Crossroads Clinic

Tell us about your business.

Crossroads exists to present alternatives to abortion and promote Biblical sexuality, all while demonstrating the love and salvation of Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior.” Everything we do at Crossroads must fit into this Mission Statement. Whether our TRACE program which equips students with life-saving information to build the best future possible, our PASSAGES post abortion healing classes, our STD Testing and Treatment clinics, or our pregnancy testing, options education and ultrasound services— it all must fit into that mission statement.

What is one thing that makes your business great?

Crossroads is great because, as a Pro Abundant Life ministry we have the opportunity to see lives saved physically and spiritually! Saving lives for this world is critically important. But saving lives for eternity is the most important thing we can do. True and lasting transformation of those involved in making pregnancy decisions (moms, dads, family, friends) comes only through a transformative relationship with Jesus Christ. As pro abundant life people, we celebrate and encourage efforts to help mothers and fathers making pregnancy decisions come to transformative relationships with Jesus Christ.

Why is Guthrie a great community to be a part of?

Guthrie is a great community to be a part of because the people care about and support each other. Twelve years ago when we knew God was calling us to bring hope and help to those facing unwanted, untimely or unexpected pregnancies - we reached out to this community for support. They responded with prayer, resources and encouragement to help us become one of the most effective pregnancy help clinics in the country today.

Why is your company a part of the Chamber?

We support the Chamber because the business of this community have been incredibly supportive of Crossroads’ ministry in Guthrie, OKC, and the surrounding community.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

That’s easy! This week we saw several moms who were in crisis because of unplanned pregnancies come to our clinics, receive options counsel including free ultrasounds - and chose LIFE for their tiny unborn babies. In the first two months of this year we have already seen 26 babies saved from abortion!

On a personal level, my biggest smile recently was spending the afternoon with my grandkids at Highland Park. We walked the trails, enjoying the beauty around us and enjoying each other’s company.

Black History Month Celebrations

Black History Month Celebrations

Black History Month is celebrated in many ways in Guthrie America. Two of them include the Annual Taste and Tell Cook Off and the Crowns Tea.

The Taste and Tell Cook Off is an event where individuals, churches and businesses come together to enjoy a meal. It is a large event enjoyed by many in the community, especially by Mayor Steven Gentling.

The Guthrie Public Library hosts the yearly Crowns Tea. It is a celebration of the rich tradition of church hats in the African American community. This event honors the visual & literary contributions of Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry, authors of Crowns: Portrait of Black Women in Church Hats. As you can see, the group of over 60 enjoyed drinks, hor d’ oeuvres and entertainment.

Simple Life Center - Making a Difference in Guthrie

Tell us about your origination.  SLC is a community center to have fun in that one can come for free to enjoy games, music, laughter, learn, and lots more! A community center that is TECH FREE! We have several events that occur at different times, days, seasons that include tutoring, art, candle making, professional days on Fridays (for professionals to come with a specific skill), swimming, bicycling, lemonade stand, ice cream social, tea parties, and movie nights.

What makes your origination great? PEOPLE!! Smiles, Fun, Laughter!! People being human without technology!

Why is Guthrie a great community to be apart of?  Small town atmosphere where people care and support about one another.

Why is your origination apart of the Chamber?  To join in on the leadership within Guthrie so I can better have understanding of the needs and wants along with awareness within the community. I love being able to go to Chamber events especially at Chamber Coffees and be able to state my name and who I represent. It’s great networking and being able to see and know Guthrie’s businesses and organizations. We want the kids who are educated or trained here in Guthrie (especially at SLC!), to be the professionals here in our town!

What was the last thing that made you smile?   For Mother’s Day, my friend wrote a poem about Motherhood-Not only did I smile, but  a tear trickled down my face.

Home Sweet Home on the Range is a new market-style shop at 110 W. Harrison Ave. offering art, locally crafted and repurposed gifts and home décor. We also offer make and take classes to learn a new art, craft or skill.

We are focused on supporting Oklahoma companies and individuals by giving them a space to market their items. We know how important it is to a community and its services to shop local and shop small.

