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Pearl District revival built upon Tulsa's music roots

Posted at 6:33 PM, Apr 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-10 19:33:22-04

A Tulsa Street has gone from an industrial area to a downtown trek for many of the area's homeless.

But today, Third Street through the Pearl district is coming alive, and it's all being built on the musical roots that run deep on this Tulsa street.

Third Street east of Peoria to Lewis has undergone a major facelift. It started years ago, with Leon Russell's Church Studio, and then, David Teegarden, another music legend, moved his studio in just down the street.

Businesses coming here are building on the street's and Tulsa's rich musical history.

The coffee blues has been open since January.

Kent and Chadwick say they're musical junkies.

They've got part of the Church Studio's old wood floor, and plenty o' reminders of why Tulsa is so rich with musical history.

They've also have plenty of customers.

"Someone even said to me today they never would've thought that on a side street on Third Street would a coffee shop and bar be as busy as it was this morning cause literally there was a wait this morning,” Kent Berry of Coffee Blues said.

And because he's a music lover, Tom Dittus says this area was the exact spot for Swamp House.

Cajun food right in the middle of it all.

“I mean, it's nuts,” Dittus said. “We're so happy to be a part of it and have the opportunity to do this.”

There's a cuban restaurant, too, high-end gift stores, a bed and breakfast and plans for a record store in one of these little houses that will all be painted a different color.

Think Key West.

There are art galleries here, too.

Various local artists work as a tradeoff to showing their work, others have been around for years.

The Church Studio made it onto the National Historic Registry last fall. It's owned by Teresa Knox and her husband Ivan. They've also done most of the development in this area on a real grass roots level. They've done it all without grants, loans or even tax incentives. They're hoping that Tulsans will make this a destination point as well as people from all over the world.

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