Little Rock's greatest strength has always been its residents, and the city we know and love has been immeasurably shaped by its diverse population, including our LGBTQ+ community. This Pride Month, we're highlighting some of the LGBTQ-owned and operated businesses that make Little Rock the fantastic city that it is. We want to recognize the integral role these businesses play in our community and celebrate their contributions to Little Rock.South Main Street staple. Raduno is where locals head for Italian-inspired fare that ranges from mouthwatering sandwiches to decadent, handmade pasta (seriously, we can't get enough of the fettuccine alfredo). Chef Cash Ashley is the one leading the kitchen, and his best-in-town cinnamon rolls are a rare (but incredible) brunch treat. To top it off, the ever-changing beer and cocktails menus are just as good as the food.
In Little Rock, each part of town has its go-to pizza spot, and in the quaint Heights neighborhood, that place is The Pizzeria. Dillon Garcia is one of the pie shop's owners and has risen up the ranks from bar manager to general manager over the years. We're big fans of their Neopolitan-style, wood-fired pizzas and the restaurant's intimate dining room. Whether you're in the mood for a classic pizza, a calzone, or even just a refreshing cocktail, The Pizzeria never disappoints.
Also located in the quaint Heights neighborhood, Domestic Domestic was founded in 2013 as a collaboration of sorts, adopting a modern-day approach to quality, time-tested goods. The shop specializes in well-made objects created by people who live their dreams. Owner Heather Smith believes in the quality of American-made goods and has a passion for connecting her customers with the best products possible. Their newly expanded shop is one of the best places in Little Rock to find a curated selection of high-quality, American-made gifts and goodies.
River Market District, Lucky Lou's is a neighborhood bar where everyone –even pets– is welcome. The location near the heart of Little Rock's nightlife scene makes them the perfect spot for an afternoon drink or a night out with friends. Though it may be one of the city's smallest bars, best friends and co-owners Laura Butler and Laura Berryhill make sure that Lucky Lou's is always big on personality and big on love.
Central Arkansas PrideHeld annually in October, Central Arkansas Pride is a celebration of love, community, and individuality. The day includes a parade through downtown Little Rock and a festival featuring local artists, drag performers, musicians, and vendors. Though 2020's event was held virtual due to the pandemic, we're ready to welcome everyone back in 2021, and an announcement of this year's date isn't far away.
Little Rock Black PrideLittle Rock Black Pride's mission is to educate, celebrate, and empower Black and brown LGBTQ people through culturally specific programming and the creation of safe social spaces. This year's event held July 23–25, will feature a Transgender Townhall and a drag brunch with a performance by Arkansas native and winner of season 13 of RuPaul's Drag Race, Symone the Ebony Enchantress.
The Kaleidoscope LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Kaleidoscope is a celebration of LGBTQ+ films, filmmakers, and stories with a mission to provide innovative and unique programming that will engage the hearts and minds of audiences in Arkansas and across the south. Kaleidoscope celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and filmmakers by presenting poignant and thought-provoking films documenting LGBTQ+ lives truthfully and with respect. The festival showcases the power of film to transform the lives and opinions of those both inside and outside the LGBTQ+ community. The 2021 festival was virtual, but we're looking forward to an in-person event in 2022.
Want to know more about the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau's commitment to equality? You can read our equity statement here.