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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

‘Tis the Season

Reasons to shop start long before Black Friday. With family and friends visiting for Thanksgiving, there are desserts to be baked and meals to be shared. Keep your sanity preparing for meals by relying on a few local favorites.

Quality cooking ingredients are especially important during the holiday season when we want the food that we share with guests to be exceptional. Upgrade to a premium olive oil from Olive & Co. Drizzle over pasta or pair with a balsamic vinegar and bread from Big Sky Bread Company for dipping.

Visit Native Roots Market’s location in Deep Deuce, a convenient stop when you’re downtown enjoying holiday activities or a Thunder game. Their corner market at Northeast 2nd and Walnut sells a large variety of Made in Oklahoma foods and high quality spices. We recommend their in-house Pumpkin Pie spice blend. Packaged in small containers, it’s just enough for this year’s desserts, keeping your spices fresh.

Leave the main dish to Rhett’s Meat Market on North May Avenue. Preorder your prime rib or tenderloin to ensure that there will be one available for your meal – there are limited quantities. Pick up a few steaks for an easy post-Thanksgiving dinner, too.

Olive & Co 7602 N. May Avenue, OKC, OK 73116 http://oliveokc.com/
[image from: Olive & Co.]
Big Sky Bread Company 6606 N Western Avenue, OKC, OK 73116 http://www.bigskybreadokc.com/
Rhett’s Meat Market 9300 N. May Avenue, OKC, OK 73120
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rhetts-Meat-Market/321869121167956
Native Roots Market 131 NE 2nd, OKC, OK 73104 http://nativerootsmarket.com/
[Image from: Native Roots]

food, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Delightfully Deluxe

Speaking of the creativity that abounds here in OKC, there’s a great opportunity coming up for you to see the work of unique artists and maybe even cross some of that holiday shopping off your list. Sounds perfect, right? Hit up the Deluxe Winter Market on Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center in Bricktown. You can shop ‘til you drop and once you’ve dropped, you can hop outside to grab a bite to eat at the food trucks lined up. And then head back in for even more shopping. Oh, and did we mention that it’s free to enter? Seriously, how have you not written this one on your calendar yet? We’ll wait while you do . . . Ok, good to go now. And if you want to stay up to date with what’s in store, be sure to check out their blog.

family-friendly, festivals, food, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

We dig Downtown

There is always a plethora of awesomeness happening in Greater OKC – and in particular in downtown OKC. New restaurants, new shops, new ways to spend your time. It can be difficult to keep track of it all. Thankfully we’ve got some friends over at Downtown OKC who are experts in that area. You can check out their website for great info on any and everything Downtown OKC. And if you really want to stay in the know, we suggest you sign up for their weekly “What’s Up Downtown” newsletter.

downtown, restaurants, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hop to it

Grab your wallet and put on your favorite shopping shoes because we’ve got a mission for you. This Thursday, Sept. 19, Automobile Alley will host the first ever Auto Alley Shop Hop. From 6 to 9 p.m., you can hop in and out of your favorite stores (and all those you hadn’t made it to just yet) and get your shop on. All along North Broadway Avenue and in surrounding areas in Downtown, you’ll find open house events at local shops, extended hours, live music, street artists and performers, activities for kids, great food for Automobile Alley restaurants, and, best of all, discounts, freebies and giveaways! Check out a list of deals and giveaways here. Prep for the night by printing off this map of retailers and their deals.

This event will be held the third Thursday of each month so don’t fret if you have to miss this one.

Automobile Alley, downtown, food, music, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sales Tax Holiday, AKA Just the Excuse you Need to Get Some Crazy Socks

In what very well may be the latest sign of the end of the world as we know it, the sock craze is officially upon us here in OKC. Stripes, dots, patterns, and golfer-chic argyle is where it’s at—and hey, the flashier the better, amiright?  But maybe you’ve been waiting for just the right time to beef up your sock stock. Well, look no further than the Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday, heading our way August 2-4. It can potentially knock your old socks right off your feet (as well as whatever else you happen to be wearing). Yep, that’s right – any item of clothing or pair of shoes up to $100 intended to be worn daily, including even the most awe-inspiring, epilepsy-inducing, ridiculous-looking pair of socks, is exempt from sales tax. (Some items designed primarily for athletic activity and others are excepted. For example, if the costume mask craze hits us next year, you’ll be sadly (thankfully?) out of luck.) Give the inside of your boots as well as your pocketbook a little break, and get your back-to-school wardrobe ready from bottom to top.

family-friendly, school, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Be Wowed on Western Avenue

Whether you’re looking to find new places to explore – a great new restaurant to try, a cool shop to, well, shop, and so much more – Western Avenue is a unique entertainment district in OKC with it all. Western Avenue’s shops and businesses are vibrant aspects of OKC living. You can have a bite at any number of yummy restaurants – Café Nova, Café 501, The Coach House, Deep Fork Grill, Earl’s Rib Palace, Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria, Iron Starr Urban Barbecue, Musashi’s, Pearl’s Oyster Bar, RePUBlic Gastropub, Sushi Neko, The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro, VZD’s Restaurant & Club, West or The Lobby Café & Bar. Maybe you’ve already got dinner in mind at home. No problem. Check out Big Sky Bread Company or the Savory Spice Shop to help you round out your meal. If you’re in the market for some retail therapy, Balliets, Liberte, On a Whim, Ruth Meyers, Spencer Stone Company and Uptown Kids have you covered. So go on. Spend some time on Western Avenue. You won’t regret it.

food, restaurants, shopping, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Oh Where Oh Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?

