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City Guide AN INSIDER’S GUIDE TO TH E O KC M E TRO

100 THINGS TO E AT I N T H E M E T RO COMPLIMENTS OF

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Oklahoma City! Park Heights Real Estate has partnered with 405 Magazine to bring you the City Guide for Oklahoma City. We hope this wealth of information will reintroduce you to the areas you love and also give you new places to visit. For the past few years, we’ve seen a renaissance in Oklahoma City -- there are more districts, more local restaurants, great entertainment venues and world-class city parks that are a must visit. Our city continues to rank top in the nation for accolades such as “underappreciated American cities you should totally move to,” “most liveable metros in the U.S.,” and “top cities in a small business environment.” Park Heights loves to support and promote all things local in the Oklahoma City metro area. Please take a moment to look through the guide and plan for your next outing. Fall in love with OKC as you explore everything our city has to offer. The Oklahoma City real estate market continues to be on the rise. If you are considering relocating within the area, Park Heights has a team of Realtors to advise you in all things real estate. Our expertise and knowledge expands from downtown, historic and urban core of Oklahoma City to Edmond, Deer Creek and surrounding communities. We have the knowledge and resources to help you sell your current home or buy your next home! Contact us today to find out what your home is worth and what real estate opportunities are available to you.

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INTRODUCTION

klahoma City was for years viewed very much like the white crayon in the box of 64: Sure, it’s there, but what are we supposed to do with it? A small city – comparatively speaking – on the southern edge of the Great Plains, famous mostly for a land run that happened in the 19th century; not the best foot forward in terms of national reputation. The Oklahoma Sooners have been the reference point for many people, not the capital city in the center of the state. And we weren’t even the first capitol; that honor belonged to Guthrie, and that’s a great story in its own right.

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Things changed with the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in 1995. Suddenly, people were talking about our city, but it was through the lens of tragedy. Sam Anderson, the author of what is likely the greatest history of Oklahoma City ever written, Boom Town, said it’s possible to draw a line historically from the bombing to the Thunder, the NBA franchise that changed the narrative about Oklahoma City. He’s right, but locals know we’ve always been more complicated than people realized: diverse, friendly, sprawling, subject to the whims of weather and filled with an attitude of “less talk, more work” to get things done. 405MAGAZINE.COM

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TABLE OF CONTENT S Features 15 100 THINGS TO EAT IN OKC Discover the remarkable diversity we have in our culinary landscape 22 OKC’S INCREDIBLE COST OF HOUSING OKC’s affordable housing market can make the American dream come true for less

Departments 35 CITY INFORMATION Learn all about “The Big Friendly” 40 NEW IN TOWN A newcomer’s guide to the peculiarities of this red-dirt state 45 DISTRICTS & DESTINATIONS Explore OKC’s best-known neighborhoods and areas

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71 A HEALTHY OUTLOOK OKC has four major health systems. Here’s a look at what they offer

45 O N T H E C OV E R Wheeler Ferris Wheel at Wheeler District and Downtown Oklahoma City skyline at dusk. photography by ANDREW G. 6

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63 HOW TO BECOME AN ARTS PATRON OKC’s arts scene is thriving. Here’s how to see and experience the city’s rich visual and performing arts


SACRED GROUND

COMMON GROUND

In the middle ground between history and healing lies hope. IT WAS HOPE THAT SUSTAINED US IN 1995.

IT’S HOPE THAT SUSTAINS US TODAY.

What was meant to tear us apart instead

In an increasingly divisive world, we seek to

brought us together. Now, on that

come together and find Common Ground

Sacred Ground, we present powerful stories of strength and resolve.

through education, enlightenment and engaging programs like Better Conversations.

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Big River Running Company 636.394.5500 bigriverrunning.com

European Wax Center 405.285.5088 locations.waxcenter.com

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop

Boardroom Salon for Men

405.562.4800 fuzzystacoshop.com

405.531.9320 boardroomsalon.com

Originating in Fort Worth, a glorious vision of taco heaven took hold in 2003: It would have frosty drinks, good vibes, and be the kind of place that you never want to leave. It would be a huge, craving-inducing success.

Founded in 2004, Boardroom Salon for Men is The Authority in Men’s Grooming™. They cater to men who are looking for an elevated barbershop experience.

At Fuzzy’s Taco Shop the Baja tacos, Chips & Guac, and frozen margaritas are always within reach.

F45 Training 405.216.3271 f45training.com

Chico’s

405.844.6414 stores.chicos.com

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Francesca’s 405.359.7576 francescas.com

J. Jill

405.531.9020 locations.jjill.com


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Shop Confidently at Spring Creek Plaza Voted Edmond’s Best Shopping Center 12 Years in a Row

Jos. A Bank 405.844.6530 josbank.com

Optique Vision Center Kendra Scott

405.715.3937 optiquevisioncenter.com

405.562.5476 kendrascott.com

Plenty Mercantile 405.888.7470 plentymercantile.com

Loft

405.341.5572 stores.loft.com

Nichols Hills Cleaners 405.341.5199 nicholshillscleaners.com

Nichols Hills Cleaners has the latest in modern equipment, and their processes are environmentally friendly. They offer dry cleaning, laundry, and disaster restoration, as well as a delivery and pickup services.

Panera Bread

405.844.5525 locations.panerabread.com

This shop is a champion of sustainability and hospitality by mindfully sourcing refined goods and fostering memorable gatherings.

Soma Intimates

They use responsible design to deepen their connection to the environment and to each other. They close the gap in the Oklahoma City marketplace for thoughtfully-made, cost-effective lifestyle goods and gifts, all in one place.

Talbots

White House Black Market

405.340.1811 stores.soma.com

405.715.1900 talbots.com

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Past Inspiration, Future Aspiration The secret is out: Oklahoma City is one of the best places to live in the country. From 2019 until now, OKC’s population has grown by more than 1.1% (about 14,000 new residents) making it one of the top 10 cities where people are relocating, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. I’m sure you have noticed if you’ve attempted to dine out recently. With growing arts and entrepreneurship scenes, a metropolitan improvement plan that has received international attention and low costs of living and unemployment rates, OKC once again finds itself home to a fresh generation of newcomers looking for a better life. Not so long ago, I was one of those new arrivals. Before moving here in 2017, I was living in a high-rise in downtown Los Angeles and working in journalism, both as an on-camera TV news reporter and a magazine editor. My husband was heavily involved in the tech startup scene. After we had back-to-back daughters, our hopes and dreams started looking quite a bit different: Things like family time, homeownership, a large green yard and a tight-knit community became our new priorities. We knew there had to be a higher quality of life somewhere out there for ourselves, our two small children and our two old dogs. Those opportunities are far from guaranteed in many major metropolitan areas, but readily available in and around Oklahoma City. When we eventually landed in OKC, I had no idea what to expect. Would the American dream actually pan out? Was the media scene really growing? Was the economy genuinely prosperous? Did the hustle culture extend beyond Russell Westbrook? Are Oklahomans actually the nicest people in the world? One of the first things I did upon arrival was pick up a copy of 405 Magazine. I hoped it would give me ideas of events and restaurants to check out. 12

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I’m happy to report that Oklahoma City has exceeded our expectations in every way. Our family is thriving and truly happier than we’ve ever been. The community welcomed us with open arms, our girls spend their days playing outside, we take great pride in our home and property — and both I and my husband are in love with our careers. As we look to the bright future of our city, it is important to remember the people and events that got us to where we are today. In this issue of City Guide we cover the remarkable diversity we have in our culinary landscape (pg. 13), look at the incredibly affordable housing market that is making the American dream come true for less (pg. 23), explore OKC’s best-known neighborhoods (pg. 55) and journey through the dynamic arts and cultural scene (pg. 41). It is a mustread for recent transplants, as well as our esteemed residents who have helped establish this town for generations. If you are also new in town, I am thrilled to be one of the first to welcome you to the metro! I look forward to connecting with you and living our best lives together in OKC.

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100 THINGS TO EAT IN OKC

LEXI HOEBING

BY GREG HORTON

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100 THINGS TO EAT IN OKC

At last count, Oklahoma City has more than three dozen regional and ethnic cuisines represented in local restaurants. Gone are the meat-and-potatoes-only days of not so long ago, replaced by a multicultural celebration of the foods of all the cultures that have contributed their dishes, flavors, seasonings and techniques to our city. The list below is not a “top 100.” Rather, it’s a cross section of the remarkable diversity we have in our culinary landscape.

