Big news comes this week from David and Patti Stobaugh, owners of Stoby’s. In the fall they will open pattiCakes Bakery in the house behind Stoby’s on Robinson Avenue. The original pattiCakes in Russellville has been voted best bakery in each of its four years open.

Not only will pattiCakes serve as the bakery for Stoby’s, it will offer many varieties of fudge and cookies, decorated cakes, wedding cakes, specialty cakes, pies, pastries, muffins, lunch to go, casseroles and coffee. They have been planning this for a long time, so I know they are happy to be able to announce that they are about to start construction.

Stoby’s will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. The restaurant will hold a block party in celebration, and the grand opening date of the bakery will be announced at this event. 

Dunkin’ looking
 at Arkansas

Last week an urgent family matter took me out of state for three days. An e-mail from a reader alerted me to a most interesting development: A state business publication reported that Dunkin’ Donuts was considering expanding into Arkansas. 

As fate would have it, I was in Pearl, Miss., and there just happened to be a Dunkin’ Donuts within sight of the hotel where I was staying. I had never been in a Dunkin’ Donuts, so I did some research. Over a couple of days, my husband and I “researched” several menu items.

A lady from Dunkin’ Donuts told me they are still trying to decide if Arkansas is a good fit for the chain, and if so, where. Perhaps I should draft a letter to the company.

Dear Dunkin’ Donuts,

My visit to your store in Pearl, Miss., was very satisfactory. Were there one here, I daresay the residents of Conway would flock in droves to the drive-through to try the rather large doughnuts, or settle into the modern lounge area to sip coffee with friends.

Perhaps you would like to build one on Dave Ward Drive to attract the large student population from the University of Central Arkansas and the IT folks at Acxiom Corporation. Or maybe you’d prefer a location at Conway Commons, one of the state’s largest outdoor malls, where we and folks from all the surrounding communities go to shop. Or choose the Salem Road and College Avenue area, which McDonald’s made the new place to put a restaurant in Conway. My guess — anywhere it goes in this town would be well-received.

JJ’s Grill opening

JJ’s Grill, which is located on Main Street next to Old Chicago, will be fully open on Tuesday, I’m told. Apparently plans were to open for drinks on Saturday night, but starting Tuesday, the full menu will be available. Tuesday was their target date for opening from some time back.

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