By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Retail | Issue: December 2012
Claremore business owners of five unique storefronts invite you to shop downtown, not just for the holidays, but every day. Front row, seated from left: Cari Bohannan, Nesting Necessities & Boutique; Savannah Rentie, Savannah’s Boutique; back row, standing from left: Sally Faust, Rusted Rabbit Resale; Susan Todd, Nesting Necessities & Boutique; Jerry Fairchild and Eileen Skocdopole, Crafted: an Artisan Boutique. (Not pictured: Perry and Pamela Stafford, Perry’s Dogs.)
What do hot dogs, repurposed items, fashion and accessories, home décor and Made in Oklahoma craft products all have in common? Five merchants in beautiful downtown Claremore invite locals as well as out-of-towners to visit their shops, not only during the Christmas season but year-round.
New to Claremore Main Street is Nesting Necessities & Boutique, which opened its doors recently at 407 W. Will Rogers Blvd. Owners Cari Bohannan and Susan Todd’s new business features Maison Blanche La Craie Paint; La Craie is French for “the chalk,” referring to chalk-based paint. “The paint is great for those
do-it-yourselfers who like to paint furniture, cabinetry, craft items and more without the hassle of stripping, sanding or priming,” says Susan. “It is very user-friendly.”
Workshops and mini-classes are offered regularly to teach the basic and advanced techniques of this painting method. If you already have a favorite piece you would like restored, they also offer custom painting. Vintage jewelry, couture aprons, faith-based gifts, home décor, trendy regular and plus-sized clothing, and accessories are also available at their boutique.
Savannah’s Boutique at 514 W. Will Rogers Blvd. is filled with a great selection of hot new fashion, accessories and gifts. “At Savannah’s, we strive to keep our prices as low as possible, so you can enjoy your shopping experience to its fullest,” says owner Savannah Rentie. Hydranic Skin Care products – newly arrived – and the Orange Owl Boutique inside Savannah’s offer shoppers a variety of wonderful merchandise. Savannah promises you will find something you’re certain to love.
According to Wade Faust, “Rusted Rabbit Resale could have easily been named Rusted Rabbit Repurpose because that truly is our game – finding pieces that have served meaningfully in someone’s life and now redirecting them to someone who will love and appreciate them in a new and exciting way.”
Wade and his wife, Sally, are committed to bringing customers interesting furniture and accent pieces that are purposeful as well as being unusual. “We take the search for pieces seriously and commit to taking trips in order to bring excitement from outside the neighborhood.” Rusted Rabbit Resale is located at 405 W. Will Rogers Blvd.
More than 35 Oklahoma artisan products can be found at Crafted: an Artisan Boutique, making the store a wonderful menagerie full of one-of-a-kind products. “There is something here for everyone, from candles and home décor to jewelry and children’s items,” says store co-owner Jerry Fairchild.
For the holidays, Crafted, located at 512 W. Will Rogers Blvd., is the place to find many unique handcrafted ornaments and décor as well gifts for every person on your shopping list. “Crafted is very excited to have just added OKTees to their creative family. This Tulsa-based company creates Oklahoma-themed T-shirts that show the true Okie spirit. Crafted has an array of these tees in several styles and sizes,” says Eileen Skocdopole, Crafted co-owner.
While you’re out shopping, let your hunger pangs draw you to a quarter pound all-beef hot dog at Perry Dogs, located at 103 N. Cherokee. Two years after purchasing their first hot dog cart, owners Perry and Pamela Stafford opened their storefront in May of this year. The carts have been so successful that Perry, who is also a medic with EMSA, and Pamela, a former nurse, gave up their full-time professions to open the restaurant.
“People describe our hot dogs as the ‘best hot dog ever,’” says Perry. “We invite you to stop by and see why, and top it any way you want, with options like macaroni and cheese and brisket.” Also available on the menu are fried bologna sandwiches, grilled ham and cheese, frito pies, and an amazing chili cheese wrap. “This is comfort food done right,” he adds.
Staying close to home for your shopping needs will not only support the community but also save on the high cost of gasoline. Check out these businesses in downtown Claremore today!
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.