March is already upon us and the calendars are already filling up with spring events. There are also a lot of business projects underway.
Melissa Gates and Andrea Champlin recently joined the Winc magazine team at the Log Cabin Democrat. Gates, a noted veteran journalist, will write cover stories, while Champlin will share her popular “Majestic Mama” blog as well as DIY projects.
Beginning with the April issue, which comes out March 30, the magazine’s new format will feature stories about community and family. “Nana’s Kitchen,” “Hometown Heroes,” and “Crafting Fails and Favs” will be regular features along with my “A Look Back” column, which will now be illustrated with glossy pictures! Jay Prince, who has been with the paper for 18 years, will do layout and design.
Dermatology Group of Arkansas, P.A. is opening a clinic at Baptist Health Conway Medical Offices, 625 United Drive, Suite 320 on March 7. Lindsay L. Enns, M.D. and Rebecca Denniston, PA-C will see patients of all ages and dermatological conditions on Wednesdays at the Conway location. The number to schedule appointments is 501-227-8422.
The new David’s Burgers in Lewis Crossing is beginning to attract attention. I fielded several questions about it this week. It is the white brick building being constructed in front of Sam’s. A quick check revealed that the official opening has not yet been set but they are working to complete construction and get staff in place. It will be their 10th location.
Another place that attracted attention this week is the former ECS/SIS building at 2201 Washington Avenue. Gail Murdoch, founder of Cardinal Investment Group, recently bought the property from Roger Lewis and is renovating the space. The front offices will house Cardinal Investment, currently located at 1150 Bob Courtway Drive, Suite, 100. The other spaces will be leased.
Conway Updates: The Dive restaurant on Oak Street now has a “For Lease” sign out front. Andy’s Frozen Custard is well into its foundation work. The former Economy Inn at Oak and Museum is still being cleared of debris from the demolition that took place recently.
Greenbrier Updates: HomeBank of Arkansas’s new building opened for business Tuesday, February 20. Colt Harmon responded to Facebook posts that construction of his new Steak ‘n Shake will begin soon. He hopes to be open by late spring.
The Greenbrier McDonald’s will open it newly renovated dining room sometime between March 7 and March 15. There will be ordering kiosks in the lobby and digital boards will replace the current menu boards outside in the drive-thru.
Fletcher and Sherry Smith recently gave the Faulkner County Museum some of their beautiful display cabinets that were in Fletcher Smith’s Jewelry store. The cabinets now have a new home in the entrance hall of the museum and will house a special Pine Street Community exhibit that will be on display through the month of March.
The Pine Street Community Museum committee, led by Anthony Hoskins, has been collecting the artifacts for a new museum that is being established at the old Pine Street School building owned by the Greater Pleasant Branch Baptist Church. Faulkner County Museum Director Lynita Langley-Ware is consulting with the committee on museum acquisition and preservation procedures. The Pine Street exhibit will be relocated to the new museum later this year.