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Accounting Firm

There are only two certainties in life, and one is taxes; make sure trusted professionals do them. HoganTaylor’s Tulsa firm is lauded for its expertise in accounting, tax and assurance. Ernst & Young is a global firm that brings its mission of building a better working world to Tulsa. Carl Webb CPA is a great company to turn to for tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services. Early & Means is a firm in Oklahoma City that aids individuals and businesses with financial needs, including tax preparation and advice. HoganTaylor’s Oklahoma City office serves a wide variety of individual and corporate clients. Holden & Associates is a Norman firm that provides expertise for clients navigating financial waters.

Airline

Flying the friendly skies has never been easier with the wealth of airlines available to travelers. Oklahomans prefer the services they find when flying American Airlines to their destinations. Southwest Airlines provides domestic flights to dozens of destinations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. United Airlines is a favorite among frequent travelers for generous rewards programs and courteous service.

Phoenix Cleaners, Best Dry Cleaners/Laundry. Photo by Natalie Green.

Phoenix Cleaners, Best Dry Cleaners/Laundry.
Photo by Natalie Green.

Assisted Living Center

Sometimes loved ones need a facility that can provide care for them while they still maintain some independence. Montereau in Tulsa gives residents assistance with those daily activities they need help with, all on the resident’s own schedule. Inverness Village offers Life Care Advantage, which provides access to private, on-site assisted living without any added costs. Located in midtown Tulsa, Emeritus at Tulsa is recognized as a premier assisted living community, offering close proximity to hospital complexes, shopping and cultural activities. St. John Villas boasts three locations in the Tulsa metro area and provides care to individuals who need a little extra help. A park-like setting that includes a lake and wildlife provides the peaceful setting for Emeritus at The Village, an assisted living center in Oklahoma City. Close to attractions, services and medical facilities, The Village is a top choice for those who need extra care. Epworth Villa provides a friendly, caring environment for its assisted living residents. Helping residents maintain a dignified quality of life is the commitment at Epworth Villa. Arbor House Assisted Living Center operates several assisted living centers in the Oklahoma City area, and each serves residents with kindness, love and professionalism. Emeritus at Quail Creek is a serene backdrop against an urban setting that allows residents to take as much independence as they desire. Sterling House provides a personalized take on service in its assisted living centers in the Oklahoma City area.

Attorney

Legal representation is necessary in a variety of situations. William R. Grimm of Barrow Grimm is an accomplished business litigator and has produced positive results for his clients. Michael Barkett of Barkett Law Firm represents victims of injury and helps them recover damages owed to them. Brad Beasley of Boesche & McDermott specializes in commercial real estate, banking and finance, among other areas. He has represented both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. Bruce Edge of Edge Law Firm helps those charged with DUI successfully navigate the court system. Edge has also published two books on the subject. Robert P. Coffey Jr. of Coffey, Gudgel & McDaniel is an accomplished defense attorney who has represented clients in the transportation industry, product manufacturing and insurance companies. Randall K. Calvert of Calvert Law is a successful business litigator who has won large settlements for his clients. Mark E. Hammons Sr. of Hammons, Gowens, Hurst & Associates helps clients in the areas of employment law and is founder and president of the Oklahoma Employment Lawyers Association. Donelle Ratheal of Ratheal, Maggard & Fortune focuses her practice on collaborative law, a non-adversarial approach to resolving disputes. She also serves as a private guardian ad litem in cases involving a child’s best interests.

Auto/Tire Shop

An auto and tire shop should be reliable and provide top-notch service for a reasonable price. At Robertson Tire, trained technicians replace tires and perform general car maintenance in a friendly and courteous atmosphere. Hibdon Tires Plus serves customers at its stores throughout Oklahoma, offering tire rotation, alignments and other car care services. Whether it’s a basic oil change, brake work or a dead battery, Firestone Complete Auto Care can help customers with their automotive needs.

