Verbode’s Top 10 Tuesday Mesta Park

unnamedVerbode’s Top 10 Tuesday features Mesta Park. Mesta Park, also known as the University Addition,  is a distinct neighborhood situated in the heart of Oklahoma City. Though there are so many things we love about this historic area adjacent to Heritage Hills, we’re sharing ten of our favorites!

 

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1. Landscaped medians- Along 18th Street and Shartel are medians home to gorgeous seasonal plantings. At one time, this route served as Oklahoma City’s old trolley line. The trolley was designed to make Mesta Park, once considered “the suburbs”, accessible and close-by to the growing downtown area.

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Diverse historic home styles- Bungalow, Craftsman, Victorian, Four-square, Neo-classical and Prairie home designs can be seen on a walk or drive through Mesta Park. If you are an architecture fan or even an Oklahoma history buff, you’ll find the area rich in information and restored historic homes.

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Namesake- “Perle Skirvin Mesta” was a renowned hostess within the neighborhood. Her father was William B. Skirvin (yes, of the Skirvin hotel) but her own accomplishments and reputation are infamous in their own right. Besides throwing lavish parties for everyone in the political world including presidents, and later many others, she was dedicated to helping the underprivileged and a marked businesswoman. Check out this excerpt from a story by the Oklahoman: “When her husband died from a heart attack in April 1925…[she] inherited an overwhelming majority of company stock and stunned the all-male board of directors by seating herself as her husband’s replacement on the board.” Perle Mesta is an excellent and incredibly interesting namesake. For more information see: http://newsok.com/article/2149382

 

 

 

 

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4. Holiday Home Tour- Around Christmastime the air in OKC changes and many look forward to local events that define the season. The Mesta Park Holiday Home Tour is an excellent way to get an inside look at the different homes and see the holiday decorations. Carolers roam the neighborhood, food trucks park, and often a van service is provided for transportation. Click on the photo to see the video!

 

 

 

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 5. Trees- These beautiful trees were most likely first planted when the area was platted and developed. That makes these trees over a hundred years old. They provide excellent shade and break that enduring Oklahoma wind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 6. The People- Mesta Park is  a friendly neighborhood with  diversity in abundance. This  has always been the case and  can be seen walking to and  from different areas of the  neighborhood. As one article  stated, “[homes] 1,200 to  5,000 square feet- is one of  the main reasons why the  neighborhood attracts such a  variety of residents.” On top of that, the neighborhood’s hosting of events and decorating in the seasons makes it a community hub.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The holiday decorated home of Will Lightfoot at 501 NW 18th in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. Lightfoot's home is on the Mesta Park Holiday Home Tour Dec. 3-4. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

7. Halloween- Mesta Park is one of the hottest neighborhoods to trick-or-treat and view elaborate decorations. Giant blow up cat? Check. Massive spiderweb draping not only the yard but even the columns of the house and adjacent tree? Check. Members of the neighborhood stock up on candy, but it’s easy to run out by 8pm because of the sheer volume of cute kids and their parents who line the streets in various costumes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8. Perle Mesta Park- This city park is host to a plethora of activities. Mesta Festa takes place on its grounds, kids often play here, and it serves as a place of community. There are swings and a playground for kids and young at heart, a wonderful pavilion to shelter from the harsh weather and a fantastic sand volleyball court. The grounds are overall well-maintained.

 

 

 

 

 

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9. Walkable to Midtown and Uptown- Driving through the neighborhood from 23rd to 13th on Dewey or other North-South streets, you’ll catch numerous families or groups walking to get dinner or visit neighbors. A walk away from fantastic restaurants like Cafe Antigua, grocery shopping at Homeland, home furnishings at Interior Gilt or the Commonplace Bookstore in Midtown. Sidewalks are well cared for and easy to walk, run, or bike.

 

 

 

 

 

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10. Mesta Festa- This annual party has been taking place for the last 22 years. Beer garden, food trucks, live music, and a preceding 5k are just some of the fun. Verbode is excited to be a sponsor this year! Stop by our booth and say hello! We can acquaint you with Mesta Park history, introduce you to neighbors and provide friendly real estate information.

