The Shoppes celebrates one year of fostering small businesses and community

The Shoppes, Guthrie’s downtown retail incubator and community space, is marking its first anniversary with a celebration of its achievements and contributions to the local economy.

The Shoppes, which the City of Guthrie overlooks, was funded by the T-Mobile Hometown Grant Program and the USDA’s Rural Business Development Grant. The City of Guthrie Public Works Department carried out all the construction for the project, providing in-kind matching funds for both grants.

Since opening its doors a year ago, The Shoppes has hosted fourteen small businesses, four of which have successfully graduated to open full-time shops downtown.

In its first year, The Shoppes has become a hub for community events, most notably Guthrie’s Downtown Market, initiated by Tammie Hulsey. The market has grown to attract hundreds of visitors every Friday and was instrumental in bringing one of The Shoppes’ graduates, Mouthfull Confections, into the program.

“I love The Shoppes and am so glad I get to have my market there every Friday,” Hulsey said. “It’s been a great collaboration and I’ve made some amazing friends.”

The Shoppes’ current lineup of businesses includes Enspire Cookies, Baked By M, The Cave, The Boujee Rooster Boutique, Lucky Duck 3D Printing & More, Dalia Home & Boutique, and Pop On By (Just POP By). Additionally, visitors are encouraged to stop by and support the graduates: Rustic Tease Boutique, BG’s Clothing Co, Mouthfull Confections, and The Painted Mushroom.

To celebrate this milestone, The Shoppes invites everyone to join the festivities at the Red Brick Nights 4th of July Celebration this Saturday. The event promises a great opportunity to explore and support local businesses while enjoying the vibrant community atmosphere.

For more information, visit The Shoppes, or contact City Hall, and be part of the ongoing success story of local entrepreneurship and community spirit.


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