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Stretch Zone Opens in West Cantrell Plaza

Stretch Zone Staff

Stretch. Work. Play. Repeat. That is the mantra at Stretch Zone, a practitioner-assisted stretching facility that recently opened its first Arkansas location in West Cantrell Plaza at 14300 Cantrell Rd. in Little Rock.

Blake Mack, the general manger of the new West Little Rock location explains practitioner-assisted stretching as “a life-changing stretch experience that can provide clients with immediate relief from muscle pain and tension, improve pain-free range of motion, and enhance physical and athletic skills.” And the best part is, you see results from day one. Mack described his session with a client recently saying, “I had to remove her socks when we first began because she could not bend over to do that herself, but by the time we were done, she was putting on her own socks!” That’s a fairly impressive accomplishment after a single session.

Stretch Zone Patented Strapping System

Stretch Zone uses a patented strapping system and proprietary tables that position, stabilize, and isolate muscles.

Stretch Zone uses a patented strapping system and proprietary tables that position, stabilize, and isolate muscles, allowing practitioners to provide a unique stretching experience that simply cannot be accomplished at home. This unique approach is designed to help just about anyone, from professional athletes to those recovering from surgery, and even a completely unconditioned person with very limited mobility.

All Stretch Zone practitioners receive hands-on training and are certified by the National Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, which means you are always in good hands. They work with professional sports teams in the NBA and the NFL. Stretch Zone services are also included in some of the best spas around the world, from Miami, to New York City, to Italy. And if you’re looking to improve your golf swing, Stretch Zone has you covered. They work closely with Palm Beach Gardens, the PGA National Resort and Spa!

Stretch Zone’s operating hours are flexible enough to work just about anyone’s schedule. They are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You can try your first stretch session for free. To book an appointment, call 501.812.3931 or visit their website.

Brandon Sheard and Kindley Wasson of Kelley Commercial Partners represented Stretch Zone, and Eric Varner of Kelley Commercial Partners represented the landlord. Welcome to West Cantrell Plaza, Stretch Zone, and welcome to Arkansas!

Kelley Kolettis Designs opens at The Shoppes at Rodney Parham

Kelley Kolettis Designs

Over the last 13 years Kelley Kolettis has progressed from art student, to experienced designer, to successful entrepreneur with her very own design firm, Kelley Kolettis Designs. The Shoppes at Rodney Parham became KKD’s newest home base in February 2022. “We were so pleased to work with such a talented member of the business community and help her find the perfect space for her firm,” said Cheryl White, senior property manager.

Kelley has a wide range of experience working in several different areas of the design world from furniture design, kitchen and bath renovations, commercial office layouts, and event planning, but her current focus and specialization is now on residential design and small commercial projects. Her busiest months are November and December when she is busy decorating homes and businesses around central Arkansas for the holidays.

Shoppes at Rodney Parham

Kelley Kolletis Designs, 10020 N. Rodney Parham, Suite 6, Little Rock. Illustration by Ellen Yahl

Kelley is available by appointment to meet with you at the studio located in Suite 6 of the Shoppes where her unique and sophisticated style are on full display. If you can’t get to her studio, Kelly offers virtual consultations as well. She is eager to share what she’s learned over her many years of experience and is always willing to answer questions or recommend one of her trusted tradesmen to help you get the job done. Her design studio also features a gallery of works by local artists’ if you’re looking for some color to add to your walls.

“We know that Kelley has many years of success in her future, and we wish her all the best on her journey,” said Brooke Miller, agent and partner.

If you’re looking for space for your business to call home, browse our properties or contact one of our trusted agents at 501.375.3200.

Hot Springs Bypass Extension Project Ahead of Schedule

Kelley Commercial Partners has two development opportunities that should be positively impacted by the bypass.

