Luxiere - Oklahoma Lifestyle & Real Estate // Edition 32

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LIFESTYLE & REAL ESTATE O K L A H O M A • E D I T I O N 32

T R AV E L FOUR HISTORIC HOTEL STAYS

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Summer

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INSIDE THIS EDITION

CONTENTS

54 BEAUTY: GLOW UP Your morning routine for dewy summer skin from the OG skin experts at Natura Bisse S T O R Y BY C H R I S T I N E E D D I N G T O N

38 COMMUNITY: RHAPSODY IN GREEN The proud, behind-the-scenes story of Southern Hills Country Club’s Russ Myers S T O R Y BY M I C H A E L K I N N E Y

49 TRAVEL: FOUR HISTORIC HOTELS, FOUR SPLENDID STAYS For a night or for a weekend, the sumptuous joy of staying in a great hotel is the reset we need right now

ON THE COVER FASHION: HOT GIRL SUMMER

Poolside fashion has never been so sultry, celebratory and absolutely necessary P H O T O G R A P H Y BY J O S H W E L C H

14 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: TALITA DENEGRI When Talita DeNegri, principal at Mount St. Mary Catholic High School, talks about her school, she’s really talking about where her heart lives S T O R Y BY C H R I S T I N E E D D I N G T O N

42 ART: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF NICOL RAGLAND Meet the globe-trekking photographer, documentary filmmaker and founder of the new nonprofit REGENOK S T O R Y BY C H R I S T I N E E D D I N G T O N

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2 7 Business: Lezel Safi On Life, Law & Hitting Her Stride | 4 1 Community: Family Builders OKC - The Nonprofit You’ve Probably Never Heard Of | 7 1 Luxiere Real Estate: Oklahoma’s Exclusive Properties

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GLOW UP Your morning routine for dewy summer skin (and a little more joy!) from the OG skin experts at Natura Bisse BY CHRISTINE EDDINGTON PHOTOS COURTESY OF NATURA BISSE

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atura Bisse has always been ahead of its time. Since 1979, the family-owned, Barcelona-based skincare company has created products that are beloved, almost revered, for one big reason: They work. Beautifully. Spas use them. They’re award-winning. And they feel like a little bit of magic. One of the lessons we learned during lockdown, which we fully intend to cherish moving forward, is the importance of self-care to maintaining a strong, healthy mind-body connection. Pausing to care for ourselves is a gift. Adding five minutes to your morning or evening routine is a great way to start. Here’s what we’d suggest in the mornings: Once or twice a week before you shower, massage a good-sized dollop of the Body Scrub onto dry skin with circular movements, paying extra attention to rougher areas such as elbows and heels. Why not listen to your favorite song while you are applying it? For gentler exfoliation, apply the Body Scrub to damp skin. Rinse well and dry. Each day when you step out of the shower, whether you’ve scrubbed or not, ask yourself what your mind and body need that day. Four dry-oil formulas in the Diamond Well-Living collection allow you to personalize your daily moisturizing ritual. These fast-absorbing oils care for your skin and transform your mood. Choose the one that best meets your needs

each day, and savor this small moment you’ve carved out for yourself. Need a reset? Reach for The Dry Oil – Detox. When you find yourself thinking about long walks and blue skies, this oil will refresh your mindset and smooth your skin. It smells like fresh air. If you need to rev up and recharge, The Dry Oil – Fitness is your BFF. Whether you are training hard, feeling tense or experiencing mental fatigue, this heady surge of peppermint and eucalyptus will help relieve tension and energize your mind. It’s restoration in a bottle. Sometimes it’s just time to stop. That’s the day to reach for The Dry Oil – De-Stress. Let the scent of sweet, soothing lavender and grape seeds feel like splendid tranquility. Take a few deep breaths, then a few more. For general energetic gloriousness, try The Dry Oil – Energizing. Citrus, cypress, sage and rosemary join forces in this vibrant mood lifter. Your energy will be as luminous as your skin! The Diamond Well-Living collection of scrubs, oils and treatments have been designed around how you would like to feel each day, and what you need to get there. It’s the kind of revolutionary thinking we’ve come to expect from the company. Natura Bisse is available at Balliets, 6443 Avondale Dr., OKC. •

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KAREN KURTZ Karen Kurtz is a much-beloved yogi and communications maven in Oklahoma City. She’s also a Natura Bisse devotee. We asked her what her go-to products are and, more importantly, why:

Tell us what you love. C+C Vitamin Cream is my winter go-to. It really helps with winter dry skin. It absorbs very well and makes my skin feel soft. I received a sample of C+C Vitamin Summer Lotion recently and love the way it feels on my skin. Once I run out of my current lotion, I’m totally getting this. (I’m a firm believer in using up what you have first before you purchase a new product.) It was super light, and a little went a long way. The only bad thing was that my skin felt so soft that I wanted to touch my face, and we’re now not supposed to do that due to Covid. (Ha ha!)

What else? Diamond Extreme Eye. This is a fantastic eye cream, but rather pricey … I currently use Diamond Cocoon Sheer Eye. This actually is lighter than the Diamond Extreme Eye, and I like the texture better. It has a little bit of color, so on the days when I don’t wear make-up, I still cover up any dark circles or puffiness under the eye. The great thing about either of these eye products is that you only need a very small amount for coverage and benefit. I only use about 1mm radius for both eyes (about the size of a large pin head), and it blends evenly and thoroughly. You don’t feel like you have a glob of product under your eyes. Since you don’t use much, a bottle lasts a really long time, which can help justify the cost.

Do you have a favorite? My favorite right now is the Diamond Cocoon Sheer Eye, but once I get the C+C Summer lotion, that just might overtake the eye cream for the lead. I was very impressed with that product.

How do Natura Bisse products differ from others you’ve tried? The main focus of this line is skin care, and it definitely shows. The products feel rich on my skin. Every product I’ve used absorbs into my skin well and leaves it feeling soft and supple without heaviness or greasiness. Also, I have VERY sensitive skin, and I’ve never had an issue with any of the Natura Bisse products I’ve tried – no breakouts or the burning feeling that some products have on my skin. The scent is light (no strong odor and not perfume-y). I really do think these are top-of-the-line products.

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LIP SERVICE

PLUMP AND PERFECT YOUR POUT BY LAURA NANCE

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ot only have we spent what feels like forever wearing masks, we’ve had plenty of time to notice and critique every line and wrinkle while on all those Zoom calls. So now that faces are once again in full view, maybe it’s time to think about a little love for your lips. “As soon as masks started coming off, lips regained the spotlight,” said Jessica Mathes, RN, of Zen Aesthetics + Wellness in Edmond. “I would say the most common request is simply for fuller lips with my younger clients and fuller, smoother and more youthful lips for my older clients.” Even with the pandemic’s effects, injectables were still one of the most sought-after treatments in 2020, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Of the top five minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, soft tissue fillers were No. 2, just behind Botox. Social media has, without a doubt, played a role in the quest for a fuller pout. “Social media has really normalized the procedure,” said Lauren McGehee, RN, of Skinlab Injectables. “Almost everyone has seen lip injections or before and after pictures, so they know what to expect. And many people tell us they want their lips to look better for photos.” Lacey Dvoracek, RN, of Restorative Injectables said it’s the natural look that fillers provide that makes them so popular with everyone. “As fillers go, lips are definitely the most common requested procedure from all ages.” Most lip enhancements are done with hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance found in the body. It’s generally the most popular filler because of the natural look it provides, plus it’s safe, temporary and can be dissolved. Popular HA fillers include Restylane, Kysse and Juvéderm Ultra XC. It was a fuller lip that Maci Tompkins was looking for when she decided to explore lip enhancement. For as long as she can remember, she’s been self-conscious of what she describes as thin lips that disappear when she smiles. “It is something I have always been very aware of, and decided it was the perfect time [to correct] since masks are coming off,” she said. The mom of 10-month-old twins, Tompkins did her research, looked at photos and chatted with friends who’d had fillers done. “I was going for the look that, if you didn’t know me, you’d have no idea I had my lips done,” she said. And she’s thrilled with the results. “As a new mom, I think being confident and doing things for me are still so important—and I love how my lips look.” GETTING IT DONE So, what are the steps to new lips? Both Mathes and Dvoracek said the initial consultation is the most important part of the process. “Consulting and setting expectations is a huge part of what I do,” added Dvoracek. The initial consultation includes assessing the natural lip and chatting about what the client is looking for—whether it is a poutier look, a defined border, getting rid of fine lines or just a subtle plump. “Clients look to me to guide

