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The Best of the Best

We asked, you answered. Here are Oklahoma Magazine’s readers’ choices for The Best of the Best 2015. Whether it’s stellar customer service, quality, expertise, reliability, personality or all of the above, these chefs, designers, hair salons, stores, music venues, doctors, restaurants and more have been named the best by our readers.

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About 30 miles outside Oklahoma City, in a town called El Reno, a group of hobbyists with a need for speed have converted their chore-driven lawn mowers into souped-up vehicles that take to the track twice a month for Grascar.

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The 2015-16 school year is right around the corner, and with the arrival of new classes and teachers come Tulsa Public Schools’ new superintendent and Tulsa native Dr. Deborah Gist – bringing excitement, passion and experience to TPS.

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Growing up in Iquitos, Peru, Kelly Tandazo has always been excited about the flavors her hometown offers. Today she calls Tulsa home but brings the same delicious authentic Peruvian cuisine to her restaurant, Mi Tierra. Recently updating the restaurant’s décor and menu and announcing it will now be serving breakfast, Tandazo is more excited than ever to share her love of Peru.

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The works of Picasso, Dali, Matisse and Rodin are just a few of the pieces that arrived at Philbrook Museum of Art at the end of May. Continuing through Sept. 13, Philbrook’s latest exhibit, The Figure Examined, explores the meanings artists convey with the human form.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Having choices is a luxury in life, but it can also be overwhelming. I cannot count the times I have scrolled through my social media accounts and seen posts from friends looking for reliable handymen, plumbers, hair stylists – you name it. We all want the best: the best service, the best bang for our buck, the best our money can buy, and many times we rely on recommendations for help. Yelp, Urbanspoon, Angie’s List and other peer-reviewed sites can offer insight into how smoothly a restaurant runs or speak to the integrity of a home contractor. Each year, we give our readers the opportunity to weigh in on their bests: attorney, aesthetician and auto service to wireless service, wedding photographer and even women’s boutique. We received thousands of votes, tabulated them, and now present Oklahoma Magazine’s annual The Best of the Best, a reader survey of the best of everything Oklahoma has to offer. We have made every attempt to be as comprehensive as possible in our 142 categories. But if you see that something is missing, let us hear about it. Visit www. okmag.com to contact us if you think there’s a category we should consider including in next year’s survey. Also in this issue: We can all appreciate the beauty and elegance that goes into the design and architecture of a luxury home. Oklahoma Magazine takes you on a tour of five such homes in Tulsa. From modern to traditional, colorful and muted, these homes represent what luxury means to homeowners, designers, builders, architects and more. There’s never been a better time for beer in Oklahoma. Breweries, both large and small, pop up on a regular occurrence. We chat with some of the state’s newest breweries to find out how they’re making a go of it in the Sooner State. Happy drinking. Jami Mattox Managing Editor

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NEED FOR SPEED When most people think of a lawnmower, they think of weekend yard work in the hot sun. However, when the blade comes off and the engine is tuned up, lawnmowers become much more than a tool to cut the grass. We visit El Reno, where lawnmower racing, cleverly called Grascar, is a celebrated pastime. Grascar is gaining in popularity all over the country, and because the sport includes racers young and old, male and female, it’s a sport that the entire family can participate in.

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SOUPEDUP LAWN MOWERS RACE BIMONTHLY AT EL RENO’S GRASCAR RACES.

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The town of El Reno is home to the unusual, but entertaining, sport of lawn mower racing.

or many, using a lawn mower is an unwelcomed chore, and the faster the job is completed, the better. A group of hobbyists in El Reno takes the concept of speed mowing to an entirely different level. Here, lawn mowers are a form of entertainment, but with a new purpose; they are raced. At a bimonthly event dubbed Grascar, participants from all around Oklahoma, and sometimes from surrounding states, race lawn mowers around a track. Grascar runs, weather permitting, from March through early November. Grascar Vice President Michelle Mayfield says the tradition began about 15 years ago when a few townspeople wanted to pass the time in a unique way. “A few guys were sitting up in the VFW in the bar, and one had the idea to get their mowers out and see whose was the fastest,” Mayfield says. “Well, after their first race, one of them got to thinking that he wanted his mower to be faster than the others’ mowers, so he started tinkering with it without his friends knowing. That’s how the whole

thing got started.” Mayfield admits that the concept does sound strange at first. “When you first hear about it, you think, ‘Now what is really going on here?’ But it’s really just a lot of fun. It’s not a redneck thing,” Mayfield says with a laugh. Grascar has evolved to include 11 classes of mowers, from basic stop mowers up to an unlimited class that features complicated machines with souped-up motors. But in all of the classes, the basic function of the lawn mowers is altered. “The blades are taken off, of course. You don’t cut the grass. You redo the motors so that they go faster, depending on what class you race in,” Mayfield says. Mayfield, who lives in Oklahoma City, says she first heard about Grascar from one of her best friends. “He actually later got married out there on the track,” she says. Mayfield has been involved with the sport for five years, and her

“‘You really race mowers?’ And when I tell them yes, they ask how fast they go.”

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boyfriend has been named champion in his mower class several years in a row. Mayfield has served as vice president of Grascar, a nonprofit run entirely by volunteers, for the past two years. “There is a powder-puff class for women for mowers, but basically I got bored of standing around and watching, so I decided to step in as vice president as a way to be more involved,” Mayfield says. “In the past three years, Grascar has grown tremendously. It went from a track with hay bales around it, to tires surrounding it, to the fenced track we have today. Over $10,000 was spent a few years ago to make the track that we have now.” When she tells people about being vice president of Grascar, Mayfield says she often gets similar reactions. “Some people are surprised, number one, because I’m female. I tell them that Grascar is a nonprofit, and it’s very family oriented. And then people always ask, ‘You really race mowers?’ And when I tell them yes, they ask how fast they go. It all depends on how much work you put into your mower; they can go from 10 miles per hour to 55,” Mayfield says. Actually seeing and hearing the mowers shatters expectations. Mayfield says that most of the mowers are eye-catching and very loud. “Some of them … almost sound like a Harley [motorcycle]. It’s all adrenaline when you get out there and watch,” she says. In addition to mower races, the event has expanded to include regular racing carts and cars of various sizes and classes, says Grascar President Richard Jarvis. Many of the car racers are children, with classes designated for various ages. Children as young as 4 can race, and Jarvis says the oldest Grascar participant is a 75-year-old mower racer. This is Jarvis’ first year as president of the group, but he knows how Grascar impacts El

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Reno. “Grascar brings a lot of money to El Reno since it brings so many people in. The city council and everyone involved seems to think that Grascar is a really good deal for the town,” he says. Jarvis has been a racer all his life, he says, though not on lawn mowers. Now, he has passed his love of racing on to his children and grandchildren, many of whom participate in Grascar. “The rules in Grascar are just like regular racing,” Jarvis says. “It takes a lot of work to build these machines and get them running, so it’s great for kids to learn.” Tommy Kirk, who lives in Yukon, agrees with Jarvis that Grascar teaches children important lessons. Kirk and his family are long-time Grascar participants. “I have grandkids that range in age from 7 to 15 that race in Grascar,” Kirk says. “Racing is a family deal that started when my father was little, and it’s been passed down ever since. The neat thing about Grascar is that it’s all about family. And it teaches responsibility to the kids. They are held accountable to their vehicles and have to work on them. They also have to learn the boundaries of what they can do.” Kirk says that in his family, children who want to race must maintain at least a B average at school. For him, another benefit of this extracurricular activity is its relative low cost. “As far as getting young kids involved, it’s something they can get started in pretty inexpensively. I think that’s one reason why racing is growing nationwide. That, and the kids love it. My grandkids all say they love the speed,” Kirk says. For spectators, general admission to watch the races, both for lawn mowers and regular racing, is always free. Any money Grascar brings in through its members and the concession stand goes straight into the maintenance of the track, Jarvis says. Race winners receive trophies and bragging rights. MEGAN MORGAN

UNIQUELY OKLAHOMA

El Reno’s Grascar races are certainly a unique cultural phenomenon, but it’s not the most well-known event in this city of just more than 17,000. The first weekend in May brings thousands to the city to celebrate El Reno Fried Onion Burger Day, which includes a Bun Run, car show and the celebration of the famed burger, which began in the Depression era. El Reno is not the only Oklahoma city home to unusual cultural celebrations. In Beaver, Okla., the World Championship Cow Chip Throwing Contest, referred to by locals as the Cow Chip, is a weeklong celebration in April that attracts contestants from all over the country looking to fling cow chips the farthest distance. The World’s Largest Calf Fry Festival and Cook-off happens each June in Vinita, Okla. Teams cook countless calf fries in a battle for the best recipe. Other contests, including best cobbler, cowboy bread, beans and salsa, draw hungry festival-goers who may not have acquired a taste for fries. It’s a tournament so famous that they made a documentary. The annual Okie Noodling Tournament, held each June in Pauls Valley, invites the best noodlers from all over the country to take part in hand-fishing to see who pulls in the biggest catch. Thousands attend this festival to take in the spectacle of huge catfish and those who love the sport. – Jami Mattox


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HAPPENING

Spittin’ Time

Pauls Valley is the site of the 58th annual World Championship Watermelon Seed Spittin’ Contest on July 4. Winners will be crowned in three separate age categories, though it’s not likely that any world records will be broken this year. That accomplishment is held by Jack Dietz of Chicago, who spit a watermelon seed 66 feet, 11 inches in 1989. The Pauls Valley Annual World Championship Watermelon Seed Spittin’ Contest is the topic of a question in Trivial Pursuit.

We’re Number One

Tulsa recently ranked No. 1 on Forbes’ list of 10 Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs. The ranking was bestowed upon Tulsey Town due to factors like average income, population with a bachelor’s degree, businesses per capita, cost of living index and commercial and industrial loans.

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Oklahoma is home to 10 turnpikes that cover nearly 600 miles of highway. The average cost per mile to traverse Oklahoma’s pike system is 5.6 cents per mile, but that doesn’t mean all pikes are created equal. The Cimarron Turnpike is 67 miles long, and tolls cost an average of 4.4 cents per mile. The most expensive, the John Kilpatrick Turnpike, runs 25.3 miles in the Oklahoma City metro area and costs 9.1 cents per mile. The state’s longest turnpike, the Indian Nation, is 105.2 miles long with a 5.2-cent-per-mile toll.

Going Down There’s good news for Oklahomans’ health:

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The Centers for Disease Control has reported that the state experienced a drop in the number of smokers from 2011 to 2013, from 26 to 24 percent of adults 18 years and over. Let’s hope this is a trend that continues.

Feet are about to get even happier in Oklahoma. Happy Socks, a Sweden-based company that specializes in colorful, whimsical socks for both men and women, are now carried in at least five Oklahoma retailers: Allton’s Clothing in Edmond, Everyman LLC in Stillwater, On A Whim locations in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and at Travers Mahan in Tulsa.

Guthrie Green was named No. 5 on Thrillist’s list of The Coolest Urban Spaces in America. “Guthrie Green went from an industrial patch of blah to an urban garden and performance space,” the talking heads behind Thrillist said. “It’s not just green to look at either: LED lighting and solar panels reduce electricity needs, and a geothermal well field on the park site feeds ground-source heat pumps at neighboring Tulsa Paper Company building and keeps the earth at a perfectly splay-worth 66 degrees.”

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The incoming Tulsa Public Schools superintendent is ready to lead.

TULSA PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT DR. DEBORAH GIST VISITS WITH LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS.

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ulsa native Dr. Deborah Gist will soon wield the Tulsa Public Schools district’s half-a-billiondollar annual budget and lead more than 7,000 staff members that serve 41,000 students. Previous to her recent stint as Rhode Island’s education commissioner, Gist’s professional highlights included serving as state education officer for the District of Columbia before becoming D.C.’s first state superintendent. Postgraduate work sent her up and down the east coast; she earned a graduate degree from the University of South Florida, another master’s degree from Harvard University and a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. As for her undergraduate work, “I never considered anything other than the University of Oklahoma – it is a family tradition,” says Gist. “I always had my ears perked for news about Tulsa. Unless you’re outside Tulsa, you might not realize, for example, how the high quality of our pre-[kindergarten program] is noted elsewhere. When I attended a recent event at the White House, practically every speaker mentioned Tulsa’s successes in early

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childhood programs. Educators nationwide point to the TPS’s work on teacher-leader effectiveness and innovative professional development that started in Tulsa and then expanded statewide.” Gist’s early adulthood as a teacher instilled in her the hard work that is undertaken by the nation’s educators. “To be truly great at educating, you pour your heart and soul into it, and I will always deeply understand that. Then, as a state superintendent, I’ve seen a variety of leadership styles. All of this shaped my beliefs about managing a district the size of Tulsa Public Schools.” A good foundation in Tulsa has been laid, and it is time to take it to the next level, she says. “Our biggest challenge will be to increase the district’s graduation rate,” says Gist. “We also will tackle early literacy by making sure our kids read well by the third grade because we know how important that is for future success. There are ways to do that, and we will work directly with the community on the specifics of exactly how to accomplish these goals because I intend to see TPS become the most desirable, prestigious place to teach anywhere in the region and for families to be thrilled with their TPS experience. This way, we will have future leaders choosing to stay and live in Tulsa because of an amazing public school system.” The “specifics” Gist referenced include working with the school board on a new, five-year strategic plan as the current plan concludes in 2015. Growing up, Gist attended TPS elementary schools and graduated from Tulsa Memorial High School. Family traditions include attending Harvard Avenue Christian Church and recreation at Turkey Mountain, LaFortune Park and Riverside Drive. “I’d come back to visit over the years, and there are some places the family always just has to go eat,” she says. “There is the tried-and-true like Coney Islander, Goldie’s and Brownie’s. Since I’ve moved back, we’ve discovered El Guapo’s Cantina, In The Raw, Tall Grass Prairie and Sweet Lisa’s.” Gist hopes her move back to Tulsa will be permanent. “I hope to stay here for good – this is my dream job, and Tulsa is my home,” she says. TRACY LEGRAND


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Deserved Attention Playwright Nikkole Salter explores apology and forgiveness through the lens of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots.

ikkole Salter has never been to Oklahoma. “Nor do I have any connections other than my interest in the historic event of the Tulsa Race Riot,” she says. In 1921, a mob of more than 200 white Tulsans attacked the black community in the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa. Erupting the evening of May 31 and continuing through the night and into June 1, smoke filled the sky as fires throughout the neighborhood blazed. More than 16 hours of conflict left thousands of black residents homeless, 42 city blocks reduced to ash and hundreds of black lives lost. This year marked the 94th anniversary of the tragedy, one that many believe has never gotten the historical attention it deserves. “Before writing [Repairing A Nation] I had never heard of the Tulsa Race Riot,” Salter said in a video interview with Crossroads Theatre Company. “[I] didn’t know what it was or how it existed. … Though the play doesn’t teach about the Tulsa Race Riot, the context of that is very much alive, and I find that people do learn about the event in ways they didn’t know before. “I used the event as a context of a play that explores reparations, inherited wounds and the nature of relationship between apology and reconciliation,” Salter says. “I want [the audience] to have the riot brought to their awarePLAYWRIGHT NIKKOLE SALTER REness as an important part CENTLY PRESENTED A PLAY BASED ON THE 1921 TULSA RACE RIOTS. of the American narraPHOTO COURTESY BRET ADAMS LTD. tive. I also would like

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Clara Nipper keeps two refurbished newspaper distribution boxes at the curb in front of her property. The boxes, part of the Little Free Library initiative, house books for both adults and children and are free for those passing by to take. The Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization whose mission of providing access to books for both adults and children began in 2009 in Wisconsin. Since then, more than 25,000 of these DIY libraries have popped up all over the country. Nipper’s Little Free Library was the first in Tulsa. Nipper began constructing her LFL more than a year ago. Located just down the street from Wright Elementary School, she hopes to attract children who are walking to and from school

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for them to consider why the topic of reparations is so complex. Salter, a Los Angeles-born playwright, writer and OBIE Awardwinning actress, has written six full-length plays. Her latest, Repairing A Nation, saw its first production in February and May of this year on the Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre’s stage in New Brunswick, N.J. Under the spotlight, the Davis family, “embodiments of the different arguments surrounding the theme of reparations,” Salter says, gets together during a holiday in their home town of Tulsa. Set 80 years after the Tulsa Race Riots, Lois Davis insists the family join a class-action lawsuit for reparations. “[It’s based off] Johnny Cochran and Charles Ogletree’s suit against Oklahoma state,” Salter says. “Many of the details were fudged for dramatics, but the case is based on their efforts.” In 2003, Chohran and Ogletree were part of the legal team that represented five survivors of the riot and filed suit against the city of Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma. The case was dismissed, citing statute of limitations. “Can inherited wounds be healed? What is our responsibility to do so? Is there such a thing as an injury that cannot be repaired? What is the nature of apology? What are the costs of admission? The costs of denial?” are some of the questions Repairing A Nation addresses, according to Salter.

to partake in LFL’s “take a book, return a book” mission. Her inspiration for participating in the LFL program stems from a love of books and of spending countless hours at Tulsa City-County Library’s Central Library during her childhood years. “I couldn’t get enough books when I was a small child, and my parents were too busy to chauffeur me to the library often enough,” she recalls. “So one Saturday morning, when I was 7 years old, my father took me by the hand and walked with me from home to the Central Library downtown [Tulsa], a distance of approximately three miles one way. So from then on, I walked to the library by myself as often as I liked and stayed as long as I wanted. … So I know the significance of stories, especially to children. And I want to share that gospel.” Both children and adults are encouraged to take a book when visiting an LFL. Once

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finished, they return the book to the library and take another. Books can also be donated to the LFLs by anyone who wishes. LFLs are located throughout the state and, though affiliated with the national organization, run independently. For more information and to view a map of LFL sites, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org. – Jami Mattox

NIPPER’S LITTLE FREE LIBRARY IS LOCATED ON THE CURB OF HER WEST TULSA PROPERTY. PHOTO COURTESY CLARA NIPPER.


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OK THEN

I SECRETARY OF WAR NEWTON BAKER DRAWS THE FIRST NUMBER OF THE LOTTERY CREATED BY THE 1917 SELECTIVE DRAFT ACT.

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Green Corn Rebellion During World War I, Oklahoma’s Socialist party staged an uprising.

t sounds like something straight out of a Marx Brothers movie. Hundreds of Oklahoma farmers, American Indians and African Americans, armed with shotguns and pitchforks, planned a walk to Washington, D.C., to protest President Woodrow Wilson’s enactment of the draft and plan to enter World War I. Protestors planned to sustain themselves during the march by living off the land, including eating green corn. For a week in August 1917, southeast Oklahoma lived in terror as armies of citizens roamed the countryside putting down the Green Corn Rebellion. It was a very different Oklahoma prior to World War I as Nigel Sellars’ The IWW and the Green Corn Rebellion illustrates in the spring 1999 issue of the Chronicles of Oklahoma. The majority of the state’s agricultural sector was

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poor tenant farmers raising cotton. Land prices had shot up by 246 percent from 1900 to 1915. Most farmers could no longer afford their own farms. Many sold out and ended up working the land they had owned. The crop lien system and merchant credit between harvests kept tenant farmers in debt to their landlords. The Oklahoma Socialist Party proclaimed they would expand public lands for tenant use and initiate a cooperative marketing system. At a Sallisaw convention, many also joined the Working Class Union under the leadership of Rube Munson and Homer Spence. When the 1916 presidential election took place,


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Rube Munson: One of the organizers for the Working Class Union, a Socialist organization for tenant farmers, was brought in from out of state by the Industrial Workers of the World organization. He was out on bail for obstructing the 1917 military draft. Munson was the instigator of the idea of marching to Washington. Tried in Enid, he was sentenced to 10 years in Leavenworth Federal Prison. Homer Spence: One of the organizers for the Working Class Union and out on bail for obstructing the 1917 military draft, he was sentenced to serve 10 years in the Leavenworth Federal Prison. John “Old Man” Spears: Local county Working Class Union organizer, he raised the red banner of revolution over his farm where tenant farmers were organizing their march on Washington. He received a two-year prison sentence. Sheriff Frank Grall: A former U.S. Deputy Marshal from Arkansas and police chief of Shawnee, Grall was already famous for being part of a posse that killed a band of train robbers in 1893.

Sheriff Bob Duncan: Originally from Missouri, he had already served nearly a decade as county sheriff when the Green Corn Rebellion took place. He died in 1935. – M.C. Socialist Party presidential candidate Allan Benson won 15 percent of Oklahoma’s vote while winning only three percent nationally. The Socialists won 25 percent of Seminole County and 22 percent of the vote in neighboring Pontotoc County. Falling cotton prices had heightened tensions in southeast Oklahoma. Dewar’s water tanks were dynamited, there was a gas explosion at Kusa and Henryetta’s sewer mains were sabotaged. Then, in the summer of 1917, Wilson signed into law the Selective Draft Act of 1917 in order to gather troops to fight Germany in World War I. Many farmers refused to register, seeing the conflict as a rich man’s war. An elderly farmer named John Spears raised the red Socialist flag over a bluff on the Little River outside Sasakaw on July 27 and called for volunteers to march on Washington.

Seminole County Sheriff Frank Grall and a deputy rode out to investigate. On Aug. 2, they were ambushed in a hail of bullets by five Socialists, barely escaping with their lives. Munson and Spence held a revival meeting during the night on a sandbar in the South Canadian River to convince farmers that it was time to act. Under the cover of darkness, phone lines into Francis were cut, and the railroad bridges as well as an oil pipeline were destroyed. They met in the morning at the Spear farm where a wagonload of corn and roasted beef waited for them. One of the rebels likened it to a picnic. Nearly a hundred men assembled on the farm. An informant told Pontotoc County Sheriff Bob Duncan where the rebels were. Duncan led a posse of 25 men on a charge of the Spear farm and captured 10 of the rebels. During those critical six days following the raid, the Ada Weekly News reported on a series of shootouts and raids in southeast Oklahoma. Shootouts took place during the following night at Stonewall and Francis. Sixty men were rushed by train to Konawa to prevent rebels from seizing the town. In a shootout nearby, W.T. Cargill, secretary for the rebels, was killed, shot in the back by a posse.

The Ada newspaper recorded that at a rural school south of Spaulding, rebels and a posse clashed Aug. 5, leaving a rebel farmer dead. A separate shootout took place at a roadblock south of Holdenville, killing a rebel who refused to stop his vehicle. He was riddled with bullets, according to the Ada Weekly News. A train took 56 captured rebels from Holdenville to McAlester the next day. Eventually, 450 farmers were arrested and 150 convicted. Munson and Spence were tried for conspiracy and sentenced to prison. They were pardoned by President Warren G. Harding in 1921. The rebellion allowed both the state and federal governments to clamp down on the Socialists in Oklahoma. By the end of World War I, the Oklahoma Socialist Party was gone, while nationally the Socialist Party was discredited. It was never again to poll double-digit numbers in presidential elections. MIKE COPPOCK

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MUTILATIONS CAST MEMBERS, FROM LEFT, AL BAKER, KATHERINE HUTSON, RICHARD TAYLOR AND SHELLY CREEL. PHOTOS COURTESY SHELLY REYNOLDS.

THE INSIDER

Mutilations Ruminations A movie project three decades ago still provides fond memories for one of its stars.

I BRETT REYNOLDS ON THE SET OF MUTILATIONS.

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n the course of her job as an accounting analyst at a Tulsa-area oil and gas company, it’s very unlikely that Shelly Reynolds comes in contact with many people who know of her cinematic past. To put it another way, most of her business acquaintances might be surprised – or even shocked – to know that a generation ago she starred in a science-fiction-horror feature that has gained an underground cult following. That picture is Mutilations, a direct-to-video movie shot in Tulsa and released nationally in 1986. Under her maiden name of Shelly Creel, Reynolds played the lead ingénue, one of the few survivors of a ferocious attack by an alien presence that’s also been mutilating cattle in the area. (The idea of alien-induced cattle mutilation, which some took as fact, was so big in the ‘70s and ‘80s that even MGM got into the act, releasing the mutilation-themed Endangered Species – featuring Robert Urich, JoBeth Williams and Oklahomanative stars Hoyt Axton and Gailard Sartain – in 1982.) Spring 2016 will mark the 30th anniversary of Mutilations’ two-week shoot. With that in mind, Reynolds wants to see how many people from the film’s cast and crew she can get together for a reunion. It’s an idea she came up with after talking to members of Tulsa’s Hixenbaugh family, whom she has known since well before the Mutilations shoot. “Norman Hixenbaugh and I were in band together at Edison Junior High, and I graduated from Edison High School with his brother Matthew,” she explains. “We all knew each other – we were kind of the geeky people, the computer-club kind of kids – and we became friends. “Their mother, Annette Hixenbaugh, did a lot of charity work.

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One year, she was involved with the March of Dimes and had a booth at the Tulsa fair. There were a lot of other charities to compete with, so to get people’s attention she dressed her sons up as characters from Star Wars. People came flocking to her booth. They just loved those characters.” Soon, the Hixenbaughs formed a Star Wars troupe, appearing in costume at birthday parties and charity events. “They all created their own outfits,” Reynolds recalls. “At first, Mrs. Hixenbaugh was the Leia character, but then she said, ‘Let’s get some of your friends from school to do this.’ So I became Princess Leia, with the bun in my hair and all that. It was really their costuming, though, that made it work.” Since all of the principals were still in high school at the time, they usually did their Star Wars appearances only on weekends. Sometimes, they would enact scenes from the movie. Other times, they’d simply appear as the characters and interact with the audience. Of their dozens of gigs, Reynolds remembers one in particular: It was for the Perinatal Carnival at Tulsa’s Saint Francis Hospital, and the whole crew was flown in via helicopter. Meanwhile, tremors had begun shaking up the entire movie industry – and the epicenter of the quake was Tulsa. In 1985, Bill Blair of the Tulsa-based video distributor United Entertainment (now VCI) and the husbandand-wife production team of Christopher and Linda Lewis had unleashed a little horror film called Blood Cult. What was revolutionary about it was that they eschewed a theatrical release, concentrating solely on the video market – making Blood Cult the first-ever made-forhome-video feature. THE TULSA STAR WARS Its huge return CREW, WITH SHELLY CREEL inspired other area AS PRINCESS LEIA. filmmakers to see about getting in on some of that action, and one of them was a man named Larry Thomas, the producer, director and writer behind Mutilations. “Annette Hixenbaugh knew Larry, and when Larry decided to shoot his movie, he went to her and said, ‘I’d really like to have a group of kids who know each other, who don’t have to figure out how to work with each other


because they’ve already done it. I’d like your group of kids.’ “We were young adults by then,” Reynolds continues. “I was 20 years old. Matt Hixenbaugh was already cast, and Larry kept calling me, saying, ‘Shelly. Just look at the script,’ and I was thinking, ‘Oh, my goodness, what’s going on here? This is weird. I’m not an actress.’ “I finally looked at the script, and I thought it was kind of funny. But Larry said, ‘No, no, no. It’s serious.’” Finally, she remembers, she and some of the others recruited from the Star Wars troupe figured “this could be a really good cult-classic kind of thing.” “I drug my heels a little bit,” she adds, “but I ended up saying yes. That was in the fall of ‘85, and then we started shooting around March of ‘86.” In the movie, an astronomy professor (Al Baker) and his girlfriend (Katherine Hutson) take a group of students on a field trip to investigate a possible meteor landing. Instead, they encounter a mutilated cow (done in stop-motion animation by Texas-based effects creator John Fischner) and a UFO attack. Comedy relief comes in the form of a pair of guys who run a remote diner (Bill Buckner and Harvey Shell) and shoot at the aliens with shotgun shells stuffed with biscuits. Also on hand is a creepy old guy (John Bliss) in a deserted house who rambles a lot about the Book of Mormon between monster attacks. During the shoot, Reynolds says, “I learned the meaning of ‘hurry up and wait.’ We’d hurry around, get into makeup, meet up and then wait for some of the sets to be built. Eight hours later, it was like, ‘I’m tired. I’m starving.’ Long hours – but it was fun.” Something that made it especially memorable for her was the participation of cameraman Brett Reynolds, who was a principal at the time with Tulsa’s Take One Productions. As he recalls, he came in, in the middle of production “to help out,” bringing along a state-of-theart Panavision camera. “The first time I saw Brett was when we were filming the diner scene,” says Reynolds. “We’d just come in after being terrorized by the alien, and we were all sitting around a table. I thought Brett was one of the best-looking guys I’d ever seen – but I didn’t know if he thought I was all that,” she adds with a laugh. He did, though, enough to eventually propose. “Every time I turned around, Shelly was smiling at me,” he remembers, chuckling. “So I smiled back, and the rest is history. I always say if it wasn’t for [Star Wars creator] George Lucas and Larry Thomas, we never would’ve met.” Brett has stayed in the business, shooting a number of movies – including the 1999 Tulsa-based production Chillicothe, which played the Sundance Film Festival – and music videos, traveling the world with contemporary Christian artists like Michael W. Smith and working as a lighting director for ESPN. Following Mutilations, Reynolds starred in Larry Thomas’s The Change, a drama with horror overtones that has yet to find a distributor. Except for a small role as a waitress in Chillicothe, she hasn’t otherwise been involved in movie acting. Reynolds has, however, remained in contact with the Hixenbaugh family, who not only got her started on the path to Mutilations, but was also involved in it themselves. “We talk pretty frequently, and we realized that it’s been 30 years, and it’d be really good to reach out to the rest of the cast and crew, get their take on things, have fun – and laugh,” she says. “If we have nothing else, we have good memories.” JOHN WOOLEY

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Wind Is Picking Up Oklahoma’s wind energy industry could strengthen the state’s economy.

