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Lila’s Lanyards

Updated: Feb 9, 2019

What started off as a side project of fun, handmade gifts for friends has turned into a successful business for 5-year-old Lila.

Her creations are being sold in a gift shop that opened to the public today, The Blue Umbrella. They flew off the shelves during the soft opening. Today, during the grand opening, the shop sold out of her lanyards! She has a lot of work to do!

Lila wants everyone to focus on what she can do, not on what she can’t do.

Learn more:

The Blue Umbrella is a gift shop that features handmade gifts and items created by Arkansans with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The store is located in the main lobby of the DHS building in downtown Little Rock and will open its doors to the public beginning Feb. 7. This unique shop supports inclusion for all and will provide supported employment opportunities for clients working across the state.  Profits from items sold at the store go directly to the people who made them and staff who run the store.

The store will be open weekdays starting February 7, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. inside the DHS Central Offices in downtown Little Rock at 700 S. Main Street. The store accepts cash, checks, and credit cards.

Blue Umbrella’s inventory includes custom-made rugs, magnets, jewelry, birdhouses, wreaths, paintings and sculptures, candles, soaps, greeting cards, and more. 

For more information about The Blue Umbrella, visit their website at


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