The Hot Springs Bypass Extension project resulted after a study by the Arkansas Highway Commission determined that improving or expanding Highway 7 through downtown Hot Springs was not an option. Currently, scenic Highway 7 travels directly through Hot Springs National Park, which makes up 5,550 acres and has 8 historic bathhouses, hiking trails, campgrounds, a visitors’ center, and much more. This alternative bypass would reduce traffic congestion through the downtown area and cut travel time between Hot Springs Village and the city of Hot Springs by more than half.

Funded by Connecting Arkansas Program and a Garland County Bond Issue

This $75 million project is funded in part by the Connecting Arkansas Program and a Garland County bond issue which was approved by voters in 2016. The 5.82 miles path connects the intersection of Highways 5 and 7 on the north end, to exit 6 on Highway 70 East on the south end. Overpasses will be located at Covenant Trail Rd., Mill Creek Rd., Denise Ln., and Quarry Mountain Rd. The north end of the extension will tie into a two-lane roundabout large enough to accommodate a tractor trailer. The roundabout project, scheduled to be completed in late 2023, will also widen 4.17 miles of Park Ave.

Roundabout at Hwys 5 & 7

Roundabout at Hwys 5 & 7

Bypass Officially Designated a Scenic Highway

The bypass meanders through the beautiful Ouachita Mountains and has been officially designated a scenic highway in 2021 by Act 675 from the Arkansas Legislature. It will facilitate access to retail and services in the city of Hot Springs for residents of Hot Springs Village, Jessieville, Fountain Lake, and surrounding areas, all while leaving the tourists and pedestrians in the historic downtown with a better and safer experience with less traffic congestion. Currently, Highway 128 provides a quick route to retail centers and other services in Saline County. Officials believe that this bypass project might help keep that spending, and the  tax dollars and jobs that come with it, in Garland County. Originally scheduled for completion by August 2022, the project is currently ahead of schedule and could open for the summer season of 2022.

Development Opportunities in Hot Springs

Kelley Commercial Partners has a unique redevelopment opportunity available just northeast of the roundabout. A ±2.24 acres lot with two buildings is offered for sale. The property has 411 feet of frontage on Highway 5/Park Ave. and is ideally suited for a convenience store or similar development. An additional ±9.16 acres of level land with 340 feet frontage are for sale on Highway 7 in Hot Springs Village across from Walmart Supercentre. For more information about these listings, visit our properties page.

Predictions about commercial real estate in Little Rock circa 2050

In this month’s issue of the Arkansas Times, Hank Kelley shared his thoughts about what the commercial real estate industry will look like in 2050. 

Hank Kelley, CEO

Hank Kelley, CEO

Connectivity

There is demand now — and will be in the future — for unique living and workspaces in multiple-story buildings so your space can be close to other residents and professionals, and to other recreational and educational uses. The way we “go to work” now will change over the next 30 years, and the need to have the same level of hard-wall separate office areas within a building will change. More emphasis will be placed on a building’s connectivity for virtual connections than exists today. Even today, mobile professionals regularly chart their destinations based on the connection to credible Wi-Fi. In 30 years, the need for high-quality connections will be a constant and core requirement.

The exterior of buildings will hopefully be a source of energy generation through advances in solar panel technology, but not at the expense of views within the spaces. More filtering will improve indoor air quality. Rooftop decks and balconies with sunscreen canopies will be the norm as people continue to want to be outdoors but become even more concerned about sun exposure.

Mixed-Use

I believe we will continue to see an evolution of larger office buildings to include a mixture in their uses. The cost of converting their use, though, will have to be feasible before developers will invest in the remodeling needed for conversion. The conversion of office buildings to residential and or hospitality (hotel) requires extensive plumbing and mechanical alterations, and those changes will only happen when adequate demand for those uses justifies the conversion cost. In the short run, we will see workspaces within the buildings compressed to more flexible work environments and, in some cases, with even more open floor spaces for cubicle and tabletop workspaces. Landlords will become more flexible on tenant expansion and contraction needs to retain their tenants and use the surplus space they have to attract growing businesses.

