TULSA, Okla. – Kendall Whittier Main Street published a new report this week highlighting the growth the neighborhood has experienced.
“Everyone is trying to support and help others succeed here,” said Mariah Addis, owner of Addis Ceramics.
Addis and partner Grant Akiyama make bespoke handmade ceramic tableware at Kendall Whittier. Addis Ceramics just opened in the spring.
“These are real people,” Addis said. “The real owners of the stores are here. You can talk with them. You hear their story. Just the really authenticity of this region is very special.”
Centered on Admiral Boulevard and Lewis Avenue, the Kendall Whittier neighborhood is home to restaurants, breweries, and plenty of local shops.
The nonprofit, Kendall Whittier Main Street, says three new businesses opened this year and six more debuted in 2021. Executive director Jessica Jackson Seay says their creative culture and unique events are attracting owners business in this part of town.
“Every month, every two months, new businesses are opening up,” Jackson Seay said. “We have businesses expanding or moving into the neighborhood.”
The non-profit organization works directly with businesses and landowners to improve the vibrancy of the area. One way to do this is through Facade Grants. In 2022, it allowed five different companies to spend $8,500 to improve the exterior of their stores.
“Basically cash refunds that help them improve their spaces,” Jackson Seay said.
Looking to the future, the executive director says she would like to see the district continue to grow.
“We want it to be a place that has really fun events that people can come to,” Jessica Jackson Seay said. “Really great companies that people want to be a part of.”
Kendall Whittier Main Street East organize an arts festival on October 15. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will block Admiral between Yorktown and Lewis to feature local art vendors, food trucks, live music, interactive art and children’s activities.
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