PBDD Masthead 2020

Issue 4 April 2023

PBDD Welcomes New Board Member

Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Inc. welcomes Nyeshia Aldridge to its Board of Directors. Nyeshia is the Director for Public Outreach for Emergency Ambulance Services, Inc. (EASI). She will be a wonderful asset to our organization and we look forward to working with her.

Main Street America announced this week that Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Inc. has been recognized as one of the 862 nationally accredited Main Street programs that have worked to advance economic vitality and quality of life in the downtown and commercial district. Pine Bluff Downtown Development's performance is annually evaluated by Main Street Arkansas which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify that Downtown Development has met the rigorous national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs that includes standards of fostering strong public-private partnerships, supporting small and locally owned businesses and actively preserving historic places, spaces and cultural assets.

John Wall, board president, noted that "one of the goals of Pine Bluff Downtown Development is to be an accredited Main Street program under the umbrella of Main Street Arkansas. We are excited to have the distinction of being accredited by Main Street America in 2023 and to fulfill this most notable goal".

EASI Ambulance Service, FosterTowing and Midtown Tire and Auto Honor Law Enforcement, Firefighters and First Responders with Barbeque Luncheon

On Thursday, April 20, EASI, FosterTowing and Midtown Tire and Auto hosted a luncheon to thank local law enforcement, firefighters and all first responders at EASI's headquarters at 514 Fifth Avenue. Local musician Dave Sadler provided background music and Jefferson Regional employees provided an information booth. Volunteers from First United Methodist Church, the UAPB women's basketball team, and Helping Hands for the Community organization served barbeque, sides and dessert to over 200 individuals. PBDD was proud to participate for the third year by providing desserts.

Mark your Calendars for these Downtown Events

The public is invited to attend ASC's Volunteer Night on Thursday, April 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 701 Main to celebrate and recognize the hard work and commitment of its volunteers. Drinks and light h'orderves will be served at this fun, free event. Sponsored by MK Distributors and Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel.


The City of Pine Bluff invites all ages to participate in the Step into Spring Walking Challenge on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. The walk will begin at the entrance to the Saracen Landing Walking Trail. Participants will be awarded medals for completion of the following: Gold - The 3.6 mile trail in 30 minutes; Silver - The 3.6 mile trail; Bronze - 1.8 miles of the trail. For more details, call 870-730-2004.

Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Junior Fire Camp

PBFD is having a Junior Fire Camp from June 12th - June 16th. A free five day camp designed for boys and girls ages 11 - 13 to experience what it is like to be a firefighter, as well as learn about fire safety.

The Junior Fire Camp will be a fun and informative introduction to the firefighting profession. Taught by PBFD firefighters the camp will feature hands on activities and interactive learning sessions. Students will learn about fire department organization, 9-1-1 dispatch, structure fire suppression tactics, truck operations, basic first and hands on only CPR, as well as tours of the local fire stations and other City entities.

2023 Registration is Available

Space is limited to the first 15 eligible applicants

Session Starts June 12th - June 16th

Time: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: Detective Kevin D Collins Center (Old Public Library)

#1 Convention Center Drive Pine Bluff, AR

For questions visit our website: www.pineblufffire.com

or call 870-730-2048

Contact: Lt. Larry Murray

Business EXPO 2023 Thursday, May 4 Pine Bluff Convention Center

Business Expo Breakfast featuring Carlton Saffa of Saracen Casino & Resort is from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Tickets are $25 for an individual or a sponsored table of 8 for $300. Tickets must be purchased in advance and the deadline is April 28.

Business Expo Exhibit hall open from 9.a.m. - 10 a.m. for VIP tickets. General Public admission begins at 10 a.m. through 3: p.m. Wristbands are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

The Arts & Science Center will hold its LIVE @ 5 concert on Friday, May 5 featuring The Josh Park Band. Described as a "heavy electric blues/rock sound, the Josh's explosive solos, rich tones and the blended talents of his band will mesmerize you to no end.

Held the first Friday of each month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Live @ 5 concert series is for guests 21 or older. Admission is $5 for ASC members and $10 for nonmembers. Includes beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages. Sponsored by MK Distributors.

Blues by Budweiser featuring John Horton Band

The Port City Blues Society is hosting their monthly blues concert on Saturday, May 6 at RJ's Grill & Bar - 128 S. Main Street. Doors open at 7 p.m with music beginning at 8 p.m. No charge for Port City Blues members. $5 for nonmembers. Memberships available at the door. Sponsored by MK Distributors.

Pine Bluff Grider Field Aviation Museum

receives funding for WWII Barrack Restoration

(Jefferson County Historical Society President David Trulock presents a check to Pine Bluff Grider Field Aviation Museum Board President Rickey Works)

The Pine Bluff Grider Field Aviation Museum, Inc. received a $10,000 donation from the Jefferson County Historical Society to continue restoration of the only remaining World War II barrack at Grider Field. The roof and outside walls have been restored. This is the second donation from the Jefferson County Historical Society. These funds will be used towards renovations to the inside of the structure. The museum board is currently working with Level 5 Architecture to prioritize the next steps in completing the restoration of this building. Level 5 is donating their architectural services to assist with this project.

