Top 10 Modern Ways Verbode Markets Real Estate

In today’s world of marketing, there are so many ways to get your product to the masses. Yet, it isn’t always so easy to figure out the best way to do that. Real Estate marketing has been pretty basic and lacking imagination for awhile now. The visionaries at Verbode didn’t want to have anything to do with that. So they decided to mix it up a bit and expand their marketing along with the growth of OKC!

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10. Twilight Open House

A staple of Thursday nights after work, Twilight Open Houses are our chance to give the public the best first introduction possible to your property. We go all out for our Clients. We have included food trucks, catering from local favorites, local artist shows, and local musicians. If we can entice people to come see the home with their own eyes, it isn’t long before someone falls in love. It also gives the owner an excuse to have a going away party for the place they called home.

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9. Creative Wordsmithing

Yes, a great photo of a home can spark the interest, but the right language can convince a non-believer. If you haven’t noticed, “verb” is part of our name. We see too many listing descriptions give a great home a weak story. Verbode is here to change that. Every home deserves a great description.

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8. Branding

Branding is no longer just the logo and the phrase, it is living what you do. It is believing in an idea. One you can share with those you work with. At Verbode, our brand is synonymous with the Urban Core of Oklahoma City. We want to provide to our clients a concierge experience catered to their lifestyle. Our clients no longer look for a new home, they look for a new city, community, and neighborhood. Our mission at Verbode is to connect the beautiful individuals of Oklahoma City to their perfect community. One in which they not only live but thrive in.

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7. Historical Education

Oklahoma City has a shaky past when it comes to historic buildings. We believe our mentality for historical structures can be changed. By informing the public and community about our historic homes and buildings we hope to create a loving appreciation for the past. Oklahoma City has many stories worth telling and remembering, and the homes and structures that have stood the test of time are deserving of a platform to tell their unique histories.

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6. Blogging

If you are reading this right now, then our marketing is working. Blogging has become one of the optimal ways to inform. With news, events, and opportunities to see an open house conveniently placed at your fingertips, blogging is convenient and effective. There is a sea of Real Estate websites, but they are hard to navigate. We are able to give you a detailed list of properties we have open on the weekends, along with a map. Our blogs also underscore our love for Oklahoma City and commitment to being active in local events and a part of the communities in which we place our clients.

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5. Staging/Art

Not everyone can bring to life a home in their own minds. If you walk into an empty space and that is all you see, you will likely benefit from a staged home. Giving the buyer and seller an example of what the space could look like actually stimulates the imagination. When a realtor has a showing in a staged space, they don’t have to set a scene for every room. In some cases, the staged items and/or the art will stay with the home and go along with the sell.

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4. Website

The internet is a daily part of our lives in many different ways. Now with more people connected to it, having a website is the best way to connect clients to your business. Our website allows anyone to find an agent, a home, and learn more about their communities. We give them many options to find what they are looking for. They can search by district, neighborhood or even city. They can even find the featured listings we represent. In addition, our website makes it easier for potential buyers to connect with our team and get connected to your property on a shorter timeline.

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3. Photos and Videos

Visualizing a home is not as easy as it sounds. Being able to show a home at it’s best is what photography and videography can do. Photography has always been a great way to show a home and sparks the interest in those who are looking. Coupling photo with video has made for a beneficial bonus for both client and realtor. It helps everyone see the home as it is. It can also highlight the features that a client might be looking for in a home. Verbode builds working relationships with skilled local photographers that we trust to bring the best images of your home to the market.

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2. Social Media

If it is an app on your phone, we are likely already marketing on it. Facebook is one of the best ways to connect to our clients. Everyone is connected to it and everyone checks it several times a day. So we wanted to be ready and available in the places they spend most of their time. We also have an Instagram we update with new listings and open houses. Other social media accounts are listed below:

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1. We Listen

And we aren’t just saying that. Taking care of our clients is the most important part of our business model. We take everything they tell us and we use that as a tool to find them what they need. Customer service is not dead, it is alive and well at Verbode. Please contact us via email, phone, text, social media, etc. We want to work with you and get to know you! Let us show you a better way to real estate.

 

Top Ten Places to Celebrate Independence Day

Next weekend is Fourth of July and OKC has plenty of events to choose from. Here are Verbode’s Top Ten places to celebrate the holiday.

10. Food Truck Triple Play

The Oklahoma City Dodgers, in partnership with the Oklahoma Independent Food Truck Association (OIFTA), are hosting Food Truck Triple Play on Friday, July 1.