 

 

 

We love you Mesta Park! Want to see some homes for Sale in Mesta Park? Click here: Homes In Mesta Park

 

Top 10 Tuesday at Verbode- OKC Patios

 

As the weather shifts from boiling hot to a tempered kind of Fall-Summer hybrid, patios around the city become a sacred place. Patios are a communal kind of space where your weekly brunch group laughs over mimosas or where your family eats dinner as you watch the setting sun. Everyone on our team had something to say about their favorite patio but we had to work the list down to the following..

1. OKCMOA

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The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has a rooftop terrace where they hold their “Art After 5” events every Thursday for $5. Often live music will be featured and there’s always a cash bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Union at SoSa

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The Union is a bar located in SOSA. Seated upon a hill they offer a range of cocktails and the speakeasy in the basement is a definite to check out. The patio will soon be covered, but the portion behind the airstream will remain uncovered. If you haven’t stopped by, the staff are friendly and SOSA is a wonderful neighborhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Barrio’s Fine Mexican Dishes

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This open-air patio makes you feel like you’ve been transported out of Oklahoma. The pink fireplace at one end and string lights overlapping overhead make this a great dinner spot.

 

 

 

 

4. Cheever’s Cafe

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Most of our staff said that this bustling OKC favorite felt private despite the amount of business it sees. The patio is typically pretty shaded and large shrubbery keeps the noise from 23rd to a minimum. We suggest visiting for brunch where you’ll find excellent service and a great patio experience.

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen

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Once a popular food truck, this family-owned business expanded to brick and mortar in 2017. The rooftop patio offers views of the downtown skyline and midtown with partial shade and cute planters hanging near-by tables. Not only that, they offer breakfast pizza in addition to traditional servings like “Saturday Night”– a pizza with pepperoni, sausage and basil.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Gorō Ramen

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This Plaza District patio is nestled between Gorō and The Mule. This is a good patio for dropping temperatures as they pull out heaters and the buildings protect the patio-goers from the wind. Luckily, it’s not that cold yet. The tables are all aligned in the middle and the height of the buildings create a unique aesthetic uncommon to OKC. Even better, the ramen they serve is a savory traditional type as if from Japan itself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Classen Coffee Company

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Classen Coffee Company is a newcomer to the scene. They are located on the West side of Classen Ave and North of Uptown. Most days they stay open until 10pm. We suggest heading over near sunset to enjoy the peaceful patio and a tea or coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. The Mantel

Frequently ranked as one of OKC’s top romantic spots, this patio might be your best bet for a romantic date night out. Located in Bricktown an after-dinner stroll through the streets would be a great addition, except you might be too stuffed from the wonderful European-style food they serve here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Flip’s

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The go-to spot for a glass of wine on any given afternoon. Flip’s is sandwiched between prime shopping spots such as Classen Curve and West Elm. The patio is expansive making it a good choice for birthdays and other celebrations.

 

 

 

 

 

10. O Bar

Talk about a view. At the top of the Ambassador Hotel this bar has what is arguably the best view of the skyline. There are panoramic views as you walk the bar and when you step outside you get a view of not only Midtown, but also Downtown in all its glory. If you haven’t been yet, you need to go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So what do you think? What is your favorite patio in OKC?

Home Buying Q & A

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Why should I buy, instead of rent?

Answer: A home is an investment. When you rent, you write your monthly check and that money is gone forever. But when you own your home, you can deduct the cost of your mortgage loan interest from your federal income taxes, and usually from your state taxes. This will save you a lot each year, because the interest you pay will make up most of your monthly payment for most of the years of your mortgage. You can also deduct the property taxes you pay as a homeowner. In addition, the value of your home may go up over the years. Finally, you’ll enjoy having something that’s all yours ­ a home where your own personal style will tell the world who you are.

Should I use a real estate broker? How do I find one?

