We are Jessi and Kelli and Common Dear is a queer women-owned cheerful feminist and self empowerment gift shop and lifestyle brand based in Downtown Oklahoma City. Our first brand, OKcollective Candle Co., is a handmade soy candle company where we sell our candles to retailers in over 600 retail shops across the US, Canada, and the UK. Both of our brands are now shoppable under the same roof.
After 4 years in business with OKcollective at the end of 2019, we decided to explore our sillier, boundary pushing, funny, and colorful personality-side, by opening Common Dear right across the street from our candle manufacturing studio on 9th Street in Automobile Alley. After the growth of our candle business, we decided to move OKcollective’s mini retail shop to inside the Common Dear hallway to increase our production space and allow our two brands to come together.
We’re grateful for all of the support our retailers have given us over the years with OKcollective, and Common Dear now allows us to show that same support to many other small brands. We intentionally curate our Common Dear retail space with women-owned, LGBTQIA2S+ owned brands, AAPI-owned, Black-owned, and Latinx-owned brands that care about empowerment and making the world a better, more equal place for everyone. We currently carry over 50 brands in both our shop and online.
Common Dear and OKcollective Candle Co. are located at 3 NW 9th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Our hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 12-6 and Sundays 12-4.