Tulsa’s Holiday Tradition Still Alive at Hamlet

Contributing Writer

BEST IN HAMS: Hamlet owner Shannon Hester, left and Crystal Anglin display one of the Hamlet’s “honey kissed hams.” The Hamlet is a locally owned family business that has been serving the Tulsa area since 1986.

Only the best for your family and guests. That’s Hamlet’s mission in providing quality honey kissed hams for Tulsa families year round and especially during the holiday season.

The Hamlet was established in 1986 and is now growing a family legacy and long-time Tulsa tradition. According to owner Shannon Hester, people have been lining up for specially made honey kissed hams from the beginning, making it part of their holiday tradition to spend the short wait making friends and building community.

The Hamlet has two locations: the ham shop, also known as Hamlet Hams, is located at 1660 E. 71st St., and the cafe, known as The Hamlet, is at 9107 S. Sheridan Rd.
When Hester bought the Hamlet in 1995, the whole family got involved. “We’ve always been a family business. Everybody in the back is family or friends. It’s all family owned and run, always has been,” Hester said.

She took over for her father, Gordon Pendergraft, and has been working to provide quality honey-kissed hams for Tulsa residents.

“We purchase our hams from the world’s largest provider to ensure that we get the quality that we deserve and the public deserves,” Hester said.

This locally owned business prides itself on its honey-kissed hams, which are different from honey-baked or honey-glazed. According to Hester, Hamlet hams are injected with honey during the curing process. This means that the honey is not only placed on top, but also immersed inside the ham, ensuring that every bite is juicy and flavorful, Hester explained.

“Our quality speaks for itself. Our customer service speaks for itself. If you have an issue, we make it right. If there’s ever a complaint, we stand 100 percent stand behind and guarantee our product,” Hester said.

Ordering a honey kissed ham can be done by visiting Hamlet in store, on the website at hamlethams.com or by calling 918-496-2242.

Updated 12-18-2018

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