Cozy Up Your Home

Take a cue from the Scandinavian concept of hygge and welcome the transition of summer to autumn with a relaxing refresh Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and a hot cup of cocoa. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer. … Continued

True Sky Credit Union

At True Sky Credit Union, you, the customer, are considered a part owner. That means you get a say in what direction True Sky heads, and you get to share in their success in the form of better interest rates, lower fees, and new products and services. They don’t have stakeholders or investors, so they are able to reinvest in…

Straight Talk

If you watch television, read billboards or shop online, odds are that you have seen advertisements for teeth aligners that can straighten your teeth from the comfort of your own home. Marketing messages about these clear aligners suggest that they are a convenient, pain-free and cost-effective alternative to metal braces and an often “invisible” way to gain the perfect smile…

Holiday Reflections

 Name: Name: The Hon. Breea Clark  Title: Norman Mayor (elected 2019)  Recollection:

Benvenuti’s Ristorante

During its 14 years of existence, Benvenuti’s Ristorante has garnered a well-deserved reputation for its signature, made-from-scratch Old World Italian dishes created by master chef Anthony Compagni. It’s the restaurant of choice for many area residents for celebrations like birthdays and wedding anniversaries. Others enjoy the warm atmosphere, great service and, of course, great food and drink throughout the year.…

November 2019 Around Town

Mary Pointer Named to Sister Cities’ International Board of Directors Oklahoma City business leader Mary Blankenship Pointer was named to the Sister Cities International Board of Directors at CSI’s 2019 Annual Conference recently in Houston. Pointer has over 25 years of banking experience, including business development commercial lending and private banking. She currently serves as on the … Continued

Republic Bank & Trust Hosts Business After Hours

On Sept. 17, Republic Bank & Trust hosted the Norman Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at its Downtown Norman Banking Center, located at Main and University. Republic bankers and many from the Norman business community enjoyed the opportunity to build relationships and share ideas.

A Time of Remembrance

This picture was taken when this magazine began four years ago, so I thought it was fitting to lead off this letter of Thanksgiving. Recently, on July 28th, I woke up just like any other morning to care for my Dad, but as I touched his cheek, I realized he was gone from this earth. … Continued

South OKC Chamber Hosts Membership Awareness Campaign

Through the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce's Membership Awareness Campaign, held Sept. 17 through 19, they realized a membership growth of 26%. They had 117 incredible volunteers creating a buzz in South OKC and sharing the great work the South Chamber does on a daily basis. The event was held in the newly renovated … Continued

SOKC Starts Fall Season With a Bang

The South OKC Chamber of Commerce started out the fall 2019 season with a bank, with such events as its annual Southern Stampede Auction,

Orangetheory Fitness Moore Offers More

It’s all about More Life at Orangetheory Fitness Moore! We've been celebrating personal records, birthdays and more! We conquered the signature "Orange X" workout and introduced Member Monday. And of course, Boomer made an appearance at our Annual Dri-Tri Relay. For more information, call 703.5259.

Cleveland County Lifestyle Women of Influence Honored

This year's Women of Influence were honored during a celebration Oct. 8 at Benvenuti's Ristorante. This year's honorees are Ashley Adair-Garner, Aisha Ali, Erin Barnhart, Breea Clark, Anna Clough, Teresa Collado, Karla Marshall, Barbara Ohsfeldt, Amy Reeve, Karen Rieger, Kristy Stewart and Mirelsie Velasquez, representing women leaders in multiple fields, including education, law, business and nonprofits. PHOTOGRAPHY RYAN LASSITER/DEFINING … Continued

Voice of the Heartland Competition

The Sooner Theatre and Hal Smith Restaurant Group presented the sixth annual Voice of the Heartland talent competition benefiting the educational programs of The Studio of The Sooner Theatre. This year's competition will support the purchase, renovation and equipment at the new permanent location for The Studio. The Finals Gala was held at Southwind Hills Event Barn on Sept. … Continued

A Culinary Journey at Grey Sweater

What’s in a name? In the case of Grey Sweater, everything. 

From Combat to Conservation

As a young boy, Ernest Martin would hear his father and uncles talk about their military service, and he always knew he would one day follow in their footsteps. From his Marine father, Martin also learned that whenever he accepted a challenge, it was his sacred duty to fulfill it to the best of his ability.

Grapefruit and Ginger Tailgate Cooler

Looking for a new, fun and easy-to-make cocktail to serve up during your next tailgate party? Check out this refreshing recipe by Boardwalk Distribution mixologist Kristen Roelofsen.

Craft Beer Boom

Beer doesn’t have to hail from a mega-brewery to be worth your time, and that’s something many brew lovers across Cleveland County are well aware of.

