DLRP Breakfast Briefing: How do draw more to Downtown? June 20th 7:30 am

piximagesFill your morning cup with coffee & conversation and breakfast fare… 

Join Downtown Little Rock Partnership members and their guests for a DLRP Breakfast Briefing 

Retail Development and Analysis:

How do we draw more to Downtown?


A discussion with Mark Goodman

Center for Economic Development Education

at the Institute for Economic Advancement

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

 Thursday, June 20 at 7:30 a.m.

at Downtown Little Rock Partnership

Lafayette Square, 523 S. Louisiana, Suite 305


Breakfast by DLRP member, The Southern Gourmasian

RSVPs appreciated   501.375.0121 or jmorrisette@downtownlr.com


Second Annual Main Street Food Truck Festival Saturday, October 6, 2012

Second Main Street Food Truck Festival To Take Place This Saturday
By Chris Holloway – UALR Public Radio, FM 89.1

The Main Street Food Truck Festival will take place in Little Rock for its second year, stretching from 3rd to 9th Streets. 31 food trucks from the metro area will be serving up food, almost doubling last year’s number. Sharon Priest is the Executive Director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, who is the main sponsor of the festival, and says their goal is to bring awareness to downtown.

“The mission is to get people to Main Street,” Priest says. “If anybody was here last year, they saw a whole lot of empty buildings-a large empty building. This year, what they’re going to see is a whole lot of construction fencing because that much has changed that quickly in a year.”

To read the rest of this article click here.

Main Street Reclamation Gains Momentum from Arkansas Business




Main Street Reclamation Gains Momentum
by Kate Knable (kknable@ABPG.com)
Arkansas Business

Some structure resurrection work began along Little Rock’s Main Street in the first week of August.

The effort of local investors is a $20 million project to convert decades-vacant Blass store buildings into apartments and retail and office space at the corner of Fourth and Main streets. The project is slated to finish in June 2013.

The Blass Department Store was a major retailer in Little Rock for scores of years until Dillard’s bought it in 1964.

The project at Fourth and Main is one of several to spring up in that part of downtown Little Rock.

Sharon Priest, executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, said Scott Reed and other investors with Reed Realty Advisors in Portland, Ore., were the first in recent years to buy and begin rehabbing an old building on Main Street.

To read the complete article click here.

Downtown Little Rock Partnership News


Presented by the

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

and sponsored by Bale Chevrolet, Honda and Kia of Little Rock

11 a.m.-11 p.m. Trolley shuttles to River Market, Clinton Presidential Center, Arkansas Arts Center, U.S. Post Office at Orange Street (North Little Rock), and Patrick Hays Senior Center (North Little Rock)

Noon-2:30 p.m. Kirk Anderton live at the River Market

Noon-5 p.m. Top 10 Classic Car Show, St. Vincent Plaza, River Market Pavilion Plaza

Noon-10 p.m. Kids Pavilion & Car Pavilion, River Market pavilions

2-8 p.m. Caricatures by John Deering, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette cartoonist ($10 fee goes to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Arkansas), Kids Pavilion

1-4 p.m. Patriotic Pamy & Patriotic Annie performing magic, ventriloquism & balloon animals

3-6 p.m. Big John Miller Bank live at the Pavilion Plaza

6:30 p.m. Oh Say! Can You Sing? Contest Final 5 compete

7 p.m. Happy Tymes Jazz Band

8:30 p.m. Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

9:30 p.m. Fireworks shot over the Broadway bridge visible to downtowns Little Rock & North Little Rock

     Please remember no coolers, no pets, no fireworks, no outside food or drink, and no smoking.


Sponsors of Pops on the River also include The Peabody Little Rock, Chick-Fil-A, Yarnell’s Premium Ice Cream, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Direct Buy, Arkansas Flag & Banner, Arkansas Travelers, and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.


Downtown Museums Open on Fourth of July

Many of the downtown museums will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on July 4th including the Arkansas Arts Center, Clinton Presidential Library, Old State House, Historic Arkansas Museum (2-4 p.m. Frontier Fourth of July special event), Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, Museum of Discovery, Heifer Village, and MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History (9-4).


