Window shopping at Bison & Bear, nestled next to Made: Indie Emporium downtown Tulsa at 5th Street & Boston Avenue.
Everyone wants to support a neighbor, but it is easy during the holiday season to forget just how much a person’s spending affects the overall health of a community. MadeinUSAchallenge.com reports that, “The average American spends more than $700 annually on holiday shopping. If just $64 of this was spent on gifts made in the USA, the economic impact would equate to the creation of 200,000 American jobs.” So think on this: Where once a product made in distant lands brought a touch of the mystic to gift giving, today’s global marketplace brings anything under the sun right to your doorstep. Hunting for the perfect gift within our local marketplace
is the new mystic, taking center stage in finding a unique gift that shows off just how much you care. In order to bring some order to the holiday chaos, and to help you help your community, the following information can serve as a cheat sheet to finding the perfect gift that keeps your dollars within the local economy. There are many shops locally owned carrying an array of local product. Once you begin looking for them, you’ll find everything under the sun available right along the river. One standout includes Made: The Indie Emporium Shop. Its original store nestles in with two adjoining local artisan shops, Bison & Bear and artist Ariana Jakub, on the corner of 5th Street and Boston Avenue in downtown Tulsa. A new location of Made opens in December on 15th Street in the Cherry Street District. No longer have time for knitted treats? Pick up something handcrafted by local artisan Sherry Lee. Her items provide you with warm, woolly socks to scarves to adorable baby hats. Made carries a wide array of children’s gifts such as stuffed animals, dress-up dolls, Oklahoma onesies, pillows and more. And let’s not forget Fido. Made carries Okie Crowe doggie treats as well as handcrafted soaps, all made from the hops waste of a Tulsa beer brewer. Many provided products like Okie Crowe’s line of soaps and doggie snacks can also be found at several other shopping locations with a flare for the local such as Ida Red: Tulsa’s Rockin’ Boutique, tucked in Brookside at 3336 South Peoria Ave. According to its website, Ida Red,“Opened in 2008 as an outlet store for Cain’s Ballroom,Tulsa’s historic rock and country concert venue, Ida Red has since expanded into a one-stop shopping experience for Tulsa-centric gifts.” You might, however, run across a product made out-of-state or-country. They support jewelry made by women trying to make it in third December 2012 | 17