October 2019 Around Town

Touch A Truck returns Oct. 5 The annual Touch A Truck event returns for its 15th year in Norman from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St. Attendees get an up-close look at vehicles like big rigs, public service machines, construction vehicles and more and to … Continued

ABLE Dinner

Able's third annual "Comedy for a Cause," featuring comedian Brett Eastburn, a silent auction, a wine pull and a raffle, was held Aug. 23 at the NCED building in Norman. Some $7,500 was raised; funds will be used to purchase upgrades for their locations that house some of their clients. Visit okable.org to learn more about this worthy nonprofit.

Attention, Foodies and Beer Lovers!

If you enjoy fine cuisine, as well as other well-prepared food, and/or love trying out different types of brews, this is your issue! In our main feature, we shine the spotlight on Cleveland County’s growing craft beer business, which was fanned with the recent passing of State Question 792, allowing wine and all beer to … Continued

Orangetheory Fitness Moore Attains Milestones

Milestones were met this summer! During Orange Voyage, we rowed around the world! We hosted the Half-Century Challenge, encouraging members to complete 50 workouts in just 84 days. We wrapped the summer up with our special fundraising workout for Caleb Freeman and dominated the Moore-War 5K. And of course, a No Shower Happy Hour for … Continued

Party for a Cause

Looking for a fun night on the town while also giving back to your community? Many nonprofits in Cleveland County offer galas throughout the year to raise the money they need to fulfill their missions. Many are quite elaborate, with big-name speakers, live and silent auctions, great food and drink, and much more. Following is a round-up of some of…

SOKC Chamber

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce hosted Business After Hours, a Back-to-School Update and a bowling tournament, among other activities in August.

Culinary Edge Comes to Deep Deuce

Chefs Andrew Black and Rudy Khouri set out to provide Oklahoma City diners with a new restaurant experience that is as different as the diners themselves.

Fear Outliving Your Money?

If you have a fear of outliving your retirement savings, you’re not alone. A recent survey from Allianz Life states that over 75% of those over age 44 fear outliving their money more than they fear death. On top of that, over half of these people do not feel prepared for retirement. If you are one of these people, here are…

The Naked Ladies

Spark a memory? This lovely sculpture previously stood on the site of the original Schwab Mansion (of Schwab Meat Co. fame) at South Broadway and 19th in Moore where Sunnyside Up diner now is located. Kathy Griffith—daughter of previous owners Norman and Rose Ann Bewley (and now a broker/co-owner of Prime Realty)—said that, sadly, after the oil boom bust, the…

Greetings!

Our cover story this month is on a personal injury law firm that is devoted to helping clients and their families navigate the devastating physical, financial and emotional healing processes necessary when catastrophic injury, or sadly sometimes death, occurs as the result of another’s negligent actions. In this piece, you’ll ready about the emphasis McIntyre … Continued

Rock Stars in Life & the Courtroom

If you have been on the McIntyre Law website (McIntyreLaw.com) and viewed the firm photo and individual employee photos, you probably noticed a hiring trend. The firm is almost entirely staffed by strong, independent women. That was no accident.

Norman Rotary Clubs’ Le Tour de Vin

At the 17th Annual Le Tour de Vin, held June 22 at the NCED Conference Center and Hotel in Norman, over $150,000 was raised, of which $50,000 will go to Full Circle Adult Day Center to help pay for their new building. The remaining funds will be used to support numerous Rotary projects. 

September 2019 Around Town

#FeastOKC Set for Sept. 12-22 LiveSouthOKC.com, in partnership with the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, will hold its second annual restaurant week, #FeastOKC, Sept. 12-22. For this event, local restaurants will prepare exclusive deals area residents won’t want to miss. Visit LiveSouthOKC.com for a complete list of participating restaurants. Both eat-in and takeout specials … Continued

South OKC Chamber Goings-On

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce participated in a myriad of events and activities, including Instant Connection, grand openings/ribbon cuttings and Business After Hours.

