Oklahoma Chic

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Teresa Byrd, TinyMite's Photography  Oklahomans, as a rule, are led by a fashion sense that’s unique to this state. Clothes, shoes and accessories can be stylish and chic, but are generally purposely understated.  Shelly Cox, owner of Cayman’s Clothiers, has a keen eye for what today’s fashion-conscious woman is looking for. In December 2016, when…

Operation School Bell

 Article Lindsey Davies | Photography Lisa Gerard  Assistance League Norman  809 Wall St.

A to Z Productions

 Article Jerri Culpepper  Organizers behind a new Norman-based cultural nonprofit are determined to bring music to every corner of America—starting with Oklahoma.  A to Z Productions, which gained 501(c)(3) status in March, is composed of the Norman Philharmonic and the Richard Zielinski Singers' traveling 24-voice choir and incorporates educational outreach and international studies aspects into its mission.

Fashion, Oklahoma Style

In August, we held our second-ever fashion photo shoot at a beautiful upscale brownstone in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Deep Deuce district. Though of a smaller scale than our 2016 photo shoot at the Montford Inn, we drew on several of our previous participants, including Cayman’s Clothiers, who supplied three complete outfits complete with … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Grammy Award-winner Linda Davis to Perform at Sooner Theatre Grammy-winner Linda Davis Performing Sept. 21 at Sooner Theatre Grammy-winner Linda Davis will perform Sept. 21 at the Sooner Theatre. Davis is best-known for her duet with Reba McEntire, “Does He Love You,” which earned a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. Recently, she, her husband, Lang Scott, and daughters Hillary … Continued

Orange Theory Fitness Moore Attains Milestones

Orange Theory Fitness Moore recently attained several milestones, among them: 3,000 Facebook likes. In addition, Coach Kyle led and taught his 1,000th class! Visit OrangeTheoryFitness.com or call 703.5259 to schedule your FREE workout. .

Food Styling 101

 Photography Ryan Lassiter with Defining Image  Benvenuti’s Ristorante Chef Anthony Compagni, known far and wide for his "artful, understated dining" concepts, shares with readers this recipe for Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Berry Coulis (serves 8). Try it yourself, and awe your family and friends. Benvenuti's is located at 105 W. Main St. in Norman. For more information, visit BenvenutisRistorante.com.…

A Passion for Purses

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Ryan Lassiter  Purses. They’re so much more than just containers in which to carry your wallet, car keys, makeup and such. For many women, function is only a small part of the equation.  These women want their purses to reflect their personality: sparkly or conservative, funky or serious, formal or casual, loud or subtle.

Norman East Library Opens Doors

Norman’s third library, Norman Public Library East, has opened its doors at 3501 E. Alameda St.  The library project—a part of the Norman Forward quality of life package approved by Norman voters in 2015—features 12,500 square feet of space housing a collection of more than 20,000 items, with meeting rooms, study rooms, outdoor spaces and areas for … Continued

Moore Chamber Ribbon Cuttings

The Moore Chamber of Commerce helped several new businesses celebrate their openings with ribbon-cuttings in July.

South OKC Chamber of Commerce Happenings

The South OKC Chamber of Commerce was kept busy in July and August with a ribbon cutting for Anytime Fitness, a Business After Hours event at Nabholz and its popular Instant Connections event.

A Passion for Pooches

 Article Jerri Culpepper  Is your dog or puppy a pampered pooch, or does he hold a "part-time" job? We reached out to some dog owners and asked them to share stories about the role their pets play in their lives. While each response was unique, all agreed that their lives were much enriched by having one or more canine companions.  Meet Dog + Human

Adventure Town

 Article and Photography Lindsey Davies  Looking for a new, unique experience for your child? Adventure Town, which opened full time on May 17 in the Normandy Creek Shopping Center in Norman, is designed to resemble a town, but scaled for children. Here, your child’s imagination is sure to soar as he or she crawls, runs and rides through rooms designed…

5 things I love

 Article Jerri Culpepper  Laura Kate Mancino, 10, launched her stage experience in the summer of 2017 with the production of Willy Wonka, Jr., in the role of Grandma Georgina, then was cast as Nana the dog in the 2018 production of Peter Pan, Jr., both performed at the Sooner Theatre. And in June, Laura Kate played the role of Junie B Jones,…

Orthodontics Practice Partners With Nonprofit

 Article Jerri Culpepper  A beautiful smile. It can be the tie-breaker in a job interview, a determining factor in attracting friends, and even play a role in how trustworthy you are viewed. Seen from another point of view, a beautiful smile reflects the giver’s confidence and self-esteem.  But for those, especially children and teens, with crowded and crooked teeth, attaining…

Children’s Books Travel

 Article and Photography Christian Potts  Cute kids and cute animals are sure to lead to smiles. And books about animals written for kids are pretty much a natural.  Everyone knows the classics, like Charlotte’s Web, Old Yeller, or even The Cat in the Hat. But great new works come out on almost a daily basis and can be tough to…

Businesses Cater to Children and Young at Heart

 Article Lindsey Davies  Cleveland County is known for its lively arts scene and amazing festivals. But did you know it’s also a great place for raising children—and the fur children—in your life? We have places to pamper pooches and to enthrall children of all ages. Come explore some of these one-of-a-kind endeavors in the area and help support local businesses.…

Want to Feel Better and Look Better?

