Beginning June 5, 2021, the Tulsa Route 66 Commission is launching a new event series, Shop 66 Saturdays, to boost economic development and growth along the Route 66 corridor in Tulsa. Tulsans and visitors alike are invited to shop, dine, and "get their kicks" on the first Saturday of each month. Participating businesses are located along all 28 miles of Route 66, from east Tulsa through downtown and then to the west.
"Whether it be a great photo op, dining, or shopping experience, we want to showcase the energy and momentum that is thriving on historic Route 66 for both the local consumer and the modern traveler,” said Lisa Wakefield, chair of the Economic Development Subcommittee of the Tulsa Route 66 Commission. “Our committee has been working to find ways to drive traffic to businesses on Route 66, and most importantly to highlight the value of opening a business on our historic stretch of highway.”
Each district along Route 66 celebrates Shop 66 Saturdays with its own unique variety of food, art, and commercial shops. The Meadow Gold District, the Tulsa Market District, Red Fork / Crystal City, the Kendall-Whittier District, and downtown’s Blue Dome District offer the opportunity to see historic architecture and discover kitschy reminders of the past. And most importantly, to experience Tulsa’s own brand of restaurants, art galleries, retail shops and special events.
For a list of special events, pop ups, and participating businesses, visit https://www.facebook.com/Tulsa66Commission/ .
The first 100 shoppers will receive a free Shop 66 Saturdays canvas tote bag with some swag and a Route 66 trip guide provided by the Oklahoma Route 66 Association. Bags will be given away at the Tulsa Route 66 Commission pop-up located under the Meadow Gold neon sign located at 1324 E. 11th St. from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Shop 66 Saturdays is part of the commission’s larger efforts to preserve, revitalize, and celebrate Route 66 in Tulsa.
"This is a great step for us," says Ken Busby, chair of the Tulsa Route 66 Commission. "With our neon sign grant program and soon-to-be-announced façade grant program, Shop 66 Saturdays is a terrific opportunity to promote local businesses and encourage investment all along both alignments of Route 66 in Tulsa."
ABOUT THE TULSA ROUTE 66 COMMISSION: The Commission will support and assist all ongoing efforts locally and statewide with both public and private entities involved in Route 66 matters. Members will also create and help implement specific strategies and plans to encourage economic development and promotion for Route 66. To learn more, visit https://www.facebook.com/Tulsa66Commission/ .