Shop Local: Norman, Oklahoma

for every $100 spent at local businesses, $68 returns to the community.

Of the 23 million small business that exist in the USA, it’s safe to say Norman is home so some of the best. And when you shop locally, your community wins! Listed below are a few of my favorite local shops around Norman:

PostScript

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PostScript is a stationery shop located on Campus Corner – a true haven of paper for everyone in the community. From cards and stationery to planners, notepads, and paper-related gifts, this space aims to promote the art of letter writing and snail mail. There’s also a great non-paper gift selection, gel pen assortments and lots-o-journals.

This unique shop was created by pastry chef & stationery enthusiast Ashleigh Barnett, who owns & operates the popular bakery next door, Crimson & Whipped Cream (see below).

Shop here if:

  • you are needing inspiration.
  • enjoy all things quirky and colorful.
  • aren’t good at saying how you feel – because I can guarantee they have a card that can say it for you.

 

Crimson & Whipped Cream

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Crimson & Whipped Cream is a gourmet bakery and coffee bar located on Campus Corner next door to PostScript (they actually share a doorway so it’s a great 2-for-1!

They proudly serve some of the tastiest baked goods and coffee in the area. Bring the family, a friend, a date, your computer, or a book, but don’t forget your appetite for locally roasted coffee and delicious treats like Granny made but with the touch of a pastry chef.

Shop here if:

  • you’re already next door at PostScript.
  • you like baked goods and need a snack.
  • you are in search of the perfect Christmas morning breakfast or dessert item.

 

Ole Stables Marketplace

Ole Stables Marketplace

The new-ish kid on the {Norman} block – Ole Stables Marketplace opened in July and is a unique marketplace with gifts, home decor, handmade curiosities, school spirit items, jewelry, arts, crafts and more! From cigar box guitars to quilt ladders and industrial chic to fringe-tastic, this place is worth a stop on your search for the perfect gifts or a treat for yourself!

Shop here if:

  • you need a variety of things.
  • you want to dress your (or someone else’s) home up for the holidays or everyday life.
  • are searching for super cute and cozy winter-time accessories. Scarfs, ear warmers, crocheted socks – you get the idea.

Star Skate

Star Skate NormanDid you know Star Skate in Norman offers speed skating and hockey classes for youngsters? Do you or a child you know what to learn a skill that will stick with them and be great exercise for the rest of their lives? If so, Star Skate should be a stop on Small Business Saturday. They also sell skates and hover boards (i.e. the hottest item this Christmas!)

Shop here if:

  • you want some interactive fun for the family the whole year round.
  • want your kids to have a fun, safe place to get some exercise and make new friends.

 

STASH

STASH Norman

STASH opened in Downtown Norman in 2010. They strive to provide customers with a collection of unique, well-made items that have a lasting appeal. They love giving gifts that could be called “modern classics”– beautiful and functional things that will be appreciated for generations to come. STASH believes that social and environmental well being is just as important as the products themselves.

For this reason, every item in their shop is either ethically made abroad, made locally, or is vintage. STASH’s commitment: We will continue to source ethically made products with good design, sustainable ingredients, and longevity in mind.

Shop here if:

  • you’re looking for something you cannot find anywhere else.
  • want something that will last for generations to come.
  • recycling/sustainability is the name of your game.

 

Antique Garden

Antique Garden

Locally owned by mother/daughter duo since 1997, Antique Garden is a place for home goods, clothing and finds. A huge Free People clothing selection, beautiful pieces and a classy, romantic atmosphere are all staples at this Campus Corner shop.

Shop here if:

  • you want to be in awe at every turn.
  • your taste is on the opulent side.

 

Tulips

Tulips Campus Corner

Tradition is celebrating all of the things that have come before and are part of who we are today. Tulips embraces that tradition and marries it to the modern distinction of today’s homes. They customize in bed, bath, tabletop and pride themselves on customer service. Their philosophy is to transform your daily routine into an expression of your personal style. And they will do anything they can to help their customers on this journey. They want every person who walks through our doors to feel like they are walking into their home and that they are the only guest.

