The dual-purpose Center Stage & CheerAction facility combines an 1,800-square-foot harlequin-floor dance space with a 1,500-square-foot cheer suite to earn kids their tumbling and dance wings. Summer camps offer competition-grade gymnastics flooring for postschool entertainment such as the mini-tumblers camp, which harnesses youthful exuberance into a productive yield of handstands, cartwheels, backbends, and controlled levitation. Four-day camps feature prancing princesses, superhero hip-hop, musical theater, and a Harry Potter–themed string of activities and students of the stage can act, dance, and tumble their way through the three-day camp, which combines acrobatics with fewer wind-chapped activities such as water games, crafts, and snacks. The cheer camp gives chanters a venue for their newly acquired stunt and jump skills, offering performance time at a Tulsa Drillers Game and includes two complimentary tickets to the game.
Select Cinemas, the proprietors of RiverWalk Movies, believe that suburban moviegoers shouldn't have to go out of their way to catch Hollywood's latest offerings. They also believe that movie theaters can boost neighboring businesses, which is why everybody wins when they integrate themselves into communities. But movies matter most, and RiverWalk Movies has an edge on urban multiplexes. All eight of their screens are wall-to-wall. All auditoriums feature stadium, rocking-chair-style seating, which prevents neck craning when sitting behind Bigfoot, and digital surround sound fit for humans with 10 ears. RiverWalk also prides itself on its concessions, especially the popcorn, and offers free shows to satiate kids during summer vacations.
Like a beloved T-shirt or a broken-in couch, Elm Street Pub is in the business of comfort, welcoming visitors with hearty sandwiches, traditional pub fare, and sudsy libations served in a low-key taproom. Digits descend on finger foods including chicken tenders or beer-battered french fries, and tall draft pours fuel all-night games of eight ball on the pool table. Modern and old-school hits pump out of the pub’s jukebox, providing an aural backdrop for friendly dance-offs or attempts to help a percolator kick its caffeine habit.
Founded in 1985, Theatre Arts, Inc. has continued to honor its core mission of supplying Oklahomans with performance education and opportunities. Within a newly renovated 10,000-square-foot facility, students train tapping toes in more than 10 styles of dance—including tap, jazz, and hip-hop—and channel their inner thespian in acting classes or private lessons that focus on both improvisation and script work. Private instruction and classes also accommodate vocalists who receive personalized tips on stage presence from the faculty and practice harmonizing by singing duets with humming radiators. Numerous alumni have harnessed their training into careers, working locally and nationally on television and Broadway, and two—Lauren Nelson and Shawntel Smith—have gone on to become Miss America.
The chefs at Potbelly’s Pub and Grill already had an arsenal of seared, juicy burgers on their menu when Pat, a regular customer, came up with a bold recipe that would become a hit. He introduced the kitchen to a special type of sausage and told the chefs how to mix it with their ground beef to create a new kind of burger. After sampling it, owners Dave Ingram, Kerry Tunnell, and Dan Pollard liked the burger so much that they named it the Pat burger and feature it prominently on their menu. These extraordinary flavors in pub food are what continue to grab Potbelly’s so much attention, even getting raves in a 2011 Tulsa World review. In addition to their burger baskets with golden fries, the cooks load up plates of nachos with chili, chicken, and cheese and top pulled-pork sandwiches with coleslaw and crunchy red onions. In the dining area, patrons clink pint glasses of beer from the full bar while playing tic-tac-toe with their cues on the pool table. The interior feel welcomes guests as though they were coming home, nowhere more so than in the room’s eclectic collection of antique and flea-market finds mounted on the walls.