POSTED ON JUNE 27, 2012:
A Touch of Class
OKC's Classen Curbe offers high-end daytrip experience
With more and more Tulsan's venturing beyond the city limits for shopping, dining and entertainment, Oklahoma City's Classen Curve offers a fresh perspective when it comes to all things high end. "It's all local," said Heather Griswold, from the Classen Curve Merchants Group, "You want to shop at places you can't get in Tulsa."
A firm small business supporter, Griswold believes the Curve has more than charm than offer. Designed by world renowned architect, Rand Elliott, the Curve is comprised of clean lines with store fronts that don't face the street. It prides itself on the walkability and accessibility borrowed from the bohemian neighborhood next door.
All Classen Curve tenants are locally owned or managed and make up a diverse city center with everything from great clothiers for men, women and children, to eateries with menus featuring upscale bar food and healthy, and equally trendy, raw food.
Having been featured in Harper's Bazaar, it's no surprise Balliets offers a guest list of fashion designers that would surely wreak havoc on the checkbook during an afternoon of retail therapy. "Balliets have been around a long time in Oklahoma City," Griswold said, and customers have trusted them to provide the most fashion forward pieces from designers like Prada, Missoni and Kate Spade, just to name a few. Balliets also features beauty services, makeup, fragrance and accessories. Visit balliets.com for more info.
Matthew Kenney OKC
"Our menu is a plant based and whole foods menu," said Matthew Kenney OKC Manager, Brittney Williams. "We focus more on health and everything with the body," she said. Owned by author and raw food chef Matthew Kenney, the restaurant features a menu of items that don't surpass 115 degrees and are sure to not only expand your palette, but your food preparation expectations as well. The menu, divided into savory and sweet, changes seasonally save for their best-selling Heirloom Tomato Lasagna they serve year around with pistachio pesto and pine nut ricotta.
If you're looking for something a little more business attire, then Liberte has just the closet for you. "We carry more contemporary tailored lines," said Liberte Store Manager, Eden Turrentine. "We have lines from New York, exclusive to us like Ted Baker, Sue Wong and Erin Fetherston." Liberte also offers Fidelity denim, swimwear and accessories for the professional fashionista. Liberte is also the newest shop in the Classen Curve, having opened its doors this past May.
Arguably the hottest stop in the Classen Curve, Rebublic Gastropub, fondly referred to as Rebublic by locals, offers upscale bar food and a pleasing atmosphere. "It's an awesome place to go watch the Thunder or just to have a good dinner with a few friends," said Jessica Morrey, OKC resident and ESPN Freelancer for Thunder Basketball. On game nights, Republic is the place to be, with an expected three-hour wait for a table, and locals say it's totally worth it. Enjoy American craft beer and modern twists on classic pub food at this OKC eatery.
Carwin's Shave Shop
While you're in OKC, Carwin's Shave Shop is a must for men. Featuring an impressive list of shaving equipment, skincare and men's accessories, one is sure to find all the necessities for their beard, mustache or clean-shaven needs. Carwin's also stresses that many of their product lines are unisex like Crabtree and Evelyn, while also carrying Tuffet & Hill, Evolution Man, Edwin Jagger and more.
Winter House Interiors
Since 1989, Winter House Interiors has been beautifying homes and has garnered the status of one of the top interior designers in the state. "We specialize in carrier decorating and home furnishings," said associate, Dawna Long. Winter House's storefront location features everything from furniture to flooring, lighting and custom bedding and draperies. Lines by Jeff Zimmerman, DR Kincade and Wesely Hall are available, just to name a few.
Upper Crust Wood Fired Pizza isn't your average dough, marinara and cheese joint. This upscale New York style pizzeria is an all Napa Valley interior with a serious Italian Menu. "The Margherita Pizza is amazing and they have an awesome list of wines," Tulsa native, Garrison Ryan said. "It happened to be game night, but the whole experience was fantastic," he said. All toppings and ingredients are "market fresh" and would make a delicious companion to any televised sports event and be sure to wash it all down with one of their many wines or signature drinks.
The Classen Curve Doesn't end there. Barre3, owned by former Seattle Supersonics player Desmond Mason and his wife, teaches a fitness regimen combining yoga, pilates and ballet and is open for a quick and challenging workout. Uptown Kids, a high-end children's clothier, is a one-stop shop for trendy duds for kids.
Steven Giles, an Absolutely Gentleman's clothier offers everything and anything the sharp dressed man in your life could want. "The cupcake shop is great," Griswold said, Green Goodies offers a sinful bakery full of delectable sweets, with vegan and gluten free options as well. There is truly something for everyone in the family at Classen Curve.
Concert on the Curve, much like Utica's Summer's Fifth Night, is a concert series that recently ended in the Curve, but will pick back up in September, the first Thursday of every month, weather permitting. Classen Curve is also within walking distance of Oklahoma City's new Whole Foods Market and Anthropologie. Classen Curve is located at 5801 NW Grand, Oklahoma City.
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