Enjoy the amazing food creations from Oklahoma’s greatest food trucks, live music and cold drinks.
The event begins at 6 p.m and will wrap up at 10 p.m. Admission is free and there will be something for every member of your family to enjoy! Pets are also welcome!

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9. Fantasy of Fire at Frontier City

July 2, 3, & 4 Free with regular admission to the Park. Enjoy the rides during the day and end it with a fireworks display.

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8. Yukon’s Freedom Fest

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Yukon’s Freedom Fest Tribute to Veterans

City Park, 2200 S. Holly & Chisholm Trial Park, 500 W. Vandament

Live music by the Air Force Band / Air National Guard of the Southwest at 5:30 PM.  Come honor Yukon’s Veterans with patriotic music at 8 PM by Irv Wagner’s Concert Band and fireworks at 10 PM!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Yukon’s Freedom Fest

Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W. Vandament

Includes activities all day for the family including a Children’s Parade, Craft Tent, Car Show, pony rides, laser tag, inflatables, and FREE Swim at City Splash Pool. In the evening, Yukon’s Freedom Fest continues with a Hot Dog eating contest, free watermelon and ice cream, the Super Freak Band and concludes with a performance by the OKC Philharmonic and a huge fireworks show at 10 PM!

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7. OKC Dodgers vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Take in a baseball game and be walking distance from several different Fireworks displays.

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6. Fourth of July at the Boathouse District

Make a splash this Fourth of July at RIVERSPORT Adventure Park! Spend the day whitewater tubing, rafting, climbing the SandRidge Sky Trail and zipping across the Oklahoma River.  Get on the river on a stand up paddle board or kayak, and take a bike on the Subaru Momentum Pump Track. You’ll find climbing walls, a youth zone, extreme jumping and more – a full day of adventures for the whole family.

Preorder a Big Water Grill picnic for your group and we’ll have it ready when you arrive. Claim a spot on the whitewater island for your picnic blanket and enjoy! Or grab a cool table inside Big Water Grill for a sandwich or salad, and if you’re so inclined, a beer or glass of wine.

As the sun sets, stretch out on the lawn to watch the fireworks in Bricktown. The Fourth of July at RIVERSPORT Adventure Park – make it your family’s new tradition!

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5. Bethany Freedom Festival

July 4, 2016 at Eldon Lyon Park.

From the beginning when the the parade starts at 10 am till the fireworks go off at 9:55 pm.  With the carnival, car show, and food.

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4. Red Brick Nights in Downtown Guthrie

Food Trucks & Pop-up Shops start at 5 PM | Music starts at 7 PM | Fireworks directly after music.

Music Line-up:
Sherree Chamberlain
Equilibrium
Kinsey Charles
Tyler Hopkins and the Rebellion

 

 

3. Red, White & Boom

Sunday, July 3rd
FREE Concert at 8:30PM  ::  Fireworks at dusk
State Fair Park
Featuring Joel Levine, the OKC Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Pops Chorale with Guest Soloist Mike Eldred

Bring your chairs, blankets and grab the whole family to enjoy the peerless musicianship of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic playing music that celebrates our great nation. The concert conducted by Maestro Joel Levine, will include the Armed Forces Medley, God Bless the USA, and Stars and Stripes Forever, among other all American favorites.

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic is pleased to recognize its partnership with the Inasmuch Foundation as presenting sponsor, as well as event sponsors including The Oklahoman, Dick and Glenna Tanenbaum, Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Magic 104 FM, and Oklahoma Contemporary.

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2. Bricktown 4th Fest

July 4th, 2016

Celebrate Independence Day in Oklahoma’s capital city at the annual Bricktown 4th Fest. Located in Lower Bricktown, the festival will kick off at the Centennial Fountain near Harkins Theater with DJ Roy “Musicman” Henderson playing family-friendly Top 40 and country tunes all the way through the beginning of the fireworks display. The fireworks will be visible from anywhere in Bricktown and the surrounding area, so feel free to bring out a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy the show from around the entertainment district.

 

 

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1. Liberty Fest in Edmond

Saturday, June 25th – Monday, July 4th

LibertyFest has 10 Festival Events to excite, entertain and dazzle our Festival audience. On the 4th of July, Fireworks will start at 9:30pm.

Selected as one of the top 10 places to be in America on July 4th by CNN & USA Today. It is a week long celebration of the birthday of this great nation & the heritage of our fine state.

LibertyFest entertains an attendance of over 125,000 annually and is organized and produced by a group of over 500 volunteers. It hosts Oklahoma’s largest hometown 4th of July parade with over 100 entries. The grand finale of LibertyFest will be the Fireworks and entertainment the evening of July 4th. The Fireworks display is the largest in the Oklahoma City metro area.