 Article Staci Elder Hensley  A New Beginning Healthcare  11401 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City

Welcome to our “Kids and Pets” issue!

Children and dogs. What’s not to like about an issue devoted to these two popular topics? In our cover story, we shine the light on several individuals and couples who say their relationship with their four-legged canine family members has brought them joy, increased their activity level, and even, in one case, provided invaluable medical … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Purse-onality Fundraiser Set for Aug. 25 Full Circle Adult Day Center’s annual fun-filled “Purse-onality” fundraising luncheon is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at The Railhouse, 102 W. Eufaula St., in Norman. Attendees will enjoy a signature cocktail and dessert catered by Abbey Road Catering; a silent and live auction of a variety of purses; and individual … Continued

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Banquet

One hundred outstanding students and five innovative educators were honored during the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Banquet, held recently in Norman. The event featured a keynote address, "Educating in a Democracy, For a Democracy," by author and historian Johann Neem. The banquet broadcast can be viewed at ofe.org.

MHS Class of 1968 Holds 50th Reunion

Many members of the Moore High School Class of 1968 turned out for their 50th reunion celebration July 29-30. Events included an informal mixer at Toby Keith’s Hollywood Corner, a 50th celebration at Moore High School, a brunch at and tours of the high school, and a gala reunion event at the Embassy Suites in Norman. 

Full Circle Holds Ribbon-cutting

On May 17, Full Circle Adult Day Center broke ground to mark the start of construction for their $1.4 million center at Franklin Business Park, with many of the Full Circle participants in attendance. Covering 6,000-square-feet, the new center will allow Full Circle to serve twice the number of participants.  Completion is expected by the end of … Continued

Le Tour de Vin 2018

The 16th Annual Le Tour De Vin,held June 9 at the Marriott Conference Center at NCED, featured a selection of over 200 wines for tasting, cuisine samples from 13 different restaurants, and a silent and live auction. The event serves as the four Norman Rotary clubs' main fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit Full Circle Adult Day Center and other worthy causes. 

Got the Summer Blues?

 Article Lindsey Davies  Summer in Oklahoma can be hot, dry and drag on. What can you do to beat the heat and boredom of the dog days of summer? We’ve rounded up a few of Central Oklahoma’s “hottest” attractions. Here, get the inside scoop into some wet and wild adventures that are sure to thrill the whole family, all summer…

Grilling the Perfect Steak

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Ryan Lassiter at Defining Image  There’s nothing like the flavor of a quality steak cooked on the grill—at least, if it’s cooked correctly! I think most of us have been disappointed to cut into a grilled steak, only to find it either under-cooked or overcooked and tough.  Whether you’re planning a special Fourth of July…

The Trails Golf Club

 Article Morgan Day  FMI, call 364.3790, or visit trailsgolf.com to find more information on memberships ranging from Family Golf, Individual, Junior Executive, Senior and Junior (under 18).  At the Trails Golf Club, you’ll find a healthy mix of longtime members, recently retired OU alumni and young families alongside the youngest athletes just cutting their teeth on the sport. No matter their…

Patio Penache

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Ryan Lassiter at Defining Image  In the summer, gatherings with family and friends are just that much more fun when they're held outdoors. Here, we shine the light on three favorite outdoor restaurant hangouts, each with very different vibes.  Each of these venues offers its own unique ambiance, not to mention a very different menu and drink…

Sheriff Todd Gibson

 Article Lindsey Davies  In the month we celebrate our freedom, our thoughts are with those that serve their community, both at home and abroad. I spoke with Cleveland County Sheriff Todd Gibson about his time serving our country and our community.  Your whole life has been one of service, starting with service in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and continuing…

Entertainment, Education & More

 Article Christian Potts  2018 SRP sponsors: Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In Corp., Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoman Newspapers in Education  The Pioneer Library System is famous for its entertaining yet…

Dental Depot Turns 40

 Article Jerri Culpepper  Dental Depot was founded in summer 1978 as a small private practice by Dr. Glenn Ashmore upon his return from service in the U.S. Navy. A lifelong resident of Oklahoma City, Glenn graduated from Northwest Classen High School, just blocks from the original office on 23rd Street.  The original office was a renovated duplex boasting five operatories…