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Lamb Potstickers The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro

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Boursin Mac ‘n’ Cheese The Hamilton

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Pear Pie Florence’s

04 Curried Goat Carican Flavors 05

Carnitas Carnitas el Patron

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Chocolate Babka Quincy Bake Shop

07 Burger Bar Arbolada 08 Khao Soi Ma Der

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Chile Verde Taco Los Comales

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Larb Four J’s

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Chicken Egg Rolls Queen of Eggrolls

LEXI HOEBING

09 Soppressata Pizza Pizzeria Gusto


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Pastrami Back Door Barbecue

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Lumpia Chibugan

14 Feijoada Café do Brasil

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Bulgogi Hawaiian BBQ

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27 Goat Birria Los Desvelados

Smoked Bologna Sandwich with Pimento Cheese Jamil’s Steakhouse

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37 Cinnamon Roll The Red Cup

48 Buche Tacos Carnitas & Tacos El Tarasco 49 Al Pastor Tacos Trompudo’s Tacos 50

Beef Buns Oodles of Noodles and Dumplings

39 Pho Pho Cuong

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Blueberry Donut Social Deck and Dining

38 Bun bo Hue VII Asian Bistro

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Chorizo Breakfast Taco Taqueria Rafita’s

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Flaming Lips Taco Big Truck Tacos

29 Hashwa Nunu’s Mediterranean Café

40 Lamb Fries Cattlemen’s Steakhouse

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Falafel Simply Falafel

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Chilled Ramen Goro Ramen + Izakaya

30 Lamb Ribs Black Walnut

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Macarons Ganache Patisserie

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Classic Burger Paseo Grill

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Meatloaf Pub W

42 Lobster Cargot Mahogany Prime Steakhouse

54 Runzas Whipped Bakery

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New York Strip with Black Truffle Butter Boulevard Steakhouse

43 Hushpuppies The Drake

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Pork Neck Bones Polk’s House

44 Bone Marrow Vast

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Corn Dog Spark

45 Brisket Clark Crew BBQ

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Steak Fingers The Union

20 Chasudon Pork Tamashii 21

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Tacu-Tacu Naylamp Peruvian Restaurant

36 Chicken Curry Tandoor (truckstop Indian restaurant)

Crispy Spicy Chicken Szechuan Story

Croque Madame La Baguette Bistro

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French Dip Jimmy B’s Culinary + Krafted

33 Prickly Pear and Strawberry Tart (get the horchata latte, too) Stitch Cafe

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Dumplings Northern Noodle House

34 Fungus Among Us Pizza Empire Slice House

46 Ribs Jo-Bawb’s BBQ

58 Duck Breast Signature Grill

35 Green Masala Butter Chicken Sheesh Mahal

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24 Cabbage Rolls Oozie Mediterranean

Pizza Fair-Weather Friend

Okonomiyaki Tots Palo Santo

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60 Pepian de Pollo Tienda Guatemala

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Cabeza Tacos Tacos San Pedro

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Clay Pot Pork Lido

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Burger at Scratch (side of black-eyed peas) Paseo

83 Falafel Sandwich Mediterranean Deli

94 Tacos Dorados de Papas La Tropicana

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Singapore Noodles Grand House

84 Hummus Cous Cous Cafe

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Carbonara Patrono

85 Lamb (shank) Osso Bucco Zorba’s

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Posole Green Chile Kitchen

86 East Side Chicken R & J Lounge

97 Green Chile Stew Hacienda Tacos

87 Clash Burger Burger Punk

98 White cheddar and chive biscuits The Hutch

63 Xiu mai Meatballs Riviere Modern Banh Mi

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Carpaccio Benvenuti’s Ristorante

64 The Costanza Sandwich Elemental Coffee

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Chicken-fried Steak Cheever’s

65 Glazed Donut Neon

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Huevos Rancheros Cafe 501

66 Huevos con Chorizo Pupuseria mi Chalateca 67 Pork Ribs El Rinconcito 68 Pastelitos Misasa Latin Grill 69

Columns (cheesy breadsticks) The Joinery

70 Bean and Cheese Pupusa Feria Latina

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77 Empanadas El Fogon de Edgar 78

Lamb Birria Birrieria Diaz

79 Yebeg Kay Watt (lamb watt) Queen of Sheba

88 Ropa Vieja Paladar Cubano 89 Greens George’s Happy Hog 90 Pabellon Taco 1492 91

Midnight Cowboy Croissant Harvey Bakery

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Spicy Motuleño with Longaniza Café Antigua

80 Hominy Stew Thirty Nine 81

Sausage Edge Craft Barbecue

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Italian Stuffed Collard Greens Joey’s Pizzeria

99 The Nashvillian Nashbird 100 Manzo Caldo Amici in Movimento

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73 Gheimeh Travel by Taste

Vegan Calamari Frida Southwest


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C O M PA R E D TO OT H E R C I T I E S NATIONWIDE, OKC’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING MARKET CAN MAKE THE AMERICAN DREAM COME TRUE FOR LESS

One of our city’s best attributes isn’t talked about nearly enough. Do you want to own land and a lovely family home in the Oklahoma City metro? You likely can. How about having your own

parking space—a garage, even—plus air conditioning, a washer and dryer, a dishwasher and an ample yard? Yep, you can find that too.

Lifelong OKC residents may be unfamiliar with some of the

housing market challenges found in other large cities. Standard

amenities elsewhere may not be available without a large sum of

money. Also, coming up with the down payment may prove to be an insurmountable task when home prices are sky high, and soaring.

So consider this glimpse into the life and housing scene in 10 of

the most populated U.S. metropolitan areas. While we cannot necessarily compare apples to apples—The Big Apple has very little in common with The Big Friendly—we can compare how far

$300,000 will take you. We believe Oklahoma City has one of the best (if not the best) housing costs of any top 25 city nationwide … and that’s an attribute worth talking about.

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OKL AHOMA CIT Y

SA N FR A NCISCO

Oklahoma City is a sprawling city, with no mountains or large bodies of water to contain it. Downtown living’s influx of restaurants and activities make the area attractive, while suburban living is popular for families, offering spacious homes and excellent public school districts. Living in the ’burbs may require a reasonable 20-minute commute to work. Either way, you’re probably going to want a car to navigate the sprawl. The low cost of housing is due to a combination of factors, including a large amount of developable, flat land.

San Francisco has a diverse population, and its surrounding waters offer easy access to nature. Many tech giants call the “Fog City” home. Substantially higher prices make owning a family home challenging. However, for social butterflies, the city has one of the largest populations of singles in the nation. Only home buyers with limited income—those who qualify for government housing assistance—can purchase a $300,000 condominium, offered well below market rates.

W H AT $30 0,0 0 0 C A N B U Y:

• A one-room, open-concept studio apartment built in 1924

• A 1,800-square-foot home built in 2020

• 450 to 650 square feet

• 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

• One bathroom or communal bathrooms

• Amenities include a spacious fenced-in yard, a two- or threecar garage, air conditioning, fireplace and personal appliances such as a washer, dryer and dishwasher.

W H AT $30 0,0 0 0 C A N B U Y:

HOMES TEND TO C O S T 3 4 9 % MORE.*

*All statistics cited from Mint.com's Cost of Living Calculator

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Hidden Gem For those looking to settle into a city with excellent neighborhoods and restaurants and an engaging arts and culture scene, Brandon Baca, Realtor and founder of Ten Oaks, describes Oklahoma City as a “hidden gem.” An Oklahoma native, Baca now lives in Franklin, Tennessee, and manages real estate offices in Oklahoma City, Nashville and Dallas. “Oklahoma City is great because not everybody knows about it yet,” Baca said. “For Austin, Nashville or Dallas – these cities have a really high profile. Oklahoma City doesn’t. So you don’t have as much driving migration.” More people means more demand and a more competitive housing marketplace. Baca mentioned a recent deal in Nashville, when 21 offers came in for one home. “I’ve had people come to Nashville, ready to buy a home, and move back to where they came from because they couldn’t compete in the market,” Baca said. “In Oklahoma City, you’ve got a better chance of getting a house in a very affordable, livable area.” Another positive attribute about the OKC real estate market: steadiness. “Buyers in Oklahoma don’t go crazy. They’re pretty levelheaded, so you don’t have these massive swings like you do in places like California,” Baca said. “You have a steady progression in value in Oklahoma City, versus other cities that have had 20 or 30 percent swings over the last year, based on competition.” A lower cost of living and lower market prices make Oklahoma City an approachable market for first-time home buyers, Baca said, noting the average price point in OKC is $225,000. “In Oklahoma City, you still have properties that are in the $200,000 price point where … Dallas? Forget about it. Nashville? Forget about it,” Baca said. “In Nashville, we’re nudging up toward $400,000 before you can find anything decent. In Oklahoma, you just don’t have those overwhelming price points.”

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LOS A NG ELE S

HOMES TEND TO C O S T 206% MORE.*

With pleasant weather year-round and beaches, deserts and mountains surrounding the city, Los Angeles is a dreamy place to call home. Speaking of dreams… Artists are everywhere. You may spot a famous face, and your waiters and baristas may also be auditioning for their turn on screen. The City of Angels is home to 3.967 million people (an almost identical population to the entire state of Oklahoma, which lands at 3.957 million). People move here from all over the world, so the city is culturally diverse. However, residents must contend with the high cost of living, a difficult job market (L.A. maintains a high unemployment rate) and terribly congested highways. W H AT $30 0,0 0 0 C A N B U Y: • A studio or one-bedroom apartment built in 1923 • 350 to 700 square feet • One bathroom • Possible amenities include a shared community laundry area and a pool. A parking spot and pet-friendly unit are available for a fee.

