Sometimes referred to as the “Restless Ribbon” where teenagers of the 1950s cruised on Friday and Saturday nights, Tulsa’s Brookside neighborhood is now a vibrant retail and entertainment district — and one of the most interesting spots in town to go Christmas shopping.
Sprinkled among the area’s myriad bars, restaurants and coffee shops are dozens of fascinating galleries and gift shops where shoppers can find unique items — many of them fair-trade, environmentally friendly, or locally produced – to suit a range of eclectic tastes. Here’s a quick visual overview of the area. This is by no means comprehensive; for a list of Brookside businesses and more detailed information about the area, click here.
One particularly cool shop that opened last year is edit., 3524C S. Peoria (pictured above), which carries household items that are designed to be both stylish and practical. Among the shop’s offerings: coathooks shaped like human hands emerging from a wall; a magnetic metal paperclip holder shaped like a bird; and a switchplate cover designed to hold outgoing mail or important messages.
A block or two north of edit. is Ida Red, a popular purveyor of TOMS shoes, Tulsa-themed clothing, and locally made gifts. More creative shoppers might prefer a trip to Purple Glaze, where they can purchase plain ceramic items, paint them to suit the recipient’s individual taste, and have them glazed and fired so they’re ready for everyday use.
If you need to get a lot of shopping done in a short time, Brookside is about as good as it gets — and it’s easy to get to from The Campbell Hotel: Just take 11th Street west to Peoria, then turn left and follow Peoria about two miles south.
While you’re in town, why not continue the theme by spending an evening in our Restless Ribbon Room, named for the Brookside of the 1950s? Check in, unwind, and enjoy a relaxing evening to reward yourself for finishing that Christmas shopping early. For reservations, call (918) 744-5500 or visit www.thecampbellhotel.com.