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M FROM THE MAYOR As mayor of Tulsa, it is my honor to welcome you to our great city. Whether you’re visiting, or have deep roots here, I invite you to take time to explore our beautiful city and discover all the things that set us apart from other cities.
bike racing, the Tulsa Run, the Route 66 Marathon and the NCAA basketball finals. The Tulsa area offers more than 80 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails for a great way to see Tulsa.
I highly recommend Preview 918 as your go-to guide to navigate our incredible city. For more than 30 years, Preview has covered the 918, offering Tulsans and visitors alike the inside scoop to area restaurants and cafés, lodging, local attractions and events, world-class entertainment venues, tourist destinations and unique shopping venues that are bound to please and delight. Our city is home to the world’s greatest collection of western art at the Gilcrease Museum as well as Italian Renaissance displays at the Philbrook Museum. It’s a treasure trove for lovers of architecture from mid-century modern housing to the downtown Art Deco District and our iconic BOK Center, designed by the internationally acclaimed architect César Pelli.
Tulsa is also a city on the move. In the next few years, we will open the greatest city park in America at Tulsa’s River Parks, become the home to an Olympic sport, and build a lake in the center of the city to create new recreational opportunities for our entire region. I’m pleased so many of you have made your home in Tulsa. If you’re visiting our city, please enjoy your stay here. I also want to invite you to come back often to experience opportunities you won’t find anywhere else. In the meantime, you can find out more about Tulsa by visiting cityoftulsa.org.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS FEBRUARY 2018
C ON THE COVER
F FEATURES 20 POP’S BIG PAYOFF
Indie rocker Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent, broke onto the scene as a solo artist in 2007, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the mainstream music world took notice. And the cerebral art-rock musician couldn’t care less, even as she continues to ride the success of 2017’s Masseduction while teaching a master class on overcoming the challenges of life and facing the future.
36 MAKE YOUR MOVE
Is this the year you jump into the housing market or make a move to a new home? If so, you need to be prepared so that you avoid costly mistakes.
76 SERENITY FOR THE SOUL
Comfort foods generally epitomize home cooking and are not likely to win any accolades from nutritionists and dietitians. But sometimes a salad just won’t cut it when you need to satisfy your belly in the winter months.
22 SOUL IN THE CITY
Located at the southern end of the IDL, the Cathedral District boasts a rich combination of faith, life, business, and culture while focusing on being collaborative and visionary.
82 SUGAR THRILL GANG
With an abundant selection of truffles, macarons, nuts, fudge and other candies, the shipping-container world of Sweet Boutique is every bit as delicious as anything Willie Wonka could have envisioned.
24 SICK OF IT While Valentine’s Day grabs the headlines this month, who says you can’t celebrate love the entire month even if there are only 28 days available to pull it off. From jewelry, dining and spa treatments to baking treats, overnight-hotel stays and expressing how you feel with more than just cards and flowers, it’s easier than ever with the ideas we’ve packed in this issue.
With no true cure for the common cold, there are ways to overcome the sore throat, fever, streaming nose and headaches quicker. But make sure you separate fact from fiction and keep the Kleenex close. With 454 hotel rooms and suites, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is small enough to give personalized service while providing guests with landmark casino and resort amenities such as electronic and table gaming, spa treatments, lively pool scene, nightlife, headline concerts and robust dining options.
32 RULES OF ATTRACTION
8 $91.80 in 48 Challenge 10 Music + Concerts 12 Happenings 16 Street Talk 18 Conversation Starter 20 Sound Check 38 Homegrown Heroes 42 Sports Central
Photographer: Valerie Grant Model: Cassie Carriger Jewelry: Spexton
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Craig Baxter’s Interurban is his version of Field of Dreams, where his reimagined vision for contemporary American and Tex-Mex fare flourishes with personal interactions, teamwork and pride.
92 ABSOLUTELY SPA-VELOUS
Prepare to get lost in all the beauty and pleasures that are spa810. Not only will the treatments, body wraps, laser services and rejuvenating body pods have you relaxing, but you can succumb to a perfect array of restful, soothing and heavenly massages that will have you in pure bliss.
90 PURSUIT OF PERFECTION
While love can be complicated at times, saying the actual words can make some uncomfortable or come off robotic. But there are other ways to show how much you care or love someone without muttering a word or buying a card.
The next time you want to give a gift — whether it’s for a special occasion, a holiday celebration, a thank you, or a “just because” treat — remember the magic of Edible Arrangements. It’ll help you make an impression.
28 UPPING THE ANTE
86 EATING ARTFULLY
45 Sports Schedule
68 Cocktail Confidential
46 Green Country Scene
70 Eats + Treats
49 Downtown Locator
72 Food for Thought
50 Tulsa Locator
74 Urban Grind
54 Style + Shopping
90 Masters of Flavor
58 The Fencerow
92 Get to Know
62 Health + Fitness
94 Shelf Life
DOWNTOWN DINING Justin Thompson Restaurants has become a staple of the local food scene in
downtown Tulsa over the years. Chef Justin Thompson, winner of multiple Best Chef awards in the city, has a long history of developing well-known local
dining concepts and providing artful catering in Tulsa. www.jtrgroup.com
SEASONAL FARM-TO-TABLE Justin's group was founded in 2011 with his first concept,
a seasonal farm-to-table restaurant called Juniper, which he and his father
designed and built by hand in the Blue Dome District. Juniper changes with the
seasons to bring guests creative, modern cuisine focused on delicious, locally
sourced ingredients and boasts a beautiful and intimate downtown setting with its rustic brick columns, commissioned art by local artists, and a warm and inviting
atmosphere. Since opening, Justin and the talented chefs at Juniper have created more than 2,000 different tasty and creative dishes that have made it onto their
popular weekly special menus. www.junipertulsa.com
PRHYME FINE-DINING MODERN STEAKHOUSE Following the success of Juniper, Justin expanded with a new
concept, PRHYME: Downtown Steakhouse in 2012. PRHYME is an upscale and modern interpretation of the American steakhouse
located in Tulsa's hugely popular Tulsa Arts District. PRHYME
immediately positioned itself toward the highest level of service and quality in dining in the city and specializes in fine cuts of
USDA Prime beef. In addition, PRHYME boasts seasonal seafood,
artistically plated appetizers, classic caviar service, and desserts. PRHYME also boasts a wine list with over 250 selections from
around the world, meticulously chosen and arranged by Justin's
expert team of certified sommeliers. www.prhymetulsa.com
URBAN ITALIAN BISTRO Justin brought a taste of Italy to downtown Tulsa when he opened Tavolo in 2013 in the Deco District. Focused on handmade pasta and seasonal chef-inspired dishes,
Tavolo brings the authenticity of an urban Italian eatery you'd find in a big city. Justin selected the beautiful and historic Philtower for the restaurant, utilizing its floor-toceiling windows to highlight the famous art deco architecture of the district. Tavolo
has mezzanine and private dining space available, offers daily $8 lunch specials,
monthly Winesday events, and is a perfect destination for a romantic dinner or night out with friends. www.tavolotulsa.com
SPEAKEASY ST Y LE BAR In 2017, Justin Thompson Restaurants added MixCo to the group â€” a speakeasy-style bar located across from the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa. Specializing in creative
and classic craft cocktails and delicious shareable plates, MixCo's kitchen stays open late and is the perfect place to grab a bite and a drink before or after your show
downtown, or just for a romantic and intimate dinner date. www.mixcotulsa.com
SO PROVIDING AN ENVELOPE OF CASH AND TELLING PEOPLE TO SPEND IT IN 48 HOURS ISN’T EXACTLY A CHALLENGE, BUT IT MAKES THIS ASSIGNMENT SOUND A LOT MORE INTERESTING.
918 $91.80 IN 48 CHALLENGE
When we decided to take the $91.80 challenge, we wanted to make sure that we stepped outside of our comfort zone by trying some new places and hoping that people reading about our trip might want to as well.
The mission posed to Roxanne and Kevin Roark was to spend $91.80 (we used the local area code for the amount) in two days. And if they could find fun and free activities … bonus. The only catch was that they had to spend it at places, events or shops profiled in the January 2018 issue of Preview.
STOP #2 We also wanted to check out Broken Arrow’s Rose District since we hadn’t been in a long time. We went to Romeo’s Espresso Cafe, but it was closed. So we headed to Nouveau Atelier de Chocolat for some handmade Belgian chocolate.
STOP #1 We decided to go to dinner and a movie, so we decided on Shiloh’s. When we got there, it was bigger than I thought it would be, but very laid back and cozy. The staff was very friendly, and once we got to our table, we were served some wonderful rolls. The food is the old-home-cooking type which I adore. Kevin got an onion burger, and I ordered the chicken and dumplings. Kevin’s burger was good, but my soup was creamy and perfect for the ridiculous cold weather. They also offered pie and desserts, which looked perfect, but we had other dessert plans. COST: $24
On our way, we passed an interesting statue of two cowboys shaking hands that I just had to take a photo of because we’re Single Action Shooting Society members. It was called Binding Contract.
From Nouveau we ordered an eight-piece box to share. Kevin tried the Belgian mocha. I had a hot tea. The chocolate was wonderfully smooth with some delicious flavors. I suggest the Oil Fire, and Kevin says you should get the Ireland. The shop was cute, and we will most likely be back for gifts. COST: $24.88
THINK YOU CAN BLOW OUR CASH IN INTERESTING WAYS?
STOP #3 We got to the Warren Broken Arrow 18, but when we tried getting seats to see The Greatest Showman, they didn’t have any seats left that were together. So we hightailed it over to Cinemark Broken Arrow where they had a showing about 30 minutes later. We managed to get seats using their selfticketing machines outside. And of course, we had to get some popcorn and drinks before the movie started. We were a little late, but our seats were good enough. The show was great, theater was clean, and the bathrooms had plenty of stalls, which every woman likes to know. TOTAL: $32.32
The next day, we realized we still had about $10. Kevin had never been to The Boxyard in downtown Tulsa. It was still F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G outside, so we were glad The STEMcell Science Shop was open and warm on a Sunday. The store, like the rest of The Boxyard, is made from shipping containers. It was tight quarters with the eight or so other people in there, but the shop is just so cute and calls to my inner
nerd. They have mugs depicting the chemical composition of coffee on them, glass tumblers featuring famous scientists, magnets and minerals. One of the coolest items were nearly microscopic star fossils in a test tube. We couldn’t choose just one thing, so we ended up getting a T-shirt for our son, and spending a few dollars of our own money. If you haven’t been, you need to go to STEMcell. COST: $13.02
Overall, this was a super fun experience. I will start looking to Preview 918 to find other local destinations in the future.
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KEYS N KRATES
Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa
Cox Business Center | Tulsa
CLAY WALKER WITH TRACY BYRD
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | Catoosa
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa | Catoosa
BOK Center | Tulsa
BOK Center | Tulsa
Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa
KYLE DILLINGHAM & HORSESHOE ROAD
Brady Theater | Tulsa
SPLIT LIP RAYFIELD
Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa
GANJA WHITE NIGHT Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa
Woody Guthrie Center | Tulsa
NOTHING MORE Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa
Brady Theater | Tulsa
Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa
Cain’s Ballroom | Tulsa
Woody Guthrie Center | Tulsa
River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa
River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa
SOUL CITY RESIDENT SHOWS 1621 E. 11th St. | Tulsa
TUESDAYS: DUSTIN PITTSLEY WEDNESDAYS: DON AND STEVE WHITE THURSDAYS: THE BEGONIAS FRIDAYS: SUSAN HERNDON SUNDAYS: MARK BRUNER
AND SHELBY EICHER
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CLAY WALKER WITH SPECIAL GUEST TRACY BYRD
OLIVIA 03.22 NEWTON-JOHN 8P
LIGHTING IT UP SCAN TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Schedule subject to change.
LOS LOBOS AND LOS LONELY BOYS
See our feature on page 28
AI ALSO IN FEBRUARY FEB. 1
GOBSMACKED Bartlesville Community Center THE ILLUSIONISTS BOK Center | Tulsa
ALL THAT JAZZ Hillcrest Country Club | Bartlesville
TULSA HERITAGE RODEO Expo Square | Tulsa
FEB. 1-FEB. 4
TULSA BOAT, SPORT AND TRAVEL SHOW Expo Square | Tulsa FEB. 1-APRIL 1
THE ESSENCE OF PLACE: CELEBRATING THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF DAVID HALPERN Gilcrease Museum | Tulsa
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
FEB. 3, 10-11
2018 WINTER OLYMPICS Pyeongchang, South Korea
SEVEN GUITARS Tulsa Performing Arts Center SUPER BOWL U.S. Bank Stadium |
JIM GAFFIGAN River Spirit Casino
HOME SWEET HOME CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL Muskogee Civic Center
RUNGOOD POKER SERIES Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Resort | Tulsa
Tulsa | Catoosa
ASH WEDNESDAY FEB. 15
JAMES EHNES Tulsa Performing Arts Center
FEB. 10-11 FEB. 8
TAVIS SMILEY PRESENTS: DEATH OF A KING Cox Business Center | Tulsa FEB. 2
FIRST FRIDAY ART CRAWL Tulsa Arts District XFN 346 River Spirit Casino Resort | Tulsa
LAURA LINNEY Tulsa Performing Arts Center
FREEDOM TRAIN Tulsa Performing Arts Center 12 FEBRUARY 2018
TULSA BALLET: STRICTLY GERSHWIN Tulsa Performing Arts Center SOONER NATIONALS Expo Square | Tulsa HOME & GARDEN SHOW Grove Civic Center
SURVIVAL AND GREEN LIVING EXPO Expo Square | Tulsa GREAT TRAIN SHOW Expo Square | Tulsa WOMEN’S EXPO Expo Square | Tulsa
NITRO ARENACROSS TOUR Expo Square | Tulsa FEB. 16-18
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS BOK Center | Tulsa
DARRYL STARBIRD’S NATIONAL ROD AND CUSTOM CAR SHOW Expo Square | Tulsa
THE ART OF THE PROTEST SONG Woody Guthrie Center | Tulsa
VINTAGE TULSA SHOW Expo Square | Tulsa
• • • ONE & ONLY INDOOR "HOONING" FREESlYLE ACTION ARENA! • Pre '68 Hot Rods, l<ustoms, Gassers! • Pin-up & Beard Contests! • Kl<OA Village!
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• Art, lnb, & Rocb 'n' Roll Music!
AI ALSO IN FEBRUARY FEB. 16-18, 22-25
FOUR CHORDS AND A GUN Tulsa Performing Arts Center
RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS DAY FEB. 17
THE STARS ALIGN: ANNIVERSARY GALA CELEBRATION Tulsa Performing Arts Center
DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE: KING FOR A DAY! Tulsa Performing Arts Center FEB. 23-24
ILLINOIS RIVER FLY FISHING SCHOOL Tenkiller State Park | Vian FEB. 22-25
AKDAR SHRINE CIRCUS Expo Square | Tulsa FEB. 22-25
ROGERS COUNTRY SPRING HORSE SHOW Expo Square | Claremore
GEORGE ORWELL’S 1984 Kendall Hall’s Chapman Theatre | University of Tulsa | Tulsa
FEB. 23 FEB. 17-JUNE 10
NORMAN ROCKWELL: BEHIND THE CAMERA Gilcrease Museum | Tulsa
IGNITE CONFERENCE Tulsa Performing Arts Center FEB. 24
MAGIC MEN LIVE Cox Business Center | Tulsa FEB. 25-MARCH 3
JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS Expo Square | Tulsa FEB. 19
14 FEBRUARY 2018
ST STREET TALK
I don’t go out to eat by myself but go to the movies all the time.
J OYC E
I don’t mind because it gives me a few minutes to myself.
PAT R I C K
I frequently eat alone in restaurants because I’m on the road a lot with business. But I prefer the company and conversation of people.
Do you feel comfortable going to dinner or movies alone? If I don’t have anyone who wants to go with me, I’m happy to go myself. Once I’m out, I can talk to pretty much anyone.
I do feel comfortable. Sometimes I like to go places or see movies that no one else wants to.
I have never gone out to eat or the movies alone, but I wouldn’t mind it.
K AT I E
I feel comfortable going to the movies alone. I actually enjoy it!
Movies by myself? You bet. Eating out by myself is comfortable for me. Was a road rep for years and got used to it.
I would and have gone to dinner alone. If there was a movie I wanted to see, of course I would go alone.
Although I enjoy time with others, I love time spent alone as I’m a classic introvert. That time is re-energizing.
K AT H Y
All the time. If you show yourself friendly, you will meet the nicest people.
I go to movies by myself regularly. My husband and I will separate for our individual tastes and then meet back up in the lobby later.
Actually, I prefer it on occasion. It’s nice to have some time to yourself.
Sometimes I like to go by myself just to have some me time.
Life is too short to have to wait for other people to be in sync. Dining, movies, anything is fine when you enjoy your own company and the event.
K I M B E R LY
I was with my ex-husband for 21 years. I think I’ve gone to dinner once by myself since divorcing in 2013. I was a kid when we got together, so I’m pretty uncomfortable doing stuff on my own.
I love going out alone. If I’m on my own, I don’t worry that someone else doesn’t like the food or the film. I can start a conversation with a stranger without feeling like I’m ignoring a companion.
Comfortable yes, but kind of depends on what restaurant. A nice restaurant is awkward to go to by myself. When this happened to me in October for a business trip, it felt kind of awkward.
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As a founding member of the band Chicago and a successful solo artist, bassist and vocalist Peter Cetera’s career has spanned six decades. As fantastic a musician and songwriter as he is, however, he’s perhaps most well-known for his distinctive voice. A colorful tenor who has painted the airwaves with hits across his career, Cetera owned a staple of radio hits in the mid-‘80s and early-‘90s. Although he departed Chicago in 1985 and has never looked back, his career has continued to thrive. The awards have also come as a member of the Grammy Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. Even now, 50 years after joining Chicago in 1967, Cetera is still on the road and bringing the hits to fans who never tire of his voice and positive spirit.
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE THE VOICE THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND MIX TAPES?
ou know, it’s taken me years to Y grasp that fact. I had a couple of years where I had some big hits, but really had no record company support behind me. I lost a little faith and confidence in the whole process. I stepped away from it all for a little while.
People kept telling me how much they loved the songs and the music and it got me enthused again. Yes, I had a few big ballads, but there were some upbeat songs in there too. People love the songs just the same now as they did back then, so it’s been really nice to get back out in front of the audiences and see them happy.
