"Would you say i have a PLETHORA of Pinata's?"

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"Would you say i have a PLETHORA of Pinata's?"

So...

Elliot Nelson and his crew at McNellies Group asked us to take a peek at tweaking the concept for their new El Guapo's Cantina in south Tulsa. This is what happened next.



The mainstay in downtown has been around for a while and they have a loyal fan base and an aesthetic befitting the downtown setting of the historic building it calls home.

Here are a few pics of the original.


We asked "How much are you willing to tweak?"

He said "How much do you want to tweak?"

We said "How much can we tweak?"

He said "Show me something fun and we'll see."

We showed him some stuff, fully prepared to get told to pull it back here or there.


 He said "Go for it".

 

We went for it.



It's a 2 phase process, with phase one complete and open now, and additional design and an outdoor garden and dining room coming in the spring. Below is a bit of the process of getting there. Elliot kindly allowed us to do every square inch of the space. After going over his inspirations and ours we went to visit the construction site as it was.


Then they handed us the pre existing plans and Fred, our office mascot and licensed architect of record, translated them for us.


After staring at the existing plan forwards, backwards, and upside down for what seemed like enough time to distill tequila from scratch and re-erect the Aztec civilization, we made some homemade salsa and margaritas, watched Three Amigos one last time, said screw it, let's flip this on it's head, and submitted these:



"Yip, we dig that, make it so" says Elliot and team.


Here are a few pics of the process. We've got about a thousand of these, we'll add them in over the coming weeks.


Fast forward a few months, and with the help of these peeps, we got er open:


Micky Payne and Fernando Lafon with Happy Hammer (GC for the project and main Shit Getter Doners and masters of rocking this whole thing, lots to be said about these two guys!)

Alex Palmer and crew with Landmark Construction for knocking out our insane booth program and many other things.

Chad Grubbs at Bent on Creativity who rocked our custom lights, HOLA Sign and Cantina tables.

Hugh Meade at OddFab for his paint booth and custom lights.

Ramón Rodriguez for the insane work on the main bar hand painted floor, it's amazeballs, seriously.

Shawn Graham and Justin Barr at 247 Graphics for our custom wallpaper and vinyls.

Amy and Emily at Industry West for rocking the perfect chair program and working with us so quickly.

Randy and his team at Frederick Sign Co. for knocking out our signage and additional large format graphics.

Theo Parker at ProSource for help us solve our last minute tile solutions.

Carla Fonseca at Viva Greetings for the best Serape fabric we have ever seen.

Joey Dimment at Finished Edge Upholstery for making our booths look so juicy.

Huge thanks to Mark, Jeff, JLo, John, Jess, Amanda, Adam, Travis, Brian, Tony, Jim and every at McNellies Group for making this an enjoyable process.


The day after Christmas, after highfiving everyone and doing a shot of tequila,  we ended up with this...

(Photos by Ryan Magnani)

and a single golden Pinata...


 Add in a Tequila and Mescal library of over 100 different varieties, some street tacos, killer mole, and this space, and we're one happy team

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Looking forward to the next few concepts in Tulsa with The McNellie's Group, keep a look out for some sneak peeks coming soon..

Plethora...


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Paolo your our hero.

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Paolo your our hero.

We probably should post all of our businessessness stuff on here, and we do love our business. Being that our notebook is titled "Things We Like", here are more things we "like". We will get to the business stuff later, in more important news… here is some Paolo.


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Mère F*ckin Musique lundi

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Mère F*ckin Musique lundi

Just a simple monday music share….

Madisen Ward and Mama Bear performing their song "Live by Water" at Hydraulic Pictures. They are a mother and son act that hails from Kansas City. Like them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/MadisenWardAndTheMamaBear

oh, and this as well...


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MONDAY MUSIC SHARE

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MONDAY MUSIC SHARE

Coming off a little music high after Center Of The Universe in Tulsa this past weekend we thought we would share our favorite tracks from the fest with a few videos. First though lets start with one that has nothing to do with that at all. A duo from far far away from the center of anything close to us, at least not within driving distance.

Me And My Drummer - Don't Be So Hot

and now a few from Center Of The Universe...

Capital Cities - Kangaroo Court

Taddy Porter - The Gun

Stay tuned for our THROWBACK THURSDAY VIDEOS from the Idea Collective Vault coming this week...

 

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We are dancing and advancing to the light, Play it right.

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We are dancing and advancing to the light, Play it right.

Just a simple music share today from a band we can't stop spinning all morning. thanks Taylor. and thank you Sylvan Esso.

"Representing the fulfillment of their fortuitous encounter by, once again, linking parts that too often come stripped of their counterparts. Here, motion comes with melody. Words come with ideas. And above all, pop comes back with candor. " –words by Sylvan Esso It was an honor to team up with these talented artists. Even from the very beginning, they were enthusiastic and passionate; we were fueled by their commitment to quality and craft—everything so intentional. One of the amazing things about working with these guys is the collaborative spirit, everyone pushing people to their best. From the styling by Dear Hearts, additional performances by Leah & Will, and the whole crew that made this piece come to life, we are extremely stoked on what it turned into! — Directed by Remedy & Sylvan Esso Filmed and Edited by Remedy Produced by Martin Anderson & Will Hackney Lights by Nicholas Sanborn Styled by Dear Hearts Additional lighting by Matt Moore Dancers: Leah Wilks and Will Hackney Thanks to: Frank Heath and Andy Young —

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Event Horizon of Paper Art

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Event Horizon of Paper Art

This is what we believe it to look like as your head would enter a blackhole. Possibly. If it were made of paper. And if you had a slow motion videographer with you in said black hole. And you both could somehow escape and return to show all of us.

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Our Silver Lining

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Our Silver Lining

Silver Lining is the word that seems to surround us lately. The Buffalo Lounge was a huge success and life in general is making so much more sense. Look for a SXSW Recap coming soon. In the meantime lets just keep this simple with one of our favorites of the past few years… Love these girls (First Aid Kit) and everything they touch turns to gold. "My Silver Lining" is off there soon to be released "Stay Gold" and if you don't have their earlier work then you should download all of and get the vinyl!


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Oklahoma's Herd

We are just a few short days out from converging on SXSW as an Oklahoma united front in what we came to call "The Buffalo Lounge" just 4 short years ago. We have to say we are humbled by its growth especially this next weeks upcoming 4th annual Buffalo Lounge. We have grown and worked with so many deeply passionate folks and are looking forward to watching our state leave a mark on SXSW 2014. None of this would be possible without the truly collaborative spirits of all the talented Okies that have raised their hands and said "how do i help!!??" Check out what Lampstand Media helped us put together over the past few weeks.


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