Muirfield Homes’ New Digs

From its sharp angles and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, Alan Cheshier is proud of Muirfield Homes’ new digs in Norman.

Welcome to 2019!

Happy New Year!  During this time of reflection and hopes for the new year, I recently found myself pondering happenstance, specifically regarding my experiences as a freelance writer and editor. A little over three years ago, as I was heading to OKC to interview for a position as editor of a trade magazine, a friend called to tell … Continued


Finding a loved one a safe and caring place to live, when staying at home is no longer an option, can be overwhelming. There are so many questions and unknowns. However, there are options close by that can make the decision easier.

January 2019 Around Town

Norman Chocolate Festival Set for Jan. 26 The Norman Chocolate Festival, an annual fundraising event with a rich history of bringing the community together to support education, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Norman North High School, 1809 Stubbeman Ave. Partnering restaurants and businesses will offer samples of delectable … Continued

WRC Gala

Over 100 attendees helped raise more than $8,000 at the WRC Gala, held Nov. 9 at the Hall at the Railhouse. The annual event raises money for the Women’s Resource Center, the only certified agency in Cleveland County to serve victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking. (See related story, Around Town.) Photography by Ryan Lassiter, Defining … Continued

Fall Fling with the Phil

Supporters of the Norman Philharmonic spent their evening on Nov. 15 listening to romantic music, enjoying dinner catered by Benvenuti's and bidding on unique auction items and experiences at the Studio of the Sooner Theatre. Plans are to make the Fall Fling with the Phil an annual event. Photography by Krystyn Richardson

Solid Rock Training: “Before and After”

Are you ready to transform your health, happiness and fitness in 2019? Join the enthusiastic team at Solid Rock Training to start living your best life! Visit to get started with their exclusive one-week trial and transform your life alongside these amazing people! Hurry, spots are limited!

The Road to Rich’s

Talking Competition, Family and Life with a CrossFit Legend Article Nicolette Martin | Photography Paul Versluis About 80 miles east of Nashville, among the winding roads of Putnam County, Tennessee, between a brick house and an old red barn, there’s a gravel road. It’s easy to miss in the expanse of rolling hills that, in … Continued

How to Warm Up a Chilly Night

Brrrr! It’s chilly out there. For our “parting thought” this issue, may we suggest you don your warmest and most comfy robe and slippers, build a fire (or light up your gas logs) and make yourself a hot buttered rum cocktail that’s sure to please the taste buds and warm your insides, too? Our recipe calls for SelvaRey Cacao Rum—ask…

Huntington Fine Jewelers

Lisa and Lantz Smith of Huntington Fine Jewelers have always had a passion for supporting teachers. “I remember back when I was on the PTA when my children were in school in Norman,” Lisa recollects. “Back then, our focus was on getting air conditioning in the gym. I remember working so hard to raise money and feeling like it was…

Meet OU Coach Lon Kruger

University of Oklahoma Head Basketball Coach Lon Kruger is entering his 33rd season as a collegiate head coach and his eighth campaign as head coach at Oklahoma. After inheriting a program that went 27-36 in the two seasons prior to his arrival, he has coached the Sooners to a 140-91 record and has reached the NCAA Tournament in five of…


Was one of your new year’s resolutions to travel more? If getting yourself more fit also was on your list, you might want to check out Iceland. This small country is a year-round outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, with an abundance of mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, lakes and caves, all waiting to be explored and photographed. (Tip: It’s also a warm and…

Dance for Parkinson’s

Recent research has shown that people with Parkinson’s Disease, as well as other movement disorders, can benefit from dancing in areas ranging from motor function to overall quality of life. Kathleen Redwine, lecturer in dance history at the University of Oklahoma School of Dance, is putting this research into practice here. I spoke with Redwine about the program’s inspiration, who…

Orangetheory Fitness

Was getting physically fit on your list of 2019 New Year’s resolutions? If so—and it doesn’t matter your current level of fitness—what if you could find a way not only to gain strength and stamina and increase your energy level, but have fun in the process?

New Year’s Resolutions

Goals. How do we set them, and how do we keep them?

Cleveland County Lifestyle’s

Hate fighting the madding crowd, all scrambling for those last-minute holiday gifts for family, friends and co-workers? Or perhaps you don’t mind the shopping, but just don’t have the time for it, what with planning your or your spouse’s work party or family gathering and attending your children’s or grandchildren’s Christmas plays and concerts? Or maybe you’re just looking for…

What Are Your New Year’s Resolutions?

This time of year, millions of people set New Year's resolutions. Common resolutions include losing/gaining weight, improving one's finances, spending more time with family, overcoming a alcohol, drug, gambling or other addiction, and improving one's health through an exercise program. Of course, the list is quite extensive.

