Stella Modern Italian Cuisine: OKCityCard Featured Partner

**Join Stella Monday, May 21st at 7pm for a Round Pond Estate 4-Course Wine Dinner. Make your reservation by Saturday, May 19th at 5pm by calling 405-235-2200. Mention “Allied Arts” at dinner for the organization to receive a portion of proceeds.**

Today’s featured partner is Stella Modern Italian Cuisine, a staple of Midtown OKC run by creative and community-oriented Lori Burson. Stella thrives through a focus on fine cuisine, superb wine, and a neighborhood atmosphere. 

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Lori, you were inspired to create Stella’s concept after studying in Rome during college. What attracted you to the restaurant industry?

I graduated from the University of Dallas, and at first, the industry was a big part of the way I paid for college. I studied and enjoyed psychology, but when I finished school I decided I wanted to focus on my passion of food and wine.

Community and the arts are developing an increasing importance in Oklahoma City. How do you work to bring these two elements together?

I had been in the industry for a long time in OKC and then took a break before opening Stella, doing lots of community work for organizations such as Oklahoma Contemporary, the American Red Cross, Oklahoma City Ballet, and the YMCA. I try to choose nonprofits that I have a personal interest in. My degree was in art before I switched to psychology in college, so I lean toward supporting the arts.

As a business owner, I realize that as larger companies look at our city to move and expand, they look at what we have to offer. One aspect is our impact on future generations, so I love to support nonprofits that offer programs for youth education.

Can you tell us about your favorite experiences serving the community?

I have loved supporting Arts Council Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts for several years. The experience of being downtown and working hand-in-hand with the artists, whether covering a booth or assisting with other event needs, is important. This year, I I’m serving as a chair of Oklahoma Contemporary’s fundraiser, “The Art of Brunch,” which will take place Saturday, June 16th in Campbell Art Park. 

My experiences with community organizations have changed through the years to adapt to my career changes. When I was taking time off before creating Stella, I was able to focus totally on volunteer work. Now that I own my own restaurant, my hours are fewer, so I can’t do as much hands-on support. Now I try to support the community through my restaurant in the ways that I can.

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 What are your favorite dishes at Stella?

Our menu changes frequently, so it really depends on the day. I get obsessed with certain seasonal entrées and so I try to enjoy them as often as possible before the menu changes again to a new season. [Check out their current dinner menu HERE.]

What do the arts mean to you? Why are they important for our community?

I mentioned that the arts help to attract new businesses and bring larger ones to our city. Arts organizations also work to keep elements of art and culture around us, which helps to enhance all of our lives. Stella offered its first season of Arts on the Patio last year, and we look forward to bringing it back with live local music on Thursdays starting after Memorial Day. We’ll also bring in a new feature of live music on Saturdays during brunch.

Why do you support Allied Arts through participation in the OKCityCard Partnership?

Because of the quality of the products that we serve, Stella does not offer coupons or promotions. The OKCityCard Partner offer is only one of two ways that you can get a discount at the restaurant. That is because we believe in supporting the arts and helping to bring business to local establishments.

Stella is located in Midtown at 1201 N Walker Ave, OKC 73103. You can reach them at (405) 235-2200 and on the website at www.stella-okc.com. Follow them on social @stellaokc. Stella offers 15% off up to 2 lunch entrées with your OKCityCard. Stella Photo 2

Junction Coffee: OKCityCard Featured Partner

Our featured partner this week is Junction Coffee, a creative, charming, and community-oriented coffee shop housed in a double-decker bus and owned by husband-wife team Nick and Lori Bollinger. 

We visited the mobile shop stopped at Kerr Park in downtown OKC to chat with Nick about the bus, the business, and his thoughts on creativity and community. 

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You and Lori started out as youth pastors in Oklahoma City. How did you become inspired to start Junction Coffee?

As youth pastors, we valued the relationships that could be built through worship. Our original idea was to start a brick-and-mortar coffee shop because we felt inspired to create a space that could foster a similar expression through a neutral platform that appealed to all walks of life. We envisioned a coffee business that could make people feel comfortable, valued, important, and loved, and realized that a mobile shop was a more responsible financial undertaking. Around that time, we came across a double-decker bus at a mechanic’s shop on West Reno. The mechanic, who had been trained overseas, connected us to a company based out of the UK that located a bus and helped us ship it over. 

