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With family and friends coming to town for the holidays and the temps becoming more bearable, it’s time to stretch your legs as there’s no better way to shop in Green Country than on foot.

Article
Michele Chiappetta
Photos
Marc Rains
Posted
October 29, 2017

Between the struggle to find a place to park and fighting the crowds of families tugging along screaming toddlers at the mall, holiday shopping can be a beast. But shopping online lacks the personal touch and fun of searching through a store’s shelves to find just the right thing for those special someones in your life. So, what can you do if you want to switch it up and shop in a way that is different from the same old, same old?

If you’re in Green Country, the answer is simple: take a sidewalk stroll and do your shopping in one of the area’s many sidewalk shopping districts. Doing your holiday store-going in this way offers several advantages. The crowds aren’t as thick as you’ll find at the malls. You can park along a side street and walk to the shopping area with ease. And you can enjoy a leisurely time outside, breathing in the fresh air in the comfortable temperatures that typically characterize a Tulsa area autumn.

As you shop this season, we recommend checking out these 10 special spots for finding local goods, unexpectedly cool gift items, friendly service, great places to stop for a quick coffee between shopping stints, and enjoying fun with friends.

A perfect place to enjoy the historic art deco architecture of downtown Tulsa, the Deco District offers eclectic, elegant locally owned shops perfect for the holiday season. (Photo: Marc Rains)
A perfect place to enjoy the historic art deco architecture of downtown Tulsa, the Deco District offers eclectic, elegant locally owned shops perfect for the holiday season. (Photo: Marc Rains)

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Cherry Street District
15th Street between Utica and Peoria | Tulsa
One of the most popular spots for shopping and dining, the Cherry Street District hosts a large number of locally owned businesses. Park on a side street, where you’ll find it peaceful to walk and look at the uniquely designed and landscaped homes. Then check out the crystals and books at Peace of Mind, home decor at The Nest, and specialty smokes at The Cigar Box. Enjoy a meal at Jason’s Deli, SMOKE., Mi Cocina or Chimi’s, or have coffee at The Coffee House on Cherry Street.

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Brookside District
Peoria between 33rd and 51st | Tulsa
Brookside stands out as one of the area’s premier shopping and dining spots, with many one-of-a-kind stores to peruse. Smart visitors park on a side street at a distance from Brookside proper, enjoying the walk past unique homes until hitting the shopping area. Here, you’ll find the iconic Ida Red, with its great kitschy gifts, nostalgic items and Tulsa-made t-shirts and collectibles. Check out clothing at The Haley Boutique, gift items at The Ribbon Shop, or healthy food gifts from Edible Arrangements, then stop in at Mondo’s, In the Raw, Ol’Vine or Cafe Ole for a delicious meal.

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Jenks Shopping District
Main Street | Jenks
Antique lovers, you are missing out if you are not regularly visiting the vintage shops and collectibles malls located on Main Street in Jenks. A charming place to stroll and window shop, this Jenks hot spot features a wide variety of quality used items and nostalgia in stores such as Miss McGillicutty’s, The Pink Lily, and River City Trading Post. Find Made in Oklahoma products in Lokal and Main, as well as unique gifts in Liv a Little Boutique or Mint Boutique. For the kiddos, buy a homemade iced cookie or cupcake at Cookiedoodle, or order a specialty cake for the holidays there.

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Blue Dome District
2nd and Elgin | Tulsa
There are many places to find local shops in downtown Tulsa, but the Blue Dome stands out for its walkability. Within a few blocks, there are several unique shops and eateries to enjoy. Buy a box of crafted, decadent iced doughnuts at Hurts Donuts. Peruse the local and regional artwork on display and for sale at the Tulsa Artery. Buy the uniquely designed local t-shirts at Boomtown Tees. Then make a short walk over to the Boxyard on 3rd and Frankfort to explore the Stem Cell Science Shop, Nova Comics, and other locally owned artisan-style shops.

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Utica Square
21st and Utica | Tulsa
A favorite place to stroll and window shop, Utica Square has been satisfying local shoppers with its offerings since 1952. Specializing in fine, elegant shopping, you’ll find a mix of national stores like Williams Sonoma, Ann Taylor and Coach, as well as local businesses such as bed and bath shop The Dolphin and gift shop The Snow Goose. Utica Square is also beautifully arrayed with lights during the holidays and offers excellent dining choices when you’re ready to break from your shopping excursion.

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Sapulpa Shopping
Main Street and Dewey Street | Sapulpa
South of Tulsa just off Hwy I-75, Sapulpa is a delightful, yet underrated place to shop during the holidays. Many of the antique and vintage shops, including Rainbow’s End, Round the House and Nifty Thrifty, offer beautiful furniture, jewelry, household items, and collectibles that you won’t see elsewhere in Green Country. Boutique clothing can be found at Isabella’s Collection. Visit JP Archery for sports apparel and equipment, hunting and fishing gear.

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Downtown Claremore
Main Street | Claremore
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, downtown Claremore provides an old-fashioned atmosphere and modern shopping in one place. Their annual Dickens on the Boulevard festival is held the weekend before Thanksgiving, a fun way to celebrate the season and do some shopping at the same time. Among the boutiques, antique stores and gift shops, you’ll find Boarding House Books, country-home decor at the Farmhaus and much more. Swing by Hammett House for a slice of their famous homemade pies.

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Rose District
Main Street | Broken Arrow
Once a small slice of Main Street town life, Broken Arrow’s Rose District is growing into a hub of arts and entertainment. Locally made jewelry, soaps, t-shirts, books and more are available at 1907. You can also find locally made items among the American crafted gifts at American Hatfield. Handcrafted Belgian chocolates are made and for sale at Nouveau, which is also a great place to stop for hot chocolate as you walk. Check out the fashionable clothing at Hillary’s Boutique. Order flowers for someone special at Arrow Flowers and Gifts. Then stop for a slice of pizza at Andolini’s.

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Deco District
Between 1st and 8th | Tulsa
A perfect place to enjoy the historic art deco architecture of downtown Tulsa, the Deco District offers eclectic, elegant locally owned shops perfect for the holiday season. For children and adults alike, you’ll find great gifts in the nostalgic, entertaining books, candies, paintings, jewelry and other items at Decopolis, owned by local artist William Franklin. Across the street in the decadently designed Philcade Building, you’ll find hand-crafted clothing at Made and Okie Crowe. Stop for gelato at Mod’s or swing by Topeca for coffee. If you’re looking for a cozy place for lunch or dinner, check out the Italian dishes at Tavolo or the farm-to-table offerings at Juniper.

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Redbud District
Main Street and 76th | Owasso
Just north of Tulsa proper, the charming town of Owasso is in rapid expansion mode. No longer home just to country farmland, Owasso’s shopping, entertainment and dining options are exploding. This trend is evident in the Redbud District, where you can peruse adorable items at Bless Ur Heart Boutique, create ceramics at The Copper Kiln, locate vintage home decor and specialty gifts at The Flying Pig and more. This area is also home to the First Thursdays Gathering on Main, where you can enjoy food trucks, concerts, games and more.

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