PETER CETERA’S SETLIST BALANCES MATERIAL FROM BOTH HIS SOLO ALBUMS (“GLORY OF LOVE,” “THE NEXT TIME I FALL”) AND TIME IN CHICAGO (“IF YOU LEAVE ME NOW,” “LOVE ME TOMORROW”), WHILE HELPING THE AUDIENCE
PUT A “FACE” TO THE SONGS THAT PROBABLY JUMPSTARTED PLENTY OF RELATIONSHIPS. BY G.K. HIZER
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LAST YEAR YOU TOURED AS PART OF THE “NIGHT OF PROMS” TOUR. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE, AND HOW DID IT GO FOR YOU?
It’s not like I’ve just started touring again. I’ve been playing 15-20 years with The Bad Daddy’s. They are a great bunch of guys from Nashville. What I’d really like to do is take this group to Europe. With Chicago, we only toured Europe once in 1982, and after that, we kind of had our
CONVERSATION STARTER CS
I don’t really think it was Foster’s production that made the difference. We immediately had a musician’s bond. Chicago was at something of a low ebb and we got together and pretty much decided we’re going to make this thing happen and work. We wrote some fantastic songs in a short amount of time and they turned out to be enormous hits like “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “Love Me Tomorrow,” “Stay the Night,” and “You’re the Inspiration.”
With Chicago 18 (1986) and Chicago 19 (1988), David took more of a producer role and they went outside for songs. So he wasn’t as involved in the writing process. I think that’s maybe where the group lost its way again. On 16 and 17, David and I were writing the majority of the material and there was a real synchronicity to it. To this day, we’re still friends and we still talk. I even go out and play a couple of his shows on occasion.
OVER THE YEARS, THE LIST OF PEOPLE YOU’VE COLLABORATED WITH IS STAGGERING. IN WORKING WITH OTHER ARTISTS, WHAT HAVE YOU TAKEN AWAY OR LEARNED FROM THOSE EXPERIENCES?
hen you collaborate with someone, W I think it lets you go someplace you wouldn’t necessarily go by yourself and gets you to try different things. As far as favorite people I’ve worked with,
Sometimes it just works and you go with it. There are also people who you look forward to working with and think it will all really click, and it just doesn’t work. If I don’t like a song, I don’t finish it, because what’s the point in doing something you don’t like or enjoy?
YOU JOINED CHICAGO IN 1967, AND YOU’RE STILL GOING STRONG. THAT’S AN INCREDIBLE CAREER. TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR LONGEVITY AND SUSTAINED POPULARITY?
or me, I think it’s maybe that I F haven’t always been in the limelight. I took some time off and stepped back from it all for a bit and enjoyed some time with my family.
Even with my solo career, I had some big hits, but no real backing from my record company. Not being in the limelight all of the time, my career kind of went up and down. I’m not sure if that has really helped me, but there’s been no chance for everyone to get sick of me. Now I feel great, I’ve got a fabulous band, and we have a great time onstage. When we go onstage, people always wonder what we’re going to play. We do songs that I’ve written and recorded, some that I’ve produced, some Chicago songs I wrote and sang on. I hit all of the songs people want me to play. I always hear people say they didn’t know I sang certain songs.
WHEN WRITING OR PICKING SONGS, WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR? WHAT MAKES A SONG TIMELESS? IS IT THE STRUCTURE, THE LYRICS, THE MELODY, OR JUST SOME UNDENIABLE CHEMISTRY?
I think it’s all of that, but for me, it’s really all about a good melody. No one’s a bigger Beatles fan than I am. I love the Beatles. Now, I might not get all of the words right on occasion, but I never forget the melody. I think that’s what really sticks in people’s heads.
CLEARLY, THERE’S MORE TOURING, BUT WILL THERE BE NEW MUSIC COMING IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
I would love to do a new album — or another three or four or whatever. It’s just a matter of finding the right vehicle, or person, or whatever, to make it happen. I’m not very good with the internet marketing or whatever, so it’s more a matter of finding the right avenue to get something out. I’ve been working on a couple of songs. Right now we’re doing one new one in our live show.
When the right opportunity comes along, I’m ready to go. I’m ready to start writing and looking for new ideas all of the time.
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obviously, David is one of them. There’s also a gentleman, Andy Hill, who lives in England, who I wrote a couple of songs with who not many people here have probably heard, but they were great songs and a great experience. Also Mark Goldenberg, who I wrote “Daddy’s Girl” and “Along Comes a Woman” with.
THE SUCCESS OF CHICAGO 16 (1982) AND CHICAGO 17 (1984) AND WORKING WITH DAVID FOSTER SEEMED TO SET THE STAGE FOR A TRANSITION TO YOUR SOLO CAREER. HOW MUCH DID FOSTER’S PRODUCTION HELP INFLUENCE OR SHAPE YOUR CAREER AT THAT POINT?
resurgence and never went back. People need to know who you are and remember you in order to tour Europe. So my thought was to do this tour and get them to recognize me again. Hopefully they’ll want me to return with my band.
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BPIAGY O F F Indie rocker Annie Clark, also known as ST. VINCENT, broke onto the scene as a solo artist in 2007, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the mainstream music world took notice. And the cerebral art-rock musician couldn’t care less, even as she continues to ride the success of 2017’s Masseduction while teaching a master class on overcoming the challenges of life and facing the future. BY G.K. HIZER When St. Vincent takes the stage at Brady Theater, it’s true that she’ll be arriving as the currently lauded queen of independent spirits and alt-rock, but it will also be a homecoming of sorts. Initially born and raised in Tulsa until she moved to Texas with her mother and sisters at the age of 7, Annie Clark’s roots add even more weight and significance for local fans. Granted, the Brady may not be as big as the BOK Center (where St. Vincent last played Tulsa, opening for The Black Keys in 2014), but the venue should play perfectly to Clark’s penchant for the theatrical and magnify her performance in a room far more intimate. With the release of her latest album, Masseduction, St. Vincent has continued to redefine her sound. Previously described as art-rock and chamber-rock for her atmospheric sound and creative instrumentation, Masseduction sees St. Vincent’s most recent work
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polished into a more concise and tightly wound package, capturing a frenetic energy that’s reflected in a mixture of new-wave electronica, dance beats, pure-pop melodies, and bursts of indie-rock mayhem. If the first leg of the “Fear the Future” tour is any indication, fans should expect the live show to be even more precise and intimate than the album, with Clark taking charge of the spotlight early on and never relinquishing control. It’s an intense ride that visits St. Vincent’s back catalog, then covers the entirety of the new album with an explosion of color and sound that’s just as visceral and intense as Clark’s stage presence is mysterious. If the concert hall is a classroom, St. Vincent is the professor, so fans should plan on getting a fresh, if somewhat unconventional, lesson in absorbing and reflecting life around us.
After dropping out of Berklee College of Music (Boston), she joined psychedelic pop collective Polyphonic Spree in 2004 and moved on Sufjan Stevens’ touring band in 2006. Building upon that, she successfully launched her own career as St. Vincent, garnering a handbook of critical acclaim, before collaborating with David Byrne (of Talking Heads) on the Love This Giant album and subsequent tour, which merely added to her credibility as an artist and indie-rock queen.
mimicking textures and blasts of distorted energy.
By the time the self-titled St. Vincent album was released in 2014, Clark was queued up to find success on a whole new level. After stunning audiences with a blistering show as a headliner in the spring of 2014 (including a sold-out show at Cain’s Ballroom), Clark’s star continued to rise and reach even larger audiences, as the release reached No. 12 on the album charts, was named album of the year by multiple publications, and even earned a Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2015.
Perhaps the best explanation of the frenetic nature of her music came in a 2010 Westword interview when Clark shared with Tom Murphy, “I like it when things come out of nowhere and blindside you a little bit. I think any person who gets panic attacks or has an anxiety disorder can understand how things can all of a sudden turn very quickly. I think I’m sublimating that into my music.”
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Nevertheless, the new album isn’t all a mess of spastic energy. By the time we reach “Slow Disco” and “Smoking Section,” Clark has made peace with her fears, able to let go and face the future. The pair form a sonic elegy of sorts, closing the song cycle with an elegy to releasing the pain and looking to a new hope. Even still, you can’t help but feel that as St. Vincent stares off into the distance, the entire frenetic cycle will start over again soon. Rest assured, her fans expect nothing less and Clark has become a master at reflecting the struggles of life.
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As a result, Clark began taking medication for depression and anxiety, which she now credits with helping her move on to the next stage of her career. In the past, critics had cited Clark’s songs as walking a fine line between happiness and madness. With Masseduction, that line has become razor thin: electronic beats bounce up against spastic blasts of Clark’s guitar playing, which itself wavers between synth
Sold-out shows, TV appearances, and a premier spot as opener for The Black Keys wasn’t all it was cracked up to be, however. As Clark revealed to Rolling Stone this past September: “I was going out of my mind. I was on the road constantly and just trying to keep up the pace. It was go-go-go, and I didn’t have incredibly-well developed coping mechanisms. I was just trying to keep my sanity…”
Current wonder-boy producer Jack Antonoff (of Bleachers and Fun., who also helmed albums for Lorde and Taylor Swift) helped reign in Clark’s vision to find the balance between popsensible and indie-rock frenetic. As a result, the collection of songs about love, sex, depression, and addiction are perhaps as sonically indicative of St. Vincent’s view of the world as the lyrics are personal.
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Tulsa is one of those big little cities — small enough where you can run into familiar faces pretty regularly, while still offering plenty of city-minded arts, shopping and dining. One way Tulsa makes the most of its big little city flavor is the many unique neighborhood districts that visitors and denizens alike can explore. The most recent district to receive an official designation is the Cathedral District. Located at the southern end of downtown Tulsa, the newly christened district is bordered by Detroit Avenue, Sixth Street, Denver Avenue, and 14th Street. Within its borders are six historic churches, the downtown campus of Tulsa Community College (TCC), and a variety of large and small businesses. Once busy and vibrant, the Cathedral District has struggled in recent decades due to urban renewal projects that turned old buildings into
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asphalt parking lots as well as the loss of businesses during Tulsa’s lean times. Though it includes a portion of historic Route 66, you almost wouldn’t have known it in recent years. Like many a city, Tulsa has had its challenges in finding ways to revitalize itself to draw people in from the suburbs during the evenings and on weekends. And the Cathedral District neighborhood is no different. In 2015, though, this trend began to change. A team of volunteers, consisting of interested citizens, local businesspeople and others, came together to discuss and pursue ways to invigorate their neighborhood. Thus, the Cathedral District was officially born, with the goal of drawing in more visitors and new businesses, and to bring about the kind of revitalization that has helped put the Blue Dome District and the Tulsa Arts District on the map.
“The current objective of the Cathedral District is to capitalize on the iconic features of south downtown, including the churches and TCC and the existing space, and developing a more complete area,” says Lauren Brookey, who co-chairs the district along with Gordon Guest. “Our hope is to create a vision and implement that vision in the next five years.”
student of Robinson’s. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the church building was finished in 1929 and shows off, among other features, the dramatic, soaring, stylized tower that represents hands folded in prayer, reaching toward heaven. That tower is among the more memorable parts of the skyline as you drive to and from downtown.
Other impressively designed churches clustered here include the First Presbyterian Church of Tulsa, its congregation existing here since 1885; the First United Methodist Church, dating back to 1886; the First Church of Christ, Scientist, with a building dating to 1918; and others. Even the business-focused buildings, such Probably the most well-known as the Public Service Company of these structures is the Boston of Oklahoma (PSO) building, are Avenue United Methodist Church, historic in nature. with Art Deco and Gothic inspired architecture designed by Tulsans In fact, the entire district is Adah Robinson, a former art walkable and drivable for those teacher at Central High School, who enjoy the idea of doing a selfand Bruce Goff, a well-known directed tour of Tulsa’s amazing architect who once was a architectural structures. The Among the elements the district already capitalizes on are its historic churches. The district’s name comes from those churches — a huge draw for those who are fascinated by architectural design, especially when it comes to ecclesiastical structures.
churches and the PSO building are among the spots featured on downtown architectural tours offered by the Tulsa Historical Society and the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture. Of course, there are other reasons to visit the Cathedral District, beyond architecture. The churches draw many congregants, organizing charity events and finding ways to give back that are unique to the district’s rich spiritual connections. Thousands of students attend classes each week at Tulsa Community College’s Metro Campus and the University of Tulsa’s newly opened Oxley College of Health Sciences.
dynamic and an asset for the larger downtown area. “ Already, the area boasts some interesting entertainment options for visitors who want to enjoy downtown’s eclectic offerings. The section of Route 66 that runs through the district is home to Foolish Things Coffee Co., a popular local coffee shop. Other dining spots in the district include The Vault, 624 Kitchen & Catering, and The Boulder Grill. And the district looks forward to more growth as time goes on.
“Each of our members has a shared interest in ensuring our organizations shape an environment that attracts students, members, employees and customers as well as “The Cathedral District is focused improves the value of our on being collaborative and investments,” says Brookey. visionary,” says Brookey. “Our “There are already demonstrated hope is that the vision will be a models for success in downtown touch point for the organizations for achieving those goals, and the that currently exist and for new City has shown strong interest in development, and as a result supporting organic growth and this area will be well-planned, design downtown.”
With no true cure for the common cold, there are ways to overcome the sore throat, fever, streaming nose and headaches quicker. But make sure you separate fact from fiction and keep the Kleenex close. By Lindsay Morris
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If you can avoid getting a cold during the ever-changing weather conditions in northeastern Oklahoma this time of year, you may have a super power. Or you may just know what to do and what not to do in order to avoid catching one.
news is that it will likely only last seven to 10 days (though it may seem like an eternity). “Symptom control is paramount for this time period, as is continued hand-washing to prevent the spread to others,” says Jennifer Curran, APRN-CNP with OSU Medicine.
With no true cure for the common cold, laymen and health professionals have come to their own conclusions on how to avoid getting one and the best ways to battle it once you have it. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the best medically tested ways to avoid catching a cold, and a few myths that haven’t actually been proven to keep you from getting a cold.
Although no medication can completely cure a virus, over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen sodium help improve comfort levels for symptoms like headache and muscle pains. If you’re experiencing nasal symptoms, look for over-the-counter products containing cromolyn (such as NasalCrom). And if you have a nighttime cough, try dextromethorphan (“DM” in cough medicines) or a spoonful of honey before bed.
Hopefully after reading and applying these tips, you’ll never catch a cold again. But let’s be real here — if you do catch a cold, the good
How can you avoid getting the common cold? WASH YOUR HANDS!
“Hand-washing is by far the best way to prevent contracting but also spreading common cold viruses,” Curran says. Infections are spread via human and object contact. Especially after spending time in public places or if you are in contact with someone who has a cold, you should wash your hands pretty much nonstop. Or at the very least, spritz and rub some hand sanitizer on your hands.
AVOID CLOSE CONTACT WITH OTHERS WHO SHOW SYMPTOMS OF A COLD.
“Studies have shown that droplets containing cold type viruses can be shared via coughing, talking in close proximity with others, and of course, kissing,” Curran says.
Again, harking back to tip No. 1, if you do have to be around people who have a cold, be sure to wash your hands even more than usual. Interestingly, relatively small quantities of the virus reside on the lips or in the mouth. Most of it is found in the nasal cavity. Then again, it’s hard to be kissed without being breathed on as well.
TAKE A DAILY PROBIOTIC, AND MAYBE THROW IN SOME VITAMIN C.
“Probiotics containing high colony variety and volume may lessen the chance of getting a cold and shorten the length of the cold if you become ill,” Curran says.
GET YOUR Z’S AND STAY IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE.
Ensuring restorative sleep will also improve health and decrease chances of becoming ill. Also, studies have shown that people who exercise regularly and eat healthy diets are less likely to catch viruses. So be sure to take care of your body through proper rest and exercise if you want to ward off the cold.
TRY TO REMAIN POSITIVE.
A positive attitude about your body’s ability to heal itself can actually mobilize immunesystem forces.
It might also be worth popping a vitamin C, too. Whether or not vitamin C is effective at preventing and treating the common cold has been a subject of controversy for 70 years. However, one thing’s certain: It definitely won’t hurt you at the recommended dose.
What are a few myths about preventing the common cold? ALL COLDS CAN BE TREATED THROUGH OVER-THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS.
Medical providers used to recommend using pseudoephedrine (Sudafed), guaifenesin (Mucinex) and nasal decongestants to treat the cold, Curran says. “These have not been proven to treat symptoms well in large studies, but can certainly still be used on a case-by-case basis depending on symptoms.”
THE COLD CAN BE TREATED THROUGH ANTIBIOTICS.
“Antibiotics will not prevent or treat a cold in any form
whatsoever but rather increase the strength of bacterial infections down the road,” Curran says. That’s because antibiotics kill only bacteria. If you find yourself begging your medical provider for a Z pack prescription when all you have is a cold, remember, you’re increasing your chances for future bacterial infections.
GOING OUTSIDE WITH WET HAIR WILL MAKE YOU SICK.
You’ll probably feel chilled if you skip the blow dryer on a cold day, but not much else will happen, according to Health.com. Since colds are caused by a virus, having wet hair or even wet clothes won’t make you susceptible to infection.
TEMPERATURE CHANGES CAN BRING ON A COLD OR HEAL YOU OF IT.
Ever heard “sweat it out” from your grandma as a kid when you had a cold? “Being outside too long in the cold doesn’t bring on a cold, or layering up in clothes to sweat through the resolution of a cold are simply unfounded and myths,” Curran says.
STAY INSIDE WHERE IT’S WARM.
Staying inside actually increases your chances of getting infected. Enclosed spaces can expose you to a higher concentration of the virus.
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On the scenic northeast side of Tulsa, you’ll find one of Green Country’s most popular resort destinations — the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Recently earning a coveted Four Diamond rating with AAA, which qualifies a hotel as “refined, stylish with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail,” the Hard Rock Tulsa is understandably proud of all the ways it can please everyone who walks in the door. The resort’s expansion and upgrades have kept it growing and evolving over the last few years, with the addition of a spa, a second pool, more suites, and a newly redesigned front desk that makes check-in easier than ever. The improvements only make the spot even more desirable as a staycation or quick getaway destination. For starters, of course, there are the gaming floors. “We have the largest non-smoking gaming casino in northeast Oklahoma,” says senior director of hospitality, Martin Madewell. “It’s very popular. You can park, enter and leave through that area, and never touch the smoking area. We have just under 2,500 games, including four blackjack pits. We’ve got something for everyone.”
