Mary Beth Babcock
If you're a Tulsa entrepreneur than you've probably heard of and been inspired by Mary Beth Babcock. You might not be a fan of her Tulsa-centric energy and creations and still not know her name but rest assured, Mary Beth Babcock is a major force behind Tulsa's current historical and cultural renaissance.
Babcock has an undying love for local artists, downtown Tulsa and route 66.
Graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in retail merchandising, she gained experience as the assistant manager of inventory control in Eskimo Joe’s print shop. After this she expanded her horizons with a brief stint in Dallas before returning to continue her Tulsa entrepreneurial efforts.
In 2006 she opened a local retailer she dubbed "Dwelling Spaces", working with and investing her own time and money into other local businesses, She talked the talk and walked the walk. She ran and opperated Dwelling spaces for nearly a decade, before selling it and moving on towards the next big venture.
In 2018 it took her to Route 66, where she opened Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on. Built around the fantasy of a cosmic space Cowboy, the gift shop continued to promote Tulsa, the mother road and local artists and business.
And in 2019 her dream became christened with an actual 20-foot Buck Atom statue, which she commissioned for the shop, joining the long line of American Muffler Men statues, Buck Atom now stands tall, adding new legacy to the famed Route 66!
These days you can often find her at Buck Atom's so just head on down route 66 and look for the space cowboy peeking above the rooftops.