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esides the shopping in local boutiques, long lunches at cafes and delicious dinners in the Heights and Hillcrest, the two neighborhoods also host an array of events throughout the year. Monthly gatherings, seasonal celebrations and other special festivities, there’s almost always something going on in these neighborhoods. Here’s an overview of some of the events and activities that can be found in the Heights and Hillcrest.
Tuesdays (May to October) – The Westover Hills Farmers Market features fresh locally grown seasonal produce, meats, baked goods, food trucks and more. Located at the Westover Hills Presbyterian Church at 6400 Kavanaugh Blvd. Third Thursday of the Month – Third Thursday in the Heights features music, business open houses, sales, specials and lots more. Hillcrest Farmers Market
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October – Chili Fights in the Heights is an annual chili cook-off, with live music, children’s activities and more. Proceeds go to local charities. Mid November – Holidays in the Heights features carriage rides, photos with Santa, homemade cookies, carolers and more. For more information about these events, including specific dates and times, visit the Heights Business Association website at www.intheheightslr.com.
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Every Saturday – The year-round Hillcrest Farmers Market features the freshest, locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, along with meats, cheese, baked goods and lots more. There’s usually even a food truck or two. Located at the Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, 2200 Kavanaugh Blvd. First Thursday of the Month – Shop & Sip is a year-round monthly event, featuring open houses at businesses throughout the neighborhood, often with sales and specials. July 4 – The Ice Cream Social is a family event with ice cream, lemonade and other goodies. September – Harvestfest is a day-long annual community festival along Kavanaugh Boulevard, with a bird walk, cheese dip contest, car shop, vendor booths and activities for the whole family. Mid November – Holidays in Hillcrest includes open houses, sales, music, prizes, carriage rides and more Early December – Christmas Tree Lighting on the Promenade on Kavanaugh Boulevard. The event features music, homemade cookies, hot drinks, Santa and more. For specific dates and more information about these events, visit the Hillcrest Merchant’s Association website at www.hillcrestmerchants.net. HEIGHTS & HILLCREST • 2013
An atypical neighborhood flower shop
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By Lisa Lakey
ake one step into About Vase on Old Cantrell Road and you quickly realize you are not inside your typical FTD flower shop. “We don’t do any wire services,” says owner Richard Estelita. “When you do that you are saying, ‘I will put out cookie cutter work.’ That’s really not our look and not our style. We ask ourselves, ‘how can we do it different, but still make it beautiful?’” And there is no shortage of style at About Vase thanks to the collaboration of Estelita and designer Dale Wallace. Originally from California, Estelita came to Arkansas from New York City while managing properties and organizing events for a local family. After purchasing the floral shop in January 2013 from previous owner Phil Cato, he brought in Wallace as design director. Wallace, an Arkansas native, has worked in the floral business for nearly 20 years, working with hotels and resorts in Charleston, S.C., and Hawaii. While Estelita brought a new designer and
a new direction when he reopened in February, he kept the same customer service and small town feeling. “Phil was well-known for being personal and friendly and totally unlike other businesses,” Estelita says. “I want to carry on that same kind of business. I want to have a neighborhood business that people feel good about and that when they walk in the door we’re going to know who they are and take care of them.” Client care starts the moment you walk in the door. Each customer has the opportunity to spend a few minutes with Wallace to create an individualized look at no extra charge. “If you come into the shop you work with the designer and that doesn’t happen everywhere,” Estelita says. “Every arrangement we do is pretty much individual, based on what the customer wants, the occasion and all of that. It’s really important each arrangement is meaningful and accomplishes what it’s supposed to do whether its love, sympathy or celebration. We want that to be reflected in flowers.” Riverdale Although their work is one of a kind, About 3400 Old Cantrell Road Vase is about so much (501) 603-9200 more than just floral www.AboutVaseLittleRock.com. arrangements. Becoming known as the place
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to go for plants and orchids, the shop offers an extensive selection of containers to suit any style. They are more than happy to help you select the perfect container and will even do the dirty work of potting plants for you. Estelita has also brought in a large selection of home décor, including vintage art, frames and other indoor and outdoor items you might not find elsewhere. “I really want us to be a go-to source for if you’re headed to a lunch, birthday or someone’s house for dinner and you can find a great gift for a little or a lot of money,” he says. “I consciously bought for all budgets. I want the shop to be available to everybody. I don’t want it to just be exclusive. We’ve got things for $10 that are amazing. I just buy things that I think are really cool and I haven’t seen anywhere before.” Like the George Sellers pop-up shop Estelita brought in for October. The works of the world-renowned Dallas artist are something that customers wouldn’t typically get to view and purchase locally. Being creatively different and far from typical is what he knows keeps the customers coming to About Vase. “People are coming in because we’ve got things that no one else has,” Estelita says. “It’s about getting to know people, really. We’ll do anything, but I want to show people that there’s a different way to say the same thing.”
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A community-oriented health club
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he first Little Rock location of ClubHaus Fitness recently opened in Riverdale, an ideal spot for fitness enthusiasts, near the biking and walking trails of Murray Park, and between the Heights and Hillcrest and downtown. “It’s a club with a community feel,” says co-owner Stuart Walker. “There’s never been such a full-service health club in the area.” Opened in June 2013, ClubHaus is a fullservice gym, with high-end equipment, more than 100 fitness classes at all levels, a yoga studio and more, all in a boutique setting. There’s also a bar serving smoothies, coffee, beer and wine. “You’d have to go to three or four different places to get what you can get here,” Walker, 45, says. “This is an easy, less expensive way to consolidate the workout.
“We’re all in such a hurry-up mode. We encourage people to slow down and spend more time at the gym. Relax, come in and enjoy. The gym should be the best part of a day.” Walker’s foray in the fitness world began more than 20 years ago. In in his early 20s, Walker learned he had high blood pressure and his dad, Loyd, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Walker began working out at the Little Rock Athletic Club, and says he was there so much he got a job, and eventually became front desk manager. After moving to Fayetteville, he worked at the Fayetteville Athletic Club, and later opened a small gym there, but it went out of business during the economic downturn. In September 2009, Walker and his dad opened ClubHaus Fitness on Dickson Street in Fayetteville. They chose an older building, which, with the help of Walker’s wife, an interior decorator, they remodeled to create their fitness boutique. When scouting locations for the Little Rock branch, Walker
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says he wanted to do something similar. He says they found three older buildings in the area with “good bones” to remodel. His wife helped sketch out a plan, which involved tearing down walls to connect the buildings, and the result is pretty close to the original idea. Walker still lives in Fayetteville, so his dad, mom and other family members, who live in Little Rock, keep an eye on things at the central Arkansas location. “My dad is a CPA and I’m a health-club promoter,” he says. “We work really well together. My dad is pretty awesome.” Walker credits his dad with getting the family on track to a healthy lifestyle all those years ago, and now he gets to help others do the same. He says he loves being involved with helping others change their lives. “We get to be a part of it,” he says. “It’s by far the best experience.” Though Walker admits ClubHaus is quite unique among local gyms and he’s often asked to open up more locations, he says he’s taking it one step at a time. The model for ClubHaus has always been communityoriented, and he likes knowing all the members’ names. So, at this stage, he wants to keep it that way.
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An innovative design and advertising agency By Erica Sweeney
hough new to the lineup of businesses in the area, Hillcrest Creative is making its presence known by marketing and branding local startups, and inspiring creativity along the way. Founders Hunter Oden, 23, and Dylan Yarbrough, 22, officially started Hillcrest Creative, a combo advertising agency and design firm, in March 2013. So far, their work, which includes art direction, technical support, and creating brands, logos, websites, promotional strategies and more,
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Dylan Yarbrough, Greg Warner, Hunter Oden and Michael Hollis
has mainly targeted small, locally owned businesses and startups, helping them to get “more exposure,” Oden says. Oden and Yarbrough, both graphic artists, have known each other since they were students at Sheridan High School. Oden received his bachelor of fine arts from the University of Central Arkansas and Yarbrough is currently working on his BFA at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. When the pair ended up living in the same apartment building in Hillcrest, “the coolest part of Little Rock,” Yarbrough says, without “real jobs” or a steady income, they put their creativity to work and came up with the idea for the business. Once the business took off, they brought in Michael Hollis, 22,
to handle the business side of things and Greg Warner, 29, who they refer to as the “tech evangelist,” to handle the technology aspects. “We’re all artists to some degree,” Oden says. All four members still have “day jobs,” he says, so they stay in touch however they can, via Skype, email and sometimes faceto-face meetings. “We put a lot of passion into our work,” Yarbrough says. “Every member is emotionally invested.” So far, Hillcrest Creative has served about 15 clients, and Oden and Yarbrough say seeing their work well-received is a great feeling. However, they admit that the business took off a little too fast, and they are still trying to alleviate some of the growing pains. “We’re trying to dial it back and find a sustainable speed,” Yarbrough says. One thing that sets Hillcrest Creative apart is not its lack of a physical location, but that the group is steering clear of a permanent
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bricks-and-mortar spot. Instead, they have a more innovative plan in the works. With the help of a $5,000 microloan from the crowd-funding site, Kiva, members of Hillcrest Creative are planning to purchase and renovate a Volkswagen bus to serve as a movable workspace, Oden explains. The NomADbus would be an efficient traveling office with solar panels to run the equipment, and enable the group to better serve the entire state, they say. The hope is to merge lifestyle with career, and be “creatively driven, no pun intended,” Yarbrough says. “We can be out in the public and set up our storefront anywhere.” Taking inspiration from “nomadic businesses,” like food trucks, Oden says the NomADbus would create endless possibilities for Hillcrest Creative. “We want to make a statement that you don’t have to sit behind a desk,” Oden says. “We’re moving forward, and like to think of the ever-changing horizon.”
