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October 19, 2022

Small Business

Bentonville’s LIVSN Founder Shares Redemption Story

NWA Daily

Outdoor Online recently featured Andrew Gibbs-Dabney, founder and CEO of Bentonville-based outdoor apparel brand LIVSN Designs, after his bold and inspiring post about overcoming his past.

  • Redemption: After getting passed over for an opportunity with an investor, Andrew Gibbs-Dabney shared publicly on LinkedIn about his past incarceration, his journey overcoming drug addiction, and the support he received as he got the opportunity for a second-chance. 
  • True to its name: The name, "LIVSN" comes from the Swedish word, "livsnjutare," which roughly translates to "one who loves life deeply; an enjoyer of life.” LIVSN creates durable, sustainable products with the same grit as its founder so you can get out and enjoy the outdoors. 

Start your day off inspired and read Gibbs-Dabney’s full LinkedIn post HERE

Sponsored by SoNA

SoNA Going Big For Its 2022-23 Season Opener At Walton Arts Center

Symphony of Northwest Arkansas

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas will launch its biggest season yet on Saturday, Oct 29 at Walton Arts Center, opening its season with Imagine Big, a show reflecting SoNA’s bold vision for orchestra. 

  • Bigger: The performance will include Jessica Meyer’s Go BIG or Go HOME, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 featuring cellist Julian Schwarz, and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
  • Bolder: Connecting all these works is a spirit of ambition, imagination, and contagious energy that speaks to SoNA’s vibrant future and biggest and boldest season yet.

Tickets and season subscriptions on sale now HERE.

Restaurant News

A New Sushi Joint Just Rolled Into Downtown Rogers

Blu DTR

Take a trip to Downtown Rogers to check out the incredible seafood and sushi at Blu DTR which opened this last weekend at 214 W. Elm St. 

  • Big sis: Blu DTR is sourced by its sister restaurant Blu Fresh Fish Market in Bentonville which flies fresh fish in daily from the coast and the Gulf for its restaurant, sushi bar, and fish market. 
  • Fast fame: After opening last weekend, Blu DTR is already racking up great reviews from the community for it’s fantastic sushi, seafood, cocktails, and friendly service. 

Find more information HERE

Events

The Fayetteville Film Fest Begins This Thursday

NWA Daily

Celebrating the art of filmmaking and storytelling, the Fayetteville Film Fest will bring world class film to NW Arkansas this week, Oct 20-22. 

  • Rolling: The event will feature film shorts, documentaries, and full length films each day Thurs - Sat at the U of A's Pryor Center and Global Campus on the Fayetteville Square. 
  • Can you pitch it: Have a great idea for a film? Register for the 5th Annual Fayetteville Film Prize for a chance to win $2,000 to put towards your creative idea. The festival will also present interactive panels like a Pitch Workshop with Bonsai Creative

See a full list of featured films HERE

Business

PLP Expanding Operations At Rogers Facility

NWA Daily

Preformed Line Products Company, a major manufacturer of energy and telecommunications products, is expanding its operations in Rogers. 

  • Expansion: Expecting completion in Dec 2022, the $16m expansion will add 82,000 sq. ft. to the manufacturing facility and bring more jobs to the area. PLP currently employs more than 450 people. 
  • History: This will be the seventh major expansion since the facility's inception in 1969, and once construction is complete, the facility will have expanded to roughly nine times its original size. 

Read more about the expansion HERE

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