DOWNTOWN REPORTER
Volume 5 May 2020
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.
Pine Bluff Downtown Development
Welcomes New Board Members
The Board of Directors welcomes Daniel Robinson. Mr. Robinson is the Regional Community President for Simmons Bank in Pine Bluff. He is the current United Way campaign chair and also volunteers with Jefferson Regional and the City Parks and Recreation Department. He was elected to a three year term with PBDD. We look forward to his input to the organization
The Board of Directors welcomes Leslie Dorn. Ms. Dorn is the Executive Director for the United Way of Southeast Arkansas. She has served on PBDD's "Pop Up in the Bluff" committee for two years and graciously provided the use of the Donald J. Reynold's Building for the 2018 event. Elected to a three year term, we look forward to having her serve on the board.
SAVE THE DATE
Pine Bluff Downtown Development has set the date of Saturday, October 24, 2020 as the day for the 2020 "Pop Up in the Bluff" Event . A location has not been determined at this time. We want everyone to mark their calendars for this date and plan on attending. More information will be provided in the future.
Streetscape Continues on Main Street
The work on Main Street has reached the Courthouse. All electrical will be underground. The old street lights have been removed and new period lighting will take their place.
Work continues on the new downtown Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library
Volunteers are needed to hand out boxed lunches. Volunteers must wear their own mask, gloves will be provided. Sign up: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/COVIDtestingvolunteers
Contact: Shakia Jackson shakia.jackson@arkansas.gov


Remember to Complete your 2020 US Census
It is not too late -- Every person matters

January 21 - The Census Bureau started counting the population in remote Alaska. The count officially began in the rural Alaskan village of Toksook Bay.
March 12-20 - Households received official mail with detailed information on how to respond to the Census online, by phone or mail.
April 1 - This is Census Day. It is a reference date, not a deadline. When you respond, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020. You can respond before or after that date.
Starting mid-April - The Census Bureau mailed paper questionnaires to homes that had not yet responded online or by phone.
April 16 - June 19 - Census takers will work with administrations at colleges, senior centers, prisons and other facilities that house large groups of people to make sure everyone is counted.
May 27-August 14 - Census takers will interview homes that haven't responded to help make sure everyone is counted.
December - The Census Bureau will deliver apportionment counts to the President and Congress. This count determines many forms of federal assistance for states, cities and counties.
March 31, 2021 - By this date, the Census Bureau will send redistricting counts to the states. This information is used to redraw legislative districts based on population changes.

Shop Locally
Support Local
Restaurants and Businesses

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Pine Bluff Small Business Association have provided a list of local restaurants with information regarding their times of operation, take out, delivery or whether temporarily closed. This list can be found at jeffersoncountyalliance.com or pinebluffsba.org . Two restaurants also open are Unique Cakes by Miss Margaret and Simplee's Barbeque. Please share this newsletter so other friends and family members can continue to support local businesses.

Though Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced restaurants will be allowed to reopen with limited customer capacity, social distancing and face masks, many restaurants are continuing to only provide pick up service. Check with the restaurant to see what they have chosen to do.
As some public service buildings are begining to open up, some sites are still closed to the public, most have websites and/or Facebook pages for information regarding their required guidelines. Many retail businesses are beginning to open. Social distancing and face mask are required when out in public, call ahead to see what protocals are being followed before traveling to their site.
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO
COME DOWNTOWN


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

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


Arkansas Railroad Museum : Open Wednesday - 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 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
www.cityofpinebluff.com/aquatics
Swim-Play-Exercise Fun for all.

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

LOOKING FOR
BREAKFAST/LUNCH COME DOWNTOWN


Indigo Blue Coffeehouse 212 W. Barraque Street
870.210.4120 or 870.718.5330

Miss Margaret's Unique Cakes 214 W. Barraque Street
870.592.0328

Lucky's Café 310 E. 5th Avenue
870.534.2825

RJ's Sports Grill 1 28 Main Street
870.850.7887

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)
870.535.4782

AFTER WORK ENTERTAINMENT

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

RJ's Sports Grill 128 Main Street
870.850.7887

Colonial Steak House 111 W. 8th
870.536.3488

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.
DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES
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
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
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