James + James adds retail location, new surprises

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Can we start out by saying that we think the world of the owner at James + James?

We first met James Smith when he was shooting video Christmas cards for families and then we recruited him to shoot and edit videos for our brand new (at the time) Doc Talk series with Mercy Health.

Then James (and his friend, James) shifted gears. He noticed there was a need for affordable, quality and real-wood furniture, so he tried his hand at another passion — furniture building. Now his start-up, James+James is one of the fastest growing furniture companies in the country.

James+James products are found in nearly every state from coast to coast. Job creation right here in the U.S. continues to remain a top priority. The company now provides work to over 20 team members and growing.

And just a few months ago, James + James opened a new retail store and it is a furniture showcase that’s filled with amazing home decor, lighting and gift options you don’t see in other places. They are headed to market soon and plan to come back with a HAUL. We can’t wait to see the new surprises in store!

We have to tell you, the retail location (at 4217 S. Thompson St. in Springdale, 1 mile north of the NWA Mall) is beautiful even without all the great furniture and accessories.

Here’s a little peek inside:

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Here’s a video about their story. In it, James talks about the versatility of their hand-crafted furniture and how it has led them to selling to people living in all but two states in the U.S. (and lots of other  countries) from penthouses in New York City to farmhouses in Illinois.

The retail store and showroom is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm and Sunday from 12 to 5pm. In addition to the amazing tables and chairs, we’re partial to the lighting options at the retail store:

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CLICK HERE to visit the James + James website. You can order online or stop by their retail store and showroom on “furniture row” in Springdale! Like them on Facebook to stay in the loop about what’s new. They have some surprises coming soon!

Stylish kids’ items featured at James + James

Time to vote for your favorites!

We’ve been handed a mission from the buyers at James+James in Springdale. They want to know what kinds of home furnishings and accessories local women james james logoand mothers like most. So we’ve helped them form an online Advisory Group made up of our style-conscious readers. (If you love design, furniture, and home decor, you can still join the advisory group. Members receive discount perks just for sharing their opinions. Email us if you’re interested.)

This month, the buyers at James+James are featuring some items that are perfect for people with kids. The groupings below feature adorable clocks, reuseable lunch bags and wooden push toys. (We love it when kids’ items have a little style!)

Take a look at each photo and decide which is your favorite in each grouping. Then tell us which item is your favorite overall or would be the one you’d be most likely to buy. Post your answers in the comment section by clicking the words “post a comment” (or the little pencil icon) or you can email us at mamas@nwamotherlode.com.

clock collageIt’s hard to choose, we know. Which animal would you rather have tell you the time? (Love the idea of these clocks for a kid’s room, playroom or even a cozy reading nook.)

lunch bag collageTime for a lunch break! Which bag would you use to store those ever-popular peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?

push toy collageOkay, time to play. These wooden push toys are going to be a big hit with the toddlers when they roll into the James+James showroom in the next few weeks. Which one do you like best?

We’re looking forward to reading your feedback, so thank you for sharing your thoughts. To see more fun items like these, go by the James+James showroom on “furniture row” in Springdale or click here to check them out online.

James+James is a true Northwest Arkansas success story. What began in a garage has now grown into a full-range furniture store shipping custom made furniture across the United States. Their first retail store opened in Springdale late last year. For directions to the store, call 479-225-5418.

Having a baby? A look at the Birth Center of NWA

BCNWA_logoWe were at lunch with friends recently and the Birth Center of NWA came up in conversation.

One of our friends is having a baby there and the conversation inevitably turned to the beautiful birthing rooms, water birth options, family-centered maternity care and the relaxing view.

Several friends at the table hadn’t heard about the Birth Center, and since BCNWA is a new Motherlode sponsor, we wanted to make sure everyone in our audience gets to know them a little better.

Click here to see a video tour of the Birth Center.

If you’re having a baby — or need a new gynecologist — read this Q&A to see if the Birth Center might be the place for you:

Q: How is the Birth Center’s approach to childbirth different?

We recognize that having a baby is an important life event, not just a clinical encounter. We want women and their families to have what they need to take care of themselves and their baby.

We offer wellness services and classes including: yoga, massage, childbirth education, breastfeeding support, newborn care and more.

Our midwives spend the time it takes to get to know each patient and build close personal relationships with their family. They develop customized care plans that address personal health needs. They are available 24/7; will be by a patient’s side throughout labor; and will visit them at home after they deliver.

Q: We understand that this is the first center of its kind in the state of Arkansas. What are the birth center’s unique features?

Our centers are designed with comfort and safety in mind. They are fully equipped medical facilities with private, peaceful, well-appointed rooms so that families can relax and give birth in a calm environment.


Q: Do obstetricians or midwives deliver the babies?

Babies at BCNWA are delivered by a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM), an advanced practice registered nurse who has specialized education and training in Nursing and Midwifery. This training includes the care of pregnant women, well woman care, and newborn care up to 28 days of life.

Q: What’s the environment like at the birth center?

Our birth center is a home-like facility within a comfortable, relaxing setting that provides healthy women with holistic family centered care with an emphasis on pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding support.

