9 reasons to shop local

The dollars and sense of shopping at locally owned businesses



Reason 1: Sales tax sticks around

Most Tulsans realize that shopping locally keeps their sales tax dollars in the city, county and state — funding everything from local police and fire services to public education — but it’s likely that few understand the huge impact their daily shopping decisions have on their overall quality of life.

Like ripples from a rock tossed in a lake, choosing to shop locally has myriad impacts, both tangible and intangible, that go well beyond basic government services.

In Tulsa, sales tax accounts for nearly one third of the city’s revenue: an estimated $274 million in the 2018 budget. However, many online retailers without a physical presence in Oklahoma are not required by law to collect sales tax. Residents are supposed to report their online purchases when filing state income taxes, but in the past most have not, meaning local government continued to lose millions from out-of-state sales.

Fortunately, the Oklahoma Retail Protection Act of 2016 was a step in the right direction. The law allows Oklahoma to collect sales tax from out-of-state-retailers that have various affiliations with Oklahoma businesses. It also requires out-of-state retailers to notify customers by Feb. 1 of each year of how much they spent and remind them how much sales tax they should self-report.

Another bright spot: Starting March 1, online retail giant Amazon voluntarily began collecting local and statewide taxes on purchases.

According to Mike Kier, the City of Tulsa’s director of finance, online sales still translate into millions of dollars in lost sales tax revenue.

“This significant growth in online retail sales has happened over a period of time when there has been very modest growth in overall retail sales,” Kier says. “That puts more and more pressure on the brick-and-mortar side of things. And that loss in revenue can make running a government very challenging.”

Not only is it challenging for the government, it’s also challenging for Tulsa’s small business owners.

 

Reason 2: "You can’t get your bike fixed over the internet."

Tom Brown has owned and operated Tom’s Bicycles in Tulsa since 1994. Over the years, his business has suffered from the consumer shift to online retail.

“It’s getting harder and harder all the time to have a brick-and-mortar store,” Brown says. Tom’s has two locations: 6861 S. Peoria Ave. and 1506 E. 15th St.

While Brown has lost plenty of local sales to online merchants, he has also lost business from surrounding, smaller communities. “People used to come to Tulsa from surrounding cities and towns and drive around to do all of their shopping,” he says. “They’d stop in at the bike shop and buy a pair of socks or a pair of gloves or whatever they needed. That’s just not happening anymore, or it’s happening on a much smaller scale.”

According to Brown, local businesses are much more than just a source of sales tax revenue. They provide expertise, create community and advocate for local causes. “You can’t get your bike fixed over the internet,” he says.

Brown and his employees “pre-filter” the merchandise they sell, testing and researching all of the products, from tubes to socks, in order to offer the best quality to their customers.

 

Reason 3: Employ thy neighbor

Brown also employs six people, most of them full-time with health care and retirement benefits. Most have worked at the shop for at least 15 years. Each employee owns a house or rents, buys groceries and generally contributes to the local economy.

“We’re really trying to make it a profession, rather than a job,” Brown says. “So it really helps when you come into the store and buy anything. It helps those people that work for me. It helps me, too. It helps me pay them. It helps me provide all of the things they really need. I try to make sure they’re getting as much as I can possibly give.”

 

Reason 4: Re-investement in the community beyond dollars

Brown and his staff frequently volunteer outside the shop, too. “I’m going to two different large bike rides this weekend to offer mechanical support,” he says. “We spend a lot of time and money supporting local endeavors that not only promote cycling, but also help out the community. We have a pretty strong feeling that this is what we should be doing — giving back to the community.”

Their efforts provide secondary economic benefits. Brown and other local bike stores have long been champions of Tulsa’s trail system, working and communicating with relevant government officials and organizations to create, maintain and expand the city’s miles and miles of recreational trails. Their efforts have enhanced Tulsa’s livability for its inhabitants and added to its tourism appeal, benefiting the economy.

“There are people who come here just for … Tulsa Tough and the Tour de Tulsa,” Brown says. “They come to ride on River Parks. They come from all over the place.”

Every dollar spent at independent businesses returns three times more money to the local economy than one spent at a chain.

Source: American Independent Business Alliance

 

Reason 5: Local businesses give back

According to Kathy Duck, executive director of the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Small Business Connection, it’s their connection to the community that makes small businesses so important.

“Working with local companies means your money is staying in this community to help it grow,” she says. “Tulsa’s small businesses really take pride in their city, and they work with community-based programs and charities and advocate for local efforts. This really just improves the overall quality of life in Tulsa.”