Bank

Banks are more than just places to park funds; they can help customers develop optimal ways of saving, investing or getting the right loan. Bank of Oklahoma is the choice of banks for many in the Tulsa area. With a wide network of ATMs as well as full-service loan departments, it’s a virtual one-stop shop for banking needs. ONB Bank provides a full range of banking services to customers throughout Oklahoma. The company has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Banks in its annual review of the nation’s 100 largest financial institutions. Bank of America wins accolades from its customers for convenient branches, ATM locations and ease of use in mobile banking. Arvest Bank earns customer loyalty for providing excellent service, whether it’s help opening a new account or applying for a loan. RCB Bank has branches in several northeast Oklahoma communities and offers competitive interest rates. Bank of Oklahoma is winning in the Oklahoma City market for its mobile banking as well as convenient branch locations. First Fidelity Bank offers online bill pay, mobile banking and credit cards in addition to standard banking services. MidFirst Bank champions community banking in addition to being a partner with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Bank of Oklahoma, Best Bank. Photo courtesy Bank of Oklahoma.

Bank of Oklahoma, Best Bank.
Photo courtesy Bank of Oklahoma.

Caterer

Whether for an intimate Thanksgiving dinner or a lavish party, caterers are great at providing food, service and a heaping helping of peace of mind. Just Catering by Orr is a Tulsa mainstay that specializes in catering parties, weddings and other social events. Catering Kitchen provides freshly prepared food for all occasions. Whether it’s a small reception or large party, the food and service can be expected to be stellar. Catering Connection’s motto says it all: “From black tie to chicken fry.” This catering company is known for superb food and creative presentation. Cheever’s Catering & Events is operated by A Good Egg Dining Group and offers the same high quality that is expected in the group’s prestigious restaurants. Fancy That is based in Norman and caters everything from breakfast meetings to large parties. Raspberries n’ Crème Bakery serves sophisticated food to guests at weddings, parties and other events. Aunt Pittypat’s Catering creates classy dishes to serve at a host of events.

Cleaning Service

Sometimes there are not enough hours in the day to get chores accomplished. Thankfully, there are reliable companies in Tulsa like Merry Maids that can visit the home and leave it spotless. Each Merry Maids team member goes through extensive training to ensure that every job is done perfectly. Clean Freaks of Tulsa is a full-service cleaning company that utilizes the safest products available to get the job done. Mommy Maids boasts excellent customer service as well as a staff that meticulously cleans each space thoroughly. Merry Maids in the Oklahoma City area utilizes safe, environmentally friendly products to keep customers happy. Maid OK is a locally owned and operated business in Oklahoma City specializing in home cleaning, carpet cleaning, air duct cleaning and window cleaning. Molly Maid of Metro OKC helps clients find more time to spend with friends and family by taking care of the dirty work for a reasonable price.

Dry Cleaners/Laundry

Cleaning clothes, blankets and other household items can be a bother. Luckily, Yale Cleaners’ 12 convenient locations in the Tulsa metro area are more than happy to help launder and dry clean items. LaMode Cleaners boasts nine locations with convenient drop-off and pick-up time frames. Phoenix Cleaners, known in Tulsa as much for its iconic neon sign as by its superb dry cleaning, is a favorite with the downtown crowd. Nichols Hills Cleaners specializes in clothing, drapery, wedding gowns and stain removal at its three Oklahoma City metro area locations. Douglas Cleaners is an Oklahoma City mainstay that provides dry cleaning and laundry services. Walden Cleaners has operated in Norman for more than 80 years and prides itself on completing all jobs in-house. Legacy Cleaners offers eight locations to serve customers and also offers free pick-up and delivery services.

Event or Party Planner

From an intimate dinner party to a grand soiree, the proper event planner can make it a beautiful thing. Legendary Tulsa event planner Phil Long is known best for his elaborate designs, décor and show-stopping entertainment. Talmadge Powell of Talmadge Powell Creative has made a name for himself with both nonprofit event planning as well as parties and receptions. Joe Mathis of J.A. Mathis Company plans, manages and designs everything from intimate designs to corporate events. Judy Lehmbeck of Judy Lehmbeck Bridal and Party works with Oklahoma City brides to create beautiful ceremonies and receptions. Jane Kelly of Jane Kelly Weddings and Parties creates sophisticated, upscale events for brides and grooms as well as for clients throwing parties or hosting events. Sara McCord Thompson and Amy McCord operate Old Trinity of Paseo, a venue that is a beautiful backdrop for weddings or parties.

Ethan Cantler, manager of Robertson Tire, Best Auto/Tire Shop. Photo by Dan Morgan.

Ethan Cantler, manager of Robertson Tire, Best Auto/Tire Shop.
Photo by Dan Morgan.

Florist

Flowers can convey a range of messages and bring happiness to the recipient. Toni’s Flowers & Gifts custom designs beautiful floral arrangements both large and small. Petal Pushers also makes lovely arrangements as well as centerpieces and bouquets for special occasions. Mary Murray’s Flowers creates beautiful arrangements for all occasions. New Leaf Floral in Oklahoma City sends creative and inventive designs to pleased customers across the metro area. Design 2000 Flowers & Gifts, located in Norman, uses fresh flowers to create bright and cheery arrangements. Floral And Hardy sends arrangements for everything from anniversaries and special occasions to “just because.”

Funeral Service

Unfortunately, there’s a time when we have to seek out funeral service. Moore Funeral Homes & Crematory has four locations in the Tulsa area to help families in times of need. Ninde Funeral & Cremation offers full-service funeral planning. Floral Haven operates its own cemetery and mausoleums. Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors offers pre-planning services online and several burial options from which families can choose. Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman offers a full range of services for planning purposes. Vondel L. Smith & Sons Mortuary has four locations in the Oklahoma City area and a cemetery that are family owned and operated.

Hair Salon

For a new style, color or simply a trim, ARCS is a great place to go for modern, edgy design. Ihloff Salon and Day Spa is a full-service salon that boasts stylists with many years of experience. Cypress Avenue Salon is a great place for cuts and color as well as beautiful updos. Bella Vita Spa and Salon provides relaxation for guests as they get their hair done. iidentity Salon provides full salon services to men and women in Tulsa’s Brookside area. Eden Salon & Spa is an Aveda salon offering extended hours and trained stylists to serve Oklahoma City clients. Studio Zen Salon is located in Norman and provides both classic and trendy cuts and techniques. Salon W provides cutting and styling as well as skin health and beauty services.

Home/Auto Insurance

Protecting investments is key in preserving and saving for the future. State Farm Insurance provides comprehensive insurance plans for both home and auto coverage and provides generous discounts for clients. Farmers Insurance offers both home and car insurance with discounts and fast claim service. Allstate offers safe driving discount bonuses to clients with great driving records.

Investment Firm

We all like to see money grow, and the best way to do that is to visit an investment firm. Morgan Stanley has offices throughout Oklahoma with advisors providing wise financial advice to individuals with a wide variety of portfolios. Merrill Lynch advisors use their knowledge and experience to create strategies that help clients achieve financial goals. Charles Schwab helps clients by investing in various interests and providing deft financial advice.

Law Firm

Law firms can represent a wide variety of interests for clients. Conner & Winters has offices in Tulsa that focus on energy, family and business and corporate law. Latham, Wagner, Steele & Lehman specializes in everything from bankruptcy to workers’ compensation and tax law. GableGotwals holds a strong emphasis on business, energy and environmental law. Jones Gotcher & Bogan P.C. has attorneys who boast a wide range of specialties, including litigation, family and employment law. Hall Estill employs skilled attorneys that help a diverse range of clients. Doerner, Saunders, Daniel & Anderson is a business litigation firm with offices in Tulsa in addition to Oklahoma City. Echols & Associates specializes in divorce and child custody cases in the Oklahoma City area. Celebrating its 65th year, Foliart Huff Ottaway & Bottom has tried civil cases in all Oklahoma federal and state courts as well as many other states. Tawwater Law Firm emphasizes personal injury law and aids in insurance disputes and accidents. McAfee & Taft offers legal service for issues affecting businesses both large and small. Crowe & Dunlevy provides legal services to clients in a wide variety of practice areas.

Life Insurance

It’s one of those things that you may not know you need until it’s too late. Oklahomans choose New York Life for its help in tailoring plans to suit each customer’s needs. American Fidelity Assurance offers both term and permanent life insurance for consumers. Metlife provides life insurance to customers who want to give their families a sense of security and protection of standard of living.