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Kahler-Payne Offering antiques and gifts for almost 25 years By Erica Sweeney
eing in the antiques business for nearly 25 years, Sylvia Payne and Sandra Kahler have seen styles and tastes change over time. When the sisters first opened their antique and gift shop, Kahler-Payne, in Hillcrest in 1989, country and Victorian were the popular styles, Payne says. China, linens and small, decorative items and collectables were popular, and customers were concerned with the age of items and where they were from – she calls it seeing what’s on the bottom. “It was a lot of pretty old things to set around,” she says. “Now, people want things to do something, have a purpose.” Payne says over time, the shop has adapted to appeal to the changing styles and younger generations, even if that means sometimes repurposing items. She says the trend now is simpler lines and items with a “lighter feel.” The value of antiques is what someone is willing to pay for them. Nowadays, the antiques that Kahler-Payne sells are not as old as they used to be, and customers want pieces that go with what they’ve purchased from Pottery Barn or Ikea, she says. About four years ago, the shop added house wares and gifts to the lineup of antiques. Payne says her niece, Lara Kahler, has also become more involved with the shop and brought a “younger eye and attitude.” Before starting the business, Payne had lived in Baton Rouge, La., for 15 years and worked for law firms. When she moved back to Little Rock in the late 1980s, she says she wanted to do something different, so she partnered with
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her sister, Sandra Kahler, to open the shop. Kahler-Payne first opened at the corner of H and Polk Streets in Hillcrest and was called Potential Treasures Antiques. At first, Payne says they were only open on the weekends, so, on Friday nights, she and her sister put up posters for the shop on telephone poles all over the neighborhood. They later moved to their current location at 700 N. Van Buren in Hillcrest, in what used to be a beauty shop. And, in 2008, they changed the name to Kahler-Payne. “It was the best thing we ever did,” Payne says. “I love the shop and want to sell the best stuff. It’s a place to drop in and look around. I like being part of mom and pop business.” Payne is at the shop every day and calls it her second home. And, even though Sandra Kahler teaches nursing full time at Baptist Health, Payne says her sister calls every evening to see what happened in the shop that day. Kahler-Payne is one of the last freestanding antique shops in the area, Payne says. When they opened, there were six antique shops in the neighborhood. Payne has lived in Hillcrest since the mid-1950s, when she was in third grade. She says she can’t imagine living anywhere else, and it never occurred to her
Sandra Kahler and Sylvia Payne
and her sister to set up shop anywhere else. “Hillcrest is a very active neighborhood. People are out and about,” she says. Over the years, she says Hillcrest hasn’t changed much; it has just been constantly updated and “freshened up.” All of the furniture sold at Kahler-Payne is purchased directly from the homes of locals,
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which keeps the prices low, Payne says. They never go on buying trips, and Payne refers to the shop as a “furniture rescue place,” explaining that she hates when “beautiful old pieces go to waste.” “I love the treasure hunt when someone calls,” she says. “There’s an excitement to see what we’ll find. People used to live
more graciously, surrounded by gracious things. It’s a sin when stuff ends up in a landfill.” Payne hopes the business continues to grow and becomes a neighborhood gift destination. She says she also hopes to “stay busy until I’m too old to be here.” Because ultimately, “this feeds my soul,” she says.
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Carnes Audio Visual Keeping homes tech smart
ith a background in sound engineering, a passion for technology and a born problem-solver, Matthew Carnes is right where he needs to be. Carnes is the owner of Carnes Audio Visual, which provides luxury home technology design and installation, including media rooms, theater rooms, home music systems and more. Carnes and his six employees work with clients during the construction of new homes and retrofit technology to “enhance” existing homes, he says. Carnes, a Jonesboro native, started the business seven years ago in his home garage, after moving to Little Rock so his wife could attend law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. Carnes, a graduate of the SAE (School of Audio Engineering) Institute of Technology in Nashville, Tenn., had been working as a sound engineer on Nashville’s Music Row. There isn’t much of a need for sound engineers in Little Rock, so when Carnes moved to the city, he says, “a path change was needed.” He turned his knowledge of acoustics and love of technology to the business of home audiovisual technology. “There’s a lot of correlation,” he says. “I love being around my passion daily.” After four years in business, Carnes set up the “first brick and mortar” location on Kavanaugh Boulevard in the Heights. “It’s the friendliest part of town,” he says. “We’re within footsteps of most of our customers, but we reach every corner of the state.”
While the shop sells a few items, like wires and cables, and gets some foot traffic, the business focuses on custom design and installation. Carnes and his staff visit homes to help clients discover what’s best for them. He says solving problems with technology is his favorite part of the job. Applying the latest technology to homes in the Heights, most of which were built in the early to mid 1900s, can pose many challenges, says Carnes, 32. But, he’s committed to bringing homes in the area “into this century and beyond.” Keeping the neighborhood up to date on the latest home technology takes a lot of work. The industry is ever changing, and Carnes says reading techie websites, like Gizmodo and Engadget, are a big help. Product manufacturers and distributors also keep him about six moths ahead of the game, he says. “We always have a good idea of what’s around the corner,” he says. Currently, the biggest trend is zoned audio. This is where music is wired throughout a house, but can be played in sync from room to room, or each room can play a different tune. The next big thing, coming within three to five years, is 4K UHDTV (ultra high definition television), says Carnes, who is also a musician who plays guitar and drums. Carnes also created an app that links Apple’s Siri with Crestron home automation systems and allows users to control the settings of their home technology with their iPhones. The app has been popular among clients and received recognition on technology blogs, like Gizmodo, he says. Though he won’t give any details about what’s next for Carnes Audio Visual, Carnes says the future is “big and bright.”
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The Toggery Celebrating 65 years in the Heights By Erica Sweeney
or 65 years, the Toggery has been a Heights institution, dedicated to outfitting the children of central Arkansas. To celebrate, this summer, the Toggery debuted an expanded and remodeled store. The expansion included an additional 1,500 square feet of store space, taking over part of the former Hestand’s in the Heights, which was located next door until it closed in the summer of 2012 after 17 years in the area. Expanding allowed for a larger shoe department and the addition of a toy department, says manager Caroline Holcomb. While the Toggery previously carried some toys, the closing of the Heights Toy Center in January 2013, after 46 years in business, left a void in the neighborhood. Holcomb says customers often came in requesting toys, so they decided to bring in a few specialty lines,
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such as Bruder, Corolle and Hape. The Toggery remained open during the expansion and remodel, which included repainting and updating fixtures. It was all completed in June 2013, and the store is now 6,000 square feet. Located on R Street, the Toggery is the oldest children’s clothing store in Little Rock. The original store opened in 1948 on the 5700 block of Kavanaugh Blvd., also in the Heights, and moved to its current location in 1962. At that time, the store was only 1,500 square feet. In 1978, a second store opened in west Little Rock and is now located at the Pleasant Ridge Town Center. In 1980, Little Rock natives Phil and Penny Olinghouse purchased the Toggery. Phil had worked for J.C. Penney Co., and when he got a promotion, the family moved to Plano, Texas, where they lived for two years. The job required a lot of travel and time away from the family, so, when the opportunity to buy the Toggery and move back to their hometown came up, the Olinghouses jumped at the chance, Penny says. Over the years, the Olinghouses, who also live in the Heights, and the store’s staff have adapted to the needs
of the customers, and most importantly, always treated customers like family. That’s what has kept the Toggery going strong for so many years. “People want to see the Toggery succeed so we will be here for the next generation,” Holcomb says. “We try to get to know our customers, and that’s not something you’ll get at a big-box store. There’s a strong sense of ‘shop local’ in the area.” Many of the Toggery’s customers are third and fourth generation, and many staff members have been with the company for several years. Plus, the neighborhood has a “small town feel,” where everyone knows each other, Holcomb says. She says the Toggery falls right into place among the other boutiques in the Heights. Parents want quality merchandise for themselves and expect the same for their children. The store carries clothing from infant to size 16 in girls and 18 in boys, along with shoes, cotillion items and lines, such as Ugg, Livie & Luca, Patagonia and Nativ. The west Little Rock location also carries school uniforms. There’s no way to know what the future holds, Holcomb says. But, for now, everyone is enjoying the expansion and looking forward to the first holiday season with the larger toy department.
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A Heights fitness boutique
By Erica Sweeney
amden Hyneman never particularly liked working out. That is until she took her first spin class, an experience that led to a true passion and inspired her future career as a business owner. In October 2012, Hyneman opened her second location of Zenspin Studio, a fitness boutique, and the first in the capital city. After researching the perfect spot in Little Rock, she settled on the Heights and found an ideal location on R Street, with lots of parking. She says she signed the lease the same day the spot became available. “The Heights is a very active neighborhood, with lots of runners and bikers,” she says. “Everything you need is here. It feels like a city within a city.” Word of mouth has made Zenspin increasingly popular in the Heights. Classes (and
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waitlists) often fill up and “pop up” classes are added to accommodate everyone, says Hyneman, who also lives in the neighborhood. “We’re a one stop shop for fitness,” she says. There’s even a small retail boutique in the storefront. Zenspin offers an array of group fitness classes, like hot yoga, restorative yoga, tabata and barre (a combo pilates, yoga and ballet class), but stays true to its original mission, with several indoor cycling classes on the schedule each week, many of which are taught by Hyneman. And, mat pilates classes are in the works, she says. The Zenspin story began when Hyneman was attending Fordham University and working as a nanny in New York City. Always searching for a fitness routine that she actually liked, she says she knew she’d found it when her employer gave her a gift certificate to SoulCycle, a cycling studio in the city. “I became obsessed,” she says. The passion for spin and Hyneman secondguessing her decision to major in psychology, are what ultimately led
her to become a business owner at age 24. “I wanted freedom from the nine-to-five,” she says. Hyneman opened the first Zenspin in her native Jonesboro. She says she “micromanaged” putting the business plan into motion, with the help of her mom, while still living in New York. She graduated from Fordham in August 2010 and opened Zenspin in September. When the Jonesboro location began “functioning well enough to leave it,” Hyneman says she looked to expand. Her brother’s girlfriend now runs that location. By fall 2013, west Little Rock will be home to Zenspin’s third location. While three locations in three years is an impressive feat, Hyneman, now 27, has no plans to stop and hopes to make Zenspin a franchise. She says she has six future spots in mind, including Memphis. Hyneman prides herself on making fitness fun, so people will stick to a workout regimen and keep coming back. She says she understands the struggles with working out that many of her clients have, because she used to be in their shoes. “We make it fun so it’s maintainable,” she says. “I’m my own target client, but I found something to love.”
