This spring, one of New York’s favorite gift and stationery boutiques makes its debut in Little Rock's SoMa neighborhood. Pink Olive opened its first location in 2007 in Manhattan, and now, after 15 years of expansion and growth, the specialty store is set to open its first location outside of The Big Apple. Luckily for us, that location will be nestled on Main Street near a few of our local favorites like Loblolly Creamery, The Root Cafe and the Esse Purse Museum.

Born out of love with the mission to celebrate the smaller things in life, Pink Olive has something enchanting for everyone. The whimsical shop is filled with thoughtful gifts, paper goods, quirky decor and much more. It will be a uniquely playful and creative addition that will fit right in with the growing SoMa community. Ahead of the store’s grand opening, we spoke with founder and chief buyer Grace Kang about her plans for the shop and what customers can expect from the new space.

 


The first Pink Olive shop opened in 2007 in East Village, Manhattan. Since then you have opened three other locations in and around New York City. Why Little Rock?

GK: I moved to Little Rock out of love — the kind of love that makes you smile. I first discovered SoMa back in 2018. It's where my fiancé and I had our first date. I immediately loved the energy and overall vibe of the area. It instantly reminded me of the neighborhoods where our current stores are located in New York. SoMa perfectly captures the whimsy of city life and the beauty of nature all in one, and complements the Pink Olive aesthetic so well. It's truly been serendipitous from the start!

 

What kind of atmosphere can shoppers expect at PO?

GK: Walking into Pink Olive is like walking into your best friend's cozy, inspired home. We aim to curate beautiful gifts and lifestyle goods from some of the most unique and talented artists around. Expect to find everything from beautiful stationery to adorable baby gifts to inspired cookbooks to yummy throws and artwork. 

 

How will the new location differ from the NY shops?

GK: Our Little Rock location is twice the size of the NY shops. We are excited to expand our decor and home goods categories to complete the PO experience, including our signature wallpaper display, pillows, rugs, gifts for the host and even PJs. We will also have a beautifully stocked wrapping station and custom frames, made simple. But my favorite addition to the Little Rock location might be my blue bicycle! All of the sweet touches and fun Cali vibes coming straight to Arkansas for little ones to loved ones.

 

Where did the name "Pink Olive" come from?

GK: The store name was inspired by two of my favorite things: my niece Katie, who adores pink, and one of my favorite foods, olives. It’s quirky. It’s fun. And that’s what Pink Olive is all about — mixing and matching the unexpected.

 

 

What are some of your favorite brands or products that Pink Olive stocks?

GK: Some of my all-time favorites include Rifle Paper Co., Mr. Boddington, Blabla Kids, Dear Hancock, Rylee + Cru, P.F. Candle Co. and Maileg, along with Pink Olive's in-house "you are loved" line that includes candles, mugs and more. We will also be stocking local brands including exclusive marshmallow flavors by Loblolly, Pink Alchemy, Markham & Fitz and Sulac Art Stuff.

 

What is the one thing you would recommend from Pink Olive (if you only had to choose one)?

GK: Our signature Sunday Morning candle. It perfectly encapsulates the beauty of a relaxing Sunday complete with coffee, pancakes and a good book! And puppy kisses.

 

You recently opened up a charming historic SoMa home on Airbnb. Is the Cumberland House an extension of Pink Olive?

GK: Yes, I’d like to think so! It’s the perfect combination of modern and whimsy. We’re big on hospitality and service and have always wanted to create our version of a B&B. This is a small nod to that future checklist dream.

 

What do you hope to bring to the SoMa neighborhood?

GK: We hope to bring our love for creativity and desire for positivity to SoMa and make it a destination for all whimsy seekers!

 

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What are your current favorite places to shop, eat and visit in LR?

GK: Some of my favorites include The Bernice Garden, The Root Cafe, Mockingbird Tacos, South on Main, Loblolly Creamery and Esse Purse Museum.

 

Any special grand opening plans? 

GK: Yes! We'll be serving up some custom-made sweets by our local favorite Community Bakery, sparkling rosé and a big confetti celebration at noon. It should be a lot of fun! In addition, there will be 50 VIP goodie bags up for grabs for the first 50 people who spend $50. (The bags have a value of over $300 — our biggest VIP bag for an opening yet!)

Please RSVP for our grand opening celebration here.

 

Pink Olive is officially set to open on Saturday, April 16, at 1501 Main Street. To learn more about the shop, visit the Pink Olive website, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

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