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Joseph SIngletonNot Your Average Joe: Bad Press?!? There was a Line out the DOOR!!!Apr. 19th, 2024

Not Your Average Joe: Bad Press?!? There was a Line out the DOOR!!!

Just north of OU on Elm in Norman, there's a coffee shop that's redefining what it means to be a community hub. Not Your Average Joe (NYAJ) is more than just a place to grab a quick caffeine fix; it's a sanctuary of inclusion, empowerment, and “accept-ional” people. With Peyton Kapavik at the helm of m…
Elyssa at WhirLocalExploring Local: Tips for "Rediscovering" Your Own CityMar. 12th, 2024

Exploring Local: Tips for "Rediscovering" Your Own City

In the hustle and routine of daily life, it's easy to overlook the beauty and uniqueness of the cities we live in. Becoming a "tourist" in your own town is not just a way to break the monotony, but also a great opportunity to support local businesses and discover new-to-you places. Here are a few tips for "rediscoveri…
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Elyssa at WhirLocalThe Mental Benefits of Learning Another LanguageDec. 9th, 2023

The Mental Benefits of Learning Another Language

Did you know that December is "Learn a Foreign Language Month"? What better time to dive into a new language? Whether you're a seasoned polyglot or just starting your linguistic journey, understanding how learning another language can benefit your brain is truly fascinating. Cognitive Enhancement Learning a new …
Joseph SIngletonUp Together Venue: Elevating Norman's Artistic LandscapeApr. 2nd, 2024

Up Together Venue: Elevating Norman's Artistic Landscape

In the heart of Norman, Oklahoma, a “Unik” (pronounced unique) venue has emerged, transcending the boundaries of a mere event space to become a sanctuary for the soul of the local art community. Rashad Johnson, the visionary behind Up Together Venue, brings with him a passion for the arts and community…
Elyssa at WhirLocalChoose Local: Why Supporting Small Businesses Matters This Shopping SeasonNov. 22nd, 2023

Choose Local: Why Supporting Small Businesses Matters This Shopping Season

As the holiday season approaches, consumers are bombarded with endless Black Friday deals. During these high-profile shopping days, when big box retailers and online giants often dominate the market with massive sales and promotions, choosing to shop at small and local businesses can make a big difference. While Small…
Elyssa at WhirLocalBeyond Solo Reading: Perks of Book Clubs and How to Start Your OwnOct. 7th, 2023

Beyond Solo Reading: Perks of Book Clubs and How to Start Your Own

If you like to read, you likely enjoy those cozy solo moments when you get to be fully immersed in a new book. But when the book is over, you might have further questions or feel the urge to talk about what you've just read. Starting or joining a book club can transform your reading experience into a social and insigh…
Elyssa at WhirLocal7 Fun Water-Based Summer Activities for KidsJul. 25th, 2023

7 Fun Water-Based Summer Activities for Kids

When summer temperatures soar, finding ways to keep kids cool and entertained becomes essential. Don't worry; we've got you covered! These seven exciting water-based summer activities will ensure your kids (or any big kids at heart) stay cool and have a blast all season long. Water Balloon Frenzy A water balloon…
Joseph SIngletonGrillstock '24: Firing Up Community Connections in MooreMar. 28th, 2024

Grillstock '24: Firing Up Community Connections in Moore

A new tradition is taking root in our town, one that promises to kindle the spirit of community and showcase the “Moore Strong” resilience and joy that define this city. Leading the charge is Kim Brown, President & CEO of the Moore Chamber of Commerce, whose vision for the inaugural Grillstock BBQ …
Elyssa at WhirLocalWays to Support Local Artists and the ArtsSep. 10th, 2022

Ways to Support Local Artists and the Arts

Do you love art and want to support the local art scene in your neighborhood? If your answer is a resounding “YES!” we have five ideas to help you do just that. Attend Local Art Shows or Pop-up Art Gallery Exhibits A great way to support the local art scene is by attending art shows or art gallery exhibits i…
Elyssa at WhirLocal3 Reasons to Donate To Your Local Thrift StoreApr. 7th, 2022

3 Reasons to Donate To Your Local Thrift Store

Spring cleaning season is among us, which means it's time to figure out what to do with your unwanted items. Instead of letting your items pile up in storage or be thrown away, you should consider donating them to a local thrift store. If your items are desirable and still in good condition, there are many benefits to…
Elyssa at WhirLocal4 Ways You Can Support the Art Scene in Your AreaSep. 18th, 2021

4 Ways You Can Support the Art Scene in Your Area

Do you love art and want to support the local art scene in your neighborhood? If your answer is a resounding "YES!" we have four ideas to help you do just that. Attend Local Art Shows or Pop-up Art Gallery Exhibits A great way to support the local art scene is by attending art shows or art gallery exhibits in yo…
Amy SingletonGuiding Norman to Healing: The Virtue Center's Shine of Hope and RecoveryMar. 4th, 2024