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them to what will enhance their natural lip, and choose the filler that will best achieve their goal,” said Mathes. Consultations and appointments are typically done at the same time, usually taking about an hour from start to finish. “It’s key to consult about what the client really needs in terms of structure, balance, symmetry, hydration or volume,” said McGehee. Once the procedure is determined, lips are cleaned with alcohol and a topical numbing cream is applied for 20-30 minutes. The numbing cream is removed, lips are cleaned again, and the injections—using very small needles—begin. Fillers include a small amount of lidocaine, which can cause a slight feeling of pressure or pinching, but most patients are comfortable during the process. Immediately after the procedure, lips are massaged and an ice pack is used to help with swelling, which is a common side effect. “I always suggest to my clients they give themselves a few days to recover from the swelling or slight bruising,” said McGehee. It takes fillers about two weeks to completely integrate into the tissue, and full results begin to appear as the swelling goes down. Fillers cost between $375-$700 and last 6 -12 months, depending on how the body breaks down the product. Clients can return during that timeframe in order to keep up with their new look. Another popular procedure is the lip flip, which uses strategically injected Botox instead of filler. Rather than adding volume like fillers, it relaxes the muscle above the upper lip, making it roll out slightly and giving the lips a subtle pout. Dvoracek added that some patients start with the lip flip if

they are nervous about jumping right in with fillers, or the procedures can be used in conjunction. Pricing ranges from $99 to $150. Regardless of the lip look the client is going for, the goal of the injector is a natural and refreshed lip. “It is a fine line—you don’t want to walk out looking like you’ve had something major done to your lips,” said Dvoracek. “Natural is the look I aim for while still giving clients what they want. I want people to look at my clients and think, ‘Hey, she looks refreshed,’ but they can’t put their finger on why.” Mathes added, “Lips are one of my favorite things to inject, and if someone is considering it, I say do it.” • — RESTORATIVE INJECTABLES 1001 NW 71st Place, Bldg. 3 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 405-849-9373 restorativeinjectables.com SKINLAB INJECTABLES 6424 N. Western Oklahoma City, OK 73116 405-436-1000 skinlabinjectables.com ZEN AESTHETICS + WELLNESS 122 N. Bryant Ave., Ste. B1 Edmond, OK 73034 405-888-5614 zenaestheticsandwellness.com

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• Do your research about where and who you’re going to choose. “Go to someone you trust and feel comfortable with,” suggests Tompkins. • Don’t take blood thinners or aspirin a few days before your treatment. “Be well hydrated and give yourself a few days to recover after your procedure,” added McGehee. • Be open and honest about what you want, but listen to your practitioner. Trust the professionals. • Be patient; it could take several appointments to achieve what you’re looking for.

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BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE CREME MASQUE VERNIX Hailed as a ‘true marriage of science and beauty,’ Crème Masque Vernix virtually reproduces the original composition of the newborn’s vernix – the first epidermal protective barrier at birth – thanks to a selection of active ingredients rich in lipids, proteins, and antioxidant peptides. Creme Masque Vernix, a sebaceous waxy substance, has powerful healing properties. It balances the pH of the skin and inhibits the growth of bacteria for a multi-pronged approach to skin replenishment. This 2-in-1 product helps recondition and strengthen deficient and/or stressed epidermis. It can be used as a mask or a cream. Thanks to its hydrating, repairing and protecting actions, Masque Vernix reduces transepidermal water loss, repairs the DNA of skin cells damaged by UV rays and minimizes the effects of aging. Recommended for deficient and/or stressed skin conditions.

BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE LOTION P50 EXFOLIATING TONER Hailed as a ‘facial in a bottle’ Biologique Recherche Lotion P50 is a progressive, purifying, cleansing, balancing and re-conditioning liquid exfoliant. Lotion p50 has a unique low pH formulation that aids in the skin being able to regain its original regenerative qualities and radiance. Additionally, this version contains specific active ingredients such as thyme essential oil and myrrh for their purifying, toning, and antiseptic properties. The P50, P50V, and P50W balancing exfoliators are the unique fruit of 30 years of reflection and experience. Lotion P50 balancing exfoliators speed up the epidermis’ natural exfoliating process and the reconstruction of the epidermal shield. The fortified epidermis can then fulfill its protective functions completely, enhancing the skin’s self-regeneration potential.

BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE BIOKISS LIP BALM Biokiss is complete care for the most damaged lips. Shea butter helps build a protective film on the surface, thereby preventing the water in the epidermis from evaporating, guaranteeing hydration. The product will leave your lips smoothed and soft while protecting them from external aggressions. The active ingredients of this formula nourish the labial epidermis in-depth and reduce dehydration, wrinkles, fine lines and cracks. With a rich, smooth and non-sticky texture it will protect, hydrate and repair lips. Recommended for all skin conditions, especially those with rough, dehydrated and chapped lips.

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LEZEL SAFI

ON LIFE, LAW AND HITTING HER STRIDE BY CHRISTINE EDDINGTON PHOTOS BY JORDAN MOBLEY

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atching Lezel Safi stride through the hushed, blue-chip dinner crowd at Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse in downtown Oklahoma City on the first truly hot day of the year was like watching a tiny, elegant tsunami wearing high heels and red lipstick. Her bright energy rippled through the room. The atmosphere became instantly more interesting in her wake, almost crackling. She took her seat and immediately ordered a single classic martini, which she sipped, chatting candidly about her law career, life and philosophy. This woman shies away from nothing. Safi, an attorney, is a powerhouse. Her recently founded law firm, Cunningham-Safi, is focused on an innovative approach to family law. “My firm takes a holistic approach to family law,” she explains. “I know that sounds new-agey, but really it’s about mental health.” Her goal for her clients is to take steps to address any issues or challenges needed in order to make it to the other side in a healthy, productive manner, especially when children are involved. “I want to help take the emotion out of it, because operating from a place of high emotion doesn’t lead you to good results.” ›

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In the moment, she understands, her clients may grapple with this approach. “The best analogy I can offer is that a divorce is like a house fire. We’re going to get you and your kids out, salvage what we can and move on. It’s ugly, hard and it’s going to hurt. But we’ll get you through it as healthy as possible.” If her clients need counseling for themselves or

LEZEL SAFI, as a family attorney, believes addressing the whole person is critically important for those navigating incredibly difficult moments in life.

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their kids, she connects them. Most do. If they need financial counseling, investment advice, estate planning help, you name it, Safi will find it for them. “I really want to help people,” she says. The idea that family law could be a platform for helping to heal others came to Safi one day, a sort of divine crystallization of what had been going

on with her own mental health. From the outside, Safi’s life looks perfect – and she’ll admit that it’s pretty darn good. She and her husband, Rick, have been sweethearts since college. They’re raising three wonderful kids, their globetrotting family trips are enviable and their love for one another is evident. Rick Safi is a dentist with a thriving practice in their hometown

of Edmond, where Lezel’s family has lived for three generations. “As a little girl, I never knew what I wanted to be. I never knew until law school, and I was always jealous of people who knew from the time they were young what they wanted to be. Rick always knew. My path has not been as direct.” Safi did her undergraduate study at Oklahoma State University, earned an MBA from Oklahoma City University and spent more than a decade as a stay-at-home mom, volunteering, running, shopping and doing a lot of yoga. Although she kept a smile on her face, “I was absolutely miserable,” she says. “I needed more purpose” – especially by the time the kids were school-aged. She started law school at 42, returning to Oklahoma City University. Law school is no easy feat for anyone. For Safi, it was a grueling blessing. “My extreme anxiety took me to my knees. I always just smiled, even though inside I was dying. The stress of law school was huge. I reached out to the counseling services at OCU, sobbing, with no hope and a huge fear of the unknown.” She soon learned that she suffered from bipolar disorder and extreme anxiety, which had likely been affecting her for many years. “Had I not addressed that, I would not be practicing family law.” Safi’s ability to empathize with her clients’ experience pairs effectively with her no-nonsense, tough-love approach. She grew up in a family in which addiction issues affected her father and grandfather, and claimed the life of her dear brother, who died from a cocaine overdose in 2004. “Based on my adverse childhood scores, I shouldn’t be doing any of this. But that’s the thing: I know it’s not an excuse. So while I can empathize, I can also call BS when someone needs to hear it.” Helping people is in her DNA. A longtime volunteer, Safi gives of her time and resources to causes and organizations throughout the metro, including the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and the CARE Center, Oklahoma County’s child advocacy center. “I love that I can work and make a difference in my community,” Safi says. “I’m at a great place in my life.” •


