In an antique shop, atmosphere is everything. A sophisticated charm and innate playfulness can set one shop apart from all the rest. You don’t have to search out dark, dusty halls for the unique piece that sets the tone of a room. Tulsa’s readers turn to The Market time and again to find something unique whether shopping for a thoughtful gift or conversation-starter for the home. With its sister shop in Oklahoma City, the bright and colorful Market takes the antique booth to another level. Polo-Lodge Antiques received high marks, too, for its collection and vast expertise in buying, selling and appraisals of rare pieces. Zoller Designs & Antiques is known for its elegant home décor design tying elements of the past with sleek contemporary pieces that complement the personality of the owner.
Oklahoma City’s refined tastes require special attention to fine detail and a mind for practicality, which is why readers like the Antique Co-op in Oklahoma City. Whether you’re hunting for collectibles, Depression glass or furniture of by-gone days, Mockingbird Manor Antiques has it. If eccentricity is on your list, you have to check out OKC’s Feathered Nest Market, which readers voted into third place for its array of items from fun and funky to vintage and polished and in between.
Car lots are infamous for causing panic attacks and dread of the thought of pressuring sales folks doing their best to make the deal. Yet, there are places that gain a reputation for making the experience pleasant and, gasp, even fun. If you’re going to take the plunge buying a new vehicle, why not enjoy it? Lexus of Tulsa gets the highest marks in Tulsa for is customer service, which is in direct proportion to the Lexus luxury of standard – which is to say it’s very, very high. Readers also praised BMW of Tulsa as a top choice for the quality of its product as well as a selection of customization packages that make the driver know, indeed, “you are special.” Jim Norton Toyota and Don Carlton Honda tied for the third spot on our list for so many reasons, among them for their consistent presence in Tulsa and a commitment to serving the community. Oh yeah, they sell pretty good cars, too.
Drive over to Oklahoma City, and you’re sure to find dozens of dealerships, each with merit and deserving of patronage. Three, however, stand out year after year. OKC loves David Stanley Dodge for its selection of cars, trucks and vehicles that fit every need from personal use to business, from driving the kids from baseball practice to cruising town in ultimate style. The Bob Moore Auto Group took the second highest number of votes. Could it be the huge selection of makes – among them Audi, Subaru, GMC, Porche, Kia – or could it be Bob Moore’s leadership in community efforts, such as providing a drop-off location for items to help victims of the Moore tornado? We approve of both. Rounding out the top three is Jackie Cooper BMW, as fine a dealership as they come, with an excellent record of service and reputation for making the car-buying experience an awesome one.
Children’s Clothing Store
Kids are pretty lucky these days. Clothes for the pre-teen-and-under set have become much more trendy than their parents had it. When Tulsa takes its kids shopping for back-to-school clothes, special occasions or just play, the top choice is GapKids for its offering of trendy, comfortable clothing as well as accessories and personal care products all age-suited. Dillard’s department store follows for an expansive selection of children’s wear ranging from clothes for newborns all the way to teens and with all the major labels. If boutique shopping is more your style, you can’t pass up Kathleen’s Kids, a midtown favorite for the stylish set and those who like the individual attention that comes with specialty stores. They don’t come much cuter than this.
Oklahoma City’s Uptown Kids is tops among readers for its upbeat lines of clothes for boys, girls and babies as well as accessories that would make any adult envious. Located on the trendy Classen Curve, this store is the epitome of toddler chic complete with a playroom and original work by area artists like the NBA’s Desmond Mason on display. Readers in the City also like GapKids’ selection of seasonal separates and ease of shopping. The Green Bambino rounds out the top three in OKC with a unique take on clothing your child. Look for only the finest natural and organic products, including cloth diapers and carrier slings, which we believe may technically be considered an accessory.
Seasons come and go, and style changes as quickly as a wind through downtown Tulsa. For those professionals, urbanites and fashionable adventurers, options are seemingly endless. Wise shoppers look no further than the top three stores chosen by our readers. Saks Fifth Avenue carries a large selection of designer labels from Armani to Elie Tahari along with everything else that comes with feeling your best, which makes it No. 1 on our list. Readers also love the experience of Miss Jackson’s, a Utica Square tradition and Tulsa mainstay for more than a century complete with fine shopping and service. Convenience, range and affordability reign at Dillard’s with everything from the basics to luxury items covered.
