New concepts aim to reshape downtown Little Rock

New concepts spur downtown Little Rock turnaround

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Talk about the revitalization of downtown Little Rock is no longer just talk.

It's an ongoing effort that's been in the works since 2008, reshaping downtown Little Rock. A new bowling alley, restaurants, and a creative concept are part of the forward thinking of downtown developers and investors.

Marsha Guffey has helped change the landscape of the Main Street Creative Corridor.

"People like the Tech Park have located on Main Street. Just a lot of things to bring energy and excitement and vibrancy to downtown Little Rock," Guffey said.

Driving around downtown, evidence suggests business owners have become believers and so have patrons. Lance Turner with Arkansas Business said while it's too early to declare a victory for redevelopment, a virtuous circle appears to be in the making.

“Folks are coming here, folks are living here, folks are working here and they want more stuff to do when they're down here," he said.

On Capitol Avenue construction continues on the first bowling alley in downtown. Turner said Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge is retro-inspired bowling alley and beer garden.

"This kind of in a lot of ways helps fulfill that vision completing that district, bringing it all the way to the south to that border," Turner said.

Supporters like Guffey of the Main Street Creative Corridor are proud of downtown Little Rock's revitalization and continue to plan for the future.

"We just continuing to do new kinds of installations as we have money and time to make them happen."

The Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge will open next month. 

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