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.
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.
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.
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.