Thank you so much for all the support at last week’s groundbreaking. The weather was a little chilly, but a lot of you came out to listen to me ramble and watch the track hoe scrape some pavement off the site where we will erect The Rookery. I knew this would be a symbolic moment, signifying the start of a monumental build, both for the DoubleShot and for the coffee drinkers of Tulsa. But there were a few things I didn’t realize.
When that track hoe dug the first bucket of pavement out of the ground, it seemed to have struck a vein within me, and I could feel my emotions welling up. It was an interwoven combination of thoughts and feelings. I felt pride because I know this is a radical step forward, and it has happened at least partly because of my sacrifices and decisions over many years. There was a sense of relief that we are finally underway, and I’m aware that it is only a matter of time before this project is completed. I had an uneasy feeling in my chest because I know this is only the beginning of a new set of unknown challenges. I thought of the people and circumstances which have driven me to divert course and pursue this big move. And I looked around to see my family, my employees, my friends, my customers… my supporters cheering for progress, happy that a new day will dawn for the DoubleShot, and it will be superb.
The designer of The Rookery (and my good friend), Joel Collins has been instrumental in this whole process. Instrumental is not a good word, but I’m at a loss for the right one. His interpretation of my vision and his dogged determination to help me make it happen have been essential in the journey thus far. Joel and I spent the past 5 years designing and redesigning this building. That’s a long time to spend crafting a dream. So, thank you Joel.
Yesterday I met a delightful woman who was drinking a latte at the DoubleShot, and she asked me to sit down and chat. When I did, she told me she grew up in Berne, Indiana: the small town where our barn was built and used for a century-and-a-half, housing hay and horses. I was very happy to know that she is so interested in our barn. And she informed me that a lot of people from that community are very excited about a barn from their hometown being relocated to downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma to become the new home of the DoubleShot. I also received an email from a Massachusetts man who is originally from Berne. What a great feeling. This makes it all the more real. Once again I have a sense of satisfaction and purpose, knowing that this project is important to a community of people who have a great deal of pride in the locality of their roots. A land distant from here, whose residents are spread far and wide, but not so different from us. A big shout out to the people of Berne, Indiana.
I look forward to the process of building The Rookery, uniting the people of Tulsa over a cup of coffee in an authentically beautiful building evoking the pride of Berne. Let the journey begin.