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.  

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Pie Junkie’s Drunken Turtle Pie

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Art Classes: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Hi, Friends! Did you make a New Year’s resolution to learn something new, or are you looking for fun, new ways to plan the months ahead? From painting to poetry and sculpture to jewelry-making, partners offer a wide variety of art classes for every age and every interest year-round! Below are links to a few great offerings. 

The Conservatory for Classical Art (10% off classes and workshops)

Edmond Fine Arts Institute (10% off classes and camps)

Metropolitan School of Dance, Inc. (10% off annual student tuition)

Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (20% off tuition for the Oklahoma Fall Arts Institute for adults)

The Paint Mill (10% off any open studio or class)

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Conservatory for Classical Art Student Work

 

Welcome, 2018 OKCityCard Partners!

Hi, Friends of the Arts!

This week, we are thrilled to introduce and welcome our 2018 OKCityCard partners. Take a look at our website, OKCityCard.com, for a detailed discount list at more than 400 partner locations. You will see a lot of your favorites as well as some great new additions:

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2018 partners are located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Edmond, Moore, Midwest City, Norman, Yukon, Shawnee, Cushing, Chandler, Newcastle and more and include popular restaurants, museums, shops, services, attractions, arts events, hotels, galleries and classes.

Check out the list and website links of our BRAND NEW partners below. We’ll learn more about their businesses throughout the year. 

A1 Pet Emporium – Purchase any 12 cans and get a 13th free
Biff’s Crossfit – Membership Startup Fee waived
Biff’s Fitness Center – Membership Startup Fee waived
Cain’s Ballroom – $2 box office fee waived (up to 2 tickets per visit)
Howard Brothers Florist – 15% off
Junction Coffee – Buy one drink, get one 1/2 off
Oklahoma City Swing Dance Club – Buy one month of West Coast Swing lessons, get one month free
Painted Door – 15% off
Patrono Italian Restaurant – 10% off
Perch’d – 10% off
Roughtail Brewing Co. – 10% off
Scottie’s Deli OKC – Free cookie with purchase of entrée
Strebel Creek Winery & Gift Shop – 10% off
The Paint Mill – 10% off any open studio or class and $50 off birthday parties
Urbane Home & Lifestyle – 10% off retail purchase price
VELOCITY – 500 free business cards with your first order

Need to renew your OKCityCard to enjoy discounts this year? Click HERE to donate $50 to Allied Arts and receive your card by mail. Thank you for your support of the arts!

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This Week: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Happy Turkey Day to our OKCityCard holders and partners! Check out some ideas below for enjoying some time off with family and friends and preparing for the holidays this week:

Small Business Saturday

The latest Allied Arts Blog post has laid out a perfect plan for celebrating local businesses on Small Business Saturday this November 25th. The post details promotions taking place at these OKCityCard partner businesses in Downtown OKC’s Auto Alley:

Belle Kitchen – Deep Deuce                          Sara Sara Cupcakes 

[Artspace] at Untitled and [Hive]               Pierre Pierre Crêperie

Bow & Arrow Boutique                                Metropolitan School of Dance

Waters Edge Winery                                     Shop Good

Schlegel Bicycles                                            Packard’s New American Kitchen

Scott Cleaners

Need to get some winter coats cleaned? Or, maybe that Thanksgiving tablecloth after the holiday? Scott Cleaners offers 15% off laundry, dry cleaning or household items with your OKCityCard! Make sure to display your card upon drop-off.

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New Leaf Florist

It is not too late to grab a flower arrangement for the Thanksgiving table! New Leaf is open from 9:00AM-5:30PM on Wednesday, November 22nd. They offer 10% off with your OKCityCard. 

 

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MMR Prime Steakhouse

MMR is a fine dining restaurant located at 63rd St and May in OKC specializing in high quality meats, fine wines, and craft cocktails. They offer one free Truffles Frites appetizer with the purchase of an entrée. 

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This Week: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Hello, Friends of the Arts!

Check out this week’s featured OKCityCard Partners below:

Red Earth Art Center

Start your holiday gift-buying with beautiful ornaments made by tribal groups throughout Oklahoma from Red Earth Art Center. Red Earth is located at 6 Santa Fe Plaza in downtown OKC and offers an OKCityCard discount of 10% off select merchandise.

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Tucker’s Onion Burgers

Tucker’s now has peppermint milkshakes available! Visit Tucker’s at any of the four locations below with your OKCityCard and get 10% off (limit 2 guests per card). 

