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Whether they showcase the latest design trends or stick with the tried-and-true classics – or a combination of both – luxury homes are defined by the high level of attention and meticulous care given to every detail.

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The Best of the Best

Oklahoma Magazine contributing editor John Wooley talks to the owners of two historic recording studios making a new start in downtown Tulsa.

Each year, we ask our readers to weigh in on The Best of the Best – the places, people and companies you prefer. Over the past few months, we collected thousands of votes to find your best options, no matter what you’re seeking.

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Whether you’re looking for a great sandwich or a place to have your car detailed, Oklahoma has many options … but which are the best? Fortunately, our readers have answered that question in our 18th edition of Oklahoma Magazine’s The Best of the Best. Each year, thousands of our readers vote for The Best of the Best, creating a guide so you can find the best of what Oklahoma has to offer in seven different categories. Shopping, dining, services … no matter what you’re looking for, it’s here. This issue also features our Luxury Home showcase, where we look at three different homes, designed and decorated to the owners’ exact specifications. From traditional homes created to fit in perfectly with neighborhoods built in the 1920s to dwelling spaces that utilize all the latest technology, we present some of the best architects, builders and designers in Oklahoma. Finally, John Wooley takes a trip to downtown Tulsa to talk with Grammy-winning drummer David Teegarden and Teresa Knox, who are opening recording studios down the street from one another. Teegarden is moving his studio downtown, while Knox is renovating and reopening the historic Church Studio. Rather than viewing each other as competitors, the two are working together to grow the music industry in Tulsa. As always, feel free to contact me at editor@okmag.com. Sincerely,

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COMING UP IN JULY AT OKMAG.COM If you’ve visited Tulsa, chances are high that you’ve seen the beautiful tree carvings sprinkled around the city. One might be surprised to learn that most of the sculptures were done by a single artist, Oklahoma’s own Clayton Coss. Coss has been creating beautiful chainsaw sculptures since 1985 in and around the Tulsa area. In this month’s video interview, we visit Coss on-site at his latest residential sculptural project to watch him work his chainsaw magic. We also find out how he got started working in such an unconventional artistic medium. Learn about some of Coss’s most challenging projects, and hear how the local chainsaw sculpture community has changed since the mid ’80s.

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GUTHRIE GREEN HAS BEEN POPULAR IN DOWNTOWN TULSA SINCE OPENING IN 2012.

New developments bring greenery to urban areas in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

ities are often defined by their skylines. The architectural wonders that individualize a city’s horizon are symbols of the history and industry that people have come to be a part of. Lately, however, areas that don’t stand out in a postcard view are making the biggest impact on urban landscapes, especially in Oklahoma. These developments, green spaces closer to the earth than skyscrapers, provide oases, respites from concrete and metal and tastes of nature close to home. “The benefits of public green spaces are endless,” says David Todd, the MAPS 3 Program Manager for Oklahoma City. “Not

only do green spaces help the environment by improving air quality and conserving natural resources, but they also encourage healthier, happier residents.” When it opens in spring 2019, the MAPS 3 Park in the south part of downtown will give residents a reason to go outside, exercise and enjoy the city in a whole new way, Todd says. MAPS 3, the popular acronym for the Metropolitan Area Projects Plan 3, is paid for by a one-cent sales tax. “The upper park is 40 acres of very active programming,” he says. “It includes a lake and a grass oval gathering space of about five acres with a large permanent stage capable of supporting very large musical

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acts. There is a cafe along the north edge of the upper park. There is a pavilion along the east edge, along with a large fountain. There are several play areas and areas appropriate for weddings or other gatherings. The lower park is 30 acres of passive programming, including paths and open green spaces.” Another much-anticipated development is making great progress in the northeastern part of the state. A Gathering Place for Tulsa will add 100 acres of green space and entertainment along Riverside Drive south of downtown. “A Gathering Place will offer experiences for all ages, including a five-acre Adventure Playground, Mist Mountain, sport courts, bike and skate parks, nature trails and large lawns for concerts,” says Jeff Stava, executive director and trustee of Tulsa’s Gathering Place LLC. “The park will feature state-of-the-art playground equipment with international partners building installations never before seen in the U.S. The features are the largest installations the builders have created to date.” The 66.5 acres included in Phase I should open in spring or summer 2018. The $450 million project is funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and designed by worldrenowned Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, landscape architects for projects including the Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York. “Since the park’s inception, our mission has been to build a world-class park along the bank of the Arkansas River for all Tulsans to enjoy,” Stava says. “Providing the city with a green space that is accessible to all helps build up our community and enhance the quality of life for our citizens. Greener cities also attract more visitors and improve the mental health and well-being of children, young people and adults alike.” These green additions are sure to attract thousands of people every year, just as Guthrie

CONSTRUCTION HAS STARTED ON A GATHERING PLACE’S PLAYGROUND. A GATHERING PLACE WILL COVER 100 ACRES ALONG THE ARKANSAS RIVER IN TULSA.

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Green, which covers one square block, has done for downtown Tulsa. Guthrie Green’s success has shown how valuable even a small green area can be. “Guthrie Green is a tremendous asset to our downtown,” says Kyle Johnston of the Tulsa Downtown Coordinating Council. “It is a terrific green space and event venue for all ages. Since turning the lot into a world-class ‘mini-park’ in the middle of our downtown, it’s become a place for food truck events, concerts and festivals, gaming expos [and] sports. The increase in residences in our downtown has also created an additional benefit – a pet-friendly area for those living downtown.” Since it opened in 2012, Guthrie Green has become a favorite spot for people to gather and enjoy the outdoors. “Whether there’s a movie night in the park or a 5K event, there is something great happening on a weekly basis,” Johnston says. “Even during the colder months – the Guthrie Green ‘offseason’ – the park gets use with dog walkers, family outings [and] field trips. It also makes a great spot to catch up before or after dinner, to relax on the green while waiting for any of our concerts at Cain’s Ballroom or

THE MAPS 3 PARK’S UPPER AREA WILL COVER 40 ACRES.

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Brady Theater to begin, and, of course, a popular destination during the monthly First Friday Art Crawl in the district.” Johnston says the district is working to better connect the Guthrie Green with nearby John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park so people can have easier access to even more green space. “Downtown Tulsa is aiming towards becoming a walkable destination in every sense of the word, and one of the tenets of good downtowns is interesting and useful walks,” he says. “With a beautiful park in the middle of a popular arts and entertainment district, the area is more vibrant and much more unique than it could be if there was another restaurant or office space built. It’s also great for the 40,000 or so downtown daily workers to relax and enjoy some downtime during the week.” BETH WEESE


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Country Music Confidante Former Tulsa journalist Tom Carter is the voice behind autobiographies of Nashville legends.

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TOM CARTER HAS WORKED eorge. Reba. Merle. Glen. Ronnie. Tammy. For 40-plus ten about him in the ’70s. Milsap’s Almost Like WITH MANY COUNTRY years, Tom Carter has had first-name relationships with a Song led to the first of Carter’s two memoirs MUSIC LEGENDS TO TELL country music royalty. with Ralph Emery, the radio voice/TV face of THEIR STORIES. PHOTO BY JEFF FASANO Many journalists covering the genre might say the country music for 50 years. Others followed. same, but few have had the inside looks at the legends “Glen called me and I did his book,” he says. the way Carter has as co-author of their autobiographies. “Then Reba called and I did her book. They kept calling me. I’m flatHis role as interlocutor and ghostwriter evolved slowly. The Univertered that Jason Aldean called me. He’s one of the young Turks. We sity of Tulsa graduate and award-winning reporter for the Tulsa World wrote a life lessons book about the ordeals Jason’s faced.” (1970-1987) created an additional job for himself during that time: Aldean’s Family, Friends and Fans should hit stores around Thankscountry music beat writer. giving. Film adaptations of his I Lived to Tell It All with Jones and My “It was an easy sell,” he says. “After all, Bob Wills originated his House of Memories with Haggard are in pre-production, with compleradio show in Tulsa. There’s a long history of country music there.” tion in six years, Carter says. When he writes an autobiography, Carter leaves his Nashville home His first country music review was of Porter Wagoner and Dolly and travels in the band bus for a year but is often summoned to the Parton. Hundreds of critiques and features later, Carter had stars like star’s bus in the dead of night. George Jones, a young Reba McEntire, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell, “I have to make myself available because there are so many people Ronnie Milsap and Tammy Wynette discussing their lives with him. “They knew I was trustworthy. I have that reputation,” he says. “And pulling on them,” he says. “When these celebrities are in their private zones, there’s something about the lateness of the hour and the hum of they could see that I was legitimate because I could talk to them about the highway and they open up to me and they give me their most sacred their latest records and about songs they recorded 15 years before. I sentiments.” was into the country music statistics the way sportswriters are about He composes in their voices but ultimately they “have creative baseball and football statistics.” control. Sometimes I write something that they don’t like and they take Carter’s distinct voice – Upper Midwest meets the South – becomes it out. Sometimes I nail it and they leave it.” lyrical when discussing his blue-collar parents’ trek from agrarian And when the book is finished, “there’s a spirit of satisfaction that’s southern Illinois to the industrial northern part of the state. “They took their music with them,” the 1965 Rock Island High School unlike anything vocationally that I’ve ever done.” BRIAN WILSON graduate says. “I grew up with country music. I was obsessed with it.” Shortly after leaving the World over differences with management, Carter got a call from Milsap, who needed help on his autobiography and rememONLINE EXCLUSIVE Full bibliography and extended interview @ OKmag.com bered how he liked what Carter had writ-

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COSS WORKS IN FREE FORM WITH THE WOOD HE CARVES. PHOTOS BY MARC RAINS

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A local artist transforms nature to art.

hroughout the Tulsa area, wooden sculptures appear to emerge from tree stumps. In parks, on private lawns and inside local businesses, the artistry of local sculptor Clayton Coss decorates and enriches the city, which he aptly labels as “a great urban forest” on his website, chainsawartistry.com, What Coss means by this is that each sculpture he makes is personal and memorable to him. Coss has been carving sculptures out of wood with a chainsaw for nearly 32 years. He remembers every sculpture, from his first bear created in the Berryhill area to his more recent decorative pieces at the restaurant Roka. Coss was introduced to the art form at the age of 25 when his father hosted a chainsaw carving contest at the family’s hardware store in Claremore in conjunction with the Will Rogers Day festival in 1984. “Chainsaw carving wasn’t popular at that

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time in Oklahoma,” Coss says. “In fact, it was unheard of in most of the United States.” When he saw the other artists carving, he showed an interest in the craft, and Coss’s father encouraged him to enter the contest the following year. That contest, which Coss says was much larger than the one held the year before, was his first attempt at carving. The craft of chainsaw carving became a career for Coss after he presented some of his sculptures at a booth at the Tulsa Lawn and Garden Show in 1986. The booth was part of his father’s hardware store venue there, and Coss quickly garnered notoriety once his work was seen publicly for the first time. He had some experience in cutting wood with a chainsaw, but through watching others and picking up advice from more experienced carvers, he began to develop his own style with increasing deftness. Coss says that he possessed an engineering perspective when he first began to carve; he started by plotting cuts in the wood meticulously with very

little flexibility in the process. While this procedure produced fine work, Coss is now able to work in free form with the wood he carves. He starts the process with an idea of what the patron wants, an idea of what he wants, and then he listens to “what the tree has to say” as he works. Because of this, his approach to sculpture is not so different from that of stone sculptors like Michelangelo, who felt that he was responsible for setting pre-created shapes free from the marble that he carved. “You can get so much more life that way,” Coss says of this approach. Because he has created such a wide array of beautiful work, Coss doesn’t have a favorite sculpture. Although he once chose one or two pieces per year as his best work, he now finds the most memorable carvings to be those with the most endearing stories attached to them. Coss has created sculptures for families who have lost children, for example, and those experiences, and the sculptures attached to them, stick with him the most. BRANDI GENTRY

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Murrell Stands Tall

The state’s only antebellum plantation mansion reflects the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee relocation and the Civil War.

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he Trail of Tears, which included the relocation of the Cherokee people from the southeastern United States to Indian Territory, devastated this noble people. But the way the Cherokee rebuilt their nation in Indian Territory is a testament to their resilience, strength and pride. And the Murrell Home in Park Hill, near Tahlequah, stands as an example of this reconstruction. “George Murrell was a white man who moved to Tennessee to get into the mercantile trade,” says Jennifer Frazee, historical interpreter at the George M. Murrell Home. Murrell began his close association with the Cherokee people in Tennessee, where he came into contact, possibly through business dealings, with one of the most powerful families in the nation – Chief John Ross and his brother Lewis Ross, treasurer of the Cherokee Nation. After Murrell fell in love with and married Lewis Ross’s daughter, Minerva, his association with the tribe cemented further. Then came the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Trail of Tears. For unclear reasons, but possibly due to the closeknit nature of the Ross family, Murrell accompanied his wife’s family on this trek, Frazee says. “[Murrell] also was said to have aided Lewis and John Ross in supplying provisions for the Cherokee on the removal,” she says. In Indian Territory, the Murrells lived on a plantation they built in Park Hill and named it Hunter’s Home. George Murrell established at least one general store in the community, but eventually moved it five miles north to Tahlequah, where the business expanded. The Cherokee also worked hard to overcome the devastation of relocation. “They re-established their government, schools and communities and did such an excellent job that this area became known as the Athens of Indian Territory,” Frazee says. Yet challenges remained for the Murrells. Minerva Ross died during this time and George Murrell married her sister, Amanda. Next came the Civil War, which brought many changes. The Murrells moved away and left Hunter’s Home in the care of Ross family relatives. The home was raided several times by both Union and Confederate soldiers and briefly housed many war refugees. “It was terribly dangerous in the Cherokee Nation during the war as old animosities from the removal era rose back up, and there was a lot of guerrilla warfare (rather than large pitched field battles), which caused an extreme amount of damage to humans, animals and property alike,” Frazee says. The Murrells visited their home in Park Hill after the

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war, but never lived there again. Hunter’s Home, or the George M. Murrell Home as it is known today, remains the only antebellum plantation mansion in Oklahoma. Any others were removed or destroyed during the Civil War, according to Frazee. The Murrell Home is well-preserved and open for tours. Visitors to the mansion during the living history demonstrations can take part in a traditional 19th-century activities such as sewing, gardening and planting, or games. In the fall, during the Antique Agricultural Festival, participants can learn and observe all the work that went into making a plantation ready for winter. “[Visitors] are truly able to take a step back into time and see, and sometimes participate in, what everyday activity looked like in the 19th century,” Frazee says. BONNIE RUCKER


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Guns Blazing Oklahoma-based RISE Armament is a leader in the outdoor and sporting industry with its innovations in firearms.

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ucked in a small Broken Arrow industrial area in a nondescript building sits the state’s largest gun manufacturer. Founded in 2012, RISE Armament has made a name for itself throughout the country and even internationally. Its flagship product, the RA-535 drop-in trigger, is regarded as one of the industry’s best. And its hunting rifles receive top rankings, outscoring legacy brands like Weatherby in an Outdoor Life magazine test. RISE Armament began by designing and manufacturing AR-15 rifle parts, such as triggers, compensators, barrels and other accuracy-enhancing upgrades. From there, the company created its own lines of complete rifles. Today, the RISE ArmaRISE’S RIFLES ARE INTENDED FOR HUNTING, TARGET SHOOTING AND TACTICAL APPLICATIONS.

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MATT TORRES SAYS RISE ARMAMENT FOCUSES ON THE CUSTOMER’S EXPERIENCE.

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ment brand includes more than 20 gun parts and 12 rifle models, and new products are always in the works. RISE also does whitelabel and contract manufacturing for other gun companies. “Any time we’re conceptualizing a new product, we ask ourselves, ‘What’s our customer going to like about this? How does it help them? How does it make them better?’” says Matt Torres, president of RISE Armament. “Then we use our innovation to overcome the challenge and arrive at a great solution. If it doesn’t provide enough value to customers, we don’t do it.” He describes the company as an ultratalented team with a foundation of family values. “If you have any interaction with us, whether as a vendor or customer or just meet us in the community, we like to think that we’re different in that we’re approachable,” Torres says. “We stand by our principles and follow the Golden Rule. You’ll see that everywhere, from our customer service and sales teams to the effort we put in machining each compensator or barrel.” RISE Armament’s rifles and products are intended for hunting, competition and target shooting, and tactical applications like law enforcement. “We believe they’re the rifles of the future in the realm of hunting,” Torres

says. “They’re just as accurate if not more. They’re lighter, faster, and you can stay on target in case you don’t hit your first shot. And that doesn’t just apply to deer hunting. Varmints and invasive species like coyotes and hogs are a big problem, and lots of people like to hunt them with our rifles.” RISE Armament’s products are esteemed in part for their quality and accuracy. “I think we’ve pushed the industry,” Torres says. “We innovated some new ways, unique ways of manufacturing our components, which allows us to bring better products to the market at a better value. Our product design is pushing the limits. Overall, I like to think we’re pushing the industry with our stubborn refusal to compromise on quality, design, manufacturing, anything.” But it’s the employees who really set the company apart, he adds. “Our team is the reason we have the high quality we have, the reason behind the consistency of our products,” Torres says. “Everything from how we machine and assemble the products to the fine details like the coating and retail packaging – none of it happens without the team. “Overall, we’re just trying to make the best products possible, help out the community while we do it, and bring some value to the outdoor and sporting industry.” HOLDEN GRAY


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entirety of the continental United States. While Oklahoma hough we may be fortunate enough to is not in the direct path of the eclipse, we will still catch a gaze upon the beauty of the moon nearly glimpse of this astronomical event. every night, there are moments in history “The state of Oklahoma will experience approximately when the sky takes on a new life. These 87 percent obscuration at approximately 1:07 p.m. on flashes in time are known as eclipses. August 21st,” says Lindsey Thomas, communications While partial solar eclipses happen roughly two to director for the Oklahoma Science Museum. Residents five times a year, we are lucky enough to experience the of Oklahoma can expect to see a change in visibility and magic of a total solar eclipse in August. This occurrence light, as well as a sudden decrease in temperature. has not happened in the continental United States since While it is possible to enjoy the magic from your own February 1979. On August 21, an astrological event that backyard, the Oklahoma Science Museum also offers a many have dubbed “The Great American Solar Eclipse” few tips for safe eclipse viewing. It is highly recommendwill occur. For a few brief moments, the disk of the ed that you view the eclipse through a lens that protects moon will completely cover the disk of the sun; during the eyes from infrared and ultraviolet rays, as it is just as this transitory period, the moon will become cloaked in damaging to the eyes as the sun is on a normal day. The a vibrant crimson hue. museum recommends The total solar that you pick up a eclipse will darken Although eclipse glasses, which can be pair of eclipse glasses skies all the way found online and in stores like Walmart, are fairly inexpensive and the best if you plan on viewfrom Oregon to South way to view the event, a creative way to enjoy it is to make a pinhole projector. ing the event. Carolina along a A pinhole projector can be constructed at home and requires only a few very The Great Ameristretch of land about basic materials: two sheets of paper and a pin or thumbtack. Start the project can Solar Eclipse is 2,500 miles long by taking a sheet of paper and punching a tiny hole in the center of the page an anomaly that is too and 70 miles wide, with a thumbtack or pin. Then hold the paper up to the sun and let the sunstellar to be overmaking this the fi rst THE SOLAR ECLIPSE ON AUG. light come through the hole. Position the first sheet of paper over the second looked and is, in eveclipse in nearly 100 21 WILL BE THE FIRST IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1979. untouched sheet, with the sunlight shining through the hole and shining onto ery sense of the word, years to traverse the the second piece of paper. As the eclipse approaches you will be able to see out of this world. ONLINE Projector guide @ OKmag.com an inverted silhouette of the moon crossing over the light of the sun. GAGE FRONCZAK

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Luigi Balletto croons Sinatra standards for seniors.

LUIGI BALLETTO, ONCE A STAPLE AT THE RED LION CLUB IN THE CAMELOT HOTEL, CONTINUES TO PLAY UP TO 40 SHOWS A MONTH. PHOTO BY MARC RAINS

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f he and his longtime musical partner Joey Harlan had just gotten a good break or two, had been at the right place at the right time, Luigi Balletto believes “we would’ve been the biggest thing you ever heard of.” Looking back, he’s glad they weren’t. “I have an addictive personality, like a lot of people,” the veteran vocalist says. “If I had made it big while Joey and I were together – and we were good enough to make the big time – I would’ve gotten involved with the wrong kind of people and drugs and booze. I would be dead. I

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know that. And I’m just so grateful that I’m alive.” Not only is he alive; he’s also working more than ever. In a time when many area musicians have to hustle just to find a decent weekend gig, Luigi – who recently celebrated his 80th birthday – plays 30-40 dates a month. And while he has a regular engagement at the Tulsa Elks Lodge that begins at dinnertime and goes three-and-a-half hours straight, most of his appearances clock in around an hour, not counting 30 minutes each for set-up and tear-down. Some are morning shows, some afternoon, some early evening. Many are on Saturdays and Sundays. And most of them take place in retirement and assisted-living centers and nursing homes, where audience members tend to be in the neighborhood of Luigi’s age bracket, sharing knowledge of the music he performs. “They know all the songs,” he says. “They know the Broadway stuff. I mean, I don’t do anything rinky-dink. I do a Vegas show for them. I do Sinatra. One show I did not too long ago, I did Sinatra, had the Sinatra hat. I did Dean Martin. And I got a wig and did Willie Nelson.” He laughs. “Some people just go up and sing. I give them a performance.” Luigi has performed for some 70 years, beginning in his native Toronto, where he first got paid for singing when he was 10 years old. Five years later, he remembers, “I sang with the biggest band in Canada, Leo Romanelli’s band. And then I went on the road. I came to the States with a group, but we only lasted a year. That was in ’55. In ’57, I met Joey. He and I were with the same agency. “I played drums. He was a concert pianist. He sang like Nat King Cole. I did Sinatra. He was a voice person – he directed quartets, barbershop quartets and studied music in college. But he was very shy. We made it because what he gave me musically on the keyboard I gave back personality-wise.” As Joey & Luigi, the two “played everywhere – I mean, we played Ishpeming, Michigan,” Luigi says with another laugh. “Then, in 1963, we’re in Joplin, Missouri, at Mickey Mantle’s Holiday Inn, and in comes John Hoyt from Hoyt Oil Company and Dr. [Tom] Burris, who was a big-time dentist in Bartlesville. They had bought the lease to the Red Lion Room, which was going to be in the Camelot Hotel, then being built in Tulsa. They were looking for somebody to open it up. They’d heard about us, so they came in, saw us, and we signed a contract for a year and a half.” Neither performer had played, or even visited, Tulsa, but once they got to town Joey & Luigi became staples of the live entertainment scene, playing regularly at the Red Lion Club for the next decade as well as appearing in many other local and regional venues. “Then Joey, who’s nine years older than me, retired and went to Florida,” Luigi recalls. “He bought some property there and made millions. He’s 89 and still directs the choir at his Unitarian Church.” Meanwhile, back in the Tulsa area, Luigi continued as a single, eventually getting involved in the ownership and management end of the nightclub business in addition to performing. It wasn’t always easy, and by the 1990s, by his own admission, Luigi was “in real bad shape.” “I didn’t think I would live past 60, with the booze


and the other bad things,” he says. “I had lost my voice. Then one night the Lord came to me in my sleep and said, ‘I’ll give you one more chance.’ I quit drinking and smoking the next day. My whole life changed.” It changed again a decade ago, when he received a call from Montereau, a Tulsa retirement community. “This lady says, ‘Luigi, I’ve never heard of you, but the residents remember you from the Camelot, the Red Lion Room. They’ve been asking me if you’d be willing to come down and do a show. What’s your price?’” He told her and, not long afterwards, Luigi played his first retirement-home gig.

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“I take that microphone, and I go right to them, and they look at me like they’re 25-year-old bobby-soxers and I’m Frank Sinatra.” “I had my really big equipment back then, my big 50-pound speakers, and after taking all that down there I said, ‘I really can’t do this anymore,’” he says. “But then, when I was there, I saw this karaoke machine. I asked the guy who had it what it was, and he showed me, and I said, ‘I could do that.’ So I went out and got one.” Since then, he’s amassed a collection of thousands of backing tracks on CD, making it relatively easy for him to tailor shows to specific audiences. Montereau asked him back – he continues to play there regularly – and word got out to other homes and senior-living centers about how suited Luigi was for their entertainment needs. The phone kept ringing, and, for the first time in a long life of entertaining people, he didn’t have to go out and beat the bushes for jobs. A decade later, they’re still coming, and he’s loving the situation – for a couple of reasons. “First, I’m singing better now than I did when I was 20, 30, 40 or 50,” he says. “I love to get out there and sing ‘Come Fly With Me’ and hear an 80-year-old voice that’s right on. But the best thing about it is seeing the people’s faces and hearing their applause. I take that microphone, and I go right to them, and they look at me like they’re 25-year-old bobby-soxers and I’m Frank Sinatra.” These engagements testify not only to the way music can melt years away, but also to its healing properties. Luigi has stories of playing Alzheimer’s units in front of people who haven’t moved for months, and seeing some of those same patients tap their feet and even sing along. His best story, however, involves a woman in a center who became one of Luigi’s biggest fans, inevitably requesting he sing the pop standard “Just A Gigolo.” One day, her daughter, a retired nurse, called him. “She said, ‘Mother’s had a stroke, and I had to bring her to my house. She has three days to live. She’s on hospice care, no water, no food. As far as we’re concerned, she’s gone. Would you come over and say goodbye to her?’” When Luigi arrived, he found the woman’s other children gathered there, in from all across the country. “She was lying in a bed in the dining room,” says Luigi, his voice cracking for a moment. “I go over, kiss her on the cheek, say, ‘Baby, this is for you,’ and I start singing ‘Just A Gigolo.’ Her eyes pop open – and she sits up. Then, she looks around the room and says, ‘Kids, what are you doing here?’” That was two years ago, and the woman is not only still with us, but also still loves hearing Luigi cut loose with “Just A Gigolo.” “In fact,” he says, “I just sang it for her today.”

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ummertime reaps a wide array of colorful and fresh seasonal fruits. From succulent strawberries to bountiful blackberries, the warmer weather broadens the scope of sweet treats available in the state.

If you’re craving dessert but want to resist the temptation of high sugar products, summer fruits can provide you with ample alternatives. Homemade fruit sorbets, tarts, kebabs and popsicles offer easy DIY options with minimal ingredients, meaning a healthy and cheap option without much

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The Art of the Boom More work goes into the creation of a fireworks show than many realize.

