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Hi everyone, the results of your nominations and poll votes are in, and after 14,910 unique votes were cast, we are revealing who your favorite businesses were in 2023!

In November, after the inaugural Deck the Downtown event that lit up Downtown Edmond, I decided after speaking to my husband about the event and everything happening in and around the Downtown Edmond district to give a first-time award to Stephanie Carel, co-owner of Silver Leaf Gems on Campbell Street and Broadway, President of the Downtown Edmond Business Association, who went above and beyond with her advocacy of small businesses, along with the constant help of Michelle Shaefer.

The two women, along with other DEBA members, advocated for Downtown Edmond businesses more so than any other district in the entire Metro in 2023 – during record-breaking Downtown District growth.  During the entire 14 years I have run EdmondActive, I have never seen such vigorous advocacy for independent and small businesses from any organization in our area. It was inspiring to me, reminded me of why I do what I do, and culminated in November with the most fun event to kick off Christmas I have witnessed in the 18 years of living in our wonderful city.  To me, it rivaled the first event of Heard on Hurd in its significance.

Stephanie’s hard work can be seen at almost every level of the Downtown Edmond area, including spearheading collaborative efforts between businesses and the City of Edmond, which resulted in the hiring of a new City liaison who will work with developers and businesses to navigate the explosive development happening in Edmond. When I called to tell Stephanie of this 1st-time distinction, Stephanie elaborated on the feelings of every single independently owned business owner on why they are running their locally owned businesses. Without saying a word though, Stephanie’s actions proved her heart was in it, this particular year, making Stephanie Carel EdmondActive’s first Community Advocate of the Year, an editor’s distinction.

“You can’t spend this much time working on something without loving what you do. What I do, it is a labor of love.” – Stephanie Carel President of DEBA and co-owner of Silver Leaf Gems

And! Stephanie was selected to receive the Citizen’s Bank of Edmond Citizen of the Year award during the February Edmond Chamber Awards Ceremony, and it was well deserved!

2023 Community Favorite Events Around Edmond

Heard on Heard is the overall community favorite for being a family friendly entertainment event that offers a space every month from March to October from 6-10 pm in Downtown Edmond to mill around and visit with friends and neighbors to sample your favorite local food trucks, local breweries offering locally sourced brews and drinks and to kick back and enjoy popular local musicians playing from 6 pm to 9:30 pm.

Downtown Edmond Arts Festival happens annually the first weekend of May and is a long-standing event, hosting some of the regions favorite artisans wares, taking our reader’s favorite as an art-related event.

2023 ShopEdmond Community Favorites Around Edmond

Community Favorite Gift Shop – Silver Leaf Gems 

Silver Leaf Gems is located at 15 West Campbell St. just west of Broadway 405-285-9700 http://www.silverleafgems.com – Silver Leaf Gems is a family-owned jewelry and gift shop that creates high-end custom jewelry, carries fine and costume jewelry along with jewelry repair, and many other gift items.  Silver Leaf Gems offers in-store shopping and hosts shopping events during Facebook Live events throughout the year. Hours are:

Wednesday  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursday  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Friday  9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Community Favorite Jeweler – Fields Jewelry

Fields Jewelry is located at 12 S Broadway in Downtown Edmond 405-348-2802 http://www.fieldsjewelry.com – Fields Jewelry, an independently owned jeweler, is a 3rd time Community Favorite Around Edmond, well known for their stellar service and the quality of fine jewelry and selection of watches.

Community Favorite Home Decor – Sterling’s Home Decor & Gifts

Sterling’s Home Decor & Gifts is located at 105 S Broadway in Downtown Edmond  (405) 844-7465 – Sterling’s is known to carry unique furniture items, an extensive selection of MacKenzie-Childs and Sid Dickens products, and unique exclusive market gift items, home decor, holiday decor, kitchen items, and more. Hours are:

Monday  10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Tuesday  10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Wednesday  10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Thursday  10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Friday  10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Saturday  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Community Favorite Vendor Boutique – Serendipity Market

Serendipity Market is a locally owned favorite with over 80 vendors selling gifts, refinished furniture, home décor, clothing & jewelry, kids’ clothes and toys, Made in Oklahoma products, market wares from Dallas & and beyond, and so much more. Located at 917 E Danforth Rd, next to Ted’s. Hours are Monday through Saturday 10 to 6 pm.

Community Favorite Women’s High-End Clothing & Accessory Boutique – Edit & Co.

