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In 1933, an outfit of musicians was moonlighting as the Light Crust Doughboys, playing a daily show on a Texas radio station in support of Burrus Mill’s Light Crust Flour. After a successful Tulsa oilman brought the band to Oklahoma, they settled in Tulsa and became known as Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. The group made music and history as pioneers of the genre that would come to be known as western swing.

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR I attended my very first Cain’s Ballroom concert on April 4, 1996. I was 15. A few friends and I (accompanied by a parent) traveled from our small town nearby to see the famously short-lived band, The Presidents of the United States of America, perform its wacky songs. I was not familiar with Cain’s at that time, nor its rich history and the role it played in the genre known as western swing. Walking into Cain’s as a teenager was an otherworldly experience. The heavy, old-fashioned burgundy curtain that draped the stage, proclaiming Cain’s as the “Home of Bob Wills,” hung in stark juxtaposition to the pop rock music played on-stage. The oversized portraits of western swing and country music stars that have played at Cain’s lined the walls, as they do today, reminding all that this square of downtown Tulsa is hallowed ground. Now, 18 years later and armed with a driver’s license, I have visited Cain’s dozens of times. I lost track of how many concerts I’ve attended, how many songs I’ve danced to, how much I’ve spent on tickets. I’ve seen world-class musicians perform, hung out backstage with bands and made new friends as well as reconnected with old. I have sung along, clapped my hands and cried to countless songs. Cain’s Ballroom is my favorite place in the world. I feel pride each time a musician pays homage to the venue, acknowledges its importance to the history of music in America. Cain’s Ballroom is an ambassador of Tulsa,

and the artists that are fortunate enough to play there instantly become part of that rich heritage. As much as I love that historic dance hall, contributing editor John Wooley loves it even more. A musical historian and host of radio’s “Swing On This,” broadcast each Saturday evening on 89.5 KWGS, John is an expert on western swing and its history in Tulsa. We began exchanging emails several months ago about a feature that would capture the legacy of western swing and its place in Tulsa. Sure, we all know that Bob Wills played his fiddle and led his Texas Playboys on that famed stage, but how did they end up there? John tells the story in “The Capital of Western Swing,” an informed and colorful look into the genre that started in Texas but grew into its own – and became what it is today –inside the walls and on the dance floor of Cain’s Ballroom. The folks that attended those early dances at Cain’s were not that different from the concertgoers of today. They were looking for respite from the daily grind of life, hoping to escape into good music, good dancing and good company on a Saturday night. That spirit of excitement and escapism lives on in concert veterans and in the excitement of those who attend their first show at Cain’s, awed by the burgundy curtain, oversized portraits, the blazing neon star affixed to the ceiling and enormity of history contained in a small dance hall. Jami Mattox Managing Editor

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MAJOR DAN ROONEY FOUNDED THE FOLDS OF HONOR FOUNDATION TO HELP THE FAMILIES OF MILITARY MEMBERS WHO WERE WOUNDED OR KILLED IN ACTION. PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT.

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t’s not every day that you see something that changes your life and the lives of others. But that’s exactly what happened to retired U.S. Air Force Major Dan Rooney one day during a commercial airline flight. Upon landing, Rooney and his fellow passengers were asked to remain seated to allow U.S. Army Col. Brad Bucklin to escort the body of his twin brother, U.S. Army Cpl. Brock Bucklin, from Iraq. Rooney watched from his window seat as the flag-draped coffin was lowered from the plane and a 4-year-old boy named Jacob waited to receive the remains of his father. “What struck me the most was the finality and gravity of the sacrifice,” Rooney says. “Watching a young child, as a parent, knowing that he will never play catch or be tucked in bed at night, struck me the most. I started Folds of Honor to help Jacob. Anyone who is in the military, killed in action or disabled, has no greater want than to have their families taken care of. We started with Jacob, and it has grown in divine ways.”

Rooney, a former F-16 pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard who served three tours of duty in Iraq, is also a golf course owner and professional golfer. Combining his passions – golf and military service – the Owasso resident was inspired to create Folds of Honor, a nonprofit foundation providing educational scholarships and other assistance to the families of military members killed or wounded in action. It began with Jacob Bucklin; since then, the foundation has funded nearly 5,500 scholarships for the families of fallen heroes. “Each day, 99 percent of our country wakes up free, courtesy of the one percent in the military,” Rooney says. “We all have a duty to give back to these families impacted by the tragedies of war.” JULY 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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mare upon returning from a misIn addition to financial assion near the border of Pakistan. sistance, he says, “we provide An improvised explosive device emotional support to our families. detonated, killing two of StrickWe honor and remember their land’s comrades and leaving sacrifice.” him with traumatic brain injury, The organization accepts donaa shattered jaw and bilateral tions year-round, but much of amputations above his knees. the funding for Folds of Honor is Recovery has been a battle on raised at events such as the Patriot its own, but he is inspired when Cup, a charity golf tournament, he sees how Folds of Honor has gala and concert held each Memochanged the lives of his sons, rial Day weekend at Owasso’s The ROONEY AND PROFESSIONAL GOLFER RICKIE FOWLER HIT CEREMONIAL who attend a Tulsa-area private Patriot Golf Club in conjunction OPENING TEE SHOTS TO KICK OFF school thanks to FHF scholarwith the Professional Golfers AsTHE 2014 PATRIOT CUP. ships. sociation and U.S. Golf AssociaPHOTO COURTESY FOLDS OF HONOR FOUNDATION. “FHF ensures that my tion. children both have a school that In addition to the Patriot Cup, understands and cares about our family’s situation,” Strickland says. “They have more focus and courses around the nation host Patriot Golf attention on them personally by having a smaller school setting, and they have both been blessed Day throughout the year, usually around Labor with several friends…I have seen my boys grow in many ways.” Day, to raise funds for the foundation. Each Strickland says during his years recovering, the family’s focus was on his rehabilitation. His player is asked to donate $1 for each round of sons didn’t participate in sports. Now, they both play football, basketball and soccer – outlets golf played. This past year, more than $5 milteaching them focus. lion – a record for the foundation – was raised “It helps maintain their grades and keeps them physically active,” Strickland says. “After all of through Patriot Golf Day events. President the moves and all of the struggles, having them in a school that makes them happy and thriving George W. Bush serves as the honorary chairwith the help and generosity of Folds of Honor – this is one of the biggest blessings we have ever man of Patriot Golf Day. received.” In addition, Rooney says, partners such Anyone can donate to the Folds of Honor Foundation at www.foldsofhonor.org, but Sweger as Budweiser and QuikTrip also run specials says that there are other ways to thank U.S. veterans. throughout the year to fund the foundation’s “Never forget the sacrifices our families make that better allow our service members to go scholarships. forth and defend our liberties,” Sweger says. Ronny Sweger, a retired U.S. Army Special “By saying ‘thank you’ to a veteran, that is kind enough,” Strickland says. “But we signed up Forces member, has experienced firsthand the for this job and would do it over and over again. We did not give to receive; we gave to protect our impact Folds of Honor makes in the lives of freedoms and country and to serve others.” wounded veterans and their families. Sweger TARA MALONE joined the army at the age of 19 and served for more than 14 years before receiving multiple wounds over the course of seven tours during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The father of 7-year-old triplets, Sweger says he can rest easier knowing his children’s needs are taken care of. KINGS OF LEON. “The Folds of Honor Future Use ScholarPHOTO BY DAN WINTERS. ship helped provide me with great peace of mind for my children’s futures,” Sweger says. “It was a surprise and an honor to be recognized for my service to our country by the SHOUT OUT FHF…Being recognized by the FHF assisted 2013. “Seeing the inner workings of a big tour It might be said that Michael Bewley and in my healing, and my travels on their behalf and all that goes into it to make it a success Jacob Mann took the bull by the horns this allowed me an avenue back into the military is an invaluable experience.” spring. The former students of the Academy community.” The ACM@UCO, as the program is known, of Contemporary Music at the University of Sweger, in turn, was inspired to create his is affiliated with and modeled on the AcadCentral in Edmond recently hooked up with own organization benefiting veterans, the emy of Contemporary Music in Guildford, Kings of Leon on the rock band’s 2014 MeFoundation for Exceptional Warriors. chanical Bull Tour as marketing coordinators, U.K., and provides “real world” experience “While traveling for Folds of Honor, I for students looking at careers in today’s muthanks to some useful school connections. recognized a need for services for special Working with brand management company sic industry. The UCO program offers degrees operations forces and the valorous, whether in a variety of areas from performance and Brand Synergy Group, the pair will be ambaswounded or not,” Sweger says. “The FEW proproduction to the business end. sadors for BSG client Klipsch Audio, the prevides recreational therapy to the underserved, “I wouldn’t be on this tour if it weren’t for senting partner for the Kings of Leon’s tour. quiet professionals to assist their healing and ACM – the people at the school connected “This opportunity is absolutely a positive reward their unparalleled service and valor.” me to the right folks to make this opportunity stepping stone in the right direction in my In February 2010, U.S. Army Sgt. Legrand a reality for me,” Mann says. – Karen Shade career,” says Mann, who graduated in May Strickland faced every soldier’s worst night-

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Kent Rollins cooks up cowboy food and culture the old fashioned way.

’m not a chef; I’m a cook,” demurs Kent Rollins. Despite this modesty, Rollins, operator of the Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon and Oklahoma’s official chuck wagon cook, has gained national attention for his down-home style. Rollins specializes in cowboy cuisine cooked the old-fashioned way: in a Dutch oven or cast iron skillet placed over a campfire. Rollins first learned cooking as a child growing up on his family’s ranch, where everyone had to lend a hand. “None of them had the title of chef – it was mother, grandmother, aunt, friend, neighbor,” he says of his influences. This communal spirit has stayed with Rollins through his life. Since the 1980s, he has operated his chuck wagon, cooking for ranches across the Southwest. Over time his reputation has grown, Rollins says, “by word-of-mouth and a full stomach.” These days he and his wife, Shannon, stay busy. In addition to their ranch cooking, the couple provides catering for businesses and parties of up to 500. Customers seek them out, Rollins says, because of the ambience and sense of history their rustic set-up brings. “My stove has no knob on it, and my kitchen sure doesn’t have any electricity. We do it all off the back of the chuck wagon,” he says. The allure of the Old West also brings people from all over the country and even overseas to Rollins’ home in Hollis, where he holds cooking classes. Small groups of four to six people experience the cowboy cooking style first-hand, learning basics like beans and bacon as well as more advanced recipes. Rollins says he is particularly fond of baking bread and biscuits because of the precision needed to make them turn out right. Rollins’ unique style and welcoming manner have helped him catch the eye of television producers. He’s made occasional appearances on the Food Network since 1996, most notably in an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay, where he schooled the famed chef in the art of chicken fried steak. He also participated in Chopped: Grill Masters. Over the summer, Rollins will appear on NBC’s Food Fighters.

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Though he has enjoyed his various brushes with fame, Rollins prefers simplicity. He has found himself having to explain to others how food so simple can taste so good. “Life is simple where I come from; so’s the cooking. It’s just people that make it complicated,” Rollins explains. With all the recent exposure, Rollins hopes to increase awareness of and appreciation for the traditions of the cowboy lifestyle. In addition to cooking, Rollins is a storyteller and poet preserving a sense of the past he has inherited. The chuck wagon style of cooking, with Dutch ovens and campfires, goes back at least to the 1870s. Despite the intervening years, the process is much the same today. By giving people a love of cowboy food, Rollins hopes to keep alive the entire way of life, which he sees as an important link to America’s past. That quest, perhaps more than anything, seems to keep Rollins going. Whether he’s catering for a business or a bar mitzvah, hosting students on his ranch or battling chefs on national television, Rollins never loses sight of the reason he cooks. “When you can share food and a thought and a laugh, the meal you just had becomes a banquet,” he says. For Rollins it’s more than a sentiment – it’s a way of life. ASHER GELZER-GOVATOS

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harles Hill, author and publisher of www.dustbury. com, has a few things to say. His award-winning blog, entering its 18th year, entertains, infuriates and provides bountiful food for thought. You write about everything. “Specialized” is an inappropriate adjective for Dustbury. If you’ve seen your typical WordPress blog, it has six or maybe eight or 10 or 12 categories. I have 57. Basically, it’s whatever comes to mind. I strive to get five posts up a day. Where they fall is pretty much random. It helps that I have sort of a magpie brain. My attention is easily diverted by almost anything. There aren’t too many things I shy away from writing about. I have a great deal of fun with state legislators and their antics. How did you get started as a blogger? It started with a simple bit of foolish pride, if you will. The office sent a couple of us to an HTML class with the expectation of eventually putting up a corporate website. I didn’t learn much from the class, but I walked away thinking, “I could probably do this on my own with a little practice.” I discovered that my Internet service provider at the moment was actually giving away a tiny bit of space, so I said, “Okay,” and I wrote a few pages and put them up. Surprisingly, it’s turned out to be addictive. There were seven pages then. There are 22,000 now. What’s going to be landing in the “Sooner Land” category soon? Of late, I’ve been blessed with a lot of stuff from the (Oklahoma State) insurance commissioner, John Doak. When he landed in office, he earned my semi-eternal wrath by sending out a packet of stuff that was, one, unreadable, and, two, had a stack of attachments, which may or may not have contained something else. I’m one of

CHARLES HILL IS THE AUTHOR BEHIND THE AWARD-WINNING BLOG DUSTBURY. PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS.

those types that likes information to be functional. He learned his lesson in a couple of months. I’ve got a running commentary on that new class of customer being created for people who have solar (power) systems, are putting power back into the grid and are being charged by the state for it. My angle on that is that it’s probably less than meets the eye, but it’s still annoying. PAUL FAIRCHILD

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Thing are looking up – and soon will look more up-to-date – at the Oklahoma State Capitol. In May, Gov. Mary Fallin signed House Joint Resolution 1033, which will provide $120 million in bond money over 10 years to make much-needed improvements to the structure. In Oklahoma Magazine’s March 2013 issue, writer Brian Patrick reported on the poor condition of the building. “Our State Capitol is steadily deteriorating, and the damage will only accelerate if significant repairs are not made soon,” said Preston Doerflinger, the Oklahoma director and secretary of finance and revenue, at the time. John Morrison, administrator of Capitol Asset Management, said that it was the deficiencies un-

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detected by the naked eye, like outdated plumbing and electrical wiring, that are the greatest hazard. Yellow gates blocking off the steps leading up to the building and a sign reading, “Caution: Keep Out,” currently greet visitors to the State Capitol. According to Joe Griffin, communications director for Speaker of the House Jeff Hickman, a piece of concrete recently fell through a ceiling into the House media division’s offices in May, forcing the office to relocate. – Jami Mattox

THE STATE CAPITOL’S FRONT STEPS ARE CLOSED OFF BECAUSE OF THE DETERIORATING STATE OF THE BUILDING. PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS.

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n low-lit theaters across the state, groups of Oklahomans eagerly prepare for the unknown. They appear in troupes with clever names: The MiDolls, Twinprov, Spontaniacs, Everybody & Their Dog and Bard Trek, to name a few. They rehearse for weeks, but when they perform, their shows are unscripted. Their motto is “yes, and.” Their mission is to make people laugh. They are improvisers, and they are asking for audience suggestions. “People say we’re the best-kept secret in Oklahoma,” says Clint Vrazel, artistic and education director for OKC Improv. “The fun we have is contagious.” Indeed, people are catching on; the comedy scene in Oklahoma is growing exponentially. “Casting directors, teachers, bosses and spouses are recommending us to their students, actors and employees,” says Vrazel. “Our classes are selling out a month in advance.” As the community of improvisers expands, more seats in the audience are filled through word-of-mouth alone. These audiences are finding out improv comes in many varieties. “Originally, they really only understood short-form improv, which is what they saw on [the television show] Whose Line is it Anyway? But when you go out to improv theater, you’ll see a lot more long form,” says Sue Ellen Reiman, who performs with a few Oklahoma City groups, including the MiDolls, and teaches improv.

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One example of this long-form improv is a show Vrazel is involved with called Villain: The Musical, which creates epic musicals on the spot and has garnered national attention for it. “We received a request from a Chicago troupe asking if they can perform the Villain format there,” says Vrazel. “If Chicago’s eye is on Oklahoma City for ideas, it seems we have something special down here.” While the improv community and fanbase is increasing, it is not yet a livelihood for most players in Oklahoma. “In many cases, it’s more of a hobby at this point than it is an occupation,” says Reiman. “But for many of us, it’s a passion. People have met great groups of friends, and the community is really thriving.” According to Vrazel, this struggle to make comedy a viable pursuit in Oklahoma has forced comedians to experiment more with their craft. “It’s harder to make a living, but I think you’re more likely to see something original and brave in Oklahoma,” he says. “We don’t have as much pressure to conform, and that’s a great thing.” This lack of conformity lends itself to a diverse array of improv in Oklahoma, allowing everyone to find a form they enjoy. “We’re the best bargain in Oklahoma City,” says Reiman. “The shows are inexpensive. You can see one in an hour. So have dinner, see a show, go get a drink. It’s a full date right there on the corner.” BETH WEESE

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Oklahoma History Center’s reopened African-American exhibit brings to life scenes from another era.

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nly a select group of people had the privilege of sitting in the living room of civil rights icon and Oklahoman Clara Luper, listening to her and other black leaders plan their fight for equality. Now visitors to the Oklahoma History Center can get an idea of the experience in the museum’s recently renovated and reopened its Realizing the Dream exhibit. When the center opened in 2005, the exhibit was one of the three original displays. “It was time to give it (the exhibit) a whole new look,” says Larry O’Dell, historian at the Oklahoma History Center. The renovated exhibit features a faithful recreation of Luper’s Oklahoma City living room, where she welcomed leaders in the black community to talk strategy. Visitors can also pick up her phone and hear recordings of Luper and other civil rights movement leaders in conversation. A recreation of the lunch counter at Katz Drug Store – a downtown Oklahoma City business and site of Luper’s famous sit-in protest of segregation – has been updated. The center added a partial recreation of the Richard Lewis Barber Shop, originally

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located in Oklahoma City’s Deep Deuce neighborhood (east of downtown) and a hub within the city’s one-time all-black community for many years. Other businesses are featured prominently in the exhibit. A large sign from Walker’s Hardware, formerly located in a strip of black-owned businesses in Deep Deuce, has been added to the display. Oklahoma City resident Antoinette Roach’s family owned some of those businesses, and she helped save the vintage sign. “My grandparents owned an entire little strip of property that included the Walker’s Hardware Store, a restaurant, a men’s clothing store and a hotel,” says Roach. As Deep Deuce’s fortunes declined,

Roach’s mother managed to save the Walker’s Hardware Store sign, removing it from the building in the 1970s. From there it languished in a series of garages for decades until Roach was able find a place that would restore and display the sign. “It took us seven years to actually get the sign in a museum,” says Roach. “I’m pretty persistent.” MORGAN BROWNE

PRESERVING OKLAHOMA

Many are familiar with the plight of endangered species in Oklahoma, but what about endangered historic places? Preservation Oklahoma, a nonprofit organization based in Oklahoma City, addresses just that. The organization, now in its 21st year of helping preserve and protect historic Oklahoma structures and spaces, recently announced its 2014 list of Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Historic Places. The list includes Westhope, a 1929 home built by Frank Lloyd Wright; J. Paul Getty Bunker, a structure that served as the famed oilman’s home during World War II; the Union Bus Station and surrounding block in downtown Oklahoma City; the Oklahoma State Capitol; and the Eastern Oklahoma Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Talihina. Preservation Oklahoma hopes that the sites on this year’s list will benefit from attention and draw focus to diverse places represented in the state’s history, says David Pettyjohn, the organization’s executive director. Buildings that have appeared on earlier

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lists have gone on to be restored, he adds. The Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa serves as a great example of an endangered historic place that was brought back to life. “The Endangered Historic Places List is an effort to raise awareness about historic sites and preservation issues, but it has also been a powerful mechanism for saving significant buildings,” Pettyjohn says. For more about the list, visit www. preservationok.org. – Jami Mattox

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The inaugural Rifftime on Route 66 Linear Music Festival rolls into Oklahoma in July.

here’s a brand-new live-music experience rolling out this summer, and Oklahoma’s right in the big middle of it – both figuratively and literally. “Rifftime Music is producing the industry’s first mobile, interactive music festival – the Rifftime on Route 66 Linear Music Festival. Bands will tour and perform along historic Route 66 from July 25 to Aug. 8, 2014,” according to the website route66.rifftime.com. The innovative nature of the fest has a lot to do with the adjective “linear,” as noted West Coast jazz guitarist, California-based Bruce Forman explains. “You know how music festivals – like Woodstock or Coachella or Newport – originally started with people going to a place and hearing music,” says Forman, the music director of the event. “Then, as things evolved, there became what I call metro music festivals, where whole cities became festivals. The biggest one of those is South by Southwest, where the entire town of Austin becomes this music festival for a week. “Well, my invention and dream was to create this linear festival, where all of Route 66 becomes a festival, including all the cities along the way, and what keeps it a centralized hub is that everybody is posting information online, and they’re also streaming concerts and stuff to a single place so that people all over can go out and convoy and get involved, or they can sit at their computers in remote places like Finland or Guatemala or Indonesia and still be a part of things,” Forman says. To that end, he’s working with the new Internet company Rifftime, which is launching itself internationally with the event. As of press time, dozens of acts have already visited the website, signing up for some or all of the festival stops. Among them are Tulsa native Pat Kelley – like Forman, a well-known West Coast jazz guitarist – the Tulsa-based string-jazz band Mischievous Swing, and Forman’s own cowboyjazz outfit, Cow Bop. “Rifftime is a new website that’s dedicated to the music community, to help musicians and bands utilize technology and social media to get their music out to the fans and create

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a big music community, where we can all sort of be there and stop being so fragmented,” he explains. “That’s the whole point of Rifftime. That’s their mission. And they love the idea of Route 66, which is my idea.” It’s also his idea to make a big deal out of the Oklahoma part of the festival. To that end, he plans what he calls a Route 66 roadshow revue at the end of July, featuring Cow Bop and at least a couple of other acts, including the award-winning all-city jazz band, the Tulsa Jam’Bassadors. “We’ve got an East Coast band, kind of a new version of [the 1920s and ‘30s act] the Boswell Sisters, coming in from New York. We’re coming from the West Coast, and then we’re hoping to have Mischievous Swing from Oklahoma,” he says. “We’re going to do it at the [Oklahoma] Jazz Hall of Fame [in Tulsa] for sure, and we’re hoping to do it in Miami, Okla., and Oklahoma City. “It’ll just be a big show, and the focal point of the entire tour,” Forman adds. “Of course, you’ve got the departure [from Chicago] and the arrival [in Los Angeles]. But to me, Oklahoma is such a central aspect, since the whole idea of Route 66 was conceived in Oklahoma by Cyrus Avery, the man who made it all happen.” Avery, as Mother Road fans know, was the Tulsa-based

oilman and member of the Joint Board on Interstate Highways whose efforts earned him the title “Father of Route 66.” Although this is the maiden voyage of the Rifftime on Route 66 Linear Music Festival, it’s not the first time Forman and Cow Bop have made the trip. In 2004, the band – which includes vocalist Pinto Pammy, Forman’s wife – embarked on something they called the Route 66 Challenge. Beginning in Chicago with exactly $100 and no gigs booked in advance, the group set out to traverse the entire 2,500 miles of the road, earning their way by playing as they went. “We did it, too,” recalls Forman. “We played our way out to the Santa Monica Pier.” One of the many Route 66 jobs they played was at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, where they were joined by such local luminaries as fiddler Shelby Eicher and banjo player Rick Bentley. That show began a relationship between the band and Tulsa that continues to this day. “You’ve got to understand that for me, not being a Tulsan, Tulsa has always been kind of hallowed ground,” he says. “For every style of music, there’s a place where the music is big, where it came from. And for me, because of my love of western-swing music, to go to Tulsa and play there takes on a whole other level of importance for me and for my place in the continuity of the music.” The Route 66 Challenge that first brought Cow Bop through Tulsa 10 years ago, he adds, came about because he was afraid the road was in its death throes. “I had been out at this old roadhouse outside of St. Louis,” he remembers. “It was a bar and restaurant, and it looked kind of like Bonnie & www.traversmahanapparel.com Clyde, but it was still operating. The motor court next to it, though, was South Lewis at 81st • The Plaza • 918-296-4100 completely dilapidated, with weeds growing up through the roofs and everything. And I said to myself, ‘I want to see this Route 66 before it all goes away.’ 19075 Travers Mahan.indd 1 “I realize now, in hindsight, how cynical that statement was,” he adds. “Once I got out on the road, I met all these people who are committed to making it work,” he says. “They’ve been through hard times, and they’ve been through good times, but it’s a commitment to a life and a lifestyle, to family and home, that makes Route 66 endure.” Then, he says, he realized what he found on Route 66 was a metaphor for the music community at large. “Our parents tell us not to be musicians, that we’ll never make a living. We hear that there’s not going to be any live music anymore. We hear that you can’t sell records anymore. People are always saying that it’s going away, it’s going away,” he says. “Yet, I know, as a creative musician who teaches and mentors young musicians, that it’s not going away, that there’s this indelible American spirit to it all that’s a testament to our culture and our lives – just as there is on Route 66.” So, says Forman, the Rifftime on Route 66 Linear Music Festival gives him, along with thousands of other musicians, music fans and music writers, a chance to “go out and celebrate American culture” on the nation’s Mother Road. “Rifftime’s philosophy behind this is the asphalt highway meets the digital highway,” he notes. “And there’s another metaphor: The interstate freeway – the corporate model – is one way to get there. But there’s also the community model, which is Route 66. A lot of jazz music and swing music and Americana music generally deals in the Route 66 style, and it’s going to stay alive mostly because of its quality and integrity, but also because of the caring commitment of its people. It may be a lofty goal, but we want to bring these two communities, Route 66 and the music, together, so that they can celebrate and help BRUCE FORMAN, CENTER, AND COW BOP each other.” WILL BE PART OF THE INAUGURAL RIFFTIME

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It’s not as sexy as big oil or a consistent newsmaker like natural gas, but Oklahoma’s often overlooked biotech industry is a flourishing economic engine providing high-paying jobs and helping make medical visits more effective in terms of cost and results. “Health care – such as doctor visits – as well as hospitals and clinics, are the end-product of the biotech industry,” says Dr. Stephen Prescott, president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. “Our goal is to benefit patients. The great news in Oklahoma, especially in metro areas, is that there are sophisticated options for specialist care available. Over the past 25 years, there has been major growth in terms of what we can provide right here in our state. There is a muchdecreased need to ever leave the state for state-of-the-art care, as we have it here. This is great in both human and financial terms.” Prescott and OMRF staff work with Presbyterian Health Foundation scientists to help ensure the sector’s continuing success through partner i2E, a business accelerator for homegrown enterprises, with the goal of increasing its reach and scope. “Biotech is such an exciting industry in this state,” says Prescott. “It has a lot of impact much beyond its current size and that is for a couple of reasons.” Oklahoma’s biotech wallop is largely due to the “Discovering medications and economic impact of salaries in that sector, which products that enhance and save are typically at least double the state’s average lives with solutions that come salary, Prescott says. These jobs have substantial from our state is something education requirements – all of which further very remarkable. It is someenhance the state’s reputation. “We’re discovering life-saving treatments that thing we can all take pride in.” come from Oklahoma and are used worldwide,” says Prescott. “This is even better than the attention we get for our football teams because this is a big, dramatic impact, and we have a mission to improve people’s lives. Discovering medications and products that enhance and save lives with solutions that come from our state is something very remarkable. It is something we can all take pride in.” Through the business accelerator, biotech start-ups and small firms benefit from i2E’s resources, which includes experienced and successful executive teams with proven strategies and institutional knowledge needed to help small businesses succeed in an exceedingly competitive market.

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i2E oversees companies until they are ready to go independent, says Prescott. “With these experienced executives running things while in these start-up phases, it is much more efficient, in economic terms, so that more money can go into research instead of to overhead,” he says. “We think this is the model of the future as it helps them start and get to key positions more efficiently.” i2E is currently shepherding several such firms, including Jortan Pharmaceuticals Inc. Jortan’s focus is to further research and develop potential diabetes treatments based on technology generated by OMRF and Purdue University. The goal is to create a drug that effectively treats both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Another thriving Oklahoma biotech firm, Otologic Pharmaceutics Inc. is developing and commercializing treatments for specific forms of hearing loss, says Prescott. According to an OPI statement released in April, OPI’s lead product, HPN1010 – an oral treatment for acute hearing loss – is scheduled to enter clinical trials this year. Pre-clinical research was supported by nearly $5.4 million from the U.S. Department of Defense due to the product’s demonstrated potential to treat acute noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) by reducing acute damage and promoting healing and recovery of the injured cochlea. NIHL is a major cause of disability in the military and for workers in certain industrial settings, including oil and gas extraction and refining, manufacturing and farming. OPI plans to initiate studies on the use of HPN1010 to treat cisplatin-induced hearing loss. Cisplatin is a widely used chemotherapy cancer treatment known to cause marked hearing loss in approximately 75 percent of patients treated each year. Prescott points out that once running, these Oklahoma-grown products will help people all over the world who are suffering from these hearing-loss related issues. Oklahoma-based biotech firm Pamlico Biopharma Inc. develops therapeutics for human pathogens, cancer and autoimmune diseases with special focus on pneumonia caused by Streptococcus pneumonia, or S pneumonia – still a major contributor to high mortality rates worldwide. PBI hopes to dramatically reduce those rates through its human monoclonal antibody technologies and treatments. “These are exciting, game-changing initiatives,” says Prescott. “It is also so encouraging that there is both a financial and healing impact. Many times, folks don’t realize it but if you look at the health industry as an aggregate, we are one of the largest employers in the state. These biomedical advancements impact both the health industry and all of us in Oklahoma.” TRACY LEGRAND

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BOB FARRIS, MIKE SMITH, RICHARD BOONE AND KEVIN STEICHEN ENJOYED ST. JOHN STREET PARTY.