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By Erica Sweeney
ongtime real estate agents Jessica Davis and Lu Smith have always had an affinity for older homes. So, when the house at the corner of Woodlawn and Beechwood in Hillcrest went up for sale, they bought it and embarked on a new business venture. “Real estate got us here, and then we had to figure out what to do,” Davis says. In August 2003, they opened the Shop-
pes on Woodlawn. The location had been an antique shop on and off for years, so Davis and Smith decided to lease space to shopkeepers to sell their wares. Now, 10 years later, there are 20 different shops, and a long waiting list of craftsmen, artists and shopkeepers wanting to set up. “There’s a feeling of camaraderie,” Smith says. “We’re people people.” The shops sell a variety of items, including children’s clothes, fabric, toys, art, jewelry, food and more, most of which is Arkansas made. “We strive to carry locally made items,” Smith says.
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This dedication to locally made items makes the Shoppes on Woodlawn right at home in Hillcrest. Davis is president of the Hillcrest Merchant’s Association, and says she works to maintain the association’s goal to “keep that stay-local feel. When we say ‘shop local,’ we mean it.” Davis and Smith say they enjoy getting to know the shopkeepers, frequent shoppers and fellow merchants. The shop is a kind of neighborhood meeting place, and the hub of the First Thursday Shop and Sip. Most of the Shoppes on Woodlawn’s customer base also live nearby. But, thanks to recently being named one of Little Rock’s best places to shop by Southern Living, they have seen visitors from all over the state. Smith lives down the street from the shop and Davis lives in the Heights. On
most days, visitors will see them at work running the shop, and sometimes Davis’ 87-year-old mother and daughter help out. Keeping it close knit ensures that Smith and Davis always know how customers are being treated. The pair learned valuable lessons in customer service, like the customer is always right, during their combined nearly 40 years in real estate, working at McKay and Associates. “Everything we do goes back to real estate,” Smith says. Looking to the future of their business, Davis and Smith say they are keeping up with the trends and creating a bigger presence on social media. Most of all, they hope to maintain their dedication to the neighborhood. “We strive to perfect and grow,” Davis says.
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Living and Working in Heights and Hillcrest What the locals have to say
ongtime Hillcrest resident and business owner Sylvia Payne says she can’t imagine living or working anywhere else. Payne moved to Hillcrest with her family in the mid-1950s, when she was in the third grade and attended Holy Souls and Mount St. Mary Academy, both in the neighborhood. In 1989, when she and her sister Sandra Kahler, opened their antique shop, now called Kahler-Payne, they looked no further than Hillcrest. “Hillcrest is a very active neighborhood,” Payne says. “People are out and about.” She says Hillcrest hasn’t changed much over the years; it has just been updated and “freshened up.” She says it looks “like it used to,” which is a comforting feeling. The Heights and Hillcrest are self-contained, viable neighborhoods, Payne says. “There’s no reason to leave,” she says, explaining that she often jokes with her sister about needing a packed lunch and GPS to go outside this area of town. Many other Heights and Hillcrest business owners and residents express similar sentiments about the neighborhoods. Here’s a
snippet of what they said. Matthew Carnes, owner of Carnes Audio Visual in the Heights, says the neighborhood is the “friendliest part of town.” Jessica Davis, co-owner of the Shoppes on Woodlawn in Hillcrest and president of the Hillcrest Merchant’s Association, says the association strives to keep the “stay-local feel. When we say shop local, we mean it.” Kevin Gann, co-owner of Mod Hair Studio in Hillcrest, says the neighborhood is such a welcoming place: “I like that in the neighborhood everyone treats you like family, my fellow artisans, the other business owners, the residents and the patrons. We all come together to make sure we all thrive.” Camden Hyneman, owner of Zenspin Studio in the Heights, says the neighborhood is the perfect place for a fitness studio because it’s a “very active neighborhood, with lots of runners and bikers. Everything you need is here. It feels like a city within a city.” Hyneman also lives in the Heights. Dr. Tim Paladino, owner of Allpets Animal Hospital in the Heights, says the neighborhood is full of animal lovers: “I have the
most wonderful clients in the world. They’re nice, they’re friendly, they’re smart, they’re educated, they really care about how their pets are and the care of their pets. We’re in a neighborhood that is family-based, and for most of my clients they perceive the pet in their household as a member of their family.” When it comes to real estate in the Heights and Hillcrest, John Selva, owner of Pulaski Heights Realty, says the neighborhoods have a lot to offer: “This neighborhood is really defined by the range of homes here. You have an apartment that a couple guys might split to three blocks away, literally, a multimillion-dollar estate. It’s almost like a town within a city. It’s got all the demographics, all the diversity. You’ve got the people that work in the restaurants and the people that own the restaurants.” Stuart Walker, co-owner of ClubHaus Fitness in Riverdale, says the Heights and Hillcrest are a “tight knit area, hip and trendy.” Dylan Yarbrough, co-founder of Hillcrest Creative, says Hillcrest is “the coolest part of Little Rock.”
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Meet the Neighborhood Pharmacies
Joe Searcy, owner of Rhea Drug
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Serving Hillcrest for nearly a century
alking into Rhea Drug is almost like taking a walk back to 1922 when the store opened as Prospect Drug. Although the updates and merchandise may be new, the service is what you would expect from one of Little Rock’s oldest pharmacies. “It’s a little of a step back in time,” says owner Joe Searcy. “There’s nostalgia and we are obviously an older pharmacy.” Serving Little Rock for more than 90 years, Rhea Drug has become a staple of the Hillcrest community. Searcy, who bought the store from its previous owner 30 years ago, says it is the history Rhea Drug has with the community that sets it apart. “The neat thing is that having been here so long we have established relationships with our customers and their families,” Searcy says. “I know at least three to four generations of families have come through here. That’s the thing that you see more than anything else that won’t
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change. Our customers are like family. They know us, we know them and that’s the beauty of it. We’re going generation after generation.” One thing new customers to Rhea Drug will notice first is their full gift shop, featuring boutique clothing, gifts for all budgets, home décor and everything you need for your next Razorbacks tailgate party. But while the retail side of the business is a big draw for the Hillcrest crowd, Searcy says it isn’t what keeps customers coming back. “It’s our knowledgeable staff. Our pharmacists are so accessible,” he says. “We try to provide good, friendly service and we still provide free delivery. You can call and talk to us anytime.” Searcy says several changes in the pharmacy industry have been made over the last 90 years and they have always tried to change with the times and stay current on any information helpful to their customers. But no matter what changes are made in the industry, one thing will stay the same. Rhea Drug will always be the friendly neighborhood pharmacy in the Heights. “Over the years the name of the drug store has changed and so have the streets,” Searcy says. “We’ve gone from Prospect and Beech to Kavanaugh and Beechwood and now we’re Rhea Drug Store, same location, been here for over 90 years. The name has changed sometimes, but the people are the same.”
More Heights and Hillcrest Pharmacies Cantrell Drug Company 7321 Cantrell Road (501) 663-6368 www.cantrelldrug.com More than just a pharmacy, Cantrell Drug offers a wide array of services including weight loss treatment and hormone therapy.
Kavanaugh Pharmacy 5008 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 664-3844 www.kavanaughrx.com Locally owned since 1955, Kavanaugh Pharmacy is located between Heights Fine Wines and Spirits and Kristen Chase.
Smith’s Country Club Drugstore 5114 Kavanaugh Blvd. (501) 663-4118 www.smithscountryclubdrugstore.com Opened in 1927, Smith’s offers specialty services including certified diabetic care.
t Tanglewood Drug store Adam Wheeler (right), with pharmacist Kathryn Wright
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A familiar face amidst changing times
“Medicare part D came back in 2006 and now the Affordable Care Act,” Wheeler says. “Those have been two pretty significant legislative changes that have really changed the practice of pharmacy. We cannot steer them toward any particular plan, but we can help them make sense of the website and give them some options to choose. We’re definitely going to be willing to help anybody with any questions they have.” Having knowledgeable pharmacists may be part of the success of Tanglewood Drug Store over the last 50 years, but Wheeler says it all comes down to one thing. The customers. Whether you have been a customer from day one or you are walking in the door for the first time, their goal is to make you feel welcome and make sure you get whatever you need before you leave. “Customer service. That’s the highest priority,” he says. “It doesn’t matter what insurance changes come out, regulatory changes. Nothing is going to stop us from providing that.”
any things have changed over the years in pharmaceuticals and health insurance plans and more changes are to come. But the pharmacists at Tanglewood Drug Store on Cantrell Road are here to walk that path with you. Owner Adam Wheeler says over the past several years more chain pharmacies have opened up in the area, but smaller individual owned pharmacies can offer a more personal experience. “What we sell is the same, but how we do it is different,” Wheeler says. “We’re big on customer service. We know most of our customers, know their families and try to keep up with what’s going on in their lives. We try to take more of an interest in the customer rather than just treating them like a number.” At Tanglewood Drug Store, customer service means helping out wherever needed. Wheeler and his staff stay on top of any changes in Medicare and other insurance changes. They are midtown more than happy to take the time needed 6815 Cantrell Road to make sure each (501) 664-4444 customer fully underwww.TanglewoodDrug.com stands their options.
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ith public parks, playgrounds, bike trails and more, Heights and Hillcrest is home to some of Little Rock’s finest green space. These parks and grounds allow for a variety of activities and sports, like golf, tennis, basketball, walking, running and biking. A large part of the Arkansas River Trail is located in this area. For more information, visit the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department’s website, www.lrpr.org.