CHIC AGO

HOMES TEND TO C O S T 1 1 7 % MORE.*

Getting around Chicago is a snap, thanks to its public transportation. Catch the ‘L’ (short for “elevated”) train to explore historic theaters, community gardens, museums and buildings that exemplify Chicago’s world-class architecture. The clear and open Lake Michigan shoreline brings beautiful views and bone-chilling winters to the “Windy City.” The crime rate may also give you chills. Chicago records 943 violent crimes per 100,000 people, according to a CBS News report, giving it a higher violent crime rate than the national average. W H AT $30 0,0 0 0 C A N B U Y: • A classic American foursquare, about 1,500 square feet, built in the 1930s • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Amenities include a small yard and two-car garage.

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DALL A S

H O M E S T E N D TO COST 35% MORE.*

Dallas is known as an economic hotspot, making it a popular relocation choice for those entering the job market or seeking a career change. In 2020, Dallas had the highest office job growth in the country with a 5.7 percent year-over-year increase. Dallas has been criticized for its lack of natural beauty—cited as an urban sprawl of concrete—though the White Rock Lake area on the east side easily counters that notion. And among those miles of concrete blocks, you’ll discover amazing restaurants, shops and museums, as well as plenty of friendly faces.

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W H AT $30 0,0 0 0 C A N B U Y: • A 1,350-square-foot home built in 2002 • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Amenities include a two-car garage, spacious yard, air conditioning and a dishwasher.

H O M E S T E N D TO COST 50% MORE.*

If live music is your jam, Austin won’t disappoint. Live music shows can be found around town almost any night of the week, and festivals such as South by Southwest and Austin City Limits have received national acclaim. Austin has attracted a steady stream of transplants, contributing to its skyrocketing housing prices and continuous construction, as roads can’t keep pace with the increase in cars. Creativity flourishes here, and residents aren’t afraid to “keep Austin weird” with their colorful expressions. The Barton Creek Greenbelt, Town Lake and well-kept parks and trails encourage an active lifestyle. W H AT $30 0,0 0 0 C A N B U Y: • A 450- to 650-square-foot condo built in 1980 • 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms • Amenities include a fireplace, private patio, air conditioning, washer, dryer and two garage spaces. A pet-friendly unit is available for an additional fee.

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Buying Frenzy The housing market nationwide has been in a full-on buying frenzy since 2020. U.S. home prices had the highest increase in more than 20 years. GiGi Faulkner, owner of RE/MAX First, has been in the residential real estate industry in OKC since the ’80s and has never seen anything like it in her career. She gave us her expert take on the situation. “The current ‘hot’ real estate market in the 405 has been the result of a convergence of numerous supply and demand factors,” Faulkner said. “Home builders have been underbuilding during the last decade, contributing to low inventory and higher demand for existing homes. More homeowners are staying put, enjoying their low interest mortgages, or even a debt-free home, causing upward pressure on existing home prices. The December 2021 national median sales price was up 15.8 percent from a year earlier. “On the demand side, the millennial generation is buying homes in large numbers, incentivized by low interest rates. We’re seeing a surge of these buyers, who have delayed household formation and home buying longer than their parents. Compounding the effects of the pandemic to an already low inventory/high demand market has caused us to see our homes through a different lens—a sacred space to work, learn, play and feel secure. The last couple of years has only enhanced the value of what we love about ‘home.’”

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HOMES TEND TO COST 85% MORE.*

The “Mile-High City” might take your breath away. Perhaps it’s the higher altitude (Denver is 5,280 feet above sea level) or the Rocky Mountain views. Denver is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground with biking trails throughout and some of Colorado’s best ski slopes within driving distance. Denver is within a day’s drive of 58 mountains with peaks reaching 14,000 feet, so mountain climbers love it too. Residents praise the city’s innovative public school choice program but, with a quickly growing population, they bemoan the heavy traffic. Snowy long winters are also a big part of living here. W H AT $30 0,0 0 0 C A N B U Y:

• 1,000-square-foot townhouse built in 1939 • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Amenities include parking spaces, heating and a washer and dryer.


PHOENIX Abundant sunshine and affordable living (compared to some Florida hotspots) have attracted retirees to settle in Phoenix for years. However, younger folks are beginning to migrate to this great city, too. According to 2019 U.S. Census data, more than 20 percent of the 1.6 million residents are millennials, and Phoenix has seen the fastest growth of any major city in the past decade. While the sunny weather is a bonus for many, it’s important to remember that Phoenix is located in the Sonoran Desert. Be mindful when you hike; the summer heat can be intense.

HOMES TEND TO C O S T 6 2 % MORE.*

W H AT $30 0,0 0 0 C A N B U Y: • A 1,000-square-foot home built in 2017 • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Amenities include a two-car garage, air conditioning, dishwasher and washer and dryer.

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HOMES TEND

Like Oklahoma City, Nashville is a relatively affordable city to reside in, compared to other major cities nationwide. However, the Nashville housing market has become increasingly competitive and expensive. Young adults, ages 25 to 34, make up the largest demographic in “Music City,” adding to the vibrancy and culture of the city. Recognized as the “songwriting capital of the world,” you’ll find country music’s finest living here, along with the annual Country Music Awards and legendary Grand Ole Opry.

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HOMES TEND TO C O S T 6 0 2 %

The thrill of living in the “city that never sleeps” is undeniable. When it comes to art, history, culture and business opportunities (65 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered here), no place compares to New York City. It is also the most culturally diverse city in America, attracting people from all over the world. However, living among the city’s glitz and glamour isn’t cheap. Skyrocketing rent and housing prices make NYC the seventh most expensive city in the world. Best to move here with a high-paying job, or prepare to share your space with roommates. W H AT $30 0,0 0 0 C A N B U Y: • A studio apartment in Central Harlem or Lincoln Square built in the 1910s • 300 to 600 square feet • One bathroom • Amenities include a pet-friendly unit, at an additional fee.

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MORE.*

TO C O S T 2 4 %

W H AT $30 0,0 0 0 C A N B U Y:

MORE.*

• A 1,200-square-foot home built in 2005 • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Amenities include a one-car attached garage, a large yard, air conditioning and a dishwasher.


W H E R E T H E R E N T E R S R OA M AN ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVE BY GREG HORTON

Start with the fact that the average apartment rental rate in Oklahoma City is under $900, and you have a good metric for comparing our rental properties to other major cities. Austin’s average is nearly $1,700, Denver’s is nearly $1,900 and Atlanta’s is $1,800, so exactly double. Cost is just one of the factors in renting, however. I moved downtown in 2011, and have been happily ensconced in a high rise since 2012: 1,200 square feet, two bed, two bath and a balcony view of downtown OKC’s skyline. Include utilities and underground parking, and the total tab is under $1,300 a month. By the way, that under-$900 average only gets you about 900 square feet, so as a simple heuristic, apartments in OKC can be had for a dollar a square foot. Yes, there are more expensive options, but where else do you get this quality of life for that price? Again, though, cost is only one of the factors. Renting allows easier and closer access to the rapidly developing parts of the metro: downtown, Arts District, Innovation District, Midtown, Bricktown and Ironworks District. You might say that the edges of the city are developing, too, and it has become trendier to build rental properties in desirable neighborhoods on the city’s north and east edges, but that puts you on the edge of the city. That’s not just a tautology; it matters.

The Thunder are downtown. Scissortail Park is downtown. The majority of the city’s best restaurants and bars are in or near the urban core. You can build the list easily: OKCMOA, Myriad Gardens, Civic Center, Patrono, Barkeep, Film Row, The Study – all in the metaphorical front or back yard of downtown rentals. Sure, you can buy a condo downtown or a house in SoSA, but you can expect to pay $650k and up for that indulgence. Renting also obviates the need for upkeep. Some of you are handypersons; others like me are not. Toilet on the fritz? Owners are rushing to Lowe’s or Home Depot. We’re sending a work request via online portal, and in my case, I get a maintenance guy the same day nearly every time. Home ownership isn’t just ownership; it’s work, and it’s the kind of work many aren’t interested in, including young professionals, older professionals and empty nesters looking to downsize. Given a transient workforce, including workers in the city for a short time—military, consultants, gig workers, etc.—renting also offers the chance to be in the best parts of the city proper for less money and fewer headaches. For full-on Okies like me, it means the chance to live in the midst of everything that is great, fun, adventurous, impressive and promising about our city. 405MAGAZINE.COM

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A Fitting-in Guide for New Oklahomans B Y B R A N D O N K I N G , G R E G H O R T O N A N D R AY L E E L E W I S

The Oklahoma City metro comprises 11 cities — from the metropolitan cityscape of downtown OKC to the sprawling farmlands and homegrown hospitality of Shawnee. In order to understand the depth of the area’s diversity, it’s necessary to see the specifics of all the component cities and how they differ from their neighbors. We believe every city listed is worth the drive, and we’re here to give you, as well as your out-of-state friends, the starting information for your journey across OKC’s varied and far-flung communities.

