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If you are new to Tulsa and have been craving a Blizzard, you may have noticed that there are not many Dairy Queens in town. Actually, there are only two stores in the area: one In the Woodland Hills Mall and one in the Broken Arrow neighborhood. If neither of these locations are close to your home, you will not have to suppress your hankering for that Blizzard anymore! A Dairy Queen franchisee plans to build seven more Dairy Queen restaurants in the next three years, so one is bound to be pretty close to your new home! Your Tulsa relocation company knows that is music to your ears (and taste buds).

In the 70s, there were a ton of Dairy Queens in Tulsa, but as time passed, several began to shut down. Now that there are only two locations left, it is the perfect opportunity to begin building again. The first two locations have already been selected. The first will be in Owasso and will be open this June. The second will be in Tulsa, at the site of a former Mexican restaurant, and is planned to be open this July. According to the franchisee, a lot of residents have been asking for more Dairy Queen stores, and the existing Tulsa stores perform really well.

You won’t have to wait too long to enjoy your favorite childhood treat in Tulsa. Dairy Queens are the perfect place to take the kids for a little celebration, and they will love the Blizzards just as much as you do.

Tulsa is undergoing plenty of growth right now, so it is the perfect time to move to town. The latest development is the Walk at Tulsa Hills shopping center. The 155,000 square-foot shopping district is being built by Parkes Development Group, which hopes to have all stores in the shopping center open by the end of the year. Your Tulsa packing and moving company knows this is welcomed news for those who are new to town and looking for convenient shopping options.

Gander Mountain is the first store to open at the Walk at Tulsa Hills. The store is an outdoor lifestyle retailer that sells goods for camping, fishing, hiking and hunting. Other storefronts include: an Aldi grocery store, a Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant, a Carmike 12-screen movie theater, a Mathis Brothers Sleep Center, and a Freddie’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers. The Walk at Tulsa Hills is now completely leased out.

The shopping center cost developers roughly $32.5 million, but the hefty price tag will pump plenty of money into the local economy. Not only has the development and construction created jobs, but each store will need staff. The project just started last summer, so there has been an incredibly quick turnaround, as the developer has a very strict schedule.

If you are new to the Tulsa area, be sure to check out the Walk at Tulsa Hills. The movie theater will be a great place to take the kids for a family night out, and then you can head over to Freddie’s for some frozen custard or Chuy’s for some tacos. You can’t beat that!

Spring has sprung in Tulsa, and the Tulsa Home & Garden Show will help you start the season with all of the inspiration and direction you will need to make it to summer. The show will run from March 12th through the 15th at the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square in the Tulsa Fairgrounds. If you need some garden inspiration for your new home, your Tulsa relocation specialists highly recommend attending the show. Adult tickets are just $8!

The Tulsa Home & Garden Show is Oklahoma’s largest home and garden trade show, and it is currently in its 66th year. More than 500 exhibitors will be in attendance, and Ahmed Hassan will be there to host the How-To Stage. Hassan is the original host of HGTV and the DIY Network’s Yard Crashers. He will be giving tips on landscaping and offering some great ideas that you will not want to miss. Guests will be able to ask questions and even snap some photos with Hassan.

There is a new exhibit this year called The Gardens. The showcase will feature 14,000 square feet of garden displays by local companies. There will be 16 different outdoor and landscaping exhibits that will feature great concepts and products; like outdoor kitchens and landscaping materials.

The theme this year is baseball, so many exhibits will feature sports. For instance, the Sand Sculpture Company will build life-size sculptures of famous baseball players. This may make it a fun event for the kids, especially because those under 12 are admitted for free. Don’t miss this great event for homeowners in Tulsa!

St. Patrick’s Day in Tulsa is kind of a big deal. If you are new in town and do not know where to start, there are plenty of local restaurants, pubs and bars ready to celebrate the luckiest day of the year. Let your Tulsa packing and moving company give you the scoop.