The office buildings and existing residential condo buildings in Little Rock’s Central Business District represent the highest density of population per mile in our city and region, and companies will continue to be attracted by the excellent accessibility to both I-30 and I-40. People who live in midrise and high-rise buildings in the Central Business District enjoy walkable amenities now — the Central Arkansas Library, the Robinson Center, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts — and we believe the demand for walkable amenities will grow over time.

“’Hoteling’ of office space and rotation of in-office and out-of-office workdays will become more of a norm.”

As regards trends toward remote working, we don’t believe the majority of companies will choose a completely remote workforce because of the challenges in maintaining the culture needed to compete. “Hoteling” of office space and rotation of in-office and out-of-office workdays will become more of a norm. We continue to believe there is value in the separation of workspace and living space. The networking component of “going to work” is now and will continue to be a valuable need for workers and companies.

Energy Efficiency

We will see great advances in products and technology to conserve and generate energy, water and land at both the individual user level, but also at the utility provider level. We are hopeful those advances will reduce operating costs and help preserve our natural resources. The office building industry has been active in conservation efforts through the LEED certification process. Maintaining buildings to operate at peak efficiency will become a requirement to own and operate a building, and utility providers will charge non-compliant building owners penalties for excessive consumption.

We expect that fewer people will own their own cars, meaning we will see less of a need for parking spaces.

Finally, inflation will increase interest rates on the debt and the cost of services to maintain existing buildings. Some building owners are not prepared for their debt and operating expenses to increase, as they have been trying to maintain current rent levels with tenants. This means less income is available to pay debt and reinvest in building upgrades needed to maintain an efficient and attractive building. The squeeze of increasing costs will challenge some building owners and cause a change in ownership if those owners don’t have adequate reserves. Tenants will seek out buildings with owners who have the financial resources and desire to reinvest in their properties.

Hank Kelley is CEO and Executive Broker at Kelley Commercial Partners, and has been working in brokerage and property management in Little Rock for 36 years.

Dog Days? Pretty Paws!

Breckenridge Village

Is your pooch looking a little unkempt during these “Dog Days” of summer? Well, our newest tenant at Breckenridge Village Shopping Center, Pretty Paws Pet Grooming, can get your fur baby looking and feeling great again. Tabbitha Taber and Dominick Maida opened this boutique pet grooming salon on May 20th of this year.

Tabbitha and Dominick make a great team. She handles all the pups in the front of the shop, while he handles all the biz in the back. Of course, Dominick will often step out of the office to play with a pup or two. Can you blame him?

Tabbitha has been grooming dogs for about seven years, and in spite of the daily occupational hazard of a dog bite, she absolutely loves what she does. She says, “I love all animals!” At home she has four dogs, four cats, and a rabbit.

Tabbitha started her pet grooming journey as a bather at a shop in Bryant and as she observed the groomers, she knew right away that she had found her passion. Anxious to learn, she spent the next year training in Bryant with a groomer who specialized in show poodles. Since then, she has worked at a number of veterinary clinics and grooming salons before the opportunity to open her own place presented itself. One evening the couple was visiting Angie Creal, owner of Axis Salon in Suite A7 of Breckenridge Village when they noticed the “For Lease” sign in the window of the space downstairs. “It just happened to be the perfect size and had some other features which were exactly what I was looking for to open Pretty Paws,” says Tabbitha.

Working with leasing agent, Brooke Miller and property manager, Missy Cherry, Tabbitha and Dominick signed a lease and got to work. The result is a fun, colorful space designed to keep the animals happy and safe. “It’s all about the animals,” she says. Of course, she loves to please her two-legged clients too, but Tabbitha readily admits, “If I didn’t have to have money to live, I would do this [job] for free!”

Pretty Paws is located in Breckenridge Village Shopping Center at 10301 N. Rodney Parham, Suite A3. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and are currently offering a 20 percent discount to customers who send a referral. Military and senior citizens (65+) always receive a 10 percent discount.