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ZOO-RRIFIC PEOPLE WORK TO MAKE OKC ZOO A MAGICAL PLACE

SUMMER HAIR HORRORS? SALON EXCLUSIVE HAS THE FIX

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LIFESTYLE LETTER

JULY 2019 PUBLISHER

Brian Ihnat | brian.ihnat@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Heide Brandes | heide.brandes@lifestylepubs.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

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Sweet Summertime

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Cindy Ritchie, Kim Wheeler

SUMMERTIME IS A MAGICAL SEASON. The kids are out of school, the sunshine seems never-ending and there’s no shortage of adventures that await. For many, summer evokes fond memories of childhood: sleepaway camp, family vacations and swimming until your fingers are shriveled like prunes. We also celebrate our nation’s independence, host parties for our friends and family (see ​Page 50 ​for a summer salad recipe with a twist) and, if we’re lucky, take a scenic road trip! We planned the ideal summer getaway—playlist included— to San Antonio, Texas, on Page 32​. We also highlight some of the people who make the Oklahoma City Zoo so special, look at the latest trends in outdoor furnishings, show off some sleek convertibles from Exotic Motorsports of Edmond and more! With so much to see and do this month, we only scratched the surface of what OKC​ has to offer—but we hope this issue gets you off to a good start.

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Happy exploring, ​OKC​. We hope to see you around!

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INSIDE THE ISSUE JULY 2019

FEATURES 28 Zoo-rrific Jobs Hundreds of Employees Work to Make OKC Zoo a Magical Place

32 Sassy San Antonio With New Attractions Opening, San Antonio Becomes Summer Hot Spot

36 Get Your Groove On! As a Nine-Piece Band, Groove Merchants Please Crowds With High Energy, Trained Talent, Popular Songs

40 Bringing Out the Wild Side Area Rugs, Resin and Concrete

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Furnishings Give Outdoor Spaces a Touch of Exotic

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Good Times

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20 Driver’s Notebook 24 Locally Owned 32 Road Trip 36 Back Stage 40 Renovate & Refine 46 Lifestyle Calendar 50 Culinary Creations


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OKC Dodgers’ Hosts Friday Night Hometown Heroes Presented by Boeing The Oklahoma City Dodgers honored local military members and their families in May during the first Hometown Heroes presented by Boeing night of the season. Dodgers players and coaches wore camouflage jerseys during the game, and a Chair of Honor was dedicated as part of the Hussey Seating Company’s Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Chair of Honor Program. 

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THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO PACK FOOD FOR HUNGRY KIDS

beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2019. In order to qualify for the exemption, the taxpayer must

Nearly 2,000 volunteers are needed to help

have been under contract and providing care for

assemble snacks and fresh meals for the Regional

at least six months or claim a pro rata exemp-

Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Summer Feeding

tion based on the difference. DHS hopes to

Program. Through the Regional Food Bank of

have recruited another 400 foster families by

Oklahoma's Summer Feeding Program, any child

the end of June to hit its annual goal of 900

18 and under can receive nutritious meals and

new, approved foster homes. DHS specifically

snacks at more than 130 locations in central and

is needing families who will take in teenagers,

western Oklahoma. Those meals are prepared

large sibling groups and children with mental

and packaged in Hope’s Kitchen, the Regional

health issues or other special medical needs. Of

Food Bank’s production kitchen. "We often say

the 8,000 children in foster care, around 500 are

that volunteers are the lifeblood of the Regional

also legally free and waiting to be adopted. SB

Food Bank. No time during the year is that more

893 will go into effect Nov. 1, 2019.

evident than during the summer months as Hope's day for the Summer Feeding Program," said Katie

LT. GOV. PINNELL DISCUSSES TOURISM AT CHAMBER MAY FORUM

Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional

Did you know that OKC’s visitor economy is

Kitchen begins producing nearly 6,000 meals per

Food Bank. Volunteers are needed to help assem-

one of its largest economies? Maintaining and

ble snacks and fresh meals through July 26.

improving upon Oklahoma City's growing tourism

Shifts are available Monday through Friday from

and hospitality is a must. Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt

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Pinnell talked about his vision for strengthening

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the hospitality industry in the state of Oklahoma at

GOVERNOR SIGNS TAX EXEMPTION FOR FOSTER FAMILIES

during the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's May Chamber Forum. Signature Sponsor Cox Business and Corporate Sponsor ADG helped put on the

