Favorite

Shop and more shops 

click to enlarge BEST SHOPPING: Park Plaza and Midtown Little Rock.
  • BEST SHOPPING: Park Plaza and Midtown Little Rock.

Just a few years ago, it was hard to find many people who had much faith in the future of retail in midtown Little Rock. Dillard’s had announced it would build a store in a planned shopping center in Chenal, and rumors abounded that Park Plaza would shortly follow the way of University Mall.

Today, that seems, well, pretty ridiculous. Our readers’ two top choices for best shopping center this year were perennial winner Park Plaza by a hair over its newcomer neighbor, Midtowne Little Rock. That Chenal shopping center is just now beginning construction, and Dillard’s is apparently no longer among its planned tenants.

Park Plaza’s multimillion-dollar renovation breathed new life into the 19-year-old mall, and attracted a couple of high-profile new tenants. The open-air Midtowne, meanwhile, has brought in a host of national retailers that Central Arkansans have long known through catalogs and out-of-town trips — Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma, J. Jill and Ann Taylor Loft, Harold’s and White House/Black Market and Pei Wei Asian Diner — plus a couple of local boutiques. Our readers clearly like the mix, and don’t seem to mind braving the elements as they window shop.

Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Jennifer Barnett Reed

  • Learning to love North Little Rock in Park Hill

    Any description of North Little Rock's Park Hill neighborhood will eventually, inevitably, include a comparison to Hillcrest, its better-known cousin south of the river.
    • Dec 28, 2011
  • A reason to splash

    Fun rain gear and more at InJoy.
    • Mar 12, 2009
  • Pick up some spice

    And we ain’t talking about tarragon.
    • Feb 26, 2009
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • The ballad of Fred and Yoko

    How one of the world's foremost Beatles collectors died homeless on the streets of Little Rock.
    • Mar 31, 2016
  • Big ideas for Arkansas 2015

    Readers and experts suggest ways to change Arkansas for the better.
    • Dec 17, 2015
  • 2016 Best of Arkansas editors' picks

    A few of our favorite things.
    • Jul 28, 2016

Most Shared

  • So much for a school settlement in Pulaski County

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Cynthia Howell got the scoop on what appears to be coming upheaval in the Pulaski County School District along with the likely end of any chance of a speedy resolution of school desegregation issues in Pulaski County.
  • Riverfest calls it quits

    The board of directors of Riverfest, Arkansas's largest and longest running music festival, announced today that the festival will no longer be held. Riverfest celebrated its 40th anniversary in June. A press release blamed competition from other festivals and the rising cost of performers fees for the decision.
  • Football for UA Little Rock

    Andrew Rogerson, the new chancellor at UA Little Rock, has decided to study the cost of starting a major college football team on campus (plus a marching band). Technically, it would be a revival of football, dropped more than 60 years ago when the school was a junior college.
  • Turn to baseball

    When the world threatens to get you down, there is always baseball — an absorbing refuge, an alternate reality entirely unto itself.

Latest in Cover Stories

Event Calendar

« »

July

S M T W T F S
  1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31  

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Ruth Coker Burks, the cemetery angel

    • Go Fund Me Page. https://www.gofundme.com/RuthCokerBurks

    • on July 22, 2017
  • Re: The ballad of Fred and Yoko

    • I grew up in Charleston and attended the College of Charleston, right around the corner…

    • on July 21, 2017
  • Re: A week at Midtown

    • Beautifully & perfectly written. Maggie & Mistown are definitely unique & awesome!!

    • on July 21, 2017
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation