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Archer Building Embraces Local in Tulsa Arts District

Out & About in Greater Tulsa By EMILY RAMSEY
Managing Editor

MAGIC CITY BOOKS: Patrons order at the coffee shop inside Magic City Books, which opened in November in the Archer Building in the Tulsa Arts District (formerly the Brady Arts District).


EMILY RAMSEY for GTR Newspapers


Time is a precious thing.

A truth not fully realized until adulthood.

While I try hard not to crowd my life with many superfluous tasks, items and people, unexpected events happen that can flood our lives for months, even years.

I appreciate the quiet moments when I feel that I can stop the clock and the noise.

One of the places that helps me to briefly do that is a bookstore. Where phones and technology seem to take a backseat to the nostalgia and simpler times when entertainment was rolled up in one really good book.

As technology continues to move humans toward unimaginable places where reading is beginning to be viewed as an occasional necessity, it is being said that the bookstore is dying.

Really, I think it is more accurate to say that the bookstore is reshaping to meet the recent advancements.

So, when Magic City Books opened last month in the Archer Building in the Tulsa Arts District (formerly the Brady Arts District), it was met with many believers and cheerers-on, including myself.

The store has been forecasted as a replacement for Steve’s Sundry, Tulsa’s independent bookstore that closed in 2013.

Magic City Books is, for sure, a hipster answer to independent bookstores but not with the “everyman” appeal of Steve’s Sundry. Nonetheless, it’s a beautiful store with a fully-windowed corner space at Archer Street and Detroit Avenue, with a coffee shop and plenty of seating for those wanting to take their chosen book for a “test read.”

It will also serve as a meeting place for Book Smart Tulsa.

The Archer Building development has been a much-talked-about project by the George Kaiser Family Foundation for some time, largely due to its focus on local tenants and mixed-use characteristics.

This development is one of my favorite projects going on in downtown right now because of its near-perfect blend of local offerings that cater to the needs and interests of downtown dwellers and visitors. Plus, the building is home to a number of storeowners making their first public appearance: Magic City Books; Press Yoga—a hot yoga and minimalistic coffee shop; Shuffles, a boardgame concept set to open next year; Que Gusto Catering, which got its start with the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation’s Kitchen 66 and is planning to open its first brick-and-mortar location in January.

While Lone Wolf Banh Mi is not new to the Tulsa food scene, the restaurant’s expansion into downtown is. It sits at the corner of Archer Street and Cincinnati Avenue.

Also found in the building are Guitar House of Tulsa, Made and The Goods Bodega. Glacier Confection is on its way.

The Archer Building is successfully bringing another destination point to downtown Tulsa but more specifically to the Tulsa Arts District.

Next on the horizon for the district is the completion of The Flats on Archer apartments, construction of a Holiday Inn Express, and the opening of Welltown Brewing, a brewery located along Archer Street.

Although development is plentiful throughout downtown, the Tulsa Arts District looks to be well on its way to standing alone in uniqueness, density and sought-after destinations.

Updated 12-15-2017

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