicles as well.

For a bit more information on PARK(ing) Day, visit parkingday.org.

Pokey LaFarge to perform at George’s Sept. 16

Pokey LaFarge / Courtesy photo

St. Louis troubadour Pokey LaFarge is coming back to Fayetteville.

The musician, known for his unique voice and original music steeped in traditional American blues, country, and Western swing, is set to perform at George’s Majestic Lounge on Saturday, Sept. 16.

LaFarge has been a regular in Fayetteville in recent years, both at George’s Majestic Lounge, and as an artist in the Fayetteville Roots Festival lineup. His appearance in town this weekend is also a “Fayetteville Roots presents” show.

Locals Lost John (as a trio this time) will open the show.

Tickets to the show are $20 (plus fees), on sale now at George’s ticketing site.

Collier Drug Stores to celebrate 100 years in Fayetteville

Collier Drug Store / Courtesy photo

They say the first year is the hardest for a new business.

After that, the places that make it a decade are doing pretty good. It’s quite an accomplishment to last for 20 years in just about any field, and businesses that make it to 30? Those are the places considered institutions in most communities.

This year, however, there’s a Fayetteville business that has surpassed all of those milestones, and several more. Local pharmacy Collier Drug Store is set to celebrate 100 years in business this month.

The company will ring in their century in style, with an event from 1-5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 16 at their Dickson Street location. The celebration will include food, inflatables for the kids, a mobile soda fountain, live music by Rachel B Table for Three, and other activities.

The event will be free to attend and open to the public.

A bit of history

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Collier Drug got its start when M.M. Collier opened his first pharmacy, then called The Red Cross Drug Store, on the Fayetteville square in 1917.

His son, Morris G. Collier, began working in the family business in 1930, and together, they opened a second location called Collier Drug Store on Dickson Street in 1950.

The Dickson Street location was considered “a modern pharmacy with an old-timey atmosphere,” complete with a soda fountain that attracted folks of all ages for ice cream, root beer floats, and other treats.

Opening the Dickson Street location was kind of a bold move at the time, according to Carl Collier, M.M.’s grandson, who still works for the company.

“There were looking to get off the square at the time,” Carl said. “It was crowded, and there wasn’t much parking. They wanted to expand in a different direction. There were some small businesses on Dickson Street, but nobody thought about putting a drug store down there until mom and dad did.”

They operated both stores for a few years until the original Red Cross Drug Store was damaged in a fire in 1955. After that, the family decided to concentrate on the Dickson Street location.

Since then, the company has grown to operate 10 locations across Northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville, Farmington, Prairie Grove, Springdale, Elkins, Johnson, Centerton, and Bentonville, and employs dozens of folks from all over the region.

A family affair

Carl Collier / Courtesy

Collier Drug Stores has always been a family affair. The company, now owned by Carl’s son Mel, has been passed through four generations of his family.

After M.M. started the company, Carl’s father, Morris G. and his wife Isabelle ran it for a number of years. Carl and his brother Morris H. took over, (Morris H. passed away in 1989) before Mel bought out all the partners about 10 years ago.

Carl still works as a pharmacist for his son, filling prescriptions and giving free consultations to customers mostly at the Dickson Street location.

“My kids started at 8 and 9 checking in orders and putting up merchandise,” Carl said. “Now, Mel owns it, and he does a tremendous job with it. He’s not a pharmacist but he is a very good business man, and does a great job with our finances.”

The secret to success

Carl pointed to several things over the years that he thinks has helped the business survive and thrive.

He mentioned his father Morris G. Collier’s decision to purchase the Presbyterian Church next door and sell it at cost to the US Government for what would eventually become the post office on Dickson Street.

“That was a big part of our success, because of the traffic it brought to Dickson Street,” Carl said. “It continues today. If you’re next to a post office, you’ve got a lot of good traffic to your business.”

He credited his mother with the decision to invest in a large parking lot at their Dickson Street location in a time where automobiles were becoming more popular, and the need for parking became more and more important.

He talked about the company’s strategy of locating in places convenient to hospitals and doctors offices, and their habit of investing in the community, and investing and reinvesting in their business over the years.

The old soda fountain at the Dickson Street location / Courtesy

The company has been nimble enough to evolve with the times, from the soda fountain days, to selling camera equipment and developing film, and rolling with the punches as health care regulations and policies change.

He mentioned expanding the company’s inoculation and immunization business, offering flu shots and other services in an effort to help reduce the burden on local doctors offices.

The decision to offer free delivery – one that is not always cost efficient for the company – is a key differentiator for Collier Drug Store in an era where that level of service seems to be disappearing as well.

The camera shop inside Collier Drug / Courtesy photo

“You know, some of these people came to us for 30-40 years when they could,” he said. “And now if they can’t drive, or if they have small children, or for whatever reason, we take their medicine to them because it is the right thing to do.”

The biggest key, he said, was the relationships his family has built over their century of doing business in the region.

“It’s the relationships, no question,” he said. “During the depression, if people couldn’t afford their medicine, my grandfather would just give it to them because he knew they needed it. We still do business with those families to this day, and we still try to treat our customers like they are a part of our family.”

Carl, now 76, said he still takes great pride in the business his family has built.

Some days more than others.

“Sometimes, I feel like my legs have been here for all 100 years,” he said with a smile.


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‘Shelter Jam Benefit’ to raise funds for 7Hills Homeless Center Sunday

The Cate Brothers / Courtesy

Several Fayetteville bands are coming together to help out the homeless shelter this weekend.

Locals legends The Cate Brothers, along with Big Uns, The Ozark Howlers, and Los Peos will perform at a fundraiser for 7Hills Homeless Center set for 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17 at George’s.

Tickets to the event are $10, and all of the ticket sales from the event will benefit 7Hills.

For a bit more information, or to RSVP, check out the Facebook page for the event.