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The double-decker can drive up to 45 mph

What drives your enthusiasm as entrepreneurs?

It is really fun. Also, we’ve learned a lot about ourselves through the experience. While Lori likes a little more structure, I thrive on situations that involve borderline chaos. To have an occupation that is fluid on a daily basis is exciting. For example, I found out this morning that there was a bolt that had broken on the bus engine, so I’ve been running around opening up bus panels to fix the issue. I get a little bit giddy when there is a new challenge or new puzzle to fix.

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Level 2 is perfect for relaxing with coffee and friends

How do you select your coffee offerings?

When we started, we wanted to make sure that we supported Oklahoma businesses as much as we could instead of bringing coffees in from other parts of the country. Because we value good relationships, we tend to favor local roasters that also value this. And, since our bus moves to different locations, our base menu is kept consistent to stay anchored for our customers. We have great relationships with Mariposa, EÔTÉ, and also have a great relationship with our Civic Center location. This helps us support local businesses, serve a great product, and foster relationships with good friends. 

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View of the bus kitchen

Why do you think the arts are important for our community?

For one thing, if nothing were different, everything would be the same. That seems simple, but fostering creativity and artistic expression in multiple ways adds depth to the human experience and helps us understand how we connect with one another. There is a broad spectrum, and if we confine it to one outlet, we miss ways to appreciate beauty and to learn how we can better ourselves.

Recently, Lori and I were excited to buy our first piece of art together at an auction for Jubilee Partners nonprofit. We were thrilled and talked about it for hours. The artist captured an intimate moment of a performer backstage resting after an exhausting number and it is beautiful and effective. 

Junction Coffee is typically parked at the Civic Center Music Hall on Tuesdays, St. Anthony’s Hospital (9th and Walker) on Wednesdays, Kerr Park (R.S. Kerr & Broadway) on Thursdays, and 5th and Broadway on Fridays. You can always check their schedule via social media, and can even sign up for text or email updates HERE.

The mobile coffee shop offers a buy 1 drink, get 1 half off offer with your OKCityCard. 

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You can find info about the double-decker’s origins on level 2
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Owner Nick Bollinger and Allied Arts Staffer Laura Cunningham

 

OKCityCard Featured Partner: Roughtail Brewing Co.

Our featured partner this week is Roughtail Brewing Co.’s co-founder and owner, Blaine Stansel. A native of Norman, Stansel’s passion for local craft brewing was inspired by a trip to Germany and a desire to create great local beer for Oklahoma. 

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A few of Roughtail’s offerings

How did you become passionate about craft beer?

I had two pivotal moments in my journey towards great beer. The first was a trip to Munich where I discovered Shiner Bock was not in fact a bock, and that there was a whole world of beers I was missing out on. The funny part is that I could have found most of those beers I had in Munich in local liquor stores at the time, but I thought that I had to start home brewing for some reason. I actually always had a desire to home brew. I even had one of those Mr. Beer gadgets during college. I never made anything that was decent though. My next big revelation was going to the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver. I never was big into IPA’s, but after attending and touring some of the Colorado breweries I really wanted to open one while I continued to home brew. You’ve got to remember at the time in 2010 COOP had just started, I don’t think F5 was out yet, and there was a whole lot of west coast breweries shipping beer out here.

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Blaine Stansel at the brewery

Roughtail hosts lots of events, including those in partnership with other local businesses such as Coffee Slingers Roasters. Do you have any favorite upcoming events?

The Craft Brewer’s Association of Oklahoma hosted the 1st Annual Strong Ale Fest on March 10th, and they had lots of one-off beers you are not able to get anywhere else. All beers are over 8% at the event, but we don’t strictly limit them to ales, and we welcome lagers as well. It was held adjacent to Anthem Brewing and included food trucks. 

Our 5th Anniversary Party is coming up on April 7th. We’re doing a different release each hour starting at 12PM and ending at 8PM. It’s free to get in, there will be live music and a food truck or two.

You’ve mentioned that your favorite beer style is the Double IPA. Can you tell us about your brew “HOPTOMETRIST?”

I wouldn’t say my favorite style is a double IPA necessarily. Maybe in my younger years it was, but right now I’m really digging Hazy IPA’s. They are not near as bitter and have a some oats and wheat that round the beer out and tons of aroma hops. I still love Hoptometrist though. It’s a west coast double IPA. We’ve tweaked this recipe a little over the years too, depending on what new hops we can get our hands on, so we can keep it up-to-date date and in line with what our customers prefer.

