Since R.E. Dennard opened his first store in 1890, Dennards Farm & Western Wear's family owners have been outfitting farmers and cowboys in a range of durable stable supplies and western threads. Men's and women's jeans by Cinch and Cruel Girl ($39.95–$59.95) swathe legs in style durable enough for equine adventures or nights on the town. Industrious toes can peruse the selection of footwear, such as men's waxy brown Justin work boots ($89.95), or design a pair of custom cockroach killers with a choice of leathers, patterns, and John Wayne catchphrases. Meanwhile, trusty steeds adorn themselves in an array of tack such as Futurity nylon sheets ($39.95), wooden 3-inch bell stirrups ($49.95), and antique arena show spurs ($34.95), which flaunt a stainless-steel trim to keep heels flashy as they goad show horses and sluggish cab drivers alike.
The area surrounding Nocona Lake doesn't exactly lack for leisurely pursuits. People flock to the water by the thousands for fishing, jet skiing, and relaxation enjoyed amid the lake's natural outdoorsy splendor. Therefore, attempts to keep visitors on dry land have a high bar to clear. The golf course at Nocona Hills Country Club succeeds at this unenviable task. Players cruise through the same woodsy ambiance as they notch scores on the 18-hole course, collecting birdies on the smooth Bermuda grass greens and befriending the squirrel community in the dense surrounding oak forest. Lest players be lulled into complacency by their serene surroundings, the course keeps them alert with frequent elevation changes—especially on the seventh hole's 150-yard, entirely-downhill tee shot.
Vintage and bohemian-inspired apparel, costume jewelry, and eye-catching gifts drape from eclectic props at Cloverleaf Boutique, drawing shoppers in with their whimsy and charm. "The Cloverleaf is one of those stores you notice while driving by and think: 'I've got to stop in there,'" said Jennifer Palmer of NewsOK. Colorful throw pillows mingle with kitschy lampshades, and cowboy boots line up for the opportunity to dance with flouncy dresses. Cloverleaf Boutique's one-of-a-kind outfits and gift ideas evolve from season to season.
Still Posh crams closets with trendy apparel, accessories, and original jewelry from renowned brand names. Customers can conceal upper torsos within the folds of a classic tank top rather than risk breaking the strict shirt policies of most family-friendly restaurants ($28). Clotheshounds can cushion collars in a selection of scarves ($12), cloak gams in Nikibiki ribbed leggings ($18), or store milk money in the pocket of a Spy-C pocket tee ($30). The gift of a necklace-and-earrings set ($18) can express romantic intentions to a special someone or help win extra servings from the lunch lady on Sloppy Joe Mondays.
The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center educates old ranch hands and rootin’-tootin’ greenhorns about the cattle drives of the 19th and 20th centuries with multimedia presentations and interactive exhibits. Wannabe bovine chaperones can try their hand at roping a steer, learn how to tell the age of cattle, and watch animatronic cowboys discuss life on the trail and successful ways to impersonate humans. Inside the multisensory Experience Theater, viewers are transported along on a cattle drive as they smell the flowers of the prairie, hear the sounds of cattle, and feel the wind and water of a storm. An interactive video game lets kids play the part of a rancher trying to get a herd to the railroad, and a branding station helps exercise creativity by marking property, such as video games or siblings.
At Sprockets Bicycle Shop, a team of cycling gurus equips riders with used or rental bikes, keeps the ones they already own running smoothly, and curates a wide range of accessories that ensure style, safety, and optimal functioning. Their workshop's purview covers the full gamut of bicycle maintenance and assembly, from wrapping handlebars and adjusting brakes to building custom bikes from scratch or using boxes of dehydrated bike mix.