The Norman Transcript


June 9, 2013

Women entrepreneurs celebrate 25 years

NORMAN — For 25 years a group of Norman women have shared support and advice with each other as they take on the business world. The Norman Women Entrepreneurs Network will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an open house party from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 14, at the Rotary House at 1531 Boyd Street, said Roberta Leeper, the only member who has been active in the group since its founding in 1988.

The open house will provide food, drink and an opportunity for Norman businesswomen to network with others who have years of experience in the field.

Leeper, for example, has been running a cosmetics and jewelry shop in Norman since the 1960s. She’s watched the city grow and change since her business opened on Robinson Street 45 years ago.

“In 45 years Norman has changed unbelievably,” she said.

Sharing a property with three other businesses, her shop flourished with skin care products, health drinks and jewelry that couldn’t be found anywhere else in town.

“Back then it was unbelievable... I had the only type of business like that in Norman,” she said. “I look back then and I cannot believe the business I had for many years.”

Located across from the hospital, she remembers her shop being frequented by doctors, nurses, bankers, lawyers and business people who couldn’t get enough of her one-of-a-kind products.

In 1985 she moved to her current location on Gray Street, and though over the years all kinds of skin care shops have opened up in Norman, Leeper doesn’t feel any threat because she knows she offers the best service and products around.

“Some places you go into, they do not give you the service ... I have the best product, best prices, and the best service,” she said with a wink of her eye.

Leeper knows how to make her customers feel special, offering hugs and chocolate to each person who enters the store.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Ideal Homes to dedicate Oklahoma’s first Home for HOPE

    Ideal Homes dedicated the company’s first Home for HOPE on Wednesday at 13209 SW 5th in Yukon....

    July 27, 2014

  • Todd Lamb to keynote luncheon

    Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will provide the keynote address at the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s annual Legislative Lunch at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 6 at the National Weather Center. Lamb will speak on state issues that may impact local business and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma learns about storm water proposal

    The Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma invited Norman Public Works Director Shawn O’Leary to talk about the new storm water fee proposal at its luncheon Thursday....

    July 27, 2014

  • Backing up everything, everywhere, not as easy as it should be

    Though we may wish or believe otherwise, computing devices are still somewhat of a hassle to use. Some devices, like Apple’s iPad, come close to being fully realized machines, but even iPads have their clunky side....

    July 27, 2014

  • Is using E10 or ‘pure’ gasoline more economical?

    An analysis by AAA Oklahoma shows that at today’s prices, E10 motor fuel is cheaper to use than 100 percent gasoline, despite the fewer miles per gallon produced by E10, which is a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline....

    July 27, 2014

  • Appellate judge retiring

    The Honorable Charles A. Johnson retired from the Court of Criminal Appeals after 25 years on the bench. Johnson was appointed to the court on Oct. 31, 1989, by Gov. Henry Bellmon to fill the unexpired term of Hez J. Bussey. After 59 ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Candy Basket celebrates 25 years

    Perhaps it’s the chocolate covered blueberries whose deliciousness still lingers. Or maybe it’s the blood orange and wild honey white chocolate ganache that won’t soon be forgotten by your taste buds. At The Candy Basket there is decadence ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Bramlett & Associates adopts new name reflective of business

    Bramlett & Associates Multimedia LLC (Bramlett Multimedia), 215 W. Main St., announced this month that the company will change its name after 12 years in business and will do business as BOLD-Multimedia. The announcement, made first to ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Toothpick holders convention coming to Norman

    Lynne Ryan has been collecting toothpick holders her entire life. “My parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. ‘Bud’ Gibbs started our collection in 1936,” Ryan said. Ryan was born in 1940, and she grew up crawling around toothpick holders, as have ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Protect your online banking, shopping with encryption

    In my free, one-night class called “Fight the Internet Bad Guys and Win,” I teach everyday computer users how to stay out of trouble on the Internet. How to avoid virus infections, how to discern between the genuine and counterfeit, and ...

    July 20, 2014