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Remodel Behavior Built using repurposed oceanic shipping containers, The Boxyard in downtown Tulsa is a small, lively, eclectic village of shops, sweets, service providers, dining destinations and retail outlets. BY ROB HARMON PHOTOS BY SARAH ELIZA ROBERTS

Tulsa is one of those large towns that doubles as a small city. It has everything to offer, yet it’s also very accessible. And that sounds a little bit like one of Tulsa’s newest retail developments, The Boxyard. Located at the corner of Third Street and Frankfort Avenue, The Boxyard is a small, lively, eclectic village of shops and retail outlets, including a restaurant, an ice cream microcreamery, a comic book store, a coffee shop, a bank, and lots of other fantastic boutiques. Every establishment in The Boxyard is located inside a repurposed oceanic shipping container once used to transport cargo overseas. “Most of these shipping containers have been bouncing around the ocean for eight or nine years. And they come to a point where the shippers just retire them out of the fleet and sell them,”

says Casey Stowe, developer and owner of The Boxyard along with his principal business partner at Nelson+Stowe Development, Elliot Nelson. Stowe and Nelson were initially inspired with the design concept after Stowe observed a similar project in London, while attending the 2012 Olympics. Out of that experience and a desire to merge both small business growth in downtown Tulsa with creative, sustainable, eco-friendly construction techniques, The Boxyard was born. Working closely with local organizations like the Ross Group and the City of Tulsa, Stowe and Nelson rapidly got The Boxyard from vision to reality. Cisco Containers, in particular, was instrumental in figuring out how to best reuse the containers — nearly 40 in total — without wasting materials. “We really tried to have as little waste as possible when we were doing it,” says Stowe. Even the original container doors, which were replaced by traditional glass

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May 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 5)  

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May 2018 (Vol. 32, No. 5)  

Where to Dine. What to Do. Where to Find It. When It's Happening. Preview 918 A regional magazine of national stature, Preview 918 has rema...