 

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Top Ten Ways to Keep Cool this Summer in OKC

If the last few weeks are any indication of what temperatures will be like this Summer, it is obviously going to be a hot one! Of course we could always just stay inside with the air conditioning on full blast, but that would get boring. OKC has plenty of outdoor activities to take advantage of this Summer. Here are our favorites you should try out to keep cool! If none of these suggestions meet your criteria then download this years OKC parks & recreations Summer Guide.

10. FULL MOON BIKE RIDE AND RUN

Meet at the Bandshell! 7pm run leaves, 8pm bike ride leaves. Here’s the route: Map Route

Summer Schedule:

Tuesday, July 19
Thursday, August 18
Friday, September 16

 

9. Lake Hefner Kiteboarding

Take advantage of this Oklahoma wind and jump on a kite board. Lessons are year round at Lake Hefner by Okkite. Lesson Schedule: Weekday afternoons & evenings also weekends at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

 

8. Dive in Cinema

Catch a Movie while relaxing in the pool at Earlywine & Will Rogers Aquatic Centers. Will Rogers – Saturday, July 16th from 7 to 11 p.m. $10 Earlywine – Saturday, July 23rd from 7 to 11 p.m. $10

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7. Wake Zone Cable Park

A unique water sports park designed for wake boarding, water skiing, knee boarding or wake skating. Fun for all skill levels, with lessons available and no appointment needed. Park Hours: Monday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

6. Thunder Fountain Plaza

Spend quality time with the family in the shade of the Thunder Fountain in the Myriad Gardens Park. Located near the Water and Children stages.

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5. Flat tide Stand Up Paddle board & Yoga

Take a journey and explore urban waterways, sleepy rivers, blissful relaxation, and a new way to stay fit. SUP is perfect for good family fun, young adventurists, floating yogi’s, a calm basking in the sun, and even for fishermen. Season Hours: Monday-Thursday 2 to 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

4. SONIC SUMMER MOVIES

Located on the Great Lawn at the Myriad Gardens park. The series starts this Wednesday June 22nd from 8 to 10 p.m. 2016 Summer Lineup: June 22 — The Little Rascals (1990’s version) June 29 — Hotel Transylvania 2 July 6 — Three Amigos July 13 — Minions July 20 — Hook July 27 — Spiderman (2002 version) August 3 — 35th anniversary of Raiders of the Lost Ark

 

3. Spray grounds at OKC Parks

The City’s 17 spray grounds, located in neighborhood parks, are a great way to cool off in the summer. These interactive “playgrounds with water” activate when children push the power button on each spray pad. The individual spray features will rotate in a cycle then automatically cut off when not in use. 2016 Hours: May 23-September 7 Open daily at 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Locations: Sellers Park, Douglass Park, E.B. Jeffrey Park, Harvest Hills Park, Lippert Park, Macklanburg Park, McCracken Park, McKinley Park, Melrose Park, Memorial Park, Minnis Lakeview Park, North Highland Park, Schilling Park, Reed Park, Taylor Park, Wiley Post Park, and Youngs Park.

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2. Flatwater Kayaking at Lake Overholser

OKC RIVERSPORT offers great canoeing and kayaking experiences in Oklahoma City for both youth and adults. With RIVERSPORT you’ll have access to some of the best water in the OKC metro including downtown at the Oklahoma River and at Lake Overholser.

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1. Whitewater Rafting at the Boathouse District

A state-of-the-art aquatic adventure facility – one of only a few in the world. Geared for both family fun and elite athlete training, the 11-acre whitewater center is located in the Boathouse District.

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10 Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Person Who Shops Local in OKC

Like many people in the Oklahoma City area, at Verbode we have had a very busy season.  Sometimes that means we forget to shop for a few people on our Christmas list. Thankfully we have a City booming with local businesses. So we put together a list of Local shops to get your last minute gifts for the holiday.

The very first step to this quick shopping spree of giving, you must purchase a Keep It Local card.

After you have purchased this card, keep in mind you can also use it has a gift as well. A gift that keeps on giving of course. So that is how we start our list:

10.  A Keep It Local Card – You can purchase these anywhere they are accepted. Here is the list of Keep it Local shops.

9.  For the quirky vintage family member there is only one place to stop. Bad Granny’s Bazaar in the Plaza District. Granny’s is filled with vendors who have scoured the world of thrift stores to find those vintage gems. You can find just about anything in this store.