Answer: Using a real estate broker is a very good idea. All the details involved in home buying, particularly the financial ones, can be mind-boggling. A good real estate professional can guide you through the entire process and make the experience much easier. A real estate broker will be well-acquainted with all the important things you’ll want to know about a neighborhood you may be considering…the quality of schools, the number of children in the area, the safety of the neighborhood, traffic volume, and more. He or she will help you figure the price range you can afford and search the classified ads and multiple listing services for homes you’ll want to see. With immediate access to homes as soon as they’re put on the market, the broker can save you hours of wasted driving-around time. When it’s time to make an offer on a home, the broker can point out ways to structure your deal to save you money. He or she will explain the advantages and disadvantages of different types of mortgages, guide you through the paperwork, and be there to hold your hand and answer last-minute questions when you sign the final papers at closing. And you don’t have to pay the broker anything! The payment comes from the home seller – not from the buyer.

How much money will I have to come up with to buy a home?

Answer: Well, that depends on a number of factors, including the cost of the house and the type of mortgage you get. In general, you need to come up with enough money to cover three costs: earnest money – the deposit you make on the home when you submit your offer, to prove to the seller that you are serious about wanting to buy the house; the down payment, a percentage of the cost of the home that you must pay when you go to settlement; and closing costs, the costs associated with processing the paperwork to buy a house. When you make an offer on a home, your real estate broker will put your earnest money into an escrow account. If the offer is accepted, your earnest money will be applied to the down payment or closing costs. If your offer is not accepted, your money will be returned to you. The amount of your earnest money varies.  The more money you can put into your down payment, the lower your mortgage payments will be. These costs cover various fees your lender charges and other processing expenses. When you apply for your loan, your lender will give you an estimate of the closing costs, so you won’t be caught by surprise.

How do I know if I can get a loan?

Answer: A broker will know what kinds of mortgages the lenders are offering and can help you choose a lender with a program that might be right for you. Ideally, you will want to get pre-qualified for a loan. That means you go to a lender and apply for a mortgage before you actually start looking for a home. Then you’ll know exactly how much you can afford to spend, and it will speed the process once you do find the home of your dreams.

How do I find a lender?

Answer: You can finance a home with a loan from a bank, a savings and loan, a credit union, a private mortgage company, or various state government lenders. Shopping for a loan is like shopping for any other large purchase: you can save money if you take some time to look around for the best prices. Different lenders can offer quite different interest rates and loan fees; and as you know, a lower interest rate can make a big difference in how much home you can afford. Talk with several lenders before you decide. Most lenders need 3-6 weeks for the whole loan approval process. Your real estate broker will be familiar with lenders in the area and what they’re offering.

In addition to the mortgage payment, what other costs do I need to consider?

Answer: Well, of course you’ll have your monthly utilities. If your utilities have been covered in your rent, this may be new for you. Your real estate broker will be able to help you get information from the seller on how much utilities normally cost. In addition, you might have homeowner association or condo association dues. You’ll definitely have property taxes, and you also may have city or county taxes. Taxes normally are rolled into your mortgage payment. Again, your broker will be able to help you anticipate these costs.

So what will my mortgage cover?

Answer: Most loans have 4 parts: principal: the repayment of the amount you actually borrowed; interest: payment to the lender for the money you’ve borrowed; homeowners insurance: a monthly amount to insure the property against loss from fire, smoke, theft, and other hazards required by most lenders; and property taxes: the annual city/county taxes assessed on your property, divided by the number of mortgage payments you make in a year. Most loans are for 30 years, although 15 year loans are available, too. During the life of the loan, you’ll pay far more in interest than you will in principal – sometimes two or three times more! Because of the way loans are structured, in the first years you’ll be paying mostly interest in your monthly payments. In the final years, you’ll be paying mostly principal.

When I find the home I want, how much should I offer?

