Businesses in Downtown Rogers are booming, creating a new culture and atmosphere for the area.
One thing you won’t see change is the buildings themselves.
Almost 40 businesses opened in downtown in 2018 and 20 more are scheduled to open in 2019 including Onyx Coffee Lab’s new headquarters and Heirloom at The 1907.
These businesses are part of a bigger vision to help keep the history behind the buildings.
“Downtown Rogers has, in our opinion, the best bones in Northwest Arkansas. The buildings are beautiful, we just wanted to join what was already kind of a good vibrant community,” said Onyx Coffee Lab Owner Jon Allen.
During the boom of growth in Northwest Arkansas, Downtown Rogers has kept its history intact.
All of the structures are completely original as part of the city’s mandate to keep the area authentic.
“We were down here before it was hip to be down here. We just loved that atmosphere, the people of downtown Rogers,” said Heirloom at The 1907 Owner Jason Paul.
If you drive through the brick streets you’ll see the historic 1907 building.
It may just look like an old warehouse, but when you step inside you’ll see just some of the new businesses that are helping keep Rogers history alive.
“I think this building could have been gone in the next couple of years if somebody hadn’t of come in and done something with it,” said Paul.
“We want the space to feel like you are in a manufacturing facility, it just also happens to be a nice cafe,” said Allen.
Paul says when he decided to create the new space he knew he couldn’t leave this one of a kind spot.
“If you look around and see the history, ya know it really kind of resonates with people and there’s something in the walls that people who have been downtown for a long time feel,” said Paul.
Now, the renovated restaurant will add to the history and continue the memories for Northwest Arkansas residents
“Hundred people a day it feels like, tell me, “oh I used to come here when I was a kid and shop in the dollar saver. I remember buying my clothes here,” or this or that so there’s a lot of memories attached to it. And I think if we start tearing these places down and building tall apartment buildings people aren’t going to remember the history of these downtowns so it’s pretty cool to be able to preserve that,” said Paul.
The Rogers Chamber of Commerce says there’s also been a big need for more residential spaces.
11 new apartments were built into the 1907 building and many more are on the way.
The chamber said those new apartments will be renovated into the already historic buildings.
Other businesses inside the 1907 building include The Foreman and The Loft at The 1907.
The restaurants are expected to open this summer. For more information on The 1907, visit their page here.