Posted 3/25/2013 12:00 am
Vibrant, bustling downtown districts are a sure indication of whether a city is thriving or not. Jonesboro counts itself as a leader in meeting and exceeding lofty expectations downtown, attracting countless visitors for shopping, culture, dining, socializing and many other reasons.
Oh yes, and the city’s downtown sector continues to become the spot of choice for those seeking a more urbane living space in spacious lofts. Whatever your taste or fancy, it can be found in abundance.
The past several years have brought a host of new businesses, residential options and events drawing thousands for outdoor concerts and bike rides. One staple — the annual Christmas Parade – never loses its appeal; the same is true for Veterans Day ceremonies and additional opportunities to bring people together as a community.
Stroll down Main Street or over to Church Street to find eateries with menus full of palate-pleasing items. At every turn are choices ranging from country cooking and traditional American plates to international and upscale cuisine. Live music can be heard on weekends and many weeknights. Looking for a place to meet up with friends for a few drinks and nightlife or need a massage and spa treatment? You’ve come to just the right place.
The arts play a vital role, with galleries open for exhibits, and Jonesboro claims one of the state’s most recognized community theaters, The Forum. Church services are another cherished aspect of Jonesboro life, with building expansions either completed or underway and congregations offering multiple services weekly.
Downtown is also home to an assortment of locally owned businesses. Variety comes in the form of clothing shops, tattoo establishments, sportsmen’s merchandise and more. Parking is ample as well, with lots dotting the district along Main and Church streets and in other locales.
Proximity to important governmental services gives the downtown area more of a boost. The Craighead County Courthouse stands between Main and Union streets. Nearby is the E.C. “Took” Gathings Federal Building and additional offices to serve the public. City Water and Light, Jonesboro’s city-owned utilities operation, is located at the corner of Carson Street and east Monroe Avenue.
Whatever the reason for visiting, downtown Jonesboro is a hub of progress and future promise. Tap into this growing well of city pride and discover why many of your friends and neighbors make it a top destination throughout the year.