Tourism Archive

Geovanni Leiva Brings Family Coffee from Guatemala to Leiva's Coffee in Sherwood

by Brandon Riddle 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Leiva's Coffee of Sherwood is brewing up a philosophy of generosity, combining homegrown coffee with a belief in helping the less fortunate. The way to accomplish this: offering coffee bean growers a greater percentage of profits to allow for reinvestment in underserved communities.

Wine Permit for Sassafras Springs Tops Grapevine of Beer & Wine Updates

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/14/2014 12:00 am

Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Springdale, owned by Gene Long and his wife, Cheryl, has been open since April 1, but it finally received its wine manufacturing permit from the state in May, though it isn't likely to start producing until the end of the year, Long said.

State-Run Golf Course Remains in Red After Opening

by Associated Press 7/10/2014 11:02 am

The Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism took over management of The Ridges, a 27-hole golf course in Village Creek State Park near Wynne. Officials say the project was planned as a public-private partnership, but the state took over operations after a private partner went into foreclosure.

Lauren Wissot Named Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival's Programming Director

by Lee Hogan 7/9/2014 03:24 pm

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival has named Lauren Wissot, a journalist and film critic, as its programming director. This year's festival is set for Oct. 10-19 at the Arlington Hotel.

A Look at States with Live Greyhound Racing Including Arkansas

by Associated Press 7/9/2014 08:36 am

Greyhound racing is illegal in 39 states, and waning interest and profits have shuttered racing in four others. In most of the places where it continues, track operators want lawmakers to boost or continue to boost their businesses.

Dog Tracks Cornered by Wagering Woes, Racing Foes

by Associated Press 7/9/2014 08:32 am

Greyhound racing's decline began years ago with the spread of casino-style gambling. To appease track operators, states gave them fat subsidies from the new gambling revenue. The tracks themselves jumped into the casino business too, with licenses that often forced them to offer a minimum number of race days, an arrangement called "coupling."

Teens Hope to Attract Professional Hockey to Fort Smith

by Brandon Riddle 7/8/2014 11:47 am

Six high school seniors will present their dream of bringing a professional hockey team, tentatively named the Arkansas Marshals, at noon Wednesday at the Golden Corral restaurant in Fort Smith.

New Interchange Opens on I-49 in Springdale

by Associated Press 7/7/2014 02:48 pm

The Don Tyson Interchange is set to open Monday afternoon in Springdale. City officials say the new interchange should help relieve traffic congestion on Sunset Avenue, which is the main roadway used to get into and out of Springdale from the interstate.

Ballot Initiatives: No for Medical Marijuana, Yes for Expanded Alcohol, Minimum Wage Hike

by Associated Press 7/7/2014 11:12 am

A measure to legalize medical marijuana falls short of the signatures required to be placed on the November ballot, while initiatives to expands alcohol sales and raise the state minimum wage appear headed to the ballot.

Little Rock Zone MSAs See Modest Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Employment grew modestly in the first quarter of 2014 in the Little Rock zone, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The Little Rock zone includes all of Arkansas except the northeast.

‘Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste' (Jim Fram Commentary)

by Jim Fram 7/7/2014 12:00 am

The Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Hot Springs Metro Partnership recognized after the Majestic Hotel fire that they should embrace the adage to "never let a crisis go to waste," commissioning the Downtown Game Plan Task Force to study all aspects of downtown development.

Upscale Rivals Play Catch-up to Cache in Sales Receipts

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/7/2014 12:00 am

Cache has been open only since mid-December, yet it's on track to blow by the competition among Little Rock's full-service, fine dining, white tablecloth restaurants in total sales, including the usual leader, Sonny Williams Steak Room.The restaurant, co-owned by Crews & Associates CEO Rush Harding and his son, Payne, is located at 425 President Clinton Ave. in the River Market District, in the $14 million, 59,000-SF Arcade Building.

Mike Beebe Signs Lottery, Insurance, Prison Bills Into Law

by Associated Press 7/3/2014 04:22 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law measures approved during this week's special session addressing teacher health insurance premiums, new limits on the lottery and additional funding for state prisons.

No Daily Report, E-newsletters on Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/3/2014 10:01 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Friday, the Fourth of July. Arkansas Business Publishing Group offices will be closed Friday as well, reopening on Monday. ABPG wishes everyone a happy Fourth.

Lawmakers Approve Electronic Lottery Game Moratorium

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 02:43 pm

The Arkansas House and Senate have approved separate measures calling for a moratorium on electronic lottery games like keno, lining up the chambers to adjourn their special session in the early hours Wednesday.

Robinson Center Closes For $68M Renovations

by Lee Hogan 7/1/2014 11:56 am

Tuesday marks the temporary closing of the Robinson Center Music Hall in downtown Little Rock for a $68 million renovation project.

Arkansas Lawmakers Plan Midnight Session Votes

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 11:31 am

House and Senate leaders said they planned to meet at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday to hold what's expected to be the final votes on measures addressing teacher insurance premiums, prison overcrowding and new lottery restrictions.

Arkansas Senate Panel Advances Keno Moratorium

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 09:40 am

The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday endorsed the proposal prohibiting the lottery from starting the games until March 13, 2015. A House panel advanced an identical proposal Monday.

Survey: Midwest Economy Growing

by Associated Press 7/1/2014 09:23 am

The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states including Arkansas should continue growing steadily in the months ahead, according to a monthly survey of business leaders released Tuesday.

Trail Boosts Springdale's Downtown Effort

by Marty Cook 6/30/2014 12:00 am

The city of Springdale's master plan calling for rejuvenating its downtown is estimated to be about $20.5 million in improvements, coinciding with the opening of the Razorback Greenway trail later this year.