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DESCRIPTION This park’s fingers extend out from its main area along Cedar Hill Road just south of Cantrell Road into the wooded hills just below Kavanaugh Boulevard. One of Little Rock’s most popular parks, it includes a large playground, a baseball field, tennis courts, and 4.5 miles of biking and hiking trails, both paved and unpaved. A great way to get exercise and a fantastic view of both Little Rock and North Little Rock, the River Trail offers hikers and bikers more than 17 miles of trails, loops and extensions, and a spectacular view from the Big Dam Bridge. For more information, go to www.rivertrail.org. This great little neighborhood park is located in Cammack Village, adjacent to the Heights. It’s popular with neighborhood playgroups and is a great place to while away an afternoon on the playground or the basketball court. A monthly pass or a daily admission fee (no membership required) will get you access to an indoor lap pool, whirlpool, indoor jogging/walking track, exercise equipment and free weights, basketball courts, and a host of group exercise classes ranging from water aerobics to Zumba. For more information, call 664-6976. Originally developed in the 1930s as a Works Progress Administration project, Knoop Park offers visitors hiking trails and picnic tables. The park is known for its striking vistas, and is a popular spot for watching the annual Fourth of July fireworks show. With hiking/biking trails, two playgrounds, six volleyball courts, eight pavilions, two soccer fields and a boat dock, it’s possible to spend an entire weekend at Murray Park and not take advantage of everything it has to offer. The park is located on the Arkansas River, and is connected by the Arkansas River Trail to the Big Dam Bridge, located just to the west. With two shaded acres for your tail-wagging family members, this off-the-leash dog park has several amenities your pooch will enjoy. For humans, there is convenient parking, nearby restrooms, and “mutt mitts” for quick cleanup. A little jewel of a park just off Kavanaugh Boulevard. The playground, basketball goals and picnic tables make it a sweet spot for families with young children. Golf Course: Nestled in a bend in the Arkansas River, this 18-hole course was designed for golfers of all levels. Rebsamen’s open fairways and bent grass greens perfectly frame some of Arkansas’s most breathtaking river views. A second nine-hole executive course offers golfers a shorter playtime option. A full-service driving range gives golfers a chance to work on their swing. Tennis Center: The Rebsamen Tennis Center is considered one of the South’s premier public tennis centers. Since opening in 1980, the center has received several awards, including the United States Tennis Association’s National Public Facility of the Year Award. War Memorial Park features a playground with a water spray pad, as well as a large pavilion and open greenspace for playing catch or whatever other activity suits your fancy. The park also includes a premier golf course and picnic spots.
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Hillcrest Farmers Market Story and photos by Daniel Walker
ittle Rock is surrounded by a number of wonderful small farms and dairies, and fortunately, this places a number of farmers markets at our disposal each week. Indeed, residents from nearly every corner of town have easy access to fresh fruit, vegetables, and other local products on a weekly basis. But the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market, which operates every Saturday morning in front of the Pulaski Heights Baptist Church (2200 Kavanaugh Blvd.), provides some of the best market shopping in the state and has become a weekly destination for numerous residents and local foodies around town. Seemingly every week brings a new fantastic vendor to the Hillcrest Farmers Market, making regular visits there important in order to discover some of the unique and fantastic things central Arkansas has to offer.
Mylo Coffee Co. Undoubtedly, one of the most popular vendors at the market is Mylo Coffee Co. Every week, customers begin to line up in front of Mylo’s small set of tables—before 7 a.m., mind you—in order to ensure they get their pick of some of the most fantastic baked goods and freshly poured coffee in the city. Mylo Coffee Co. consistently turns out interesting and uncommonly good sweet and savory pastry, items no one else offers in Arkansas. Their “kouign amann,” a sweet, French croissant-like pastry, has almost become a
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thing of legend in Little Rock, and patrons hoping to lay their hands on one must get there rather early to experience its butterysweet splendor.
Geek Eats A more recent arrival to the market is Geek Eats, a small operation headed by Jeremy Rhodes. Geek Eats focuses on only a few items each week—namely hummus, p e st o a n d homemade granola—but they do them right, and customers have quickly become addicted to their fantastic offerings. You’ll find them flavoring freshly made hummus with local Kent Walker cheese and jalapeño, carrot and curry or spicy Sriracha. Another vendor not to be missed.
Little Rock Pie Cycle & More Baked Goodies Peddling her way to the market each week, you’ll find Hannah Moore’s Little Rock Pie Cycle selling seasonal, freshly baked pies which she
sells from the back of her bright red bicycle. The Pie Cyle offers small hand pies stuffed with apple, blueberries and peaches and pies-by-the-slice such as her gooey, crunchy pecan pie. A number of other vendors offer patrons a regularly rotating selection of sweets and freshly baked good. You’ll find Ethan’s Heirloom Garden selling cinnamon rolls, mufKatie Connally Confections
Local Meat & Dairy Freckle Face Farms offers some of the finest pork products including chops, shoulder roast, bacon, and breakfast sausage. Their sausages and brats are perfect when thrown on the grill, and their ground beef will turn out some of the most sensational burgers you’ve ever eaten. And don’t pass up the opportunity to order one of their free-range turkeys around the holidays. Dairy products are not excluded from the market either. From Romance, Arkansas, comes Honeysuckle Lane Cheese, offering their fine raw milk cheeses. Their cheese hails from Grade A raw milk, pro-
duced without hormones or antibiotics. Among their offerings, you’ll find white and yellow cheddar, jalapeño cheddar, and Colby.
Farm-Fresh Produce Of course, if you’re looking for farm-fresh produce, the Hillcrest Farmers Market has it in abundance—you’re sure to find the best local fruits and vegetables every week, sold by the men and women who grow them. You’ll never want for anything with vendors like Little Rock Urban Farming, Barnhill Orchards, Cedar Rock Acres, North Pulaski Farms and Tasty Acres. Between these and a few other passionate growers, you’ll find everything you need to make your dinner table blossom. Heirloom tomatoes, okra, purple hull peas, cucumbers, pears—if it’s in season, you’ll find someone selling it at the market. The Hillcrest Farmers Market operates yearround, one of the few markets in Arkansas to do so. Making this market a regular part of your week will not only delight your taste buds and add life to your cooking, you’ll be supporting the hard-working individuals tirelessly striving to bring the best food to the people of Arkansas.
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Operating in a lot just south of the Westover Hills Presbyterian Church (6400 Kavanaugh Blvd.), you’ll find a market that’s small in size but still manages to offer a wide variety of outstanding local products. The Westover Hills Farmers Market typically runs from May to early October on Tuesday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. This “evening” market is a wonderful opportunity to purchase any items your family may need during the week without needing to wait until the larger weekend morning markets. Here you’ll find vendors such as Barnhill Orchards, Freckle Face Farms, Ethan’s Heirlooms, Geek Eats and North Pulaski Farms. Be sure to grab one of the fine jams and jellies of Goatroper Farms, or a sweet treat from Katie Connally Confections. Also, you’ll often find a small fleet of food trucks serving up spectacular street side delights. Look for the Southern-Asian fusion dishes of Southern Gourmasian and the sweet and savory waffle offerings of The Waffle Wagon.
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Location, Location, Location Heights and Hillcrest real estate companies serve their neighborhoods well
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he saying’s as old as the real estate business itself: location, location, location. But realtors located in the Heights and Hillcrest neighborhoods will tell you there’s a little bit more to it than that. Having a strong, active, even “electric” community surrounding your office building can have as much to do with success as the address on your business card. For a lot of real estate companies, an office is a place where you do business, where an elevator takes you where you need to go, where clients come to visit, where coffee waits in the conference room. For realtors who do business in Heights and Hillcrest, an office is a place where people pop in on their way to a restaurant or bar, where people visit after a cup of coffee or on their way to drop off the mail, where people stop in while enjoying the Heights’ Third Thursday
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or Hillcrest’s First Thursday. Melissa John, a real estate agent for the Charlotte John Co. in the Heights who’s been in the business for 19 years, says having a storefront in such a high-traffic area is great, but it’s actually the neighborhood around it that makes it unique. “Before we moved to the Heights, we were more of just an office location,” John says. “Our clients were people who we were getting referrals from, or people we were making calls to. When we became what we call ‘storefront’ it really changed the company. “We were a great company before but it’s really changed the sense of convenience. Now we actually have customers walking in the door. They want to get with us and look at houses online or come in to say, ‘How much do you think my house is worth?’”
The Heights and Hillcrest neighborhoods are two of the best in Little Rock when it comes to foot traffic. There are coffee shops, restaurants, bars, art galleries, you name it. It’s a great place to push a stroller or follow a leash. But the neighborhoods and the businesses located there have been able to take things a step further, creating their own walkins with neighborhood-wide events. “Third Thursday has been a huge benefit for us,” John says. “We have wine and beer and people come in and that creates a ton of traffic. There’s always somebody here saying, ‘I’d like to talk to somebody about buying a house.’ And typically those people are looking for something around here.” A little further southeast, First Thursday events in Hillcrest have had the same effect. Joel Tvedten (ask him about his last name
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some time – the story requires more space than we have here), owner of River Rock Realty Co. in Hillcrest, gets a huge kick out of entertaining on his business’s front porch. “I usually buy a bunch of beer and wine and set up a little bar and nobody gets a drink unless they take my business card,” Tvedten says with a bit of a laugh. “But people love it. They come out of the woodwork, especially when the weather’s nice. They get out here in the streets. They get to see old friends and meet new ones. I like to contribute to that
atmosphere, so I usually get a band to play.” Tvedten was so enamored with his current office location (right on Kavanaugh next to Box Turtle) that he pounced on the lease before he even had his real estate license. “I heard about it through the grapevine. If they had put a sign out in front, it would’ve been gone in a second,” he says. “It’s a great location. I signed the lease and then I went and took the classes to get my broker’s license and I crossed my fingers and hoped to die that I passed the test. That’s how bad
I wanted this spot.” Tvedten wants his office to feel less like a place of business and more of a place where people feel comfortable hanging out. First Thursday has helped. The building itself is a Hillcrest classic, complete with wood floors, wooded views to the north and a very homey, antique feel. “At one of the places I used to work, I had an office in the back of the building and the front was just a parking lot. There was no reason for anyone to be walking by that build-
John Selva of Pulaski Heights Realty
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ing. Here I can get walk-in traffic. Plus, it’s just a very desirable place to live for a lot of younger people including med students. And the fun thing is there’s not really one typical ‘Hillcrest home.’” A little further down the street, John Selva has found that same thing to be true. Selva has owned Pulaski Heights Realty since 2007 and he says while the neighborhood definitely has a certain feel, you can’t really put your finger on what one might call a typical home. “This neighborhood is really defined by the range of homes here,” he says. “You have an apartment that a couple guys might split to three blocks away, literally, a multimilliondollar estate. It’s almost like a town within a city. It’s got all the demographics, all the diversity. You’ve got the people that work in the restaurants and the people that own the restaurants.” Selva’s business has grown and expanded along with the neighborhood. What started as a small corner office has turned into a charming space and a team of realtors that all have a special attachment to the neighborhood. “Really, as far as the business goes, the location is the benefit of the location. The neighborhood sells itself. People want to be here. They want to be close to this core district. They like the walk-ability. Having a business here with cars going by, people seeing our sign, families waking by with their dogs and strollers, has been great. They can stop at our window. Eventually they’ll walk in and say, ‘I’d like to see that house. Or can you sell my house so I can buy that one.’”