Guiding Norman to Healing: The Virtue Center's Shine of Hope and Recovery

The Virtue Center: A Sanctuary for Recovery Beating in time with the heart of the Norman community, and its commitment to uplifting our hurting citizens lies The Virtue Center, a sanctuary that has emerged as a beacon of hope for those entangled in the struggles of addiction and mental health issues. Under …
Elyssa at WhirLocal3 Family-Friendly Fall ActivitiesSep. 7th, 2021

3 Family-Friendly Fall Activities

Have you seen the leaves changing? Fall is just around the corner, and with it comes cooler weather, the return of school for some, and fun seasonal activities. Looking for family-friendly fall activities to do this season? Look no further! Here are a few of our favorite ideas. 1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch Going to …
Elyssa at WhirLocal10 Must-Haves for Day HikesAug. 10th, 2021

10 Must-Haves for Day Hikes

Day hiking is an excellent way to get outside and enjoy nature. It can also be a great opportunity to exercise, explore new hiking trails, and spend time with friends or family. If you are planning a day hike soon, we've compiled a list of 10 must-haves that will make all the difference! 1. Good Shoes or Hiking Boo…
Joseph SIngletonFrom Beans to Builds: How Coffee Connects Community and Causes in NormanFeb. 26th, 2024

From Beans to Builds: How Coffee Connects Community and Causes in Norman

As the scent of freshly brewed coffee is soon to waft through the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, the community of Norman is buzzing with anticipation for the 3rd Annual Common Grounds Coffee Festival. Coming up on Saturday, March 2, from 9am to 4pm, this event is more than a celebration; it's a pivotal moment for c…
Nancie CainWinter Wonders: Top 10 Activities in Norman, Moore, and South OKCJan. 3rd, 2024

Winter Wonders: Top 10 Activities in Norman, Moore, and South OKC

As winter embraces the Norman, Moore, and South Oklahoma City areas, the communities come alive with a variety of activities that promise to enrich, entertain, and engage. Whether you're a history buff, art enthusiast, sports fan, or just looking for some family fun, this region has something special for everyone …
Nancie CainFun Facts: Exploring the Magic of Christmas MoviesDec. 13th, 2023

Fun Facts: Exploring the Magic of Christmas Movies

Christmas movies have long been a staple of the holiday season, offering a blend of warmth, nostalgia, and festive cheer. In this article, we delve into the lesser-known stories behind some of the most beloved holiday films. From behind-the-scenes secrets to fascinating trivia, these insights bring a new dimension to …
Nancie CainSpreading Holiday Cheer: The Joy of Supporting Local Businesses This ChristmasDec. 6th, 2023

Spreading Holiday Cheer: The Joy of Supporting Local Businesses This Christmas

Shopping locally plays a crucial role in sustaining and enriching our communities. When we choose to purchase from local small businesses, we're not just buying a product or a service; we're investing in the economic health and vitality of our neighborhood. Each local purchase helps to circulate money within the c…
Nancie Cain5 Tips for Creating DIY Halloween CostumesOct. 25th, 2023

5 Tips for Creating DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween is almost here and sometimes things creep up on you. Like, remembering to put together your costume! AAAHHHH! No worries! We've got a few tips to help you create the perfect fit in no time. MASKS - Get crafty and create a paper mask by cutting a paper plate in your preferred shape with holes for your…
Amy SingletonUnlocking Success and Growth with the Norman Chamber of Commerce in Norman, OKJun. 2nd, 2023

Unlocking Success and Growth with the Norman Chamber of Commerce in Norman, OK

Are you a new member of the Norman Chamber of Commerce? Congratulations on joining the Chamber! If you haven't joined yet, you should know about some of the amazing benefits you'll receive as a business owner in Norman. As a member, you have access to numerous benefits that will help you connect with fellow members, e…
Amy SingletonMoore Chamber of Commerce: Local Business Owners in Moore, OK Can Connect with their Customers & Other Local ResourcesJun. 2nd, 2023

Moore Chamber of Commerce: Local Business Owners in Moore, OK Can Connect with their Customers & Other Local Resources

Building connections with customers and local resources is key to the success of businesses in Moore, Oklahoma. In this engaging blog post, we will explore how local business owners can leverage the Moore Chamber of Commerce to connect with customers, network with other businesses, and access various resources…
Amy SingletonExploring Nature's Serenity: The Best Walking Trails in Moore, OklahomaJun. 1st, 2023

Exploring Nature's Serenity: The Best Walking Trails in Moore, Oklahoma

a woman walking in a park

Moore, Oklahoma, may be known for its vibrant community and bustling urban life, but tucked away amidst the city's charm lies a serene escape for nature enthusiasts and walking enthusiasts alike. Moore offers a variety of scenic walking trails that allow residents and visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty o…

Amy SingletonHow Local Business Owners in South Oklahoma City Can Connect with Customers & Other Local Resources: The South OKC Chamber of Commerce!May. 23rd, 2023

How Local Business Owners in South Oklahoma City Can Connect with Customers & Other Local Resources: The South OKC Chamber of Commerce!

The success of local businesses in South Oklahoma City depends not only on the quality of their products or services but also on their ability to connect with customers and tap into local resources. In this blog post, we will explore how business owners in South OKC can leverage the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Comm…

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