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Coffee shops mascot gets full makeover

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -A popular statue at a local coffee shop is getting a makeover in hopes of keeping people from vandalizing it once again.

Lulu's Coffee Shop on Cache Road is not only known for its Alaskan cabin atmosphere and coffee, but the moose mascot out front, Lou. It was first vandalized in 2012 when a group of people climbed on Lou and broke off an antler. Then a second time shortly after, the second antler was taken. In January 2013, surveillance video caught two women stealing the Santa hat and coat off of Lou. The manager decided a fresh coat of paint might be what Lou needed to keep the vandals away. So, she connected with an artist at Cameron University. and the two got together and spent weeks planning. Finally, over the weekend the artist completed the project.

"I hope people will respect it and can appreciate the beauty in it," said Tim Brown, artist.

Tim Brown is the local artist behind the painting. He says he spent 12 hours Saturday and Sunday making sure every detail was perfect. He says after all the years of passing by the moose and hearing the stories of it being vandalized, he's proud to be able to make it special once again for the store and the community.

"I'm glad to be able to make it into something beautiful," said Brown.

Brown is an art major at Cameron University. He says of all the the things ever done, he's never done a painting like this before. And spending all day outside in the heat was a challenge.

"I don't do a whole lot of nature scenes. I do a lot of expression type of paintings at Cameron," said Brown.

Lulu's store manager, Clarissa Henry says she's worked at the coffee shop ever since it opened. She says they were very disappointed and upset over the past few years when people kept vandalizing something they cherished. She says this new painting was long over due.

"It's been four years now that Lou has had a fresh coat of paint. I think it's a little bit brighter and a lot better," said Henry.

Henry says the colors and Alaskan feel puts a smile on her and the customers faces. She says she can almost visualize the pictures from when she lived there.

"I think it's absolutely amazing. When I looked at it, I was like I've seen scenes like that in Alaska, you know, especially the moose down in the water," said Henry.

Brown says the moose has always been a special trademark to him and he is honored to show his work on it. He hopes his creation can help inspire other people to possibly finish what he started because this moose should now have a different meaning to everyone in the community. He hopes after all the hard work put into it, the community will drive by or take pictures instead of vandalizing property.

"Respect peoples businesses. Respect Lawton. I'd love to see someone who has the ability to fabricate some horns or to come up and finish this off because it's not just quite finished without horns," said Brown.

It wasn't until after the first time in 2012 when the moose was vandalized that the store decided to put in security cameras to try and catch who ever damages their property. They're hoping with this new painting and their security procedures, it will all come to an end.

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