New businesses promote arts, crafts, photography, and flowers

Artra Flower Shop opened up in April and is located in the strip mall behind Ruby's Diner. The store provides flowers for every occasion, from weddings to funerals. Osburn has been in the flower industry for 10 years. His family operates flower shops in the Sallisaw area. He moved to Tahlequah and decided to start one here. He is an FTD florist or a part of Florists' Transworld Delivery, a floral wire service that helps customers send flowers remotely on the same day.

"Flowers make people smile, and I love that I get to make people smile, especially when they are grieving. If they are sad, we try to make them happy, and if they are happy, we try to make them happier," said Osburn.

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Elephant Rock Garden Supply is located less than half a mile away from Elephant Rock, 22049 E. Elephant Rock Road, and is a hydroponic and garden supply store. "One of the reasons why we started in Tahlequah is that there are more commercial growers here in Cherokee County, Adair County, Delaware County, and Sequoyah County than the rest of the state. Most of these local nurseries were going out of state or to Oklahoma City or Tulsa to buy supplies," said Morgan, owner, and veteran.

Elephant Rock is teaming up with Voodoo Hydro to increase its inventory offerings. "We partner with Voodoo. That allows us a lot of opportunities to get good pricing and pass along savings to customers in the surrounding counties," said Morgan. Currently, Elephant Rock does not sell plants, but Morgan is looking to acquire a shop in town to maintain a store presence in Tahlequah. The store sells materials for making gardens, including soil, which is organic.

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