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ith energy discussions continuing to increase throughout the nation and the state, many are glad that one energy source is finally providing a breath of fresh air. Over the past decade, wind power has swept across the country, and many are convinced that this source is the future of renewable energy. Due to the instability of the oil industry, alternative energy sources are becoming more of a priority to many state and local governments. The advantage of wind power is that it is abundant, and thus much more consistent in cost than other sources. Another aspect of wind energy that is particularly beneficial to Oklahoma is that it does not need water to operate, so droughts have no effect on its functionality. For this and other reasons, Oklahoma has seen a huge jump in wind power in recent years. According to the American Wind Energy Association, the state ranks fourth in the nation in wind capacity. In Oklahoma, wind energy also generates enough electricity to power one million homes. Oklahoma seems ripe for future growth in this industry. “The bottom line is that Oklahoma is a windy state, and developers are very attracted to Oklahoma,” says Laura Fleet, policy director at The Wind Coalition. “The state of Oklahoma has done a great job in helping the industry get a firm foundation since 2003 through targeted tax incentives, which have allowed Oklahoma to compete for new projects with neighboring wind-producing states like Texas and Kansas.” Despite the applause, there are some who aren’t quite as impressed. Many state law

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makers believe that the generous tax breaks given to the wind energy industry years ago are not in the best interest of Oklahomans. In April, the state congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of cutting tax credits to wind energy companies, and a number of other bills presented to the state legislature this year call for more regulations on the industry. This ideology is not exclusive to Oklahoma, either. This year, the Texas senate passed a bill that would end its wind energy mandate, and West Virginia lawmakers repealed a renewable energy standard that required utilities to receive 25 percent of their power from alternative energy sources over the next 10 years. Wind advocates believe that wind energy could be exactly what Oklahoma’s economy needs. “Since 2003, the wind energy has invested over $6 billion in Oklahoma, including paying more than $340 million in wages over that time period,” Fleet says. “Wind energy provides county governments and school districts with more than $40 million annually, and rural landowners receive $30 million each year in royalty payments. “In addition, the cost of wind energy is low and, through developing technology, could go lower. However, it will never rise,” she continues. “It provides commercial, manufacturing and residential customers with predictability and long-term price stability.” This predictability and stability can lead to more jobs and less panic, unlike the oil industry. Ultimately, only time will tell if this energy source becomes a staple of the state and nation’s economy and culture or if it is just another resource that blows by. NATHAN PORTER


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THAD AND NOLA LEDFORD AND TERESA AND CODY FOREHAND DRESSED THE PART AT THE WHITE PARTY, AN ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES. MORGAN AND JEFF JAMES, PAM RICHARDSON, DAN AND JANE HIGGINS AND BETTE AND MICHAEL GRAVES CELEBRATED AT VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA’S RHINESTONE COWBOY.

EDDIE WALKER, DEBORAH MCAULIFFE SENNER AND TIM FIELDS WERE ALL SMILES AT ALLIED ARTS’ CAMPAIGN CELEBRATION.

KEN LEVIT, FRED DORWART AND STEVEN DOW ENJOYED THE TU LAW ALUMNI GALA.

DONNA FARRIOR, AMBER LINS, KATHERINE SILVEY AND GARY SHAFFER GATHERED TO CELEBRATE FARRIOR AS THE 2015 MARCUS R. TOWER SERVICE AWARD RECIPIENT AT THE ANNUAL VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION AWARD CEREMONY.

CLIFTON TAULBERT, EMILY WOOD AND BARBARA TAULBERT ENJOYED THE OKLAHOMA FOUNDATION FOR EXCELLENCE ACADEMIC AWARDS BANQUET. SHERYL SIDDIQUI, NANCY DAY, ALIYE SHIMI AND DONNA HICKMAN TOOK PART IN THE DIALOG INSTITUTE’S ANNUAL FRIENDSHIP DINNER & AWARDS CEREMONY.

ANN JOHNSTONE, JUDY LOVE, BRENDA MCDANIEL AND KIRK HAMMONS CELEBRATED AT ALLIED ARTS’ CAMPAIGN CELEBRATION.

TESLA BUNTYN, JOHN WAYNE CHRISTNER, RONNIE DUNN AND STEPHANIE AND DANNY CHRISTNER ENJOYED RUN FOR THE ROSES, BENEFITING TULSA BOYS’ HOME.

MATTHEW AND HILARY HAUTH, MARIA GAW AND BOB AND CATHY LAIRD RAISED FUNDS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AT TU UNCORKED.

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CARON DAVIS AND HEATHER GOWIN WELCOMED GUESTS AND DONORS TO CHEFS FOR THE CURE, SPONSORED BY CANCER TREATMENT CENTERS OF AMERICA.

STEVE JACKSON, SHELLEY JACKSON, CONNIE CRONLEY, DAVID YORK AND STARRE BARNARD ENJOYED IRON GATE’S FOUNDERS’ DINNER.


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THE CENTER FOR ORTHOPAEDIC RECONSTRUCTION AND EXCELLENCE IS LOCATED IN JENKS.

HEALTH NEWS

At Its Core, Superb Treatment

An expanded orthopedic practice focuses on providing quality service to Oklahoma’s rural population.

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or those who come to Tulsa for treatment at The Orthopedic Center (TOC), patient service is about to get even more accessible. Dr. Yogesh Mittal, Dr. Greg Holt and the physicians of TOC are collaborating with Bristow Medical Center to open the Center for Orthopaedic Reconstruction and Excellence (CORE) this summer in Jenks, likely later this month. The physicians involved saw a need to provide not only the very best in state-of-the-art patient care, but to include and even emphasize a factor often lacking in a medical setting: patient service. When asked about the inspiration for founding CORE, Mittal says the patient service issue has been much on his mind, and providing outstanding service is at the top of the wish-list. “The physicians of TOC saw a desperate need to support medical care in rural Oklahoma,” says Mittal. “Patients often have to drive hours to see us, and this facility, in conjunction with the Bristow Medical Center, allows us to support rural health care.” In a busy hospital, when providing many levels and types of medical treatment, too frequently there are miscommunications or delays in patient care. The idea for CORE is to prevent such glitches and to provide superb patient service along with superlative medical care so that the patient has an optimal and smooth experience before, during and after his or her treatment. “Large hospitals are fine. But sometimes the service just isn’t at the standards that we would like for our patients. Sometimes, in that busy at-

mosphere, a ball gets dropped, and someone’s comfort is compromised,” says Mittal. “In this specialized model, we can emphasize service. Everyone on staff – every technician, every nurse, everyone there – has been coached to understand that this is a different concept in that the patient must be happy and have their needs met. That is where it both starts and ends – with service – and the understanding that service and care are not two separate things.” Jan Winter-Clark, CEO of Bristow Endeavor LLC, which oversees CORE and the Bristow Medical Center, is a co-owner of the organization and says her group became involved to bring in the full hospitalization factor and organizational expertise to the project. “We’re excited about this project because it means the physician has a much larger say in the decision-making and in helping to structure the process to treat the patient,” says Winter-Clark. “You can provide the best quality of care but provide terrible service as far as being attentive to the patient. CORE will have a focus on the patient’s entire experience, including making the family comfortable and, when they leave the facility, making sure the patient is informed and armed well to go back into their daily lives. We see this as a hotel-like experience in terms of service.” The physicians of TOC, led by Mittal, Chalkin and Holt, are of the very highest caliber, she says. Another exciting factor is bringing service and skills of this level not only to urban patients, but in helping the doctors rotate through rural communities to care for an underserved segment of Oklahomans. Upon entering the well-lit and attractive CORE facility, a patient ambassador greets the patient and their family and escorts them to the appropriate locations, including registration and the surgery center. The ambassador also makes sure the family waiting in the preoperative area is comfortable. The facility will cater to both inpatient and outpatient orthopedic services with physical therapists and rehabilitation. Orthopedic procedures performed will include work on hips, knees, elbows, hands, sports medicine-related issues and some robotic-assisted surgeries complete with state-of-the-art computer navigation. All durable medical equipment, including bracing, wheelchairs, crutches and walkers, will be arranged onsite and to each patient’s specific needs. CORE is for everyone regardless of type of payment method, says Mittal. CORE accepts all insurances, unless it is not on the patient’s plan. Future goals include partnering with area hotels for outpatients and in-patients’ families to stay for easy access to the facility.

“In this specialized model, we can emphasize service.”

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Another beachside oasis, Bal Harbour, about 15 minutes north of Carillon Hotel & Spa, entices guests with stunning hotels and resorts, sandy beaches and designer fashion. BAL HARBOUR Stroll the shoreline WELCOMES VISITORS TO ITS SHOPS AND or browse the Bal SHORELINE. Harbour Shops. When PHOTO BY DOUG CASTANEDO, COURTESY BAL HARBOUR. you’ve finished the unique shopping experience Bal Harbour offers, enjoy its culture with year-round art, music and entertainment events. Windsurfing, parasailing and snorkeling are popular activities off its coast.

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Your taste buds will delight in the cuisines Miami’s rich culture offers. In the Miami Design District, coffee shops, cafes, pizzerias, chocolate shops, delis and fine-dining establishments flourish, including three restaurants by James Beard Award-winning chef/restaurateur Michael Schwartz. Mandolin Aegean Bistro brings its Greek island flavor to the district, serving guests the age-old creations that Mandolin is known for on its beautiful outdoor patio. At The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, experience the delicately crafted cuisine at J&G Grill. Downtown Miami offers guests Tamarina’s sprawling but intimate space designed by David d’Almada of Sagrada in London, Tamarina’s decor dazzles along with its delicious Italian dishes. At the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, La Mar by Gaston Acurio pleases with its Peruvian fare, while Azul’s cuisine is French- and Asian-inspired. Seasalt and Pepper, with nautical inspirations, is a popular spot for celebrities, serving succulent seafood on its deck along the Miami River. At the southern most part of Miami Beach, experience Siena Tavern’s tastes of Italy, and back on the mainland, Sugarcane serves some of Miami’s best oysters, tapas and sushi in its South American, Colonial Spanish-style dining room and on its 850-square-foot terrace. BRITTANY ANICETTI

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It took three months and thousands of votes, but the readers of Oklahoma Magazine have spoken. The following pages are full of the best of everything, from pediatrician to paint store, steakhouse to staffing agency. You’ll find out where our readers like to shop, where they travel and even where they go for

a little TLC. Hundreds were named The Best of the Best 2015, from small, locally owned stores to major corporations. People and businesses take pride in a job well done, and we are happy to honor those who create a pleasant and meaningful experience for our readers. JULY 2015 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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Artist Artists add color to our lives. They let us into their imaginative and creative worlds through each work on display, while questioning the ordinary, empowering the unexpected, causing introspection and thought and exploring the world that surrounds us. DESMOND MASON, BEST ARTIST PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS.

Places and Faces P.S. Gordon gained attention with his watercolor still lifes and portraits before being inspired by oil-on-canvas. Otto Duecker, a hyperrealist painter, has recently gained attention for his photo-like oil paintings of celebrities, including depictions of Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp, Arnold Palmer and

Picasso. Janet Fadler Davie is a muralist whose works bring color and imagery into homes and businesses throughout Tulsa and the country, and Scott Taylor is the talented and creative owner behind Colorpop, an artistic design company in Tulsa. Desmond Mason has always used art as a means of expression and since retiring from the NBA in 2009 has sold original paintings to collectors worldwide. Greg Burns didn’t allow a joint condition to cripple his artistic talents, holding his paintbrush in his mouth when creating his finely detailed ink and watercolor masterpieces. Ryan Cunningham considers himself a figurative painter whose works depict the modern west and life.

Charity Event Oklahomans understand the importance of giving back to their community and those in need, and it’s evident in the countless charity events hosted each year. Carnivale, benefiting Mental Health Association Oklahoma, is host to the “best party in town” and celebrates its yearly success with a shower of confetti. Red Ribbon Gala, benefiting Tulsa CARES, brings fabulously dressed patrons under one roof to raise funds that support those impacted by HIV/AIDS. Go Red For Women, benefiting American Heart Association, empowers women to take their health into their own hands and fight against heart disease. Red Tie Night, benefiting Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund, is a much-anticipated event each year with live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing in Oklahoma City. Relay For Life, benefiting the American

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foundation, while Justin Thompson spreads his finesse to multiple locations, including Juniper, Prhyme, Tavolo and 624 Kitchen & Catering. Tuck Curren is the inspiration behind Biga’s hearty, flavorful Italian cuisine, and Michael Minden of Michael V’s Restaurant creates and executes the rich specialties guests can’t get enough of. Kurt Fleischfresser of The Coach House brings experience and flair to the restaurant’s always changing, seasonal menu. Daniel Nemec of Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse believes whole-heartedly in the quality of his work, thus creating an unparalleled dining experience.

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Cancer Society, has patrons walking through the night to save lives impacted by cancer. Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, benefiting Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, mirrors the same resilience, community, ambitions and hope that the city and state embodied after the tragedy of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Chef We know the names of our favorite restaurants and the ones we’ve never been to but have heard great things about. But do we know the names of the chefs that inspire and create the flavors we’re most fond of? These are a few you should. James Shrader of Palace Café is the talent behind the delicately crafted, upscale selections on the menu. Tim Inman of Stonehorse Café is the mastermind behind its delectable French delights and the engineer of the café’s made-from-scratch

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It takes intelligence, hard work and commitment, dreams, experience, an innovative mind and so much more to run a company as well as obtain that position in the first place. Oklahoma is home to great organizations that thrive because of their leaders and the teams they inspire. Jake Henry Jr. has served as Saint Francis Health System’s President and CEO since 2002 and continues to make Saint Francis a leader in health. Chet Cadieux followed in his father’s footsteps at QuikTrip and understands that commitment to his employees means better customer service in the long run. Paula Marshall joined The Bama Companies in 1970 and became CEO in 1984 and has since expanded the company’s reach within the industry. Having been a part of the organization since 1998, John Richels became Devon Energy president and CEO in 2010 and continues to make a leading impact on the company’s growth and success in the industry. David Green opened his first Hobby Lobby in 1972. Today, he oversees 600

stores across the country. In January 2013, Chuck Spicer became the leader of OU Medical Center, one of Oklahoma’s largest health care systems, and has since provided the company with his undeniable passion and leadership.

Company To Work For Everyone wants be part of the engine that drives a successful company. ONEOK values and believes in the people that work to make it one of the largest companies in its field, promoting collaboration while appreciating each employee’s individual contribution to the brand. Cherokee Nation Businesses, also landing at the top of the list, supports its tribal members by investing in its citizens and creating jobs that will help its economy thrive. Williams Companies, named Most Admired U.S. Energy Company of 2015 by Fortune, offers exciting and rewarding opportunities to its employees while inspiring and developing their abilities; QuikTrip has always been an organization that gives its customers the best experience by valuing and appreciating the hard work of its employees. Saint Francis Health System understands that giving the best care means providing its patients with the best doctors, nurses and staff, a team that Saint Francis believes is at the core of its success. Manhattan Construction has built its organization with a strong focus on its hardworking employees who strive to improve and innovate within the industry. Devon Energy understands that those they hire drive their company and therefore creates an environment that appreciates its employees while helping them succeed, a win-win. Chesapeake Energy fosters leadership and innovation while offering competitive compensation and benefits, and SandRidge Energy supports its employees’ goals while encouraging growth. Chickasaw Nation has a strong economy because of its enthusiastic and hardworking people and its support and belief in them, while OU Medical Center makes a difference in its patients’ lives because it makes a difference in its employees’.

Local Icon/Landmark When you think of a city, its skyline, sports teams, celebrities or museums may come to mind. In Tulsa ONEOK Field, home to the Tulsa Drillers and the Tulsa Roughnecks FC, received even more coverage in May for hosting the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship. Next, the 76-foot-tall, 43,500-pound Tulsa Golden Driller stands strong in our minds. The BOK Center, which in October 2014 was ranked 17th


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among arenas in the United States for ticket sales, is a downtown Tulsa landmark and continues to bring exciting talent to its stage. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder slam-dunks at No. 1 in Oklahoma City for obvious reasons – we love the athletes that so greatly represent our state both on and off the court. Chesapeake Energy Arena gives Oklahoma City top-notch entertainment. Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum pays tribute to and educates about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and is a reminder of our state’s resilience in the face of tragedy.

Local Radio Personality What are Oklahomans listening to on the radio? 1430 KTBZ-AM, Tulsa’s sports station, keeps listeners tuned in with The Big Show, featuring Chris Plank. 100.9 KXOJ’s Heather Miles loves that her job means inspiring and encouraging her listeners through music. Bud and Broadway of 106.1 KTGX met three years ago and knew right away their chemistry would provide for an entertaining morning show, bringing comedy and great conversation to country radio. Jack & Ron of 98.9 KYIS make the morning drive into work each day manageable with their show they’ve kept going for more than 20 years, and Ronnie Kaye joined

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92.5 KOMA in 1992 after a long history in Radio and Television and continues to be a favorite personality in Oklahoma City. Shawn Witcher is a broadcaster with iheart Media and keeps the morning drive interesting with Bill Reed on 96.1 KXY’s Bill and Shawn Morning Show. The Afternoon Drive with Kaci and Jacob on 98.9 KYIS, providing its listeners with today’s hits and daily entertainment gossip, rounds out Oklahoma City’s favorite radio personalities.

Local TV Personality Friendly faces with reliable information are what we look for in our news anchors. Karen Larsen with KJRH, Channel 2 is the anchor for the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts and has won awards for her coverage of important issues. Chera Kimiko with KOTV, Channel 6 is well known and respected in the industry and the community for her involvement and dedication to journalism and charitable causes. LeAnne Taylor has been with KOTV, Channel 6 for nearly 20 years and is enthusiastic, even in the early hours of the morning, about providing viewers with the most accurate and up-to-date information from 5 to 9 a.m., every weekday. Terry Hood, also with KOTV, Channel 6, has won awards for her writing and reporting and is very involved with the community. In Oklahoma City, Linda Cavanaugh with KFOR, Channel 4 is committed to bettering her community and her state through her work and is well known for her investigative reporting. Paul Folger with KOCO, Channel 5 brings his comprehensive resume to his 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, as well as reporting live on breaking news stories. Kelly Ogle with KWTV, Channel 9 anchors the evening newscasts as well as his popular segment “My 2 Cents” and is well known for his in-depth investigative reporting.

Meteorologist It seems that weather is always the hardest thing to predict, and we’re the first to criticize when the storm doesn’t hit. But do we give enough credit to the men and women who are there for us when it does? Travis Meyer with KOTV, Channel 6 is a reliable meteorologist with more than 30 years of experience and is very knowledgeable about Oklahoma weather having grown up in Nebraska and attending the University of Kansas. Mike Collier with KTUL, Channel 8 is a native Tulsan and trusted meteorologist, on every weekday from 4:30 to 10 a.m. Brittany Rainey has been with KJRH, Channel 2 for almost three years and enjoys covering the weather that Oklahoma offers. Damon Lane with KOCO, Channel 5 is Oklahoma City’s favorite meteorologist and is extremely trusted in his community and industry for his severe weather coverage as well as being the only chief meteorologist in Oklahoma City with the highest certification from The American Meteorological Society. Mike Morgan with KFOR, Channel 4 has been awarded numerous honors for his weathercasts that put him ahead of the storm. David Payne with KWTV, Channel 9 is on at 4, 5, 6 and 10 p.m. and is a meteorologist Oklahoma City can depend on, receiving many high honors for his coverage of severe weather.

Small Town Getting away from the city and exploring the nooks and crannies of Oklahoma can be a fun adventure. In Jenks, just south of Tulsa, the Oklahoma Aquarium, Riverwalk and River Spirit Casino await, as well as great dining, shopping and history. Owasso, sitting northeast of Tulsa, hosts fun annual events for its community and visitors, offers a rich history to explore and serves up delicious bites. Bixby, a bit farther south than Jenks, continues to grow as a great place to live and work. Guthrie, north of Oklahoma City, is a perfect place to explore unique architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Stillwater, home to the Oklahoma State University campus, organizes special events for its community and shares its history with visitors and residents alike. Norman attractions include art museums and galleries, historical sites, annual events, restaurants and, most importantly, the University of Oklahoma.


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Architect, Commercial Firm We typically think of architects as designing homes, but they also design every building we walk into. Kinslow, Keith & Todd has

Home designed some of Tulsa’s most well-known structures, including the renovation of Sequoyah State Lodge Park and the Woody Guthrie Center. Selser Schaefer Architects’ projects include medical and educational facilities, including the TCC Center for

Creativity in downtown Tulsa. Matrix is perhaps best known for engineering the building of the BOK Center as well as several prominent buildings in downtown Tulsa. A principal at TAP Architecture, Anthony McDermid has spearheaded many public projects in Oklahoma City, including Core To Shore and Central Moore Park. D5 Architecture specializes in both commercial and hospitality and retail projects, including the Seminole Nation Casino. Frankfurt-ShortBruza has a vast portfolio that includes the Capitol Dome renovation and the Chickasaw Nation Cultural Center.

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A home is a reflection of its owners, but it also shows the talent and creativity of the architect. Jack Arnold is an architect renowned for his sophisticated home designs. Alan Madewell of Alan Madewell and Associates specializes in large, custom homes for loyal clients. Brian Freese of Freese Architecture has a unique aesthetic that combines modern lines with nature. John Duvall of Duvall Architects designs elegant homes for those hoping for a homey yet elegant feel. Rand Elliott of Elliott + Associates continues to wow readers in Oklahoma City with his modern, minimalist home designs. JGF Design Studio specializes in custom homes in Oklahoma and beyond. Bruce Bockus of Bockus-Payne Associates builds luxury homes for clients with discerning tastes.


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Bathroom Fixtures The difference between a good bathroom and a great bathroom is the quality of the bathroom fixtures. Heatwave Supply Company carries quality brands like Kohler, Delta and BainUlta. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery offers a wide variety of faucets, plumbing, bathroom lighting and sinks and vanities. Empire Plumbing Supply has been supplying fixtures to customers and wholesalers for CARPET ONE FLOOR & HOME, BEST FLOORING COMPANY more than 50 years. Hoffman PHOTO COURTESY CARPET ONE FLOOR & HOME. Fixtures Company provides quality sinks, cabinets, shower doors and countertops for new builds or reasonable prices. Richard Neel Interiors bathroom remodels. carries unique furnishings that will compleMorrison Supply Company carries a ment any room. wide variety of fixtures from companies Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design such as Bosch, Kohler and Moen. Designer in Norman carries luxury brands such as Hardware by Faye carries luxurious, Henredon, Jessica Charles and Karastan. BD custom bath fixtures to spruce up any home. Home specializes in modern design from Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Galbrands such as Chilewich, Poliform and lery rounds out the top three in Oklahoma Modkat. City for its wide selection in all price ranges.

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Cabinetry Jay Rambo tops the Tulsa list for best cabinetry, manufacturing its cabinets in Tulsa for jobs all over the country. Mill Creek Lumber & Supply does custom millwork for cabinetry, moldings and doors. Sullivan’s Custom Cabinets builds custom cabinets to any specification. Suburban Cabinet Shop is a familyowned custom cabinetry shop that has created unique work for 55 years. David Bradley & Co. creates cabinetry and custom millwork. Monticello Cabinets & Doors puts a luxurious spin on cabinets with dramatic finishes.

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When looking for a piece of furniture to add the wow factor to any room, head to one of these designer home furnishing stores. SR Hughes carries a wide variety of chairs, tables and more from top U.S. and European brands. Mark Hawley of Hawley Design Furnishings creates many of the pieces in his showroom, ensuring that the one you take home is one of a kind. Fifteenth and Home carries modern home furnishings at

There’s nothing like the feel of fresh hardwoods or plush carpet under the feet. Carpet One Floor & Home in Tulsa was voted tops this year for its wide selection and expert installation. C&C Tile and Carpet offers hardwood, carpet, laminate and vinyl flooring, and Renaissance Hardwood Floors specializes in unique hardwood floors with expert installation. Superior Wood Floors & Tile, Grigsby’s Carpet, Tile & Rug Gallery and Floorhaus Flooring round out this year’s winners. Mill Creek Carpet & Tile provides carpet, tile, stone, wood and laminate flooring from a variety of respected vendors. Beckett Bros. Wood Floor Systems specializes in both commercial and residential hardwood flooring. Brewer Carpet One Floor & Home offers free estimates and competitive pricing at its multiple stores in the Oklahoma City area.

Whether furnishing an entire house or just looking to add a piece to a room, there are great furniture stores in the state that can provide quality furnishings at a great price. In Tulsa, Mathis Brothers Furniture and

West Elm are the two places readers most often go to find great furniture for any room. I.O. Metro offers funky furnishings that can add pizzazz to existing furniture. Castleberry’s Ethan Allen Home Interiors offers classic looks at classic prices. Mathis Brothers Furniture has furnishings for every room from brands such as Bernhardt, Ashley and Serta. Heenan’s Home Furnishings is a locally owned store that has been selling classic pieces of furniture since 1950. Edmond Furniture Gallery offers classic and contemporary brands in its Edmond showroom.

Heating & Air Airco Service beats the heat when it comes to the best heating and air company. With friendly staff and easy-to-schedule service requests, it’s a favorite in the Tulsa metro area. Air Assurance and McKinney Heat & Air both service existing systems as well as oversee the installation of new HVAC systems. DaVco Mechanical Contractors and Comfort Control of Tulsa are popular choices in Tulsa for friendly and prompt service. Air Comfort Solutions repairs HVAC systems as well as installs new systems and works to make units more energy-efficient. Locke Supply Co. is a multi-state business that began right here in Oklahoma. Hinton Refrigeration is a Lennox dealer and specializes in both residential and commercial installation and repair.

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builder, and readers say Jordan & Sons is the one to call. This father-and-son duo oversees some of Tulsa’s most luxurious and complex home builds. Barron & McClary General Contractors offer a wide variety of services, overseeing everything from kitchen remodels to custom home builds. Brian D. Wiggs Homes also specializes in custom home builds, from start to finish. Simmons Homes and Pinnacle Properties are two homebuilders with solid reputations that pair well with their excellent work. Heartland Homes has overseen the building of thousands of homes in the Oklahoma City area since its inception in 1988. Kent Hoffman Construction is a full-service

home improvement firm with extensive experience in both residential and commercial construction. Ideal Homes builds in neighborhoods across the Oklahoma City metro area, including in Edmond, Piedmont, Moore and Mustang.

Home Improvement/ Appliance Store Home improvement projects can be as small as painting a room or as large as renovating an entire home. In Tulsa, Metro Appliances & More is the go-to place for those looking to spruce up their place. With 50 brands from which to choose, new kitchen appliances can

easily improve the look of a home. Lowe’s is also a popular choice for Tulsa DIYers, while Hahn Appliance Warehouse earns high marks for its quality brands at reasonable prices. Metro Appliances & More also impresses readers in Oklahoma City. With brands like KitchenAid, LG, Sub-Zero and Thermador, it’s easy to transform a so-so kitchen into a showstopper. The Home Depot provides homeowners with all the tools they need for that special project. Lowe’s and Anthony’s TV & Appliance also offer appliances and other gadgets to spruce up the home.

