Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Change of Seasons!

We can feel it in the air, the beginning of our most favorite season! We are so thrilled about it all that we will be offering our shoppers a free gift with every purchase of $10 or more all week! Stop in say hello and get a look at the historic milk bottle building, we promise it won't take but a minute (also ask to see our bathroom, someone left some pretty cool art in there!) Parking is available on the north and east side of the building, along the park, at CVS, and the old grocery store building.
In other news...we attended the Junklahoma sale and event in Piedmont, sponsored by the Old Store.
What a great event it was too, the nicest folks worked really hard to make a smooth running and fun event for vendors and shoppers alike. It was one day only, but it appeared that the vendors all had great sales and the shoppers went home with their treasures and all at a bargain price. It's a win, win situation or is that a win, win, win situation? Either way it was great fun and got us to thinking some. Why haven't we ever thought of that before? Instead of staying in one spot waiting on the customers to come to us, which is good, why not go set up shop where the customers are already gathering. We learned that this was a great idea after participating in the OKC Pop-Up shops last Christmas. So, we've decided to take off from time to time see a little bit of the country, meet some new folks, head to some antique shows and spread a bit of Prairie Gothic around. So stay tuned and we will keep you informed about when and where we will popping up again!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Doors Open!

We have succeeded in checking off a bucket list item! Our doors are open at our Prairie Gothic, Route 66, strange and wonderful trading post, located in the iconic "Milk Bottle Building" on old Route 66, near 23rd and North Classen Blvd., in Oklahoma City. Be sure to stay tuned for information regarding our special grand opening celebration coming soon. Our store sits where the Paseo, Asian District, Uptown, and the Plaza neighborhood converge. Lucky bamboo, a gift from our new neighbors and milk bottles from Trader Mike make us feel welcome. A huge thank you goes out to Elise Kilpatrick for finding us and offering a dream.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Milk it Does a Body Good!

Yes, it's true, Prairie Gothic is adding a second location right on Highway 66. Now, tell me childhood dreams don't come true. See you in May Oklahoma City!

Queen of the Prairie, yes there's a reason we call it that.

  When working on marketing strategies we were recently told to not bother explaining why we called our festival Queen of the Prairie, and why would we? There are lots of festivals with quirky fun names that are just that, quirky and fun and some odd, they could take the name and have that same festival anywhere, and besides who cares about history?  But when we first thought of having a festival for Guthrie it definitely had to fit Guthrie.  Hence the name Queen of the Prairie, which is what Guthrie was called in the late 1800's early 1900's because the city was so beautiful, it definitely ruled over the sparsely populated Oklahoma territory. We still think that royal atmosphere persists today.
Our city has hosted it's annual International Bluegrass Festival, which existed long before we arrived, Mumford and Son's Gentlemen of the Road Tour and as a business we have started and with the help of our community we've grown Make Guthrie Weird block parties (with great success I might add). So yes, we have so far chosen a genre of music that we believe encompasses Oklahoma and Guthrie, in particular, Americana, Folk, Roots, all that speaks to Oklahoma, Oklahomans and their histories. So we are calling this new festival Queen of the Prairie Festival. This genre is as diverse as the people who settled Guthrie.
 We also realize there are a lot of festivals held around the country and in Oklahoma and to distinguish our festival we would have to go for something different. The genre was one step, but to take it further we decided that our concept had to be very exclusive from top to bottom. We started with art work, our queen had be reminiscent of not only the Queen of the Prairie, but she also gives a nod to the casinos and saloons that were the first businesses up and thriving in Guthrie. So we asked respected and acclaimed tattoo artist, Shane Swift, who masters old school Americana style tattooing to style our logo. The result was beautiful, the two queens on the art represented the original native queens and the new incoming pioneer queens. We and everyone else appears to love this piece.
  Stage two of our process was getting just the right lineup and believe me when I tell you, we did! It is perfect, packed top to bottom with the best artists of the genre that is out there. Another thing we have done differently than most festivals is every single artist we have contracted has the potential to be the headliner. We are asked time and again, who is the headliner, and truthfully it's hard to say. You could ask the artists themselves who is the headliner and they too would agree that any of them could! They are all that good! They've opened for the same bands, headlined for the same bands, and opened and headlined for each other. Instead of spending bushels of money on one headliner, that you can catch at a lot of different venues, we've opted to get ALL of the next BIG names! Most festivals offer the big name a few mid level names and lots of filler, but we have absolutely no filler for this event. There will not be an act where you say I'm going to get something to eat and take a nap, because you will not want to miss one show.
  Being well acquainted with the saying, "there is nothing new under the sun" we aren't claiming we are the only festival designed this way, but it's how we think we can bring the most talent together and the music and festival fan get the most bang for their buck. Did you know that this will average out to less than $6.50 an act? There is NO better deal out there, bar none, not for this quality!
  We are sure there may be acts that you haven't heard of yet and we will begin blogging about each entertainer, a taste of their music, and a little bit about them. So stay tuned. We are getting down to the nitty gritty of days remaining to purchase your tickets. We will be capping attendance at 5000 enough to have plenty of viewing and camping room and enjoy one of the most elite and curated festival experiences this summer anywhere, a no stress, no heat, pleasant, music lovers experience.
So stay tuned to learn about our artists and hear a sampling of their sweet tunes.
  Stage 3 will be for you to get your tickets and join us in making Oklahoma history again. There are surprises in store that we can't wait to reveal. One of our artists may have some of the deepest Oklahoma roots and music genes ever. So we will look forward to seeing you here May 1, 2. It may not be as exciting as the original land run , but in our lifetime, it's pretty darned exciting!

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Monday, November 25, 2013

This Is Not a Demand

But we highly suggest that you check out our new web store! It's finally up and running and we are adding items daily. If you've been in to visit us and have seen an item not on our page yet, give us a call and we will get it to you right away. There are perks to living next door to the post office, mail trucks unloading at 5AM are not one of them, but getting packages out to our friends is. We have Guthrie's Territorial Christmas celebrations just around the corner, the second street merchants have a few holiday surprises planned also and right here at Prairie Gothic we are planning our anniversary party that's sure to have some toe tapping music, refreshments and celebrating with friends, so stay tuned for details.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

October Make Guthrie Weird Block Party

Photo: Bandelier, great music and great folks and great instagram photo by @seehorsedesign.

Another block party and according to others, ourselves included, it may have been the most fun of all! Maybe it was the October weather or the combination of the people who helped put it together and those who attended but by Weird Guthrie ...standards it was a huge success. Thanks to all of our 2nd St neighbors who always bring the good old fashioned fun, Union Tacos and the Bluebelle Saloon for all of the great grub and for feeding our bands, Allison from Brown Egg Bakery who brought the sweet flavors of autumn treats, James Long who kindly brings the bounce and fun for the kids, Los Colognes who drove all night to get in from Nashville, Bandelier who are the nicest guys ever and our new super talented neighbor, Parker Millsap, it was a real treat! A special thank you goes to John Vance Auto Group who helped sponsor the event! Now fall has fallen and winter will soon be here whatever shall we do with ourselves? We haven't inked it in yet but we are definitely penciling in a few ideas for the cooler months. Let us know if you are up for more Make Guthrie Weird Block Party fun.