Meet Your Little Rock Neighbors: Ross Owyoung

Meet Your Little Rock Neighbors: Ross Owyoung
Ross Owyoung (David Yerby)

Ross Owyoung

Owyoung, 28, came to Little Rock from his hometown of McGehee, after graduating from the University of Arkansas, to attend the Clinton School of Public Service. He enrolled in the school’s public service master's program in 2016 and soon fell in love with Little Rock’s vibrant community and diverse offering of museums, theaters, parks, hiking and biking trails and unique neighborhoods.

“There is something always going on in the community, always a way to connect with your fellow Little Rocker, which provides a great sense of community here,” says Owyoung, who anticipates seeing the renovated Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts take its place within the city’s culture.

Neighborhood I Call Home: The Heights.

My Go-To Place in Little Rock is: Nexus Coffee and Creative, because Nexus allows pups and my puppy, Millie, loves to go get love from every visitor and worker. She is Nexus’ mascot.

Favorite Local Little Rock Lunch Spot: I love Trio’s, the staff; and the food is unparalleled. The staff welcomes you like family and you feel right at home the entire time you are there, just as you should when eating a great meal in a great city.

What Does Little Rock Offer that Your Hometown Does Not? I come from a small town, so Little Rock offers numerous opportunities. During any given week, I can see a symphony or ballet performance, or attend an open house night for galleries and shops downtown. I can go to a museum or a concert, or I can attend a talk at the Clinton School, UA Little Rock or at any one of our excellent libraries.

On the Weekend You Can Find Me: On the cycling trails. Little Rock is a cycling city. There are more than 1,200 miles of trails around the city — a trail for every type of rider. Cycling in Little Rock is a great way to exercise as well as a great networking activity. The cycling community here is phenomenal and our trails are top of the line.

Newcomers to Little Rock Should Definitely: Look forward to visiting the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts. It will be a landmark for central Arkansas and will feature our international art collection in a whole new light as well as breathtaking temporary exhibitions, theatre performances, studio art classes and so much more. There will be something for everyone.

Little Rock Surprised Me Because: It’s a city, but it’s a small city where everyone knows each other and looks after one another. It’s a community that has a lot of pride in its city, and that is just beautiful to witness and now be a part of.