Grapefruit and Ginger Tailgate Cooler

Looking for a new, fun and easy-to-make cocktail to serve up during your next tailgate party? Check out this refreshing recipe by Boardwalk Distribution mixologist Kristen Roelofsen.

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.

Attention, Foodies and Beer Lovers!

If you enjoy fine cuisine, as well as other well-prepared food, and/or love trying out different types of brews, this is your issue! In our main feature, we shine the spotlight on Cleveland County’s growing craft beer business, which was fanned with the recent passing of State Question 792, allowing wine and all beer to … Continued

October 2019 Around Town

Touch A Truck returns Oct. 5 The annual Touch A Truck event returns for its 15th year in Norman from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St. Attendees get an up-close look at vehicles like big rigs, public service machines, construction vehicles and more and to … Continued

ABLE Dinner

Able's third annual "Comedy for a Cause," featuring comedian Brett Eastburn, a silent auction, a wine pull and a raffle, was held Aug. 23 at the NCED building in Norman. Some $7,500 was raised; funds will be used to purchase upgrades for their locations that house some of their clients. Visit okable.org to learn more about this worthy nonprofit.

Orangetheory Fitness Moore Attains Milestones

Milestones were met this summer! During Orange Voyage, we rowed around the world! We hosted the Half-Century Challenge, encouraging members to complete 50 workouts in just 84 days. We wrapped the summer up with our special fundraising workout for Caleb Freeman and dominated the Moore-War 5K. And of course, a No Shower Happy Hour for … Continued

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…

SOKC Chamber

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce hosted Business After Hours, a Back-to-School Update and a bowling tournament, among other activities in August.

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.

Fear Outliving Your Money?

If you have a fear of outliving your retirement savings, you’re not alone. A recent survey from Allianz Life states that over 75% of those over age 44 fear outliving their money more than they fear death. On top of that, over half of these people do not feel prepared for retirement. If you are one of these people, here are…

The Naked Ladies

Spark a memory? This lovely sculpture previously stood on the site of the original Schwab Mansion (of Schwab Meat Co. fame) at South Broadway and 19th in Moore where Sunnyside Up diner now is located. Kathy Griffith—daughter of previous owners Norman and Rose Ann Bewley (and now a broker/co-owner of Prime Realty)—said that, sadly, after the oil boom bust, the…

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.

Greetings!

Our cover story this month is on a personal injury law firm that is devoted to helping clients and their families navigate the devastating physical, financial and emotional healing processes necessary when catastrophic injury, or sadly sometimes death, occurs as the result of another’s negligent actions. In this piece, you’ll ready about the emphasis McIntyre … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

#FeastOKC Set for Sept. 12-22 LiveSouthOKC.com, in partnership with the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, will hold its second annual restaurant week, #FeastOKC, Sept. 12-22. For this event, local restaurants will prepare exclusive deals area residents won’t want to miss. Visit LiveSouthOKC.com for a complete list of participating restaurants. Both eat-in and takeout specials … Continued

Norman Rotary Clubs’ Le Tour de Vin

At the 17th Annual Le Tour de Vin, held June 22 at the NCED Conference Center and Hotel in Norman, over $150,000 was raised, of which $50,000 will go to Full Circle Adult Day Center to help pay for their new building. The remaining funds will be used to support numerous Rotary projects. 

South OKC Chamber Goings-On

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce participated in a myriad of events and activities, including Instant Connection, grand openings/ribbon cuttings and Business After Hours.

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…

SOKC’s Excellence in Education Banquet

The South OKC Chamber of Commerce held its 2019 Excellence in Education Banquet at Moore Norman Technology Center- South Penn Campus. Premier sponsor was South OKC Walmart Supercenters; presenting sponsors were Cox Business, Frontier State Bank and SONIC, America’s Drive-In. Outstanding educators and students in the community were honored for their work in the 2018-2019 school … Continued

The Trails 4th of July Celebration

Members and guests were on hand to celebrate the holiday with face painting, a bouncy house, photo booth, games and, most importantly, fireworks. Sponsors were Craig and Streight Orthodontics, Dental Design Studio, Garner Insurance, and Gabriel Bird DDS. PHOTOGRAPHY KRYSTYN RICHARDSON OF BOLD MULTIMEDIA

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…

Forget the Piggy Bank

As a teenager, I started out stuffing all of the money I earned from my part-time jobs into a very plump piggy bank. Occasionally, I would pour out the contents onto my bed so I could count how my earnings had grown. Eventually, I opened my own checking account, and I would drive to the bank to deposit my paychecks.…

Living the Healthy Lifestyle

These are buzz words as of late—“Healthy Lifestyle”— but they can mean so many things! It can mean anything from getting more rest, to intermittent fasting and eating more vegetables, to exercising three to five times per week, depending on who you talk to. 

Straight Talk

It’s easy to come to work when your job is all about creating awesome smiles. That’s why Dr. Robi Craig and Dr. Ryan Streight thoroughly enjoy their role as specialists enhancing the smiles of central Oklahoma’s children and adults.

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…

1st Oklahoma Home Offers the Latest in Luxurious Living

There’s plenty of room for the kids and pets (not to mention large gatherings of family and friends) in one of the latest creations by 1st Oklahoma Homes.

Kids and Pets!

Few things can make us laugh and smile as much. Just look at YouTube, where videos of babies and children and all manner of animals number in the thousands. Maybe because they are so natural and true to themselves. Maybe its their innocence and joie de vivre. Certainly, there’s plenty of slapstick humor to be … Continued

Foundation Honors Outstanding Students, Educators

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence recently held its 33rd Annual Academic Awards Banquet honoring outstanding public high school seniors and innovative educators in Oklahoma public schools. The televised awards banquet, described as the “Academy Awards” of public education in Oklahoma, featured a keynote address by former Space Shuttle astronaut Leland Melvin. Over 800 people attended … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

New OU School of Drama Director Named Seth Gordon, a nationally recognized stage director and producer of new plays, has been named as director of the Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma. A passionate educator, Gordon has taught stage directing, dramaturgy and audition techniques, and he has been invited to lead master … Continued

South OKC Chamber Enjoys Busy June

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a busy June, with its Southern Thunder Car Show, New Members Briefing, ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours and other events.

Legislative Summit at The Station

Community leaders and members of the Moore Chamber came together on June 25 to attend the Legislative Summit at the Station at Central Park. The legislators answered prepared questions that provided insight into some key topics from the past legislative session. Special thanks to AT&T for sponsoring with the program.

Orangetheory Fitness Moore Meets Fundraising Goals

Orangetheory Fitness Moore met their goal of raising $5,000 as a studio for Augie’s Quest and finding a cure for ALS this May. Find out about how Orangetheory Fitness can help you meet your fitness goals by calling 703.5259.        

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.

Community Partners Provide Foster Care Support

At Life.Church, we know our community won’t be changed by programs alone. What really makes the difference is trusted, ongoing relationships among the people in the community. That’s why our local mission work is focused on partnering with local organizations to help build and support relationships that inspire change. We help connect individuals, families and small groups to carefully selected…

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…

Bathroom Remodel Extraordinaire

We were so excited to have the opportunity to remodel/update the master bathroom of Kelley and Patrick Grace. They wanted their master bath to reflect the sophisticated style of the rest of their home and to become something they would enjoy for years to come. Transforming the ambience from mundane to chic while maintaining the aspects of the room they…

Introducing the Indian FTR 1200 S

Looking for a summer vacation that’s a little bit edgier than what you’ve done in the past? Imagine taking the open road on Indian’s FTR 1200 S. With its race-inspired design and iconic style, this bike is as much fun to look at as it is to ride.

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.

Welcome to Summer!

As I write this, we’re still in the middle of a very wet and volatile spring. I’ll be glad to get past prime tornado season, but I’m not really a hot-weather aficionado, either. Still, there’s lots to do in our readership area during the summer. We’ve included some information on several Independence Day celebrations and, … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Rodeo Set for June 28-29 The Norman Native American and Frontier Days Rodeo will be held June 28 and 29 at the Norman Roundup Club arena, located at 519 60th St. NE (between Alameda and Robinson). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Discounted advance tickets are available at Homeland on Lindsey, Classic … Continued

Military Appreciation Luncheon

The Moore Chamber, along with sponsors Tinker Federal Credit Union and OG&E, hosted their Second Annual Military Appreciation Luncheon. Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, adjutant general of Oklahoma, was the keynote speaker. Members of the chamber, along with community leaders and active and retired service men and women, enjoyed a heartfelt appreciation presentation from Thompson.

Moore Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament

The Moore Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Golf Tournament at Belmar Golf Club. The sold-out tournament was blessed with sunshine and low winds. Business leaders from throughout the chamber membership enjoyed the day at the beautiful course, thanks to the sponsors that made the event possible. There was even a hole-in-one from the Baker Brothers Electric … Continued

South OKC Chamber Happenings

The South OKC Chamber kept busy in May with Instant Connections, ribbon-cuttings/grand openings, its membership luncheon and Business After Hours.

Terra Verde Discovery School Green Gala

Guests at Terra Verde Discovery School's Green Gala on May 17 enjoyed a delectable dinner, dancing and mingling, as well as a live and silent auction, in which guests bid on such items as trips, sporting events and student projects. Funds raised go to support the Norman school's operating budget. Learn more at TerraVerdeSchool.org. PHOTOGRAPHY KRYSTYN RICHARDSON OF BOLD-MULTIMEDIA

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 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.

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…

Norman Music Institute

Music enriches any education and provides students with a unique perspective and valuable skills. Locally, the Norman Music Institute has been raising the next generation of music artists for 12 years. I spoke with Dean Brown, NMI co-owner and director of music education, about the institute’s history, unique teaching methods and brand-new state-of-the-art facility.