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Shopping and Strolling Through Downtown Conway

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Shopping in Downton Conway
Shopping in Downton Conway
    Shopping in Downton Conway
Shopping in Downton Conway
Shops and Restaurants line Downtown Conway
Shops and Restaurants line Downtown Conway
November 5, 2009

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Kerry Kraus, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Does the idea of looking for Christmas presents send you into a panic? Does the thought of dealing with all the crowds and traffic, plus the energy it takes to find just the right gift, set your nerves on edge? Don’t fret. Shopping is still a pleasant and enjoyable way to spend the day. Just make plans to do it in downtown Conway.

Over 50 shops and restaurants are located the historic area of Conway, all within walking distance of each other. The variety of retailers is amazing and brings back memories of when downtown was the shopping mecca of every community.

For the fashion conscious there are seven stores with apparel for men, women and juniors: PKs on Front Street, Pizzazz, Lefler’s, Mary’s Boutique, and EM on Oak Street; and HipSway and Walk This Way on Locust. In addition, there are specialty stores such as The Sports Runner on Van Ronkle, for sports-related items; Mommy 2 B on North Street, which carries maternity clothing; and Kicks Active Wear on Oak Street for the gymnast, dancer and cheerleader. Toddlers up to age 7 are the focus of Ann’s Trendy Kidz, while items for preteens are found at In B Tween, both located on Oak Street.

If home décor is on someone’s wish list, there are a number of antique, decorator and furniture shops. There are enough antique stores in downtown Conway to appease even the most voracious hunter. Blue Ribbon, Jennifer’s, Bobbie’s and Carmen’s on Oak Street, plus nearby Quattlebaum’s on Van Ronkle can keep even the most energetic shopper busy for hours. Four art galleries – Marrvelous (sic), Pictures Et Cetera, Frameworks and Arkansas Arts Beautification – on Front, Oak and Chestnut Streets, feature works by local and regional artists along with framing.

Bargain seekers will never want to leave Yours Truly Consignment Shop, which bills itself as “the largest consignment shop in the South” at 15,000-square-feet. Next door is The Furniture Consignment Place, with even more deals. Kordsmeier (Oak Street), Cajun Brothers and Bates (both on Front Street) furniture stores all offer personal service with quality pieces. Interior design pieces are found at House of Ivo, Bevy’s has custom drapery and embroidery, and The Warp and Woof carries decorative fabrics at wholesale prices. All are located on the very busy Oak Street.

If an upcoming party, wedding or other event calls for special clothing, gifts, jewelry or even photography, then look no further than downtown Conway. M. Antoinette’s, A Southern Tradition, Something Blue, Conway Bridal and Tuxedo, Fletcher Smith Jewelers, Ye Olde Yellow Daisy, Just T’s N and Lance Johnston’s Photography all provide at least some of these services and are located on Oak Street. Marty Sikes Photography on Front Street is just around the block.

Some of the other shopping venues include Front Street’s A Very Merry Christmas Store. In addition to all things Christmas, keepsakes, gifts, collectibles and additional items for other holidays are also available. Everyone knows someone who is a shoe connoisseur and Wilkinson’s Mall is pure paradise for the “shoe-a-holic” with over 20,000-square-feet of stock. Conway Music is a full-service store that also offers lessons, Top Hat has costumes for all occasions for both purchase and rent year-round, and That Bookstore at Mountebanq Place carries a large collection of children’s literature and Arkansas-related books.

When faced with a busy day of shopping, people need sustenance to keep going and nine restaurants in the downtown district fill that bill.

Pia’s Italian Ristorante and Michelangelo’s, both on Front Street, offer varied menus of authentic Italian cuisine. For some home-cooking, try Bob’s Grill on Oak, “a downtown Conway tradition,” for breakfast and a lunch buffet. Mike’s Place features a Cajun flair, and U.S. Pizza and Old Chicago have pizzas, salads and sandwiches. Both That Bookstore at Montebanq Place and Jennifer’s Antiques have restaurants within shops: the Café and Cross Creek Sandwich Shop respectively. Doe’s Eat Place rounds out a well-spent day with some of the best steaks in the state.

There’s so much going on in downtown Conway it may take more than one day to experience it all. And it doesn’t have to take place just at Christmas; shopping is good year-round. Download the map of merchants on www.downtownconway.org/, don some walking shoes, pack a checkbook, credit card or cash and get going – shopping and strolling downtown Conway.

Properties representing nearly all the major lodging chains are located in Conway for overnighting. For a different experience, check out the Ward Mansion Bed and Breakfast in the historic residential district. This stately home features three suites, two of which have sitting rooms, one that has a sun room, and has all the amenities today’s discerning traveler expects. After a good night’s sleep, you’ll be ready to hit the streets of downtown Conway for even more shopping.

For more information contact Conway Downtown Partnership by e-mailing Kim@ConwayArkansas.org or by phoning 501-548-9950.


Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-7606
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