Shhh… Can You Keep a Secret?

The past month has been an especially busy one for me!  In addition to finishing out my campaign (and winning! Thank you for the support!), I’ve also been finalizing the details of an exciting venture with a great business partner:  new local attorney, Chandler Torbett.  Our partnership also includes my wife, Crystal Larabee, and McKenzie Coplen – so we’ve got a great team!  We were presented with the opportunity to invest in Okmulgee through what we saw as saving a ‘local’ business, one of our favorites: The Lokal.  

The rumors you’ve heard about The Lokal re-opening are true!  I wanted to give my readers the inside scoop before everyone else, and let you know that we plan on soft opening on March 5th – which is this coming Monday!  Come down and get your coffee!!!  Our official grand opening will be on March 12th, and hopefully you’ll hear A LOT about it!  We’ve got some great ads running, and with all our social media friends, I think the word will get out quickly!  

So, you likely have a lot of questions, and I’ll try to answer them for you. Yes, we’re planning to keep our coffee the same.  It’s always been a BIG hit, and we know it will stay that way.  The menu will change to more of a coffee shop- style menu.  We’ll serve some light, grab-and-go breakfast and lunch items.  Bagels, parfaits, and muffins in the morning, and then some soups, salads, wraps and sandwiches for our lunch rush.  We’ll also offer some specials during the week: half price coffee Tuesday, a donut bar on Wednesday mornings, bread bowls (for your soups) on Thursdays, and a biscuit & gravy bar on Saturday mornings!  We hope they’ll all be well-received!

Two of the same smiling faces you saw before will still be there: Jessica Thomason and Robyn McGlasson.  We’re excited to keep them on board. (Jess, we couldn’t have done this without your help!)  We have an excellent new manager, Kayla Coplen.  Kayla is new to Okmulgee, and she has some incredible management experience!  I think she’ll be a HUGE asset to The Lokal, and a big key to its future success.

As with starting any new business (new-ish, in this case), there are many challenges.  I hope you’ll be open to the changes we’re making, and if you have helpful critiques to offer, we’re all ears.  The Lokal means a lot to many people across our community, and that’s due largely to the reputation of the staff who ran it over the last year.  It’s a special place to hang out, and a great coffee joint!  We intend to keep the focus on the coffee and maintain an atmosphere that’s inviting to our community.  Look for more events to be held on the patio, and keep The Lokal in mind if you want to book a private event!  

This whole next week will be a test week for us to get everything up and running smoothly!  Be patient, but come see us!  I know through The Lokal’s Facebook page that many of you have been waiting anxiously for us to open, and now you know you’ll be able to get your morning caffeine in as little as three days from now!  Come by and introduce yourself to Kayla, our new manager, and make her feel welcome.  We’re all looking forward to seeing you there!  Thank you for reading, and you can always reach out to me anytime!

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Richard Larabee is an Okmulgee downtown resident. He was recently elected to serve as Okmulgee City Councilor for Ward # 3, and he is the current President of Main Street.  He also Co-Chairs The Roger Brooks Okmulgee Task Force Committee under the Chamber of Commerce.  He is an Independent Petroleum Landman whose office is located in the McCulloch building across the street from the Grand Old Post Office building in downtown Okmulgee, where OSUIT students just recently moved in! #okmulgeerising



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