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,…

5 Financial ‘To-Do’s’

The holiday season can be a really big project at our house. Menu planning, shopping, school programs … it can be a whirlwind of activity. I have found that some proactive planning is the key to my preparations and getting all those important things accomplished. It also helps me stay fiscally responsible and keeps my budget realistic.

The Guitar Man

Beautiful as it is, the lure of the Oregon coast wasn’t enough to keep veteran Farrel Droke from his Oklahoma roots. After two years away, this past August he and his wife, Julie, returned to their longtime hometown of Norman, settling happily into a post-retirement routine that includes lots of music.

Giving Back to the Community

Noble McIntyre of McIntyre Law, with the assistance of the incredible support offered by over 100 member lawyers of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, a group composed of plaintiff attorneys across the state who have dedicated their careers to helping people injured as the result of another’s negligent conduct, has raised more than $500,000 over the past seven years to…

Nancy A. Brown, D.O.

If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or one of the other musculoskeletal diseases/systemic autoimmune conditions commonly referred to as rheumatic diseases, you know how important it is to have a doctor you not only respect, but one with whom you feel comfortable.

Tulsa Time

If you haven’t visited T-Town in several years, now’s a great time. In addition to a plethora of entertainment and dining options, Tulsa lays claim to many unique shopping centers and boutiques, so you can have fun while getting your holiday shopping done!

Agi Lurtz Shares

This recipe for Hungarian Galuska and Pörkölt came from Agi Lurtz's mother, who grew up in Hungary, escaped the war, found a sponsor and became a naturalized American citizen. Agi says her mother typically made the beef version; however she often substitutes chicken as a healthier option and and because it requires far less prep and cooking time. Over the…

In Sooner Country

Ahh … Autumn! Time for pumpkin-carving, corn mazes and hay rides, and fall foliage tours! For many in Sooner Country, this season also marks another perennial fall fav: tailgating. For more than a decade, the Brasel family has enthusiastically hosted tailgate parties in a big way prior to each home football game.

Stepping Up to the Barre

A great, successful workout is one that you can never truly master. It constantly switches things up, and your body never gets the chance to plateau because there’s always a new challenge around the corner. That’s why the dynamic workouts at Pure Barre are so great at giving real results. The instructors always keep you on your toes, and they…

Royal Bavaria’s Andy Gmeiner

One of the best-known specialties of Viennese cuisine, Wiener Schnitzel is a very thin breaded and pan-fried cutlet traditionally made with veal. The Wiener Schnitzel is one of the national dishes of Austria. A popular variation is made with pork instead of veal, in part because pork is cheaper than veal.

Crystal Bridges Adventure

Where can you go to experience glorious fall foliage, enjoy first-rate cuisine, explore architectural treasures by Frank Lloyd Wright, Moshe Safdie and Buckminster Fuller, and view hundreds of masterpieces by American artists from over the past 500 years? It’s all available in one remarkable package: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

The House That Wu Built

Stunning. Breathtaking. Luxurious. All words that perfectly capture a gorgeous home showcasing a picturesque location created with the touch of a gifted architect and an accomplished builder. Located at 2700 SW 130th Court in the exclusive Rivendell community, this five-bedroom French Country-inspired residence features a stamped circle driveway, three full bathrooms, two half-baths, a gourmet kitchen, mirrored fitness room, home…

Universal Design

Dave Boeck has a deep and personal understanding of the needs of those requiring special accommodations. Following four surgeries to address knee, back and rotator cuff injuries, Boeck had the “opportunity to discover” the many challenges facing those with mobility issues: at the time, he lived in a two-story house in which all the bedrooms and bathrooms were located on…

From So-So to Wowzer!

Not in love with your home and environs, but don't want to move? We asked a home remodeling professional, an expert on creating beautiful, fun and functional fun outdoors spaces, and an interior designer for their top-six creative “fixes.”

Red Dirt Rhythm

Heartbreak Rodeo’s David Henson says their band name comes from a favorite analogy. “Life is like the rodeo,” he explains. “You draw the bull you draw, and a lot of time it ends in heartbreak. When we get up to play, we have that same eight seconds to sell the song.” And as one of Norman’s most popular bands, Henson…

Stubbornness and the Successful Artist

Three successful local artists have lived the title of Jeff Goins’ recent best seller, Real Artists Don't Starve. Brett McDanel, JURRI and Skip Hill are not "starving artists", but "thriving artists." In RADS, Goins says, "All artists possess a secret weapon: stubbornness." That tenacious stubbornness, necessary to the prolific artist, obviously rests in these three, who have developed unique styles,…