February 2021 NEWSLETTER
Dear Chamber Member: Time is just flying by in this new year and I cannot believe it is already February. As the pandemic continues, there is certainly a strain placed on many of our local businesses. From trying to operate under the ever-changing guidelines to serving the community to the best of their ability, we need each other.

There are some silver linings in the coming weeks. For example, Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it and what better way to show love then to support your local businesses! Recently, several organizations have come together with the fantastic idea of choosing another organization as their Valentine!

Although it is nice to get away once in a while, I would recommend celebrating the holiday in your hometown this year – whether it’s purchasing flowers from one of your local florists, making reservations for dinner at one of our many restaurants, purchasing something special for your loved one, or catching a show at the local theater. However you decide, do it close to home.  (We’ve listed some great ideas to shop, eat, or purchase from our local members below!)

I would encourage all of us to go the extra mile to show kindness in the coming days. Support one another, finding ways to lift one another up and working hard to make our community come together.

Efforts to create growth for some new businesses have come to fruition with the addition of a new auction house soon to be open in Hardy, the Dollar General in Cherokee Village which is now open, educational opportunities and job creation through Emerson and Ozarka College in Ash Flat and more.

I would also like to remind our members to take full advantage of your memberships. If you have a great deal or special going, please let us know so we can advertise it for you. Trying to draw more foot or online traffic? Let us know so we can help get the word out. 
Lauren Siebert2021 SRACC President

Valentines Day is just around the corner.  We are planning on sending out gift ideas on our Facebook page.

Email us with suggestions of gifts or romantic ideas you would like us to promote for you.

Here’s an example: ROMANTIC STAYCATION – Feb. 13/14!
Rent a Romantic Spa Room (Biggers Bar Grill & Inn, Riverview Falls, Cedar Glen Resort) or a lakeside rental (King Rhodes & Associates Real Estate, Ozark Gateway Realty, Eagles Nest in  Cherokee Village, Southern Pines Realty)

Have flowers delivered or pick up (Master’s Bouquet or The Rose Trellis)

Dinner (Artisans, Biggers Bar Grill & Inn, Spring River Draft House)

Nice Bottle of Wine, Champaigne or ? (Triple D Package Store, Walmart) OR

Let us know some products or services you can suggest that make fabulous gifts, such as:

1) Custom Mini-Bat with favorite Baseball Player or your child’s baseball info (
Ozark Classic Crafts Mall)

2) Beautiful handmade log jewelry box (Wood-n-Things)

3) Set up an IRA in their name (FNBC, Centennial Bank, First Community Bank, Evolve Bank & Trust, Edward Jones Investments)

4)  Get their car spruced up (Fair Auto Body & Collision, Johns Auto Body, Hiltons Collision & Repairs)

5)  Have a special photo shoot with just the two of you (Clark Sanders Photography)

6)  Buy a Valentine Ad proclaiming your love (Areawide Media, Pacesetting Times, Hallmark Times, Hometown Radio Stations, 106.5 Outlaw Radio)

8) have a fun night out bowling and pizza! (Frontier Lanes, Rebel Time Out)

7) Gift Certificates for future fun:  Pontoon boat rental (Midlake Marina), Art Classes (Art Center of North Arkansas, Spring River Art Guild), Tanning and other beauty services (The Tanning Bed, Sun Kyss Glo).

Jades Boutique (women’s clothing and home decor)
Tri County Ranch & Farm Supplies (clothes for men and women, home decor, etc.)
 Sharp County Outdoor (tractors!!)
Sears in Ash Flat (tools, appliances, sewing machines, etc.)
Platinum River (rare coins, jewelry, precious metals)
Far Out N Funky, Memories on Main St., Hardy Village Antiques & Motors (antiques and more)
Kozeys Country Store  (Amish food and specialty items)
Spring River Tobacco & More (cigars, etc.)
Forschler’s Furnishings, Sharp Office Supply & Furniture (new or used home or office furniture),
Spring River Bait & Tackle (fishing supplies)
Cherokee Village Hunt & Gun Club (go shooting)

And everyone loves gift certificates to restaurants:

Biggers Bar Grill & Inn
Chokdee Thai Kitchen
Chow on the Square
Smokin’ Rick’s BBQ
But First, Coffee Drive Thru
Rebel Time Out
Spring River Draft House

And, you could always make a donation in your loved one’s name to one of our local nonprofit organizations:

Arts Center of North Arkansas
Ash Flat Library/BookLovers Brigade
Cherokee Village Historical Society/Museum
Cherokee Village Lions Club
Cherokee Village Tourist Info & Welcome Center
Comfort Keepers
Elks Lodge #2539
Gateway CASA
Hardy History Association/Museum
Highland Rebel Booster Club
Mission of Hope
New Beginnings
Sharp County Community Foundation
Spring River Innovation Hub
Spring River Artist Guild
Spring River Valley Friends of the NRA
United Way of North Central Arkansas
Wilson Lodge #432 F&AM (Masonic Lodge)

For or information about the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce, visit them at: www.sracc.org

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Lauren is a an award-winning journalist who decided after 10 years of newspaper experience to venture out. Hallmark Times was born.