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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Small Business Saturday

Shopping local

This time of year shopping is on every one’s mind. The holidays, combined with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are the busiest time of year for retailers nationwide. When shopping for those on your nice list, don’t forget your local stores. A great place to show your support is Small Business Saturday.

Why is shopping local so important? Besides supporting local entrepreneurs, more of the money you spend locally stays local. In a place like Oklahoma City, where sales tax is the primary source of revenue, it means funds crucial for services like fire and police. This year’s Small Business Saturday is this Saturday, Nov. 24.

P.S. If you get a free candy bar from a local business on Small Business Saturday be sure to open it. 500 of those bars will have a golden ticket that will get you on one of the very first rides of Oklahoma City’s new streetcar.

local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Comic book shopping

Bookstore

The comic novice looking to read all the classics, the hardcore fan looking for their favorite niche series, the collector with rare comics they’re looking to buy or sell, will all find good things at OKC’s comic book stores. Whereas many book stores also have a comic book section, there’s something special about the dedicated comic book store: The fan interactions, the better variety, the merchandise, etc. So here’s a list of some of OKC’s favorite local comic book stores! As always, this isn’t an exhaustive list, so let us know if you don’t see your favorite(s) on here!

Okie Comics (publishes local comics)
All Star Comics
Atomik Pop!
DZ Comics
New World Comics & Games

local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Shopping made easy

OKC Pop Up Shops

We all know the feeling. Heck, most of us are feeling the same thing this time of year. Christmas is right around the corner and we still haven’t finished up our shopping. If you haven’t wrapped up your shopping yet, there’s no need to fret. Your friends at Better Life Central are here to save the day with last minute Christmas ideas that everyone on your list is sure to love. Give a gift uniquely Oklahoma from The Black Scintilla, Plenty Mercantile or Exhibit C.

Are you looking for a one-stop experience to gather all of today’s trendy must-have gifts? You are sure to find it at one of OKC’s malls including the OKC OutletsQuail Springs MallPenn Square Mall, or perhaps peruse the various rotating offerings at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown. And gift certificates to some of OKC’s coolest destinations are sure to make anyone on your list shout with glee. From high-flying fun and whitewater adventures to a day of golf, your gift list will be complete in no time flat.

If you want more great shopping ideas be sure to visit the shopping section of our website.

shopping, golf, local goods, outdoor recreation, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hope you’re on the good list

OKC Pop Up Shops

With another Black Friday in the books, that means it is officially shopping season. If parking lot fighting is not your thing, or if you are looking for a gift on the unique side, why not do some pop-up shopping?

The Holiday Pop-Up Shops are back in Midtown, featuring a weekly rotating schedule of local vendors. The pop-ups are open now and will run through December 13.

holiday, local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shopaholics unite

Shopping in Plaza District

As the 4-0-5 has grown over the past decade, so has Oklahoma City’s retail scene. 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.

The last few years has seen major national retailers like Trader Joe’s, H&M, Cabela’s and TopGolf (just to name a few) plant their flag in OKC.

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. Every corner of our city has something to brag about when it comes to retail development.

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.

Oklahoma City is also lucky to have some of the biggest and fastest growing retailers in the country headquartered in our city. Names like Sonic, Hobby Lobby, Orange Leaf, Braum’s, Love’s and Mathis Brothers are just a sample of those who have taken their local success nationwide.

local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Better know the 4-0-5: Retail

Tammy Fate is the manager of retail development and recruitment for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber.

 

Why is retail important?

Retail is the lifeblood to our community that ultimately funds critical services like: police, fire, public safety and enhances our quality of life. That means every dollar you spend in OKC keeps our city going. Beyond that, retail helps give areas a sense of place. Whether it is local or national retailers, places like the Plaza, Bricktown, Western Avenue, Uptown 23, Midtown, Penn Square or the Memorial corridor, creating an experience and gathering spot is a way to keep retail alive and vibrant.

What makes Oklahoma City attractive to national retailers?

National retailers are really number driven. Average household income, number of people within a given area, traffic counts and commuter patterns are crucial to identify the perfect site. Competition is another factor that weighs in on decision making. Retailers are attracted to a city with a positive population growth and a vibrant and affordable quality of life. Having a healthy downtown core resonates throughout the city and makes Oklahoma City an attractive market.

