Main Street announces 2020-2021 Board Officers

We would like to announce our Claremore Main Street Board Officers for the upcoming 2020-2021 year. (Left to Right)

Bob Waters (C.P.A. – Seifried Group) Treasurer
Kara Lenard (Program Manager – CIEDA) Secretary
Andrew Hocutt (General Manager – Main Street Tavern) President
Kyle Clifton (Director of Urban Design and Long Range Planning – City of Claremore) Vice President

The rest of our board for the upcoming year:

Lou Flanagan (Past President)
Ronda Cole (Back in the Day Antiques)
Kathy Glover (The Cozy Cottage)
Sara Lepak (QuikTrip)
Sara Moss (RCB Bank)
Zach Oliver (Coldwell Banker)
Travis Peck (Rogers State University)
Jimye Sharp (Claremore Christian Schools)
Tim Wantland (Wantland Law Firm)

Thank you to all of our board members for all you do for Claremore Main Street!

Q and A with Main Street’s new Yoga and Fitness Studio, The Studio by ETHOS Yoga

Rogers State University graduate Sara Wallace recently opened her new yoga and fitness studio in Downtown Claremore. They are located above The District on Main.

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself, and your family:

A: I am a believer, wife to Justin, boy-mom, RSU Alumni, and Young Living Crown Diamond. Justin & I met in Claremore, got married in Claremore, love calling Claremore home and thoroughly enjoy raising our son here.

In 2018 I  completed my Power Vinyasa 200hr Yoga Teacher Training and immediately began teaching vinyasa-based yoga classes in downtown Claremore, hoping one day to open a studio of my own.  When it comes to fitness, Yoga has always been there for me. Yoga taught me how to breathe. Yoga was the first exercise I could do after a pelvic injury. Prenatal Yoga relaxed muscles I didn’t even know were tight during my pregnancy. Hot Yoga has given me more strength, flexibility, and endurance than I’ve ever had in my life. Many days, my practice on the mat saves my sanity, and probably my liver.

As a mother and a woman in business, I am highly driven by encouraging women to know and live their purpose, in wellness and abundance.

Q: What is Studio by ETHOS Yoga?

A: The Studio by ETHOS Yoga, LLC is a Yoga & Fitness Studio offering upscale fitness with a small town vibe.

Q: Tell us a little bit about the response to your new business since it has been announced.

A: The response to our studio space opening has been so amazing! Because the space had been a Barre & Yoga studio before, former students who built their practices within those studio walls feel encouraged now to be able to practice in that space again. With the momentum of opening a new business, new faces as well as familiar instructors, everyone is just really excited to be able to get out and practice together in community.

Q: What about downtown Claremore made you want to open your business here?

A: As a graduate of RSU and a business owner for many years, I have always loved the vibe and development of downtown Claremore. We have such a gift in this unique town! I am thrilled to be a part of growing the community and opportunities on our beautiful Mainstreet; contributing to the kind of city our kids love growing up in, so they’ll love raising their families here, too.

Q: What else would you like for the community to know about Studio by ETHOS Yoga?

A: The ethos of a community is characterized by their spirit and values. Our values at The Studio are based in truth and love, with a spirit of tenacity and excellence. Our doors are open to hold space for you, without judgement, so you can find and strengthen truth inside of you.

Our website is www.myethosyoga.com and you can book your spot for classes via the MINDBODY app or at https://mindbody.io/locations/ethos-yoga

Like us on FB: www.facebook.com/ethosclaremore

Follow us on Instagram: @ethosclaremore

City pledges continued support of Main Street program

BY CYDNEY BARON

Jun 4, 2020

Claremore Main Street Executive Director, Jacob Garrison

Every year the city is asked to decide whether or not they want to continue their support of the Claremore Main Street program.

Once again, city leaders voted yes unanimously.

“[Claremore Main Street Director Jacob Garrison] and I talked last week, this is our annual contribution to support the Main Street operation. Jacob is coming up on one year…I think he’s done an outstanding job,” said City Manager Jim Thomas. “We continue to support them with their mission and goals. I have budgeted this amount for the new fiscal year.”

