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What to Wear: Shopping in the Poteau Area

Looking for the latest fashions?  You don’t need to go to Ft. Smith to find them!  There’s a lot of unique places right here in Poteau! These shop owners scour the apparel markets for the latest trends and fashions.  No matter what you’re looking for, you can find it local!

In this post, we’ll go through some of the coolest places to go shopping in Poteau! But before we begin, if you’re looking for something specifically Poteau, check our our apparel page on RedBubble!  These designs were created locally and focus on the Poteau Area.

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Locally Owned Apparel Shops


Sidewinder Signs, What? They’re an Apparel Shop?

The first place on our list isn’t one that you commonly think of when clothes shopping.  Sidewinder Signs focuses on signs and banners, but did you know that they have a large retail area?  They carry everything from graphic novels to collectable toys, all set in a very trendy atmosphere.  Think Hot Topic for Poteau!

Their clothing line ranges from vintage graphic tees to tie-dye and street style clothing.  There is also a portion of artist created styles created in house.  Looking for something unique?  Because they are also a sign shop, you can have your own designs printed on almost anything you can imagine.

You can find Sidewinder Signs in Downtown Poteau, located off of Witte Street across from Warehouse Willy’s.

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The Purple Plume, A Poteau Icon

The Purple Plume is one of the most trendy shops around!  This amazing boutique features everything from high end fashion lines to $5 graphic tees.  No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something great at The Purple Plume! They also carry a great selection of Brighton, Rustic Cuff and Erimish accessories.

This boutique shop also carries a wide range of home decor items.  With their apparel lines, they have a wide variety of graphic tees, leggings, floral tops, and more.  For that special occasion, they also carry an amazing selection prom and formal dresses in store.

They can be found in Downtown Poteau.
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Bernards in Heavener, a Cowgirls Paradise

Bernards focuses on western styled apparel.  Here, you’ll find everything from cowboy hats and boots to apparel for the young’ins.  Located in the heart of Downtown Heavener, Bernards offers a large showroom in a historic building that features brands such as Ariat, Hooey, Carhartt, Cowgirl Tuff,  Cinch, and Levis.  They have high quality ladies purses and bags, as well as boots and hats for any gender.

This is the largest and oldest western apparel store in the area.  Besides accessories and apparel, they also carry a range of various home decor items.

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The Little Red Wagon Boutique

The L’il Red Wagon is Poteau’s newest women’s clothing boutique! A great hidden gem, the shop carries a wide variety of Crazy Train clothing.  Crazy Train is a hip and stylish clothing line geared towards young adults.  Although they have been in business for several years, they have been in Poteau since late 2017.  In addition to Crazy Train clothing, they also offer a special line of their own brands, and can screen print any public design you can create.

They can be found on Broadway, just down from Diva Signs.

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Locally Managed National Shops

CATO; Mall Looks, Local Fashions

Although CATO is a national chain, they cater to local tastes.  They focus on providing the latest fashion styles that fit any occasion, be it work, play, casual or classy.  They offer sizes that range from junior/misses to plus sizes.  A great selection of jewelry and accessories can be found as well.  The company buyers keep up with the latest trends across the nation and purchase designer clothing that fits local markets.  At CATO, you’ll find fashionable clothing at affordable prices.  No more going to the mall, you can find much of that right in your local CATO store.

CATO in Poteau can be found just south of Walmart, next to Shoe Sensation and Hibbett Sports.


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Shoe Sensation, Heaven for Shoe Lovers

Shoe Sensation is a shoe lovers paradise!  They carry hundreds of shoes for everyone from toddlers to seniors.  With over 10,000 pairs of the latest styles, you’ll sure to be able to find the perfect shoe.

They carry mainly national brands, including Adidas, Polo, Converse, Crocs, Dckers, Dr. Martens, FILA, Guess, IZOD, John Deere, Keds, New Balance, Nike, Realtree, Reebok, Skechers, and Timberland.  There are also a number of licensed kids wear, including Paw Patrol, Disney, and others. For the athletic, there are many styles from Under Armour, Asics, Puma, and more.

Shoe Sensation can be found just south of Walmart, next to CATO and Hibbett Sports.

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Factory Connection, Great Prices for Name Brands!

Factiory Connection is the best place to find brand name fashions on a limited budget.  They purchase from the industry’s leading apparel manufacturers so that you can get name brand clothing at a fraction of the cost.  Because they buy direct from the manufacturer they are able to discount most items in the store are 25% to 50% off.

Brands include Abercrombie & Fitch; Adidas; Aeropostale; Alfani; American Eagle Outfitters; Banana Republic; Champion; Charlotte Russe; English Factory; Express; Forever 21; Free People; French Connection; J. Crew; J. Crew Factory; kate spade; Lane Bryant; Liz Claiborne; LOFT; lululemon athletica; Michael Kors; PINK Victoria’s Secret; Quacker Factory, and more.

They have both mens and womens styles.

You can find them in the bowling alley shopping center.

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Hibbett Sports, Get Out and Move!

Hibbett Sports is a sporting goods store that offers a variety of athletic items.  They have a large assortment of footwear, apparel, and team athletic equipment.  With their apparel line, they have a wide variety of name brand merchandise, focusing on team sports and fitness. You can find brands such as Nike, Under Armour and Adidas inside.  Hibbett has something for everyone, ranging from kids to seniors, including men’s and women’s clothing, footwear, fan gear, and accessories.

Hibbett Sports can be found just south of Walmart, next to CATO and Shoe Sensation.

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Stage, Poteau’s Largest Clothing Department Store

In 2017, Stage acquired a large part of Gordman’s Department Stores, adding even more value and inventory to their local shops.  In Poteau, Stage is the largest clothing department store in the area, offering men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories.  They are a leading retailer of trend-right, moderately priced, name-brand apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear and home goods.

Brands found exclusively at Stage Stores include Valerie Stevens; Signature Studio; Sun River; Rustic Blue; Rebecca Malone; and Wishful Park.  National brands include Levi Strauss, Nike, Calvin Klein, Chaps, Izod, Dockers, Carters, Nine West, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Nautica, Skechers and Adidas.

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