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As far as accommodations, the hotel offers 454 rooms to choose from, located in three towers — the Cherokee, with its infusion of Cherokee flavor; the Hard Rock, the tallest tower and the most traditionally Hard Rock in decor; and the Suite Tower, the newest addition, which features only suites, all of which are designed to feel very much like the green room of a star. “Each tower is unique,” says Madewell. “They all have their own flavor and identity.” Guests can enjoy views of the hotel’s championship golf course, downtown Tulsa, and the rolling landscape of Green Country. And there are even specialty rooms, like the billiard suite which has a full billiard table, and the hot tub suite, with windows open to the golf course for a beautiful view while you soak in the warm water and pamper yourself. Another feature at the Hard Rock is the resort swimming pool, which opened last year. The pool, which is adults-only, features a Baja shelf that holds 20 in-pool lounge chairs, coupled with a 20-person hot tub. There are day beds, loungers, fire pits, a live entertainment area, a pool menu, and a full-service bar. The luxury cabanas, which guests can rent, offer seating for up to six adults, stocked refrigerator, radiant heater, barrel misting fan, television
For Valentine’s Day, the resort is hosting a concert by Peter Cetera, who will play The Joint Feb. 14. “He’ll be playing all his big Chicago hits and solo hits, a lot of ballads. He’s a good act for Valentine’s Day,” says Madewell. Of course, the Hard Rock doesn’t cater only to recreational guests. The resort is also a popular location for business meetings and
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“Whether you like Prince and Guns N’ Roses or Don Williams, there’s something here for you,” says Madewell. “The memorabilia on display reflects that.” New additions to their collection of memorabilia include some items from Prince’s estate, such as his famous blue cloud guitar.
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Despite its name, the Hard Rock doesn’t just offer rock music. The casino’s music venue, The Joint, features a wide variety of guests, with an emphasis on country music to satisfy Green Country’s large country fan base.
The Hard Rock’s mission comes down to caring about their guests, says Madewell. “How the property has evolved and grown — with three towers and expanding gaming floors and all the amenities — it all stems from one thing,” he says. “We keep an ear to what our guests are asking for. We listen. And that’s how it’s happening.”
“Our spa does an excellent job with the details,” says Madewell. “We provide chilled infused waters, grapes, and chocolates. The staff goes above and beyond, so that it’s more than just a treatment. It’s an experience.”
When it comes to food, the Hard Rock doesn’t skimp. Their signature steakhouse, McGill’s, is located on the 19th floor, where guests can enjoy the beautiful scenic views from on high. There are several other restaurants too, including a food court and a coffee shop that serves Starbucks.
The Spa also offers steam showers and saunas in both men’s and women’s locker rooms. There’s even a men’s relaxation room, with zero gravity lounge chairs, TV, men’s publications — a big hit with guests.
The Sequoyah Ballroom is a favorite spot for weddings and large corporate events. Even the golf club can accommodate up to 100 people for banquets, and can offer cookouts on the veranda. “I believe that we have the best meeting planner and best banquet staff in the city,” Madewell says. “They’re very experienced, and the volume of work that they do is mind-blowing. It’s amazing what they can do.”
Then there’s The Spa where massages, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, skincare and facial treatments provide you everything you need to recharge for the night ahead, or to decompress after the one you’ve just had. “One of the key features of The Spa is we have a Himalayan salt wall made out of salt bricks. It’s pretty neat,” says Madewell. “It’s something you don’t see at your everyday spa. You breathe in the negative ions from the salt as soon as you walk in.”
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While love can be complicated at times, saying the actual words can make some uncomfortable or come off robotic. But there are other ways to show how much you care or love someone without muttering a word or buying a card.
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Love is one of the basic human experiences and needs. It can be felt for a child or parent, a lover or friend. It can be given freely or withheld indefinitely. Love transcends races, religions, time and death. It can launch a thousand ships or cause star-crossed lovers to go to extreme measures. And in its most selfless form, love is unconditional, even sacrificial. Love, though simple in nature, can be confusing and complicated, especially at this time of year. We’re bombarded with images of love on television, in the movies, in books and on the radio. We all need it and crave it, yet many of us lack love or don’t know how to express it adequately. Love may be one of the most powerful human emotions ever felt, but it’s also one of the most misunderstood. Maybe that’s because love is not an emotion at all.
When you’re with your loved ones, give them your attention. Make it a habit to put away the phone. Look them in the eye when you speak, and refer back to what they are saying so they understand that you actually heard them and are not just giving them half an ear.
KEEP YOUR WORD
If you say you are going to do something, then set a date and time, and do it. Nothing says “you don’t matter to me” like not following through on what you said you’d do. If you are unable to keep your word, then talk about it ahead of time and apologize after the deadline passes. But don’t leave it at that. Recommit and set another date to follow through.
While most people consider love a feeling, the scientific community disagrees. The euphoria most people feel when in love is not love itself. According to American Psychology Association, love is more characteristic of drives (hunger, thirst) which unlike emotions, require action. When you’re in love, the person who makes you “happy” becomes your goal that drives you to win his or her heart. As you work toward this end, you feel all the emotions that come with love. So if love is an action, saying “I love you,” while important, may not be the best expression of love.
The 5 Love Languages, how someone feels loved falls into five categories: quality time, physical touch, words of affirmation, acts of service and receiving gifts. Knowing how your loved ones interpret love not only allows you to show love, but it can result in better communication and connection, which is an essential part of all relationships.
While every person is an individual, according to Gary Chapman, author of
While love can be complicated at times, saying the actual words can make some uncomfortable, especially in the early stages of a relationship. For those already in long-lasting relationships, the actual words may start to seem robotic. But there are other ways to show how much you care or love someone without muttering a word or buying a card. Here are 14 ideas to get you started.
Then what is the best way to love? The answer really depends on how the person feels loved.
Love means seeing the potential in your loved one and not allowing them to give up on dreams. Believe in them when they have nothing left to believe in. Speak words to encourage, and if you don’t know what to say, ask.
Let the person you love “win,” even if you know you’re right. Many breakdowns in relationships happen because we are selfish and want to win at every cost. Imagine how loved your significant other will feel if you’re in the habit of needing to be right and get your way, but decide to relinquish the battle.
Don’t go to bed angry and don’t keep records of wrongs. If you’re right and win an argument, then don’t throw it in their face. And whatever you do, don’t keep bringing up the past. Love cannot move forward if the past keeps coming up.
Take deep breaths, count to three and ignore a habit that may annoy you, especially when it’s happening. Then if it continues to be a problem, discuss it at a different time when your loved one is more open to the discussion.
Share a positive quality or something you admire in your loved one for no reason at all. Make a love jar, and every time you think of something you admire or respect in your loved one, write it down and put it in the jar. Then when they need a little encouragement, point them to the jar.
Choose to not go out with the girls or guys when you know your loved one has had an especially hard day. Even if he or she insists you go out, staying home will speak love in a meaningful way. Instead, spend the time speaking their love language, not yours. Even if your loved one needs to be alone, knowing you are there will still say “I love you.”
Put sticky notes in unexpected places at home or in the car. Write something encouraging on the mirror in lipstick or a dry erase marker. You can leave love notes in the fridge, microwave or on a favorite coffee mug. For added fun, try leaving a trail of love notes that end up as an even bigger surprise that really speaks to your loved one’s love language.
Buying something that reminds you of your loved one for no particular reason, says “I was thinking about you.” It can be as simple as a favorite candy or coffee, or as elaborate as a new outfit or electronic device. Only you will know what is meaningful to your loved one. And if you don’t know, take time to ask what their favorite things are. Then file it away for another day. Want to really show your love? Bring your loved ones’ favorite lunch, snack, or coffee to work, especially when they have a hectic day planned or in the middle of the day at home when they’re busy with the children.
Notice a job well done and make sure you express it in words or a note. Whether you send a quick text or take the time to choose a card that says exactly how you feel, your words will be appreciated and may be saved for years to come.
Do something you don’t really like, just to be with the one you love. If you couldn’t care less about football, get excited about the next game and prepare his favorite snacks, then sit down and watch, but don’t ask too many questions. If the theater is not your thing, don’t wait for her to beg you to go. Buy the tickets the next time and take her to her favorite restaurant and make a night of it. Learning something about the game or play beforehand will say “I care about what you care about.”
Nothing says “I love you for who you are” more than not trying to change your loved ones or nitpick every time they do something you don’t like. Accept them for who they are — flaws and all — and be committed to nurturing and encouraging them to be the best they can be.
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Touch doesn’t have to be sexual to express love. In fact, unexpected, affectionate touches can say “I love you” anywhere anytime. Put your hand on her back as you hold the door open. Massage his scalp or neck while he’s driving. Foot rubs, back rubs, holding hands, a loving pat, a kiss on the neck while she’s cooking or while he’s paying the bills all say, “I love you.”
Doing extra chores, especially when your loved one is overwhelmed or doesn’t have to ask, is a special way to show love. It can be as simple as folding the laundry or doing the dishes so your loved one can relax or as elaborate as finishing a project like organizing a closet, or pantry, or cleaning out the garage. If she hates filling up the gas tank, make sure it has plenty of gas, especially if it will be cold the next day. Go out of your way to check on your loved one when they are sick or having a bad day. You may not know what to say or do, but that doesn’t matter. All you need to do is show that you care by reaching out and asking “what can I do to help?” Then be prepared to do it, within reason. If your loved one is sick and you only have an hour lunch break and you’re all the way across town, showing up with a bowl of soup or just for a hug will say plenty.
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Is this the year you jump into the housing market or make a move to a new home? If so, you need to be prepared so that you avoid costly mistakes. By Donna Leahey Are you thinking of selling your home? Maybe your family is growing or you’re ready to move to a new neighborhood? Or you’ve decided to try dabbling in real estate. If so, you need to be prepared so that you avoid throwing your money away. The good news is that most of the missteps made when selling and buying real estate are avoidable with some education and the right guidance. To help you negate many of
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the more common screw-ups, we talked with Angie Cianfrone, a broker and owner at Realty Connect, regarding how to best sell your home fast and save some money in the process. A Tulsa native, Cianfrone has over 20 years experience in the Tulsa area real estate market. She has worked with many of the major brokers and has consistently been one of the top agents in the area. Noting the way modern technology was shaping the business
of real estate, Cianfrone started her own brokerage, Realty Connect, to take advantage of the trends of real estate in the Internet age. “Buyers have way more information today,” she says, “but agents still have the experience, the know-how, and access to tools and resources to effectively market your home to sell fast.”
H ow is the housing marking in the Tulsa area doing right now?
A. It’s been good. Since 2007, it’s been a buyer’s market, but it’s shifting back toward a seller’s market and interest rates are still low. I think 2018 will be a good year for the market. People always need food, clothing and shelter. No matter what’s going on, people need a place to live.
ow has the Internet Q) Himpacted real estate? A. The Internet has hijacked the business. Today’s buyers spend hours on the Internet, researching information that may or may not be accurate. Before the Internet, homebuyers would count on agents to show them houses in their desired price range and neighborhood. But now, buyers show up with a list of houses they want to see, and they already have pictures of the interior, the asking price and what school district the house is located in.
S o, how does a savvy seller play to the Internet shopper?
A. First, know what information is already out there for your listing. Zillow.com and other sources are not always accurate, so knowing what information or misinformation your buyer is working with is important. Buyers look at the picture of the house and price. If you want them to click on your listing, you must captivate them with nothing more than that.
hat’s the best way to sell your home Q) Wfast and for the price you want? A. There are three factors affecting your ability to sell your home: price, location and condition. There’s nothing you can do about the location. The condition of the house can only be changed so much, so price is the one variable you can control. An agent can look at market data and help you find the best price that will sell. The goal is to set a price that will make your home be one of the top three choices for a prospective buyer.
avoid legal risks. Homeowners consistently overprice their homes, which will slow down the eventual sale. With an agent’s assistance, you can find a price that will move your home. Agents also help you with the contractual timelines. And probably most importantly, only agents have access to the Multiple Listing Service, a vital source of market information that can help price your home appropriately.
hat are some mistakes that Q) Wwill cost a seller time and money? A. Don’t try to skimp by skipping an agent. Make sure you’re getting good advice on price. Spend the money for professional photos to avoid the cost of waiting endlessly for a sale. And remember that cluttered photos do not entice buyers; make sure your home is ready to show. Big open house events look impressive, but are rarely a good use of time or resources.
hat about the flat-fee listing services Realty Q) WConnect provides? That seems like a great and cheaper option for the seller who wants to put more money back in their pocket.
A. The listing agent’s commission is one of the costs people seem to hate paying the most. Whether the home sells quickly or takes months, sellers invariably resent paying that commission. Flat-fee listing services, like what we offer, are a tremendous alternative to the old-school approach. We offer three packages of services ranging from $399 (silver package) to $1,000 (platinum package). Whether you’re selling a $50,000 starter house or a $2 million estate, you’ll pay the same amount for the package of services. Whichever plan you choose, you get the benefits of an experienced agent helping you navigate that real estate minefield.
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he listing agent typically makes 3 percent Q) Tcommission. That can be a lot of money, and some sellers try to bypass a listing agent. Why shouldn’t sellers try to keep that money for themselves?
A. Real estate is complicated. It’s a minefield, and good agents know the way through it. Most agents carry errors and omissions insurance, which can protect you from costly mistakes. The agent’s documents have also been reviewed by lawyers to
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STUDIES SHOW THAT ANIMALS CAN IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH, LOWER STRESS LEVELS, AND LEAD TO AN ALL-AROUND HAPPIER LIFE. IF TRUE, MAYBE IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO VISIT STREETCATS INC. AND PROVIDE A FOREVER HOME FOR ONE OF THEIR FURRY FELINES. BY Donna Leahey PHOTOS BY Marc Rains Money can’t buy you love, but at StreetCats, Inc., with just a little of it you can adopt a warm and furry kitty. And if you attend My Furry Valentine this month, you can have a great time and help out a great cause. “We started in 1997. There was a need — there’s always a need — for another cat rescue,” says Kathy Balsiger, the president of StreetCats, Inc. and one of the original founders. “When people need to rehome their kitties, we take those kitties into our program. We have a boutique [at StreetCats, Inc. Adoption Center] and that’s where the kitties stay, too. We get them checked out at the vet and then we find them forever homes.”
The main event is a silent auction of donated gift baskets and art with all kinds of goodies. The Wine Pull is another not-to-be-missed event. “We have a wine rack, with all the wine concealed in bags,” says Balsiger. “All the wine is donated. There’s red, white, rose and a ribbon showing what color wine is in the bag. You pay $10 for a bottle and every bottle is worth $15-$50. We always sell out within an hour or two.” There’s also a pop-up shop with items brought in from the boutique, to introduce people to the kinds of things you can purchase there.
“THERE WAS A NEED — THERE’S ALWAYS A NEED — FOR ANOTHER CAT RESCUE.”
The organization’s annual fundraiser, My Furry Valentine, helps keep StreetCats, Inc. in kitty litter and kibble, and as a bonus, is a great time. “It’s a beautiful event,” says Balsiger. “We have volunteers who decorate it so beautifully. We have been doing this for about 13 years now. We’ve moved different places, but we’ve been with the Historical Society for a few years now.” Wine is served alongside savory hors d’oeuvres and decadent desserts, many from local restaurants. A piano player will provide music in the dining area. Every year there’s a special raffle item. Last year it was a beautiful handmade quilt.
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You can purchase tickets online at streetcatstulsa.org or at the StreetCats, Inc. Adoption Center. Best to buy them early. In advance they’re $35 per person or $60 for a couple. At the door, they’re $5 more.
At any given time, there are about a dozen kitties living at StreetCats, Inc. Adoption Center, but they’re not shut into cages; they are loose in the rooms behind the boutique. “We have a big cat room. During our hours, they’re loose,” Balsiger says. “We have cages; in our facilities, but they’re used for the cats to jump on top of them. All the cats commingle, co-live.” Since all the cats living at StreetCats, Inc. are healthy and adoptable, there’s no need for foster homes. “If a kitty has a problem that has
to be treated, they go into a foster home,” she says. “Only healthy, ready-to-be-adopted cats come into our adoption center.” They do even more good work with the Stitch in Time voucher program, providing a vital service to help with pet overpopulation. “We issue vouchers for stray cats,” Balsiger says. “They get a spay or neuter and a rabies shot. You come into our shop, pay for the voucher. These are for feral cats, cats you catch, not your pet. We require that you be able to provide some kind of shelter for them. When you call, we tell you about the requirements and get it set up. We issue about 80 vouchers a month. There are other programs out there, but ours might be the cheapest.” The StreetCats, Inc. boutique helps with some of the costs for the vouchers and caring for their adoptable cats. “We sell things from the front of the establishment,” she says. “You can buy things for cats and cat lovers. Some of these things are antiques; some of them are purchased. We’re not a thrift store or a secondhand store.” StreetCats, Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, with 80-100 volunteers. If you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity, StreetCats, Inc. can probably put you to work “We have many needs for volunteers,” says Balsiger. “Our main need is filling the hours of the shop. When we’re not open, we still have people coming in to clean. We are the cleanest facility anyone’s ever found.
If you’re interested in volunteering, check out their website.
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DARRYL STARBIRD MAY NOT BE PRODUCING HIS LEGENDARY HOT ROD AND CUSTOM CAR SHOW ANY MORE, BUT HIS LEGACY IS IN By John Tranchina THE VERY GOOD HANDS OF RELATIVES WHO ARE NOT AFRAID TO CHANGE THINGS UP AND KEEP IT FRESH. Darryl Starbird’s National Rod & Custom Car Show comes to Tulsa for the 54th time Feb. 16-18. And while the legendary car customizer retired in 2014, his children Cliff Starbird and Cristy Starbird Bledsoe continue the tradition, with a few new twists that make it even more accessible to just about everyone — even if you’re not that into classic cars. “It’s a wonderful event. You don’t have to necessarily enjoy cars,” says show co-producer Brice Bledsoe, who is Cristy’s son and Darryl’s grandson. “We have all types of different vendors. We have live music. We have different types of events taking place in our Action Arena that people get a kick out of. We have a lot of
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celebrities from different TV shows that are car-related who will be coming. Obviously, it’s a car show, so it’s heavily car based, but there is so much other stuff going on that people can certainly get a kick out of and enjoy.” There have typically been around 1,000 cars to see each year, and the event over the last five years has attracted an average of 35,000 people over the course of the weekend. And yes, there will be a bunch of awesome, customized cars, including old hot rods on display, especially in the upstairs area. The show’s now-iconic Go for the Gold Award, and the accompanying $10,000 prize that
comes with it, has enticed talented customized car owners from across the country to enter their cars in the Fine Nine competition. Included in the show will be some of Starbird’s customized cars that can be seen throughout the year at Darryl Starbird’s National Rod & Custom Car Hall of Fame, which is located about 80 miles northeast of Tulsa in Afton, Oklahoma. There will also be the amazing, futuristic-looking Vampyre car of Gary Meyers, the 2007 Fine Nine winner, among many others. But it isn’t just customized hot rods and classics. The show features a wide variety of vehicles.
