PopUp in the Rock: Stifft Station


PopUp in the Rock is an annual project that demonstrates the potential of Little Rock Metro’s underutilized areas. PopUp in the Rock has a new goal for 2018: knit together the neighborhoods of Capitol View/Stifft Station and Hillcrest at the intersection of Markham and Kavanaugh. This year, Create Little Rock and Studio MAIN have come together to create PopUp 2018, #PopUpStifftStation.

When asked why Stifft Station was chosen as the location this year Chris Hancock states ” This is a dynamic community with lots of potential and an engaged neighborhood association. We, and our volunteers and partners, believe this area is on the cusp of something great and we want to demonstrate how it can be developed to reach its potential.”

Previous PopUp projects include South Main Street in 2012, Historic West Ninth in 2015, and the Argenta area of North Little Rock in 2017. The PopUp team takes donated and found materials such as plywood, pallets and paint to build amenities such as open-air seating, shade structures and an outdoor stage.

PopUp in the Rock uses short-term demonstrations to inspire long-term change. From June 16 to July 7, there will be a four-week-long economic impact demonstration.There will also be an all-day free event on June 23. This year, temporary tenants will be moved into vacant storefronts, and sidewalks will be widened to explore the potential of this intersection and create a safer environment. A few small changes can bring an area to life.

PopUp in the Rock Stifft Station map

The PopUp shops are of great variety and offer something for everyone. The shops will include vintage merchant Control Records, Stifft Spine Used Books, Crying Weasel Vintage Clothing and Electric Ghost Home Goods and Screen Prints. In more spaces there will be a Teaberry Kombucha, Stone’s Throw Brewing tap room, Arkansas Yoga Collective studio, and an art gallery featuring local artists.

The parking lot at the corner of Johnson Street and West Markham will house movie screenings, a beer garden, food trucks and live music at the performance stage. The artists set to perform are Becky Botos, Catherine Caldwell, John Neal Rock & Roll, Griffin Buckley and Bethany Kasper.

PopUp in the Rock at Stifft Station this year is definitely worth a visit.

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