GREGG CONWAY AND KRISTIN DICKERSON ATTENDED RUN FOR THE ROSES, AN ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR TULSA BOYS’ HOME.

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MICHAEL GRAVES, RENEE HUFFAKER, ORLANDO WARD, KATHY WARD, WAYNE HAMILTON AND PAM RICHARDSON CELEBRATED THE SEVENTH ANNUAL RHINESTONE COWBOY EVENT.

BONNIE KLEIN AND LAURA PARROTT ENJOYED TREE-VIA NIGHT HELD ON EARTH DAY TO RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS FOR UP WITH TREES.

VICTORIA BARTLETT, JEAN ANN FAUSSER, CRAIG RAINEY, MAYOR DEWEY BARTLETT AND SUSAN FULLER PALMER ATTENDED REMEMBERING JOHN WILLIAMS GALA, HONORING THE LATE BUSINESSMAN AND HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE HERITAGE OF TULSA.

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INNER SHIMMER

Summer is the time to embrace glowing and natural looking makeup. Switching out products for lightweight versions can help you get there, but taking the glow to the next level requires a shimmer or highlighting product. Jane Iredale’s new Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion contains high impact golden flecks. Wear it alone for a natural look or mix it with a tinted moisturizer. Hard Candy’s budget-friendly Glow All The Way is a balanced, neutral bronzer. And the classic NARS Illuminator in Copacabana has a shimmery pearl finish. Apply all over the face by mixing with a moisturizer, or use on cheekbones, brow bones and the inner corners of the eyes to highlight and add radiance.

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We’re in the throes of summer, and while most of us already have a sunscreen routine, a few reminders never hurt anyone. Apply sunscreen every hour or so, even waterproof formulas, while outdoors. If using a lotion, apply a liberal amount to cover the entire body. Sunscreens are available in many different forms and scents. Two new and impressive launches this season are from Hawaiian Tropic and Coola. Coola Sport SPF 30 sunscreen spray – available in piña colada and citrus mimosa – contains 97 percent organic inactive ingredients. The cocktail-inspired scents are perfect for the beach or pool. The formula is packed with both anti-aging antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that work to improve the look of skin. Hawaiian Tropic Dry Oil Clear Spray Sunscreen has that oldschool scent that can transport us to childhood days at the beach. The formula also contains nourishing antioxidants and remains water-resistant for a full 80 minutes. With spray sunscreens, be sure to apply liberally all over the body. The spray dispenser makes it easy to underestimate how much protection you are getting, but the ease of application and nourishing ingredients make sprays a great way to shake up your sunscreen game. LINDSAY ROGERS

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Gone are the days when makeup counters sold only lip gloss and lipstick for your pucker. Today’s cosmetic lines also offer liquid lipstick, nourishing tinted balms and creamy pencils. Crayons are the newest product on the market, and they’re perfect for summer. Promising the coverage of a lipstick or the sheerness of a lip gloss, a crayon applicator also delivers the precision of pencils. Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon has high impact pigments with a matte finish. Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm nourishes while providing a sheer shine and wash of color. The more affordable Boots No. 7 Lip Crayon is sheer and glossy while still feeling like a lip balm. With so many options in coverage and finish, there is a lip crayon for every woman.

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o you exercise? If so, do you exercise enough? For most people, the answer may be no. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported nearly 80 percent of American adults don’t get the recommended amount of weekly exercise. So, what’s our goal? To help support overall cardiovascular health in adults, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. At first glance, these numbers may be intimidating. Carving out two and a half hours of exercise a week is a luxury many may not have. Fortunately, short workouts can still achieve great results. “From a pure cardiovascular standpoint, five days of 30 minutes of low-moderate intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, is good enough for maintenance of health,” says Dr. George Chrysant, an interventional cardiologist with INTEGRIS Cardiovascular Physicians at INTEGRIS Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City. He points out that while there is data supporting the view that exercise can be broken up into smaller increments, he recommends continuous exercise.

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Jennifer Daley, health and wellness coordinator at Saint Francis Health Zone in Tulsa, says that depending on an individual’s personal goals, health benefits can come from breaking up the time into segments. “For beginners, the 30-minute recommendation can be overwhelming. If five minutes of exercise is a person’s limit, do it and then progressively add minutes, until 30 minutes is achieved,” says Daley. “Thirty minutes of moderate exercise per day for the general population will help individuals maintain their weight and overall health status. In addition, individuals can lower their risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, lower cholesterol and get better sleep.” She emphasizes, however, that if someone’s goal is to lose weight, longer stretches of exercise are needed. While walking is the perfect activity to begin a regular exercise routine, it’s also important and healthy to vary workouts. Chrysant explains that for performanceoriented cardiovascular benefits, a higherintensity cardio exercise works best. Interval training or cross training will help build strength and endurance and lead to weight loss and changes in body shape, he says. “A mix of running and biking or elliptical or all three for 10 minutes apiece is a great way to mix up your cardio and work different muscle groups,” says Chrysant. “Alternatively, or in combination, out of 10 minutes, two can be high intensity with the rest more moderate. Working at different resistances and different inclines can increase the level of difficulty. Seventy-five minutes of high intensity cardio a week will lead to better cardio shape.” If going to the gym or hitting the pavement doesn’t appeal to you, there are other creative ways to get your heart pumping. The AHA offers helpful ideas that vary in intensity, including ballroom dancing, gardening, tennis and hiking. If one struggles at staying consistent, consider joining a group for accountability or keep track of your progress using an app on a smartphone. With cardiovascular disease being the No. 1 killer of women and men in the United States, it’s important to keep moving. “Regular aerobic exercise is very beneficial and important to cardiovascular health,” says Daley. “A silly analogy I like to use is brushing your teeth. We brush our teeth every day, morning and night, for what purpose? To prevent cavities. Aerobic exercise is the ‘toothbrush’ to prevent the ‘cavities’ in our heart and arteries.” REBECCA FAST

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tucket owes part of its appeal today to a sandbar of silt that eventually formed in its harbor and prevented large whaling ships from entering. Also, by the middle of the 19th century, the whale oil trade declined, and many residents followed the market, the call of California gold and other opportunities to the mainland. And, a fire in 1846 destroying 40 acres of the town and the wharves forced others to leave. Many of the town’s remaining structures and homes were largely forgotten and isolated along with much of the island until developers in the 1950s began restoring them with goals to create an upscale vacation destination. Nantucket – the name derived from a word believed to mean “faraway island” from the Wampanoag people, who were living there before English settlement – is no longer isolated, and neither is it only for the affluent. During the fall shoulder season, the weather is still warm enough for many of the attractions and outdoor activities such as boating, biking, fishing, bird-watching, beach combing and hiking for which it is famed.

PICTURESQUE NANTUCKET IS AN ATTRACTION WITHOUT SEASONAL BOUNDARIES. PHOTO BY MIKE GALVIN, COURTESY NANTUCKET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

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The “shoulder season” is a great time to see The Faraway Island.

ach summer, the population of Nantucket, Mass., swells. Between May and August, the island off the tip of Massachusetts absorbs more than 50,000 temporary “residents” – all eager to partake of one of the nation’s best locations for beaches and colonial history. Yet, the “shoulder seasons” (as the early spring and fall are often called) are great times to visit; and autumn, some will tell you, is the best season to take in postcard-perfect

Nantucket. Hotels, inns and restaurants typically lower their rates from the summer dash, which makes exploring the island –14 miles long and 3.5 miles wide – even more attractive. Loaded with history, stories, amazingly preserved buildings and scenery that will make you think you’ve stepped into Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Nantucket is a National Historic Landmark District. A wealthy whaling superpower from the late 1600s through the first half of the 1800s, Nan-

Nantucket’s rugged, natural beauty is prized for its diverse terrain – from salt marshes and beaches to small forests and ponds. The Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge on the island’s northeastern edge features such variety and is a prime location for observing deer, birds and other wildlife, making it a popular attraction. Named for America’s first female astronomer, the Maria Mitchell Association is an organization with a history museum, space observatories, aquarium and a mission to prevent light pollution and study the area’s marine life. During tourist season, it offers hands-on science programs for all ages and an aquarium of locally collected specimens. Although its season ends Aug. 30 and most of the sea life are released the following day, MMA offers

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Access: Visitors reach Nantucket through Nantucket Memorial Airport, located on the south side of the island and open to charter flights such as JetBlue, United Express and Delta Connection. To arrive the old-fashioned way, visitors can make their way to the city of Hyannis on the Massachusetts mainland and ferry or steamship across Nantucket Sound. On-island transportation includes shuttle bus, taxi, rental car and bicycle. Climate: Compared to the mainland, generally cooler in summer and warmer in winters thanks to the oceanic influence. Temperatures in August and September linger with highs in the 70s. Temperatures drop to upper 50s by late October. Main attractions: Beaches, Brant Point Light, boating, Nantucket Reds clothing at Murray’s Toggery Shop.

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12th Annual Cranberry Festival – Oct. 11: Guests can watch the harvest and learn the island’s history of cranberry farming at the Milestone Cranberry Bog, one of the last two commercial cranberry bogs on Nantucket. This year’s festival will also feature live entertainment, children’s activities, barbecue and agriculture tours. www. nantucketconservation.org. Nantucket Maritime Festival – Sept. 20: Last year’s festival included tours of the island’s U.S. Coast Guard station and shellfish propagation lab along with oyster shucking contests, boat races, paddleboarding,

THE NANTUCKET CRANBERRY FESTIVAL IN OCTOBER IS ONE OF THE YEAR’S HIGHLIGHTS. PHOTO BY J. GREG HINSON.

harpoon throwing on the beach, aquatic touch tanks and dredging and net making demonstrations with the Egan Maritime Institute, “honoring Nantucket’s maritime traditions.” www.nantucketshipwreck.org Nantucket Birding Festival – Oct. 16-19: The Linda Loring Nature Foundation hosts the fourth annual outing taking birdwatchers to locations often left off visitor’s guides. In addition to seeing some of the island’s native bird species, last year’s group got a glimpse of a “lost” Calliope hummingbird, North America’s smallest bird species native to the western half of the continent. www.llnf.org

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private and public programs through the year. Walking is strongly encouraged on the island, and the Nantucket Conservation Foundation opens public lands for a variety of recreation, including hiking, picnicking, fishing and sight-seeing. Protected lands include beaches, grasslands, cranberry bogs, woodlands and swamps.

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Nantucket was settled by the English after a merchant/missionary sold his original land deed to a group of investors in 1659. From there, buildings, houses and an industry were built. The Nantucket Whaling Museum, housed in a former candle factory, includes the 46-foot-long skeleton of a sperm whale, long boats, harpoons and portraits of seafarers and their families along with other items from the period of Nantucket’s seagoing dominance. The surprisingly wellintact Jethro Coffin House, located north of the town center, is the oldest residence on the island and was built in 1686 for the blacksmith and his wife as a wedding gift. Coffin was the grandson of Tristram Coffin, one of the island’s first white settlers. The restored African Meeting House stands as a silent reminder of the island’s African-American community in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors will discover the importance of the whaling industry to free blacks before the American Civil War and Nantucket’s role in the Abolitionist Movement. A young Frederick Douglass was invited to speak at the Nantucket Atheneum, built a year after the original was destroyed in the 1846 fire. Other notables who have spoken there are Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Horace Greeley and Lucretia Mott. Other structures of note include Brant Point Light, built in 1746 and the second-oldest lighthouse in the U.S., and the Old Mill, also built in 1746 and the oldest functioning mill in the country.

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Rent a bike and ride to the island’s many beaches. If you’re staying in town, beaches on Nantucket’s south side are but a few miles away. And you’ll find plenty of bike paths – more than 30 miles and mostly paved. Historical: The Jared Coffin House, built in 1845 The calmer waters of Jetties Beach make it ideal for swimming and water sports by the wealthy ship builder for which it’s named, in warm weather, which lingers in August and September. Constructed at the end of is a three-story mansion that escaped the big the 19th century, the granite jetties created to make a safe passage into the harbor fire in 1846. Located at the center of town, the still stand. inn combines traditional charm with 21st-century Surfside, a south-facing amenities, including Nantucket Prime, an upscale beach, is a leisurely two steakhouse. www.jaredcoffinhouse.com www.nantucketchamber.org miles from town. Like Contemporary: If you’re the traveler who prefers to nearby Miacomet and leave the history at the museum, the Veranda Cisco, the surf can be heavy House’s contemporary décor and comforts as it faces the open Atlantic are for you. Near the shore, the hotel’s “retOcean, but it’s a favorite for ro-chic” rooms overlook the harbor. Some families looking to picnic or rooms have private verandas to really enjoy fly kites and play games. those views. www.theverandahouse.com Six miles away, riders Romantic: The Summer House Cottages discover Siasconset, located grace Nantucket’s eastern shore in Siasconat the east shore. Visitors ofset. Facing the open Atlantic, the cottages ten find seals on the beach. offer the ultimate in privacy that extends to Up the shore at Great the private beach below the bluff. In its favor Point, you’ll find some of are tasteful shabby chic décor, dining and the island’s best fishing THE JARED proximity to Sankaty Head Golf Course, open along with a sweet view of COFFIN HOUSE. to nonmembers from October to May. www. PHOTO COURthe Great Point Lighthouse. TESY JARED COFFIN thesummerhouse.com KAREN SHADE HOUSE .

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and faces Artist Art speaks differently to every person, but these artists produce works that please many. Tulsa artist P.S. Gordon creates beautiful watercolor paintings of still lifes and portraitures. Rosalind Cook continues to impress with her large-scale bronze sculpture works P.S. GORDON, BEST ARTIST PHOTO BY NATHAN HARMON.

that can be found throughout Tulsa and beyond. Otto Duecker paints in the hyperrealist style and has collectors throughout the world. A former NBA star, Desmond Mason has established a successful second career as an artist in Oklahoma City. He draws inspira-

tion from well-known artists like Banksy and Picasso. Keisha Register is an artist best known for her Wallpaper Project, a series of photographic portraits set against similar wallpaper backdrops. Greg Burns uses ink and watercolors to commit his vision to canvas. Burns, who is afflicted with a joint disease that affects his use of his arms and legs, holds the watercolor brush between his teeth to paint.

Charity Event Hundreds of charity events are thrown in the Sooner state each year. In Tulsa, Carnivale, which benefits Mental Health Association Oklahoma, raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the state’s mentally ill population get necessary care and a secure living space. Red Ribbon Gala benefits Tulsa CARES and raises funds to deliver social services to those affected by HIV and AIDS. Painted Pony Ball, benefiting The Children’s Hospital Foundation at Saint Francis, brings in well-known entertainment acts for a night of boot-scootin’ fun. Red Tie Night benefits the Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund in Oklahoma City. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $11 million to help local people living with HIV and AIDS. The Warren Spahn Award is a gala that honors Major League Baseball’s best left-handed pitcher. The award and gala raises funds for Bricktown Rotary Club and Jim Thorpe Association. Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifying event and has been voted as one of the 12 “must-run” marathons in the world by Runner’s World magazine.

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swanky restaurant located in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district. Kurt Fleischfresser, owner and executive chef of The Coach House, has influenced many young chefs in Oklahoma and continues to produce stellar cuisine in his Nichols Hills restaurant.

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Chef Oklahoma’s chefs create beautiful plates. James Shrader owner and executive chef at Palace Café, is once again recognized for the superior culinary skills he displays at his popular restaurant in Tulsa. Justin Thompson, executive chef and proprietor of successful Tulsa restaurants Juniper, Prhyme, Tavolo and the new 624 Kitchen & Catering, is also recognized for inventive dishes that taste as good as they look. Tim Inman, owner and executive chef of Stonehorse Café, wows crowds at his Utica Square gem with fare that features flavor and creativity. Ryan Parrott is a powerhouse chef in Oklahoma City. Currently overseeing Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill’s Oklahoma City location, Parrott continues to use his culinary chops for good. Daniel Nemec, executive chef at Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse, serves signature steaks, chops and seafood in the

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complex that employs thousands and serves patients whose illness range from a common cold to those more severe. David Green is CEO of Hobby Lobby, one of the largest arts and crafts store chains in the nation and headquartered in Oklahoma City.

Company to Work For There are companies both large and small that provide a great atmosphere in which employees can thrive. Williams Companies places importance on its company’s core values and beliefs that include integrity, safety and environmental stewardship. ONEOK, a natural gas company, focuses on developing dynamic employees that fit the company’s culture and can change along with the company. Saint Francis Health System employs thousands in its various hospitals and clinics across the Tulsa metro area. Cherokee Nation Businesses employs more than 9,000 people in various industries, including gaming, information technology, health care and environmental services. Manhattan Construction provides its employees myriad opportunities for growth and promotion within the company. Chesapeake Energy continues to foster a corporate culture that keeps employees happy. Beyond benefits, employees enjoy a picturesque campus and onsite health and dental services as well as a fitness center and restaurants. In addition to working in a modern skyscraper in downtown Oklahoma City, Devon Energy employees enjoy encouragement and results-driven rewards. Chickasaw Nation is recognized as a great company for which to work because of great benefits and opportunities for promotion within the nation’s various sectors. Sandridge is an energy company in downtown Oklahoma City that provides great perks for its employees.

A company’s chief executive officer can set the tone for a workplace’s corporate culture. Jake Henry Jr. of Saint Francis Health System receives kudos for overseeing a successful health system that saw more than 120,000 emergency room visits; 5,441 births and 51,397 inpatient admissions during the 2013 fiscal year. Alan Armstrong of Williams Companies leads the global energy company based in Tulsa. Paula Marshall of The Bama Companies continues to lead a company founded by her grandmother. The company has operated in Tulsa since 1936 and places emphasis on employee satisfaction and giving back to the community. Harold Hamm is CEO of Continental Resources, an energy company whose headquarters are located in downtown Oklahoma City’s thriving business district. Hamm has led the company for nearly 50 years, and has seen the company through many changes. Chuck Spicer is CEO GUTHRIE, BEST SMALL TOWN of OU Medical Center, PHOTO COURTESY GUTHRIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. a world-class medical

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Local Icon/ Landmark Every city has iconic markers that are synonymous with its identity. ONEOK Field, the home of the Tulsa Drillers, has become an iconic marker in Tulsa’s downtown area. The BOK Center brings world-class acts that are rivaled only by the building’s unique, instantly recognizable exterior. The Tulsa Golden Driller stands along 21st Street, the signal of the city’s rich heritage in oil. Kevin Durant, the NBA’s MVP and leader of the Oklahoma City Thunder, proves iconic in Oklahoma City. Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Thunder and host for concerts and world-class acts, also serves as an icon in downtown Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum reminds us of the destruction and devastation of domestic terror.

Local Radio Personality Many listen to the radio to hear their favorite DJ. In Tulsa, Chris Plank of 1430 KTBZAM wows his fans with sports coverage delivered with a healthy dose of humor. Heather Miles of 100.9 KXOJ is a DJ on the Christian radio station’s morning program, providing entertainment to those weekday commuters. Bud and Broadway on 106.1 KTGX, better known as The Twister, host their show on weekday afternoons on the country radio station. In Oklahoma City, Ronnie Kaye of 92.5 KOMA delivers the greatest hits from the past from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Duo Drew and Kaci on 98.9 KISS FM intersperse pop culture tidbits with top 40 hits during weekday afternoons in Oklahoma City. On the same radio station, Jack & Ron provide entertainment for Oklahoma City’s morning commute.

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porters to deliver us the latest news happening in our community. Tulsa’s Chera Kimiko of KOTV Channel 6 provides dependable news to those tuned in to her nightly newscasts. Terry Hood, an evening anchor on KOTV Channel 6, is known for her stellar reporting as well as her touching stories, which have won the anchor numerous Emmy Awards. Craig Day, an anchor and reporter on KOTV Channel 6, also wins over audiences for his reporting and coverage of breaking news events. In Oklahoma City, Kelly Ogle of KWTV Channel 9 is merited for his coverage of news and events as well as his “My 2 Cents” segment. Veteran anchor Linda Cavanaugh leads the desk on KFOR Channel 4 and delivers breaking news as well as feel-good stories. Reporter Abigail Ogle on KOCO Channel 5 is respected for her sports coverage on the station.

Meteorologist When breaking weather hits, we want to hear it from a person we can trust. Tulsa’s Travis Meyer, chief meteorologist on KOTV Channel 6, delivers accurate forecasts as well as breaking weather coverage. Mike Collier and Andrew Kozak, both of KTUL Channel 8, are recognized for their weather prediction. Dick Faurot of KOTV Channel 6 is a reliable voice during fair and stormy weather.

Mike Morgan, chief meteorologist for KFOR Channel 4 in Oklahoma City, is heralded for keeping his cool during tragic storms. Damon Lane, chief meteorologist on KOCO Channel 5, provides precise predictions for Oklahoma City’s residents. Emily Sutton is both a meteorologist and storm chase for Oklahoma City’s KFOR Channel 4.

Small Town The beauty of a small town rests in the eye of the beholder. Tulsa suburb Jenks is recognized for its quaint downtown and wealth of locally owned shops. Owasso is a small town that has experienced exponential growth in the last several years of both housing and retail development. Bixby has also seen tremendous development recently, and the city continues to expand. The Victorian charm of Guthrie makes it one of the state’s favorite small towns. Tours both on foot and by trolley provide a glimpse into the history of this throwback city. Stillwater is a small town that doubles in population nine months during the year thanks to Oklahoma State University. The town’s collegial feel and local shops and restaurants make it a preferred choice. Duncan, located in southwest Oklahoma, is truly a small town and attracts admirers for its scenic rural surroundings.

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HOME Architect, Commercial Firm Whether it’s an office building or a church, a museum or downtown renovation, commercial architecture should be functional as well as beautiful. Tulsa firm Kinslow, Keith & Todd completes a wealth of projects yearly and has won several industry awards. Selser MILL CREEK CARPET & TILE, BEST FLOORING COMPANY PHOTO COURTESY MILL CREEK CARPET & TILE.

Schaefer Architects creates structures across the country and locally that represent the firm’s modern aesthetic. CJC Architects has designed buildings all over Tulsa, including one of the newest downtown office buildings. Matrix is a full-service firm that has completed both private and civic projects. Frankfurt-Short-Bruza is a nationally recognized firm based in Oklahoma City that designs commercial buildings in many markets, including health care, transportation, education and federal government. TAP Architecture’s staff designs in a variety of markets; the firm also specializes in urban planning and is integral to Oklahoma City’s Core to Shore project. Miles Associates is an architecture, interior design and planning firm that specializes in several areas, including research, health care and educational facilities.

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experienced architect. Tulsa architect Jack Arnold specializes in luxury house plans inspired by European retreats. Arnold has also designed a line of Old World-style chimney pots and home accessories. Brian Freese of Freese Architecture adds a modern touch to his beautiful residential designs. Sleek lines combined with natural materials add warmth and comfort to the homes. John Duvall of Duvall Architects defines luxury in the homes he designs. Keeping the client’s lifestyle and personality in mind, Duvall designs each home to reflect its residents. Sculptural, forward-thinking design is what defines Rand Elliott of Oklahoma City-based Elliott + Associates. Bruce Bockus, president of Bockus-Payne Associates, is involved in all phases of the design process. He is celebrated for making clients’ visions a reality in the designing of their home. Rick Chambers, principal of Fillmore & Chambers Design Group, continues the tradition of this 54-year-old firm by creating luxurious, European-inspired homes.

Bathroom Fixtures Beautiful fixtures are the finishing touch to a dream bathroom. Tulsa’s Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery provides a wide variety of fixtures in many finishes and price ranges. Heatwave Supply Company, with showrooms in Tulsa, Bartlesville and Ponca City, sells both simple and decorative plumbing fixtures. Hoffman Fixtures Company specializes in custom countertops, cabinets and showers in addition to selling an array of bathroom fixtures. Morrison Supply Company carries a large selection of faucets, sinks, showerheads and tubs. Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Light-

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ing Gallery displays the latest technology in bathroom fixtures available for purchase. Oklahoma City mainstay Designer Hardware by Faye may have recently changed hands, but the intricate detail put into creating each piece of hardware is still impressive.

Cabinetry Cabinetry plays a vital role in a home, so it’s important to aim for quality. Mill Creek Lumber & Supply can customize cabinetry for any home’s needs in the company’s architectural millwork manufacturing operation, located in Tulsa. Sullivan’s Custom Cabinetry does custom cabinetry work, from traditional to modern designs. Jay Rambo specializes in traditional cabinets and has operated its Tulsa manufacturing facility for more than 60 years. David Bradley & Co. has provided custom cabinetry to the Oklahoma City metro area for more than four decades from his small business. Patternwork Veneering Inc., based in Norman, specializes in creating the decorative panels and veneers that are incorporated into cabinet design by cabinetmakers. Monticello Cabinets & Doors offers a wide variety of styles in cabinetry and doors for any home.

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Furniture sets the stage for a home, and nothing reveals a homeowner’s personality more than how they furnish their home. SR Hughes is renowned in Tulsa for providing luxurious home furnishings for every room. The showroom carries pieces from designers like B&B Italia, Kartell and Knoll. Urban Furnishings, located in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood, specializes in designer furnishings from Natuzzi Italy and other Italian, American and Canadian luxury brands. Richard Neel Interiors offers shoppers upscale designer furnishings as well as modern, transitional and vintage furniture and home accessories. Hawley Design Furnishings sells furniture for every room in the home crafted by a variety of designers, as well as original creations by owner Mark Hawley. Fifteenth and Home offers internationally recognized designs that are contemporary and eco-conscious. Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design focuses on traditional home furnishings from designers such as Henredon, Bernhardt, Hooker Furniture and Karastan. Dane Design Contemporary Furniture offers vintage-inspired modern furnishings for both the home and office. BD Home carries contemporary furniture lines like Tom Dixon, Chilewich and Varenna Poliform.

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Flooring Company What’s under the feet is just as important as what’s on the walls. Tulsans turn to Carpet One Floor & Home for carpeting, hardwood floors and tile options and more. Free estimates and special financing offers make it easier to afford the floor of your dreams. Midwest Tile, Marble & Granite provides quality granite, travertine, onyx and other natural material for flooring throughout the home. Grigsby’s Carpet, Tile & Rug Gallery offers customers premium carpet brands as well as hardwood, laminate, natural stone and vinyl flooring options. Mill Creek Carpet & Tile claims the largest selection of carpet, tile, stone, hardwood floors and granite – as well as the lowest prices – in the Southwest. Offering low pricing and a wide selection of quality materials, Mill Creek Carpet & Tile is also a favorite in the Oklahoma City metro area. Bryan’s Flooring features a large showroom full of carpet samples as well as hardwood and vinyl flooring options. Brewer Carpet One Floor & Home offers a wide variety of flooring options from traditional to sleek and modern.

Furniture Store Form meets function when it comes to furniture. There are great pieces to be found at Mathis Brothers Furniture’s location in Tulsa. With a huge showroom and a wide range of price options, Mathis Brothers can outfit any home with the perfect pieces. I.O. Metro features sleek furniture for all rooms of the home as well as specialty, one-of-a-kind art pieces. Castleberry’s Ethan Allen Home Interiors offers furniture with stylish dependability. Mathis Brothers Furniture is also the place to go in Oklahoma City for great deals on furniture from designers like Henredon and La-Z-Boy. Bob Mills Furniture sells a variety of furniture for all rooms and price ranges. Norwalk Furniture can customize just about any piece from its collection of more than 850 fabrics and leathers. Castleberry’s Ethan Allen Home Interiors

continues to be dependable for Oklahoma City residents.

Heating & Air Heating and air conditioning are two things we take for granted until we don’t have them; it’s important to have a dependable heating and air service on speed-dial. Airco Service is a premier dealer of Lennox Home Comfort Systems and employs highly trained technicians to work on a variety of units. Air Assurance provides both residential and commercial heating and air service. The company is also a Lennox dealer. DaVco Mechanical Contractors offers reliable service to both HVAC and geothermal systems. McKinney Heat & Air staffs technicians ready to work on defunct systems. Comfort Control of Tulsa also receives rave reviews for quick and reliable service. Air Comfort Solutions provides repair service to the Oklahoma City metro area as well as tune-ups for the air conditioner and furnace. Hinton Refrigeration is a Lennox dealer as well as a service company specializing in both residential and commercial jobs. York Heating & Air Conditioning is a national supplier of home air conditioning systems, furnace systems and residential heat pumps.

