A membership-only retail warehouse with over 600 locations across the country, Sam's Club is able to offer substantial discounts on an array of brand-name products. Sam's Club members often find something surprising in club?with values on anything from designer jewelry to USDA grade A meats to fresh produce. The incredible savings carry through all departments, as a trip through a typical Sam's Club reveals home decor, electronics, and pet supplies. In other aisles, associates hand out samples of featured food items. In-club pharmacies and optical centers fill discounted medications and fit members with eyewear, while a tire and battery center also boasts members-only discounts. Sam's Club gas stations offer fuel savings, and the club's MasterCard has no annual fee and members can earn $300 a year just for filling up.*
Outside the World’s Largest Toy Museum, two larger-than-life toy soldiers flank the entranceway, which leads to a collection of more than one million toys from the 19th century to today. The proprietors have neatly organized their eclectic memorabilia on wooden and glass shelving, and bigger items hang from the ceilings. Visitors experience fascination and nostalgia while browsing antique tin fire trucks, a 1959 British Embassy Rolls-Royce, superhero action figures, and retro lunchboxes, a more compact version of the dinner trays kids used to carry to school.
The Harold Bell Wright Museum is a special area of the World’s Largest Toy Museum dedicated to a local hero and scribe. Learn about the author’s life and dedication to penning articles, screenplays, and novels, including 1907’s The Shepherd of the Hills. This story, which was once a staple of required classroom reading, helped make Branson, Missouri, a popular spot for tourists.
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.
For more than 47 years, Amir's Persian Imports has collected a vast array of silk and wool carpets brought over from the traditional centers of Persian-rug weaving. As a second-generation carpet importer, resident rug aficionado Kaveh has a near encyclopedic knowledge of his exotic wares and is able to opine about subtle differences between the patterns of Isfahan and Tabriz and how to cultivate a bumper crop of paisley. Guests choose from the colorful tapestries adorning the walls, floors, and ceilings, and cleaning technicians gently hand scrub floor adornments with a time-tested technique. Each hand woven work of art is steeped in thousands of years of rich cultural heritage, drawing from the unique styles and motifs of Shiraz, Mashdad, Kashan, and Baluch.
Located within the Art Play Center Tulsa Stained Glass has been transforming glass into colorful window treatments for more than 35 years. Brandishing this finely-honed craft, they restore slices of history by repairing antique church windows as well as mending household pieces. In addition to forging custom designs for customers' abodes, Tulsa's glassworkers impart knowledge on a new generation with classes where budding artists learn to build door panels, fashion kaleidoscopes, and add cheery color to prison visiting-room windows.