Around East Village
12 Star Flats is the most unique living experience in Central Arkansas. Located in an old paint factory, the one and two bedroom flats offer a rare industrial style that retains the amazing character and history of a great Arkansas success story. The Flats anchor a mixed use development called Paint Factory that includes a restaurant, Cromwell Architects Engineer's world headquarters, the Print Shop, and a community meeting space. Amenities include amazing views of Clinton Presidential Park, Heifer Village, and the Little Rock skyline, on-site fitness center, and outdoor patio. The Paint Factory is located in the hottest neighborhood in Little Rock and is within walking distance to many local restaurants, breweries, world class museums, and two public schools.
Located in one of the first developments of the East Village, the Clinton Presidential Center, 42 Bar and Table features unparalleled views of the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, which is especially beautiful at night when viewed from 42 Bar and Table's unique patio. No matter the time of day that you visit, their menu features a delicious blend of local favorites and internationally-inspired cuisine that will satisfy a wide range of pallets. 42 Bar and Table provides a presidential experience for every guest, near and far.
Structural steel fabricator W&W|AFCO Steel has been in the East Village neighborhood since the company was founded in 1909. Originally named Arkansas Foundry Company, the business was founded by five partners and was a gray iron foundry. By 1940, a building material department was added, and butane tanks reached production-line status. Over the next thirty-plus years, the Arkansas Foundry Company narrowed its niche to fabricated structural steel and officially changed their name to AFCO Steel. AFCO Steel is proud to have furnished fabricated structural and miscellaneous steel for many East Village institutions, including the Clinton Presidential Library, the Clinton Pedestrian Bridge, and Heifer International.
Like the Paint Factory, The Bike Shop and The Rail Yard also have a manufacturing history. The building was once home to a factory that made electrical components. It is now the new home of Count Porkula BBQ and includes an outdoor dining space that features a rotating schedule of food trucks and a craft beer garden with wine and specialty cocktails.
The Café at Heifer is the hidden gem of East Village. Located next to Heifer Urban Farm and Village, it is the only place in Little Rock where you can find a locally sourced and delicious meal where proceeds fund farms across Arkansas and abroad. Don’t forget to visit the alpacas, chickens, goats, cows, and other animals at the Urban Farm while you are there.
Carver Magnet Elementary offers unique learning opportunities through a standards based curriculum that integrates math and science for all students. They value students and their families by establishing a culture of learning that supports student needs. Carver students are engaged in a variety of unique learning opportunities through the science lab, young astronauts program, math stations, and 1-1 technology initiative for grades 3 - 5.They also offer a unique after school program that engages students in a variety of high interest topics including photography, a cooking club, and many others.
Cathead’s Diner, located at 515 Shall Avenue on the first floor of the renovated Paint Factory, features a private party room, patio seating, and a dining room. Nationally acclaimed chef Chef Donnie Ferneau created a menu chock-full of smoked meats and other savory specialties, many of them served on their namesake, extra big biscuits. The sides are just as special and dessert steals the show, featuring scratch made pies and cakes!
Completed in 2001, the Clinton Presidential Library is perhaps the most intriguing, efficient, environmentally-sensitive Presidential Library in our nation’s history. The Clinton Presidential Library and Museum is located within the Clinton Presidential Center and Park. The Center includes the Clinton Foundation Little Rock office and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.
In addition to the archival collections and research facilities, the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum features exhibits, special events, and educational programs. The museum includes replicas of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room. Permanent exhibits utilize documents, photographs, videos, and interactive stations. A timeline highlights domestic and foreign policy, as well as life in the White House.
The Clinton School of Public Service is a two-year graduate program with a “real world” curriculum. Clinton School students come from many different backgrounds, with public service interests and experience ranging from Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and military veterans to medical, business, and non-profit professionals. The school embodies former President Clinton’s vision of building leadership in civic engagement and enhancing people’s capacity to work across disciplinary, racial, ethnic, and geographical boundaries. The school is located on East 3rd on the grounds of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park in the historic Choctaw Route Station Building. The station, built in 1899 for the Choctaw, Oklahoma, and Gulf Railroad, is a two-story brick building with elaborate terra cotta detailing, and is one of the architecturally finest stations in the state. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
The Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential offers convenient access to some of Little Rock’s most popular restaurants, live entertainment, and outdoor recreation. Whether you’re traveling for business or you need a vacation hotel for a family getaway, the Comfort Inn & Suites Presidential has everything you need. It offers amenities such as free Wi-Fi and breakfast, meeting spaces, and a rooftop pool. It is also close to some of Little Rock’s coolest attractions like the Clinton Presidential Center, Heifer Village and Urban Farm, the River Market, and the Museum of Discovery. Nearby restaurants include Lost Forty, Cathead’s Diner, Count Porkula, Rebel Kettle, and 42 Bar and Table.