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ear after year, Oklahomans flock to public parks, lakes and city centers to ooh and aah at extravagant fireworks shows. As the day of celebration comes to a close, the nighttime sky beckons families to take part in this most American of traditions, a booming physical representation of the poetic words of our national anthem. Each family has a favorite to visit, yet most have little knowledge of the work that goes into creating these elaborate shows. “The amount of work is pretty shocking to many people,” says Aaron Mayfield, owner of A.M. Pyrotechnics, producers of the annual Duck Creek Fireworks at Grand Lake. Not much has changed on the surface of fireworks over the years in terms of what a spectator experiences. Sure, there are brighter colors and new, fun designs to look out for each year, but the biggest advances have been in areas not often seen by the public. “When my dad started in 1964, he hand lit everything,” says Tiffany Russell, owner of Imperial Fireworks. Now shows can be synchronized to music and controlled by computer-prompted firing systems, allowing for the everimproving, heart-racing finales. Mayfield is one of a few fireworks manufacturers in the United States, and he begins preparations for the Duck Creek show more than a year in advance. “Seventy-five to 80 percent of the fireworks in the show are handmade,” Mayfield explains. “People joke with me, saying it must be nice to work one time a year, but we work

“Pyrotechnics is a dying art form in this country.”

A.M. PYROTECHNICS WILL BEGIN PREPARING FOR A MAJOR DISPLAY MORE THAN A YEAR IN ADVANCE.

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40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year to pull together these large firework shows.” Russell would agree that putting on a large scale show is labor intensive. “Hours and hours of labor go into creating and preparing our shows,” says Russell. “It’s an all-day operation on the day of a show.” Many in the industry have been impacted by new regulations put into place following Sept. 11, 2001. Increased security precautions have made doing business expensive, says Russell. “A lot of rules have changed since 9/11 in what it takes to run a business and stay in business,” shares Russell. “There is a lot of added expense.” “There are only about six or seven manufacturers in the U.S.,” says Mayfield. “Pyrotechnics is a dying art form in this country.” Most firework retailers now import their products, which is true for Imperial Fireworks. Russell begins purchasing months in advance, in preparation for their busiest time of the year. Yet, even with the challenges, Russell and Mayfield continue to put on crowd-pleasing shows every year. Russell organizes shows for the Tulsa Drillers and Tulsa Roughnecks as well as events in Skiatook, Sand Springs, Muskogee and other Oklahoma towns. Mayfield is responsible for firework displays in New York City and San Diego in addition to the Duck Creek Fireworks show. According to Joe Harwood, fundraising organizer for Duck Creek’s event and owner of Arrowhead and Cherokee Yacht Club and Marina, Duck Creek is the largest display in Oklahoma in terms of money spent. It is also the only show A.M. Pyrotechnics produces in Oklahoma. “The new effect to look for this year in the Duck Creek show is a large golden waterfall towards the final finale,” Mayfield says. (Yes, there will be more than one finale.) “It will be massive, spreading from the ground up to about 1,000 feet for about 45 seconds.” So while you are anxiously awaiting your favorite show to begin this year, you now have something to ponder: just how much work went into each sparkling boom. Happy Birthday, America! LINDSAY CUOMO


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illiam Duncan, a transplanted Scot, may have anticipated the real-estate mantra, “Location, location, location,” when he established a trading post at a key crossroads in 1879. Duncan, the man, took advantage of the north-south Chisholm Trail and the eastwest supply road between Forts Arbuckle and Sill. Duncan, the city, is taking advantage of this year’s sesquicentennial of the Chisholm Trail with numerous events. From 1867 to 1887, between Brownsville, Texas, and Abilene, Kansas, drovers herded 6 to 9 million cattle on the Chisholm Trail. Seizing another opportunity, William Duncan and his wife, Sally, a member of the Chickasaw tribe, claimed 500 acres of tribal land after they learned that Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway would build a line. When that happened in 1892, Duncan officially incorporated, although the Duncans had founded the community’s post office eight years earlier. The city has gone through economic ups and downs because of the oil/natural gas industry. For instance, the high school mascot in the booming early 20th century was the Oiler, but, during a bust in 1923, Duncan High School threw out that moniker. Someone suggested Demons and “school of-

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ficials became smitten with that nickname,” athletic director Craig Benson says. (It won out over the Tanners, Scalpers and Panthers, the Duncan Banner reported in 1988.) During another oil heyday, “the early 1980s, Duncan had more millionaires per capita than any other U.S. city,” says Loisdawn Jones, director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, adding that Duncan, “one of the original Oklahoma Main Street cities, has a vibrant downtown with eclectic boutique shops and unique restaurants that foodies can find as a destination.” Jones, too, stresses the importance of the historic cattle route. The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is one of the 10 best Western museums in the country and has been recognized by the Oklahoma tourism industry numerous times with its Red Bud Award, most recently in 2016. Stacy Cramer Moore, the center’s executive director, says July 22, the National Day of the Cowboy, will draw more than 1,000 people to its festivities, featuring singer Allen Wooten and his band, Cowboys at Heart, and discussions with Western children’s authors Kelly Poland and Stella Dutton. The next day, the Michael Lesser Trio, out of New York City, will perform at 2:30 p.m. in the Simmons Center with songs about the old West, including some from the musical Oklahoma. BRIAN WILSON

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ood safety concerns us all, and summer means backyard barbecues and family picnics. Grilling and eating in the great outdoors are fun, but also the perfect environment to invite foodborne illnesses.

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Debbie Watts, with Tulsa Health Department’s Food Protection Services, says one of the most common food safety mistakes is cross-contamination. “A person may be handling raw meat, making burgers, and then begin to slice tomatoes or lettuce with-

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FOOD POISONING SYMPTOMS Dr. Charles David Murr, an emergency medicine physician Campylobacter, with St. John Health System, explains that symptoms of food poisoning can be similar to the typical stomach bug … with some key additions. “Nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramping, and fever are all potential symptoms,” he says. “However, certain causes of food poisoning could cause more severe symptoms, including higher fever or bloody diarrhea.” Murr says most causes of food poisoning are self-limited, meaning no specific treatment is needed other than supportive care. Maintaining hydration, electrolyte replacement fluids and general rest are usually sufficient. Most cases resolve in one to two days, but some last up to 10 days. “Food poisoning is a very broad characterization of gastrointestinal illness,” Murr says. “Many people often think of it in terms of bacterial infections. But there are many other viral (e.g., hepatitis A [and] norovirus) and parasitic (e.g., trichinella [and] toxoplasma) causes as well. The vast majority of cases resolve on their own, and as such people may discount the potential for severity of foodborne illnesses. “But there are rare complications that can occur.

She says people simply forget to wash their hands and often scratch itchy skin, rub their noses or grab their cell phones, then go back to fixing dinner. Another common mistake is leaving food sitting out too long. “Foods such as potato salad, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs and even fruit like cantaloupe can grow bacteria very rapidly when the temperature rises above 70 degrees,” Watts says. “People often don’t keep their food iced down or in coolers or track how long the food has been out. “It’s also important to have screens, nets or lids over the food. We’ve all had flies buzzing around our outdoor picnics, and they carry bacteria on their legs and bodies and spread bacteria as they crawl across our tables and food.” Karen Massey, a dietitian and community education coordinator with INTEGRIS Health, says another frequent mistake is improper chilling. It takes hours for the temperature at the center of a large container to drop to less than 40 degrees after it’s put in the refrigerator. Her solution is to divide leftovers into smaller containers and bags to reduce surface areas. She also shares a few relatively new recommendations.

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for instance, can lead to Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare paralysis. Toxoplasma infection contracted during pregnancy can have significant effects on the baby. And certain strains of E. coli can cause significant problems, including hemolytic-uremic syndrome. “It is important to realize that these complications are generally very uncommon, but should symptoms persist [or] worsen, or other concerning symptoms appear, then one should seek medical care.”

“First, do not wash poultry before placing it in the baking dish,” she says. “There is no need. Transfer raw meat directly to the baking dish, skillet or grill. Second, when you purchase raw meats at the grocery store, use the plastic bags provided at the meat counter, then use hand sanitizer. Recent studies confirm that using the second wrap does prevent transferring germs like salmonella and campylobacter to other items in your cart. “Third, use a thermometer year-round, not just on Thanksgiving. This goes for reheating in the microwave, too. It’s easier to remember if you keep your thermometer in a convenient, visible spot. Whole meats need to reach 145 degrees, ground meat 160 degrees and poultry 165 degrees.” Massey says people often struggle to follow safety rules because they feel guilty about throwing food away. “It really comes down to a risk versus benefit dialogue,” she says. “Yes, it is wasteful to toss a pan of wonderful potato salad because you know it was left on the picnic table all afternoon. But foodborne illness is serious. For those with weakened immune systems, it can be deadly. Even if you survive the acute illness, foodborne illness can have long-lasting consequences.” REBECCA FAST

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eople love Roma, the city of fountains (more than 2,000), for its history, architecture, glamour and location. Italy is a great jumping-off point to see other countries because it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. Rome is laid out for pedestrians. You can get around by map and marvel at the way the streets were built around landmarks. Antiquity and modernity merge. Private tour guides can transport you in vans or cars, or you can walk on your own. “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” but if you’re on a whirlwind visit, you can tour it in seven dedicated hours.

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Start the morning exploring the treasures of Vatican City, the world’s smallest independent country. The Sistine Chapel is in the Apostolic Palace. Proceed to the Papal Basilica of St. Peter to enjoy art in the largest cathedral in the world. Afterward, walk about 2,200 yards to the Pantheon, full of history and significance. In the afternoon, explore the ancient republic and empire. Stroll by the Piazza Barberini to gaze upon the Triton Fountain, then head to the Piazza Venezia. The Forum, the Senate House, basilicas and temples of major gods are in the Imperial City center. Walk down the Via Sacra by the Arch of Titus to visit the Colosseum and the ruins of the Arch of Constantine the Great. The last stop is the fifthcentury Christian Basilica of St. Peter in Chains and Michaelangelo’s famous statue of Moses. On either leg of the day’s tour, be sure to walk the Villa Borghese gardens and the Spanish Steps (site of a famous scene with Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday). Rome leaves its imprint on every tourist because of its cuisine, culture, ancient wonders, shopping … and images of gracious concierges and customer-service clerks in three-piece suits in the middle of summer. GINA MICHALOPULOS KINGSLEY

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One frequently hears, “Prego, Signora” or “Prego, Signor,” because customer service is impeccable. It’s no wonder Rome and Italy are among the most-visited places in the world for tourists.

Rome is one of the world’s most photogenic cities because its antiquity and cosmopolitan features blend together.

At chic boutiques, where salespeople are as stylish as the mannequins, you will surely find something to wear back home to remember your time in Roma.

For nightlife, you can sit at a curbside cafe, drink limoncello and enjoy the view of the Colosseum up close.

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The “format” is impressive because the street grid is better than in other metropolises. Rome is walkable and seems cleaner and less polluted than other European capitals.

Cappucino provides the perfect refreshment after hitting the pavement to tour all the monuments and cathedrals. A coffee-inspired card game, using the pack in your tote bag, is a great way to people-watch and absorb the city life.


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Artist Local artists are the cornerstone of culture in our state. P.S. Gordon, a New American Realism painter, has found national success with his art. Utilizing different forms of media on her canvas, Cynthia Brown is another beloved Tulsa art icon. Wendeline Matson combines modern culture and childhood nostalgia for a unique artistic style. OKC artists like Stephanie Brudzinski convey words of hope in her art, with natural, spiritual and peaceful themes. Ryan Cunningham embodies the spirit of the modern West, and Desmond Mason traded in his NBA jersey for the canvas with his original multimedia artworks.

Charity Event Philanthropy events combine charity and revelry and showcase the giving spirit of Oklahomans.

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Tulsans voted the Philbrook Wine Experience, which benefits Philbrook Museum, to the top; this biennial fundraising weekend has become one of the top 10 wine events in the country. Many enjoy the Red Ribbon Gala, benefiting Tulsa CARES; the event is all about rejecting the stigma that surrounds an HIV/AIDS diagnosis and instead focusing on prevention and education. Carnivale, benefiting Mental Health Association Oklahoma, includes fine dining and dancing to help raise money for MHAO’s many programs. The arts are ever-important in Oklahoma, and the Renaissance Ball, benefiting the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, helps to raise funds for new programs and exhibitions. Another art event is the 12x12 Art Fundraiser, benefiting the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, which helps artists realize their potential through education, exposure and funding. Lastly, Red Tie Night, benefiting Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund, works to raise awareness of and education about HIV/ AIDS.

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V’s in south Tulsa receives high marks for his culinary mastery. Justin Thompson, who helms the ship at Juniper, Prhyme, Tavolo and other area restaurants with Justin Thompson Restaurants, has established himself as a powerhouse in the Tulsa restaurant scene. Trevor Tack of the McNellie’s Group has taken on and succeeded at leading one of Oklahoma’s most beloved restaurant groups. Patrick Williams utilizes local and fresh ingredients at Vast. Bruce Rinehart of Rococo serves up East Coast cuisine with a smile, and Brittany Sanger leads the charge at The Jones Assembly.

CEO A business is only as great as the CEO who leads it. Jake Henry Jr. of Saint Francis Health System has championed his employees for 15 years and continues the legacy of excellence at Saint Francis. There are only superlatives to describe the leadership style of Chet Cadieux of QuikTrip, and Phil Albert of Pelco Structural LLC combines reliability and strong leadership to inspire employees. Paula Marshall of The Bama Companies leads by example and curates a culture of positivity. In OKC, Bill Cameron of American Fidelity Assurance and First Fidelity Bank strives to improve and enhance client and employee relationships every day. Robert A. Funk of Express Employment Professionals creates a stable and encouraging work environment for his employees, and Clay Bennett of Dorchester Capital Corporation and the Professional Basketball Club LLC, the ownership ground of the Thunder, has contributed greatly to the OKC community over the years.

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coming into work the best part of the day. Cherokee Nation Businesses invest in their citizens and give back to the community in numerous ways, and the Saint Francis Health System keeps its employees happy and well-prepared. The Williams Companies believes every voice counts, no matter your rank. Manhattan Construction Co. encourages collaboration and innovation, and ONEOK manages to make every employee feel appreciated in a massive work environment. In OKC, the Chickasaw Nation puts faith and responsibility into the hands of its employees and citizens. There are also no complaints about the well-oiled companies of American Fidelity Assurance Co. and MidFirst Bank.

Local Band Local bands showcase the immense artistic talent in the state. The Fabulous Mid Life Crisis Band has become one of the most popular bands in Oklahoma since 1995, jamming out with classic rock and easy listening. Lovers of “MMMBop” rejoice; Hanson is voted one of Tulsa’s favorite bands. The Paul Benjaman Band combines rock, jazz, funk, bebop and swing for an electric listening experience. OKC proudly boasts the legendary band The Flaming Lips as a top local favorite, along with Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road, who produces an eclectic sound that the band describes as “heartland acoustic.” Finally, The Groove Merchants have won over the OKC

Local landmarks become symbols of a town’s culture and vitality. The Tulsa Golden Driller stands tall in the heart of the city and has become an iconic subject of clothing and art for local vendors. The Center of the Universe attracts residents to relax and enjoy a quirky local landmark, and the Blue Whale of Catoosa has a rich history and passionate following. In the heart of OKC is the Devon Energy Center, standing tall over the city and housing numerous businesses. The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum honors those lost during the 1995 bombings. The Bricktown District is the perfect destination for food, shopping and relaxation.

Local Park It’s often a good choice to disconnect from the outside world and enjoy an afternoon at the park. Tulsa’s Woodward Park boasts 45 acres plus a botanical garden and arboretum. Guthrie Green’s sprawling lawn and pavil-

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Local Radio Personality Whether on the commute to or from work, the right radio personality can turn your day around. Wake up with Lindsey Bauer on MIX 96.5 KRAV, whose bubbly personality and hilarious commentary will start your day off right, or settle in with Dan Potter of NEWS 102.3 KRMG, who keeps you updated on the latest local news. And for all things sports, turn to The Morning Animals at 97.1 KYAL. OKC listeners tune in to Jeff Roberts on Magic 104.1 KMGL for his quirky personality, great tunes and sports talk. Chris Plank at 99.3 KREF also has the latest sports commentary and never fails to keep it real, while others listen in to Jack and Ron of 96.9 KQOB, a popular duo in the radio business for over 20 years. Bobby Bones of 101.9 KTST Twister serves up hilarious antics and killer tunes with his group of radio personality pals.

Local TV Personality You need a familiar, trustworthy face delivering your news every day. Karen Larsen at KJRH, Channel 2 is an awardwinning journalist and Tulsa’s top pick for a local TV personality. Chera Kimiko, also at KJRH, Channel 2, has become a familiar and beloved personality in Tulsa journalism, and voters trust her for accurate and entertaining content. Craig Day at KOTV, Channel 6 delivers you accurate and up-to-date news at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily. Paul Folger has been with KOCO, Channel 5 for nearly 10 years and keeps residents in the know during the evening news. Linda Cavanaugh at KFOR, Channel 4 was the first female co-anchor of the evening newscasts at her station and has won numerous awards for her work. Emily Sutton, another KFOR, Channel 4 employee, is a prized member of the station’s 4Warn Storm Team and keeps residents aware of time-sensitive weather information.

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Meteorologist In a state as weather-fickle as Oklahoma, the local meteorologists have a challenging job. Tulsa’s favorite is Travis Meyer at KOTV, Channel 6, who’s been in the game for over 30 years and established himself as a reliable source. Brett Anthony at KJRH, Channel 2 is a face to trust when severe weather strikes, as is Mike Collier, who also works at KJRH, Channel 2. OKC residents look to David Payne at KWTV, Channel 9, who’s been advising the masses for over a decade. Jonathan Conder at KOCO, Channel 5 has the readers’ trust and votes in OKC, as well, and others rely upon the reports of Mike Morgan at KFOR, Channel 4.

Performing Arts Organization Performing arts organizations bring art and culture into a city, entertaining all who attend. Celebrity Attractions is Tulsa’s premier presenter and producer of national touring shows, bringing in Broadway hits like The Little Mermaid and, in 2018, Hamilton. Tulsa Ballet is one of the nation’s most revered ballet companies, with artists flocking from across the world to join the elite ranks. The Tulsa Performing Arts Center is the

heart of Tulsa’s entertainment, and the Tulsa Opera is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected opera companies. OKC residents adore the Oklahoma City Philharmonic for their skilled performances from world-class professionals. The Oklahoma City Ballet never fails to impress with their impeccable choreography, costumes and technique. Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma is constantly producing and creating exciting shows for OKC residents.

Small Town Oklahoma is teeming with small town gems waiting to be explored. Jenks offers up quaint shopping options, plus the RiverWalk Crossing and the Oklahoma Aquarium. Voters choose Owasso for its historical museum and plethora of entertainment and dining options, and Bixby has seen a substantial population growth in recent years with new entertainment options popping up constantly. OKC voters love to take trips to Yukon with its outdoor activities, especially the Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival every June. Guthrie boasts fascinating architecture, and its Historic District has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. The littleknown Byng is a small but mighty powerhouse and a perfect small city to explore.


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HOME Architect, Residential Architects transform home dreams into realities, but you should only trust the highest rated designers to draw up your new dwelling space. In Tulsa, Jack Arnold combines the elegance of times past with the modern styles popular today, and John Duvall of Duvall Architects listens carefully to the wants and needs of clients. Brian Freese of Freese Architecture has a sharp eye for every detail, and Michael R. Dankbar of

Unique Residential Design brings an oldworld, European vibe to his distinct homes. In OKC, Rand Elliott of Elliott + Associates Architects takes a minimalist, clean approach to his homes. Mixing the beautiful and the functional, the team at Fitzsimmons Architects collaborates to create stellar homes, and Sam Gresham of Sam Gresham Architect creates diverse, affordable housing for people across the Midwest.

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KKT Architects Inc. has a heavy stake in Tulsa’s architecture, with projects like the Guthrie Green pavilion and Fly Loft. The team members at MATRIX Architects Engineers Planners collaborated on the BOK Center and Tulsa Convention Center. And don’t forget about Selser Schaefer Architects, who honor the past and future of Tulsa; team members completed the TCC Center for Creativity and Tulsa Ballet’s Hardesty Center for Dance Education. HSEarchitects in Oklahoma City is a small yet mighty architectural powerhouse of talent. If you’re looking to retain creative control, D5 Architecture puts the client in the driver’s seat, and you can thank TAP Architecture for the historical preservation of buildings like the Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

Bathroom Fixtures Great fixtures can turn a bathroom from blah to beautiful. Heatwave Supply and Showroom carries a plethora of brands and models in its 6,000 square foot showroom, and Hoffman Fixtures Co. can provide you everything from counter tops to shower doors. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery was a top reader pick in Tulsa and OKC and combines friendly staff with a wide selection of products. Expressions Home Gallery in OKC, formerly Morrison Supply Company, mixes luxury and functionality for the perfect bathroom. And for unique and custom fixtures, visit Designer Hardware by Faye.

Cabinetry The right cabinet can completely transform a room. Mill Creek Lumber has you covered for custom cabinets, plus doors and moldings. Jay Rambo Co.’s clean and sleek designs are perfect for the modern home, and Sullivan’s Custom Cabinetry has been a reliable Tulsa go-to since 1980. Northwest Building Supply in OKC is all about the customer’s satisfaction, and Cooper Cabinet Systems has cabinet options for a variety of homes or businesses. You can also head to Monticello Cabinets and Doors for classic, timeless cabinets that will never go out of style.


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Designer Home Furnishings Richard Neel Interiors has oneof-a-kind products for every room in your home. Head to SR Hughes for funky yet functional deco, or visit Hawley Design Furnishings for unique pieces from designers including the owner, Mark Hawley. OKC doesn’t disappoint in home furnishing. 30A Home offers understated yet strong pieces. Interior GILLEY ELECTRIC, BEST ELECTRIC SERVICES (TULSA) PHOTO COURTESY GILLEY ELECTRIC Gilt has everything you need for bed, living and dining rooms, plus kitchen, and Mister Robert Fine and Tile has a wide array of products to Furniture and Design offers high-end mateperuse and choose. C&C Tile and Carpet rials that will last a lifetime. offers free estimates and has been open in Tulsa since 1957. OKC offers up the Smith Carpet and Tile Electric Services Center, a family-owned, local establishment You’ll always need someone to help keep with years of experience. Star Flooring is the lights on. Gilley Electric has been in a full-service establishment that offers far business since 1978 and works on all kinds more than run-of-the-mill flooring options. of homes and businesses. Aspen Electrical Metro Flooring and Interior Design in Services LLC offers convenient and cost efMoore has carpet, hardwood, tile, stone and fective services, and Colburn Electric speplenty more flooring picks. cializes in residential electrical services and repairs. Houchin Electric Co. can do it all: industrial, commercial and residential. Harp Furniture Store Service Co. has been in Tulsa for over 25 For more than a century, Bassett Furniture years and offers easy financing, and Firefly has provided a wide selection of beautiful Electricians is a group of dependable and furnishings. Mathis Brothers Furniture reliable electricians ready to help. remains a top pick in Tulsa and OKC for all Innovative Electric Edmond is one of the most sought-after electrical contractors in the Oklahoma City Metro area. Integrated Electric focuses on home entertainment, security and lighting, and Cobb Electric has been working with the residents of OKC since 1962.

furniture needs, and Luxe Furniture and Design offers luxury options with classic, timeless designs. Edmond Furniture Gallery is a family owned business with more than 20 years of experience. Hemispheres, true to its name, brings in furniture from all across the globe, and At Home offers a sprawling show room where you’ll be sure to find exactly what you need.

Heating and Air Summer in July with no AC? That nightmare is escapable in both Tulsa and OKC with Airco Service, the official service company of the OKC Thunder. McKinney Heat and Air is the perfect choice for servicing and installations, and Air Comfort Solutions in both Tulsa and OKC knows just

Flooring Company Carpet One Floor and Home was named again as Tulsa’s favorite flooring company for its helpful staff and wide selection. Renaissance Hardwood Floors only uses the highest quality wood for its flooring choices, and Superior Wood Floors

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how to keep the inside temperature perfect. DaVco Mechanical Contractors offers reliable, quick service, and Air Assurance keeps the atmosphere in your home or office ideal. A1 Heat and Air in the OKC metro also offers innovative solutions and quality work.

Home Builder A home builder can be one of the most important designations you make in life – so be sure to choose the best. Barron and McClary General Contractors sets high standards of excellence and honesty, and Jordan and Sons is the perfect company for those in search of a luxury builder. Brian D. Wiggs Homes and Jim Rackleff Co. are favorites among Tulsa homeowners, and Simmons Homes puts the client first. In Edmond, Matt Wilson Custom Homes and Pools has been developing neighborhoods, pools and homes for over 30 years. Kent Hoffman Construction believes no request is too small or big for a customer, and Homes by Taber creates elegant and af-

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Readers in Tulsa and OKC first look to Lowe’s and The Home Depot on their searches for home improvement help. In Tulsa, readers also voted Metro Appliances and More a top pick for any and all home improvement needs. Harry’s TV, Video and Appliances in OKC provides outdoor and indoor home tools, electronics and more, and Conn’s has appliances, electronics and a large variety of home improvement tools.

Home Security After your home is built, you should take extreme precautions to keep it secure. In Tulsa, Guardian Security Systems offers smart and simple solutions to your security needs. AT&T Digital Life Home in Tulsa and OKC can easily create a tech-smart home for its dwellers in both Tulsa and OKC, and Advance Alarms will provide a security analysis for your home and recommend the most technologically advanced gadgets to protect your home. ADT Security Services in Tulsa and OKC offers high-tech security systems, home automation, alarms and surveillance. TAG: The Alarm

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Lighting creates ambiance both inside and outside the home. LunaScapes in Tulsa specializes in expert lighting to create beautiful illuminations. Phos Electric can light up your indoor and outdoor landscapes and art. Tulsa Landscape is celebrating 60 years of service in the local community, and Moonlit Gallery Outdoor Lighting can create the perfect environment for your outdoor spaces. In OKC, you can’t go wrong at Lowe’s. Hunzicker Brothers also offers excellent customer service and years of experience, and although FLX Architecture and Interior Design only opened in 2013, it has quickly become a mainstay in OKC lighting.

In-Home Video/Audio If you desire to create a home theater experience in Tulsa, head to Video Revolution for high quality products and service. Audio Advice has also won readers’ loyalty, as has Newave Technology of Tulsa. Readers in OKC rely on Audio Dimensions for all their in-home theater needs. Sound Advice can customize audio and video needs to fit any home, and Ford AV offers design, installation, training and quality service.

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trust the experts to turn your house into a home. In Tulsa, Richard Neel Interiors has won the acclaim of readers with its expert designers. Christopher Murphy Designs takes sophistication to new heights, and the Austin Bean Design Studio offers up clean, crisp interiors and friendly service. SR Hughes only curates the highest quality ambiances, and Silex Interiors can guide you through a complete design overhaul. Carson See of Sees Designs in OKC has been a design staple for over 40 years, and 30A Home provides high caliber advice and products. Jennifer Welch of Jennifer Welch Designs enchants her clients with a fascinating mixture of sophistication and whimsy.