Home Builder Blueprints are useless without a quality builder to bring them to fruition. Jordan & Sons are mainstay homebuilders in the Tulsa area known best for overseeing the construction of quality and luxury homes. Barron and McClary General Contractors offers a wide variety of general contracting services, ranging from pool installation to landscaping. Simmons Homes constructs new homes all around the Tulsa metro area at affordable prices. Heartland Homes has built thousands of quality homes across the Oklahoma City metro area. Ideal Homes specializes in new construction in many affordable additions. Kent Hoffman Construction is another reliable option for homebuilding in the Oklahoma City area.

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Home Improvement/ Appliance Store Washers, dryers, refrigerators – we can’t live without them. Tulsa’s multiple Lowe’s locations offer great deals on appliances. Hahn Appliance Warehouse sells brands like Whirlpool, GE and Samsung from its new showroom in Tulsa. Home improvement store The Home Depot is also a great place to get items both large and small to upgrade a home. Metro Appliances & More specializes in selling upscale brands, including Electrolux, Thermador, Viking and Wolf. The Home Depot locations in Oklahoma City are great destinations for customers looking for deals on appliances, outdoor furniture and more. Lowe’s offers great customer service as well as a wide range of appliances and other home essentials. Anthony’s TV & Appliance is a familyowned appliance and electronics store that reliably services the Oklahoma City area.

In-Home Theater Sure, you can watch the latest releases on a regular ol’ television, but why not pump up the viewing experience with an awesome in-home theater? Video Revolution carries only the best electronics brands and provides design and installation expertise. Audio Advice is dedicated to helping customers realize their dreams of a home cinema experience with skilled design and installation. Elite Sound & Cinema provides a full array of services to make sure that each in-home theater is perfectly designed and calibrated to provide an authentic experience. Dynamic Audio oversees home audio and theater design from the planning phase through completion. Audio Dimensions, based in Oklahoma City, specializes in customizing home theaters to homeowners’ desires, providing a great experience to bring the whole family together. Castle Home Entertainment is operated by a father-and-son team who began the business 13 years ago with the goal “to help families spend quality time together,” according to the company’s website. Best Buy in Oklahoma City offers the latest in in-home theater technology and a staff with the expertise to help customers find the right system for their needs.

Interior Designer Making a house a home takes a little style and great design. Chris Murphy, owner of Christopher Murphy Designs, based in Tulsa, is the go-to designer for homeowners looking for sophisticated design coupled with a little playfulness. SR Hughes’ design

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team creates modern, stylish looks in clients’ homes. Doug Campbell of Campbell Design Associates captures contemporary, current looks for his many clients in Oklahoma and beyond. Rick Phillips, owner of Designs With Intention, pleases clients with luxurious design with impeccable detail. Carson See, owner of Sees Design, takes an eclectic approach to design, mixing and matching old and new to create a custom look for each client. Cool and sophisticated, Jennifer Welch, owner of Jennifer Welch Designs, designs chic yet comfortable living spaces. Paige Smiley, co-owner and interior designer at Bella Vici, creates spirited design, whether it’s in a small bungalow or a large home.

Kitchen Designer Cooking in a decked-out kitchen is an experience that every novice chef yearns for. Tulsa firm Kitchen Ideas reinvents the kitchen

with clever design that makes a space both functional and beautiful. Wood-Stone Home Design Studio owner Russell Pippin is ready to make homeowners’ dreams come true with his elegant kitchen designs and attention to what the client desires. Carriage House Design specializes in kitchen remodeling that combines high-quality products with high-quality service. Showcase Kitchens and Baths works with nationally renowned manufacturers to ensure quality products go into each of its designs. Oklahoma City’s A Karen Black Company believes that timeless design, functionality and attention to detail are keys in each of the firm’s kitchen designs. Architecturally inspired design is the premise behind Urban Kitchens in Oklahoma City. The company is also a dealer for premier cabinetry and wood product lines. In business for 30 years, Classic Kitchens’ trained designers and staff to handle all aspects of a project, from start to finish.

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Landscape Designer Designing the exterior of a home is just as important as designing the interior. In Tulsa, Kingdom Landscape creates beauty in landscape design. The firm handles everything from simple tasks to the designing of patios and decks, sidewalks, driveways, arbors and water features. Clare Ashby ASLA Landscape creates beautiful outdoor spaces for homes in CAVINESS LANDSCAPE, BEST POOL DESIGNER PHOTO COURTESY CAVINESS LANDSCAPE. Tulsa and beyond, from planting to hardscapes. provides quality lawn care to its customers in Hardscape Materials the Tulsa metro area. TruGreen delivers care carries products that every do-it-yourselfer and maintenance for lawns, shrubs and trees. needs to create a great outdoor design. Irish Green Lawn Care is a top-notch Calvert’s Plant Interiors is recognized in lawn maintenance company in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City for creating beautiful indoor City area that provides weed control, fertillandscapes, from fountains and containizing and maintenance for both residential ers to custom arrangements. Tony’s Tree and commercial properties. Scotts Lawn Plantation works with clients to customize Service in Oklahoma City is a full-service landscape design, creating an outdoor space maintenance company dedicated to providing that reflects their tastes. TLC Florist & services that keep the lawn growing green. Greenhouses provides complete residential Turf Appeal specializes in doing whatever and commercial landscape design and instalit takes to provide clients with great lawn lation. service while keeping in mind the health of the environment. Lawn and Garden Store Once you’ve achieved that perfect lawn, the best thing to do is to show it a little TLC. Tulsa customers go to Lowe’s for lawn and garden needs. From mowers and hedge clippers to supplies to build a beautiful garden, Lowe’s carries it all in one building. Southwood Landscape & Garden Center is a great place to find flowers, planters, mulch and more to bring a garden to life. Ted & Debbie’s Flower Garden provides flowers and plants ready for planting. The Home Depot’s numerous Oklahoma City locations provide great material for any type of lawn or garden. Marcum’s Nursery offers an array of beautiful flowers and plants ready to be part of a garden as well as trees, fountains and birdbaths. TLC Florist & Greenhouses also offers a great selection of floral and edible garden plants straight from its greenhouses.

Lawn Maintenance Keeping up with the lawn can be a chore. Luckily, LawnAmerica is ready to help with fertilization, weed control and lawn maintenance. Spirit Landscape Management

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Lighting Store Garbe’s can provide the perfect ambience for every home, from table lamps to lavish fixtures. Andrews Lighting & Hardware Gallery carries just about any type of lighting imaginable, from specialty light bulbs to chandeliers, celling fans and wall-mounted lanterns. Lifetime warranties are part of every fixture sold at LifeStyles Lighting, Furniture & Hardware, a great place to find the perfect fixture for any room. Lighting Concepts is Oklahoma City’s go-to place for home and exterior lighting options, from chandeliers and pendant lights to sconces. Hunzicker Lighting Gallery offers an array of specialty lighting, including recessed lighting, sconces and lamps. It also offers the expertise of designers on-site. LifeStyles Lighting and Furniture also boasts an Oklahoma City location that provides top-notch service and variety in lighting.

Paint Store A fresh coat of paint can spruce up just about

any space. Sherwin-Williams’ several Tulsaarea stores provide customers with plenty of colors from which to choose for their latest paint project. Anchor Paint, whose company headquarters are located in Tulsa, provides paint supplies for residential, commercial and architectural projects, along with a selection of coatings for longer wear. Spectrum Paint carries a wide variety of paint brands for various uses as well as protective coatings in its more than 30 locations throughout the Midwest and the southern U.S. Elder Paint & Wallpaper is a Benjamin Moore and Pratt & Lambert dealer that also stocks a large selection of wallpaper and coverings. Sherwin-Williams also helps do-ityourselfers in Oklahoma City tackle their painting projects at its multiple locations. H-I-S Paint provides paint and supplies for those who want to tackle the job, but it also has a staff of professional painters ready to take on any project. Spectrum Paint has a host of stores in the Oklahoma City metro area taking care of loyal customers.

Pool Designer Oklahoma summers are the best excuse to build a backyard oasis. Vivion Pools is one of Tulsa’s most respected pool design firms. Owner Jeff Vivion offers luxury touches, such as mosaic tile inlay, rock waterfalls and sheer water features to complement his pool designs. Pool Creations specializes in providing clients personal attention throughout the design and construction process. Baker Pools walks customers through the experience of pool construction, from consultation and design to showing homeowners how to care for their new pool. Blue Haven Pools and Spas offers a variety of options in pool design, from outdoor and enclosed pools to lap pools, saltwater pools and rock pools.

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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, and is an Adjunct Professor of Family Law at Oklahoma City University; 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 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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2014 Caviness Landscape’s pool designs have been featured nationally on networks such as HGTV. The Edmond-based business creates luxury pools and poolscapes for customers across Oklahoma. Pristine Pools is a family owned and operated pool design service that customizes each design to the client’s specifications. Blue Haven Pools and Spas recognizes that pools should be aesthetically pleasing, but the company also installs smart features in pools that make them run efficiently, meaning less upkeep for homeowners.

Real Estate Company When it’s time to buy or sell a home, it’s best to call the best. Walter & Associates is a boutique real estate company that helps clients in the Tulsa metro area find the perfect deal, whether they are buying or selling. McGraw Realtors, with its wide network of Realtors, sells homes in all price ranges. Keller Williams Realty boasts hundreds of agents, all working hard to meet the needs of their clients. Coldwell Banker is a national firm with a large presence of Realtors in the Tulsa area that help customers looking to buy and sell. Churchill-Brown is a locally owned real estate company in Oklahoma City that helps customers with buying and selling, whether it’s a first-time homebuyer or a client searching for a luxury estate. Keller Williams Realty represents a wide variety of customers in both residential and commercial transactions. Century 21 is known for the stellar service offered by its agents in the Oklahoma City area. The Covington Company is a locally owned and operated real estate company selling homes in the Oklahoma City, Nichols Hills and Edmond areas.

Oklahoma City-based Maccini Construction specializes in interior remodels of residential as well as commercial projects. Barkocy Construction is a full service general contractor for residential, commercial and civic projects. Kent Hoffman Construction provides guidance to clients throughout the renovation, from the planning phase to completion.

and consultation. The company is a fullservice roofing contractor that also provides references to assure the quality of its work. Salazar Roofing & Construction is a family owned and operated roofing company that has serviced satisfied customers in the Oklahoma City area since 1978.

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A secure home is a happy home. TNT Security Services is a full-service security installation and monitoring company that offers smart systems – a home alarm and a home automation system, all in one device. Advance Alarms provides equipment to protect against burglary and alert the monitoring company if a fire is detected. Cameras and video surveillance are also services offered by Advance Alarms. Guardian Security Systems’ first priority is the safety of the client and his or her family; that’s why the company offers free security evaluations to potential customers. ADT Security Services is Oklahoma City’s trusted security company. Offering home security, home automation and health monitoring services, ADT safeguards clients and their homes with around-the-clock protection. Offering free consultations, TNT Security Services aims to tailor a package to meet each client’s needs. ASG Security offers Oklahoma City customers safe and reliable home security and home automation.

A quality roof on a home is an important investment. Tulsa’s A-Best Roofing can help with roof repair or a whole new install and provides long-term warranties on each job

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Sometimes it’s preferable to remodel an existing home than bother with moving. That’s where Powers Design & Build comes in. A Tulsa-based company specializing in remodeling homes, Powers has transformed everyday homes into luxurious dream spaces. Cowen Residential tackles renovations from a single room to a whole house, all with design and functionality in mind. David Trebilcock is a general contractor that works with clients to achieve the perfect remodel of their existing homes.

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completed. Elliott Roofing offers free estimates and deals with insurance companies directly so customers don’t have an added hassle. T-Town Roofing offers an array of services, from roof installation and repair to maintenance and gutter installation. Elliott Roofing has more than 30 years of experience in both residential and commercial roofing installation. The Oklahoma City company is committed to providing quality roofing, excellent service and fair pricing. Basey’s Roofing offers free estimates

A title company helps close a real estate deal. Tulsa’s Guaranty Abstract Company makes homebuying and selling a seamless process. First American works with mortgage companies and Realtors to ensure that closing a deal is as smooth as possible. Tulsa Abstract & Title Company offers three locations in the Tulsa metro area for easy accessibility for buyers and sellers. First American Title has offices throughout the Oklahoma City metro area to help facilitate real estate transactions. Stewart Abstract & Title brings more than 100 years of experience to the table, ensuring all parties walk away satisfied. American Eagle Title Insurance Company is Oklahoma’s largest statewide land title service company and a favorite in Oklahoma City.

An attractive lifestyle meets lifetime security. There’s more to Montereau than enjoying a fun, rewarding retirement lifestyle. This beautiful community in the heart of Tulsa also brings comfort and security to residents and their families by providing a full spectrum of first-rate care services. From assisted living and memory support to rehab therapies and short- and long-term nursing care — all available via direct admission — Montereau means quality of life no matter what health care needs may one day come. Experience the personal touch at Montereau. Special thanks to Oklahoma Magazine for voting Montereau as the “Best of the Best” in both Assisted Living and Retirement Community categories! Call 1-866-417-6598 or visit www.Montereau.net to discover all our residency plan options, including Life Care.

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Accounting Firm

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There are only two certainties in life, and one is taxes; make sure trusted professionals do them. HoganTaylor’s Tulsa firm is lauded for its expertise in accounting, tax and assurance. Ernst & Young is a global firm that brings its mission of building a better working world to Tulsa. Carl Webb CPA is a great company to turn to for tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services. Early & Means is a firm in Oklahoma City that aids individuals and businesses with financial needs, including tax preparation and advice. HoganTaylor’s Oklahoma City office serves a wide variety of individual and corporate clients. Holden & Associates is a Norman firm that provides expertise for clients navigating financial waters.

Airline Flying the friendly skies has never been easier with the wealth of airlines available to travelers. Oklahomans prefer the services they find when flying American Airlines to their destinations. Southwest Airlines provides domestic flights to dozens of destinations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. United Airlines is a fa

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Sometimes loved ones need a facility that can provide care for them while they still maintain some independence. Montereau in Tulsa gives residents assistance with those daily activities they need help with, all on the resident’s own schedule. Inverness Village offers Life Care Advantage, which provides access to private, on-site assisted living without any added costs. Located in midtown Tulsa, Emeritus at Tulsa is recognized as a premier assisted living community, offering close proximity to hospital complexes, shopping and cultural activities. St. John Villas boasts three locations in the Tulsa metro area and provides care to individuals who need a little extra help. A park-like setting that includes a lake and wildlife provides the peaceful setting for Emeritus at The Village, an assisted living center in Oklahoma City. Close to attractions, services and medical facilities, The Village is a top choice for those who need extra care. Epworth Villa provides a friendly, caring environment for its assisted living residents. Helping residents maintain a dignified quality of life is the commitment at Epworth Villa. Arbor House Assisted Living Center operates several assisted living centers in the Oklahoma City area, and each serves residents with kindness, love and professionalism. Emeritus at Quail Creek is a serene backdrop against an urban setting that allows residents to take as much independence as they desire. Sterling House provides a personalized take on service in its assisted living centers in the Oklahoma City area.

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providing excellent service, whether it’s help opening a new account or applying for a loan. RCB Bank has branches in several northeast Oklahoma communities and offers competitive interest rates. Bank of Oklahoma is winning in the Oklahoma City market for its mobile banking as well as convenient branch locations. First Fidelity Bank offers online bill pay, mobile banking and credit cards in addition to standard banking services. MidFirst Bank champions community banking in addition to being a partner with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Legal representation is necessary in a variety of situations. William R. Grimm of Barrow Grimm is an accomplished business litigator and has produced positive results for his clients. Michael Barkett of Barkett Law Firm represents victims of injury and helps them recover damages owed to them. Brad Beasley of Boesche & McDermott specializes in commercial real estate, banking and finance, among other areas. He has represented both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Bruce Edge of Edge Law Firm helps those charged with DUI successfully navigate the court system. Edge has also published two books on the subject. Robert P. Coffey Jr. of Coffey, Gudgel & McDaniel is an accomplished defense attorney who has represented clients in the transportation industry, product manufacturing and insurance companies. Randall K. Calvert of Calvert Law is a successful business litigator who has won large settlements for his clients. Mark E. Hammons Sr. of Hammons, Gowens, Hurst & Associates helps clients in the areas of employment law and is founder and president of the Oklahoma Employment Lawyers Association. Donelle Ratheal of Ratheal, Maggard & Fortune focuses her practice on collaborative law, a non-adversarial approach to resolving disputes. She also serves as a private guardian ad litem in cases involving a child’s best interests.

An auto and tire shop should be reliable and provide top-notch service for a reasonable price. At Robertson Tire, trained technicians replace tires and perform general car maintenance in a friendly and courteous atmosphere. Hibdon Tires Plus serves customers at its stores throughout Oklahoma, offering tire rotation, alignments and other car care services. Whether it’s a basic oil change, brake work or a dead battery, Firestone Complete Auto Care can help customers with their automotive needs.

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Bank Banks are more than just places to park funds; they can help customers develop optimal ways of saving, investing or getting the right loan. Bank of Oklahoma is the choice of banks for many in the Tulsa area. With a wide network of ATMs as well as full-service loan departments, it’s a virtual one-stop shop for banking needs. ONB Bank provides a full range of banking services to customers throughout Oklahoma. The company has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Banks in its annual review of the nation’s 100 largest financial institutions. Bank of America wins accolades from its customers for convenient branches, ATM locations and ease of use in mobile banking. Arvest Bank earns customer loyalty for

Whether for AMERICAN an intimate AIRLINES Thanksgiving dinner or a lavish party, caterers are great at providing food, service and a heaping helping of peace of mind. Just Catering by Orr is a Tulsa mainstay that specializes in catering parties, weddings and other social events. Catering Kitchen provides freshly prepared food for all occasions. Whether it’s a small reception or large party, the food and service can be expected to be stellar. Catering Connection’s motto says it all: “From black tie to chicken fry.” This catering company is known for superb food and creative presentation. Cheever’s Catering & Events is operated by A Good Egg Dining Group and offers the same high quality that is expected in the group’s prestigious restaurants. Fancy That is based in Norman and caters everything from breakfast meetings to large parties. Raspberries n’ Crème Bakery serves sophisticated food to guests at weddings, parties and other events. Aunt Pittypat’s Catering creates classy dishes to serve at a host of events.

Cleaning Service Sometimes there are not enough hours in the day to get chores accomplished. Thankfully, there are reliable companies in Tulsa like Merry Maids that can visit the home and leave it spotless. Each Merry Maids team member goes through extensive training to ensure that every job is done perfectly. Clean Freaks of Tulsa is a full-service cleaning company that utilizes the safest products

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2014 available to get the job done. Mommy Maids boasts excellent customer service as well as a staff that meticulously cleans each space thoroughly. Merry Maids in the Oklahoma City area utilizes safe, environmentally friendly products to keep customers happy. Maid OK is a locally owned and operated business in Oklahoma City specializing in home cleaning, carpet cleaning, air duct cleaning and window cleaning. Molly Maid of Metro OKC helps clients find more time to spend with friends and family by taking care of the dirty work for a reasonable price.

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Cleaning clothes, blankets and other household items can be a bother. Luckily, Yale Cleaners’ 12 convenient locations in the Tulsa metro area are more than happy to help launder and dry clean items. LaMode Cleaners boasts nine locations with convenient drop-off and pick-up time frames. Phoenix Cleaners, known in Tulsa as much for its iconic neon sign as by its superb dry cleaning, is a favorite with the downtown crowd. Nichols Hills Cleaners specializes in clothing, drapery, wedding gowns and stain removal at its three Oklahoma City metro area locations. Douglas Cleaners is an Oklahoma City mainstay that provides dry cleaning and laundry services. Walden Cleaners has operated in Norman for more than 80 years and prides itself on completing all jobs in-house. Legacy Cleaners offers eight locations to serve customers and also offers free pick-up and delivery services.

Event or Party Planner From an intimate dinner party to a grand soiree, the proper event planner can make it a beautiful thing. Legendary Tulsa event planner Phil Long is known best for his elaborate designs, décor and show-stopping entertainment. Talmadge Powell of Talmadge Powell Creative has made a name for himself with both nonprofit event planning as well as parties and receptions. Joe Mathis of J.A. Mathis Company plans, manages and designs everything from intimate designs to corporate events. Judy Lehmbeck of Judy Lehmbeck Bridal and Party works with Oklahoma City brides to create beautiful ceremonies and receptions. Jane Kelly of Jane Kelly Weddings and Parties creates sophisticated, upscale events for brides and grooms as well as for clients throwing parties or hosting events. Sara McCord Thompson and Amy McCord operate Old Trinity of Paseo, a venue that is a beautiful backdrop for weddings or parties.

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Florist Flowers can convey a range of messages and bring happiness to the recipient. Toni’s Flowers & Gifts custom designs beautiful floral arrangements both large and small. Petal Pushers also makes lovely arrangements as well as centerpieces and bouquets for special occasions. Mary Murray’s Flowers creates beautiful arrangements for all occasions. New Leaf Floral in Oklahoma City sends creative and inventive designs to pleased customers across the metro area. Design 2000 Flowers & Gifts, located in Norman, uses fresh flowers to create bright and cheery arrangements. Floral And Hardy sends arrangements for everything from anniversaries and special occasions to “just because.”

Funeral Service Unfortunately, there’s a time when we have to seek out funeral service. Moore Funeral Homes & Crematory has four locations in the Tulsa area to help families in times of need. Ninde Funeral & Cremation offers full-service funeral planning. Floral Haven operates its own cemetery and mausoleums. Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors offers pre-planning services online and several burial options from which families can choose. Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman offers a full range of services for planning purposes. Vondel L. Smith & Sons Mortuary has four locations in the Oklahoma City area and a cemetery that are family owned and operated.

Hair Salon For a new style, color or simply a trim, ARCS is a great place to go for modern, edgy design. Ihloff Salon and Day Spa is a full-service salon that boasts stylists with many years of experience. Cypress Avenue

Salon is a great place for cuts and color as well as beautiful updos. Bella Vita Spa and Salon provides relaxation for guests as they get their hair done. iidentity Salon provides full salon services to men and women in Tulsa’s Brookside area. Eden Salon & Spa is an Aveda salon offering extended hours and trained stylists to serve Oklahoma City clients. Studio Zen Salon is located in Norman and provides both classic and trendy cuts and techniques. Salon W provides cutting and styling as well as skin health and beauty services.

Home/Auto Insurance Protecting investments is key in preserving and saving for the future. State Farm Insurance provides comprehensive insurance plans for both home and auto coverage and provides generous discounts for clients. Farmers Insurance offers both home and car insurance with discounts and fast claim service. Allstate offers safe driving discount bonuses to clients with great driving records.

Investment Firm We all like to see money grow, and the best way to do that is to visit an investment firm. Morgan Stanley has offices throughout Oklahoma with advisors providing wise financial advice to individuals with a wide variety of portfolios. Merrill Lynch advisors use their knowledge and experience to create strategies that help clients achieve financial goals. Charles Schwab helps clients by investing in various interests and providing deft financial advice.

Law Firm Law firms can represent a wide variety of interests for clients. Conner & Winters has offices in Tulsa that focus on energy, family and business and corporate law. Latham,

2014 Wagner, Steele & Lehman specializes in everything from bankruptcy to workers’ compensation and tax law. GableGotwals holds a strong emphasis on business, energy and environmental law. Jones Gotcher & Bogan P.C. has attorneys who boast a wide range of specialties, including litigation, family and employment law. Hall Estill employs skilled attorneys that help a diverse range of clients. Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson is a business litigation firm with offices in Tulsa in addition to Oklahoma City. Echols & Associates specializes in divorce and child custody cases in the Oklahoma City area. Celebrating its 65th year, Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom has tried civil cases in all Oklahoma federal and state courts as well as many other states. Tawwater Law Firm emphasizes personal injury law and aids in insurance disputes and accidents. McAfee & Taft offers legal service for issues affecting businesses both large and small. Crowe & Dunlevy provides legal services to clients in a wide variety of practice areas.

Life Insurance It’s one of those things that you may not know you need until it’s too late. Oklahomans choose New York Life for its help in tailoring plans to suit each customer’s needs. American Fidelity Assurance offers both term and permanent life insurance for consumers. Metlife provides life insurance to customers who want to give their families a sense of security and protection of standard of living.

Moving Service Moving cherished memories and heirlooms takes a company that cares for its customers. Two Men and a Truck move both homes and businesses in the Tulsa area and across the country. Murphy Jones Moving completes both large and small moves for homeowners, businesses and more. Allied Van Lines provides packing and moving services to destinations across the country. All My Sons Moving & Storage boasts four generations of moving experience and has the expertise to complete moves quickly and efficiently. Little Guys Movers in Norman helps make the moving experience less stressful with reliable movers and efficient loading and unloading. Two Men and a Truck in the Oklahoma City area offers affordable pricing as well as packing services. A-1 Freeman offers free moving quotes that include packing and packing materials as well as labor and installation and assembly.

Pet Grooming Services We want our pets to look their best. Groomers at PetSmart do just that with grooming, baths, toenail clipping and other services. Petco offers several packages, from full service grooming to 15-minute brush-outs, nail trims, ear cleaning and tooth brushing. Cathy’s Critter Cuts has groomed Tulsa’s finest canines from its south Tulsa location. Lucky Dog Lodge, located in Oklahoma City, offers full-service bathing and grooming by appointment at its salon. PetSmart offers personalized grooming services at its three Oklahoma City metro locations by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Doggie Styles offers customized designs for dogs that like to walk on the wild side.

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Accidents happen. Luckily, there’s someone to bang out the dents and repair the bumpers. Hourglass Collision Repair is a full-service auto body shop in Tulsa whose goal is to restore vehicles back to manufac-

ture specifications by using top-quality parts, paint and technicians. Barron & Hart has been Tulsa’s go-to auto body shop since 1947 for everything from hail and dent repair to frame straightening. Karroll Martin Paint & Body Shop manages every aspect of the repair process, including suspension work, wheel and interior repair and glass repair or replacement. Collision Clinic has operated in Oklahoma City for more than 35 years and works closely with customers and insurance companies to provide a worry-free experience. Mills Body Shop provides Norman drivers with full service automotive and body repair. Xclusive Collision and Towing features state-of-the-art facilities that provide complete body repair and painting with a generous warranty.

Realtor It takes experience to close a deal. That’s why, when selling a house in the Tulsa area, homeowners often turn to Peter Walter of Walter & Associates. For nearly 30 years, Walter has represented both homeowners and buyers in successful real estate transactions. Jacki Crews of McGraw Realtors represents buyers and sellers in land and home transactions. Blake Loveless of Walter & Associates represents the owners of some of Tulsa’s most elite residential properties. Monty Churchill, co-founder of Churchill-Brown, has been active in the Oklahoma City real estate market for more than 40 years. Debbie Naifeh of Paradigm AdvantEdge sells a wide range of properties in the Oklahoma City metro. Marta McCubbin of First Source Real Estate represents many homeowners in the Oklahoma City and Nichols Hills area.

Retirement Community Upon retirement, some may choose to move to a community that is better suited to their needs and lifestyle. Montereau offers an array of living options; residents may choose from among 13 apartment layouts and garden homes, all of which include life-enriching amenities. Both Senior Star Living facilities in Tulsa – Senior Star at Burgundy Place and Senior Star at Woodland Terrace – feature on-site amenities as well as a concierge service to its independent living residents. Brookdale Town Village Tulsa is located in south Tulsa, close to shopping, entertainment, medical facilities and churches. Apartment homes are outfitted with kitchens, spacious bathrooms and plenty of natural light. Tulsa Jewish Retirement & Health Center shares a campus with the world renowned Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art and the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community

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Staffing Agency Whether it’s a supervisor looking for extra help or someone looking for extra work, employment agencies are a great liaison between workers and employers. Key Personnel has served Tulsa for more than three decades in a variety of industries, including financial, legal and medical sectors. ProRecruiters, formerly Part-Time Pros, provides staffing and placement for the medical industry as well as for talented professionals on a contract, temp-tohire and direct hire basis. Express Employment Professionals offers full and temporary job placement for firms across the state. Express Employment Professionals provides job testing and training programs, professional job placement and staffing solutions for both job seekers and employers in the Oklahoma City area. Accel Financial Staffing, founded in 1995, specializes in connecting workers and employers for job opportunities in bookkeeping, accounting, reception and human resources. Sooner Medical Staffing places CNAs, caregivers, LPNs and RNs in medical facilities that need qualified and capable employees.

Hospital is a full service facility that takes emergency cases as well as medical, surgical and dental cases. Family Animal Medicine serves the Owasso community’s needs for veterinarian care in a wide range of categories, from wellness check-ups to treatment for more serious illnesses. Dr. Rodney Robards of Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital treats animals in his midtown Tulsa practice. From wellness check-ups to surgical and diagnostic services, Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital is a full service facility. Dr. Dan Danner of Animal Medical & Surgical Hospital takes both emergency and nonemergency cases. Danner treats conditions in dogs, cats and exotic animals. Dr. Skip Tangner of Veterinary Surgery Center sees Oklahoma City pets at his small animal veterinary surgical referral practice. He specializes in treatments of fractures, canine hip dysplasia and canine orthopedic disorders. Main St. Veterinary Hospital provides compassionate and skilled care for Norman’s four-legged residents. Ranchwood Veterinary Hospital strives to provide the greatest level of veterinary medicine available to its Oklahoma City pets.

