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CONTENTS 8 History 10 White Goat 12 Brownings 13 Krumphet Buttons 14 Proposals 15 Painted Pig 16 Fantastic China 17 Go Running 18 Cammack Village 19 Spokes 20 Gina’s Pet Salon 21 Vintage Socialite
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(Left) The facade of the original Browning’s.
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(Top right)Students of the 1950s enjoying typing class at Mt. Saint Mary. (Right) The 1939 men’s class at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.
he Pulaski Heights area is steeped in tradition with many of its residents living there all of their lives. As the neighborhoods continue to grow and evolve, it is amusing to take time to reflect on some of the memories that warm the hearts of lifelong residents and serve as fond reminders of days gone by. One might be from the area if you remember: •Riding your bike down Kavanaugh Boulevard to the Heights Variety and Heights Toy stores —Howard Hurst. •Getting ice cream at Johnny’s Food Market on Lee Avenue —Beverly Webb •Sitting at the counter of Carousels eating Blue Moon ice cream — Jill Ricciardone •Root beer floats at Webbers. •The veal cutlets and signature salad dressing at Hall’s Restaurant —Janet Jones
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•Sharing a gyro with friends at Leo’s Greek Castle •Holding hands with your first boyfriend during the Saturday morning matinee at the Heights Theater —Susan Reynolds •Hearing the bells of Mount St. Mary’s Academy and Convent ringing in the evenings —Sr. Deborah Troillett, RSM •Reading comic books at Smith’s Country Club Drug Store —Bill Tedford
•Hanging out with friends at Browning’s, downing cheese dip and punch, after a movie at the Heights Theater —Janna Riley Knight •The soda foundation at Smith’s Country Club Drug Store •Walking to Hillcrest Gift and Variety to buy fake fingernails —Jan Hollenberg •Playing football on the front lawn of St. John’s Seminary.
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studies a pair of white, vintage European sofas, while Anna Dickinson, her sister-in-law and partner in the White Goat interior design studio tugs on a white cowhide rug. The two women want everything perfect. As the name implies, White Goat refers to their preference for white European pieces, as well as the fresh viewpoint they hope to bring to the Little Rock interior design scene. “We wanted to create a warm, relaxing, inviting atmosphere with a sense of history,” Anna said a few days after the store opened in late August. From the rear of White Goat at 5624 R St., an original painting by Eleanor affectionately called Radiant Bull smiles down on the two young women. “White is our favorite color,” Anna said a few minutes before the two started moving furniture. They love white so much they’ve dedicated their entire Heights store to the non-color. They also have a “passion for distressed European furniture” with a simple country feel. “We look for antiques that have a young twist, and we’ve brought in furniture from
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fresh, calm design around the world,” Anna says. They plan to cater to the design community. Before deciding to open the design shop, Anna was an art teacher and Eleanor was a graphic designer and an artist who sold pieces at Boswell Mourot Fine Art gallery. “I heard that Pflugrad’s was closing and we thought it would be a good spot for us,” Eleanor says. The two women spent a lot of time researching the business and traveled to a number of large cities to see what others were doing before deciding to open. Both women have traveled the world and have art backgrounds—in fact, Eleanor has two master’s degrees—and feel their point of view and eye for design gives them an advantage. “With the two of us working together, we have more flexible schedules,” Anna says. Through coordinating Anna’s afforded more time with her one-year-old daughter and husband Thomas, while Eleanor can concentrate on her backhand on the tennis court.
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ast year when Browning’s
closed its doors for the last time, bloggers took to the internet and columnists to the paper, expressing disappointment at the demise of one of Little Rock’s oldest restaurants and a neighborhood institution. In response, the public expressed heartfelt loss, many recounting memories of cheese dip and tacos, first dates, after-school jobs and hanging out. Obviously, the small gathering spot on Kavanaugh Boulevard was more than a restaurant.
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“Back in the day, it was the place to go on Friday,” says Susan Inman who grew up in the Heights. Like so many others, she’s glad the former hot spot has reopened. In fact, Susan ran into a number of friends while eating there soon after the grand reopening, and reconnected with others, like Beverly Montgomery Dunaway, on Facebook. Dunaway’s grandfather John Browning and her father Boyd Montgomery started Browning’s Mexican Food shortly after the end of World War II. Before the restaurant reopened as Browning’s Mexican Grill this summer, Beverly was invited to a tasting party in which a number of original Browning’s dishes, as well as a few new surprises, were served up. “I thought they did a good job and the new dishes were delicious,” says Beverly who now splits her time between Hillcrest and Mountain View. She, too, has heard from old
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friends and enjoyed the recollections of those who grew up with Browning’s. “It was a huge part of our lives,” she says. It was such an important aspect of life in the Heights, she adds. The new owners, including Steve Davis, were sensitive to the community, and now the old sign that greeted folks at the front door is hanging in the dining room and murals that date back to the 1950s were carefully restored. They also opted to hold over a few favorites from the original menu.
excited when she heard the restaurant was reopening and says a bowl of the original cheese dip on the table on her first visit to the “new” Browning’s was a welcome sight. Davis, Browning’s co-owner and Riverside Bank CEO, bought the restaurant last year right after it closed. He lives nearby with Robin, his wife who is a lifelong area resident. For a long time, Browning’s was one of the only Mexican restaurants in town and the place Steve and Robin took their four children.
“I know my father would just adore hearing all the comments about how important Browning’s is to the area.” Beverly, like so many others in the community, believes the resurrection of Browning’s is a “good thing.” So much so, she gladly sent Browning’s new chef her family’s cheese dip and punch recipes. Of course, she helped interpret the old instructions which included directions such as add a ladle of this or a big spoonful of that. “I’m just thrilled and I know my father would just adore hearing all the comments about how important Browning’s is to the area,” she says. Lynda Latham, who grew up in Heights, was
“I’m a big Tex-Mex fan and wanted to keep Browning’s alive,” Davis says. He admits it was a “spur of moment thing,” but happily reports, “We’re doing great and even better than I expected.” In addition to a number of new items on the menu, they’ve added several big-screen TVs and live music at night. In fact, they plan to book a couple of touring bands in the next few months. “Our goal is to offer people good Mex-Tex, good margaritas and a good time,” Davis says.
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rightly colored polka-dot dresses, horizontally striped leggings, potted herbs, faux fur jackets that are ohso-Rachel-Zoe, fluffy stuffed animals, and to-die-for hats and flowered headbands fill Krumphet Buttons’ windows in the Heights. Designer Laurie Miller, who owns the shop with her mother, has some of her own original designs, also called Krumphet Buttons, on display at the front door. While you might remember her as an interior designer, Laura has flipped careers and is now catering to a much younger crowd. Her newly opened store at the corner of Kavanaugh and Country Club reflects her new passion. “I’ve always loved children’s clothes,” says Laurie. The store and the Krumphet Buttons clothing line are a collaboration between Laurie and her mother Jan Moody, both from Cabot. Jan has designed clothes for pageants and other formal events for years, and a children’s clothing store has long been a dream of hers.
A unique collection of children’s clothing and gifts at Krumphet Buttons. “Laurie has a good eye and is so talented,” Jan says. So it’s not surprising the two started knocking the idea around and decided it was time to fulfill their dreams. “We want to offer lots of mix-and-match pieces at various price points,” Laurie says. They opened with a number of European designers.
“Our goal is to have our own custom line of candles, bedding, headboards and clothing and children’s story books,”Laurie says. Maybe even a Krumphet Buttons store franchise. For now, Laurie is just happy to have found a great place to open her first store, and says, “Our neighbors are amazing. I’ve fallen in love with the Heights.”
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a number of must-do Heights traditions, like ordering flowers from Tipton Hurst, custom invites from By Invitation Only, a big diamond from Sissy’s Log Cabin and a professional dress fitting at Proposals Bridal Boutique. For more than seven years, Proposals on Kavanaugh Boulevard, formerly owned by sisters Dawne Vandiver and
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Shannon Aston, has been the go-to shop for Little Rock’s brides, says new co-owner and Little Rock attorney Mary Jennings. During the day, she clerks for Circuit Judge Mary McGowan. When she and Toni Tucker, who has extensive retail experience, found out the owners were ready to make a change, the two made a proposal the owners couldn’t refuse. Jennings says, “We felt it was the perfect opportunity.” They signed the paperwork that officially made them the owners of Proposals in February. While Toni handles the shop, Mary focuses on the bottom line. However, that doesn’t stop Mary from joking about her new life as a business owner, saying, “I’m a lawyer by day and dress brides by night.” Not much has changed for ProposToni Tucker and als’ customers, including an extensive Mary Jennings, line of wedding gowns by designers owners of such as Melissa Sweet, Augusta Jones, Proposals in the Mon Cheri and Enzoani, along with Heights. dresses for the bridesmaids and mother of the bride. They will continue to offer a “timeless” line of gowns, as well as dresses with a little in “This is one the latest fluff and lace. “Right now, feathers are big of our cusand strapless dresses are huge, tomer’s most but most of our brides want a classic dress with lace…a important romantic look,” Mary says. events in In additional to a wide seleclife. We want tion of gowns, customers will continue to enjoy Proposals’ them to look tradition of one-on-one atten- good and feel tion from its experienced staff. special.” “Employees like Colleen Dempsey have been instrumental in the transition, and we realize this is one of our customer’s most important events in life. We want them to look good and feel special,” Mary says. What customers will notice is an expanding line of prom, party and formal dresses for women of all ages, including the youngest flower girl, as well as jackets, jewelry, shoes and purses, plus a selection of dresses, that could easily go from office to a dinner date with a quick change of accessories.
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Allie Nottingham displaying art at the Painted Pig.
n the months before Allie Nottingham was set to
graduate with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Central Arkansas, she and her father, Steve Maxwell, opened a make-and-paint-your-own ceramics store and studio at 5622 R Street in the Heights, playfully naming it The Painted Pig. While Allie had hoped to assume command once she had her diploma in hand, she spent her last few months in school, juggling class work with work at the store. That was almost five years ago, and not only has The Painted Pig survived but it has thrived in one of the worst economies since the Great Depression. In part because of her previous experience at the now-closed Young at Art (she purchased some of the store’s assets like its pottery kiln when it closed) and because Allie says she’s expanded her creative lineup each year. She’s recently added a new twist. for artists of all ages “We are sometimes overlooked because people think we’re a kids’ place. Don’t get me wrong, we love kids,” she says. And it’s true, a large part of her business, including parties, camps, painting pottery, pressing hands into cold clay for a keepsake, making Lilly Ollo silver jewelry and mosaics are designed to keep kids engaged and learning. However, she’s recently started hosting events such as Girls’ Night Out every third Thursday of the month for “grownup” kids. “It’s great fun,” she says about the evening that gives women a chance to hang out with friends while getting a little creative— painting plates or martini glasses, forging silver charms, making mosaic picture frames and lots more. She’s also started the Copy Cat Club for adults. “It’s a real stress reliever and people are enjoying it,” she says. In addition to learning tips about painting pottery, attendees work on seasonal pieces. Recently, they made what proved to be the popular “Woo Pig Sooie” platters. While a success so far, Allie says she plans to continue adding new arts offerings. For instance, she is learning fused glass techniques and hopes to add it to the shop's creative lineup.