Kitchen Designer The kitchen is often the focal point of the home, especially if you love to cook (or eat), and Kitchen Ideas can provide you with high-functioning equipment that looks snazzy, too. The employees at Carriage House Design know all the most recent must-haves in kitchen design. Surfaces specializes in – you guessed it – all the surfaces of your kitchen, and Kitchen Concepts will design and create your dream cooking space. Head over to KB Gallerie in OKC for classic, sleek designs for the modern consumer. Urban Kitchens works tirelessly to capture the essence of the client, and A Karen Black Company has fulfilled kitchen

dreams for OKC clients for more than three decades.

Landscape Designer Curate some outdoor ambiance at Southwood Landscape and Garden Center, Green Country’s largest independent garden center. Try Kingdom Landscape for exquisite attention to detail, or Clare Ashby Landscape Architect for sustainable beauty. Hardscape Materials will undoubtedly have everything you need to create the landscape of your dreams. In OKC, Caviness Landscape Design gets creative and innovative with its numerous outdoor designs. John Fluitt Landscape Design is also an OKC reader’s choice, along with TLC Garden Centers; its employees will go above and beyond to ensure every client’s satisfaction.

Debbie’s Flower Garden for a familyowned, local floral haven, or head to Under the Sun Garden Center in both Tulsa and OKC for your outdoor needs. Voters in OKC again praised TLC Garden Centers for its vast selection and customer service, along with home improvement behemoth Lowe’s.

Lawn Maintenance Voters in Tulsa turn to LawnAmerica and TruGreen Lawn Care to keep their lawns green and healthy. Kingdom Landscape also offers high quality service and products. In OKC, Urban Lawn and Garden received top marks for their consistent work. Squared Away Lawns will surely keep your lawn the envy of the neighborhood, and Allmighty Lawns is all about customer satisfaction and quality.

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The experts at Garbe’s can assist you with the most complicated lighting issues. Readers in Tulsa and OKC both voted Andrews Lighting and Hardware Gallery as another top pick for offering up a wide selection of fixtures in every home. LifeStyles was another Tulsa and OKC sweep and offers a lifetime guarantee on fixtures. OKC readers named Voss Lighting as a superior choice for customer service and products.

New Development In an ever-changing architectural landscape, Tulsa and OKC have both seen the additions of popular new developments in recent years. The Edge at East Village, a luxury apartment complex, is situated in downtown Tulsa and offers plenty of upscale amenities. RiverWalk Crossing has felt a resurgence of energy with the addition of new restaurants and businesses, and The Boxyard offers food, drink, banking, shopping and more in a compact location. OKC’s 21c Museum Hotel offers a SoHo-vibe and a boutique hotel experience. The SoSA District, short for the South of St. Anthony (Hospital), is a thriving inner-city district in OKC that has garnered local attention as of late. Carnegie Centre, a multi-use building in downtown OKC, is a resident fa

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vorite. Woodland Park is another top reader choice for a place to relax on a nice day, and the ever-growing Innovation District invites young business men and women to create new ideas for an expanding city.

Paint Store Oklahomans rely upon Sherwin-Williams in Tulsa and OKC for their paint needs. Benjamin Moore, around since the 1800s, never fails to provide quality paint. Spectrum Paint specializes in protective coating to keep your paint looking fresh for years to come, and Elder Paint and Wallpaper has held the trust of Oklahoma consumers for decades. H-I-S Coatings in OKC offers up high quality materials and a large selection, and Anchor Paint always leaves consumers satisfied.

Pool Designer For those looking to add an aquatic component to the backyard, look no further than Fiesta Pools and Spas in Tulsa for years of quality and experience. Atlantis Pools and Spas is another top pick for Tulsans, and Dolphin Pools and Spas will work tirelessly to create a backyard escape like no other. Blue Haven Pools and Spas won over readers in both Tulsa and OKC for its custom swimming pools and spas. OKC offers up Caviness Landscape Design, which works with clients all across the United States thanks to the employees’ prowess and skills. Prestige Pools and Spas is another OKC pick that succeeds with its efficiency, quality and service.

Plumbing Service Nothing is worse than a pesky plumbing problem, but Mullin Plumbing provides fast and reliable service to keep things moving smoothly in your home. Airco Service was voted up again for excellent service, as was Allied Plumbing Service. Roto-Rooter is a full service plumber for residential and commercial locations, and Williams Plumbing and Drain is the place to call in a timesensitive plumbing emergency. OKC has its fair share of excellent plumbing options, like Lonnie’s Plumbing and Keith Bailey Plumbing, which each offer

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quick, efficient and quality work. Mike Ramsey’s Plumbing rounds out an impressive list of businesses to call in the wake of a plumbing mishap.

Real Estate Company Get the best real estate company on your team when you decide to to buy or sell a home. In Tulsa, Walter and Associates will get your home sold at top price in top time. McGraw Realtors has many skilled Realtors ready to help you transition into a new home. Keller Williams Realty earned top marks in Tulsa and OKC, and Coldwell Banker is a reliable choice for Tulsa area residents. OKC homeowners look to Century 21 when buying or selling their homes, and Prime Realty also offers expert work at a quick pace.

Remodeler If you’re wanting to make a major change to your home, certain remodelers in Oklahoma are a cut above the rest. Visit Powers Design and Build for a quick and skilled renovation of your home. David Trebilcock Construction never fails to impress clients, and Signature Properties can transform a drab home to a masterpiece. Kent Hoffman Construction in OKC combines excellent customer satisfaction with top-tier work. Remodeling Concepts has one goal: to transform your home, just the way you want it. Lastly, Lee Remodeling and Construction will go above and beyond to make your dreams a reality.

Roofer The roof is the cherry on top of a beautifully renovated home, and A-Best Roofing is Tulsa’s top choice for a quality roofer. Elliott Roofing won the votes of readers in both Tulsa and OKC, and T-Town Roofing has been serving Tulsans for over 30 years. OKC residents praise Troy Benear Roofing for a job well done, along with another excellent roofer, Basey’s Roofing.

Storm Shelter With the unpredictable weather, Oklahoma is the ideal state for a storm shelter. F5 Storm Shelters can construct a shelter that will protect your family in Tulsa or OKC. Great Plains Storm Shelters has won the trust of Tulsa residents, as have FamilySAFE and TornadoSafe. Those seeking shelter in OKC voted for Storm Safe Shelters and Oklahoma Shelters to shield them from any storm. Biggs Backhoe and Trucking also provides quality shelters for OKC residents.

Title/Escrow Company Choosing the right escrow company can alleviate stress and streamline the home buying or selling process. Guaranty Abstract Co. and Tulsa Abstract and Title Co. are both favorites for Tulsa residents, while many others turn to FirsTitle for their escrow needs. Voters in OKC trust American Eagle Title Insurance Co. and First American Title, while others recommend The Oklahoma City Abstract and Title Co.

Window Company In search of new windows? Visit Thermal Windows in both Tulsa and OKC, where every product is manufactured right here in Oklahoma for quality assurance. Window World is another top pick for readers in Tulsa, and voters in both Tulsa and OKC praise Pella Windows and Doors for superior quality and service. OKC also offers Champion Window, which provides a free in-home estimate and reliable service.


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SERVICES Accouting Firm It’s important to work with an accounting firm you can trust, and in Tulsa, Carl Webb, CPA has nearly 30 years of experience and specializes in taxes and bookkeeping. Eide Bailly LLP is currently celebrating its 100th year of business and works with nearly 60,000 clients in 13 states and is a top pick in both Tulsa and OKC. HoganTaylor LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in Tulsa is a favorite in both Tulsa and OKC as well for its employees’ expertise in highly specialized areas of accounting. In OKC, Larry K. Anderson, CPA is a trusted pick among readers for the firm’s specialization in helping small businesses.

Airline Whether the trip starts in Tulsa or Oklahoma City, Southwest Airlines is the favored airline of our readers to help reduce the travails of travel. American Airlines is also considered a convenient choice with its vacation packages, and Delta Air Lines offers flights to more than 300 destinations.

Assisted Living Center It’s important to trust an assisted living center with your future health as well as providing daily activities. In Tulsa, Montereau has a specially trained licensed nurse and certified nurse aides who are available around the clock and provide planned activi

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ties and social events. Inverness Village offers private assisted living suites with a relaxed environment and personalized support, and Oklahoma Methodist Manor provides care and offers options ranging from spacious, free-standing homes to cozy apartments. In OKC, Saint Ann Retirement Center offers 24/7 care, with individualized care plans set up by the nurse and administrator, and provides emergency pendants to contact the staff at any time. The Mansion at Waterford Assisted Living provides a wide variety of support services and activities, and Grace Living Center focuses on treating every person, whether resident, friend or family member, with love and respect. SOUTHWEST AIRLINES, BEST AIRLINE (STATE) PHOTO COURTESY SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

Attorney Not only do you need an attorney with your best interests in mind, you need one who knows the best way to handle your specific areas of need. In Tulsa, William R. Grimm of Barrow and Grimm focuses primarily on business-related litigation and has received numerous awards and accolades Michael L. Barkett of The Barkett Law Firm is committed to representing victims of life-impacting accidents and injuries. Sam P. Daniel of Doerner, Saunders, Daniel and Anderson has more than 50 years of experience in a wide variety of legal matters, representing clients in both civil and business litiga-


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tion. Brad Beasley of Boesche McDermott LLP has litigation experience on the local, state and federal levels, and Bruce Edge of Edge Law Firm is a highly qualified DUI attorney and one of 12 regents nationally for the National College for DUI Defense. In OKC, Randall K. Calvert of Calvert Law Firm has earned the trust of clients he has represented in cases ranging from civil litigation to mergers and acquisitions. Mark E. Hammons Sr. of Hammons, Gowens, Hurst and Associates focuses on many areas of employment law and devotes 80 percent of his practice to litigation. Donelle Ratheal of Ratheal, Maggard and Fortune has litigated more than 100 cases in the areas of civil, oil and gas, and family law, and Randel Shadid is dedicated to helping his clients from his downtown Edmond office.

Auto/Tire Shop When it comes to keeping your vehicle safe and in its best condition, our readers in Tulsa and OKC have a few shops on which they rely. Robertson Tire has been serving Oklahomans for 55 years and offers a wide variety of services, and Hibdon Tires Plus has multiple locations for their customers’ convenience and provides auto repair and maintenance. Firestone Complete Auto Care provides a comprehensive list of services and is open on weekends.

Bank Many of our readers in Tulsa and OKC rely on Bank of Oklahoma for their banking services and financial expertise. In Tulsa, Arvest Bank, is also a favorite for its employees level of customer care, and Regent Bank, RCB Bank and Central Bank of Oklahoma are also preferred banks among our readers. Many of our readers in OKC go to MidFirst Bank to help them meet their financial goals. First Fidelity Bank is a family-owned bank headquartered in OKC with 29 locations across Oklahoma and Arizona, and Citizens Bank offers a broad range of financial services to more than 5 million individuals, companies, nonprofits and institutions across the United States.

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Caterer When you need a caterer, you want one that can handle all the details in a stressfree fashion. In Tulsa, 624 Kitchen and Catering combines an expert staff with an elegant and historical event space in the heart of downtown, and Ludger’s Catering and Events makes its customers’ lives easier with the ability to handle all food choices as well as any service, bar, linens, china or glassware. Just Catering by Orr Nalp provides complete services for events ranging from casual barbecue get-togethers to five-course dinners, and Aila’s Catering Events Inc. has been dedicated to providing the finest food and service in northeastern Oklahoma for around 15 years. In OKC, Aunt Pittypat’s Catering focuses on bringing its customers’ visions to life, providing both gourmet catering options and event planning. Ned’s Catering,

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established in 1984, combines creative ideas, quality food and flexible service, and Abbey Road Catering prides itself on creating vivid and original menus featuring the freshest ingredients and finest products.

Cleaning Service Merry Maids is a popular choice in both Tulsa and OKC to meet all our readers’ cleaning needs. Clean Freaks, headquartered in Tulsa, is locally owned and operated and the owners and staff share a commitment to serving their clients in both Tulsa and OKC. MaidPro and Mommy Maids are also favorites in Tulsa for their dedication to quality, professional service. Maid OK in Norman receives high marks among our OKC readers and has around 20 years of experience cleaning homes and businesses of all sizes.

Dry Cleaners/ Laundry You can’t trust your favorite shirt to just any cleaner. Yale Cleaners opened its first location in Tulsa in 1944 and has been one of the city’s top dry cleaners ever since. WaterStone Cleaners provides environmentally safe dry cleaning and offers pick up and delivery services as well as shoe shining and alterations, and LaMode Cleaners earns praise for its staff’s attention to detail and friendly attitude. Phoenix Cleaners and Fox Cleaners are also favorites among our Tulsa readers. Nichols Hills Cleaners in OKC has been family owned and operated since 1969. American Cleaners has been dedicated to providing impeccable customer service since 1939, and Legacy Cleaners and Laundry does all your cleaning in its family-owned, environmentally friendly plant.

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2017 Ashley Farthing-Porto of Farthing Events provides full-service event design, specializing in weddings and social events, and Joe Mathis of JA Mathis Co. can provide services beyond event design, including tablescape design and floral arrangements. Lynn Wheatley of Lasting Impressions is also a top pick and trusted planner with our Tulsa readers. factor 110 | 110 events in OKC not only creates top-quality events, they also pride themselves on providing solutions to reduce waste and minimize their impact on the environment. Judy Lehmbeck of Judy Lehmbeck Bridal and Party is a top choice for her ability to make a special day even more special, and Eventures has earned our readers’ loyalty by designing unique events.

Florist Toni’s Flowers and Gifts lights up faces with its bright flowers arranged in unique designs and is a top pick among our readers. Mary Murray’s Flowers delivers carefully planned and styled arrangements, and Ted and Debbie’s Flower Garden is committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts. Mrs. DeHaven’s Flower Shop can get you any arrangement you need, as can the ever-popular and well-stocked Stems. Brookside Blooms and The Wild Orchid Flowers and Gifts are also strong, dependable choices for our Tulsa readers. Readers in OKC turn to New Leaf Florist for floral arrangements to suit any occasion. Tony Foss Flowers has a variety of collections for their customers, including unique signature arrangements. Floral and Hardy and Trochta’s Flowers and Garden Center round up the favorites in OKC for their bright and colorful blooms and strong customer service.

Funeral Service Moore Funeral Home in Tulsa receives recognition for its attentive and compassionate staff. Floral Haven offers professional service as well as two 12-week grief recovery workshops each year, and Ninde Funeral and Cremation has been trusted by our Tulsa readers for more than 75 years. In the OKC area, Yanda and Son Funeral Home offers personalized assistance to provide a meaningful service and is the only locally owned and family-operated funeral home in Yukon. Hahn-Cook/Street and Draper Funeral Directors offers a variety of burial options and has a state-of-the-art

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facility, and Mercer-Adams Funeral Service is recognized for providing professional services that are priced below national chains.

Hair Salon Readers in Tulsa trust Jara Herron Medical Spa and Salon and Michael Brothers Hair to keep their hair looking great. iidentity Salon offers a variety of services and attentive care. Cypress Avenue Salon and Ihloff Salon and Day Spa are also recognized as being among the best for hair care in Tulsa. Niko’s Salon in Edmond is a top pick in OKC for its five-star service. Duncan Brothers Salon offers multiple convenient locations, and Rutz Salon is focused on providing highquality service and customer satisfaction to everyone who visits.

Home/Auto Insurance When you need help from your insurance company, you need to rely on quick and professional service. State Farm Insurance is favored among our readers for its variety of options and comprehensive coverage. Farmers Insurance Group offers coverage all across Oklahoma, and Allstate provides protection for your car or home and offers safe driving discounts.

Home Pest Control If you need help with home pest control, there’s no time to mess around with companies that can’t get the job done. Emco Termite and Pest Control in Sapulpa earns top marks among our Tulsa readers for its dedication to exceptional service and offers a variety of services, including wildlife removal. Terminix has been fighting against termites and other pests since 1919, and Arrow Exterminators is a locally owned and operated business dedicated to customer service. Mother Nature’s Pest and Lawn and Zoellner Exterminating are also top picks among Tulsans for keeping their homes free of pests. OKC Pest Control can handle any and all pests with ease. SWAT – Mosquito Mist Systems will protect you from mosquitoes and other bugs so you can enjoy your time outside during the summer. A+ Pest Control is family owned and operated and has completed more than 500,000 residential treatments since its inception in 2004.

Investment Firm Managing your finances can come with difficult decisions, and our readers trust the team at Morgan Stanley to guide them to their financial goals. Merrill Lynch and Charles Schwab are praised for their expertise and wide range of services. Ameriprise Financial and Edward Jones are also preferred picks among our readers for helping them handle their financial decisions.

Law Firm No matter the size of the firm or its area of expertise, these are recognized by our readers as standing up for their clients’ best interests. In Tulsa, Conner and Winters focuses on business and corporate law and is a top pick with our readers, and Jones, Gotcher and Bogan has maintained its high standard for integrity for more than 50 years. Latham | Wagner | Steele | Lehman has attorneys in a large range of specialties and prides itself on attentive service to its clients. GableGotwals is an Oklahomabased firm that represents clients across the United States, and Drummond Law earns high marks from our readers for its attorneys’ banking law expertise. Our OKC readers trust Doerner, Saunders, Daniel and Anderson in many areas of law, and Crowe and Dunlevy also receives high recognition for its talented and professional attorneys. Echols and Associates is a top pick in OKC for its experience in family law, and Foliart, Huff, Ottaway and Bottom Law Firm specializes in civil cases. Hall Estill is a trusted firm for our


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Life Insurance Oklahomans who want to ensure security for their loved ones look to MetLife for its strong reputation for customer service. New York Life works with its clients to create the precise plan they require. American Fidelity and Prudential also earn high marks from our readers for their history of meeting their clients’ needs.

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transition easier, and readers in Tulsa and OKC look to Two Men and a Truck to take care of their residential or business move. In Tulsa, Murphy Jones Moving receives praise for its attention to detail, and Armstrong Relocation is also a favorite for exceptional service. All My Sons Moving provides our OKC readers with top-notch customer service. 2 Fellas and a Big Vehicle has been reducing the stress of their customers’ moves for more than 20 years.

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If you’re traveling, it’s important to know your beloved pets are receiving the proper care they deserve. Small Animal Hospital of Owasso (SAHO) has kennels to fit any breed and a dog park complete with a wading pool. Oak Grove Veterinary Hospital in Coweta is a favorite among our Tulsa readers as well. River Trail Animal Hospital and Pet Lodge scores high points from our readers, as do Pooches and Noah’s Bed and Biscuit. Our OKC readers trust Pet Medical Center of Edmond to give their pets the best care possible. Camp Bow Wow provides activities and exercise for pets in a safe, secure environment. Warwick Animal Hospital receives high marks for treating our readers’ pets as their own.

Pet Grooming Service You want to look your best, and your pet should too. Readers in Tulsa and OKC rely on PetSmart and Petco to keep their pets looking good in a caring environment. In Tulsa, readers

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also recommend Cathy’s Critter Cuts and Pet Pro for their expert service and variety of grooming options. OKC readers also trust Bubbles and Pets Grooming Salon to take care of their pets’ grooming needs.

Place to Call When You Smash Your Car If you’ve been in an accident, you need your car back as quickly as possible and just like new. In Tulsa, Hourglass Collision Repair is the top choice for our readers for quick and quality service. Barron and Hart also receive praise for its dedication to customer satisfaction. Karoll Martin Paint and Body, along with Bill Knight Collision Repair and A-1 Auto Body are also go-to repair centers for their high standards. Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting in OKC earns readers’ trust for its wide range of options at low prices. Bob Moore Collision Center is staffed with experienced technicians ready to answer any question, and Collision Works is focused on creating the best customer experience possible with details like concierge service and an app to track the repairs on your vehicle.

Place to Detail Your Car Readers in Tulsa who want their car looking spiffy trust Auto Oasis for the staff’s attention to details. Rocket Lube and Wash provides wash and detail services, and Mr. Klean Car Wash has been keeping customers happy since 1976. In OKC, Red Carpet Car Wash has been providing services from exterior washes to complete auto detailing for 25 years. Classen Clean and Green Car Wash has a tunnel express car wash available and also provides waxing services, and OKC residents trust Super Clean Car Wash with their vehicles.

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2017 want the best on your side when closing the deal. Peter Walter of Walter and Associates helps Tulsans find the house that’s perfect for them. Jacki Crews and Laura Hawkins, both of McGraw Realtors, are trusted names when it comes to buying or selling homes. Tulsans also turn to Brian Frere of Keller Williams and Gant Hinkle of McGraw Realtors when they need a realtor they can trust. Mo Anderson of Keller Williams in OKC has earned the name of the “Velvet Hammer” for her uncompromising approach. Jake Hodges of Oklahoma Property Investors is a trusted name for both residential and commercial real estate. Many OKC residents also turn to Judy Veazey of Churchill-Brown for her personalized care.

Rental Car Firm When Oklahomans need a rental car in a hurry, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is a top choice for quick service and customer care. Avis Rent A Car also earns high acclaim among our readers in both Tulsa and OKC. The Hertz Corporation and Dollar Rent A Car also garner strong recommendations from our readers.

Retirement Community In Tulsa, Montereau has multiple options for both apartments and garden homes and offers many different recreational activities. Senior Star allows retirees to fill their days with activities they enjoy. Inverness Village will fit the needs of all individuals. Zarrow Pointe and Town Village Tulsa are also popular choices for their attentive staff and vibrant communities. Spanish Cove Retirement Village in OKC offers amenities for every stage of retirement and is a top pick among our readers. Epworth Villa first opened its doors in 1990 and has continually adjusted to meet the expanding needs of retired Oklahomans. The Mansion at Waterford Assisted Living also receives commendation for its friendly and caring staff.

Staffing Agency Whether your company is looking for employees or you’re an individual seeking new opportunities, working with the right staffing agency can make all the difference. In Tulsa, Key Personnel has six specialized divisions to help people focus on their area of expertise. ProRecruiters offers job seekers both

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part-time jobs with flexibility and full-time employment in a variety of fields. JoCo provides efficient solutions tailored to fit clients’ needs. Express Employment Professionals recieves top marks in both OKC and Tulsa, as does the ever-popular Robert Half. Wegener Human Resource Group is a top choice for its focus on professional, administrative, information technology and technical personnel in OKC.

Veterinarian/ Animal Hospital Your pets deserve the best care possible, and Care Animal Hospital is the chosen caregiver for many of our Tulsa readers. Small Animal Hospital of Owasso (SAHO) has state-of-the-art facilities and serves Owasso, Skiatook and the surrounding areas, and VCA Woodland Central Animal Hospital offers a free first examination for your pet. Woodland West Animal Hospital is popular for its caring, compassionate staff and expert knowledge. River Trail Animal Hospital and Pet Lodge and Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital are also trusted names in pet care. Pet Medical Center of Edmond provides a wide variety of services for our OKC readers. Warwick Animal Hospital has been providing quality care for 25 years, and Nichols Hills Veterinary Clinic is dedicated to the highest level of veterinary service.

Wedding Cakes A beautiful cake is the frosting on a perfect wedding, and Ann’s Bakery is a top choice in Tulsa to make a cake as perfect as

your day should be. Merritt’s Bakery has been providing exceptional wedding cakes in Tulsa since 1979, and Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery offers personalized wedding cakes and consultations. Amy Cakes in Norman bakes beautiful, delicious cakes with a wide variety of flavors. Abbey Road Catering wins readers’ votes in OKC, and Brown Egg Bakery offers personalized care with 21 years of fine dining restaurant experience.

Wedding Photographer Experience matters – no one wants wedding photography that looks unprofessional. Chris Humphrey Photographer in Tulsa is one of the premier wedding photographers in Oklahoma and earns the top spot among our readers for his artistic style and attention to detail. Ervin Photography is also a trusted name for wedding photography in Tulsa and its employees believe in telling their clients’ stories through photography. In OKC, Andrea Dillingham Photography receives high marks among our readers, and Cary Holton of Cary Anne Photography provides unique and memorable wedding photography. Holli B. Photography also receives acclaim for quality photography.

Wireless Services In both Tulsa and OKC, AT&T is the most trusted wireless service provider among our readers who want to avoid dropped calls. Other readers turn to Sprint for its customer service, and Verizon rounds out the list for its variety of plans for any lifestyle.


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HEALTH AND WELLNESS Aesthetician An aesthetician can help make you into the best version of yourself with hair and skin care, facials and complete makeovers. In Tulsa, Gabriel Horn has been in the business for 27 years and has multiple licenses to assist with everything you need. Laura Downey at Skin Care Institute exhibits hard work and determination to keep her clients happy. Lee Behling is an owner of Bella Vita Spa and Salon, where the goal is a one-stop day destination for beauty, and Skin Renewal of Tulsa offers chemical peels, laser treatments and more. In Oklahoma City, Vanessa Smith at Premier Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics offers excellent customer service and unique techniues. Smith’s colleague Caitlin Kellam also works hard to ensure every client is happy with his or her results. At Injectable Aesthetics, owner and nurse Natausha Spears has been in the cosmetics industry for 14 years.

Cancer Center Oklahoma has numerous cancer centers that have received national distinction. In Tulsa, Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Southwest Regional Medical Center tailors its treatment to you and your needs. The Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute has a large number of cancer specialists ready to help you fight. In Oklahoma City, the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is the state’s only

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comprehensive academic cancer center. ProCure Proton Therapy Center uses new and innovative technologies to fight the disease, and INTEGRIS Cancer Institute prides itself on having more survivors of more types of cancer than anywhere else in Oklahoma.

Chiropractor Chiropractors can relieve back pain and related aches, as well as align and decompress, and Oklahoma has many from which to choose. In Tulsa, Dr. Chuck Zoellner of Zoellner Chiropractic is an athlete who uses his experiences in sports to help his patients. Dr. Brian Roadhouse at Roadhouse Chiropractic has been adjusting and manipulating spines since 1983. Dr. Justin Snyder of Snyder Chiropractic and Acupuncture emphasizes prevention and education. Dr. Andrea Javersak at Dr. Andrea’s Chiropractic and

Spinal Decompression helps patients nourish their bodies with nutrional advice. Dr. Jack Sibley of Sibley Chiropractic Clinic uses his personal experiences with severe headaches to empathize and relieve his patients. In Edmond, Dr. Harmony White of Harmony Chiropractic in Edmond has helped people live pain-free since 2004. Dr. Joshua Spears at Spears Chiropractic, also in Edmond, has helped members of the Kansas City Chiefs football team. In Mustang at Action Chiropractic, Dr. Jamey Little also uses exercise rehabilitation and physiotherapy.