Wedding Cakes A sweet reminder of an important day, the wedding cake is often at the center of a

Veterinarian/ Animal Hospital Our furry and feathered family members deserve great medical care. VCA Woodland Animal Hospital is a Tulsa favorite. Extended hours, multiple veterinarians on duty and courteous staff make it a fine place for pets. Care Animal

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couple’s wedding reception. Tulsa’s iconic Ann’s Bakery produces beautiful cakes that represent a couple’s love for each other. Merritt’s Bakery customizes wedding cakes according to a couple’s wishes for flavor, filling and décor. Nibbles by Grandeur Affaires produces elegant, sophisticated wedding cakes that guests are sure to talk about long after the ceremony is over. In Oklahoma City, Raspberries n’ Crème Bakery produces colorful wedding cakes and grooms’ cakes that enhance a couple’s big day. Legendary Confectionery is a Norman-based bakery that specializes in cupcakes as well as customized cake designs. Amy Cakes, also based in Norman, features the work of Amy Cullifer, an award-winning sugar artist.

Wedding Photographer Capturing the perfect images on an important day is the hallmark of a great photographer. Tulsa-based Chris Humphrey Photographer works closely with brides to create a unique, organic experience; the result is beautiful photos that capture the excitement and emotion of the wedding day. Ervin Photography captures the elegance and excitement of both bride and groom on the big day. Steven Michaels Photography travels throughout the metro area capturing couples’ special moments, whether it’s engagement photos or wedding ceremonies. Jesse Reich Photography photographs couples in both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas on their wedding days. Reich has earned a reputation for professionalism, consistency and stunning photography. Jana Carson Photography captures unique images of couples and their guests on their wedding day. Shannon Ho Photography catches the small, intimate moments between couples on their wedding day. BRENT FUCHS

Center. Apartment living and a great social atmosphere are a plus. Oklahoma Methodist Manor is situated on a 40-acre campus in the heart of midtown Tulsa and includes amenities that keep residents healthy and active. Cottage or apartment living is just one of many choices Epworth Villa independent living residents have. The close-knit community of residents enjoys activities, events and amenities at the Oklahoma City campus. Close to Lake Hefner and just minutes away from shopping, dining and medical options, Emeritus at Statesman Club is an independent living option for Oklahoma City residents. Tealridge Christian Retirement Community is owned and operated by Oklahoma Christian University on the school’s campus, and residents are encouraged to mingle with students.

Wireless Service Ninety-one percent of adults own a cell phone. With those staggering numbers, it’s important to have the right carrier. AT&T is once again recognized as Oklahoma’s No. 1 service provider, popular for both affordability and wide coverage. Verizon Wireless offers a wide range of smart phones, tablets and accessories to its loyal customers. Sprint’s popular Framily plan makes this carrier a popular choice for those who wish to save money by combining phone lines into one bill.

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A great aesthetician can give customers’ skin a newfound glow. Gabriel Horn, aesthetician at Tulsa’s Dr. Joey Manduano Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, has earned a great reputation and loyal clientele for his cutting edge treatments and professional manner. Laura Downey of Skin Care Institute offers spa therapies as well as skin treatments like dermaplaning and laser acne therapy. Lee Behling – an aesthetician and co-owner of Bella Vita Spa and Salon – provides clients with a wide range of services to improve skin texture and tone. Vanessa Velasquez brings her years of experience in treating skin to loyal customers at The Medical Spa in Oklahoma City. Brenda Livingston of Brenda Livingston Beauty & Aesthetics works with customers to achieve healthy and beautiful skin. Hadley Holliday is an aesthetician also at The Medical Spa and provides clients with a relaxing experience that yields results.

Chiropractor When we feel out of alignment, sometimes it’s best to call a chiropractor to get us back in line. Dr. Chuck Zoellner of Zoellner Chiropractic utilizes traditional chiropractic techniques as well as physical therapy and massage to help reduce pain, speed healing and enhance performance. Dr. Chris Barnes of Tensegrity Chiropractic helps restore balance to the body through a variety

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of methods. Dr. Tim Cole of Integrated Physical Health specializes in techniques that enhance the health of athletes. He is also the team chiropractor for the Tulsa Drillers. Dr. J. Daniel Post of Post Chiropractic of Oklahoma City has a mission of helping patients regain spinal stability as well as educating them to maintain improved function. Dr. Wes Hill of Hill Chiropractic combines skill and expertise that spans the entire chiropractic wellness spectrum. Dr. Kyle Griffith of Griffith Chiropractic & Nutrition believes

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Procedures aimed at improving one’s selfesteem are on the rise. When considering cosmetic work, Dr. Angelo Cuzalina of Tulsa Surgical Arts can certainly answer questions. Specializing in both surgical and non-surgical procedures, Cuzalina and DR. KRISTEN RICE AND KAREN WEIDNER OF UTICA SQUARE SKIN CARE, BEST MEDICAL SPA PHOTO BY LSD PHOTOGRAPHY.

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Dentist We should see these medical professionals every six months to avoid big problems. Tulsa dentist Dr. Mike Hinkle of Utica Dental creates a spa-like atmosphere to provide relaxation and luxury for his patients. Dr. Chris Ward offers sedation dentistry and expertise in implant dentistry at his Tulsa area offices. Dr. Michael Kincaid is devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of a smile through appropriate and state-ofthe-art procedures. Dr. Andrew Carletti of Carletti Dentistry specializes in family and cosmetic dentistry as well as orthodontics. Dr. Mark Argo’s patients continue to receive the highest level of care in advanced procedures including implants, Invisalign, sedation and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Bert Johnson believes that smiles are an investment for a lifetime, and he aims to keep patients smiling big with top-notch dental care. Dr. J. Ashley Hancock of Classen Dental is committed to restoring and enhancing the

natural beauty of smiles using state-of-theart procedures. Dr. Mary Casey-Kelly of CJ Dental Studio offers complete dental service in a relaxing atmosphere. Dr. Sterling Stalder and Dr. Mark Phan head the team at OKC Smiles, which provides cosmetic, sedation and implant dentistry to patients in the Oklahoma City area.

Dermatologist Dr. Jeff Alexander of the Skin Care Institute in Tulsa treats skin disorders and provides skincare treatments, such as sclerotherapy for spider vein removal. Dr. Melissa Morgan is a board certified dermatologist who offers skin care services for both health and beauty. Dr. Lynn Anderson is trained in treating disorders of the skin, hair and nails in both pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Thomas Urice, of Duncan Urice & Gillum, M.D.s, treats patients with skin, nail and hair disorders in his Norman office. Dr. Blaine Lehr of The Dermatology Clinic treats all types of skin disorders with the latest, most advanced procedures available. Dr. Michael D. John of Edmond Dermatology Clinic sees patients afflicted with skin disorders including acne, rashes, eczema, skin cancers, fungus and others.

Family Physician Dr. Jeffrey Galles is a family physician who is board certified in internal medicine and practices at Utica Park Clinic in Owasso. Dr. Jon Cox of Omni Medical Group receives rave reviews from patients for his attentiveness and bedside manner. Dr. Steven Wiseman of Tulsa Health Group sees adults and adolescents for a wide variety of needs. Dr. Robert Stepp of Deaconess Physicians is a family physician who cares for each member’s individual needs. Dr. J. Allan

Metz is also a popular primary care physician in the Oklahoma City area who sees a wide range of patients. Dr. David E. Fisher is a family physician affiliated with INTEGRIS Health.

Health Club/Gym Being fit and staying healthy is the best medicine for any patient. Health Zone at Saint Francis is a state-of-the-art fitness facility in Tulsa offering a variety of exercise equipment as well as exercise classes and various health programs. St. John Siegfried Health Club features fitness equipment, an indoor pool, classes and luxurious locker rooms. Sky Fitness & Wellbeing boasts two Tulsa-area locations complete with fitness machines and classes like yoga, Pilates, CrossFit and TRX Suspension Training. Life Time Fitness offers cardio equipment, personal training and group fitness classes. YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City offers 12 locations in the Oklahoma City metro area, each equipped with cardio machines, classes and more. INTEGRIS PACER Fitness Center specializes in fitness programs for adults of all ages and physical conditions. Gold’s Gym, with two Oklahoma City locations, has plenty of classes as well as exercise equipment and certified personal trainers.

Health Insurance Since health insurance is now a necessity, it’s important to research which company offers the best coverage for each individual. CommunityCare offers excellent coverage in a variety of plans. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma offers affordable individual and family plans. UnitedHealthcare has a large network of coverage for Oklahoma residents.

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Hospice Hospice care is a deeply personal service for patients who need it. Grace Hospice provides dignity and quality of life to those who need its benefits. Hospice of Green Country has provided end-of-life care to Tulsa-area patients and their families for more than 25 years. Saint Francis Hospice delivers quality and compassionate end-of-life care for each patient. INTEGRIS Hospice House provides patient-centered health care in a home-like atmosphere. Lifecare Oklahoma’s mission is to enhance health, quality of life and peace of mind. Crossroads Hospice offers hospice and palliative care services to Oklahoma City patients.

Hospital Hospitals are comprehensive campuses where one can experience a full range of health care, whatever the need. Saint Francis Health System is a Tulsa mainstay with specialty clinics and the metro area’s only children’s hospital. St. John Health System encompasses a hospital and surgical center as well as a women’s center, a neuroscience institute and a cancer center. Hillcrest HealthCare System provides specialty care and services to patients at its many clinics, including the Alexander Burn Center, the Oklahoma Heart Institute and the Peggy V. Helmerich Women’s Health Center. INTEGRIS Health offers specialty services to patients, including a fertility center, a heart hospital, a stroke center and a transplant institute. OU Medicine sits on a large campus just east of downtown Oklahoma City and features the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, The Children’s Hospital and the Stephenson Cancer Center. St. Anthony oversees several general and regional hospitals as well as the Bone and Joint Hospital and the St. Anthony Healthplex. Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City specializes in breast imaging and research, robotic surgery and cancer and stroke treatments. Deaconess Hospital delivers a full range of care to its patients and also boasts a short wait time in its emergency department.

Medical Spa The professionals at Tulsa’s Utica Square Skin Care, owned and operated by Karen Weidner, offer correction of benign skin irregularities, Fraxel, Botox, Juvederm and numerous chemical peels. Skin Care Institute is a medical and wellness spa offering a wide range of medical procedures to improve the look of skin and reverse the signs of aging. BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center

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delivers monitored weight loss therapies as well as fillers and injections to improve skin’s appearance. Emerge Medical Day Spa utilizes laser treatments, medical facial peels and microdermabrasion to combat aging and sun damage. Advanced Aesthetics in Oklahoma City specializes in the usage of non-surgical laser treatments. Mariposa MedSpa has earned a high-level status with Allergan, the company that produces Botox and Juvederm injections, due to its high volume of happy customers. The Medical Spa and Dr. Juan Brou offers photofacial rejuvenation, chemical peels, Botox and CoolSculpting services, among many others.

Nursing Home When loved ones need a high level of care, it’s sometimes best to look into nursing homes and skilled care facilities. Saint Simeon’s cares for patients both long- and short-term based on needs and also offers memory care services. University Village offers long-term care and is staffed 24 hours a day by nursing personnel and an on-call physician. Baptist Village of Owasso provides skilled nursing and memory support. Epworth Villa offers a continuum of care in Oklahoma City aiding residents in both short-term rehabilitation and advanced nursing services in friendly environments staffed by a caring team of professionals. Cedar Creek Nursing Center provides friendly and compassionate care while offering dignity and quality of life to residents. Sterling House residents receive around-theclock care and services in a caring and gentle environment.

Ophthalmologist Doctors specializing in eye function can help correct problems and diagnose new ones. Dr. Dan Langley of EyeCare Associates of South Tulsa specializes in complex surgical procedures, including cataract, refractive and oculoplastic procedures. Dr. Mark Abel of Triad Eye Medical Clinic sees patients for cataracts, corneal transplants and laser and refractive surgery. Dr. Marc Goldberg of The Eye Institute specializes in cornea and external diseases as well as refractive surgery. Dr. Ned Reinstein of Reinstein Eye Associates sees patients for LASIK and cataract surgeries. Dr. Reagan H. Bradford Jr. of Dean McGee Eye Institute specializes in diseases of the retina and vitreous and has special interest in retinal detachment, ocular melanoma and ocular trauma, among others. Dr. Jay Johnston of Physicians Optical has treated patients with ophthalmologic disorders for almost 40 years in the Oklahoma City area. Dr. Gregory Skuta is president and CEO at Dean McGee Eye Institute and focuses on glaucoma and glaucoma clinical trials. Dr. Jay Leemaster of Eye Care Oklahoma treats patients with conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye care.

OB/GYN OB/GYN physicians provide health care to women in a variety of specialties. In Tulsa, Dr. Melanie Blackstock treats women of all ages for everything from obstetrics to gynecologic surgery and hormonal issues. Dr. Lynn Frame of Utica Women’s Specialists is chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at St. John Medical Center and also sees patients for pregnancy and wellness exams. Dr. John Thompson has seen many patients through pregnancy, menopause and other conditions affecting women. Dr. Laura Mackie of Oklahoma City Gynecology & Obstetrics specializes in gynecology and gynecologic surgery. Dr. Lydia Nightingale practices obstetrics and gynecology as part of the OU Physicians team. Dr. Deborah Huff of Oklahoma City Gynecology & Obstetrics has clinical interests in infertility, laser surgery, menopause and normal and high-risk pregnancy.

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Orthodontist A beautiful smile conveys confidence to the world. Dr. Mark Andregg of Dr. Andregg Orthodontics utilizes the latest technology in orthodontic treatments to correct dental problems. Dr. Lon Clendenen of Tulsa Braces by Dr. C offers Invisalign, traditional braces and retainer treatments for children, teens and adults. Dr. Anand N. Patel of The Brace Place treats orthodontic patients in both Tulsa and Claremore offices and accepts and files most insurance. The Brace Place in Edmond boasts two practitioners who help improve smiles. Dr. Jay Fitzgerald is an orthodontic specialist offering Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, Clarity and the Damon System of self-ligating braces. The five dentists at Orthodontic Associates offer treatments for teeth-straightening and correction.

Orthopedic Surgeon Whether it’s a hip replacement or back treatment, orthopedic surgeons help our bodies return to full function. Dr. Ron LaButti of Central States Orthopedic Specialists in Tulsa specializes in hip and knee replacements. Dr. Greg Holt and Dr. Yogesh Mittal, both of The Orthopaedic Center, offer a

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wide range of orthopedic services utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art equipment and procedures. Dr. Scott Dunitz of Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates specializes in total joint replacement. Dr. Bradford Boone of Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center treats many sports injuries and injuries to the shoulder, elbow and knee. Dr. Kevin Hargrove of Orthopedic Solutions in Oklahoma City specializes in trauma and sports medicine and is the team physician for the United States National Softball Team as well as a U.S. Olympic physician. Dr. Brock Schnebel of McBride Orthopedic Hospital treats patients who are facing joint replacement in the shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle and hip. Oklahoma Sports & Orthopedics Institute has nine physicians treating orthopedic and sports medicine injuries at its six locations in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Pediatrician Little ones need special doctors. Tulsa pediatrician Dr. Patrick Daley has taken care of children for more than 30 years. Dr. Linda Murphy of Murphy Medicine receives high marks from current and former patients. Dr. Loren Miller is a Tulsa pediatrician who has treated many children over his years in private practice. Dr. Richard Stanford is a member of INTEGRIS Physicians and specializes in pediatrics, from birth to age 18. The physicians of Norman Pediatric Associates earn high marks for quality of care in routine health maintenance, sick visits and consultations for children’s health issues. Dr. Julie Morrow of Saints Pediatric Associates sees young patients in her Oklahoma City office.

Pharmacy In Tulsa, Walgreens is a favorite pharmacy for its many convenient locations as well as drive-through pharmacy services. CVS offers fast and friendly service. The Apothecary Shoppe provides specialized compounding services to its customers. Walgreens is also a favorite in Oklahoma City due to its wide variety of over-the-counter medication and

convenient refill services. CVS continues to open stores in Oklahoma City. Conrad Marr Drug is a locally owned pharmacy providing service in Yukon.

Spa There are great places for retreat, even in an urban area. Bella Vita Spa and Salon offers spa services, including facials, massage and body wraps. Ihloff Salon and Day Spa is an Aveda spa that combines botanical products to help men and women overcome the effects of daily stress. Spa Southern Hills offers spa packages tailored to suit the needs of the recipient. Eden Salon & Spa in Oklahoma City specializes in skin treatments as well as manicures and pedicures and massages. Renaissance Salon & Spa offers massage, exfoliation and body wraps as well as nail and makeup services. Cottonwood Salon Spa delivers a variety of facials, manicures and pedicures and massage, among other services.

Therapist/Counselor Sometimes, we just need someone to talk to. Chris Giles of Giles Family Therapy counsels both individuals and families during difficult or life-changing times. Dr. Courtney Linsenmeyer-O’Brien is a relationship counselor helping couples reconnect. Laura Kuester of Solutions Counseling is a Tulsabased marriage counselor. Sarah Daves is a family and marriage counselor in Norman. Todd Ephraim, Ph.D., is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in marriage conflict resolution, childhood and adolescent development and personal relationships. Larry DeLozier is a licensed professional counselor in the Norman area.

Weight Loss/Weight Management Clinic Managing weight has never been harder or more important. Tulsans head to Weight Watchers to help manage their weight and health. Jenny Craig provides easy-toprepare meals that make it simpler for those looking to shed pounds to do so. BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center specializes in weight-loss programs designed to produce maximum results in patients. Weight Watchers is also popular in Oklahoma City thanks to an easy points system and regular meetings that encourage accountability. Jenny Craig has a variety of weight loss programs that can work for many individuals. The Broadway Clinic specializes in HCG therapy, appetite suppressants and dietary supplements.

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Sometimes the perfect accent for that corner is something that never saw the likes of an assembly line. Fine, reputable antique stores specialize in everything from unique lamps from yesteryear to desks of the finest modern design. The Market makes our reader’s list for top antique store with a fine collection of vendor booths bringing only the most unique and special to market. The Windsor Market ranked high in the esteem of voters, too, with its devotion to style and eclectic charm. Zoller Design & Antiques, renowned for its expertise and customer service was also one of Tulsa’s top shops for the rare and exquisite. Cool merchandise and an eye for personal design made Mockingbird Manor Antiques first in Oklahoma City. Elegant, easy and budget-conscious, Mockingbird is a favorite for those scouting out signature pieces and good advice. OKC metro shoppers also like Norman’s Elusive Antiques, where retro is attainable, never awkward. And Antique Co-op, with claims to be Oklahoma City’s largest and oldest antique mall, also gets the nod for its great volume, variety and quality.

Car Dealer Some car dealerships are like walking into a circus, others have all the ease and aura of a pressure cooker. A few, however, cultivate an atmosphere of excitement and expectation, and they make the customer feel as if you’re the only person there. Lexus of Tulsa knows the power of exceptional customer service. The luxury automobile dealership renowned for its service, staff and knowledge of some of the most wanted cars on the road made it

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a winner in Tulsa. Also noteworthy, BMW of Tulsa is on readers’ fast track to the top, along with the esteemed Jackie Cooper Imports. When it comes to great cars that are also affordable, two dealerships shine. Jim Norton Toyota gets high marks from Tulsa shoppers, as does Don Carlton Honda. Jackie Cooper BMW of Edmond was named the best in the Oklahoma City metro area for service worthy of its elegant brand. We think the complimentary doughnuts had something to do with it, too. The Bob Moore Auto Group was named to the list for its selection of everything from Acura to Volvo and for offering customers the best experience. Both the Bob Howard Auto Group and Fowler Dodge are favorites in Oklahoma City.

fun. For Tulsans, that beacon is GapKids. With locations at Utica Square, Woodland Hills Mall and Tulsa Promenade, GapKids brings the latest for babies, toddlers, boys and girls. And the usual proximity to the

Children’s Clothing Store It’s not easy to dress kids, namely because they are constantly outgrowing last week’s sneakers and trousers. Stores make it more bearable to shop for children’s clothes, and some even make it

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Department Store Who doesn’t like to be complimented on their clothes and accessories? There’s just as much satisfaction to be had when you tell them where you shopped. Saks Fifth Avenue keeps Tulsans well-dressed and polished in designer label clothing, shoes, jewelry, fragrances and more. Thanks to a great staff, Saks is Tulsa’s first stop to put an outfit together. One of Tulsa’s most accessible stores, Dillard’s is another favorite for deals on great products and clothing. The fashionable Miss Jackson’s carries on a great tradition of customer service and offers only the best. Oklahoma City’s Balliets rules Classen

Curve district with style and products that are all about creating glamour. A thoughtful staff and cool collection of labels make it the ultimate shopping destination in the Oklahoma City area. Readers can’t praise Dillard’s enough, and it holds true among smart shoppers. With some of the most fun, emerging labels on the national market, Macy’s also gets the city’s big “OK.”

Eyeglass Store You just had a change in your eyeglasses prescription – and you couldn’t be happier, because you’re going to get new lenses set in a snappy new pair of frames. Designer eyewear comes in a variety of styles, and the right frames can add personality to your carefully cultivated image. Visions Unique Eyewear brings only the most current designs to you, and the staff is expert at discovering the best look for anyone. Whether it’s for regular lenses or prescription sunglasses, you’ll never wonder if you’ve found the best at Hicks Brunson Eyewear, a cool shop in Tulsa’s Utica Square. Black Optical in Brookside makes shopping for high-quality glasses and sunglasses easy, plus the experience and attention you get makes you feel special. In Oklahoma City, take your prescription to Dick Story Optical, a tradition since 1971. The selection of frames and lenses as well as the service keep families coming back. Fast, accurate service keeps Lens-

Crafters on the list of OKC’s best, while designer choices and exceptional quality help Black Optical stay a local favorite on the Classen Curve.

Fine Jewelry Store Special occasions – weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, milestones – call for special treasures. At those times, the advice found at a reputable jewelry store can make finding the right ring, necklace or gift a real pleasure. For Tulsans, Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels offers the expertise that has helped many navigate through cuts and carats to find items beautifully and precisely expressing a feeling or statement. With its many Tulsa area locations, Moody’s Jewelry has been the first and only stop for many couples on the way to the alter for good reason. Israel Diamond Supply and Star Jewelers roll out the best of custom-created and designer jewelry for all occasions. You don’t get to be the state’s oldest jewelry store without a good name, and B.C. Clark Jewelers of Oklahoma City has spent more than a century establishing a reputation for exceptional jewelry. When looking for fresh, stunning design, shoppers also turn to Naifeh Fine Jewelry, where jewelry is a true art. The collections at Mitchener-Farrand have been known to turn a few heads with their style, taste and craftsmanship, which is why it made our list for the very best. CLASSEN CURVE, BEST SHOPPING MALL/CENTER PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS.

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regular Gap stores means parents can shop for themselves, too. When parents want extra attention and exclusive labels in children’s clothing, they take the kids to Kathleen’s Kids, Tulsa’s original children’s boutique store. And you can’t beat the selection of Dillard’s, which offers variety and quality in kids’ apparel at several locations in Tulsa. Norman’s Tulip Tree features cute, unique clothing for children along with a variety of accessories, which is why Oklahoma City readers made it a winner. Even kids are style conscious, and for them, there’s Uptown Kids in Oklahoma City’s Classen Curve. Eclectic and festive, it’s another favorite of the region, as is the always recommended Dillard’s and its expansive collection.

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Gift Store Gift shopping can be a headache, but some shops make it fun and easy with fun, unique items. Nielsens, with its Brookside and south Tulsa locations, has treasures such as jewelry, home décor and tokens of love and friendship. At Utica Square, Miss Jackson’s features some of the highest quality merchandise you’ll find anywhere. Tulsans also find what they’re looking for at Margo’s Gifts – a shop filled with delights, décor and more – and at The Market, another favorite with inspiring showcases in every direction. The Perfect Touch is the perfect place for gifts with distinction, while Ida Red is the intersection of playful and nostalgic gifts with a definitive Okie vibe. Oklahoma City loves eclectic style, and Norman’s Sandalwood & Sage has it. With Boho-inspired gifts and more than its fair share of tiedyed items, the shop is OKC’s favorite gift store. Blue Seven, featuring fun apparel with local appeal, has a great selection of clever gifts. On a Whim in Classen Curve dazzles with cute, colorful displays of thoughtful items that say a lot.

Grocery Store/ Market SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, BEST Selection and quality are two DEPARTMENT STORE of the most important factors PHOTO BY BRANDON SCOTT. when it comes to grocery shopsaid for tradition. Locally based Crest Foods ping. Shoppers want fresh proand its good, old-fashioned quality and serduce, choice meats, wholesome breads and vice remains an OKC institution. a variety from which to choose. For Tulsa, Petty’s Fine Foods offers both backed with a great and long tradition of customer service Men’s Boutique in Utica Square. Readers also like Whole Certain stores specialize is making a guy Foods Market and its natural and organic look like a gentleman, and some do it better stance on food and products for the home. than others. Abersons in Tulsa is the place Not to be left out, Oklahoma-based Reasor’s to go for those well-tailored signature pieces Foods received high praise and votes along that build personal style. Travers Mahan with the new “green” grocers in town: Fresh is best known for its selection of casual, Market and Sprouts Farmers Market. business and formal wear with a staff never Whole Foods Market is an Oklahoma lacking in taste. Tulsans also like what they City favorite with its seemingly endless find at Pinpoint Resource, well-known for choices of quality produce, fresh meats, a refinement, and Saxon Judd, where custom fantastic deli, floral department and more. is the custom. Voters also like the OKC area’s Sprouts If you want a designer wardrobe in OklaFarmers Market and its commitment to homa City, go to Mr. Ooley’s for Armani, healthy lifestyles, but there’s also much to be

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Gucci and Canali. The city’s slickers also prefer the well-suited S.J. Haggard & Co. for play and business along with Threads, a Norman shop suited to the “Southern gentleman from head to toe.”

Pet/Pet Supply Store  The business of pets has never been bigger, and pet parents only want the best for their four-legged kids. When it comes to shopping for pets’ needs, the national chain stores seem to be the first choice for many pet owners. Tulsans stop at Petco locations for a wide range of food varieties, toys, clothes, bedding and more. Frequently staffed with enthusiastic pet lovers, Petco was voted best in T-Town. Locally based Southern Agriculture did well, too, with the support of readers who like the veterinary clinics and attention they find at the eight locations in the metro area. PetSmart ranks high, as well, with its extensive supplies, aquariums, dog training classes and more. PetSmart won out in Oklahoma City for the same reasons, and with 10 locations from Norman to Yukon and Edmond, the convenience is hard to beat. At Petco, shoppers like the choices and services available at a national store, but the store boasts enough local touches – such as working with area rescue groups – to make it familiar. A1 Pet Emporium Pet Store and Pet Boutique is all about quality nutrition and life for dogs and cats. It’s the extra pampering and pet parties, however, that catch all the attention.

Shopping Mall/Center Everyone has a favorite place to go for shopping. Great gift stores, cool dress boutiques and more are but a few earmarks of a great shopping center or mall. Utica Square has everything from designer clothing and department stores to gifts shops, a food market and even a post office. And when you need a break, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to relax. For variety – music, cosmetics, sports wear, books, department stores and more – Woodland Hills Mall gets the nod in Tulsa, while Center 1 impresses every time with a collection of modern merchants to keep you, your family and your home

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Sporting Goods/ Outdoor Store For athletic, outdoors and recreational equipment for land, sea and air, readers want a store with top brands, variety and great deals to make the most of their money. For those reasons and more – including customer service – Dick’s Sporting Goods ranks at the top of our list in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Academy Sports & Outdoors is also a top pick for needs, whether it’s team sports, solo mountain biking or kayaking the rapids. Oklahomans also like Bass Pro Shops and its outdoors culture. It’s also one of the few places where one can purchase a bass boat, food dehydrator and camoflauge rocker recliner on a single ticket.

Toy Store When you’re a child, your job is to play, so it should come as no surprise to parents that kids take their toys seriously. So does Toys “R” Us, which brings the newest games and playtime favorites to its shelves along with selections that encourage learning with fun. Kiddlestix has stocked favorite and unique toys on its shelves for more than a quarter of a century and earned its reputation for great customer service and ease of shopping. Families also enjoy heading to the toy aisles at Target as they finish shopping for groceries and other essentials. In Oklahoma City, Toys “R” Us gets reader approval for toys suitable for infants up to preteens along with bikes, video games and arts and crafts. Looking for something specific for a niece interested in science? Target probably has it, along with toys for all the kids in your life. If you find a toy store called the Learning Tree, you won’t be surprised to find that this fun-derland carries unique and independent brands, many of which carry an educational component, along with books.

