Every month we look forward to a special night known around these parts as 2nd Friday Art Walk. It's what the name implies: on the 2nd Friday of every month, downtown businesses throw open their doors for a big family friendly open house. It's a great way to get to know the business owners and find out what each shop offers. Not to mention, most places showcase interesting artwork and offer sweets and treats along the way. This month, the Art Walk was extra special since it fell on Valentine's Eve, and we got lucky with some unseasonably warm weather. Needless to say we were in good company as we made our way down Main St.
The Art Walk is the perfect time to check out new businesses. Our first stop was a new travel planning and swimwear retailer called Sea Shanty Adventure Tours. Tell me you don't want to go on a swashbuckling adventure immediately after looking at their facade!
Artifactory is a new art studio offering classes and some well curated antiques and curiosities.
Our downtown used to be full of antique stores but over the years, they all seem to have died out. Recently, a few have resurfaced with very well edited collections aimed at the Pinterest crowd. This is a good and bad thing because while you get interesting and functional items, you will also pay a lot for them. Not so with the newest antique shop on Main St, Vintiques Market. Their prices were very reasonable, and each booth had a distinct and organized theme.
Right next store to the Vintique Market is another Norman business near and dear to our hearts: Bold Multimedia, where Denny spends his days as a creative director.
The featured artist at Bold for February was in house designer Josh Davis, premiering his "Heartbreaker" series.
Our next stop was at Robinson's Repurposed, an amazing used furniture store specializing in unique antiques and remade furniture.
It's always a fun vibe here during the Art Walk as they offer specialty cocktails and other fun side events like photos with Santa at Christmas or demos from artists such as this lady:
And finally, we moved on to the Social Club, a salon and store, and one of the busiest stops on the entire street.
For this Art Walk, the Social Club was featuring artwork from Leana Fischer and her May We Fly pop up shop.
We were so charmed by her whimsical style that we just HAD to pick up a print.
Thus ended another entertaining night out on Main St. As a long time Norman resident, it's a joy for me to see what the town has become and how it continues to evolve into a hotbed for art and creative talent in this state.
Thanks to all of the downtown business owners who participate in this event and open your doors to us. See you next month!