After a solid week of rest & about 2 dozen christmas cookies, we are back and ready for the last and first Locals of the years.
I can say first hand that @Instagram has a wonderfully crazy ability of bringing people together. Building communities, friendships, collaborations, and for some lucky ones, something a bit more. This weeks locals Tessa @thetessafrench + Joe French @thejoefrench of Little Rock, Arkansas are those lucky ones. "We aren’t sure exactly how we met but we think it was through a Star Wars hashtag. Tess somehow found me on Instagram and we started following each other. We commented back and forth for months before we ever started talking outside of Instagram.
We started talking on Twitter and immediately hit it off. We texted, talked, Skyped for four months before we finally met in person! We dated long distance for over a year - Tess was in Jacksonville, FL and I was here, in Little Rock. And then she moved here. I asked her to marry me a little over a month after she moved here and we were married four months later. We’ve been married for over a year now!" See you in 2015 for a lot more locations, locals and building, @campwilson
TESSA + JOE FRENCH @thetessafrench + @thejoefrench
Hey guys! The Frenches (@thetessafrench & @thejoefrench) here with our very first Little Rock spot that you HAVE to know about! @domesticdomestic is a shop located on Kavanaugh, equipped with all of the essentials. From Red Wings and men's grooming essentials, to wiffle balls and other merchandise from small local businesses.. they're guaranteed to leave you happy. Great management and great atmosphere.
(at Domestic Domestic)
Good morning! @thetessafrench here.. If you're looking for a great brunch (& lunch) place in Little Rock then be sure to check out The Root Cafe. Vintage patterned tables, mismatch cloth napkins and the quirkiest charm you'll ever see. The atmosphere and the food don't disappoint! You can't go wrong with any of the food options there, but I personally love the Shitake Benny.. Poached eggs with hollandaise sauce, mushrooms, spinach and a crostini. Oh and be sure to get a sparkling lavender lemonade while you're there! @therootcafe
(at The Root Cafe)
Hey guys, @thejoefrench here! Little Rock has its fair share of renovated establishments, but none more exciting than our awesome taco stop,The Fold (@littlerocktaco). The Fold made a huge splash in the community early on by forming inside an old gas station. Stop here for some delicious food and some Mexican beer. They have the best fish tacos on this side of the Arkansas River!
Opened less than a year ago, Moxy Modern Mercantile (@moxymodernmercantile) has quickly become one of our favorite shops. Not only is it located across the street from @therootcafe.. but I'm pretty sure every time we're in there, we want to buy the entire store. It's a small shop filled with home decor/furniture, incredible records and a ton of knickknacks you just have to have! The owner is incredibly nice and if you're looking for something specific that they don't have.. They try to find it for you! Pretty incredible, right? We LOVE this place! @thetessafrench @thejoefrench
Just one year more, and this building will have celebrated 100 years in Little Rock; Taborian Hall...better known as the Dreamland Ballroom. Built in 1916, this ballroom is placed on the National register of historic places.The Dreamland Ballroom has hosted legendary performers: Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Etta James and B.B. King. Truly a wonder and magnificent place to feel culture! It has been renovated in the 90s and is still currently undergoing renovation. It is truly a marvel to see! @thejoefrench @thetessafrench
(at Dreamland Ballroom)
Our go to coffee shop is Mugs (@mugscafeargenta). Mugs has an incredibly welcoming atmosphere that we love.. We just feel at home the minute we walk in. There are always smiling faces coming from our favorite baristas! And there is no sweeter sound than your name being called indicating that your food/drink is ready. Not only does this place have amazing coffee & espresso drinks, but they also have the yummiest food! They serve breakfast and lunch and if you happen to go there on a day that they're serving their mushroom brie soup... you MUST get it! And if you go there on Saturday morning, they serve $5 all you can eat pancakes. Need we say more? @thejoefrench @thetessafrench
(at Mugs Café)
Welcome to our favorite burger place, Big Orange (@bigo_midtown)! They serve the BEST gourmet burgers in Little Rock (at least that's what we think). Burgers ranging from classic to white truffle & pecorino, and options to have beef, turkey or veggie.. The possibilities are endless even for vegetarians! And we all know no burger is complete without fries, right? Well their fries are just as good as their burgers! They do serve house fries but you REALLY want to try either the sweet potato fries with mango-curry ketchup or the truffle fries served with aioli. Mmm! Order one of their delicious milkshakes or hand crafted cocktails and you are set for a delicious meal! @thejoefrench @thetessafrench