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LEAP OF FAITH Steve Burris weathers crises after leaving corporate job to realize his dream BY ROD WHITSON PHOTOS BY JORDAN MOBLEY

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teve Burris took a leap of faith in 2010 when he stepped away from a 15-year executive position with Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby to open his own real estate business. Burris had worked in real estate as a part-time agent while at Hobby Lobby, but made the commitment to his own firm because he had a passion for the industry and a vision for fundamentally changing how the real estate industry could work. Shortly after hanging out the shingle on his business, Kevo Properties, life threw the Burris family some unexpected curveballs. His wife, Brandi, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. It was only the first of several devastating challenges for the blended family with seven children. In addition to Brandi’s cancer diagnosis, their youngest child was injured in a sledding accident and underwent extensive plastic surgery. Their 13-year-old son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and their 25-year-old son died unexpectedly. All of this, and Burris had just left the security of corporate health care coverage. He now relied on private insurance that came with a $10,000 annual deductible. “When I was working at Hobby Lobby, we had $200 deductibles,” Burris says. “It was a big challenge because we didn’t have any money. I mean, we liquidated all of our savings to keep Kevo going for the first three years.” It was absolutely the most challenging period of Burris’ career and life. However, the Burris family weathered its health care and financial crisis. Brandi survived breast cancer after three years of treatment, and his business began to flourish. “We weren’t making very much money, so we just juggled a lot to keep the doors open,” he says. Today, Burris operates Kevo Properties with over 300 real estate agents and offices in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. It is headquartered at NW 50th and Shartel, directly across the street from what was once a popular Hyde Drug Store location where Burris was store manager in a previous life. Burris describes the late Hyde Drug founder, Homer Hyde, as well as Hobby Lobby founder David Green as career mentors. He also cites the value of belonging to a peer networking group like Vistage to help solve difficult business situations that arise along the way. Now a published author, Burris, 56, put the wisdom gained from those mentors and his own business experience into a book entitled “Real Estate Mentoring: Unlocking the Hope Inside Every One of Us.” An Oklahoma City native who grew up in The Village, the Burris family now lives in Nichols Hills, less than a mile from the home in which he was raised. Burris remains proud of his Oklahoma City roots and cites the friendliness of its people, those awesome Oklahoma sunsets and diversity of its restaurants among the many attributes that attract and keep people here.

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“OKC is easy to get around, you’re just 15 minutes away from anything you want to go to,” Burris says. “Our restaurant selections are better than most big cities, And the selection of wines in Oklahoma City is better than Dallas.” Current family restaurant favorites include those in the Chisholm Creek area, as well as the new Omni Hotel. “We now are either at Uncle Julio’s over in Chisholm Creek, which we think is really good for that part of the area, or Bob’s Chop House in the Omni Hotel,” he says. “We’ve stayed there. It’s gorgeous.” Other favorite Burris family outings include the Jones Assembly downtown, as well as Thunder

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games (pre-pandemic), for which they are season ticket holders. With its location in the geographic heart of the state, Oklahoma City is easily accessible to the rest of Oklahoma and beyond. “I think Oklahoma City is a hub to get anywhere in the state within two hours, great places to go to, cabins, vacation, lakes,” Burris says. “And our airport has just added the new wing, so we’re going to have more and more direct flights.” For the Oklahoma City native who took a leap of faith to open his own firm over a decade ago, he is now welcoming new Oklahomans from across the nation who are relocating here. “We’re

getting people from New York, California, all over who just want a better deal, who can work remote and still have their same job,” he says. “People are shocked at what kind of homes you can get here for the price. You don’t have to live in New Jersey and pay three times the price.” • — ROD WHITSON is based in Oklahoma City and serves as a strategic advisor to high-performing CEOs leading growth companies.


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met Kyle Allison a few years ago, and was immediately fascinated by his entrepreneurial approach and his love for running a family business. The pandemic affected so many companies, with the hospitality industry hit especially hard. Allison and his father opened Altitude 1291 just as the world was shutting down, but their business-savvy and employee-first culture helped ensure the doors remained open. Now, Altitude 1291 is a thriving entertainment spot filled with laughter and fun, with Kyle Allison’s leadership philosophies fueling his family’s business. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I was fortunate to grow up in the family business and watch my family build a corporate events company. I worked with my dad for years, and knew that was what I wanted to do when I grew up. I tried working in the corporate world during college, and it just was not for me. I love family businesses—and when you can mix it with the hospitality business, it doesn’t get better than that. What was the best piece of advice you were given when you were first starting out? Watch every penny that is spent in the business. I graduated college during the 9/11 recession and thought if we could survive that, then we could survive anything. Fast forward to last year and the COVID pandemic; our industry was one of the hardest impacted, and that advice of watching the financials was very important during the last year. What is the biggest sacrifice you have made in starting or running your business? The biggest sacrifice I believe I have experienced is spending time with my family. The long hours can be tough. In this industry, we work nights and weekends while everyone else is not working. While I get to work with my dad, I do miss time with my kids. On the flip side of that, the flexibility of being a business owner is getting to leave work for those special moments with your kids like a recital, graduation, performance etc. Tell us how you came up with the idea to build Altitude 1291, and what does the name mean? Altitude 1291 was a combination of many years of deciding what was next for our family. We had operated another entertainment center and also produced off-site events for years. We knew that eastern Oklahoma County needed a facility like ours, and Midwest City was an excellent partner to help get this project completed. The altitude of Tinker Air Force Base is 1,291 [feet], so incorporating that into our name was only fitting. What have you enjoyed the most since opening your doors? We are in the business of fun. People come to us to escape what is happening in the world. I love being able to provide an environment where you can sit back, relax and play. Especially over the last year, our guests have craved the opportunity to get out and have a fun time.

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FUN RUNS IN THE FAMILY Sharing good times is a family affair for the owners of Midwest City’s Altitude 1291; Kyle Allison discusses the benefits of mixing pleasure with business INTERVIEW BY KATI HANNA, PARTNER WITH THE METTISE GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENNON BRYCE

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I know that your business involves more than Altitude 1291; can you tell us more about your family business? My dad started Allison’s Fun Incorporated over 25 years ago. We produce corporate events across the South Central United States. We have an inventory of over 150 inflatables, games, carnival rides, arcade games etc. We specialize in turn-key company picnics. We also have arcade games and game rooms placed in other entertainment facilities and restaurants. What are you most proud of with your business? I’m proud that Altitude 1291 is a meaningful member of our community providing entertainment, jobs and community service. Giving back to the community is important to me, and I can’t wait to give more as we recover from the pandemic. Over the years, our businesses have been the first job for many young adults. I started working at a young age, and I believe that your first job helps to build responsibility and work ethic while helping you prepare for school, post-secondary education and a successful career. In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you build yourself back up? I have never believed in failure. When you put your mind to something, you can do it. It may take extra work and long hours, but I am confident that all things come together—or don’t come together—for a reason.

