Two turtle doves, one stone
Knock out your holiday shopping while supporting these local businesses
Married duo Rachel and Seth Dazey have been making jewelry for eight years. Two and a half years ago they decided to open a business as Dillon Rose. Working out of a studio space (1229 Charles Page Blvd., #1, which you can visit Tues.–Fri., 12–4 p.m., or by appointment), the two create pieces that feel organic and simple—bringing the natural world to an everyday, wearable style. Dillon Rose’s current collection’s theme is leaves and wings, and most of the pieces are bi-metal, made of both copper and silver. The Dazeys also make custom earrings, rings, bolos, necklaces, and bracelets in silver, gold, and copper. “People often come looking for a specific kind of stone or design,” said Rachel. “I work with them to make a design that’s unique to them and holds the meaning they’re looking for.”
Find Dillon Rose at: Ever Something during Christmas in Kendall-Whittier, Dec. 9, 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Pottery Barn in Utica Square, Dec. 10, 12–5 p.m. TAC Gallery, entire month of December, Thurs.–Sat. 6–9 p.m.; closing party with music and drinks, Dec. 23, 6–9 p.m. Dillon Rose jewelry is also available at Spexton Jewelry (1609 E. 15th St.), This Land Press (1208 S. Peoria Ave.), and online. dillonrose.net
Named the best new brewery in America in 2017 by RateBeer.com, American Solera makes exciting oak barrel-aged beers, and always offers a good selection of bottles to take home. These make great gifts (as do the gift cards) but our favorite—and soon to be yours—is the crowler (like growler, but not). These 32-ounce beers come in a giant gold can—way more fun than a tallboy. Once you open it, you gotta drink it, but it’ll last unopened for two weeks if kept cold. Buy three and save three bucks. 108 E. 18th St. americansolera.com
East Eleventh Street
Route 66, The Mother Road, has an excellent shopping stretch. From Peoria to Yale Avenue, you’ll find upscale consignment (SoBo Co., 1344 E. 11th St.); furniture, homeware, and fun stationery (Jenkins & Co., 1335 E. 11th St.); records, turntables, cassette tapes, and CDs (Josey Records, between South Quincy and South Rockford on Eleventh Street); and books and comics (Bound for Glory Books, 4264 E. 11th St., and Dice Addiction, just a few steps west from there). Though not right on Eleventh, Vintage Vault at 1134 S. Harvard Ave. has excellent vintage wares and wears. If you need fuel, there are three of this year’s Best of Tulsa restaurants along the route: Lone Wolf (Best Korean, Best Vietnamese, and Best Food Truck) at 3136 E. 11th St.; Taco’s Don Francisco (Best Tacos) at 4008 E. 11th St.; and Tally’s Good Food Café (Best Diner) at the corner of 11th Street and South Yale Avenue. Definitely check out Generations Antique Mall next to Tally’s, too.
“From an early age, I was attracted to graphic and colorful art more than anything figurative,” said weaver extraordinaire Sarah Sullivan. “It was always about color, for me, and the emotions that color can make you feel.” The wall hangings, placemats, and pillows she makes under her brand Sullystring conjure joy, humor, curiosity, and fun. Though a consistent aesthetic sense travels across each piece, Sullivan says she’s never made the same one twice. Through her website, you can begin the process of ordering your own unique work. “We’ll talk about colors, sizes, deadlines—all the details,” she said. “I’m always interested in the concept that everyone has their own individual color palette. That’s my favorite thing with custom work—for a piece to look like someone just through the colors that are used.”