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Kavion Wang does a lot more than run one of the most successful restaurants in the Heights. Fantastic China has been a neighborhood fixture for the past 15 years, serving up classic Chinese dishes and creating a calming atmosphere where families and friends can come together. “We love the Heights,” Wang says. “Most of our customers are local people. We’re not by the highway or downtown. There aren’t too many visitors. But we have a lot of good word-of-mouth. We’re really happy to have a lot of regular customers who come here. They’ll bring friends when they come to town to visit. Then they’ll bring a friend and so on. So we’re very blessed.” Born in Taiwan, Wang moved to the United States at the age of 34. Although she didn’t have any family in the country when she arrived, she’s made plenty of friends here in Little Rock. “I had many years of experience in restaurants in Taiwan,” Wang says. “I was a manager, but it was not a Chinese restaurant. It was European style food, like French food, American food. So I had a European and American style restaurant in Taiwan and
Fantastic China’s Kavion Wang has become a fixture in the Heights.
Fantastic China then I came to America and opened a Chinese restaurant. It’s kind of an interesting path.” Running a restaurant can be demanding. Wang says her customers make the long hours worth it, but when she’s not at Fantastic China, she’s got plenty of other things to keep her busy. “I like art. I like to paint. I’m also writing a book little by little, when I have a chance. It’s about a lot of interesting stories, things that have happened here, stories that touch your heart, my time in Arkansas. I’m looking forward to sharing those with
Kavion Wang talks about loss, life and food
people,” she says. Wang used to write for a newspaper in Taiwan. Because of her experience in restaurants, she wrote about the origins of popular Chinese dishes and food culture in general. Right now she’s working on two separate book projects. One is about her father and the difficulties she and her family faced after his passing. “I talk about the past, how difficult things can be and how I got through it,” Wang says. “If you have a difficult time, don’t be sad. Find something to help you get through it and you’ll be okay. For me, I worked harder. I didn’t give up.” And she’s still working hard. Visit the restaurant and you’ll find Wang walking through the dining room, visiting with customers. “In the past 15 years, a lot of customers have been very supportive. They support me and make me feel like I can keep going and going. I feel like I’m very blessed. In the Heights, the people are very sweet, very friendly. It’s not really like a big city. People know each other, so there’s lots of small talk. I feel like I’m really a part of this neighborhood,” Wang says. “I hope to be here for a very long time. As long as I can. I’m not retiring any time soon.”
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rowing up in West London, Gary Taylor probably never imagined that he would one day become an indispensable part of a community of runners in Little Rock, Arkansas. But that’s exactly what’s happened. Since opening up Go Running with his wife in March of 2010, Taylor has seen the running community in Central Arkansas take off and hit its stride. He’s just happy that his store is part of it. “One thing we do is help sponsor races,” Taylor says. “When we do that, we don’t just give money or products, we try to help out. We do stations with Go-Go girls, which is a group of women that run with us and they volunteer their time to help make the events better. We have different groups that help us do community things. They’re runners or their spouses are runners and they really help out.” Taylor says reaching out to the community is very important and makes the store feel like more than just a place where people come to buy gear. It’s where they come to see familiar faces, get advice and “It’s kind of just be with other runners. “We have group runs every Thursday night,” Taylor says. “We meet like a Cheers- at the store at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. It’s a mix of people. We have some effect. We like elite athletes, we have beginners, we have people that are trying to to remember lose weight. It’s a big variation of ability but everybody gets along. We take off and people break up into groups and they learn who they people’s names can run with.” When Taylor was looking for an ideal location for his store, he wanted when they to avoid major retail outlets and open in a place with a neighborhood feel. come in.” “We wanted it to be a community-type running store,” he says. “When we came here, the Heights and this area, people would actually come in and thank us for being here. They wanted this shopping area to thrive and do well so they would have some places to go. “Being where we are, I think it gives it more of a feel like we’re specialty retail. People in the neighborhood feel like they have more ownership. It’s kind of like a Cheers-effect. We like to remember people’s names when they come in or we try to the best we can.” As for the future, Taylor says he’s not going anywhere. He decided to stay in Arkansas after graduating from the University of Arkansas, rather than return to his native England. Although he might like to expand his business to other parts of the state, look for Go Running to occupy its current spot for many years to come. “The running community is really growing here,” he says. “We’re just trying to fit in with that and support that healthy lifestyle.”
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eople know more rumors about Cammack Village, Little Rocks’ city within a city, than they do truths, at least according to Cammack Village Chief of Police Peter Powell. “It’s a weird little enclave,” says Powell, who was born and raised in the Heights, but now calls Cammack Village home. “People say, ‘Oh it’s a speed trap’ and all these different things. I heard all these things when I was a kid. There’s nothing further from the truth. There is a high police presence because it’s such a small area. We do a lot of traffic stops, but the vast majority of them are warnings. From the enforcement perspective I can tell you that the rumors are far worse than the reality.” Powell says public safety is one reason why people choose to live in the village. The officer-to-resident ratio is higher than most cities, he says. “It’s a really good place to raise families. The things that people appreciate about Cammack are the police presence, Baker Park, and the swimming pool. Those are the three things that people really enjoy. The vast majority of people that come to the park aren’t Cammack residents. They’re from the Keeping the peace Heights and the surrounding areas. People feel safe here.” Cammack Village was incorporated in 1943 by the Cammack family. Originally, the area was developed to house officers from Camp Robinson during World War II. At that time, the village was too far west to become a part of Little Rock. It’s kept a small-town atmosphere ever since, says Mayor Harry Light. “It literally is a small town in a big city,” says Light. “As far as the rumors go, I’m not sure I want to dispel any of them. The reputation of ‘speed trap’ has followed Cammack for years. I think what happens is, unlike other residential areas, we have an officer on patrol all the time. If you do something wrong, you’re probably going to get caught. And we have kids playing in our streets, so if it makes people slow down, then fine.” The Cammack family donated a large portion of the city to the University of Arkansas. The gated portion of the town is home to the university system offices, as well as the president of the UA system’s home. The original Cammack homestead is preserved there too. Light, who has served as mayor since 1995, says the neighborhood “just feels like home.” “I moved here from Dallas in 1989 with my wife and two young kids,” Light recalls. “We rented a house on Greenwood Road. I didn’t realize when we rented it that it was in a separate city. We were there two days and the chief of police came and knocked on our door. I thought I had violated some law already. But he had just come by to introduce himself and to make sure we had everything we needed. Shortly after that my wife told me, ‘You can work wherever you want but I’m not Cammack Village Chief of Police Peter Powell keeps watch on the neighborhood. leaving Cammack Village.’”
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Colorful bikes sit outside the neighborhood bike shopand gathering spot
Spokes a different kind of bike shop
he biking community in central Arkansas is growing. The Big Dam Bridge, the Two Rivers bridge and, more recently, the Junction Bridge near the Clinton Presidential Center have created a lot of enthusiasm among local bikers, connecting trails and giving cyclists more places to do what they love: ride. Mike and Regina Seelinger just wanted to make sure they have a place to hang out, too. That’s why they opened Spokes, a full-service bike shop on the corner of Kavanaugh and Markham that offers more than most other shops in the area. Spokes carries bikes for any type of rider, whether you want to cruise along to the farmer’s market or get a top-of-the-line road bike for that upcoming triathlon. You can also just get a cup of coffee and chill out. “That’s what sets us apart,” says owner Matt Seelinger, “Being able to come sit down. Being able to get a cappuccino, a latte, a fruit smoothie. We’ve got a bar setting, a sitting area, free wi-fi, TVs. We offer the ability to sit here and talk to some mechanics while you’re watching them work on your bike.” Seelinger says he got the idea for the Spokes concept when visiting bike shops in the northern part of the country, where the bike-shop-plus-cafe approach really seemed to take off. He and his wife wanted to create an atmosphere that was welcoming for novices and bike experts alike. “So many other shops, you don’t feel like you can come in and relax,” says Seelinger. “You walk in the door, and if you’re not a racer guy, you don’t feel welcome. We didn’t want people to feel like that, so to set it up in this style, that was kind of the whole idea.”
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Owner Gina Drawbaugh talks with customers at Gina’s Pet Salon in Hillcrest.
ith a single question, “Do you want to go see Gina,” Abby and Libby jump up, ready to head to their beloved groomer’s newly opened shop in Hillcrest. “They’re so excited,” says their “mom” Betty Ratcliff of West Little Rock. Betty was just as excited as her black and white Shih Tzus when she found out her longtime groomer and friend Gina Drawbaugh was opening Gina’s Pet Salon at 2017 Kavanaugh. “They’re crazy about her,” she says of her babies. Lily, a six-year-old Maltese, also “loves” Gina, who has been in the business for about 30 years. Whenever Debbie Baer, Lily’s mom, mentions “Gina,” she says, “Lily cocks her head and wags her tail.” Both she and Betty describe her as a dog whisperer. Gina’s mother-in-law, and backup phone receptionist, Mary Magee says, “She’s really very talented and has a special way with dogs.” When opening her Hillcrest shop, Gina says, “I decided I wanted to create a calm environment for the dogs so they would feel comfortable.”
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With that attitude, it’s not surprising that she’s achieving her dreams. Unlike some big-box pet grooming shops—marked by lots of barking and whining and trembling dogs—Gina’s shop is quiet, even though she often has a dozen or so regulars awaiting a bath, pedicure or comb-out. She’s received a warm welcome from nearby businesses and local residents. “Our reception has been nice and positive. I feel very fortunate,” Gina says. After only a few weeks, faithful, longtime customers started finding out about Gina’s summer opening, and they are calling to book appointments. Gina says she’s grateful to a “I wanted to number of people who helped get create a calm her dream off the ground, including her mother-in-law and her mother environment Connie Risse, who alerted her to the for the dogs so vacant Hillcrest building that has they would feel served a lot of purposes. Joan Morton, a friend and fan, comfortable.” created and continues to maintain a not-so-small garden in front of the shop, and there’s the work of friend and interior designer David Peterson, who took her shop from ordinary to amazing using brightly-colored walls. “He did a wonderful job,” says Gina, standing at the front door near a large original painting by local artist Kendall Stanford.
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where what’s old is new again
t was shortly after Vintage Socialite’s summer opening that Hillcrest resident LouAnn Wright and a friend walked into the tiny store on Kavanuagh Boulevard. LouAnn walked out with a new ring and “the cutest boots you’ve ever seen.” While only 350 square feet, Vintage Socialite packs a big punch. It's filled from floor-to-ceiling with choice, pre-owned designer dresses, sweaters, purses, coats and more—all hand-selected by owner Solita Johnson Davis who travels the country looking for the right pieces. Even as a small girl, Solita loved the oldies. While her friends had posters of the pop flavor of the month on their walls, she hung pictures of Elvis, Hollywood actress Natalie Wood and actor James Dean. “I loved to dress up in old clothes, and even wore my mother’s ‘70s prom dress to a high school dance,” she says. While Solita’s a realtor by trade and works next door at Pulaski Heights Realty, her passion is vintage clothing and accessories. She was already helping her husband Josh Davis buy mens’ clothes for EVOLVE, his edgy Little Rock store. “The concept for Vintage Socialite was a natural fit for me,” she says
about opening a store specializing in vintage clothing at reasonable prices. She focuses on women’s clothing and shoes, dating from the 1960s through the 1990s, and purses and hats, dating back to the 1940s. Her labels on a recent day, just to name a few, included Christian Dior, Stuart Weitzman, Victor Costa, Diane von Furstenberg, Andrew Geller, Salvatore Ferragamo, Evan-Picone, Antonio Melani and Liz Claiborne. Who doesn’t love a good pair of Ferragamos at a great price? Vintage is much more than a theme-party couture (although that’s fun, too), it’s a trend that’s been made popular by rocks stars and television characters like the women of Mad Men or the flashy Sex in the City's Carrie Bradshaw, who was often outfitted in some fabulous 50s Hollywood glam was for show. So it’s not surprising, Solita’s found a niche market with young women who want couture but can’t afford the hefty price tag. “The response has been unbelievable,” she says. Of course, people come when looking for an outfit for a “speakeasy party,” but she’s also dressing brides, up-andcoming executives and other professionals, who are mixing vintage with modern. When LouAnn needed a birthday gift for a friend, she returned to Vintage Socialite for a 1950s leather Coach bag that’s just the right size for an iPad. “No one else will be carrying this bag and it looks smart,” she says. The store’s appeal extends beyond the younger set and is attracting a generation who remember wearing the clothes like the ones on display. For Solita and part-time employee Stacy Johnson, who is also a realtor, it’s lots of fun. Solita says, “It’s a blast. We come to the shop, put on a record (vinyl only) and play dress up.”
