Mockingbird Manor Antiques & More, Best Antique Shop (OKC)
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Antique Shop

The state is a haven for places where you can find the odd knickknack or rare decorative gem. In Tulsa, Windsor Market has moved its diverse inventory into a new home in the Farm Shopping Center. The Market at Walnut Creek brings together 100 local merchants under one roof. Griffin Interiors brings together designs and merchandise from around the world

In OKC, Mockingbird Manor Antiques & More offers indoor and outdoor decor. Decades Revisited’s rotating inventory ranges from vintage and retro furniture to shaggy chic and eclectic junk. At Edmond’s Lavender Antiques, items are hand-picked in France and the United Kingdom.

Bicycle Shop

The personal attention from local bike shops makes being in the saddle a rewarding experience. Phat Tire Bike Shop has two Tulsa locations, downtown and on Riverside Parkway, in addition to its hubs in northwest Arkansas. T-Town Bicycles has operated since 1991 and strives for a perfect cycling fit with each customer. Bicycles of Tulsa has a crack service team that makes thorough, quick repairs.

Al’s Bicycles, the state’s largest independent dealer, has two locations in OKC, with additional ones in Edmond and Norman. Schlegel Bicycles opened in 1994 in OKC’s Automobile Alley and emphasizes nutrition as well as equipment. Melonbike staffers believe “cycling is a uniquely human endeavor that should be pursued by all.”

Boat/RV/ATV Dealer

A home-on-wheels (or on the water) can make the outdoors bearable to those who want creature comforts. Wade’s RV in Glenpool has a wide selection of new and used RVs, along with 30 years of service. Bob Hurley RV in west Tulsa pushes customer service and works on all coaches and trailers, regardless of purchase point. Dave’s Claremore RV, in business since 1979, has 22 service bays and 75 veteran employees. Camping World in east Tulsa uses its nationwide network to find just about any part or accessory you need. Blackbeard Marine has locations in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Kingston. Ugly John’s Custom Boats can be found in Catoosa, Afton, Eufaula, and Rogers, Arkansas.

In OKC, Leisure Time RV is part of the RV World dealer network, which can help if you have problems far from home. Cabela’s has a choice selection of boats and ATVs. Norris Marine has been around since 1946 and served four generations of customers.

Car Dealer

Automobile dealers gain their reputations through repeat sales and generational relationships. In Tulsa, Don Thornton Automotive Group features high-end makes: Audi, Volkswagen, Cadillac, Jaguar, Land Rover and Lexus, along with supreme customer service. Don Carlton Honda, family-owned and in operation since 1975, has long endorsed hassle-free negotiations. BMW of Tulsa attracts customers from all over Green Country for its certified sales and service. Jim Norton Toyota has won the make’s presidential award for 17 consecutive years. Jackie Cooper Imports features Infiniti, Nissan, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz automobiles. The Jim Glover Auto Family has a Chevrolet dealership in west Tulsa and sells Fiat, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Ram models in Owasso.

Jackie Cooper BMW’s staff in Edmond understands the financial investment that customers make with this particular brand. Bob Howard Auto Group sells Acura, Honda, Buick, GMC, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ram, Chrysler, Jeep, Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota vehicles at multiple locations in OKC. Bob Moore Auto Group features a bevy of car brands, from Audi and Buick to Maserati and Subaru.

Children’s Clothing Store

Parents want their kids to look sharp but also wear clothes that endure the rough-and-tumble days of childhood. In both Tulsa and OKC, voters roundly endorsed Dillard’s and its wide selections. In Tulsa, Kathleen’s Kids, established in 1986, offers one-on-one service and outfits newborns to girls size 16 and boys size 12. Old Navy always features popular styles and trends. In 2008, three moms began Lolly Garden, a boutique shop in Utica Square.

Once Upon A Child, with two locations in OKC, sells (and buys) gently used clothes at great prices. The Children’s Place has a store and an outlet in OKC and another store in Edmond.

Saks Fifth Avenue, Best Department Store, Best Men’s Shoe Store, Best Women’s Shoe Store (Tulsa)
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Department Store

There’s much to be said for going to one place for many needs. Saks Fifth Avenue in Tulsa’s Utica Square calls itself “the most inviting luxury shopping and service experience in Tulsa” and offers up everything from formal ball gowns to leisure wear. In both Tulsa and OKC, voters endorsed Dillard’s and Macy’s and their extensive inventories, customer service and convenient locations.