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What do you love in life? My family. Business owners sacrifice a lot of things, so when I get to spend time with my family, I love it. I enjoy going on quick trips with my wife and kids; we enjoy exploring Oklahoma and all the great things we have in our state. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not at work? Travel. While travel and work often happen together for me, I love exploring. Travel for me is an escape into exploring another city or destination. My wife and I love food tours and connecting with local culture to experience new things on all our trips. What is your favorite “luxury” in life? My favorite luxury is my laptop. I love to be connected, so pretty much everywhere I go, I have my computer with me. I can work, watch a fun video, connect with friends and do pretty much anything, anywhere! •

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ow do we truly break the cycle of abuse and family violence? For Family Builders, the answer is clear, but difficult. To truly bring an end to physical abuse in families, treating the root of the problem is the priority. That means working with abusers and offering them tools for building healthy relationships. In 1976, Family Builders was founded as “Parents Assistance Center” by a social worker named Ann Hardy. She believed, as we do today, that parenting is a learned skill, and that at some point all parents need help. She saw a gap in the services provided to parents after abuse and neglect had occurred in the home and began teaching parenting workshops around her kitchen table. She offered help, healing and hope to the families she served, many of whom were repeating a cycle of abuse that they had learned from their own parents. Family Builders is one of only a handful of organizations in the Oklahoma City area to offer a 52-week Batterer’s Intervention Program certified by the office of the Attorney General. It is a 52-week group program as specified in the Oklahoma state statute. Groups are offered for male and female clients separately. Topics include personal responsibility and the effects of violence on others, issues of power and control, beliefs that promote domestic violence and tools for healthy relationships. It’s hard work, and it’s certainly not always pretty. But it’s work that matters, which makes it precisely the kind of organization we single out and celebrate at Luxiere. You’ll see more about Family Builders in upcoming issues, and we feel certain that by raising awareness together, we can help Family Builders help even more families. We encourage you to learn more about this phenomenal nonprofit by visiting familybuildersok.org. •

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RHAPSODY IN GREEN The proud behind-the-scenes golf odyssey of Russ Myers, the golf course superintendent at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa BY MICHAEL KINNEY PHOTOS COURTESY OF SOUTHERN HILLS COUNTRY CLUB

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t the conclusion of the 2021 Senior PGA Championship, Alex Cojka stood in the middle of the 18th green hoisting the massive trophy. After four days, he had beat out some of the top former champions in the world at Tulsa’s Southern Hills Country Club. Standing just a few hundred feet away on the ninth green, watching the celebration, was a man who was just as proud of the work he had put in. Wearing a baseball cap, oversized sweatshirt and black waders, Russ Myers stood at the top of the hill overlooking the trophy presentation, but also the golf course itself—and he felt pretty satisfied. Myers is the golf course superintendent at Southern Hills Country Club, which means he and his team were responsible for making sure the course was in pristine condition to hold a major championship. As the tournament ended and the spectators began to wander off the course, his first thoughts were to go get a drink and spend some time with his family. “What we did already, I couldn’t be any more proud of. We’ve done it with a group of guys that were all in on the process,” Myers said. “I hope that we represent the city of Tulsa well, the golf course well, the membership well, and obviously ourselves well, and we get a great championship.” In the back of his mind, though, Myers knew that preparations for the 2022 PGA Championship at the same course were already being made. He knows it will take up a year of his life, again. “It’s excitement. I’d rather be hosting them than not. I have a lot of fun with it. Again, it gets us the opportunity for people to see what we do,” Myers said. “It’s like battling for an NCAA championship.” That is why Myers came to Southern Hills. Being responsible for one of the top golf courses in the country, with a history of hosting PGA events, is why the New York native made his home in Oklahoma when he had opportunities to work almost anywhere in the country. “I love it here in Tulsa, too, for many different reasons; mostly the people and the engagement in the community,” Myers said. “I’ve lived in Los Angeles and down in the Keys. I feel like I know a lot more people here. I’ve got more entrenchment into schools with our family and stuff like that, and we’re near my wife’s family. I met my wife here.” Growing up in New York, Myers didn’t know that working on golf courses was a career. He just thought it was something he liked to do. It wasn’t until a club pro at a public facility where Myers was working told him he could get a degree in golf maintenance at SUNY Cobleskill. The son of a high school coach wasn’t sure if that was the career path he wanted to take, but it was what he liked to do, so he went and got his degree. After graduation, Myers applied to become an assistant basketball coach at Cleveland State under legendary Coach Rollie Massimino. “While I was waiting for that yes or no, in case I didn’t have something that summer, I applied to three or

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ALEX COJKA playing the 18th hole during the 2021 Senior PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club.

four golf courses,” Myers said. “Augusta National, Pebble Beach, three of the biggest name courses on the planet. And I got a call back to come down for a job interview at Augusta.” That was the point Myers committed fully to the profession. There was no turning back for him. Myers spent four years at Augusta National Golf Club, before heading to the Card Sound Golf Club in Key Largo. “I spent eight years down there and made a life down there, and then got an opportunity to come here to fulfill a career goal, to get one of these classic championship facilities,” Myers said of coming to Tulsa. “And not that I was necessarily looking to leave Key Largo, I kind of liked the lifestyle down there. But this was something that I was interested in.” Dating back to 1946, Southern Hills has built a storied resume. It has hosted seven major championships and is the only course to host the PGA Championship four times. It will add No. 5 in 2022. Myers arrived in 2006, and the very next year, the club hosted the 2007 PGA Championship that was won by Tiger Woods. “He was the best golfer in the world, playing the best golf, and he wins,” Myers said. “If that’s what happens here at this level of golfer, it means we did it right.” Yet two years later, Myers was gone. The prospect of fighting the tough Oklahoma grass and climate for the rest of his career wasn’t appealing to a man in his 30s. Instead, Myers took a job at the Los Angeles Country Club, where he believed he would settle down. Thanks to the work done by Myers and his crew, in 2015 the LACC was awarded the 2023 U.S. Open. Myers, however, would not be there to see it come to fruition. “It seemed like a better oppor-

tunity at the time. It probably was at the time. And then six years later, I didn’t ever envision I’d be back in Tulsa,” Myers said. “Never thought I would have the opportunity to come back here [so] it would still be a progression in my career, both maybe financially and [facing] challenges as a manager and all those things. How could that really happen? I didn’t see that.” But happen it did. There were other reasons Myers decided to come back to Oklahoma in 2016, too. Much of it had to do with wanting to spend more time with his wife, Lindsey, and kids, R.J. and Grace. But the other areas had to do with his career; where he was at the time and where he saw himself going forward. “I now felt like I was coming back to even a better job. I felt like we were just in a different place,” Myers said. “I was at a different place as a manager. There were a lot of positives. I just said, ‘Bring it back,’ and it’s been a no-brainer.” Before Myers left Los Angeles for Tulsa, someone with the LACC told him he was making a mistake. “He basically said, ‘What are you going to be doing back at Southern Hills while we’re hosting the 2023 U.S. Open?’ And I said, ‘Well, I’d like to think we’re going to host a couple there at Southern Hills,’” Myers recounted. “And we’re now going to have the senior PGA and the PGA before they have the ‘23 U.S. Open.” And Myers will be working to make sure Southern Hills shines during its moments in the spotlight. •


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8 QUESTIONS FOR NANCY JUNKIN:

AN EXPLORATION OF COLOR, MAGIC AND HER MUSE BY VALENTINA GUTIERRÉZ PHOTOS COURTESY OF HOWELL GALLERY

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s an artist, it is hard for Nancy Junkin to talk about herself. No surprise there, since many artists see themselves as supporting actors in their own lives; first comes the art, then the artist, then the person. When your art speaks volumes, like Junkin’s does, the conversation never ends. We met for a conversation at her studio, right behind the Howell Gallery at 6432 N. Western, where her work is shown. Her private world is as bright and colorful as she is. Tell us about your work. It is right in between figurative and abstract, and some people may call it expressionistic. I use a palette with lots of colors, so I am a colorist. I always do acrylic or oil on canvas, and I use a large collection of brushes. What does art mean to you? Art is a high level of communication. It is a sophisticated way to tell a story. It adds to everybody’s life, whether it is through architecture, sculpture, a mural. It would be a sad world without art. What inspires you? People. I have always been a people-watcher. I love looking at how people dress, where they are going, or what they are talking about. [Inspiration is] life for me. It’s not inanimate objects. It’s not a rock or a waterfall or nature. For me, it’s people. What captivates you? Color, design, motion. I love bronzes and all sorts of different art media, but for me, it is all about the canvas and the paint.

