Norman's diversity expands options

The staff of Norman Pediatrics stands in front of a sign marking their new location Wednesday at 3231 Healthplex Drive during the groundbreaking ceremony.

William Cowper’s poem, “The Task,” written in 1785, tells us that “Variety is the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavor.” 

If that’s true, Norman is very spicy indeed. I love the variety of our growing city. In northwest Norman, especially along Tecumseh Road, all types of new businesses are popping up on both sides of Interstate 35.

The Press & Plow, 2596 W. Tecumseh Rd., opened in June. It appears to be part coffee shop, part liquor store with fine wine and spirits. In the same Tecumseh Retail Center, we find Land Run Grill, RCB Bank, Flaunt blow dry bar and Amour Nails & Spa.

West of the interstate, Norman Pediatric Associates broke ground this week on their facility at 3231 Healthplex Dr., and will bring yet another medical facility to the cluster of health services in the area surrounding Norman Regional’s HealthPlex hospital.

If a variety of great health services isn’t vital to quality of life, I don’t know what is.

Downtown, Norman will get its first repurposed trailer and shipping container park in the form of the Trailer Garden, a bier garten and sculpture garden being created by artist Noah Sanders. Read more about Sanders innovative combination of art, business and nature coming soon within the Center City boundaries in my feature story on his project.

Another, very different, shipping container park developed by a Norman resident was built in Oklahoma City. While Sanders’ Trailer Park is an outdoor space served by repurposed shipping containers and a semi-trailer to serve as restrooms and to sell beverages while folks look over the art, OKSEA is an office and retail development built by Richard McKown of Center City Development.

“My office is in a shipping container,” McKown said. “There are 17 shipping containers stacked up in one area as high as three stories tall. Our office is 640 square foot and it’s a double wide, 16 by 40 foot office space. Stowaway Recording Studio is also upstairs, and it’s twice as long, so it’s 16 by 80 and The Control Room with the recording console is double height.”

On the bottom story is corndog bar Anchor Down, a Wheeze the Juice juice bar and Belle Kitchen, a gourmet donut shop.

“My architects are Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, and they designed this thing,” McKown said. “We just set out to build a dog park and then my business partner, Kara Bundren, came back from a dog park in Austin with a bar in a shipping container next to a dog park.”

Bundren suggested they do that in Oklahoma.

“One thing led to the next,” McKown said.

OKSEA is inside a planned unit development and was engineered and locked down to stand wind shear.

“We sought a variance that allows us to be there for 10 years,” McKown said. “It’s incredibly sturdy. We spent an obscene amount of money.”

While OKSEA (shipping containers drove the sea theme of the office park) was costly, it may inspire Norman developers in the future, bringing even more diversity to our fair city.

Years apart, McKown and Sanders both graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute and both have found ways to bring a lot of spice to Norman and Central Oklahoma.


Ed Noble Parkway

Gaberino’s Homestyle Italian Restaurant has opened at the new location, 400 Ed Noble Parkway.

The new space is larger and allows for a full bar including mixed beverages. There is also a patio and a special event room. The restaurant also includes vegan and gluten free options.


Downtown Norman

Building permits were issued recently for facilities associated with the Trailer Garden, the beer garden Noah Sanders is bringing to 105 W. Crawford Ave.

Plans for BIG Brew Co. brewery with taproom is proposed for 216 East Main St. (south side of Main at Peters Avenue) are moving forward with plans to open in the fall. BIG Brew plans to have eight to 10 taps and expand to 12-15 as the market allows.


Alameda Square and east Norman

Chick-Fil-A is underway at 120 12th Ave. NE near the intersection of 12th Ave. and Alameda Street, according to a new construction city building permit. The new restaurant represents a $925,000 investment and will be near the existing Walgreens and Del Taco on the north side of Alameda.

Canine Corral dog grooming will open a second location at 1224 Lindsey Plaza Dr. just off of 12th Avenue, not far from University Animal hospital. The city recently issued a $450,000 new construction building permit.

The Walmart at 601 12th Ave. NE is getting a grocery pickup site and a remodel, according to a $300,000 building permit.