In-Home Theater Bringing the theater experience home has never been easier. The folks at Video Revolution have just the right equipment to transform your family room into a full-blown theater experience with products from Canon, Yamaha, Samsung, Sony and more. Audio Advice sells and installs only the finest in equipment and design. Dynamic Audio is a home audio and theater design firm that can transform any room in your home into a home theater. Onyx Theaters specializes in home theater, hi-fi audio and home automation systems. Audio Dimensions provides expert staff to help guide you through the process of selecting the right equipment for your media room or home theater. Castle Home Entertainment has been installing home theater equipment in the Oklahoma City metro area for more than a decade.

Interior Designer Designers see wonderment where the rest of us see nothing. Doug Campbell of Campbell Design Associates tied with SR Hughes in this year’s reader survey for offering the best interior design services. Chris Murphy of Christopher Murphy Designs brings his sophisticated and colorful touch to every project he works on. The design firm Austin Bean has only been in Tulsa a few years, yet it has several wonderful and impressive projects under its belt. Carson See of Sees Design evokes his eclectic design in homes in Oklahoma and beyond. Jennifer Welch of Jennifer Welch Designs has an aesthetic that crosses highend, modern furniture with more comfortable surroundings. Ketch Design Centre offers design services and a sneak peek of its ability in an Oklahoma City showroom.

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Kitchen Designer It’s arguably the most important room in a home, so it’s no wonder many people choose to spend the most money for a remodel in the kitchen. Wood-Stone Home Design Studio offers customers top-of-the-line design and products for a dream kitchen. Carriage House Design provides luxurious cabinets, countertops and hardware with sophisticated, classic designs. Showcase Kitchens and Baths METRO APPLIANCES & MORE, BEST HOME IMPROVEMENT/APPLIANCE STORE PHOTO COURTESY METRO APPLIANCES & MORE. and Kitchen Ideas both provide clients with diverse design ideas, those, with a wide selection of plants, from traditional to modern. flowers and other yard accessories. Lowe’s a karen black company offers kitchen is popular for its friendly and helpful staff as and bathroom remodeling with designers well as a large variety of annuals, perennials, that have more than 30 years of experience. potted plants and trees. Ted & Debbie’s Kitchen & Bath Gallerie received votes Flower Garden is a local favorite for its for its classic designs, and Classic Kitchens unusual plants and great selection of pots. specializes in kitchen remodeling and design. Davison’s Nursery is a family-run business with a great selection of plants and flowers year round. The Home Depot is also Landscape Designer a popular choice in Oklahoma City. TLC A home that is beautiful inside needs beauty Florist & Greenhouses, a locally owned outdoors, also. Kingdom Landscape business, offers everything a homeowner undertakes jobs of all kinds, from building needs to build a beautiful lawn or garden. decks and patios to creating an entire outdoor design. Hardscape Materials carries materiLawn Maintenance als for everyone from weekend warriors to professional landscapers looking to add LawnAmerica tops this year’s list for lawn the wow factor to an outdoor space. Clare maintenance. The friendly staff takes care Ashby ASLA Landscape creates beautiful of lawns year round, from fertilizing to outdoor landscapes and yards for homes in mowing. Kingdom Landscape comes in the Tulsa area. second, and GreenGrass Lawn Care & Moyer Lawncare and Landscaping Landscapes rounds out the top three. takes pride in helping Oklahoma City Turfguard’s excellent lawn service keeps homeowners add beauty to their lawns and Oklahoma City residents happy, and it also landscapes. John Fluitt Landscape Design keeps them No. 1 on our list. A+ Lawn and and TLC Florist & Greenhouses both score Allmighty Lawns make their debuts on this big in the landscape designer category. Bella year’s list. Rose Landscape and Lawn Care does custom design for customers in the Mustang Lighting Store area and beyond. A beautiful light can set the mood in any room. Garbe’s has a wide selection of penLawn and Garden Store dant lights, fixtures and chandeliers, which There are some great stores that can be the means there’s something for every room. go-to for all your outdoor needs. Southwood Andrews Lighting & Hardware Gallery Landscape & Garden Center is one of offers a variety of fixtures and bulbs for a

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unique look. LifeStyles Lighting, Furniture & Hardware offers a lifetime guarantee on any of the beautiful fixtures it sells. Andrews Lighting & Hardware Gallery has provided quality fixtures at its Oklahoma City showroom for more than 30 years. Hunzicker Lighting Gallery offers lighting options to designers and customers looking to spruce up a home. Lighting Concepts provides exterior and home lighting in its new showroom in Oklahoma City.

Paint Store A soothing blue or bright red can make any room look new again. In Tulsa, readers turn to Spectrum Paint for paint and supplies to transform walls from drab to drama. Elder Paint & Wallpaper also offers the tools to touch up any look, while Sherwin-Williams, with its three metro locations, provides convenience for novice and professional painters. Sherwin-Williams also wins big in Oklahoma City. HIS Paint, locally owned and operated, provides professional painters as well as all the tools for DIYers. Spectrum Paint offers three locations in the Oklahoma City area.

Pool Designer A backyard with a pool is a private oasis. Vivion Pools continues to win tops in this category for imaginative designs and solid craftsmanship. Baker Pools takes care of a job, from layout to the cleanup. Fiesta


David and Eileen Echols

Echols & Associates is a matrimonial law firm established in 1979 by David and Eileen Echols. Through the years the firm has received numerous accolades and has been recognized by their clients and their peers for their legal ability and adherence to the highest profes-

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sional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. The firm’s outstanding work has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and as “The Best of the Best” in 2012, 2013, and 2014, by the readers of Oklahoma Magazine. M. Eileen Echols, managing attorney and chief litigator, is a former family law judge, twice named “Outstanding Family Law Judge” for the State of Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Family Law Section. David W. Echols is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell for more than twenty years. Both are Lifetime Charter Members of the Rue Ratings “Best Attorneys of America,” and have been recognized by their peers as Oklahoma SuperLawyers. They both have been adjunct professors of family law and are frequent lecturers on topics of family law to Oklahoma lawyers.

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The firm’s other members, pictured below, are also excellent attorneys and have been recognized in their own right. Jonathan D. Echols graduated first in his law school class at OCU. He has been selected to the Oklahoma SuperLawyers Rising Stars list since 2011. Amy L. Howe has been selected to the Oklahoma SuperLawyers Rising Stars list since 2013. In 2014, she was named to The National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40,” and the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys “Top 10 Under 40.” Lindsey W. Andrews was recipient of the 2013 Journal Record Leadership in Law Award from the Oklahoma County Bar Association. Benjamin P. Sisney, prior to joining the firm, clerked for United States District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ashley D. Rahill is the newest attorney to join our firm. She was a recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s President’s Award in 2012, and graduated from the OBA’s Leadership Academy in 2014.

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Pools and Pool Creations both score big for creative and innovative design and pristine quality. Caviness Landscape is famous in Oklahoma City, and its luxurious and overthe-top creations are also popular on national TV shows. Thunder Pools and Spas builds luxury pools that fit a customer’s exact needs. Blue Haven Pools and Spas rounds out the top three.

Real Estate Company When buying or selling a home, you want someone you can trust in your corner. The Realtors at Walter & Associates provide world-class representation for their clients and ensure only the best deals are made. Coldwell Banker associates and brokers work hard for their clients. McGraw Realtors and Keller Williams Realty tie for third place in this year’s survey. Coldwell Banker is Oklahoma City’s trusted real estate firm, followed by First Source Real Estate. Keller Williams Realty rounds out the top three.

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bedroom, or perhaps a whole-house renovation is in order. Who do you call? The talented staff at Cowen Residential can tackle any job, large or small. Bill Powers of Powers Design & Build transforms spaces into show-stopping works of art. David Trebilcock designs and renovates homes all over the Tulsa area. Heritage Renovations are renovation and remodeling experts working out of the Oklahoma City and Edmond area. Kent Hoffman Construction does custom renovations for loyal clients. Maccini Construction is also a trusted builder and remodeler in the metro area.

Roofer A beautiful house can’t survive long without a good roof. Elliott Roofing is Tulsa’s best bet for shingle and specialty roofs. Turner Roofing is a full-service roofing company serving northeast Oklahoma since 1966. A-Best Roofing specializes in both residential and commercial roofing. T-Town Roofing has more than 30 years of industry experience. Elliott Roofing also brings home the top prize in Oklahoma City, boasting locations throughout the entire state. Majestic Construction & Roofing provides roof repair, re-roofing and new roof construction.

Basey’s Roofing is a re-roofing specialist for both commercial and residential products.

Security Security is a growing need for homeowners. TNT Security Services provides installation and monitoring of homes and businesses. Guardian Security Systems offers free consultations to customers looking to secure their property and possessions. ADT Security Services and Advance Alarms are both popular choices for security monitoring. ADT Security Services keeps Oklahoma City homes safe. ASG Security and TNT Security Services round out this category.

Title/Escrow Company You can’t own a home without a title and escrow company. Guaranty Abstract Company serves clients in the Tulsa area. Tulsa Abstract & Title Company and First American are also top picks in the metro. First American Title in Oklahoma City has several offices in the metro for convenient service. American Eagle Title Insurance Company and Stewart Abstract & Title are also popular choices for Oklahoma City homebuyers.


Honored to be Oklahoma’s Best Dr. Dan Langley It humbles me to know that what I do every day at EyeCare Associates has such a positive impact on my patient’s lives. I am passionate about giving the best patient experience and care possible. Because of your support, I am now able to provide the finest technology and surgery experience available at our new, state of the art South Tulsa Surgery Center. “We are all one. When one is helped, all are healed.” This philosophy is what drives me to spend a week every year on a mission trip to Peru, providing care to people who would otherwise go without. I will continue to work hard every day to provide the compassionate care you have come to expect. Thank you Tulsa for voting me as Tulsa’s Best of the Best Ophthalmologist! At EyeCare Associates we are skilled in: • • • •

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It’s best to trust a proven accounting firm with financial matters. HoganTaylor is one of the largest accounting firms in Oklahoma and offers a wide variety of services to its clients. Sartain Fischbein & Co. was recently acquired by Eide Bailly, but that won’t affect its top-notch service. Carl Webb CPA specializes in taxes and bookkeeping for Tulsa businesses and clients. Fleming Tax has served Oklahoma City since 1947 with full-service personal and corporate tax return preparation. Early & Means provides a full-service experience to its clients, from financial planning to tax services. Grant Thornton’s Oklahoma City office rounds out the top three.

When we can no longer live on our own, but don’t want to give up independence, assisted living is often the way to go. Montereau provides a luxury setting for seniors in Tulsa along with top-notch amenities like concierge service and wellness programs. Inverness Village offers diverse living options to its residents, including apartments, cottages and garden homes. St. John Villas operates in several communities and provides residents with the best care possible. Emeritus at The Village provides 24-hour care and helps with medication management, bathing, dressing and cooking. Sterling House offers private apartments in a home-like community setting with areas for socializing, dining and entertaining. Arbor House Assisted Living Center operates several facilities in the Oklahoma City metro area that offer residents the opportunity to live as they please.

Airline Readers most often turn to Southwest Airlines to get from place to place with no stress and at an affordable price. American Airlines offers flights to and from Oklahoma. Delta Airlines also offers several flight options from the state.

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Attorney It’s always good to know that you have a capable attorney by your side. In Tulsa, William R. Grimm of Barrow & Grimm and Brad Beasley of Boesche & McDermott are recognized for sound legal advice and knowledge of a wide variety of issues. Michael Barkett of The Barkett Law Firm aids victims of accidents and medical malpractice in the Tulsa area. Bruce Edge of Edge Law Firm is Tulsa’s only attorney board certified in DUI defense law, according to ABA guidelines. Robert P. Coffey Jr. of Coffey,


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Senger & McDaniel specializes in defending motor carriers, insurance companies and their insured. In Oklahoma City, Randall K. Calvert of Calvert Law tops our reader survey. His focus on business litigation and mergers and acquisitions makes him a much soughtafter attorney. Mark E. Hammons Sr. of Hammons, Gowens, Hurst & Associates is a respected litigation attorney in Oklahoma City. Donelle Ratheal of Ratheal Maggard & Fortune focuses on litigation in the areas of civil, oil and gas and family law. Samuel Talley of Talley Turner practices in several areas of law, from business law to personal injury.

Auto/Tire Shop These shops know how to keep the wheels rolling on our cars. Robertson Tire has 11 locations in the Tulsa area to serve Oklahomans with various car repair needs. Hibdon Tires Plus provides new tires, oil changes, brake repair and more. Firestone Complete Auto Care services tires, from oil changes to wheel alignment and battery replacement.

Bank Various banks offer a wide variety of products and services to its customers. Bank

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of Oklahoma is tops in Tulsa for its many branch locations as well as easy ATM accessibility. Chase Bank has three convenient locations in the Tulsa metro area. Locally owned Regent Bank specializes in business and personal banking as well as mortgage and small business lending. Central Bank of Oklahoma’s customer perks, Arvest Bank’s range of accounts and RCB Bank’s smalltown feel bring them into the top three. MidFirst Bank offers personal and business banking as well as wealth management information. Bank of Oklahoma’s many locations and ease of online banking also makes it a popular choice in Oklahoma City. First Fidelity Bank helps individuals and businesses meet financial goals with knowledgeable professionals.

Caterer Just Catering by Orr is a popular choice in the Tulsa area, whether it’s an intimate dinner party or a large celebration. Catering Kitchen can accommodate a wide variety of events with everything from comfort foods to gourmet cuisine. Ludger’s Catering serves both office lunches and large wedding receptions. Aunt Pittypat’s Catering has provided gourmet catering options to events in Oklahoma City for more than 20 years. Cheev-

Coming home to a clean house can be the best feeling. Merry Maids is Tulsa’s AMERICAN AIRLINES go-to source for trusted staff that does a thorough job at cleaning a home or business. Clean Freaks cleans both residential and commercial spaces, either regularly or on a one-time basis. Mommy Maids has friendly staff that does a thorough job with a smile on their faces. Joe’s Carpet Cleaning and Moving offers professional carpet cleaning as well as other options that homeowners may need. Merry Maids is also popular among readers in Oklahoma City, as is Molly Maid of Metro OKC.

Dry Cleaners/Laundry Phoenix Cleaners earns the top spot in this year’s survey for it high-quality dry cleaning service, including extended hours and sameday service. Yale Cleaners has 12 locations in the Tulsa metro area to serve customers with dry cleaning and laundry services. LaMode Cleaners provides high-quality dry cleaning service with free pick-up and delivery. Legacy Cleaners offers dry cleaning and laundry service at three metro locations. Douglas Cleaners serves the Oklahoma City metro with quality service at an affordable price. Nichols Hills Cleaners has been in business since 1969 and cleans everything from clothing to drapery, wedding gowns and leather.


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Event or Party Planner Planning an intimate party or large benefit takes a lot of work. That’s why readers in Tulsa call Talmadge Powell of Talmadge Powell Creative for his expertise in planning benefits, parties, weddings and more. Joe Mathis of J.A. Mathis Company also specializes in parties and weddings, and provides everything from tablescape design to floral arrangements. Lasting Impressions plans weddings and corporate and social events. Epic Events provides expert assistance to those planning nonprofit, corporate or social events in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Judy Lehmbeck of Judy Lehmbeck Bridal and Party is a popular planner with both couples getting married as well as Oklahoma City residents who love to throw parties. Jane Kelly of Jane Kelly Weddings & Parties plans beautiful events.

Florist When flowers bloom, faces light up. Toni’s Flowers & Gifts is known for its exotic and colorful blooms in unique arrangements. Petal Pushers puts together beautiful arrangements for any occasion, whether it’s an anniversary, birthday or wedding. Mary Murray’s Flowers and Mrs. DeHaven’s Flower Shop both deliver beautiful blooms that bring smiles to recipients’ faces. New Leaf Floral creates show-stopping arrangements for any occasion. Coleman’s Flowers is a favorite in Oklahoma City for both floral arrangements and wedding décor. Floral And Hardy has fresh and colorful blooms for every occasion.

Funeral Service Moore Funeral Homes is recognized in the Tulsa area for its attentive and compassionate staff and a professional experience. Ninde Funeral Directors was voted second in this year’s reader survey and has served clients for more than 75 years. Fitzgerald Funeral Services aims to meet the needs of client families, and Floral Haven offers a wide variety of options to bereaved families. Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper offers online pre-planning services as well as a variety of burial options. Demuth Funeral Home aims to bring peace of mind to grieving families by providing courteous and compassionate service. Havenbrook Funeral Home believes in building lasting relationships with families to honor their

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loved ones. Mercer-Adams Funeral Service and Vondel L. Smith & Sons Mortuary are both recognized for professional service in hard times.

Hair Salon A new ‘do can change your outlook on the world. In Tulsa, ARCS is a favorite among readers for its knowledgeable stylists who are up-to-date on the latest techniques. iidentity Salon continues to be a favorite for its forward-thinking coifs, while Ihloff Salon and Day Spa is a full-service salon that offers everything from cuts and colors to mani/pedis. Cypress Avenue Salon, Bella Vita Spa & Salon and Coco & Rose Salon round out the top three. Tonic the Salon offers great services by accomplished stylists with years of experience. Eden Salon & Spa has two locations in the Oklahoma City metro area that offer seasoned stylists who stay up-to-date with techniques and trends. Salon W sees clients for many different treatments, from haircuts and colors to treatments that help boost hair’s appearance.

Home/Auto Insurance You may not always get Jake when you call an office, but State Farm Insurance does wow readers with its great customer service

and comprehensive coverage for both home and vehicles. Farmers Insurance has agents around the state ready to help its insured with claims or altering coverage. Allstate gives safe driving discounts to customers who have a proven safe driving record.

Investment Firm Money can grow and mature into stability and retirement. The team of advisors at Morgan Stanley helps clients make wise investments and smart decisions when it comes to money management. Merrill Lynch and Charles Schwab both tailor plans to a client’s needs, whether they are short- or long-term. Ameriprise Financial and Edward Jones advisors across the state focus on customers’ individual needs.

Law Firm This year’s The Best of the Best law firms are both large and small, but all have their clients’ best interests at heart. Conner & Winters has a focus of business and corporate law, while GableGotwals specializes in business, energy and environmental law. Latham, Wagner, Steele & Lehman represents clients in a gamut of specialties, including bankruptcy and workers’ rights. Hall Estill employs more than 140 attorneys in four offices across the country. Jones


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Gotcher & Bogan is a mid-sized Tulsa firm that has practiced law for nearly 50 years. Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson attorneys have a wide range of interests, from employment and environmental to family and healthcare law. Crowe & Dunlevy has won several top awards for excellence in law, and its talented attorneys and counselors are the reason why. Echols & Associates focuses on family law and is one of the most respected in the state. Tawwater Law Firm specializes in personal injury law and intervenes in insurance disputes and accidents. Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom has more than 60 years of experience trying a wide range of civil cases that result in favorable verdicts.

Life Insurance There may be nothing more important to insure than your life. New York Life tailors life insurance plans to customers’ specific desires and needs. Metlife offers both term and permanent life insurance, while American Fidelity Assurance provides a sense of protection and security to policyholders.

Moving Service Whether moving across the street or across town, it’s great to have competent movers to make the job easier. Two Men and a Truck are Tulsa’s favorite for fast service and careful attention to priceless belongings. Murphy Jones Moving helps relocate both residential and office spaces. Allied Van Lines and Armstrong Relocation both get votes in this year’s survey. Little Guys Movers have operations throughout the region, including in Norman. Affiliated Movers of Oklahoma and Discount Moving also received mentions in this year’s The Best of the Best.

Pet Grooming Services When dogs need to look their best, take them to a groomer who knows their way around clippers.

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PetSmart’s groomers receive top marks in Tulsa, followed by the staff at Petco. Kelly’s Dazzle Dog and Cathy’s Critter Cuts both receive high marks for creative and meticulous primps. PetSmart also received top billing in Oklahoma City, followed by Lucky Dog Lodge. Bark Avenue Dog Grooming pampers pooches with a complete spa treatment.

Place To Call When You Smash Your Luxury Car Whether you’re at fault or it was the other driver, a body shop can get your car back in ship-shape in no time. Hourglass Collision Repair’s mission is to make your vehicle look like new. Karroll Martin Paint & Body Shop is an independent paint and body shop that prides itself with providing quality repair with no insurance company directing the outcome. Barron & Hart dedicates itself to giving customers the time and attention they and their vehicles deserve and has done so since 1947. Car Doctor is a family-owned busines that provides quality car care. Collision Works offers six locations in the Oklahoma City area and is committed to providing superior repair for customers. Carsmetics gives fast and flawless services to customers for less.

Realtor You want the best in your corner when it comes to closing the deal. Peter Walter of Walter & Associates is Tulsa’s go-to guy for those looking to buy or sell a home. Blake Loveless, also of Walter & Associates, helps buyers and sellers of some of Tulsa’s most exclusive properties. Jacki Crews of McGraw Realtors is well known in the business for getting the best deal for both buyers and sellers. Debbie Naifeh of Paradigm AdvantEdge represents buyers and sellers throughout the Oklahoma City metro area. Ann Ballew of Keller Williams Realty has loyal clients that call her whenever they have a real estate need. Monty Churchill is a founding partner of Churchill-Brown and helps everyone from seasoned buyers to first-timers.

Rental Car Firm If your car is in the shop, or you are visiting from out of town, there are plenty of rental care companies in Oklahoma to keep you on the move. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is tops in this year’s survey, followed by Avis. Thrifty Car Rental and Hertz round out the category.


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Retirement Community When it’s time to sell the house and give up yard work, seniors like to move to Montereau, which offers independent living options like apartments and garden homes with all the amenities residents are used to. Senior Star Living provides a community for seniors who enjoy an active lifestyle with amenities that make life easier. Oklahoma Methodist Manor offers six different living options to residents in the heart of Tulsa. Town Village Tulsa gives residents the services they desire while maintaining the independence they crave. Tulsa Jewish Retirement Health Center is unique in that it houses a renowned museum, day school, sports complex and community center on its campus. Emeritus at Statesman Club provides minor assistance to active seniors in Oklahoma City wishing to remain independent. Spanish Cove residents regularly take part in activities including cheering on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Mansion at Waterford provides dignity, privacy, individuality and independence to its residents.

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Companies looking for help or individuals looking for jobs can connect through the right staffing agency. Tulsa’s Key Personnel connects those in the financial, legal and medical sectors and has done so for more than 30 years. ProRecruiters staffs professionals on a contract, tempto-hire or direct hire basis. Accel Financial Staffing specializes in connecting those in the financial industry, including accounting, bookkeeping, reception and human resources. Express Employment Professionals provide job testing and placement for a wide range of industries, and Sooner Medical Staffing specializes in placing employees in the healthcare industry. PeopleSource Staffing Services helps find the best fit in the professional, light industrial and clerical assistance industries.

Veterinarian/ Animal Hospital Pets are members of our family, so of course we want the best health care possible for them. VCA Woodland Animal Hospital tops this year’s reader survey for care and attention for cats, dogs, birds and other animals. Care Animal Hospital and Animal Medical & Surgical Hospital also receive respect for their compassion and patience with both pets and people. Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital and Affordable Pet Care round out the top three. Dr. Wendy Bray of Family Pet Hospital is a trusted veterinarian in Oklahoma City. The staff of Nichols Hills Veterinary Clinic also received votes for its commitment to provide quality care throughout the life of a pet. Sooner Veterinary Hospital, located in

Norman, provides a wide variety of care and services for animals in the area.

Wedding Cakes The big day is best with a big bite of cake. Ann’s Bakery has operated for more than 75 years in Tulsa and is known for creating wedding cakes that double as works of art. Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery produces beautiful wedding cakes for any size wedding and also ensures the bride and groom have cake to eat on their first anniversary. Merritt’s Bakery and Icing on the Top are also recognized for their artistry and attention to detail. Madison’s On Main creates elegant wedding cakes as well as groom’s cakes that are delicious and breathtaking. Raspberries n Crème Bakery creates cakes in a variety of flavors, including raspberry and crème and strawberry and banana dream cake. Mishelle Handy Cakes come with a heavy dose of creativity, but the cake is light as air.

Wedding Photographer Most weddings are days you want to remember, and it’s great to have a photographer that shares your vision capture it. Chris Humphrey Photographer is tops in Tulsa once again this year, famed for his photojournalistic style and ability to travel both near and far to weddings. Ervin Photography catches a couple’s big day in classic style, with both candid and posed shots. Jesse Reich Photography is a popular photographer for his artistic eye and ability to capture a couple’s love frame by frame. Shannon Ho Photography captures the romance and intimate moments between a couple on their big day. Jesse Reich Photography is also a hit in Oklahoma City for his playful eye and professional demeanor. BRENT FUCHS

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Wireless Service Ten years ago, wireless service was the exception and not the rule. Today, it’s a different story. Oklahomans rely on AT&T to provide comprehensive coverage throughout the state to avoid dropped calls, along with reasonably priced monthly plans and data packages. Verizon is also a favorite choice, with exclusive phones and the largest 4G LTE network in the country. Sprint is wowing customers by promising to cut rate plans in half, and US Cellular offers deep discounts to new and longstanding customers.


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Aesthetician There are myriad ways that aestheticians can make us feel young again. Gabriel Horn at Dr. Joey Manduano Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery is renowned for his chemical peels, skin rejuvenation and other luxury spa services. Laura Downey at Skin Care Institute delivers peels, facials and other vital aesthetic services to her loyal clients.

Health and Wellness Pamela Klein practices at Skin Renewal of Tulsa and has a long list of clientele. Vanessa Smith once again received the most votes in the Oklahoma City area for her work as Dr. Juan Brou’s aesthetician at The Medical Spa. She wins wows for procedures including peels, sculpting and hair removal. Suzanne Kelley of Bella Strada Salon provides excellent skin care and spa services to her loyal clients. Elena Fitzpatrick also works out of Bella Strada Salon.

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Need an alignment? Look no farther than the best chiropractors in the state. Dr. Chuck Zoellner of Zoellner Chiropractic focuses on high-quality chiropractic care as well as massage. Dr. John Sibley has his own practice, Sibley Chiropractic Clinic, and also has his own radio segment where he discusses new treatments. Dr. Chris Barnes of Tensegrity Chiropractic offers traditional services as well as cutting-edge techniques for his many patients. Dr. J. Daniel Post of Post Chiropractic views chiropractic care as a complement to mainstream medical care. His goal is to help patients regain spinal stability and integrity. Dr. Wes Hill of Hill Chiropractic serves patients in the Edmond area with the most modern chiropractic equipment and technology. Edmond’s

Odum Chiropractic Clinic rounds out top chiropractors in Oklahoma City.

Cosmetic or Plastic Surgeon Whether it’s a nip and tuck or something more serious, there are great plastic and cosmetic surgeons in Oklahoma who are known to expertly perform procedures. Dr. Angelo Cuzalina of Tulsa Surgical Arts helps women and men to be their best selves. Dr. Arch Miller of Tulsa Plastic Surgery has patented materials that make reconstructive surgeries easier. He also specializes in nonsurgical procedures to help improve the body. Dr. E. Bradley Garber of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has been in practice in Oklahoma for more than 20 years and serves patients with a variety of needs. Dr. Mark Mathers of Tulsa Center for Plastic Surgery works with patients to meet their specific needs and desires. Dr. Tim Love helps patients from all around the state with a variety of surgical needs, from hair transplants to cosmetic surgery. Dr. Juan Brou of The Medical Spa specializes in body contouring, breast enhancement and facial rejuvenation. Dr. Michell Cohn of Cosmetic Surgical Arts & Rejuvenation of Oklahoma offers everything from breast augmentation and non-surgical procedures to the popular mommy makeover.

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of Utica Dental serves Tulsa area patients with a variety of services, from standard cleanings to cosmetic procedures, including Invisalign and Lumineers. Dr. Chris Ward helps his patients achieve world-class smiles with preventative care as well as cosmetic procedures and implants. Dr. Michael Kincaid prides himself on making patients as comfortable as possible during all procedures. Dr. Andrew Carletti of Carletti Dentistry specializes in family dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry, neuromuscular dentistry and implants. Dr. Mike Argo of Owasso Sedation Dentistry offers preventative care as well as implant services and Invisalign. Dr. Mary Casey-Kelly of CJ Dental has served the Oklahoma City area in her family dentistry practice that also offers cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening. Dr. J. Ashley Hancock of Classen Dental offers preventative care as well as restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Moore Smiles is a family dentistry practice that provides top-notch service to its clients.