What is the story, beyond the color, of your art? People tell me that my art evokes emotions in them, so I guess some feelings are translated through my art to people … It must be my own emotions translated into what I am doing. My more successful pieces are the ones that happen quickly, when I allow them to be and allow me to be myself. Ultimately, I measure the success of my painting if the viewer can relate to it. If, by looking at it, they feel something, then it is successful. As an artist, that is my way of connecting. Some people connect through writing or music. My way of connecting is through my paintings. What inspires you as far as color? I look at a lot of artists’ works. I have a massive library of books, and I will look through them for inspiration – and typically, what makes me stop and look is color beyond the image. Magic sometimes happens when you have your palette. You have your choice of colors, and then you mix them, and you get a new one, and you are just mesmerized by it. Tell me about your favorite piece. My most memorable pieces have figures in them, they are friable, abstracted… and they are my granddaughter. She is 16. She might just be reading a book or on her phone, but there is something about the way she sits that is intriguing to me, and I love to capture that. She calls herself my muse. It’s an extraordinary thing. I have to say I love all of my five granddaughters, but Mallory is the one who inspires me in that way. How did you get your start? I dabbled with it in school, then I got the chance to work with an interior designer, and I could not stop thinking about the fabrics and color. I decided to start doing color on my own, and that is when I went back to school to pursue a masters in fine arts. I never got to finish because I got so focused on doing my own thing. I took a lot of workshops from independent artists, and then just became what I do. I have now been painting for 25 years. •

ABOUT THE ARTIST

NANCY JUNKIN “I’m not a straight-line person...”

Nancy Junkin was born and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma. As a child, she loved art instruction and spent hours painting with oils and creating abstract designs. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1970 with a BA in English, she taught first grade in Noble, then left the state to live in Texas for 12 years. Upon returning to Oklahoma, Junkin moved to Edmond. After her children were grown, and while working as an investment consultant, she decided to pursue her interest in and love of art by taking classes at the University of Central Oklahoma toward an M.F.A. She left graduate school to work with an interior design firm, enhancing her eye for design and color. During that time, she continued drawing and painting— she has now been actively painting and showing for more than 15 years. Currently, Junkin lives in Oklahoma City and works with oil and acrylic paints, occasionally incorporating mixed media.

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Everything I’ve done has led me back to Oklahoma,” says Nicol Ragland on a languid summer day. She’s sipping a glass of chilled rosé, sitting on the wide, shady side porch of her pint-sized apartment, which happens to be attached to a barn. Polo ponies graze a few feet away; her beloved hound Sylus sprawls on the cool concrete. A mere 100 yards away her parents, Judy and David, live on the family’s property, Ragland Ranch. Ragland is founder and executive director of the nonprofit REGENOK (regenerateoklahoma.us), dedicated to advancing regenerative agriculture practices in Oklahoma, and also a photographer and documentary filmmaker who has traveled the world, absorbing the wisdom of the cultures she’s explored. It all comes down to this: “We’ve written ourselves out of the definition of nature. The more I’ve immersed myself in the regenerative agriculture movement, the more I realize there is nothing else to talk about.” Not naturally given to hyperbole, she pauses and smiles. “Let me rephrase that. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for our food system, farmers, the environment and the wild.”

These photographs of the Far West Texas region were created during production of Ragland’s documentary Trans Pecos: The Story of Stolen Land and the Loss of America’s Last Frontier.

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The Hadzabe of Tanzania in East Africa are one of the last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers in the world. Their numbers are now fewer than 1,500. Genetic testing indicates they may represent one of the primary roots of the human family tree, more than 100,000 years old.

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This image, from Ragland’s fine art series ‘Between Two Worlds,’ is meant to subvert separatist thinking by reflecting back the destruction of life amongst the speed of our industrialized society.

In a nutshell, our convenience culture, monocrop factory farms and big agriculture have morphed together, forming a symbiotic nightmare in which land is being stripped of its richness, pesticides and fungicides are so heavily used that they’re turning up in our bodies, the nutrient density of our food is decreasing and everyone in our nation, from consumers to farmers, is trapped in a desperate situation. None of it is sustainable. But it can be. “We need to realign our food system with our ecosystem. This movement, regenerative agriculture, is a direct, essentially relatable action. It’s also partly a mindset,” she says. REGENOK is a

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collaborative coalition of farmers, ranchers, business leaders, soil scientists and documentarians, whose mission is to create economic reclamation for food sovereignty and health. That Ragland found her way to regenerative agriculture makes perfect sense, although she got here in a circuitous way. As a student at Oklahoma City’s Casady School, the young creative was plagued by the sense that she didn’t quite fit. She made the decision to transfer to an all-girls private boarding school, Stoneleigh-Burnham, in Greenfield, Massachusetts. “I wanted a different culture,” she says. “I knew I was an artist even then.

It’s an amazing thing to be only with girls at that age. We were in school solely to be in school. I got lucky and found my voice.” From there, Ragland studied environmental science, then found herself traveling through Nepal for three months at the behest of the World Wildlife Fund. “We trekked for months, and I felt myself really wake up. We were stripped of all of our conditioning.” Upon returning, with eyes newly wide open, Ragland took up formal study of photography at the Art Institute of Colorado. Drawn by the city’s creative energy, our heroine moved to Los Angeles


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From the artist: “Over the last several years, I’ve directed films addressing the health impact due to chemical farming, the growing movement in Regenerative Agriculture and the industrialization... which has taken place in rural communities.”

after photography school, launching a new chapter of her creative life. She worked with studios to photograph everything from portraits to wildlife to weddings. It was there that she met dear friend and collaborator Amy Janes, now the co-founder of Oklahoma City’s Green Pastures Studio. In addition to a lifelong friendship, Janes and Ragland share a love of documentary filmmaking. Ragland’s own foray into the genre launched with a fiveyear project titled Trans Pecos: The Story of Stolen Land and the Loss of America’s Last Frontier, currently on the film festival circuit. In between each creative chapter, Ragland has been shooting photos for global nonprofits, continuing her trekking, immersing herself into indigenous communities, collecting and creating images, telling stories and looking for congruity. Hers is an unflinching approach, combining science and passion in examining our interconnectedness with one another as inhabitants of a shared home. It is sometimes a daunting picture. Ragland, even in the face of the stark realities exposed by her work, remains an optimist. “Go outside and build a garden,” she says. “It’s in our cellular memory to work with nature. Our saving grace may be our tiny garden beds. Growing life is part of the human experience we all understand.” Her brand of environmental activism is inclusive and beautiful. “I like the idea of poetic science, and I want to relate to people that way.” •

