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.

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.

Member Monday: Ridge Runner Roofing

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 J.J. and Jeremy Vance owners of Ridge Runner Roofing.

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Jeremy and J.J. Vance, owners of Ridge Runner Roofing

How long have you been in business?

Our dad started it 21 years ago in 1995 and we took ownership in 1999. We incorporated in 2013 to our LLC.


Why did you choose Anadarko?

Our dad started the company here and we have loyal customers and we want to be just as loyal to them. We also have lots of family here. We’re based in Anadarko but 80% of our work is done outside of town. 50% of our work is in rural areas not inside city limits. Plus, we want our taxes to go to our local community.

In your words describe your business:

We offer residential and commercial roofing. We offer metal, shingles, and flat roofing. There are a lot of different roofing products that fall into those categories and we can handle any of your roofing needs.

Any recent updates at your business?

We constantly update our tools and equipment and employee training to provide the best quality that we can. We attend conferences and seminars to stay on the cutting edge of roofing technology.


What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?

One that we’ve faced and rectified is having loyal employees. We believe that we have a core of employees now that are great to work with. It can also be difficult to change the perception that you can only work on your roof during the summer, but people may not realize that we can put a metal roof on anytime of the year. We only work with one crew in order to keep our quality at a high level . It takes years to get our employees trained to the point where we can operate efficiently.


What is the most rewarding part about your job?

Customer satisfaction and living the american dream of being a small business owner. What we’ve taught our kids is to do honorable work and that is what we believe we offer. There are houses we’ve roofed 10, 15, and 20 years ago that still look good and we take pride in that. We’ve worked for a very diverse set of customers and it’s very rewarding to get to know that many people.

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

In the city I think we need better housing in this city. In order for this city to grow, we need all kind of homes and that helps us too because we get to roof them.

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What has been the best day of running your business?

Probably one of the best days was created on a mistake. We were working on a senior citizens’ building in Minco and the application we used on their roof didn’t work and it began leaking. The type of roofing application that they needed is a specialty that we do not offer and so we wrote them a check for the entire project back and gave them references to specialists for what they needed. The board members that we were working for were shocked that we would do something like that, but it goes back to how we were raised and asking ourselves what would our grandfather do. So after that act of goodwill we ended up continuing to work in that community and roofed a lot of those board member’s personal houses.


Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?

It is good for community involvement, the networking, and giving back through either our time or resources. Everyone in this town is in it together and the chamber of commerce is a great organization to bring people together to get things done.

 

Anything you would like to share with our audience?

We offer free estimates statewide and we want to thank all of  our customers past, present, and future. Find us on facebook to check out our work Metal Roofs By Ridge Runner and call 405-247-2476 to schedule your free estimate.

Member Monday: Caddo County Ag Center

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 Bilyeu general manager for Caddo County Ag Center. The business is owned by Bobby and Melody Bilyeu.

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Caddo County Ag Center off Central Blvd in Anadarko

How long have you been in business?

We started the 2nd week of June last year so a little over a year.


Why did you choose Anadarko?

This is the community we live in and I’ve lived and grown up here since the 1st grade. Eventually we got tired of driving to Chickasha and thought there is no reason why we shouldn’t have a store like this in Anadarko.


In your words describe your business:

We’re kind of like an agricultural supply with various things like work clothes, lawn and garden, feed for livestock. Imagine we’re kind of like an Anadarko-sized Atwoods where our customers are treated like neighbors because they are in some cases.

 

Any recent updates at your business?

We are working on getting mixed feed and mixed fertilizer. We are always open to feedback on how we can improve the store to get the right products.


What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?

As a startup, I could think of lots of things because there is always a new challenge. One thing is that after a year of being open we still have people that don’t know we are open. Plus, getting the right inventory while being competitive on price takes a lot of experimentation.

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What is the most rewarding part about your job?

Feeling like you’re apart of the community and being able to help your neighbors. I’ve seen more classmates here at the business than you would at a reunion. Anadarko is a good community and it’s nice to interact with the people.


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

Having more businesses that are locally owned and operated so our people don’t have to go somewhere else for what they need. To remind people of how it used to be and how we can make it even better than ever.


What has been the best day of running your business?

To be able to help someone not have to drive somewhere else. One thing that we are proud of is starting a local “Paws and Claws” Clinic that provides rabies shots.


Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?

As retailers and community members to be informed of what direction we’re going as a city. The Chamber in our mind helps organize the community and helps present a vision for what we want out of our community.

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Anything you would like to share with our audience?

Just like to add that people should shop local if they can and support the community however you can whether that is picking up trash or volunteering your time or resources. It’s easy to sit back and complain but we all need to start thinking about what Anadarko could be and putting in the work to make it happen. Our hours are 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. For more information call 405-247-5100.