“We have something for everyone,” Bledsoe says. “We have cars, we have Jeeps, and we have motorcycles. We have a class for just about every different type of vehicle you can imagine. I think we have close to 40-something classes that we actually give trophies away for.” And the list of entertainment options during the weekend is equally diverse. “On Saturday night, we’ll have a Demolition Derby,” Bledsoe says. We’ll have what is called mini-bike drags — they’re literally just miniature motorcycles that they drag-strip through the building there, and then we’ll actually have some motorcycle stunt guys going. And lastly, we have what is called freestyle hooning, and essentially, we have people push their cars into the arena area and do what they call a cackle off, where they rev their engines up real high. They’ll do a burn out; they have a couple of vehicles that shoot flames out of their exhaust pipes. It’s a unique little thing, we’re one of the few places in the country that put this type of deal on.” There’s also a lot of space dedicated to what they call the Rockin’ Billy Bash, one of the newer additions to the show since Darryl Starbird retired. “The downstairs area is all dedicated to the classic, custom, rat rod type of culture that is really big right now,” Bledsoe says. “Those vehicles down there, they’re not the $100,000 show cars. They’re more the guys that maybe found this old rust bucket somewhere and put some time, effort and elbow grease into it. And then our vendors and our entertainment are kind of catered to that. We have a beard contest, we have a pin-up contest, and we’ll actually have a tattoo parlor on hand to get a tattoo during the show. We’ll also have a barber doing rockabilly-type haircuts.”
Celebrities making DARRYL STARBIRD’S appearances include Tom NATIONAL ROD & CUSTOM Smith of Misfit Garage and CAR SHOW three guys from the show Expo Square | Tulsa Gear Dogs (both on Discovery starbirdcarshows.com Channel), as well as Ryan Evans of Count’s Kustoms ( from Counting Cars on the History Channel) and Tim Strange of Search Feb. 16: Noon-11 p.m. and Restore on Spike TV. Feb. 17: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Feb. 18: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
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TULSA OILERS ome games are played at H BOK Center (Tulsa) Feb. 2 | @ Wichita Thunder | 7:05p Feb. 3 | vs Allen Americans| 7:05p Feb. 7 | @ Kalamazoo K-Wings | 6p Feb. 9 | @ Cincinnati Cyclones | 6:35p Feb. 16 | vs Florida Everblades | 7:05p Feb. 17 | vs Florida Everblades | 7:05p Feb. 18 | vs Indy Fuel | 4:05p Feb. 23 | vs Colorado Eagles | 7:05p Feb. 24 | vs Colorado Eagles | 7:05p Feb. 28 | @ Colorado Eagles | 8:05p
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Gallagher-Iba Arena (Stillwater) Feb. 3 | @ Kansas | 11a Feb. 6 | vs Baylor | 7p Feb. 10 | @ West Virginia | 11a Feb. 14 | vs Kansas State | 6p Feb. 17 | @ TCU | 7p Feb. 21 | vs Texas Tech | 6p Feb. 24 | @ Texas | 1p Feb. 27 | @ Iowa State | 6p March 3 | vs Kansas | 3p March 7-10 | Big 12 Championship (Sprint Center/Kansas City, Mo.)
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA MEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Lloyd Noble Arena (Norman) Feb. 3 | @ Texas | 5p Feb. 5 | vs West Virginia | 8p Feb. 10 | @ Iowa State | 1p Feb. 13 | @ Texas Tech | 8p Feb. 17 | vs Texas | 11a Feb. 19 | @ Kansas | 8p Feb. 24 | vs Kansas State | 5p Feb. 27 | @ Baylor | 8p March 2 | vs Iowa State | 8p March 7-10 | Big 12 Championship (Sprint Center/Kansas City, Mo.)
UNIVERSITY OF TULSA MEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Reynolds Center (Tulsa) Feb. 1 | vs SMU | 7p Feb. 4 | @ USF | Noon Feb. 8 | vs Tulane | 6p Feb. 15 | @ UConn | 6p Feb. 18 | vs USF | 2p Feb. 21 | vs UCF | 8p Feb. 25 | @ Cincinnati | 11a March 1 | @ ECU | 6p March 4 | vs Temple | 2p
ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Mabee Center (Tulsa) Feb. 1 | @ Fort Wayne | 6p Feb. 3 | @ Western Illinois | 2p Feb. 8 | vs North Dakota State | 7p Feb. 10 | vs South Dakota State | 7p Feb. 14 | vs South Dakota | 7p Feb. 18 | @ Denver | 2p Feb. 22 | @ Omaha | 7p
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER Home games are played at Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City) Feb. 1 | @ Denver Nuggets | 9:30p Feb. 2 | vs New Orleans Pelicans | 8p Feb. 4 | vs Los Angeles Lakers | 1p Feb. 6 | @ Golden State Warriors | 9:30p Feb. 8 | @ Los Angeles Lakers | 9:30p Feb. 11 | vs Memphis Grizzlies | 6p Feb. 13 | vs Cleveland Cavaliers | 7p Feb. 14 | @ Memphis Grizzlies | 7p Feb. 22 | @ Sacramento Kings | 9p Feb. 24 | @ Golden State Warriors | 7:30p Feb. 26 | vs Orlando Magic | 7p Feb. 28 | @ Dallas Mavericks | 7:30p
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Gallagher-Iba Arena (Stillwater) Feb. 3 | vs Kansas | 7:30p Feb. 7 | @ TCU | 6:30p Feb. 10 | @ Iowa State | 6:30p Feb. 13 | vs Baylor | 7p Feb. 17 | vs Texas | 2p Feb. 21 | @ Kansas | 7p Feb. 24 | @ West Virginia | Noon Feb. 26 | vs TCU | 7p
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Lloyd Noble Arena (Norman) Feb. 3 | vs West Virginia | 2p Feb. 5 | @ Baylor | 8p Feb. 10 | @ Kansas | 7p Feb. 17 | @ West Virginia | 2p Feb. 21 | vs Iowa State | 7p Feb. 24 | vs Texas Tech | Noon Feb. 27 | vs Texas | 6p
UNIVERSITY OF TULSA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Reynolds Center (Tulsa) Feb. 3 | @ Temple | Noon Feb. 7 | @ SMU | 7p Feb. 10 | vs Houston | 2p Feb. 17 | @ Cincinnati | 1p Feb. 20 | vs ECU | 7p Feb. 24 | @ Memphis | 1p Feb. 26 | vs Wichita State | 7p
ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Home games are played at Mabee Center (Tulsa) Feb. 1 | vs Fort Wayne | 7p Feb. 3 | vs Western Illinois | 2p Feb. 8 | @ North Dakota State | 7p Feb. 10 | @ South Dakota State | 2p Feb. 15 | @ Denver | 7p Feb. 17 | @ South Dakota | 1p Feb. 21 | vs Omaha | 7p
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GC GREEN COUNTRY SCENE If you can stand the cold weather, winter can be a great time of the year to get out of the house and do some fly fishing. And as an added bonus, winter is when the trout are most plentiful throughout most of Oklahoma. Fly fishing is a challenging sport that requires finesse and knowledge, but also practicing the proper casting techniques, including the traditional arcing, looping motion most people are familiar with. You can improve all of those skills at the Illinois River Fly Fishing School Feb. 24, on the banks of the Illinois River, by the dam at Tenkiller State Park in Vian, which is about 80 miles southeast of downtown Tulsa. “We’ve been doing this for 30 years, and by the way, that’s
before A River Runs Through It,” says Mark Patton, the school’s fly fishing instructor, referencing the Oscar-winning Brad Pitt movie from 1992 that sparked a surge in fly fishing popularity. Patton reports that fly fishing may be less pleasant when it’s cold out than in the summer, but it isn’t harder or fundamentally different. “The water temperature is colder, and what that does is it slows down the fishes’ metabolism, just like you,” Patton explains. “The other factor with that is that insect activity, which the trout feed on, changes. Typically, when it gets colder, we don’t have as many hatchets, the bugs coming off the bottom and becoming adults. But as far as everything going on underneath the surface, the same thing’s going on no matter what the temperature is.”
Most of the time, the only deterrent is how much you can stand the cold. On a day when it was 38 degrees outside, Patton says the conditions were good. Put on a good pair of hip waders, bundle up, and you’ll be fine.
to head into the water with that knowledge. One can be a productive fly fisherman without possessing a scientific background.
“Without wind, that is fairly comfortable,” he says. “You can gear up for that, with all the outdoor clothing now. Without getting into too much of the scientific basis, what my dad said forever, is we can expect to see insect activity on the stream when it’s the most comfortable for you. In the summer, when is it the most comfortable for you? Early and late. And in the winter, it’s most comfortable midday.”
“It’s extremely scientific, but you don’t have to fish knowing that,” he says. “Fly fishing got an incredibly bad rap for that for years, trying to make it too complicated. You had to know which species of mayfly was hatching at 2 p.m. Aug. 31. You don’t have to do that. And we approach it that way [during the clinic]. We assume that everybody is a recreational fly fisherman. How we define that is, you go on vacation and you just go fish. You’re not basing it on a certain insect hatching at a particular time. That’s how we approach it.”
A lot of scientific analysis has gone into establishing the guidelines behind successful fly fishing, but as Patton points out, it isn’t necessary
Patton and his group of fellow instructors will have you fishing like a pro in the course of a single day, lasting from 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Take Me to the River While winter trout typically aren't as jumpy as they are in the summer, it's a great time of year to work on your technique for hitting the water in warmer months with more confidence. By John Tranchina
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It will be a long day, an intense day, and a tiring day, both mentally and physically. But also a fun and informative day.
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Patton and his group discuss gear such as fishing rods, reels, line, leader, tippets, knots, and flies, throughout the morning, then go outside after lunch and practice casting fundamentals. After that, everyone goes to the river and tries it out themselves, although people
“Then, after dinner, we go back to the classroom and we cover fly selection, how you pick out a fly. That, for the most part, is the entomology part of it. We talk a little about where to fish, the needs of a trout, and then we stay and answer questions about our techniques, our situations, or whatever anybody wants to talk about.”
“Everybody comes to us with different levels of experience and different levels of knowledge,” Patton says. “So we tell them up front, ‘We start as if you know nothing,’ and that gets everybody on the same course. We also understand that people pick up a little bit from a book, a little bit from a friend, a little bit from a guide, a little bit from a video and they can’t put it all together. So we give them a solid base of information where they can progress.”
“I get in the river and show them how to fish a dry fly, upstream, downstream, across stream and how to nymph fish,” Patton says, citing a number of different techniques. “We give a demonstration, and then we have about an hour and a half to two hours that they can go fish on the stream. We provide rods and reels and flies for them. Typically, we always have somebody who catches a fish.
They begin in a classroom discussing the very basics of fly fishing.
without their own hip waders don’t have to get wet. There are places to stand on the shore and fish.
“That’s a long day, but we didn’t want to stop halfway through,” Patton says of the immersive schedule. “We tell people that we’re trying to give them 50 years of experience in one day.”
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SPEXTON IS GARNERING SERIOUS ATTENTION WITH SIMPLE BUT SOPHISTICATED FABRICATED METALLIC JEWELRY PIECES THAT APPEAL TO THE DESIRE FOR SOMETHING UNIQUE, INDIVIDUALIZED AND THOUGHTFUL AT PRICING THAT SUITS MORE THAN JUST THE TOP TAX BRACKET. BY MICHELE CHIAPPETTA & PHOTOS BY VALERIE GRANT
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NATE M CP H When it comes to buying jewelry, most of us have come to believe there are only two ways to shop. Either you go to a chain store, browse the cases, and walk away with a piece that is pre-made in China or India. Or you check out an artists’ fair, where people often sell pieces they bought in vintage shops or made with supplies bought from stores. Either way, most jewelry isn’t customized or customizable, and it certainly isn’t made wholly in America.
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made here in Tulsa. Items can be crafted to order when you walk into the store, giving you a shopping experience that is like nothing else you’ll come across in Green Country.
machine shop behind our store. Greg would work there to make extra money and help pay the bills while I ran the store.”
Spexton at The Boxyard in Tulsa is changing all that.
It all started in 2004, after Tulsan Nate McPherson returned to the area after living overseas, dropped out of college, and — believe it or not — co-founded a men’s underwear store with his now husband, Greg Shelton. What does underwear have to do with jewelry? Ask McPherson, and he’ll tell you a story fit for Fast Company or Shark Tank.
After teaching himself the ins and outs of working with metal and using machines like the lathe, Shelton began making jewelry from the scrap metal left over at the end of his workday. McPherson then took the jewelry, designed to be a creative accompaniment to the boutique’s underwear, and sold it in their store. Soon, the demand for their handcrafted, locally made jewelry began to outpace their supply.
And they’re doing it in a way that blends ingenuity with the hard-working, creative mindset of Tulsa’s young professionals. The jewelry-making materials — beads, clasps, bands, charms and more — are all
“Spexton has one of the most unusual back stories in the world,” McPherson says. “We opened our men’s underwear boutique in 2004, where Hodges Bend is now. Our landlord owned the whole block and had a
That’s when McPherson and Shelton had a brainstorm — jettison the underwear and just sell their U.S.-sourced, personally designed, handmade jewelry. Thus, Spexton was born. And it’s been an exciting ride ever since.
“Everything we’ve done has been out of necessity because we’ve got to eat,” says McPherson. “Whatever we sold was how we fed ourselves — to literally eat and pay the bills. Never would I have realized where I would have wound up. We found much more success over making and selling our own stuff.” One of Spexton’s specialties is their hand-crafted, contemporary-style wedding rings, made from materials like titanium, black zirconium, stainless steel, cobalt, meteorite and wood. Every ring is fabricated on Spexton’s lathe by Shelton and his small team, ensuring buyers get an affordable, attractive piece of jewelry that was made personally for them, with loving attention to detail. “I believe that of all the mass produced things in life you buy,
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“We’re excited about The Boxyard,” says McPherson. “It truly is the resurgence of Main Street America, with authentically, truly 100 percent locals. We’re really proud to be part of this premier spot. It’s such a unique experience. We’ve recreated the fun in shopping. And we’ve made it worth your
Spexton’s unique, creative approach to serving customers and making American jewelry fits perfectly into the innovative approach at The Boxyard, where shops are housed in recycled shipping containers, laid out in a horseshoe around a courtyard that invites hanging out with friends and enjoying a view of downtown Tulsa’s skyline.
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“Many companies make products entirely in China and India. They don’t make them in the U.S.,” he explains. “We’re
One of Spexton’s most interesting offerings — and the area where they most resemble a startup that you’ll be wishing you got in on while you had the chance — is their customized design bar. Customers can’t get enough of it.
while to shop down here, because it’s all about service. At the end of the day, we’re about serving the client and creating that special experience. We truly live, breathe, and eat that. That is who we are. I want my customers to be thrilled from beginning to end.”
And Spexton does more than make the jewelry locally. They also source their materials in the U.S., which is extraordinarily rare among jewelers. “You actually can support local and buy American with us,” McPherson says.
For those who want a wedding band with bling to it, you can always visit Spexton’s Cherry Street location, where the focus is on fine jewelry and gemstones. The store’s co-owner, Andy Marcum, is an expert in diamonds and gems. Custom designs are possible, in both contemporary and classic styles. In addition to wedding rings, the Cherry Street location also offers earrings, pendants, and bracelets set with diamonds, emeralds, amethysts and other precious stones. Whether you want a traditional halo or cluster style, a personalized initial, a romantic heart for special occasions or another style and look, Spexton Fine Jewelry can help.
“You choose a base for a bracelet, cuff, necklace, or another piece of jewelry,” McPherson says. “And then we have charms in raw form. You decide how you want the charms decorated. We make your piece for you while you wait. It’s very much like Chipotle and Salata, where you’re customizing and making your own thing. You can add texture, gems, and more. It’s really an experience.” It takes about 20 minutes, he says, and then you receive your finalized piece, custom made to your liking.
Beyond wedding bands, Spexton produces bracelets, necklaces, and many other types of finely crafted, beautifully textured metallic jewelry. (Colorful, bright, feminine fashion versions of the jewelry can be found at their sister store, Landella, also located at The Boxyard.) They’ve even designed and patented a special magnetic jewelry clasp. “It is a screw-on-and-off clasp for leather that doesn’t have any glue,” says McPherson. “You can always change out the leather. It’s a unique product that is made in Tulsa.”
one of the only bead making and clasp making companies in the U.S. Our products are made out of brass [and other metals] from American foundries. It starts as a brass or steel rod, and we cut it at our machine shop, and make it into the finished piece right here in Tulsa. Everything we make, we make here in Tulsa.”
your wedding band should not be one of them,” says McPherson. “We make you a custom wedding band that no one else has, custom fabricated specifically for you. Everyone should have access to handmade bands.”
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A weight loss or fitness-related New Year’s resolution is a powerful first step in the right direction, but remember that it’s just that — a first step. Extra effort will be required to stay on track. By Cassie Carriger Photos by Betsy Dutcher
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Simplify your kitchen The information regarding proper nutrition is endless, which can make eating healthy confusing. You should feel empowered, not overwhelmed by food and nutrition. Yes, there is simplicity over the superfood craze. Here is the truth: simple, whole food ingredients are equally powerful as superfoods. There is no need to over-complicate food or your grocery list. A nourishing, healthy meal does not need to break the bank with a lengthy list of ingredients you cannot pronounce. Here are the four categories to live by, whether making a smoothie, a hearty home-cooked dinner, or eating out: fibers, fats, proteins, and greens. FIBER: Moves food through our digestive system. Fiber helps control sugar levels, removes toxins from
GREENS: Produce antioxidants that repair environmental cell damage. They also serve as anti-inflammatory and detoxification agents as well as offer medicinal properties for healing and overall gut health.
Simplify your workout This year is all about getting back to basics, and ditching the workout drama. Enough already with the fitness apps and trackers.
