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.

Benvenuti’s Ristorante

Artful is certainly an understatement, I think, as I walk away from Benvenuti’s Ristorante, 105 W. Main St. in Norman. My dining experience took me straight to the heart of Italy, where all of my feasting practices were left behind and my new tradition began to take hold.

A Celebration of Wine, Food and Generosity

About $160,000 was raised during the 14th Annual Le Tour de Vin, featuring a painting and wine event, wine and dine, and auction 
June 9-11. Proceeds benefit The Studio of the Sooner Theatre of Norman and the Cross Timbers, Sooner and Norman Rotary Clubs.

Golfing for Charity

Over $69,000 was raised at Riverwind Casino’s annual charity golf tournament, held June 27 at The Trails Golf Club in 
Norman. This year's beneficiaries are the Cavett Kids Foundation and the Norman Public School Foundation, both 
organizations that contribute directly to the well-being of Oklahoma children.

Ribbon Cutting for HIGHLANDS

Attendees enjoyed delicious food prepared in-house by chef Sabir Jawabira at a June 2 ribbon-cutting for HIGHLANDS, 
an exclusive neighborhood located within the LEGEND™ AT RIVENDELL community. HIGHLANDS is tailored to seniors 
requiring or desiring a higher level of personal assistance and specialized care beyond that of traditional assisted living.

Magnificent Media Mixer

About 65 enthusiastic artists and art lovers turned out for the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s inaugural Media Mixer on June 3. The event featured noted mixed-media artist Skip Hill, who worked with visitors to create a collage project, as well as time to socialize and network.

Around Town

Senior stars of the small and large screen and the stage will perform in an Oklahoma Senior Follies extravaganza Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21, at Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 South May Ave. The show will feature solos, duets, production numbers, choral selections, a dance troupe, a line dance group, a ventriloquist, pianists and country stars during the two productions,…

Huntington’s Fine Jewelers

It’s been nearly 30 years since Lantz Smith and his wife, Lisa, opened Huntington Fine Jewelers in south Oklahoma City. In that time, the Smiths have served thousands of customers, many of whom have gone on to become personal friends and close associates.

Bullets and Bombs and Missiles…Oh My!

Very few people manage to have dual careers, especially if one of those careers involves service in the United States Armed Forces. Barry Roberts isn’t your ordinary individual, however. By day he’s an appellate attorney, helping clients wend their way through Oklahoma’s higher court system. For nearly 35 years, he also served his country as both an active and reserve…

A Stop on Adventure Road

They call it Adventure Road: 130 acres of Oklahoma highway spanning the Red River to Oklahoma City. Responding to its siren call, my niece Lindsey Davies (also our photographer), her husband, Evan, my sister Lori Hanna, and I set out early one June morning, headed south toward Sulphur.

Got Goats?

Women are known as natural multi-taskers, but Angie Steele elevates that skill to an art. In addition to owning her own soap and lotion production business and helping run a full-scale farm, this pretty, energetic multitasker is a Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church in Washington, journalist (a columnist for The Purcell Register, she has written since 2003 for…

Oh, So Good!

Maybe you’ve heard of–or even tasted–some of these products, but we’re betting some will be news to you. While only a sampling of what’s available locally, we hope this list will whet your appetite and prompt you to check out what these and other area entrepreneurs have to offer. We liked all that we sampled!

Crafted in (Central) Oklahoma

Heather O’Malley credits the idea behind her thriving business to her first-born son and his very first baby blanket. His beloved teddy bear blanket, affectionately nicknamed “BB”, fell apart after numerous washings and had to be replaced repeatedly.“It just seemed to me that something that brings so much security and happiness to a small child should be better built,” O’Malley…

By Land or Sea…

Climb aboard a luxury ocean vessel, a river cruise ship in Europe or stay at a Gourmet 5 Diamond all-inclusive resort, and you'll immediately understand what sets the experience apart from life on a mass-market or contemporary ship or resort. Lavish attention to every detail and a level of personal attention and pampering that will leave you delighted and amazed.