…are you a tourist in your own town?

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Bentonville Square

I Love NWA and I love playing tourist in my town!

The majority of my real estate customers are relocating to this area from other parts of the country and world, so it is important for me to know what’s going on in this area. Typically I am one of the first people to show them around our area. Yes, they have usually “googled” the area and looked at the maps & schools on the internet, talked with co-workers – but until their feet hit the ground…they have no idea why they are moving to NW Arkansas, other than a new job!

It was beautiful this past week, so I decided to be a tourist in Bentonville AR. I enjoy stopping by the Downtown Square,  as there are many great local food places to sample. One of my favorites is Table Mesa Bistro,  Modern Latin with a Blend is their motto. The service is excellent and the food fabulous. The owners, Carl and Lindie Garrett opened back in 2008 and since opened several other restaurants in the NWA area. The have certainly added to the revitalization of the Downtown area.

For a fabulous ground Angus steak burger, you must visit the The Station Cafe! This is the best burger in NWA! The Station cafe was established in 1977 by Cecil & Betty Turner. Many days, you will find Cecil clearing tables or chatting to the guests.

Over the last year, several more eating places have opened around the Bentonville Square. It’s truly become a cuisine delight in Northwest Arkansas!

Till next time…..

 

 

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The “Golden Rule”…

The most familiar version of the Golden Rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I think of this saying each time I pass by this old historic building in Downtown Rogers AR and it made me wonder where this old building got its name.

It’s not known exactly when this brick building was erected, the best guess is about 1894. The earliest use of the ground floor was Roger’s last saloon, The Blue Goose Saloon, which was there prior to 1896.Golden Rule

Sometime in 1907 for 1908 the building received the name the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule was a chain of stores similar to the old five and dime stores. James Cash Penney opened the first Golden Rule store in Wyoming in 1902 with a partner. When that partnership dissolved in 1907, James Cash Penny bought this store and another and in 1913, Penny changed the name to J.C. Penny’s .

Over the years, this building housed many different stores and homes were added upstairs in what was previous office space.

Today, this building is home to Showcase Trophies and the upstairs remained as living space. Downtown Rogers is becoming a hot spot and many of the old buildings are receiving face lifts. A trip to Downtown Rogers is a must when visiting this area.

One goal accomplished…

This arrived today. It’s official. One goal in life accomplished!

AR Associate Instructor

Linda Hobkirk, Associate Instructor, Arkansas

When I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a teacher. I was not able to finish college back in the 70’s, so I never imagined I would see “instructor” beside my name. Today, I am honored to have the official “Associate Instructor” certificate. I now have the privilege of helping real estate agents in Arkansas become better.

I believe that education is very important in this industry.  It’s important that we adapt to technology, the way we use it to teach agents and what we teach. The real life of day to day, from instructors that are in the field every day helping people buy and sell real estate. I believe this will “raise the bar” as they say. They are many people in this industry working to help make real estate professionals better. I am proud to now be apart of the change in educating agents.

Never ever give up, this goal took many, many years and many twist in turns in life to accomplish!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year – a 366 day Year!

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Tonight millions of people all over the world will be toasting in a new year as the clock strikes Midnight.

A new beginning, a time to reflect, a time to dream, a time to remember, a time to be thankful, and a time to dream of making the world a better place…

I raise my glass of bubbly and say a cheer to 2016 –  a Leap Year! Yes, the gift of an “extra” day – 366 days! This only occurs every 4 years.

This gift of ONE more day  will allow “extra” hours to help someone, to put a smile on someone’s face, to give your time to a cause, to make a difference in someone’s life, to give a hug, to mentor, to share time with those you love, to do that one thing “extra”that could make a difference in the world.

What will you do with an extra day in 2016?

Wishing everyone a very happy and safe New Year’s celebration! May the next 366 days bring you love, joy, health and happiness.

 

 

Old Barns…

Old Barn North Bentonville AR -1Old Barns intrigue me. This particular one rests in a small valley in north Bentonville, Arkansas. I came across it taking a short cut road as I was heading to a listing prospect a few days ago.

I stopped briefly on the two lane country road to snap a picture out the car window. I noticed later that I had captured the swaying fence that ran along the perimeter.

Do you ever wonder about the history behind the rusty tin roof and weathered wood? We can only imagine the stories within.

The setting was gorgeous and had me wondering all day the stories behind this Old Barn…

A Storm drain in the most unique place…

I am always fascinated when I see this unusual storm drain covers. Or as we called it growing up – a manhole cover. I have seen many drain covers over the years, some are beautiful works of art, others plain and hardly noticeable.

This one is the most unusual to me – not only as a piece of art, but the location!

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It is located within a buildings interior! Any idea of where and which establishment that it is in? Hint – it’s in Rogers Arkansas.

Crocheted Bike

Look closely and you will see the intricate details and creativity. It’s amazing! Who thinks to do something like this?
Hanging on the wall at The Pressroom.

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