December 6: Historically Hip

Guthrie is a really cool place! When my family moved here from Edmond in the 90’s many people thought we’d lost our minds. Over the years we’ve seen Guthrie evolve into the hip and happening place it is today, fueled by a new surge of young energy.

There is just something special about being surrounded by historical architecture, a unique past, and a cast of quirky characters all wrapped up in a small town setting. And it seems as if the rest of the world is catching on to this too.

Earlier this fall studio executives from Amblin, Disney, HBO, and Universal toured Guthrie and were quite impressed. Lately movie production crews are an everyday sight as multiple films are currently being produced in our little town. Guthrie got its first big break with Rain Man back in the 80’s, and many other films and TV specials have used Guthrie as a location on and off for years. But lately, it has reached a fever pitch!

Dustin Hoffman’s character Raymond Babbit stopping in the middle of the crosswalk on our street.when the crossing sign changed to “Do Not Walk”.

Owning a piece of history, while often an expensive headache, is also quite a privilege. I view my position as a caretaker of a piece of the largest contiguous district on the National Historic Register as more of an honor than a burden.

Our 1930’s era building lays the foundation for the vibe and feel of our shop. Our building and surrounding historic environment is a key component of the artistry and inspiration that drives what we do.

These buildings offer a wonderful combination of architectural significance, craftsmanship, and legendary memories that are sorely missing from a modern-slapped together strip mall. And as we sadly discovered earlier this year, our structures simply can not be replaced. Two buildings at the end of our block were destroyed by fire in February, and have left an empty hole in our community. We are filled with gratitude that the wind spared us from the same fate.

Our new website spotlights many of the cool spots and happenings in town. Check it out at swakknit.com/guthrie


victorian walk


The first of two Victorian Walk weekends is this Saturday from 5-9pm. We will be open late for the next two Saturdays (December 7 & 14) until 9pm. Find out more about Guthrie’s Territorial Christmas Celebrations and the Victorian Walks here.

While both weekends will be quite a holiday treat for those who attend, we are taking a more low key approach for this weekend’s walk. Both Jeannie and Kary will be out of town, leaving me to hold down the fort with the help of our two teen workers. We’ll be here, we’ll be open late, and we’ll be glad to see you as always.

However the following weekend, we will be going all out for the Victorian Walk complete with our full crew and Victorian costumes. It will be quite a spectacle to see. If last weekend’s Holiday Social was any indication, you may get to see me face plant in the middle of the store trying to get around in a hoop skirt. I certainly lack the grace required for the era.


guthrie goodies


We have some Guthrie goodies to give away today!

One lucky reader will win a skein of handspun yarn from Guthrie’s very own Oklahoma Mini Mill, along with our signature Guthrie tee and a whimsical Guthrie Sketchbook.

Simply leave a comment on this post with which color and size of shirt you’d like to win. These tees are our own design, printed and dyed in-shop. We would also love to hear what you love best about coming to Guthrie!

congratulations kathy plummer – you’re the winner of a guthrie tee, sketchbook, and a skein of handspun from the oklahoma mini mill!

  • Solid Denim, Khaki, and Natural tee sizes S-M-L-XL
  • Handpaint Coral, Denim, Lime, and Plum tee sizes S-M-L-XL-2X*
  • *size 2X only available in handpaint coral or plum

You have until midnight tonight! Check back tomorrow to see who wins.

Please note that all prizes must be picked up at our shop no later than February 1, 2020. We do not mail or ship prizes.

30 Comments

  • Bernadette Ray

    06.12.2019 at 07:03 Reply

    Shirt color khaki, size small. I like the small town atmosphere and all the unique shops.

  • Linda Weston

    06.12.2019 at 07:12 Reply

    I would like a solid denim tee in size XL, please.

    My favorite thing about coming to Guthrie is hanging out at SWAK, duh! 🙂 My drive to SWAK is nearly 40 miles each way, and I never dread it (okay, there was that one time in a heavy storm) because I really enjoy Guthrie’s architecture and vibe. As I near retirement eligibility, I can easily imagine myself moving there. Hope you’ll have a part-time opening in 2022!

  • Stephenia a

    06.12.2019 at 07:18 Reply

    2x coral. I love the downtown area architecture.

  • Jennifer Elkhair

    06.12.2019 at 07:47 Reply

    Khaki XL. Swak is what I love about Guthrie! Also, it’s a beautiful drive. I like looking at the old buildings.

  • JESSICA HARLOW

    06.12.2019 at 08:05 Reply

    I think I’d go a little bit different than my normal choice and get the orange/pink handpaint! All of those handpaints are so beautiful!

  • Karyn Cook

    06.12.2019 at 08:21 Reply

    Coral 2X

  • Jeannie Bennett

    06.12.2019 at 08:25 Reply

    2x- coral, Guthrie is an unique cute!

