To Our Male Readers,

Welcome to our “Gents” issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle! We’ve packed this issue full of stories we hope will be of interest to our male readers (and our female ones, as well).

In our Hot Spot column, writer Staci Elder Hensley checks out some of Norman’s hottest “guy’s hangouts”: Hollywood Corners, an historic gasoline station/general store that’s been transformed in recent years into one of the coolest hangouts in Oklahoma; the iconic hangout of Sooner fans, O’Connell’s Irish Pub (also home of the legendary St. Pat’s Day blow-out); Pub W, described as “equal parts cigar bar, adult hangout and family restaurant”; and Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails, which offers the best in fine dining and exotic cocktails, along with a selection of more than 125 types of whiskey, all served in an eclectic atmosphere. Each offers a unique setting, atmosphere and activities, as well as different menu and beverage selections.

In her Giving Back column this month, Lindsey Davies shines the spotlight on Big Brothers Big Sisters, which provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Men to serve as “Bigs” are especially needed. In early May, 51 of the 64 “Littles” waiting to be matched were boys.

Other stories you may find of interest:

·        Dr. Jeff Boyer of Boyer Veterinary Clinic describes the special bond that’s often formed between man’s best friend, the owner and the veterinarian.

·        Learn about a form of high-intensity interval training called Tabata that’s designed to get your heart rate up for short periods of time. This functional full-body workout, among the offerings at Solid Rock Training in Norman, targets core stability and includes an upper-body push/pull, a lower-body squat, a hinge and lunge. The piece also includes a sample “day of eating” that complements the fitness program by keeping the metabolism burning all day long.

We hope you find this issue entertaining and educational. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook and, if you wish, offer story suggestions on the places, people and events you’d like to see featured.