Ghidotti Picks: Holiday Activities and Shopping
Ghidotti Picks Holiday

It’s no secret that this year has been memorable for all of the wrong reasons, but the upcoming holiday season provides an opportunity to end it on a high note with fun activities and exchanging gifts with family and friends. While it’s certainly tempting to bundle up inside, shop on Amazon and watch a Christmas movie on Netflix to get in the holiday spirit, it’s even more fun to enjoy the wide variety of activities and local businesses that Arkansas has to offer. Here are some of our favorites selected by our team of rockstars. 

Holiday Activities

Natalie – Christmas in Little Italy – Hosted by the Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Society and Museum on December 12, this safe and socially distanced event is fun for the whole family with decorations, carolers and a drive-thru visit with Santa, as well as a donation drive to benefit the children of Little Italy and surrounding communities.

Bethany – White River Wonderland – Tucked away in Independence County, Batesville’s winter paradise spans four parks and 15 acres with impressive light displays, carriage rides, ice skating, train rides and a 70-foot LED Ferris Wheel that provides a bird’s-eye view of the entire landscape. 

Candice – Holidays on Main – Downtown Little Rock Partnership and Little Rock Zoo have teamed up to give central Arkansas residents a safe and family-friendly holiday celebration. Free and open to the public through early January, Holidays on Main features holiday scenes, lights, a high-tech tree and decorations in Union Plaza and along Main Street in downtown Little Rock.

Joshua – Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights – If it’s Christmas lights you seek, the City of Sherwood has you covered. Located at the Sherwood Sports Complex, the Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights includes over a mile of spectacular lights on a drive-thru trail. 

Zach – Garvan Woodland Gardens – Even without its traditional Christmas lights display, Garvan Woodland Gardens is still the place to be this holiday season with the Winter Garden Festival, featuring favorite garden displays and creations by students of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. 

Jane – Capitol Christmas Lights – December in Arkansas means holiday lights at the State Capitol. For more than 80 years, this tradition has been synonymous with Christmastime in the Natural State. 

Holiday Shopping

Natalie – Trailblazer Roasting Company – Coffee makes the perfect gift for any caffeine addict and Trailblazer Roasting Company is central Arkansas’ premier source for coffee. With single-origin, blends, decaf, flavored coffee and fun sample packs, Trailblazer Roasting Company has something for everyone.

Bethany – Belle & Blush – Self-care enthusiasts will love the cosmetics, skincare, bath & body and hair care products available at Belle & Blush. With custom-made gift boxes, it’s never been easier to shop for the beauty junkie in your family. 

Jane – Box Turtle – This quaint boutique in the middle of Hillcrest has plenty to offer holiday shoppers in the form of clothing, accessories, home decor, stationary and beauty supplies. Box Turtle also proudly carries brands from independent designers and local artists that are eco-conscious and give back to the community. 

Joshua – Lost Forty – A staple in the Arkansas brewing community, Lost Forty offers more than two dozen beers that are brewed, canned and distributed exclusively in the Natural State, as well as a full line of fashionable hats, shirts and accessories. 

Candice – Stifft Station Gifts – This unique gift shop includes everything from home decor and garden accessories to clothing and jewelry with a heavy emphasis on handmade items from local artists and creators. 

Zach – Card World of Bryant – As the sports card industry has experienced a rapid boom in popularity in recent months, Card World of Bryant is the perfect shop for longtime collectors or new hobby enthusiasts with rookie cards and inserts of the hottest stars, as well as a wide variety of unopened packs and boxes.

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The Ghidotti Team is overflowing with full-fledged rock stars. Sure – we’re looking for the best, brightest, most creative, most organized. You get the picture. But what we REALLY want is someone who we can laugh with, depend on, learn from and do great work together. Learn more about who we’re looking for and what you can expect.

