The Changing Landscape of College Admissions

Something I’ve observed after two decades in education is that very little of a student’s time truly belongs to them. They are juggling assignments, extra-curricular activities, family time, community service, jobs … well you get the point. Add to that the pressure of preparing for and applying to college and you have the makings of a highly stressed household. The…

Take a Hike!

Caitlin Eversole is a lifelong nature lover. She loves to hike, kayak, and scuba dive. As a Naturalist, her career affords her the opportunity to travel the country advancing conservation and managing the demands on natural resources.

Fiberlicious Crafting

Ever get an itch to knit your own sweater or crochet your own blanket? That’s the question Lori Hall, the owner of Get Stitchin’, wants to facilitate. She welcomes crafters of all levels to her store, especially for fellowship and instruction. Hall became immersed in the crafting community after purchasing a craft store from a prior owner. She placed her…

Biscuit Acres

They work hard for you, after all -- guarding your house from squirrels, retrieving balls, enduring the affection of small children or just being there to cheer you up after a bad day. For most dogs there’s no such thing as a weekend getaway to escape from it all. But Biscuit Acres in south Tulsa is the next best thing.…

El Tequila Privado

"In Mexico, tequila is our passion," says Federico "Fede" Vaughan, co-owner of Código 1530. Vaughan, along with co-owner Ron Snyder, investor George Strait and wife Norma, and Creative Director Betsy Heneghan, recently introduced the brand to Tulsa at a private party in the home of Greg and Brandy Laird. What started as an idea on the golf course between friends…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…

Honey Farming & Bee Ranching

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.

Stay on Track

We all know how New Year’s Resolutions go. Come January 1, we’re all about it. We’re eating healthy, joining the mass quantities of gym-goers everyday after work and convince ourselves we’ll finally stick with it this time. As the months go by, it gets harder and harder to stay motivated, but this health and fitness gear is so cool you…

Tulsa’s New Mayor – G.T. Bynum

This year Tulsa welcomes a new mayor at the helm who is generating a fresh attitude of community spirit and cooperation. Mayor G.T. Bynum was sworn in as Tulsa’s 40th mayor this past December after serving more than eight years as a city councilor representing District #9. “Being Tulsa’s Mayor is my dream job,” says Major Bynum. “I ran because…

New Body for a New Year

Imagine knowing whether you’re burning calories or storing them? Whether you should eat more fruit or less? DNA testing enables SlimGENEration to map the exact percentage of carbs, fats, protein and nutrients your body requires.

What does it mean to be Gifted?

Imagine you have to run a race. 
But there are a few other things you have to know before you hear the shotgun start. This race is for endurance, not speed. There lies no track so you don't know the way. 
No one to tell you where to there are unidentified land mines you have to run around. Now,…

Meant to Be

Bixby couple Bobby Zigmont and Sharon Phillips Zigmont were always destined for each other. But it took 16 years to get there. obby, a Bixby police officer, and Sharon, a FOX23 news reporter, met in their teens. She was a senior at Jenks High School and he was the older college guy...who was dating her best friend.

Happy Hanukkah!

Often referred to as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight day celebration that begins on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev (a date that falls anywhere from late November to late December on the Gregorian calendar). This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 24th and lasts until January 1st.

Homes for the Holidays

The approaching holidays bring a special lightness and feeling of anticipation to Tulsans. You can see in their smiles that Christmas is coming. Soon, family and friends will be visiting and now is the time to decorate with festive holiday trimmings. For inspiration, many Tulsans participate in the annual Cascia Hall Christmas Walk – a tour of four homes in…

The Perfect Party Guest

‘Tis the season for falling leaves, warm sweaters, and festive gatherings. It’s officially party season. And whether it’s a birthday party, Thanksgiving dinner, or girls-night-out affair, the perfectly polite party guest always brings a small token of thanks.

A Dream Home for the Holidays

As the holidays near, many of us dream of the perfect family home that would welcome family and friends and embrace them with the warmth of the holidays. There is a luxurious home in south Tulsa that just might fit the bill. The exclusive gated neighborhood includes plenty to keep energetic family members busy with a putting green and basketball…

Booming Breweries

What’s a growler? A familiar sight at many breweries are the dark-brown glass jugs known as growlers. Though there’s conflicting reports of how growlers became a tradition, one oft-repeated possibility suggests the name came from the sound of carbonation escaping the lid.

Full Service for Four Seasons

Tom’s Outdoor Living is not your average lawn service. There is a reason their customers are proud to say, “I’m with Tom.” Keeping our outdoor spaces looking beautiful can be extremely time consuming. Tom’s offers total outdoor home or business maintenance, throughout all four seasons. Whether your space includes a pond, irrigation, or lighting, they take the headache out of…

Wunderbar Oktoberfest Tulsa

With the arrival of October’s clean, crisp breezes, you know it’s time to dust of your Tyrolean hat and dance your way over to Tulsa’s Linde Oktoberfest. This event attracts more than 55,000 visitors in four days. In fact, the festival is ranked as a Top 10 Oktoberfest in the US by USAToday.