8.  For the die hard t-shirt wearing nerd in your life, try The Okay See. Located behind the Paramount Theatre in the Film Row District. Designs ranging from Russy Stardust to a Oklahoma is OK! Lost Ogle special, you will find a range of designs that will meet your needs. Not to mention they have great stocking stuffers like the OKIE Shades & Koozy combo for only $10.00.

   

7.  For the kid who craves knowledge and fun at all times. There is a magical place called The Learning Tree. Located in Wilshire Village, one block south of Wilshire on North Western, the Learning Tree has so many books, toys and games to choose from. There is no better way to keep your kids busy than a learning game.

6.  For the modern woman with vintage style you have to try Out on a Limb. Some say it is a miracle to see the transformations that happen after Cassie McDonald tears into a vintage dress and makes into a modern fit. Located in the Plaza District, Out on a Limb also has locally handmade items.

5.  We are half way through the list and it is time for a pick me up. We need a boost of caffeine! There are many coffee shops to choose from, Slingers, Elemental, Leaf & Bean. There is however a new kid on the block. Clarity Coffee is located on Main Street downtown in the newest and most colorful parking garage yet. Simplicity is key here and you can taste it in their carefully made coffees. They even gave us some quick gift ideas below:

4.  For the artsy fartsy family member who knows their art history. Stop into the Museum Store at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. They have a fine collection of Chihuly Prints and Glass, Fine art Books, and locally handmade artistic gifts. They also often carry gifts that correlate with their current exhibition.

3.  For the hard working Mother who never seems to take a time out for herself. Buy her the gift of pampering relaxation. Udander will spoil and rejuvenate anyone. After a steam and sauna you can replenish with their a’ la carte which includes tea & snacks!

2.  For the kind heart who gives and also loves good quality product. Shop Good is your store. Located on the exciting 9th street on Automobile Alley, this shop has a Warby Parker eye wear show room. The Buy a pair, Give a pair program will provide a pair to someone who doesn’t have access to quality eye care – someone whose life will be changed by the ability to see.

1. For that hard to shop for person who seems to have everything. Well you must shop at a place that seems to have everything. Blue 7 is centrally located in OKC on May Ave. If you can’t find something here, you might as well give up. They have an endless amount of stocking stuffers in their Just OK part of the store that features all Oklahoma brands. Also, if you are that person who buys everyone socks, you should only shop here. It is safe to say you will get the most out of your Keep It Local card here!

With all that we are done. So take off work early today and finish your shopping! A very Merry Holidays to everyone of us at Verbode to everyone of you!

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10 Ways to Prepare your home for Winter Weather.

After the recent ice storm in Oklahoma, it is clear we all need to prepare our homes for the coming winter weather. It is obvious our weather does not allow us much warning and sometimes we do not know what to expect. So get a head start with our list.

For those with downed limbs, below is the procedure the City of Oklahoma City would like for you to follow:

Oklahoma City residents can begin putting tree branches and limbs that were downed by the ice storm within 10 feet of their curb. Residents are asked to cut limbs into segments no longer than 12-feet.

Please avoid placing debris over water meters and gas meters. Keep the debris pile away from mailboxes, vehicles, trees, power lines and telephone poles.

The first round of storm debris collection is expected to begin in parts of the City the week of December 7. Crews will only collect tree debris with this special free collection.

The special collection is not available to businesses.

“We want to give residents ample time to get their tree limbs to the curb, so a second round of storm debris collection will take place a few weeks later,” said Solid Waste Superintendent Jim Linn.

Big junk will still be collected according to the normal schedule. Residents scheduled for big junk collection are required to keep their tree debris separated from their big junk. The piles will be collected by separate crews. Normal bulk waste rules apply, which means no household hazardous waste or items that contain refrigerant.

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10. Turn off and Cover the outdoor faucets. Drain and empty all hoses and watering devices including sprinkler systems.

9. Switch all inside fans to reverse or clockwise position. Heat rises and this will help disperse it through your home.

8. Put Rechargeable Flashlight and/or candles in an easy to find location.

7. Weatherstripping around windows and doors.

6. Make sure your heating system is tuned and ready to go.

5. Clean the Gutters and downspouts. Inspect Roof for missing or lose shingles.

4. Trim overgrown branches back from the house and electrical wires.

3. Have your chimney cleaned and inspected.

2. Clean and cover all outdoor furniture.

1. Get ice melt for walkways and driveways. Find the snow shovel.

Top Ten Salons/Barbershops in the Urban Core of Oklahoma City

Unless you are trying to break some Guinness World Record, you have more than likely been to a local Salon or Barbershop in the last month. Lucky for Okies, we have plenty of places that meet our needs. The hardest part is making up your mind on the style and statement you want to make. There is a place for every style in the urban core.

