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SimCity comes to life

Gazette staff June 13th, 2012

If you’ve ever wanted to turn a building into your own covert base of operations, now is the time! The only catch is it has to be in the old Friendly Coin Laundry in the Plaza District.

Credit: Brad Gregg

OK, so it’s not that covert. But you really do have the opportunity to give developers your recommendations as to what the structure should become.

The laundromat’s owners recently sold the building to Sweet Sixteenth LLC, which teamed up with Popularise, an innovative online platform that lets people submit and vote on ideas for businesses they’d like to see in their community.

Current suggestions for the building include a hat store, a ramen bar and Flying Fitness, a anti-gravity yoga studio.

In an effort to promote local businesses, Fowler Volkswagen of Norman has offered $1,250 rent support for the first six months to the tenant who claims the coin-op. If you’re not going to propose a superhero-ish hideout for yourself, please suggest a Fiat dealership, just for the sweet, sweet irony.

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06.13.2012 at 06:49 Reply

I've got an idea for a business that you can't find within 300 miles of Oklahoma City.  It's called a Float Spa.  However the urban location would probably be unwise for this type of business, it's more suited for a NW OKC/Edmond location.  Still, I've been fascinated by the concept of sensory deprivation for years, and would certainly try it at least once, regardless of it's location.

What is a float spa?  A person lays in a pool of hyper saline water that's so dense they actually float on the surface.  They are in a sealed room, or pod; deprived of light and sound.  This sensory deprivation can lead to an enhanced period of serenity.  It can also cause non-pharmacological hallucinations.  The general consensious is that the body enters a kind of conscious REM state.  The water in the tank is kept as close to body temperature as possible, and the occupant no longer feels where they end and the water begins.  Hence a feeling of floating is achieved.

This is what I'm talking about.

BTW, those particular float pods cost almost $30,000 each!  You could get cheaper ones, but they wouldn't be as epic.  Typical 1 hour session in a float tank goes for $60-$70.  Rate of return on investment assuming half occupancy at all times is around two years.  I think OKC needs a place like this, though I don't think it should be in the Plaza District.