Answer: Again, your real estate broker can help you here. But there are several things you should consider: 1) is the asking price in line with prices of similar homes in the area? 2) Is the home in good condition or will you have to spend a substantial amount of money making it the way you want it? You probably want to get a professional home inspection before you make your offer. Your real estate broker can help you arrange one. 3) How long has the home been on the market? If it’s been for sale for awhile, the seller may be more eager to accept a lower offer. 4) How much mortgage will be required? Make sure you really can afford whatever offer you make. 5) How much do you really want the home? The closer you are to the asking price, the more likely your offer will be accepted. In some cases, you may even want to offer more than the asking price, if you know you are competing with others for the house.

What if my offer is rejected?

Answer: They often are! But don’t let that stop you. Now you begin negotiating. Your broker will help you. You may have to offer more money, but you may ask the seller to cover some or all of your closing costs or to make repairs that wouldn’t normally be expected. Often, negotiations on a price go back and forth several times before a deal is made. Just remember – don’t get so caught up in negotiations that you lose sight of what you really want and can afford!

So what will happen at closing?

Answer: Basically, you’ll sit at a table with your broker, the broker for the seller, probably the seller, and a closing agent. The closing agent will have a stack of papers for you and the seller to sign. While he or she will give you a basic explanation of each paper, you may want to take the time to read each one and/or consult with your agent to make sure you know exactly what you’re signing. After all, this is a large amount of money you’re committing to pay for a lot of years! Before you go to closing, your lender is required to give you a booklet explaining the closing costs, a “good faith estimate” of how much cash you’ll have to supply at closing, and a list of documents you’ll need at closing. If you don’t get those items, be sure to call your lender BEFORE you go to closing. Be sure to read our booklet on settlement costs. It will help you understand your rights in the process. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.

Top Ten Reasons to be at the Festival of the Arts

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10. Relaxation

Now that the Festival is back at Bicentennial Park, there are plenty of places to stop and relax. Grassy lawns, tree lined walkways, park benches and plenty of shade. All that with the views of the skyline and our beautiful Civic Center.

9. Work Break

The population of workers Downtown has grown a great deal. If you are one of those Downtown workers, why not take a break from the everyday grind and venture down to the Festival? It is a great way to clear your head and fill your mind with new ideas.

8. Kid’s Events

The Festival is a fun event for all ages to attend. They do a great job of adding many Kid friendly events and even a Kid’s performance stage. Another great tent is the

7. Waste Free

This year with the help from groups like Fertile Ground, the Festival is looking to be Waste Free. Instead of trash cans they will have compost and recycling cans all over the park. This is all apart of their Go Green Initiative.

6. People Watching

Yes, there are many of people performing, but there are also those unique individuals you see every year. They have their own sense of style and personality. You can see families enjoy a day together or a human walking their best furry friend. Our suggestion, people watching is great while devouring a turkey leg.

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5. Volunteering

One of the best ways to spend time at the Festival, is the many opportunities to volunteer. Whether pouring a cold beer or giving balloons to a happy child, it is always a rewarding experience at the Festival. List of ways you can help.

4. The Weather

It has long been said, the Festival of the Arts always brings the rain. It seems the weather waits to drop all the rain during the week of the Festival. There is nothing more satisfying than going to the Festival on a day with no inclement weather.

3. The Music/Performance

Every year the Arts Council does a great job of putting together a performance list of local and regional acts. There is always something great to see and hear on the Festival stages. List of Performances with Dates and Times.

2. The Food

The Festival could also be called the Festival of Food with the overwhelming amount of choices. It is always a tough to figure out what you want on any given day. It is best just to go every day and try everything. List of food Vendors and Culinary Tent events.

1. The Art

The very reason for the Festival is never a disappointment. Local and Regional artists have brought amazing work to Oklahoma City since 1967. At the Festival you’ll be able to check out artwork from 144 different artists hailing from across the U.S. From mixed media to jewelry to photography. You’ll find beauty in every direction. List of Artists and their Medium.

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Top Ten Oklahoma City Events Happening this Spring

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10. Eats on 8th

Eats on 8th is a monthly, family- and pet-friendly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music on the third Saturday of each month from noon until 8:00 PM. There is no cost to attend.

