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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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 orange 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.
Fans of stale sandwiches or day-old donuts should steer clear of Ground Floor Cafe, as nearly every single item on the café's breakfast and lunch menus is made fresh in-house every day. Specialties include homemade tuna and chicken salad tossed with a blend of secret spices and served as an entree, side, or sandwiched betwixt slices of whole wheat or marble rye. Espressos and cappuccinos help bleary-eyed diners wake up in time to dunk warm glazed donuts or dig into an all-American breakfast of eggs, bacon, hash browns, and toast, while the café's ovens spend all day churning out piping hot twice-baked potatoes, bacon-cheddar quiches, and chicken pot pies. European tastes also permeate the diverse menu with options that include a baked croque-monsieur sandwich and sweet creme horns that play "La Marseillaise" when blown.
While the sun spends most of its day in the sky, it still finds time to hang out in The Riviera Tanning Spa, teaching five different levels of Ergoline tanning beds how to bronze bodies with color that looks like it came from the star itself. From the Ambition bed’s beginner-friendly 120-watt bulbs to the Excellence 800’s simmering 520-watt heaters, tanners of all levels can boost golden hues in as little as 10 minutes. Thanks to their large facility, Riveria can accommodate a high influx of individuals without requiring appointments. Their Autobronzer system also reduced peaked appearances without UV exposure, spraying skin with three levels of sunless solutions that add color that won’t run, streak, or turn blue when placed under a black light.
At Arctic Edge Ice Arena, skaters of all ages learn the principles of figure skating and hockey under the direction of a coaching staff whose collective experience includes training US Figure Skating competitors and contributing choreography to the 2002 Winter Olympics. Between lessons, the arena opens for public skating so guests can practice their technique or etch their self-portraits into the ice. In addition to lessons and open skating, Arctic Edge hosts several youth and adult skating clubs, such as the Oklahoma Curling Club. The facility encompasses a concession stand and arcade, as well as a pro shop that serves both recreational and competitive skaters.