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Retailers flocking to The Rise at NW 23 and Walker in Oklahoma City

Clothing, fitness stores, eateries and pubs sign up for The Rise.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: November 13, 2013 at 10:26 pm •  Published: November 13, 2013

A building next door to The Pump, meanwhile, is set to become Gusto Pizza, which will be operated by restaurateurs Shaun Fiaconne and Chris Lower. The Rise, meanwhile, will include an upscale men's and women's clothing store, Red Square Apparel, which will be operated by the owners of Twisted Stitch in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Other tenants will include The Drake, an oyster bar restaurant to be operated by The Good Egg Group; an Old School Bagel shop; Fedora, a whiskey and cigar restaurant and lounge; Urban Tea house; Urban Core Pilates; Anytime Fitness; At the Beach tanning salon; Flashback Retropub, a furniture design store and a T-shirt design shop.

The leases represent about 88 percent of the available space, Russell said, with about 6,000 square feet remaining with pending contracts.

Jennifer Seals, chairwoman of the Uptown 23rd Association, praised Russell for taking his time to ensure The Rise started with a local mix of tenants.

“This is going to revolutionize 23rd Street,” Seals said. “I'm elated, and have been since Jonathan Russell told us what he would do. I trusted he would do it right, and he's turned out to be a man of his word.”

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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