  • McNellie’s Public House has four locations in the Tulsa area, but its original storefront is in Tulsa on 1st and Elgin. With a wide variety of draught and bottled beers, McNellie’s has one of the largest selections in town. The pub also has a pretty large assortment of Irish and Scotch whiskey. This St. Patrick’s Day, they are having a “Drink the Beer, Keep the Glass” event where, you guessed it, you can take home the glass.
  • If you are looking for a traditional Irish meal on St. Patrick’s Day, head to Kilkenny’s Irish Pub. Their classic corned beef and cabbage, Guinness Pie and Irish stew will make you feel like you are right in Dublin!
  • Looking for somewhere new to even the locals? Then check out Middleton’s Bar and Grill. This new pub is open late, ‘til 2am. It has the energy of a sports bar with the menu of an Irish pub. Enjoy the game and some Irish whiskey this St. Patrick’s Day.

It takes time to find the best places to eat, drink and be merry for special occasions. But with a little help from your Tulsa packing and moving company, you will know just where to go this St. Patrick’s Day for the best selection of beers and Irish grub.

In need of some new, yet ironically retro, clothing? How about some hipster décor for your new Tulsa home? Well, then you are in luck! A new Urban Outfitters store recently opened right here in town, and your Tulsa moving and storage service providers are excited! Nothing says home like a box of vinyl records, right?

The highly anticipated Urban Outfitters is the first in the Tulsa area. The two-story, 9,000 square-foot building opened for business on February 19th. It is located on 3340 South Peoria Avenue in the Brookside area. There was an opening party, which included food and drinks for customers. Even the Clean Hands Army, a Tulsa screenprinter, was there to celebrate. To sweeten the deal, Dan Deacon will be in the store for a concert on March 7th. The Baltimore-based electronic musician will also be signing vinyl records!

The store is a welcomed addition to Tulsa, since it will be great for the local economy. Urban Outfitters had to hire a new staff, not to mention the construction of the store. Also, it is the only Urban Outfitters store within a four and a half hour drive. There were several people on opening day that drove a considerable distance to be there. Before the Brookside store, the closest Urban Outfitters was in Kansas City or Dallas.

If you have recently moved to Tulsa, you should check out the new store. Much of the community was very excited for its opening, especially because it was a first. Who knows, maybe you will find that centerpiece your new dining room table needs!

The other night, a whopping 2.7 inches of snow meant another snow day for Tulsa. Tulsa was not the only city in Oklahoma affected by the incredible amount of snowfall, as five inches of snow fell in Claremore, and Owasso had four inches and Sperry had 3.5 inches. The snow forced OU-Tulsa and Rogers State University to cancel classes the day after the storm.

Despite sand-salt crews having worked throughout the night, on Monday morning it was not an unusual sight to see cars left stranded by their owners, packed with snow and ice. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation issued a statement expressing that “drivers should be aware of slick spots statewide, particularly on highway bridges, overpasses and highway exit/entrance ramps. Drivers should allow extra space between vehicles, so there is adequate distance for braking in wet and icy conditions.”

Furthermore, bulky waste pickup had to be halted as a direct consequence of the snowstorm. The trash service stated that, “we ask customers to remain patient with collection service as most roads are steep on today’s routes.” In an extended effort to prevent any more snow buildup, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation began administering salt and sand to bridges and other elevated structures that could prove potentially hazardous to unsuspecting motorists.

Tulsa residents who are looking to begin packing and moving due to the excessive amount of snow, may want to stop what they are doing, as it is looking to clear up in the coming weeks.

Oklahoma has been prompted by three national experts to take notes from other states regarding educational standards and methods for improving student achievement. This plea for an improvement in standards, comes in response to the repealing of the Common Core standards.

One member of the Oklahoma Standards Setting Steering Committee – brought on to oversee the formation and execution of new standards in math and English literature departments – Sandra Stotsky, comes with a resume, boasting achievements such as developing one of the country’s strongest educational programs for the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Regarding the students of Massachusetts, Stotsky stated that they were, “about in the middle of the pack (among U.S. students) back in the mid-90s,” and since working on the educational standards within the state, “Massachusetts kids went to the top and stayed there since 2005.”

However, Chancellor Glen Johnson, a committee member, questioned whether or not there is enough time to even develop the new standards before 2016.

In response, Stosky reaffirmed that, “you have plenty of time, if you start with good foundational documents.” Subsequently, Stotsky spent time advising Oklahoma’s higher education members, in order to help them decipher whether or not the current PASS academic standard met federal criteria.

Further opposition came in the form of Don Raleigh, superintendent of Pryor Public Schools, when he expressed concern regarding the politics of creating new education standards.

