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Historic Site, Monumental Stuff

The owners of Old Station Monuments in Perkins talk about their journey to entrepreneurial success.
Historic Site, Monumental Stuff

Historic Site, Monumental Stuff

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Show 1149: Historic Site, Monumental Stuff

Air date: December 4, 2011

 

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ROB MCCLENDON:  WELL WHEN DAVID AND JONNA CRANE DECIDED TO LEAVE THE CORPORATE RAT RACE, THEY MOVED TO SMALL TOWN OKLAHOMA TO SLOW DOWN A LITTLE BIT.  THE PROBLEM IS, THEY’RE BUSIER THAN EVER.  HERE’S OUR COURTENAY DEHOFF.

COURTENAY DEHOFF:  FOR THE OWNERS OF OLD STATION MONUMENTS, THEIR ENTREPRENEURIAL ENDEAVORS ARE LITERALLY JUST A STOP IN THE ROAD.

[NATS]

IT’S JUST ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE, FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY.  LOCATED RIGHT OFF THE HIGHWAY, OLD STATION MOMUMENTS IN PERKINS, OKLAHOMA, IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL LITTLE SHOP.

JONNA CRANE:  I DON’T KNOW, YOU WANT TO THINK THAT WHATEVER YOU DO YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  AND THERE IS SOMETHING I WOULD HAVE NEVER THOUGHT IN COLLEGE, I WOULD HAVE BEEN AFFILIATED WITH A GRANITE OR MEMORIAL COMPANY; BUT, YOU SET THINGS FOREVER IN STONE.  AND YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THERE ARE VERY FEW THINGS YOU CAN DO THAT ARE FOREVER.

COURTENAY:  AND OWNERS JONNA AND DAVID CRANE HAVEN’T BEEN DOING THIS FOREVER, HE WAS WORKING AS A ROUGHNECK IN CALIFORNIA, SHE WAS BUSY WORKING IN THE CORPORATE WORLD.

DAVID CRANE:  YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN THE COUNTRY WHEN YOU’RE WATCHING TOADS EAT BUGS AT NIGHT FOR ENTERTAINMENT.

JONNA:  IT’S REALLY PRETTY EXCITING; FOLKS ARE MISSING A LOT IN THE CITY.

DAVID:  YEAH.

COURTENAY:  BUT THEY HAD A THIRST FOR THAT SMALL TOWN, RURAL WAY OF LIFE AND THIS 1926 TEXACO STATION AND ITS PASSERBYS PROVED TO BE JUST WHAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR.

JONNA:  I DON’T KNOW, WHEN YOU’RE VISITING WITH A FAMILY, YOU HEAR JUST THE GOOD ABOUT PEOPLE.  YOU KNOW, I DON’T KNOW THAT WE’VE EVER HAD ANYONE COME IN THAT IS MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A STONE AND TALK BAD ABOUT THEM.

DAVID:  [LAUGHTER] TALK BAD ABOUT THEM.

JONNA:  YEAH, YOU JUST REALLY, I DON’T’ KNOW IT KIND OF GIVES YOU THAT BOOST ABOUT HUMANITY BECAUSE THERE REALLY ARE JUST SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE.

DAVID:  JONNA DOES THIS ON THE COMPUTER AND THEN TRACES THE BACK OF IT, WHICH YOU KNOW, IS 10 MINUTES.  THEN IT TAKES, YOU STICK IT, RUB YOUR DESIGN ON, WE HAND-CUT EVERYTHING, SO YOU KNOW, THIS ENDED UP TAKING 30 MINUTES, WITH THE QUICKEST PART BEING THE SAND BLASTING.

COURTENAY:  YOU TAKE ONE LOOK AROUND THE OUTSIDE, AND STEP ONE FOOT ON THE INSIDE, AND YOU SOON DISCOVER THIS UNCONVENTIONAL LITTLE SHOP IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE MONUMENTS.

DAVID:  AN IMPORTER FROM MEXICO HAD A FLAT TIRE IN THE FRONT DRIVEWAY.

JONNA:  OUR FIRST YEAR.

DAVID:  OUR FIRST YEAR HERE.

JONNA:  SIX YEARS LATER, WE’RE STILL WORKING WITH HIM AND IT’S GREAT.

DAVID:  AND THE MEXICO IMPORTS ARE THE NUMBER ONE SELLING ITEM WE HAVE HERE.

