"We already have some of the art arriving and we are storing it in the offices," Williams said. "We want to wait for the Bedre chocolates until right before we open so we can get it fresh off the line from
Exhibit C, however, provides the state's busiest entertainment district with an answer to requests long made by visitors to sample
The storefront being built out for Exhibit C has been vacant for almost 20 years, dating back to when it was previously home to the manufacturing operation of Bunte Candies.
Williams said the 7,000-square-foot gallery and store will feature new Chickasaw artists every four months. The retail shop will offer Chickasaw artisan works such as jewelry, pottery, paintings and clothing, the full line of Bedre Fine Chocolate and books from
Williams said Exhibit C's design embraces the history of the approximately century-old Bricktown warehouse by keeping the exposed concrete columns and ceiling, while also maintaining a warmer environment through the use of light colors and unfinished wood.
Williams hopes art displays in the windows and a lounge area stocked with American Indian and Chickasaw art and history books facing the west storefront will quickly draw visitors' attention.
"Anything that's going to be a tourist-driven entity in Bricktown will help everyone here," Baier said. "The majority of our business is tourist driven. So we're looking forward to anything where we can partner with an attraction so close by."
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