Up Close & Personal – Karen Hawthorne


About in Good Spirits

“In Good Spirits” reflects both the name and atmosphere of this premier liquor store! We have so much to offer our customers. We’re the only store in Fort Smith with a climate-controlled wine cellar stocked with high-end wines, and we host tastings of beer, wine and liquor daily. If you are looking for something particular, just ask! We can special order for you. Also, be sure to check out our wide variety of gift items for game days and parties, including a large selection of glassware and wine accessories, as well as custom gift baskets for that special person on your list. In Good Spirits also has a selection of fine cigars, pipes and pipe tobacco! Our friendly customer service makes shopping here a great experience. We understand if you’re in a hurry – simply call in your order for fast, convenient pick up.


Location & Contact

12100 Highway 71 South, Fort Smith, Arkansas



Words to Live By:

“All good things come to those who wait.”


What’s your favorite thing about your career?  Research & development, and of course our customers at In Good Spirits!

Favorite food at Thanksgiving?  I love deep-fried turkey.

Most inspirational book besides the Bible?  Roses in December by Marilyn Heavilin.

Favorite song when you were a teen?  “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield.

When do you put up your Christmas tree?  On Thanksgiving weekend.

Favorite Christmas gift when you were a kid?  Ten-speed bike.

What’s on your playlist?  Tom Petty, Tina Turner, Cher, Bee Gees.

If you could learn anything at all, what would it be?  To speak another language. 

Farthest you’ve been away from home?  Antigua!

Last movie you saw?  It’s Complicated.

Favorite place in Arkansas?  Fort Smith, because “life’s worth living in Fort Smith.”

Strangest place you’ve called the Hogs?  In Cabo Wabo Cantina, Cabo San Lucas.

What are you looking forward to this fall?  Fall colors, cool evenings, pumpkins, and
fall decorations!

When’s the last time someone surprised you?  Fourteen years ago when my husband proposed after dating for only two months.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?  My parents opened the very first novelty gift store in Fort Smith, The Funky Candle.

What are you most thankful for?  Jesus Christ and my family.

What’s gone out of fashion that you wish would come back?  I miss BIG hair!

What’s in your car’s console right now?  CDs, change, toothbrush.

What do you love about living in Arkansas?  Being a Razorback, and Southern hospitality like you find when shopping at In Good Spirits!

Most sentimental thing you own?  My teapot collection my mother started for me years ago.  My mother passed away in 1996, so these are very dear to my heart.

What would you do if you could take a year off from work?  Travel the world and rescue animals. 

What’s the nicest compliment you’ve ever received?  My kids always tell me I’m the best mom and their best friend.

Who was your favorite teacher in grammar school?  Mr. Bill Spicer, who’s the current principal at Cook Elementary School in Fort Smith.

What was your first job?  I was a lifeguard at Creekmore Park when I was sixteen. I bought eight-track tapes with my first paycheck!

Do you have pets?  Spunky and Tusk are Yorkshire terriers; Brutus and Miss Sassy are parti Yorkies; and Jovi is a rescue kitty.

What wine do you serve at Thanksgiving dinner?  I serve Belle Glos Meiomi and Mer Soleil Unoaked Chardonnay.

What’s your favorite cocktail for Fall?  It’s called Cheer, Baileys & Coffee. We like to serve it when we’re entertaining our friends on the back patio.

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