JONNA:  WELL, OTHER THAN THE GRANITE SIDE, BUT HE BRINGS US BACK SOME OF THE NEATEST CHIMNEAS.  CAUSE WE TRY TO SPECIALIZE, I THINK WHY PEOPLE STOP AND SHOP IS BECAUSE WE ARE UNIQUE, WE’RE QUIRKY.  HOW MANY TIMES A DAY DO WOMEN SAY, WHAT A FUN PLACE?

DAVID:  FUN IS THE BIGGEST WORD.

JONNA:  WELL, AND THEIR HUSBANDS, THEIR ARMS HAVE BEEN TWISTED, THEY’VE HAD TO STOP, SOMETIMES THEY HAVE TO TURN AROUND.

COURTENAY:  A FAVORITE PAST TIME FOR DAVID, SITTING ON THE STEPS COUNTING THE THOUSANDS OF CARS AS THEY SPEED BY.

JONNA:  AND YOU’VE GOT SOMEBODY THAT’S LIKE, OH YOU KNOW, WE WERE OUT DRIVING AND DO YOU MIND IF WE LOOK OVER THE FENCE?  SO YOU GET THE DOGS IN AND YOU OPEN THE GATES UP AND YOU LET FOLKS HAVE A TOUR; BECAUSE THOSE’LL BE THE PEOPLE THAT COME BACK LATER.

DAVID:  YEAH, ANYTIME YOU ARE HERE IF SOMEBODY WANTS TO SHOP, YOU MIGHT AS WELL LET ‘EM.

JONNA:  I THINK IT’S JUST ATTITUDE, AND A LOT OF THE TIME AND AGAIN, IF IT IS THE CORPORATE WORLD IT’S ALWAYS LIKE, OH MY GOSH I’M HERE TRYING TO GET SOME WORK DONE AFTER HOURS, AND YOU WOULD MAYBE BE INCONVENIENCED.  BUT WHEN IT IS YOUR OWN PLACE, THAT’S JUST ANOTHER PERSON YOU GET TO MEET AND, YOU KNOW, BRING INTO YOUR LITTLE WORLD.

COURTENAY:  THEIR LITTLE WORLD IT IS.

DAVID:  THIS IS WHERE WE LIVE.  THE BUILDING RIGHT DIRECTLY BEHIND US IS WHAT WE CALL THE CELLAR HOUSE.  IT’S A CELLAR WITH A LITTLE HOUSE ON TOP OF IT.  AND IT’S, THE CONCRETE’S SIGNED INSIDE WHEN THEY BUILT IT IS, IT WAS 1934.

JONNA:  WHAT IT 1934?

DAVID:  YEAH.

JONNA:  AND THE MAIN HOUSE WAS THEN BUILT IN 1937.  I KNOW THERE’S LIVING QUARTERS THAT ARE ACTUALLY, AND IT’S KIND OF OUR OFFICE SPACE, LIVING QUARTERS, DOG SPACE.

DAVID:  OUR CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS AND LIVING ROOM ARE RIGHT BEHIND THIS DOOR.  AND WATCH YOUR STEP.

COURTENAY:  AND IT’S APPARENT THE ENTIRE OPERATION IS ALMOST WHIMSICAL; THE HUSBAND WIFE DUO LIKE TO KEEP PEOPLE GUESSING.

DAVID:  SHE WASN’T HERE AND I BOUGHT A SEVEN FOOT TALL METAL FLAMINGO AND SHE THOUGHT I’D, SHE THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY.

JONNA:  I WAS THINKING WE GOT A DOG, RIGHT THERE.

DAVID:  AND SOLD IT.

JONNA:  YEAH, SOLD IT.  WELL THE ALIEN THAT YOU PUT OUT, THE CONCRETE ALIEN THAT YOU PUT ON THE SIGN POST, JUST SO TRAFFIC WOULD HAVE TO LOOK.

DAVID:  THAT’S BEEN ONE OF OUR BIG SELLERS.

JONNA:  I BET WE’VE SOLD EIGHT OR NINE OF THOSE IN THE LAST COUPLE YEARS.  ALIENS!

DAVID:  ESPECIALLY IF WE PAINT HIM GREEN.

[NATS]

COURTENAY:  A STORE, AND A WAY OF LIFE, THAT ARE AS MUCH ABOUT THE PEOPLE AS THE PRODUCT.

[TALKING TO CUSTOMER]

DAVID:  ALRIGHT, WE’LL SEE YOU LATER.

JONNA:  THANK YOU.

DAVID:  COME ON BOO BOO.

COURTENAY:  OLD STATION MONUMENTS IS LOCATED JUST A COUPLE OF MILES WEST OF PERKINS ON HIGHWAY 33.