New Statewide EV Charging Station Network To Be Built

The future of electric vehicles (EVs) looks promising in Oklahoma. New innovative features, longer drive times between charges and easier access to charging stations, have all been positive for the industry.
Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) is playing an active role in the EV market in Oklahoma. The rapid advancement in EV technology in Oklahoma was the primary topic for discussion at a recent Plug in to Win event, hosted Nov. 1 in Norman.
Attendees were also the first to see a prototype of the first-ever electric Ford F-150 BEV, in addition to being present for the unveiling of a new comprehensive statewide EV charging station network in Oklahoma. Francis Renewable Energy is currently building the first comprehensive network of fast-charging electric vehicle stations in the country to be completed in 2020.
Slated to be operational in early 2020, the Francis Renewable Energy charging infrastructure will include an electric vehicle charging station every 25-50 miles throughout the state.

CycleBar Chisholm Creek Opens With Rides for Charity

Just three months after opening CycleBar Norman, CycleBar Chisholm Creek opened for business on Thursday, November 7.  Like its sister store, the premium indoor cycling studio opened with a commitment to making Oklahoma an even better place to live, work, and play. But this time, they also made it easier to give back. 

CycleBar Chisholm Creek offered riders the chance to “dedicate” their rides until the December grand opening to the charity of their choice. Any charity as long as it’s a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Oklahoma was eligible. The winning charity in Norman was Wounded Warrior Foundation and they received a $2500 gift in August.

A Grand Opening celebration was held in December at which the charity with the most rides received a $2500 gift from CycleBar Chisholm Creek. CycleBar is the largest indoor cycling franchise in the world with a network of 200+ Indoor Cycling studios, with hundreds more to open and slated to open in 2019 and beyond. 

New Bethany Library Opens Featuring Makerspace, Public Art

The new state-of-the-art Bethany Library opened November. The 23,000-square-foot library is much more than simply a new building – it offers a new library experience.

The new Bethany Library features a makerspace with cutting -edge technology, tech-friendly community meeting spaces, a separate children’s programming/event space, outdoor reading porches and one-of-a-kind public art.

“We are ecstatic!” Bethany Library Manager Rondia Banks said. “This new library will bring so much to our community. From the building design to the carefully curated books and other items for checkout, to the wall art and the technology galore – a lot of time and thought went into making this a space with something for everyone.”

The Bethany Libraryis the first library in Oklahoma County to have a makerspace. MLS Studios is Bethany Library’s new makerspace, a premiere space for the technology enthusiast, the creative or just the curious looking to try something inventive. The space features a green screen and production software, 3D printers and 3D modeling software.

BC Clark Unveils Harry Kotlar Heart of Oklahoma Diamond

Harry Kotlar stole the show at the Heart of Oklahoma Diamond reveal. This invitation-only event in Oklahoma City brought past Harry Kotlar customers and guests to the downtown BC Clark Jewelers location to witness the reveal and discover pieces from the Harry Kotlar 70th anniversary collection.
Harry Kotlar was commissioned by BC Clark to create a luxurious piece of handcrafted jewelry incorporating their 18.92 carat Heart of Oklahoma diamond, created to honor the store’s heritage and founding year as well as Oklahoma. The Internally Flawless, Fancy Intense Yellow diamond symbolizes the intense and colorful sunsets that stretch for miles over the Oklahoma plains. The Harry Kotlar masterpiece, which cradles the 18.92 carat diamond, showcases the heritage of Oklahoma. The Heart of Oklahoma Diamond was placed in a ring setting created by Harry Kotlar’s master Italian artisans. The setting has a geometric design reminiscent of a steam locomotive’s pilot grills with the use of tapered baguette diamonds. This simple, yet elegant piece, is timeless and represents a piece of BC Clark’s history as Oklahoma’s oldest business under the same family ownership.