The airplane in the picture is a restored PT-19, the same plane flown by Army Air Corps cadets during their training at what is now Grider Field Regional Airport. Over 10,000 cadets trained at the field from April 1941 through October 1944.

Downtown Pine Bluff offers

several choices for lunch, dinner and desserts

Indigo Blue Coffee House (left)

Unique Cakes by Miss Margaret (lower left) - Country Chic Chocolate Company (upper right) RJ's Sports Grill & Bar (lower right)

Also, Lucky's Cafe - Rich's Hamburgers - Colonial Steakhouse and Subway Sandwiches
Shop Locally
Support Pine Bluff
Restaurants and Businesses


Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library: www.pineblufflibrary.org 870.534.4802 Sixth Avenue and Main Street

PBJC Historical Museum:
www.pbjchistory.org Thurs. & Fri.
201 East 4th Avenue

Arkansas Railroad Museum: Open Thursday - Saturday 10:00 - 2:00. www.ArkansasRailroadMuseum.org
870.535.8819 1700 Port Road

The Arts & Science Center: Open Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 5:00, Saturday 10:00 - 4:00. www.asc701.org 870.536.3375
701 South Main Street

Pine Bluff Art League: Paintings by local artist are on display in the atrium and hallways of the Donald W. Reynolds Building located at 211 W. 3rd Avenue. The Art League meets the first Sunday of each month. Visitors are welcome.

Carl A. Redus Jr. Aquatic Center: 400 E. 11th Ave. Mon.- Fri. 6am- 7pm, Sat. 9am-5pm, 870.850.7620 www.cityofpinebluff.com/aquatics
Swim-Play-Exercise Fun for all.

Delta Rivers Nature Center: 1400 Black Dog Road. Tues. - Sat. 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 870.534.0011. Arkansas Game & Fish website. Closed Sunday & Monday

In addition to each facilities' website, check out the Pine Bluff section of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.




Indigo Blue Coffeehouse 212 W. Barraque Street Now serving wine & beer


Miss Margaret's Unique Cakes 214 W. Barraque Street


Lucky's Café 310 E. 5th Avenue


RJ's Sports Grill 128 Main Street


Rich's Burgers 102 N. Walnut Street 870.536.6950

Country Chic Chocolate Company 1522 S. Main 501.590.1216

Subway 1620 S. Main


Underwater Seafood 1400 S. Main

870.534.2722 Closes 8pm W & Th, 9pm Fri. & Sat


RJ's Sports Grill & Bar 128 Main Street

870.850.7887 Port City Blues Society & Open Mic night on Wednesdays beginning at 8:00 p.m. Blues Concert the first Saturday of each month. Smoke Free

Colonial Steak House 111 W. 8th


The Avenue on Main 201 S. Main



Southeast Engravers 208 W. Barraque 870.536.3347

Awards, trophies, plaques, signs, banners, glass and jewelry engraving

United Way of Southeast Arkansas 211 W. 3rd, #135 870.534.2153

D Virtuous Divas' Boutique 102 S. Main 870.674.7666

Burts Food Court & Events Center 209 S. Main 870.568.6382 (Contact Jan)

Kelly & Stone CPA 220 S. Main 870.534.8104

Pop's Barbershop 301 S. Main 870.536.7677

The Generator 435 S. Main 870.663.0200

Simmons Bank 501 Main Street 870.541.1000

Shoe Express 502 S. Main 870.535.8454 Monday - Friday 10:00 - 5:00

New shoes & boots, men's clothing, hats and shoe repair

The Alliance 510 Main Street 870.535.0110

FBT Bank & Mortgage 716-B S. Main 870.201.3044 Neighborhood Loan Office

Pine Bluff Title Company 728 S. Main 870.536.4943

AgHeritage Farm Credit Services 800 S. Main 870.628.4218

Impressive Styles Beauty and Barber Salon 902 S. Main 870.535.0902

Elite Cutz Barbershop 904 S. Main 870.535.0902

Smith Barber Institution 1218 S. Main 870.626.4556

Rhodes Auto Brokers 1401 S. Main 870.536.2275

Nic Nacs Bargains 1415 S. Main 870.663.0970

Man Cave Cigars 1520 S. Main 870.663.0955 Closed Tuesdays

Country Chic Chocolate Company 1522 S. Main 501.590.1216 Open: 11 - 2

Newcomer Services & Maynard Insurance 210 Walnut 870.413.0646

Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Inc.
If we can be of assistance or provide information, we are here for you. Give us a call at 870.536.8742 or email pbdowntown@sbcglobal.net or ppdd110pine@yahoo.com.

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