This week brings a nice variety of new business information, and everything about it makes me feel cozy and comfortable. Let’s put on our slippers, pour a cup of coffee and enjoy it a little bit at a time.

Roberta Coyne of Vintage to Vogue will soon start a new venture. The store on Chestnut Street, which offers vintage candy, homemade candy, toys, jewelry and so forth, will close July 29. After a short respite (more likely a short time during which time she will be working as fast as she can), Coyne will open a bakery around the corner at Chestnut and Main streets.

She said she specializes in homemade breads and a variety of items not usually available elsewhere. She has been purchasing fresh produce at the Conway Farmers Market and practicing on bakery goods such as zucchini bread, blueberry muffins and apple pie. She said her baked goods have been well-received at the Farmers Market. Coyne said she will use seasonal, locally grown fruits and vegetables whenever possible, and she also uses organic ingredients whenever possible. She will also carry gluten-free and reduced sugar products.

Coyne is aiming for an opening date in September.

New specialty store for décor, toys

Laura (McNutt) Johnson, a Conway native who has returned home from living a few years in St. Louis, is opening a store at 244 Oak St., next to Auto Zone. 

Laura’s Family Goods will offer a variety of items for making a home warm and cozy, Johnson said. Items like quilts, candles, coffee, baskets, braided rugs, handbags and inspirational framed art will fill half the building. She said her inspiration is the gift shop at Cracker Barrel, which helps me get a mental picture. The other half of the store will be devoted to classic toys, including wooden toys, puzzles, educational toys, etc.

Johnson said while in St. Louis, she shopped at a lot of places that offered such things, and she thought Conway could use something like it. She and her husband have four children, and they will all be at the store frequently, she noted.

She has a degree in graphic design and will have a website up soon. She hopes to open in early to mid-August but said things change every day, so it is hard to announce an opening date at this time.

Photographer moves to College Avenue

Lance Johnston has moved his photography studio to 4915 College Ave., where he has opened a cottage studio. He has about two acres of property there for outdoor portraits along with about 1,100 square feet of studio space. Go to for a map. 

Johnston is planning an open house at the cottage studio on July 30.

(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to