We love being here in downtown Guthrie where visitors come from all over the country to learn about Guthrie’s unique early history, including the Indian Territory and land runs of the late 1800’s. We talk to many people in our shop who enjoy learning Guthrie history, seeing the early architecture, visiting the museums, browsing the variety of shops and just enjoy walking our cobblestone streets.

The Chamber of Commerce in a community is pivotal in promoting both businesses and the city in general. Tracy and Cindy of the Guthrie chamber have a passion for what they do and we look forward to coming alongside them to grow local and national awareness of what a great place Guthrie is to visit. As this happens, Guthrie will become an even better place to work and live.

This was not the last thing that made me smile, but there were lots of smiles and encouragement going out to the people who braved the weather to march in the ‘89r Day Parade. It was a clear example of the heart of Guthrie.

Sealed with a Kiss - 25th Anniversary

Tell us about your company

Sealed with a Kiss began in 1993 as a knitting pattern design house. An early leader in self-publishing, SWAK patterns and books have been distributed to yarn shops and knitters throughout the world. A few years after our inception, we opened to the public offering fine yarns and supplies to those who knit and crochet. Our expertise and experience are unparalleled, and we supplement this by hosting renowned designers and instructors for special workshops. In addition to offering the finest of yarns and fibers, we also create our own in-house line of hand painted yarns and clothing. SWAK is more than just a yarn shop, offering free classes, stylish handbags, and comfy clothing.

What's one thing that makes your company great?

In one word - community! We truly love what we do. Nothing brings people together quite like knitting and crochet. We sell yarn, we teach our craft, but in the process provide so much more. We take our role in creating a sense of community quite seriously, and are very proud of our accomplishments in this area

Why is Guthrie a great community to be a part of?

Guthrie provides a unique backdrop for our business. I couldn’t imagine being poked into a sterile strip mall in an impersonal big city setting. Guthrie is one odd and quirky place, surrounded by beautiful architecture and a unique history creating an environment for our creativity and community to thrive.

Why is your company a part of the Chamber?

Because of our strong sense of community, we are a part of the Chamber. It is refreshing to see the Chamber taking such an active role in community building, embracing the new while respecting our unique history.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

My students. I volunteer at my son’s school (St. Mary’s Catholic School) teaching graphic design to thirty middle school students. Their ideas, stories and accomplishments never fail to bring a smile to my face!

Join us for the Anniversary Bash on March 10th from 10-5

Keely Northup - President, owner, CEO, CFO, creative director… you name it! I wear a lot of hats.

Sealed with a Kiss -

Rick's Fine Chocolates and Coffees - making Valentines Day Sweeter

Tell Us about your Business

At Rick's Fine Chocolates and Coffee we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality products and services to every customer, every time. In fact, that is our actual "Mission Statement". We have a full espresso bar as well as a wide variety of non-coffee based drinks. However, what we are most know for is our Chocolates. In fact, we make over 150 different products right here in our little shop. 

What is one thing at makes your business great?

Chocolate.........ok, it's actually the people. The community we serve is so supportive and generous. We couldn't do it without them.

Why is Guthrie a great community to be apart of?

Guthrie is a great community to be apart of because of the diversity of businesses and people and culture that all seamless work together as one unit to improve the quality of life for us all. 

What are you apart of the Chamber?

We invest in the Guthrie Chamber to be apart of the economic development and cohesive goal of ensuring businesses are successful and continue to thrive within our community and surrounding areas. The Guthrie Chamber has come so far in it's own person growth in the past few years and I am proud say, "I am a loyal Guthrie Chamber investor".


Citizen's Bank is in Edmond, but they choose to be apart of Guthrie America


For four generations, Citizens Bank has grown up with the Edmond and surrounding community. We're the bank that will love you back! Our community spirit, cash mobs, Heard on Hurd, and amazing team will quickly demonstrate how community banking is different. Our team is 55 strong and dedicated to being an innovation leader in the finance industry, you'll find BIG things happen at this little bank.