Oklahoma’s more than 4,100 foster families

chamber forum for members and member busi-

will soon get some financial relief following

nesses. Lt. Pinnell was named Secretary of Tourism

the signing of Senate Bill 893. Sen. Paul Scott,

and Branding and tasked with the job of attracting

R-Duncan, and Rep. Rande Worthen, R-Lawton,

more lucrative tourism dollars into the economy.

authored the bill, which will provide a $5,000

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF OKC CONTINUES CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

compared 100 U.S. cities across 19 key indicators of startup viability. The data set ranges from five-year

In January, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma

business-survival rate to office-space affordability.

County announced the public phase of its Great

Oklahoma City ranked high on the data, making it

Futures Campaign to serve more youth, more often,

one of the best large cities for starting a business.

with greater impact. The campaign centers around

According to the report, Oklahoma City ranked:

adding a Teen Center space for high school stu-

+ 7th – Financing Accessibility

dents at the Memorial Park Boys & Girls Club, 3535

+ 30th – Office-Space Affordability 

N. Western, sustaining the club programs in three

+ 44th – Labor Costs

elementary schools, enhanced programming at all

+ 3rd – Cost of Living

four club sites and broadening the footprint by add-

+ 14th – Length of Average Workweek (in Hours)

ing a fifth club site. The organization has a current

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membership of 3,854 youth ages 6 to 18 serving up to 800 each day after school and during summer and school breaks. Professional staff and volunteers work toward three primary outcomes for the

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youth served: that they graduate from high school

Library System announced they will continue their

with a plan for the future, live healthy lifestyles

community literacy program, “Read for Adventure."

(nutrition, exercise and healthy relationships) and

This popular promotion and partnership enables

become contributing members of the community.

Oklahoma library card holders to check out the

More information about the organization, the Great

original children’s book Our Day at the Zoo from any

Futures Campaign and how to donate can be found

participating public library location within the state

at BGCOKC.org or by calling 405.602.5714.

to receive four general admission ticket vouchers to the OKC Zoo. “Read for Adventure” continues

OKC NAMED TOPS FOR 'BEST LARGE CITY TO START BUSINESS'

through March 31, 2020. Zoo ticket vouchers are good through March 31, 2020. For more information, visit OKCZoo.org.

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BOEING LANDS CONTRACT TO MODERNIZE BOMBER FLEET

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OKC DODGERS REFURBISH PLAYING FIELDS AT WHEELER PARK The Oklahoma City Dodgers participated in Minor League Baseball Charities’ new field refurbishment initiative, “MiLB Project: Refresh” powered by ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment, by volunteering  May 13 to improve the playing fields at Wheeler Park. The OKC Dodgers front office staff  partnered with Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation and ECHO Outdoor Power Equipment to paint, pull weeds, edge, make fencing improvements and more at the Wheeler Park playing fields, located at  1120 S. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City. Wheeler Park is home of the OKC Dodgers Rookie League, a

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dream of Eliud Villareal and his brother, but in July 2018, he and his business partner, Braiden Bond, opened Exotic Motorsports on Kelly.

This 2011 Audi Rd V10 Sypder comes in silver over a

The business averages 10 to 12 exotic car sales a

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month. Although pre-owned, the cars all come to the

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sounding car.

"We have anything from old classic cars to new or exotic cars. A lot of these cars are on consignment," Eliud says. With brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Audis, finding the perfect summer convertible is easy. "Summer is all about the open top," Eliud says. "You can enjoy the road, hear the cool sounds of the car and look cool doing it."

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With LED headlights and a carbon-fiber interior, this vehicle's leather has been injected with colored pigments that can reduce surface temperatures by up to 68 degrees. "I really like the sound of this car," Eliud says. "It sounds exotic and Italian. Even though its a German car, it has an Italian motor." The Audi is available at $85,000.


2016 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 3LZ This black beauty is a classic that also comes with a carbon fiber package and a Z07 performance package. The black interior complements the exterior, which also has a clear bra on the front to protect it from rock chips. Prepare for speed with this hot rod, Eilud says. "It's fast! It has 650 horsepower and only 2,700 miles on it," he says. With its epic performance, advanced features and easy-to-drive nature, the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette just might be the world's best sports-car bargain at $72,000.

