Groupon is a combination of the words group and coupon. Each day, we offer an unbeatable deal on the best of Little Rock: restaurants, spas, sporting events, theater, and more. By promising businesses a minimum number of customers, we get discounts you won't find anywhere else. We call it "collective buying power."
Owner Tracy McCauslin draws on her training from nationally recognized Food Network decorators to bake ornamental cakes that won a Bride's Choice award in 2011 from WeddingWire.com. Cakes and cupcakes spring from Tracy's oven daily in flavors such as red velvet, strawberry, lemon, and carrot, with sumptuous fillings and a variety of buttercream toppings. Tracy can also bake cookies and brownies by the dozen, model a 3-D custom cake according to your design, and carve a 5-D cake into the befuddled likeness of Albert Einstein.
Corky's Ribs & BBQ must be doing something right. The southern barbecue has attracted celebrities such as Phoenix Suns coach Dan Majerle and running back Emmitt Smith, and its sought-after barbecue sauce is served in stores nationwide, except in stores that only sell big-and-tall pajama pants. People can't seem to resist Corky's signature Memphis-style ribs, which are hickory-smoked and slathered in the restaurant's secret blend of spices. The grill also slow cooks St. Louis-style pork ribs, chicken sandwiches, and fish, all of which are served with hearty southern sides.
Oak Street Bistro delights diners with edibles that please the palate while remaining environmentally ethical. Each selection on the newly renovated menu is fresh, flavorful, and eco-friendly—chicken is all-natural and free of antibiotics, seafood is sustainable, and vegetables are plucked from the local farmers' market whenever possible. Twenty toppings and seven cheese choices make the Bistro burger ($9.59 with five toppings and one choice of cheese) a bootquake-causing pick for the decision-averse and a masterpiece-begging canvas for creative connoisseurs. Those who prefer their crustaceans with a southern drawl will fancy the sautéed shrimp and grits, which are served together under a cloak of blackened cream sauce, bacon, and fresh parmesan ($10.79 for the lunch portion, $15.85 for dinner). House-made paradise tropical brewed tea ($2.35) and hot spiced apple cider ($2.59) help patrons wet their whistles quickly for impromptu Otis Redding tributes.
Inside The Wonder Place’s 5,700 square-foot indoor play space, colored balls and scarves shoot through spiraling tubes. Stuffed animals await vaccinations in the vet's office, and tables covered in water and sand become interactive landscapes. The playhouse's supervising staffers encourage their visitors, generally aged 8 and younger, to explore freely as they engage in imaginative play.
Kids slip down slides and scale a rock-climbing wall at the tree house, and build towers and obstacle courses for toy balls using square blocks and ramps at Wonder Works. A child-sized stage lets them perform their own plays or reenact Hamlet with puppets using costumes and set pieces, and an art area sets them loose with a menagerie of art supplies. Infants and toddlers frolic in a designated play area, filled with smaller play structures and toys. While kids can make pretend meals using pretend produce and haggle with pretend cashiers at the River Market and Cafe, there's also a real, health-focused vending machine. An onsite gift shop peddles educational toys and puzzles from brands such as eeboo, Melissa & Doug, and Manhattan Toy.
At Arkansas Skatium, visitors don ice or roller skates to indulge in family-friendly, frictionless fun atop spacious rinks. During group ice-skating classes, certified instructors show bladers aged 5 and older the fundamentals of gliding before letting them fan across the ice to work through new maneuvers. When the clock strikes 10 p.m., the rink morphs into a broomball stadium where up to 25 athletes take to the ice for sneaker-clad fun.
Arkansas Skatium's snack bar vends sodas, cappuccinos, pizza, and funnel cake to those tuckered out from eight-wheeled and single-bladed maneuvers. The ProShop sells all manner of gliding gear and houses a repair shop for skates dulled by nervous biting before hockey games.