From his 1889 arrival in Oklahoma City until his death in 1915, Henry Overholser was an instrumental force in the city's growth. Beyond his involvement in the metropolis's first waterworks project and trolley-car system, he built more than 35 buildings, including the United States Courthouse, the state fairgrounds, and a giant catapult to protect it from invading Kansans.
In addition to civic pride, Overholser also took time to care for his own habitat. In 1903, he completed construction of his home, a gargantuan, three-story chateau measuring more than 11,000 square feet paired with a smaller but no less stately 4,000-square-foot carriage house. These days, guided tours of the Henry Overholser Mansion begin there before moving into the main house, whose original furnishings and antwerp oak interior remain intact. The meticulously maintained dwelling retains most of its signature fixtures, which were picked out by Overholser himself, treating guests to glimpses of elegance including its original hand-painted canvas walls and stained-glass windows.
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After building a successful inflatable-delivery business, the family that owns and operates Bouncin Craze Delivery decided to open two locations where their air-filled attractions remained permanently fixed to the ground?Bouncin Craze and Bouncin Craze II. There, kids experience the thrill of the bounce on boat-, slide-, and superhero-shaped inflatables that staffers regularly sanitize to prevent the spread of germs. While kids challenge gravity and explore the game room, parents access free WiFi and nosh on items from the snack bar, or brush up on their air hockey at the complimentary tables.
Families celebrate birthdays or their toddler?s first successful juggling routine within the centers' private party rooms, which can be decorated with balloons that are conveniently available in-house. The Oklahoma City location's Art in Craze also allows families to create masterpieces together using nontoxic paint, stamps, and play-doh.
As the proud, busy parents of three young boys, Kang and Mary Nhin know that eating dinner as a family can be a challenge. So they created Nhinja Sushi and Wok, a casual, kid-friendly setting where the service is fast and the menu includes healthy options. As children don a Nhinja mask cutout and sketch the daily Dow Jones chart on a coloring sheet, families dig into spicy tuna rolls or stir-fried Hunan Garden shrimp. The food blog Dishin & Dishes lauded the restaurant for offering the option to order sushi and entrees made with brown rice.
The family-centric vibe even extends to the restaurant's lime walls, which are decorated with artwork of the owners' children. Careful not to neglect fully grown eyeballs, they have also filled the space with futuristic white chairs, tables, and booths accentuated by the pops of bright pink, turquoise, purple, and lime green.
A successful dinner party is not only dependent upon the taste of the food, but also upon an eye-catching presentation, something Running Wild Catering is fully aware of. That’s why, when catering a feast for an event—such as a wedding or a holiday office party—executive chef Teresa Walters and her team line slender skewers of mozzarella and tomatoes on a polished white tray and carve melons into decorative bowls to hold other fruits. They heap crisp veggies on the bed of a wooden, western-style wagon, and cascade mountains of fresh fruit alongside a four-tiered chocolate fountain.
Catered meals of slow-roasted pork loin can be served atop fine china and accompanied by linens and silver. Comfort foods such as pot roast or hamburgers can sit in rustic cookware on red-and-white checkered tablecloths. To ensure total transparency for each catered order, the staff is happy to break down pricing, from the cost of condiments to the cost of each grain of salt.
The shutterbugs at MotoPhoto capture natural expressions in portrait shoots, but they also enhance those shots with retouching services. Rather than drawing smiles on their subjects with lipstick, the professionals elicit relaxed dimples during their sessions, and they are happy to aim their lenses either in-studio or at the subjects? home. After the experts edit out their flyaway hairs, subjects can order everything from collages and calendars to custom photo books and greeting cards.
In addition to creating new images, MotoPhoto deals with existing photographs, scanning the contents of old albums to create digital files and restoring age-worn photographs. They also transfer the contents of VHS tapes and other antiquated formats to DVDs, preserving videos of a youngster?s first bike ride or a tiny pothole?s first attempt to wreck a bicycle.
Seasoned shutterbug Joel “Gus” Archer takes pride in watching his photography students develop new skills and a visual voice as he leads a variety of classes that can benefit novice and experienced photographers alike. Beginners learn to wield their new Nikons, Canons, iPhones, or optically implanted cameras in group classes or deepen their talents in sports, underwater, or macro photography. In addition to teaching the general population, Joel has shared his expertise to train law-enforcement agencies from the International Association of Arson Investigators to the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association, as well as the Junior League of Oklahoma City. When Joel isn’t teaching, he draws from his Swedish and Cherokee heritage to inform his breadth of work and compiles tutorials such as his upcoming book, Dark Dirty Secrets of Digital Photography.