Garden Gate in Gore offers antique, local items

BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
06/21/2019 12:00 PM
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Cherokee Nation citizen Kenneth Byrd and his wife, Haley, stand in the entryway of their shop – the Garden Gate in Gore. The Garden Gate is a flea market-style shop with vendor booths that sell various items from local vendors, including antiques. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Customers browse a booth on May 8 at the Garden Gate in Gore. The Garden Gate was already an established business when Cherokee Nation citizen Kenneth Byrd and his wife took over in February. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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The Garden Gate carries a myriad of items from local vendors, including baby products sold by Okie Gals Boutique. In addition to shopping, the Garden Gate shares a space with The Coffee Shop and Emily’s Tea Room. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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Handmade soaps, lotions and other products by Farm Fresh Beauty are displayed in one of several vendor booths at the Garden Gate in Gore. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
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A variety of older collectible and antique items are dispersed throughout the Garden Gate. The store is at 103 N. Main Street in Gore. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
GORE – If visitors are looking to shop local they can visit the Garden Gate, a flea market-style shop with various booths set up selling locally made items and antiques.

The Garden Gate was already an established business when Cherokee Nation citizen Kenneth Byrd and his wife, Haley, took over in February.

When walking into the shop, visitors can expect to see little bit of everything from local vendors such as T-shirts, art, boutique-style clothing, soaps, baby products and clothing, jewelry, books, hair products, as well as vintage and antiques items.

“There’s a little bit of everything. There’s antiques. We have T-shirts with all the local schools. There’s a lady who make a lot of jewelry. We have homemade jam and jelly. Some beautiful paintings they put on canvas. There’s antique furniture,” Byrd said.

When Byrd took over he decided to revamp the space to give it a fresher look.

“When somebody new comes in you have a different perspective on things. You have different tastes,” he said.

He said despite the change business is good. “It was a good change. The people who stayed, they’re liking the change and doing well. Plus, we complement the business next door.”

Byrd’s business is described as a “unique community destination to find great food, service and shopping” on it’s Facebook page.

In addition to shopping, the Garden Gate shares a space with The Coffee Shop and Emily’s Tea Room.

When renovations were being made, Byrd said they decided to add a coffee shop that serves fresh-brewed and iced coffees. They also continued Emily’s Tea Room, which serves daily lunch specials of American home-style meals, soups, salads and sandwiches.

“This business done well. We have a lot of repeat customers that will come in and are like ‘whoa.’ I think it’s a bit of a cultural shock,” Byrd said.

The Garden Gate and The Coffee Shop are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday except for Wednesday when they close at 4 p.m. Emily’s Tea Room is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

All three businesses are at 103 N. Main Street in Gore. For more information, call 918-489-2680 or visit The Garden Gate Tea Room and The Coffee Shop on Facebook.
About the Author
Lindsey Bark grew up and resides in the Tagg Flats community in Delaware County. She graduated from Northeastern State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, emphasizing in journalism. She started working for the Cherokee Phoenix in 2016.
 
Working for the Cherokee Phoenix, Lindsey hopes to ...
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Lindsey Bark grew up and resides in the Tagg Flats community in Delaware County. She graduated from Northeastern State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication, emphasizing in journalism. She started working for the Cherokee Phoenix in 2016. Working for the Cherokee Phoenix, Lindsey hopes to ...

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