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The Best of the Best 2021

For the last 22 years, we’ve asked Oklahomans a simple question: Who’s the best? And as always, you’ve responded with ample enthusiasm, coming out in droves to let us know your favorites. It’s been a tough year and a half, no doubt about it, but local businesses have responded to adversity with sheer Okie grit, continuing to deliver the...

One with the Earth

Referred to as “one of Earth’s most beautiful places,” Sedona, Ariz. will knock your socks off. And when it does, your socks – and your shoes – will be coated with the dust of sandstone rocks and erosional wilderness from the sun-drenched trails.  It’s a breathtaking arrival into this geological wonder, with endless vistas of copper rocks and ruddy buttes...

A Return to Adventure

OklahomaLake Guide Beat the heat at one of many Oklahoma lakes. We offer a quick breakdown of a few. Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees:  Perhaps Oklahoma’s most popular lake, Grand offers 46,500 surface acres of aquatic fun in northeast Oklahoma. Dock a boat year-round or rent one for the weekend. Find recreation at nearby state parks and privately operated facilities. Parasailing and...

The Tulsa Race Massacre: A Retrospective

Perhaps the ugliest, largest and most shameful blot on Oklahoma’s history is the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. And until recently, it was an event largely swept under the rug, or – at best – wildly downplayed, essentially rewritten to fit a racist agenda. The event was halted from rising to the forefront of discussions about our state’s history. In the last Few Years, things have changed. Conversations have shifted. Finally, a horrible event is being presented factually. The truth has been brought to the light. Motivations have morphed into education, into reconciliation, into healing. In this retrospective, we take a look at Oklahoma’s burgeoning all-Black communities prior to the massacre; the event and its aftermath; the evolving education surrounding the Massacre; the Flourishing Greenwood District as it stands today; and the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission and its hopes for a better, more united Tulsa.

40 Under 40 2021

In today’s world, we often keep to ourselves. Clock in, do our jobs, clock out. We spend our nights and weekends with family and close friends, and start it all over again Monday morning.

The World of Real Estate

Getting Started Buying or selling a home is tough, no doubt about it. But experts are in your corner. Bryan Sheppard, president and CEO of Tulsa’s Coldwell Banker Select, offers some counsel for those embarking on the home-buying journey.   “Know what you can afford,” he says. “Most buyers can borrow more than they can afford. It’s important to know how much...

Down the Hatch

.ugb-7aa3a8d > .ugb-inner-block > .ugb-block-content > .ugb-columns__item{grid-template-columns:1.34fr 0.66fr !important} Staying Competitive It would take a looooong while to visit each of Oklahoma’s bars, breweries and distilleries. After all, Marshall Brewing Company founder Eric Marshall watched his sector go from roughly 1,500 breweries nationwide to 10,000 in just a few years.  So how do entrepreneurs keep their establishments relevant? Lindsey Hogan, brand manager...

Oklahomans of the Year

2020: Perhaps the strangest year in recent history.

A Food Lover’s Guide to Oklahoma

By Brian Schwartz and Amanda Simcoe .ugb-047f187 > .ugb-inner-block > .ugb-block-content > .ugb-columns__item{grid-template-columns:3.00fr 1.00fr !important}.ugb-047f187.ugb-columns{min-height:920px;background-color:#fcb900;background-position:bottom center;background-size:cover}.ugb-047f187.ugb-columns:before{background-image:linear-gradient(90deg,#fcb900 0%,#ffffff 100%)}@media screen and (min-width:768px){.ugb-047f187.ugb-columns{margin-top:89px !important}}@media screen and (-ms-high-contrast:active),screen and (-ms-high-contrast:none){.ugb-047f187.ugb-columns{height:920px}} Veal chops  Polo Grill, Tulsa This rich, hearty dish with asparagus risotto and mushrooms satisfies with its lovely balance of flavors. “The wild mushrooms yield an earthy umami,” says chef Omar Galban, “and the freshness of...

Carving Out Camaraderie

Bill and Carol Payne of Broken Arrow often pack up a picnic lunch and head for the lake, where he works on a woodcarving project and she settles in with her embroidery. It’s their pandemic therapy. “It absolutely is stress relieving,” says Bill,  a retired power plant engineer for American Airlines. “And you can work on it for a while and...