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Second Time’s the Charm

If one renovation is good for a home, two must make it perfect. Carolyn Fielder Nierenberg, an interior designer with Campbell Designs, renovated this midtown, two-story Tulsa home eight years ago. Built in the 1930s, the house needed a master suite and a large utility-laundry room. That remodel included fresh paint on the stairway, enlarging the garage, and adding a...

Greenhouse Goodies

Perhaps you’ve gotten into a winter weather funk. After all, most Oklahomans know that the cold can extend far beyond the first day of spring on March 19.  If you’re yearning for warmth and the accompanying colorful plant life, a hidden gem at Tulsa’s Woodword Park, the Lord Burnham Conservatory, can help to transport you to a greenhouse wonderland.  The conservatory,...

Masters at Brain Games

Like billiards and darts, trivia night has become a bar scene classic. While you’ll still find these brain games in pubs, you’re also likely to find them at family-friendly venues. “One night, this family brought their kid in” for trivia, says Dane Tannehill, owner of Jane’s Delicatessen in Tulsa. “Their team name was ‘Our 13-year-old is Smarter Than Your Team.’...

Upgrades and Makeovers

Thanks to voters’ passing the Improve Our Tulsa package in November, the city will get some nuts-and-bolts makeovers this year. “Improve Our Tulsa is the main funding source for core city services, including street maintenance, improvements at city facilities, even police and fire services,” says Chris Wylie, vice president of communications with the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce.  The funding package...

David Yarbrough

David Yarbrough, director of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa since 2017, joined the staff in 2008 as manager of operations. Devastating flooding in 2019 affected the port and the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. In October, Public Service Co. of Oklahoma transferred 2,000 acres along the waterway near Inola to the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority. We...

Working to Preserve History

A sure way to prevent the demolition of a historic building is to buy the property yourself or with others. However, if that’s not an option, preservationist groups and grassroots organizations could use your help as they work to save spaces where Oklahoma history was made. “Grassroots efforts work because they show local support and local identity with those buildings,” says...

Art, No Matter the Arena

From earliest childhood, Tim Swepston knew what he was born to be … or so he thought. Deep in his bones, he believed he was destined to be a painter, and if you look at the strange, primal figures and fierce, blazing colors in his paintings today (“painting keeps me sane,” he says), you know that had he chosen to...

A Fruitful Team Effort

There’s a grand, old rambling house nestled in verdant, sunny woods not far from Philadelphia. That’s where Ian Van Anglen’s grandparents live. “One of my earliest memories takes place there,” Van Anglen says. “My dad put me in a high chair next to a stockpot and told me, ‘Stir! Don’t stop stirring!’ I later found out it was Cajun roux....

The Local Bison

Local Bison, on the ground floor of The Meridia apartments in downtown Tulsa, is a drink-and-dining experience presented by Tony and Emily Galvez, who created the joint with a focus on made-from-scratch dishes and local ingredients. They offer a happy hour, trivia nights, live music, a quirky, Oklahoma-favorites menu, with all sauces and seasonings created in house. Selections include...

Jennifer Hankins

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Jennifer Hankins comes from a family deeply rooted in its community; her father and grandfather both served as mayor and city counselor in Kansas City, where the family also owns a bowling alley. After graduating from Oklahoma State University with a degree in political science, Hankins worked in nonprofits, the Wyandotte County...