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How Oklahoman Are You?

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 Beloved Tourist Hotspots Tourist spots are popular for a reason – they’re great! These include the Tulsa and Oklahoma City zoos – which offer just about every animal under the sun and amazing amenities – the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, the Myriad Botanical Garden in OKC and the Tulsa Botanic Garden. They’re...

Sights Around the Region

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All signs point to vacations closer to home this summer. Oklahoma and its neighboring states offer scenic beauty, culture, history and even some quirky attractions just a few mini-van hours away. We explore some high points in Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and Kansas, as well as gems along Route 66 and some tourist...

Fae Folk and Chicken-Fried Steak

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In one sense, Vinita embodies enchantment and make-believe, especially with get-away destinations nearby at Grand Lake. However, the Craig County seat is also a common-sense, down-home place. Vinita embraces both – illustrated by a Depression-era cafe with an international following and two Renaissance festivals that take visitors back...

Developing Entrepreneurs

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Those with a passion for forging unique paths, taking risks or diving into new ventures go by many labels. Mavericks. Pioneers. Individualists. Gamblers. Perhaps the most common umbrella term is entrepreneur, which defines thousands of business owners in Oklahoma. Behind them are various resources to get...

Matt Pinnell

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… state investment in tourism. How much money is appropriated for marketing is an ongoing discussion with the legislature and the governor’s office, but … our marketing budget must be competitive with other states. There is a clear return on investment for money spent to market your state. Many studies over a number of...

A Home for ‘Foodpreneurs’

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Oklahoma has more miles of the original Route 66 than any other state, and Tulsa’s Mother Road Market reminds people of the highway’s historical impact. The brainchild of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, Tulsa’s first food hall on the iconic road combines innovation and learning space for food entrepreneurs, or “foodpreneurs,” as president and CEO Elizabeth Frame Ellison calls them...