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Cosmetic/ Plastic Surgeon Changing the outside can make one feel better about the inside. Dr. Angelo Cuzalina at Tulsa Surgical Arts is in demand as a lecturer and teacher around the world. Dr. Ladd Atkins at Face and Body Medical Aesthetics wishes to revitalize your mind and body. Dr. Bradley Garber at E. Bradley Garber Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery puts an emphasis on harmonizing the physical and spiritual, and Dr. Bryan Whitlock


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2017 of Whitlock Cosmetic Center encourages his patients to be active participants in their medical journeys. In OKC, Dr. Juan Brou at Premier Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics presides over the Oklahoma chapter of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Tim Love at Dr. Tim R. Love Plastic Surgery has more than 30 years of experience as a cosmetic surgeon, and Dr. Lori Hansen focuses on facial plastic surgery and advocates for women’s rights at the Face to Face Domestic Violence. Dr. Derek Shadid of Shadid Plastic Surgery and Associates pays close attention to the small details, so you’ll get the results you desire.

Dentist Dental health is vital to one’s overall health, and Oklahoma has recognized leaders in the field. In Tulsa, Dr. Mike Hinkle at Utica Dental is changing the game with his expert Invisalign and Lumineers techniques. Dr. Mark Davis at Perfect Smile Tulsa wishes to improve the quality of life for his patients. Dr. Mike Kincaid of Kincaid Family Dental has practiced since 1979 and works alongside his son. Tulsa Precision Dental offers personalized service with a smile, and Berkshire Dental Group in Broken Arrow features the talents of highly-trained dentists. Dr. Lee Eliot at Parkside Dentistry in Edmond believes in continuing education to stay on top of evolving technologies. Dental Depot has nine locations in metropolitan OKC. Dr. Gary Dempsey focuses on issues related to misaligned jaws, sleep apnea and craniofacial pain. Aspen Dental has three lo-

cations in OKC along with excellent service.

Dermatologist Glowing skin is a major enhancement in the way you perceive your appearance. In Tulsa, Dr. Jeff Alexander, owner of Skin Care Institute, is chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Saint Francis Hospital. Dr. Lynn Anderson at Midtown Dermatology has been serving Tulsans since 1987. Tulsa Dermatology Clinic has been in operation for 50 years and has six medical doctors on staff. Dr. David Minor at Skin Renewal of Tulsa takes a comprehensive approach with both medical and cosmetic dermatological treatments. The Center for Dermatology, with four medical doctors on board, treats a host of skin problems and diseases. Dr. Michael John began the Edmond Dermatology Clinic in 1990 after four years in the U.S. Air Force as a dermatologist and five years in private practice. In Oklahoma City, Dr. Mark Dawkins of Dawkins Dermatology Associates strives to create a brighter complexion for every client, and Dr. Pamela Allen is part of the OU Physicians network while also practicing at the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Family Physician

One’s go-to for medical advice is the family physician. Dr. Joe Reese at Warren Clinic in Tulsa has practiced internal medicine for 34 years. Dr. Brent Laughlin of the Omni Medical Group makes sure every patient is heard, and Dr. Gerard McNulty serves Tulsans at the Warren Clinic daily. At the Mercy Clinic in Edmond, Dr. Michael Olay builds a partnership with his CANCER TREATMENT CENpatients. Dr. Joey Fowler of TERS OF AMERICA, BEST CANCER CENTER (TULSA) the INTEGRIS system in OKC PHOTO COURTESY CANCER TREATMENT has a passion for caring for CENTERS OF AMERICA people, and Dr. S. Dean Brown of INTEGRIS will ensure all family members get the service and treatment they deserve.

Health Club/Gym Getting and staying fit are keys to maintaining overall health. Health Zone at Saint Francis in Tulsa is a medically based facility with exercise specialists readily available. St. John Siegfried Health Club is

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a 72,000-square-foot comprehensive fitness and wellness center. Sky Fitness and Wellbeing has three locations in metropolitan Tulsa, and Life Time Fitness offers its customers a personalized and scientific approach to longterm health and wellness. In OKC, Gold’s Gym offers three locations with a wide variety of equipment. 10GYM focuses on providing a full amenity health club at an affordable price. YMCA Healthy Living Center – INTEGRIS offers fitness options for people of any age or fitness level.

Health Insurance When you have a medical emergency, you need a health insurance company you can trust. CommunityCare offers plans for seniors, small businesses and large companies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma has more than 70 years of experience. GlobalHealth is an Oklahoma-based and -operated HMO, and UnitedHealthcare offers an array of policies to Oklahomans.

Home Health Service Home health care can be a critical tool to maintaining health, and Maxim Healthcare Services is a favorite among our Tulsa readers for its compassionate care. Interim HealthCare of Tulsa is a national organization that provides many home health options in Tulsa. Oxford Healthcare has highly trained nurses that provide care throughout Green Country. Visiting Angels is a favorite among our Tulsa and OKC readers for providing personal care and many other services for people in need of assistance. In OKC, Choice Home Health provides in-home care as well as palliative and private day care, and Alliance Oklahoma Home Health is committed to quality care and a postitive patient experience.

Hospice The best hospices can be a strong support in difficult times, and our Tulsa readers turn to Grace Hospice for its compassionate care and grief support workshops. Hospice of Green Country is committed to providing expert care to patients and their loved ones, and Saint Francis Hospice’s staff is committed to treating each patient with dignity. In OKC, INTEGRIS Hospice House offers patient-centered end-of-life care, nurturing and support for patients and families in a comfortable atmosphere. Mercy Home


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Hospital Choosing the right hospital for your care is an important part of maintaining or improving your health. Saint Francis Health System has a comprehensive offering in services for all your health care needs and a friendly, helpful staff. St. John Health System provides care with cutting-edge technology and an expert staff, and Hillcrest HealthCare System is also a favorite for its dedication to patients. In OKC, INTEGRIS Health has a stellar reputation for high-quality care. Mercy Hospital receives high marks for its excellent and energetic staff. Norman Regional Health System and OU Medical Center are also preferred hospitals among our readers.

Medical Spa Medical spas provide an oasis from the daily stress of life. Skin Care Institute Medical and Wellness Spa in Tulsa provides men and women with state-of-the-art products and services. Utica Square Skin Care offers many services for the correction of benign skin irregularities. BA Med Spa and Weight Loss Center and Emerge Medical Day Spa are also favorites among Tulsa readers for their variety of services, cutting-edge technologies and friendly staffs.

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Premier Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics in OKC offers a variety of nonsurgical and surgical procedures for its patients. Bliss Medical Spa allows its clients to relax, restore and rejuvenate with the help of a friendly staff, and Genesis Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa serves both men and women wanting to look and feel their best.

a national leader in ophthalmology, known for both its patient care and research. Eye Care Oklahoma provides both medical and routine vision care, and Dr. Jeffrey Shaver of Epic Vision provides expert care for every degree of vision impairment.

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Whether you need a routine vision check or care for something more serious, you need an optometrist you can trust. Dr. Blane Snodgrass is one of the most experienced and trusted optometrists in Tulsa and is a top pick among our readers. Dr. Robert Zoellner of Robert H. Zoellner and Associates offers one-hour service with the personal service and care of a family eye doctor, and Dr. Denise Roddy of Advanced Eye Care specializes in the use of medically necessary contact lenses to help people who have lost vision because of disease or injury. Dr. Chase Hunter of Within Sight Vision Center is trusted in OKC for providing expert care. Dr. Phil Clayton of TSO Optical provides vision checks and modern, contemporary eyewear. Dr. Anita Le of Elite Eye Care offers top-notch care with a friendly support staff.

When finding a nursing home for a loved one, it’s important to look for one that fits your unique needs. In Tulsa, Saint Simeon’s is located on 50 acres that include vibrant gardens, patios and a koi pond. Broken Arrow Nursing Home receives top marks for its caring and compassionate staff, and University Village has been providing a wide range of senior living options for more than 40 years. Brookdale Senior Living Solutions is a favorite option in OKC for its expertise and experience. Legend Senior Living works to accommodate any and all needs, and Bellevue Health and Rehabilitation Center combines excellent customer service and high quality care.

OB/GYN Women need a doctor they can trust with their unique health care needs, and Tulsa turns first to Dr. Melanie Blackstock for her knowledge in all aspects of women’s health. Dr. Lynn Frame of Utica Women’s Specialists also offers excellent care for her patients, and Dr. Cole Nilson at Tulsa Women’s Health Care is one to trust for your health care needs. Dr. Anthony Shanbour in OKC has nearly 30 years of experience and is a top choice among our readers. Dr. Lacy Parker is known for her expertise and caring bedside manner, and Dr. Darren Goff is one of the most experienced surgeons in Oklahoma utilizing robotic technology.

Ophthalmologist Protecting your eyes is a key component to overall wellness, and Triad Eye Institute offers a wide range of services to keep your vision in top shape. The Eye Institute, formerly known as Tulsa Eye Institute, has been providing high quality eye care since 1986. EyeCare Associates of South Tulsa has a friendly, helpful staff and experienced doctors. Dean McGee Eye Institute in OKC is

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Orthodontist Having a great smile keeps you looking your best and can boost your confidence. Dr. Mark Andregg offers services for every need, including braces, teeth whitening and TMJ treatment. Cooper Chockley Orthodontics gets great results with state-of-theart technology. The Brace Place serves every patient with a smile and high quality service, and Dr. Michael Hosier of Hosier Orthodontics combines current technology with personal care for a first-rate experience. In OKC, Dr. Peter Kierl of Kierl Orthodontics offers clear braces, Invisalign and the SureSmile System. Dr. Brian Amy of Orthodontic Associates takes pride in helping create healthy, beautiful smiles, and Dr. Heath Whitfield of Edmond Pediatric and Teen Dentistry creates a modern, fun environment to shape a positive experience for children.

Orthopedic Surgeon Bone and joint health is a key element to staying healthy and active as we age. Dr. Yogesh Mittal and Dr. Greg Holt of The Orthopaedic Center and CORE Medical


2017 Group utilize the latest technology and take pride in their patients feeling their best after treatment. Dr. Ron LaButti of Central States Orthopedic Specialists is one of Tulsa’s top hip and knee surgeons and provides individualized care for each patient. Dr. Brad Boone of Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center and Dr. Bryan Hawkins of Central States Orthopedic Specialists are also highly trusted orthopedic surgeons in Tulsa who provide expert care in getting patients back on their feet as quickly as possible. In OKC, Dr. Scott M. de la Garza of Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony and Oklahoma Sports and Orthopedics Institute is a spine surgery specialist providing comprehensive cervical and lumbar spine care. McBride Orthopedic Hospital serves the community by providing access to excellent orthopedic care. Dr. David Teague of OU Physicians provides great patient care and is actively involved in teaching and research.

Pediatrician Pediatricians play an important role in the future health of children. Dr. Kristin Stevens understands the importance of providing individualized care for your child in a comfortable environment. The doctors and staff at South Tulsa Pediatrics are dedicated to your child’s health interests, and Dr. Alka Sood of Birth and Beyond Pediatrics has a warm family of physicians, nurses and staff ready to help. In OKC, Dr. Sabrina Rice Olay of Mercy Hospital is dedicated to providing preventive care for children from birth through high school graduation. Just Kids Pediatrics offers high-quality pediatric care seven days a week with extended hours, and Dr. Laurie Kukas at INTEGRIS goes above and beyond to ensure every child gets the care he or she needs.

Pharmacy When you’re not feeling well, you want your medications quickly and without hassle. Readers in both OKC and Tulsa turn to Walgreens for its multiple locations and convenient hours. CVS is also a favorite in both cities for fast and friendly service. The Apothecary Shoppe and Saffa Compounding Pharmacy are also favorites for providing custom orders and personalized solutions. In OKC, Innovative Pharmacy Solutions provides compounding and services including hormone replacement consultations, clinical nutrition an a variety of health screenings.

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Rehabilitation/Sports Medicine Center Getting over an injury can be a frustrating process, but Tulsans trust Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center to make their rehabilitation process go as smoothly as possible. Excel Therapy has multiple locations and a wide array of services. Physical Rehabilitation Center of Tulsa and Tulsa Spine and Rehab are also renowned for their patient care and excellent results. Oklahoma Spine Sports and Rehabilitation provides the highest quality care with a focus on complete independence. McBride Orthopedic Hospital in OKC is a physician-owned hospital dedicated to a high standard of care, and Sooner Physical Therapy provides individualized treatment with hands-on, compassionate care.

Spa Tulsans looking for everything from a massage to skin care trust Jara Herron Medical Spa and Salon to make their spa care the best possible. Bella Vita Spa and Salon offers services for large parties, bridal showers and couple retreats. Spa Lux and Spa Southern Hills are also favorites in Tulsa. Cottonwood Salon Spa strives to exceed expectations with exceptional care in Edmond. Eden Salon and Spa offers a wide array of options for your day of pampering, and Bella Strada Salon and Spa Suites offers excellent care in a serene and comforting Tuscan-inspired environment.

Therapist/Counselor A good therapist or counselor is someone you know you can turn to for help dealing with stressful situations. Chris Giles, MS, LMFT of Giles Family Therapy specializes

in marital and family therapy. Breakthrough Counseling is a full service therapy that works with children and adults. Amy Kesner, Ph.D, LPC, LADC and Courtney O’Brien, Ph.D, MHR, LPC are both highly recommended among our Tulsa readers for their expert level of care. In OKC, Becky Wahkinney, Ph.D helps her patients discover solutions to specific problems and find better ways to cope with difficult situations. Kristy M. Mitchell, LPC uses the latest clinical techniques to help patients learn to live a healthy lifestyle, and Allison Kennedy, LCSW of Edmondson Counseling Services has 14 years of experience helping people deal with life’s roadblocks.

Weight Loss/Weight Management Clinic Having someone help you on your journey to losing weight can be the difference between success and failure. Weight Watchers is a favorite choice in Tulsa and OKC for its convenient options and locations. In Tulsa, BA Med Spa and Weight Loss Center offers medical weight loss programs with an individualized approach, and Slim Care helps people with the safest, easiest and most economical methods. The Broadway Clinic helps create longterm changes that help people lose pounds and keep the weight off permanently, and OKC readers choose Absolutely Thin to make life transformations.

Yoga/Fitness While yoga remains a popular, fun way to keep fit, many places are offering a variety of classes to accomodate people’s interests. Sculpt Tulsa offers a unique blend of ballet barre work and Pilates. Barre3 is a favorite in Tulsa and OKC, and Pure Barre offers classes for any level of experience. SALT Yoga and The Yoga Room receive praise from our Tulsa readers for their extensive class times and options. Soul Yoga in OKC is open seven days a week and offers classes that help calm the mind and invigorate the body. Yoga at Tiffany’s offers hot yoga and a fresh air system to regulate carbon dioxide levels in the room. Body Mind Yoga combines a welcoming atmosphere and contemporary studio to promote health.


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SHOPPING Antique Shop Searching for that one-of-a-kind antique gem can be a rewarding and exhilarating afternoon activity. The Market at Walnut Creek hosts 120 distinct showrooms selling rare home decor, gifts and accessories. You could get lost in Windsor Market’s massive 34,000 square foot showroom, or try Zoller Design and Antiques for aged and beautiful furniture. Antique seekers in OKC head to RINK

Gallery for retro and funky finds; others search through the 23rd Street Antique Mall for hidden gems like vintage barber’s chairs, pipes and shoes. And Mockingbird Manor Antiques was voted to the top again with rooms filled to the brim with decor, furniture and other interesting tchotchkes.

Car Dealer

Buying a new or used car can often raise your blood pressure, but it doesn’t have to when you find the right dealer. In Tulsa, Don Thornton Automotive Group sells luxury vehicles like Audis and Jaguars, plus Volkswagens and Land Rovers. Jackie Cooper Imports can get you driving in style with a beautiful Porsche or Maserati. Don Carlton Honda can ensure your car is ready to take on the open road. Jim Norton Toyota has service specials to ensure your car is customized to perfection, and Ferguson Superstore moves mountains to make sure every client gets his or her money’s worth. For an affordable and reliable Hyundai, Jeep or Nissan, head to Bob BALLIETS, BEST DEPARTMENT STORE/ Howard Auto Group in BEST WOMEN’S SHOE STORE (OKC) OKC. If a new or pre-owned

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Kia, Dodge or Subaru floats your boat, visit Bob Moore Auto Group. And for excellent deals on all things luxury, visit Jackie Cooper BMW.

Children’s Clothing Store Getting your kids into the right clothes will help them feel confident as they take on the school year. Tulsans voted in Kathleen’s Kids for its unique accessories and wide range of clothing items. For the preppy, trendy look, visit Gap Kids. Lolly Garden has whimsical and on-trend options, as does the ever-popular Dillard’s. Green Bambino is an eco-friendly baby boutique with all the green accessories you’ll need in OKC. Uptown Kids offers highend brands to keep the kids looking smart, and Marissa’s Room is the perfect stop for newborns and babies.

Department Store Department stores are a one-stop shop for clothes, shoes, accessories, makeup and more. For the high-end clientele in Tulsa, Saks Fifth Avenue offers some of the world’s hottest designers in an inviting atmosphere. Dillard’s locations in both Tulsa and OKC have everything you need for a day in or night out, as does Macy’s; the employees will assist you with both high-end and affordable brands. And from fragrances to handbags to clothing, Balliets is redefining luxury in OKC’s Classen Curve.


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Glasses are no longer simply vessels for better sight; they can add a whole new layer to an outfit. Visions Unique Eyewear has two convenient locations in the Tulsa metro and carries the season’s hottest trends. Hicks Brunson Eyewear offers up prime service with a smile in the heart of Utica Square. Empire Optical has been a Tulsa stop for eyewear for over 50 years, and Black Optical’s chic stores in Tulsa and OKC are a major indicator of the hot styles in store. OKC glasses-wearers choose the reliable LensCrafters for both classic and modern looks. Others visit Eyemart Express for quick service and sophisticated lenses.

Fine Jewelry Store For the perfect anniversary gift or excuse to treat yourself, Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels will customize any piece of jewelry just how you want it. You can’t go wrong at Moody’s Jewelry, with unbeatable service

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and a wide selection of custom pieces. Spexton Jewelry on Cherry Street can repair, remount, appraise or help you find the right ring. Star Jewelers is the place to go for everything from wedding rings to fashion pendants, and Israel Diamond Supply’s expertise lies in the name: beautiful diamonds await you. For over a century of reliability and classic jewelry in OKC, visit BC Clark Jewelers. Naifeh Fine Jewelry provides its clients with only the highest quality stones, and everyone knows every kiss begins with Kay Jeweler.

Gift Store Searching for a quirky gift for a friend or loved one? The Perfect Touch Gift Store is filled with presents for every type of person. Nielsens Gifts features well-known designers like Lladro and Daum to impress that special someone. Margo’s Gift Shop in Utica Square is locally owned and offers everything from toys to picture frames, and Ida Red takes the cake on Oklahoma-themed decor, clothing and knick-knacks. PLENTY Mercantile in OKC prides itself on the authenticity and quality of its various products. On Classen Curve, On a Whim covers clothing, tabletop items, gifts and children’s products, and The Market at Quail Springs provides you with plenty of vendors to ensure you get just what you’re looking for.

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The ideal grocery store has great products, helpful staff and a short wait. Residents of Tulsa and OKC alike love Whole Foods Market for its alwaysfresh produce and wide variety of healthy and organic options. Tulsans turn to Reasor’s for its huge selection of food products, plus its pharmacy and flower

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Men’s Shoe Store The shoes can be the best – or worst – part of an outfit, so choose your vendors wisely. The ever-popular Abersons will supply you with footwear of the highest quality, as will Saks Fifth Avenue with its numerous highend brands. Voters in Tulsa and OKC praise Dillard’s in for its large range of affordable and modern footwear. For those special occasions, OKC residents turn to Mr. Ooley’s for chic options, and others enjoy Mark’s Shoe Room for its impeccable selection and cheery customer service.

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selection. The Fresh Market is another Tulsa favorite for its old-world vibe and upscale eats. Crest Foods in OKC is an Oklahomabased company that prides itself on cheap prices and quality products. OKC residents also visit Uptown Grocery Co. for its excellent specials every week.

Our furry friends deserve the best toys, food and beds money can buy, so spoil them at Petco and PetSmart in both Tulsa and OKC. Tulsans also rely on Southern Agriculture for its speedy vet service and wide array of products for any pet. OKC pet owners visit A1 Pet Emporium for all-natural pet food and an excellent customer loyalty plan.

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Men’s Boutique A well-dressed man garners attention, and Travers Mahan in Tulsa is the perfect spot for both casual and formal wear. Abersons on Brookside carries the world’s hottest brands, and Q Clothier offers personalized fittings and the season’s most in-demand trends. The Pinpoint Resource carries suits and tuxes, plus high-end brands for those special occasions. For the star treatment, visit Mr. Ooley’s in OKC for clothes, suits and shoes. Blue Seven gives a more laid-back vibe, with Oklahoma-themed merch to keep you looking stylish. Spencer Stone Co. varies in scope from formal to casual, and S.J. Haggard and Co. carries popular brands like Southern Tide and Peter Millar.

setting makes it the prime location in Tulsa to shop ’til you drop. Woodland Hills Mall has been a Tulsa staple for over 40 years and is the perfect destination to find any and all things you need, as is the outdoor Tulsa Hills Shopping Center. Others visit the chic and upscale Center 1 for their shopping needs. Looking to take a shopping trip in OKC? Penn Square Mall has upscale and affordable stores for every kind of shopper. For a luxurious experience with plenty of style, visit Classen Curve or stop in at Quail Springs Mall for shopping, dining and movies.

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a hitch. Academy Sports + Outdoors is another great location for the lowest prices and highest quality. You could get lost all day in the sprawling Bass Pro Shops and their endless supply of fishing, hunting and camping gear. And the active athlete has to check out Fleet Feet Sports for impressive running shoes, apparel and other gear.

Toy Store Don’t waste your time schlepping through unorganized toy stores when you can stop in to Toys“R”Us in both Tulsa and OKC for fairly priced toys. Target is another one-stop-shop for all the hottest toys, and Kiddlestix Toy Store has unique and custom toys for your kids. Learning Tree in OKC encourages kids to play and learn simultaneously, and Uptown Kids offers a chic and stylish atmosphere with unique toys and clothes.

Spirits is a Tulsa favorite for its vast stock, and PLW Warehouse Liquors and Wine will impress with its low prices. Primo’s Fine Wine and Spirits has Thirsty Thursday specials, and Grand Vin Bottle Shop boasts some of the most coveted wines from around the world. Byron’s Liquor Warehouse in OKC offers 30,000 square feet of spirits to choose from. Smithcot Liquors has unbeatable customer service, and Grand Cru Wine and Spirits will surely impress with its expansive stock.

Wine/ Liquor Store If you’re looking for a friendly and reliable liquor store, stop in to Old Village Wine and Spirits for its hefty selection. Ranch Acres Wine and

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The right outfit can express personality and boosts confidence. Ladies can head to Abersons for high fashion products shipped in from across the world. Donna’s Fashions is a one-stop shop for comfy and chic products, and The Denim Chateau offers excellent customer service and affordable, stylish clothes and shoes. For a high-end experience like none other, head to Gordon Stuart to explore your individual style. Hip and Swanky in Edmond offers custom jewelry, gorgeous dresses, stylish shoes and so much more. CK and Co. carries all the season’s hottest brands, and Liberte on Classen Curve wants to help you become essentially effortless.

Women’s Shoe Store Pumps, sandals, boots, wedges? The possibilities are endless at Saks Fifth Avenue, which carries the hottest brands like Jimmy Choo and Loeffler Randall. Abersons is a destination for high-end and stylish shoes, and J.Cole Shoes provides you with a helpful staff plus a various array of styles. Balliets has a shoe for every occasion, and Gordon Stuart serves up contemporary and classic looks you’ll love.


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ENTERTAINMENT 18 Holes There’s nothing like a day at the golf course to connect with family, friends or coworkers. Southern Hills Country Club is a Tulsa favorite; several national championships have rolled through the course over the years. The Club at Indian Springs has two beautiful 18-hole courses to enjoy, and the Cherokee Hills Golf Course is situated at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, which adds more entertainment to an already exciting atmosphere. Cedar Ridge Country Club is another area favorite with tricky yet enjoyable courses, and the Battle Creek Golf Club will surely be a challenge for all.

Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club offers up a fun day of play, and the Gaillardia Golf and Country Club has an upscale vibe with enticing courses. Others visit Lake Hefner Golf Club, which boasts a beautifully manicured fairway ready to use.

Art Gallery Spend the day immersed in culture at one of Oklahoma’s many art galleries. Tulsa’s M.A. Doran Gallery hosts a slew of nationally and internationally renowned pieces of art. Royce Myers Art Ltd. has recently opened its doors to the public for the first time in 25 years, and Joseph Gierek Fine CHESAPEAKE ENERGY ARENA, BEST CONCERT VENUE (OKC)

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Art offers up a plethora of mediums to engage and excite. You can catch OKC art enthusiasts at JRB Art at the Elms, which explores up-andcoming and established artists from around the world. IAO Gallery emphasizes and showcases experimental and provocative art, and Paseo Gallery One pushes for artistic growth in the OKC metro.

Bar Bars can be many things: a place to celebrate, grieve, complain or connect. Hodges Bend is a top Tulsa pick for its cocktails, coffee and warm ambiance. MixCo offers up a swanky vibe with small plates and craft cocktails. For those in the mood for industrial chic, visit Valkyrie, or stop by Vintage 1740 for an intimate wine bar experience. The legions of Soundpony fans flock to this uniquely decorated bar for live music and a relaxed atmosphere. Beer lovers should look no further than Republic Gastropub in OKC for an night on the town. Those seeking a spot for a special occasion should hit up O Bar in the penthouse of the Ambassador Hotel. The Patriarch serves up microbrews for the palleted connoisseur, and Skinny Slim’s cultivates a British vibe with no fuss.

Casino The tempting slots are calling your name at one of Oklahoma’s many premier casinos.

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Concert Venue The venue of a concert can make or break the experience for you – luckily Oklahoma has quality locations throughout the state. Tulsa voters love the BOK Center, which has brought in global superstars since 2008. For those in search of a more intimate experience, Cain’s Ballroom and the Brady Theater both offer rich historical backgrounds and a small yet powerful atmosphere. The Chesapeake Energy HARD ROCK HOTEL AND CASINO, BEST CASINO/BEST HOTEL (TULSA) Arena houses the ever imPHOTO COURTESY HARD ROCK CASINO AND HOTEL portant Thunder games, plus numerous concerts throughout the year. The Civic Center Music Hall’s beautiful acoustics and convenient The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa seating create a great experience for those can keep you on the edge of your seat all in both the front and back rows, and the outnight. Visit the River Spirit Casino Resort door ambiance at the Zoo Amphitheatre is a for a sprawling 200,000 square foot space perfect venue for a hot summer night. full of games. Others stop in at the Osage Casino or Downstream Casino Resort for table games, electronic slots, poker and more. Happy Hour OKC gamblers head to Riverwind CaDrinking on a budget is made easier at sino, where live entertainment and various McNellie’s, with deals upon deals for food games will be sure to thrill. Others visit one and drinks from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. of Choctaw Casino and Resort’s many locations or WinStar World Casino and Resort for its themed rooms and slots. Others head to Grand Casino Hotel and Resort for an unforgettable, heart-pounding night.

