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Nearly halfway through 2022, Tahlequah has already opened its doors to new businesses that impact the community. From flower and garden shopping to photography, Tahlequah has a bit of everything.

Artra Flower Shop opened in April and is located in the mall behind Ruby’s Diner. The store offers flowers for all occasions, from weddings to funerals. During prom and homecoming season, Eric Osburn, the owner, rents tuxedos to school children.

Osburn has been in the floral industry for 10 years. His family operates flower shops in the Sallisaw area. He moved to Tahlequah and decided to start one here.

He’s an FTD florist, or part of Florists’ Transworld Delivery, a floral wire service that helps customers send flowers remotely the same day.

Artra Flower Shop works with Green Country Funeral Home to provide flowers to grieving families.

“Flowers make people smile, and I love being able to make people smile, especially when they’re grieving. If they’re sad, we try to make them happy, and if they’re happy, we try to make them happy. happier,” Osburn said.

Elephant Rock Garden Supply is located less than half a mile from Elephant Rock, 22049 E. Elephant Rock Road and is a hydroponic and gardening supply store.

Owner and veteran William Morgan saw the need for a supply store.

“One of the reasons we started in Tahlequah is that there are more commercial growers here in Cherokee County, Adair County, Delaware County and Sequoyah County than in the rest of Most of these local nurseries were going out of state or Oklahoma City or Tulsa to buy supplies,” Morgan said.

Elephant Rock partners with Voodoo Hydro to increase inventory offerings.

“We’re partnering with Voodoo. It gives us lots of opportunities to get great prices and pass the savings on to customers in surrounding counties,” Morgan said.

Currently, Elephant Rock does not sell plants, but Morgan is looking to acquire a store in town to maintain a business presence in Tahlequah.

The store sells materials for making gardens, including soil, which is organic.

“When they build gardens above ground, the soil we have is organic and you get about twice as much as you would get in town. It’s not petroleum-based. It’s safer for animals that eat plants,” he said.

Elephant Rock has also partnered with different non-profits in the community and donates garden supplies to local causes.

Tahlequah Habitat for Humanity ReStore Rack has reopened and changed its concept. The old ReStore Rack, which was in the same parking lot as the TAG office, is now closed. The new ReSore Rack at 198 W. First St. now sells clothing.

South 62 Home Goods and Furniture Company is located next to Del Rancho and sells furniture, decorations, candles and other items. Stacy’s Creations is located in the store, which sells custom crafts including custom cutting boards, keychains, and other wood products.

Heather Crowell, owner of The Craft Addict, describes her store as a “mini Michael’s or Hobby Lobby”. She sells paint and resin supplies, as well as items for making t-shirts and tumblers. The store opened in February this year.

Crowell opened an Etsy shop in 2017 selling tumblers and laser art. Since then, the store has grown.

“It became difficult to receive orders in Tahlequah, so we ended up saying, ‘why don’t we offer this service?'” Crowell said.

Jae Ashten Photos recently opened a store. Jae McBride, owner, is a Tahlequah native who previously worked as a registered nurse. She now operates a full-time studio and photographs weddings, couples, runaways, maternity, proms, birthdays, family reunions or any other occasion.

The Tahlequah Regional Development Authority tries to drink and dine Provalus, an information technology services company that offers a number of different IT jobs. Provalus has selected the city of Tahlequah as a finalist to build a new office. The Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce announced a meeting with the company on May 19 at the Cherokee Community Building from 2-6 p.m. If Tahlequah is selected, Provalus will hire local talent to fill its positions.

“We’re working to get them here. We just showed them the wonders of Tahlequah, and they loved it. That’s why we were shortlisted,” said TACC’s Jenn Garvin. “

No computer experience is required for new hires. Provalus will provide a training school for all new employees.