Wrapping up the week


In future week-in-review posts, I'll likely expand further on happenings in the newsroom and in my personal life. This post serves as a preview of sorts, with some highlights from the first week of 2018. You'll typically see these on Saturday, not Sunday.     — Arkansawyer



Power failure darkens Democrat-Gazette but nots its spirits.... This week presented a challenge for my newspaper colleagues: How do you print an edition in a blackout? The answer: teamwork and ingenuity.  In a feature story for Arkansas Online, I recounted those efforts — and a challenge that continued to plague the Democrat-Gazette's website in the days after. To sum it all up: I am so proud to work with co-workers who are immensely passionate about fulfilling their jobs no matter the circumstance.

Out with the old, in with the new in west Little Rock.... AMC Theatres has finally announced when renovations will begin to its movie theater at the Promenade at Chenal (once the site of a B&B Theatres location). Didn't seem like much work was needed, but details of what's behind the curtain have been scant. 

....  Chili's, long a fixture at a shopping center on Rodney Parham Road, is moving to West Markham Street near Chenal Parkway this fall.

.... and ICYMI: Movie Tavern is set to open this month at the Gateway Town Center in southwest Little Rock. An exact date hasn't been announced.

Making a sweet tooth's world go round.... When Fat Bottomed Girl's Cupcake Shoppe announced plans to open a shop in Fayetteville, I reveled in the development. Another reason to go to Northwest Arkansas, I thought. Though I'm fairly certain another excuse wasn't necessary. Expect that location to open in March, and for me to be there a short time later. (Side note: the story link has mysteriously disappeared from our website.)



Another year over. And a new one just begun.... I'm convinced that the holiday decorations can last year-round. You agree? Yeah, I'm not entirely buying it either. But there is something about taking down the Christmas tree that makes me yearn for it all over again. Nevertheless, it will soon be packed away and stored for a few months. A few long months. 

Speaking of the Spa City.... If you're in the area, the Craft Beer Cellar, 120 Ouachita Ave., is a must-visit. I don't necessarily call myself the biggest connoisseur of beer (my general go-to is a selection from Little Rock's Lost Forty lineup), but this establishment has a nice, relaxed vibe. Harry Potter playing New Year's Eve on a TV may have swayed me even more in favor.

Late to the party.... I started watching season two of Stranger Things on Wednesday. Feel free to judge. I'd judge me, too. 

Now taking suggestions.... As part of my goals for the new year, I'm looking for some good reads from all genres. (Particular favorites: biographies, legal dramas, mysteries, historical accounts.)

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