7 Clan Stand storefront opens after ‘high demand’
Cherokee Nation citizen Alyssa Henson flips a sign to “open” at the May 9 grand opening of her storefront 7 Clan Stand. Previously the store was online only. Her storefront offers original and customized Native-inspired pieces from Henson. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Two backpacks hang from a shelf at 7 Clan Stand located at 306 N. Muskogee Ave. in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation citizen Alyssa Henson opened the storefront after the demand grew “too high” for her Facebook business. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Native-inspired baby clothes are some of the items offered at 7 Clan Stand in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation citizen Alyssa Henson said her shop also offers Native-themed purses, backpacks, skirts, shirts, stuffed animals, jewelry and other items. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Family members and city officials surround Cherokee Nation citizen Alyssa Henson during the May 9 opening of her 7 Clan Stand storefront in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. 7 Clan Stand is located across from the Northeastern State University Jazz Lab. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – From her house to Tahlequah’s main street, Cherokee Nation citizen Alyssa Henson began her creative journey of fashioning clothes with Indigenous flair approximately three years ago.
On May 9, she held a grand opening for her brick and mortar shop on Muskogee Avenue.
Henson said she opened the shop because the demand on Facebook for custom orders was “too high.”
“The demand was too high on Facebook to just keep it running from my house, so it called for me to have a location that people can come to so that it would make it a lot easier,” she said.
Henson said when customers enter her shop they will see Native-inspired clothing made by her or purchased from vendors.
“What I’ve actually made is all of the Cherokee-inspired skirts. I make men’s vests and boy’s vests, which I will be putting more out. I make some bags too, as well, that are also Cherokee-inspired with the designs,” she said.
She also has some of her customized hoodies along with backpacks, purses, jewelry and other Native-themed wears.
Henson said in time she would like to create a place in her shop where she could sew.
“I’m trying to make it where I’ll have a little place to sew here while I’m here,” she said.
She said the goal is to have the store act as an “intertribal” gift shop. “Not just Cherokee, but I really care about the other tribes that we have that are in and around the Tahlequah area. You know, just a place where you can go and you can really find some authentic Native-made things, jewelry, the traditional skirts or just in general a tribal skirt or a vest.”
Henson said she is still taking custom orders as she did before opening the store.
“You can come here and get things customized. Like if you even bring your own hoodie in and you wanted a certain color or anything like that, I really try to be open,” she said.
She is also working on creating a website for the 7 Clan Stand, and she’ll be updating customers on her Facebook page about its progress.
“I’m going to be creating my website…where you can put things in a cart, pretty soon,” she said. “I can’t really say when, but I will be updating that on the (Facebook) profile.”
She also plans to have a “grand opening” sale in which she will offer 20 percent off on some of her items. “We’ll have to get that set, and I’ll post that on the (Facebook) page as well.”
Henson’s 7 Clan Stand is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and is located at 306 N. Muskogee Ave.
For more information, visit “7clanstand” on Facebook or stop by the store.