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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.

shopping, local goods, retail
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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Retro fun

video games

Anyone who tells you toys and video games are just for kids has clearly never gone hunting for retro toys and video games. There’s a lot of fun to be had looking around, reliving your childhood, sharing major parts of your childhood with your kids, or maybe even getting the toys/games you couldn’t get then, well, now. And in the interest of helping you experience that joy, we’ve assembled a list of some of the best vintage game/toy stores in and around OKC.

Amazing Action
Got Games
Plastic Galaxy
Toy Base 10
Vintage Stock

retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The curve of Classen

Classen Curve OKC

Located just five minutes from downtown, Classen Curve is a local hot spot for OKC shopping. Classen Curve is the combination of three shopping centers in one with trendy and upscale shopping to meet the needs of those in the heart of the city. The popular assortment of nationally recognized and locally owned concepts includes Cycle Bar, Cos Bar and Red Coyote, as well as Anthropologie, Lululemon and Barre3.

Classen Curve also offers a wide variety of delicious and delightful dining experiences. Café 501 is the culmination of the owner’s love of travel and has grown from its humble beginnings as a “little lunch spot” to become synonymous with experienced taste in good wine and great foods. Upper Crust is an uptown pizzeria & wine bar specializing in wood-fired thin-crust New-York style pies at a reasonable price. Enjoy one of the best audio visual systems in the country to watch your favorite sporting event at Republic Gastropub, a contemporary American pub house with emphasis on craft beer and an imaginative menu to compliment your beverage.

Whether your grocery list includes items from around the globe or just around the corner, Trader Joe’s has you covered with great quality at great prices. Stocked with Oklahoma-grown produce and other gourmet items in a beautiful store, Whole Foods Market is perfect for a quick healthy lunch at their buffet or for grabbing ingredients for a unique meal.

Other notable amenities include Pops, where you can experience their record-breaking selection of ice-cold sodas & beverages while enjoying classic comfort food-fare, and Boardroom Salon for Men to enjoy the nostalgia of an old-time barbershop with outstanding client service while you confidently enjoy the ultimate relaxed grooming experience for men.

Classen Curve, restaurants, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Recruiting retail

ICSC Trade Show

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. Attracting destination retail to our city is a big part of that effort.

Enter the International Council of Shopping Centers RECon conference. An annual retail and real estate convention in Las Vegas that attracts just under 40,000 attendees each year, including the biggest retailers in the world.

Why are we talking about a conference in Las Vegas? Because RECon is a vital tool in getting the next big thing to OKC. That national retailer you really, really want to open a location here … there is a great chance a team from Oklahoma City has met with them in Vegas. When a big retailer announces they are coming to OKC, well the odds are good that it all started with a little meeting in the very large Las Vegas Convention Center, except in this case what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.

retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKCRetail.com

Shopping  for produce

Thinking about opening your own shop or restaurant in Oklahoma City? We don’t blame you—for the second year in a row, Oklahoma City was named the No. 1 large city to start a business in by WalletHub. To give your new store the best chance for success you need information. Luckily, OKC Retail is here to help with everything from vacant property listings, demographic information and more. It is also a great place to keep up with the latest retail news in our city. You should also follow OKC retail on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and news stories regarding retail in Oklahoma City.

business, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Retail is important, very important

Shopping in OKC

We’ve spent this week talking a lot about retail. You might be wondering why it matters? I mean it is just shopping and eating right? In reality, retail is one of the key drivers of our city.

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. 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.

retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Nothing middling about Midtown

Midtown Plaza Court

Over the past decade, Oklahoma City’s Midtown has developed into a bustling district with local retail and that momentum doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Midtown District is 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 lively 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, bars and local shopping options.

Public and private investments have created a thriving district of diversity within its 387 acres. The city’s first grocery store and kindergarten were located in Midtown, while surviving territorial Victorian homes and a strong restaurant and night-life scene comprise the current district. 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, nightlife, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Stockyards City

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 industries, 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.

