By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Other | Issue: December 2011
Abigail Stark loves shopping for clothing at Stillwater Milling, where she finds top name brands and plenty of Christmas shopping ideas.
You might think Stillwater Milling Company is just a farm and feed store. However, when you walk through their front door at 721 W. 6th St. in Claremore, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find a variety of merchandise suitable for Christmas gift giving. From toys to clothing and candles to jewelry, Stillwater Milling is a well-kept secret, unless you are a regular customer.
The store has a variety of children’s western-themed books as well as an assortment of toys and games. In addition to farm and ranch toys, including John Deere products, the store carries the popular Melissa & Doug classic wooden toys, stuffed animals, bicycles, tricycles, wagons and videos. Many items are perfect for stocking stuffers. “We also have Daisy BB guns,” says Branch Manager Alan Schroeder.
Stillwater Milling also carries a line of Western Horseman ‘How-to-books.’ “We’ve been told we have a great selection,” Alan adds.
If you or someone you know loves western décor, Stillwater Milling offers frames, lamps, clocks, paintings, mirrors and other wall accessories to complement the lifestyle.
In addition to home décor, Stillwater Milling sells Milkhouse Creamery Natural Soy and Beeswax candles. The all-natural products are considered the purest and clearest burning candles, with 100 percent organic soy and pure beeswax blend. Made in the USA, the products contain no dyes and are great for use in homes where people have allergies or environmental sensitivities.
The store carries another popular candle line made in the USA, McCall’s Candles. These products range from double-wicked candles to melters with classic, unique, old-world charm.
For those special women in your life, Stillwater Milling has a selection of Montana Silversmith jewelry, belt buckles, frames and collectible statues. Purses and other jewelry lines are also available to put a smile on her face.
You might also be surprised at the choices in clothing and boots for all ages. Brands such as Wrangler, Carhartt, Double HH, Roper, Lakin McKey, Rocky and Roper join workhorse staples like Red Wing and Georgia. From coveralls to jeans, shirts to socks, and hoodies to heavier jackets and coats, the variety available offers something for everyone on your shopping list from the youngest to the oldest. And, whether you need to dress up or dress down, you won’t be disappointed in the selection they have to offer.
Women and girls who like splashing in the rain with style will also find the popular Puddleton rubber boots. These, along with other brands available at the store, come in zebra stripes, polka dots, plaids and flowers.
Variety can also be found in the jeans that Stillwater Milling carries. In addition to the Wrangler brand, the store has several styles popular with women and girls. You’ll find Cruel Girl and Silver jeans as well as the Miss Me denims that are the latest rage. “People are surprised when they see we carry sparkly jeans for girls,” says Schroeder. “They’ve been quite popular and brought a new clientele into the feed store.”
For those on your Christmas shopping list who love birds, the store carries a wide variety of supplies for our fine-feathered friends. Birdhouses and feeders, seed and suet are available in as many different styles and flavors as there are birds. The popular Yankee Flipper bird feeder, the squirrel-proof bird feeder that has been advertised on television, is included in the store’s collection. Books and booklets to attract and take care of birds in your backyard make great stocking stuffers.
“Although we are your basic farm animal feed supplier, we do sell quite a bit of other merchandise,” adds Alan, “and a lot of our farm customers do their gift shopping here. We do business the old-fashioned way and develop a one-on-one relationship with them. We try to do that in a relaxed, fun environment.”
After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.