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Susan Lemon

Stops: RibCrib, RoseRock Cafe, Jules Boutique, Soul City, Indigo Spa & Salon, Cafe Ole, MixCo

$91.80 Challenger
$91.80 Challenger
June 29, 2017

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 June issue of Preview.

The Team: Susan Lemon and friends

Stop #1: For our opener, we decided to check out the Friday Tulsa Tough bike races via a great viewing spot from the RibCrib patio in the Blue Dome District. My girlfriend, Rhonda Kache, and I started out our own race with delicious smoked chicken nachos and a couple of Modelo drafts. A lively bunch of RibCrib patrons made sharing the Pit Master Choice (pulled pork, brisket, hot links, rib, corn of the cob, seasoned fries, mac and cheese) exhilarating. Wrapping up our bike race/dining evening was a fun firework display right above us.
Cost: $31.98

Stop #2: My friend, Thea Sanseverino Hill, and I kicked off our Saturday shopping tour with a quick visit to the RoseRock Café, where they have amazing sandwiches, smoothies and homemade desserts. We purposely avoided these temptations, and Thea had a nice mocha coffee while I enjoyed a refreshing iced tea.
Cost: $5.81

Stop #3: Jules Boutique is moving soon to Crestwood Crossing Center on the northwest corner of 121st and Sheridan. This specialty ladies store is always fun, with great bargains that demand a return visit. I bought a beautiful summer parasol.
Cost: $5.69

Stop #4: If you weren’t already aware, Soul City not only is great for food, drinks and live music, but there is also a Cajun shop with gifts, jewelry, and clothes — many made by local artists. Thea bought a blackbird necklace. I chose some cute pottery for holding rings and personal items.
Cost: $14.15

Stop #5: To round out our shopping afternoon, we stopped in at Indigo Spa & Salon. We were attracted to their quality Aveda beauty products but were pleasantly surprised to see Ashton Kelly candles too. Thea and I each left with unique candles.
Cost: $22.04

Stop #6: For dinner on our way to the Luke Bryan concert at the BOK Center, we visited a favorite casual dining spot — Café Ole in Brookside. My husband, Marcus, had the salmon on rice and I enjoyed grilled chicken with a fresh salad. The food was excellent as usual, and dining on the patio is always a special touch.
Cost: $21.24

Stop #7: After a rousing concert, Marcus and I stopped by MixCo (which is catty-corner to the BOK Center). This old time-like bar with a roaring ‘20s basement feel made the Stamos Gin Fizz that includes yogurt, the perfect ending to our two-day adventure.
Cost: $9.27

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