Airship at The Pumphouse
Airship Coffee, which began as a wholesale roasting business before opening brick-and-mortar retail locations, currently has three concepts in Bentonville: Airship at 5th St, the original warehouse location adjacent to the Razorback Greenway; Airship at Coler Mountain Bike Preserve, accessible only via paved trail; and Airship at Ledger, the world’s first bikeable building.
In keeping with the bicycle-friendly locations, Airship at the Pumphouse is within biking and walking distance from the square and will link to the Slaughter Pen system via the new, aptly-named “Zeppelin” trail. It will also see the long-awaited revitalization of the former Head Start building. Owing to its former life as the pump station for the City of Bentonville’s water supply, The Pumphouse embraces its 1950s-era origins by sticking with a distinctly mid-century aesthetic inside and out: space-age angles, bright colors, and lots of milk-glass.
The goal of the renovation is to maintain the multi-floor building’s industrial aesthetic while modifying and modernizing the space. The main level, which is built on top of several water storage basins, will feature counter seating, retail, a separate dining room, and an outdoor deck that terraces to overflow seating on the adjacent gravel patio. The majority of the massive water piping, however, still exists and remains exposed in the lower level, which is outfitted with a bike-service and beverage-service bar combination in front of a separate seating lounge.
802 NW A St., Bentonville, AR