Metro Christian Academy Annual Dinner & Auction

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Metro Christian Academy hosted their Annual Dinner and Auction on April 6th downtown at The Mayo Hotel. The event was a great success and they are looking forward to the opportunities their students and teachers will gain from the funds raised.

Clarehouse Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

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100 volunteers and guests attended a dinner in their honor at the Mike Fretz Event Center. Clarehouse is a home for the terminally ill. All services provided are completely free. Information regarding donations and volunteering is available at 
Photography Julie L. Mueller.

Fond Memories

Fond Memories

I love June. Looking back, June was the month when school ended and summer happened. I always had these grand ideas of the great adventures that would take place over the next couple of months. It was as if time stopped and life began. Summers were the longest months and by the time school started up, I was ready to go back and see my friends. The good old days when you could go on adventures and didn’t think there was a danger in the world. My first good memories were visiting my grandparents every summer. It started when I was in 4th grade. I would get on a bus in Liberty, NY, change buses at the Port Authority in NYC and take the long trip to Milford, DE. Grandpa loved to fish and crab but the motor on his boat always died when we were in a small bay by the ocean where he loved to put the anchor down. It was never ending that we would wait for the tide to go out and when the water was low enough I would pull the boat, at least a mile, back to shore. As I got older, I always had a job but found a way to go to grandma and grandpas for at least a couple of weeks.

Party with a Purpose

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My wife, from time to time, starts a sentence with “I’ve been working on something.” This is usually a good thing. In the past this has meant a trip to Maine to become a lobster fisherman for a day or driving a NASCAR at 165 miles an hour around the Texas Motor Speedway. But this time it was something totally different. Cheryl went on, “I’ve arranged to have a Brisket Boot Camp at our house.” Now I’ve been told I can do some pretty good ribs and my pork butt is a family reunion favorite but brisket has always eluded me. So this was going to be fun, educational and tasty!

The Sport of Kings

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The sport of polo has been a part of Tulsa’s history since the 1930s. When Southern Hills Country Club was built, it included a polo field for private matches. Known as the “Sport of Kings” the fast-paced game caught the attention of well-known Tulsa business man John T. Oxley. At the age of 46, Mr. Oxley took up the sport and increased its popularity in Tulsa.

50 Shades of Masculine

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Author Tania Cartwright, Owner of 12*31 Interiors, is a Lighting Specialist and residential Interior Designer. She received her design degree from Oklahoma State University and her work has been seen in the Tulsa HBA Parade of Homes and Tulsa Designer Showcase. Contact for a consultation at 918.697.5104 or visit

El Tequila Privado

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For generations, the answer has only been known to a select group of Mexico’s most respected families and Los Bajos’ finest jimadors – they are the fortunate few who have had the privilege of tasting El Tequila Privado, a private recipe from a little distillery in Amatitán. With no commercial pressure to ever bring this private tequila to market, a small group of Mexican families have heartily funded it. For several generations, a local Amatitán artisan and distilling family has passionately produced this spirit, never veering from the centuries old codes and customs – “Los Códigos” – that have made it the most selective tequila in the world.

June 2017 Around Town

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Film fans, students, architects and designers, and those who were curious about what topics possibly could be included in an architecture and design film festival, braved stormy Tulsa weather to pack the Circle Cinema, April 20-23. The Architecture & Design Film Festival:Tulsa, presented by Tulsa Foundation for Architecture, showcased a range of films devoted to the creative spark that produces awe-inspiring and enduring work and ideas.


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I spent the weekend watching the NBA playoffs and home improvement shows. I should be ashamed of myself, but I’m not. It was rainy and cold, well into April. I’ve recently changed careers and haven’t had much time to myself so I was selfish. And it felt really good. I’ve also recently taken up another hobby – sunglasses. Sunglasses used to be merely functional for me. I had one pair and they stayed in my car for driving. Then I opened an optical shop and everything changed.

Renovating Tulsa’s 

Renovating Tulsa's 
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Tulsa has always been a haven for amazing architects, designers, and builders. You will find many famous names lining the halls of museums; the namesakes of buildings that stand as relics of their accolades. Most want their name first and their work showcased second. Alex Palmer, however, considers himself one of the silent majority; someone who wants his quality, custom work to be his homage rather than his name.

