Western Avenue OKC Holiday Guide

November 30, 2015 11:23 am Published by Comments Off on Western Avenue OKC Holiday Guide

Western Avenue is a thriving commercial corridor known for boutique shops and trendy restaurants. The district truly has something for everyone. The area includes antique shops, art galleries, clothing stores and specialty shops for unique, hard to find items. Bordered by several neighborhoods, the district is a popular place for local residents but is also welcoming and convenient for visitors.” – OKC.gov

At J Marshall Square, we could not be more excited to be near the heart of the action in this one-of-a-kind community, and there’s no better time than the holidays to explore all the Western District has to offer!

12 Beards a Trimming – Carwin’s Shave Shop

Carwin's Shave Shop beard trim

Carwin’s is Oklahoma City’s premiere men’s barbershop, grooming supplier and haberdashery. What’s a haberdashery, you ask? It’s a dealer of fine menswear, and Carwin’s is proud to be Oklahoma City’s one-stop-shop for everything a manly man could need. Guys: come in and have your beard trimmed up for the office holiday party. Ladies: give your man the gift of an impeccable shave. Hot lather, hot towels, and old fashioned straight blades are all part of the Carwin’s signature shave. Throughout the holiday season Carwin’s will be collecting Toys for Tots donations, so drop off a toy before you browse the shop’s selection of premium colognes, after-shave, facial cleansers, shaving creams and soaps, and of course, quality razors. As their customers have been known to say: “This is Man Heaven.”

11 Kids a Smiling – Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County

Kids Running Boys & Girls Club

Consider donating a gift that will have an impact long after the holiday season. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County provide a safe haven for countless area youth and seek to empower those youth to make positive choices. The Western Avenue Club offers member children a hearty afternoon snack, homework help, tutoring, field trips, outdoor activities, and a wide range of fun and educational programs. These services cannot be provided without community donations and volunteers. Tuesday, December 1st, kicks off the official season of giving with #givingTuesday, where thousands of non-profit organizations around the world, including the Boys & Girls Clubs, encourage you to give the gift of a better future. Find out more about donating or becoming a volunteer on their website.

10 Delicious Dishes – Whole Foods

Holiday Turkey from Whole Foods in OKC

What’s on your holiday menu this year? Let Whole Foods take care of your meal for you with their ready-to-go holiday meals and catering services. This season’s menu includes caviar, bonhomme Brie, butternut squash, lamb, and more. Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 5th and bring the kids to the store from 9-11am for a free Breakfast with Santa to kick off the holidays! And be sure to stop by on Thursday, December 17th to pick up some holiday delicacies at the Local Vendor Fair, Whole Foods’ in-store farmer’s market.

9 Guys a Gifting – CK & Company

Shopping bags at Classen Curve

CK & Co. carries upscale brands like Vince Camuto, Elie Tahari, Tory Burch and more while delivering impeccable customer service.  Ladies are invited to the Merry Martini Party on December 8th to enjoy martinis and light refreshments while you shop from 5-8pm. CK & Co. will be collecting gently used coats for charity that night, so bring a donation if you can. And men, you’re not forgotten – Men’s Night Out on December 21st is the perfect time to enjoy a beer as you find those last minute gifts for the ladies on your list with the help of the friendly CK & Co. staff.  You’re sure to find something fabulous!

8 Kabobs a Skewing – Zoe’s Kitchen

Kabobs from Zoe's Kitchen OKC

Serving up delectable Mediterranean food to the OKC Metro, Zoe’s is excited to offer their Holiday Party Packs throughout December for your party and catering needs. Each Party Pack serves 10-15 people and includes chicken and veggies kabobs, chicken and spinach roll-ups, a spread tray with hummus, chicken salad or pimiento cheese, two fresh sides, cucumber and pita bread, plus a gallon of tea. Try their hibiscus green tea for a healthy yet delicious twist. Skip the cheese and crackers this year and bring something unique to the table with Zoe’s Kitchen.

