Where Georgia and Creation Converge

Solare Shop culls the creative power of women and nature within its minimalist walls.

story by Lauren M. Riepl | photos by Angela Hodgkinson & Blakely Hiner

A tiny treasure awaits the curious in the Plaza District. Its spare shelves display a chic and simple assortment of goods, each seeming to hold a cache of secrets about optimal living. How might home feel different under the wafting tail of fragrance from copal incense, or the curve of our necks after a swipe of Mondo Mondo eau de parfum? Might we conjure a teeny bit of O’Keefe’s alchemy--or at least the stark beauty of Abiquiu--with graphic earrings by Annie Costello on our lobes? (Photos of the painter, and the New Mexican aesthetic she embraced, are a central aesthetic of the Solar Brand) The impeccable collection of American- and woman-made goods at Solare make our brains swirl in intoxicating ways.

Owners Blakely Hiner-Riley and Angela Hodgkinson created a lifestyle shop focused on simplifying natural self care. The pair created a boutique perfectly executed within a growing trend of minimalistic products with a focus on purity. Also, everything in Solare is made by women, and benefits from feminine strength and creativity.

Let us pause and consider that for a moment.

“Everything we carry is made by women who are mothers, activists, sisters or artists first, and makers second,” said Hiner-Riley. “Supporting women is not only important as a women-owned small business (and in this political climate), but so, so crucial to the longevity of one-of-a-kind, well-made goods being available to all at sustainable pricing."

Most items on the shelves at Solare are made in the U.S., such as Sans[ceuticals] skin-care oils. Block Shop scarves, designed in Los Angeles and made by artisans in India, prides itself on profit sharing and fair wages.

What we use and how we use it, how it’s made, the sustainability of a product and its packaging--such interrogations tear down outdated consumerism. Solare asks us to consider minimalism as a way to return us to meaning and purpose. The curious can read more about the brand's commitment to women-owned/women-made through its gorgeously executed #SOLAREWOMAN social series. 

“We created Solare with one goal in mind: to offer women a fuss-free approach to natural beauty and wellness,” said Hiner-Riley. “So, instead of finding a line of infinite products meant for your face alone — you might find one organic, all-natural oil that works from head to toe, or a carefully edited line of non-toxic nail polish. (Ours is) a holistic approach meant to encompass your entire lifestyle—from the Northern California harvested loose leaf tea you enjoy in the morning, to the non-toxic candle you burn at night.”   

Solare Shop has relocated around the corner, to 1757 NW 16th St. (in the Plaza District), Oklahoma City.

Veronica Pasfield contributed to this story.