Cinema/Movie Theater A night out at the movies is a treasured tradition that has stood the test of time in cinema’s ever-changing landscape. Readers in Tulsa and OKC voted the Warren Theatres in Broken Arrow and Moore as their top choices for a luxury movie experience, complete with full meals, drinks and director’s suites. If you’re in a search to view an independent film not screening at major theaters, Circle Cinema is your reliable spot. The Cinemark Tulsa has comfy seating and a wide selection of pre-movie

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Specials abound at R Bar and Grill on Brookside, and in the raw offers different specials every day of the week, like half off a wide selection of sushi rolls. Henry Hudson’s Pub offers one dollar beers during their happy hour, and The Barrel will impress with its cheap fare and drinks. Flip’s Wine Bar and Trattoria conveniently offers a daily beer special that will have you coming back for more.

Hotel A quiet (or wild) night away from home is needed sometimes, and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa offers up expansive suites with endless entertainment. Both the Ambassador Hotel in Tulsa and OKC and The Mayo Hotel in Tulsa offer swanky, downtown experiences in the heart of the city. The Campbell Hotel’s luxury boutique vibe is a must-visit. Colcord Hotel has a rich history and a luxury feel, and the 21C Museum Hotel provides a remarkable hotel experience you won’t get anywhere else. The Skirvin Hilton Hotel offers up elegance in sleek and sexy atmosphere.

Local Festival Whether it revolves around culture, food, music or heritage, Oklahomans know how to throw a festival. Oktoberfest rolls into Tulsa every year with mountains upon mountains of Bavarian beer, strudel and German music. The spring welcomes Tulsa International Mayfest, celebrating the warmer weather


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with live music, art and food. Greek heritage is celebrated at the Tulsa Greek Festival, with folk dancing, baklava and traditional music. OKC residents visit the Paseo Arts Festival in May to pay tribute to local artists and their many talents and flock to the deadCenter Film Festival in June to honor filmmakers who tell their stories through cinema. Foodies decidedly favor the Firehouse Arts Center Chocolate Festival to sample thousands of delectable desserts.

Local TV Station In an age where the news is of paramount importance, Tulsans trust KJRH, Channel 2 for providing accurate and up-to-date information. KOTV, Channel 6 succeeds with its pertinent stories of Tulsa residents, and KTUL, Channel 8 excels in all facets of weather, traffic and crime. Viewers in OKC trust KFOR, Channel 4 to keep them aware of current events.

KWTV, Channel 9 also provides impressive breaking news coverage, and KOCO, Channel 5 keeps their viewers in the know 24/7.

Museum Museums in Oklahoma MARSHALL BREWERY, BEST PUB/BREWERY (TULSA) provide residents with PHOTO COURTESY MARSHALL BREWERY a slice of world culture through art. Philbrook style at Vast, or take in the many entertainMuseum of Art hosts ment and dining options in Bricktown. And impressive philanthropy events, imports don’t be fooled – Main Event Entertaininternationally renowned art and boasts a ment in OKC isn’t just for kids with its fully garden fit for royalty. Gilcrease Museum stocked bar, bowling, pool and more. possesses the world’s largest collection of art and artifacts of the American West. Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve houses rooms full of Western art plus 3,700 Oklahoma Weekend acres teeming with wildlife, and the Tulsa Getaway Destination Air and Space Museum and Planetarium A weekend away from the city is a must is all things aerospace and holds after a grueling 40-hour week. Tulsans daily planetarium shows. escape to Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees Oklahoma City Museum of Art for boating, tubing, skiing and more. Others houses works by treasured artists, choose the cabins and scenic views at Beacoordinates a wide array of camps vers Bend State Park, or Keystone Lake and activities and even has a popufor its vacation rentals and waterfront fun. lar restaurant. Science Museum The active OKC residents take a trek Oklahoma celebrates the joys of to the Arbuckle Mountains or enjoy the learning with daily exhibits, and aquatic wonders of Tenkiller Ferry Lake. the National Cowboy and WestMedicine Park is another great choice with ern Heritage Museum explores its luxury cobblestone resorts, only an hour life in the West as it once was. Visit and a half drive from the metro. Norman to see both the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and the Sam Noble Museum to explore natural history and visual arts. Place to See and Be Seen

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When the babysitter arrives and the night is yours, head to the BOK Center for one of many exciting concerts. The First Friday Art Crawl provides access to all the art galleries in downtown Tulsa, many of which offer light refreshments while you peruse art. If you’re looking for a more physical outing, Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge mixes cocktails, beer and bowling in a fun, social atmosphere. Head to the 49th floor of the Devon Energy Center and dine in

Oklahoma has a booming social scene, and Tulsans visit Brookside to shop, dine and drink. Midtown’s hot spot is Utica Square, with gorgeous outdoor scenery and numerous shopping and dining spots. Guthrie Green brings out residents for movie nights, yoga and concerts. It’s a no-brainer than OKC residents visit an OKC Thunder Game to feel the electric camaraderie of the fans, and others get dolled up to dine and drink at Vast or Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse.

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scribe fans of the Oklahoma City Thunder as passionate would be an understatement, as home (and away) games are consistently packed with legions of blue and orange die-hards. Summertime brings out America’s favorite pastime; the Tulsa Drillers and Oklahoma City Dodgers take on other MiLB teams with the sounds of passionate fans cheering them to victory.

Pub/Brewery A great pub means you come for the beer but stay for the ambiance. Tulsa’s McNellie’s is the place to be for a cold one plus tasty fare, and Marshall Brewing Co. offers tours and tastings to your heart’s content. And although it’s a newbie on the block, Prairie Brewpub downtown is often packed to the brim with content consumers. Republic Gastropub mixes an upscale eatery with a relaxed beer bar, and Bricktown Brewery is the perfect pub to kick back and watch the game. COOP Ale Works offers 16 rotating beers on tap and creates one of Oklahoma’s most prized brand of brews. OKC THUNDER GAMES, BEST PLACE TO SEE AND BE SEEN (OKC) PHOTO BY ZACH BEEKER COURTESY OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

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Stop on the Radio Dial If you want an entertaining ride to and from work in Tulsa, tune in to 1430 AM KTBZ for sports talk and commentary. MIX 96.5 KRAV combines nostalgic hits from the ’90s and today’s top bangers, and 106.9 K-HITS keeps you up to date on the most current music from around the country. For the classic rock buffs in OKC, try 92.5 KOMA for hits from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. 98.9 KYIS is all about the contemporary hits, and 88.9 KYLV spins Christian contemporary.

Wedding or Party Venue Picking a place to celebrate the greatest day of your life may be tricky, but only because Oklahoma has so many perfect venues. Dresser Mansion is the place for lovers of all things rustic to tie the knot, while Sky Loft at First Place Tower offers breathtaking urban views of downtown Tulsa. Spain Ranch has a reputation for excellence, with indoor and outdoor options in Jenks. For a gorgeous waterfront wedding, OKC couples choose the Devon Boathouse. If you

want a penthouse experience, choose the wildly popular V2 Events at Vast. For a glitzy experience in a modern atmosphere, the Skirvin Hilton Hotel is just the ticket. Or if you’d prefer an outdoor venue with a gorgeous floral backdrop, try Coles Garden.

Winery When you think of Oklahoma, you might not picture wineries, yet Oklahoma houses quite a few of them. Girouard Vines is nestled in downtown Tulsa and offers a tasting room and plenty of wines to try. Silvertop Farm and Vineyards in Ponca City has 4,000 acres of farm and hosts rousing events and weddings. Whispering Vines Vineyards and Winery offers tours of its lovely grounds and tastings. Waters Edge Winery imports grapes from around the world and thrives in its family-oriented atmosphere. Wild Horse Canyon Farms Winery and Gourmet Spreads creates a titillating wine jelly and delicious grape spreads, and Summerside Vineyards is working on opening an expansive location in Tuttle to amp up its wine production.


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Whether you’re craving cupcakes, cookies or croissants, Tulsa and OKC have many places ready to please. Merritt’s Bakery is a staple for baked treats in Tulsa with several locations, making it convenient to satisfy your sweet tooth. Ann’s Bakery is Tulsa’s oldest scratch bakery, known for delicious treats since 1938. Queenie’s Cafe and Bakery serves pies, cakes and cookies but switches it up with salads, sandwiches and burgers. Cafe 501 has a loyal following in OKC for its breads, cookies and cupcakes, and Cuppies and Joe serves coffee along with an extensive cupcake menu in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere. La Baguette Bistro has been pleasing diners in Norman with its freshbaked European breads and pastries since 1984.

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Oklahoma is known for having some of the country’s best barbecue, and these restaurants stand tall among giants. Elmer’s BBQ is known for its old-

school style and some of the best side dishes in Tulsa. The line for Burn Co. Barbeque often stretches down Boston Avenue, though showing up late may give you a chance to try the famous refugee plate. Rib Crib specializes in hickory-smoked barbecue in a casual setting. Oklahoma Joe’s has a stellar reputation for its pulled pork, and burnt ends, and Albert G’s Bar-B-Q is also a favorite among Tulsa readers for quality service and fare. In OKC, Iron Star offers its own take on barbecue in a fine dining atmosphere. Earl’s Rib Palace has six locations in the OKC metro area and has been a barbecue staple for 21 years, and Backdoor Barbecue offers great food with friendly service.

Breakfast Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you deserve more than a quick granola bar on the way to work. Brookside by Day is a favorite among our Tulsa readers for its classic breakfast options and friendly staff. Phill’s Diner serves some of the best hash browns in town and has kept Tulsans happy for years. Savoy Restaurant serves family-style meals from recipes dating back to 1925, and Old School Bagel Cafe lives up to its name by using the classic technique of water-boiling their bagels before baking them. In OKC, Kitchen No. 324 serves seasonally inspired dishes that are made using locally sourced and sustainably farmed ingredients when possible. Classen Grill has been


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Burger Chowing down on a juicy hamburger is one of life’s simple joys. Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili has been impressing Tulsans since 1975. Fat Guy’s Burger Bar serves up a superb two-patty burger right by ONEOK Field. Brownie’s serves gourmet burgers with all the fixins’, and Billy’s on the Square can make you a handcrafted burgers in a laid back atmosphere. Flatire Burgers boasts 19 different burgers to choose from, so you’ll never get tired of the grub. The Garage’s many savory patties will make your mouth water, and for fast yet delicious fare, visit Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers.

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Coffee: nectar from the (caffeinated) gods. DoubleShot Coffee Company flies their beans in from around the world and sells awesome merch to boot. Topeca Coffee proudly roasts in Tulsa and offers every type of bean imaginable. Mecca Coffee Company can whip up your favorite drink with ease, or you can chow down on vegan snacks alongside your brew at Chimera Cafe. Coffee House on Cherry Street is a popular hangout with live music and custom made drinks. OKC residents prefer the ever-reliable behemoth Starbucks, while others turn to The Red Cup for tasty chai, mochas and more. Many can’t get enough of All About Cha with its custom baked goods, coffee and tea.

Deli/Sandwich Shop Nothing is quite as simple and comforting as a sandwich, and PJ’s Sandwich Shoppe offers fresh bread plus quality meats and veggies. Jason’s Deli has every type of sandwich imaginable, and Felini’s Cafe and Bakery serves up custom orders so every customer is satisfied. Any sandwich list wouldn’t be complete without Bill and

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Ruth’s, and Trenchers Delicatessen has all the freshest ingredients for the perfect sandwich. For the OKC ’wich-lovers, City Bites takes the cake with excellent service and products. Someplace Else, A Deli and Bakery has a menu teeming with food to explore, and ND Foods serves up generous portions in a cozy atmosphere. 2017

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Everyone loves dessert, especially at Glacier Confection, whose handcrafted treats were included in the Food Network’s “Best Chocolate in America” list in 2017. Michael V’s can whip up baked fudge, 3:16 PM layered cakes and pie, and you’ll have a hard time choosing one of many delicious desserts at The Cheesecake Factory. For a swanky atmosphere and unique treats like peanut dacquoise and tart, Vast in OKC is just the place to go. For an affordable, laidback atmosphere and hand-baked desserts, visit Cuppies and Joe. Cheever’s Cafe will surely conclude your meal with a smile with its quirky sweet strawberry biscuits and ice cream balls.

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Is there anything more quintessentially American than a cozy diner? Phill’s Diner has cultivated a loyal following with its delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Tally’s Good Food Cafe says it all in the name: the goodness of the food, like chicken fried steak and burgers, can’t be overstated. At Dilly Diner, you’ll come for the (scrumptious) fare, but stay for the excellent service and retro atmosphere. Keep it sunny at Sunnyside Diner in OKC with affordable combo meals that will get your morning started off right. In Norman, The Diner offers authentic digs and tasty grub, and Good Gravy! Diner slathers its breakfast options in your choice of many delectable gravy options.

Fast Food Fast food is the perfect antidote to a long day. Oklahomans choose Arby’s as their top pick for the unbeatable curly fries and roast beef. Others love the vibe and grub at SONIC Drive-In, whose tater tots are a thing to be admired. For authentic yet affordable Tex-Mex, Taco Bueno is just the ticket, and if you’re craving chicken nuggets or a burger, head to Wendy’s.

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Suit up and visit Polo Grill in Tulsa for awardwinning seasonal menus and an enviable wine list. If you’re craving Creole, stop by Palace Cafe or visit Juniper for craft cocktails and stupendous service. Tallgrass Prairie Table offers you a romantic ambiance paired with wholesome, farm-to-table entrees. The service and fare at Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse in OKC can’t be beat. To dine with a view, Vast is to be the hottest ticket in town, and Viceroy Grille will supply you with a one-of-a-kind upscale dining experience.

Food Truck Food trucks are the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors with the restaurant fare you love. MooChewSooey BBQ is run by a husband and wife team passionate about barbecue, and they also cater if you’re so inclined. Lone Wolf Banh Mi is again run by a married duo who combine Vietnamese and French cuisine for wildly popular dishes, and Andolini’s Pizzeria impresses Tulsans with its massive amount of pizza options. Big Truck Tacos in OKC serves up the best Mexican cuisine money can buy. For both sweet and savory crepe options, head to Crepes N Tater Cakes, or visit I Don’t Know and I Don’t Care for everything from carnitas to grilled cheese. 2017

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Italian The finest wines, pastas and pizzas are all found at Oklahoma’s glorious Italian restaurants. Take Dalesandro’s Italian Cuisine, whose fresh ingredients are second to none. Ti Amo Ristorante Italiano has two locations in Tulsa and creates a romantic atmosphere for a lovely night out. You can’t go wrong with the butternut squash ravoili or gnocchi at Biga, or visit Villa Ravenna with its fare for even the most sophisticated of palates. OKC Italian food lovers head to Stella Modern Italian Cuisine for an elegant atmosphere and scrumptious lunch, brunch and dinner options. Gabriella’s Italian Grill and Pizzeria boasts some of the most delicious pizza in the city, and Moni’s Pasta and Pizza offers up award-winning Italian fare in a warm atmosphere.

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The perfect margarita is hard to find and impossible to forget. Tulsans imbibe at Mi

Cocina, with its premium tequila and many marg flavors. Others visit El Maguey Mexican Restaurant for delectable on-the-rocks or frozen options. And for a relaxed patio view and handmade margs, head to Cafe Ole, nestled in Brookside. Iguana Mexican Grill is the perfect stop in OKC to relax with a margarita after a long day. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop offers fishbowl cocktails for big groups or a plethora of flavored margs just for you. Ted’s Cafe Escondido is serious about their specialty libations, and Abuelo’s can provide skinny, platinum, frozen or on-the-rocks versions of any drink you crave.

Mexican It’s no secret – Oklahomans adore Mexican food, and Tulsans visit Mi Cocina for tasty Mexican fare in an upscale environment. The patio views at Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina are second to none, and Elote Cafe and Catering has dozens of mouth-watering dishes to try, like the delectable puffy tacos. For a rooftop view and savory fare, visit El Guapo’s Cantina downtown, or try Senor

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Tequila Mexican Grill and Cantina for its legendary drinks, apps and entrees. And diners in both Tulsa and OKC head to Ted’s Cafe Escondido for a traditional meal in a whimsical environment. Diners in OKC try Iguana Mexican Grill for twists on traditional dishes, and others love Alfredo’s Mexican Cafe for the casual setting and wide array of dishes.

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Outside Dining Everyone loves dinner with a view, especially at Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina, which offers an outdoor cabana bar to get you in the vacation spirit. Experience rooftop views and delicious drinks at El Guapo’s Cantina, or take in the river-front panorama at Blue Rose Cafe. Fans of outdoor dining in OKC head to Museum Cafe, located inside the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, for a sophisticated patio experience. Others kick back and relax outside at Louie’s Grill and Bar, while some love the rooftop bar and views at Cafe do Brasil.

Pizza All pizza is good pizza, but some choices are a cut above the rest. Tulsa and OKC residents alike voted Hideaway Pizza to the top with its wide range of flavors for every kind of pizza lover. You can’t beat the ambiance and fresh flavors at Andolini’s Pizzeria, and Mazzio’s is another classic choice for delivery or dine-in. Both sets of voters also agree that Upper Crust Pizza is in the highest echelon of pies, and the mouthwatering brick-oven choices at Hey Mambo in Tulsa

will be sure to please. OKC dwellers also voted up The Wedge Pizzeria for the highest quality ingredients and tasty fare.

Place to Take OutOf-Town Guests Want to made the best impression with some high-end dining? Look no further than Polo Grill in Utica Square for excellent ambiance and scrumptious American fare. Skip over to Cherry Street to wine and dine at Palace Cafe, a Creole hot spot with locally sourced ingredients. Another winning choice

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2017 for lovers of eclectic and tasty fare is Stonehorse Cafe. You can’t go wrong with the many choices at Celebrity Restaurant, and the savory comfort food at the Hammett House will surely keep everyone in RIB CRIB, BEST BARBECUE a great mood. RESTAURANT (TULSA) PHOTO COURTESY RIB CRIB OKC voters chose Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse for quality service and mouthwatering steak, while rant boasts a world-class Caesar salad, and others turn to Vast for its breathtaking views plenty of other green options to boot. Tulsa and expansive menu. For a hearty Southern and OKC residents alike love the numerous meal cooked to perfection, visit Cheever’s choices at Jason’s Deli, and both sets of Cafe. From breakfast to a late dinner, FLINT voters also turn to Charleston’s Restaurant in downtown OKC has you covered, and for its legendary kale, salmon and chicken Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge offers bold club salads. flavors and seasonal favorites from within the For all-natural and organic green treats in 21c Museum Hotel. Norman, visit Coolgreens, or try out the numerous options at Cafe 501, like the grilled beef tenderloin salad.

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salsa. Cherry Street houses Mi Cocina, which creates garlic-infused salsa for a mouthwatering twist. Cafe Ole has been a crowd favorite for 20 years in Brookside, and Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina keeps that first impression solid with its always-fresh salsa. OKC residents love to dine at Ted’s Cafe Escondido for its tasty salsa options. Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant always keeps it authentic with that pre-meal treat, and 1492 New World Latin Cuisine offers upscale salsa options that will surely impress.

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2017 and Market defies the odds and always goes the extra mile for the freshest ingredients. Bonefish Grill is another great option for fresh food from the sea, as is White River Fish Market and Restaurant, a Tulsa staple since 1932. For the freshest catch in OKC, head to the 49th floor of Devon Energy Center to dine at Vast. And although you’d assume Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse is all about the beef, the seafood options are endless. Pearl’s Oyster Bar boasts calamari, shrimp, crab and ahi tuna, and The Shack Seafood and Oyster Bar offers up Cajun-Creole creations that will excite lovers of good seafood.

Steakhouse Carnivores: this one’s for you. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse believes steak is the star of its menu, and it shows with the numerous meat options in both Tulsa and OKC. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar never fails to cook the steak just the way you like. Ruth’s Chris Steak House will deliver on the perfect ribeye or filet mignon, and Freddie’s Bar-B-Que and Steak House offers a more casual environment with topnotch meats. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse in OKC gives you every aspect of a perfect dining experience, from service to food. Red PrimeSteak offers up elegant and modern design plus grade-A product. Junior’s puts a twist on the traditional with mouthwatering surf ’n’ turf, and Cattlemen’s Steakhouse is so tasty, it’s been featured on Diners, Driveins and Dives, plus Southern Living and Man vs. Food.

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dozen, but certain establishments stand out with their sophisticated style and rock star entrees. Virgola Oysters and Italian Wine Bar brings Italy to you with delicious seafood platters in a high-end atmosphere. Amelia’s combines sleek architecture and friendly service for a delicious meal without the pretense. Bin 35 Bistro combines French and American cuisine in a chic environment. Prairie Brewpub’s laid-back ambiance and numerous brews make it a place to be in downtown Tulsa, and the elusive Bull in the Alley may be difficult to find, but the food is worth the search. Experimental dishes and a phenomenal patio await at The Hutch on Avondale in OKC. Barrios Fine Mexican Dishes serves up wood fired fajitas, smashed guacamole and basically every other Mexican delicacy under the sun. For an upscale, European vibe, visit En Croute or try The Pritchard for an impressive wine list and tasty individual or group plates.

in at Museum Cafe for three-dollar mimosas before browsing the art or visit Classen Grill for its Mexican-inspired brunch options and fresh-squeezed juice.

Sushi The art of sushi is a difficult one to master, but in the raw in Tulsa has been a local hot spot for years. Just down the street on Brookside at Sushi Hana, you can enjoy new creations, like the fireball shrimp. Fuji offers excellent specials, sushi-making classes and catering, and Yokozuna combines a funky ambiance with super fresh sushi for a perfect evening out. Sushi Neko offers up authentic ambiance and rolls upon rolls. DEKORA! has so many sushi options you’ll want to try them all, and Nhinja Sushi has multiple locations in OKC and Edmond and is a great place for the whole family to try.

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In a world dominated by meat eaters, it’s a treat to find restaurants that cater to dietary restrictions. Chimera Cafe will make ordering easy with various options like barbecue tofu, a vegan BLT and tasty sides like hummus or veggie chips. The Vault serves up plenty of meat-free grub like grilled zucchini and veggie wraps, and Ediblend Superfood Cafe is all about plant-based products from blends to acai bowls. The Earth Cafe and Deli in Norman serves up tofu breakfast tacos and delicious quiche. Coolgreens offers healthy quinoa bowls and flatbreads, and Picasso Cafe combines an artsy vibe plus delectable options like the vegan chicken fried portabello and jack fruit pulled pork.


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Travis Meyer – KOTV, Channel 6 Brett Anthony – KJRH, Channel 2 Mike Collier – KJRH, Channel 2 David Payne – KWTV, Channel 9 Jonathan Conder – KOCO, Channel 5 Mike Morgan – KFOR, Channel 4

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Celebrity Attractions TUL Tulsa Ballet TUL Tulsa Performing Arts Center/Tulsa Opera TUL Oklahoma City Philharmonic OKC Oklahoma City Ballet OKC Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma OKC

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Mill Creek Lumber Jay Rambo Co. Sullivan’s Custom Cabinetry Northwest Building Supply Cooper Cabinet Systems Monticello Cabinets and Doors

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Richard Neel Interiors SR Hughes Hawley Design Furnishings 30A Home Interior Gilt Mister Robert Fine Furniture and Design

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1. Gilley Electric 2. Aspen Electrical Services LLC/ Colburn Electric 3. Houchin Electric Co./Harp Service Co./ Firefly Electricians 1. Innovative Electric Edmond 2. Integrated Electric 3. Cobb Electric

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Designer Home Furnishings

Electric Services

Flooring Company

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1. Airco Service 2. McKinney Heat and Air/ Air Comfort Solutions 3. DaVco Mechanical Contractors/ Air Assurance 1. Air Comfort Solutions 2. Airco Service 3. A1 Heat and Air

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Home Builder 1.

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Barron and McClary General Contractors/Jordan and Sons Brian D. Wiggs Homes Jim Rackleff Co./Simmons Homes Matt Wilson Custom Homes and Pools Kent Hoffman Construction Homes by Taber

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Lowe’s The Home Depot Metro Appliances and More The Home Depot/Lowe’s Harry’s TV, Video and Appliances Conn’s

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Indoor/Outdoor Lighting

1. LunaScapes 2. Phos Electric 3. Tulsa Landscape/Moonlit Gallery Outdoor Lighting 1. Lowe’s 2. Hunzicker Brothers 3. FLX Architecture and Interior Design

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

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In-Home Video/Audio

Video Revolution Audio Advice Newave Technology of Tulsa Audio Dimensions Sound Advice Ford AV

Interior Designer

TUL TUL

1. Richard Neel Interiors 2. Christopher Murphy Designs 3. Austin Bean Design Studio/SR Hughes/Silex Interiors 1. Carson See – Sees Designs 2. 30A Home 3. Jennifer Welch – Jennifer Welch Designs

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

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Kitchen Designer

Kitchen Ideas Carriage House Design Surfaces/Kitchen Concepts KB Gallerie Urban Kitchens A Karen Black Company

Landscape Designer

1. Southwood Landscape and Garden Center 2. Kingdom Landscape 3. Clare Ashby Landscape Architect/ Hardscape Materials 1. Caviness Landscape Design 2. John Fluitt Landscape Design 3. TLC Garden Centers

Lawn and Garden Store

TUL TUL

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1. Westlake Ace Hardware TUL 2. Southwood Landscape and Garden Center TUL 3. Sanders Nursery/Ted and Debbie’s Flower Garden/Under the Sun Garden Center TUL 1. TLC Garden Centers OKC 2. Under the Sun Garden Center OKC 3. Lowe’s OKC

Lawn Maintenance 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

LawnAmerica TruGreen Lawn Care Kingdom Landscape Urban Lawn and Garden Squared Away Lawns Allmighty Lawns

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Garbe’s Andrews Lighting and Hardware Gallery LifeStyles LifeStyles Andrews Lighting and Hardware Gallery Voss Lighting

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

The Edge at East Village RiverWalk Crossing The Boxyard 21c Museum Hotel/SoSA District Carnegie Centre/Woodland Park Innovation District

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Sherwin-Williams Benjamin Moore Spectrum Paint/Elder Paint and Wallpaper H-I-S Coatings Sherwin-Williams Anchor Paint

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Lighting Store

New Development

Paint Store


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Pool Designer 1.