Fun in the Sun

Well, summer’s officially upon us. And in Oklahoma, that generally means heat, heat, heat. And yes, some like it hot, though I doubt there are too many out there who enjoy 100 degrees F. or above, which is not uncommon here. Still, there’s plenty of things to do in Cleveland County (and the surrounding area), … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

“Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered” Archaeological Exhibit Displayed “Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered,” an archaeological exhibition that enables visitors to discover the history of ancient Judah’s most famous king-prophet pairing—a story that illuminates how Jerusalem escaped annihilation at the hands of King Sennacherib’s Assyrian army at the end of the 8th … Continued

Orangetheory Fitness Brag Board

Check out these incredible accomplishments by the OTF Moore Fit Fam! Way to go! Keep up the great work. Call 703.5259 or visit www.orangetheoryfitness.com to schedule your free workout.

Outdoor Living

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Ryan Lassiter with Defining Image  Are you still cooking out on the hibachi or cheap grill you bought years ago and is now gathering rust? Is your outdoor living space limited to the concrete flooring of your back patio? If so, you should know that many people in central Oklahoma—nay, across the country—are ratcheting up…

Veterans Corner

 Article Staci Elder Hensley | Photography Ryan Lassiter with Defining Image  It’s a sad fact that the men and women who fight for our country often have to fight against it after serving in order to receive veterans’ benefits they’ve rightly earned. For most, the fight is long and discouraging. They frequently get nowhere on their own or end up paying…

Try a Guys’ Night Out – Norman Style

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Ryan Lassiter of defining Image  The activities and environments may have changed slightly over the years, but the tradition of a regular “guys’ night” is still going strong for males young and old. And one of the good things about living in a college town like Norman is knowing you and your buddies have a…

Training (and Eating) for Life

 Article Bob Algard | Photography Ryan Lassiter of Defining Image  This is an example of a workout performed on a metabolic conditioning day at Solid Rock Training in Norman . It's a functional full-body workout. All of the movement patterns are functional; strengthening these movement patterns will help you perform better in everyday life. An assault bike is added to…

Behind the Scenes

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Matthew Stratton  Q. When did you first know you wanted to perform?  A. I think, in a weird way, I’ve never really viewed myself as a performer. I grew up singing in choir and playing hand bells in church, and playing trumpet in band and orchestra, so I was comfortable playing music in front of others.…

Study Links Good Financial Habits to Achieving Happiness

 Article John Harris    From record-breaking stock market returns to falling unemployment, the United States has no shortage of positive economic indicators, and the majority of investors say they feel confident about achieving both their short- and long-term goals, according to the latest Morgan Stanley Investor Pulse Poll, which surveyed more than 1,200 investors age 25 to 75 with over…

Got Time?

 Article Lindsey Davies  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma – Norman  502 East Main St., Norman

A Man, a Vet and a Dog

 Article Dr. Jeff Boyer  "Dr. Jeff" practices veterinary medicine at Boyer Veterinary Clinic, 13500 South Western Ave., in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit Boyervetclinic.com.  

June 2018 Around Town

Library Events Target Children, Teens and Adults Summer’s here, and that means busy times for the Pioneer Library System. Norman Central At 2 p.m. Mondays, events for children up to age 11 and their families will include “Lights! Music! Circus!” with the group Juggle Whatever and a dance party. Norman West Jazz in June will … Continued

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 … Continued

South OKC Chamber’s Excellence in Education Banquet

Outstanding educators and students in the community were honored for their work in the 2017-2018 school year at the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Excellence in Education Banquet, held April 3 at Moore Norman Technology Center- South Penn Campus.

Women of the South’s Annual Gala

Women of the South recently transformed Devon Boathouse into a cruise ship for their Annual Gala Fundraiser. At the close of the evening, a $33,000 grant was revealed from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and nearly $20,000 was raised for high school scholarships, primary provider scholarships and other philanthropic efforts.

Orange Theory Fitness Brag Board

Call 703.5259 or visit OrangeTheoryFitness.com to learn more about how our scientifically designed workout gets you leaner, stronger, fitter faster.

Julia Chew Insurance Agency Open House

The Julia Chew Insurance Agency celebrated its new location at 701 Wall St. (at the corner of Boardwalk and Wall Street) in Norman with an all-day open house April 10. For more information about the agency, visit JuliaChew.com.

Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Circus of Dreams’

Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 25-year anniversary with a “Circus of Dreams: A Big Top Gala!” April 21 at the Mercury Event Center in Norman. VIPs arrived early to enjoy wine and beer tastings and hors d’oeuvres. The big show included live music, carnival games and a photo booth. Almost $20,000 was raised.

Harrison and his dad

 Article Jerri Culpepper  2018 Salomon Assassin Pro (snowboard)  Salomon Store, $549.95