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Success Stories

Yarn Mart

Tradition blended with technology and outstanding customer service is keeping the Yarn Mart as Little Rock’s outstanding source for yarn and materials for fiber arts.

The Yarn Mart has been a fixture in the Heights neighborhood since the 1960’s.  Unfortunately, earlier this year it looked like the only locally owned yarn store in Little Rock might be closing.  The owner, who had purchased the store seven years earlier, was facing the challenges of running the business on her own.

Meanwhile, Heather Zbinden was looking for a way to combine her creativity skills with her small business sense.   A historian by training, Heather was doing research at museums in Central Arkansas. Looking for a change, she wanted to be able to express herself creatively, “something I could be passionate about,” she said.  Heather turned to the Arkansas Chapter of the SCORE Business Counselors for advice on possibly purchasing the Yarn Mart.   SCORE, one of the U.S. Small Business... Read More

George Jett's Gas and Service Station is in business with the community and for the community.

This full-service station has been in business for 19 years in the heart of the Capitol View-Stifft Station area of Little Rock, an area known for its community spirit and active neighborhood involvement.  It has been a cornerstone in the revitalization of business in the community.  As a commercial member of the neighborhood association, George says, "the neighborhood has backed us well.  We try to do a fair business, and they're returning it back to us.  We always try to do what's right."   George Jett’s excellent reputation attracts customers from all over the Central Arkansas area.

This business is the culmination of a life-time of experience in the automotive field.  George grew up in Little Rock, helping out in his uncle's auto body shop, which was located on the present site of the Kroger's store on Shackleford Road.  He was head mechanic for many years at Isclaw's... Read More