A Yankee Who Would Like to Move Back to Mountain Home

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I lived in Mountain Home years ago, I loved it. My family opened a couple businesses there and I was there for a couple years off and on. Now I have a family and want to get out of the north, I am sure most of you can figure out why. I am looking for business ideas, I have a few, any suggestions would be wonderful, I have a family of 4 children a wife, father in law and my mother to feed. Thanks!
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Just keep your Azz in the north we don't need you nor do we want you
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He's from Vermont. Not a Yankee - he's a northerner. Big difference.

What kind of business are you interested in? Restaurants, service industry, automotive??? I have a ton of legit ideas (I keep a list) that all have great profit potential but I'm not going to list them all on here for free. lol I'll throw you a bone if you can narrow it down some.

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@Big Ben so whom is this "we", ya'll don't like having a good flowing economy? Without people moving into Mountain Home, how would the economy increase? If your comments are of no use to me, then I don't need them, nor want them, but thanks anyway.

@Bojangles, actually I am from central New York, I don't know why Vermont comes up. I also have a few ideas, I am more interested in what is needed that I can do from home. I will have access to 10 acres of land and was thinking a vegetable farm, or setting up a small restaraunt, nothing too big a first, just something to get me started. New York taxes take everything from you,I used to live in Mountain Home and loved it,my family loves the quiet country life which we can't find here. So, if you have any suggestions for anything that would be needed around there that you would not mind throwing out there, let me know. Thanks.
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Well just from home, there aren't a lot of options. Everything here is service-oriented as you know. You could do something where you make house calls (or to businesses) and deliver stuff, but with what you have given me I don't really have anything in mind other than selling the produce to restaurants and at the farmer's market. Not much of an income though.

This place chews up and spits out restaurants - I wouldn't even get back into that industry unless I had a ton of capital.

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Thank you for you input. I have 6 slipped discs in my neck so I am trying to find something I can do that wont make them any worse right away. So lifting is out of the question, I was thinking a flea market and/or a farmers market, I will have a couple acres to devote to that. Is this something that would be needed, I read in one of the Topix discussions that the farmers market that is there only runs a few hours one or two times a week. Are there many flea markets or farmers markets around the area? I will be coming diwn in August to see what has changed in the area, I have not been there in 15 years, from what I have seen on Google Earth much has been added to the town. Another idea I had was setting up a paintball field, was not sure if that was a big thing around there. Thanks for your input, it is very much appreciated. I am willing to take what ever advice or help I can get, living up in the North has got to be so expensive and unsafe. I know this is topix,but people like Big Ben up there make me wonder if I want to bring a family to arkansas. Mountain Home, from the research I have done, has great schools, and is a very safe community. How could I pass on an oppotunity to move from a craphole to a nice town? Sorry for ranting, thanks again Bojangles!
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Yankee Doodle 26 wrote:
Thank you for you input. I have 6 slipped discs in my neck so I am trying to find something I can do that wont make them any worse right away. So lifting is out of the question, I was thinking a flea market and/or a farmers market, I will have a couple acres to devote to that. Is this something that would be needed, I read in one of the Topix discussions that the farmers market that is there only runs a few hours one or two times a week. Are there many flea markets or farmers markets around the area? I will be coming diwn in August to see what has changed in the area, I have not been there in 15 years, from what I have seen on Google Earth much has been added to the town. Another idea I had was setting up a paintball field, was not sure if that was a big thing around there. Thanks for your input, it is very much appreciated. I am willing to take what ever advice or help I can get, living up in the North has got to be so expensive and unsafe. I know this is topix,but people like Big Ben up there make me wonder if I want to bring a family to arkansas. Mountain Home, from the research I have done, has great schools, and is a very safe community. How could I pass on an oppotunity to move from a craphole to a nice town? Sorry for ranting, thanks again Bojangles!
I moved to the Mountain Home area from Florida (originally from Philly) and I really love the laid-back lifestyle and lack of traffic. It's a great place to live if you're retired because there's really not a lot of jobs here and there really isn't much going on with flea markets. I think the farmer's market is once a week. I agree that opening a restaurant would be risky, although the ones that do well are always crowded, but I have seen many come and go. Please don't think everyone is like Big Ben. I have found that most people here are very nice and the crime rate is very low. Also, you can get a great buy on a house here and the taxes are very low. Best of luck to you.
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To be honest Yankee Doodle, it would be almost impossible for you to be able to make enough income in Mountain Home to support your family. This is a retirement community for the most part. There are no jobs and paintball isn't a huge money maker. One thing I have needed but can not find is a junk hauling company. There's a landfill close by,but you have to get your stuff there yourself. Old people do not have the ability to get their old sofas,stoves,broken tvs to the dump on their own. Still,doubtful a town of 12,000 people has the kind of economy you need to support 7/8 people. Perhaps you should consider a larger city.