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Wine/Liquor Store Celebrations call for a toast, and you can’t toast until you’ve stocked that little cabinet in the living room. A good wine and liquor store carries an assortment of beer, wine and cocktail ingredients that add fun to any gathering. Having staff that can make good recommendations doesn’t hurt, either. Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits is a Tulsa standard with friendly staff ready to answer questions on which wines and beers to pair with events, menus and seasons. Readers also like Old Village Wine & Spirits for selection, but its prime location in Brookside also makes it a winner in Tulsa. For sheer volume, it’s tough to beat Parkhill Liquors and Wines, which knows its Grenache from its Gerwürztraminer and labels accordingly. Plus, Parkhill now has a second location. Beyond its name, Oklahoma City’s Wild Turkey Finer Wines & Spirits is more than a dispensary for “red or white” and Kentucky bourbon. Step inside and take in the variety. The undeniably cool Broadway Wine Merchants at the heart of Automobile Alley makes the list for specializing in fine, unique wines, spirits and craft beers, while Byron’s Liquor Warehouse, a city stalwart, stays on top with selection, quality and superior service.

Women’s Boutique There’s something to be said for a looking and feeling great. And places like Abersons help women accomplish both. Noted for its exceptional designer collections and accessories, Abersons’ rocks with current trends and verve. Casual never looked so chic as it does at Rope, the Cherry Street boutique featur-

ing fresh fashions, bags, shoes and jewelry. Stellar quality is a hallmark at Donna’s Fashions, a source of timeless women’s clothing, while Native translates hip fashion to Tulsa with sizzling results. If runway looks are on your list, Gordon Stuart should be, too. Located in the Nichols Hills area, the store known for carrying such designer brands as Fendi, Balenciaga and Gucci makes the list thanks to readers. Also in Nichols Hills, Ruth Meyers continues to dress Oklahoma City’s women in the finest clothes and accessories, while Blush in Norman is favored for its bright and colorful lines aimed at teens and young adults.

Women’s Shoe Store When putting an outfit together, picking out shoes is a must. Saks Fifth Avenue carries designers such as Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and Tory Burch, making it T-Town’s go-to for high-end shoes. Abersons gets the nod, too, for luxury designs and statements from labels like Lanvin and Proenza Schouler. The Tulsa list also includes Miss Jackson’s and J. Cole Shoes, local stores bringing some of the world’s top brands in flats, pumps, heels, boots and more to Tulsa. Is it any surprise that Balliets is Oklahoma City’s first stop for women’s shoes? “Finery” isn’t just a pitch word for this flirty boutique dealer of Prada, Valentino and Jimmy Choo shoes. Gordon Stuart easily makes the grade with its gorgeous, right-off-the-runway collections, and Shoetopia takes a big step in Norman with some of the most original, fun and affordable gear around.

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When the weekend arrives, there’s nothing more relaxing than 18 holes on an infinite carpet of green. Southern Hills Country Club has hosted major golfing championship tournaments since it opened in 1936 and is still regarded as a premier course. It’s no wonder that golfers say it’s the best in Tulsa. The Golf Club of Oklahoma is another favorite for its challenging game and beautiful design, along with Cherokee Hills Golf Club and its history-steeped grandeur. Golfers live for those summer days at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, a sports tradition in Oklahoma City that goes back more than a century and that has more than proven its excellence and reputation. Only the most passionate players can concentrate on the game when on the greens of the Gaillardia Golf and Country Club, with its Europeaninspired clubhouse and gardens. In Edmond, they’ve got the River Oaks Golf Club course on which to play. Boasting a championship design and layout, the native trees and nearby terrain make it memorable.

Art Gallery Tulsa’s arts scene seems never to take a break, and the city’s galleries are constantly lit up with

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patrons and shoppers eager to see the newest exhibitions. In Tulsa, the M.A. Doran Gallery is known for showing some of the finest works by artists challenging the constraints of media. The gallery’s reputation is A-plus. Tulsans also like Living Arts of Tulsa, bringing thought-provoking artists and their work to the spotlight. Audiences also applaud Aberson Exhibits, with its exhibitions on contemporary style, and Joseph Gierek Fine Art, the art collector’s best friend. The Howell Gallery of Fine Art took the vote in Oklahoma City for its representation of artists in a variety of media, subjects and styles that collectors love. Art is most definitely alive at the Norman Firehouse Art Center, which not only presents art shows, but also offers classes to the community. Finally, the IAO Gallery, favored for its fun

exhibits, receptions and annual sale shows gets the nod as an Oklahoma City favorite.

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It used to be that you had to fly to Las Vegas or hop aboard a Tunica steamboat to play a mean game of poker, but these days, Oklahoma has a jackpot of tribally operated casinos, each a self-contained playground unto themselves. In the Tulsa metro, the Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino is that neon-lit beacon attracting would-be black jack champs, bachelorettes-ready-to-party and locals looking for recreation. With its music-themed décor, a full-service hotel, theater and amenities, it’s a winner. Guests, however, appreciate Osage Casino, its proximity to downtown Tulsa, live shows and accessible 24-hour gaming. The everOKLAHOMA CITY MUSEUM OF ART, BEST MUSEUM expanding River Spirit PHOTO COURTESY OKCMOA. Casino also catches the imagination in south Tulsa, while the play at the impressive Quapaw’s Downstream Casino & Resort is a must-see stop in the extreme northeast corner of the state. When folks want lights, entertainment and gaming in the Oklahoma City area, they go first to Riverwind Casino in Norman. Its location along I-35 makes it an easy trip for those luckystreak urges. Shawnee’s

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Concert Venue The stage is the thing that entices major music stars, bands and other entertainment heavies to towns looking to fuel the economic machine. The BOK Center did wonders for downtown Tulsa, which floods with sound and activity every time a big-ticket performer visits. For its design, location and cool factor, it’s our readers’ favorite concert spot. Another top pick, Cain’s Ballroom has

hotels. The Mayo Hotel makes the top of the list in Tulsa for many reasons, but it’s the modern luxuries found throughout that do it for us. Not far away, the Ambassador Hotel impresses with its cozy elegance, fine service and helpful staff. You’ll find plenty of flash at the Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino, but when it’s time for relaxation, posh suites and rooms do the trick. Oklahoma City’s Skirvin Hilton Hotel is a sumptuous reminder of the days when moguls bought and built up lavish properties later transformed into libraries and musuems. The Skirvin’s thoroughly modern essence, however, makes it stands out. The Waterford Marriott gets the big approval for its boutique atmosphere, easy luxuries and proximity to several key districts. The Colcord Hotel is a great historic hotel, but it isn’t stuck in the past as the contemporary touches throughout demonstrate.

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a cherished music tradition that grows with each show. Speaking of tradition, the Brady Theater has seen better days, but it remains one of the best halls for music and stand-up comedy in the region, if you ask us. The Chesapeake Energy Arena is home court for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but it’s also awesomely ideal for watching everyone from James Taylor to Justin Timberlake, and that make its Oklahoma City’s No. 1 concert venue. Riverwind Casino also offers a rockin’ concert spot for those in the Norman area. You just can’t beat a venue that was built to have great acoustics. Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall is that spot.

Hotel Amenities means more than tiny bars of glycerin soap to take home at our top-ranked

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Local TV Station Styles, practices and faces come and go in broadcast, but some local television stations develop a rapport for reliability and credibility with viewers and community maintained for years, even decades. KOTV Channel 6 has been tops in Tulsa’s ratings for a long time with reporting and programming viewers find useful. The CBS affiliate is our reader’s top choice for that reason. Viewers also tune into the KJRH Channel 2 with its fresh approach to news and entertainment, but they also like the familiarity of KTUL Channel 8, a classic for local television. Oklahoma City’s CBS station KWTV Channel 9 won with our readers, too. Home to Gary England and his weather forecasts for many years, the station is still a leader in meteorology. Station KOCO Channel

5 ranked high on the list of bests, as did KFOR Channel 4.

Museum As institutions housing important artifacts of art, history and science, museums are some of the most-visited attractions in communities and cities. They can reveal much of the places and people of a town. Philbrook Museum of Art’s tells a story of generosity and creativity with its permanent and temporary exhibitions of pieces by great artists (Picasso, O’Keefe), designers and artisans of old. Readers said it: Philbrook is a work of art. For its collection of art of the American West and its cultures, Gilcrease Museum made the list as well. Tulsans also like the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium, displaying some of the coolest aircraft and pieces of flight history. For world-class art, go to a world-class museum, and Oklahoma City Museum of Art is one of them. Exhibiting incredible art from centuries ago to contemporary pieces, OKCMOA gets the vote for its diverse programs that keep the community involved in creativity. Oklahoma City is a cowtown: It’s the perfect location for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and its paintings, sculpture, photography and grand collection of work capturing the essence of the American West and old frontiers. Finally, and certainly not least, the University of Oklahoma’s Sam Noble Museum of Natural History and Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art fascinate viewers of all ages with artifacts opening eyes to nature and man’s marvels.

Place to Catch a Flick As Hollywood and the film industry roll out one summer blockbuster after another, where you choose to see your flick can make or break the movie-going experience. With its recently redesigned seating and concessions, AMC Southroads 20 is where Tulsans live it up in reclining comfort. The film choices aren’t bad, either. Some prefer a more personal experience of film, and the smaller, historic Circle Cinema brings a unique selection of fascinating movies from all over the world along with screening of live theater and opera. Cinemark Tulsa gets the vote, too, for making movies into an event with IMAX screens and seat-rumbling sound systems. AMC Penn Square 10 in Oklahoma City

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all. But when readers do want to put some miles behind them, they head for Western Hills Guest Ranch at Fort Gibson Lake north of Muskogee or even to Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center, that southwestern Oklahoma gem. For pampering, readers voted eco-friendly The Canebrake, also on Fort Gibson Lake, to the top of our list, while Beavers Bend Resort Park on Broken Bow Lake is beloved for it scenery. Oklahoma City voters also like Beavers Bend Resort Park, and put it at the top of our list, but Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center wasn’t forgotten. The serenity lending itself to rest and creativity was a winner. Echo Canyon Spa Resort in Sulphur was favored by readers for romantic atmosphere and fine dining and spa retreats.

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Place to See and Be Seen Whether it’s at a place or event, there are some things that demand your presence. With its elegant shops, great restaurants and more, Utica Square is one of those locales where you want to be seen either browsing or dining. You’ll also look good strolling Brady Street and its growing district of restaurants, galleries and entertainment spots during the First Friday Art Crawl. And peoplewatching is prime at the BOK Center on an event night with people walking all around downtown Tulsa. You definitely want to be in on the dayafter rap over last night’s game, and being at an Oklahoma City Thunder game will let you score big time. Bricktown in downtown Oklahoma City is another place to be seen at a baseball game, hot new restaurant or one of the entertainment halls. And you’ll definitely

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want to be observed shopping the Classen Curve and its stores filled with designer gloss.

Professional Sports Team When it comes to sports, support is a statewide effort – except, of course, when it comes to those college Bedlam games. Oklahomans all over come together to cheer the Oklahoma City Thunder, the state’s only NBA team. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Thabo Sefolosha and the rest the team are Oklahoma’s favorite. Another favorite, the Tulsa Drillers are a big attraction to downtown Tulsa every summer, and this baseball season is no different. Over in Bricktown, the OKC RedHawks make fans stand and root, while the Tulsa Shock and its players inspire their audience through tenacity and persistence.

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Whether it’s music or information, radio continues to be an important media in Oklahoma. Tulsans locate 740 AM KRMG on the tuner for talk radio and news and weather alerts. Up-to-the-minute reporting is why KRMG takes the category. Others prefer the variety of talk, reporting, music and local programming over at 89.5 KWGS, a National Public Radio station. Readers then rock out to the long-standing 97.5 KMOD. When Oklahoma City feels like dancing to today’s pop hits and jams, they find 102.7 KJYO. Cowboys and cowgirls, however, go to their presets on 101.9 KTST, playing “new country.” Those OKC listeners can never get enough music, and their final top radio vote goes to pop station 98.9 KYIS.

Wedding or Party Venue Many dollars and hours of planning go into a wedding, so it’s no wonder that recommendations are always welcome. Tulsans can’t recommend two locales more highly than they do the Cox Business Center, with its renovated ballroom and spaces and excellent services, and Philbrook Museum of Art, for its romantic settings indoor and out. Readers also like The Mayo Hotel’s classic-meetsmodern atmosphere and the fact that it’s a hotel. Classic venue Harwelden Mansion also gets a thumb’s up along with the brand new, modern-designed Hardesty Arts Center. Norman’s The Red Room event center takes the prize among Oklahoma City readers who recommend the venue for wedding receptions. From the 49th floor of the Devon Tower, everything really does look Vast, and readers say that makes this venue a great place for receptions of all sorts. Not

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Weekend Getaway Destination For those weekend trips out-of-town, Oklahomans are fortunate to have so many options. A state with such varying terrain is sure to have plenty of destinations just a tank of gas away. The beauty of Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees makes the forested region a favorite. Beautiful waters ideal for outdoor sports, boating, swimming and relaxing along the more than 1,300 miles of shoreline make it both ideal and idyllic. For a quick break, readers also like The Canebrake, the secluded eco-resort known for its “green” approach to everything from exercise and spa treatments to dining and lodge lifestyle. Arkansas’ lovely Eureka Springs also attracts the weary for its natural Ozark grandeur, architectural Victorian charm and outdoor attractions.

Winery Not everyone in the world knows it, but Oklahoma has a wonderful and thriving wine industry. Tulsans can try out the newest generation of wines created at Girouard Vines in downtown Tulsa’s East Village. The urban wineries’ Tulsa Deco series and tasting facilities are both ultra sophisticated and right here, and that’s very cool. You have to drive a bit to visit Summerside Vineyards, but the trip to Vinita is worth it to sample new wines and meads. You get that sense of

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Dining Whether you can eat with chopsticks or not, Asian cuisine is always worth exploring, and some restaurants offer the best experience. In Tulsa, that place is KEO Restaurant, noted for its diverse menu of favorites hailing from across the continent, sleek style and imagination. P.F. Chang’s also received the nod for its Asian-inspired bistro favorites, while Pei Wei Asian Diner chain locations were favored for its blend of fast food convenience and casual dining. If Japanese cuisine is on your mind, so is Okura Sushi & Grill, the winner in Oklahoma City for its way with grilled dishes as well as sushi and then some. Thai Kumkoon comes close, however, with the best Thai menu in Norman and its signature Evil Jungle Chicken. Grand House used to be a Chinese bistro until it got into the habit of serving more than Kung Pao chicken and dim sum.

Bakery Stopping by the bakery for a fresh-baked loaf of bread, cookies or a cake is a snap when you have a favorite bakery. Merritt’s Bakery is that favorite for many Tulsa readers, who like that it has several area locations yet retains its personal touch and even serves breakfast and lunch. Ann’s Bakery has been in business for more than 75 years, and it has served customers faithfully for every one of them, which makes it a top Tulsa bakery. Brookside highlight Antoinette Baking Co. brings its best each day, but most love it for its $5 pie nights. Setting is crucial to dining, and La Baguette Bistro & Bakery definitely has it

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along with a first rate bakery that Oklahoma City readers think is tops all around. When you need a cupcake and gourmet coffee fix, head to Cuppies & Joe for its selection of pies, cakes and other treats. Some of the most creatively baked and decorated goodies can be found at Brown’s Bakery if you want an order for a special occasion.

Barbecue Restaurant The right ingredients must come together to make great barbecue – choice cuts of meat, fire, sauce and technique. Rib Crib, the Tulsa-based franchise, has it all down, plus it has multiple locations. In Tulsa, folks have headed to Brookside for Elmer’s BBQ’s smokehouse authenticity for years, and most likely will continue for many more. Readers also like Billy Sims BBQ and its many locations as well as the standingroom-only Burn Co. Barbecue in Tulsa’s South Boston District. Earl’s Rib Palace is fit for a royal court with flavor to match, which is what makes it the best of Oklahoma City and the

region. City smoke doesn’t get much better than Iron Starr Urban Barbeque and its unique spin on classic comfort foods. And if it tastes like you’ve stepped into a family tradition at Swadley’s Bar-B-Q, you’re right. That method, sauce and service took years to perfect.

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Breakfast It’s the most important meal of the day, so be sure you make it count at the right place. Tulsa favorite Brookside By Day makes the head of its category for location, location, location, but it also serves great omelets, breakfast burritos and sides ideal for weekend brunch. Another favorite, Phill’s Diner is the one constant in an ever-changing Tulsa landscape, and the breakfast plates are just like you remember at grandma’s house. Finally, Duffy’s Diner brings out morning favorites made to order. We’re convinced that Jimmy’s Egg may have perfected home fries. Oklahoma City loves to wake up at this classic. The Classen Grill’s menu of Mexican-inspired favorites are a must in the city, along with the freshsqueezed orange juice. For a side of retro with that coffee, try out Norman’s The Diner, featuring Tex-Mex variations on breakfast standards so good that readers had to tell us about it.

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Fine Dining There’s something to be said for the charm of a white tablecloth, and in combination with ambiance, professional staff and exquisite food, you have the makings of a fine dining restaurant like Polo Grill. Tulsa made the Utica Square restaurant its favorite, but diners also like Palace Café, its elegance and inspired way with cuisine. Juniper, the restaurant and martini lounge, has a farm-to-table approach and appreciation for fine ingredients. It may be named for a great ball player, but Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse doesn’t play games with its dining. Seriously good and professional, the Oklahoma City Bricktown restaurant wins big. Readers celebrate with dinner at Red PrimeSteak as well as at the sky-high Vast. Over in Nichols Hills, The Coach House takes the vote, and with an impressive menu and wine list, it’s easy to see why.

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Margarita If a restaurant can mix a great margarita, imagine what it can do over a flame. Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina is the place to stop for great concoctions on the rocks, frozen and using a variety of ingredients. Cherry Street’s Mi Cocina also makes magic in a glass with a range of variations on the quintessential margarita. Tulsa also appreciates the pours for this fruity summer drink at El Guapo’s Cantina and at Señor Tequila. Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant has diversified its offerings all over Oklahoma City, but its margarita remains one of its most 9:58 AM bragged-on buys. The margaritas at 1492 New World Latin Cuisine are like the décor of this Plaza District establishment – wonderfully light-hewn touches blazing with eclectic charm. Readers also like the chilled choices of Ted’s Café Escondido.

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Salads A salad is more than a wilted appetizer at Tulsa’s Celebrity Restauwhich features some interesting variations on its “world class” Caesar salad that are worth investigating. Order a salad at Charleston’s Restaurant, and you have a meal perfect for the summer months – salads have generous portions of salmon, chicken and other ingredients. Olive Garden’s well-known garden salad puts this famous chain on our list of favorites. Go for a salad at Oklahoma City’s Coolgreens, and you won’t be disappointed with the assortment, freshness and price. Cheever’s Café, which specializes in contemporary comfort food, is a favorite for its plates of greens and other unlikely ingredients that tantalize the taste buds. Norman’s The Earth Natural Café & Deli also makes the ranks for the quality and freshness you’d expect from a place named Earth.

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Salsa A good salsa can make dreams come true. Certainly, it was the wish of owners to see Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina become the successful franchise it is today, and it all starts with the zesty red concoction served every time one sits down to eat. Mi Cocina also boasts good salsa. Folks have raved about Café Ole’s salsa for years. Iguana Mexican Grill serves a mean salsa in Oklahoma City, and for its peppery perfection, the salsa was named best. Close by, the recipes at Ted’s Café Escondido get the nod, along with the creative mix at 1492 New World Latin Cuisine.

Seafood When they talk about freshness where seafood is concerned, it does make the difference. But where restaurants go from there is the line dividing these kitchens from the pack. Bodean Restaurant & Market is the Tulsa pick for its contemporary décor and refreshing take on cuisine. Readers also voted Bonefish Grill tops in this category for many reasons pulled from the deep sea. White River Fish Market & Restaurant also gets the nod for its serious attitude to seafood done home style. Another Hal Smith enterprise, Hefner Grill’s expansive seafood offerings are worth diving into head-first, which is why voters named it best in Oklahoma City. The excel-

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Steakhouse It takes expert precision to cook a good steak. The chefs at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar are the best, according to readers, at getting it right along with the service and other refinement expected at this Tulsa favorite. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse comes highly recommended; one bite of the skillfully seasoned and charred steaks, and one understands why. Tulsans also heavily favor relative newcomer Prhyme in the Brady Arts District as well as the honorable elder statesman of the group, Sapulpa’s Freddie’s Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse. Ask anyone in Oklahoma City where to find the best steak, and you’re most likely to hear Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse. Don’t expect an assortment of ballpark standards – Mickey Mantle’s is all about perGUERNSEY PARK, fection and BEST STYLISH NEW fine tastes. RESTAURANT PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS. Oklahoma City readers also appreciate Red PrimeSteak and Boulevard Steakhouse for their great skills in the kitchen. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse and the old school charm of Junior’s of Oklahoma City also take their sizeable shares of readers’ votes and approval.

Stylish New Restaurant Just like those places to be seen, these new restaurants are the epitome of cool and modern, and who doesn’t want to be welcomed in? Tallgrass Prairie Table opened to great fanfare in 2013, and for good reason. Japanese cuisine spot Zanmai made its entrance on a tide of praise for its precision in the kitchen, show on the hibatchi and a restaurant that made the most of its view of

downtown Tulsa. Tavolo moved into downtown Tulsa and brought a bit of Italy. Bricktown gets all the cool restaurants, right? Many times, yes. Oklahoma City Thunder baron Kevin Durant fulfilled his promise to open a restaurant in Oklahoma City, and Kd’s Southern Cuisine was born serving fried green tomatoes unlike any you’ve ever had. Guernsey Park is the hottest new restaurant for Asian fusion dining and sushi. Empire Slice House is still making waves in the Plaza District with some of the most imaginative pies in town.

Sunday Brunch Brunch is more than 11 a.m. mimosas at restaurants like Palace Café, which features a sumptuous menu of breakfast-into-lunch entrees that delight the palate. Tulsa’s favorite place to take guests is also its favorite Sunday brunch spot on cheery Cherry Street and anywhere else in town. Another place for surefire brunch goodness, Polo Grill brings creative, bright cuisine to the table along with a great drinks menu. If you’re very lucky, you’ll find a table at Lucky’s Restaurant for its amazing bruch. Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine and its classic American bistro fare do Sunday brunch nicely. Syrup is well-practiced on the art of brunch. The breakfast boutique that’s also open for lunch is a Norman favorite. Kitchen No. 324 is known for its rustic favorites, genious creations, great coffee and fresh-made pastries.

Sushi After you get over the initial caution that sets in when you’ve had your first bite of sushi, you start to scan the menu to see which combinations of rice, seaweed, fish, veggies and unexpected ingredients you can try next. In The Raw has made an art of sushi and made itself Tulsa’s top pick in the category. Better yet, take sashimi-phobic dining partners with you since the menu has plenty of cooked dishes, too. Fuji carries some of the more traditional rolls you’ll find in Japanese cuisine, but the inventive and colorfully named creations are fun, too. Newcomer Zanmai and Blue Dome District heavy Yokozuna complete Tulsa’s list for best sushi each for their location, creative cuisine and selection. Sushi Neko knows how to keep the spotlight and favor in Oklahoma City. Colorful rolls as tantalizing in the mouth as they are to look at on a plate, plus a shouting sushi chef and chic presentation, are hard to miss. In The Raw shows up on the Oklahoma City list, too, for the cool atmosphere, a great menu and optimal Bricktown location. Fans of Okura Sushi & Grill and its menu gave it high marks, placing it on our list.

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1. James Shrader – Palace Café TUL 2. Justin Thompson – Juniper, Prhyme, Tavolo, 624 Kitchen & Catering TUL 3. Tim Inman – Stonehorse Café TUL 1. Ryan Parrott – Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill OKC 2. Daniel Nemec – Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse OKC 3. Kurt Fleischfresser – The Coach House OKC

1. Jake Henry Jr. – Saint Francis Health System TUL 2. Alan Armstrong – Williams Companies TUL 3. Paula Marshall – The Bama Companies TUL 1. Harold Hamm – Continental Resources OKC 2. Chuck Spicer – OU Medical Center OKC 3. David Green – Hobby Lobby OKC

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

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

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1. Kevin Durant 2. Chesapeake Energy Arena

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

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1. Ronnie Kaye – 92.5 KOMA 2. Drew and Kaci – 98.9 KYIS 3. Jack & Ron – 98.9 KYIS

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Local TV Personality

1. Chera Kimiko – KOTV Channel 6 2. Terry Hood – KOTV Channel 6 3. Craig Day – KOTV Channel 6

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Meteorologist

1. Travis Meyer – KOTV Channel 6 TUL 2. Mike Collier – KTUL Channel 8/Andrew Kozak – KTUL Channel 8 TUL 3. Dick Faurot – KOTV Channel 6 TUL 1. Mike Morgan – KFOR Channel 4 2. Damon Lane – KOCO Channel 5 3. Emily Sutton – KFOR Channel 4

Small Town

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1. Jenks 2. Owasso 3. Bixby

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1. Guthrie 2. Stillwater 3. Duncan

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Architect, Commercial Firm

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Company to Work For

Local Radio Personality

OKC

1. Kinslow, Keith & Todd 2. Selser Schaefer Architects 3. CJC Architects/Matrix

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1. Frankfurt-Short-Bruza 2. TAP Architecture 3. Miles Associates

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Architect, Residential

1. Jack Arnold 2. Brian Freese – Freese Architecture 3. John Duvall – Duvall Architects

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1. Rand Elliott – Elliott + Associates OKC 2. Bruce Bockus – Bockus-Payne Associates OKC 3. Rick Chambers – Fillmore & Chambers Design Group OKC

Bathroom Fixtures

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

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1. David Bradley & Co. 2. Patternwork Veneering, Inc. 3. Monticello Cabinets & Doors

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Designer Home Furnishings

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

TUL TUL TUL

1. Mister Robert Fine Furniture & Design 2. Dane Design Contemporary Furniture 3. BD Home

1. Calvert’s Plant Interiors 2. Tony’s Tree Plantation 3. TLC Florist & Greenhouses

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1. Carpet One Floor & Home 2. Midwest Tile, Marble & Granite 3. Grigsby’s Carpet, Tile & Rug Gallery/ Mill Creek Carpet & Tile

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1. Mill Creek Carpet & Tile 2. Bryan’s Flooring 3. Brewer Carpet One Floor & Home

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Heating & Air

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Lawn Maintenance

OKC OKC OKC

1. LawnAmerica 2. Spirit Landscape Management 3. TruGreen

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Lighting Store

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

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Paint Store

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

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1. Jordan & Sons 2. Barron and McClary General Contractors 3. Simmons Homes

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Home Improvement/ Appliance Store

TUL TUL

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

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1. The Home Depot 2. Lowe’s 3. Anthony’s TV & Appliance

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In-Home Theater

TUL TUL

1. Video Revolution 2. Audio Advice 3. Elite Sound & Cinema/Dynamic Audio

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1. Audio Dimensions 2. Castle Home Entertainment 3. Best Buy

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Pool Designer

1. Vivion Pools TUL 2. Pool Creations TUL 3. Baker Pools/Blue Haven Pools and Spas TUL 1. Caviness Landscape 2. Pristine Pools 3. Blue Haven Pools and Spas

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Real Estate Company

1. Walter & Associates TUL 2. McGraw Realtors TUL 3. Keller Williams Realty/Coldwell Banker TUL 1. Churchill-Brown 2. Keller Williams Realty 3. Century 21/The Covington Company

Remodeler

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

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1. Maccini Construction 2. Barkocy Construction 3. Kent Hoffman Construction

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Roofer

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Security

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1. TNT Security Services 2. Advance Alarms 3. Guardian Security Systems

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Title/Escrow Company

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

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

Services

Accounting Firm 1. HoganTaylor 2. Ernst & Young 3. Carl Webb CPA

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Airline

1. American Airlines 2. Southwest Airlines 3. United Airlines

Assisted Living Center

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Attorney

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

Auto/Tire Shop

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

Bank

1. Bank of Oklahoma 2. First Fidelity Bank 3. MidFirst Bank

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1. Yale Cleaners 2. LaMode Cleaners 3. Phoenix Cleaners

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1. Nichols Hills Cleaners 2. Douglas Cleaners 3. Walden Cleaners/Legacy Cleaners

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Event or Party Planner

1. Phil Long 2. Talmadge Powell – Talmadge Powell Creative 3. Joe Mathis – J.A. Mathis Company 1. Judy Lehmbeck – Judy Lehmbeck Bridal and Party 2. Jane Kelly – Jane Kelly Weddings & Parties 3. Sara McCord Thompson and Amy McCord – Old Trinity of Paseo

Florist

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1. Toni’s Flowers & Gifts 2. Petal Pushers 3. Mary Murray’s Flowers

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1. New Leaf Floral 2. Design 2000 Flowers & Gifts 3. Floral And Hardy

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Funeral Service

1. Moore Funeral Homes & Crematory 2. Ninde Funeral Cemetery & Cremation 3. Floral Haven

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1. Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors 2. Havenbrook Funeral Home 3. Vondel L. Smith & Sons Mortuary

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Hair Salon

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

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Investment Firm STATE STATE STATE

1. Bank of Oklahoma 2. ONB Bank/Bank of America 3. Arvest Bank/RCB Bank

Caterer

1. Merry Maids 2. Maid OK 3. Molly Maid of Metro OKC

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

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

Life Insurance

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

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Retirement Community

1. Montereau TUL 2. Senior Star Living TUL 3. Brookdale Town Village Tulsa/Tulsa Jewish Retirement & Health Center/Oklahoma Methodist Manor TUL 1. Epworth Villa OKC 2. Emeritus at Statesman Club OKC 3. Tealridge Christian Retirement Community OKC

