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WAX ECSTATIC

Well, we did it! The First Ward is happy to announce that we have created our first-ever custom candle. It only took us about two years to develop, but it was well worth the time.

After the short run of our pop-up shop Hygge, a spark was ignited in the minds of Team TFW. We wanted to bring a little more of the shop's cozy lifestyle into the salon. We've also always been interested in developing a signature fragrance, so the answer seemed simple: candles. The warmth and comfort of a good candle is the key to coziness. Did you know the average Danish citizen burns thirteen pounds of candlewax a year? WHOA. 

The main purpose of a First Ward candle has always been to provide a familiar sense of space that our clients and friends can take home with them. It's the same welcoming feeling we want you to experience in the salon. 

To achieve this vague and ambitious goal, we needed a candlemaker that could translate it into smells. Through our friends at Workstead, we joined forces with Beau Burdette at The Contents Co. in Charleston, South Carolina. Beau definitely spoke our language. To kick things off, Beau sent us a questionnaire that helped keep us on the right path throughout development. 

What feelings or emotions do you want this scent to convey?
Comfort and familiarity, while still being challenged. Like a song you feel you should have heard before, but is new to you. Or a new friend that seems should have been in your life forever. Or the way your home smells like you remember, but more intense, after having a great adventure overseas.

Name a few adjectives you would want others to use when describing this scent:
Androgynous, balanced, comforting. 

If this scent were a person, who would it be?
Here are a few: Jane Goodall, Benazir Bhutto, Annie Oakley, Amelia Earhart. All strong, adventurous, passionate women.

After some back and forth, Beau knocked it out of the park. At times it seemed like he knew what we wanted better than we did. He also sourced the most incredible terra-cotta vessels from a Charleston ceramicist that make for a great keepsake after the candle burns out. 

The First Ward Contents Co Candle
The First Ward Contents Co Candle Tulsa Oklahoma
The First Ward Contents Co Candle Tulsa Oklahoma
The First Ward Contents Co Candle Tulsa Oklahoma

So what does it smell like? We took some notes from our favorite fig candles to create something sweet, complex, and the answer to all the questions above. According to the maker, "the leathery, milky fig notes come first, with a sharper touch of citrus/floral/green aromas.... lastly a subtle earthy/woods base note." 

Honestly, it's hard to describe. All we know it's the perfect complement to the scent of the salon and we're obsessed with it. First batch is a limited supply, so get your nose over to the salon before they're all gone!

The First Ward Contents Co Candle Tulsa Oklahoma
The First Ward Contents Co

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
 

Small Business Saturday

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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