Q & A with Main Street’s New Business: 1st Position Apparel

Tessa Hill opened First Position Apparel on January 4th, 2020 at 108 S Cherokee Ave. in Downtown Claremore.

Q: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself, and your family:

A: I was born and raised in Oklahoma City, but I’m married to a Claremore native, and I’ve lived in the Claremore area for about 11 years. My husband and I graduated from RSU, and we have three children (a boy and two girls). Both of my daughters dance, and as a dance mom, I saw the need for a dance store closer to home.

Q: What is First Position Apparel?

A: 1st Position Apparel is a dancewear shop that carries shoes, apparel, gifts, accessories, and bags for dancers, gymnasts, and cheerleaders. In addition to our storefront, customers can order from our website and pick up their purchases in the store. We also take the store to the dance studio with our pop-up shops.

Q: How have your first few months downtown been?

A: Our first few months have been rewarding. I run the shop solo, so I’ve had to close the storefront quite a few days in order to take care of sick kiddos, but the support I’ve received from the community and Main Street have been very encouraging. I’m looking forward to the fun events coming up, like A Taste of Claremore and Food Truck Thursdays!

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

A: Downtown Claremore has a lot to offer with the community events and activities throughout the year. I also wanted a convenient location for dancers and their families, which Downtown Claremore has provided as we’re just down the road from both of Claremore’s dance schools.

Q: What else would you like for the community to know about 1st Position Apparel?

A: We’re just starting out, so bear with us – we may not have every item in every size, but we are happy to order anything you might need (or want). We want to serve our community by offering affordable items without the long drive to Tulsa. We’re excited to grow in Downtown Claremore!

Kicking off St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish meal

Kicking off St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish meal

CLAREMORE – For the 12th year in a row, downtown Claremore will be serving up delicious dishes of a classic Irish feast to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Bangers & Mash Lunch.

The annual lunch has become one of Claremore’s favorite ways to enjoy lunchtime each spring. It takes place on March 17th in the Claremore Daily Progress parking lot, 315 W. Will Rogers Blvd.

Running from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the lunch cost $7 for a traditional Bangers & Mash – or otherwise known as sausage and mashed potatoes, provided by J Farley’s. Attendees can opt for some of J. Farley’s famous Guinness gravy as a free addition. The meal also consists of a cookie and drink. Tickets are on sale downtown at Sailor’s Antiques and Collectibles, The Haberdashery, and the Claremore Main Street offices.

“This event is always a great time to enjoy good food and entertainment in our downtown.” said Jacob Garrison, Executive Director of Claremore Main Street, the event’s host. “Our community really enjoys the opportunity to come together and celebrate this event”.

During the lunch, prizes will be drawn for guests as well as the Pot-O-Gold Giveaway.

The Pot-O-Gold Giveaway offers a chance to win “Green Bucks,” shopping dollars to spend downtown. To enter the giveaway, simply visit any of the participating stores between now and noon on March 16 to enter.

Each store can be visited daily to enter, but you must be 18 or older to win. There’s no purchase necessary although some stores may provide additionally entries for purchases to increase the costumer’s chances.

The winner will be announced at 1 p.m. March 17th during the lunch but does not need to be present to win.

Two smaller giveaways worth $25 and $50 will be drawn during the lunch as well, and guests will need to be present to win those prizes.

Following the lunch, a Not-A-Parade Irish Stroll will take participants through downtown sidewalks.

In the weeks leading up to the event, auction baskets made by J Farley’s, Tap on the Tracks, Doe’s Eat Place and Smoke & Tonic will be displayed at their businesses. You can bid on these items in these stores, as well as the March 14th St. Paddy’s Party in downtown. All basket winners, excluding the Main Street basket, will be announced during the St. Paddy’s Party at 8:00pm. The two Main Street basket winners will be announced during the Bangers & Mash Lunch as an additional fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.

The Bangers & Mash Lunch is sponsored by J Farley’s and The Claremore Daily Progress.

The St. Paddy’s Day Party is held in downtown and J. Farley’s from noon to 10 p.m. on March 14th. For more details on the party, 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.



Main Street’s 2020 Vision: Engagement, Enhancement

BY: Cydney Baron – Claremore Daily Progress

January 22nd, 2020

Claremore Main Street Executive Director, Jacob Garrison

Engagement and enhancement are the name of the game for Claremore Main Street in 2020.

Main Street Director Jacob Garrison said Main Street, and Claremore as a whole, has a lot to celebrate looking back at 2019. He said there are big things in the works— some he’s not ready to make an announcement on just yet.

‘Our big vision is to continue to work towards making downtown a destination, where you’re not coming for just one shop or one place to eat, you’re coming for the entire experience,’ said Garrison.

He said Main Street saw new signs, lights, sound systems and facade upgrades over the past year and 2020 will have even more enhancements.

‘There are two things I talked about during the hiring process for this position, Rogers State University engagement and Route 66 enhancement,’ he said. ‘And those are still my priorities.’

He said relationships developed with the school are growing and manifesting in some collaborations between the two.

‘I want to continue to make Claremore a town that a kid wants to stay in after they graduate. RSU is the single greatest asset. Right there we have future business owners, educators, couples that will make this their home,’ he said. ‘We need to capitalize on that and do what we can to make them want to stay.’

Claremore Main Street has a full roster of events scheduled this year— with returning favorites and some brand new additions.

‘We just wrapped up a successful Souper Saturday event,’ Garrison said. ‘Looking ahead, Feb. 1 is a big day.’

He said Claremore Cars & Coffee event is scheduled for Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The anniversary celebration of the Will Rogers Hotel is from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

‘So people can check out some cool cars, then cruise main street up to the hotel.’ Garrison said.

