Scarecrows Are Coming

Thanks to everyone for picking up your scarecrows and thanks to Michelle, Enrique and Reagan for helping to deliver those who could not pick up.  If you would have not gotten a scarecrow and would like to participate or need another one, I have a few left.

Let’s make 2020 the BEST SCARECROW YEAR EVER

This year as a bonus, everyone will get individual posts highlighting your scarecrow as well as information about your business or the owners.

Volunteers Needed

End of September- Help place straw bales and pumpkins on the street corners. Takes about an hour

Middle of November- decorating the street corners for Christmas. Takes about an hour

The Arts Festival committee is looking for a Plaza Entertainment Captain and Sponsorship captains. Monthly virtual meeting (about an hour) and must be available the first weekend of May during the arts festival

We are in need of some volunteers the end of this month, middle of November and for the arts festival committee. If you are able to help, please email 
info@downtownedmondok.com or text 405-471-2348.

Welcome To Our Newest Members

The Coop Logo

The Coop Work+Event Space

10 West 1st Street

The Rage Cage

Coming Soon

514 South Broadway

Calm Heart Therapeutic Massage Logo

Calm Heart Therapeutic Massage

700 West 15th St.

Essence of Nature Studio

Essence of Nature Art Studio

649 North Broadway

Edmond Chamber of Commerce

Round 2 Applications

Applications for round two of the Edmond Small Business Microgrant Program will be accepted from Wednesday, August 26 to Wednesday, September 9.

The program is designed to offer a lifeline to local small businesses, which will result in greater continuity of operations and will sustain viability through the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide a local grant benefit to businesses to bridge their limited cash reserves as they proactively take steps to amass financing and capital from other sources.

To be eligible, applicants must be a for-profit corporation or business registered with the Oklahoma Secretary of State; have a physical brick and mortar location in the city limits of Edmond, OK, with the majority of revenue normally coming from in-person transactions; have been established before January 1, 2020; and have fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees. Priority will be given to minority applicants. Online businesses are not eligible. This program is administered by the Edmond Economic Development Authority.

What can we all say about 2020?  We have made it to August and we are more than halfway through the year.  It has been challenging to say the least.  The challenges we have all faced as small business owners have been monumental but has also has forced us to take new directions in our businesses that we may have not taken before.  Many of us have made websites or are looking into making websites which helps bring in more sales.  All of us have used social media in a new way and it has become a daily habit to bring attention to your business.  It has also been an easy way to keep your customers and potential customers updated to our ever changing world. Our businesses have never been cleaner or germ free.  And our masks have now become fashion statements. It has also brought our Downtown even closer than it was before.  Friends helping friends, customers supporting Downtown Edmond like never before, strengthening our bond to watch out for one another,  I have never been more proud of DEBA in my life and the way each one of you have contributed to keep Downtown Edmond the best it can be.  Way to go!!!

Or Survey Says

Survey Results

Thank you to all of the members who took our recent survey. We had a huge response and I even reached out non-DEBA members in Downtown Edmond so we could get a more accurate feel for what everyone was thinking. The comments sections were shared with our city council and we really appreciate all of the kind words that you sent regarding DEBA.

No matter which opinion you have regarding the issues that we face today. No answer is a wrong answer and we truly appreciate your honesty and feedback.

What would you like to see the City of Edmond do pertaining to the mask or no mask policy some cities are doing currently?
77% YES Masks
23% NO Masks

We know some of you have gotten some unkind feedback regarding your store policy, would it help you, as a business owner, if all places were required to follow the same guidelines?
78% YES
22% NO


Member Spotlight- Angie Clemens Byers

Member Spotlight- Angie Clemens Byers

I have been with Back40 Design / Edmond Outlook Magazine since 2019 and the Account Executive for Edmond Outlook, which means I get the privilege of connecting businesses with the local community through advertising and…most importantly…telling their stories! 

Dave Miller started Edmond Outlook 15 years ago and his heart and the “why” behind this publication are what make it so successful! When you’re heart is in the right place, you can’t help but GROW!

