Revitalizing the "Daube" building

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

ARDMORE, Okla.--A father-son team is working to breathe life back into Ardmore's Main Street. They hope to bring activity to the historic area. They are working on the old Daube department store building, a longtime fixture on Main St.

"It was one of the first, if not the first, started here. Ardmore, more or less, built around this," says Bob Longest, the father-part of the team with the grand vision.

Bob and his son Tim hope to turn Daube’s into a place called ‘Paradise Alley Marketplace.’ They hope it can be a place where people can come to for a bite to eat and for some entertainment

"People would love to have a destination to go to eat good Mexican food or hamburger. Nice music, have a glass of wine," Tim says.

The father-son team spent the last two months renovating parts of the old Daube building in hopes of attracting businesses to Ardmore's Main street. Back in the 1940's this part was known as the 'Squeeze In" Café, and for very good reason.

"'The Squeeze In' was a restaurant that was a real narrow hamburger joint. I think it was always crowded so you had to squeeze in to a seat if you couldn’t find a seat squeeze into the counter get something to go."

Bob and Tim stroll across the old Daube their keeping in mind two things: revitalize the historical value and save the building and its historic treasures.

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