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Happy Lunar Eclipse Day!

Ryan has been pumped for weeks about the Lunar Eclipse that is happening late tonight/early tomorrow. Starts at midnight and lasts until 5:30, the most coverage will be in the middle of that time. A Lunar Eclipse happens every year, but not always across America, so it’s kind of a rare thing! In honor of being able to see it in Oklahoma, Juniper Designs and I did a fun little project! Here is the Taurus (this month’s constellation, as well as my birth sign!) See her instagram to check out Scorpio, her birth month!

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Nic & Whitney: Oklahoma Wedding, Ely Fair Photography

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Vendors:
Photographers: Ely Fair Photography
Event Planner: Gibson Events
Reception Venue: Quail Creek
Florist: Poppy Lane
Cakes: Amy Cakes
Pies: Pie Junkie
Dress: Meg Guess
Suits: J Crew

Band: Big Daddy
Hair: Diana Truong
Make Up: Chelseyann Artistry

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Small Business Series No. 12

I am so excited to share this months Small Business Series because it is a business I have fallen in love with: Hoboken Coffee Roasters. Trey & Mallory have an AMAZING story (seriously, amazing– involving selling cars to buy equipment and biking back to OK from OR– go read it!), and hearing about their journey and sacrifice to start their company is what made me fall in love with Hoboken in the first place. But then I actually went in and fell head over heels with the shop itself and the fantastic product that they produce. Ryan had the pleasure of taking home a bag of roasted coffee and said it is the best he has ever had (for those of you who know me, I’m not a coffee drinker– but they have a mean hot chocolate…mmmm…I’m dreaming of it now…). I’m telling you guys, take a trip to Guthrie for the Hoboken experience and say hi to Trey and Mallory.

The day that I ran up there for pics Mallory was unfortunately feeling under the weather so Trey was flying solo, but graciously allowed us to take pictures anyway. But check out the interview below from both of them, it is really wonderful how they worked together and inspired each other to make the shop happen.

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Name: Trey & Mallory Woods

Business Name: Hoboken Coffee Roasters

Website: www.hobokencoffeeroasters.com

Favorite Dessert: chocolate chip cookies (T) Ice Cream w/ sprinkles (M)

Favorite Artist/Album: Wilco/Sky Blue Sky (T) Josh Ritter/Animal Years (M)

When did you start your business? December 2012

What inspired you to start it?
Mallory’s dream to really, seriously, do it, was what inspired me. (T) I loved coffee and I loved being with Trey. (M)

What would you say was your biggest challenge to overcome?
The timing – It was five years from conception to opening.  We passed on several opportunities to partner with people or open before we knew we were ready both financially and with the craft of coffee.  Then, if felt like it was never going to happen.  We just kept trusting our time was coming.

Who/what was your biggest encouragement and why?
We really encouraged each other along the way.  We laugh about how when one of us is bummed and feeling like it’s never going to work, the other is feeling great and positive about everything and then we switch roles every few months.  We’re a pretty good team.

What is your favorite part of your business?
It’s great to get to do something like serve people coffee everyday.  Serving someone a drink is very rewarding because of all the work that went into pulling off that great coffee.  It takes a lot of decision making, planning, and timeliness to run a coffee company.  Passing a drink across the bar is the end result of a lot of steps and it’s a really cool thing.  Also, coffee is slow in the afternoons so we get to take afternoon naps – they’re pretty awesome too.

If you had advice to anyone who might be starting a business like yours?
Go for it!  You don’t need brand new equipment and the busiest intersection to make it happen.  We’re in an old garage behind an ugly metal car wash bay and only grumpy people complain about not be able to find us (they’re not into our thing anyway).  It takes time but if you commit and sacrifice, you’ll surprise yourself. (T)

Anything else about your small business that you’re passionate about?
I really love creating an atmosphere that is charming and let’s people escape for a few moments a day. (M)

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Thanks so much Trey and Mallory for being part of the series, it is so sweet to read your answers and see how your love for each other has filtered into your love for your product and shop.

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Weekend Favorites

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Alison’s Philbrook Bridals

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Allison & Jared: Oklahoma Wedding, Ely Fair Photography

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Photographers: Ely Fair Photography
Venue: Coles Garden
Florist: Tony Foss
Cake: Amy Cakes
Make Up: Beauty Bar
Dress: JJ Kelly

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James & Clare’s Airstream Adventure!

