SoMa After Dark - Every First Friday of the Month!

Today marks the the first Friday of the month and the weather is FINALLY crisp and clear, so … let’s all stroll and enjoy SoMa After Dark! All of our local SoMa merchants stay open late the first Friday of every month and are ready to celebrate Fall. The event starts at 5pm and (officially) ends at 9pm.

Here’s a sampling of places to see and things to do: (see photos I’m sending you)

Join South Main Creative for a fantastic show of local artist Sherrie Shepherd's dramatic paintings and inspired natural non-traditional sculptural baskets. Sherrie is an accomplished illustrator and cartoonist who is well know for her popular Comic Strip "Francie".

The Bernice Garden hosts music from Stephin Booth, food trucks with sweet treats from A Little Crêpesy and Sweet Crumb bakery and flame roasted coffee from Dark Side Coffee Co.. SoMa Little Rock will also be there to talk about our neighborhood redevelopment efforts and selling discounted cornbread tasting tickets for the Arkansas Cornbread Festival.

The New Gallery features a solo exhibition of entirely new paintings by Delaware artist Michael Kalmbach.

The Green Corner Store stays open until 9pm if you want to stop by for free samples from Arkansas Local Food Network, a ceramics demo & meet and great with JulieHolt*studio and new homemade apple cider tea!

At Argenta Bead, you can make a fun skulls and swarovski earring set for $10 or less just in time for spooky season. Pick your skull color and customize them with gorgeous Swarovski crystals and beads!

Electric Ghost/Phantom Palm: A full scale custom screen printing shop and retail store that specializes in home goods, indoor plants, and more!

MOXY Modern Mercantile will be open late. MOXY is a modern incarnation of the general store offering a broad range of vintage inspired home decor, industrial furniture, gifts and stationery.

Sweet Home Furnishings + Clement. will be open late. Sweet Home Furnishings features a distinctive mix of antique, vintage and modern pieces for the home and garden.

Check out Esse Museum Store’s Arkansas Makers Market. As a supporter of handmade objects and the artists who make them, ESSE is excited to give a platform for these local makers to showcase their talents.

M2 Gallery: the finest local, national and international artists and the area’s largest and best selection of custom framing.

All this making you tired and hungry? Don’t go back home to your loft or apartment! Downtown Soma has lots of dining options open tonight. Check out:

Dos Rocas Beer & Tacos - a farm to table Latin American street food restaurant and bar. The best part is all of their meat and produce is sourced from Arkansas farmers. And if you’re not hungry, grab a margarita, cocktail or local Arkansas beer on tap.

The Root Cafe: Delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers, brats, fries, and homemade baked goods that feature fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers, as well as locally roasted coffees and the best of Arkansas beer.

Raduno offers Neapolitan-style pizzas and gourmet soups, salads, and sandwiches. The eats are accompanied by 20 different craft beers on tap, 4 wines on tap, an extensive wine selection, as well as a full-fledged signature cocktail menu.

Community Bakery: sandwiches, soups, paninis, quiche, breakfast items, coffee, espresso, European-style pastries & desserts, baked goods, and more.

Not ready to end your evening at 9pm? It’s not time to go back to your apartment! Yes, SoMa has late night eats and entertainment too…

Loblolly: A Little Rock based creamery making small batch ice cream, fizzy sodas, and other sweet treats. They will be open tonight until 10 p.m.

Tonight at Atlas Bar , CosmOcean will be playing live music at and has a mix of fun, party covers ranging from Led Zeppelin and Queen to Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars and also some original songs.

Rock Town Distillery: Take a tour! Rock Town Distillery is the first legal distillery in Arkansas since prohibition. Distillers of artisan quality hand crafted spirits.

O.K. By now you should be exhausted. Go home, have a well-deserved sleep and see you out next month.

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