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1. Monty Churchill – Churchill-Brown OKC 2. Debbie Naifeh – Paradigm AdvantEdge OKC 3. Marta McCubbin – First Source Real Estate OKC

Staffing Agency 3. Express Employment Professionals

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1. Express Employment Professionals 2. Accel Financial Staffing 3. Sooner Medical Staffing

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Veterinarian/Animal Hospital

1. VCA Woodland Animal Hospital TUL 2. Care Animal Hosptial/ Family Animal Medicine TUL 3. Dr. Rodney Robards – Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital/ Dr. Dan Danner – Animal Medical & Surgical Hospital TUL 1. Dr. Skip Tangner – Veterinary Surgery Center 2. Main St. Veterinary Hospital 3. Ranchwood Veterinary Hospital

Wedding Cakes

TUL TUL TUL

1. Raspberries n’ Crème Bakery 2. Legendary Confectionery 3. Amy Cakes

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1. Chris Humphrey Photographer 2. Ervin Photography 3. Steven Michaels Photography

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

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Aesthetician

1. Gabriel Horn – Dr. Joey Manduano Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery TUL 2. Laura Downey – Skin Care Institute TUL 3. Lee Behling – Bella Vita Spa and Salon TUL 1. Vanessa Velasquez – The Medical Spa OKC 2. Brenda Livingston – Brenda Livingston Beauty & Aesthetics OKC 3. Hadley Holliday – The Medical Spa OKC

Chiropractor

1. Hourglass Collision Repair 2. Barron & Hart 3. Karroll Martin Paint & Body Shop

Realtor

Health and Wellness

STATE STATE STATE

1. Dr. Chuck Zoellner – Zoellner ChiropracticTUL 2. Dr. Chris Barnes – Tensegrity ChiropracticTUL 3. Dr. Tim Cole – Integrated Physical Health TUL 1. Dr. J. Daniel Post – Post Chiropractic of Oklahoma City OKC 2. Dr. Wes Hill – Hill Chiropractic OKC 3. Dr. Kyle Griffith – Griffith Chiropractic & Nutrition OKC

Cosmetic or Plastic Surgeon

1. Dr. Angelo Cuzalina – Tulsa Surgical Arts TUL 2. Dr. Joey Manduano – Manduano Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery TUL 3. Dr. Mark Mathers – Tulsa Center for Plastic Surgery TUL 1. Dr. Tim Love – Dr. Tim R. Love 2. Dr. Michell Cohn – Cosmetic Surgical Arts & Rejuvenation of Oklahoma 3. Dr. Juan Brou – The Medical Spa

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Dentist

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

Dermatologist

1. Dr. Jeff Alexander – Skin Care Institute TUL 2. Melissa Morgan, M.D. TUL 3. Lynn Anderson, M.D. TUL 1. Dr. Thomas Urice – Duncan Urice & Gillum M.D.s OKC 2. Dr. Blaine Lehr – The Dermatology Clinic OKC 3. Dr. Michael D. John – Edmond Dermatology Clinic OKC

Family Physician

1. Dr. Jeffrey Galles – Utica Park Clinic TUL 2. Dr. Jon Cox – Omni Medical Group TUL 3. Dr. Steven Wiseman – Tulsa Health GroupTUL 1. Dr. Robert Stepp – Deaconess Physicians OKC 2. Dr. J. Allan Metz OKC 3. Dr. David E. Fisher OKC

Health Club/Gym

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

Health Insurance

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

Hospice

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Hospital

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

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

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Medical Spa

1. Utica Square Skin Care TUL 2. Skin Care Institute TUL 3. BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center/Emerge Medical Day Spa TUL 1. Advanced Aesthetics 2. Mariposa MedSpa 3. The Medical Spa

Nursing Home

OKC OKC OKC

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

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1. Epworth Villa 2. Cedar Creek Nursing Center 3. Sterling House

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OB/GYN

1. Dr. Melanie Blackstock 2. Dr. Lynn Frame – Utica Women’s Specialists 3. Dr. John Thompson 1. Dr. Laura Mackie – Oklahoma City Gynecology & Obstetrics 2. Dr. Lydia Nightingale – OU Physicians 3. Dr. Deborah Huff – Oklahoma City Gynecology & Obstetrics

Ophthalmologist

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1. Dr. Dan Langley – EyeCare Associates of South Tulsa TUL

2. Dr. Mark Abel – Triad Eye Medical Clinic TUL 3. Dr. Marc Goldberg – The Eye Institute/Dr. Ned Reinstein – Reinstein Eye Associates TUL 1. Dr. Reagan H. Bradford Jr. – Dean McGee Eye Institute/ Dr. Jay Johnston – Physicians Optical OKC 2. Dr. Gregory Skuta – Dean McGee Eye Institute OKC 3. Dr. Jay Leemaster – Eye Care Oklahoma OKC

Optometrist

1. Dr. Blane Snodgrass – Tulsa Eye Clinic TUL 2. Dr. Robert Zoellner – Robert H. Zoellner and Associates TUL 3. Dr. Denise Bode Johnson – Vision Source Owasso/Dr. Denise Roddy – Advanced Eye Care TUL 1. Dr. Kevin Young – Dr. Kevin Young Optometry 2. Dr. Scott Cowell – Eyes, Ltd. 3. Dr. Lisa Mayes – Eye Care Oklahoma

OKC OKC OKC

Orthodontist

1. Dr. Mark Andregg – Dr. Andregg Orthodontics 2. Dr. Lon Clendenen – Tulsa Braces by Dr. C 3. Dr. Anand N. Patel – The Brace Place 1. The Brace Place 2. Dr. Jay Fitzgerald – Fitzgerald Orthodontics 3. Orthodontic Associates

Orthopedic Surgeon

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1. Dr. Ron LaButti – Central States Orthopedic Specialists TUL 2. Dr. Greg Holt and Dr. Yogesh Mittal – The Orthopaedic Center TUL 3. Dr. Scott Dunitz – Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates/Dr. Bradford Boone – Eastern Oklahoma

Orthopedic Center

TUL

1. Dr. Kevin Hargrove – Orthopedic Solutions OKC 2. Dr. Brock Schnebel – McBride Orthopedic Hospital OKC 3. Oklahoma Sports & Orthopedics Institute OKC

Pediatrician

1. Dr. Patrick Daley 2. Dr. Linda Murphy – Murphy Medicine 3. Dr. Loren Miller 1. Dr. Richard Stanford – INTEGRIS Physicians 2. Norman Pediatric Associates 3. Dr. Julie Morrow – Saints Pediatric Associates

Pharmacy

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1. Sarah Daves 2. Todd Ephraim, Ph.D. 3. Larry DeLozier

OKC OKC OKC

Weight Loss/ Weight Management Clinic 1. Weight Watchers 2. Jenny Craig 3. BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center

TUL TUL TUL

1. Weight Watchers 2. Jenny Craig 3. The Broadway Clinic

OKC OKC OKC

Shopping Antique Shop

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

TUL TUL TUL

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

OKC OKC OKC

1. Walgreens 2. CVS 3. The Apothecary Shoppe

TUL TUL TUL

1. Walgreens 2. CVS 3. Conrad Marr Drug

OKC OKC OKC

Car Dealer

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

TUL TUL TUL

1. Jackie Cooper BMW OKC 2. Bob Moore Auto Group OKC 3. Bob Howard Auto Group/Fowler Dodge OKC

1. Eden Salon & Spa 2. Renaissance Salon & Spa 3. Cottonwood Salon Spa

OKC OKC OKC

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

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1. The Tulip Tree 2. Uptown Kids 3. Dillard’s

OKC OKC OKC

Spa

Therapist/Counselor

1. Chris Giles – Giles Family Therapy 2. Dr. Courtney Linsenmeyer-O’Brien 3. Laura Kuester – Solutions Counseling

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

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

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1. Balliets 2. Dillard’s 3. Macy’s

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Eyeglass Store

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

TUL TUL TUL

1. Dick Story Optical 2. LensCrafters 3. Black Optical

OKC OKC OKC

Fine Jewelry Store

1. Whole Foods Market 2. Sprouts Farmers Market 3. Crest Foods

OKC OKC OKC

Men’s Boutique

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

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

OKC OKC OKC

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

TUL TUL TUL

1. PetSmart 2. Petco 3. A1 Pet Emporium Pet Store and Pet Boutique

OKC OKC

1. Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels 2. Moody’s Jewelry 3. Israel Diamond Supply/Star Jewelers

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

OKC OKC OKC

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

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1. Nielsens/Miss Jackson’s 2. Margo’s Gifts/The Market 3. Perfect Touch/Ida Red

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

OKC OKC OKC

1. Sandalwood & Sage 2. Blue Seven 3. On A Whim

OKC OKC OKC

Sporting Goods/Outdoor Store

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Toy Store

Gift Store

Grocery Store/Market

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

TUL

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

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

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Art Gallery

1. Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits 2. Old Village Wine & Spirits 3. Parkhill Liquors and Wines

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1. The Howell Gallery of Fine Art 2. Norman Firehouse Art Center 3. IAO Gallery

1. Wild Turkey Finer Wines & Spirits 2. Broadway Wine Merchants 3. Byron’s Liquor Warehouse

OKC OKC OKC

Casino

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

Wine/Liquor Store

Women’s Boutique

1. Abersons 2. Rope 3. Donna’s Fashions/Native

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1. Gordon Stuart 2. Ruth Meyers 3. Blush

OKC OKC OKC

Women’s Shoe Store

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

TUL TUL TUL

1. Balliets 2. Gordon Stuart 3. Shoetopia

OKC OKC OKC

Entertainment 18 Holes

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

TUL TUL TUL

1. Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club 2. Gaillardia Golf and Country Club 3. River Oaks Golf Club

OKC OKC OKC

1. M.A. Doran Gallery TUL 2. Living Arts of Tulsa TUL 3. Aberson Exhibits/Joseph Gierek Fine Art TUL OKC OKC OKC

1. Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino TUL 2. Osage Casino TUL 3. River Spirit Casino/Downstream Casino & Resort TUL 1. Riverwind Casino 2. Grand Casino Hotel Resort 3. Winstar World Casino

OKC OKC OKC

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

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1. Chesapeake Energy Arena OKC 2. Riverwind Casino OKC 3. Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall OKC

Hotel

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

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

OKC OKC OKC

Local TV Station 1. KOTV Channel 6 2. KJRH Channel 2 3. KTUL Channel 8

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Museum

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

OKC OKC OKC

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

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

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1. AMC Penn Square 10 2. Moore Warren Theatre 3. AMC Quail Springs Mall 24

OKC OKC OKC

Place to See and Be Seen

Resort in Oklahoma

1. Hard Rock Tulsa Hotel & Casino TUL 2. Western Hills Guest Ranch/Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center TUL 3. The Canebrake/Beavers Bend Resort ParkTUL 1. Beavers Bend Resort Park OKC 2. Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center OKC 3. Echo Canyon Spa Resort OKC

Stop on the Radio Dial 1. 740 AM KRMG 2. 89.5 KWGS 3. 97.5 KMOD 1. 102.7 KJYO 2. 101.9 KTST 3. 98.9 KYIS

1. Okura Sushi & Grill 2. Thai Kumkoon 3. Grand House

OKC OKC OKC

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OKC OKC OKC

1. La Baguette Bistro & Bakery 2. Cuppies & Joe 3. Brown’s Bakery

OKC OKC OKC

Barbecue Restaurant

1. Oklahoma City Thunder Games 2. Bricktown 3. Classen Curve

OKC OKC OKC

Weekend Getaway Destination

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1. Merritt’s Bakery 2. Ann’s Bakery 3. Antoinette Baking Co.

1. Cox Business Center/Philbrook Museum of Art TUL 2. The Mayo Hotel TUL 3. Harwelden Mansion/Hardesty Arts CenterTUL 1. The Red Room 2. Vast 3. Skirvin Hilton Hotel

STATE STATE

1. KEO Restaurant 2. P.F. Chang’s 3. Pei Wei Asian Diner

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Wedding or Party Venue

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

Asian

Bakery

1. Utica Square 2. First Friday Art Crawl 3. BOK Center

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Dining

OKC OKC OKC

1. Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees 2. The Canebrake 3. Eureka Springs, Ark.

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Winery

1. Girouard Vines 2. Summerside Vineyards 3. Whispering Vines Vineyards & Winery

TUL TUL TUL

1. Redbud Ridge Vineyard & Winery 2. Put A Cork In It Winery 3. Canadian River Winery

OKC OKC OKC

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1. Rib Crib 2. Elmer’s BBQ 3. Billy Sims BBQ/ Burn Co. Barbecue

TUL TUL TUL

1. Earl’s Rib Palace 2. Iron Starr Urban Barbeque 3. Swadley’s Bar-B-Q

OKC OKC OKC

Breakfast

1. Brookside By Day 2. Phill’s Diner 3. Duffy’s Diner

TUL TUL TUL

1. Jimmy’s Egg 2. Classen Grill 3. The Diner

OKC OKC OKC

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

OKC OKC OKC

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

TUL TUL TUL

1. Someplace Else Deli & Bakery 2. The Earth Natural Café & Deli 3. City Bites Deli & Grill

OKC OKC OKC

Desserts

1. Queenie’s Café & Bakery 2. Michael V’s 3. The Wild Fork

TUL TUL TUL

1. Cuppies & Joe 2. La Baguette Bistro & Bakery 3. Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante and Bar

OKC OKC OKC

Diner

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

TUL TUL TUL

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

OKC OKC OKC

Fast Food

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

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Fine Dining

Burger

1. Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili 2. Fat Guy’s Burger Bar 3. Blue Rose Café

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1. Polo Grill 2. Palace Café 3. Juniper

TUL TUL TUL

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Salads

1. Celebrity Restaurant 2. Charleston’s Restaurant 3. Olive Garden

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1. Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores 2. Marble Slab Creamery 3. Cherry Berry

TUL TUL TUL

1. Coolgreens 2. Cheever’s Café 3. The Earth Natural Café & Deli

OKC OKC OKC

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

OKC OKC OKC

Salsa

1. Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina 2. Mi Cocina 3. Café Ole

TUL TUL TUL

1. Dalesandro’s Italian Cuisine 2. Ti Amo Italian Ristorante 3. Biga

TUL TUL TUL

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

OKC OKC OKC

1. Stella Modern Italian Cuisine 2. Victoria’s Pasta Shop 3. Vito’s Ristorante

OKC OKC OKC

Seafood

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

TUL TUL TUL

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

TUL TUL TUL

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

OKC OKC OKC

1. Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant 2. 1492 New World Latin Cuisine 3. Ted’s Café Escondido

OKC OKC OKC

Steakhouse

1. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse 2. Red PrimeSteak/Vast 3. The Coach House

Ice Cream Shop

Italian

Margarita

Mexican

1. Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina 2. Mi Cocina 3. Café Ole/Señor Tequila

TUL TUL TUL

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

OKC OKC OKC

Outside Dining

1. Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina 2. Waterfront Grill 3. Blue Rose Cafe/The Wild Fork

TUL TUL TUL

1. The Mont Restaurant 2. Bellini’s Ristorante 3. Redrock Canyon Grill

OKC OKC OKC

Pizza

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

TUL TUL TUL

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

OKC OKC OKC

Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests 1. Polo Grill 2. Stonehorse Café 3. Palace Café

TUL TUL TUL

1. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse 2. The Coach House 3. Deep Fork Grill

OKC OKC OKC

1. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar TUL 2. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse TUL 3. Prhyme/Freddie’s Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse TUL

I am a Tulsa native, but the city is growing quickly. Services I need are moving south, where traffic is thick and fast. At Saint Simeon’s, I enjoy a stress-free life – time in the gardens, watching wildlife, and admiring beautiful flowers. I also love the regular chapel services and my favorite spot on campus – the warm-water therapy pool. Thanks to Saint Simeon’s, my family and I have gained something priceless – peace of mind. Sincerely, Pat

1. Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse OKC 2. Red PrimeSteak/Boulevard Steakhouse OKC 3. Mahogany Prime Steakhouse/Junior’s of Oklahoma City OKC

Stylish New Restaurant 1. Tallgrass Prairie Table 2. Zanmai 3. Tavolo

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1. Kd’s Southern Cuisine 2. Guernsey Park 3. Empire Slice House

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Sunday Brunch

1. Palace Café 2. Polo Grill 3. Lucky’s Restaurant

TUL TUL TUL

1. Rococo Restaurant and Fine Wine 2. Syrup 3. Kitchen No. 324

OKC OKC OKC

Sushi

1. In The Raw 2. Fuji 3. Zanmai/Yokozuna

TUL TUL TUL

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

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By Tamara Logsdon Hawkinson

PLAINS STYLE

Prairie-style architecture brings style into simple focus. Photography by Nathan Harmon

When these homeowners decided to build a new home in south Tulsa, they completed copious research into various styles of architecture and found themselves coming back to the work of architect Charles Stinson. The couple worked with Stinson – AIA, ASID and principal of Charles R. Stinson Architecture + Design based in Minnesota – to design their expansive home, and during the process, they brought in builder Tony Jordan, owner of Jordan & Sons, to bring their vision into reality. It took two years to complete the 8,900-square-foot home that includes the tiki bar, an enclosed area with kitchen, bar and shower located near the pool. “This was the most detailed set of plans we’ve ever worked with,” says Jordan. In keeping with classic Prairie-style architecture, the large rooms are open and flowing. The sprawling home features the living and dining area, kitchen, his-and-her offices, the master suite and guest quarters on the first level. Upstairs are two bedrooms for visiting family plus an entertainment room and exercise area. The basement houses the mechanical room and a wine cellar. As much detail went into how the house works as to how it looks. Instead of the typical slab construction, there is a crawl space with its own climate-controlled heating system. There is also a hydronic radiant floor heating

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system to maintain a consistent and comfortable temperature throughout the hard surface flooring comprised of both wide plank select walnut flooring and courtaud limestone tile. The homeowners opted for an energy efficient, state-of-the-art geothermal heat and air system. The exterior was designed to be maintenance-free. The outside spiral staircase from the upstairs down to the pool is metal. Even the fascia and window frames are clad with a special metal so wood is not exposed to the weather. The exception: An upstairs deck and decorative screen is fabricated of ipe, an exotic hard wood from South America. Ipe is nearly eight times harder than redwood and naturally resistant to rot, abrasion and weathering. In outdoor applications, it can last up to a century. The stone used throughout the home as well as on the exterior decorative and retaining walls is from southern Oklahoma. Each piece was machine cut to achieve a perfect fit. Ceilings are clear select cedar planks, and the wall panels and custom kitchen are constructed with clear select walnut. In keeping with the clean simplicity of the architecture, the homeowners focused that same design philosophy on the interior furnishings. They worked with a designer through Stinson’s office, but when it came to purchasing some of the furniture, it was important to the couple that they support local businesses. That’s when Brian Hughes, showroom manager

INTERIOR FURNISHINGS HOLD TRUE TO THE PRAIRIE STYLE OF THE HOME WITH A CLEAN AESTHETIC.

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of SR Hughes in Tulsa, became involved. In the living room, the long, low lines of the Cassina Mister sofa and sectional create the room’s statement. And while the dramatic dining room table was custom ordered through the architect’s firm, the Maxalto FEBO dining chairs are from SR Hughes. In addition, much of the bedroom furnishings and outdoor living pieces were purchased at the Brookside furniture store. Though some long and detailed projects can be stressful, “the architects were a complete joy to work with, and the owners are wonderful people to work for,” says Jordan.

THE WALL PANELS AND CUSTOM-BUILT KITCHEN ARE CONSTRUCTED WITH CLEAR SELECT WALNUT.

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STONE USED THROUGHOUT THE HOME IS FROM SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA AND WAS MACHINE CUT TO ACHIEVE A PERFECT FIT.

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George and Kathy Farmer built their spacious three-bedroom home in Muskogee. After 10 years, however, the couple was ready for a change, but didn’t want to leave the neighborhood they love. It was an easy decision to call Tulsa designer Chris Murphy, owner of Christopher Murphy Designs. “I’ve worked with their son and daughter-inlaw, and they loved the result,” says Murphy. He began by modernizing the public spaces. Over several months, the powder room, living room, kitchen and office were transformed. The decade-old, darker colors and finishes disappeared to make way for lighter, sophisticated spaces. Murphy blended neutral tones in the living room with a cream linen Holly Hunt sofa

REALIST PAINTINGS ARE UTILIZED IN ONE OF THREE DINING AREAS.

THE RICHLY APPOINTED OFFICE FEATURES PATTERNED CARPET, A PAIR OF LOUNGE CHAIRS UPHOLSTERED IN LEATHER AND A DRAMATIC ARTWORK.

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THE LIVING AREA IS KEPT NEUTRAL, WHILE ART DECO BRONZE BENCHES AND A RED LACQUER TABLE PROVIDE A POP OF COLOR.

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adorned with silk pillows. Two Art Deco bronze benches sparkle with red silk velvet. And George Farmer, an avid University of Oklahoma fan, is thrilled with the red lacquer table next to the sofa. The layout of the original kitchen worked, and the cabinets were in good shape, but paint and new hardware gave them a different and updated look. However, it’s the new countertop – translucent rock crystal slabs with terra cotta veins, hand-picked by Murphy at Stone Collection in Denver – that creates the rustic, elegant ambience. The natural quartz reflects against the stainless steel backsplash. George Farmer loves to cook for family and friends and enjoys having them in the kitchen with him. He wanted the room to feel open, not crowded, so Murphy created three separate seating areas. A pair of Holly Hunt barstools THE INSPIRATION FOR THE FARMERS’ is convenient at the peninsula, while nearby, a POWDER ROOM WAS AN ARGENTINcomfortable banquette is upholstered in solid IAN SILVER AND TURQUOISE BOX THAT NOW SHINES IN THE ROOM. leather on the seat with Italian-woven cream, white and metallic silver leather on the back. A splash of color is displayed in the Realism artwork. One, featuring a piece of broccoli and a cupcake stacked with icing, is simply titled Daily Dilemma. Finally, flowing into the open dining area, Murphy chose a custom stainless steel table that is bar height – a perfect place to gather for appetizers and wine. The rug is woven leather, and the barstools are covered in cream Range Rover leather ordered from the luxury car manufacturer. Murphy drew his design inspiration for the powder room from a silver and turquoise box he purchased in Argentina that now resides on the floating Calacatta marble vanity. Subtle mosaic tile runs behind the vanity, across the floor and up the other side of the room, while the other two walls and ceiling are wrapped in a handmade silver leaf and turquoise wall covering. To achieve a cozy, club atmosphere in the couple’s office, Murphy started with a wall covering of handmade paper and bark fiber created by Phillip Jeffries. The stria-patterned carpet is wool. A pair of Donghia lounge chairs is upholstered in leather from renowned French designer Christian Liaigre. The dramatic painting is by artist Hal Holoun. Utilizing colors from the painting, the designer chose a Baker round table with Peking glass accents. In homage to the Farmers’ support for President Barack Obama, Murphy worked with M.A. Doran Gallery to secure artist Otto Duecker’s hyperrealism portrait of the president that now hangs above George Farmer’s desk.

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When asked to help decorate the new home of existing clients, Judy Claudette Williams drew on her knowledge of the clients’ taste and their extensive, eclectic art collection. Williams, owner of Tulsa-based J claudette Interiors and J claudette Gallery, has created interiors for several homes in Tulsa and Chicago. “They were ready for a change from their previous, historical 1920s home,” says Williams. The couple purchased a 10-year-old home in Tulsa’s midtown area. With the help of Jeff La Rue, owner of La Rue Homes Inc., they remodeled the spacious three-bedroom home and guesthouse. “The design challenge was utilizing many of the custom pieces done for the other home and using them in their new home,” says Williams. There was also the blend of antiques and contemporary furnishings to consider. Plus, the homeowners – avid art collectors – often brought pieces home from their worldwide travels. “When they find something they like, she will take a picture and send it to me,” says Williams of the homeowners. “Then, we’ll discuss where the piece can be used.” The living room, dining room and kitchen flow in one large, open area. The gold sectional sofa was designed for the clients’

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CUSTOM-LIGHTED UNITS DISPLAY THE HOMEOWNER’S EXTENSIVE HIGH-END HANDBAG AND SHOE COLLECTION. TWIN CHAISE LOUNGES DOUBLE AS ADDITIONAL SLEEPING AREAS.

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THE MINIMAL KITCHEN FEATURES HIGH WINDOWS THAT ALLOW PLENTY OF NATURAL LIGHT. BELOW: THE HOMEOWNERS ENJOY BRINGING ART PIECES BACK FROM THEIR TRAVELS AND INCORPORATING THEM INTO EXISTING HOME DESIGN.

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previous home and is flanked by a pair of antique tables in the new. Williams designed the round acrylic cocktail table that was fabricated in California. The pair of leather chairs can swivel toward the television on the opposite wall or turn to face the conversation area. The fireplace wall was bare, so Williams designed the mirrored surround. The dining table is black lacquer with antiqued gold trim. The four side chairs were relocated from the former home, but the two host chairs were custom designed for the new place by Williams using amethyst silk velvet. She also custom designed the chandelier that was made in Italy using amethyst Murano glass. The master bedroom furnishings that had been designed for the previous home were relocated to the new, and a custom bedspread was added, as was hand-painted drapery fabric. The most dramatic transformation is the previously plain upstairs guest suite. Because the homeowner is a collector of high-style designer handbags, shoes and boots, Williams did a thorough inventory of each item (measuring the height of boots and shoe sizes) and then worked with La Rue to create a custom lighted, built-in display unit. “It’s jokingly referred to as her ‘boutique,’” says Williams. The two chaise lounges are the size of twin

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: AMETHYST SILK VELVET CHAIRS ACCENT THE DINING ROOM AREA AND AMETHYST MURANO GLASS CHANDELIER. THE GUESTHOUSE FEATURES A SAFE ROOM CAMOFLAUGED AT ONE END OF GUEST QUARTERS. A GOLD SECTIONAL SOFA WAS DESIGNED FOR THE COUPLE’S PREVIOUS HOME AND HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE LIVING AREA. A BOLD PAINTING BY CALEB BURGESS PURCHASED AT J CLAUDETTE GALLERY ADDS COLOR TO THE CONTEMPORARY KITCHEN.

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Entering the penthouse in the prestigious Block 42 residential development in downtown Oklahoma City, it’s a challenge to know what to focus on first – the stunning interior design, the art or the expansive 360-degree view of the city skyline. Rick Phillips, a licensed Tulsa designer, began working with the owner of the 5,500-square-foot penthouse just as the interior construction was beginning. Dan Skaggs, AIA and principal architect with HSE Architects, had mapped out a spacious living area, dining room, state-of-the-art kitchen, four bedrooms, a study, exercise room, spa, three bathrooms, a powder room and three expansive terraces. David Giasson of David Giasson Construction was an integral part of the design team. Because Phillips wanted to unite the public spaces and create warmth with a sense of scale, he designed a series of pear wood panels in the living room, dining room and entry accented with brushed aluminum trim. The adjoining kitchen cabinets are highgloss pear wood cabinets from Poggenpohl. The countertops are of Capolavoro granite from Brazil. The floors throughout are cherry, and Phillips searched resources throughout the country for each of the hand-knotted area

HAND-KNOTTED AREA RUGS WITH CURVED PATTERNS THROUGHOUT THE PENTHOUSE EASE THE HARD EDGES OF THE STRUCTURE. LEFT: ART IS A FOCAL POINT IN THIS PENTHOUSE. THE OWNER REQUESTED THAT THE SPACE EVOKE THE FEEL OF AN ART GALLERY.

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rugs adorning the various penthouse rooms. His goal was to ease the hard edges of the space by blending curved patterns in the area rugs with the softened flow of the furnishings. By choosing predominately leather upholstery and solid fabrics for the bedding, the art in each room becomes the focal point. “The owner wanted it to feel like he was living in an art gallery in Barcelona or New York,” says Phillips. In fact, Phillips often blended art and function. Three unique sculptures are utilized as table bases with custom glass tops. Another example is showcased in the dining room with a sculptural glass and stainless steel table created by Oklahoma City’s Gus Tietsort, owner of Tietsort Design. “The owner was from a large family and grew up eating at a picnic table, so this was just perfect,” says Phillips. One of the owner’s favorite images – Henri Matisse’s 1912 painting Goldfish and Sculpture – was reproduced in custom handmade glass tile by Italian art mosaic company Sicis and installed as a centerpiece above a custom stainless steel hot tub in the master bath. Textured stainless steel tile was used on all horizontal surfaces, and iridescent blue tiles

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: A SCULPTURAL GLASS AND STAINLESS STEEL TABLE CREATED BY ARTIST GUS TIETSORT REMINDED THE HOMEOWNER OF THE PICNIC TABLE HE ATE AT AS A CHILD. A STATE-OF-THE-ART KITCHEN WAS DESIGNED WITH ENTERTAINING IN MIND. ONE OF FOUR BEDROOMS IN THE PENTHOUSE FEATURES EXPANSIVE VIEWS OF DOWNTOWN OKLAHOMA CITY. THE POWDER ROOM FEATURES RED TILES THAT WERE INSTALLED BY A FORMER MERCEDES MECHANIC.

