Utica Square – Tulsa’s finer midtown Shopping Centre – The many Tulsa midtown neighborhoods that I love – Terwilleger Heights, Maple Ridge, Swan Lake, Florence Park – all share a unique place to shop: Utica Square.
Once considered the “outskirts of town,” Utica Square is an anchor of midtown Tulsa. Built in the 1950s, Utica Square more resembles a village shopping area than an obtrusive shopping mall. Trees and benches are scattered throughout and most restaurants offer sidewalk dining.
Referred to as “the Square” by locals, its charm and beauty are evidenced by the many clocks and the garden’s bronze fountain and statue.
In addition to the many shops, Utica Square is becoming known for free events such as Lights On!, Summer’s 5th Night and Art in the Square.
Summer’s 5th Night is a series of free concerts each week on Thursday night from May through August from 7-9 pm. Guests of all ages gather to hear local artists entertain us with jazz, country, blues and occasionally island music. We bring our picnic dinners or purchase food from restaurants at the Square. We bring our dogs and our children – it’s a lovely weekly event!
Utica Square – Tulsa’s finer midtown Shopping Centre
After enjoying our Thanksgiving turkey and cleaning dishes after the big meal, we all head to the Square for the annual Lights On! tradition. At 6:30 that evening, over 700,000 lights adorning 175 trees will light up the sky at the Square – our official invitation to the Christmas season. Santa is there to greet the children, and the contagious holiday spirit spreads as we sing Christmas carols together.
Art in the Square occurs every October. Local artists showcase their works along Utica Square’s sidewalks and we have a chance to meet our artists and purchase their wares. In the beautiful and crisp Oklahoma fall, this is becoming an annual tradition you won’t want to miss!
The shops at Utica Square are mostly locally-owned businesses with a few chain stores we couldn’t live without. My favorite restaurants there are The Wild Fork, Queenies and Stonehorse Café. Favorite shops are Miss Jackson’s Penthouse Salon, Williams Sonoma and Ihloff’s Salon & Day Spa. Specialty foods and daily groceries can be purchased at Petty’s Fine Foods and accompanying wine can be purchased at Grand Vin Bottle Shop.
With over sixty shops, Utica Square truly provides Tulsa midtown neighbors one-stop shopping. But, it’s not just the great shops that will keep you coming back to “the Square” – you’ll become a frequent visitor once you are smitten by its charm and home-town atmosphere.