Grassroots organizing in downtown Rogers, Arkansas

UP was honored to have the opportunity to host Joshua Mahony, Democratic candidate for the 3rd Congressional District of Arkansas. We shared stories, food, and a beautiful Sunday evening as we listened to his core beliefs and platform. I encourage you to reach out to learn more, and possibly host an event during his listening tour this summer. If you would like to learn more, please visit his website here or Facebook page here

UP guests and members, we look forward to seeing you next month! Keep UP'ing your community!

Up'ing our community, now UP yours!

grass roots

/ˈɡras ˈˌro͞ots/


plural noun: grassroots


1. the common or ordinary people, especially as contrasted with the leadership or elite of a political party, social organization, etc.; the rank and file.

2. the agricultural and rural areas of a country.

3.  the people inhabiting these areas, especially as a political, social, or economic group.

4.  the origin or basis of something; the basic or primary concept, rule,part, or the like.

adjective, Also, grass-roots

5.  of, relating to, or involving the common people, especially ascontrasted with or separable from an elite:  a grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament.


We gathered. We ate (those lemon bars)!  We listened.  We are ready to keep moving forward. Please remember that UP is a member driven group. If you would like to share any ideas please email us:

Join us May 21st (more details to come in newsletter)

The Zimmerman Home // Downtown Rogers Home Tour

  Thank you all for joining in! I am so happy to share Shane and Juli Zimmerman's home of our downtown community.

Can you tell us a little of what you know about your home?

Our home is a craftsman style home built in 1927. It is just under 2300 sf. It has a half basement that is used as a laundry room and double detached garage. 


What is your favorite thing about your home?

Of course the location of our home is perfect. But the spaces in the home seem to be laid out to our specific needs. Whether we're cooking, reading a book, playing guitar or watching a movie. 

What brought your family to downtown?

The community in which we live in is unparalleled to any other. Our friends and neighbors make downtown living a unique and  charming experience. Being downtown offers us the chance to walk to work daily. 

Did you make any additions/remodel/changes to the home?

In our two years of residency we have added new wood flooring throughout and redone some of the existing. We have also done a complete master bathroom remodel. During the remodel phases we have used the upstairs bedroom and the current dining room for sleeping quarters. 

What is one of your favorite things to do in downtown?

Being able to walk to the heart of downtown and seeing so many people we know as well as a lot of new faces is pretty special. The new bike trails and walking paths are also easily accessed. 

Name a couple of favorite pieces in your home and if you have a story behind them to include that would be great as well.

We like using odd pieces for different uses other than their intended. We have a 1956 Weber grill that has never had a fire in it that we use as a table. Our headboard is an old shaker style door from a remodel I did in downtown Rogers  over 15 years ago. Our art pieces we feel are unique to our personalities and tie the house together. 

        Thank you Shane and Juli!!

         I absolutely love your home. 

Neal Family Home Tour

Tell us a little about your home..

Our house was built around 1910. It is a Dutch Colonial. There is also an addition from 1984 in the back. Our house is 2,400 square feet. Reliable sources have told us that it was the rectory for a Catholic church across the street, that has since been relocated.

House around 1960 with the previous owner, Mary Jo Lewis.

House around 1960 with the previous owner, Mary Jo Lewis.

What is your favorite thing about your home?

Our favorite thing about our home is the location! We love our neighbors, neighborhood, and being in walking distance of Downtown, playgrounds, grocery stores and great schools. We also love biking to Lake Atalanta on the weekends.

What brought your family to Downtown Rogers?

Our family came to Downtown Rogers because Ryan grew up in Rogers and always wanted to live Downtown. In January of this year he got the opportunity to worth with Main Street Rogers, a non-profit focusing on downtown area development, and we knew this was our chance to be part of a great community. Luckily this house was on the market when we were ready to move. We also have a blueberry farm here in Rogers. 

Have you made any additions/remodel/changes to the home? 

All we have done for improvements is refinish the floors and paint the walls. Upstairs was all carpet, so Ryan and his dad pulled that back and found beautiful old pine floors. Two bathrooms were also carpet so we tiled those. We have also had an energy audit done to try and find ways we can make our home better insulated and more efficient, which has resulted some small improvements here and there.

What is one of your favorite things to do in downtown Rogers? 

Some of our favorite things to do in Downtown Rogers are to eat at Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant, drink an orange juice at Levi's Gastrolounge and visit the Downtown Rogers Farmers Market.

Thank you Neal family!!! 

Miller family // Muskogee, OK

 Madison and I have been trying to take photos for a couple years now. Between work, family and distance between us it has been hard making that happen. Finally this past weekend we connected. I also had some free time to see family and do a few of my favorite things. My biggest disappointment was getting into town after Harmony House closed. I made up for it by eating my favorite pizza, a child's chunk and a chopped beef sandwich for dinner. I got a couch at my favorite flea market and I can't wait to go back and pick it up. Hopefully my favorite lady will be working!

