Welcome to Indie Tulsa!
As explained in the about page, this site is intended to provide reviews and information about independently owned and operated businesses in Tulsa. Chains and franchise businesses are fine in their place, but the rise of big-box stores and fast-food franchises has led to a kind of dull homogeneity that renders one town indistinguishable from another and makes it difficult for independent thinkers, free spirits, and rugged individualists — arguably the lifeblood of America — to be heard and appreciated.
Through this site, I hope to make the public aware of some of the little guys, whose life’s work has helped give Tulsa some of the unique vibrance that prompted my husband and me to pack up our dogs and our computers, quit our jobs in Illinois, and move to Oklahoma almost three years ago. It’s a move we’ve never regretted, and we’re happier with our decision every time we wander into another quirky little business full of history, one-of-a-kind products, and helpful employees who don’t mind going and getting the widget you need instead of dismissing you with a vague wave in the direction of aisle 37.
We hope you’ll take the time to read our reviews, explore our city, and discover the fascinating finds tucked into out-of-the-way businesses all over Tulsa. If you’re not in Tulsa, we hope you’ll be inspired to venture into the mom-and-pop businesses in your own area, throw a few dollars their way, and perhaps even share your experiences with folks in your area.
The big guys are convenient, but it’s the little guys who keep life interesting.