Moving Service

Moving cherished memories and heirlooms takes a company that cares for its customers. Two Men and a Truck move both homes and businesses in the Tulsa area and across the country. Murphy Jones Moving completes both large and small moves for homeowners, businesses and more. Allied Van Lines provides packing and moving services to destinations across the country. All My Sons Moving & Storage boasts four generations of moving experience and has the expertise to complete moves quickly and efficiently. Little Guys Movers in Norman helps make the moving experience less stressful with reliable movers and efficient loading and unloading. Two Men and a Truck in the Oklahoma City area offers affordable pricing as well as packing services. A-1 Freeman offers free moving quotes that include packing and packing materials as well as labor and installation and assembly.

Lucky Dog Lodge, Best Pet Grooming Services. Photo by Brent Fuchs.

Lucky Dog Lodge, Best Pet Grooming Services.
Photo by Brent Fuchs.

Pet Grooming Services

We want our pets to look their best. Groomers at PetSmart do just that with grooming, baths, toenail clipping and other services. Petco offers several packages, from full service grooming to 15-minute brush-outs, nail trims, ear cleaning and tooth brushing. Cathy’s Critter Cuts has groomed Tulsa’s finest canines from its south Tulsa location. Lucky Dog Lodge, located in Oklahoma City, offers full-service bathing and grooming by appointment at its salon. PetSmart offers personalized grooming services at its three Oklahoma City metro locations by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Doggie Styles offers customized designs for dogs that like to walk on the wild side.

Place to Call When You Smash Your Luxury Car

Accidents happen. Luckily, there’s someone to bang out the dents and repair the bumpers. Hourglass Collision Repair is a full-service auto body shop in Tulsa whose goal is to restore vehicles back to manufacture specifications by using top-quality parts, paint and technicians. Barron & Hart has been Tulsa’s go-to auto body shop since 1947 for everything from hail and dent repair to frame straightening. Karroll Martin Paint & Body Shop manages every aspect of the repair process, including suspension work, wheel and interior repair and glass repair or replacement. Collision Clinic has operated in Oklahoma City for more than 35 years and works closely with customers and insurance companies to provide a worry-free experience. Mills Body Shop provides Norman drivers with full service automotive and body repair. Xclusive Collision and Towing features state-of-the-art facilities that provide complete body repair and painting with a generous warranty.

Realtor

It takes experience to close a deal. That’s why, when selling a house in the Tulsa area, homeowners often turn to Peter Walter of Walter & Associates. For nearly 30 years, Walter has represented both homeowners and buyers in successful real estate transactions. Jacki Crews of McGraw Realtors represents buyers and sellers in land and home transactions. Blake Loveless of Walter & Associates represents the owners of some of Tulsa’s most elite residential properties. Monty Churchill, co-founder of Churchill-Brown, has been active in the Oklahoma City real estate market for more than 40 years. Debbie Naifeh of Paradigm AdvantEdge sells a wide range of properties in the Oklahoma City metro. Marta McCubbin of First Source Real Estate represents many homeowners in the Oklahoma City and Nichols Hills area.

Retirement Community

Upon retirement, some may choose to move to a community that is better suited to their needs and lifestyle. Montereau offers an array of living options; residents may choose from among 13 apartment layouts and garden homes, all of which include life-enriching amenities. Both Senior Star Living facilities in Tulsa – Senior Star at Burgundy Place and Senior Star at Woodland Terrace – feature on-site amenities as well as a concierge service to its independent living residents. Brookdale Town Village Tulsa is located in south Tulsa, close to shopping, entertainment, medical facilities and churches. Apartment homes are outfitted with kitchens, spacious bathrooms and plenty of natural light. Tulsa Jewish Retirement & Health Center shares a campus with the world renowned Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art and the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center. Apartment living and a great social atmosphere are a plus. Oklahoma Methodist Manor is situated on a 40-acre campus in the heart of midtown Tulsa and includes amenities that keep residents healthy and active. Cottage or apartment living is just one of many choices Epworth Villa independent living residents have. The close-knit community of residents enjoys activities, events and amenities at the Oklahoma City campus. Close to Lake Hefner and just minutes away from shopping, dining and medical options, Emeritus at Statesman Club is an independent living option for Oklahoma City residents. Tealridge Christian Retirement Community is owned and operated by Oklahoma Christian University on the school’s campus, and residents are encouraged to mingle with students.