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utside, the old building is unique and
neatly kept; inside the bold artwork explodes in colors on a back wall and Electric Heart Tattoos owner Caleb Pritchett greets customers with a warm smile from his orderly station. A newcomer to the Hillcrest business community, Caleb is in the process of putting the finishing touches on the shop he and his wife Christie Turk recently opened.
Electric Hearts “We’ve lived in Hillcrest for about 12 years, so we feel like we’re at home,” he says about opening a tattoo shop on Beechwood. Before opening Electric Heart, Caleb apprenticed and worked at 7th Street Tattoos and Piercing for seven years. Whether a tattoo or tat, tramp stamp or ink, the body art revival started in the early 1990s with Grunge. Of course, World War Il sailors who were stationed in Asia discovered the art form some 40 years earlier, but it didn’t go mainstream. Now, 20-plus years after the rediscovery of body art, tattoos continue to be a popular form of selfexpression, Caleb says. This go-round it’s not just for sailors or carnie acts, artists and musicians, he
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says, “You’d be surprised at the people who have tattoos, from pastors to surgeons and people in their fifties.” It’s no longer about just being rebellious but Caleb is often asked to design a tattoo to mark a significant life event, such as the birth of a child or the killing of a deer. “A tattoo is extremely personal,” he says. Caleb realized his talent as a youngster and in grade school he gained fame for his ability to draw “cute koalas” on girls’ backpacks. He continues the hand-drawn tradition today. “We’re different because each of our pieces is custom-designed for the customer,” he says. And like his fame in school, people travel from around the state—and it’s not uncommon for a former customer to travel much farther—for a Caleb-inspired tattoo. Unlike the “seedy” tattoo parlors of old, Caleb and the shop’s second tattoo artist Katie McGowan work hard to keep the place clean and appealing. “I’m OCD about clean,” he says. Needles are used once and thrown out, and he and Katie wear gloves when working. And unlike many other shops, the walls aren’t covered with tat choices; instead there are a number of Christie’s original Roll & Tumble letter-press prints on display. Her work is sold around the world. Whether interested in a tat or not, Caleb invites everyone to stop in and look around the shop.
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fter the birth of a new baby, Amanda Cabaniss of North Little Rock brought in her husband’s necklace to The Freckled Frog so jeweler and shop co-owner Sadie Nuffer could add their new baby’s birthstone. “I love supporting local businesses and I’ve known Sadie since she was down at the River Market,” Amanda says. “She’s our family jeweler.” The shop’s unusual name started with Sadie. “She loves frogs and has a ton of freckles, so it became The Freckled Frog. It just felt right,” says partner Erika Robbins about the little store located inside River City Tea, Coffee and Cream at 2715 Kavanaugh Blvd. They started with a half-dozen or so Arkansas-only products and have grown to 83 lines—clothing, candles, body scrubs, jewelry, tie-dyed onesies, purses and more—that pack the 300 sq. ft. shop from floor to ceiling. “We support Arkansas producers. Our products come from down the street and around the state,” Erika says. “Our youngest (supplier) is seven years old and our oldest is 84.” Before occupying a small spot in the now closed Satellite Café and then Hillcrest, the two women sold their products at festivals, music shows and the Farmers Market in downtown Little Rock. “We were at a (Hillcrest) Shop & Sip and watching people. We thought we really could open a small shop here,” says Erika, who lives a few blocks away from their Hillcrest store.
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aws buzz and hammers bang as workmen shape a small retail space between the U.S. Post Office and Hillcrest Gallery on Kavanaugh Boulevard into a boutique meat market. Nearby, Brandon Brown and his wife Tara, owners of the soon-to-open Hillcrest Artisan Meats, watch their progress. “It’s been our dream to open a shop,” says Brandon, who is a trained charcuterie (a meat master) chef. So much so that about a year ago, the young couple packed up their two small
Brandon and Tara Brown, owners of Hillcrest Artisan Meats and their children.
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daughters and left Eugene, Ore., heading for Little Rock. The goal was to open a shop in Hillcrest that specializes in fine meats, such as pâtés, prosciuttos and confits. Hillcrest Artisan Meats will showcase Brandon’s talents, offering meats such as pork, beef, chicken, turkey and duck that he has butchered, salted, smoked, cured or cut in the shop. They also plan to carry fresh eggs and may devote a little floor space to farm fresh vegetables, he says. In addition to offering all-natural or organic meat products that are unique to Little Rock, the meats they use will be from Arkansas farmers like Falling Sky Farm in Marshall. They
also plan to sell their products in stores like the locally-owned Boulevard Bread Co. Tara, who brings her own special talents to the table, isn’t new to the area, having lived here as a child. Her mother, Sue Bruce, runs the Squash Blossom health food store in Van Buren, while other family members own Little Rock’s Chip’s Barbecue. She will handle the business side and the one you will see behind the counter. Although shops offering fresh, locally-grown produce and meats are common in Oregon, it’s not standard fare in central Arkansas. “It’s uncharted territory in Little Rock,” says Brandon, but both he and Tara think the city is ready for their approach to fresh foods. “Our goal is to bring farmer’s produce to your table at a fair price,” he saya
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hile most locals see the Hillcrest Farmers Market as a way to stock their pantry with fresh fruits and veggies, eggs, meats—all Arkansas grown, organizer and Pulaski Heights Baptist Church Associate Pastor Carolyn Staley says it’s about much more. “We want the community to know we’re a different kind of kind of Baptist church and we want to connect with the local community,” she says. So more than a year ago, Staley and other church members started batting about outreach program ideas. First, they considered a community garden that would give produce away but after looking around the church property, she says, “We no flat ground or a “We want the have sunny spot.” community to Thus nipped in the know we’re a bud, that idea withered the vine. different kind of on But it wasn’t long kind of Baptist before they started talking church and we about a market, which offer healthy eating want to connect would choices while allowing with the local church members to meet community.” their neighbors. About 800 people showed up for the grand opening in May, and each weekend they have a steady stream of customers stopping by for fresh produce. The Hillcrest Farmers Market first summer season, which ended in October, quickly proved a great success and plans are underway to open again next year.
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Members of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church will celebrate the church’s centennial next year.
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Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church has been a compassionate cornerstone of the Hillcrest community and in the upcoming year, the congregation will celebrate its birthday in a big way. “We’re already making plans,” says the church’s spokesperson Scharmel Roussel. Plans include special February worship services celebrating the church’s 1912 organization, followed by a big July birthday party marking the start of the church’s construction. At some point in 2012, a book
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about the church’s history will be published. At the time the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church was organized, it had about 50 members and met in the Episcopal church at the corner of Woodlawn and Ash, considered then as the western edge of the city. The original Methodist church was built at 4611 Woodlawn—right in the heart of Hillcrest, Roussel says. To remain viable in a community, “Christ a church must reach outside its walls, says Senior Pastor Britt Skarda. It isn’t enough for a church to open one day a week for Sunday services. It must assume the role of a strong community leader, committed to making a difference. “Many times when people are looking for a solid community, I think they look at its institutions, like its schools, businesses and churches for clues about the neighborhood,
and Pulaski Heights is honored to play a small role in Hillcrest’s great reputation,” he says. The church must be doing something right, because today Pulaski Heights pulls its 4,200 members from as far as Hot Springs and Jacksonville. “The church is as strong as ever and maybe even more so,” Skarda says. In part because of the Methodist philosophy of being open-minded and inclusive, he says. “Christ broke down walls and was open, so we don’t want to keep Christ boxed in,” he says. Church leaders also believe in a strong outreach, whether it means hosting nationallyknown speakers, heading up blood drives, partnering with Wakefield Elementary, sponsoring a HarvestFest 5K run and the
broke down walls and was open so we don’t want to keep Christ boxed in.” annual Sunrise Easter Service at Riverfront Park, working in Haiti or taking a medical team to Guatemala. Skarda says, “Pulaski Heights is not the end but a means to an end…It’s here to make the neighborhood a better place, and we love Hillcrest.”
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Great hair starts here Here’s a partial listing of salons located in the neighborhood: As You Like It
3000 Kavanaugh Blvd.
2913 Kavanaugh Blvd.
5917 H St.
2622 Kavanaugh Blvd.
5715 Kavanaugh Blvd.
Christopher Epperson at Solo Salon
3225 Kavanaugh Blvd.
Divine Imaging a Hair & Makeup Studio by Stacie Mack
3000 Kavanaugh Blvd.
Doyle’s Hair Fashion
1501 N. University Ave.
5600 Kavanaugh Blvd.
Summer Campbell of Fringe Benefits highlights a customers hair.
207 N. University Ave.
John David Salon
3000 Kavanaugh Blvd.
3000 Kavanaugh Blvd.
5614 R St.
Mondiva Hair Revolution
3000 Kavanaugh Blvd.
Raspberries Hair Studio
3000 Kavanaugh Blvd.
3625 Kavanaugh Blvd.
3000 Kavanaugh Blvd.
2611 Kavanaugh Blvd.
3421 Old Cantrell Rd.
2821 Kavanaugh Blvd.
Smith & Smith Salon
3721 Cantrell Rd.
Solo A Salon by Dusty England
3225 Kavanaugh Blvd.
Studio A & Co.
4910 Kavanaugh Blvd.
601 Beechwood St.
hile most recognize
the area as full of great neighborhoods, restaurants and locally owned stores, it’s also the place where Little Rock goes to “get coiffed.” Eddie Corder, stylist and owner of Salon Corde at 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd., says whether local or from New York or Europe, he finds visitors and many times clients, fall in love with the “quaint, little area.” Corder, who bought the 85-year-old building where his business is located, says when people come to Hillcrest to get their hair cut and styled, they stay to shop at nearby stores and eat in the neighborhood’s restaurants. “We’re definitely a plus for the local economy,” Corder says. Just up the street at M Salon at 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd., owner and stylist Monica Craig says while she, too, pulls in customers from around Arkansas, most come from nearby such as Jacksonville, Benton, Bryant and North Little Rock. Likewise, her customers usually spend the day in the neighborhood. “They eat lunch across the street at Leo’s or maybe Canon Grill and then shop at Box Turtle,” she says. As more professional stylists open shops—there’re almost 25—in the area, more people rely on the area for all
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their beauty needs. It also means if M Salon can’t handle a walk-in, they’re happy to recommend another salon. “Really, you can walk into any salon and you’re not going to leave with a bad do,” she says. Randall Miles, owner of Fringe Benefits at 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd., says as the neighborhood becomes increasingly celebrated for its fabulous coifs, all the Heights and Hillcrest shops benefit. Miles says he feels good about the area’s growing reputation. “We take care of people from all around the state, and it helps that we are centrally located. We’re quickly becoming a hub, as one client goes back and tells a friend and so on.” But it’s about more than beauty. Miles says, “I believe all the businesses in the Heights and Hillcrest work well together to keep ourcustomerscoming back. We support each other and we refer our business neighbors to our own customers… Here, we take care of each other.”