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Pet Lovers’ Paradise
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Neighborhoods offer wealth of services for furry family members Story and photos by Gerard Matthews
alk down Kavanaugh on any Saturday when the weather’s nice and it takes about two minutes to realize the folks who live in the Heights and Hillcrest love their dogs. Bulldogs, labs, dachshunds and pugs – you’ll see all sizes and breeds as folks gather for coffee or just to chit chat. People all over Little Rock love their pets, but the Heights and Hillcrest neighborhoods just make that love a little more visible. For dog owners, the Heights and Hillcrest neighborhoods offer a friendly place to get out and walk, dog-friendly patios and a host of neighbors who, just like you, consider their pet to be a part of the family. But each neighborhood also offers something more: a place where your pet can get unparalleled care from veterinarians who have been taking
care of animals – more than just dogs, of course – for decades. Dr. Tim Paladino, owner of Allpets Animal Hospital, has been in business in Little Rock since 1993. He’s been at his current location Dr. Tim Paladino of Allpets Animal Hospital on McKinley in the Heights since 1999. He says he’s lucky to work in the Heights, not Of course, that leads to a client base only because it’s a great location for a busithat’s fairly demanding, but Paladino says ness, but because of his clients and the way that’s no problem at all. To him, that means they feel about their pets. pet owners in the Heights really care and “I’m in a great neighborhood,” he says. “I are willing to do what’s necessary to make have the most wonderful clients in the world. sure their furry family members (or scaled They’re nice, they’re or feathered ones – a big part of Paladino’s friendly, they’re smart, business is taking care of exotic animals they’re educated, including snakes and other reptiles, birds they really care and basically anything that walks through about how their the door) get the care they need. pets are and the “It can be demanding but I think we can care of their pets. meet and exceed their expectations,” he says. We’re in a neighbor“I can have a great conversation with people hood that is familywho care and who understand what’s hapbased, and for most pening. We have a clientele that’s very eduof my clients they cated. This is a neighborhood where people perceive the pet in care. They don’t mind doing what we need to their household as do for the care of their pet. It’s very pleasant a member of their and I have a good relationship with them.” family.” Drs. Larry and Joan Nafe have been doing
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CARE for Animals L
t Jon Garrison of CARE
et’s say you live in the Heights and you don’t own a dog, but you want one. Or, maybe you’re not really ready to commit to owning a pet but you could foster a rescue dog for just a little while. Well, that’s why CARE for Animals is there. CARE stands for Central Arkansas Rescue Effort and their mission is to save dogs from shelters where they’d otherwise be put to sleep, find foster homes to keep them temporarily, and then find them permanent homes. You’ve probably noticed their Saturday showings, held every Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in front of their office, next door to Ozark Outdoor Supply. That description of the storefront, at least according to Executive Director Jon Garrison, is something CARE would like to change up a bit. “Whenever someone wants to know where we’re located, we always say ‘We’re next door to Ozark Outfitters,’” Garrison says. “And they say, ‘Oh, I know exactly where that is.’
business in Hillcrest for 31 years at Hillcrest Animal Hospital. They, too, were drawn to their particular spot by what they saw as a neighborhood-wide affinity for animals. One of the things Joan Nafe loves about their practice is the relationships they develop with their customers over years and years of taking care of their most precious pets. “When we started, we knew this was the heart of the best pet population in Little Rock,” Nafe says. “People love their pets all over Little Rock, but here you get the sense that for a lot of people their pet is their first family member, or they’re young people that have got a pet and haven’t started a family yet, or older people where their pet is their main companion. And Hillcrest is a great mix of young and old and lots of cats, lots of dogs. And we just loved the vibe here. Great friends, great pet-owners, great people. We’ve had many [clients] for 30 years or since the beginning and it’s so fun to follow them through the years.” It’s that familiarity with their clients that makes practicing in Hillcrest so special, Nafe says. “It’s very dog friendly. Most people choose a veterinarian that’s close to their house. So I think most people see us just from being around the neighborhood. It’s a friendly place, so I’m sure we get a lot of recommendations by word-of-mouth. It’s funny because some dogs get lost and actually show up here at our door. We know who they are so we’ll call the owner and let them know. We’ll call the owner up and say, ‘Abby’s here today.’ So I guess that means they didn’t have that bad of a time here,” she says.
At some point, I want somebody to ask where Ozark Outfitters is and someone will say, ‘Oh, that’s right next to CARE.’ So we’re trying to shift that.” Having lots of foot traffic in the area brings in lots of volunteers and donors, which the organization desperately needs. No matter what part of Central Arkansas you live in, CARE, and the animals they serve, could really use your help. “The number one thing that we need – which is just like gold to animal rescue – is foster homes,” Garrison says. “Because the number of foster homes we have directly translates the number of dogs we get to save. We’re passionate about rescuing animals from being killed, so we need foster homes. We could also use volunteers to work in our gift shop, to help work at our spay and neuter clinics. Our Saturday volunteers, we always need between five and seven volunteers every single Saturday. The other need is adopters. We need people to adopt. That’s what it’s all about.”
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Education in Heights & Hillcrest T
he Heights and Hillcrest are home to some of Little Rock’s best schools, both public and private. The schools cover grades PreK3 to 12 and offer both religious and secular settings.
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Fair Park Early Childhood Center
The Fair Park Early Childhood Center provides a high-quality preschool program at no cost to parents. Fair Park Early Childhood Center uses a learning center approach, which allows children to engage in respectful interactions in a richly prepared environment with professionals available to help them develop socially, emotionally, academically, and physically.
Children’s House Montessori School
Children’s House Montessori School has been providing a Montessori education since 1973. The school accepts children from age 18 months through 8 years. At Children’s House, the classroom environment is designed to meet the needs of the “whole child,” with the emotional, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of the child’s growth all considered equally important.
Forest Park Elementary
Forest Park Elementary is the only elementary school in the state of Arkansas named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2012. The school celebrated its 100th anniversary throughout the 2012-2013 school year. Forest Park has a dynamic staff and uses a curriculum that is geared toward student success.
Hall High School
Opened in 1957, Hall High School is dedicated to academic achievement. It was the first high school in the state to receive the Arkansas 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, which provides many programs for students and parents. Hall High is also known as the Newcomer Center for Little Rock School District Students whose native language is not English. These students have the choice of attending Hall and participating in the English as a Second Language Program.
Jefferson Elementary School has a reputation for providing a nurturing learning environment while offering a curriculum based on the latest educational models. Students have access to K-2 enrichment, a gifted program, computers, full-time music and art programs, speech therapy and a licensed counselor. Jefferson has been named a Blue Ribbon School by the state Department of Education.
Pulaski Heights Elementary
Pulaski Heights Elementary is known for the dedication of its parents and PTA. The school offers the Accelerated Reader program, tutors, peer helpers, Junior Great Books, character education, Quiz Bowl, geography, spelling bees, Odyssey of the Mind and more. Funds raised through the annual Picassos art auction help support PTA projects and school programs.
Christ Lutheran School
Christ Lutheran School is devoted to providing a quality Christian education within a positive environment. The school is part of the educational system of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and its curriculum exceeds state standards. Teachers are fully certified, and the school is accredited by National Lutheran Schools Accreditation and the Arkansas Nonpublic Schools Accreditation Association. School leaders strive to develop a strong home/school relationship in order to enhance learning and support student needs.
Arkansas River Valley Montessori
Arkansas River Valley Montessori opened in 2003 and is fully affiliated with the American Montessori Society. The school is centered on Christian principles but welcomes students of all faiths. Classrooms are filled with materials specific to Montessori that invite students to discover math, language, cultural subjects, and fine arts. Compassion and consideration of others are emphasized over competition.
Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic School
Our Lady of the Holy Souls opened in 1927. It now has 23 classrooms as well as a cafeteria, gymnasium, library, art room, music room, computer lab, and science lab. The school also participates in the Accelerated Reader program. The school strives to provide students with a strong academic and a strong spiritual foundation.
Episcopal Collegiate School
The Episcopal Collegiate School is an independent college preparatory school that strives to develop in its students respect for all persons, reverence of God, and a sense of moral responsibility. Its curriculum is benchmarked against national and international standards, and academic programs teach students strong skills of analysis and expression. Advanced courses, AP classes, sports and fine arts are offered.
Williams Traditional Magnet School
Williams Magnet has a long tradition of providing a high-quality education. The school offers a wide range of programs, such as technology, Reading is Fundamental, Arkansas Writers in the Schools, computers in every classroom, art, physical education and music. The school is known for its structure, orderliness and discipline.
Forest Heights Middle School
The school, originally built in 1953, underwent a $5 million reconstruction several years ago. Much of the original school was torn down, and two new wings opened in 2008 and 2009. Technology is embraced at Forest Heights. The school has an Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) program, and every core classroom is equipped with a Smart Board. Students can choose from a wide array of electives, including French, Spanish, art, choir, career orientation, and technology classes.
Pulaski Heights Middle School
After more than a century, Pulaski Heights Middle School continues to excel in its mission by offering a well-rounded education, a strong sports program, and range of other extracurricular activities. Communication through technology and a new curriculum in English, math and science prepares students for the future. The school also has an extremely active Parent Teacher Association.