Create space. Do not overload your calendar or fall victim to the desire to fill the blank spaces in your schedule. Leave that space as “room to breathe.” Set realistic intentions, include a time frame, and write them down. Keep your goals simple and attainable. Goals should still be goals — things you strive for and push yourself to achieve. But setting realistic goals will help you manage your own expectations and build self-confidence. Set aside time each month to re-evaluate your goals and track your progress. Goals change, and it is important to remember that your intentions are not a rigid list to follow. By identifying your goals, following up in ways that are attainable, you will be taking micro steps toward creating lifelong habits.
Here are some helpful guidelines: OCUS ON FITNESS ROUTINES F THAT REQUIRE LITTLE TO NO EQUIPMENT. Yoga or high intensity interval training (HIIT) are simple. HIIT workouts consist of short bursts of high intensity exercise, followed by a short period of rest, or recovery, and can take less than 30 minutes from start to finish. JOIN A GROUP EXERCISE CLASS. Exercising together beats exercising alone. Working toward a common fitness goal can make a big difference in being able to stick with a routine. LAN YOUR WORKOUT DAYS P AHEAD OF TIME. Determine the days and times that best fit your schedule. It is easier to stay consistent in reaching your fitness goals once you have incorporated your workout days into your weekly schedule.
Pushing yourself to achieve goals is a great way to building confidence and boost your self-esteem. Any time you show up for yourself, it is a small win, and will motivate you to keep moving forward. Each time you move forward toward your goal is a massive victory.
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And if you’ve already thrown in the towel on your resolution and are looking to get back on track, you’ve come to the right place. Forgive yourself for your missteps, re-evaluate and perhaps even adjust your goals, maintain a positive outlook on the future, and try the following tips to get back on the path to success.
PROTEIN: The building block of your muscles and other cells. A source of amino acids, contains B vitamins that aid in overall food absorption, and signals to your brain that you are full.
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Also keep in mind that studies show that only about 8 percent of people who make resolutions actually find success sticking with them.
FAT: Necessary for brain function, hormone balance and production, and cell development. Fat curbs cravings, which will help you feel full between meals. Consuming fat maximizes loss of stored body fat (ketosis), hydrates cells, slows digestion, increases satiety, makes us feel calmer and more relaxed.
• KEEP YOUR GYM BAG PACKED. Whether working out at home or in the gym, keeping everything you need packed and ready will eliminate searching for headphones, gym shoes, and fitness gear, which can put you behind schedule and cause you to lose motivation.
By February the majority of people have already given up on their resolutions. It is important to remember it is a journey, not an overnight fix, especially when it comes to the most common of resolutions, weight loss and exercise. It’s helpful to envision your overall goal, but putting one foot in front of the other is easier than jumping in with two feet.
the body, helps maintain bowel health, lowers cholesterol, has antiinflammatory properties, and aids in achieving a healthy weight.
A new year brings with it an overwhelming excitement to get back on track. So, what happens as the temperatures continue to drop and motivation begins to fade? Suddenly, warm comfort food and cozying up inside sounds more appealing than that list of intentions you set for 2018.
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THE SAD TRUTH YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO AVOID SEASONAL DEPRESSION, BUT YOU CAN WARM UP TO THE WINTER MONTHS BY ADDING ACTIVITIES AND HABITS FOR A POSITIVE OUTLOOK UNTIL SPRING. BY GINA CONROY The holidays have come and gone, but Old Man Winter remains like an unwanted guest sucking the light (and life) from your days. With no signs of him leaving until spring, his lengthy stay ushers in all kinds of emotions and mood swings. Low energy makes you want to sleep more instead of doing all the things that once brought you happiness. Apathy may be at an all-time high, and if it wasn’t for having to pay the bills, you might not get out of bed. You’re irritated one minute, then sad the next, which causes your relationships to suffer. As if gaining 5-10 pounds over the holidays wasn’t enough, your food cravings and lack of motivation to exercise make it hard to pull yourself out of the pit. Is this just the winter blues, or is there something more sinister going on? While the exact cause of the winter blues has not been determined, it’s a real phenomenon that affects a large part of the population and is said to be brought on by the lack of daylight during the winter months.
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“Starting around Oct. 31, I feel depressed and all I want to do is crawl in bed and hibernate until spring,” says Cheryl Watson. “If it’s cloudy or overcast, I feel like I can barely drag around, but let the sun come out and I’m full of energy. Women, especially those who work indoors for long periods of time, are more susceptible to the winter woes or in its more extreme form, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD affects 6 percent of the U.S. population in its most severe form, and affects another 14 percent in a less severe form. “I’m more exhausted, and much less motivated, especially socially,” says Kimberly Osment, who works nightshifts. When a friend from Wichita suggested he drive down to see her, she said she’d rather stay in bed than spend time with friends. “That’s not me.” Whether you suffer from winter blues or SAD, there are things you can do to lessen your symptoms. These suggestions shouldn’t be substituted for seeking medical advice, and if you have severe signs of depression, always consult your doctor for treatment.
FOCUS ON NUTRITION
After indulging in all the fatty, sweet goodness of the holidays, your body is run down, under a nourished and probably carrying couple of extra pounds. Start by making healthier food choices for a brighter outlook. Eat more foods and soups rich in vitamins and nutrients like tryptophan, which increases serotonin, the calming “happiness” hormone. While you can take tryptophan supplements, the best sources come from nuts, seeds, bananas, tofu, cheese, red meat, chicken, turkey, fish, oats, beans, lentils, and eggs. Leafy greens like spinach and chard contain magnesium and can positively affect your body’s level of serotonin.
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About four years ago, Amanda Phifer tried to get her husband to lock her up in a mental facility. “I thought I was losing my mind,” says Phifer. “I know that I’m extremely vitamin D and B12 deficient, along with many other vitamins.” In August 2017, Phifer started drinking Herbalife vitamin based shakes to help lose weight. “Not only do I have energy, but I’m motivated to get up and out of the house,” says Phifer.
Since many experts say the main reason for seasonal depression comes from a lack of vitamin D, taking an over-the-counter supplement or stronger dosage from your doctor can help your seasonal depression. Watson takes vitamin D3 (5000) and B-Complex every day. “Without these, I feel like I want to sleep all the time, unless it’s sunny out.” Taking fish oil rich in omega-3s plays an important role in brain function and may be helpful in lowering the risk of depression. If SAD symptoms are severe enough to interfere with normal functions of life, or if you are bipolar or suffer from depression all year, talk to your doctor before taking supplements. And ask about possible recommendations for antidepressants.
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Jeneal Rogers gets depressed if she goes too long without sunlight. “I am now trying to spend time in the sun each day, even if it’s really cold,” says Rogers. “I also have my morning tea and quiet time in a chair by the window where the sun comes up.”
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HEALTH + FITNESS HF Just spending 30-60 minutes a day in the sun can help alleviate depression. And if you pair it with exercise or eating a healthy snack, then you’re doubling your efforts to results in treating your seasonal depression.
Osment, who needs to sleep during the day, avoids the sun after her nightshift. “Leaving work in the dark is excellent because I can go home to sleep,” she says. “When I’m delayed at work and the sun comes up, it makes a significant difference in my sleep routine.” If you’re not able to spend time in the sun, or if sunlight is not available, Bright Light Therapy (BLT) may help, but always check with your doctor first and use as directed. Sitting in front of a light box 30 minutes after you wake up simulates the sun and helps shut down melatonin production, which is said to be elevated in people with SAD. For more severe SAD, up to three hours in front of the light source may be needed. Tracy Ruckman bought a special lamp for her desk where she spends 80 percent of her time. “That seems to have helped,” says Ruckman. “Some winters are worse than others, but since I learned about SAD, I try to get as much sunshine, Vitamins D and C as possible.” “I spent years dreading January and February,” says Elise Stone. “Living in the Northeast, that was a hard time of year to get through. Once I knew what SAD was, I bought a sun spectrum reading light, which helped. But the best thing I ever did was move to Tucson, Arizona, because there are very few cloudy days here.”
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Many factors can mess with your biological clock, so it’s important to go to sleep at a consistent time and get plenty of it. Limit your intake of caffeine and avoid it later in the day. Remember, alcohol may make you sleepy, but it also wakes you up in the middle of the night, making for a restless sleep. Avoid naps during the day, and try winding down an hour before bed with a good book and low lighting.
The last thing you may want to do when you’re depressed is exercise, but it’s one of the best ways to help boost your mood. Exercising, especially cardio, releases endorphins which trigger a positive feeling in your body similar to morphine. Whether you’re working out at the gym or dancing in your living room, moving more during the winter (at least 30 minutes four times a week) can have a positive effect on your week.
When you’re experiencing seasonal depression, you tend to isolate from friends and family. However, this ends up making you feel more depressed and disconnected. Engaging socially helps you fight the sadness and gives you the support you need during this time of year. During the day, when you’re already out, meet with friends for coffee or lunch. Visit family when you’re in the area, or just pick up the phone for verbal connection. Avoid social media, which tends to increase isolation by giving a false sense of connection. Don’t neglect the social communities you belong to, like church or clubs that brought you fulfillment in the sunny months. And seek counseling for added support and connection.
Flab Fight With a goal to lose 30 pounds in 2018, one of our very own writers is out to prove that health and happiness are for everyone, not just the manically self-disciplined with Benjamins to burn.
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Hey, Green Country. My name is Tiffany Duncan, and I’ve been writing for Preview 918 magazine for nearly three years now. This year, Preview 918 has decided to do something a little different and break down the fourth wall between you — our readers — and me — the guinea pig. What do I mean? Read on.
I’ve decided that enough is enough. Since getting married to my wonderful husband, Tyler, in May 2015, we’ve both casually gained just over 30 pounds (darn you, late night Taco Bell and pizza roll movie nights). It’s actually amazing how easy and subtle all that weight gain has been; suddenly my fat jeans became my skinny jeans, and then
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my skinny jeans became my kick-them-angrily-under-thebed-and-opt-for-yoga-pantsinstead jeans. I spent much of 2017 feeling lethargic, exhausted and bloaty, which in turn made me irritable and snappy much of the time. I felt unhealthy on a gut-deep level, and knew it was time for some lifestyle changes if I was going to gain back the confidence and energy level I once had. But that of course immediately led to those inevitable thoughts many of us have when pondering the daunting task of getting in shape once and for all, like believing we must consume nothing but grass and water, or that we should suddenly possess an intimate working knowledge of terms like “spelt” and “hemp milk.”
Add in the confusion of faddieting trends like Whole 30, paleo and whatever the latest doomsday food documentaries are shouting, and you’ve got a recipe for nothing but hangry discouragement. I believe many people’s struggle to lose weight and start living a healthier lifestyle can be boiled down to three ultimate barriers: critical, self-imposed judgment; false expectations; and financial worry. Let’s talk about self-imposed judgment first, because this one is, I think, the hardest to overcome of the three for almost everybody (it most definitely is for me). Imagine your best friend comes to you and says she wants to lose weight to feel
better. Are you going to respond by saying things like, “Oh, well don’t bother because you’ll never look like those skinny beautiful people at the gym,” or, “OK, but the second you eat a slice of pizza, you indefinitely suck at life and have no hope of ever shedding a pound again”?
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If any of the above sounds familiar to you, here’s where I come in: I’m putting my money where my mouth is and am ready to stand in the gap for all of the fears and misconceptions surrounding weight loss (too expensive, too hard, too embarrassing, etc.) by becoming the Preview 918 health and fitness guinea pig for the remainder of 2018.
My husband and I eat, like, a lot of tacos, and are big fans of local late-night burger-and-beer deals. We are of very average income, and I’ve never stepped foot inside of Lululemon. I am also an introvert and decidedly do not enjoy getting out of my comfort zone. All of this to say, make no mistake that I am already some sort of fitness guru; quite
Right now, I weigh 167 pounds, which is just slightly overweight for my height. That might not sound like a lot to some, but let me tell you, it’s a lot to me. I used to be the proud owner of toned arms and visible abs, playing every sport imaginable. But right now I feel more like a lumpy Jell-O-filled pillow. It feels like an effort to move around freely. My complexion is dull, my energy level is low, and I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. But in 2018, I will reclaim my health and my body. My goal is to lose the 30 pounds I’ve gained by the end of this year, but in a way that also creates a healthy, sustainable, and active way of living. Now let me take this opportunity to say I ran four — yes, only four — times last year, with no other kind of workouts whatsoever (unless you count haphazardly swinging a racket around on the tennis court with my husband once or twice). I am basically a human canteen full of eggnog and rum coming out of the holidays, and my lowest point last year was when I dipped french fries into a container of rainbow chip icing (no, I’m not kidding; yes, it was actually delicious; yes, I’d recommend you try it if we
Those tiny arms though! (About three hours after this photo, we hit the Taco Bell drive-thru and never looked back.)
the opposite. So, follow along with me as I work to reach my goal of sustainably losing weight while also exploring all that Tulsa has to offer in the areas of health and fitness on the cheap (with perhaps the occasional money splurge to shake it up — I’m looking at you, hot yoga).
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There’s also a widely shared expectation out there that says the only way to lose weight is to count calories and shun the Ben & Jerry’s forever. People who follow the siren’s call of quick weight loss schemes — like fad or crash dieting — may fit into that dress by a certain calendar
As far as the financial barrier goes, I think a lot of people worry that if they start any sort of fitness regimen, then their hardearned cash will fly away faster than they can make it. The health and fitness industry certainly makes it seem like washboard abs belong only to those who can afford protein powder made of pulverized gold and angel wings, or a personal trainer who wants a 5 a.m. start time and your first child as a down payment. To this kind of pressure, most of us say uh, no thanks, I’d rather just avoid eye contact with the fitness magazine model in the checkout line.
weren’t trying to do the exact opposite here).
The second barrier to weight loss is false expectations. For example, what’s the one food we flock to when we are feeling pudgy around the middle? Salad. But that’s simply because, initially, people aren’t sure what else to turn to. For this reason, most people cringe when they hear the phrase “eating healthy,” because they liken it to feeling hungry and unsatisfied. But once you delve a little bit deeper into the world of unprocessed foods, you will discover it’s actually more like a Dr. Seuss-esque world of color, shape, texture, flavor, smell and taste.
Making a lifestyle change in the weight loss category is exactly like that tale about the tortoise beating the hare. Losing weight in a way that factors in a lengthy learning curve and occasional guilt-free enjoyments of your food-vice will take longer, but it is also a sustainable way to live because in the end, it’s all about balance. And anyway, what’s life without birthday cake, or champagne to celebrate a milestone, or laughing over beer and a big fat juicy burger with friends?
Through utilizing as many free and cheap resources that I can find in the 918 area, routinely forsaking my fitness comfort zone to discover effective workouts, and cooking more intentionally from home, I will publically document my progress in each issue through the rest of the year. I will also be posting real-time updates through Instagram and my blog to prove once and for all that health and happiness are for everyone, not just the manically self-disciplined few with Benjamins to burn.
Nothing will change overnight; there are no quick fixes. But the good news is if you are patient, give yourself space to learn, and have the courage to forgive yourself and try again after messing up instead of tossing in the towel, you will see progress.
date, but the very next day they’ll be elbow deep in a bag of chips again. Why? Because deprivation is not the answer, and it will always lead to a major binge session or two (or three, or four or five…), and that judging inner voice is quick to follow.
Of course you wouldn’t. So why do we think our inner dialogue toward ourselves should be any different? Self-bullying and forcing motivation through comparison to others may work for a short amount of time, but it isn’t sustainable. I have Pinterest board upon board to prove this. In order to make lasting and effective lifestyle changes, you must be kind and patient with yourself as you slowly learn how to defeat deeply ingrained bad habits, grocery shop and cook differently, and figure out what kind of fitness/workout regimen works for you (hint: it doesn’t have to be running).
February is the month of love, and some of us just love to drink (not saying that’s a bad thing). Drinking keeps things interesting and fun, right? After all, who wouldn’t want to be or be with The Most Interesting Man in the World? And he seems to do his fair share of drinking.
Well, in recent years, scientific research has given us mixed messages about alcohol and how it affects your body. After years of research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), a research and advocacy group of many of the nation’s leading cancer doctors, released a statement in November 2017 linking alcohol use to several malignancies, including breast cancer. The lead author of the statement, Noelle LoConte, M.D., an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison says the science behind it has been settled for some time. “Alcohol is an undeniable menace to health, no matter how much alcohol is entwined to the cultures of billions of people around the world,” LoConte says. “Cancer doctors won’t tell you that occasional binge drinking with your friends is guaranteed to change your risk of cancer, but there is an increased risk with even light drinking, and certainly risks are greater with heavy long-term drinkers.” On one side of the coin, alcohol in reasonable amounts has been linked to moderate health benefits, including fun. And on the other, it is extremely addictive for some individuals and highly toxic when consumed in excess.
There’s no clear evidence indicating the type of alcohol you drink affects your state of drunkenness. It’s likely a myth that wine is relaxing, champagne makes you silly and whiskey makes you mean. So what really happens inside your body when you imbibe? By Rob Harmon 68 FEBRUARY 2018
ODY on BOOZE But no two drinkers are identical. A person’s gender, age, weight and drinking history, as well as the type of alcohol being consumed, all play a role in how alcohol impacts someone.
Whatever the truth is about alcohol, one thing is for certain: it affects us and our bodies, and the effects of it are pretty complex. How does it actually affect the brain? What path does alcohol take in the body, and how does it affect those areas? How does the body best detoxify itself? Why do we vomit sometimes when drinking too much? And what’s the deal with hangovers? Is there really anything to worry about? Let’s break down what we do know, for those of us who enjoy imbibing.
Within minutes of hitting your bloodstream, the alcohol travels to your brain and begins to alter your neurotransmitters — which are chemical messengers that transmit signals throughout your brain and body. You start to feel tipsy or drunk. Alcohol is basically ethanol, and simply put, it reduces communication between brain cells. This is why we experience so many of the symptoms of being drunk, like blurred vision and slurred speech. Binge drinking can lead to blackouts, which many times includes memory loss afterward. All of these may only be temporary, but chronic alcohol abuse can make permanent changes in the brain. The brain is actually very sensitive to damage caused by chronic alcohol abuse. On the other hand, drinking responsibly has been linked with reduced risk of dementia, especially in elderly people, and remembering how much fun was had in younger people.
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Our body works really hard to tackle all the toxic substances we put in it and when we put too much in too fast, it really suffers.
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Your kidneys and lungs eliminate about 10 percent of the alcohol through your urine and breath.
of the ways to avoid severe headaches would be to get good sleep, drink lots of water and cut back on the cigarettes.