We know there are tons of great Salons in the urban core area, but here are five that stand out. We will tell you their address, website and district they are in. That way it will be easier for you to pick the one that best fits your style needs. FIY: These are in no particular order, all are great options.

Revel 8 – 201 NW 10th St. Suite #125 – Midtown District
Owner and Stylist Claire Westlund has created a space that many stylists hope to call home. Located next door to Packard’s Kitchen in a beautiful vintage building, Claire and friends added a modern interior to soften the hard brick and cement look of the building. This masterful artistry is a direct example of the Stylists who do their best work here. A salon full of experienced and creative minds who are the kindest people you meet.

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Velvet Monkey Salon – 1701 N.W. 16th – Plaza District
Never seen what you are looking for on anyone else? Your best bet would be the Velvet Monkey salon. Estrella Evans created a movement in OKC that has given us many great Salons in the Urban Core. Starting in a small house on 23rd st. Velvet Monkey saw a move to the Plaza District during the beginning of it’s rebirth. There is plenty to see inside of the salon. The walls have art work by local artists and graffiti art that matches the attitude.

Starlite Salon – 719 NW 23rd St – Uptown District
Just a few doors down from Cuppies & Joe, Starlite resides in an old bungalow on 23rd st. A small, but comfortable salon that makes you feel right at home. They have seen Uptown grow into a district full of great shops and restaurants. With a steady clients Starlite makes finding your style a simple task.

Flux Salon – 1 NE 2nd Street, Suite 208 – Deep Deuce District
Hairstyles are in a constant state of change. Flux would like to keep you up to date on any style on trend. Located across the street from Anchor Down in Deep Deuce, Flux has been around for some time. Taking care of a district filled with young professionals and urban neighbors.

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Eden Salon & Spa – 4200 N. Western – Western Ave.
Now with three locations in OKC, Eden has been known for their elegant locations with a high quality range of services. Their Western Ave. location is next door to the historic VZD’s. After a long night of music and drinks the next day you can return to that location for a spa treatment.


We can all agree at one point what we knew of Barbershops was slowly dying off. Then what seems out of nowhere they have made a come back. To many Barbers it is rewarding to carry on a tradition, but to some it was merely blazing a new trail. A trail that gave us new and even some old trends in Men’s Hair Styles.

Executive Barbershop – 101 N Broadway Ave #1190 – Downtown District
Conveniently located in the lower level of the BancFirst building downtown, this is the spot for on the go, need a quick haircut before the meeting sort of barbershop. First impressions are important in this Business District area. Executive gives you the luxury to put your best look forward.

Max the Barber & Annex – 514 NW 28th St #6 – Paseo Arts District
Making his name in Edmond for years, Max Radcliffe finally made the move inward toward the Urban Core of Oklahoma City. His new Shop in the Paseo Arts District is located in a mixed use vintage apartment building across from Sauced on the Paseo. He quickly had to expand and add another up and coming barber Kenny Nunnelee who cuts next door in the Annex. Make sure and set an appointment on the website. These two men keep very busy, but you will always be glad you did after a cut from here.

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Capital City Barbershop – 1910 N Classen Blvd. – Near Uptown and Asian Districts
Jake Phelps recently opened this location in a spot that had already been a barbershop once before. He has a decade of experience under his belt and continues to elevate his craft. Don’t let the minimalistic interior fool you, these barbers pay a lot of attention to detail.

Weldon Jack – 3621 N Western Ave. – Western Ave.
Created by Local Artist Jerrod Smith this Shop is half provisions, half barbershop. Not only can you get a great new cut or shave, you can grab new gear and fashion from many local creatives. A heavy style inspiration comes from the classic motorcycle culture. You will find bags, hats and accessories a plenty. Weldon Jack also carries Halston & Henley an all-natural grooming products company right here in OKC.

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Carwin’s Shave Shop – 5710 Classen Blvd. – Classen Curve
Bringing back the importance of a freshly shaved face with a straight razor has changed many modern Men’s lives. Carwin’s is filled with Men’s products to peruse while you wait for your appointment. Whether you have a beard or not, these barbers got you covered.

Top 10 Local Coffee Shops in the Urban Core of Oklahoma City

At Verbode we have our own kitchen equipped with an amazing coffee machine. If it is your first time at Verbode, you are more than likely going to be treated to a Sarah Special. Sarah Bytyqi makes one of the most devilishly delicious coffee’s in downtown OKC.

When we aren’t making our own coffee, these are the coffee shops we recommend in the Urban Core. We love all of them and they all have their own style. So there is not a best on this list. So try them all.

