By Shea Parton, Justin and Audrey Falk
Photos by Carl Zoch
We are privileged to release the Apolis + Shop Good Oklahoma City Market Bag, exclusively sold at Shop Good in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This is our 22nd Local + Global project, connecting regional retailers with our global advocacy and helping to create consistent employment for artisans in rural Bangladesh. In celebration of our new partnership, the first ten Apolis mobile app users to visit Shop Good and purchase their exclusive Oklahoma City Market Bag and Apolis + Matteo Linen Scarf will receive $30 savings. Additionally, the first 50 Market Bags sold will include giveaways from local Oklahoma City businesses Native Roots Market, This Land Press, and Mariposa Coffee Roastery.
Home to almost 600,000 people, Oklahoma City is a big, sprawling city with a distinctively small-town feel. It boasts one of the most robust economies in the country and is fast becoming an attractive, affordable destination for driven young entrepreneurs and creatives, while still maintaining a tangible sense of good old fashioned friendliness. Once known only for automobile and oil production, OKC is now home to an energetic urban community where arts, culture and independent business are thriving. Abandoned manufacturing plants are transforming into shops and apartments, community initiatives like bike-sharing programs and downtown public parks are encouraging healthy living, and an underground arts and music scene is exploding, bringing life and culture back to neglected metro neighborhoods.
Shop Good is located in Oklahoma City’s Automobile Alley district, a historic strip of Broadway Avenue that houses almost exclusively locally-owned small businesses: a coffee shop, an ad agency, several small retail stores, a handful of restaurants and an art gallery owned and operated by The Flaming Lips. It’s an energetic community with wide, tree-lined sidewalks, umbrella covered patios and a busy nightlife. Shop Good operates out of a restored two-story 1920s home, offering clothing, gifts and accessories that all give back to a good cause.
When we first met Shop Good proprietors Justin and Audrey Falk, we knew they would resonate with our “Advocacy Through Industry” model and specifically our jute fiber market bag made by the female artisans of Saidpur Industries. We’re thankful to partner with proprietors that have a commitment to craftsmanship, integrity, and investing in community development projects that improve the quality of life for those in need.