Cultural spirit

A new restaurant concept in northeast OKC aims to become a family-friendly hub for black culture.
After the closure of Urban Roots, which Quintin Hughes considered a centerpiece of black culture, a void was left to be filled.

Fresh brew

An Omaha-based coffee chain expands into the Oklahoma City metro.
The first Scooter’s Coffee in Oklahoma City opened last month in the far northwest part of the city.

Sweet vision

OKC Sweets, a local baker’s home business, is set to expand into a brick-and-mortar location.
Stefanie Embree and her husband decided 2020 is the year they open up a dessert shop.

Jail resolutions

A coalition of organizations is demanding better conditions for those incarcerated in the county jail.
A coalition working for human rights started the year off demanding better conditions for those in the Oklahoma County jail.

Cover: Winter contingency

Overnight shelters for people without a home rely on donations and volunteers to best serve their clients, especially in the cold months.
Sixteen people experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma City died during winter 2017.

A-list comedy

A new downtown venue bringing national comic headliners is now open.

Sunday liquor

Oklahoma County residents will get to vote on Sunday liquor store sales at a March 2020 special election.
Oklahoma County will decide whether or not to approve Sunday liquor store sales early next year.

Fresh Suites

After an extensive renovation, a hotel on Northwest Expressway reopens under new ownership.
After taking the building down to steel and concrete and undergoing a massive renovation, a former Marriott hotel is reopening as Embassy Suites.

Food inequality

Experts weighed in on what plays into food insecurity and better ways to address the topic.
The biggest health risk affecting certain communities is inequality.

Protecting employees

Councilman James Cooper proposed an amendment to the city’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy.
Oklahoma City Council voted to update the city’s personnel policies to extend nondiscrimination protections for gender identity and expression.

Improving health

One of the city’s most unhealthy ZIP codes could receive a Healthy Neighborhood Overlay zoning.
A potential Healthy Neighborhood Overlay for the 73111 ZIP code is among the first things Oklahoma City Council will decide in 2020.

Park milestone

City and community leaders broke ground last week on a park honoring a local Mexican American war hero.
The rebirth of Manuel Perez Park has officially begun.

Running the jail

Greg Williams, who has 36 years of experience at Oklahoma Department of Corrections, will be the new county jail administrator.
(This story was updated Dec. 11 to include new information on the sheriff's deadline and budget requests.)

Luxury lanes

A motor coach company boasting first-class service is starting a route between Oklahoma City and Dallas.
Vonlane, a Dallas-based luxury motor coach company, is expanding outside its home state and launching a bus route between Oklahoma City and Dallas.

District improvement

The city council unanimously approved the Uptown 23rd Business Improvement District, helping establish financial sustainability for the district.
People visiting Uptown 23rd next year will notice cleaner sidewalks and a more vibrant and attractive district, officials say.

Suit settlement

Oklahoma City is in the process of settling a seven-year lawsuit either monetarily or via land swap.
A land swap could settle a seven-year lawsuit with the city.

Street tunes

An ordinance introduced last week could make it easier for people to busk.
An Oklahoma City councilwoman wants to deregulate the city’s busking process.

New digs

The zoo is building new habitats that will pave the way for a major new exhibit.
Several projects are in the works for Oklahoma City Zoological Park and Botanical Garden that officials say will give people renewed reasons for visiting.

Club changes

Two clubs in Oklahoma City’s gayborhood have closed and will be replaced, while a formerly shuttered club reopens its doors.
Two new club concepts will replace Hotel Habana’s former clubs while Angles reopens its doors.

Preservation changes

Oklahoma City Council adopted a measure that changes the historic preservation process.
Oklahoma City Council adopted an ordinance last week amending a previous controversial proposal that would have stripped some of Historic Preservation Commission’s powers.

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