Beatnix Cafe – When you arrive through the front door you are always greeted with a smile and if you are a regular, you might just hear your name called. This is for the simple black coffee type of person. Someone who likes a lil cream, a lil sugar. You should always order food with your coffee. There is so much to choose from and it seems all of it is delicious. Do not just go here once. Return and try the whole menu.

Vintage Coffee – Perfectly located on Western Ave. where it only takes a short walk from Brookhaven, Douglas and Crown Heights neighborhoods. Nestled in the basement of an old church, this welcoming little coffee shop has local art work on the walls, reading rooms and many different coffees to choose from. We suggest a Smooffee, a fro-yo slash expresso smoothie drink. Add a little flavor to make for a delicious pick me up!

Leaf & Bean – If you need to describe the location in order for people to find it, just tell them it is the pretty little building in a giant parking lot. David among Goliaths, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, Leaf & Bean is a perfect spot for those who need well made coffee or tea in a small amount of time. Although there is no indoor area, they set up a nice seating area out front for those who want to sit and enjoy local brew. If they have cookies on the menu the day you go, it is okay to have one even if you are on a diet. We all need a sugar fix now and then.

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Lobby Bar – Western Ave. seems to have exactly what you need at anytime of day. Lobby Bar is breakfast, lunch, dinner or a hot toddy late night. A cozy mix of cocktail and coffee bar, you should try going at all hours of the day and pick your favorite time to be there. If you commute to work this way try the Grab & Go Breakfast. $5 Mon-Fri, From 7-11 a.m.
Coffee + Your Choice of Daily Pastry,Egg Sandwich, Frittata or Quiche. It will make a great start to your busy day.

District House – The Coffee Shop in the Plaza District, which basically completed the reason why some people spend their entire day in the Plaza. It has grown into a full on cafe with free wifi and great art. Their sandwiches are delicious with a perfectly portioned side. If you are looking for a quiet place to get work done, this is your new office space. The staff is so helpful and kind it is hard to leave.

Cuppies & Joe – If you miss going to your Grandparents house for sweets and comfy vintage furniture, you can always hang out at Cuppies & Joe. Family owned and operated in a small vintage home. It is a great place to bring the entire family young and old. There are so many treats to choose from you will end up craving your next visit. Any cupcake expert knows you have to have a red velvet to be a pro, so you must try the Sass-a-frass.

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The Red Cup – Artists, Professors, students and creatives of all kind have made The Red Cup their home away from home. Indoor a home filled with tribute art. Garden with seating next to the sounds of water and birds. A patio filled with stories from some of the most interesting people you will ever meet. It is also a safe place for vegetarians with a great meatless menu. If you are having a tough time waking up, we recommend a Sexi-Mexi expresso and some “Cin”Ful toast.

Coffee Slingers – This is the one place a coffee snob can be a coffee snob. Attention to every detail is labored over at Slingers. You can tell how much they love coffee by the rich full taste that comes from all their brews. The must have is a large bottle of Cold Brew, that the regulars call Adventure Juice. It is full of flavor and can keep you going all day long. This is not a place for someone in a hurry, but it is a place for someone who wants to take their time enjoying their coffee.

Cafe Kacao – It is on our list for everyone, to brunch at Kacao before you die. Run with love by the Del Cid family, they bring their style of Latin Cuisine and Coffee. The taste is inspired by Guatemala and most of the recipes were perfected generations ago. Everything they serve is fresh and full of flavor. You will have to wait in line, but we recommend you do. No matter the wait, it is worth it. If you can’t wait in line and you work downtown, never fear this family opened a new shop in the Metropolitan Library downtown called Cafe Condesa. You are sure to find a new favorite there.

Elemental Coffee Roasters – This ever evolving coffee shop is the go to meeting place for most downtown creatives and business professionals. With a something new to try on the menu everyday, the food is always a pleasing surprise. The only thing that would make this coffee shop better, if you could have their coffee in beer form. If you are in the know, then that will make you laugh, because Elemental is working with Black Mesa Brewing to make a one of a kind Coffee Stout Beer. Los Naranjos is on it’s way soon for everyone to drink and be merry!

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Top 10 Districts in Oklahoma City's Urban Core

With a great economy and a growing population, Oklahoma City is seeing the birth of the District. Shopping, Dining, Adventure, Entertainment and Art there is a District for everyone. We compiled a list of our Top 10 Districts, along with a few suggestions. We hope this list will give you the urge to get out of the house and enjoy a District today!

