The Hog Zone is moving across town to a new location that provides more accessible parking for their customers.
“Really the parking situation downtown was the hardest part for us,” said Beth Carlisle, manager of the four Hogman’s Gameday Superstores in the state. “We love the area, but we wanted to find somewhere that had a nicer parking lot for customers.”
With the move, the Hog Zone will finish rebranding and officially become Hogman’s Gameday Superstore.
The new location is a 12,000 square foot building across from TGI Friday’s next to Sprint at 1008 East Oak St.
Carlisle and her employees worked all weekend moving merchandise to open the new store Monday, and are preparing for a grand opening event Saturday.
Free hog hats and noses will be given away with qualifying purchases, and each customer will receive 10 percent off their entire purchase.
The store has Moving Sale items marked at 25 percent off, and Carlisle said, their tailgating merchandise is starting to come in.
“We’re excited to be in Conway and ready for a great football season,” Carlisle said.
With the Hog Zone moving to a new location, a new kind of shop will be occupying the space at 1103 Oak St.
The former cardinal and white store front on Oak will now be filled with handmade items from local artists with Blue Kite Boutique.
Blue Kite Boutique is the dream of owner Marla Stanton. Stanton left her job in 2012 to open a shop where she could sell her handmade jewelry and clothes as well as the work of other local artists.
Clothes, jewelry and furniture will be featured in addition to the handcrafted items.
“We have a lot of local Faulkner county artists, but also feature artists from Little Rock. We support people within the state, but a lot within the county.”
The new store will also offer classes taught by local, featured artists.
“We do knitting, crocheting, handmade cards — a real variety of crafts,” Stanton said.
A portion of each sale goes to fund a Blue Kite Project. The last project raised $177.78 for the Jeevan Prakash Orphanage in India. The money was used to feed, clothe and house the children. It also helped pay for their school fees and uniforms.
Stanton says she feels so blessed, she wants to be able to pass blessings along to others.
The boutique was originally located in Springhill, but Stanton and her husband wanted to move it closer to their home in Conway.
“We’re really excited about getting downtown,” Stanton said. “We came to Conway to go to UCA and decided to stay. We chose for it to be our home, and we’re excited about moving the business there as well.”
Blue Kite Boutique is planning to open within a week of Labor Day. Stanton said to follow Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BlueKiteBoutique) for the official reopening.
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