Rogers State University homecoming week festivities include a Main Street event.

‘We are excited to be part of the homecoming fun with our Paint the Town event. Spectrum Paint is sponsoring this one and will provide the paint to businesses. Twenty-one businesses will be partnered with student organizations to show their Hillcat spirit by decorating their windows,’ he said, adding that the displays will remain up for a week and will be critiqued by some special guest judges.

Garrison said The St. Paddy’s Day party and music festival is March 14, followed by the Bangers and Mash Luncheon on March. 17.

Taste of Claremore is April 25 and May kicks off Food Truck Thursday events.

Food Truck Thursday events fall on May 21, June 25, July 30, Aug. 27, Sept. 24 and Oct. 31.

Details are still under wraps but a special city-wide event is being planned and will kick off during one of the Food Truck events.

‘Towards the end of the year we will celebrate the 25th Dickens on the Boulevard,’ Garrison said, hinting that some special additions are in the works for this event as well.

More information on each of these events will appear in the Progress as the date approaches.

Thank you to our 2020 Partners!

As we get ready for our first event of the 2020 year tomorrow, we would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses that were a part of our 2020 Partnership Drive. Your support of Claremore Main Street makes all the that we do possible throughout the year. Thank you all for your support!

Warm Up at Main Street’s Souper Saturday Event

As the weather begins to turn colder, taste buds start craving warm soups and stews. Enter: Souper Saturday.
Back for the 5th year, Souper Saturday is a soup tasting and shopping event in the heart of Claremore. Participating stores will be cooking up their favorite soup or stew recipes and serving them to event attendees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 11th.
Tasting kits are required. They are limited and on sale for $10. Cups are on sale NOW at the Claremore Main Street offices. The kits include a specialty mug and spoon, a bottle of water,  a menu, a tasting wrist band and an opportunity to taste over 15 delicious soups and stews.
Additionally, guests are encouraged to vote for their favorite soups. The business with the most votes will earn bragging rights on the street and a roving trophy to keep until next year.

A Place ‘n Time

Back in the Day Antiques & Treasures

Centsible Spending

Coleman Antiques

The Cranberry Merchant

The Cozy Cottage

Crooked Roots

The District Baby

The District on Main

Doe’s Eat Place

Dorothy’s Flowers

The Farmhaus

The Haberdashery

Lolipop: A Sweet Boutique

Rhapsody Boutique Saloon & Spa

Sailor Antiques and Collectibles

She Brews Coffee House

Tap on the Tracks

Participants receive a custom mug and spoon!


Rockin’ Around the Block- Holiday Open House!

Santa is coming to town! Join us Thursday for our first Rockin’ Around the Block Open House, 5:00pm-7:00pm on the 500 Block of West Will Rogers Blvd. There will be lots of snacks, give-aways, special sells and a drawing for a basket filled with goodies (valued at $250)! Catch a selfie with Santa from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

It is almost Dickens time in Downtown Claremore!

6:00pm—Activities begin
6:00pm—Jerry Pringle LIVE on stage
6:05pm—Tales from the Top upper floor tours begin
7:45pm—Territorial Marshals re-enactment
8:15pm—Win Dickens Dollars
8:25pm—Victorian Best Dressed Costumes Awards
8:30pm—Victorian Stroll & Street Dance

*Schedule subject to change

Claremore-Opoly: Board game celebrating Claremore recently released

By: Cydney Baron – The Claremore Daily Progress

As you pass Go Claremore, don’t forget to collect $200. Take a chance on purchasing the Belvidere Mansion for only $150.

With a roll of the dice, you could travel to Dot’s Cafe or the J.M. Davis Historical Museum. Play your cards right and can purchase the property of Rogers State University for only $270.

It’s Claremore-Opoly.

Created and released recently by Late For the Sky, the game “showcases favorite landmarks and most well-known parts of Claremore.”

Makers of the game, which is said to be available at Claremore Walmart, said, “People outside of Claremore may know little or nothing about Claremore Lake or the Nut House; but if you’re from Claremore it’s a big deal.”

Late for the Sky, a game production company based in Cincinnati that started in 1985, manufactures custom -Opoly games and has partnered with area Walmart stores to begin selling more items that cater to their communities.

According to a release issued by the company, owner Bill Schulte said, “We research several cities and communities around Oklahoma to make very localized games about a specific area. We always make sure that the locals love their town before we take on a project. We try to make the content as authentic as possible.”

Sitting in prime real estate, directly next to the “Go Claremore” square, is downtown Claremore.

“It’s exciting to see our town on the game,” said Claremore Main Street Executive Director Jacob Garrison. “For people that love the game it will be fun to play it with Claremore flair.”

With rent at only $18, J. M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum also made the board.

“It’s an honor to be thought of in the top places to visit in Claremore. There are so many great attractions in Claremore. We’re honored,” said executive director Wayne McCombs.

Food Truck Thursday- Monsters on Main!

Our Final Food Truck Thursday is right around the corner, and it is going to be BIG! Sponsored by Fortna CPA, we will have music, food trucks, rock climbing wall, Main Street Tavern Claremore, games, and the always popular Kids Zone hosted by Cedar Point Church!

But wait, there is more! First Baptist Church will be holding their annual Truck or Treat along Will Rogers Blvd. Join them for a family- friendly night of candy, games and prizes! Destiny Life Church will be taking over the Lynn Riggs Park at the Claremore Museum of History with games, bouncy houses, soccer darts, hungry hippos, live music and hot coco.

Will Rogers Blvd will be closed from Route 66 all the way to Chickasaw. 5 BLOCKS of family fun! Don’t miss it!