Friday 11 Jul


OKG Newsletter

Topic: culture chic

Design time

The nearly empty room in my house has been leaving me notes to check this event out. I'll be out of town (poor Front Room will have to just wait another three years for the couch she so desperately wants), but you lovely people should all turn out for this.

Kirkland's, a home decor and gift shop, is opening its newest location in Belle Isle Station this weekend. To celebrate, interior designer J.L. Hill will be offering free one-on-one consultations Sept. 4-5. Each person gets about 10 minutes of face time with the designer, so come prepared with your questions, pictures and fabric swatches or paint chips.

The event will take place from 1-4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and you aren't obligated to buy anything or sign over your firstborn or anything. Fun!
by Jenny Coon Peterson 09.02.2010 3 years ago
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Another Dustbowl

The Dustbowl is back. That's a good thing. This Dustbowl is lot less "Grapes of Wrath"-y, and a lot more like a storm of awesomeness (the best kind of storm, in my opinion).

This is the third outing for the Dustbowl Arts Market, which sweeps up Buchanan Street in Norman's Campus Corner area all day tomorrow.

I went last year for the first time and absolutely loved the market " and I went home with quite the haul. The eclectic vendors are a mix of cool, young crafters and unique finds " there was nary a bedazzled, leopard-print rayon shirt in sight (which I've had the displeasure of spotting at other markets that shall remain nameless).

Tomorrow's event will include 40 vendors (including art, jewelry, accessories and more), a kids' area and live music. The market opens at 10 a.m. and runs until 7 p.m., and music will run from 1-11 p.m.

If you haven't been before, you seriously need to check it out tomorrow. Dustbowl may be one of the newer markets in the metro, but it's definitely one of the best.

Cut Out & Collect, Pamela Michelle and Dowdy Studio's Super Sneaky Collaboration Project, via Dustbowl's blog
by Jenny Coon Peterson 08.28.2010 3 years ago
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Karaoke for a cause

I sing exactly one karaoke song: "Fancy" by Reba McEntire. And I sing it in an exceedingly poor imitation of "twang." I also have to be pretty exceedingly drunk, so there's that, too.

Karaoke is a strange thing. I've been learning more about it as I plan my next trip (to Japan, karaoke's home), and the more I read, the more I like it. It's strange, yes, but also silly and fun.

Make that silly, fun and for a cause, if you consider Canterbury Choral Society's upcoming Canterbury Karaoke event.

Canterbury Karaoke is a ticketed event for "young professionals" (hey, that's me!) who "want to make an impact on the Oklahoma City arts scene" (me again!). It's scheduled from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Sept. 10 on the rooftop of 1015 N. Broadway.

Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door, and that includes all the karaoke you can handle, two free drinks, food and door prizes. The proceeds will go toward the expensive equipment needed to stage Canterbury's stage productions.

Call 232-7464 to register.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 09.08.2010 3 years ago
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Stash it

Stash, a store I covered in a ShopGirl a couple of weeks ago, is celebrating its official grand opening.

The Stash Circus Bash will bring a big-top carnival celebration to Norman from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday " that's also the same day at the 2nd Friday Circuit of Art. The bash will include food and drinks, hourly prizes, music and entertainment by Prairie Folk Circus (think fire dancing, juggling and other cool stuff).

Stash is a lifestyle store that melds the vintage and the new. Look for housewares, gifts, accessories and more " lots of it either made in the U.S. or Fair Trade.

Located at 412 E. Main, Stash is owned by Rebecca Bean and Della Patterson. Congrats, ladies!
by Jenny Coon Peterson 09.09.2010 3 years ago
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Cayman's is older than me; Room to Dream is not

I had a shock the other day. There I was, happily watching a television show when " bam! " a huge stick branded with the phrase "you're getting old" came out of nowhere and knocked me in the head.

The adult character in the show was heading to her high school reunion. And not just any reunion, but one for the Class of 2000. Wait a second: That's the year I graduated. What is an adult character who has an adult job and adult responsibilities doing at a Class of 2000 reunion? It used to be " back when I wasn't old and being accosted by this fact on TV " that the "adults" were always older than. Not any more, apparently.

But there are still a few things that have more years behind them than me. And one of them is a fabulous Norman store.

Cayman's is celebrating its 30th anniversary. If you've never been to Cayman's, 2001 W. Main in Norman, now is the time to check it out. The shop stocks really great men's, women's and children's clothing; unique jewelry; beauty lines; and even home decor in a large, upscale department store-style space.

To celebrate, Cayman's is hosting a variety of events Sept. 15 and 16. On the 15th, things kick off with a style show and luncheon. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m., with the show to follow, and reservations are required. Call 360-3969 to reserve your spot.

An all-day open house on the 15th will welcome representatives from Creed fragrances, jewelry lines Zasha and Be-Je, and home decor lines Juliska and Michael Aram. The fun continues the next day with representatives from Vineyard Vines for men and Michael Kors watches.

Congrats! I say owner Shelley Coleman Cox should gift herself with a big, glossy pearl (or a diamond if she follows the more modern anniversary gifting rules).

