Member Monday: Jo’s Burgers

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 Damon Logue owner of Jo’s Burgers, Steaks & Catering.

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How long have you been in business?
We will have been open in Anadarko two years March 27th, 2017.

Why did you choose Anadarko for your business?
Anadarko didn’t have a burger place and we felt like that was a market we could serve.

In your words describe your business:
We are open for lunch and dinner offering a wide variety of salads, burgers, steaks and chicken. We also have full-service catering for any size event.

What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?
Having enough space for all of our customers.

 

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What is the most rewarding part about your job?
Being able to help give back to the community, we recently purchased community benches to put at the splash pad in Rotary Park.

Have there been any recent updates at your business?
We expanded our restaurant into the next door building which allowed us to add thirteen more tables.

Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
To stay informed with what is going on in the community and help wherever we can.

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Anything you would like to share with our audience?
Thank you to everyone who has supported us and we look forward to continued growth for us and the community.

Member Monday: PK Sign and Graphics

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 herePaul and Kris Fanning own PK Sign and Graphics.

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Paul Fanning, owner of PK Sign & Graphics

 

How long have you been in business?

Six and a half years, we opened in June of 2010.

Why did you choose Anadarko for your business?

We’ve lived in the community for over 20 years. This is a business that we can operate during our retirement.

In your words describe your business:

We print about just anything vinyl from decals to stickers and banners and even large aluminum signs. We also have a personalized product line where you can customize coffee mugs, portraits on aluminum and other specialty gifts.

 

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What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?

Our biggest challenge is probably just to keep the doors open with the way the economy has been. Especially, when you consider people shopping online. It can be challenging to get people to shop local and keep our tax dollars in Anadarko.


What is the most rewarding part about your job?

When people come in and need something that we can help them with. We like to make people happy with the job we’ve done for them.

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

I’d like to see Anadarko to start growing again and which would make the town more prosperous. We would love to continue growing this business into a really big business. Do something that would encourage kids to stay in Anadarko after graduation or to move back if they went away for college.

Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?

The chamber of commerce helps promote all the businesses in town. They keep the small businesses informed about the happenings in town.

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Anything you would like to share with our audience?

We have a new product line of personalized products that make good one of a kind Christmas gifts and can be personalized with family pictures or business logos. To anyone reading this, if you mention seeing this article you will receive a 10 percent discount on merchandise. Come see us Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:00 p.m. at 1308 E. Central in Anadarko. For more information call 405-247-5455.

Member Monday: Robert Lee Insurance Agency

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 Lee, owner, of Robert Lee Insurance Agency.

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Robert Lee, owner of Robert Lee Insurance Agency

How long have you been in business?

I started in January of 2000 so about 16 years. After 26 years of owning Lee’s muffler shop I was ready for something different.

Why did you choose Anadarko for your business?

It was my hometown and I’ve had opportunities to go other places but I wanted to stay here where I grew up. I was born here and wanted to keep my agency here.

In your words describe your business:

We are an independent agency, which means we write for a number of companies and the advantage to that is we can find a good fit for everybody’s needs because everyone’s needs are different.

What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?

I enjoy helping people with their needs and I don’t see it as a big challenge.


What is the most rewarding part about your job?

Somebody that comes into our business and we are able to help them with their needs or problems through insurance–that is rewarding.

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Peg Crockett, works with Robert Lee

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

I would just like to figure out a way to bring more jobs for the people who live in this community.


Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?

Because they are a good steward to the city of anadarko, and they put a positive light on the community. not just for the people who are here but for the visitors as well.

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Anything you would like to share with our audience?

I’m married and my wife’s name is Sherry and we have one son and his name is Chris. Peg Crockett works with me and we are happy to answer questions and people are welcome to come by or call 405-247-9582. We are open  Monday-Friday from 9-5pm.

Member Monday: Walmart

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 Dani Howsley, new store manager of Walmart in Anadarko.

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How long have you been in business?
The store has been open since june 1st 1977.

In your words describe your business?
We’re here for the community, and we are here for our customers so they can save money and live better.

What is your biggest challenge so far as the store manager?
It has been a really awesome transition so far and the customers and associates are great. I’ve been really enjoying to get to know people around the community.

What is the most rewarding part about your job?
Getting to know the people and their needs and then being able to help them, which goes for our customers and Walmart associates.

If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or community, what would you do?
I would bring everybody in the community together with the same core values, really strive for excellence, and just make Anadarko the best that it can be.

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Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
Walmart the corporation has so many opportunities and the possibilities are endless to be able to work together.

