Office giants Home Depot and Staples may be two of the only stores within neighborhood boundaries; however, every national brand name and conceivable specialty shop lies just down the road, scattered across the surrounding blocks of greater Central Oklahoma City.
North Pole City, an area icon, has called Parmelee home since the 1980s. This year-round Christmas center sells all things festive: trees, ornaments, garlands, lights, nativity scenes, wreaths and more. In December, join the queue to meet Santa and take a ride on the Christmas train. Visitors from outside the state flock down after the holidays for massive post-season sales.
Below the neighborhood, Atomik Pop Comics has a big loyal customer base due to its collections of back-issue comics and $.25 sales bins. With anime, vintage editions and graphic novels, the store earns a reputation as one of the city's best. Follow Atomik's Facebook page for the latest in new stock arrivals and industry news.
Several in-neighborhood regionally-operated market chains allow residents to support local and state-owned businesses, instead of the megastore Walmart next door. El Mariachi Supermercado features import goods from Mexico, Central and South America. Shop here for homemade tortillas, freshly baked Hispanic snacks and an extended range of frozen fish.
The nearest farmers market, the Oklahoma Food Cooperative, takes place near downtown Oklahoma City.
As one of the nation's first food co-ops, it's a model of collective food vending and sales. Everything is state-grown and made, from fresh produce to toothpaste and organic coffee. Stop by in person or order local goods online.