A comedy event and block party planned for Saturday will be a taste of what is to come for Dewey Street as two new businesses make big plans for downtown Bartlesville.
Comedy on Dewey is a free block party starting at 6 pm on the 300 block of Dewey Ave. Three Tulsa-based comedians will perform and several stores on the street will stay open late, setting up cornhole, a photo booth, popcorn, coloring, sidewalk chalk and other activities.
Entrepreneur Adrienne Kallweit said the event was born from smaller plans – her family is planning to open two businesses on the street and wanted to plan an event to draw people downtown as the businesses come together.
Soon, neighboring businesses signed on and the event grew.
“It went from this little party to get awareness to the street to this really great … we’re almost sold out of tickets,” Kallweit said.
While the event will be free to the public, those wanting an alcoholic drink can purchase a ticket, which will pay for a drink and front-row seat to the stand-up acts. Comedy will begin at 7 pm, with Adam Bush, Julie Drake and Chris Munch scheduled to perform.
When the event ends at 9:30 pm, an afterparty is planned for Crossing 2nd, 215 E 2nd St.
Kallweit is working on The Palace Room, an upscale, contemporary lounge and bistro at 309 Dewey St. that will open in September. When it opens, the restaurant will be open to all ages until 7 pm, then only to those 21 and older, she said.
Next door to The Palace Room, Kallweit is planning a general store that will open in November. The store will have a soda fountain, shakes, farm-fresh grocery items and sandwiches.
Kallweit, who moved with her family to Bartlesville in late 2020, said she is excited to plan more events to draw people to hang out downtown.
“We never imagined we’d be so immersed in the community. As we’ve moved here, getting involved in different things, we’ve met so many people,” she said. “I love the community and really want to … get people to stick around instead of driving past Bartlesville and going to Owasso or Tulsa. We have so much to offer and I would love to help that in any way.”
Kallweit said she is already planning another event — a performance by local comedians on Aug. 27 at Theater Bartlesville.
After that event, she and others involved in planning will decide whether to repeat the events in the future and how often.
“Whatever we do, we’ll continue it. This is not just a one-time thing,” Kallweit said.