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RIGHT AND BELOW: EACH OF THE THREE BATHROOMS IN THE PENTHOUSE FEATURE INTRICATE TILE WORK AS WELL AS STONE AND MARBLE HAND-SELECTED BY THE HOMEOWNER.

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OLD WORLD, NEW ATTITUDE Subtle tones and layers of texture create an inviting oasis. Photography by Nathan Harmon

For Carson See, interior design is a family affair. His firm, Sees Design, has been a fixture in Oklahoma City for more than 30 years; in the past decade, his sons, Ross and Corbin, plus Corbin’s wife, Sara, have joined the firm. When See was hired to assist the second owner of a midtown Tulsa home, it was, as usual, a team effort. The 8,000-square-foot, onebedroom home, built 12 years ago, contains stunning architectural detail, but the décor was not in sync with the new owner’s goals. During the six-month renovation, yards of floral chintz were removed and replaced with design that embraces a less-is-more philosophy. See noticed his client’s penchant for subtle colors and the quality wools and cashmere of Loro Piana, the exclusive Italian clothing line. “That provided a platform for the style we created in the home,” says See. Since virtually nothing was brought to the new residence from the previous home, the designers customized nearly every detail of the renovated interior. The initial impact upon entering the octagonal, oversized entry is the soft layering of materials and finishes with the existing limestone floor, fireplace and soaring, beamed ceiling. A cozy fireplace sitting area is created utilizing a pair of Rose Tarlow chairs that flank

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THE SECOND OWNER OF THIS MIDTOWN TULSA HOME ADOPTED A LESS-IS-MORE APPROACH TO THE DESIGN OF THE LARGE HOME. LEFT: SUBTLE COLORS AND LUXURIOUS FABRICS WERE THE INSPIRATION FOR THE HOME DESIGNED BY CARSON SEE.

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a bronze Dennis & Leen table centered on a cowhide rug. The mirrored table from French designer Jean de Merry reflects the sisal and leather area rug. “The bone chandelier is like a wind chime when air blows through the room,” See adds. The expansive living room has matching carved limestone fireplaces at either end accented by iron chandeliers from Formations. A five-foot custom antler chandelier was created from red and fallow deer and elk by Colorado’s Crystal Farm. The subtle shades of the Turkish Oushak rug blends with the hand-hewn oak floor harvested in Europe. One side of the room features various seating areas utilizing pieces from the Sees’ 1818 furniture line. And because the ceiling is so high, the cocktail table is taller than normal and features an ottoman that slides underneath. The dining table by the other fireplace is comprised of a concrete top on a traditional trestle table base. “It took five or six guys to get that concrete top in place,” says See. Suede Rose Tarlow armchairs are featured at each end. The four fully upholstered side chairs were fabricated through Sees Design. The den is elegantly casual on a smaller scale than other areas of the house, largely because of the lowered ceiling height. Additional

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT: A LARGE MIRRORED TABLE SITS UPON A SISAL-AND-LEATHER AREA RUG. A COZY SITTING AREA IS CREATED AROUND THE FIREPLACE USING ROSE TARLOW CHAIRS AND A DENNIS & LEEN TABLE SITUATED ON A COWHIDE RUG. THE ONLY BEDROOM IN THIS 8,000-SQUARE-FOOT HOME FEATURES A CUSTOMIZED BED AND HORSEHAIRCOVERED BENCH. ACCESSORIES EVOKE THE OLD WORLD SENSIBILITY OF THE HOME DESIGN.

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“Well, frankly, when I think of western swing, I think of Tulsa first.” – Bruce

Forman, leader of the West Coast cowboy-jazz band Cow Bop

Many years ago, late in his long life, Mr. O.W. Mayo told me how Tulsa came to be the focal point for the country- and cowboy-accented, jazz-infused dance music known as western swing. He was in a position to know. In 1933, he’d been in his home state of Texas, weighing a couple of different oil-company job offers, when he chanced to hear a band that his brother-in-law had brought to Waco, Texas, for an engagement. Most of the group and its leader, a charismatic fiddler and occasional vocalist named Bob Wills, had recently fled a Fort Worth-based act called the Light Crust Doughboys, which played daily on the radio in support of Burrus Mill’s

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OILMAN O.W. MAYO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING BOB WILLS AND HIS TEXAS PLAYBOYS TO TULSA. PHOTO COURTESY JOHN WOOLEY.

Light Crust Flour – flour being a big deal in those days, when most baked goods were created at home rather than bought in stores. Bob Wills was a natural-born bandleader, and he did wonders for the Doughboys. But, like many leaders, he chafed at being told what to do. So he ended up playing immovable object to Burrus Mill and Elevator Company’s general manager, W. Lee “Pappy” O’Daniel, the autocratic, irresistible force in charge of running the band and its radio show. In that 1986 conversation, Mayo told me, “Pappy wanted everyone to be on the job every day and to be there on time, and Bob wasn’t there all the time when [O’Daniel] thought he should be. They had their arguments. He’d fire Bob, and take him back, and so on.” Then, one day, according to Mayo, “Bob said, ‘Okay. I’m gone.’ And he took [bassist and steel guitarist] Kermit Whalen and [vocalist] Tommy Duncan off the show with him. Then he took his own brother, [tenor banjo player] Johnnie Lee, who was working for Burrus Mills, driving a truck, delivering flour. And he

got Kermit Whalen’s brother, [guitarist June Whalen], who was a typewriter salesman there in Fort Worth. And they came to Waco.” Upon seeing the band for the first time – and, Mayo said, since Wills was “marking time” between day jobs – Mayo offered both his help and his 1932 Plymouth (“in good shape, four-door, would haul six”) to the newly christened Bob Wills and His Playboys. Mayo never returned to the oil game. Instead, holding the official title of “business manager,” he would be involved with one or both of the Wills brothers for the next half-century, helping guide them from Waco to Tulsa.

‘Good Old Oklahoma’

It was Oklahoma City that almost became the home of western swing. Like Tulsa, it had the three-legged platform necessary for launching this vibrant new music on a major scale: A powerful radio station (both WKY and KOMA fit the bill), a big dancehall (the

Trianon Ballroom) and Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys – the “Texas” was added after the band crossed the Red River. And Oklahoma City was the first place the band headed to after leaving Waco in early 1934. After unsuccessfully attempting to land a slot at KOMA, which was one of several Southwestern stations hooked to a telephone-line network that carried broadcasts of the still-popular Light Crust Doughboys, the Playboys got a show on rival station WKY. But the band had been affiliated with the station barely a week when program director Daryl McAllister called Wills and Mayo to his office. “O’Daniel had called the manager of that station, the big shot, and told him he’d been figuring on moving his show from KOMA over to WKY,” Mayo recalled. “But as long as they had Bob Wills on, he wasn’t going to consider it any more. [O’Daniel] gave him such a talk that he thought all he had to do was kick Bob off the station and he’d have the Light Crust Doughboys show.” JULY 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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The Doughboys broadcasts meant plenty of Burrus Mill advertising dollars, so there was no arguing – even though Mayo knew that O’Daniel would likely keep the program at KOMA in Oklahoma City. The band was finished at WKY before it’d hardly started. McAllister, however, told Wills and Mayo about a brand-new station – a small outfit with the call letters KTUL – down the road in Tulsa. He put in a call to the station manager who offered to give the boys a listen. So, on the cold and foggy morning of Feb. 11, 1934, Bob Wills, O.W. Mayo and Playboys announcer and trumpeter Everett Stover hit U.S. Highway 66 for Tulsa. And somewhere along the way, they made a decision that changed the course of music history. According to Mayo, it went like this: “I said, ‘Bob, KVOO radio is over there, and they’re a 25,000-watt station. This station we’re going to is only a 500-watt station. Let’s go see KVOO first, and we might get a chance to get on that station.’” Owned by Tulsa-based oil magnate William G. Skelly, KVOO (the call letters stood for Voice of Oklahoma) was what was known as a clear-channel station, which meant that its signal traveled far beyond the Tulsa area. Mayo knew it would be a major coup to call KVOO home, and all three men were delighted when station manager William B. Way agreed to put the band on at midnight. Mayo phoned back to Oklahoma City with the good news, and the rest of the Playboys lit out for the station, arriving in Tulsa around dusk. That night, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys made their first of what would be thousands of broadcasts from KVOO, offering a free photo to the listener writing them from the farthest distance. The clear-channel reach of the station was reflected in the winning entry, which came from Oakland, Calif. “So they put us on in the morning,” said Mayo, “and then in the afternoon, and the letters began to come in, and they began to see what was going on.” When Wills and KVOO connected, two of the three pieces that would make Tulsa the capital city of western swing clicked into place. The third didn’t come along for another few years, but it was foreshadowed by a benefit dance Wills and the band played on New Year’s Day 1935 for the nurses of Morningside Hospital, now Hillcrest Medical Center. It was the band’s first time to play the venue named Cain’s Academy of Dance, a place about twice the size of the second-floor hall they’d been working regularly, the Pla-Mor Ballroom (formerly at Second Street and Madison Avenue). The Academy’s namesake, Madison “Daddy” Cain, ran dance classes out of the building, although he’d suffered a stroke about the same time Wills and the Playboys moved to Oklahoma. Making a deal with Cain and his right-hand 158

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man, Howard Turner, Mayo and Wills moved the Playboys’ regular nighttime dance engagements to Cain’s. Then, in 1937, Wills and Mayo bought out Madison Cain’s lease from the estate of Tulsa founding father Tate Brady, who’d built the hall in 1924. Somewhere in there, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys – who’d been regularly playing noonhour shows over KVOO – began broadcasting from Cain’s, letting audiences in for free. The station began airing portions of the Playboys’ Thursday and Saturday night dances, and with KVOO’s broadcast pattern reaching much farther at night, hundreds of thousands of people were exposed to Wills’ music live from Cain’s. So, thanks to a Tulsa radio station and a Tulsa ballroom, this new sound took hold across much of the nation, especially in the west and southwest. By the late 1930s, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys were recording and touring stars, and western swing, born in Fort Worth, was growing up in Tulsa, its new hometown.

‘Time Changes Everything’

“Western swing is the first cousin to Dixieland jazz, second cousin to big-band swing, third cousin to the blues, and fourth cousin to country, with a little Mexican music mixed in. So there’s a little something everyone will enjoy.” – Truitt Cunningham, western-swing vocalist and bandleader

There’s three things to remember about western swing. 1. It’s always changing, and it has been since Wills brought it to Tulsa. Starting out as the kind of fiddle band he knew from the ranch house dances of his youth – and retaining its emphasis on the fiddle as lead instrument – western swing evolved into a form of music that featured jazz improvisation with an emphasis on stringed rather than brass and reed instruments over a dance beat associated with country (or, as it was called then, “hillbilly” or “folk”) music, largely because of a predominantly rural and blue-collar fanbase. Most of the residents of Oklahoma and the rest of the southwest were not citified, and both the music and the lyrics of western swing often reflected the rustic experiences of Wills – who’d picked cotton and sharecropped, among other jobs – along with many of his musicians and fans. But the Texas Playboys didn’t stop there. The band would also incorporate the day’s big-band hits into the Playboys’ versions of African-American blues numbers. (It’s said that Wills’ all-time favorite vocalist was the famed blues singer Bessie Smith.) As Cunningham noted, western swing has a lot of relatives, and the musicians who played it needed to be acquainted with them all. In the crucible of Cain’s Ballroom, Wills kept mixing different musiLEON MCAULIFFE cal elements, always tweaking and testing his formulas. In 1935, for JOINED THE TEXAS instance, he hired a Dixieland-jazz player named William “Smokey” PLAYBOYS AS A STEEL Dacus, making the Texas Playboys the first hillbilly-music act to have a GUITARIST. PHOTO COURTESY JOHN WOOLEY. drummer. From the beginning, he experimented with combinations of reed and brass and stringed instruments; his bands of the early ‘40s featured horn sections to rival any big pop band. Wills never stopped tinkering with his sound, and that sense of experimentation and discovery continues today in contemporary western-swing bands. 2. Western swing wasn’t actually called “western swing” until about the mid-1940s. The story goes that someone – Mayo always maintained it was western-movie star Roy Rogers – coined the term to describe Spade Cooley’s West Coast band. Cooley, a native Oklahoman and one of the many bandleaders who came along in the wake of Bob Wills, not only had horns in his outfit, but also a harp. At the time, big-band leader Benny Goodman was known as the King of Swing; to distinguish Cooley’s and Wills’ kind of swing music, Cooley was dubbed the King of Western Swing. 3. Some, mostly Texas-based, music historians and musicians insist that a vocalist named Milton Brown was the actual father of western swing. It’s true that Brown and Wills had both been

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members of the seminal Wills Fiddle Band, precursor of the Light Crust Doughboys. It’s also true that Brown, irked by Pappy O’Daniel’s refusal to let the Doughboys play dances, left the group before Wills and cut a lot of swinging and innovative sides with his own band, the Musical Brownies. So yes – Milton Brown and Fort Worth could’ve been just as big a factor in the history of western swing as Bob Wills and Tulsa. Unfortunately, Brown’s potential was snuffed out, along with his life, following an auto accident in the spring of 1936. By then, Wills had been based in Tulsa for more than two years.

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“You know, if you were from Tulsa in 1940, you didn’t say you were from the Oil Capital of the World, or anything like that. Instead, you said you knew Bob Wills, or you danced to Bob Wills at the Cain’s. That was your claim to fame.” – Larry

Shaeffer, former Cain’s Ballroom owner and Tulsa-based music promoter It’s been exactly 80 years since Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys rode into Tulsa. In many ways, he never rode out. Physically, he left town in December 1942, headed for a stint in the U.S. Army, turning the KVOO and Cain’s broadcasts over to his brother Johnnie Lee Wills and selling his share of the ballroom lease to Mayo. It took about six months for him and Uncle Sam to part ways – as his sister Lorene once told me, “Bob and the Army just didn’t get along.” By that time, Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys had become established and, instead of returning to Tulsa, Wills chose to let his brother hold things down at Cain’s while he traveled to California and re-established the Texas Playboys. From then on, the peripatetic Wills made temporary headquarters in a lot of different cities, mostly in California and Texas, but he periodically returned to Tulsa. As Mayo told me, “He was still a part of the family, if you know what I mean.” Meanwhile, scattered all over the globe by World War II, several of the musicians who’d helped Wills launch his new sound made a postwar return to Tulsa. Notable among these players was steel-guitarist Leon McAuliffe, who’d joined the Texas Playboys at the age of 15. In the late ‘40s, he bought Tulsa’s Akdar Temple building and converted it to a dancehall called the Cimarron Ballroom. For many years following, McAuliffe and His Cimarron Boys, playing at the Cimarron Ballroom, were locked in a rivalry with Johnnie Lee Wills and His 160

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Boys at Cain’s. The latter continued at Cain’s and with the broadcasts until 1958 – 16 years after Bob Wills’ departure. Although western swing fell out of popularity nationally in the 1960s, it was still found in Tulsa, played by veterans of the Wills’ bands. And when the western-swing revival of the mid-‘70s – fueled by traditionalists like Red Steagall along with hippie-boy acts like Asleep at the Wheel and Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen – came along, Cain’s Ballroom was there to welcome them all. Larry Shaeffer, the owner at the time, may have been a rock ‘n’ roller, but he was steeped in westernswing lore. In the 1990s, Shaeffer began bringing in former Bob and Johnnie Lee Wills sidemen to play dances around Bob Wills’ March 6 birthday. That weekend tradition continues under Cain’s current ownership. “Because I was always having an old couple show up, coming in and reminiscing, it became obvious that I should try to offer those guys (musicians) a place to reunite,” Shaeffer says. Another Tulsa western-swing tradition began in the early ‘90s, when I went to radio station KVOO to interview the famed country-music singer and disc jockey Billy Parker for a Tulsa World story. Knowing of my love for western swing, Parker suggested I go on his radio show and play a few swing tunes with him. After about the third one, he asked on air if anyone who’d like to hear us do a weekly western-swing show to phone in; we had something like 80 calls in five minutes. That’s how Wooley Wednesday began on KVOO, lasting for several years through a couple of ownership changes and who knows how many consultants. After its demise, KWGS general manager Rich Fisher was kind enough to give me, and western swing, a regular Saturday night slot on Public Radio Tulsa, where I’m going into the 11th year with my show, “Swing on This.” (Parker also features western swing, as well as classic country, on his “Country Junction” show from Big Country 99.5.) Meanwhile, the Tulsa live-swing scene continues to shine, with the crackerjack Tulsa Playboys, regulars at Cain’s, leading a pack that includes the veteran Round Up Boys, the young A Bar Bunkhouse Band and others – all of whom owe their very existence, in one way or another, to that scrappy bunch that settled in Tulsa eight decades ago to create a sound that still reverberates around the world. JOHNNIE LEE WILLS IS KID BROTHER TO BOB. PHOTO COURTESY JOHN WOOLEY.

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VETERINARIAN July 4 is such a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family. What can I do to safeguard my pets against the holiday activity? The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips: • Never leave alcoholic drinks where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. DR. RODNEY ROBARDS • Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. • Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop. • Keep your pets on their normal diet. • Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. • Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. • Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

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BUSINESS BANKER What is net worth, and why is it important when applying for a business loan? One of the most important factors that our bank considers when evaluating a business loan request is whether the client has sufficient net worth to qualify for a loan. Net SEAN KOUPLEN worth is a company’s equity or assets in excess of liabilities. This is the cushion a business uses to operate when their cash flow suffers. This cushion can be excess cash owned by the business or owners; it can also be equity and assets that can be turned into cash in tough times. We analyze the applicant’s financial statement to determine if the cushion is adequate. Sometimes, business owners mistakenly withdraw much of a business’ cash when things are good, and there’s no cushion available when times get tough. Business owners that have an adequate cushion demonstrate discipline in their finances, making them a great candidate for a business loan.

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PR & MARKETING CONSULTANT Are testimonials powerful when used to promote my business? There is no better advertising than word-of-mouth. A happy customer singing your praises can bring new customers to your door and boost your reputation. This form of JESSICA DYER promotion is one of the most credible forms of advertising, because your customers are putting their reputation on the line as well. Because both companies are being represented, it’s important that both are accurately and positively depicted. Also, be mindful to use only testimonials from long-term clients and employees. You don’t want to build a campaign around someone who could potentially go to work for your competitor. And, as always, get written permission and compliance approval before publishing anything, and make sure everyone is clear on how the material will be used. Testimonials can be mutually beneficial and your clients will be thankful for the advertising that they might otherwise have to pay for. When done right, testimonials can be one of the most effective forms of promotion.

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PHYSICAL THERAPY My doctor has told me that I have a frozen shoulder. Is it really frozen? Otherwise known as adhesive capsulitis, is rare in patients younger than 40 and more common in sedentary workers than in TODD PETTY, laborers. This condition involves PT/CSMT a progressive fibrosis proliferation that restricts motion and is painful. This fibrosis involves the joint capsule, rotator cuff tendons and surrounding ligaments in varying degrees. The cause is uncertain but is usually initiated by some type of trauma or overuse insult. The condition can be progressive and last up to six months. Early recognition makes the reversal much easier and recovery shorter. If you develop a stiff and painful shoulder, speak with your physician about a Physical Therapy referral and early treatment.

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My husband admitted to talking to a friend from high school, and I feel like he was cheating on me. He doesn’t agree. Am I overreacting? Although some would not consider an emotional entanglement an affair, this type of relationship can be BRAD ROBINSON, LMFT just as devastating and destructive as a sexual affair. Emotional affairs aren’t commonly discussed, and many justify them because there is no sexual involvement yet. But technicalities in no way absolve the reality of the situation. By disclosing intimate parts of ourselves, we are giving something that we have no right to give; we have already committed our heart and being to another. If you are not sure if the friendship is an emotional affair, ask yourself, “Am I keeping details about my friendship from my spouse? Am I saying or doing things that I wouldn’t do if my spouse were around? Am I sharing anything that I haven’t shared with my spouse? Am I making an effort to spend time with this ‘friend’?”

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My mother recently retired and moved to Tulsa to be closer to us. When my father died, we had hospice care. My mother wants to give back, and I saw Grace Hospice is recruiting volunteers. Can you share information with me about it?

At Grace Hospice, our volunteers are a very important part of our services, and there are many opportunities for your mother to share her time and talents. We are actively looking for volunteers to help in many areas. Our “Visiting Volunteers” see patients in Tulsa and surrounding communities between two and six times a month for about an hour each time – and they set their own schedule. We also need volunteers who can provide caregiver relief as well as volunteers who work on a variety of projects such as creating crafts and gifts or handy man work. All volunteers must attend training and pass a background check. For more information on volunteering, please contact us at 918.744.7223.

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Parenting is a very tough job when you approach it as a team. Doing it alone can be even more challenging. Support can come in a variety of ways. Everyone needs to feel heard and validated. Often that validation comes from people who understand, have empathy and can relate to what another person is going through. At my practice we offer a service called Smart Chat. Smart Chat involves a small group of individuals that are dealing with similar issues or circumstance. The professional in the room is there to provide information and guidance of discussion while the participants make connections and share stories, concerns and support to one another. We started this service as we found that many individual clients needed an opportunity to vent about their fears, frustration etc, while also finding the humor and ability to laugh at some of life’s twists and turns with others who are in similar situations. Finding a group of people that is supportive and validating can help by providing an outlet to vent, cope and swap ideas and experiences of parenting a teenager. AMY KESNER, PHD, LPC, LADC

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FOOD, DRINK AND OTHER PLEASURES THE CARIBBEAN PORK TENDERLOIN IS SERVED WITH FRIED PLANTAINS AT SISSEROU’S. BELOW: CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE AT SISSEROU’S. PHOTOS BY BRANDON SCOTT.

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ar away in the brilliant blue of the Caribbean Sea is a tiny island where everything shuts down for lunch. Workers grab their bicycles and pedal past verdant, rugged hills, azure waters and palm-fringed beaches. Fishermen unload their morning’s catch, all on the way to their tin-roofed houses. “Lunch is a big thing,” says Eben Shillingford, owner of Sisserou’s Restaurant. “The whole family gathers; it’s a lazy time of good food and fellowship. On the small island of Dominica, food and family go together.” Shillingford pauses to greet a regular diner at Sisserou’s. They hug; the customer grins. They seem like long-time friends. Walk through the plain glass door of Sisserou’s – which opened in the Brady Arts District

in the spring – and you’ll run smack dab into an explosion of Caribbean color and joie de vivre. The walls are deep-sea blue, lollipop lemon and shocking pink, and overhead hang gay paper lanterns like carnival balloons. “My sister designed the decor,” he says. “She went to design school in Miami (Florida). She wanted to bring the island spirit to Tulsa.” Shillingford himself, dapper in a well-tailored suit, seems better suited to a James Bond-style jaunt in Monte Carlo than a breezy day in the Caribbean. In fact, he was born in New York. His family moved to Tulsa in 1979 when his mother took a job with American Airlines. But his grandparents all hail from Dominica. Visiting the island at the age of 14, he fell under its sultry spell. JULY 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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Captivated as a boy by the easygoing island life and pretty women, he soon grew to appreciate the deep-rooted culture, strong family values and the delicious food marrying the two. Sisserou’s serves food made from Shillingford’s family recipes, and they go back a long way. He received them from his father and mother. His father, the CEO of one of the nation’s largest HVAC firms, was handed the recipes from his mother, the late Agatha Allport Shillingford, who was given them from her grandmother’s sister. Like fine wine, Shillingford says, “cuisine is based on terroir,” so he had to adapt the recipes to Oklahoma’s geography. On Dominica you pull your fish straight out of the ocean, gut it on a beachside tree stump and throw it in the pot. Shillingford has his fish flown in from Key West, Fla., by same-day postal express. Also, Dominicans are fond of the fiery-sweet Scotch bonnet red pepper. In Tulsa, Shillingford uses habaneros and a pinch of sugar. But all this may not have happened if he

didn’t see an online ad posted by Ben Alexander, who served as executive chef at Wolfgang Puck Bistro in Brookside, after it closed suddenly in November. Shillingford immediately hired him. Alexander is passionate about the food he serves. “I won’t serve it unless I’d eat it,” Alexander says. “And I’m very picky about what I eat.” Using mostly locally sourced ingredients, the chef and Shillingford tweaked the family recipes into hautecuisine fare. Yet, every dish on the menu is seasoned with memories. There’s the richly stewed oxtail; mahi-mahi, slowly poached with garlic, heirloom tomato and habanero; curry with coconut milk; even hamburgers. Some dishes come from other regions, such as a succulent Jamaican-style jerk chicken FAV E S

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There was a time when America went wild over what used to pass as Chinese food: egg rolls, chow mein, egg foo young. Those dishes might seem like clichés today, but love, care and genius can transform a tired old recipe into a dish that will dazzle even the most jaded gourmet. For proof, stroll down Tulsa’s Brookside and head for Mings Noodle Bar. The egg foo young is a work of art. One taste of the gravy sets off a string of flavor firecrackers in your mouth. What’s owner Fai Jow’s secret? “We reduce the sauce,” he confides. “We don’t just throw in cornstarch to thicken it.” There’s a vibrant homemade kimchi as good as any that you’ll find in Korea, and then there’s the ramen, that quintessentially Japanese dish. Still, Jow’s love for dishes like egg foo young is undeniable. “These are the dishes that built a lot of family restaurants, and Chinese restaurants are always about family,” he says. When Mings first opened, Jow’s mother flew in from Houston for a week to help him cook. “She still gives me advice,” he says. 3509 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa. 918.878.7888 – Brian Schwartz 166

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and lobster thermidor, cooked according to Shillingford’s English wife’s recipe. Top it off with a glass of authentic island rum punch – made with Appleton’s rum, nutmeg, tamarind and lime – and you’ll find yourself in Shillingford’s dream to “bring a little island oasis to Tulsa.” 107 N. Boulder Ave., Tulsa. www.sisserousrestauranttulsa.com BRIAN SCHWARTZ

SISSEROU’S BRINGS A TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN IN EVERY BITE OF ITS COCONUT SHRIMP. PHOTOS BY BRANDON SCOTT.

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Words like “balsamic reduction” are not typical for the menus at most pizza joints. At Empire Slice House, it comes standard on the Rocksteady pie along with Gorgonzola, bacon and red onion. Whether you’re stopping in for a single slice or the whole pie, you won’t forget the names of some of Empire Slice House’s favorites. There’s the Notorious P.I.G. (five versions of pork), Fungus Among Us (topped with three kinds of mushrooms and truffle oil), the Evil Empire (four different peppers on top of spicy marinara) and the Foghorn Leghorn (a loud mouthful of flavors hot, sweet, savory and, uh, chicken-y). Grab a beer, choose your appetizers – the scrummy 16th St. Garlic Knots or Drunken Mushrooms – or order one of the house’s specialty salads, served up fresh, chunky and crisp. Enjoy it amidst fun touches of Gen-X-pop nostalgia, and you have the perfect addition to Oklahoma City’s funky Plaza District scene of art galleries, tattoo parlors and bars. 1734 N.W. 16th St., Oklahoma City. www.empireslicehouse.com – Karen Shade EMPIRE SLICE HOUSE CO-OWNER AVERY CANNON SHOWS OFF A PEPPERONI PIZZA. . PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS.

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Bravos Mexican Grill Order the guacamole. Everyone does. It’s prepared tableside, and it’s fun to watch diners scramble to take photos as the chef deftly peels glistening avocados, squeezes limes, throws in cilantro and onion and, on request, jalapeno, and blends it all together in a traditional basalt mortars called molcajetes. You might follow the sprightly guac with an order of pollo relleno, a “sandwich” composed of thin slices of grilled chicken with a filling of corn, minced zucchini and mushrooms atop a bed of black beans, all adrift in a lake of a roasted tomato chipotle sauce. By now you’ve realized that Bravos is not your average Mexican restaurant. It offers a sophisticated take on Mexican cuisine infused with classical French and Spanish techniques. Other dishes follow this trend: chicken topped with a creamy spinach-bacon sauce, rib eye with a dollop of brown sauce accented by red wine and mushrooms. Or, you can follow a more traditional route and opt for burritos, enchiladas and fajitas. Either way, you’re getting gourmet food for cafeteria prices. 4532 E. 51st St., Tulsa. www.bravosmexicangroup.com – Brian Schwartz

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Burgers

The Garage Burgers & Beers Gourmet burgers are the norm these days with all manner of sauces, edible flora and fauna thrown into the mix and smashed between a half bun. But there’s much to be said for a creative burger offering something new to trigger the taste buds, yet still recognizable for what it is. Enter The Garage, a burger and beer spot nicely situated on downtown Norman’s Main Street. Serving the classic burger, cheeseburger and even a regional specialty – the fried onion burger – The Garage offers plenty in the way of fun (peanut butter and bacon bits on the Sticky Finger), clever (ranch, bacon bits, bleu cheese, fried egg, avocado on the Cobb burger) and lux-otic (Sriracha aioli, sautéed mushrooms, jalapeños and more on the queso fresco burger). If red meat isn’t on your menu, The Garage makes turkey burger versions. Its fish tacos also have been known to impress more than a few customers in both Norman and at its newer Edmond location. 307 E. Main St., Norman. www.eatatthegarage.com – Karen Shade

S I M P LY H E A L T H Y Are you getting enough vitamin D? Vitamin D is crucial to overall health and well-being. Many foods, especially dairy, are fortified with vitamin D, but the sun is also a natural source for this vitamin, which is also a hormone. According to the Mayo Clinic website, an ongoing vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteoporosis as well as some cancers, a particular concern for people with darker skin and seniors. The Mayo Clinic recommends that healthy adults get 600 international units of vitamin D daily, while older adults need 800 IU. The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that children take in 400 IU daily during the first year and 600 IU daily afterwards.

