Beautiful downtown Conway is about to become even more beautiful when the building at Oak Street and Parkway gets a makeover.

Jeff Brooks, owner of Brooks Fine Jewelry, recently purchased the building and has been talking with the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and the Conway Historic District Commission about plans to remodel.

Some improvements will begin as early as this week, but the overall process will be slow, as the building is one of the older ones in the area and has to be properly preserved and brought up to standards in keeping with historical design.

Brooks Fine Jewelry has been in business in Conway since 1994 and is located at 611 Court St., suites 8, 9 and 10. The address seems a bit misleading, as the building actually faces Prairie Street, Brooks noted. Those three suites are about 700 square feet each, he said, and the business will move into a vacant storefront on Oak Street near Parkway that is 3,800 square feet.

The aforementioned vacant storefront is next door to Ye Olde Daisy Shoppe, right where Studio Skin was located before moving farther east on Oak.

Cake and Company, which has been located on Parkway for several years, has moved out of its storefront but is still in business. Owner Lisa Brady hopes to keep all those brides-to-be secure in the knowledge that their wedding cakes will be baked, decorated and delivered on schedule.

The bakery’s phone number has not changed, so feel free to give Lisa a call.

At the moment, Cake and Company is looking for a new location, and they believe they are close to working something out. They have been baking at the kitchen at Bob’s Grill. What good neighbors downtown Conway folks are.


Something Blue Paperie is closing its doors after four years, owner Karan Kendall Pierce has announced.

I have to say Something Blue really brought an extra touch of class to downtown. I hate to see it go.

Speaking of places we never wanted to go away, I hear the former location of Rose Cottage will soon have a new occupant. I look forward to finding out who it is.

And finally, here is a nugget that one of my readers dug up that is nearly driving me nutty. I had hoped to be able to shout it from the rooftops, but that will have to wait. I have good reason to believe that a Mediterranean restaurant will open in Conway this summer. When I find out more, you will be hearing a lot about it.

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