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Old 04-02-2010, 11:13 AM
 
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Hey yall. My wife and I are moving to Three Creeks, Arkansas, south of El Dorado & I'm looking to connect with other folks in the area. My family is from Three Creeks and we have deep roots there (I was actually born in El Dorado), but I don't know many people in the El Dorado community and don't know much about El Dorado besides what I saw growing up when we visited grandparents.

Hit me up on twitter @RayZroback and let me know if you are in the area.

I have all kinds of questions:
  • Best country radio stations?
  • Most popular radio stations?
  • Best Gym?
  • Good Mechanic? Lube & Tire? (Do they have car shows in the area?)
  • How is the chamber in El Dorado? Are there a lot of participating businesses?
  • What advertising works & what do most businesses us in the area(besides word of mouth)?
  • How are the politics? VERY political or lacking influence in the community?
  • What about craft shows & community events for kids/families?
  • If you wanted to eat good Pizza, where would you go?
  • What about BBQ?
  • Are there Arcades in the area? Game stores?
  • Are there any community websites besides this & the "[domain blocked due to spam]" forum?

Thanks for the help!!

-- RayZorback
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:25 AM
 
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Hey yall. My wife and I are moving to Three Creeks, Arkansas, south of El Dorado & I'm looking to connect with other folks in the area. My family is from Three Creeks and we have deep roots there (I was actually born in El Dorado), but I don't know many people in the El Dorado community and don't know much about El Dorado besides what I saw growing up when we visited grandparents.

Hit me up on twitter @RayZroback and let me know if you are in the area.


I have all kinds of questions:
  • Best country radio stations?
  • Most popular radio stations?
  • Best Gym?
  • Good Mechanic? Lube & Tire? (Do they have car shows in the area?)
  • How is the chamber in El Dorado? Are there a lot of participating businesses?
  • What advertising works & what do most businesses us in the area(besides word of mouth)?
  • How are the politics? VERY political or lacking influence in the community?
  • What about craft shows & community events for kids/families?
  • If you wanted to eat good Pizza, where would you go?
  • What about BBQ?
  • Are there Arcades in the area? Game stores?
  • Are there any community websites besides this & the "[domain blocked due to spam]" forum?
Thanks for the help!!

-- RayZorback
Geez Ray, I'm not sure you asked enough questions....

Lemme see.... Country station in El Do is 103.1 Kix. Other radio frequencies: 93.3, 96.1, 98.7, 107.1. Hog related talk can be found on 93.3 and 107.1 in the afternoons.

Gyms? The best is Healthworks, but there are a couple of others around.

I personally haven't needed any auto mechanics, so take this for what it is worth. I've often heard good things about Clifford Vines on College Ave in El Do.

Most businesses are part of the chamber in El Do. The chamber is at the forefront of economic development for Union County. That being said, the chamber's longtime leader is stepping down. No idea who will be taking his spot.

There are car shows, however I'm not sure that they are annual events. I know Papa Pablanos (mexican restaurant) usually sponsors one every once in a while. There may be one of our downtown events that will have a car show. Since it is not really my thing, though, I rarely pay much attention.

Advertising usually occurs on the radio, cable ads, and newspaper, however word-of-mouth can definitely have an impact. El Dorado News Times is the local daily paper for El Do. Magnolia has their own daily, and Camden has their own daily. On Sundays, the three share a common issue. There is also a local weekly paper called the South Arkansas Leader. Not much in the way of news in it, though. Speaking of which, it is accessible online through the main local website www.eldoark.com, which is primarily used to place free classifieds, but does have some community stuff on it. [domain blocked due to spam] is toxic. Unfortunately, not really anything else that is local, other than the News Times blog, and that is hit-and-miss.

With regards to politics, you've arrived in El Do at a time of change. Longtime county judge Bobby Edmonds is not running for re-election. Longtime politician and current mayor Mike Dumas is not running for re-election. Longtime county sheriff Ken Jones is not running for re-election. There are some new faces running, and definitely some younger individuals running, so things are getting interesting. On countywide issues, there does tend to be an El Dorado vs the county mindset. Politics inside the city can get petty at times.

The Main Street El Dorado organization has been very influential in marketing the downtown El Do area, and scheduling events/festivals almost every month, with the largest and most successful being Musicfest every October. Visit www.goeldorado.com (chamber site) and www.mainstreeteldorado.org for more info.

For pizza, you have your standard Pizza Hut, Pizza Inn, and Dominos. You also have Main Street Pizza and La Piazza. They all have their pros and cons. For BBQ, JJ's has been around for a while. A couple of new places have opened up recently. Cranky Frank's is one, but I cannot remember the name of the other.

No arcades. Only place to get games in El Do is Walmart, now that Hollywood Video is closing. Wish we had a Gamestop like Magnolia.

Hope that helps some. If you have more questions, let me know.
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Old 04-05-2010, 10:07 AM
 
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great info! Thanks for the response!
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Magnolia, AR
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You are just in time (third weekend in May) for the Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cookoff. I would think for a foodie this is a don't miss event. There is also a Car & Bike show. Just google either title or Magnolia Chamber of Commerce and you will find all you want to know.
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