Balliets marks 75 years
Balliets has evolved through three moves, from its beginning downtown at the Skirvin Tower Hotel to 50 Penn Place to its current “future” at Classen Curve.
As fashion evolves, so has Balliets. Now, with 75 years under its belt, the Oklahoma City retail landmark is celebrating its long history and a fresh start at Classen Curve.
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Founded by Edna and Fred Balliet in 1936, the store first opened downtown in the Skirvin Tower Hotel. It moved to 50 Penn Place in 1973 under the ownership of Leo “Buddy” Rodgers.
Bob Benham and his wife, DeDe, purchased the store in 1991. In summer 2010, they moved the store again, this time to the swanky Classen Curve shopping center near the Chesapeake Energy Corp. corporate campus.
Wherever the store went, fashionistas followed. There are current customers who have been shopping at Balliets since it was downtown. And buyer/sales associate Lolly Sweeney, 86, has worked for the store since she was a teenager.
“We had all the big names,” Sweeney remi
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