Edit & Co. is new to Edmond, only opening in February 2022, and is located at 115 S Broadway in Downtown Edmond   405-562-3855  shopeditandco.com – Edit & Co. offers a great selection of mid and up-priced women’s clothing, shoes, and bags and accessories, along with fun unique gift items for sale in store and to buy online. This is the first year our readers have nominated Edit & Co. as a community favorite.

Community Favorite Women’s Clothing Mid-Price Range – Cultured Cloths 

Cultured Cloths is located at 2632 Exchange Dr. just west of I35 on Covell in NE Edmond  405-830-3515 http://www.culturedcloths.com – Cultured Cloths is a women’s clothing boutique and online store that carries a wide variety of well-made mid-priced clothing, from date night apparel to loungewear, along with accessories, shoes, sandals and gift items. This is Cultured Cloths 2nd year as a Community Favorite Around Edmond. Hours are:

Monday  10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Tuesday  10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Wednesday  10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Thursday  10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Friday  10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Saturday  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday  12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Community Favorite Women’s Consignment/Thrift Shop – Consigning Sister’s 

Consigning Sister’s is located in the SW corner of 33rd & Boulevard, moving from its long-time location at the SE corner of 33rd just west of Broadway, and has been around Edmond for decades now, and is the community favorite in 2023 as a place to find gently used high-end shoes and bags, and women’s gently used everyday wear, women’s gently used suiting and accessories.

Community Favorite Retail Incubator – RiSE

RiSE is powered by Citizen’s Bank of Edmond and is a Retail Incubator giving small to micro business owners the chance to experience operating within the brick-and-mortar space in Downtown Edmond, in conjunction with the Independent Shopkeeper’s Association out of OKC. Retailers will be placed in the space for 3 months, pay rent, and be able to design the space to fit their brand and get experience in running a brick-and-mortar boutique. For more information, visit RiSE online here!

Community Favorite Men’s Clothing – Allton’s Clothiers and Clothing for Men

Allton’s Clothiers and Clothing for Men is located at 601 S. Boulevard  405-341-4455  http://www.alltons.com – Allton’s Clothiers is a high-end fine men’s boutique offering unique and well-made offerings of clothing, shoes, outwear, accessories and more. This is the first year Allton’s was nominated for Community Favorites Around Edmond.

2023 Community Favorite Restaurants Around Edmond

Community Favorite New Multi-Use Development featuring Restaurants and a Brewery – The IceHouse Project

The IceHouse Project is a community-oriented new development that hosts American Solera Brewery,  Woodward Detroit Style Pizza, and The Fried Taco currently with a meeting/event space next door. The space is located at 119 W 2nd St. just west of Broadway, and holds community events throughout the year including community-oriented holiday fun. It is the only restaurant development that is family-friendly with play equipment in a centralized courtyard in Edmond. For more information, visit them at icehouseproject.com

Community Favorite Italian Restaurant – Sparrow Italian

Sparrow Italian is located at 507 South Boulevard   405-815-3463   sparrowitalian.com – Sparrow Italian This is the 2nd year Sparrow has been nominated as Community Favorite Italian Restaurant Around Edmond.

Community Favorite Steakhouse & New American – Signature Grill

Signature Grill is located at 1317 E Danforth Rd in Kickingbird Square,  405-330-4548  signaturegrilledmond.com and this is the 3rd year they have been nominated as Community Favorite Steakhouse Around Edmond.

Community Favorite Sandwich Restaurant – The Mule Edmond

The Mule in Downtown Edmond is located at 16 S. Broadway  405-920-6236

themuleokc.com  The Mule offers hot/cold sandwiches, salads, sides and appetizers, cocktails, local brews, and more. Patio seating, app delivery, and curbside pickup. Hours are:

Monday  11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Tuesday  11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Wednesday  11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Thursday  11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday  11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Saturday  11:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Sunday  10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Community Favorite Pizza – Oak City Pizza

This independently owned Pizza house is located in the Edmond Railyard and on 178th in Deer Creek, Oak City Pizza has long been an Edmond Favorite starting with their food truck at Heard on Hurd. Hours at the Edmond Railyard are:

Monday  11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Tuesday  11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Wednesday  11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Thursday  11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Friday  11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturday  11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Community Favorite Brewery – Frenzy Brewing

Frenzy Brewing is located at 15 S Broadway and hosts events/musicians, allowing customers to bring food from local restaurants to enjoy with brews and cocktails.  Hours are:

Monday  3:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Tuesday  3:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Wednesday  3:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Thursday  3:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday  12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Saturday  12:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Sunday  1:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Community Favorite Wine Shop – Edmond Wine Shop