Sullystring can also be found at Jenkins & Co. and in the 108 Contemporary gift shop (108 E. MB Brady St.). TTV is giving away the Sullystring pillow seen on this issue’s cover. For more information and to enter, click here. sullystring.com
Pickle your fancy: The family-operated Scissortail Provisions appears at the Brookside Winter Farmers’ Market (Whole Foods, 1401 E. 41st St.) every other Saturday, 8–11 a.m. Since 2014, they’ve specialized in handmade small batches of fermented seasonal produce. Choose from their vinegar pickles, relishes, and chutneys made with everything from carrots to okra and peaches to jalapeños; classic and specialty krauts (the Kimchi Reserve is perfect for belly-warming during the winter months); and various healing tonics. The Scissortail Provisions store in Owasso (702 N. Main St.) is open Thursdays and Fridays and by appointment—and they’ll give you a dollar off per jar if you can bear to ride your bike to the shop. scissortailprovisions.com
A good mug should feel just right—just ask Joe Staskal, potter, sculptor, painter, and owner of Tulsa’s FatCityClay. Staskal studied business, economics, and law before working full-time on his art. Now he regularly produces and sells coffee/tea mugs, oil cruets, bowls, and platters, among other pottery items, all in a style distinctly his own. FatCityClay is known for mugs of all shapes, sizes, and colors celebrating Tulsa pride (“S.E. Hinton Rules”; “Midtowner”) and flaunting catchy—sometimes perfectly snarky—sayings (“Namaste Bitches”; “Don’t Worry Be Yonce”; “Frackin’ Okie”; Wish You Were Deer”). You can find Staskal’s mugs at The Nest on Cherry Street (1515 E. 15th St.). Lambrusco’z Market and Deli (114 S. Detroit, A) also carries a limited selection.
What gift beats a growing flower, tree, or shrub?
Get your holiday plant fix—for yourself, your holiday party, or your loved ones—at various local nurseries and garden centers. If you’re looking for poinsettias, check out the selection at Southwood Landscape & Garden Center (9025 S. Lewis Ave.). Want something a bit less sanguine? Under the Sun Garden Center (5151 S. Harvard Ave.; 8998 S. Sheridan Rd.) has Amaryllis and Christmas cactus aplenty. (The Christmas cactus is not to be confused with the Thanksgiving cactus, which blooms just a bit earlier—or the Easter cactus, for that matter, which blooms, unsurprisingly, in the spring.) For rosemary and holly, try Stringer Nursery (7203 E. 41st St.), and, if you’re wanting to go big, Colebrook Nursery (5915 W. 31st St. S.) is stocked with evergreens. Various locales
The Boxyard is a one-of-a-kind retail center, made entirely of repurposed shipping containers that traveled the world before they settled in Tulsa. And its offerings are as unique as its construction and will help in checking off even the quirkiest of wishlists. For the budding scientist, there’s The STEMcell Science Shop, which sells everything from Bunsen burners to bacteria-culture containers to NASA-grade (and child-size) astronaut suits. Grab some Tulsa merch or designer outdoor gear—and a coffee to keep you going—at Dwelling Spaces. Find fashionable flannel at East+West or the perfect pair of oversized sunglasses at Abelina’s Boutique. Or maybe just nab a gift card to Sole Massage for that hard worker on your list. 502 E. 3rd St.
The Archer Building
Thanks to the George Kaiser Family Foundation, the Archer Building has become not only a hub for many artists, but also a necessary stop during any shopping spree. Its brand-new Magic City Books is perfect for your favorite bookworm (see page 22 for more info). Buying for an aspiring—or established—musician? Try Guitar House of Tulsa. Or go next door to Made: An Indie Emporium for handmade or vintage jewelry. Grab a snack to sweeten the gift—or just reward yourself for burning through your holiday checklist—at The Goods Bodega. And be sure to peek through the windows at the stores and restaurants that haven’t opened quite yet; the Archer Building promises even more exciting offerings to come. 215 E. Archer St.
Kitchen 66 isn’t just a food market; it’s a launch program for up-and-coming food businesses in Tulsa. And it might be just the right place to get some foodie-pleasing fare. Currently there are seven companies going through the Fall Launch Program curriculum, which they will complete on December 11. The Kitchen 66 Cafe features a different food entrepreneur daily, offering breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.—so you can have a meal before grabbing a gift box packed with mini-versions of the most popular items from Kitchen 66 companies. 907 S. Detroit Ave. kitchen66tulsa.com
First Street Flea Market
Inside the ever-colorful, mural-covered Gateway Buildling is a once- (sometimes twice-) monthly flea market with a unique curating process and an equally noteworthy collection. You never know exactly what you’ll find, but that’s part of the point. At First Street Flea you’ll likely see an eclectic mix of records, action figures, handmade jewelry, collector’s items, vintage clothing, weird lamps, and more. Familiar vendors like Bound for Glory Books and Good Mischief also rent out booths for the market. It’s the kind of place you should enter without a specific shopping plan—instead, let the gifts choose you. Prices are fair but not everything’s inexpensive. Still, it’s a good stop for the fiscal gift-giver. The next Flea is Dec. 17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 823 E. 1st St.
