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We wanted to create a place that takes you somewhere.

“We wanted there to be a story behind everything that we do” I came across the build out video we had our good friend Chris Fox film for us while we were working on EVOKE the other day and he gracious dug around for the full files for me. When I take the time to go back and rewatch this sort of thing, it brings back so many memories. I’ll keep this one. Go check out this video from the build out phase of EVOKE. What times.

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Can I talk about ME for a minute?

This has been a tough year. It’s the truth. I can’t put my finger on why exactly but just one of those years that feels like a mental wall sit for days and days on end. I think some of it is leftover from the 2019 sale of EVOKE. I think some of it is a lack of focus and clarity on my health and fitness. I think some of it is a discomfort with the day to day of living in Oklahoma and a longing for mountains and more suitable weather. I’ve had professional success. Had a chance to…

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This is your chance to change someones day. You going to take it?

Yes, ok… You are selling a product or service. That is what you are ringing up and taking money for but I’d argue that this process is just the beginning! Let me tell you a little story. This summer, my family and I spent nearly 6 weeks cruising around the country in our van – riding bikes, hiking, sipping coffee and just enjoying everything we were seeing (more on that trip later). At one point, we found ourselves in Truckee, CA spending some time at Northstar Resort. As we traveled up the gondola to the top for a little hike,…

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The OTHER party you won’t want to miss in November.

“Cycle 66 is an urban/rural bicycling tour along historic Route 66 and beyond. Beginning and ending in downtown Edmond, Cycle 66 offers four distinct routes for all experience levels and raises funds for worthy causes in our community, including the Oklahoma Route 66 Association and Autumn Life Behavioral Health Center.” I know that November is typically reserved for a day over an over the top and to big of a meal along with a bit of shopping but…. The 2nd annual Downtown Edmond Bicycle Party – Cycle 66 – is happening in November and I’m happy to again have the…

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It was Sun for Dayz in Downtown Edmond.

When it comes to murals – Downtown Edmond HAS to be the hotspot these days. This past weekend, the Sunny Dayz Mural Fest took over the streets of my favorite district and… it was INCREDIBLE. First, a bit about Sunny Dayz from their own lips: The first-of-its-kind in Oklahoma, Sunny Dayz Mural Festival exists to empower, elevate and celebrate female and nonbinary artists and muralists through the creation and advocacy of public art. Sunny Dayz seeks to uplift and support artists who have been subjected to inequity based on age, race, and gender. Our core values include a commitment to…

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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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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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