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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, October 16, 2018

Where quality meets affordability

OKC Shopping

Want to save money this year? Guess what… You’re already doing it just by living in Oklahoma City! Some might say that living in OKC is like finding a $200 shirt for $30… every time you go shopping. To achieve the same standard of living in OKC that $65,000 would get you in Seattle, you would only need $37,043, a difference of nearly $27,957.

You can rest easy knowing OKC is an extraordinary, affordable place to live and grow. Check out our Cost of Living calculator to see how OKC stacks up against other top cities in the nation.

cost of living, 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

shopping, local goods, retail
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

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, March 6, 2018

Better know a district: the Asian District

Super Cao Nguyen

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.

One of the newest additions to the district is the Vietnam War monument that was dedicated last summer. The monument is located in Military Park and features an American Soldier and South Vietnamese soldiers standing together.

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, nightlife, restaurants, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Something for everyone

Grocery Shopping

One of the most disheartening parts about wanting to cook something new is not being able to find the ingredients you need at your typical go-to grocery store.

Thankfully, Oklahoma City has a plethora of options outside of your standard grocery stores. Whether you’re going organic or looking for more ethnic flavors, the metro has a place nearby that has exactly what you’re looking for.

The hardest part would be finding where these places actually are; that is, if we didn’t make things a little easier for you first. Take a look at our specialty grocery store page on our website. Do you notice any stores missing from our list that people have to know about? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.

food, shopping
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, October 17, 2017

You will heart this shopping experience

An Affair of the Heart

Are you looking for the right piece of furniture or artwork to accent your living room? Do you like to shop small and support local business? If any of these descriptions fit you, head on over to An Affair of the Heart, October 20 - 22 at the State Fair Park!

This unique shopping experience will feature booths filled with a wide variety of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, furniture, decorative items, accessories, jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods and more. There will be something for everyone in this marketplace. Affair of the Heart is recognized as one of the largest arts and crafts shows in the United States.

Entrance into this ultimate shopping experience will be $8 for adults but is free for kids ages 12 and under. Tickets are currently on sale, so buy yours today!

shopping, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wild, wild West(ern) Avenue

Western Avenue

When you hear the word ‘Western,’ the image that comes to mind may be that of an old black and white, gun toting, horseback riding western film. Or, if you’re an OKCitian who knows their way around, you probably imagine food, retail and a fun-filled day in a certain section of town.

Ranging from contemporary to classic, the Western Avenue district has a little something for everyone. Classen Curve, located at the northern edge of the Western Avenue district, contains some of OKC’s most fashionable shops, including national retailers like Lululemon Athletica, Anthropologie, Cos Bar, Kendra Scott and West Elm. If local retail is more your style, Balliets, Bebe’s, CK & Co., On a Whim, Red Coyote Running and Fitness and Liberté are a few great options. The momentum at Classen Curve is not slowing down as retailers like Athleta, Bassett Furniture and Francesca’s have stores opening soon.

Foodies will also take heart in the number of restaurant options throughout the district, from upscale options like West to fast-casual concepts like All About Cha, The Wedge, Sushi Neko, Musashi’s, The Drum Room, Tucker’s Onion Burgers, and Café 501. There’s plenty to see and do on Western Avenue, so go out and explore all there is to offer like you’re John Wayne on horseback riding feverishly into the Oklahoma sunset.

restaurants, shopping, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Something special

Grocery Shopping

One of the most disheartening parts about wanting to cook something new is not being able to find the ingredients you need at your typical go-to grocery store.

Thankfully, Oklahoma City has a plethora of options outside of your standard grocery stores. Whether you’re going organic or looking for more ethnic flavors, the metro has a place nearby that has exactly what you’re looking for.

The hardest part would be finding where these places actually are; that is, if we didn’t make things a little easier for you first. Take a look at our specialty grocery store page on our website. Do you notice any stores missing from our list that people have to know about? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.

food, 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.

shopping, local goods, retail
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.

shopping, restaurants, retail
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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shopping, local goods, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Your newest guide to OK (See) attractions

Whether you’re just visiting Oklahoma City or you’re a long-time resident, the Visitor’s Guide is a great resource to learn the ins and outs of OKC. Published and updated twice each year, the Visitor’s guide can give you ideas for dining, shopping and recreation with a map to help get you where you need to go. The Oklahoma City Visitors Guide is available in magazine version by request or as a digital version online.










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attractions, restaurants, shopping, Visit OKC
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 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.

arts and culture, Bricktown, Deep Deuce, downtown, holiday, museums, Myriad Botanical Gardens, retail, shopping, western heritage
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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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, 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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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, April 5, 2016

Moving made easy: specialty grocery stores

We know moving is stressful and while big ticket items like housing and schools can turn your hair grey, simple things like, “where am I going to shop?” can also turn into major inconveniences.

The good news is that no matter your proclivity, Oklahoma City has a ton of options outside of your standard grocery stores. Organic, local or ethnic, the metro has a place nearby to satisfy your growling stomach.

How would one easily find what they are looking for? Well we’ve made it easy for you. Check out the Specialty Grocery Store page on our website. While we consider ourselves all knowing when it comes to OKC we might not have thought of every place. Have a specialty grocery store we missed that people need to know about? Let everyone know in the comments or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter.

food, shopping
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!

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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!

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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!

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

Natural beauty

Ice Skating at the Myriad Gardens

We have to admit that Myriad Botanical Gardens  might just be one of our favorite places in downtown OKC. Seriously, the gardens recently received the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Open Space Award recognizing it as one of the most outstanding public spaces in the entire world. So we are obviously not alone in our love of the OKC gem.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens always provide a serene locale to escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown OKC, but in the wintertime the gardens come to life in a whole new way complete with shopping, a festive outdoor atmosphere complete with lights and a selection of boutique-style vendors.

If you’ve never strolled through the gardens, we might suggest taking part in one of the free monthly walking tours. While you’re here be sure to take in the beauty of Crystal Bridge. The holiday season is the perfect time to explore the 750 varieties of plans in the 13,000 square feet conservatory. If you visit on Sunday evenings in December, you can take in all of the beauty for free.

The gardens also give you a great view of the fabulous Devon lights just across the street (look North).

Another fun family-friendly winter attraction at the Myriad Botanical Gardens is the Devon Ice Rink. The young and young at heart are welcome to slip and slide the night (and day) away now through January. A bit rusty on the ice? Don’t fret, you can even take skate lessons so you will be ready to show off your mad skills to your kids, friends, co-workers or all of OKC. Check the schedule for rink hours and get ready to hit the ice.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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