Jan Cottingham, Arkansas Business

Jan Cottingham

Arkansas Business

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Recent articles by Jan:

In Coronavirus Outbreak, Little Rock Businesses Fight for Their Future

The voices of small-business owners in Arkansas betray their anxiety, even anguish approaching grief, as they fight for their future — and a future for their employees — in a world upended by a deadly pandemic. → Read More

Biggest Deals of 2019 See Values Plummet 85%

The value of big deals in Arkansas plummeted 85% in 2019 compared with the previous year, dropping to $7.9 billion compared with a stratospheric $53.9 billion in 2018. → Read More

Burger Guru Alan Bubbus Talks Real Estate

David Alan Bubbus, owner of the David's Burgers chain of Little Rock talks about his real estate investment philosophy and a number of new initiatives he has undertaken. → Read More

Local Chefs Prognosticate Food Trends

One food and dining trend on which almost all agree is plant-based proteins and plant-based menus in general, including vegan dishes. → Read More

Gordon Wittenberg, Prominent Arkansas Architect, Dies at 98

Gordon Wittenberg of Little Rock, a prominent Arkansas architect who once served as president of Wittenberg Delony & Davidson Architects of Little Rock, has died. He was 98. → Read More

Dry County Brewpubs Now on the Menu

Several Arkansas communities appear poised to take advantage of a little-noticed act passed in the most recent legislative session, Act 681 of 2019, creating a private club permit for microbrewery-restaurants in dry counties. → Read More

Arkansas Floods Force New Look at Old Levees

The historic spring flooding in Arkansas caused at least $100 million in damage. Now comes the re-evaluation of Arkansas' long-neglected levee system, which will surely seek to address at least two big public policy questions: Who should be responsible for the levees? Who should pay for their maintenance? → Read More

Poke: That's What It's All About

The poke trend in Arkansas shows no signs of slowing down even as some in the restaurant industry are questioning whether poke has peaked. → Read More

Cheba Hut Sets Sights on Arkansas

Cheba Hut, a marijuana-themed sandwich shop chain, is coming to Arkansas, and no one you know will be able to resist the puns its arrival will engender. → Read More

Arkansas Arts Center 'A Gem Within Our City'

Museums need to supply “social space,” says famed architect Jeanne Gang. If they are to survive, they need to be places where people want to be. And that is what her design seeks to do for the expanded, renovated Arkansas Arts Center, a $98.8 million project: provide a “cultural living room.” → Read More

Cajun's Owner Mary Beth Ringgold Dishes on Restaurant's Closing

The last day of business for Cajun's Wharf will be June 1, after 44 years. It's an event frequently, but correctly, described as the end of an era. → Read More

Hope Remains for $410M Forrest City Plant

President Donald Trump's trade war with China may have helped delay the $410 million textile plant planned for Forrest City, but it hasn't killed it. → Read More

Conway Airport Meeting Expectations

Almost five years after it opened, the Conway Municipal Airport at Cantrell Field is living up to expectations, city and economic development officials say. → Read More

News Whets Local Appetite for Minute Man

The response to the news that the Minute Man Restaurant brand was planning a revival couldn't have been much warmer. → Read More

Accounting Firm 'Merger Mania' Comes to Arkansas

Three major mergers involving Arkansas companies over the past year have shuffled this year's list of largest accounting firms in Arkansas considerably. → Read More

Craft Distiller Details Plans for Spa City

They may not achieve the same numbers as craft beer brewers, but small-batch, craft distilleries are definitely becoming a “thing” in Arkansas. → Read More

Papa John's Welcomes All In New Ads

Brant Barnes, a franchisee who lives in Fayetteville, has lent his voice to the effort to rebrand Papa John's after controversies caused by founder John Schnatter's racially charged remarks. → Read More

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Makes Powerful Push Into Arkansas

In Arkansas, where Freddy's had four restaurants as of late 2017, the chain now has eight, with at least two more announced and even more likely after that. → Read More

Pine Bluff's Hotel Pines Undergoing a Transformation

Some people view a derelict hotel and see what has been lost. Others possess a different kind of vision: They see beyond what was lost to what remains and what can be again. Stuart Hee and his partners in the nonprofit Pine Bluff Rising are in the latter camp. → Read More

Arkansas Liquor Stores See Sales Fall 5.5 Percent Since Grocery Wine Expansion

Liquor stores throughout Arkansas have seen total sales fall an average of 5.5 percent since expanded sales of wine in grocery stores went into effect Oct. 1, according to a report released Monday. → Read More