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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Distinct downtown districts

Film Row

Fancy a night out on the town or local shopping just steps away from the central business district? Oklahoma City’s downtown area is made up of districts that each have their own unique flavor and fun.

  • Bricktown - Showcasing Oklahoma City’s renaissance comes naturally to this entertainment district. The former warehouses that once housed industrial goods now offer some of Oklahoma City’s best restaurants and nightlife. The easiest way to see all this district has to offer is by way of the MAPS-funded canal. This time of year, canal rides on the Bricktown Water Taxi take place every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weather permitting).
  • Film Row - Film Row is just west of downtown and is on the cutting-edge of Oklahoma City developments. Equal parts historic and revitalized, Film Row was once home to the film distribution offices for Hollywood’s major studios. It’s now a mix of artistic businesses, locally-own restaurants and more. Be sure to check out the eclectic art collection of the recently-opened 21c Museum Hotel.
  • Automobile Alley - Located north of downtown along Broadway Avenue, Automobile Alley got its name from the number of automobile dealerships that were originally located here in the first half of the 20th century. Now local shops and restaurants make up this effortlessly walkable district. And the fact that the future Oklahoma City Streetcar will stretch through this district makes it even more exciting.
retail, streetcar, arts and culture, Automobile Alley, Bricktown, downtown, Film Row, museums, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Go West(ern)

Western Avenue

Ranging from contemporary to classic, the Western Avenue district has a little something for everyone. From local dives on Western Avenue to the chic shops along Classen Curve, this district has you covered for shopping and eating.

Classen Curve, located at the northern edge of the Western Avenue district, contains some of OKC’s most fashionable shops. National retailers lululemon athletica, Anthropologie and West Elm call the stretch of Western between Northwest Grand and Classen boulevards home. If local retail therapy is more your style, Balliets, On a Whim and Liberté provide good options. This area is also known as a destination for curated treasure hunting in its many antique shops. Guestroom Records is ideal for audiophiles, offering new and old vinyl albums for your listening pleasure.

Foodies will also rejoice at the restaurant options dotting the district, including upscale options like West, fast-casual concepts like All About Cha, Tucker’s Onion Burgers and Café 501, and local favorites like The Drum Room, The Drunken Fry and The Sandwich Club. There are plenty more ways to experience all that Western Avenue has to offer, so get out and explore!

bar, Classen Curve, nightlife, restaurants, retail, shopping, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Midtown

Plaza Court Midtown

To see OKC’s renaissance in action, you don’t have to look any farther than the Midtown Distric, centered around Walker Avenue and 10th Street, near St. Anthony Hospital, the city’s first hospital. Midtown connects the energy of downtown with beautiful, historic neighborhoods to its north.

The bustling area continues to develop for people who want to live, work and play in the heart of Oklahoma City, and features housing, retail, night life, hotels and history, with many of its original buildings being brought back to life. The heart of the district is Plaza Court, an 84-year old building that features some of OKC’s favorite restaurants and bars.

Public and private investments have created a thriving district of diversity within its 387 acres. Midtown included the city’s first grocery store, kindergarten and the surviving territorial Victorian homes. Midtown continues to be an urban center in its current-day renaissance as it is one of the hubs of downtown living with a plethora of urban housing recently opened, under construction or announced.

bar, housing, Midtown, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Shop till you drop in OKC

Girls Shopping

The last few years have had us buzzing about all the new retailers who are making their way to OKC. And there seems to no signs of a slowdown in our future. We don’t know about you, but one of the things we love about OKC is the absolute perfect mix of national retailers and eclectic locally-owned boutiques.

Following the successful openings of H&M in Quail Springs Mall (which we hear was the largest opening in the Midwest by the way) to Cabela’s, TopGolf and iFly, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for our city.

One booming area might be something to hang your hat on in some cities, but not in OKC. Call us overachievers, but we revel in the fact that each and every area of our city is thriving with new developments. From the ever-growing list of tenants at the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City and Westgate Marketplace to the continued success and vibrancy at Penn Square Mall, most retailers agree that OKC is where they want to be. We can’t wait to see what the future holds as The Market at Czech Hall near Yukon opens this year with a slate of top-notch tenants.