Financial Freedom

 Financial Freedom: Building Wealth to Live the Life You Love  What does financial freedom mean to you? For some, it is synonymous with financial security. But, for others, the definition of financial freedom goes beyond money to include living with purpose, cultivating a healthy mind and spirit or being able to pursue their dreams without fear of the unknown or…

Many Couples Saying “I Do”

For many, a dream wedding means saying “I do” on the campus beautiful by day and night.

Happy Holidays!

It’s that time of year again! Convenience stores are again offering pumpkin spice-flavored coffee. The department stores are now playing their Christmas play lists and have placed their holiday decorations on the shelves, along with the products they hope will be high on people’s gift lists. Folk are gearing up to throw and/or attend holiday parties.  I know there … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Libraries Planning Seasonal Activities The calendar is filled with special activities for the holiday season around the Pioneer Library System, with events ranging from themed story times to Holiday Galas. The Norman Central, Noble and Moore libraries each host annual Holiday Celebrations. An avid library lover and hearty holiday fan could attend all if they … Continued

Celebrity Sing Benefit for United Way of Norman

United Way of Norman is celebrating a successful Celebrity Sing. The annual fundraising event at Riverwind Casino raised more than $90,000. Money raised at Celebrity Sing benefits United Way of Norman and the 28 local nonprofit organizations it helps fund.

South Oklahoma City Chamber Events

In October, the South OKC Chamber, with co-hosts Sooner State Bank, held its Sporting Clays tournament. The winning team represented Fuzzell’s Business Equipment and included Jack Choate, L.D. Ferguson, Joe Fuzzell and Edward Granger. The chamber also celebrated a Ribbon Cutting and Blessing for Mercy Clinic Primary Care, Waterview Park, and hosted a Trade Show at Hidden Trails Country Club.

Orangetheory Fitness Moore

There's never a dull day at Orangetheory Fitness Moore. Visit or call 703.5259 to experience the best one-hour workout in the country for FREE.

What Are Your New Year’s Eve Plans?

We’re always down for a good time at Pub W, and we’re thinking it’s the perfect spot for a laid-back New Year’s Eve dinner this year. Because really, is there anything more classic than a midnight pub toast?

Deck the Halls (and More)

Whether you’re planning one or several gatherings in your home this holiday season, or just want your home to be extra warm and cozy for you and your immediate family, Gia Rose, ASID/IIDA/AIGA, lead interior designer and showroom manager at Designer’s Market, has your back. And it won’t cost you a lot of money or time.

How Do You Wish to Be Remembered?

What is the definition of planning? Every day, we plan something: what to have for lunch or where to go for summer vacation. Yes, I understand some people prefer to go through life and just deal with things as they come up; however, most try to develop a plan for the bigger events in life. We begin a college savings fund…

Small-Group Gatherings

After a 10-year career in the insurance industry, Doug Cowart felt called into full-time ministry. As a pastor at Life.Church Moore, he helps people connect within small groups and build friendships that spur them on in their relationship with God.

Turkey Day Workout

Looking forward to that tasty smorgasbord that makes up the traditional Thanksgiving feast, but not to that heavy, sleepy feeling you get afterward, not to mention the weight gain that shows up on the scales the next morning? 

Full Circle Adult Care Center

Before Full Circle was taken on as a project of Aging Services Inc. in Norman, the only adult day centers in Oklahoma were in Oklahoma City and Choctaw. Home health nurses and aides spoke at their weekly meetings of isolated patients and overwhelmed families with limited time and resources, as well as those unable to attend the Senior Citizens Center…

It’s Autumn!

At this writing, the temperatures are still in the 90s and the grass still needs mowed, but the coming days show promise of cooler weather. Already, the ancient pecan tree in my backyard is dropping its multitude of leaves upon my backyard and patio, and I’ll soon need to get out the rake. I don’t mind, … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Women’s Resource Center Gala Scheduled for Dec. 9 The Women’s Resource Center Gala, the Norman-based organization’s annual event to raise awareness about the effects of domestic and sexual violence on individuals, families and the community, is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, at the Hall at the Railhouse, 102 W. Eufaula St. This year’s gala will … Continued

Lawyers Unite

Beginning at 830 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, Noble McIntyre and McIntyre Law will host the Ninth Annual Day of Kindness at McIntyre Law’s offices, 8601 South Western Ave., Oklahoma City. The event will continue until they have distributed all the free turkeys.