Balliets is all about the season and this Classen Curve favorite brings the hottest clothes, shoes and cosmetics to Oklahoma City, making it readers’ top pick in OKC. Dillard’s received the second most votes with its continued push of offering variety to every shopper. The famed Macy’s has it all for every member of the family and every room of the home, which is why readers made it a top pick.
Few people remember being pleased when the optometrist told them they would need to wear glasses. Lucky for us, Tulsa and Oklahoma City have great choices for eyewear to complement the season and every individual. Whether it’s prescription or not, Visions Unique Eyewear in midtown Tulsa has an exclusive line of frames and lenses, making it Tulsa’s top pick. Readers also like Hicks Brunson Eyewear, provider of great service and designer or custom eyewear, giving it high marks in our vote. The third spot goes to Black Optical, which can only be compared to the experience of an art gallery – open, deluxe and especially fine.
For the same reasons, Oklahoma City voted Black Optical its top choice for fashionable, premium eyewear. Trust and reliability are important to consumers, which is why our OKC readers chose Sam’s Optical and its two area locations. Eyemart Express makes choosing glasses a breeze, and with multiple locations in the capital’s metro area, it comes in at third.
Fine Jewelry Store
Expertise rates high when consumers purchase fine jewelry. You want someone who knows her carats from her culets as well as a sense of good design. Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels of Tulsa is synonymous with refinement and luxury, not to mention outstanding quality. It’s Tulsa’s No. 1 choice. Moody’s Jewelry isn’t far behind in votes out of Tulsa. It’s “where you get engaged” and get the ring, and that’s the truth. Star Jewelers is a star in its industry with more than 40 years of excellence in Broken Arrow.
BC Clark Jewelers puts the excitement into shopping for fine jewelry, offering $5,000 back on the purchase of an engagement ring if it rains or snows on the wedding day. Readers made this OKC fixture No. 1. Naifeh Fine Jewelry fills out the list in second for its custom quality and appeal, and a variety of pieces for all sorts of occasions and personalities. Mitchener-Farrand Jewelers makes the OKC list, too, as the place to find unique pieces as well as something that specially expresses your admiration for a certain NBA team. Go Thunder!
Birthdays, holidays and celebrations call for thoughtfulness and a unique stock of items. Gift-giving is fun and stress-free when you head to The Market, Oklahoma Magazine readers’ top pick in Tulsa, with a seemingly endless selection of one-of-a-kind pieces for all the people in your life. Tulsa also likes Nielsens, known for its list of fabulous brands (including Waterford Crystal and Herend). The Brookside shop ties with Cherry Street’s T.A. Lorton, filled with all things whimsical and beautiful. The final spot on the list goes to Ida Red, a great little shop for all things Tulsa and Okie cool, and also to Margo’s Gifts, where shoppers find the perfect keepsakes year-round at Utica Square. Make sure you visit at Christmas, too!
The dazzling The Market brings the equivalent of dozens of fashionable boutiques together under a single roof. You’re sure to find something personal and exquisite in one of the showrooms, which is why readers selected it for its favorite OKC gift store. Eclectic is the word often describing Blue Seven, second on the list, which means you’ll find an assortment of handmade goods uniquely wrought and completely unique. While in the City, don’t forget to stop by On A Whim on the Classen Curve and the civic-minded Shop Good to find out why OKC voted them among The Best of the Best.
If it’s a rare or extra special spice you need for that important dish, you’re sure to find it at the grocers that made our best list. In Tulsa, Petty’s Fine Foods brings the best in ethnic, imported and gourmet foods to shoppers just as it has since 1945. Make sure to stop by its deli! Whole Foods Market comes in a close second, and if you’ve seen the selection of natural and organic goods across all its departments you’ll understand why Tulsans are in love. Reasor’s Foods and Fresh Market round out the category – Reasor’s for its notable customer service and selection, and Fresh Market for bringing quality organic and open-air market charm to south Tulsa.
The expansive Whole Foods Market in Oklahoma City impresses with its façade, but when you step inside, you see why it is a readers’ favorite OKC spot to shop. The employee-owned Homeland chain of stores is favored for its hometown atmosphere (an underappreciated value) to place it second, followed by Crest Foods, an ever-expanding, locally-owned chain built on putting family first and offering a solid product.