Here’s to Strong Women

Here's to Strong Women

Washington Irving, the 19th-century American author known for stories such as Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow once wrote:
“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

Trail Blazer

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Wendy Drummond is a woman on a mission. Her single obstacle? There are only 24 hours in a day.
Drummond has a diverse and busy professional life and wears several hats in many different businesses. As a principal owner of Blue Sky Bank, she has a heart for entrepreneurs, which led to a branch location at the Boxyard in downtown Tulsa.

In The Market

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A lot of little girls like playing princess, tea parties with stuffed animals and dressing up. Emma Sitton liked to dress rooms.
Emma, now General Manager of The Market at Walnut Creek at 81st and Harvard, has used her passion over the past year to bring designers, decorators and entrepreneurs together. The Market is home to over 100 locally-owned showrooms and boutiques that feature unique furnishings, home décor, accessories, clothing, gift items, art work and much more.

May 2017 Around Town

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Since Dr. Reis was a young child, she has wanted to be a veterinarian. Dr. Reis earned her DVM from Washington State University, and she loves that she continues to learn every day while at work. She has four pets: a Pomeranian mix named Penny, two cats named Oliver and Rudy, and a Holland Lop rabbit named Hermione. Dr. Reis is quite the Harry Potter fan. In her free time, Dr. Reis loves hiking, photography, reading, horseback riding, and exploring new and exciting places. In fact, if Dr. Reis had a million dollars, she would use it to pay for a backpacking trip through Europe.

Blue What?

Blue What?

I celebrated my birthday and it’s great having adult kids. You receive the best presents. First I received a pretty envelope and in the birthday card, wrapped up in tissue paper was a beautiful bracelet. On the card it says “Oscar made this in Mexico. It reminded me of you.” I loved the bracelet and yes, it was me. I texted a thank you, asked who Oscar is and when was she in Mexico?

Strong Women

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“A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” This statement by philanthropist Melinda Gates aptly describes the following six individuals who are making a difference in the fabric of Tulsa. These strong women hold positions ranging from business owner to educator, community organizer to book author – and the impact of their work is staggering.

Urban Couture

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Urban Couture is the kind of clothing store that you’ll want to visit again and again. It has a cool vibe that showcases the latest fun and casual clothing trends for women. The shop is managed by Abby Emmert and located in The Vineyard at 106th and Memorial.

Nichtech Roofing

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Every so often, Oklahomans go through the same ritual — weather a strong storm, inspect the roof of their house for damage and get on a waiting list for roof repair. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be done about Oklahoma’s sometimes-nasty weather. But Charles Nichols, owner of Nichtech Roofing & General Contracting, says there’s a way to keep your roof standing against just about anything Mother Nature will throw at it.

Spring in Tulsa

August 2015 Publisher's Letter

The weather is beautiful and blooming flowers and trees abound by homes, businesses and places of interest that are fun to visit like the Tulsa Botanic Garden, Philbrook, Gilcrease, Woodward Park and many of the other picturesque places in town.

April 2017 Around Town

April 2017 Around Town

The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (OCSW) honored Linda Capps, vice chairman of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and Willa Johnson, Oklahoma County Commissioner for District One, with the 2017 Kate Barnard Awards which were established in 1998 to honor outstanding women in public service whose leadership has benefited Oklahoma women and families.

Architecture & Design Film Festival Heads to Tulsa

Architecture & Design Film Festival Heads to Tulsa

VisitTulsa, a division of the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce, shared exciting news at a recent gathering. The Tulsa Foundation for Architecture will present the New York-based Architecture & Design Film Festival at the Circle Cinema, April 20-23.

Street Party – Street School’s Annual Fundraiser

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More than 400 people attended and danced to the music of Charlie Redd and the Full Flava Kings. The event raised more than $318,000 which helps provide support for at-risk students to overcome the odds and become high school graduates.

Who Are You?

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When will you be hopping by Tulsa?
Early in the morning when the dew is fresh. I love to see how it makes the flowers sparkle when the sun comes up.

Easter Basket Paradise

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When you walk through the doors of Tulsa Toy Depot and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Tulsa, you are immediately transported to a world of wonder and learning. Everywhere you look there are happy children eager to open books, marvel at the collectibles and make wish lists for the toys. And, that’s just on one side of store. Follow the heavenly scent of chocolate and you’ll find yourself in front of a beautiful array of treats from locally made truffles and chocolate covered strawberries to the largest chocolate Easter Bunny in Oklahoma!

