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…

Clarehouse Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

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 Clarehouse.org. 
Photography Julie L. Mueller.

Metro Christian Academy Annual Dinner & Auction

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.

June 2017 Around Town

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…

El Tequila Privado

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…

50 Shades of Masculine

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 
www.houzz.com/pro/TaniaCartwright/1231-Interiors.

The Sport of Kings

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…

Party with a Purpose

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…

Renovating Tulsa’s 
Landscape

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…

Gentlemen 
Wear 
Shades

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…

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,…

The Alzheimer’s Association 22nd Annual Tulsa Memory Gala surpassed it’s 2017 fundraising goal.

Alzheimer’s is a greedy, unforgiving disease. Jackie Kourie, Bob Thomas and Jeff Cope were celebrated for their leadership over the last decade. Through their leadership and the continued generosity of Tulsans, there has been a strong impact on changing the course of Alzheimer’s disease.

May 2017 Around Town

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…

Supporters of the Food Bank enjoyed an incredible dining experience from the Justin Thompson Restaurant Group

Held at JTR's elegant 624 Kitchen & Catering location, the three-course dinner was paired with a hand-crafted whiskey cocktail created by Jared Jordan from MixCo. Whiskey was provided by Premium Beverages. The dinner was a compliment to Giving Spirits, a Whisky Tasting Experience held in October 2016.

LIFE Senior Services 21st annual Puttin’ on the Dog was held February 23rd

The event fuels the organization's mission of promoting and preserving independence for seniors. Today. Tomorrow. Always. Proceeds enable LIFE Senior Services to provide information, education and services to more than 28,000 seniors each year.

In The Market

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…

Trail Blazer

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…

Nichtech Roofing

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…

Urban Couture

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.

Strong Women

“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.

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…

Spring in Tulsa

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.

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.

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.

Street Party – Street School’s Annual Fundraiser

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.

Easter Basket Paradise

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…

Who Are You?

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.

A Place of Hope

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…

Architecture & Design and the Power of Film

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…

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…

Updating Your Home Décor for Spring

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…

Spring Fever

“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…

The Parent Child Center’s Toyland Ball 2017, Journey to Oz, Set a Record-breaking Fundraising Event.

The 2017 Guardian Angel Award recipient was Judge Doris Fransein, Chief Judge, Juvenile Division. This award honors a person(s) for significant contributions of time, talent, and resources to further the mission of the center. The PCCT also honored retiring Executive Director, Desiree Doherty who has been Executive Director for 10 years.

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

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.

Street School Celebrates Fundraising Success

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.

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…

Make a Statement

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.

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…

How Kia is Changing Their Brand

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.

Roof Jewelry

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?

Dentistry from the Heart

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…

Where Kitchen and Bath Designer’s Go To Get Inspired

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.

40 Years at Everyone’s Place

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…

Tips from the “Gardener Guy™”

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…

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.

Blue Sky Bank Partners with the Salvation Army and the Tulsa Air National Guard to Deliver Christmas Gifts to Area Children

Gentner Drummond, principal owner of Blue Sky Bank and a former fighter pilot says, “I know it’s a special treat for the children and their families; but speaking on behalf of everyone at Blue Sky, we feel very blessed to be able to join with the Salvation Army and the Air National Guard to help make this event happen.”

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

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 dpowell@alz.org.

February 2017 Around Town

Blue Sky Bank is pleased to announce the grand opening of a new branch, located in downtown Tulsa’s latest shopping destination, the Boxyard. The Boxyard, located at the corner of 3rd and Franklin, is constructed out of 39 repurposed shipping containers and features attractions such as restaurants, bars, clothing stores, and a coffee shop.

6th Annual Oysters & Ale

Hospice of Green Country is the area’s only United Way supported, multi-cultural, multi-faith, non-profit hospice with its headquarters in Tulsa. In a 50-mile radius around Tulsa, it serves the counties of Creek, Mayes, Nowata, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner, and southern Washington. Hospice of Green Country is the only hospice in the Tulsa area with staff committed to providing…

Tulsa Violin Shop

When walking through the doors of Tulsa Violin shop you are immediately transported to another world full of warmly-hued maple and spruce stringed instruments. Basses and cellos are positioned in line like dutiful soldiers while violins and violas hang en masse from the ceiling. And, one-of-a-kind bows hang in the window just waiting for a musician to come in and…