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New concessions bring local feel to Tulsa Airport

Several new stores, a bar, and a coffee & bagel shop just opened at Tulsa International Airport. (KTUL)

Working as a bar tender at the Tulsa International Airport for the past thirteen years, Carla Brooks has seen and heard a lot.

"I have a lot of good stories. I'm going to write a book someday, or maybe a reality show called, Life at the Airport Bar," Brooks said, with a smile.

She knows her customers, and she knows what they like.

"When they sit down, they ask, what do you have that's local," said Brooks.

Now, she said she likes the answer she can give them.

Her new job at the airport is at the Dead Armadillo Tarmac Taproom, serving local brews from Oklahoma.

"This is a new concept," said Brooks.

One of the several new concepts at the airport that opened on Wednesday.

Officials with the airport held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to introduce several new stores.

Take a trip to concourse a, and you'll notice the change.

A bagel shop and coffee shop, gift shop and several other stores make it look more like a shopping mall than an airport.

Brooks loves the idea of serving up local beer at the airport.

"Because the craft beers are such a viral trend right now. And I feel like we did need to keep up with the times," said Brooks.

Airport officials said the food and beverage program will be completely transformed by 2018.

The total cost of the new concourse concessions was around $1.7 million.

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