A Place of Hope

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Tulsa is a wonderful place to grow up, but one out of 15 children are faced with abuse and neglect. The good people at the Child Abuse Network (CAN), led by Interim Executive Director Rose Turner, bring hope and intervention services to those children and their families. The organization was created to centralize services including forensic interviews, medical care and psychological support in to one, friendly and low-stress environment for the child.

Architecture & Design and the Power of Film

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Tulsa is perhaps most beautiful when late afternoon sun bathes the city in honeyed light. Every line and surface is elevated to something extraordinary. Or so it seems when you love a place. Rising dramatically along the gentle curve of a river, Tulsa possesses a power to draw an emotional response. Stories of fortunes, won and lost, are told by Tulsa’s skyline. The city’s central core is an amalgam of structures made for worship, and architecture built by the gods of energy and oil.

Pet Anesthesia Safety

Pet Anesthesia Safety

Dr. McNamara graduated from Oklahoma State University Veterinary School in 1996 and began working for the Animal Emergency Center in Tulsa in the spring of 1997. He has served as the medical director since 1999. Dr. McNamara enjoys all aspects of emergency and critical care medicine, but has a special love for trauma related surgery. He is an active member of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. He has also served as co-chair for the OVMA Surgical Suite at the Tulsa State Fair for the last several years.

Updating Your Home Décor for Spring

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Spring is a time to refresh and rejuvenate. No better way to feel recharged than to redecorate the environment you live in, sleep in, work in, or entertain in. Just like having a new wardrobe can make you feel like a whole new person, so can your surroundings. I would like to share some of my favorite recent projects and give you some ideas of where you can start making changes and turning a new leaf in your home.

Spring Fever

August 2015 Publisher's Letter

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, Detective
Spring Marches in on the 20th and there is something about it that does cause a fever-you know, you want to clean or something. For many families, spring is school break time and the traditional drive to the mountains to enjoy a few days of skiing and fresh mountain air, or maybe it’s an adventure in the sun or a mission trip to help others. Wherever you go or whatever you do, you begin the month of March looking forward to a vacation, the sunshine and longer days, or new growth outside in the garden, and somehow you feel rejuvenated and want to do something…..

Make a Statement

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Every January, manufacturers come together to display the newest in lighting at Dallas Market. This year’s trends blend both beauty and function with a main theme–Gone is the era of one design style! Gold tones, silver finishes, natural materials and full crystal chandeliers made an appearance for 2017’s lighting show.

March 2017 Around Town

March 2017 Around Town

The 6th Annual Music Trivia Charity Event will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa on Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 6-10 p.m.
Come together to honor and memorialize those who have fought this horrible disease, and raise awareness and funds to continue the battle. With your donations, American Parkinson’s Disease Association provides resources, education, referral and support, to those who are fighting this battle every day and helps find a way to ease the burden and find the cure for Parkinson’s disease. All donations are tax deductible.

Street School Celebrates Fundraising Success

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Street School celebrated their successful Transforming Lives Fundraising Breakfast with a reception at the Cyntergy building in January. Planning committee members and volunteer table captains were gathered and a champagne toast was made when Executive Director, Lori McGinnis-Madland, Ed.D., announced that their tireless efforts raised $102,000.

What Happens when a Guy Who Designs Eyewear Becomes a Dad?

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He creates a kids collection – that’s what. Time for kids glasses to get cool. To show off the new, exclusive line of Jackson 
Rogers eyewear, a fun photo shoot was held at Eye Candy Eyewear. Participants included Scarlett, Sam, Sully, Emerson, Sofia, and Warner. Photos by Ace Cuervo.

Roof Jewelry

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A lot of people don’t realize it but copper or galvanized metal roof accessories can really accentuate a house. When people think of roofing they primarily think of the roof itself but did you know that copper roof accents such as finials, copulas, tombstone vents and chimney caps, can actually increase the resale value of a home?

How Kia is Changing Their Brand

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When you think of innovative technology, amazing automotive development and extraordinary customer service, do you think of KIA? Most people don’t. In fact, the company nationally is trying to completely change the way the market perceives them, with investments in key designers such as Peter Schreyer.