Balliets on Classen Curve has been an OKC legacy since its founding in 1936 and offers handbags, clothing, shoes and cosmetics.

Eyeglass Store

Making a fashion statement via eyewear appeals to many. Visions Unique Eyewear has two Tulsa locations and can make special appointments for the busiest among us. Hicks Brunson Eyewear and its fourth generation of the same family have been in Utica Square since 1952. Since 1964, Empire Optical and descendants of founders Gus and Naomi Caldwell have offered high-quality lenses and frames.

Eyemart Express has four OKC locations and one in Midwest City and offers a variety of great frames. LensCrafters has two stores in OKC and one in Moore with expert service and products. Dick Story Optical began in 1971 when the ex-Marine established the Penn Square boutique; he sold it to his protege, Dave Trent, in 1996.

Fine Jewelry Store

Special moments are frequently marked with fine jewelry. The Tulsa location of Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels is the only one outside the upscale company’s founding city, Columbus, Ohio, and offers personalized service for your shopping needs. Moody’s Jewelry began in 1944 and has seven stores throughout Tulsa County. Star Jewelers, in Broken Arrow’s Rose District, has operated for nearly 40 years.

Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels, Best Fine Jewelry Store (Tulsa)
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The namesake of OKC mainstay BC Clark Jewelers opened his first store in Indian Territory in 1892; a fourth generation of Clarks runs the store now. Naifeh Fine Jewelry, in OKC’s Casady Square, is known for its quality repairs and restorations. For decades, the owners of Mitchener Farrand Jewelers were known as “the jewelry guys on May Avenue.” Their store is now on Wilshire Boulevard but retains its “Everyone is Someone” motto.

Gift Store

Finding something unusual to give as a present is often a fun experience. In Tulsa, Margo’s Gift Shop began in 1936 under Margo Kimberger and is operated by her granddaughter Margo Nelson. Nielsen’s Gifts, founded in 1946 by Dorothy and Arthur Nielsen, remains a family-owned business, run by their daughter, Andrea Nielsen. The Ida Red general store in Brookside has an Oklahoma-heavy inventory and old-fashioned soda fountain inside its second location on Main Street.

In OKC, Blue Seven connects artists, merchants, designers and customers. No Regrets offers hundreds of gifts and stationery for weddings. The Market at Quail Springs houses dozens of locally owned boutiques and showrooms.

Whole Foods Market, Best Grocery Store/Market (Tulsa, OKC)
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Grocery Store/Market

Half the fun of preparing fresh meals is shopping for the food. In Tulsa and OKC, voters have a hankering for Whole Foods Market and its unique offerings. The same goes for Sprouts Farmers Market in both cities, with quality products and friendly service.

Trader Joe’s has proved to be just as popular in Tulsa’s Brookside as it has throughout the country. Local favorite Reasor’s, based in Tahlequah, has 15 stores in Greater Tulsa and is often a go-to for our readers. The Fresh Market features fresh products and a nice cafe inside its south Tulsa location.

Crest Foods, owned for three generations by the same family, has eight stores in Greater Oklahoma City. Uptown Grocery Co. has stores in Oklahoma City and Edmond and offers only the best food for your family.

Travers Mahan, Best Men’s Boutique (Tulsa)

Men’s Boutique

The males of the species also want to have their signature looks. In Tulsa, family-owned Travers Mahan offers a number of clothing lines exclusive to the area, plus expert customer service. Abersons, in business for 40 years, says, “We edit collections from contemporary to designer, always being mindful of the concept.” Saxon Judd has carried the luxury line Ermenegildo Zegna for more than 20 years. The Pinpoint Resource, another family-owned store, has offered custom and tailor-made suits for over two decades.

Mr. Ooley’s has formally dressed men in OKC for a half-century. The namesake of S.J. Haggard and Co. opened the store in Nichols Hills Plaza in 1991. In 2003, a second-generation haberdasher began Q Clothier, whose OKC store is in Nichols Hills. Since 1987, Gil’s Clothing and Denim Bar has carried premier denim designs.

Men’s Shoe Store

Form and function are necessary with men’s footwear. In Tulsa, the broad inventory at Abersons includes Achilles leather sneakers and Robert Geller moccasin boots. Saks Fifth Avenue in Utica Square sells dozens of brands, from Aquatalia to Giuseppe Zanotti. Dillard’s is a go-to place for both Tulsans and Oklahoma Citians.