A new construction building permit was recently issued for the 24th Ave. Church of Christ, 1660 24th Ave. SE, across the street and to the southwest of Ronald Reagan Elementary. The estimated value of the new church is $768,000.

FFO Home discount furniture store is coming to 831 Sonoma Park Dr. north of Walmart on 12th Avenue NE. According to the new construction building permit, the value of the future store will be $1.65 million.

Private school, Terra Verde, 1000 36th Ave. SE, recently purchased a $1.6 million building permit for new construction to build a combination gym, auditorium, and cafeteria with construction starting in February and hopes for an August 2018 completion date. The school recently completed a new middle school wing in August 2017.


Northwest Norman

Norman Pediatric Associates broke ground this week on their facility at 3231 Healthplex Dr.  Construction is expected to start within a couple of weeks with occupancy anticipated in late spring 2019. The construction represents a $4.2 million investment.

The Arby’s Restaurant on 3200 W. Robinson St. is getting a what looks like a major renovation based on the recent $450,000 city building permit to remodel the facility.

A building permit to build a new Populous office at 3451 W. Tecumseh Rd. was requested by Crimson Capital, LLC, representing a $325,000 investment. Populous is a global architectural design and consulting company. The current Norman office is located at 2600 Van Buren St.

INOK Investments is finishing out a warehouse space for a tenant at 4150 28th Ave. NW. At this time the real estate investment company is not ready to name the tenant.

Edith & Branch Salon, 3522 24th Ave. NW is coming soon. With a dedication to “sustainable beauty” this is a Davines concept salon dedicated to “overall beauty and conserving the world around us,” according to

Thai Thai, 3522 24th Ave. NW, by Sooner Traditions represents a $100,000 new construction investment, according to city building permits.

Black Mesa Brewing Co., 3901 N. Flood Ave., is making a $500,000 investment to move to Norman, according to city building permits.

Tribute Memorial Care is building a new funeral home at 3601 Tecumseh Dr. for a $1.8 million investment, according to city building permits.

Brookfield Custom Homes LLC received an occupancy permit for the Keller Williams office, 3421 W. Rock Creek Rd., Suite 100 valued at $140,000.

Brookfield Custom Homes LLC received a new shell permit at 3311 W. Rock Creek Rd. for Legacy Office Park valued at $500,000, according to building permits. Monterey Construction Office will take Suite 130 of the Legacy Office Park with a $105,000 value.

Full Circle Adult Daycare Center guests and staff are getting new digs at 4223 28th Ave. NW. The $1.16 million facility is just getting started and will be built by Landmark Fine Homes.


Campus and Campus Corner

Kong’s Tavern Norman, 563 Buchanan Ave., is hiring. Experienced line cooks preferred. The Norman site is expected to open in mid-August.

Othello’s, 434 Buchanan Ave., is aiming for a reopening the last week of July or the first week of August. Spearman Investments, Inc. is putting $50,000 worth of repairs into the restaurant.

Chase Bank is moving away from its current location, 116 S Peters Ave. across from Cleveland County Courthouse, to 215 W. Boyd St. on Campus Corner. The grand opening is slated for Aug. 20. The county plans to build a parking garage to serve downtown Norman on the current location.

Coming soon: Skinny Slim’s, 320 White St., a sports bar.


Main Street

The former Hastings Books, Music and Video property, 2300 W. Main St., is being sold in a real estate auction. Sealed bids are due July 25 to The property is advertised as “highly visible” with an average daily traffic count of 50,000 plus vehicles. The single-tenant building is 35,771 square feet on 2.74 acres built with access from both Main and 24th Avenue. County assessor records indicate the current building was built in 1979, but deeds indicated Safeway purchased the property in 1970 and a 1977 Norman phone book lists Safeway Bake Shop at that address.


West Norman

Outback Steakhouse, 860 Interstate Dr., is undergoing a $450,000 interior remodel, according to city building permits. The restaurant manager said no further information is available at this time.

The Neighborhood Market Walmart at 3571 W. Rock Creek Rd. is undergoing a $116,000 remodel.