2013 FERRARI 458 SPIDER This epic piece of machinery has been called "the most complete Ferrari I have ever driven" by some car critics, and it's easy to see why. It comes with a 570-horsepower  V8 engine, seven-speed transmission and rear wheel drive, but it's really the color that makes this unique car stand out. While Ferraris are known for their striking red color, this one is in Grigio Ingrid, named after iconic Hollywood bombshell Ingrid Bergman. "Ingrid Bergman's husband wanted a one-off car for her, so he contacted Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari to create a 375 MM for her," Eiud says. "She picked out the color, and Ferrari named it after her. It's a really unique color, and the Chicolata interior accents it very well." This vehicle runs $199,000. For more information on Exotic Motorsports of Edmond, visit ExoticMotorsportsOK.com.

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L a r ry R i tc h i e GUEST SERVICES SUPERVISOR Larry started working at the zoo 12 years ago but has served as guest services supervisor for the last three years. His job is to guide the employees who take care of the guests. “The first job I had here was driving the tram. A lot of people who are in guest services start out driving the tram,” he says. Larry says his favorite part about working at the zoo is interacting with the staff and the guests. “It’s just a really neat place to be, and you get to help people connect with wildlife and wild places and help them learn about conservation. It’s an important job for me, and it’s a lot of fun at the same time,” he says. Larry especially likes interacting with children at the zoo and seeing “that light come on in their eyes when they learn something or make a connection with an animal.” “You can change a child’s whole perception of things with one interaction here at the zoo,” he says.  28

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HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES WORK TO MAKE OKC ZOO A MAGICAL PLACE


“Over the years, I’ve been promoted up, recently to the manager position, so it’s now my job to teach the teachers,” Erica says. “I get teach staff about our programming, I teach them how to interact with our guests, and then I send them out into the world, and they spread our messaging. It’s wonderful to see future conservationists get out there and do what I was doing.”

E r i ca B u c kwa lt e r

Erica also helps to train the workers at the zoo’s summer camp programs. She said those summer camps make a difference in children’s lives and conservation.

FAMILY AND INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS MANAGER

“I did a camp called Wildlife Warriors, which was about conservation and how

Erica was one of those children whose

kids can help,” she says. “I talked to the

lives was changed. She can pinpoint the

kids about palm oil and how it’s threatening

exact moment in first grade when she

orangutans in Borneo and Sumatra. I told

wanted to work at the zoo.

them about an app that you can use that

“Zookeeper Joe came to my school, and he needed somebody to hold his snake for

will scan a barcode and tell you if it has palm oil in it and if it’s sustainable or not.”

him, and that was me,” she says. “From that

Two years later, a Wildlife Warrior student

moment on, I wanted to work with animals.”

came back and told Erica that she still makes

Erica started her career at the zoo as a

her mother scan all of the products they buy

full-time teacher, which meant going out into the community to spread the message of conservation.

to check for sustainable palm oil. “That was one of my favorite moments that I’ve had. It’s very rewarding,” she says. CONTINUED >

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ZOO-RRIFIC JOBS

(CON TI N U ED)

H e av e n C l a r k GUEST SERVICES ASSISTANT Heaven could be described as a “Girl Friday” at the Oklahoma City Zoo. She helps at the front desk and guest services, works as a team leader and can be seen helping out on the grounds of the zoo as well. She had worked at the Science Museum Oklahoma and considered a second job at the zoo. "On the first day, I fell in love, so I've been here ever since,” she says. Heaven’s favorite job is being able to connect with guests and coworkers. In the summer, she also helps with tours, answers the phones and helps guests have positive experiences. “I got to witness a proposal once. It was so beautiful, and we were all in tears,” she says. “Every day is different. There could be an animal interaction that we have to take care of or a guest interaction that is different. We get a lot of fascinating phone calls that you wouldn't get at a typical job. We want to be a resource.” Candice says the zoo is always hiring and that everyone from teens working their first job to retired persons can find a job that suits them. For more information, visit OKCZoo.org.

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The Alamo is an iconic historic site in San Antonio.


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REMEMBER THE ALAMO! It’s hard not to repeat the phrase in your mind as you explore the San Antonio Alamo Museum, one of Texas’ most visited historic sites.