I love the way downtown Edmond embraces history and encourages modernization simultaneously. Enjoying downtown brings a connection with the past, a present worth savoring and the invigorating feeling that you’re part of a very special future.

Connecting with people and building relationships is what I am meant to do. My job isn’t necessarily about “sales”…it’s about seeing into the hearts of people and finding ways to build up, encourage and support them in their endeavors. Having a career that allows me to do this is a dream come true! 

I grew up in Terlton, OK way out in the country. I moved to Edmond in the 90’s…just one month after I graduated high school…to go to UCO where I had received a minority achievement scholarship. I had so much clarity and conviction that this was where I was supposed to be. I knew absolutely no one here, but this was my path and I’ve always known that Edmond is “home”. I now get to raise my two boys here who are 12 and 9. As a family of three, we love all things outdoorsy and actively enjoy the Scouting community along with pretty much every sport imaginable. Our sweet little dog Cookie keeps us all in line. 

Giving back to the community and contributing to the world around you is so important! I enjoy being an Ambassador for the Edmond Chamber and am looking forward to taking part of  Leadership Edmond Class XXXVI. I’ve also been a member of Edmond Women’s Club for a few years and serve on the Membership committee. Being in leadership with Crossings Women’s Ministry has also brought joy over the past 12 years. 


Cruise Oklahoma

Your Business is on Route 66

With road trips on the rise, Visit Edmond has seen increased traffic along Route 66. Downtown Edmond is one of our main attractions along this popular and historic Mother Road. Let’s work together to encourage visitors to cruise through Edmond on a Route 66 road trip. Here are some sites and attractions on and just off our stretch of Route 66:

Edmond Historical Society & Museum
Arcadia Lake
“Touch The Clouds” art
“Statue of Liberty” art
Rodkey House
1889 Territorial Schoolhouse
Pops
Festival Market Place
Downtown Edmond
“Blue Hippo” art

See more in Visit Edmond’s online guide: https://issuu.com/cityofedmond/docs/edmond_visitors_guide_20191216_web_mid/50.

Use these tags when you promote Edmond on social media: #visitedmond #edmondok #oklahoma #route66 #travelok #okherewego

Inaugural Cycle 66 Ride is rolling through Edmond

What – A combination rural/urban bicycling tour beginning and ending in Edmond and leading riders SAFELY through 66 miles of beautiful roads including Route 66.

Who – A partnership between Oklahoma Route 66 Association, Visit Edmond, the State of Oklahoma and OU Medical Center

Where – Inaugural Cycle 66 Tour will begin and end at 8 a.m. on Sunday, November 8 at Festival Marketplace in Edmond

Why – Nov. 11, 1926 is the day Route 66 was established – this bike ride will celebrate the anniversary every year. Capitalizing on the renewed focus on Route 66 tourism brought about by Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, Cycle 66 will highlight Central Oklahoma communities and businesses along the Mother Road while promoting adventure, exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

Jennifer Seaton Director, Visit Edmond


EEDA Loan Program

The Edmond Economic Development Authority is offering E-Commerce Loans for businesses.

This 0% interest loan will help businesses build a website or improve on an existing one with the help of professionals.

If you are interested or would like more information, feel free to contact them.

EEDA Loan Program

Four Ways to Connect

Edmond Chamber of Commerce

It can take awhile to find your place in your community and often it takes trying different things to figure out where your passion lies. Below are four foolproof ways to get connected in Edmond.

  1. Leadership Edmond: You’ve likely heard us talk about Leadership Edmond (LE) before. We love talking about this program because we feel that it is the #1 way to get plugged into Edmond. The nine-month program takes those who are already interested in being involved in the community and equips them with the knowledge, connections and resources to be the ultimate civil servant. We’re currently taking applications for LE Class XXXVI (36), contact the chamber to learn more.
  2. Join a City Committee: Did you know the City of Edmond has more than two dozen committees for citizens to join? From the Visual Arts Commission to the Bicycle Committee, there are many ways to be a part of the betterment of our community. Visit the city website to apply!
  3. Diversity and Inclusion Series: New in 2020, the Edmond Chamber originally had the series scheduled to kick off in March, but COVID-19 had other plans for us. The series will now kick off virtually on June 30th and will continue monthly after that. We’ve partnered with the city to make sure this event remains free and accessible for all community members. Learn more and register on the Edmond Chamber website.
  4. Edmond Young Professionals: Chances are you or someone you know is a young professional living and/or working in Edmond. We can’t recommend our Edmond Young Professionals (EYP) program enough. The group meets several times a month (currently virtual) and provides opportunities to network, volunteer and learn something new. This fun, casual group is always finding ways to support the community. Check it out at edmondchamber.com/EYP.