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Breakfast and brunch are the new social hour
osalia’s Family Bakery owner Rosalia Monroe says, “I love this neighborhood, with people walking by…I wouldn’t have opened this place anywhere else.” In this neighborhood, she goes on to say, mornings are fabulous. A few doors down, River City Tea, Coffee & Cream barista Seth Pennington is able to answer the age-old question—is it okay to eat chocolate for breakfast? While some coffee sippers, glued to their iPads and laptops, fill the coffeehouse’s tables, the others are reading books or newspapers and talking among themselves. At Leo’s Greek Castle—most Hillcrest residents simply refer to the local institution as Leo’s—folks fill the half-dozen tables inside, while outside people—many with pets in tow—occupy the picnic tables. For Hillcrest resident Julia Hofheimer and her dad John, breakfast at Leo’s is a mainstay when she comes home from college. They’re also big fans of the Ozark Country Restaurant, serving up smoky, thick-cut bacon and other meats, not to mention, some of the best gravy in the city. Technically, the eatery just off Cantrell Road on Keightly, isn’t in the Heights or Hillcrest, but it’s long been a favorite of area residents. Most weekends, people are happy to patiently wait for a seat to open up. For those who thought The House only served great sandwiches at lunch, their weekend breakfast is a definite must-do.
In addition to a menu that includes sausage, grits, sweet potato fries, poached eggs and “scrambles,” they serve up wine spritzers, hibiscuses, mimosas, although customer/employee Barret Seymour recommends the Lilosa. In The Heights, Starbucks draws its fair share of customers. On Saturday mornings, the locallyowned Boulevard Bread serves up coffee and more than 25 different freshly made pastries and breakfast sandwiches. “People tend to stay longer on Saturdays,” says owner Christina McGehee. For those looking for a real down-home spread, Red Door chef and owner Mark Abernathy does “Southern” like few others in town. When Arkansas Times’s picky food writers tastetested the Riverdale restaurant, they gave the Red Door a big thumbs up—describing their weekday and Saturday offerings “as one of the very best breakfasts in town.” They recommended the “gargantuan” Red Door Breakfast Skillet; however, Abernathy’s Fabulous Homemade Granola is not to be overlooked. And for those who want to blend tastiness with healthy choices after a late morning walk or run through the Heights, Red Mango offers a gluten-free selection of fruit smoothies, frozen yogurt and iced beverages. Sunday mornings in the area are a little quieter—but not much. Folks keep the usual early morning spots hopping and there are three restaurants serving up brunch that are not to be missed — Café Bossa Nova, Vieux Carre and Loca Luna.
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A peek inside Gallery 26 in Hillcrest during an event held earlier this year.
Artist community I
t’s just hours before a big art show and Gallery 26 owner Renee Williams is getting ready. Paintings and drawings have been hung, small cards identifying each objet d’art from each artist have been carefully pinned next to each piece. Later tonight, the Hillcrest gallery will welcome around 200 people, including artists, their friends, their fans and, with any luck, people who want to pay hard-earned dollars for their creations. “We show all Arkansas artists,” says Williams. “We have about 60 to 70 different people that show their work here. Some people leave work here all the time. We like a big variety of styles, materials and prices.” But this is just one gallery. Several others are peppered along Kavanaugh and the surrounding environs, inviting art enthusiasts, casual admirers and other passersby to come in and take a look. The neighborhood, with lots of foot traffic from other stores and restaurants, is the perfect place for a gallery, Williams says. “There are lots “Everybody gets out and walks. The sideart classes and walks are always jam-packed. People are really friendly. It’s a nice old feeling to the neighborhood. People are very supportive of the arts in this neighborhood. There are lots of art lovers and people who take art classes and people who are artists themselves.” Just two miles down the road, Kyle Boswell and John Mourot, owners of Boswell Mourot Fine Art, are getting ready for a big event themselves. On November 5, they will open a second gallery
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Heights and Hillcrest galleries don’t compete, they complement
of the same name in Miami, Florida. Both Boswell and Mourot attended the University of Miami. Boswell says they moved back to Arkansas four years ago and decided to open their gallery in the Heights in 2009. The “pedestrianfriendly” neighborhood made it a perfect location for a new gallery. “We have a lot of people that are constantly coming in the gallery or they’re looking to see what we’ve changed. This area is becoming more of a destination for art. I knew so many people that were leaving Little Rock to buy their fine art. They were going to Dallas or Chicago or Atlanta. We just wanted to bring that to Little Rock.” And the art community has grown around them. “Here, you’re starting to see more galleries, more restaurants. Those things go hand in hand. And each gallery is different. We’re expanding and growing. But I think most galleries are. I haven’t seen one go under.” One great thing about the growing art of art lovers and people who take gallery community in people who are artists themselves.” the Heights, and in Hillcrest, is that each one is so different that they’re really not competing against one another, Boswell says. “I’d love to see five more galleries in the Heights. We don’t compete against each other. Galleries don’t compete. Each one has their own artists and we all have our own clientele. Plus, we carry different types of art.”
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Stately homes and tree-lined streets grace the Heights neighborhood.
Realtors confident about housing market
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hile many residents are surprised
at The Wall Street Journal’s declaration that Little Rock is one of the country’s 10 best areas to invest in real estate, local realtors are not. The Local Market Monitor Inc. study—the one the Journal cites—looks at stability of home prices and home values in relation to income, housingmarket forecasts, job growth and population. Their study ranked only five U.S. cities as being more favorable real estate markets than Little Rock. “I’m not surprised,” says Susan Reynolds, realtor for the Janet Jones Company. Reynolds grew up in Prospect Park—and now pushes
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and touts the neighborhood’s charm. “It’s a sophisticated neighborhood with a small town feel.” Located in the center of Little Rock, this area has some of state’s most coveted and expensive homes, as well as highly-rated schools, she says. Joel Tvedten with River Rock Realty Co. says, “Little Rock’s economy has remained strong; plus, this area is a beautiful place to live.” In addition to a number of parks that surround the Heights and Hillcrest neighborhoods, there’s the Big Dam Bridge, Pinnacle Mountain, the Ouachita National Forest and more within a short drive. “There’s so much diversity and it’s a great place to play,” he says. With low interest rates now available, Tvedten also sees this as “a prime time to buy a home.” Plus, don’t overlook the homes in HEIGHTS & HILLCREST • 2011
Homes in the Heights and Hillcrest are among some of the most sought-after peices of real estate in Little Rock.
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Capitol View/Stifft Station, which This Old House magazine rated as one of the top 50 neighborhoods in America. Casey Jones, a realtor with Janet Jones Co., agrees. He also sees a strong demand for a home in the Heights or Hillcrest but says the options are limited because the area is land-locked. So, he says, “You can’t just build a subdivision next to the Heights or Hillcrest but even if you could, you can’t duplicate the neighborhood feel.” In large part, he feels this keeps homes in demand, with “prices holding steady.” Both he and Charlotte John of the Charlotte John Company feel that a home in good condition and priced correctly won’t last long on the market. John says, “I feel cautiously optimistic. We’ve seen strong sells of moderatelypriced homes but recently we’re starting to see larger homes selling.” Couple the “incredibly low” interest rates with homes priced to sell, and she says this as the right time to buy a family home or make an investment. “We’re lucky in this area because the real estate market has remained strong. This is a wonderful time to find the perfect house.”
Many homes have updated features but enjoy the charms of an historic neighborhood.
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12 Jerry’s Barber Shop PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 19 Caracalla 12 Jerry’s Barber Shop 31 Interior Design 19 Caracalla 32 Kavanaugh Hair Salon 31 Interior Design 33 The Murphy Group 32 Kavanaugh Hair Salon 34 Romco Drums/Rosen Music 33 The Murphy Group 36 Mary Healey’s Fine Jewelry 34 Romco Drums/Rosen Music 39 This Little Piggy 39 This Little Piggy 40 Fringe (Benefits) 40 Fringe (Benefits) 44 Inviting Arkansas 50 CARE for Animals, Inc. 50 CARE for Animals, Inc. 59 Hangers cleaners 59 Hangers cleaners 66 Sullivan’s Barber Service 66 Sullivan’s Barber Service 70 Head Waves 70 Head Waves 74 American Gold & Silver 74 American Gold & Silver Exchange Exchange 75 Diet Center 75 Diet Center 76 Williamson Insurance 76 Williamson Insurance 77 Arkansas Prostate Cancer 77 Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation Foundation 79 Arline’s Skin Care 79 Arline’s Skin Care 93 Major D’seyne salon 93 Major D’seyne salon 96 Ethereal Spa 96 Ethereal Spa 98 William W. Watt, Attorney 98 William W. Watt, Attorney 100 Protrac Development 100 Protrac Development
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4 Proposals APPAREL 5 New Traditions 4 Proposals 10 Tulips 5 New Traditions 18 Yves Delorme 10 Tulips 22 Ember 18 Yves Delorme 37 Feinstein’s 22 Ember 42 Venue — Fit for a Queen 37 Feinstein’s 43 Jeanté — One of One 51 Ozark Outdoor Supply 51 Ozark Outdoor Supply 62 Mr. Wicks 62 Mr. Wicks 78 Caroline’s Children’s 68 The Toggery Consignment Boutique 78 Caroline’s Children’s Consignment Boutique
RETAIL MERCHANDISE 8 B.A. Framer, Custom Framing 2 Carnes Audio Visual 21 Yarn Mart 103 B.A. Framer, Custom Framing 24 Eggshells Kitchen Company 21 Yarn Mart 25 Cabbage Rose Florist 42 Eggshells Kitchen Company 28 Bella Boutique 25 Cabbage Rose Florist 30 Beyond the Garden Gate 28 Bella Boutique 36 Mary Healey’s Fine Jewelry 38 Eyewear Boutique 38 Eyewear Boutique 46 Steinway & Sons 45 Colaianni Pianos 51 Ozark Outdoor Supply 46 Steinway & Sons 57 Wild Birds Unlimited 51 Ozark Outdoor Supply 63 Wordsworth & Company 57 Wild Birds Unlimited 64 Heights Toy Center 63 Wordsworth & Company 84 Tipton Hurst Florist 64 Heights Toy Center 86 Tipton Hurst Florist 84 Tipton Hurst Florist 87 Sherwin Williams Paints 86 Tipton Hurst Florist 90 The Painted Pig 87 Sherwin Williams Paints 94 Lamp Shades, Etc. 90 The Painted Pig 95 The Accessory 94 Lamp Shades, Etc. 97 By Invitation Only 95 The Accessory 82 Sissy’s Log Cabin 97 By Invitation Only 83 Go Running 9 Molly’s Paperie
44 Ms. Polka Dot 2 Lauren Harris Photography 9 Dauphine FINE ART/ANTIQUES 11 Boswell Mourot Fine Art 65 Dauphine 13 Lance Johnston Photographers 11 Boswell Mourot Fine Art 14 Local Colour Gallery 13 Lance Johnston Photographers 16 The Heights Gallery 14 Local Colour Gallery 23 Chroma Gallery 16 The Heights Gallery 25 Barry Thomas Gallery 23 Chroma Gallery 25 ELLEN GOLDEN ANTIQUES 25 Barry Thomas Gallery 47 Stephanos Gallery 25 Ellen Golden Antiques 48 Trianon Antiques 47 Stephanos Gallery 89 Pflugrad’s Antiques 48 White Goat 24 L & L Beck Art Gallery
RESTAURANTS/RETAIL FOOD 1 Satellite Cafe RESTAURANTS/RETAIL FOOD 6 Boulevard Bread Company 1 Seoul 7 Sushi Cafe 6 Boulevard Bread Company 15 Browning’s Mexican Restaurant 7 Sushi Cafe 17 Starbucks 17 Starbucks 20 By The Glass 20 By The Glass 27 Cupcakes on Kavanaugh 27 Cupcakes on Kavanaugh 41 ZAZA 41 ZAZA 49 U.S. Pizza Co. 49 U.S. Pizza Co. 52 Cafe Prego 52 Cafe Prego 61 Kroger 61 Kroger 67 Fantastic China 67 Fantastic China 69 Hestand’s in the Heights 69 Hestand’s in the Heights 71 Haagan Dazs 71 Haagan Dazs 91 Burge’s Turkeys and Hams 91 Burge’s Turkeys and Hams
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hile the Heights is
known for its stylish homes and quiet neighborhoods and Hillcrest known for its mid-century Craftsman style bungalows, there’s a third option that’s gaining in popularity. In addition to a number of apartments scattered along the Arkansas River, Riviera Condominiums offers residents home ownership without the maintenance and yard work, the latest in security, swimming and an exercise room, covered parking and some of the best vistas in town. “We offer people a different choice. It’s a carefree lifestyle,” says Nina DuBois of the Riviera. There are studio, one, two and three bedroom and custom designed condos available in a variety of square footage options, and all outfitted with the latest in modern conveniences and design—and all come with extraordinary panoramas at no extra charge. One side of the building offers an excellent view of the electrified downtown are while the other is a relaxing view of the river. “Both are wonderful,” she says. Over the last few years, the Riverdale neighborhood has been
Riviera Condominiums, located at the bottom of Cantrell hill, sport beautiful views and luxury amenities.
