Oklahoma’s Bioscience Sector Shines in Philadelphia

Scientists, educators, business leaders and economic development directors from across Oklahoma took the best of the state’s bioscience to Philadelphia for the 2019 BIO International Convention in June. As one of the state’s major powerhouse industries, bioscience is a driving economic factor for Oklahoma. The delegation promoted the advances and successes of Oklahoma’s bioscience industry and met with potential business partners to grow interest in the industry. Oklahoma’s bioscience sector currently contributes $6.7 billion in economic activity and supports more than 150,000 jobs in the state. The sector also generates $4.1 billion in annual revenue. OKBio represents more than 500 bioscience industries and businesses in Oklahoma and works to garner interest in the bioscience field and generate investments for Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City Ranks Second as ‘Best Place to Start Business’

WalletHub recently listed Oklahoma City as the second best place for entrepreneurs to start a business. Today, more than 15.3 million people in the U.S., or nearly 10% of the labor force, work for themselves. And there is always room in the market for new ideas, products, services and multi-million-dollar success stories—if one knows where to look. In order to help aspiring entrepreneurs—from restaurant owners to high-tech movers and shakers—maximize their chances for long-term prosperity, WalletHub compared the relative startup opportunities that exist in 100 U.S. cities by using 19 key metrics, ranging from five-year business-survival rate to office-space affordability. In order to determine the best cities for launching a business, WalletHub compared 100 cities across three key dimensions: Business Environment, Access to Resources and Business Costs. Our sample considers only the city proper in each case, excluding cities in the surrounding metro area.

American Airlines Announces Direct Flights from OKC to Miami

American Airlines began offering nonstop service to Miami International Airport beginning in December, expanding the availability of direct flights to major destinations from Will Rogers World Airport. With the new service, American will have an average of 25 daily departures from Will Rogers. In addition to the new Miami route, American flies direct from Will Rogers to Miami; Dallas-Fort Worth; Chicago; Charlotte, North Carolina; Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Phoenix; and Washington National. The new Miami direct flight heralds the increase of direct flights from all airline carriers being offered in Oklahoma City.

Parlor to Open Five Kitchen Concepts in Oklahoma City

Parlor, a food and drink gallery, has announced five kitchen concepts coming to Oklahoma City. The gallery will feature two bars, seven kitchens, lounge areas and a rooftop patio. Five of the seven kitchen concepts have officially been confirmed. Each provides a diverse menu.

  • Burger Pig offers burgers made from locally raised beef.
  • El Guate is a street food concept which will serve authentic Guatemalan food.
  • Graffiti OKC creates Latin-Asian fusion dishes for a one-of-a-kind taste.
  • Providence Pizza offers various styles of pizza, including Neapolitan and Detroit. 
  • Sura Eats is a Korean food concept featuring japchae, bibimbap and more.

Many kitchens will offer options for people with gluten and dairy allergies. Parlor is scheduled to open late summer in Automobile Alley at 11 NE Sixth St. The 13,000-square-foot space is a historic building that once housed Pioneer Telephone. Parlor will also have 12 beers and eight cocktails on tap. A bar will be located on each floor.

OKC’s Positive Tomorrows to Participate in Stand Together Catalyst’s Program

Positive Tomorrows was selected as one of 14 community-based organizations to participate in Stand Together’s Catalyst Program. This six-month program is designed to help innovative groups build capacity and increase their impact to help more people break the cycle of poverty. In addition to receiving personalized coaching in a proven business framework, Market-Based Management, as a selected organization, Positive Tomorrows also received a $30,000 grant. Positive Tomorrows is Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically for homeless children. Positive Tomorrows staff members traveled to Arlington, Virginia, in June to participate in the three-day opening summit with 13 other community-based groups from across the United States. The program will conclude in November of this year.

Quail Springs V’s Barbershop Opens in Oklahoma City

An old-school barbershop, complete with antique barber chairs, barbers dressed in classic uniforms, shoeshine services and iconic sports imagery on the walls, opened in Quail Springs June 1. Combining modern amenities with classic style and authentic barbershop experience, V’s Barbershop is located in The Shoppes at Quail Springs on the corner of West Memorial Road and North May Avenue. The Quail Springs V’s Barbershop is locally owned and operated by Sharif and Stacie Khan and is the first V’s to open in Oklahoma. The shop features six antique Koken barber chairs, multiple flat-screen televisions throughout the shop, and professionally trained and licensed barbers. V’s specializes in all types of haircuts, from classic to fades, as well as hot-lather shaves. V’s full-service offerings include haircuts, straight-razor shaves, men’s facials, face massages, mustache and beard trims and shoe shines. V’s is kid-friendly and supports the nation’s active duty and retired military, and first responders, offering a 20% discount every day on any service, including haircuts, razor shaves, face massages and beard trims. Call 405.216.5000 or visit VBarbershop.com.


OKC Artist Jack Fowler Presents ‘Cowboy Swordfight!’ at Tower Theatre

Oklahoma artist Jack Fowler paired up with Tower Theatre Cinema to bring “Cowboy Swordfight!” to Oklahoma City in July. Curated by Fowler, the event featured original artwork and a selection of Western films. Fascinated by the American idea that foreign means decorative regardless of the original intent, Jack was spurred to created “Cowboy Swordfight!” to showcase Western films and art that smash cultures together. “… When it comes to the written word, Americans seem to be convinced that foreign equals decorative. It doesn’t really matter what the writing says. All that matters is the image that the words accompany,” Jack said in his artist’s statement. “Give us the right image, and we project vague meaning onto the unreadable characters, usually something exotic, something stylish, something brave.” Jack is an artist, writer and radio show host living in Oklahoma City.  A self-taught painter, he lists his primary influences as Eyvind Earle, Andy Warhol, Dorothea Lange and Bo Jackson. His work is banned from the art gallery at the Oklahoma State Capitol.