Got this e-mail yesterday from Jody Hardin, manager of the Certified Arkansas Farmers Market in Argenta (downtown North Little Rock). Woohoo!
December 30, 2008
Hello Locavores, we have big news!
It’s finally official. Argenta Market will be located in what is currently Argenta Seafood, at 6th and Main St. in the historic district of Argenta in downtown N. Little Rock.
You all have heard us talking about the new Argenta Market for over a year now, and we are incredibly excited to finally announce the big news of our new location. We hope this will be your favorite new community food source, with the widest and deepest selection of local foods in central Arkansas. We plan to start developing the store in January and open by March.
This all came together when the Isaac brothers (Brian and Eric), owners of Argenta Seafood and Ristorante Capeo, offered the ideal location with ample space for our entire concept (5,500 sq. ft). The Isaac brothers thought that our concept was so powerful and potentially beneficial to the future of Argenta, as well as the local food movement in Arkansas, that they agreed today to allow our group to begin the transition from a [chic] seafood restaurant and bar to a model, gourmet-specialty grocery with a local foods mission.
Additionally, we have developed a very special, mutually beneficial relationship with the Isaac brothers over the last month while we discussed the possibility of Argenta Market. They have been most supportive while we’ve discussed ways to help each other, and with their experience and knowledge of food preparation, will all add a new and exciting dimension to the new business.
The New Argenta Group led by John Gaudin, have been instrumental in making this happen, and we are very grateful to them all. Also, the consistent support of Mayor Patrick H. Hays and many others in the community have made this the most inspiring experience of a life time. With the energy and planning that we have put into this we are very excited to finally know what we will be doing next year, and many more. See you soon at Argenta Market!
Happy New Year!
And, thanks for your awesome support in 2008. Our successes in 2008 wouldn’t have been possible without you.
-Foodshed Farm, All Arkansas Basket A Month CSA (2007)
-Certified Arkansas Farmers‚ Market, Inc.(2008)
-Argenta Market, LLC (2009)
P.S. I hope to have more info about our business concept on our web site, www.arkansasfood.net soon!