If you keep a close eye on what is happening in downtown Conway, you may have noticed the presence of Toadally Nutrition, which has been open a little more than two months. The health club is located on Front Street in one of the spaces recently renovated by Covington Properties near Spencer Street. Just next to the graffiti garden with the iron gate that attracts everyone’s curiosity is where you will find Toadally Nutrition.

Cindy Ballard is the owner of the business, which aims to help people meet their weight loss, gain or maintenance goals. For $6 per visit, members get a weigh-in on a scale that measures body fat, lean muscle mass and water content; a meal replacement shake; and other benefits as well. The club also has a "Toadally Biggest Loser" contest with a cash prize attached.

By the way, I doubt I need to point it out, but the spelling of "toadally" is in fact correct for all things related to Toad Suck Daze and downtown Conway.

Spring is here?

That leads right into my next thought. It is time to start the countdown to Toad Suck Daze! Spring has been here for more than two weeks, but it has not done much yet in the way of warming. Just think — between now and Toad Suck Daze, it is going to get nice and warm. And then we can break out the sunscreen and flip flops (and umbrellas) and enjoy some corn dogs, live music and fresh air. I can hardly wait.

Support your local soda fountain

I’ve been keeping you up to date with the efforts of Nikki Hawks Jones, owner of Occasions Candy and Gifts, and her plans to start a soda fountain downtown. I’m going to be straightforward here and say I think she has done a smart thing by going ahead and putting in soda and ice cream machines before she is able to do a full-blown, old-fashioned soda fountain. I’ll explain why.

Apparently, vendors of brand name products are really picky about licensing agreements. Business owners have to sell a certain volume of one product to be allowed to sell the next-step-up product.

So, everyone who purchases a 69 cent small beverage when they go by to pick up their Jelly Bellies helps a little bit to bring the fully decked-out soda fountain into reality.

Have a great week, everyone.

(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to rachelpdickerson@gmail.com)