As people bustle throughout the Promenade at Chenal's outdoor shopping oasis, RK Collections stands stoically at its center—a beacon of contemporary apparel, bags, and jewelry. Those who duck inside will be tended to by fashion-forward staff members who provide style consultations to highlight and enhance each customer's individual style with outfits pieced together from a rotating array of designer brands. Since RK Collections stocks only four to six pieces of each handpicked item, shoppers won't have to worry about wearing the same outfits as anyone else in the club or at their graduation ceremony. A fixture of Little Rock's fashion scene since 1985, RK Collections has continually kept its duds up-to-date with the current trends, landing it accolades from the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and Arkansas Times.
Fully qualified in all Apple products, the technological gurus at Cellular Repair & Exchanges revive and refurbish forlorn gadgets such as smartphones, gaming consoles, and tablets. With a repair menu longer than Tolstoy's War and Peace and War Again, the gizmo doctors leave no circuit unturned when tackling any range of maladies, from broken screens to a dying battery. Once each job is finished—typically within 24 hours—technicians ship the item straight to its owner's home. Cellular Repair & Exchange also doles out replacement phones should any repair not suffice, and a 90-day warranty guarantees prompt removal of any miniature forceps accidentally left behind the keypad.:m]]
Ciao Bella champions the disappearing art of fine dining. From a carefully selected, ever-rotating menu of worldly cuisine to thoughtful suggestions of wine pairings from its newly constructed wine bar, Pavoni's Wine Bar, the restaurant invites patrons an elegant escape from the slowly approaching laser of daily life. At night, Ciao Bella’s dining room becomes the launching point for an edible international journey, as 8- to 16-course French degustation dinners provide tastes of different European countries. Vichyssoise, a potato cream soup, transports taste buds to the cafés of Paris, while pastry-wrapped prawns evoke all the flavors of the Mediterranean with none of the excessively wet water. Global flavors are infused into earlier meals as well: breakfast offers traditional belgian waffles and Parisian-style french toast, while lunch sates with hungarian meatballs and antipasto platters full of cured meats, imported cheeses, and olives.
At Ember Boutique, shoppers can peruse a wide selection of stylish threads amid a charmingly rustic atmosphere stocked with clothing, accessories, jewelry, handbags, and lots of hangers. Various items flashing uptown style, vintage elegance, and mod panache are available to browse and clutch tightly while gleefully spinning around the store. Check out a chic striped top ($32), a breezy, vibrantly colored one-piece dress ($48), or a pair of comfy capri-style pants ($36). Every item in Ember Boutique runs under $75. Nitpicky and style-challenged visitors will also be able to pick the brains of the friendly fashion-forward staff, who will happily offer their look-bolstering input as well as random numbers for today’s lottery.
A locally owned family boutique, Faux Pas offers treasure hunters a trove of carefully selected finds, such as high-end fashion jewelry from a variety of designers, chic dresses and tunics, and stylish accessories including hats and scarves. Individually crafted Seasonal Whispers Bracelets are a stylish wrist accessory, with a stainless-steel base that is plated with sterling or 18k gold and accentuated with hand-set Swarovski crystals to achieve a delicate, sophisticated look. Those seeking camouflage to avoid being caught crashing their neighbor’s outdoor wedding can blend in by wearing earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, which come in an array of springtime colors such as turquoise, coral, yellow, and pink ($18–$150). Fashion jewelry from Majorica Pearls, Kenneth Jay Lane, and Crislu, as well as 14k gold jewelry mounted with high-quality faux gemstones, provides numerous ways to glow that don’t involve radioactivity or robbing a diamond mine.