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S P O RT S

The tried-and-true elevator small talk about weather is actually applicable to Oklahomans. A colloquialism around here — if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes and it’ll change — is more fact than local fiction, given that Oklahoma is beset by nearly every form of weather, and it’s not unusual to see a 40-degree temperature swing in a day. Since we’re genuinely knowledgeable in the severe weather department, it’s smart to pay attention during tornado season (April to June) but it’s totally fair to be skeptical when KFOR’s Mike Morgan wears his bedazzled tie and interrupts your television show to announce an impending foot of ice.

No one expects you to leave behind your love for your favorite college team — unless it’s Texas — but we will expect you to choose between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and University of Oklahoma Sooners once you’ve been here long enough to know what Bedlam is. The Thunder are our muchbeloved NBA team, no matter how many of our favorites they trade away, but we’re not one of “those” NBA cities, so feel free to sport your NBA gear from any team you love.

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Nothing is ever way too far in OKC proper; in fact, locals will tell you just about everything is 15 minutes away, and weirdly, it works out more often than you’d expect. For the most part, the roads are a grid, so correcting wrong turns is easy, and we gave up the impossible one-way-only system of downtown roads years ago. Learn the highways and the landmarks, and we’re among the easier cities to navigate. Downtown, you can also grab the streetcar or a Lime scooter.

If you want your family and friends to know you’re here and fitting in, you’ll need your Instagram album to reflect that. We recommend pics at the OKC National Memorial, the view from Vast, the rooftop bar OBar at The Ambassador, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Paycom Arena, Skydance Bridge, Midtown Plaza neon, somewhere along Route 66 and Cattlemen’s Steakhouse (with lamb fries).

MA JOR INDUSTRIES

Energy, especially oil and natural gas; agriculture takes up a lot of space, but it’s not as huge a part of the GDP as the space indicates; Tinker Air Force Base; universities and colleges; medical marijuana (we’re not potheads; we’re taking medicine, Denver); hospitality, especially restaurants; homebuilding; predicting the weather.

THE DON’T LIST

C O M PA S S D I R EC T I O N S Locals know how to orient themselves to the compass points, and they’ll speak to you as if you do, too. If you don’t, this might help: Edmond is north, Norman is south, Yukon is west and Tinker is east. We only use the four cardinal directions, so that should simplify things. Good luck.

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As long as you are using it to indicate second-person plural in a superior form to the ambiguous “you” or the clunky “you all,” you will pass as a local. Try to use it as second-person singular, though, and we’ll know you’re from Georgia.

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Weather changes fast, really fast, so don’t forget to look at your weather app every morning — except July and August, when it’s only going to show a sweaty face. Don’t worry about dressing up to go to dinner, but you can if you enjoy it. Locals wear shorts, even to dinner, especially in July and August. Don’t expect to get to Norman or Edmond quickly after 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Don’t order iced tea expecting it to be sweet. This isn’t Alabama. Don’t be afraid to order extra ranch dressing. Don’t be embarrassed for loving ranch dressing. Don’t be surprised when locals wave, say, “Hi,” ask how you’re doing, make small talk on elevators or stop to help when something goes wrong. We’re friendly in the best way — superficially and in passing, just like our moms taught us.

A N OT E O N T E X A S Generally speaking, we like Texas fine; we just don’t like admitting it, so don’t put us in the position. 405MAGAZINE.COM

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N. OKLAHOMA AVE.

NW 13 ST.

NW 12 ST.

North Hudson

NW 11 ST.

Campbell Art Park

Dewey Avenue

N. ROBINSON AVE.

N. HARVEY AVE.

POPULATION: 58,409

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AREA: 24.6 square miles MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $49,368 FOUNDED: 1942 LEADERSHIP: Mayor Matt Dukes

Bricktown Loop Friday 6am - 2am Saturday 7am - 2am Sunday 7am - 10pm

NW 10 ST.

FUN FACT: Tinker Air Force Base – one of the top U.S. Air Force Bases in the country – is named after

Detour Routes

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N. HUDSON AVE.

N. WALKER AVE.

NW 7 ST.

N. BROADWAY AVE.

NW 10th Street

MIDTOWN

NW 9 ST.

NW 8 ST.

Platform Stops

Art Park Midtown

OLORS ROUTE C DICATE IN T O R DO N AR COLO STREETC

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Broadway Avenue

FUN FACT: An annual Armed Forces Day Parade

Kerr Park PARK AVE.

WALNUT AVE.

COLCORD DR.

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Century Center

Myriad Botanical Gardens

POPULATION: 16,051 AREA: 22.08 square miles MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $48,796 East Bricktown

Scissortail Park Scissortail Park

BRICKTOWN

OKC Boulevard S. E.K. GAYLORD BLVD.

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CHICKASHA

Santa Fe Hub Arena

SW 4 ST.

Mickey Mantle

Amtrak Santa Fe Depot

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RENO AVE.

Bricktown

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MAIN ST.

in May.

CHARLIE CHRISTIAN AVE.

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NE 2 ST. RUSSELL M. PERRY AVE.

ROBERT S. KERR AVE.

MAIN ST.

SHERIDAN AVE.

LEADERSHIP: Mayor Floyd Eason

DEEP DEUCE

ARTS DISTRICT

AREA: 7.5 square miles FOUNDED: 1948

NE 4 ST.

Transit Center

POPULATION: 21,822 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $44,504

NW 4 ST.

Bicentennial Park

A R O U N D

FOUNDED: 1892 LEADERSHIP: Mayor Chris Mosley FUN FACT: Hometown of Oklahoma Civil Rights leader Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher

EL RENO POPULATION: 16,989

OKLAHOMA CITY

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MOORE

POPULATION: 681,054

POPULATION: 23,630

POPULATION: 62,793

FOUNDED: 1889

AREA: 621 square miles

AREA: 26.51 square miles

AREA: 22.2 square miles

LEADERSHIP: Mayor Matt White

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $56,456

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $72,065

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $67,851

FUN FACT: The city’s name is Spanish for “the

FOUNDED: Apr. 22, 1889

FOUNDED: 1891

FOUNDED: 1889

reindeer.”

LEADERSHIP: Mayor David Holt

LEADERSHIP: Mayor Shelli Selby

LEADERSHIP: Mayor Glenn Lewis

FUN FACT: The third largest city in land area for

FUN FACT: Known as the Czech Capital of

FUN FACT: Hometown of Toby Keith, world-

the United States.

Oklahoma.

renowned country music singer.

EDMOND

NORMAN

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POPULATION: 94, 428

POPULATION: 128,026

POPULATION: 19,879

FOUNDED: July 4, 1895

AREA: 87.86 square miles

AREA: 189.4 square miles

AREA: 12.01 square miles

LEADERSHIP: Mayor Ed Bolt

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $84,223

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $58,111

MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $74,980

FUN FACT: Named the Redbud City of Oklahoma

FOUNDED: Apr. 22, 1889

FOUNDED: May 13, 1891

FOUNDED: Nov. 22, 1901

in 1941.

LEADERSHIP: Mayor Darrell David

LEADERSHIP: Mayor Breea Clark

LEADERSHIP: Mayor Brian Grider

FUN FACT: Hometown of Olympic gymnast

FUN FACT: Home to the reconstructed skeleton

FUN FACT: Formerly known as “Down in Egypt”

SOURCE:

Shannon Miller, second most decorated American

of the state’s fossil, Saurophaganax Maximus, at the

because of the abundant agricultural growth in

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gymnast.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

the town.

U.S. Census Bureau - 2020

AREA: 79.84 square miles MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $42,659

S H AW N E E POPULATION: 31,377 AREA: 45.92 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $41,123

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NEW IN TOWN OKC through recent residents’ eyes B Y J U L I E PA R T I N

W H E N T H E N E W S B R O K E many were stunned. The Census

is not always a riveting read, but for Oklahoma City, it was big news. According to the most recent report, OKC is now the 22nd largest city in the United States, having been 31st in the 2010 Census. The numbers show that Oklahoma City is one of 14 American cities to gain at least 100,000 people in the last decade—thus jumping Milwaukee, Baltimore, Louisville, Memphis, Detroit, Las Vegas, Portland, Boston and El Paso. “This growth validates that we’re doing something right,” said OKC Mayor David Holt. “And being #22 validates the new arrivals, because they can see they weren’t the only ones who saw something special here. OKC is an ‘it’ city now. It’s where Americans want to live.” We asked six people who recently relocated to OKC a timely question: “Why did you move here and why did you stay?” Here are their answers.

