Favorite Things: The Museum Store
Shopping musts at the NCWHM
Photos by Don Risi
Laura Nauman, Laney Carey, Leigh Bloskovich
First of all, if you’ve never been to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, take care of that ASAP. But while you’re there, you might be pleasantly surprised at how much The Museum Store inside it has to offer. Yes, they have all the merchandise you would expect: jewelry, Remingtons, pickled okra and fry bread mix, not to mention chocolate in the shape of Oklahoma. It’s all there. Plus, you’ll find table top and serving pieces you will want, Pendleton blankets to swoon over, vases and rain catchers and a great selection of beautiful books, as well as unique kids toys to bring a smile to any child’s (or grown up’s) face – think old-fashioned pick-up sticks to wooden yo-yos. Tea towels and votives, socks and hats … the list could easily go on and on.
Laney Carey, Leigh Bloskovich and Laura Nauman are the powerhouse team who use their collective talents to make this place tick. From their beautiful store displays to the impeccable customer service and innovative marketing, the three of them have made this a retail haven that supports the museum’s educational mission. You’re practically guaranteed to find more than one treasure when visiting this store; it’s a definite must.
Old Kingman turquoise squash blossom necklace, $3,800 “Boasting one of the largest collections of Native American-made jewelry in Oklahoma, The Museum Store has a vast selection of one-of-a-kind pieces.”
Deldrick and Lorenda Cellicion pottery, $125 “Beautifully unique Zuni Pueblo pottery is indicative of the American Southwest, and makes a statement in any room.”
Buffalo Bill bronze, $900 “One of the Museum’s most popular sculptures is reproduced in miniature in the heart of Oklahoma City.”
Bandanna baby bibs, $8 “Have a messy little cowpoke on your hands? These stylish bandannas will protect them from dribbles and spills.”
Canoe canvas and cowhide tote bag, $285 “This American-made tote is the perfect size to carry all your essentials.”
2017 Prix de West bolo by John Coleman, $75 “Titled Dragonfly, Coleman drew inspiration for this commemorative bolo from the Plains Indians’ use of dragonfly imagery in their designs.”
Charlie 1 Horse Gold Digger hat, $220 “No cowgirl’s look is complete without a statement hat! Charlie 1 Horse hats are renowned for their fashionable designs, and the Gold Digger is no exception.”
NCWHM Pendleton Legacy blanket, $250 “This blanket’s vintage design was revived to commemorate the continued celebration of the American West at the Museum.”
The John Wayne Code, $15.99 “‘The West – the very words go straight to that place of the heart where Americans feel the spirit of pride in their Western heritage.’ Just a small sample of the words of wisdom in this book!”
Framed “Cactus Country” giclée, by Harold T. Holden, $750 “Holden is a renowned Oklahoma artist whose work depicts cowboy life in beautiful paintings and sculpture.”