Citizens Bank of Edmond continues to operate on the same downtown Edmond intersection where it was founded in April 1901. We are an independent $250-million-asset institution and an innovative leader in the community banking industry. We happily provide commercial and consumer financial services, mortgage origination, cash management and mobile banking solutions as well as accessibility through non-traditional avenues. At our award-winning bank, you'll find old-fashioned service combined with leading-edge technology.

“Small businesses are the mechanisms and the drivers of this economy!” says Citizens Bank of Edmond President & CEO, Jill Castilla. In response to customer need, Citizens Bank of Edmond will be opening a spot in Midtown OKC which will deploy technology never before seen in banking. This hub will be an unmanned and fully functional banking location with the same dedication to community and customer service.

Citizens is proud to be launching a co-working space in downtown Edmond, Vault 405. Community and commerce meet at Vault 405, an innovative co-working space that serves as a catalyst for collaboration and creativity for Edmond and surrounding communities. Vault 405, powered by Citizens Bank of Edmond, is a vibrant new workspace for entrepreneurs, small businesses, independent contractors and other creative Oklahomans looking for a hub for networking and productivity.

Citizens Bank of Edmond is committed to serving Oklahoma through many avenues. Heard on Hurd is a huge community block party that takes place on the third Saturday of the month March-October. Heard on Hurd brings neighbors together in a single location to celebrate all things local: shop, eat, dine, and bank local. The vision of Heard on Hurd is to create a local movement that revitalizes downtown Edmond, provide an avenue for local downtown and Oklahoma City area merchants to prosper, and drive excitement for all things local on social media. Citizens supports many local organizations such as Peppers Ranch, Edmond Public Schools, The Oklahoma Council on Economic Education and many more in daily initiatives. As Citizens Bank of Edmond, we are fiercely passionate about the Oklahoma community, innovation and staying true to our 116 year history.

To learn more about Citizens, visit SOCIAL MEDIA: Be sure to check us out on social media to see the latest updates during the day. Check out our Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Helping People Makes Me Happy

Where to begin? I have worked in insurance for about 6 years.  It suits me well.  I have always worked in customer service, so helping people makes me happy.  I appreciate structure and rules.  I am not a spontaneous person.  I am not a thrill seeker either.  Roller coasters, scary movies, sky diving, bungee jumping, ect. are not my idea of a good time.  I do enjoy reading, getting to know people, solving problems, learning new things and sharing that info with someone.  This is why I love working in the insurance industry.  Before I worked in insurance, I worked in healthcare as a respiratory therapist.  I realized very quickly I liked people too much to see them sick and suffering all the time.  I wanted to help people in a different way.  Then came insurance. 

 Before AAA, I worked for 2 State Farm agents in Shawnee and MWC.  When my husband took a job near Stillwater, I started looking for a job closer to where we live in Perkins.  I met with AAA about opportunities within their company.  They told me they needed an agent in Guthrie.  Two months later I had signed a lease on an office space and spent the next couple of months getting everything ready to open for business.  We officially opened on February 02, 2015.  I remember getting the office decorated and the computers all setup and thinking now what? We were open but had no customers!  So I went out in the community.  I joined the Chamber and met all of you wonderful people.  I cherish the friendships I have made since I have been here.  People always ask me if I am from Guthrie.  Although I do not live in Guthrie, I did go to preschool here at Tree House Pre-school.  My family moved shortly after.  It is good to be back!  We have been open for almost 3 years now.  We just moved into a bigger office space to accommodate our growing business.  I am looking to bring more team members on for 2018.  I had a 5 year plan that happened 2 years early thanks to this community. 


AAA has been a great company to work with.  Here is a little history lesson for you: They were the first auto club formed in 1902, has offered insurance for over 100 years, produced maps and depicted roads, introduced road signs as landmarks, set the standard for safe driving programs, introduced tourbooks and the School Safety Patrol program, adopted the AAA Diamond rating for hotels, and so much more.  We offer insurance for your home, auto, life, and commercial needs.  If there is anything I can help with, please give me a call at 405-293-6633 or stop by our new office at 622 S Division St in Guthrie.

