Before the coronavirus outbreak shuttered many small businesses for an unknown amount of time, Maxine's Taproom was yarn bombed by artist Gina Gallina for the establishment's 70th anniversary. Maxine Miller opened the bar on March 18, 1950. There was supposed to be a celebration of that today, but the managers of Maxine's decided to close temporarily in response to COVID-19. However, the crochet blanket that covers the building will remain to remind passersby of the anniversary.
As schools across Arkansas close today for the rest of the week and into spring break, some restaurants in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley are stepping in to provide free meals for students and their schools. We speak with the owner of local Marco's Pizza and Jersey Mike's Subs franchises and the owner of Big Sexy Food and Sammich Love about why they decided to offer free meals to the community.
Devin Howland, the director of economic vitality for the City of Fayetteville, is urging small business owners to fill out the U.S. Small Business Administration's Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet after the federal government authorized $50 billion in disaster recovery loan funding.
The campus at John Brown University grew quiet this week after Dr. Charles "Chip" Pollard, the president of the school, announced all students had to move out of the residence halls by Monday at 5 p.m. The University of Arkansas also announced this week that students will have to be moved out of university-run housing by April 3.