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Cousin Eddie

Top 10 Things to do Over the Holidays!

We asked and you answered! During our Yeti Hopper Giveaway in the month of December we asked you about your favorite things to do over the holidays. We were moved by your responses and we wanted to share them with the world! So, if you are wondering what to do this holiday season, whether you are looking to use some time or start some traditions of your own please consider these Top 10 Things to Do:

  1. Watch classic movies with family and friends. Some of my favorite holiday movies include Christmas Vacation, The Santa Claus, A Christmas Story, and who can forget everyone’s favorite Christmas classic Die Hard (It’s a Christmas movie!)Drink Egg Nog
  2. Catch-up with friends and family over drinks. Some of the most popular holiday drinks are the ones you can only drink this time of year like Egg Nog, Hot Cocoa, and for those looking to survive the office Christmas party there is the effective cinnamon spicy Fireball.
  3. Shop at Local Stores! This is one of my favorites. All of my Christmas shopping this year has been completed at local stores and the only thing that exceeds my expectation of the products and deals is the level of customer service you get at local stores and restaurants. Shop Local, shop often!
  4. Drive around and look at Christmas lights! You can cruise in the various neighborhoods, the downtown squares, or if you want to take a more tactical approach you can follow some handles on Instagram to get an idea of where the best lighting spectacles are in your town. In any case, it is cheap and beautiful to watch the lights!
  5. Give presents to Family and Friends. The saying is correct, “It is much better to Give than to Receive”. I am not why it works like that, but there is a certain amount of joy i feel when giving someone a gift, whether it is something I have made, something I have purchased or even if it is just a Christmas card with warming sentiment.
  6. Eat good food with Family and Friends! This is my favorite thing to do any time of the year, but especially during the holiday season. I especially like cooking on my Kamado Joe Classic II and trying new recipes, sweet or savory. If you use the best tools to cook your food, you will get the best results and nothing beats a Kamado Joe Grill!
  7. Enjoy the Time Off! Relax, Watch football bowl games, catch-up with friends and family or just catch some ZZzz on the couch. In any case whether you have a few hours off work, or a few days, take the time to do what you want and enjoy life!
  8. Christmas LightsSleep-in or Wake-up late! This is something most people with children strive to do almost every weekend, but while you are around grandparents, aunts and uncles, let them spend time with your kids. It is the giving time of year after all.
  9. Watch a movie at the Theater! This is one of my personal favorites because it is the one time of the year when everything slows down just long enough for me to escape into the world of George Lucas or Steven Spielberg and soak in all the theater has to offer. Just remember to be friendly and kind to the people at the theater, they are spending time away from their family and friends to make sure you are having a happy holiday at the theater!
  10. Go “Back to the Future” , crack open those old photo albums and look at photos from prior years and prior Christmases. You will laugh, you will cry, you will wonder why you ever wore those pajamas, shirts and hats!

Regardless of what you do this holiday season, the people at Second Elm hope you have a wonderful holiday full of all of the things you look forward to. There is enough joy for everyone and you have brought joy to us this year! Merry Christmas!

ENO Hammocks

Relax, Have Fun and Shop Local in Rogers, AR

Ideas are hard to create, and they are even harder to start. In-fact the only easy thing associated with having an idea is listening to all of the great advice, given but never asked for, from friends, family, customers, and the random passer-by who is always looking to inject their own ingredients into the mix. In truth, all the information can be categorized into buckets such as good, bad, and indifferent and the only person who can tell what bucket the information goes in is the person who had the idea to begin with.

I say this because regardless of the type of information you receive, and the method in which you receive it, all information can be used to build an idea into a reality. Some of the information will be used to shape the idea and give it life whereas the rest of the information can be used to set guardrails on what you do not want your idea toKamado Joe become. It is important to focus on this because in the coming posts you will learn that ideas do not merely begin and end, they evolve. The best ideas start out with a dream for something better and this idea is no different. This idea is Second Elm and it started in Historic Downtown Rogers, Arkansas at the corner of Second and Elm!

We selected Downtown Rogers to be the birthplace of this idea because the area is undergoing a type of renaissance, the perfect fuel for new ideas. Also, there was a lot of fantastic history in Downtown Rogers that made it seem like the ideal spot to start a retail store focused on exploring, entertaining, and evolving the way people enjoy the outdoors…Rogers, Arkansas is the birthplace of Walmart, Daisy’s Famous Red Rider BB Gun, and now Second Elm! We wanted to start in downtown Rogers because it is a growing area with shops, services, restaurants, and schools. It is paved with bricks and frequented by patrons who enjoy a good shop as much as they enjoy a good walk, and the shop owners are as nice as they are inviting.

Second Elm is a new store, a new brand, and we serve the community of Northwest Arkansas with products designed
to help them relax, chill, stay cool and enjoy life. We do not a one-stop shop, but for those who are looking to imrpove their grilling experience we have Kamado Joe, for those looking to enjoy the shade we have Maui Jim Sunglasses, for those looking to enjoy the water and stay cool we have ORU Kayaks and Yeti Coolers, and for those looking to relax we have ENO Hammocks, Life is Good and Fayettechill Apparel! We are happy to be in Downtown Rogers and we are happy to be a store where people can shop local, relax, and have fun!

When you get a chance to relax or just have a bit of spare time to taste what we are cooking on the grill I hope you stop by Second Elm!


It’s hard to be a Dreamer

I once heard someone say that “it is hard to be a dreamer because it is hard to have ideas, and it is easy to give up”. Few words have been found to be more true, and it is for this very reason that Provisions was started.

For as long as I can remember I have had ideas, dreams about starting my own business or inventing a product that would make the world a better place. The more I thought about the idea, the more I would talk myself out of it, for all the reasons you can imagine…”it will cost too much money…someone has probably already invented that…who would pay money for that….and..this will probably fail”. After thinking about enough ideas and watching them pass me by I finally realized that if I never try to start something I am guaranteed to never fail.

That isn’t really the way I want to go through life, and it isn’t the way my business partners want to go through life either. We want to try new things, we want to push the envelop, we want to try some of the best things life has to offer, we want to succeed in living fulfilling lives, and we want to leave a legacy for our families to pass on to their families. Provisions is the first idea I have acted on and it will serve as the starting point for many other ideas to be created. So if you find yourself in the neighborhood stop by and have a beer, see what we are cooking on the grill, and feel free to share your thoughts among friends, I think you’ll be glad you did!