On the one-year anniversary of the opening of Blue Jackalope Groceries & Coffee, the only community grocery in Tulsa’s historic Crosby Heights neighborhood, owner/proprietor F. Scott Smith was running the counter, sampling snap peas just trucked in from Bixby. He shared his snack and visited with the Friday morning regulars. The bike rack in front of the store was full.
As if this scene wasn’t enough reason to launch a corner grocery, “I saw my neighbors using public transportation to lug their groceries home. Or, spending their food stamps at the convenience stores and not having many choices,” Smith said. “This neighborhood needed a better way.”