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Old 03-08-2008, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Glendale Arizona
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Eddie and Luv, Thanks.
The Ozarks and Ouachitas both look beautiful, but the Ouachitas would probably be our choice as well. We love small communities in the mountain valleys. Eddie, you say you've been to Phoenix, so you may remember the Verde Valley area. That's similar to what we would be looking for... hopefully greener and wetter though
If our son was to follow us, we would actually prefer him to live a ways from us. Mena for us, and maybe Fort Smith for him, would sound like a good arrangement. It would allow for monthly "big city" shopping trips and visiting, while still maintaining distance. If you have older single kids, I'm sure you understand
Church oriented is exactly what we would hope for, and a dry county is no problem either. An occasional sip of sweet red table wine for a special Sunday dinner is about the extent of our drinking habits.
Thanks again, for the very informative comments from you both.
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:20 AM
 
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If you want church-oriented, then being close to Ft. Smith would be a good choice, from what I've read on here. I've seen a lot of posts here complaining about the church influence in Ft. Smith. Me, I like church, don't drink, don't party, don't care if there's a bar within a million miles of me.

You are going to have a great time, once you are settled, exploring the countryside in NW Arkansas. Keep us posted!
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Old 03-09-2008, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Glendale Arizona
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Was wondering who the big grocery chain is, like up in Fort Smith? Haven't seen Kroger or Safeway listed there, so was wondering what it would be. Out here we have a Kroger affiliate Fry's Market, and of course Safeway. I would expect small local owned grocery in Mena, but figured Fort Smith would probably have a bigger chain store.
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Old 03-09-2008, 02:04 PM
 
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Was wondering who the big grocery chain is, like up in Fort Smith? Haven't seen Kroger or Safeway listed there, so was wondering what it would be. Out here we have a Kroger affiliate Fry's Market, and of course Safeway. I would expect small local owned grocery in Mena, but figured Fort Smith would probably have a bigger chain store.
I'm not sure about Ft. Smith, but I saw a lot of Harp's grocery stores in the Fayetteville/Springdale area, and Ft. Smith is not far away from there. The one I went into at F'ville was very nice! I'm not sure it's a big chain store, though. I'm not from Arkansas, so I don't know all the inside stuff. But there is also a Harp's in a little town not far from there called Huntsville.
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Old 03-09-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Walmart pretty much has everything around there. Not sure about the grocery chains but Walmart has swallowed up most everything.

I was going to say your Verde Valley comparison is not too far off however there is not a town of 3 million an hour away on the interstate. Instead a town of about 100K up a twisting road. Many less retirees in Mena and not so many wealthy people like in Cornville.

However, compared to Cottonwood and all that, Mena is a much more traditional town with the small downtown and turn of the century homes etc.

I also wanted to mention the Talimena skyline drive which is probably the only thing in the central USA that rivals Arizona as far as a spectacular setting. We don't have anything that rivals the Rockies but the view of the Ouachita's from the drive is pretty impressive. You can drive up to the Queen Wilhelmena Inn and have some good food and enjoy the views from there.
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Old 03-10-2008, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Glendale Arizona
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I always forget that the Wally Superstores have groceries, so I guess it makes sense that the Krogers and Safeways probably stay away. We will probably be looking for small local producers for a lot anyway, and of course my garden will supply a good percent of the veggies... once it's established We are trying to develop a more natural (organic) diet, and our AR neighbors may wonder that we don't eat pork. (Wife is from Iowa where they look at us like we have committed a terrible diet sin )
Yes the Verde Valley has been ruined for the average folk, by the money that has moved in and driven property prices out of site. (Gee, we could even have the Western White House in Cornville, if McCain would gets elected.) My comparison was for something like the "old" Verde Valley but with real trees, water, and "no interstate". That's what we would hope for anyway..... and fishing
In spite of what some might consider "liberal" diet preferences, we are basically conservative, Church going, family people, who encourage those values, but don't "preach" to eveyone we meet. Live and let live, but if your away we'll keep an eye on your property for you... kind of folk.
Thanks Luv and Eddie, you've provided us with lots of good insight.
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Old 03-12-2008, 10:11 AM
 
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I always forget that the Wally Superstores have groceries, so I guess it makes sense that the Krogers and Safeways probably stay away. We will probably be looking for small local producers for a lot anyway, and of course my garden will supply a good percent of the veggies... once it's established We are trying to develop a more natural (organic) diet, and our AR neighbors may wonder that we don't eat pork. (Wife is from Iowa where they look at us like we have committed a terrible diet sin )
Yes the Verde Valley has been ruined for the average folk, by the money that has moved in and driven property prices out of site. (Gee, we could even have the Western White House in Cornville, if McCain would gets elected.) My comparison was for something like the "old" Verde Valley but with real trees, water, and "no interstate". That's what we would hope for anyway..... and fishing
In spite of what some might consider "liberal" diet preferences, we are basically conservative, Church going, family people, who encourage those values, but don't "preach" to eveyone we meet. Live and let live, but if your away we'll keep an eye on your property for you... kind of folk.
Thanks Luv and Eddie, you've provided us with lots of good insight.
I think some of the larger towns (and maybe even some of the smaller ones) have Farmer's Markets now. I know Fayetteville does, but that's pretty far away from Mena....but I would just bet that Ft. Smith has one, too. Just to keep you going until the garden gets growing!

