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Holiday Events at The Empress on KATV this Saturday

November 22nd, 2016 by Sharon Welch-Blair

We are decking the halls for the holidays at The Empress!  Next week, the owner of The Empress,  Sharon Welch-Blair will be visiting with the morning crew on KATV Channel 7.  The segment will air after Thanksgiving on the Saturday morning show. Sharon will talk about all of The Empress’ holiday plans including the 2nd annual Christmas […]

13 Places in Arkansas ‘Made of Dreams’

November 9th, 2016 by Sharon Welch-Blair

We’ve all been scrolling through our news feed on Facebook when suddenly we come across one of those lists. The lists that you just have to click through because they have a catchy headline that entices you. One such producer of those lists is BuzzFeed. Anyone can post a “list” on BuzzFeed. Their help section […]

Robinson Center Debuts Second Act

November 5th, 2016 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Amidst the Great Depression, the Public Works Administration sought and gained approval (and funds) for what would become one of Little Rock’s most beloved landmarks. Construction of the Joseph Taylor Robinson Memorial Auditorium began in December of 1937 and was completed in January of 1940. Known as the Robinson Center Music Hall since 1973, the […]

Halloween at The Empress of Little Rock!

October 31st, 2016 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Halloween is the best time of year to visit one of Little Rock’s real haunted houses! The Hornibrook Mansion (now known as The Empress of Little Rock) has always been the subject of much speculation. When it comes to whether or not it is haunted, visitors draw their own conclusions. Mr. James H. Hornibrook, who was […]

Top Places for Sunday Brunch in Little Rock?

October 7th, 2016 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Here at The Empress, we’d like to think we are a bit of an authority on both beds AND breakfasts! So, it should come as no surprise that we have the scoop on the best restaurants for Sunday brunch in Little Rock. Of course, we’d love for you to stay with us, but when you […]

2016 Arkansas State Fair Coming Soon to Little Rock

September 29th, 2016 by Sharon Welch-Blair

One of the biggest crowd producing events of the year is only 15 days away! The Arkansas State Fair begins October 14 with competitive events, live entertainment, livestock and everyone’s favorite- the food! The current Arkansas State Fair has been a tradition since 1938. Several incarnations, both before and after, were held on both sides of the river […]

The Empress Takes Part in Arkansas Halloween Events

September 22nd, 2016 by Sharon Welch-Blair

Arkansas Halloween festivities will be taking place all over town throughout the month of October. Grab your ghouls and goblins and check out some of these spooktacular events! Coming to Little Rock on October 8th is the 6th annual Arkansas Paranormal Expo. Vendors and speakers on all subjects of the supernatural including UFOs and “Bigfoot”, will […]

Empress Claims Spot on “100 Things to Do in Little Rock…”

September 7th, 2016 by Sharon Welch-Blair

If you live or work in Little Rock, you might already know the 100 things to do in Little Rock and you already know what a progressive city we are. With the Clinton Library, the headquarters for Heifer International, and a host of boutiques, museums, unique restaurants and nightlife, it’s no wonder Little Rock was […]

Period Pieces Bring Joy to Guests of The Empress

August 22nd, 2016 by Sharon Welch-Blair

The Empress of Little Rock is a magnificent structure on its own. James Hornibrook spared no cost building what was to be the finest residence at the time in Arkansas. Much care has gone into selecting period pieces to complete the opulence of the house, from the Renaissance Revival half tester bed in our  Hornibrook […]

Big Dam Bridge 100 brings more bikers to Arkansas!

August 12th, 2016 by Sharon Welch-Blair

It was just last week that 40,000 Motorcyclists rolled in to The Natural State for the 39th National Bikers Round Up. The event started in 1977 and is held in a different state each year. Bikers from all over the United States travel for food, music and camaraderie. Next month another type of cyclist will ride into […]