Tourism Archive

Night Market Begins at Little Rock Farmers Market

by Jan Cottingham 5/19/2014 12:00 am

The Little Rock Farmers Market, which is marking its 40th season, is adding a new feature this year, what it calls a “Night Market,” open from 3 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday from May 27 to Aug. 26 at the River Market Pavilions downtown.

Decision-Making in an Uncertain Environment (Karen Moustafa Leonard Expert Advice)

by Karen Moustafa Leonard 5/19/2014 12:00 am

We all make decisions every day. But in uncertain external and internal business environments, organizational decision-making is becoming a more complicated art. Both environments offer unique challenges for every leader.

Peter Lane Amps Up the NWA Arts Scene at Walton Arts Center

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/19/2014 12:00 am

Under Peter Lane's leadership, the Walton Arts Center is scheduled to undergo a massive 30,000-SF expansion and renovation of its signature building on Dickson Street. The Walton Arts Center also owns the Arkansas Music Pavilion, which is getting a new venue, an $11 million outdoor amphitheater that will open this summer in Rogers.

Arkansas Jobless Rate Falls to 6.6 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/16/2014 09:51 am

The Arkansas unemployment rate for April dropped to 6.6 percent, according to data released Friday by the state's Department of Workforce Services.

Dana Mather Named Acting Director of Main Street Rogers

by Marty Cook 5/15/2014 11:26 am

Dana Mather was named acting director of Main Street Rogers on May 12 after the organization's board of directors postponed a search for a full-time executive director.

Capital Hotel Named to Southern Living Hotel Collection

by Lee Hogan 5/14/2014 11:27 am

The Capital Hotel in Little Rock was recently added to the Southern Living Hotel Collection, a list of independent four- and five-star hotels, resorts and inns across the South.

Shift Toward ‘Wet' Taking Arkansas by Storm (Ben Johnson Commentary)

by Ben Johnson 5/12/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas today remains among the few states fractured into a patchwork of wet and dry regions. The surge of local option elections expanding the boundaries of wet territory has provoked calls in state publications for a uniform statewide system of liquor sales that could not be eroded piecemeal by local referendums.

Downtown Bentonville Executive Director David Deggs Resigns

by Marty Cook 5/7/2014 03:46 pm

David Deggs announced his resignation as executive director of Downtown Bentonville Inc. on Tuesday.

Video: Here's Video of Kevin Delaney of the Museum of Discovery on 'The Tonight Show'

by Lance Turner 5/6/2014 07:03 am

Kevin Delaney, the director of visitor experience at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, had his big moment in the spotlight last night, appearing on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." Delaney performed science demonstrations with host Fallon as his "laboratory assistant."

Culinary Education Heating Up at Arkansas Colleges

by Jan Cottingham 5/5/2014 12:00 am

Culinary education in Arkansas' public colleges and universities has boomed in recent years, and educators say they're placing their students in jobs before they even graduate.

Two Cranfords and Peacock Leave CJRW in Latest Departures

by Luke Jones 5/5/2014 12:00 am

The shakeup continues at Cranford Robinson Johnson Woods: Last week three executives, including two of the Little Rock ad firm's namesake Cranfords, resigned.

South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado Building $700,000 Quad

by Luke Jones 5/5/2014 12:00 am

The $700,000 project, officially titled the William R. & Cacilia Howard Heritage Plaza, was funded entirely through private donations, Waldrop said. The “heritage” in the name comes from the idea that many former institutions, such as El Dorado High School, have used the grounds and buildings that the college has occupied since 1992.

Kelley Bass on How Working in Newspapers Prepared Him for Career in Nonprofit Industry

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/5/2014 12:00 am

Before becoming CEO at the Museum of Discovery in December 2012, Bass was assistant dean for external affairs for the Donaghey College of Engineering & Information Technology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He remains active in the central Arkansas nonprofit community, serving on the board of Riverfest, for which he chaired the 30th anniversary festival in 2007, and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

Walton Arts Center Renovation Cost Moves Higher

by Arkansas Business Staff 5/5/2014 12:00 am

Walton Arts Center officials say the planned renovation and expansion of its theater complex and headquarters on Dickson Street may cost as much as $23 million.

Historic Dyess Colony Project Expects to Bring Tourists, Revenue

by Lee Hogan 5/2/2014 01:58 pm

The restoration of the Dyess Administration Building and the Johnny Cash boyhood home are part of a broader Historic Dyess Colony project, led by the Arkansas Heritage Sites. Project leaders hope the restoration, and inclusion into the Arkansas Heritage Sites, will incite investment and increase revenue in the area.

Top 20 Arkansas Highway Projects Survive Fiscal Cliff as AHTD Pares Down Roster

by George Waldon 4/28/2014 12:00 am

Contracts totaling $100.4 million recently were awarded for 70 highway improvement projects around Arkansas. The dollar total could've topped $160 million if it weren't for the looming shadow of the Fiscal Cliff.

Get Tickets for Arkansas Business Power Breakfast Panel on Boards of Directors

by Arkansas Business Editors 4/25/2014 04:29 pm

Arkansas Business presents a new event series called Power Breakfast. This program features experts who will share strategies for building an effective board of directors and being an impactful board member. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock.

Changes, Temporary Closing Coming to Ashley's at the Capital Hotel

by Lee Hogan 4/25/2014 04:24 pm

Change is coming to Ashley's at the Capital Hotel. Hotel management says the popular Little Rock restaurant will be closing, temporarily, May 4 to allow for a redesign. The restaurant aims to reopen in July.

In Arkansas, Drones Take Place of News Choppers

by Luke Jones 4/21/2014 12:00 am

The days of the humble news chopper are waning. It's now cheaper, easier and more effective to shoot stories with drones. News stations are adapting to this change in different ways. Some are hiring freelancers with access to the technology.

April Beige Book Reports Overall Activity Down Across Arkansas, 8th District

by Mark Carter 4/16/2014 01:30 pm

The April book reports a net decrease in manufacturing activity across the district, a decrease in residential real estate activity, mixed results in commercial real estate, and a decrease in lending from district banks.