27 Feb LTFF Blog: Tulsa Route 66 Itinerary
By Breckyn Hudelson, Marketing & Events Coordinator
The mission of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation is to empower Tulsans to achieve their goals by decreasing barriers to big ideas. Through our programming and grantee portfolio, LTFF has helped to elevate Tulsa to be known as one of the best places to start a business in the midwest. Championing our entrepreneurs and supporting their efforts with our dollars is a value many Tulsans share, and, growing up in an entrepreneurial family, I have developed a knack for finding the best local version of everything!
Spend a day carefully curated by a local Route 66 enthusiast and Tulsa local-everything lover with Breckyn’s Tulsa Route 66 Itinerary!
Early morning caffeine stop.
Foolish Things Coffee Company Owned by Justin Carpenter http://www.foolishthingscoffee.com/
Foolish Things is a simple cafe, beautifully decorated with a rotating mix of local artists’ work, serving perfectly brewed coffee and espresso accompanied by tasty baked goods. Pull up a window chair and enjoy a view of Tulsa’s breath-taking Cathedral district while you sip and snack.
Photo Op: Meadow Gold Neon Sign and coming later in 2019, the Buck Atom’s 20ft Muffler Man
Tulsa’s Meadow Gold sign is considered a classic Route 66 icon. Soon, thanks to local business owner and visionary, Mary Beth Babcock, we will soon have another iconic structure on Route. 66– the Buck Atom’s 20ft Muffler Man! Installation is projected for May 2019.
Interested in seeing this project through to fruition? Donate to her place-making efforts here.
Shopping on 66 is a treat because more often than not, you’re buying directly from the entrepreneurs themselves!
Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios Owned by Mary Beth Babcock https://buckatomson66.com/.
Mary Beth was named Tulsan of the Year in 2011. As the Oklahoma Today article so aptly put it, “If you don’t know her, you likely know her handiwork.” Her retail concepts are fresh, lovable and fun. This entrepreneur founded the Blue Dome district’s Dwelling Spaces. Mary Beth’s newest concept is a gift shop located just North East of the Meadow Gold sign decorated with eye-catching, public art, filled with conversation-starting home and gift items, and surrounded by the history of Route 66.
Jenkins & Co. Owned by Lisa Wakefield @jenkinsandcotulsa
Jenkins and Co. is a sells artisan made, quality home and lifestyle goods.
Joseph Gierek Fine Art – Owned by Joseph Gierek www.gierek.com
Browse the winding halls of the Joseph Gierek Fine Art gallery. Filled with impressive works from a variety of artists, Joe’s art gallery has been known for their impeccable displays for over 20 years.
So.bo Co. – Owned by Lauren Spears @thesoboco
So. bo. Co. is a carefully curated consignment women’s fashion.
Lunch, Shopping, and Route 66 Themed Mini Golf
Mother Road Market- Development of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation www.motherroadmarket.com
Mother Road Market is Tulsa’s first food hall! Mother Road Market features over 20 different restaurant and retail concepts, the WEL Bar serving coffee and alcoholic drinks,and a large covered patio with a Route- 66 themed mini golf course, Mother Road Market is a home for Tulsa entrepreneurs to grow and scale their businesses using the subsidized rental offerings provided by LTFF.
Photo Op: Sunset at the Desert Hills Motel neon sign
DINNER AND A MOVIE
Ike’s Chile- Opened by Ike & Ivan Johnson in 1908 http://www.ikeschilius.com/
Ike’s Chile claims the title of Tulsa’s oldest restaurant, celebrating 101 years in 2019. Will Rogers called it a “Bowl of Blessedness” and Martha Stewart named it the “Best Chile in the Country”.
*5 minute detour off Route 66*
Circle Cinema– Founded by Michelle and Clark Wiens http://circlecinema.com/
Catch a flick at Tulsa’s oldest standing movie theatre, originally opened in 1928. The theatre now acts as a non-profit with a mission to “educate, enlighten and entertain guests 365 days a year through selected features and programs that expose and connect our community to global issues, environments and cultures.”
The Campbell Hotel – https://www.thecampbellhotel.com/
Rest your bones at Tulsa’s premier boutique hotel on Rt. 66, The Campbell Hotel. The hotel itself is on Tulsa’s Historical register, having been built in 1927. Rest in luxury and book a spa experience to treat yourself.