Person of the Month: Brandi Cooper

Brandi Cooper was named the 2018 Citizen of the Year by the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce. She has been a small business owner in Morrilton for more than a decade. Her boutique, Merle Norman & More, serves as one of historic Downtown Morrilton’s anchor businesses. (Mike Kemp photo)

City: Community of Kenwood outside of Morrilton.

Work: Owner of Merle Norman & More in Downtown Morrilton.

Community activities: Board member, Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce; event committee chairman and sustaining member of Century League.

Church activities: Member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sacred Heart School Development Board and booster club.

Family: Husband, Kylan, and daughters Karlee, 15, and Kambree, 10.

Education: Graduate, Sacred Heart High School; bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Central Arkansas.

Last book you read: “The Shack” by William P. Young.

Favorite meal: Enchilada casserole.

Most cherished possession: A picture of my parents and siblings taken Easter 1992 and a tiny jar of soybeans from my dad’s final harvest.

Most enjoyed weekend activity: Just getting to stay home with my family.

Favorite quote: “Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

No. 1 vacation spot: Anywhere at the beach.

Favorite place in Arkansas: Kenwood, because it is home.

What do you love about living in the 501: I love the beauty of this area from farmland to mountains. You won’t find any better people but what I love most is my family is all around me.