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ven before Sara Kate and Jason Little resurrected The Bradford House as a bright, chic boutique hotel, the place had plenty of stories. Legends are many and varied: A third-floor ballroom designed for an inaugural ball because the owner wanted to be governor. An underground tunnel beneath Classen Boulevard. Hidden rooms for Prohibition-era parties and secret compartments for liquor storage. The first luxury apartments in all of Oklahoma. Parties with Hollywood stars, notorious dancers, jet-setting socialites and famous artists. A personal favorite is one Sara Kate told: in the 1990s, lightning and hail ruined the roof, and owner Eleanor Ferris put on a very cheap roof, spending the remaining insurance settlement on a Jaguar with a vanity license plate “TA-DA.” To verify or debunk the stories, Luxiere talked to longtime Oklahoma City residents and delved into newspaper archives and Oklahoma History Center resources. The results? No tunnel, no third story, no secret rooms. The building was never Bradford’s home; it was originally built as four apartments. But the Jaguar with its vanity plate was still parked under the porte cochere when the Littles were buying the property, and the apartments’ history supports the stories of bohemian tenants and famous guests. In 1885, William Bradford, a Methodist minister, acquired 160 acres five miles northwest of downtown Oklahoma City. In the Land Run of 1889, his son William L. Bradford acquired the quarter-section north of his father’s. Young Will L. Bradford brought in milk cows and soon became a successful cattleman and dairy owner. After two terms as the first clerk of Oklahoma County, he became a salesman for furniture company A.H. Andrews of Chicago and soon opened a local Andrews office. He and his wife Estelle continued to invest in land and, by statehood, they owned most of the land in the section. They began selling lots for residential development, retaining the 40 acres on the corner of NW 38th St. and Classen Blvd. for their home. As residential development boomed, Bradford the younger saw an investment opportunity and built a fine apartment building on his 38th Street lots. Soon the property was advertised as Oklahoma City’s only “luxury apartments for elegant tenants.” Perhaps the Bradfords’ success in real estate allowed them more leisure, for after about three years, they sold the apartments and moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. Eleanor Ferris, a well-known Oklahoma City accountant and businesswoman, was the most recent owner. She raised her daughter at the apartments, entertained business and society friends, and lived there until her death in 2015. Ferris’s apartment was painted bubble-gum pink; her furnishings, including the appliances, were pink and green; and her closets were filled with designer clothes and evening gowns, Italian shoes and elegant hats. One Oklahoma City native remembers visiting the elegantly appointed apartment of her aunt, who was also the aunt of Tom Clark, longtime partner of Rock Hudson. This connection may be the origin of the Hollywood party stories. Dianne Gillham, Ferris’s daughter, remembered playing with Rock Hudson on the front lawn. During the ’60s and ’70s, art dealers, artists, musicians,and political players lived there. President Jimmy Carter visited there during his campaign. Exhibits, parties and receptions were frequent until the late ’80s when quieter tenants, many still connected to the arts, settled in. During the renovation, the Littles found evidence for the bohemian nature of past residents in tenants’ basement storage–photos, travel documents, exotic possessions and letters from all over the world.

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The wide porch at Bradford House is a coveted spot for afternoon cocktails.

To inform their renovation and design, Sara Kate and Jason began to daydream: What if Will Bradford hadn’t changed his mind about building a home and several generations of Bradfords had lived there? And what if a grandson had converted it to a hotel, furnishing it with the family’s well-loved pieces from the last ten decades? The dream became a collaboration with Gardner Studio’s Zack Woods, who helped design the renovation and the new building, respecting the original and its past but blending it with 21st-century design components. The historic house now has 12 guest rooms, and the new Modern Guesthouse adds 24 more. Sara Kate wanted an homage to the unconventional tenants and worldly vagabonds that inhabited the apartments, so the pink and green interior palette is a nod to Ferris’s eccentric décor. A British company, Papers and Paints by Patrick Baty, proffered paint perfect for her vision, echoing blues of art deco murals, greens of 19th-century wallpaper and pinks from the 1920s and 1950s. The Littles made two buying trips to France and Italy, visiting homes and warehouses for pieces that showed signs of being loved as they would have been in the home of three generations of Bradfords. The result of their design work is a blend of family antiques, vintage finds and current pieces: Mid-Century Italian from Milan and Parma, classic Louis XIV pieces from France and everything in between. Rooms are luxurious but sleek, decorated with posters, art and fabrics from past decades. Old cradle-style dial phones, aqua for the historical house and red for the guest house, connect to the front desk. A large drawing room furnished with plush armchairs, sofa and wall benches showcases a collection of classic paperbacks. The adjacent parlor has more intimate seating for conversation or meetings and concealed video equipment for movies or projection. The café and bar areas are beautiful: soft lighting, elegant brass fixtures and framed photos of Bradford House history. The pastry case could be in a Paris patisserie, and the bar recalls romantic ’40s movies. Dining rooms are arranged in classic European style, with banquettes and movable square pedestal tables. The spacious porch has rapidly become a popular gathering place for afternoon cocktails, and evening dining tables must be reserved days in advance. The last tenant before the great transformation was Ben Pickard, a wellknown Oklahoma art dealer, who had a small gallery space in the building. Now, Bradford House continues its artistic traditions, cultivating the art of living and entertaining well. If Eleanor Ferris could have been there when it opened, she would have exclaimed, “Ta-Da!”


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he Mayo Hotel first opened its doors in Tulsa almost a century ago, in 1925, and it was considered the epicenter of the boomtown and its growing wealth. Through the years, it entertained such guests as J. Paul Getty, Babe Ruth, Charlie Chaplin and John F. Kennedy. “Back in the day when the Mayo was opened, people came here to make memories,” said Mayo president Macy Snyder-Amatucci. “And so that is what we want everybody to walk away with here — we want them to be able to walk out of these buildings and have created a new memory for themselves.” When the Snyder family took over ownership of the Mayo in 2001, the hotel had been closed for 20 years and had seen better days. It had gone through several owners who had let it fall into disrepair and sold off most of the history that made it special. The Mayo Hotel was in such bad shape, the lot behind the hotel was actually what the Snyder family was interested in. They bought the parking for $250,000, and the building just came with the deal. “The property in Tulsa was worth nothing,” Snyder-Amatucci said. The owners turned the basement level of the Mayo into parking, which enabled them to pay the note on the building. But not knowing what to do with the rest of the structure, they let it sit in the middle of downtown Tulsa, a remnant of a bygone past. Later in 2001 a woman from Tulsa approached the Snyders and said she had to have her wedding at the Mayo. Despite the elevators not working, the windows being boarded up and nothing being up to code, this intrepid woman felt it was the perfect location. The Snyders agreed, did some speedy, slight facelifts to a bathroom and the lobby, and pulled off a beautiful wedding. For the next seven years, they hosted weddings in the lobby and the Mayo became the go-to location for special events. In 2003 the City of Tulsa created Vision 2025 and approved a one-penny, 13-year increase in the Tulsa County Sales Tax for regional economic development and capital improvements. This allowed the City to loan funds for building renovation and begin to revive downtown Tulsa. “We applied for all of the available funds. We did not receive all the available funds, but we received enough, which was $4.9 million to do 76 apartments,” Snyder-Amatucci said. “Obviously 76 apartments wouldn’t fill the building. So our plan was just to keep doing events in the lobby

THE MAYO HOTEL 115 W 5th Street, Tulsa theMayoHotel.com BY MICHAEL KINNEY

THE MAYO HOTEL The grand entrance and spectacular lobby at the Mayo offer guests a glamorous welcome.

and have apartments and have the rest of the building sit empty.” Because the Snyders were able to pay back the entire loan, they were in a great position when they heard an arena was going to be built downtown, which they knew could be beneficial to the Mayo. The couple decided to go all-in and renovate the entire building, returning the Mayo to its former glory. “We did historic tax credits to do the project. If there were not historic tax credits available, there would be no way it would financially make sense to renovate a building,” Snyder-Amatucci said. “It would make way more sense to just build new. But because we did receive historic and state tax credits, we did have to restore anything existing when we started back to the original.” That included the exterior of the building, the lobby space, the mezzanine and pretty much all the public spaces and anywhere there was existing flooring. If there’s one renovated area that epitomizes the look and feel of what the Mayo is all about, it is the Crystal Ballroom. “The Crystal Ballroom has

been restored to exactly what it looked like before, so it’s such a beautiful room,” Snyder-Amatucci said. “It’s on the 16th floor, (with) floor-to-ceiling windows, tons of detailed molding (and) the four chandeliers. It was always called the Crystal Ballroom because of those four chandeliers, and those have been restored to look just like they used to. So that room definitely is where the meticulous part of the renovation took place.” The Snyders closed their wedding business halfway through 2007 and started renovating the entire building into a hotel and apartments. Renovations on the 102 hotel rooms and 76 residences were completed in September of 2009. Since then, the Mayo has become a focal point in the rebranding and revitalization of downtown Tulsa. “I think that there is no other Mayo. There are other beautiful historic hotels, many of which I’ve had the luxury of staying at, or at least going and visiting,” said Snyder-Amatucci. “They are all so unique. The Mayo, it’s just special. I mean, you come in here and you just feel this quality, grandeur, luxurious feeling when you come in and you just can imagine the history that happened here.”