THE EGG-O-NATOR MINUS THE VEGGIES AT THE GARAGE. PHOTO BY BRENT FUCHS.

No D-fficiencies Fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna and halibut, as well as oysters, caviar, cod liver oil, tofu and even eggs are good sources of vitamin D. Daily supplements can also help you get your recommended daily allowance. Just take care not to overdo it. According to the Vitamin D Council’s website, vitamin D toxicity can cause problems such as excessive thirst, frequent urination, muscle weakness or other issues. Anyone experiencing such symptoms should speak with a physician. – Jill Meredith

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Claude Was Here

Philbrook Museum of Art brings Monet’s Seine and impressions to its galleries.

he Seine River runs through France for more than 480 miles, from near the city of Dijon, through Paris and on to the English Channel. Somewhere along its path, Claude Monet first anchored his creativity into its waters. Throughout his life, Monet painted scenes along the river. Progressively, his paintings became studies of atmosphere and light, yet the artist always captured in his work a poetic quality of the Seine that begged another look. Viewers will have the chance to see the Seine through his eyes in the exhibition Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River at Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa. The show opened June 29. A founder of that late 19th century art movement called Impressionism, Monet was celebrated for breaking with classical-inspired art traditions and techniques that dominated European art for ages. His method of layering heavy brush strokes of paints was far from the deli-

cate detailing and glazing refined by such masters as Rembrandt. Among his various subjects, Monet’s images of the Seine – painted from various locations on its banks – are among some of his most famous, and prints of his bridges, trees and water lilies are in no short supply. Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River will include more than 50 paintings on loan from such prestigious institutions as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Among them, they reveal Monet’s visionary genius, evolution and a remarkable ability to translate his impressions of the river he loved. Philbrook Museum is located at 2727 S. Rockford Ave., Tulsa. Special tickets are required for this exhibition, which continues through Sept. 21. Admission is $6. For more information and regular museum admission pricing, visit www.philbrook.org. KAREN SHADE JULY 2014 | WWW.OKMAG.COM

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Musical Mondays: Sandy and Chuck Gardner July 21 One of Tulsa’s favorite jazz couples entertains at the Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center. www.lifeseniorservices.org

Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson, the Immortal July 22-23 The company

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pays homage to the King of Pop with a show of dancers, acrobats and choreography set to his greatest hits at Chesapeake Energy Arena. www.chesapeakearena.com

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Monty Python’s Spamalot Camelot has inspired centuries of writers and

artists swept up in the history, fantasy and lore of brave knights, fair maidens and bold quests for treasure and salvation. In 1975, it inspired a little flick called Monty Python and the Holy Grail, starring Britain’s most infamous comedy troupe. Irreverent, absurd and as perfect as parody gets, the film became a cult classic that finally made its way to the stage in 2005 as the hilarious musical Monty Python’s Spamalot. MP alumnus Eric Idle wrote the book and lyrics putting King Arthur and his Round Table knights on a quest for the ultimate relic and to stage a Broadway musical despite encounters with monster rabbits and snooty Frenchmen. Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma brings Spamalot to the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., as part of its summer musical season. The show runs from Tuesday, July 22, to Saturday, July 26. Tickets are $35-$74 each, available at www.lyrictheatreokc.com.

Arts Center. www.myticketoffice.com

Starlight Concert Band: That’s Entertainment July 11 The Starlight

band throws in an extra night of fun in addition to its usual Tuesday night shows with a Friday night show at the Guthrie Green. www. starlightbands.net

Rasa

July 11-12 Indian classical dance and other dance styles (including Bollywood, hip hop, ballet and salsa) take the Tulsa Performing Arts Center stage. www.tulsapac.com

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Ellis Paul at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

PERFORMANCES 4th on the 3rd Patriotic Concert July 3 Get into the spirit of Independence Day with Signature Symphony and its pre-holiday concert at the VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education. www.tulsacc.edu Antony & Cleopatra July 3-18 Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park continues the summer season at Myriad Botanical Gardens with the famous doomed lovers of the Nile and Roman world. www.oklahomashakespeare.org Wicked Thru July 6 A musical favorite returns to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center as Celebrity Attractions brings the Tony Award-winner about the witches of Oz and what really happened before Dorothy arrived. www.celebrityattractions.com 170

Misty Copeland July 8 The American Ballet Theatre soloist visits with fans and signs copies of her new memoir at Oklahoma City Ballet studios. www.okcballet.com Disney’s The Little Mermaid

July 8-12 Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma goes deep “Under the Sea” for the Oklahoma premiere of Broadway’s rendition of the classic mermaid tale at Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www.lyrictheatreokc.com

OCTAFest July 10-13 The state’s community theater groups bring their best productions to Duncan’s Simmons Center for some friendly competition. www.duncanlittletheatre.com Estate Sale July 11 A family deals with infidelity, aging, sexuality and identity in a dark comedy about the generation gap at Tulsa Performing

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July 11-13 Talented teens make up the cast of Theatre Tulsa’s production of the Broadway hit about a boy longing to fit in at his new school at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www. myticketoffice.com

Mistakes Were Made

Thru July 19 Craig Wright’s farce about an off-Broadway producer in over his head takes off at Carpenter Square Theatre. www.carpentersquare.com

Tinkerbell is Dead…No, It’s Just a Flesh Wound July 19 “Stand-up

theater” returns to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s summer line-up with more great scenes, monologues and narratives for the spotlight. www.myticketoffice.com

Appassionata Duo in Concert

July 20 The harp and viola team of Jeff Cowen and Jill Wiebe makes beautiful music more interesting than you ever knew at the Tulsa Performing

Monty Python’s Spamalot July 2226 With book and lyrics by Monty Python’s Eric Idle, the hit Broadway play passes the laughs around the Round Table and Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www.lyrictheatreokc.com Pericles July 24-Aug.3 Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park brings the Caprice Woolsey play about the Greek statesman and his magical Mediterranean tour to Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall. www.oklahomashakespeare. org The Drunkard and The Olio

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

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July 1 Cain’s Ballroom. www.cainsballroom.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band

Reckless Kelly July 4 Riverwind Casino, Norman. www.riverwindcasino.com Ted Nugent

frontiercity.com

July 5 Frontier City. www.

The Donkeys

July 5 Opolis, Norman. www.ticketstorm.com

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Preview July 8 Ronny Cox, John Wort

Hannam, Annie Guthrie, more at Woody Guthrie Center, Tulsa. www.woodyguthriecenter.org

Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss

July 9 OKC Zoo Amphitheatre. www.thezooamphitheatre. com

Zomboy

July 9 Cain’s Ballroom. www. cainsballroom.com

Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

July 9-13 Ellis Paul, Jimmy LaFave, Annie Guthrie, John Fullbright, more in Okemah. www. woodyguthrie.com

Frank Caliendo July 10 The Joint, Hard Rock Tulsa. www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com

A Band of Gypsies July 12 The band Mischievous Swing brings a new show of music inspired by Django Reinhardt to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsapac.com Bridging the Gap

July 18 The youthful BBCM Quartet shows its musical prowess at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. www.tulsapac. com

Bare: A Pop Opera

July 18-20 The new Fruugensteinery Productions theater group debuts at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center with an off-Broadway rock musical about teens dealing with faith, identity and sexuality. www. myticketoffice.com

Mob Mentality

July 18-20 Tulsa Performing Arts Center sets the stage for Portico Dans Theatre and its collage of dance, music, video and art. www.tulsapac.com

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1 Brady Theater. www.bradytheater.com

28th Annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Race

WWE Live July 25-26 The Summerslam Heatwave Tour brings pro wrestling stars John Cena, Bray Wyatt and more to the BOK Center (July 25) and Chesapeake Energy Arena (July 26). www. bokcenter.com, www.chesapeakearena.com 28th Annual World Championship Cardboard Boat Race July 26 These

boats may be designed for speed and fun, but only one vessel and crew can win the Titanic Award for Most Dramatic Sinking at the annual race in Heber Springs, Ark. www.heber-springs.com

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37th Annual National Bikers Roundup July 30-Aug.3 The roar of thousands

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of motorcycles will be heard from Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park for one of the biggest biker events in the country having its biggest gathering, riding and racing event yet. www.nbrkcmo.com

FAMILY Jack and Jill: What Happened on Top of the Hill July 16-20 A mystery must

be solved in Rhymeville after someone uses the well on the hill, and Jack and Jill are on the case in a fun production from Oklahoma Children’s Theatre. www.oklahomachildrenstheatre.org

American Girl Doll Tea Party

July 12 See the summer’s featured dolls at this special event tied in with museum exhibitions at Gilcrease Museum. www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu

Center of the Universe Festival If you didn’t visit the inaugural Center of

the Universe Festival in the Brady Arts District last year, you probably kicked yourself for missing what became one of Tulsa’s biggest music events of the year. Headlining bands OneRepublic, OK Go and Neon Trees were just the tip of a promising iceberg of relief from the entertainment lull of a scorching July weekend in Oklahoma, and the anticipated 40,000 spectators turned into more than 80,000 in actual attendance. Yielding infinite promise, the 2014 Center of the Universe Festival brings AWOLNATION, Fitz and the Tantrums and Twenty One Pilots to the main stages Friday, July 25. Headliners Young the Giant (pictured), Capital Cities and Cold War Kids play to the masses Saturday, July 26. Look for an additional stage at this outdoor festival touting more than 100 music acts throughout the district. General admission ($20-$50) and VIP ($175-$200) tickets are available at www. centeroftheuniversefestival.com. David and Valerie Mayfield

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SPORTS Tulsa Shock

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v. Connecticut July 5 v. Indiana July 8 v. Washington July 12 v. Chicago July 27

Old Crow Medicine Show

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v. Seattle July 29

Susan Herndon, Greg Jacobs

July

10 The Blue Door. www.bluedoorokc.com

Tulsa Playboys

July 10 Cain’s Ballroom. www.cainsballroom.com

Matt Maher

July 12 Frontier City. www.

Motley Crue

July 13 BOK Center. www.

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v. Atlanta July 31

Ian Moore, Paul Benjamin Band, others July 20 Horton Records showcase at

Steely Dan July 21 Chesapeake Energy Arena. www.chesapeakearena.com

v. Round Rock July 21-24

Chevelle

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Steely Dan

July 23 Brady Theater. www.

Hayes Carll

July 24 The Blue Door. www.

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Machine Head

Boston July 17 The Joint, Hard Rock Tulsa. www.hardrockcasinotulsa.com Boston

Center of the Universe Festival July 25-26 Young the Giant, AWOL Nation, Cold War Kids, Fitz & the Tantrums, Capital Cities in Tulsa Brady Arts District. www.centeroftheuniversefestival. com

Tesla

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July 18 Riverwind Casino, Norman. www.riverwindcasino.com July 18 First Council Casino & Hotel, Newkirk. www.firstcouncilcasinohotel.com

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July 19 Frontier City. www.frontiercity.

July 24 Diamond Ballroom. www.diamondballroom.net

Three Dog Night Bill Kirchen

July 26 Frontier City.

July 26 The Blue Door. www.

Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Gloriana July 10 OKC Downtown Airpark.

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Senior Star Round-Up

Nick Waterhouse

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July 20 Cain’s Ballroom. www.cainsballroom.com

American Idol Live

Theater. www.bradytheater.com

July 30 Brady

July 30 Opolis, Norman. www.ticketstorm.com

www.okcredhawks.com

v. Iowa July 4-6

Guthrie Green. www.guthriegreen.com

New Edition July 13 OKC Zoo Amphitheatre. www.thezooamphitheatre.com Vince Gill

OKC RedHawks v. New Orleans July 7-10

July 22 Brady Theater. www. bradytheater.com

Second Saturdays

Ongoing Families enjoy the Philbrook Museum of Art and participate in art activities for free on the second Saturday of every month. www.philbrook.org

Tiny Tuesdays and Drop-in Art Ongoing Guest artists at the Oklahoma City

2014 U.S. Senior Open

July 7-13 Major swing action comes to Edmond’s Oak Tree National golf course with featured players Bob Tway, Gil Morgan, Scott Verplank, Willie Wood and more than 150 other professional and amateur golfers over age 50. www.2014ussenioropen. com

v. Nashville July 17-20

Museum of Art Education Center help families with young children create together and understand the museum artworks the third Tuesday of each month through May. Drop-in Art is open Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. www.okcmoa.com

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International Round Up Club Cavalcade July 14-20 The world’s largest

Paul and Sam Bevilacqua

Dodgebrawl

Kachinas From the Red Earth Collection July 1-Sept. 30 Nearly 100 distinct

July 19 Just like when you were a kid, but organized as a tournament and better than ever at the BOK Center. www. bokcenter.com

v. San Antonio July 17

10 Brady Theater. www.bradytheater.com

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

amateur rodeo is back at the Osage County Fairgrounds in Pawhuska with a variety of events. www.cavalcaderodeo.com

v. Minnesota July 10

International Finals Youth Rodeo in Shawnee

Art Adventures

USA Volleyball High Performance Championships July 22-26 More than

100 boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams from all over the country and world take on the tournament challenge at the Cox Business Center. www. teamusa.org

Thru July J. Claudette Gallery features the hand-blown glass works of the father and son artists from Tulsa. www.jclaudettegallery.com

Kachina dolls of the Hopi and Pueblo cultures are featured in a special exhibition demonstrating the art and thought that went into their making at Red Earth Museum. www.redearth.org

Don Narcomey, Liz Roth

July 4-27 The JRB Art at The Elms gallery highlights the work of two Oklahoma artists this month. www. jrbartgallery.com

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v. Arkansas July 9-12 v. Arkansas July 17-20 v. Springfield July 28-30 v. NW Arkansas July 31-Aug. 3

Oklahoma City Energy

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v. Pittsburgh July 12 v. Arizona July 17 v. LA Galaxy II July 19

Midnight Madness 50 Miler Championship Race July 4 The USATF

Oklahoma Association event begins a half hour before midnight at the 41st Street Plaza on Riverside Drive. www.tatur.org

International Finals Youth Rodeo

July 6-11 The most promising young rodeo stars compete in everything from barrel racing and bareback riding to steer wrestling and bull riding at Shawnee’s Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center. www.ifyr.com

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The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism Thru July 7 More than 60 works of art – paintings, drawings and sculpture – created between 1880-1940 by Paul Gauguin, Matisse, Cezanne, Degas, Picasso and Derain are part of this collection of the late CBS founder and on exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. www.crystalbridges.org

Rendezvous

Thru July 13 Gilcrease Museum has the goods when it comes to contemporary Western art – the annual exhibition and art sale are back with great works by featured artists Greg Beecham and Ross Matteson among many others. www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu

Collective Past: Works on Paper

Thru July 20 Philbrook Museum of Art exhibits its diverse collection of art on paper – from European traditions to American contemporary – and the generosity of collectors, who gifted items to build the collection. www.philbrook.org

Allan Houser: On the Roof

Thru July 27 Six abstract bronze sculptures by the famed Oklahoma artist go on exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art roof terrace as part of a regional focus on the late Apache artist on the centennial of his birth. www.okcmoa.com

Art with Purpose: The Work of E.W. Deming July 27-Oct. 12 Gilcrease

2014 U.S. Senior Open

They don’t come much bigger than the U.S. Senior Open for men’s senior golf, which means Edmond is about to become the center attraction in the golf world. Pros of the sport such as Bob Tway, Scott Verplank (pictured), Gil Morgan and Willie Wood head for Oak Tree National, Edmond’s nationally renowned golf course, for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open golf tournament, which runs Monday, July 7, through Sunday, July 13 – the big finale. The event is expected to attract 156 players, pros and amateurs, along with more than 140 spectators, creating an economic boon of more than $15 million for the area and community. The 2014 tournament will be the first time the open has been played in Oklahoma in its three-decade-plus history. Past champions include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Local fans are sure to cheer on Scott Verplank, a PGA veteran and Edmond resident. For more, go to www.oaktreenationa.com.

Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale Thru Aug. 3 More

than 30 Western works of art – paintings and sculpture – by contemporary fine artists are the main attraction of a sale and exhibition that continues through the summer at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. www. nationalcowboymuseum.org

Museum presents an exhibit of 30 rarely seen works from the museum’s permanent collection by the artist, who painted scenes of daily life among various American Indian tribes. www. gilcrease.utulsa.edu

Art 365

Hard Times, Oklahoma, 1939-40 July 27-Oct.26 Photographs by Russell Lee documenting the struggles of rural Oklahomans during the Great Depression for the Farm Security Administration create a portrait of history and heritage at Philbrook Museum of Art. www. philbrook.org

Jason Willaford

Thru Aug. 9 The innovative work of five Oklahoman artists (working through the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition) go on exhibit at the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa. www. art365.org

Thru Aug. 22 The Dallas mixed media artist known for his re-purposed billboard vinyl series of found artwork exhibits at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. www.oklahomacontemporary.org

Theodore Fried: Pivotal Moments in Twentieth Century Art Thru Sept. Works by the Hungarian painter at the confluence of eras and schools in modern art go on exhibit at Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art. www.jewishmuseum.net

Beauty Within

Thru Sept. 7 The work of Hopi artist Charles Loloma – including jewelry, drawings, ceramics and prints – are part of this exhibit looking at his innovative use of materials and technique at Philbrook Downtown. www.philbrook.org

OilandWood:Oklahoma Moderns George Bogart and James Henkle Thru Sept.14 The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art shows works from two professors emerti of the University of Oklahoma School of Art & Art History. www.ou.edu/fjjma

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Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-

Steely Dan

Arts

Thru Sept. 14 About 140 paintings, sculptures and art works on paper dating between the 17th and 19th centuries go up in this exhibit at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art focusing on the influential school of fine art. www.okcmoa.com

Wunderkammer and Totemic Taxonomy Thru Sept. 15 Brandice Guerra’s

Wunderkammer mixes art and natural history’s curiosities, while artists Peter Froslie and Cathleen Faubert present Totemic Taxonomy, a show interpreting people’s relationship to objects and symbols, at Science Museum Oklahoma. www.sciencemuseumok.org

American Encounters Thru Sept. 15 The five-piece exhibit subtitled Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution, demonstrates how the art of portraiture evolved in American and European painting in the 18th and 19th centuries. American Encounters is on exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. www.crystalbridges.org Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River Thru Sept. 21 Philbrook Museum

focuses on Claude Monet’s intimate connection to the river Seine in an exhibit bringing together pieces from across his career. www.philbrook.org

Allan Houser: A Celebration Thru Nov.2 Philbrook Downtown features the paintings of Oklahoma artists Allan Houser on the centennial of his birth year. www.philbrook.org

First Friday Art Crawl Ongoing Stroll the Brady Arts District in Tulsa for new exhibitions at galleries and art centers as well as live music and other events at the Guthrie Green and other venues. www.thebradyartsdistrict.com. 2nd Friday Circuit Art

Ongoing A monthly celebration of arts in Norman. www.2ndfridaynorman.com

Weekends On Us Ongoing Free admission to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum the first full weekend of every month. www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

CHARITABLE EVENTS Dealing for Dreams

July 19 Go casino to support Make-A-Wish Foundation at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. www.dealingfordreams.org

Boys & Girls Club of Metro Tulsa Charity Golf Tournament July 21 The

game takes place at the Tulsa Country Club and supports Salvation Army Tulsa Area Command programming at six Boys & Girls Clubs. www. uss.salvationarmy.org

Odyssey de Culinaire July 24,31 Chefs from Tulsa serve up their best for the Oklahoma City crowd at the Skirvin Hotel (July 24) before Oklahoma City chefs head to the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa (July 31) for this two-part event benefiting the Oklahoma Restaurant Association’s Hospitality Career Initiative. www.okrestaurants. com

COMMUNITY Sonic Summer Movies 2014

July 2-Aug. 13 Movies for the whole family are screened on the Great Lawn at Myriad Botanical Gardens. www.oklahomabotanicalgardens.com

Red, White & Boom

July 3 The Oklahoma City Philharmonic revs up the patriotism with a free Independence Day concert at Oklahoma State Fair Park complete with concessions, fireworks after dark and plenty of space for lawn chairs and picnic baskets. www. okcphilharmonic.org

Illuminations: Rediscovering the Art of Dale Chihuly Ongoing Tour

Fabulous First Thursday Lunch

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

Freedom Fest

the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s collection of glass pieces by the celebrated artist. www. okcmoa.com

First Friday Gallery Walk Ongoing The galleries of OKC’s Paseo Arts District welcome all each month. www.thepaseo.com

July 3 Experience the Delta in full flavor at PillowThompson House in Helena-West Helena, Ark., featuring caterers from around the Delta. www. pccua.edu/pillowthompson/

July 3 Owasso’s Stone Canyon goes big with food vendors, children’s activities and fireworks. www.stonecanyonliving.com

Fantasy in the Sky

July 3 Join the fun at Skiatook Municipal Airport for the huge light show. www.skiatookchamber.com

Tulsa Holiday Circuit

July 3-6 The cow horse and roping show returns to Expo Square. www.tulsaholidaycircuit.com

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ART Art with Purpose: The Works of E.W. Deming A

brief New York Times article published in May 1914 tells of a small exhibition in the home of “Mrs. Harriman” and describes paintings and portraits of everything from wildlife subjects (a family of bears) to history’s highlights (Lewis & Clark’s encounters). “In the more realistic paintings,” it states, “Mr. Deming misses vitality.” That perceived absence of life will not be so evident for viewers of Gilcrease Museum’s next exhibit, Art with Purpose: The Works of E.W. Deming, opening Sunday, July 27. Edwin Willard Deming was a young boy when he set out to become a “painter of Indians,” and in his long career, he made it his mission to capture the culture, spirituality and ordinary lives of American Indians during his lifetime (1860-1942). About 30 paintings pulled from the museum’s permanent collection make up this show that demonstrates Deming’s goal to broaden public perception of the diversity and depth of native cultures. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 12. For more, see www.gilcrease.utulsa. edu.

Pops on the River

July 4 Celebrate Independence Day in Little Rock, Ark., at this annual event with free kids’ activities, food trucks, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and fireworks at the River Market. showtime.arkansasonline. com/pops/

R.K. Gun Show

July 5-6 Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okstatefair.com

2014 Pony of Americas National Congress July 10-18 The versatile pony is

preened and shown in all its excellence at Expo Square. www.poac.org

Tokyo in Tulsa: Worlds Collide

July 11-13 Fans of Japanese pop culture and animation come together with shopping, art contests, gaming tournaments, cosplay and more at the Cox Business Center. www.tokyointulsa.com

Vince Gill at Riverwind Casino

LibertyFest

Thru July 4 One of the country’s top-rated Independence Day celebrations features multiple events all week in Edmond. www. libertyfest.org

Jenks American Freedom Fest and Sooner Boomfest July 4 You get

a lot at RiverWalk Crossing in Jenks for the massive fireworks celebration that includes live music and other attractions. www.jenkschamber. com

Tribute to Liberty July 4 Celebrate independence at Midwest City’s Joe B. Barnes Regional Park with great music, food and fireworks. www.midwestcityok.org Claremore 4th of July Celebration

July 4 Family attractions and fireworks at dusk at Claremore Lake Park. www.visitclaremore.org

Bartlesville 4th of July Freedom Fest July 4 Kids play free games, families

enjoy a parade and watch the fireworks and patriotic salute to veterans and active service personnel in downtown Bartlesville. www. bartlesvillefreedomfest.org

Freedom Festival

July 4 The family event includes carnival rides, fair food, a car show and impressive fireworks over Eldon Lyon

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Rocks and Gems of Indian Territory Convention & Show July 11-13 Collectors,

culture and more in Red Rock. www.omtribe.org

Table for Two

July 18 Executive Chef Robert Hall leads this culinary class at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Arkansas’s Petit Jean Mountain in which couples make traditional beef Wellington to enjoy by candlelight followed by a decadent dessert. Classes include overnight lodging and a continental breakfast. www.livethelegacy.org

Green Country RV and Boat Show July 18-20 Vendors bring models to

4 Enjoy a family-friendly Independence Day celebration in unforgettable San Antonio. www. visitsanantonio.com

Taste of Summer July

The marketplace for artisan crafts, antiques and boutique specialties sets up at Expo Square. www.heartoftulsa.com

Arts, Crafts, Music & Cajun Take pART in the Fair July 12 Learn Festival July 4 Great Cajun food, crafts and a few creative skills in these classes (canning, music are the heart of this celebration in Grove and on Grand Lake. www.grandlakefestivals. com

Tulsa Freedom Fest July 4 T-Town’s big Independence Day party features live entertainment on the Arkansas River, a bicycle parade and a big fireworks show set to music from the 21st Steet Bridge. www.riverparks.org Watermelon Seed Spittin’ World Championships July 4 Everyone has the

potential to be a champion at this July 4 tradition at Pauls Valley’s Wacker Park. www.paulsvalley. com

A Celebration in the Heartland July 4 The outdoor family festival brings a carnival, arts and crafts, food vendors, local wine reps and more to Moore’s Buck Thomas Park. www. cityofmoore.com

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quilting, painting, ceramics, photography, etc.) at Oklahoma State Fair Park and make something to enter in the creative arts competitions at the state fair in the fall. www.okstatefair.com

OKC Gun Show

July 12-13 Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okstatefair.com

Greater Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Horse Show July 16-20 Horsemanship is

on exhibition in this Oklahoma Hunter-Jumper Association show at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okhunterjumper.com

Porter Peach Festival

July 17-19 Visit downtown Porter near Muskogee for delicious fun and peach cobbler at the 48th annual event. www.porterpeachfestivals.com

Otoe-Missouria Summer Encampment July 17-20 Be part of the Otoe-Missouria tribe’s long tradition of dance,

July 26-27 Expo Square.

¡Viva Oklahoma! Hispanic Chamber Expo & Career Fair July 27 Get familiar

with Oklahoma City’s Hispanic and Latino communities and businesses at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.okchispanicchamber.org

Wo r l d W i d e P a i n t H o r s e Congress July 30-Aug.3 Paint horse breeders,

trainers, show folks and appreciators of the hardy horse breed gather to present the best at Expo Square. www.exposquare.com

Starlight Concerts Summer Series Thru Aug. 1 The Starlight Bands bring

their orchestra and jazz shows to the Guthrie Green for outdoor entertainment every Tuesday. www.starlightbands.net

Summer’s Fifth Night

Thru Aug. 28 The song goes on throughout summer, Thursday evenings at Utica Square. www.uticasquare. com

Arts Council of OKC’s Sunday Twilight Concerts Thru Sept. 28 Don’t

miss these mellow evening concerts at the Great Lawn and band shell at Myriad Botanical Gardens. www.oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com

Movies in the Park

Thru Oct. 31 Tulsa’s Guthrie Green screens favorite comedies and dramas Thursday evenings through Halloween. www.guthriegreen.com

International Gymnastics Hall of Fame Ongoing Celebrate the athletic and

artistic elements of the sport while honoring its most accomplished athletes at Science Museum Oklahoma. www.sciencemuseumoklahoma.org

Destination Space Ongoing Revealing the amazing science that allows us to travel b e y o n d t h e c o n fi n e s o f e a r t h . w w w. sciencemuseumoklahoma.org Walking Tour

Ongoing Take a walking tour of historic downtown Tulsa. www.tulsahistory. org

Gilcrease Films Ongoing See various films throughout the month. www.gilcrease.org OKCMOA Films Ongoing Oklahoma City Museum of Art. www.okcmoa.com Planetarium Shows

Ongoing Science Museum Oklahoma. www.sciencemuseumoklahoma. org

Oklahoma City SummerJewelry &BeadShow July

4th of July Celebration and Square. www.ttownrockhound.org Fireworks in San Antonio July An Affair of the Heart July 11-13

traders, vendors and dabblers gather at Expo

R.K. Gun Show

www.rkshows.com

Expo Square. www. greencountryrvdealers. com

18-20 Features jewelry, bead supplies, gemstones and equipment vendors at Oklahoma State Fair Park. www.aksshow. com

Park in Bethany. www.cityofbethany.org

feline filmography curated by Will Braden (creator of the hit Henri Le Chat Noir videos) and screened on the Great Lawn of Myriad Botanical Gardens. www.oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com

19 Broken Arrow’s ice cream festival will feature events, attractions and a variety of Blue Bell flavors for the entire family at Central Park. 918.258.5100

A Band of Gypsies: Mischievous Swing

Metcalf Gun Show July 19-20 Oklahoma State Fair Park.

www.okstatefair.com

American Buckskin 27th Annual World Championship Show July 23-27 The

big show is back at Expo Square with another week of outstanding horsemanship, exceptional horses and fun. www.americanbuckskin.org

Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma July 25-27 Expo Square. www.

exposquare.com

Internet Cat Video Festival 2014

July 26 The Walker Art Center presents a night of

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