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BIKE CLUB!

*Spoiler Alert* Our favorite holiday is coming up. For those who don't know, Tulsa Tough is our favorite event of the year. And each year, we stay awake at night brainstorming how we can make our annual party better than the last. This year, we really think we've done it. So without any further ado...


The First Ward Presents:

 
The First Ward Hair Studio / Tulsa Oklahoma / Bike Club
 

For the past four years, The First Ward in the Blue Dome District has opened its doors as a prime spot to watch the races during Tulsa Tough weekend. Similar to Cry Baby Hill, this annual party has grown into something more than we ever expected. That’s why we have decided to use our party powers to raise money for Bike Club, a local organization that aims to teach elementary school students the benefits of cycling and other life skills. 

Bike Club is in its second year of operation and growing quickly. Started by Jason Whorton of Humble Sons Bike Co. and Soundpony co-founder Mike Wozniak, Bike Club began as the simple idea to teach the students of Emerson Elementary about the power of bicycles. Having evolved into more than an extracurricular activity, Bike Club is now a vital part of Emerson’s culture. This year Bike Club has expanded into five schools and is hoping to have a total of nine by the end of 2017. To be successful, the program needs a few things – bicycles and volunteers. Each participating student earns a bike by successfully completing the yearlong program. To make this possible, Bike Club needs to raise an estimated $7,500 annually per school.


The First Ward will host the first annual “Bike Club Nightclub” on Friday June 10th, 2016. Our downstairs street-level space will be open to the public, featuring Bike Club merchandise, donated work by local artists, a raffle, and a Virtual Reality zone. Additionally, a ticket (available below) will grant you access to our 21+ party upstairs which will include an open bar, an incredible view of the races, and more! 

The First Ward Hair Studio / Tulsa Oklahoma / Bike Club

Do you want to sponsor this event? For more information or if you would like to volunteer your services, contact sarah@thefirstwardstudio.com. 

Around the World in 14 Days

The First Ward Hair Studio / Tulsa / T. Karn Imports Pop-Up

It's time for yet another pop-up shop, and we promise you won't want to miss this one.

T. Karn Imports has set up shop in the space below the salon for the first two weeks in May. Currently based out of Telluride, CO, owner Tesha Karn has returned to her hometown to show off her incredible inventory of worldly goods for you and your home. Sourced from all over the globe, this collection is full of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items you won't find anywhere else in Tulsa. We're thinking its the perfect place (and time) to pick up something for Mother's Day, recent graduates, or just to pretend like you're on vacation. 

T. Karn Imports x The First Ward
324 E 1st. St
Tulsa, OK 74120
@tkarnimports
@belowthefirstward

May 2nd-15th, 2016
Sun - Thurs 11:00-6:00
Fri - Sat 11:00-9:00

The More the Merrier

During the months of our Hygge holiday pop-up shop, we got to know some new small business owners here in Tulsa. Among them was Merritt Wakefield, creator of The Merriment Market, a curated selection of anything you need for celebration. Currently working towards her own brick-and-mortar location, Merritt has been hosting her own pop-up shops all around town (Antoinette's, Ever Something, and Pottery Barn Kids to name a few). And after this weekend, you can add The First Ward to that list. 

From April 15th to Sunday the 17th, Merritt will set up shop in the space below The First Ward. Come grab some confetti to celebrate actually doing your taxes this year (or celebrate not giving a damn). Or if you're better children than we are, pick up some cards and gifts for Mother's Day - It's May 8th, don't forget!

TFW x @themerrimentmarket
324 E 2st St
Tulsa, OK 74120
 

Living the Dream in 2016

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Daruma Doll January 2016

Well the holidays were a long time ago, and the weather seems to be telling us to go into hibernation. As usual, we're doing the opposite of what we should. Instead, we've been going a mile a minute and taking care of business. Last year surpassed all of our expectations, and we're doing all we can to make sure 2016 is even better. 

Here is a little thank you note to anyone you shopped at our pop-up, a potential business opportunity for you, and some tips if you decided to change your hair this year. 


Hygge Thanks You

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Hygge Pop-Up Shop January 2016

Before we truly dive into the new year, we want to thank anyone who visited our Hygge Pop-Up Shop.  We had a hell of a good time spending the holidays with you and connecting Tulsa with some of our favorite designers. The shop was definitely an experiment for us, and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out. More than anything, we learned just how much potential there is in Downtown Tulsa, and we can't wait to continue adding to that. 

In case you missed the shop, we've added a few of our Hygge favorites to the retail shelves of the salon. We have Grown Alchemist skincare in stock, which our skin thanks us for every day. There are also a few great home items, including bottle openers, blankets, and a felt whale with a party hat. Also, if there's anything you remember from the shop but don't see, just ask us! Chances are we can find a way to get it to you. 

Now that you've filled in the eye of your new daruma doll, we hope you remember to keep things cozy and hygge as the temperature drops. There's a reason all those Scandinavian countries are the happiest in the world. They've made a cultural pact to not let the cold get them down. It's a damn hard thing to do, but we're willing to give it a try this year (as long as Jessica continues to host soup night at her place). 

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Available Pop-Up Space January 2016

While we take the next couple months to develop our next great idea, our downstairs shop space will be vacant. Within that time, we are interested in leasing the space for classes, workshops, and weekend pop-ups. Possible ideas include: a bartending class, flower shop, and psychic readings. We're always down to collaborate, so please email us if you have an idea! 


Small Business Saturday

The First Ward Hair Studio Tulsa Blog Hygge Pop-Up Shop Small Business Saturday 2015

Small Biz Saturday: November 28

Did you know Small Business Saturday was originally a marketing campaign conceived by a credit card company? It's ironic that a holiday that started out so commercial has now found a greater meaning. 

We personally love it (and not just because we are a small business). Tulsa is growing larger by the minute, determined to be the hottest spot on the map. With that comes a lot of big business. But the real personality of any major city comes from the little guys, the one-of-a-kind places that saw potential in the area before it was "cool." These local businesses create the soul of the city. Rarely are small-business owners in it for the money. They do what they do because they love it and the culture of their city needs them.

With that in mind, we need to do what we can to show small-business owners that their efforts are worth it. It's one thing to say you love a place, but it takes a little more to keep that place alive. When you're out and about doing holiday shopping, make sure to swing by your local retail stores and show them some love. If you're in the Tulsa area, here's a list of some local shops to check out:

Dwelling Spaces
Edit
Colors of Etnika
Whiskey Business
Holy Mountain
Merriment Market @ Hoot Owl
...and don't forget to visit Hygge