Dermatologist It’s the largest organ of the body, and the one that people see first. That’s why keeping our skin healthy is so important. Dr. Jeff Alexander of Skin Care Institute Medical & Wellness Spa uses the latest and greatest technologies and procedures to keep skin looking healthy and youthful. Dr. David Minor is the medical director of Skin Renewal of Tulsa and treats a wide range of ailments, including acne, rosacea, spider veins and more. Dr. George Monks of Tulsa Dermatology Clinic provides both medical and cosmetic services in the midtown Tulsa clinic. Dr. Michael D. John of the Edmond Dermatology Clinic treats a wide array of skin problems, including raches, eczema, hives, contact dermatitis and more. He also uses the latest technologies to effectively treat severe psoriasis. Dr. Blaine Lehr of The Dermatology Clinic treats everything from acne to skin cancers using the latest and most advanced procedures. Dr. Urice Thomas of Duncan Urice & Gillum M.D.s practices in Norman and provides a wide range of services to his loyal clients.

Family Physician There is a shortage of family physicians in Oklahoma, but luckily, there are very talented doctors helping us with everyday

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ailments. Dr. Brent Laughlin of Omni Medical Group practices as part of St. John Health System. Dr. Joe Reese is affiliated with Saint Francis’ Warren Clinic. Dr. Jeff Galles is part of Owasso’s Utica Park Clinic. Dr. Allan Metz is an internist that serves patients in Oklahoma City. Dr. Robert Stepp of Deaconess Physicians provides care for the entire family. Dr. John Kootz of Physicians Group South is a family practitioner located in the south side of Oklahoma City.

ing coverage can be financially devastating. Oklahoma-based CommunityCare offers a wide range of insurance options and coverage to those all around the country. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma provides comprehensive coverage to individuals as well as group plans to employers. UnitedHealthcare also receives high marks for its friendly ease of navigation and inclusive coverage.

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Whether it’s because we’ve had an accident, or we’re just growing old, home health care can be a valuable tool in returning to good health. Interim HealthCare is a national organization that provides skilled home health care in many cities, including Tulsa. Oxford Healthcare offers home health care services throughout northeast Oklahoma, with skilled nurses tending to patients. Senior Select offers everything from personal care and skilled nursing to companionship and help around the home. Right At Home provides in-home care and assistance to clients throughout the Tulsa area. Encompass Home Health has five offices in the Oklahoma City metro area that offer skilled nursing as well as therapy and medical social work. Choice Home Health provides in-home care, as well as palliative and private duty care. Carter Healthcare is a national organization whose Oklahoma City offices focus on delivering outcomebased results through home health, home medical equipment and pharmacy services.

There are many places in the state to help you get fit. In Tulsa, Health Zone at Saint Francis tops the list for its wide variety of equipment as well as classes and trainers onsite. St. John Siegfried Health Club offers a range of classes, from spin to yoga, as well as cardio equipment and weights. Sky Fitness & Wellbeing and Life Time Fitness both provide the optimal environment for fitness in clean and high-tech facilities. Gold’s Gym operates eight locations in the Oklahoma City metro area to help residents maintain good health. INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center offers classes, personal trainers and the latest cardio equipment for a fair membership fee. YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City continues to be a favorite in the Oklahoma City area due to its extensive fitness class offerings and amenable hours.

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Hospital Hospitals house many necessary medical needs under one roof. In Tulsa, Saint Francis Health System earns the top spot for its comprehensive offering of physicians, specialists and other health professionals to patients. St. John Health System is also popular with Tulsans for its ease of location and knowledgeable physicians and staff. Hillcrest HealthCare System offers a wide variety of services as well as specialty clinics. INTEGRIS Health received marks for being the best hospital in the Oklahoma City area. In addition to INTEGRIS Baptist, the healthcare organization offers clinics and secondary hospitals across the state. OU Medicine receives praise for its comprehensive care. This teaching hospital also has a children’s hospital and cancer clinic in addition to other specialty clinics. Mercy Health System rounds out the top three hospitals in Oklahoma City.

Medical Spa When rejuvenation is necessary, both mind and body, it’s best to head to experts who can make you feel better. Skin Care Institute Medical & Wellness Spa offers nonsurgical procedures to leave you feeling your best. Utica Square Skin Care provides the latest technologies in skin resurfacing and nonsurgical procedures for optimal skin appearance. BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center offers a holistic approach to the mind and body, using both technology and food to leave a person feeling his or her best. Emerge Medical Day Spa is known for body contouring as well as injectables, acupuncture and makeup techniques.

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The Medical Spa treats patients as family and provides both surgical and nonsurgical options as well as top-notch skin treatments and spa services. Genesis Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa serves both men and women who wish to enhance their appearance and feel refreshed. Advanced Aesthetics’ procedures include Botox, dermal fillers, hand rejuvenation, tattoo removal, weight loss and more.

Nursing Home When a loved one can no longer care for themselves, the difficult decision becomes which nursing facility is most qualified to match their needs. Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home in Tulsa provides top-quality care and an attentive staff of nurses, therapists and more. University Village provides long-term care with on-call physicians 24/7. Baptist Village of Owasso is renowned for its round-the-clock care and memory support. St. Ann’s Nursing Home is a Catholicaffiliated nursing home in Oklahoma City with an attentive and caring staff and access to beautiful grounds. Sterling House residents enjoy skilled care in a nurturing environment. Spanish Cove treats residents with dignity, whether they are short- or full-time residents.

OB/GYN Women have unique healthcare needs, and it’s great to know that knowledgeable doctors are ready to help. Dr. Lynn Frame of Utica Women’s Specialists is renowned for his gentle bedside manner and knowledge of overall women’s health. Dr. Melanie Blackstock treats patients as family and helps patients navigate through the stages of life. Dr. Ray Babb practices at Saint Francis Health System and helps keep women healthy. Dr. Victoria Mills practices with Champion Women’s Health Specialists and serves women in Oklahoma in all matters of their health. Dr. Laura Mackie of Oklahoma City Gynecology & Obstetrics practices at Lakeside Women’s Hospital and has a clinical interest in gynecologic surgery. Dr. Lydia Nightingale of OU Physicians sees women with a wide variety of health issues and problems.

Ophthalmologist Eyes are the windows to the soul, and no one knows that better than those whose career it is to study them. Dr. Dan Langley of EyeCare Associates of South Tulsa treats everything from cataracts to glaucoma and performs blade-free LASIK. Dr. Mark Abel of Triad Eye Medical Clinic specializes in surgical removal of cataracts as well as LASIK surgery. Dr. Ned Reinstein of Reinstein Eye Associates sees patients with all types of eye ailments, including cataracts and candidates for LASIK surgery. Dr. Joshua Powell practices in Norman and offers laser vision correction, glaucoma treatment and cataract implants. Dr. Charles Bogie practices ophthalmology at INTEGRIS Health, where he treats patients with a variety of eye diseases and conditions. Dr. Jay Leemaster of Eye Care Oklahoma sees patients in Moore and beyond for ailments including cataracts and diabetic eye care.

Optometrist Whether it’s for a checkup or something more serious, it’s best to have a trusted optometrist peer into your eyes. Dr. Blane Snodgrass offers routine eye exams as well as treatment of eye injuries and conditions at his Tulsa office. Dr. Robert Zoellner of Robert H. Zoellner and Associates sees patients at his two Tulsa locations for a variety of eye-related purposes. Dr. Norman Hinkle of Primary Eye Care has been in practice for nearly 50 years and works with patients considering laser eye correction as well as those with eye diseases and conditions. Dr. Denise Roddy of Advanced Eye Care provides full-service eye care to clients in Tulsa, including contact lens fittings and pediatric eye care. Dr. Jason Pickard at Cornerstone Eyecare believes that sight is precious and provides services to ensure his clients’ vision stays as strong as possible. Dr. Kevin Young of Dr. Kevin Young Optometry is on the cutting edge of technology in the eye care industry to make sure his patients receive the best care possible. Dr. Cody Greenhaw sees patients at Lenscrafters inside Quail Springs Mall for everything from routine eye exams to eye injuries and diseases.

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and ensure that teeth stay as healthy as possible. Dr. Lon Clendenen at Tulsa Braces by Dr. C treats children, teens and adults with everything from traditional braces to Invisalign. The team of orthodontists at Owasso Orthodontics is trained in teeth alignment and bite correction. The Brace Place has two locations in the Tulsa metro area that treat patients of all ages. Dr. Mark Andregg of Dr. Andregg Orthodontics offers traditional orthodontics as well as TMJ treatment and tooth whitening. The Brace Place in Edmond offers free consultations and serves patients who need braces and bite correction. Dr. Stuart B. Stephens practices in Yukon and treats teens and adults who need corrective therapy to make their smile the best. Craig and Streight Orthodontics is improving smiles at its two locatins in Norman and Mustang.

Orthopedic Surgeon It may be a break, or it may just be pain. Either way, keeping bones healthy can ensure general health and wellbeing. Dr. Greg Holt and Dr. Yogesh Mittal at The Orthopaedic Center are two surgeons that provide topnotch care to Tulsans seeking help with a break, knee replacement or other issue. Dr. Scott Dunitz at Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates specializes in adult reconstruction surgery and total joint replacements. Dr. Ron LaButti of Central States Orthopedic Specialists sees patients in need of total joint replacement, arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of lower extremities and sports medicine. Dr. Brian Clowers of Oklahoma Sports Orthopedic Institute specializes in foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Kevin Hargrove of Orthopedic Solutions specializes in sports- and workrelated injuries and serves as a team physician for many local schools and universities, as well as for Olympic athletes. Dr. J. Calvin Johnson of Oklahoma Sports Science & Orthopedics has performed more than 20,000 arthroscopic procedures for patients throughout the country.

Pediatrician Pediatricians are our very first doctors, and they set the stage for a healthy life to come. Tulsans prefer the care of Dr. Patrick Daley and his friendly and courteous staff. The physicians at South Tulsa Pediatrics also receive high marks for quality of care and short wait times. Dr. Allison Heather Thompson gives personal attention to each of her young charges. Dr. Donna S. Jackson of Norman Pedi

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atric Associates grabbed the top spot in the Oklahoma City area voting. She and her staff educate parents on everything from vaccines to car seat safety. Dr. Richard Stanford of INTEGRIS Physicians specializes in patients from birth to age 18. Dr. Patrice Aston of Mercy Hospital sees patients for both regular checkups and illness.

Pharmacy In Tulsa, customers trust Walgreens for their prescription needs. With many locations throughout the city, convenience is a plus for this pharmacy chain. CVS is also popular among Tulsans, while The Apothecary Shoppe, which compounds its own drugs, rounds out the top three. CVS is the winner in Oklahoma City, followed by locally owned Medic Pharmacy at Hefner Pointe. Walgreens is also a hit in Oklahoma City.

Spa Some days call for pampering. In Tulsa, Skin Care Institute Medical & Wellness Spa is a great place to go for spa services, including massage and facials. Ihloff Salon & Day Spa is also popular for a great mani/pedi. Spa Southern Hills and Spa Lux Day Spa & Massage are both popular for attentive staff and luxurious care. Ultimate Realm of Serenity lives up to its name and is the top spa destination in the Oklahoma City area, according to readers. Eden Salon Spa offers treatments including facials, mani/pedis and hair styling. Renaissance Salon & Spa is open seven days a week for clients that seek pampering around the clock.

Therapist/Counselor Sometimes we need to speak to a therapist or counselor to work through certain issues or just to have someone to vent to. Dr. Courtney Linsenmeyer-O’Brien, MHR, LPC, is a popular choice in Tulsa and specializes in anxiety, depression and habitual and addictive behaviors. Chris R. Giles, MS, LMFT, of Giles Family Therapy regularly conducts marriage counseling and enhancement, premarital preparation, depression, anxiety and grief. Dr. Amy Kesner, LPC, has a goal to help clients feel connected and grounded through individual and family therapy and training and group facilitation. Kristy M. Mitchell, LPC, specializes in relationship, depression and anxiety counseling in her Norman office. Todd Ephraim,

Ph.D. has more than 25 years of experience working with children, adults and couples. Dr. Becky Wahkinney is a licensed psychologist that sees children, adolescents and adults in individual and family sessions.

Weight Loss/Weight Management Clinic Whether it’s the last 10 pounds or a significant amount of weight you need to lose, there are options across the state. Weight Watchers is a convenient choice for men and women who find meetings and online tools and calculators helpful. BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center provides a customized approach for each client’s weight loss needs in a luxurious spa-like setting. Tulsa Natural Health Clinic & Spa utilizes complementary medicine such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition to help deal with excess weight. Absolutely Thin has locations throughout the country to help clients find an ideal body weight. Weight Watchers is also a popular choice in Oklahoma City, as is The Broadway Clinic.

Yoga/Fitness Studio Staying fit and flexible is the best thing one can do as they age. Tulsans flock to Salt Yoga for challenging classes that leave them feeling refreshed and energized. The Yoga Room and Pure Barre are also popular choices, with a wide range of classes for the beginner or expert. Sculpt Tulsa and Barre3 are both studio facilities that help clients work on their fitness. Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Norman offers classes for new students as well as for intermediate practitioners. Barre3 offers its popular barre studio classes in Oklahoma City as well, while Hidden Dragon Yoga and Soul Yoga provide respite from the busy life.


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Where should you go to find great antique furniture selections and decor for your home? In Tulsa, Windsor Market’s 34,000 square feet welcome shoppers to browse its furniture, fixtures, art, lighting and more. You can spend hours hypnotized by The Market at Walnut Creek, which displays more than 100 showrooms under its roof, all boasting fabulous selections from home décor to gifts. Zoller Design & Antiques on Cherry Street helps its clients with conceptual planning, interior design and finding the perfect pieces. In Oklahoma City, Mockingbird Manor Antiques is a hidden treasure, full of beautiful selections. You can find all sorts of styles at Antique Avenue, which hosts more than 20 dealers and their unique finds. Antique Co-op displays beautiful antiques and collectables in its mall that houses more than 70 antique dealers.

Car Dealership Finding the car you love at a price you can afford can be exhausting, but these

dealers and their staffs will do all the work so you can enjoy the ride. Rev up luxury at Lexus of Tulsa on Memorial Drive, where all the information you need to drive away in the best, most affordable vehicle is at your fingertips. Whether looking for a new import or another pre-owned make and model, Jackie Cooper Imports & Nissan will help you find the right fit, while Don Carlton Honda offers sleek, affordable, stylish selections, and if they don’t have what you’re looking for, they’ll let you know when it rolls onto the lot. BMW of Tulsa and Jim Norton Toyota have experienced staffs that take care of their customers, ensuring their return. From its large selection to its knowledgeable staff, Bob Moore Auto Group does everything it can to take the hassle out of the car-buying experience. Jackie Cooper BMW provides the latest models and a complete parts and service department to make it a one-stop shop. With six locations in the Oklahoma City metro area, David Stanley Auto Group has grown into a trusted and reliable organization.

Children’s Clothing Store Kids grow up so fast that outgrowing their clothes becomes a regular occurrence. Before you know it, you’re back at the store with a long list of needs. These stores, their employees and their prices are consistent when your kids’ wardrobes are not. Kathleen’s Kids sells some of the top children’s lines, toys, shoes, bath products and more, even making custom accessories. GapKids


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We go to department stores to find everything we needs – clothes, makeup, jewelry, handbags, shoes and more – in one place. Department stores that stand out combine quality with customer service. Saks Fifth Avenue in Utica Square beautifully displays its merchandise and hires knowledgeable and stylish employees who will help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Miss Jackson’s, also in Utica Square, provides its clients with an upscale shopping experience that includes personal DON THORNTON, OWNER OF LEXUS shoppers, a penthouse OF TULSA, BEST CAR DEALERSHIP salon for all your beauty PHOTO BY NATALIE GREEN. needs and a fur salon that displays a variety of selections. At Dillards, find everything you need from your closet to your kitchen in all the latest styles at the most affordable prices. In Oklahoma City, Balliets in Classen Curve offers high-end collections as well as contemporary lines, pleasing shoppers of all styles. Dillards’ selection and affordability makes it a favorite in Oklahoma City. Macy’s rounds out the list with its assortment of styles and departments.

Eyeglass Store No one ever said sunglasses were out-ofstyle, but hearing from the optometrist that glasses were needed used to be terrible news. Today, with the latest fashions, glasses are highly sought-after accessories. Visions Unique Eyewear’s two Tulsa locations offer stylish pairs in a variety of lines, including Bvlgari, Chanel, Lafont, Maui Jim, Oakley, Oliver Peoples and more. Hicks Brunson Eyewear in Utica Square always

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has the latest brands and styles on hand as well as knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff members to help you find the best fit. Black Optical offers sleek, trendy his-andher designs for optical and under-the-sun occasions. In Oklahoma City, Pearle Vision lands at the top of the list for its all-inclusive services of comprehensive eye exams, fittings, craftsmanship and frames from top brands. Dick Story Optical’s long history providing topof-the-line eyewear to Oklahoma City and its variety of brands makes it a close runner-up. LensCrafters’ three locations in Oklahoma City offer its customers a national-sized experience with a local, personal feel.

Fine Jewelry Store Where do Oklahomans go to find the pieces that make their outfits sparkle? In Tulsa, Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels is the favorite with its beautiful display of jewelry, bridal pieces and watches alongside its standout customer service that includes repair and custom design. Moody’s Jewelry’s seven locations offers the latest by top designers that go beyond necklaces, rings and earrings to include wallets, golf tools, money clips, cufflinks and more. Star Jewelers in Broken Arrow has dazzled Tulsans for more than 40 years with its quality jewelry and customer service. Israel Diamond Supply shines like its diamonds with ethical, high-grade gems at great prices. B.C. Clark Jewelers has been in business since 1892, providing Oklahomans with quality merchandise and service. Naifeh Fine Jewelry displays its beautiful pieces throughout its 1,500-square-foot showroom while offering expert repair and restoration. Mitchener-Farrand provides Oklahoma City will stunning diamonds, pearls and other jewelry.

Gift Store Choosing the perfect gift to get a friend, family member or significant other is hard enough. So when you finally figure out what you want, these stores will make finding it easy. Margo’s Gift Shop in Utica Square has become a Tulsa tradition, offering seasonal gifts that spruce up the holidays alongside stationery, toys, picture frames, candles and more, while Miss Jackson’s, another Utica Square staple, is a great place to get your special lady fashionable clothing and accessories, as well as relaxing and refreshing beauty packages in its penthouse

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Grocery Store/Market Clean, organized, quality and friendly are a few of the characteristics we look for in the grocery stores we frequent, and because food gives us the fuel we need to be at our best day in and day out, these grocery stores strive to feed us only the best. Petty’s Fine Foods in Utica Square is a landmark. Serving Tulsans since 1945, Petty’s offers all your grocery needs alongside specialty and imported products, freshly prepared dishes, catering services and delivery. Reasor’s Foods has everything its customers are looking for, for the prices they want, including groceries, pharmacy, banking, floral department and more. Whole Foods Market and Sprouts Farmers Market round out the list with quality products that cater to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle and committed, friendly employees. In Oklahoma City, Buy For Less attracts shoppers with its healthy selections at modest prices, even offering nutrition classes and budget ideas, and its café, The Gourmet Grille, at select locations. Homeland caters its customer service to helping shoppers get in and out and on with their busy lives, while providing all their grocery needs. Whole Foods Market is also a popular destination in Oklahoma City with its healthy and sustainable options.

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that cater to all occasions, including casual, causal dress and formal, and many love the custom work Travers Mahan does for its clients. Abersons offers more than 20 stylish brands for men to choose from. Pinpoint Resource tailors its customer service to each client, offering fashions both traditional and trendy. S.J. Haggard & Co.’s two Oklahoma City locations dress its customers in the latest brands of the highest quality. Mr. Ooley’s provides men with designer brands that include suits, dress shirts, neckwear, belts and shoes. Blue Seven offers casual but sophisticated fashions and accessories of the latest trends.

Pet/Pet Supply Store Our pets are family members, and we want the best for them. Tulsans love taking their companions along with them to PetSmart, where everything a pet-owner needs from food, treats and toys to grooming, veterinary services and more are all under one roof. Petco is a close second with its comprehensive products for every kind of pet. Southern Agriculture will treat your pets great and offers a long list of quality products and great, quick veterinary services for busy moms and dads. PetSmart is also at the top of the list in Oklahoma City as a one-stop shop for all your pet needs. Britton Feed & Seed gives Oklahoma City cats and dogs healthy and holistic choices that they love. Petco’s great selection and service makes it a top destination in Oklahoma City, too.

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A successful shopping mall will entice shoppers with its eclectic array of stores, restaurants and businesses. Utica Square not only offers its visitors great shops and

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delicious tastes, but fun entertainment and beautiful strolls in between stores. Center 1 is comprised of the sleek, white buildings on Peoria Street with floor-to-ceiling window storefronts housing unique, stylish boutiques, galleries, fitness studios, restaurants and furniture stores. Woodland Hills Mall’s two-level center is a top destination for shoppers with its myriad stores, including more than 80 unique to Woodland Hills. In Oklahoma City, Penn Square Mall takes this year’s prize with its more-than-140 specialty shops that cover an array of shopping needs. Quail Springs Mall draws crowds with its great store selection as well as its dining options, which include El Chico and HuHot Mongolian Grill, and its movie theater: AMC Quail Springs Mall 24. Nichols Hills Plaza offers its guests unique and established stores and services, while Classen Curve does the same in its distinctively designed outdoor shopping mall.

Sporting Goods/ Outdoor Store From sportswear to all the sports equipment you can think of, where do Oklahomans go most to find what they need without breaking a sweat. Dick’s Sporting Goods has been providing athletes of all sports, ages, shapes and sizes with everything they need to get in the game since 1948 and continues carrying the latest products and technologies. Academy Sports & Outdoors keeps avid sport enthusiasts and newcomers to the field fit with all the necessary apparel and gear. Bass Pro Shops’ massive facilities are an outdoor enthusiast’s playground, housing everything you need for fishing, hunting, camping, boating and more, and Sun & Ski Sports sells an array of sports and athletic products including a huge selection of skiing gear for both water and snow.


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Toy Store In today’s market, toys are a dime a dozen. So where do parents, grandparents, guardians or friends go to get the best toys for kids? Whether interactive, video, educational, outdoors, dress-up, electronic or other varieties, Toys “R” Us keeps Tulsa kids, and their parents, smiling with its large selection at affordable prices. At Target kids flock to the toy lanes for some of the best games and toys on the market. Kiddlestix is a colorful playground, offering popular brands, specialty toys and a knowledgeable staff. In Oklahoma City, parents also shop at Toys “R” Us to find all the toys and games that inspire, educate and mold their kids’ minds. Learning Tree sells toys for all ages, includes books, stuffed animals, puzzles, dolls, board games, building blocks and more. Walmart’s selection and prices rounds out this year’s list.

many more that will add to that polished look. On A Whim will brighten up your wardrobe with its variety of trendy apparel and accessories. Donna’s Fashions brings casual and upscale fashion trends popular in big cities to Tulsa for customers who can’t get enough of its style and friendly staff. In Oklahoma City, women go to Ruth Meyers for top fashion finds, personal shopping and alterations. Gordon Stuart offers some of the most popular designer brands in women’s fashion and will help you into the perfect fit. Bow & Arrow Boutique’s selections will help you express yourself while looking fabulous and feeling comfortable.

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Wine/Liquor Store Getting alcohol in Oklahoma is hard enough. Finding a store near you with all your favorite spirits in stock makes it manageable. Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits is a Tulsa favorite for its sprawling selection of beer, wine and spirits. Old Village Wine & Spirits at 41st and Peoria serves great sips and a friendly staff. Primo’s Fine Wine & Spirits’ knowledgeable staff will help you pick the best drinks for your palette. In Norman, University Liquor, a sanctuary for the University of Oklahoma students, impresses with its extensive selection of specialty products and popular wines and beers. The Wild Turkey Finer Wines & Spirits in Oklahoma City boasts the largest selection of spirits, wine, beer and mixers in the area, giving customers exactly what they want. Broadway Wine Merchants strives to stock its shelves with its customers’ favorite sips, and if they don’t have something you want, they can order it and have it for you the next day.

Women’s Boutique We express ourselves with the clothes we wear, and when making that first impression, women want to look and feel their best. These clothing boutiques can help. From shoes and handbags to accessories and clothing, Abersons will help you accomplish the confident and stylish look you want with its more than 30 luxury designer and designer brands, more than 20 handbag brands and

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and colorful or neutral, tall or short, flat or wedged, pointy or round, open toe or closed, women love shoes of all flavors, and we know they can make or break a look, and even an ankle if you aren’t careful. Tulsans love Saks Fifth Avenue’s shoe department that boasts the latest and trendiest styles from sandals, flats and wedges to boots, pumps and more. Abersons offers more than 20 top brands to choose from. J. Cole Shoes help its customers walk the walk with its experienced staff and fashionable pairs. Balliets’ shoe salon is Oklahoma City’s favorite pick with its selection of top lines and shoes for every season. Gordon Stuart is another favorite for its carefully curated collection of the latest fashions. Shoetopia has one focus: shoes, offering its customers the hottest trends at affordable prices.


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On a nice summer day, the rolling, winding fairways, fast greens and waving flags that direct your swing can be the perfect escape from a busy or hectic week. Teeing off at any one of these Oklahoma golf clubs is a cut above the rest. Southern Hills Country Club remains a Tulsa tradition, offering 27 holes to its members and welcoming major championships to its course. Cherokee Hills Golf Club, on the grounds of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, provides its members challenging but inviting play. Golf Club of Oklahoma in Broken Arrow boasts a Tom Fazio-designed championship course whose rolling fairways, lined with large oaks, stretch for 6,840 yards. Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club’s charming course winds through lakes and creeks, offering its members a stunning backdrop and premier golf experience. Lake Hefner Golf Club is a close runner up with its two challenging courses, both with ratings more than 70. The Greens Country Club’s beautifully landscaped and maintained course continues to impress, and Gaillardia Golf and Country Club’s 18 holes, stretched across 250 acres of Ber

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muda grass, manicured fairways, lakes and streams, offers exciting play.

Art Gallery Eclectic, colorful, intriguing, inquisitive and ever-changing are just of the few of things that draw you into a well-curated art gallery. M.A. Doran Gallery along Brookside always impresses with its collection of artists and works. Joseph Gierek Fine Art shares his large collection of paintings, sculptures, glass and other mediums with collectors and art-lovers alike, while Aberson Exhibits acts as the blank canvas for emerging and mid-career artists to bring to life. 108 Contemporary welcomes onlookers to explore the contemporary craft on display, and

Living Arts of Tulsa gives art shape through its installations and interactive and threedimensional exhibits. The Howell Gallery of Fine Art opened to showcase the artistic talent that abounds in Oklahoma, also curating a collection of national significance. IAO Gallery attracts attention with its focus on progressive, intellectual and experimental art. Paseo Gallery One continues fostering artist growth in Oklahoma City through its programs and exhibitions.

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If you need a place to let loose, you’ll hit the jackpot at these Oklahoma casinos. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa offers its players more than 2,600 of the most sought-after electronic games and has one RIVER SPIRIT CASINO, BEST CASINO PHOTO COURTESY RIVER SPIRIT CASINO. of the largest selections of table games in Oklahoma, totaling 40. River Spirit Casino has one of the largest gaming floors in Oklahoma, packing fun and excitement into its 200,000 square feet. Osage Casino’s seven locations attracts its players with blackjack, table games, poker and an assortment of electronic games, while Downstream Casino & Resort in Quapaw combines great dealers and table games with top-of-the-line slots.


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Hotel, situated in downtown Tulsa, offers its guests the perfect gateway to explore the city. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa welcomes visitors to enjoy shopping, dining and relaxation alongside excursions to its entertaining casino floor. Skirvin Hilton Hotel offers unparalleled cuisine, art and events that complement any luxurious stay in one of its 225 recently renovated rooms. Colcord Hotel, built in 1910, now offers a contemporary, elegant hotel experience with four room plans to choose from and two delicious restaurants that wine and dine. The Waterford Marriott pairs beautiful architecture and amenities with great views of Oklahoma City’s skyline, while the Ambassador Hotel greets you with style, comfort and service, offering its seventh floor rooftop bar and terrace for great views of downtown.

