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Oklahoma Today Main Street Issue: Launch Party

The Oklahoma Main Street Center and the Plaza District celebrate the release of the January/February issue of Oklahoma Today headlined as “The Complete Guide to Oklahoma’s 42 Main Street Communities” and indeed it is. The glossy pages of the magazine highlight the 42 Main Street communities in Oklahoma who are restoring and revitalizing their communities from the inside out. Even more, this issue is a testimony to the process and the Main Street movement across the state and the nation. In celebration of this anticipated issue, four launch parties will be held across the state, and the Plaza District will host the central celebration.

To kick off the Plaza District’s second Friday artwalk, LIVE on the Plaza, the launch party will commence at the renovated Plaza Theatre, now Lyric at the Plaza. Attendees will be able to view this very special issue, visit with Oklahoma Main Street Staff and other central Main Street communties, as well as tour the historic Lyric Theatre. After the celebration attendees can experience the many open business open for LIVE on the Plaza.

Join us, Friday, January 8th at 7 PM for this exciting moment in Oklahoma Main Street history, and this proud spotlight on many hard-working communities across the state.

Where:Lyric Theatre, 1727 NW 16th, 73106
When: Friday, January 8th, 7-8 PM
More info: Kristen Vails, 405-308-5991,


December 30, 2009 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

Disney’s Cars, A Main Street Movie!

The first time I watched  Disney’s Cars a few years ago, I knew the writer had to have been a main streeter! I just think it is the cutest movie for kids, but a great example of Main Street for kids and adults! Here is a quick little excerpt with music by James Taylor, can’t beat that! Plaza District was once a little buzzing commercial district too! Fortunately, it is beginning to look like that once again, with a little unique flare. Thanks to a bunch of volunteers, City of OKC, Oklahoma Main Street and fabulous property owners, business owners, neighborhood residents, artists, sponsors and more! 🙂 Hope to see you around soon! KV

June 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

Do you like PDA?

February 11, 2009 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

16 things on 16th Street

So I had seen this thing floating all over facebook and I thought it would make for a nice entry. Here are 16 random things about the Plaza District:

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 16 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you. You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to.

1.) The Plaza District is off NW 16th between Indiana and Blackwelder, no it’s not by the Paseo District (we heart Paseo…it’s just a FAQ)

2.) Last weekend, an 8 year old who shall remain nameless said quote, “this place really needs a bar”. It’s true.

3.) Don’t mess with the Plaza District, Curtis will find out.

4.) DNA Galleries has the cutest pitbull you will ever see

5.) If you go into Collected Thread and don’t feel happier after you leave than before you came in…then well, that’s just not possiblecollected thread

6.) Go ask No Regret’s Tattoo about the weirdest parts they have tattooed. Good stories

7.) Don’t tell Cuz you have any native American blood. But do say wave and say hi every time you see him.Cuz

10.) It is quite possible you could experience the most cultured night of your life within two blocks. The next few lines will tell you how:

11.) Amble into the store on the corner of 16th and Indiana, Guate Imports. Go to the cooler, pull out an old-school bottled soda, head to the back and find the most authentic, delicious Guatemalan food in the OKC. Buy some random ingredients and take home to make a dish yourself.

12.) Before the show, you notice shops are still open so you head to Bad Grannies Bazaar to find an array of recycled arts, crafts and vintage collectibles. You notice a group of young folks gathered outside Convergence Collective, so you stop to have a listen at the latest show, a hip, new band from OKC. Across the street you will see a professional photography studio of Keith Rinearson, PhotoArt Studio and his fabulous renovation of the old cleaners building.

13.)Then you jet to the east end of the district and find the artwork of emerging local artists at DNA Galleries, you purchase a piece and acquire your first original artwork. Next door at Collected Thread you purchase an intricately detailed handmade clutch and hand sewn ornaments for your Christmas tree.

14.) Next, you get a free dance lesson at Performance Dancewear, and then you head to Paula & Co, when, to your surprise you find that even realtors have a creative side and show artwork of local artists!


15.)Then you head over to see the newest show at Lyric at the Plaza, taking in the great performance and fantastic renovation of the old plaza theatre by Elliot + Architects.

16.)After the surge of creativity you have just experienced, you decide it’s the perfect time to get that tattoo you have always wanted…so you head over to No Regrets Tattoo where you can discuss the perfect composition of that tattoo you have dreamed of!

