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James and Vicki Hayward

Stops: Brownies, Boomtown Tees, Ida Red, Hey Mambo, Jason’s Deli, River Spirit Casino Resort

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
March 28, 2018

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 sound a lot 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 2018 issue of Preview 918.

The Team: James and Vicki Hayward

Our $91.80 Challenge was a neat mix of old and new Tulsa. We love Tulsa history and the revitalization happening.

Stop #1: We started with a trip to the original Brownies on Harvard Avenue for lunch. Although it’s small, we loved the original luncheon counter overlooking the busy staff and large cooler with oversized pie slices topped with tall meringue. And although it was very busy, service was fast and friendly. We ordered the traditional Theta Burgers with hand-cut fries and a side of okra. There is a free root beer with mention of the ad in Preview 918.
Cost: $16.28

Stop #2: Continuing our adventure, we drove by the Meadow Gold sign at 11th Street and Lewis Avenue. It’s even more impressive at night. There are also plaques that help explain the history.
Cost: $0

Stop #3: We headed downtown to check out Boomtown Tees, and left with a cute 1924 Tulsa Unlimited Opportunity Flag shirt and Oklahoma Girl earrings. They have so many cute T-shirts that are nostalgic and funny too.
Cost: $23.87

Stop #4: After a quick detour to the Tulsa Union Depot — this spot is an excellent example of art deco built by the Public Works Administration in 1931 — we walked across the pedestrian bridge covering the railroad tracks to see the Artificial Cloud statue, which towers over Tulsa’s own mysterious Center of the Universe. Stand in the center of the brick circle and your voice will echo, but only you can hear it.
Cost: $0

Stop #5: Since we were already downtown, we thought we’d check out the Ida Red location that’s near Cain’s Ballroom. Their soda fountain was very popular, but we didn’t want to spoil our appetite, so we vowed to return at another time. We enjoyed looking at the humorous selection of unique gifts and trinkets there.
Cost: $0

Stop #6: Speaking of appetite, it was time to eat and we knew exactly where we were heading: Hey Mambo. We had our favorite pizza, the Center of the Universe. The crust almost melts in your mouth, and the toppings are fresh and delish. Hey Mambo is a marriage of wood-fire oven cozy and sleek industrial decor. The gallery wall has local art for sale, which is always interesting. We finished eating a little too early to hear the live jazz that night.
Cost: $27.13

Stop #7: To walk off the pizza, we went to check out the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. The building is a gorgeous art deco landmark built in 1929. We did a free self-tour; the bonus was that the pipe organist was practicing. Call ahead to schedule a guided tour. Also ask about the yoga classes and Wednesday bike rides too.
Cost: $0

Stop #8: Jason’s Deli on Cherry Street is our favorite salad bar in Tulsa. We split a manager’s special — a half sandwich and salad. James chose the Deli Cowboy and loved it. Their salad bar is always fresh, with lots of variety and mini gingerbread muffins As always, we enjoyed the free ice cream swirl in a cone to finish things off.
Cost: $10.41

Stop #9: For some fun, we went south on Riverside to River Spirit Casino Resort. We ordered drinks and watched the sun set over the Arkansas River from the resort’s LandShark Bar. While there, we watched our favorite Tulsa band, Zodiac, play at the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar. There is always free soda and coffee on the casino floor. We spent the last few pennies in a slot machine.
Cost: $14.11

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