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Jan Cottingham

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Jan Cottingham is from western Arkansas and is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway. She's always wanted to be a journalist and pretty much always has been, with one detour into the nonprofit world: editing Heifer International's magazine and serving as communications liaison for Nobel Peace Prize-winner Wangari Maathai of Kenya.

Cottingham began her career at the Arkansas Democrat and was the last city editor of the Arkansas Gazette. She was also metro editor at the Dallas Morning News. Her Influences? Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Penn Warren.

Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Little Rock's Original Fern Bar: How Buster's Birthed Dave & Buster's

Next summer, Dave & Buster's, based in Dallas and co-founded by Corley and Corriveau in 1982, will be opening a location in Little Rock, its first in Arkansas. D&B now has almost 11,000 employees and 73 stores, including one in New York's Times Square. The Arkansas arrival comes 33 years after its founders opened Buster's in Little Rock's Union Station. read more >

Eat. Drink. Play: A Timeline of Dave & Buster's

A look at 41 years in the life of one of America's most successful restaurant and game parlors. read more >

Little Rock Restaurants Try to Learn From Critics

Everybody's a critic. That's not news to the restaurant industry. But with the Internet and social media, every restaurant customer — whether professional reviewer or amateur — can access a potentially worldwide platform. And that's something the business takes seriously. read more >

Big Moments For Crystal Bridges Museum On Horizon, Curator Says

Margaret Conrads, who joined the museum in March as director of curatorial affairs, says that almost four years after opening, Crystal Bridges remains, to a degree, in startup mode. read more >

Builder's Spirit Informs Reassembly of Frank Lloyd Wright House at Crystal Bridges

Taking apart the Bachman Wilson House at its site in Millstone, New Jersey, was one thing; putting it back together on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville has been something else entirely. read more >

9/11 Placed Marketer Margie Raimondo On New Path

The ticket for 9/11's Flight 93 resides in Margie Raimondo's safe-deposit box, a tangible reminder that life is uncertain and you better make it count. read more >

Relationships Form Core of Wood Smith Schnipper Clay & Vines

Though no family members of the founders are now associated with Wood Smith, the firm still understands the importance of relationships, particularly in a town the size of Hot Springs. And its members understand the importance of stories, narratives that explain their place in the world. read more >

Dave & Buster's Grows Closer To Little Rock Landing

Little Rock appears to be growing closer to getting a Dave & Buster's, the restaurant-arcade chain that originated in the city. read more >

Brent Bumpers' Wicked Mix Expands in Riverdale

Brent Bumpers' Wicked Mix enterprise has doubled its production space at 2321 Cantrell Road, in a facility near Cajun's Wharf. The company, now occupying 7,500 SF, employs six workers, three in production and three in the office. read more >

Bruno's Little Italy to Open Deli Downtown

Gio Bruno, co-owner of Bruno's Little Italy, has announced plans to open a delicatessen at 308 Main St. in downtown Little Rock next door to the restaurant. read more >