Hillcrest Neighborhood in Little Rock now leisure district

“To get this off the ground, it’s just the beginning of something that we hope is very special.”

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – There is officially another entertainment district in Little Rock! This time in the historic Hillcrest neighborhood.

Many in this area have been waiting for an entertainment district.

Steve Shuler, Hillcrest Merchant Association liaison officer, said after seeing the success of Argenta’s district in connection with what COVID-19 has done to companies down there, this is exactly the excitement many needed.

“To get this off the ground it’s just the beginning of something that we hope is very special,” he said.

It may seem like a typical “first Thursday” in the historic Hillcrest neighborhood, but if you look closely, Shuler said something new is taking over the streets.

“This is your night. There really is no more excuse, get out here, get something and go around the neighborhood, just see what Hillcrest is about,” he said.

The neighborhood is now officially an entertainment district.

This means that you can go to one of the restaurants and bars, have a drink, and keep walking down the street while you shop.

According to Shuler, as long as you have the required mug and bracelet, you’re ready to roll.

“We’ll have signs saying ‘No alcohol at this point’ so it’s pretty clear how far you can go,” he said.

The district runs along five blocks of Kavanaugh between Monroe and Walnut St. and parts of Palm and Beechwood.

Businesses along this route hope this will bring more traffic to the neighborhoods they love.

“I think that will help us because in this moment more people are feeling comfortable outside and we can get everyone to safety,” said Armando Bolanos, La Terraza Rum and Lounge owner.

“First Thursday is something that has been going on for years, and now we can take it to another level and make the people in the community fun to look forward to,” said Max Oliver, Hill Station manager.

With the fun, Shuler says, comes with the goal of getting those shops and restaurants along the street up at a time when they need it most.

“Hillcrest is working on how special it is to the companies we have here,” he said.

It’s important to note that this is technically a temporary entertainment district, so the neighborhood will need to reapply every three months.

The entertainment district is open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The next one will be on the “first Thursday” in March.

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Ultimately, the pandemic accelerated collaboration. After working with advisors, mediators, and various stakeholders to build a partnership, the heads of institutions eventually revolved around and split one representative from each institution, said Jacono, who represented MetroHealth in discussions that had been going on for months.

“I think what the five CEOs said is that we should put a small team together, remove all outside influences and put you in one room and see what you can come up with,” said Jacono.

All five institutions have worked with each other in different ways over the years – some formal (joint ventures and investments, institutional research and grants) and others informal between friends or neighbors.

But previous attempts to get all five behind a project didn’t materialize for various reasons, Jacono said.

“It was more platitudes than substance,” she said.

This time it looked different.

Scott Cowen, interim president of the CWRU, said the five institutions had good relationships in the past and had a lot in common. They had no reason to get together as a group beforehand, he said.

“JobsOhio encouraged us to come together and through that conversation we learned that we can do a lot more together than we ever thought possible,” said Cowen.

Dr. Jim Merlino, the clinic’s chief clinical transformation officer, invited representatives from the other four institutions to dinner in August where they “were pretty straightforward about the challenges we were going to face,” he said. Health systems compete for patients, universities compete for students, and all five compete for investment and philanthropy dollars.

They found common ground in a common enemy: COVID-19.

Building a framework for each organization to continue its own work and expertise with the assistance of others also helped solidify the plans for collaboration. Instead of mixing resources and creating a common governance, each institution could bring its own focus and expertise to reinforce the work of the partners.

“So it doesn’t force either of us to take a detour, but it does force us to split up among the other four institutions so that we can get there faster,” said Jacono.

Although CSU President Harlan Sands believes the efforts would have come together without COVID-19, he said the pandemic has changed the nature of the partnership. It brought health systems together in ways that made the group think about health care in a post-pandemic world, including socio-economic factors and the unequal distribution of health care in the United States, he said.

“I think the pandemic is drifting where this group work is going and how it’s going to be good not just for the Cleveland Clinic or UH or Metro, but for all of Cleveland’s citizens as well,” Sands said.

Whether the new ways of working together are sustainable is the “million dollar question,” Merlino said, adding he was optimistic. With the structure they put in place and the commitments made by the leaders of the organizations, “we will uphold it,” he said.

Historically, the notion that competition should separate businesses from one another has set the trend that institutions should take care of themselves, Sylvan said. And while they will continue to compete when it makes sense, the communications channels established last year and formal commitment to collaboration in the Cleveland Innovation District mark a new chapter.

“Of course, at the end of the day, a patient is a patient when it comes to community,” said Sylvan. “And I think it took some catalyzing event like a pandemic to force us to get rid of the ego and force us to think about ‘coopetition’ versus pure competition. And I think those elements are likely to be sustained. “

Reporter Michelle Jarboe contributed to this article.

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From Drew Gieseke

The entertainment scene in Chesterfield will look very different next year.

A new all-in-one destination called The District is transforming Chesterfield Outlets shopping center into a thriving hangout for visitors and residents alike. Guests can enjoy top-class experiences such as Topgolf and iFLY, as well as unique venues and dining concepts, without ever having to leave the outdoor complex.

“We looked at what was missing – it allowed us to take advantage of what was already there,” said Tim Lowe, vice president of leasing and development for The St. Louis-based Staenberg Group, which is developing The District . “What we thought was missing in the [Chesterfield] Tal was entertainment. “

Once the development is fully realized, guests will have a walk-in entertainment space where they can listen to live music, sip a cocktail, play golf with their kids, and indulge in dinner without getting behind the wheel or partying.

The focus of the gradual development are two anchor projects that will be connected to Chesterfield’s existing Topgolf location on North Outer 40 Road.

One anchor is The Factory, a 3,000-person live venue covering 52,000 square feet with state-of-the-art lighting and sound. From the venue, on the way to debut in May 2021, visitors can expect an industrial atmosphere with lots of exposed brick and steel.

“The factory will truly be a facility for everyone in the area,” said Brian Harp, The Factory’s chief operating officer. “We plan events that span all genres of music, from rock ‘n’ roll to country to R&B and hip-hop. Our goal is [to] Program the venue so that everyone feels like there is something they can’t wait to see at The Factory. “