What is Oklahoma City’s strategy in recruiting retail?

Attracting new-to-market, destination retailers and working with developers to create experienced based retail options in our community. Given the size of Oklahoma City, grocery stores continue to be an important component in developing outlying areas in our city. In addition to recruiting new, we work with existing retailers to provide research, data and a variety of tools to help grow and identity opportunities in our market.

How does local retail fit in the picture?

Local retail is extremely, extremely important to us. So much of our local identity is defined by our unique/one of kind local restaurants and boutique shops. We are thrilled every time we can recruit a Trader Joe’s or Cabela’s to the metro. However, lots of cities have Trader Joe’s. Concepts like Big Truck Tacos, Kitchen No. 324, Plenty Mercantile and Black Scintilla help create the fabric in our community that people identify OKC with when they visit our market. It’s a part of our DNA. It takes a healthy mix of local and national retailers to cultivate a city and provide a variety of diverse offerings to you as the consumer.

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local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Gift giving made easy

Plenty Mercantile

We are four shopping days away from Christmas! If you haven’t wrapped up your shopping yet, there’s no need to fret. Your friends at Better Life Central are here to save the day with last-minute Christmas ideas that everyone on your list is sure to love. Give a gift uniquely Oklahoman from Red Dirt Emporium, Plenty Mercantile or Exhibit C.

Are you looking for a one-stop experience to gather all of today’s trendy must-have gifts? You are sure to find it at one of OKC’s retail mechas including the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs Mall, Penn Square Mall, the Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown or the Winter Shoppes at the Myriad Gardens. And gift certificates to some of OKC’s coolest destinations are sure to make anyone on your list shout with glee. From high-flying fun and whitewater adventures to massages or a day of golf, your gift list will be complete in no time flat.

holiday, local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Brighten up Black Friday by checking out some pop-up shops

As your social media feeds fill up with stories of camping out in parking lots, fistfights and stampedes just for dubious deals on soon-to-be-obsolete electronics, stay nice and smug snug as you shop locally and without fear of getting hit over the head for that last flatscreen at some of the pop-up shopping opportunities around downtown.

Deluxe Winter Market – Nov. 26 and 27, Leadership Square

Holiday Pop-up Shops at Midtown – Nov. 25 – Dec. 22 (weekly Thursday – Sunday), NW 10th and Hudson

Winter Shoppes at Myriad Botanical Gardens – Nov. 25 – Dec. 18 (weekly Thursday – Sunday), North Plaza of MBG by the Great Lawn (look for the carousel!)

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local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Give thanks for locally brewed beer

Friends Cheersing

Turkey turkey turkey, can’t you see, sometimes your tryptophan just hypnotizes me. However, if you’re among the sort whose holiday family dinners typically incite imbibing a beer or two rather than a nap (no judging, we feel ya), consider checking out some of OKC’s fantastic locally-produced beer at a brewery or restaurant near you. Here are just some of the options:

ANTHEM BREWING COMPANY, LLC [MORE]
Breweries
908 SW 4th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73109-1012
Phone: (405) 604-0446
Website | Map | More Info

COOP ALE WORKS [MORE]
Breweries
4745 Council Heights Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73179
Phone: (405) 842-2667
Website | Map | More Info

BELLE ISLE RESTAURANT & BREWING CO. [MORE]
Restaurants
50 Penn Place
1900 N.W. Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 840-1911
Map | More Info

BRICKTOWN BREWERY [MORE]
Restaurants
1 N. Oklahoma Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 232-2739
Website | Map | More Info

And don’t forget about the “’Miracle on the Canal’ Festive, Pop-Up Bar” coming to downtown in December. Speaking of Downtown in December…

beer, breweries, local goods, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Get into the spirits of this punny headline

Prairie Wolf Vodka

The next time you’re browsing the aisles in your neighborhood liquor store looking for ingredients to make that perfect cocktail, be sure to look for some of our tasty local products that won’t disappoint (unless you happen to be a teetotaler, in which case we’d wonder why the heck you were in the liquor store in the first place, unless you also just like to look at stuff in bottles, in which case you’d be totally stoked, because there are typically a lot of ‘em in there. Hey, we all have our quirks).