Rivendell’s Luxury Broker’s Open Extravaganza

Rivendell's annual Luxury Broker's Open Extravaganza, where Southwest OKC’s luxury real estate agents combine forces to host a tour of eight exquisite homes for guests within the real estate industry, was hosted by Kathy and Steve Griffith, Tiffany Elcyzyn, Lisa Ray, Lacey McMillan, Susanna Lorg, Vada Dwaileebe and Donna Asher, Tiffany McClung, Jill Baker, and … Continued

Holiday Recipe

La Baguette is known far and wide for its delectable desserts, as well as their quiches and other main dishes, salads and soups. Owner Rudy Khouri shares with our readers their recipe for the iconic Thanksgiving pie, but with a twist. This one includes bourbon! If you're short on time, feel free to just order one or more of these…

Unique Gifting

As the holidays approach, the season of giving begins. The best-known day of shopping in America is Black Friday, which occurs the day after Thanksgiving. Big-box stores slash prices and offer door busters to lure customers inside. But for a refreshing change to the mass-produced items these stores push, look a little deeper into our community; you're sure to find some hidden…

Thinking About Revamping Your Dining Room?

When it comes to their dining environment, homeowners today are increasingly opting for simplicity and open dining concepts, rather than the formal rooms of decades past.

Orangetheory Fitness Moore Celebrates Milestones

Orangetheory Fitness Moore members in September celebrated two big milestones: the first member to hit 500 classes and a coach whose total number of classes taught at the fitness center totaled 1,000.  Other members were recognized for attending 100 or 250 classes. Visit or call 703.5259 to schedule your FREE workout.

Voice of The Heartland

The Sooner Theatre's Voice of The Heartland finals gala raised almost $50,000 to benefit The Studio of The Sooner Theatre, a nonprofit performing arts academy serving almost 1,000 students annually, providing camps and classes in acting, singing, dancing, musical theatre, magic and more. This year's Voice of The Heartland winner is Norman resident Maddie Breedlove. PHOTOGRAPHY … Continued

Legends Restaurants Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Legends Restaurant celebrated its 50th anniversary Sept. 15 with a mid-afternoon wine tasting for their vendors. Afterward, members of the Norman Chamber of Commerce joined current and previous restaurant staff for a ribbon cutting. The restaurant was then opened to the public, who were treated to complimentary lemon cake, punch and Legends’ 50-year anniversary T-shirts.

Republic Bank & Trust Hosts Business After Hours

Republic Bank & Trust recently hosted the Norman Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at its Downtown Norman Banking Center, located at Main and University. Republic bankers and the Norman business community enjoyed the opportunity to build relationships and share ideas as nearly 200 local professionals were in attendance. PHOTOGRAPHY RYAN LASSITER, DEFINING IMAGE

Expensive vs. Inexpensive

One of the fringe benefits of my job is that I get to taste a lot of wine. I mean, A LOT. Wine reps stop by pretty regularly with samples. After years of drinking free wine samples, the one thing I know for sure is that I can never tell whether the bottle costs $5 or $50. That might make…

Chefs’ Roundtable

Ever wondered what drives talented chefs? We talked to three noted chefs in our readership area, who agreed to share their stories, along with their recipes for their favorite dishes to make. The dishes (two entrees and an appetizer) vary from fairly difficult and unusual (see Anthony Compagni’s Wild Boar Ragu with Pappardelle Pasta) to simple and straightforward and sure…

Kitchen Gadgets

In Cleveland County, professional chefs as well as serious home cooks know where to go for high-quality bakeware/cookware, cutlery and electrics (such as mixers and blenders), as well as a wide assortment of food-preparation tools: The International Pantry. But did you know the International Pantry also carries an assortment of fun and whimsical (yet useful) gadgets for the kitchen?

Cleaning for a Reason

Making and keeping a home is a full-time endeavor. Add illness into the mix, and not only does housework fall behind, but it may have to be neglected entirely. This fact is the basis of the nonprofit group, Cleaning for a Reason, which matches cleaning companies with cancer patients to help them get through this very difficult time in their…

Oklahoma Cooking

 Best of the BEST from Oklahoma Cookbook  Edited by Gwen McKee and Barbara Moseley

Bon Appetite!

If you’re a “Foodie” (like me), you’ll almost certainly find this one of our “tastier” issues!  In our main feature, the Chefs’ Roundtable, three noted chefs from our readership area share their favorite dishes to make, along with the recipes for them! The most time-consuming entree to prepare, and the most unusual, is the Wild Boar Ragu … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Libraries Plan Halloween Fun The Pioneer Library System’s branch libraries in Cleveland County have numerous activities planned for all ages in October, including these Halloween-themed events. Noble Frankenstein Turns 200, 6 p.m. Oct. 25–It’s the 200th anniversary of the creation of Dr. Frankenstein and his famous monster from the pages of author Mary Shelley. The … Continued

OU’s “Living Room”

To enter the doors of the University of Oklahoma’s Oklahoma Memorial Union is to walk into a perfect blend of the past, present and future. An endless bustle of students, faculty, vendors and visitors are uniquely and successfully juxtaposed against the backdrop of a 1920s-era, Gothic-inspired building that helped set the tone for future campus architecture. OU’s heritage is celebrated…