 More importantly, photographing Madison and her growing family was an honor. She is one of my favorite people. I always admired her growing up and definitely followed (copied!) any or all trends she picked up along the way. Her sass and intelligence carried with me far after we got busy later in life while 'adulting.' It was truly special getting to hold her son and documenting her growing belly with their 2nd. Madsion, I love you and you are bleeping awesome.

Calcote Home Tour

Hello everyone! I would love to introduce Mary and Jerry Calcote. Working with Mary through this home tour has been such a delight.  Together they took me through their home, gave me a tour and spoke so passionately of the renovations and history of their home that I got chills! My favorite part was the children's classroom. If you would like to know more information on her preschool please reach out a 'like' her Facebook page: The Children's Atelier

Let us all give The Calcote's a warm welcome!

E N J O Y!!!


Tell us what you know about your home including year built, style, square footage and any other facts you would like to include. 

  Our home was built in 1914, it is a 2600 sq. ft. Craftsman Bungalow. We know very little about our home’s history, other than in 1988 the process was started, but never completed, to have it listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This was during the time several other homes in downtown Rogers were added to the register. We plan to learn more about our home and complete the registration process.  If anyone knows some history on our home, we’d love to hear!

What is your favorite thing about your home?

  We love the craftsman detail of the built-ins and the 15 ft. window seat in the dining room, the exposed chimney in the kitchen,  and the open floor plan, just to name a few. Our home has retained most of it’s original features on the main floor; doors, hardware, floors, trim work, windows and a rare wall tub. In the living room, about five feet out from the wall, is one of the first style electrical plugs used in Rogers. The previous owners built two Jack & Jill style garages. One is entered from 3rd. St and the other from the alley. They both have access doors to the courtyard.

What brought your family to Downtown Rogers? 

  It has always been a dream of ours to live in an old home in a quaint neighborhood. When we first moved to NWA in 1997, we looked at every home in downtown Bentonville that came on the market for over a year. We were unable to find one to fit our family of six. Twelve years later, as empty nesters, we decided to give it another try. Once again, we just couldn’t find the right home for us. Five years after that, it was time for Jerry to retire and enjoy life. We thought, it’s now or never! We made a pledge to wait for the right house, and rent if we needed to. We expanded our search to a two hour drive. We were drawn to a beautiful neighborhood in Springfield, MO., but we just couldn’t seem to commit. Our home sold, we had nowhere to go, and were fully prepared to rent. On the evening of the home inspection, we were out aimlessly driving around, and we found ourselves in downtown Rogers. Jerry stopped the car and said, “Look! There’s a craftsman for sale!” That next morning, we were the proud owners of our dream home! So, to answer your question, ‘What brought us to downtown Rogers?’ God.

 Did you make any additions/remodel to the home?  If so, feel free to share your sources and/or process of the additions.  

  We haven’t made any additions, but just completed a remodeled the sunporch which we feel was added to the back of the home in the 50s-60s. One wall was covered in knotty pine paneling which we were able to repair and use as wainscoting. Our son, Brian Mowrey, designed and built custom cabinetry and the 20ft oak ceiling beam. To add warmth to the room, on the floor we used reclaimed brick from 100-200 year old Chicago warehouse buildings. This room is now my Reggio Emilia inspired studio where I will work with a few preschool aged children.

What is one of your favorite things to do in downtown Rogers?

  We love evening walks downtown, we enjoy walking the trail that leads to Lake Atlanta, the farmers market is great, and we really enjoyed the outdoor movies this summer. There are several antique malls we frequent, we always enjoy stopping by the Roger’s Historical Museum to see their new displays and attend events.

  Downtown Rogers is also a great place to do nothing. You can set out on your front porch and literally, watch the neighborhood go by. There are always families walking their dogs, riding bikes or jogging by offering a friendly wave and a warm, “Hello!”

Name a couple of favorite pieces in your home and if you have a source to include that would be great as well.

  Our home is filled with sentimental pieces; Jerry’s aunts dinning room table, my Grandmother’s chifferobe, an old US Post office from rural Connecticut, the first piece Jerry and I refinished together, even the iron baby bed I sleep in as a child.

Thank you Calcote Family!! 

If you would like to participate in the home tour for our lovely DTR, please email me:




  Our second annual BBQ cook off contest wrapped up the summer with festivities for our downtown community. The contest gave us an opportunity to come together in service to raise money towards the Lake Atalanta improvement project. This year the Frisco Inferno cook off celebrated with $6,100 in awards for Ribs, Beef Brisket, Pork and People’s Choice. Below you will find a selection of photos to view for enjoyment and remember to join us next year!