I arrived in January 2021, by way of Dallas, for one professional opportunity that led to something even better. It didn’t take long to discover the genuine kindness, sense of community and absence of traffic. Besides a beachfront house in the Caribbean—why would you ever leave?!" Dave Gilbert, Chef

I moved my life from Toronto, Canada, and made new grounds and a home in the state of Oklahoma. What makes Oklahoma City special is that it is the place to experience. To judge from afar won’t ever do you or this beautiful city any justice. I was enthralled by the artistic allure of the Paseo district, the delicious we food we found, then to top it off with a walk down Automobile Alley, where I get to enjoy the varieties of eclectic coffee shops and local gift shops. While visiting a friend here, I met my now wife. Staying in OKC has become a no-brainer; too many hidden gems to count! I look forward to exploring all the more and adding to my long list of to-dos." Julien Hyacinthe, Actor

After living in L.A. for 20 years, I was ready for a change. The growing film industry here in Oklahoma allowed me to not only fulfill my dreams of starting my own production company, but to also start a family. The move to OKC is something I consider a turning point for me, both professionally and personally." Talia Bella, Film Producer

I moved from Southern California to Oklahoma City to marry my fiancé. Before moving here, I was not familiar with Oklahoma City, but I soon came to realize that Oklahoma City has a wonderful, wide array of experiences and opportunities. From downtown large events to creative restaurants, arts and entertainment and outdoor recreational activities, there is a lot to explore and experience. Yet, one of the greatest aspects of all is the family-friendly conservative values. We are grateful for the opportunity to raise our family here!" Kara Aubrey, Content Creator

OKC has an amazingly productive economy that my small business has flourished in. We moved here after living all over, but most recently Hawaii. You can see and FEEL that it’s thriving. There’s the perfect mix of city living and small town vibes. And so much to do! Amazing culture, music and food, not to mention it’s stunningly beautiful. Oh, and the sunsets here never disappoint. I’m never leaving. This place has my heart!" Brandi Wilkinson, Interior Designer

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We moved to Oklahoma from the Chicagoland area because of the warmer weather, cost of living and outdoor activities available. The kind people and big smiles are what will keep us here." David Trowbridge, Financial Planner


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Learning Experience A Guide to OKC’s Public and Private Schools

OKLAHOMA CITY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Crutcho School District

Sovereign Community

Christ the King Catholic School

Oklahoma City Grades: PK-8 | 1 school

Grades: 6 and 9

Nichols Hills Grades: PK-8

Oklahoma City Public Schools

OKLAHOMA CITY PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS

Oklahoma City Grades: PK-12 | 79 schools

Moore School District Moore Grades: PK-12 | 34 schools

Putnam City School District

Grades: 9-12

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St. Eugene Catholic School North Oklahoma City Grades: PK-8

Warr Acres Grades: PK-12 | 26 schools

KIPP Reach College Preparatory Grades: 5-8

St. James Catholic School

Midwest City-Del City School District

Harding Fine Arts Academy

South Oklahoma City Grades: PK-8

Oklahoma City Grades: PK-12 | 23 schools

Mustang School District Mustang Grades: PK-12 | 13 schools

Western Heights School District

Grades: 9-12

John Rex Charter School Grades: PK-8

Independence Charter Middle School Grades: 6-8

St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School Warr Acres Grades: PK-8

Sacred Heart Catholic School South Oklahoma City Grades: PK-8

Oklahoma City Grades: PK-12 | 8 schools

Astec Charter Schools Grades: PK-12

Rosary School

Crooked Oak School District

Dove Science Academy

North Oklahoma City Grades: PK-8

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Harding Charter Preparatory High School

OKLAHOMA CITY PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Millwood School District Oklahoma City Grades: PK-12 | 2 schools

Grades: K-12

Hupfeld Academy at Western Village Grades: PK-5

Santa Fe South Grades: PK-12

Mount Saint Mary High School South Oklahoma City Grades: 9-12

Bishop John Carroll Cathedral School North Oklahoma City Grades: PK-8

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School North Oklahoma City Grades: 9-12

Casady School North Oklahoma City Grades: PK-12

Westminster School North Oklahoma City Grades: PK-8

Heritage Hall North Oklahoma City Grades: PK-12

Life Christian Academy Choctaw Grades: PK-12

Destiny Christian School Del City Grades: PK-12

Crossings Christian School North Oklahoma City Grades: PK-12

The Academy of Classical Christian Studies North Oklahoma City Grades: PK-12

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Automobile Alley

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OW I N G T O I T S 1920s origins, Automobile Alley is brimming with refurbished showrooms and shops that were once home to Oklahoma City’s automobile dealerships. Revitalized and reimagined, it now is a destination for trendy shops, eateries and coffee houses. It’s a key corridor on the streetcar route as well, which makes it easy to jump off at NW 8th and walk to great destinations like Oklahoma Contemporary, Vanessa House, Scissortail Brewing and Broadway 10. It’s also home to two of the city’s most popular coffee shops: Junction and Coffee Slingers.


Paseo Arts District T H E PA S E O A R T S D I S T R I C T was built in 1929 as a shopping district, but by the 1970s the neighborhood had morphed into a haven for the arts. Now, with nearly two dozen working gallery-studios, it’s home to the work of nearly 50 local, professional artists, and at night it’s one of the city’s dining and drinking hotspots, with two of the city’s best restaurants and a James Beard nominee in Zach Hudson at Scratch - Paseo. An annual arts festival on Labor Day Weekend attracts thousands of attendees.

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E AT: Goro Ramen + Izakaya, Frida, Burger Punk, Paseo Grill, Scratch - Paseo P L AY: Take a pottery class at Paseo Pottery S H O P : Betsy King’s stylish shoe boutique M U S T D O : First Friday art walk

Britton District R EF ER R ED TO A S OLD BR IT TON BY L OCA L S, this small main street used to be its own municipality until being absorbed by OKC. The main street buildings are still largely intact, and Owl Court, a 1930s hotel built in the WPA-native stone style, has recently been refurbished, making for a fascinating dive into Oklahoma history. Businesses are heading to Britton in promising numbers, as this renewed district attempts to redefine itself as a dining and drinking destination. E AT: Venn Pizza has what it calls “Okie ugly” style pizza. Don’t let the description fool you; it’s delicious P L AY: Nose around Owl Court – there’s a coffee shop on site – and check out one of the galleries S H O P : Zero Tolerance Coffee and Chocolate. The chocolate is made from bean to bar in house M U S T D O : Pick the right day, and you’ll be able to see the whole chocolate making process at Zero Tolerance 405MAGAZINE.COM

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Downtown D OW N T OW N O K L A H O M A C I T Y is composed of overlapping districts surrounding the central business district, which is what locals really mean when they say “downtown.” The Devon Tower is the easy-to-spot landmark that marks the heart of City Center, and within a couple of blocks, you can find restaurants, bars, shopping and key attractions, including the OKC National Memorial, OKC Museum of Art and historic hotels like the Colcord and Skirvin.

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E AT: Vast, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Patrono, Kitchen 324 P L AY: Myriad Botanical Gardens, Scissortail Park S H O P : BC Clark Jewelers M U S T D O : Dinner and/or drinks with a view at Vast

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Midtown M I D T OW N I S T H E northernmost downtown district before hitting the residential neighborhoods. It’s home to the Ambassador Hotel, with its top-floor bar and rooftop patio OBar, and a network of boutiques like Black Scintilla, Mode and Nhu Avenue. Known for its walkability, it’s a favorite destination for locals. The area is also justifiably popular because of the variety of dining options: Brazilian, Korean, brunch, tacos, Italian, casual fine dining and pub food.

E AT: Café do Brasil, 1492, Neighborhood Jam, Stella, Hacienda Tacos, R&J Lounge P L AY: Dust Bowl Lanes and Lounge, Midtown Bocce S H O P : Barkeep Supply, Black Scintilla, Chirps & Cheers, Commonplace Books M U S T D O : A cocktail class at Barkeep Supply

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Film Row H I S T O R I C F I L M R OW D I S T R I C T starting on Sheridan Ave., previously known for its movie distribution offices and theaters for Hollywood in the 1930s, is now a creative hub for a number of burgeoning businesses and artistic venues. The area features the prominent Art Deco and Commercial style architecture of the time, now housing places like the 21c Museum Hotel and The Paramount Building. In 2021, realignment added Main Street to this area, so destinations like Bar Arbolada and Mary Eddy’s are officially part of one of the city’s most popular districts.

E AT: Jones Assembly, Stitch Cafe, Mary Eddy’s, Joey’s Pizzeria P L AY: The Okay See, locally designed and personalized shops S H O P : Flashback RetroPub arcade, 21c Museum Hotel gallery, wine at The Study M U S T D O : The martini at Mary Eddy’s

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E AT: Edge Craft Barbecue, Fair-Weather Friend, Flycatcher Club P L AY: Catch a live show at Beer City S H O P : Dead People’s Stuff is a collection of architectural antiques, design and decor MUST DO: Grab a beer on the patio at Cross Timbers or Fair-Weather Friend

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T H E C I T Y ’ S N E W E S T district is just west of downtown, and the name comes from the long abandoned iron works and foundry that now looks like a Jurassic Park set. The placemaking project is ambitious, and young entrepreneurs are finding reasonable prices on property to pursue their dreams. The most promising areas are located at opposite ends of the district in two clusters: one around Dead People’s Stuff, and the other around Fair-Weather Friend brewing (get the pizza!).


