Become a Board Member!

 
Join the fun and be a part of shaping Downtown! We are currently accepting applications for board members that are:
 
Representatives of In-District Businesses/Organizations
Members at large – Ideally this person would live and/or work in Claremore and show an interest in the success of our district

If you would like to apply, follow the link below.  The application question “Why do you want to be a Board Member” will be shared with the partnership before they vote. Applications will be accepted until the close of business on Friday, May 24, 2024.

https://form.jotform.com/240314675389059

The Claremore Main Street Board Acknowledges Concerns Over Downtown Parklets

Claremore, Oklahoma – February 1, 2024 – The Claremore Main Street Board is addressing the concerns voiced by the community regarding the parklets situated in Downtown Claremore. As stewards of the downtown area, we understand the importance of maintaining a vibrant and welcoming environment for residents, visitors, and businesses alike.

Over the past few weeks, there has been an influx of feedback from various stakeholders regarding the placement and impact of the parklets. The concerns raised encompass a range of issues, including accessibility, traffic flow, and overall aesthetic appeal. The board wants to assure the public that these concerns have not gone unnoticed, and we are committed to finding a resolution that balances the interests of all parties involved.

At present, the Claremore Main Street Board is engaged in ongoing discussions at the board level to explore potential solutions to address the concerns raised. We recognize that any changes made should take into account the diverse needs of our community and ensure that Downtown Claremore, and the Lilac District, remain accessible and inviting to all.

Corporate Olympics – Battle for the Belt

Join us at Food Truck Thursday on September 28th to watch Claremore’s local businesses and industries compete in our annual Corporate Olympics. Who will walk away with the champion belt this year? Teams must sign up to compete, but the public is highly encouraged to come and cheer them on!

Food trucks will be set up, downtown shops will be open late and additional vendors will fill the streets. You don’t want to miss it!

Sailor Antiques Celebrates 10 years in Downtown Claremore

Located in Historic Downtown Claremore, OK, Sailor Antiques & Collectibles has two floors of antiques, vintage, collectibles, home decor, unique gift ideas, architectural salvage and so much more! 

Celebrate their 10 years of business with us on Wednesday February 1, 2023 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Join in on special sales shopping, live music, games, children’s entertainment, photo booth, interactive vintage project, chair massage, loyal & linked jewelry, coffee station, kids face painting, refreshments, door prizes, Vintage Market Day ticket giveaway, meet the Sailor Families!

 

Stop by Sailor and see what treasures you can find for yourself or buy unique gifts for friends and family.

422 W Will Rogers Blvd.

 

THE LILAC DISTRICT CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF THE SAME PAGE

Big changes are happening in The Lilac District, with several new retail and dining locations opening. This weekend, Claremore’s downtown district will welcome another new addition, The Same Page.

 

The Same Page is an independent, general-trade bookstore focused on community and sharing a love of books. Owner/Operator Katie Varner recently relocated to Claremore and fell in love with downtown during a holiday shopping trip. Varner co-owns the store with her mom, Laura Varner and sister, Kristin Johnstone. 

 

“Not only does The Lilac District offer residents a unique shopping selection, but business owners are embraced with a sense of community,” said Varner. “The Same Page was inspired by the love of stories my mom, sister, and I share. It has always been a dream of mine to share that love of books with others.” 

 

In addition to a variety of book genres, customers will also find puzzles, games, toys, stationery items and calendars on the store’s shelves. 

 

“Our goal is to provide a community-focused gathering space as well as sell books,” said Varner. “Customers should visit us for our curated selection, knowledge, fun environment and enthusiasm for books.” 

 

The Same Page will host its grand opening celebration on Saturday, January 21, from 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy refreshments and prize drawings while perusing the store’s wide selection of inventory. 

 

“There is no better way to kick off 2023 than to celebrate this incredible milestone with Katie and her family,” said Allison Dietzfeld, Executive Director for Claremore Main Street. “I am excited to witness the start of this new adventure for her in Claremore and encourage everyone to stop by and welcome her to The Lilac District.” 

 

Varner utilized the Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority’s (CIEDA) business development services for support during the beginning phases of her business launch. CIEDA’s small business platform centers around providing area entrepreneurs with the tools, training, and resources needed to be successful.

 

“I am incredibly grateful to Katie for taking a leap of faith and investing in our community,” said Terri May Peters, Business Developer for the Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority (CIEDA). “She has an incredible passion for her business and we look forward to supporting her on her small business journey.” 

 

The Same Page is located at 514 W. Will Rogers Boulevard and will operate Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Customers can also order online at www.bookshop.org/shop/TheSamePage

“We’d like to thank Terri May Peters for helping us make our dream of opening a bookstore in Claremore possible and our contractor, Mike Pharis of Revive Home Renovation, for making the incredible improvements to our building,” said Varner. “We can’t wait to open our doors and welcome the community in!”

CMS Names New Executive Director

The Claremore Main Street Board of Directors would like to announce the addition of a new Executive Director.