December 19, 2008 at 8:12 pm 1 comment

coming to the 405 (and the Plaza District)

Oklahoma City Selected to Host 2010 National Main Street Conference  

Successful Program of National Trust for Historic Preservation Combines Economic Development and Historic Preservation

Washington, DC (October 1, 2008) – The National Trust Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that combines historic preservation and economic development, announced today that it selected Oklahoma City to host the 2010 National Main Streets Conference, May 2-5, 2010. 

Since its founding in 1977, the National Trust Main Street Center has helped communities throughout the nation use historic preservation-based economic development to revive their commercial districts, strengthen local economies and increase civic engagement. In cities, counties and states, it has created a nationwide network with more than 1,200 active Main Street communities. The National Main Streets Conference provides a forum to share knowledge, best practices and innovative ideas with professionals and volunteers from small and rural towns, suburban communities, and large and midsized cities, from across the nation.

“As a host city, Oklahoma City ably demonstrates the power of historic preservation as both a tool for economic development and a catalyst for improving the quality of life for residents and visitors,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Oklahoma has a long history as a distinguished Main Street program – one that has many success stories from communities throughout the state,” said Doug Loescher, executive director of the National Trust Main Street Center. “We are pleased to bring the accomplishments of the state into the national spotlight, and believe this is an opportunity to build partnerships that will benefit Oklahoma and communities nationwide.”

The conference features tours that showcase on-site case studies throughout the host city and in nearby Main Street districts. Oklahoma currently has 43 Main Street communities, including five urban business districts, four of which are in Oklahoma City. They include: Capitol Hill, Eastside Capitol Gateway, Plaza District and Stockyards City. 

The four-day National Main Streets Conference is the only commercial district revitalization educational and networking event that blends economic development, community revitalization, and historic preservation. The conference supports the ever-growing Main Street Network of Main Street board members, volunteers, and executive directors as well as planners, architects, public officials, BID/MID staff, and others working in the revitalization field.

“The Oklahoma City area provides excellent examples of Main Street Center-driven programs.  Oklahoma City looks forward to welcoming nearly 2,000 people from around the country to see our successes,” said Linda Barnett, director of the Oklahoma Main Street Center, Oklahoma Department of Commerce. “Many share credit for helping bring the conference to Oklahoma City, including the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Cliff Hudson, Chairman and CEO of Sonic Corp., and Chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees.”

The conference offers educational sessions and tours on the Main Street Four-Point Approach™—a proven strategy for comprehensive commercial district revitalization—as well as related topics including fund raising, organizational development, marketing, business assistance, planning, volunteer recruitment, visioning, advocacy. It also features sessions and tours focused on the still to be announced conference theme.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, 9 regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories. For more information visit

November 10, 2008 at 10:25 pm Leave a comment

No straw here

Here you are, on the inside of the Plaza District. Here you can find the latest scoop on what’s going on, or just read about the various Plaza District inhabitants shooting the breeze. And since I spent all my time setting this thing up, I’ll keep this one short.

A couple of weeks ago, I was visiting my friend and we went to eat breakfast in downtown McKinney TX. I proceeded to grace the perfectly clean streets wrapped with straw and fall leaves, eat the best breakfast at a small restaurant called Spoons, and bought 2 out of 47 popcorn flavor choices from Mom & Popcorn Co. It was Sunday afternoon and the place was buzzing!

I have to admit for a second (just one), I was jealous of the breakfast and the popcorn. As a main street program, the Plaza District is striving to create that healthy buzzing atmosphere, but I quickly reminded myself of all the differences a Texas suburb and an inner Oklahoma City district have.

The Plaza District may never have light poles dressed in straw and leaves. The buzzing atmosphere may never be the middle class after church crowd, but the Plaza District will have light poles promoting the next Lyric production, and the buzzing atmosphere will continue to be a mix of artists, neighborhood residents, parents, and the rest of the eclectic crowd so attracted to the diversity of our district.

I’m still looking forward to that popcorn and breakfast though 🙂

Kristen Vails, Ex Director, Plaza District Main Street Association

**disclaimer: this post does not critique McKinney downtown. I encourage all to visit and get some popcorn!

July 3, 2008 at 9:08 pm Leave a comment


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