1. Wedding Gowns that Turn Heads

    April 6, 2010 by Rhonda Davis

    Hello, my name is Rhonda Davis, the owner of Moliere Bridal in Oklahoma City. Although my degree and background was originally in accounting, I always had the dream of one day being in a retail setting – especially one that was service oriented. Plus, I was fascinated with every aspect of weddings, particularly because it is such a service-oriented industry.

    In September of 2009, I purchased Moliere Bridal which had been in business with a wonderful reputation for 18 years. I purchased the exquisite inventory and kept the wonderful staff, including the manager, consultants and seamstress who is truly a master of her art.

    Moliere Bridal specializes in wedding gowns, but we also offer, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, tuxedos, shoes, jewelry, headpieces and veils. We have one of the largest selection of wedding gowns in the state. Of our six designers, we are the only Oklahoma retail bridal shop to carry five of those lines. – you’ll find them no where else in the state but Moliere and no two gowns are alike. Because of our special order experience, we are extremely knowledgeable about taking measurements for dress sizes 0 to 28.

    At Moliere Bridal, we pride ourselves on our exceptional service throughout the process from selection to fitting and final fitting. Moliere is one of very few area members of the National Bridal Service, an organization which specially trains all our consultants.

    Another service we offer is gown preservation. After your wedding, we will assist you in preserving your gown as a cherished heirloom or perhaps for other generations of family brides. Your gown is cleaned and preserved in an acid free environment – beautifully displayed in a white, windowed box.

    Remember that few decisions are as important as the style, fit and care of your perfect wedding gown. Please visit Moliere Bridal and discover the special order – special service option that will definitely “turn heads” at your wedding.

    Rhonda Davis, Owner

    Moliere Bridal
    6401 N. W. Expressway
    Oklahoma City, OK 73132

    (new location as of May 1, 2010)
    800 N. W. 50th
    Oklahoma City, OK 73118



  2. Chick Trips to Downtown Shawnee

    by Denise May

    This year, Oklahoma Dept. of Tourism and Recreation is making “Chick Trips” one of its hottest promotions. Why? Because girls just want to have fun! So grab your mom, daughters, sisters and friends to spend the day delightfully discovering historic Downtown Shawnee’s many treasures.

    Treasures and bargains await you in Downtown Shawnee’s slow-pace, hassle-free area with park-at-the-door convenience. Even window shopping is fun in downtown Shawnee, but wait until you come inside. In one historic building after another, you’ll find boutique shops, antique and gift stores, home furnishings and even a flea market or two.
    Step back in time visiting Downtown Shawnee’s historic buildings – six of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    Discover Shawnee’s rich and romantic railroad history by touring Downtown Shawnee’s Santa Fe Depot Museum. By 1907, an average of 42 passenger trains and 65 freight trains are estimated to have arrived in Shawnee daily. The Santa Fe Depot’s historical significance is also due to its fortress-like architectural style. It’s considered by many to be the most unique and picturesque among all Oklahoma depots.
    Also on the Depot’s grounds is Beard Cabin, built by John Beard and family. Beard raced his horse into history at 12 Noon on September 22, 1891. He beat out 60 other hopefuls to stake his claim at 12 noon when the shot rang out open land for settlement.
    Check out the Ritz Theater that once showed silent movies and vaudeville entertainment. Stroll by architecturally significant buildings that span Shawnee’s earliest days through the opulence of oil boom eras. See where bullet-riddled Public Enemy #1 Wilbur Underhill was captured by “the feds.” Everywhere you go, a piece of history awaits!
    Enjoy an afternoon “chick flick” matinee or dinner movie at the historic Hornbeck Theater. Tickets are only $1.50. Be sure to climb the staircase for an historic peek at how “balcony” movie theaters used to be. After the film, check out the local pub next door for your girls-only happy hour and game of billiards.
    Can’t decide on what to eat? Try a little bite of everything at Downtown Shawnee’s many restaurant choices. Enjoy a leisurely lunch in a charming, painted courtyard tea room. Share the latest gossip over a juicy hamburger in a retro restaurant, or stop in for a great dog with “spaghelli” for a change. Home-made pies and home-style cooking – even sandwiches to go for a picnic lunch in Celebration Park. It’s all delicious and all within just a few short blocks.
    If you’d like more information or help on arranging your group’s tour or to find out when our festivals are held, please call 405-273-1080. You’ll find you and your gal pals are more then welcome in Downtown Shawnee….The Heart of the City.

