It looks like Damascus, which is just barely in Faulkner County, is getting a Walmart Express. This is interesting to me because I did not know about this particular business venture of Walmart. From what I have learned from my research online, Walmart Express is a small store, convenience store size, which can open in a small town where a super center just wouldn’t make sense. Apparently Walmart is going to open 300 of them this year. Go figure.

Fueling station empire expanding

I guess everyone knows already that another Kum and Go is coming to Donaghey Avenue and Old Morrilton Highway. They seem to be gaining in popularity pretty quickly, from the little bit of buzz that I’ve heard. And from what I see whenever I happen to go into one, it seems they are the most popular place in town to get a fountain drink. Stand in line much? OK, I admit it. I like to get a fountain drink there too. I blame the really big cups.

Children’s boutique open

Simply Sweet Kids children’s clothing boutique and gift store has opened on Harkrider Street in the building that formerly housed The Gathering. The store has baby registry, monogramming and appliqués, and clothing for children of all ages. Drop by to ask owner Sammie Pew about her upcoming grand opening.

A slave to my own whims

Laine Berry at Royal We gets a thumbs up for the most eye-popping window display I have seen in a while. After moving into the spot at Front and Van Ronkle Streets, she created a scene with beautiful, fabulous gowns in turquoise and ballet pink. The pink fabric is soft and flowing and just utterly gorgeous. The turquoise dress has little flowers on the bodice that are just to die for. I have never felt so girly in my life. The dresses alone look good enough to eat, but then she topped it off with some very real-looking prop cakes in the same shade of ballet pink. It was just one big enticement. Marketing genius, if you ask me. I don’t have any reason in the world to wear a formal gown, but I just had to go in there to look at all the colors and textures.

The inside of the building has transformed from when it was — well, who remembers what it used to be? It is white from floor to ceiling with white chandeliers, and there are some big, over-the-top, white chairs that look like something out of "Alice in Wonderland." The back of the shop is the size of the store’s old location, and the front is about three times the size of the back, if I had to guess.

As I sometimes tell my husband after a shopping trip, "I didn’t buy anything." But I had a lovely visit with Laine and I got to daydream about dressing up.

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