Automobile Alley, a stretch of Broadway Avenue just north of downtown Oklahoma City, once was filled with showrooms featuring the latest and greatest in automobiles. From Buicks to Cadillacs, this was where the upwardly mobile shopped for their first or dream cars in the early to mid 20th century.
Today, the auto dealers are long gone, and for many years, the strip was a neglected block of empty industrial brick showrooms, with huge dirty windows behind which once gleamed shiny new cars.
But the area has been reinvented as a social district the past several years as young entrepreneurs have set up shop, selling wares that often are responsibly sourced, “upcycled,” recycled, handmade and rare finds. From bicycles to fashion to dining and cupcakes, and even Wayne Coyne's famed “gallery” The Womb, there is much to see, shop for and eat along Automobile Alley.
Automobile Alley retailers host Shop Hop from 6 to 9 p.m. the third Thursday of each month. During Shop Hop, many of the retailers offer special deals to patrons.
“It's been just a whirlwind of excitement down here since we very first opened,” said Brittney Matlock, one of three owners at Plenty Mercantile.
Everything the city promised, she said, has come to fruition — from the bustle of business as a result of the building of the Devon Tower to creating more parking by replacing parallel parking with slanted spots.
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