Bella Vita Jewelry Brick & Mortar storefront

Bella Vita Jewelry

Lafayette Building
523 South Louisiana St, Suite 175
Little Rock, AR, 72201


Store Hours

Thursdays & Fridays from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm
Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Always by appointment.


Holiday Hours

Check out our Facebook Page for holiday hours, but we're usually open the entire week prior to Christmas.


Access & Parking

The Lafayette Building is located on the corner of S. Louisiana Street & W 6th Street. Louisiana Street is one-way, going away from the river (South), and 6th Street is one-way, going away from Main Street (West).

On-street parking is available on both 6th and Louisiana Streets. There are also several pay by the hour or day parking lots around our building.

The Bella Vita store front looks out over Louisiana, right next to the main entrance to the building. A stair-free entrance is located towards the back of the building off of 6th Street.



In the Store

In addition to Bella Vita Jewelry, visitors to the boutique will also find a variety handmade, artisan, and vintage items from Bella Vita Vintage, Cocoa Rouge Chocolates (around Christmas and Valentine's Day), Erin Lorenzen Shirts, Maelu, Methane Studios, Pheasant Press, Roll & Tumble Press, Soap Rocks, Sweet Wick Candles, and The Red Sari.

   


Bella Vita Vintage

Grown out of her love of all things vintage, Brandy Thomason McNair began with her grandmother's antique button collection and expanded to furniture and other remnants of bygone eras. Some of these items have found their way into the brick and mortar store to be shared with visitors and awaiting their next caretaker.


Description

About the Lafayette Building

Built in 1925 by the Little Rock Hotel Company, the Lafayette Hotel was one of Arkansas’s finest.

St. Louis architect George D. Barnett designed the eleven-story hotel in the Renaissance Revival style with decorative terra cotta detailing, arched windows and projecting copper cornice with dentils. The hotel initially contained 300 fireproof rooms, each with running water, which rented for $2.50 per night. Little Rock decorator Paul Heerwagen was responsible for the building’s interior design. The lobby and mezzanine areas featured marble floors, red gum paneled walls and columns, and an ornamental plaster ceiling with intricate stenciling.

The Great Depression caused the Lafayette Hotel to close its doors in 1933. Years later Southwest Hotels, Inc. bought the hotel and renovated it with a modernized feel, opening the doors again in 1941. Despite another remodel in 1953, Southwest Hotels, Inc. closed the Lafayette Hotel in late 1973 unable to keep up with the competition.

Today the building hosts Bella Vita Jewelry, office space, and condominiums. The first floor lobby and mezzanine, restored to their original grandeur in the early 1980s, are available for special events.