Greater Oklahoma City is in the geographic center of North America equidistant from the east and west coasts and major trade partners of Canada and Mexico. The ten county region is at the crossroads of the U.S., sitting at the heart of three major national highways on the NAFTA corridor.
There's a reason Greater Oklahoma City is such a great place for business: Location. The ten county region is positioned within a day's drive of the rapidly-growing south-central region (OK, TX, AR, LA) projected to grow more than 44% during the next 25 years.
"When I started my business 20 years ago, I always had the feeling that people were cheering for me to succeed. [We do] business in almost every state, but the people of Oklahoma are always the best to work with."
- David Box, Owner, Box Talent Agency
Bricktown visitors will have a new place to satisfy their sweet tooth when Bricktown Candy Co. opens Friday.
The shop will sell many kinds of bulk candy - chocolate, sours, bubble gum, licorice, hard candy, jaw breakers and more - plus bottled soft drinks. In a few weeks, expect gelato to be added to the inventory, owner Justin Thomas said. "We'll have a little bit of everything."
Thomas said he's wanted to open a candy store in Bricktown for years and added he isn't worried about the economy affecting business.
"Candy is a recession-proof industry," he said. "People actually buy more candy during a recession to make them feel good."
Thomas, 40, grew up in Muskogee but has called Oklahoma City home for 20 years. The husband and father (of a 2-year-old and expecting a new baby in October) said he's looking forward to adding more family-friendly retail to Bricktown.
The store opens Friday at 100 E California, above Jazmo'z Bourbon Street Cafe.