You go to the mall. Or the grocery store. Or out to dinner. And at the bottom of your receipt before the grand total is a little number called sales tax. We all know it’s a fact of life in OKC, but where does it go? How much is it? What does it pay for? We’re here to fill you in on the deets.

If you’re shopping in Oklahoma City, your sales tax is 8.375%. The State of Oklahoma collects 4.5%. Then the City of Oklahoma City collects 3.875% – or 3.87-ish cents for every dollar you spend.

Here’s how the City of Oklahoma City uses the money collected:
2 cents goes to the General Fund
3/4 cent goes to Public Safety
1/8 cent goes to the Oklahoma City Zoo
1 cent goes to MAPS 3

The MAPS 3 portion is a temporary sales tax that began in April 2010 and will expire in December 2017. Over that period of time, the City will collect approximately $777 million to fund eight projects.

And to put it all in perspective, here’s a quick look at sales tax rates in other cities:

Tulsa

8.517%

Austin, Texas

8.25%

Memphis, Tenn.

9.25%

Los Angeles

8.75%

Dallas, Texas

8.25%

New Orleans

9.0%

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Need ThunderWear?

From the moment the 2013 playoffs tip off until the championship parade ends in OKC (we are dreaming big) OKC will be colored blue. Just about everyone wears their Thunder gear nonstop during the playoffs. Need to expand your Thunder wardrobe? The Thunder has four official team shops – one located in the Chesapeake Energy Arena, one located in Leadership Square and two new shops: one located at Penn Square Mall on the upper level near Macy’s and one at the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City. These are great places to find officially licensed jerseys, t-shirts and more. You can find Thunder gear pretty much anywhere around town, but if you want something a little different, we have a few suggestions for you. Many local retailers like SHOP GOOD, DNA Galleries, Tree & Leaf Clothing, Blue 7 and others have a variety of Thunder shirts and other gear to help you cheer on our team.

shopping, Thunder
Posted by: The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

How the West Was Fun

With more than 100 years of history under its belt, there is no better place to go experience Oklahoma City’s rough-and-tumble past than Stockyards City. Located just southwest of downtown, Stockyards City is home to the Oklahoma National Stock Yards—the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market.  Originally called “Packingtown,” the area was developed as a meat processing and packing plant in 1910, and by 1915 the area was booming with cowboys and cattle drives.

By 1961, the packing plant closed and was replaced by a cattle auction. More than 102 million head of livestock have passed through the iron gates of the Stockyards since that time, and the auction is still in operation today.

Even though the days of the cattle drive are over, the area still serves up its unique Western heritage to cattlemen and greenhorns alike. The original business district is intact and still sells its wares to Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers, and many of the area’s stores and restaurants are among OKC’s oldest establishments. Stop in at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse for food that has won the approval of everyone from U.S. presidents to Sir Charles Barkley since 1910, and rustle up some authentic cowboy gear at Langston’s Western Wear, which was established in 1916.

restaurants, shopping, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lasso Up Some Cowboy Gear

All this information about cowboy cultures means you can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? Don’t leave Stockyards City without lassoing some authentic cowboy gear.

Visit Shorty’s Hattery for a custom made and stock Western-style cowboy hats that have been worn by rodeo winners and country music stars. The store’s owner, Lavonna “Shorty” Koger is well-steeped in the tradition of the Western cowboy, and she keeps that tradition alive through custom hats made with the highest quality materials.

Langston’s Western Wear is the oldest store of its kind in Oklahoma, and it has become a national leader in Western fashion. Its flagship location in Stockyards City recently underwent an award-winning restoration and they carry over 15,000 pairs of boots and 40,000 pairs of jeans—so you are sure to find just the style for you.

A cowboy’s life might contain a little more dirt and mud than most, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be refined. Cross Bar Gallery specializes in high-end western furniture, art and home décor. Its furniture is all made in the U.S.A. and the gallery offers the largest selection of western artwork in Oklahoma City.

shopping, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wild, Wild West

Born from the single gunshot that launched the historic Land Run of 1889, Oklahoma City’s history and heritage is uniquely Western. And the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is the ideal place to experience the legacy of the American West. With more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts, it’s home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Western art in the world. The museum is a can’t-miss destination with fine art, pop culture, Native American objects, historical cowboy gear, an amazing gift shop and tasty dining.

You should also check out ... historic Stockyards City where you can pick up some Western wear of your own, enjoy one of OKC’s most famous restaurants – Cattlemen’s Steakhouse – and see a live cattle auction.

