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…

Holiday Happenings

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Association members enjoyed "A Parade of Art" at its fundraising event, Silver Soirée, at Legacy Park in Norman. Allied Arts Circle Club members were entertained by the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra’s honor quartet and carolers from OK City Chorus at their holiday gathering in Gaillardia.

THE 2016 CADILLAC ESCALADE: 
THE INDUSTRY’S MOST ICONIC LUXURY SUV

Modern design, powerful capability and sumptuous amenities keep luxury firmly in the driver’s seat of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade. Enhanced technologies and new exterior colors distinguish the latest edition of the brand’s signature SUV, complementing cut-and-sewn materials and wood trim–selected for elegance and authenticity–and the latest technologies to convey an exceptional level of luxury.

Around Town

If you haven’t already begun your tour of Galileo’s World at the University of Oklahoma, you may wish to chart your course now. The massive project, centered on Renaissance Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei, evolved as a means of celebrating OU’s 125th anniversary in 2016. With 20 uniquely themed exhibits in seven locations across OU’s three campuses, Galileo’s World…

Norman West library debuts interactive play wall for children

Norman’s newest public library now has a new feature that will delight the youngest visitors to come through its doors. Norman Public Library West recently dedicated its new interactive play wall, located in the children’s area, in the southwest corner of the library portion of the Pioneer Library System facility, at 300 Norman Center Court on the west side of…

Flight of a Lifetime

The Oklahoma Honor Flights traces its origins to the 16 million U.S. men and women who served their country in World War II–among them Al Willoughby, who had served in that war as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. Upon retirement, he adopted Midwest City as his home. In 2009, he was invited to Washington, D.C., with a…

Restaurant Created Around Question, ‘What Does Norman Not Have?’

John Howell and his partners Jack and Lisa Hooper started formulating a vision for Blu in 2007 with one simple question: What does Norman not have? “The answer we came up with was that Norman was missing a wine bar with shareable plates,” Howell said. “That’s how Blu happened! It was very collaborative, and it would not have happened without…

Sweets to the Sweet

Ask anyone what their plans are for Valentine’s Day, and odds are that some chocolate will be involved. In fact, according to U.S. News and World Report, 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. Both the holiday and the tasty treats have a…

Birds on a Wire

One of my dear friends is a painter who sees the world through her amazing artist eyes. When she was the newbie in our neighborhood, her heart was sensitive to how to integrate her family into the community. Driving one day, she noticed how birds perched on a telephone wire seemed to choose when to gather, and who to pause…

Beauty, Beauty Everywhere

Unexpected art greets the eye almost everywhere one turns in Norman. This wall-sized mural, located at Porter Avenue and East Main Street, is one of several that have sprung up around town in recent years. And thanks to a program through the Norman Public Arts Board and the Norman Arts Council, artist-designed bike racks have been installed downtown and elsewhere.…