We would be amiss not to give kudos to the different districts in the heart of OKC. Each district has its own flair and showcases fun and funky boutiques as well as world-class restaurants. Get more information on each of our district here.

retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Resources for retailers

For Sale Sign

What makes OKC a prime place for retailers? It could be that we continue to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the entire country for major metropolitan areas. Or it could be our low cost of living which for us at Better Life headquarters simply means more money for shopping. One thing is for certain, retailers love OKC and we, of course, love the steady stream of new shopping and dining options.

Has all this talk about retail success made you wonder about maybe opening up your own shop and trying your hand? You might be surprised to learn that the graduate entrepreneurship programs at both University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University ranked in the top 25 recently by the Princeton Review. So you can get the skills you need to succeed right here at home.

If you are ready to try your hand at the fast-paced life of a retailer, you’re in luck: okcretail.com is a website dedicated to helping the world know about how easy it is to find retail success in OKC. Scout for locations, pull demographic reports, find out about permitting and even peruse property listings from the literally anywhere. You can also hear success stories from others who are proud to have a retail presence in OKC.

college, entrepreneur, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Planting the seeds for growth

Recon Booth

In OKC, we mean business – literally. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the city of Oklahoma City and a number of the other community partners are always looking for new ways to attract new businesses to our community. It is with this goal in mind that a group from OKC is heading west to Las Vegas next week for the International Council of Shopping Centers RECon conference. We’ll have an opportunity to tell more than 36,000 retailers, business owners and developers how great OKC is in a mere three days.   

Why is bringing new retail to OKC important? In short, retail is what makes our city go. Sales taxes in Oklahoma City fund the city’s core services and day-to-day operations. That’s important stuff like police, fire, street maintenance, the Zoo, parks, etc. While property taxes can be used to fund voter-approved bond issues for specific capital projects, Oklahoma law actually prohibits cities from levying property taxes for services. So shop till you drop – not only will enjoy finding great deals on fabulous items, but you’ll be helping keep our city great.

business, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Guthrie

Guthrie at night

The city of Guthrie (located just 35 minutes north of Oklahoma City) was chosen as the territorial capital in the months following the Land Run of 1889, and when Oklahoma gained statehood in 1907, Guthrie became the state capital. Today, Guthrie has retained much of its territorial architecture (and charm!) to become one of the most picturesque places to visit. It stands today as a National Historic Landmark filled with examples of late 19th and early 20th Century architecture.

Here are just a few of the many ways to experience Guthrie:

retail, theater, day-trip, food, Guthrie, history, movies
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Stillwater

OSU

Home of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater is just an hour or so up the road from OKC and features plenty of diverse activities. Read on for more ideas on how to spend your time in Stillwater.

  • The National Wrestling Hall of Fame – this “shrine to the sport of wrestling” should definitely be on your Stillwater to-do list. Full of memorabilia and history, “mankind’s oldest and most basic form of recreational combat” is celebrated here. Learn about the sport’s pioneers, African-American and Latino wrestling history, America’s Olympic heroes, and more.
  • Main Street ShoppingDowntown Stillwater features that classic Main Street feel, with lots of local flavor and things to see and eat. Bike nights, Food Truck nights, and the Car and Bike Show augment the experience. Check the calendar at the link above to see what’s going down Downtown, or just head out and get your shop on.
  • Lake Fun – Stillwater’s three area reservoirs of regalement stand ready for you to visit any time of year. Lakes Blackwell, McMurtry, and Boomer offer all the typical lake fun you can stand and then some, including bird watching, mountain biking, hunting, disc golf, camping, horseback riding and trails for fitness, among other features.
  • Golf at Karsten Creek – The Stillwater area in general offers plenty for the duffers out there, but you may want to pay a special visit to Karsten Creek. Considered one of the best public courses in the nation, this Tom Fazio-designed course is the home of Oklahoma State’s golf teams, and you can play there too! Take the opportunity to grab your clubs and experience a demanding course you’re sure not to forget.