River Market

Tuesdays & Saturdays

Farmers Market, Pavilions, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

June 27  Movies in the Park “Moneyball”-For a complete schedule click here. Begins at sundown, Riverfest Amphitheatre.

July 4  Pops on the River!

September 26 Pretty Lights, the Illumination Tour, Riverfest Amphitheatre


Robinson Center Music Hall

July 1 The Tidwell Project

July 15 Tedeschi Trucks Band

August 11 Anthony Hamilton

October 25 The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert

November 25 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Tickets via Ticketmaster as available.



Main Street south of I-630

The Bernice Garden

Sundays Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.Community Bakery

Thru June LifeQuest Oil Painters group featured 

The Green Corner Store



Verizon Arena

July 1 New Edition featuring After 7

July 21 Raw World Tour

July 26 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Barnum Bash

Oct 25 Red Hot Chili Peppers

Nov 8 Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival

January 10 Justin Bieber

Tickets for these events are available at the Verizon Arena Box Office (North Little Rock), all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800.745.3000 or online.



Downtown North Little Rock

Saturdays Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-12 noon. All certified Arkansas family farmers. Across from Argenta Market at 6th & Main Streets.

June 30  Join the Argenta Arts Foundation and the  Argenta Farmers Market at the Argenta Summer Foodie Festival celebrating  the plentiful growing season in Arkansas. The festival will take place  9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 600 Main Street next to the  Argenta Farmers Market. Admission is free.

Downtown Little Rock Partnership News





A new exhibit opened this week at the Clinton Library honoring the mothers of President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, bringing members of the Clinton family to Little Rock (photo left by Lynda Dixon); Radio station 94.1, The Point has supported Main Street Food Truck Fridays, a project designed to bring people back to Main Street, across from the Bucket List Wall.

Weekly Update

June 15, 2012


From the Director

The Main Street Food Truck Fridays initiative has been very successful with an average of 200 meals being served each week. We will be taking a break in July and August and resume sometime in September prior to the October 6 Main Street Food Truck Festival. One of the goals of the Main Street Revitalization Committee of the DLRP is to get people outside and onto Main Street. I believe we are succeeding. Join us these last three Fridays!

We have been hearing about pedestrian and vehicular accidents scattered throughout downtown. Remember, if you’re walking and talking on your cell phone, pause before crossing the street and check the traffic. Drivers, likewise be alert. We want everyone to be safe!

I am pleased that Paul Latture, executive director of the Little Rock Port Authority, will be joining us at the Downtown Little Rock Partnership membership Breakfast Briefing next Thursday, June 21 at Curran Hall (7:30 a.m.). Not a member? Come as our guest. RSVPs are suggested. Please email or call 501.375.0121.

Congratulations to Arkansas Children’s Hospital on the opening of the beautiful new South Wing, the largest project in its 100  year history. How fortunate for all of us in LIttle Rock to have such a fabulous medical facility dedicated to our children.

–Sharon Priest


Downtown Notes

Is your company a nonprofit? If so, Meg Matthews, public relations manager for the City of Little Rock, wants to make you an offer.

In exchange for borrowing the City’s video equipment at no charge to produce your own marketing video, she would show your video on the city’s television channel (LRTV, Channel 11). LRTV is accessed through both Comcast Cable and AT&T U-verse channels. For more information contact Meg Matthews by email or calling 501.371.4421.

According to Betty Wineland, executive director for Central Arkansas Transit, bus ridership citywide is up 14.7%, the highest it’s ever been.

Jessie Edwards of CJRW told the DLRP Communications Roundtable this week that the first Illuminate the Cure event for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Little Rock was a success on Mother’s Day. There were 500 biodegradable lanterns released from the Big Dam Bridge.

Hank Kelley, of Flake & Kelley Commercial, told the DLRP Board of Directors on Thursday that he is supporting the Little Rock Bike Friendly Committee chaired by Ed Levy and their project ” to make your facility bicycle friendly.” For an evaluation of your business and suggestions for easy changes, contact Hank by email.

