Rebooted Little Rock Night Market brings hundreds of central Arkansas revelers to River Market districts

Rebooted Little Rock Night Market brings hundreds of central Arkansas revelers to River Market districts

BCN Staff – May 6, 2022 – After a nearly two-year pandemic lull, Little Rock’s Night Market returned to the downtown River Market district with a new venue and brought hundreds of formerly isolated revelers out to enjoy a night full of fun, food and festivities.

Held from 5-10 p.m. in the construction-wracked downtown River Market, hundreds of partygoers filtered through the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) square and sampled tasty treats prepared by local food truck vendors. Others, looking for unusual and handcrafted bargains, were able to purchase all types of wares, crafts, and merchandise from local makers and artisan vendors.

But for those merrymakers who came in a partying mood, the night was also filled with music and dancing featuring Nicky Parrish, Butterfly, Tim Anthony, Mike Walker, DJ Nick Hud, DJ Charles, and many others.

“Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the Little Rock Night Market. It was a great success,” said Benito Lubazibwa, founder of ReMix Ideas and the city’s after-twilight event.

Formerly held at First Security Amphitheater on the Arkansas River side of the River Market, this year’s event was relocated across the street to Library Square outside the CALS Main Library in downtown Little Rock. The primary sponsors were in partnership with ReMix and the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA).

Liberty Square is also the new location of ReMix’s Rock It! maker space concept at the CALS-owned Cox Building at 120 River Market Ave. Housed on three floors of the historic brick facade building in Little Rock’s River Market district, the new maker space and startup business lab is a collaboration between the CALS and Advancing Black Entrepreneurship. In October, that mentorship program sprung out of ReMix Ideas’ ground-breaking virtual Black Founders Summit.

During an earlier “soft opening” a year ago, ReMix and local volunteers from the business community announced plans to provide resources and services, including technical assistance, mentorship, marketing and promotion, networking opportunities, business education, one-on-one instruction, and more to assist entrepreneurs in creating successful businesses.

Now a staple in the River Market, the downtown project includes the 501 Makers collaborative workspace, the River Shop Retail for local vendors to sell their wares, and Village Coworking office space for early-stage startups. 

Concerning Night Market, Lubazibwa sees his latest startup innovation as both marketplace and twilight party. “It’s more than just a market; it’s a nightlife experience,” Lubazibwa said concerning his decision to reboot the popular summer event halted in 2020 due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

“The strategic intent of the Little Rock Night Market is to provide an opportunity for local entrepreneurs, startups, artists, and makers to showcase their imagination and strengthen the local economy by creating a space that encourages shoppers to buy local,” he said.

To learn more about Little Rock Night Market 2022, go here, or go to the Facebook page where the June 4 kickoff event has nearly 5,000 likes.


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