Great views from the top growing and coming into its own. Sandwiched between Cantrell Road, downtown and the Arkansas River, the area’s business district is now home to a number of businesses devoted to design such as Bear Hill, Mertinsdykehome and Cynthia East Fabrics. Riverdale is also home to one of the city’s hottest dining scenes, with restaurants like Cajun’s Wharf, Loca Luna, Red Door and Brave New Restaurant nearby. There
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are a number of old favorites, as well, including Faded Rose, Buffalo Grill and Pizza Café. The Riviera is just a short car or bike ride from Murray Park, located on the banks of the Arkansas River, and the Big Dam Bridge, both of which offer the outdoor enthusiast a number of options, including hiking, biking, golf, fishing, boating and more. “This part of the city is a bit more relaxed and a little more stress-free than other areas of the city,” DuBois says. It’s a great area for people just starting out, singles and empty-nesters. This was the thought behind the recent renovations at the Riviera, and it now offers residents resort living with lots of amenities and attractions nearby.
Landscape architect debuts new book
hile many in Little Rock know Chris Olsen as a landscape designer, KHTV’s Garden Guru or one of the smiling faces at his own Botanica Gardens in Riverdale, he is now a published author. His first book, Five Seasons will hit stores in early December. “I started working on the book before it was picked by a publisher, with the goal of making the home look beautiful inside and out,” Chris says. The book, heavy on photos, shows how to transform a house through easy step-by-step directions. No matter the budget, Chris demonstrates how a few pieces, whether purchased at Dillard’s or Walmart, can brighten a room. As the name implies, Five Seasons offers suggestions for creating a new look each season—spring, summer, fall, winter and the holidays. “The book has been a dream of mine for a long time, and the publishers are really excited about it,” Chris says. In addition to regular appearances on KTHV, Chris is featured on special gardening segments, and has produced and narrated several 30-minute television shows. He’s a regular contributor to Arkansas Gardener magazine. No matter the venue, Chris blends the latest trends
with down-to-earth charm. He’s practical, inspiring and informative, yet at the same time, his enthusiasm is infectious and uplifting. Chris was born in West Harford, Conn., and graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in business, before enrolling at Oxford University in England, where he studied landscape architecture. Soon after graduation, Chris moved to Little Rock and has called it home ever since. He and his father started Horticare, a nursery and landscape company, and after 10 years, he opened Botanica Gardens in Riverdale. For more information or to preorder Five Seasons published by Leisure Arts, go to: www.chrisholsen.com or www.botanicagardens.com.
Chris Olsen and the cover of his new book Five Seasons.
New OrleaNs aNtique & Jewelry exchaNge offers a large selection of
fine european antiques, art, accessories and jewelry. they also liquefy estates and buy and sell vintage and designer watches, gold and silver coins, sterling flatware, diamonds, scrap gold and more. stop by their cantrell location and visit with their friendly and knowledgeable staff. you never know what treasure you may find.
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mertinsdykehome, in the Riverdale design district, offers home furnishings from updated traditional to contemporary styles including American Leather’s Comfort Sleeper. The Comfort Sleeper is perfect for creating a stylish and versatile guest room. No bars, no springs, no compromise. A great assortment of lamps and accessories is also available. Come buy today!
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Ali Raja, M.D.; Ali Krisht, M.D. Director of the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute; Steven Dunnagan, M.D. Rajesh Sethi, M.D.; Jennifer Hurn. R.N., consult on the case of a patient in the angiography suite at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.
t. Vincent Health System has been busy opening clinics around the state, in underserved areas like Gould and Dumas, inside a Walmart at Maumelle and their newest located in Scott. The hospital also recently broke ground on a 37-acre site that will become St. Vincent West, a health
of a few community-based programs of this stature in the entire country,” says Peter D. Banko, president and CEO of St. Vincent Health System. St. Vincent believes the Arkansas Neuroscience Institute (ANI) at 5 St. Vincent Circle and its outstanding staff, including Dr. Ali Krisht, Dr. Ossama Al-Mefty and Dr. Ian Dunn, will “draw patients from around the globe,” he says. With their focus on cranial neurosurgery, Krisht and Al-Mefty have an international reputation for their pioneering work with rare tumors and aneurysm treatment, says Margaret Preston, Manager of Public Relations for the hospital. Al-Mefty is nationally recognized for his surgical expertise in the treatment of meningioma, a tumor of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. “We’re attracting some of the most talented
St. Vincent continues to invest in midtown and wellness campus that will be located next door to The Promenade at Chenal. Despite the unprecedented expansion, St. Vincent is firmly rooted in Midtown Little Rock, too. “St. Vincent is now home to a truly world-class neuroscience institute and one
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specialists in their fields to Arkansas, showing once again that St. Vincent is dedicated to serving our community and the world,” Banko says. In addition to ANI, St. Vincent recently added an additional specialty to its growing list with the opening of Little Rock Internal Medicine Clinic at 1100 N. University Ave. St. Vincent Health System is one of Arkansas’s leading health systems. The St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, an acute care facility in Midtown, has 619 beds, while other hospital locations include Sherwood and Morrilton. The system also has a network of primary care clinics, home health agencies and affiliations with more than 650 physicians. St. Vincent is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Co., founded in 1888. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals.
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hile Little Rock residents
have long recognized the talents of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences staff, once again the hospital has received national recognition for its facilities and dedicated physicians.
nose and throat and nephrology. In addition to a mention in the magazine, UAMS is featured in this year’s U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook. “This recognition represents a lot of hard work by all of our physicians and staff to provide our patients with the
UAMS takes top honors “This recognition represents a lot of hard work by all of our physicians and staff to provide our patients with the kind of world-class care they need.”
According to Leslie Taylor, of UAMS, the hospital was named one of the top hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-2012 Best Hospital rankings. The publication reviews about 5,000 health care facilities across the nation, and looks at hard numbers, including death rates, patient safety, number of procedures done and other objective data. Also, physicians were questioned about best facilities. UAMS was also recognized as “high performing” in four areas, including cancer, obstetrics and gynecology, ear,
kind of world-class care they need,” says Richard Pierson, UAMS vice chancellor for clinical programs and executive director of the UAMS Medical Center. “We are pleased to have been recognized on the best hospital list for central Arkansas and challenged to continue delivering on our mission of improving health in the entire state of Arkansas.” In addition to the U.S. News & World Report honor, UAMS ranked as one of the top producers of family medicine physicians by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). In June,
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having the #1 hospital in the metro area.
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it was given the AAFP’s Achievement Award, ranking sixth. This is the 18th time UAMS has received the award. Daniel Knight, chairman of the UAMS Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, says, “UAMS is proud to receive this award because we recognize the huge demand for family medicine doctors.” UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, health-related professions and public health; a graduate school; a 540,000-square-foot hospital; and six institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute and Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It’s the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians and 2,836 students and 761 medical residents.
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See the penguins at the Little Rock Zoo
What’s new at the zoo
Growing by leaps and bounds
Cool cats live at the Little Rock Zoo.
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rom tuxedoed penguins and naked mole rats to the oh-so-tiny newborn bush dogs and retired circus elephants, the Little Rock Zoo in Midtown was busy over the last year making room for new residents. After much anticipation and fanfare, the $2.3 million Laura P. Nichols Penguin Pointe—starring a waddle of South African penguins—opened last spring. The exhibit was the combined effort of the zoo and Arkansas Zoological Foundation, and offers above- and under-water viewing. “Because of the under-water viewing, which is unique, it’s considered one of the best penguin exhibits in the country,” says the zoo’s Marketing and Development Director Susan Altrui. “It’s so much fun to watch the penguins swim through the water like little torpedoes.” The Asian elephants are among the most popular exhibits at the zoo. “The elephants are our top attraction and are very interesting animals,” Altrui says. Two new retirees, Zina and Jewell, joined the zoo this year and were donated by the Ringling Brothers Center for Elephant Conservation. Mary the elephant, a long time zoo resident, died of cancer in May, and her faithful companion Ellen passed away shortly after. Five newborn bush dogs—Eggbert, Jesus, Cadbury, Lily and Peep—joined the Little Rock Zoo family last spring. Bush dogs are a “close relative of the maned wolf, and are about three-feet tall when grown and found in Central and South America. Visitors seem to enjoy watching the playful pups, Altriu says. Of course, bush dogs grow quickly so Altrui encourages a visit this fall before they reach adulthood. Also new in the African Outpost nursery are a couple dozen naked mole rats. These are burrowing rodents—thus the name mole rat—that live underground and behave much like ants or bees living in a colony with a queen and each member an assigned task. In early 2012 the zoo personnel expect to welcome three cheetahs to their growing animal community. For more information about the Little Rock Zoo, call 666-2406 or visit the website, www.littlerockzoo.com.
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he Heights and Hillcrest areas are bordered on three sides by some of Little Rock’s finest parks—on the south, War Memorial Park with its golf course and playgrounds; to the north, Murray and Rebsamen parks serve as a picturesque buffer between the neighborhoods, the Arkansas River and the nearby Big Dam Bridge; and to the east, the spacious and lush Allsopp Park offers residents quick access to a series of walking trails. Many of these city-owned parks are within walking or biking distance, offer a range of activities from slides and sandboxes to biking and hiking trails, along with golf, soccer, volleyball and tennis facilities. For more information, visit the Little Rock Parks Department website at www.lrpr.org.
Kavanaugh Boulevard and Cedar Hill
This park, located on Cantrell and Cedar Hill roads and extending to Kavanaugh Boulevard in Hillcrest, is one of Little Rock’s most popular parks. It includes a large playground, baseball field, tennis courts and 4.5 miles of biking and hiking trails.
Arkansas River Trail (AKA Millennium Trail)
Already a popular bicycling/walking trail, the Arkansas River Trail is an awesome way to see the city—from this side or from the north side of the river! While already offering bikers and hikers more than 17 miles of trails, loops, extensions and a spectacular view from the Big Dam Bridge, once completed, it will stretch 24 miles through the heart of city. For more information, go to www.rivertrail.org.