You may also use the birth center for women’s health needs, including annual exams, pap smears, and contraceptive management.

We have incorporated a gourmet kitchen, so you can make your own food, living room for families, and birth suites with queen size beds, large soaking tubs, and walk-in showers.


Q: What exactly does “natural birth” mean?

A natural, non-medicated approach to labor is one that takes place without medicated intervention. Natural birth is best for low risk, healthy women that want to take an active part in their care.

CDC states that 85% of all pregnancies are considered low risk, these low risk pregnancies are the ones who can deliver at BCNWA. The first step? Let us know that you are interested and we can schedule a 30 minute appointment with one of our Certified Nurse Midwives.

Q: Do you offer water births?

Yes, there are large soaking tubs in each labor room in which patients may use for labor and/or deliver, if desired.


Q: Do you have special days for couples/expecting moms to stop by and visit the center?

We offer tours every day. You can schedule a tour convenient to your schedule online or by calling the center.


Q: What kinds of classes do you have at the center? What’s coming up?

We offer a range of classes designed to help parents from pregnancy to early parenthood. Some of our more popular classes include, breastfeeding basics, preparing for out of hospital birth, newborn care and safety, comfort measures, and prenatal yoga.

Over the past year we have been creating a comprehensive set of classes. We want our class offerings to reach all those who will be involved in the pregnancy. In addition to mom, dads, partners, siblings and grandparents can benefit from our classes.

Q: What are some of your best-selling products in the birth center’s store?

We offer a curated selection of products for mom and baby including: nutritional supplements, breastfeeding products, and a wide range of natural newborn care products that you don’t typically see on the shelves in other stores.

The oils, herbal teas and Amber teething beads are currently our best sellers.

We also get a great deal of interest in our breast pump sales and rentals.

Q: Do you offer gynecological services for women who are not pregnant?

Yes, Certified Nurse Midwives are experts in women’s health issues beyond pregnancy and birth. We offer routine gynecological and well woman care, including birth control counseling and management.

Birth Center of NWA Services:

Preconception Counseling
Prenatal Care
Labor and Delivery
Postpartum Care
Lactation/Breastfeeding Support
Yearly Well Women Exams
Birth Control
Educational Classes
Natural Products for Pregnancy, Birth, and Baby

Call the Birth Center at 479-372-4560 to set up a tour or to find out more about classes. Or CLICK HERE to go visit the website for more information.

Starting a new business? This local attorney can help

winterslawOne of the smartest entrepreneurs we know in Northwest Arkansas, Jeannette Balleza Collins, recommended we call local attorney Debby Winters to help us with a contract recently.

Debby was easy to talk to, responsive and gave us fabulous advice on the contract matter.

We know lots of moms may be starting a new business in the new year and you’ll probably need a good attorney for peace of mind. Debby can help set up a new business, offer advice on IP (intellectual property), as well as advise on patent applications or filing a trademark for your business.

“I can help clients decide what business entity to choose, whether it’s an LLC, corporation or DBA, depending on what their business does,” Debby said. “I can help them set the business up with the Secretary of State and draft all of the documents needed to get them going.”

We know LOTS of you mamas are movers and shakers out there in the world and might need a good attorney sometime for a variety of business reasons.

Call Debby at 479-236-7839 or email her at winterslaw@gmail.com


Mercy Health Foundation accepting donations to pay for NICU baby supplies

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We know lots of families like to to help others — and give back — during the holiday season.

We’d like to suggest a gift to the NICU at the nonprofit health care organization, Mercy Health Foundation. Each year, Mercy provides millions of dollars in charity care in the Northwest Arkansas region through the generosity of people in the community who donate.

Mercy’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where the tiniest patients can be found, is a current focus for The Mercy Foundation. Among the most precious, these little babies are also the most fragile and require a higher level of care.

“There isn’t anything more precious than a little newborn, yet at the same time, there isn’t anything more heart breaking than seeing one sick,” said Clark Ellison, regional vice president of  Mercy Health Foundation. “It’s our privilege as the Foundation to partner with our community to bring the highest level of care to these little patients and their families.”

From pacifiers to diapers and baby hats, there are lots of ways to help Mercy care for these little ones and their families, and each and every cent donated goes into our own community:

Baby hats: $36.94 per case would last 6 months in NICU.

baby_nicu-3-200x133 Baby Shampoo: $63.45 per case would last 6 months in NICU.

Diaper cream: $78.94 per case would last 3 months in NICU.

Pacifiers: $112.60 per case would last 3 months in NICU.

Baby wipes: $132.00 per case would last one month in NICU.

The NICU is a care line that has received even greater resources this past year. Mercy added two new neonatologists, Dr. Kimberly Thornton and Dr. Wayne Stillick, onto the team and is also investing in the latest advanced NICU equipment, including a transport isolette and customized ventilators that provide specialized respiratory support to premature babies.

“We have a genuine partnership with our community sharing the same vision of providing care to all regardless of means,” said Ellison. “It’s a true collaboration, as neither could accomplish that vision without the other.”

For more information on donating to the work of the Mercy Health Foundation, contact Clark Ellison with the Mercy Foundation at 479-338-2990 or click here to give to the NICU online.

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