February is Black History Month, dedicated to learning about and celebrating black history and achievements. Many influential African Americans both in antiquity and in more recent history have called Conway and its surrounding areas home, and we wanted to share glimpses of just a few of them.
The Conway Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to present the inaugural Conway Black Restaurant Week during the last week of Black History Month. From February 21-27, 2021, the CVB will bring attention to Conway's Black-owned restaurants and introduce you to some of the people behind them.
A low cost of living, slower pace, natural beauty, and broadband internet access make small cities like Conway an attractive option for employees who have the newfound freedom to work from anywhere.
With a vaccine on the ground and a strategic plan underway, Conway is preparing to spring forward into 2021.
“My passion is cooking and feeding people. And I love to feed people good food.” —Glen Winston, owner of Wade's BBQ
“Success follows consistency.” –Dennis Forte, owner of The Hog Pen Bar-B-Q
“I really feel like if you walk in your purpose, nothing will stand in your way to do what you’re called to do.” –MaryAnn Strange, owner of YGFBFKitchen
“I tell people if I never get another chance to stand behind a counter and serve a shake or tea, this journey still would have been worth it.” –Trenie Thrower-Stanley, owner of The Fix Nutrition and Fitness Lounge
“After being in corporate for several years, it just didn’t satisfy me. But cooking always did. Because I just enjoy people who enjoy good food.” –Artie Lovelace, owner of Spud Love
The Conway Area Leadership Institute’s class of 2020 was a class of firsts. It was the first group to meet the incoming Conway Public Schools superintendent, the first to see the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce’s strategic plan survey and the first to see its results. It was also the first class to participate and graduate from CALI in the middle of a pandemic.