Both raised in Cape Girardeau, Mark and Tia met in downtown Cape amid the historic buildings and live music. Once married, Mark’s job took them to Southern California. After living there for five years and having two children, they realized they missed their roots. A few nights a week of Fixer Upper-the show full of family farm life, renovation and shiplap-inspired them to realize their dream for their family: Raise their babies on acreage in their home town, while transforming a 110 year old farmhouse (uninhabitated for over 40 years other than by raccoons, wasps and the occasional groundhog!) and providing a secluded farm for the community’s most joyful events in a setting of hard barnwood meets soft glamour.