 

Shop here if:

  • you are looking for the ability to customize and personalize gifts.
  • need a little or a lot assistance finding the perfect gift or something for your home.
  • are looking for Oklahoma-pride items.

 

The Sparkly Spot Pet Boutique and Pawlour

The Sparkly Spot

The Sparkly Spot is a pet grooming boutique located in Brookhaven Shopping Village in Norman, Oklahoma. We offer breed specific grooming by professional and certified groomers. We also have created a place for people to find high quality pet care basics, the healthiest food and treats, fun toys and designer pet couture! Don’t let your pet get groomed or shop anywhere but The Sparkly Spot!

 

Shop here if:

  • you or someone on your list treats their pooch like a member of the family.
  • your pup or a pup you know loves getting special treats.

 

Al’s Bicycles

Al's Bike Shop

Al’s Bicycles continues to be Oklahoma’s largest independent bicycle dealer. They offer friendly and reliable customer service and the quality brands you expect from a professional bicycle retailer.

Al’s Bicycles understands that your bike is worth more than the sum of its parts. Cycling is a way of life that represents good health, fun, freedom, personal expression and so much more. Whether you are a recreational rider or a fierce competitor, their knowledgeable staff is there to help you find the bicycle, accessories and cycling apparel perfectly suited to fit your riding style.

 

Shop here if:

  • you have bikers on your list.
  • you need some help finding just the right thing – they seriously know their stuff and are happy to help.
  • want to see a great selection.

 

Muse, The Museum Store at the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art

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Located just within the front doors of the museum is a wonderful store which houses a vast array of gift items for any or no occasion at all! Catalogues, children’s toys and other unique items related to art and the museum’s collection ensure that each visit is both memorable and rewarding.

Shop here if:

  • the phrase “Gogh Sooners!” makes more sense to you than “Go Sooners!”


Local Eats:
With so many to choose from, I couldn’t pic just one so I’m listing all my favorite local restaurants below. After you work up an appetite with all your local shopping, these are a must to refuel:

  • Coriander Cafe – best pho and noodle salad in town. Everything always tastes fresh.
  • Pub W – homestyle at it’s best.
  • Jax – cozy creole soul comfort food. The fried chicken comes with honey!
  • Blackbird – trendy comfort food that always satisfies.
  • Victoria’s Pasta Shop – homemade pasta and delectable sauces. The lobster roll has my number.
  • Taste of India – yummy sauces and your choice of meats (or none) over a bed of billowy, perfect rice. And pillows of beautiful nan. Love the cozy, quiet atmosphere and the guy who runs the place is terrific.
  • La Baguette – Mmmmm. Breads. Pastries. Desserts. Entrees. I love it all.
  • Greek House – Home-spun gyros with fries cooked in the grease that comes off the meat. Uhhhh, sooooo gooooood!
  • Cocina Don Miguel – my new favorite Mexican food restaurant. The rice is like a cloud and the chips – oh, the chips.
  • Forward Foods – fresh, homemade, gourmet sandwiches and charcuterie that will make all other sandwiches you’ve eaten seem like sad, lifeless wannabes.

If anyone needs me, you can probably find me at any of these places. (Unless you need me tonight, in which case I’ll be freezing my hair off at the BEDLAM game!)

Shop local. Eat local. Thing big. Shop Small. You get the idea. Now do it!
@candacepants

2 thoughts on “Shop Local: Norman, Oklahoma

  1. Have you tried Legend’s Restaurant at 1313 W. Lindsey? It is a local restaurant that is a “legend” in Norman. It has been around since the 70’s and has fresh homemade delicious food and very well known for its homemade lemon cake! For a more elegant but also affordable lunch, dinner, or delicious brunch on Sunday.

  2. I haven’t but it sounds like a place I’d love. Will have to check it out! Thanks for the info.
    – Candace

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