Meet your Neighbors: Hannah and Jimmy
On this edition of Meet Your Neighbors, we caught up with Hannah McCollester and Jimmy Castilleio. Both Arkansas transplants, he came to Downtown Little Rock from Los Angeles and she hails from Indiana. They chose an apartment at Downtown Dwellings because Hannah has rented from them since 2013. She lived at Cathedral Park for several years, but decided to sell all of her belongings and went to explore South America. She met Jimmy through Teach for America in Stuttgart and this year, and they upgraded from our apartments at Cathedral Park to a new apartment at 2008 Scott Street. They made the move mainly because they have several friends that live at the property. One of their favorite couples has lived there for 4 years and loved it so much they convinced Hannah and Jimmy to move in when an apartment finally became available earlier this year. Jimmy moved to downtown from Hillcrest and loves that there’s so many cool new things to do in his new neighborhood and the fact that most of their friends live at Downtown Dwellings properties.
During the day, Jimmy is an assistant principal and Hannah is an education consultant. After work and on the weekends they love to walk their Corgi named Waffles and sit on their fabulous new front porch and drink wine or tea and watch their dog run around. They love how much SoMa has developed over the years. Hannah has lived in the neighborhood since 2013 and loves the new development, restaurants and bars but also how the neighborhood hasn’t tried to drive out the people who have always called it home. She follows a local state legislator, Denise Ennett, who represents SoMa and Pettaway neighborhoods who supports this cause.
The couple loves that SoMa is such a walkable neighborhood and the fact that a lot of places are dog friendly, so they can bring Waffles. Some of their favorites are The Root, Mockingbird Bar & Tacos, South on Main, Raduno Brick Oven and Barroom, Community Bakery and Community Distillery. They also like to take Waffles to MacArthur Bark Park and frequent Loblolly Creamery. FUN FACT: Jimmy has a Loblolly tattoo and gets 15% off for life if he shows it to the cashier upon checkout at the register.
If you see this couple walking around, feel free to say hi and introduce yourself! And stay tuned for the next edition of Meet Your Neighbors.