Our liver and kidneys are extremely vulnerable to alcohol abuse. They work like crazy to filter tequilas and Bud Light through the body, but when there are too many mojitos or sangrias, going down the hatch too fast, they start taking on damage in the form of fat. This can lead to dead liver cells and scar tissue, which leads to a serious condition called cirrhosis. Sadly, cirrhosis can’t be reversed.
“Several factors do not cause alcohol hangover but can aggravate its severity,” says Dr. Renske Penning and his cohorts of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. “These include sleep deprivation, smoking, health status, genetics and individual differences. Future studies should more rigorously study these factors as well as biological correlates to further elucidate the pathology of alcohol hangover.”
Mess up your liver, then the kidneys have to work too hard, leading to kidney failure. The whole point here is that your liver can handle alcohol in moderation. So, if you really want to take advantage of that unlimited drink pass on your next cruise, do your liver and kidneys a favor and drink lots of water at the same time.
Your body knows how to handle alcohol and naturally detoxifies itself when it has all the right tools. Drink lots of water may sound like a broken record, but it’s the No. 1 way to cleanse your body from all the toxins you’ve been putting in it. Secondly, fill your body with nutrients it can use to detox. Eggs, asparagus and fruit all load your body up with toxin-fighting properties and help reboot your body by flushing out the alcohol. Thirdly, rest is so important for recuperating your body. The right amount of sleep causes your body to fight anything that is trying to harm it and keep it from being its absolute best.
Researchers in the Netherlands showed that combined with lack of sleep and other factors, hangovers produced by alcohol can have permanently damaging effects. Some
No one enjoys those terrible visits to the porcelain god. Throwing up is the body’s defense when a person has consumed too much alcohol. When alcohol enters a person’s system faster than the liver can metabolize it, the body looks for a way to rid itself of the toxin. Vomiting can be dangerous or deadly if a person is unconscious and the vomit obstructs the airway. So, how can we best avoid tossing our cookies after a fun night out? First of all, drink water throughout your alcohol consumption. It keeps you from being dehydrated and settles your stomach. Secondly, eat a banana or two beforehand or afterward. They are high in potassium, which helps keep electrolytes high. Thirdly, consume ginger. Whether it be ginger tea or soda, ginger candy or just chewing on a raw piece of ginger, its anti-nausea properties can squelch the queasiness. So, just remember this Valentine’s Day, or maybe even better yet, next month during all the Saint Paddy’s Day celebrations — don’t forget to prepare your body if you plan on having a little bit of the good stuff. You’ll have a good time and your body will thank you. Stay thirsty, my friends.
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Valentine’s Day is one of the most — if not THE most — underrated holidays of the year. February 14 gets a bum rap because many see it as a money-grubbing racket encouraged by the greeting card companies. And many singles may feel personally mocked by the pink and red grocery store aisle that just won’t quit this time of year.
appreciate them. It’s a perfect day to make and decorate colorful sweets with your kids, take a homemade treat a neighbor who might be feeling lonely, or to get fancy and go out for some chocolate cake and bubbly with your girlfriends (thank you, Leslie Knope, for the concept of Galentine’s Day).
But Valentine’s Day is emphatically not just a day for couples! It’s a day to let anyone and everyone in your life know just how much they are loved, and how much you
Whatever you end up doing, here are three recipes for colorful, festive, and 100 percent adorable treats to help you hand out the love this Valentine’s Day.
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With only five ingredients, these little sweeties are maybe the easiest, most perfect Valentine’s treat to bake in batches for family and friends, or to wrap up individually in cellophane bags to hand out like cupid at the office. Whether or not you decide to shoot them at your coworkers using an arrow is up to you.
Ingredients: 1 box store-bought pie crust (or homemade of course) 12 tsps. raspberry jam, or your choice of jam or preserves 1 egg, beaten 1 tbsp. milk Coarse sparkling sugar (can find at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby) DIRECTIONS: 1. Thaw pie crust according to package directions. 2. Unroll one pie crust at a time onto a flour-dusted surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out the pie crust so it is slightly thinner and wider, and to mend any cracks from unrolling it. 3. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out 12 hearts and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spoon out a teaspoon of jam onto the center of each heart. 4. Repeat this process with the second pie crust round, and place the corresponding heart on top of the jam. 5. Press gently around the edges of the hearts to seal. Use the blunt end of a wooden skewer to make the dots around the perimeter to further seal the edges and add some cute flare. 6. Place the unbaked hearts in the freezer to chill while you heat the oven to 425 degrees. This will help them hold their heart shape. 7. Once oven is preheated, whisk the egg and milk together and remove the hearts from the freezer. Brush the tops with the egg wash and sprinkle liberally with the sparkling sugar. 8. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown around the edges.
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MOLLY YEH’S ALMOND CAKE
Adapted from dinneralovestory.com Owing to its fluffy egg white batter and generous smattering of Danish almond paste, this light, airy cake tastes like it came straight from Petty’s (R.I.P.). Beautiful and delicate, this cake is sure to delight, but make sure you have some time to devote when tackling this recipe, as it’s a bit fussy (although totally worth it).
Cake Ingredients: cup all-purpose flour ½ 1 tsp. baking powder 8 oz. almond paste 6 large eggs, separated
tsp. kosher salt ½ ½ cup sugar 1 tsp. princess emulsion or vanilla extract ½ tsp. almond extract
Whipped Cream Icing Ingredients: 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream ½ cup powdered sugar 1 tsp. almond extract CAKE DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two round 9- or 10-inch cake pans and set aside. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. 3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and salt to soft peaks, and then gradually beat in the sugar (about 1 tablespoon at a time). Continue beating to stiff peaks, and then scoop them out into a separate bowl and set aside. 4. Using the same mixing bowl you just removed the egg whites from, combine the egg yolks and almond paste. Using the WHIPPED CREAM ICING DIRECTIONS: 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and almond extract to stiff peaks. If desired, add the Cornflower Blue coloring a few drops at a time until desired color is reached.
Optional Cornflower Blue food coloring ( found at Michael’s)
paddle attachment, beat on high for 2-3 minutes until pale and fluffy, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix in the princess emulsion or vanilla extract. Remove bowl from stand mixer once all is combined. 5. Gently fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture, and then fold in the flour mixture as well. Pour batter into the prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Begin checking for doneness at 28-30 minutes. 6. Allow cakes to cool in the pans on a rack for 10 minutes and then remove them to the rack to cool fully.
STRAWBERRY “CAKE” POPS
Adapted from aspicyperspective.com A much less sugary alternative to an actual cake pop, these guys are a fun way for kids to get involved in the decorating process.
Ingredients: 2. Decorate with Valentine’s candy, sprinkles, food-grade glitter, shaped marzipan, or anything your heart desires. Go crazy!
1-2 packages strawberries, depending on how many you would like to make 2-3 packages candy melts in assorted Valentine’s colors (can find these in craft stores) 1 package cake pop sticks ( found on the same aisle as the candy melts in craft stores) Optional hunk of shaped Styrofoam to hold the pops upright (also found in craft stores) An assortment of festive sprinkles DIRECTIONS: 1. Pinch the stem and leaves off the top of each strawberry and insert cake pop sticks into the centers. 2. Using a double boiler, slowly melt the chocolate over low heat, or use the microwave to melt according to package directions (although a double-boiler is best, as the candy will stay continuously melty). 3. Dip the strawberries into the desired color and top with sprinkles before the candy coat sets. 4. Poke each pop into the Styrofoam to let it fully set.
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boardsofEducation Unlike a steak or bottle of wine — where the higher the price point, the better it’s likelier to taste — you can get away with not forking over a wad of cash on a charcuterie or cheese spread and still create a winning masterpiece. By Tiffany Duncan •• Photos by Chelsi Fisher For many, charcuterie boards, antipasto platters, and cheese boards are likely keeping ranks among other intimidating “gourmet” terms, like tapenade or pâté. Maybe you’ve seen these types of spreads at fancy dinner parties or weddings and happily filled a plate, but never considered how truly easy they are to replicate at home. First off, charcuterie, cheese, and antipasto platters are three variations of what comes down to virtually the same thing: a pleasing array of cheeses, meats and cured meats, jams and spreads, and other complementary sweet, acidic, and salty bites. And unlike a steak or bottle of wine — where the higher the price point, the better it’s likelier to taste — you can get away with not forking over a wad of cash
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on a charcuterie or cheese spread and still create a winning masterpiece. It’s always most important to start with the foundation: a beautiful wooden cutting board, paddle, or marble slab for serving. And you don’t need to spend a lot here, either; discount retailers like Ross and T.J. Maxx actually carry an impressive array of serving platters of all shapes, sizes, and styles. When assembling a charcuterie platter, it all comes down to four things: arrangement; texture; pops of color; and a balance of sweet, salt, savory, and acid. This is all very easy to master with just a little guidance and not a lot of coin. Seriously, the deli meat you see on the platter in these photos is Oscar Mayer, and the peanuts and raisins are from the Dollar Tree.
Although it ruins the magic by admitting the origin of these food items, here’s the thing: your guests never have to know. They’ll be gobbling up cheeses and milling around the kitchen thinking you’re the new Ina Garten. And as far as creating a great cheese spread, it can be as cheap or as expensive as you want to make it. People love cheese in all forms and fashions, so you really can’t mess up (maybe skip the Cheez Whiz, though). Having a set of cheese-specific knives and spreaders will also add an aesthetic functionality to your board while also allowing guests to easily serve themselves. Use these two diagrams as a jumping off point to fancy up future parties, create a romantic date night-in, or even (and especially) to spoil yourself during a solo Netflix binge session.
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Charcuterie 1. FRESH FRUIT
10. COOKED AND SLICED DELI MEATS
12. DARK CHOCOLATE
Fresh fruits like thin-sliced pears, blackberries, little clementine wedges, or small clusters of grapes not only add a look of fresh, bright color, but also a satisfying and juicy tang. Foodie tip: the pears are shockingly delicious when eaten topped with a slice of cheddar.
Adding sliced deli meats like turkey or ham are great for simply adding more meat options to the board, or to add an option for the less-adventurous partygoer who may be leery of the cured meat.
2. DRIED FRUIT
Adding tiny jars and dollops of spreadable options like spicy, grainy mustards, tapenades, chutneys, or a wheel of softened cream cheese topped with jalapeno jelly will give guests a diverse array of sweet, savory, spice, and tang to top crackers and bread.
For an added note of decadence, break apart a bar of chocolate into squares that are at least 60 percent dark. The slight bitterness of the dark chocolate will allow the taste to stand out among other sweet items on the board, like dried fruit or jams. It can also act as a palate cleanser or complement to a glass of red wine.
For sweetness and texture, add clusters of dried fruits like apricots, cranberries, raisins, or dates.
3. NUTS For saltiness, crunch, texture, and palate cleansing between cheeses.
11. JAMS, JELLIES, SPREADS, AND CONDIMENTS
13. CORRELATING CLUSTERS FOR BALANCE Make sure your board includes evenly dispersed clusters of matching items, like dried fruits or berries. This will give the eye an overall pleasing and well-balanced look.
4. CRACKERS AND/OR SLICED BREAD A vehicle for cheeses, dips, and spreads.
5. OLIVES Stuffed or not stuffed; whole or chopped; black, deep purple, or green — in whatever form or color, olives are essential to your board, as they bring that necessary acidic touch to the mix. Add them even if you don’t like them because, chances are, many of your guests do.
6. DECORATIVE POPS OF COLOR Depending on the size of your board, add one or both halves of a Cara Cara orange (pictured) or a blood orange for a look of bright, bountiful freshness. Pomegranate halves or seeds work well for this purpose also.
GARNISH FOR AESTHETICISM AND TEXTURE With a charcuterie or antipasto platter, it’s all about the taste and presentation. Garnishes like one or two sprigs of fresh rosemary or thyme are an essential because they add texture and give your board a hospitable, inviting look. You could also tuck in individual leaves of mint or basil here and there to achieve the same look.
Cheese SOMETHING APPROACHABLE Always add safe cheeses that are guaranteed crowd pleasers. These are common and familiar cheeses like cheddar, aged cheddar, Gouda, Swiss, or provolone. SOMETHING BLUE A wedge of blue cheese adds color and a distinct tang. It also feels fancy and adventurous without asking too much of your guests. Varieties range from semi-soft to spreadable, and mild in taste to very pungent. SOMETHING SOFT AND SPREADABLE A goat cheese log is a good option as it brings its own unique, musky
taste to the board, and guests will feel like they have a well-rounded assortment to choose from. SOMETHING FOR THE ADVENTUROUS You might as well call it what it is — stinky cheese. For the modern foodie or those among your party guests feeling brave, add a stinker to the mix for a conversation piece at the very least. And interestingly enough, even though “stinky” cheeses are an assault on the nostrils, oftentimes they taste nothing like they smell and have a complex, rich and delicious flavor. Good candidates of stinky cheese include Limburger, Camembert, raclette, Roquefort, Stilton, and taleggio.
8. CHEESE Tiny wedges of Brie or Laughing Goat, fresh mozzarella balls, a cheese ball, a spreadable cheese log, slices of Gouda, Swiss, or cheddar … all are excellent options to complement your board. (Optional: on semi-soft cheeses like cheddar or Gouda, use a small cookie cutter—like a heart or star— to add extra flare).
9. CURED MEATS Prosciutto, pastrami, salami, pepperoni, and hard sausages (like a good spicy chorizo) are all fair game for adding a savory, porky saltiness to the platter.
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If you like your coffee with milk, you must have come across the fascinating patterns made in the foam topping your espresso drink. Ever wondered how to make latte art in your own kitchen? By Lindsay Morris
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If you’re a latte drinker, you’ve probably been wowed when the barista whips up a cup that has a lovely leaf or swirl design. But how do they do it? How can you do it at home? And what are the tricks to getting really creative? Tyler Duncan, wholesale trainer and instructor at Topeca Instruments Division, knows what it takes to create amazing latte art. He’s trained more than a few Topeca baristas and even started the Green Country Throwdown Series — a popular ongoing series of latte art competitions. “Espresso is a very viscous liquid, so when you pour the steam or froth into it, it creates a velvety textured beverage,” Duncan says. “The crema that’s on top of the espresso is the canvas for creating latte art.” So how does one go about painting on the canvas of a latte? Here is a step-by-step guide. To make a coffee drink with steamed milk, you’ll need an espresso machine with a commercial grade milk steaming wand, a milk frothing pitcher, the milk of your choice, espresso, and a rounded cup.
Start with the right kind of milk. You need to use a milk with a high-fat content in order to create the right texture for the art. Duncan recommends using whole milk. Topeca uses Lomah Dairy milk made in Wyandotte, Okla. If you need to use a milk alternative, he recommends Pacific Barista Milk.
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Pull espresso shots and fill the steaming pitcher with cold milk to the bottom of the pour spout dent. Duncan says if you’re interested in having an at-home espresso bar, you should choose a pitcher that is about the size of the drinks you’ll be creating.
Aerate the milk for about three seconds by moving your wand to the surface of the milk. “Put it just through the surface of the milk about an inch or so, then turn the sucker on,” Duncan says. “Bring the steam wand to the surface of the milk, and it will sound like papers ripping.” Ah, yes, that old familiar sound when you’re in a coffee shop.
Submerge the wand toward the bottom of pitcher to get milk to spin in a whirlpool motion. “The key is to create a whirlpool so that you’re integrating the bubbles with the milk, breaking it down into microfoam,” Duncan says. Sounds like a science, doesn’t it? “As soon as you’ve injected one to two seconds of milk, reinsert the steam wand and mix it until pitcher becomes just too hot to hold,” Duncan says.
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Create your art. This is where it gets tricky. Duncan says it’s wise to have someone with latte art experience guide you. “We go through latte art at Topeca’s barista fundamentals class.” Duncan’s main advice is to seek contrast. “I see a lot of people doing it incorrectly. They end up with something, but it doesn’t have what baristas are looking for, which is contrast — dark crema contrasted against white microfoam. You want good symmetry.”
Have fun experimenting with different designs. There are three main designs when it comes to latte art — the heart, rosetta and tulip (stacked dots of microfoam). “There are variations. Some people can invert another design on top of a design and can do swans or wreaths,” Duncan says. If you’re interested in creating your own latte art at home, Duncan says a Brevel espresso machine or another machine that has 9-10 bars of pressure is needed. “An espresso machine is only as good as how much pressure the espresso will be forced through at.”
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Comfort foods generally epitomize home cooking and are not likely to win anyÂ accolades from nutritionists and dietitians. But sometimes a salad justÂ won't cut it when you need to satisfy your belly in the winter months. By Michele Chiappetta and Rob Harmon 76 FEBRUARY 2018
Comfort: a feeling of relief or encouragement, contented well-being, a satisfying or enjoyable experience. This is the perfect description of how a good comfort food meal should make you feel. It settles you down, fills you up, and reassures you that in a crazy, hectic, stressful world of everyday troubles, you can find moments of total peace and pleasure. Good comfort food shares a few key characteristics that make it special. It’s a traditional meal prepared in a traditional style. It’s often high in carbs — the sugars, starches, and fibers in food that give us a good mood boost (which is why we often crave them). There’s a nostalgic or sentimental appeal about comfort food too, perhaps reminding you of a simpler time when you were young and had no cares in the world. And it’s typically flavorful, easy to make, and easy to eat, which makes it a perfect meal when you need a little encouragement without putting a lot of energy into cooking. Of course, one of the best ways to indulge in comfort food is to have someone else cook it for you. After all, isn’t it a relaxing, nourishing treat to have someone care for you and feed you? And if that’s what you’re craving — a little pampering as well as a tasty, happy meal — then Green Country has you covered, because this area of the state is renowned for its comfort food offerings. Yes, you can indulge in any comfort food you want in Green Country. We’ve compiled our list of favorites to get you started. Chow down at these spots, and enjoy some of the best meatloaf, mashed potatoes, chicken-fried steak, homemade biscuits, lasagna, macaroni and cheese, and other nostalgic, hearty meals that send your mood soaring and satisfy your belly in the cold winter months.
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The Bros. Houligan
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To say these guys have been around a little while is an understatement. Baxter’s fourdecade-long run as one of Tulsa’s downtown mainstays is likely due to its comfort food alone. Chicken-fried steak that melts in your mouth, fish and chips golden-fried to perfection or the awesome deli-style Reuben — they all more than qualify as comfort food. Generations have enjoyed many delicious meals at this quiet and relaxing urban grill.