McKinley at Greenwood
Located inside Cammack Village near the Heights, this is a great little neighborhood park. With swings and other playground equipment, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the kids the swings or play a friendly game of hoops with your friends.
Jim Dailey Aquatic and Fitness Center
300 S. Monroe St.
With activities such as swimming, pickle-ball, walking, hip-hop, step aerobics or old-school basketball, it’s no wonder Jim Dailey Aquatic and Fitness Center’s slogan is “Fitness for Life.” In addition, members have access to a pool, whirlpool, jogging/ walking track, locker rooms and more. The fitness center is open daily and offers a daily, monthly or annual payment plans. For more information, call 664-6976.
Ozark and North Martin streets
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.
Rebsamen Park Road
Right on the Arkansas River, Murray Park is a great place to do some serious fishing. With eight pavilions, two soccer fields, two playgrounds, six volleyball courts and a boat dock, the sporting activities are practically limitless. Known for its picturesque biking and jogging paths, Murray Park is the place to get out and enjoy the day.
Located inside Murray Park
With two shaded acres for your tail-wagging family members, Little Rock’s first fenced off-the-leash park has several amenities your pooch will enjoy. For human family members, there is convenient parking, nearby restrooms, and “mutt mitts” for a quick cleanup.
Prospect Terrace Park
Corner of I and Tyler streets
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.
Rebsamen Park Golf Course And Tennis Courts
Rebsamen Park Road
Rebsamen Golf Course Nestled in a bend of 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’ most breathtaking river views. A second 9-hole executive course offers golfers a shorter playtime option. A full-service driving range gives golfers a chance to work on their swing. Rebsamen Tennis Center The Rebsamen Tennis Center is run by Little Rock Parks & Recreation, and is considered one of the south’s premier public tennis centers. Since opening in 1980, the city’s courts have received several awards including the United States Tennis Association’s National Public Facility of the Year Award.
War Memorial Park
I-630 and Fair Park
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A look inside our schools
he Heights and Hillcrest neighborhoods are home to some of central Arkansas’ finest public and private schools. Below is an overview of some of the area’s educational opportunities.
Fair Park Early Childhood Center
616 N. Harrison St.
Fair Park Early Childhood Center provides a high-quality preschool education at no cost to parents. Learning is done in a nurturing environment with professionals available to help the program’s children develop socially, emotionally and academically.
Children’s House Montessori School
4023 Lee Ave.
The Children’s House Montessori School has been providing a Montessori education to Little Rock students for about 35 years. At Children’s House, the emotional, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual aspects of a child’s growth are considered of equal importance. So with that philosophy in mind, the classroom environment is designed to meet the needs of the “whole child.”
Forest Park Elementary
1600 N. Tyler St.
Forest Park has a dynamic staff along with a curriculum that is geared toward student success. Theresa Courtney-Ketcher The Accelerated Reader program motivates students to build literacy skills, while subjects such as hands-on math, science lessons using experiments, Spanish, art, music, technology and chess round out a child’s education.
2600 N. McKinley St.
Jefferson Elementary School has a reputation of providing a nurturing learning environment, Roberta Mannon 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 and a licensed counselor. Jefferson is designated a “Blue Ribbon School” by the Arkansas Department of Education.
Pulaski Heights Elementary
319 N. Pine St.
Pulaski Heights Elementary is known for the dedication of its parents and PTA. The school offers the Lillie Carter Accelerated Reader program, tutors, Pulaski Heights Middle School monitors, peer helpers, Junior Great Books, character education, Quiz Bowl, geography, spelling bees, Odyssey of the Mind and more. Funds raised through their highly successful Picasso’s Art Auction helps support PTA projects and school programs.
Christ Lutheran School
315 S. Hughes St.
Christ Lutheran School is devoted to providing a quality Christian education within a positive envi- Heidi Guelzow ronment. Their curriculum meets and exceeds state standards, and Christ Lutheran School is part of the educational system of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Teachers are fully certified, and the school is accredited by the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation and the Arkansas Nonpublic Schools Accreditation Association.
Arkansas River Valley Montessori
1509 N. Pierce St.
Arkansas River Valley Montessori began enrolling students in 2003 and is fully affiliated with the Somers Piazza American Montessori Society (AMS). Co-founders Pat Bowen and Somers Piazza, longtime Montessori teachers and co-workers, dreamed of having their own school one day, in which they would dedicate themselves to following the original Montessori ideas as closely as possible.
Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic School
1001 N. Tyler St.
Our Lady of Holy Souls recently celebrated its 80th birthday. Like other Catholic schools in the area, Ileana Dobbins it has seen a growth in its student population that doesn’t appear to be slowing down. The Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (ANSAA) has fully accredited Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic School. ANSAA is affiliated with the National Federation of Nonpublic Schools in Washington, DC.
Episcopal Collegiate School
1701 Cantrell Rd.
PreK3-12 The Episcopal Collegiate School is an independent and coeducational state-of-the-art college prepara- Steve Hickman tory school, with a curriculum that is benchmarked against national and international standards and curricula. Advanced courses, 16 AP courses, sports and fine arts, such as drama, choral music and string orchestra, are offered.
Williams Traditional Magnet Elementary
7301 Evergreen Dr.
Situated on a lovely, wooded campus on Evergreen Street, Williams Magnet has a long tradition of Sandra Register providing a high-quality education for its students. The school offers a wide range of programs, such as technology, Reading is Fundamental, Arkansas Writers in the Schools, computers, art, physical education and music. The school is known for its structure, orderliness and discipline.
Forest Heights Middle School
5901 Evergreen Dr.
After meeting rigorous requirements, Forest Heights recently became an International Baccalaure- Wanda Ruffins ate—an internationally recognized and respected diploma program—school. The IB program gives students an exclusive opportunity to learn and achieve at higher levels than normally expected of middle school students. The school offers an exciting and challenging curriculum, including electives, for each grade.
Pulaski Heights Middle School
401 N. Pine St.
Pulaski Heights Middle School continues to excel in its dedication by offering a well-rounded education Suzanne Ross to its students. The team approach used by the school’s teachers enhances the students’ academic experience, as well as meets their social and emotional needs. Communication through technology and a new curriculum in English, math and science prepares students for the future.
Catholic High School for Boys
6300 Father Tribou St.
Catholic High School is a college-preparatory school that strives to challenge boys academically, Steve Straessle while its staff stresses faith, integrity and duty. In addition to its rigorous scholastic program, Catholic High School for Boys offers a concurrent college credit program through the University of Central Arkansas at Conway. The high school also offers sports and a number of extracurricular activities.
Little Rock Central High School
1500 Park St.
While a footnote in history, Little Rock Central also has an impressive academic record. The school offers more than 140 classes, including AP courses and foreign languages, as well as a wide range of extracurricular activities. In the last decade, the high school has graduated National Merit and National Achievement winners, and Presidential Scholars, more than 144 AP scholars, and five Stephens’ Award winners.
Mount St. Mary Academy
3224 Kavanaugh Blvd. 9-12
Ten years ago, Mount St. Mary Academy became the first high school in the state to offer the highly Diane Wolfe respected International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Even today the staff’s dedication to scholastics continues to be priority one. The all-girls academy is accredited by the Arkansas Non-public School Accreditation Association and the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. HEIGHTS & HILLCREST • 2011
Neighborhood banks invested in community
or Heights and Hillcrest residents,
business is booming along Kavanuagh Boulevard, much of it fueled by local banks. Some banks take their commitment to the neighborhood to the next level.
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A number of financial institutions now call the area home. More than just making money, local bankers are working to support and improve the community. Through countless volunteer hours and customer support services, banks have become a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Most of these banks continue to see positive growth in both commercial and residential sectors. In addition to commercial loans, many of these banks are offering low-interest home loans at a time when some big-chain banks are sitting on mortgage money. And it seems people are taking advantage of lower ratesâ€”just look at the increasing number of home sales reported by local realtors, as well as the number of new homes under construction. Bank officers in addition to other business owners in the community feel the Heights and Hillcrest area has a lot of positive activity going on. Great neighbors a variety of locally-owned stores and restaurants and some of the best schools in the cityâ€”make for a real recipe for success.
Centennial Bank believes in the importance of getting out in the community. Where our customers are. So if you need us, we’ll be there for you. Even after hours. That’s why you can find us on your neighborhood stroll. Or wherever you happen to be.
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Heights and Hillcrest area banks Allied Bank 5701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 707-1154
Bank of England 1320 Rebsamen Park Rd. 603-2265
Delta Trust 2924 Kavanaugh Blvd. 907-1900
Metropolitan National Bank Simmons First National Bank 2800 Kavanaugh Blvd. 1818 N. Taylor St. 320-0700 663-7448
4900 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-9583
Bank of Little Rock 5120 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-0800
First Security Bank 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. 217-5940
5500 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-9600
5000 W. Markham St. 663.9900
Centennial Bank 4924 Kavanaugh Blvd. 603-3700
Heartland Community Bank 5100 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-3350
One Banc 5601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-3222
Summit Bank 1800 N. Taylor St. 614-7333
2610 Cantrell Rd. 603-3840
Iberia Bank 5800 R St. 661-7763
Regions Bank 1801 N. Fillmore St. 614-4106
US Bank 5200 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-0218
Arvest Bank 1800 N. Grant St. 379-7582 Bank of America 6001 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-5544
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ome things remain timeless, like ‘80s rock-n-roll hair bands, grilled chicken-on-a-stick, Dillard’s junior miss department, and hanging with your “buds” at the mall. It’s been nearly five years since the 568,977-square-foot Park Plaza underwent a multi-million dollar renovation, giving it a clean new look inside and out. “New overhead lighting, stone tile floors, carpeted soft seating areas and new landscaping added character and charm to the property,” says Alicia Easley, marketing director. Since it’s grand reopening, Park Plaza has attracted shoppers from around the state with specialty retailers such as Abercrombie & Fitch, aerie, ALDO, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Coldwater Creek, Hollister Co. and Talbots to name a few “We have 85 stores, including ones specializing in clothing and shoes,” she says. Of course, Dillard’s remains Park Plaza’s anchor. “We’ve added a number of new stores, including the 25,000-square-foot Forever XXI, Coach, Sephora and ShoeWoo. Last year, Pandora and Teavana opened, and we’re really excited about the opening of Gearhead Outfitters,” Easley says. Park Plaza offers shopping, dining and fun for the whole family. Kids still hang out at the mall, and, often, that’s where they find their first after-school job, she says. Just across the street from Park Plaza is Park Avenue. The relatively new 540,000-square-foot mixed-use center that incorporates luxury apartments with dining and stores such as Staples, AT&T and a 138,000-square-foot Target. Cheddars, a fun, family restaurant will open soon. Park Avenue is ideally located within walking distance of War Memorial Park, UAMS and St. Vincent Health System. Midtowne Little Rock on the northeast corner of Markham and University serves up delicious dining along with an array of stores like Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Justice for Girls, J. Jill and others. Cantina Laredo and Pei Wei Asian Diner located at Midtowne are great places to eat after a day of bargain hunting. 56 HEIGHTS & HILLCREST • 2011
Midtowne Little Rock, above, is home to Pottery Barn and other national and local names. Park Plaza, below, offers over 85 stores for shoppers to peruse.
