*Editor’s note: In the print version of this story “A + K Cafe” was misspelled. It has been corrected to “A + K ‘s Cafe” in the online version.
A+K’s Cafe owner Arlene Clark will soon close her doors at 631 S. Elm St. and move her cafe up the street to Table 16’s former spot at 600 S. Elm St. to reopen as Arlene’s Place. Clark said Arlene’s Place will serve country cooking and will have a full-service bar when it opens “hopefully in September.” However, before she goes, she is throwing a block party on the Southend of Elm Street on Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
“The block party is for the business owners on South Elm Street,” Clark said. “The block party is not about A+K; it is about helping these business owners get known in this area. We suffer so badly as far as businesses because people don’t walk all the way down [Elm Street].”
Clark said that downtown Greensboro is often considered everything before the railroad tracks. She said the purpose of this free event is to promote the Southside of Elm and celebrate its business owners. The block party is sponsored by A+K’s Cafe as well as My Mini Bakes.
Clark said the block party is family-friendly with plenty for kids to do and enjoy such as face painting, a bounce house, a fire truck and more. There will also be live music, DJ, vendors and food trucks.
According to the Facebook event page, the block party is set to take place between Gate City Boulevard and East Lewis Street. Live performances are hosted by RL The Gifted 1 and include Tony Hayes AKA Big Slim, Scarlett Verne, Raymond & Kim of Real Love Music, Chellez & Friends, DJ Ras/D, Sunqueen Kelcey and the Soular Flares, Pretty Girl Mafia Dance Team, Dr. Phil Good, Kevin Hayes of MJ Footworkz, Ladies of J.A.M., Tyson C-TyceMusic, Permanent Ink, Xotic Sol and DJ Precise AKA Freddie Fontaine.
In addition to the block party, Clark said there would be a back-to-school drive happening as well. She said people are to drop off their school supplies and donations at the event. For more information, or to be a vendor at the block party, contact Clark at (336) 617-3634, email Jovaughn NewLane at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook event page.