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Caz's Chowhouse 18. E. M.B. B RA DY ST. T ULSA The signature comfort food spot in downtown Tulsa, Caz’s Chowhouse consistently delivers friendly service, tasty food, large portions, and a fun time. Owner Jeff Castleberry is a creative chef, but also one who knows what Green Country wants when it comes to comfort food. Caz’s chicken and biscuits is an enormous portion of homemade chicken potpie filling, sandwiched between platesized homemade biscuits. The steak dinner is juicy and tasty. And their chicken-fried steak is famous around Green Country.
Since 1987, the McMurchy family has been treating Tulsans to the magic that is the Bros. Houligan. This casual restaurant offers reliable, affordable meals that the whole family can enjoy, and they offer a room for special parties too — great for lunch gatherings with coworkers. Order a tasty, juicy burger basket or a chicken-fried steak sandwich, and enjoy the rush of meaty goodness. Other favorites are the catfish, pork chops, chicken tenders, and the deep-fried chicken livers, which you can’t find just anywhere. And if you’re hankering for red meat, tackle Tim’s T-Bone, an 18-ounce steak.
Dilly Diner 402 E. 2N D ST. T ULSA A favorite of oh-so-many Tulsans, Dilly Diner serves some of the best breakfast around, which includes the Jed, one of the largest cinnamon rolls this side of the Red River. If that doesn’t spell comfort, we don’t know what does. Be reminded of the good old days for lunch by popping in for the classic grilled cheese with tomato soup. Any of their afterfive items, including their killer meatloaf and pan-seared trout, will send you into one of those Sunday afternoon golf-watching kind of naps. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Fat Daddy's Pub and Grille 8056 S. ME M O RI A L DR. TULSA This is not your daddy’s old bar food. This is Fat Daddy’s. Aiming to surpass expectations, they serve hot and delicious food you couldn’t possibly expect from just any old watering hole. Their awesome nachos, savory chicken wings and tasty chicken or beef sliders complement any exciting game on one of their many televisions. Grab a chicken or steak Philly and Swiss and a nice cool one, and you’ll never want to leave. Sounds like comfort food to us.
James E. McNellie's 409 E. 1ST ST. TULSA 7031 S. ZURI C H AV E . TULSA One of the great places to enjoy an impressive, lengthy menu of domestic, imported and craft beers, McNellie’s is also a fabulous restaurant when you’re in the mood for a comforting meal along with your drink. The rich dark wood interior welcomes you to hang out for long periods with your friends, sharing stories and chowing down on beer house chili, made with ground beef and chorizo; the black and bleu (cheese) burger topped with bacon; the Reuben, made with beer-braised corned beef, served on marble rye with Russian dressing, Swiss, sauerkraut, and grilled onions; the Cajun style meatloaf; or the Landlord’s Cottage Pie.
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Freeway Cafe 15 47 E . 3 R D ST. T U LSA 4 6 5 S. S H E R IDAN ROAD T U LSA 5 8 49 S. 49 T H W. AV E . T U LSA Since 1991, Freeway Cafe has served traditional 1950s dinerstyle meals that regulars can’t stop raving about. The generously portioned omelets are served all day, just like all the other breakfast items on the menu. When you’re hankering for a childhood favorite, get the Frito chili pie with cheese. Other menu highlights include liver and onions; ham and beans served with cornbread; the smothered steak (a tender piece of round steak topped with tomatoes, onions, peppers and Swiss cheese); and their famous onion rings (sweet, jumbo rings of hand-breaded onions deep-fried to a golden brown).
Kilkenny's Irish Pub 1413 E . 15 T H ST. T U LSA Shhh. Don’t tell anyone, but this shining, gleaming emerald of Tulsa is one of Preview 918’s favorite Irish pubs. You’ll think you’re in Ireland at this one, and this restaurant oozes with comfort food, ales, lagers and the like. Whether it’s the cottage pie or the bangers and mash or the Dublin coddle with rashers (bacon), classic Irish comfort food awaits you. Here’s to the road rising to meet you and that ye be lucky enough to enjoy a craicin’ good time at Kilkenny’s.
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8314 E. 71ST ST. T ULSA
Designed like many of the pubs you’ll find on the other side of the pond, George’s Pub in Jenks takes you to another world, or at least jolly good old England. Slide up to the bar for a wee bit of football (soccer) on the telly, and for starters order a basket of their thick-cut sweet potato fries or fish and chips. Have a pint of one of the many choices of beer, and then choose from either their Sloppy George’s (Joe) or pulled pork sandwiches and, Bob’s your uncle, you’re set!
Some claim that America invented pizza, and we’re pretty proud of it. The USA is also the supposed birthplace of the amusement park. Combine those two, and you pretty much have Incredible Pizza on 71st Street. Great comfort food, including pizza, mac and cheese, homemade soups and salads, will make your experience at Incredible Pizza more than memorable. Oh, did we tell you it was a buffet? Yup, it is. Don’t forget to ride the indoor roller coaster while you’re at it or play some laser tag with your kids.
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Food that reminds you of coming home is always comfort food, no matter what it is. Mondo’s is all that and a cannoli. Enjoy a piping hot plate of stuffed-tothe-gills ravioli or some amazing homemade Italian meatballs over a bed of tasty spaghetti, and you’ll be pining for the old country. Packed with spiced ricotta, other Italian cheeses and mouth-watering homemade tomato sauce, Mondo’s lasagna is home cooking away from home at its finest. Oh, and don’t forget to order a cannoli for dessert and another one to go.
9912 RI VERS I D E PA RKWAY TU LSA Locally sourced and made from scratch goodness from a woodfired kitchen is what you find at Napa Flats. Yummy pork chops with garlic mashed potatoes and roasted green beans will remind you of a trip to momma’s. So will the juicy citrus chicken, grilled over oak and pecan wood. Served with a heap of mashed potatoes, it’s comfort food at its best. All day on Tuesdays, check out their special menu especially for comfort food. Chicken-fried steak, classic meatloaf and chicken parmesan, to name a few, are all served with their most-excellent sides.
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With a hundred years under its belt and counting, Savoy has a menu steeped in both nostalgia and skilled cooking — which makes it a perfect place to visit when you want true comfort food. Four generations of Kelamis family recipes grace the menu, with lovingly creative new touches added to ensure diners great food, every time. Cinnamon rolls, caramel pecan rolls, éclairs and cream puffs served alongside great coffee are a wonderful way to wake up in the morning. But don’t neglect the lunch meals, which feature comforting choices like beef stew, ham and beans, chicken-fried steak, pork chops, hot roast beef sandwiches and more, all made fresh daily.
With four generations of downhome cooking backing their menu, Shiloh’s in Broken Arrow offers a warm, welcoming, trustworthy family restaurant that you can count on for nostalgic, home style meals. Shiloh’s takes those family recipes and serves them up with a smile and generous, affordable portions. Try comfort food classics like fresh meatloaf, slow-cooked roast beef, crispy chicken-fried chicken, handbreaded catfish, and the three-cheese grilled cheese on homemade bread. If your need for comfort includes sweets, try the homemade pies, which are famous around town.
Chef Anthony Card shows his stuff day in and day out at these sweet little jazz cafés and delis. They serve breakfast food all day, so you’ll always be pleased with Sponzs’ atmosphere and aroma. When it comes to comfort food, they’re constantly jazzing it up. The Miles D burger with caramelized onions or the Sarah Vaughn sassy and classy grilled chicken pizza will leave you both satisfied and relaxed. Heck, anything on their menu is served with so much love and attention, it automatically qualifies as comfort food.
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1102 S. YA LE AV E . TULSA 6100 S. SH E RI DA N ROA D TULSA This ‘50s diner-style family restaurant is a favorite among many Tulsans. In existence since 1987, Tally’s offers the unique feel of a Route 66 experience, including some terrific food. Known for soft, fresh, homemade cinnamon rolls the size of a large dinner plate, Tally’s also serves a plethora of comfort food options. Have a mimosa or a spicy bloody mary, alongside classic morning options like pecan waffles and whipped cream, cheesecake pancakes smothered with strawberries, and the farmer’s omelet. For lunch or dinner, enjoy a decadent grilled cheese on Texas toast, golden-fried Monte Cristo, Salisbury steak made with fresh ground beef, onion, celery, green peppers and savory brown gravy, and so many other tasty diner options.
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12 0 AQ UAR IU M D R IV E J E N KS An elegant restaurant situated on the scenic Arkansas River that also serves comfort food classics when you want to be pampered? Yes, please. The staff at the Waterfront Grill will take care of you and make you feel special as you treat yourself to some delicious meats and carbs. The Tillamook cheddar burger is a delightfully cheesy option. Or go a little fancier with the shaved-toorder, warm prime rib sandwich served with homemade au jus. The chicken-fried steak and chicken-fried chicken are also favorites, as is the homemade meatloaf. Sides for many of the dinners feature cheddar, bacon and jalapeño mashed potatoes that will hit the spot when you want comforting food.
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1905 S. S HERI DA N ROA D T ULSA A comfortable, friendly, laid back environment bundled with affordable, generous portions and delicious homemade meals and desserts, including baklava and pies, adds up to a relaxed place to enjoy a comfort food diner experience that feels both authentic and lovingly presented. Just about everything on the menu qualifies as comfort food, but you can’t go wrong with the excellent homemade pancakes, eggs and bacon, and hash browns, all just buttery enough to satisfy you without getting too far into greasy spoon territory. Among the diner specials, you’ll find smothered chicken — a grilled chicken breast smothered in sautéed onions, mushrooms and melted Swiss cheese, as well as their signature fried-chicken tenders — hand breaded and crispy, served with cream gravy or honey Dijon for dipping.
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Wild Heart Cafe 501 S. CHEROKEE ST. CATOOSA With the words heart and café in its title, you know every menu item is going to be full of love and goodness, two key ingredients in comfort food. It’s true. One of Catoosa’s favorite family owned eateries, just off historic Route 66, Wild Heart Café serves up some of the best home-cooked comfort food in Green Country, including yummy potatoes, thick bacon, hamburger steak and a delicious Monte Cristo. As an added bonus, shop for some cute antiques afterward in their Wild Heart Marketplace.
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With an abundant selection of truffles, macarons, nuts, fudge and other candies, the shipping-container world of Sweet Boutique is every bit as delicious as anything Willie Wonka could have envisioned.
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A glass case filled with truffles. An explosion of bright, happy, welcoming color. More sweet treats than your eye can take in all at once. Jars, tins, boxes, and bags full of goodness. Beautifully decorated macarons displayed under a glass dome. Giant, colorful lollipops dangling on ribbons from the ceiling. A friendly helper behind the counter, smiling back at you. All packed neatly inside one of The Boxyardâ€™s shipping containers. Welcome to Sweet Boutique. The owners, Naved, Nisa, Azeem, and Shaan Malik, are as delightful and charming as their shop. Full of smiles and joy, they want you to see everything all at once. And thereâ€™s a lot to see.
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Sweet Boutique is one of few places in Tulsa you can find an authentic French macaron. It is also the only place you can have one of these delicate cookies made by famous chef Florian Bellanger, who you may remember as a judge on the competition baking show Cupcake Wars. His dainty macarons are shipped out freshly made and are in the case at Sweet Boutique the very next day. The light, airy cookies are available in a variety of flavors and look as beautiful as they taste. The truffles are dessert sized and available in an overwhelming array of flavors. White chocolate, dark, and milk varieties are filled with flavors as diverse as champagne, rum, Key lime, or
cappuccino. The outer layer is thick and rich, with the centers creamy and flavorful. These decadent treats are so good, you want to be sure to get a few for yourself while you’re boxing up your gift for someone you obviously love a lot. The truffles and macarons are amazing, but they’re just the first case. Walk on in to a compact shippingcontainer-style world every bit as delicious as Willie Wonka’s. The choices are sweet and plentiful. Malted milk balls as big as the end of your thumb. Peanut butter cups in milk, dark, or white chocolate, each nearly as big as your palm. English toffee not just topped with nuts, but thickly encrusted in them. The chocolate-covered cashews and pecans are too big for one bite. There’s even some tasty chocolate-covered cookie dough. Another unique choice at Sweet Boutique is the chocolate-covered gummy bears; these are a customer favorite. There’s also a generous selection of sugar-free candy, so there’s something sweet for everybody.
Sweet Boutique has a large assortment of drinks to enjoy with your sweet treats, from soda to energy drinks. There’s a soda fountain with soft and crunchy crushed ice. You can choose from cans and bottles of iced coffee, Perrier, several flavors of Fanta, iced tea, green tea, and more. You don’t want to be thirsty while trying to enjoy your macarons! With all these choices, you’d think it would be hard to pick a favorite. Nisa loves the mixed nuts along with the almonds and the cashews. For Naved, it’s the truffles and the dark chocolatecovered pecans. Azeem loves the chocolate-covered banana gummy bears and the macarons, while Shaan’s choice is the dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, especially around school finals.
Nisa recommends the hand-dipped strawberries. “We have milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate,” she says. With at least 24-hour notice, they can have as large an order as you like of the strawberries waiting for you. The strawberries are dipped fresh in-house and are big, red, sweet, and succulent. The Maliks opened Sweet Boutique a year ago. “We were looking downtown when we heard they were building The Boxyard. They only had the containers down, but we wanted to try it and see,” says Naved. “We started with the Nut Hut in Promenade. We bought it from a mom and pop,” says Nisa. “They advised us to use the same people they did for premium nuts and chocolate. You can tell the difference.” There are a few specials you should know about, to get the most sweet for your buck. Their amazing fudge is buy three, get one free. And those not-tobe-missed macarons are buy five-get-one-free, so get one in every flavor.
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With Valentine’s Day approaching fast, Sweet Boutique is a great choice for a gift for your special someone, treats for your staff, table favors for a fancy party,
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Displayed on top of the counters, under glass domes, is Sweet Boutique’s assortment of fudge, cut in generous, thick squares. There’s your standard chocolate, but plenty of other flavors including maple, peanut butter, and the decadent turtle fudge, which is chocolate fudge with pecans and swirled with rich caramel. Rich and creamy and sweet, this fudge will make your heart warm, even if February has the rest of you cold.
or for yourself. You can select a tin or a box and custom-pack a gift.
“The Bavarians are the best,” Nisa says, pointing out the selection of Bavarian nuts featured on the top shelf of one case. The sweet, candied Bavarian nuts are just the star of the show when it comes to the selection of premium nuts at Sweet Boutique. The roasted cashews are as big as your pinky-finger and every bit as delicious as they look. A bin full of rich Brazil nuts sits in that case, and another holds mouth-watering round and luscious macadamias. If you can’t make up your mind, get the mixed nuts. Get a big bag because you won’t want to share. There are no peanuts
in this mix; it’s a bounty of premium nuts. Get them to toss in a handful of the Brazil nuts and macadamias to make it even more special.
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The next time you want to give a gift — whether it’s for a special occasion, a holiday celebration, a thank you, or a “just because” treat — remember the magic of EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS. It’ll help you make an impression. By Michele Chiappetta
Looking for a creative, delicious, colorful, indulgent gift to surprise that person in your life who is hard to buy for? Want to give sweets that are also fresh and healthy, to delight a special someone’s taste buds? Have a client you want to wow with a thank you gift unlike the usual box of Harry & David oranges or Lindt chocolates? The answer is as simple as a drive or phone call to one of the three area locations of Edible Arrangements. Yes, edible. These specialty bouquets and boxes aren’t your average gift. At Edible Arrangements, the focus is on fruit — lots of fresh fruit, shipped in daily and cut to order, with no preservatives, so that you get a delectable treat like no other, as fresh as you can possibly get. Why opt for a fresh fruit bouquet? Franchise owner Tom Stabb, who runs three Tulsa area locations as well as one in Arkansas and one in Texas, says it’s all about the difference. “An Edible Arrangement bouquet is a different, more impactful gift than what people are normally used to,” he says. “This is something unique and different.”
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Not only that, but people love receiving something unique. All you have to do is look at the recipients to see the joy. “You can see it in people’s faces when they receive one of our fresh fruit bouquets, how excited they get,” says Stabb. Of course, a gift that’s different from the norm isn’t the only appeal of Edible Arrangements. The quality of fruit and the ways it can be sweetened, candied, decorated and delivered is also a part of the charm. The fruit deliveries happen daily, and the fruit changes with the seasons. “It’s always the best of the best we can get,” Stabb says. Customers can order arrangements made with just fresh fruit, or the fruit can be drizzled or dipped in chocolate, allowing for some striking displays that look as beautiful as they taste. The fruit is cut and combined to look like flowers, shaped into trees, or otherwise creatively arranged to look like a piece of art. Except for samples, nothing is made until you ask for it to be made, guaranteeing the freshest presentation. “These arrangements are all made fresh to order. They’re not made until people order them,” says Stabb.
The arrangements are great for a variety of occasions, as well as for those “just because” moments where you want to show someone a bit of extra appreciation. Stabb says that he’s seen customers place orders for birthdays, anniversaries, thank yous, get well wishes, bereavement, and other personal life events, as well as holidays like Christmas and Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and yes, Valentine’s Day. “There are so many occasions that Edible Arrangements are great for,” says Stabb. “It doesn’t have to be just the big holidays. It really is something that is year-round.” Of course, with Valentine’s Day this month, Edible Arrangements is ready to take orders of all kinds, including the everpopular chocolate-covered strawberries. The I Love You Berries are always a best-selling item at this time of year, says Stabb. Gourmet strawberries are dipped in melt-in-your-mouth semisweet chocolate, then decorated with eye-catching red Swizzle (white chocolate drizzled across the berries), red and pink chocolate curls, and custom I Love You white chocolate heart sentiments, and arranged in a heartshaped box.
Another popular item is the Valentine’s Day Gift Set, which consists of gourmet semisweet chocolate dipped strawberries, pineapple heart slices, and other fruits, topped with a gourmet Belgian chocolate pop, and delivered with festive balloons. And there are many other arrangements too, large and small, that you can choose from, as well as additions like stuffed teddy bears.
If you’re not necessarily looking for a special gift but just want to check out what Edible Arrangements has to offer, it’s a good idea to visit one of the stores. The friendly staff is happy to chat with customers about what they offer. If you’re wanting a piece of chocolate dipped fruit as a snack or a quick gift, the staff can accommodate such requests. “You can always walk in and order a few strawberries,” says Stabb. For larger orders, it’s a good idea to call ahead, and if you get in your order at least two hours before closing, you can get same day delivery, which is handy.
at Edible Arrangements, are made with 100 percent fresh fruit, no additives or preservatives, and made to order. At the end of the day, Stabb says, everything he and his staff does is to make people happy. “Our customer service is fantastic,” he says. “We take a lot of pride in giving great service. We’ll take the time with you to make sure you get what you need. Our goal is to make two people happy — the person who purchased the arrangement, and the person who received it. I want both people to be happy.”