With that, the city approved their annual contribution of $35,000.

“We greatly appreciate the support….We’ve had a lot of great things happen so far, a lot of great businesses and enhancements. We appreciate you again voting to support us and we always want to be very diligent with the dollars the city gives us and we will continue to do that,” said Garrison.

Save the date

Claremore Main Street has announced the return of Food Truck Thursday.

The first event is scheduled for Thursday, June 25 beginning at 6 p.m.

Main Street Claremore walking tour now available on your phone

Main Street Claremore and the Will Rogers Memorial Museum have partnered to produce a Main Street Claremore Walking Tour that people can take with just their phones.

On your phone’s web browser visit www.willrogers.com and select the “Enhanced Tours” Button.

Tours are available for the Memorial Museum, Birthplace Ranch, the states and countries Will Rogers visited, and now, the Claremore Main Street Walking Tour.

The tour currently offers information on the Belvidere Mansion, the Claremore Museum of History, the Claremore Daily Progress, the Twin Oaks Motel, the Northblock Commons Mural and the Will Rogers Hotel.

Each includes some text a short audio clip to introduce tourists and home-owners to new information about downtown Claremore’s iconic landmarks.

Tad Jones, executive director of the Will Rogers Memorial Museums, said, “It’s something we can expand, grow, and eventually put video on there.”

“We hope we can use that system to encourage people to go and look around Claremore,” Jones said.

Downtown Claremore Unveils New Mural

By: More Claremore
May 27, 2020

We locals have watched for months as the new Spectrum Paint flagship store got a new look, recreating the vibe of the building in its heyday. The neon sign on the corner of the building, located at 500 W. Will Rogers, was the icing on the cake. And now, the building has a cherry on top, in the form of an interactive street mural by artist Kelsey Montague.

Kelsey lives in Colorado; she attended Colorado University in Boulder, before studying abroad for two years. She studied art in Florence, and graduated from Richmond University in London with a degree in Art, Design & Media before moving to New York City.

For the past six years, she’s been creating street murals. Her sister Courtney (who also studied abroad) is the Operations Director for Kelsey Montague Art. As the girls put it, they basically live out of a suitcase. With Kelsey’s murals on six different continents, many countries, and a slew of U.S. states, that’s an easy statement to believe.

Spectrum Paint, the largest independently-owned paint dealer in the country, approached Kelsey about providing the perfect finishing touch for their new store. Kelsey worked with Spectrum’s owners, John Detter, Travis Detter, and Roddy Russo, as well as Gentry Detter Stafford, Vice President of Marketing, to come up with the design.

Pictured: Kelsey Montague, Courtney Montague, Claire Detter Hawkins, and Gentry Detter Stafford

Kelsey is excited about what the tree represents. “It’s an organic family tree, growing and expanding just like the town is,” said Kelsey. Upon closer inspection, visitors to the mural can find hidden objects in the trunk of the tree, including a zebra, Will Rogers’ hat and rope, a paint can, and a fox, both of which have meaning to the Detter family. Sitting atop the tree is an eagle, which also has lucky connotations for the Detters.

Kelsey said, “I love to create interactive art, where people can step in and become part of the art. I always have an idea on how people will pose with it, and then they come up with so many other creative ideas! People take ownership of the art, and I love that. It really becomes something special to the community.”

This is Kelsey’s second art commission since the beginning of the pandemic, which is unusual since she’s usually in two to three cities per week. It’s also her first trip to Oklahoma, and Claremore is honored to have the first piece gracing the downtown district.

Thank you to Spectrum Paint and Kelsey Montague for making this happen!

A Sign Of Respect

Nineteen banners are flying proudly along Claremore Main Street in honor of local veterans.

Main Street Executive Director Jacob Garrison said he presented the idea to the community in February, offering people the opportunity to purchase a banner to honor their loved ones. The banners would be mounted on the 19 light poles that line Claremore Main Street.

“We had kind of a general template but we were able to customize it any way they wanted with the military branch, their rank, the years they served. Additionally there were a few people that requested things like purple hearts, killed in action, where they served, things like that,” Garrison said. “We wanted to make it customizable because we know how important it is for those who want to recognize a loved one.”