Anything you would like to share with our audience?
I would like to thank Anadarko for welcoming me into the city, I just want Anadarko to thrive and I want to be a part of that process. I want Walmart to be a part of that as well and we are ready to get started.

Walmart in Anadarko is located at 1201 W. Petree Rd and is open every day from 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Member Monday: Entwined Vines Winery

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 John Foster, owner of Entwined Vines Winery in Anadarko.

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John Foster, owner of Entwined Vines Winery & Vineyards

How long have you been in business?
We’ve been open a little over three years.

In your words describe your business?
We offer a way to bring Oklahoma wines and other products to the consumer, straight from the field to the bottle or jar. Our company specializes in Oklahoma wines, jams, jellies and salsa.

What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?
Our main facility is located just west of Anadarko, but it is difficult to get drive-by traffic to stop in to the store. We are still working on getting a customer base out here.

What is the most rewarding part about your job?
All of it–I would say just working for myself and doing something that I’m compassionate about and providing a good quality product that our customers enjoy.


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If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business, what would you do?
There are two things that I would focus on which would be the size of the business so to grow it, and to update Oklahoma’s antiquated wine shipping laws. I think it would be a lot better if I could ship wine directly to the consumer.

Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
It is important to be part of the community. The Chamber is able to help the community and businesses with promotional outreach, hosting festivals, and general advertising.

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Anything you would like to share with our audience?
Thanks to the community for supporting my business and make sure to come out and get wonderful made in Oklahoma products for the holidays. We are located 4 ½ miles west of Randlett Park on County Road 1340. The store is open Wednesday-Friday, 12:00-6:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:00-6:00 p.m. For more information call 405-320-0452.

Member Monday: Subway

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 Dawn Mammedaty manager, of Subway. The Anadarko franchise is owned by John Heffernan.

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Dawn Mammedaty, Manager (Right)

How long have you been in business?
Subway has been here for a long time, I’ve personally been with the company for 16 years. I remember this space used to be a Mexican restaurant and I think a beauty parlor at one time.

In your words describe your business:
I think that overall we encourage healthy eating. We offer an opportunity for our customers to get waited on in a timely manner. Most people may not know that we do offer catering, online ordering, and even breakfast! We are open at 7:00 am during the week.

What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?
We like to hire high school age kids and give them their first job and give them that opportunity to learn the value of a dollar. However, teaching them work responsibility is a very important job. It can be tough to train workers who are good employees but then they move on to bigger and better things.

What is the most rewarding part about your job?
I love seeing people that are happy. It is great seeing our repeat customers that keep coming back. I’ve also seen people that choose to eat healthy and see the progress that they make in their fitness journey.

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If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business, what would you do?
For the business I would get a bigger facility with a drive-thru! I think a lot of people would appreciate that, or even expand to delivery because a lot of working folks only have a limited amount of time for lunch.

Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
It is important to be involved so that way you are able to stay connected to what is going on in the city. You will know what the upcoming events are going to be. It will also help promote your business.

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Anything you would like to share with our audience?
I would say thank you for coming in and patronizing us. Without our customers we would not have our business. Coming up in November there will be a carved turkey with cranberry mustard sauce special. You can find coupons on our website www.subway.com. We are located at 733 E. Petree Rd in Anadarko and are open Monday – Wednesday from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. You can get more information about our specials by calling 405-247-3300.

Member Monday: Taylor Building Systems

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 Taylor, owner, of Taylor Building Systems.

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Scott Taylor, owner of Taylor Building Systems

How long have you been in business?

The company was started 46 years ago. Our grandfather started it, my dad continued the business and so we are the third generation.

 

In your words describe your business:

We are a pre-engineered metal fabricator. Our primary business is fabricating metal roofing components.

 

What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?

Hiring and keeping great people. In our experience, sometimes it is better to take people who have no experience in the field of welding, etc. and we actually end up doing better than if we had someone with a lot of bad habits from previous training. We have a great core of employees which has taken years to build.


What is the most rewarding part about your job?

The best feeling is having satisfied customers. We are proud of the product we provide them.

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Metal that will be fabricated into roof components

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

It would be great to continue to increase our efficiency and be able to produce our product as fast as possible for our customers.


Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?

For us it is mainly the networking opportunities, there are people in this area that may not know we are here and the services we provide.

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Anything you would like to share with our audience?

