Here’s an update on soon-coming new places to eat, and other news.

You may recall a while back I mentioned a new Japanese place coming on Amity Road in the center where Hole in the Wall was originally located, but on the other end. The 10,000 square-foot building has been undergoing some extensive renovation from all outward appearances, and after talking to the owner, it sounds like it is going to be something pretty interesting.

Umami Sushi Lounge and Grill Fusion should be opening sometime in early spring. Think of your typical Japanese food as a starting point — sushi, hibachi and so forth. But then there’s a twist — sort of an east-meets-west thing going on. Also, the place has a sushi lounge, which I take to mean some people might like to hang out there late at night. They are going to have live music and stay open late on the weekends. They have applied for a liquor license as well.

Some folks may have also noticed a sign up indicating Cinco de Mayo, a new Mexican restaurant coming in where Bamba Bamba used to be. I’ll follow up on this one soon.


Demolition geared up recently at Donaghey Avenue and Dave Ward Drive where a Kum and Go store is to be located. This is another one I will keep an eye on for you as it progresses.

Changing things up

For the first time in 20 years, the Humane Society of Faulkner County is not having its annual Chocoholics fundraiser. The charity plans to turn to a new major fundraiser a bit later in the spring. I’m told they are changing with the times to be the best they can be.


Michelle Nabholz of Century 21 Dunaway and Hart and Dr. Doug Stroud of Conway are bringing Pazzaz Interiors to Downtown Conway in the building across from the chamber of commerce.

Stroud, an ear, nose and throat specialist in Conway, has owned Pazazz Interiors in Little Rock for some time. He is godfather to Nabholz’s daughter, Sloane, who will also be involved with the business.

They will offer home furnishings, furniture, art, etc., and have a bridal registry. Design consultants will be on site at all times, and local interior designers are encouraged to come work out of the store’s design room.

Nabholz said, "We want to cater to brides so they can pick out things for their new homes

"We’re excited about being part of the Conway Downtown Partnership. A lot of talented people will be involved, like Sharon Kincaid and Karen Hunter. We’re going to do a lot of custom design, special order and consultations. We want to be very service-oriented in a relaxed, fun atmosphere."

She noted she has 35 years experience in interior design and Stroud has 15 years experience. The owners will continue to work in their respective professions while running Pazzaz interiors, she added.

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