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Katie and Dustin Barton

Stops: Oktoberfest, Miss McGillicutty's, Mondo's Ristorante Italian, The Boxyard, American Hatfield

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
November 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 November 2019 issue of Preview 918.

The Team: Katie and Dustin Barton

We accepted the 918 Challenge, and to make it even more fun, we agreed to stick to things that were new to us. It was an excellent way to spend a day with no official plans, and we discovered a few new things we love about living in Tulsa.

Stop #1: Our first stop was Oktoberfest. We went on Friday afternoon when there was no admission fee, so we only had to pay for parking and snacks. We had a blast listening to the polka musicians and watching the dancers. Plus, the food was terrific. Dustin ordered a bratwurst, and I ordered a Reuben. We shared a beer and an apple strudel.
Cost: $39

Stop #2: We left the festival and headed to Miss McGillicutty’s in Jenks. Their ad touted “more than 10,000 square feet of wonder,” and I can’t resist browsing an antique mall. We found a lot of trinkets, old books, and vintage Pyrex. We left before we found anything we had to have, but we’ll be back.
Cost: $0

Stop #3: After an afternoon of walking, the carbs featured in the article on Green Country’s top Italian restaurants made our mouths water. For dinner, we headed to Mondo’s Ristorante Italian. The classy yet cozy atmosphere won us over the moment we stepped inside, but the food sealed the deal. The portions were huge, and the flavors were irresistible. This new-to-us spot is now firmly planted on our favorites list.
Cost: $40

Stop #4: With full stomachs and to-go boxes, we decided the best way to end our day was with a walk around The Boxyard. We stopped in a few of the shops and ended up smelling candles in American Hatfield. The create-your-own candle bar was very tempting, but we loved the pre-poured options and purchased a scent called Smoky Mountains.
Cost: $20

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