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Shop in chalets and igloos this holiday season in Oklahoma City

Downtown Oklahoma City is expanding its holiday shopping options to some innovative and unusual formats: igloos and chalets.
by Heather Warlick Published: December 5, 2013
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The Pop-Up Shops change vendors every weekend, with a total of 31 locally owned retailers taking their turns in the igloos.

“I feel like shopping and buying gifts for people should be a warm fuzzy feeling,” said Allison Bailey, coordinator of the shops. “You walk into these little shops, and their owners are in there telling you about the gift, helping you pick something out.”

The shops feature a kids' play area and a live Christmas tree lot, which Bailey said adds a vintage feel to the Pop-Up Shops atmosphere.

Downtown employees have a chance to visit the shops simply by hopping on a shuttle provided by Continental Resources. On Thursdays and Fridays, the shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers can arrange for their items to be gift wrapped and delivered to their downtown offices.

Keep it local

Instead of heading to the malls for your holiday shopping, Bailey and Eddington hope you'll visit the Pop-Up Shops and the Winter Shops at Myriad Gardens for one big reason: To keep your money in the local economy.

“I just think the experience is so much better,” Eddington said. “And your money stays here when you buy from one of these local shops. They're really committed to Oklahoma.”

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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