Catholic High School for Boys
Catholic High School is a college-preparatory school that strives to challenge boys in academia, and stresses the development of faith, integrity, and duty. It combines rigorous academics and strict discipline with twin goals of Christian formation and quality academics. The school offers sports and a number of other extracurricular activities.
Little Rock Central High School
Central’s imposing structure will forever be a landmark in Civil Rights history, but the school’s modern-day academic record is impressive as well. The school’s 140 class offerings include AP courses and foreign languages, and students can choose from a wide variety of extracurriculars. Central students compete in the chemistry Olympiad, the Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, mock trial, Math Counts, and SECME.
Mount St. Mary Academy
Founded in 1851, Mount St. Mary Academy is the oldest continually operating educational institution in the state, and the first high school in Arkansas to offer the highly respected and rigorous International Baccalaureate diploma program. The all-girls academy is accredited by the Arkansas Non-public School Accreditation Association and the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.
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Neighborhood Banks T
he Heights and Hillcrest have a variety of banks available to residents. Many are locally owned and operated, while some are national chains. Hereâ€™s an overview of the banking options in the neighborhood.
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Allied Bank 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 707-1154
Bank of England 1320 Rebsamen Park Road 603-2265
Delta Trust and bank 2924 Kavanaugh Blvd. 907-1900
Iberia Bank 5800 R St. 661-7763
Allied Bank 4900 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-9583
Bank of Little Rock 5120 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-0800
First Security Bank 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd., Ste 9 217-5940
Metropolitan National Bank 2800 Kavanaugh Blvd. 320-0700
Arvest Bank 1800 N. Grant St. 379-7700
Centennial Bank 4924 Kavanaugh Blvd. 603-3700
First Security Bank 4936 W. Markham St. 217-4540
Metropolitan National Bank 5500 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-9600
Bank of America 6001 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-5544
Centennial Bank 2610 Cantrell Road 603-3840
Heartland Community Bank One Banc 5601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 5100 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-3222 663-3350
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Regions Bank 4301 W. Markham St. 661-9521 Regions Bank 3600 Cantrell Road Simmons First National Bank 1818 N. Taylor St. 663-7448
Simmons First National Bank 5000 W. Markham St. 663.9900 Summit Bank 1800 N. Taylor St. 614-7333 U.S. Bank 5200 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-0218
Regions Bank 1801 N. Fillmore St. 614-4106
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Where to Shop
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rom trendy boutiques to antiques, gifts and more, shoppers can find anything and everything in the Heights and Hillcrest, as well as in the Riverdale and Midtown neighborhoods. Here is a some of what you might find.
Arline’s Individuality in Skin Care European beauty treatments, including facials, body wraps, massage and more. 5817 1/2 Kavanaugh Blvd. 219-2080 Bella Boutique A great girly-girl store with fine jewelry, skincare products, bath accessories and gifts. 5623 Kavanaugh Blvd. 603-5373 Boswell Mourot Fine Art Works by local and regional, as well as national and international artists. 5815 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-0030 By Invitation Only An amazing selection of bridal invitations, more than 50 lines, as well as everything from wedding albums to bridesmaid gifts. Can’t find what you
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want, customize it. 5914 R St. 975-8902
Chroma Gallery This gallery is filled with
Cabbage Rose A florist specializing in fresh-
original art by proprietor and artist Robert Reep, as well as local and regional artists. 5707 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-0880 Cobblestone & Vine Fine furniture, linens and decorative gifts and accessories. 5100 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-4249 Doggy Daddy Store This neighborhood pet grocery and market features gourmet pet food, treats, toys and accessories. 5914 R St. 664-3649 Eggshells Kitchen Co. Gourmet accessories and gadgets, cooking classes and gift baskets. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-6900 Ellen Golden Antiques Specializing in French furniture, artwork, lamps and home accessories. 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-7746 Ember Boutique Trendy clothing, art and
cut European floral designs. 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-4042 Caracalla Day Spa A full-service day spa offering massage and more, also a hair salon with a wide selection of hair and personal care products, as well as gifts. 5715 Kavanaugh Blvd. 280-0866 Carnes Audio Visual Offers home and commercial home theaters, control systems, speakers, as well as professional expertise. 5919 Kavanaugh Blvd. 658-0932
Caroline’s Children’s Consignment Boutique Specializes in children’s clothing, from infant to size 16, as well as furniture. Also, cotillion clothing for girls and sport coats for boys. 1917 N. Grant. St. 614-9294
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jewelry at affordable prices. 5709 Kavanaugh Blvd. 225-3220 Feinstein’s A women’s clothing boutique offering fine apparel, cosmetics and accessories for over 50 years. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-7330 The Freckled Frog Features only Arkansasmade creations, including art, jewelry, gifts and clothing. 1923 N. University Ave. 514-2060 Go! Running For all your running needs, with a great selection of shoes and apparel. 1819 N. Grant St. 663-6800 Heights Fine Wines and Spirits Offering an excellent selection of wines, beer and other spirits. 5012 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-9463 International Interior Design Handmade Persian rugs, furniture, lamps and other accessories for the home. 1823 N. Grant St. 663-3607 Keith James Interior A great selection of fine furniture, linens and gifts. 5910 R St.
Kristin Chase Offerings range from women’s casual to cocktail and professional attire. 5008 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-1665 L&L Beck Gallery An art gallery that shows the work of owner, Louis Beck. 5705 Kavanaugh Blvd. 660-4006 Local Colour Gallery This co-op gallery showcases 28 artists from around central Arkansas. 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd. 265-0422 Massimo An interior design firm with modern, transitional furniture, original artwork and other accessories. 5619 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-0355 Milk & Honey A gift boutique featuring candles, handbags, jewelry, garden accessories and seasonal items. 5916 R Street. 664-3200 Molly’s Paperie Personalized stationary, birth announcements and invitations for all occasions. Gifts, too. 5819 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-9929 Mr. Wicks Men’s Clothing A men’s clothing
store offering fine men’s business apparel and weekend wear. 5924 R St. 664-3062 New Traditions A women’s designer clothing store with a nice selection of shoes, handbags and accessories. 1920 N. Grant St. 663-2388 Ozark Outdoor Supply For the outdoor enthusiast, get camping gear, hiking, skiing and other supplies here. 5514 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-4832 The Painted Pig A ceramic studio where you pick a piece of pottery and create your own masterpiece. 5622 R St. 280-0553 Proposals From formal to casual and everything in between, this store has the perfect wedding, bridesmaid and semi-formal attire. 5913 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-4696 Sissy’s Log Cabin From sparkling diamonds to one-of-a-kind pieces, Sissy’s has you covered. Official Rolex dealer. 1825 North Grant Street. 663-0066 Steamroller Blues One of the Heights’ HEIGHTS & HILLCREST • 2013
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newest shops, featuring the latest trends in women’s fashion, accessories and shoes. 5915 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-4067 Stephano’s Fine Art Gallery This Heights gallery features a wide range of modern and contemporary work by Arkansas and national artists. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. 614-7113 Terry’s Finer Foods European-style food market specializing in gourmet and French offerings, as well as local meats and produce. Superb selection of meats and seafood. Terry’s Restaurant on-site. 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-4152 Lampshades Etc. & The Accessory Fine home furnishings, botanicals, designer lamps, lampshades and lamp repair. 5608 R St. 664-5363 The Toggery Celebrating its 65th year, this children’s clothing store, features sizes
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from infant to tween. Shoes, accessories and lots of toys. 5919 R St. 663-8662 Tipton Hurst A floral store offering fresh, dried or silk flowers and live plants, as well as books, candles, gifts, and seasonal and decorative items. 1801 N. Grant St. 666-3333 Trianon Antiques A wonderful selection of fine antique furniture and accessories imported from Europe. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-5502 Tulips A hip clothing boutique with fun designs and trendy styles. 5817 Kavanaugh Blvd. 614-7343 Whippersnappers Trendy children’s clothing store, including accessories and toys. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. 231-3632 White Goat Amazing collection of furniture, accessories and original art from all over the world. 5624 R St. 603-9460
Wild Birds Unlimited Bird feeders, baths and fountains, and bat houses, field guides and more. 1818 N. Taylor St. 666-4210 Wordsworth Books & Co. A wonderful independent bookstore offering a wide selection of books. Special orders welcomed. 5920 R St. 663-9198 Yancey’s Wines and Spirits From big names to rare finds, this little shop offers a tempting selection of spirits. 5208 Kavanaugh Blvd. 907-9463 The Yarn Mart For all your knitting and needlepoint needs, including a huge selection of yarn. 5711 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-6505 Yves Delorme Paris Fine European linens and accessories for the home. 5717 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-7344
Box Turtle Shop for unique home accessories, including candles, handmade jewelry and locally designed clothing and accessories. 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-1167 Cheeky Marshmallows This shop, located below Box Turtle in Hillcrest, features nostalgic toys and candy from the past and unique toys from the present. 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-1167 E. Leighâ€™s Trendy apparel, handbags and accessories for the fashion-forward woman. 3001 Kavanaugh Blvd. 265-0448 Electric Heart Tattoos A full service, byappointment-only tattoo shop. 623 Beechwood St. 379-9366 The Full Moon Fun and whimsical gifts, home accessories, baby items and wedding registry. 3625 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-4367 Gallery 26 Featuring works by local artists, HEIGHTS & HILLCREST â€˘ 2013
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including glass, original prints and jewelry. Custom framing. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-8996 Haus Werk A fun collection of clothing, housewares, accessories, furniture, jewelry, gifts and children’s clothing. 2919 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-5251 Hillcrest Designer Jewelry Quality jewelry repair and design studio featuring unique gemstones, diamonds and metals. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. 614-4653 Hillcrest Gallery and Fast Frame Fine original art, prints and posters. Custom framing. 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-7900 Hillcrest Interiors Design services as well as fine home furnishings, art and home accessories. 2907 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-3445 Hillcrest Junk Co. Shop for vintage furniture and accessories in this eclectic store. 623A Beechwood St. 681-7999 Hocott’s Garden Center A wide variety
