One thing that many people expressed nostalgia for during the pandemic was watching movies in a theater. The Melba has a showing of Godzilla Vs. Kong tonight at 6:30 p.m. Streaming and binge watching are nice, but nothing beats the harshness of the summer heat than retreating to a cool, dark movie theater for epic monster movie action. The theater also has a lot of great shows at 10.30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There are the new Dr. Doolittle (June 19 and July 1) Trolls: World Tour (July 6 and July 8), The Croods: A New Age (July 13 and July 15); and Madagascar (July 20th and July 22nd). Speaking of movies, did you know that you can enter a raffle every week to get two Melba tickets? Complete the Batesville Daily Guard word search puzzle in our Thursday issue and mail it to us or hand it in (we’ve taped a large manilla envelope on our office door for you). Every week we put all submitted searches in one big box and the creator of the puzzle draws a winner.
Speaking of nostalgia, even if vintage cars are not a hobby, there are many feelings when you drive to one (we miss the small, front, triangular, fold-out windows). Classic cars will be on display on Saturday, July 3rd, from 10 am to 2 pm during the Batesville Bicentennial Celebration Car Show, presented by the First Community Bank and coordinated by River City Cruisers. It is part of the Main Street Grand Reopening celebration. Activities include specials and promotions at various companies, as well as live entertainment. Bring your camping chairs, folding fan and make it a day out.
Main Street Batesville’s commitment to conservation-based economic development and community revitalization has been accredited annually. Main Street Batesville’s performance is assessed annually by Main Street Arkansas, which works in partnership with Main Street America.
“We are very pleased to receive this accreditation from the National Trust Main Street Center. It is a great honor and reward to all of our downtown supporters, businesses, property owners and volunteers, as well as the entire Batesville community, who have worked so hard to get where we are today, ”said Mandi Curtwright, Executive Director from Main Street Batesville.
To be accredited, programs must meet ten strict national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determine the communities that build meaningful and sustainable revitalization programs and include standards such as the promotion of strong public-private partnerships, the documentation of programmatic progress and the active preservation of historic buildings.
“We are proud to recognize this year’s 889 nationally accredited Main Street programs that have worked tirelessly to promote economic vitality and quality of life in their downtown and business districts,” said Patrice Frey, President and CEO of Main Street America.
“During an incredibly challenging year, these programs have demonstrated the power of the Main Street movement to drive impressive local rebuilding efforts, nurture small businesses, and nurture vibrant inner city districts. I am inspired by their hard work and I am confident that these accredited communities will continue to help their inner cities thrive in the next stages of recovery.
In 2020, Main Street America’s programs generated $ 4.14 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 4,356 net new businesses, created 14,988 net new jobs, catalyzed the renovation of 8,488 historic buildings, and provided 983,702 volunteer hours.
Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic business districts for 40 years. Today it is a network of more than 1,600 rural and urban neighborhoods and communities committed to both placement and building stronger communities through conservation-based economic development. Since 1980, the communities participating in the program have raised more than $ 89.57 billion in new public and private investments, created 687,321 new jobs, 154,435 new businesses, and renovated more than 303,836 buildings. Main Street America is a program run by the National Main Street Center, a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. More information is available at www.mainstreet.org.
A fundraising campaign for the construction of a skate park in the city center will take place on Saturday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be temporary ramps, food and vendors.
Clara Jane & Jax has plenty of new goodies in store, including these amazingly fragrant donut and ice cream bath bombs. There are dolls and swimwear, purses, books and of course the very best clothes for your little ones from birth to 5T for boys and up to size 12 for girls. You are located at 120 East Main Street.
The Paper Chase Book Store is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They have a wonderful selection of new children’s books and second-hand classics. Your upper floor is now also open for browsing. Come and discover a new treasure to read. On the first Thursday in September, they will resume their popular ladies reading group. Check with the store for more details. They are located at 136 West Main Street.
The Pinto Coffee and Comida is being remodeled. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for everyone. Go to them at 100 East Main Street.
Stella’s Brick Oven Pizzeria and Bistro has daily specials every week, including discounts for kids and students! You are at 250 East Main Street.
Have you ever tried Big’s Philly Cheese Steak? It will fill you up the best. Head to 101 East Main Street for a great lunch or dinner.
Big’s accepts applications for chefs and kitchen helpers. Must be flexible and reliable. Stop by during business hours, no calls or social media messages please. You are at 101 East Main Street.
The pinto is hiring. Please come by and pick up an application in person. You are at 100 East Main Street.