A city’s music scene thrives on the venues and stages that attract our favorite musicians to town. Good thing for Oklahomans, our two largest cities offer platforms that boast top talents and exciting show. The BOK Center arrived in Tulsa in 2008 and continues attracting performers that draw large crowds, and, in 2014, it was named 44th in the world among arenas for ticket Local TV Station sales. Cain’s Ballroom, built in 1924, is a world-renowned venue steeped in rich musiGetting reliable, up-to-date news from a cal history and was ranked 22nd in the world source you trust is important. These local among club venues for ticket sales. Brady channels and their teams work tirelessly to Theater, another Tulsa standard, brings make sure we feel safe and knowledgeable in some of the greatest names in the industry in our communities. KOTV Channel 6 wakes front of fans. you up with great news in the morning and Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy continues providing timely and relevant Arena ranked 100th in the world among arenas for ticket sales and continues delivering enterOKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER, BEST PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAM taining artists to the front of PHOTO COURTESY OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER. its stage. The Civic Center Music Hall, built in 1937, underwent a renovation in 1997, making it an acoustically superior hall, and continues giving its audiences electrifying concert experiences. The Zoo Amphitheatre, ranked 72nd in 2014 among worldwide amphitheaters for ticket sales, brings music fans to its hillside and industry greats to its outdoor stage for one-of-a-kind entertainment.

Hotel Whether suggesting where out-of-towners should stay or planning a special weekend, Oklahoma’s best hotels offer guests elegant decor, entertainment, top-ofthe-line amenities and even some history. The Mayo Hotel continues to be a downtown beacon, drawing guests to its exquisite 102 hotel rooms and ample event spaces. Ambassador

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information to Tulsans and Oklahomans throughout the day. Whether its traffic, weather, crime or other news, KJRH Channel 2 dedicates its resources to providing Tulsa with the most accurate, pertinent information affecting the city and state. KTUL Channel 8 keeps its viewers informed on the latest news and happenings in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma. KFOR Channel 4 looks out for its viewers by sharing the top stories in the state and allowing its audience to watch live wherever they are. KOCO Channel 5 watches over its community, providing Oklahoma City with significant local and national news. KWTV Channel 9 is a dependable source for delivering news that matters in Oklahoma and beyond.

Museum Museums allow us to explore culture, life and science, art, history, the past, present and future and much more. Meandering through a museum’s lobby, hallways, exhibits, interactive spaces, gardens and more and discovering what’s around every corner are all part of the experience. The Philbrook Museum of Art intrigues as an Italian Renaissancestyle mansion built in 1927 and gifted to the city of Tulsa in 1938, today hosting worldrenowned art and welcoming visitors to explore its gardens. Gilcrease Museum is known for its preservation and study of American art and history and displays the world’s largest collection of art and artifacts of the American West. The Tulsa Air & Space Museum takes its guests in flight with its historical exhibits, hands-on science exhibits, flight simulators and planetarium shows. At the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, two lobbies, a rooftop terrace, a library resource center, theater, museum school and three floors of traveling exhibits and permanent collections offer visitors plenty to discover. Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum beauti-

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ing behind our professional sports teams, the state’s NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the talents of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka make the biggest noise. Rooting on the Tulsa Drillers in the in and outfield of ONEOK field comes in second with exciting catches, hits and homeruns. The Oklahoma City Dodgers attract crowds to Bricktown Ballpark during home stretches, and the Tulsa Shock, Oklahoma’s WNBA team, brings competition and athleticism to the BOK Center court.

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fully remembers those who lost their lives as well as the survivors of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, while providing new generations with an interactive learning experience that shares the story of loss, resilience, justice and hope. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is a monument to the American West, preserving, collecting and exhibiting Western art and artifacts, while the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma give guests a look inside the state and region’s natural history to foster further understanding and appreciation.

Place to Catch a Flick These days, it’s almost standard for movie theaters to welcome us with comfortable recliners. While the action-packed, romantic, hilarious, dramatic, historic movies draw us in, we also go for the entire experience that includes food, drink and décor. Broken Arrow Warren Theatre’s expansive, two-story building goes beyond comfortable recliner, offering four different theater layouts, a diner with a full menu and a second floor dedicated to those 21 years and older who like to recline with beer, wine or cocktails. Circle Cinema, Tulsa’s independent, nonprofit theater, attracts movie-goers with its independent, foreign and documentary films. Cinemark Tulsa offers guests comfortable recliners, IMAX technology and the best movies playing on the big screen, as does AMC Southroads 20. Moore Warren Theatre boasts the Warren Theatre name and the one-of-a-kind experience it’s known for. AMC Penn Square 10 plays all the movies you want to

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see. Harkins Theatres Bricktown 16, the fifth largest theater circuit in North America, gives its viewers the ultimate movie-going experience that keeps them returning.

Place to See and be Seen If you want to be part of the fun crowd, there’s always something new and exciting happening at these Oklahoma locations, so get out there. Utica Square draws crowds every Thursday throughout the summer for its Summer’s Fifth Night concert series as well as every day of the week with its unparalleled shopping and dining experience. Brookside’s bars, restaurants, shops, galleries and fitness classes bring people onto the patios, rooftops and sidewalks that line Peoria. From summer movies and concerts on the green to food truck rodeos and fitness classes, Guthrie Green is always offering fun and play. Oklahoma City Thunder games are always a spectacle that attracts the social elite, sports crazies and those that enjoy the thrill of the game. All along Western Avenue, shops, restaurants, galleries and events beckon crowds for exploration. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse’s delicious tastes and luxurious décor attract local and national celebrities, athletes and powerful businessmen and women to its tables.

Professional Sports Team Oklahomans love their sports team. We take pride in cheering on the most athletic players representing our state and take pleasure when they come out on top. When rally-

Most the time, all we’re looking for when going to the pub or brewery is a cold beer, good conversation and maybe some food. But sometimes, we get to enjoy some added entertainment. Thanks to the owners of these watering holes, games, musicians and trivia add to the pub experience. At McNellie’s in downtown Tulsa, darts, shuffleboard, arcade games, pool, foosball and more are played best with a drink in one hand. Crow Creek Tavern in Brookside entertains its crowd with live music five nights a week. Kilkenney’s provides a great atmosphere for friends to unwind after a long week. Mustang Brewing Company entertains its beer lovers with tours and tastings, pint and growler fills and its #craftbeerblockparty, held the second Saturday of every month. Tapwerks not only draws a crowd with its 212 taps and 100 bottled beers, but also with its pub trivia on Tuesdays and live music three nights a week. In Oklahoma City, the best place to catch a game on TV is Republic Gastropub, where you won’t miss a play because there’s a screen everywhere you look.

Resort In Oklahoma Getting away doesn’t mean you have to go far. At any one of these Oklahoma resorts you’ll feel as though you’ve escaped into relaxation, exploration and fun. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa will suck you into its time warp, keeping you entertained at every step. Enjoy its spacious rooms and suites, pool, Cherokee Hills Golf Course, shopping, dining and exhilarating casino floor. Relaxing is easy at The Canebrake in Wagoner, a 250-acre eco-friendly luxury resort and the only Ayurvedic spa in Oklahoma, while Beavers Bend Resort Park will help you escape into wilderness while staying at one of its cabins or lodges with lake front views or nestled within the wood groves over looking the Mountain Fork River. Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center inhabits a cove on the shoreline of Lake Altus in the Wichita Mountains, offering its visitors


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Stop on the Radio Dial That moment when you’re stuck in traffic scanning the radio for some good tunes or talk radio and your jam comes on. That happens frequently when your frequency matches up with these stations. 1430 AM, home of The Dan Patrick Show, The Rich Eisen Show and more, keeps its listeners tuned in with its relevant sports talk and entertaining hosts. 100.9 KXOJ has been attracting listeners with its Christian music since arriving on air in 1977. 106.1 KTGX holds the attention of country music lovers, playing the best on the radio. 102.7 KJYO is Oklahoma City’s No. 1 hit music station, playing Top 40 hits. 88.9 KYLV plays contemporary Christian music while featuring new stories, concerts and events. 98.9 KYIS is an adult contemporary station playing hits from the ‘90s through today.

Travel Destination Though it may not be Oklahoma, our surrounding states offer entertaining cities that are fun to visit. Branson, Mo., lights up at night with more than 100 shows to choose from, and during the day, visit its many attractions that include museums, cruises, an award-winning theme park and more. Whether downtown, exploring the wooded trails deep inside the Ozarks or lakeside, Eureka Springs, Ark., offers its guests art, recreation, entertainment, relaxation, shopping, dining and history, as does Hot Springs, Ark., which offers relaxation at its spas, play on its golf course and fun park, shopping at its boutiques and more. Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, home to roughly 650 bison, guides its visitors on an exploration of the Wichita Mountains, offering wildlife viewing and nature trails, educational activities, tours, hunting, fishing, rock climbing, camping and more. In Fayetteville, Ark., visitors enjoy uncovering its museums, botanical gardens, theaters, downtown shopping, spas and historic sites. Dallas has big things happening around town and hopes you’ll visit and explore the rich history, art and culture it offers.

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Wedding or Party Venue Finding the perfect wedding venue to host your special day is one of the biggest decisions when planning a wedding. It will affect the size of your wedding, theme or décor, catering and more. A ceremony in the beautiful Philbrook Museum of Art gardens, followed by an elegant reception indoors, will mesmerize. The Mayo Hotel offers so-to-be-wed couples nine stunning and intimate spaces to say “I do,” while the Cox Business Center prides itself in providing couples numerous wedding packages that cater to any size or budget. Escape to a Tuscan hillside at Dresser Mansion, a unique venue in the heart of Tulsa, or begin forever at the Harwelden Mansion, a nod to the 1920s with its stunning architecture and style. In Oklahoma City, Rose Briar Place enchants with its candlelit chapel, bride and groom suites, outdoor garden and patio and reception space. Elevate your wedding with a contemporary ceremony and reception at Vast on the 50th floor of the Devon Tower. Skirvin Hilton Hotel offers numerous spaces and top-notch staff and catering to create your romantic, fairytale wedding.

Weekend Getaway Destination Looking for some excitement and exploration this summer? These destinations are great for a quick weekend getaway, so pack up your car with the essentials and hit the road. In northeast Oklahoma, Grand Lake’s 46,500-acre lake provides fun catches and exhilarating boat rides and other water sports. When not on the water, enjoy scenic picnics, hikes and camping on its surrounding shorelines. For those not already living in Oklahoma City, its festivals, museums, shopping, dining, entertainment and history

make it a great destination for adventure and exploration. The Canebrake, a resort and spa nestled near the shore of Fort Gibson Lake, is the perfect place to relax and comes in third, alongside Beavers Bend State Park, which attracts outdoor enthusiasts to the shores of Broken Bow Lake and the Mountain Fork River. Stay at one of the park’s many cabins or campsites, and tee off at its 18-hole golf course or explore its trails on foot or bike.

Winery Oklahoma’s soil produces vines for more than 50 wineries across the state. To tour our top tastes, take a trip down Interstate 44, the Arnold Drive of Oklahoma, and explore the aromas and flavors our winemakers have crafted. At Girouard Vines in downtown Tulsa, enjoy award-winning Tulsa Deco wines, among other selections, in its tasting room and tour its winemaking facility. You’ll have to follow Summerside Vineyards on its Facebook page to know where to get a sip, because its tasting room in Vinita is closed while its new, picturesque location is constructed in Tuttle, Okla. Family-owned and operated, Whispering Vines Vineyards & Winery invites guests to walk through its vineyard and enjoy its more than 15 varietals. Using only local grapes, Tres Suenos Winery & Vineyard in Luther has been in the business for nearly two decades and has crafted the art of wine making. Girls Gone Wine in Broken Bow came to fruition with the hard work of three girlfriends who wanted to give tasters a “fun boutique winery” experience. It seems that those in Oklahoma City enjoy the tastes of Summerside Vineyards enough to make the drive. Good news for them, its new location in Tuttle means they won’t have to.


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Dining Asian cuisine and the many cultures and cooking traditions it embraces offer taste buds myriad flavors, and these restaurants have found the winning combinations that keeps customers returning. If you’re in Tulsa, KEO Restaurant, landing at the top of the list of great Asian tastes, offers guests healthy, fresh, made-to-order tastes from a variety of countries in Southeast Asia. Lanna Thai is also a fan favorite in Tulsa, serving a comprehensive menu of authentic Thai cuisine with bold flavors and fresh ingredients. And if you haven’t tried Ri Le’s, you should. A family-style Vietnamese restaurant, Ri Le’s has been serving Tulsans for years. If you’re in Oklahoma City and looking for a delicious Japanese steakhouse, Musashi’s gives a fiery performance, with its tastes receiving a standing ovation. For another fan-favorite Japanese restaurant, try Okura Sushi & Grill, whose guests can’t seem to get enough of its sushi, teppanyaki and more. And if you’re in the mood for bold, Thai tang, Tana Thai’s tastes will satisfy both palate and belly.

Bakery When you’re craving something sweet and homemade, there’s nothing better than walking into a bakery that engulfs you in its warm aroma. Offering some of the best smells and sweets in Tulsa, Ann’s Bakery has been serving its community for more than 75 years and has perfected the skill of curing your sweet tooth. In Utica Square, Queenie’s Café & Bakery continues to draw a crowd with its homemade cakes, cookies, pies and

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other delicious desserts cooked daily. With traditions that date back to 1979, Merritt’s Bakery’s locations in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Jenks have grown into a sweet tooth’s staple. For a taste of France, La Baguette Bistro & Bakery in Oklahoma City offers specialty cakes, tarts, cheesecakes, pies and other sweet bites. For one of the largest selections of bread in Oklahoma, Big Sky Bread of Oklahoma brings home the loaf with its 18 varieties, whose availabilities vary Tuesday through Saturday. Brown’s Bakery also makes the list with its colorful and delicious creations, and Cuppies & Joe continues awakening our appetites with its cupcakes, pies and other delights.

locations in eight states, continues pleasing hungry patrons with its southern fare, and usually around lunchtime, a line forms outside Burn Co. Barbecue, where barbecue fans flock for one-of-a-kind tastes. In Oklahoma City, Earl’s Rib Palace wears the crown. With six locations throughout Oklahoma City, Earl’s smokin’ LANNA THAI, BEST ASIAN PHOTO BY NATALIE GREEN.

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With breakfast being the most important meal of the day, and let’s admit it, the most delicious, it makes sense to start the day off right with the best bite. Phill’s Diner, a Tulsa staple, serves some of the best breakfast in Tulsa and ties at the top of this year’s list with Brookside By Day, which has a tendency of packing the house with soon-to-be-satisfied diners. Duffy’s Diner greets its customers at 6 a.m. with a smile and breakfast goodness, while Tally’s Café piles tasty ingredients onto every plate off its breakfast menu. At Savoy Restaurant, family recipes dating back to 1925 are handmade from scratch, a quality that feeds your hunger and your soul. Jimmy’s Egg of Oklahoma City has won over its patrons with its 2:42 PM fresh, hot and flavorful breakfast options, while IHOP, a nation-wide breakfast hotspot, pleases with an extensive, all-encompassing menu. Classen Grill rounds out the top three with its breakfast specialties that incorporate chicken fried steak, quesadillas and salmon into its breakfast menu.

Burger There’s nothing better than biting into a big, juicy, flavorful burger, and when you can order a burger raw, that’s when you know you’re getting the best. In business since 1975, Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili has opened 18 Oklahoma locations, all offering a variety of burgers that people can’t stop biting into. Fat Guy’s Burger Bar, with two locations and a third in the works, serves fresh burgers, delivered and ground daily. Brownie’s Hamburger Stand began crafting patties in 1956 and now has three locations. At Charcoal Oven in Oklahoma City, premium Angus beef burgers, made fast and served hot, have the same great taste as they did in 1958. Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler, with locations in Oklahoma City, Norman and Edmond, has been perfecting its burgers since first opening in 1971, and they are served best slathered in Johnnie’s sauce. If you’re craving a famous Oklahoma onion burger, Tucker’s Onion Burgers has crafted one that’s irresistible.

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We’ve all heard the slogan, “There’s always room for dessert,” and when you’re at one these eateries, there’s nothing more true. Dragonmoon Tea Company’s sweets include gingersnap, tartlets, croissants, pudding, cookies and more, and when you take a bite you’ll understand why it’s at the top of this year’s list. Michael V’s makes all its delectable desserts from scratch, and Queenie’s Café & Bakery in Utica Square has acquired fans with its cake, pies and cookies. Cuppies & Joe in Oklahoma City bakes sweet cupcakes served best alongside a hot cup of joe. La Baguette Bistro & Bakery brings the flavors France to Oklahoma City, packed inside cheesecakes, truffles, tarts and cakes. For a sugar fix in all its glory, Pinkitzel brightens Edmond, and now Tulsa, with its colorful array of cupcakes, taffy, truffles, chocolates and hundreds of loose candies sold by the pound.

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Pizza Pizza shops are a dime a dozen. But the best, most delicious are a select and cherished few. Throughout Oklahoma, the pizzerias cooking up the most scrumptious slice haven’t gone unnoticed. Hideaway Pizza brings fun and flavor to its pies and has created innovative specialty pizzas that tempt the taste buds. Andolini’s Pizzeria, with a heritage tracing back to Avellino, Italy, crafts its pizza as the art form its is, using fresh and sustainably sourced ingredients. Mazzio’s continues pleasing its customers’ palettes with famous original, deep pan and thin crust pizzas, while Hey Mambo’s pizzas arrive with savory ingredients and a robust sauce buried beneath a bubbly layer of cheese. Oklahoma City diners are just as crazy about Hideaway Pizza’s irresistible inventions as Tulsans. Upper Crust comes in at a close second with its wood-fired, thin crust pies that emerge from its brick oven with perfectly charred and smoky dough, boasting a hearty helping of toppings. Empire Slice House serves succulent specialty pizzas as well as build-your-owns that are created with subtle simplicity and a focus on flavor; The Wedge Pizzeria slides its pizzas into a wood-fire oven for a flame-kissed experience you can taste; and the pies at Eagle One Pizza emit a seductive smell that’ll hypnotize your palate and keep you craving more.

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Square excites guests with its French-inspired cuisine with a New England flair, and Celebrity Restaurant rolls out the red carpet for its visitors, offering some of the best Caesar salad, lobster, steak and chicken you can get your hands on. SMOKE. on Cherry Street puts a modern spin on some great American dishes and those you may have never heard of. Eischen’s, situated in the town of Okarche, is an Oklahoma landmark and has customers driving hours for its famous, legendary fried chicken. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse not only serves some of the best steak in the state, but also caters to some of our state’s most well-known celebrities and athletes, making dining here a rare and exceptional experience. The Coach House has been serving Oklahoma City since 1985 and remains one of the finest upscale restaurants around.

Salads Salads that mingle crispy, fresh greens with a variety of vegetables, a seasoned dressing and maybe even some protein are the best of their kind. Celebrity Restaurant is known for its world-famous, inimitable Caesar salad, which has patrons returning time and time again. Upper Crust offers six salad combinations, using fresh ingredients, and plenty of them. Charleston’s Restaurant offers four unique salads with fried, grilled or roasted chicken as the muse as well as a delicious Caesar salad boasting hickory-smoked salmon. In Oklahoma City, Coolgreens is the favorite salad destination with its 10 different healthy mixtures that can be made into a salad or a wrap, with the option to add a protein for a little extra. Café 501’s 14 carefully

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Salsa Salsa is the teaser, the trailer that gets our taste buds excited for the full-length production. If the salsa doesn’t have the right, balanced combination of ingredients that delight, what can we expect from the main course? These restaurants have made our readers want to see more. Café Ole on Brookside is at the top of this year’s list, and you’ll understand why after taking one bite of its salsa, made using the perfect proportions. Mi Cocina is a close runner-up with its light and spicy salsa with a hint of garlic that goes best with its delicious guacamole. At Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina, scoop up a serving of zest with your chip to experience fresh and popular salsa, and Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant melds the freshest ingredients to create its admired appetizer. Iguana Mexican Grill in Oklahoma City offers four sought-after salsas that range in spice and flavor. Poblano Grill’s specialty salsas, Caliente and Diablo, are made fresh daily and are sure to add the fire to your feast. 1492 New World Latin Cuisine’s upscale Latin-inspired cuisine is delicious following some its distinctive chips and salsa.

Seafood Overcooked seafood is a meal spoiler, but these restaurants prepare it just right with enticing flavors that’ll leave you wanting more. Bodean Restaurant & Market will make you feel like you’re under the sea with its décor and selection of fish and shellfish, flown in twice a day to ensure it’s the freshest possible. Bonefish Grill offers seven wood-grilled, market-fresh fish dishes served with one of five signature sauces. Joe’s Crab Shack’s seafood comes steamed, fried, grilled, roasted and boiled, all a taste of success, while White River Fish Market & Restaurant, serving Tulsa since 1932, offers the gamut of seafood options, flown in from coasts all along North and South America. Reeling in the prize in Oklahoma City, The Mantel Wine and Bar Bistro’s seafood selections have been perfected, offering its guests delectable gourmet tastes. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse combines freshness with finesse, preparing impressive dishes both in presentation and taste. The Shack, a seafood and oyster bar, has a finger-lickinggood menu that includes Creole-inspired creations alongside fresh seafood that’s best fried, grilled, blackened or boiled.


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1. Guthrie 2. Stillwater 3. Norman

OKC OKC OKC

Home

Architect, Commercial Firm 1. Kinslow, Keith & Todd 2. Selser Schaefer Architects 3. Matrix

TUL TUL TUL

1. Jake Henry Jr. – Saint Francis Health System TUL 2. Chet Cadieux – QuikTrip TUL 3. Paula Marshall – The Bama Companies TUL

1. Rand Elliott – Elliott + Associates 2. JGF Design Studio 3. Bruce Bockus – Bockus-Payne Associates

OKC OKC

1. John Richels – Devon Energy 2. David Green – Hobby Lobby 3. Chuck Spicer – OU Medical Center

Bathroom Fixtures

CEO

OKC OKC OKC

Cabinetry

TUL TUL TUL OKC OKC OKC

1. Kevin Durant 2. Chesapeake Energy Arena 3. Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

OKC OKC

Designer Home Furnishings

1. Chris Plank – 1430 KTBZ-AM 2. Heather Miles – 100.9 KXOJ 3. Bud and Broadway – 106.1 KTGX

TUL TUL TUL

1. Jack & Ron – 98.9 KYIS/Ronnie Kaye – 92.5 KOMA 2. Shawn Witcher 96.1 KXY 3. Kaci and Jacob – 98.9 KYIS

OKC OKC OKC

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1. Jay Rambo 2. Mill Creek Lumber & Supply 3. Sullivan’s Custom Cabinets 1. Suburban Cabinet Shop 2. David Bradley & Co. 3. Monticello Cabinets & Doors

Local Radio Personality

TUL

1. Morrison Supply Company OKC 2. Designer Hardware by Faye OKC 3. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery OKC

TUL TUL TUL

OKC

TUL

1. Heatwave Supply Company TUL 2. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery TUL 3. Empire Plumbing Supply/Hoffman Fixtures Company TUL

1. ONEOK Field 2. Tulsa Golden Driller 3. BOK Center

1. Karen Larsen – KJRH, Channel 2 TUL 2. Chera Kimiko – KOTV, Channel 6 TUL 3. LeAnne Taylor – KOTV, Channel 6/Terry Hood – KOTV, Channel 6 TUL

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1. Jack Arnold 2. Alan Madewell – Alan Madewell and Associates 3. Brian Freese – Freese Architecture/ John Duvall – Duvall Architects

Local Icon/Landmark

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1. Damon Lane – KOCO, Channel 5 2. Mike Morgan – KFOR, Channel 4 3. David Payne – KWTV, Channel 9

Architect, Residential

1. Devon Energy OKC 2. Chesapeake Energy/SandRidge Energy OKC 3. Chickasaw Nation/OU Medical Center OKC

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TUL TUL TUL

TUL

1. ONEOK/Cherokee Nation Businesses TUL 2. Williams Companies/QuikTrip TUL 3. Saint Francis Health System/Manhattan Construction TUL

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1. Travis Meyer – KOTV, Channel 6 2. Mike Collier – KTUL, Channel 8 3. Brittany Rainey – KJRH, Channel 2

TUL

Company To Work For

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Meteorologist

OKC OKC OKC

1. Anthony McDermid – TAP Architecture OKC 2. D5 Architecture OKC 3. Frankfurt-Short-Bruza OKC

1. Kurt Fleischfresser – The Coach House OKC 5/13/15 4:29 PM2. Daniel Nemec – Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse OKC

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1. Linda Cavanaugh – KFOR, Channel 4 2. Paul Folger – KOCO, Channel 5 3. Kelly Ogle – KWTV, Channel 9

1. SR Hughes TUL 2. Hawley Design Furnishings/Fifteenth and Home TUL 3. Richard Neel Interiors TUL 1. Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design 2. BD Home

Flooring Company

OKC OKC

1. Carpet One Floor & Home 2. C&C Tile and Carpet/ Renaissance Hardwood Floors 3. Superior Wood Floors & Tile/ Grigsby’s Carpet, Tile & Rug Gallery/ Floorhaus Flooring

TUL

1. Mill Creek Carpet & Tile 2. Beckett Bros. Wood Floor Systems 3. Brewer Carpet One Floor & Home

OKC OKC OKC

TUL TUL


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Furniture Store

1. Mathis Brothers Furniture/West Elm TUL 2. I.O. Metro TUL 3. Castleberry’s Ethan Allen Home Interiors TUL 1. Mathis Brothers Furniture 2. Heenan’s Home Furnishings 3. Edmond Furniture Gallery

Heating & Air

OKC OKC OKC

1. Airco Service 2. Air Assurance/McKinney Heat & Air 3. DaVco Mechanical Contractors/ Comfort Control of Tulsa

TUL TUL

1. Air Comfort Solutions 2. Locke Supply Co. 3. Hinton Refrigeration

OKC OKC OKC

TUL

Home Builder

Interior Designer

1. Doug Campbell – Campbell Design Associates/SR Hughes TUL 2. Chris Murphy – Christopher Murphy Designs TUL 3. Austin Bean TUL 1. Carson See – Sees Design OKC 2. Jennifer Welch – Jennifer Welch Designs OKC 3. Ketch Design Center OKC

Kitchen Designer

1. Wood-Stone Home Design Studio 2. Carriage House Design 3. Showcase Kitchens and Baths/ Kitchen Ideas

TUL TUL

1. a karen black company 2. Kitchen & Bath Gallerie 3. Classic Kitchens

OKC OKC OKC

TUL

1. Jordan & Sons TUL 2. Barron & McClary General Contractors/ Brian D. Wiggs Homes TUL 3. Simmons Homes/Pinnacle Properties TUL

Landscape Designer

1. Kingdom Landscape 2. Hardscape Materials 3. Clare Ashby ASLA Landscape

TUL TUL TUL

1. Heartland Homes 2. Kent Hoffman Construction 3. Ideal Homes

1. Moyer Lawncare and Landscaping 2. John Fluitt Landscape Design/TLC Florist & Greenhouses 3. Bella Rose Landscape and Lawn Care

OKC

Home Improvement/Appliance Store

OKC OKC OKC

OKC OKC

Lawn and Garden Store

1. Metro Appliances & More 2. Lowe’s 3. Hahn Appliance Warehouse

TUL TUL TUL

1. Southwood Landscape & Garden Center TUL 2. Lowe’s TUL 3. Ted & Debbie’s Flower Garden TUL

1. Metro Appliances & More 2. The Home Depot 3. Lowe’s/Anthony’s TV & Appliance

OKC OKC OKC

1. Davison’s Nursery 2. The Home Depot 3. TLC Florist & Greenhouses

In-Home Theater

Lawn Maintenance

OKC OKC OKC

1. Video Revolution 2. Audio Advice 3. Dynamic Audio

TUL TUL TUL

1. LawnAmerica 2. Kingdom Landscape 3. GreenGrass Lawn Care & Landscapes

TUL TUL TUL

1. Onyx Theaters 2. Audio Dimensions 3. Castle Home Entertainment

OKC OKC OKC

1. Turfguard 2. A+ Lawn 3. Allmighty Lawns

OKC OKC OKC

Lighting Store

3. A-Best Roofing/T-Town Roofing

TUL

1. Garbe’s TUL 2. Andrews Lighting & Hardware Gallery TUL 3. LifeStyles Lighting, Furniture & Hardware TUL

1. Elliott Roofing 2. Majestic Construction & Roofing 3. Basey’s Roofing

OKC OKC OKC

1. Andrews Lighting & Hardware Gallery 2. Hunzicker Lighting Gallery 3. Lighting Concepts

OKC OKC OKC

Security

1. Spectrum Paint 2. Elder Paint & Wallpaper 3. Sherwin-Williams

TUL TUL TUL

1. ADT Security Services 2. ASG Security 3. TNT Security Services

1. Sherwin-Williams 2. HIS Paint 3. Spectrum Paint

OKC OKC OKC

Title/Escrow Company

1. Guaranty Abstract Company 2. Tulsa Abstract & Title Company 3. First American

TUL TUL TUL

1. Vivion Pools 2. Baker Pools 3. Fiesta Pools/Pool Creations

TUL TUL TUL

OKC

1. Caviness Landscape 2. Thunder Pools and Spas 3. Blue Haven Pools and Spas

OKC OKC OKC

1. First American Title 2. American Eagle Title Insurance Company 3. Stewart Abstract & Title

Paint Store

Pool Designer

Real Estate Company

1. Walter & Associates TUL 2. Coldwell Banker TUL 3. McGraw Realtors/Keller Williams Realty TUL 1. Coldwell Banker 2. First Source Real Estate 3. Keller Williams Realty

