Merchants hold Open Houses to attract holiday shoppers

Robert Smith

Two merchants in the 700 block of Kihekah Avenue held Christmas Open House activities last Friday and Saturday, hoping to entice shoppers to venture beyond what Roslynn “Ros” Jackson calls an “invisible barrier” that some shoppers seem to run up against about 6th Street, never making it beyond there to bargains they consequently miss.

Jackson has two businesses in the 700 block — The Gypsy Cowgirl and Pawhuska Marketplace. The Gypsy Cowgirl offers a variety of clothing, ranging from the dressy to the casual. Pawhuska Marketplace includes a variety of vendor items, among them antiques and home decor items. It’s the sort of place shoppers go for surprise buys — items they may never have seen before and may never see again.

“Come on, keep coming, you can do it,” Jackson says cheerfully, describing her desire and efforts to lure shoppers down Kihekah to her storefronts.

Also holding Christmas Open House activities Friday and Saturday was Denise Webster, who has Sunset Ridge Gallery at 703 Kihekah. Webster was showing the artwork of five artists, some of them local and some from Texas. The artists whose work was on display included Terri Wagner, Kathy Soliday, Carolyn Mock, Kellie Hudson and Carol Acedo.

Bill Breshears, who works with Webster, explained that Webster has the Sunset Ridge Gallery and a well-established fur business for which she travels part of the year. He noted that Webster has upcoming engagements for Gently Loved Furs in Las Vegas, Nevada; in Tupelo, Mississippi; and in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Webster is also an Osage County longhorn cattle rancher, whose ranch is on the Osage County side of the Arkansas River crossing above Cleveland, Breshears said. Even while Webster is out-of-town on fur business, her gallery is tended and shoppers who would like to search for potential holiday gifts are welcome to stop in, Breshears said.