Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Popping Back Up: Trade, Other Shops Find Space in OKC's Midtown

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Popping Back Up: Trade, Other Shops Find Space in OKC's Midtown

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Nearly every day, Midtown Renaissance Group President Mickey Clagg receives calls from retailers looking for a small space. But creating shops in the older, large buildings in Midtown can be a challenge. Clagg said the buildings on N. Broadway Ave., known as Automobile Alley, are 140 feet deep, while traditional shopping center spaces are 65 to 70 feet deep.

"In those old buildings, it's hard to deliver a small space," Clagg said.

Clagg and his team were able to create four slots in the building at 1112 N. Walker Ave. The 5,762-square-foot first floor of the 10,136-square-foot building is now home to Trade Men's Wares, Chirps & Cheers stationery shop, and Dr. Bailey Schnebel Coleman's dental practice. There is one 1,100-square-foot opening in the building, and Clagg said a future tenant will sign soon. The second floor is office space.

"The thing about a medical service like that is it brings people to the area throughout the day," Clagg said. "It was a way to create traffic throughout the day."

Hunter Goodman and Lukus Collins, Trade Men's Wares owners, said they were excited about the foot traffic that the Midtown area offers. Collins' wife, Elle, is also a partner in Trade. She handles the store's marketing and other fine details, Lukus said.

"We really believe in the urban core," Lukus Collins said. "We are committed to what's happening down here. Men's retail is a big part of that."

Goodman and Collins first opened Trade Men's Wares on N. Broadway Avenue in November 2013. The pop-up shop closed in March. Goodman said the store was well-received and did great before the holiday season. The guys touted their goods at H&8th Night Market during the summer while waiting for their new space to open.

"It was amazing how many people knew about the pop-up," he said. "We had a lot of people say, 'Oh, I was wondering what happened to you guys.'"

The new 600-square-foot site is smaller than their previous space. But Collins said it's actually the perfect size. …

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