Several new businesses have recently announced the opening of locations in downtown Conway and in Lewis Crossing.

Poke Hula, 1115 W. Oak Street plans to open about June 1 in the former Fletcher Smith location in downtown Conway. The Nepalese restaurant Katmandu MoMo, 1018 Oak Street, on the other hand, has plans to open this next week. Its co-owners, Kyler Nordeck and Saroja Shrestha, are planning a soft opening for tomorrow and Tuesday with a grand opening scheduled for Saturday, May 12. Katmandu MoMo is also seeking an alcoholic beverage permit which it hopes to have sometime in early summer.

Golden Girls Conway, a women’s fashion store, will be Katmandu MoMo’s new neighbor in June when it opens at 1020 W. Oak in Bell & Sward’s old location. The Golden Girls, Carie Golden and Erin Golden-Vance, currently have store locations in Fayetteville, Clinton and Heber Springs. You can check out their line at

Bell & Sward meanwhile is moving two doors down to 1016 W. Oak in the former French Lily location. It is currently remodeling the larger space.

On Tuesday, May 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Nursing Home Gift Fund of Faulkner County will have its annual hamburger cookout on the lawn of the Faulkner County Courthouse. The First Security Teal Grill Team will be serving up burgers, chips and a drink for $5. There will also be cookies from all the local bakeries for $1 a bag. Proceeds will be used to fill gift bags that will be distributed to county nursing homes residents in early December.

Lewis Crossing’s shopping strip that is bookended by T-Mobile and Dollar Tree is filling up. A new Subway recently opened next to T-Mobile and a UBreakIFix store is now open between the Fancy Nail Spa and Pop Pop Shoppe. UBreakIFix is a nationwide franchise that specializes in professional electronics repair. There are three in Arkansas.

Most recently, however, Newks’ Eatery, a popular eatery in the southeastern U.S., has announced plans to open a location in Conway. The restaurant features soups, salads, sandwiches, and pizza as well as baked from scratch cakes and brownies. It will be located in the center of this strip.

Five Below will be opening this summer next to Books A Million. With more than 630 stores in 32 states, Five Below is one of the fastest growing retailers in the country. It caters to teens, pre-teens and their parents, offering an assortment of tech accessories, sports equipment and seasonal items—all $5 and below. It carries brands like Lego, Hasbro, Disney and Wilson.

Massage Envy, founded in 2002, is a nationwide wellness franchise that provides massage and skin care services. There are 1,200 franchise locations in 49 states. There are currently two locations in Little Rock.

This past Monday, Robert Wilcox, owner of Conway Tire & Battery at 2201 Harkrider, and two of his employees joined the staff of McKinney Tire Pros. According to McKinney Tire Pros Facebook page, Wilcox made this move rather than relocate his 38-year-old business, Conway Tire & Battery, after a least termination. McKinney, located at 600 S. Harkrider, has been in business since 1950. In addition to tires, it offers a full range of mechanic work and oil changes.

Burger King opened in Greenbrier this past week and Western Sizzlin’ Express is expected to open by mid-May. Greenbrier Steak n’ Shake owner, Colt Harmon, said last week he is projecting an August 15 opening.