Our young professional of the month has a career path that not many can say they have done, but one that all can respect. Thirteen years ago our young professional of the month was working as an administrative assistant while earning her degree. After many years of hard work, you can now find Nicole Winters in the office of Legal Counsel II in the Corporate Legal Department of Windstream.
Growing up in Flint, Michigan, she always knew she liked law. Actually, since 3rd grade she knew she wanted to be a lawyer. Eventually her path led her to the University of South Carolina Upstate where she pursued a degree in political science and graduated Cum Laude. On top of that, she received the Top Political Science Student Award. After that, her education led her to a school that we are all familiar with - the Bowen School of Law. Here she also graduated Cum Laude and logged over 300 hours of community service.
Like any good young professional, Nicole is also involved in numerous nonprofits. Susan G. Komen - Arkansas has Nicole as an active member on the Race for The Cure Committee and current Board Member. Make-A-Wish Mid-South has her as a Wish Granter, the outgoing President of the YP Board, and a former Regional Board Member. She is also well involved in Women & Children First and the Arkansas Food Bank.
"My philosophy on volunteering is providing service to others is the least I can do to pay back all the good things in my life. Why have time and gifts if you can't share it with others? So basically, sign me up to help with just about any non-profit at least once." - Nicole Winters
By: Jackson Alexander
Most Arkansans, much like all good Southerners, can agree on a few things... We love SEC football, drink our tea sweet, and have a refined pallet for fried chicken. Sure, Little Rock is packed with the chain chicken joints, such as Chick Fil A and Slim Chickens, but if you’re looking for something with a bit more local flare, I challenge you to check out Stickyz Rock and Roll Chicken Shack in the Little Rock River Market.
Friends, don’t get me wrong, I love all fried chicken. I don’t discriminate. I’ve never had any issue going all in on any of the typical chicken places, but there’s something special about Stickyz unique chicken and the fun environment while there. In fact, their website says, “We’re a true Little Rock original located in the heart of downtown’s River Market District. We’re known for showcasing the best national and international touring bands, for our unique and funky vibe, and for our award winning chicken fingers!” Who doesn’t love that?
As a fairly regular Stickyz patron, I took the opportunity to chat with a few folks during a recent trip to the scrumptious shack, and I was able to ask one of the servers, Shelby, why she loved Stickyz. “Our environment is just a really fun place to be. Our food is great and inexpensive, and most of all, we have the cool shows and events for people to come see,” said Shelby. “It’s a great place to come. It’s a great place to bring your family during the day, but our drinks and the shows are an event better place for adults to check out in the evenings, too.”
As I sank my teeth into an original strip dipped in their Creamy Dill sauce, I admired the funky vibe and good energy. From the eclectic décor on the walls, to the random hand-shaped chair, to the comfy lounge areas, I reminisced on the times my friends and I had shared laughs, chicken, and a few drinks in one of our favorite areas of Little Rock. I took the moment to ask a passerby why Stickyz was the place she and her friends has chosen to come on a Friday night. Emily, an apparent Stickyz regular, said, “The margarita seasoning you can ask for on the chicken is to die for, and I’d take Stickyz over any other chicken place any day.” Her friend, with a blackberry mint julep in hand, stopped by and added that people come to Stickyz for the food but also for the fun environment and the awesome people watching at the corner of River Market Avenue and Clinton Avenue.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out Stickyz for yourself, I say grab a couple friends and head down to the River Market with an empty stomach and time to kill. Order a basket of chicken and a drink or two. Share a few laughs. Most importantly, support a local business that works hard to serve up delicious food and a great time.
To see the Stickyz menu and check out a listing of their upcoming shows, check out their website at https://www.stickyz.com/.
Most people might not know this, but there’s a local fine jewelry shop located right in the heart of Hillcrest. What’s the name of this fine establishment? You guessed it. The name is Hillcrest Designer Jewelry and it’s located at 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd – Suite E. If you haven’t shopped here yet for that special gift, don’t worry. There’s an open house on the 15th (December 15th). More about the open house later, though.
They provide quality jewelry repair, engagement rings, anniversary bands, etc. Not in the market for something like that? That’s fine, too. Eric Coleman, owner, also has it set up to where you can create a custom, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry with their in-house design studio. This process uses everything from unique gemstones, to diamonds, to custom metals. You can checkout their site, here and their inventory page, here.
Check out the introductory video below
Eric is a jeweler and gemologist with more than thirty years of experience within this area. He grew up in Eldorado and then moved to Texas in 1981 to obtain degrees in jewelry technology and gemology. Always wanting to be a business owner, he moved back to Little Rock and provided the hillcrest area with professional jewelry repair, custom jewelry, and designer jewelry. Elizabeth Puckett, from Star City, AR, is a Graduate Gemologist and Accredited Jewelry Professional. She helps provide one-on-one customer service, tailor to your needs as an individual, and treat you like family. I mean, who wouldn’t want service like that?
“If you can dream it, we can build it.” – Elizabeth Puckett
One of the things that separates HDJ from the competition is by far the passion behind what they do and the services they offer. Also, like any good local business, the shop also helps with advocacy. Some of these include Access, GiGi’s Playhouse, The Arkansas Autism Foundation, and the Arkansas Developmental Council. When asked to sum up the company in three words, the three words were obvious… professionalism, family, and uniqueness.
Okay so back to the open house. This is scheduled to happen at their store on December 15th (you seriously don’t want to miss this). What a better time to buy beautiful Christmas gifts at discount prices? Did we mention that there will also be a $500 gift certificate give away? Mark it on your calendars.
"One of our specialties is creating something brand new out heirloom jewelry that is outdated or not “your style.” If you bring that jewelry in we can take the diamonds, gemstones, and gold and create something “new and you” out of it!" - Eric Coleman, Owner