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Department of the Interiors

With summer in full swing, it’s perfect weather for enjoying outdoor fun. And that means it’s an ideal time to check out one of Tulsa’s most intriguing shopping and dining destinations — The Boxyard.

Michele Chiappetta
Sarah Eliza Roberts
June 28, 2019

The Boxyard in downtown Tulsa made its debut in December 2016 as the first of its kind of design in the area. Entirely made of shipping containers used for years of international shipping, The Boxyard’s shopping and dining areas are both environmentally friendly and affordable for tenants. The result is that visitors enjoy a variety of small businesses that offer inviting, eclectic foods, drinks, clothing, and more.

“I think we’re fortunate and positioned well, smack dab in the middle of the Blue Dome and East Village districts,” says Melody Allwine, property manager. “There’s so much happening in those districts. We’re happy to be here, enjoying more people and businesses to work with. Tulsa has embraced The Boxyard.”

Over the last couple of years, the Boxyard’s clients have changed up a bit, so if you haven’t visited in a while, now is a great time to check out the new additions and the old goodies that continue to have shops here. You’ll find several offerings you can’t find elsewhere — with a hip, urban, creative vibe that inspires people to come back again and again.

For shoe lovers, check out Ten Toes, Tulsa’s only luxury sneaker boutique offering high-end, limited-edition footwear, designer consignment clothing, and streetwear. If it’s outdoor wear and fun gifts you’re looking for, swing by Okie Dokie.

There’s also the fabulous Nine One Skate, which sells skateboards, individual parts, and skate lifestyle clothing and shoes by brands like Etnies, Straye, Endurance, New Balance, and more. The store has done so well, says Allwine, “it’s about to expand and take over a double container space.”

If it’s women’s fashion you’re in the mood for, then The Boxyard is a great place to shop regularly. Browse the shelves and racks of three beautiful, fun-loving boutiques — rosegold, Beau & Arrow, and Modern Mess. Each of these shops has its flair and they all offer limited run, unique clothing items, and reliable customer service to help you pull together the perfect outfit for any occasion.

For kids, there is The Steel Horse — featuring clothing from popular brands like Mayoral, Native, Prefresh and Freshly Picked, as well as toys, wall art, books, and gifts.

Another newcomer to The Boxyard is American Hatfield, a locally based shop in Broken Arrow which expanded to The Boxyard for its second location. American Hatfield sells outdoorsy, rustic, well-made American goods, crafts, and apparel, items crafted by local artisans, and a popular handmade line of candles and colognes. The Boxyard location offers opportunities to walk in and make a candle yourself, which is a lot of fun.

The urban muralist group Clean Hands also has a spot at The Boxyard. “They do rotating art shows once a month,” says Allwine. “And every three months, they’ll do a mural on a far side of The Boxyard. They recently painted a new mural [for us] in conjunction with Habit Fest [a local mural festival that highlights local arts].” Clean Hands also offers branded items like tees and hoodies.

The Boxyard is also home to service businesses to make life a little easier for those who live and work in downtown Tulsa. There’s a branch of Blue Sky Bank, Downtown Dry Cleaners, and Riley’s Wine and Spirits to enjoy.

Tonsorial offers custom hairstyle services — from cuts and shaves to color and facials. They specialize in men’s styles and short hair, though they can tackle women’s and kid’s styles too. Stop in for a consultation to meet the Tonsorial group and see if they’re a fit for you. They’ve done so well and drawn so many customers that the shop has expanded to four stylists and two containers.

Then there’s Blank Med Spa — a medical spa that provides busy Tulsans with a variety of clinical aesthetics services such as hydrafacials, microneedling, dermaplaning, chemical peels, laser treatments, and more. These services address skin issues from scarring and acne to fine lines and wrinkles. They even have a treatment that addresses excess underarm hair and sweat. Check out their site for monthly specials, or book a private party for you and your pals.

While you’re at The Boxyard, plan to enjoy some of their fun food and drink spots. Taste the Mexican dishes at fabulous Sabores, which does very well in this location, says Allwine. Grab a drink and some bar food at Open Container, where you can hang out inside or take your meal outside. Enjoy candy and sweets at Sweet Boutique, or delicious handcrafted ice cream at Rose Rock Microcreamery.

To enjoy the flavor and style of The Boxyard as well as great views of the downtown Tulsa skyline in summer weather, stop by the rooftop patio. “We’re having a Fourth of July rooftop party,” says Allwine. But even when there isn’t an actual party scheduled, visitors can enjoy the views and time with friends all around The Boxyard.

The Boxyard
502 E. 3rd St. | Tulsa