2017

2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Fiesta Pools and Spas/ Atlantis Pools and Spas Dolphin Pools and Spas Blue Haven Pools and Spas Caviness Landscape Design Blue Haven Pools and Spas Prestige Pools and Spas

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Mullin Plumbing/Airco Service Allied Plumbing Service Roto-Rooter/Williams Plumbing and Drain Lonnie’s Plumbing Keith Bailey Plumbing Mike Ramsey’s Plumbing

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Walter and Associates McGraw Realtors Keller Williams Realty/Coldwell Banker Keller Williams Realty Century 21 Prime Realty

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Powers Design and Build David Trebilcock Construction Signature Properties Kent Hoffman Construction Remodeling Concepts Lee Remodeling and Construction

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

A-Best Roofing Elliott Roofing T-Town Roofing Elliott Roofing Troy Benear Roofing Basey’s Roofing

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F5 Storm Shelters Great Plains Storm Shelters FamilySAFE/TornadoSafe Storm Safe Shelters F5 Storm Shelters Oklahoma Shelters/Biggs Backhoe and Trucking

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Plumbing Service

Real Estate Company

Remodeler

Roofer

Storm Shelter

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Thermal Windows Window World Pella Windows and Doors Champion Window Pella Windows and Doors Thermal Windows

Accounting Firm

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Window Company

2017

OKC

1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Carl Webb, CPA Eide Bailly LLP HoganTaylor LLP Eide Bailly LLP HoganTaylor LLP Larry K. Anderson, CPA

Airline

1. Southwest Airlines 2. American Airlines 3. Delta Air Lines

Assisted Living Center 1. Montereau 2. Inverness Village 3. Oklahoma Methodist Manor 5/31/17 5:27 PM

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1. Saint Ann Retirement Center 2. The Mansion at Waterford Assisted Living 3. Grace Living Center

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Attorney

1. William R. Grimm – Barrow and Grimm TUL 2. Michael L. Barkett – The Barkett Law Firm/ Sam P. Daniel – Doerner, Saunders, Daniel and Anderson TUL 3. Brad Beasley – Boesche McDermott LLP/ Bruce Edge – Edge Law Firm TUL 1. Randall K. Calvert – Calvert Law Firm OKC 2. Mark E. Hammons Sr. – Hammons, Gowens, Hurst and Associates OKC 3. Donelle Ratheal – Ratheal, Maggard and Fortune/Randel Shadid OKC

Auto/Tire Shop

1. Robertson Tire 2. Hibdon Tires Plus 3. Firestone Complete Auto Care

Bank

STATE STATE STATE

1. Bank of Oklahoma TUL 2. Arvest Bank TUL 3. Regent Bank/RCB Bank/Central Bank of Oklahoma TUL 1. MidFirst Bank OKC 2. First Fidelity Bank/Bank of Oklahoma OKC 3. Citizens Bank OKC

Caterer

1. 624 Kitchen and Catering TUL 2. Ludger’s Catering and Events TUL 3. Just Catering by Orr Nalp/Aila’s Catering Events Inc. TUL 1. Aunt Pittypat’s Catering OKC 2. Ned’s Catering OKC 3. Abbey Road Catering OKC

Cleaning Service 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Merry Maids Clean Freaks MaidPro/Mommy Maids Maid OK Merry Maids Clean Freaks

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Yale Cleaners WaterStone Cleaners/LaMode Cleaners Phoenix Cleaners/Fox Cleaners Nichols Hills Cleaners American Cleaners Legacy Cleaners and Laundry

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Dry Cleaners/Laundry

Event or Party Planner

1. Talmadge Powell – TPC Studios TUL 2. Ashley Farthing-Porto – Farthing Events/ Joe Mathis – JA Mathis Co. TUL 3. Lynn Wheatley – Lasting Impressions TUL 1. factor 110 | 110 events OKC 2. Judy Lehmbeck – Judy Lehmbeck Bridal and Party OKC 3. Eventures OKC

Florist

1. Toni’s Flowers and Gifts TUL 2. Mary Murray’s Flowers/ Ted and Debbie’s Flower Garden TUL 3. Mrs. DeHaven’s Flower Shop/Stems/Brookside Blooms/The Wild Orchid Flowers and Gifts TUL 1. New Leaf Florist OKC 2. Tony Foss Flowers OKC 3. Floral and Hardy/Trochta’s Flowers and Garden Center OKC

Funeral Service 1. 2. 3. 1. 2.

Moore Funeral Home Floral Haven Ninde Funeral and Cremation Yanda and Son Funeral Home Hahn-Cook/Street and Draper Funeral Directors 3. Mercer-Adams Funeral Service

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Hair Salon

3. American Fidelity/Prudential

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Two Men and a Truck Murphy Jones Moving Armstrong Relocation Two Men and a Truck All My Sons Moving 2 Fellas and a Big Vehicle

1.

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Small Animal Hospital of Owasso (SAHO) TUL Oak Grove Veterinary Hospital TUL River Trail Animal Hospital and Pet Lodge/ Pooches/Noah’s Bed and Biscuit TUL Pet Medical Center of Edmond OKC Camp Bow Wow OKC Warwick Animal Hospital OKC

1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

PetSmart Petco Cathy’s Critter Cuts/Pet Pro Petco PetSmart Bubbles and Pets Grooming Salon

1.

Home/Auto Insurance 1. State Farm Insurance 2. Farmers Insurance Group 3. Allstate

Home Pest Control

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1. Morgan Stanley 2. Merrill Lynch/Charles Schwab 3. Ameriprise Financial/Edward Jones

STATE STATE STATE

Investment Firm

Law Firm 1.

2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

2. 3.

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Pet Grooming Service

Place to Call When You Smash Your Car

Conner and Winters/Jones, Gotcher and Bogan TUL Latham | Wagner | Steele | Lehman TUL GableGotwals/Drummond Law TUL Doerner, Saunders, Daniel and Anderson/ Crowe and Dunlevy OKC Echols and Associates/Foliart, Huff, Ottaway and Bottom Law Firm OKC Hall Estill/McAfee and Taft/Tawwater Law Firm PLLC OKC

Life Insurance

1. MetLife 2. New York Life

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Pet Boarding Services

STATE STATE STATE

1. Emco Termite and Pest Control 2. Terminix/Arrow Exterminators 3. Mother Nature’s Pest and Lawn/ Zoellner Exterminating 1. OKC Pest Control 2. SWAT – Mosquito Mist Systems 3. A+ Pest Control

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Moving Service

Jara Herron Medical Spa and Salon/ Michael Brothers Hair TUL iidentity Salon TUL Cypress Avenue Salon/ Ihloff Salon and Day Spa TUL Niko’s Salon OKC Duncan Brothers Salon OKC Rutz Salon OKC

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1. Hourglass Collision Repair TUL 2. Barron and Hart TUL 3. Karoll Martin Paint and Body/Bill Knight Collision Repair/A-1 Auto Body TUL 1. Maaco Collision Repair and Auto Painting OKC 2. Bob Moore Collision Center OKC 3. Collision Works OKC

Place to Detail Your Car 1. Auto Oasis 2. Rocket Lube and Wash

STATE STATE

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3. 1. 2. 3.

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Realtor and Company

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1. Peter Walter – Walter and Associates TUL 2. Jacki Crews – McGraw Realtors/Laura Hawkins – McGraw Realtors TUL 3. Brian Frere – Keller Williams/Gant Hinkle – McGraw Realtors TUL 1. Mo Anderson – Keller Williams OKC 2. Jake Hodges – Oklahoma Property Investors OKC 3. Judy Veazey – Churchill-Brown OKC

Rental Car Firm

1. Enterprise Rent-A-Car STATE 2. Avis Rent A Car STATE 3. The Hertz Corporation/Dollar Rent A Car STATE

Retirement Community

1. Montereau TUL 2. Senior Star TUL 3. Inverness Village/Zarrow Pointe/ Town Village Tulsa TUL 1. Spanish Cove Retirement Village OKC 2. Epworth Villa OKC 3. The Mansion at Waterford Assisted Living OKC

Staffing Agency

1. Key Personnel 2. ProRecruiters 3. Robert Half/Express Employment Professionals/JoCo 1. Express Employment Professionals 2. Robert Half 3. Wegener Human Resource Group

Veterinarian/Animal Hospital 1.

Care Animal Hospital/Small Animal Hospital of Owasso (SAHO)

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2. VCA Woodland Central Animal Hospital/ Woodland West Animal Hospital TUL 3. River Trail Animal Hospital and Pet Lodge/ Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital TUL 1. Pet Medical Center of Edmond OKC 2. Warwick Animal Hospital OKC 3. Nichols Hills Veterinary Clinic OKC

Wedding Cakes 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Ann’s Bakery Merritt’s Bakery Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery Amy Cakes Abbey Road Catering Brown Egg Bakery

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1. 2. 1. 2. 3.

Chris Humphrey Photographer Ervin Photography Andrea Dillingham Photography Cary Holton – Cary Anne Photography Holli B. Photography

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Wedding Photographer

Wireless Services 1. AT&T 2. Sprint 3. Verizon

STATE STATE STATE

HEALTH AND WELLNESS Aesthetician

1. Gabriel Horn TUL 2. Laura Downey – Skin Care Institute TUL 3. Lee Behling – Bella Vita Spa and Salon/ Skin Renewal of Tulsa TUL 1. Vanessa Smith – Premier Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics OKC 2. Caitlin Kellam – Premier Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics OKC 3. Natausha Spears – Injectable Aesthetics OKC

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Cancer Center

1. Cancer Treatment Centers of America 2. Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute 1. Stephenson Cancer Center 2. ProCure Proton Therapy Center 3. INTEGRIS Cancer Institute

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Chiropractor

1. Dr. Chuck Zoellner – Zoellner Chiropractic TUL 2. Dr. Brian Roadhouse – Roadhouse Chiropractic/Dr. Justin Snyder - Snyder Chiropractic and Acupuncture TUL 3. Dr. Andrea Javersak - Dr. Andrea’s Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression/Dr. Jack Sibley – Sibley Chiropractic Clinic TUL 1. Dr. Harmony White – Harmony Chiropractic OKC 2. Dr. Joshua Spears – Spears Chiropractic OKC 3. Dr. Jamey Little – Action Chiropractic OKC

Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon

1. Dr. Angelo Cuzalina – Tulsa Surgical Arts TUL 2. Dr. Ladd Atkins – Face and Body Medical Aesthetics/Dr. Bradley Garber – E. Bradley Garber Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery TUL 3. Dr. Bryan Whitlock – Whitlock Cosmetic Center TUL 1. Dr. Juan Brou – Premier Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics/Dr. Tim Love – Dr. Tim R. Love Plastic Surgery OKC 2. Dr. Lori Hansen OKC 3. Dr. Derek Shadid – Shadid Plastic Surgery Associates OKC

Dentist

1. Dr. Mike Hinkle – Utica Dental TUL 2. Dr. Mark Davis – Perfect Smile Tulsa/ Dr. Mike Kincaid – Kincaid Family Dental TUL 3. Tulsa Precision Dental/Berkshire Dental Group TUL

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Dermatologist

1. Dr. Jeff Alexander – Skin Care Institute TUL 2. Dr. Lynn Anderson – Midtown Dermatology/Tulsa Dermatology Clinic TUL 3. Dr. David Minor – Skin Renewal of Tulsa/ Center for Dermatology TUL 1. Dr. Michael John – Edmond Dermatology Clinic OKC 2. Dr. Mark Dawkins – Dawkins Dermatology Associates OKC 3. Dr. Pamela Allen – OU Physicians OKC

Family Physician 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Dr. Joe Reese – Warren Clinic TUL Dr. Brent Laughlin – Omni Medical Group TUL Dr. Gerard McNulty – Warren Clinic TUL Dr. Michael Olay – Mercy Clinic OKC Dr. Joey Fowler – INTEGRIS OKC Dr. S. Dean Brown - INTEGRIS OKC

1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Health Zone at Saint Francis St. John Siegfried Health Club Sky Fitness and Wellbeing/Life Time Fitness Gold’s Gym 10GYM YMCA Healthy Living Center – INTEGRIS

Health Club/Gym

Health Insurance

1. CommunityCare 2. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma/GlobalHealth 3. UnitedHealthcare

Home Health Service

1. Maxim Healthcare Services 2. Interim HealthCare of Tulsa 3. Oxford Healthcare/Visiting Angels

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

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Hospice

Hospital

Medical Spa 1.

2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Skin Care Institute Medical and Wellness Spa Utica Square Skin Care BA Med Spa and Weight Loss Center/ Emerge Medical Day Spa Premier Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics Bliss Medical Spa Genesis Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa

Nursing Home 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Saint Simeon’s Broken Arrow Nursing Home University Village Brookdale Senior Living Solutions Legend Senior Living Bellevue Health and Rehabilitation Center

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OB/GYN

1. Dr. Melanie Blackstock 2. Dr. Lynn Frame – Utica Women’s Specialists 3. Dr. Cole Nilson – Tulsa Women’s Health Care 1. Dr. Anthony Shanbour 2. Dr. Lacy Parker 3. Dr. Darren Goff

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Triad Eye Institute The Eye Institute EyeCare Associates of South Tulsa Dean McGee Eye Institute Eye Care Oklahoma Dr. Jeffrey Shaver - Epic Vision

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1. Dr. Blane Snodgrass 2. Dr. Robert Zoellner – Robert H. Zoellner and Associates 3. Dr. Denise Roddy – Advanced Eye Care 1. Dr. Chase Hunter – Within Sight Vision Center 2. Dr. Phil Clayton - TSO Optical 3. Dr. Anita Le – Elite Eye Care

TUL

Ophthalmologist

Optometrist

Orthodontist

TUL TUL

TUL TUL OKC OKC OKC

1. Dr. Mark Andregg TUL 2. Cooper Chockley Orthodontics/ The Brace Place TUL 3. Dr. Michael Hosier – Hosier Orthodontics TUL 1. Dr. Peter Kierl – Kierl Orthodontics OKC 2. Dr. Brian Amy – Orthodontic Associates OKC 3. Dr. Heath Whitfield – Edmond Pediatric and Teen Dentistry OKC

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Orthopedic Surgeon 1.

2. 3.

Dr. Yogesh Mittal and Dr. Greg Holt – The Orthopaedic Center and CORE Medical Group TUL Dr. Ron LaButti – Central States Orthopedic Specialists TUL Dr. Brad Boone – Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center/Dr. Bryan Hawkins – Central States Orthopedic Specialists TUL Dr. Scott M. de la Garza – Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony and Oklahoma Sports and Orthopedics Institute OKC McBride Orthopedic Hospital OKC Dr. David Teague – OU Physicians OKC

1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Dr. Kristin Stevens South Tulsa Pediatrics Dr. Alka Sood – Birth and Beyond Pediatrics Dr. Sabrina Rice Olay – Mercy Hospital Just Kids Pediatrics Dr. Laurie Kukas – INTEGRIS

2. 3. 1.

Pediatrician

Pharmacy

1. Walgreens 2. CVS 3. The Apothecary Shoppe/Saffa Compounding Pharmacy 1. Walgreens 2. CVS 3. Innovative Pharmacy Solutions

Rehabilitation/ Sports Medicine Center

Spa 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Jara Herron Medical Spa and Salon Bella Vita Spa and Salon Spa Lux/Spa Southern Hills Cottonwood Salon Spa Eden Salon and Spa Bella Strada Salon and Spa Suites

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Therapist/Counselor

1. Chris Giles, MS, LMFT – Giles Family Therapy TUL 2. Breakthrough Counseling TUL 3. Amy Kesner, Ph.D, LPC, LADC/Courtney O’Brien, Ph.D, MHR, LPC TUL 1. Becky Wahkinney, Ph.D OKC 2. Kristy M. Mitchell, LPC OKC 3. Allison Kennedy, LCSW – Edmondson Counseling Services OKC

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Weight Loss/ Weight Management Clinic

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1. BC Clark Jewelers 2. Naifeh Fine Jewelry 3. Kay Jeweler

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1. Don Thornton Automotive Group 2. Jackie Cooper Imports 3. Don Carlton Honda/Jim Norton Toyota/ Ferguson Superstore 1. Bob Howard Auto Group 2. Bob Moore Auto Group 3. Jackie Cooper BMW

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

The Perfect Touch Gift Store Nielsens Gifts/Margo’s Gift Shop Ida Red PLENTY Mercantile On a Whim The Market at Quail Springs

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Kathleen’s Kids Gap Kids Lolly Garden/Dillard’s Green Bambino Uptown Kids Marissa’s Room

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Whole Foods Market Reasor’s The Fresh Market Whole Foods Market Crest Foods Uptown Grocery Co.

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Saks Fifth Avenue Dillard’s Macy’s Balliets Dillard’s Macy’s

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Travers Mahan Abersons/Q Clothier The Pinpoint Resource Mr. Ooley’s Blue Seven Spencer Stone Co./S.J. Haggard and Co.

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Abersons Saks Fifth Avenue Dillard’s Mr. Ooley’s Dillard’s Mark’s Shoe Room

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1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Petco PetSmart Southern Agriculture Petco PetSmart A1 Pet Emporium

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Car Dealer

Children’s Clothing Store

1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Weight Watchers BA Med Spa and Weight Loss Center Slim Care Weight Watchers The Broadway Clinic Absolutely Thin

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Department Store

1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Sculpt Tulsa Barre3/Pure Barre SALT Yoga/The Yoga Room Soul Yoga Yoga at Tiffany’s Barre3/Body Mind Yoga

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Eyeglass Store

Yoga/Fitness

1. Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center TUL 2. Excel Therapy TUL 3. Physical Rehabilitation Center of Tulsa/Tulsa Spine and Rehab TUL 1. Oklahoma Spine Sports and Rehabilitation OKC 2. McBride Orthopedic Hospital OKC 3. Sooner Physical Therapy OKC

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SHOPPING

Fine Jewelry Store

Antique Shop

1. The Market at Walnut Creek 2. Windsor Market 3. Zoller Design and Antiques

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’20s Glamour, New Twist A reluctant demolition of a home near Philbrook leads to a dwelling that’s modern on the inside, ‘old’ on the outside. Photos by Nathan Harmon When a Tulsa couple bought a historic home near Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art, they hoped to restore it to its original 1920s splendor. They loved the historical charm of the exterior, and the location was perfect for their lifestyle. They believed the historic home was worth the multiyear restoration interior designer Carolyn Nierenberg and architect/ builder Mike Dankbar would achieve. Sadly, that was not to be. “The home had been abandoned for several years, and there was great interior damage,” Nierenberg says. It was a painful decision, but the homeowners leveled the old house to build a new residence reminiscent of the ’20s on the exterior. “They were very sensitive to the historic feeling in this neighborhood,” Nierenberg says. “They wanted their new home to complement the existing homes in this older area of midtown Tulsa.” Working with Dankbar and Nierenberg, the couple achieved their plans for a home that seems to have been in this neighborhood for decades and speaks of luxury in a quiet, dignified manner. The drama of the home’s upscale interior, in style and function, is seen in the transitional design change from the ’20s to today. The entry, reflecting modern trends and living

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THE FIREPLACE CREATES A COZY ATMOSPHERE WITH SOOTHING COLOR PALETTES FOR A RELAXING NIGHT IN.


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Mike Dankbar

You might call Mike Dankbar a one-man band when it comes to creating new homes. Since 1992, he has been designing and building new homes, most of them in the Utica Square area. Dankbar’s love of housing led him to earn a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Oklahoma, which led to a job with the commercial firm of Russell L. McGee. In 1983, he joined forces with Braselton & Neel, an alliance that lasted until 1992. That year was a pivotal turning point in Dankbar’s career. Richard Neel retired. Braselton took all the commercial clients and Dankbar took the residential clients. “Since then, I’ve built everything I design,” Dankbar notes. “I’m the architect, designer, builder, and I work directly with my clients.” He also does all of his artwork and renderings. Dankbar is definitely not interested in cookie cutter designs for new homes. “Every plan for a home takes at least a year or a year-and-a-half to create; and another year to year-and-a-half to build,” he explains. “I always have one on the drawing boards and one under construction at the same time. I’m not a volume builder.”

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styles, is accented with a tailored, glamorous, custom iron railing typical of the architectural/design details of the 1920s. That handsome railing follows the stairs up to a large bay window on the second floor, overlooking a pleasing lawn vista. That window is significant to the home’s design theme. It is one of many floor-toceiling windows in every room that brings the beauty of the outdoors into elegant, comfortable living areas. “The couple wanted the outdoors to become part of almost every room,” Nierenberg says. “To make that happen, we chose a neutral color palette – soft grays and whites enhanced with brilliant color notes in contemporary art.” Nature is an important accessory in this

luxurious home. From every room, there is a view of the front lawn or the back patio and pool and beautifully landscaped areas. To accommodate the family’s love for bringing the outdoors inside, there are few draperies throughout the home. Where window coverings are necessary, they are either on remotecontrolled roller shades or hidden in valances recessed in the ceilings. “The couple’s goal was to have a warm, casual home that would be family friendly in every room,” Nierenberg says. “The clients were very dedicated to researching the products and finishes that would make the home look like it belonged in this neighborhood. I enjoyed their dedication to making this home so personal for their family.”

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A Splash of Color A local architect/builder and designer team up to create a high-tech but warm home. Photos by Nathan Harmon When Aaron Rogers was asked to design and build a new home for a prominent Tulsa family, he started from the ground up with a vacant Midtown lot. The couple wanted a large home that could accommodate their children and the husband’s aging parents if necessary. They also wanted all the trappings of a high-tech lifestyle: geothermal heating and cooling, radiant floor heat, energy efficient materials and low maintenance operation. “The husband is a surgeon, so he was very precise and detailed in charting his desires for the family’s new home,” Rogers says. The result of Rogers’ collaboration with the family is a 6,500-square-foot home on a grand lot, including two detached garages, a pool, water features, a spa and an outdoor living area surrounded by lush landscaping. Key to the family’s comfort and a luxurious living lifestyle are the numerous high-tech features that are controlled with a cell phone tap. There is a voluminous feeling within the

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TOP LEFT: THIS UPSTAIRS LOFT IS A GATHERING PLACE FOR THE FAMILY’S CHILDREN. A STONE WALL ANCHORS THE SETTING. A WIRE LIGHT FIXTURE BY INGOMAUR INSPIRED THE CHILDREN TO CREATE THEIR OWN UNUSUAL CHANDELIER. WINDOWS IN THE LIVING ROOM ARE FROSTED ON THE PUBLIC SIDE AND CLEAR ON THE SIDE FACING THE BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR LIVING AREA AND POOL, ENHANCED BY LANDSCAPING THAT INCLUDES BAMBOO PRIVACY SCREENS.


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Designing and building homes is second nature to Aaron Rogers. He grew up with his family’s construction business, so it’s only natural he would earn a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Oklahoma State University in 1999. For the past 15 years, as an owner of a design/build firm and now owner of Rogers Design Build, he has been the go-to person for designing and building custom homes featuring a luxurious, modern style. “I chose the design/build route because the end result is better for me if I do both, due to the uniqueness of the project and the attention to detail required for modern design,” he says. “Even in college I leaned toward a more modern look, but I can design any style,” Rogers notes. “It’s really the clients who dictate the style they want for a home, but I try to give them all the options and possibilities. It’s a very fluid process dictated by proportions and textures. “This house was unique. We worked hard to create a designed view that would incorporate the landscape in every light-filled room. It’s also a very high tech home.” It may seem surprising Rogers does not live in a modern style home of his own design. “For the past five years, I’ve remodeled five homes in that style, thinking each one would be my new home. But they always sell, and I still don’t have a contemporary-style home,” Rogers says with a laugh.

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home. Dramatic 22-feet-high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows enhance the crisp white interiors. Every room brings a view of nature’s colorful palette inside. A black stone fireplace anchors the center of the home, defining rooms that flow easily from one area to another. “There are no sharp corners, crown molding or door facings in this home,” Rogers notes. “Bamboo floors anchor the home. High clerestory windows add architectural interest throughout this light-filled home.” The family had lived in the home for a year when they sought the design talents of Chris Murphy to add color and design drama to an already beautiful and luxurious home. Adding well-chosen splashes of color to the home was easy, Murphy notes. “The wife likes blues and greens. Her husband favors reds, yellows and oranges.” Murphy added

a range of browns, from dark chocolate to glowing amber as anchoring color notes. A mix of textures include chrome, leather, Lucite and velvet, all complementing the stone, wood, Carrera marble and frosted glass that are major elements of the interior’s design and accessories. With Murphy’s love for frequent domestic and international travel, he found old Bollywood posters from India, as well as art and photography by Brazilian and Buenos Aires artists. “I watched this home being built. The clients gave me a fairly blank canvas to work with. I saw the home as a white box with personality,” Murphy, a Bolewood resident, says. “The family didn’t want a museum. They wanted me to add warmth and individuality to each room. I added some human scale to these enormous, grand, voluminous and quite luxurious spaces.”


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Chris Murphy grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was quite certain he wanted to be an architect. At Arizona State University, he realized he preferred liberal arts more. He graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a Master’s Degree in architectural history and environmental design. “Los Angeles became my classroom,” he recalls. Working at an antique store in Beverly Hills also expanded his design interest. For 22 years, Murphy has been known in the design world for modern ideas. As a child, Murphy traveled abroad often with his parents. He still travels frequently to New York, Los Angeles, Palm Springs and abroad for design inspiration. “Each project is unique,” Murphy says. “I like to visit with clients to see how they want to live. I like input from my clients and I always remind them, ‘I’m not going to live in your home, you are.’ It is always a wonderful collaboration.” For this home, Murphy told his clients: “I’m not afraid of color.” “Fortunately, neither were they,” he says.

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THIS IS THE SETTING GUESTS SEE WHEN THEY ENTER THIS NICHOLS HILLS HOME. DESIGNER TERRY CARLSON MIXED SWEDISH AND FRENCH COUNTRY THEMES AS WELL AS INDUSTRIAL ARTIFACTS FOR A PLEASING MIX. LEFT: A FREE-STANDING CAST IRON TUB WITH A ZINC FINISH ANCHORS THE MASTER BATH. AN ANTIQUE LINEN CLOSET SITS NEARBY. THE FLOOR IS FASHIONED OF ITALIAN MARBLE IN AN INDUSTRIAL HERRINGBONE PATTERN. A HUGE OVERSCALE LANTERN LIGHTS THE ROOM.

Informal Elegance Anders and Terry Carlson provide a high-end renovation designed for comfort and functionality. Photos by David Cobb The home was a traditional structure on Drury Lane in the exclusive setting of Nichols Hills, an upscale historic suburb of northwest Oklahoma City. It looked great on the outside. However, the new owners, Dr. Timothy and Shannon Young, thought the 1948 home begged for a new face and personality inside. The Cape Cod style home had been remodeled three times by previous owners. For this renovation, the Youngs chose Anders and Terry Carlson of AC Dwellings, who have done so many home revivals in Nichols Hills the classy residents of one street – Avondale Drive – have considered changing that street’s name to Andersdale Drive. “The home had seen better days,” Terry says. “The Youngs wanted to bring the 5,000-square-foot home into the 21st century. This was the second home we had redesigned for them. They wanted the home to be pretty, functional and comfortable. Most important, they wanted a seamless integration from the inside to the outside entertaining spaces.” The Youngs love to cook and entertain in both their indoor and outdoor kitchens. With three children – and a grandchild who frequently visits his own haven in the home – family comfort is a “must have” priority, Terry notes. The spaces inside the home were opened. Walls were moved or disappeared. Spaces and niches were given new functions. A

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TOP: AN ANTIQUE BED IS FLANKED BY NIGHT STANDS THAT WERE ORIGINALLY BROWN. TERRY CARLSON GAVE THEM A PAINTED TURQUOISE PATINA. THE VINTAGE MIRRORS FEATURE A FRENCH GRAY PATINA AND WERE DISCOVERED AT THE POPULAR FLEA MARKET IN ROUNDTOP, TEXAS. BOTTOM: HIDDEN SPACE UNDER THE STAIRWAY BECAME THE PERFECT AREA FOR A WINE COOLER AND COZY BAR. LEATHER ADORNS THE SWIVEL BAR CHAIRS.

