In the upcoming weeks, we're just going to highlight some of our closest retail family. After our previous post about the case for shopping local, we thought it would be a good idea to shine the light on a few businesses that are impacting their community, providing quality products, and running honest businesses.
The first, is quite literally one of the closest businesses in proximity and as family; Collected Thread.
Honestly, as I type this up, I wonder what to say. How do you quantify in words the value of your best friends? How do I try to communicate with you how near and dear the Zodrow family is to my heart? And with that, how do I encourage you to shop in their store, Collected Thread?
I'm not sure, but here's an honest attempt:
I've know Lindsay for about 7 years, she was one of our early clients when we had our printshop on Rockwell Ave. and our friendship grew through my involvement in the Plaza District and my mission to make Kristen Vails my wife. Needless to say, as I began to build a family, I grew extremely close to Adam and Lindsay. Their relationship has been a blessing and encouragement to Kristen and I as we've walked through the first few years of our marriage.
Adam is a man I would consider a brother. He has an admirable love for his sons, his faith, and his community. Almost weekly, we get breakfast together to discuss the state of the world, advise each other about marital drama, and review action movies. Notably important is his love for education and the well-being of local schools. He is an excellent husband and he is a wonderful father two his sons, Finn and Noah.
I've been blessed to have Lindsay as a neighbor for over 3 years. Her sons are in our store so often that they are mistaken as my own by customers. Noah (the oldest) has made friends with everyone on 16th St. and his energy makes a triumphant entrance when he visits! Its humbling when I get overwhelmed with the day to day tasks of the store and then see Lindsay conquering the same tasks with Noah in a fit and Finn in her arms. I can't explain how tough and patient Lindsay must be to run her store and raise her kids at the same time. It's incredible.
Collected Thread is an extension of Lindsay. The creative atmosphere, the quality handmade items, quirky t-shirts, and a plethora of kid's items all show her distinct personality and interests. I've told many people before, if I am on the hunt for a gift for my wife, Collected Thread is the first place I go, and not out of bias or proximity. Her selection of inventory is one of a kind, that rivals that of any boutique in hip cities like Austin, San Fran, or Portland.
Oklahoma City is very, very blessed to have Lindsay and her shop here. We must acknowledge that Lindsay started her business in the Plaza when Oklahoma City was not cool and when the Plaza wasn't hip. She is a pioneer in OKC retail, she supports other local businesses, and is involved in her community. She is a champion for keeping this neighborhood diverse and works diligently to keep the Plaza a sustainable community that benefits visitors and existing residents.
Today, just for fun, we're going to giveaway a sticker pack to the first 30 customers to shop at Collected Thread! Go by and buy! Any purchase of any size will receive a Keep OK Friendly, Home Sweet 'HOMA!, and Love Thy Neighbor sticker! Also, one of the 30 will win a $25 gift card to Collected Thread!
Have fun! Shop Local!