Seasoned shutterbug Joel “Gus” Archer takes pride in watching his photography students develop new skills and a visual voice as he leads a variety of classes that can benefit novice and experienced photographers alike. Beginners learn to wield their new Nikons, Canons, iPhones, or optically implanted cameras in group classes or deepen their talents in sports, underwater, or macro photography. In addition to teaching the general population, Joel has shared his expertise to train law-enforcement agencies from the International Association of Arson Investigators to the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association, as well as the Junior League of Oklahoma City. When Joel isn’t teaching, he draws from his Swedish and Cherokee heritage to inform his breadth of work and compiles tutorials such as his upcoming book, Dark Dirty Secrets of Digital Photography.
What began in 1984 as a home business with a single phone has grown into a go-to source for women's apparel with retail stores across the country. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, Coldwater Creek curates a varied selection of elegant but comfortable clothing, ensuring closets stay stocked with more than just the relatives who only get pulled out around the holidays. You'll find everything from sweaters and jackets to jeans and dresses, as well as jewelry, handbags, and other extras for accessorizing new outfits. And if you can't make it to one of Coldwater Creek's physical locations, just head to the website to find the perfect cardigan, cashmere sweater, or pencil skirt.
The old west is alive and well in World Imports' spacious storeroom, where rustic leather rocking chairs rub aged wooden elbows with embroidered fabric sofas and intricately carved cupboards. Even their modern living-room and office furnishings retain an antique, southwestern aesthetic, including elegant roll-top desks and aged-wood entertainment centers capable of supporting both flat-screen TVs and vaudevillian barroom brawls. The constantly updated stock carries pieces for every room in the house, showcasing everything from stone-topped kitchen islands and rough-hewn bedroom sets to reclining leather love seats and dining-room sets made from handcrafted wood.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
On A Whim owners Debbie Trachtenberg and Gina Bennett have brought big brand names to Oklahoma City for the past 12 years, traveling to NYC, LA, and other acronymic cities to gather a chic selection of clothing, jewelry, home décor, and more. Don a Michael Stars T-shirt ($50–$60), Tom Ford shades ($250), J Brand jeans ($158 and up), Juicy Couture keychain wallet ($48), and a pair of Cynthia Vincent boots ($450) to woo full-length mirrors. The large selection of Mackenzie-Childs housewares includes a variety of patterned enamel serving bowls ($40) and platters ($40) for artful entertaining, and Dean & Deluca custom-made gift baskets can congratulate recent graduates for graduating not too long ago.
Outfitting dashing domiciles in unique, globally scavenged accoutrements, Red Chateau's elegant french doors open to admit style-conscious homeowners into its decorating passageways. Red Chateau globetrots to markets across North America and Europe, handpicking rare and unique furnishings ranging in price from $25 to $6,000. Fawn over sprays of colorful floral arrangements or vintage, decorative chandeliers that help set the mood for clandestine dinner parties and swashbuckling sock hops. Shoppers will struggle to resist the urge to run toes through boldly-pattern rugs or bury olfactory sensors in the jars of richly-scented Tyler Candles that line Red Chateau’s shelves in neat rows. In showcasing everything from decadent upholstery and custom fabrics, to animal-print lamp shades and crystal-studded accents, Red Chateau seamlessly melds the kind of elegance and exoticism matched only by a velvet rope party at the pachyderm house.