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Cultivar, Red Coyote offer relief for runners

With local runners edging toward what might be a soggy finish line at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, some local retailers are offering shelter after the race (and the storm) on Sunday.

Automobile Alley operators Cultivar Mexican Kitchen and Red Coyote Running and Fitness have partnered to provide a one-stop destination for race participants.

Cultivar, 714 N Broadway Ave, will be open for business and prepared to assist the participants.

“The marathon brings such an energy and excitement to the downtown area, but due to the crowds, it can be difficult to find a friendly place to gather indoors before and after the race. By hosting these race day festivities, we hope to offer participants a cool location to rest, unwind, remember, honor and celebrate the day,” Cultivar co-Owner Gary Goldman said.

Cultivar will open at 5 a.m. to offer a place for runners to securely store their personal belongings. Runners can drop off keys, phones, wallets and anything personal to allow for an easy transition post-run. At 8:30 a.m. the restaurant’s festivities kick off with a brunch menu offering post-run friendly items made from local ingredients.

“Running a marathon or a half marathon is a huge accomplishment and with the help of Cultivar, we wanted to provide a place for runners, and their family and friends, to gather, remember and celebrate. We hope all race day participants will stop by and share their race day experiences with friends over a 13.1 margarita or a taco!” Red Coyote owner Burke Beck said.

Red Coyote Running is an official sponsor of this year’s run and also coordinates and provides pace group leaders on race day. Cultivar, which donated food to both days of the race expo, is also a volunteer food voucher participant and has contributed to the virtual runners’ packet.

Following the marathon, Cultivar will take on a party atmosphere with free massages, promotional giveaways, and even two running-inspired margaritas, aptly named the “13.1” and the “26.2”. To keep the energy going, Oklahoma City favorite  DJ LiTEBRiTE will spin for the family friendly event.

Cultivate will donate 10 percent of the day's sales to The Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County. The personal belongings storage is complimentary; however, donations towards the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County (BGCOKC) will be gladly accepted. Donations can be made via cash, check, pledge form or by texting BGCOKCRUN to 41444.

For more information about marathon day activities at Cultivar, click here

Oh, and don't forget your raincoat, umbrella and wellies!

Local company to be featured on national television Monday morning 

The gourmet shop formerly known as Olive & Company and now known as The Oil Tree will make its national television debut on CBS’s The Talk on Monday.

Despite the name change, Maggie Peterson is still its owner and it still specializes in curated olive oils and balsamic vinegars at 7602 N May Ave, along with her husband Rane and family. 

Regardless what the store is calling itself, it's doing something right.

“We are honored to have been chosen by CBS for this incredible opportunity, which has been an intense logistical operation.” said Rane. We carefully packaged 675 gift bags, each featuring our favorites which will be revealed on-air, during the show.

To ensure the gift bags were pristine, family members drove the gift bags from May Avenue to the CBS lot in Studio City, Calif.

“Most of our business is very local, however we have an extensive online shop, too,” Peterson said. “We think the rest of the country will love our products as much as Oklahomans do.” 

The show airs on CBS at 1 p.m. Hosts include Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Taylor and Sheryl Underwood.

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