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Project in the works: Uptown Kids at Classen Curve

Sometimes it’s fun to see a project that’s in the works. I am super excited about being part of the Uptown Kids retail project. My sister-in-law Carolyn and her husband are opening an upscale kids’ boutique in the Classen Curve. It’s an exciting location, too — the Curve has been in development for awhile, and some of the hottest restaurants in the metro are located there with lots of other retail and restaurants opening soon. Carolyn is working with architect Rand Elliott and his Elliott + Associations architecture firm (also the same architects for the Classen Curve development overall). Collaborating with E+A has been nothing but absolutely inspiring. Their devotion to detail and perfection is legendary, and I wish I could show you what the store is going to look like, but you’ll just have to wait ’til the grand opening this summer!

Let me just say this – Oklahoma has never seen anything like this. And if the E+A portfolio of projects is any indication, it is nothing short of fabulosity.

The FUEL restaurant they did for the Chesapeake Energy corporation looks so cool; I totally want to sneak in.

Oh, and POPS? Yup. Them, too.

So, in the meantime – a few shots from the past couple of weeks.

Oh, here’s one of RePUBlic. After a meeting the other day, we had lunch there. Delish.
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One of the signage towers where the UptownKids name will go. We don’t get to do too much exciting on this one.
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An outdoor patio area near the store location.
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Hanging the coming soon banner! Whoo!
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And for me, I am so happy to be doing a retail project. OF COURSE I love shopping so it’s only natural that I would love to do an upscale shopping project. It’s a graphic designer’s dream come true. Everything from the bags to the business cards is going to be fun. We’re also tossing around the idea of some fun t-shirts. I’ve got a few ideas stewing on more subway-based tees and ephemera.

I can’t wait to see how it progresses once they start the build out!

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Scoping out the Britton Street Mall

Last week I was perusing Craigslist, as I tend to do, and found a handful of listings from the Britton Street Mall, a large antique shop not far from us. I’ve driven by it hundreds of times, probably, but hadn’t yet ventured in. I finally found the time, and thought there was some good stuff. Definitely some great values, that’s for sure, especially if you’ve got an upholsterer (is that a real word?) at your beck and call.

How ’bout a giant upholstered ottoman? It just needs fresh fabric to make it work.
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This midcentury buffet was gorgeous. It was next to an equally gorgeous midcentury dining room set. I can’t remember the price on this one, but it wasn’t ridiculous.
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I love love LOVE this little red desk. It was repainted from the original beige (actually, I HAD this desk when I was a kid!) and really well-done. Sometimes when things get repainted, they don’t look too hot. Not so on this one. I really wish I had somewhere to put this little beauty, because I loved it. $195.
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A pretty wood dining room set. It would be lovely painted in dove grey, non?
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This big mirror? $25.
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WOW. A seagrass chair? Yes, please! At $290, it’s not dirt cheap, but it’s got great potential. You can’t tell from this photo, but it even had nailhead trim. Just switch out the fabric on that cushion (maybe a heavy linen).
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If only Jude were smaller! This vintage child’s rocker would be perfect in any nursery. Somewhere around $35, I think.
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A Drexel campaign sidetable. This was a STEAL at $45.
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There was also an X-bench that needed reupholstery, and I didn’t get a photo of that.

Well, so, there you go. I’ll definitely be heading back. If you’re in the OKC area, you should check it out! OKCers, anywhere you like to go to find some great steals?

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One Piece Wonders

Have you noticed the influx of amazing one-piece swimsuits lately? I am so relieved. I know – that sounds nuts, but I am. I’ve never been a bikini girl, and after 2 abdominal surgeries plus a c-section, I am definitely not going there soon without either (a) a personal trainer and (b) no carbs for, oh, 13 years. Or (c) some major plastic surgery. Ha!

Hence the beauty of the one-piece swimsuit.

This one from J.Crew is my absolute FAVORITE. My stomach is a bit lumpy, to put it frankly, after all my (ahem) work, so I need some pattern and ruching to disguise my less-than-flat-tummy.

I love the variety of colors that this one comes in. The hardest part is picking your fave.

I have one of the Lomellina suits from last year, and the fabric is nothing short of divine. It’s deliciously smooth and almost shimmery. And it holds up so well after numerous dips into the chlorine.

I adore the design of this one, but as I’ll probably be spending any time in a swimsuit chasing a 2-year-old, I probably don’t need strapless. I’d like to avoid as much indecent exposure as possible, thankyouverymuch. Plus, this doesn’t really scream “I love to swim”.  This is more, “Please send the cabana boy to spritz me with Evian and fine French sunscreen, s’il vous plait.”

How ’bout a fun stripe? Anthropologie’s suits are all retro and whimsical.

Funky tan lines from this one, but the vintage map print is so delightful.

Everything about this one is chic and flattering: deep v-neck, exotic aubergine color, and cinch at the waist. Perfection.

Trina Turk does swimsuit?! I die!!

And from Juicy, I expect nothing but sweetness in ruching & ruffles. Too cute. Probably not for those who want to minimize their thighs/rear end.

Ruffles are the thing – I like this one from ABS, too!

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QuickKutz Letterpress Machine

Has anybody had any success with one of these? I saw this in the latest Paper Source emailer, and I admit, I am really curious. Letterpress is so great, but so so so cost-prohibitive for most clients. My main question is whether you can get plates of your own design so you don’t have to be stuck with their templates.

QuickKutz Letterpress Machine

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Z Gallerie Beverage Dispensers

I’m all about a gorgeous bev dispenser. Layers of Meaning featured the artichoke & pineapple ones, but Z Gallerie has several lovely options. Although I must say, the artichoke and pineapple versions are probably the most glamorous ones I’ve ever seen.

All options available here.

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Anthro Lovelies

Some pretties from Anthropologie lately…

Maybe I’ll just hop down to the store and try ’em on…

Oh wait.

I forgot.

They’re not opening in Oklahoma City, they’re opening in TULSA.

Hmmph. Whatev.

Back to your regularly-scheduled programming, friends.

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A Great Insight into OKC Shoppers

This will probably only be of interest to you Oklahomans, but did you hear the news that Tulsa is getting an Anthropologie? This isn’t making many people in Oklahoma City too happy. Seems like we get passed over too many times in favor of Tulsa. Saks Fifth Avenue is there, as well as Restoration Hardware, and now Anthropologie. BUMMER.

So what’s the problem? This article in the Daily Oklahoman on Sunday answered these questions and more very effectively interestingly. The bottom line according to those interviewed in this article? That we need to spend more of our money here in the state to lure prospective retailers. But this seems to be a catch 22 – why would I want to spend my money on the stuff here if I know I could get what I really wanted elsewhere? Is it not enough to think that there are enough people in Oklahoma who travel out of state to shop? One interviewee says, “Shame on you” for this practice. Um, I beg to differ – shame on you retailers for missing out on an excellent opportunity.

If Oklahoman shoppers are willing to travel over 3 hours to shop, just think about what we’d actually be spending if we had the opportunity here locally.

Anyway. Hop on over, read the article, and let me know what your thoughts are. I’m interested to hear what other OKC shoppers have to say and think on the matter.

edited to add a few more thoughts Monday, April 12, 2009.

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