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February 2017

When you consider how many small businesses surround you in your everyday life, it is impressive to think about the amount of time, commitment and labor these hard working individuals contribute to making their businesses come to life and stay alive. As big as their impact is, small businesses depend on individual customer support to be successful and keep their shops open. Isn’t it about time we showed them some love?

Model: Dallas Jeandemange

Photographer: Marc Rains

Clothes courtesy of Jules Boutique

Features

Lipshtick Laughs

With an honest, raw and usually no-holds-barred act that helps her work out personal issues, Whitney Cummings has no capacity for embarrassment.

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Clowning Around

Trade in the monotony and pressures of life for some laughter, silliness, non-creepy clowns, acrobatic acts and yes, elephants, at the Akdar Shrine Circus.

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Auto-Exotica

With over a thousand vehicles inside, automotive lovers can stroll through the Darryl Starbird show, feasting their eyes on some of the most beautiful, innovative and powerful cars ever built.

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Think Small, Buy Local

Many Americans frequent chain stores without considering their local merchant or other small business options. But shopping local can be rewarding, fun, and even cost-effective.

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V-Day the New Way

Whether you’re single, coupled up, somewhere in between or hanging with besties, get out of a rut this Valentine’s Day with these creative activities that don’t include chocolates and roses.

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The New Fight Club

People are increasingly taking to the mats to practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a combat sport used by mixed martial arts fighters. But the training benefits also reach well outside the match zone.

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The Reel Deal

Slot machines are games of pure chance, requiring no skill whatsoever. So why are casino-goers so enamored with all the bells and whistles?

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Amp It Up

The OklaHomeGrown Music Showcase gives emerging stars and under-the-radar music acts the opportunity to expand their reach and fan base from within the historic Cain’s Ballroom.

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Dine + Drink

Grape Expectations

Picking out a great bottle of cabernet sauvignon at the liquor store, or even just a glass of sauvignon blanc while out for a nice meal, isn't as hard as some wine connoisseurs might make you think.

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Gratifying Grill

From the confines of a nearly 100-year-old landmark, the Atlas Grill honors downtown Tulsa’s rich heritage with blue-plate specials, comfort food and catering meals that have stood the test of time.

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Asian Sensation

Mandarin Taste coalesces the cuisines of the Far East into one sumptuous whole with hot pot, dumplings, seafood and spicy and flavorful Szechwan food options.

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Family First

La Roma’s combination of Italian pizza and Mediterranean dishes, married with the love the owners have for each other and their customers, is special and unique.

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Baking Sweet Memories

Whether it’s a baby shower cake, a birthday cake or a wedding cake that stands as a true testament to your love, very few confectionary challenges are beyond the grasp of The Cake Lady.

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Food for Thaw

Whether it’s chewy, gooey, creamy or meaty, hearty comfort food — especially in the colder months — is like an electric blanket for the soul, warming you from the inside out.

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Best Bets

Best Mac and Cheese

Put down that Kraft box and check out the 918’s best spots for tantalizing (and powder-free) mac and cheese dishes, with nuances ranging from pork belly and bits of bacon to crunchy breadcrumb toppings and fitting as many gooey cheese as possible into a single batch.

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Best Antique Shops

Collecting antiques and vintage items is a passion shared by many people, from the casual collector to the serious dealer. Despite the modern age of convenience, the enthusiasm with which people seek out these historic treasures remains undiminished.

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Departments

Living Simple

Spurning many modern conveniences, the Chouteau Amish, with their strict beliefs, traditional dress and giving nature, are living and enjoying life side by side with modern Oklahomans.

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Training Gaffes

So you’re busting your butt, but after all the sweat sessions you’re not seeing the payoff? Whether you’re a fitness newbie or a hardcore gym buff, you’re probably making some common blunders.

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Scream Machines

Riders piloting indoor motorcycles on steroids will be looking to avoid coming off like “squids” or getting “cased” as the dirt devils flip, jump and push for a holeshot, points and cash. Brraaap!

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Design-Forward Repurposing

Comprised entirely of shipping containers, The Boxyard brings a new kind of aesthetic to Tulsa — the kind of minimalistic, industrial chic that is usually only associated with larger metropolises.

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Dazzle Your Date

Can’t decide what to wear on that first date? Think outside the usual staples with a look that is amazing, comfortable and maintains your personal style.

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