Why do you support Allied Arts through participation in the OKCityCard Partnership?

OKCityCard is a great way for us to get our name out there and support an organization that does such fantastic things around the city. Also with all the great business that are already on there we wouldn’t want to be left off!

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The Taphouse

In your experience, how is brewing both a science and an art? Why do you think locally-crafted beer is important for our community?

There’s a bunch of both involved, especially in a small operation such as ourselves. On the science-end there is a lot of biology used, since the yeast is a living organism, and has dietary requirements and living condition requirements. Also we have to make sure we keep bacteria out of the beer so we have specific sanitation procedures. We also use a lot of chemistry, especially during the brewing process and the cleaning and sanitation as well. The larger you grow the more you lean towards the science end of the spectrum and away from art end. So a Budweiser is going to be almost all science at this point.

Where you get more into art is creating new recipes and trying new techniques. We tend to do a lot of that as well. We are constantly doing new batches. We just started releasing barrel aged beers and we have some new sour beers that should be ready in the near future. Those beers specifically are art-heavy and you aren’t sure when they will be ready to sell, but you’ll know it when you taste it.

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Roughtail offers 1-hour tours that are $5 per person (21+ only) and include 4 samples of beer.  Give them a call and ask about their tour schedule!

Roughtail Brewing Co. is located at 1279 N Air Depot Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73110. You can reach them at 405.771.6517 and on their website at www.roughtailbeer.com. Roughtail offers 10% off non-alcoholic items for purchase with your OKCityCard.

 

This Week: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Hi, OKCityCard Friends!

Check out this week’s featured OKCityCard Partners below:

Oklahoma City Swing Dance Club

Oklahoma City Swing Dance Club, located at 4361 NW 50th St #400, OKC, “provides people of all ages and cultures the opportunity to enjoy and participate in the art of dancing.” They provide instruction in forms including West Coast Swing, Country and Western, numerous Ballroom styles, and Square Dancing. The Club offers a buy 1 month of West Coast Swing lessons, get 1 month free deal with your OKCityCard. 

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On A Whim

Ranked the 7th largest woman-owned business in the state of Oklahoma by the Journal Record, On A Whim offers high-end gifts, decor, and fashion in OKC’s Classen Curve district. Show them your OKCityCard and receive 10% off clothing. Their shop is located at 5850 N Classen Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

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Unpluggits Playstudio

Unpluggits Paint & Play, located at 575 Enterprise Dr # 110, Edmond, OK 73013, is a ceramic and craft painting studio and indoor playground for all ages designed with families in mind. They offer 2-for-1 or 50% off Paint ‘n Play admission. 

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Iron Star Urban Barbeque

Are you in the mood for BBQ this weekend? Iron Star specializes in “fine dining with true smokehouse flavor.” Take your OKCityCard to 3700 N Shartel Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73118 and get 10% off (limit two guests per card). 

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OKCityCard Featured Partner: The Paint Mill

Our featured partner this week is The Paint Mill’s creative and innovative owner, Lana Riverol. The Paint Mill serves as Yukon’s destination for canvas painting and craft classes. 

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A canvas class at The Paint Mill in full swing

You recently became a new owner of The Paint Mill. Can you tell us about your background and how you became interested in the art class business?

I have always been artistic and was fortunate to have parents that supported me. I grew up being the “crafty one” but saw friends and classmates struggle with what came naturally to me. Through different job opportunities I was lucky to pick up tips and tricks for helping students achieve their craft and canvas goals. In 2015, my husband and I moved to Yukon with our son and soon-to-be baby girl. After a few years living in the city I was ready to take on a new project. Yukon is bursting at the seams with new families like us and we wanted to have a place adults could come enjoy a glass of wine and create some great art! After some prayer, hard work, and collaboration with the previous owner, The Paint Mill was re-created in its new location in April 2017.

What are some of the activities offered at The Paint Mill?

We offer both Crafts and Canvas classes and open studio times. We have Canvas in multiple sizes to paint as well as wooden boards. We also offer DIY beer openers, jewelry hangers, concrete coasters, string art and more!

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Owner Lana Riverol

 

Your studio offers rental space to host a variety of art class events such as birthdays and corporate functions. What does a fundraiser night entail? 

