Many will be happy to know that a new fish restaurant is opening later this week in the former The Fish House location. Sharks Fish and Chicken, which already has a location in the Townsend Center on North Donaghey, is opening another location there. Sharks has three locations in Little Rock in addition to the two in Conway

The restaurant has been renovated with new floors, bathrooms and walk-up order window. The blue and yellow color scheme really brightened up the place. The menu and less expensive prices are different from The Fish House but several of the former restaurant’s employees will continue to cook and serve there.

Another Subway sandwich shop will be opening in Lewis Crossing by the end of the month. Construction is nearly complete and the restaurant, located next to Rita’s Italian Ice and the new Pop Pop Shoppe, is already hiring.

The Pop Pop Shoppe had its grand opening this past Friday. It has dozens of flavored popcorns as well as fudge. The place was fragrant with the wonderful smell of popcorn and there were already many customers sampling the various kettle flavors. Gift packages and tins are available for the popcorn lovers in your life.

More medical facilities continue to make their home around the new Baptist Health-Conway. Baptist Health Comprehensive Spine and Pain Management, with Dr. Daniel Judkins and Dr. Sheffield Kent, will have a ribbon cutting at 650 United Drive, Suite 340 on Wednesday, December 6, at 2 p.m.

Conway Behavioral Health, the 80-bed $24 million inpatient facility at 2255 Sturgis Road, will host a Chamber of Commerce "Off the Clock" event on December 12, 5-7 p.m. There will be tours of the hospital, delicious food from Conway area merchants and music presented by Palmer Music Company. The event is sponsored by CenterPoint Energy.

The spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well as additional small businesses open. JDog Junk Removal and Hauling will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Chamber office on Friday, December 8 at 10 a.m. Dan Dewitt, a CHS alumni and a veteran, is the owner of this new franchise business that hauls away unwanted items from residences and businesses.

Tacos Atilano, a new "authentic street taco" food wagon has set up across from Lowe’s on Old Morrilton. The menu offers a variety of tacos for $1.75, tortas, quesadillas and burritos made from your choice of pork, beef, chicken or chorizo (Mexican sausage). The sign said opening soon.

Greenbrier has also had some new additions. B.F. Smith Saddlery, established in 1880, recently relocated to 118 N. Broadview. Its fourth-generation owner, Stacy Smith Rutledge, brought her business from Pleasant Plains, AR with her when she moved to Greenbrier.

In addition to crafting custom saddles, the shop carries spurs, blankets and tack as well as a line of Twisted X custom boots designed by Rutledge. There are also work boots, hats, leather purses and wallets, western wear, knives, belt buckles, jewelry and home décor items.

HomeBank of Arkansas, which has been anxiously awaiting its new Greenbrier location, is making plans to move in to the new facility in mid-January. Although early construction was slow, the building is now shaping up beautifully and will be a great space for the bank.

Pamela Gray recently relocated her business, Creative Monuments, further north on Highway 65 in Springhill. The new space on 15 Compassion Lane, just north of Brannon Road, will give her much needed space to create her wonderful memorials.

If you are in full shopping mode, the Funky Junky Road Show is December 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Conway Expo Center. Handmade items, unique jewelry, home décor, Christmas décor and gourmet food are available. Santa will also be there for photos. Admission is $5 with children under 10 admitted free of charge.

Last, but not least, there are two local opportunities to experience the "reason for the season" this week. Salem United Methodist Church, 1018 Salem Road, will hosting a Living Nativity on December 8-9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Antioch Baptist Church, 150 Amity Road, will be presenting its 20th "Bethlehem Revisited," the church’s free gift to the community December 6-8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visitors are taken back to experience the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the town where Jesus was born. Roman guards and other inhabitants of Bethlehem tell stories along the way to the live nativity. Cookies, hot chocolate and coffee are served after the tour.

Cindy Beckman writes about business rumors and happenings for the Log Cabin Democrat bi-monthly in “A Look Forward.” Send rumors and new business tips to