We’re big fans of Prairie Wolf Spirits’ DARK coffee liqueur. Try it with some Irish cream and some espresso for a caffeine bomb of tasty proportions, or better yet, pair it with some Prairie Wolf vodka and enjoy a White Russian, dude. Success Vodka makes… you guessed it… Success Vodka. This award-winning ultrapremium spirit can be found throughout a multi-state region and is definitely worth a try. Scissortail Distillery in Moore makes a namesake bourbon we’re big big fans of (you could say it’s “suburban bourbon”), as well as rum and gin, and Leadslingers brand whiskey, cinnamon whiskey, rye and rum. Yum yum yum!

Visit your liquor store of choice and give yourself the gift of a spirited OKC treat this week!

local goods
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Don’t quit your wining

Wine Grapes

As you may have guessed, we here at TBL HQ fancy ourselves connoisseurs of all the bacchanalian delights, wine included. While we’ve told you about some of our local “urban” wineries like Waters Edge and Put A Cork In It, did you know our area boasts some more classic style vineyards and labels located nearby making some great juice of the gods? No Napa, no problem around here. Just check out the list below for some great possibilities:

  • Strebel Creek Vineyard in Oklahoma City
  • Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery in Edmond
  • Native Spirits Winery in Norman
  • StableRidge Vineyards in Stroud
  • Red Hills Winery & Vineyard in Coyle
  • Redbud Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Norman
  • Canadian River Vineyards in Lexington
  • Sparks Vineyard and Winery in Sparks
  • Summerside Vineyards Winery & Meadery in Tuttle
  • Chapel Creek Winery in El Reno
  • Legends Vineyeard & Winery in Lindsay
  • Tres Suenos Vineyards and Winery in Luther
  • Woodland Park Vineyards and Winery in Stillwater
  • Farfalla Wines in Yukon

If that’s not enough, our friends at travelok.com have a list of 44 wineries all across the state.

local goods, wine
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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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Mmm, beer.

The microbrewery scene is hot hot hot in OKC, which means tons tons tons of cold brews to enjoy. Here are just a few of our favorites from each of the OKC-area breweries:

405 Brewing – Straight outta Norman and perhaps the newest brewery around these days, the quality of beer belies their new-kid-on-the-block status. We particularly enjoyed the Little Heart Breaker, a fantastic smooth stout, and have heard good things about the FDR. We’re also on the lookout for the Grapefruit Sour!

Anthem – We like everything we’ve had the pleasure of putting to our lips from Anthem, but especially the Arjuna, a Belgian-style wit with lots of tasty complexity, and the rich, luxurious Uroboros stout. Also the Upper 90 (American Pale Ale) is a must if you’re at the OKC Energy match.

Battered Boar – Good gourdy! TBL staff proclaim the Pumpkin Ale worthy of drinking more often than just around Halloween. We’re also anxiously awaiting the chance to try the Coconut Cream Stout.

Black Mesa – You can’t go wrong with the Blonde, but we also really like the ESB – this is a must-try for its ability to mix smoothness and bitterness into one tasty, frosty glass. A great thirst-quencher for both hot and cold days.

COOP – Lots of great tastes to be had from COOP, but we like the Elevator Wheat and the Horny Toad, as well as the F5 IPA. Of course, the DNR is legendary and a must-drink (if you’re not driving). COOP also has a selection of “3.2” beers that are cold and ready to go at the grocery store, so you’ve got no more excuses for that Natty!

Elk Valley – One of the newer breweries to hit the scene (along with 405), Elk Valley made us want more with their Mashie (a Scottish Wee Heavy with lots of great toffee and malt flavors) and the Nemesis Imperial Stout (hey, we like stouts, OK?) .

Huebert – They make the legendary Rock-Hard Root Beer. That’s right. You can thank us later. Next on our To-Drink List: Rock Hard Orange Cream.

Mustang – The Washita Wheat (made with Oklahoma Red wheat) is our everyday go-to choice, but we also particularly enjoy the Rocket Fuel, a strong mélange of hoppy malty goodness, and the grassy, slightly citrusy Farmhouse Ale. We only wish the Session ’33 would return to the grocery store shelves (hint, hint!).

