January has become the month in which we reflect and recognize the accomplishments and advancements of the previous year while we begin to make plans for the year ahead. We settle in for the winter, eagerly anticipating and dreading at the same time the possible weather events we will encounter before spring and the return of Daylight Savings Time.

Beating the winter doldrums becomes the theme. Another college football season has ended, and the pros are battling it out to see who goes to the Super Bowl. As January rolls into February, we’ll gather to watch and enjoy the latest offerings of Super Bowl commercials. There are also the usual annual events at the State House Convention Center in Little Rock. The Arkansas Marine Expo starts January 11 and the Arkansas RV Show starts February 15.

If you are looking for another indoor place to get out of the house, check out the events calendar for the Conway Expo and Event Center at http://www.conwayexpo.com/what-s-happening. Antique Alley Arkansas is there this weekend and it will be open from 12-5 p.m. today. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children. Emerge is having a Prom Fashion Show on Saturday, February 2, TBA. Tickets are $12. Beast Feast is scheduled for February 9.

As you can tell by now, things are pretty quiet so there is not much to tell at the moment. There are many projects underway and we can watch as they progress through the coming weeks. Here are a few tidbits, however, to share for the week:

For those of you who enjoyed late-night outings during the week at the Conway IHOP location, you will now have to get your midnight cravings met at other venues. The restaurant announced that, effective January 7, 2019, it would no longer be open 24 hours during the week. New hours are Sunday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant would continue its 24-hour schedule, however, on Fridays and Saturdays.

It’s Real Nutrition moved from 1124 Harkrider to 1825 East Oak Street, Suite 100, on January 2. The store, which provides a Nutrition Club, Wellness Profile, Workouts and Dance classes, opened in early 2017. The store also offers energizing teas, juices, shakes and other healthy options.

Foghorn’s Wings, Burgers and More restaurant/sports bar, which is establishing a location at 2310 Sanders Road in the old Outback Steakhouse building, received Conway City Council approval for its private club permit. It will be the sixth franchise location for the Springdale-based restaurant and the first brick-and-mortar location outside northwest Arkansas. It is expected to have 40 employees.

Conway Donuts, 1825 East Oak Street, Suite 106, will soon be opening a second location on Harkrider by Hendrix College. The first location opened in November 2017 after the owners moved from the Shipley Donut location on Oak Street that is now an Andy’s.

For those who noticed the public hearing sign near the Briarwood Pool and wishfully thought someone might be reviving the pool: Cary Kuykendall was asking for a conditional use permit to build an office for his construction management business, KSI Construction Services, at 2470 Tyler, the lot next door to the former swimming pool.

See anything new happening around you? Send your tips and questions to beckman@windstream.net