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This summer, shop niche items in the growing Classen Curve.

Christina Nihira May 8th, 2012

The groovy retail center Classen Curve has continued to thrive and develop since opening a couple of years back at the corner of N. Grand Boulevard and N. Western Avenue.

Scheduled to open 6 p.m. Friday is Liberté, a professional women’s boutique catering to the sophisticated shopper.

Owner Danielle Keogh said she recognized a need to bring a little bit of Milan, New York and other global fashion capitals to town, but make it accessible for the Oklahoma City working woman.

The shop will feature a variety of designers, and New York designer Robin Brouillette will be at the grand opening to discuss her inspirations.

Most of Classen Curve’s tenants are state-based companies. Take Gary Black, owner of fashion eyewear shop Black Optical, who made Classen Curve the site for his second retail location; the other is in Tulsa.

“Our spacious store allows our products to really stand out,” he said. “We loved the clean, modern architecture of the entire complex. It was the design that really drew us in.”

Black noted that the exterior’s simple style helped create a luxurious interior with minimalist details. The open, airy space has tall ceilings. Smart wood shelving displays some 400 frames in a very fluid manner.

“We are thrilled to be a part of something so nontraditional in Oklahoma City,” he said. “[You feel] more of a sense of community [here] than going to a regular mall.”


A close shave

For men, Carwin’s Shave Shop is devoted solely to all things shaving and grooming. This distinguished place is where to purchase quality British and American products to ease that daily task.

You may have to drop some coin.

Indulge a bit in Truefitt and Hill’s shave cream ($22) or Jack Black body wash ($20), and no, it’s not made by the actor.

Ditch the plastic disposables, too.

Carwin’s sells numerous upscale razors with elegance, heft and precision. Check out the Merkur line; prices start at $40.

“[Merkur] is a better product and will cause less [skin] irritation when shaving,” said Shave Shop employee Josh Thomas. “We offer our customers only quality.”

And don’t forget those accessories!

To fit all the personal items, Carwin’s sells Dopp kits ($50) and large travel bags ($250).

A few steps next door stands Winter House, which interior designers Steve Winters and Jim Carter have moved from their Northpark Mall location.

With just under 10,000 square feet of selling space at the complex’s south end, this studio feels anything but stuffy. The longtime team immediately puts customers at ease in an elegantly decorated area.

“Since they have moved over, they have branched out [in the furniture lines that they carry],” said Gerald Wilkins, who is currently building a new home in OKC. “They have incorporated a lot more eclectic styles to meet their traditional tastes.”

Go Green

Another shop that ventures into unconventional delights is Green Goodies, a cupcakery that uses organic ingredients with no artificial flavors or preservatives in its creations.

Owner Tiffany Magness gives top considerations to eaters with sweet cravings and dietary restrictions. Cupcakes can be made gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free or vegan- and diabetic-friendly.

Chocolate and vanilla are made daily, while other favorites like cookies ’n’ cream, red velvet and lemon are baked on certain days.

Each cupcake is about $3.50 or $35 per dozen.

Anthropologie is one of the newest kids on the block, filling up the Triangle at Classen Curve.

The purveyor of sophisticated women’s clothing, accessories and home decor known for bringing a rich mix of cultures together in its product lines is a long-awaited addition to the metro market.

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