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Jeff and Sandra Mathis stand in front of a few items for sale in the new downtown business: The Pickin’ Queen.

This is the first of an occasional series on new businesses open in downtown Claremore.


Jeff and Sandra Mathis brought their business to Main Street for the foot traffic and are staying for the area’s rich history.

The Mathis’s own the new furniture store on Main Street, The Pickin’ Queen, which is in Claremore’s 418 West Will Rogers Boulevard building.

“We did some studies on the foot traffic in different areas and you know there are so many stores that are here together,” Jeff said. “People come on the Route 66 journey and they just get out and go from store to store to store.”

Jeff and Sandra live in Pryor, Oklahoma and are some of the many people that commute to Claremore every day. They opened shop over a month ago, on Sept. 1. The store now sells modern furniture and home décor but used to be home to The Cadet Theatre.

“It’s just a neat little surrounding area,” Jeff said. “You know, each building has a history. Out in the front, what is really neat is they have these pillars that are embedded in the concrete that talk about what the building was… A lot of people get a little bit of history when they are in town shopping.”

The Mathis’s said they are eager for the holidays on Main Street. They discussed different opportunities to give back, including buying turkeys for families in need and possibly having a donation tree to help give needy kids Christmas presents. Nothing is official, but Jeff said they will have Santa come visit.

“Of course, we will have Santa Clause because I know Santa Clause personally,” Jeff said. “We will have him and a couple of elves running around closer to Christmas.”

After a month open to the public and the holidays fast approaching, Sandra said business is booming and she looks forward to putting up the biggest Christmas tree she can.

“I knew Claremore had a lot of foot traffic, but I had no idea it was this much,” Sandra said. “We have had people from all over the states come in.”

The Mathis’s said they are happy to have their first storefront in Claremore and enjoy getting to know everyone who walks through their door.

“I really do love it here,” Sandra said.

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