Oklahoma Joe’s Co-Owner Joy Stehney Trades Places With TIVOL CEO Cathy Tivol

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The owner of Oklahoma Joe's and TIVOL trade places for the day. See what happens when these two vastly different Kansas City businesses get new owners for the day!

This video was such a fun way to help break down that barrier, and to remind people that we are not only friendly and approachable, but we have a sense of humor as well.

This August, the owners of two iconic Kansas City companies decided to trade places for a day.

Joy Stehney, the co-owner of Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que, and Cathy Tivol, the owner of TIVOL, had long admired each other’s businesses.

The pair has been friends for years.

Tivol, who is a self-described foodie and a lover of down-home American cuisine, spent time working in the kitchen of the Kansas City, Kansas location of Oklahoma Joe’s, pulling pork and saucing ribs.

Conversely, Stehney, who adores jewelry, spent the day behind the scenes at TIVOL on the Country Club Plaza surrounded by diamonds and baubles. Stehney also sat in with the marketing and buying departments and ran an all-staff meeting.

The resulting four-minute film, “The Office Swap,” documents – or rather, “mockuments” – the activities of these two celebrated businesswomen as they run each other’s companies for a day.

For Stehney, making the film presented an opportunity to see the inner workings of TIVOL, as well as a chance to collaborate with a friend.

“I’ve always admired TIVOL, and it was such a treat to run the company if even for a few hours” Stehney said. “In this video we put ourselves in hilarious and ridiculous situations, and I’ve never had more fun than watching Cathy work in the kitchen of Oklahoma Joe’s – and stealing our food along the way.”

While the tongue-and-cheek video was created to celebrate Stehney and Tivol’s friendship, it also serves a very realistic purpose.

“We sometimes hear that people are intimidated to walk into TIVOL because of our reputation for luxury,” Tivol said. “This video was such a fun way to help break down that barrier, and to remind people that we are not only friendly and approachable, but we have a sense of humor as well.”

The video can be viewed at http://www.tivol.com/ok-joes.


Established in 1910, TIVOL was founded in downtown Kansas City, MO, by immigrant Charles Tivol. Today, the company has locations on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza and within Hawthorne Plaza in Overland Park, KS and remains family owned.

The iconic retailer provides an array of fine jewelry and timepieces to the Kansas City market and beyond, all while providing heroic, uncompromising customer service. The company is known for its commitment to the community, as it is a regular supporter of dozens of local charities and arts organizations. TIVOL also enjoys a strong network of renowned designers and jewelry artisans as its partners—many of whom credit the company with helping them establish an industry name and reputation.

For more information, visit http://www.tivol.com or become a Facebook fan at http://www.Facebook.com/TivolKC.

About Oklahoma Joe’s
Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que has been the Zagat #1 Rated barbecue restaurant in Kansas City every year since 2004. Zagat also named Joe’s famous sandwich, the Z-Man, the Best Sandwich in Kansas in its “50 States, 50 Sandwiches List”. In 2013, The Daily Meal website and USA Today both named Oklahoma Joe’s Kansas City’s ribs “America’s Best Ribs”. For more information, visit http://oklahomajoesbbq.com/about/.

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