Archive for November, 2010

Available Live/Work Studio Space in the Plaza District

Available Studio Space in the Plaza District:

Geraldine Studios, 1705 Blackwelder Apt A

1,100 Sq Ft $900, 1 bed/ 1 bath

This is a great space that can be used for live/studio/retail. 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, Large walk in closet, 1100 sq ft, IKEA kitchen, Green Stained Concrete, Tall Ceiling, very urban

Contact kristen@plazadistrict.org for more info!

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November 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

Plaza District Open House & Membership Kickoff!

During LIVE on the Plaza, Friday December 10th the Plaza District will be hosting an open house reception for our new office and membership kickoff party. Come view work from Plaza District business owners, employees and artists in our recently renovated space!

1618 Gatewood Ave (above Midwest Media & Marketing) 7-11pm

Exhibiting artists include:

Amanda Bradway

Dylan Bradway

Estrella Evans

Dusty Gilpin

Don Narcomey

Ashley Smith

Patrick Struble

Kristen Vails

Lindsay Zodrow

Give the gift of the Plaza District! Membership includes t-shirts, gear, events and more!

The Plaza District Association is a 501c3 organization working to revitalize the Plaza District. If it weren’t for the association, the Plaza District would remain the neighborhood blight it once was. Today, the Plaza District Association works to support and recruit local business, promote the district through events such as LIVE on the Plaza, the annual festival and the Urban Pioneer Awards. Additionally the association maintains the street so it will remain clean and safe for you! The Plaza District is an advocate for Oklahoma City’s creative, local voice and we work to progress the district as Oklahoma City’s local flavor. If you enjoy the district and the progress we have made, please consider becoming a Plaza District member. Membership includes many benefits to keep you in the loop, to outfit you with Plaza gear and the proceeds go directly to supporting the Plaza District cause.

Click here to purchase your membership today!

Benefits of annual membership:

-Discount on street vending and festival

-Invitations to special events and parties

-Invitation to Plaza members party

-Notice of discounts and special programs of Plaza merchants

$20 Student:
-All of the above
-Sticker

$30 Individual:
-All of the above
-Tshirt
-Listing on website

$60 Patron:
-All of the above
-Website listing under “Patron”
-Keep it Local card

Click here to purchase your membership today!

November 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm Leave a comment

Black Friday in the Plaza!

We just have to admit it…it’s that time. Holiday shopping is in full swing! To kick off the holiday shopping season, the Plaza District is asking you to Shop Local, Black Friday. Skip the madness, skip the crazy crowds and enjoy a relaxed, fun and community oriented day after Thanksgiving. Drive through the historic neighborhoods of Oklahoma City, enjoying the last of fall colors and the greatness of the quirky little commercial district on 16th street. Come home with great gifts and a sense of pride for supporting local businesses on Black Friday!

DNA Galleries
: 20% off ALL merchandise (open 9am) free barefoot coffee from Coffee Slingers and mini cupcakes from Cuppies & Joe

Collected Thread: 20% off ALL merchandise (open 9am) free barefoot coffee from Coffee Slingers and mini cupcakes from Cuppies & Joe

Gibson Events: 25% off cakestands all day, free 1/2 lb box of chocolates with caramel purchase of $10 or more & free assorted hot teas to sustain you through shopping! (open 9am)

Velvet Monkey Vintage: 1/2 off on vintage with mention of Plaza Black Friday promotion (open 9am)

Bad Granny’s Bazaar: 10%off entire store and more savings in selected booths (open 11 am)

Warpaint Clothing Co: open 10 am. Buy three tee’s get one free and half price on all vintage tee’s .

Curiouser & Curiouser: open 11 am

November 22, 2010 at 5:27 am Leave a comment

Plaza District 2016

The Plaza District Association officially came into being in 1997. Back then, it was a passionate group of residents and visionaries who saw the need and the possibilities of a run down strip of commercial buildings. And  run down is probably an understatement.

In 1997, I was in the 7th grade. In 1997, most of the Plaza District business owners were in junior high or high school. It’s pretty amazing to see what our “generation” has accomplished here because of the foundation that was laid by a generation of Plaza District visionaries before us.

