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Mike Neal

President and CEO of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, Mike Neal has been working to improve the city since he took the job in 2006. Before moving to Oklahoma, Neal led chambers in Nashville and his hometown of Monroe, La. Outside work, Neal is involved in a variety of community efforts, including serving as the board chair of the...

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...

Birds and Brews

If you’ve got an affinity for birds, beers or perhaps both, the upcoming Wild Brew event is a match made in heaven. The event, helmed by the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center, is a one-of-a-kind affair that combines top-notch food from the Tulsa area with first rate local beers, wines and spirits. On top of that, there is...

Ample Architecture

If you’ve lived in Oklahoma long enough, you know the state has a multitude of architectural wonders within its borders. The types of structures vary, from Under Her Wing Was the Universe, a sprawling native prairie structure located in Enid, to the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in downtown Tulsa – said to be one of the finest examples...

Going Back to T-Town

Author Carmen Fields prefaces Going Back to T-Town, a fine new book about her Tulsa-based band leading father, Ernie Fields, with lyrics from a well-known song written by another musical Oklahoman, Elk City native Jimmy Webb. The lines, from the Webb composition “Didn’t We,” are all about trying and not quite succeeding, ending with the question, “Didn’t we almost...

Pulling the Strings

As far as stage musicals go, The Lion King is the highest-grossing Broadway show of all time, and the North American tour returns to the Tulsa PAC courtesy Celebrity Attractions from June 1-17.  Michael Reilly, the puppet supervisor for the show, always knew he wanted to work with his hands. Taking classes at a technical school, he studied a variety...

Nature Awaits

Did you know Oklahoma is ranked eighth in the nation for most convenient camping states? Oklahomans seem to enjoy camping more than the average American – and for good reason; we have some of the country’s most diverse ecoregions.  In addition to the Great Plains, campers can enjoy four mountain ranges, large and lush forests, and even swamps. The state...

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...

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...

For Dorothy

Daniel Auffenberg grew up in that glorious Tulsa neighborhood that stretches east from the Philbrook. He has many fond memories of his childhood, but his happiest memories are of his weekly visits to his grandmother, Dorothy Crane.  “She had such a great spirit,” says Auffenberg. “Never a mean word for anyone, always full of grace, the definition of a proper...