9. Wanderlust Pop-Up Shops at the Ferris Wheel

Wanderlust Pop Up Shops will be an outdoor market that includes exhibitors that are artists, hand crafted artisans, boutiques, repurposed, vintage and unique local businesses. April 15th at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free admission.

8. Uptown Uncorked

Uptown 23rd District’s fourth annual fundraiser, Uptown Uncorked, is March 30, 2017 at the Oklahoma History Center. Come and enjoy our food and beverage-tasting event that features Uptown restaurants and merchants. The monies raised from the event support the beautification of medians and public spaces along 23rd Street, Uptown 23rd events and programming efforts, all of which help to improve the appearance and livability of Oklahoma City’s urban core.

7. Metro Family’s Kid’s Fest

MetroFamily’s Kids Fest unites families, businesses and service providers for a lively, full-of-fun event unmatched in the Oklahoma City area. April 1st, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.

6. Midtown Walkabout

Saturday, April 22nd is the 3rd Midtown Walkabout! From 12pm to 7pm, Midtown merchants will be opening their doors and providing specials, discounts, and giveaways, in addition to live music, free face painting, and a free photo-booth. Get to know this cozy community the old fashioned way – a district walkabout.

5. ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) recently secured Guided By Voices, iconic indie rock band, as the headlining act at the eighth annual ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest Saturday, April 8. Additionally, the festival will highlight ACM@UCO student acts that have become regional headliners in their own rights. Acts include Space4Lease, Cutter Elliott, Grant Adams, The Lunar Laugh, Lincka, and Original Flow & The Fervent Route. A complete lineup of all artists, including additional national acts, performing at the festival with corresponding stages/performance times will be released at a date closer to the event.

4. Broadway & Brew

Broadway & Brew 2017 is THE EVENT of the spring! Join us in supporting Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma by drinking the best local brews and amazing local bites! May 11, 2017  from 6 to 11 p.m. at Myriad Botanical Gardens.

3. Open Streets OKC

Open Streets OKC will turn NW 23rd St. from Robinson to Western, including the Paseo Arts District, into a car-free space for biking, walking and more! April 2nd from Noon to 4 p.m. free and open to all ages.

2. The Greatest ARTini on Earth

Allied Arts’ young professionals network – the annual ARTini fundraiser brings together local restaurants for a cocktail and small bites competition coupled with a silent auction of works created by Oklahoma-based artists. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit arts organizations that receive Allied Arts annual grants. The event will feature a vintage circus theme incorporating live performances from Inspyral entertainment, music from The Hot Jazz Group and Harumph, as well as a raffle, Kendra Scott jewelry pull, interactive photo booth and more!

1. Festival of the Arts

Since 1967, the Festival of the Arts has been Oklahoma City’s rite of spring. The Festival is a community celebration of the visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts. The 2017 Festival of the Arts will take place April 25-30 in Downtown Oklahoma City at Bicentennial Park. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Pets are not allowed. A variety of children’s activities are featured in the Youth Plaza and around Festival grounds. Arts for children and families include hands-on activities in the Children’s Art Field for just $2. The Young-at-Art Mart is the children-only shopping venue with all artwork affordably priced for $5 or less. Families can also visit Face Painting, Pottery Place and Creation Station for more fun! For more information call (405) 270-4848.

Top Ten New Local Businesses in OKC

Coming Soon:

Bunker Club

The great people behind the Pump Bar in Uptown 23rd are already giving us another bar to fall in love with. The nostalgic 80’s born millennial will love this cold war themed bar. Set to open any time now, we will have to do more research and let you know all about it.

Ur/Bun Eats

If you love the food at Chae, you will probably enjoy a delicious Korean style bun from UrBun Eats. They will be located next door to the Bunker Club. Which will make a great combination!

Just Opened:

Esca Vitae

A new bakery concept for the Midtown OKC district, Esca Vitae will be located in the same spot Prairie Thunder use to have their bakery. Their soft open was Monday and it will likely become a favorite of the locals.