For more info, just hop over to www.visitstillwater.org.

mountain biking, museums, outdoor recreation, retail, Stillwater, water sports, camping, college, day-trip, food, golf
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Farmers Market District

Nestled in the southern part of downtown you will find the Farmers Market District. Although many would classify the district as up and coming, the area can trace its history back nearly a century.

The centerpiece of the district is the Farmers Public Market building, a grand example of Colonial Spanish architecture. Opened in 1928, the building was used by farmers to sell fresh produce and by locals for events, including concerts and boxing matches. Legends such as Bob Wills and Hank Williams Sr., played the auditorium.

The building was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, after extensive renovations. the building is once again a hub of local retail and events. More than a dozen independent retailers operate out of the building.

To call the district funky and eclectic might be cliché but it happens to be true. Urban Farmhouse Designs uses reclaimed lumber to create custom furniture and has become one of the go-to-places in the metro for that one-of-a-kind, must-have piece. Anthem Brewing Company is also located in the district and has quickly become one of the best craft breweries in the state (their Arjuna is a big hit at Better Life HQ).

The district also features a yoga studio, speakeasy and much more making it the perfect visit for a Saturday afternoon stroll. You can read more about the district in the latest issue of VeloCity.

beer, Farmers Market District, nightlife, Oklahoma City history, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Stockyards City

If you’ve read the blog before you know we are guilty of bragging about the momentum and future of Oklahoma City from time to time. That might be true, but it doesn’t mean we don’t also like to embrace our past and heritage. Stockyards City is a place where that heritage comes alive.

The district was home to one of Oklahoma City’s first major industry, with a rush of meat processors and packing plants, and was known affectionately here as Packingtown. When the original plant closed in 1961, a cattle auction was added to secure the district’s future. The Oklahoma National Stockyards, the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market, is open to visitors so you can experience the action firsthand every Monday and Tuesday.

If you have Cowboy needs (even of the urban cowboy variety) Stockyards City is the place to be as some of the businesses date back to the early 1900s. Boot and hat repair, western wear and even the Rodeo Opry make up the district.

Of course, talking about the district wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the world-famous Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. The steakhouse opened in 1910 and has been serving hungry ranchers and cattlemen ever since. Heck if it is good enough for John Wayne and a sitting president you might want to give it a try.

restaurants, retail, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Live on the Plaza

Plaza District Festival

The Plaza District, located along NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, is a perfect example of the development that has happened in Oklahoma City the last couple of decades. Local retailers helped breathe new life into an aging retail corridor that many thought was beyond repair. Today the Plaza is a hub of unique and funky local restaurants, clothing stores, art boutiques and more.

The best way to experience it is the monthly Live! On the Plaza. Held the second Friday of each month, the businesses stay open late to feature live music, artists, shopping and more starting at 7 p.m. The event is jam-packed with people, free and family friendly.

festivals, Plaza District, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Shop Hop

People enjoying Automobile Alley

Located just north of downtown on Broadway Avenue, what used to be the primary location for the city's car dealerships is known today as Automobile Alley – home to some of OKC's great local dining and specialty shops. We love the vibe of Automobile Alley during the day, but we get downright giddy during the district’s Shop Hop event held on the third Thursday of each month.

Each Shop Hop you can cruise the historic district for great deals from retailers while enjoying live music, street artists and all kinds of kid’s activities. Automobile Alley is home to everything from a salon to great restaurants, home décor retailers and so much more. No matter your taste the district has something waiting for you. 

Automobile Alley, festivals, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Best of 2015

Happy trails to you 2015. While the past year was a banner one for Oklahoma City we think 2016 might top it. There is so much to look forward to as the MAPS 3 projects will continue to take shape, cranes will once again dot the downtown as new towers begin to change the skyline, new music venues will open, new retail will hit the market and who knows? Maybe we will even celebrate the Thunder with a championship parade come June.

