Stand Tall, Shop Small for OKC: Bricktown spotlight

Monday, July 12, 2021

by Perrin Clore Duncan

 

Bricktown was a warehouse district before its restoration, but it now employs more than 1,000 Oklahomans in a variety of capacities and serves as a popular destination for baseball games, nightlife, shopping and so much more.

“Bricktown has always been what I’ve thought of when I think of Oklahoma City. Bricktown has something for everyone: food, entertainment and fun for all ages. If it’s not here already, it will be soon,” shared Justin O’Neal, Bricktown’s district manager. “COVID made everything stop around here. It’s really exciting to see everything come back, though. We’re seeing really promising signs as people begin to gather again and enjoy what the district has to offer. Some of our numbers are even better than 2019, and on the Fourth of July, there were 21,000 people out for celebrations on Mickey Mantle Drive.”

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The vibrant community in Bricktown has a strong history, and it continues to grow. Avis Scaramucci, owner of the Painted Door, has played a crucial role in Bricktown’s retail and overall growth over the past 30 years. She opened her store in 1991 after questioning how she could turn her love for helping people into a career. Without any previous retail experience, Avis decided to open Painted Door as a gift boutique and filled it with things she loved. Several months after opening, she began stocking clothing items as well, which was an uncommon choice for the time. Now, she sells about 50% gifts and 50% clothing.

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