Life & Style

Always Learning

photo courtesy of Gary Kusin
Gary Kusin was born a third generation Texarkanian. His grandfather immigrated to Texarkana on his way to Monroe, Louisiana, to join his brother’s highly successful mattress manufacturing business. “The train stopped in Texarkana on a Saturday at lunch and all the farmers were in town selling their produce,” he said.

Maximizing Potential

photos by Kevin Goodman
Whether it’s a house she’s flipping or a business she is starting, Lauren Callaway Francis strives to create an end product that maximizes her vision. In her most recent remodel, she created both an amazing home and a unique neighborhood. “In 2020, I bought the ten acres across the road from this house with the intention of building a home someday for myself. Then, this property became available, and I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it but bought the house and another almost 12 acres. I initially rented this house out while I was trying to figure out what to do.

The Monthly Mix

photos by Matt Cornelius
Local Easter Basket Ideas for All Ages … Seersucker Easter Basket $32 comes in other colors and includes monogram, available @initialthings on Instagram … Bunnies by the Bay Grey Stuffed Bunny $54, and Canvas Easter Basket $32, available at Gable’s Gifts and Gratitudes … Cottontail Bunny Basket $56, and Striped “Jack” Bunny $22 available at Ginger Junction … (Monogramming available on all items) … BABY … KicKee Pants Tortoise and Hare Pajama Set $38.50 and Stripe Coverall $34.50, available at Dreidel Home + Sundry … Children’s Books available at J.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Brian Jones
Diving into the world of entrepreneurship and owning a business has been an extraordinary undertaking. Since launching my business in 2020, the lessons I have learned have surpassed all my expectations and my admiration for every business owner, large or small, has grown immensely. … Texarkana Magazine is a testament to the power of a family-run business. It is a place where everyone contributes. My husband and kids play an invaluable role, supporting my vision from behind the scenes and giving in countless other ways.

Eclectic Expression

photos by Matt Cornelius
If you have ever driven down Country Club Lane, you have probably noticed Sissy and Mac McAllister’s home with its warm beige stucco and red clay tile roof standing tall above the privacy fence that separates it from Texarkana Country Club. The angular lines of the modern, Spanish architecture and palm trees playfully peeking over the fence stand out amongst the other more traditional homes in the area. … The house, originally designed by architect Larry McGowan, was built for Texarkana golfer Tony Meredith in 1974. “I remember Tony from when I was a child.

The Monthly Mix

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! Heck, all jewelry is a girl’s best friend. … What girl would not love a little sparkle on her finger? After all, we do have ten of them. Selecting an engagement ring, a Valentine’s present, or the perfect thing for “just because,” it is important to consider your partner’s taste and style. … Whether you choose a classic ring or a more personalized piece, a ring can be a meaningful symbol of your love and affection.

TXK 411

Signs of a Heart Attack … A heart attack, also known as myocardial infarction, occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely. This happens because the coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood can slowly become narrow from a buildup of fat, cholesterol, and other substances, known as plaque. When a plaque in a heart artery breaks, a blood clot forms around the plaque, which can block blood flow and cause a heart attack. … Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack is crucial for timely medical intervention.

Publisher's Letter

In late November 2023, my family and I did something together I will never forget. We all gave our life to Christ and were all baptized. While I was baptized at 12 years old, my children and husband had never been baptized by submersion. After attending our church’s baptism class with them, I knew I wanted to get re-baptized. Though at 12 I knew about Jesus, at this point in my life, something is definitely different.

Resort-Style Living

photos by Mark Harris
This extraordinary property offers resort-style living right here in town. It meticulously blends the warmth and comfort of a home with the opulence and amenities typically found in high-end vacation resorts.

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