BACC Held Ribbon Cutting at Midtown Plaza

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Midtown Plaza on Thursday.

Midtown Plaza, a newly-completed 6-suite shopping plaza in Batesville, is home to Smiley’s BBQ, Rivercity Print & Office, Lainey Mae Clothing Co., Crumbs Up Bakery, Planet Smoothie, and Midtown Menagerie. The plaza at 700 Harrison Street is a development project of Cargill and Company Investment Properties, owned by Josephine Cargill and Tricia Cargill-Zelasko.

“We are so proud and excited to open Midtown Plaza and Midtown Market, a farm and art market beside Carlee’s Hallmark,” said Tricia Cargill-Zelasko. “It took a lot of effort to get to this point. But we had a fantastic team helping us out. We are thankful for the crews who helped us complete this project.”

“It has been amazing to watch Tricia bring her vision to reality,” said BACC President and CEO Crystal Johnson. “Developing and filling commercial space is no small feat, but Tricia and Jo have made it look easy. We proudly welcome Midtown Plaza to the Chamber family and look forward to supporting you for many years.”

Cargill-Zelasko continued, “We are proud to be a woman-owned business. The majority of our Midtown Plaza and Midtown Market tenants are women-owned businesses—we are very proud of that.”

Batesville Mayor Rick Elumbaugh conclude the ceremony by recognizing Cargill and Company for their leadership and investment, saying, “Congratulations to Jo and Tricia. We thank you for investing in this business district.”

Ambassadors in attendance included: Jessie Cargill (UAMS North Central), Kyle Christopher (State Farm), Brook Cossey (RAWK Imprinting), Adam Curtwright (Centennial Bank), Amanda Dickey (Block Insurance), Ashley Engles (Citizens Bank), Amy Finster (White River Health), Genafer Foree (Goodwill Industries of Arkansas), Tammy Foster (First Communinity Bank), Brittney Harris (Independence County Off Road), Eva Henriken (M&P Bank), John High (Qualls Funeral Homes), Lindy Hopper (First Community Bank), Dana Millikin (White River Now), Aaron Moody (Citizens Bank), Courteney Muse (Southern Bank), Megan Renihan (Batesville School District), Gena Ries (White River Now), Ashley Rogers (Goosehead Insurance), Justin Russell (Bank of Cave City), Becky Warren (University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville), and Chad Whiteaker (White River Now).

About The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce: The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice of business in Independence County, providing advocacy, promotion, and resources for chamber members. The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce sets the standard for excellence in member service, community collaboration, business growth, and achieving a high quality of life in the Batesville area.