Powerhouse and Pinata Store
(William W. Savage III)

In August 2015, managing editor Josh “keistering” McBee and I spent much of our time trying to recondition our writing chops by putting pieces in the can ahead of our Sept. 1 launch date.

I wrote of civil asset forfeiture, he of Airbnb. I wrote of dumpster-diving, he of Oklahoma political drama.


Pinata Store

Hole in a wall better value than Whole Foods by William W. Savage III

For week two, we published what we thought was a relatively tame commentary that I had written about the Piñata Store in the Oklahoma City Farmers’ Market District. It opened with an allusion to luxury grocer Whole Foods’ decision to sell $8 bottles of asparagus water, a hot topic nationally that week.

McBee and I were immediately surprised to see the post do well. Really well.

It was, to our surprise, the most read and shared post on NonDoc at a time when we hadn’t yet figured out exactly what our site would become. (We’re still getting there, by the way.)

Check out the Piñata Store at our celebration

Pinata Store
The Piñata Store in OKC’s Farmers Market District offers fresh fruit daily until 6 p.m. (William W. Savage III)

Almost exactly one year later, we will be celebrating NonDoc’s first revolution around the sun at the Powerhouse, which is located about 30 feet from the Piñata Store.

Our happy hour at the Powerhouse will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, and the Piñata Store closes at 6 p.m. The Powerhouse’s address is 1228 S.W. 3rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK, 73108.

In preparation, I dropped back by the Piñata Store and spoke with owner Cristobal Sierra. He had not seen my original piece on his humble establishment, but while scanning it on my iPhone, he appreciated it. He then refused to let me pay for the fresh peach I wanted to impulse-buy owing to how wonderful it smelled.

I asked Sierra how business is doing, and he responded positively. He said a few more people have been in the area owing to Powerhouse’s success and the recently opened Delmar Gardens.

So come to the OKC Farmers Market District this evening for our event (5 to 7 p.m.) and for their monthly Friday festivities, including music, food trucks and vendors.

We look forward to celebrating with you and letting you meet writers, sponsors and other readers of the site.

William W. Savage III (Tres) has served as NonDoc's editor in chief since the publication's launch in September 2015. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and covered two sessions of the Oklahoma Legislature for before working in health care for six years. He is a nationally certified Mental Health First Aid instructor.