Emerging from the frigid temperatures of early January, Faulkner County is starting to see new businesses openings as well as new construction projects. 2018 is well underway with lots of business activity ahead.

Red Robin Restaurant is now hiring and training for a mid-February opening at its new location in the Lewis Crossing Shopping Center. David’s Burger’s is also making progress with its second Conway location in the shopping center. An opening date has not been set yet.

Razorback Pizza is expected to open in the former Pizza Inn location on Hogan Road in March. Hopefully Burge’s Hickory Smoked Turkeys and Hams will also be able to open its new Conway location, next to Acxiom, within the next couple of months.

TLC Pediatrics, currently at 605 Salem, Suite B2, is making visible progress on its new facility at 955 Carolyn behind the Social Security office just off Nutter’s Chapel Road. The ribs of the new complex could be seen from a distance.

Re/Max Real Estate is constructing a new office building at 2450 Donaghey (across from Sonshine Academy). Just around the corner, Davitas Dialysis is also making progress with its second location next to DQ.

The Car Wash USA being constructed on the former Bell service station lot between Hartje Lane and Dave Ward Drive is nearing completion and should bring a different concept to the local car wash industry.

Stakes are up for the building of a second Andy’s Frozen Yogurt at the former Shipley’s location on Oak Street. There are also stakes up for the new Take Five Oil Change that is being built where the old DeBoard Electronics was recently razed. Take Five started in Metairie, Louisiana in 1984 and has locations in multiple states. The closest one to Conway is on Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock.

EM Jeans opened its doors one final time for the Downtown Moonlight Madness Sale that took place on Friday. As announced earlier, the large downtown space is being turned into an events center and some events have already taken place there.

Arabella, a 76-bed assisted living Level II facility, is getting closer to a construction start. It will be located at 4550 Prince. Superior Manor, located behind Superior Dodge Chrysler, is also making progress with the construction of its 120-bed nursing home facility.

In Greenbrier, M’s Daily Dose opened in front of Tires for Less at 1105 Broadview. It offers coffee, teas and pastries from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Emilee Hillis serves Blue Sail Coffee as well as locally-made pastries from Neighborhood Coffee. Various espressos, lattes, frappes can be whipped up in addition to the regular cup of joe.

The Greenbrier McDonald’s is undergoing a renovation similar to what was recently done at the McDonald’s on Skyline Drive in Conway and the one in Maumelle. The drive-thru will remain open during the remodeling.

In Wooster, Gracie Shores Lasley has opened Gracie’s Diner at the Patton Farm. Lasley, who cooked at Wagon Wheel off and on for 20 years, will serve “home-cooked” breakfast and lunch. The restaurant opened January 22 and is open from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily.

Wooster Water System’s new elevated water tank is up on Brannon Hill. New pipes are being laid to supply the area with more water. The Wooster Volunteer Fire Department also recently announced that the fire rating for the area is being significantly reduced.

East Fork Lodge #327 at Wooster had a Masonic Cornerstone Laying Ceremony on Friday at its new lodge that is under construction across from the Wooster Fire Station on Hankins Street. The cornerstone and the rocks from the old lodge will be removed before it is razed by the new owner.