This time of the year is filled with “Best of Lists.” Best of music, best of movies, best of television … you get the idea. So why not us? So here are our favorite posts of the past year. Below is a good example of what this blog is all about so you can easily share with your friends and show them why this blog is such a good and entertaining resource. Consider it a “Here-are-five-important-things-a-newbie-to-OKC-needs-to-know” list:

  • Oklahoma Standard- The bombing that happened in downtown Oklahoma City in 1995 forever changed not only our city but country. While it has had a lasting impact the citizens of OKC have not let it define our community. That was never more apparent than this year when we celebrated the 10th anniversary with the Oklahoma Standard campaign.
  • Make Our History Less of a Mystery- From Native American culture to the Land Run saying our region has a unique history would be an understatement. Luckily OKC has a handful of world-class museums that tell our story.
  • deadCENTER Film Festival- We love nothing more than showing off a side of OKC newcomers might not expect. The annual deadCENTER Film Festival is a perfect example of this.
  • Music is in our DNA- Spend any time here and you start to realize OKC can be a bit eclectic. We are little bit country and little bit rock ‘n’ roll (as the kids would say). Nothing exemplifies that more than the musicians who have called Oklahoma home. From the father of folk music to jazz legends, hippie rockers and country superstars, Oklahoma boosts a diverse music scene.
  • Mmm-Beer- Oklahoma City is home to a craft beer scene with breweries taking hope national (and sometimes international) awards.
beer, film, history, live music, MAPS, retail, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Looking back, forging ahead

OKC Energy Fans  [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

[Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

2015 was an exciting year in Oklahoma City. We committed to the Oklahoma Standard, celebrated the inaugural season of the OKC Dodgers, welcomed two new elephants at the OKC Zoo, got fired up for OKCFest, went rolling on the river as we hosted national and international contestants during the Oklahoma Regatta Festival, cheered as the Energy made their first playoff run, shopped till we dropped at all the new retailers across the city and were inspired by the creation of Innovation District.

But if you thought 2015 was thrilling in OKC, buckle your seat belts and hold on tight because we are just getting started. With the completion of some MAPS 3 projects including improvements at State Fair Park and the world-class RIVERSPORT Rapids, 2016 promises to be an exhilarating year.

And our resolution for 2016: keeping you – our loyal reader – in the know about all of the cool, hip happenings in OKC. Don’t hesitate to hit us up on Facebook or Twitter with questions or ideas. All our posts are also tagged by topic so you can easily find past blogs for information, everything from attractions to downtown and much more.

zoo, Dodgers, festivals, Innovation District, MAPS, OKC Energy, Oklahoma River, retail, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Last minute shopping? No problem.

A couple shopping in OKC

If you still have a few names on your shopping list this season, the Oklahoma City retail scene is here to help you share the holiday cheer – without turning you into a Grinch. From festive malls to locally owned shops, you can check off everyone on your gift list in no time. Local malls, like Quail Springs Mall, Penn Square Mall and the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City are a one-stop shop for your name brand favorites. Oklahoma City’s local retail scene also has plenty of gifts to please even the pickiest on your list. Read our past coverage of Oklahoma City’s best shopping experiences, and let us know your favorite place to grab last-minute gifts in the comments!

local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Seasonal shopping

Myriad Gardens pop-up Winter Shoppes

It’s after Thanksgiving and you know what that means. No, it’s not time to swear off all cranberries and pie until Christmas (because that would be madness). It’s time to get your seasonal shopping fix in OKC!

The Winter Shoppes return to the Myriad Gardens along with the carousel, Christmas lights and all sorts of local shopping merriment. Shop boutique vendors and maybe hit up the Devon Ice Rink while you’re at it.

Similarly, the Holiday Pop-Up Shops are back in Midtown, featuring a weekly rotating schedule of local vendors and the Bishop John Carroll School Christmas Tree Lot at the corner of NW 10th and Hudson.

