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!
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
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.
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.