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Boulevard Bread Co. Expanding Heights Location

Boulevard Bread Co. Expanding Heights Location

The flagship location of Boulevard Bread Co. is growing. Boulevard is expanding into the former New Traditions store on N. Grant Street in the Heights.
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Mountain Valley Spring Water IPO Plans Go Dry

Though Mountain Valley Spring Water of Hot Springs was acquired last month, its plans for an initial public stock offering are officially off the table.
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U.S. Pizza Coming to Cabot

Esther McClellan and her husband, Hunter, are joining with business partner Don Henderson to launch a U.S. Pizza in Cabot, with an opening planned by August.
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Billy Sims Barbecue Coming Sooner Than Later to Bentonville

Billy Sims Barbecue restaurant is scheduled to have a grand opening April 23, Bentonville officials said.
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