Thank you for allowing me to serve this great community!


Sara Whitt – AAA insurance agent  

Redefining Failure - Becky McCray

I think it's time to stop calling things a failure just because they come to an end. This comes up because I asked a friend about a project in her town that rehabbed downtown buildings. 

"It's not really active anymore," she said with more than a note of failure in her voice. 

Let's check that sense of failure against a record of half a dozen rehabbed buildings back in use today. I can't call that a failure. 

What about your festival that doesn't happen any more? It mattered at the time. That revitalization project that kind of fizzled out? It made a difference while it was going. 

Plenty of good projects run their course. Maybe you couldn't get enough volunteers anymore. Maybe it just didn't make financial sense to keep going. That doesn't diminish what it was while it existed. 

The SBA will count your business as a failure if it ever stops. I won't. If you served customers and you learned something while doing it, it was a success in those ways. 

When you lower the barriers to entry and encourage hundreds of new tiny businesses to sprout, you're also inviting a lot of failure. Most of those hundreds of tiny businesses will stop at some point. Unless you want the would-be entrepreneurs to be discouraged by being labeled as a failure, you're going to need to start redefining what you call it when you stop doing something. 

The coming and going of projects and businesses is like breathing; it's a natural process. 

Instead of talking about how something failed, let's start saying, "I'm really glad we had that when we did," or "I'm glad you tried that." 

Keep shaping the future of your town

A Cut Above rises to the top in lawn care

A Cut Above Lawn Service, Inc. started in 2006 with 7 customers. At that time it offered mowing services only. Today it serves over 350 customers and offers complete lawn and tree care services including: mowing, weed control, fertilization, tree removal/trimmingand custom privacy fences. The tremendous growth and success of A Cut Above is due largely to the wonderful patrons of Guthrie. This community supports its people. That is part of what makes Guthrie so great. People are more than willing to refer your business to everyone they know once they see the outstanding work you do and the service you provide. A Cut Above views its work as more than just lawn care services. It is a chance to provide something to those in need, or who may not otherwise be able to take care of their property. It is a way to give back to the community. A Cut Above has been an active member of the Guthrie Chamber since 2011. It credits the chamber with many opportunities to network and expand its customer base. 

A Cut Above is owned and operated by Jerred Young.  Jerred started his business at age 20 with just a few accounts and quickly started growing it into the thriving business it is today. Jerred has been a resident of Guthrie his entire life. You won’t meet many people that have as much pride in their hometown as he does. Anyone who knows him (and most of us do) know that he always has a smile and a story to tell everyone he sees. 

What we LOVE about Guthrie America

The City of Guthrie is a charming little town with many stories to tell and much to offer.  So many reasons to LOVE living/visiting here.

Here are just a few:

  • Local restaurants, museums, boutiques, and music shops there is always something to do for visitors and residents.
  • The city welcomed new city manager Leroy Alsup early this month and we’re excited to see Guthrie prosper under his leadership.
  • Guthrie has also begun preparing for the well-known 89er Day Celebration in April. The celebration includes a huge carnival, chuck wagon feed and auction, the 89er Queen competition, a parade, The Great Bed Race, 5K Run, and much, much more.
  • The Pollard Theater is showcasing their production of “FENCES” a play written by Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson. It is sure to be one you won’t want to miss.
  • Byron Berline of the Double Stop Fiddle Shop has several upcoming events. Always a good time. 
  • Tipsy Artist never disappoints when you are looking for a fun, artsy evening out. 

There are sooooooooo many more reasons. Why don't you name a few?? We would LOVE to hear what you LOVE about this amazing town we call home. 

Making Healthy Living Changes in the New Year

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 As we begin a new year, my motto will be this: Out with the old, in with the new. To me this means that I will think about every action and say “Is this right for me or could I be doing something different?” In health it means the same thing. So Guthrie businesses, in 2017 I encourage you to:

· Become a tobacco free worksite- not only does this create a healthier    environment, it also saves time on picking up all the tobacco litter outside.