Allison Dietzfeld is a life long resident of Claremore. She has a true passion for her community and is inspired by what the future of Claremore can and will be. Her background provides experience in event management, tourism, marketing and community relations.

Allison prides herself on being involved and making a difference. She currently sits on the leadership team for the Claremore Collective, acts as the Co-Fair Manager for the Rogers County Fair and has been a part of countless event committees over the years. She was awarded the 2021 Leading Lady of the Year Award for Community Supporter.

Along with her husband Jon, Allison is raising her daughter to see and appreciate everything Claremore has to offer. It’s not uncommon to see them as a family volunteering and supporting community activities.

We are looking forward to the leadership Allison will bring to the Main Street organization. Please help us give her a warm welcome!

Parklets Installed Downtown

BY CHELSEA WEEKS
News Editor Claremore Daily Progress
Oct 12, 2021

Two parklets have been installed in downtown Claremore in front of Taps on the Tracks and Crooked Roots.

“These parklets allow the public to interact with the public space in a different way than just a regular parking space,” Claremore City Planner Kyle Clifton said. “I think it will benefit the downtown merchants as a whole because it keeps people downtown. It gives people a place to sit, it gives people a place to gather.”

Claremore Main Street board unanimously approved the construction of the parklets during the September board meeting.

Andrew Jones, Co-Owner of Taps on the Tracks, grew up in Claremore and always found there was a faction that looks favorable on progress and a faction that doesn’t want anything to change.

“I feel like this is something that is easily reversible if it doesn’t work or isn’t popular,” he said. “I, for one, am glad to see Claremore trying new things.”

Jones said Main Street approached him to see if they’d be willing to give up two parking spots for the parklets.

“After looking at the designs, I said yes,” he said. “I think it’ll be awesome.”

After living in Seattle, Boulder and Los Angeles, Jones said these are common in those markets and will create a more pedestrian vibe in Claremore that will add to the quaintness of the town.

That sentiment was echoed by co-owner of Crooked Roots, Bailey Robinson.

“I’m so excited,” she said. “It will bring so much more to downtown.”

Robinson said she volunteered her two parking spots up for the parklet.

“It’ll give the vibe that downtown is a place to come, stay and hang out,” she said.

CMS Executive Director Jacob Garrison said having the parkets outside Taps on the Tracks and Crooked Roots will provide two different sets of data since they are two different types of business: retail and food and beverage.

“For us, we didn’t want to put them in the front of two similar businesses,” he said. “We wanted to be able to have that data and feedback on two different areas.”

The discussion of creating parklets began in January.

“We’re very excited,” Garrison said. “For us, it’s been a long time coming.”

Clifton said the parklet is a temporary solution to the comprehensive plan, which has a vision to create an expanded, urban designed, complex zone, like sidewalk cafes.

“The problem is, with our current configuration we don’t have enough width on the actual sidewalk itself,” he said.

Due to the lack of room, the parklet was brought up as an alternative to provide that alternative seating sought after in the comprehensive plan.

From there, tests were conducted during the St. Paddy’s Day Party event and the Taste of Claremore event, and a think tank was hosted by the Claremore Collective.

Garrison said they are trying to find what will work for Claremore.

Originally, the parklets were designed to take three parking spots in front of Back in the Day Antiques and three in front of the Homeward Bound building. After receiving feedback, the project evolved to take two parking spots in front on Crooked Roots and two spots in front of Taps on the Tracks, Clifton said.

“We tried to take into account all the feedback we received form the merchants,” he said. “They were concerned about the number of parking spaces, they were concerned about the location itself… So we tried to take all that into account.”

Clifton and Garrison conducted a week-long parking study in September. Data was collected every two hours from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“We had 15 different data points that we could collect and see what the usage was before the parklets and utilize the data,” Garrison said.

This was the second parking study conducted – the first one was done in October of 2018 – and the results were the same, Clifton said.

“The findings, in summary – contrary to popular belief – just like what we found in the first parking study, we don’t have a parking problem in downtown,” he said.

Garrison said the average parking utilization was at 49 percent.

Garrison said the goal of the study was to see what areas were being used, what areas were underutilized and what areas were under-marked as public parking.

With the data, Garrison said they will be able to educate the public on where public parking is located down town.

On top of parking concerns, some merchants were also concerned about a lack of communication with the project and the maintenance of the parklets.

Doe’s Eat Place Owner Betty Watowich said Main Street and the city are looking for ways to revitalize downtown and this is another idea.

Watowich said she has elderly patrons who struggle to walk and don’t come in because they already can’t find a parking spot.

“I don’t know how bad it’ll effect us,” she said. “I think it’s more of how other people will view it. I don’t care in the least if we do it. If it helps – hurray.”

Watowich said she was told in August that the parklets were only going to be in the 300 block.

“To me, it suddenly changed,” she said.

Watowich said they are going to try and embrace it.

“We’ll see what happens,” she said. “I’m for whatever helps. I only wish we had been talked to about it earlier.”