Check out the cool Christmas lights on Automobile Alley while you hit up this month’s Shop Hop, this Thursday Dec. 17, from 6 – 9 p.m. Great food, giveaways and other celebratory gladdenings await you as you shop local like the hardcore Oklahoma Citian you are!

holiday, local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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New retail rundown

H&M opening day in Quail Springs Mall

It’s been a big-time year for the OKC retail scene. Following last year’s successful openings of new OKC retailers like Von Maur at Quail Springs Mall, West Elm in Classen Curve and Main Event on Memorial Road this year three new-to-market retailers opened that got everyone excited: H&M at Quail Springs, and Top Golf and Cabela’s in the Chisholm Creek development. Penn Square Mall and the Outlet Shoppes also added exciting names to an already impressive list of tenants. Women’s clothier Madewell came to Penn Square Mall while the Outlet Shoppes added a Northface and Charming Charlies.

What’s next? The announcement of a Trader Joe’s in Nichols Hills Plaza has us buzzing, iFly indoor skydiving in Chisholm Creek will have us breezing and a few more rumors that may have been floating around out there that have a chance to become reality have us brimming with more potential buying brilliance. What’s the one thing you can do to help OKC’s retail development scene? Keep your shopping dollars local!

retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Why is Retail Important?

Shoppers at Rant in Uptown

In short, retail is what makes our city go. Sales taxes in Oklahoma City fund the city’s core services and day-to-day operations. That’s important stuff like police, fire, street maintenance, the Zoo, parks, etc. While property taxes can be used to fund voter-approved bond issues for specific capital projects, Oklahoma law actually prohibits cities from levying property taxes for services. So, the more you shop in OKC, the more you help your community! So put down the mouse, get out of the house, and get to shopping for a new blouse, pet grouse, Westinghouse, a choice porterhouse, downspouts, bean sprouts or a new spouse (just kidding on that last one, obvi). But seriously, shopping in your community is not only fun and easy but important to maintaining a healthy city.

If you’re curious about how OKC’s sales tax rates compare to some others, just check out this previous blog post.

community, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKCRetail.com

OKCRetail.com website

OK, prospective entrepreneur. Has all this retail talk made you wonder about maybe opening up your own shop and flipping the script from shopper to shoppee? You’re in luck: okcretail.com is a website dedicated to helping the world know about how easy it is to find retail success in OKC. With some of the online tools available, you can scout for locations, pull demographic reports, find out about permitting and even peruse property listings, among other info. Check it out!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Merry and bright…

Christmas Lights in Automobile Alley

One of our favorite things about the holiday season in OKC are the beautiful decorations and light displays that adorn the city.

If you haven’t visited Automobile Alley during the holiday season, then you are truly missing out. More than 180,000 colorful lights drape the historic buildings transforming the eight blocks of North Broadway into a magical holiday wonderland. There are also some really awesome shops along this stretch including where you can find unique local gifts for that special someone on your holiday list.

Don’t miss the annual tree lighting festival in Bricktown as Mayor Mick Cornett officially kicks off the holiday season in OKC on Nov. 27. The festivities will continue that evening at the Oklahoma River during the annual holiday river parade and will conclude with a fireworks show. The beautiful lights in Bricktown can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season.

We know most towns in the metro have great holiday light displays and tours so hit us up in the comments and with more information so we can spread the Holiday cheer.

Automobile Alley, Bricktown, festivals, free, holiday, Oklahoma River, parade, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hop in to Shop

Located just north of downtown on Broadway Avenue, what used to be the primary location for the city's car dealerships is known today as Automobile Alley –home to some of OKC's great local dining and specialty shops. We love the vibe of Automobile Alley during the day, but we get downright giddy during the district’s Shop Hop event held on the third Thursday of each month.

We can’t wait to bottle our very own Italian Moscato as part of "Carboy of the Month" event at Waters Edge Winery during this month’s Shop Hop. You’re not going to have to twist our arm to sample the Neapolitan-style pizzas and Italian wines while we’re at it.  

While you’re in the area, check out these businesses during Shop Hop for special discounts one-of-a-kind finds.

Automobile Alley, festivals, restaurants, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Works of Art

While we love our retail therapy (who doesn’t, right?) we also appreciate the finer things in life – like great art, live music and fantastic food. That’s why we love Live on the Plaza and First Friday in the Paseo District.