OKC OKC OKC

Remodeler

1. Cowen Residential 2. Powers Design & Build 3. David Trebilcock

TUL TUL TUL

1. Heritage Renovations 2. Kent Hoffman Construction 3. Maccini Construction

OKC OKC OKC

Roofer

1. Elliott Roofing 2. Turner Roofing

TUL TUL

1. TNT Security Services TUL 2. Guardian Security Systems TUL 3. ADT Security Services/Advance Alarms TUL OKC OKC OKC

OKC OKC

Services

Accounting Firm

1. HoganTaylor 2. Sartain Fischbein & Co. 3. Carl Webb CPA

TUL TUL TUL

1. Fleming Tax 2. Early & Means 3. Grant Thornton

OKC OKC OKC

Airline

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

STATE STATE STATE

Assisted Living Center 1. Montereau 2. Inverness Village 3. St. John Villas

TUL TUL TUL

1. Emeritus at The Village 2. Sterling House 3. Arbor House Assisted Living Center

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Attorney

1. William R. Grimm - Barrow & Grimm/Brad Beasley – Boesche & McDermott LLP TUL 2. Michael Barkett – The Barkett Law Firm TUL 3. Bruce Edge – Edge Law Firm / Robert P. Coffey Jr. – Coffey, Senger & McDaniel TUL 1. Randall K. Calvert – Calvert Law OKC 2. Mark E. Hammons Sr. – Hammons, Gowens, Hurst & Associates/Donelle Ratheal – Ratheal Maggard & Fortune OKC 3. Samuel Talley – Talley Turner OKC

Auto/Tire Shop

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

STATE STATE STATE

Bank

405 789 4646 918 524 4646 ELLIOTTROOFS.COM Free Estimates Since 1981

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

Caterer

1. Just Catering by Orr 2. Catering Kitchen 3. Ludger’s Catering

TUL TUL TUL

1. Aunt Pittypat’s Catering 2. Cheever’s Catering & Events 3. Catering Creations

OKC OKC OKC

Cleaning Service 1. Merry Maids 2. Clean Freaks 3. Mommy Maids

TUL TUL TUL

1. Joe’s Carpet Cleaning and Moving 2. Merry Maids 3. Molly Maid of Metro OKC

OKC OKC OKC

Dry Cleaners/Laundry 1. Phoenix Cleaners 2. Yale Cleaners 3. LaMode Cleaners

1. Legacy Cleaners 5/18/15 3:44 PM 2. Douglas Cleaners 3. Nichols Hills Cleaners

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TUL TUL TUL OKC OKC OKC

Event or Party Planner

1. Talmadge Powell – Talmadge Powell Creative 2. Joe Mathis – J.A. Mathis Company 3. Lasting Impressions 1. Epic Events 2. Judy Lehmbeck – Judy Lehmbeck Bridal and Party 3. Jane Kelly – Jane Kelly Weddings & Parties

TUL TUL TUL OKC OKC OKC

Florist

1. Toni’s Flowers & Gifts TUL 2. Petal Pushers TUL 3. Mary Murray’s Flowers/Mrs. DeHaven’s Flower Shop TUL 1. New Leaf Floral 2. Coleman’s Flowers 3. Floral And Hardy

OKC OKC OKC

Funeral Service

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

Investment Firm

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

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Law Firm

1. Conner & Winters/GableGotwals 2. Latham, Wagner, Steele & Lehman 3. Hall Estill/Jones Gotcher & Bogan

TUL TUL TUL

1. Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson OKC 2. Crowe & Dunlevy/Echols & Associates OKC 3. Tawwater Law Firm/Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom OKC

Life Insurance

1. New York Life 2. Metlife 3. American Fidelity Assurance

STATE STATE STATE

Moving Service

1. Two Men and a Truck 2. Murphy Jones Moving 3. Allied Van Lines/Armstrong Relocation

TUL TUL TUL

1. Little Guys Movers 2. Affiliated Movers of Oklahoma 3. Discount Moving

OKC OKC OKC

Pet Grooming Services

1. PetSmart 2. Petco 3. Kelly’s Dazzle Dog/Cathy’s Critter Cuts

TUL TUL TUL

1. PetSmart 2. Lucky Dog Lodge 3. Bark Avenue Dog Grooming

OKC OKC OKC

Place To Call When You Smash Your Luxury Car 1. Hourglass Collision Repair 2. Karroll Martin Paint & Body Shop 3. Barron & Hart

TUL TUL TUL

1. Car Doctor 2. Collision Works 3. Carsmetics

OKC OKC OKC

Realtor

1. Peter Walter – Walter & Associates 2. Blake Loveless – Walter & Associates 3. Jacki Crews – McGraw Realtors

TUL TUL TUL

1. Debbie Naifeh – Paradigm AdvantEdge OKC 2. Ann Ballew – Keller Williams Realty OKC 3. Monty Churchill – Churchill-Brown OKC

Rental Car Firm

1. Enterprise Rent-A-Car 2. Avis 3. Thrifty Car Rental/Hertz

STATE STATE STATE

Retirement Community

1. Montereau TUL 2. Senior Star Living TUL 3. Oklahoma Methodist Manor/Town Village Tulsa/Tulsa Jewish Retirement Health Center TUL 1. Emeritus at Statesman Club 2. Spanish Cove 3. Mansion at Waterford

OKC OKC OKC

1. Moore Funeral Homes TUL 2. Ninde Funeral Directors TUL 3. Fitzgerald Funeral Services/Floral Haven TUL

Staffing Agency

1. Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper/Demuth Funeral Home OKC 2. Havenbrook Funeral Home OKC 3. Mercer-Adams Funeral Service/Vondel L. Smith & Sons Mortuary OKC

1. Accel Financial Staffing OKC 2. Express Employment Professionals OKC 3. PeopleSource Staffing Services/Sooner Medical Staffing OKC

Hair Salon

1. Key Personnel 2. ProRecruiters

TUL TUL

Veterinarian/Animal Hospital

1. ARCS TUL 2. iidentity Salon/Ihloff Salon and Day Spa TUL 3. Cypress Avenue Salon/Bella Vita Spa & Salon/Coco & Rose Salon TUL

1. VCA Woodland Animal Hospital TUL 2. Care Animal Hospital/Animal Medical & Surgical Hospital TUL 3. Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital/ Affordable Pet Care TUL

1. Tonic the Salon 2. Eden Salon & Spa 3. Salon W

1. Dr. Wendy Bray – Family Pet Hospital 2. Nichols Hills Veterinary Clinic 3. Sooner Veterinary Hospital

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Wedding Cakes

Surgery

1. Ann’s Bakery 2. Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery 3. Merritt’s Bakery/Icing on the Top

TUL TUL TUL

1. Madison’s On Main 2. Raspberries n Crème Bakery 3. Mishelle Handy Cakes

OKC OKC OKC

Wedding Photographer

1. Chris Humphrey Photographer 2. Ervin Photography 3. Jesse Reich Photography

TUL TUL TUL

1. Shannon Ho Photography 2. Jesse Reich Photography

OKC OKC

Wireless Service 1. AT&T 2. Verizon 3. Sprint/US Cellular

STATE STATE STATE

Health and Wellness Aesthetician

1. Gabriel Horn – Dr. Joey Manduano Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery 2. Laura Downey – Skin Care Institute 3. Pamela Klein – Skin Renewal of Tulsa

TUL TUL TUL

1. Vanessa Smith – The Medical Spa 2. Suzanne Kelley – Bella Strada Salon 3. Elena Fitzpatrick – Bella Strada Salon

OKC OKC OKC

Chiropractor

1. Dr. Chuck Zoellner – Zoellner Chiropractic TUL 2. Dr. John Sibley – Sibley Chiropractic Clinic TUL 3. Dr. Chris Barnes – Tensegrity Chiropractic TUL 1. Dr. J. Daniel Post – Post Chiropractic 2. Dr. Wes Hill – Hill Chiropractic 3. Odum Chiropractic Clinic

Cosmetic or Plastic Surgeon

OKC OKC OKC

1. Dr. Angelo Cuzalina – Tulsa Surgical Arts TUL 2. Dr. Arch Miller – Tulsa Plastic Surgery TUL 3. Dr. E. Bradley Garber – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery/Dr. Mark Mathers – Tulsa Center for Plastic

TUL

1. Dr. Tim Love – Dr. Tim R. Love 2. Dr. Juan Brou – The Medical Spa 3. Dr. Michell Cohn – Cosmetic Surgical Arts & Rejuvenation of Oklahoma

1. CommunityCare 2. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma 3. UnitedHealthcare

OKC

Home Health Care

Dentist

1. Dr. Mike Hinkle – Utica Dental TUL 2. Dr. Chris Ward – Chris Ward, D.D.S./ Michael Kincaid, D.D.S. TUL 3. Dr. Andrew Carletti – Carletti Dentistry/Dr. Mike Argo – Owasso Sedation Dentistry TUL 1. Dr. Mary Casey-Kelly – CJ Dental OKC 2. Dr. J. Ashley Hancock – Classen Dental OKC 3. Moore Smiles OKC

Dermatologist

1. Dr. Jeff Alexander – Skin Care Institute Medical & Wellness Spa TUL 2. Dr. David Minor – Skin Renewal of Tulsa TUL 3. Dr. George Monks – Tulsa Dermatology Clinic TUL 1. Dr. Michael D. John – Edmond Dermatology Clinic OKC 2. Dr. Blaine Lehr – The Dermatology Clinic OKC 3. Dr. Urice Thomas – Duncan Urice & Gillum M.D.s OKC

Family Physician

1. Dr. Brent Laughlin – Omni Medical Group TUL 2. Dr. Joe Reese – Warren Clinic TUL 3. Dr. Jeff Galles – Utica Park Clinic TUL 1. Dr. Allan Metz OKC 2. Dr. Robert Stepp – Deaconess Physicians OKC 3. Dr. John Kootz – Physicians Group South OKC

Health Club/Gym

1. Health Zone at Saint Francis TUL 2. St. John Siegfried Health Club TUL 3. Sky Fitness & Wellbeing/Life Time FitnessTUL 1. Gold’s Gym 2. INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center 3. YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City

Health Insurance

OKC OKC

OKC OKC OKC

STATE STATE STATE

1. Interim HealthCare 2. Oxford Healthcare 3. Senior Select/Right At Home

TUL TUL TUL

1. Encompass Home Health 2. Choice Home Health 3. Carter Healthcare

OKC OKC OKC

Hospice

1. Saint Francis Hospice 2. Grace Hospice 3. Hospice of Green Country

TUL TUL TUL

1. INTEGRIS Hospice House 2. Mercy Home Health and Hospice 3. Deaconess Inpatient Hospice Care

OKC OKC OKC

Hospital

1. Saint Francis Health System 2. St. John Health System 3. Hillcrest HealthCare System

TUL TUL TUL

1. INTEGRIS Health 2. OU Medicine 3. Mercy Health System

OKC OKC OKC

Medical Spa

1. Skin Care Institute Medical & Wellness Spa 2. Utica Square Skin Care 3. BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center/ Emerge Medical Day Spa

TUL TUL TUL

1. The Medical Spa OKC 2. Genesis Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa OKC 3. Advanced Aesthetics OKC

Nursing Home

1. Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home 2. University Village 3. Baptist Village of Owasso

TUL TUL TUL

1. St. Ann’s Nursing Home 2. Sterling House 3. Spanish Cove

OKC OKC OKC

OB/GYN

1. Dr. Lynn Frame – Utica Women’s Specialists 2. Dr. Melanie Blackstock 3. Dr. Ray Babb

TUL TUL TUL

1. Dr. Victoria Mills – Champion Women’s Health Specialists OKC 2. Dr. Laura Mackie – Oklahoma City Gynecology & Obstetrics OKC 3. Dr. Lydia Nightingale – OU Physicians OKC

Ophthalmologist

1. Dr. Dan Langley – EyeCare Associates of South Tulsa TUL 2. Dr. Mark Abel – Triad Eye Medical Clinic TUL 3. Dr. Ned Reinstein – Reinstein Eye Associates TUL 1. Dr. Joshua Powell OKC 2. Dr. Charles Bogie – INTEGRIS Health OKC 3. Dr. Jay Leemaster – Eye Care Oklahoma OKC

Optometrist

1. Dr. Blane Snodgrass/Dr. Robert Zoellner – Robert H. Zoellner and Associates TUL 2. Dr. Norman Hinkle – Primary Eye Care TUL 3. Dr. Denise Roddy – Advanced Eye Care TUL 1. Dr. Jason Pickard – Cornerstone Eyecare OKC 2. Dr. Kevin Young – Dr. Kevin Young Optometry OKC 3. Dr. Cody Greenhaw OKC

Orthodontist

1. Dr. Lon Clendenen – Tulsa Braces by Dr. C TUL 2. Owasso Orthodontics TUL 3. The Brace Place/Dr. Mark Andregg – Dr. Andregg Orthodontics TUL 1. The Brace Place 2. Dr. Stuart B. Stephens 3. Craig and Streight Orthodontics

OKC OKC OKC

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Orthopedic Surgeon

1. Dr. Greg Holt and Dr. Yogesh Mittal – The Orthopaedic Center TUL 2. Dr. Scott Dunitz – Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates TUL 3. Dr. Ron LaButti – Central States Orthopedic Specialists TUL 1. Dr. Brian Clowers – Oklahoma Sports Orthopedic Institute OKC 2. Dr. Kevin Hargrove – Orthopedic Solutions OKC 3. Dr. J. Calvin Johnson – Oklahoma Sports Science & Orthopedics OKC

Pediatrician

1. Dr. Patrick Daley 2. South Tulsa Pediatrics 3. Dr. Allison Heather Thompson

TUL TUL TUL

1. Dr. Donna S. Jackson – Norman Pediatric Associates OKC 2. Dr. Richard Stanford – INTEGRIS Physicians OKC 3. Dr. Patrice Aston – Mercy Hospital OKC

Pharmacy

1. Walgreens 2. CVS 3. The Apothecary Shoppe

TUL TUL TUL

1. CVS 2. Medic Pharmacy at Hefner Pointe 3. Walgreens

OKC OKC OKC

Spa

1. Skin Care Institute Medical & Wellness Spa 2. Ihloff Salon & Day Spa 3. Spa Southern Hills/ Spa Lux Day Spa & Massage 1. Ultimate Realm of Serenity 2. Eden Salon Spa 3. Renaissance Salon & Spa

Therapist/Counselor

TUL TUL TUL OKC OKC OKC

1. Dr. Courtney Linsenmeyer-O’Brien, MHR, LPC TUL 2. Chris R. Giles, MS, LMFT – Giles Family

Therapy 3. Dr. Amy Kesner, LPC

TUL TUL

2. GapKids 3. Lolly Garden

TUL TUL

1. Kristy M. Mitchell, LPC 2. Todd Ephraim, Ph.D. 3. Dr. Becky Wahkinney

OKC OKC OKC

1. Gymboree 2. Uptown Kids 3. GapKids

OKC OKC OKC

Weight Loss/ Weight Management Clinic

Department Store

1. Weight Watchers 2. BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center 3. Tulsa Natural Health Clinic & Spa

TUL TUL TUL

1. Absolutely Thin 2. Weight Watchers 3. The Broadway Clinic

OKC OKC OKC

Yoga/Fitness Studio

1. Salt Yoga 2. The Yoga Room/Pure Barre 3. Sculpt Tulsa/Barre3

TUL TUL TUL

1. Ashtanga Yoga Studio 2. Barre3 3. Hidden Dragon Yoga/Soul Yoga

OKC OKC OKC

Shopping Antique Shop

1. Windsor Market 2. The Market 3. Zoller Design & Antiques

TUL TUL TUL

1. Mockingbird Manor Antiques 2. Antique Avenue 3. Antique Co-op

OKC OKC OKC

Car Dealer

1. Lexus of Tulsa 2. Jackie Cooper Imports & Nissan/ Don Carlton Honda 3. BMW of Tulsa/Jim Norton Toyota

TUL

1. Bob Moore Auto Group 2. Jackie Cooper BMW 3. David Stanley Auto Group

OKC OKC OKC

Children’s Clothing Store 1. Kathleen’s Kids

TUL TUL

TUL

1. Saks Fifth Avenue 2. Miss Jackson’s 3. Dillards

TUL TUL TUL

1. Balliets 2. Dillards 3. Macy’s

OKC OKC OKC

Eyeglass Store

1. Visions Unique Eyewear 2. Hicks Brunson Eyewear 3. Black Optical

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Fine Jewelry Store

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Gift Store

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Grocery Store/Market

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TUL TUL TUL

1. Buy For Less 2. Homeland 3. Whole Foods Market

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Men’s Boutique 1. Travers Mahan 2. Abersons 3. Pinpoint Resource

TUL TUL TUL

1. S.J. Haggard & Co. 2. Mr. Ooley’s 3. Blue Seven

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Pet/Pet Supply Store 1. PetSmart 2. Petco 3. Southern Agriculture

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1. PetSmart 2. Britton Feed & Seed 3. Petco

OKC OKC OKC

Shopping Mall/Center 1. Utica Square 2. Center 1 3. Woodland Hills Mall

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Sporting Goods/Outdoor Store Dick’s Sporting Goods Academy Sports & Outdoors Bass Pro Shops/Sun & Ski Sports

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Toy Store

1. Toys “R” Us 2. Target 3. Kiddlestix

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1. Toys “R” Us 2. Learning Tree 3. Walmart

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Women’s Boutique

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Women’s Shoe Store 1. Saks Fifth Avenue 2. Abersons 3. J. Cole Shoes

TUL TUL TUL

1. Balliets 2. Gordon Stuart 3. Shoetopia

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Entertainment 18 Holes

TUL TUL TUL

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Art Gallery

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Concert Venue 1. BOK Center 2. Cain’s Ballroom 3. Brady Theater

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1. Chesapeake Energy Arena 2. Civic Center Music Hall 3. The Zoo Ampitheatre

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Wedding or Party Venue

1. Oklahoma City Thunder Games 2. Along Western Avenue 3. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse

OKC OKC OKC

Place to See and be Seen

Professional Sports Team

1. The Mayo Hotel 2. Ambassador Hotel 3. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

TUL TUL TUL

1. Skirvin Hilton Hotel 2. Colcord Hotel 3. Waterford Marriott/Ambassador Hotel

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Pub/Brewery

1. McNellie’s 2. Crow Creek Tavern 3. Kilkenney’s

TUL TUL TUL

1. KOTV Channel 6 2. KJRH Channel 2 3. KTUL Channel 8

TUL TUL TUL

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1. The Howell Gallery of Fine Art 2. IAO Gallery 3. Paseo Gallery One

1. Riverwind Casino 2. WinStar World Casino and Resort 3. Choctaw Casino Resort

Museum

1. Philbrook Museum of Art 2. Gilcrease Museum 3. Tulsa Air & Space Museum

TUL TUL TUL

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Place to Catch a Flick

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1. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa 2. The Canebrake/ Beavers Bend Resort Park 3. Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center/The Lodge at Sequoyah State Park/Chickasaw Retreat & Conference Center

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TUL TUL TUL

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Weekend Getaway Destination 1. Grand Lake 2. Oklahoma City 3. The Canebrake/Beavers Bend State Park

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TUL TUL TUL

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Mexican

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Breakfast

1. Phill’s Diner/Brookside By Day 2. Duffy’s Diner/Tally’s Cafe 3. Savoy Restaurant

TUL TUL TUL

1. Jimmy’s Egg 2. IHOP 3. Classen Grill

OKC OKC OKC

Burger

1. Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili 2. Fat Guy’s Burger Bar 3. Brownie’s Hamburger Stand

TUL TUL TUL

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OKC OKC OKC

Deli/Sandwich Shop

1. Jason’s Deli 2. Felini’s Cookies & Deli 3. PJ’s Sandwich Shoppe/Dilly Diner

TUL TUL TUL

1. City Bites 2. Someplace Else Deli & Bakery 3. N D Foods

OKC OKC OKC

Desserts

1. Dragonmoon Tea Company 2. Michael V’s 3. Queenie’s Café & Bakery

TUL TUL TUL

1. Cuppies & Joe 2. La Baguette Bistro & Bakery 3. Pinkitzel

OKC OKC OKC

Diner

1. Phill’s Diner 2. Tally’s Café 3. Duffy’s Diner

TUL TUL TUL

1. Good Gravy Diner 2. Classen Grill 3. Beverly’s Pancake House/The Diner

OKC OKC OKC

Fast Food

1. Arby’s 2. Sonic Drive-In 3. Taco Bueno

Fine Dining

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1. Polo Grill 2. Palace Café 3. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse

TUL TUL TUL

1. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse 2. The Coach House 3. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse

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Ice Cream Shop

1. Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores 2. Baskin-Robbins 3. STG Pizzeria & Gelateria

TUL TUL TUL

1. Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores 2. Cold Stone Creamery 3. Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

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Outside Dining

1. Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina/ Waterfront Grill 2. Hey Mambo/Blue Rose Cafe 3. R Bar & Grill/Doc’s Wine & Food

TUL TUL TUL

1. The Mont Restaurant 2. Café Do Brasil 3. Flint

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Pizza

1. Hideaway Pizza 2. Andolini’s Pizzeria 3. Mazzio’s/Hey Mambo

TUL TUL TUL

1. Hideaway Pizza OKC 2. Upper Crust OKC 3. Empire Slice House/The Wedge Pizzeria/ Eagle One Pizza OKC

Place To Take Out-of-Town Guests 1. Polo Grill/Palace Café 2. Stonehorse Café/Celebrity Restaurant 3. SMOKE. on Cherry Street

TUL TUL TUL

1. Eischen’s 2. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse 3. The Coach House

OKC OKC OKC

Salads

1. Celebrity Restaurant 2. Upper Crust 3. Charleston’s Restaurant

TUL TUL TUL

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Salsa

1. Café Ole 2. Mi Cocina 3. Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina/ Ricardo’s Mexican Restaurant

TUL TUL

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Seafood

1. Bodean Restaurant & Market 2. Bonefish Grill 3. Joe’s Crab Shack/White River Fish Market & Restaurant

TUL TUL

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Five homes in the Tulsa area are unique in design – contemporary, traditional, transitional – but each incorporates elements of luxury that transform the homes not just into living spaces, but into lavish retreats. By Tamara Logsdon Hawkinson

Light Update Photography by Nathan Harmon When the owners of this south Tulsa home called Ginni Jacobs and Jolene Stevens, partners of Broken Arrow’s Ginni & Jolene Designs, to assist with the residential update, the designers were already familiar with the project. “We started working with the family over 15 years ago,” says Jacobs. The first remodel doubled the size of the house to 7,000 square feet. The unfinished attic provided enough space to add an apartment, including a bedroom, living area and kitchenette, in addition to another family room with a pool table, a gym, sauna and massage room. The majority of the existing carpet was replaced with wood floors, 122

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and the terra cotta tile was also removed. Travertine tile was installed using an epoxy grout that was buffed and polished, making it appear to be one piece. Ordinary sheetrock-coffered ceilings were detailed with painted wood and beams, while an original pantry is now a wine cooler with a custom iron door. An impressive set of wood-carved arched doors lead to the wife’s office, where a brick fireplace wall was replaced with chiseled quartz. Landscape architect Kristin Jacobs, owner of KJ Designs, transformed the basic back yard into a luxury spa environment with a full outdoor living area that includes a fireplace, kitchen and bathroom. The goal of the newest renovation was to update the older, darker, traditional finishes and furnishings with a lighter, more simplified, transitional style. Virtually all of the furnishings, area rugs, window coverings, lighting and wall finishes in the home are new. The latest renovation – 18 months long – involved numerous construction changes, including replacing cabinetry in the upstairs kitchenette and the downstairs wet bar area. “We took a small closet and half-bath to create a large master closet for the husband,” says Stevens. The master bathroom was completely gutted. “Instead of a pair of sinks on one side of the room, there are now separate vanities,” she adds. The original half-vaulted ceiling didn’t work with the new layout, so wood trim was added around the arched window to frame the view from the new bathtub. The more symmetrical new ceiling was sprayed with metallic paint. The countertops are gray marble, and the flooring is a cross-grain travertine tile. Steven Curtis, owner of Homeworks, custom-fabricated all the cabinets and wood details and also crafted several pieces of furniture throughout the house, including headboards, night stands and 124

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the dining room table. Jacobs, an accomplished artist, worked with the homeowners to curate a personal art collection, including the stunning burl wood wall sculpture in the living room. Jacobs’ own art hangs across the living room over the fireplace. She also created custom pieces for the master bedroom and other areas throughout the house. A specially designed bedroom and bathroom renovation means the homeowners’ grandchild can visit frequently.

LEFT: A POWDER ROOM WAS UPDATED AS PART OF THE WHOLE-HOUSE RENOVATION. ABOVE: THE FOCAL POINT OF THE NEWLY REDESIGNED MASTER BATH IS THE ARCHED WINDOW TRIMMED IN WOOD. THE ATTIC APARTMENT, COMPLETE WITH KITCHENETTE, WAS UPDATED IN THE REMODEL.

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Careful Craftsmanship Photography by Nathan Harmon Brian Wiggs, owner and president of Brian D. Wiggs Homes, is proud of his work. He is so confident, in fact, about the craftsmanship executed by his family-owned company, he signs a cast plaque that is embedded in the exterior of each home the company builds. Because of his attention to detail, Wiggs has gained loyalty from his clients. “This is the fourth home I’ve completed for this family,” Wiggs says. Looking to build a midtown Tulsa home, the homeowners worked with architect Jack Arnold for more than a year to get the plans and design for their Country French-style, 7,500-square-foot home finalized. “There were so many specific details required for this project,” Wiggs adds. The construction took about two years. While Arnold worked on the home’s design, his wife, interior designer Susan Arnold, was instrumental in the selection of the finishes and lighting fixtures. She worked with the owners on selecting the furnishings and accessories, as well. Although their children are now adults, the homeowners love to entertain their large family that now includes grandchildren. A playroom and additional bedrooms on the second floor assure that everyone has a place to stay while visiting. The living room and dining room open into the expansive kitchen, but the kitchen can also be partitioned off. “A pair of 10-foot-by-six-foot pocket doors were installed between the dining room and the kitchen,” says Wiggs. He worked closely with Arnold and the homeowners to supply every product exactly as specified, regardless of the challenges. Three thousand feet of 12-by-24-inch natural stone tile, used throughout most of the downstairs, was imported from Jerusalem. 128

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“The delivery sat in customs waiting for approval for a long time,” Wiggs says. The roof is made of naturally cut, hand-chiseled slate from Pennsylvania. “Because of the lingering hard winter, the slate production was on hold since many of the pieces would break because of the cold,” he says. The 11-foot ceilings in the majority of the downstairs rooms, plus the vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom, provided an opportunity to create details with exposed solid wood beams. “We ordered the materials, and then each piece of wood was hand-hewn and custom-stained on the job,” Wiggs says. Hand-scraped hickory wood flooring was used in the master sitting room as well as on the second floor. The large master sitting area is lined with detailed wood library shelving and includes an inviting fireplace. Wiggs custom-crafted the kitchen cabinetry using a flat black finish with a meticulously hand-painted accent strip. The countertops are a combination of Carrara marble and stainless steel. Individually hand-cut Cerrara tile was laid for the backsplash. The breakfast area looks into the extraordinary outdoor room, complete with a masonry fireplace and created to have the feel of a French villa. It opens to the negative edge pool that waterfalls down into to a courtyard. After nearly four years of planning and construction, these homeowners are settled into their carefully crafted home.

