Doc Lacy’s campus coffee house assumed new management and a new look as the 2014-2015 school year began in August. Sheresa Grate, also the women’s Residence Director and 2011 OKWU graduate, is doc’s new manager, and she said the coffee house’s new look is an “industrial, international theme”.
Grate implemented an earthy color palette and rustic furniture into the design for a warmer feel, arranging tables, chairs, and bar stools to more easily accommodate conversation and study groups. Doc’s new student-designed logo also hangs prominently on a back wall.
All of doc’s renovations center around what Grate calls “the pulse” of a growing and diversifying student body. Numerous clocks hang on the wall depicting time zones from the United States and other countries of student origin. The menu has also expanded to include trendy snacks like “hummus and veggies” and coffee roasts from Topeka in nearby Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“Doc’s caters to students who don’t just want to grab their coffee and go,” said Grate, although convenience is certainly a priority. “We want students to also have fun, but overall the tone will be a calm atmosphere,” she said.
Junior Biology major Ashley Knott says doc’s is her go-to campus hang out. She describes the renovations as “cool, but still doc’s”. Knott, who recommends the peach smoothie, is just one of doc’s many loyal customers (others include dedicated staff and faculty members and alumni). Ultimately, Grate hopes that doc Lacy’s will continue to be a hub for students like Ashley Knott: an oasis of friends, quality conversation, and good coffee to balance exams, term papers, and busy schedules that a layer of paint and new furniture will not change.