Meet NWA Resident: Keisha McKinney
After attending and subsequently working at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia for 12 years (while also being heavily involved with volunteer work with the American Cancer Society), Keisha was ready for something new in NWA.
Keisha moved to Rogers to work for Fellowship Bible Church where she now serves as the Director to Digital Media and Web Administrator. She oversees digital strategies and manages social media specialists. Most of her time is spent deep in web world managing content and pushing to be better for customers/church members.
Keisha met her husband Chris, the facilities manager for a Tyson plant, in NWA and they've been married for a year now!
More from Keisha on NWA:
Tell us about your typical NWA weekend!
Friday night is something out. Dinner, movie, putt putt and snow cones. If we stay in, it's drive thru groceries and a red box! Saturday, slow morning. Get up late - stop by and grab coffee somewhere (depending on the direction I was going as to where I stopped) maybe a farmers market or just running errands. Easy afternoon, then movie and dinner at a favorite spot. Sunday morning church, lunch out with friends (never the same group, never the same spot) and then chill and refresh for the week. Sometimes we sneak away on a Sunday night or brown bag it together for Miss America or another Sunday night series.
What is your favorite family activity or outing?
I really love the Amp or anything I can do on the Bentonville square. But, I'm a big fan of the "day trip" - Gentry, Jasper, Huntsville, Tanyard Creek/Cooper Chapel, Hawksbill, Devil's Den, Van Winkle Site, a magical waterfall somewhere. I really love a day where you just drive as far as you can, enjoy all that the outing beholds, then eat somewhere off the beaten path on your way home.
If you could change one thing about NWA, what would it be?
A theme park would make some good money here, an outlet mall, Cheesecake Factory, remember that other folks besides Walmart live in town.
What's your favorite hidden gem?
Van Winkle site. I love - the cupcake latte at Iron Horse Coffee Co. butternut squash enchiladas at Table Mesa, of course Susie Q's, all that's been done at the Lake Atalanta, thai pizza at The Rail (its not all about the wings), the thai truck by lake fayetteville, Big Rub tacos inside the Pleasant Grove Walmart (the one with doritos!!!), compounding pharmacy in Lowell, IO Metro does a warehouse sale in the spring/summer...get there!, Dayspring card sale, of course the pie at the Wooden Spoon, Barnette's Dairyette in Siloam Springs, Cliff House Inn (Jasper), the burgers at Oark General store (its a good bathroom stop as well), Ozark Cafe, bbq nachos at Arvest Ballpark.
What do you love most about living in NWA?
Access to everything. All the events. Summer is just fun and busy... good things to do late at night; the ease of access to weekend adventures, just start asking, everyone is connected!
What has been the most pleasant surprise about living in NWA?
There is always something to do. Moving to NWA as a single gal, I needed community and I needed it quick! Having places to go and people to meet made the transition much easier. Even as my husband (now) and I started dating, it was nice to have events and things to go to that kept us out and about as we got to know each other. I'm also fascinated by 2 specific things: the extreme dichotomy of wealth in the area and the small town feel that a sprawling community still maintains.