Indie Tulsa is intended to serve as a clearinghouse for information about mom-and-pop businesses in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Primarily focused on news and reviews, the site also will include links to Web sites that may be of interest to those who enjoy shopping in unusual or out-of-the-way places. The site began as a spinoff of Red Fork Hippie Chick, a general-interest blog discussing peace, love, nature, faith, and whatever else comes to the mind of one thirtysomething hippie in Red Fork, an old community in southwest Tulsa.
The proprietor of this blog grew up running to Louie’s P&R Market — a fantastic Italian grocery store in Herrin, Ill. — to pick up odds and ends for her mom as a kid, gained the better end of 20 pounds while working at Burger Nook in high school and college, and grew up to be an avid Route 66 enthusiast and noisy advocate for little mom-and-pop businesses all the way from Chicago to Los Angeles. She has been known to drive 1,300 miles in a 36-hour period to keep a historic motel from being demolished, and she refuses to sleep in a Holiday Inn if a mom-and-pop option exists. Her other Web sites include Route66motels.com and Route66food.com, which are online guides to her favorite mom-and-pop dining and lodging options along the Mother Road. Her husband, who may post here occasionally, runs Route 66 News, a news blog covering events and occurrences along the venerable old highway.
Their experiences along Route 66 were part of the inspiration for this blog, but they were not the only catalyst. It also grew out of a 2006 experiment in which the Red Fork Hippie Chick spent a full month trying to shop exclusively at mom-and-pop stores (an enlightening experience that revealed the terrific quantity and quality of Tulsa’s independent merchants), and out of concerns raised by the films Independent America — which discusses the impact of big-box stores on America’s culture and economy — and Shut Up and Sing, which reveals corporate America’s alarming powers of censorship. Both films are highly recommended.
Indie Tulsa is strictly a whim-based site and should in no way be considered a complete listing of Tulsa’s independent businesses. Any non-corporate entity in Tulsa could be listed at any time; it all depends on when the authors happen to wander in, fall in love with the place, and find time to post a review.
Comments are welcomed but may be held in moderation to eliminate spammers and trolls, who have a way of ruining perfectly good blogs if they are allowed to run amok.