Live on the Plaza, the district’s monthly block party is held rain or shine on the second Friday of each month and showcases the talents of wonderful Oklahomans. The artists and outdoor market changes for each event and complements the districts’ premiere art galleries, photography studios, retail shops and restaurants. From Tango workshops and fashion shows to poetry readings and works from local artists, there’s sure to be something that piques your interest. While you’re exploring the Plaza District, don’t forget to take in a Broadway-caliber show in the heart of downtown OKC at the Lyric Theatre.

Paseo, Oklahoma City’s historic arts district, also holds a monthly art walk and music festival. Expect to see paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fine crafts and photographs by more than 60 artists in 20 galleries and experience opening receptions for new exhibits each month. Bring your appetite and try the Green Lantern from Sauced on Paseo or the Chicken Saltimbocca from Paseo Grill.

arts and culture, festivals, Paseo District, Plaza District, restaurants, retail, shopping, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine’s Day Shopping

Can you feel it? Love is in the air! That’s right, Valentine’s Day is this week in Oklahoma City (and presumably everywhere else that loves love). We spend 365 days a year telling you the great places to go in OKC. We’ve also written about Valentine’s Day a lot so if you want suggestions on where to eat and what to do simply type in Valentine’s Day on the Better Life search bar or just read about all the cool places we write about. I mean if a place is great on the other 364 days a year it is probably pretty swell on Saint Valentine’s Day (as they call it in the old country).

Going out is the easy part of the day. Today we want to help you out with the hard part. The stressful part that gnaws at you each passing day until Valentine’s Day arrives. What do you get the person in your life that shows them just how swell you think they are?

Luckily, OKC has some amazing local retailers were you can find that unique, one-of-a-kind item for your soul mate. Or it can be for a friend, dog or even a lizard if you are into that sort of thing. Of course we can’t mention everyone so leave some other great local retailers in the comments below!

  • Shop Good- Located off Automobile Alley on Ninth Street, Shop Good offers clothing and home goods with a local spin. Plus they donate part of their profits to local charities.
  • Plenty Mercantile- A great shopping destination in Automobile Alley with an eclectic variety of goods you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Red Dirt Emporium- Its mission statement is simple; introducing locals and visitors alike to the best Oklahoma has to offer. Everything from clothes to music, art and more. Red Dirt Emporium is located in Bricktown.
  • Painted Door- Located in the heart of Bricktown the Painted Door has been a staple of local shopping for more than 20 years in OKC.
  • On a Whim- On a Whim is located in Classen Curve and offers one-of-kind clothing, housewares and gifts for all ages.
holiday, local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Embrace Midtown as it develops

To see OKC’s renaissance in action, you don’t have to look any farther than the Midtown District, centered around Walker Avenue and 10th Street, near St. Anthony Hospital, the city’s first hospital. This now-bustling hub attracts restaurants and bars, retail stores and restaurants. It continues to develop for people who want to live, work and play in the heart of Oklahoma City, and it includes housing, retail, night life, hotels and history, with many of its original buildings being brought back to life.

Specifically, the Midtown District extends from NW 13 south to 4th Street and from one-half block east of Robinson and west to Classen Boulevard. More than 10,000 people live within one mile of 1100 N Walker Ave.

Public and private investments have created a thriving district of diversity within its 387 acres. Midtown includes the city’s first grocery store and kindergarten, surviving territorial Victorian homes and a strong restaurant and night-life scene.

Find out more.

Midtown, nightlife, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The commercial district that became Automobile Alley

Developed in the 1920s as a commercial district north of downtown, the revitalized district now known as Automobile Alley has its own vibe as restaurants and retailers return to it in droves. The area along Broadway Avenue once housed the city’s car dealerships – 52 of the Oklahoma City’s first 76 auto dealerships, by some accounts. It is now characterized by those dealers’ buildings and their neon signs – as well as a colorful light display each holiday season.