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Anders and Terry Carlson met 20 years ago

while working at the American Floral Services in Oklahoma City. Anders was a partner with noted Oklahoma City entrepreneur Herman Meinders. Terry was the chief technology officer. Both brought a unique heritage to their relationship. Anders came to America from Sweden. Terry’s father was a journalist and the family lived all over the United States. While her father mined each new location for stories, Terry grew up helping her mother redesign each new home and garden. Today AC Dwellings combines the talents of Anders and Terry, and they are known for extreme makeovers on homes that need a facelift or complete renovation. They specialize in cosmetic upgrades and redesigns that take a home to the studs for a transformative, fresh new appearance. Anders and Terry have captured the attention of Nichols Hills residents. They have renovated 16 homes on Avondale Drive, an exclusive Nichols Hills address, near the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. They have lived in three of those homes and one on Nichols Road. Their homes reflect luxurious elegance while still honoring the utmost in functionality.

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soft color palette unified the interior in the 12-room home. All the walls are pale oak. The white floors were hand scraped and wire brushed. Based on Anders’ international heritage, the Carlsons mixed Swedish and French Country antiques with a variety of more industrial pieces to give the home a more modern, trendy look, without compromising on comfort, beauty or efficiency. An outdoor entertaining area now spans the full space of the back of the home. It includes a pool, full kitchen and grilling area, as well as quite comfortable outdoor seating/ dining and television areas. The Carlsons truly achieved the seamless integration the Youngs requested. The open feeling of the home is evident and welcoming as guests enter the comfortable main living area. Rooms flow easily into

each other, creating an inviting sense of fluid, open spaces. Conversation areas abound. Many of the home’s accessories and special features were found by Terry in Roundtop, Texas, which has long been a regional mecca for antique aficionados. That is where she found unusual elements, from light fixtures to bedside tables and mirrors, all of which have given this home its unique and luxurious personality. “The Youngs’ home now expresses the informal way people live today. Formality is out. Function and comfort are the most important elements of today’s interior design,” Terry says. “To do any home renewal, we try to get inside the client’s head while making the home reflect their lifestyle and personality,” she adds. “Our clients often tell us, ‘Our home has a good feeling now.’”

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he way Grammy-winning drummer David Teegarden tells it, he was driving down Tulsa’s Third Street one day, toward the building that was to be the home of his new recording facility, when he passed a group of people standing outside the fabled Church Studio. Atop the steps, a woman spoke to the crowd. “I knew that someone had bought the Church,” Teegarden says, “and I thought, ‘This is my chance. I can find out what’s going on.’” So he pulled up, parked, and when the opportunity presented itself, introduced himself to the new owner, Teresa Knox, the woman

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who’d addressed the group. “I asked her, ‘What are you going to do with this place?’ I was hoping she’d say it was going to be a rest home or a hotel or something,” Teegarden laughs. “But she said, ‘Oh, we’re going to restore it as a recording studio.’ “We were standing on the steps at the time, and I said, ‘See that little building down there, about a block and a half away?’ She said, ‘Yeah.’ “I said, ‘That’s what I’m doing.’” At that moment, a serious rivalry could’ve been hatched between one of Tulsa’s most famous musicians and the new owner of a


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Studio Row” legendary Tulsa studio, both setting up shop within a couple of blocks of one another. Instead, it was just the opposite. “She immediately ignited with enthusiasm,” Teegarden says. “‘Oh,’ she said, ‘that’s great. What are you going to call it?’ And we struck up a great conversation and relationship. It wasn’t a day or two later that she was texting me with suggested logos for my studio. I picked one of ’em, we added a Grammy to it [acknowledging his award for “Against the Wind” when he was with Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band], and within a day she had it up on the internet.” Knox, with a chuckle, adds, “I think that

marketing and branding are so important and so powerful, and if we’re going to have our own little studio row here on Third Street, we both need to look good.” She even talked Teegarden into renaming his new place. It was formerly known as Natura Digital, which referred to its old location outside the small town of Natura, about 40 miles south of Tulsa. With the move to Third Street, it’s now simply Teegarden Studios. “She said, ‘That’s what you’ve got to call it,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, I guess you’re right,’” Teegarden says. “For some reason I was funny about not wanting to get my name out there.”

Clearly, Knox – founder of Community Care College, Clary Sage College and Oklahoma Technical College, among other achievements – is a believer not only in her hometown, but also in the maxim about how a rising tide lifts all boats. In her efforts to do that for Tulsa’s music community, she draws inspiration from the city’s recently deceased Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell, who originally turned the old church building into a recording studio in the spring of 1972. “My older brother Larry was a huge Leon Russell fan,” she says. “He had his albums, and I remember him talking about the Church Studio, what Leon was doing, what Leon brought to Tulsa’s musicians and the music scene. “I did not know Leon personally. I never went to the Church. Everything I knew, or I thought I knew, came from a Tulsan’s perspective, from a music lover and listener. I’ve always followed Leon’s career, and all the boys from here in Tulsa. I just loved what they were doing. I was never in the crowd or anything. “However, when I was in my early 20s, I did get a job at the Sunset Grill. I was so enamored of these guys and the successes they’d had, and that was my initial connection with a lot of them.” The original Sunset Grill, in Tulsa’s Brookside district, hosted live shows from a lot of well-known Tulsa performers – including Teegarden, who played there regularly with the Bill Davis Band – as well as many other acts from all across the country. Its heyday came in the ’80s, a few years after Russell had left Tulsa for the West Coast following a disagreement with producer Denny Cordell, his partner in the Church Studio-based Shelter Records. Several of the acts that had signed with Shelter came from Tulsa, including J.J. Cale, the Dwight Twilley Band, the Gap Band, and Russell himself. Many other bands and solo acts did sessions in the building that never saw the light of day, including Davis’s aforementioned group, who got in there at the very beginning. “[Drummer] Chuck Blackwell, who had been playing with Leon, came in to one of the clubs where we were playing and said, ‘Hey, Leon’s just about got all the electrons hooked up and going at the Church. You guys need to come in and do some recording.’ So we did,” Teegarden says. “I think we recorded almost an album’s worth of material. God only knows where that stuff is. I think I have copies of it somewhere.” Even after Russell and Shelter left the building, the Church Studio remained a viable recording facility, with perhaps its biggest commercial success coming in the early ’90s. JULY 2017 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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That’s when the Tractors, headed by singersongwriter-guitarist Steve Ripley – then-owner of the building – cut their multiplatinum debut disc for the Arista Nashville label. Ripley, like Russell, recorded a number of both local and national acts there during his nearly two decades at the helm. From Russell to Ripley and beyond, the Church ended up being home to thousands of hours of recordings, to scores of musicians getting their ideas and songs and dreams down for posterity – and, often, for even more than that. But beginning in the early part of this century, the ancient building began going through long stretches of inactivity, which didn’t do it any good at all. It wasn’t hard for Teresa Knox to see that, even from the outside. “I had bought some property right next door to Circle Cinema [about a mile from Church Studio] and my older brother and I had been talking about the Church, so I found myself driving around it, and I got really concerned about the condition it was in,” she says. “I just felt like it wasn’t a good representation of Tulsa and the magic that occurred from ’72 to ’78, which I consider the period of significance. So I went to the county assessor’s office, found the owner, sent him a letter, and we met. That’s how it happened.” Then came the work. “The first thing we did was just clean it out,” Knox says. “It was full of a lot of stuff – garbage, mold. There was even some asbestos in the building. We got that all cleaned up. “While people were running their businesses through there, the building became more and more dilapidated. There have even been some shifts with the recent earthquakes. I think it’s really important that we preserve the Church, first and foremost. So I’m saving the building first and then concurrently working on a business model, a business strategy.” It’s a strategy that’s nothing if not ambitious. “I really want to continue carrying out Leon’s original vision, which is having what he himself called a workshop, a collaborative space for musicians, for songwriters, for engineers and singers. So we’re going to bring the studio back to life, both analog and digital, but we’re also adding a few new things. “Leon used the basement for storage. We’re going to convert it to a listening room and a screening room-

type theater. I’ve been working with [Circle Cinema’s] Clark Wiens on an idea for a music documentary to play in the basement. He’s really inspired me. And we are doing a documentary that captures the restoration process. We thought this [theater] would be great as sort of a satellite location of the Circle for anything music-related. It’ll be small, maybe between 50 and 80 seats, but very plush and very nice.” Knox’s plans also include adding an elevator on the south side of the building “to make it easier for the musicians to get instruments in and out, and to make the building ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] compliant.” She adds: “We’ll have a museum-gallerytype component that will house archives honoring Leon and other musicians who recorded there, as well as Shelter Records, all the things that happened between ’72 and ’78. And I’m bringing in parking. They never had parking on the property. I’ve acquired the lots to the south and to the west and a few other properties around there, just to support what we’re doing with the Church. “Leon created such a cool space, and I just hope we can continue that initial vision. So many people are intrigued by what he did. People want tours. They want to see what’s going on. If it’s just exclusive for the musicians, that’ll be very difficult. So that’s another reason why we want to make it more of a community space, as long as we can isolate the recording aspect of it and protect the musicians while they’re working. I think we are doing that with our architects and the design we’ve put together.” Meanwhile, a block and a half down Third, on a part of the street renamed Leon Russell Road in 2010, David Teegarden is witnessing the final touches being put on his own new studio, which has also taken time to come to fruition. Despite the name change, Teegarden Studios is essentially the urban version of his country studio, Natura Digital, which Teegarden launched in the late 1980s, next to the house he lived in at the time. The first project to be recorded there, he remembers, was a solo CD from well-known Tulsa guitarist Tommy Crook. Teegarden and the late guitarist Mike Bruce produced the disc. “It’s just Tommy playing his guitar with the bass strings on it – no overdubs or anything,” Teegarden says. “That album still blows me away.” Over the years, Teegarden – often working with Bruce – produced a number of other recordings featuring some of the top practitioners of what has come to be known as the classic Tulsa Sound, including Davis, Walt Richmond, Don White, Steve Pryor, Danny Baker and Glenn R. Townsend, along with western-swing act John T. Wills and the Sons of Swing. “We also produced an album for Tulsa songwriter Reed Oppenheimer,” he says. “He had an


alliance with [anthropologist and activist] Jane Goodall and they used it as a fundraiser for their projects.” Of all the discs done at Natura Digital, he says “without a doubt” the biggest one was Cale’s To Tulsa and Back, the 2004 album featuring a number of prominent area musicians working in tandem with hometown hero Cale. “When I’d get clients at the studio, they’d say, ‘This is just wonderful out here in the country. So beautiful.’ And it is beautiful out there,” he says. “But I only lived there a very short time, and then I moved to the city and it’s just too long of a drive. The depressing thing was driving out of the driveway when I had to leave.” So Teegarden bought a building on Third Street with the intent of eventually moving the studio. And eventually turned out to be the operative word. “Periodically, through the years, we’d do something within the infrastructure, adding airconditioning units, having to redo some of the plumbing and stuff, but it wasn’t until late this last year, about December, that we really started the whole hard press on it,” he says. “My engineer, Brett Baldwin, is doing a lot of the work. His dad, luckily, is a commercial contractor and just a sweetheart of a guy. He came in and measured every square inch of the place and drew it all up for me before we started. Then I came in with him and showed him the changes we wanted to make within the building, where I wanted the walls to go, and he drew it all in and they did all the work. Brett and his dad are both licensed electricians, so I got that thrown in with the deal.” Church Studio has also hired an engineer, industry veteran Chad Hailey. Not surprisingly, Teegarden is well-acquainted with him. “Audie Ashworth was Cale’s manager and publisher for many years, and he built a studio in his home in Nashville,” Teegarden says. “Chad was brought in to be the engineer, so Audie, Chad and Cale worked very closely together.” Hailey isn’t an Oklahoma native, but his connections to Tulsa music and the Church Studio run deep. In addition to his long association with Cale, he also worked with Ripley and the Tractors and engineered and mixed drummer Jamie Oldaker’s all-star 2005 project, Mad Dogs & Okies. This was in addition to engineering discs for a variety of internationally known artists ranging from Neil Young to Alan Jackson. “He’s really tuned into the Tulsa musicians, even though he’s not from here,” Knox says.

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ective p s r e p y “M urch h C e h t of eon’s L n i k c a b hat it t s a w y da ntastic a f a s a w r space fo ng a recordi st u j t I . o i stud , I never got w, don’t kno like e it.” k a m o perfect, t going s ’ a s e r e T “He’s our consultant on the studio and the control room and the equipment. I think he’s a brilliant engineer, and he’s been amazing to work with.” By the time this story sees print, Teegarden Studios should be close to opening for business. The newly restored and enhanced Church Studio, on the other hand, has a rollout date of August or September 2018, according to Knox, who adds: “What we had in the mid-’70s, what the Church and Leon were at the heart of – I think we can get that back again. I mean, it was so wonderful, but I don’t think the city of Tulsa and the community at large were very supportive of the music scene then. A lot of the things going on right now are going to set more of a friendly infrastructure. “I believe we can honor the past, set a great foundation for the next generation of musicians, and hopefully bring some big acts to Tulsa as a destination spot. I love the fact that we’ll have these two studios on Third Street, and I know

there are other studios and other businesses here looking at the music industry. I’m just hoping it’ll be a viable industry for our state.” Teegarden says with a laugh: “My perspective of the Church back in Leon’s day was that it was a fantastic space for a recording studio. It just never got, I don’t know, perfect, like Teresa’s going to make it. It was always a work in progress, and it’s so wonderful to see what she’d doing and how she’s planning it out, as a businessperson. It’s fun to see someone like Teresa doing it right.” Knox says: “We’re trying. Really, the current mission of the studio, and my vision, and my strategic plan, is Leon’s. But maybe we can improve upon some things, take advantage of what’s going on with technology, coupled with a very friendly Tulsa that supports what David and I are doing. With such a great support system, a great architect and consultant, and good friends like David helping along the way, it’s just been fantastic.” JULY 2017 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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The Hutch on Avondale, in moving from French style to American progressive, retains its seasonal side dishes.

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rom its rich history as Coach House, The Hutch on Avondale transformed in 2016 into a new, fabulously quirky eatery. In its previous life under chef Kurt Fleischfresser, the Nichols Hills restaurant was an Oklahoma City favorite. Now son Kyle Fleischfresser has taken the managerial reins and moved toward progressive, American cuisine – with some experimentation – while retaining an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. “We are a casual tavern-style restaurant and like to keep things simple but do it really, really well,” the younger Fleischfresser says. “We’ve moved away from

the former French style in favor of modern food. Some patron favorites are the steak frites, the brisket sandwich – on house-made brioche bun – and barbecue ribs. Our beef is from Creekstone Farms, and we work with local vendors for vegetables and micro greens.” Banquette tables in natural wood beckon diners, as does the new bar extending across the comfortable space and featuring the practical touch of handbag hooks and USB cable plugs. This is Fleischfresser’s mixologist domain; when not managing the restaurant’s business, he’s often found crafting new cocktails or chatting with patrons who have scheduled a tasting menu. There are seats at a window overlooking the kitchen for a Chef’s Bar experience, which may require a reservation for a seven-course meal. But a night out doesn’t have to include a tete-a-tete with the chef to be memorable. “The menu changes quarterly, although our proteins stay the same; it’s the sides that change so that we can

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keep it seasonal,” Fleischfresser says. “Lately my favorites are the salad with asparagus and the haricots verts [green beans]. And we have a fantastic booze array, including one of the top two or three best whiskey selections in the state [and] an ample wine selection, and we do a good job on cocktails as well.” Among patron favorites are the smoked salmon, fromscratch biscuits and, more recently, an inspired concoction of house buffalo Sriracha sauce paired with “chicken lollies, where we scrape the meat up the bone so it is one big bite at the end,” Fleischfresser says. All sauces and dressings are made from scratch, and this hands-on aesthetic extends to desserts, with ice cream, chocolate cake and crème brulee among the choices.

AN OPEN WINDOW INTO THE KITCHEN ALLOWS FOR PEOPLE TO SEE THE FOOD BEING MADE.

Fleischfresser wants those familiar with The Hutch’s history PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS to know “we’re very casual; it’s not like Coach House. Come see us; you are well-dressed enough. We’re that great neighborhood bar where it’s comfortable to grab a quick meal.” Closed Sunday evenings and Monday, the restaurant features a fantastic brunch Saturdays and Sundays, including choices for children. Kids are always welcome at The Hutch and are offered “plain things like grilled cheese, kid-friendly pasta, French toast sticks,” Fleischfresser says. “We do not have a regular kid’s menu because we love to cater to their whims.” TRACY LEGRAND

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CONNECTING TO THE BRINY Tulsa’s Virgola goes beyond just raw seafood in crafting jeweled delectibles.

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irgola has the sort of sleek, ultramodern decor that indicates an expensive architect was involved. Clad in black cocktail dresses, the servers are as elegant as the ladies gathered in one corner while sipping glasses of rare (yet reasonably priced) Italian wines. At one end there’s a blackboard listing the oysters available that day: “Mookie Blues (Maine) Salty Start, Cucumber Finish. Billington Sea (Massachusetts) Brine, Rich Cream and Sugar.” And below that, reclining on a tufted leather sofa, is a burly, bearded guy who looks like he stepped out from the pages of Moby Dick. He’s Momo Caine, Platt Culinary grad and formerly executive chef at Treehouse. So what’s the former chef of a barbecue joint doing at a restaurant that uses no heat whatsoever on Tulsa’s Brookside? “I love doing the opposite; I love to learn,” he says. “Every dish is served raw or cured in citrus. I love inventing a new ceviche for each fish we get: shark, wahoo. Raw sounds easy but it’s all in the details. “It would be easy to serve mozzarella with basil, but instead I make imported buffalo mozzarella with a herb-infused olive oil that takes a week to prepare. If I can make something myself, I do.” Taste that Mookie Blues. It was swimming in a tidal river in Maine 48 hours ago. (West Coast oysters arrive here much faster, within 24 hours.) It’s a shocker: sharp, clear and briny. You’re instantly transported to a cold, bracing ocean smashing against a rocky coast. What could possibly be better? Caine steps into the tiny kitchen to make it: a long plate with four pearly-white scallops. Each is soaked with a blend of blood orange juice, grapefruit juice and spices, a mixture that’s been aged for seven days. They’re topped with sea salt, a slice of blood orange, a sprig of dill and fresh-squeezed blood orange juice. This intricate jeweled creation looks like it belongs in a museum and tastes like sweet salty heaven. BRIAN SCHWARTZ

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Run for the Rosés

With food or by itself, in hot, mild or cold weather, this hybrid beauty comes up a winner.

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and leach some color out – usually in less than 48 hours. Another is a blending method popular in the Champagne region of France but somewhat uncommon elsewhere. Here, a small amount of red wine is added to an already finished white wine. Additionally, we have the method of Saignée (pronounced san-yeah), which means to bleed; it’s popular in California (Napa and Sonoma come to mind), and the technique for this occurs when red wine, in its first stages of being made, has some of the juice bled or drained out of its vat into a new vat to continue in production as a white wine with color. This has the added benefit of concentrating the original red wine since some of the juice has been pulled out. Finally, one often sees sparkling rosés from areas that make sparkling wine or Champagne by incorporating the grapes of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and others. The most popular grapes for rosé include: Sangiovese from Italy; Tempranillo from Spain (Rioja is popular); Pinot Noir; Cabernet Sauvignon; Tavel from Cotes du Rhone, France; Provence, France

rosé from Grenache; Cinsault; Syrah; Mourvèdre (40 percent of this appellation’s production is rosé); Mourvèdre rosé from Bandol, France; and Zinfandel to name a few. Portugal makes some lovely rosé that has a slight sparkle to it and is inexpensive. Whenever you find yourself in a state of thirst, and that seems to be often, run for the rosés. It will change your palate forever and you’ll come up smelling like a rosé. RANDA WARREN MS, CWE, DWE

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Sporting a pale, ruby, pink color, this rosé bursts with bright and ripe strawberry, cherry and cranberry flavors. A hint of rose petals and minerality creep into the finish of this delicious wine. Sip this and you sip the southern Rhone valley. Pair it with salmon or just savor on your patio.

Casal Garcia Rosé, Vinho Verde, Portugal $9.49

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Mulderbosch Rosé, South Africa $15.99

Completing our international tour of Rosés, this South African beauty is explosive on the palate with juicy raspberry, cherry and strawberry notes and hits every high note in your mouth. Sneak this one into the movie theater for a liquid picnic under the big screen (screw cap, too).

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his year marked another year I didn’t make it to the Kentucky Derby, but when I finally make it, you can place a winning bet that I’ll savor a cool glass of crisp, dry rosé and skip the mint julep. To me, the chill of this wine, its striking salmon color, subtle fragrances and flavors of fresh strawberries and cherries always put me in a great state of mind. Be certain, I’ll be the truly chic one there (hat and rosé) because dry rosés are crushing the world right now with their popularity and sheer deliciousness. Kentucky Derby or not, dry rosé is to be enjoyed anywhere, anytime. That’s the beauty of it. Rosé in my mind is a red wine dressed in bloomers or a white wine sporting a tan and pumped with steroids. It is perfect to sip in hot weather or at picnics, to be drunk by itself or with food – being a lovely accompaniment to a multitude of appetizers and other courses and – holding its own all year long – enjoyable even in cold winter months. It’s a cross-dresser of sorts in the wine world since it technically finds itself halfway between a red and a white wine. I love the diversity and excitement of drinking something other than Chards and Cabs – rosé to the rescue! Once upon a sip, rosé was nothing more than a quaffable, white zin “blush,” but it has bulldozed its way back into the winning circle of the wine world with its dry style and will never look back. Let’s look at a few shades of rosé or, simply put, styles of rosé. Very popular, especially in France, is the maceration method, where red grapes sit in their juice after the crushing of the grapes


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G R E AT T H I N G S TO D O I N O K L A H O M A

Legends Take the Stage

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Chesapeake Energy Arena hosts two global superstars in July.

nless you’ve been living under a rock for the past sixty years, you know them both well: one is an Oklahoma native catapulted to global fame for his mix of country and rock and roll tunes; the other is the genius singer/songwriter of the most famous band of the 20th century (and all time). That’s right – the illustrious Garth Brooks and Sir Paul McCartney will both visit Oklahoma City in mid-July to play Chesapeake Energy Arena. Brooks comes first – July 14 and 15 – and will play four shows in the span of two days, no doubt due to the throngs of passionate local fans flocking in to support. Over Brooks’ 30+ years in the music industry, he’s been dubbed “Entertainer of the Year” by establishments like the Academy of Country Music and the

Country Music Association, and he has managed to nab two Grammy Awards for his genrebending country/rock hits. Most Oklahomans can also fondly recount a time when they saw Brooks at a baseball game/grocery store/local event and were met with his classic Oklahoma charm. McCartney then drops in on July 17 with his One on One Tour. The man, myth and legend that is Sir Paul McCartney has captivated audiences since his first performances with The Beatles in 1960. By 1963, the entire world was engulfed in Beatlemania as John, Paul, Ringo and George dominated the charts and the hearts of fans across the continents. And although that success is hard to top, McCartney has been met with paramount acclaim as a solo singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and rock icon since The Beatles’ end in 1970.

Chesapeake itself has been on a hot streak in the past year, with acts like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga and Kings of Leon all performing in 2017. Tim Linville, the director of sales and marketing at Chesapeake, attributes this all-star line-up to a special occasion. “This is the Chesapeake Energy Arena’s 15th anniversary, and it’s shaping up as one of our best years,” he says. “It has been truly exciting to watch the growth of Oklahoma City over the last fifteen years. The changes have been amazing. We’re really proud that we’ve been able to play a role in it.” Brooks’ shows begin at 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on July 14 and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on July 15. McCartney’s show begins at 8 p.m. on July 17. Visit chesapeakearena.com for tickets. MARY WILLA ALLEN

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CONCERTS

PHOTO BY PAUL B. GOODE COURTESY CHOREGUS PRODUCTIONS

RIVER WALK CROSSING SUMMER CONCERT SERIES July 1, 8, 15, 22 RIVERWALK AMPHITHEATER These free

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Summer’s Heating Up

Professional dancers from Europe, Canada and the United States will descend upon Tulsa in July for the Summer Heat International Dance Festival, organized by Choregus Productions. This 10-day celebration will bring Oklahoma premieres, a dance intensive and thrilling performances from 10 choreographers. Ken Tracy, executive director at Choregus, is excited about the festival’s second year and the outstanding performances afoot. “This is the only such festival in the midsouth region and is a wonderful opportunity to experience dance,” he says. “We are extremely fortunate to have Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve at the festival for not just one, but two different performances. This will be the first time Ballet de Geneve has ever performed in Oklahoma.”

After Ballet de Geneve, the world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance company is slotted to perform, along with famed choreographer Brian Brooks. The event will kick off with a bang this year – a gala opening performance with solos, duets and small works that combines different dance styles and choreographers, giving a taste of the art to come. Tracy hopes that a festival like this will enhance the perception of Tulsa as an influential arts hub in the United States. “I want people to walk away thinking they have seen some of the best dance in the world today and they didn’t need to travel to New York City, Jacob’s Pillow or the American Dance Festival to see it,” he says. The festival runs July 28 through Aug. 6 at the Tulsa PAC. Visit choregus.org for details.

IN TULSA PERFORMANCES WELLRED COMEDY TOUR July 8 CAIN’S BALLROOM Standup

comedy and writing partners Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester are touring nationally in support of their best-selling book, Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin Dixie Outta the Dark. cainsballroom.com

THEATRE TULSA PRESENTS: ANNIE JR. July 13-16

PAC See the Broadway

Beginners and Broadway Bootcamp students take on the classic tale of a little girl with big dreams. tulsapac.com

THEATRE TULSA FAMILY PRESENTS: IN THE HEIGHTS July 14-16 PAC Before Hamilton, there

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was In The Heights. See the fast-paced musical that made Lin-Manuel Miranda a star. tulsapac.com

MIDWEST HARP FESTIVAL CONCERT SERIES July 16-22 LORTON PERFORMANCE CENTER This series is an

opportunity for harpists to come together. Fun activities are offered in addition to the musical experience. midwestharpfestival.org

DANCING WITH THE STARS: LIVE! July 19 BOK CENTER TV’s hottest

show is back on tour with Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Hot Summer Nights. Fans of the show have the opportunity to see the best ballroom dancers in the business perform. bokcenter.com

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SPORTS FAIR MEADOWS HORSE RACING July 1-2, 6-9, 12-16, 20-23, 26-29

EXPO SQUARE This free,

family-friendly event excites all audiences. The track is north of the Fair Meadows Simulcast Facility. exposquare.com

BIG3 3-ON-3 PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL July 9 BOK CENTER BIG3 is a U.S. 3-on-3 professional basketball league. Combining superstar players and fan interaction before and after the games make this an exciting experience. bokcenter.com

TULSA DRILLERS GAMES July 5-10, 16-19, 27-31 ONEOK FIELD Catch the

PONY OF THE AMERICAS NATIONAL CONGRESS

milb.com

EXPO SQUARE This event features timed competitions, barrel racing and bareback riding. poac.org

team in action for several home games. Grab a hot dog and a beer and relax as the Drillers chase victory.

