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 courtneyt@health.ok.gov.

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 Possible 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. 

Adopt a City Street

Adopt a City Street

What is the Adopt a City Street program?
Guthrie's Adopt a Street program began in April 2016 as an initiative to revitalize neighborhoods through public participation in beautification efforts - specifically through removal of trash along City streets and roadways. You and your organization can help!

How do I get involved?
1. Contact the Executive Assistant at 405-282-0496 or via email at apost@cityofguthrie.com with the name and portion of the street(s) your organization wishes to adopt. Adoptions are for a minimum of two (2) years, and must be for one (1) mile of roadway or greater to be considered.

2. Once availability of the street(s) selected is verified, an information packet will be sent to the group's contact person. The information packet will include the application and agreement that needs to be completed and returned to the Executive Assistant on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, 101 N. 2nd St., or faxed to (405) 282-0192.

3. Upon receipt of your completed information packet, you will be contacted to set up your first cleanup date. Cleanup should take place at least four (4) times a year, with one of these cleanups scheduled during the annual Trash-Off in April.

4. To allow adequate time for scheduling, contact the City two weeks prior to each cleanup date. The City of Guthrie will provide trash bags and bright safety vests. Vests need to be returned within two days after cleanup is completed. After your first cleanup is completed, the City will install an Adopt-a-Street recognition sign for your organization.

Volunteers under the age of 18 may participate with the approval and signature of a parent or guardian and under supervision. For health and safety, children under the age of 11 may not participate as a volunteer, nor be present along the adopted street, in the street, or along the street right-of-way.

Horse Feathers Equine Center supports the ASPCA Help a Horse Day

Horse Feathers Equine Center will be celebrating the ASPCA national Help a Horse Day on April 23, 2016 from 9am till 3pm at Liberty Lake, Guthrie OK competing for a chance to win up to $25,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts to protect horses. To celebrate the day, Horse Feathers Equine Center , in conjunction the Oklahoma Equestrian Trail Riders Association and the Logan County Trail Riders, who are making donations to make improvements for equestrians. We will be putting in a hitching rail, installing a picnic table, cleaning trails to make them safe for riding and making mounting blocks for those to get back on their horses when stopping. The lake access fee will be waived that day, too. Bring your horse and ride and clean the trails. This nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected. Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 150 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.

In order to win this contest we have to excel in the following categories:

• Number of people in attendance

• Amount of money raised

• 350-word essay

• Three event photos

We realize that not everyone can attend, but if you do that is awesome! If you cant, how you can help is to donate to us from April 1st to April 30th and help us raise as much money as possible. No amount is too small to help us win this contest. If you want to donate by check you can mail to: Horse Feathers Equine Center, PO Box 1372, Guthrie OK 73044.

You can also Paypal to: plainswindrdr@gmail.com

“Horses are majestic, loving animals, and we hope our local supporters will come out on April 23, 2016 from 9am to 3pm to help us win a $25,000 grant so we can continue our lifesaving efforts for years to come.”

For more information about Horse Feathers Equine Center please visit www.horsefeathersequinecenter.org

Raising My Family in the Heart of Guthrie

I’m a Guthrie’ite!  I was raised in this lovely town of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and these are days I’m proud to say that…..

I graduated Guthrie High School in 2001 & since then graduated from UCO w/a bachelor’s in science in Family Life Education; Marriage & Family.  I moved out of state after graduating college, then made my way back to Oklahoma.  After stating that I’d never move back to my hometown, I have actually landed right back here in Guthrie, America within the last few years!

The struggle was real…I never foresaw myself raising my family right in the heart of where I was raised, but it’s happening & I couldn’t be happier! The closeness of friends, family, & church fellowship is exactly what I needed to prosper in my adulthood. With having worked w/the Department of Human Services for 7 ½ years in Adult & Family Services, I have made a change to the Logan County Health Department as an Assistant Wellness Coordinator with the Healthy Living Program.

I took on this change in careers in order to invest my energy assisting the community in getting healthier.  I’ve realized that each one of us can make a difference by just reaching out to others or being a positive support to one another.

Healthy Living Program (funded by TSET-Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust) serves schools, community organizations, businesses, & cities/governments in Logan County to adopt an all-around healthy lifestyle through physical activity, proper nutrition, & being tobacco-free. Yes, we all know it’s difficult to do all these things on a consistent & regular basis as we have busy, personal lives, but we can all make a few changes in our lifestyles to create a better environment for all!

