Technology has left many people feeling like virtual life is their only life. The Bakery District inspires people to cultivate real connections, allowing them to reach their full potential.


Exploration is in all of us. Humankind strives for innovation and discovery. We are not afraid of change--we embrace it as an opportunity to grow.


The world is not disposable. We value the past and try to incorporate used and recycled pieces into the foundation of our community. We believe in preserving the rich history of downtown Fort Smith, and being eco-friendly as often as possible.


We believe that no man is an island. Everyone needs friendship and comradery, whether found in small intimate groups, or large parties. If we are successful in creating an inclusive meeting place, people and communities will flourish.


We cannot move forward while leaving others behind. Everyone belongs at the table to share opinions, thoughts, and ideas.

Family Treatment

We aim to treat our employees with respect and dignity. We believe in creating an empowering work environment where our staff feel seen, heard, and appreciated. Their attitudes reflect the direction of our success.


We believe that having fun is an intricate part of life. Having fun fosters creativity and friendship. We are not a place for pretentious business or hollow experiences. We are down-to- earth, lighthearted, and full of potential.

Why We Exist

Inclusive gathering places enrich lives by letting people come as they are.
The Bakery District Events


The Bakery District, located on the West End of beautiful Fort Smith, provides a unique experience as a top social destination. The former baking facility has retained its history and charm but has undergone a facelift and is now home to the University of Arkansas Fort Smith classrooms and administrative offices, a coffee shop, a book store, a bar, a sprawling event center, co-working space and additional pop-up retail space all under one roof. 

The Bakery District is a reflection of a time, place, and the people who built it. The Bakery’s stage and sound system can accommodate bands, lecturers, movie screenings, and many other entertainment events. Our courtyard can host a number of food trucks, bocce-ball tournaments, shuffleboard, ping pong, and countless other activities. The Bakery District is your community and event center. Come on down and check us out!