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Donelle Chapman

Stops: First Friday Art Crawl, ahha Tulsa, Glacier Bean to Bar, SMOKE. Woodfire Grill, Tulsa Performing Arts Center

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
March 28, 2020

The Mission: Providing an envelope of cash and telling people to spend it in 48 hours isn’t exactly a challenge, but it makes this assignment more interesting. Spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities ... bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the March 2020 issue of Preview 918.

The Team: Donelle Chapman

Stop #1: With First Friday Art Crawl festivities underway and beautiful weather, the Tulsa Arts District was our destination of choice to begin the challenge. We wandered through the artwork, shared thoughts on a variety of topics, took in some crowd watching, and spent quality time catching up after a busy week.  I didn’t realize ahha has a studio where you can explore your creativity. The class and workshop schedules have so many exciting options.
Cost: $0

Stop #2: The only food that rivals steak for my son, Ryan, is chocolate cake. I earned some points by making sure we made our way to Glacier Bean to Bar. The cake was amazing, stacked tall, and full of dense cake with intense creamy chocolate icing. He thought he’d get away without sharing a bite since I opted for a glass of wine (which is served with a pairing of chocolates), but he was wrong. The craft of their gelato, baked goods, and of course the truffles is wonderful.  
Cost: $15

Stop #3: Saturday morning, we made our way to SMOKE. Woodfire Grill on 15th Street for Ryan’s brunch pick. He spotted the chicken and waffles on the menu and was sold. He gave it rave reviews for taste and portion size. I had the smoked brisket burrito (he got even with me for the chocolate cake bite by sampling from my plate). The burrito was full of flavor, with fresh pico and tender chunks of brisket. The service was perfect.
Cost: $26.80

Stop #4: The main event was going to see Stomp at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. We wandered the Blue Dome District a bit before heading into the show. We both love music, especially anything with a good rhythm, and I’ve wanted to see one of these performances for 20 years. What a perfect way to spend Saturday together. The performance did not disappoint, with great energy, lots of laughs, and excellent crowd participation. The creativity behind the music is inspiring. 
Cost: $50

Thank you for giving us a reason to get out and explore the city. We got the opportunity to make some treasured memories before Ryan leaves for college this summer.

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