It’s not just girls who are crazy about a sharp-dressed man. A good suit does wonders for your image. Abersons in Tulsa makes the point with all the essential pieces from the designers you want. Fashion is not only a woman’s game, and Abersons rises to the top of Tulsa’s best with Travers Mahan, known for its service, reliable labels and exclusive lines. Saxon Judd came in second place on Tulsa’s list for its tailored perfection, while Pinpoint Resource closed the top three with its collection of quality dress pieces and accessories from traditional to trendy.
Mr. Ooley’s of Oklahoma City sells the finest merchandise for both gentlemen and ladies, but the men’s department gets top nods with Oklahoma Magazine’s OKC voters for its classic and contemporary fashions and suits. For its high standard of customer service, Spencer Stone Company got enough votes to place it second, but having its own label and line of suits and sport coats helps. Over at Alltons in Edmond, the staff would love nothing better than to make every man stand out from everyman, and for that reason, it is one of OKC’s best.
Pet/Pet Supply Store
No longer limited to merely a row in the grocery store, pet care has expanded into myriad specialty industries to keep Fluffy and Spot healthy and happy members of your family. PetSmart leads the way – when it comes to offering a variety of foods, products and services for you pets, the national company gets the vote for Tulsa’s best, followed by Petco, another giant of the industry favored for bringing choices to the consumer as well as specializing in small “exotic” pets such as lizards, hamsters and saltwater fish. Local-owned Southern Agriculture gets a big thumbs-up, too, from readers for its abundant area locations, veterinary care and exclusive brands.
Once more, PetSmart is tops, this time in Oklahoma City, where pet owners can shop for a shampoo/conditioner duo for their dog or have the store’s groomers take charge. Customers and their pets are family at A1 Pet Emporium, the self-proclaimed “headquarters for healthy and natural foods, treats and more for dogs and cats.” Readers agree, voting it into second place. Then, there’s Kickingbird Animal Hospital & Supply Center, a part of the VCA Animal Hospitals system and Edmond’s only stop for supplies, food, care, boarding and grooming – no wonder it’s a The Best of the Best pick.
Our readers love to find great selection without having to drive all over town. That’s why they flock to these shopping destinations. The top choice among Tulsa readers is Utica Square, the premier shopping destination with unique stores and restaurants set among beautifully manicured gardens and trees. Center 1 in the trendy Brookside district offers a distinctive selection of shops, many one of a kind, in a sleek modern environment. When our readers are checking off a long list, they also head to Woodland Hills Mall in south Tulsa with more than 165 fine stores.
Penn Square Mall takes top honors with Oklahoma City readers with more than 145 conveniently located shops, including major name such as Michael Kors and Coach. Shoppers headed to Classen Curve enjoy a unique collection of high-end local shops, such as Liberté and Uptown Kids in a trendy urban environment. The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City is also destination for Oklahoma City shoppers in search of a bargain and stores ranging from Le Creuset to Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth.
Sporting Goods/Outdoor Store
In Oklahoma, we take our sports and our outdoor activities pretty seriously, so if you’re looking for a new pair of cleats or camping gear, you’ll find just what you need at these stores. Topping our list of The Best of the Best with seven Tulsa and OKC metro locations, Dick’s Sporting Goods carries everything under one roof, from team sports equipment to hunting and fishing tackle. Next, Academy Sports & Outdoors is one of the nation’s largest sporting goods and outdoor stores, so our readers know their four metro locations offer great deals and one-stop shopping. Rounding out the survey is Bass Pro Shops. Their OKC and Broken Arrow stores are a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.
Whether they’re announcing the wedding of the year or sending a thoughtful note, our readers know where to go for real stationery – no e-vites. Utica Square style haven Miss Jackson’s is the top choice for our Tulsa readers; you can also pick out a china pattern to go with your wedding announcement. Next, Margo’s Gifts has been serving Tulsa since 1935, and they’re experts in stationery and proper stationery etiquette. You’re Invited completes our list with custom stationery design services for every occasion.
No Regrets is the top choice in Oklahoma City, and this fun gift shop makes it their mission to help customers express their personal style with a full range of personal and business stationery. The next spot goes to Paper Lion, one of the oldest gift stores in Edmond and purveyors of such lines as Crane & Co. and Birchcraft. If you’re looking for something different, head to Chirps and Cheers. They specialize in modern stationery and custom designed wedding announcements.