We just want to thank the Anadarko community who has been very supportive of us as we have grown. We get as many customers around Anadarko as we do in Chickasha. Our hours are 8:00 – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and Saturday 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. We are located at 2479 CS 2865, Chickasha, OK 73018 and you can call 405-222-0751 for more information.

Member Monday: Smith and Sons

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 Gary and Larry Smith, owners, of Smith and Sons.

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How long have you been in business?

Our family has had it since August 13th, 1979, is when our dad bought it. This place has been around since 1898. At one time there were 5 lumber yards in this area.


Why did you choose Anadarko?

We have been born and raised here and Anadarko has been good to our family. There is a need here for a lumber yard.

 

In your words describe your business:

We offer lumber, hardware, electrical and plumbing. We offer everything a big box store would offer. A lot of people may not realize our store is as big as it is, which has about 12,000 square feet space.

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What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?

Our biggest challenge is keeping up to date with the product mix. We attend a lot of trade shows to find the best things for our customers and to make sure we have the newest available products.


What is the most rewarding part about your job?

Helping people, basically is the most rewarding part of having this business. We are glad to be able to help people solve problems.

 

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

We would want to help bring industry and boost tourism efforts that would bring people into town.


Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?

The Chamber promotes your business and to be a place for all the businesses to work together. We hope people realize that there is nothing wrong with asking for help and it can be tough running a business. The Chamber provides resources to help people and businesses.

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Anything you would like to share with our audience?

We appreciate all the people that give us business around here. What we have over the big boxes is we support a lot of things around this area and offer quality service to our customers. We are located at 117 SE 2nd in Anadarko and open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Call 405-247-3501 for more information.

Member Monday: Rogers Insurance Agency

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 Terri Rogers, owner, of Rogers Insurance Agency.

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Terri Rogers, owner of Rogers Insurance Agency

How long have you been in business?
Since 2012, so about four years now. The insurance business has been in the family going back to the 1950s. I bought the business in 2012 and previously it was Pruitt Insurance.

Why did you choose Anadarko?
In 1999 I became a full agent and I do love this work. We were married in 1979 and we have raised our family here so this is home.

In your words describe your business:
I sell property and casualty insurance and commercial insurance. I also sell bonds. I do a lot of farm and grazing bonds.

What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?
Just trying to get awareness out about our business. There are a lot of insurance companies out there which means a lot of competition for customers.

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What is the most rewarding part about your job?
The number one thing is making customers happy. When I have customers that come in and visit and let us know that they are satisfied with how we have been able to help them.

If you had a magic wand to fix anything in your business or the city what would you do?
I would just like to see our town grow. If our town grows and the money stays local our people do better.

Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
It helps to promote our businesses around town. If our businesses aren’t connected then it is tough to get the word out. We have to work together to build up our community.

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Anything you would like to share with our audience?
Come by and see us at our office at 301 E. Central in Anadarko. We are open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or you can call 405-247-3761 for more information.

Member Monday: Pizza Hut

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 Ron Hargrave, general manager, of Pizza Hut in Anadarko.

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Ron Hargrave, general manager of Pizza Hut in Anadarko.

How long have you been in business?
I’ve been working here for 21 years and the Pizza Hut has been in this location 25 years.


Why did you choose Anadarko?
I first moved here in 1991 and I am originally from North Carolina. I was in the army for 15 years. My wife is from Indiahoma and she has family in this area so that is part of why we decided to move here.

 

In your words describe your business:

Pizza Hut is the largest pizza company in the world. As the general manager, I do everything like count money, serve customers, hire employees and handle complaints.

 

Any recent updates at your business?
The building has been here 25 years and it has not been updated at all until the last month. I asked our owner for a remodel because our biggest complaint was the booths. Originally, we thought the renovation would take a month but it only took three weeks. We’re happy to be open again for our customers.

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Recently remodeled interior is more modern and bright.

What is your biggest challenge in running this business?
One of our biggest challenges is finding employees who want to work and then once they are here for awhile getting them to stay.

 

What is the most rewarding part about your job?

When the customer has had a great experience and there are no complaints. We want to make sure that they are happy.

 

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

Finding something for the kids to do would be great. Business wise we want to be able to offer the highest quality product for the best price.


Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
The Chamber makes the community grow and it helps the city out by getting business input on creating a shared vision. Businesses have to give back to support our community.

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Anything you would like to share with our audience?

From me personally I want to thank everyone for their patronage at our store and if they have any questions to please contact me. I’m here to make sure everyone is taken care of. We are open every day at 10:30 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and we are open until 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at 925 S. Mission in Anadarko. Call to place your order at 405-247-7385.