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The Boxyard Opens

FIRST RIBBON CUTTING: Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum prepares to cut the ribbon in recognition of the opening of The Boxyard at his first ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 8 since being sworn in as Tulsa’s mayor on Dec. 5. Holding the ribbon are the retail project’s developers Casey Stowe, left, and Elliot Nelson, founders of project development company Nelson+Stowe.

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Wabi Cycles Relocates to Tulsa from Los Angeles

By KIRBY DAVIS

Bicycle manufacturer Wabi Cycles will complete its downtown Tulsa debut early this year with the rollout of a new racing model.

This will bring its lineup of customizable leisure and town bikes to five.

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GTR Enters 25th Year

By FORREST CAMERON, Ph.D.

Thanks to our readers, advertisers, my family and all who have contributed in any way to the Greater Tulsa Reporter, we enter our 25th year of publication in 2017.
GTR began as a thought in 1992. Growing up in Tulsa, I loved reading the Tulsa World and Tulsa Tribune (the evening paper).

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Williams Toy Drive

Williams Companies employees donated toys to The Salvation Army Dec. 14, showcasing Williams’ commitment to Tulsa’s needs. At right is Tulsa Salvation Army Captain and Area Commander Ken Chapman with Amy Shank, manager of Williams’ Project Development NGL/Petchem, and other Williams employees. 225 Williams employees participated, exemplifying the community spirit and goodwill of the Tulsa-based company.

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Business and People Notes

The Tulsa Press Club has an-nounced its 2017 board of directors. Members of the executive committee include President Michael Overall, Tulsa World; Vice President Nicole Amend, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma; Treasurer Amanda Clinton, Cherokee Nation Businesses; and Secretary Claire Johnson, Camp Fire Green Country.

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Bixby Development at Historic Levels

By EMILY RAMSEY

“Bixby is going through one of the largest development phases of its history,” said Mayor John Easton during his State of the City address, hosted by the Bixby Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 9.

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Pill Box Pharmacy Creates Hometown Feel in Bixby

By EMILY RAMSEY

As technology continues to grow and further affect humans’ daily life, one area of the shopping experience that is often lost is quality customer service, says April Wight, co-owner of Pill Box Pharmacy, 12800 S. Memorial Dr.

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Jenks Grows its Range of Offerings

By EMILY RAMSEY

Jenks Mayor Kelly Dunkerley’s November State of the City provided a rosy look at city-wide development projects in 2016 with a similarly-bright outlook for the coming year.

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East Village, Brady See New Projects

By EMILY RAMSEY

The flurry of development projects in downtown Tulsa is obvious to anyone passing through. Besides the many residential and hotel construction projects currently underway, perhaps the two most anticipated upcoming commercial projects are taking place in the East Village and the Brady Arts District.

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Junior Achievement Hosts Panel

In honor of National Entrepreneurship Month in November, Junior Achievement of Oklahoma hosted the annual JA Business Success Series on Nov. 30 at the DoubleTree Warren Place. The event featured a panel discussion on the topic of entrepreneurship with four women in the Tulsa community whose businesses represent a wide range of industries: Risha Grant, founder of Risha Grant LLC and Diversity Connex; Staci Taruscio, founder and CEO of Rebellion Energy; Dana Weber, CEO and president Webco Industries, Inc.; and Shannon Wilburn, CEO and co-founder of Just Between Friends Franchise System.

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Innovative Eye Candy Opens on S. Memorial

Recently, Gretchen Denslow said goodbye to her law career to start her own retail company. After growing up in a family of entrepreneurs in the optical business, she has used her background and expertise to create Eye Candy. Eye Candy is an upscale optical shop that sells prescription, non-prescription and sun glasses.

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Vintage-Inspired Toy Mall Opens in B.A.

By EMILY RAMSEY

The fantasy world of crime-fighting superheroes, far away galaxies and superpowers appeals to many, young and old alike. Jenks native Rasoul Ezzat-Ahmadi is no exception.

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STATE OF THE CITY:

Mike Cooper, director of external affairs with AT&T, introduces Mayor Dewey Bartlett at the 2016 State of the City, hosted by the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 15. Read about the Bartlett family history in Tulsa and Bartlett’s plans for the future on page 7.

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BOOMTOWN AWARDS:

Zac Carman, CEO of ConsumerAffairs, accepts the overall Boomtown Award, given to an outstanding nominee who exemplifies TYPros Mission in everyway possible. With him are, from left, Boomtown committee chairs Andrea Gentis and Dillon Waters; Daniel Regan, 2016 TYPros chair; and Stephanie Cameron, 2017 TYPros chair.

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Business and People Notes

Tulsa Community College has named Mark McMullen as chief financial officer. His appointment was approved by the TCC Board of Regents during the Oct. 20 board meeting.

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