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n terms of interesting destinations, the concept sells itself: In the entirety of his illustrious-is-an-understatement career, Frank Lloyd Wright, whose name is at the apex of American architects, built a grand total of one skyscraper … and it’s in northeastern Oklahoma. Wright had plans for an NYC edifice that never developed due to the Great Depression; when the opportunity arose 25 years later, he happily adapted those plans to become the headquarters of an oil supply company in Bartlesville, and Price Tower came into being. The 19-story copper and concrete structure stands out a bit more in Green Country than it might have in the Big Apple – Wright nicknamed it “the tree that escaped the crowded forest” – and while the Price Company is gone, the landmark remains. It opened in 1956, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and became a National Historic PRICE TOWER Landmark in 2007. is the only skyscraper designed by Frank But Price Tower is not simply an Lloyd Wright. We love its sweeping views architectural curiosity to be preserved, and impeccably restored interiors. observed and nothing more. In the tradition of its original purpose as a vibrant mixed-use facility, it is home to a museum and art gallery, Copper Restaurant and boutique hotel The Inn at Price Tower, a combination that makes it an even more enticing tourist destination. Converting the building to a fresh purpose while staying true to its original character was understandably a challenge – it’s literally following in the footsteps of a creative genius, after all – so no work was done haphazardly. Former executive director Rick Loyd, who stepped down in June of this year, explained that, “Anything that we do to the building from a structural perspective, if we want to take a wall out, or do something to the flooring or the windows or any of those things, we get authorization through the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. When they did the renovation (in 2006) and put in 19 hotel rooms, they did that capitalizing on the windows that were there, the views – but also utilizing the fact that, say, this was a two-story apartment and now we’re going to make it a two-story hotel suite. So it’s still a living space, it’s still in the same context of what the original intent was.” The result is a space filled with modern amenities and creative energy, while maintaining clear connections to the landmark’s one-of-a-kind legacy. Tours are an obvious must for architecture enthusiasts, including an exploration of the museum’s new exhibit detailing and providing artifacts from the earliest days of the Price/Wright collaboration (Bruce Goff, then dean of OU’s school of architecture, was instrumental in making the connection). And if you’re simply looking for a road trip destination with gracious accommodations, great food and magnificent scenery in a package that’s truly like no other, you’re in the right place. “That really is the objective of what we’re trying to accomplish,” said Loyd. “We want people who live in and around here to understand what we’ve got right in our own backyard, take advantage of it, enjoy it and appreciate it.”

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esigned by renowned architect Bruce Goff and built at the peak of Tulsa’s first oil boom, the unique Tulsa Club building at 15th Street and Cincinnati has been lovingly resurrected as a Curio Collection Boutique Hotel by Hilton. The Tulsa Club, a social club founded in 1923 by several powerful businessmen, partnered with the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce in 1927 to build the distinctive ZigZag Deco structure. The Chamber owned the first five floors, and the Club the upper six. Opened in 1929, the Tulsa Club boasted luxurious amenities: a café nestled in a rooftop garden, an elegant grand ballroom, many smaller dining areas and meeting rooms, dorm rooms for overnight stays, a barber shop, several lounges and libraries, even a gym with racquetball courts and a Turkish bath. It set the style for the area now known as Tulsa’s Art Deco District. Within its walls, deals were made that charted and financed growth long after Tulsa’s first oil boom. Countless civic, private and charitable organizations held events there, and Tulsa’s elite used it for social occasions. The Tulsa Club had eventually bought the Chamber’s five floors and by the early ‘80s, membership grew to more than 1,300. Sadly, with the oil bust of the eighties, membership declined, and, despite all efforts, including substantial help from BOK, the Club declared bankruptcy in 1994 and closed shortly after. The building was sold to eccentric California investor Carl J. Morony, but he neglected it from the start. It was regularly vandalized and invaded by transients and drug users; its copper plumbing was stripped and its walls covered with graffiti. In 2007 the City of Tulsa filed a nuisance abatement lawsuit and foreclosure proceedings soon after. There were potential buyers–one offered Morony $1.1 million–but he fought tenaciously to keep the decaying building. He filed a motion to have the judgement vacated but lost in district court and a subsequent appeal.

THE TULSA CLUB 115 E 5th Street, Tulsa Hilton.com BY OLIVIA HANSON By 2010, fires and vandals had ravaged the building. One fire completely destroyed the grand ballroom and another gutted the top floor. Morony’s next tactic was to transfer title to a new LLC which immediately declared bankruptcy in Nevada. His personal bankruptcy, a year later, complicated matters further. Six years after the city’s first lawsuit, Morony finally lost. Tulsa held a Sheriff’s auction in 2013, selling the building to Josh Barrett for $460,000. Barrett, president of Tulsa’s Vesta Properties, envisioned a mixed-use development that preserved the building’s original design. He began abatement, removing layers of debris, repairing plumbing, upgrading electric wiring and installing safety improvements. The Ross Group, partnering with Promise Hotels, bought the building in 2015 for $1.5 million, to create a boutique hotel. Initial renovation estimates totaled $24 million, but costs grew to $36 million by the hotel’s opening, prompting Pete Patel, President of Promise Hotels, to quip that it was “the most expensive hotel in Tulsa, if not in Oklahoma!” The Tulsa Club’s rebirth was costly, but the new version is spectacular, a re-envisioning of a much-loved Tulsa institution. Renovation revealed some striking architectural features, including a beautiful mosaic tile fireplace, that were retained. Original lobby terrazzo and tile floors were preserved, and historical photos guided the Art Deco design that includes frequent echoes of Goff’s ZigZag embellishments. The original chandeliers in the Grand Ballroom were beautifully recreated, and the ballroom now looks just like the original, even though the room’s entire interior had been destroyed. Custom furnishings and colors are compatible with the original Deco design but with modern conveniences incorporated. The restaurant, The Chamber, in the grand ballroom and the bar, Commerce, are a nod to history with a modern vibe. The reborn Tulsa Club is beautiful. Many Tulsans have special memories of the Tulsa Club and are delighted with its rebirth. In the 20th century, locals were waited on in one of the Tulsa Club’s ten dining rooms, were married in its halls, were feted at its parties, or were part of the many organizations that met there. Now, the historic Tulsa Club is resurrected for Tulsans’ children and grandchildren to make their own special memories. •

THE TULSA CLUB The posh, and cozily contemporary, lobby of the Tulsa Club.

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Experience Luxury Real Estate Kate brings integrity, unmatched exposure, and luxury service with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand—no matter the price point. She believes in making your home buying or selling experience easier. Serving your needs here at home and 1000 offices and 75 countries with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. Whether you’re moving on or moving forward, nothing compares.

Kate Brennan Global Real Estate Advisor | Broker Associate 405.641.3004 kate@sagesir.com katebrennan.sagesir.com

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A tradition of excellence for three generations.

3121 S AIR DEPOT BLVD | $2,350,000 Edmond, OK | 5 Bed | 6.2 Bath | 6,395 SF | 5 Acres

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1711 CAMDEN WAY | $1,095,000 Nichols Hills, OK | 5 Bed | 4.1 Bath | 5,093 SF PHILIP CHURCHILL, GRI, CRS Churchill-Brown - Chinowth & Cohen Realtors

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fitzsimmons architects

Midtown Residences, Reimagined Flats & Townhomes from $945,000 to $1,175,000 Historic grounds fused with the contemporary architecture, Villa Teresa offers a quiet contrast to the endless social and dining potential waiting for you just across the way.

V I L L AT E R E S AO KC . C O M

Completion Summer 2021

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Properties Sold in Heritage Hills and Mesta Park

135 NW 17th Street | Heritage Hills

409 NW 21st Street | Heritage Hills

224 NW 18th Street | Heritage Hills

300 NW 15th Street | Heritage Hills

805 NW 19th Street | Mesta Park

701 NW 16th Street | Mesta Park

531 NW 16th Street | Mesta Park

604 NW 21st Street | Mesta Park

Properties for Sale in Heritage Hills and SOSA

$635,000 | 221 NW 20th Street 3 Bed | 3 Bath | 2,966 Sq Ft

$515,000 | 807 NW 9th Street 2 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 1,675 Sq Ft

Historical Home Specialists with over 25 years combined experience CHRIS GEORGE (405) 627-0801 JUSTIN BRANNON (405) 503-3968 EDEN MOORE (817) 371-8132

CHRIS GEORGE HOMES

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Luxiere

DOWNTOWN LIVING

507 NE 1ST STREET $640,000 507ne1st.com

MATT MARCACCI REALTOR™

405.613.5303 matt@okcurbanliving.com okcurbanliving.com

426 NE 1ST TERRACE $795,000 426ne1stterrace.com

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SINGLE FAMILY HOMES, URBAN OFFICES & FLEX GARAGE CONDOS Coming Soon: 74 - a full service restaurant (2022), upscale 1 & 2 bed residential condos & apartments

W I L S H I R E P O I N T . C O M

LIVE. WORK. PLAY.

