HAVE YOURSELF A LOCAL LITTLE CHRISTMAS
RETROKC Now in a new, more prominent location on 16th, Retrokc is a lovingly assembled mid-century modern housewares store, with all the furniture, barware, lighting, and wall dĂŠcor you could hope for to unleash your inner Don Draper. Curated by owner Michael Brown, Retrokc is the sort of store you want to move into.
Location: 1708 NW 16th, OKC Hours: Tues - Sat: 12 pm - 6pm Christmas Eve: 11 am - 5 pm Available by appointment too. Call: 405-922-9981
BIRDIE Birdie, a sustainable housewares and clothing store in Norman is, well, adorable. Everything they offer, from flowers to stationary to beauty supplies, is sure to bring a much needed air of effortless domestic bliss to any home.
Location: 566 Buchanan St, Suite A, Norman Hours: Mon - Sat: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
Guestroom Records has locations on Main Street in Norman, Western Ave. in OKC, and a new location at ACM@UCO in Bricktown. Stocking everything from hardcore punk to classic R&B, just about any bin at Guestroom will have something for the serious audiophile to drool over.
Locations: 125 E. Main St., Norman 3701 N. Western, OKC 25 S. Oklahoma, Suite 101, OKC Hours: Mon-Sat: 11 am - 9pm Sun: 1 pm - 6pm
SECOND CHANCE BOOKS
Second Chance Books deals in books, comics, action figures, and pretty much everything that is culturally relevant that comes in a nifty collectible form. Thereâ€™s a little bit of everything for just about any fandom.
Location: 3909 N. MacArthur Blvd, Warr Acres Hours: Mon - Sat 9 am - 10 pm Sun: 11 am - 7 pm
SECOND CHANCE BOOKS
CHASINâ€™ TAIL One nice thing about Chasin' Tail is their commitment to stocking items made locally, from hand made feathery cat toys to hand dipped candles and up-cycled dog-wear made from ties. Be sure to say hi to shop dog Jewel.
CHASINâ€™ TAIL A new entry in the Plaza District, Chasin' Tail (pun intended) is a retail boutique for your four legged family members, featuring toys, treats and supplies for cats and dogs. Price range: $5 -100
Location: 1714 NW 16th St, OKC Call (405) 528-6400 for store hours.
WET PETS BY STEVE
WET PETS BY STEVE
Locally owned and operated , this fish shop has friendly, knowledgable staff, and takes pride in its immaculate storefront. They have almost anything one could want from beginning tanks to the â€œseriousâ€? fish collector tanks. Prices vary.
Location: 804 N Porter, Norman Hours: Mon - Fri: 10 am - 7 pm Sat: 10 am - 6 pm Sun: 12 pm - 6 pm
Warpaint carries clothing for men and women. These original screen prints can be paired with other accessories found in the store. Currently they are running a special, buy $50 dollars worth of gear and any shirt on the sale rack is free.
Location: 1710 NW 16th St, OKC Hours: Tues - Sat: 1pm - 7 pm Appointments by telephone
DIG IT! Dig It! specializes in charmingly creepy local art with an emphasis on horror (zombie barbies, anyone?), music, books, modern and vintage clothes, featuring a larger than usual selection of menswear.
Location: 1739 NW 16th St, OKC Hours: Tues - Sat: 11 am - 7 pm
BAD GRANNY’S BAZAAR
Bad Granny’s Bazaar is a place where you never know what you’ll find. There is a limited selection of new items, mainly art, but primarily they deal in vintage furniture, records, clothes, dishes and the like. Honestly, we could spend hours in this store.
Location: 1759 NW 16th, OKC Hours: Tues - Sat: 11 am - 7 pm
BAD GRANNY’S BAZAAR
SHOP GOOD Shop Good’s philosophy goes like this, “BUYING IS GIVING. At Shop Good every purchase impacts local and global communities for good. If you want to look rad, and you want to do something good today, stop by the store where you can make your shopping count!”
Location: 3 NW 9th St, OKC Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
URBAN WINEWORKS A new winery in the Plaza district, Urban Wineworks has the bottle of “damn fine table wine” you need to round out a meatloaf or osso bucco dinner. Don't want to bother with corkscrews? You can have your wine in-house. OKC.NET staff recommend stopping in, relaxing on a couch, and sampling a glass of the Petite Sirah or Symphony.
Location: 1749 NW 16TH St, OKC Hours: Tues - Thurs: 11am - 9pm Fri-Sat: 11am - 11pm
NATIVE ROOTS If you want a genuine experience, go see the good people at Native Roots. They specialize in spices blends. And They’ve been holding down the fort in Norman, stocking local, organic meats and produce for awhile now. Go say howdy as they’re coming to OKC soon!
Location: 123 W. Main St, Norman Hours: Mon-Sat: 9 am - 9 pm Sun: 11 am - 7 pm Holiday Special: Buy $100 in gift cards and get a free $10 gift card.
ELEMENTAL COFFEE Part minimalist coffee shop, part micro-roaster, part office drone watering hole, Elemental has the rich, hot, caffeinated fuel you need for all your brain parts. They also carry filters, presses, chocolates, and other fine gifts and treats.
Location: 815 N. Hudson, OKC Hours: Mon-Fri: 7 am - 7 pm Sat: 8 am - 7 pm Sun:10 am - 4 pm
EPPERSON At Epperson the tell-tale scent of dark room chemicals and the knowledgeable, no nonsense staff will put even the most discerning photogs on notice; these folks do not mess around. Check out their fine selection of professional and niche specific lenses and goodies. Location: 3110 N. May Ave., OKC Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:30 am - 7 pm Sat: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm Sun: 12 pm - 5 pm Holiday specials on camera include kits and they take trade-ins.
Honorable Mentions Sadly we were not able to visit all our favorite places. But if you have time these stores and/or services are worth checking out: Keep It Local!: Save at stores that participate in the Keep It Local! initiative, which aims to enhance the quality of life in Oklahoma by supporting the locally-owned and operated businesses that make Oklahoma great. Cards cost $10, and can be bought online or at any of the vendors listed on their website. Blue Sage Studio: Glass artisans that make everything from ornaments, to light fixtures and drawer pulls. They are part of the Urban Art collective. Check them out and watch them blow glass right there on location. t, an urban teahouse: Located near Blue 7, this mom and pop operation houses an impressive collection of teas and treats. And the space feels perfect for conversations shared over a pot of Chai, Oolong, or Earl Breakfast.
SPECIAL THANKS Many thanks to all the shop owners, staff, and patrons that goodnaturedly let us play around in their stores and were agreeable to being photographed and questioned. Thanks to models: Daniel Page, Nikita Davidson, Derek Harber, Kyle Olson, and Brian Barbee. Thanks to Grace Gordon at High Fashion Girl for the Shop Local Challenge Coupon sheâ€™s shared with us. Head on over to highfashiongirl.com and check out the 15% off coupon that is good at Warpaint, Shop Good, and few other retailers we featured in the first buying guide.
Remember to Have a Local Little Christmas and happy holiday! OKC.NET Staff