Count Porkula has a new permanent home at The Rail Yard! What began in 2008 as a hobby quickly grew into a passionate business that brings a fresh and unique take on BBQ to Central Arkansas. The business is named after a massive, refurbished one-of-a-kind smoker that will last until the cows come home. Their wide variety of menu items will satisfy anyone that enjoys good grub. They also offer a food truck for catering and events of all sizes in addition to their new location in East Village.
Founded by Charles Thompson in 1885, Cromwell Architects Engineers is a full-service design firm offering architecture, engineering, interior design, planning, energy services, facility management, and construction services to a broad range of clients. Cromwell has offices in Little Rock, AR, Springdale, AR, Fayetteville, NC, and Landstuhl, Germany. Cromwell works throughout the country and around the world, but are especially committed to serving their Arkansas clients. Throughout the firm’s 134 year history, the mission to inspire change and foster community growth has always been a priority wherever they are working.
The Darragh Company Headquarters is located in the East Village at 1401 East 6th Street. From its inception in 1906 until now, the Darragh Company, and the family for which it is named, has been integral to the building of Arkansas. From supplying cement used in construction of the State Capitol, to operating agricultural and food divisions, to providing materials and equipment for construction projects throughout the state and region, Darragh has offered their services every step of the way. The company also serves electrical, HVAC, and mechanical contractors, and provides equipment rental and repair services along with a variety of building services such as rebar, scaffolding, and firestopping.
The Distillery was originally built for Kraft Food Co. and recently served as Rock Town Distillery from 2010 to 2018. After renovation, the industrial office space holds the corporate office for Rock Dental Brands, a local dental management company with around 100 personnel that specializes in software for the orthodontic industry along with the locally owned coffee and food Fidel & Co.
Entegrity is a sustainability and energy services company specializing in the implementation of energy conservation and renewable energy projects and is uniquely qualified to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions to optimize building performance. They help their clients realize long-term operational savings by focusing on their needs: selecting the most cost-effective scope, contract structure, and financing strategy available to them. Services include energy savings performance contracting, commissioning, energy modeling, building testing, lighting solutions, renewable energy, water conservation, and sustainability consulting.
Established in December of 2007 under a five year charter, eStem School is an open enrollment charter school based in the heart of downtown Little Rock. Their mission is to develop students who are critical thinkers, problem solvers, and collaborative members of a learning community and society. They encourage students to be risk takers and enthusiastic life-long learners who are versed in engineering, science, technology, economics, math, and literacy.
In efforts to reduce the waiting list and open the school up to more students in the Central Arkansas area, eStem began the plans for expansion in 2015. They entered into a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and opened their 11-12th grade campus in August of 2017. They also completed the purchase of 400 Shall Street in the East Village for their new K-8 school which opened in July of 2018. These new campuses will allow for eStem to expand their enrollment to as many as 3,800 new students.
The first E-Z-GO vehicle was built in a sweltering one-room shop in Rhode Island over 60 years ago. From those, humble beginnings E-Z-GO has become a world leader in transportation and a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility vehicles and personal transportation vehicles. Golf Cart Headquarters of the South is a licensed E-Z-Go dealer with knowledgeable sales team that can help you select the perfect cart for your needs, new or used. They also have a full service shop for anything that your cart may need.
Heifer International’s campus was built in 2006 on the site of a long-abandoned railroad yard in the East Village. All of the materials used in the building were sourced within 500 miles of Little Rock. The building was designed with the environment in mind and uses 52 percent less energy than a conventional office building of similar size and use. Heifer International is also home to a café and a fair trade shop as well as Heifer Village and Urban Farm, a working farm with interactive exhibits that provides a stimulating and challenging educational experience for people of all ages.
