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A Thought Over Coffee Posts

It wasn’t a party without coffee. Right?

What is more “specialty coffee” than coffee catering? It was this time of year that each year that was the beginning of what I called the long season. While I loved the holidays, it also meant the start of 7 day work weeks that started crazy early and ended crazy late. (One of our custom built, folding coffee bars) EVOKE was built on a coffee catering platform and we loved doing it. We were good at it. We had it down to both an art and a science. We could get set up quickly. We could serve lots of drinks…

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It wasn’t about the food but it absolutely was.

This is a place for transparency right? Sorta? Well, here is the truth…. EVOKE was never about the food. In fact, I did not even have much vision for the food side of this new thing we were creating. Jenni did (luckily). I knew I wanted it to be simple. Approachable but interesting. Repeatable (for our crew). Good. Here is more truth: the food was really important. But how were we going to have good food but still be the coffee focused bar that we wanted to be? That was where the challenge came in. Our first menu was based…

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Believe it or not… this is OUR Downtown Edmond

It was late 2011 when we made the drive from Automobile Ally in Downtown Oklahoma City to Downtown Edmond – a drive that I knew was going to be such a waste of time. When we got into town, it was late in the afternoon and things were already shutting down for the day (maybe 4:30p or so?). Cool buildings and potential all over the place but no real life – at least not the street life we were hoping for. Let me tell you something – that is not the case anymore. I am sure you have heard about…

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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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