Do you ever have people in your life that are just flat out, plain interesting? Every time you talk to them you are excited about whatever adventure they are embarking on? James and Clare are that for us. The type of people who actually do the things that dream would be fun to do. Their latest adventure? Building a house. And what they are doing to save money instead of paying rent during that time? Remodeling and living in an airstream.

Now, if any of you follow my pinterest board you already know I am OBSESSED with remodeled airstream trailers. So vicariously I am living through my adventurous friends, and got to document this time in their life. So meet James and Clare, and their airstream.  And their pup Keller.

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Audrey & Chris on Brides of Oklahoma Homepage

It’s always fun to see your work on the front page! I was just too excited not to share a little screen shot. Go check out their feature of Audrey & Chris’s lovely wedding!

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Small Business No. 11

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I thought this week would be the perfect time to share our Small Business Series shoot of quite possibly the most adorable little gift and flower shop in town, Dutch Floral & Home. And it is run by quite possibly two of the most talented ladies in town, Lindsay Gibson & Kelly Long. Lindsay & Kelly opened Dutch in the later half of 2013, but their friendship and working relationship started long before they opened Dutch’s cute little orange door. Kelly is the artist behind Poppy Lane Design and Lindsay behind Gibson Events. I’ve had the pleasure of working with them both on the wedding front and it is always a joy. See below a little of their journey and heart behind Dutch Floral & Home.

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Name: Kelly Long & Lindsay Gibson

Business Name: Dutch Floral and Home

Website: www.dutchfloralandhome.com

Favorite Dessert:
Kelly: I’m more of a chips and salsa kind of girl…but give me a slice of Homemade carrot cake…with REAL carrots, cream cheese icing, and NO NUTS, and I’m pretty happy!
Lindsay: Cherry Pie

Favorite Artist/Album:
Kelly: Eagles, Jimmy Buffet, Guns N’ Roses…..I can’t pick just one!! I LOVE music!  All of it!
Lindsay: Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

When did you start your business? 2013

What inspired you to start it?
Kelly: The LOVE of fresh flowers, design, and friendship!
Lindsay: Kelly and I had dreamed of opening a retail flower shop for about 4 years.  It took some time to find the right place and to be at the right place in our lives for such an endeavor!  We felt like there was an open niche in the market and we knew how to fill it with our decidedly eclectic aesthetic.

What would you say was your biggest challenge to overcome?
Kelly: Breaking into the “retail” side of floral and gift…trying to figure out what clients want.
Lindsay: Was, is and will always be… TIME MANAGEMENT.

Who/what was your biggest encouragement and why?
Kelly:
Lindsay (my business partner in Dutch) and my parents.
Lindsay: Our families, of course, have been a constant source of encouragement.  But the most surprising support has come from our network of friends in the wedding vendor community.  It is certainly not lost on us that all of our friends have said, “yes” to becoming our most loyal and frequent customers, and spreading the word!

What is your favorite part of your business:
Kelly:
I love ordering the flowers! Sounds crazy, but unpacking floral boxes is like Christmas every week!  I also LOVE seeing new faces, and old friends come in the store!
LindsayComing to work everyday, loving the work, and loving the people we get to work with!

If you had advice to anyone who might be starting a business like yours? 
Kelly: Take the leap!  You can keep dreaming about it…or you can do it!  You may stumble and fall, but  get up and keep going! And NEVER stop LEARNING.
Lindsay
Hire an accountant and an attorney.  It will save you time, money and heartache!

Anything else about your small business that you’re passionate about?
Kelly: I love being a “small business” and I love being part of the thriving OKC small business movement! I think it’s such a great group of business owners and dreamers! I feel honored to be a part of such a great city!
Lindsay: We are excited on a weekly basis about the varieties of flowers we’re able to provide to the OKC metro that are hard or impossible to find elsewhere. We ardently pursue products and gifts that are high quality, match our kind of quirky-luxe look and don’t have other distributors in the area.  Our shop is small, and so it is of the utmost importance to us, that every square inch is used to display something unique and desirable!

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Thanks so much Lindsay & Kelly for being a part of the series! And if you peeps out there are procrastinators like me, head over to Dutch and get your main squeeze a lovely gift. 

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