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.
Lori Alison’s daughter needed a cool bag for her first day of school. Because her daughter is in a wheelchair, Lori found herself lacking any good options, so she decided to fashion one herself. She sewed together an oilcloth bag that would meet all three of her daughter’s needs: fun, funky, and functional. This experience sparked Lori’s love of oilcloth as a medium and inspired her to transform her passion project into a home business, named Tatermash Oilcloth for her daughter's nickname. Today, all Lori's pieces are in oilcloth—a printed vinyl that can easily be cleaned with a towel and soap—and they range from totes and purses to diaper bags, aprons, cosmetic bags, and bags for gathering newly tapped oil. With two shops in the area, most products are made in Tulsa and sewn directly by the Tatermash staff, allowing for easy embroidery and customized orders.
Classes at L & B are fun and friendly get-togethers that take place on Saturdays, either from 10 a.m. to noon or from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. They're announced every few weeks (check online or call ahead to learn about class availability) and include techniques for creating everything from a felted spectacle case to a linen-stitch scarf. Hobnob with like-minded stitchianados and feel like part of a special secret knitting society whose black robes are perfectly even around the edges and mostly made with stockinette stitch. If purls keep tangling your needles into a series of incomprehensible sigils, the kind and steady hands of L & B's staff will help sort out the mess and teach you how to avoid it in the future.
The family of florists at Rebecca's Flowers and Gifts builds elegant, prismatic arrangements with an arsenal of fresh flora that includes tropical blooms, dried flowers, and a diverse jungle of greenery. Petals of such varieties as roses, lilies, and orchids sprout from the elegant creations, whose spectrum of colors can help to enliven weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and black-and-white-movie marathons. The designers also flaunt their artistic finesse as they construct gift baskets brimming with candy, fruit, and gourmet snacks.
While chatting on the phone with a friend, Katrina Uhls had a startling realization: her kids had been playing video games for hours. She discovered that by effectively “unplugging” her kids, she could steer them toward more creative, introspective pastimes.
Now, as the owner of Unpluggits Playstudio, she fosters a safe, welcoming space where all kids can "unplug" and explore their artistic sides. Kids will find shelves stocked with play-doh, stamps, stencils, and other craft supplies. They can don smocks and wield nontoxic paints at miniature easels. Paint’n take projects give them personalized crafts to take home, such as picture frames and piggy banks useful for saving up to buy new toys or a gold-plated piggy bank. For more active playtime pursuits, kids can gambol toward the indoor playground, which features slides, a pirate ship, and air-hockey tables.
As kids explore the 3,000-square-foot studio, parents are welcome to cruise free WiFi or monitor tykes from the snack bar, which serves freshly ground organic coffee, juices, and soda. Special workshops open the space for toddler-specific activities, adults-only craft time, and parents' nights out.
At TG Farms Pumpkin Patch, autumn’s shifting breezes not only herald a fresh crop of gourds, but also the start of the farm’s annual festivities. From morning until nightfall, families traipse through the patch in search of a pumpkin that will transform into their dream jack-o’-lantern or a car for their children to take to college, and navigate the twists and turns of a massive corn maze. On a calm pond, ducks await generous handfuls of feed, and a petting zoo lets wee ones commune with calves and goats. Back under a roof, the gift shop hosts decorative gourds, straw bales, and other fall decor.
Although autumn is the season when activity reaches a fever pitch, TG Farms is open to outdoor enthusiasts year-round. In spring, visitors learn how crops grow in the fields and flowers bloom in greenhouses. When the sun strengthens into summer, farmers peddle homegrown tomatoes and juicy watermelon. And in winter, when the last leaves have frozen over, families can pick out a fresh-cut Christmas tree or collect a jar of fresh snowman tears.