Downtown Conway is in full swing for Spring. Downtown development projects are nearing completion, such as the Smith & Spencer Street redevelopment, making way for the new J-Lofts Apartments offered by Salter Properties and built by Salter Construction. If you haven’t heard about this project, it will consist of 21 one and two-bedroom, loft-style apartments tucked into the heart of downtown. The project will be a four-story structure with ground-floor parking and three stories of residential living space above.

John Daly Steakhouse and the Lofts at 912 Front Street are moving along at a record pace. At last check, the developers were looking to complete construction in June or July in hopes of opening the restaurant shortly afterward. There will be four executive-style lofts. They will offer balcony views of downtown and access to a conference space on the second floor.

Available retail space downtown is offered through Newmark Grubb Arkansas | Nabholz Properties, Salter Properties and Covington Companies.

Lastly, you may have noticed some new furnishings adorning the sidewalks and streetscapes in downtown. The Downtown Partnership, through its designation as a State and National Main Street Community qualified for a Main Street Arkansas grant that allowed for the purchase of new benches, sidewalk planters and trash receptacles.

Business Briefs:

• On Monday, April 17, the Community Band will have a "come-and-go" registration night at the Conway High School band room. People who would like to join the Conway Community Band are welcome to drop in between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. to register for the band, meet the directors, ask questions, and pick up their folder of music and information about rehearsals and concerts. The first rehearsal is May 1, at the Conway High School band room. The first concert is May 20.

• Old Chicago will offer a Cinco de Mayo mini tour through May 7 that includes door prizes, bingo, specials and more. Lunch menu items always begin at $6.99. Also, at 6:30 p.m. on April 20 and May 18, Old Chicago will offer Brewer’s Dinners for $30 per person. Each meal is five courses and includes a brewed pairing.

• Cross Creek Sandwich Shop now is offering fresh strawberry pie! ‘Tis the season!

• UCA Downtown has several event slated for the next two weeks. From noon to 1 p.m. on April 18, The Clinton School will offer a presentation. On April 26, the Smokey Emerson Guitar Recital will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. On April 29, Vortex Readings are set from 6 to 8 p.m.

• Haynes ACE Hardware is offering hanging floral baskets for $9.99 beginning this week.

• The Department of Sanitation announced that on April 21-22 a "Conway Citywide Clean Up" Event for Conway city residents is set. Get more information online at or call 501-450-6155.

• The Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Market will fill the Conway Expo Center with 200+ booths April 22-23. The hours for the vintage market will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday’s hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per adult and $1 per child that’s 12 and under. Carmen’s Art & Antiques, a downtown business, will be participating.

• The Conway Symphony Orchestra will perform Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Kelly Johnson will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and the world premiere of a composition by Ryan Key, winner of the Conway Composer’s Guild McBeth Competition will take the stage. The concert will be at Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA Campus in Conway. Tickets are available at the box office, 501-450-3265, $5 for children or students of any age, $10 for UCA faculty/staff, and $20-$38 for adults.

• Conway Corp will host a dedication ceremony and open house from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 23. The public is invited to attend.

• Chef Howard Wilson, the winner of SkillsUSA Arkansas Culinary Arts Competition in 2015 and 2016, will be on hand at Natural State Olive Oil & Spice Company April 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a fabulous meal, cooking class and fun night out! Cost is $39.95 and seating is limited. Menu: Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Pork Loin with Balsamic Peach Dijon Sauce, Haricot Vert (French-Style Green Beans), Whipped Herb and Cheese Potatoes, Spiced Bread Pudding. Wine, Iced Tea & Water. Call 501-514-2867 for more information and registration.

• Special Expressions, located downtown on Oak Street, offers personlized gifts and retail items from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

• Simply Sweet Kids, located downtown on Front Street, carries girl’s sizes newborn to 14/16 and boy’s newborn through size 8. Baby registry and personalization of items are added services.

• St. Joseph School now is taking registration for fall classes. Contact or call 501-327-1204 for more information.

• The Downtown Conway Farmers & Crafts Market will open for the season from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6 and will be open Saturdays only in May.

• Toad Suck Daze is set May 5-7 downtown. More information is forthcoming.

The weather is here and downtown is beautiful, we hope to see you in downtown Conway soon.

The Downtown Rundown is sponsored by the Conway Downtown Partnership and the Log Cabin Democrat. Information included in the bi-monthly column comes from Conway businesses that are members of the Partnership. Submit information to Kim Williams at or call 501-932-5407 for more information.