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How to/where to guide to Central Arkansas 

From the editors of the Arkansas Times, Dawn Scott, Christina Munoz, Dustin McDaniel, John Walker, 607, David Sanders, John the Beer Snob and more.

It's the rare person who does not seek advice before taking the plunge in, say, buying a bike or a barbecue sandwich. Like Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says in his offering below, if you know where to go to get something special, it behooves you to share the information. What follows is a sprinkling of ideas from folks you've heard of and folks you haven't (including the staff). It's a gallimaufry of suggestions; we hope you'll find information here to make you feel like a native if you aren't; fill in the gaps if you are.

Where to buy a man's hat
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

State legislator and legendary Little Rock civil rights attorney John Walker is known around town not only for his work before the bar and in the ledge, but as a gent who is carrying on the longstanding fashion tradition of men wearing brimmed hats. When we started looking around for a local celeb who could tell us where to buy a smart gentleman's hat, we naturally thought of him.

"I like my hats. I go to Jos. A. Bank to get my hats when they're on sale. They cost $29, and some occasions, you can buy two hats for $29. On one occasion, I bought three hats for $29 — buy one, get two free. You just have to know when. Those hats are wonderful. I've got about four of them right now. I wear a hat in part because I have a tendency to get cold. I don't wear them in the summer time — I may wear them occasionally in the summer, but it's basically a fall and winter thing. They help keep my body at an even temperature, and I like the appearance of it. It's comforting, and it makes me a little more confident when I'm engaging in conversation with people like Max [Brantley], who don't wear a hat."

Jos. A. Bank has two locations, at 203 N. University Avenue in Midtown (614-9487) and in the Chenal Creek shopping center in West Little Rock (225-5524).

Where to buy tacos
A Cliff's Notes version

The simple word "taco" does no justice at all to the variety of tortilla-wrapped goodness available around town. Folks looking for a high-end dining experience will want to try Local Lime in West Little Rock's Promenade Shopping Center, where high-quality ingredients meet one of the most inventive bar selections in town to create a meal experience to remember. Alternatively, The Fold in Riverdale has rebounded from a shaky start to become a fine-dining taco destination of its own. We're also very fond of a number of spots along Geyer Springs road, where taco trucks like Taqueria Samantha and K-Lienttos sit side by side with restaurants like Eliella and La Regional. Stopping at any of these places means deliciousness that won't hurt the pocketbook. Taco trucks worth noting for folks who need some suds with their Mexican fare are San Juan Jalisco, which parks outside Colonial Liquor on Markham, and Taqueria Alicia, an authentic truck that's taken up regular residence at Stone's Throw Brewing at Ninth and Rock.

Where to go to salute the sun
Barefoot Studio

THV-11 anchor Dawn Scott has been doing yoga for more than a decade.

"I like everything about yoga. It's a mind-body-soul workout. It takes care of your body mentally, physically, and emotionally, and keeps you in check. Jack Bower has my favorite local class. It's a hot yoga class. He really pushes you to find your edge and is just a really good teacher. That's a more advanced class. If you were going for an intro class I would take a class from Breezy [Osborne] at Barefoot. She's also the owner. I've taken a class with her before as well — she knows how to articulate, she's very compassionate with her students and she has a really good spirit."

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