A Look Forward: Downtown Doin's

Downtown is bursting with activity, not only because of the Christmas season but because there are a variety of new specialty stores that have opened recently. In addition to the wide variety of restaurant cuisines that have opened in recent months, there are also some new retail establishments. Rock City Outfitters has moved to 1012 West Oak Street.

It had its soft opening during the Christmas Open House held last Sunday to kick off the Discount Holidays © holiday season. Founded in 2008, Rock City Outfitters offers “locally relevant clothing” such as officially licensed Arkansas colleges football team gear. Special design and custom orders are available.

Emerge Fashion, locally owned by Renee Lawrence Stone, will be transforming the former Kordsmeier Furniture building at 1023 Oak in downtown Conway into their new home in early 2019. Emerge, with its line of prom dresses, cocktail dresses and other high fashion women’s wear, was established in 2007 on North Donaghey but currently is located in the Conway Towne Centre. Several new boutiques have come to downtown Conway in recent weeks.

Blessed Gals is located at 828 Chestnut while Meggem’s Boutique and Gifts is located at 1302 Oak. Blessed Gals, which has had an online presence since 2016, offer everyday fashions that can be dressed up or dressed down. Meggem’s offers fashion accessories from jewelry to headgear.

Modern Day Thelma and Louise Boutique has opened at 565 Front while Righteous Remedies has opened at 1205 Front. Modern Day Thelma and Louise offers clothing and accessories for both men and women. Righteous Remedies offers herbal nourishment and health remedies.

Mark your calendars! Wunderhaus, The Locals and friends are hosting their first annual Winter Market December 9 from 12-8 p.m.! The mission of the market is to provide a creative and open community space for artisans and Arkansas growers to sell fresh, locally grown, sustainably raised, and handmade products.

Oak Street will be blocked off from Locust to Parkway for this afternoon event. Food trucks will be onsite in addition to Wunderhaus food and beverage offerings. Art, caroling, crafts, gifts, games, live music, story time and more will be featured in this winter wonderland.

Proceeds will be used to fund the establishment and upkeep of green spaces throughout Conway and a permanent art and garden market in downtown Conway. Vendor application form links are available on the Wunderhaus Facebook page. Meanwhile, Funky Junky, located between Vesta’s and UCA Downtown on Oak, has moved on.

Its one-year lease in Conway expired and it is now spreading the love in several other locations. Funky Junky booths can still be found in the vintage market, Wasted,” in Fort Smith; Arkansas Peddlers Mall in Greenbrier; and Funky Town Mall in Russellville but it is taking a break from the stand-alone storefront venue. A correction from the last column: Bears Bistro, which was originally to be called Aladdin Mediterranean Grill, does not have plans to move downtown.

They merely sold their alcohol permit to Katmandu Momo which is at 1018 Oak Street. Newk’s Eatery in Lewis Crossing Shopping Center will have its grand opening Monday, November 19 at 10 a.m. Newk’s, which is owned by Wade Quinn and Wes Williams, is a fast-casual restaurant featuring sandwiches, salads, soups and pizzas.

The restaurant had its soft opening late last week, giving area residents a chance to try their entrees while training staff. A new physical therapy clinic, FYZICAL Conway, will have a grand opening event Friday, November 30 at 11 a.m. The new facility at 2425 Prince Street, Suite 3, is owned by Ryan and Wendy Williams and specializes in balance therapy.

RE/MAX Elite, owned by Keith Pike, will have a grand opening event Tuesday, December 4 from 4-7 p.m. at its new building located at 2450 N. Donaghey Avenue. Refreshments and giveaways will be provided.

Donations are being accepted for a variety of charitable causes. All Seasons Outdoor Equipment, on 1655 Old Morrilton Hwy. next to Lowe’s, moved back to Beebe Lawn and Power, 110 Hwy.

64 W., Beebe, on October 1. The company will offer any parts or equipment for Hustler, Husqvarna or Stihl machinery.

If you know of any new businesses or restaurants coming, drop a line to beckman@windstream.net

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