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Where to Shop
rom a number of Little Rock’s oldest businesses to its newest, hippest shopping spots—the Heights, Hillcrest, Midtown and Riverdale areas are home to some of the city’s finest shopping destinations. The Heights offers a number of fabulous stores and products ranging from French antiques, exclusive home décor and art galleries to upscale clothing and one-ofa-kind jewelry. The streets are lined with flowers and smiling faces, so you might want to park the car and take stroll. A few blocks to the south, Hillcrest offers a variety of quaint and inviting stores filled with designer clothing, gifts, unique antiques and local art. This is one area of the city where fun, creativity and the eclectic are welcome. Riverdale is often referred to as the “Design District” because of its large number of home renovation and interior design stores. There’s art, flowers, kitchen accessories, fabrics, antiques and the latest in furniture design. Whether planning a complete home makeover or a quick redo, this is the place to start. Midtown has several shopping destinations that offer some of the city’s most upscale and fashion-fabulous stores. The following is a partial list of retail stores in the area.
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 This store offers 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 want, customize it. 5600 R St. 975-8902 Cabbage Rose Floral Boutique A florist specializing in fresh-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. 5715 Kavanaugh Blvd. 280-0866 Carnes Audio Visual Think outside the car. This specialty store offers home and commercial and surround sound, home theaters, control systems, HEIGHTS & HILLCREST • 2011
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Heights Toy Center has been a fixture in the Heights for over 50 years. speakers, as well as professional expertise. 5919 Kavanaugh Blvd. 658-0932
Caroline’s Children’s Consignment Boutique
This store specializes in children’s clothing, from infant to size 16, as well as furniture. Also, cotillion clothing for girls and sports coats for boys. 1917 N. Grant. St. 614-9294 Chroma Gallery This gallery is filled with 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 Dauphine A great selection of fine linens, antiques and gifts as well as custom-designed lamps and shades. 5910 R St. 664-6007 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 Creative clothing, art and 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 Foster Cochran A gift shop with a wide selection of silver pieces, jewelry, gifts and personal care items, and home and clothing accessories. 5020 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-3925 Go! Running For all your running needs. 1819 N Grant St. 663-6800 Heights Fine Wines and Spirits Offering an
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excellent selection of wines, beer and other spirits. 5012 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-9463 Heights Gallery Featuring works by regional and Arkansas artists, and custom framing services. 5801 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-2772 Heights Toy Center An amazing toy store for the young and young-at-heart. 5918 R St. 663-8383 Hestands in the Heights Offering great customer service, a fine selection of fresh meats and vegetables, along with homemade offerings in the deli. Home delivery available. 5915 R St. 663-1417
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Keith James Interior A great selection of fine furniture, linens and gifts. 5910 R St. 664-6007 Kristin Chase Offerings range from women’s casual to cocktail and professional attire. 5008 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-1665 Krumphet buttons New store in the Heights featuring children’s clothing, gifts and more. 5024 Club Rd. 603-0010 Local Colour Gallery This co-op gallery showcases about 28 artists from around central Arkansas. 5811 Kavanaugh Blvd. 265-0422 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 Mrs. Polka Dot Make your gifts personal — in-store custom monogramming on “anything.” Imprint services too. 5501 Kavanaugh Blvd. 603-5177 New Traditions A women’s designer clothing store with a great selection of shoes, handbags and accessories. 1920 N. Grant St. 663-2388 Ozark Outdoor Supply For the outdoor enthusiast, get your camping gear, hiking and other supplies here. 5514 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-4832 Proposals From formal to casual and all points between, this store has the perfect wedding and bridesmaid attire. Also semi-
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formal attire. 5913 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-4696 Rosen Music A variety of instruments, restorations and private lessons. 5611 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-0814 Silvek’s European Bakery Offering the finest breads, cakes and pastries in the Heights (inside Kroger). 1900 N. Polk St. 661-9699 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. Superb selection of meats and seafood. Terry’s Restaurant on-site. 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-4152 The Accessory & Lampshades Etc Fine home furnishings, botanicals, designer lamps, lampshades and lamp repair. 5608 R St. 664-5363 The Painted Pig A ceramic studio where you can pick a piece of pottery and paint it. 5622 R St. 280-0553 The Toggery A children’s clothing store, sizes run from infant to size 16 for girls and infant to size 20 for boys. 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
the eye of owner Chris Clement. 2909 Kavanaugh Blvd. 539-1473 Electric Heart Tattoos A full service tattoo shop. 623 Beechwood St. 379-9366 Gallery 26 Featuring the work of local artists, including glass, original prints and jewelry. Custom framing. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-8996 Haus Werk A fun collection of clothing, house wares, accessories, furniture, jewelry and gifts and children’s clothing. 2919 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-5251
Hillcrest Gallery and Fast Frame Fine original art, prints
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 White Goat Amazing collection of European furniture, mostly white, accessories and original art. 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 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 Yarn Mart For all your knitting and needlepoint needs. 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, hand-made jewelry and locally designed clothing. 2616 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-1167 Clement This shop features artwork, furniture and accessories that have caught
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 of garden supplies and an even bigger selection of plants. 3612 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-8376 Park Hill Home Fine home furnishings, architectural elements and fragrances. 3001 Kavanaugh Blvd. 603-5113 Rhea Drug Store 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 Tea, Coffee & Cream Offering a wonderful selection of gourmet coffees, teas and gift baskets. Incredible chocolates, including to-die-for truffles, and ice cream. 2715 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-1496
Ronaghi International Rug Company Imported and collectible rugs. 2901 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-8885 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 Sweet Home Furnishings An antique store offering eclectic and vintage furniture, art, home décor items and accessories. 2909 Kavanaugh Blvd. 296-9198 The Freckled Frog Arkansas creations, including art, jewelry, gifts and clothing. 2715 Kavanaugh Blvd. 514-2060 The Full Moon Fun and whimsical gifts,
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home accessories, baby items and wedding registry. 3625 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-4367 Vintage Socialite Fun collection of vintage designer clothing, purses, jewelry and shoes—all reasonably priced. 2915 Kavanaugh Blvd. 951-1634
About Vase Browse a wide variety of flowers or have Phil make a one-of-a-kind arrangement. 3400 Old Cantrell Rd. 603-9200 Bear-Hill Interiors Fine furniture, lamps, home accessories and gift items. 1420 Rebsamen Park Rd. 907-9272 Botanica Gardens From houseplants and planters to nursery items, gardening tools and design advice, they have it all. 1601 Rebsamen Park Rd. 614-3000 C & F Flooring and Rug Gallery This inspirational shop offer unique tiles, carpets and other flooring options. 2206 Cantrell St. 399-9909 Cynthia East Fabrics Select from upholstery, decorator and drapery fabrics and decorative accessories. 1523 Rebsamen Park Rd. 663-0460 Distinctive Kitchens and Baths A full-service kitchen and bath design and renovation store. 1414 Rebsamen Park Rd. 666-7756 Fabulous Finds An antique mall, where
you never know what you’ll find. 2905 Cantrell Rd. 614-8181 Kaki Hockersmith Interiors Select from a variety of home accessories. A full line of interior design services. 1408 Rebsamen Park Rd. 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 Rd. 663-1828 Massimo An interior design firm with modern/transitional furniture, original artwork and other accessories. 3513 Old Cantrell Rd. 664-0355 mertinsdykehome Furniture and home accessories with a modern flair, and books, lamps and gifts. 1500 Rebsamen Park Rd. 280-3200 New Orleans Antiques and Jewelry Featuring a large selection of fine European antiques, including furniture, art and jewelry. 2226 Cantrell Rd. 374-3130 Roy Dudley Antiques Fine antiques, funky collectibles, furniture, lamps and other home accessories. 7509 Cantrell Rd. 666-5856 SOHO Modern Furnishings A furniture store specializing in both period pieces from the mid-20th century as well as contemporary
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Salon Cordé 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd. Little Rock 501.660.4247 By Appointment Only Spend an afternoon browing through fine French Antiques at Ellen Golden Antiques in the Heights. designs. Home accessories, rugs and lamps. 2200 Cantrell Rd. 372-4884. The Antique Co. Fine European antiques, furniture, lighting and architectural elements as well as accessories. 1408 Rebsamen Park Rd. 666-0339 The Shade Above Lamps, new or custommade shades, and lamp and chandelier repair. 2208 Cantrell Rd. 372-5267 The Showroom Custom framing and a wide selection of prints, frames and original artwork. 2313 Cantrell Rd. 372-7373
MIDTOWN SHOPPING GUIDE
KNOWLEDGE TREE This store sells books that stimulate children to use deductive reasoning where clues are given to reveal characters from American history. Also available are educational toys, board games, stickers and more. The Knowledge Tree also carries full lines of teacher aids and school supplies. 663-2877 Mid-Towne Antique Mall The 20,000 sq. ft. store is packed full of new and antique home furnishings, rare coins, jewelry, stemware and estate pieces. Corner of Markham and
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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 Coldwater Creek Some of the most unique collections of women’s apparel and accessories in the marketplace. 614.3088 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 The Limited Sophisticated, feminine styles for the modern fashion-forward woman. 661.9934 Victoria’s Secret Glamorous lingerie with a hint of romance. Also signature fragrances and gifts. 664-6038 At Midtowne Little Rock, corner of University and Markham
Alfred Angelo A leading maker of wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses. 664-1200 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 Known for their unique, privatelabel designs. 558-3030
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Evolve The next evolution in men’s clothing—for fashion-forward guys who want a bit of an edge. 661-0644 Francesca’s Collections The latest in women’s fashions, accessories and gifts. 660-4203 J. Jill Fashions Clothes designed for real people. 614-1056 JAMES AVERY A jewelry store featuring American made sterling silver, gold and gemstone jewelry. 280-9176. Jos A. Bank Men’s fashion—classic, tailored and elegant. 614-9487 Justice Just For Girls From 6 slim to 16, dress-up to jeans, this store specializes in
tweens. 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, and 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 White House|Black Market Classic clothing and accessories. 664-2711 Williams-Sonoma Specializing in quality cookware. 663-3019
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Shrimp and asparagus at Terry's Restaurant in the Heights.
ithin a few blocks of most residents’ front doors, the Heights and Hillcrest areas offer an impressive number of eateries—European-influenced, down-home, New Orleans style, modern American, Tex-Mex and Mex-Mex, French, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Cajun-Creole and Greek. Here’s a partial list of restaurants along Kavanaugh Boulevard and nearby stretches of Rebsamen Park and Cantrell roads.
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Where to eat AMERCIAN
Acadia A jewel of a restaurant in Hillcrest.
Wonderful soups, fish entrees and an extensive wine list. On Mondays and Tuesdays get three courses for the fixed price of $24.50. It’s a bargain, and now offering catering services. 3000 Kavanaugh Blvd. Full bar. 603-9630 Afterthought After dinner, this is one of the best places in town to hear live music; especially well known for its live jazz, blues and other musical picks. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-1196 Boulevard Bread Co. Fresh bread and pastries, a wide selection of cheeses, meats, side dishes, frozen and canned gourmet foods—all superb. Great coffee.
