Trio of businesses sowing seeds in Farmers Market District

Published Tuesday, December 13, 2016
by Molly M. Fleming

Live music events, a food truck park, and a wedding venue are a few of the attractions in the Farmers Market District. And three business owners have banded together in an effort to take advantage of that, sharing retail space they’re calling the Silo.

The Okay See, JL Woodworx, and Brandon Snider Photography are taking 3,000 square feet at the Silo, 1205 SW Second St. in the Tomato House building. It will open before the year’s end.

Brandon Snider and The Okay See are leaving another developing district, Film Row. The Okay See co-owner Blake Behrens said the new space is twice the size of their existing spot, and it comes with storefront windows.

The Okay See sells screen-printed T-shirts, inspired by Oklahoma, and also does commercial screen-printing.

“There’s a freshness to the Farmers Market District that we are drawn to,” he said.

Behrens and his business partner, Kyle Simmons, are regulars at pop-up events around the city, such as Industry Flea in Midtown. Behrens said the shirts sell best when people are able to see them. Their space is in The Paramount Building’s north side, off Sheridan Avenue. It only has a side door and no storefront windows.

“We’re trying to get to where there’s a thriving area of easily walkable space,” he said. “Everything is in half a block of each other.”

Snider said not only will the district’s foot traffic help his business, but being in the same space as The Okay See and JL Woodworx will benefit him as well. He’s been in The Paramount building for seven years.

“Everything’s always better when you have multiple things,” he said. “People come to the store and they will have more choices. The Farmers Market is an up-and-coming place.”

Snider sells prints of downtown Oklahoma City and other Oklahoma sites. He also does commercial work such as architecture photos.

JL Woodworx will have its first retail space. Jay and Christina Long are working in their garage now and take their items to local stores. The company does custom cabinet work as well.

Christina Long said having their own retail shop has been a dream since they opened. And Jay Long will get to work alongside his high school friends, Behrens and Simmons.

Christina Long said the business’s growth has been by word-of-mouth, and with the new place, people can easily find them.

“The work will be inside the space, but at the back,” she said. “People will see us working and we’ll be in a climate-controlled area, which will be a nice change.”

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