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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Revised Figures Show Improved Rate for Arkansas Growth

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/30/2014 12:00 am

A government report earlier this month on gross domestic product included revised figures that affected data on Arkansas' growth rate back to 1997, according to Michael Pakko, the state economic forecaster.

Burgundy Book: Slight Economic Improvement in Arkansas

by Mark Carter 6/24/2014 09:07 am

According to a May survey of business leaders in the state, the near-term outlook for the Little Rock zone improved slightly.

Bank-Owned Property Draws $3.9M Buyer (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 6/23/2014 12:00 am

A 49,100-SF office building in west Little Rock weighed in at $3.9 million. A four-building, 22,912-SF office project in west Little Rock changed hands in a nearly $1.66 million transaction.

Arkansas Business Presents the 40 Under Forty Class of 2014

by Gwen Moritz 6/23/2014 12:00 am

This week, Arkansas Business presents its 21st class of 40 Under 40 honorees. This year's honorees represent our state's geography — Pine Bluff, England, Jonesboro, Conway, Fort Smith, Rogers — and the diversity of our business community — farming, finance, medicine, academia, nonprofits.

Taekwondo World Expo Coming to Little Rock July 7-13

by Lee Hogan 6/20/2014 12:04 pm

The American Taekwondo Association's World Expo is expected to bring an estimated 20,000 people to the capital city for the 24th annual conference July 7-13.

Reports Shed Light on Backers of Wet, Dry Groups in Arkansas

by Lee Hogan 6/19/2014 04:12 pm

Ballot question committees have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on wet-dry county battles across the state as the deadline for signatures and the all-important November election loom.

Pay Tops $1 Million For Seven on Highest-paid Nonprofit Employees List

by Gwen Moritz 6/16/2014 12:00 am

Seven nonprofit employees in Arkansas who earned more than $1 million in the 2012 tax year are either medical doctors or hospital administrators, as are the vast majority of the 262 nonprofit employees whose compensation exceeding $215,000 is reported in this issue.

Donald W. Reynolds Foundation Winding Down, Will Close in 2017

by Mark Friedman 6/16/2014 12:00 am

After committing more than $1.8 billion to nonprofits since 1994, including hundreds of millions of dollars to organizations in Arkansas, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation of Las Vegas is set to shut down at the end of 2017.

Allison Architects, Ruby Architects Firms Join To Form New Company

by Brandon Riddle 6/16/2014 12:00 am

After collaborating on projects for several years, Allison Architects and Ruby Architects have become one entity. The merged firm, Allison Architects Inc., will establish client bases in Little Rock and Fayetteville.

Diamond Bear's Arkansas Alehouse One Step on the Growth Path

by Jan Cottingham 6/16/2014 12:00 am

Last Thursday, Diamond Bear Brewing Co. opened its Arkansas Alehouse restaurant, allowing owner and President Russ Melton to prove his theory: retail complements production, alehouse complements brewhouse.

Clarion Hotel Medical Center Under New Ownership

by Arkansas Business Staff 6/16/2014 12:00 am

Did you know midtown Little Rock's Clarion Hotel Medical Center is under new ownership after a $5 million foreclosure sale? Windsor Capital Ltd. of San Antonio bought the 262-room project at 925 S. University Ave.

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