Stockyards City T H E O K L A H O M A N AT I O N A L Stockyards Company began operating as a public livestock market in October 1910. By 1950, it had emerged as a major market for stocker and feeder cattle. Now, it is the largest stocker and feeder cattle market in the world. Live cattle auctions take place each Monday and Tuesday and are open to the public. Much of the original business district remains, retaining its rugged, Western feel, but retail operations have grown with the district to attract ranchers as well as urbanites who love all things Western. For those who wish to outfit an entire cattle operation or those who just want a pair of well-made boots and a perfect steak, a day in Stockyards City is just the ticket.

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E AT: Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, Los Comales taqueria, McClintock’s Saloon and Chop House P L AY: Cattle auction at the Stockyards or a visit to the Rattlesnake Museum S H O P : Grab a pearl-snap shirt at Langston’s Western Wear or order custom apparel at Little Joe’s Boots and Shorty’s Caboy Hattery M U S T D O : Annual Stockyards Stampede festival

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Uptown 23rd A L O N G R O U T E 6 6 , Uptown 23rd District is a destination for food, fun and tourism with notable landmarks like the Gold Dome, Oklahoma City University’s gothic towers and the historic Tower Theatre. Locally owned businesses, shops and entertainment stretch from Broadway to Penn Ave. on NW 23rd St., with overflow from the Asian District adding to the diversity. The dense area at 23rd and Walker is walkable, with popular bars and two of the city’s best patios at Pizzeria Gusto and The Pump Bar. E AT: Big Truck Tacos, Cheever’s Café, Pizzeria Gusto, The Drake P L AY: Live music and non-judgmental dancing at Ponyboy S H O P : Craig’s Emporium, 23rd Street Antique Mall M U S T- D O : Live show at Tower Theatre

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N E S T L E D O N N W 16 T H S T. between the Gatewood Historic District on the north and Classen Blvd. on the south, the Plaza District is a commercial district with a bohemian vibe. It offers art and entertainment including a rotating mural display, the OKC Improv troupe, Lyric Theatre and the monthly LIVE! on the Plaza. Affordable and eclectic restaurants abound, as do awesome patios and a solid beer bar at Oak & Ore.

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E AT: The Mule, Aurora, Empire Slice House, Ma Der Lao Kitchen, Roxy’s Ice Cream S H O P : DNA Galleries, Bad Granny’s Bazaar, Out on a Limb P L AY: Paint N’ Cheers, OKC Improv, Plaza District Festival M U S T- D O : A slice from Pie Junkie


Bricktown PER H A PS OK L A HOM A CIT Y ’S best known entertainment district, Bricktown sits just east of the downtown central business district. It is a perfect playground for visitors and residents alike with more than 45 restaurants, public art, retail shops and family-friendly attractions. By day, patrons of Bricktown can enjoy mini-golf or laser tag at Brickopolis, take a water taxi on the canal that runs through the district or shop at one of the many retail locations. At night, the streets come alive with concerts, shows and Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball games — and there are plenty of watering holes for libations afterward.

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E AT: The Joinery, Rendezvous Pizza, Crabtown S H O P : Painted Door Gift Boutique, Bass Pro, Pinkitzel P L AY: Brickopolis, Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball M U S T- D O : Bricktown Comedy Club

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Asian District

E AT: Cafe Antigua, Red Cup, VII Asian Bistro, Pho Cuong, Szechuan Story S H O P : Super Cao Nguyen, Chinatown Super Market, Lee’s Sandwiches P L AY: Lunar New Year festival and Asian District festival M U S T- D O : Dim Sum at Grand House 54

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W H E N T H O U S A N D S O F Vietnamese refugees immigrated to Oklahoma City after the fall of Saigon in 1975, the community gathered east of Classen Boulevard between NW 23rd and NW 30th Streets. Now designated as the Asian District, it is a bustling neighborhood filled with restaurants, nightclubs, supermarkets, retail boutiques and much more. With the giant Braum’s Milk Bottle (a longtime Route 66 attraction) as the district’s unofficial entrance, this district offers travelers, residents and OKC’s large Asian community a variety of opportunities not otherwise available, including a visit to the Brothers in Arms Vietnam Memorial, browsing more than 60 varieties of international foods at Super Cao Nguyen and diving into a bowl of pho or bun bo hue.


Western Avenue

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O N E O F O K L A H O M A C I T Y ’ S oldest districts, Western Avenue stretches from art deco-inspired 36th Street to Wilshire Boulevard and the upscale Nichols Hills area. The area is home to more than 60 boutiques, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, event spaces and services. Grab lunch at The Metro, a star in Oklahoma City’s dining scene, followed by shopping at the many exclusive boutiques or a deep dive into nostalgia with a trip to Guestroom Records for vintage vinyl or one of the city’s most comprehensive wine selections at Freeman’s Liquor Mart. E AT: The Hutch on Avondale, Sushi Neko, Rococo, Kao Mun Gai, Drum Room S H O P : Howell Gallery, Wood Garden, Rosegold P L AY: Live music at 51st Street Speakeasy M U S T- D O : Wine flights at The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro

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Memorial Road AT T H E N O R T H E R N E D G E of OKC proper is W. Memorial Ave., which, while not a proper district, has become a busy dining and shopping cluster in a three-mile stretch from Western Ave. to Portland Ave. The stretch includes TopGolf, Chisholm Creek, Quail Springs Mall and dozens of local and chain restaurants, as well as abundant big box retail. One mile south of Memorial on May is Northpark Mall, which is quickly becoming a self-contained local shopping and dining destination.

South OKC

E AT: The Hamilton, Nunu’s Mediterranean, Masa Ramen, Szechuan Bistro, Chalk P L AY: Martin Park Nature Center is a mecca for birdwatchers, hikers and fans of just getting away from the city’s busy-ness S H O P : Chisholm Creek is OKC’s newest shopping district with tons of excellent options, most notably Ganache Patisserie M U S T D O : Dessert at Domenico

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E AT: Tacos San Pedro, Sunnyside Diner, El Fogon de Edgar, Cornish Smokehouse P L AY: Earlywine Park features an aquatic center, soccer fields, a golf course, tennis courts and running-biking trails S H O P : OKC Outlets M U S T D O : A taco tour of SW 29th – pick three taquerias and enjoy the options

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S O U T H O KC I S really more residential areas broken up by small clusters of restaurants, bars and businesses. Rather than a network of districts, it’s designed more like suburbs, and it’s home to colleges, big box retail, Tinker AFB families, large neighborhoods and core industries. Tucked into that huge area are two emerging districts: Capitol Hill and SW 29th (La Veintinueve). If you want dozens of choices in real Mexican food, that’s where you go.


Northeast OKC N O R T H E A S T O KC I S home to the Innovation District and Deep Deuce, the city’s historically Black neighborhood and jazz district. Recent community investments have created the Page-Woodson area, with its repurposing of an abandoned high school into beautiful new apartments, and EastPoint, a new shopping center-entertainment cluster at NE 23rd and Rhode Island. It’s also where you find an abundance of Black-owned businesses, soul food eateries, cocktail bars, including the beautiful new Kindred Spirits, and the city’s best fine dining option, Grey Sweater.

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E AT: Florence’s Restaurant, Grey Sweater, Black Walnut, Carican Flavors, Deep Deuce Grill P L AY: Oklahoma History Center, 45th Infantry Museum’s Hitler collection S H O P : Flower and Flour in Deep Deuce for coffee, baked goods and floral arrangements MUST DO: Dinner at Grey Sweater is the pinnacle of dining in OKC

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Wheeler District T H I S V E RY I N T E N T I O N A L N E I G H B O R H O O D is Oklahoma City’s first major residential development adjacent to downtown following the passage of MAPS, the tax programs that made urban renewal possible. The district is located on land that used to be OKC’s downtown airpark, home to police helicopters and a small landing strip. Boasting dense urban housing with a modern spin, the district is home to the Ferris wheel that used to adorn the Santa Monica pier. It was purchased on eBay as a first step in development. While still a little short on entertainment options, the district is attracting young families and professionals looking for office space near downtown. E AT: Taco Nation makes outstanding Baja tacos and batched cocktails P L AY: Take a picnic lunch to the Ferris wheel, even if you don’t intend to ride it S H O P : Thrown is a design shop meets curated wine selection M U S T D O : Spend some time sampling the excellent offerings at The Big Friendly Brewery

Edmond

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S I T UAT E D O N O K L A H O M A City’s northeast border, Edmond is a haven for family-friendly activities, dining and entertainment. Two universities are located in Edmond — University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian — offering opportunities for art, music and learning. The UCO Jazz Lab is a New Orleans-style jazz club featuring nationally known musicians as well as university music students. Edmond also is home to the 1,820-acre Arcadia Lake providing camping, fishing, swimming, water skiing and hiking, biking and equestrian trails. Dining options abound with an array of fine dining, casual and trendy available. Kids will find no shortage of sports to play; Edmond leagues cover everything from soccer and lacrosse to volleyball, football, even hockey. For an authentic Edmond experience, explore historic downtown’s trendy boutiques followed by coffee at one of its popular coffee shops or sampling food from the Edmond Railyard dining district.

