For nearly 60 years now, The Uniform Shoppe has catered to the needs of Oklahoma’s healthcare professionals.
So when the worst health crises in decades brought our state to a grinding halt, the owners of The Uniform Shoppe knew they had to be there continuing to support Oklahomans in healthcare.
The Weise family – beginning with husband and wife Albert and Elaine – and continuing with daughter, Jody, are synonymous with nursing apparel in Oklahoma.
WIth the Oklahoma City location, 10503 N May Ave, and the Tulsa store at 6044 S Sheridan Rd The Uniform Shoppe is a one-stop shop for everything nursing related including apparel, footwear and equipment.
Just like Oklahoma’s healthcare professionals, The Uniform Shoppe was quickly deemed an essential business.
“All around people are calling healthcare workers their heroes. We’ve always known that,” Jody Weise said. “We’ve always known those are the people that take care of our community, our families and take care of us. In turn they take care of our business.”
Weise recalled a recent conversation with a customer.
The customer had just finished three straight shifts and thanked Weise for being open and giving her the opportunity to come get fresh scrubs.
“She just felt a little better about what she was doing, having something fresh and clean and new on her,” Weise said. “She was thanking me for supporting her. It goes hand-in-hand. We have to look out for each other.”
“You don’t get that when you order online.”
The Uniform Shoppe’s online ordering portal has been markedly busier as the store offers modified hours but the stores remain open.
The Oklahoma City location is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tulsa’s temporary hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
As requirements changed seemingly hourly, Jody Weise got on the phone with her suppliers as nurses began flooding her with calls.
Through existing sources, The Uniform Shoppe was able to bring in disposable lab coats, gowns and hats – things most of their customers were hard-pressed to find at their facilities.
“We had to bring that stuff in,” Weise explained. “We had people asking us for it. They couldn’t find it anywhere else. I just happened to have a resource that had it in stock. The first go-round of disposable lab coats and gowns that came in were gone in a day.”
“We understand these people put their lives on the line every day anywhere and are exposed to whatever working ungodly hours,” Jody Weise said. “We appreciated what they’re doing for our community anyway. This surely a test of talents and perseverance” as they go to work every day.
Weise and her staff have been there for Oklahoma nurses when they need it the most.
“My staff is amazing,” Weise said, noting, like most businesses staying open right now, employees are dealing with fewer hours. “They’re there. Our staff is dedicated to making sure we are still in business and we’re all doing what we can.”
And continuing to love on Oklahoma nurses the best way they know how.
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