BRIANA MOORE is best known for her handcrafted soap business, Larkmartin Soaps, and Red Light Roastery that she co-owns with her husband, Adam. Along with two boys and two dogs, they live in Uptown Park Avenue in Hot Springs and are advocates for the neighborhood. She has a background in the arts with a BFA from University of Georgia.
1. What are you working on now? Custom Beer Soap for Superior Bathhouse Brewery.
2. Name a local maker who’s under the radar and deserves more recognition. A Lively Brew Kombucha. I love the people and the product!
3. Where is your favorite local spot to gather inspiration? Inspiration is just a hike away! Hot Springs has many hiking trails, and I am always inspired by getting outside!
4. Tell me three handmade items on your own wishlist. Bethannie Newsome Steelman’s “Roadkill” series paintings; Riley Art Glass—I’ll take one of everything, please; and Filip Johnson’s Beastman Caravan leather tote.
5. Which craft fair do you most look forward to? Handmade Holiday PopUp Shop. Every year local makers and artists pop up in a different location for the holidays, and they have great gifts for everyone on your list
6. Name three can’t-livewithout locally made eats or drinks. Will’s Cinnamon Shop gluten free strudel muffins; Red Light Roastery Coffee; and JV Farms Sausage.
7. What local spot do you use for thrifting and finding unique things? Hot Springs is chock full of thrift stores and estate sales! Habitat for Humanity Restore always has good finds that you never knew you needed!
8. How would you describe the art scene in Hot Springs? There is a shared love, respect and passion for the importance of surrounding yourself with art, artisans and makers in our community. It continues to grow and evolve and will always be a great, small art town.
9. What is your favorite local hangout? The community table at Red Light Roastery is always full of artists, dreamers, makers and do-ers!
10. What’s your favorite local art venue or event? Arkansas Shorts is my favorite event of the year. It’s a fundraising event showcasing Arkansas filmmakers for Low Key Arts, a nonprofit arts organization.