The River Market District went green this week! Diana McClung, director of the River Market, said the new combined (single stream) glass and cardboard recycling program may be used as a model for other entertainment districts across the country.

Tim Heiple, of Keep Little Rock Beautiful and the River Market Neighborhood Association, was part of a group three years ago that sorted (by hand) the waste going into the dumpsters in the District. “We determined that approximately 60% of the waste was recyclable with the majority of that being cardboard and glass, particularly as it relates to District restaurants.”

The public/private partnership for the new green program included City of Little Rock, Keep Little Rock Beautiful, the River Market, Waste Management, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Ripple Glass Recycling of Kansas City, Missouri.

Many of the restaurants in the District have stepped up to participate with restaurant staff members going through training this past week as to the recycling process. Waste Management will regularly collect and hold the recyclable waste for pickup by Ripple Glass Recycling. Once processed by Ripple, the waste will be turned over to Owens Corning (in Kansas City) for use in the manufacture of residential insulation.


It only takes six 12-ounce beer bottles to make enough insulation to fill a standard wall cavity.

One recycled glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours or a compact fluorescent bulb for 20 hours.

On average, it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send to the landfill and $65 to $75 to incinerate it.

So far this year Ripple has recycled over 32 million bottles and jars.


Warwick Sabin, publisher of Oxford American, announced this week via a youtube video that the company received an ArtPlace grant for its “South on Main” project at its new location in SoMa. Plans include opening a restaurant celebrating Southern culinary culture and nightly cultural programming.For more information about Oxford American click here.

Goodwill Industries of Arkansas announced this week a major expansion of its donation and job training operations to a 576,000 sq ft facility at 7400 Scott Hamilton Drive in southwest Little Rock, to be called Goodwill Resource Center.

The current location of the nonprofit’s headquarters is downtown, 1110 7th Street; officials said they still expect to maintain a presence at that location. The new facility will allow for the creation of 50 new jobs as well as an anticipated 50 additional positions to be created through new store openings in the state.

sBip’s, a restaurant that opened last fall in Quapaw Tower, 700 E. Ninth Street across from MacArthur Park, will be closing Saturday (June 16) at 11 p.m.

As reported in InArkansas, the nearby Riverdale Shopping Center’s Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is scheduled to open July 18.

Around Downtown

Dorothy Howell Rodham & Virginia Clinton Kelley: Remarkable Women, Extraordinary Lives

Thru November 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Admission $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-17

William J. Clinton Presidential Library

New exhibit opening this week honoring the lives of the mothers of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton. Archived video interviews from both women, recent video interviews with close friends and family, personal items and photographs offer a window into the lives of these remarkable women and the changing role of women during 20th century America. For more information go online.

A Loss of Roses by William Inge

Thru July 1

Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street

For information and tickets go online.

Mount Holly Garden Series

Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m.

Mount Holly Cemetery, Bell House, free or (suggested donation $5)

Sponsored by the Downtown Dames, a Quapaw Quarter Women’s service group. For more information call 501.375.7794.

Juneteenth 2012: Celebrate Freedom

Saturday, June 16, 12 noon – 7 p.m., free

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 9th & Broadway

Celebrate Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. As part of the local celebration, MTCC hosts an annual, day-long community street festival featuring activities, vendors, food, and entertainment. Event activities include a Fun Zone for children such as a rock climbing wall, face painting, jump roping, drum circle, tricycle-riding, craft and games, along with a diverse mix of musical, dance, and poetry entertainment for all ages.

Statehood Day Celebration: The 1836 Presidential Election

Saturday, June 16, free

Historic Arkansas Museum, 9 a.m.-noon

Parade to Old State House Museum, noon

Old State House Museum, 1-5 p.m.

A day of living history, pioneer music and old-fashioned political stumping for a celebration of the state’s entry into the Union. Immerse yourself in the world of 1836, when Arkansas voters chose in the presidential election between Democratic candidate Martin Van Buren and Whig candidate Hugh Lawson White. Albert Pike and Archibald Yell will debate who should be the victor. Then, step into the tavern to cast your vote. Visit with characters from the 19th century, then follow a parade at noon to the Old State House lawn for a 26-gun salute, flag raising, political speeches and dancing.