  • Betty Beall

    06.12.2019 at 09:05 Reply

    I would love the lime in a L. I love Guthrie because it’s like stepping into history and your shop especially because of the beautiful yarns you have.

  • Jennifer Walker

    06.12.2019 at 09:43 Reply

    Plum 2x. I love coming to Guthrie because it holds many memories of my Grandpa. So I am always reminded of him when I come to Guthrie. 🙂

  • Jennifer Smallwood

    06.12.2019 at 09:59 Reply

    Solid denim in large.

    I too love the old buildings. Guthrie is a really cool place!

  • Sarah Bailey

    06.12.2019 at 10:23 Reply

    Great costumes, ladies! I’d like a medium shirt in Plum. After meeting family and friends, I’d say the thing I like best is the unique experiences you can only get in Guthrie: Trolley rides, visiting the Masonic Temple, the nation’s smallest National Park, walking the historic district, visiting an apothecary’s, the best little yarn shop ever! I could go on……

  • Ana Johnson

    06.12.2019 at 10:25 Reply

    Solid denim in medium. I love going to Guthrie any chance I have.

  • Liz Hall

    06.12.2019 at 11:46 Reply

    Khaki XL. Guthrie is the first OK small town that I ever stopped in. It is quaint and eclectic and I LOVE it!!

  • Laura McMahan

    06.12.2019 at 12:55 Reply

    handpaint lime in small for me, love coming to Guthrie to shop the greatest yarn shop!!!! and the great people there that can teach you all about knit and crochet and more
    !!

  • Judy Smith

    06.12.2019 at 13:23 Reply

    Handpaint denim in large. My favorite isTuesdays at SWAK.

  • Lesley Rodgers

    06.12.2019 at 13:53 Reply

    Tye dyed Coral, Medium, love going to GUthrie, it is a lovely town with great buildings.

  • Jennifer Dodd

    06.12.2019 at 15:31 Reply

    The coral hand painted t-shirt is really nice. What do I like about Guthrie? EVERYTHING! I enjoy visiting SWAK and the Art Center where I have made some very dear friends, Stables has a buffet my whole family loves. I love to wander the historical streets and browse in the antique shops, get coffee and a treat at Rick’s and I really enjoy Red Brick Nights and the Opening Night Christmas parade. When I first moved here in 2015 I actually wanted to move to Guthrie but my real estate agent wouldn’t show us anything there.

  • Shawndalynn

    06.12.2019 at 16:20 Reply

    Plum 2X these shirts are beautiful. I love holidays around here it is very small town in all the best ways. Big cities feel meaner this time of year Guthrie it just feels like the smiles are a little warmer and the greetings more heartfelt.

  • Sheri Blaylock

    06.12.2019 at 16:25 Reply

    I like the coral handpainted in M. Guthrie is my favorite small town because it is so vibrant! Everyone is friendly, and the architecture is beautiful. The very best thing about Guthrie is SWAK!!!

  • Merrie Raoch

    06.12.2019 at 16:32 Reply

    Hand paint lime XL. Try to take different side streets to get to your shop to see all the different old homes, etc

  • Kathy Plummer

    06.12.2019 at 17:17 Reply

    Hand paint plum 2xl. Thanks for sharing all the info about Guthrie.

    • Keely

      07.12.2019 at 09:42 Reply

      Congratulations! You’re the winner. Please pick up your prize anytime before 2/1/20, or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Amanda Shirley

    06.12.2019 at 17:27 Reply

    2x coral, please.

  • Amy Otto

    06.12.2019 at 18:40 Reply

    Guthrie is quaint with a lot of Oklahoma history! I love plum – so a 2XL hand painted plum t-shirt to cruise around town in!

  • Jo Jankowski

    06.12.2019 at 18:47 Reply

    Denim large

  • Mary Bourne

    06.12.2019 at 20:13 Reply

    2x plum

  • Carolyn Munholland

    06.12.2019 at 20:25 Reply

    I love the arts. I learned knitting and weaving and spinning in Guthrie.

    Hand paint T plum 2x

  • Patricia Riden

    06.12.2019 at 21:45 Reply

    I like the handpaint T in lime. My favorite part of coming to Guthrie is the yarn shop, although for 6 years my favorite yearly activity was to see my oldest grandson perform with the District Hinor Choir at the Masonic Temple.

  • Donna J Miller

    06.12.2019 at 22:13 Reply

    XL Denim. My sister, my daughter and I have been coming to Guthrie for years. We love to prowl around all the old buildings. And of course SWAK is right at the top of the list! My husband and I also did a mystery week-end at Stone Lion Inn and loved it!!

  • Eva Maerten

    06.12.2019 at 23:08 Reply

    I love the coral hand painted shirt. I love the atmosphere of Guthrie and the beauty of the shops.

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