Tourism Archive

Little Rock Has Quilting Convention Covered in 2015

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/1/2014 12:00 am

The Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock has stolen a national convention away from Columbus, Ohio: The 46th Annual National Quilting Association Quilt Show.

Arvest Consumer Survey: Arkansans Have Debts, Saving Rates Similar to Region

by Lee Hogan 8/26/2014 09:18 am

Arkansas consumers have similar debts and saving rates to their neighbors in Missouri and Oklahoma, according to the final release of the first Arvest Bank Consumer Sentiment Survey.

$50M Revitalization Plan Aims To Turn El Dorado into Cultural Mecca

by Michelle Corbet 8/25/2014 12:00 am

With a declining population and an unstable job market, the city of El Dorado is investing in quality of life in an effort to boost its economy.

Planned LR Marina Remains on Inactive Status

by George Waldon 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The Rock City Marina & Yacht Club in Little Rock remains a drawing board project along the Arkansas River, and the proposed site at the end of East Second Street awaits groundbreaking.

Parks & Tourism Debuts Wedding Publication

by Michelle Corbet 8/25/2014 12:00 am

The arrival in the market of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism's new publication, My Arkansas Wedding, came as a surprise to the for-profit publishers of magazines.

Lou Ann Nisbett On What Attracts Industry to Pine Bluff

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/25/2014 12:00 am

Lou Ann Nisbett is the president and CEO of the Economic Development Alliance for Jefferson County.

James Victore at Made by Few: The Best Work is Authentic

by Mark Carter 8/22/2014 01:14 pm

Good work comes from being authentic, the renowned artist told designers, graphic artists and other "makers of the web" gathered for the 2014 Made by Few tech conference that began Friday at the Argenta Community Theater in downtown North Little Rock.

Last Chance to Nominate Candidates for Arkansas Business' 20 in Their 20s List

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/19/2014 11:42 am

Nominations are being accepted for the list of the state's most influential young professionals, "The New Influentials: 20 in Their 20s."

Public Company Board Service Can Mean Lots of Work and Risk

by Gwen Moritz 8/18/2014 12:00 am

This week we list all directors of 19 publicly traded companies headquartered in Arkansas and the compensation they received for service on the boards in the most recent fiscal year. It's work that's “a whole lot harder” than it used to be.

Clarion Hotel Medical Center Recycled for $5M (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 8/18/2014 12:00 am

A 262-room hotel in midtown Little Rock changed hands in a $5 million foreclosure sale. The 5.22-acre development was tied to a November 2003 mortgage of $14 million held by Jonesboro's Liberty Bank of Arkansas, which became part of Centennial Bank in 2013.

Newport Retailer Jamie Darling Takes to the Road In Airstream

by Brandon Riddle 8/18/2014 12:00 am

Darling's Fine Things owner Jamie Darling is taking to the road in a refurbished Airstream she purchased earlier this year, offering a mobile retail experience to customers in the Delta.

On Private Clubs (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/18/2014 12:00 am

When savvy entrepreneurs see a need going unfilled, they form businesses. When those businesses successfully meet that need, they thrive. You know, America. Now the Little Rock Board of Directors is considering stepping between businesses and their customers.

Chesshir: Startup Ecosystem Can Bring Downtown to Life

by Mark Carter 8/15/2014 11:12 am

The nascent Main Street creative corridor and Little Rock technology park are revealing signs of life, but Jay Chesshir, president of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, believes the continued development of Little Rock's burgeoning tech-based startup ecosystem can help get it there.

Jim Johnston Returns to Hot Springs Convention Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/14/2014 09:42 am

Jim Johnston, the former executive chef at the Hot Springs Convention Center, has returned as the center's chef de cuisine and director of food and beverage.

Denver Peacock Sets Up New PR Firm

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Denver Peacock is the latest former Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods staffer hanging out his own shingle after leaving the Little Rock advertising, marketing and public relations firm.

Stakes are High in $68M Renovation of Robinson Center

by Jan Cottingham 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Robinson Center is a multipurpose venue. It must accommodate the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Broadway plays, Ballet Arkansas and commencement ceremonies — in addition to conventions and conferences — and each of these has different and sometimes even opposite technical requirements, particularly acoustical requirements.

$21.5M Children's Museum 'Amazeum' Taking Shape in Bentonville

by Marty Cook 8/11/2014 12:00 am

The Amazeum, billed as an interactive children's museum, isn't scheduled to open until 2015, but after years of planning it is at least beginning to take physical shape.

Main Street, Restaurants and the Big Mo

by Jan Cottingham 8/11/2014 12:00 am

The recent announcement that another new restaurant will be opening on Little Rock's Main Street lends weight to the idea that this part of downtown has the “big mo,” the momentum to keep diners coming to what once was a pretty sketchy part of town past 5 p.m.

Architect Ron Shelby on Moving the Frank Lloyd Wright House to Arkansas

by Arkansas Business Staff 8/11/2014 12:00 am

Hight-Jackson and CEO Ron Shelby were chosen to oversee the reassembly of the Bachman Wilson House, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and moved from its previous home in New Jersey, on the grounds of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.

The Capital Hotel Opens One Eleven at the Capital

by Lee Hogan 8/8/2014 11:31 am

After closing Ashley's back in May, the Capital Hotel has opened the doors to its new restaurant, One Eleven at the Capital.