As your local chamber, our passion is to help you connect. We’re here to be a resource to you and we’re eager to get you plugged in. If you have questions, give us a call!

Sherry Jordan, President and CEO

Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce

(405) 341-2808

We would like to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. Hopefully everyone got to spend some quality time with friends and family over the weekend.

Krazy Daze

I cannot believe I am saying this but it is already July and already time to start planning your Krazy Daze Specials. The official date for this year is July 25th, but as you know you can hold your event for several days or just the one day.

This year is going to be a lot different than years past. We will not be holding a large gathering type of event but instead focus on each business individually. The focus on our end will be promoting you ALOT on social media. So we will need your help by emailing me what dates you plan on having your sale, what discounts or specials you will be offering, giveaways you might be having, etc. Please text those to me at 405-471-2348, email to info@downtownedmondok.com or messaging me on social media.

Some creative ideas for this event-

If you are a restaurant or bar- offer a special appetizer or drink special that day. Give away a couple of t-shirts or hats.

If you are a business that is still limiting the amount of customers in at one time- do social media sales events. List sale items with limited quantities on social media, days before the event. I bet they are gone before the end of the day. Hold a Facebook Live shopping event. Really fun and your customers will love it.

Extend your Krazy Daze Sale for several days so your customers will be spaced out to control social distancing.

Set up outside your store to promote outdoor shopping.


Edmond Outlook coverNew Members

A big welcome to our newest members- Edmond Outlook.

Edmond Outlook has always be great supporters of Downtown Edmond so we are so happy ot have them as a part of the group.

It is with heavy hearts that the Downtown Edmond Business Association Executive Board has decided to cancel the 42nd Annual Downtown Edmond Arts Festival.

Following the Governors guidelines and the City of Edmond’s Council orders, we do not feel that it would be safe for our artists, volunteers or citizens to hold such a large event.

If you are an artist, entertainer or food vendor, please check your email today about our process. It should answer everyone’s questions. If you still have questions beginning tomorrow, please feel free to contact info@downtownedmondok.com

We will look into planning a smaller Fall Event to have something to look forward.

Thank you to all of our volunteers who have worked so hard over the last year. We look forward to 2021.

We are getting updates from the city, getting advice and information from the Chamber, EEDA and Visit Edmond daily.  Here is what we know and what we are doing at this time.  This will change hour by hour I am sure but we will keep you as up to date as possible.

  • The City will be holding an emergency city council meeting at 5pm today.  We should know after that time what their recommendations will be for our city.
  • DEBA is updating and posting often on the Downtown Edmond Business Member Facebook page.  If you are not a member, we suggest that you join the group so you can share your information easily as well as get information easily.
  • DEBA is sharing your business information on all of our social media formats.  We need your help though, if you make changes, please email us or post on the group page so we can help spread the word.
  • The Chamber, EEDA, Visit Edmond, Citizens Bank and the city have been sending us recommendations and information that we are sharing with the group.  Things like Small Business loans, ways to keep your business social media relevant, cleaning techniques, ways to help your employees, etc.  I am sharing those on the group page as well.  If you have an idea, feel free to email us at info@downtownedmondok.com and we will share this with the group.

We want you to know that we are there for you and will try our best to keep everyone informed.  Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Stay Positive.

Ken Baker

Ken Baker is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma and has lived in Edmond, OK for more than 40 years. A dedicated landscape painter, Baker’s oil paintings depict a variety of locations throughout the Southwest and include many historical sites with missions and early settlements. He has been showing his paintings at the Edmond Arts Festival for approximately 10 years and enjoys meeting and talking with so many of the people from Edmond and around the State of Oklahoma. He also participates in several shows including the prestigious NatureWorks show in Tulsa, OK that spotlights artists from across the nation. Baker’s paintings have been featured in several national magazines, including “Art of the West”, “Southwest Art”, “Western Art Collector” and others.