A ME NITIES INCLUDE: ONE AND TWO BED CONDOS PRIVATE BALCONIES SECURED COVERED GARAGE PARKING ELEVATOR SERVICE RESORT POOL FITNESS CENTER MODERN, OPEN FLOOR PLAN, QUARTZ, STAINLESS APPLIANCES 3 PONDS WALKING TRAILS RESTAURANT: COFFEE, BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, PATIO, LIVE MUSIC

RESERVING NOW!

PET FRIENDLY

Upscale 1 & 2 Bed Residential Condos & Apartments

DAVID B O HA N O N J D, DEVELOPER-BROKER | 9120 N K E L L E Y AV E ST E 1 0 0, OKC 73 1 3 1 | 40 5 .8 5 0.0 9 87 | DB OH ANON@ B L AC KSTO N E CO M .CO M

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Oklahoma City’s Commercial Landscaping Experts Native plants, modern, sustainable, low maintenance, eco-friendly, landscape and hardscape www.ecolandscapesok.com | 405.259.1665

The Best in Efficient Irrigation WATER CONSERVATION GREAT QUALITY CUSTOMER SERVICE Let Conserva’s professional technicians show you how your investment today will reduce your summer water bill and protect our most precious resource.

www.conservairrigation.com | 405.259.1648 Proud to partner with Oklahoma City Convention Center for all of their irrigation needs.

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W E B U I L D P R E T T Y

roofs residential and commercial

goodmanconstructionok.com 405.720.7663 LUXI E R E 91


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WWW.6100GRAND.COM Classen Curve: 6100 Grand | Nichols Hills | 3,600 - 6,000 Sq Ft Luxury Townhomes 6100 Grand reflects the elegance and stature of New York’s Upper East Side townhomes while embracing the vitality of the Nichols Hills/Classen Curve Community.

Jenni Aguilar, Realtor OAK TREE Oak Tree: 5705 Country Club Ter | Edmond | $1,199,000

O: 405.437.1648 • C: 405.388.6545 jenni.aguilar@skybridgellc.com

Ultra rare opportunity to own the signature lot in Oak Tree. Beautiful views of the lake!

LUXURY AT ALL PRICE POINTS FOR ALL PEOPLE. Stella Benge • Advisor 405-204-3628 Janna Skiniotes • Team Lead/Advisor 405-408-5880 Jim Skiniotes • Advisor/Buyer’s Specialist 405-822-5914 skiniotesgroup.evrealestate.com Follow on IG @skiniotesgroup Find us on Facebook at skiniotesgroup

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SKINIOTES GROUP

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OAK TREE NATIONAL UNDER CONTRACT

1103 SAINT ANDREWS DR | 3BD | 4.5BA | 4,773 SQ FT | $700,000 Enjoy the privacy in this beautiful Mid-Century/Contemporary designed home situated on over a half acre lot featuring an open flow floor plan with soaring 12-foot ceilings. This home is an entertainer’s dream with oversized rooms, chef’s kitchen, a sparkling pool, and recently resurfaced full-size basketball/pickleball/tennis court. A true luxury, as each bedroom has an ensuite and a full walk-in closet.

Lisa Hashemi, Advisor • Engel & Völkers Edmond 405-503-7522 100 S. Broadway Ste 100 lisa.hashemi@evrealestate.com www.lisahashemi.com lisa.hashemi.realtor LisaHashemiSellsRealEstate

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LISA HASHEMI

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S TA N DA R D S . S T R AT E G Y. S U C C E S S .

LUXE BREAKTHROUGH AWARD 2020 MILLION DOLLAR CLUB 2020-2021

Erica Mataya • Advisor Engel & Völkers Oklahoma City 1138 N Robinson Ave · Oklahoma City, OK 73103 405-423-4785 · erica.mataya@evrealestate.com ericamataya.evrealestate.com ©2019 Engel & Völkers. All rights reserved. Each brokerage independently owned and operated. Engel & Völkers and its independent License Partners are Equal Opportunity Employers and fully support the principles of the Fair Housing Act.

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ERICA MATAYA


SERVICE & CLASS, FOR YOU.

Sara Knudsen Advisor/Broker Associate 405-408-8480 1138 N Robinson Ave sara.knudsen@evrealestate.com www.saraknudsen.com Follow on IG @sara.knudsen.ok Certifications and Designations: Realtor®, e-PRO®, AHWD®, ABR®, SRS, PSA, MRP, RSPS, SFR, Member of Institute of Luxury Home Marketing®

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SARA KNUDSEN

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NOW 10+ YEARS COMBINED LUXURY REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE

Historic & Luxury Specialist Resort & Second Home Specialist Certified Real Estate Divorce Specialist Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

Britta Thrift, JD • Advisor 405-821-2313 1138 N Robinson Ave britta.thrift@evrealestate.com @britta.at.ev

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BRITTA THRIFT

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“Creating timeless custom home plans for over 35 years.” Find us on Instagram: @brentgibsondesign @shanerickey @nicolerickeydesigns 415 West 15th Street, Ste. 1 | Edmond, OK 73013 | 405.340.1980 | www.brentgibson.com

Verna is the most ethical, thorough, and compassionate person and realtor. She made our new home purchase easy and pleasant, and was able to sell our previous home quickly! She is a credit to her profession! Amy C.

Verna Shimasaki • Advisor 405-808-4035 102 S Broadway, Suite 100 verna.shimasaki@evrealestate.com vernashimasaki.evrealestate.com @vernashimasaki.ev

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VERNA SHIMASAKI

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NEW DEVELOPMENT FOR LUXURY LIVING IN NICHOLS HILLS

1114 CUMBERLAND CT | 4BD | 4.1BA | 3,900 SQ FT | $1,650,000 Look no further than this absolutely stunning, new construction in Cumberland Court! This home features a downstairs study, safe room, entertaining living and kitchen with an upstairs media room. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom, & the downstairs master bedroom features its own sitting room with a fireplace, an oversized walk-in closet & bathroom suite.

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CHARLI BULLARD

1111 Cumberland Lot - $450,000 Lots starting at $400,000

Charli Bullard • Engel & Völkers Oklahoma City 1138 N Robinson Ave · Oklahoma City, OK 73103 405-414-6215 · Charli.Bullard@evrealestate.com ©2019 Engel & Völkers. All rights reserved. Each brokerage independently owned and operated. Engel & Völkers and its independent License Partners are Equal Opportunity Employers and fully support the principles of the Fair Housing Act.

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LUXURY & HISTORIC SPECIALIST SOLD

2009 Catalina Dr • Edmond 5 BED • 7.3 BATH • 9,241 SQ FT • $2,500,000

300 NW 19th St • Oklahoma City 6 BED • 4.1 BATH • 5,136 SQ FT • $1,450,000

Joy Baresel • President/Owner Engel & Völkers Oklahoma City & Edmond Private Office Real Estate Advisor +1 405-826-7465 joy.baresel@evrealestate.com www.joybaresel@evrealestate.com Follow on instagram: @joybaresel ©2019 Engel & Völkers. All rights reserved. Each brokerage independently owned and operated. Engel & Völkers and its independent License Partners are Equal Opportunity Employers and fully support the principles of the Fair Housing Act.

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JOY BARESEL


Joy Baresel • President/Owner Engel & Völkers Oklahoma City & Edmond Private Office Real Estate Advisor +1 405-826-7465 joy.baresel@evrealestate.com www.joybaresel@evrealestate.com Follow on instagram: @joybaresel

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JOY BARESEL

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