Also in OKC, Mr. Ooley’s features luxury, fine-leather and exotic-skin footwear. S.J. Haggard and Co. adds to your walk just as it does with your suit.

Pet/Pet Supply Store

Our fur babies need supplies and toys, too. The national chain PetSmart is a favorite for both Tulsa and OKC voters, along with Petco, another coast-to-coast company. Locally owned Southern Agriculture, in business since 1981, has eight Tulsa County locations.

In OKC, A1 Pet Emporium specializes in unique, high-quality, natural pet foods.

Utica Square, Best Shopping Mall/Center, Best Place to See and Be Seen (Tulsa)
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Shopping Mall/Center

Instead of driving from shop to shop, sometimes it’s easier to just stop at one place to get everything. Utica Square became Tulsa’s first suburban shopping center in 1952 and continues to be a hub of activity for Tulsans. Woodland Hills Mall underwent a recent makeover and houses 165 stores for clothing, accessories and more. Center 1 on Brookside has 18 high-end businesses, from eateries to clothing shops. Tulsa Hills Shopping Center has a wide range of national retailers.

In OKC, Penn Square Mall began in 1960 as an outdoor shopping center, but has been enclosed since 1982. Quail Springs Mall, with the usual national retailers, has a 1950s-style food court. OKC Outlets has some name brands for up to 70 percent off retail price. Classen Curve is one of OKC’s hot spots for shopping and dining.

Sporting Goods/Outdoor Store

Athletics and outdoors enthusiasts often like wide selections for their gear, clothing and supplies. In Tulsa and OKC, national chains Dick’s Sporting Goods and Bass Pro Shops are favorites for all your outdoors and sporting needs. Also on voters’ thumbs-up lists are two other coast-to-coast stores, Academy Sports + Outdoors and Lululemon. In Tulsa, Fleet Feet Sports takes pride in its one-on-one, personalized service.

Old Village Wine and Spirits, Best Wine/Liquor Store (Tulsa)

Wine/Liquor Store

Your neighborhood merchant of adult beverages can always offer something different to try. In Tulsa, Old Village Wine & Spirits helps to keep Brookside happily hydrated. In addition to its inventory, Ranch Acres Wine and Spirits has Truman, the curly, fluffy dog who welcomes everyone. Parkhills Warehouse Liquors & Wine, founded in 1963, has opened a new, larger building adjacent to its longtime store near I-44 and Lewis Avenue. Primo’s Wine & Spirits has sales on its “Thirsty Thursdays.”

In OKC, The Wild Turkey Finer Wines & Spirits carries more than 1,000 different labels of spirits and 3,000 labels of wine. Byron’s Liquor Warehouse opened in 1959, shortly after prohibition ended in Oklahoma, and has been going strong ever since. Smithcot Liquor has a popular following in Edmond.

Women’s Boutique

Women can enjoy the one-on-one service and high-quality products found at these specialized stores. In Tulsa, Abersons has a large supply of designer merchandise to peruse in a chic atmosphere. For a dozen years, Donna’s Fashions mixes elements of casual fun, upscale elegance and cowgirl chic in an interesting way with a welcoming sales attendant always at the ready. The Denim Chateau is a staple Broken Arrow shop with trendy fashions for every occasion.

In OKC, Gordon Stuart has helped customers find their signature styles since 1982. The staff at Liberte offers a mix of inspiration, service and warmth. At CK and Co., owner Jane Webb has influenced OKC trends for more than 30 years.

Balliets, Best Department Store, Best Women’s Shoe Store

Women’s Shoe Store

Closets don’t get filled with shoes by themselves; customers know where to go for their fixes. In Tulsa, Saks Fifth Avenue features Manolo Blahnik, Kate Spade and Salvatore Ferragamo brands along with dozens of others. Abersons has 14 lines of upscale footwear, so you can find the perfect shoe for your next gathering. Marmi Shoes has an extensive collection of sizes from 4 to 13 with affordable and upscale choices. J. Cole Shoes, with locations in Tulsa and Stillwater, is committed to enduring, elegant designs.

In OKC, Balliets has dozens of upscale brands in just about every style. Gordon Stuart has brands from 3.1 Phillip Lim, Rag and Bone and Clergerie, among many others, and Dillard’s has an enticing selection for its loyal customers.