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 (

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

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