Everyone has their hopes up that a new movie theater is going to pan out for Conway. We have been disappointed time after time, but I guess we are all just eternal optimists. You can't blame us -- we're getting a lot of other nice establishments around here. Putting a movie theater in Conway would just be good capitalism, right?

Early this year a local investment group (specifically, in Little Rock) purchased the Conway Towne Centre (located at 201 Skyline Drive). Then, a few weeks ago, the Conway City Council approved a change in the zoning to allow a larger theater at the shopping center.

Daryl Peeples of Flake and Kelly Commercial in Little Rock, property manager and leasing agent for the Towne Centre, told me last week that the owners of the property are pursuing a new theater, and a future announcement will be forthcoming.

I don't know about you, but to me, that sounds pretty promising. Or is that just my sunny disposition talking?

Also, Peeples said Flake and Kelly is working on some other, smaller tenants for the Towne Centre. He said they've had some good activity from other prospects and hope to make more announcements soon.

DEVELOPMENT MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

North Market Plaza, the 20-acre planned development on Donaghey Avenue between Meadowlake Road and Washington Avenue, is showing signs of stirring again.

Kevin Watson is the developer. He is working on Plaza Point apartments on the south side of the 20 acres. The apartments will have 64 units decorated in a contemporary style with hard finish floors, granite tile counter tops, nine-foot ceilings, contemporary colors, etc. Some will be executive rentals, with furnishings, utilities and cleaning services included in the rent. Watson said this could be an alternative to renting a hotel room for workers in the gas industry.

A large portion of North Market Plaza has been purchased, with nine of the 20 acres still available, Watson said.

Ozark Medical Express of Pine Bluff is having plans drawn up for an emergency trauma care center, he said. Some town homes are planned for spring 2010. Also, a couple of restaurants are looking at land.

ALL DRESSED UP

Mika Lucas has opened Dress It Up at 2665 Donaghey Avenue, Suite 110. She carries purses, scarves, luggage, sunglasses, jewelry, flip flops, wallets, etc., at affordable prices.

"Your accessories and your style needs to be affordable, especially with the economy we're in," she said.

(Staff writer Rachel Parker Dickerson can be reached by e-mail at rachel.dickerson@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1277. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)