Style Scene: Fortune Cookie Soap in Jenks celebrates new store
BY JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writer
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
9/11/12 at 2:45 AM
For many folks, pets are like members of the family. We even accessorize them or dress them up.
So how would you feel if you were sick, single and financially strapped - and unable to care for your pet, unable to provide some of the basic necessities?
It's a question Alice Bates has been answering for more than 20 years. As the founder of the local nonprofit A Friend for a Friend, Bates and volunteers are dedicated to helping those with HIV/AIDS, and their pets' care and wellness.
To help the program continue, Panera at 5601 E. 41st St. will host a fundraiser for the nonprofit 5-9 p.m. Thursday, and donate 10 percent of its sales during that time to the organization.
Bates will be giving away dog collars and have a few for sale, she said. Also, Eric Himan will be playing harmonica with a violinist.
"I think it's a really worthy thing, a loving thing," said Bates, who has sat up all night with people while their pets were sick or dying.
Over the years, the program has grown to include veterinarian and grooming services, with nearly 90 men and women in the program in 2011. She's also helped foster stronger ties among other organizations who help people living with HIV/AIDS.
"It's sad and wonderful," she said of A Friend for a Friend's mission. "We're really blessed to be able to do this. It's a blessing for us to help."
For more, including how you can help Bates and her nonprofit, call 918-747-6827 or 918-361-8839.
'An Evening of Glamour'
Saks Fifth Avenue at Utica Square will host an evening gown trunk show Friday through Sept. 21, including a special style presentation 5-9 p.m. Sept. 20.
The trunk show will feature designs by Badgley Mischka, ML by Monique Lhuillier, Notte by Marchesa and Thei by Don O'Neill.
On Sept. 20, you can join hostesses Georgenia Van Tuyl and Hillary Parkhurst for "An Evening of Glamour," which will feature a fashion show, door prizes, and wine and champagne.
Also, from Friday through Sept. 22, when customers tell sales associates they are shopping for Parent Child Center of Tulsa, Saks will donate a percentage of those sales to the center.
For more, call 918-744-0200, ext. 203.
What's your fortune?
Fortune Cookie Soap at 114 E. Main St. in Jenks has been open about a month, and they're celebrating 6-9 p.m. Saturday - and online, too, 7-8 (ish) p.m.
Owners Justin and Shannon Prokop expanded their popular 8-year-old online business to a brick-and-mortar location among Jenks' famed antique shops. They offer a wide variety of handmade bath and body products ranging from decadent body butters and fortune cookie-shaped soaps to skin-hydrating bath bombs and eco-friendly solid shampoos.
Every quarter, the Prokops host an online watch party they call "blog TV," where fans can see the new Fortune Cookie products, samples of which are mailed to customers prior to the online event - a "subscription box," Justin called it - that gives customers a chance to smell new fragrances beforehand so they can make informed decisions on what to buy at the product launch.
Local fans can drop by during the video-streaming event, which will be held in the parking lot between Tedford Insurance and Abbey Road Academy, and the Prokops will lead a trivia quiz to interact with customers, Justin said. Want to watch from home? Go to their Facebook page to track the details of the event (just search "Fortune Cookie Soaps").
After the watch party, the Prokops will open the doors to their shop for a sale of their newest items - about 90 new items in various new scents, Justin said.
For more, call 918-995-7313 or visit tulsaworld.com/fortunecookiesoap
Bits 'n' pieces
Miss Jackson's at Utica Square will host a trunk show of Claudia Lobao fashion jewelry Thursday and Friday in the accessories department. Lobao's fashion-forward pieces - which incorporate semi-precious stones, wood and crocheted wire - are great for layering, said the store's Rachel Kern, who mentioned lightweight chain necklaces with bold geometric links. For more, call 918-747-8671.
Williams-Sonoma at Utica Square will host its fall product open house all day Saturday. Swing by and see all the new stuff they have for autumn - and try some espresso, too. For more, call 918-742-5252.
The Kennedy Mansion, 506 W. Fairview, will host an open house 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The popular bed and breakfast/wedding venue will offer tours of the grounds and rooms. Plus, wedding vendors will discuss food, cakes and flowers, and a bridal room will be set up, along with a gorgeous dress. For more, call 918-712-8065.
Original Print Headline: Panera to host fundraiser with A Friend for a Friend
Soaps are on display at Fortune Cookie Soap in downtown Jenks. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World