Staffing Agency

Whether it’s a supervisor looking for extra help or someone looking for extra work, employment agencies are a great liaison between workers and employers. Key Personnel has served Tulsa for more than three decades in a variety of industries, including financial, legal and medical sectors. ProRecruiters, formerly Part-Time Pros, provides staffing and placement for the medical industry as well as for talented professionals on a contract, temp-to-hire and direct hire basis. Express Employment Professionals offers full and temporary job placement for firms across the state. Express Employment Professionals provides job testing and training programs, professional job placement and staffing solutions for both job seekers and employers in the Oklahoma City area. Accel Financial Staffing, founded in 1995, specializes in connecting workers and employers for job opportunities in bookkeeping, accounting, reception and human resources. Sooner Medical Staffing places CNAs, caregivers, LPNs and RNs in medical facilities that need qualified and capable employees.

Veterinarian/ Animal Hospital

Our furry and feathered family members deserve great medical care. VCA Woodland Animal Hospital is a Tulsa favorite. Extended hours, multiple veterinarians on duty and courteous staff make it a fine place for pets. Care Animal Hospital is a full service facility that takes emergency cases as well as medical, surgical and dental cases. Family Animal Medicine serves the Owasso community’s needs for veterinarian care in a wide range of categories, from wellness check-ups to treatment for more serious illnesses. Dr. Rodney Robards of Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital treats animals in his midtown Tulsa practice. From wellness check-ups to surgical and diagnostic services, Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital is a full service facility. Dr. Dan Danner of Animal Medical & Surgical Hospital takes both emergency and non-emergency cases. Danner treats conditions in dogs, cats and exotic animals. Dr. Skip Tangner of Veterinary Surgery Center sees Oklahoma City pets at his small animal veterinary surgical referral practice. He specializes in treatments of fractures, canine hip dysplasia and canine orthopedic disorders. Main St. Veterinary Hospital provides compassionate and skilled care for Norman’s four-legged residents. Ranchwood Veterinary Hospital strives to provide the greatest level of veterinary medicine available to its Oklahoma City pets.

Wedding Cakes

A sweet reminder of an important day, the wedding cake is often at the center of a couple’s wedding reception. Tulsa’s iconic Ann’s Bakery produces beautiful cakes that represent a couple’s love for each other. Merritt’s Bakery customizes wedding cakes according to a couple’s wishes for flavor, filling and décor. Nibbles by Grandeur Affaires produces elegant, sophisticated wedding cakes that guests are sure to talk about long after the ceremony is over. In Oklahoma City, Raspberries n’ Crème Bakery produces colorful wedding cakes and grooms’ cakes that enhance a couple’s big day. Legendary Confectionery is a Norman-based bakery that specializes in cupcakes as well as customized cake designs. Amy Cakes, also based in Norman, features the work of Amy Cullifer, an award-winning sugar artist.

Petal Pushers, Best Florist. Photo by Brandon Scott.

Petal Pushers, Best Florist.
Photo by Brandon Scott.

Wedding Photographer

Capturing the perfect images on an important day is the hallmark of a great photographer. Tulsa-based Chris Humphrey Photographer works closely with brides to create a unique, organic experience; the result is beautiful photos that capture the excitement and emotion of the wedding day. Ervin Photography captures the elegance and excitement of both bride and groom on the big day. Steven Michaels Photography travels throughout the metro area capturing couples’ special moments, whether it’s engagement photos or wedding ceremonies. Jesse Reich Photography photographs couples in both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas on their wedding days. Reich has earned a reputation for professionalism, consistency and stunning photography. Jana Carson Photography captures unique images of couples and their guests on their wedding day. Shannon Ho Photography catches the small, intimate moments between couples on their wedding day.

Wireless Service

Ninety-one percent of adults own a cell phone. With those staggering numbers, it’s important to have the right carrier. AT&T is once again recognized as Oklahoma’s No. 1 service provider, popular for both affordability and wide coverage. Verizon Wireless offers a wide range of smart phones, tablets and accessories to its loyal customers. Sprint’s popular Framily plan makes this carrier a popular choice for those who wish to save money by combining phone lines into one bill.

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