Today, the hubs and I made it to the opening of the newest kitschy-cool shop in beautiful Mount Airy. Before I share what is “in store” for you, I want to tell you about the owner, Katie Whitener. Just a few months ago, Katie was living in Oklahoma, wondering where to open a specialized boutique. Her grandmother lives in nearby Sparta, so she had visited this region before. She loved vacationing in our Mountains, but never considered moving here until she read that Mount Airy was one of the best towns, East of the Mississippi, to open a business. Soon after, she Donned her cowboy boots and a thinking cap, and inspected the town for herself. In the shake of a buffalo’s tail, she saw and felt her future. Fast forward 5 months, and her dream is realized. Okie Dokes opened its doors today, officially introducing Katie’s slightly western-flare to Western NC.
Katie’s shop is in a CHARMING little brick building on Galloway Street near Riverside Park. She specializes in Western/Boho clothing, unique home decor, jewelry, and gently-used, quality clothing. Her mama, Rhonda, sews and embroiders the dearest aprons, perfect for a special gift. We loaded up on goodies including one of Rhonda’s aprons, a soy candle, handmade soap, the coolest kitchen washcloth ever made, and a stoneware mug that is destined to be our favorite.
The next time you’re downtown, take a little detour and give Katie a warm Mount Airy welcome.