Mecca Coffee Co. still grinding along after 100 years in Tulsa | Entertainment

“We had a large grocery section with imported foods you couldn’t find in most other stores at that time,” she said. “Things that are now everywhere, like capers, pastas from Italy, real Parmesan cheese and prosciutto, olive oils and special kinds of vinegar.”

Mecca was also the place where people interested in brewing beer and wine at home could get their supplies.

“That was a huge thing for us for a while,” Culbreath said. “And Charlie was the expert on that. But when he decided to stop working at the store, we gave that up. For one thing, the beer making stuff was just too heavy for the girls working for us to carry around. And then microbreweries started really going strong in Oklahoma.”

The shop had a deli counter, where people could order sandwiches to go (“We didn’t have any kind of seating at the old store,” Culbreath said), and for a short time installed a special display case to showcase the work of a local chocolatier.

“These were really nice chocolates,” Culbreath said. “The only problem was, after a while, you’d take a bit of a chocolate and all you could taste was cumin or some other spice we had been grinding. The chocolate just seemed to absorb whatever was in the air, so we had to stop that.”

The Mecca of today still offers a selection of cooking utensils, locally made foodstuffs and a large assortment of home decor items. The olive oils and vinegars remain popular, and Culbreath said the store has been selling more and more varieties of teas in recent years.

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