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.

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 OrangetheoryFitness.com 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

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…

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…

Comedy Night: Comedy for a Cause

ABLE Comedy Night: Comedy for a Cause, held Aug. 24 at The Mercury Events Center, was a great success for Norman’s ABLE Community Based Services, netting approximately $1,500 more than the inaugural event. Funds raised will allow ABLE to continue striving to realize its mission–to enable adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities to lead meaningful … Continued

Fun Times at Orangetheory Fitness Moore

Orangetheory Fitness Moore members celebrated the King of Pop’s 60th birthday and participated in the Moore War Run, among other fun activities, during August. Visit OrangetheoryFitness.com or call 703.5259 to schedule your FREE workout.  

Autumn Fun

Do you enjoy a fine wine? Are you curious about what goes into producing fine wines? No need to travel to Napa Valley. A short road trip to Canadian River Vineyard and Winery, located at Highway 77 and Slaughterville Road just south of Norman (in Lexington) may be just the thing.

Eat the World

 Misal Bistro  580 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman  579.5600

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…

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.

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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.  

Movers& Shakers

 Article Jerri Culpepper  P.B. Odom Jr., President of P.B. Odom Construction Co.  P.B. Odom, 89, oversees the management of 150 commercial locations and works to develop and improve existing land holdings. He has built and developed many homes, subdivisions and shopping centers that helped create a thriving South Oklahoma City. He has served on BancFirst’s Corporate board for 19 years,…

All Aboard!

 Article Lesa Deeson Crowe | Photography Brooklyn Vaughn  Take five old friends (who have traveled the world and are on the prowl for new experiences close to home), and you have a recipe for fun.  Beth found The Red Pony while searching for unique experiences on airbnb.com, and knew it would be the perfect place for a weekend away. “We…

Cleveland County Lifestyle’s Women of Influence

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Ryan Lassiter at defining Image  The Marketing Maven  Leslie Christopher

How to Create Your Own Unique Spring Bouquet

 Photography Amber Videa of Videa Studios    Sherri Barnett, floral manager at Howard Brothers Florists in Oklahoma City, says even beginners can create a beautiful spring bouquet using mostly local flowers, flowering tree branches and other growing plants found throughout this area. To start, she says, select your color palette. Pastels are top picks for springtime. To create a bouquet…

Bee Yourself

Along with the national rise of urban gardens and backyard chickens, another fast-growing pastime has been generating significant buzz across Oklahoma for the past decade.

earth rebirth

Earth Rebirth, a nonprofit with a focus on educating and empowering individuals to take food, energy and water into their own hands, strives to bridge the gap between economic and environmental problems. The organization offers several community-based programs. With the recent addition of a mobile unit, Andrew Sartain, Earth Rebirth founder and president, said they are expanding their efforts statewide and…

Hardy & 
Beautiful

When selecting plants for your garden or other landscaping areas, it’s important to consider a number of factors. Picking native plants ensures you get species that will thrive in your area, while getting drought-tolerant plants can help both your pocketbook and the planet (not to mention your time).

Surface Pizzazz

Decorative painting has been a staple in interior design to make spaces unique for eons. According to Architectural Digest (architecturaldigest.com/gallery/next-big-
decorative-painting-techniques), it is the latest trend in interiors today. However, these techniques have evolved, and are now better than ever! Faux finishes can recreate the look of stone, marble, brick, concrete or even wallpaper for significantly less and without the hassle…

Coming Home

After living some years in the Boston/D.C. area, Mike and Teresa Collins, who grew up in Norman and Bartlesville, respectively, together decided they were ready to return to their roots–specifically, to Norman.

Medicine Park

The scenic small town of Medicine Park, nestled at the foot of the Wichita Mountains in southwest Oklahoma, has been called by many names since its founding in 1908, including, most recently, Oklahoma’s best-kept secret. But in its earlier days, the little town with the river that runs through it was known as a playground for many of the state’s rich…

From the Streets of Cairo

I’m Egyptian, but was born and raised in Qatar. Kushari is the first dish I had on the street in Cairo the first time I went out with my cousins when I was 12 years old. They sold it in a plastic bag. You had to puncture the bag and squeeze the food out of it into your mouth. It…

Best Of

 Benvenuti’s Ristorante  105 West Main St.Norman, OK 73069  310.5271

Made From ‘Scratch’

Scratch Kitchen and Cocktails takes the craft of cocktails to a level not often found in Oklahoma, making dozens of syrups and liqueurs in-house and using only fresh-squeezed juices. In the kitchen, Scratch makes nearly everything from, well, scratch, from the ketchup and mayonnaise to the stocks and sauces. Whether dining in their historic building or attending an event at…

Giving Abandoned Dogs and Cats

There’s no doubt about it; our pets are a part of our family. But the love and compassion we show them begins before we bring them home. When a new puppy or kitten is purchased from a breeder or at a pet store, another animal without a home is passed up. Lack of widespread spaying and neutering means there will…

‘Choose Homemade’

Being a family on the run doesn’t mean having to sacrifice taste, time together, or health. In fact, the staff of the Oklahoma Nutrition Information and Education Project, founded 15 years ago to improve the health of Oklahoma families through nutrition and physical activity, believes their “Choose Homemade” initiative shows you can have it all. This initiative emphasizes the importance…

The Wines of Winter

 Welcome to 2018!  Although I drink year-round (who are we kidding? I drink week-round, sometimes day-round), drinking in the wintertime seems somehow more satisfying. Cold weather calls for hardy wines, and hardy wines are my second favorite “hardy” thing (shout-out to Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy). But unlike many '70s TV shows, my wine picks for winter can be consumed…

Exhausted All the Time?

T here’s an old slogan that’s been floating around for years that states, “My get up and go has got up and went.” That’s arguably true for most Americans, living as we do in a fast-paced culture where many people spend their days gulping Red Bulls, sitting in front of a computer and getting by on far less than eight…

Paying Tribute to…

THE QUESTION ISN’T WHO’S GOING TO LET ME; IT’S WHO IS GOING TO STOP ME.”– AYN RAND

Amanda Wells

When Amanda Wells first began creating pottery some 20 years ago, she had no idea that a then-unknown phenomenon called social media would make her an “overnight” sensation.

2017 Holiday 
Shopping Guide

This holiday season, say goodbye to big-box-store gift certificates. Forget those boring old men’s ties. Instead, keep your dollars local and purchase thoughtful, personalized gifts for your family and friends that show you really care and that are sure to be enjoyed and cherished. We've included gift ideas to fit even the most 
discerning person on your shopping list in this,…