Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Pioneer Country

Dan and I flew to Tulsa last weekend to spend a few days with our good friends, Pam and Jim. 

When Pam and Jim moved to Tulsa a year ago, we knew it would be just a matter of time before we'd head down to see them.  So, on Friday we hopped a plane and got there in time for supper.

On Saturday we took a drive to nearby Pawhuska, of Pioneer Woman fame.  We knew the Mercantile wouldn't be open for business yet, but thought we'd have a look around.

The doors were open and the place was bustling with workmen and a crew of people in Mercantile shirts, setting things up.

As we poked our heads inside for a peek, Jerry, the general contractor, met us at the door and gave us a warm greeting, inviting us to step inside! It was a bit surreal seeing the Mercantile in person, after watching its progress on Ree's show and on her blog.  If this blog were 'scratch and sniff', you could smell the rich aroma of all that natural wood.

We were free to look at the entire first floor -- Jerry was almost apologetic that we couldn't go upstairs to the bakery because the workers were still finishing up the stairway.

It was so exciting to see the original mural that was discovered under the plastering of the old building. The carved flowers in the wood below are just beautiful and will be the same pattern used on the stationery sold at the store.  It was all I could do not to start going through boxes to find some to buy;)

The kitchen. . .

 That wonderful ceiling tile that they worked so hard to restore just gleams.  So beautiful. . .

The cappacino machine!

Seeing the inside of the Merc was more than we'd hope for.  I can't wait to go back and visit when it's open!

Pawhuska is a sweet little town.  We had a fabulous lunch at The Prairie Dog. They have a hot dog bar that would rival any hot dog stand on the streets of New York City, as well as frozen yogurt and cupcakes that are to die for.

There was an art festival going on in town, and lots of little artists were hard at work drawing chalk sidewalk pictures.

We wandered through the shops and had a nice conversation with the friendly proprietor of Clifton's Osage Prairie Gifts.  

There was a chuck wagon dinner being served that evening.  Here's Jim, talking to the cook.

Lots of places to shop in this little town!

Being the groupies that we are, we stopped at the local grocery store that Ree frequents. . .

. . . and paid homage to her at the butter display;)

Before getting in the car to leave, we took a run walk up the steps of the old courthouse.

From the top, a view of the little town of Pawhuska.

Tomorrow, I'll post about another Pioneer Woman on the prairie of Oklahoma!


Mari said...

Ooooohhh! I am so jealous! I would love to visit here - thanks for sharing with us!

Melinda said...

I'm with Mari!!

Such a fun trip for you.

M : )

Mereknits said...

What a great trip, so gald you had a wonderful time with your friends.

Patti said...

Sounds like a great time! It's wonderful that even though your friends are a few hundred miles away, via the airlines, it's not far at all.

I do love The Pioneer Woman. In fact, her show is one of the few things I miss about not having Dish anymore. Her cookbooks help with that, though.