Alouette's ace jewelers fashion a wealth of adornments from a stock of Japanese seed beads, African bone beads, and numerous semiprecious and natural stones, such as onyx and tiger-eye. With staff creations and costume jewelry, Alouette embellishes necks, wrists, and gills for a plentitude of styles and occasions. The team also assembles custom rings or bracelets that conform to patrons' visions, and lead several jewelry-making classes to demystify the bead-stringing arts. To widen the crafting community, Alouette partners with Oklahoma Mineral and Gem Society, gathering students together during monthly sessions for demos and group assistance, helping patrons decide what to make after swiping the Hope diamond.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
Guestroom Records is an independent shop owned by Justin Sowers and Travis Searle, who donated their personal record collections for the store's original inventory. Stacked in intimate racks, the albums soon began multiplying, as Guestroom's selection grew to include thousands of LPs ($1–$8 used, $14–$22 new), and CDs ($5–$8 used, $10–$16 new) in two locations. Both stores offer ample opportunity for perusal of racks stuffed with new releases such as Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, Katy Perry's Teenage Dream, and more than 1,000 used records available for $1. Like any good record store, Guestroom employs record-store clerks, who can nonjudgmentally help you find the new release by an American Idol runner-up, or suggest one of their favorites.
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.
With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).
Denton's has been meticulously ensconcing photos and artwork in high-quality custom frames for nearly 70 years. Experienced and detail-oriented mounties can encase almost any size plane in a perfectly designed parallelogram, made from your choice of wooden and metallic-finished mouldings. A custom 8”x10” artifact can be encased for around $25, and larger custom framing averages between $100 and $200. Subscribers to pre-destiny's whimsical dictates can choose from a breadth of pre-fabricated frames, which range from $6 to $300, and DIYers can purchase glass, foam board, and mounting supplies to showcase postmodern surrealist paintings of melting microwave clocks. Pick-up, delivery, and shipping services are available.