There are some great places to go for the latest toys. Toys “R” Us, that national chain that offers something for everybody, comes in first with Tulsa readers. Kiddlestix, an independently-owned and operated toy store that offers education toys, dolls and hobby supplies, comes in second this year. The chain department store Target, with its massive toy department full of games, action figures and tea party sets, rounds out the top three.
In Oklahoma City, Toys “R” Us also takes the top spot in Oklahoma City, where there are toys for people of all ages. Learning Tree offers toys, books and games that are both fun and educational for growing children. Online shopping is also available for this local toy store. Lakeshore Learning Center offers toys and games for all age ranges and grade levels. It’s a great resource for educational learning as well as for teachers looking for educational material for the classroom.
There are great places to lift up those spirits in Oklahoma. Tulsans vote Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits as the best wine or liquor store in the city. A wide selection of wines from local, national and international vintners makes Ranch Acres a great stop to stock up on a range of wines. Old Village Wine & Spirits comes in second this year. Stocking wine, spirits and a wide variety of high-point beer makes this Brookside store a favorite. Primo’s Fine Wine & Spirits rounds out this year’s top three. The knowledgeable staff at Primo’s can help customers find the perfect wine, beer or spirit to cater to their taste buds.
Byron’s Liquor Warehouse is Oklahoma City’s top pick for Best Wine/Liquor Store. More than 10,000 square feet holds thousands of wine and beer selections; benefits like joining Byron’s Wine Club or Brew Club make Byron’s a favorite among readers. Broadway Wine Merchants, in addition to selling thousands of wines, offers customized wine tastings, with new wines arriving daily. Beau’s Wine Bin and Edmond Wine Shop tie for the third spot. Beau’s Wine Bin offers a wide selection of wines and spirits as well as special events throughout the year. The Edmond Wine Shop imports wines from all over the world and also offers a wide beer selection.
There are plenty of boutiques for women’s clothing in Tulsa, but a few stand out from the crowd. Abersons earns this year’s top spot. Carrying luxury brands like Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang and Lanvin, Abersons carries clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and handbags. Rope and On A Whim share the second spot. Rope, located on Cherry Street, carries fashionable brands like ERIN by Erin Fetherston, IRO, Loeffler Randall and Frye. On A Whim, located along Brookside, offers clothing, accessories and handbags from such designers as Alice + Olivia, Kate Spade and Nanette Lepore. Donna’s Fashions and Rockin’ Sooner Ranch Mercantile round out this year’s annual survey. Donna’s carries clothing and accessories from designers such as Alberto Makali, Johnny Was and Karen Kane. Rockin’ Sooner Ranch carries Western-inspired items by designers such as Gentle Fawn, Wildfox and Babakul.
Gordon Stuart earns the top spot for Best Women’s Boutique in Oklahoma City. Carrying exclusive brands such as Chanel, Fendi and Gucci, Gordon Stuart is the place to go for luxury women’s clothing and accessories. On A Whim and Liberté both located in stylish Classen Curve, share the second spot. Carrying Parker, Trina Turk and Rebecca Taylor, On A Whim is a great shopping spot for clothing and accessories. Liberte carries exclusive brands like Herve Leger, Candy Woolley and Amy Matto New York. Gil’s Clothing & Denim Bar earns this year’s third spot. The biggest selection of designer denim in the state, Gil’s also carries dresses, blouses and other accessories for women.
Women’s Shoe Store
Where’s the best place to get beautiful shoes in Tulsa? Readers say it’s Saks Fifth Avenue and Abersons that provide the top footwear. With brands like Tory Burch, Kate Spade and Jimmy Choo, Saks offers shoes for casual events and formal occasions. Pumps, sandals and slip-ons are all de rigueur at Abersons, with brands like Lanvin, Costume National and Stella McCartney. Miss Jackson’s carries a wide assortment of shoes, from sandals to stilettos, from designers such as Stuart Weitzman, Ferragamo and Donald J. Pliner. J. Cole Shoes, a trendy shoe boutique, rounds out the category for Best Women’s Shoe Store. Carrying Jessica Simpson, Sperry and Betsey Johnson, J. Cole Shoes offers a style for even the most discriminating shopper.
Balliets offers a wide variety of shoes and tops this year’s annual survey in Oklahoma City. Loeffler Randall, Rachel Zoe and Valentino are all brands available in Balliets’ shoe department. Gordon Stuart carries beautiful shoes from designers including Manolo Blahnik, Fendi and Gucci. Shoetopia, in the third spot, carries brands like TOMS, Nomad and Report.