PBDD Masthead 2020
Volume 3 March 2022
The City of Pine Bluff, The Arts and Science Center and Pine Bluff Downtown Development receive Main Street Arkansas 2022 Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards
Mayor Shirley Washington, Rachel Miller (Arts & Science Center Director) and Joy Blankenship Pine Bluff Downtown Development, Inc. (Director) attended the Arkansas Municipal League Winter Conference to accept awards for three different revitalization projects in downtown Pine Bluff. As a Main Street Arkansas City, Pine Bluff Downtown Development was able to nominate these three projects for state-wide recognition.

Mayor Washington accepted the Outstanding Downtown Public Improvement Project Award for the Downtown Streetscape Project which greatly enhanced the aesthetics of Barraque and Main Streets. Rachel Miller accepted the Outstanding Adaptive Re-Use Project Award for their innovative renovations for the ARTSpace and Art Works on Main buildings. Joy Blankenship accepted the Outstanding Community Education Campaign Award for the Downtown...Alive event which allowed community members to tour renovated buildings in downtown.
New PBDD Board Members
Jamie McCombs joined the PBDD
Board of Directors in February. She is
the Marketing Director at Jefferson Regional. We are excited to have Jamie join us. She is already hard at
work promoting the Pop Up in the Bluff event as a member of the Pop Up Committee.
As the new Director for the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Kline has joined our Board of Directors. We look forward to working with Jennifer as PBDD and the Chamber work together to promote Pine Bluff.
The Pop Up in the Bluff Committee is meeting and making plans for this year's event. After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus, everyone is excited to see its return. Join us on May 7th in downtown Pine Bluff for a day filled with great shopping, food, musical entertainment and children's activities.

We are extremely grateful to this year's Pop Up in the Bluff committee. The members are: Leslie Dorn, (United Way), LaTasha Randle (Relyance Bank), Leigh Cockrum (GFPB), Dee Herring-Gatlin (Dee Herring Real Estate), Shakeelah Rahmaan (Arts & Science Center), Jason Duren (United Way), Julie Bridgforth (Relyance Bank) Roy Ferrell (volunteer), Jamie McCombs (Jefferson Regional), Tish Bullard (UAPB), Lynda Pickler (Century 21 United), Jodie Jolly (Relyance Bank), Mike Healy (volunteer), Fred Reed (Simmons Bank) and Tiffany Camp (Relyance Bank).

We are still accepting registrations for retail and food vendors. If you are interested, or know someone who is, contact us at 870.536.8742 or pbdd110pine@yahoo.com. We would love to have you!
Port City Blues Society Members admitted free, all others $5.00 at the door
On April 21, 2022, the City of Pine Bluff will host a job fair from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Pine Bluff Convention Center, located at 1 Convention Center Drive. City departments will be seeking applicants for all available job positions.

Local employers seeking job applicants are also invited to participate and set up booths. In order for employers to register for the fair, employers should contact 870-730-2004 or email wfells@cityofpinebluff-ar.gov. Registration is free and booth space will be allotted on a first-come-first-served-basis. The deadline for employers to register is April 18.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit this job fair if looking for employment opportunities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to bring resume copies.  
Arts & Science Center
Public Art Project
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Endowment recently commissioned "The Loveseat" by artist Eric Freeman.

This public art project was created to be enjoyed by community members visiting downtown. The installation was completed on March 17th. ASC encourages visitors to stop by and take photos with the Loveseat using the hashtag #LoveonMainPB and #LoveseatPB when sharing online.

The Loveseat can be found at 701 S. Main on the west side of the building facing Main Street.
New Downtown Business
The PinkPrint Tax Services has opened its office at 409 S. State Street, Unit B. This company can take care of all your tax needs. Contact them at 870.705.5055 or visit their website Visit our Website
D VIRTUOUS Divas' Boutique
102 S. Main Street
Tucked away in an historic Pine Bluff building in the 100 block of Main Street is a boutique offering unique clothes, hats, jewelry and much more. Owner Dr. Margaret Boyd-Owens has been selling retail clothing for 14 years in different locations but now graces our downtown. In addition to being a businesswoman, she is also an educator, research writer, mentor and Executive Director of MB20 "Moving Barriers to Opportunities".

Visit her shop located at 102 S. Main Street. Her hours of operation are: Tuesday - Friday 10:30 - 6:00 and Saturday 10:30 - 4:30. Looking for something specific, give her a call at 870.674.7666.

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 - Simplee's Off the Grill - Colonial Steakhouse and Subway Sandwiches
Shop Locally
Support Pine Bluff
Restaurants and Businesses

Businesses, public service buildings, museums and restaurants are opening up.
Call ahead to see what protocols are being followed.

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

PBJC Historical Museum:
www.pbjchistory.org 870.541.5402
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.

Pine Bluff Aquatic Center: 400 E. 11th Ave. Mon.- Fri. 6am- 7pm, Sat. 9am-5pm,
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

Simplee's Off the Grill 1219 Main Wed. - Fri. 11:00 am - 6:00 pm 870.510.5974

Country Chic Chocolate Company 1522 S. Main 501.590.1216

Subway 1620 S. Main


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

Southeast Engravers 208 W. Barraque 870.536.3347
Awards, trophies, plaques, signs, banners, glass and jewelry engraving
D Virtuous Divas' Boutique 102 S. Main 870.674.7666
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
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
Man Cave Cigars 1520 S. Main 870.663.0955 Closed Tuesdays
Country Chic Chocolate Company 1522 S. Main 501.590.1216 Open: 11 - 2

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.