Special to The Sun
To help support local businesses, Paige Sheller, owner of A-Line Designs LLC in Edmond, and her company have created an online marketplace to help bring customers and businesses together in one place.
Sheller and her company created the online marketplace, A-List Top Picks, which features a handful of local businesses each month and highlights the businesses’ quality and unique pieces in a monthly theme.
Customers who visit the website, www.okcinteriors.com or www.alisttoppicks.com, and select an A-List Top Picks item, are then able to purchase the product at a discounted price.
Sheller said not only does it help the customer not have to pay retail, it also helps local businesses increase their foot traffic.
“Local merchants are totally pumped about it,” Sheller said.
Sheller said she felt the need to support local businesses because, in her own experiences, some people feel like they have to travel out of state to find quality and unique pieces for their home or business.
“That just isn’t the case,” Sheller said. “There are shops here. You don’t have to go to Dallas.”
Sheller added that many people also have mentioned that they don’t know where to shop in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas as well. Sheller said many cities across the country have design districts, which “is something Oklahoma City lacks.”
“We said, ‘Let’s create our own design district community, but through a website, A-List Top Picks,’” Sheller said. “A-List Top Picks is about creating and bringing the eye to local vendors. We find these places and we’re like, ‘It’s such a gem! How do you not know?’ So, this makes the public aware of what great stores we have.”
At the end of October, Sheller said her company released its first top picks for the month of November, which featured unique and quality items for the dining room. Sheller said they chose the theme to help people prepare for Thanksgiving and other get-togethers. Items ranged from a set of four Luze Objects napkin rings for $92 to an Emory Anne buffet for $1,631.
On Nov. 26, Sheller said A-List Top Picks will release its picks for the month of December. Sheller said December’s theme is for the bar and entertaining areas to help people gear up for the holidays and social gatherings.
“You can also go look and buy a great gift for someone,” Sheller added.