Once-decrepit Oklahoma City street blooms into retail, restaurant area

Published: Saturday, November 14, 2009 7:00 am By: Steve Lackmeyer
blanket throws and other home decor.

Brittany Branscum also is preparing to open a Christmas tree lot in the lot she and her husband initially tried to buy. Mason, who has searched old photos and studied downtown's past, suspects it might be the first Christmas tree lot operated downtown in a half-century.

The Branscums hope visitors might enjoy a dinner at the Iguana, then dessert at Sara Sara, and then shop for gifts and Christmas ornaments at BD Home before buying a tree and heading home.

Visitors soon will have even more entertainment and shopping choices along NW 9 with Stella Photography studio set to open within a few weeks above BD Home and planning already under way for a sushi restaurant next door.

Jane Jenkins, president of Downtown Oklahoma City Inc., believes NW 9 and Broadway are a good fit for retail.

"It's well-traveled, it's got easy access, and it's the gateway to downtown," Jenkins said. "It's in the market for people who live in Deep Deuce, the Arts District, Heritage Hills and other adjacent neighborhoods. Add to that good solid property owners, great buildings, great visibility and parking that is adequate. It has the feel of a retail corridor."

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