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What started as a project meant for her mother has exploded into one of the most widely read blogs in the country. The Pioneer Woman, aka Ree Drummond, blogs about life on a working cattle ranch in between writing cookbooks and filming her show for Food Network.

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For 14 years, we’ve asked, and you’ve never let us down. We’re proud to present The Best of the Best 2013, our annual roundup of the best the Sooner State has to offer. Over the years, the list has evolved. Some categories no longer get our attention the way they once did, and we’re constantly adding new ones to keep things interesting. Some are a perennial presence, though. Another thing that hasn’t changed is the overwhelming support we’ve received from our readers year after year – from the days of paper ballots to online voting on your iPad. So, the votes are counted and compiled into an expansive list of winners and a guide to all the entities, from restaurants to health care providers, which go above and beyond the norm. They’re not just good at what they do; they’re The Best of the Best. In our annual Luxury Homes feature, shelter writer Tamara Hawkins visits three remarkable home makeovers, illustrated with dramatic photos by Nathan Harmon and Ralph Cole. All three homes are dripping with high-end furnishings and designer touches, but what truly makes them luxurious is the meticulous customization to meet each homeowner’s changing needs. Also in this issue, feature writer Tara Malone takes a look at Oklahoma communities that have said, “Enough is enough.” They’ve joined with local authorities to create innovative, grassroots programs that have significantly decreased crime in previously blighted neighborhoods. It’s an inspiring story of what people can accomplish when they work together, and it may just provide the best answer yet to combating crime on a broad scale.

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Oklahoma Magazine contributor Tamara Logsdon Hawkinson toured three distinct homes for this month’s feature, “Opulent Details,” (p. 58). Hawkinson was a designer for more than two decades before she began writing about design. She was previously a partner in the Tulsa commercial design firm Sober Logsdon Woody, Inc. “The three luxury homes profiled this month all have one thing in common: The homeowners did not allow themselves to be forced into a specific interior style due to the constraints of the exterior architecture,” says Hawkinson. “Both of Chris Murphy’s clients, for different reasons, wanted to stay in their south Tulsa, traditional-style neighborhoods, while Beth and Robert Sachse’s family home is a classic Mid-century ranch. The focus instead was on creating unique interiors that reflect how the homeowners wish to utilize their space, often requiring reworking the floor plan. Bold artwork, creatively adapting lighting technologies,

plus unique material and furnishings choices create a classic vision of each homeowner’s style.” Contributing editor Michael W. Sasser knows a little about transitioning from life in the big city to life in the deep country and vice-versa, having moved from rural Creek County to Miami Beach, Fla., for most of his life. In fact, it’s one of the reasons he was interested in talking with Ree Drummond, Oklahoma’s famed “Pioneer Woman,” the internet sensation, cookbook and children’s book author and Food Network star (“Pioneer Renaissance,” p. 11). “Ree’s background is classic city mouse/country mouse, and her musings and insight are accentuated by her realization of just how wonderful and rare that lifestyle is in the 21st century,” Sasser says. “Her talent is in celebrating the charm of her lifestyle and making it accessible and meaningful to readers of all stripes. I’m not ashamed to admit that her blog has sucked me in and made me a fan, despite myself.”

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Drummond lives on an expansive working cattle ranch outside of Pawhuska with her husband and four children.


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The Pioneer Woman takes multimedia success in stride.

hen Ree Drummond launched her blog, Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, she had a very particular audience in mind for her tales of rural life in Oklahoma, recipes and her young family. “My target audience, when I first started my blog, was my mother. I didn’t really set out to blog with an audience in mind,” Drummond says. “But what I know of my readership (and the people who watch my show), they’re people from different parts of the country who aren’t necessarily exactly alike... but who are drawn to common things like food, family, humor and just overall enjoyment of life. A few brave men do admit to reading my website, but it’s largely women: sisters, moms, aunts, friends.” Pioneer Woman clearly reached an audience larger than just family.

Drummond, a Bartlesville native, parlayed a warm literary voice and amusing and insightful city mouse-country mouse observations into a considerable digital presence. She launched her blog and website in 2006 and quickly became one of the most popular bloggers in the country. The blog took Weblog of the Year honors in 2009 and 2010, and Forbes listed her as No. 22 on its list Top 25 Web Celebrities. The sudden acclaim was a surprise to Drummond, who went to college and worked briefly in southern California before meeting and marrying husband Ladd Drummond, prompting her move to a massive ranch outside of Pawhuska – and a million figurative miles away from the life she’d known before as a surgeon’s daughter in Bartlesville and single girl in L.A. “I couldn’t possibly have imagined the things that followed,” Drummond says. “When I started my blog, I had no vision for it beyond JULY 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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that day. I just started a blog, and it evolved from there. “When I started my blog, I christened it ‘Confessions of a Pioneer Woman’ because when my friends found out I was marrying a cattle rancher and moving to the country, they gave me the tongue-in-cheek moniker of ‘Pioneer Woman.’ In hindsight, I should have put Pioneer Woman in quotes, as it was always meant to be a tongue-in-cheek designation,” she adds. Drummond’s writing touched on aspects of the contemporary zeitgeist, providing an early forum for other homeschoolers, for foodies unrepentantly unbeholden to minimalist trends, and for people living a rural lifestyle that bears more resemblance to The Waltons than to Sex & The City. Drummond emerged from the blogosphere as a unique renaissance woman, championing perspectives and sensibilities that speak to small town tradition, tight family bonds – and food, always food. “It’s hard to put an exact label on Oklahoma food because there are so many talented cooks and chefs here that inject different spins into the old standbys,” Drummond says. “I think about it as a mix of Deep South, Tex-Mex and Country. There’s an accessibility and nonfussiness to the food in Oklahoma, but there can also be an elegance to it, too.” The Pioneer Woman, as the enterprise is now known, was Drummond’s launching point for a career that now includes publishing and broadcast. Her first cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl, was published in October 2009. Her second cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier was published in March 2012. Rapidly a New York Times best selling author, her collection of essays on her path to romance, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, further endeared her to readers worldwide, and two children’s books centering on the Drummonds’ real-life basset hound, Charlie, made her an instant icon with the lunch-box demographic – and their parents. In a world when young adult literature leans to the macabre and violent, a la The Hunger Games, Drummond’s literary world is traditional and extremely appealing to families. Drummond’s latest career expansion has been in television. Long a regular guest on some of the most popular programs in the country, such as Good Morning America, The Today Show and The View, Drummond’s Food Network program Pioneer Woman, debuted in 2011 and has subsequently been renewed. Ironically, Drummond – who admits to having mild agoraphobia – says that the filming


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which allows me to focus on the cooking and photography itself. And I have a cleaning crew that cleans my house twice a week. Things would go south really quickly if I didn’t.” Husband Ladd, aka “The Marlboro Man” in print, is key to Drummond’s success and support network. “He’s my number one supporter,” she says. “By some luck of the draw, I happened to have married this strong, silent rancher type who just happened to ‘get’ the whole blogging thing from the beginning. He’s always understood it and embraced it. I couldn’t have done it if he didn’t. I think Drummond’s latest he’s enjoyed watching the evolution.” project is an acclaimed Despite the demands on her from the Food network show. publishing world and increasing media presence, Drummond can’t envision ever leaving her Pawhuska home – despite some minor frustrations. “There’s no trash service that comes to our curb once a week. Come to think of it, we don’t even have a curb. When the power goes out, it might be awhile before it’s back on. I have a shocking number of flat tires on an annual basis. Most everything else about the country, I absolutely love. And I love our small town of Pawhuska. It’s home. I can’t see myself living anywhere but our ranch.” With plans in the works for a film version of Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, Ree Drummond’s Pioneer Woman brand remains on the upward trajectory – but she still occasionally gets a quiet evening to dine alone, away from multi-media demands, cameramen and media. Although it might surprise some of her culinary

regiment causes her no anxiety. “I did have quite a learning curve when it came to being in front of the camera instead of behind it, and I’m still learning to be comfortable in that realm,” she says. “I would like the first six episodes of my show to be stricken from the record. I was very green. But public exposure, etc. just isn’t an issue on the ranch. Our daily lives here aren’t that different from the way they were before I started my blog. It’s just every now and then, a TV crew shows up to film cooking shows. Oh, and I’m probably 15

life on the ranch and Drummond’s photograpy are components of her website.

pounds heavier. Okay, 20.” While many of the themes Drummond explores are highly traditional, the Pioneer Woman herself is a renaissance figure. She balances raising and home-schooling her children, ranch responsibilities, writing, cooking, filming – and accommodating media requests for yet more of her time. “I do all my own photography, editing, blogging, and cookbook writing – those are things I can’t delegate,” Drummond explains. “My husband is my primary behind-the-scenes person in terms of helping with the homeschooling, sports practices and anything else with the kids during the times I’m busy filming. I have an assistant who helps me keep up with emails and my calendar. I have help with the shopping/prep when I shoot my cookbooks,

fans, her ideal dinner for herself contains nothing fried or any butter to speak of. “If I were making just myself dinner tonight, and I could have any ingredient I wanted, let’s see... probably something like Thai Duck Curry, so spicy it would make my brow sweat. That’s not the kind of supper my husband and kids would generally embrace.” Perhaps not, but Drummond herself, The Pioneer Woman, has been embraced by a legion of fans in Oklahoma and abroad. miChael W. SaSSeR

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The Oklahoma City indian Clinic receives help from an unlikely ally.

n 1974, a group of Native American Methodist ministers saw a dire need in their community. A large population of Native Americans living in the Oklahoma City metro area needed easy access to solid – and free – health care. They came together to found the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. What began as an all-volunteer effort with a staff of less than 40 serving hundreds of patients has grown into an organization of 130 health care professionals serving 18,000 patients from federally recognized tribes. Additionally, it sees 50,000 outpatient visitors each year. Today it contributes $14 million to the state’s economy. As the clinic approaches its 40th anniversary, it’s moving forward with ambitious expansion plans for its West Reno facility in Oklahoma City. “The clinic has one guiding, overall mission: providing excellent health care to American Indians,” says CEO Robyn Sunday-Allen. “We do this by providing accessible, comprehensive care in a culturally sensitive environment with highly qualified staff.” Today, all of the services provided by the clinic are still free. The clinic and its partner, Indian Health Service, is funded by the federal government. Patients need only be members of federally recognized tribes. For two decades the clinic registered roughly 250 new patients

each year. Over the years, more Native Americans have moved off of reservations and traditional tribal lands to urban environments. Nearly 80 percent of the state’s Native Americans live off reservation. A plunging economy has also left many jobless and no longer working at companies that provide employees with health benefits. They turn to the clinic for much-needed health care. One of the clinic’s biggest supporters is TV and film star Mark Harmon. Each year, he brings celebrity friends to Oklahoma City to play a softball game to raise funds for the clinic. “If we can lend three days of our time and impact this place, like, you know, obviously we have,” Harmon said in a recent CBS News interview. This year’s game was cancelled due to bad weather, but he guarantees he’ll be back in 2014. He and his friends did manage to sign some autographs and bowl with fans during this year’s trip to OKC. “It’s exceptional to come back year after year and see the results of the success of the charity. The clinic is putting our efforts and the money we raise to good use and making progress with the children they serve. This is why we do it. To actually come back and lean against the wall that we help put there means a lot to us,” says Harmon. PaUl FaiRChilD


J. (Jean) Paul Getty (1892-1976) is one of the most successful oil entrepreneurs in American history. The name is known worldwide, and much of the family’s fortune was made here in Oklahoma. Young Getty was introduced into the oil business through his father George F. Getty, a lawyer turned oil tycoon. In 1903, the elder Getty invested in Oklahoma, creating the Minnehoma Oil Company. The company purchased land leases in locations such as Muskogee, Bartlesville and Osage. J. Paul Getty continued to buy and sell leases independently as well as working for his father in the Tulsa office of Minnehoma, and he made his first million in his early twenties. After the death of his father, Getty took over the company and continued to expand the business.


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Although he was known for his entrepreneurial success, Getty also pursued philanthropy. During World War II, he gained ownership of the Spartan Aviation in Tulsa for the purpose of creating airliners and training pilots. He also owned the Tidal School in Drumright, Okla., a school for oil field workers’ children that is now a winery. Getty’s philanthropy stretches to areas outside of the Sooner State. The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and Malibu, Calif. continues to share his appreciation of the arts. – Jessica Turner




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Carnegie’s Lasting Legacy


andrew Carnegie awarded 25 library grants to Oklahoma communities.

efore the internet, people got their information from the library. If the internet democratized information, libraries created a republic. No one made a larger investment in the growth and accessibility of this this republic than steel giant and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. From 1883 to 1919, Carnegie granted communities all over the world money to build libraries. In 1899 Carnegie’s money came to Oklahoma. Twenty-four Carnegie libraries were built in Oklahoma towns and cities, and one academic library was built at the University of Oklahoma. These grants were awarded to communities Carnegie felt would not just use his money to build a building, but would also invest themselves and breathe life into it. “It laid the founda-

tion for our free recreational and education reading material that would not have been available to people for quite some time,” says Robin Mooney, branch manager at the Tahlequah Public Library. Tahlequah received a Carnegie grant for $10,000 in 1905 and built on land donated by the Cherokee tribe. In many places, women’s organizations were largely responsible for making books available by setting up reading rooms. Without the grant program, Mooney says it might have been several decades before Tahlequah had the resources to create a public library. Towns in Oklahoma were just being settled and incorporated during this time. Books were an expensive luxury. “People couldn’t go out and buy books,” says Susan Johnson, a librarian at the Sapulpa Library. Sapulpa received a Carnegie grant for $25,000 in 1916. The town contributed $10,000 more, and clubs and civic organizations worked to provide additional resources to outfit the library. Many towns were young settlements and not equipped to provide the resources and infrastructure for a library without Carnegie grants. “It was important to the education and literacy of the town,” says Brandy Tointigh,

head librarian at the Hobart Public Library. Anyone could come to learn to read and write, she says. Hobart Public Library just celebrated its 100th year. It was built in part with funds from a 1911 Carnegie grant for $10,000. In order to be awarded a grant, a few criteria had to be met. The city or town had to provide the land that the library would be built upon and commit to making a contribution equaling 10 percent of the Carnegie grant from community taxes. Services were also to be free to all community members. These requirements became known as the Carnegie Formula. Carnegie’s formula promoted a sense of community and placed the library at the center. “This library – I think all libraries are the heart of a community,” says Johnson. Today, eight of the original Carnegie libraries in Oklahoma are still in operation, providing free access to books and other materials. “We are a service that offers free materials to you, whoever you are,” says Mooney. Even in a high-tech era, libraries remain among the last truly free public places for access to information, be it physical or virtual. Carnegie could never have imagined that libraries would be a place people could complete an online job application. Today’s libraries hold classes, conduct book groups, host clubs and participate in special community projects: all this because of Carnegie’s investment to provide access to books. Seven of the original buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Unfortunately, seven were razed. The rest of the buildings have been repurposed as city buildings, meeting spaces and offices. linDSeY JOhnSOn

CARNEGIE LIBRARIES IN OKLAHOMA 1899: Oklahoma City 1901: Guthrie 1903: Ardmore, Chickasha, El Reno 1904: Enid, Shawnee 1905: Tahlequah 1906: McAlester 1908: Bartlesville, Ponca City 1909 Perry 1910: Muskogee, Tulsa 1911 Cordell, Hobart, Wagoner 1914: Elk City, Frederick 1915: Collinsville, Woodward 1916 Lawton, Miami, Sapulpa


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Rock Star Chef

One of the country’s hottest chefs uses his Oklahoma roots to infuse asian cuisine.


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Bowein is the first to admit that as a chef, he’s only as good as the last meal he serves. But this Oklahoma boy is world-famous and has traveled the globe accumulating accolades. He was nominated for the James Beard Rising Chef award in 2012. GQ magazine named him Chef of the Year in December 2012. In 2008 he completely reworked a classic pasta sauce and became the World Champion of Pesto. His brash spontaneity has not gone unnoticed. “Being a chef is a lot like being in a band. Cooking and music are artistic outlets,” he says. “But there’s a lot of work that goes along with both. People don’t see the other side of an artist making an album or a chef preparing for dinner service. A lot of rehearsal goes in to what we do. “There are a lot of parallels between food and music. In music, you have your whole life to make your first album. If it’s a hit, there’s going to be a lot of hype attached to your next one. And people expect something from you. It’s the same with restaurants. If you succeed, people push you to do something new. But music and cooking are both forms of expression. To be honest, though, I think it’s harder to play music than it is to cook.” PaUl FaiRChilD Danny Bowein prepared his famous hand-pulled noodles on The Martha Stewart Show.



anny Bowein’s hits can’t be played or performed. But they can be eaten. The 30-year-old Oklahoma City native is known around the world for the creations spilling out of his restaurants, Chinese Mission Food, with locations in San Francisco and New York City. What began with a childhood love of cooking is now an obsession that embraces just about every genre known to diners. And he does all of them well. At his restaurants, Bowein works with tastes from around the world. But he didn’t go far to find one of his biggest influences. Riffs on the Oklahoma food he grew up with constantly show up on his menus. “A lot of our cooking techniques come from Oklahoma, especially barbecue. We work that into a lot of stuff. I’m a huge fan of southern food. Another influence for me was the Vietnamese food that’s big in Oklahoma City. It’s really great and doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It was the first ethnic food I ate. It’s great stuff,” Bowein says. While taking it slowly, Bowein’s on a mission to expand his small restaurant empire. He opened the first Mission Chinese Food in San Francisco in 2010. It took awhile, but once the restaurant got some traction, it became the hottest show in town. Building on that success, he launched a second, wildly successful restaurant in New York City in 2012. His secret for success is simple. “I want to make people happy. I want to cook for people in an environment that doesn’t specifically cater to one demographic. I worked in fine restaurants for a long time before opening up my own restaurant,” he says. “A lot of my friends wouldn’t come to those restaurants. They couldn’t afford it, and they didn’t like the stuffy environment. I make something for everyone and don’t limit my restaurants with one specific type of dining experience.”

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more foodies are turning to canning as a source of food year-round.

companies that sell various items, from n recent years, the organic and local baked goods to pastas), Harrington says, food movements have gone from fad to way of life for many Oklahomans, but community gardens sometimes rent the space as a group in order to use the canning creating a market for natural foods equipment. stores in several cities throughout “I would honestly like to see more of the state. This trend toward local, sustainable that,” she says. and organic foods goes hand-in-hand with Personally, Harrington is also a canner, an increased interest in canning. sealing up soups and jams, some of her A hobby often associated with grandfavorite items. mothers and Martha Stewart-types, canning “My experience comes from three very might not be just for granny any longer. April Harrington is the founder of Earth Elements, an organization that began solely as a farm 15 years ago but has since held educational programs and later expanded to include a kitchen in Oklahoma City in 2011. Harrington explains that this kitchen is rented to entrepreneurs that use its equipment for their own businesses. A section of the entrepreneurs’ kitchen includes a station just for canning. “I most definitely think that there has been an increase in canning,” Harrington says of the trend. “It was a lost art when I first started. But more and more people today seem to be interested in having the ability to keep food in reserve.” The Earth Elements kitchen is used mostly by businesses (with the current count april harrington works in her canning kitchen at earth elements. at 15, including


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special women in my life, and I was lucky enough to have years of training from them,” Harrington says. So how does one actually learn this skill? Harrington says that it takes boldness. “You have to be brave enough to experiment,” she says. “Most people learn on their own, in their own kitchens.” One business that takes advantage of the opportunities made available in the Earth Elements kitchen is Towhead Salsa, owned by husband and wife Kirk and Christy Kuhlman. The Kuhlmans have used the kitchen for their salsa ever since it first opened. “There is no other place like it in the metro area,” Kirk Kuhlman says of the space. “We did not want to build our own facility until we knew the company would do well.” Kuhlman agrees that more people are turning to canning these days. “More and more people are aware of the unnatural ingredients in their food,” he says. “They are caring more about what this is doing to their bodies.” Kuhlman learned how to garden, and later how to can, from his grandparents, but says that anyone can learn. “It’s not that difficult to learn, but some things are more timeconsuming than others. As long as you have an experienced canner or written instructions to follow, it’s pretty easy,” Kuhlman says. megan mORgan


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Phil lakin is CeO of the Tulsa Community Foundation.

Phil lakin is a champion for the city he loves.


he best beautification is the long-lasting kind that goes far beyond mere aesthetics, and Phil Lakin has proven that in spades. As CEO of the Tulsa Community Foundation, he has helped take the city he loves to new heights, working tirelessly to not only beautify the streets and build community gathering spaces, but also to expand economic possibilities, improve on early childhood education and encourage giving on every level. Lakin also serves as Tulsa City Councilor for District 8. What is it about Tulsa that you love so much? There’s a very specific, humbling trait about Tulsa that I think defines who we are, and that’s the generosity of our people. We’ve been able to demonstrate that generosity through our charitable contributions, from the United Way through nonprofits all across the city, including the Tulsa Community Foundation. We’ve only been organized for 14 years, but we are the largest of our kind in the nation. There are community foundations in places like New York and California that aren’t even close to our size, and they’ve been operational since the early 1900s. So we’ve done very well from that standpoint. What are some of the factors that go into creating such a finetuned machine? The great thing is that we didn’t invent the generosity here, but we know we have to work to preserve it. One of the roles of our city is to preserve what is sacred. When a new company comes here, they understand that it’s their role and responsibility to support others – and to give to the United Way and the Foundation – and if they don’t know it, they figure it out pretty fast. It happens like that for people, too; they see what other people are doing and it becomes the norm, and they understand how it benefits their neighbors and their city. It sounds like a giant family mindset. It really is. It goes beyond community. Tulsa has the overall feeling that everyone is taking care of each other. It’s a big city, but it has a small town feel.


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ing places like Guthrie Green are all playing out in one area. It’s really become the Tulsa community’s gathering spot. Why do you think community gathering places like Guthrie Green are so important to Tulsa? How have you seen it affect and transform the energy of the city? Community gathering is a primary motivation for us. Across the city, we have various isolated areas with different groups of people, but these gathering places we are creating really blow down barriers and allow us to all be Tulsans together. Spaces like parks and the stadium draw people from all walks of life. They help to foster opportunity to interact with more people from across the social spectrum and better understand them. meika YaTeS hineS


What would you say might be the Foundation’s crown jewel? As a foundation, one of our goals is to help those that are disadvantaged, and one of the most important things we’ve helped to facilitate is the Educare program for our youngest children. Tulsa is home to three state-of-the-art Educare schools, more than any city in the nation. These help to get kids out of the cycle of poverty so that they can find their way through the American system on their own later in life. Another big thing that we’ve collectively done – with the Kaiser Foundation – is purchased the bonds that made the building of the ONEOK baseball stadium possible. The stadium has served as the catalyst for a lot of the transformation in the Brady and Greenwood districts. Museums, economic development, arts, culture and gather-

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Can’t Stop Musick


a Tulsa musician releases his first solo album after more than four decades in the business.

ustav Flaubert, the 19thcentury French novelist, once said that talent was nothing but long patience. And, while Tulsa’s Scott Musick showed plenty of musical talent at an early age, the virtue of patience has also served him well. Take, for instance, a time back in the early ‘70s, when drummer Musick returned to Tulsa after a stint with a hard-working West Coast band called Broken Arrow. He’d decided to enroll in the music program at North Texas State


Scott musick is set to release Americana Gold, his first album as a solo artist.

University, which he figured would help him crack the studio-musician scene on the West Coast. But then his friend and former bandmate Danny Timms rolled through town and told him about a new band that was starting up in California. “He’d gotten to be friends with [Oklahoma


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City native] Michael Been, and he told me, ‘Hey, we’d better play with this guy. We can probably get a record deal,’” recalls Musick. “So without too much arm-twisting, I went back. And Danny wasn’t with us by then, but sure enough, 10 or 12 years later, we got a record deal.” He laughs. “Nothing to it.” The band that got the deal was The Call, which became a presence on MTV and radio and in concert halls for the whole of the 1980s. The 10 discs recorded by the group yielded such album-oriented rock favorites as “Let the Day Begin” (later used by Al Gore in his 2000 presidential bid), “The Walls Came Down” and “I Still Believe.” Then, after his time with The Call had run its course, Musick and Timms reunited as Kris Kristofferson’s touring band. That job, which Musick calls “the favorite gig I ever had,” lasted for four years in the mid-1990s, indirectly leading to the latest milestone in Musick’s career. “While we were with Kristofferson, we had built a studio in Danny’s guest house,” says Musick. “It sounded great, and Danny thought Kris should record there. So he played Kris a song that we’d recorded at his house; it was ‘Foolish Thangs,’ one of my songs. While Kris was listening to it, Danny said, ‘Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?’ “Kris asked, ‘Whose song is that?’ Danny said, ‘Scott’s.’ Kris looked at me and said, ‘Are you singing that?’ And when I said yes, he said, ‘Well, you’re the one who ought to be making a record!’” “So now, in less than 20 years,” he concludes, “I’ve gotten it done.” Musick’s new CD – his first as a solo artist – is the impressive Americana Gold, an eight-song set of solid singer-songwriter tunes, nicely crafted, lyrically strong and presented with subtle, sure-handed authority by Musick and his cohorts, which include

Timms and another longtime California friend, guitarist-vocalist Jim Lewin. Tulsa musicians Randy Ess and Alan Ransom are among the disc’s other contributors. In addition to the Musick originals, Lewin contributes the wistfully nostalgic “Olden Days,” and Kristofferson “The Promise,” an exquisitely sad song about the moving on of a loved one. “I sang that song at my daughter’s wedding, just a little over a year ago, so in that case, it wasn’t all that sad,” notes Musick. “It was just, you know, a letting go, so she can go on to her future. “When I was with Kris, he played that song every night. It was the only song of the set I didn’t play on; it just didn’t need drums. Danny and Kris played it, and it was beautiful every time.” As Musick implies, Americana Gold was recorded over a period of time, mostly utilizing Lewin’s studio in Santa Cruz, California, as well as the Penthouse, Musick’s own Tulsa operation. And now that the record’s done, he knows that some of The Call’s still-active fan base may be surprised by its acoustic approach. “I’d imagine that will happen, because more people relate me to a rock ‘n’ roll band,” he muses. “It’s definitely a departure from that kind of sound. There hasn’t been too much said about it yet, but there’s been a little more notice since The Call played a couple of reunion shows in California a few weeks ago. A few people have mentioned it, but not too many have heard it, because it hasn’t come out yet.” (At this writing, a June release was planned.) Musick has been road-testing the material for a while, however, in Tulsa and elsewhere. He’s done the local gigs with his old partner Timms, who’s originally from San Pedro, Calif., moving to the Tulsa area a few years after Musick returned from the West Coast. Timms has been The Call recently reunited for two concerts in California.




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active on the local scene ever since, both with and without Musick. “Danny and I started doing a duo probably two years ago, and when we’d play a pub or whatever, we’d do an acoustic set of our own songs,” he says. “That’s when I first started singing and playing guitar around here, and it went really, really well. We also play as a trio with [guitarist] Steve Hickerson: Danny, Doc and Scott. That’s a good band, really fun, and hopefully we’ll be doing more of that. “Other than the acoustic sets with Danny at gigs around town here, I did the debut of Scott Musick songs in California with Jim Lewin. We did some Jim songs and some Scott songs at a show in Monterey and a show in Corralitos, which is just outside Santa Cruz. We packed that place, the Corralitos Cultural Event Center. It was standing room only. If they were into culture, they had to have us, of course,” he adds with another laugh. Santa Cruz, as The Call aficionados know, is the home of that band, and Musick spent nearly three decades as a part of the area’s music scene. He’d moved to California in 1970, at the age of 17, after graduating from Edison Preparatory School in Tulsa, making the trip with fellow Edison musician David Tanner. “People still mention our high school band, Thunder and Lighnin’,” he says. “We were all in the Edison stage band, the Screaming Eagles, and we started a rock band on the side. David Tanner played electric bass and occasional piano, and he was the lead singer. It was pretty much all his fault; he got everybody together. Pat ‘Taco’ Ryan played sax, and Tuck Andress [later of the internationally known jazz act Tuck & Patti] was the guitarist. He just blew me away.” And while he would go on to achieve his greatest fame as a rock drummer, the seeds for Americana Gold and Musick’s future as a vocalist were probably sown in those long-ago high school days. “I sang lead on a couple of songs with Thunder and Lightnin’, and they were kind of country-sounding songs by the Beatles: ‘What Goes On’ and, maybe, ‘Act Naturally,’” he recalls. Decades later, Americana Gold tracks like “Foolish Thangs” and “Blue Highway” echo the countrified elements of those tunes, bringing Musick, in a way, full circle. And while his new CD can been seen as a reflection of his musical journey, it’s also a harbinger of the way he’d like his musical future to unfold. “I hope that it gets me started playing my own songs more, and being a bit of a front man,” he says of the disc. “That’s what I like doing these days. I still have a good time playing drums in other people’s bands – I play a lot with a band called Easy Street, which is a really fun party band – but I get a kick out of singing songs and playing guitar. Now, I’m just more into the acoustic approach.” JOhn WOOleY

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marcy Debson, Penny Preville, michelle holdgrafer and Vida Schuman enjoyed the jewelry at a party held in Preville’s honor. The party was hosted by Bruce g. Weber Precious Jewels.

Danielle keogh, laura lechtenberg, larry Pickering and eden Turrentine enjoyed the members’ preview for Herb Ritts: Beauty and Celebrity at the Oklahoma City museum of art.

actress mary kay Place recently visited the Oklahoma State Capitol as part of a program at the Oklahoma history Center. Place is pictured with Oklahoma gov. mary Fallin.

Richard Boone, Jono and Jenny helmerich and mitch Duinick celebrated at St. John Street Party. This year’s proceeds benefited in his image Family medicine Residency program.

Derrick gragg and kevan Buck celebrated at the 18th annual golden Cane all-Sports awards gala.

adrianna iwasinski, mark harmon, Robyn Sunday-allen, David Toahty and michael Wright celebrated a night of bowling and fun at an annual fundraiser for Oklahoma City indian Clinic.


Robin Cargile, Penny Preville, lynn Redwin and ketrin Boone mingled at a party held for jewelry designer Preville, hosted by Bruce g. Weber Precious Jewels.

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howard Barnett, Jim holloman, eleanor Davy Carmack and ken Busby unveiled the 2013 Tulsa international mayfest poster, which was created by Carmack.

