Bakery will be ready for V-Day

A new bakery is about to open at Mountebanq Place in downtown Conway on Oak Street.

Cakes by Catie, owned by Catie Morrow, will open on Valentine’s Day. Morrow will make custom-order cakes, including tiered and sculptured cakes. She will also have cupcakes, cookies, other sweets and coffee on hand for folks who want to swing by for a treat. Also, she was thinking about offering muffins or scones for the early birds. Morrow will have chocolate covered strawberries on Valentine’s Day.

Before the bakery opens, however, Mountebanq Place will have a grand re-opening from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. If you have not been by lately, here is the scoop. Everything is pretty new.  Soho Photography, owned by Sommer Holden, is in the northeast corner of the building. Anything and Everything Design, by Ashley Carson, is across the hall in the northwest corner. The bakery will be in the back of the building.

At the event on Saturday, there will be food, door prizes and drawings for services from the three businesses.

On again

It has been some time since we heard Crazy Hibachi might be opening a location on Salem Road, and then that arrangement did not quite work out. Now I am told the owners have leased the space where Hutch’s Country Kitchen was formerly located.

Crazy Hibachi has a location in North Little Rock. One of the attractions of the place is that diners can pile their own meat, vegetables and spices in a bowl and then watch a hibachi chef prepare it for them.


Some time ago, it was suggested to me that I might now and then give businesses a hat tip for a unique item or service or for a job well done. I’m starting to think this is not a bad idea. In the spirit of encouraging great products and services among our local businesses, here is a thumbs-up to one of them, and I’ll keep an eye out for more.

One day I had a headache. Well, actually, for several days in a row. After getting no relief, I started thinking how nice it would be to apply a heating pad to my aching head and neck. I remembered seeing a pillow filled with grain that could be heated in the microwave and would then stay comfortably toasty for the purpose of a heating pad. I actually shopped for one a year or two ago without luck.

It occurred to me that I knew a place that might have this item, or if not, could order it, as it is locally owned. I stopped by Laura’s Family Goods that day, and they had just what I was looking for.  The pillows, filled with dried corn, were made by a local crafter.

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