... the Red Earth Museum in downtown to see more than 1,400 traditional and contemporary Native American art pieces including traditional and contemporary fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles, jewelry and beadwork.

arts and culture, museums, restaurants, shopping, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Plaza Pizzazz

Located a whopping three miles northwest of downtown, the historic Plaza District, located on Northwest 16th Street between Classen and Pennsylvania, is one of Oklahoma City’s super hip urban neighborhoods where you’ll find cool stores, artful galleries, yummy restaurants and other local businesses. In fact, the Plaza District is one of the districts throughout OKC where “local” lives and thrives. And the locals love it.

We know you’re looking for an excuse to go check it out and we’ve got a great one. This Friday, marks the first LIVE on the Plaza of 2013. Live on the what? LIVE on the Plaza, an art walk featuring live music, featured artists, special events and local shopping, is held the second Friday of each month from 7 to 11 p.m. So grab some friends and head over to experience this great district on the rise.

arts and culture, business, festivals, music, Plaza District, restaurants, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Grown-Up Greatness

Looking for a great way to celebrate the holidays with friends? We’ve got some great suggestions for you!

Enjoy a relaxing day or night out with friends and experience some of OKC’s holiday hoopla. Open through Christmas Eve, the Pop Up Shops at the Myriad Botanical Gardens are a great place to grab those last minute stocking stuffers and gifts. And with its proximity to the Devon Ice Rink, we suggest you lace up some skates and go for a turn on the ice.

Then head over to Bricktown to grab a bite to eat or a drink. But on the way, be sure to check out the incredible lights that abound. You can even check them out via Water Taxi – for free. Or hop on up to Automobile Alley and the 9th Street District for more lights and other great shopping and dining options.

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, nightlife, outdoor recreation, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Make Your List, Check it Twice

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and we know you can’t wait to share the love with your closest family and friends. Oklahoma City is pumped full of holiday cheer, and you get to pick where you experience it. From festive malls to lovely 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, but Oklahoma City’s local retail scene also has plenty of gifts to please even the pickiest on your list.

To experience some of OKC’s unique local stores in one place, check out the Pop-Up Shops at Myriad Botanical Gardens. Curated by Alison Barta Bailey, the brains behind www.shopcrawlr.com, 10 percent of all the sales from the participating shops will benefit the Myriad Botanical Gardens Foundation, which keeps this amazing downtown space buzzing with activity. The shops will be open from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7, Dec. 11 to 15 and Dec. 17 to 24.

downtown, Myriad Botanical Gardens, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Think Big, Shop Small

After filling your belly with turkey, stuffing and cranberries, you might want to think about exercising – exercising your chance to shop for some awesome deals, that is. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday urges people to “Shop Small” by visiting – and of course buying items from – local retailers.

Oklahoma City is a treasure trove of unique, fun and hip local merchants. If you have never visited them before, Small Business Saturday is your perfect opportunity, and there’s a great site to help you find local establishments located across Greater Oklahoma City – www.keepitlocalok.com. Not only is it a great source for local stores, but by purchasing a Keep It Local card (for just $10), you will also be able to partake in fabulous discounts at Keep It Local stores. Keep It Local cards can be purchased online or at a variety of locations across the metro. So put down the fork, grab your friends and family and lace up your walking shoes - because you have some serious shopping to do.

business, community, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sales Tax Takes a Hike (just for the weekend)

Back to school season can put a pinch on your pocket book. Thankfully, Oklahoma's annual sales tax holiday is here to help out. This weekend, Aug. 3-5, will give you the chance to purchase clothing and shoes free of sales tax (including all state, city, county and local municipality sales tax). However, there is some fine print you should be aware of before you shop till you drop.

  • The sales tax holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 and ends at 12 midnight Sunday, Aug. 5.
  • Any item of clothing or footwear with a sales price of less than $100 per article is exempt of sales and use tax.
  • Things that don't qualify: any accessories or special clothing or footwear primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use or the rental of clothing or footwear. Also not included, belt buckles; costume masks; patches and emblems; sewing equipment and supplies, even when used to make clothing.
  • "Clothing" is defined as "human wearing apparel suitable for general use, including belts and suspenders; boots; coats and jackets, diapers, gloves and mittens; hats and caps; hosiery; insoles for shoes; raingear; scarves; shoes and shoe laces; socks; underwear; athletic and non-athletic uniforms and more."
  • Jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, and other similar items carried on or about the human body, without regard to whether worn on the body in a manner characteristic are considered taxable.

For FAQs and other info on the Sales Tax Holiday, check out the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

family-friendly, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Music, shopping and food – oh my!

This Thursday marks the first Thursday of the month – and you know what that means?Concerts on the Curve! On the first Thursday of each month from May through September, Classen Curve is hosting live outdoor “micro-festivals” for you to enjoy while partaking in some retail therapy. Don’t have any immediate shopping needs? No biggie. Just enjoy a lovely evening outside with Oklahoma musicians in three areas, a kids’ area, an art walk featuring work by local artists and food and drinks.

arts and culture, Classen Curve, family-friendly, food, music, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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