Member Monday: Sue’s Auction and Real Estate

This is a continuing weekly series that highlights members of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. You can see last week’s member story by clicking here.

This interview was conducted with Kyle Eastwood, owner, of Sue’s Auction and Real Estate.

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Kyle Eastwood, Managing Broker/Auctioneer

How long have you been in business?

I’ve run the business since January of 2015, Sue Boswell originally started the business, and she ran it for about 40 years before her retirement.


Why did you choose Anadarko?

It was an easy decision to continue the business that Sue created, which has such a solid reputation. Plus, having already owned a law firm in town that focuses on property law, I am able to take and use that knowledge to help grow this iconic business.

 

In your words describe your business:

Sue’s is a full service professionally run real estate company. We offer services for those looking for homes, selling homes, farms, and commercial property. We offer auction services, and I am a professionally trained auctioneer. We are not limited to property in Anadarko. If you are selling your home in this area and moving to another city in Oklahoma, we are able to provide a service to you at no cost to help you find your new home.

 

Any recent update at your business?
We recently became a member of the realtor organization, which is a national organization with state chapters. It allows us access to a network of buyers/sellers and other real estate agents so that we can market properties to a wider audience.

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Amanda Bertelli, sales associate

What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?

We have a lot of the same challenges as any business. For us, our revenue stream can be erratic and completely dependent on a cycle. In the spring people are buying/selling. In the real heat of the summer, people are on vacation and do not want to move in 110 degree heat. Then things pick up in the fall and drop off during the holidays and winter.


What is the most rewarding part about your job?

Seeing a family get their dream home, especially when they are coming from a rental property and have made gains in their career, putting themselves in a position to buy a home–helping in that process is very rewarding.

 

If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?

Continuing to gain more jobs, because in the real estate business, probably more than most, jobs equate to home ownership. And we’re in the business of connecting workers with homes.


Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?

There are a couple of reasons, the chamber provides a resource to answer questions such as how a business can expand or resolve a problem they are having. Plus, it provides a network of business owners to facilitate discussion on how to move our community forward. Businesses can go to each other in a network that functions like a team who you can seek advice from and who are in similar situations. The Chamber is important in their economic development and tourism roles in recruiting employers and visitors.

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Sue’s Auction and Real Estate, 102 W. Oklahoma in Anadarko

Anything you would like to share with our audience?

One thing I would share is that we have listings in Chickasha as well as Anadarko. One of the encouraging things for Anadarko is our real estate market is far superior to Chickasha’s because we are buying and selling more homes per capita than Chickasha. Anadarko’s real estate is quite active and that is a good sign for our overall economy. We are open Monday – Friday, 9:00-5:00 at 102 W. Oklahoma in Anadarko, if we are not in the office, we are out showing a property and can be reached by phone 405-247-3726.

Member Monday: Cloud Headz Vapor Lounge

This is a continuing weekly series that highlights members of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. You can see last week’s member story by clicking here.

This interview was conducted with Robert Brake, owner, of Cloud Headz Vapor Lounge.

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Robert Brake-owner of Cloud Headz


How long have you been in business?

We opened up May 5th of this year.


Why did you choose Anadarko?

Well, I have lived here my whole life and my parents grew up here.  My wife and her family is from here and this is where our roots are. There isn’t another kind of vape shop in this area, and we understood how vaping helped us quit smoking. We saw an opportunity to open this business and it saves a lot of people from having to drive to Oklahoma City.

In your words describe your business:

In a nutshell, we offer an alternative to smoking or traditional tobacco.

Any recent updates at your business?

There have been a lot of new regulations that have been put on vape shops in recent weeks from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A lot of changes have happened since August 8th, but not to benefit us or our customers. For example we are no longer allowed to offer potential customers a free sample of our products.

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Vape machines use flavored aromatic juices which can be re-filled

What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?
As a vape shop owner, the FDA is our biggest challenge and right now it appears like they are encouraging people to smoke cigarettes because of lobbying efforts from big tobacco.


What is the most rewarding part about your job?

Having someone come in and talk about how they can breathe better and how they smell better after they switched from cigarettes to vaping. We love being able to provide an alternative to cigarettes.

 

If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?

I wish that we could encourage more businesses to start in Anadarko. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of financial stability in this town. As a small business owner it helps us whenever the people in the community have good jobs and are able to spend more money.


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Cloud Headz entrance is on west side of Anadarko Surplus Sales

Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
It is important to me because I’m joining the rest of the businesses in Anadarko and we want to get our name out there. The Chamber does things for us that we cannot do ourselves, like marketing. We appreciate their support in getting the word out about our business.

 

Anything you would like to share with our audience?

We’re just a small business that is here for anybody who is looking for an alternative to cigarette smoking. Follow us on Facebook! We are open Monday-Thursday 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. For more information you may call 405-933-1021. We are located on the west side of Anadarko Surplus Sales, 1502 Central Blvd in Anadarko.

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful “Fresh Paint Days” to have three Anadarko Projects

Oklahoma City – 39 groups across Oklahoma have been chosen to participate in Fresh Paint Days. This Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) program is designed to encourage volunteers to seek out community structures and renovate them with the creative use of resources. This year, the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce, the City of Anadarko, and the Delaware Nation were all chosen as participating groups.