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@crabapple and goodolegal
Thank you both for the information, it is much appreciated. I have other income coming in I was looking for added income to be able to buy "extra" things for my kids, and be able to take the wife out to eat and shop. I'm not trying to make millions, just a little extra to live comfortably.
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Jul 16, 2012
 
I like to shop too. Hope u like Walmart because its the only big box retail store in town. If u like choices, u have to go to Branson or Springfield MO.

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Branson ans Springfield is fine, but last time I was in Mountain Home they had some nice little shopping plazas. I have never been to Branson, so that would be a great motivator.
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Ok,then. Things have changed here like everywhere else. Just know that racism is rampant here, there is no future here for young people, mno jobs for them with a good career path and teen pregnancy and high school drop outs are high. Also, METH is the drug of choice around here. So don't be fooled,its not perfect. Good luck to you.
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I don't understand why people are so negative about the area and continue to live here. If it's as bad as you say it is, then go somewhere you will be happy.

Yankee Doodle, I hope that you realize how exaggerated the info is on here. Most of the people on Topix are not the kind of people you would want to talk to in real life. This is an outlet for them to interact with people without being made fun of to their face. They are not the kind of people you will generally see in public, and I assure you they are not as talkative in person.

What you will notice since your last stay here is there is a whole new side of town. You may have seen the beginning of the bypass, but now that is where everything is at. Wal Mart moved and so did the stores. The city itself is about twice the size it was 15 years ago.

Paintball is cool but like someone else said, the population here is mostly retired so you are really limiting your potential customer base with that. There is already a paintball course and it doesn't stay very busy. You could make "some" money by growing crops, but the competition is pretty fierce there at times.

Wal Mart is not the only place to shop. It's just the only place the majority of people go. Hit the smaller places and you'll be able to avoid the crowds of overweight people in scooters.

MH school is great - the surrounding areas are a little weaker. If you want to tell the difference between a MH graduate and someone from another area school, you can compare me to Big Ben. I went to MH my whole life and can have an educated discussion with you on just about anything. Well, besides goat roping or how to catch catfish with your feet.
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Screw off Bojangles. You're On Topix yourself. Big deal, u can tell this dude the town is twice as big. Why don't you tell h the truth?,just look around on this forum and note the racism, the complaints about lack of career opportunity, and and by he way..check your facts...MH schools rank high for AR but compared to the rest of the country THEY SUCK. This morning I nearly hit a METH head who was wandering down the center of 62 and last summer my husband and son came across 3 men cooking the shit down there off Crooked Creek
Why do I live here? Because I cant EARN enough money to move the out.
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Your perspective is getting in the way of the truth. Just because you read a bunch of whiny BS on Topix doesn't mean it's a good sampling of the area. People get on here because they are bored and want to stir up crap. I get on here to make fun of people like that - I enjoy putting down morons. It's like a hobby for me.

The town is physically twice the size it was 15 years ago. After the bypass was completed, a whole new section of town was added when Wal Mart moved. That all used to be a huge field and Driftwood Lanes was "way out of town," and now it's in a prime location. If that isn't growth, I guess I'm just not as smart as you. Which would explain why I earn enough to move anywhere I want but choose to stay here, and you don't earn enough to leave.

Racism isn't rampant. It's discussed on here because the people saying that stuff are too afraid to say or do anything in public. It's easy to be racist behind a keyboard. Usually it's the same few people just using different names. There are racist people here, but most are the retired ones moving here from Chicago and other hell holes. I was born and raised here and I'm not racist, but I've never been around ghettos or anything. I have no reason to hate people of other backgrounds. But the yankees from big cities think they do.

Lack of career opportunity is a cop-out. I'm sorry you feel like you can't get ahead. I've been there. The difference is that I got off my ass and did something about it, instead of whining about it on a forum. If you don't like your current situation, it's up to you to change it. Do you expect somebody to hold your hand and make it better? Learn a skill that not everyone else here has and go make some money. There is plenty of money to be had here, you just can't be a nurse or dental assistant like every woman tries to be. Find a niche and own it.