These two- to three-story commercial buildings were identifiable by their brick look and large expanses of glass on the front and large garage doors. Before it became the center of Oklahoma City’s auto business, Victorian homes built in the 1890s and 1900s lined the streets designed for horses and wagons.

Today, visitors can dine there, shop there, work there or partake in a variety of services, all within walking distance. They can also experience all of the district’s flavor with extended shopping hours at the Auto Alley Shop Hop on the third Thursday of every month.

See for yourself – take a tour of some of Oklahoma City’s oldest and most interesting places outside of downtown.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Last minute gifts made easy…

There is one shopping day left before the big day. Wait … ONE DAY?! We are still running around picking up last-minute gifts. If you are still searching for the perfect gift or stocking stuffers for your favorite people, consider stocking up on some local flair so your loved ones can rep the 405 in 2015. If you hadn’t noticed the people of OKC have a lot of pride in our city so it is easy to find OKC clothes, art, coffee mugs and just about anything you can think of. In fact, here are 5 boutiques that offer great OKC-themed gifts. Of course this isn’t an exhaustive list. Check out this list for a great list of retail in OKC.  Also if we missed your favorite place let us know by posting in the comments or hitting us up on Facebook or Twitter.

  • Shop Good- Located off Automobile Alley on 9th St., Shop Good offers clothing and home goods with a local spin. Plus the donate part of their profits to local charities.
  • Plenty Mercantile- A great shopping destination in Automobile Alley with an eclectic variety of goods you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Red Dirt Emporium- Their mission statement is simple, introducing locals and visitors alike to the best Oklahoma has to offer. Everything from clothes to music, art and more. Red Dirt Emporium is located in Bricktown.
  • Painted Door- Located in the heart of Bricktown the Painted Door has been a staple of local shopping for more than 20 years in OKC.
  • On a Whim-  On a whim is located in Classen Curve on offers one-of-kind clothing, housewares and gifts for all ages.

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local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Whack-a-Mall

OKC’s malls are certainly popular shopping destinations for many, especially during Christmastime, and for good reason. But if the food court freaks you out, the kiosks are confusing and parking lots induce panic, check out some of the pop-up retail locations around downtown and shop where no one has shopped before! Except for, well, the last couple years or so… Anyway, the Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown feature a rotating mix of retailers every Thursday through Sunday until December 21st. Learn more at their website. Likewise, the Winter Shoppes at the Myriad Gardens are open Thursdays through Sundays, as well as Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd. Check out their retailers and more deets at their website. Shop local boutique-style, and enjoy some of the downtown OKC holiday festivities while you’re at it.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Retail therapy

Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Downtown in December offers a plethora of opportunities for retail therapy. The Deluxe Winter Market in Leadership square will feature more than 60 vendors with local and handmade goods, crafts, home decor, art, food and other specialty items.

More than 30 Oklahoma-owned shops and an urban Christmas tree will be showcased at the holiday pop-up shops in Midtown. Shops rotate weekly through a set of geodesic domes at NW 10th and Harvey, next to Bleu Garten. The holiday shopping village is open each weekend, beginning this Friday.

The Winter Shoppes at Myriad Botanical Gardens offer a complete family experience including on-site ice skating, a selection of boutique-style vendors and the breathtaking views of the gardens and Crystal Bridge. You can even enjoy a carousel ride while you’re here. The Myriad Botanical Gardens is hosting a variety of holiday-related events from scavenger hunts to wrapping parties.

Of course, Oklahoma City offers shopping options that are incredibly diverse. From high-end shops at 50 Penn Place, Penn Square Mall, Quail Springs Mall or Classen Curve to funky local shops on Western Avenue or in the Plaza District, OKC offers more than you might imagine. Check out a listing of local retailers here.

downtown, family-friendly, holiday, Midtown, outdoor recreation, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thank You for Being a Friend

If you’ve got some long-distance friendships going on, now is the time to show them how much you care! Oklahoma City’s retail scene has plenty of options to please even the pickiest pal. Check out some ideas to get you started below!

Boathouse District, retail, shopping, Thunder, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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