Fresh Paint Days is a program founded on the collaboration between H-I- S Coatings and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. KOB, with the help of sponsors, provides the paint and a stipend for supplies; selected communities supply the volunteers and elbow grease. This program has helped to revitalize communities across Oklahoma with a fresh coat of paint. The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce will work with the City of Anadarko to paint the guard rails surrounding Randlett Park. These rails have been neglected over time and have become weathered with rust. Randlett Park is home to the youth baseball league among many other events throughout the year.

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David Scott, Executive Director of the Chamber, believes this renovation project “will increase the amount of community pride in our local park tremendously. This park gets a lot of use and we want to be able to show it off for locals and visitors as well.”

The City of Anadarko will paint the old City swimming pool. The pool is located in Randlett Park, and was built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. The design is one of only 10 in the United States. The pool sits above ground, in the center of the building surrounding it.

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Painting of Anadarko’s Municipal Pool inside City Hall

“The structure is no longer in use, but plans are underway to re-purpose the pool,” said Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn. “[The Fresh Paint Days project] will be the kick off in our efforts to re-purpose the pool.”

In the middle of Central street, Anadarko’s main thoroughfare, sits an aging, blemished structure. The building is currently under renovations to soon re-open as a gallery displaying Native America art.

“I feel like this will impact and empower the community to have more clean-ups and awareness,” said Christina Cooper, Delaware Nation Environmental Director.

Natalie Evans, the projects coordinator for KOB, works with potential participants throughout the application process.

“It is so encouraging to see the many individuals across the state who have a heart for bettering their communities,” Evans said. “These participants truly exemplify the spirit of Oklahoma, which was founded on hard work and a positive community outlook. Fresh Paint Days is a wonderful opportunity for these communities to work together to better their environment.”

Joe Cox, the CEO and president of H-I- S Coatings has been helping to make Fresh Paint Days a reality for over a decade.

“We have proudly partnered with Keep Oklahoma Beautiful for 11 years, providing roughly 11,000 gallons of paint to help communities in Oklahoma fill budget gaps,” Cox said. “It’s been an honor to help the small communities in Oklahoma over the years.”

“Fresh Paint Days has a great impact on preserving the character of Oklahoma communities. It’s great to see communities come together and join resources to restore community structures and community pride.  PSO is proud to support their efforts,” said John Harper, Vice President External Affairs, PSO. The group will have 30 days to complete their projects using donated paint from H.I.S Coatings of Oklahoma City and a stipend from Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Keep America Beautiful/Anheuser-Busch, and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

The projects in Anadarko will be competing for the “Best Visual Impact Award” through the, ‘Communities Primed for Change’ online contest. Finalists will be chosen based upon their ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos. Winners will be announced at the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful 26th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Celebration on November 17, 2016.

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment.

For more information about KOB, Fresh Paint Days, and the sponsors of this program visit: www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com

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Member Monday: N’Darko Joe

This is a continuing weekly series that highlights members of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. You can see last week’s member story by clicking here.

This interview was conducted with Scott Daggett, owner, of N’Darko Joe.

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N’Darko Joe owner – Scott Daggett

How long have you been in business?

January 2016 was when I made my first cup of coffee. When I roasted my own coffee, I was amazed at how fresh coffee can taste versus when it is stored in a package, which can become stale. On July 1st, we began our soft opening in Anadarko and provided samples to various groups around town. The official grand opening was Saturday, July 30th.


Why did you choose Anadarko?

It’s where I live, and I imagine a lot of people are like my family who do not want to travel miles upon miles for quality products. Whenever I began thinking of starting my own business, I realized that I was tired of waiting for that next great job or promotion and decided to go into business for myself and family. Our community has so much potential and we felt like a coffee shop was a missing part. We wanted to fill that gap by making great coffee. Home is where the heart is and my heart is in Anadarko.


In your words describe your business:

Our business is to come in everyday and build fresh roasted coffee hot or cold. We also offer light breakfast items such as bagels with cream cheese.

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Christian preparing to make great local coffee!

Any recent updates at your business?

We are looking to begin offering Italian Sodas and Italian Cream Sodas in the near future. Plus, we want to offer light deli sandwiches, chocolate covered coffee beans, and various baked goods. We’re also going to have wifi and make our space a great community spot to hangout.


What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?

For me it was spending almost an entire year researching coffee which was a lot of work. Before I started down this road, I was a non-coffee drinker and now I drink it everyday.


What is the most rewarding part about your job?

Interacting with the community, it is very rewarding to have the amount of support that we do. For instance, we had a local customer paint us a custom piece of art and it was because they wanted to show their appreciation for making great coffee and being their friends. It was a very special moment and there are no words to describe those kinds of feelings.

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Family: Christian, Colt and Scott at the N’Darko Joe Grand Opening.


If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?

I would build a coffee bean roasting company here in Anadarko and that would allow me to provide jobs to the community.


What has been the best day of running your business?

I feel like our grand opening has been the best day. It was great to have people come down to our store and show their support including Chamber members and Representative David Perryman.


Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?

You get to meet all the different business owners. We all have our niche and specialties. Our Chamber supports each other, and it would be nice to have everyone become a member because there is a lot of camaraderie. We recognize what needs to be done in the community, and together make a plan to move forward.

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Mocha Frappe waiting to be enjoyed at the Grand Opening!

Anything you would like to share with our audience?

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for letting us be here and supporting us. We wouldn’t exist without the community around us. You may call 405-274-1976 for more information. We are located  at 820 S. Mission in Anadarko, and our hours are Monday-Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.