December 14: Guthrie Hot Spots

Last week I told you about how Guthrie is a Fiber & NeedleArts District, which is quite a remarkable happening. Today I want to fill you in on some other hot spots that make this town like no other!

Good Eats

taproomOne of my family’s favorite spots! They have a very broad menu, with something for everyone and offer a great buffet on the weekends. Debbie and Marc have been in business going on 28 years, which is quite an accomplishment. They are truly good people who go out of their way to take care of their staff and others.

Not too long ago they expanded, adding The Tap Room 223 which offers top-notch craft beers and wine. It is an especially nice place for one to enjoy an adult beverage without encountering a smoky bar scene.

Along with the great food and service, looking around the restaurant at all of Debbie and Marc’s collection of antique signs and such is quite a treat. I’ve been eating there for at least 25 years, and see new and interesting things every time. They were recently listed as one of the most amazing small town restaurants in our state, and it’s easy to see why! Open 7 days a week.


Truly authentic Italian food! Brothers Nick & Evan are from Milan so it doesn’t get more authentic than that. All entrees are served with these awesome little rolls – ask for a side of their olive oil/garlic/basil sauce. That’s Keith’s favorite! Folks also rave about their alla Panna sauce, which is their own blend of a marinara and alfredo sauce.¬†Casual, affordable and delicious! Open every day but Monday.


It is worth the drive just to eat one of their amazing donuts. All other donuts pale in comparison! Also a great spot for lunch, with sandwiches served on their homemade breads and yummy soups. Mickael (aka Missy) and crew are some of the nicest folks you’ll ever meet!

They now have 2 locations – the original at 1112 N. Wentz and their new drive thru located just south of the Sonic on Divison. The original is open Monday-Friday until 2 and Saturdays until 1, and the drive thru is open Monday-Friday until 7pm. They both open before I get out of bed, so if you get up with the roosters you’re on your own as far as that goes.


I’m not a coffee drinker, but we see more cups from Rick’s in our shop than any other. Plus they make CHOCOLATE¬†– nuff said?


Unique Shops
If you’re still looking for that special gift, skip the mall and mega stores and come to Guthrie!

Unique yet affordable women’s clothing, jewelry, handbags and accessories. Laura’s shop is one block to the east and across the street from us. We’re so glad to have them in the neighborhood. I bought my Mighty Purse (that charges my phone) there recently and LOVE it! A fun place to shop, and I’m not a big shopper so that says a lot.


This is a really cool and unusual spot. Offering an eclectic mix of all sort of cool things with a rustic retro flair, these 2 gals have created a fabulous shop! Last time I dropped in they had the football game projected onto the brick wall, and on other days they might be showing a vintage flick. So glad to have Dossey and Amanda join our downtown community.


Cool Things to Do

A really fun walking tour of downtown Guthrie. Stacy, the tour guide, is a hoot! She intertwines stories of ghosts, mysterious happenings and history together for a very entertaining evening.


Tiffany knows how to throw a party! Her paint parties are out of this world. ¬†When she takes her show on the road, she’s been known to fill convention centers with huge crowds. She’s quite a local celebrity!¬†You really must check out her fun Paint Palace next time you’re in town and catch one of her parties.


I know all of these folks personally. Many are friends and neighbors – small town living at its best! This is just a short list of the fabulous spots in town.
Guthrie, OK
What are your favorite Guthrie spots? Share your favorites with us today – I’m giving away one of these Guthrie project bags to one lucky winner today, I hand painted these bags myself!
(p.s. – In case you’re wondering that’s a photo of Humphrey Bogart with Jane Wyman and Mayo Methot enjoying a drink at the Blue Belle Saloon in Guthrie. See, all the cool kids come here)


  • Heidi

    14.12.2015 at 01:12 Reply

    I’m a fan of Rick’s Chocolates and they do make a good cafe mocha (for the non-coffee drinkers, a cafe mocha is expresso, chocolate and milk, think chocolate milk with a nice kick). I don’t walk downtown Guthrie as often as I would like to but my favorite shop is SWAK. I always feel welcome and never a bother even though I’ve been known to bring Keely my errors to rip out or fix. I’m enjoying my first year of participating in the 24 days of SWAK, thank you Keely for doing it.

    • keely

      15.12.2015 at 08:35 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. You can pick up your Guthrie project bag next time you’re at the shop.

  • pindy4176

    14.12.2015 at 08:27 Reply

    Every time I travel to Guthrie, it’s to visit SWAK, so yours has to be my favorite store, Keely! I will say, though, that if the other stores you spotlighted spoil their customers as much as you do, then I’ve been missing out on a lot of fun.
    I wanted to come for the Victorian Walk for my birthday Saturday, but since Caleb’s is today — yes, our birthdays are just two days apart — we had his “do” that day instead. After reading about all these great stores in your post today, I definitely plan to come and meander the 19th!
    Thanks for expanding my knowledge of Guthrie, and for supporting your fellow business owners in such a kind way.

  • jwoods

    14.12.2015 at 08:50 Reply

    I have visited most of these “hot spots”, but the “hottest and best” by far is SWAK. I love SWAK! I have referred you to many gals. The other businesses are great, but I doubt they offer the warm and welcoming environment which you do. Keely, THANK YOU!

  • stephenia

    14.12.2015 at 08:59 Reply

    Roma’s is one of my favorite restaurants ever…I will be sure to check out the olive garlic sauce next time. Ricks chocolates are divine. I have heard you speak of Missy’s before, I think I need to check them out! And of course my favorite shop is SWAK! Always lots of wonderful yarns and project ideas. I learned to knit here and keep coming back 15+ years later. Thanks Keely.

  • mschoir01

    14.12.2015 at 17:54 Reply

    Looks like I need to get out more.

  • rczb

    14.12.2015 at 18:30 Reply

    I love eating at Roma’s, and the Butterfly cake from Missy’s is divine! Of course, the best place to hang out, learn, and shop is SWAK.

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