Main Street Overlay/Re-Striping Project (I-630 South to Roosevelt) | Notice of Public Meeting


Friday, June 7, 2013


Mike Hood, Manager
Civil Engineering
Little Rock Public Works
(501) 371-4811

Public Meeting
Concerning the Main Street Overlay/Re-Striping Project (I-630 South to Roosevelt)

WHAT:  A Public meeting will be held to discuss plans to convert a portion of Main Street (I-630 South to Roosevelt) from four (4) lanes to three (3) lanes with bike lanes.  The current parking lanes will not be affected by this conversion.  The meeting will be held at the Rufus K. young Christian Church located at 2020 South Main Street on Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. today.

Representatives from Public Works Traffic Engineering Division and Civil Engineering Division will be present to discuss the proposed changes and to receive public input.  They will also address traffic and general safety concerns.

WHO:  Businesses and motorists traveling int he Main Street area.

WHERE:  Rufus K. Young Christian Church | 2020 South Main, Little Rock, Arkansas

WHEN:  Thursday, June 20, 2013 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm  [TODAY]


Ice Cream Soda Happy Hour Fundraiser at The Green Corner Store – TODAY

Join us at the Green Corner Store for a sweet treat & support the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas.

Try the featured flavor or any of the many other delicious offerings from Loblolly Creamery.

Featured Flavor
Preservation Praline 
Ice Cream
a handmade concoction with sweet cream ice cream,
whiskey caramel and praline pecans.


The Green Corner Store and Soda Fountain is located at 1423 Main Street in the Historic Lincoln Building in Little Rock’s SoMA Neighborhood.  Find out more about
The Green Corner Store and Soda Fountain by visiting their website,

Public Hearing on South Main Road Plan this afternoon at 3:30pm

city-of-little-rock-logoThe City of Little Rock is hosting a public hearing to discuss the SoMa Safe Streets Plan.  The plan converts a stretch of South Main Street from four lanes to three lanes plus bike lanes.  The City of Little Rock has received a grant from the Highway Department to resurface and restripe South Main Street from Interstate 630 south to Roosevelt Road.  Current parking lanes would not be affected by the road work, according to the City.

The public meeting will be held from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Thursday at StudioMAIN, 1423 South Main Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.




Public Meeting on South Main Road Plan at Rufus K. Young Christian Church, Thursday, May 9th

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette online published an article entitled “South Main road plan topic of meeting.”  Here’s an excerpt of the article published today, May 3, 2013.

A public hearing has been set on plans to convert a stretch of South Main Street from four lanes to three lanes plus bike lanes, the city of Little Rock has said.

The stretch runs from Interstate 630 south to Roosevelt Road. Current parking lanes wouldn’t be affected by the road work, the city has said.

The public meeting will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rufus K. Young Christian Church, 2020 S. Main St. in Little Rock.

To read the rest of this article click here.


Green Corner Store | Our Limited Edition Re-usable Bag is here – Just in Time for Earth Day


April 2013

It’s time once again to celebrate Earth Day by participating in activities that show our appreciation for the natural beauty of our planet and our commitment to reducing environmental pollution. The first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970 as a nationwide demonstration, petitioning the government to put environmental issues on the political agenda. Thousands of schools and about 20 million demonstrators participated in the original Earth Day. Earth Day was such a success that it is now celebrated annually. But every day is Earth Day, right? So what little step can you do each day to reduce your footprint on the earth? Why not start bringing your own reusable bag when you shop? 
market bag
Use this fashionable tote bag when shopping at The Bernice Garden’s Farmers’ Market or to carry your goodies from The Green Corner Store & Soda Fountain.

Now through end of April – Only 12.00!

This 100% locally designed bag is machine washable, made of recycled cotton and made in the USA.

A teenager and a giant magnifying glass capable of producing 3000 F. 
What could go wrong?

From melting lines in beach sand the 14-year old Sundrop Jewelry inventor progressed to glass. Years later, the artists continue to hand-make Sundrop Jewelry, working in our backyards on sunny days by focusing sunlight to melt old liquor bottles and stained glass.

