If you live in NWA and haven’t heard of Blackboard Grocery and Eatery, you must be living under a rock. Need coffee? They’ve got that. Local food to eat on the run? Check. Staples to fill your shelves for cooking at home? Yep. Beer, wine, and everything else to make your work week a little easier? Done and done.
Blackboard has been open on Dickson Street in Fayetteville for just over two and a half years. Owner, Lycia Shrum, best describes the shop as a “small, upscale, urban market.” Shrum explains that her brainchild is a “uniquely convenient concept that provides items that reach all ends of the spectrum, from in-house to specialty, to staple items.”
The folks at Blackboard are all about partnering with the community. Shrum says that it is “exciting to help cultivate a service industry that continues to grow and evolve and create community.” Their selection of local goods sold at the shop include Onyx Coffee, Airship Coffee, Pink House Alchemy syrups, Kyya and Hello Cocoa chocolates, Loblolly Ice Cream out of Little Rock and Pure Joy Ice Cream from Siloam Springs.
Craving kombucha? They’ve got Moniker Ferments and JR’s Kombucha, both brewed in Fayetteville. Local beer? They carry an assortment any college student would be happy to find, including Fossil Cove, OBC, Lost Forty, and some recently added Bike Rack Brewing options!
Blackboard’s buyer and social media/branding associate, Meghan Brossman, is excited for Fall weather because it means the Pumpkin Latte and Ginger Apple Cider will be back, as well as a few other new additions the baristas have in the works! What else is she looking forward to? In October, their wine selection will be expanding, thanks to a change in permitting. Soon they won’t be limited to carrying only “Small Farm” wines, so they will be able to bring in a much wider selection for their NWA customers.
Another new project that Blackboard is working on deals with the University of Arkansas’ Architecture department. Due to the department partnering with the city of Fayetteville, they will be conducting a “Tactical Urbanism” project right outside of Blackboard. Brossman says that, “the parking space directly in front of our store is going to be turned into a “Parklet”, basically a miniature park, with additional seating, a stand up bar, and more!”
If you’re near the shop on a Monday, make sure to stop by for their Pizza Happy Hour from 4-6 pm. Pizza by the slice from Geraldi’s is BOGO half off! They will also be doing speciality gift boxes for the holidays for the third year in a row. This year will feature custom screen printed boxes!
As for the future of Blackboard, Shrum and the rest of the Blackboard team are “anxious to expand throughout the NWA corridor in an effort to help create more self sustaining neighborhoods.” They have already made such a name for themselves on Dickson, and I can’t wait to see what they think of next!
644 W. Dickson St.Suite 101
Fayetteville, AR 72701