Volume 2 February 2020
More Progress on Main Street

Arts & Science Center to Begin Renovations "The Annex"
ASC has received a $2.2 million grant from the Windgate Foundation. The grant will make it possible to renovate and utilize the building known as "The Annex" as a multi-use space in support of ASC's expanded community engagement initiative, The ARTSpace for Creative Thinking & Entrepreneurship. The renovation will provide office and studio spaces for an arts education community and extended teaching artist residences; classrooms to accommodate multiple school groups, theatre youth workshops; a public gallery space for UAPB art students, school youth and regional artists; and a community gathering space to hosts monthly art night events. Beginning renovations are targeted to begin in June 2020 with a goal of opening The ARTSpace by the end of 2020.
Downtown Business Highlight
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Assorted Chocolate and Candied Apples
Country Chic Chocolate Company
1522 Main Street
Tucked away on the corner of 15th & Main Streets, you may have overlooked this gem of a business. Besides the wonderful desserts, this team of mother, two daughters and a son also cater and offer lunch (as long as supplies last) several days a week.

Open from 11:00 - 2:00 M-F, your best option is to call ahead to see what is being offered for lunch. Catering jobs sometimes take them away from the premise but they can be reach by phone. In addition to what has been made, special orders can be placed for specific items.

Check out their Facebook page for mouth watering pictures of all their food and what is available for lunch. Facebook: countrychicchocolatecompany or
call 501.590.1216
Busy weekend
Downtown Pine Bluff
Bring the entire family to see the Sahara Shrine Circus of Thrills at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Have a chance to win a free bicycle.

Pine Bluff Convention Center

Four Shows this weekend
Saturday Feb. 29 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Sunday Mar. 1 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.

Adults: $15.00
Children 12 and under are free
Catfish FRIDAY
Blues & Soul Night
Come downtown to the UAPB Incubator this Friday night for authentic Blues and Soul music presented by the Delta Rhythm and Bayous Alliance and performed by the Port City Blues Society and other outstanding artists. Admission is free. Catfish dinners available for purchase.

Friday, February 28, 2020
UAPB Incubator 615 S. Main Street
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Free Admission
Sounds of Blue
Mark your calendars! Port City Blues Society will be hosting "Sounds of Blue", a free interactive Delta Blues experience for all ages featuring musicians Marcus "Mookie" Cartwright, Carla Robinson, Bluesboy Jag ... live Delta Blues music, blues discussion, blues jam session, artist meet and greet, cigar box guitar making info, and Delta Blues history. Funded in part by Synergy Forum, Inc.

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 1 pm - 5 pm
Location: UAPB Business Support Incubator 615 Main Street.
Admission is free
Friday, March 7, 2020
Paul Morphis: one-man-band
Arts & Science Center
Live @ Five
Live Jazz, Blues & Rock & Roll from 5-7pm first Friday of the month set up on the theatre stage. $5 Members $10 Non members. For guest 21 and older. Sponsored by MK Distributors.

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library : 870.534.4802 200 E. 8th Avenue

PBJC Historical Museum: Open Wednesday - Friday 10:00 - 4:00 870.541.5402
201 East 4th Avenue

Arkansas Railroad Museum : Open Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 - 2:00.
870.535.8819 1700 Port Road

The Arts & Science Center: Open Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 5:00, Saturday 10:00 - 4:00. 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 D. Reynolds Building located at 211 W. 3rd Avenue. The Art League meets the first Sunday of each month. Visitors are welcome.

Pine Bluff Aquatic Center: 400 E. 11th Ave. Mon.- Fri. 6am- 8pm, Sat. 8am-5pm, Sun. 1pm-5pm 870.850.7620
Swim-Play-Exercise Fun for all.

In addition to each facilities' website, check out the TOWN CRIER section of the Pine Bluff Commercial


Indigo Blue Coffeehouse 212 W. Barraque Street
870.210.4120 or 870.718.5330

Miss Margaret's Unique Cakes 214 W. Barraque Street

Lucky's Café 310 E. 5th Avenue

RJ's Sports Grill 1 28 Main Street

Rich's Burgers 102 N. Walnut Street 870.536.6950

Off the Grill 1219 Main Lunch Wed - Fri. 11:00 a.m.

Subway 1620 S. Main (Newly renovated)


Hot Rods 201 S. Main Street
Wed. Blues Open Mic Night 870.534.2066

RJ's Sports Grill 128 Main Street

Colonial Steak House 111 W. 8th

Off the Grill 1219 Main Street
Wed/Thurs closes at 8:00 p.m.
Friday closes at 9:00 p.m.
Saturday closes at 10:00 p.m.
Southeast Engravers 208 W. Barraque 870.536.3347
Awards, trophies, plaques, signs, banners, glass and jewelry engraving
D Virtuous Divas 102 S. Main 870.674.7666
Women's clothing
Uptown Salon & Boutique 204 S. Main 877.715.0393
Massage, hair, nails, pedicures, facials and more - gift boutique
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
Shoe Express 502 S. Main 870.535.8454 Monday - Friday 10:00 - 5:00
New shoes & boots, men's clothing, hats and shoe repair
FBT Bank & Mortgage 716-B S. Main 870.201.3044 Neighborhood Loan Office
Pine Bluff Title Company 728 S. Main 870.536.4943
Smith Barber Institution 1218 S. Main 870.626.4556
Man Cave Cigars 1520 S. Main 870.663.0955 Closed Tuesdays
Country Chic Chocolate Company 1522 S. Main 501.590.1216 Open: 11 - 2