Come in and see this unique jewelry with an interesting story behind it!


Each month, customers may choose to round up their total purchase to the nearest dollar and donate to a local nonprofit.  
April we will be rounding up our change for The Dunbar Community Garden.  The Dunbar Garden project is a two-acre outdoor classroom. Their mission is to preserve the relationship between education and the natural world by providing hands-on, outdoor education for school children, teenagers and adults. One key focus is teaching children the origin of the foods they eat. There are over 150 hands on gardening and environmental education classes for school children taught each year.


Look for The Dunbar Fresh Fennel limited edition ice cream flavor this April at our soda fountain. Half of the sales from that flavor will benefit The Dunbar Community Garden. 
Join Natural Bambino for the 3rd annual Great Cloth Diaper Change!  We will be attempting to break the Guiness(TM) World Record for most cloth diapers changed at one time.  It will take place at 10:30 am Saturday, April 20th 2013 at the Arkansas Earth Day Festival on the grounds of Heifer International.

Please follow our facebook page for all the latest

Be one of the first 50 to pre-register 

and receive a goody bag on the day of the event!
*limit one gift bag per family please*
What is your favorite thing about Spring? 


When you visit the store, share with us your favorite thing about Spring and enter our drawing to win a Spring gift basket. 

We are coloring our windows with your favorites. Our favorite thing is the colors of 
the Spring time wild flowers.
Part of The Green Corner Store’s mission is to support local and showcase Arkansas-made products. In the coming months, we hope to introduce you to many of our craftspeople and eco-preneurs who provide our sustainable goods.

Many of you have enjoyed Loblolly Creamery’s luscious ice cream, hand mixed sodas, kombucha, and specialty confections at our soda fountain. We’d like to give you some insight into how that aspect of our business began.
In the fall of 2011, The Green Corner Store added genuine antique store fixtures including the soda fountain and 12′ solid marble bar in the same vintage as the building (circa 1905). Since the store’s building originally housed a pharmacy complete with an operating soda fountain until the late 1960’s, the interior atmosphere now reflects its roots.
Loblolly Creamery’s co-owner, Sally Mengel, had been daydreaming about creating a locally made hand-crafted ice cream so when the new fixtures arrived, she began brainstorming with Shelley Green, owner of the Green Corner Store. She enlisted Rachel Moore, a local gluten-free pastry chef, and the pair launched the popular brand a year ago and expanding it into a wholesale business. Loblolly Creamery ice cream is now being served at local restaurants and sold at select specialty grocers, too.

Come in soon for a bowl 

of hand-crafted happiness!




Green Your Beauty Bag

Thursday, April 18

Presented by Leah Patterson of Etniq Mineral Cosmetics. $5 fee waived. Door prize drawing. Specials.


Everyday Living with Herbs

Saturday, April 27 
Simple and creative ideas for using herbs in your food, for bath and body, in the garden and in everyday living. Meet members of the Arkansas Unit of the Herb Society of America. Taste recipe samples from their cookbook. See examples of what you can make at home from various herbs such as bath salts and refreshing sprays.


Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market

Sundays, May-Oct
Bernice Garden, 1401 S Main
Get local produce and artisan goods from the Bernice Garden Farmer’s Market every Sunday. The Green Corner Store, The Root Cafe, and Boulevard Bread all open Sundays too!