Ha! Just did a search (ain't the internet great!) and found out there is one in Mena! Here is the link that tells about it...also you can click on the "back to search page" link and search every county in Arkansas. Cool.

The Arkansas Agricultural Product Market
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Old 03-27-2008, 07:19 PM
 
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To the couple from Arizona considering relocation to Mena. I grew up in Mena and loved living there as a child. I still have family that live there, so I go back at least once a year to visit, and it has not changed very much since I left in 1980. It is a sleepy little town in a beautiful part of the country. Although I enjoyed growing up there, I am not sure I could ever move back. One of the biggest drawbacks to me is the remoteness. You are 1&1/2 hour drive away from any larger town. And it is not interstate! Curvy 2 lane roads most of the way. If I went back to Arkansas, I would definitely go further north to the Fayetteville area. NW Arkansas has a lot to offer, especially for your son. The area is growing and I'm sure it would have a lot more job opportunities, as well as social, than Mena would offer. It also has much more going on culturally. My husband and I lived in Fayetteville for 3 years in the 90's and loved it. We have lived in many parts of the country- Boston MA, New York, Atlanta, and D.C. area. I have to say that Fayetteville was the best regarding cost of living and quaility of life. We especially loved the Walton Arts Center- they bring in broadway plays for a fraction of the price that they are in larger cities. There are plenty of smaller towns around NW Arkansas to consider as well. Good luck!
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Old 04-01-2008, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Glendale Arizona
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Thanks LL1123, it's always good to hear from someone who knows the area in Mena. As we are seniors and retired, we're not looking for much big-city activity. If we had to take the "curvy 2 lane road" once a month, or every other month, to supplement shopping that would be OK. If our son had to be an hour and a half away to find employment, that would be even better. As long as the community is friendly and I can have a decent garden to keep me busy, I think we would be OK. (Would like to take up fishing also, and hear Mena has some good areas near for that.) Other than that, we would be taking a trip to Branson occasionally, visiting our other three kids in Arizona and Michigan, and relatives in Iowa and Indiana.
Thanks again for the reply.
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Denver
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My wife and I are retired, and have lived in the Phoenix Arizona area for over half a century. What used to be more of a friendly western envirnoment, has become a 3million plus hectic urban mega-metropolis, complete with daily (hourly) crime, traffic, and HOT weather. The 80 degree summer nights of long ago now seldom drop below 100 for four or five months, and the monsoons of yesteryear now are just dry dust storms. So while looking to relocate we stumbled across Mena Arkansas. Although we have been in the big city for a long time, we both spent the first 14 to 16 years of our lives in small mid-western towns, so are familar with that lifestyle. We would love to hear from someone in Mena who could give us a more personal flavor of life there. Also, our 37 year old (single) son is considering following us, and is wondering about employment in the area for someone with both computer and retail grocery experience. Would love to hear from you, so give us an email shout. Thanks
Its been quite awhile since I used to travel thru Y City which is just hollerin distance from Mena. I lived in Hot Springs from 1975-7. I have a brother who lives a short distance from there in Oklahoma. Mena has more regulations about housing regulations than does some of its neighboring communities.., like Pencil Bluff, Wickies, Y City and Ink. Mena is on U. S. hwy 71 which goes to Shreveport La. from Kansas City. Mena is a very nice little town, with very friendly people. They have a very mild climate with perhaps more humidity than you are used too. But, on the other hand, when I lived in Tempe Az. 1974-5 in a travel trailer, it took me quite awhile to adjust to the lack of humidity. My brother lives in Latimer County Oklahoma and there are some very inexpensive places to buy there too! I moved him in 2005 from Yuma Az. to Oklahoma. You won't believe this, but; the land he bought has property taxes of only $1.95 per year. Wow!!! Its rather remote though, no utilities on his 5 acres. Its accessible by way of a one lane gravel road that isn't maintained very often.

I've been thru Mena many times. Each time was very refreshing. If you like a laid back life style, you found it in the Mena area.

One thing to remember is: you just might wear out a set of brakes before you realize that the tail lights you've been following are your own.

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