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Shops at River Market's Arcade Building open for business

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(KATV) LITTLE ROCK - 100 River Market Avenue is no longer a parking lot. The 60,000 square foot, mixed-use Arcade Building is set to open in two weeks, but some shops couldn't wait that long.

The name Arcade is in honor of the old Arcade building in downtown Little Rock. It was the original farmers market and mall in the city. Owners of Moses Tucker Real Estate tell Channel Seven that this latest venture is kicking off big plans for the River Market District.

Rett Tucker of Moses Tucker Real Estate says, "It was a surface parking lot for years and it is not the best use for a property on what we think is the best intersection in Arkansas."

Tucker says it is the right time for a multi use facility. The Arcade building has office space, a 325 seat theater with a performing arts stage, retail and Cache, a 10-square foot European cuisine restaurant.

Owner and chief, Payne Harding is the owner and chief of Cache, pronounced Cash. He says after three years of planning and weeks of catering they're ready to open on New Year's Eve. "We are making sure the recipes are right, training the cooks and we are just slowly having fun with these Christmas parties right now."

Fringe clothing has moved in and next door The Freckled Frog has all Arkansas handcrafted outfits, art and custom jewelry.

The Freckled Frog shares a space with Dandelion. Owner, Matthew Cooper says, when you run out of your 4-dollar grocery bought spices, "Bring it to me and we can probably fill it for 30-cents versus 4-dollars and its organic and it's sustainable."

From floor to ceiling, Dandelion has medicinal herbs, culinary spices, exotic sea salts, teas, local honey and coffee. 

Jimmy Moses says the vision is to expand the River Market district to Main Street and to the Capitol. "You are really going to find in the next couple of years, the River Market and downtown are a single entity."

There's more retail space available. A 150 car parking deck is going in two blocks away and there is a proposal for another garage. Ninety-six apartments are being built in the spring.