Believe it or not, there’s still time to shop for the holidays! And many of you have already frequented this sponsor’s business that morphed into a store– Gleeful Peacock. We’re featuring our sponsors for our Winter Issue this month, because they help us do what we do! And we wanted to highlight the great things they’re all doing in the Tulsa area.
Nikki Halgren founded her handmade shop, Gleeful Peacock Mercantile, 4240 S. Peoria Ave., as a way to showcase her handmade items, but also as a way to showcase the work of other creative souls in the area. Here’s our Q&A!
Prairie Hive: What inspired you to start Gleeful Peacock?
Nikki: I started Gleeful Peacock as a way to find myself again. I had always been an artist and somewhere in my twenties I lost that part of me. I turned 30 and I wanted to get back to things that made me feel like me. Something that I was passionate about. I decided to start a side business. I picked the name before I even knew what I was going to make. All I knew was that it would be colorful and happy. I also knew I did not want it to be jewelry! I started the shop Gleeful Peacock Mercantile when the line had outgrown my home. Now I have a full studio space and a fun place to sell my work and the work of other awesome artists!
PH: What’s your specialty?
Nikki: Jewelry.. funnily enough. I focus on colorful pieces that have modern color schemes but with vintage themes and lines. My line is mostly painted, which keeps my artist-self alive and happy. The shop Gleeful Peacock Mercantile specializes in gift items that have meaning or just all around are awesome.
PH: What are your favorite handmade holiday items ?
Nikki: I love anything handmade, but I particularly seem to love items that I can use all the time and therefore get smiles out of daily. Dishtowels, afghans, knitted gloves, or a pretty ceramic dish. As long as it’s colorful, quirky and happy then I enjoy it.
PH: Why are handmade gifts so fun to give and receive?
Nikki: They come with a personality and a soul. Handmade means that no matter what it is, it’s a one-of-a-kind piece. Also, you get that feel good feeling. The one that tells you that you supported a person following their dreams and trying to support their family. How can that not be fun?
PH: What do you like about the Tulsa handmade/crafting community?
Nikki: Tulsa really gets behind small businesses. I have sweet friends in my life because they followed me from when I first started. They came to shows, hosted trunk shows and now they come into the shop. Tulsans love to support each other and they are loyal. I can’t imagine having my business in another place.
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