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Boathouse District – With a unique architecture the City has seen, this district is for the kid and athlete at heart. Everything from kayaking, rock climbing and flying down a zip line is available here. You will also find from time to time the world’s Olympic athletes. Next week is the Oklahoma Regatta Festival, you do not want to miss this fun time for the whole family! Next for this area, the White Water Riversport Rapids.

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Western Avenue – A soon to finish road renovation will open up the sidewalks and make it easier for everyone to find their favorite bar or restaurant. You have your classics like VZD’s to your newbie The Barrel. You can also spice up your life a little with Savory Spice Shop or you could tone it down with a coffee at Lobby Bar. Shops include A Date with IrisWeldon Jack, and Guestroom Records. When they say there is something for everyone, they mean it.

Top 10 Districts

Top 10 Districts

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Classen Curve – When thinking about this district, you should always ask, “Do I like shopping?” If the answer is yes, this is your district. With popular national chains like Whole FoodsAnthropologie and West Elm you can bet you will keep with the current trends. It is also quite easy to Keep It Local in Classen Curve. Onion Burgers at Tucker’s. Running shoes at Red Coyote. Kid’s fashion at Uptown Kids. It is basically a shopper’s paradise!

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Asian District – This has been a district for many years before we even started calling places a district. It has also been the best place for all things Asian Cuisine. Pho Lien Hoa, Lido and Super Cao Nguyen for those who like to make their own. Everyone has a favorite spot in this District. It is also a great place for sandwich lover’s with Neptune’s SubsLee’s Sandwiches and for the Vegetarians, you can grab a Sloppy Jane with your coffee at The Red Cup.

Top 10 Districts

Top 10 Districts

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Deep Deuce District – Once a prominent African American community, this small but significant district was a powerful jazz community and Ralph Waldo Ellison even wrote about it in his book Trading Twelves. Now it is having a rebirth of dining, shopping, and living. You have The Wedge Pizzeria, home to some of the best pizza in the state. There is WSKY Lounge, where you can have a great cigar and just about any whiskey you can think of. You might even run into NBA All-star Kevin Durant. New kids on the block Anchor Down for your corn dog fix and Slaughter’s Hall. If you eat to much, you can always step into Slim Menswear to get measured for a new pair of pants.

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Uptown District – the 23rd street was and always will be a street filled with potential. With the Tower Theater being renovated and the Gold Dome soon to find new life, Uptown is quickly becoming the district to start a new local business. You can’t start this conversation without bringing up Cheever’s Cafe. It has been a staple for many years. Now there are many new places that will likely be around for years. GuyutesPizzeria GustoThe DrakeThe Pump Bar, Mutts, Big Truck TacosCuppies & JoeBackdoor BBQBasil and Pizza 23 just to name a few. It seems there is so much now, yet there is so much more to come from this district.

Top 10 Districts

Top 10 Districts

4.

Automobile Alley – Cool shops like Plenty Mercantile and Sara Kate Studios mixed with a great cup of joe at Coffee Slingers, Auto Alley is experiencing a resurgence. Experience fine dining at the Broadway 10 Chop House or Red Prime Steakhouse. Be sure to check it out on the 3rd Thursday every month for Shop Hop. Verbode included!

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Midtown District – If you work downtown you are more than likely going to stop in Midtown before heading home. Happy Hour is no joke in Midtown. Newly opened Fassler Hall serves up mini bratwurst with your giant German beer. After that, you can go downstairs and bowl until your hearts content at Dust Bowl. You don’t always have to go after work, if you are an early riser there
is a donut at Brown’s Bakery or a European pastry at Prairie Thunder Baking Company. Don’t forget about the new shops in Midtown like Black ScintillaTrade Men’s Wares and Chirps & Cheers. You are bound to find something to spend your hard earned money on.

Top 10 Districts

Top 10 Districts

2.

Paseo Arts District – It could be argued that the Paseo Arts District was the birthplace of Oklahoma City’s art culture. Lined with 22 art galleries you can find just about any media. The Project Box opened last year as space for artists in all disciplines to share and further their skills through interactive workshops and performances. The Elm’s gallery was one of the first galleries in the area opened in 1920, now JRB Art at the Elm’s it has become one of the most important galleries for any local artist to show their work. The Paseo is also home to very artistically delicious food from Picasso CafePaseo Grill, and Sauced. Best time to see everything and your favorite artists, First Friday art walk.