Arkansas Earth Institute  

A World of Health: Connecting People, Place & Planet
7 week course starts Monday, April 29
6:00 PM
The Green Corner Store, Little Rock
Did you know you could minimize your exposure to health risks simply by changing the type of products you use to clean your house? Find out about the dangers of household toxins and learn more ways to become empowered and better create the conditions that foster good health.
Discovering a Sense of Place 
7 week course starts Tuesday, April 30 
6:00 PM
The Green Corner Store, Little Rock
This land is your land. This land is my land. What do these words mean to you? Creating a sense of place is both personal and communal. A sense of place – an intimate connection to a physical space – is the beginning of a personal relationship with a landscape and its communities. Protecting a place can involve protecting human and ecological communities. It certainly requires the engagement of the human and an understanding of the ecological. This course will provide the resources for finding your own sense of place and inspiration for actions based on that personal connection.
Fee: $27 includes workbook.
To register for either of the courses above, or call501-213-5388.
Saturday, April 20 is a BIG day in downtown Little Rock for eco-folks with a love of books! Not only will the 2013 ARKANSAS EARTH DAY FESTIVAL,, be held at Heifer International from 11 AM to 5 PM, the ARKANSAS LITERARY FESTIVAL,, offers several nature-related book discussions at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center. You can hear author Tim Gallagher talk about the search for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and author Eric Rutkow discuss our American experience through magnificent trees.



Sunday, April 21

Creatively Recycled Fashions at the Clinton Center – Great Hall. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Fashion show at 7 PM followed by Bazaar. Free but reservations required. RSVP or call501-748-0425.


Saturday, April 27

St Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 20900 Chenal Parkway.

Arkansas Earth Institute will present a workshop on “Powering a Better Future”. Environmental leader, Rev. Richard Cizik, will be the keynote speaker. Cost is $20 for workshops and lunch. Register online at

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Pop Up Mainstreet 2013 coming soon

Pop Up Main StreetPopUp looks on Main

SOMA organizer discusses the design vision for the neighborhood and community involvement.

James Meyer is a project designer with Witsell Evans Rasco Architects/Planners and associate director of the American Institute of Architects Arkansas Chapter. He is the marketing and public relations chair for studioMAIN.

Q: For those who may have missed the buzz over the last year or so, let me start by asking you to tell me a little about studioMAIN. What is it, in a nutshell, and what does the group do?

A: StudioMAIN is a public outreach and community design center that works toward educating the general public about the role of good design in their daily lives and advocates the positive effects good design provides to cities and communities.

We function as a design collaboration between all parts of the design and construction industries, including architects, landscape architects, urban designers, contractors and artists. Our hope is that studioMAIN will provide a place for people to learn more about some of the great design efforts in our city, and to be an incubator for even better ideas about the future of our city.

A key part of our mission is to foster collaboration and encourage multi-disciplinary partnerships between the design fields and other civic institutions. We feel this is a critical endeavor to help develop the future leaders of our city and institutions, and promote a better built environment.

Q: Part of your mission involves hosting exhibits in your office on South Main, right? And I’m told you have an exhibit schedule for the year already? Can you share details?

A: Yep, for the past year we have been hosting monthly exhibitions on local design and issues as part of the city’s Second Friday Art Nights, and have gotten lots of positive feedback. Thanks to this community input we have been able to craft a full and exciting schedule for this year.

In February we will have our Year-in-Review exhibit, which will be a great way for folks who missed some of last year’s exhibits to get caught up. In March, we will be holding a book fundraiser for the DLRCDC and the Pettaway Park Masterplan manual. In April we will hold a memorial exhibition for Rick Redden, a local architect who passed away last year after making incredible contributions to our downtown. In honor of the Arkansas Arts Center’s Bauhaus exhibit this summer, we will have an exhibit of buildings in Arkansas that were influenced by the Bauhaus style. June will bring us a juried student competition from the Fay Jones School of Architecture, and in July we will be exhibiting furniture by UALR Applied Design students. In August we will have a public showing of the finalists for the Envision Little Rock competition. We will hold another PopUp public planning and input in September. An exhibition about transportation called Bikes, Rails and Trails will be seen in October. We will host the Arkansas Design Awards in November showing works from local architects, landscape architects and interior designers. We will finish the year up with an event celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Nolen Masterplan for Little Rock.

Outside of our Second Fridays there are several events we hope to contribute to again, such as the Little Rock Film Festival. It’s definitely going to be a busy year.

Q: You mentioned there’s another PopUp event coming in the not too distant future. What can you tell me about that and the plans for it? What may be the same or different this time around?

