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Permit filings name outlet stores

Occupants include Kay, Dress Barn, Gap Factory

Subscriber onlyRetailers going in Outlets at Little Rock are starting to take out building permits to finish their plain, white-box spaces -- among them Gap Factory, Banana Republic and OshKosh B'Gosh/Carter's. Continue reading...

Scouts set move for roomier LR space

Cookie operation gets to spread out

Subscriber onlyThe Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas is getting new digs in Little Rock with double the organization's current space in North Little Rock, and for the first time, it will have climate-controlled space for its cookie venture. Continue reading...

Observer: Papers' buyer 'a natural fit'

Subscriber onlyOne newspaper industry observer said Friday that the pending sale of Las Vegas-based Stephens Media LLC's 19 Arkansas daily and weekly newspapers to New Media Investment Group Inc. of New York "will change the landscape of the newspaper business in Arkansas." Continue reading...

Stephens Media to sell most of newspaper assets

New Media Investment Group Inc. said Thursday that it would acquire "substantially all" assets of Las Vegas-based Stephens Media LLC in a cash deal worth $102.5 million. Continue reading...

Flag dealer flies high as Betsy Ross winner

Subscriber onlyKerry McCoy has draped herself in success as the founder and owner of Arkansas Flag and Banner. Her 40 years in the flag-distribution and repair business recently earned her the highest honor in the industry, the Betsy Ross Award, from the Chicago-based National Independent Flag Dealers Association. Continue reading...

Venture turns cacao beans to bars

LR chocolate-maker expands from farmers market to stores

Subscriber onlyAfter two seasons of selling his handcrafted chocolate at the Hillcrest Farmers Market, Nathaniel Izard persuaded a few retail outlets around town to start carrying his Izard Chocolate bars. Continue reading...

765 at Blue Cross to get new digs

Eight floors of former Alltel tower in LR leased

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is consolidating some of its Little Rock area locations into one building at Riverfront Plaza, the former Alltel Wireless campus largely vacated when Verizon bought its rival wireless carrier and reduced staff. Continue reading...

Group's objective is livelier LR hub

Subscriber onlyMembers of the loosely formed Financial Quarter walked the lobby of Bank of America at lunch Tuesday, looking for opportunities to make better use of street-level space in downtown Little Rock, such as plazas, expansive bank lobbies and sidewalks that could be used for outdoor dining. Continue reading...

World renowned Ashtanga yogi draws crowd to Little Rock workshop

Subscriber onlyJames Brown and yoga -- an unlikely parallel -- but Ashtanga yoga titan David Swenson channeled the Godfather of Soul while teaching backbends in Little Rock. Continue reading...

Best list: Capital Hotel is No. 20

U.S. News picks no other in state

The Capital Hotel landed at 20th on U.S. News and World Report's list of best hotels in the U.S. for 2015. In its review, U.S. News lauded the hotel's on-site fine dining -- One Eleven, the Capital Bar and Grill and the Capital Cellar -- and said guests get much more than they pay for when staying there. Continue reading...

Chef Shuttle adding flower delivery

Service to pick up at 3 Kroger stores

Chef Shuttle, a Little rock-area owned and operated restaurant delivery service, will offer flower delivery from three Little Rock Kroger stores beginning this week and extending indefinitely past Valentine's Day. With the additional service, flowers and a fresh-made meal can be delivered for any occasion. Continue reading...

French-food chain to partner with Chi

La Madeleine plans LR outlet in ’15

Dallas-based La Madeleine, a chain of French-inspired bakery-cafes, is partnering with a family-owned restaurant and hotel group to develop four to five La Madeleine eateries in Arkansas this year -- the first one in Little Rock. Continue reading...

Flagship Marriott hires LR manager

Bill Spencer has been on the job as the new general manager of the Little Rock Marriott less than 24 hours and he's already working late. The 20-year hotel management veteran started Tuesday, replacing Bill Fontes, who died last month after a brief illness. Continue reading...

Acreage on river bought for $1M

Nature group set to enhance area

Subscriber onlyThe Nature Conservancy in Arkansas has purchased a 247-acre piece of property with 1.7 miles of Little Maumelle River frontage from Ranch Properties Inc. for a fraction of its $4.45 million value. Continue reading...

Tenants line up for LR building

Two announced for Sterling site

Downtown Little Rock's old Sterling department store will house a second location of Mylo Coffee Co. and a Crossfit-branded gym, Crossfit Composure, when the owners/developers execute the first phase of renovation this year. Continue reading...

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