Buy, learn at Native Uniques

BY JAMI MURPHY
Former Reporter
10/27/2016 09:00 AM
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A group of women and children makes beaded wrap bracelets during a class held at the Native Uniques boutique in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. COURTESY
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Looking to learn a new craft or just wanting to have some fun with friends? Cherokee Nation citizen Samantha Barnes hosts beading classes at her Native Uniques boutique in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and at customer-requested locations.

“We have classes throughout the year. We teach different beading techniques along with different jewelry items. We offer a variety of classes, some public classes, and then we also offer private classes as well,” Barnes said.

Classes start at $20 and include the materials, snacks, drinks and special discounts for customers.

“We’ve had dreamcatcher classes…we’ve had wrap classes, which the wrap classes are the most popular. They’re simple and easy to do. The customer can walk out and have it done within the hour and walk out with the actual object,” she said.

Native Uniques opened in July after Barnes made jewelry in her home for about four years. She said opening the boutique was something she always wanted to do.

“I used to bead from my kitchen table. It was kind of a mess, everywhere. I have three kids, so the kids were always getting into it. It was kind of hard to keep everything straight. So I love that I’m able to bead weave here (store) and everyone can come see me and watch me bead weave.”

Aside from the classes, the boutique is full of handmade items and boutique items for purchase including clothing, pillows and necklaces. “We also offer a variety of merchandise. That’s from clothing and also our handmade items. Our jewelry consists of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings…our clothing and our purses and scarves have that Native American flare along with our beadwork.”

For the upcoming holiday season the boutique will offer weekly sales leading up to Christmas. Barnes said customers could keep up with what sale is happening through her boutique’s Facebook page and at www.nativeuniques.com.

“Our biggest sale that we’re going to be having is our Black Friday sale where our clothing is going to be up to 40 percent off, and then our handmade items are going to be 20 percent off,” she said. “Our holiday sales start on Nov. 11 to celebrate Veteran’s Day and go all the way through December.”

The store is located at 101 S.E. Frank Phillips Blvd. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday For more information, call 918-214-0030.

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