Start-ups, sit-downs, and shop-arounds

With St. Joseph Parish to the south, Hendrix College to the north and a little bit of everything in-between, downtown Conway has a lot to offer its visitors and residents:

  • 400,000 square feet of office space make it a regional employment hub.
  • Its 20 restaurants provide convenient and exciting dining options.
  • And for more than 100 years, downtown Conway has been a destination for retail.

Downtown Conway


The downtown economy has changed a great deal over the last decade. Downtown is still a local hub for the government, finance, legal and media sectors. But recently, it has become the go-to destination for Conway’s emerging tech start-up scene.

Rock Pond Solutions, Eyenalyze, Metova, Black Oak Analytics, and other tech companies have opened or expanded in downtown Conway since 2012. Affordable real estate, quality tech infrastructure, and central Arkansas’s workforce all contribute to a fertile climate for start-up success.

One of the country’s fastest growing banks, Home Bancshares (NASDAQ: HOMB), calls downtown Conway home. We also have entrepreneurs working out of our many coffee shops. Large or small, downtown Conway has the energy and amenities to support a growing business.


Downtown Conway’s restaurants represent every spot on the culinary and price spectrum. Award-winning steaks and local pizza joints are just around the corner from hearty Italian and sizzling Mexican favorites.

With 20 restaurants and almost 1,000 seats, downtown Conway is a great destination for visiting groups. If you’ve got something smaller in mind, park the car and walk past several options as you find that perfect table for two.

For breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just dessert and coffee, no visit downtown is complete without a stop at one of our great restaurants.


Conway’s downtown shopping scene is a perfect mix of old and new. Whether it is a jewelry store doing business on the same block for more than 100 years or a high-fashion boutique offering the latest trends, downtown Conway’s shopping is unmatched in service and selection. Approximately 40 retail businesses call downtown Conway home. In most of these businesses, the owner is on-hand to greet you – frequently by name – and provide a true shopping experience.