Marshall Brewing Co., 618 S. Wheeling Ave., is just a short ride from Brown’s midtown bike shop. Much like Brown, President and Brewmaster Eric Marshall strongly believes in giving back to the community and supporting other local businesses. The brewery’s bottles and cardboard boxes are locally sourced, and the company uses local people for its T-shirts, hats and other merchandise.

Eric Marshall is the president and brewmaster of Marshall Brewing Co. As a small business owner, he strongly believes in giving back to the community and supporting other local businesses. The taproom serves as a regular community gathering spot in the Kendall Whittier district.

“We do a lot to support local organizations,” Marshall says. “We donate a lot of time, beer, tours and merchandise. It costs us money, but we feel it’s the right thing to do.  We want to do our fair share to help grow the community, be a good partner, and help make Tulsa and Oklahoma better in general.”

Marshall chose to locate his business in the Kendall Whittier District, and he serves on the board of the Kendall Whittier Main Street Association.

The brewery is an anchor in this transitional neighborhood. “It’s been positive for us, and that’s part of our advocacy — continuing to promote this area,” Marshall says.

Small businesses donate two times as much to local charities as chains. Independent restaurants return two times more to local economies than chains.

Source: independentwestand.com

Reason 6: Knowing where the product comes from

The brewery’s investment in community also means knowing and understanding its clients, often on a personal level. The taproom is open three days a week and serves as a regular community gathering spot. Patrons can sample beers, ask questions and give feedback.

“People want to know the story,” Marshall says. “When people can come in and meet and know the people who make the product, it contributes to their quality of life. They spend their time here and get fresh beer and then go out and support the people who support us in terms of where they make decisions to go have dinner or a beer.”

There are some hard dollars and cents behind the local brewing industry, as well. In 2014, when there were half as many craft breweries as there are now, the Oklahoma Craft Brewing Industry had a $415.7 million economic impact in Oklahoma, according to a study published last year by University of Central Oklahoma economics professor Travis Roach. Broken down into drinking terms, that’s a $65.94 economic impact per 12-ounce serving — a pretty good return on your local drinking dollars.

 

Reason 7: "Keep It Local" perks

Bryce Bandy, co-founder of Keep It Local OK, started his company seven years ago to support and publicize local businesses. Keep It Local sells annual membership cards for $15, and local merchants, businesses and restaurants offer discounts and promotions to the cardholders. The company releases the cards Nov. 24 — Black Friday — and they’re good for the next 13 months. In Oklahoma, 257 businesses in 357 locations participate in the program. In Tulsa, 43 businesses participate in 49 locations. Bandy, an Oklahoma City resident, sees it as a great way to discover a city.

“There are a ton of places you can easily miss, great places in the Pearl District or Kendall Whittier that are just a little out of the way that you might not just stumble on,” Bandy says.

Ashley Daly has owned Retro Den with Ashley Palmer for nearly five years. The store joined the Keep It Local OK campaign after talking to Bandy and seeing the other like-minded businesses participating in the program.

Retro Den’s Ashley Daly

“As a shop owner, I love seeing our customers at the grocery store or at my daughter’s school,” Daly says. “Our customers become our friends. I think there’s a special energy that’s created when you have people around you that are fully engaged in their lives — we’re all doing what we’re passionate about and making our community a better place.”

 

Reason 8: Put your money where your mouth is

Bandy suggests customers should shift their thinking into seeing shopping local as an investment in the community. “(By spending money with local business owners) you’re rewarding these people for taking a chance on opening a business,” he says. “Spend some money with them. It may be a little more, or it may not be, but look at it as investing in your community and your family.”

Taking advantage of this opportunity might have a welcome side effect for all Tulsans. “Usually those entrepreneurial people are also the ones who want to get involved in the community,” Bandy says. “They’re more likely to help push the city forward and make it a cooler place.” 

 



Nov. 25 is Small Business Saturday.

American Express started the concept in 2010. It’s a good opportunity to get to know local merchants, many of whom will offer discounts and promotions, and a good chance to get a jump on your holiday shopping. Locally, more information can be found at facebook.com/tulsasmallbusinessconnection.



 

Reason 9: Local businesses support other local businesses

The typical American family spends over $800 on Christmas, with one-third of that spent on clothing and accessories for women, men and children. According to the Tulsa Regional Chamber, that totals $73 million in the holiday season in Tulsa.

“Both large stores (department or discount stores) and smaller stores (franchises and proprietorships) employ salespeople, buy resources locally and pay sales and property taxes,” says Bob Ball, director of economic research for the Tulsa Regional Chamber in its “The Chamber Report.”