SOKC’s Excellence in Education Banquet

The South OKC Chamber of Commerce held its 2019 Excellence in Education Banquet at Moore Norman Technology Center- South Penn Campus. Premier sponsor was South OKC Walmart Supercenters; presenting sponsors were Cox Business, Frontier State Bank and SONIC, America’s Drive-In. Outstanding educators and students in the community were honored for their work in the 2018-2019 school … Continued

The Trails 4th of July Celebration

Members and guests were on hand to celebrate the holiday with face painting, a bouncy house, photo booth, games and, most importantly, fireworks. Sponsors were Craig and Streight Orthodontics, Dental Design Studio, Garner Insurance, and Gabriel Bird DDS. PHOTOGRAPHY KRYSTYN RICHARDSON OF BOLD MULTIMEDIA

Weaver Clinic

If you want to feel better, look better and make sure your hormone levels are where they should be, you can find it all at the Weaver Clinics’ central location in Moore. Owned and operated by Dr. Kim Weaver, the clinic, at 2125 Riverwalk Drive, recently celebrated its 10th birthday, and is offering a wide variety of state-of-the-art procedures designed…

Suited for Success

Many women face obstacles when looking for employment. An unfortunate, but all-too-common barrier for low-income women is a lack of professional attire to wear to interviews and jobs. Improperly fitting clothes, extremely dated outfits and otherwise nonprofessional options can result in an inability to get hired, regardless of qualifications or determination.

OU Food Pantry

When funds get low, almost every student has had to do it. Resorting to Ramen or peanut butter has been a rite of passage for many college students. However, when struggling to just find enough food to scrape by, grades and health can start to suffer. And it isn’t just students who feel the tightness in their food and hygiene…

Forget the Piggy Bank

As a teenager, I started out stuffing all of the money I earned from my part-time jobs into a very plump piggy bank. Occasionally, I would pour out the contents onto my bed so I could count how my earnings had grown. Eventually, I opened my own checking account, and I would drive to the bank to deposit my paychecks.…

Fetch Fido a Flight

I have heard of dogs who like to ride in cars with their heads out of the windows and standing in the beds of trucks, but buying a plane ticket for one was certainly a new one. But dogs on a plane are a real thing, and it’s for a great cause. For the price of airfare, one can save…

Living the Healthy Lifestyle

These are buzz words as of late—“Healthy Lifestyle”— but they can mean so many things! It can mean anything from getting more rest, to intermittent fasting and eating more vegetables, to exercising three to five times per week, depending on who you talk to. 

Straight Talk

It’s easy to come to work when your job is all about creating awesome smiles. That’s why Dr. Robi Craig and Dr. Ryan Streight thoroughly enjoy their role as specialists enhancing the smiles of central Oklahoma’s children and adults.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Fifty years and still going strong, Cleveland County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters organization has a lot to celebrate this year, and there are always ways for people to get involved. I spoke recently with Blossom Crews, Big Brothers Big Sisters area director, about the organization’s goals in taking on the next half-century of serving the community and how our readers…

1st Oklahoma Home Offers the Latest in Luxurious Living

There’s plenty of room for the kids and pets (not to mention large gatherings of family and friends) in one of the latest creations by 1st Oklahoma Homes.

Kids and Pets!

Few things can make us laugh and smile as much. Just look at YouTube, where videos of babies and children and all manner of animals number in the thousands. Maybe because they are so natural and true to themselves. Maybe its their innocence and joie de vivre. Certainly, there’s plenty of slapstick humor to be … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

New OU School of Drama Director Named Seth Gordon, a nationally recognized stage director and producer of new plays, has been named as director of the Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma. A passionate educator, Gordon has taught stage directing, dramaturgy and audition techniques, and he has been invited to lead master … Continued

Foundation Honors Outstanding Students, Educators

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence recently held its 33rd Annual Academic Awards Banquet honoring outstanding public high school seniors and innovative educators in Oklahoma public schools. The televised awards banquet, described as the “Academy Awards” of public education in Oklahoma, featured a keynote address by former Space Shuttle astronaut Leland Melvin. Over 800 people attended … Continued

Legislative Summit at The Station

Community leaders and members of the Moore Chamber came together on June 25 to attend the Legislative Summit at the Station at Central Park. The legislators answered prepared questions that provided insight into some key topics from the past legislative session. Special thanks to AT&T for sponsoring with the program.

South OKC Chamber Enjoys Busy June

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a busy June, with its Southern Thunder Car Show, New Members Briefing, ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours and other events.

Orangetheory Fitness Moore Meets Fundraising Goals

Orangetheory Fitness Moore met their goal of raising $5,000 as a studio for Augie’s Quest and finding a cure for ALS this May. Find out about how Orangetheory Fitness can help you meet your fitness goals by calling 703.5259.        

Photographers Share Insights Into the Art, Aims of Photography

Cleveland County Lifestyle currently is fortunate to be able to draw on the diverse talents of three local photographers to help showcase the unique people, places and other things that make living and working here so rewarding.

Travel America’s Historic East Coast

Before I share with you my passion to travel to America’s Historic East, I judged we should talk about passports. No, you don’t need a passport to travel to Washington, D.C.; however there is information you need to know about Real ID Enforcement. Oklahoma is one of the few states left that has not met the established minimum-security standards for…