Rewind Retro Pub

Located in the Farmers Market District, Rewind is a pub with a food menu and plenty of old school arcade games. They are just opened last week and reviews have been pretty good so far. Take the whole family for a night of games and delicious food.

 


 

Top Ten:

10. The Laboratory

One word: Sneakers. The Laboratory is not the first speciality shoe store in the urban core of OKC, but it is the first to focus on athletic sneakers as a fashion statement. This small shop is located in the heart of OKC Midtown District and has a new neighbor in Insomniac Cookies. What could be better?

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9. Bone Dog Boutique

Deep Deuce now has a great place to pamper that furry friend of yours. Located at street level inside the Aloft Hotel, it is walking distance for anyone that lives in the apartments near by. It is conveniently next to the Deep Deuce dog park. They offer washing bays, toys, many types of food and an assortment of treats safe for your best friend with four legs.

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8. Yuzo Sushi Tapas

The newest kid on the Automobile Alley block is impressing just about everyone who sits down to their food experience. The saying, “You get what you pay for!” is a great way to describe Yuzo. It may have a higher priced menu, but it makes up for that with the taste and presentation. If you are a sushi fanatic this is should be your new favorite dining location. Try the Elotes, all I have to say is, you’re welcome!

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7. Wheeze the Juice

A child of the 90’s will more than likely get a good laugh out of this clever name. All kidding aside, Wheeze the Juice is not just another juice bar. They bring new flavors to life that you weren’t expecting. If you are not the juicing type, they also offer smoothies. We really love the Camp Anawana smoothie. It fills your stomach while also being filled with flavor. Located in the OKSEE storage containers in Deep Deuce.

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6. The Yoga Box

Yes, there are many great places around OKC that can give you the best Yoga experience. However, there is only one that offers up meal plans as well. The Yoga Box not only heals your mind and muscles, it cures your stomach of bland processed foods. Located inside of the 50 Penn Place building it also gives you a great opportunity to rest after a long session at Full Circle Bookstore.

5. Pritchard Wine Bar

A year or so ago there was a void in the Plaza District. A wine bar had closed and there were many looking for their new place to relax with a glass a wine. Pritchard Wine Bar has come to the rescue. Lovely staff and warm interiors make this a wonderful place to bring your closest friends and indulge in a great wine list.

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4. Silo in Farmers Market

A space with collaborators from JL Woodworkx, The Okay See and Brad Snider Photography. This is the retail location for those who love local craftsmanship and clever t-shirt designs. With the Silo opening in the Farmers Market District, you can now spend all day spending your local dollars in one location.

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3. En Croute

En Croûte is a restaurant, bar and fromagerie opening in 2016 in Nichols Hills Plaza. It is meant to evoke the comfort and leisurely lifestyle the team has enjoyed in the fromageries, cafes, and bars in European country villages, but with an American twist. It is the place to try something new and they will take you on a taste adventure.

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2. Loaded Bowl

Started from the food truck craze and has now added a brick and mortar location in the Farmer’s Market District. Great tasting food you almost forget is vegan. Sure, the menu says chicken, bacon and cheese, however their menu is vegan. Fresh flavors are at an abundance here and you will soon find your favorite vegan entree.

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1. Common Place Books

Before they have even finished their actual location, Common Place Books opened up in the OKC Midtown District with a ton of fanfare. With all the new technology we have in the world there is still something very satisfying about reading a book with paper and a cover. This is an intimate place to bring the family, especially the kids considering their new program called Books and Kids and Art and Stuff.

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Top Ten Music Venues in OKC

Jones Assembly – Coming soon!

 To say we have high expectations for this venue is an understatement. With the combination of Graham Colton and successful dining collective The Social Order, Jones Assembly will quickly be added to the list of places to see live music.

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10. 51st Street Speakeasy

After almost closing in 2015, the Speakeasy has had a resurgence with many types of entertainment to choose from. It has now become a great place for release parties and local acts to test the waters.

