By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Restaurants | Issue: November 2011
Shannon and Bryan Hester, new owners of The Hamlet.
Since 1986, The Hamlet has been known around Tulsa as the place to go when you want “only the best for your family and guests.” In October, Shannon and Bryan Hester became the new owners of The Hamlet’s three locations in Tulsa and Owasso. Shannon’s father, Gordon Pendergraft, bought The Hamlet from Frank Sawyer in the mid-90s and owned it for several years before selling to Larry Lyster. “I started working here when I was 15 years old,” says Shannon. “I can sell a ham in my sleep!”
Shannon took a few years off to be a stay-at-home mom, while her husband Bryan owned an audio/visual company. “We heard that Larry was ready to move on to something else, so we started discussing buying The Hamlet from him about a year ago. It became official at the beginning of October,” says Shannon. “When my dad owned The Hamlet, I had always wanted to take it over one day. When he decided to sell the stores, I was a new mom and needed to focus on my family. Now our three kids are in school, so this was the perfect timing for us to become owners.”
Shannon and Bryan do not plan to make any changes to The Hamlet – none of their products or recipes will be altered. “Our hams are just too good the way they are to change them. They have a reputation for being the best!”
The Hamlet’s exclusive honey-kissed ham is certain to please all your holiday guests this season. “We use only the finest honey-cured hams specially prepared for The Hamlet. We then spiral slice and fire-glaze each ham with a recipe of honey and imported spices,” explains Shannon. “The result is a beautiful, mouthwatering honey-kissed ham that can’t be beaten anywhere.” Several sizes are available to accommodate your needs.
If turkey is more your style, The Hamlet offers whole smoked turkeys or boneless, spiral-sliced, all white meat honey-kissed turkey breasts. Like the hams, the turkeys are specially handled and selected for quality and tenderness. If your home-cooked turkey last year was a little on the dry side, your company will be very pleasantly surprised when you serve up a savory turkey from The Hamlet.
The Hamlet also caters to those who enjoy doing their own cooking, offering a variety of products by Barefoot Contessa, Stonewall Kitchen and Robert Rothschild, as well as its own line of specialty foods to serve or give. You’ll find pecan pie or fudge pecan pie in a jar, pancake and muffin mixes, pickled quail eggs, apple butter, raspberry chipotle sauce, sweet baby corn, and dilled green beans. They also stock a large inventory of made-in-Oklahoma products.
Any of these items can be put in a customized gift basket. “Our gift baskets are popular corporate gifts locally and to ship anywhere in the country. We also offer corporate discounts when you purchase nine or more hams or turkeys,” says Shannon. “You can even ship our hams and turkeys as wonderful holiday gifts to family and friends out of state.”
Call or stop by any of the three locations, and a courteous staff member will go over your needs and come up with the perfect solution. Shannon suggests ordering your ham or turkey as soon as you know how many people you’ll be serving.
A full lunch menu is available at the 91st and Sheridan store and at the Smith Farm Marketplace store in Owasso. The 71st and Trenton store will offer an abbreviated menu after the first of the year. In addition to The Hamlet honey-kissed ham and turkey, they offer an assortment of Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, sandwiches, wraps, salads, ham and beans, chili, and soup.
When you want only the best for family and guests, get a honey-kissed ham (or turkey) from The Hamlet. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A new service at The Hamlet is online ordering. Save time, order online at www.hamlethams.com.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.