On Monday, our group of stakeholders will begin our 5 Year Strategic plan. We are excited to look forward to the next 5 years, and how we can shape the progress of the district. While our stakeholders will be there, our audience and supporters are the biggest part of the picture. So that’s where you come in! Please comment here (or email kristen@plazadistrict.org) your ideas, concerns, suggestions on things you would love to see happen in the next 5 years for the district. What things would you like to continue? Don’t know where to start? Here are some ideas/examples:

Business Recruitment (restaurant, retail, service)

Events (music, farmers market, family events, art events)

Street Additions (public art, seating, bike racks, wayfinding signage)

Safety (lighting, security, etc)

Parking

We really appreciate your support and input. The district is for OKC and we want to work to make it an area OKC can truly be proud of. We are already looking forward to 2016

-Kristen Vails, Plaza District Executive Director

November 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

LIVE on the Plaza, November 12th!

Friday, November 12th 7-11 pm

1700 block NW 16th

Quick Peek for LIVE on the Plaza, November 12th, 2010

Velvet Monkey Salon: featured artist

Collected Thread: Installation by Lauren Miller

DNA Galleries: Featured artist Marcus Eakers

Convergence:  featured artist

Coffy’s Cafe: open mic

Curiouser & Curiouser: open house and holiday shopping

Bad Granny’s Bazaar: Holiday savings

PhotoArt Studios: Open house

JuJu Gallery: 1 yr anniversary! Featured artist- GroundUp Art by Chastine Edwards

Midwest Media: Artist Reception for Michael Kirby

Chaparney: Open house

No Regrets Tattoo: live music by Brandon Isaak

Warpaint Clothing: Featured artist Lindsay

Paula & Co: Local Teaching Artists Exhibit with featured artist

Istvan Gallery: Three Year Anniversary and Kolbe Roper opening reception

Welcome fall, a time for beards to grow, bonfires to warm and ciders to taste! Give thanks for your local creative district this fall at LIVE on the Plaza! Although it’s time to start thinking holiday shopping, we want the Plaza District to be a place that is unique from all the over-saturated commercialism of the holidays. So, by all means keep those gifts in mind as you stroll– but this month, remember to be thankful for our local community! So enjoy the flannel, enjoy the beards, warm up with freshly knit scarves and all of the fall goodness in the Plaza District! We are thrilled to celebrate our local talent, so join us in being thankful for our community of local artists!

@1614 and Midwest Media & Marketing is pleased to host artist Michael Kirby. View this short film produced by Midwest Media about the artist and his work. View his work and the film @1614 during LIVE.

DNA Galleries host works by artist Marcus Eakers. His work is filled with dreamlike imagery created with a wide and saturated color palette. DNA Galleries also features many new fall clothing and accessories! Collected Thread will host an open house and installation work by Lauren Miller. Coffy’s Café is hosting an open mic night, plus stop in for gluten-free treats or tasty drinks, and feel free to use the array of instruments provided in-store for the public to enjoy. Visit Curiouser & Curiouser and Bad Granny’s Bazaar for gifts and funky finds, and then stroll over to PhotoArt Studios for an open house.

Speaking of thanks, we are very thankful for JuJu Gallery’s one year in the Plaza District. Help us celebrate their one-year anniversary as they feature GroundUp, art by Chastine Edwards. Juju Gallery is home is a fantastic variety of handmade art and craft, so browse the studio

No Regrets Tattoo will host live music by Brandon Isaaks, as well as fall grilling for you’re taste buds. Warpaint Clothing host local artist Lindsey Oleck and her collection of paintings called “Inspired by Native”. Paula & Company Realtors host Local Teaching Artists Exhibit with featured artist Tam Nguyen of Linwood Elementary.  As always Paula & Co karaoke will start around 8:30.

Last but not least, be sure to visit Istvan Gallery before after your stroll through LIVE on the Plaza. Istvan Gallery will host Edmond artist Kolbe Roper. Roper is a mixed media artist who uses techniques such as weaving and printmaking alongside sculpture castings and painting. He characterizes his work as blurring both artistic and gender boundaries. It is also Istvan’s three-year anniversary, so be sure to celebrate their important contribution to the Oklahoma City art community over the last three years.

November 8, 2010 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment


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