Eat Better: Eat your fruits & veggies each day; kids or no kids, make them accessible to grab on the go especially for those busy days of running to Cottonwood Flats or Owen’s Fields! Don’t forget to drink lots of water when doing so! Guthrie has a Farmer’s Market & a community garden; take time to learn about Vision Farms too (www.vision-farms.org).

Move More: Get 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Go to the walking trails or swim at Highland Park, walk around the Temple or shop downtown-discover Guthrie!

Be Tobacco Free: City of Guthrie is on board & their property is tobacco-free as of 2014!! You can get free patches, gum, or lozenges along with free quit coaching for those who are ready to quit tobacco at 1-800-QUIT NOW (can’t pass down FREE!).

So choose Guthrie, explore your options, & don’t think there’s nothing there for you to do! Create your own life plan because there is always something going on that YOU can be involved in and support small town Guthrie!

Written by Carissa Redman | Assistant Wellness Coordinator | Logan County Health Department

Guthrie Chamber Spotlight - Laura Dutton


Work Bio:

  • Laura Dutton
  • Job Title:  Administrator
  • Company Name – Willow Creek Healthcare
  • Company Website – www.willowcreekhealthcare.net

1. Tell us about your company?   

Willow Creek Healthcare is home to 85 extraordinary residents of our community.  Our staff of approximately 100 dedicated employees have the privilege of taking care of them in their home each day.  We partner with the Guthrie Public School system, so during the school year we also get to witness a Pre-Kindergarten class interact with our residents for singing, arts and crafts, reading and show and tell.  This interaction is priceless.  Willow Creek is a great place to work.    

2. What’s one thing that makes your company great?   

Working for a mission-minded company makes all the difference in my day.  I know that each day my main focus is to give quality care and respect to each and every resident.  I pass that same respect on to my co-workers. 

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

Guthrie’s is full of opportunities.  There are many things to do as far as entertainment, unique shopping, volunteer opportunities, super schools and educators, and of course, our awesome annual festivals.  I believe the leaders of our community are inspired and want to continue to grow our city so that people feel like they can raise their families and feel connected to such a great place.   

4. Why is your company a part of the chamber? 

Willow Creek is a chamber member to stay connected with our community.  We want to be part of the progress of Guthrie and we believe that being a chamber member will help us to do that. 

5. What was the last thing that made you smile?

The thing that ALWAYS makes me smile every day is seeing and interacting with my pre K kids. They love unconditionally and give me hugs every day. 

Shopping for gifts in Guthrie

Shop Local!

I moved here in 2013 from Houston.  Houston is the third largest city in the country, so to shop local is not a stretch there.  You can have virtually anything you want, from soup to nuts, as long as you’re ok with a drive involving traffic, detours and parking nightmares.

When my husband and daughter and I moved to Guthrie, we could not believe our luck – no traffic!  No chemical plant glow on every horizon!  No wailing sirens!  No smog!!  Once we’d unpacked our boxes, we began planning how to coax the family and friends we’d left behind to come here and see what we’d found.

It wasn’t long before the relatives and friends started making trips to Oklahoma.  Before our guests arrived, I’d go shopping for things native to Oklahoma that I could have in a basket on the guest room bed.  Guthrie is a perfect place to get this sort of thing.  I can find great chocolates at Rick’s Fine Chocolates and Coffees, OSU kitsch at Kokopelli Village, old postcards at Above the Rest, a variety of Oklahoma souvenirs at Mark’s Drug and all things Guthrie at Treasures and Books. Gus’ Liquor carries Oklahoma wines and beers.  During the summer, I can find all manner of locally produced honeys and preserves at the Farmers’ Market. My, welcome-to-Oklahoma baskets have quickly become one of the high points of family visits.

My visits to the downtown shops have yielded many treasures – I now possess (thanks to Country Corner) a vintage radio, a wall hanging in the shape of Oklahoma made of barbed wire (where DO you find these things, Above the Rest), a painting of a goat for my office from Willoughby’s, a pillbox hat made entirely of feathers and several lollipops containing ants (I miss you, Prairie Gothic).

If you haven’t browsed the shops in Downtown Guthrie lately, do yourself a favor:  grab a coffee at Rick’s and hit the streets.  Who knows what you’ll find!!

