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Favorite Things: Stash

Finding good gifts in a Norman original



Portrait courtesy Greer Inez

 


Mise en place is a French culinary phrase that means “everything in its place,” conveying a well-thought-out spirit of preparedness. While Rebecca Bean isn’t a chef, you might see the correlation when you enter her enchanting store, Stash, 412 E Main in Norman. With consideration informing every detail, not a single thing is out of place.
 

Bean’s love for giving a good gift and background in garage sales with her mom gave her an appreciation for “old, well-made things,” she says. “Stash happened organically with the intention to give people an outlet for their work, and to give shoppers an alternative to the disposable gifts that can be found elsewhere.”

Staying true to fair trade practices and supporting local creators are priorities. They carry work from more than 100 different artists from Oklahoma, plus items from far beyond. And Stash not only provides a unique cornucopia of retail; it’s home to many community events, with rental space in the back and frequent food truck gatherings out front. It’s easy to see how they’re embodying their motto, “Good Things for All.”

“We hope that Stash is an experience. It’s art and handcrafted, it’s old and new, it’s the smell of Santa Fe piñon incense with a fresh food truck outside – and on some days, Stash is even a puppy adoption event with a mural going up in the lot to a background of live music,” says Bean. Some might even say Stash is an example of what good retail should be: personal, distinctive and not to be forgotten.

 


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Soaprock in turquoise, $15 “Beautiful specimens of glycerin that look like gemstones but are actually finely crafted bars of gentle soap. Available in many different gemstones, these are as gentle and fragrant as they are beautiful.” // Air plant, $25, and handmade ceramic holder by Elizabeth Benotti, $48 “Air plants bring any space to life and are the lowest maintenance plant around. They purify the air, and when paired with this ceramic holder, add beauty to a room. The ceramic holder is made in the USA and comes in a variety of shapes and colors.” // Traveler’s tall wallet by Simpleton Goods, $165 “Hand-stitched locally and built thin to maintain dexterity and functionality for travel and everyday use.”
 

 


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Saint Woody candle, $15 “This Land Press has created a line of decorative candles that canonize the secular saints of middle America, starting with Woody Guthrie, the patron saint of protesters, trespassers, rabble-rousers and troubadours.” // Dan Harris mug, $35, and Bison Brew coffee, $12 “Legendary local pottery artist Dan Harris has a unique technique when throwing pottery into mugs, bowls, platters and other household treasures. His mugs pair well with a cup of fresh, locally roasted Bison Brew Coffee; originally established to inspire a spirit of curiosity among coffee drinkers, they create brews you’ll enjoy every day with your friends and family.”
 

 


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“Will Rogers Sunset” by Catherine Freshley, $130 “Each month, Stash features a local artist [such as] Catherine Freshley. From her studio in Enid, she paints the photographs she captures while driving and out and about, watching the clouds. A collection of her prints and cards is currently in the shop.” // Pendleton saddle blanket, $160 “This classic, American-made wool blanket features a Southwest-inspired design including stepped triangles, thought to symbolize the landscape, and arrows, which signify protection. A stunning accent that adds color and interest anywhere in your home.” // Turquoise cuff, $725 “This turquoise cuff is Native-made in Chimney Butte, and is a modern piece that incorporates very old, high-quality turquoise from the San Bernardino mine in Colorado. The best of the old world and new world combined.”
 


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