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of garden supplies and an even bigger selection of plants. 3612 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-8376 Kahler-Payne Antiques A unique blend of antiques and estate items at great prices, as well as gifts and home accessories. 700 N. Van Buren. 663-0608 Mrs. Polka Dot Make your gifts personal — in-store custom monogramming on “anything.” Imprint services too. 611 Beechwood. 603-5177 Rhea Drug Whether a prescription to fill, personal item or gift for a friend, this Hillcrest institution has you covered. 2801 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-4131 River City Coffee Offering a wonderful selection of gourmet coffees and more. 2913 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-1496
Ronaghi International Rug Company Imported and collectible rugs. 2901 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-8885 The Shoppes on Woodlawn A collection of
antique, home décor and art-related shops. 4523 Woodlawn Dr. 666-3600 Spokes Combo coffee bar/bike shop featuring brands like Orbea, Cervelo, Felt, Niner, Electra and Doma coffee. 1001 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-7765
About Vase Browse a wide variety of flowers or create a one-of-a-kind arrangement. 3400 Old Cantrell Road. 603-9200 Bear-Hill Interiors Fine furniture, lamps, home accessories and gift items. 1420 Rebsamen Park Road. 907-9272 Botanica Gardens From houseplants and planters to nursery items, gardening tools and design advice, they have it all. 1601 Rebsamen Park Road. 614-3000 C & F Flooring and Rug Gallery This inspirational shop offers unique tiles, carpets and other flooring options. 2206 Cantrell St. 399-9909
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Cynthia East Fabrics Select from upholstery, decorator and drapery fabrics and decorative accessories. 1523 Rebsamen Park Road. 663-0460 Distinctive Kitchens and Baths A fullservice kitchen and bath design and renovation store. 1414 Rebsamen Park Road. 666-7756 Fabulous Finds An antique mall, where you never know what you’ll find. 2905 Cantrell Road. 614-8181 Kaki Hockersmith Interiors Select from a variety of home accessories. A full line of interior design services. 1408 Rebsamen Park Road. 666-6966 Louie’s Unique Framing & Gallery Custom framing, original artwork and prints. 1509 Mart Dr. 907-6240 Marshall Clements An interior design firm with impressive antiques, imports and artwork. 1509 Rebsamen Park Road. 663-1828 mertinsdykehome Furniture and home
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accessories with a modern flair, as well as books, lamps and gifts. 1500 Rebsamen Park Road. 280-3200
New Orleans Antiques and Jewelry Exchange Featuring a large selection of fine European antiques, including furniture, art and jewelry. 2226 Cantrell Road. 374-3130 Soho Modern Furnishings A furniture store specializing in both period pieces from the mid-20th century as well as contemporary designs, home accessories, rugs and lamps. 2200 Cantrell Road. 372-4884. The Antique Co. Fine European antiques, furniture, lighting and architectural elements, as well as accessories. 1408 Rebsamen Park Road. 666-0339 The Shade Above Lighting Collection High end custom lampshades and lighting, as well as lamp and chandelier repair. 2208 Cantrell Rd. 372-5267
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The Showroom Custom framing and a wide selection of prints, frames and original artwork. 2313 Cantrell Rd. 372-7373
Joyce Holt’s Window Works This team of three interior designers specializes in custom window treatments. 2410 Glover St. 219-1500 Knowledge Tree Educational toys, books, board games, stickers and more, as well as a full line of teacher aids and school supplies. 825 N. University Ave. 663-2877 Martinous Oriental Rug Company This family owned and operated business offers quality Persian rugs and Oriental carpets. 1521 Macon Drive. 224-0313 Mid-Towne Antique Mall The store is packed with new and antique home furnishings, rare coins, jewelry, stemware and estate
pieces. Located at the corner of Markham and Rodney Parham Road. 223-3600 Tanglewood Drug Store This independently owned drug store and gift shop has been a mainstay in the neighborhood for nearly 50 years. 6815 Cantrell Road. 664-4444
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Abercrombie & Fitch Vintage inspired at times, but always hip clothing and more. 663-8001 Ann Taylor Sophisticated career and casual separates, dresses, shoes and accessories. 663-9571 Banana Republic Affordable high-quality apparel and accessories for men and women. 280-0330 Coach A leading American designer and maker of luxury lifestyle handbags and
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Consignment Boutique Beautiful Smocked Outfits for Boys & Girls • Cotillion Attire Furniture & Equipment • Ballet Dance Shoes & Accessories
Dillard’s One of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, offering a broad selection of merchandise. 661-0053 Eddie Bauer Sportswear, casual active wear and outerwear. 660-4555 Gap Clothing, accessories and personal care products for men and women. 664-4699 Gearhead Outfitters Gear for runners and other outdoor enthusiasts. 603-0045 Hollister Co. Classic, casual apparel for customers of all ages who think young. 603-0724 Nine West The latest selection of women’s designer shoes. 664-6038 The Limited Sophisticated, feminine styles for the modern fashion-forward woman. 661-9934 Victoria’s Secret Glamorous lingerie, along with signature fragrances and gifts. 664-6038
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At Midtowne Little Rock, corner of University and Markham Ann Taylor Loft Young and fresh looks abound within, and best of all it’s affordable. 664-0541 Brighton Collectibles Offering original designs, shoes, handbags and jewelry. 614-7222 Chico’s Unique, private-label designs. 558-3030 Francesca’s Collections The latest in women’s fashions, accessories and gifts. 660-4203 J. Jill Fashions Women’s clothing and accessories. 614-1056 James Avery A jewelry store featuring American-made sterling silver, gold and gemstones. 280-9176. Jos A. Bank Men’s fashion—classic, tailored and elegant. 614-9487 Justice Just For Girls This store specializes in fashion for tweens, from 6 slim to 16. 280-9709 Pottery Barn Expertly crafted home furnishings and home decor for the modern home. 663-0181 The Children’s Place Catering to the 10 and under crowd, this store is perfect for trendy kids with thrifty parents. 280-9116 The Container Store The original storage and organization store, with more than 10,000 products. 660-7828 Ulta Broad selection of salon and popular brands of cosmetics, fragrances and hair-care lines, with a full-service salon. 660-4096 Versona Accessories Offering the latest trends in women’s handbags, shoes, accessories and more. 280-0197 White House Black Market Classic clothing and accessories. 664-2711 Williams-Sonoma Specializing in quality cookware, gourmet foods and kitchen accessories. 663-3019 International Interior Design
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Where to Eat
Burge’s Turkeys and Hams
hen it comes to dining options, Heights and Hillcrest has plenty to please: pizza, Mexican, all-American, Japanese and much more. There are also many great dining options in the nearby Midtown and Riverdale neighborhoods. Here is a partial list of what you might find when you’re looking for somewhere to eat in these parts of the capital city.
BOULEVARD BREAD CO. Fresh bread and pastries, as well as a wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes, all made in house. Good coffee, too. 1920 N. Grant St. 663-5951 BURGE’S TURKEYS AND HAMS Famous for its smoked turkey and hams, but also a source for good fried catfish and homemade fried pies. 5620 R St. 666-1660 BY THE GLASS A wine bar with interesting, diverse selections and reasonable prices. The food focus is on high-end items that
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pair well with wine: olives, hummus, cheese, bread, and some meats and sausages. 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-9463 CAFÉ 5501 Formerly RJ Tao, this spot serves Southern/New American cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. 603-0800 CHEERS IN THE HEIGHTS Good burgers and sandwiches, vegetarian offerings, fish specials and good steaks in the evening. 2010 N. Van Buren. 663-5937 SCALLIONS This is a great lunch spot, good food, great desserts and a pleasant atmosphere. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-6468
FANTASTIC CHINA Delicious food served beautifully, with a distinctive menu and bright décor. 1900 N. Grant St. 663-8999 SUSHI CAFE Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties, like the catch of the day, steaks, fried soft shell crab and the Tokyo cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-9888 EUROPEAN/ETHNIC
THE RESTAURANT AT TERRY’S FINER FOODS A true French-style bistro with a seasonal menu featuring classics from roast chicken to duck
Newly Combined Bistro and Bar In April 2013, Joe Gillespie took the reins of popular Hillcrest restaurant Vieux Carre and the bar and lounge next door, the Afterthought. Gillespie says the two spots have always essentially been one place, with one menu. So instead of marketing the two individually, he combined them under one name: Afterthought Bistro and Bar. The Afterthought has existed as a neighborhood bar and lounge, with live music, since at least the 1970s, if not before, he says. Despite the renaming, it’s still a great place for live music – jazz, blues, R&B, rock and more – six nights a week. In fact, the Afterthought has been one of the only places in Little Rock to continuously showcase live jazz since the 1970s, he says. As far as the menu, Gillespie says they are continuing to serve Southernstyle bistro fare, as well as Saturday and Sunday brunch. The new Afterthought Bistro and Bar brings great food, great music and an intimate bar atmosphere to Hillcrest, he says. “We want to continue to serve good food and make people happy,” he says. “You can come out and have a nice dinner and entertainment all in one spot.” Gillespie, who owns other local businesses, says he made the decision to take over the Afterthought and former Vieux Carre because he saw it as a great business opportunity in a “phenomenal location.”
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confit and assorted cheeses for dessert. Lunch offers a great choice of salads and soups to sandwiches and reasonably priced entrees. 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-4152 ITALIAN
CAFE PREGO Entrees of pasta, seafood, steak and the like, plus great sauces, fresh mixed greens, delicious dressings and tempting desserts in a comfy bistro setting. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-5355 U.S. PIZZA Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-7071 HEIGHTS & HILLCREST • 2013
Leo’s Greek Castle New owners at a Hillcrest institution
Frank Cox and Tad Alford grew up eating at Leo’s Greek Castle in Hillcrest, so when they had the opportunity to buy the place in early 2013, they jumped at the chance. Cox and Alford, both 25, have been good friends since elementary school and had been searching for a business to go into together. They had worked together in the past at a legal services company that Cox owned. The pair heard the restaurant was for sale when they stopped in for breakfast one morning before work, and made the decision to buy the place from Hector Parodi, who had run the restaurant for more than 20 years. On April 1, 2013, Cox and Alford officially took over. Leo’s has been serving Mediterranean-style cuisine in the neighborhood, since the early 1970s. Because it’s such a neighborhood institution, the restaurant
already had a loyal clientele. Cox and Alford set out to create a standard and consistently serve good food. They worked to slightly streamline the existing menu of favorites, like dolmades, hummus, baklava, gyros, falafel and breakfast items. They also added beer and wine at the restaurant, which previously sold no alcohol. “We loved the place and saw the potential,” Cox says. “It’s the same product, but better and in a cooler setting.” The new owners have big plans for the future. They are planning to expand the front deck to add 25-30 seats, so diners can “literally sit on Kavanaugh,” Alford says. Other plans include featuring live music, adding cocktails to the existing beer and wine lineup, and even opening more locations outside of Little Rock.