9. The Root in Paseo Arts District

 Now a pub and music venue, The Root has become a favorite for local underground acts in OKC. It has also a home to smaller traveling acts looking for an intimate environment. Captured! By Robots w/ special guest Plastic Smile will play on March 1st.

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8. Blue Note Lounge in Uptown

This old smokey bar is a regular for most of Oklahoma City’s music lovers. With a high set stage, everyone in attendance is able to see and hear all the music has to offer. From time to time you can catch a great band who loves the feel of the Blue Note. Just remember to get there early, it will be hard to get in. Coming up in March you can catch Caleb McGee & the Underdogs,  FREAKABOUT w/ Laughing Falcon and Trap Queen and Bison Machine w/ Snowchild & CobraJab.

7. Diamond Ballroom

The Diamond Ballroom has been host to thousands of national recording stars crossing every musical genre for many years. This April you will be able to see acts like Stoney LaRue, Tech N9ne and Silversun Pickups.

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6. VZD’s on Western Ave.

 After closing for renovations many thought VZD’s was not going to be the same. The updates were needed and it is quickly returning into the intimate setting for a singer/songwriter or your favorite local punk band.

5. Tower Theatre

Now officially open to the public, Tower Theatre is destined to become a new favorite for small market tour acts. The Tower will also give OKC music lovers a local venue to see their favorite bands. No more long drives to Tulsa during a work week. Next up is local fan favorites Horse Thief with Special Thumbs on March 3rd.

4. The Criterion in Bricktown

The Criterion opened up the possibility for a new touring market in OKC. It was a needed venue that mid level acts longed for in the Oklahoma Capitol. Coming this April to the Criterion Billy Currington & Explosions In The Sky

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3. ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown

A game changer for the City, ACM at UCO has brought great acts and great education. Not only do we get to see them play, they also put on Master Classes for those attending the school. Recent Classes by Ben Folds, Jim James and Jackson Browne. Need we say more? March brings Margo Price – Born to Ramble Tour to town and in July The Mountain Goats will rock Bricktown.

2. The Blue Door

The best listening room in Oklahoma. A place that happened by accident, the Blue Door has become one of the most important places to hear and be heard. Singer/Songwriters love playing this venue and it loves letting them. The Blue Door has hosted such legends as Jimmy Webb, Joe Ely, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, David Lindley and Tom Rush. It is likely it has already hosted future legendary songwriters. Early March you will be able to see Hayes CarllChris Trapper & Bobby Long.

1. Chesapeake Arena

The one place you can see the biggest acts in the World! The Peake has had the likes of Bruce Stringsteen, Dave Matthews Band and Carrie Underwood. April is going to be a month to remember at the Peake. Acts like Neil Diamond 50th Anniversary Tour & Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will make you want to keep up to date on all things the Peake.

 

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Top Ten Last Minute Ideas for Valentine’s Day in OKC

10. Belle Kitchen – Valentine’s Macarons

Anyone can make a quick run to Walgreens and get the same old box of chocolates, but the true romantic will shop local for their treats. Belle Kitchen will have a small Valentine’s Day macaron sampler. It is said they have the best macaron’s in the city.

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9. Eric Johnson at VZD’s – Live & Acoustic

If your Valentine loves live music, take them to see an intimate show at an historic venue. VZD’s welcomes Eric Johnson, a world renowned electric guitarist who is releasing a rare acoustic album. This will be a show that will make a great memory.

8. Valentine’s on Broadway – Broadway 10 Chophouse

A four-course meal designed by the Chef with wine pairings to complement all courses. The atmosphere is already romantic, just think of adding a meal that makes your taste buds fall in love. Make a reservation now!

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7. Two for One at the Zoo

Valentine’s day lands on a Tuesday this year, so why not save some money at the Zoo. Two for the price of one admission on Tuesdays at the Zoo is fun for everyone. Especially if the kids will be joining you for Valentine’s day this year.

