Local Alternatives to Big Box Stores

As the holidays approach, the season of giving begins. The best-known day of shopping in America is Black Friday, which occurs the day after Thanksgiving. Big-box stores slash prices and offer door busters to lure customers inside. But for a refreshing change to the mass-produced items these stores push, look a little deeper into our community; you’re sure to find some hidden gems. As a bonus, you’re boosting the local economy!

Here are three local shops that’re guaranteed to offer you something extra-special and unique this holiday season.


Stash, located at 412 E. Main St., in Norman, offers a “fresh collection of unique, well-made items that have a lasting appeal.” With an equal emphasis on both social and environmental well-being, all items sold at Stash are vintage, locally made or internationally made following fair-trade practices. Stash throws monthly markets, pet adoptions and a yearly brew festival in lieu of traditional advertising. Come check out this one-of-a-kind market for your holiday shopping.


Teaoli Fine Tea, Olive Oil and Balsamic, 3720 West Robinson, suite 129, in Norman, offers only the highest-quality extra-virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars alongside selected fine teas. Customers can sample dozens of different oil and vinegar flavors, receive professional advice on pairings or sip selected teas. Learn the health benefits and diverse uses of each product and find recipes on incorporating products into daily life. Create your own one-of-a-kind gift basket for holiday giving.


Ole Stables Marketplace, 1301 24th Ave. SW, in Norman, is a fun blend of new and old. The shop features individually owned vendor booths showcasing items ranging from vintage and antique goods to jewelry and artisan-crafted goods. One of our favorites were cigar-box guitars crafted by Norman artist Bill Baker. You’re sure to find unique gift ideas for everyone on your gift list.