Health, wealth and wellness are all addressed in the newest developments around the area. Local banks are installing new technologies to improve customers service while new facilities for health and wellness, especially for seniors, are popping up.

When First Arkansas Bank & Trust opened its Conway branch last month, it became home to three QUB (pronounced “cube”) machines the bank has online. They look like ATMs but have software that lets tellers in a remote location control transactions and talk to customers through a live video feed. Customers can use these QUBs to make almost all of the transactions they formerly made by walking into the branch or going through the drive-thru window.

First Service Bank installed live teller machines last year. Customers interact with a banker located in the First Service Care Center in Greenbrier. Assistance is offered during extended hours when the banks are normally closed.

The name of the 92-unit luxury seniors housing campus, being constructed by Abby Development on 14 acres at Prince and College, has been changed from Arabella to Ridgemere. Twenty two- and three-bedroom independent living cottages will surround the fishing lake. Each will have a private patio, an attached two-car garage and high-end finishes.

Ridgemere will also have 48 assisted living units and 24 memory care suites. The assisted living units will be available in studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans while the memory care wing will provide secure studio spaces for those with Alzheimer’s or other memory related issues.

Discount Tires, one of the largest independent tire and wheel retailers, is planning a location east of Red Robin by the Lewis Crossing entrance. Founded in Ann Arbor, MI in 1960, corporate headquarters is now in Scottsdale, AZ. There are over 975 stores in 34 states with two locations in northwest Arkansas.

A new health care facility is in the works for Greenbrier. Greenbrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Wilson Farm Road recently sold a portion of its lot east of the nursing center to be used for a health care facility to be built by the nursing home. It’s physicians and nurses will service both the public and the nursing home. The facility is currently in the planning stages.

Colt Harmon announced via Facebook that the Steak ‘n Shake in Greenbrier would break ground for its new location Monday, April 9. He also said that his partner is building the Steak ‘n Shake on Dave Ward Drive in Conway.

The Greenbrier Senior Citizens Center is currently using the LifeSong Baptist Church fellowship hall four days a week while the center is being remodeled. A $200,000 grant from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission allowed the center to get a new roof, an upgraded HVAC system, electronic assist doors as well as other updates and renovations.

Patton Mini Storage is building a new storage building at its storage facility on Patton Road in Wooster, a sign that the area continues to grow in population. Another sign is the reported 350 children who showed up for the recent Easter egg hunt at Wooster City Park. And then there’s the traffic jams at the four-way stop as increased traffic goes through Wooster each day…

Horton’s Orthotics and Prosthetics, 635 Dave Ward Drive, will hold a ribbon-cutting celebration at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 17. Horton’s was founded in 1981 and has six locations across Arkansas.

An Off the Clock event is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 5-7 p.m. at the new Conway Tennis Complex, 2215 Prince Street, across from Conway High School. “Game. Set. Match,” presented by Centennial Bank, Conway Regional Health, Sowell Architects, TriTechne and the City of Conway.

Attendees will be able to try the new Wampus Cat blue courts. Tennis rackets will be available to borrow for the event and instructors will be on hand to provide tips for those who want to learn how to play. A kids’ court for kids 10 and under will be set up while everyone can also cheer on local celebrities who will compete against each other throughout the event.

Come see the match ups of the UCA president vs. the Hendrix College president; the heads of the two hospitals, Matt Troup vs. Tim Bowen; the Conway Mayor vs. Faulkner County Judge; and the Conway Police Chief vs. the Conway Fire Chief as well as match ups between city council members and Arkansas House of Representative candidates.

Palmer Music will provide live music and Stoby’s, PattiCakes, Chick-fil-a, Smooth King, Moe’s and Whole Hog BBQ will serve up food.

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