Jane Schielack, associate dean for assessment and pre-K education at Texas A&M University, countered by commenting on her involvement in seeking out feedback from professional and parent associations; stating that, “if you hit those leadership groups, then it filters down to the people who care.”

This comes as good news and even better timing for those looking to move to the Tulsa area soon, as the school system will be getting a major facelift.

If you just moved to Tulsa and you are looking for the perfect gift for your sweetheart, this city has so many thoughtful choices. A box of chocolates or a dozen roses is nice, but a locally-made gift will be even better, since it will help your loved one get a bit more acclimated to living in a new city.

So about that box of chocolates. Your Tulsa relocation specialists suggest some baked goodies instead. Nothing says “I love you” like a heart-shaped Bavarian cream pie or chocolate-covered strawberries, right? Ludger’s Bavarian Cakery is the place to order from. This combination bakery and coffeehouse is a local gem, and it is adorable inside! Choose your Valentine’s favorite sweet, and send it to them with a card. If you want to create a spa-like atmosphere for your sweetheart, check out Organic Bath Shoppe on South Boulder Avenue. Their all-natural products will soothe and relax your loved one. To add something special, throw in a candle from Secret Garden Candle Company. They have new “I Heart Tulsa” candles that will make Tulsa feel like home for your beau. And if you just can’t help yourself, Tulsa has some great flower shops. The Wild Orchid and Mary Murray’s Flowers both create some beautiful bouquets.

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to learn a little of what Tulsa has to offer. You will be impressed with all the shops, and the friendly staff will make you feel instantly welcomed. Tell them your Tulsa relocation specialists sent you!

Tulsa may surprise you with their recent additions to the restaurant scene. Notably, Tulsa started a new trend when four restaurants opened side-by-side concepts that share the same kitchen. Whether you are just planning on visiting or are contemplating moving to Tulsa, these restaurants will make you want to become one with the locals.

  1. Silverado Steakhouse. Offering everything from steak to salmon and inbetween, this restaurant on the rodeo grounds will have you wanting to order everything on the menu.
  2. Sisserou’s A Taste of the Caribbean. Where else in landlocked Tulsa can you feel like you are sipping pina coladas in the Caribbean? At Sisserou’s, located in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District, enjoy Dominican cuisine, featuring the likes of plantain poppers, jerk chicken, and oxtail stew.
  3. Tallgrass Prairie Table. Located in the heart of the historic Blue Dome entertainment district in downtown Tulsa, Tallgrass Prairie Table prides itself on serving locally sourced Modern American cuisine. If you are feeling brave, this is the place to come try their Snout and Tail Tasting Menu.
  4. La Crepe Nanou. Quite possibly one of the only places in Tulsa that can make you feel like you have slipped away to a bistro café in France; La Crepe Nanou will have you drooling over their sweet crepes and impressive French Wine list. Bon appetit!
  5. 624 Kitchen & Catering. Easily one of the best special event and private party venues in downtown Tulsa, boasting over 3,000 square feet of private dining space. On Sundays, they open to serve a delightful brunch buffet that will make you never want to leave.

Creating a bridge over the Arkansas River, connecting south Tulsa to Jenks, would not only ease the trouble of traveling from one town to the other, but also enhance public safety.

Bixby Mayor John Easton agrees, stating that, “I’ve been in contact with the folks contemplating the bridge in south Tulsa County. However, I’m not allowed to discuss any further details. But I can say: Look for some sort of announcement after the first of the year, and I think most of you will be pleased.”

As of today, there is only one bridge within city limits, which has created numerous problems for emergency responders.

Bixby Police Chief Ike Shirley admitted that, “we have one bridge that crosses the river, so that creates a lot of problems for us because when we have accidents – and we’ve had a number of things go down on that one roadway – it shuts everything down.”

Currently, the only other route aside from the bridge is several minutes away, which can have devastating repercussions for life-threatening calls. A recent example is when firefighters were severely delayed, just because a wide load was being moved across the bridge at the time of a call.

Shirley shares his distress by stating that, “we have no other way across the bridge unless we go through Jenks to get there, and that would be a tremendously long response, so we rely on mutual aid at that point.”

Having a secondary bridge built would ease the minds of those hesitant of moving to Tulsa in the event of an emergency, specifically those hesitant of moving to the other side of the bridge.