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The Artistry Of Design Photography by Nathan Harmon As Chris Murphy, owner of Christopher Murphy Designs, approaches the design of any new project, he always refers to the mantra that has served him successfully for years. “I listen to the house,” says Murphy. In this instance, the project is a sprawling home in midtown Tulsa designed in 1995 by architect Gene Starr. “It feels like Frank Lloyd Wright meets Santa Barbara,” adds Murphy. “It has a wonderful ease.” This is the second home Murphy has designed for this young, active family, and they are only the second owners of the 6,800-square-foot home. The interior of the home was originally designed by Charles Faudree. Since the couple does not live a formal lifestyle, a typical round table in the center of the oversized entry was not an option. When considering alternatives, Murphy focused on two factors: The homeowners entertain frequently, and they are in the process of building an art collection that is both playful and sophisticated. Featured in the dining room is one of a series of six P.S. Gordon’s well-known Men in Gowns that is a dramatic four feet wide by seven-and-a-half feet tall. Murphy worked with Nebraska artist Shannon Hansen to create a sculpture for the entry that anchors the space but also pulls from the Gordon piece by using a pop of Ferrari yellow. Murphy designed the stepped black granite base as a nod to the Art Deco references in the home’s archi 134

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tecture. There is also space around the sculpture that allows for additional tables and guests to mingle when entertaining. The house was a blank canvas, with one paint color and wood floors throughout, so Murphy’s goal was to use neutral furnishings to allow the art to pop with color. Several pieces from Murphy’s design in the family’s previous home fit perfectly into the new house. Virtually all the dining room furniture, including the area rug, was existing, although Murphy added a custom-designed mirror that reflects through the entry and into the living room. The couple also had a unique request: They wanted to put a pool table in what was the formal living room. Because of the frequency and casual nature of their entertaining, Murphy’s goal was to create a series of areas to congregate in the large space, from the limestone-top game table to the raw silk sectional and round upholstered confidante. A Lucite table wraps over the ottoman, providing a convenient place to set a drink when playing pool. The custom Mitchell pool table was constructed of maple and stainless steel with navy blue felt. Murphy designed an Edward Fields/Tai Ping deep carved area rug with a geometric pattern using the same blue tone that is also featured in the pair of paintings located on either side of the fireplace. Below the paintings is a pair of custom bar cabinets fabricated from Palau wood with stainless steel inlay. The pullout drawers, lined in the same blue felt as the pool table, were designed to accommodate an array of specialty barware, convenient for entertaining in the family’s comfortable and welcoming home.

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Pop Palace Photography by Nathan Harmon “Lady Gaga inspired the design,” Bruce Taylor says with a laugh when describing the penthouse Celebrity Suite located in downtown Tulsa’s Aloft hotel. Taylor, a partner of TOCH, LLC, was part of the team that spearheaded the purchase and renovation of Tulsa’s previous City Hall. “The entire building was gutted to the four exterior walls,” including all electrical and plumbing, says Taylor. The penthouse floor was carved into four Celebrity Suites, with Taylor’s twobedroom, two-and-a-half-bath being the smallest at 2,000 square feet. “It had been the conference room and part of the mayor’s office,” he explains. And while it is leased at rates up to $3,500 per night – Weird Al was a recent occupant – Taylor uses it when he is in town. As Taylor was contemplating the design, it happened that Lady Gaga was performing at the nearby BOK Center. “So I thought, ‘What kind of space would Lady Gaga want to stay in?’” he says. His goal was to create an environment she would not have seen in Los Angeles or New York. The result is a sophisticated, contemporary space with a mid-century influence incorporating high-end finishes and furnishings along with cutting-edge technology. 138

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The entire space uses only LED lighting. And while it is not a surprise that all the window coverings throughout the suite are remote controlled, the seemingly plain glass panels in the master bedroom separating the space from the master bath are state-of-the-art “smart glass.” The technology is known as electrochromatic glass, and a wireless control can change clear glass to opaque, with a variety of privacy options in between, in seconds. The drawers in the master bath and the dining room appear to be typical cabinetry, but touch a drawer and it opens electronically, while another touch automatically closes it. What doesn’t require any touch at all – at least with your hands – is Kohler’s Numi toilet in the master bath. A remote controls the bidet and heated dryer, heated seat, foot warmers, the seven ambient colors, opening and closing of the lid as well as flushing. There is a television in the shower, and camouflaged behind one of the two mirrors in the master bath is a television that can only be seen when turned on. For procuring most of the furnishings, accessories and artwork, Taylor relied on his two daughters, Tiffany Taylor and Brittany McColley Taylor, owners of Scout 140

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Design Studio, a 15,000-square-foot warehouse and showroom in the Dallas Design District. Their focus on Mid-century Modern was a perfect match for the project. The open living room, dining room and kitchen are laid with 36-by36-inch pieces of granite slab, each weighing around 400 pounds, installed using a laser for perfection. The oval room that pierces the living room ceiling is a guest bathroom that was labeled “Lady Gaga’s bathroom” on the architectural plans. The Italian tile used throughout the space took a craftsman months to install piece by piece. Inside the guest bath, rows of platinum tile glisten around the room. Lady Gaga would surely enjoy a stay here. RIGHT: THE MASTER BATH FEATURES HIGHTECH FINISHES, INCLUDING AUTOMATED DRAWERS AND A REMOTE-CONTROLLED COMMODE. BELOW: “SMART GLASS” SEPARATES THE MASTER BEDROOM FROM THE BATH.

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A SINGLE WALL COLOR AND HERRINBGONE PATTERNED OAK FLOORS THORUGHOUT THE HOME KEEP THE OPEN CONCEPT FLOWING. FURNISHINGS WERE SELECTED SO AS NOT TO INTERRUPT THE FLOW. LEFT: BUILT-IN CABINETS IN THE FORMAL LIVING AREA ARE FROM POHLENZ CUCINE MODERNE.

Made For Family Photography by Darshan Phillips When the owners of a traditional midtown Tulsa home were ready for a change but didn’t want to leave the area, they worked with Patrick N. Fox, AIA, founding principal of Fox Architects, to create a spacious, open new home. After the architectural design was complete, the homeowners turned to SR Hughes and the firm’s registered interior designer, Sarah McPhail, for all the furnishings, artwork and accessories. “Because the family includes a child, we wanted the furniture to be livable but also reflect the architecture of the house,” says McPhail. “And because the home is so open, we approached the entire interior space as one project.” Sleek and timeless but durable fabrics were selected. The single paint color throughout the home keeps the rooms flowing from one to the other, as does the oak flooring, installed in a herringbone pattern. The formal living room includes builtin cabinets from Pohlenz Cucine Moderne on one side and expansive windows looking over the lush backyard on the other. “I looked for furnishings that did not intrude into the space, often low to the ground or open at the base or back,” McPhail adds. Pieces selected maximize the number of guests who can be entertained. The viscose area rug was chosen as a way to add texture and pattern to the space. The pig from Moooi was both whimsical and functional. McPhail 144

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worked with a private art dealer, who searched numerous national galleries to find the piece that hangs over the fireplace. On the other end of the built-ins is the formal dining room. Again, looking for a piece that blends into the space, McPhail chose a new design from Cassina. “I liked the strength of the marble base, plus the angular detail works with the architecture,” she adds. The glass top reflects light and keeps the area open. The sideboard is matte lacquer, and the artwork is from Aberson Exhibits. This wing of the house also includes 146

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the master bedroom suite, which provides private access to the outdoor spaces. Additionally, two offices, one for each of the homeowners, is included. The kitchen and casual living area comprise the other wing. All the appliances are fully integrated into the Italian-made DeMode kitchen cabinets from Pohlenz. McPhail selected bar stools, a breakfast table and chairs that are fabricated from high-tech plastic, laminate and steel for durability. The casual living area was designed for comfort. The sofa facing the television has a flexible back and seat depths. The natural wool area rug with a broken geometric pattern was selected because it would wear well. “The leather and wood chairs are comfortable but also have an interesting sculptural element,” she says. The nearby staircase leads to the second floor that has two bedrooms. A guest bedroom is on the third floor. 148

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Anthem Brewing Company

“Our beers are our anthem to the world,” says Patrick Lively, president and brewmaster of Anthem Brewing Company. Anthem opened in 2012, manufacturing beers at OKCity Brewing, a brewers’ cooperative that housed three brewing companies. “Brewing is our passion, so when the opportunity came up to make that our profession we jumped,” says Lively. The company’s logo, a big-eyed creature with a star-shaped mouth, is called an imp. The company considers it to be “a representation of perfection in imperfection.” It is a symbol for the individual taste they seek in their beers, and those tastes are catching on. “The response has been incredible,” Lively says. “Our community has really embraced our products.” In May 2013, Anthem announced that they would be moving by the end of that summer. Later that month, a tornado hit the OKCity Brewing facility, shutting down production for all involved. Fortunately for Anthem, the brewery was already making moves to open a building of its own. Two months earlier, they had purchased a 15-barrel brewhouse in Chicago that they brought to Oklahoma on three semis and a rental truck. Anthem now brews in a space called the Urban Farmhouse Brewery. In this building, Anthem is able to distribute its beer in bottles and cans instead of just kegs. There’s also room to expand production to make more types of beer. “Currently, we have four year-round beers, and in addition, we will release 12 barrel-aged beers throughout the year,” says Lively. “With the beginning of every year, we are going to set goals for production growth that will allow us to continue to reach out to new customers while maintaining our current customers.” Anthem now has the freedom to brew exactly how it wants, including the use of open fermentation, a traditional way to brew beer that uses wide, shallow containers rather than enclosed tanks. “All of our beers are flavor-forward and brewed with the highest standards of quality,” he says. “We are very proud of our commitment to our product and to our community.” Golden One, a Belgian-style golden ale, is currently the company’s most popular brew. Anthem aims to create interesting beers that pair well with different types of food. Lively says there is a lot of hard work that goes into running a brewery, but their motivation remains simple: “We make beer because we like to drink beer.” 152

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PATRICK LIVELY, PRESIDENT AND BREWMASTER OF ANTHEM. PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS.


Black Mesa Brewing

Black Mesa Brewing was named for the state’s highest point, and although the company does not brew out of the panhandle, the owners hope it inspires others to discover everything the state has to offer. “We think the name issues a challenge to explore all corners of the state, especially those that might be blank spots on the map in terms of your own experience,” says co-owner Brad Stumph. “Of course, we hope that adventurous spirit carries over to your palate.” For Stumph, that spirit was necessary to risk his career in the environmental field to open a brewery. Three years later, Black Mesa has proven worth the risk. “The smell of a brewery on brew day, tasting beer out of the fermenter, the thought of having something you made with your own two hands at a pub your friends and family frequent, that’s gratification,” he says. “Craft brewing is also a relatively young industry in Oklahoma. There is a certain excitement about being part of a small group of entrepreneurs helping to foster Oklahoma’s craft beer culture.” Stumph says Black Mesa’s beers are in-

spired by Old World brews. It is a style that he believes may be overlooked by new generations of beer-drinkers. “At a time when IPAs in all their glorious bitterness are the bestselling craft beer style, we feel it gives us a unique and clear perspective,” he says. “We are trying to reach craft beer drinkers who feel that Old World styles are under-represented by American craft brewers as well as introduce Millennials, who came of age during the height of the IPA, to our favorite styles and encourage

them not to overlook some of the classic European beers.” Black Mesa currently brews its batches in O’Fallon, Mo., where the brewery moved after a tornado destroyed the OKCity Brewing Cooperative, where they began. The owners hope to move back to Oklahoma soon, but in the meantime, Stumph and coowner and head brewer Chris Sanders are focusing on what they love most about running a brewery. “Chris would tell you it’s recipe development,” he explains. “After we have identified a style, we like to gather a small round table of friends and ask them to bring one or two examples of their favorite brews in that style. We drink. We discuss. Chris furiously scribbles recipe notes. He brews. For the next 21 days during fermentation and conditioning, we can only hope the beer will taste like the symphony the group imagined. For [me], the joy is in sharing. There are so many great beer-tasting events across the state. To get to share our beer and our brewing perspective and have it be well received is really energizing.”

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BLAINE STANSEL, COOWNER OF ROUGHTAIL. PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS.

Roughtail Brewing

Blaine Stansel and his business partner, Tony Tielli, had been home brewing for several years when they decided to start Roughtail Brewing in Oklahoma City. “The opportunity presented itself, and we both obviously really like craft beer,” Stansel says. “We made a really good team. I handle all the business stuff, and he handles all the brewing. It just kinda worked.” Roughtail specializes in hoppy, west-coast style beers. The Roughtail IPA is the most popular brew, but the Hoptometrist, a double IPA, is quickly gaining ground now that it has earned a year-round release. Roughtail’s beers can be found across Oklahoma, and with craft beer fans spreading the word about Roughtail brews, more locations are likely to pop up soon. “Microbreweries are a little bit unique in 154

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the fact that most of our marketing is going to be all from word of mouth,” says Stansel. “We rely heavily on local people enjoying our beer and telling someone else, because we don’t have the budget to go do Super Bowl ads.” For Stansel, time with the public is extremely valuable to the growing company. “My favorite part of the business is just going to events and having people sample our beer and getting feedback,” he says. “Even if the feedback is negative but constructive, that allows us to go back and refine what we’re doing a little bit.” The brewery’s most recent addition is a citrusy pale ale that will replace Red Republic, one of its older beers. “It’s a real traditional west-coast style pale ale,” Stansel explains. “We’re using a new strain of yeast on it, so it’s going to be a

little bit different than what we’ve been doing in the past. I think it’s going to be really good, and everyone so far has just loved it.” Roughtail is planning bigger changes as well. Its current rental location will soon be too small to accommodate growing production. In a couple years, the owners plan to build a new facility. “Our landlords have been great, but at some point we do want to expand and grow the business,” says Stansel. “So it’s off on the horizon, but it will be coming up. Two years will fly by like nobody’s business.” In the meantime, the pair will continue to hone their products and develop more. “At the end of the day it’s a manufacturing business,” Stansel says. “It’s not as glamorous as everyone pictures, just sitting around drinking beer while we make beer. There’s just a ton of work involved.”


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Brothers Chase and Colin Healey started Prairie Artisan Ales in 2012. They began brewing their farmhouse beers at Choc’s brewery in Krebs, Okla., but have recently moved into their own building in Tulsa. “I’ve been in the beer industry for seven years now, so opening a brewery has always been the plan,” says brewmaster Chase Healey. “I got into beer as a college student and haven’t looked back.” Just three years after Prairie began operations, it is already a popular name in the business. “I wanted a name that represented our part of the world. I feel like the prairie defines us in a way that a drinker in a place far away like Japan can still relate to,” says Healey. “Prairie might be local to Oklahoma, but we sell beer all over the country and around the world.” Healey says the company focuses on staying true to their brand of bold beers rather than bending to what is popular. “We try to make most of our beers a drinking experience over just a casual beverage,” he says. “Most of our beers are very dry and more wine-like.” Healey says the response from the community has been great. “People love to come to our events and tastings,” he says. “I think our brand has been something that people in Oklahoma like to be able to brag about to their friends around the country.” Prairie Bomb! is the current fan favorite. “It’s a big, thick stout infused with espresso beans, ancho chilies, vanilla beans and chocolate,” he says. “We made it once thinking that would be it. For the last two years we haven’t stopped making it.” Prairie has several brews in its lineup, and Healey hopes to develop more while retaining that hometown-brewer feel. “We are always working on new beers and exciting projects,” says Healey. “We aren’t trying to be a huge brewery, but adding tanks for more beer is something we are always looking into.” Healey appreciates the process of making the beer, all the steps that are necessary to get to that tasty bottled beer. “The hardest worker in the brewery is the yeast,” he says. “Without it, beer wouldn’t exist.” There is an art to making beer, and at Prairie Artisan Ales, the brothers care about doing it right. “The moment that the liquid starts to fill the bottom of the brew kettle, you know a beer is soon to be born,” he says.

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CHASE HEALEY, COOWNER AND BREWMASTER OF PRAIRIE ARTISAN ALES. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.


MIKE SANDEFUR, PICTURED WITH HIS SON, JORDAN, IS OWNER AND BREWMASTER OF BATTERED BOAR. PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS.

Battered Boar Brewing Mike Sandefur’s passion for brewing began as it does for many craft beer enthusiasts: at home. “The first year I started brewing, I made over 200 batches,” he says. “As time passed I wanted to bring some of my best beers to the public. I wanted to push the limits of the beers I saw in the market.” The inspiration for his brewery’s name, Battered Boar Brewing Company, came from a more unconventional source. “Years ago I went on a knife-only wild boar hunt,” he explains. “I killed a 475-pound Russian boar with a knife. At the time it was just a smart-ass name for my home brew. It ultimately turned into the name for our brewery.” He describes Battered Boar’s brews as “tasty, thought-provoking and unique.” The

most popular beer is a farmhouse ale called LaPadite. However, Sandefur is proud of all Battered Boar’s products. “Our beers are like our kids, we love ‘em all,” he says. Sandefur says in a time where talented brewers are all around, Battered Boar’s focus is on what makes it unique. “We are always curious about the ingredients that make a great beer. If we can clearly articulate our vision of the beer and adequately produce it, we will,” he says. “We don’t follow trends or brew a style for the sake of brewing it. Our ideas are hardfought and have to pass through our own scrutiny before they leave our brewery.” Battered Boar’s slogan is “little brewery, big beer,” but because of recent expansions, the brewery is a bit less little than it once was. “We’re about five times the size we were

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My teenager seems very selfish, and I am concerned how she will ever make it in this world. She does not seem to understand how she makes others feel. Should I be concerned? It is very normal. Our brains go through stages of development in which different areas become more active. During adolescent and teen years, there are many changes happening in the brain as well as bio-chemically throughout the body. This explains why most teens want to stay up late, sleep in, eat seemingly unhealthy food and act and think as if the world revolves around them. Take comfort in knowing it will pass. This does not mean that parents should let their teen get away with selfish behavior. Teen years are very difficult, as it is the period where they are feeling more independent but still need guidance. Allow them some freedom and opportunity to make decisions while continuing to set age-appropriate boundaries. Realize that some of the behavior is related to hormones, brain changes and environment. Try to be patient but firm. Most teens begin to change these patterns in their early 20s. AMY KESNER, PHD, LPC, LADC

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The Search Is Over

For authentic Peruvian cuisine, look no farther than south Tulsa’s Mi Tierra.

f you’ve lived in one of the larger eastern U.S. cities during the past decade and liked to chase down exotic cuisines, you probably remember the endless hunt for the rarest of them all: Peruvian food. You might have been haunted by visions of purple and green castles sculpted of herbs and potatoes and topped by a fiery red sauce; of fragrant, savory peanut stews invented 500 years before Shakespeare was born; of a shockingly bright yellow concoction invented in the 1790s by French chefs fleeing the guillotine and made with chicken, walnuts, cheese and a kind of pepper found only in Peru. Yes, the food of Peru is exotic, seductive, eye-popping and wildly creative. And, if you’re lucky enough to live in Tulsa, you can sample the cuisine at its finest with no more inconvenience than a short car ride, all thanks to a woman named Kelly Tandazo. For Tandazo, the foods of her homeland are a source of endless fascination. The terrain of Peru varies from seacoast to mountain to the unexplored rainforest of the Amazon, and the food varies with the land. She grew up in Iquitos, a rich boomtown in the Amazon jungle that has the dubious distinction of being the world’s largest city unreachable by road. She married an oilman from Lima, and his job took

her to all the regions of Peru and the surrounding countries of South America. The flags of all those nations flap proudly atop the long, one-story building that houses Tandazo’s restaurant in south Tulsa: Mi Tierra. Step inside, and you’ll see bright walls, immaculate, white-starched tablecloths and ample light streaming in to spotlight paintings by Tandazo’s Brazilian friend F. Thompson. Sultry cumbia music plays on the sound system, and it dovetails with Tandazo’s upbeat mood. She’s excited about the new décor – there’s a coffee pit in the back, with comfy sofas, Alpaca rugs and even a Wi-Fi connection – and menu. “We’re serving breakfast now, every day at 9,” she says. “You get your choice between Brazilian, Colombian and, of course, Peru.” She’s excited about finding a fish called arapaima, native to Peru. “We eat it in my hometown,” she says. “It grows to be seven feet long and weighs more than 200 pounds. I’ll cook it for you just the way we do in Iquitos!” She’s excited about everything in life, and her joie de vivre is infectious. But who can stay unhappy when those purple, green and bright yellow towers, named Causa Limena, all sculpted from potatoes, arrive JULY 2015 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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at your table? Who can be sad after tasting the bright, bracing treat known as ceviche, one of Peru’s best-known culinary gifts to the world? And if you come on a weekend, even more treats await. Perhaps you’ll delight in a half-avocado topped by an artfully arranged mound of shrimp surrounded by a golden lake of Huancaina sauce, a sophisticated, rich French sauce made from Peruvian yellow peppers. Or slender cucumber rolls stuffed with pabellon stew from Venezuela. Or, if you’re lucky, you’ll have sudado de pescado, fish served with a rich sauce made from chicha de jora, a lightly fermented corn beer; a kind of pumpkin found in Peru; vinegar; and many more ingredients. “And here’s the fish I told you about,” she exclaims. Tandazo proudly carries a huge platter holding enormous cubes of lightly fried arapaima, cassava mounded into little balls, fritters made of plantains and an intricate yet sprightly salad of hearts of palm and shiitake mushrooms. “Not exactly like our Amazon mushrooms,” says Tandazo, but close. “When I was a child, I learned to cook from my mother, my sisters, my whole family,” she recalls, “and this is just the way they served it at home.” When Tandazo first opened Mi Tierra, it was a small grocery store, jammed with rack after rack of jams, spices and canned stews, all from Peru. But, Tandazo recalls, her South American patrons begged her to open a restaurant. “We can’t find our food anywhere,” they’d say. And so, she jammed a few small tables in between the shelves, put up a blackboard with a menu scrawled in Spanish and started cooking. 6703 E. 81st St., Tulsa. 918.477.7155. BRIAN SCHWARTZ

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The more-than-30 taps along a white-tiled wall are the endpoints of the unseen and carefully chosen keg selections rolled into Oak & Ore. Pouring Oklahoma craft beers alongside top hops from around the country, Oak & Ore has a chalkboard beer list to help you get your fix. If you’re hungry, pair your beer with bites from the menu; vegan, vegetarian or carnivore, Oak & Ore has something to help soak up that cold brew. In the mood for finger food? In between sips, nibble on Oak & Ore’s take on nachos: a plantain, taro root and potato chip medley with balsamic reduction, melted Gorgonzola crumbles, bacon and chives. Still hungry? The Knife and Fork Sandwiches are piled high with flavor. The Country French Ham loads Black Forest ham, smoked Gouda, spicy mustard, a fried egg and basil onto a slice of French bread. Digging into one of its sandwiches won’t disappoint, and each is served with an iceberg wedge topped with

balsamic, ranch, baTHE MARSHALL con and diced tomato ARROWHEAD PALE ALE and a kettle, taro root IS A POPULAR POUR AT OAK & ORE. and plantain chip PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS. medley. Substitute those for Moroccan slaw or vegan side options: garbanzo bean salad or cucumber salad. Feel free to wash it all down with another beer. 1732 NW 16th St., Oklahoma City. www.oakandore.com – Brittany Anicetti

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At Oklahoma City’s Waffle Champion, eat an expertly constructed waffle in its deconstructed setting. Originally offering its unique creations through a food truck window, Waffle Champion opened a brick-and-mortar location with a design that’s just as unique as its taste and very fitting for an eatery that serves every delicious ingredient it cooks up – whether wrapped or piled high – on a perfectly prepared, golden-brown waffle. But breakfast is not all that these waffles are good for. While many menu options cater to early risers, others will have you craving a taste for lunch. A fan favorite, the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich wraps local, free-range chicken, crispy leeks and tobacco

honey inside a warm waffle. Want to try something a little different but just as good? The Brussels sprouts hash includes Granny Smith apples, brie and balsamic honey. For a side, dip Waffle Champion’s waffle fries in its raved-about truffle mayo and house-made ketchup. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, choose from more than 20 tasty toppings that include brown sugar-rum bananas, drunken cherries, liquid cheesecake, graham cracker crumble, chocolate ganache and more. And always keep a look out for the Waffle Champion food truck that continues bringing its waffles to the street. 1212 N. Walker, Oklahoma City. www.wafflechampion.com – B.A.

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SOUP WEATHER

Visiting Oklahoma’s farmers’ markets in the summertime reveals a bounty of perfectly ripe fruits and vibrant vegetables. There are countless ways to prepare these gems of summer, and my first and favorite way to capture the flavor of summer produce is with soup. Stay with me here. I love soup year round. In fact, I often joke that my favorite food group is “soup.” Hot or cold, raw or cooked, soup is at once filling, soothing and healthy. Many, however, do not think of soup as a regular meal during the summer; I find a small bowl of soup made with

fresh ingredients stands as a meal on its own or makes a great accompaniment to a fresh salad. Making soup in the summertime does require the right timing. Heating a kitchen by making a pot of soup is not the best thing to do at the hottest part of the day. But cooking soup (or anything, for that matter) first thing in the morning ensures that the kitchen will be cool, and heat won’t hang around for too long. Adapting traditional recipes for the slow cooker can also help to reduce the heat of cooking in the summertime. – Jami Mattox

S P I C Y T O M AT O S O U P 1 tbsp. 1/2 c. 2 tbsp. 4 c. 1 small 1 13.5 oz. can

olive oil onion, finely chopped red curry paste, or more, depending on desired heat level peeled, roasted tomatoes (or 1 28-oz. can whole plum tomatoes with juice) sweet potato, cooked through coconut milk salt, to taste

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add onion and sauté until onion softens, about three minutes. Add curry paste to onions and stir until it incorporates into the oil and onions. Add peeled and roasted* tomatoes and sweet potato to a food processor or blender. Process until tomatoes and potato are smooth. Add to the pot containing onions. Add the can of coconut milk. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then simmer for 15 minutes. Salt, to taste, and serve warm. * To peel and roast tomatoes: Turn on the broiler and position an oven rack about 6 inches below the heating element. Slice the tomatoes in half and place them cut-side down on a baking sheet. Broil the tomatoes 12 to 15 minutes, until skins blister and the tomatoes become aromatic. Let the tomatoes cool enough to handle, then pinch off the skins.

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CAFÉ DO BRASIL

Experience the bright, upbeat and flavorful country of Brazil with owner and head chef Ana Davis’ authentic cuisine. Situated in the heart of midtown Oklahoma City, Café Do Brasil offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sharing the zest unique to South America’s largest country, this eatery will satisfy any craving. For breakfast or brunch, try Orfeu Negro, a gluten-free dish of black bean soup topped with a poached egg and covered with diced pork, potatoes and spicy green sauce. Sip on a Café Com Leite, Brazilian coffee and steamed milk, while your meal is being prepared. Also try the Carnaval Hangover, three eggs scrambled soft with spicy homemade chorizo. On the side, enjoy a gracious helping of red potatoes with green sauce and cheddar cheese, homemade refried beans and tortillas. For lunch, start with one of Café Do Brasil’s eight salads, a bowl 164

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of soup or a delicious appetizer. The Filenzinho A Palito, cubes of sun-dried beef sautéed with onion and green peppers, has amazing flavor. Or choose from delectable quiches, Brazilian pies, sandwiches, rice dishes and delicious specialty dishes. Each meal at the restaurant is a master class in Brazilian tastes, and dinner is no different. All Café Do Brasil’s appetizers, soups and salads will excite taste buds for the main course. For a top taste of Brazil, try the Feijoada, the country’s national dish. Wash it all down with drinks unique to the country. Guarana is a refreshing soft drink made with berries found only in the Amazon; the Caipirinha, a favorite Brazilian cocktail, combines Cachaca, lime juice and sugar. Beer enthusiasts may opt for Xingu Black or Palma Louca Lager. 440 NW 11th St., Oklahoma City. www.cafedobrazilokc.com – Brittany Anicetti


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hen Wendy Wygle had the opportunity to purchase a Sand Springs doughnut shop that had been around for 30 years, she jumped at it. Wygle had been working as a full-time nanny and helping her husband with his roofing company. But in high school and college, she worked at small cafes and snow cone stands, and the desire to continue Shipley’s Daylight Donuts appealed to her. Wygle renamed the shop Livi Lee’s in honor of her daughter. She says being a mom to a growing child helps her see the “doughnut” possibility in many unexpected places. “Whether it’s a cereal she wants or a dessert she orders when we go out, suddenly I’ve found doughnut inspiration everywhere,” she says. As such, Wygle says that some of the most popular doughnut varieties include those coated with Fruity Pebbles. Maple bacon and S’mores are also top-selling varieties. But Wygle says that, true to the tradition set by the Shibleys, the signature sausage rolls continue to be the top seller. Livi Lee’s recently opened a second location in Sand Springs, and Livi Lee’s Summer Snow is now open for its 10th year along Highway 97. 411 E. Broadway St., and 4106 S. 113th W. Ave., Sand Springs. www.livilees.com – Jami Mattox

THE DISPLAY CASE AT LIVI LEE’S NEWEST SAND SPRINGS LOCATION SHOWS OFF COLORFUL AND SWEET DOUGHNUTS. PHOTO BY NATALIE GREEN.

