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June Bug Jam, Transition House’s annual show celebrating life and the agency’s biggest fundraiser, was a huge success. The Saturday event provided a showcase of talent with lots of audience interaction. 

We danced, we sang along, we cried, we laughed. I only wished all of Norman was there to enjoy the talented performers, hear the heart-wrenching stories of recovery and to experience the spirit of love and unity at this family-friendly event.

Equally impressive were the community sponsorships. While there were many from individuals, most of the larger sponsorships were from Norman businesses. It really made me think about how many great events and organizations in Norman are supported by our local businesses.

Sponsors make local 5K and cycling events, like the upcoming Norman Conquest, successful because sponsors help cover the cost of the event and the perks that draw more participants. That means more dollars go directly to the designated cause.

Local businesses support festivals, the Second Friday Art Walk, Norman parades, and dozens of fundraisers like June Bug Jam. Our businesses lead the way for the annual United Way campaigns, encouraging employee participation and serving as community pacesetters.

I am fortunate that my job puts me in a position to learn about so many great agencies that serve various populations throughout Norman from Transition House that serves those recovering from mental health to Progressive Independence that advocates for persons with disabilities to Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Food and Shelter, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Full Circle Adult Day Center, Meals on Wheels and many, many more.

Without those agencies, many of our most vulnerable folks would suffer rather than live triumphant and jubilant lives that allow them to also give back.

We are all connected in this community, this world.

Without our local businesses giving back to Norman, we would have much fewer resources. So, please, take a minute this week and give back to those local businesses through patronizing them. Because the only thank you they really want from us, is to be able to continue to serve our community by doing what they love. #ShopNorman #DineNorman #LoveNorman


Downtown Norman

Neighborhood JA.M., 102 W. Main St., part of the Hal Smith restaurant group has moved its opening date back to July. The Norman site will be the second location.

Lazy Circles Brewing, 422 E. Main, has started a weekly 16 mile bike ride on Wednesdays, leaving at 6 p.m. led by brewer Stephen Basey. This is a no drop ride, however please make sure you can keep an average of 15 mph on a road bike to participate. This ride will go out east Norman towards 60th Avenue. Helmets and lights are required. After the ride, enjoy a free beer for ages 21 and over.

Plans for BIG Brew Co. brewery with taproom is proposed for 216 East Main St. (south side of Main at Peters Avenue) are moving forward with plans to open in the fall. BIG Brew plans to have eight to 10 taps and expand to 12-15 as the market allows. Their business plan is to rotate beer options so there is always something new on tap.

The Red Room event center, 114 W Main St., is gone, replaced by offices that owner, attorney Aaron Stiles took back to their original historic color.


Northwest Norman

Tribute Memorial Care is building a new funeral home at 3601 Tecumseh Dr. for a $1.8 million investment, according to city building permits.

The Press & Plow, 2596 W. Tecumseh Rd., appears to be nearing completion. Based on a March building permit, it’s a coffee shop, but it looks like one side offers coffee and “provisions” while the other side offers fine wine and spirits. In the same Tecumseh Retail Center, Land Run Grill is also nearing completion including a sizable patio. These join RCB Bank, Flaunt and Amour Nails & Spa.

Brookfield Custom Homes LLC received an occupancy permit for the Keller Williams office, 3421 W. Rock Creek Rd., Suite 100 valued at $140,000.

Brookfield Custom Homes LLC received a new shell permit at 3311 W. Rock Creek Rd. for Legacy Office Park valued at $500,000, according to building permits. Monterey Construction Office will take Suite 130 of the Legacy Office Park with a $105,000 value.

Full Circle Adult Daycare Center guests and staff are getting new digs at 4223 28th Ave. NW. The $1.16 million facility is just getting started and will be built by Landmark Fine Homes.


Northeast Norman

Lions Park, 1800 Northcliff Ave., will get a new pavilion worth $150,000, according to city building permits.

Campus and Campus Corner

Othello’s, 434 Buchanan Ave., is aiming for a reopening the second week in July. Spearman Investments, Inc. is putting $50,000 worth of repairs into the restaurant.

Chase Bank is moving away from its current location, 116 S Peters Ave. across from Cleveland County Courthouse, to 215 W. Boyd St. on Campus Corner. The grand opening is slated for Aug. 20. The county plans to build a parking garage to serve downtown Norman on the current location.

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