Japanese is one of our favorite foods to eat from the delicious fried rice to a plate full of sushi.. We love it all! A few months ago we decided to try a new Japanese restaurant, Sky (@iluvskyjapanese) and we're so glad we did because now it is our go to Japanese place! Sky isn't your typical Japanese restaurant from their modern interior to them playing music you'll currently hear on the radio. They have a huge sushi menu and some of the freshest sushi we've ever tasted. And a very delicious hibachi menu. Not to mention they have some of the best customer service we've ever experienced. This place has yet to disappoint! @thejoefrench @thetessafrench
(at Sky Modern Japanese)
Welcome to our favorite garden center & nursery, The Good Earth (@thegoodearthgardencenter). Not only is this place filled with the most beautiful plants and flowers but they also have a ton of cute pots and a store filled with the cutest home goods and more! We absolutely love this place. It's our go to when we're trying to find a new plant or cute pots for our current ones. Not to mention we absolutely love taking pics at this place. It's dreamy. You could probably walk around this place for hours because they have such a large variety of things but we always head straight for the hothouse which houses all of our favorite plants! @thejoefrench @thetessafrench
I know we're in the middle of winter.. but that won't stop us from telling you about our favorite popsicle shop Le Pops (@lepopsgourmetlollies). They recently moved locations from downtown to the cutest area of Little Rock (Heights/Hillcrest). Located only a few shops down from @domesticdomestic these pops are the best in town! With a menu full of flavors and options to dip them in chocolate and/or add extra goodies to them.. The possibilities are endless with these pops. Fresh, local and natural ingredients are in each of these; so you won't be feeling guilty after eating one.. or three. Be sure to stop by here any time you're in Little Rock for some of the yummiest, freshest pops you'll ever taste! @thejoefrench @thetessafrench
(at Le Pops)
One place that we could literally spend hours in is Galaxy (@galaxyfurniture). The quirkiest, cutest all things retro furniture store & more. From office sets to dining sets, home decor to knickknacks.. This is the place that will fill every vintage loving heart! It is always a joy walking into this store because you're greeted the moment you walk in! The staff is incredible and quick to help if you're looking for something specific. And if you're just looking around, hoping to find something that catches your eye.. Take your time because there is A LOT to see! This store is filled with so many goodies from so many different decades. You could just walk around imagining yourself living in each of the decades. This place is a dreamland and a favorite of ours! @thejoefrench @thetessafrench
(at Galaxy Furniture)
So we've actually only been to Good Food (@goodfoodbyferneau) once but man oh man.. It has got to be one of the best restaurants in town! They just recently opened but they really know how to name a place because they serve some GOOD FOOD. We ordered a surf & turf dish which included the juiciest yummiest ribeye and garlic shrimp with the creamiest mashed potatoes and veggies. It was devoured within minutes and we were talking about how good it was days later.. IT WAS THAT GOOD. And not only do they have some of the most delicious food we've ever tasted but they have some pretty great cocktails to go along with it! We will definitely be back here! @thejoefrench @thetessafrench
(at Good Food by Ferneau)
Today is our last day to show you around some of our favorite places in LR! We're gonna squeeze in a few more places while we can!
Welcome to one of the cutest places in Little Rock, The Green Corner Store (@greencornerstore). The front of the store is all about the soda fountain which might be the cutest area of the entire store with it's bar & mint green stools. At the soda fountain you can get Loblolly (@loblollycreamery) ice cream, sodas, sundaes, milkshakes and more! With fresh ice cream made daily it is sure to wow your tastebuds!! And the back of the store is the retail part.. Where they sell environmentally friendly goods for you, your kiddos and your pets! Everything from clothing to home goods, pet toys to pet treats, skin care to essential oils.. You can find so many good things in here! The Green Corner Store has a charm about it that is just so special. We love it! @thejoefrench @thetessafrench
Thank you guys for following along while we showed you some of our favorite Little Rock spots. This is our last place and it's one that everyone in Little Rock knows about... Pinnacle Mountain! This isn't the easiest hike up a mountain, but there is an easy side and a harder side (if you're wanting something a little more challenging) but there is nothing like the view once you get to the top. With the freshest air and the feeling of victory as you look out over all the greenery there's a sense of peace that comes over you.
Arkansas is called the Natural State.. And you can see why! There's a beauty about this state that is undeniable.. from the mountains and the trees to the sunsets over the river. The scenery here is beautiful and the people here are beautiful! So if you ever have the chance.. Come visit us, at least once! You won't be disappointed.
Thank you for letting us share little pieces of our hearts with you all, it has been a pleasure! @thejoefrench @thetessafrench