1920 N. Grant St. 663-5951 and 4301 W. Markham St. (inside UAMS) 526-6661 Brave New Restaurant The food’s great, portions large and prices reasonable. Diners can look into the open kitchen and watch the culinary geniuses slicing, dicing and sautéing. It’s great fun, and the fish is terrific. 2300 Cottondale Lane. 663-2677 Buffalo Grill Great, crispy-off-thegriddle cheeseburgers, hand-cut steaks and homemade fries star at this familyfriendly stop. Now, offering a number of healthy salads. Enjoy the Riverdale restaurant with its spacious deck for lunch or dinner. 1611 Rebsamen Park Rd. 296-9535
Burge’s Hickory Smoked Turkeys and Hams Famous for its smoked turkeys and hams, but also offers tasty fried catfish and homemade fried pies. 5620 R St. 666-1660 By The Glass Looking for a place to relax after a long day? This wine bar offers a selection of appetizers and hors d’oeuvre to nibble while sipping a favorite glass. Impressive list of American and imported wines. 5713 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-9463 Cajun’s Wharf This venerable seafood restaurant has great gumbo and oysters Bienville, and other options like fine steaks. All served with some of the best nightly entertainment in town. 2400 Cantrell Rd. 375-5351 Cheers Offers good burgers and sandwiches, Cajun-inspired choices, vegetarian and salads at lunch, with fish specials and delicious steaks in the evening. This Heights restaurant
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Shrimp Po Boy and sweet potato fries at Cheers in the Heights. is intimate and has a nice wine list. 2010 N. Van Buren St. 663-5937 Cupcakes On Kavanaugh Offering a bevy of tempting, tasty cupcakes, designed to celebrate any occasion or satisfy any craving. 5625 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-2253 Diversion A laidback wine and martini bar in Hillcrest, serving up appetizers, salads and tapas. Definitely the place to try a new wine or martini. 2611 Kavanaugh Blvd. 414-0409 Dixie Cafe Abundant and inexpensive vegetable choices that are wholesome and satisfying, with meats and fresh rolls to match. 1301 Rebsamen Park Rd. 663-9336 Faded Rose The Cajun-inspired menu seldom disappoints. Steaks and soaked salads are legendary. 1619 Rebsamen Park Rd. 663-9734 Ferneau Great seafood, among other things, is served at this friendly neighborhood restaurant in Hillcrest. Open late and live music on the weekend. 2601 Kavanaugh Blvd. 603-9208
Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Shop Looking to satisfy a sweet tooth? This shop has a number of delicious, flavorful answers. 5911 R St. 664-7888 Hillcrest Fountain The first pool hall/ games/sports-bar club to open in Hillcrest in years. Large selection of wine and beers, and occasionally they have live music. 2809 Kavanaugh Blvd. 614-9818 IHOP This American icon continues to please, whether selecting from its breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Good and fast—whether it’s 4 p.m. or 4 a.m. Corner of Markham and University. 664-2014 Jimmy’s Serious Sandwiches Consistently fine sandwiches, side orders and desserts. The chicken salad is among the best in town, but get there early for lunch. 5116 W. Markham St. 666-3354 Loca Luna Grilled meats, seafood and pasta dishes that never stray far from its country roots, whether Italian, Spanish or Arkie. “Gourmet plate lunches” are good, as is Sunday brunch. 3519 Old Cantrell
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Maddie’s Place A broad selection of familiar Cajun-Creole staples—all well-prepared and reasonably priced. Among the highlights: po’ boys, gooey bread pudding and chickenandouille gumbo with a lusciously dark roux. 1615 Rebsamen Park Rd. 660-4040 Oyster Bar Gumbo, red beans and rice, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters on the half shell. Good po’ boys. 3003 W. Markham St. 666-7100 Red Door In Riverdale, this restaurant features sophisticated modern Southern cuisine—steaks, seafood, hearty soups and creative salads. Generous glasses of wine. 3701 Old Cantrell Rd. 666-8482 Red Mango Whether looking to cool down or recharge, this little shop offers fruit, tea-infused and power smoothies, tasty frozen yogurts and iced-tea chillers. 5621 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-2500 Salut Bistro Italian restaurant with a nice selection of salads and sandwiches. 1501 N. University Ave. (inside the Prospect Building) 660-4200 Scallion’s Reliably good food, great desserts,
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pleasant atmosphere, agile service—a solid lunch spot. 5110 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-6468 So Restaurant Bar A charming upscale restaurant and bar located in the Hillcrest neighborhood. Offerings range from salads and sandwiches to beef and seafood. 3610 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-1464 The House Delicious gourmet burgers and great sandwiches. Cheap beer and good coffee too—all in a quiet, relaxed setting. 722 N. Palm St. 663-4500 Town Pump Daily soup and Blue Plate specials, juicy burgers, homemade chips and fries. 1321 Rebsamen Park Rd. 663-9802 Vieux Carre Selection ranges from Cajun and
Creole to French, Italian, Southwest and just plain Southern. Come hungry. Don’t forget to save room for dessert. Great Sunday jazz brunch. 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-1196
Chi’s Too A huge menu spans the Chinese provinces and offers a few twists on the usual local offerings, plus there’s authentic Hong Kong dim sum. 5110 W. Markham St. 604-7777 Fantastic China The food is fresh and delicious, the presentation is beautiful, the menu is distinctive and the service is perfect. 1900 N. Grant St. 663-8999
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Where the locals go! Ask About Our Private Party Room! Your Friendly Neighborhood Seafood Joint Since 1975 3003 W. Markham Little Rock, AR 72205 Mon-Thur 11am-9:30pm • Fri 11am-10:30pm • Sat noon-10pm Pei Wei It’s fun and offers all the P.F. Chang favorites we like, such as the crisp honey shrimp, Dan Dan noodles and Pad Thai. You order from the cashier, get your own tea, silverware and fortune cookies, and they bring the food to you. Markham and University. 280-9423 Seoul The uninitiated will find several things outside their culinary comfort zone — an eel dish and a collection of soft tofu stews, for example — but there’s plenty of familiar meats and vegetables cooked in interesting ways. 5923 Kavanaugh Blvd. 227-7222 Shogun Japanese Steakhouse The chefs will dazzle you, as will the variety of tasty stir-fry combinations and sushi bar. Usually crowded at night. 2815 Cantrell Rd. 666-7070 Sushi Cafe Impressive, upscale sushi menu with other delectable house specialties like tuna tataki, fried soft shell crab, Kobe beef and, believe it or not, the Toyko cowboy burger. 5823 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-9888
Cross-Eyed Pig Huge portions of marvelous barbecue, including amazingly tender pulled-pork; lean-and-meaty, fall-off-the-bone ribs; and crusty-brown, juicy half-chickens. 1701 Rebsamen Park Rd. 265-0000 Whole Hog Cafe The pulled pork is classic, the back ribs are worthy of their many blue ribbons, and the beef brisket is cooked the
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Rosalia’s Family Bakery is a great place to relax, drink great coffee, imported and herbal teas, Italian Sodas, fresh baked breads, pastries, desserts, cookies, or Brazilian and European confections. Brazilian imported soft drinks, cheeses, and seasonal candies are unique offerings not found anywhere else in Little Rock.
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Café Bossa Nova introduces the taste of authentic Brazilian dining to Little Rock. From the moment you enter, the delicious aromas and soft, pleasing sounds of background Bossa Nova music will awaken your senses to the unique and enjoyable casual dining experience ahead of you. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 501-614-NOVA (6682) cafebossanova.com
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Find award-winning burgers at the Buffalo Grill in Riverdale. Fresh oysters are just one of the seafood specialties found at the Oyster Bar.
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New American cuisine made with local and organic produce Happy Hours: Weekdays Until 7pm 722 N . Palm Little Rock, AR 72205 Mon-Fri 11-11 • Sat-Sun 10-11 Weekends 10-2
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Come enjoy the most delicious and authentic fine Chinese cuisine in Little Rock!
Full Service Bar • Happy Hour 4-6 everyday, 1/2 price on BeerS and HouSe wineS
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way Texans like it— served with a six-pack of sauces to suit all tastes. 2516 Cantrell Rd. 664-5025
Cafe Bossa Nova A South American approach to sandwiches, salads and desserts, all quite good, as well as an array of refreshing teas and coffees. Great brunch on Sunday. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 614-6682 Ciao Baci The focus is on fine dining in this casually elegant Hillcrest bungalow, although many come for the comfortable lounge that serves specialty drinks until 2 a.m. nightly. 605 N. Beechwood St. 603-0238 Leo’s Greek Castle Wonderful Mediterranean food—gyros or platters, falafel and tabouli—plus dependable hamburgers, ham sandwiches, steak platters and BLTs. Great breakfast spot. 2925 Kavanaugh Blvd. 666-7414 Rosalia’s Family Bakery Specialty Brazilian breads as well as “just about anything” you’d expect to find at a bakery—baguettes, cakes and cookies along with challah, rye, savory, white and whole grain breads. Full coffee bar, limited lunch menu. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 319-7035 Terry’s Restaurant Serving fine French cuisine in a bistro setting. Some of their delectable offerings include prime rib, duck confit or breast, and salmon. 5018 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-4154
Sunday 11:30-9:30 • Mon-Thurs 11-9:30 Friday 11-10:30 • Saturday 11:30-10:30 Private Party room • take-out orders welcome.
Top Ten reasons To geT your buTT To pizza cafe 10. Waiters now roller skate to tables 9. Home-made healthy soups (made by owner) 8. Bikini-clad cooks working on new tan lines from “hot” pizza ovens 7. “Happy Days” happy hour prices on beer all day Mon and Tues, explodes happy meter 6. Gluten-free crust and gluten-free beer keep intolerant tolerant 1517 Rebsamen Park Road 664-6133 5. All employees take performance 11-10 7 Days a Week enhancing herbs (Winter hours 11-9) 4. New salads and home-made dressings e h have customers drooling in parking lot yt ab Pizz lice S M-F 2 11-
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Cafe Prego Dependable entrées of pasta and
pork. Crisp, crunchy and cold gazpacho and tempting desserts in a comfy bistro setting. 5510 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-5355 Damgoode Pies A somewhat different Italian pizza pie place, largely because of the spicy garlic white sauce that’s offered as an alternative to the traditional red sauce. Good pasta and salads. 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-2239 Pizza Café Thin, crunchy pizza with just a dab of tomato sauce but plenty of chunks of good stuff, and topped off with gooey cheese. Draft beer—frosty and generous—is appealing on the open-air deck. 1517 Rebsamen Park Rd. 664-6133 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 U.S. Pizza Crispy thin-crust pizzas, frosty beers and heaping salads drowned in creamy dressing. Two locations: 2710 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-2198 and 5524 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-7071
Za Za Fine Salad And Wood-Oven Pizza Company For those looking for fresh, locally grown ingredients in their salads or on their pizzas, this Heights restaurant is the answer. Also serves a delicious handmade gelato and other desserts. 5600 Kavanaugh Blvd. 661-9292
Browning’s Mexican Grill A few of the
old favorites, served up with a number of new additions. Great tacos, the brisket taco is unbeatable, fajitas and enchiladas. 5805 Kavanaugh Blvd. 663-9956 Canon Grill Pronounce it canyon grill, and order innovative and tasty appetizers or from the varied main course list. 2811 Kavanaugh Blvd. 664-2068 Cantina Laredo Serving authentic Mexican such as fresh fish, grilled chicken and steaks. Be sure to check out their signature sauces, chipotle-wine with portobello mushrooms, sauteéd artichoke hearts and roasted red bell peppers. 207 N. University Ave. 280-0407 La Hacienda Creative, fresh-tasting entrees and traditional favorites, all painstakingly prepared in a festive atmosphere. Great cheese dip, nachos and maybe the best fajitas around. 3024 Cantrell Rd. 661-0600
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501-225-1615 Rehab Program • Medicare accepted • 7 days a week • Occupational therapy • Physical therapy • Speech therapy
Remodeled Cottages • Enlarged kitchen • Washer & dryer • Walk-in shower • Pets allowed Presbyterian Village, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit
www.presbyvillage.com Active Lifestyles • Themed monthly socials • Educational classes • Church, devotions & Bible studies • Razorback watch parties • Social outings
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