Here it is – the reason you keep coming back to this column for news. I have for you an update on the long-awaited, much-asked-about movie theater.

You may recall about four years ago, Cinemark announced it would open a state-of-the art theater at the location of the existing Cinema 6 at the Conway Towne Centre. Before that, a couple of different companies had promised to build theaters, but those plans never panned out. Since this most recent announcement, we have had a few updates, and some 100,000 Faulkner County residents have been on pins and needles just waiting to see the hard hats and cement mixers and "coming soon" signs.

With any luck, we could be seeing those things next month.

Flake and Kelley Commercial in Little Rock took over management and recruitment of the Towne Centre this time last year. According to my source there, Cinemark is "very close to starting construction" and could do so by mid-March. He even said he hopes the theater will be open by the holidays. It is to be a "12-plex" theater with the most modern amenities, according to my source.

I know your next questions. How is it going to fit? What are they going to tear down? Which way is it going to face? I don’t have those answers yet. Assuming the last few details get worked out and everything proceeds like my source is predicting, I’ll do my best to find out everything I can for you.

Regarding Conway Commons, Flake and Kelley is still looking for more tenants to round out the mix there. They hope when the theater opens to have a variety of merchants available for an enjoyable shopping experience – everything from women’s clothing to ice cream. For information on leasing, call 501-375-3200.


with tropical twist

Renee Hill is opening a bakery on Oak Street at the former location of Oak Street Bistro. It will be called The Bakery. Hill is the owner of Tropical Smoothie Café. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the Tropical Smoothie Café in Conway Commons has closed, leaving only the one on Club Lane. Hill has decided to take some of the elements from the closed restaurant and incorporate them into the décor of The Bakery. 

She will offer fresh baked bread and desserts made from scratch (cakes, pies, cupcakes, muffins, cookies, cookie bars). She said her carrot cake, Irish cream cake and raspberry torte are a few of the must-try items on the dessert menu. She will also serve lunch; offering soup, salads, sandwiches, etc. The Bakery will also cater.

Hill noted, "I have baked probably since I was 13, and I enjoy it. I just decided to do something I enjoy and bake all day."

Home cooking 


seeing crowds

Hutch’s Country Kitchen at 605 Salem Road Suite 10 opened Jan. 18 and has already become a popular lunch spot. Terry Hutcherson is the owner of the restaurant, which offers four to five home-style entrees and 10 to 12 side dishes per day. 

Hutcherson has been in the restaurant business some 30 years. Hutch’s Country Kitchen is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to