Preservation Conversations

Monday, June 18, 5 p.m., free

Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol

Beer and wine program. Continue the discussion over dinner at Lulav Restaurant. Sponsored by Quapaw Quarter Association. For more information call 501.371.0075.

Sweet Justice Series

Wednesday, June 20, 6-7:30 p.m., free

Second Baptist Church, 8th & Cumberland

For more information contact Betsy Young.

Tattoo Witness: Photographs by Mark Perrott

AAC Member Opening Night

Thursday, June 21, 6-8 p.m., free to members

Arkansas Arts Center, Alice Pratt Brown Atrium

New exhibit organized and toured by the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Open to public June 22-September 9. Opening night lecture by Michael Atkinson, PhD. author of “Tattooed: The Sociogenesis of a Body Art,” 6 p.m., Lecture Hall. Witness Corner, a video booth for sharing your own tattoo story. Beverages by Central Moon, music by The Point 94.1 FM, and light hors d’oeuvres. New memberships available at the door.

FOCC Annual Meeting

Sunday, June 24, 5:30 silent auction, 6:30 annual meeting

Arkansas Arts Center Lower Lobby

Friends of Contemporary Craft of Arkansas Arts Center ($20 membership). Over 50 items for silent auction; deadline for contributions June 17. Wine and light snacks. For more information contact Anncha Briggs orJohn Harris.

Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace

Tuesday, June 26, 11:30 a.m., free

Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP, Bank of America Building, 200 W. Capitol, Floor 23

Lunch-time seminar, to address a variety of topics, including when you can test an employee for drug or alcohol use and what limits Arkansas’ workers’ compensation laws and federal civil rights laws place on employers. A 45-minute presentation with complimentary lunch. RSVP your attendance by contacting Roben Sullivant (rsullivant@wlj.com) on or before Wednesday, June 20.

DLRP Events

Main Street Food Truck Fridays

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., thru June, corner of Main Street and Capitol Avenue on the plaza. Check Facebook for food vendor updates. 

Breakfast Briefing Thursday, June 21, 7:30 a.m., Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol. Guest Paul Latture, executive director of Little Rock Port Authority. For DLRP members and guests. RSVPs suggested.

Main Street Food Truck Festival, Saturday, October 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Main Street, from 3rd to 9th streets.

For more information contact Autumn Jacob or call 501.375.0121.

River Market

Tuesdays & Saturdays

Farmers Market, Pavilions, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

June 20 Movies in the Park “Puss ‘n Boots”-For a complete schedule click here. Begins at sundown, Riverfest Amphitheatre.


Robinson Center Music Hall

June 20 Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers

June 29 Kirk Franklin

July 1 The Tidwell Project

July 15 Tedeschi Trucks Band

October 25 The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert

November 25 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster


Verizon Arena

June 23 ATA World Ceremony

June 27 Lady Antebellum: Own the Night 2012 World Tour

July 1 New Edition featuring After 7

July 21 Raw World Tour

July 26 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Barnum Bash

Oct 25 Red Hot Chili Peppers

Nov 8 Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival

January 10 Justin Bieber

Tickets for these events are available at the Verizon Arena Box Office (North Little Rock), all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800.745.3000 or online.



Main Street south of I-630

The Bernice Garden

Fridays beginning June 1, 6-8 p.m. Salsa and Latin dance lessons and party, $5 per person

Sundays Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Community Bakery

Thru June LifeQuest Oil Painters group featured 


June 15 12 noon. Rob Tanner, author of “From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story.” Free and open to the public. Sponsored by studioMain, AR Historic Preservation Program, Historic Preservation Alliance of AR, and Quapw Quarter Association.

The Green Corner Store

June 21 5:30-7 p.m. Makeover Beauty Day, sponsored by Etniq Mineral Cosmetics, an all natural and vegan line of cosmetics made in Little Rock. For more information call 501-374-1111.



