Sericia Cole's infectious enthusiasm is known by many around the metro area. If you haven't met her yet, prepared to be smitten.
1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Sericia Cole; Director, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center; I am a proud Little Rock native, having grown up in West Little Rock; for the past six years, I’ve made my home in the Austin Lakes neighborhood of Sherwood.
2. What have been your three favorite recent local style finds (fashion or home)? I was among the masses that trekked out to Dillard’s annual New Year’s sale and it was simply to feed my shoe obsession. I only picked up three great pairs, but it was enough to satiate me (for at least the next 30 days). One of my favorite local haunts where I’ve gained some lovely, stylish pieces is The Look Boutique in Sherwood. My husband shops there for me frequently (How cool is that, right?). His latest find was the cutest swing dress with bell sleeves – adorable! – and a Big Buddha bag that I can’t put down. I’ve also recently started a serious flirtation with Francesca’s; I’ve picked up some fab pieces from there of late.
3. What is, hands down, your favorite meal you can only get in Little Rock? It may come as a shock, but I’m not much of a foodie; I truly eat to live. So I’d have to do a mash-up of my favorite things: tortilla soup from Canon Grill, truffle fries from Big Orange, the smoked turnkey Panini from Community Bakery, topped off with dessert from either Brown Sugar Bakeshop or Sweet Love bakery.
4. Finish this sentence: My perfect evening in Little Rock involves... being outside (when the weather is nice and warm, preferably), a long walk around my neighborhood or the Big Dam Bridge; hanging out at the River Market with its unique scenery, various food options, good music, people watching capabilities, and maybe even a trolley ride are all ideal. I’m a simple girl. I can just jump in the car and ride across my city, sunroof open, good music in the disc changer, and I’m perfectly content. Whatever I do, it’ll likely involve lots of Instagramming. I’m obsessed with Instagram.
5. Where do you make sure to take out-of-town guests when they visit? Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is a must-see for out-of-town guests. African Americans have contributed to the rich tapestry that is Arkansas, and this museum documents that history and culture in a multi-dimensional fashion. Our town has something for everyone, though, whatever their interests may be. People are always curious about the Clinton Presidential Center & Park – its Forty-Two restaurant is always a hit – plus, here again, just wandering around the River Market is a great way for people to get a feel for the quirky, creative, charming, hospitable people who call Little Rock home.
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