30 Years is Reason to Celebrate

Thirty years ago this month, Kenny Deese and his father, Earl, started a new family business—Allied Foam Fabricators. Their original location was next door to H & H Gun Range on I-40 and they moved to their current location at 902 N Ann Arbor 28 years ago. Foam fabrication is their primary focus, but they…

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WesTen Auction & Dinner Tue, Sep 14, 2021

We will be celebrating, eating, honoring some folks and shopping some fun, unique auction items. More details to come. A few individual tickets for $75 are still available. One example of an auction item is a Wheeler District Experience for Six (6) that includes the Ferris Wheel, a Big Friendly Beer Tasting and pizza dinner…

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A Scavenger Hunt in WesTen

The following is an article published by the OKC Chamber of Commerce for #ShopSmallforOKC, written by Laura Nance. Robin Jones, director of the WesTen District, thinks exploring the district is like an adult scavenger hunt—finding hidden gems and a few surprises, like her recent discovery of Cottonwood Creek Ranch, a 25-acre facility that develops world champion Morgan…

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Specialty Craft Soda in WesTen

A new WesTen Bright Spot had its start in Bricktown when Michael Crowder, Michael Noonan, and Patrick Krencicki, while working at Bricktown Brewery, came together to create an alcoholic soda to put on tap and sell at the restaurant.  That project shifted and to starting OKC Soda Co. with a unique flavor menu of non-alcoholic…

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Brewers Union Transition to…..

Brewers Union (BU) began as a brewery incubator in 2017 at 520 N Meridian in the WesTen District.  This business model was a response to legislation passed in 2016 that allowed Oklahoma breweries to sell their products in a taproom.  Elk Valley Brewing Co. (Midtown), Vanessa House Beer Co. (Automobile Alley), and Angry Scotsman Brewing…

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Kommando Kilts in WesTen

Just saying the name of this unique business is a Bright Spot for us! The Dealy Express family of companies (Kommando Kilts, Renboots, and Hide Junkie) is a small specialty apparel retailer that focuses on high quality, one- of- a- kind leather footwear and product for Medieval and Renaissance festivals across the country and they…

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A 25 Acre World Class Horse Ranch in WesTen

We just discovered a WesTen business that has been here a few years and definitely qualifies as a Bright Spot–Cottonwood Creek Ranch which offers horseback riding, riding lessons, horse birthday parties, summer horse riding camps as well as being the home to Morgan and Saddlebred horses. Cottonwood Creek Ranch and owner, Kelly Kregel, are far…

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Council Grove has so MUCH History

Eighty years ago, on April 22, 1941, the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated the Council Grove/Jesse Chisholm Historical Marker just southeast of Lake Overholser.  On Thursday, April 22, 2021, they re-dedicated it and celebrated the history it represents. They have also created a small garden to accent the marker.  Thanks to the Oklahoma City…

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Helping Individuals to get Jobs in WesTen

The workforce program at Reaching Our City (ROC) is making great strides helping individuals with sustainable employment and mentoring in WesTen.  There are: 18 youth participants (16-24) 11 adults 3 participants in the process of enrollment 1 participant with a transitional job/work experience 1 participant at Oklahoma School of Welding 5 participants are currently working…

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Third Saturdays in WesTen

The WesTen District, with Northwest 10th Street as their main corridor, introduces Third Saturdays in WesTen with a MadPotter Open House, Council Grove Historically Local Tour at Castle Falls, and a Marking Tree Open House. MadPotter Studio with Matt Murray hosts a monthly open house 11AM-5PM at 4602 Northwest 10th which is open to all…

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