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A Council Grove Entrepreneur in the 1800s

An entrepreneur and cattle rancher, Montford T. Johnson, born in November 1843, built a ranching empire in central Oklahoma and played a positive role in the growth of the Chickasaw Nation. Johnson was a contemporary and a friend of Jesse Chisholm, the legendary scout and trader, who convinced him to establish cattle ranches on the…

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Taproom in WesTen is One of a Kind for Oklahoma

Do you like craft beer? Do you like to support local entrepreneurs? If the answer to both of those questions is yes, you should visit Oklahoma’s only Brewer “union” right here in the WesTen District at 520 N Meridian Ave. Brewers Union serves as an incubator for craft beer makers and aspiring commercial brewers by…

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Trunk or Treat in WesTen

Community partners came together to celebrate our kids and support OKDHS’s Trunk or Treat on Saturday afternoon, October 26, 2019. Over 100 kids participated in a fun, safe time of playing games and collecting candy—does it get any better than that on a beautiful Autumn Saturday afternoon? Thanks to the OKDHS employees, Western Heights JROTC,…

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Smith Farm and Garden– A WesTen Legacy Business

Sixty years ago, Bill and Joyce Smith started the business at NW 10 and Quapaw when they moved to Oklahoma City from Tulsa.  A few years later, they expanded by adding the old Cuppie’s Auto Repair building just east of the first building which is still the main nucleus of the store today. A second…

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Westside Lion’s Club Hosting Salvation Army Senior Center

The OKC Westside Lion’s Club, a WesTen Non-Profit since 1951, will host The Salvation Army Senior Center that formerly met at the Warr Acres Events Center during their transition to a new location in 2020.  The Senior Center offers a variety of activities such as: health clinics, exercise classes, Wii tournaments, Bible study, and holiday…

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Waiting for 57 Years….

Zoila waited 57 years to become a citizen, simply because she didn’t have the financial resources to navigate the system. Her family escaped Cuba when she was 7 and although she was eligible to become a citizen as a refugee, it was only when she connected with the Immigration Center pro bono services that she…

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Celebrating WesTen Legacy Businesses

Running any business is not for the faint of heart.  One of the most intriguing bright spots in the WesTen District is the list of multi-generational, long term businesses.  At last count, we have documented over 23 business with over 25 years of providing their services and products.   At least 5: Cardinal Pools, Miller…

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Against the Grain: Furniture Works of Art

Zach True Hammack is an Oklahoma artist whose upbringing centered on a family-owned lumber business in Oklahoma City called Arrowhead Lumber. Building on Hammack’s love for art and design, in addition to a passion for their family’s Native American heritage, he began Marking Tree Design gradually over three years. A “marking tree” is a form…

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How to change things when change is hard

Let’s say your kid comes home one day and shows you his report card. Anything jump out at you? Well, if you’re like most parents, all you really see are the bad grades. And you’d hire a tutor, and your kid would be grounded, and they can kiss their Wii game goodbye. This thought experiment…

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