Yes, it was a super long Summer and we are finally starting to feel the weather move into Fall & Winter, but the great weather aloud for many new shops to open in the Urban Core of OKC! This means there is no excuse to shop local and shop early. Shopping can be a hobby and if it is your hobby, your in luck. Every district including Film Row, Uptown, Midtown and The Plaza District, added local retail this year.
You will likely still need to go to the Mall for some gifts, but local retail is starting to spread to many different markets. It is fact that you probably know someone that knows someone that opened a new retail store in the Urban Core. We decided to compile a list of those new places in order to make your Holiday shopping easy. Here are the Top Ten New Urban Core Retail Spots for Holiday Shopping!
10. Opolis Clothing in Midtown
As one of the few companies that started up around 10 years ago to create local styled clothing with an emphasis on T-shirt designs, Opolis Clothing has stood the test of time by being creative and positive. They ask all their customers to “Love life, live comfortable”!
This year they went an extra step and bought an Historic Fire Station in Midtown, fixed it up, and then recently opened it up as a retail location.
Not all gifts have to be wearable. Sometimes you need to give a gift that activates the taste buds and warms from the inside out. At T, Urban Tea House in Uptown, you can buy just that. With over 100 different types of tea, T, Urban Tea House wants to share with you the many benefits of tea.
“Tea predates coffee by 3,000 years. And because of tea’s respectability, quality caffeine source, and myriad health benefits, there’s no denying its enduring popularity.” – T, Urban Tea House
This holiday do not forget about your favorite furry family member! The 9th Street Barking Lot in Automobile Alley is a one stop shop for the family dog. They have eats, treats, daycare, grooming and even toys.
With many different packages available, you can customize how much fun your dog will have. 9th Street considers your dog apart of the family and will take care of them as one of their own.
Are you a stickler for handmade craftsmanship? Do you like the smell of leather? There is a new place for you. Rough Hand Collective is a shop full of different goods by great craftsmen. Located behind Saints in the Plaza District, it might be hard to find parking, but you will spend more time inside looking at all the product.
6. The Laboratory in Midtown
For those sneaker fanatics this consignment boutique has been a want for a long time. The Laboratory recently opened to a long line of sneaker owners looking to change it up. From one of a kind styles to vintage style Jordans, you can find something for anyone here.
Sometimes it is hard to shop for Dad or any man in general. It isn’t that they are picky, they just don’t like to shop. Leave your worries behind, there is a place where you can shop and send your Male family members back to get the best fit possible.
Located above Broadway Wine Merchants and in the same area as Hans Herman tailoring, The Clad Stache has bow ties, neck ties, and men’s grooming products. You will also find Spruce Midwest for the young adventurous type.
Now it is time to take care of the Women! Mode is a new women’s fashion boutique in Midtown. They offer a wide variety of styles and colors. Mode has finally been able to put out their Fall & Winter apparel just in time.
There are plenty of shoes, sweaters, and accessories to choose from. The best part, they can help you put together the perfect outfit! That was a hint to all you Dad’s out there.
3. Fit Circle in Midtown
A store for the active person in your life. Sports, outdoor activities, and comfortable clothing for those yoga gurus. Fit Circle is a place to help anyone find their next adventure. All you need to do is buy some athletic clothing and it makes you want to get out and do something.
If this weather stays the same, you will likely be able to be outdoors all the way through December.
At Verbode we understand how hard it is for the Modern family to get out and travel all over town to find the perfect gifts. Luckily we have great pop up shops that happen every year that combine all of our favorite local places to shop.
2. Holiday Pop-Ups in Midtown
This year, visit over 40 independent shops, an urban Christmas tree lot managed by Bishop John Carroll School and much more at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops. Shops rotate weekly through a set of geodesic domes & the tree lot is available until trees sell out.
Here is a list of all Vendors and the dates they are available at the pop-up shop: Vendor List.
Open weekends from November 25 – December 18, the Winter Shoppes at Myriad Gardens can be your new family holiday shopping tradition in downtown Oklahoma City. Enjoy a festive outdoor atmosphere complete with lights, ice skating, a fine selection of boutique-style vendors and all that the Myriad Gardens has to offer.
2016 Vendors will be announced November 9th. You will likely see some brand new local shops.