In 1929, San Antonio's Robert Hugman submitted plans for what would become the present 2.5-mile-long River Walk. The River Walk winds below street level and is a picturesque and pleasant way to

Home of the famous 1836 battle and to

navigate the city. It can be explored by foot

living history demonstrations, the 300-year-

along the river’s walking path or on a river

old former Spanish-mission-turned-fortress

barge for a ride and guided tour.

is open year-round and is free to visit.

The River Walk was once the home

But it was the stories and the names of

of the massive Pearl Brewing industrial

the men who fought that doomed battle that

complex. The old brewery itself has been

really grab your heart. San Antonio is famous

transformed into the high-end boutique

for many adventures besides the Alamo, but

Hotel Emma, and the area hosts a thriving

this summer will see the south Texas city

farmers’ market every Saturday.

gain even more attractions to enjoy.

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San Antonio treasure and the largest urban

through downtown, while drivers provide

ecosystem in the nation. It was created

narrated tours and point out unique San

after a deadly flood in 1921 took 50 lives.

Antonio landmarks.

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ROAD TRIP

(CON TI N U ED)

The Pearl District is a unique neighborhood worth a visit in San Antonio.

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The Groove Merchants

“WHAT WE ARE BEST AT IS KEEPING A

OKLAHOMA CITY’S GROOVE MERCHANTS AREN’T YOUR TYPICAL CLUB BAND PLAYING FAVORITE HITS AT WEDDINGS AND VENUES. This nine-piece band is a lot groovier. The Groove Merchants is a nine-piece band that specializes in wed-

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PARTY GOING.”

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'70s up to brand-new songs that are on the radio today. With both male tion, The Groove Merchants can cover just about any type of music but really focus on dance songs. “What we are best at is keeping a dance floor and party going,”

GUITAR AND

says Scott Smelser, guitar and co-manager. “Once we get going, we

CO-MANAGER

difference for the energy of the party. Nothing kills a party quicker than

average about two seconds between songs, which really makes a huge a band standing around looking at each other trying to decide what they are doing next. We truly have it down to a science.” Scott and the other manager and trombone player, Eric Leonard, work closely with clients, especially brides and coordinators, to make sure all of the details of the events are meticulously planned and executed. Mike Turner, the keyboard player and musical director, runs the magic on the bandstand. The Groove Merchants create an atmosphere that gets the feet dancing and the faces smiling.

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BACK STAGE

(CON TI N U ED)

The Groove Merchants

GETTING GROOVY The Groove Merchants began in 2001 when bass player Chuck Moore moved back to Oklahoma City from Nashville. Chuck and Scott grew up playing in bands together and wanted to get something going again.

University Jazz programs, and some of the players teach music at the college level, have done tours and recording with other artists and played with famous people. “We basically never rehearse. We regularly add new songs to our repertoire, but the level of skill and pro-

“At that time I was also playing a church gig with Mike

fessionalism is so high that everyone just does their

Turner, so we enlisted him and a couple of other guys to get

homework and we will show up on the gig and play the

things started,” Scott says. “Eric came in soon after that with

new material,” Scott says.

his horn, and things just kept growing from there. We have

“Mike Turner does our horn arrangements, and we

been a nine-piece now for about 10 years. We have had sev-

have some of the best players in town who can just

eral personnel changes over the years, but keeping any band

come in and read those parts down.”

together for over 18 years is quite an accomplishment.”

The Groove Merchants are unique, and their fans are

The Groove Merchants typically do two or three

too. They don’t have a “typical” crowd, but they have

shows a month, the majority of those being wed-

developed a list of songs that can appeal to everyone

dings or corporate events. The band also performs at

from teenagers to retirees.

the UCO Jazz Lab every other month and makes an

“We really understand that the clients we serve now

appearance on Thursdays at Redrock Canyon Grill on

have us there because they know of our professionalism,

Lake Hefner during the summer months.

dependability and of our reputation to enhance their

“The best part of performing with the Groove

event with no surprises,” Scott says.

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Summer Salad With a Twist

RED ROCK CANYON GRILL SHARES ROTISSERIE CHOPHOUSE SALAD

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pulled apart

DIRECTIONS Chop ingredients and combine. Top

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Grill is available at the lakeside dining

with fresh chicken and avocados, really spe-

restaurant, but Brad shared his recipe so

cial is the surprise drizzle of barbecue sauce.

you can try it at home.

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