6. Dinner with Art for Dessert at OKCMOA

Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Cafe with a four-course meal and an elegant atmosphere. Reservations can be made day of and it comes with a Museum full of great modern art.

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5. Build your own

Valentine’s Day does not have to be the same old holiday it has always been. Nothing is more romantic than spontaneous planning, it will keep your favorite person on their toes. Grab a bottle of wine at Broadway Wine Merchants on Automobile Alley, pick up a pizza from The Wedge Pizzeria on Western Ave. and a night cap at Ludivine in Midtown. Roll the dice and mix it up.

4. The Plant Shoppe & Okay Yeah Co.

Is your Valentine a morning person that likes to head to bed early? Try coffee and breakfast at Okay Yeah which is located in the Plant Shoppe in Film Row. Not only can you get a yummy treat, you can buy a beautiful living gift for your most loved!

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3. Beer & Palette at Anthem Brewery

This is a perfect spot for those groups of friends with a majority of singles. Sometimes Valentine’s Day can be a bummer to our single neighbors. Why not spend time with a group and share the love with everyone.

2. Traditional Wine & Dine with a Twist

Sometimes it is hard to come up with a great idea, especially if you are not the romantic type. Try something new or go somewhere you have never been. A great place to start would be the new 21c Museum Hotel. They have a great restaurant in the lobby called Mary Eddy’s, a modern art gallery and luxury rooms with a great view. A perfect place to wow your Valentine.

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1. An All District Valentine

First stop, Downtown to buy flowers from the Curbside Chronicle vendors. Bouquets will be available for sale in front of Leadership Square from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. This will be a long night, so grab a coffee at Coffee Slingers on Automobile Alley. Try a different place for each course. Start at Slaughter’s Hall in Deep Deuce and grab one of many tasty appetizers. Head to the Plaza for your first plate at The Pritchard who is new to the district. After that find a main course at Pizzeria Gusto in Uptown 23rd they have a great wine list. Take a short trip from there to the Paseo Arts District and indulge your taste buds at the Paseo Grill. Their dessert menu is one of the best in the City. Finish your night off in Film Row at Flashback Retro Pub where you can grab a night cap and some nostalgia for video game geek in all of us.

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Top Ten Ideas for Better Spring Cleaning

10. Make a List

Walk around the house indoors and out. Write down all areas that will need to be inspected, cleaned or fixed. After you have a good list, start to prioritize the list for the most important items.

9. Set a Schedule

Now that your list is complete and you know the most important items on that list, set a schedule. Make sure you do this by task and not by location. For example, there will be some areas where multiple items will need to be inspected.

8. Prepare your Cleaning Tools

Take out all of the cleaning solutions and the tools you use to clean with. You want to make sure that each task has the materials you need to inspect and clean. If you are missing some, make another list and go shopping.

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7. Declutter

It is likely that you have accumulated new items over the holidays. Sometimes that means old items in your house will no longer be used. Go through all nooks and crannies. Find the items that you haven’t needed or used in the last couple of years.

6. Toss out Expired Products

While you are decluttering, check all expired cleaners, foods, medicines, and functional parts that exist to make your home work. If they are expired, recycle or throw them away.

5. Inspect Roof and AC Unit

Spring cleaning is not just for the interior of your home. You will need to clean gutters, inspect the roof and update your AC unit so that during a hot summer, you know it will not fail.

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4. Start with High Traffic Rooms

Keep in mind when you are scheduling your tasks, make sure you start in rooms that are used on a daily basis. Kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. There will likely be more clutter in these areas and will need the deepest of cleans.

3. Clean Ceilings and Walls First

If you are like most people you likely forget to dust off ceiling lights and fans. Always clean these off first. This way you do not have to clean an area all over again.

2. Give your Family Members a Job

Don’t go at this alone. Give your family members a schedule and a list of tasks to accomplish. Not only is this good for you, it helps teach everyone a new skill around the house.

1. Start Early

The earlier you start, the more ready you will be when Spring hits. This will leave you more time for the garden and yard when it starts to bloom.

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