The Quapaw Canoe Company, is using the Helena river location as an outpost, banking on the bountiful source of the largest river in the nation. Quapaw Canoe will hold it’s grand opening Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 411 Ohio St., the college’s incubator facility.

By MICHELE PAGE
The Daily World

On the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River lays the community of Helena-West Helena and a new Helena-West Helena business, The Quapaw Canoe Company, is using the Helena river location as an outpost, banking on the bountiful source of the largest river in the nation. Quapaw Canoe will hold it’s grand opening Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 411 Ohio St., the college’s incubator facility.  The celebration will feature live entertainment, down-home Mississippi River Blues from Bill Abel, Tater “Music Maker”, Brad Bishop of Little Biscuit Productions and Live Soul featuring Phillips Stackhouse.
Refreshments will accompany the event and several companies are seeing the celebration in style.
The American Land Conservancy, Phillips Community College, Northwest River Supplies, Bell Canoe Works, Current Designs Kayaks, Messina Real Estate, Little Biscuit Productions, Smith Insurance, Edwardian Inn and 305 Spin.com are supporters of the event.  The group is encouraging the public to attend and see what’s in store for the community.
“While they (Quapaw Canoe) will keep their Clarksdale office open, this new office represents an exciting opportunity for them to have a location in one of the few remaining cities to actually be directly on the river. In addition to the grand opening Friday afternoon, they are also offering guided canoe rentals and trips on the Mississippi, guided tours of Buck Island with the American Land Conservancy, canoe demonstrations, safety demonstrations, and many more activities on Friday and Saturday.
“Please come out show your support for this new business, and learn how to enjoy our greatest natural resource - the Mississippi River - at the same time. See you there,” said Kevin Smith of Smith Insurance.