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          Chamber Celebrates 100th Business      

For additional information contact:

Mara Kuhn

Communications Manager

501.321.1700

mara.kuhn@growinghotsprings.com

Chamber Celebrates 100th Business to Open in Downtown Hot Springs since the 2014 Majestic Hotel Fire

(Hot Springs, AR)  May 3, 2018 – On Thursday, the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce celebrated the 100th new business to open in downtown Hot Springs since the 2014 Majestic Hotel fire with a special ribbon cutting at Vault, the highly anticipated new downtown restaurant.

“One hundred new businesses opening in four years is an incredible milestone. It’s real proof of a very strong economy in downtown Hot Springs,” said Cole McCaskill, Vice President of Economic Development with the Hot Springs Metro Partnership.

“Even more impressive is that of the 100 new businesses, 90 of them are still open and 66 of them were net-new additions to downtown, meaning they occupied and opened in a retail space that was previously vacant as opposed to replacing a recently closed business.”


Cole McCaskill, Vice President of Economic Development with the Hot Springs Metro Partnership, second left, speaks as U.S. Senator John Boozman, left, Congressman Bruce Westerman, and Gary Troutman, President and CEO of the Hot Springs Metro Partnership and Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce look on.

In addition to 100 new businesses since the fire, Downtown Hot Springs has seen 82 commercial property sales and more than $80 million in investment. The Majestic Hotel was one of Hot Springs’ oldest structures. It unfortunately that became dormant and fell into disrepair before catching fire in February 2014.

The loss of one of Hot Springs’ historic and iconic buildings mobilized city and business leaders into action to revitalize and preserve the downtown area. Downtown Hot Springs, “America’s First Resort,” is famous nationwide for its history and culture. It is important to the people of Hot Springs to see this area flourish.

In the weeks following the fire, civic groups formed the “Downtown Game Plan Task Force” comprised of community leaders and downtown stakeholders that sought to prevent future tragedies like the fire and to improve the course of downtown which had suffered from a lack of investment for several decades.

That group met publicly and privately for four months and ultimately released a set of recommendations for the progress of downtown. The HSMP adopted those recommendations as a strategy and hired McCaskill as downtown development director in June 2014.

Each year since the fire, downtown has experienced subsequent rising investment levels.

In 2015, downtown saw the nearly year-long master planning process from ideation to completion with the facilitation by Thomas P. Miller and Associates from Indianapolis.

That strategic planning process sought input from downtown business owners, Garland County residents and visitors for what they’d like to see in downtown. The Downtown Redevelopment Guide was published and its goals and strategies were adopted to provide a framework for growth and development for downtown by the City of Hot Springs and the HSMP.

The Chamber and HSMP look forward to future growth and expansion in the downtown area.

The 100 New Businesses Opened Downtown Since Majestic Fire:

1.         Kilwins Chocolates

2.         Kollective Coffee+Tea

3.         Wolfheart Gallery

4.         All Things Natural

5.         Render Creative Group

6.         Henderson State University- Hot Springs

7.         Copper Penny Pub

8.         Oxy-Zen

9.         Mountain’s Edge (significant remodel and reopening)

10.       Bathhouse Row Winery

11.       Tropical Winery

12.       Deluca’s Pizza

13.       Air FX Heat & Air

14.       Evil-O Olive Oils

15.       Café 135

16.       4D Adventure

17.       State & Pride Provisions Co.

18.       Red Light Roastery

19.       KUHS Community Radio

20.       Mountain Valley Armory

21.       Red Sunflower Boutique

22.       Hotel Hot Springs

23.       Rock Paper Scissors Salon

24.       Dakotas Hair Designs

25.       Vina Morita (move and expansion)

26.       Gr8 Escapes Arkansas

27.       Zoe’s In The District

28.       Gehrki Commercial Real Estate

29.       Dapper & Debonair

30.       Rocket Fizz

31.       The Civil War Museum West

32.       Tosha Kitchen

33.       Escape Hot Springs

34.       A Narrow Escape

35.       Magic Springs Retail Store

36.       J.J.’s Peddie Cabs

37.       Quarters Café

38.       Brick City Pizza

39.       Prohibition Press

40.       Park Avenue Coin Shop

41.       Hot Springs Village Discovery Center

42.       Gypsy Girl

43.       Craft Beer Cellar

44.       Kringles in the Park

45.       Maharaja Boutique

46.       Galaxy Connection

47.       Spa City Cycling

48.       ESQ. Realty Group

49.       Crow Law Firm

50.       Metaphysical Connection

51.       The Waters Hotel

52.       The Avenue

53.       Blush Boutique

54.       Spa Souvenirs

55.       Pour Some Sugar on Me Sweet Shoppe

56.       Downtowner Marketplace

57.       Direct Insurance

58.       Revelation Teens

59.       Whittington Gallery

60.       Mountain Valley Armory (new construction & expansion)

61.       Ambrosia Bakery

62.       State & Pride Provisions Co. (Doubled in Size)

63.       A Bite of Hot Springs

64.       Riley Art Glass Studio

65.       Beef Jerky Outlet

66.       Odie & Tilly’s Boutique

67.       Park Avenue Food Court/ Its Gud Fud

68.       Dame Fortune’s Cottage Court

69.       Thai-Me and Argentinian Coffee

70.       Legoria’s Rhythm and Rocks Jazz Bistro

71.       Plum & Pretty Boutique

72.       Dogs on the Run- Hot Dog Vendor- Arlington Park

73.       The Loft Salon & Spa

74.       NU2U

75.       Wills Cinnamon Shop

76.       Roanoke Church Whittington

77.       Lox Salon

78.       Home Instead

79.       Jack Knife Barbershop

80.       Next Gen Tie-dyes & Apparel

81.       TLI Print- (Property Acquisition, Renovation and Expansion)

82.       Mirror, Mirror Salon

83.       Belle of Hot Springs Retail Store

84.       Bubba Brews Spa City Taproom

85.       Maxwell Blade’s Malco

86.       Oddities Museum

87.       Culinary District Cafe

88.       Handmade Holiday Shop

89.       SQZBX

90.       Park Avenue Parking Lot

91.       TRex Fun Spot (new construction and expansion)

92.       Grateful Head Pizza

93.       Urban Living & Development

94.       Core Public House

95.       Hot Springs Advertising

96.       Healthy Connections Administration Office

97.       Majestic Bakery & Café

98.       ParadICE Cream

99.       Taylor’s Lunchbox

100.    Vault


 

 

The Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce is Hot Springs’ leading advocate and champion for business.

For further information, contact Mara Kuhn at 501.321.1700 or mara.kuhn@growinghotsprings.com

 

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