Walk-in customers can always ask for a fresh fruit salad or a fruit parfait layered with yogurt and granola. Stabb’s staff will happily prepare one for you from the day’s delivery of fruits, and you can even get your to-go treats drizzled with chocolate if you like. The Owasso store also offers fresh fruit smoothies, which like everything else
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Perfection Craig BAXTERâ€™S INTERURBAN is his version of Field of Dreams, where his reimagined vision for contemporary American and Tex-Mex fare flourishes with personal interactions, teamwork and pride. By Rob Harmon
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“Most of my time, early on, was spent in the kitchen,” he says. “I was a kitchen manager, a chef, really everything. Once I did all that, I asked them to teach me how to bartend and do the tables and the computer side of it. I came through the ranks and ended up being a part of the Interurban restaurants.” Baxter started working in 1981, after graduating high school, at the Interurban restaurant on 71st Street and Yale. In college, he worked at the original Interurban restaurant in Norman, the name being taken from the old trolley line that ran through cities like Oklahoma City and Tulsa. In the days before streets were paved very well, before the average person owned a car, electric streetcars
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“There were two cases of book matches and a lit cigarette left on purpose,” he says. “The security could hear something in the restaurant, and the police were summoned twice but never detected anything until it was all completely in flames. It might have been easier to start from scratch in the desert than to clean up that fire.” Out of commission for about a year, Baxter opened it back up, as the owner, and it’s been his passion ever since. World renowned chef and restaurateur, Daniel Boulud, once said, “To me, there is no great chef without a great team.” Baxter couldn’t agree more. Since 1981, he’s been surrounding himself with a great staff with the same mentality.
“The service, quality of the menu items and the price value that we bring,” Baxter says, “is what sets us apart from a lot of other places in the area. Parking is not a problem and we’re close to the hotels.” Baxter proudly points out that his awardwinning enchiladas were once enjoyed by Adrian Peterson, the NFL star and the former Oklahoma University running back. “There’s not a single item on the menu that we aren’t proud of,” he says. “I like to be creative in the kitchen, and we’re much more than just a restaurant that serves strictly American. Our Tex-Mex is awesome and we strive to never get a complaint. Our steaks are second to none.” Baxter says that what he and the restaurant are all about is the personal interaction between the staff and the patrons. He sees the restaurant as a neighborhood-style restaurant, where everyone knows each other, and even if you don’t, you’re made to feel that way. He enjoys welcoming everyone, whether they’re from out of town at a conference looking for a quick bite or the regulars coming by to enjoy a meal prepared by someone who still loves what they do after all this time.
“You can’t do it alone,” he says. “A lot of my people have been here since we opened. Take care of your people and they’ll take care of you. We just love people. I do and so does the staff. Molly, my manager, has been happy here for 13 years and she’s a people person.” He says he’s seen people coming out of hotelrestaurant colleges as graduates and join his team, only to find out that it wasn’t for them. He’s proud of the team he’s assembled, who share the same passion he has for serving
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Baxter says that even before those days, when he was very young, he saw his parents leaving tips as they frequented restaurants around town, and he thought how cool it was that servers were able to keep all the money on the tables.
The Tulsa Interurban opened in 1978 and Baxter actually remembers the old trolley that was set up in the restaurant as a bar, now long gone after multiple renovations and a fire that happened that ushered in Baxter as the new owner.
customers and providing a quality dining experience for an excellent price.
“It was a dream as a kid actually, to own a restaurant,” says Baxter. “My friend’s dad had a place. It was part of the Elias family restaurants [Jamil’s, Eddy’s, etc.] and we would go in there when it was closed and mess around behind the bar, and one day I thought, ‘This is cool. This is what I want to do.’ That was it. That’s all I’ve ever done. Since I was 15, I’ve been in the restaurant business.”
were common throughout the United States. Originally operating from 1903-47, the Interurban Trolley Line ran from what is now Sheridan and Hudson in downtown Oklahoma City, extending west to El Reno, to Guthrie in the north and Norman in the south.
Some people are extremely lucky to know at an early age what they want to do for a living. Craig Baxter, chef and owner of Baxter’s Interurban Grill in downtown Tulsa, is one of those people. To this day, since starting in the restaurant industry in the late-1970s, people ask him why he’s still doing it and he says it’s all he’s ever known. He still loves interacting one-on-one with customers and everything else about the whole restaurant scene as much as he did when he started.
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Prepare to get lost in all the beauty and pleasures that are spa810. Not only will the treatments, body wraps, laser services and rejuvenating body pods have you relaxing, but you can succumb to a perfect array of restful, soothing and heavenly massages that will have you in pure bliss.
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There’s a little bit of heaven to be found right here in the 918 cocooned within a gleaming, white, egg-shaped pod. Inside, you’re warm and safe from the cares of the world, while gentle waterfalls of music play and aromatherapy relaxes and invigorates. As soon as you step in the lobby, you know spa810 is something special. A lovely, cascading light fixture hangs from a high ceiling over a reception area decorated in soft gray and warm, friendly orange. Comfy padded chairs wait to embrace you if you need to wait for your services. You’re enjoying a special treat before you even step into the spa itself.
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Jeff O’Bryan owns spa810 with his wife, Roshani. “We knew we wanted our own business,” O’Bryan explains. With entrepreneurs on both sides of the family, the O’Bryans began looking for opportunities. “Roshani is an engineer. I’m a programmer and software engineer,” says O’Bryan. “We were thinking about tech or software, but
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If you’re worried that dry sauna heat will be too much, there’s adjustable personal air conditioning to gently waft cool air over your face to keep you comfortable. The pods are heavenly, and enhance the entire spa experience. The ila line of organic products has its own room at spa810. “It’s beyond organic. This line includes a lot of energy and lymphatic work,” says Beck. It’s major pampering, putting the body back in natural balance. “It’s exclusive to us,” O’Bryan says. “We’re the only non-resort/medical spa with this line.”
“We see people walk out almost in a stupor, they feel so much better,” says O’Bryan. “We have people with scars, young people with acne, and we make that situation better. We help them. It’s a kind of personal gratification.”
Spa810’s name comes from its laser, which operates at 810 nm (nanometers). It’s the newest technology available and is only operated by certified techs like Beck. Its use is overseen by medical director Dr. Ruth Miller, who consults with patients before laser procedures are scheduled. Unlike older lasers, spa810’s laser hair removal is virtually pain-free. “Rather than painful snaps, we paint the area, dispersing the energy in a better fashion,” says Beck. Another improvement is that this laser can be used on any skin tone. Older lasers can have trouble with darker skin. Laser hair removal can be done on any part of the body and the packages include six to eight sessions several weeks apart. The laser can also be used to tighten skin, in a single session or as a package.
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The facial rooms are equipped with spa810’s unique pods that can adjust from 80-180 degrees for your own personal dry sauna experience. “It’s the Dry Sauna Alpha Fusion Pod. It has aroma therapy and dry sauna heat,” Beck says. “The zero-gravity table is weight sensitive and has adjustable vibration. Everyone raves about it. Twenty minutes in the pod is like an hour of sleep to your brain.”
In honor of Valentine’s Day, spa810 is offering a sweetheart special — dual services for $108. That can be a couples’ massage, a facial for one partner and a massage for the other, or both services can be enjoyed by one person. If you’d like to gift a membership, spa810 will let you purchase a three-month membership at a discount.
There are too many services to begin to list them all, which is just one of several reasons you should consider a membership at spa810. You can sign up for an Essential Membership ($69/month), which entitles you to one signature service a month, or a Premium Membership ($119/month),
The spa itself is gently lit, softly colored, and filled with quiet and soothing music. The massage rooms are spacious. “The massage therapists tell me [that at] some places the rooms are so small, you can only work on the client from above. Our rooms allow them their full range of motion,” O’Bryan says. The rooms are equipped with towel warmers and essential oils, and the couples massage room has a softly glowing Himalayan salt lamp. “We like to include complementary extras for a fully relaxing experience.”
Spa810 is equipped with CoolSculpting, an FDA approved procedure which uses cooling to target and eliminate fat cells without surgery or downtime. The procedure takes several cycles, with each cycle showing a 20-25 percent reduction of fat cells in the treatment area. “It also tones and tightens the skin,” adds Beck. “It’s all natural and non-invasive. We see really great results; the before and after is really surprising.”
which includes two services each month. Either membership includes benefits like 30 percent off all treatments and packages, discounts on retail products, a gift card on your birthday, and more. If you’re active military or veteran, teacher or a student, or any type of first responder like police, firefighters, or nurses, your membership is reduced $10 per month.
Spa director Jessica Beck is enthusiastic about the spa810 experience. “Other places you need to tell them what you want. Here, we talk with you to determine your needs and customize your experience,” she says.
If you want to get pampered like an A-list Hollywood star, the HydraFacial line is what you want. “In Hollywood, they call this the Event Peel,” explains Beck. Stars like to get this treatment before red carpet events or parties. “It gives you glow, fills little lines, and leaves you with healthy, beautiful, shiny skin.”
our franchise coach came back with options including spa810. We were excited about it because we were already helping people, and this was a way to continue that.”
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who read fiction gain in the ability to empathize with others, especially those who are different from the reader. Want a more tolerant, diverse world for your children’s future? Encourage them to
read books about children of diverse backgrounds. In addition, it’s been proven that reading and discussing stories can help people think through
the consequences of their actions and envision new possibilities for themselves, which is why literature classes have proven useful in rehabilitating convicts. And learning new things keeps
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WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE: ESSAYS BY MARILYNNE ROBINSON A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for novels like Lila and Gilead, Robinson is known for examining rural life, faith, American politics, and the relationship between religion and science. In her new book of essays, she considers our modern political climate, the mysteries of faith, the way beauty informs daily life, and more. ALSO LOOK FOR:
I AM, I AM, I AM: SEVENTEEN BRUSHES WITH DEATH BY MAGGIE O’FARRELL
A unique memoir by an award-winning author, O’Farrell’s book recounts her many near-brushes with death, including a childhood illness she was not expected to survive, a teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster, a terrifying encounter on a remote path, a mismanaged childbirth in an understaffed hospital, and a daughter who lives with an autoimmune disease. The true story here is shocking, electric and unforgettable.
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Bloom’s novels and short stories explore the complex nature of gender and sexuality, so it’s no surprise she’d turn to writing a historical fiction about the legendary, scandalous romance that developed between first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and a young journalist, Lorena Hickok, while Hickok was reporting on FDR’s presidential campaign. ALSO LOOK FOR:
AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE BY TAYARI JONES
Young newlyweds Celestial and Roy are ripped apart when Roy is arrested and imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit. Celestial finds herself bereft and taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. When Roy is released and returns home five years later, all three must come to terms with past, present, and hopes for their future. ALSO LOOK FOR:
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Feel Free: Essays by Zadie Smith FEB. 6
A survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith’s own life.
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An oral history of the play Angels in America.
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Surprise Me: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella FEB. 13
Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright FEB. 27
A radical look at the apostle Paul.
In the Presence of Greatness by Patty Duke and William Jankowski FEB. 14
The life of actress Patty Duke.
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How to Stop Time by Matt Haig FEB. 6
A man travels through time and learns about love.
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A woman goes missing during a company hiking expedition.
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SHELF LIFE SL your mind active and young, helping the aging to beat problems like Alzheimer’s and dementia. Want success? People who are eminently successful,
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skills they need to live a better life. Why not let that be you? So, make 2018 a year you give yourself one of the greatest gifts you can ever
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give yourself — time and permission to enjoy some good books. Here are some February new book releases you might want to add to your reading list.
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When NCIS investigator Shannon Moss is assigned to solve the murder of a Navy SEAL’s family and locate the teenage daughter, she discovers the missing SEAL was an astronaut aboard the spaceship U.S.S. Libra — a ship assumed lost to the darkest currents of Deep Time. Moss travels in time seeking evidence that will crack the present-day case, only to discover, to her horror, that humanity is heading toward a devastating cataclysm. ALSO LOOK FOR:
GIRL, WASH YOUR FACE BY RACHEL HOLLIS
Each chapter begins with a specific lie Hollis once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up. As a working mother, a former foster parent, and a woman who has dealt with insecurities about her body and relationships, she speaks with the insight and kindness of a BFF, helping women unpack the limiting mind-sets that destroy their self-confidence and keep them from moving forward. ALSO LOOK FOR:
I’ve Been Thinking: Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life by Maria Shriver
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Khaim, The Blue City, is the last remaining city in a crumbled empire that overly relied upon magic until it became toxic. Khaim’s tyrannical leader, The Jolly Mayor and his devious right hand, the last archmage in the world, are trying to collect all the magic for themselves so they can control the citizens of the city. But when their decadence reaches new heights and begins to destroy the environment, the people stage an uprising to stop them.
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What Do You Do With a Chance? by Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom
Insights to help people in their journey to acceptance, purpose, passion and joy. All the Names The Armored Saint They Used for God (The Sacred by Anjali Sachdeva Throne) by Myke FEB. 20 Cole Unusual and FEB. 20 entrancing An Order kills speculative fiction wizards (and stories about fate. innocents) to ensure the portals to hell remain closed.
Over deserts and forests, Arctic tundra and tropical beaches, the moon shines down on creatures around the world. Children will love discovering how it changes from day to day as the lunar cycle is shown through clever peek-through holes, each revealing the moon in a different size and shape. It’s the perfect light nonfiction book for young stargazers — and an ideal bedtime book, ending with a giant moon hovering over a sleepy town hunkered down for bed.
A Girl Like That by Some Hell by Tanaz Bhathena Patrick Nathan FEB. 27
Teenage angst, A gay teen deals race, identity with his guilt over and class issues, his father’s suicide. centered around two teenage lovers killed in a car accident.
A child discovers that when you have courage, take chances, and say yes to new experiences, amazing things can happen.
Awesome Science Experiments for Kids: 100+ Fun STEM / STEAM Projects and Why They Work by Crystal Chatterton FEB. 13
Hands-on experiments that teach young scientists ages 5-10 how to apply the scientific method.
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FEB. 2 WINCHESTER
After the sudden death of her husband William and their child, Sarah Winchester is adament that she is cursed and begins building the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California upon advisement from a medium. Cast: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sara Snook
A team of tech hackers embark on a $600 million robbery from a coastal U.S. mint facility at the same time a disastrous Category 5 hurricane is set to strike. The remaining people left in the deserted beach town are a meteorologist, a treasury agent and the meteorologist’s ex-Marine brother. Together they not only must survive the hurricane, but also stop the mastermind thieves from accomplishing the heist of the century. Cast: Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten RATING: PG-13
FEB. 16 FEB. 9 FIFTY SHADES FREED
Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger
Following the events of Fifty Shades Darker, Christian and Ana are now married. However, Ana’s life is threatened when her former boss, Jack Hyde, swears revenge for being fired from SIP. Elena also returns to haunt Christian and makes the couple’s lives a lot more troublesome. Cast: Dakota Johnson,
The film follows the lives of people connected through loss and analyzes the way people find love and solace in memories and objects they share with one another. Cast: Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Amber Tamblyn RATING: R
After losing the love of his life to a cruel Philistine prince, a young Hebrew with supernatural strength defends his people, sacrificing everything to avenge his love, his people, and his God. Cast: Taylor James, Caitlin Leahy, Billy Zane
THE 15:17 TO PARIS
American soldiers discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train. Cast: Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos RATING: PG-13
Peter Rabbit’s feud with Mr. McGregor reaches new heights as both compete for the affections of a kind animal lover who lives next door. Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, James Corden, Rose Byrne RATING: PG
Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine. Cast: Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas
After the events of Captain America: Civil War, King T’Challa returns home to Wakanda. But when two enemies conspire to bring down the kingdom, T’Challa must team up, as the Black Panther, with CIA agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje — Wakanda’s special forces — to prevent a world war. Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o
Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home. Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Redmayne, Maisie Williams RATING: NR
FEB. 23 ANNIHILATION
A group of soldiers enters an environmental disaster zone and only one comes back out alive, though he is grievously injured. In an attempt to save his life, his wife Lena, a biologist, volunteers for a second expedition into the zone to figure out what happened to him. Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez RATING: NR
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SHOWTIME S GAME NIGHT
A group of friends meet regularly for their game night, and one night they find themselves investigating an actual murder mystery. Cast: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler RATING: R
OPENS FEB. 9
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Laurents enmesh with insistent and ignoble desires, a peculiar and disturbing alliance will form. But in the end, some secrets are bigger than others.
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Forced to give up his room to his grandfather, a scheming boy devises a series of outrageous pranks in an attempt to make him move out. Cast: Robert De Niro, Oakes Fegley, Uma Thurman
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GRANDMA’S BOY (1922) Harold Lloyd stars in one of his most popular and enduring comedy classics. When he is chosen as a member of a posse to capture a notorious criminal, Harold confides in his grandmother that he is really a coward. Accompanied by Bill Rowland on Circle Cinema’s original 1928 pipe organ.
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Anglo Irish twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence (The Lodgers) which enforces three rules upon the twins: they must be in bed by midnight; they may not permit an outsider past the threshold; if one attempts to escape, the life of the other is placed in jeopardy. When troubled war veteran Sean returns to the nearby village, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious Rachel, who in turn begins to break the rules set out by The Lodgers. The consequences pull Rachel into a deadly confrontation with her brother and with the curse that haunts them. Cast: Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon RATING: R
Release dates and ratings are subject to change.
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Gradually succumbing to dementia, George Laurent, the octogenarian patriarch of the Laurents, an affluent upper-bourgeois family, is uncomfortably sharing his palatial manor in Calais, the heart of the infamous migrant jungle, with his twice-married son, Thomas, and Anne, his workaholic daughter who has taken over the family construction business. Divorced and frigid, Anne has to handle the impact of a disastrous workplace accident caused by her disappointing son Pierre’s negligence, while at the same time, the urgent hospitalization of Thomas’ ex-wife from a mysterious poisoning, leads his sulky 13-year-old daughter, Ève, to live with her father and his new wife, Anais. Undoubtedly, in this family, everyone has a skeleton in the closet, and as the fates of the
Tennessee Williams’ 20th century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ production stars Sienna Miller, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real and which will win out? Note that the stage production has an age guidance of 15 and over.
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