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Uptown 23rd District On The Upswing In OKC

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It's been some years in the making, but the Uptown 23rd District is on the upswing. Shops and restaurants, a part of the new retail center The Rise are gaining attention and there are even more businesses on the way.

Situated on the busy corner of 23rd and Walker, patrons tend to pack the Pump Bar. It's a retro-chic restaurant and full-service bar designed after a gas station.

Nearby and nestled inside The Rise is Interior Gilt, a new and vintage furniture store opening on Monday.

"I like to partner new and old together, so when you think of Interior Gilt, I want you to feel like you're getting a little bit of all the things you love brought into your home," said Interior Gilt owner Jimmy Rupp.

It's the fourth business out of 14 to open up in the once downtrodden area along N.W. 23rd Street.

"This urban renewal that's going in this area, you can't miss it, but at the same time, I used to live in this area, and I saw the potential it had, I knew what kind of traffic we get on 23rd Street,” Rupp said.

From furniture to fitness, this space has it all.

"The nice thing about it is that we have a lot of homes around here, so it's really close to a lot of people and it's different and it's not a typical big box gym, it's a smaller private facility," said Anytime Fitness manager Samantha Punneo.

The 24/7 workout facility was one of the first to open in January along with Urban Core Pilates studio and a Cox store. The Rise has plenty of parking in the rear. It's a two-story building brimming with new businesses like clothing store The Rant, Old School Bagel Cafe and The Drake Seafood and Oyster bar. All are set to open in the next few months.

"This area has just taken off, and within the next couple years, it's just going to be a complete change, and I can't wait to see what it is in the next five years," Punneo said.

Developer Johnathan Russell of Land Run Commercial Real Estate Advisors said the rise is nearly full with each space leased out except for a basement room.

On the last Sunday of every month until October, the Uptown 23rd district will host a Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

11/14/2015 Related Story: Developers Hope 'The Rise' Will Improve Dilapidated OKC District

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