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.…

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Smithsonian Brings Water/Ways Exhibit to Norman Public Library East

From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71% of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music.

Ready to Celebrate Independence Day?

With so many different 4th of July events around, how are you supposed to decide where to spend the day? We’ve sorted through the many choices and found some festivals that offer something unique. From a Top 10 US festival in Edmond, to a day filled with water sports, we give you the inside scoop so you can be sure…

A Cocktail to Beat the Summer Heat

To cool off this summer, try this delectable recipe for Strawberry-Basil Smash using Cantera Negra Silver tequila from Boardwalk Distribution mixologist Kristen Roelofsen. Ask for Cantera Negra Silver tequila at your local liquor store.

Sounds of Summer

Let’s face it. Oklahoma summers are just plain hot. But as the days grow long, why not enjoy those extra hours of light (and hopefully more moderate temperatures) and check out one or more of the metro’s many evening concert series? The series range from weekly to monthly and offer up a huge selection of artists and styles, so you are…

A Fido-Friendly Retro Road Trip:

Nothing captures the freedom of summertime like a road trip. If you have a four-legged friend who enjoys the freedom of the open road, there is ample fun to be found on a road trip to northeastern Oklahoma. So get ready to hit Route 66 with your furry friend, head toward Tulsa and enjoy many dog-friendly places along the way.

Planning a Cruise or a Vacation

I founded Bentley Hedges Travel in 1970—and still, after all these years, I get excited for my next cruise or tour. From a man’s point of view, I like to be involved in the planning process from beginning to end. As I judge all men should do! Don’t get me wrong; women plan fabulous journeys, which often involve more activities…

Cleveland County

Resting in the heart of Oklahoma, Cleveland County is one of the most culturally and economically diverse areas in the state.

Lewis Jewelers: Driven by a Passion for the Craft

 TIMELINE:  1971  Glenn Lewis begins as an apprentice in a jewelry repair shop  1973  Tim Lewis begins at the retail counter of a catalog showroom jeweler

Let Your Pilot Do the “Driving”

Whether you love to drive or prefer to let someone else do it for you, sometimes the best travel alternative is not a car or SUV, but a …. jet!

Fore!

Golf is often perceived as a single player game–a lone person with a set of clubs taking on the challenges of the links. But it's far from a solitary sport, particularly for young golfers. Youth can play on school and competitive golf teams or pick up a round of golf with friends. In fact, golf is one of the few sports…

Cleveland County Lifestyle’s

 Breea Clark  Occupation: Norman City Councilwoman  Bio: Breea represents Ward 6 on the Norman City Council and on July 2 will become the first Millennial Mayor in the history of the city of Norman. She also works with OU students as director of the JCPenney Leadership Program in the Price College of Business. She is a proud mom of two boys…

A Sacred Sojourn

A couple slender copper olive leaves serve as a visual reminder to Judy Hatfield of her recent journey to Israel and the intense spiritual connection she felt while traveling through the Holy Land.

Life in Every Drop

“Life in every drop.” That’s what you get in every bottle of organic cold-pressed juice and freshly made smoothies at Organic Squeeze, which opened to enthusiastic crowds in January 2014 in Nichols Hills and continues to draw devotees of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels.

A Fresh Start

Gov. Kevin Stitt took office Jan. 14, 2019. Since then, he’s hit the ground running, separating the political wheat from the chaff and setting a clear vision for his cabinet members. Tulsa Lifestyle magazine caught up with him at the Capitol a few weeks into his office to discuss his plans to make Oklahoma a Top 10 state.

‘Green’ Houses

 New Builds  Are you in the market for a new, high-performance home? One with all the “bells and whistles,” but also energy-efficient and built with other “green” practices? Are you planning to work with a custom builder or purchase an already constructed home? Either way, there are some questions to ask to ensure you are getting what you want, says…

Outdoor Escapes’ Brian Scroggins

One might say that, by occupation, Brian Scroggins is passionate about going green.

A Bright Idea

A group of Moore Public Schools patrons is concerned about the condition of education in Oklahoma, especially during the past few years’ financial turmoil. They take a great deal of pride in their school system, praising the outstanding job the school board and administration have done in shepherding the schools through these difficult times. But the challenges are daunting, and…

Press & Plow Fine Wine, Spirits and Provisions

Anthony Compagni, known locally as the accomplished executive chef at Benvenuti’s Ristorante and Volare Pizzeria, knew at a young age that his career would involve food. As a boy, he helped cook in his father’s and nonna’s kitchens, and at the young age of 15, landed his first job in a commercial kitchen. 

Buying a House?

If you’re in the market for a custom home that’s guaranteed to have the highest quality of materials and workmanship, 1st Oklahoma Homes may be your answer. The company constructs homes around the Oklahoma City metro area, primarily in south Oklahoma City, Moore and Norman. It owns multiple subdivisions, with the largest being Apple Estates in Moore and Rio del…

Norman’s ‘Time Machine’

Cleveland County has a rich and vibrant history. The Moore-Lindsay Historic House Museum preserves and shares this history with the community.

The “Forever” Home

When looking to build their “forever” home, Anthony McDermid, AIA, RIBA, a principal at TAP Architecture, and his wife, Aubrey, had a lengthy “must” list. First, they wanted it in the heart of Oklahoma City, where they could get a panoramic view of the downtown skyline. They wanted it to comfortably accommodate both family and guests. He wanted plenty of…

Sit Back & Relax

They may not always know your name here (at least on your first visit), but the management and staff of The Winston, a restaurant specializing in American cuisine that opened its doors in April 2018, wants its patrons to feel welcome from their first step inside.

DIY Gift Basket

Expecting house guests? Why not present them with a gift basket that will make them feel welcomed and serve as a reminder of their stay?

A New, Inclusive Community

A new community is springing up on the south bank of the Oklahoma River. But the developers of Oklahoma City’s latest urban neighborhood aren’t taking a cookie-cutter approach to this project.

Attention to Detail

A growing family and a desire to make their home into a more warm and welcoming gathering space for family and friends served as the main impetus behind Norman residents Paige and Dusty Tedesco’s decision last year to hire a designer to make that dream come true.

For Your Honeymoon or Anniversary

Anyone can go to a beach for their honeymoon or anniversary. Why not make yours’ one that is unique and full of romance and smashing sights—in Britain?

From Hip Hop to Big Band

Music is a very personal form of expression that can help carry a message and connect people. Music brought Kizzie and Adam together, and they use their love of music to interact with and teach within their community. Read below to learn more about this unique duo, the message they carry and their impact in the community.

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…

Many Couples Saying “I Do”

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

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.

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?

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…

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.