The vibrant banners were met with enthusiasm and support in the community and make an impact to passers-by, but Garrison took it one step further.

“I asked all the people that purchased a banner to send me a little write-up about their loved one. Once all the banners are up we will post photos of the banners and share the story from the family so we can individually honor each person that has a banner in their honor,” he said.

Garrison described the experience as humbling— “What we’ve done is so, so insignificant compared to what these people have done for our country. People are telling us thank you but really we’re the ones that are beyond grateful.”

He said the banners will remain on display through the July 4 season.

“When they’re taken down they will be given to the family as a keepsake,” he said, adding that he’s grateful to be able to share these stories.

He said when the project was announced, the community jumped on board and scooped up all 19 locations very quickly.

“We were overwhelmed with the reception,” he said. “Judging from the response we immediately knew this is something the community wanted to see and we want to do it again next year and keep sharing stories year after year.”

Bangers & Mash Lunch Postponed

Bangers & Mash Lunch

Tuesday’s Bangers & Mash Lunch has been postponed. We look forward to making up these postponed festivities in the near future. While the event is postponed, that does not mean you have to miss out on your Bangers & Mash, head to J Farley’s and order yours tomorrow on St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Paddy’s Party turns Claremore GREEN

CLAREMORE – 5 local establishments will be teaming up for the biggest St. Paddy’s Party Claremore has ever seen this year. The annual St. Paddy’s Party is a city-wide event with two locations simultaneously hosting the all-day affair.

“With 5 establishments, great sponsors, and great fun and music, this year’s Party will be bigger than ever.” Said Jacob Garrison, Executive Director of Claremore Main Street. “

Beginning at noon and continuing through 10 p.m. on March 14th, the Party will be at J. Farley’s Pub, 609 S. Brady St., and Downtown Claremore. Downtown businesses Doe’s Eat Place, Tap on the Tracks, Main Street Tavern, and Smoke & Tonic will all be partnering with Claremore Main Street for the downtown festivities.

 The Party is presented by Pixley Lumber. Admission is free and open to the public of all ages. ID is required to purchase and consume alcohol, however.

To get from one pub to the next, a free Party Bus sponsored by Russell Logistics and Capital Roofing will leave from J. Farley’s every hour on the hour and the Main Street Tavern on the half hour.

In between, the Party Bus will stop at Ne-Mar Center, where free parking is available. The Party Bus will run from 5:00pm until 10:00pm. Trips from the Ne-Mar Center will run at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour.

At either party stop, grab a free St. Paddy’s Party Passport sponsored by Certified Source Staffing Professionals. Collect all five stamps by visiting all 5 establishments and ordering specialty drinks. A full passport is good for a half-off appetizer at either J Farley’s or Main Street Tavern.

Join us downtown for a wide array of fun and festivities. The Paddy Pavilion, sponsored by Melton Sales, will be full of fun for all ages. Blue Starr Liquor and Grant Gingerich- State Farm Agent are sponsoring our stage and bands for hours of live entertainment.

We have a packed game zone, sponsored by Right Choice Roofing and RCB Bank. Be sure to pick up one of your souvenir St. Paddy’s Party mugs for drink specials at all 5 establishments. These mugs can be purchased now for only $10.

If all of that was not enough, there is more! Auction baskets, provided by each establishment, along with Claremore Main Street, are ready for bids at each location in the weeks leading up to the event. These are packed full of amazing items. All baskets winner will be announced on Saturday night at 8:00pm, except for the Claremore Main Street basket, which will be announced on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, during the 12th annual Bangers & Mash lunch, held in Downtown Claremore from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on at the Claremore Daily Progress parking lot, 315 W. Will Rogers Blvd. For more details on the lunch, visit downtownclaremore.org.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering at either of the events should contact Garrison at  or 918-341-5881.

Claremore Main Street is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the ongoing revitalization of historic downtown Claremore. With a focus on economic vitality, historic preservation and placemaking, the organization strives to secure downtown as the social and economic core of the community.