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Yeti Coolers

Shop Local and Get the Best Christmas Gifts of the Season in Downtown Rogers

For as long as I can remember I have been able to recall the traffic, mobs of people, coupons and newspaper ads symbolizing the beginning of the holiday shopping season. These elements still exist in some circles but the environment is changing, in some cases faster than retailers can adapt. I guess the real question to ask yourself this holiday season is “What are you looking for this year, a great shopping experience or the hustle and bustle synonymous with the retail experience that can be found at your local Walmart?”

Don’t get me wrong, Walmart is a huge company and it has the potential to be a great company, but consumers are looking for convenience, personality, service, and price. As much as the 21st Century consumer is accustomed to doing things on their own they are also interested in a satisfying shopping experience at an affordable price. There are tremendous innovations that are occurring to deliver product to the home, systematically stock inventory using robots, and if you have been into your local Walmart recently you may have noticed the number of registers dedicated to self-checkout and scan-and-go have increased where the number of manned registers has significantly decreased. Consider this when you are shopping this holiday season, then consider the service, personality, and quality of the products that can be purchased at the boutiques in historic downtown Rogers, or downtown Bentonville.

Kamado Joe

Local Shops offer an experience that cannot be matched by Walmart, Amazon, and most other national chains. Shops like The Dotted Pig, The Honeycomb Kitchen Shop, Second Elm, and The Urban Tub are among the best boutiques in downtown Rogers that offer fantastic shopping experience, and great products, plus they are within walking distance of the best restaurants in Northwest Arkansas such as Parkside Public “A Burger Company”, The Rail “A Pizza Company”, Levi’s Gastrolounge, Brick Street Brews, and the Ozark Beer Company.

 

There are so many great options it is difficult to name them all! Go into one of these stores or one of these restaurants and I guarantee you will find the high-quality products you are looking for, at a price you can afford and your transaction will be processed by a real person!

At Second Elm we have the latest products and fashion from Yeti Coolers, Fayettechill Apparel, Kavu, ENO, Maui Jim and for the backyard chefs we have Kamado Joe grills and accessories. During the holiday season we will be grilling and smoking some meat and sporting the best outdoor apparel. We have the perfect gift items with the Fayettechill Jackson Vest, and the new Yeti “Brick Red” Ramblers and the Yeti Load-out Bucket! It is all in your backyard in Downtown Rogers!

Today there are so many options to choose from when deciding how and where to spend your time and money shopping for the people who are important in your life. Consider shopping local and look forward to a great experience for this holiday season!

Chili

Low-Carb Chili – Easy to make and Tastes Great!


There are so many things you can do when it starts to get cold outside, clean, break out the blankets and jackets from the moth-balls, or you can tap your inner-chef and cook some food that warms you from the inside out!

I love to cook on the grill and one of my favorite things to make when it is cold outside is Chili, because it is easy to make and it tastes great! I always feel better after eating chili because it was one of those meals growing up that mom used to make that would fill the air with the pleasant aroma of peppers, spices, and awesomeness. Because I am feeling nostalgic, and it is pretty cold outside I thought I would share my recipe for chili. You can pretty much make this entire meal for 8 people for about $15 shopping at your local grocery store…pretty good right?

Ingredients:

  • 1.75 lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 cans of Mild Rotel Toatoes
  • 2 cans of Kidney Beans
  • 1 White Onion
  • 2 packets of McCormic Original Chili Seasoning

I like to cook my Chili in a couple of different stages, but at the end of the day all you need to do is cook all the ingredients in a pot for about an hour. I will say that the longer you cook your chili the better it will taste, just be careful not to cook it so long that it dries out.

Preheat your Grill to about 350-400 degrees and make sure you are using a plate-setter or heat deflector because you don’t want to overcook the chili. Chop up the Onion and the ground beef and place them into a large pot, i prefer a 4 quart cast iron dutch oven! Place the pot onto the grill and brown the meat with the onions. The is going to smell awesome so if you have poor will power it is best to just walk away from the grill for a few minutes!