There are meth heads everywhere. I'm not sure what the point of you sharing that story was, but this is me patting you on the back.
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You really think you're special dont you? You say racism isn't rampant in MH? YOUR response is not racist per se but full of predjudice. I could tell you soooo many examples of racism here that I've seen with.my own two eyes,nothing to do with Topix at all.
Perhaps since you've lived here all your life your perspective isnt the clearest. The KKK headquarters is just down the highway but you think MH isn't racist. OK..whatever you say dude. Also, square miles of a town does.not indicate economic growth. Did the population increase? What about the demographics? How much has the population of MH GROWN in the past 10 years, especially in the work force age group say 18 to 45. Retirees don't count. You go ahead and think what you want about MH. There is much about this area that I love and appreciate just like you do. But it is NOT NIRVANA . And ny the way, I have masters degree in computer sciences. I moved back here to care fory ailing parents 7 years ago and spent every last dime supporting them and paying for everthing myself until they passed. Then the job market collapsed and i went threw my life's savings. So here I am, I made six figures before I got stuck here. So I guess there are some IT projects going on in MH you can tell me about(sic)? I'm bored with you. I would enjoy going head to head with you in a battle of wit but I refuse to fight a defenseless man.
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Jul 19, 2012
 
Bojangles wrote:
I don't understand why people are so negative about the area and continue to live here. If it's as bad as you say it is, then go somewhere you will be happy.
Yankee Doodle, I hope that you realize how exaggerated the info is on here. Most of the people on Topix are not the kind of people you would want to talk to in real life. This is an outlet for them to interact with people without being made fun of to their face. They are not the kind of people you will generally see in public, and I assure you they are not as talkative in person.
What you will notice since your last stay here is there is a whole new side of town. You may have seen the beginning of the bypass, but now that is where everything is at. Wal Mart moved and so did the stores. The city itself is about twice the size it was 15 years ago.
Paintball is cool but like someone else said, the population here is mostly retired so you are really limiting your potential customer base with that. There is already a paintball course and it doesn't stay very busy. You could make "some" money by growing crops, but the competition is pretty fierce there at times.
Wal Mart is not the only place to shop. It's just the only place the majority of people go. Hit the smaller places and you'll be able to avoid the crowds of overweight people in scooters.
MH school is great - the surrounding areas are a little weaker. If you want to tell the difference between a MH graduate and someone from another area school, you can compare me to Big Ben. I went to MH my whole life and can have an educated discussion with you on just about anything. Well, besides goat roping or how to catch catfish with your feet.
Bojangles, I agree with you. I have seen posts on here by some really nasty hateful people and I haven't met any people like that since I've lived here. I think this is a great place to live and those hateful, racist people are making it sound like a not so nice place. And I do think it's the same people posting here using different names trying to spread their hatred. I've tried replying to them but they are so hard-headed they just don't get it. It's hard to get through to a block-head.
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UMMM EXCUSE ME CRABAPPLE, I personally expierenced racism here in Mountain Home., My sister in law is half black and had a bad experience with my neighbor 3 houses down. I intoduced them and she put out her hand to shake it like I do when u r introduced. The asshole refused to shake her hand and said No Thanks. Please will drone on this stupid forum ADMIT there r a.lot of racists here? My neighbors on the other side suggested I sell my house myself so i wouldnt have to sell it to any black family. Like there's a Li.e of black families just waiting to move out here to Mallard Point.
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Bjeeze n rice..why do u people REFUSE to admit it. Guess u just can't talk sense to a blockhead
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goodolegal wrote:
You really think you're special dont you? You say racism isn't rampant in MH? YOUR response is not racist per se but full of predjudice. I could tell you soooo many examples of racism here that I've seen with.my own two eyes,nothing to do with Topix at all.
Perhaps since you've lived here all your life your perspective isnt the clearest. The KKK headquarters is just down the highway but you think MH isn't racist. OK..whatever you say dude. Also, square miles of a town does.not indicate economic growth. Did the population increase? What about the demographics? How much has the population of MH GROWN in the past 10 years, especially in the work force age group say 18 to 45. Retirees don't count. You go ahead and think what you want about MH. There is much about this area that I love and appreciate just like you do. But it is NOT NIRVANA . And ny the way, I have masters degree in computer sciences. I moved back here to care fory ailing parents 7 years ago and spent every last dime supporting them and paying for everthing myself until they passed. Then the job market collapsed and i went threw my life's savings. So here I am, I made six figures before I got stuck here. So I guess there are some IT projects going on in MH you can tell me about(sic)? I'm bored with you. I would enjoy going head to head with you in a battle of wit but I refuse to fight a defenseless man.
If Mountain Home is to racist for you, Why don't you get out of here. Most of us like things just the way thay are. Maybe you will be happy in some rat hole like Whtts or Comptom California. I'm sure you'll fit right in there. So pack up and get.

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