In the Account Supervisor position, a staff member will be responsible for assisting and managing the public relations, content marketing, digital media, account services and/or creative/strategy for clients. This position requires fully developed specialty skills, a strong understanding of the industry landscape and an understanding of client priorities and objectives.
  • Serve as the account strategist/lead and oversee/play a clear leadership role on at least three clients.
  • Manage the implementation of work plans and ensure client deliverables are successfully met on deadline.
  • Play a leadership role in the sales process by identifying additional services to sell to existing clients and assisting with RFP responses, new business proposals, presentations, etc. with senior leadership or independently.
  • Display a strong understanding of and effectively communicate Ghidotti’s service offerings to existing clients.
  • Successfully supervise at least one junior staff member, including providing guidance on their professional growth.
  • Begin to play a role in the agency’s marketing efforts, guiding aspects of certain campaigns and/or helping to execute in their areas of expertise.

Account Services: 

  • Play a clear leadership role in the planning and execution of integrated marketing campaigns for clients.
  • Develop and write comprehensive strategic marketing plans for clients.
  • Handle vendor contracts and ensure proper billing.
  • Demonstrate a clear track record of successfully meeting deadlines and timelines.
  • Handle day-of logistics on behalf of clients, responding quickly and effectively.
  • Assist in providing leadership and professional development on client relations, helping team members improve their skills in managing conflict, presentations, sales, etc.

Client Strategy: 

  • Develop or oversee the visual content creation for client materials, including e-newsletters, website content, digital campaigns, marketing collateral, etc.
  • Oversee the development of marketing materials and branding campaigns.
  • Manage creative marketing campaigns on behalf of clients.
  • Demonstrate a clear track record of leading brainstorms, and providing and implementing creative ideas for proposals, presentations, etc.
  • Continually provide new and ‘fresh’ ideas for proposals, new business proposals and current clients’ marketing campaigns.

Apply for this open position by emailing Bethany Siems at bethany@ghidotti.com.

Experience in public relations, content marketing, digital media and influencer marketing is a must, but here is what we really want in a fellow Rock Star. Don’t let it scare ya – we just have high standards!

  • You anticipate every move of our clients and us.
  • You dream of ways to crack the Instagram gold mine in your sleep.
  • You are resourceful.
  • You are humble.
  • You know what needs to be done because it just comes naturally.
  • You are accurate. Every. Single. Time.
  • You take our vague guidance and get it done.
  • You are fast, yet error-free and awesome.
  • You care about every single, tiny, little detail.
  • You follow instructions.
  • You know you are extraawesome, and totally own that.
  • You meet deadlines even when you only have minutes to do it.
  • You can handle your own drama. Better yet, you don’t have any.
  • You have a life outside of work that you love and nurture.
  • You loathe micromanagers and don’t need one.
  • You love learning new things.
  • You sing karaoke and have “that song” when you really need to bring it.
  • You ask questions when appropriate. (Basically, you don’t ask us how to spell someone’s name because you know how to Google as if your life depends on it).
  • You treat our clients and your team members with respect.
  • You are funny.
  • You are caring.
  • You are a good friend and co-worker.
  • You are creative and think of winning marketing ideas in your sleep.
  • You love writing award entries. Like it’s your job!
  • You are resourceful. It’s so important that we’re mentioning it again.

Rock Star Environment

We strive to create a fun, engaging atmosphere where high fives, chicken minis, and celebrations are commonplace. We lift one another up, honor achievements and reward hard work.

  1. Professional Enrichment

    Whether instructor-led, web-based or sharing during Fireside Friday, we are always learning more!

  2. Community Engagement

    We love the state of Arkansas. Our team enjoys outings to locally-owned businesses and pride ourselves on community involvement. In addition, employees are often offered free tickets to community events to get out and enjoy life with friends and family.

  3. Team Building

    Quarterly adventures for the team!

  4. Winter Recess

    We shut this place down at the holidays so we can all rest, relax and reinvigorate for the new year.

  5. Summer Fridays

    We get an early jump on the weekend every Friday during the summer.

  6. Volunteer Time Off (VTO)

    Along with your PTO, you also get VTO to use to support your favorite charity or organization.

Does this describe you?

Apply for one of our open positions or just send us an email letting us know why you should be part of this Rock Star team. Email bethany@ghidotti.com.