In one of our two feature stories, three of this area’s movers and shakers share some of their thoughts on the future of Cleveland County whilst sipping a selection of whiskeys and enjoying the ambiance of Volare on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

This amiable gentlemen’s discussion was the brainchild of Cleveland County Lifestyle publisher Jimmy Darden who chipped in to assist the men in their second “assignment” of the evening: taste test three brands of whiskey and vote on their favorite. Tough assignment. (Ahem)

Other stories that may be of special interest to men:

–        Longtime travel agency founder and worldwide traveler Bentley C. Hedges encourages men to participate in their travel planning, noting that often guys may have a slightly different “to do” list for their journey than the ladies. He also shares some tips on how to ensure your best-ever land-based or cruise vacation.

–        Tim Lewis, co-owner with his brother Glenn Lewis of Lewis Jewelers, shares the history of their business, with roots that go back more than four decades and cross Norman, Moore and Oklahoma City. The jewelry store has survived economic downturns and even tornadoes, but continues to thrive, thanks to a wise investment in high-tech jewelry-making tools, a shared passion for the craft, and a true commitment to customer service.

–        A Full Body Functional Strength Training program tailored for men, offered through Solid Rock Training.

You’ll also read about the reopening of another local business, the Norman Music Institute, which is now housed in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility; a business that offers private jet transportation (and more) for business and R&R; and an organization whose mission is to provide educational scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen or disabled service members.

Need a meeting place for your business or organization? Or an upcoming reunion, celebration or simple meet-up with friends? In another article, you’ll read about how restaurateur Anthony Compagni has carved out beautiful but functional spaces for meetings of most sizes at Volare on Campus Corner.

Before closing, I’d like to direct our readers to our Calendar, where we’ve listed some great activities for your and your family’s entertainment. Among these: Jazz in June, Le Tour de Vin, and the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival (related photo this page). If you find yourself bored this summer, you have no one to blame but yourself! (LOL) Happy adventuring!