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Nichols Hills coffee shop brews lasting friendships

Coffee at the Starbucks in Nichols Hills has led to deeper friendships.
by Helen Ford Wallace Published: July 14, 2013

— The Starbucks Coffee Shop in Nichols Hills is that busy place where workers know the regulars' names, or least what kind of latte they drink. For one group of customers, it also has been a great place to party and socialize; they get together in the morning and plan evening activities.

These regulars note that this Starbucks is a place where they can have a few minutes of laughs or hours of laughs, and no one cares if you place the same drink order every day.

One of the regulars, Clay Healey, just handed the barista a credit card, didn't order, didn't say a word and his coffee was ready in minutes. She knew exactly how he wanted his coffee.

Barista Natalie Greuel, who has been filling orders for the Nichols Hills customers for two years, said that “it's a great community family here. Everyone is so friendly. Usually we have standing room only. Some come in the morning and work on their computers all day. We are open in the evening too. There are lots of orders for nonfat lattes and our pastry case is always full. People can sit outside at tables on the sidewalk. It is just a great atmosphere.”

Sometimes everyone gets together for morning coffee and evening drinks.

Scott Woolum, another Starbucks regular visitor, knows most of the people who are there in the morning. He reports that some of the group gets together outside of the coffee shop at community events or parties.

Most of them became friends by just talking in the morning over a cup of coffee.

“Recently one of the guys who got married in Hawaii got us together at Packard's Restaurant for a rooftop party at night to celebrate. There was every age group represented,” Woolum said.

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by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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