Fundraisers are a big part of The Paint Mill. We love to help our community so we host about one every month. We are open to larger organizations as well as youth sports and others to help as much as we can. A portion of every seat goes directly to the fundraiser and often a small raffle to raise funds as well.  You can expect a fun atmosphere and a good time while helping out a good cause.

Why do you support Allied Arts through participation in the OKCityCard Partnership?

When I first found out about that OKCityCard I knew it was something I wanted to participate in. I think it’s a great concept to enhance our community and getting people to try something new, while again supporting a great cause!

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Riverol’s beautiful studio

What do the arts mean to you? Why are the arts important for our community?

I think the arts are so important to our youth as well as many adults in the community for a lot of the same reasons. They provide an outlet to express yourself and a task to distract you from the worries of the day. Over the years, art for me has been a kind friend to listen and distract. I think it’s important to do things just for fun as well. Sometimes we get so caught up in making that grade or meeting that deadline that we forget to enjoy the company and community of others, and I think art helps us all remember to do that a little more.

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A sign welcomes guests to The Paint Mill

The Paint Mill is located at 10 W Main St, Yukon, OK 73099. You can reach them at 405.761.5878 and on their website at http://www.thepaintmill.com. The Paint Mill offers 10% off any open studio class and $50 off birthday parties with your OKCityCard. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKCityCard Featured Partner: Painted Door

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Entrance of Painted Door on Sheridan Avenue

Our featured partner this week is Painted Door, Oklahoma City’s premiere boutique in Bricktown. Our OKCityCard Coordinator visited the shop to learn more about its pioneering owner and long-time appeal. 

Owner and visionary Avis Scaramucci entered her boutique to greet Allied Arts staff with a crisp white shirt and black puffer vest, hounds tooth slacks, and an enthusiasm for her shop that was contagious. Her right-hand gals, long-time shop creatives Tonia Cook and June Martinez, were organizing new items from market at the front desk and helping customers celebrate “Gal-entine’s Day,” a pre-Valentine’s Day ritual where women can come in and shop for their friends. Painted Door, a boutique at the corner of Sheridan Avenue and Mickey Mantle Drive in Bricktown that specializes in fashion, gifts, and accessories, is a 27-year staple of the Oklahoma City community.

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The Sorrelli Jewelry Case

While her shop finds its roots at the heart of Oklahoma City and its blossoming community, Ms. Scaramucci and her team thrive on bringing fresh variety to Painted Door, always with the tastes and desires of visitors in mind. More than 250 vendors are represented by the store’s offerings. It’s currently market season, and staff enjoys browsing merchant wares in Dallas, Atlanta, and New York to find beautiful, innovative items. During a shop tour, Avis shared her memory of one visit to Atlanta when she first discovered the handcrafted Sorrelli jewelry line. While browsing at market, she encountered a woman dressed in “a simple collared shirt and slacks with a large statement Sorrelli necklace.” The juxtaposition of simple and extravagant immediately attracted her to the line. 

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The Newly-Remodeled Kitchen

In 2016, Ms. Scaramucci remodeled the front of her shop, adding showroom windows to display brand-new and seasonal fashion and gifts, as well as a full kitchen, complete with a refrigerator, stove, and oven to allow customers to sample the many foods and party mixes sold by the store. Items include taste sensations such as maple bacon onion jam, dill ranch crackers, and premium party dips. “Sometimes I like to change up the recipes from the way they are listed for tastings. The kitchen allows customers to taste items before they purchase them, and perhaps learn a different way to make them.”

 

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A Valentine’s Day Display

This desire to spark artful creativity in her patrons extends to all of her products. “We like to form an experience for our customers. We try to put unexpected items together in the store to help inspire their own creative styles and ideas.”

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Toothfairy Mouse Toys by Maileg

One of the most endearing elements of the shop tour was her presentation of the many unique gifts for babies, children, and the young at heart. With the excitement of a kid in a candy store, Ms. Scaramucci displayed items such as charming stuffed animals created by the London-based toy maker, Jellycat, delicate handmade fairy tale characters created by the Swedish company, Maileg, and a new book arrival, Night-Night Oklahoma by English author Katherine Sully.