Oklahoma City history, restaurants, retail, shopping, Stockyards
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.

golf, local goods, outdoor recreation, retail, shopping
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, July 4, 2017

The neon lights of Broadway

Automobile Alley at Night

When we say “neon” and “Broadway,” you might have another city in mind. But no longer! Just north of the central business district in downtown Oklahoma City is Automobile Alley, a district centered on Broadway and aptly named for its history as the hub of auto dealers starting in the 1910s. That history is brightly on display today with the neon signs that shine over the district.

While some dealerships still call this area home, it is now known for its restaurants and retail options. Along this stretch of street, you’ll find everything from breakfast and coffee to whiskey and wine. And if shopping is your objective, some of the most unique stores in the metro are located along Automobile Alley and the nearby Ninth Street. For the full list of all to do and see, visit www.automobilealley.org, and be sure to follow Automobile Alley on Twitter at @AutoAlleyOKC.

Automobile Alley, downtown, Oklahoma City history, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lights, camera, nightlife

Film Row

Roll out the red carpet, because this district knows how to give you a star-studded time. Starting in 1907, what is now known as Film Row was home to film exchange distribution offices, a place where movie theater owners could return old films and exchange them for new releases. By the 1960s, every major film studio was represented in the area (along with theater supply stores), but changing technologies caused the industry to disintegrate, leaving Oklahoma City with the last remaining film exchange district in the U.S.

Thankfully, Film Row has experienced a rebirth that deeply respects its cinematic history. Boasting a unique mix of creative companies, restaurants and retail means that this district has plenty of opportunities to enjoy. Today, you can catch a classic film or live music at Paramount, an old Paramount Pictures screening room, buy succulent plants while sipping on coffee at the Plant Shoppe/Okay Yeah Co., or grab a drink and view the art galleries at 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City. Follow the district on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay updated on all there is to do in the district.

arts and culture, film, Film Row, Oklahoma City history, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Home-brewing happiness

Friends drinking beer

As the number of homebrewers showing off the fruits of their fermenters at the recent Oklahoma Craft Beer Festival at the Cox Center can attest, homebrewing is becoming quite the hobby in OKC. If you think you may want to give it a try but are intimidated by the terminology and process, don’t be! The easiest thing to do is go talk to some experts. Greater OKC Chamber member The Brew Shop, 2916 N. Penn, would be a great choice to hit up to de-mystify the process. After all, the famous Reinheitsgebot, or “German Beer Purity Law,” restricts beer to only three ingredients: water, barley and hops. That’s really all you need (and a few easy-to-obtain pieces of equipment). If you want to get creative, Oklahoma’s wealth of agricultural products make brewing with locally sourced ingredients, like fruit and honey, even more interesting if you so desire. Why not give it a shot? After all, beer is like pizza: even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good.

beer, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Quit your whining and drink some wine

Friends drinking wine

Beer is not the only thing you can ferment up to fabulous results, no siree. If you’d like to sample some local fruit of the vine, OKC has you covered. Put A Cork In It Winery describes itself as “the little winery in the heart of Bricktown” and is indeed located on the canal in the Miller Jackson building. Put A Cork In It offers a wide variety of wines including reds, whites and sweet wines, as well as tastings, gifts and souvenirs. Also downtown, Waters Edge Winery in Automobile Alley has more than 50 varieties of reds, whites, ports, dessert and fruit-based wines that are sure to please. Waters Edge offers tasting flights as well as bottles, and makes wines from grapes from all over, with an ever-evolving menu. Bottoms up!

Automobile Alley, Bricktown, downtown, retail, wine
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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OKCRetail.com

Grocery Shopping

What makes OKC a prime place for retailers? It is actually pretty simple. When you combine a low unemployment rate with a low cost living, people simple have more buying power. Retailers love OKC and we, of course, love the steady stream of new shopping and dining options.

Whether you just like to keep up with the latest retail headlines or you need some handy tools to open up your own shop of restaurant, visit okcretail.com. It 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.

restaurants, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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What’s next?

ICSC Vegas

In OKC, we mean business – literally. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the city of Oklahoma City and a number of our 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.

