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April in the Arts District: Festival of the Arts and OKC Memorial Marathon by Caleb Savage

The last weekend of April is an exciting time for the Arts District! Aside from the great events at the Civic Center, Museum of Art, and Myriad Gardens, it’s also time for the Festival of the Arts and the OKC Memorial Marathon!

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Festival of the Arts

Kicking off Tuesday, April 23rd and finishing up on Sunday, April 28th, the Festival of the Arts takes place right in our backyard in Bicentennial Park, in between the Civic Center & City Hall! The Festival of the Arts “is a community celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts, bringing a variety of talented artists together in downtown OKC’s Bicentennial Park. Festival of the Arts has been an OKC tradition since 1967, considered a rite of spring and a signature event for the Arts Council, with an average of 750,000 Festival attendees.”

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Find us from the Festival by crossing Walker at Colcord and walk through the Concourse of the Arts District Parking Garage to check out Joe O’Connell’s and Blessing Hancock’s “Small Talk About the Weather” (2016). We’re located along Main Street in Suite A, right before the South car entrance to the parking garage.

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Run to Remember

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Their mission is to “celebrate life, reach for the future, honor the memories of those who were killed and unite the world in hope. This is not just another marathon. It is a Run to Remember… and a race to show that we can each make a difference and change the world.” Remembering the events of April 19,1995, the marathon acts as the largest fundraiser for the OKC National Memorial & Museum.

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Instead of ending in Automobile Alley, this year’s finish line will be just outside the shop, on Hudson between Main & Sheridan! If you’re headed to the Finish Line, approach us from the west side of Hudson and turn west on Main Street! We’ll be open early at 6am on Sunday, the day of the race, to help you stay warm and alert while you wait on your favorite runners!

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It’s a good time to explore the Arts District! While you’re here, check out our latest artist, Virginia Sitzes!

Seed to Cup Part 2 Roasting Class Recap by Steve Willingham

Thank you to everyone that came out to our Seed to Cup Part 2 Roasting Class! We had a blast and can't wait for the next one. 

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Find more info here if you want learn more about roasting. If you want to be notified about the next class, sign up for our newsletter. We will be doing classes monthly with some special mini classes as well. Be the first to know so you can snag a spot before these fill up!

Check out these photos from the class. See if you can find yourself!

Coffee + Bikes in OKC by Caleb Savage

Clarity Coffee and Bike Trails

It’s a great time to ride a bike in OKC! From great events like the Myriad Gardens’ Full Moon Ride and the Pro-Am Classic, to bike tours from Ride OKC, Spokies bike share program, and the City of Oklahoma City’s first comprehensive bike and pedestrian plan, BikeWalkOKC, more and more of our friends and neighbors are leaving their cars in the driveway and exploring our city on two wheels!

As we continue our focus on sustainability in the coffee industry, we wanted to highlight a significant and sustainable part of coffee shops, bicycles! We heard from our dear friend and regular most qualified to speak to the intersection of coffee-sipping and bike-riding, Chad Hodges!

Spokes & ‘Spros

It’s not uncommon to see a bike or two outside any coffee shop. At Clarity, that bike’s probably owned by a barista! Even Google Street View sports Steve’s trusty steed at the rack. Cycling and coffee go together for two reasons: caffeine and affordability!

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Cyclists love the mid-ride boost an espresso or cappuccino gives a ride. “You plan your rides around coffee stops,” says Chad, “It’s a great time to catch your breath, refuel, and say hi to all our barista friends.”

Baristas love the two-wheeled commute because it’s a cheap way to get from shop to shop without having to worry about parking, and allowing them to spend more time and money on the things that matter most to them!

A Connected Network

Looking for a longer ride? Explore our trails and bike route network! Chad enjoys heading “out to Jones, out to do a lap around Draper lake, or maybe just hit the river trails and ride out to Overholser. If I’m getting to squeeze a coffee stop in, then I’m definitely stopping at Elemental or Clarity... or BOTH on a great day! Once downtown has a way out to Draper that’s mostly trail, it’ll be great and more cyclists will get to enjoy the new trail going in around the lake.” A connection from Downtown to Draper is in City plans thanks to BikeWalkOKC!

Oklahoma River Bike Trail

Approved back in the Spring, BikeWalkOKC has four primary goals:

1) walking and cycling is safe in Oklahoma City
2) greater numbers of people are walking and cycling for transportation
3) neighborhoods are connected to jobs, transit, commercial
4) barriers to walking and cycling are removed

Through eight different initiatives BikeWalkOKC sets the course for the future of active transportation in Oklahoma City.

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Looking Back

When Chad started riding, he says, "there was a 'river trail'; there certainly weren’t the green bike lanes your find throughout OKC, and there wasn’t a district like Film Row who did a little forward thinking and did an incredible job incorporating bike lines into their renovation.

"I think OKC is headed in the right direction and as you see more and more cyclists on the streets it’ll continue to move forward.”

Are you a regular river-trail rider in need of a pre/mid/post ride caffeine boost?

Here’s how Chad gets to us from the river: “I ride up Robinson, to Reno, then over to Hudson and up to Main. I’m not sure it’s the best way, but I enjoy the ride through Hub Cap Alley, and the view of the city crossing the overpass.”

OKC Bike Trails

If you’re a cyclist looking to pick up coffee or coffee drinker looking to check out why everyone talks so much about bikes, listen to Chad:

“The communities built around coffee & bikes are amazing. If someone might be a little nervous to test the waters in either, I’d encourage them to jump in. You’ll find some of the best people around pulled up to a cafe bar or pedaling through the city.”

Barbershop Barista Battle! by Steve Willingham

Barbershop Barista Battle

Friday night, we had a blast heading over to Capital City Barbershop for a little friendly competition. Our own Tanner Ruminer stepped up to run this latte art competition under his Bygone Coffee catering brand. The turnout was fantastic, especially when you consider that this event was taking place outside of the traditional coffee shop setting.

We want to give a big thank you to Jake over at Capital City for hosting and to Tanner for organizing. And a shout out to Devin Parham on taking home the W.

It's amazing to see the Oklahoma City coffee community branch out and seek new venues for our events. Where will the next one be?

And with no further ado, pictures!