Ball says smaller specialty stores require 930 employees to accommodate the holiday shopping rush. Those 930 store employees support the employment of 181 in local supplier operations.

“In the specialty store, each dollar earned by a direct retail employee supports the earning of 48 cents by workers in supplier operations,” Ball says. “In the large department store, each dollar earned supports the earning of 20 cents by suppliers’ workers,” because many rely on corporate arrangements with suppliers for goods and services.

Restaurateur Libby Billings strives to think local when it comes to sourcing product for her three downtown restaurants. Sure, things like avocados and agave can’t be grown locally, but at Elote, Billings averages about 28 percent locally purchased items.

“When you buy food locally it actually tastes better,” Billings says, citing flavorless Mexican-grown tomatoes picked weeks before they arrive on Tulsa tables. “I purchase all my tomatoes from Eden Veggies out of Broken Arrow. They are harvested the day before they are delivered to my restaurants to be served. They just taste better.”

While flavor has a lot to do with Billings’ choices, there are other reasons she does business with local and Oklahoma-based businesses, too.

“I see the business owners and their employees dining at my restaurants all the time,” she says. “They all know I can choose to purchase from a big online company or out-of-state providers, but I choose them and they show me support by choosing me, too.”

Billings reiterates her feelings of shopping at local businesses with a big diagram at Elote.

Editor’s note: Thank you to Libby Billings and Elote for allowing us to recreate the in-store diagram here.

 

 

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Sponsor: LIFE Senior Services
Telephone: 918-664-9000
Contact Name: Emily Fox

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In this exhibition, 108 | Contemporary will feature Oklahoma artist members by hosting a juried survey of their work. Included pieces will be constructed from fiber, wood, ceramics, metal, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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Kendra Gives Back Join us for a Kendra Gives Back Event on Thursday, January 18, from 5 - 7 p.m. Enjoys sips, sweets and jewels in an upscale shopping experience. Twenty percent of the proceeds...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Kendra Scott
1842 Utica Square
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: LIFE Senior Services
Telephone: 918-664-9000
Contact Name: Emily Fox
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TU's music and discussion series continues with violinists Maureen O'Boyle and Pete Peterson and cellist Lorelei Barton.

Where:
Meinig Recital Hall, Lorton Performance Center
550 S Gary Pl
Tulsa, OK
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Garden CEO Dr. Todd Lasseigne will get you ready for spring with lively and informative talks on the third Thursday of each month. Talks begin at 6 p.m. Free for Garden members; regular admission...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12; 2 & under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Lot No. 6
1323 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $30-$50

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $4-$10

Where:
Expo Square Pavilion
4145 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Guests at this local talk show will include Chuck Stikl of Z104.5 The Edge and The Sports Animal, medical marijuana proponents Oklahomas for Health, musical guests Dane Arnold & The Soup and Kaito...

Cost: $5

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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The Fur Shop
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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For only January and February - four-legged family members can join you for a walk at the Botanic Garden - Fridays and Saturdays in January and February only.  Dogs must be on a leash (no...

Cost: FREE for Garden members and member dogs; Regular admission for non-members and $

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival, Arthouse 18 presents the quintessential photo exhibit of this groundbreaking rock festival. The photographs are from the...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Zarrow Center for Art & Education
124 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-631-4400
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This photographic journey shines a bright light on true game-changers who had something poignant, meaningful and often prophetic to say – people who pondered, practiced, processed and...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Zarrow Center for Art & Education
124 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-631-4400
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In this exhibition, 108 | Contemporary will feature Oklahoma artist members by hosting a juried survey of their work. Included pieces will be constructed from fiber, wood, ceramics, metal, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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Contact improv is about choices, listening, sharing and generosity. It is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially -...

Cost: $18.75 or $15 with punch card

Where:
Fly Loft studio 3
117 N Boston
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Lefty's On Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Fassler Hall
304 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Osage Casino Tulsa - NINE18 Bar
951 W 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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The Oklahoma Music Educators Association presents concerts featuring their Honor Band, All-State chorus, and All-State instrumental ensemble.

Cost: $18

Where:
Chapman Music Hall, Tulsa PAC
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Centennial Lounge at VFW Post 577
1109 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Bistro at Seville
10021 S Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Crystal Skull
1005 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Wyld Hawgz
6151 E 31st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Philbrook Downtown hosts a special conversation with guest curator Colin Tuis Nesbit on the New/Now show, which features works by Tulsa Artist Fellows. The show will feature behind-the-scenes...

