Pat & Wayne Clary
Owners of fitness businesses
in Highland, Ash Flat
& Horseshoe Bend

Originally from:
Fresno, California

Scott Field Air Force Base, Illinois

Home now:
Cherokee Village

Pat and Wayne Clary have lived in 10 different states. However, when it came time to retire from the corporate world in Southern California, everything they wanted was in Arkansas.

They planned to retire after moving to Cherokee Village, but the couple has been busy running their numerous business ventures.

“We were looking for a slower pace and loved the natural beauty, wildlife and peace that fell over us whenever we visited Arkansas,” Pat said.

In November 2013, Pat opened a Curves franchise with a business partner. In November 2014, Wayne purchased the local fitness center in Ash Flat and opened Clary Fitness. In March 2015, Wayne and Pat opened a second Clary Fitness location in Horseshoe Bend, and in 2016, they opened a gymnastics center in Highland.

When Pat and Wayne find downtime, they spend it with their children and grandchildren, who also moved to Arkansas to be near their parents.

“Only here, we share this quality of life every day,” Pat said. “We are blessed.”


Favorite Restaurants: Artisan Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Highland, Biggers Bluff Steakhouse in Hardy and Carol’s Lakeview Diner on Thunderbird Lake

Go-to Outdoor Activity: Watching the fireflies by a fire on Lake Omaha

Best Hidden Gem: The water passageway that connects Lake Thunderbird to Lake Sequoia in Cherokee Village

Your Town in Three Words: Beautiful, friendly, gateway


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