Anchor Tenants Announced for Boxyard Development

Aug 19, 2015

Credit Nelson Stowe Development

A downtown Tulsa retail development to be built out of shipping containers has its anchor tenants.

Dwelling Spaces and Joebot's Coffee will move to the Boxyard from Second and Detroit, and MASA food truck will set up a permanent location. Dwelling Spaces owner Mary Beth Babcock said the developers aren't talking about other tenants just yet.

"But I know my dreams," Babcock said. "A record store, bookstore, gosh, space — I've heard talk about a space-type shop, you know, telescopes."

MASA owner Robert Carnoske said he's been looking for a permanent location almost since he opened the food truck.

"This one just seemed to fit everything that we needed," Carnoske said. "It was also really appealing because it's just a neat, unique idea for here in Tulsa, and I just like the idea of working with other local business owners."

Babcock will also plan events for the entire development, which will have a central courtyard and performance areas.

"There's so many different retail shops, you know. Say a store gets a really cool new product in, we can have demonstrations done," Babcock said. "We can bring things on a bigger scale. We can show movies outdoors. We can do just so many different options."

Nelson Stowe Development is acquiring the land for the Boxyard at Third and Frankfort. More than 30 shipping containers 8 feet by 40 feet will be used to build it.

The Boxyard should open spring 2016.