About Hello Local

What is Hello Local?

Hello Local was founded in 2016 by Dana Sargent Schlagenhaft and Jennifer Cristofaro, two energetic "chronic gifters" with hearts for entrepreneurship at a local level.

​In 2017, Dana took over full ownership of the company and is continuing forward with the original mission of supporting Northwest Arkansas small businesses by working to put more of their products into the hands of consumers. 

From curated gift boxes containing locally-sourced products, to branded corporate gifts, to a line of NWA Love by Hello Local shirts and mugs, Hello Local hopes to join forces with other makers to create products and gifts that leave a positive impact.  

BIG NEWS:  We're joined forces with our friends at 211 Café in downtown Bentonville and launched our FIRST BRICK & MORTAR storefront within the cafe. This expansion will allow us to continue to support Northwest Arkansas small businesses, share their stories, and put more of their products into the hands of consumers. 

Do you have a local product or own a local small business you'd like featured on Hello Local?

Contact us!  Hello Local is always happy to offer promotion, support, and a little love to our fellow NWA small businesses. 


Who is Hello Local?

DANA SARGENT SCHLAGENHAFT has lived in Northwest Arkansas for over thirty years.  In her 20's Dana worked to launch and anchor NWA's first Fox affiliate newscast.  As she entered her 30's, Dana transitioned into marketing and public relations roles.  In 2015, Dana founded #BentonvilleLove, a hyperlocal t-shirt brand and social media campaign.  Dana currently serves on the board of Downtown Bentonville, Inc. 


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