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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Premier Limousine’s professional chauffeurs safely transport corporate clients, casino hoppers, bachelorette parties, newlyweds, and frequent flyers to and from their destinations in a fleet of late-model sedans, town-car limousines, and SUV stretch limousines from Lincoln and Mercedes. Most vehicles sport amenities such as WiFi, TVs, and tinted windows designed to keep clients shielded from ultraviolet light and the jealous glares of yesteryear’s dignitaries relegated to common bike taxis. Drivers can also take sightseers and gourmands on private city tours and wine tours.
Art and photography find a home at London Reign. The stunning studio's high ceilings and exposed brick evoke the hip atmosphere of a members-only warehouse, making it a perfect setting for art installations, dance performances, or private events. It also provides an eye-catching backdrop for the company's signature photo shoots, in which sultry poses and delicate lingerie contrast with the industrial environs.
Whether you seek a safe snip or a bold new 'do, the experienced stylists of sweetly retro Starlite Salon, which is outfitted with knick-knacks and mid-century modern furnishings, use their punk-rock pin-up sensibilities to craft the choicest of cuts. Women's follicular brambles and unbecoming outgrowths can be pruned into a well-manicured headbush ($35–$45). With expert coloring services, dull mop-tops lose their dishwater hue and take on a Skittle-like spectrum or simply a richer natural-looking palette (includes haircut, $85–$120). Those who prefer wax to straight razor can have face hairs forcibly removed with Starlite's waxing services ($10). Starlite also welcomes gentlemen into the confines of its frosting-pink walls to trim down and shape up a manly mane ($20–$25) before an important bodybuilding competition, hunting trip, or viewing of Steel Magnolias. Call to schedule an appointment.
The Market-C menu puts all the finest culinary creations from Cheevers Café, Iron Starr Urban Barbeque, Red PrimeSteak, and Cheevers Catering in one place—a remodeled Phillips 66 station on Route 66. Rubbed in a blend of seven different peppers, lemon zest, and fresh rosemary, the crispy half-roasted chicken ($5.95 each) is Market-C's most popular menu item. Fast approaching it in popularity is the newcomer, beef wellingtons ($2 each). Seafarers, on the other hand, will dig fresh Atlantic salmon crusted with Oklahoma pecans and topped with maple soy sauce ($11.99 each). Pair any of the foodie finds with gourmet sides, sauces, and snacks such as jicama slaw ($2.95), Market monkey bread ($5.95), or Oklahoma caviar ($6.95). For dessert, try the Market-C loaded brownie ($4.95 each)—which uses a cake-batter recipe and tops the creation with a layer of gooey caramel and Callebaut chocolate chips—or a nostalgic orange Dreamsicle cupcake ($2 each). Befitting its perch on the nation's Mother Road, Market-C's beverages come from all over, including Sioux City Sarsparilla ($1.95) and Dublin Dr. Pepper ($1.95), which still uses the original, pure cane-sugar recipe instead of the deweaponized nerve-toxins currently favored by the soft-drink industry.
A live-action escape challenge, The Escape OKC puts groups of friends to the test by locking them in rooms filled with puzzles, riddles, and clues that lead the way out. The facility currently features two themed rooms: "The Forgotten Outpost," which has a Cold War vibe, and "Four Brothers," which is a twisted philosopher's study. After the door locks behind them, groups have exactly 60 minutes to sift through their room's stuff?its furniture, drawers, maps, and pictures?in search of an escape plan. Recommended for ages 12 and up, the experience requires a great deal of teamwork, as all participants must stay calm, share responsibility, and not scare everyone by wondering aloud who should be eaten first.