A Time to Cook, 
to Eat and to Give Back

Do you love to cook? It seems that most people can be divided into two camps: those with a real passion for cooking, and those who prefer to just reap the rewards of their labor! I admire those with the desire and talent to lift cooking into an art. In these pages, you’ll read about Norman resident/entrepreneur Agi Lurtz who,…

Autumn Time for 
Tailgates and Road Trips

Shorter days and cooler temperatures. Trees and bushes covered in a riot of multi-hued leaves. These are just a few of the heralds of autumn. In Sooner Country, the arrival of autumn also means University of Oklahoma football and, for some, the long-awaited tailgate party. On home football gamedays, Sooner Village and other venues across campus hum with activity as…

What Does Your Dream Home Look Like?

If you were to design your own dream house, what would it look like? What features would you include? Would it look similar to others in your community, or something entirely different? In this, our Design Issue, we feature two houses that are quite differently stylistically.

Washing the Dust Off Our Souls

The great Spanish artist Pablo Picasso is credited with stating, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” We in Cleveland County are extraordinarily fortunate to have close at hand a wealth of artists—painters and sculptors, vocalists and instrumentalists, writers and poets, and so many more—who are helping us keep our souls shiny and…

What’s Your Idea 
of Adventure?

What’s your idea of adventure? Are water sports your thing? Perhaps you like to sail or water ski or scuba dive? Or perhaps you share with many other Oklahomans a deep love for fishing, always hoping to catch that elusive big fish? Or maybe your tastes run more toward hiking or camping?

Focus on Comics

Were you an avid comic book reader and collector as a kid? If you’re a guy, there’s a good chance you were; it’s less likely if you’re a member of the opposite sex. Why? Well, there’s lots of reasons for that—probably the main reasons being that most comic book heroes were male (yea, yea, there was Super Girl and Wonder…

Happy May!

Happy May! This month, Americans celebrate a plethora of holidays and special events, including May Day, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day, as well as high school and college convocations and commencements. This also is a busy month here at home, with events ranging from the Rose Rock Music Festival to the May Fair. Check out our calendar…

April 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Welcome to our Spring issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle. We’ve pulled together an interesting, if eclectic, mix of features and columns this month for your reading pleasure. Are you a golfer? If so, you’ll want to read about a country club and golf course in south Oklahoma City that’s been called one of the area’s best-kept secrets, though that’s not…

Defining Modern

In this issue, you will read about modern trends in upscale homes, as well as tips from an interior designer on ways to incorporate modern features into a room without the need to start from scratch or entirely moving away from the traditional look long favored in Oklahoma.

What Were Your 
New Year’s Resolutions?

Did you make any resolutions for the New Year? Improving one’s health and fitness are at the top of many people’s lists, and in this issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle, we address the various ways our neighbors and friends are tackling those resolutions. In one story, you’ll find out what various community leaders are planning in 2017 to boost their…

Celebrating the Holidays in Style, and More!

What are fashionable people in central Oklahoma wearing to holiday celebrations this year? We threw a little “party” of our own recently to offer our readers some inspiration. It took the form of a photo session, but not just any photo session! The main event was, of course, the photo shoot featuring local women modeling stylish holiday apparel from Cayman’s…

Seeking Adventure Along the 
Oklahoma River

What is it about fall that makes us want to take to the road in search of adventure? Like Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tales set in Middle Earth, autumn is when I most feel the desire to grab a sturdy walking stick and set out for parts unknown in search of amazing new sights and thrills,…

Salud! Spotlighting Local Breweries and Wineries

What comes to mind when you think about quality beers? Germany? Bavaria? What about fine wine? France, or Napa Valley, perhaps? Proprietors of central Oklahoma breweries and wineries, some new and some well-established, hope you will begin to start thinking local when you head out to shop for a fine beer or wine to go with dinner or for gift-giving.

For the Love of Pets

Whether you’re a “dog” or “cat” person—or even a horse, bird or other pet enthusiast—you know how that furry, feathered or even scaly critter can steal your heart. For many of us, our pets are family. In this issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle, we share stories of pampered pooches competing for best of breed, of working dogs that are helping…

Of Entrepreneurs and Wander Lust

Oklahomans are known far and wide for their friendliness and hospitality. The entrepreneurial spirit also is alive and well here, as evidenced by area residents who, armed with a passion and skill for cooking or crafting beautiful things, took that next big step and launched a business. We've featured a few of them in this issue.

Traveling and Celebrating Our Independence

Are you enjoying your summer so far? Personally, I’m not a huge fan of Oklahoma summers–unless I have a large body of water (swimming pool, creek, lake or at least a wading pool!)–close by in which to douse myself from time to time.

No Shortage of 
Summer Entertainment

Whoo-hoo! Summer is here, at last! For many of us, this is a time to carve out some “me” or family downtime, depending on one’s current circumstances.

New or Flipped, 
Homebuyers Seek 
Originality in Their Homes

What constitutes a beautiful house? With homes, as with faces and figures, beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder, and what was considered distinguished or elegant at one time may now be seen as tacky or outdated. In this issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle, we examine which features today’s homebuyers are searching for in their ideal home, whether…

Good Stewards 
of the Earth

Welcome to our “Green” issue, devoted to both definitions of “green”: the symbolic color of environmentalism and sustainability, and the color most commonly associated with nature and growth. The theme is a timely one, as April 22 is celebrated nationwide as Earth Day. In this issue, you will find stories on how to be a good citizen of Earth–one being…

The Arts and This Unique County

Our theme for this issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle is “The Arts.” There are so many arts-related activities occurring year-round in this county, the problem wasn’t finding story ideas, but rather which to feature! That’s a nice dilemma to face. Norman’s Medieval Fair, now in its 40th year, has become the state’s largest weekend event and the third-largest event in…

Tis the Season 
for Love

In this, our inaugural issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle, we explore the long and storied connection between chocolate and Valentine’s Day. In our cover story, Staci Elder Hensley writes that, last year, nearly 55 percent of women and 52 percent of men purchased candy for their significant other, spending $1.7 billion in the process. It’s entirely possible those percentages are…