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Kristy and Jonathan Stolz

Stops: Juniper Restaurant, Boomtown Tees, The Boxyard, Sweet Boutique

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

The Team: Kristy and Jonathan Stolz

Stop #1: Being hungry and knowing Juniper Restaurant was the place we wanted to try, we called to see if they were open. The guy who answered said that they finished serving lunch at 2 p.m. before preparing for dinner service. I thanked him, but he didn’t let me off the phone that easy. He asked what time we could be there. I told him we could be there by 2:15 p.m. He insisted that we come, telling me that they would be there preparing for dinner service anyway and they would love to have us.

What an excellent experience it was too. We walked in and smelled all of the goodies being prepared for dinner. I ordered the fried-chicken sandwich for both me and Kahlan, my 9-year-old. It turns out it is absolutely the best fried-chicken sandwich in Tulsa. There is no comparison. I hate pickles; however, when they said theirs were homemade I gave it a shot, and they were fantastic as well. I also had the roasted Brussels sprouts. My mouth was in food heaven.

My wife, Kristy, ordered a pimento grilled cheese sandwich to split with our littlest, Tristyn, who is almost 2. Tristyn said it was the best. It was also one of my wife’s favorite sandwiches she’s ever had.
Cost: $47.85 +$10 tip

Stop #2: After the late lunch, we decided to walk downtown, not having a plan other than dessert at some point. We walked past a door and did a double take; it was Boomtown Tees. My wife and I had seen them advertising in Preview 918 before and said we needed to check it out someday since my wife is a T-shirt junkie.

We were surprised by the lovely personality of the owner. She was fantastic. In talking to her, she asked if we were doing the $91.80 challenge for Preview 918 by chance. We were like, “Yes. How did you know?” and she said she’d gotten a lot of $91.80 Challenge participants over the years.

Kristy picked up a great Oklahoma T-shirt, which was her first since we moved to Tulsa from Arkansas six years ago.
Cost: $10.85

Stop #3: By this time, we were ready for dessert. We had seen The Boxyard when we went to Juniper, so we chose to head that way. The Boxyard is as cool as it sounds. They have cornhole in the courtyard, tables and chairs, and very artistic shops as well.

We went into American Hatfield where you can make candles. Unfortunately, we had to leave before getting to check it out in more detail because the girls were ready for dessert.

We went into Sweet Boutique. It was unexpected, but as soon as we walked in, we knew this would be our last stop. The chocolate smelled so good. I got two sugar-free peanut butter cups, and they were excellent. Kahlan had a sugary peanut butter cup and a macaroon. Tris had some gummy butterflies. Kristy got a couple of craft sodas that were intriguing and turned out to be incredible. One was a Shirley Temple cream soda. The other was just a cream soda. But there was nothing ordinary about either of them; they were terrific.
Cost: $22.95

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