An interesting note, 10 years ago this month, the architectural firm made up of urban designers, Ron Sakal and Sally Hood, who created the Master Plan for the Conway Downtown Partnership returned with the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture’s, Center for Building Communities.

The CBC was made up of fourth- and fifth-year architecture students and faculty members. The group was tasked with taking a look at downtown Conway and provide input as to how to connect downtown Conway with the surrounding neighborhoods, through infill single-family homes, mixed-use developments and a community marketplace with hotel and convention center, arts center and community center. Today, many of the projects that were highlighted have come to fruition.

Here’s the Downtown Rundown for May:


• Red Curtain Theatre presents Neil Simon’s classic “Barefoot in the Park” at 7 p.m. May 19-20 and 2 p.m. May 21 at the Trieschmann Fine Arts Building on the Hendrix College campus. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at or at the door. For more information email

• Blackbird Academy of Arts presents an Evening in the Park beginning at 7 p.m. May 19 at Simon Park downtown. Admission is free and the dance program is family-friendly.

• Conway Community Band performances begin this week. Concerts will be Saturday, May 20, Friday, June 9, and Friday, June 30, at the Kris Allen Stage in Simon Park in Downtown Conway. All concerts are free and open to the public-bring your lawn chair, blanket, and a picnic.• UCA Downtown has plenty to offer this month and into June, including cooking and art lessons. For a complete listing and registration information, log onto

FYI• TODAY Streetside Creperie offers Mother’s Day Brunch from 8 a.m. to noon, 1321 West Oak in Conway.

• ZaZa, located at Hendrix Village, is now serving brunch every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., complete with brucheon favorites and serving Blue Sail coffee.• Conway’s Food Truck Square is up and running, offering new variety each week. Located at 1023 Main St., a weekly update and what’s offered is available at• Carmen’s Art & Antiques, 1022 East Oak, is hosting a storewide inventory reduction sale for a limited time. Local artists are featured.• Natural State Olive Oil & Spice Co., 1018 West Oak St., has new offers every week. Get updates on tastings, recipes, hours of operation and more at• Cross Creek Sandwich Shop’s, 1003 West Oak St., seasonal favorite Berry Spinach Salad is back for a limited time only. To learn about lunch specials and other fun happenings, follow the shop on Facebook.• The Downtown Partnership welcomes Malvern National Bank, 1025 Markham Street.

The Downtown Rundown is sponsored by the Conway Downtown Partnership and the Log Cabin Democrat. Information included in the 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.