Tourism Archive

State of the Art Exhibit Draws Record Crowds to Crystal Bridges

by Jan Cottingham 12/18/2014 10:04 am

The State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has become the best attended exhibition in the Bentonville museum's three-year history.

Outlets at Little Rock Developer Talks Construction, Tenants, Impact

by Lee Hogan 12/18/2014 08:30 am

The Outlets at Little Rock will open this summer. Michael Barelli, vice president of New England Development, recently talked to Arkansas Business about the 325,000-SF shopping center coming to central Arkansas.

Martha Miller Out as Director of Department of Arkansas Heritage

by Lee Hogan 12/17/2014 10:20 am

Martha Miller will not continue as director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage under Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson.

Arvest Survey: Mortgage Debt Down, Savings Up in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 12/16/2014 10:27 am

Arkansans reported less mortgage debt than their neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.

Superior Space in Conway Attracting High-End Hotel, Restaurant Interest

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/15/2014 12:00 am

Conway's resurgence is keeping T.J. Lefler's phone ringing. Lefler says he has serious inquiries from several hotels as well as a handful of upscale restaurants that are interested in some prime real estate.

Shadow Lake, Turtle Creek Apartments Tandem Sales Surpass $40.5 Million (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 12/15/2014 12:00 am

The 296-unit Shadow Lake Apartments at 13111 W. Markham St. sold for $26.87 million and the 216-unit Turtle Creek Apartments at 601 Napa Valley Drive went for $13.71 million.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Launch Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame

by Lee Hogan 12/10/2014 01:38 pm

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock, launched the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Downtown Partnership Leader Sharon Priest to Retire

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/8/2014 01:45 pm

The Downtown Little Rock Partnership said Monday that its executive director, Sharon Priest, will retire at the end of January.

Aircraft Hangar Lands $9.2M Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 12/8/2014 12:00 am

The sale of a 45,117-SF hangar at Clinton National Airport weighed in at $9.2 million while down the street, a 75,100-SF industrial facility in east Little Rock changed hands in an $800,000 deal.

Gateway's Grove Project Adds to 2015 Commercial Construction

by George Waldon 12/8/2014 12:00 am

A 33-acre piece of Little Rock's Gateway Town Center development is poised to add some new commercial construction in 2015.

VCC Goes Big in Vegas with $344M Downtown Summerlin Project

by George Waldon 12/8/2014 12:00 am

Completing a half-built, 1.5 million-SF retail-office center in less than 18 months presented a desert challenge for VCC LLC. The sprawling Downtown Summerlin project in the western suburbs of Las Vegas also represented unfinished business for the Little Rock general contracting firm.

NLR Chamber, ABPG Join In Women's Hall of Fame

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/5/2014 11:36 am

The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Arkansas Business Publishing Group of Little Rock to launch a new program to honor the significant contributions of Arkansas women in business, politics, philanthropy and other fields.

More US CEOs Plan to Boost Hiring in Next 6 Months

by Associated Press 12/2/2014 11:33 am

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.

Arkansans More Pessimistic About Finances, Feel Better About Major Household Purchases

by Lee Hogan 12/2/2014 10:40 am

Arkansans feel more pessimistic about their current and expected financial situation, but feel more optimistic about buying major household items, according to the latest consumer sentiment survey from Arvest Bank.

Bill Fontes, General Manager of Little Rock Marriott, Dies

by Jan Cottingham 12/1/2014 10:57 am

Bill Fontes, the general manager of the Little Rock Marriott, died Saturday after a brief illness, the hotel and the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau announced on Monday.

WLR Retail Property, Airport Hotel Each Sell for Over $4 Million

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/1/2014 12:00 am

An 8,245-SF retail project in west Little Rock and a 138-room hotel in east Little Rock near the Clinton National Airport each topped the $4 million mark.

Winery Rumors Flourish on Grapevine

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Winemaking is coming to the River Market and a Wiederkher is planning another wine-and-brew operation. Dennis Wiederkehr, VP and national sales manager of Wiederkehr Wine Cellars in Wiederkehr Village, plans to open Dionysus Wine & Brew in nearby Altus for his wife, Sharla, to run.

The Gasoline Price Dividend (Craig Douglass On Consumers)

by Craig Douglass 12/1/2014 12:00 am

The consequence of low prices at the pump is a gasoline dividend, which is being paid to Arkansas motorists and their households every time a tank is filled. In addition to general retail spending and the state sales tax collections that go with it, here are three specific outcomes of the dividend we should be looking for.

Tampa Bay Rays Pitcher Drew Smyly, Father Buy Beef 'O' Brady's In Maumelle

by Jan Cottingham 12/1/2014 12:00 am

For Todd Smyly, father of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly, going in with his son to buy the Beef ‘O' Brady's franchise in Maumelle wasn't much of a stretch, for a lot of reasons.

Claims Pass $18M as John Rogers' Dealings Draw More Lawsuits

by George Waldon 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Two lawsuits against North Little Rock memorabilia dealer John Rogers add more than $2.6 million to claims that now top $18 million as questions about his business dealings continue to mount.