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A Howlin’ Downtown Tradition


Guest blog by Robert Morris, A-State Homecoming Co-Director

One of the most unique aspects of Downtown Jonesboro is that it has always been supported by Arkansas State University faculty, staff, and students alike. That is why we are more than thrilled to be holding our award winning signature event, Pack Pride Weekends, for the third year in a row! Established in 2014, Pack Pride Weekends is a unique game weekend experience offered only in Downtown Jonesboro on the home football weekends of the season. Friday nights play host to special events and activities on Main Street, from the ever popular October monster run, ‘Stay Alive After Five’ to the signature Homecoming classic, ‘Downtown by the Decades’. On Saturdays, Downtowners can head down to East Street free parking and catch the Red Wolf Express for a minimal fee! Then on Sunday, rest easy and celebrate the scarlet and black by treating yourself to brunch and shopping in any of our participating retailers and restaurants.A-StateLogo1


The first Pack Pride Weekends event will kick off on Friday, September 2nd with the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce’ Big Great A-State leading the Friday night festivities. Ride the Red Wolf Express all the way from Downtown Jonesboro (official stop at the East Street parking lot) to Centennial Bank Stadium to watch your Arkansas State Red Wolves face off against the University of Toledo Rockets at 8pm. On Sunday, September 4th, Brunch and Browse will be hosted in Downtown Jonesboro from 11am-2pm after a home game (and Red Wolves win!) at participating merchants. Be sure and wear red!


Before an in-state face-off with the University of Central Arkansas Bears on Saturday, September 24th, be sure to come make your way down Main Street for Pack Tracks on Friday, September 23rd! Be sure and wear your red game day attire for this game.

I hope you are just as excited for A-State Homecoming weekend as we are! We are so blessed to have been a part of the Jonesboro community for so long, so take a look back with Downtown by the Decades. By the way, did you know there are 14,000 Arkansas State University living in Craighead County alone? That’s a lot of Red Wolves fans! Be sure to watch the new king and queen be crowned before A-State battles the University of South Alabama Jaguars on Saturday, October 15th! Wear pink or your Red Wolf red for this game.

Things will be getting very spooky downtown, so come out to Downtown Jonesboro’s monster run, Stay Alive After Five, on Friday, October 28th! Be sure to continue your Halloween weekend with as we compete (wear your black!) against the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks on Saturday, October 29th.

Finally, take some time to appreciate all that our community does for us with Downtown Gives Back on Friday, November 11th before going head-to-head with the New Mexico State University Aggies! For this game, Red Wolf fans can wear their red, white, or blue.

Come see why Pack Pride Weekends has been named “Best New Event” by Main Street Arkansas, and is one of the only downtowns in the state of Arkansas to offer this fantastic partnership with a local university. We cannot wait to “Eat. Shop. HOWL. Downtown!”

Pack Pride Weekends 2016 is brought to you by these presenting sponsors: KAIT8, Art Advertising, MOR Media. Our spirit sponsor for this year’s college game day tradition is Jimmy John’s.

A Touch of Paint

What if we told you – we have some fantastic programs for our Downtowners? And we’re not talking about the fabulous shopping. Or delicious dining. Or even our popular events like Alive After Five or Pack Pride Weekends. Ok ok, you get the drift. Downtown Jonesboro is awesome!

Opening up a new business (or re-locating one that’s been established for ten years) is a scary thing. There are a million things you have to get accomplished, and normally by some crazy short deadline. BUT–what if you had someone who could help you implement a new look for your business, exterior speaking. They come in, take a look at your branding, the building, and in a matter of weeks, you have a rendering for a completely new and fresh look for your space. We’re talking awnings, signage, lighting recommendations, even paint!

DSC_0830Sound too good to be true? It’s not – not in downtown Jonesboro.

The Downtown Façade Grant is offered by the Downtown Jonesboro Association, a Main Street Arkansas community. Back in the spring of 2014, the DJA board of directors recognized a need to develop a program to assist business and property owners for improving their facades by tuck pointing, paint, new awnings, exterior lighting, etc., and strengthening the look of our streetscapes. It is known that a vibrant downtown can bring big benefits to our local community (including purchasing materials for each project right here in Jonesboro!), and our grant program does just that. Did we mention last year that the Downtown Jonesboro Facade Grant alone reinvested almost $36,000 back into our local economy through paint purchases, sign designs, even hiring local contractors to help implement each project. How awesome that our grant program not only brings a new story to the heart of our community, but it provides jobs as well!


This annual grant opportunity, with a total allotment of $5,000 provided from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, is offered to Downtown Jonesboro property owners who desire to make improvements to the façade of their buildings and wish to preserve the historical and architectural value of our Downtown culture. This year’s grantees included some amazing facade work from Stanley + Woodard Law Firm, Parsonage 322, and Occasions Publishing Group!

13529130_10208119783266834_1299130442133381838_nOur DJA Design Committee works with individuals to suggest recommendations and help them achieve the best look for their Main Street business. If you are thinking about changing the look of your business, or feel your building needs some design consultation, contact our committee today by emailing


A Mural on Union Street & Much More

Photo courtesy of photographer Staci Vandagriff, Jonesboro Sun.

Driving over the bridge on Union Street, a splash of vibrant new colors greet you. The abstract pieces flow beautifully with three massive lion heads, a nod to our architectural element on Main Street. The mural, spanning over 80 feet on the north facing wall of 209 Union, was designed by artist and A-State professor Melissa Wilkinson, and painted with the help of her extremely talented art students. Read More…

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