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SoMa was recently named a “Next Great Neighborhood” by Southern Living. The South Main District of Little Rock, Arkansas is home to unique restaurants and shops . The Bernice Garden, a community gathering spot and sculpture garden featuring works by Arkansas artists can also be found here. There’s a weekly farmers’ market, a monthly vintage market, and other special events and festivals.

The Bernice Garden

Privately owned by Anita Davis and intended for public use, The Bernice Garden is located at the southeast corner of Daisy Bates Avenue and South Main Street in downtown Little Rock. Created to celebrate the community and host events, the garden also fosters neighborliness and a sense of pride in the area.

The Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market (Sundays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM April through November) offers an open community space for local growers to sell sustainably raised fruit, vegetables, nuts, berries, flowers, and herbs, as well as cheeses, prepared food and other goods to downtown Little Rock residents, businesses, organizations and visitors.

The garden features permanent and temporary sculptures created by Arkansas artists and sponsored by The Bernice Garden Sculpture Fund. Mosaics, rock formations, the hand-crafted sign and additional art installations add to the multi-staged development plan for the space.
Other attractions make SoMa great also. There’s the award winning Boulevard Bread and Bakehouse. Or, Perhaps a cold local from Core Public House. Maybe a tour through the Purse Museum.
Your next trip to Little Rock should definitely include a trip through SoMa. Maybe stay awhile. Maybe enjoy one of America’s Next Great Neighborhoods.