As hot and muggy as it has been lately, it seems the business climate is taking a cue from the weather and picking up a lot of steam. 

First and foremost, you may be aware that plans are being made for a new bowling alley in Conway. Here are the details.

Tim Clark of Maumelle, owner of Jump Zone, is in the early stages of planning what he says will be one of the largest bowling centers in the state. It will be in west Conway near Jump Zone, which is on Dave Ward Drive west of Hogan Lane. Jump Zone appeals to children by offering an indoor playground full of inflatables. 

Clark said the bowling center will have a full-service restaurant and possibly other forms of entertainment, such as laser tag. Dr. David Naylor Jr. of Conway is his partner, he said. They are working with a bowling manufacturer from California on both the design of the building and the equipment.

New frozen
yogurt place

Opening Friday in Nutters Chapel Plaza at Dave Ward Drive and Nutter Chapel Road will be 3 Flamingos Frozen Yogurt. Rick and Lanan Adams are owners of the chain, which is similar in concept to the self-serve model at California Yogurt Company.

Three Flamingos has a location in Cabot and, after the one in Conway, will open more in Hot Springs and North Little Rock. They will offer seven flavors of yogurt (many of which can be swirled together) and more than 60 toppings. Rick Adams said they use the same yogurt supplier as California Yogurt Company. Connie Tipton of Conway will manage the store.

Based on the number of people I see packed into California Yogurt Company every time I swing by, I daresay this town can support another place like it.

Chinese buffet
nearing completion

Mulan’s, the Chinese buffet and sushi restaurant under construction at Conway Commons, is almost ready. I dropped by recently and learned it could open by Aug. 21.

The restaurant occupies the two storefronts that formerly housed San Francisco Bread Company and Tropical Smoothie Café, which had been vacant for a while. It appears very close to being finished and is decorated with all the serene beauty you would expect in a Chinese restaurant. Everything looks much improved.

Party place

Paisley’s Party Place is moving to 1017 Van Ronkle Street and will open there on Tuesday. The business provides party packages for girls. Paisley’s now offers a party menu, in-home party services, a tea party room and children’s consignment.

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