We started working on the old ‘Willie’s Tire’ garage in the Fall of 2010. We had just returned from our year in Oregon and were ready to get the ball rollin’ on what felt like a distant dream. We started looking at buildings in the OKC Plaza District and Victorian buildings in Downtown Guthrie when we stumbled upon this old garage. It was hidden, dirty, full of junk, and otherwise completely impractical to be used as a cafe *we had to have it*. There were no lights, no electric, no water, no heat and air, and no bathroom. It was a dingy old garage but it had a beautiful wood ceiling - and we had a vision.
After two years of, ‘one project at a time’ mentality, we were onto something. We painted every inch (inside and out), stained concrete floors, made window treatments, dug ditches for sewer access, changed out old doors, removed old mechanic equipment, and anything else that didn’t require a license or risked electrocution. By the summer of 2012 we had done everything in our power and finally brought in the big guns to build our bathroom and coffee bar. It was a long road and we never really knew if we were wasting our time or not but we had faith and we got it done. We hope you feel love every time you walk into Hoboken.