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Plaza District – A couple of years ago there were only a few businesses on a run down the street that was once a hub for business. When Lyric Theatre chose to renovate a building on this street it seemed to cause chain reactions. Businesses started popping up slowly, like No Regrets Tattoo and DNA Galleries. Today as soon as a building comes available, there are many entrepreneurs jumping on the chance to open their ideas on The Plaza. With a mentality of working together and not creating competition, The Plaza District has grown quickly and each new business becomes the new success story. Like Kasum GalleryOut on a Limb and Maverick. If you are hungry, there is plenty to indulge your grumbling belly. The MuleEmpire Slice HouseChiltepe’sOak & OreSaint’s and District House. For dessert there is Roxy’s Ice CreamPie Junkie or you can sip wine at Urban Wineworks. So much to choose from with so little time in the day.

Top 10 Districts

Top 10 Districts

Up and Coming Districts

Film Row District – Film Row has been reborn from a love of its amazing past, and development and new construction abounds. The creative presence at the heart of Film Row’s Sheridan and Lee Avenues includes a plethora of artistic businesses, a movie house, law firms, locally-owned restaurants, and so much more. The future looks even better as more and more learn about Film Row and its amazing legacy, making it one of Oklahoma City’s brightest stars!

Farmer’s Market District– Quickly becoming the place to see your favorite local musicians, creatives and entrepreneurs, the Farmer’s Market is not only home to fresh local produce anymore. You now have bars, restaurants, food truck lots, and creative spaces being filled. Pick up your fresh local goods and stay for a spicy cocktail at the Power House.

Top 10 Districts

Top 10 Districts

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Top 10 Parks in Oklahoma City's Urban Core

I think we can all agree this weather is “Park” weather! If you haven’t had a picnic or taken your family to the neighborhood park, you are missing out. We have put together a list of our favorite Urban Core Parks here in OKC.

Oklahoma City’s Urban Core Parks have many amenities. From large amounts of open green space for your pets to get their exercise to the Splash Pads to cool off the kids on a hot summer day. In recent years, we have seen great updates to many of these parks. Including Myriad Gardens and Memorial Park.

UPDATES!

New Updated plans for the New Downtown Park and Military Park in the Asian District.

Parks

Parks

Top 10 Parks in Oklahoma City’s Urban Core

10. Denniston Park

  • Located from NW 25th to 27th st. between Drexel and Denniston.
  • Parking on street
  • 3 acres
  • Playground on site

9. McKinley Park

  • Located in Classen Ten Penn and walking distance from the Plaza District, From NW 11th to 14th st. between Douglas and Mckinley.
  • 34 Parking spaces
  • 10 acres
  • Playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, water station, soccer fields, baseball field and a community center with head start program and gym.

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8. Waymans Park

  • Located in Linwood Place from NW 18th to 19th st. between Drexel and Land.
  • Parking on street
  • 1.5 acres
  • Playground on site

7. Douglas Park

  • Located in the Douglas Neighborhood and walking distance from Western Avenue from NW 45th to 47th st. between N. Walker and Lee.
  • 35 Parking spaces
  • 8.5 acres
  • Playground, youth baseball field, gazebo, and picnic tables

Parks

6. Crown Heights Park

  • Located in Crown Heights from NW 36th to 38th st. between N. Walker and Western.
  • Parking on street
  • 19.2 acres
  • 2 playgrounds, 2 youth baseball fields, and 3 picnic areas

5. Memorial Park

  • Located close to Putnam Heights, Military Park and walking distance from the Asian District from NW 34th to 36th st. between Western and Classen.
  • 78 Parking spaces
  • 16 acres
  • Community center, playgrounds, tennis courts, fountain, youth soccer fields, walking trails, picnic areas, and youth pool.

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4. Regatta Park

  • Located in the Boathouse District at 701 S Lincoln Blvd.
  • Parking spaces available
  • Playground, walking trails, river views, kayak, paddle boarding, zip line, slides, and rafting.

3. Perle Mesta Park

  • Located in Mesta Park and walking distance from Uptown 23rd & Midtown from NW 18th to 19th st between Shartel and Lee.
  • Parking on street
  • 2.6 acres
  • Playground, sand volleyball, and gazebo.

Parks

2. Edgemere Park

  • Located in Edgemere from NW 32nd to 36th st. between Harvey and Hudson.
  • Parking on street
  • 20 acres
  • Playground, backstop, planted gardens, and park benches.

1. Myriad Gardens Park

  • Located in the Downtown District and walking distance to the SOSA Neighborhood from Reno to Sheridan between Robinson and Hudson.
  • 46 Parking spaces
  • 17 acres
  • Tropical indoor gardens, outdoor gardens, ponds, fountains, park benches, dog park, children’s park, gazebo, and walking trails

Parks

To learn more about OKC’s Parks and Recreation locations download here: Spring Program Guide