Cayman’s: Doing It All Well - 405 Magazine

Cayman’s: Doing It All Well

Shelley Cox, owner of Cayman’s in Norman, shares a few of her favorite things.


Live Well. Dress Well. Shop Well. The Cayman’s motto leaves no doubt that this is a one-stop shop, and those are hard to find these days. You would be hard pressed to find a family-owned store – not a chain – that has something for everyone … and not just something, the best. The best in fashion, skincare, home décor, jewelry and even gift items. The list goes on.

“I have a great group of buyers,” says owner Shelley Cox. “It is a collaborative effort. They each have their passions that shine through in what we do. And, of course, we all have an ear to what our customers want.”

And many visitors to the store in Norman’s Carriage Plaza quickly become customers, on the strength of offerings such as these.

The “Madonna” Chair – “Need I say more?”

(Top left to right) Missoni pillows “The fabrics of Missoni are rich in history and are timeless.” // Harrow boot by Rag & Bone “Comfortable and easy to wear with my favorite jeans or casual dress.” // Reversible tote bag “This bag goes with me on all overnight stays. Perfect size.” // Spinelli Kilcollin Ring “I love when designers think outside the box. This ring can be worn multiple ways.”

(left to right) John Hardy handmade bracelets “John Hardy has been a passion of mine for 25 years. The hand-crafting of this jewelry sets it apart.” // Maison Francis Kurkdjian fragrances “It is rare to find fragrances that are this uniquely wearable.”

(left to right) Handmade turquoise slag glass lamp “I have a love for natural stones.” // Diamond Extreme cream by Natura Bissé “This anti-aging and firming cream, I could not do without.” // Fornasetti candles “The history and style of this artist (Italian painter and engraver Piero Fornasetti) makes these pieces collectible and work with any décor.” // Mushroom bowl by Match Pewter “Pewter is timeless and works in any décor.”

► The More Things Change …

In a college town, a great many things change with the times. That’s to be expected, and it’s true for Norman, as well, especially considering the city’s sustained growth over the last several decades. However, there are always exceptions to the tides of change, and Cayman’s – open since May 1980 – is just that.

Shelley Cox seems to have found the secret to long-term success, and the key is not avoiding change; it’s drawing strength from the ability to adapt. The store’s merchandise is constantly rotating to remain current, but the operating philosophy remains unchanged. When asked about the aesthetic of the store, Cox explains, “It is always evolving since we are in the fashion industry. What is constant is that it is warm, friendly and inviting.”