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DDRC approves Stage Center demolition


News

Kelley Chambers
The Downtown Design Review Committee cleared the way on January 16 for developer Rainey Williams Jr. to raze Oklahoma City's Stage Center building downtown to make room for an office tower. The committee voted 3-2 in favor of demolition.
 
Thursday, January 16, 2014

OKG7 Eat: Coffee culture


OKG7 Dining

Kelley Chambers

Winter is perhaps the best time of year to find a great coffee shop, grab a book and settle in with a warm cup of coffee. You can always find a diner with a bottomless cup of coffee, but why not go all out and enjoy a great cup of coffee in a great space? Around the metro, there are options ranging from converted houses to ultra-sleek modern shops that all take their coffee very seriously.

 
Monday, December 30, 2013

OKG7 It’s a miracle on 23rd Street


Food and Drink Features

Kelley Chambers

Not so long ago, anyone frequenting retailers along NW 23rd Street between N. Broadway Avenue and Western Avenue was shopping for a wig or pawning a television. Cheever’s Cafe was the pioneering restaurant but sat alone for many years. Things didn’t happen overnight, but more restaurateurs gave 23rd a second look and that strip of Route 66 is a diner’s dream.

 
Monday, December 23, 2013

OKG7 Open Christmas


OKG7 Dining

Kelley Chambers
Christmas can be a trying time, what with being surrounded by family and holiday cheer. For those who need an escape, a good drink, a bite to eat or all three, several bars around the metro will be open. These may not be places where everyone knows your name, but you can head to these friendly watering holes to celebrate — or to forget — holidays.
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

OKG7 let’s do lunch, downtown


OKG7 Dining

Kelley Chambers
Head to the central business district in downtown Oklahoma City for lunch options including fine dining and casual stops. Whether you’re just downtown for the day, it’s your day in court, it’s a business lunch, you’re trying to impress the boss (or vice versa) or you just want to be surrounded by tall buildings, find a parking spot and grab some grub.
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

OKG7 inventive breakfasts


OKG7 Dining

Kelley Chambers
Inventive options around the metro shake up the bacon-and-egg breakfast. Sure, there is a time and place for the old favorites, but why not have some fun, too? Bacon and sausage may think they hold a monopoly on breakfast, but they take a backseat to turkey, chicken and even lobster on these menus. Some places even substitute tofu and soy for meat, and odds are you’ll never miss the pork.
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

OKG7 pie dreams


OKG7 Dining

Kelley Chambers
On the television show Twin Peaks, FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper couldn’t get enough cherry pie at the Twin Peaks Double R Diner. (Don’t even get him started on the damn fine coffee around town.) He raved about the pie at every opportunity, and you too will find reasons to celebrate pie, especially during the holidays. These metro favorites surely would far exceed Agent Cooper’s insatiable lust for fantastic pie.
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

OKG7 chilly dogs


OKG7 Dining

Kelley Chambers
The dog days of summer have waned and baseball season now is behind us, but that doesn’t mean hot dogs get dropped from fall and winter menus. Whether you like it plain-Jane with yellow mustard or the footlong variety (snicker, snicker) adorned with everything from chili and cheese to sauerkraut and jalapeños, when your dogs are barking, there are chilly weather selections aplenty for wieners all over town.
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013

OKG7 vegetarian eats


OKG7 Dining

Kelley Chambers
’Tis the season to overeat, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be meat and potatoes. Several metro restaurants will more than satisfy your carnivorous cravings while also offering tasty vegetarian dishes filled with lively seasonal vegetables that are far from dry lentils and bean sprouts. Remember, being vegetarian only means meat-free, not flavor-free.
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Smart traffic

OKC moves ahead with traffic signal upgrades aimed at benefiting motorists.


News

Kelley Chambers
Don’t credit blind luck if motorists notice that they can drive a stretch of Classen Boulevard from the Northwest Expressway to downtown without stopping.
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Seeking C-Town

Daily nonstop flights make it easy for OKC residents to check out how much Cleveland rocks.


Features

Kelley Chambers
Headlines out of Cleveland, Ohio, have been anything but positive these last few weeks, but don't let that color your view of the city that overlooks Lake Erie.
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Like a rock

Two metro high school stadiums built in the Depression era are due a makeover


News

Kelley Chambers
Gary Armbruster said he wants to make one thing clear: No one is tearing down Taft Stadium’s historic rock wall that has faced N. May Avenue for more than 70 years.
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Son shines

A rising star in his own right, Beatles son James McCartney brings a welcome low-key show to The Blue Door.


Music

Kelley Chambers
By no fault of his own, James McCartney has one of the most famous faces on the planet. He looks like the cute Beatle, but he has reddish-blond hair and a rounder face.
 
Friday, May 3, 2013

This museum kills fascists

With a collection numbering 10,000 the Woody Guthrie Center opens in Tulsa.


Visual Arts

Kelley Chambers
For much of her life, what Nora Guthrie knew about her father, Woody Guthrie, came from his body of work, a smattering of memories and the recollections of the folk stars who admired and learned from him.
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

After Aubrey

Nonprofits and retailers wonder about their relationship with Chesapeake in a post-McClendon environment.


News

Kelley Chambers
Some could argue that in addition to being in the energy business, Chesapeake Energy is in the Oklahoma City business. From shopping centers to the support of nonprofits and the arts, many rely on Chesapeake dollars. With the departure of Chesapeake co-founder and CEO Aubrey McClendon, many who benefit from the company’s philanthropic efforts wonder what’s next.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
 
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