Tulsa treasure trove
Ida Red’s two locations focus on Tulsa and fun.
Jonny and Angelene Wright at Ida Red General Store’s downtown soda fountain. The name Ida Red comes from a Bob Wills song.
A Tulsa staple since 2008, Ida Red General Store is one of the area’s go-to places for souvenirs, gifts and a treat for yourself.
Ida Red has two locations: on Brookside and its newest location, Ida Red General Store and Soda Fountain in the Tulsa Arts District.
Angelene Wright has been with the Brookside store since it opened, first as manager and now as owner. When previous owner Alice Rodgers decided to sell in 2016, Wright says it was a natural fit to buy.
“I just fell in love with the store and the customers,” Wright says. “I’ve always had a real heart and passion for Oklahoma and Tulsa.”
The family-friendly stores’ inventory includes a variety of local products that make staff smile. Many of the items that line its shelves are requested by customers or imagined by employees.
The Ida Red brand now includes T-shirts, mugs, stickers, pint glasses and key chains. One recent item Wright is proudest of is the Tulsa snow globe, which is hand painted and sculpted — a complicated process to create — but worth the results. A second edition snow globe featuring the Golden Driller will debut this holiday season.
“We try to put a little bit of every kind of gift in the stores so whatever you need you can come and get,” Wright says.
Many patrons might recognize Ida Red for its candy and soda selections, which have increased at the downtown store. Ida Red General Store and Soda Fountain sells a similar mix of merchandise but also sells bulk candy, milkshakes and espresso beverages from Topeca Coffee.
“Ida Red is really about having fun and also celebrating Oklahoma,” Wright says. “Sometimes those things converge into one awesome item. Those are really the heart of Ida Red.”
A trip to downtown’s Ida Red General Store can make you feel like a kid again. Grab a stool and belly up to the bar for a gulp down memory lane.
Soda jerks sling beverages of the past and new versions of classics, with a menu that rotates by season. Egg creams, like the one pictured here, root beer floats and acid phosphates are on the menu, along with house-made sodas, shakes and malts, coffees and espresso drinks.
3336 S. Peoria Ave.
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday
208-A N. Main St.
11 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday