Get to know Uncle Bob’s
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.
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 - swakknit.com
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".
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 www.CitizensEdmond.com. 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.
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
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 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.
You won't want to miss this!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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 email@example.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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
“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