324 NW 23rd St – Oklahoma City 

5740 N Classen Blvd, Ste 3 – Oklahoma City

15001 N May Ave, Ste C – Oklahoma City

2166 NW 24th Ave – Norman

Tucker's Peppermint Milkshake

Midwest Fine Art

Check out the beautiful artwork offered by Midwest Fine Art AT THIS LINK. Midwest has an OKCityCard discount of 10% off purchase of any painting in the gallery. Check out their gallery in Tulsa at 1135 N. Denver. 

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Burger King

Did you know that Burger King is an OKCityCard partner? Your card is valid at 14 different locations, all found HERE. They offer a buy 1, get 1 free Whopper Sandwich. 

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This Week: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Hi, all!

Our OKCityCard Partners are gearing up for a fun, festive, and promotion-filled holiday season. Keep up-to-date on info for shops, services, restaurants, and performances all season long by following this blog, @OKCityCard on Twitter, and @AlliedArtsOKC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We will keep you informed!

Check out this week’s featured partners below:

Naifeh Fine Jewelry

The Casady Square shop, which features a wide array of fine jewelry and timepieces, offers a discount of 15% off in-stock fashion jewelry or watches this year with your OKCityCard. Also, did you know that their website features an Education Section on gemstones, metal, and diamonds? Check it out. 

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Canterbury Voices

Upcoming Canterbury Voices concerts include a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on December 3rd and “Mosaic” on March 9th, a concert that will feature music from the Reformation along with contemporary and Latin American repertoire. Canterbury offers 50% off up to 4 tickets per card per visit on select performances and seating areas with your OKCityCard. Call 405-232-SING for info on using your OKCityCard to purchase tickets. 

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Barre3

Have you ever tried a Barre3 exercise experience? Barre3 mixes athleticism, grace, and the latest innovations designed to balance the body. There is no experience required to attend class, and there are numerous benefits to the workout. 

Barre3 offers an OKCityCard discount of 15% off a 5-class package at the metro area locations below:

5800 N Classen, Blvd, Ste. 2, OKC

1189 E 15th, Ste. 124, Edmond

801 N Hudson Ave, OKC

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The Howell Gallery

Artist Kelli Folsom will be at Howell Gallery at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday 11/11 to present her “Chasing Light” series of Oklahoma landscape paintings. Howell Gallery offers an OKCityCard discount of 10% off all fine art purchases. 

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Pie Junkie

The ever-popular pie shop is sold out for Thanksgiving orders, but watch their Facebook and Instagram pages @piejunkieokc to see how you could still score dessert for the holiday. As always, Pie Junkie offers an OKCityCard 2017 discount of 10% off regular-priced slices and drinks. 

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This Week: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Hi, OKCityCard holders!

You can find this week’s featured OKCityCard partners below:

Oklahoma City Philharmonic

Check out “The Wonderful Music of Oz” November 3rd and 4th! Pick up tickets before 5:00 on Friday at 424 Colcord Dr, Ste. B in OKC to redeem your OKCityCard discount. They offer 50% off up to 4 tickets per card per visit on select performances and seating areas. 

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Rococo Restaurant

Dine at the “little island of fine dining” known for “East Coast style fresh seafood, killer pastas and a huge variety of favorites from the New England area.” Rococo offers free cookies (bite sized savory appetizers) with the purchase of two entrées when you show your OKCityCard. 

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Oklahoma WONDERTORIUM

Oklahoma WONDERTORIUM believes that play is important for a child’s learning processes and they are committed to providing a safe, clean, and engaging environment to help children grow. The museum offers buy 1 general admission, get 1 free with your OKCityCard. 

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Oklahoma City Energy FC

Pick up your gear for tomorrow’s game! The Energy’s shop offers 10% off merchandise store-wide with your OKCityCard. 

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This Week: OKCityCard Featured Partners

Hi, Friends! 

Check out some of our favorite partner discounts and events featured this week:

Packard’s New American Kitchen

Known for putting “inventive, artisanal spins on classic American fare,” Packard’s is a great place to go any time of the year for seasonally-inspired cuisine. 

 

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Head over this weekend and check out their autumn menu. You can get 15% off two lunch entrées with your OKCityCard. 

Edmond Fine Arts Institute

There are spaces still available for Edmond Fine Arts Institute’s Fall Break Camp October 19th, 20th, and 23rd. Call 405-340-4481 to register and let them know that you have an OKCityCard! They offer 10% off classes with your card. You can view the class schedule HERE.

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Science Museum Oklahoma

Hanging out with your kids on Fall Break? Take them to the Science Museum! The Allied Arts Member Agency offers buy 1 general admission, get 1 free with your OKCityCard. Find more information about their incredible exhibits HERE.  

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OCU Men’s & Women’s Basketball

It is basketball season at Oklahoma City University! Check out the 6-time national champions in action – the teams offer 2-for-1 or 50% off admission to regular season home games with your OKCityCard. You can find the game schedules HERE

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