Paris Video

Paris Chamber of Commerce Director, Linda Hixson has talked with a documentarian, Ray Bertram about Paris. Here is a preview on YouTube of  some of the Documentary film footage from his the Documentary series.

This is just a short preview of some of the footage that has already been filmed and not the finished documentary.  Ray and the crew will return again on May 4 to complete shooting footage, then will do the studio work to put the finished film together,  some of this footage may not even be in the final documentary.

Ms. Hixson offered, ‘ He said that the team was trying to decide on which small town to feature next in the series and that they were finding it hard to find a city our size that compares…in Mr. Bertram’s words,  “Paris sets a very high bar and will be a hard city to follow.”

We knew that. Paris is a great little town to live in, visit and learn about its colorful history.

Attention Business Owners

This article is a public service announcement that could greatly increase traffic and revenue for local businesses in your Paris. All businesses may benefit from this service.


Most people are familiar with Google Maps Street View. Google is now offering views for inside businesses. High-quality 360 degree panoramas bring out the best of a local business. Featuring the familiar Google Maps navigation and controls easily allows customers to interact and explore inside the business. Customers will get their own virtual tour of that business – walking through their space. Google Street View navigation makes it easy and intuitive for customers to see the inside of an restaurant, office or store before visiting.
Thanks, Scott Westermeier





Users of Google Maps application now will be able to navigate not only street view but search,get directions and navigate inside businesses and public buildings. How nice would it be to be able to “see” the inside of a restaurant before going there to eat or making a reservation. No more wondering about dress codes, whether they offer tables or booths and where the rest room is located. Now, thanks to Google, you can be privy to that information from the comfort of your home by simply using Google Maps application straight from your phone.



Previously, Google Maps only allowed users to view maps of outdoor spaces. Street view enabled users to view the exact location of an address while viewing the “street” view of the neighborhood.



Google now offers 360-degree Business Photos, a program that would send Google photographers to various businesses to snap professional photos of the business store front and interior



Google presents a new and exciting program for businesses! An Interactive Virtual Tour created with the popular Google Street View technology. Stand out in all Google searches – all devices – right at that crucial point in consumer decision-making.



How does it work? Google’s Maps certified photographer start outside your front entrance and begins capturing a series of 360 degree high-resolution image viewpoints, then moving inside and throughout your business. The end result is that people will find your business in a Google Search on ANY connected device (laptop, smart phone, tablet) and see a thumbnail image labeled “See


Inside”. A click on this image transports them right inside your establishment where they can walk about, look around, zoom in, etc. so that they can get a good look at the professionalism, products, or service inside your place of business. The published Street View virtual tour remains live in all Google servers permanently, and you are provided with the HTML code so that you can embed the same virtual tour right onto your own website and Facebook page.





Now Inside Your business! High-quality 360 degree panoramas bring out the best of your business. Featuring the familiar Google Maps navigation and controls easily allows your customers to interact and explore INSIDE.





A New Experience for Customers. Customers will get their own virtual tour of your business – walking through your space. Google Street View navigation makes it easy and intuitive for customers to see the inside of your store before visiting. A great way to showcase your ambiance, decor, and the unique qualities of your business.





Easy for potential customers to find. Appears directly on Google Search. Searchable on Google Maps. Prominently featured on your Google Places business listing (both mobile and desktop). Link to share on social networks, blogs, your website, email, and more.





Google Trained and Certified. Google Trusted Photographers are trained and certified by Google to ensure high quality results for your business. Google Trusted Photographers work directly with you to schedule and shoot your business.




Cowie Winery Featered On YouTube

Congratulations to Cowie Winery!

A visitor a few years ago had stopped by Robert and Betty Kay Cowie’s Winery. He and his friend are making a documentary on Muscadine grapes.

Here is in part, a letter he recently wrote…

‘Hi, Robert, ….. It’s been few years. I’m one of the guys who came to Paris in 2007 to make a film about muscadines. I’ll bet you never thought you would hear from me again!

Well, I finally have something to share. I’m sorry it took so long. Truth be told, when Greg and I moved to different states (Tennessee, Texas) several years ago, our documentary was already 95% complete. All we lacked was the narration and some final touches in editing. Add in a few babies and several new jobs and, well, I guess we got sidetracked.

Greg and I talked it over last week and decided to release the clips we do have complete. Here is the link to the section on Cowie Wine Cellars and the Arkansas Wine Museum:’  


‘Keep Paris Beautiful’ Special Request

UPDATE! Keeping Paris Beautiful..

Keep Paris Beautiful~~Please call (963-3243) or email ( if you would like to volunteer during the Keep Paris Beautiful event as soon as possible. The event is set for Saturday, April 20th. Sign-in will begin at 7:45 am and the event should wrap-up around noonish. The projects this year will include removing graffiti, painting, planting and litter pick up. Free lunch will be provided by First National Bank at Paris. Thanks for your help!


This just in from Tonya Varnell, Director of Communications & PR, Paris School District

It’s time to start planning for our “Keep Paris Beautiful” clean up event this spring! Last year, with the help of several student groups, staff members and community leaders we were able to plant 27 trees at the Wood Street Park, clean up Veteran’s City Park, ball fields, PES and PMS campuses, fairgrounds and stretch of hwy 22 in front of fairgrounds/airport and do some landscaping work around the superintendent’s office

I would like to have more volunteers this year so we are able to complete a few more projects, maybe on a grander scale. If you would like to participate, please let me know asap. Let me know if March 30th or April 20th would work best for you. Also, please feel free to shoot me an email with any suggestions for the event! Thanks to everyone that helped out last year and I look forward to working with you to help our community look its best!

