Batteries Plus, No. 19 on the Dun & Bradstreet AllBusiness AllStar Franchise rankings, connects to a network of 515 stores in order to stock more than 40,000 types of batteries and light bulbs and ensure that customers can special order obscure parts. Their batteries range from dainty watch batteries to 5,000-pound leviathans that can power forklifts, and an on-site tech center can design and assemble custom batteries or rebuild old ones. A diverse array of chargers keep systems juiced, and the shop’s bulbs range from fluorescent tubes to heat lamps. To safeguard the environment, Batteries Plus's staff recycles all types of batteries and bulbs rather than hauling them to landfills or feeding them to each other.
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.
Fourth and White Oak beautifies houses and complements curves with a curated catalogue of furniture, home décor, and women’s apparel from designers such as Monoreno, Bluebird and Larry Levine. With the first option, juniors and misses can float away on the breeze in a flowy flutter top ($27+), lassoing a nearby fire hydrant with a pair of stretch leggings when they’re ready to touch down again ($20+). Alternatively, choose the second option to browse ready-made and customizable furniture from Bramble, Stein World, and other brands. An animal-print stool—decorated with choice of zebra or giraffe—brings African safaris indoors ($149.99), or the painted butterflies on a green and yellow side table ($109.99) cheerfully hold coasters, coffee mugs, and old copies of Paper Clip Fancier magazine on their multi-hued backs.
Since 1952, family-owned-and-operated Al’s Formal Wear has been spiffing up gentlemen for all formal and celebratory occasions. Dudes get dandified by donning Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, or Perry Ellis, to name just a few of the brands on hand, with rentals beginning at $57.99. Look sharp for a transcontinental yacht adventure with the cruise package, featuring a white polyester dinner jacket sure to impress big spenders and scandalize stodgy, traditional butlers ($139.97). Ease into a formal evening with a black silk cummerbund and pre-tied bow, or put on the ritz in a jaunty white fedora (both $39.99).
The capable cobblers at Fina Boot & Shoe Repair mend fatigued footwear and battered baggage with meticulous reconditioning and preservation processes. Gentlemen and ladies can pamper shoes with professional care, addressing problem soles, heels, lining, straps, and elastics, or opt to receive a complete rebuild for particularly mangled moccasins. Afterward, a clean and polish leaves shoes shining like a buttered bowling ball. Alternatively, customers can opt to gussy up handbags ($35+) or luggage with a variety of piping, tubing-patching, and lining-rehabilitation services. A reconditioning of leather materials extends luggage lifespan and improves its quality of life.
Red Fox Paperie has provided cards, customized stationery, and unique gifts for Oklahomans since 1962. Peruse its collection of pre-crafted designs to pick out wedding and holiday stationery, or choose to have a customized card crafted by one of Red Fox's accommodating staffers. Unique paper products reflect the innermost desires of customers, such as a wall full of magic mirrors. With cheerful cards lining the walls and wooden tables layered with small gifts including writing utensils, plush dolls, and more, Red Fox Paperie lets pen pals stock up on pretty paper products regardless of age, gender, or predilection for clichés.