AMERICAN SHORTHORN ASSOCIATION JUNIOR NATIONALS July 4-8 EXPO SQUARE Observe

juniors as they show their cattle at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex. juniorshorthorn.com

July 13-21

AMERICAN BUCKSKIN 29TH ANNUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW July 23-30

EXPO SQUARE This is the

premiere event for buckskins, grullas and duns. Riders will compete in a broad range of categories. exposquare.com

outdoor concerts showcase the best of Oklahoma’s musical talent with artists like Let’s Zeppelin and The Sellouts. riverwalktulsa.com

SANTANA July 6 RIVER SPIRIT CASINO RESORT Delivered with a

level of passion and soul equal to the charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. riverspirittulsa.com

DIONNE WARWICK July 6 HARD ROCK HOTEL AND CASINO Scintillating,

soothing and sensual describe the familiar voice of five-time Grammy Award winning legend Dionne Warwick.

hardrockcasinotulsa.com

SUMMER’S FIFTH NIGHT July 6, 13, 20, 27 UTICA SQUARE Live

music, every Thursday, all summer long. Utica Square’s summer concert series serves up everything from jazz to rock to country. There’s something different every Thursday and best of all, it’s free. uticasquare.com

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL AND DALE WATSON July 22 CAIN’S BALLROOM Now

traveling as an eight-piece band, Asleep at the Wheel has recent additions instilling newfound energy with a unique style. Dale Watson has flown the flag for classic honky-tonk music for more than two decades. cainsballroom.com

CHEVELLE July 23 BRADY THEATER Chicago-

based Chevelle is a heavy metal group ready to rock the house bradytheater.com

MUSIC NIGHT: AND THEN THERE WERE TWO July 27 TULSA BOTANIC GARDEN Kick back and

relax in the garden with the harmonizing vocals of Tulsa acoustic trio And Then There Were Two. Music starts at 6 p.m. tulsabotanic.org

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE July 27 BOK CENTER Florida Georgia Line is on its The Smooth Tour with special guests Nelly and Chris Lane. bokcenter.com

PETER FRAMPTON July 28 RIVER SPIRIT CASINO RESORT Peter Frampton’s

fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive!, celebrates its 40th anniversary and is one of the top-selling live records of all time. riverspirittulsa.com

MAC MCANALLY July 21 RIVER SPIRIT CASINO RESORT His peers

have voted him CMA Musician of the Year for an

SUMMER ART CAMP

unprecedented eight years in a row. riverspirittulsa.com

ART June 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28

GILCREASE Gilcrease Museum and the Henry Zarrow Center for Art and Education offer an exciting variety of programs for students ages 5 to 12. gilcrease.org FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL July 7 BRADY ARTS DISTRICT This year-round

color. gilcrease.org

THIRD THURSDAYS July 20 PHILBROOK Each month,

this popular Philbrook series offers museum members and visitors a chance to mix, mingle and explore a wide range of fascinating topics about art, design and creativity. philbrook.org

MINI MASTERS: DESIGN IN OUR WORLD July 21 GILCREASE Explore the

monthly event features all of the galleries, studios and museums as well as the part-time galleries in various shops opening their doors to show art from 6 to 9 p.m. thebradyartsdistrict.

different patterns, shapes and construction of objects in nature and in art as students explore the many ways to design. gilcrease.org

SECOND SATURDAYS July 8 PHILBROOK Visit Philbrook

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on the second Saturday of each month for free familyfriendly art activities, tours and scavenger hunts for kids of all ages. philbrook.org

BLACK BODIES IN PROPAGANDA: THE ART OF THE WAR POSTER Through July 16

GILCREASE Propaganda has long been used to mobilize societies during times of war. The posters presented in the Black Bodies exhibition are visually captivating works of art created with the objective of mobilizing people of

ROOTED, REVIVED, REINVENTED: BASKETRY IN AMERICA Through

108 CONTEMPORARY This traveling exhibition curated by Josephine Stealey chronicles the history of American basketry from its origins in Native American, immigrant and slave communities to its presence within the contemporary fine art world. 108contemporary. org

TAC@HARDESTY ARTS CENTER Through July 23 AHHA TULSA The Tulsa

Artists Coalition showcases its work during this extended exhibition. ahhatulsa.org


create a place that reminds visitors of the famous Mercado de Coyoacan, a vibrant arts market near the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City. histoickwms.

Support kids who have raised swine, heifers, cattle and other livestock. oces. tulsacounty.org

WELLNESS NIGHT: YOGA July 20 TULSA BOTANIC GARDEN

FOOD TRUCK WEDNESDAY July 5, 12,

Breathe in the botanical serenity and end your day in a yoga session with Be Love Yoga surrounded by the Garden’s beauty. tulsabotanic.org

GUTHRIE GREEN Make a date for Food Truck Wednesday at Guthrie Green and you won’t be disappointed. The food truck event features a dozen diverse food trucks with live music on the Guthrie Green stage. guthriegreen.com

event is open to the public and features 4-H and community exhibits as well as learning events and competitions. travelok.com

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BOOKSMART TULSA PRESENTS: AN EVENING WITH SHERMAN ALEXIE July 6 ALL SOULS UNITARIAN CHURCH Enjoy the

literature of one of the most celebrated authors of a generation, Sherman Alexie. booksmarttulsa.com

STARLIGHT BANDS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES July 11, 18 GUTHRIE GREEN Since

TULSA COUNTY FREE FAIR July 20-22 TULSA FAIRGROUNDS This

GREEN COUNTRY RV SHOW July 21-23 EXPO SQUARE Shop

hundreds of exciting new recreational vehicles from Tulsa’s top dealers going head to head for your business. You’ll find something for everyone. greencountryrvshow.com

HOME AND GARDEN EXPO OF OKLAHOMA July 28-30 EXPO SQUARE This

TOKYO IN TULSA July 14-16 COX BUSINESS CENTER This fan-based

extravaganza, with nearly 175 unique exhibitors from throughout Green Country and the United States, displays and demonstrates the newest and hottest services for home improvement, repairs, remodeling and gardening. coxradiotulsa.

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THAT ‘90S PARTY July 29 CAIN’S BALLROOM Enter

1947, Starlight has presented quality, live music to Oklahoma audiences each summer. guthriegreen.com

convention focuses on Japanese anime, culture and pop culture. tokyointulsa.

TRIPP HAGGARD MEMORIAL STEAK COOKOFF July 15 CENTRAL PARK, BROKEN ARROW Enjoy the only

annual Steak Cookoff Association festival in Tulsa County that earns points nationally. It’s named after a Tulsan who loved the art of the grill. steakcookoffs.com

TULSA COUNTY FAIR JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW July 19-July 22 TULSA FAIRGROUNDS

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a world of rebellion and cultural chaos where anti-fashion dogmas and an “anything goes” kind of fashion emerged. That’s right: It’s the ‘90s. cainsballroom.

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65TH ANNUAL TULSA POWWOW July 29-30 COX BUSINESS CENTER

This signature event of the Tulsa Indian Club since 1952 began as a small, backyard gathering and grew into a nationally known Native American summer celebration.

CHARITABLE EVENTS GEM, MINERAL AND JEWELRY SHOW July 8 TULSA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS This show

includes gems, beads, fossils, a fluroscent room, jewelry, crystals, working exhibits, a free kids’ zone and lively demonstrations to benefit the Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society. ttownrockhound.org

PUPPY HAVEN’S PUP PARTY IN THE PARK July 8 WHITESIDE PARK The event is a day created for owners and their dogs where they will be able to participate in games and competitions with prizes and more. Adoptions available, too! facebook.com/

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SOMEWHERE IN TIME GALA July 22

MARGARITAVILLE AT RIVER SPIRIT CASINO Travel in time with RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) to enjoy a sunset in paradise.

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SENIOR STAR ROUNDUP July 30

CAIN’S BALLROOM Join LIFE Senior Services and Senior Star at Woodland Terrace and Burgundy Place for a fun afternoon of country music and dancing. cainsballroom.com

HOPE AND FEAR

Philbrook’s permanent collection serves as a treasure trove of artistic gems, and the newest exhibition in the spotlight comes from inside it. Hope and Fear commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I with authentic posters and lithographs. To fully understand the exhibition, one must first analyze the name of the exhibition itself. “We want guests to explore the power of propaganda from two sides of messaging: hope and fear,” says Jeff Martin, communications manager at Philbrook. With that sentiment in mind, the opposing segments of the show make a cohesive artistic unit. “Hope and Fear vividly illustrates two opposing approaches to this conflict,” says Martin. “One gallery includes the pro-war posters while the second features the deeply disconcerting War Series lithographs by George Bellows.” The nationalistic, pro-war posters and propaganda suddenly become sinister when

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KENDALL WHITTIER MERCADO July 1, 8, 15, 29 KENDALL WHITTIER DISTRICT The vision is to

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juxtaposed with the dark and tragic lithographs depicting the consequences of the U.S.’s choice to go to war. “These highly pained scenes illustrate Bellows’ personal take on the atrocities German soldiers inflicted upon the innocent civilians of neutral Belgium,” Martin says. The show runs until Nov. 12. Visit philbrook.org for details.

Let The Youth Shine

The OKC State Fair Park will soon be abuzz with the excitement of the Arabian Horse Youth Nationals, where exhibitors from ages 4 to 19 will showcase their dedication, discipline, sportsmanship and passion for the Arabian horse. “This is a time for our Arabian horse youth riders to show off all of their work and skills,” says Mikayla Boge, marketing director at the Arabian Horse Association. These competitors have been training diligently for nationals; hours upon hours of work earn them the privilege to compete in the biggest event of the year. The process of qualifying consists of earning points at various events; enough points lands PHOTO COURTESY ARABIAN HORSE ASSOCIATION

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you a spot at nationals. As a spectator, one can enjoy a shopping expo, interactive tour or museum exhibition showcasing the history of the AHA, along with contests and workshops for kids. Boge views the move back to Oklahoma City as the event coming full circle since its beginnings in 1993. “Originally, Youth Nationals started in Oklahoma City, so for us to move the show back there is like going home,” she says. “Not only is OKC a great place to visit, but the central location and the fantastic facilities make it a superb place for our horse show to be held.” Youth Nationals run July 22-29. Visit arabianhorses. org for more information. JULY 2017 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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Guthrie Lives On

Twenty years ago, The Woody Guthrie Festival began as a way to honor one man with a powerful legacy. Back in ’97, though, the team had no idea what they were creating – an event that would surpass their wildest expectations. “We stumbled along, an all-volunteer board with a dream of creating an event to honor Woody Guthrie,” says John Robertson, an original board member of the Woody Guthrie Coalition. “We had no idea the global impact our little event would generate: written up in the Wall Street Journal, all major markets in Texas, and even Europe.” Robertson stresses that ever-growing knowhow and community assistance kept the festival afloat in times of crisis; additional support from the Oklahoma Arts Council at the turn of the century created a lasting partnership, bringing a renewed sense of vitality to the event. This year offers songwriting workshops,

children’s concerts, music lessons, puppet making and over 100 performers – from musicians to poets to authors. Four generations of Guthrie family members will also attend, most notably the musician Arlo Guthrie, Woody’s son. Although the festival has changed over the years, the focus remains the same: honoring a man who committed his life to helping the little guy. “The spirit of Woody Guthrie represents so many amazing things about our society,” says Maddie Gregory, current media chair of the coalition. “Along with being a fantastically talented songwriter, he lent his voice to those who might not have had one otherwise. His inspiration is everywhere.” The festival runs July 12-16 at multiple locations in Okemah. Visit woodyfest.com for details.

PERFORMANCES LYRIC THEATRE PRESENTS: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Through July 1 CIVIC CENTER MUSIC HALL

PHOTO BY GUY ZAHLLER

Where & When

IN OKC

CONCERT

This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical is inspired by the unforgettable night when Sam Phillips brought together icons Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. lyrictheatreokc.com

ARTS COUNCIL OF OKC’S TWILIGHT CONCERT July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS The Sunday

Twilight Concert Series will take place on the Great Lawn Stage. artscouncilokc.com

OKLAHOMA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK PRESENTS: OR, July 13-23 THE PASEO Aphra Behn, known to history as the first credited female playwright, has one opportunity to have her play produced and fulfill her desperate desire to leave the spy trade behind her.

oklahomashakespeare.com

DONALD LAWRENCE: AND

July 4-6, 13-20, 25-31

CHICKASAW BRICKTOWN

Back-to-back shows at Lyric Theatre in July mean you have ample excuse to head out and enjoy a show this summer. Disney’s When You Wish and West Side Story hit the stage this month, but not without maximum effort by the team at Lyric. “We have been preparing for

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BALLPARK Don’t miss America’s pastime at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark as the OKC Dodgers take on other Pacific Coast League teams. milb.com

Donald Lawrence is one of the premier choir masters and vocal arrangers. A Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award winner, Lawrence influences choirs across the world. okcciviccenter.com

UPSTAGE THEATRE PRESENTS: LES MISERABLES July 27-29 MITCH PARK AMPHITHEATRE Upstage

Theatre and Performing Arts Studio specializes in teaching performing arts to students from Pre-K up to adults, including singing, dancing, acting and technical theater classes. Support them by seeing Les Miserables. upstagetheatreok.com

#IMOMSOHARD July 31 ROSE STATE COLLEGE HUDIBURG CHEVROLET CENTER This summer, Jen

and Kristin from #IMOMSOHARD take their show out of the playroom and on the road. This time, they’re bringing the kids okcciviccenter.com

FULL MOON BIKE RIDE AND RUN July 8 BAND SHELL Your favorite health and wellness activity is back. Join other runners in a 5K, led by Ultramax Sports Oklahoma, through scenic downtown as the sun sets.

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CONCERTS MEGADEATH July 8 ZOO AMPHITHEATRE Don’t

AFI AND CIRCA SURVIVE

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Don’t miss AFI and special guest Circa Survive.

miss this thrash metal explosion.

RANDY HOUSER July 22 FRONTIER CITY THEME PARK A lifelong road warrior

widely acclaimed for his powerful “cannon of a voice,” Houser has logged thousands of miles and played to millions of fans in the past two years. randyhouser.com

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GRAND FUNK RAILROAD July 29

FRONTIER CITY THEME PARK Mel Schacher, Max

Carl, Don Brewer, Bruck Kulick and Tim Cashion make up the American rock band Grand Funk Railroad. grandfunkrailroad.com

ART AFTER FIVE

ART July 6, 13, 20, 27

OKC MOA The museum

PHOTO BY K.O. RINEARSON COURTESY LYRIC THEATRE

LYRIC SPARKLES THIS SUMMER

these shows for over a year,” says Michael Baron, the producing artistic director at Lyric. “We cast the best talent from Broadway, cities around the country and right here in Oklahoma with auditions in NYC, Austin and Oklahoma City.” Disney’s When You Wish, a new show not yet known by the masses, gave Baron and the team mountains of creative liberty. “The show tells the story of a young girl’s journey into the magical musical world of Disney,” Baron says. “It has only been done once before, at the outdoor Tuacahn Amphitheatre in Utah. I’m excited and thankful that Disney has allowed us to envision the first indoor version of the show, with new sets, costumes, orchestrations and even some new songs, all built right here at Lyric.” Less unknown is the beloved West Side Story, a show about Romeo and Juliet’s romance, transported to 1950s New York City. “We have built a stunning new design for the show but have maintained the iconic Jerome Robbin’s choreography and Leonard Bernstein’s genius score,” Baron says. Disney’s When You Wish runs July 1115, and West Side Story runs July 25-29, both at Civic Center Music Hall. Visit lyrictheatreokc.org for tickets.

CIVIC CENTER MUSIC HALL

SPORTS OKC DODGERS GAMES

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THE BACKGROUND SINGS

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is open until 9 p.m. every Thursday, giving visitors an opportunity to view the galleries and the Museum Store for $5 after 5 p.m.

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FIRST FRIDAY GALLERY WALK July 7 PASEO ARTS DISTRICT

More than 80 artists in more than 25 businesses participate. Art opening receptions showcase the new work of the gallery/studio owners or the works of guest

artists. thepaseo.org

WAVES OF RICHES BY KAREN KUNC Through July 15

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The vibrant prints made by Karen Kunc are derived from a mix of influences developed over time and expanded to form these systematic metaphors. 1ne3.org

PRINTMAKING FOR KIDS WORKSHOP June 22 [ARTSPACE] UNLIMITED

Learn how to make a collograph with local artist Annalisa Campbell of Brayer and Brush. 1ne3.org


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Where & When

CALLE DOS CINCO Calle Dos Cinco in Historic Capitol Hill is a diverse commercial district boasting some of southwest OKC’s best flavors, educational and social services, and shopping experiences.

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Celebrating America’s birthday means stocking up on pyrotechnic goodies or finding a spot on the grassy lawn to enjoy another’s display. Oklahoma boast a wide array of fireworks shows that will keep you feeling patriotic ‘til the last sparkler burns out. Join over 80,000 spectators on the fourth to ooh and aah at Freedomfest at River West Festival Park (riverparks.org), which supports a great cause, Folds of Honor. This charity provides educational scholarships for spouses and children of wounded or deceased military veterans. RiverWalk Crossing’s Boom Fest (riverwalktulsa.com) serves up a full day of events on July 4, from live music to great eats, with the display kicking off at 9:45 p.m. on the Jenks Bridge. Oklahoma City serves a up dazzling show at Red, White and Boom (okstatefair.com) – a

collaboration with the OKC Philharmonic at the State Fair Park. Get inspired by live patriotic tunes and watch the sky light up on July 3. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. If you’re headed downtown on the fourth, visit Bricktown’s 4th Fest (bricktown4thfest.com) near Harkins Theater in lower Bricktown. Live music, food and fireworks at sundown await you. And if you’re lucky enough to celebrate on the water, you can’t miss Duck Creek’s fireworks display (duckcreekfireworksok. com) on July 3 at Grand Lake. An F-16 flyover will begin at 8:45 p.m., and the fireworks begins at 9 p.m. And for a quirkier Fourth of July experience, head to Paul’s Valley for the Watermelon Seed Spittin’ World Championship (paulsvalley.com). This event began in 1957 and combines a patriotic celebration with a fierce seed spitting competition. The event runs all day on July 4 and fireworks begin at dusk.

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NEW WORLD COMIC CON July 29

OKLAHOMA STATE FAIR GROUNDS The goal of this

family friendly comic book convention is to spotlight local talent, the comedy community, creators and artists in and around OKC. facebook.com/ newworldcomiccon

CHARITABLE EVENTS OKLAHOMA AUTISM CENTER FOUNDATION OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT July 17 RIVER OAKS GOLF CLUB

Support the Oklahoma Austism Center Foundation and enjoy golf for a great cause. autismcenterok.

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HAM HOLIDAY July 21-22 BRICKTOWN HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER CORA is a nonprofit corporation created by amateur radio clubs in central Oklahoma. Ham Holiday will include a banquet and fun activities. hamholiday.com

BOWLING FOR RHINOS FUNDRASIER July 22 HERITAGE LANES Don’t strike

out on your chance to enjoy the OKC Zoo’s annual conservation fundraiser helping save wild rhinoceros populations with the roll of a bowling ball. okczoo.org

POSITIVE HEROES SERIES FEATURING JEANNE WHITE-GINDER July 25 SKIRVIN HILTON HOTEL The

Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund hosts this inaugural event. Aimed to educate and empower attendees in an effort to fight stigma often surrounding people affected by HIV/AIDS, it will feature keynote speaker Jeanne WhiteGinder. positiveheroesok.com

AROUND THE STATE PERFORMANCES

BRING IT ON: THE MUSICAL July 1

POLLARD THEATRE Bitingly relevant, sprinkled with sass and inspired by the hit film, Bring It On: The Musical takes audiences on a high-flying journey filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. thepollard.org

DUNCAN LITTLE THEATRE’S TEEN THEATRE July 5-22

SIMMONS CENTER Teens

are welcome to join this intensive, where they’ll take a play from the page to the stage. duncanlittletheatre.com

GASLIGHT THEATRE PRESENTS: THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS July 21-29 GASLIGHT THEATRE This

1978 musical is making a comeback. gaslighttheatre.org

SPORTS PICHER, OKLAHOMA: CATASTOPHE, MEMORY AND TRAUMA Through Sept. 10 FRED JONES JR. MUSEUM OF ART On May 10, 2008, a tornado in the northeastern Oklahoma town of Picher struck the final blow to a onetime boomtown. This photo essay explores the otherworldly ghost town and reveals how trauma can dislocate and reframe

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BEAD AND JEWELRY SHOW

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OKLAHOMA STATE FAIR PARK If you make your own

GREAT LAWN FOLK FESTIVAL July 22 MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS The Great Lawn

Through Oct. 29

SCIENCE MUSEUM OKLAHOMA This comprehensive exploration of the human body gives visitors the opportunity to view the beautiful complexity of their own organs and systems.

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COMMUNITY WILD TUESDAYS STORY TIME SAFARI July 4, 11, 18, 25 OKC ZOO Kids eleven and under are invited to hear stories read by guest storytellers, meet a keeper and enjoy a snack courtesy of Braum’s – all on Grandma’s Porch in the Children’s Zoo. okczoo.org

SONIC SUMMER MOVIES July 5, 12, 19, 26

MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS A much-loved

summer tradition is back thanks to SONIC, American’s

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FIRST FRIDAY GARDEN TOURS July 7 OKC ZOO Botanical Garden

tours featuring the zoo’s 10,000-square-feet Water Conservation Garden are scheduled for the first Friday of each month through October starting at 10 a.m. okczoo.org

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jewelry or love handmade creations, this is the show for you. There are no better deals and no bigger selection. aksshow.com

OKC WELLNESS AND FITNESS EXPO July 8 COX CONVENTION CENTER Bodybuilders from all over converge on downtown OKC. travelok.com

OKC LAND RUN ANTIQUE SHOW July 15-16 COX CONVENTION CENTER

Dozens of vendors will be on hand to showcase gorgeous antique items, such as records, furniture, art and jewelry. heritageeventcompany.com

KICKLAHOMA July 16 FARMERS MARKET BUILDING Don’t miss out on

this opportunity to sell, trade and buy from a large number of attendees. Sample the best footwear in the nation.

Folk Festival, an evening of brilliant folk music featuring Carolina Chocolate Drops founder Dom Flemons, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 22 at the Great Lawn and Bandshell.

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PLAZA BEER WALK July 26 PLAZA DISTRICT This event will feature some rare beers from Prairie Artisan Ales. Sip and enjoy. plazadistrict.org

INDIAN HILLS POWWOW

TOUR OF PAYNE July 1 PAYNE COUNTY EXPO CENTER Cyclists will

enjoy this tour, with 16-, 38-, 62- or 100-mile paved routes available. reddirtpedalers.org

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN July 1-2

GRAND CASINO HOTEL, SHAWNEE Watch members

of the Professional Bowlers Association compete in 2-hour shows. grandresortok.com

INTERNATIONAL FINALS YOUTH RODEO July 9-14 HEART OF OKLAHOMA EXPO CENTER, SHAWNEE

Known as the world’s richest youth rodeo, the annual IFYR attracts the greatest high school rodeo athletes from around the world. ifyr.com

RUN TO THE DARK 5K July 21

DUNCAN REGIONAL HOSPITAL Lace up your

sneakers and line up at dusk as you wind your way through Duncan’s streets. travelok.com

CHANDLER OPEN RODEO July 28-29 TILGHMAN PARK, CHANDLER This traditional

rodeo features bareback riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding. rodeousa.com

DEHYDRATOR BICYCLE RIDE July 29 DUNCAN This event has

distances ranging from 10 to 80 miles. Participants cover rolling hills and plains in Stephens County, including a stretch across the Waurika Lake dam. thedehydrator.org

July 28-30

9300 N. SOONER ROAD This exciting Native

American gathering is open and free to the public. It will feature traditional dancing and competitions for all age groups. travelok.com

FIESTA FRIDAY July 28

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Alexander Mickelthwate

… what made the position the right fit for him and his family. First of all, I had a very inspiring perfor

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mance with the orchestra last November. Musically, it was very gratifying and the audience reaction was so enthusiastic. Second, the organization is a real gem. It’s a very stable and smart place. Third, Joel Levine has been there for 27 years and built amazing relations with the community. I respect that. I love that. And after my week with the orchestra, my wife and I felt that everybody in the organization and the people in the community were really wonderful. And that was that.

… how the transition process will help the Philharmonic. It is a very gradual and respectful move from one to the other, which makes total sense. Joel and I [video conferenced] already several times, just to get me up to date. I can call him up to get his take and experience on things. And that’s something that doesn’t happen too often between the outgoing and incoming music director. I really appreciate this.

… his thoughts on Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City is a really vibrant place. It was surprising to see all the construction, all the projects, the [MAPS 3] park, the Museum of Art, new high rises – very inspiring.

… what made him become a conductor.

I have two brothers, and we all played two instruments in my childhood. It was a very traditional German upbringing where we were just classical. I played cello and piano and played chamber music. Everything was classical. It’s crazy, when you think about it, but that was how I grew up. Then when the question came, “What do you want to be?”, I had several moments when I was 16 or 17, and it suddenly hit me; that’s exactly what I want to be. A conductor. It combined all the things, my love for music, to work with people – it all came together. It’s my perfect job.

… whether he still plays music himself.

I do. It’s more the piano right now. Two years ago I started again. Suddenly, I had a huge urge to play, and I’m playing here at Winnipeg – little things like the opening of an exhibit at the museum or at fundraisers. It’s really nice, actually. Two days ago I played a recital at our noon hour summer concert series. Cello is still a little behind, but I hope to pick that up more.

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fter a 2½ year process and year-long search, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic recently announced they have chosen Alexander Mickelthwate to succeed Joel Levine as the organization’s music director and conductor. Born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany, Mickelthwate is currently the music director of the Winnipeg Symphony and previously served in conducting positions with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Atlanta Symphony. Mickelthwate was the unanimous choice of the search committee out of six candidates, all of whom visited Oklahoma City and acted as guest conductor to the Philharmonic. He will be only the second music director in the Philharmonic’s history and will hold the title of music director designate until Levine steps down in May 2018. The eight concerts in the 2017-2018 Classics will be split, with three concerts each for Levine and Mickelthwate and two concerts directed by guest conductors. We recently talked to Mickelthwate and got his thoughts on …


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