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NOURISH DRINK CAFÉ

Whether it’s a fresh drink or a full cleanse regimen desired, Nourish Drink Café caters to its customers. This health-focused café offers fresh smoothies that target inflammation, hydration, energy, immunity and more. The classic 1717, a blend of orange, banana, strawberries, dates and filtered water, is a great morning pick-me-up. Tart, sweet and smooth, it’s like sunshine in a glass; it’s ordered at the counter, and the friendly staff blends it while the customer waits. Other “order and wait” smoothies include the Pre-workout, Sexy Yowza and Sweet Green, which includes kale, spinach and fruit. Smoothies are also available bottled and can be picked out of a refrigerated case. The Black Gold, one such bottled smoothie, contains cacao, hemp hearts, banana, almond butter, maca, dates, almond milk and cold-brew coffee. Think of it as a healthy mocha. Nourish also offers cleanse programs: the Monday Mini Cleanse and the Three-Day Kick-Start. Both cleanses offer smoothies made from fruits and vegetables to help reboot and recharge the body. Nourish sells packaged salads and bowls, all healthy and packed with super foods. 1717 E. 17th St., Tulsa. www.nourishdrinkcafe.com – J.M. JULY 2015 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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PAUL SIGNAC FRENCH, 1863–1935 IN THE TIME OF HARMONY; THE GOLDEN AGE IS NOT IN THE PAST, IT IS STILL TO COME (REPRISE), 1896 KASSER MOCHARY ART FOUNDATION, MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY

Form And Function

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Picasso and Dali are just two of the names in Philbrook Museum of Art’s latest exhibit that explores the human figure.

ther than being exquisite artists of their time, there’s something else Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Paul Signac, Fernando Botero and Auguste Rodin have in common today: Their artworks depicting the human form are joined by those of more than 100 other artists on the walls of the Philbrook Museum of Art in an exhibit coined The Figure Examined: Masterworks from the Kasser Mochary Art Foundation. “By presenting such a universal subject, the exhibition allows viewers to make connections between works of art that are often separated by historical or geographical boundaries,” says Dr. Sarah Lees, the coordinating curator for The Figure Examined and the Ruth G. Hardman Curator of European Art with Philbrook. Artists have depicted the human form dating as far back as 40,000

years in the form of sculptures, petroglyphs and cave paintings. Since, the subject continues to be one of the most universal. As guests of Philbrook walk through the exhibit, they will realize that the pieces on display are not categorized by artist or date, but rather separated into six themes, all relating to the way the human body communicates to its viewer: motion, balance, stillness; advancing the story; at work, at leisure; intimacy and solitude; unveiled; and portraits and types. The Figure Examined includes paintings, sculptures and works on paper, among others, each interpreting the human form in its own, unique way. The exhibit will be on display at Philbrook Museum of Art through Sept. 13. Philbrook is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thurdays until 8 p.m. For more information, visit www. philbrook.org. BRITTANY ANICETTI

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PERFORMANCES • IN CONCERT • SPORTS • FAMILY • ART • CHARITABLE EVENTS • COMMUNITY Sarah Maud July 5 Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. www.okjazz.org 311 July 6 Diamond Ballroom. www. diamondballroom.net Jason Isbell July 6 Cain’s Ballroom. www. cainsballroom.com

The Monday Night Brawl Fest July 6 Vanguard Music Hall. wwwthevanguardtulsa. com

Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional July 7 The Zoo Amphitheatre. www.thezooamp.com Lake Street Dive July 7 Cain’s Ballroom. www.cainsballroom.com

Hollow Breath July 7 Vanguard Music Hall. www.thevanguardtulsa.com

Luke Bryan July 9 Choctaw Casino Resort,

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Seryn July 9 Vanguard Music Hall. www.

Community

The list of unbelievable talent that will be at this year’s Center of the Universe Festival in Tulsa makes spending $70 for a general admission weekend pass or $40 for single day admission well worth it. For two days, the Brady Arts District turns into a music haven with more than 100 artists sprawled across outdoor stages and inside downtown venues, and a festival wristband gets concert-goers in front of every stage and every artist. Featured artists on this year’s main stage include Panic! At The Disco, Three Days Grace, Kongos, American Authors, Misterwives and Minus The Bear. The main stage after-party will rage with GRiZ and Tycho; the Bank of Oklahoma stage at Guthrie Green welcomes Bear Hands, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Chappo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Horse Thief, Milo Greene, Mother Mother and Roxy Roca; and on the Oklahoma Showcase stage, Elms, Jabee, Noizmekka, Paul Benjamin Band, Red Dirt Rangers, Taddy Porter and We The Ghost are scheduled to perform. For more information, visit www.centeroftheuniversefestival.com.

You Never Can Tell July 2-18 Enjoy a

production presented by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park at Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens. www.oklahomacitybotanicalgardens. com

Company Thru July 11 Company follows the

anti-hero bachelor Robert as he makes his way through a series of encounters with single women as well as his married friends. www. thepollard.org Mary Poppins July 7-11 Every family’s favorite nanny brings her magic to the Oklahoma

City Civic Center Music Hall. www.okcciviccenter. com

My Big Gay Italian Wedding July 16-26 See

Cats July 9-12 Youth Onstage presents Cats

the production at the American Theatre Company Studios. www.americantheatrecompany. org

Steve Martin and Martin Short July

Rodney Carrington July 17, 18 Rodney Carrington brings his comedy act, Here Comes The Truth, to Oklahoma’s WinStar World Casino. www.winstarworldcasino.com

by Andrew Lloyd Webber at VanTrease PACE. www.signaturesymphony.org/the-pace

11 This hilarious duo, which starred together in Father of the Bride, will be at WinStar World Casino for a Very Stupid Conversation. www. winstarworldcasino.com

Cats July 16-19 Fifty of Tulsa’s talented young performers present the Broadway classic at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsapac.com

Big Fish July 21-25 A Broadway musical by Daniel Wallace, magic, myth, fact and fiction will unravel this tale of reconciling father and son. www.okcciviccenter.com Bon Qui Qui July 22 The hilarious Bon Qui

Qui, the alter ego of Mad TV’s Anjelah JohnsonReyes, will bring all that she is to the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www.okcciviccenter. com

The Wiz July 24-26 LOOK presents The Wiz on the main stage at VanTrease PACE. www. signaturesymphony.org/the-pace Ron White July 25, 31 The one-of-a-kind co-

median Ron White, with a drink in hand, arrives in Oklahoma on his Nutcracker tour at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa on July 25 and at Winstar World Casino July 31. www.hardrockcasinotulsa. com, www.winstarworldcasino.com

The Drunkard and The Olio Ongoing The

melodrama continues with heroes, damsels in distress and over-the-top characters plus a musical revue featuring celebrity drop-in guests most Saturdays of the year at the Spotlight Theatre. www.spotlighttheatre.org

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Asleep at the Wheel July 10 Cain’s Ballroom. www.cainsballroom.com

MeWithoutYou July 10 Vanguard Music Hall. www.thevanguardtulsa.com

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Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa

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Skytown July 11 Vanguard Music Hall. www. thevanguardtulsa.com

Don Conoscenti July 12 The Blue Door. www.bluedoorokc.com

Rob Thomas July 13 Brady Theater. www.

bradytheater.com

Shinedown July 14 Brady Theater. www. bradytheater.com Lord Huron July 14 Cain’s Ballroom. www. cainsballroom.com

Between the Buried and Me July 15 Dia-

mond Ballroom. www.diamondballroom.net

Widespread Panic July 15 The Zoo Amphitheatre. www.thezooamp.com 3 Doors Down & Seether July 16 Brady

Theater. www.bradytheater.com

MilkDrive July 16 The Blue Door. www. bluedoorokc.com

The Beach Boys July 16, 17 River Spirit Casino. www.riverspirittulsa.com

Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing with Hankerin’ 4 Hank July 17 Cain’s

Ballroom. www.cainsballroom.com

Humming House with Stranded at the S t a t i o n July 17 T h e B l u e D o o r. w w w. bluedoorokc.com

Randy Rogers Band July 18 The Zoo

Amphitheatre. www.thezooamp.com

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts July 18 Frontier City. www.frontiercity.com

DANZIG July 18 Brady Theater. www. bradytheater.com

The Swon Brothers July 18 The Joint, Hard

Valleys July 1 Vanguard Music Hall.

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Alice In Chains July 31 Brady Theater. www.bradytheater.com Chris Stapleton July 31 Cain’s Ballroom. www.cainsballroom.com

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Nitin Mukesh July 31 Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsapac.com

SPORTS Oklahoma City Energy www.energyfc.com v. Orange County v. Tulsa v. Arizona

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THE SWON BROTHERS

When the country-duo The Swon Brothers turned three chairs during their blind audition on season four of The Voice and announced to the judges they were from Oklahoma, those not named Blake Shelton knew they didn’t stand a chance. On their trek to the Top 3, The Swon Brothers effortlessly won over the audience with their musical talents, harmony and brotherly charm. While The Voice allowed the two to share their talents with the world, many in Oklahoma already knew their name. From performing in their family’s gospel band to joining their parents on a family-style variety show, Zach and Colton Swon can honestly say they’ve been playing music all their lives. After signing with Arista Nashville and bringing on producer Mark Bright, The Swon Brothers released their 2014 self-titled record that included hits “Later On” and “What I’m Thinking About.” On July 18, the duo returns to Oklahoma for a performance on The Joint stage at Tulsa’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. An artist with a lot in common with The Swon Brothers, Corey Kent White, a Bixby native and recent contestant on The Voice, will open the show. Tickets start at $35 and the show begins at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com.

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July 2-4 July 5-7 July 15-18 July 23-26 July 27-29 Tulsa Athletics www.tulsaathletics.com v. Houston v. Joplin v. Wichita

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Oklahoma City Roller Derby July 11 See the OKCRD All-Stars take on the Victory Dolls at Skate Galaxy in Oklahoma City. www.okcrd.com Dodgebrawl Tournament July 18 This one-day dodgeball tournament allows teams to play for a charity/nonprofit of their choice. www. bokcenter.com

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Storytime in the Garden Ongoing Enjoy

Victory Dolls Roller Derby July 18 See

Marine Biologist for a Day July 1, 17, 22,

WWE Monday Night RAW July 27 John Cena, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt and the WWE Divas will be at ChesapeakeEnergyArena.www.chesapeakearena.com

Into The Woods, Jr. July 15-19 Enjoy this production at the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre. www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

the hard-hitting Victory Dolls at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.oklahomavictorydolls.com

Art Adventures Ongoing Children age 3-5 experience art every Tuesday morning at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, with special guests. Go online for schedules and other information. www.ou.edu/fjjma

31 Dive into an aquatic adventure and discover what it takes to be a marine biologist at the Oklahoma Aquarium. www.okaquarium.org

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this unique storytime every Thursday at 10 a.m. in June, July and August at Linnaeus Garden in Tulsa. www.tulsagardencenter.com

ART Beth Hammack and Catherine Adams July 1-31 See their artworks on display at JRB Art at the Elms in Oklahoma City. www.jrbartgallery.com

Ankle Deep...an Experience in Acrylics July 2-31 The July Oklahomans for Equality exhibit at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will feature local artist Kevin Thompson. www.okeq.org

Licking My Wounds: ElQuan Delanez July 3-25 Enjoy this new exhibit at TAC Gallery, part of the Tulsa Artists’ Coalition, a volunteer-run, non-profit organization of artists and supporters. www.tacgallery.org

Kachina Martin July 3-31 Enjoy this solo

exhibition at The Project Box, an art gallery and community creative space in OKC’s Paseo Arts District. www.theprojectboxokc.com

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Warhol’s Nature July 4-Oct. 5 This exhibit

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explores Warhol’s lifelong engagement with nature as a subject. www.crystalbridges.org

Bookworks IV Thru July 5 This exhibit explores

the broad spectrum of the book as art. www. philbrook.org

Intertwined, Stories of Splintered Pasts: Shan Goshorn & Sarah Sense Thru July 5 An exhibit featuring two American Indian artists’ contemporary weavings and basketry at the Hardesty Arts Center. www.ahhatulsa.org

Fragile Armor: Emily Chase Thru July 10 This exhibit consists of three life-size paper gown sculptures, which together are known as This Fragile Armor. www.livingarts.com Rendezvous Artists’ Retrospective

Slide the City and Art Sale Thru July 12 Contemporary

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Warhol: The Athletes Thru July 12 Explore

Remembering Chris LeDoux July 25-Oct. 18 This small but powerful exhibit features Chris LeDoux’s (1948-2005) memorabilia and sculptures. www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Conflict Cast in Bronze Thru July 12 Centered on art that remembers the fallen and honors those who served in war. www. nationalcowboymuseum.org

Overlap Thru July 26 Lindsay Ketterer Gates

Western art takes center stage at this annual event. www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu 10 portraits of famous athletes commissioned by Andy Warhol’s friend and collector Richard Weisman. www.okcmoa.com

Greenbelt Meridian July 18-Sept. 6 Artists James and Yiren Gallagher appeal to mankind to appreciate the magical necessity of open space in this installation. www.ahhatulsa.org Tulsa Underwater Dream Project Thru July 19 See whimsical creative expressions by Oklahoma fiber artists. www.ahhatulsa.org

Born of Fire Thru July 20 This exhibit explores

some of the many incarnations of ceramic fabrication. www.crystalbridges.org

distinctive approach to realism over the course of six decades. www.crystalbridges.org

and Amanda Bradway create a visual dialogue among found objects, fine materials and the techniques of repetition and overlap. www.108contemporary.org

On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb July 26-Oct.11 Tulsa and Oklahoma’s rich history and tradition of jazz music is celebrated. www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu

The Lollipop Guild Thru July 30 This international miniatures exhibition showcases more than 80 accomplished artist and artisans, well-known and emergent. www.lovettsgallery.com

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Michael J. Garner Renal Run 5K July 18, 19 This one-mile fun run and 5K race raises awareness and funds for kidney cancer research in the name of retired Tulsa Police Sgt. Michael J. Garner. www.riverparks.org

Odyssey de Culinaire July 23, 30 Oklahoma City chefs serve up their best for the Tulsa crowd at the Renaissance Hotel as well as on July 30 in Oklahoma City. www.okrestaurants.com

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Harwelden Murder Mystery July 30-Aug. 8 Dinner theater becomes an interactive showcase of fun at this annual comedy-mystery play at Harwelden Mansion. www.ahhatulsa.org

TULSA ROUGHNECKS FC

The Tulsa Roughnecks first stepped onto the soccer field at Skelly Stadium in 1978 as a club in the North American Soccer League (NASL). The franchise rose under coaches Charlie Mitchell, who played on the original team, and Terry Hennessey, who’d take the team to a 17-13 record and a Southern Division title in 1983. The championship game that year would give the Roughnecks and the city of Tulsa its first major league sports title: 1983 Soccer Bowl Champions. Unfortunately, 1984 would be the club’s last year in the NASL. Luckily for Tulsans, the arrival of a soccer club in the United Soccer League (USL) was announced in 2013, and to honor to the original ’78 team, the club chose the name Tulsa Roughnecks FC. Its inaugural season kicked off March 21 as the Roughnecks FC stepped onto ONEOK Field in orange. The 2015 season will continue through September, and this month, they’ll take on Orange County, July 9; Colorado Springs, July 11; and Vancouver, July 31, all games starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.tulsaroughnecksfc.com.

Western Heritage Museum offers its acclaimed annual exhibition featuring more than 300 works by the finest contemporary Western artists. www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Changing Perspectives of Native Americans Thru Aug. 3 This artwork reflects shifting attitudes toward American Indians over the course of the 19th century. www. crystalbridges.org

Movers and Shapers: Combines, Tractors and Swathers Thru Aug.29 Large-

scale paintings and study drawings by Karen Carson depict the machines that work behind the scenes to keep supermarkets stocked. www. museum.okstate.edu

California Impressionism: Selections from The Irvine Museum Thru Sept. 6 Explore the style of California Impressionism and its use of light and color, specifically how it was cast onto a landscape – a popular subject in California in the early 20th century. www. gilcrease.utulsa.edu

The Art of Ceremony Thru Sept. 6 On display at Philbrook Downtown, this exhibit highlights contemporary carved figures that provide a window into Hopi ritual, belief and art. www.philbrook.org Holly Wilson Thru Sept. 11 Wilson’s cast

bronze figures shed light on daily subtleties. www.oklahomacontemporary.org

The Figure Examined Thru Sept. 13 This

exhibit looks at the portrayal of the human figure through paintings, sculptures and works on paper by artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Auguste Rodin, Pierre-Auguste Ronoir, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock. www.philbrook.org

American Encounters: The Simple Pleasures of Still Life Thru Sept. 14 The 10 masterpieces in this exhibit explore the

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Faberge: Jewelers to the Tsars Thru Sept. 27 See the fine craftsmanship of Peter Carl Faberge’s jewelry and adornments that once belonged to the Russian Imperial family. www. okcmoa.com

Enter the Matrix: Indigenous Printmakers Thru Jan. 2 Expolre how printmaking has

become a matrix for cultural and artistic exchange, the critical sites of engagement and key figures. www.ou.edu/fjjma

The 4th on the 3rd July 3 Join the Signa-

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Red, White & Boom July 3 Enjoy a free

concert at 8:30 p.m. with fireworks starting at 10 p.m. www.okcphilharmonic.org

homa will host this year’s event at Expo Square. www.exposquare.com

Folds of Honor FreedomFest July 4 Join the more than 80,000 viewers on the banks of the Arkansas for a fireworks celebration. www. riverparks.org Tour of Payne July 4 An event that includes 16-, 38-, 62- or 100-mile routes in Stillwater. www.reddirtpedalers.org Boomer Blast July 4 Enjoy fireworks starting at dusk at Boomer Lake Park, Washington and Lakeview. www.stillwater.org/

Sooner Boomfest July 4 Join others at

Campbell Park – creates a unique experience. www.oklahomacontemporary.org

galleries of OKC’s Paseo Arts District welcome all each month. www.thepaseo.com

Illuminations: Rediscovering the Art

the Jenks Riverwalk Crossing & Amphitheater for an all-day music and fireworks extravaganza celebrating Independence Day. www. travelok.com

First Friday Art Crawl Ongoing Stroll the

LibertyFest 2015 Thru July 4 Selected as

of Dale Chihuly Ongoing Tour the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s collection of glass art by the celebrated artist. www.okcmoa.com A World Unconquered: The Art of Oscar Brousse Jacobson Ongoing Jacobson arrived at the University of Oklahoma in 1915 and great influenced their School of Art. His career includes more than 600 works of art with inspiration from the landscapes of Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma. www. ou.edu/fjjma

First Friday Gallery Walk Ongoing The

Brady Arts District in Tulsa for new exhibitions at galleries and art centers as well as live music and other events at Guthrie Green and other venues. www.thebradyartsdistrict.com.

2nd Friday Circuit Art Ongoing A

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CHARITABLE EVENTS Bingo Bash Fiesta July 18 Enjoy bingo,

a tasty buffet, dessert auction, wine grab bag,

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World Championship Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest July 4 An event

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Pops on the River July 4 Spend your 4th

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Nir Evron Ongoing On display at Philbrook Downtown, this exhibit explores the intersections of politics, religion, culture, identity and history of Israel. www.philbrook.org Neoclassicism to Romanticism: Works on Paper in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Europe Ongoing This

student-curated exhibit focuses on works on paper beginning in the mid-1700s when new ideas emerged from the extensive political, intellectual, economic and social changes that were unfolding across the continent. www. ou.edu/fjjma

Focus on Favorites Ongoing This Gilcrease

Museum exhibit highlights the treasures, art, artifacts and historical documents cherished in the museum’s collection and reflective of the American experience. www.gilcrease.utulsa. edu

On Common Ground Ongoing Through the mixing of these many works of art and cultural items depicting a great variety of people, one is reminded that all human beings have similar needs that bring us to a common ground. www. gilcrease.utulsa.edu Orly Genger: Terra Ongoing This massive outdoor art installation made of more than a million feet of lobster-fishing rope – woven, painted and stretched across Oklahoma’s City’s

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Oklahoma State Department of Education, this two-day summer education event offers learning opportunities and professional development for teachers and school administrators. www. coxconventioncenter.com

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival July 8-12 Celebrate the life and music of Woody Guthrie in his hometown of Okemah, Okla. www. woodyguthrie.com Take pART in the Fair July 9 Hobbies, Arts and Crafts Building, Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okstatefair.com POA National Congress July 9-17 The

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PRIX DE WEST A five-decade tradition, the Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s annual exhibit that attracts the best in Western art, continues this month. More than 100 artists, including three new artists – C. Michael Dudash, Scott Tallman Powers and Charles Timothy Prutzer – share more than 300 paintings and sculptures with the Oklahoma City museum. With pieces depicting landscapes, wildlife, people and more, the displayed artworks include historical pieces that reflect the early days of the west as well as those more contemporary. This exhibit serves as another way the museum preserves and interprets the evolving history and cultures of the American West. See oil paintings From a Boy to a Man by Daniel F. Gerhartz, Following The Sun by Ken Carlson and As the Sun Fades in the West by Tim Cox; bronze sculptures By A Nose by Tim Cherry and Desert View by Geral Balciar; and many other Western wonders. Prix de West will run through Aug. 2. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.

Poets vs. Rappers July 10 See who’s the

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An Affair of the Heart July 10-12 This three-day shopping event at Tulsa’s Expo Square features unique, one-of-a-kind and handmade items that include jewelry, handbags, furniture, clothing and gourmet foods. www.heartoftulsa.com Oklahoma Summer Gem, Jewelry & Bead Show July 10-12 Don’t miss this year’s

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The Music Man July 10-12, 16-19 Laugh the night away at the six-time TONY Award-winning musical comedy The Music Man. www.acozarks.org

Rodeo Oklahoma contestants and announce the queen and court. www.nationalcowboymuseum. org

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workshops and events throughout the year. www. coxconventioncenter.com

11, 12 Browse antiques and collectibles that include furniture, glassware, pottery, china, books, quilts, toys, clocks, artwork and more at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.buchananmarkets.com

ABC Contractors Showcase July 15 Central Park Hall, Expo Square. www. exposquare.com

OKC Gun Show July 11, 12 Oklahoma Expo

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Rock and Gems of the Indian Territory Convention and Show July 11, 12 Discover unique rocks and gems at Tulsa’s Expo Square. www.exposquare.com

National Junior Angus Show July 13-18 The

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From Traditionals to Generation Z: Leading Generations at Work July 14 In

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Tokyo In Tulsa July 17-19 The eighth annual event offers anime, Japanese and pop culture in Worlds Collide: Mecha vs. Kaiju. www. coxcentertulsa.com

Green Country RV & Boat Show July 17-19 Northeast Oklahoma’s premier RV & Boat Exhibitors roll into River Spirit Expo at Expo Square for three days. www.greencountryrvdealers.com Metcalf Gun Show July 18, 19 Modern Living Building, Oklahoma State Fair Park. www. warrenmetcalfgunshows.com American Buckskin 28th Annual World Championship Show July 22-25 See these

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beautiful horses in the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at Tulsa’s Expo Square. www.exposquare. com

Center of the Universe Festival July 24, 25 A two-day, nonprofit music and arts experience in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District, the event brings more than 100 bands to multiple outdoor stages and venues. www.centeroftheuniversefestival. com

27-29 The 2015 Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Convention and Trade Show will bring more than 2,500 industry professionals to the Cox Convention Center. www.coxconventioncenter.com

World Wide Paint Horse Congress July 29-Aug. 2 Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex, Expo Square. www.exposquare.com

Peach Festival July 30-Aug. 1 Enjoy the bounty of the season at Clarksville’s annual peach festival. Events include a scavenger hunt, peach pie-eating contest, talent show, helicopter tours and much more! www.jocopeachfestival.8m.com Dancing in the District July 31 This

summer concert series in Muskogee runs through Aug. 21. The Railers, Uncle Lucious and Darrel Cole will entertain its July crowd. www.omhof. com

American Quarter Horse Youth World Championship July 31-Aug. 8 Free to the

public, this year’s event will be held at the Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.aqha.com

Catch a Fire: The Legacy of Bob Marley Ongoing The Woody Guthrie Center’s

Women of Faith July 24, 25 Women of Faith

second traveling exhibit out of GRAMMY Museum explores the life and legacy of Bob Marley and continues through Sept. 13. www.woodyguthriecenter. org

Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma July 24-26 Enjoy a free expo with everything you need to make your home and garden shine this year. www.exposquare.com

Summer’s Fifth Night Ongoing Every

present Loved: The Farewell Tour at Oklahoma C i t y ’s C o x C o n v e n t i o n C e n t e r. w w w. coxconventioncenter.com

Slide The City July 25 More than 1,000 feet of slick vinyl will turn Shartel Avenue into the largest water slide Oklahoma City has ever seen. www.slidethecity.com National Day of the American Cowboy July 25 Visitors of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum can expect added treats at this day-long event that will introduce Miss

Thursday evening through August, enjoy live music in Utica Square. www.uticasquare.com

Heard on Hurd Ongoing Every third Saturday

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Starlight Band Concert on the Green Ongoing This month, July 7, 14 and 21, take your blankets, lawn chairs, picnics and even pets to Guthrie Green on for music and entertainment. www.guthriegreen.com Movie in the Park Ongoing Enjoy a movie

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Sonic Summer Movies Ongoing Most Wednesdays through August, enjoy movies at the Oklahoma City Botanical Gardens. www. oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com International Gymnastics Hall of Fame Ongoing Celebrate the athletic and ar-

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Destination Space Ongoing This exhibit reveals the amazing science that allows us to travel beyond the confines of earth. www. sciencemuseumoklahoma.org Walking Tour Ongoing Take a walking tour of historic downtown Tulsa. www.tulsahistory. org Gilcrease Films Ongoing See various films through the month. www.gilcrease.org

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Elemental Culture An Oklahoma City hip-hop artist brings knowledge to kids.

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GREGORY JEROME’S WORK WITH BRINGING HIP-HOP ARTISTRY TO AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS HAS GIVEN HIM LOCAL AND NATIONAL RECOGNITION. PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS.

ncouraged by a friend while in high school, Gregory Jerome began to explore writing hip-hop songs, but always in private. It was not until college at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M that Jerome went public with his gift, making his debut at a talent show. He has been performing ever since, finding success in the Nashville area before making his way back to Oklahoma. A leading voice in the Oklahoma hip-hop scene, Jerome has also set himself apart as an artist dedicated to education. Through his Elemental Hip Hop program, Jerome brings his message of self-empowerment to many school children in Oklahoma. Jerome’s distinctive sound pulls from many areas of influence; he mentions acts as diverse as The Beatles, Massive Attack, Outkast and Nina Simone as inspirations. This inventive sound is matched by his lyrics, which highlight persistence in the face of life’s struggles. “My creative process is writing from life experiences and emotions. ... It’s the journey of life, tragedies and triumphs,” Jerome says of his work. That awareness of life’s hardships and the need for hope make him an ideal mentor for a young generation of Oklahoma children. As director of Elemental Hip Hop, Jerome runs an after-school programs that imparts to kids what he identifies as the five elements of hip-hop: graffiti, DJing, emceeing, breakdancing and knowledge. Though each of these elements touches on a slightly different part of the human persona, they ultimately work together to create unity and creativity. Jerome created a curriculum for teaching hip-hop to kids in conjunction with the Oklahoma Arts Council. He has partnered with various organizations over the years to make his dream of impacting the community come true and has reached thousands of children in the Oklahoma City area with his after-school program. Still, the process can be difficult. Even with dedicated staff members, the stress involved in running Elemental is high. Despite growing recognition for his work, including a recent John McNeese grant – which allowed him to travel to Washington, D.C., for training – money is limited as schools continue to grapple with budget issues. Nevertheless, Jerome toils on. His ultimate goal, in addition to building his reputation as a hip-hop artist on an international scale, is to open more branches of Elemental in order to reach even more kids with his positive message. He finds plenty to savor amidst the hard work. “The greatest success is seeing the gratification [among students],” he says. “Sometimes the parents express gratitude for the impact of the program. For me that’s confirmation that we are doing our job and walking in our purpose in life.” For now, Jerome will keep walking in that purpose, bringing encouragement to others along the way. ASHER GELZER-GOVATOS

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