Whether you're a smoker looking for something of higher quality than can be found at a convenience store or you're shopping for a gift for a smoker, Royal has a quality selection worth checking out. The staff are knowledgable and can help you find what you're looking for. They're also unabashed fans of the products they sell, which in today's PC anti-tobacco world is a nice combination to find for those who appreciate tobacco in its many forms.
While I've had plenty of cheaper haircuts in Norman, I haven't had any better than those I've gotten at The Mens Room. The shop is located at Campus Corner, but it may be a bit pricey for the average starving college student. For your money you will get quality service, though, and you're much more likely to be happy with the results when you walk out than if you go to one of the cheapo chain shops.
The tradition of quality cuts is reflected in the clientele you'll see there. TMR is as likely a place as any to spot a local celebrity in town getting camera-ready.
GCO features a course designed by renowned designer Tom Fazio, outstanding clubhouse facilities, cottages that can be rented for private parties, an excellent dining room and more. While the cost of membership has dropped dramatically over the years, memberships to this private club still run more than the average golfer is likely to consider spending. As the price of membership has dropped, so has the quality of the club to some extent (or such is the opinion of many long-time members).
When GCO hosts a tournament, take the opportunity to join the gallery. It's worth a visit, if nothing else.
The Lyons' stores offer uniquely Oklahoman art and other regional Indian art that is equally appreciated by locals and visitors alike. These are not tourist junk shops. Even if you don't plan on buying anything, it's worth a visit just to see local heritage and culture on display in all its glory.
Although Frankoma Pottery's future appeared uncertain earlier in the year, I'm happy to learn that my annual purchase of Frankoma at Lyons' can continue.
There's not much you can't find at Woodland Hills Mall (known as "The Mall"). From big name retailers to smaller boutiques, there's something for everyone. Given the variety of stores at the mall, mall gift certificates are a safe buy for those who are hard to buy for. Parking, though abundant, gets pretty hairy during the shopping seasons. Check the street lamps in the parking lots for the name of the parking lot you're in and remember which entry you use to enter, because it's easy to mis-remember exactly where it was you parked.
If you're in the giving mood, stop by during the Christmas season and pick up a card or two from the Angel Tree so a needy kid can wake up to a present on Christmas morning.
It's often too easy to believe the bad press about the region as having nothing to do, no night life, no culture. Urban Tulsa reminds readers of the vibrance of the community and the bright lights shining across the city. Restaurant reviews, local commentary and live entertainment schedules provide those interested in getting out of the house something to check out and something to talk about when they get there.
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It's nice for smaller cities to have local papers. Keeping up with local events and occasionally seeing your friends and neighbors mentioned helps develop a sense of community. When your own family is mentioned or pictured a priceless opportunity for an addition to the scrapbook is created.
However, most Broken Arrowans identify themselves as such based upon their school district. Quite some time ago the Ledger clearly made a business decision to base their coverage on a more geographically based model. Rather than providing a community paper for self-identified Broken Arrowans, the Ledger now provides more coverage of the Union school district than many home-towners can stomach.
Without a credible community-based competitor, the Ledger may as well change their name to something less specific than the Broken Arrow Ledger. However, the time may be right for an enterprising upstart to split the Union and BA markets into school district centric coverage.
In the days of corporate chains on several corners of each semi-busy intersection, not many Mom and Pop stores have survived the squeeze. Those that have survived tend to be like Pearson's: serving a more remote clientele.
Rosko's occupied this space for decades, then the proprietors decided to retire and sold to Pearson's. While the burger and fry specials and the fried pies aren't the same as in the days of Rosko's, the general layout and services are much the same. The gas isn't the cheapest. Nothing else is the cheapest. They don't accept checks. But they are open for business every day, serving those on the outskirts of town.
For more than 40 years, Gatesway has provided the developmentally disabled a leg up on the journey to independence. They've enriched the lives of many Oklahomans by teaching those they serve life skills and job skills while integrating them into the community. They're truly doing good work.
Stop by and check them out from time to time. Your patronage will do more than just help them financially on those occasions you find something you decide to purchase. You'll also be helping them in ways that go beyond dollars and cents.
When my commute took me past Arnolds every morning, I'd stop for something or the other a couple times a week. When the new campus was built just east of Arnolds, we figured the place would see still more business. I guess maybe the turnpike extension siphoned traffic that would normally have passed Arnolds on their way to the BA Expressway. For whatever reason, the pickled eggs, biscuits and gravy, cokes and smokes are no longer available for purchase as Arnolds has closed business.
When you talk to people about Arnolds, no one can figure out why Arnolds closed, but not many of them remember the last time they stopped there, either.
(Note: rating is based on Arnolds' current state of non-existence.)