Once the meat and the onions have cooked, add in the two packets of McCormick Chili Seasoning, the two cans of Mild Rotel tomatoes, two cans of kidney beans, and stir all of the ingredients together. The Chili is really going to start to take shape at this point. Cover the pot and let the chili cook for at least an hour on the grill before stirring the pot. I would recommend cooking the chili for at least two hours to achieve great flavor, keeping in mind that you want to keep the chili hydrated. If you plan on cooking the chili for 3-4 hours I would highly recommend adding beer to the chili to add additional flavor and prevent the chili from drying out.

The results are awesome! I highly recommend this chili to anyone who is eating or feeding a family on a budget, add a little bit of rice and the meal can be extended to even more people.

I hope you enjoy this chili, I know I do! Stay Hungry and creative!

 

 

NWA T-Shirts in Tybee

Take Local Pride with you wherever you go! NWA T-Shirts on Tybee Island

There are so many things that occur in the communities we live in! Here in Northwest Arkansas (NWA) we are hosts to multi-national corporations, Fortune 500 Companies, and a large array of cleverly crafted boutiques and pubs. The cool thing about being in an area like Northwest Arkansas is seeing all of the creativity and entrepreneurship that spawns out of the boutiques despite the fact that they are surrounded by mass merchandisers like Walmart and Sam’s Club.

NWA T-Shirt
PJ wearing her NWA T-shirt at Tybee Island

The Northwest Arkansas T-Shirts (NWA T-Shirt) was created for this very reason! The NWA T-shirt, like so many other local brands in Northwest Arkansas, started because someone wanted to create something special, something that was their own, something that was unique. Like other shirts it is soft to the touch, it has a relaxed fit, and it is available for purchase only at select boutiques. But what makes the NWA T-shirt special is the fact that it was conceived locally, created locally, sold locally, and each person who wears the shirt can show their pride of Northwest Arkansas. To some people Northwest Arkansas is home, to others it is a place they visited while passing through or calling on Walmart or Sam’s Club, and to the rest of the world it is a small, known or unknown, town in the middle of the country land-locked by Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi and Missouri.

Regardless of where you are from, where you are going, and where you have been I encourage you to shop local, try local flavors, and if you have a chance to stop by Second Elm in Rogers, AR please pick up a NWA T-shirt! Northwest Arkansas is home to many things and many people but above all things it is a place where sparks can become flames of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Explore-Entertain-Evolve and shop local!

Kamado Joe

Five Star Meal for $15 – Pork Tenderloin on the Kamado Joe Ceramic Grill

One of the great things about summer is that the weather affords us more warm daylight hours to enjoy family, food and the ones we love. For me this means spending more time behind the grill and trying my hand at some of the ideas i see on the food network. That being said, there are a lot of things I see on food network that are incredibly difficult, but the experts make them look incredibly easy. That is one of the reasons I write about the things I cook and build, they are simple to make!

WARNING– If you do not like to cook things that are easy to complete and taste awesome then read no further. The recipe below will excite your taste buds and make you feel like you can challenge Bobby Flay! In all seriousness the recipe below is one that I wanted to talk about because it is one of the most economic meals to pull together, it is very flavorful, and you will be able to feed an army or entertain a large group of people with it on a budget. Even if you do not have a grill, this recipe can be executed in your oven using a baking dish, but i must tell you it does taste better on the grill!

Prepare your taste buds…

 

FIVE STAR MEAL for $15 – PORK TENDERLOIN on KAMADO JOE

Ingredients:

  • Pork Tenderloin – 2 lbs (You can get a pack of 2 at Sam’s Club for about $11)
  • Olive Oil – enough to coat the pork tenderloin
  • Sea Salt – 1 tablespoon
  • Black Pepper – 2 teaspoons
  • Tones Rosemary Garlic Seasoning – probably 3/4 of an 8oz container
  1. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to use good quality charcoal when grilling or smoking meat because it will allow you to control your heat and it will add flavor to whatever you are cooking. I recommend using the XL Big Block Lump Charcoal made by Kamado Joe because it is the best!
  2. Lay the pork tenderloin onto a backing sheet to prepare it for the seasoning. I recommend placing a layer of parchment paper onto the baking sheet prior to placing the pork tenderloin because it will make the cleanup process extremely fast.Seasoned Pork Tenderloin
  3. Once the pork tenderloin has been laid on the baking sheet lather the meat with the Olive Oil. This will allow the seasoning to adhere to the meat and let’s face, it olive oil tastes awesome.
  4. Sprinkle the Salt and Pepper onto both side of the meat. You can use any kind of salt and pepper you desire, I prefer Sea Salt and Black Pepper.
  5. Finally, generously apply the Tones Rosemary Garlic Seasoning to both sides of the meat to create a crust that will enhance the flavor of the meat and WOW your audience! If you prefer to let the seasoning marinate into the meat it will only enhance the flavors. I don’t typically marinate my pork tenderloin because it is usually something i picked up that same day before heading home.
  6. Once the pork tenderloin is completely seasoned it is ready for the grill. Once your grill is at 400 degrees Fahrenheit simply place the meat onto the grill.
  7. Once the meat has been on the grill for 10 minutes, flip it onto the other side and cook it for another 10 minutes. Total cook time for the pork tenderloin will be 20 minutes. You do not need to use an indirect heating plate or plate setter to cook pork tenderloin.
  8. Before taking the pork tenderloin off the grill make sure, using a meat thermometer, that the internal temperature of the meat is at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This will signify that the meat is cooked.
  9. Finally, take the meat off the grill and let it rest for approximately 10 minutes. The meat will continue to cook even after you pull it off the grill and it is important to let it rest so that it fully cooks and to ensure all of the flavor stays locked into the meat.

If you love cooking on the grill as much as I do, I think you will love this recipe. It is easy to execute and your taste buds will thank you! The other cool thing about pork tenderloin is that it is incredibly in-expensive and it is very tender. The thing i did not mention in the recipe above is what to do about side dishes. The 2-pack of pork tenderloins cost $11 but the side dishes i selected, in this case green beans, cost another $4 dollars. Dollar for dollar and pound for pound there are few things you can cook that taste as good and stretch as far as a pork tenderloin.

Kamado Joe

Want to impress the Family with you Culinary Skills around the Grill?

This is the time of year when it is great to be outside enjoying sunny weather and the smell of a charcoal grill. There are plenty of great things to cook on the grill but if you are tired of cooking the same things then perhaps you should break the mold a little bit and try some beef stew! It may not have as much flare as steak but a good beef stew is aromatic, hearty, has outstanding flavor and will quite literally feed an army.

Check out the Second Elm Beef Stew that was cooked in the Kamado Joe ceramic grill and let us know your thoughts!

Beef Stew cooked on the Kamado Joe Ceramic Grill

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs of Beef Tenderloin
  • 1 bag of new Potatoes (cut into 1/4’s)
  • 1 Bag of little Carrots
  • 1 White Onion (cut until diced)Kamado Joe Beef Stew
  • 2 tablespoons of Worcester Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of Garlic Salt
  1. Combine all ingredients into a cast iron skillet or dutch oven, i prefer the dutch-oven!
  2. Preheat the grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. I recommend using Kamado Joe Lump Charcoal because the chunks are larger and more dense which makes it easier to control the heat on the grill.
  3. Once the grill has reached the appropriate temperature, place the dutch-oven onto the grill for a total cook time of about 90- 120 minutes.
  4. If you would like to add additional flavor to the stew, I recommend smoking some hickory wood in the first 30 minutes the stew is on the grill. To do this, simply place 4-5 chunks of hickory onto the lump charcoal before placing the stew onto the grill. After you place the stew onto the grill, leave the lid off the dutch-oven for about 30 minutes to let the smoke soak into the potatoes and the meat. After 30 minutes you can place the lid back onto the dutch-oven or just let the residual smoke season the stew

This beef stew is easy to make and tastes great. you can evolve the flavor profile by adding additional spices like thyme and rosemary or you can just keep it simple. This recipe will feed a large group of people as well, so if you are looking for something different to put on the grill that smells and tastes great give it a try!

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!