    Denise May, Marketing Director

    Downtown Shawnee, Inc.
    P. O. Box 534
    Shawnee, Oklahoma 74804

  3. Presentation – a Catering Specialty

    by Michael Cook

    Hello, my name is Michael Cook, the owner and chef of Michael’s Catering. I grew up in a hotel kitchen since my father was a general manager for Holiday Inn. I fell in love with the preparation of food and soon began cooking for a hotel, then worked my way up through the ranks to be come a chef in Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas. Then, as Food
    Director, I became more involved in the operations end to round out my experience.

    About eight years ago, I decided to use my catering experience for large and small groups to start my own catering business, which has been blooming ever since.

    At Michael’s Catering, we provide a wide range of catering services for groups from 50 to 2500 guests. Whether you prefer banquet or custom menus, we cater for seated dinners, buffets and receptions with hot and cold hors d oeuvres. We prepare all types of cuisine – Mexican, Southwestern, Italian, and Luau. Planners also can choose from our premium choices, such as prime rib, lobster and other seafood dishes.

    More than half of our business is for wedding related events – receptions, showers, rehearsal dinners; but, we also provide catered breakfasts, lunches, dinners and breaks all over Oklahoma for all type events.

    Michael’s catering is known for our exceptional presentation. I create my own ice sculptures from a variety of designs to suit the occasion. We create a “wow” food table
    by displaying the foods at different heights using mirrors and crystal glassware. We supply flowers and food linens that coordinate with your color scheme and even use decorative touches such as feathers to enhance the impression. We offer two foot to five foot cheese or shrimp towers (with as many as 800 shrimp!).

    Utensils, plates, glassware are all provided, as are the set up and tear down. We supply a professional server and wait staff for sit down and banquet style events. For added convenience, we will also be happy to assist you in arranging for bar service, wedding and specialty cakes, rentals, florals and entertainment.

    If an Oklahoma wedding or other event is in your future, please contact Michael’s Catering and discover how experience, professionalism, quality and artistic creativity sets us apart from the competition. For personal service, call me direct at 405-556-0377.

    Mike Cook, Chef/Owner

    Michael’s Catering
    P. O. Box 6514
    Moore, Oklahoma 73153


  4. Renting the Mood

    by Tiffany Stephens

    Hello, my name is Tiffany Stephens, owner of Mood Party Rentals. My husband Lee and I started thinking about renting unique event items when we were planning our wedding. There were plenty of the usual tables, chairs and standard accessories for rent, but the fun and unique items simply weren’t available. We had to beg, borrow and buy what we needed – it took a great deal of time and money.

    A couple of years ago, we decided it was the right time to fill the rental niche of unique, yet affordable items We began with renting a rustic line that’s very popular in Oklahoma – big wooden pieces like harvest farm tables. Then we added lounge areas, mostly modern in many different styles and colors, which quickly were in great demand.

    At Mood Party Rentals, we also have a large collection of accessory pieces. Our statement pieces include 8’ mirrored chandeliers, spiral topiaries, candle holders, as well as lighted acrylic pieces for bars and bistros and some seasonal items. Every thing we rent is specially selected to give your event that distinctive mood that adds so much to its success.

    Lee and I are always adding to our cutting-edge collection, so we always have the latest trends, including some exciting new arrivals hugely popular in Europe. Our goal is to rent only items which are truly unique and that make an event a standout, but at prices the general public can afford.

    Please visit our showroom and warehouse all under one roof at 1012 N. W. 69th or visit us on the web at moodpartyrentals.com. After you select your items, we will deliver and pick up anywhere in the state.

    Get the basics for your event from any ordinary rental company. For the unique items
    that set your event apart from the crowd, choose Mood Party Rentals.



    Tiffany Stephens, Owner

    Mood Party Rentals
    1012 N. W. 69th
    Oklahoma City, OK 73116



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