Stand Tall, Shop Small for OKC: Automobile Alley spotlight

Monday, July 5, 2021

by Perrin Clore Duncan

The Greater OKC Chamber has relaunched the Stand Tall, Shop Small for OKC campaign to encourage Oklahoma City residents to take pride in their community and rally together in support of small businesses. If you weren’t already excited about shopping local, consider this: for every dollar spent at a locally owned store, 67 cents stays in the community and gets multiplied by helping pay wages for local residents.

Throughout July, we’ll be sharing a series of spotlights on some of our city’s districts to highlight local retail and dining opportunities. Our first feature brings us to Automobile Alley, the historic district along Broadway in the heart of downtown.

You have likely passed through Automobile Alley if you’ve made a trip south into the city. It’s hard to miss the neon signs, brick buildings, and bright red flags marking the district. With a combination of unmistakable pieces of history and a modern-funk aesthetic, Automobile Alley offers a fantastic destination for individuals of any age to enjoy.

As Automobile Alley’s district manager, Joe Hudson, notes, “Automobile Alley is an exciting place to experience not only because we have locally owned shopping and premium restaurants like Broadway 10,  , but because the community is working to create a lively art scene. I think by now most citizens have been to, or at least heard of and  , but there is cool street art and a lot of collaboration between businesses and artists. I love hanging out in the district and seeing something that surprises me like a secret music set or street performance.”

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