A: PopUp Main Street gave us a wonderful opportunity to create a full-scale test for a “complete street” design that folks have been talking about in Little Rock for years. The City of Little Rock and Create Little Rock have been great partners for us with this event. We hope to keep this partnership of experimentation and placemaking going, and hold another PopUp event this year as well.

We are just beginning our process for the next PopUp event. Main Street, Seventh Street, Second Street and the Argenta area have all been mentioned as possible locations. We will have a few exploratory and organizing meetings before selecting the final location, and then we will start holding our public input and design sessions again in August of this year. We tentatively plan to hold the actual event in October or November.

To read the rest of this article click here!

November Happenings – Check ’em out!

  • Saturday, November 3, 2012 Early Voting Ends
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2012 Election Day
  • Saturday, November 3, 2012 Cornbread Festival

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Between 13th & 16th Streets on South Main

Downtown Little Rock, Arkansas
Arkansans know what’s good, and that is cornbread. Celebrate pure, simple and good food, music and community at the Arkansas Cornbread Festival. Show off your best cornbread and side dish in the tasting competition, sell your Arkansas goods and services on South Main Street, reach out to Arkansans just like you who want to make their community a better place, and get down to the best blues, folk, country and rock bands in the state

We need a few more volunteers, contact Coordinator – Liz Sanders, bernicegarden@gmail.com501-617-2511.

  • Friday, November 9, 2012 Friday Night Art Night

Downtown Little Rock 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

2nd Friday Art Night: a time once-a-month when galleries, museums and businesses in downtown Little Rock are open from 5-8 p.m. for an after-hours gallery walk.



  • November 9-11, 2012 Pop Up Mainstreet


Novemeber 9th – 11th

12th-15th Blocks of South Main

The South Main area has come a long way over the last few years and has become one of the most exciting neighborhoods in our city. On November 9th-11th Create Little Rock and studioMAIN invite you to join  in celebrating this great place as part of Pop Up Main Street. The event will include temporary changes and designs to streets and sidewalks and can provide  a vision of how things might develop.

Pop Up Main Street will focus its visioning efforts on the three blocks nearest to Interstate 630, otherwise known as the 12th-15st Corridor. Two of the key principles of the plan are to increase multi-modal traffic and fill the remaining gaps in the urban fabric. Our intent is to create a great street environment and to test intelligent design solutions that will invite community discussion about the current reality of our Main Street is, and what it can become in the future.

For more information or volunteer opportunities available, contact and we will forward your information to the Pop Up Main Street Group and/or click here for StudioMAIN.

What does the Cornbread Festival, Better Block Project and StudioMAIN have in common…community resurgence


What do you imagine to fill the empty lots and stores along Main St.? would you like your favorite store to open in our area? It may – for a weekend of festival.

Led by StudioMain and an offshoot of the LR Chamber of Commerce called Create LR, our community will make our visions real – for that weekend of Nov. 3, as we celebrate at the Cornbread Festival, and visit new retail outlets, cafes and service outlets on display on Main from 12th to 16th St.  DNA voted to occupy a booth at the event, and we encourage all subscribers to drop by and say Hello.

Taking over vacant blocks and installing storefront cafes with tables on the sidewalk, opening a children’s art studio in a vacant garage, chalking bicycle lanes on the pavement, and adding a water fountain at an intersection, making it a roundabout, are among ideas suggested Wednesday at a workshop for activists seeking to revitalize Main St.

The sheets of plans were put on display Friday evening at StudioMain at 1423 S. Main St.

We want to know:

What do you want? For examples of what has been done elsewhere, check out:


The “Better Block” project is a demonstration tool that revisions an area to show the potential to create a great walkable, vibrant neighborhood center. The project acts as a living charrette so that communities can actively engage in the “complete streets” buildout process and develop pop-up businesses to show the potential for revitalized economic activity in an area. Better Blocks are now being performed throughout the country, and have helped cities rapidly implement infrastructure and policy changes.

Submit your ideas to Ask a Question at StudioMain at:

speak to managers of your favorite stores, and invite them to participate.