New Retail for Downtown...
Downtown Bartlesville is gaining new businesses right and left as more new entrepreneurs and longtime store owners move to vintage community buildings to be part of the growing allure in shopping at the heart of town.
Here is a look at some of the newest places to shop in Bartlesville’s oldest business district...
This new ladies shop located in the I.T.I.O Building at 101 S.E. Frank Phillips Blvd. offers clothing and fun accessories priced from $10 to $80.
Polka dot sheaths, patterned high low dresses and brightly colored camisoles are among the fun summer offerings, along with sporty t-shirts and tunic tops in this store, which owners Desiree Clabaugh and Erin Perry opened on May 4.
The shop opens at 11 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday with hours extended until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in this storefront located within the mall in the 1940-era building that once was home to Martin’s Department Store.
Curbside Closet has sizes from extra small to 3X with a variety of colorful casual wear available. The shop’s C4 belts have proven popular with kids, as well as adults. Bauble necklaces, woven bracelets and colorful scarves are among the store’s popular accessory options. The duo plan to add gift items soon.
Second Love – Vintage Global Decor
There is a wall hanging from Morroco just across the room from an Indian rug. Around the walls and shelves are placed items from Pakistan, Tibet and South Africa. The new Second Love store opened in May by Henk and Candy Schuringa truly lives up to its description of providing vintage global décor.
The couple have settled in Bartlesville after traveling the world and their semi-retirement venture places them selling gorgeous home décor and antiques from an historic 1925 storefront at 315 S. Osage Ave known as the Everman Building.
“This is my fifteenth country of residence and I just love it here,” says Henk Shuringa as he stands in the shop surrounded by Waterford crystal, brass sculptures and hand-sewn table runners.
The Shuringas are receiving a happy reception from area shoppers who are excited by the selection of furnishings from near and far offered in the store, which is open Wednesdays through Saturdays.
The French Nest
Decorative bird cages hang from the ceiling and perch on shelves at The French Nest where a whimsical blend of home décor delights await. There are scented sachets, classic photo frames and favorite recipe books displayed around the shop at 213 S.E. Frank Phillips Boulevard where owner Candi Peaster opened her doors in May.
Formerly located in east Bartlesville, The French Nest moved downtown to gain access to more space for workshops in which Peaster will provide lessons on using Chalk Paint – decorative paint by Annie Sloan for furniture. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Peaster provides interior decorating services for homes and businesses, as well as creating gorgeous floral arrangements. Her shop, located in a 1915 storefront that originally housed Haupt Jewelry Store, includes a nod to its early roots with a line of fun costume jewelry. Enjoy shopping in this delightful downtown venue.
Softly draped printed tanks, spaghetti-strapped summer dresses and brightly-colored sandals fill the displays inside this storefront located beneath a bright blue awning at 216 S.E. Frank Phillips Blvd.
Owner Kayla Wilson moved the store in May from its previous location in the I.T.I.O. Building and changed the name from Chatelaine Boutique to LuBella’s.
What remains the same is the fun merchandise, including a wealth of trendy women’s fashions, accessories and gifts.
Prices generally range from $18 to $30 at the shop, which carries versatile garments that work for the office and weekend. Shoes, scarves, belts and jewelry are available for the shopper looking for accessories to complete an outfit.
Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in this storefront located in a 1915-era building that once was home to Cherokee Cigar Company and Bartlesville Business College.
Indulge Salon and Day Spa
Amanda Hernandez opened this new salon and day spa in a historic storefront at 219 S.E. Frank Phillips Boulevard that once housed Ideal Grocery.
Indulge Salon and Day Spa, which opened this year downtown, is offering manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, professional makeup application, spray tans and haircuts in a soothing atmosphere that includes a private lounge set with turquoise, black and white décor. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Every day of the week is special at Indulge Salon where the staff has created daily discounts. Pedicures drop to $20 on Twinkle Toes Tuesday, Welcome Wednesdays give a $5 discount for all walk-in appointments and spray tans are just $25 on
Tantastic Thursdays. Get pampered for less on Feel Good Fridays when there is a $10 discount off one-hour spa facials and one-hour massages.
Walking into Gamer's Guild at 221 SE Frank Phillips is a little bit like stepping onto the set of the Big Bang Theory.
There's a wall of comic books and graphic novels, puzzles of all sizes and dimensions, miniature figurines, for both collecting and role playing, and of course - games. Games like Magic the Gathering, Warhammer, and Dungeons and Dragons. And with those games? Gamers.
Gamer's Guild is the brainchild of James Maskell, an active gamer for the past 18 years.
“I recognized a need in the community for a place that gamers could come together and play," he says.
In true build-it-and-they-shall-come fashion, Gamer's Guild is now a hot spot for role players. The back is filled with tables where gaming aficionados come to share fun and fellowship, and enjoy events like "Casual Wargaming" and "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons".
"The people who come to Gamer’s Guild have strong personal ties to their hobbies," he says. "And they bring a kind of energy to the shop that you cannot get playing at home."
Jeremiah Allan came for the games and stayed on as an employee.
"There's not a lot of room for gamers to just be gamers, but we can come here and play the games we like and be with the people we like."
To some, the idea of stepping into this world is a little overwhelming. Not to worry. "Human nature is 'I want to share with you the things that I love' and that's pretty much everybody here,"Allan says.
If role playing is not your speed, Gamer's Guild offers a lot of alternatives.
There is a vast assortment of puzzles ranging in skill level and interest, including puzzles for children, puzzles in larger formats, and one puzzle with 32,000 pieces (yes, 32-THOUSAND).
There are board games, from classics like Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne to modern favorites like Munchkin or Dominion, as well as an educational line for young children. There is a wall of current graphic novels and comics, with the option to special order hard-to-find prints. You can also sell or trade collections and rare cards.
Open noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, the store's event calendar is packed. A typical week might include “Magic The Gathering-Modern” on Tuesday, followed on Wednesday with “D&D Encounters” On Thursdays, Bartlesville Chess Club offers free instruction from 2 to 3 p.m., and then there's Casual Wargaming in the evening. Friday offers Friday Night Magic, and Saturday is Board Game Night. That's just the tip of the iceberg.
"I have painting classes for people interested in the hobby side of miniatures, and if there is a game someone is wanting to play I will do my best to find other players for them and even host events," says Maskell.
As for the 32,000 piece puzzle, it's a Keith Haring design and measures 17 feet - provided you finish it.