As an Oklahoma City entrepreneur since 1991, Ms. Scaramucci has seen the community undergo numerous changes, enhanced by strong city leadership, the MAPS initiatives, and the revitalization of Bricktown’s hotel, restaurant and entertainment district. “In 1991, this was a city without a heart. It grew and we have a true community that I love to be a part of.” An avid volunteer and community supporter, she finds the arts to be a vital outlet for expression, and Allied Arts as critical in providing a central point for facilitating support. Painted Door helps to fulfill the needs of her patrons and her city by creating an eclectic and comforting environment for expression.

 

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Owner Avis Scaramucci and OKCityCard Coordinator Laura Cunningham

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Painted Door is located in Bricktown at 124 E Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104. You can reach them at 405.235.4410 and on their website at www.painteddoor.com. The shop offers 15% off purchase price with your OKCityCard.

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An Assortment of Local Gifts
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Old World Christmas Ornaments
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A View of the Shop
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OKCityCard Featured Partner: Urbane Home & Lifestyle

Our featured partner this week is Urbane Home & Lifestyle, a sophisticated shop of home furnishings, decor, and more located in the historic Automobile Alley district in downtown OKC. Co-owners Ben Davis and Scott Wagoner work to refine their store offerings with consideration toward metropolitan patrons. 

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Can you tell us about your background and how you became interested in owning a home furnishings and décor shop?

Before starting Urbane, Scott worked in residential remodeling and spent 15 years in wholesale sales. Ben was, and still is, an urban planner. We both were interested in aspects of design and wanted to open a shop that provided a mix of curated gifts and sophisticated home furnishings geared toward urban dwellers.

How did you come to create your shop’s tagline, “Considered items for a considered lifestyle?”

“Urbane” means sophisticated or refined, and we try to keep those concepts top-of-mind when choosing our product mix. A friend of ours came up with the idea of “considered items” and we thought it captured the essence of what we strive to offer at the shop.

What are some of your favorite pieces currently available at Urbane?

We are told we have a great lighting selection and have thousands more items to offer than we can stock. We just received a new line of lighting last week that I’m really excited about. One in particular is a brass and walnut honeycomb shaped wall sconce. It is so on trend, but is timeless at the same time.

Another line I love is Blenko Glass.  I sold this product when I was a sales representative a while back. I’m happy to see a new design team come in and freshen up this American made art glass line. Blenko Glass specializes in mid century modern design vibe. Each piece is hand made, mouth blown art glass. We have the iconic water bottles and the new designs will be arriving soon. Anyone that likes vibrant colors will be taken by this product. 

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We really appreciate the arts in Oklahoma City and feel that the OKCityCard is a great opportunity to support culture and creativity in a way that raises awareness of the arts and also provides a great package of discounts for our clients.

What does interior decoration mean to you? Why are the arts important for our community?

One’s home is the primary setting where life happens, and the home’s decor is an outward expression of the personalities and souls of everyone in the home. When we help clients choose home furnishings, we are helping them express themselves.

In the same way, the arts are the outward expression of a community’s soul. The arts provide important opportunities for people to share emotion, communicate and build connections between people. Nobody wants to live in a soulless house or community. 

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Urbane Home & Lifestyle is located in Automobile Alley at 1015 N Broadway, Ste 100, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. You can reach them at 405.602.2555 and on their website at www. UrbaneOKC.com. Allied Arts is proud to operate in the same building! The shop offers 10% off retail purchase price with your OKCityCard.

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OKCityCard Featured Partner – The Makeup Bar

Our featured partner this week is the fabulous Alex Mendez-Kelly, owner of OKC’s “intoxicating beauty experience,” The Makeup Bar. With a makeup consultant’s approach full of fun, innovation, and common sense, Mendez-Kelly also specializes in skincare, body, and fragrance products. 

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Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

She gave us fascinating insight into her philosophy and vision. Check it out:

In 10 years, The Makeup Bar has become a popular destination in Oklahoma for makeup and skincare. What inspired you to open the shop?

I have been in the beauty biz for 34 years, and The MakeUp Bar has been in Wilshire Village at Wilshire and North Western for almost 17 years.  The MakeUp Bar came about in the 1990’s actually.  I owned a salon at the time and I had a station I worked out of doing makeup with a private room in the back.  As I would head back to wax or facial, I would leave makeup goodies for clients to see and I would say, “I left you some lipstick on the makeup bar!”  It stuck and we went with it.  As a kid I always loved makeup, and when adults would ask what I wanted to be when I grew up, I told them I wanted to own a store with lots of lipstick. It seemed really random for a seven-year-old to say, but I knew what I was talking about. 

