The spirit of Beyond Boundaries mission lived in this building long before our store moved in. The Hickman family- Paul, Mildred, and their sons James and Darrell, like so many families, were affected by the Great Depression. Paul lost his job, so Mildred stepped up. She began cutting and styling hair in their home for 25 cents. To further her career, the family moved into 115 E. Center Street and opened La Vogue Beauty Shoppe there. “The Beauty Shoppe kept the family afloat during ups and downs,” recalls Darrell. The Hickman boys’ bedroom was upstairs where we carry our outdoor gear.
Darrell remembers Downtown Searcy as a vibrant community with businesses, like the 24 hour diner & taxi service (and the jukebox that went along with it) across the street and a mercantile store that was located in the Robbins Sanford Hall location. La Vogue Beauty Shoppe was open until the mid ‘70s when Mrs. Hickman finally retired. The beauty shop helped to send Darrell and James Hickman through college, then James through medical school, and Darrell through law school. La Vogue later became an insurance agency, and ultimately Beyond Boundaries Outfitters.
Darrell and James achieved great success in their respective careers as a lawyer and a doctor. Darrell also served as Chancery Court Judge, as a Circuit Judge, and ultimately a Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. James went on to become a Psychiatrist. Darrell, 82, is retired now and loves spending time with his wife, Kerry, and packs up his motorcycle and fly rods on a yearly trip out west.
As we strive to empower our everyday adventurers, we embrace the “can do” spirit that lived in this building. Mildred Hickman empowered her customers to put their best face forward despite trying times. Paul and Mildred Hickman empowered their children with an indomitable spirit that they could do and be whatever they wanted. We at Beyond Boundaries couldn’t agree more.
Monday - Saturday 8am - 6pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm
115 E. Center St., Searcy, AR, 72143