For shopaholics like myself, the best way to see a town is through its shopping and Rogers is a goldmine. There are unique stores scattered all around town that really give you a taste of the local flare, and visiting these shops lets you meet some wonderful local business owners. On a recent day trip, my mom and I decided to have a girls' day of shopping and eating - two of our favorite things!
We started at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade, a beautiful outdoor shopping center.
There are anchor stores of Dillard's, JC Penny, Target, and Cabela's, along with many shopping standards such as American Eagle, Banana Republic, Loft, and Pottery Barn. Several beauty stores and salons are scattered throughout the Promenade as well, so if you want to get a makeover, that would be a fun for a girls' day.
We decided to hit up some of the specialty stores- the Pepper Palace and the University of Arkansas Razorback Shop.
For starters, the Pepper Palace hooked us with the "free samples" sign outside. Yes, please! We walked in and I was amazed at the wide array of products - pickled veggies, sauces, seasonings, jerky, and even some super hot pepper oils. The manager was so helpful explaining different sauces to us, and we sampled many dips and sauces. I chose a delicious honey chipotle rum BBQ sauce to bring home, and my mom bought a bourbon glaze. Even if you don't love hot foods (my mom doesn't!) they had everything from mild to wild.
Just across the street was the University of Arkansas Razorback Shop. If you are in Rogers and want to find some Razorback gear, this is THE place. Mom is a big Razorback fan, so she was excited to check out what they had inside. From children's books, to tailgate gear, to clothing, and house wares - it's all here. If you can get it with a hog on it, it's in this store. Woo Pig! We ended up with a new Razorback coffee mug for mom, and a T-shirt to bring home to my Grandma.
Our next stop was The Fresh Market. It's part grocery store, part deli.
We went in to look for gluten free foods that we might not be able to find at home. My mom is gluten free, and we enjoy shopping at more specialty stores to find unusual things.
We found some gluten free breadcrumbs and cookies for her - and we decided (after watching the sushi chef make rolls fresh, and then sampling a spicy tuna roll!) to eat lunch from Fresh Market.
We grabbed some sushi rolls, some fresh fruit, an Italian soda, and some shrimp salad. There are no seats inside, but since it was a nice day, we got a seat on the patio out front and ate "al fresco." Lunch was affordable, quick, and delicious! unusual things. We found some gluten free breadcrumbs and cookies for her - and we decided (after watching the sushi chef make rolls fresh, and then sampling a spicy tuna roll!) to eat lunch from Fresh Market.
After lunch, we drove just behind the Promenade to more shops down Promenade Blvd. We decided to check out Haute Pink, a women's boutique. Their store was full of Spring fashions, from statement necklaces to bright colored clothes. There were lots of trendy things with neon, fringe, and animal print.
Mom picked out a beautiful necklace, and I got an Aztec- styled tunic. I also picked up a mother's day gift for my Grandma, and they gift wrapped it for me!
Next door to Haute Pink, we spotted an NWA staple, Bliss Cupcakes. The ladies from Bliss have appeared on Cupcake Wars, a cupcake cook-off on the Food Network, and they have several locations around the area. I saw them on TV and wanted to try a cupcake. They had tons to choose from. I picked a breakfast cupcake - a maple poundcake with maple buttercream and bacon.
Mom picked a gluten free funfetti cupcake! Bliss had several gluten free options, which my mom was thrilled about. The cupcakes are moist and sweet and just perfect. They also had cake balls and frosting shots, just little cups of frosting for those who just prefer a cupcake sans cake.
We left Rogers with empty wallets and full bellies. Rogers is a great place for a girls day of shopping and eating. The fashion scene is trendy and affordable, and the food was unique and delicious.