In  the ’90’s, all the big cosmetics were NOT interested in coming to Oklahoma and certainly not to a salon. I mean, really! SO I started to scheme on how I could A) Try to convince these companies that Oklahoma was a viable market and B) Try to work around the salon establishment.  That is where the retail-only location – before other stores were here dedicated to beauty – was born.  I knew I wanted to be in a niche area, like Western Ave.  The Sameras, owners of Wilshire Village, saw our vision, and here we are 17 years later! In the second year of The MakeUp Bar, we introduced our spa element.  We have four rooms now where we perform cutting-edge facial treatments as well as spray tans, face and body waxing, makeup lessons, and makeup applications for bridal parties.  We also enjoy having after-hours events that focus on different facial treatments and makeup trends. 

How do you guide a new client that comes into your shop and seeks makeup advice?

When a new guest walks into The MakeUp Bar, we encourage them to look around a little first. It can be overwhelming! Once we figure out if they need skincare, cosmetics, body care, hair care, or perfume, we try to focus in by asking questions about how much time they like to spend on self care.  That can determine how many products, as well as their needs and budgets. We want our clients to feel relaxed and not like they are being oversold!  The beauty of coming to the MakeUP Bar, no pun, is that we don’t adhere to quotas.  We don’t have to sell you the latest colors just because its popular.  We sell you what you need from whatever company we have.  If you want everything to “match” we can certainly do that, but we don’t have to. 

Everything in the boutique has personally been tested by me.  I do loads of research, we especially like indie-owned brands, and ones with great stories behind them!  I love getting to know them, the creators, the ma and pa’s behind these brands, trying to get better products out into the market.  Sometimes it works and sometimes it fails, but man, when they make it, it is so exciting to see them grow!!  We want to champion these small brands, just the way we hope our community champions us!

Can you tell us about some of the new product lines that you have available?

We are especially proud of the last 12 brands we have brought on board.  They are all clean brands. Some are organic and some are green.  All these terms can be confusing, but the important thing to remember is that they are formulated without harmful, carcinogenic ingredients.  In 26 seconds, 67% of what we have put onto our skin is absorbed.  This is something to think about next time you put a cream on your face you bought on Amazon. Some of these new brands available are Odacite,` Mun, Rituel de Fille, Vapour, Josh Rosebrook, Lilylolo, Fitglow, Leland Francis (creator is from Oklahoma).

Why do you support Allied Arts through participation in the OKCityCard Partnership?

We love supporting Allied Arts and the OKCityCard.  It makes me feel like we are, in some small part, contributing to the awareness of the great art scene that has been growing in OKC for several years now. Allied Arts supports so many communities and such a wide range of  creative mediums through such organizations as OKCMOA, OKC Ballet, OKC Philharmonic, deadCenter Film, and so many smaller museums like the Mabee-Gerrer Museum in Shawnee and the Pollard Theater in Guthrie. It also provides opportunities to kids and other burgeoning artists that would have trouble finding the right direction, either with mentoring programs and scholarships.  We feel strongly that these programs enrich all of us and our neighborhoods.  Wow, if we can help with that, we are all about it.  We feel honored to have been asked to be a part of it.

What do the arts mean to you? Why are they important for our community?

Without art, we have no culture and without that, I don’t know who we are. Art can set the tone for the mood of a city; it’s how we express who we are. My husband, Joe and I, feel very strongly that the arts are just as important as the engineering, law, and education professions. Arts are an outlet for kids in crisis or for therapy.  Being able to find an art form that you can express yourself in is liberating. Studies show that it helps the other areas of your life as well. I think the question should be not ‘why do we support Allied Arts,’ but ‘how can we not?!’ How can’t everybody?

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The thing I love about working with Allied Arts is the fact that they take the time to reach out to local businesses. We are huge supporters of shopping, eating and doing local.  The actions can be small, but the impact it creates can be exponential!  Buy visiting and spending money at one local place a week, YOU, the individual, can make huge strides on the viability of that local business.  Not to mention that those taxes stay in our community at a rate of almost 2 and half to one. That can be the difference in helping our schools thrive. 