EXPERT SAYS with real estate wiz Brian Frere

EXPERT SAYS with real estate wiz Brian Frere

LOCATION includes many factors such as school district, lot size, neighborhood and convenience to work, Church and favorite shopping and eating establishments. Location can also include where the home is located within a certain neighborhood; does the home back to commercial property or a major street and other similar factors. There are some actions that your Realtor can suggest which can be implemented to mitigate what some buyers may perceive as negative location related aspects. One thing to remember is that no two buyers are alike and each will have their own definition of a “desired location.”

Where Kitchen and Bath Designer’s Go To Get Inspired

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Many homeowners rely on HGTV for news on the latest trends and products, but have you ever wondered where the designers go?
It’s KBIS, the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show which just recently wrapped up its 36th appearance this January in Orlando.

Dentistry from the Heart

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Serving those in need is the mission of Dr. Mark Davis of Perfect Smile in Tulsa. As a member of the national non-profit organization Dentistry from the Heart, Davis sets aside a day to perform free dental work for adults 18 years of age and older. Dentistry from the Heart is comprised of thousands of member dentists across the country who give back to their communities by providing free dental care. This year’s event in Tulsa will be held April 21.

40 Years at Everyone’s Place

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This month Tulsa marks four decades since “Fanfare for the Common Man,” performed on opening night at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, heralded a new era for the arts. In the years following, the PAC became an anchor attraction for downtown when there was little else to draw people to the city center at night or on weekends. Chapman Music Hall and the PAC’s five other performance spaces have hosted what few cities are able to support simultaneously: opera, ballet and orchestral organizations, a myriad of theatre troupes, chamber music and contemporary dance companies, along with a vibrant speaker program and a Broadway series. Through these arts groups, touring shows and the PAC Trust, the Performing Arts Center has made possible scores of events. Additionally, the PAC racks up more than 500 event-days annually, contributing an economic impact to the City of Tulsa of $54 million each year.

Tips from the “Gardener Guy™”

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Paul James is the television host of “In the Garden” which airs Saturday mornings on KJRH. Many of us know this hometown boy as “The Gardener Guy®” from the HGTV show called Gardening by the Yard which aired for 19 seasons. Scenes for his show were often filmed in his own backyard as well as Southwood Landscape and Garden Center in Tulsa. Now, James is the marketing manager at Southwood, so who better to ask what’s new in home gardening?

November AWARE (Alliance of Women for Alzheimer’s Research and Education) Luncheon

November AWARE (Alliance of Women for Alzheimer's Research and Education) Luncheon 1

Over 300 women gathered to learn more about Alzheimer’s and services available through the Alzheimer’s Association. Dayna Steele was the guest speaker; she lost her mother to Alzheimer’s. Dayna chronicled their journey in her book, “Surviving Alzheimer’s with Friends, Facebook, and a Really Big Glass of Wine”. For future women’s events, contact Diane Powell at 918.392.5002 or

The Facts of Love

The Facts of Love

Is falling in love based upon chance or is there a science to it? Research suggests that people at the same level of attractiveness are more likely to end up together. This theory, known as the Matching Hypothesis, says that people are more attracted to those that are equally socially desirable.

Celebrating Beethoven with Chamber Music Tulsa

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Tucked away in an English Tudor mansion, south of downtown on Main, is an arts group that may not be on your radar, but should be. Chamber Music Tulsa has tilted the tipping point of artistic success its way due to more than six decades of dedication and stellar programming. Chamber musicians from Tokyo to Tel Aviv know Tulsa well. Renowned chamber music groups from around the globe have performed on the CMT series and asked to come back. This month, Chamber Music Tulsa takes its programming to a new level by presenting the Beethoven Winter Festival, Feb. 17–26. A rare event and a coup for Tulsa, the complete 16 string quartets of Beethoven will be celebrated during the festival, performed by four masters of technical finesse, the superb Miró Quartet.

Honey Farming & Bee Ranching

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Five years ago, Michael Roark, Jr., was working as a project manager and bartender when he decided to make a change in his life. Ever the entrepreneur, Michael decided to become a honey farmer several years later and soon the rest of the family joined in creating Roark Acres Honey Farms.

Advancements with a Traditional Touch

Advancements with a Traditional Touch

Mark D. Tiernan, D.M.D., discovered a surprising passion for dentistry at an early age. He grew up in the small town of Noblesville, Indiana, where word of people’s achievements spread quickly through the community. AAA sponsored a contest that challenged students to create posters illustrating safety, and Tiernan won while he was in second grade. By the time he was scheduled for his next dental checkup, his dentist heard the news.