Mom, wife, writer, editor and volunteer, Angela Thomas is one of the busiest ladies I know. If you have followed her family's journey via her monthly editor's letter in AY Magazine, you may have wondered how she manages it all. But despite everything on her plate, she always has time for her family, church, friends and community.
1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Angela E. Thomas; editor, Vowell Inc. (AY and Talk Business magazines); 15 years in LR (I grew up here and lived in Maryland for 13 years), West Little Rock.
2. Your job allows you to meet all sorts of people in Arkansas. Who is the most interesting person you've met in LR? This is difficult — I've got two answers:
Ms. Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine; she went on to become a human rights/social justice advocate and has lived a fascinating life, championing causes. She served in the Clinton Administration as deputy assistant secretary for Workforce Diversity at the Department of the Interior; she's a writer, lecturer, teacher and has received many well-deserved awards. She's one of the most down-to-earth, intelligent and thoughtful people I know.
Two interesting individuals I've recently met are the Bruno brothers, Gio and Vince, who own Bruno's Little Italy. They are historians for their family and simply do not meet a stranger ... and they love R&B and jazz; these guys know a lot of music history as well.
3. How would you describe LR to someone who has never been here? Little Rock is a great place to live. It's just big enough; it's got that small-town feel while having some of the amenities of big cities. Downtown Little Rock and downtown North Little Rock are bustling with activity and will be incredible as the cities carry out future plans.
For my family, moving back afforded us an opportunity for me to stay home, for the children to get great educations and for me to further my education at UALR and to enter the field of journalism.
4. Is there anywhere special your family goes when your daughter comes home to visit from Maryland? When Lauron comes home (she graduated college May 2012), I like to take her to new locally-owned restaurants. My goal is to get her up to Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville and then back to Little Rock to try the Root Cafe (my favorite dishes are Root Benny and Big Kids Grilled Cheese) and Vesuvio Bistro (they have lovely cocktails) next May when she comes home for my youngest daughter's graduation. She was home in November, and we all went to Big Orange. She also loves Zaza's.
5. Where do you and your husband go on date night? Honey (Daron) and I love to dance, and we are huge Rodney Block & TRML (The Real Music Lovers) fans; so a typical date night, you'll find us out listening and dancing to his great mix of jazz, R&B and pop. I love to bike, but I've had two accidents, so I'm now a big chicken. So we'll rent a "bicycle built for two" from Fike's Bikes — I wear the helmet and all — and bike the River Trail, distance varies. We also like to walk the Big Dam Bridge and Two Rivers Bridge and Park.