7 Guitars Strumming – 89th Street Collective

Concert at 89th Street Collective

December doesn’t have to be just Christmas carols and holiday parties – mix it up and see a new band in concert at 89th Street Collective, an all-ages music venue just down the road from J Marshall Square. They’ve got a great December line-up, including:

Dec. 8 – Aaron Gillespie (Underoath/The Almost) with Speak Low If You Speak Love and Nathan Hussey

Dec. 13 – The 25th Hour Tour ft. Terror, Code Orange, Take Offense, Malfunction, and Blistered

Dec. 14 – Invent, Animate

Dec. 20 – Intronaut with Vacant Mind and Dischordia

6 Adorable Kiddos – Uptown Kids

Kids with hands in front of faces

This children’s specialty store carries unique lines of clothes, shoes, accessories, gear, and toys. Not only can you find lines like Toms and Hunter Boots at Uptown Kids, but you’ll see quality kids’ clothing lines such as French Toast, Mustard Pie, Rag Dolls & Rockets, and Persnickety. Uptown Kids is proud to be a part of the Holiday Shopping Night Out at Classen Curve on both December 11th and December 18th, but they’re particularly honored to host the Sensitive Santa event, a special time for children with Autism to visit Santa Clause. This event will take place December 13th from 1-2:30pm. Contact Uptown Kids for more information.

5 Families Fed – BritVil Community Food Pantry

Food donations for BritVil Food Pantry

Giving – it’s what the holidays are all about! The Western District is home to BritVil Community Food Pantry, which helps make sure children and families around Oklahoma City have enough to eat not only around the holidays, but throughout the year. The most needed donations in the month of December are turkeys, canned vegetables, applesauce and pumpkin goods. BritVil gratefully accepts online donations as well.

4 Mouths a Watering – Woody Candy

Truffles from Woody Candy Company near J Marshall Square

Need a gift for a client, boss, neighbor, or even your mailman? Woody Candy has you covered – with chocolate. You can leave the entire gifting process to Woody Candy Company -they’ll take care of packaging your gift beautifully, complete with an elegant card, and shipping to your recipient list, big or small. There’s no minimum order, and the selections include mouth-watering handmade fudge, toffee, pralines, chocolates, brittles, pralines and more. Don’t forget about Woody’s holiday classics – Aunt Bill’s Brown Candy and Peppermint Ice – tasty treats sure to please any sweet tooth!

3 Pampered Gals – Eden Salon

Blow dryer Eden Salon in OKC

Named the Best of OKC and Best of the Best Oklahoma, Eden Salon blows away the competition when it comes to beauty. They offer a unique package for first-time clients that includes a relaxing scalp massage, Eden’s signature hand massage, an expert style consultation, a professional blow-dry, and tips to keep your new ‘do looking amazing after you leave the salon. This incredible service is FREE for first-timers wanting to try a new salon. Eden Salon also offers spa massages and nail services for the complete beauty package. Surprise someone with a gift card for a day of pampering and check out Eden’s Online Special Offers – a $20 credit towards a beauty service is just a download away.

2 Sore Legs – Barre3

Barre 3 Studio in NW OKC

Feeling a little sluggish with all of that holiday feasting? Burn it off at the Barre3 Studio – a workout destination quickly rising in popularity. Barre workouts are designed for low impact and high effectiveness, with a 3-step sequence designed to promote balance, strength, and flexibility in a fun environment. Barre3 OKC offers Body Blast class packages and individual classes that will leave your legs shaking, in a good way. From December 11th through December 24th, enjoy 20% off your purchase of unlimited 10-Class Packages – give the gift of Barre3 to friends and family, and treat yourself too!  Shopping for fitness fanatics? Don’t forget the accessories – great gifts for gals who enjoy heading to the Barre!

And a Toy Chest at The Learning Tree

The Learning Tree toys in OKC

For 30 years, The Learning Tree has been Northwest Oklahoma City’s neighborhood toy shop, started by local teachers who want to empower parents to give their children things that will truly foster their development, not just the latest and greatest gadgets. Stop by the store to pick up a holiday catalog along with a 20% off coupon. You’ll find fun and educational toys and games for every child on your list, from infants to pre-teens. The Learning Tree will even help you assemble larger items. Browse their selection of wagons, scooters, outdoor activity equipment, arts and crafts, train sets, dolls, stuffed animals, puzzles, and much, much more. Remember, gift wrapping is always free!


Come home for the holidays at J Marshall Square – contact us for luxury apartments Oklahoma City today to learn more about our leasing opportunities. We’re a Big House® community in a vibrant neighborhood, and we’d love to have you call J Marshall Square home.

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