A loan of $5,000 helped hire a new employee and buy bins for bulk food and expand the product of our grocery store.

Joseph's story

Raised in rural California and having moved to New York City as a teenager, I was always torn between city and country life. After some college I went on to work for the Italian publishing company, Rizzoli, as a book buyer. In 1990, with a mission to diversify the nightclub scene, I embarked on a ten year career as a New York City night club promoter and created one of New York's longest running weekly events, Cafe con Leche. Becoming interested in the green movement and neighborhood revitalization, I settled in Hot Springs, Arkansas in 2000, falling in love with its fusion of rural and urban life. I immediately saw an "open canvas" in downtown Hot Springs, particularly the Park Avenue Historic District, which had suffered recent neglect. However, it had immense potential with its quirky character and its unique location being a neighborhood completely surrounded by a National Park. Working as a server, bartender and manager at some of downtown Hot Springs' finest dining establishments, I financed a house and then an inn at the entrance to the Park Avenue neighborhood. Lacking any kind of market in the neighborhood beyond a convenience store, I quickly set a goal to open a market and healthy reasonably-priced cafe in the community.

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About Park Island Market and Cafe

Industry: Retail
Years in operation: <6 months
Website: parkislandmarket.com


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