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Good morning!

๐Ÿ‘‹ Welcome to a special edition we hope you'll share with someone new to town. It includes what newbies need to know about our four largest cities.

Today's weather: Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid-60s.

Today's newsletter is 665 words โ€” a 2.5-minute read.

1. ๐Ÿ‘€ Go deeper into Bentonville

Downtown Bentonville is home to community events like First Friday. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

๐Ÿ–ผ Claim to fame: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is a must-do activity. Founded by Walmart heir Alice Walton in 2011, the museum's permanent collection is free to view, and it regularly offers temporary exhibitions and events.

๐Ÿงข You must know: Walmart โ€” you know, the world's largest corporation by revenue โ€” is based in Bentonville and is one of the region's largest employers.

  • The company's influence extends beyond just jobs, though. Numerous Walton family ventures focus on the region, including the Walton Family Foundation that helps pay for community projects, a new medical school and health nonprofit, as well as a holding company that owns local restaurants and real estate.

A few tips for things to do and eat in Bentonville:

โ˜•๏ธ Coffee: Airship at the Pumphouse

๐ŸŒฎ Grab a bite: Yeyo's food truck, The Hub Bike Lounge, Island Vibes

๐Ÿฅฆ Date night: Conifer, The Hive, Aoi Sushi

๐Ÿธ Happy hour: Lady Slipper, Tower Bar, Bentonville Brewing Company

๐Ÿš‚ Take the kids: The Scott Family Amazeum is a children's museum with lots of interactive activities.

๐ŸŽค Local gems: The Momentary, sister museum to Crystal Bridges, is a contemporary art gallery that has become a staple live-music venue with its outdoor concert series.

  • Also, the seasonal First Friday festival is a free, family-friendly event with live music and local vendors on the downtown square.

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2. Fayetteville: A college town with more than a college

George's Majestic Lounge is a longtime staple for live music. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

๐Ÿ— Claim to fame: The University of Arkansas is a big part of Fayetteville's identity. And even those who don't work or attend school at the state's flagship university will likely want to take advantage of Razorback sports and speakers coming to town.

๐Ÿ’ƒ You must know: You can party until 2am on Dickson Street and Block Avenue downtown.

Here's how to get to know Fayetteville:

โ˜•๏ธ Coffee: Arsaga's

๐Ÿน Happy hour: Fossil Cove Brewing Co., Maxine's Tap Room, Flyway Brewing Co.

๐Ÿฅช Grab a bite: Hammontree's Grilled Cheese, Hugo's, TJ's Sandwich Shop

๐Ÿ Date night: Bordinos, Atlas, Vetro 1925

๐Ÿ“š Take the kids: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville Public Library

๐ŸŽญ Local gems: Catch a Broadway show at Walton Arts Center or a contemporary play at TheatreSquared. Also, get lost in floor-to-ceiling used books at Dickson Street Bookshop and check out live music at longtime favorite George's Majestic Lounge.

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3. Rogers has music, shopping and coffee for days

Onyx Coffee Lab is based in downtown Rogers. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

๐ŸŽธ Claim to fame: The Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion is the region's largest concert venue and where most of our big-name musicians perform. Grab a spot on the lawn.

๐Ÿ› You must know: Rogers is great for shopping sprees, as it is home to the Pinnacle Hills Promenade mall and most of the area's familiar clothing stores.

Our tips for Rogers:

โ˜•๏ธ Coffee: Onyx Coffee Lab's headquarters downtown

๐Ÿ” Grab a bite: Parkside Public, Havana Tropical Grill

๐Ÿฅƒ Happy hour: The Five6, Ozark Beer Co., Rendezvous Junction Brewing Co.

๐Ÿฅฉ Date night: House 1830, Theo's, Crabby's Seafood Bar & Grill

๐Ÿง’ Take the kids: Rogers Historical Museum, Railyard Park downtown, Mount Hebron Park

๐ŸŽญ Local gems: See a play or live music at The Victory Theater, explore local art at the monthly Art on the Bricks event and catch the Railyard Live free concert series.

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4. Springdale is up and coming

Black Apple Hard Cider is a great stop in downtown Springdale. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

โ›ธ Claim to fame: You can ice skate year-round at The Jones Center.

๐Ÿ” You must know: Tyson Foods and George's Inc. are based in Springdale. The town is home to their headquarters and several poultry plants.

Get to know Springdale:

๐Ÿณ Breakfast: HomeGrown, Susan's Family Restaurant, Neal's Cafe

๐ŸŒฎ Grab a bite: Taquerรญa Don Gรผero, Taqueria Guanajuato, Thai Delight

๐Ÿฃ Date night: Bienvenue, Rein Sushi & Hibachi

๐Ÿบ Happy hour: Black Apple Hard Cider, Social Project Brewing Co.

โšพ๏ธ Take the kids: See the Northwest Arkansas Naturals โ€” Class AA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals โ€” play America's pastime at Arvest Ballpark.

๐Ÿท Local gems: Sassafras Springs Vineyard and Winery, Rodeo of the Ozarks, seasonal Live at Turnbow Park free concert series

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Thanks to Fadel Allassan for editing and James Gilzow for copy editing this newsletter.

๐Ÿ˜€ Alex, for one, loves living here and hopes you do, too, if you're new to town.

๐Ÿ“š Worth suggests that any newcomer check out "100 Things to do in Fayetteville" and "Arkansas Hiking Trails."