by Max Brantley
Consider this commercial message news you can use:
The Arkansas Times has teamed up with a website, halfoffdepot.com, for a deal you'll be seeing advertised here in days ahead.
And it is a deal. You buy gift certificates for local restaurants and hotels -- for starters, Loca Luna, Cheeburger Cheeburger, Big Whiskey, Hampton Inn, Capi's -- and you get double your money's worth. For example, you can get a card good for $50 worth of chow at Capi's for $25.
PS -- Note these come in check form. There are no restrictions on use, but tips are not included and there is no cash back.