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Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

The MakeUp Bar has been named one of Lucky Magazines’ “best boutiques in North America” and has been profiled in Women’s Wear Daily, along with numerous regional newspapers and magazines. 

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The Makeup Bar is located in the Wilshire Village shopping center at 7632 N Western Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73116. You can reach them at 405.810.1226 and on their website at www.themakeupbar.com. The shop offers 10% off products with your OKCityCard.

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OKCityCard Featured Partner: Framin’ Gallery

This week, Allied Arts features OKCityCard partner Framin’ Gallery, a family-owned custom picture framing store in Edmond. Owners Kelly and Sherrye are known for high-quality work on services including painting preservation, vacuum mounting, and archival techniques, and have been honored with numerous accolades.

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Sherrye shared some insight with us into her family’s business:

How did you become inspired to open a custom picture framing store?

Kelly has been an artist and art teacher and we have always enjoyed the creative aspects of completing the works of art.

Can you tell us about some of your favorite custom work you have done for clients?

Over the years we have framed bowling balls, jerseys, turkey beards, military uniforms, tea cups, swords, fans and lots of needlework, prints and photos.  I think the ones we enjoy designing the most are the more creative and unusual objects.

Your shop has been open for more than 30 years. To what do you attribute its success?

Always give your best, try to solve their problem of how to display their work or object and use quality supplies to do it.

Why do you support Allied Arts through participation in the OKCityCard Partnership?

We are involved in the arts and always enjoy supporting all aspects of the industry.

What do the arts mean to you? Why are they important for our community?

The arts are the base for developing lifelong activities and cultural growth for everyone.

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Sherrye has been a member and president twice of the Professional Picture Framing Association (PPFA) (1983-Present)

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Framin’ Gallery is located at 416 W 15th St, Edmond, OK 73013. You can reach them at 405.341.0922 and on their website at www.framin-gallery.com. The shop offers $15 off a custom framing order with your OKCityCard.

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OKCityCard Featured Partner: Pie Junkie

This week, we are so excited to feature OKCityCard partner and Plaza District favorite, Pie Junkie. Pie Junkie was opened by friends Darcy Schein and Leslie Coale-Mossman in 2010. Offering a variety of both slices and whole pies, the owners run their brick and mortar with an eye toward fusing traditional and innovative recipes and creating the ultimate family-friendly dessert destination.

Pie Junkie Shop Interior

Schein took time out of her busy schedule to share her story with Allied Arts:

How did the idea to open Pie Junkie come about?

We originally started as a small catering company and rented a church kitchen. A friend was opening S&B’s Burger Joint and needed a dessert. We started with one pie and it grew from there. S&B was always kind enough to send whole pie customers our way and that grew into a small following. In 2013, we made the leap to a brick and mortar and have been baking pies from scratch in the Plaza District ever since. 

You value traditional recipes and methods but also love to “change things up.” How do you incorporate creativity in your pies?

We always try to create and serve pies that we want to eat. We learned the classics from our grandmas and they were an important foundation for us. However, we really like to have fun and love trying different flavor combinations. It’s this drive to create delicious, fun flavors that has made us successful. At the end of the day, we want our shop to be memorable. For some folks, this is a slice of traditional apple pie. For others, this might be trying our decadent Drunken Turtle. To serve all our amazing customers, we have to be creative and we love it! 

What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?

Its sounds cliché, but we honestly love our customers. We intentionally created a space with an open kitchen so there would be no barriers between what we are making and the people we make it for. Knowing their favorite flavors, hearing their stories, being part of the celebrations in their lives… that’s the best part. 

Why do you support Allied Arts through participation in the OKCityCard Partnership?

Creativity is definitely a big part of our kitchen, so anything in our community that fosters creativity is important to us. We are surrounded by amazing artists in the Plaza District and appreciate organizations that support the creative spirit in our community.

What do the arts mean to you? Why are they important for our community?

You’ll find dancers, musicians, and artists in both of our families, so there’s a natural affinity to arts programs. We know first hand how important it is for people, especially children, to have access to a variety of ways to express their ideas.

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Pie Junkie is located at 1711 NW 16th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73106 in the Plaza District. You can reach them at 405.605.8767, and you can even order whole pies online HERE! The shop offers 10% off regular-priced slices and drinks when you show them your OKCityCard.  

Drunken Turtle Pie_Pie Junkie

Pie Junkie’s Drunken Turtle Pie

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