“She was just our family. She was our family member,” Cupps said. It’s called Summer’s Market, named after their beloved cat, Summer. She sells new items, along with unique repurposed decor from places as far as India and Egypt. The mother-daughter owned store is one of the 11 new shops in the area.
Cupps and her daughter Christa ran their home decor shop from booths for three years until mid-May. Now, they finally have their own store on South Elm Place. “You know, all I can say is we’re thankful,” said Summer’s Market Co-owner Cindy Cupps.
“It’s really exciting to be on the ground floor of it and we’re building friends. They’re just not our customers, they’re life-long friends,” Cupps said. Eleven new businesses opened in just the past year, and more are coming to the area soon. City leaders say it’s all part of supporting local businesses and revitalizing this part of the city.
The square is home to new craft shops, restaurants, and clothing boutiques. Four more businesses are opening soon, including a pizzeria and a winery. For Cupps, it’s a dream come true. “It’s local business owners that have started online boutiques, or maybe they go to craft fairs. We’ve also seen some businesses like catering that started in people’s kitchen’s that’s now expanded into restaurants,” Rush said.
Rush said city leaders pushed to bring businesses back to the area. City officials said four years ago, there was a 60 percent occupancy rate of businesses in New Orleans Square. Now, it’s 90 percent. “It used to be very, very full of stores and then for a couple years, we saw several of them move out,” said City of Broken Arrow Economic Development Manager Jennifer Rush.
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