· Make healthier choices more readily available.

·  Get up and get moving. Encourage employees to be active and support  them in those efforts.

· Rethink your Drink

Kudos to the 2017 Certified Healthy Oklahoma organizations that are being recognized for promoting health and wellness in Logan County where residents live, work, learn, and play. Congrats on setting positive examples and shaping brighter futures for Oklahomans.

Family and Children’s Consultants- Basic            

 City of Guthrie (Community)- Excellence

Langston University- Excellence                                        

City of Crescent (Community)- Merit

Logan County Health Department- Excellence              

First Baptist Church (Guthrie)- Merit

Mercy Hospital Logan County- Excellence                      

First Christian Church (Guthrie)- Merit              

Red Rock Consulting- Excellence                                      

Seventh-day Adventist Church (Guthrie)-Basic

City of Guthrie (Business)- Merit                                      

YMCA Before and After School Program- Basic

Logan County Aging- Merit                                                

First Step Academy too (Langston)-Basic

Logan Community Services- Merit                                    

Macks 512 Academy- Basic

Guthrie Early Head Start- Merit                                         

For more information about becoming involved in the Logan County Healthy Living Program grant and making a difference where we live, work, and play please contact Courtney McLemore, Wellness Coordinator for the Logan County Health Department, at 405-282-3485 or at

2016 Territorial Christmas


Guthrie's Territorial Christmas begins Thanksgiving weekend and continues throughout the Christmas season, during which Guthrie puts its most festive foot forward and invites you to enjoy our celebration. It all begins with the Opening Night Ceremonies, a Lighted Parade, the Inauguration of the 2016 Territorial Governor, and Lighting of the Territorial Christmas Tree. Then, historic homes of Guthrie will be showcased in the Historic Homes Tour as a special remembrance of days gone by. Finally, to finish off the season, there will be two Victorian Walk Evenings to showcase the shop windows with live scenes of Christmas past. There will be carolers, peanut vendors, street musicians, and Christmas surprises around every corner. Come enjoy the holidays Guthrie Style and let us entice you with our wonderful celebrations.

How Guthrie plays Board Games

Meet Timothy and Kailyn Swonger,

Founders/Owners of The Boarding House

Tell us about your company? The Boarding House is a board and table game lounge and snack bar. We have a huge selection of snack foods and drinks, as well as hundreds of board, card, and table games to choose from! Our goal is to provide a space with hours that are accessible to those who work and go to school; to provide a fun and inviting atmosphere that offers a unique form of entertainment while motivating interaction; and to provide these things in such a way that it fills the gaps in Guthrie’s food and entertainment offerings, rather than repeating what someone else is already doing. For us, the appeal of The Boarding House is less about board games than you would think. Our goal is relational. It’s the rejuvenation, promotion, and growth of this beautiful historic town we love. The goal is community.

What's one thing that makes your company great? Definitely something that sets The Boarding House apart, besides the unique entertainment we offer, is our hours. Catering to the modern busy lifestyles of our customers is important to us. We're open from 2:30P-10:30P on weekdays, and from 2:30P-midnight on Saturdays.

Why is Guthrie a great community to be a part of? Guthrie is an amazing place to live, work, or visit because it has a little bit of everything: history, gorgeous architecture, art, culture, events, music and museums, all with a small-town laid back feel and a close-knit, friendly community.

Why is your company a part of the Chamber? We decided to join the Chamber because we feel it's important to dedicate and involve ourselves in our community, as much as possible. The Chamber provides excellent resources and insight for small businesses, and is a useful tool in staying connected to the pulse of the town.

What was the last thing that made you smile? Hearing my son (almost 3) tell his sister (just turned 1) that he would share his snack with her.

Get to know the CEO - Tracy Zserdin

Picture credit to Mark Schlachtenhaufen and to Heath Shelton for making me look shiny. 

Picture credit to Mark Schlachtenhaufen and to Heath Shelton for making me look shiny. 