Walmart expects to spend an estimated $42 million over the next year in Oklahoma through the remodeling of 12 stores as well as the rollout of several in-store and online innovations designed to help busy customers save time and money. The spend is part of Walmart’s total capital expenditures guidance of approximately $11.0 billion for Fiscal Year 2019, which was outlined last October at the company’s annual meeting for the investment community and reiterated in February 2018.

The Moore location, 640 S.E. 4th St. is also on the list slated for improvements.

CiCi’s Pizza, 540 W. Main St., is doing $90,000 worth of fire damage repairs, according to a recent building permit.

Inside Sooner Mall, Journeys, the teen-oriented chain supplying casual, surf and skate-inspired clothes, shoes and accessories, is finishing up a $44,800 remodel.

Robinson Village, LLC, 501 E. Robinson St., a $552,284 investment received a building permit to do foundations. The facility will be an active seniors community.

A building permit was recently issued for a remodel of the Delta Norman by Marriott, 1000 Interstate Dr.

Norman Music Institute Theater is expanding and is building a new location just down the block from their currently location. The new address at 2795 Broce Dr., represents a $500,000-plus investment and should be completed by August.


Classen Boulevard

Starbucks, 3051 Classen Blvd., is nearing completion with a recent city building permit for interior finish valued at $804,183.

Sandy Beaches Sun Spa, 2627 Classen Blvd. Suite 124 is doing a $50,000 expansion.

Classen Crossing Apartments, 2608-2664 Classen Blvd. recently received an occupancy permit from the city. Classen Crossing features two and three bedroom units in a private, gated community. That community is comprised of 44 smoke-free units with upscale interiors, energy efficient stainless steel appliances, over the range microwave, washer and dryer and access to the 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center at East Village.

Classen Landing, 1915 Classen Blvd., bought a new shell building permit for a $1.6 million investment. Classen Landing will include over 19,000 square feet of new retail shops and a restaurant at Classen and Lindsey coming in the fall.

Expect a new Aldi grocery store at south Classen Avenue and Highway 9. This will be the second Norman location.


University North Park

Petco, 1670 24th Ave. NW, is getting an interior remodel representing $250,000 investment, according to city building permits.

A GoHealth Urgent Care, 2312 24th Ave. NW is coming just northwest of Embassy Suites. An interior finish building permit for the $335,000 facility was issued recently.

Brain Balance will be coming to Norman at 1806 24th Ave. NW. Brain Balance helps children who struggle behaviorally, socially, and academically through a holistic and integrated approach that is customized to meet the needs of each child. The nationwide franchise already has a location in Oklahoma City.


Residential building permits for July 12-18

Two permits for new single family residences were issued with a combined reported valuation of $490,500. The average reported value is $245,250. A permit to repair tornado damage was issued for 5611 Dixon St. Thirteen permits for additions or alterations to residential properties were issued with a combined reported valuation of $374,461. Six of which were storm shelters. Six applications for new single family residences were submitted with a reported valuation of $1,672,990. The average reported value is $278,832. Three applications for addition or alteration to residential property were submitted with a reported valuation of $106,500. One of which was a storm shelter. A demo permit was summited for 1412 Oakcrest Ave.

ICBS Show plays matchmaker between buyers, sellers

The ICBS Show will match government vendors and buyers in short, personal interviews during its full day of matchmaking in August in Norman.

 Matchmaking is one part of the two-day conference and exposition presented by Oklahoma’s two procurement technical assistance centers. PTAC leaders expect more than 300 participants to attend the conference Aug. 21-22 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman.

 Participants registering early at will receive an opportunity to request 10-minute appointments with representatives of federal, state, local and tribal buying offices, as well as large prime contractors looking for suppliers and subcontractors. Just before the conference, both buyers and sellers will receive a schedule of appointments. Participants can make last-minute appointments on site.

 Agencies confirmed as participating in 2018 include the General Services Administration, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Indian Health Service and the central purchasing division of the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services. Prime contractors confirmed to participate include Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney.

