Native Roots owners Sara Ann Kaplan and Matt Runkle were upset at being used in a political campaign.
“It was brought to our attention that our business name was listed on a recent campaign flyer for Norman’s upcoming election. The mailer made some very bold and untrue implications, and its message was in no way endorsed or approved by the owners of Native Roots Market,” Kaplan and Runkle wrote in a letter addressed to Norman residents. “Our relocation from Norman had absolutely nothing to do with Mayor Rosenthal.
“Additionally, the tax dollars generated by our store will be easily replaced with the addition of Natural Grocers, Sprouts Farmers Market, Crest Foods and the other grocery stores that are coming to Norman.”
The Native Roots site will not be vacant for long. A restaurant, Scratch, will soon open at the location in the historical Magnolia building on Main Street in downtown Norman.
Another restaurant listed on the mailer is La Luna Cafe (actually La Luna Cantina & Grill), which moved to Newcastle. Chimy’s Cerveceria quickly moved into the spot at 529 Buchanan Ave. on Campus Corner. Co-owner Kyle Wright said the college market suits the expanding Chimy’s chain.
Lewis Jewelers, another business listed in the mailer, is owned by Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis.
“It didn’t really have anything to do with her (Mayor Rosenthal),” Lewis said. “I happen to be the mayor of Moore and wanted to build a business in my hometown. We built on a freestanding lot about a mile from my home.”
Lewis has been mayor in Moore for 20 years as of May 3.
“Some of the best mayors that I have learned from have been mayors in Norman,” Lewis said.
Lewis said Moore and Norman are part of a regional community and should continue to work together toward prosperity for Cleveland County.