Cost: $20

Where:
Philbrook Downtown
116 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Starlite
1902 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

For only January and February - four-legged family members can join you for a walk at the Botanic Garden - Fridays and Saturdays in January and February only.  Dogs must be on a leash (no...

Cost: FREE for Garden members and member dogs; Regular admission for non-members and $

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Website »

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This marks the first time this remarkable collection has been exhibited internationally. OKCMOA will present some of the most important works from the Victoria and Albert’s outstanding...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Website »

More information

This photographic journey shines a bright light on true game-changers who had something poignant, meaningful and often prophetic to say – people who pondered, practiced, processed and...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Zarrow Center for Art & Education
124 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Telephone: 918-631-4400
Website »

More information

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival, Arthouse 18 presents the quintessential photo exhibit of this groundbreaking rock festival. The photographs are from the...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Zarrow Center for Art & Education
124 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-631-4400
Website »

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All children ages 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2017-18 ORU Athletics ticketed sports. ALL KIDS – IT’S FREE! is strictly a promotion. These tickets have no...

Cost: $12, $17, $22

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Sponsor: Mabee Center
Telephone: 918-495-6000
Contact Name: Box Office
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Green up your surroundings in January! Register now for this hands-on workshop where you will create a living art piece (12" x 12") of succulents nestled into a wood frame. You can keep...

Cost: $85 for Garden members; $95 for non-members

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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In this exhibition, 108 | Contemporary will feature Oklahoma artist members by hosting a juried survey of their work. Included pieces will be constructed from fiber, wood, ceramics, metal, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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Toyland Ball, held every January, is The Parent Child Center of Tulsa’s annual signature fundraising event. This black tie gala with a whimsical theme offers an elegant evening of dinner and...

Cost: $300-$25,000

Where:
Cox Business Center
100 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: The Parent Child Center of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-599-7999
Contact Name: Melody Hughes
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All children ages 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2017-18 ORU Athletics ticketed sports. ALL KIDS – IT’S FREE! is strictly a promotion. These tickets have no...

Cost: $12, $17, $22

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Sponsor: Mabee Center
Telephone: 918-495-6000
Contact Name: Box Office
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Planned Parenthood Great Plains hosts this Women's March after-party, which will feature a Feminist Art Wall where purchases benefit Planned Parenthood.

Where:
Mainline
111 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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The Spontaniacs! present “The 2018 Show”.  Yes, it's really here!  The show that's been 2,018 years coming!  Join us now as centuries of anticipation culminate at...

Cost: $8.00

Where:
pH Community House
306 S Phoenix Ave
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: The Spontaniacs!
Telephone: 918-521-9345
Contact Name: Eric Peterson
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Where:
El Coyote Manco
2160 S Garnett Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Crystal Skull
1005 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $20-$35

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Magoo's Billiards
5002 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Lot No. 6
1323 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Lefty's On Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
C'Yote Club
822 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Bull and Bear Tavern
5800 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Making plans for this weekend? You can't do better than The Drunkard & The Olio at the historic Spotlight Theater. You know you've always wanted to go, and now's your chance. And if...

Cost: Adults $20, kids $12, seniors & military $17

Where:
Spotlight Theater
1381 Riverside Dr.
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $15-$44

Where:
Reynolds Center
3208 E 8th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $37-$62

Where:
Brady Theater
105 W M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK
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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Bad Ass Renee's
6373 E 31st St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Mindfreak unplugged.

Cost: $99-$129

Where:
The Joint at Hard Rock Casino
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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The Quartet in Residence at The University of Delaware, Serafin String Quartet takes its name from master luthier Sanctus Serafin, who in 1728 crafted the violin SSQ violinist Kate Ransom plays.

Where:
Gussman Concert Hall, Lorton Performance Center
550 S Gary Pl
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $35-$55

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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This free event will feature yoga workshops and lectures on alternative forms of medicine, including Reiki, Ayurveda, and herbal health.

Where:
Peace of Mind Books
1401 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Scottish Club of Tulsa and ScotFest host their annual tribute to the national bard of Scotland, Robert Burns. The event features a haggis dinner, scotch whisky,and readings of Burns' poetry.

Cost: $70-$110

Where:
Wyndham Hotel Tulsa
10918 E 41st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $15-$44

Where:
Reynolds Center
3208 E 8th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-$40

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Mabee Center
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $13-$54

Where:
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Wyld Hawgz
6151 E 31st St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Fur Shop
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Website »

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Cost: $5

Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Pit Stop
816 Sheridan
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Osage Casino Tulsa - NINE18 Bar
951 W 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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