As Mikayla Callison walks into the Claremore business, Nesting Necessities & Boutique, a smile comes over her face. She has been working all day, and the Christmas décor and beautiful music greeting her melts away the day.
Two smiling faces immediately greet her, and she makes her way over to some of the handmade jewelry, fashioned in the shape of Oklahoma with the word “Home” on the front.
Callison, a teacher at Legacy Christian School, walks through the store and visits with a friend who happens to be there at the same time. Nesting Necessities came to downtown Claremore about a year ago and carries a selection of clothing, jewelry, home décor and specialty paint. As the mother of three children, Callison has a rare moment alone to visit with a friend and enjoy the items the store has to offer.
“I will probably have a necklace made for a member of my family here,” Callison says. “I really like this line called Harley and Maudes jewelry that they carry.”
Like many families, Callison’s family “draws” names for purchasing Christmas gifts. And like many mothers, Callison doesn’t always enjoy the thought of a long drive and heavy traffic with her kids in tow to get her Christmas shopping done. This year, she is hoping to make a great many of her Christmas gift purchases in Claremore.
“I’m planning to shop here at Nesting Necessities, in Willow Tree Mall and Vintique Charm,” Callison listed. “The stores have such a unique variety of things, and I like to go in each of the stores for their environment and the ideas.”
Many of the downtown shops offer classes for crafts or for specialty paints they carry, Callison said. Willow Tree Mall offers classes to teach the application of their plaster paint line 2-to-3 times per month, while Vintique Charm has classes for their chalk paint line, every few months upon customer demand.
Susan Todd and Cari Bohannan, both Claremore residents, own Nesting Necessities & Boutique. The boutique carries brands such as Fossil, Brighton, Ivy Jane, Miss Me, as well as a broad selection of boots by Lane. The home décor items include picture frames, custom wall monograms and Christmas items, among others.
The store is approaching its one-year anniversary and will be celebrated with “The Reveal on Main,” a girls night out-type of event, in which the store owners revealed some new information about their shop.
Throughout the first year of Nesting Necessities’ business, it has been important to the store’s owners that they maintain a varied price point and a range of unique items.
“We really try to meet the needs of a lot of different shoppers,” Todd said. “We have a broad price point and carry junior sizes to 3X clothing. We also monogram many of our items.”
Todd says they opened just before Christmas last year, and the holiday season was very busy for them.
This year, they plan to have a special sale for the Black Friday shopping day, which is known nationally as the major Christmas shopping day after Thanksgiving. Nesting Necessities & Boutique is also one of the Claremore Chamber of Commerce’s Santa Cash ticket locations.
The annual Santa Cash promotion goes through Dec. 20 this year. Shoppers can get their Santa Cash tickets by shopping at Santa Cash locations throughout Claremore, and drawings will be held for cash prizes on Dec. 21 at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs.
The promotion has become a fun event for many Claremore residents and is meant to encourage Christmas shopping in the community.
Claremore Mayor Mickey Perry stresses the importance of shopping locally to support Claremore businesses and the City of Claremore. Perry says local shops have a lot to offer.
“The stores here are really great,” Perry said. “I have been in about every store in Claremore, and I think you can find most everything you need right here without the lines and without the extra gas.”
Perry hopes Claremore residents will also realize the importance of shopping locally for the benefit of maintaining city services.
He says the sales tax goes toward such services as police, fire, parks and capital improvement, as well as street and water infrastructure, and the debt service for the Expo and Recreational Centers.
“The municipalities are really dependent on sales tax to maintain our city services,” Perry said. “And, you can find about anything you want right here in Claremore.”
“I can find so many unique items here in Claremore,” she said. “Plus, I don’t always have time to go to Tulsa. It is easier, and I like the idea of supporting local businesses.”