Tulsa Performing Arts Center Marks 40th Year

Welcome to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center’s 40th Anniversary Season! The year ahead is shaping up to provide a record number of events, and also offers an exceptional selection of arts and entertainment for every taste and age group.

Selecting The Best Dog For You

Author Julie L. Mueller, Owner of Aurora Kennel in Tulsa, has been a professional groomer for 50 years, along with breeding and showing top winning dogs, including rescue and human work. Pure-bred dog, mixed breed dog, rescue dog, shelter dog, or the one that finds you? Are you picking a dog from the looks, size, what the children want, or…

46 Years of Caring for Pets

The Dr. D.C. Smith Endowment Scholarship is awarded to two full-time veterinary students at OSU each year, with the recipients determined by a scholarship committee. In 2016 the award was $3,000 per student, however, the amount given varies each year based on how much money is available.

Learning Through Play

Even if your child is in the best school around, it’s always a good idea to keep them learning long after the final bell rings. Fortunately, it’s easy to make learning fun for kids in Tulsa. Ryan McAdams, founder of Tulsa Toy Depot at 101st Street and Sheridan Road, said he felt it was important to incorporate educational toys into…

Kitchen Remodeling

The pressures of kitchen remodeling can be overwhelming combined with the fact that it is one of the most challenging and expensive renovation projects a homeowner can tackle. But with good planning and partnering with an experienced designer and craftsmen can take away the worry and fears to come up with a kitchen that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Booksmart Tulsa:

In the last seven years, Tulsa has become a book lover’s paradise due in large part to Jeff Martin, founder of Booksmart Tulsa. It began in 2009 when Jeff created a “BookPub” in Tulsa in order to make his cultural life, and that of the surrounding community, more complete. He held the book club’s first meeting at McNellie’s Public House…

Battling Bots

She’s a short, 80-pound, three foot-long robot with six wheels and a transparent case full of wires, blinking lights and seemingly random electronic components. But since her special abilities are hidden inside, you might initially mistake her for a brick on wheels. That’s definitely not the case. Veronica’s front panel can swing out to become a manipulating lever, and a…

Keeping Up with the Kids

Taking my three children to Disney World for the very first time should have been a dream come true. Unfortunately, the lasting effects of an injury sustained to my left ankle while playing soccer in college threatened to ruin that dream. The constant, nagging ankle pain and numbness made it challenging for me to keep up with my seven, nine…

Volunteer Pilots

Flying is in Steve Wells' blood. From a very young age, he loved planes and hoped to fly one someday. His dream came true in 1972 when he graduated from Oklahoma State and bought his first airplane—a Fleet 16B Finch bi-plane.

Whiskey From Around the World

Whiskey is a popular Father’s Day present, but how does one pick the perfect libation? Alcohol has had great influence on the development of the human civilization. With that being said, your father will have great influence on the whiskey you choose.

Flowers and Philanthropy

Alan Staab and Sharon Voskuhl have lived in the Forest Hills neighborhood near Utica Square for 28 years. And you can tell this couple truly enjoys each other's company. He beams and listens intently whenever she speaks and she waits for the right moment to finish his sentence when he searches for the right word.

Men – Thoughts on Style, Work and Play

What is on the mind of Tulsa men? That’s a broad question. So, for this issue, we have selected three distinctive individuals who come from very different backgrounds to answer a few questions about style, work and play in Tulsa.

A Weekend Fit for a King

For more information on the event and The Center, please visit 
or call 918.584.8607. The Center Polo Classic, like the organization it supports, is a unique fundraising event bringing something new to the Tulsa philanthropic community. The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges started the event four years ago and its growth is testament to the event experience and…

Home Buying Tips

The spring real estate season is in full bloom. Low interest rates remain steady and the area is full of beautiful neighborhoods and homes. It's exciting and daunting all at the same time. We spoke to Brian Frere with the Brian Frere Home Team about what buyers need to know before signing a contract on their dream home.

Fixer Upper

From 1992–2006, business was good for home builders and developers. Steadily rising home values and declining interest rates spurred new home construction at an incredible rate, peaking at 1.7 million single-family housing starts in 2005. Unfortunately, the meltdown of the housing market in 2007 resulted in skittish buyers, massive inventory, and stricter lending laws.

Fresh Greens for Your Table

This eliminates the use of traditional fertilizers such as animal manure which has been identified as a source of E. coli and other diseases. The way aeroponics works is that plants are cultivated in vertical growing towers and their roots are fed with a nutrient rich water solution that circulates through the system. Because of this process, food crops grow…

The Only Country in Town

After over 40 years, The Farm Shopping Center continues to bring Tulsan’s a unique group of stores to make their shopping and dining experience unlike any other. This family owned shopping center has a lot of history behind it. Its current owner, Patricia McCune Clark, is the daughter of architect M. Murray McCune who built The Farm in 1971. One…