Shop Downtown for Great Holiday Gifts

If you’re looking for a fun, wholesome shopping experience, downtown Claremore is a choice destination.

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Retail | Issue: December 2009

Lovers of Western, ­Country and Lodge styles will delight in the variety of items offered by Jenny Meeks at Outwest Home Décor.

If you’re looking for a fun, wholesome shopping experience in which you’ll find wonderful, unique holiday gifts, downtown Claremore is a choice destination.

Everyone has at least one person (probably several) on their holiday shopping list who loves the look of Western-style décor. Outwest Home Décor, 418 W. Will Rogers, is filled with home items in Western, Lodge, Country, Wildlife and Rustic Cabin styles. “Many people enjoy decorating with animals – moose, deer, chickens, horses. It gives your home a fun, friendly feel,” says owner Jenny Meeks. Outwest Home Décor carries lamps, rugs, kitchen and bath accessories, comforter sets, and novelty items. They also have specialty lines such as Montana Silversmith and Big Sky Carvers.

Outwest Home Décor is a fun place to shop. Be sure to check out the great selection of hunting-themed Christmas ornaments and greeting cards. Call (918) 342-4084 for more information.

My Doll Castle is a truly magical stop along Will Rogers Boulevard. With an inventory of more than 2,000 dolls of all types in a beautiful castle-like setting, the shop is delight to visit and a perfect place for gift finding.

Gloria Pierce shows a few of the many play dolls available at My Doll Castle.

“In addition to the huge range of collectible dolls, we have a large selection of play dolls for all ages,” says owner Gloria Pierce. A favorite of many is Madame Alexander, famous for the Pussycat and Huggums collections, as well as their line of My First Baby dolls. They also make large soft characters, including Strawberry Shortcake, Hollie Hobbie, Eloise, Fancy Nancy, and Raggedy Ann and Andy.

You’ll also find 10-inch and 18-inch baby dolls with cute clothes and accessories. Berenguer offers adorable 9-inch dolls with diapers, and 18-inch and 20-inch play dolls. “We also carry Best Pals, which was formed by two of the famous Lennon Sisters. They make rag dolls that are duplications of the ones they had as youngsters,” says Gloria. “They also have mini rag dolls, totes and children’s CDs.” In addition, Ashton-Drake’s So Truly Real soft “skin” play dolls are available in several sizes.

You won’t want to skip My Doll Castle, 407 W. Will Rogers Blvd., on your downtown excursion. Call (918) 341-1413 or visit for more information.

A Place of Grace is the place to go for a huge variety of Christian gift items, including books, Bibles, holiday ornaments, greeting cards, DVDs, home décor and much more. Trecia Bickford opened the store six years ago, and she moved to the store’s current location at 321 W. Will Rogers Blvd. in May of this year.

“A very special gift idea we offer is personalized Bible engraving,” says Trecia. You’ll also find Bible covers in several styles, colors and sizes, CDs, Kerusso T-shirts, jewelry, and iron-on decals. The large book section includes authors such as Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, Karen Kingsbury and Jerry Eicher. An assortment of Christmas gift bags and greeting cards are also available.

“We do special orders at no extra charge,” says Trecia. For more information, call (918) 342-4744.

Imagine yourself as a kid waking up on Christmas morning. What is the gift you really, really hope is under the tree? A bicycle, of course! The quintessential dream gift from Santa isn’t just for kids. Adults and children of all ages enjoy bike riding, and Bike-About at 300 W. Will Rogers has everything you need for this excellent, healthful hobby. “We offer a wide variety of bikes for all types of riding and for all ages – BMX, mountain and city comfort bikes,” says owner Janice Whittaker. “Many other shops focus only on high-end race bikes, but we are very user and family friendly.” Bike-About also offers repair and maintenance of “anything that has wheels,” as well as a full line of accessories, riding apparel and gear.

“We are trying to promote ‘green’ riding,” says Janice. “Bike-About carries tote bags and other items that make shopping and running errands around town easy.” For more information, call (918) 341-8420.

For more information, contact

Outwest Home Décor

418 W. Will Rogers Blvd.
(918) 342-4084

My Doll Castle

407 W. Will Rogers Blvd.
(918) 341-1413

A Place of Grace

321 W. Will Rogers Blvd.
(918) 342-4744


300 W. Will Rogers Blvd.
(918) 341-8420

Owner Trecia Bickford ­offers Princess Toppers, a line of bows by local Becky Rohr, at A Place of Grace Christian Bookstore.

Janice Whittaker, owner of Bike-About, invites you to stop in and ask any questions you may have about bicycling.

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About Author Sheryl Sowell

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.

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