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The Best of the Best 2023

The Best of the Best 2023
Every industry has a coveted award – the pinnacle of success for which one aims. Films have Oscars. Music has Grammys. TV has Emmys. Journalism has the Pulitzer. And what do we, your beloved lifestyle magazine in the region, have? That’s right – The Best of the Best Awards. Take a look around town and you’ll likely see businesses displaying...

The Horse Show Capital of the World

There’s a new kid on the block at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds: a state-of-the-art event center, the Fairgrounds Coliseum, which broke ground earlier this year. While the 216,164 square-foot coliseum is being built, the Jim Norick Arena will continue to host events; estimated time of coliseum completion is April 2025. Spearheading the vision for this new coliseum are a variety...

The Dynamics of Oklahoma Real Estate

Market Trends Chinowth confirms that currently, there is a lower inventory of houses. And, compared to this time last year, “listings are down 20%,” he says.  There were a lot of sellers, he explains, but those sellers have not been able to find their next home, thereby creating a “log jam” effect. At this time, home prices are not increasing.  “The market is...

Much Ado about Milo 

Oklahoma-born executive chef Josh Valentine has a passion for contemporary Oklahoma cuisine, and is working to revive that essence in his home state. At Milo, the restaurant inside OKC’s Ellison Hotel, he’s reinventing traditional flavors with a unique and approachable twist – drawing on four generations of family roots to serve up plates featuring only the freshest seasonal ingredients.  November...

The Future is Collaborative

What began in 2017 as an idea among friends for an adult playground has become so much more. Oklahoma City’s Factory Obscura is a collaborative company that provides jobs for artists; creates new experiences for the community; and supports arts education. It seeks to create a different way to experience art – one that engages and inverts the senses while...

Jane Jenkins

As president and CEO of Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership, Jane Jenkins brings over 36 years of experience in downtown revitalization and management. An internationally recognized speaker on urban issues, Jenkins is the former chairman for the International Downtown Association Board of Directors, and earned accreditation from the Congress for New Urbanism in 2014. Heavily involved in the OKC community,...

Michael Anderson

President and CEO of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art since January 2020, Michael Anderson, Ph.D., has been with the organization since 2014 and the interim president since July 2019. Passionate about the Museum Film program, Anderson works to bring independent, classic and foreign language cinema to OKC. He has also curated a number of exhibitions and helped to...

Comfort with a Twist

Located in OKC’s historic Paseo District is the Paseo Grill, where restaurant owners Lesley Rawlinson and Joe Jungmann consistently present a winning flavor profile of classic American cuisine with international flair.  “The core menu has remained,” says Rawlinson. “Our opening chef gave a great foundation.” That chef was Melody Walker Franczek, who trained in French and Lebanese cuisine. @media screen and...

Opening the Door to Innovation

Beloved Oklahoman Will Rogers once said: “America is the land of opportunity, and don’t ever forget it.” In the same spirit, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (known for short as ‘Commerce’) seeks to create an environment where businesses can thrive and Oklahomans can secure high-quality jobs, by leading business recruitment activities, economic research and workforce development programs.  Despite the impact...

Hitting the Slopes

You’re ready to hit the slopes and get some skiing in for this winter. You and your friends can’t wait to rendezvous in – Oklahoma City? Correct – and it’s thanks to RIVERSPORT, which takes the lead in bringing ‘impossible’ outdoor activities to the state. “We are driven to open up opportunities to people to experience authentic sports, adventure and...