We are sad to announce that Les Debris will be closing its doors at the end of this month, December 2013, due to a loss of lease.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported us and loved our store as much as we do. We had a vision to take a boarded up warehouse and bring it to life. We wanted to bring a piece of New Orleans to our wonderful town, and by your compliments and comments, we feel we succeeded.
When people would walk in and say things like, “I didn’t know there was any place like this in Oklahoma City, or “Wow, I feel like I’m in some other place at some other time”, or “we absolutely love your store”, and some would even say, “I feel like I’m in New Orleans,” our hearts would soar. It’s wonderful when people can see and share in your vision and it let us know that all the hard work, effort, and expense was worth it.
During our short run, we tried to support and help local artists, products and groups dedicated to helping others. Oklahoma City is so full of innovation and talent. We hope all of you will continue to buy local and appreciate what we have here in this amazing city.
We watched with excitement as Automobile Alley grew and more businesses opened. We wanted to help in that growth and hoped to get a merchant association going. Autumn and Tina, with the help of Wendy Dyer from Fox25 and Victoria Holland, walked the streets and introduced themselves to other business owners and held the first meeting to talk about everyone working together for the benefit of all. Blessedly, the wonderful Downtown OKC people were there and began holding meetings. They put together an association and Automobile Alley now has its third Thursday of the month Shop Hop, where local merchants stay open and provide food, drink, entertainment and specials. We hope this is a continued success and that our efforts made a contribution.
While sad, we are also excited and eager to move forward and see what new adventures are waiting for us. Doors close, others open. We have been blessed to meet and get to know so many wonderful people (many have become like family to us) and are grateful for them and the opportunities we’ve had.
We will be sending some of our inventory to Christie’s Auction House in New York, and some will be going with Tina to New Orleans. We will have a sale in January or February of the items left. If there’s something you’ve had your eyes on, now is the time to come in and make us an offer.
Autumn will continue to market Red Hot Mamma’s Pickles here in Oklahoma City and hopes to have a storefront. We will be announcing the new location as soon as possible. We’ll continue to make the pickles and sell them in stores all over Oklahoma. Once our new pickle shop is open, we will carry all the local Made in Oklahoma products you’re used to finding in our current location. Autumn is looking forward to this new venture and will be working closely with other vendors. She inherited “Pickle Passion” from Tina. She also intends to do more internet marketing. We are genuinely blessed to have so many fans addicted to Red Hot Mamma’s Pickles. Thank you!
Tina will be living part-time in New Orleans, marketing the pickles, doing antiques and writing. She loves pushing pickles and already has a Red Hot Mamma’s following in Baton Rouge and the Big Easy. So many people in those cities have offered their help and support. A friend did a testing of the pickles in his bar on Bourbon Street and tourists wanted to buy them before even tasting because they loved the label (inspiration of Autumn), but when they were put out to sample, we got more addicted fans.
Tina’s son Zach McCall and Autumn’s fiancé, Michael Thomas have gone on to do their own construction businesses. We could not have renovated or gotten the building ready without all their hard work.
Rhiannon Cox, granddaughter to Tina, daughter of Autumn, has been amazing, especially at such a young age, in working the shop and helping any way she could. Her first act of pickle mania was to do a vision board saying “Saving the World one Pickle at a Time—It’s Happening,” with a picture of a pickle. Tina still looks at that board every day.
Victoria Holland is now marketing director for the Outlet Mall and is doing a fabulous job. She did a wonderful job while with us, and we’ve missed her but are happy for her success.
Thank you to everyone. And to our friends and neighbors in Automobile Alley and Heritage Hills, your kindness, support and offers of help have warmed our hearts.
A blessed Christmas and New Year to all!
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