B.C. Clark to Open New Location at Classen Curve
B.C. Clark, Oklahoma’s oldest and most prominent jeweler, will open Oklahoma’s largest and most prestigious jewelry store at Classen Curve in 2020. The company’s current Penn Square Mall location will relocate to the new location at Classen Curve in summer 2020. “Classen Curve has become Oklahoma City’s premier shopping destination, and we look forward to joining the fantastic retailers there,” said BC Clark President Coleman Clark. “When the new store opens, our customers will experience a dynamic and inviting environment, see a wider selection in every department, and find convenient parking just steps from our door.” The store will occupy the space previously held by Balliets, and an extensive renovation will bring in a fresh, new look. The showroom will grow by more than 30%. “The retail landscape is evolving. Shopping habits and consumer expectations are changing. We are in tune with our customers and will provide an approachable, comfortable and luxurious store experience,” Clark said. The existing Penn Square store will remain fully staffed through the coming holiday season and the first half of 2020.
New Chamber Website Connects Businesses, Developers
Opportunity zones represent a new way to invest in the Oklahoma City renaissance. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber recently unveiled the website OKCOpportunityZones.com to market opportunity zones to potential projects, businesses and investors. The site allows projects and business owners in an opportunity zone to enter information about their project, including the size of investment they are seeking, their project start and completion dates, the location of the project or business, if determined, and other development incentives being utilized or potentially available. Investors or fund managers can then use the new website in one of two ways. They can list their investment fund, which might be seeking additional investors, or find projects that match their investment interest and experience.
OKC to Host Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games National Softball Trials
The path to the podium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will begin in Oklahoma City as USA Softball announced the dates and location for the 2020 Women’s National Team (WNT) Selection Trials. Held Oct. 1–6 at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex (2801 NE 50th St., Oklahoma City), this marks the first Olympic Games selection trials for a USA Softball WNT roster since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the last Olympic Games the sport of softball participated in. “What better place to hold the 2020 Women’s National Team Selection Trials than the home of USA Softball, the Softball Capital of the World,” said USA Softball Chief Executive Officer Craig Cress. “With over 30 years of history hosting the best of the best in softball at all levels, we’re looking forward to adding Olympic Games Selection Trials to the list of world-class events held at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex. We look forward to watching the athletes compete and give it their all for a chance to represent the United States at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”
OKC Town Hall Announces Speaker Series
Four authors, a bureaucrat and a political cartoonist. No, it’s not the setup to a joke. Those are the descriptions of the six speakers for the upcoming Oklahoma City Town Hall lecture series. “Town Hall has enriched the intellectual and cultural experience of Oklahoma City now for 87 years as our city’s largest and oldest speaker’s forum,” President Bill Price said. Oct. 17 brings China foreign policy expert Michael Pillsbury. A Defense Department consultant and adviser to six presidents, his latest book is China: The Hundred-Year Marathon. Former Oklahoma Congressman and current NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will talk on Nov. 21 about the United States space program. The first speaker of 2020 is New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon David Grann on Feb. 20. The compelling story of Oklahoma City’s recent rise to the big leagues is the subject of Sam Anderson’s Boom Town and his lecture on March 19. The season ends April 16 with Pittsburg Post-Gazette political cartoonist and comedian Steve Kelley. Ticket information is at OKTownHall.com or by calling 405.202.4262.