NWA Eateries Dominate Arkansas Times' Best of 2021

February 9, 2021

Business

Canopy NWA and Forge Community Loan Fund Partner to Aid Refugee Business Owners

The Forge Community Loan Fund and Canopy NWA (a refugee resettlement agency) have partnered to help boost refugee-owned businesses in NWA.

  • KUAF's Ozark's at Large caught up with Forge's inaugural client, Eca Mukandama, a refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo, who is opening an auto sales and repair shop in south Fayetteville.
  • A refugee for over 16 years, Mukandama studied to be a mechanic in Burundi. When he moved to NWA, he began working with Ozark Regional Transit operating on public transit vehicles. Mukandama reached out to Canopy for support and established Mossi's Auto Sales and Repair at 563 MLK Blvd in Fayetteville.
  • Canopy has settled over 195 federally-vetted global refugees and helps individuals and families secure affordable housing, education, and work. Listen to the full story HERE.

Arts & Culture

New Fashion Platform Emerges in NWA

The Arkansas Arts & Fashion Forum and Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week have merged to create Interform, a platform designed to build connections, community, and relationships across mediums, across platforms, and across cultural divides. -Downtown Springdale

  • Interform's new headquarters, THE FORUM, will be located at 117 W Emma Street in Springdale. The program's sewing studio and educational space, THE ANNEX, will be located at the Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange (CACHE)’s building at 214 S Main Street.
  • Interform plans to operate through a collaborative and unified approach under three main pillars: LEARN, MAKE, SHOW.
  • In June 2021, Interform will host Art Annual, a month-long exhibition of art, music, fashion, and film, taking place in Downtown Springdale. Applications are now live and will close Feb. 12.
  • Interform's goal is to continue to develop relevant programming that provides educational opportunities and professional resources for aspiring creatives that are committed to building a vibrant fashion community in NWA. Check out Interform's website for more information.

Local Government

Bentonville City Council Plans to Hold Bond Election

NWA Daily

The City of Bentonville is considering asking residents to approve up to $266 million in bonds for capital projects by extending a 1% city sales tax through a bond election on April 13. The City Council will discuss the possibility of the election in a meeting tomorrow, Feb. 9.

  • The proposed bond money for parks will help fund the 8th Street Gateway Park; The park would connect via trail to Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, Osage Park, 28th Street Park and Citizens Park. -NWA Democrat-Gazette
  • Voters will be asked to approve capital projects such as $160 million for streets, $30 million for parks and recreation, $18 million to address drainage issues, $6 million for radio communications, $4.5 million for library expansion, $3.5 million for a fire training facility and $1.4 million for a police training facility, according to the city.
  • Council Member Octavio Sanchez said their biggest hurdle will be roads, and that the city's street infrastructure is insufficient to move the tens of thousands of people who need to travel though the city.
  • Eighty percent of the revenue raised by the city's 1% city sales tax goes to repay bonds and 20% goes to ongoing capital needs. The 1% sales tax would expire in 2046, and the tax would bring in approximately $15 million a year. -NWA Democrat-Gazette

Local Dining News

NWA Eateries Land in Arkansas Times' Best Restaurants of 2021

Atlas was voted "Best New Restaurant Around the State", NWA Daily

The Arkansas Times released their Best Restaurants in Arkansas in 2021 and your favorite NWA hotspots likely made the list! Here are a few of the winners:

  • Overall Around the State: The Hive (Bentonville)
  • New Around the State: Atlas (Fayetteville). Finalist included AOI Sushi on the Square (Bentonville) and Arsaga’s Mill District (Fayetteville).
  • Chef Around Arkansas: Matthew McClure, The Hive (Bentonville)
  • Best Restaurant Keeping Diners Safely Spaced:
    The Hive (Bentonville) with Atlas (Fayetteville) as a finalist.
  • Curbside Around Arkansas:
    The Farmer’s Table Cafe (Fayetteville) with The Hive (Bentonville) again as a finalist.

The list goes on (and ON) - visit the Arkansas Times's website to see the full list of award categories and winners.

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Rooting for the Home Team

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With the end of one great season (congrats Brady), another one steps up to the plate. The Arkansas Baseball team's first game is next Friday (Feb. 19) against Texas Tech in Arlington, TX.

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