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E AT: Signature Grill, Boulevard Steakhouse, Cafe Evoke, Zarate’s Latin Grill S H O P : Allton’s, Best of Books, Habit, Spring Creek Plaza P L AY: Arcadia Lake, Mitch Park, Arctic Edge M U S T- D O : Heard on Hurd street festival


Norman H O M E T O T H E U N I V E R S I T Y of Oklahoma and its stellar football and softball programs, Norman is a destination for thriving culture and history. Founded in 1891 by land surveyor Abner E. Norman, this college town embodies the notion of community with noteworthy events such as the Norman Art Walk, the Norman Music Festival and the Medieval Fair in the spring, bringing thousands of people from across the state and beyond. Main Street has one of the most dense restaurant districts in the metro, with popular favorites like Scratch, Neighborhood Jam and Benvenuti’s.

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E AT: Benvenuti’s, Scratch Kitchen and Cocktails, Blu, Magic Noodle P L AY: Lake Thunderbird, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, The Depot S H O P : Campus Corner, Main Street District, Cayman’s M U S T- D O : Attend a Sooner football game

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A Feast for the Senses OKC’s rich visual and performing arts BY GREG HORTON

he Civic Center Music Hall, built in 1937 and called the Municipal Auditorium, underwent a major renovation in 1997 as one of the key projects under MAPS 1 (Metropolitan Area Projects Plan). The goal was “to become one of the best acoustic halls in the United States.” Roughly 90 percent of the interior was remodeled at a cost of $45 million, a substantial investment in Oklahoma City as an arts community. Now home to performances by the Oklahoma City Ballet, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, OKC Broadway and Lyric Theatre, the beautiful art deco building in the heart of the Arts District is an anchor for performing arts. The facility has multiple theaters of varying sizes, a Hall of Mirrors for special events and the lovely Bicentennial Park outside. Across the street is the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, with its stunning, two-story, Dale Chihuly glass sculpture in the entrance, and a permanent collection of Chihuly pieces. Built in 2002, the museum houses a permanent collection, including pieces by Kehinde Wiley, Georgia O’Keeffe and Charles Wilson Peale. Visitors experience a diverse, multi-genre museum, featuring a European and U.S. collection, prints, sculpture, film and photography. The ground floor gallery is usually home to traveling installations, and the theater is a favorite spot for art house films.

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DNA Galleries in Plaza District is a retail space and gallery for emerging artists in the city. Many of OKC’s most popular local artists have started at DNA.


Factory Obscura Mix-Tape is an immersive art experience in the popular NW 9th Street area just off Automobile Alley. Built and operated by local artists, the experience is modeled on New Mexico’s Meow Wolf. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Oklahoma is one of the finest university art museums in the country. The permanent collection features Native American art, French impressionism and art of the American Southwest. Howell Gallery of Fine Art near Nichols Hills on N. Western Avenue has been featuring local, regional and nationally recognized artists since 1991. The gallery houses a broad cross-section of media, including painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, etc.

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The Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) gallery has moved to Dead People’s Stuff on Linwood Avenue just west of downtown. The space is host to performing arts, but its main purpose is as a gallery for some of the state’s best professional artists. JRB at The Elms is the artistic hub of the Paseo Arts District, and is the creation of Joy Reed

Belt, whose lifelong dedication to the Paseo has kept it one of the city’s most beloved hyper-local districts. The roster of artists includes established and emerging professionals, and the gallery always participates in First Friday Art Walk.

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The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum goes by the name “Cowboy Hall of Fame” among locals, and while it is a hall of fame for professional cowboys, it’s also home to stunning artwork by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, as well as important collections of Native American art and artifacts. Oklahoma Contemporary’s new $30 million home on the north end of Automobile Alley is itself a work of art, catching the morning and evening sun on its metal exterior. Contemporary art is displayed inside and out, and the space is designed to be an interactive, educational community. Café Contemporary inside the center is a popular downtown eatery, with vegan, vegetarian and omnivore options.

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P E R F O R MIN G A R T S Lyric Theatre Company is the state’s best-known professional company, founded in 1963, and with performances at its home base in Plaza District and larger shows at the Civic Center Music Hall. The company performs musical and dramatic acts, and its slate includes programs for children every season. OKC Broadway is the organization that brings authentic Broadway performances to the Civic Center Music Hall. A partnership between the Civic Center Foundation and The Nederlander Organization, OKC Broadway has helped bring Hamilton, The Lion King and Wicked, among other shows, to Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma City Ballet, under the leadership of creative director Robert Mills, is an international ensemble of talented dancers and artists that typically stages four productions each season, including The Nutcracker during the holidays. Performances are at the Civic Center Music Hall.

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park has been producing Shakespeare for modern audiences for more than 35 years. Launched in Edmond, its home is now the Water Stage at Myriad Botanical Gardens. Painted Sky Opera is a resident company of the Civic Center Music Hall. The professional opera company performs four productions each year, drawing on local talent and gifted students in Oklahoma City University’s stellar vocal performance program. OKC Repertory Theater. Locals call it OKC Rep, and it’s definitely in the business of expanding the city’s cultural consciousness. The company stages innovative and experimental performances, as well as more mainstream affair, and its commitment to diversity and inclusion means it offers some of our most important and diverse voices. 66

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MUSEUMS The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is dedicated to documenting the events of and commemorating the victims, first responders, families and all those affected by the horrific Murrah Building Bombing of April 19, 1995. The museum is a walkthrough of the details surrounding the heinous act, the heroic efforts to rescue survivors, interactive components and the story of the city’s drive to rebuild in the wake of disaster. Science Museum Oklahoma is a 400,000-squarefoot, interactive science museum, one of the largest of its kind, and it’s been a favorite field trip destination for generations of Oklahomans. The Science Floor is where most of the fun occurs, with its hundreds of interactive, educational displays, but there is more exploring to be done in additional galleries and the Kirkpatrick Planetarium. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, has been entertaining and inform-

ing visitors since before statehood. The museum is divided into categories — dinosaurs are in the Hall of Ancient Life — to make planning easier. Permanent and traveling exhibits include collections related to arts, culture, indigenous peoples, energy and natural wonders. The First Americans Museum collects myths, artifacts, personal reflections, art and tributes to the 39 Native American Nations who are part of the museum’s grand narrative. Decades in the making, its grounds include exhibit halls for all ages, as well as outdoor features, an excellent restaurant and guided tours. The Oklahoma History Museum is run by the official caretakers of Oklahoma’s past, using artifacts, interactive components, testimonies, narratives, arts, etc., to tell the story of Oklahoma and Oklahomans in a collection of galleries and exhibits. Areas covered include topics as diverse as Oklahomans in space, the African American experience, free enterprise in the state and the stories of our indigenous peoples.

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Orthopedic and Specialty Network Clint Wallis, M.D. HPI Gastroenterology/South OKC 6516 N. Olie, Ste A OKC, OK 73116 405-486-6960 Joining in June 2022

Daron C. Hitt, M.D. Hand/Plastic Surgery Fountain Park Medical Plaza 3110 SW 89th St., Ste 200A • OKC, OK 73159 405-486-6800

NEUORSURGERY SPINE Jeffrey P. Nees, M.D. Fountain Park Medical Plaza 3110 SW 89th St., Ste 200E • OKC, OK 73159 405-486-6720

C. Shane Hume, D.O. Orthopedic Spine OSSO Orthopedic & Spine Center 3115 SW 89th St. • OKC, OK 73159 405-427-3705

ENDOCRINOLOGY Cassie Smith, M.D. Optimal Health 9800 Broadway Ext, Ste 200 • OKC, OK 73114 405-715-4496

ORTHOPEDICS Brett Braly, M.D. Orthopedic Spine HPI Mediplex 9800 Broadway Ext, Ste 203 • OKC, OK 73114 405-424-5415

Paul B. Jacob, D.O. Hip/Knee/Replacement HPI Mediplex 9800 Broadway Ext, Ste 201 • OKC, OK 73114 405-424-5426

FAMILY MEDICINE Chris Shadid, MD Shadid Medical Group 608 Liberty Lane Edmond, OK 73034 405.252.8761

Ashley C. Cogar, M.D. Orthopedic Hand HPI Mediplex 9800 Broadway Ext, Ste 201 • OKC, OK 73114 405-419-5665

