La Lucha Space has expansion plans that include downtown, according to the nonprofit’s director Sandra Leyva.
Leyva said the group is not ready to name a location, but there will be a storefront downtown for “The Locals.”
The Locals will be a coffee shop and retail space, she said, that will serve Arkansas coffee and feature products from small farmers, local artists and musicians.
Leyva said The Locals will also be a place to connect over community organizations, projects and events.
“But it’s not just a coffee shop or retail space,” Leyva said. “It is a platform for local producers to engage the public with the products they are passionate about and for our community to support and cultivate local entrepreneurship.”
The goal is to have “great coffee” in downtown Conway, and to make community activities part of everyday life, she said.
La Lucha Space has operated for about four years out of a house on Prince Street. The house has been a community meeting space for workshops, musical performances, and meals.
The nonprofit originated with an aim to promote the production and consumption of local food, art and culture in this area.
La Lucha expanded, Leyva said, and became part of other community projects such as Conway Locally Grown, the Faulkner County Urban Farming Project, Conway’s ArtsFest, and the Faulkner County Library’s Backyard Gourmet.
La Lucha cofounder Shawn Goicoechea said The Locals is the organization’s response to a need to bring community projects with similar or complimentary goals together with a permanent, public location.
“There is so much happening just beneath the surface of our town that we wanted to create a structure that could bring diverse collaborators together, serve our community’s broad constituency, and sustain a permanent physical location,” Goicoechea said.
La Lucha Space aims to fund the launch of The Locals by crowd funding.
By leveraging many small contributions from the community at large, Leyva said the space downtown is affordable.
“We realized that even though individually none of us might have enough capital to afford to open a space like this downtown, if we work together, we can create a community hub for local talent, creativity and cooperation,” she said.
To help launch The Locals, visit www.thelocals.be/donate.
Leyva said the location of The Locals space will be revealed at the group’s upcoming meeting Sept. 21.
More information is available at www.thelocals.be/getinvolved.
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