Written by Laurie Fuller, CVB

Get The Most Out Of Your Chamber Membership

Get the most out your investment by:

  • Attending networking based events (go to at least one a month)
  • Taking advantage of sponsorship opportunities
  • Join a team (doesn't mean you have to show-up to every meeting but we would like for you to)
  • Host a Pride workshop for your team (premium members only)
  • Do Leadership Guthrie 2016/2017 (must apply)
  • Referring business to other Chamber Investors; They will repay you with the same.
  • Taking advantage of other marketing opportunities made available i.e. advertise on GuthrieChamber.Com, sponsor an email blast with just your content, etc.
  • Updating your information on the Guthrie Chamber online directory every 6 months (set a reminder on your calendar)

Attend monthly networking events: (attend at least 1 a month)

  • Chamber Coffee (actually this happens every Wednesday and is hosted by a different Chamber Investor each week)
  • Chamber After Hours
  • 12 @ 12 | 8 @ 8 | 6 @ 6
  • Educational series (learn and network at the same time)

Join a chamber team:

  • Ambassador Team meets every 3rd Wednesday at 8am in the Chamber Board Room.
  • Education & Workforce Development Team meets every 3rd Thursday at 4p at a different school each month.
  • Business Council Team meets every 2nd Thursday at 8a in the Chamber Board Room.
  • Leadership Guthrie Team meets as needed.

Learn more about each team and join one today by CLICKING HERE.

Host one of these events at your business or organization:

  • Host a Chamber Coffee
  • Host a Chamber After Hours
  • Host a Pride Workshop (premium investors only)

Sponsor an event in 2016 for more exposure:

  • Annual Banquet
  • Annual First Capitol TRI
  • New Teacher Luncheon
  • Golf Tournament
  • Educational Series

Other marketing opportunities:

  • Weekly Email with just your info
  • Ad space on Guthrie Chamber website
  • Quarterly calendar

Call Heady at 405-282-1947 or email him at heady@guthriechamber.com for more information or any questions you may have.

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Guthrie Chamber Spotlight: Blue Belle Grille House

Today we spotlight Blue Belle Grille House. We asked questions to The Russell Family. They are the owners of Blue Belle Grille House. Have fun reading! 

Your full name – The Russel Family
Job title – Owners
Company name -  Blue Belle Grille House Historically known as the "Blue Belle Saloon"   
Company website - Facebook

Tell us about your company? 

We are the New and improved Blue Belle Saloon. We have renamed as the "Blue Belle Grille House". The Building underwent 2 months of improvements throughout. Mainly to the kitchen. In addition we remodeled the second side Offering a unique environment for Family Dining and Large Groups.

What's one thing that makes your company great?  

Our Business is a great place to take in a little History along with an exceptional meal. We wanted to offer Fresh Homemade meals that anyone would be sure to enjoy and afford.  Whether your looking for a date night or a family dining experience our staff is here to make your dining experience enjoyable.

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

Guthrie is a very Traditional Society, a true red, white & blue mom and pop community. With deep roots in its past and a willingness to embrace new businesses into their community.

Why is your company a part of the Chamber?

We are a part of the Chamber of Commerce as it brings many opportunities for the business. Awareness in the community through websites and Pamphlets that reach in and beyond the Guthrie community. It lets Patrons know that we are a Viable Business here in Guthrie.

What was the last thing that made you smile?

The interest we received from the Victorian Walk was fantastic. We had such a great & diverse crowd come in and dine with us. We welcomed people from Norway to different parts of the United States, this truly left a lasting smile.

What is your location? 

224 W Harrison Ave, Guthrie, OK 73044

What are your hours of operation? 

Monday Closed | Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. | Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Guthrie Public Schools Needed Physical Education Equipment List

Photo Credit: Not Guthrie Chamber

Photo Credit: Not Guthrie Chamber

Tis the season for giving and we would like to help meet some of the needs of Guthrie Public Schools so there is less burden on the school budget. 

Guthrie Chamber of Commerce's Education/Workforce Development Committee and Logan County Health Department are working together to help provide physical education equipment needed at all of the Guthrie Public Schools. Each school has a "wish list" that we hope can be filled before the schools go on Winter Break. Please sign up below beside the item(s) you would like to purchase for a school.

Items purchased can be delivered to the Guthrie Chamber of Commerce at 212 W. Oklahoma Ave. If you wish to receive a tax credit for your gift, please contact the chamber at 405-282-1947 to ensure you receive the appropriate documentation. 

If you have any questions about the items listed for each school, please contact Nikkiey Morton at (405)-833-2173 or nikkieym@health.ok.gov. 

Thank you for your support and making a  true difference for children in Guthrie!