Roughtail – the 12th Round is fantastic, a hoppy yet smooth-drinking strong ale, and the Polar Night will send you to bed a happy stout lover. Speaking of stouts, the Coffee Tsar is a must-drink if you can find it for you dark beer fans.

Don’t see your favorite? Hey, give us a break you craft beer aficionado you—new ones are seemingly popping up every day, so let us know what we are missing!

beer, local goods, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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We like liquor

Not so much of a beer person? Not to worry, OKC-focused merrymaker, we’ve got three area distillers on the roister roster to tell you about. Like the beers above, these products can be found at liquor stores, food truck parks and restaurants all over town, so enjoy!

Prairie Wolf Spirits – Coming to you live from Guthrie, Prairie Wolf produces its well-known namesake vodka as well as Loyal Gin (which contains green tea in its botanical mix) and DARK, a fantastic coffee liqueur that just may blow your Birks off.

Scissortail Distillery – Made in Moore, Scissortail produces a tasty, very smooth bourbon (we here at TBL HQ have recently been putting it through its paces just to, you know, be extra sure), as well as Black Kettle Gin, which infuses grapefruit and lime peel, and Oklahoma Landrum, made from organic molasses.

Twister Distillery – Also in Moore, Twister produces Success Vodka, advertised as “Gluten-free, Kosher and 100% organic,” so even the ultra hipster among us have no reason not to give it a try. Success Vodka has garnered a “Top 50 Domestic Vodka” award and a 5-star rating from VodkaBuzz.com.

local goods, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Fruit of the vine: urban-style wine

Quit your whining, wine lover, we’ve got you covered too! While we’ve previously told you about just some of the wineries nearby, you might also check out a few of our urban locations where the wine flows like, er, wine…

Put A Cork In It Winery  - Bricktown is the location for this urban winery, right on the canal in the Miller Jackson building. Featuring a gift shop, free tastings, event rooms and a great covered patio ready for you to sip a glass of wine on and watch the world wander by, Put A Cork In It makes for a great stop the next time you’re in Bricktown.

Waters Edge Winery – Waters Edge is located in Automobile Alley and features more than 50 different wines and varietals, so they’ve for sure got something to please your palate. They also have a sweet 2nd-level patio that is perfect for parties and a great overall atmosphere for chillin’ out maxin’, relaxin’ all cool, regardless of whether or not you’ve been shootin’ some b-ball outside of the school.

Urban Wineworks – A star in the middle of the Plaza District, Urban Wineworks features fantastic food along with its wines. On Sundays, throw that ironically fashionable totes-awks bow tie ‘round your neck and get ready to shine, bearded one, because your semi-obligatory brunch instagrams get even better with mimosas made from locally-made sparkling wine, huzzah!

local goods, nightlife, restaurants, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Made in Oklahoma

Made in Oklahoma Coalition

Ooooooo-kla-homa is both where the wind comes sweeping down the plains and local companies and organizations thrive. If you are a frequent reader, then you know that an entrepreneurial spirit flows through the veins of our great state (and we might be more than a little proud of that).

One of the organizations ensuring the success of Oklahoma businesses and farms is Made in Oklahoma (MIO). In fact, what started out as an organization of less than a dozen Oklahoma food manufacturers in 2000 has grown into a 40-member coalition that employs more than 20,000 Oklahomans and generates more than $3 billion in sales annually. MIO is a great example of what can be accomplished when businesses pool resources. From produce and baked goods to essential oils, dog treats, handmade furnishings and more, you might be surprised to find out what is truly Made in Oklahoma.

To get a glimpse of some of the products available, visit the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market Tuesday-Sunday or Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City Farmers Market in the Horticulture Pavilion on any Saturday throughout the year. Expect to find fresh delicious produce, herbs, honey, farm-fresh eggs, meat, cut flowers and much more. A farmers market is held in Oklahoma Department of Agriculture parking lot from noon to 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday and monthly in the Uptown 23rd neighborhood. Made in Oklahoma products are always in supply at Plenty Mercantile and the Red Dirt Emporium.

