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Oklahoma City's Plaza District brings all ages, dispositions together

Oklahoma City's Plaza District is a place where retirees with grandkids or hipsters with skinny jeans browse in the same clothing shop. It's a place to buy cheap beer and expensive tequila on certain Fridays.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Modified: August 13, 2010 at 11:31 am •  Published: August 13, 2010
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The Plaza District is the kind of place you can see someone walking a purple dog.

It's a place where retirees with grandkids or hipsters with skinny jeans browse in the same clothing shop. It's a place to buy cheap beer and expensive tequila on certain Fridays.

It's a place to get a tattoo or adopt a dog or put your money down for something that requires a lot less commitment, like coffee.

It's one of the coolest places in the city.

"The district has been embraced by young creatives, so the vibe is full of energy, culture and diversity," said Kristen Vails, executive director of the district association. "In addition, this energy attracts all types of people, from young families to empty nesters. It's truly amazing seeing so many different people who want to experience a community like the Plaza District."

Tonight is Live on the Plaza, the neighborhood's signature event.

The area is particularly popular from 7 to 11 p.m. on the second Friday of each month, when businesses stay open late and visitors roam the area along NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Several locations, including DNA Galleries and the Velvet Monkey, will be open for free art viewing.

The Convergence Collective is hosting a clothing drive called ReThread for local children.

Four dog rescue groups will be there with adoptable pets.

Bad Granny's Bazaar and Coffy's Cafe will have live music.

No Regrets Tattoo is celebrating its second anniversary by offering special tattoos at a discount. Or you could just get some coffee.