Red Dirt Diaries: Double-Decker Shot Of Espresso

Friday, January 30th 2015, 7:06 pm

By: Karl Torp

An local couple said a head-turning coffee shop is coming to the metro in March. The creation was part British ingenuity and American entrepreneurship.

"It's a 1974," said Nick Bollinger about his double-decker bus.

The vehicle was purchased by Nick and his wife with the dream of turning it into a coffee shop.

"This is our first business venture together ... or ever," said Nick's wife, Lori.

"I love coffee. Me and my wife love coffee," said Bollinger.

News 9 met the couple and many of their friends at an Oklahoma City garage weeks ago while the bus was being cleaned out.

The 40-year-old double-decker bus was used as a city bus in Hampshire, England and the Bollingers said it will be painted red.

The Bollingers drove the bus from the east coast after it was delivered from England.

They never made it past 50 miles per hour on their five-day drive back to Oklahoma.

The couple raised the money to renovate the bus with a campaign on

They raised $30,000 in 30 days.

The couple said the finish product will be called 'Junction Coffee' and will have a coffee kitchen along with seating upstairs.

The Bollingers said they hope to serve up more than espressos and lattes.

They said they are also hoping it serves as place where people can hang out even if their location changes.

"I think everyone wants to feel like they belong some place that they are cared about and have value," said Bollinger. 

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