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, April 11, 2017

Midtown

Midtown

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. 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 and kindergarten, surviving territorial Victorian homes and a strong restaurant and night-life scene. 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.

housing, Midtown, nightlife, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Asian District

Asian District

One thing newcomers to our great city are sometimes surprised of is the vibrant Asian community that permeates our city. The epicenter of the community and culture is the Asian District, located around NW 23rd and Classen.

Oklahoma City experienced an influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s who were looking to escape religious and political persecution. Those new citizens helped establish OKC as one of the most underrated centers of Asian cuisine in America. We aren’t kidding when we say our city has some of the best and most authentic Vietnamese food this side of the Pacific. Of course we’ve been known to succumb to hyperbole at times so don’t take our word for it. Check out this article on Vietnamese food in Oklahoma City from the New York Times.

The Asian District is not just limited to Vietnamese food though. You can also find Tokyo-style sushi, Taiwanese bubble tea, Hong Kong-style dim sum and so much more.

The bustling district is also home to shops, nightclubs and Super Cao Nguyen, one of the largest Asian grocery stores in this part of the United States.

Asian District, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Farmers Market District

Farmers Market

Although many would classify the district as up-and-coming, the Farmers Market District can trace its history back nearly a century.

Located in the southwest portion of downtown, 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 a past issue of VeloCity.

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

Stockyards City entrance

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 17, 2017

Live! on the Plaza

Live! on the Plaza

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.

family-friendly, festivals, free, Plaza District, restaurants, retail
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, December 6, 2016

Greetings from Stockyards City

Stockyards City

Cowboy culture is alive and well in Oklahoma City, and you can experience it for yourself at Stockyards City, just a few miles southeast of downtown OKC. Stockyards City is home to the Oklahoma National Stockyards – 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 home to cowboys and cattle drives.

The meat packing plant closed in 1961 and was replaced by a cattle auction, which has seen more than 102 million head of livestock pass through its iron gates since opening. Today, you can experience a live action on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week starting at 8 a.m.

The original business district of the area is still intact, making it the perfect place to buy gear for your homestead (or just a pair of boots for two-stepping). Several businesses date back to the early 1900s and still provide authentic Western wear and gear to the cattle buyers and ranch hands that come to Stockyards City each week.

retail, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What to OKC

The view from Vast

The holiday season is in full swing and whether you are a long-time OKCer who is looking to entertain guests or a visitor checking out the city for the first time, OKC has plenty of shopping, holiday lights, museums, events and activities to keep everyone bustling.

There’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit than Oklahoma City. Here are a few of our favorite ways to introduce OKC.

  • Take a Water Taxi Along the Bricktown Canal: Enjoy the lights, sights, and sounds and get a quick introduction to Bricktown during a water taxi ride this holiday season.  Free rides are offered on designated days in November and December. Nearby in Deep Deuce, Legends Night will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. on Dec. 17 and will bring some of the best jazz musicians in OKC back to Downtown in December.
  • Gaze at 55 Feet of Beauty: 2,400 individually hand-blown glass pieces make up the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s 55-foot Chihuly Tower, making it one of the tallest Chihuly structures in the world. In fact, Oklahoma City Museum of Art is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Dale Chihuly glass sculptures in the world.  Art lovers will also enjoy the eclectic exhibits at 21c Hotel and Museum in OKC’s Film Row district.
  • Take a stroll through the gardens: During the holidays, the Myriad Botanical Gardens is a favorite destination among locals and visitors as they enjoy the Devon Ice Rink, Winter Shoppes and the holiday carousel. The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory offers a beautiful balmy oasis featuring more than 750 varieties of plant life in two distinct climates: a tropical wet zone at the south end and a tropical dry zone at the north end.
  • Explore our history. Step back in time at the National Cowboys and Western Heritage Museum and discover the American West through one-of-a-kind exhibits, artwork and artifacts or check out the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum to learn about the day that changed our city forever.

Of course, this is just a small sampling of the fun going on here in OKC. There are so many festivals, games and activities happening in various districts, you’re sure to find an activity to appease any guest. Our friends at Visit OKC offer a plethora of ideas on how to get out and experience OKC. Learn more at visitokc.com.

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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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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.
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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!

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