As you would expect, things are beginning to wind down as we approach Christmas and the beginning of a new year. Parents prepare yourselves—the kids will be home for the holidays and you may want to plan some activities.

In addition to the activities downtown around the Christmas tree, you might also want to drive by Conway’s First Baptist Church, 1719 Robinson Avenue, 5:30-10 p.m. to see the Christmas lights choreographed to music on radio station 89.9 FM. Visitors can sit in the parking lot across the street and watch without blocking traffic.

These lights are part of the Brighter Christmas Lights on Tony Circle in Catherine’s Place subdivision that many flocked to every Christmas. When the Brighters retired to Florida, they arranged this new home for their light show. Their daughter also has part of the light display at her home on Waycross Drive in Greenbrier, which runs nightly until 9 p.m.

For those who like to watch heavy equipment doing demolition work, there has been a show this week on the southeast corner of Ingram and Oak as the old DeBoard Electronics building is being torn down. The property owner, Charles DeBoard, plans to lease the property but has not disclosed who will be leasing it yet. The old Shipley’s Donut on Oak Street (aka Minute Man, King’s Pizza) building was also cleared away recently leaving a blank slate for the new Andy’s.

Dr. Amanda Bledsoe recently opened Bledsoe Chiropractic, 1155 Front, across from The Patio Café. She had been with Hurley Chiropractic for the past 11 years. She is currently accepting new patients and offering free consults and foot scans. She is planning a grand opening in the new year.

Conway restaurant news—Shark’s Fish and Chicken is now open in the former Fish House location on Harkrider. The first location on north Donaghey will remain open as well. The Taco Atilano food trailer is now open where the Burritas Crazy Good Burritos formerly had a food trailer on Old Morrilton Highway. Old Chicago has opened a new Garden Room, expanding its space and adding new entrees as well as desserts from Ed’s Custom Bakery.

Greenbrier restaurant news—Since the news broke about a new Steak ‘n Shake in Greenbrier, many have questioned where the Habachi Express trailer would relocate. It has relocated across Hwy. 65 from Radio Shack at the carwash next to the shuttered Gazuela’s Mexican Grill.

In Wooster, the East Fork Lodge #327 has laid a new foundation for its new lodge building across from the fire station. The building package has arrived, so the lodge should be completed quickly. The cornerstone in the old 1941 rock lodge, as well as other historical artifacts, will be moved to the new building. The old building was recently purchased and will likely be demolished so the property can be repurposed.

Looking Forward to 2018—Antique Alley Arkansas will be at the Conway Expo Center, 2505 Oak, on Saturday January 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, January 14, 12 -5 p.m. There will be over 200 booths of items from the 1950s and earlier. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under.

Several new restaurants will make an appearance in 2018. Red Robin and a new David’s Burgers are currently under construction at Lewis Landing. Burge’s should be completed on Dave Ward Drive (by Acxiom) by early spring. Conway is also scheduled to get a Freddy’s Steakburger. Burger King and Western Sizzlin’ have begun site work for their restaurants in Greenbrier.

Remember to send me your rumors, tips and other information about new businesses in and around Conway. Thanks for reading and have a Merry Christmas!

Cindy Beckman writes about business rumors and happenings for the Log Cabin Democrat bi-monthly in “A Look Forward.” Send rumors and new business tips to cindy.beckman@thecabin.net.