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Land Of Opportunity entrepreneurs are discovering the benefits of launching Oklahoma companies.


hen Danny Maloney, co-founder and CEO of Oklahoma City-based Pinleague, was trying to decide where to live


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and establish his company headquarters, he had several factors to consider. The New York City-born and south Florida-raised Maloney had worked primarily in Silicon Valley and New York, both areas that might seem

more natural fits for a tech start-up. But when his wife, who grew up in Oklahoma City and has family there, finished her MBA at Yale last year, the couple chose the city as the headquarters for Pinleague, a company that helps other brands market themselves on Pinterest. “My wife had a great career opportunity here, and it seemed like it would be a favorable market for us to grow a business in,” says Maloney. “Plus we just liked the quality of living and liked what we saw going on in the city in terms of new restaurants popping up and a growing music scene and the Thunder and everything else. So we just weighed all the factors and decided to move to OKC after she graduated.” There is a support structure in place in Oklahoma that is in a constant state of evolution when it comes to addressing the needs of entrepreneurs, in whatever stage their businesses may be, and this is especially true for startups. A person launching a business endeavor will find no shortage of valuable tools to assist in growth and lessen the impact of some of the speed bumps that a young entrepreneur might encounter. The Tulsa Chamber of Commerce-supported website, Source Link, is a good starting point for someone taking the first steps toward launching a company in northeast Oklahoma. “Source Link is basically a one-stop shop,” says Heather Williams, executive director for Small Businesses at the Tulsa Chamber. “We can connect you with people that can help you with writing and creating a business plan, market research and how to develop and market your plan. We have over 70 resource partners in northeast Oklahoma that use that to advertise what they are doing for startups as well.” Even if a budding entrepreneur isn’t sure what sort of business he or she wants to go into, there are resources available to help in getting started. Williams says she will typically refer someone who is taking the first steps toward launching a business to the Oklahoma Small Business Development Center. “They have counselors that help you write and create a business plan, and they do market industry research that shows you if


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you’re going into an industry that is trending up or down; is it a growing industry or is it a dying industry?” explains Williams. “They also help you target the best place to locate your business.” For those who aren’t ready to speak with a counselor, the Source Link website also includes an entrepreneur’s guide that has step-by-step instructions on how to write and create a business plan, and includes resources targeted at companies at various levels, from the start-up phase to different stages in growth. There is also a high-tech page to assist in finding funding for hightech companies. But even with the seemingly unlimited resources that can be found online, many entrepreneurs have learned that there is nothing better than interaction with like-minded people to help make a successful business. Brian Paschal, executive director of The Forge, a small-business incubator program that sprung from Tulsa Young Professionals and provides resources for start-ups, foresees an Oklahoma where communities of smart entrepreneurs grow together. “Our hope is that the Forge is a physical place that creates community, because entrepreneurs and start-up cultures seem to gravitate towards specific areas, whether Silicon Valley, Boulder or Austin,” says Paschal. “I think they do that for two reasons. One is there’s a culture where in Silicon Valley you say, ‘Okay I know what I’m going to get from the community,’ and we’re hoping to build that. The other thing you get from creating those clusters is a workforce. If you’re a start-up and you’re hiring we need to create a community where there’s a pool of really smart people in town that are interested in entrepreneurship you can go to and offer a job. Getting to that level starts with creat-

take advantage of the program, calls her experience at The Forge the catalyst for her business’s success. “The fact that you were in there with others who were in your same situation, you could help each other and talk to each other,” says Agostino, CEO of Switch Gear Recruiting, an agency that specializes in recruiting engineering and technical professionals. “There was a support network. And being affiliated with the chamber you are able to network and cut costs. We could’ve gotten an executive suite for a similar cost but the perks were pretty darn good.” “It’s really easy to get focused on your company and solving your problems and sit at your desk all day and not talk to anybody,”

“The fact that you were in there with others who were in your same situation, you could help each other and talk to each other” ing a community. We want a whole bunch of smart people under one roof in varying industries in various levels of their business.” Entrepreneurs who are accepted at The Forge find an environment where they can share their experiences with others. Businesses at The Forge learn together, and from various Tulsa-area business leaders in seminars and training The Forge provides. Dixie Agostino, one of the first entrepreneurs to


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says Dustin Curzon, founder of Narrable. com, a current Forge tenant, “But we’ve all made strides to get out and, like, walk down the hall and talk and say, ‘Hey, I’m working on this,’ or just hear about what’s going on. We celebrate victories together and also support each other when it’s tough.” The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and i2E offer similar programs to assist start-ups. State and local leaders have identi-

fied the tech community as an important component toward continued economic advancement. “Oklahoma has always been entrepreneurial,” says Josh O’Brien director of Entrepreneurial Development at i2E. “But now services, resources and opportunities exist in a variety of industries. People don’t just hear about possibilities; they can see them.” Moving forward, the support systems and programs are advancing along with the technology that start-ups are bringing to Oklahoma. The University of Oklahoma Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth recently teamed up with The Forge to launch The Mine, a program based on similar ones in Norman, that focuses on the idea of social entrepreneurship. “The Mine was really created to be a service to the Tulsa community,” explains Taylor Potter, CCEW Tulsa Fellow. “We’re taking the methodology we use in our CCEW internship program and applying it to the fellows that come through The Mine.” Mine participants will create two teams, which will receive seed money to launch entrepreneurial projects designed to benefit the Tulsa area. But across the state, there is a push to continue developing Oklahoma into a place where entrepreneurs want to start their businesses. “Apart from just building a company, we and a number of other tech start-ups in the area have a pretty strong mission of wanting to build the eco-system as a whole so that many more tech start-ups can thrive over the coming years,” says Pinleague’s Maloney. Regan henSOn




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Take It Outside


Don’t neglect the great outdoors when it comes to choosing functional and stylish furniture.


hen searching for furnishings for a new home, the focus generally lies on those most-used rooms: the living and dining areas and perhaps the master suite. But in a state like Oklahoma, where outdoor living areas may be utilized year round, attention should also be paid to furnishing patios, sunrooms or other outdoor living areas. “It does seem that people’s motivation [to purchase outdoor furniture] is weather, and then it’s often ‘an emergency’ to get something right now so that they can enjoy their outdoor space,” says Brian Hughes, showroom manager at SR Hughes. “That can make it difficult to treat the outdoor space with the same degree of creativity that flows

throughout the rest of the house. “We’ve been working hard to start the outdoor space discussion earlier with people so that they can have the time they need to make solid, long lasting decisions,” Hughes continues. Hughes offers a tip for creating an inviting outdoor space. “Give yourself some time to create a lasting, fun space,” he says. “It boils down to don’t wait until the last minute and then make hasty decisions about your outdoor space. There are so many great furniture, lighting, rug, accessory and fireplace decisions with reasonable lead times that you can create an original, comfortable, lasting and beautiful space for you, family and friends.” Jami maTTOX JULY 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM





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Clean With Purpose

One cup added to the rinse cycle of laundry helps soften clothes and remove odor. The vinegar smell will not remain in clothes. A 50/50 vinegar and water mixture makes a great glass cleaner. For a kitchen cleaner that is safe to use around food, mix four tablespoons of vinegar and one teaspoon of dish soap in a bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda and stir. After the fizzing stops, add four cups of warm water and stir until it all dissolves. Pour into a spray bottle and shake before each use.

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ven the glamour of the most expertly designed home can’t shine with dust bunnies lurking in the corners or the daily clutter that quickly piles up in a home. Two local experts provide their favorite tips to help keep a home neat and tidy. Getting started is most of the battle, says Tracie Bennett, founder of Clean Freaks of Tulsa. Even with 12 years of professional cleaning experience, Bennett says that after a long day, she has to find that “push” to help her tackle her chores at home. “I need to be inspired,” she confesses. “I think about how I can get a good workout while I clean my house. Then, I fill the sink with some nice smelling soap.” Not many want to spend hours cleaning their home. Speed the process with a wellorganized home. “It is important that everything goes to a specified location. Make it easy to put things away,” says Amy Bates, owner of Merry Maids in Tulsa. “Then, you aren’t wasting time constantly reorganizing. It’s a lot quicker to clean in a clutter-free room.” It’s also important to limit the amount of

stuff in your home. Bennett recommends a yearly clean out. Having the right tools handy is almost as important as organization. With a wellorganized caddy, you can make quick work of any room. “We can clean a whole lot faster since we aren’t running around gathering supplies,” explains Bates. “It’s easy to get distracted that way. Have a dry kit for rooms without water and a kit for the bathroom.” Stock the kit with multi-purpose products. “I love using vinegar,” says Bates. “Most people stay away because of the odor, but it dissipates almost immediately. Vinegar can clean almost anything. Heat it to clean heavy soap scum. Use it to deodorize smelly socks and musty towels. Clean windows and counter tops without the harsh chemicals. “Do not use vinegar on marble or unsealed natural stone,” she cautions. Pair multi-purpose products with the perfect tools. “Microfiber cloths are great,” says Bates. “They pick up everything.” But, don’t add fabric softener or dryer sheets when washing them, or you remove their pick-up power.


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Always clean from top to bottom, left to right. You are less likely to miss things, and the gunk falls to the floor instead of on the stuff you already cleaned. Eighty percent of dirt enters your home on your feet. Get a floor mat for inside and out and remove your shoes. Mix 35-45 drops of two or three essential oils with one cup of water for a great air freshener.

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Bennett’s go-to tool is a good vacuum. You can quickly undo your efforts if your vacuum isn’t doing its job. “You don’t have to spend a lot of money,” says Bennett. “There are some great options under $500.” Now you are ready to plan your attack. Find a routine that works for your schedule and personality. “Having a system that works is very critical,” advises Bates. Bennett tackles high-traffic areas like the living room, bathroom and kitchen, daily. “Then, I add in one special project like cleaning the blinds,” she says. Bates’ approach is slightly different. “Your daily task should be your high traffic areas,” agrees Bates. “Wipe counters, sinks and glass doors. Vacuum weekly, maybe more if you have kids and pets.” Then, she tackles one room a month, giving it a deep, thorough cleaning. linDSaY CUOmO

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Mind Over Matter

Put knowledge into action in the battle of the bulge.


e are constantly bombarded with information about the latest diet; each new fad claiming this or that is the route to losing weight and being healthy. Weight loss is a booming industry. Yet, the path is simple. Eat healthy and exercise. “We know what to do,” confirms Suzanne Forsberg, healthy lifestyles dietitian with St. John Medical Center. “Everyone has good intentions and a wealth of knowledge.” But, we don’t apply it, counters Forsberg. It’s important to first recognize the challenge that lays ahead. “Eating is not a hard decision. Food choices are,” explains Sloan Taylor, clinical dietitian with Saint Francis Health System. “It’s where your will power will show itself.” Forsberg favors a quote from Dr. Pam Popper, a world-renowned expert on nutrition, concerning the matter: “Successful people have formed the habit of doing things that unsuccessful people are unwilling to do.” Where your nutrition is concerned, form


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ing good habits usually means changing bad ones. Taylor advises to start small. “Aim to eat at least one healthy food at each and every meal,” suggests Taylor. “Once you master that, then increase your healthy choices. Progressive and incremental changes count towards improving your nutrition.” All the information available can be overwhelming. Forsberg says don’t try to do it all. “Pick one, two or three things to change,” encourages Forsberg. “I try to help people develop a food philosophy of their own. That is empowering.” Forsberg offers her three P’s: prayer, plan and post. Prayer is Forsberg’s method of strength and support; she suggests individuals find their best method, possibly family, friends or a support group. Planning is an extremely important step, according to Forsberg. “If you don’t plan, you will fail,” she says. When you plan meals and snacks, you don’t have to worry about what you will eat. “If you have a good plan then you’ll most likely act out your plan,” she explains. Posting, the least obvious of the three P’s, means putting your plan in writing. “If you don’t write it down, you aren’t serious,” explains Forsberg. “Post dinner in your house; that way, everyone knows and their taste buds get ready.” Taylor and Forsberg both encourage individuals to make the most of what they do eat. “The first three bites taste best, so savor them,” says Forsberg. “Slow down and chew your food well.” “If you slow down and sincerely taste your food, then you will be pleasantly surprised how much less you will eat,” confirms Taylor. “Jazz up your vegetables,” adds Fors-

berg. “Make your food colorful and pleasurable.” Don’t be discouraged by slip-ups. Change is hard. “One ‘bad’ meal does not wreck a diet, but two or more indulgent meals will lead you down the wrong path,” cautions Taylor. “Every day is another opportunity to do better in terms of food choices.” “Learn what you can moderately consume,” adds Taylor. “You may simply have to avoid what you can’t eat in moderation.” And, look beyond food for help. “Make a list of distractions, things that take about seven minutes,” suggests Forsberg. “Often you can replace your cravings.” “Know that each right decision has a cumulative effect,” says Taylor. “Remember that delayed gratification is worth it, and results will show themselves if you remain consistent with better and healthy food choices.” And, results will be more than simply a number on the scale. Daily nutrition will affect you in many different ways. “Nutrition gives you energy, and nutrients to help your body perform better,” says Forsberg. “You’ll feel better. You won’t have the highs and lows.” “Your daily intake is important each and every day,” confirms Taylor. “Bone health is directly affected by good nutrition. Skin is affected, energy levels are affected, and even your sleeping pattern can be affected by good nutrition.” linDSaY CUOmO

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Time For Results

Does the “when” in your workout really matter?

xercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, but fitting a workout into a busy schedule can be a difficult task. So getting the biggest reward for effort is quite important. So, can the “when” of a workout boost results? Morning workouts are thought to boost metabolism and have less scheduling conflicts. “Some research says exercising first thing in the morning can help you burn more fat,” says Jennifer Daley, an exercise specialist with Saint Francis’ Health Zone. The theory is that an individual is coming off of several hours with no food and glycogen levels in the muscles and liver are low, which forces the body to use fat reserves, explains Daley. On the other hand, some experts tout the benefits of an afternoon workout. “Recent studies suggest that the afternoon may be the ideal time of day,” says Jason Duvall, exercise physiologist at Hillcrest Fitness Center. In the afternoon, body temperature is ideal, muscles are at peak strength and the circadian rhythms in the brain are at a peak state, all of which increase exercise performance, says Duvall. So with all the conflicting information, is there a right time to work out? “Ultimately, the best time is what works best for you,” says Duvall. “Everyone is different. We have a different exercise physiologist Jason Duvall works with a client at predisposition hillcrest Fitness Center. to how we respond mentally and physically to exercise no matter the time of day.” “There is no right time of the day to work out,” agrees Daley. “It just depends on when you can fit it into your schedule.”


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However, Duvall doesn’t recommend exercising too close to bedtime. “Exercising late in the evening is usually not advisable,” says Duvall. “It most likely would disturb proper sleep patterns.” So what does matter? Duvall and Daley say consistency. “It is more important that we work out, than when,” says Duvall. “Consistency is key.” “Any possible differences in the time would be small compared to being as consistent as possible,” explains Duvall. “The general benefits of cardiovascular exercise are based on the amount you do on a consistent basis.” So how do you make exercise a consistent part of your life? “Make it an appointment on your daily calendar,” advises Daley. “If you don’t plan it or make a spot for it in your day, you will always find something else to take its place.” And, don’t forget to have fun. “There’s no reason you have to follow the same training schedule all the time,” says Daley. “Be creative. The more you mix up your exercise routine the more benefits you are going to get from it.” “Some experimenting can be good,” encourages Duvall. “Don’t make it any harder than it has to be.” You can even play around with the length of your workout. “One continuous session and multiple shorter sessions of at least 10 minutes are both acceptable ways to accumulate the desired amount of daily exercise,” says Daley. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends striving for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise a week, strength training two to three times a week and flexibility exercises most days of the week. If this isn’t your regular routine, don’t try to do it all at once. Gradual progression in time, frequency and intensity is best to reduce the risk of injury, and it gives you the best chance of sticking with it. “Set realistic goals and expectations,” encourages Duvall. “Set yourself up to succeed.” Everyone can benefit from any amount of activity. “There are so many options when it comes to exercise,” says Daley “Remember you are not being selfish taking the time out for yourself. You are a better person because of it.” linDSaY CUOmO


IS DSM DOA? A long-standing staple in the society of mental health, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the DSM, classifies mental disorders as well as explores treatments needed for patients. The fifth and most recent edition of the DSM is now available, yet reservations toward the manual lie in the minds of many mental health professionals, which could cause them to set aside the DSM for patient diagnosis. Pat Harter, Licensed Professional Counselor and director of utilization at Parkside Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic in Tulsa, finds a negative in the manual when it comes to labeling patients. The DSM calls for a label to better understand the treatment needed for the patient. A label is needed for insurance purposes, too; yet, with labeling comes a stigma. “If you call someone bipolar, that sets up a whole image in people’s head about what you’re like,” says Harter. The image of DSM criteria limits certain areas of the patient’s life. Shannon Hillier, a Licensed Professional Counselor and director of the adult inpatient unit at Parkside, believes a categorized diagnosis has an unfortunate impact. She adds that a mental identification could be permanently visible on insurance and other personal records, which could stop a patient from achieving certain goals in life. Despite understanding the unfavorable factors some psychiatrists and counselors have of the DSM, both Hillier and Harter are adamant about the use of it in the mental health profession, especially due to the importance of communication between professionals. Quite often, patients have more than one doctor or are referred to other physicians, and the criteria of the manual allow a standard in language that will benefit the patient’s diagnosis. The language also helps in explaining the details of the illness to the patient. “The need to have a common language and a common way of talking about things will require us to continue with the DSM-5,” shares Hillier. “The DSM-5 is what we are going to use for clinical [purposes] because it is what we have, so whether we agree with it, disagree, like it or don’t like it, it’s what we have.” – Jessica Turner







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aT a g l a n C e access: With the nearest airport 190 miles away in El Paso, access is easiest via car, and quickest routes from within Texas are Interstate 10 to Highway 67 (from the east) or Highway 90 (from the west) straight into Marfa. Population: Approx. 1,981 as of 2010 Climate: Marfa experiences a semiarid climate with hot summers and cool winters. main attractions: The arts and culture, the mysterious Marfa Lights and quick access to Big Bend National Park.

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heck into your accommodations Friday afternoon and acquaint yourself with the quaint, relaxed atmosphere that permeates this small Texas town. Then head east of town on Route 67, nine miles to a platform erected by local government. It is from here that visitors flock yearround for the opportunity to see the Marfa Lights, a regional version of what is known in Oklahoma and elsewhere historically as “Indian lanterns” – visible on clear nights between Marfa and the Paisano Pass when one is facing southwest (toward the Chinati Mountains). Reports of the often-colorful lights dancing about the sky date back a century, and there has never been an explanation


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or any schedule of their appearance. Saturday morning, pack up for a day of activity at Big Bend National Park. Big Bend’s primary attraction is its hiking and backpacking trails, but bird watchers, photographers and family are bound for adventure in one of the a rest stop and viewing platlargest, most remote and form was built to accommodate least tourist-laden namarfa’s biggest attraction: the tional parks in the nation. mysterious marfa lights. At the end of a long day outside, grab dinner at your accommodations or at the surprisingly innovative restaurant Cochineal, or enjoy fresh pasta at Maiya’s. Time permitting, consider visiting the McDonald Observatory 30 minutes north on Route 67, which has fun Star Parties after dark. Sunday, enjoy breakfast at local favorite,












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Filmies: In addition to Giant, Marfa has played a role in numerous productions, including There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men. Scenic Route: One alternate route to Marfa, coming from the east, Highway 90 makes for an interesting, scenic drive to Marfa – complete with ghost town, the Trans-Pecos crossing and incredible scenery. Gas up regularly, though, as there can be almost 100 miles between towns. Study Up: For the latest in Marfa happenings and news, check out the annual Marfa Magazine, which can be a helpful guide for visitors.


Cibolo Creek Ranch offers a unique environment on a 30,000-acre ranch – unique accommodations with fireplaces, spectacular views, gourmet food, three 1857-restored adobe forts and museums. Amenities include fitness center, spa, horseback riding, ATV tours, Humvee tours, skeet and target shooting, mountain hiking, bird watching, massages, facials, proximity to the Chinati Foundation, Judd Foundation and art galleries in Marfa, Big Bend National Park, Fort Davis and McDonald Observatory. www.cibolocreekranch. com The Hotel Paisano is a charming historic hotel, built in the 1930s by architect William Trost and still emanating period charm complete with specific appeal to vintage movie buffs – the hotel played host to the stars of the Academy Award winning movie Giant. Rooms and suites are as charming as common areas with individuality and clever names such as the Rock


Squeeze, and then commit to exploring the cultural aspect of Marfa. Visit the Chinati Foundation, a museum founded by the artist Donald Judd, presenting large-scale, permanent installations by 12 artists, rotating exhibits and a substantial collection of sculpture. Afterward, consider visiting the

marfa has emerged as an offbeat destination for serious and experimental art, such as the Prada Marfa installation.

Hudson Suite with its rooftop terrace and the Elizabeth Taylor Suite overlooking the courtyard. The Arcon Inn Bed & Breakfast is housed in a 19th-century, two-story, Victorian adobe and is steeped in Americana charm in terms of décor and atmosphere. Gourmet breakfast is included with one’s stay and picnic lunches, evening Spanish tapas and dinner are available upon request. The Arcon Inn also offers nature tourism on an 8,000-acre ranch. This includes local guide, hiking trails, mountains and wildlife. www. miChael W. SaSSeR

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Sophisticated ‘70s Glam A homeowner’s goal of “something different” is achieved with bold colors and patterns in this renovated home. When Trent Tucker, the owner of this 10-yearold home in a traditional south Tulsa neighborhood, was ready for a change, he brought


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in designer Chris Murphy, owner of Christopher Murphy Design, for some out-of-the-box creative advice. “He loved the location and didn’t want to move, but he wanted something different,” says Murphy. The first project was a total renovation of the backyard. As he contemplated the swimming pool design, Murphy opened up the back of the house by adding a 22-foot-wide and 11-foot-high NanaWall glass wall system that expands the living room into the backyard oasis. “I wanted to create a work of art with water in it,” he adds. The end result is a Pop Art design utilizing black and white mosaics that are so intricate they took more than five

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months to complete. The pattern of the white tile runs along the length of the pool, while the black tile runs parallel with the angle of the design. To add a wisp of sparkle at the top, a row of 24-karat white gold-leafed tile was installed. A swim jet system was added for aquatic exercise, and a waterfall offers soothing ambience. Murphy designed a bar accessible from the dry side as well as from the pool with a see-through section crafted from a commercial acrylic panel. He engineered underwater removable Lucite barstools that flash with color from an LED light system installed beneath the stools. On the dry side, the red barstools from Cappellini are intensified with red LED lights glowing individually from each base. The deck is Brazilian walnut, and the other dry side flooring is the same tile used in the Apple retail stores, a gray-blue Pietra Serena sandstone from a quarry outside of Florence, Italy. Yellow glass glows from the fire pit, and balancing on the wall is a 400-pound dolomite ball Murphy brought back from Brazil. Giving the visitor a glimpse of what to expect beyond the front walls, Murphy eliminated the classic brick street mailbox and substituted a round concrete pillar with a Ferrari yellow powder-coated floating top with stainless details and backlit address numbers. Leading to the front door are custom-

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made terrazzo tiles of gray and white marble inset with mother-of-pearl that sparkles from the sun or the strategically placed 360-degree runway lights. Once inside the front door, the entry is lined with hand-painted rice paper panels from Porter Teleo. “I love the movement of the paper,” explains Murphy. “It sets the tone for the space and soars up 22 feet to the sky bridge.” The flush floor lights already existed, but Murphy added stainless planters to bounce the light back and forth. The painting is a custom piece from an artist Murphy discovered in Buenos Aires. Transitioning into the living room, Murphy chose to keep the black granite fireplace surround, then created a glistening reflection by installing antiqued mirror beveled brick tile from Ann Sacks on the interior. “My inspiration for the space was a ‘70s glamorous look,” says Murphy. “Sophisticated and playful.” He blends touches of gold with a Holly Hunt cocktail table accented by a chair upholstered with Range Rover red leather. An Edward Fields rug of cream wool and black silk plays off the nearby swimming pool design, while the fireplace wall is upholstered in elephant gray Spinneybeck leather panels, individually crafted and perfectly produced to hang off a rail system. In the nearby dining area, Hudson Furniture’s “Mother” chandelier created from six miles of polished nickel jewelry chain with a single strand of black dazzles over a custom dining table with a mauve metallic auto paint finish. The dramatic intensity continues into the powder room that is lined


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with blue crocodile leather. Italian sconces from the 1970s flank a classic infinity mirror from the same era. The artwork is a combination of a 1994 original from an Argentinean artist along with celebrity photos taken at Andy Warhol’s 1987 funeral. The reflective ceiling is crafted from gold and silver leaf. The sophisticated COUNTACH table by Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram provides an inspirational desk for the homeowner’s office. Computer-generated through algorithms, the forms are “visually reminiscent of plant germination.” The red and black finish is powder-painted on steel plate with a tempered glass top. Playing off the form is a series of art from Abersons Exhibits. The Jeff Keller pieces are Venetian plaster on aluminum panels. A Kyle Bunting pony hair rug of charcoal gray with a one-inch Ferrari yellow accent adorns the floor. With the variety of bold colors and patterns throughout the house, Murphy suggested a soft monochromatic theme of beige and taupe for the large master bedroom. A custom leather wrapped headboard provides a shelf for a series of individually underlit crystals, while the nearby nightstand is solid Carrara marble. The custom stereo cabinet with lead crystal shelves provides the only hint color as the LED lights change intensity along with the music.


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A Ranch Renovation The family home is re-envisioned to meet changing needs. Robert and Beth Hughes Sachse had three teen-aged boys when they bought their 4,600-square-foot home in Midtown Tulsa’s Ranch Acres in 1997. Over the years they renovated sections of the house to accommodate their growing family. “Now we have three extended families to accommodate, and none of them live in Tulsa,” says Beth Sachse, co-owner of SR

Hughes in Brookside. So the couple took on an extended renovation to rework the home to fit their current needs. Originally a three bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, it now has four bedrooms with four-and-a-half baths. Each son and his family have their own bedroom and bathroom when visiting. The couple’s biggest focus was on the kitchen renovation. “Everybody hangs out in the kitchen,” says Sachse. “So we wanted it to feel more like a family room.” Two feet were added to the width of the kitchen by accessing space from a bank of closets behind the kitchen wall. The couple worked closely with Scott Pohlenz, owner of Pohlenz Cucine Moderne, to create the optimum kitchen space. The cabinets are Valcucine from Italy and are a blend of elm and glass. The countertops are a tempered matte glass in a combination of turtledove and bronze JULY 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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finishes. The highly engineered product is heat and impact resistant as well as anti-bacterial. At the end of the island is the baking station where a quartz countertop was selected. Sachse laughs as she shares that her husband is the primary cook, so he was very much involved in the kitchen plans. Double Gaggenau ovens, professional ovens on a residential scale, are installed next to a fully integrated Gaggenau side-by-side refrigerator and freezer. One of the striking elements of this kitchen is the sleek and clean style. “We didn’t want a ventilation hood impacting the design,” says Pohlenz. So the stovetop vent was built into the soffit overhead. A rough, textured stone was added above the glass countertop and backsplash. Where they intersect, a continuous recessed LED light creates a subtle, smooth glow. And the space is warmed by the vintage runner, also from Sachse’s mother. The kitchen sitting room was enlarged and the ceiling raised over the area. Sachse selected Holly Hunt barstools and a Tom Dixon screw table that can transition up to table height for additional dining space.


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One surprising change came about as a result of the renovation. “I had always considered the living room a pass-through from the master bedroom to the kitchen,” says Sachse. It was set up in traditional fashion with conversational seating closest to the front door and the dining table towards the back, but the space was rarely used. “When we had the furniture all moved around during the work, I realized how much I liked the chairs by the windows,” she adds. So the new Giorgetti dining table is placed in the darker part of the room. “I like sitting in the living room now.” Sachse also likes blending new and old, so a pair of black antique chairs is upholstered with a Knoll paisley. New Cassina lounge chairs flank a vintage Baker cocktail table that used to be her mother’s. The house wraps around an outdoor room that was added a few years ago. “I think it was a screened porch originally,” says Sachse. They vaulted the ceiling and added beams, skylights and a fireplace. One change during the current renovation is the storefront window added to the kitchen that “cleans up the ceiling lines.” The couple is pleased with the results and looks forward to hosting their extended families frequently.


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Gallery Style A love of dramatic artwork drives the design for this family friendly home. His south Tulsa clients were looking for someone who would bring a fresh take to their home, explains designer Chris Murphy, owner of Christopher Murphy Designs. “They wanted to create an oasis for their family and friends with a gallery-style feel,” says Murphy. Working with the homeowners, whose children range from grade school to college age, Murphy did not make many changes to the home’s flooring, walls and cabinetry. “My goal was to create statement pieces of art and furniture,” he says. Murphy’s goal is evident just inside the front door as the dramatic entry sets the tone for what to expect throughout the rest of this unique home. The key piece is the lipstick console that Murphy found in New York. The 1,250-pound console consists of thick layers of walnut, black lacquer, gray lacquer, Lucite, white bronze and natural bronze. The homeowners worked with art consultant Kim Fonder at Abersons Exhibits to provide the colorful piece above the console by artist Steve Joy. The red and yellow plates to the left were existing, as was the large canvas to the right. Mirroring the artwork colors, Murphy recovered the bench in a bold gray and acidic yellow silk. Using red tones from the entry plus two existing red sofas, Murphy highlighted the striking

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garnered the most votes for Best Artist. Working in bronze, the sculptor focuses on both large and small works. P.S. Gordon focuses on portraits and still lifes, and his works have graced the walls of New York galleries as well as homes with private collections. Otto Duecker is a painter that specializes in New Realism. His works are exhibited in galleries around the country as well as collected by individuals and museums, including Oklahoma City Museum of Art and Philbrook Museum. After what can only be seen as a wildly successful career in the NBA, what is one to do? Why, paint, of course. Desmond Mason is reinventing himself as a well-known artist in his hometown of Oklahoma City, creating canvases that showcase emotional works. Fine artist Greg Burns specializes in finely detailed ink and watercolor works. His art has traveled all around the world to be both exhibited and collected. Denise Duong is a young, up-and-coming artist in Oklahoma City who is known for her mixed media images.

Charity event There are many organizations in need, and there are plenty of ways to give. One of the most popular ways to raise awareness as well as dollars in Oklahoma is with a charity event. In Tulsa, Red Ribbon Gala, designed by Talmadge Powell Creative and benefiting Tulsa CARES, was voted most popular charity event. Tulsa CARES provides social services to those affected by HIV and AIDS. Coming in next is Painted Pony Ball, designed by Joe Mathis and benefiting The Children’s Hospital Foundation at Saint Francis. The foundation is a supporting organization of The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, the only dedicated hospital for children in the eastern part of Oklahoma. Fashion A Cure, designed by Fashion A Cure committee members and benefiting Oklahoma Project Woman, raises funds to help women afford life-saving mammograms. Carnivale, designed by Talmadge Powell Creative and benefiting Mental Health Association in Tulsa, is one of Tulsa’s most memorable parties with a good cause.


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In Oklahoma City, it’s Red Tie Night, designed by the Red Tie Night volunteer committee and benefiting Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund, that brings out the big names in the state’s biggest city. The organization, whose mission is to raise awareness while lowering the number of those affected by HIV and AIDS, threw a memorable party in 2013 and drew a sizable crowd that included Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and NFL star Adrian Peterson. Boots & Ball Gowns Gala, designed by Boots & Ball Gowns Gala volunteer committee members and benefiting Infant Crisis Services, is a perennial favorite among Oklahoma Magazine readers. Famous faces, including Oklahoma’s own Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, came out to raise money for the organization, whose mission is that no baby goes hungry. One of Oklahoma City’s most elegant affairs, Renaissance Ball, designed by event chairs Tina and Elby Beal and Renaissance Ball planning committee and benefiting Oklahoma City Museum of Art, was again a success in 2012. With a theme of “A Decade Downtown,” the museum celebrated the 10th anniversary of its downtown location.

Chef When dining out, customers expect a great meal. In the Sooner State, getting a new and exciting meal with artistic flair and gourmet flourishes is becoming easier with the mix of new and seasoned chefs. Readers know that Justin Thompson, executive chef and owner of Juniper and Prhyme, has proven himself time and again as a force with which to be reckoned. James Shrader, executive chef at Palace Café, fuses Asian inspirations with a bit of Northwest flair to create dishes that are as memorable as they are delicious. Tuck Curren, the venerable chef/owner of Biga and Local Table catering services, certainly knows his way around the kitchen, and diners know it. Oklahoma City culinary scene veteran Ryan Parrott, formerly the executive chef of Local, is once gain the top vote-getter in this year’s “The Best of the Best.” Parrott is currently endeavoring to open his own restaurant,




Tamazul, in Oklahoma City’s chic Classen Curve. Andrew Black, vice president of culinary operations at Williams & Associates Hospitality and executive chef of Flint, Vast, Vast Events and Colcord Catering, garnered second place in this year’s survey. Jonathon Stranger, one half of the popular duo of chefs that operate the kitchens of Ludivine, a farm-to-table concept restaurant in Oklahoma City, comes in third this year.

Francis Health System, as the top CEO. Henry has been at the helm of Saint Francis since 2002, and under his tutelage, the hospital has seen major growth, including expansion of key departments and the opening of new facilities. Billionaire philanthropist George Kaiser, CEO of GBK Corp., also earns recognition for his leadership over several companies, including KaiserFrancis Oil Company and BOK Financial Corp. Paula Marshall is the CEO of The Bama Companies and rounds out our top three Best CEOs. Marshall started A great work environment starts at the top. Leadership from scratch at her family’s company by filling racks is key in having happy and productive employees. This with pie shells at the company’s manufacturing plant. year, our readers chose Jake Henry Jr., CEO of Saint He may be just a small-town boy at heart, but billionaire Harold Hamm has created one of the most successful Jake henry Jr., Best CeO NATALIE GREEN energy companies in the country, Continental Resources. Since being elected president and CEO of Devon Energy, John Richels has overseen major growth in the company, including the completion of the now-iconic Devon Tower, which towers over an evergrowing downtown Oklahoma City. OU Medical Center’s Cole Eslyn, who recently retired from the post, rounds out our top three Best CEOs in the Oklahoma City area. AS CEO, Eslyn oversaw Oklahoma’s largest hospital and the only Trauma One center in the state.


Company to Work For Plenty of things make a company the best to work for. It could be terrific benefits, use of the company gym, even casual Fridays. Williams Companies receives the top nod for its dedication to employees in terms of insurance and tuition assistance, paid time off and commitment to diversity. With employees at dozens of locations in at least 10 states, QuikTrip offers great BOk Center, Best local icon/ landmark COURTESY BOK CENTER


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incentives for employees, including promotions, bonuses and tuition reimbursement; no wonder they’re tops with our Tulsa readers. ONEOK, a leader in the diversified energy industry, provides a comprehensive benefit package to employees, including 401(k) matching and the relocation packages. Cherokee Nation Businesses employs more than 6,000, with special emphasis on creating jobs for Cherokees. Saint Francis Health System’s focus is on making its patients well, and that philosophy spills over to its employees, as well. Saint Francis employees have a full benefits package as well as access to the facility’s award winning gym, Saint Francis Health Zone. Manhattan Construction provides its employees excellent comprehensive benefits package as well as bonuses and 401(k) matching. Though Chesapeake Energy has undergone a change in CEO this year, the work climate for the energy company’s more than 12,000 employees has not changed. Employees still enjoy access to several on-campus restaurants, a full benefits package, gym and a community garden. Competitive salaries and benefits packages are a hallmark of SandRidge Energy. Continental Resources’ relatively new relocation of its headquarters to Oklahoma City has provided a much larger hiring pool for this expanding energy company. OU Medicine believes in the basic tenets of professionalism, caring, communication, quality and innovation in its workplace, which is why top-tier health care professionals opt for careers at the hospital. The Chickasaw Nation ties for third with OU Medicine as Best Company To Work For. The nation provides employment and employment programs for thousands of individuals committed to improving the quality of life for Chickasaw people.

local icon/landmark Just the mention of these people, places and landmarks conjures up greatness in Okies. In Tulsa, the BOK Center earns the nod as top landmark in the area, and it’s no surprise. Similarly, ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Drillers, has transformed the Greenwood District into the place to be during baseball season. The stadium fills with baseball enthusiasts happily chomping on their peanuts and Crackerjacks. And how could readers forget about the man that started it all, the Tulsa Golden Driller? They can’t, of course, which is why he rounds out the top three in Best Local Icons.

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It’s no surprise that one of the biggest NBA stars in the world was named Best Local Icon in Oklahoma City. Kevin Durant led the Oklahoma City Thunder to its first 60-win season and to the second round of the 2013 play-offs. Second in voting in this category is the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Known as The Peake, it plays hosts to numerous concerts and attractions during the NBA off-season. Psychedelic rock group the Flaming Lips, who have called Oklahoma City home for its entire existence, rounds out the votes for Best Local Icon.

local Radio Personality Whether it’s in the car or at work, Oklahomans love their radio personalities. They keep us entertained in traffic jams and during crunchtime. In Tulsa, AM 1430 or AM 1300 The Buzz Sports Network’s Chris Plank keeps us entertained with inside analysis on everything from baseball to car racing. The Best of the Best veteran Lynn Herandez with 97.5 KMOD comes in second in voting this year. Hernandez plays contemporary as well as classic rock jams during the day and on Saturday nights. It’s 100.9 KXOJ’s Heather Miles that rounds out Tulsa’s top three Best Local Radio Personalities. Her morning show on this contemporary Christian radio station makes that morning commute a little bit easier. In Oklahoma City, it seems radio personalities come in pairs. Tops on this year’s list are Drew and Kaci with 98.9 KYIS. The duo makes the afternoon commute home a little more bearable with interesting conversations with listeners as well as pop culture tidbits. Jack and Ron, also a part of the 98.9 KYIS family, have broadcast their morning show for more than 15 years. Rounding out the top three in Oklahoma City are Joey & Heather, who have produced their morning show for years, keeping Oklahoma City listeners in good spirits before they’ve even had morning coffee.

local TV Personality TV personalities serve an important part in our lives; they’re who we turn to when we need to find out the latest happenings in our community. Readers have once again named Chera Kimiko of KOTV Channel 6 as the top newscaster in Tulsa. Her in-depth reporting and professional demeanor have won her legions of fans across the state. Terry Hood, the evening anchor for KOTV Channel 6, comes in second in this year’s contest. Her investigative reporting and interesting profiles have made the reporter a pillar of Channel 6 since 1987. With numerous Emmys and other recognitions under her belt, Karen Larsen, KJRH Channel 2’s evening anchor, rounds out our top three. In addition to her anchor duties, Larsen has produced several health-related series and documentaries


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that have won her recognition. A veteran in Oklahoma broadcasting, Linda Cavanaugh earns nods as the Best Local TV Personality in Oklahoma City, and it’s no surprise; this evening anchor has earned more than 30 national awards for reporting as well as 15 Emmys. Kelly Ogle nabs the second spot this year. Ogle, perhaps most famous for his “My Two Cents” segments, is the evening anchor at KWTV Channel 9. Kevin Ogle, at KFOR Channel 4, is an Emmy Awardwinning journalist who co-anchors the weeknight news with Cavanaugh.

meteorologist With Oklahoma’s ever-changing weather, it’s important to have trustworthy professionals letting you know what’s going on in – or coming out of – the sky. In Tulsa, Travis Meyer, chief meteorologist at KOTV Channel 6 is the man with the plan and the man our readers most often tune in to hear the latest weather, rain or shine. KJRH Channel 2’s chief meteorologist, Dan Threlkeld, has developed the trust of his viewers with accurate forecasting and a calm demeanor. Another meteorology veteran, Dick Faurot has advised viewers on Oklahoma weather patterns for 20 years as a meteorologist at KOTV Channel 6. It’s no surprise that KWTV Channel 9 chief meteorologist Gary England received top votes for his forecasting skills. This veteran of Oklahoma weather is internationally known for his predictions and warnings, especially during tornado weather. Mike Morgan, chief meteorologist for Oklahoma

City’s KFOR Channel 4, has been a part of the KFOR team for 20 years now. David Payne, a recent addition to KWTV Channel 9 but a trusted name in Oklahoma City weather coverage, is an on-air meteorologist as well as a storm chaser.

Small Town Although “small” is a subjective term, for those that live in one of the state’s two largest metro areas, these suburbs certainly seem quaint compared to the urban setting of Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Tulsa readers have weighed in on top small town, and Owasso, with its large residential areas and plethora of shopping, received the most votes. Jenks is also a popular choice, with its quaint downtown area as well as riverfront shopping and dining. Bixby, once a speck on the south side of Tulsa, has become a live-workplay destination. Guthrie, that model of timeless Victorian towns, grabs the top spot for Best Small Town among Oklahoma City readers. Oklahoma’s first capital city still retains the charm of historic storefronts and gingerbread homes, but modern amenities are also available in this city of roughly 10,000. Edmond, which sits just south of Guthrie, boasts a population eight times that of Guthrie, but its quaint downtown and family-friendly activities and festivals give this suburb a small-town feel. A July 4 celebration that is recognized as one of the best in the nation, along with one of the state’s largest public universities, are also highlights of Edmond. Sandwiched between two of the three largest cities in Oklahoma, Moore – once a largely residential community – has seen growth in business as well as entertainment. Movie theaters, shopping and dining are all standard in this resilient community.

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chols & Associates is primarily engaged in contested and complex family law cases, valuation and division of marital estates, determination of marital and separate property, business valuations, requests for and defense of requests for support alimony, contested child custody, visitation and support, jurisdictional disputes, including international law issues, paternity, guardianship, probate, and domestic violence. Established in 1979, the firm has been recognized for many years by the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers rated by Martindale-Hubbell for both legal ability and adherence to the highest professional standards. The firm’s eight attorneys have a combined experience of over 100 years in the practice of family law. The attorneys have dedicated themselves to helping their domestic clients find their future, while honoring their past, through compassionate, knowledgeable and experienced representation in the Family Courts of Oklahoma. M. Eileen Echols, the Managing Attorney and Senior Litigator, innovated a team approach to provide exemplary service. Each case is assigned a minimum of two attorneys, who work together with the firm’s other attorneys, to provide quality legal services. Eileen is a former Family Law Judge, twice named Outstanding Family Law Judge for the State of Oklahoma, by the Family Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

David W. Echols is a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and he has been an AV rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell for over twenty (20) years. Both David and Eileen have been selected as SuperLawyers, by review of their peers; both are former Chairs of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Family Law Section, former Adjunct Law Professors, and both are frequent teachers and lecturers on the topic of Family Law to Oklahoma lawyers. Completing the team are distinguished attorneys Jonathan D. Echols, selected as a Rising Star, since 2011, by SuperLawyers, graduated first in his law school class at OCU and was named the Outstanding Law School Graduate of 2005; Amy L. Howe, selected as a Rising Star, by SuperLawyers; Lindsey W. Andrews, recipient of the 2013 Journal Record Leadership in Law Award from the Oklahoma County Bar Association; Benjamin P. Sisney, who prior to joining the firm, clerked for U.S. District Judge Gregory K. Frizzell, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Richard “Richie” E. Smalley, IV, who has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, by his peers for legal ability and adherence to the highest professional standards and Allyson E. Dow, who was awarded the Outstanding Family Law Student Award for 2012, by Professor Robert Spector of the University of Oklahoma.

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AZALEAS. HOME CHANDELIERS. SURROUND SOUND. PUT IT ON THE MARKET. TURN DOWN THE THERMOSTAT. IT’S AN ORIGINAL. architect, Commercial Firm Who says a building with a utilitarian purpose can’t be beautiful? Our readers know which architects work to take commercial buildings far beyond mundane. Tulsa firm, Kinslow, Keith & Todd puts a unique stamp on each project, meeting the needs of clients while creating landmarks such as Hardesty Library and the Matthews Warehouse complex. Likewise, Wood-Stone home Design Studio, Best kitchen Designer NATALIE GREEN

Selser Schaefer Architects unite form and function whether they’re designing a grocery store or a public space such as the AHCT Hardesty Arts Center. New to The Best of the Best, Rick Stuber Architecture is also noted for giving flair to buildings that often don’t have much – retail banks, for instance. In OKC, our readers pointed to TAP Architecture, an innovative firm that has created a range of eyecatching, functional projects ranging from hospitals to restaurants. Frankfurt-Short-Bruza’s client list reads like a who’s who of the Oklahoma business community, from corporate headquarters to research facilities. Miles & Associates has also been called upon by the big names, including notable work for OU and numerous health care projects.

architect, Residential If you’re building your dream home, you need someone who can turn vision and inspiration into beautiful reality. In other words, you need a great architect. Tulsa architect Jack Arnold has gained acclaim for his adaptation of European styles for modern living. Many outstanding examples of his work may be found in Oklahoma. Brian Freese of Freese Architecture works closely with clients to achieve oneof-a-kind modern homes with clean lines, local materials and a definitive sense of place – modern architecture that’s right at home in Oklahoma.


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John Duvall of Duvall Architects works with a variety of styles from contemporary to traditional. This team is also known for seamlessly integrating architecture and interior design. In Oklahoma City, architect Rand Elliott of Elliott + Associates Architects is known for iconic buildings, including the Devon and Chesapeake boathouses, but he also creates award-winning homes that are as unique as the people who live in them. Exquisite brickwork and soaring rooflines epitomize the European-inspired architecture of Robert Fillmore of Fillmore & Chambers Design Group. With ornamentation to spare and luxury detailing, the homes are still well suited for modern family living. Brian Fitzsimmons of Fitzsimmons Architects looks at every project as an art project, and his notable OKC homes have a distinctive quality that explains why he’s the architect of choice for Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne.

Bathroom Fixtures It’s one of the most utilized rooms in the house – you should choose quality fixtures, and why not inject a little style? In Tulsa, Oklahoma Magazine readers turn to 60-year-old Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery for expert advice and names like Kohler and Moen. Heatwave Supply Company is another sure bet for our readers for every type of bath fixture imaginable. Empire Kitchen & Bath also wins top honors with our readers for their wide selection of the best brands. Morrison Supply Company keeps the water running in Oklahoma City baths with three area locations. No matter your style, they have a product that’s a perfect fit. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery is also a popular spot in Oklahoma City for readers looking for a soaker tub or stylish sink. Designer Hardware by Faye, helmed by OKC design icon Faye Norton, has been delivering high-end fixtures to discerning clients since 1982.

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the anchor of the kitchen, bath and other rooms throughout the home. Sullivan’s Custom Cabinetry emerges as the top choice with Tulsa readers. This 35-year-old design and build company has earned high marks for quality craftsmanship in every design style. With names including DuraSupreme, Woodmont and MidContinent and a state-of-the-art design center, Mill Creek Lumber & Supply maintains its perennial spot on our list of winners. With 60 years under its belt, Jay Rambo is synonymous with cabinetry in Tulsa, and it’s always expertly handcrafted to exacting standards. Oklahoma City-based Monticello Cabinets & Doors is a big hit with our readers. The company uses antique lumber to create rustic yet refined custom cabinets that will be the showpiece of your kitchen. Classic Kitchens is next on our list. Their expert designers work with clients to create dream kitchens using world famous Wood-Mode cabinets. The morethan-50-year-old Suburban Cabinet Shop rounds out our list. These guys will design and build custom cabinetry for any room in your home.

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Putting together the perfect room requires a secret weapon, and these stores are the go-to places for items to give your space pizzazz. SR Hughes is famous for incorporating designer pieces and ethnic finds with dramatic effect, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in their Brookside showroom. Tulsa readers also flock to Urban Furnishings for elegant modern furnishings, including customizable pieces from Natuzzi and other exclusive lines. Completing the list, Hawley Design

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Furnishings offers original designs crafted by Mark Hawley and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces form other contemporary lines. In the Oklahoma City poll, Norman’s Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design tops the list. In business for more than 50 years, it’s a destination for brands such as Henredon, Karastan and Hooker Furniture. Next up is BD Home. If your tastes veer toward bold and modern, this shop has you covered with exclusive collections from Ligne Roset, Kartell and Alessi. The third spot on our list goes to Dane Design, offering a full range of contemporary furnishings for the living room, dining, bedroom and office.

Fencing Good fences make good neighbors, as the saying goes. Whether you’re looking for privacy, security or both, our readers sound off on the names they trust. Tulsa area readers turn to first place Owasso Fence. This company offers a full range of materials, includ-

ing Montage ornamental fencing and the SteelWood privacy fence. Jenks Fence is another popular choice, recognized for top quality fencing as well as excellent installation and customer service. Wood, iron, chain link or vinyl, our readers agree that Arrow Fence is another leader in the enclosures business with more than 30 years experience. Oklahoma City area readers looking to keep intruders out and the dogs in choose AAA Fencing as the cream of the crop. The family owned business founded in 1959 offers a range of options to fit your needs. In next place, readers turn to Arrow Fence whether they want a simple chain link fence or a period perfect wrought iron fence. Bidwell Fence & Deck in Norman completes our list for The Best of the Best with quality materials and installation you can trust.

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take a cue from our readers when choosing a store to help you navigate the choices. First place Carpet One Floor & Home is about much more than carpet. The four Tulsa area locations offer a range of materials with an emphasis on quality and value. Second place Midwest Tile, Marble & Granite specializes in stone and tile that will create a stylish and long-lasting floor. In a tie we have Floorhaus Design Center, offering a full range of materials and more than 30 years experience, and Grigsby’s Carpet, Tile & Rug Gallery, which has been serving Tulsa for more than 50 years, with household name products such as Couristan and Shaw. When Oklahoma City readers want to transform a room with new floors, they usually head to Brewer Carpet One. With several area locations the Brewer team can help with anything that goes underfoot. Bryan’s Flooring comes in next with one of the region’s largest showrooms and an extensive selection of carpet and solid surfaces. If it’s the look and durability of natural stone you want, head to AG&M Granite, specializing in architectural granite and marble.

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heating & air Oklahoma weather isn’t to be taken lightly, and reliable heating and cooling are a necessity. Once again, our readers have selected Airco Service in the top spot in The Best of the Best competition in Tulsa. They’ve been around for more than 50 years offering quality Lennox components and renowned service. Also topping the list is DaVco Mechanical Contractors, providing the highest quality service and maintenance for a range of top manufacturers. In second, we have Air Assurance in Broken Arrow, noted for its attention to customer service and wide variety of products. Two businesses share the third spot. Omstead Service has been installing, repairing and maintaining top quality HVAC since 1960, and


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home improvement/ appliance Store If you’re going DIY this weekend or looking for a new fridge, be sure to go somewhere with the right products and best professional advice. In Tulsa, our readers say that’s The Home Depot. The national retailer definitely has it all under one roof, and their knowledgeable staff can guide your through most projects. From dishwashers to refrigerators, our readers turn to Hahn Appliance Warehouse for the top brands and great prices. Completing the list is Metro Appliances & More, offering one of the largest selections in town and some of the most soughtafter brands. The Home Depot also takes the top spot in Oklahoma City, where the retailer boasts nine metro locations. Another national name, Lowe’s takes the second spot in our survey with top brand appliances and everything you need for your next project. Frigidaire, Maytag, Amana; these are just a few of the brands found at number three winner and longtime OKC favorite, Anthony’s TV & Appliance.

Furniture Store When it’s time to shop for furniture, many of us want wide selection all under one roof. Mathis Brothers Furniture, an Oklahoma tradition, comes out on top with our Tulsa readers for offering just that; incredible selection of the top brands in furniture. Castleberry’s Ethan Allen Home Interiors takes the second spot with quality products from one of America’s most trusted brands. I.O. Metro, offering a specialized collection of eclectic modern furnishings, shares the next spot with North Carolina Furniture Mart, specializing in traditional furniture styles from top manufacturers. Oklahoma City readers once again selected Mathis Brothers Furniture as the top place to shop for furniture. It may not be surprising, the Mathis empire started here in the 1940s, and it’s a fourth generation business. Edmond Furniture Gallery takes second in our poll, with one of the metro’s largest stores and selections from several famous brands. Castleberry’s Ethan Allen Home Interiors completes the list with a full range of stylish and high quality Ethan Allen products.

spot on the list for their quality custom homes and exacting attention to detail and craftsmanship. Kent Hoffman Construction rounds out our list of noted Oklahoma City builders.

In Oklahoma City, readers once again choose Air Comfort Solutions to keep the heat and air running and well maintained through the worst that Mother Nature dishes out. In second place, readers choose York Heating & Air Conditioning, one of the most trusted names in the temperature control business. With more than 60 years under their belt it’s easy to see why Hinton Refrigeration Co. once again makes our list for The Best of the Best in the HVAC business.

home Builder Building a home is one of the biggest challenges most can imagine taking on; a job that requires the best builder you can get. Jordan & Sons makes an encore appearance at the top of the Tulsa poll. This team has built some of the most beautiful and luxurious homes in the city. Barron & McClary General Contractors also make a return appearance on our list, and they’re truly one of the most trusted names in town no matter what building project you have in mind. Brumble Construction takes the next spot with quality home construction in some of the southeast metro’s most desirable neighborhoods. Ideal Homes rises to the top of the list in Oklahoma City. This company has been building quality homes in some of the metro’s hottest developments for more than 20 years – more than 7,000 homes, in fact. Aaron Tatum Custom Homes takes the next

in-home Theater Once reserved for the rich and famous, home theaters are becoming more commonplace and more affordable for the everyman. Tulsans tune to Audio Advice for help in bringing the cinema experience home with top of the line audiovisual components and installation. Video Revolution is up next with a custom home theater installation team and top-of-the-line brands such as Sony, Samsung and Mitsubishi. Sharing the next spot are Dynamic Audio, specializing in home theater design and custom integrations, and The Phonograph Electronic Architecture which focuses on all those AV bells and whistles for the modern home. Audio Dimensions once again tops our list in OKC with the right tools and experience to make your home theater investment one your family will enjoy for years to come. One of the loudest names in sound now has a store in Oklahoma City, earning Bose Factory Store its debut

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spot at number two on our list. With 12 years in the game, Choctaw-based Castle Home Entertainment earns the third spot on our list for making big screen dreams a reality.

interior Designer Paint, fabric, furniture… in the hands of a great interior designer, these are the tools from which works of art are created. Tulsa readers have long recognized Charles Faudree as the best at his craft. The King of Country French has gained international acclaim and even created his own fabric line. SR Hughes known for comfortable and elegant spaces punctuated with sleek modern pieces and global discoveries, shares the second spot with Chris Murphy of Christopher Murphy Designs, who has an innate ability to create rooms that are at once serene, glamorous and colorful. Two preeminent design gurus share the next spot: Doug Campbell of Campbell Design Associates, a master of texture and color, and Rick Phillips, a designer with a way of making minimalism exceedingly livable. Carson See of Sees Design once again tops our list in Oklahoma City. See’s distinctive designs exude sophistication while seamlessly merging tradition with cutting edge and just a touch of kitsch. Moving up a space in our survey this year is David Stinson of Stinson Design Group, known for fun and comfortable designs for modern living with a nod to tradition. Finishing our list is the incomparable Jennifer Welch of Jennifer Welch Interior Design, a design rock star who creates elegant rooms with punches of color and whimsy.

kitchen Designer Perhaps more than any other room in the house, the kitchen requires expert design and planning, and our readers have their say about who is best. In the No. 1 spot in Tulsa is Wood-Stone Home Design Studio. These Cherry Street experts have been creating custom kitchens for more than twenty years. Showcase Kitchens and Baths fills the second spot, specializing in traditional designs with top name cabinetry and materials. Our readers also recognized Carriage House Design, located in the Farm Shopping Center, for their expertise and dedication to the customer. Topping our Kitchen Designer list in OKC is a karen black company, which designs each project from the ground up for a kitchen that is as unique as the home and the homeowner. Classic Kitchens is another tried and true favorite for Oklahoma City homeowners; they’ll help you through every step of the design process and they use top quality Wood-Mode cabinetry. Urban Kitchens rounds out the list with a design aesthetic that fits the name – kitchens at home in OKC’s new modern lofts or reclaimed historic spaces.

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tial environment. Clare Ashby ASLA Landscape is at the top of the list among Tulsa voters. Ashby has created beautiful landscapes and gardens for many of the area’s finest homes. Hardscape Materials shares the No. 1 spot. This company is the go-to spot for stone, water features and ponds and garden structures. Second place belongs to Kingdom Landscape with expert horticulturists, designers and a construction team to make it all happen. DRM Design Group, known for elegant designs and a penchant for native plants, completes our list. In Oklahoma City, our readers suggest Calvert’s Plant Interiors. Yes, they are primarily known for taking care of plants inside the home, but they are also famous for work outdoors as well – especially with containers and small spaces. Second place TLC Florist & Greenhouses is a well known place for plants and flower in OKC, but they can also install outdoor planting or even do a full landscape design. Brassfield Landscaping puts a background in computer-animated design and urban planning to work to design custom landscape environments to fit each home’s unique situation.

lawn and garden Store Even the greenest thumb needs a little help, and these stores have the goods and the expert advice to help you succeed. With six Tulsa metro locations, Lowe’s tops our reader’s list of the places to go to find quality plants, lawn products and helpful information. Next, Southwood Landscape & Garden Center boasts a five-acre garden center with a 25,000 square-foot greenhouse and full team of experts to offer advice. Finishing our Tulsa list is Sanders Nursery & Distribution Center, with enormous facilities in Broken Arrow and Inola that offer everything you need to make your garden grow. Oklahoma City readers flock to TLC Florist & Greenhouses. Started in 1980, the business has grown into one of the region’s largest with

150,000 square feet of greenhouse and 10 acres of nursery space. The next spot goes to Calvert’s Plant Interiors, helping OKC homeowners bring beauty to gardens and indoor spaces for more than 30 years. O’Connor’s Lawn & Garden, with all those mowers and other equipment you need to keep your lawn and garden in tip top shape, rounds out our list.

lawn maintenance We asked our readers whom to call to get a lawn that will be the envy of the neighborhood. First off, they chose Lawn America, a local, independent company that offers a full menu of options to suit any yard and budget. The next place on the list goes to Spirit Landscape Management in Owasso with expertise to make your lawn look like a putting green. Nationally recoginized TruGreen fills our list with scientifically developed programs to improve the health our your lawn. Turf Appeal is the company most OKC readers choose to keep their lawns lush and green season after season. Absolute Lawn Management & Landscaping takes the second spot in our poll of companies helping keep OKC lawns green and beautiful. Completing the list, Scotts Lawn Services gives customers lawns that are the talk of the block.

lighting Store Lighting is a functional part of any home, but it can be so much more. With more than 40 years in business in Tulsa, Garbe’s once again tops our list with a 48,000 square-feet showroom of lighting options for every room in your home. Broken Arrow lighting emporium Andrews Lighting & Hardware Gallery boasts a large showroom filled with top lighting brands, including Schonbek crystal chandeliers. Next, LifeStyles Lighting, Furniture & Hardware located in Broken Arrow has been serving the lighting needs of Tulsa area homeowners since 2005. Hunzicker Lighting Gallery started selling lightbulbs in 1920, growing into one of the largest lighting stores in the region and earning the second spot in our OKC poll. With Oklahoma City’s largest lighting showroom and all the styles you’re looking for, Andrews Lighting & Hardware Gallery wins the next spot in our survey. Next, LifeStyles Lighting, Furniture & Hardware offers 30,000 square-feet of lighting options and more along with more than 40 years experience.

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Paint Store Adding a fresh coat of paint is probably the simplest thing you can do to improve your home, but it can have so much effect. In Tulsa our readers head to Elder Paint & Wallpaper to choose the perfect shade from top quality lines by Benjamin Moore. With 10 area locations, nationally trusted brand SherwinWilliams takes second place with its unparalleled selection of paint and coating options. Manufactured in Tulsa for more than 40 years, Anchor Paints creates a range of products sold nationwide. They share space on our list with Spectrum Paint, a Tulsa-based company that provide locals and customers across the country with quality products form names such as Benjamin Moore and Valspar. Sherwin-Williams has been making top quality paint since 1866, so it’s understandable why they once again top our list with Oklahoma City readers. H-I-S Paint, a local tradition manufactured in OKC since 1972, earns the next spot on our list with a full line of interior and exterior options. Wrapping up our list, Spectrum Paint’s five metro locations provide OKC homeowners with top national brands to freshen up their abodes.

Pool Designer Like so many things in the home sector, pools have come a long way from the cement pond. First place Vivion Pools has built more than 1,000 pools in Tulsa, giving them the knowledge and experience to turn your dreams into reality. Next, Pool Creations creates custom gunite pools using the latest technology, making them one of the most sought after companies in town. Baker Pools, creating enviable pools in some of Tulsa’s best neighborhoods, shares the next place with Fiesta Pools & Spas, which has been building pools in northeast Oklahoma since 1956. In OKC, it’s Caviness Landscape & Design that readers look to. They’ve been creating exotic concrete swimming pools for more than 20 years. Edmond-based Oasis Pools & Spas captures the next spot on our list of the metro’s most sought-after pool companies. Next up, Blue Haven Pools & Spas has been designing and building outdoor retreats in some of the area’s most prestigious addresses for nearly 30 years.

Real estate Company Now more than ever, you need a trustworthy real estate firm by your side when buying or selling a home. Topping our list this year is one of Tulsa’s premier independent real estate firms, Walter & Associates. They’ve been one of the city’s most trusted names since 1986. Sharing the next spot are McGraw Realtors, one of Tulsa’s oldest and largest firms with offices throughout the metro, and the nation’s largest real estate company, Keller Williams Realty. Local independent realtors Chinowth & Cohen Realtors also score high with our readers for their six area locations and knowledgeable agents. The nation’s oldest real estate franchise, Coldwell Banker, shares the honor. The nation’s largest real estate franchise, Keller


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Williams Realty, earns the top spot with our OKC readership. Taking the second spot is Oklahoma City’s largest and highest producing independent realty firm, Churchill-Brown, established in 1979. The Covington Company finishes our list. They’ve been specializing in fine homes in Nichols Hills, OKC and Edmond since 1987.

Remodeler Don’t want to move, but outgrowing your home? It’s time to remodel, and that takes a special type of builder. Powers Design & Build earns the top spot in Tulsa once again, with 35-plus years of dramatic home transformations. Whether you’re upgrading the kitchen or gutting the place, readers also suggest second place Red Dog Construction and Cowen Residential, both well-known for a range of projects. Well-respected Tulsa general contractor David Trebilcock completes our list of the people to call when it’s time to do a little renovation. Barkocy Construction earns top honors in Oklahoma City for their ability to completely reimagine a home to fit the needs of the owners. Kent Hoffman Construction specializes in building custom homes, but they also excel at remodeling – enough so to earn them the second spot in our survey of the best. Next, Harvest Homes specializes in building projects in Moore and southwest OKC.

Roofer You may not even notice it, but the roof is so very important to the integrity of your home. If you’re in need of a new one, our readers know whom to call. In Tulsa, they turn to first place A-Best Roofing with more than 20 years experience and expertise in a range of materials, including composite, slate and tile. Also offering a range of products and extensive employee education, Elliott Roofing comes in next. T-Town Roofing, with more than 30 years in business and a special emphasis on metal roofs, shares or list with All American Roofing, who has also been around more than 30 years and offers a range of materials including metal. Elliott Roofing’s attention to quality and service also earns them serious points in Oklahoma City – enough so to earn them the top spot on our list. Next is Basey’s Roofing. A trusted name in the OKC market since 1978, they pride themselves on offering the best service available. Also returning to our list, Salazar Roofing and Construction has been providing central Oklahoma customers with quality roofing options for more than 30 years.

Security More people than ever are turning to home security systems for safety and peace of mind. Tulsa readers give top honors to TNT Security Services, which prides itself on providing quality systems that are easy to use and affordable. Guardian Security Systems claims the next spot with obsessively good service and trusted brands such as Honeywell. Completing the list is Advance Alarms, one of the state’s largest alarm companies, offering a full range of services and expert consulting. Oklahoma City readers also choose TNT Security Services as No. 1 in our poll as the go-to company for helping keep their family safe and secure. National firm ADT Security Services is one of the most trusted names in the security business, earning them a coveted spot on our list. ASG Security is another popular choice for Oklahoma City area residents looking for top-notch alarm systems, monitoring and fire protection.

Title/escrow Company In Oklahoma, the folks on this list are absolutely essential for a successful real estate transaction. Tulsa readers recommend Guaranty Abstract Company, with 85 years experience, as the best in this category. First American Title and Abstract Services, which traces its beginnings back to 1889, take the second spot on our list. Locally owned, FirsTitle and Abstract Services with three metro offices has be serving customers since 1984. First American’s long record in helping Oklahoma City clients weed through complex transactions earns them the first spot on our list. In second is Stewart Title & Abstract, founded in 1893 and offering six metro locations to handle your real estate information needs. Completing the list, the four-generation, family-owned The Oklahoma City Abstract & Title Co. has been handling real estate services since 1907.

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bookkeeping and financial advice. In Tulsa, HoganTaylor receives top spot as Best Accounting Firm. HoganTaylor provides not only tax and assurance services, but it also has several niche practice groups who are experts in highly specialized areas of accounting. Ernst & Young, a global firm with offices in Tulsa, comes in second this year. The firm provides a wide variety of services to its large client list. Richard T. Robinson CPA and Carl Webb CPA round out the list in the third spot. Robinson is best known as a tax preparer that has served clients loyally for years. Taxes, bookkeeping, payroll and other services are offered by Carl Webb CPA, which has been in business in Tulsa for more than a quarter-century. HoganTaylor also wins the top slot in Oklahoma City. Specialties of HoganTaylor include health care, not-for-profit and government, oil and gas, private foundation and public companies. Cole & Reed, this year’s second place winner, focuses on building relationships and achieving goals with its loyal clients. Early & Means, located in Nichols Hills, rounds out this year’s top three.

aesthetician There are several places to go to get that skin smooth and radiant. However, in Tulsa, readers recommend Gabriel Horn of Dr. Joey Manduano Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery. Horn’s specialties include chemical peels, microdermabrasion and waxing, and he does them very well. Lee Beasley of Bella Vita Spa &


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Salon comes in second place. Beasley’s services of microdermabrasion for the face, neck and chest as well as collagen eye and lip treatments make her a sought-after aesthetician. Laura Downey of Skin Care Institute rounds out this year’s top three. Offering services such as Hydraclean Facial, Dermaplaning and laser acne therapy, Downey is one of the most trusted in Tulsa. Vanessa Valesquez of The Medical Spa earns the first place nod for Best Aesthetician in Oklahoma City. Services include skin rejuvenation, laser hair removal and Fraxel. Having worked in the Oklahoma City area for more than 25 years, Suzanne Kelley of Bella Strada Salon Spa has amassed a loyal legion of customers who insist that she is a true professional and will make anyone feel comfortable. Brenda Livingston of Medical Aesthetics rounds out the top three. As owner of Brenda Livingston Beauty & Aesthetics, Livingston offers a variety of the latest treatments, including Restylane, Juvederm and spider vein therapy.

airline When Oklahomans fly the friendly skies, they like to hop on the planes of Southwest Airlines. With special offers, Rapid Rewards points and a focus on customer satisfaction, Southwest wins across the state with Oklahoma Magazine readers. Coming in second this year is American Airlines. The airline has had its share of struggles this past year, but passengers still enjoy the amenities offered by American, including updated planes, AAdvantage Rewards and plenty of flights to and from Oklahoma airports. United Airlines, offering direct flights to big cities and a pleasant experience for passengers, rounds out this year’s top three.

assisted living Center Assisted living centers should put the care of you or your loved one at the forefront of their missions. In Tulsa, Montereau does just that, offering luxurious


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amenities for its residents as well as assistance as needed while maximizing independence. St. John Villas and Inverness Village both take second place. With three facilities, St. John Villas are committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care to individuals who need a little help but still want to maintain their independence. Situated on a beautiful campus in Tulsa, Inverness Village offers a diverse selection of residence and lifestyle options along with maintenance-free living for its residents. Emeritus at Tulsa offers direct assistance with everyday tasks and has trained staff available and monitoring 24 hours a day. The care that Emeritus offers helps residents maintain dignity while aging. Epworth Villa garners the top spot in this year’s Oklahoma City survey. The community views assisted living as a path to greater independence and provides amenities that all residents enjoy. Emeritus at the Village and Sterling House Assisted Living both share the second slot. Emeritus at the Village provides all the amenities of assisted living, plus transportation to doctor’s appointments and busy activity calendars to keep residents engaged with others. Sterling House Assisted Living provides trained caregivers to offer attention and assistance with a variety of day-to-day activities at its several Oklahoma City locations. Emeritus at Quail Creek and Tealridge Assisted Living both round out the top three. Emeritus at Quail


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There are plenty of attorneys competing for business, and it’s certainly an important choice to make. Tulsa readers recommend William R. Grimm of Barrow & Grimm. His practices primarily lie in business and commercial litigation. Robert P. Coffey Jr. is a senior partner at Coffey, Gudgel & McDaniel. His area of expertise is in defending motor carriers, product manufacturers, construction companies, insurance companies and their insured. He is also a member of the American College of Transportation Attorneys. Bruce Edge of Edge Law Firm and Michael Barkett of The Barkett Law Firm round out the top three. Edge is Tulsa’s only attorney who is board certified in DUI defense law. He has also written books on the subject, including the Oklahoma DUI Survival Guide. Barkett specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice and products liability. Randall K. Calvert, founder and managing partner of Calvert Law Firm, focuses on complex business litigation. His past experience as a CPA and entrepreneur influence his approach to cases. Donelle Ratheal of Ratheal, Maggard & Fortune has extensive trial experience, and in 2007 she created the Oklahoma County Guardian ad Litem Project to represent the children of low-income families in custody disputes. Mark E. Hammons Sr. of Hammons, Gowens, Hurst & Associates rounds out the top three. Hammons has practiced law for nearly four decades and spent six years as an Oklahoma state representative. He rounds out our top three in Best Attorney in Oklahoma City.

auto/Tire Shop For rotations, tune-ups or oil changes, Oklahomans prefer the services of Robertson Tire. With 11 locations in the Tulsa metro area, Robertson employs ASE-certified technicians, and provides spacious waiting rooms to enhance the auto service experience. Hibdon Tires Plus boasts 25 locations across the state. For more than 60 years,

Hibdon has been servicing the vehicles of Oklahomans, which earns them the second spot. Firestone Complete Auto Care has 22 locations in Oklahoma and provides quality service in a comfortable environment. For this, they have been voted into the third slot in our The Best of the Best survey.

Bank Where’s the best place to park your funds? Tulsa readers say it’s Bank of Oklahoma. Mobile deposit and many ATM locations throughout the metro area make BOK an easy and customer-friendly bank. ONB Bank and Arvest Bank tie for second place. ONB Bank offers several locations throughout northeast Oklahoma and personal and commercial banking as well as brokerage and trust services. Arvest Bank offers personal banking for a customer-friendly service. Competitive interest rates also make Arvest a top spot. RCB Bank and F&M Bank tie for the third spot. RCB Bank boasts locations in 16 cities across the state. RCB offers personal checking and savings accounts as well as mobile deposit and comparable loan and CD rates. F&M Bank offers personal banking services as well as home mortgages, cash management and energy lending. Bank of Oklahoma is also a top banking spot in Oklahoma City. QuickSave, a savings-matching american airlines program based on debit card purchases, is a perk of BOK. First Fidelity Bank offers banking, loan, investment and money protection services to its customers. MidFirst Bank rounds out the top three. With banks in many communities across the state, MidFirst offers personal, business and commercial services as well as wealth management.

Caterer When planning a party, large or small, sometimes it’s best to let professionals do the food preparation. In Tulsa, Just Catering By Orr earns the top spot

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for Best Caterer. Owner Orr Nalp provides the best in service, quality and value with a wide menu from which to choose. Catering Kitchen, which comes in the second spot, offers varied menus, from heavy hors d’ouevres to a pasta bar and a dinner buffet. Ludger’s Catering and Catering Connection both tie for third place in Tulsa. Ludger’s Catering provides both plated meals and buffet-style dining options for events such as weddings, holiday parties and corporate events. Bartending services are also available. Catering Connection provides everything from party trays to plated entrees for events from weddings to corporate gatherings. Cheever’s Catering & Events offers gourmet catering services to Oklahoma City. With upscale preferred venues, menus are complete, from appetizer to dessert. Weddings, corporate events and benefits are all specialties of Cheever’s Catering & Events. Aunt Pittypat’s Catering specializes in formal and casual weddings, black tie galas, cocktail parties and casual and formal dinners. Choose among Aunt Pittypat’s menu options, including stand-up cocktail, breakfast and lunch and dinner menus. Deep Fork Catering has operated in the OKC metro for more than a decade, providing catering services to everything from anniversary parties and weddings to political events. Lunch and dinner catering menus are available through Deep Fork Catering.

Chiropractor Many chiropractors are ready to help patients get back in line, so how does one decide the best chiropractor for his or her needs? Tulsa readers recommend Dr. Chuck Zoellner of Zoellner Chiropractic. Specializing in safe, high-quality care by using traditional techniques as well as cutting-edge technology, physical therapy modalities and advanced neuromusculoskeletal treatments, Zoellner can help reduce pain, speed healing and enhance performance. Dr. Chris Barnes of Tensegrity Chiropractic takes a unique approach in examining each patient. Dr. Barnes has patients perform several functional tests that help him find out what the cause of pain is. Dr. Ben Swacha of Complete Care Chiropractic rounds out the top three. Dr. Swacha’s mission is to educate his patients on true health and where it comes from in order to restore a quality of life that may have been lost due to health problems. Dr. Kyle Griffith of Griffith Chiropractic & Nutrition is tops with our Oklahoma City readers. His Norman practice focuses on nutritional healthcare and clear chiropractic options to reach optimum health. Dr. James Bugg provides friendly and helpful service in his clinic. With a friendly and professional staff, patients of Dr. Bugg’s leave satisfied and often feeling much better. Dr. Wes Hill of Hill Chiropractic rounds out the top three. Dr. Hill provides advanced spinal correction using state-of-the-art chiropractic techniques. Years of training and experience in spinal adjustment is an asset to Dr. Hill’s patients.

Cleaning Service So the house is a little messy, and no matter what, it won’t stay clean. It’s time to call in reinforcements. Merry Maids is Tulsa’s top pick for cleaning service.


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Offering a variety of cleaning services, Merry Maids’ most popular is weekly cleaning service, though many other frequencies are available. Clean Freaks offers basic cleaning services as well as one-time cleanings. Special requests are available, such as laundry, dishes and cleaning ovens and refrigerators. Mommy Maids provides free consultations and excellent references for commercial, residential, new construction and special occasion cleanings. Merry Maids, with more than 30 years of home cleaning experience, also earns the top spot in Oklahoma City. Molly Maid of Metro OKC offers to take the burden of keeping your home clean, leaving you more time for friends and family. Maid OK, having served the Oklahoma City metro area since 1997, provides home, carpet and window cleaning services.

Cosmetic or Plastic Surgeon Whether it’s the need for a little tuck or a reconstructive procedure, Tulsans most often turn to Dr. Angelo Cuzalina and Dr. James Koehler of Tulsa Surgical Arts. From breast augmentation, tummy tucks and liposuction to Botox, Juvederm and Latisse, Drs. Cuzalina and Koehler provide great care to satisfied patients. Dr. Joey Manduano of Manduano Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery and Dr. E. Bradley Garber share the second spot. Dr. Manduano specializes in facial, breast and full-body procedures as well as skin care. He also specializes in Neograft hair restoration. Dr. Garber practices cosmetic surgery as well as reconstructive surgery, including those to repair cleft lip and palate, ears, nasal septoplasty, head and neck cancer treatment and reconstruction, and reconstruction for trauma and complex wounds. Dr. Ladd Atkins of Face and Body Medical Aesthetics rounds out the top three. Dr. Atkins specializes in facial, skin, breast and body surgery as well as procedures for men. In Oklahoma City, Dr. Tim Love wins the top spot. Dr. Love’s wide range of specialties includes hair transplants, breast augmentation, face, body, arm

and thigh lifts, rhinoplasty and facial fat grafting. Dr. Michell Cohn of Cosmetic Surgical Arts & Rejuvenation of Oklahoma comes in second place this year. Her practice focuses on cosmetic surgery of the breast, body contouring and facial procedures. Dr. Cohn also performs non-surgical procedures, including Botox, Juvederm, Radiesse and Sculptra. Dr. Juan Brou of The Medical Spa rounds out the top three. In addition to overseeing a medical spa, Dr. Brou specializes in body contouring, breast enhancement and facial rejuvenation.

Dentist There are great dentists throughout the state who utilize the latest in technology to keep smiles their healthiest. Dr. Mike Hinkle of Utica Dental and Dr. Chris Ward share the top spot this year. A leader in Tulsa cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Hinkle balances technique and compassionate care to deliver amazing smiles to his patients. Dr. Ward’s specialties include cleanings and preventative care, cosmetic dentistry, periodontal disease and restorations. Dr. Andrew Carletti of Carletti Dentistry & Associates and Dr. Mike Argo of Owasso Sedation Dentistry share the second spot. Dr. Carletti specializes in beautifying smiles and helping patients maintain optimal dental health. He assures patients that veneers, fillings, crowns and bridges will look as good or better than natural teeth. Dr. Argo has served the Owasso






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community for more than two decades, offering patients a high level of care through continuing education and state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Dr. Michael Kincaid and Dr. J. Bert Johnson round out this year’s list. Dr. Kincaid creates and improves beautiful smiles by providing exceptional diagnostic information, replacing metal-mercury fillings with tooth-like material and restoring health to supporting tissues. Dr. Johnson offers preventative dental care as well as implants, veneers and whitening. His goal is to be a friendly dentist who counsels patients on the best ways to maintain and improve dental health. OKC Smiles earns the top spot from Oklahoma City readers. Dr. Sterling Stalder and Dr. Mark Phan, OKC Smiles’ two dentists, provide a wide variety of dental services, including preventative and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. J. Ashley Hancock of Classen Dental is devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of his patients’ smiles using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures. Dental Depot rounds out this year’s survey. With a dozen locations in Oklahoma, Dental Depot provides comprehensive services for children as well as adults.

Dermatologist Skin conditions can be particularly damaging because they are often laid bare for all to see. Luckily, Oklahoma boasts wonderful dermatologists. Tops this year is Dr. David Adelson of OU Dermatology. Dr. Adelson regularly makes an appearance on Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors list, published each year in Oklahoma Magazine. Dr. Jeff Alexander of Skin Care Institute has more than 30 years of experience in skin care. Dr. Alexander combines cutting-edge technology with aesthetic and medical procedures to treat skin conditions. Dr. David Minor of Skin Renewal of Tulsa rounds out this year’s survey. Dr. Minor specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of several conditions, including acne, rosacea, dry skin eczema, spider veins and rashes. Dr. Blaine Lehr of The Dermatology Clinic takes the top spot in the 2013 The Best of the Best survey. Dr. Lehr’s interests are in general and surgical dermatology; he is also an expert in male and female pattern baldness and has published a book on hair loss and transplantation. Dr. Michael D. John of Edmond Dermatology Clinic treats a wide variety of skin illnesses, from acne, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, hives and contact dermatitis. He also provides special services for hair loss, fungus, skin cancers, excessive perspiration and sun damage. Dr. Julie Lowe of Plastic Surgery & Dermatology Associates treats patients of all ages with conditions ranging from acne to skin cancer.

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Where’s the best place to take those suits, dress shirts or laundry you just don’t want to mess with? Tulsa readers vote for Yale Cleaners. With 12 locations, Yale ensures same day service: in by 12, out by 5. LaMode Cleaners offers pick-up and delivery service in the Tulsa area. The service promises to make life a little easier at no additional cost. Fox Cleaners and WaterStone Cleaners tie for the third spot. A full-service dry cleaner with more than 25 years serving the Tulsa metro area, Fox Cleaners offers dry cleaning, laundry and garment preserva-

tion services. WaterStone Cleaners offers shoe repair and shining and alterations in addition to dry cleaning and laundry services. Legacy Cleaners & Laundry, Oklahoma City’s top spot for laundry and dry cleaning services, has operated for more than 15 years. During that time, the business has expanded to eight locations in three cities. Round-Up Cleaners offers several locations in the Oklahoma City metro area with standard services, including dry cleaning, gown preservation and laundry and ironing. Nichols Hills Cleaners has been owned and operated by the same family since 1969 and provides free pick-up and delivery in addition to cleaning drapery and specializing in stain removal.

event or Party Planner When it comes to throwing the ultimate party, only the ultimate event or party planner will do. Phil Long is once again tops in Tulsa. His memorable bashes have wowed Tulsans, whether it is an intimate birthday party or an all-out gala event. Talmadge Powell of Talmadge Powell Creative was also recognized this year for his event planning experience. Clients include Tulsa CARES (Red Ribbon Gala), Mental Health Association in Tulsa (Carnivale) and country singer and Food Network star Trisha Yearwood. Lynn Wheatley of Lasting Impressions rounds out the top three event planners in Tulsa. Wheatley specializes in corporate and social events as well as weddings. Veteran event planner Judy Lehmbeck of Judy Lehmbeck Bridal & Party takes the wedding cake in this category for 2013. Lehmbeck has planned weddings, receptions and parties for more than 25 years and has a great reputation for sophisticated design and execution. Bea Penhall of About Last Night…Event Planning takes second this year. About Last Night’s events have been seen in People magazine, Southern Living and several local publications. Penhall guarantees to make any occasion memorable, from a pet’s birthday to a tailgate party. Allyson VinZant Events offers both partial planning and full planning of weddings and also designs weddings on all scales, from casual to glamorous.

Florist There’s nothing quite like receiving flowers on a special day, or really any day at all. Tulsa readers call on Toni’s Flowers & Gifts for the freshest and most original flower designs in the city. Petal Pushers and Mary Murray’s Flowers tie for second place. Petal Pushers offers specialty arrangements as well as provides flowers for a host of special occasions, including weddings. Mary Murray’s Flowers are fresh and pop with bright color. Whole Foods Market’s floral department rounds out the top three as Best Florist in Tulsa. Flowers are Veriflora certified and guaranteed Whole Trade and organic, ensuring the highest quality buds. Tony Foss Flowers, voted tops in Oklahoma City according to readers, is best known for his signature and tropical flower designs. Whether for a birthday, anniversary or something larger, like a wedding, Tony Foss Flowers puts together stunning arrangements. French Tulip provides flowers for weddings, birthdays and all occasions. Soft and sweet or bright and

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Funeral Service When it’s time to say a final goodbye to a loved one, Tulsa readers recommend Moore Funeral Homes. Assisting Tulsa families since 1932, the team at Moore can assist with all funeral and cremation needs. Ninde Funeral Directors is an independent, familyowned funeral service and cremation provider that is ready to assist families with any need presented. Floral Haven offers a funeral home, cemetery, crematory and floral designs to bereaved families, and rounds out Tulsa’s list this year. Mercer-Adams Funeral Service in Oklahoma City was voted as the Best Funeral Service by readers. Care and compassion by funeral directors are what make Mercer-Adams an appropriate place to visit after the passing of a loved one. Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors offer ease of pre-planning services to lessen stress on loved ones. Vondel L. Smith & Sons Mortuary has been family owned and operated since 1957 and offers four locations as well as the Heritage Burial Park at South Lakes cemetery.

Offering services in three locations, Duncan Brothers’ stylists are well versed in hair design and hair color as well as products.

homa City rounds out this year’s top three. Fitness equipment, along with a variety of group classes, make the YMCA a popular gym.

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There are plenty of ways to work up a sweat, and the gym is one of the most popular. In Tulsa, Saint Francis Health Zone wins the top spot as Best Health Club. A medically-based, state-of-the-art, 70,000 square-foot fitness facility, Health Zone offers exercise equipment and a wide variety of classes and programs. St. John Siegfried Health Club takes the second spot this year. A wide range of group fitness classes as well as knowledgeable personal trainers and fitness equipment satisfy members of this health club. Sky Fitness and LifeTime Fitness round out the top three. Sky Fitness offers two locations as well as fitness and nutrition classes at both locations. Offering indoor and outdoor pools, a full-service spa and group fitness instructors as well as personal trainers, Life Time Fitness provides a whole approach to fitness for a lifetime.

We all hope to remain happy and healthy, but sometimes the unexpected happens. When it does, it’s important to have the best insurance available in your corner. CommunityCare, based in Tulsa, provides coverage to Oklahomans across the state. Friendly customer service and great coverage are two highlights of CommunityCare. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma provides free instant rate quotes as well as wellness programs that help those insured maintain optimum health. UnitedHealthcare also scores points with our readers for its comprehensive coverage and wide network of doctors. It rounds out the list at number three.

hair Salon A blow-out, a color, or perhaps you want it all off. Tulsa readers recommend ARCS as the top hair salon in the city. Talented stylists bring the latest in hair trends to satisfy customers. iidentity Salon and Ihloff Salon and Day Spa tie for the second spot. iidentity Salon, located along Brookside, is a Bumble & Bumble salon with stylists that regularly attend competitions and seminars. Owners Julie Hudson and Jane Huggins strive to offer clients the best salon experience: a comfortable setting, superior service and exceptional style and craft. Ihloff Salon and Day Spa is an Aveda salon that provides stylists of all levels, meaning there’s a stylist at almost every price point. Services include cut and finish, keratin, perms, color and highlights. Bella Vita Spa & Salon and Cypress Avenue Salon take the third spot. Bella Vita provides cut, color and highlights as well as keratin treatment and deep conechols & associates, Best law Firm ditioning. Cypress Avenue Salon employs a variety of talented stylists ready to cater to any client’s hair needs. In Oklahoma City, Anytime Fitness takes the top Salon W, located in Oklahoma City, is a favorite spot. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the gym among those who crave specialty salon services in offers a wide variety of fitness equipment as well an elegant setting. Hair design as well as coloring as personal training and tanning, all in a safe and and texture are all offered by Salon W stylists. Eden comfortable atmosphere. Transformation Fitness Salon & Spa is a favorite among readers for its conCenter, located in Edmond, offers everything from venient hours, latest style trends and a commitment to aquatics and group fitness to personal training, Pilates staff development and training. Duncan Brothers Saand a wellness spa. With several locations throughout lon rounds out the top three salons in Oklahoma City. the Oklahoma City area, YMCA of Greater Okla-


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home/auto insurance We all want our families to feel safe and secure. But when disaster does strike, it’s nice to know that the reassuring face of an insurance agent is there to help. State Farm Insurance wins the statewide contest as offering the best home and auto insurance. Agents provide reasonable quotes and great customer service at locations across the state, in large metro areas and small towns. Farmers Insurance grabs the second slot for best home and auto insurance. Farmers’ educated agents can provide the best advice on what type of coverage is ideal. An easy-to-navigate website also makes it easy to get fast quotes or talk to an agent. Allstate assures its customers that they’re in good hands, and Oklahomans believe it. With a vanishing deductible for auto insurance and a personalized quote for home insurance, Allstate rounds out the top three in Oklahoma. BRENT FUCHS

eye-catching, French Tulip creates beauty with floral arrangements. Trochta’s Flowers & Garden Center rounds out this year’s top three in Oklahoma City. Trochta’s designs range from beautiful plants to stunning floral arrangements in all price ranges. Trochtas also provides flowers for weddings and parties and can also do landscaping.

hospice Unfortunately, there comes a time in life when hard decisions must be made. When it comes to end-of-life care, Grace Hospice earns the most votes this year. Grace’s focus on community, stability and diversity combined with the experience and expertise of the highly qualified staff make Grace a great hospice. Saint Francis Hospice is dedicated to providing quality and compassionate end-of-life care for patients. It is also Medicare-certified program and accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Hospice of Green Country offers specialized care programs for those with a limited life expectancy. Medical and emotional needs are nourished in the home or home-like setting. In Oklahoma City, INTEGRIS Hospice House provides the latest trend in patient-centered health care and is dedicated to nurturing and supporting families in a home-like atmosphere. Crossroads Hospice offers unique programs for patients, like veteran’s recognition, Hispanic outreach and grief recovery.

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hospital From bumps and bruises to more serious procedures, Oklahoma’s hospitals are equipped to handle it all. In Tulsa, readers say that Saint Francis Health System provides quality care. With two full-service hospitals as well as The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis and Heart Hospital at Saint Francis, as well as the Warren Clinic, Saint Francis is ready to treat its patients with compassion. St. John Health Systems earns the second spot this year. Boasting knowledgeable physicians, sympathetic nurses and comfortable amenities, St. John treats patients of all ages and varying stages of health. Hillcrest HealthCare System boasts hospitals located throughout northeast and central Oklahoma along with a network of clinics ready to treat anything from colds to more serious diagnoses. In Oklahoma City, readers have chosen INTEGRIS Health as the top hospital network in their area. With more than a dozen facilities under the INTEGRIS banner, the health system is bringing health and relief to residents across the state. Mercy Health System and OU Medicine tie for second place. Mercy offers top-notch doctors, nurses and staff to its patients at its hospitals and specialty clinics. OU Medicine, with its expansive campus just west of downtown Oklahoma City, offers the latest in technology and research; OU Medical Center also houses the state’s only Trauma One Center. Deaconess Hospital and St. Anthony’s Hospital round out this year’s list. Deaconess is a 291-bed, full service facility that includes emergency services as well as cancer, cardiac, orthopedic, rehabilitation and wound care. St. Anthony’s Hospital provides a wide array of services to its patients, from surgical weight loss and physical therapy to emergency care and alcohol and drug abuse treatment.

investment Firm It’s important to plan for the future. Whether it’s saving for retirement, a home or tuition for college, it’s best to have someone reliable looking out for your money. The financial team at Morgan Stanley tops the 2013 list for Best Investment Firm. Since its founding in 1935, Morgan Stanley has focused on wealth management with an eye on the most important entity: the consumer. Merrill Lynch’s wealth of qualified advisors and Certified Financial Planners make it a great place to trust growing funds, as well. Charles Schwab offers its clients online trading and investment services at its offices in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

law Firm It’s important, when facing legal issues, to have the best representation possible. In Tulsa, Conner & Winters and GableGotwals share the top spot in this year’s survey. With more than 100 attorneys working in firms throughout the central United States and


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Washington, D.C., Conner & Winters is one of the leading business and litigation law firms in the country. GableGotwals provides representation in a wide range of areas; the firm’s more-than-70 attorneys represent clients throughout the nation. Jones Gotcher & Bogan P.C. and Latham, Wagner, Steele & Lehman tie for the second spot. Jones Gotcher has varied areas of practice and represents some of Oklahoma’s largest and most influential companies. Latham, Wagner, Steele & Lehman is a full service law firm that has been in business for more than a decade. Its client list ranges from Fortune 500 companies to individuals looking for good attorneys. Hall Estill is comprised of more than 150 attorneys that represent local, national and international clients.

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life insurance Life insurance is about peace of mind. New York Life Insurance Company comes in first this year. New York Life recognizes that each client has specific needs, and the company works hard to make sure that insurance plans are tailored for each person. American Fidelity Assurance Company, based in Oklahoma City, provides both term and permanent life insurance to ensure families are protected financially in times of loss. Offering affordable policies and instant rate quotes, MetLife is a favorite among Oklahomans looking for life insurance coverage

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In Oklahoma City, Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson and Echols & Associates tie for the top spot. A vast array of areas of practice and more than 40 attorneys ensures that Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson are well-equipped for most any case. Specializing in family law, Echols, Echols & Smalley attorneys stay busy providing the best representation in matters involving everything from divorces to adoptions and guardianships. Crowe & Dunlevy and Foliart, Huff, Ottaway & Bottom share the second slot in Oklahoma City. Crowe & Dunlevy has been recognized by many national industry publications and organizations as one of the top firms in the nation. Since 1949, Foliart, Huff, Ottaway & Bottom has tried cases all over the country in a wide variety of areas. Areas of practice include personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and professional negligence. The Tawwater Law Firm and McAfee & Taft both round out this year’s annual survey. The Tawwater Law Firm has represented many clients in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death or catastrophic injuries in its 36 years. McAfee & Taft maintains only the highest standards of legal excellence, and a record

Years of sun exposure and other occurrences can leave skin looking less than stellar. Thankfully, Utica Square Skin Care does its best to fix those imperfections and leave skin looking new by utilizing the latest in skin technology. Skin Care Institute and BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center share the second spot on this year’s list. Skin Care Institute offers services such as Botox and laser hair removal. BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center not only performs skin treatments and fillers, but it also offers medically supervised weight loss plans. Skin Renewal of Tulsa and Clinical Care Skin Solutions round out the top three. Skin Renewal’s physician-supervised services include Botox, Juvederm and Fotofacials as well as tattoo removal. Clinical Care Skin Solutions offers a wide variety of skincare treatments and fillers as well as selling its own line of skincare products. In Oklahoma City, Advanced Aesthetics offers a wide variety of services, including Fraxel, acne treatment, hand rejuvenation and permanent cosmetics. Its loyal clientele and stellar work, which includes physician Dr. Michael Elder, is what continues Advanced Aesthetics’ reputation. Wrinkle erasers, body contouring and even vampire facelifts are available at Mariposa MedSpa. The spa also offers standard services like skin rejuvenation, hair removal and therapeutic massage. Rejuvena Cosmetic Medical Center, helmed by Dr. Joan Hardt, provides liquid face-lifts, lip contouring, SlimLipo, Smartlipo and VASER as well as full facial rejuvenation. This medical spa, with professional and courteous staff, rounds out this year’s top three.

moving Service When it comes to relocation, it’s best to hire the top team of movers to trust your most prized possessions with. In Tulsa, Two Men and a Truck sweeps first place this year with 3,500 movers working on 1,400 trucks. With both residential and commercial moving services, Two Men and a Truck is tops with our readers. Mayflower and Allied Van Lines tie for second this year. Mayflower is a national company that can move customers all around the country as

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well as anywhere in the world. Allied Van Lines is a full-service moving company that will pack, unpack, assemble, disassemble and also coordinate extra services, such as connecting appliances and even arranging for cleaning services. Oklahoma’s premier relocation service, 2 Fellas Moving Company rounds out the top three. Offering everything from a complete relocation to truck loading, unloading and a host of other services, 2 Fellas can also call upon its sister company, 2 Gals & A Lil Vehicle packing company, to help with the move. With a motto of “Movers Who Care,” Two Men and a Truck also wins in the Oklahoma City market as Best Moving Service. For Two Men and a Truck, there is no job too large or small for the skilled team of movers. All My Sons Moving & Storage, with the second place vote in this year’s survey, offers local and long-distance moving, as well as corporate relocation, auto transport and storage space rentals. This all-in-one company is a great choice for moving services in OKC. A-1 Onsite Moving and Storage provides free estimates, flexible payment options and expert packing, loading and hauling teams. For these reasons and much more, A-1 has been named to the third spot in the annual survey.

nursing home There are certain decisions that no one wants to ever have to make, but sometimes we must. When it comes to choosing an appropriate nursing home for a loved one, Tulsa readers vouch for Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home, which provides several levels of care, including medication assistance, dressing and grooming, whirlpool baths or showers and daily housekeeping services. This level of care is what makes Saint Simeon’s tops in Tulsa. Oklahoma Methodist Manor, coming in second this year, offers smaller houses for residential nursing care. Each home accommodates up to 16 members that enjoy their own living, dining and outdoor spaces. An attentive nursing staff means your loved one will be well cared for. Forest Hills Assisted Living provides extended-stay nursing care to patients who need constant assistance. The facility, located in Broken Arrow, rounds out the top three in Tulsa. Epworth Villa, located in Oklahoma City, offers options such as memory care, long-term care and skilled nursing. The number one goal of Epworth is to keep residents healthy through skilled service, which is why readers voted them number one in Oklahoma City. Sterling House in Oklahoma City offers a wide


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variety of skilled nursing services to its residents, as well as amenities including pet care, room service and escorts to outside appointments. The high level of care is what earned Sterling House the second spot in this year’s survey. Spanish Cove Retirement Village offers 71 private rooms and suites at the Pavilion, a level of continuing care. Residents have their own assigned staff, and high security and privacy means that loved ones can feel safe. For this, and many other reasons, Spanish Cove rounds out our top three in Oklahoma City.

Ophthalmologist When there’s something wrong with the eyes, ophthalmologists can be the saviors. Dr. Mark Abel at Triad Eye Medical Clinic specializes in removing cataracts, corneal transplants, laser surgeries and refractive surgeries. He is an experienced eye surgeon that has performed more than 25,000 LASIK surgeries. Up next is Dr. Marc Goldberg of the Eye Institute and Dr. Ned Reinstein of Reinstein Eye Associates, who tie for second. Dr. Goldberg has devoted the majority of his practice to medical and surgical treatment

of a wide variety of corneal diseases as well as a cataract and anterior segment diseases of the eye. Dr. Reinstein specializes in laser vision correction and cataract surgeries. Dr. Dan Langley, ophthalmologist at EyeCare Associates South Tulsa, specializes in refractive and cataract surgery and is certified to perform LASIK procedures. He is also one of the few surgeons in Tulsa certified to use INTRALASE and Allegretto lasers. Dr. Jay Leemaster, recognized by readers as the top ophthalmologist in Oklahoma City, is president of Eye Care Oklahoma. He oversees the clinic that performs cataract and glaucoma surgeries, diabetic eye care and LASIK as well as routine vision care. Dr. Russell Crain provides routine vision care and screenings as well as solutions for dry eye and glaucoma treatment. He also specializes in senior vision care. Dr. Amalia Miranda is an experienced ophthalmologist who, at her clinic in Oklahoma City, provides comprehensive eye care and specialized treatment for a range of conditions, including glaucoma, dry eyes and diabetic eye conditions. She places third in Oklahoma City’s survey.


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Whether it’s for a routine vision exam or something out of the ordinary, these optometrists are the ones to call, according to Oklahoma Magazine readers. Dr. Blane Snodgrass and Dr. Robert Zoellner share the top spot this year. Dr. Snodgrass specializes in eye examinations, as well as treating infections and injuries. His office also offers the latest in contact lens technology. Dr. Zoellner, who has two locations, offers the latest in technology to help evaluate and find the best way to correct vision. Dr. Zoellner also treats eye conditions like myopia, astigmatism, hyperopia and presbyopia. Dr. Denise Bode Johnson and Dr. Denise Roddy share the second spot. Dr. Bode Johnson specializes in exams for patients with diabetes, eye infections and eye injuries and provides standard eye care. Dr. Roddy also provides standard eye services and can help patients suffering from low vision and eye diseases, including cataracts and glaucoma. Dr. Norman Hinkle and Dr. Jerry West share the third spot on this year’s Tulsa survey. Dr. Hinkle provides comprehensive eye exams for adults as well as for children. He also provides several

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specialty services, such as digital retinal imaging and corneal mapping. Dr. West, a member of the Tulsa Eye Clinic, also provides a wide range of services for his patients, including comprehensive eye exams and specialty contact fittings. Dr. Scott Forester of Oklahoma City Vision Source offers the latest in technology when it comes to eye exams, including the Optomap Retinal Exam, which performs a thorough exam of the eyes without dilation. Standard eye exams as well as laser vision correction are also offered by Dr. Forester. In the second spot is Dr. Lance Ledbetter, whose office in Moore serves residents with eye exams, preventive eye care and treatment for conditions and eye emergencies. Dr. Adam Geurkink at Norman Eye Associates offers a wide variety of services, including diagnostic services and cataract and refractive surgery consultations. Dr. Geurkink has served the Norman community since 1988.

Orthodontist The need for a better smile will sometimes compel adolescents and adults to visit an orthodontist’s office. Cooper Chockley Orthodontics offers a wide variety of orthodontic services, from traditional braces to Invisalign and the Damon System. The husband-andwife team of Dr. Brenda Chockley and Dr. Jonathan Cooper work together to ensure each patient leaves with a smile of satisfaction. The Brace Place, helmed by Dr. Anand Patel, offers orthodontic services in both Tulsa and Claremore. A beautiful smile and healthier teeth are the top priorities of the staff at The Brace Place. Dr. Mark Andregg has specialized in orthodontics for more than 20 years. His expertise is often sought out by those looking to improve the look of their teeth. He rounds out this year’s top three. The Brace Place, with offices in Edmond and Clinton, places first in the Oklahoma City survey. Dr. Mike Steffen and Dr. Melissa Farrow provide quality service and a variety of orthodontic treatments for all ages. Specialties include Invisalign and Damon System methods. Orthodontic Associates, with offices in Oklahoma City and Edmond, employs five orthodontists who are ready to fix those smiles. Whether it be braces, Invisalign or other corrective appliances, Orthodontic Associates provides the best tool for the job. Rounding out the top three this year is Heim Orthodontics. Dr. Matt Heim serves patients of all ages to help improve the appearance of their teeth. Crowded teeth, bite problems, protruding teeth and difficulty in chewing are just a few orthodontic issues that Dr. Heim tackles.

Orthopaedic Center, comes in second this year. Dr. Mittal specializes in adult hip and knee reconstruction and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Ronald LaButti of Central States Orthopedic Specialists and Dr. Bradford Boone of Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center share the third spot this year. Dr. LaButti’s areas of special interest include total joint replacement, arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of lower extremities, sports medicine and trauma. Dr. Boone specializes in sports medicine and serves as team physician for the Tulsa Drillers and various local universities and high schools. Dr. James Odor of Oklahoma Spine Hospital is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon whose specialties include correcting disorders of the spine, including spinal deformity, spinal fusion surgery and disc herniation. Dr. David Teague of OU Medicine currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation. His specialties include orthopedic trauma and complex, multiple injuries. Dr. Carlan Yates of McBride Orthopedic Clinic rounds out the top three in Oklahoma City. Dr. Yates completed a fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery.

Pediatrician A child’s first doctor can make a huge difference. That’s why it’s wise to take your little tyke to the best. In Tulsa, readers recommend Dr. Linda Murphy. Dr. Murphy receives high praise from her patients (and parents of patients) for bedside manner and ease of appointments. Dr. Loren Miller is the second pick this year for top pediatrician. Having practiced in his clinic on 51st Street for decades, Dr. Miller has treated generations of patients and is known for always having a smile on his face. Dr. Charity Pollak of Utica Park Clinic rounds out the top three pediatricians. With her office located in Jenks, Dr. Pollak sees patients from newborn through adolescence. Dr. Patrice Aston, who places first in the Oklahoma City category of this survey, is a pediatrician with more than three decades of practice. Dr. Albert Harvey comes in second as Best Pediatrician. He has served patients in Oklahoma City for 35 years. Dr. Victor Wilson, whose clinic in Norman stays very busy, is renowned for his bedside manner and patience with patient concerns.

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These doctors are pretty important; after all, what would humans be without their bones? Dr. Scott Dunitz of Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates and Dr. Greg Holt of The Orthopaedic Center both top the list as Best Orthopedic Surgeon. Dr. Dunitz’s primary specialty is in adult reconstruction surgery and total joint replacements. In practice since 1988, Dr. Dunitz also serves as an assistant professor at OU-Tulsa Medical College. Dr. Holt is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Yogesh Mittal, also of The

Where do you take your pooch to get pamepered? In Tulsa, PetSmart is the place readers recommend. With fullservice grooming, including shampooing and nail-cutting, PetSmart has flexible hours that are great for busy professionals. Petco’s grooming services also receive high ratings. The store uses natural products to ensure your dog’s utmost safety.


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Choose from basic services to extras, from “nose to toes.” Rounding out the top three is Cathy’s Critter Cuts, which specializes in making your pooch look fabulous. Lucky Dog Lodge in Oklahoma City is readers’ choice as Best Pet Grooming Services. Lucky Dog Lodge provides full-service, professional all-breed bathing and grooming. The groom room is state-ofthe-art, boasting two raised washing tubs, a walk-in shower and custom caging. Rose Rock Vet Hospital & Pet Resort offers full-service grooming for both dogs and cats. Comb-outs, scissor cuts, stripping and shaving – Rose Rock will do whatever is best for your pet. Rounding out the third spot is Prissy Pampered Pups, whose specialties include clipping and trimming fur, bathing, brushing, nails, glands and ear cleaning.

Pharmacy Pharmacies provide a vital service, whether we’re ill or just trying to maintain good health. Walgreens is the top vote-getter in Tulsa for Best Pharmacy. With many locations across the metro, the accessibility and convenient drive-through service make it a great pharmacy. CVS comes in second place, with an expanding roster of stores across Tulsa and great customer service. The Apothecary Shoppe is a compounding pharmacy that can mix specialized medications for customers. In Oklahoma City, Walgreens also takes the top spot for friendly staff and speedy service. CVS also gains the second spot in OKC. With conveniences like express refill for in-store pick-up, CVS is popular with loyal customers. Locally owned and operated, Conrad Marr Drug Company rounds out the top three. In the age of big box pharmacy, Conrad Marr will still deliver prescriptions to clients’ doors.



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Place to Call When You Smash Your luxury Car Where do we go to repair those dents and dings that happen to cars over time? In Tulsa, Hourglass Collision Repair is in the top spot for vehicle body repair. A Mercedes Benz-certified repair center, Hourglass provides luxuries like rental car service to clients while their vehicles are under repair. Karoll Martin Paint & Body Shop comes in second for a commitment to customer satisfaction. Without an affiliation with any insurance company, Karoll Martin ensures customers get the final say in repairs. Since 1947, Barron & Hart has dedicated itself to giving time and attention to customers’ vehicles, no matter how little or how much repair work needs to be done. For this, they have earned the third place spot. hourglass Collision Repair, Best Place to Call When You Smash Your luxury Car COURTESY HOURGLASS COLLISION REPAIR

Collision Clinic, family owned and operated for more than 35 years, offers a convenient location and unmatched customer service to ensure your repair goes as smoothly as possible. Xclusive Collision & Towing, located in Yukon, uses the best materials, and all repairs are done to factory specifications, which is why Xclusive has been voted in second place. Mills Collision Center does it all, from custom paint jobs to serious engine repair. Mills’ technicians can manage projects of any scale.

Realtor Whether it’s time to buy or sell, the first call should be to a professional realtor. In Tulsa, Peter Walter of Walter & Associates has represented a wide swath of Tulsans in the negotiations of home purchases. Walter works with clients with homes in all parts of Tulsa and in all price ranges. Blake Loveless, also of Walter & Associates, has represented the firm since 1997. In addition to representing families buying and selling homes, Loveless volunteers his time to various causes in Tulsa, earning him a second place spot. Jacki Crews of McGraw Realtors rounds out this year’s survey. With more than 30 years of real estate experience, Crews is a top producing agent for the


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local MLS board. Kurt Swink, an associate with Metro First Realty, has been a realtor for more than two decades in the Oklahoma City metro area, representing both buyers and sellers. Brad Reeser has a proven track record with Keller Williams Realty and was voted second this year by readers. Marta McCubbin of First Source Real Estate represents both buyers and sellers with homes in a wide variety of price ranges. She rounds out this year’s survey in Oklahoma City.

Retirement Community Retirement is usually something for which we strive. And when the moment comes, it’s also an opportunity to evaluate our living situation. Montereau provides excellent options when it comes to independent living in a community setting. Choose from apartments or garden homes where retirees can participate in arranged activities and lead an independent life. Senior Star Living believes that allowing residents to age in place enables each person to remain part of the Senior Star community longer through receiving the proper support and services needed should their health circumstances change. Brookdale Town Village Tulsa, Tulsa Jewish Retirement Health Care Center and Country Club of Woodland Hills all share the third spot. Close to shopping, entertainment, medical facilities and churches, Town Village Tulsa provides retirees with lush amenities, with eight floor plans from which to choose. Tulsa Jewish Retirement Health Care Center provides a wide variety of amenities plus wellness activities encourages to keep retirees healthy. Country Club of Woodland Hills offers several floor plans, all with full-size kitchens, balconies or patios and walk-in closets. Epworth Villa offers apartments and cottages for retirees ready for the easy life. Each home can be tailored to the resident’s exacting standards, which makes Epworth the numer one pick. Coming in second is Tealridge Christian Retirement Community, which includes 24-hour emergency call systems in apartments, free access to a fitness center, concerts, musicals and special guest speakers and outdoor amenities like walking trails, vegetable and flower gardens and fishing ponds. Emeritus at Statesman Club provides a serene and upscale living environment for seniors who are used to a particular way of living. A small lake and fountain, large apartments and on-site

pool, library, salon, fitness club and dog park are just a few of the amenities that Statesman Club has to offer its residents.

Spa There are many places to relax, but none are quite as luxurious as a spa. In Tulsa, Spa Southern Hills comes in first this year and offers facial and body treatments, including various massages, mineral polish treatments and manicure services. Bella Vita Spa and Salon, second in this year’s voting, provides a full service of hair care in addition to waxing, skin care and facials, massages and body treatments. Spa packages are also available geared toward both men and women. Ihloff Salon & Day Spa rounds out our top three with services including facials and massages. Cottonwood Salon Spa, a staple in Edmond for decades, offers a wide variety of spa services, including waxing, manicures and pedicures, facials, massages and IonCleanse, a treatment that pulls petrochemicals, plastics, pesticides and other toxins out of the body through a food bath. Cottonwood takes first in this year’s survey. Renaissance Salon & Spa, taking second place this year, offers everything from body exfoliation and body wraps and masks to massage, solar bronzing and makeup services. Eden Salon & Spa’s spa services include massage, and hydrotherapy, which earns it third place in this year’s The Best of the Best.

Staffing agency Staffing agencies can provide temporary help, or they can assist companies in finding a more permanent employee. Key Personnel, with agencies in Tulsa and Bartlesville, have served the area with temporary employment and temp-to-hire for more than 35 years. Hire Call specializes in the placement of professionals in the clerical, medical, legal and industrial areas. Express Employment Professionals and Part-Time Pros round out the top three. Express provides job placement in a wide variety of sectors and provides job testing and training programs. Part-Time Pros seeks to match up degree-holding professionals with companies looking for part-time and full-time work. In Oklahoma City, Express Employment Professionals, with more than 550 locations throughout the country, wins first. The employment agency has put more than 335,000 people to work in a single year. The Addison Group specializes in administrative, engineering, finance and accounting, health care, IT and executive searches. Sooner Medical Staffing, rounding out the top three, was founded in 2006 as a way of matching CNAs, caregivers, LPNs and RNs with new and exciting career opportunities.

Therapist/Counselor We all need someone to talk to at some point in our lives. Luckily, there are plenty of licensed clinicians ready to help us work through life issues. Dr. Courtney Linsenmeyer-O’Brien specializes in anxiety and depression as well as sexual health and self-image issues. Her treatments include helping clients develop his or her own life plan to help evaluate perspectives while working toward personal goals. Chris Giles of

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Wedding Cakes Weddings are great and all, but the icing on the cake is always, well, the wedding cake. Merritt’s Bakery wows Tulsa with creations for nuptials. Creativity, sophistication and taste all add up to great cakes by Merritt’s bakeries. Nibbles by Grandeur Affaires creates cakes to suit any bride. Whether the cake is inspired by color, theme or location, the team at Nibbles delivers beautiful creations for happy couples. Ann’s Bakery and Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery, both Tulsa staples, tie for the third spot. At Ann’s, wedding cakes are the specialty. With many flavors and fillings from which to choose, Ann’s certainly pleases the most discerning palate. From the simple to the most elaborate, Ludger’s provides quality wedding cakes to couples in Tulsa. Amy Cakes doesn’t just create wedding cakes; it creates edible works of art. Tiers of delicious cake surrounded by beautiful sugar creations are the specialties of Amy Cakes, winner of this year’s Best Wedding Cakes survey in Oklahoma City. Sliding into the second spot is Mishelle Handy Cakes. Colorful

For many, our pets are just extensions of the family. That’s why, when it comes to healthcare for these special loved ones, only the best will do. In Tulsa, Care Animal Hospital tops the list as Best Animal Hospital. With three veterinarians on staff, Care Animal Hospital handles everything from routine exams to emergency procedures. Family Animal Medicine and Animal Medical and Surgical Hospital tie for the second spot. Providing care to pets in the Owasso area, Family Animal Medicine employs two veterinarians to care for those family animals. Animal Medical and Surgical Hospital treats both domestic and exotic pets, from dogs and cats to birds and bunnies. VCA Woodland Animal Hospital and Dr. Rodney Robards of Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital round out the top three. VCA Woodland provides excellent care for pets, including check-ups, surgeries and boarding services. Dr. Robards specializes in general care as well as laser surgery, endoscopy and orthopedics in animals. Nichols Hills Veterinary Clinic takes the top spot in Chris humphrey, Best Oklahoma City. The mission of the clinic is to Wedding Photographer provide service throughout the life of the pet, CHRIS HUMPHREY from routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of diseases. Ranchwood Veterinary Hospital has provided services to the residents of south Oklahoma City and Moore since 1977. In addition to standard veterinary services, grooming and boarding are also offered. Oklahoma City residents drive out of their way to visit the veterinarians at West Yukon Animal Hospital. Attentive service and reasonable prices are two reasons this animal


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cakes that can be sophisticated, playful or exotic are a hallmark of a Mishelle Handy creation. Rounding out the top three is Madison’s on Main. Specializing in wedding cakes and groom’s cakes, Madison’s can also create the ultimate bridal cupcake for a wedding.

Wedding Photographer When it’s the biggest day of your life, you want to be able to trust the guy or gal behind the lens to capture the best moments. Chris Humphrey Photographer is tops for his attentive service to brides and grooms. He’s photographed weddings in Tulsa, throughout the state and around the world. Second is Ervin Photography, whose talented team of photographers provides innovative and beautiful shots at weddings. Expect lots of quality shots from which to choose when hiring Ervin Photography for your wedding. Rounding out the top three is Montag Photography. With more than 1,500 weddings under its belt, Montag provides beautiful images of the big day throughout Tulsa, northeast Oklahoma and Oklahoma City. Specializing in weddings, Jesse Reich Photography focuses on what’s important to the happy couple. Creative images that best showcase the big day are what Jesse is known for, and it’s what earned the studio a first place nod. Shannon Ho Photography has photographed weddings for more than a decade. Her desirable and discerning eye help create beautiful portraits of couples in love. Aaron Snow Photography has traveled around the globe to capture Oklahoma City couples’ beautiful days, and for that, he’s earned a third place spot in our The Best of the Best.

Wireless Service Estimates are that around 80 percent of Americans own cell phones. That’s quite a large market for wireless services. In Oklahoma, AT&T takes the top spot for its wide coverage, reasonable pricing and the friendly service offered by staff at its numerous stores statewide. Verizon is also popular with the state’s cell phone users, with thousands using the service. Sprint and US Cellular round out this year’s top three. Headquartered in Kansas, Sprint provides large coverage areas throughout the United States, ensuring calls go through. US Cellular boasts one of the highest customer retention rates of any wireless carrier; that’s definitely something to be proud of.

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Car Dealer Car lots are infamous for causing panic attacks and dread of the thought of pressuring sales folks doing their best to make the deal. Yet, there are places that gain a reputation for making the experience pleasant and, gasp, even fun. If you’re going to take the plunge buying a new vehicle, why not enjoy it? Lexus of Tulsa gets the highest marks in Tulsa for is customer service, which is in direct proportion to the Lexus luxury of standard – which is to say it’s very, very high. Readers also praised BMW of Tulsa as a top choice for the quality of its product as well as a selec-


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tion of customization packages that make the driver know, indeed, “you are special.” Jim Norton Toyota and Don Carlton Honda tied for the third spot on our list for so many reasons, among them for their consistent presence in Tulsa and a commitment to serving the community. Oh yeah, they sell pretty good cars, too. Drive over to Oklahoma City, and you’re sure to find dozens of dealerships, each with merit and deserving of patronage. Three, however, stand out year after year. OKC loves David Stanley Dodge for its selection of cars, trucks and vehicles that fit every need from personal use to business, from driving the kids from baseball practice to cruising town in ultimate style. The Bob Moore Auto Group took the second highest number of votes. Could it be the huge selection of makes – among them Audi, Subaru, GMC, Porche, Kia – or could it be Bob Moore’s leadership in community efforts, such as providing a drop-off

location for items to help victims of the Moore tornado? We approve of both. Rounding out the top three is Jackie Cooper BMW, as fine a dealership as they come, with an excellent record of service and reputation for making the car-buying experience an awesome one.

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Kids are pretty lucky these days. Clothes for the preteen-and-under set have become much more trendy than their parents had it. When Tulsa takes its kids shopping for back-to-school clothes, special occasions or just play, the top choice is GapKids for its offering of trendy, comfortable clothing as well as accessories and personal care products all age-suited. Dillard’s department store follows for an expansive selection of children’s wear ranging from clothes for newborns all the way to teens and with all the major labels. If boutique shopping is more your style, you can’t pass up Kathleen’s Kids, a midtown favorite for the stylish set and those who like the individual attention that comes with specialty stores. They don’t come much cuter than this. Oklahoma City’s Uptown Kids is tops among readers for its upbeat lines of clothes for boys, girls and babies as well as accessories that would make any adult envious. Located on the trendy Classen Curve, this store is the epitome of toddler chic complete with a playroom and original work by area artists like the NBA’s Desmond Mason on display. Readers in the City also like GapKids’ selection of seasonal separates and ease of shopping. The Green Bambino rounds out the top three in OKC with a unique take on clothing your child. Look for only the finest natural and organic products, including cloth diapers and carrier slings, which we believe may technically be considered an accessory.

Department Store Seasons come and go, and style changes as quickly as a wind through downtown Tulsa. For those profession-

als, urbanites and fashionable adventurers, options are seemingly endless. Wise shoppers look no further than the top three stores chosen by our readers. Saks Fifth Avenue carries a large selection of designer labels from Armani to Elie Tahari along with everything else that comes with feeling your best, which makes it No. 1 on our list. Readers also love the experience of Miss Jackson’s, a Utica Square tradition and Tulsa mainstay for more than a century complete with fine shopping and service. Convenience, range and affordability reign at Dillard’s with everything from the basics to luxury items covered. Balliets is all about the season and this Classen Curve favorite brings the hottest clothes, shoes and cosmetics to Oklahoma City, making it readers’ top pick in OKC. Dillard’s received the second most votes with its continued push of offering variety to every shopper. The famed Macy’s has it all for every member of the family and every room of the home, which is why readers made it a top pick.

eyeglass Store Few people remember being pleased when the optometrist told them they would need to wear glasses. Lucky for us, Tulsa and Oklahoma City have great choices for eyewear to complement the season and every individual. Whether it’s prescription or not, Visions Unique Eyewear in midtown Tulsa has an exclusive line of frames and lenses, making it Tulsa’s top pick. Readers also like Hicks Brunson Eyewear, provider of great service and designer or custom eyewear, giving it high marks in our vote. The third spot goes to Black Optical, which can only be compared to the experience of an art gallery – open, deluxe and especially fine.

For the same reasons, Oklahoma City voted Black Optical its top choice for fashionable, premium eyewear. Trust and reliability are important to consumers, which is why our OKC readers chose Sam’s Optical and its two area locations. Eyemart Express makes choosing glasses a breeze, and with multiple locations in the capital’s metro area, it comes in at third.

Fine Jewelry Store Expertise rates high when consumers purchase fine jewelry. You want someone who knows her carats from her culets as well as a sense of good design. Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels of Tulsa is synonymous with refinement and luxury, not to mention outstanding quality. It’s Tulsa’s No. 1 choice. Moody’s Jewelry isn’t far behind in votes out of Tulsa. It’s “where you get engaged” and get the ring, and that’s the truth. Star Jewelers is a star in its industry with more than 40 years of excellence in Broken Arrow. BC Clark Jewelers puts the excitement into shopping for fine jewelry, offering $5,000 back on the purchase of an engagement ring if it rains or snows on the wedding day. Readers made this OKC fixture No. 1. Naifeh Fine Jewelry fills out the list in second for its custom quality and appeal, and a variety of pieces for all sorts of occasions and personalities. Mitchener-Farrand Jewelers makes the OKC list, too, as the place to find unique pieces as well as something that specially expresses your admiration for a certain NBA team. Go Thunder!

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grocery Store/market If it’s a rare or extra special spice you need for that important dish, you’re sure to find it at the grocers that made our best list. In Tulsa, Petty’s Fine Foods brings the best in ethnic, imported and gourmet foods to shoppers just as it has since 1945. Make sure to stop by its deli! Whole Foods Market comes in a close second, and if you’ve seen the selection of natural and organic goods across all its departments you’ll understand why Tulsans are in love. Reasor’s Foods and Fresh Market round out the category – Reasor’s for its notable customer service and selection, and Fresh Market for bringing quality organic and openReasor’s Foods, Best grocery Store/market COURTESY REASOR’S FOOD

air market charm to south Tulsa. The expansive Whole Foods Market in Oklahoma City impresses with its façade, but when you step inside, you see why it is a readers’ favorite OKC spot to shop. The employee-owned Homeland chain of stores is favored for its hometown atmosphere (an underappreciated value) to place it second, followed by Crest Foods, an ever-expanding, locally-owned chain built on putting family first and offering a solid product.

men’s Boutique It’s not just girls who are crazy about a sharp-dressed man. A good suit does wonders for your image. Abersons in Tulsa makes the point with all the essential pieces from the designers you want. Fashion is not only a woman’s game, and Abersons rises to the top of Tulsa’s best with Travers Mahan, known for its service, reliable labels and exclusive lines. Saxon Judd came in second place on Tulsa’s list for its tailored perfection, while Pinpoint Resource closed the top three with its collection of quality dress pieces gil’s Clothing & Denim Bar, Best Women’s Boutique and accessories from traditional to trendy. Mr. Ooley’s of Oklahoma City sells the BRENT FUCHS finest merchandise for both gentlemen and ter than to make every man stand out from everyman, ladies, but the men’s department gets top nods with and for that reason, it is one of OKC’s best. Oklahoma Magazine’s OKC voters for its classic and contemporary fashions and suits. For its high standard of customer service, Spencer Stone Company got enough votes to place it second, but having its own No longer limited to merely a row in the grocery label and line of suits and sport coats helps. Over at store, pet care has expanded into myriad specialty Alltons in Edmond, the staff would love nothing betindustries to keep Fluffy and Spot healthy and happy

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members of your family. PetSmart leads the way – when it comes to offering a variety of foods, products and services for you pets, the national company gets the vote for Tulsa’s best, followed by Petco, another giant of the industry favored for bringing choices to the consumer as well as specializing in small “exotic” pets such as lizards, hamsters and saltwater fish. Local-owned Southern Agriculture gets a big thumbs-up, too, from readers for its abundant area locations, veterinary care and exclusive brands. Once more, PetSmart is tops, this time in Oklahoma City, where pet owners can shop for a shampoo/ conditioner duo for their dog or have the store’s groomers take charge. Customers and their pets are family at A1 Pet Emporium, the self-proclaimed “headquarters for healthy and natural foods, treats and more for dogs and cats.” Readers agree, voting it into second place. Then, there’s Kickingbird Animal Hospital & Supply Center, a part of the VCA Animal Hospitals system and Edmond’s only stop for supplies, food, care, boarding and grooming – no wonder it’s a The Best of the Best pick.

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nation with unique stores and restaurants set among beautifully manicured gardens and trees. Center 1 in the trendy Brookside district offers a distinctive selection of shops, many one of a kind, in a sleek modern environment. When our readers are checking off a long list, they also head to Woodland Hills Mall in south Tulsa with more than 165 fine stores. Penn Square Mall takes top honors with Oklahoma City readers with more than 145 conveniently located shops, including major name such as Michael Kors and Coach. Shoppers headed to Classen Curve enjoy a unique collection of high-end local shops, such as Liberté and Uptown Kids in a trendy urban environment. The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City is also destination for Oklahoma City shoppers in search of a bargain and stores ranging from Le Creuset to Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth.

Sporting goods/Outdoor Store In Oklahoma, we take our sports and our outdoor activities pretty seriously, so if you’re looking for a new pair of cleats or camping gear, you’ll find just what you need at these stores. Topping our list of The Best of the Best with seven Tulsa and OKC metro locations, Dick’s Sporting Goods carries everything under one roof, from team sports equipment to hunting and fishing tackle. Next, Academy Sports & Outdoors is one of the nation’s largest sporting goods and outdoor stores, so our readers know their four metro locations offer great deals and one-stop shopping. Rounding out the survey is Bass Pro Shops. Their OKC and Broken Arrow stores are a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts.

Stationery Store Whether they’re announcing the wedding of the year or sending a thoughtful note, our readers know where to go for real stationery – no e-vites. Utica Square style haven Miss Jackson’s is the top choice for our Tulsa readers; you can also pick out a china pattern to go with your wedding announcement. Next, Margo’s Gifts has been serving Tulsa since 1935, and they’re experts in stationery and proper stationery etiquette. You’re Invited completes our list with custom stationery design services for every occasion. No Regrets is the top choice in Oklahoma City, and this fun gift shop makes it their mission to help customers express their personal style with a full range of personal and business stationery. The next spot goes to Paper Lion, one of the oldest gift stores in Edmond and purveyors of such lines as Crane & Co. and Birchcraft. If you’re looking for something different, head to Chirps and Cheers. They specialize in modern stationery and custom designed wedding announcements.

Toy Store There are some great places to go for the latest toys. Toys “R” Us, that national chain that offers something for everybody, comes in first with Tulsa readers. Kiddlestix, an independently-owned and operated toy store that offers education toys, dolls and hobby supplies, comes in second this year. The chain department store Target, with its massive toy department full of games, action figures and tea party sets, rounds out


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the top three. In Oklahoma City, Toys “R” Us also takes the top spot in Oklahoma City, where there are toys for people of all ages. Learning Tree offers toys, books and games that are both fun and educational for growing children. Online shopping is also available for this local toy store. Lakeshore Learning Center offers toys and games for all age ranges and grade levels. It’s a great resource for educational learning as well as for teachers looking for educational material for the classroom.

Wine/liquor Store There are great places to lift up those spirits in Oklahoma. Tulsans vote Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits as the best wine or liquor store in the city. A wide selection of wines from local, national and international vintners makes Ranch Acres a great stop to stock up on a range of wines. Old Village Wine & Spirits comes in second this year. Stocking wine, spirits and a wide variety of high-point beer makes this Brookside store a favorite. Primo’s Fine Wine & Spirits rounds out this year’s top three. The knowledgeable staff at Primo’s can help customers find the perfect wine, beer or spirit to cater to their taste buds. Byron’s Liquor Warehouse is Oklahoma City’s top pick for Best Wine/Liquor Store. More than 10,000 square feet holds thousands of wine and beer selections; benefits like joining Byron’s Wine Club or Brew Club make Byron’s a favorite among readers. Broadway Wine Merchants, in addition to selling thousands of wines, offers customized wine tastings, with new wines arriving daily. Beau’s Wine Bin and Edmond Wine Shop tie for the third spot. Beau’s Wine Bin offers a wide selection of wines and spirits as well as special events throughout the year. The Edmond Wine Shop imports wines from all over the world and also offers a wide beer selection.

Women’s Boutique There are plenty of boutiques for women’s clothing in Tulsa, but a few stand out from the crowd. Abersons earns this year’s top spot. Carrying luxury brands like Stella McCartney, Alexander Wang and Lanvin, Abersons carries clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and handbags. Rope and On A Whim share the second spot. Rope, located on Cherry Street, carries fashionable brands like ERIN by Erin Fetherston, IRO, Loeffler Randall and Frye. On A Whim, located along Brookside, offers clothing, accessories and handbags from such designers as Alice + Olivia, Kate Spade and Nanette Lepore. Donna’s Fashions and Rockin’ Sooner Ranch Mercantile round out this year’s annual survey. Donna’s carries clothing and accessories from designers such as Alberto Makali, Johnny Was and Karen Kane. Rockin’ Sooner Ranch carries Western-inspired items by designers such as Gentle Fawn,

Wildfox and Babakul. Gordon Stuart earns the top spot for Best Women’s Boutique in Oklahoma City. Carrying exclusive brands such as Chanel, Fendi and Gucci, Gordon Stuart is the place to go for luxury women’s clothing and accessories. On A Whim and Liberté both located in stylish Classen Curve, share the second spot. Carrying Parker, Trina Turk and Rebecca Taylor, On A Whim is a great shopping spot for clothing and accessories. Liberte carries exclusive brands like Herve Leger, Candy Woolley and Amy Matto New York. Gil’s Clothing & Denim Bar earns this year’s third spot. The biggest selection of designer denim in the state, Gil’s also carries dresses, blouses and other accessories for women.

Women’s Shoe Store Where’s the best place to get beautiful shoes in Tulsa? Readers say it’s Saks Fifth Avenue and Abersons that provide the top footwear. With brands like Tory Burch, Kate Spade and Jimmy Choo, Saks offers shoes for casual events and formal occasions. Pumps, sandals and slip-ons are all de rigueur at Abersons, with brands like Lanvin, Costume National and Stella McCartney. Miss Jackson’s carries a wide assortment of shoes, from sandals to stilettos, from designers such as Stuart Weitzman, Ferragamo and Donald J. Pliner. J. Cole Shoes, a trendy shoe boutique, rounds out the category for Best Women’s Shoe Store. Carrying Jessica Simpson, Sperry and Betsey Johnson, J. Cole Shoes offers a style for even the most discriminating shopper. Balliets offers a wide variety of shoes and tops this year’s annual survey in Oklahoma City. Loeffler Randall, Rachel Zoe and Valentino are all brands available in Balliets’ shoe department. Gordon Stuart carries beautiful shoes from designers including Manolo Blahnik, Fendi and Gucci. Shoetopia, in the third spot, carries brands like TOMS, Nomad and Report.

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ACTION. ENTERTAINMENT IT’S OPENING NIGHT. FRONT ROW SEATS. GET A ROOM. BASKETBALL. THESE ARE MY JAMS. 18 holes Golfing takes a little athleticism, a little strategy and a lot of confidence. In Tulsa, Southern Hills Country Club takes the cake as top golf course in Tulsa. The course is unlike any other in America, and some of the hardest 18 holes to play in the region are right here at Southern Hills. Golf Club of Oklahoma, located in the rolling hills of eastern Oklahoma, offers beautiful trees and lush fairways. The 32-acre spring-fed lake adds to the beauty of the course. Rounding out the top three, Cherokee Hills Golf Club is the official course of Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino. The course, originally designed in 1924, offers four teeing places to accommodate golfers of all levels. In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club has been recognized by Golf Digest as one of the premier golf courses in Oklahoma. This par-71 has rolling hills and mature landscape, having been constructed in 1929. Gaillardia Country Club has played host to two PGA Senior Championships and is a regular playing course for several on the PGA tour. The course, designed by golfing legend Tom Kite, offers challenging playability. Rounding out the top three is Moore Golf & Athletic Club, whose 18-hole championship course is located on 145 acres. A driving range and short game practice area are also available for members.

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Tulsa, M.A. Doran Gallery, located along Brookside, is a choice gallery for acquiring pieces by nationally recognized artists, as well as local artists including Otto Duecker, Kreg Kallenberger and Ann Garrett. Aberson Exhibit, also located on Brookside, carries contemporary works that are desirable to some of the area’s top art collectors. Joseph Gierek Fine Art, rounding out the top three, has been a Tulsa establishment for more than 30 years, representing artists in a variety of media, including painting, sculpting and mixed media. Oklahoma City’s IAO Gallery, operated by Individual Artists of Oklahoma, represents a wide variety of the state’s artists. The gallery features thought-provoking works of art that enhance the public’s perception of the importance of art in society. DNA Galleries is an urban, contemporary art gallery displaying works by up-and-coming artists. DNA also offers a small retail shop with goods produced entirely

by local artisans. Howell Gallery, rounding out this year’s top three, represents fine artists who work in a variety of media. Noted Oklahoma artists include Bennett Berry and Suzanne Mears.

Casino You may know when to hold ‘em, but do you really know when to fold ‘em? Try your hand with Lady Luck at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, which garners the top spot in this year’s survey. The casino boasts more than 2,600 electronic games as well as blackjack and a poker room. Hard Rock even hosts regular poker tournaments. River Spirit Casino offers poker progressive jackpots as well as monthly tournaments and a host of electronic games, earning it the second slot. Osage Casino and Downstream Casino & Resort share this year’s third spot. Osage, just minutes from downtown Tulsa, offers more than 1,000 electronic games, 11 table games and an eight-table poker room. Downstream provides an entire slot floor, m.a. Doran gallery with more than 2,000 games LARRY GREEN available for its patrons. Table games and a poker room are also offered at this northeast Oklahoma casino. Riverwind Casino – bringing a little Las Vegas flair to Oklahoma – offers electronic and table games, off-track betting and Keno. Regular promotions mean there’s always something to be won at Riverwind. Winstar World Casino, located in tiny Thackerville, Okla., offers the standard gaming amenities, plus roulette, off-track betting and Keno, all in a stunning setting. Firelake Grand Casino,





rounding out this year’s top three, offers a variety of gaming options as well as an entertainment venue that brings in some of the nation’s biggest acts.

Concert Venue The biggest names in the entertainment industry are certain to be seen at BOK Center. The Tulsa arena consistently ranks among the top in the nation in terms of ticket sales, and the acts just keep getting bigger. Historic Cain’s Ballroom ranks second this year. Bringing acts of all sorts, from country and rock to reggae and rap, Cain’s is a top destination in Tulsa for music. Brady Theater brings music and comedy acts to its storied stage. When it’s not hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chesapeake Energy Arena brings in top acts from around the globe, from Bieber and Beyonce to NKOTB. Riverwind Casino keeps casino-goers entertained. Comedy, country and rock all converge at Riverwind’s event center. Civic Center Music Hall and Diamond Ballroom tie for third this year. Civic Center’s line-up includes award-winning musicals and world-renowned performers. Diamond Ballroom brings classic ‘80s artists as well as up-and-coming bands and solo artists to its stage.

hotel Whether it’s for family in town or you just need a night away from your own home, there are plenty of hotels in the state that offer top-notch amenities. The Mayo Hotel, renovated and reopened in 2008, hosts visitors to Tulsa in a lavish yet comfortable setting. An in-house restaurant and coffee shop add convenience to the hotel that offers luxurious rooms. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa comes in second this year. The hotel that towers above the casino includes 356 rooms, of which 56 are suites, with amenities like plasma TVs, expanded cable, free wi fi and walk-in showers. Ambassador Hotel houses just seven rooms and suites per floor, offering privacy and exclusivity. Be sure to dine at Ambassador’s award-winning restaurant, The Chalkboard. The luxurious Skirvin Hilton Hotel is the hotel of choice in downtown Oklahoma City. Top-notch amenities and prime location, along with a lounge and celebrated restaurant, Park Avenue Grill. Colcord Hotel, a boutique hotel also located in downtown Oklahoma City, offers four distinct room options for patrons as well as the stylish restaurant, Flint. Waterford Marriott Hotel rounds out the top three. The four-diamond Oklahoma City hotel boasts an onsite spa and is close to downtown amenities as well as several area golf courses.

local TV Station We all have shows that we absolutely can’t miss. Some may not want to admit it openly, but the weekly results of The Bachelorette can definitely affect the rest of our week. In Tulsa, KOTV Channel 6, a CBS affiliate, takes tops for its programming of popular shows like NCIS, The Good Wife and The Big Bang Theory. Stellar news reporting by seasoned national and local anchors also earns KOTV the first place nod. KJRH Channel 2, the NBC affiliate in Tulsa, comes in second. With programming like the reality smash


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hits The Voice and America’s Got Talent and sit-coms like Parks and Recreation and Community, it’s easy to see why KJRH is so popular with viewers. KOKI Channel 23 rounds out the top three. American Idol, The New Girl, Glee and, of course, The Simpsons are all feathers in Fox’s hat. In Oklahoma City, KWTV Channel 9, the CBS affiliate, earns the top spot according to our readers in that market. Consistent news coverage as well as favorite shows like Late Night with David Letterman, Criminal Minds and the CSI franchise all add up to a great network. NBC affiliate KFOR Channel 4 earns the second slot. Top anchors and shows like Saturday Night Live as well as a stellar daytime line-up earn KFOR second place. KOCO Channel 5, an affiliate of ABC, rounds out the top three. With reality shows like The Bachelorette and Shark Tank along with the top-rated sit-com Modern Family, KOCO pleases its audiences night after night.

museum There are all kinds of art and artifacts to be seen in the state. Tulsa readers have spoken, and Philbrook Museum earns the top spot as Best Museum this year. Philbrook regularly hosts popular traveling exhibitions and is also home to a stellar collection of everything from Asian art to modern and contemporary; the recent opening of a new studio space in the Brady Arts District has also created a lot of buzz for this historic

museum. Gilcrease Museum comes in second place this year. As one of the country’s best facilities for the preservation and study of American art and history, the museum also houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West. Thousands travel from all over annually to visit Gilcrease. Tulsa Air & Space Museum rounds out the top three. The museum boasts a planetarium as well as exhibits that include a wide variety of aircraft. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art earns the top spot this year as Best Museum by Oklahoma City readers. Provocative exhibitions and collections ranging from Dale Chihuly glass to works by O’Keeffe and Renoir. The Noble Theater also provides museumgoers to view indie films in a comfortable theater. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History both tie for second this year. The Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum brings exhibitions that showcase art of the American West, while permanent collections include monumental sculptures, the Western Performers Gallery and the American Rodeo Gallery. The Sam Noble Museum boasts collections that showcase the origins of Oklahoma. From skeletons of dinosaurs to collections of artifacts that showcase 11,000 years of history, the museum offers a glimpse into Oklahoma’s very storied past. Science Museum Oklahoma is a great place for young and

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Resort in Oklahoma Where are the best places to get away in the Sooner State? In Tulsa, readers say it’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Be sure to check into your room early and enjoy all it has to offer before dining at one of Hard Rock’s great restaurants, then head to the gaming floor or take in a show at The Joint, Hard Rock’s live music venue. The Canebrake and Quartz Mountain Resort Arts & Conference Center tie for second place this year. The Canebrake provides a relaxing atmosphere in which to recharge. Activities include spa services, yoga, birding and live music, and all this just a short drive from Wagoner. Quartz Mountain Resort provides relaxation, boating and water activities, hiking and golfing, all in the picturesque Wichita Mountains in southwest Oklahoma. Western Hills Guest Ranch, located along the shores of Fort Gibson Lake, offers an 18-hole golf course, boat rentals, paddle boats and fishing. Equestrian and nature trails, mountain biking and hiking are also popular activities at this guest ranch, which rounds out this year’s top three. Echo Canyon Spa Resort, located in Sulphur, is tops with readers in Oklahoma City. Echo Canyon offers a full-service spa and fine dining at Baron of Beef. Beaver’s Bend Resort Park, located in the far southeast corner of Oklahoma, offers hiking, fly-fishing and other amenities. Visit nearby Hochatown for fine dining and shopping. Medicine Park, Oklahoma’s first resort town, is located at the entrance to the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities, from shopping and museums to swimming and fishing.

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Place to Catch a Flick Whether it’s the latest summer blockbuster or an Academy Award contender, there are plenty of places to view movies. In Tulsa, viewers prefer the accommodations of AMC Southroads 20. Roomy seating, 3D viewing and friendly staff make it a great place for catching a flick. Cinemark Tulsa also boasts 3D screens and comes in second place in this year’s survey. Circle Cinema, a boutique theater located in historic Kendall-Whittier, brings smaller movies that one may not catch at the larger theaters in town. Recent improvements have made watching a movie at Circle even more comfy. Moore Warren Theatre is tops with our Oklahoma City readers for its upscale movie-viewing experience. Movie-goers can enjoy dinner and cocktails along with their film. Harkins Theatres, located in Bricktown, is a great place to go for catching the latest smash hit, especially in 3D. AMC Quail Springs Mall 24 brings the biggest and best movies to its screens, ensuring satisfied viewers each night.

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with concerts heating up the stage several times a month. Brady Arts District, Tulsa’s newest hotspot, is a great place to be seen having dinner, catching some live music or taking a stroll along the bustling sidewalks. In Oklahoma City, it’s no wonder that those who are in the know go to Oklahoma City Thunder games. The city’s biggest big-wigs sit next to fans in a great show of support for Oklahoma’s NBA team. Bricktown is another popular hotspot. With dining, clubs and shopping available, there’s certainly something for most to enjoy. Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Thunder as well as some great concerts, rounds out the top three.

Professional Sports Team Oklahomans love their sports, and there is no one they love more than the state’s only NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. With its first-ever 60-win season coming in the 2012-2013 season, the Thunder look to top this past year’s accomplishments in the season to come. The Tulsa Drillers and Tulsa Shock share the second spot on this year’s survey. The Drillers, playing out of ONEOK Field, continue to please crowds with great play and those great weekend fireworks shows. The Tulsa Shock, Oklahoma’s only WNBA team, looks to improve upon the previous season, and with the acquisition of some key players, its stock will only continue to rise. The Oklahoma City RedHawks, Oklahoma City’s minor league baseball team, bring people out to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for America’s favorite pastime.

There are terrific radio stations offering music and talk. In Tulsa, 740 AM KRMG earns the top spot for its news coverage as well as traffic reports. Tulsa’s NPR affiliate, 89.5 KWGS, offers coverage of local and national news as well as interesting and entertaining discussions and stories on current events. Rockers know to turn to 97.5 KMOD to hear the best of new and classic rock. Top 40 hits are spinning 24/7 on 102.7 KJYO. The station plays everything from hip-hop and dance music to rock and pop. 98.9 KYIS, plays the biggest hits of today and from the ‘90s. Entertaining show hosts also make KISS FM a favorite. 101.9 KTST, also known as The Twister, plays the hottest country hits for teems of listeners and rounds out this year’s top three.

Wedding or Party Venue There are many great parties in this state. But where do you go to throw the party of the century? In Tulsa, readers say The Mayo Hotel is the place to be. With luxurious décor and the Crystal Ballroom, along with a rooftop that offers views to die for, it is certainly a perfect backdrop for an unforgettable night. The Tulsa Convention Center offers event suites, an assembly hall and a giant ballroom. Couple that with excellent catering services and modern décor, and the possibilities of having your wedding or party at Tulsa Convention Center are endless. Harwelden Mansion and Post Oak Lodge, tied for third place in this year’s annual survey, provide more intimate settings for weddings and parties. Harwelden, an historic mansion in the Collegiate Gothic-English Tudor style, is

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Weekend getaway Destination When Oklahomans need to get away from the daily grind, they head to northeast Oklahoma and to Grand Lake. With plenty of lodging and fun on the water, Grand Lake has been a summer destination for decades. Eureka Springs, Ark., is also a top getaway destination. Just a few hours’ drive from the state line, Eureka Springs is comprised of quaint streets lined with Victorian-esque buildings that specialize in everything

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Winery There are great wineries across the state at which to sample wines. Girouard Vines, located in downtown Tulsa, is a great place to try inventive grape blends. Chris Girouard opened the winery in 2007 as a way to showcase his father’s hybrid vines. Tidal School Winery is another top winery in the state. Operating out of an old Drumright schoolhouse, Tidal School’s vintages have won state and national recognition. Girls Gone Wine and Summerside Vineyards wrap up the third spot. Girls Gone Wine is located in far southeast Oklahoma and offers a wide range of varietals, fun for both guys and gals. Summerside Vineyards is a lush vineyard located along Route 66 in Vinita. Oklahoma City residents head over to Put A Cork In It, an urban winery located in the city’s Bricktown district. Sample wines handcrafted from the finest varietals. Rosebrook Vineyard is located in south Oklahoma City and provides many different varietals, inspired by wines from all over the world. Urban Wineworks, located in Oklahoma City’s trendy Plaza District, offers many wines to sample and purchase.

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Panera Bread and Blue Moon Bakery tie for third this year. Panera, offering freshly baked breads, bagels and a variety of sweet treats, has many locations in Tulsa to serve residents. Blue Moon Bakery, located in trendy Center 1, is open for three meals a day, but it also offers plenty of cakes, doughnuts and pastry. Oklahoma’s most famous German bakery, Ingrid’s Kitchen has been featured nationally for its classic ryes, baguettes and other breads and pastry. Tying with Ingrid’s for first place this year is La Baguette Bakery & Café, with three locations in the metro area. La Baguette supplies cakes, pastry, breads and other treats to hundreds of hungry customers daily, as well as to more than 200 restaurants and hotels. At Brown’s Bakery, second in this year’s survey, doughnuts, sticky buns and specialty cakes are the name of the game. Specialty cookies, cakes and macaroons are what make Brown Egg Bakery a popular destination and third in our round-up of best bakeries.

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Oklahoma as the Thunder and peach cobbler. Rib Crib, with 11 locations in the Tulsa metro, wins first in a landslide in this year’s The Best of the Best. With nearly every smoked meat imaginable and a variety of barbecue sauces, Rib Crib has what it takes to satisfy hungry diners. Elmer’s BBQ and Billy Sims BBQ both snag second. Elmer’s, which tells us that “It Be Bad,” but only in the best way possible, is a famous haunt for those who crave the traditional barbecue joint, but get there quick, because when Elmer’s is out, they’re out. Billy Sims, with nine locations in the Tulsa metro, is a favorite with readers who enjoy their entrees with an OU twist: think the Sooner Magic (two-meat combo) or The Heisman (chopped brisket or pulled pork with bologna and hot link). Albert G’s classic barbecue and sides – including baked beans, potato salad and that Oklahoma staple, tabouli – earns it a third place slot, tying with Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, which serves up heaping portions of barbecue favorites. Lunch specials and meats by the pound are also available. It’s another sweep for Rib Crib, as they place first in both major metro areas. Six locations in the OKC

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area provide ribs, sausage and pulled pork as well as delicious smoked chicken and brisket. Earl’s Rib Palace, also with six metro locations, is “the home of killer BBQ,” which sounds daunting, but is really a good thing. Tender smoked meats are topped with just the right amount of sauce and served with fries, beans, corn, fried okra or a heaping helping of several other sides. Swadley’s BBQ’s four locations are famous for family-style picnics and country dinners of smoked meats and sides.

Breakfast It’s the most important meal of the day, but it also provides a lot of options. Tulsa readers have spoken, and Brookside By Day is the top vote-getter for breakfast. Eggs, omelets and house specialties like the Peoria Special – pork chop, burger patty or chicken fry served with two eggs – means there’s something for everyone. Phill’s Diner, and old-school establishment where the coffee never stops flowing, follows. Omelets, pancakes and eggs are all standard. One house special, the breakfast tacos, is not to be missed. Blue Moon Bakery, serving up yogurt and granola and quiche, and Old School Bagel Café, specializing in egg bagel sandwiches for the day’s first meal, tie for third. Oklahoma City residents pack the booths at Jimmy’s Egg. With numerous locations across the city, many have the opportunity to enjoy an omelet, eggs over easy and pancakes to get the day going. Second goes to Classen Grill for wowing customers with grits, eggs benedict and freshly squeezed orange juice. La Baguette Bistro serves great breakfasts of omelet, frittata and several items topped with hollandaise sauce, making it the third top spot in Oklahoma City for Breakfast.

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burger joint first in this year’s race. Patties stacked as high as you like and topped with cheese, bacon, grilled onions – even peanut butter, if you please – keep Tulsans coming back to this Greenwood gem. Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili is once again a reader favorite for tasty burgers. Whether you crave a basic burger with ketchup, onions and pickles, Celebrity Restaurant, Best Salads or something a little COURTESY CELEBRITY RESTAURANT more creative, Ron’s the OKC metro, is famous for sandwiches, soups and is sure to please. Brookside biker bar Crow Creek giant spuds topped with everything you can imagine. Tavern serves up thick, juicy burgers accompanied by Café Bella, serving croissant sandwiches and salads steak fries, while James E. McNellie’s Public House in addition to killer coffee, and ND Foods, dishing up creates a burger that packs the house. Both are worthy a Reuben sandwich that will blow your mind, round of the third spot. out the top three. Irma’s Burger Shack has been synonymous with great burger since it first opened its doors. Hungry professionals pack the joint on 63rd Street for a filling Dessert is the cherry on top of a fabulous meal. So lunch, while dinner diners may take a more leisurely when looking for a sweet finish, Tulsa readers head approach, enjoying a cold beer and buttermilk pie to Michael V’s for a decadent selection of pies – with their burgers. Either way, Irma’s two locations including coconut cream and chocolate pecan – as and stellar word-of-mouth earned it top spot for well as cheesecake and baked fudge. Cheesecake burgers in Oklahoma City in this year’s survey. S&B Factory, famous for – what else? – an enormous Burger Joint makes its first appearance on The Best cheesecake selection, once again makes an appearof the Best. Home of The Fatty, a burger topped with ance on this year’s The Best of the Best. With dozens American cheese, grilled onions and pickles, offers of cheesecake offerings, it may surprise some that equally creative and unusual burgers along with beer, the Cheesecake Factory also offers cakes, crisps and soda floats and lots of pie. Flatire Burgers, with two ice cream desserts, among others. Queenie’s Café & locations, is famous for creations like the mac-andBakery, located in Utica Square, always has a pie, cheese burger and the yellow fin tuna burger – quite cake or cookie ready to be consumed, which is why worthy of this year’s list. readers have voted it into the third spot. Cupcakeries may be on the decline, but don’t tell that to those seeking a sweet treat in Oklahoma City. With a commitment to the freshest ingredients posCuppies & Joe, a quaint bakery on 23rd Street, is sible, Jason’s Deli claims the top spot as best deli tops once again with OKC readers. Daily cupcake or sandwich shop. An expansive salad bar, specialty specials, pies and other confections – including cooksalads, soups and sandwiches are all highlights of the ies and the Dreamsicle, an orange brownie – go great menu at Jason’s Deli. Hidden secret PJ’s Sandwich with the café’s coffee. La Baguette Bakery & Café Shoppe, whipping up the best chicken salad in the slips into the second slot. Cakes, cookies, pastry – La state, ties for second place with Felini’s Cookies & Baguette does it all, and it does it all deliciously. Deli, a bakery/sandwich shop that serves killer ReuCheever’s Café rounds out the top three. Desserts ben and turkey sandwiches. These two midtown inwith decadent names like the roasted pecan ice cream stitutions are very popular with Oklahoma Magazine ball and Cheever’s monkey bread are just as they readers. Dilly Deli, a downtown Tulsa deli serving sound: indulgent and delish. three meals a day, rounds out the top three. Discover


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Fast Food Just because food is needed fast doesn’t mean that Oklahoma’s discriminating palates will opt for just anything. Statewide, Arby’s receives the top nod for best fast food. Offering shaved roast beef sandwiches accented by a buttery bun and, dare we say, Horsey Sauce, the only way to improve upon an Arby’s sandwich is to add an order of the restaurant’s signature curly fries. The drive-in that began in Shawnee, Sonic Drive-in continues to dominate the taste buds of Oklahomans. Flat-top burgers, tater tots and a wide variety of shakes keeps this Oklahoma staple in our The Best of the Best. Taco Bueno, with its los Cabos mexican grill and Tex-Mex inspired menu includ- Cantina, Best mexican ing MexiDips & Chips and the black bean burrito, share the third spot with Subway sandwich shops, which, across Oklahoma, provide healthy sandwiches with a variety of toppings at an affordable price.

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When the weather in Oklahoma turns warm, there’s little better than dining outdoors. Tulsa diners flock to Waterfront Grill and Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina to enjoy dining al fresco next to the Arkansas River. Enjoy an inventive cocktail and a tasty Crab, Avocado and Mango stack on the patio of Waterfront. At Los Cabos, diners swarm the outdoor bar and enjoy chips and salsa while listening to good live music. Blue Rose Café, also lining the bank of the Arkansas River, comes in second in this year’s voting. Burgers and beer are a great complement to the sun and glistening waters. Wild Fork and Tucci’s, both in trendy shopping areas, round out the top three. Wild Fork, in Utica Square, has a terrific patio on which to unwind after a day of shopping. Tucci’s, with a covered porch that faces 15th Street, is a great little Italian place that is perfect for a date night. Oklahoma City readers love to dine at Bellini’s Ristorante. Located in the Waterford area, outdoor diners are treated to a serene setting and impressive water feature. Traditional Italian food, including plenty of antipasti and pizza, are great to share outdoors along with a bottle of wine. Redrock Canyon Grill, located along Lake Hefner, offers plenty of great food to enjoy while taking in the boaters along the water. Rounding out the top three is Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante & Bar offers a rooftop view of Bricktown and downtown Oklahoma City along with live music and great food and drink.

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Around three billion pizzas are sold in the United States each year, and odds are that these Tulsa pizzerias make up a healthy percentage of that number. Hideaway 5:25 PM Pizza comes in first this year. Inventive flavors as well as classics, like the ATW – heaped with meats and veggies – mean there’s something for everyone at Hideaway. Mazzio’s Italian Eatery comes in second. With countless locations and speedy delivery service, Mazzio’s is a favorite for those who want pizza and want it fast. Eat-in locations also boast a buffet. With two locations and a mobile food truck, Andolini’s Pizzeria has won over pizza fanatics with great crust and original toppings. A pizza topped with mac and cheese? Yes, please. Oklahoma City also loves its Hideaway Pizza. Dermer’s BBQ Chicken – Hideaway barbecue sauce, layered with grilled chicken, mozzarella, red onions and bell peppers – or the classic Big Country, topped with every meat you can imagine plus cheddar cheese, are among the favorites at this storied pizza establishment that all started with a small shack in Stillwater. The Wedge Pizzeria creates wood-fired oven pizzas that come topped with everything from toasted walnuts and asiago cheese to

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When mom and dad are in town, it’s good to take them to a nice restaurant to show off your great city. Waterfront Grill in Tulsa is tops for places to take someone from out of town. The restaurant, located

alongside the Arkansas River, serves great steaks, seafood and its signature prime rib. Juniper and Palace Café tie for second this year. Juniper, with its emphasis on fresh and local ingredients, provides inventive menu items and a glimpse at the food of Oklahoma. Palace Café offers a menu that includes everything from steaks to vegetarian options. A stylish décor and great cocktail menu make it a very impressive place. Stonehorse Café and Dragonmoon Tea Co. round out this year’s list. Located in Utica Square, the dishes that emerge from Chef Tim Inman’s kitchen at Stonehorse are as beautiful as they are tasty. Dragonmoon’s luncheon offerings, such as curry chicken salad and quiche, are best accompanied by a pot of tea. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse is a terrific place to take out-of-towners, not only for a taste of great steak, but also for its view of the Bricktown Canal. The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro offers a taste of France in the heart of Oklahoma. Guests are treated to culinary delicacies as well as a stellar wine list. Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, located in Oklahoma City’s historic Stockyards District, is truly a taste from the


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Salads Salads are the perfect way to begin a great meal, or for some, they are the star of the evening. The tableside Caesar salad preparation at Celebrity Restaurant earns it the top spot yet again as Best Salad in Tulsa. This historic restaurant’s combination of classic Caesar flavors still wows patrons. With creations such as the Rotisserie Turkey Cobb, Roasted Beet salad an the Butter Lettuce salad with tomato goat cheese crostini, Wolfgang Puck Bistro earns the second spot on this year’s list for its salads. CharlesnD Foods, Best Deli ton’s Restaurant, BRENT FUCHS a perennial favorite for salads, rounds out the list this year. Walt’s Champagne Chicken Salad and the Chicken Club Salad are just two reasons Charleston’s receives recognition year after year. The fast-casual local chain Coolgreens wins Best Salads in Oklahoma City. With specialty salads as well as a build-yourown option, diners can make sure their salad is catered to specific tastes. Cheever’s Café, whose Southwest spin creates salads like the Quinoa Avocado Salad and a Cowboy Rubbed Salmon Salad, earns the second spot on this year’s list with Oklahoma City diners. Charleston’s Restaurant, once again, completes the top three in Oklahoma City.

Salsa A tortilla chip is just not the same without its best friend and closest ally: salsa. When it comes to the best salsa in Tulsa, Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina takes home the blue ribbon. Los Cabos has the mix of tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic and vinegar perfected, and diners agree. Mi Cocina slides into second for having the best salsa in Tulsa. Café Olé rounds out the top three for Best Salsa in Tulsa. Spicy salsa lands 1492 New World Latin Cuisine the top spot in Oklahoma City. Ted’s Café Escondido, with its mild and hot varieties of salsa, follows. Iguana Mexican Grill, along with complimentary salsa, also offers a salsa bar that includes salsa verde and citrus habanero salsa.

Seafood Living in the heart of the country, one may think

it’s difficult to find great seafood. But Bodean Restaurant & Market will have none of that talk. The restaurant and fish market sell seafood that is flown in fresh from the coasts. Oysters on the half-shell, Hazelnut Crusted Alaskan Halibut and Pan-seared Jumbo Sea Scallops are all highlights of Bodean’s menu. Bonefish Grill is also a great place for seafood. With entrees like Pecan Parmesan Crusted Rainbow Trout drizzled with lemon butter and a variety of grilled fishes, Bonefish can satisfy any seafood craving. White River Fish Market & Restaurant, conveniently located near the Tulsa International Airport, is a great place to go for the catch of the day. Buy seafood to prepare yourself, or let White River do the work for you. If it swims, Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse likely serves it. The steakhouse’s wide variety of seafood on the menu includes Cedar Plank Salmon, Pan Roasted Sea Bass and Alaskan King Crab Legs. Turn that steak into a surf and turf by adding a lobster tail. Pearl’s Oyster Bar, a seafood restaurant with a little bit of Creole influence, serves up great dishes, including oysters on the half-shell, crab cakes and Cioppino. Hefner Grill, serving crab bisque, fish and chips and other seafood staples, rounds out this year’s list.

Steakhouse A great steakhouse offers a few things: a great cut of meat, fine wine and stellar service. In Tulsa, the restaurant that does the job the best, according to readers, is Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The most prime cuts of meat combined with a carefully cultivated wine list makes Fleming’s a great place for a steakhouse experience. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse and Prhyme both grab the second spot. Mahogany prides itself on only providing the finest ingredients and wine to its patrons. Prhyme ages its own beef in-house, ensuring that everything served is to the exacting standards of Chef Justin Thompson. Freddie’s Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse and McGill’s round out the third spot. Freddie’s, the legendary Lebanese steakhouse, provides great meat in addition to the hummus, barbecued ribs, cabbage roll and tabouli that are served standard with nearly any entrée. McGill’s is still the place to go for a business lunch. Settle it over steak, and all will be well. In Oklahoma City, Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse is the place to go for a great piece of meat. The restaurant also boasts an impressive array of fresh seafood as well as a stocked bar and great wine list. With a distinctively Western theme and a stellar reputation for great steaks and service, Ranch Steakhouse has delivered to Oklahoma City customers for over a decade. Prime beef that is aged in-house and locally raised bison are two highlights of this steakhouse. Red PrimeSteak, winner of several national recognitions for its high-quality steak and wine list, rounds out the top three.

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extensive wine list chosen by sommelier Joe Breaux seals the deal. What was once a downtown Mid-century Modern bank is now a retro restaurant. The Vault serves classic comfort foods with a modern twist, and it lands in the second spot. Rounding out the top three are Rusty Crane, a great place in the Brady for burgers, wings and the specialty Yum-lada, and The Alley, a reincarnation of a classic Tulsa restaurant that serves pub fare with a distinctly gourmet touch. Oklahoma City’s stylish new restaurants all have one thing in common: You’ve got to go downtown to get to them. The elevator ride is long, but the views are stunning. Vast, located on top of Oklahoma’s tallest building – the Devon Tower – offers sumptuous meals and desserts, all within an impeccably designed restaurant. Flint, inside the Colcord Hotel, emphasizes meat on its menu. Steaks and chops are complemented by attractive décor and attentive service. Kitchen No. 324, a breakfast-and-lunch hotspot, is a popular destination for freshly squeezed juices, gourmet coffee and, of course, the fried chicken pot pie.

Sunday Brunch Regardless of what the rest of the week holds, Sundays can always be counted upon to bring relaxation and that most famous meal of the week: brunch. Waterfront Grill, offering staples like eggs benedict, corned beef hash and Belgian waffles, tops the list of

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Tulsa Sunday brunches. Palace Café, serving favorites like Green Eggs and Ham and Dale’s Famous Migas – eggs with onion, jalapeno and tomato served with a corn tortilla, avocado and home fries and black beans – is also a preferred brunch destinaThe alley, Best Stylish new tion. Lucky’s Restaurant, notorious for Restaurant NATALIE GREEN fluffy biscuits with sage sausage gravy, and Doc’s Wine & Food, which puts a distinctively Creole spin on its brunch offerings, delicious rolls. In Tulsa, In The Raw once again takes fill out the list in the third spot. the top spot for best sushi in the 918. Fresh ingredients, Rococo, with an impressive brunch buffet as a hip atmosphere and killer cocktails also add to the well as the best crab cake benedict in town, and ambiance of In The Raw. Fuji, with two locations, is quite possibly the state, is voted tops in Oklahoma another staple for best sushi. Offering all-you-can-eat City for Sunday brunch. A variety of options and sushi as well as lunch specials, it’s a great joint when stellar Bloody Marys makes Rococo a go-go. Café the cravings hit. Yokozuna, in the Blue Dome District, do Brasil’s ethnic menu, complete with vegetaris a downtown hotspot for sushi at lunch or dinner. ian specialties, rice dishes and Brasilian pie, makes In Oklahoma City, it’s also In The Raw that this Brazilian eatery popular with those dining in repeats as sushi champs. Locations in Bricktown and downtown Oklahoma City. La Baguette Bistro, with Norman ensure this nightly hotspot is always packed its wide selection of savory crepes, quiche, pastry and with diners looking for a great roll. Sushi Neko, that strong drink, earn it the third spot for Sunday brunch vernarable sushi restaurant on Western Avenue, comes in OKC. in second for its rockin’ rolls. Other entrees, such


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1. Dr. Mike Hinkle – Utica Dental/ Dr. Chris Ward – Chris Ward, D.D.S. TUL 2. Dr. Andrew Carletti – Carletti Dentistry & Associates/Dr. Mike Argo – Owasso TUL Sedation Dentistry 3. Dr. Michael Kincaid, D.D.S./ Dr. J. Bert Johnson, D.D.S. TUL 1. OKC Smiles OKC 2. Dr. J. Ashley Hancock – Classen Dental OKC 3. Dental Depot OKC


1. Dr. David Adelson – OU Dermatology TUL 2. Dr. Jeff Alexander – Skin Care Institute TUL 3. Dr. David Minor – Skin Renewal of Tulsa TUL

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1. Dr. Blaine Lehr – The Dermatology Clinic OKC 2. Dr. Michael D. John – Edmond Dermatology Clinic OKC 3. Dr. Julie Lowe – Plastic Surgery & Dermatology Associates OKC

Dry Cleaners/laundry

investment Firm

1. Yale Cleaners 2. LaMode Cleaners 3. Fox Cleaners/WaterStone Cleaners


1. Legacy Cleaners & Laundry 2. Round-Up Cleaners 3. Nichols Hills Cleaners


event or Party Planner

1. Phil Long 2. Talmadge Powell – Talmadge Powell Creative 3. Lynn Wheatley – Lasting Impressions 1. Judy Lehmbeck – Judy Lehmbeck Bridal & Party 2. Bea Penhall – About Last Night… Event Planning 3. Allyson VinZant Events




1. Moore Funeral Homes 2. Ninde Funeral Directors 3. Floral Haven


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


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

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1. Anytime Fitness 2. Transformation Fitness Center 3. YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City


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

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home/auto insurance 1. State Farm Insurance 2. Farmers Insurance 3. Allstate


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1. Saint Francis Health Zone 2. St. John Siegfried Health Club 3. Sky Fitness/LifeTime Fitness

health insurance



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


1. INTEGRIS Hospice House 2. Crossroads Hospice 3. Lifecare Oklahoma



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

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life insurance


hair Salon

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



1. Tony Foss Flowers 2. French Tulip 3. Trochta’s Flowers & Garden Center

health Club/gym

law Firm


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


1. Salon W 2. Eden Salon & Spa 3. Duncan Brothers Salon

1. Morgan Stanley 2. Merrill Lynch 3. Charles Schwab



1. Toni’s Flowers & Gifts 2. Petal Pushers/Mary Murray’s Flowers 3. Whole Foods Market

Funeral Service

1. INTEGRIS Health 2. OU Medicine/Mercy Health System 3. Deaconess Hospital/ St. Anthony’s Hospital


1. New York Life Insurance Company STATE 2. American Fidelity Assurance Company STATE 3. MetLife STATE

medical Spa

1. Utica Square Skin Care 2. Skin Care Institute/BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center 3. Skin Renewal of Tulsa/Clinical Care Skin Solutions


1. Advanced Aesthetics 2. Mariposa MedSpa 3. Rejuvena Cosmetic Medical Center


moving Service


1. Two Men and a Truck 2. Mayflower/Allied Van Lines 3. 2 Fellas Moving Company


1. Two Men and a Truck 2. All My Sons Moving & Storage 3. A-1 Onsite Moving and Storage


nursing home

1. Saint Simeon’s Episcopal Home 2. Oklahoma Methodist Manor 3. Forest Hills Assisted Living


1. Epworth Villa 2. Sterling House 3. Spanish Cove Retirement Village



1. Dr. Mark Abel – Triad Eye Medical Clinic TUL 2. Dr. Marc Goldberg – Eye Institute/Dr. Ned Reinstein – Reinstein Eye Associates TUL 3. Dr. Dan Langley – Eyecare Associates South Tulsa TUL 1. Dr. Jay Leemaster – Eye Care Oklahoma OKC 2. Dr. Russell D. Crain OKC 3. Dr. Amalia M. Miranda OKC


1. Dr. Blane Snodgrass – Dr. Blane Snodgrass OD/Dr. Robert Zoellner – Robert H. Zoellner And Associates TUL 2. Dr. Denise Bode Johnson – Vision Source Owasso/Dr. Denise Roddy – Advanced Eye Care TUL 3. Dr. Norman Hinkle – Primary Eye Care Associates/Dr. Jerry West – Tulsa Eye Clinic TUL 1. Dr. Scott Forester – Oklahoma City Vision Source OKC 2. Dr. Lance Ledbetter 3. Dr. Adam Geurkink – Norman Eye Associates


1. Cooper Chockley Orthodontics 2. The Brace Place 3. Dr. Mark Andregg





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1. The Brace Place 2. Orthodontic Associates 3. Heim Orthodontics


Orthopedic Surgeon

1. Dr. Scott Dunitz – Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates/Dr. Greg Holt – The Orthopaedic Center TUL 2. Dr. Yogesh Mittal – The Orthopaedic Center TUL 3. Dr. Ronald LaButti – Central States Orthopedic Specialists/Dr. Bradford Boone – Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center TUL 1. Dr. James Odor – Oklahoma Spine Hospital 2. Dr. David Teague – OU Medicine 3. Dr. Carlan Yates – McBride Orthopedic Clinic



1. Dr. Linda Murphy 2. Dr. Loren Miller 3. Dr. Charity Pollak – Utica Park Clinic


1. Dr. Patrice Aston 2. Dr. Albert Harvey 3. Dr. Victor Wilson


Pet grooming Services 1. PetSmart 2. Petco 3. Cathy’s Critter Cuts


1. Lucky Dog Lodge 2. Rose Rock Vet Hospital & Pet Resort 3. Prissy Pampered Pups



1. Walgreens 2. CVS 3. The Apothecary Shoppe


1. Walgreens 2. CVS 3. Conrad Marr Drug Company


Place to Call When You Smash Your luxury Car 1. Hourglass Collision Repair 2. Karoll Martin Paint & Body Shop 3. Barron & Hart


1. Collision Clinic 2. Xclusive Collision & Towing 3. Mills Collision Center



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


1. Kurt Swink – Metro First Realty 2. Brad Reeser – Keller Williams Realty 3. Marta McCubbin – First Source Real Estate


Retirement Community

1. Montereau TUL 2. Senior Star Living TUL 3. Brookdale Town Village Tulsa/ Tulsa Jewish Retirement Health Care Center/ Country Club of Woodland Hills TUL 1. Epworth Villa 2. Tealridge Christian Retirement Community 3. Emeritus at Statesman Club



1. Spa Southern Hills 2. Bella Vita Spa and Salon 3. Ihloff Salon & Day Spa


1. Cottonwood Salon Spa 2. Renaissance Salon & Spa


3. Eden Salon & Spa

Staffing agency


Wedding Photographer

1. Chris Humphrey Photographer 2. Ervin Photography 3. Montag Photography


1. Key Personnel 2. Hire Call 3. Express Employment Professionals/ Part-Time Pros


1. Jesse Reich Photography 2. Shannon Ho Photography 3. Aaron Snow Photography

1. Express Employment Professionals 2. The Addison Group 3. Sooner Medical Staffing


Wireless Service


1. Dr. Courtney Linsenmeyer-O’Brien 2. Chris Giles – Giles Family Therapy 3. Dr. Charles R. Cobb


1. Gina Jordan-Kishur 2. Dr. Wendy Fine-Thomas 3. Anita Walker


Veterinarian/animal hospital

1. Care Animal Hospital TUL 2. Family Animal Medicine/Animal Medical and Surgical Hospital TUL 3. VCA Woodland Animal Hospital/ Dr. Rodney Robards – Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital TUL 1. Nichols Hills Veterinary Clinic 2. Rachwood Veterinary Hospital 3. West Yukon Animal Hospital


Wedding Cakes

1. Merritt’s Bakery TUL 2. Nibbles by Grandeur Affaires TUL 3. Ann’s Bakery/Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery TUL 1. Amy Cakes 2. Mishelle Handy Cakes 3. Madison’s on Main


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


Shopping antique Shop

1. The Market 2. Polo-Lodge Antiques 3. Zoller Designs & Antiques


1. Antique Co-op 2. Mockingbird Manor Antiques 3. Feathered Nest Market


Car Dealer

1. Lexus of Tulsa 2. BMW of Tulsa 3. Jim Norton Toyota/Don Carlton Honda


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


Children’s Clothing Store 1. GapKids 2. Dillard’s 3. Kathleen’s Kids


1. Uptown Kids 2. GapKids 3. Green Bambino


PhD “I am thankful for Dr. O’Brien and the way she has helped me, guided me, listened to me and gave of herself to me in the many therapy sessions I had with her in the past year. I am so grateful to her for everything.” – A Patient

“I learned the art of understanding the needs of those around you comes from listening and taking a personal interest in their lives. It’s not what you do, but how well you invest in your skill and those who embrace you.” – Dr. Courtney Linsenmeyer-O’Brien, PhD, LPC, MHR specializing in anxiety, depression and sexual issues

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Department Store 1. Saks Fifth Avenue 2. Miss Jackson’s 3. Dillard’s


1. Balliets 2. Dillard’s 3. Macy’s


eyeglass Store

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


1. Black Optical 2. Sam’s Optical 3. Eyemart Express


Fine Jewelry Store

1. Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels 2. Moody’s Jewelry 3. Star Jewelers


1. BC Clark Jewelers 2. Naifeh Fine Jewelry 3. Mitchener-Farrand


gift Store

1. The Market 2. Nielsens/T.A. Lorton 3. Ida Red/Margo’s Gifts


1. The Market 2. Blue Seven 3. On A Whim/Shop Good


grocery Store/market

1. Petty’s Fine Foods 2. Whole Foods Market 3. Reasor’s Foods/Fresh Market


1. Whole Foods Market 2. Homeland 3. Crest Foods


men’s Boutique

1. Abersons/Travers Mahan 2. Saxon Judd 3. Pinpoint Resource


1. Mr. Ooley’s 2. Spencer Stone Company 3. Alltons


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


1. PetSmart 2. A1 Pet Emporium 3. Kickingbird Animal Hospital & Supply Center


Shopping mall/Center

Toy Store

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


1. Toys “R” Us 2. Learning Tree 3. Lakeshore Learning Center


Wine/liquor Store

1. Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits 2. Old Village Wine & Spirits 3. Primo’s Fine Wine & Spirits


1. Byron’s Liquor Warehouse 2. Broadway Wine Merchants 3. Beau’s Wine Bin/Edmond Wine Shop


Women’s Boutique

1. Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club 2. Gaillardia Country Club 3. Moore Golf & Athletic Club

art gallery


1. M.A. Doran Gallery 2. Aberson Exhibit 3. Joseph Gierek Fine Art


1. IAO Gallery 2. DNA Galleries 3. Howell Gallery



1. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa 2. River Spirit Casino 3. Osage Casino/ Downstream Casino & Resort




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


1. Abersons TUL 2. Rope/On A Whim TUL 3. Donna’s Fashions/Rockin’ Sooner Ranch Mercantile TUL

1. Riverwind Casino 2. Winstar World Casino 3. Firelake Grand Casino

1. Penn Square Mall 2. Classen Curve 3. The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City


1. Gordon Stuart 2. On A Whim/Liberté 3. Gil’s Clothing & Denim Bar

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


1. Chesapeake Energy Arena 2. Riverwind Casino 3. Civic Center Music Hall/ Diamond Ballroom


Sporting goods/Outdoor Store 1. Dick’s Sporting Goods 2. Academy Sports & Outdoors 3. Bass Pro Shops

Stationery Store


1. Miss Jackson’s 2. Margo’s Gifts 3. You’re Invited


1. No Regrets 2. Paper Lion 3. Chirps and Cheers


Women’s Shoe Store


1. Saks Fifth Avenue/Abersons 2. Miss Jackson’s 3. J. Cole Shoes


1. Balliets 2. Gordon Stuart 3. Shoetopia


Entertainment 18 holes

1. Southern Hills Country Club 2. Golf Club of Oklahoma 3. Cherokee Hills Golf Club


Concert Venue



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


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


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1. KWTV Channel 9 2. KFOR Channel 4 3. KOCO Channel 5



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


1. Oklahoma City Museum of Art OKC 2. National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum/Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History OKC 3. Science Museum Oklahoma OKC

Place to Catch a Flick 1. AMC Southroads 20 2. Cinemark Tulsa 3. Circle Cinema


1. Moore Warren Theatre 2. Harkins Theatres 3. AMC Quail Springs Mall 24


Place to See and Be Seen 1. Utica Square 2. BOK Center 3. Brady Arts District


1. Oklahoma City Thunder Games 2. Bricktown 3. Chesapeake Energy Arena


Professional Sports Team 1. Oklahoma City Thunder 2. Tulsa Drillers/Tulsa Shock 3. Oklahoma City RedHawks


Resort in Oklahoma

1. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa TUL 2. The Canebrake/Quartz Mountain Resort Arts & Conference Center TUL 3. Western Hills Guest Ranch TUL 1. Echo Canyon Spa Resort 2. Beaver’s Bend Resort Park 3. Medicine Park


Stop on the Radio Dial 1. 740 AM KRMG 2. 89.5 KWGS 3. 97.5 KMOD


1. 102.7 KJYO 2. 98.9 KYIS 3. 101.9 KTST


Wedding or Party Venue

1. The Mayo Hotel 2. Tulsa Convention Center 3. Harwelden Mansion/Post Oak Lodge


1. Castle Falls 2. Cole’s Garden 3. Skirvin Hilton Hotel


Weekend getaway Destination 1. Grand Lake 2. Eureka Springs, Ark. 3. Dallas, Texas



Dining asian

1. KEO Restaurant 2. Yokozuna 3. Ri Le’s/P.F. Chang’s


1. Grand House China Bistro 2. Okura Sushi & Grill 3. Dot Wo Garden



1. Merritt’s Bakery 2. Ann’s Bakery 3. Panera Bread/Blue Moon Bakery


1. Ingrid’s Kitchen/La Baguette Bakery & Cafe 2. Brown’s Bakery 3. Brown Egg Bakery


Barbecue Restaurant

1. Rib Crib 2. Elmer’s BBQ/Billy Sims BBQ 3. Albert G’s/Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ


1. Rib Crib 2. Earl’s Rib Palace 3. Swadley’s BBQ



1. Brookside By Day TUL 2. Phill’s Diner TUL 3. Blue Moon Bakery/Old School Bagel CafeTUL

1. Girouard Vines TUL 2. Tidal School Winery TUL 3. Girls Gone Wine/Summerside Vineyards TUL

1. Jimmy’s Egg 2. Classen Grill 3. La Baguette Bistro

1. Put A Cork In It 2. Rosebrook Vineyard 3. Urban Wineworks



Thanks Green Country!


1. Fat Guy’s Burger Bar TUL 2. Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili TUL 3. Crow Creek Tavern/James E. McNellie’s Public House TUL

1. Irma’s Burger Shack 2. S&B Burger Joint 3. Flatire Burgers


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


1. Someplace Else Deli & Bakery 2. City Bites 3. Café Bella/ND Foods




1. Michael V’s 2. Cheesecake Factory 3. Queenie’s Café & Bakery


1. Cuppies & Joe 2. La Baguette Bakery & Cafe 3. Cheever’s Cafe



1. Phill’s Diner 2. Tally’s Good Food Cafe 3. Duffy’s Diner


1. Diner 2. Classen Grill 3. Nic’s Grill


Fast Food

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


Fine Dining

1. Polo Grill/Palace Café 2. Prhyme/Juniper 3. Waterfront Grill/Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar


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1. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse 2. Red PrimeSteak 3. The Metro Wine Bar And Bistro

A letter to Lindsay Hurley Fick, Saint Simeon’s President and CEO

Saint Simeon’s is such a special place. I recently watched the vegetable garden grow with my mom, Pat, a Resident in the Memory Center. We had such fun touching plants, finding bugs, and eating tomatoes off the vine. Luckily, your magnificent peacocks and pigeons cooperated with “wheelchair access spying,” which my dog also enjoys. My mom tells me Saint Simeon’s is the most beautiful home she has ever lived in.

ice Cream Shop


1. Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores 2. Cherry Berry/Baskin-Robbins 3. Freckle’s Frozen Custard


1. Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores 2. Kaiser’s American Bistro 3. Coldstone Creamery



1. Dalesandro’s Italian Cuisine/ TiAmo Italian Ristorante 2. Biga 3. Mondo’s Ristorante Italiano/ Villa Ravenna Italian Restaurant 1. Stella Modern Italian Cuisine 2. Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria 3. Vito’s Ristorante


1. Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina 2. Mi Cocina 3. El Guapo’s Cantina/Señor Tequila

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1. Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina 2. Mi Cocina 3. El Guapo’s Cantina


1. 1492 New World Latin Cuisine 2. Iguana Mexican Grill 3. Ted’s Café Escondido


Outside Dining

1. Waterfront Grill/Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina TUL 2. Blue Rose Café TUL 6/11/13 2:12 PM 5/1/13 2:15 3. Wild Fork/Tucci’s TUL

Thank you Tulsa for allowing Two Men And A Truck® to move you forward in voting us The Best of the Best back to back years!

1. Bellini’s Ristorante 2. RedRock Canyon Grill 3. Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante & Bar



1. Hideaway Pizza 2. Mazzio’s Italian Eatery 3. Andolini’s Pizzeria


1. Hideaway Pizza 2. The Wedge Pizzeria 3. Upper Crust


Place to Take Out-of-Town guests 1. Waterfront Grill 2. Juniper/Palace Café 3. Stonehorse Café/Dragonmoon Tea Co.



1. Celebrity Restaurant 2. Wolfgang Puck Bistro 3. Charleston’s Restaurant


1. Coolgreens 2. Cheever’s Cafe 3. Charleston’s Restaurant



1. 1492 New World Latin Cuisine OKC 2. Iguana Mexican Grill OKC 3. Ted’s Café Escondido/Chelino’s Mexican OKC


1. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse 2. The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro 3. Cattlemen’s Steakhouse


1. Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina 2. Mi Cocina 3. Café Olé


1. 1492 New World Latin Cuisine 2. Ted’s Café Escondido 3. Iguana Mexican Grill



1. Bodean Restaurant & Market 2. Bonefish Grill 3. White River Fish Market & Restaurant


1. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse 2. Pearl’s Oyster Bar 3. Hefner Grill



1. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar TUL 2. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse/Prhyme TUL 3. Freddie’s Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse/ McGill’s TUL 1. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse 2. Ranch Steakhouse 3. Red PrimeSteak


Stylish new Restaurant 1. Prhyme 2. The Vault 3. Rusty Crane/The Alley


1. Vast 2. Flint 3. Kitchen No. 324


Sunday Brunch

1. Waterfront Grill 2. Palace Café 3. Lucky’s Restaurant/Doc’s Wine & Food


1. Rococo 2. Café do Brasil 3. La Baguette Bistro



1. In The Raw 2. Fuji 3. Yokozuna


1. In The Raw 2. Sushi Neko 3. Okura Sushi & Grill


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Citizens, city officials and police are joining forces to fight urban crime.

Last fall, a study named Oklahoma City ninth in the nation for violent crimes per capita, joined by the likes of Detroit, Baltimore and Houston – and crime rates in OKC have steadily lurched upward for the past several years. Tulsa also has had its own share of dark deeds in recent months. In January, four women were found executed in the Fairmont Terrace Apartments near 61st Street and Peoria Avenue, sending a wave of horror rippling across the entire city. Tragically, the victims’ deaths were not the first to shock the Riverwood neighborhood; January’s slayings brought the total homicides in Fairmont Terrace alone to eight in two years. But while certain neighborhoods and properties in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa have become bywords for violence, citizens, city officials and police are not standing idly by. “Citizens have had all they can take of crime in their neighborhoods,” says Tulsa Police Department Major Jonathan Brooks, division commander for the Riverside district. “For so long, citizens thought, ‘Well, that’s not my neighborhood, so I don’t care,’ or, ‘That will never happen here.’ But now, Tulsans are concerned and making a difference by becoming involved.”

More Than Just Eyesores Many say that properties like Fairmont Terrace have become beacons for crime in part because they are owned by out-of-state interests (in Fairmont Terrace’s case, California companies) that take little, if any, interest in direct management of the property as long as the rent checks keep flowing. In the past, tenant efforts to organize and interact with management in similar properties have come to little, and crime in these absentee-owner complexes, of which there are several in the Riverwood neighborhood, continues mostly unabated.

“A hands-on ownership would certainly help in housing complexes,” Brooks says. “More important than that is a hands-on management approach of the property. Accountability is key for policing efforts when actions need to be taken in complexes. If the owners or managers are absent, then the problems are often out-of-sight, out-of-mind. If they are there and involved, then they are dealing with the day-to-day problems that lead to poor quality-of-life issues before they become crime problems.” One Oklahoma City complex, also owned by a California-based company, has earned its own sinister reputation. For years, the decrepit Lantana Apartments near Northwest 10th Street and Rockwell Avenue has been the site of multiple fires, code violations and drug activities. In 2008, pizza delivery driver Jeremy Moore was lured to the abandoned complex with a false order. He was then shot to death for $42.91 worth of food. Sadly, the Lantana is only one of several properties of its kind in Oklahoma City, all eyesores at best, tragedies waiting to happen at worst. According to The Oklahoman, seven housing complexes across the city have racked up more than 200 combined code violations, with owners owing more than $200,000 in fines and back taxes on the properties. The Lantana itself is slated to be sold at public auction by the city, although it is unclear if the property will be destroyed or if yet another attempt to “turn it around” will be undertaken by an out-of-state interest. “It is true that Oklahoma City has an abandoned property problem,” says Jennifer Meckling, programs coordinator for the Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma. “Almost every neighborhood in urban Oklahoma City has at least one property that is abandoned and in disrepair. The effects on the surrounding properties are well-documented: It brings down housing values, creates safety hazards and is a great drain on city resources with higher-than-average police, fire and code-enforcement JULY 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


probability of crime goes up. Having numerous complexes in a small geographical area increases the population of not only of residents, but visitors as well. “Second, unaddressed socio-economic issues give rise for more crime opportunities. When education, employment and self-improvement are not primary goals or options for citizens, then the disservice starts and quality-of-life degrades. Children and youth will only know what they are exposed to and substantial free time without direction often leads to mischief, which leads to contact with police. From experience, it is not always the residents that drive crime in Riverwood, but often it is the visitors. Some of the visitors come with criminal intent in mind and for the sole purpose to carry out their crimes. They prey on the residents of the area and take advantage of impressionable youth.” “I think apathy and fear are two big components,” Meckling says of contributing factors to urban crime, “and a [neighborhood] association can counter both of those. At the Neighborhood Alliance, we like to say that living in a safe, beautiful and healthy neighborhood is a responsibility, not a right. We all have the responsibility to use the tools available to better our community. We can’t complain our way into a better neighborhood. We must take action.” In neighborhoods across Oklahoma, citizens are doing just that.


Taking It Back Together In an effort to take back their neighborhoods, many residents are forming alliances with city officials and police departments to combat

Police officers, code enforcement offers and citizens worked together to have a property located in norman deemed a public nuisance after officers responded to more than 70 calls to the residence in a year.


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crime with responsibility and community. Prompted in response to the most recent slayings at Fairmont Terrace, members of the Tulsa City Council spearheaded the creation of the Tulsa Public Safety Intelligence Work Group, a committee dedicated to improving crime intelligence and citizen reporting in the city’s troubled neighborhoods. Among the recommendations of the group is to bring Tulsa CrimeStoppers – currently managed by an outof-state firm – in-house and provide local witness protection options. Above all, the recommendations emphasize the importance of neighborhood tips and participation. “Several councilors, including me, are looking at ways to completely re-


calls.” Meckling says that the city’s Planning Department is taking action and has hired a consultant to provide support and make recommendations to the City Council. “Resolution of this issue will require some changes in state legislation, and our council and city planning department are working diligently toward that. “Changes never make everyone happy,” Meckling continues, “but as citizens, we need to demand that the owners of these resource drains be held accountable for the tax dollars they cost each of us and give the city the power to follow through. I would encourage citizens to get involved in the process and make their concerns known. Check out upcoming council agendas at and engage in dialogue with your city leaders.” James Greiner is the city councilman for Ward 1, where Lantana Apartments is located. He agrees that abandoned properties such as Lantana have a deleterious effect on neighbors. “I think stagnant and depreciating property values are the biggest way abandoned properties affect neighborhoods negatively,” Greiner says. “Abandoned properties usually create more abandoned properties because they cause people to not want to live in those neighborhoods. When people don’t want to live in your neighborhood, your house isn’t going to be worth as much as it could be. They also hurt the school district and the morale of the neighborhood.” While abandoned, absentee-managed properties have been the sites of highly publicized violence as of late, Brooks says the problem of urban crime, in both Tulsa’s Riverwood area and the urban areas at large, runs deeper. “The crime rate in Riverwood is the culmination of several issues,” he says. “First, when you have a large concentration of people, the

shape the 61st and Peoria area,” says District 8 City Councilor Phil Lakin. “The residents there don’t just need better living conditions; they need access to better social and medical services, grocery stores, transportation and physical activities (via the park that sits very near that intersection). Taking a holistic approach to improving this community will provide for far better results, compared to the Band-Aid application that has been and is typically applied. “This Council doesn’t seem to be interested in a quick fix; rather, it’s focused on a long-term solution to markedly improving peoples’ lives.” Brooks says there are several more recommendations forthcoming. “The recommendations alone will not lower crime,” he says, “but the commitment and followthrough will be pivotal in aiding in the reduction and prevention of crime. The police alone can only do so much in crime-fighting efforts. It will take a partnership of the police,

the citizens, community leaders, homeowners, business owners and anyone else with a vested interest to have a true and long-lasting effect. “Establishing long-lasting relationships in crime prevention, providing health and educational resources, and social enhancement opportunities will eventually lead to safer neighborhoods,” Brooks says. In addition, he says that “Alert Neighbor programs are growing, and police are working much closer with neighborhood associations to prevent, deter and investigate crimes. TPD has worked with neighborhood associations by assisting in organizing Alert Neighbor programs, Citizen Patrol programs and through Tulsa CrimeStoppers. Police officers are also talking with the residents of their patrol area.” “The Neighborhood Alliance has worked closely with the OCPD for many years,” says Meckling. “Among the tools we offer in partnership with the police are neighborhood-specific crime reports. We publish those reports on our website and also send out a postal mailing each month to the neighborhood contact listed with us. It’s important that neighborhoods keep their information with us up-to-date so that the police or city can contact the neighborhood with information that affects their area. We work hand-in-hand with the police community relations officers in bringing crime-watch skills to neighborhoods, and helping neighborhoods maintain an organization that can combat the undesirable factors in their neighborhood.” The intersection of police, neighbor and city efforts recently played out with notable success in Norman, where a troubled property began to blight an entire neighborhood. 1207 Cruce Street had become a hangout for criminal suspects and drug abusers. Police had

been called to the residence some 70 times and made 25 arrests. Families were afraid to allow their children to play outside, and at one point, someone had even been beaten unconscious outside the residence. Both neighbors and police had had enough. Working with the city council and code enforcement, they called upon a rarely-used ordinance to declare the property a nuisance. Under the ordinance, the water meter was removed and the house was declared unfit for human habitation for at least six months, allowing a window of time for the house to be improved and the undesirable element removed. “The incidents related to 1207 Cruce are perfect examples of how the community, police and other city departments worked together to ensure a high quality of life would not be interrupted,” says City of Norman Police Chief Keith Humphrey. “The first positive thing is that citizens followed the first rule of community-oriented policing and contacted the police regarding concerns. Two of our officers who worked this area recognized that they were answering repeat calls to this location. The officers begin to work with the neighbors in this area, which I truly believe validated [that] we really wanted to partner. The officers then partnered with code enforcement because some of the incidents were not criminal. “As you can see, communication on all levels was vital,” Humphrey continues. “I recently drove this area and personally observed kids playing in front yards and just more positive activity in the immediate area.” Humphrey says that the Norman Police Department is at work on several communityoriented police initiatives, funded by the public safety sales tax passed by the city in 2008, including a Citizens’ Police Academy, teen-outreach programs and partnerships with local apartment complexes to implement the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program. “Norman has become a

“at the neighborhood alliance, we like to say that living in a safe, beautiful and healthy neighborhood is a responsibility, not a right.”




Love Thy Neighbor Partnering with city officials and local police is just one part of the equation in combating urban crime. Brooks, Meckling, Greiner and Humphrey all agree that neighbors also must partner with each other. “The neighborhood association is the foundation of everything a neighborhood can accomplish,” Meckling says. “The answer for crimeplagued neighborhoods is to bond together and get organized. From that foundation, neighbors can create whatever structure suits their needs. Many people have a misconception about neighborhood associations, thinking they are all about creating rules and restrictions. In fact, the organization can be anything you want and can take many unique forms. It’s all about reaching out, connecting, and being, well, neighborly.” “Many of our neighborhoods are very organized, which is a key in preventing crime,” says Greiner. “They have set up neighborhood associations, watches and patrols, which all deter crime (or at least move crime to another area).

“My goal is to encourage all of the neighborhoods in Ward 1 to get involved in their neighborhoods because they can and will make a difference,” he says. “Too often, we feel like we can’t do anything, and I want to change that mentality. If we change this mentality, private developers and nonprofit organizations will more likely want to come into a deteriorated area and invest their time and money to improve it. I believe this is where real change will come from, not from government.” Meckling says that a sense of community is the key. “Our crime-watch training encourages neighbors to get to know one another not only for the intangible benefits of social connectedness, but also because it is a huge tool in crime prevention,” she says. “Knowing who belongs in your neighborhood is key to being able to spot, report and share suspicious activity.” She gives the example of Oklahoma City’s historic Putnam Heights neighborhood, which suffered a rash of burglaries until a resident spotted the offender and shared the description with both neighbors and police. The individual was quickly apprehended and convicted. “Neighborhoods can think of their social network as a secret weapon against crime – it really works,” Meckling says.


Making a Better Place Brooks agrees that being familiar with neighbors and the neighborhood is essential, especially when it comes to recognizing someone or something that doesn’t belong. In addition, he says, “If you see something suspicious, say

something. Report it to the police. Don’t get involved; just be a good witness by noting cars and individual descriptions. “If you don’t have an Alert Neighbor program, get one started,” he also recommends. “By working with the police, you can improve safety and crime-prevention by becoming educated on crime-prevention tactics, such as environmental design and lighting to deter crime.” Last but not least, he says avoid becoming a victim; take all precautions in protecting your home, family and belongings. “Communication is key for neighborhoods,” Brooks says. “Talk to neighbors on a regular basis. Set up an email network for the neighborhood so you can quickly alert others. It takes a team effort to protect a community.” Meckling says that the Neighborhood Alliance is a resource for numerous programs for helping citizens organize to protect and improve their neighborhoods. “The Neighborhood Alliance offers workshops and one-on-one assistance to help neighborhoods organize, be an effective organization, learn how to be capable neighborhood leaders and raise funds for neighborhood-led projects,” she says. “There is a lot of information on our website about associations and the tools for making yours a better one. We can help with incorporating, writing bylaws and getting crime reports. We’ll even come out to your neighborhood meeting to give crime-watch training. “Making your neighborhood a better place doesn’t have to be a monumental effort,” Meckling says. “You just need to care and be willing to make some friends.”

major Jonathan Brooks stands in front of the Fairmont Terrace apartments, where earlier this year, four women were murdered.


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large city and continues to grow,” Humphrey says. “Because of this, we are experiencing our share of crime like other cities in the nation. However, I truly believe the growth in our citizen involvement, and the resources provided to our department with the passing of the public safety sales tax in 2008, help us address many of our major crime issues in the city. “I am so proud of our citizens because they have truly embraced community-oriented policing,” he says.

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GET YOUR SUMMER FEET FIX Dr. David le of Oklahoma Foot and ankle Specialists commits his career to caring for others.


s winter fades, so does hefty clothing. Pea coats turn to tank tops, scarves turn to v-necks and frostbite turns to sunburn. For many, however, the most liberating attire change is the transition from burley boots and sneakers to sleek, free-spirited flipflops and sandals. Each spring, as the weather becomes warmer, the toes of slews of Oklahomans are released from the prison of enclosed shoes and reintroduced to the world. Although this influx in feet exposure adds to comfort and style, there is one major downside. That is, those exposed toes have a higher probability of becoming infected. Oklahoma podiatrist Dr. David Le knows this reality far too well. Le began his practice at Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Specialists in 2005, and since then, Le has helped thousands of Oklahomans learn about and overcome their podiatric woes. OKFAS treats all kinds of foot and ankle ailments, but the most prevalent treatment this time of year is for nail infections. “Nail infection, also known as fungal nail, is a complex problem because it could start from anywhere,” says Le. “The treatment is difficult because the problem is under and inside of the nail, which is why, if not treated correctly, many people will experience the reoccurrence of the infection of their nails.” Le also notes that merely applying nail polish does not cover up the appearance of these infections. Shortly after being applied, the infected fungal nail erodes away at the polish. Although many individuals feel as though they are immune to nail infections, the truth is that it can occur to anyone. For this reason, Le’s office often treats a diverse group of patients. “What I love most about podiatry is that it is able to help and impact all lives, from children to the elderly,” says Le. “You could be a triathalon athlete or a patient with foot

or ankle pain that is preventing you from enjoying life’s everyday enjoyments such as walking in the park or playing with your grandchildren. Podiatry can enhance all types of people in all stages of life.” Le utilizes many advanced procedures to effectively remedy the problems in patients’ feet and ankles. One such procedure is laser treatment, which is one of the newest and safest forms of treatment for infected nails. According to Le, the treatment is pain free, has little to no side effects, and will only take between one to three office visits to clear. “We are excited about being able to offer our patients advanced ways of treating what bothers them,” says Le. Other forms of treatment for an infected toenail include oral drugs, topical drugs and complete removal of the nail. When he is not caring for his patients’ feet and ankles, Le loves to attend church, travel, golf and spend time with his wife, Diana, a practicing attorney, and his two children, London, 4, and Preston, 2. Le hopes to continue in his practice and treat the feet of Oklahomans so that they may continue to walk forward in life, stylish and pain-free. naThan PORTeR

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or the past three decades, diners who value elegance exemplified in cuisine, decor and service have found their way to a little wooden door at the northeast end of Utica Square. Behind that door, they find walls paneled in muted hues; crisp, white tablecloths and a warm yet superbly professional welcome. “A Mecca for food-and-drink mavens,” the elite James Beard Foundation called it. “A culinary haven of contemporary cooking.” On that occasion, chef and owner Robert Merrifield prepared a banquet for the James Beard Society, assisted by culinary luminaries – including Jose Andres, Josiah Citrin and Roberto Donna – who had flown in from New York and Los Angeles. This was neither the first nor the last of the many awards and honors showered upon this chef, a man who has devoted his entire life – since his first job when, barely in his teens, he washed dishes at a country club – to his profession. A stint at America’s top culinary school, the Culinary Institute of America, followed, and then work, as a chef at some of Los Angeles’ finest restaurants, including Chasen’s and Valentino’s.

In 1981, while working as general manager at Southern Hills, he was offered a job at a new Tulsa restaurant run by a successful chef and caterer. He accepted the job and has run the Polo Grill for more than three decades. Go there today and things have changed, but not too much. The door is glass now, and it leads to a corridor opening onto five private dining rooms with gleaming blond wood walls and tall vitrines stacked with wine bottles. Some are set up for banquets, with a rainbow of fresh flowers set in crystal vases. In the other direction, you’ll find the dining room. It’s been redecorated, but it looks a lot like it always has. Many of the customers have been dining there for decades, and they’re not comfortable with change. A cozy, wood-trimmed bar area yields to an intimate dining space. Merrifield wanted to capture the comforting feel of a neighborhood restaurant, Michael Funk explains, and combine that with “fantastic service and a kitchen that can stand up to any in the state.” Funk is the general manager, and, elegant-yet-efficient in starched white shirt and tie, he looks the part. Justin Donaldson, Polo Grill’s talented new chef, spent years cooking in New York’s finest restaurants, JULY 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM


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The Bento Box is a popular choice at gogo Sushi express and grill.


Hungry MidTown Oklahoma Citians now have an option for sushi on the go at the second location – the first being in Moore – of this fast-casual sushi joint. Diners may enjoy traditional appetizers like edamame or gyoza, or they may want to venture out of their comfort zone and begin a meal with salmon skin salad. Bento boxes offer a little bit of everything: teriyaki chicken or beef, grilled salmon, shrimp tempura or Korean-style short ribs are complemented with steamed rice, tempura veggies, house




salad, a California roll and miso soup. Daily lunch specials begin at $5.99, and tables fill up quickly with hungry workers looking for a filling meal that leaves a little extra money in their pockets. 432 NW 10th St., Oklahoma City; and 1611 S. I-35 Service Road, Moore. – Jami Mattox Chef marcus Vause creates his culinary specialties in the kitchen of Tavolo.

TAVOLO Head downtown to the Art Deco jewel in Tulsa’s crown, the 1928 Philtower, and right next to the glowing, ethereal cathedral ceiling of the lobby, you’ll find Tavolo, owned by chef and restaurateur Justin Thompson. Bistro-like tables dressed in white linen, exposed brick walls, a grand bar and a sweeping staircase all combine intimacy with sophistication. But all this is merely a setting for the food. The menu is “rooted in Italian,” says Chef Marcus Vause, with elements – some familiar, others not – from every region of Italy. But it’s Italian like you’ve never had before. Each dish is visually stunning “Simple flavors in vibrant exciting combination” is how Vause describes his dishes. Still, the simplest flavors in the simplest dish may take hours of hard work. The linguini with tomato sauce features hand-peeled tomatoes marinated for hours combined with a pureed sauce that isn’t cooked. How does he do that? “I have few secrets, but this is one



first at Cafe Gray alongside virtuoso chef Gray Kunz, and then at Gilt, which New York magazine described as “unabashedly expensive, almost painfully sleek,” where Donaldson worked with British wünderkind Paul Liebrandt, world-famous for cutting-edge creativity. Donaldson strolls over. Lanky, intent, he’s a man lucky enough to be immersed in work he loves. Does he love working in Oklahoma? “The produce here is amazing,” he exults. “I want to let these ingredients speak for themselves and build my dishes around their flavors.” Donaldson showcases his own creativity in nightly entree specials and innovative monthly wine dinners. The regular menu, though, seeks to strike a balance between avant-garde and tradition while still maintaining quality. Taking a menu from one of the dark-suited waiters, Funk points to a strip steak on the menu. “Midwest raised, USDA Prime, aged 28 days,” says Funk, who went to Kansas City to tour the facility to make sure it met his exacting standards. Some of Tulsa’s finest chefs got their start at Polo Grill: Justin Thompson, Grant Vespasian (who worked there after cooking at Palace Cafe), Michelle Donaldson, Paul Caplinger, Paul Wilson. Then they went on to found restaurants of their own. How can Polo Grill stand out from the pack? “I’ve learned a lot from the New York chefs,” says Donaldson, “and I’ve made it my own. I’ll use what I learned to produce the sort of dishes you’d expect to find only in New York or California: something new, something different, something unique.” “We want to retain our identity, who we are,” adds Funk, “and still strive and move forward.” 2038 Utica Square, Tulsa. www.

of them,” he says. Porchetta, a classic roast from Lazio, features pork belly, tenderloin and a Milanese gremolata carefully layered, cooked sous-vide and then gently fried. It takes 48 hours to make. Pansotti, a kind of ravioli from Liguria, is stuffed with rich foie gras. Scallops are accented with pancetta, sweetbreads and lemon vinaigrette. All this deceptively simple harmony on a plate is the product of lots of hard work, but if you peek into the kitchen while Vause is plating the dishes, chances are you’ll see him smiling. 427 S. Boston Ave., Tulsa. www.tavolotulsa. com – Brian Schwartz

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Most of the time, the terms “cheesy” or “wench” would not be complimentary, but to Tulsa chef Amanda Simcoe, they perfectly describe her passion. A Tulsa native, Simcoe has always loved cheese. From the first time she experienced fried goat cheese back in the ‘80s, she was hooked. That insatiable passion for cheese and good food was nurtured further by traveling extensively throughout Europe with her parents when she was barely a preschooler. While most kids were eating boxed mac and cheese, Simcoe developed a more sophisticated palate by eating what her parents ate. Yet, it should be noted that this talented, self-taught chef loves a good mac and cheese, especially if it’s paired with a stout ale. Although she studied business and Spanish in college, her heart’s desire was to pursue a culinary career. In 2008, Simcoe became the manager of the cheese counter at Grocer and The Gourmet in Tulsa, where she was responsible for 160 varieties of cheese. To further help familiarize the staff with different cheeses, she began offering a “Cheese 101” class all about the differences between the cheeses as well as how to wrap, store, slice and serve them. The class was so popular that she began offering it to the public twice a month and also included a wine or beer pairing. But how exactly did she become the “Cheese Wench?” Not liking the terms cheese monger or fromagère, she settled on the Cheese Wench. “Just as a beer wench slings beer, I sling cheese,” she says. The title has stuck since 2009. These days, Simcoe is busy cohosting and producing OKfoodie, preparing to emcee upcoming events like the Home and Garden Expo and Odyssey de Culinaire and making weekly appearances on Great Day Green Country. When asked about her favorite varieties of cheese, she paused: “That’s a hard question. There are so many.” Instead of naming specific cheeses, she surmised to say that as long as she has a good, stinky cheese, a good bleu, cheddar and goat amanda Simcoe is better known as the “Cheese cheese, she is a happy Wench Wench” in Tulsa. indeed. – Jill Meredith

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L AT E N I G H T gray Owl has quickly become a caffeinesoaked haunt in norman’s Campus Corner.


Not long ago, it was hard to get a cup of coffee in Norman that didn’t come from IHOP or a gas station. And while Starbucks locations now abound, many Norman residents have felt their hometown was lacking serious java. Enter Gray Owl Coffee, now easily the busiest caffeine destination in Norman. Townies and students alike flock here for brews that taste great and can shake the hand of even the most hardened caffeine junkies. While customers may come for the coffee, they often stay for the atmosphere, which with wi-fi, weathered couches and an eclectic lending library, is the perfect way to kill a rainy day. If caffeine isn’t your thing, Gray Owl still has you covered. Enjoy a variety of rotating baked goods with a pot of 333 Tea – a fragrant mix of chamomile flowers, hibiscus petals and mint – served on a tray with everything you could possibly need to make your own personal perfect cup. 223 E. Gray St., Norman. – Tara Malone


Deviled eggs, those quintessential mouthfuls of nostalgic bliss from days gone by, are still popular after all these years. However, not all deviled eggs are created equally. Three Oklahoma City area restaurants pride themselves in serving eggs that are completely unique and certainly different from any that Grandma made. Stepping into Mutt’s Amazing Hot Dogs (1400 NW. 23rd St., OKC) is like stepping back in time to the days of TV dinners and I Love Lucy. Created by the mother of coowner Cally Johnson, the deviled egg recipe is a twist on the classic. Besides mustard and mayo, pepper juice and sugar add a little zing and sweetness. A sprinkling of smoked paprika on top gives that traditional look

fresh scallion. Usually referring to a citrusmarinated seafood dish, this ceviche combines kalamata olives, capers, pimentos, jalapenos and cocktail onions. Served in the middle of the plate, the presentation is as stunning as the eggs are tasty. Meanwhile in Norman, the deviled eggs at Local (2262 W. Main) combine classic, familiar flavors into decadent mouthfuls. Heavenly BLT eggs boast a bacon mousse and are topped with crispy bacon, tomato and peppery arugula. Smoked salmon and Cobb salad are the inspiration for the restaurant’s other deviled eggs. Unfortunately, all three flavors are only available on the catering menu. – Jill Meredith






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orn out of a single hovering cloud, the Center of the Universe is about to unleash a shockwave of activities musical and otherwise. Its epicenter: a concrete circle and acoustic anomaly. We’re not talking about the echo. A person standing on the circle will hear his or her own voice amplified and resonate, yet anyone standing outside of the circle will not hear the same effect. On July 19-20, everyone will hear the phenomenon that is the Center of the Universe Festival, a free downtown showcase of national rock acts as well as popular names from closer to home. The two-day event stamped by a down-home-downtown eccentricity inspired by the brick-and-concrete landmark and Artificial Cloud (the 72-feet-tall metal art structure with a cloud balanced on a point and planes outlined in its base) brings native Tulsan Ryan Tedder and the rest of OneRepublic back to town to co-headline the event with band Neon Trees. Rising acts Churchill, Mayer Hawthorne and funky addition Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band are just part of a lineup of

rising national acts. Also look for the Eric Himan Band, Dante & the Hawks, Fiawna Forte, Colourmusic, Sick/Sea and Redwood Rising among many others. The list continues to grow. Like any good street party, the Center of the Universe Festival jives with the Brady Arts District’s vibe with its own array of colorful vendors set up. Everything happens in a stretch from the festival’s namesake on the Boston Avenue pedestrian bridge – between First Street and over the railroad tracks to Archer Streets on the north side of the railroad tracks – north to Cain’s Ballroom at 423 N. Main St., where the national bands will play on an outdoor stage. You’ll find more on a short walk to the Guthrie Green, 111 E. Brady St., where more music is booked for the state-of-the-art stage and public gardens. VIP tickets ($245) will allow you to experience more at the festival, but for those without them, expect everything the universe has to offer for free. For more, including schedules and maps, visit www. kaRen ShaDe JULY 2013 | WWW.OKMAG.COM





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way, but thanks to Lyric Theatre, big-scale musicals and theater are essential to the arts scene of Oklahoma City and beyond. Founded in 1963, Lyric has spent the last 50 years bringing classic and contemporary works to the traditional stage and less orthodox venues, including Science Museum Oklahoma. At 50, the company is still known for bringing together Broadway’s brightest local stars and great tales for the modern audience. The company’s big summer series continues in July with The King and I (July 9-13), the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about an English teacher hired by the king of Siam to Westernize his family in 1860s, and the revue-style homage The Will Rogers Follies (July 23-27) at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave. Lyric also throws in a real treat, Tommy Tune: Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales (July 1819) with the famous showman at Plaza Theatre, 1727 NW 16th St. Visit for show schedules and tickets.

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July 3 Spend the eve of Independence Day with Signature Symphony in a musical salute to the Armed Forces with patriotic music at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education at Tulsa Community College’s Southeast Campus.

Disney’s the lion king

Thru July 7 Sixteen years after it premiered on Broadway, the musical that awed the masses with its visual effects continues to reign. Celebrity Attractions brings the stage experience based on the 1994 animated film to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center once again.

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July 9-13 Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma moves through its summer of big musicals at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall with the Rodgers and Hammerstein favorite about an English teacher hired by a king to westernize his family in 1860s Thailand. www.

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July 11-12 Vocalist Janet Rutland is back for her ninth SummerStage Festival show at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, this time with her favorite accompanist, pianist Scott McQuade and more great songs.

gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore July 1214 The Cimarron Opera is back with the English comic opera about a witch’s curse, an evil baron and cast of more zany characters gone topsy-turvy at Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts in Norman. Dhadkan

July 12-13 Tulsa Folkloric Dance Theatre presents a new show at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, this time taking a tour of dances from around the world as seen through the eyes of a child. www.

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July 12-14 Louisa May Alcott’s beloved story of tomboy Jo and her sisters coming of age in New England after the Civil War is told by Playhouse Tulsa at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.

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Thru July 13 Fairy tales come true on stage in a charming romp by Jean Anouilh about twin brothers, one of whom tries to save his brother from entering a loveless marriage by way of mistaken identities and unintended consequences. Presented by Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park at the Myriad Botanical Gardens Water Stage.

mischievous Swing July 13-14 Swing takes a detour through Latin America, France’s gypsy cafes and Kansas City clubs with this quartet set to play the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.


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Terry Bently plays work reminiscent of the Rat Pack at Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center as part of the LIFE Senior Services Musical Mondays Concert Series. www.

Starlight Band Concerts Thru July 23 Outdoor concerts at River West Festival Amphitheater return Tuesday nights with jazz, movie night and more. www. The Will Rogers Follies July 23-27 The final musical of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s summer season celebrates the life of Will Rogers with this revue-style show at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall featuring song, dance and his signature humor. king John July 25-28 Allegiances are sworn, tested and vanquished in Shakespeare’s intriguing historical play about a king whose resolve and morality is tested as he lives in the shadow of his brother and predecessor, Richard the Lionheart. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents at the Myriad Botanical Gardens Water Stage. Tinkerbell’s greatest hits

July 26 Theatre Pops is back at SummerStage and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center with an all new collection of monologues and short scenes with the adventuresome audience in mind.

moksha July 27 The Sanskriti School of Dance presents dancer Vidhya Subramanian, a noted Bharatanatyam artist, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in a dance that means “liberation.” Summer’s Fifth night

Thru Aug. 29 Utica Square brings back its popular outdoor concert series featuring favorite hometown acts in a variety of genres appearing Thursdays all summer long.

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Ongoing The melodrama continues with heroes, damsels in distress and over-the-top characters plus an entertaining revue of songs and theatrics most Saturdays of the year at the Spotlight Theatre.

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July 14 You’ve never heard the harp and viola sound like this before. The duo of Jeff Cowen and Jill Wiebe are back for SummerStage at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Tommy Tune: Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales July 18-19 The Broadway showman tells his

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native Women’s Voices: Sofkee for the Soul July 18-21 The voices of Native American

women come through in this presentation by Vanessa Adams-Harris to show the power of art and playwriting at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

Opera in the Ozarks

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July 19-21 Portico Dans Theatre pulls out all the ropes for this performance at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center using aerial apparatuses, large-scale art installations and various dance styles in a story of a bullied girl whose toys come to life to help her plot revenge.

Out of Sterno Thru July 20 Life is perfect for Dotty, who is happily confined to her tiny apartment, forbidden to leave by her husband, until she receives a phone call. The play is presented by Carpenter Square Theatre. Begonias

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Children’s letters to god July 19-21 Based on the book of the same title, this presentation of Theatre Tulsa puts the thoughts and prayers of children on stage through music and monologue at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Bright night of harry Potter

July 26 Oklahoma Science Museum invites you to stay up late with the museum crew for quidditch, wizard dueling, giant chess, herbology, potions and more fun of the Hogwarts variety.

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SPORTS Tulsa Athletics v. Club América Big soccer has returned to Tulsa. The Tulsa Athletics, a professional soccer team picking up where the Tulsa Roughnecks left off in the mid 1980s, boldly assumed the field of old Drillers Stadium for its fi rst game back in May against the Liverpool Warriors of Dallas and won. Then it won again and again against fellow National Premiere Soccer League teams in Houston. If reviving a sport in a town that has relied exclusively on local clubs to keep the banner waving was hard, the Athletics’ July 2 game against Club América of Mexico City will be an even greater challenge. The green and yellow take on Club América’s U-20 reserve squad. The club is Mexico’s largest football club and one of its most successful. Driller Stadium, 15th Street and Yale Avenue, isn’t the Estadio Azteca, Club América’s 105,000-seat stadium home, but we’re proud of it and of the Athletics. Tickets are $15-$20, and game is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Read more at Whitesnake

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July 1920 Neon Trees, OneRepublic, more in the Brady Arts District.

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July 19 Famed Beatles tribute band at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.

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Sports Tulsa Shock v. Los Angeles July 11 v. Minnesota July 13 v. Connecticut July 19 v. Atlanta July 21 v. Indiana July 25 OkC Redhawks v. Albuquerque July 1-3 v. New Orleans July 11-14 v. Iowa July 26-29 v. Reno July 30-Aug. 2 Tulsa Drillers

clubs both domestic and international to play at Mohawk Soccer Complex and hosted by the Tulsa Sports Commission.

Family mini masters: life in the Wild West July 2-30 Little ones study the basics of art

and explore their own abilities at Gilcrease Museum every Tuesday and Friday. Go online for details and complete schedule.

art Sweet Spot: Red Candy Bar and Other Design Tales Thru July 5 Hardesty Arts

Center reveals the story and process of its design by Selser Schaefer Architects through interpretations in photo and video created by Tulsa artists.

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July 5-21 Artist-inresidence Heather Clark Hilliard presents her art installation at 108 Contemporary.

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Reflections of Design Thru July 7 The Tulsa Performing Arts Center exhibits the work of Oklahoma photographer Michael Bryan, 2011 winner of the International Nikonians’ Best Award.

Children’s Theatre Festival

Shelly lewis Stanfield Thru July 12 Tulsa’s M.A. Doran Gallery presents new abstract paintings and work by the artist with an opening reception on June 6 with Stanfield in attendance.

July 5-26 Storybook hour is fun as children learn about Mexico’s culture, history, animals and more Fridays at Gilcrease Museum.

July 17-21 Oklahoma Children’s Theatre heads to farm country for its festival that includes multiple showings of three fun plays – The Wizard of Oz, Old MacDonald, Rumpelstiltskin – at the Burg Theatre and other venues on the Oklahoma City University campus.

gustafer Yellowgold July 19 Musician Morgan Taylor is back with his loveable animated pals for a new concert set to illustrations at the Hardesty Regional Library.

Fiberworks 2013

July 12-Aug. 23 Works in textiles, basketry, soft sculpture, beading, paper, knitting, felting and other artisan crafts by members of Fiber Artists of Oklahoma take the spotlight at the Hardesty Arts Center galleries.

Rendezvous artists’ Retrospective exhibition and art Sale Thru July 14 Gil-

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24 Works on Paper July 26-Aug. 3 Oklahoma Visual Artists’ Coalition’s annual traveling exhibit of work by Oklahoma artists is back with an opening at OVAC’s Gallery. Go online to see the exhibition schedule, which will tour through early 2015.

July 5-7 The Tulsa Metro Softball League goes into action at the Carl Smith Softball Complex. Go online to see related events (opening party, beer garden).

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Opening abstraction Thru Jan. 5 This exhibit of abstract works in a variety of manifestations marks the premiere and opening of the new Philbrook Downtown contemporary gallery, located on Brady Street between Cincinnati and Boston avenues. The satellite location will showcase the museum’s modern and contemporary art as well as one of the “most significant surveys of 20th century Native American art.” americana

Collection Ongoing National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Dickinson Research Center.

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Ongoing Fritz White, Clark Kelley Price, Jim Gilmore, Linda Besse and Jim Smith are just a few of the artists with works on display.

First Friday gallery Walk Ongoing The galleries of OKC’s Paseo Arts District welcome all each month. 2nd Friday Circuit art Ongoing A monthly celebration of arts in Norman. Weekends On Us

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ART Fiberworks 2013 The Fiberworks 2013 art show settles itself nicely into the Hardesty Arts Center for its fi rst appearance at the new arts venue, 101 E. Archer St., in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. The Fiber Artists of Oklahoma exhibits works submitted for this 35th annual juried show in a variety of traditional folk media including basketry, beading, paper, knitting, weaving, felting, and, yes, needlepoint. These creations (both functional and not) are certain to surprise and even startle with their artists’ eloquent vision and skillful manipulation of materials. No doubt, the show will be an education for some of its viewers, but artists, too, can learn from it. Fiberworks 2013 juror Barbara Shapiro, a textile artist from San Francisco, will offer a workshop July 14-16. Show will open Saturday, July 12, and remain on display through Aug. 23. For more, visit Folio editions: art in the Service of Science July 28-March 30 Gilcrease Museum brings

the works of artists created for research following scientific expeditions to show the places, people, plants and animals encountered in this exhibit. www.gilcrease.

herb Ritts: Beauty and Celebrity

Thru July 28 Oklahoma City Museum of Art brings the iconic work of famed photographer Herb Ritts, known for his innovative fashion photography, celebrity portraiture and classical treatment of the nude, to its halls. www.

Stirring the Fire

Thru July 28 Stirring the Fire: A Global Movement to Empower Women and Girls is a World Literature Today photography exhibit showcasing the work of Phil Borges as he examines gender issues around the world through a lens. Exhibit is at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

stallations by Laura Berman, Tim Dooley, Aaron Wilson, John Hitchcock, Emily Arthur Douglas, Jenny Schmid and Curtis Jones in which artists use printmaking as a foundation for three-dimensional work at Artspace at Untitled.

adolph gottlieb: Sculptor Thru Aug. 25 The expressionist artist better known for his paintings also worked in three dimensions as this exhibit at Philbrook Downtown demonstrates. The exodus

Thru Sept. 1 The exhibit at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art looks at 3,400 Year of the Jewish Diaspora as it explores the migrations of Jewish communities throughout history.

Pablo Picasso’s Woman in the Studio

Thru Aug. 15 The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman has the Picasso masterpiece from 1956 on loan from the St. Louis Art Museum. Also look for the work to be displayed along with Picasso pieces from the FJJMA permanent collection.



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Bowling for Rhinos July 20 The 19th annual event hosted by the OKC chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers will be at Heritage Lanes and benefits rhino conservation with games, dinner and prizes. Odyssey de Culinaire OkC

July 25 Tulsa chefs serve up their best for the OKC crowd at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel at the chef-swap fundraiser for the association’s Hospitality Career Initiative of the Oklahoma Restaurant Association.

Wild Brew July 27 Take a sip or two of some of the area’s premium brews from artisan breweries. The event benefits the Sutton Research Center and avian conservation, and it will feature unique concoctions along with terrific bites from favorite area restaurants, all at Expo Square.

Remainder Thru Sept. 29 Philbrook Museum of Art exhibits the recent work of seven young women sculptors to watch. See the abstract pieces by Diana Al-Hadid, Rachel Beach, Rachel Foullon, Kate Gilmore, Heather Rowe, Erin Shirreff and Allyson Vieira, along with drawings, video, prints and photographs.

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Thru Aug. 4 The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum celebrates a milestone in its prestigious invitational art exhibition. This year’s event includes more than 300 works in painting and sculpture by contemporary Western artists for the big opening weekend and sale. www.

Museum of Art at The University of Tulsa exhibits more than 175 objects in woodcarving, basketry and painting from its collections to study Hopi kachina figures. www.

July 20 Patrons play casino-style games at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to win great prizes, hang with Elvis and help the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma.

Thru Sept. 29 Gilcrease Museum brings back its show of Native American history and culture previously on display at the Palazzo Pitti museum in Florence, Italy. The show contains 200 works from George Caitlin, Woody Crumbo, Edward S. Curtis and others.

Thru July 28 The exhibit features work from printmaking artists such as Victor Vasarely, who take the viewer on a visual sensory experience at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman.

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Thru July 28 Contemporary Native American artists take new directions with traditional arts (basketry, beadwork and pottery) in this showcase at the Zarrow Center for Art and Education.

tian in West Lafayette, Ind., is explored as art in an exhibit at the Price Tower Arts Center.

July 19 The Bridges Foundation holds its big community event with plenty of live music, live and silent auctions and great food at the Tulsa Historical Society Center.

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Thru Sept. 1 The New Frontiers series featuring the works of contemporary artists continues with work from Wayne White at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Yellowstone and the West: The Chromolithographs of Thomas moran Thru Sept. 8 Gilcrease Musuem welcomes an exhibit of 15 chromolithographs of watercolors by Thomas Moran that were published in 1876 in the first color publication about the West. The prints are recognized as the finest chromolithographs ever produced.

Frank lloyd Wright’s Samara: a midCentury Dream home Thru Sept. 8 The 1952

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Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., hosts the exhibit of 80 masterworks by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and others that looks at how girls emerged as individuals in art portrayal after the Civil War.

Dreams and Visions

Thru Oct. 19 The Gilcrease Museum exhibit explores artists’ views of the American West as land, myth and history that make up the American story of western expansion.

Sirens of the Southwest

Thru Nov. 10 The transformative works of women artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Gina Knee, Ila McAfee and Margaret Lefranc, each of whom went to New Mexico to continue their work are under the lense at Philbrook Downtown. www.

a Fresh Take: William S. and ann atherton art of the american West gallery Thru Dec. 31 Art work by Charles M. Russell,

Frederic Remington and Charles Schreyvogel among others are newly reinstalled in the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Folio Editions: Art in the Service of Science at gilcrease museum

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dependence Day event that includes fireworks at dusk at Stillwater’s Boomer Lake Park.

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you know have what it takes to be a champion seed spitter? There’s only one way (and place) to find out. Look for it at Pauls Valley’s Wacker Park. www.

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Watermelon Seed Spittin’ World Championship July 4 Do you or someone

Twister agility & Dog Sport USDaa agility Trial July 12-14 The Oklahoma City dog

club holds its U.S. Dog Agility Association agility event at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Senior living Fair July 13 LIFE Senior Services offers this expo at Tulsa Promenade Mall featuring

R.k. gun Show July 6-7 Oklahoma State Fair Park.

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running television game show about shopping comes to the Lucky Star Casino in Concho.

celebration of independence includes a cardboard boat regatta, concerts in the park, parade, car show, rodeo and fireworks.

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July 4 Be a part of the big celebration at River West Festival Park and the banks of the Arkansas River at Tulsa River Park with free activities for children and the big fireworks display. www.

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July 4 Wakeboard and wakeskate competitions are just part of the fun at this In-

american Buckskin 26th annual World Championship Show July 2440th Prix de West at the national Cowboy & Western heritage museum area businesses, organizations and agencies offering services to seniors in everything from health and home safety to veteran’s assistance programs and insurance.

Woody guthrie Folk Festival July 1014 The great folk singer and songwriter’s hometown pays homage to Guthrie with a festival of music, poetry, children’s activities, storytelling, songwriting contest and more with Sam Baker, John Fullbright and many more at venues around Okemah.

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Society hosts its annual show of unusual fossils and minerals, artifacts, fine gems and related items at Expo Square.

July 1114 The annual outdoor event includes powwow dancing, singing, arts, crafts, rodeo, outdoor camping and more near Stroud.

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OkC Summer Jewelry & Bead Show July 19-21 Oklahoma State Fair Park. www. The Price is Right live with Jerry Springer July 25-28 The live version of the long-

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huckleberry Festival July 6 Visit the city east of Grand Lake for the bounty of wild berries. Festival includes arts and crafts show, 5k run, car show and quilt show.

Porter Peach Festival July 18-20 The 47th annual festival is almost here with plenty of activities for all ages, including a 5k run, car show, entertainment and more in downtown Porter.

Jenks Freedom Fest July 4 Nothing goes with a small town Fourth of July celebration like bluegrass music, hot dogs and watermelon. Look for it on Jenks’ Main Street. July 5-6 One of the longest-running Fourth of July festivals in the state celebrates another successful harvest of sweet blackberries with a carnival, fireworks, children’s games, live music and more in McLoud’s Veterans Park. www.

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Rock, mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show July 13-14 The Tulsa Rock and Mineral

OkC gun Show July 13-14 Oklahoma State Fair Park.

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Blue knights motorcycle Rally July 1419 The Blue Knights motorcycle club, made up of active and retired law enforcement officers, throw a huge rally in Hot Springs, Ark.

affair of the heart July 12-14 The arts and crafts show returns to Expo Square in Tulsa. www.

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28 The American Buckskin Registry Association holds its classic showing of beautiful buckskin horses from around the world in a display of horsemanship and pageantry at Expo Square.

The Price is Right live with Jerry Springer July 25-28 The live version of the long-

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Oklahoma aquarium 10th anniversary Celebration July 26-27 Celebrate the

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american Cowboy Trade Days & Celebration of the american Cowboy July 26-28 Families get to join the fun of this trader event for all-things-western such as period merchandise and antiques, saddles, guns, spurs, Native American arts and more at Whitaker Park in Pryor. www.

The home & garden expo of Oklahoma and all the Things Women love July 26-28 Two great shows come to Expo

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Bluegrass Over Shakespeare

an Oklahoma native chooses her passion for music over theater.

or the bulk of her young life, Oklahoma’s Kristen Hemphill did most of her performing in a theatrical setting, appearing in numerous plays and musicals as she made her way through the Broken Arrow school system and on to Oklahoma State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in theater. But while she was in Stillwater – a town known for its homegrown music – she fell in with some bluegrass musicians, who inspired her to begin forays into the genre. A post-OSU semester at South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas, gave her new guitar skills as well as an approach to singing that, as she notes with a laugh, “wasn’t so theater-like.” Gradually, her passion for creating music began overtaking her love of the theater. And finally, bluegrass trumped Shakespeare. “I’d planned on doing theater after college, and I went down to Dallas to audition for some Shakespeare productions,” she recalls. “But I ended up turning down a role to do a concert show. So I thought, ‘Well, if I’m getting parts, and I’m turning them down, I guess my heart really is in the music side of it.’” So she followed her heart, began writing and playing wherever she could (including Tulsa venues like Smoke, the Hunt Club and Elwood’s), and finally recorded her first CD. She plans to debut it Saturday, July 13, in an


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partner in the studio was also a former business associate of Hemphill’s father, which gave the young singer-songwriter a calling card. She and Baker hit it off, and the two began writing together, along with Baker’s songwriting protégé, Matt Johnson. “I think we wrote eight songs for the album in four days,” she says. “It was one of those things that was just magical. We’d be in a room, and we wouldn’t eat lunch until we’d written a song. Then we’d come back, and we wouldn’t eat dinner until we’d finished a song. “Dad was in the studio, and he loves to eat. He’d be saying, ‘You guys written a song yet? I’m hungry.’” She laughs. “So we were driven by hunger.” For the CD release party, Hemphill will have a six-person band, including the noted fiddler Rick Morton. And while country music – Hemphill calls hers “countryAmericana” – isn’t a staple of the Jazz Depot, Bluegrass musician Jazz Hall CEO Jason kristen hemphill will hold a CD release party at the McIntosh feels that the Oklahoma Jazz hall of show is a perfect fit. Fame on July 13. “Part of what we do is help musicians,” he event at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame’s Jazz says, “and Kristen is a rising young talent. Depot, 111 E. First Street. We’re very pleased to have her here for the The disc was recorded in Muscle Shoals, CD release show.” Ala., at a studio owned by longtime countryAdmission is free to the concert, which music figure Gary Baker, whose credits include begins at 8 p.m. with opening act Desi & a stint with the late ‘80s band the Shooters and Cody. Hemphill’s CD will be available for a co-writing credit on the Grammy-winning purchase throughout the evening. JOhn WOOleY song “I Swear.” As it turned out, Baker’s




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The Best of the Best. The votes are tallied, and the results of the 14th annual “The Best of the Best” are in. Find out who wins in all 137...