Downtown North Little Rock

Saturdays Farmers Market, 7 a.m.-12 noon. All certified Arkansas family farmers. Across from Argenta Market at 6th & Main Streets.

June 15 Argenta ArtWalk, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.

June 15 Dickey-Stephens Park, Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers, 7-10 p.m.

June 16-17 7th Annual Arkansas Sculpture Invitational Show & Sale, Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main Street. free.

9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 16, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. June 17. Preview at 6 p.m. during June 15 Argenta ArtWalk (free, cash bar).  

June 17 Dickey-Stephens Park, Father’s Day Game Arkansas Travelers vs. Tulsa Drillers, 6 p.m.

June 18 Dickey-Stephens Park, Arkansas Travelers vs. Springfield Cardinals, 7-10 p.m.

June 20 Argenta Downtown Council Annual Meeting, 11:30 Wyndham Riverfront, Carol Coletta, director of ArtPlace



About the Downtown Little Rock Partnership

Are you on Pinterest yet?

This fun social media platform is quickly gaining popularity, and we’ve joined in! Follow our boards for photos of downtowns, lifestyles, history, events and more! Click here.

Have something of interest for US to pin about downtown? Email photos and information to Becky Falkowski.


To subscribe to or to submit information to the Weekly Update, or for Membership information, email Becky Falkowski or call 501.375.0121.

For the Downtown Little Rock Partnership Facebook page, click here.

For the Main Street Food Truck Festival – Little Rock Facebook page, click here. Includes updates on the Festival Saturday, October 6 and on Main Street Food Truck Fridays information through June.

For the MacArthur Park in Downtown Little Rock Facebook page, click here.

For Downtown Little Rock Partnership Twitter page, click here.


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in Lafayette Square

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Pettaway Revitalization Plan

Steve Luoni, Director of the Community
Design Center at University of Arkansas – Fayetteville and Scott Grummer, Director of the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation met on September 9, 2011 at the Village Commons with Pettaway neighborhood residents to begin discussing the Pettaway Neighborhood Master Plan.

UACDC and DLRCDC were awarded a $30,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to prepare a revitalization plan for the historic 60-block Pettaway Neighborhood, one of several distinct turn of the century urban neighborhoods surrounding the Little Rock central business district.  The goal is to prepare a revitalization plan that coordinates new development investments compatible with the urban historic fabric.

In the spirit of the Obama administration’s livable comunities initiative, the plan will combine urban redevelopment with affordable housing and public transit planning.  The revitalization plan will use townscaping principles with public art to link existing and new neighborhood fabrics that create imagable places within the Pettaway neighborhood.  There are four additional key organizations committed to this project: (1) Downtown Little Rock Partnership, (2) Downtown Neighborhood Association, (3) South Main Neighborhood Association, (4) Metroplan.

The effort will consist of three activities.  First, an inventory of the neighborhood’s cultural assets will be mapped and communicated in descriptive analytic drawings.  Second, a neighborhood charrette will be held to explore planning approaches in concert with local interests.  Third, a revitalization plan with attendant renderings and place based planning vocabulary will be prepared.  The planning objective is to develop model infill vocabularies that integrate contemporary innovations in infrastructural design (e.g., “green” and shared streets, transit oriented development, urban agriculture, low impact development, live work housing configurations, etc.) with historic building fabrics.  The goal is to prepare a revitalization plan that coordinates new development investments compatible with the urban historic fabric.

Time Frame: July 2011 – June 2012:  Inventory and mapping of the neighborhood will occur in fall 2011 with architecture students enrolled at UACDC followed by a public charrette.  Preparation of the revitalization plan will occur during fall and spring semesters with architecture students and be presented to residents in April 2012.

Steve Luoni/UACDC developed the McArthur Park Master Plan.  To learn more about the Pettaway Revitalization Plan contact Scott Grummer, DLRCDC (501.372.0148), Carol Tabron, Pettaway Neighborhood Association (501.376.3406), Steve Luoni, UACDC (479.575.5108)