Wright Family Home Tour

Hello all! I would like to take a quick moment to thank you for supporting my vision. I had no idea it would be so well received! I want you to remember that volunteering for the home tour project does not mean you have to have shiny floors and a weed free garden.  Beyond the connection that we have in our community we are living lives that are full of errands, cleaning, work, budgets, kids, pets, more work, volunteering and board meetings, just to name a few. I want you to keep in mind that I only have the desire to capture real life. When I had to document our home this past spring for a magazine shoot Sahid and I got a 6 pack of beer gathered up the kids and went from room to room cleaning it together. It was the ONLY time our home would ever be that clean and organized. We enjoyed seeing it that way and it didn't take long for it to clutter and collect stuff. I want this project to continue to flow as organically as I can do it. With that being said, I would like to introduce you to my next home tour. Shawn and Lauren Wright. I recently met them after they reached out to volunteer for this project. I am so happy they did! I have really enjoyed getting to know them during the process and I love their passion for the history they have learned about the place they call home. I hope you all ENJOY! 

Tell us what you know about your home including year built, style, square footage and any other facts you would like to include:

Our home was built in 1890 as a small 5-room frame house. Over the past 125 years, it has been remodeled many times and has grown to the nearly 4400 sq ft home it is today. The original 5-room dwelling was built in 1890 by J.W. Bryant and his wife Mary Ann Legg Bryant. J.W. Bryant was the town’s only mortician until around 1912. He and his brother Ben also operated Bryant Brothers Hardware store located on South First Street in Downtown Rogers. He was also one of Rogers’ first masons. Mary Ann Bryant raised their 5 children at the home. One of her hobbies was gardening in her yard and she loved flowers, of which she had many beautiful and rare specimens. The home remained in the family and was home to the youngest daughter, Marjorie Bryant Carter until her death in the 1980’s. 

What brought your family to Downtown Rogers?

Shawn grew up minutes from downtown Rogers in a house his father still lives in and has since 1967. He spent his summers riding his bike downtown and swimming in the pool and splashing in the creeks around Lake Atalanta. Downtown Rogers will always be a special place for Shawn and he was very excited to move closer to the downtown area after living in the southwest side of town for the past 8 years.  Lauren grew up in Bentonville and we are both proud to call ourselves natives to the area. We’ve always loved the unique style and history that comes with a historic home and decided to take a chance on this one.

Did you make any additions/floor change/upgrades to the home? If so, feel free to share your sources and/or process of them.

The majority of what we’ve done has been cosmetic as the previous owner had already updated the home’s electrical, plumbing, etc. We removed two walls to open up the living and dining area. We painted the entire downstairs as well as the exterior trim and dormers. We are fortunate to have original wood floors in several rooms and had them restored and refinished in a dark walnut stain. We also refinished the staircase in dark walnut with white painted risers. 

We remodeled the kitchen in March of this year. Lauren had always wanted a white kitchen so we chose a beautiful white and gray Royal Danby marble for the countertops with white subway tile and contrasting dark grout for the backsplash. We also added a butcher block top to the island and laid new tile flooring. We added recessed lights and replaced the majority of the light fixtures downstairs, excluding the original fixtures, which based on their design, were likely added in the 1920s. Mike Johannsen of Johannsen Construction did the kitchen remodel as well as new tile and vanity for our master bath. We highly recommend him for any remodel work!

We plan to begin renovations on the upstairs later this year.

Name a couple of favorite pieces in your home.

We have a mason’s cabinet from the late 1800’s that has incredibly intricate, hand-carved wood detail. There is a beautiful sundial in the yard that we believe is original with “Let others tell of storms and showers. I’ll only mark your sunny hours” etched into it. Another favorite is a window pane that hangs over our kitchen sink that was a part of Lauren’s grandparents’ furniture store in Harrison, Arkansas.

What is your favorite thing about the home?

Shawn fell in love with the home the first time he walked through it. The history and unique charm that comes with a historic home like this cannot be duplicated. We had been looking for property to build a house on when we stumbled upon this one for sale.

The beautifully landscaped yard with its many flowering plants is what most attracted Lauren to the property, especially the rows of peonies. We’ve been surprised by several beautiful flowers popping up that we didn’t even know were here. Flowers like bearded Iris, naked ladies, several types of roses and an exotic Hellebore plant. Lilac, magnolia and jasmine fill the air with wonderful fragrance from spring through summer. The crowing jewel of the property is a magnificent post oak that one arborist estimated to be between 200-250 years old.

What is one of your favorite things to do in downtown Rogers?

We have two boys, Grayson (6) and Keaton (2), a dog named Yadi and we all absolutely love the location. We walk downtown for dinner at The Rail or Parkside and are excited about the new shops and restaurants that are opening downtown. One of our favorite things to do is walk to the Farmer’s Market every Saturday. We are really looking forward to Lake Atalanta reopening and Shawn hopes the downtown area becomes a special place for his boys the way it was for him growing up.