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.
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.
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.
In 2011, major renovations transformed Myriad Botanical Gardens, adding a new children’s garden, architectural features, and event plazas. Upon entering, visitors have a tough first choice to make as 17 acres of rolling hills expand before the eyes. Massive sculptures dot the landscape alongside native and non-native trees, including a sycamore-tree-lined path designed in the image of the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. Visitors can often be seen relaxing in the shade of these sheltering plants, taking in music at the band shell, or walking around the gardens' 2-acre lake that houses 20-pound goldfish and Japanese koi that show off by bench-pressing them.
Near the lake, the spherical, elevated Crystal Bridge catches the sun with its more than 3,000 translucent windows stretching 224 feet across and 17 feet in diameter. The architectural marvel holds more than 2,000 species of dry and wet tropical plants that cavort with visitors wandering through the lush space. As they walk through the recreated vista, it slowly morphs from a tropical dry zone that imitates a drought to a tropical wet zone that replicates native tropical rain. Realistic rock walls add texture to the indoor environment, and a tropical waterfall pushes gushes of water over the towering Wet Mountain while simultaneously denying visitors the opportunity to kayak down its face.
Thai Stop, formerly known as Mai Thai, caters to busy lifestyles by quickly forging flavorful orders of Thai cuisine. Curries steam with aromatic combinations of coconut milk, basil, and pineapple, and minced jalapeños and Thai chilies add piquant doses of heat to everything from pepper steak to chicken in ginger sauce. The cooks can also adjust these levels of heat to ensure that they don't overwhelm diners' palates or set off the dining room's sprinklers.
Plenty of tables fill the airy dining area, which maintains a simple, modern ambiance with its track lighting and metal ceiling fans. At the same time, rich wood tones and framed photographs hanging from the walls help create a casual atmosphere.
Not much compares to a sports fan’s loyalty to their school, and loyal fans choose Fan Outfitters as the best place to find Cardinals gear, apparel, and gifts. The shop equips supporters of all ages with T-shirts, jackets, hats, and sunglasses, as well as Adidas gear emblazoned with the University of Louisville insignia, ranging from hats and shirts to equipment bags and footballs. Fan Outfitters even carries products for kids, prepping the next generation of fans with shoes, dresses, and pacifiers. Their gifts make great presents for all occasions, whether celebrating the start of basketball season or helping your neighbor build a wall of baseball caps between your properties.