Heifer Village and Urban Farm is a working garden and farm located on the grounds of Heifer International in East Village. Open Monday through Saturday from 9-5, their interactive exhibits and farm animals provide a stimulating and educational experience at no cost to visitors. Heifer Village and Urban Garden also hosts a number of events throughout the year with a wide variety programming for people of all ages. From weekly story time for the kids and overnight workshops in the Village to their signature event, Urban Farm Fest, visiting is always a different experience.
Lost Forty moved into the neighborhood in 2014 and has been steadily growing ever since. They recently added two new fermentation tanks over the summer of 2017 to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for their unique and well crafted brews. Their taproom has an out of the box menu that pairs well with any brew in the house. They are also home to the All Day Beer Brunch on Sundays and release a new beer every Monday around afternoon.
Lost Forty Brewing takes its name from the historic, storied forest that stands on 40 acres of Arkansas's last truly virgin soil in Calhoun County. They aim to craft beers as unwavering, wild, and uniquely Arkansas as the land itself. Lost Forty, both the forest and the brewery, is part tall tale, a little bit of hearsay, a lot of history, a few facts, a big cast of characters and completely Arkansas.
To honor the Paint Factory’s history and reinforce Cromwell’s goals of re-connecting the East Village to the rest of the city, the community meeting space has been dubbed The Mixing Room. The space is equipped with an available catering space, versatile furniture, break-out meeting space with outdoor seating, and the latest in Audio/Visual technology. This Center provides a much needed space for people all over the city to come together and exchange ideas and discuss opportunities and challenges that face our community today. For booking information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Print Shop is located at 1304 E. 6th, in the Paint Factory complex. They offer a wide array of printing services at competitive market rates. Services offered include copies, scans, large format printing, all available in color or black and white on a variety of paper types and sizes. For more information on specific services and pricing, contact email@example.com.
Rebel Kettle is located in a historic building that has been completely renovated. The onsite tap room is open seven days a week and features all of their current beers as well as special, limited, small batch brews that are released every Thursday at 4:30. If the weather is nice, slip outside to the beer garden, the best outdoor live music venue and one of the top patio spaces in Little Rock.
The Rock City Yacht Club will include a state of the art marina with 258 boat slips, a public-access boat ramp, a park, fueling station, restrooms, and a dock store. 176 luxury apartments and a restaurant are expected to be completed in early 2019. The Rock City Yacht Club will provide much needed access to the Arkansas River for residents all over Central Arkansas.
The Southeast Bike and Pedestrian Trail, known informally as the Airport Loop, passes by the Clinton Presidential Library Park, Heifer International, the Clinton National Airport, the Little Rock Port Authority, Dassault Falcon, and Welspun on the way to David D. Terry Park on the Arkansas River. The scenery along the 13 mile flat ride varies from parkland to industrial to lowlands marsh. This trail is a part of the larger Arkansas River Trail, which promotes economic development, health & wellness, environmental sustainability and improved safety for residents and visitors alike.
The William E. “Bill” Clark Presidential Park Wetlands is the restoration project of 13 acres of wetlands along the Arkansas River adjacent to the Clinton Presidential Library in the East Village. The project began in 2007. The Wetlands are named for William E. “Bill” Clark, an avid outdoorsman and civic leader in Arkansas for over three decades. The Wetlands were designed to showcase wildlife and river life in a restored wetlands habitat for the education and enjoyment of millions of national and international visitors to the Clinton Presidential Park and Library. The Wetlands are the result of collaboration among The City of Little Rock, Audubon Arkansas, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the University Of Arkansas Clinton School Of Public Service, the Williams J. Clinton Foundation, and the City Parks Conservancy.
The Woodruff House, one of few very rare antebellum homes in the city, was built by the founder of the Arkansas Gazette, William Woodruff, in 1853. The home has served as a military headquarters for Union troops during the Civil War, the Cottage Home for Girls, and the Colonial Club for Business Girls. It also was a boarding house and apartment for most of the 1900’s. The home was significantly damaged in a fire in 2005 and deteriorated quickly. With almost $100,000 in financial help from the city of Little Rock and the state, the Quapaw Quarter purchased the home in 2014 and is working to stabilize the structure and recruit users for the historic home.