Edmond Wine Shop just celebrated their 50th year in business and they are still on top of the industry with the wide variety and the city’s best selection of wine, bubbly, spirits, and beer. This store is located just south of 15th St. at 1520 S Boulevard. Hours are:

Monday  9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Tuesday  9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Wednesday  9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Thursday  9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday  9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Saturday  9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sunday  12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Community Favorite Catering Service – Millie’s Table & Catering

Millies Shores and her daughter Stephanie operate Millies’s Table and Catering at 1333 N Santa Fe Ave, Ste 102. This long time community favorite offers take and bake meals to go, entrees, sides, desserts and is a community favorite for a variety of catering events around town. You can stop by to see what’s fresh in the freezer, call to order and pick up at 405-330-9156, or place an online order at Milliestable.com

2023 Community Favorite Art Classes, Studios and Art Supply Stores and Service Providers Around Edmond

Community Favorite Barre Studio – The Body Barre

For the 3rd year in a row, The Body Barre continues to nominated and voted as best Barre and fitness Studio in Edmond. Located at 10 S. Broadway, this renovated vintage space is the perfect place to rejuvenate, rewind and get fit. WIth child care and gifts in the lobby, this beautiful and peaceful space is easy to access off Broadway, in Downtown Edmond.  For more information, visit

Community Favorite Art Supply Store – Paper Arts

Susan Foskin is the owner of and teacher at Paper Arts located at 221 S. Santa Fe. You can find anything you need for card making and gift packing projects, srapbooking supplies and classes and crops, and this year Paper Arts will hold a Carnival of Crafters in March.

Hours are varied so to find out store hours visit Paper Arts at Facebook and for events that are coming, visit online at  http://www.paperartsedmond.com

Community Favorite Art Classes – Oops I Arted

Risa McKinney is the owner/art teacher who hosts kids and adults paint, clay and mixed medium art classes at Oops I Arted with the hopes of inspiring all ages to love the art process in creating each piece of art that leaves the studio. Risa is a degreed art teacher with decades of experience. Risa is also fun and wants to make sure everyone who takes a class or has a party at Oops I Arted leaves with basic art skills that can be built upon over multiple visits. Oops I Arted hosts birthday parties, after school art classes, homeschool art classes, date nights, girls night parties and more!

Oops I Arted is located on Bryant just south of 33rd Street at 3400 S Bryant. You can reserve space by calling 405-476-9211 and visit OopsIArted.com

Community Favorite Bank Around Edmond – Citizen’s Bank of Edmond

Citizen’s Bank of Edmond has been located on the same corner in Downtown Edmond for the last 123 years! Over the years this citizen led bank has emerged as a community leader in more ways than financial services. For the last ten years, Citizen’s Bank of Edmond’s Jill Castilla has led social change in creating a monthly community gathering event that hosts musicians, food trucks and retail and service vendors 8 months a year from March to October every third Saturday.  Citizen’s also runs Vault 405 a community oriented co working space that hosts a pod cast studio, and RiSE next door to the bank’s community lobby with up and coming new retailers. Hours are Monday through Friday 7-7 pm, and Saturday’s 7-2 pm. This bank is known for tech forward apps, and excellent customer service.

You can see what the bank is up to and services they offer at MyCitizens.bank

Community Favorite Bakery Around Edmond – Sweet Friends Bakery 

Sweet Friends Bakery is located at 309 S. Bryant and is open Tuesday through Friday 7:30 am to 6 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 3 pm. You can find scratch made baked goods daily and they have a full coffee menu available, with all house coffee syrups made in house. You can call in an order at 405-216-3648.

Community Favorite Coffee Shop Around Edmond – Cafe Evoke

Cafe Evoke has been a staple in Downtown Edmond for the last 12 years. They offer coffee, food, wine, and beer. Their kitchen is open daily from 7 am to 2 pm, and the shop is open daily from 7 am to 3 pm. You can place your orders online at CafeEvoke.com as well find more information about their coffee service and catering. The shop is located at 103 S. Broadway in Downtown Edmond, and their phone number is 405-285-1522. This is the second year Cafe Evoke was voted as a Community Favorite.

Community Favorite Florist Around Edmond – Madeline’s Flowers

Madeline’s Flowers is located at 1030 S. Broadway and their hours are Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday from 8:30 am to 12 pm, while closed on Sunday’s. Madeline’s Flowers is a 3rd generation florist. Serving Edmond for 71 years. Madeline’s Flowers offers unique wedding, events design and every day flowers. You can visit their shop online by visiting MadelinesFlowers.com or call in an order at 405-341-2530. This is the third year Madeline’s Flowers has been voted as a Community Favorite.