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Own it. Then get to work changing it.

Here is some truth for you. I’m crazy passionate about certain things. I speak what is on my mind. I talk too much. I have strong opinions. I like to have a path forward and to the top. I’m owning it. Now it is time to start making some changes. No, I do not want to change who I am but I DO think it is time to change how I operate. To be better at being a part of the team. To be more supportive. Happier. To receive a dose of what I preach and starting taking a bit…

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I’m on the fence overlooking two green pastures… maybe.

On October 12th, the residents of Edmond, OK (well, at least 9% of them probably) will be hit the polls to vote YES or NO on a temporary tax increase. This tax will be used to purchase land that has long been the subject of pretty hot discussion. To develop or not? Commercial or residential? Those are the big things that always seem to be at stake with this piece of land just south of the City’s coveted Hafer Park. I’m on the fence. This post should be WAY more in depth than what I’m going to write but people…

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The symphony of coffee.

There is something special about coffee. Look around your local coffee spot and you’ll see what I mean. They are vibrant, energized, and unavoidable for most people. But there is something more and as I keep reflecting back on my time in the cafe each day, it is yet another thing that can’t be replaced. We are all a part of it and, to me, it is something that makes the entire cafe experience work. You may not even realize it but you’d miss it if is wasn’t there. It’s the symphony of coffee. Take this journey with me. Each…

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This is a long story.. I’ll keep it brief.

I would say one of THE MOST asked questions when I sit down to talk coffee, business, etc… with other is this: How did you get into coffee? The answer? I have no clue. No, really. I think I have written before that I really backed into coffee more than blazed some known path from college to coffee shop. I was a music guy (well, more like someone that liked to host, plan, promote and manage music) and this was the day of the “Daily Buzz, Java, Grind” sort of shops. You know.. the ones with the little stage for…

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There is time to breath… maybe even dream?

A few weeks ago, I threw up a post on our real estate group’s Instagram showing a clip of one of our favorite buildings in Downtown Edmond. The building has been leased (although yet to be announced publicly who will call it home) but I asked folks to put on their development hat and fill that space with what they thought would be the BEST FIT for Downtown Edmond. I was curious. The responses were fun to read. There are lots of things that make people excited. For me? Retail mix and community collaboration are two of them when it…

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The Biggest Little Farm

Have you ever had a nagging thought, feeling, or dream about something that seems so far off your normal scope that it just seems like a whim? That’s been happening to me. I might even say that it’s been sitting on the fringe of my thoughts not unlike coffee did way back in 2001. Some strange desire to do something more but having no tools or ideas on what it actually means or where to even begin. Last night, Jenni and I sat down to watch The Biggest Little Farm (thanks to our friend Amber for the suggestion!) Have you…

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Babylon, Belmont, and the banner years that followed.

Hey friends. It’s been awhile. There are lots of reasons that words seem to evade me these days but that’s another time and another post probably for an entirely different blog. Before you read further, will you take 4 minutes and 29 seconds to watch David Gray sing? (Yes I know… it’s a Howard Stern clip. (As an aside) He has THE BEST music guests and quality on the internet right now. Prove me wrong.) You watch it? That song was off David Gray’s 1998 album White Ladder. It was then re-released a few years later which gets us to…

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You’ve been dying to know, haven’t you?

I get asked all sorts of questions about business, coffee, coffee business, start ups, community building….. I was thinking about this the other day and realized that maybe I could take some time and answer those questions you have been DYING to ask in blog form. Cool? So, here is the deal. I want to field your questions. All of them. Any of them. Those questions that you have been wanting to know the answer too for years. Those EVOKE questions. Why we did things that we did. Why we didn’t do things that seem to make sense. Questions about…

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You are 9. Happy Birthday

The first weekend in May will always be special. Not only does my dad turn a year older, it also is the weekend we opened EVOKE. May 1st, 2012. That was the day that felt like the beginning and the end and the in between all at the same time. That’s strange, I know. But it is true. May 1st, 2012 ended the long planning process (you know, that 10 or so years of dreaming I’ve talked about before). It started the next phase of my coffee life and a time for which I had no idea what was coming.…

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The Exchange – An Oklahoma City Entrepreneurship Club

Tomorrow, March 29th, I have the honor of joining a great group of entrepreneurs to talk some real talk. I will be jumping on to talk with the members of The Exchange to talk about life, business, and to tell a bit of how my story has played out so far. The Exchange is creating a community for entrepreneurs who want a new way to network. I think this is going to be good! As I say often when talking to folks about my story – I’m an open book and all I ask in return is that when we…

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