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Hillary Hamilton and Kevin Dean

Stops: Dilly Diner, Boomtown Tees, The Boxyard, Riley's Wine and Spirits, Decopolis

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
September 28, 2019

The Mission: So 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 September 2019 issue of Preview 918.

The Team: Hillary Hamilton and Kevin Dean

I was excited for the challenge because I hadn’t been to downtown Tulsa in a long while and my longtime friend, Kevin, recently moved to Tulsa and didn’t know anything about this wonderful town.

Stop #1: I’ve always heard great things about Dilly Diner but have never been. We ordered The Meg and the breakfast sandwich with the idea we would share both. When the meals were brought to us, it was apparent we couldn’t eat everything. Two ladies next to us ordered The Meg, Green Eggs and Ham, and a side of breakfast potatoes. Everyone’s food looked amazing.
Cost: $38.95

Stop #2: Across the street from Dilly Diner is Boomtown Tees. We went to check out the $10 T-shirts they advertised in the magazine. They were out of the T-shirts because the owner had been very busy over the past week making shirts for all of the upcoming races, and hadn’t had time to make more. She still had some great items and T-shirts, but since I was on the lookout for something as a gift for a family friend’s 78th birthday, I didn’t purchase anything. I will be back.
Cost: $0

Stop #3: I’ve been to The Boxyard twice, but there are some new shops I have wanted to visit. Having a liquor store, restaurant/bar, and a variety of shops in one place downtown where conveniences are scarce is brilliant. It was nearly 11 a.m., and only the liquor store was open, but we were not disappointed. Riley’s Wine and Spirits has a great selection of everything from wine and liquor to cigars. Since we were looking for a birthday gift for an older gentleman, we chose a 750ml bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey.
Cost: $36.88

Stop #4: The day was getting hotter, and it was time for something sweet, so we dropped into Antoinette Baking Co. There was so much to choose from that narrowing it down was not easy. We settled on some ice water, a chocolate croissant, and two salted chocolate chip cookies. I noticed they serve brunch as well with a crepe of the month, so I want to make another trip here soon.
Cost: $9.77

Stop #5: I have wanted to show Kevin the Decopolis store because browsing in there makes me feel like a kid. This store is magic, and the owner, William, is always there with a smile. I purchased some pyrite and a crystal. I also bought a great Golden Driller magnet that was on sale to add Route 66 bling to my refrigerator.
Cost: $5.97

Stop #6: Next, we visited the Tulsa Flea Market at River Spirit Expo. This Saturday stop was not new for me as I love coming. Entrance is free, and there are often other events combined with it. On the day we were there, the Tulsa Bead Market was also occurring. This show was a jewelry maker’s paradise, whether creating for yourself, friends, or your own business. I did not spend any money, but there was plenty of temptation.
Cost: $0

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