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ZAZA FINE SALAD + WOOD OVEN PIZZA CO. Wood-fired pizza with gorgeous blistered crusts and tempting toppings of choice, great gelato in a multitude of flavors, build-your-own salads and other treats. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-9292 MEXICAN
BROWNING’S MEXICAN GRILL Latest rendition of a 65-year institution in Little Rock is a totally different experience, with a huge bar, sports on TV and live music on weekends. Large menu of Tex-Mex favorites. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-9956 MAMACITA’S New to the neighborhood, Mamacita’s offers an array of traditional Mexican fare. 5923 Kavanaugh Blvd. 916-2421
CUPCAKES ON KAVANAUGH This gourmet
cupcake shop offers both traditional and unique flavors, like Razorback Red Velvet and Ultimate Malt Ball. 5625 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-2253 HÄAAGEN-DAZS This ice cream chain offers cups or cones, sundaes, smoothies, birthday cakes and more. 5911 R St. 664-7888 RED MANGO National frozen yogurt and smoothie chain, featuring all-natural, probiotic yogurts with a variety of topping options. 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-2500 Silvek’s European Bakery Offering the finest breads, cakes and pastries in the Heights. Located inside Kroger. 1900 N. Polk St. 661-9699
AFTERTHOUGHT BISTRO & BAR A pleasant spot in Hillcrest offering lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, with specialty salads, steak and seafood. Live music every night. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-1196 ACADIA A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest, often offering fixed-price, multi-course dinners. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. 603-9630 HILLCREST ARTISAN MEATS An artisanal charcuterie and butcher shop with excellent daily soup and sandwich specials. Limited seating is available. 2807 Kavanaugh Blvd., Suite B. 671-6328 ROCKET TWENTY ONE Featuring a menu with a variety of options, including salads, steaks and more. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 603-9208
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The Fold: Botanas and Bar A new neighborhood restaurant
The Fold: Botanas and Bar is one of the newest restaurants in the Heights, Hillcrest and surrounding areas. Technically located in Riverdale, the Fold, owned by Bart Barlogie Jr. and Wilson Brandt, specializes in gourmet tacos, cocktails and botanas (small plates or snacks). Located in a former auto garage, the restaurant is bright and colorful with décor featuring actual motorcycles and bicycles hanging from the ceiling. Tables and chairs are mismatched both inside and on the spacious outside patio. Much of the food at the Fold is sourced locally and prepared with care. The array of small, street-style tacos can be sold as three on a taco plate or individually. And,
diners can even mix and match the flavors, which include the Cochinita Pibil (pork), Pollo y Poblano (chicken), Cholula Pescado (fish), the Loco (vegetarian), the Gringo (bison) and the Tejas (steak). Depending on the taco, toppings include pickled onions, mango, carrot slaw, corn, roasted poblanos and more. The restaurant’s botanas include ceviche, salsa (roja and verde), guacamole, habanero queso (made with Arkansas habaneros), the flaming queso, as well as sandwiches, entrées and more. Cocktails are made with fresh-squeezed juices. The Fold features daily food and drink specials, happy hour and a Sunday brunch bloody Mary bar.
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strung deck is a popular destination. 605 N. Beechwood St. 603-0238 LEO’S GREEK CASTLE Wonderful Mediterranean food — gyro sandwiches or platters, falafel and tabouleh — plus hamburgers, sandwiches and daily breakfast. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-7414 ROSALIA’S BAKERY Brazilian bakery owned by the Café Bossa Nova folks, next door. Sweet and savory treats, including yucca cheese bread, empanadas and macaroons. Many gluten-free options. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 319-7035
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DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/ pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-2239 U.S. PIZZA Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-2198 MEXICAN
CANON GRILL Tex-Mex favorites, like queso, tacos and nachos, along with pasta, sand-
wiches, burgers and salads. 2811 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-2068
BIG ORANGE Gourmet burgers, hand-cut fries and chips, and delicious shakes. Other items include salads, cheese dip and more. 207 N. University Ave., Suite 100. 379-8715 CHEDDAR’S This chain features a large selection of standard American casual cafe choices. 400 S. University. 614-7578 JIMMY’S SERIOUS SANDWICHES Consistently
fine sandwiches, side orders and desserts for 30 years. Chicken salad is among the best in town, and there are fun specialty sandwiches such as Thai One On and The Garden. 5116 W. Markham St. 666-3354 OYSTER BAR Gumbo, red beans and rice, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell and addictive po’ boys. 3003 W. Markham St. 666-7100 SALUT BISTRO Located inside the Prospect Building, this bistro features an array of tapas-style small plates and salads. Burgers and sandwiches are available at lunch. 1501 N. University Ave. 660-4200 HEIGHTS & HILLCREST • 2013
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WHITE WATER TAVERN Excellent, locallysourced bar food. 2500 W. 7th St. 375-8400 ZACK’S PLACE Home cooking and huge, smoky burgers. 1400 S. University Ave. 664-6444
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CHI’S CHINESE CUISINE This Chinese mainstay offers a broad menu that spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings. 5110 W. Markham St. 604-7777 PEI WEI Sort of a miniature P.F. Chang’s, with all the Chang favorites, such as the crisp honey shrimp, dan dan noodles and pad thai. 205 N. University Ave. 280-9423 ITALIAN
DAMGOODE PIES A somewhat different Italian/pizza place, largely because of a spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good bread, too. 6706 Cantrell Road. 664-2239 PIZZA D’ACTION Some of the best pizza in town, a marriage of thin, crispy crust with a hefty ingredient load. Also, good appetizers and salads, pasta, sandwiches and killer plate lunches. 2919 W. Markham St. 666-5403 MEXICAN
CANTINA LAREDO This is gourmet Mexican food, a step up from what you’d expect from a real cantina, from the modern minimal decor to the well-prepared entrees. 207 N. University Ave. 280-0407 CASA MANANA This authentic Mexican restaurant features an extensive menu, with classic offerings and some favorite fish dishes. 6820 Cantrell Road. 280-9888
BRAVE NEW RESTAURANT Diners can look into the open kitchen and watch the culinary geniuses at work, slicing, dicing and sauteeing. 2300 Cottondale Lane. 663-2677 BUFFALO GRILL A great crispy-off-the-griddle cheeseburger and hand-cut fries star at this family-friendly stop. 1611 Rebsamen Park Road. 296-9535 DIXIE CAFE Abundant inexpensive Southernstyle vegetable choices that are wholesome and satisfying, with meats and fresh rolls to match. 1301 Rebsamen Park Road. 663-9336 FADED ROSE The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints at this local favorite. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1619 Rebsamen Park Road. 663-9734
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dishes that never stray far from their country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. 3519 Old Cantrell Road. 663-4666 MADDIE’S PLACE If you like your catfish breaded Cajun-style, your grits rich with garlic and cream and your oysters fried up in perfect puffs, this Cajun eatery is the place for you. 1615 Rebsamen Park Road. 660-4040 RED DOOR Fresh seafood, steaks, chops and sandwiches, with a smart wine list. 3701 Old Cantrell Road. 666-8482
a dependable burger, plus tasty bar food. 1321 Rebsamen Park Road. 663-9802
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CHI’S ASIAN CAFÉ This café features Chinese favorites, as well as a sushi bar and daily lunch specials. 3421 Old Cantrell Road. 916-9973
SHOGUN JAPANESE STEAK-HOUSE AND SUSHI BAR This popular spot features a variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and the sushi bar. 2815 Cantrell Road. 666-7070
CROSS-EYED PIG Huge portions of marvelous barbecue, including amazingly tender pulled-pork, lean-and-meaty, fall-off-thebone ribs, and crusty-brown, juicy halfchickens. 1701 Rebsamen Park Road. 265-0000 WHOLE HOG CAFE The pulled pork shoulder is a classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and there’s a six-pack of sauces for all tastes. A real find is the beef brisket, cooked the way Texans like it. 516 Cantrell Road. 664-5025
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PIZZA CAFE Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of toppings and gooey cheese. 1517 Rebsamen Park Road. 664-6133 MEXICAN
THE FOLD: BOTANAS & BAR Featuring gourmet tacos, small plates and cocktails with fresh-squeezed juices. Daily specials. 3501 Old Cantrell Road. 916-9706 LA HACIENDA Creative, freshtasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great taco salad, nachos and fajitas. 3024 Cantrell Road. 661-0600
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U.S. Pizza Gets a Makeover The U.S. Pizza Co. in the Heights is undergoing a makeover. Some of the changes include adding about 600 square feet to the restaurant, as well as a 10-foot awning to create a patio on the front, reaching out onto Kavanaugh Boulevard. The restaurant’s former patio, which was in the back, will be enclosed to expand the kitchen. And, the restrooms, which had been located outside, will move to the inside. When the renovations are complete, customers will enter the restaurant from North Taylor Street. The entrance was previously on Kavanaugh Boulevard. “We’re sprucing the entire place up,” says Drew Weber, U.S. Pizza chief operating officer. “Everything will be brand new.” Weber says the newly renovated space should be open by early 2014. He says the goal is to make the Heights location “as pretty as the Hillcrest location.” The Hillcrest U.S. Pizza is located at 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. “We want to get it done quickly and have a great-looking building,” he says.
Heights U.S. Pizza Co. 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd. • (501) 664-7071
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