TVLSE, Okla. – The Southwest Trading Company in Tulsa is hosting a Back to School Bash during business hours on Friday-Sunday, Aug. 4-6. The store is owned by Muskogee (Creek) citizen David Bible and is located at 1306 East 11th Street in the Meadow Gold District of Tulsa. During the multi-day event they will offer back to school giveaways and raffle tickets. On Saturday the store will have free school supplies for the first 50 students, however kids must be present. On that day they will also offer free meat pies and grape dumplings starting at 11:00 a.m.
Bible, who runs the store with his children and four-year-old granddaughter, expressed this as an opportunity to give back to the local community.
“It’s kind of a pay back to the community because we’ve had great support from all the communities. Wewoka, Beggs, Muskogee, Okmulgee… you know all the school systems come in and pick up supplies or during the school year, especially during graduation, they come in a pick up their graduation gifts for their graduating seniors, Johnson-O’malley Programs, and Indian Ed programs… we kind of just want to give back to those communities and the people that come support us.” Bible said.
The store, which carries a variety of clothing including, jewelry, art, and accessories, is also having a storewide 25% off sale. This excludes Pendelton products. It will include backpacks and other school supplies.“we have backpacks and spirals and notebooks… everything to go back to school,” Bible said.
Meat Pies and Grape Dumplings
Along with the school supply giveaways and storewide sale, Southwest Trading Company is also offering free meat pies and grape dumplings on Saturday, beginning at 11:00 a.m. while supplies last. “We have some good cooks in our family and we always try to serve a free meal, or just some food, once a month in the store just trying to give back to the people who come in.” Bible said.
Southwest Trading Company is a family run business and is a home away from home for Bible and his family. “When we opened up this place…it’s kind of like our home and when people come visit we like to have something to offer, we have coffee here, we have water, popcorn and stuff like that for people. We have a little sitting area for people to sit down and we have a tv on the wall, so it’s a place to visit. We stay up here so much, we like to invite people to just sit down, have a snack, coffee.”
For more information you can go to Southwest Trading Company’s facebook page, SouthwestNativeGoods.