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Most everyone in the county has some recollection of our property through the years. The building itself dates to 1951, and was originally designed as a gas station. During those early days, Route 66 was the primary east/west road through Tulsa and Sapulpa, and the business flourished as interstate commerce fueled sales. Eventually, Rt. 44 was built, and by the by, the business became more of a local gas station. One day, a small group of adventure seeking beatnik hipsters stopped to have work done on their van. Soon thereafter, the decision was made to sell the property. As old-man Smithers was heard to say, “If it wasn’t for those meddling kids, I wouldn’t have realized the value of this wonderful property and seized on the opportunity for early retirement.”
And that is when George turned it into Box-Car BBQ. For several years prior to owning the property, George had operated a successful mobile Box-Car BBQ at the corner of Main St and Taft Ave. Yet, when the opportunity arose to purchase our location on Rt. 66, George knew it was the right decision.
George designed and built the magnificent smoker that remains in our present dispensary, and began serving the best tasting BBQ in eastern Oklahoma. And while the food was delicious, somehow it was George that brought the people back, time-n-time again. George was a local institution… part politician and part entrepreneur, and was much loved by the throngs of his devoted diners.
Several years ago, George got the unfortunate news that he was suffering from prostate cancer. Although not a cannabis user during his life, he was recommended to begin a regimen of medical THC/ CBD to ameliorate his pain and help him sleep.
Sadly, George passed away in April 2017, and Lance bought Box Car BBQ from the estate. After the experience Lance had with his dad and the difficulty people have with understanding, or feeling comfortable navigating the Medical Marijuana Industry, in 2019 Lance decided he could do more and the concept of opening a dispensary was born.
Our name, “Cannected” is a mashup of “Cannabis” and “connected.” Our intent is to connect with our clients, community and vendors in an effort to spread the responsible use of cannabis. As you can see from visiting our shop, we’ve kept certain items (like the giant smoker in the dispensary) as an homage to our legacy, and the thoughtful observer will find countless “Easter Eggs” that harken back to either the gas station, Box-Car BBQ, or even George himself. As Lance puts it, “the only way you’ll see them is if you know.”
While our name is Cannected, with a stated goal of being connected to our clients and community, our motivation and the challenge we make to each other daily is “To be committed to doing good.” This commitment doesn’t, and can’t, be limited to our time in the dispensary. Being committed to “doing good” may sound simple, and perhaps slightly droll, but it’s often difficult, yet essential for our well being. It takes practice, but doesn’t every worthwhile pursuit require effort?