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OKG Newsletter

Topic: Saints

‘Shine’ on

Velvet Monkey celebrates its second anniversary in the Plaza District

Can we all take a moment and think about what a huge difference just a few years has made to the Plaza District? It’s been pretty amazing to watch all the new, locally owned businesses move into the neighborhood and thrive.

One of those thrivers is Velvet Monkey Salon & Vintage Boutique, which is celebrating its second anniversary in the district tonight during “Live on the Plaza.”

From 7-10 p.m., the cool salon and boutique will present “Monkey Shines,” a fashion and art show. Admission is free and will include art and jewelry from local designers and artists, along with music by DJ c.hill. At 8:30 p.m., a fashion show will strut its stuff, featuring hairstyles and fashions created by each Velvet Monkey stylist.

Other “Live on the Plaza” events for tonight include a soft opening for the restaurant/pub Saints, open houses, featured artists and music in the many shops.

by Jenny Coon Peterson 05.13.2011 3 years ago
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Mix it up

Bartenders go head-to-head in a cocktail competition

So a few weeks ago, I attended a bachelorette party. Great food and friends, lots of fun, but we inevitably ended up at a Bricktown club. Which is fine. (No it’s not. The amount of polyester blend and Jean Paul Gaultier cologne was appalling.)

I sucked it up and ordered some drinks … which arrived pink (because of course they did) and sickly sweet. I love a good mixed drink — in fact, I’ve fallen in love with the Pegu Club at Ludivine — but a bad mixed drink can be just awful.

Somehow, I doubt the bartender at Shall Remain Nameless Club will be at “Mix: Art by the Ounce,” a Thursday event dubbed a “drinkable art exhibit” (in my opinion, the best kind of art exhibit).

From 6-9 p.m. at The Exchange on Film Row, 13 mixologists will compete to be crowned the metro’s favorite bartender, as voted on by guests. Mixologists from restaurants like West, 105 Degrees, Red Prime and Rococo will showcase their signature concoctions, while new restaurant Saints will cater with hors d’oeuvres, a full dinner and dessert.

Space to the Thursday Mix event is limited, and admission is $55. Get tickets online or call 601-9200.

by Jenny Coon Peterson 05.17.2011 3 years ago
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Even more new restaurants.

OKG7 Dining

Carol Smaglinski
Here are several new restaurants coming our way again. Just like summer vegetables, these will be taking root and hopefully growing. All seven are offering hearty flavors, regional influences and prices that are just right for tough economic times. Go get ’em.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Going Live

Live on the Plaza is tonight.

You guys, rejoice. After three months of living like the mole people, we can finally venture back outside without bursting into flames and/or instantly dehydrating. It’s almost like we’re living on a habitable human planet again!

So what should we do with this newfound, above-ground freedom? Party. I was hoping for a “Return of the Jedi”-style Ewok village extravaganza, but tonight’s Live on the Plaza is a close second.

This month, Live on the Plaza will feature the kick-off of The Society, a new artists’ collective (aka, a nest of hippies). The launch party will feature live music, live painting by Dusty Gilpin and Dylan Bradway, food and art vendors.

Cole Dewey Designs and Warpaint Clothing will present film screenings (of a Native American artist doc and skateboarding, respectively), while there will be open houses at the new Urban WineWorks, Wild.Flower, Collected Thread and more. And when you get hungry (living off reconstituted foodstuffs in your underground warren can get ho-hum) stop in at Saints or place an order at one of the food trucks.

Welcome back to society, friends.

by Jenny Coon Peterson 08.12.2011 2 years ago
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Black Friday, OKC-style

Let’s talk shop.

I'm going to be honest with you: Black Friday freaks me out. A lot.

The absolute last thing I want to do after OD-ing on turkey is get up early and shove through hoards of coupon clippers (no offense to those who clip ’n’ save). 

Also, most BF offers come from corporate retailers, and honestly, I'd rather a more personal (read: local) product.

If you have the urge to shop but not battle jam-packed malls fraught with strollers, stick fingers and endless lines, then I've got a treat for you.

This year, 16th Street in the Plaza District offers local lovers an option. Get 20 percent off and stimulate your home economy!

Shop art at DNA, peruse vintage at Bad Granny's or pick up some handmade goods from Collected Thread, just to name a few of the great shops. Make sure and take a break for lunch at Saints and a glass of wine at the new Urban Wineworks. And voilà! You've got a stress-free, local day.

Refuse to go out but want to keep it in OK? Head on over to Etsy. Specifically those e-shops run by locals!

Make sure you pop by OU grad and local sweetie Marek Ferguson's shop for thoughtful and OK-themed treasures.

Love Oklahoma? I'll believe it when I see the pillow on your couch.

by Jenn Scott 11.23.2011 2 years ago
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Space heater for your heart

Forget starting a fire! These holiday treats will have you warmed up in no time.

Food and Drink Features

Luke Atkinson
Some holiday sippers locate the nearest bottle of whiskey and mix up a makeshift hot-chocolate treat, but that isn’t what Christmas is about.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Have an inkling


Jenn Scott
Few things are more important in the world of style than the creation of your own personal look. A lot of thought goes into it.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Plaza, sweet

The 16th Street Plaza District makes a historic resurrection.


Peter Wright
After decades of neglect and disrepair, the 16th Street Plaza District is in the midst of a full-fledged resurgence.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Rock it

OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Do not adjust your sets. Television of Saints is the new album of Seattle singer/songwriter Rocky Votolato, who returns to town to channel his folk-influenced blend of alt-rock, 8 p.m. Sunday at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford in Norman. Opening is fellow Emerald City musician Kevin Long. Tickets are $10-$12. Call 820-0951 or visit


Wednesday, May 9, 2012