Wedding photographer, woodworker, and leather goods crafter Jake Fowler spends his days creating in his Kendall-Whittier studio (located just two doors down from his wife’s floral shop Ever Something). While he does not hold normal shop hours, Jake is considering opening a retail space at the front of his studio in the near future. Jake’s online store showcases his leather goods, including various bags, clutches, and wallets, as well as his handmade wood kitchen items (think stylish cutting and serving boards). He also does commission projects—he was working on an oriental-style bed when we visited the shop. His pieces will be available for purchase at Ever Something during Christmas in Kendall-Whittier on Saturday, December 9. jakefowlerdesign.com
For those on your list needing some beauty self-care this Christmas, cosmetics retailer Blue Mercury could be a one-stop shop. The store opened on Brookside in February and offers a wide range of beauty services, including facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and waxing. The storefront sells various skin and beauty products, candles, soap, make-up, and fragrances for both men and women. Employees will gift-wrap items at no extra charge—and they’ll even put together and customize gifts and baskets. Blue Mercury also offers make-up classes for individuals, groups, and parties. 3524 S. Peoria Ave.
Tallgrass Studio, a local leather goods company, builds bags and other accessories in a studio space shared with Dillon Rose. Inspired by Western and vintage leather goods, owner and designer Christian Reed aims to provide customers with a timeless product—his designs are classic and minimal with the intent of lasting for generations. Reed focuses on durable construction, quality materials, and versatility in his products. Tallgrass goods are offered in one color, a light hue known as vegetable-tanned leather. He prefers his leather free of dyes—the color darkens naturally as it ages over time. Though the business is just over one year old, Reed stays busy with word-of-mouth orders, Instagram orders, and local craft shows. Look for his website with an online shop, expected to come out in mid-December. You can also find him at the First Street Flea on Dec. 17, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. tallgrass-studio.com
Jo & June
Located in Kendall-Whittier, Jo & June carries a variety of handcrafted and vintage goods like rugs, clothing, plants, wall hangings, pillows, hanging chairs, ceramic mugs, candles—and whatever else happens to catch the eye of owners Phillip and Danielle. “We hunt wherever we can. Anytime we travel we can’t stop hunting, even if we’re going on vacation for ourselves; we can’t help it,” Danielle said. Jo & June will be participating in this year’s Christmas in Kendall-Whittier on Saturday, December 9 from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. The shop will temporarily house several local vendors, making holiday shopping to-dos a fun, interactive experience. 2313 E. Admiral Blvd. joandjune.com
Ever Something offers floral design services ranging from personal bouquets to full wedding planning for their clients. The shop also holds events and workshops for those wanting to explore or sharpen floral arranging skills. Owner Katie Carpenter likes to offer clients an assortment of classes, varying from solely floral-focused, medium or large-scale arrangement classes to classes on arranging and floral crown-making. On Dec. 7 from 5:30–7:30 p.m., Ever Something will hold a wreath workshop at the new Heirloom Rustic Ales (2113 E. Admiral Blvd.). For $60, attendees will craft a wreath for their doors or mantles. Registration is at eversomething.com. 2306 E. Admiral Blvd.
Ida Red is the perfect place to find a Tulsa souvenir for loved ones near and far. This year you can find sundry Christmas-themed goodies, including handcrafted 24-karat gold-wash ornaments depicting various Tulsa landmarks—Guthrie Green, Will Rogers High School, and Cain’s Ballroom, among many more. Designer Bobbie Whaling donates 100% of profits to three local charities: The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Neighbor for Neighbor, and Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma. If you need a break from all the Christmastime chaos, head to the downtown location (208 N. Main St.), find a barstool, and try one of their chocolate or vanilla egg cream drinks, Weber’s root beer on tap, or a birthday cake milkshake. 3336 S. Peoria Ave. idaredgeneralstore.com