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At the Plaza


Get your artsy on.

Jenny Coon Peterson March 2nd, 2011

New and exciting things are happening in the Plaza District, friends. And the upcoming Live on the Plaza (that’d be March 11) will be a fabulous time to check it all out.

So who wants to go first? Let’s pick Retrokc (1609 N. Blackwelder), which just opened a couple of weeks ago. Tucked just off N.W. 16th, Retrokc is a small shop with a great collection of vintage furniture, decor and retro kitsch. What I really loved about the small space was that everything felt well-chosen — it’s not overstuffed, as some vintage stores tend to be.

Check out the really cool furniture (I especially loved a pair of turquoise plastic chairs) and some neat finds, like a wood-paneled television set that looks uncomfortably close to the monster of a TV my mom kept … and used well into the ’90s, much to my embarrassment.

Seriously, there’s nothing worse than having your best friend over to spend the night, then being forced to watch the new episode of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” on a squiggly TV. On second thought, I’m pretty sure I just topped that pre-teen embarrassment with the previous sentence.

Anyway, also head to Retrokc for some cool kitsch, like Carlsbad Caverns souvenir glasses and tiny wooden salt and pepper shakers.

Next-door neighbors (and all-around-awesome shops) DNA Galleries (1705-B N.W. 16th; 371-2460) and Collected Thread (1705-A N.W. 16th; 557-1141) have both expanded their spaces.

DNA is still busy working on the expansion and will celebrate the larger space during Live on the Plaza with an open house and showcase of the clothing line by local screen-printer Dustin Oswald, of those cool Osage shield tees fame. The larger space will include more retail and art, plus a bar that’s open during the monthly Plaza events.

It’s not overstuffed, as some vintage stores tend to be.

Next door at Collected Thread, the expansion is complete and looks fantastic. The always-creative shop is even planning to start offering craft classes later in the spring, including possible topics like at-home screen-printing, knitting and other cool-kid arts. Looks like I’m going to have to give “being crafty” another go.

Just down the block, Wild.Flower (1751 N.W. 16th; 605-1754) has finished the move from N.W. 23rd and doubled (!) its space. The shop will celebrate with an open house during Live on the Plaza, including refreshments, new lines and cupcakes from Cuppies & Joe.

Some of those new lines include Apple Park, which does organic baby gifts, and Gypsy Junkies and Lulu Mari, both clothing lines. Check back soon for a line of men’s gear.

Wild.Flower’s new space looks nice, and the extra space means more room to display the shop’s collection of absolutely gorg home decor, lovely gifts and effortlessly pretty clothing. I even spied a floaty top dotted with tiny owls, so I’ve already made plans to stop in during Live on the Plaza.

Visit OKGazette.com for our comprehensive events calendar, for arts, music, sports and more.

 
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