GASTROENTEROLOGY Sam Hong, M.D. 3110 SW 89th Street, Suite 104 • OKC, OK 73159 405-341-8829

Robert F. Hines, M.D. Knee/Shoulder/Sports Medicine HPI Mediplex 9800 Broadway Ext, Ste 201 • OKC, OK 73114 405-348-6004

CONCUSSION CARE Jason M. Leinen, M.D., ATC Family Medicine/Pain Management Fountain Park Medical Plaza 3110 SW 89th St., Ste 102C • OKC, OK 73159 405-703-3611 DERMATOLOGY Ngoc Nguyen, MD Oklahoma Skin Associates 4400 Grant Blvd. Yukon, OK 73099 405-467-5340

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M. Brandon Johnson, M.D. Hip Preservation/Knee/Sports Medicine HPI Mediplex 9800 Broadway Ext, Ste 201 • OKC, OK 73114 405-424-5417 Paul Kammerlocher, M.D. Foot/Ankle OSSO Orthopedic & Spine Center 3115 SW 89th St. • OKC, OK 73159 405-486-6900


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Laura Luick, M.D. Foot/Ankle OSSO Orthopedic & Spine Center/HPI Mediplex 3115 SW 89th St. • OKC, OK 73159 405-486-6825

Garrett Steinmetz, MD Knee/Shoulder/Sports Medicine OSSO Edmond 1616 S. Kelly Edmond. OK 73013 405.486.6895

Mac Moore, M.D. Shoulder/Knee/Sports Medicine Oklahoma Shoulder & Knee Institute/ North OKC/Hinton 3130 SW 89th St., Ste 100 • OKC, OK 73159 405-692-3737

Robert S. Unsell, M.D. Hand/Wrist OSSO South 10001 S. Western, Ste 101 • OKC, OK 73139 405-692-3748

Ryan L. Nelson, D.O. Elbow/Knee/Shoulder/Wrist/Sports Medicine HPI Mediplex 9800 Broadway Ext, Ste 203 • OKC, OK 73114 405-330-8847 Barry L. Northcutt, M.D. Knee/Shoulder/Sports Medicine HPI Mediplex/Yukon 9800 Broadway Ext, Ste 201 • OKC, OK 73114 405-340-4744 Sheri M. Smith, M.D. Foot/Ankle OSSO Orthopedic & Spine Center/HPI Mediplex 3115 SW 89th St. • OKC, OK 73159 405-419-5610

PAIN MANAGEMENT Doug Beacham, D.O. HPI Mediplex 9800 Broadway Ext, Ste 201 • OKC, OK 73114 405-424-5415 Darryl D. Robinson, M.D. Longevity Spine South 3110 SW 89th St., Ste 102 • OKC, OK 73159 405-703-4950 RHEUMATOLOGY Latisha Heinlen, M.D. Rheumatology Associates of Oklahoma/South OKC 6516 N. Olie, Ste G • OKC, OK 73116 405-608-8060

John Goetzinger, MD Rheumatology Associates of Oklahoma/South OKC 6516 N. Olie, Ste G • OKC, OK 73116 405-608-8060 Amanda Titus, M.D. Rheumatology Associates of Oklahoma/Yukon 6516 N. Olie, Suite G • OKC, OK 73116 405-608-8060 WOMEN’S HEALTH Benjamin Barenberg, M.D. Urogynecology Optimal Health 9800 Broadway Ext, Ste 200 • OKC, OK 73114 405-715-4496 Noel R. Williams, M.D. Gynecology Optimal Health 9800 Broadway Ext, Ste 200 • OKC, OK 73114 405-715-4496

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OKC’S Hospital Systems Oklahoma City has four primary hospital systems plus a number of specialty facilities.

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IN T E G R I S HE A LT H S Y S T E M

Mercy health system in Oklahoma City was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1986. It is part of the Mercy network of systems that covers four states and is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Integris resulted from a merger in 1995 between Oklahoma Health System and Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City. It has since grown into the largest Oklahoma-owned not-for-profit health system in the state.

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O U HE A LT H

SSM Health is a Catholic, notfor-profit health system serving communities in Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. SSM Health operates 23 hospitals throughout the Midwest.

Oklahoma Children’s Hospital at OU Health, Oklahoma’s only freestanding children’s hospital, provides comprehensive pediatric healthcare to the state and the region. At OU Health, you’ll also find the only National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Center – OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center – and OU Health University of Oklahoma Medical Center, which serves as the state’s only Level 1 trauma Center.

HOSPITAL CAMPUS

HOSPITAL CAMPUSES

SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital 1000 N. Lee Ave.

Integris Baptist Medical Center 3300 Northwest Expressway

SPECIALTY HOSPITALS

Integris Southwest Medical Center 4401 S. Western Ave.

SSM Health Bone & Joint Hospital at St. Anthony 1111 N. Dewey Ave.

Integris Health Edmond 4801 Integris Parkway, Edmond

SSM Health St. Anthony South 2129 S.W. 59th St.

University of Oklahoma Medical Center 700 N.E. 13th St.

SPECIALTY HOSPITALS

TREATMENT CENTERS

Integris Canadian Valley Hospital 1201 Health Center Parkway, Yukon

OU Health – Edmond Medical Center 1 S. Bryant Ave., Edmond

SSM Health Outpatient Center 6201 N. Santa Fe Ave.

SPECIALTY HOSPITAL

Integris Community Hospital at Council Crossing, 9417 N. Council Rd.

SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex 201 Sara Rd., No. 200, Mustang

Oklahoma Children’s Hospital 1200 Children’s Ave.

Integris Community Hospital in Del City 4801 SE 15th St., Del City

SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex 3400 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City

TREATMENT CENTERS

Integris Community Hospital in Moore 1401 SW 34th St., Moore

SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex 13401 N. Western Ave.

Meinders NeuroScience Institute 4120 W. Memorial Rd.

Integris Community Hospital at OKC West 300 S. Rockwell Ave.

SSM Health St. Anthony Healthplex 13500 S. Tulsa Drive

Coletta Cancer Center 4401 McAuley Blvd.

Integris Deaconess Hospital, Oklahoma City 5501 N Portland Ave.

PRIMARY CARE CLINICS

PRIMARY CARE CLINICS

Integris Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Center 4219 S. Western Ave.

Mercy Hospital 4300 W. Memorial Rd. Mercy Hospital South 5200 E. Interstate 240 Service Road

SPECIALTY HOSPITALS Oklahoma Heart Hospital 4050 W Memorial Rd. Oklahoma Heart Hospital South 5200 E Interstate 240 Service Rd. Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City 5401 W. Memorial Rd.

TREATMENT CENTERS Mercy I-35 primary care clinic and emergency department 2017 and 2301 W. Interstate 35 Frontage Rd., Edmond

The Mercy system offers 20 primarycare clinics in the Oklahoma City area with an additional seven Mercy GoHealth Urgent Care clinics located throughout the city including locations in Moore, Norman and Edmond.

SSM Health operates 23 primary-care clinics in the Oklahoma City area.

HOSPITAL CAMPUSES

Dean A. McGee Eye Center 608 Stanton L Young Blvd. Harold Hamm Diabetes Center 1000 N. Lincoln Blvd.

PRIMARY CARE CLINICS OU Health operates six primary-care clinics in the Oklahoma City area.

TREATMENT CENTERS Integris Cancer Institute 5911 W. Memorial Rd. Integris Mental Health, Spencer 2601 N Spencer Rd., Spencer Lakeside Women’s Hospital 11200 N. Portland Ave.

PRIMARY CARE CLINICS Integris operates 11 primary-care clinics in the Oklahoma City area.

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2306 N. Moore Ave., Moore, OK 73160 405.895.9972 | triplediamondok.com Greg Derr got into the restoration business because he saw a chance to operate a business that is mutually beneficial to his company and homeowners. “What sets Triple Diamond apart as a company is that we’re willing and able to take on the bigger and tougher projects, the complex claims – to do what other companies can’t,” Derr says. “We are guided by our vision, which is the relentless pursuit to do more in order to give more.”

The Pennsylvania native is the son of a Navy veteran, and when his father retired, the family moved back to his father’s native El Reno. The younger Derr graduated from El Reno High School in 2000. He worked in sales and construction before starting his own company with friends in 2010. In 2016, he bought out his partners, and now the Moore-based company uses its central location and 30 employees to service the whole state. Derr said the niche they most often serve is roofing, primarily because Oklahoma gets a lot of storm damage, but the company can handle any general contracting issue. “I got into this because I like helping homeowners put things back together,” Derr says. “It’s a unique and fun way to help people.” Triple Diamond also gives one percent of its gross revenue to Serve More, a local charity that started after the EF5 tornado struck Moore in May of 2013. Serve More also focuses on restoration and helping needy residents. This has been a wonderful partnership, and another way that Triple Diamond and Greg Derr live out their philosophy of doing more to give more.

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