Over the past week I have received several emails from readers asking me what is under construction on Salem Road by the new branch of Summit Bank. If memory serves, more than one pleaded for news of a new Starbucks location. I’m sorry to say this is not the case. Not because I am unhappy about what actually is going to be located there, but because clearly Starbucks is not reading my column. How many times have I mentioned we need a coffee place on that side of town? Anyway …

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is building a store there, or at least that is what the sign said a few weeks ago before construction began. Personally, I am a fan of that particular sandwich chain, and you can’t live on just coffee (or so I’m told). The building does seem to be coming along quickly. I would comment on the excellent conditions for construction work, but every time I write anything about the weather here, it changes dramatically by the time my words are published, and I end up feeling ridiculous.

SONSHINE ACADEMY EXPANDING

One of Conway’s home-grown businesses that just keeps growing is Sonshine Academy. Established in 1991, it has grown from 9,000 square feet at its original location on Harkrider Street to 32,000 square feet at its current home on Donaghey Avenue. The academy is now adding 18,000 more square feet to the building in order to make its existing programs available to more students as well as introduce new ones. The academy offers gymnastics, dance, cheerleading, swim, birthday parties and child care.

GIFT SHOP MOVES

If you are familiar with Unhinged Attitudz, the gift shop that opened on Prince Street near Salem Road, you will want to know that it has moved to 2405 Prince St., which is across the street and closer to Conway High School than its original location. The store carries a wide variety of gift items and has recently added custom, personalized pottery, such as cake stands, cookie jars, platters and plates.

EYE ON THE CLOCK

I hope everyone is having a nice Christmas season. I’ve recovered from my little holiday overdose I told you all about last week, and I feel festive again. I am well aware of how much time I have to complete all the shopping and cleaning and such, and I feel pretty confident it is all going to come together. Best wishes to all of you for the final two weeks before the big day!

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