The MIO Coalition also offers numerous mouth-watering suggestions to use all those tasty items. Some of our favorites include candied bacon, fried okra salad, the working man’s quiche and so many more.

farmers market, local goods, Oklahoma, shopping, Uptown 23
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ripe from the Vine

mother and daughter gardening

To get a true sense of farm-fresh quality (and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon) pack up the family and visit one of many farms around the OKC metro where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables straight from the vine. From juicy peaches and blackberries to tomatoes and purple hull peas, there’s no better place to find your favorite tasty treat and make some great memories. And the best part: no matter what part of OKC you choose to call home, there’s sure to be a farm or orchard close. Just remember to pack your sunscreen and plenty of beverages.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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More than a green thumb

Fabulous Oklahoma products aren’t limited to just food though. We are a skilled bunch with many talents and certainly see the beauty in everything.  We can make ladders from willow trees, leather vests by hand, furniture and kitchen utensils, soaps, beeswax lotions, soy candles and even turn salvaged wood into beautiful works of art. Don’t believe us: Check out the fabulous local shops and galleries throughout Oklahoma City to see our talents on display. From Automobile Alley to the Plaza District and Western Avenue to the Paseo District, there are products made by Oklahomans everywhere you turn. Check out the coolest places to shop in OKC here.

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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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Flower Power

What does Valentine’s Day mean for a lot of people? Flowers. Yes, flowers are a perfect way to say “You’re kind of cool” with pretty colors and lovely fragrance. Why don’t you give one of these reputable flower peddlers a call and your business? They will be happy to help you come up with just the right arrangement. And don’t forget that flowers are good for days other than Valentine’s Day. Send someone you care about flowers for no reason and thank us later.

Really want to kick it up to 11 in the flower department? If you’re looking to escape the chilly winter weather and see some fabulous flowers, don’t forget about the Myriad Botanical Gardens Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. With indoor temperatures ranging from 62 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll keep warm while you enjoy the 2,000 different plant varieties.

holiday, local goods, Myriad Botanical Gardens, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sugar High

The Cookie Monster might be a little bit of a psycho, but he kind of has a point, right? Cookies and sweets are pretty good. Bathing suit season is just around the corner so many people are trying to avoid those extra calories. That is why Valentine’s Day is so awesome. It is a built-in excuse to rage on some sweet, sweet sugar.

Where do you get your sugar fix in OKC? Well good thing you asked. OKC has some great bakeries and candy companies who can’t wait to hook you up. We only have one request: don’t be selfish. Be sure to remember your significant other on Valentine’s Day and get them a sugary treat.

food, holiday, local goods
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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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, January 7, 2014

OKSpirits

Oklahoma City is known for many things: Thunder basketball, the Flaming Lips and Bricktown just to name a few. If two local distilleries have their way one more thing will be added to that list: high-quality spirits. 

Not even a year old yet, Prairie Wolf Spirits is located just outside of Oklahoma City in Guthrie. The family-run business distills Prairie Wind Vodka.

On the other side of the metro in Moore, Twister Distillery is doing its part to enhance the state’s spirit reputation. The distillery produces Twister Vodka, Oklahoma Land Rum and Twister Sweet Tea Vodka with plans to add more to its collection in the coming years. Twister prides itself on using nothing but Oklahoma ingredients in its spirits.

Look for both in most liquor stores around the metro (and even some restaurants).

[Photo from Prairie Wolf Spirits]

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Microbreweries Abound

Plato supposedly once said, “He was a wise man who invented beer.” Of course we have no idea if Plato really said that but if he didn’t, he should have. We take a lot of things seriously in Oklahoma and beer could be at the top of the list (enjoyed responsibly of course). In that spirit (get it?), let us introduce you to some of our favorite local breweries.

Started in 2009, COOP Ale Works has become a local favorite. The brewery offers a wide array of ales and lagers including DNR, Native Amber and F5 IPA. COOP is well known for its big, bold flavored beers.

Mustang Brewing Company has only been around for four years but has already established itself throughout the region. It’s available in more than 1,000 locations throughout Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. Mustang has also won nine medals in four years at the World Beer Championships. And … The Mustang Brewing Company also just opened a tasting room!

COOP and Mustang are just two of the great breweries you will find in OKC. While we don’t have time to go into detail about each brewery, here are some others producing high-quality suds in (and around) Greater OKC.

local goods, nightlife, Oklahoma
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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