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Hardy A&P Commission Launches New Website!

A&PWe are excited to finally see a beautiful new “official website” that has just been launched by the Hardy A&P Commission.

As stated by the A&P, “The new website, www.VisitHardyArkansas.com, provides the cornerstone for the integrated marketing strategy implemented by the Hardy Advertising & Promotion Commission to increase tourism. The focus is to promote four main interest areas: Spring River, Artisans, Cultural Heritage and Music.”

Be sure to bookmark that site and check it out today, and make Hardy, Arkansas your tourist stop!

Mayor Attempts To Shut Down A and P Commission

1877537-LHardy Mayor Nina Thornton again challenged changes on the city’s Advertising and Promotions Commission at the June 3 Hardy City Council meeting. Thornton and two other commission members have been removed by the new city council, and Thornton continued to challenge the legality of the council’s actions. The A and P decides how special tax money should be used for events and advertisements to attract tourists to the city.

Words & Afterwords Extended Summer Weekend Hours

Memorial Weekend launches the Spring River Summer Tourism Season.  According to Greg Bess, “Those that work in food or lodging around here struggle to get to this weekend.  The good news it that if you make it this far, life gets a whole lot better.  We’re here and we hope you will visit to enjoy another great season!” 317

“We have completed our patio expansion   complete with new custom stained glass, by Marlene Miller of “Designs in Glass” at the Ozark Classic Crafts Mall.  Our alcove private dining space is now available. ” Said Greg

Memphis Laureate Omega Chapter Visits Hardy

Words & Afterwards has been our favorite place to stop for four years now, on our way to the McCabe House for the weekend. The members of Laureate Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, in Memphis, Tennessee met in Hardy, Arkansas for a relaxing weekend for fun, food and catching up on the past year. Several members that have moved away from Memphis, met the chapter at Words & Afterwards for a reunion lunch, and then all traveled on out to the McCabe House for the weekend.

Hardy Works To Rebound From Years Of Recession

A new product and “micro-manufacturing” has Marc Herring’s Ozark Classic Craft Mall back on track, and Herring sees new business activity in Hardy as a sign the town is finally bouncing back from years of recession. Photo/Richard Irby

“Five years ago, it was my dream come true. I was leaving the corporate world to be my own boss and own a cool business, then the economy tanked.”

That is Marc Herring’s to-the-point description of the challenges he has faced since buying the Ozark Classic Crafts Mall in 2007.

Calming Cross To Make Nationwide Debut

Article published on Spring River Chronicle and its online site http://myspringriver.com/2012/01/25/calming-cross-to-make-nationwide-debut/

By Lauren Siebert
Staff Writer for the Spring River Chronicle

The Calming Cross / Floating Angel

A unique and intriguing product called The Calming Cross, crafted by Classic Craft Mall Owner Marc Herring, will make its debut appearance Feb. 1 as a feature story in a magazine distributed to more than 30,000 homes across the nation. The item, which is crafted to fit the hand in such a way that it seems to help relieve stress and provide comfort to all who try it, has received rave reviews from his first customers.

Free Online Ads For Area Business!

The Friends Of Hardy Arkansas (FOHA) are happy to offer to the local area business community a wonderful opportunity. With the new year finally here, we have decided to waive the $100 yearly fee for our online rotating billboard ad slots  on our website for business within the City of Hardy subject to our approval. This is in addition to are standard free directory listings which we hope all area business’s have already submitted to that listing.

Hardy Knife Company Opens On Main Street

We are happy to announce that a new business has opened on Main Street in Hardy, Ar. With the tough economy that many business have faced over the last couple of years it is nice to see that a few are still willing to invest and take a chance on building a business.

The Hardy Knife Company opened right before Christmas and the new year. It sells, as you probably guessed, knives! You can find a variety of brands and styles of knives at the Hardy Knife Company. Prices range from a few dollars to the hundreds.  You can find all kinds of  knives from pocket, hunting, survival, collector swords and others, said Marc Herring the store owner.

Businesses On Main Street In The News!

We are excited to see that Kait8 featured Hardy Arkansas, and most importantly the business on Main in a recent news feature on Labor Day weekend.  Hardy’s tourism business thrives in the Spring and Summer and with the Labor Day weekend this usually represents the final push of the main tourist season.

“The economy has effected everybody, you know, for those folks who have come out and weathered the stormed and come to the store and shared their time and their money with us we’re truly grateful,” said Marc  Herring, owner of the Ozark Classic Crafts Mall in Hardy.

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