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Tulsa shopping hot-spots sure to deliver

Brookside: 31st and Peoria Avenue

Brookside boasts specialty boutiques, art galleries, markets and distinctive restaurants for those looking to walk and shop in one of Tulsa’s prettiest areas. Great thrift store options starting around 41st—including Quality Thrift—make for fun shopping for thrifters.

A variety of outside dining options provide a way for students to enjoy Tulsa’s cooler evenings—if and when they ever arrive. Some other restaurants in the area include Pei Wei, Old School Bagel Café and Blue Moon Bakery and Café.

For those in the mood for CherryBerry but not in the mood to see a bevy of other ORU students, grab some froyo at the Brookside location. Local Table provides a great value dining experience that makes use of local foods and produce in their homestyle recipes. This area also offers one-stop art shops where buyers can check out the artwork and studios of local artists.

Woodland Hills Mall: 71st and South Memorial Drive

Located right off of 71st, Woodland Hills is Tulsa’s largest and most diverse shopping center, anchored by Dillard’s, JC Penneys, Macy’s and Sears. With two levels, hundreds of stores and a mid-sized food court, Woodland Hills has something to satisfy for every shopper. Have an Apple that needs repairs? Visit the Apple Store in Woodland Hills, the nearest one to campus.

Tulsa Hills: Highway 75 and 71st

As Tulsa’s newest major shopping center, Tulsa Hills offers a large selection of clothing stores, bookstores, and restaurants. Need some last minute dorm décor or electronics? Make a stop at the Tulsa Hills Bed Bath & Beyond, Michaels, Target, Best Buy or Radio Shack.

Shopping Options: Deb Shops, Dress Barn, Famous Footwear, Marshalls, Maurices, Payless Shoestore, Rackroom Shoes, Ross Dress for Less, Rue 21, Books A Million, Jewelry Galore and GameStop

Restaurants: Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s, Piatto Cucina Italian Restaurant and SmashBurger

Utica Square and Cherry Street: 21st and South Utica Avenue

Utica Square sits in the center of midtown Tulsa, an area famous for its beautiful gardens and upscale shopping. With stores like White House/Black Market, Coach and Saks Fifth Avenue, Utica Square offers the type of merchandise that some of Tulsa’s larger shopping centers lack.

Students wanting to grab a bite at one of Utica’s premier restaurants or get a coffee at Queenies or Starbucks can enjoy one of the outdoor summer concerts taking place every Thursday night until Aug. 30.

Located half a mile from Utica Square on 15th Street, Cherry Street offers some of Tulsa’s best bistros, coffee shops and sidewalk shopping for students looking to escape the hustle and bustle of more commercialized areas in favor of an intimate, eclectic and “small town” feeling locale.

The Coffee House on Cherry Street is a favorite spot among ORU students to burrow in on a sleepy Saturday with their homework and favorite drink in tow.


With its quaint streets and small-town charm, Jenks provides a different kind of shopping experience in the Tulsa area. If you want something unique and cheap to outfit your dorm, bypass Target in favor of one of Jenks’s distinctive antique stores. Also located in Jenks is the Riverwalk Crossing, where students can walk, eat and catch the newest releases at Riverwalk Movies.

Blue Dome District: Between 1st & 7th St, Elgin Ave & Red Fork Expy

Located near downtown, the Blue Dome District offers ORU students an opportunity to get off campus and enjoy a great selection of small shops and distinctive restaurants, including the Irish Pub McNellie’s, Dilly Deli, El Guapo’s, Joe Momma’s Pizza and Candy Bar. While in the area, students can also catch a ballgame at ONEOK Field, the home of Tulsa’s minor league baseball team, The Tulsa Drillers.

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