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Oklahoma City Thunder fever strikes local businesses and artists

Oklahoma City businesses are booming as Thunder fever draws customers seeking Thunder wear.
by Heather Warlick Published: May 21, 2012

Thunder fever even trickles down to support local charities. At Blue Seven, you can buy a pair of Thunder Toms featuring “OKC” and a thunderbolt, embroidered by local African refugees at The Spero Project, a charity that partners with the community to benefit refugees with education, job training and advocacy.

Arter said he's heard in the past how professional teams can bolster local businesses but never realized how much until now. The seemingly never-ending flow of customers lining up at his cash register, buying Thunder wear makes that fact crystal clear.

“It's been a huge blessing for us,” he said. “As we win more and more, business gets better and better.”

It's a blessing for the many local artists, too, who have jumped on the current Thunder fever, producing creative designs in high demand for the booming Thunder wear market. At Blue 7, Arter said he carries items designed by about 18 local artists.

You can even wear your Thunder pride on your fingernails with team nail decals, sold at Party Galaxy.

High-end local jewelers are also getting in on the action. Mitchener Farrand can't seem to keep Thunder jewelry in stock, owner Mark Mitchener said. The store carries several pieces with affordable prices and a few big ticket items priced about $10,000.

Whether the Thunder snags a title or not, the Oklahoma City team has added an exciting camaraderie to its city that is evident in Oklahoma's new favorite color scheme: Thunder blue, orange and white. Thunder up!

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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