I am from Boulder CO where I attended Front Range Community College and the University of Colorado. I was born a Buff, but I have also become a Poke over the last 20 years of living in OK.

I have had the privilege of being married to Mike Zserdin for 26 years. He is a great guy, loving husband, and a fun dad. He is in software development. His latest endeavor   Made Possibl    e   started right here in Guthrie. 

I have had the privilege of being married to Mike Zserdin for 26 years. He is a great guy, loving husband, and a fun dad. He is in software development. His latest endeavor Made Possible started right here in Guthrie. 

We have two boys. Isaac is our oldest at 17. He has completed his GED and is looking into college or Job Corps. He loves basketball, playing the guitar, all-things-technical, and girls. 

We have two boys. Isaac is our oldest at 17. He has completed his GED and is looking into college or Job Corps. He loves basketball, playing the guitar, all-things-technical, and girls. 

Jake is 13. He plays baseball and works hard for Jerry Casey at the Guthrie Fairgrounds. You have probably seen him running errands for me around town on his bike. I pay him in snow cones. 

Jake is 13. He plays baseball and works hard for Jerry Casey at the Guthrie Fairgrounds. You have probably seen him running errands for me around town on his bike. I pay him in snow cones. 

We have a small goat farm and a few chickens (bought at Willoby's #ChooseGuthrie!). Having always been a city girl, living in the country has been good for my soul. As you can see, all of my animals are spoiled. I may be the only CEO you know who comes home and shovels goat poop. :)

What I did before the Chamber:

I was the first Team Red Bowl captain in the US. During my time as captain, we raised over $60,000 to feed children in Africa. 

I spent the majority of my career in the fitness industry. I taught numerous types of classes for over 12 years in many different facilities. I especially enjoyed helping women achieve their fitness goals.

Before that I worked in property management in Boulder, CO with Hudson Properties.

I was also a leader with Student Venture, Cru's high school ministry for over 10 years. Working with kids is a joy. I loved being a part of helping students learn who they really are, and what they are capable of doing.

My Chamber plan

Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little about me. I hope to get to know you as well as I continue to connect with businesses in the community. Have an excellent day!

Reflecting on recent Guthrie events by Cody Mosely

It’s hard to believe that we’re already to July in 2016. So much has been going on lately, including our Road Trippin’ Series with Fox 25, the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals, another great Red Brick Nights event, and a great buzz around town. With September football, October’s Bluegrass Festival, and then gearing up for Victorian Walk and A Territorial Christmas at the Pollard in November and December, I believe we’re a town that really takes shape in months that end with “ber”. Maybe I’m just trying to think cool thoughts on another 90 degree plus day, but you can’t deny that Guthrie gets a special buzz around town with kids being out of school and live music in the streets during these summer months. 

It’s nice to see new retail options coming to town, giving us more opportunity to #ChooseGuthrie. Galleria Furniture just opened at 1611 S. Division St. in the former Aaron’s location. Galleria got off to a hot start with a very successful opening weekend. Of course, Tractor Supply is making great progress on their building near I-35 as well, and there are more developments in the works that we will learn more about as we close in on the end of summer. Another new way to #ChooseGuthrie is the new GuthrieAmerica co-working space along First Street. If you haven’t already picked up a GuthrieAmerica tee shirt, be sure to swing by Boutique 206. I’m sure we’ll see a lot of blue GuthrieAmerica tees inside The Rock this football season. 

Earlier in the month, to celebrate Independence Day, several downtown merchants got together to put on a sidewalk sale which was a huge success. We’ve seen numerous examples lately of Guthrie businesses supporting each other and partnering together to make great things happen for our entire community. I urge you, continue seeking out opportunities to support Guthrie businesses that invest so much into this community. Many of these businesses are more than just a commercial storefront, many of them have people that are actively engaged and volunteering in the community; to continue raising the quality of life in Guthrie. 

If there is something you’re in the market for but don’t know where to find it, talk to these store owners. If you’re shopping around for insurance rates, or looking to make some new investments, there is someone with a lot of talent in Guthrie that would love to help you.