For more information, you may reach Tonya Varnell at 479-963-3243.



Paris Chamber of Commerce to Reprint City Maps

In the past Paris Chamber of Commerce partnered with the Boonville Chamber of Commerce to create Logan Co., Boonville and Paris city maps. That supply of  maps is nearly depleted from its first printing.

Coordinating efforts have begun to get the maps re-printed.  Each city will have room for ten ad spaces for sale (at $150 each),  on their portion of the map in order to pay for the re-printing.  Ad space is about 3″ wide by 2.5″ tall.   Arkansas Family Eye Care, ARVEST Bank, Ray Kiefer Automotive have already committed to the purchase of ads, getting this project off to a running start.

Members are invited to participate and submit their ads!

Deadline for ad purchase and submission of what you want on your ad (logo, address, phone, website, etc.) will be due to the Chamber office by Friday, February 15, 2013.

Electronic submission of your information is recommended with your logos please keep in mind, the current map is NOT in full color. It is in black & white and green; there is no anticipation of any color change.

Contact Linda D.  Hixson, Executive Director of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce,  479-963-2244 for more information and questions.


Cowie Winery Add Historical Bells To Its Collection

Robert Cowie has been collecting large bells for four years.  He began with iron bells to be placed in his bell tower in front of the family chapel, St. Ann of the Bells, at the Cowie Winery in Paris, Arkansas.  The bells have been sand blasted and powder coated to a gold/bronze color.  The bells are named for the patron saints of the Cowie children as well as other saints and holy people.  There are presently 12 bells in the tower.  Eventually, it will be enlarged to accommodate 26 bells.

Also in the collection are four bells inside the chapel.  The first is from Spain, which is inscribed, ‘Saint Francis in the year of our Lord 1727′.

The second is from Germany which is inscribed to say, ‘Joseph Dollar made me in a monastery near Munich in 1788′.

The third bell is from Scotland, saying, ‘ I am the gift of the Duke of Argon in 1780′.

The fourth bell was cast in France at the Bolee foundry in 1866 for the cathedral of Buffalo, New York.

Robert’s oldest of his collection came from a collection in Nebraska .  It was cast in 1679 and says, ‘John the Greek made me in 1679′.  It will soon be placed upside down in the chapel and used as a holy water fount.

Cowie Bell Largest


Recently added to the collection is the largest bell (pictured here) in Arkansas:

A 61” bell from St. Joseph’s in Chicago and cast in St. Louis in 1903.  It is presently in front of the Cowie home.


Additional bells including a rare set of tube bells are stored in the warehouse at the present time.

It is Robert’s goal to create a bell museum on the South side of Highway 22 across from the winery.

Visitors can currently view many of the historical bells already on display at the Winery located at 101 N Carvon City Road,  Paris, AR. Call  479. 963. 3990 for business hours or visit



Toys for Tots Fundraiser by PHS

Paris High School is sponsoring a fundraiser for Christmas!

This year the proceeds will go to Toys for Tots.

Poinsettias will be available for $10 and can be picked up at the high school in the afternoon on December 7th.

We have a goal of selling 160 plants this year, which will allow us to donate $1000 to Toys for Tots!!!

Project Graduation Fundraiser for Paris 2013 Class

Deer hunters breakfast Saturday Nov 10th from 5:00 am – 11:00 am at the  Corley community center. Located 10 miles on 309 Hwy, south of Paris towards MT magazine. Watch for signs. Menu will consist of sausage,  eggs, biscuits,  gravy, juice and coffee. Proceeds will go to Paris SR class of 2013 project graduation.  Everyone is welcome whether you are a hunter or not!

Donut Palace Ribbon Cutting

Please join the Paris Chamber of Commerce to welcome the new Managers of Donut Palace as we cut the welcome ribbon for them.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Donut Palace, 305 East Walnut
New Managers:  Ly-Heng & Norin Chin.  963-1084

They have come to Paris from California and we wish them a very successful and prosperious business here. 


2012 Chamber Awards Nominations

The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Community Service Awards for the 2012 Chamber Awards Banquet that will be celebrated at Mt. Magazine State Park Lodge on Saturday, January 19, 2013.  Community Service awards will be given to the Youth of the Year, Educator of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Chamber Member of the Year.
Please contact the Chamber for NOMINATION FORMS AND CRITERIA GUIDELINES information for submission of nominations.  You may nominate a nominee for every category.  Forms may be copied and given to others who are interested in making nominations for the awards.  Please forward this information to others who may be interested in making nominations.  Nomination deadline is Friday, December 21.  Nominations may be mailed (301 West Walnut) faxed 479-963-8321 or delivered to the Chamber in person.
Additional information about the banquet will be available soon as will tickets for the event which is scheduled to be another gala evening of celebration with a Patriotic Theme. Please contact the Chamber office at 479-963-2244 if you have any questions.
Thank you all for taking time to nominate someone for these prestigious community awards.