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Best Boot Shop: Drysdale’s By Lindsey Morehead


Drysdales believes they aren’t everything to ev- eryone, but they have something for everybody, company president Jim McClure says. “What makes us different from our competitors is the vast extent of our inventory selection and service,” he says. “When you walk into our boot department, you know there’s a pair for you; you just have to fi nd it.”


Headquartered in Tulsa, the Western-wear re- tailer carries more than 60,000 western boots from over 25 different manufacturers in its two Tulsa locations. It also offers a complete line of work wear and work boots.


“We stock so many pairs of boots it can be over- whelming,” McClure says.


Recently named a top-10 venue by CNN and the Best Live Music Venue by Oklahoma Living readers, Cain’s Ballroom continues to rake in the accolades nearly 90 years after opening. “Cain’s opened in 1924, but I’m not sure it’s ever had the success we’re currently experienc- ing,” General Manager Chad Rodgers says. “We’re continually ranked in the top 50 in the world for ticket sales.”


The 1,700-person venue, widely known as the home of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, has attracted the likes of Motley Crew, George Strait, Van Halen and the Sex Pistols. A framed piece of drywall Sid Vicious put his fi st through during their legendary 1978 American tour hangs in Rodgers’ offi ce.


“You look at the people who have signed the walls, you look at the people who have put their fi sts through the walls, it’s like the list goes on


Opened in 1981, Drysdales operates its


fl agship store at 3220 S. Memorial Dr., as well as a second location at 10127 E. 71st St. The retailer carries the largest selection of denim jeans in the Southwest with more than 106,000 pairs representing 45 different brands.


“We also operate an extensive catalog business,” McClure says. “We print fi ve catalogs a year and ship all over the country and the world.” Most orders, he says, come in from Texas, California, Missouri, Illinois and Florida, but inter- national sales account for about 2 percent of Drysdales’ business. A national sponsor of the American Quarter


and on,” says John Cooper of Red Dirt Rangers in “Raisin’ Cain,” a documentary currently in production. “For a kid from Oklahoma, this is our Carnegie Hall.”


shows.


Today, Cain’s continues to draw big-name “A lot of acts come through here,” Rodgers


says. “One night we might have Junior Brown, the next night a dubstep D.J., then a hard rock act. We do everything from bluegrass to rap or urban music.”


Cain’s recently partnered with Oklahoma Joe’s barbecue to open a new location inside the ballroom. Rodgers says he plans to begin hosting meet-and-greet preshow meals with artists. “Live music allows people to get out and leave their normal, everyday world to experi- ence something different,” Rodgers says.


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Best Wedding Destination: Buffalo Creek Guest Ranch By Meg McElhaney


Surrounded by the Kiamichi mountains, Buffalo Creek Guest Ranch in Talihina is one of the best- kept secrets in the state for brides and grooms-to-be. With 1,000 acres of woods, water and prairie, the ranch gives soon-to-be-wed couples and guests plenty of room to roam, dine and party. The fi rst wedding was held in the summer of 2011; since then a dozen


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more have been held on the prop- erty—which is as accommodating as the couple who runs the guest ranch. “We have had weddings that range from a young couple renting the Party Barn for a simple ceremony with 20 guests and no meals served to weddings that took three days to decorate for with full meals served to all guests,” says Darleen Shaw, one half of the dynamic duo that built


and runs the ranch.


The Party Barn is a 1,100-square- foot room that features a fi replace, plenty of room for tables, and the kitchen facilities for Shaw’s catering company, Side Saddle Catering. The ranch has several other venues for couples saying their “I-dos.”


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Horse Association and the National Barrel Horse Association, Drysdales supports the interests of its customers. Store patrons are sometimes greeted by professional bull riders on hand to sign autographs.


“We’re a Western store, so the people who are involved with the Western lifestyle—equine, rodeo or agriculture—that’s our core customer.”


Best Live Music: Cain’s Ballroom


By Lindsey Morehead


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