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Dwelling Spaces

Tulsa (The Boxyard)

502 E. 3rd St., Unit 22
Tulsa (The Boxyard)
918-900-2208

If one has to drink coffee on a rainy day, it may as well be done inside a shipping container that also happens to be a trendy boutique and coffee shop. Maybe you’ve been to The Boxyard since it opened in November 2016 and noticed that Okie Dokies, which previously occupied the space next to Yokozuna in downtown Tulsa, has found its permanent home amongst the other shipping containers-gone-stores. Dwelling Spaces has always housed a coffee shop co-mingled with a gift shop. You can drop in to pick up an Okie Bigfoot shirt and also walk out with a Bigfoot latte (coffee, milk, caramel and chocolate). While you’re sipping your coffee, you can enjoy perusing the amusing goods including fun ribbons that say things like, “You are the cat’s meow,” T-shirts heralding Stranger Things with sayings like, “In a world full of tens, be an Eleven,” Oklahoma-themed onesies, and of course, plenty of Okie Bigfoot gear.

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April 2018

Ur-blends Legend

If one has to drink coffee on a rainy day, it may as well be done inside a shipping container that also happens to be a trendy boutique and coffee shop.

Maybe you’ve been to The Boxyard since it opened in November 2016 and noticed that Okie Dokies (formerly Dwelling Spaces), which previously occupied the space next to Yokozuna in downtown Tulsa, has found its permanent home amongst the other shipping containers-gone-stores.

While Okie Dokies has long been known for their Okie-themed paraphernalia, for the purpose of this story, let’s talk coffee.

Okie Dokies has always housed a coffee shop co-mingled with a gift shop. You can drop in to pick up an Okie Bigfoot shirt and also walk out with a Bigfoot latte (coffee, milk, caramel and chocolate).

Dwelling Spaces has always housed a coffee shop co-mingled with a gift shop. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
Okie Dokies has always housed a coffee shop co-mingled with a gift shop. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

Okie Dokies decided to pay a little more attention to the coffee side of its business this year by expanding the coffee shop area, which now takes up about half of the shop made up of five shipping containers.

“We see a lot of traffic from the nearby residential areas,” says general manager Renee Nordholm. “They walk over from the new apartments. It’s fun being in the middle of all of the development.”

With an expanded seating area, free Wi-Fi, melodic music playing and cheerful natural lighting, Okie Dokies is a great place to get some work done or curl up with a book and a cup of coffee. “We want it to be a nice spot where people can come work,” Nordholm says.

While you’re sipping your coffee, you can enjoy perusing the amusing goods including fun ribbons, T-shirts, and of course, plenty of Okie Bigfoot gear. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
While you’re sipping your coffee, you can enjoy perusing the amusing goods including fun ribbons, T-shirts, and of course, plenty of Okie Bigfoot gear. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

When you visit Okie Dokies for a cup of coffee, you can count on it being a good one. The baristas at Dwelling Spaces are well trained and know the art of coffee. “A lot of our baristas have been doing this for 10 years,” Nordholm says.

Okie Dokies proudly collaborates with many local businesses, including Topeca Coffee, which provides their coffee beans. Dwelling Spaces created the Bigfoot Blend coffee, which Topeca also roasts. Okie Dokies also carries Fair Fellow Coffee’s cold brew and retail coffee.

“We have a big emphasis on supporting local,” Nordholm says.

Other local collaborations include the teas Okie Dokies carries, which are from Woodshed in Oklahoma City. They also carry local pastries like cookies and muffins from Tulsa-area bakeries. Apparently, the ham and cheese croissants are something to write home about.

The STEMcell Science Shop, also in The Boxyard, has its own coffee blend, which was created by Fair Fellow Coffee and is brewed at Okie Dokies.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, you can expect the cold brew to be flowing regularly at Okie Dokies. But for those occasional colder days, you can enjoy a cup of their hot chai. Or if you’re one of those people who always orders the healthiest drink on the menu, they offer a matcha latte, which is essentially green tea to the nth degree.

Okie Dokies was the inaugural store in The Boxyard. It was a bit of a risk moving locations, but Nordholm says it’s been a good transition for the business. They’ve also changed their product line a bit, “Our vibe now is going outdoors and life at the park,” she says.

While you’re sipping your coffee, you can enjoy perusing the amusing goods including fun ribbons that say things like, “You are the cat’s meow,” T-shirts heralding Stranger Things with sayings like, “In a world full of tens, be an Eleven,” Oklahoma-themed onesies, and of course, plenty of Okie Bigfoot gear.

You’ve probably seen the Okie Bigfoot logo around town, but did you know that it originated at Dwelling Spaces? Former owner Mary Beth Babcock formed an interest in the Honobia Bigfoot Festival, held in Honobia, Okla., each year. She enjoyed hearing about local Bigfoot sightings, and out of that curiosity grew the creation of the Okie Bigfoot that so many know and love today.

With more new restaurants popping up in the area, like Sabores in The Boxyard, Okie Dokies is a great place to stop for an after-dinner coffee. The Boxyard looks lovely in the evenings with its tiny white lights glowing. It’s also a great place to visit during First Friday Art Crawls when Okie Dokies extends its hours. 

 

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