You know who's not older than me " who's not even yet a teenager? That'd be Room to Dream in Northpark Mall. But a decade in the retail business is a long time " and Room to Dream has not only survived, but thrived, with a recently expanded store in the shopping center.

Room to Dream, which is owned by Debbie Francis, stocks really wonderful gear, decor, accessories and more for babies and their stylish mamas. To honor a decade, the store will run a month-long celebration, including a kid's photographer, prizes and even a birthday party.

The really cool thing, however, is a fundraiser for Infant Crisis Services. For the entire month of September, shoppers who bring in unopened formula or diapers gets a 10 percent discount on their purchases that day. How cool is that! 

Congrats to both stores, and here's to another decade or three.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 09.14.2010 3 years ago
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Talk like a pirate day (argh)

Ahoy, mateys! Scallywags! Scurvy dogs! Scaredy cats! Etc., etc.

Returned from an adventure of terrible danger, the annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day has sailed into port and is looking to chat you up over some grog.

Wannabe pirates big and small (and short and tall) can escape the doldrums Sept. 19 at Southern Oaks Library's pirate event. The party ship sets sail from 2:30 to 5 p.m. with games, crafts, costume contests and even a swashbuckling scavenger hunt.

I bet there'll even be some eye patches involved.

OK, true story: I was a teacher's assistant for my favorite English teacher my senior year of high school. One day, her eye was irritated, so she asked me to go track her down an eye patch. Naturally, my fellow TA and I left school, drove to a store and bought her a pirate-style patch, because what other type is there, right? Turns out, she meant something a bit more medical.

Mrs. Porter's day as a reluctant pirate is the closest I've ever come to the scourge of the high seas. Unless, of course, you count me watching "Muppet Treasure Island."


Southern Oaks' Talk Like a Pirate Day event promises to be a swashbucklin' good time for all ages. An adventure of pirate-y prose. High-seas hijinks for your verbage vernacular
by Jenny Coon Peterson 09.18.2010 3 years ago
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Steppe on it!

I recently talked to two Oklahoma City brothers from a slightly noisy phone in Beijing. They just finished up the Mongol Rally, a 10,000-mile journey from England to Mongolia that took them across 12 countries in a Nissan Micra. A tiny Nissan Micra.

It's not just an unforgettable adventure " it's also for charity.

Andrew and Cody Bass are really close to reaching their fundraising goal, and they only have until Wednesday, Sept. 29, to get there. Check out more on their rally website, and pick up a Gazette Wednesday to read more about their incredible journey.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 09.24.2010 3 years ago
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Shop talk

Dulaney Flowers, a gorgeous flower shop in Nichols Hills Plaza that also stocks lovely gifts and home decor, is moving.

What does that mean for you and me? A sale. Yes.

Dulaney's moving sale equals 20 percent to 50 percent off on home decor, bath and body products and Halloween stuff. Get over to the store soon to check it all out before Dulaney makes the move to 7660 N. Western in October.

Bruno's is also still conducting its retirement sale. After more than 50 years in the furniture and decor business, Bruno's will be closing later this year. The massive, labyrinthine shop carries everything from contemporary and casual to tasseled and tufted. I may just have to stop in to finally " finally " buy a couch for my front living room.

And last, a new store, Heirloom Shoe. Oh. My. God. This place is fabulous. A small collection of seriously to-die-for heels, flats and boots are spread throughout the gorgeous shop on Western Avenue.

These are shoes I imagine wearing as I gleefully frolic through the cobbled streets of Florence with a hatbox slung over my arm. Lovely stuff. Be ready to pay the price for all this awesomeness, but it's worth it.

photo Loeffler Randall shoes, available at Heirloom.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 09.29.2010 3 years ago
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Mistletoe Market

I love this time of year. The weather is fantastic, I get to eat all the squash I can handle, and there are markets almost every weekend.

This weekend belongs to Mistletoe Market, a three-day event put on by the Junior League of Oklahoma City. With more than 100 vendors spread out in the Travel and Transportation Building at State Fair Park, Mistletoe Market is a lot to take in, including everything from crazy, blinged-out decor and holiday decorations to some seriously pretty clothing. Seriously. I bought a wool shift dress there last year that I still get compliments on.

The market runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Junior League uses the funds to run community programs throughout the year.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 10.06.2010 3 years ago
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Donation station

Two new resale shops have opened that give back to the community. As a broke college kid, I pretty much survived on resale shops and Target, so I take every opportunity now " as a not-broke adult " to donate to these useful stores, especially the shops that support a cause.

In Edmond, Our Sisters' Closet has just opened. The shop, 101 E. Hurd, is a project of the Oklahoma City YWCA, and money generated from the store goes back to YWCA programs.

Our Sisters' Closet stocks clothing for women and children as well as household items and toys. You can donate items to both the new Edmond location and another shop at 6012 S. Western.

Goodwill opened a new flagship store this past weekend. The massive store, 316 S. Blackwelder, clocks in at 12,600 square feet " which means so many more unique treasures.

You can make donations at this or any of the other Central Oklahoma Goodwill locations, plus another nine donation centers. The new Goodwill superstore will also house a recycling center, to open in 2011.
by Jenny Coon Peterson 10.07.2010 3 years ago
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