We parlayed that into a conversation about local artists, writers, dancers and musicians.
Discussions like this remind me that the local arts and food scenes are doin just fine.
Another area that shouldnt be neglected is local shopping. Now, I know were all guilty of ordering things online because of convenience. Just for a second, however, Id like you to consider this city without your favorite shops: It wouldnt be great, right?
By making purchases locally, whether its an everyday item, specialty accoutrement or holiday-inspired decor, you impact the culture of our city. The more you shop in the metro, the more options youll have to choose from. Not to mention the compliments youll get on your unique treasures.
For a variety of home charms, from throw pillows to bath and body care, Painted Door (124 E. Sheridan; 235-4410) in Bricktown is a luxurious destination. Youll find gourmet foods, and everything can be wrapped in-store via its complimentary gift-wrapping service.
Did I mention theres valet parking? Because there is. Now youve got no reason not to go.
For something absolutely quirky, I would wager a fair amount of money youll find it at Craigs Curious Emporium (3004 Paseo; 524-9447).
First of all, the aromas command your senses as soon as you walk in. From incense to the homemade candles, its impossible to leave Craigs without a brand-new smellscape for your home space. Theres a plethora of locally handcrafted jewelry, scarves and interesting home-decor pieces.
Basically, you feel like youve discovered a magical land when youre inside. And when you leave, youll feel a little bit more peaceful and serene than when you entered.
Are you the kind of serious shopper who isnt overwhelmed by a wide variety of quality products, from homemade to vintage? Then consider Feathered Nest Market (6353 N. MacArthur; 470-8376).
One can easily get lost in this cavernous market. The huge building is divided into small areas that showcase the products for sale. One theme might be a posh dining area; another, an 18th-century bedroom. Ive picked up fascinators, purses and vintage spectacles.
The best part about the treasure trove is that its collections come from multiple local enthusiasts. There are areas designated for handcrafted kids clothing, for vintage furniture refurbished with a twist, and for old-fashioned junk collections. You will be met with every shopping option from a slew of vendors.
Your citys got what you need.
(Cue outro tune: Biz Markies Just a Friend.) Get bragging rights on your cool stuff and directly impact the local economy. Lets shop, OKC!