Since we first hung our shingle in Guthrie, a fantastic fiber community has blossomed around us. Guthrie already had a tradition in fabrics. You may remember the Pincushion, a great fabric store on the corner of Oklahoma and First. They closed after one of our big fires. Laurah made her mark with Extra Special Fabrics, but she retired a few years ago and closed the business. Even back in the 1980’s mom would drive up from Edmond to visit a quilt store she really liked.
Despite these losses, Guthrie is now THE hub of fiber, fabric and creativity! In addition to yours truly, there is:
- Sooner Quilts – Michelle has a HUGE inventory of fabrics and is a Janome dealer.
- Guthrie Art Center – Weaving, spinning, pottery, and more.
- Art Loft Oklahoma – A great place to get your creativity flowing.
- seven10 – One of Guthrie’s grand historic homes that has been restored and turned into a retreat center for crafters.
Our latest addition is quite exciting. Oklahoma Mini Mill opened this past year, offering fiber processing and carding services. This is the only fiber mill in the state. Mason and I recently toured the mill. It is really cool!
Cheri and Van traveled to Prince Edward Island to procure the specialized equipment to set up the mill, located on the north end of town. I know many of you are Missy’s Donuts fans, and the mill is just north of the original Missy’s.
We found ourselves surrounded by fleeces of every variety, in various stages of processing.
While the main focus of their business is on processing, they offer a small retail area in the front offering felt dryer balls, hand-spun yarns, roving, felt art and more.
The felted art is created with a Felt Maker, a really cool piece of machinery that can make very large pieces of felt fabric.
You really should check out the mill for yourself. It’s best to call prior to visiting. You can find out more about the Oklahoma Mini Mill at oklahomaminimill.com.
Our motto’s “eating is our hobby, knitting is our passion“, therefore I would be amiss if I didn’t mention new eats in town!
You may already be familiar with the Dominion House. Formerly the Masonic Children’s Home, the campus was built in the 1920’s and at one time had a gymnasium and marble tile indoor swimming pool. For decades it laid in ruin. Several years ago, it was restored and turned into a grand event center hosting premier events and weddings.
They have now added boutique hotel rooms and a bistro! You no longer need an invite to a wedding or such to go and experience this grand historic spot. I finally had a chance to try out the 602 Bistro, and it is fantastic! It has a bit of a vibe reminiscent of the Haunted House, Twelve Oaks, and Sleepy Hollow, but set in a much more grand location.
The bistro is intimate and inviting, with an open kitchen. I loved watching the chefs at work. The menu offers both entrees and wood oven pizzas. They also offer a full bar, with really cool signature drinks. I found their prices extremely affordable, considering their well-appointed menu and surroundings. You would pay far more at similar establishments, although the 602 Bistro is truly in a league of their own. Even though it is quite an elegant setting, you can dine in your casual attire – or dress up if you wish.
I haven’t had the opportunity, but they also have outdoor winter igloos you can rent for drinks, dining, or both. The igloos are so cool! I do suggest that you get a reservation. Seating is limited, and it is easy to reserve online via their website.
Other than Mexican restaurants popping up on every corner (seriously, you can eat at a different Mexican restaurant every day of the week in Guthrie), there hasn’t been much new restaurant activity to report.
Gage’s Steak House moved from the basement of the Victor Building to the historic Santa Fe Depot. Roma’s Italian Restaurant moved from their original location on Division to Noble, just west of Division and north of the Stables Café.
Speaking of The Stables, if you haven’t visited their Tap Room you really should. Debbie did an outstanding job with this fabulous addition to their restaurant. They now offer a full bar, and their frozen margaritas are the best. I highly recommend them!
Today I’m going to spread a little neighborly love your way, courtesy of the Oklahoma Mini Mill. Cheri has generously donated two of alpaca dryer balls and a skein of her hand-spun yarn, made with fiber processed in their mill.
To get your name in the hat for the drawing,
simply tell us which of my neighbors you love the best! Or if you’ve yet to visit Guthrie (gasp), what are you most looking forward to discovering? You have until midnight tonight. Sorry, drawing is over!