When she's not busy designing and creating jewelry (including the iconic Johnny Cash necklace), Christy Bourns gets out, gives back and grabs life (and LIttle Rock) by the horns.
1. Name, occupation, years in LR, neighborhood: Christy Bourns; owner of Robinson Lane, a handmade jewelry design company. I grew up in Benton and have lived in the Heights since moving to Little Rock after college.
2. Where do you like to shop in LR? Whether I'm looking for clothing or items for my home, I love eclectic, thoughtful pieces. I can always find something 'new' and unique at Midtown Antique Mall. I recently found an awesome console record player at Galaxy Furniture in Argenta that I absolutely adore (and has encouraged a healthy growth in the amount of vinyl on my shelves). As for furniture, some of my favorite pieces have come from I.O. Metro--I’m in love with my square dining room table. For clothing, a favorite go-to is Ember in the Heights--they have a lot of pieces that are easy to wear. I also love E. Leigh's when I'm looking for something special or trendy. I'm a huge fan of my Nativ, ELL and Populus Clothing apparel--all local companies that design awesome t-shirts and hoodies (which is essentially my work-from-home uniform).
3. What are some of your favorite local events? I'm big into the arts and enjoy all the events put on by the Contemporaries group at the Arkansas Arts Center – they host everything from gallery openings to 90's parties. It's a fun organization. I am also a member of the Junior League of Little Rock always look forward to their events, Holiday House (of course!) and I just participated in their inaugural Downtown Dash 10K (and still--four days later--I am so sore!). I love that all the money raised is re-invested back into the community…for example, we were able to provide over 3000 backpacks to children in the LRSD last year. Ooooh, and the Arkansas Sounds Music Festival…I've attended the past two years and am always impressed by the organizers and the musicians (so many great Arkansas bands!).
4. It's Thursday -- what is on your agenda? I'm a sucker for a happy hour/dinner with friends (especially if it includes a patio). Typical spots may also include The Fold, Bruno's, ZaZa or Big Orange: Midtown--all four have pretty patios and great specials. Afterward, you'll likely find me at White Water Tavern or Stickyz for a show…I (heart) live music--it's the perfect way to kick off the weekend.
5. What is the best kept secret in LR? You know, as an artisan, I've been blown away by the support of the community. I'd say this is the best kept secret--the way Little Rock'ers support & rally behind the creative & entrepreneurial workforce. Not only individuals (which they do!) but vendors are popping up that focus solely on handmade & locally sourced products (Bourbon & Boots, Country Outfitters Marketplace and Paper Scissor Little Rock are three of my favorites). Also, we're seeing a lot of cross-collaboration – for instance, South on Main (a wonderfully creative restaurant--you must go) recently hosted Art of the Bar, Christmas and Valentine events for artists & crafters to show their work. Robinson Lane took part in the first one AND I knocked out some of my own shopping! The support of the community is priceless, in my opinion.
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Thanks, Christy! Now, about that patio...