Plaza District residents are active in area's business decisions

Residents in the Oklahoma City neighborhoods surrounding the 16th Street Plaza District are not shy in telling property and business owners what they want from the retailers and restaurants.
by Steve Lackmeyer Published: May 22, 2014


photo - Employee Andrew Giles and manager Jason Wegand work Thursday behind the counter at the District House, 1755 NW 16 Street, in the Plaza District in Oklahoma City .  Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman  PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - 
PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND
Employee Andrew Giles and manager Jason Wegand work Thursday behind the counter at the District House, 1755 NW 16 Street, in the Plaza District in Oklahoma City . Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND

Residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the 16th Street Plaza District are not shy in telling property and business owners what they want from the retailers and restaurants.

Two years ago, residents gathered at an annual Plaza District town hall and clamored for Sunday brunches at restaurants that were, at that point, closing on Sundays. The district this year now features restaurants offering brunch.

When Kenny Deason and Chris Corbin, long associated with The Parish, 1755 NW 16, began looking at opening a coffee shop with the art and music venue, neighbors were quick to tell them they wanted a shop that would be open at night.

In the end, the neighbors got their way. The District House coffee shop and deli features an array of coffees, brewed beer in cans, and hot deli sandwiches and is open 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The venture, Deason said, wouldn’t have been possible without first successfully creating The Parish, which he calls a “church community” focused on art and music.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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So far it’s going very well. And it really gets packed when there is a Thunder game on.”

Kenny Deason,

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