Tis the Season 
for Love

In this, our inaugural issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle, we explore the long and storied connection between chocolate and Valentine’s Day. In our cover story, Staci Elder Hensley writes that, last year, nearly 55 percent of women and 52 percent of men purchased candy for their significant other, spending $1.7 billion in the process. It’s entirely possible those percentages are higher here, judging from the huge popularity of the Firehouse Art Center’s long-running Chocolate Festival.

Supplementing the cover story are mouth-watering photos of some of the beautiful chocolate culinary creations available locally for Valentine’s Day celebrants as well as throughout the year. And you won’t want to miss our restaurant review featuring Blu, where hospitality is the key. Its menu now features an expanded cuisine that runs the gamut from tapas to Mediterranean, pizza, fish, hearty beef dishes, as well as a wide array of  wine, beer and cocktail offerings.

Elsewhere in the magazine, you will read about an area World War II veteran who took part in an emotional Oklahoma Honors Guard trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the nation’s war memorials, and a new art wall created for the Norman Public Library West’s youngest patrons.

In future issues, we are looking forward to featuring more of “the best of Cleveland County”–its creative and hardworking residents and the places and events that make this such a wonderful place in which to live, work and play!

Next issue, this space will feature an Editor’s Letter from Jerri Culpepper, a nearly lifelong Norman resident who recently retired from the University of Oklahoma after 25 years of service. Please send future story and photo suggestions to her at jerri.culpepper@LifestylePubs.com.

I would love to hear from business proprietors and others across Cleveland County about how you can benefit by advertising with us. I can be reached at jimmy.darden@LifestylePubs.com, or give me a call at (405) 541-5650.

Jimmy Darden, Publisher