 The Oklahoma PTACs organizing the ICBS Show are OBAN, a program of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, and TGI, a Native American PTAC. OBAN and TGI provide procurement counseling, bid matching and other services to businesses in Oklahoma and surrounding areas. OBAN serves businesses in Oklahoma. TGI serves tribal enterprises owned by tribes located in two Bureau of Indian Affairs regions serving Oklahoma and surrounding areas.


Arvest Bank hits $1 billion mortgage mark for 16th straight year

Arvest Bank announced that its mortgage division has originated more than $1 billion in mortgage loans for the 16th year in a row. That includes purchase-money and refinance loans. This is the earliest the bank has reached the $1 billion mark since 2013, indicating a strong real estate market in the communities the bank serves.

Arvest reached the $1 billion mark almost a month sooner than it did last year. As of June 29, Arvest had closed a total of 5,438 loans with a total loan value of $1,006,911,116. In 2017, the bank reached the $1 billion mark on July 24.

This is the fifth consecutive year in which purchase-money loans account for more of Arvest’s total mortgage loan volume than refinances. Through June 29, purchase-money loans accounted for 66 percent of the company’s total loan volume. That’s up from 64 percent in 2017.

Also through June 29, Arvest made 3,621 purchase-money loans with a volume of $667,247,854. That’s up from 3,183 loans and $553,997,133 in volume compared to year-to-date totals on June 29, 2017.

Arvest’s overall 2018 volume of $1,006,911,116 – on 5,438 loans as of June 29 – is up from $870,514,377 on 4,964 loans as of the same date in 2017. That’s a 15.7 percent increase.

The average loan size also increased, from $175,365 in 2017 to $185,162 in 2018, reflecting improving values in the real estate market.

Arvest is unique among most local lenders in that it services 99 percent of its mortgage loans, meaning that customers make their payments to Arvest and work directly with Arvest for any needs after their loan closes.


TTB Law welcomes new members

This summer, TTB Law or Talley, Turner, and Bertman Law Firm is welcoming two new members to its team. Nicholas Lee and Jillian Ramick will be bringing their experience and skill to add  new insights and perspectives to the team. Both Lee and Ramick chose to practice law because it meant they’d be able to stand by clients who really needed their help. They both offer their own set of skills to the firm and have already started assisting clients through tough cases. 

Lee  joins the firm “Of Counsel” for  TTB Law. Outside of his own practice, Lee will support TTB Law  through his s kill set in  DUI defense, criminal and family law, and civil litigation. He is licensed to practice law in both Oklahoma and California, and brings 10 years of experience to the table. “The most rewarding part of my job has been walking clients out of the court house as free individuals,” Lee says.

Ramick has joined TTB  Law as an associate attorney, assisting the partners with both family and  criminal law as well as probate, wills & trusts.

She says, “Practicing law allows me to use my education and experience to advocate for the voiceless and make a positive difference in my client’s lives.”

Ramick is very active in the community, serving as a volunteer for Lilyfield Foster Care and Adoption Services, Moore Public Schools Foundation, and Crossroads Hospice Care. 


New dental office opens in Norman

Dr. DeNae Kirkpatrick and Dr. Becky Copelin have teamed up to open a new dental practice, DK and Copelin Dental, 2408 Palmer Circle. Together they offer general dentistry for kids and adults. Dr. Kirkpatrick is experienced with kids of all ages and works with a surgery center for kids’ sedation dentistry. There, children who are too anxious to get dental treatment done in a clinic setting can have all their work done at one time under general anesthesia.

Dr. Copelin sees adults and children, and offers routine exams, emergency exams, cleanings, fillings, root canals, crowns, dentures, and places dental implants. Dr. Copelin graduated from the University of Oklahoma Dental School in 2012 and has practiced in Norman ever since. Recently she completed a mini-residency at the University of Oklahoma for dental implants. She is detail-oriented and has a passion for making patients feel comfortable and cared for.

Dr. Kirkpatrick, who also went to OU for dental school, graduated in 2000. She completed a General Practice Residency at Children’s Hospital and was attending faculty for 12 years. Dr. Kirkpatrick and Dr. Copelin make a great team that can care for the whole family.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 405-801-3147. We look forward to becoming your new dental home.

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