Good news. No one should be bored while reading this column today. I have a little something in virtually every category – namely, shopping, dining and entertainment.
Antique store does more
Sherri Rowland has opened Sherri’s Antiques and More at 1304 Oak St., right across from Parkway. She moved to Conway from Hope, where she operated Stylish Salvage. Her purpose was not so much to have an antique shop, but it sort of evolved into one. Her real passion is "repurposed junk." She takes things that would otherwise be thrown away and makes them into something new and useful.
"One of the reasons I moved to Conway was because of their recycling policies," she said.
She opened March 2 and has antiques on display. Soon she will start incorporating her repurposed junk into the store.
She also loves antiques because they all have stories and "A lot of the old stuff was better quality. They didn’t have a throw-away society."
She noted she is aware Conway already has a number of antique stores, but having more will be good for all the stores, because people who enjoy going antiquing want to visit several stores, and the variety will make Conway a destination.
Oak Street Bistro to hold re-opening
Oak Street Bistro has announced its grand re-opening will be April 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New menu items will be introduced at an Easter Sunday brunch. Reservations are being accepted. The new location is 800 Fourth St. They will have full staff for day and night. Owner Pam Trent said she is adding a staff person well-qualified in wine knowledge in the evenings to help with wine selections.
The last information I had on Tipton Hurst, which will share the building with Oak Street Bistro, is that they plan to move just as soon as possible after the restaurant does.
Movie theater update
By now you have likely noticed the Cinemark Theater in the Conway Towne Centre has been demolished and the sign on Skyline Drive proclaims Cinemark 12 is coming in the fall. This is good news for those of you who have been waiting so long for this. The project is at the point of no return, right? The expected date of completion is mid-November.
Also, I hope to have an update on another ongoing project in the Conway Towne Centre very soon.
Pawn shop closing
Exchange Center Gun and Pawn at 865 Walnut St. is going out of business. Owner Wendy Price is closing due to an illness in the family. She opened in June 1998 and said she is thankful for all the loyal customers she has had over the years. She is having a sale to move out all her inventory, and the display cases will be for sale as well.
Thank you to everyone who has e-mailed me lately. Keep those questions coming.
(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org)