By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Retail | Issue: May 2013
Rick Willaby, Boomarang Diner manager, and Cari Bohannan, daughter Taylor, and Susan Todd smile as they invite people to check out their businesses. Bohannan and Todd are co-owners of Nesting Necessities.
If shopping is on your agenda for May, downtown Claremore is the place to be. Whether you’re looking for a Mother’s or Father’s Day gift, a wedding, baby or birthday gift, or for something unique for a graduate or yourself, check out what these businesses have to offer.
Nesting Necessities & Boutique, owned by Cari Bohannan and Susan Todd, opened its doors at 407 W. Will Rogers Blvd. last fall. Offering bright and subtle colors in junior’s to plus size for the spring, along with popular mints, corals and chevron print clothing and accessories, the store also has lightweight jersey knit infinity scarves – in chevron, striped and polka-dot prints – adding pizzazz to any outfit. Grazie Flip Flops, also available at the store, are stylish and made for comfort. Stocked with great gifts for Mother’s Day and other occasions, Nesting Necessities offers unique garden items, fun summer cups, beach towels and Skimpy low-calorie drink mixes. Customizable items available at the store include steel and wood monograms, which make great wedding gifts. Other personalized offerings include Harley & Maude’s Jewelry – great for gift giving. Recently, the business added the Gypsy Bliss line with fun jewelry and leather cuffs.
Rusted Rabbit Resale, located at 405 W. Will Rogers Blvd., is next door to Nesting Necessities. Owners Wade and Sally Faust bring customers interesting furniture and accent pieces that are purposeful as well as unusual. “Rusted Rabbit is about many things,” says Wade. “We love repurposing things, but we also love to help other people find the purpose in a piece they already own or have recently purchased.” The owners also appreciate pieces with antique beauty and enjoy placing a beautiful old piece in someone's décor. “We travel to many different states to locate things that may be local and common to other places but maybe not so often seen here. We have discovered lately that many folks are downsizing. We’ve been able to help several families market their estate in a way that maximizes the value, while limiting or eliminating the labor involved. The bottom line is that we love to work with people!”
Located just down the block is Savannah’s Boutique, 514 W. Will Rogers Blvd. Filled with a wonderful selection of hot new fashions, accessories, gifts and skin care products, Savannah’s offers shoppers a variety of merchandise. Owner Savannah Rentie says she strives to keep her prices as low as possible so “you can enjoy your shopping experience to the fullest.”
If all that shopping makes you hungry, you can help Perry Dogs celebrate their one-year anniversary in downtown Claremore. Located at 103 N. Cherokee, Perry Dogs is owned by Perry and Pamela Stafford. According to Perry, “People describe our hot dogs as the ‘best hot dog ever.’” Perry Dogs will also cater events such as employee appreciation lunches, birthday parties, weddings, family reunions and company picnics. “Some of our clients include Cox Communications and EMSA,” Pamela adds. Perry Dogs also has two Facebook pages: “Perry Dogs” for cart and food truck schedules and “Perry Dogs Café,” for café specials and downtown events.
If you have a hankering for a hamburger, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better place than Boomarang Diner at 304 W. Will Rogers Blvd. The food is 100 percent fresh and the service is genuine. “We wanted to offer the best old-fashioned burger in town,” says manager Rick Willaby. In addition to half-price hamburgers on Mondays and all-you-can-eat catfish every Friday for $9.99, the restaurant offers hand-breaded chicken fried steak, chicken fried chicken, chicken chunks and root beer floats. They also have daily breakfast and lunch specials. Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, the diner offers carry-out as well.
For savings and variety, check out the great businesses in downtown Claremore.
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.