“All of my paintings have stories,” says Baker. “Since most are painted on-site in plein air, it is my belief that knowing details of the paintings such as location and circumstance adds to the pleasure of owning a
painting.”

“I am humbled and honored to participate in the Edmond Arts Festival and hope to participate for many more years to come.”

Ken Baker can be contacted at:

kenbakerart@gmail.com

The 2020 Downtown Edmond Arts Festival’s featured artist is Robert Cornman of Lakeland, Florida. Join us on May 1st – 3rd to check out Cornman’s original paintings in oil and acrylic.

Artist’s Biography

“I consider myself an abstract expressionist trying to touch the observer with visual language. The art is set with rich, vibrant colors and evolves with multiple layers of texture and patterns. With a wash in color, depth and a collage of mixed media is used in my abstracts to bring life to each piece. Being influenced with action painting and the spontaneous or smeared flow of color helps me focus on bold strokes. I experiment with different styles to take on a visibility and an understanding to bring comfort to the viewer.

“Color constantly surrounds us but many people take them for granted. Abstract art is very much the expression of ideas concerning the spiritual, the unconscious and the mind. Think of my work as maintaining a balance between chaos and control as well as the paintings being a process rather than a product.”

– Robert Cornman

Hoot Gibson

Hoot Gibson and other business leaders started the organization to provide a sense of community amongst the Downtown Edmond Businesses. 

All these years later, it is still in operation and stronger than ever.  The Association provides many events for the the city of Edmond like the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival which is in its 42nd year.  The also provide support for the business members by using networking events, training, social media coverage, community outreach and keeping everyone up to date with newsletters and emails.

It is wonderful to be part of such a rich history!

On a summer day in 1889, Jennie Forster marched into Brown’s Lumber Company and ordered enough lumber, on credit, to build a school house for the new village of Edmond, Oklahoma Territory. The Ladies School Aid Society, consisting of 15 women, had been formed and the ladies were determined to have a proper school for the local children.

Jennie (Mrs. George) Forster was the president of the society. Among the other members were Mrs. L.G. Wahl, Mrs. C.A. Dake, Mrs. Frank Kiedrowski, Mrs. E.W. Erisman, Mrs. H.H. Moose, Mrs. Peter Wilderson, Mrs. J.J. Shen, Mrs. Alvin Ricketts, Mrs. John Pfaff, Mrs. Henry Morrison and Mrs. F.S. Peck.

Mural of the Ladies School Aid Society viewed through a window.

The women set to work immediately to earn the money to pay back the lumber bill. They badgered their husbands, as well as the other town merchants and citizens. Mrs. Forster joked in later years she was sure the businessmen “felt like running out the back door when they saw me entering the front door.”

The ladies had other fund-raising ideas, the first being an ice-cream social featuring blackberries, ice cream and lemonade which raised $25. Several of the women wove rugs to sell and they held other socials, dinners and suppers. The town pulled together and by August of 1889 the new school house was completed on one of the six future school house lots.

By the end of the first school year, all the money for the lumber had been paid back and most importantly The Thanksgiving Game DInner to benefit the project raised enough money to finish paying the school teacher, Miss Ollie McCormick, for the school year. A tuition didn’t have to be collected from the students, making this a free public school.

The first class of 19 students reported September 16, 1889. By the end of the term there were 37 pupils. By summer of 1899 the town had outgrown its little school house. Ten years to the month of when it was built, the structure was sold and remodeled into a home, which it remained for almost 100 years.

Making the Case for Restoration

Through the passing years most people forgot about the school and many were convinced it no longer existed. There were a few, however, who believed the school house was still on the old school lots on East Second Street…part of the boarded up Sander’s Camera Shop.

Restoration of the 1889 Territorial School.

The Edmond Historic Preservation Trust had considered the school house as a future project from its beginning in 1982. Local historian and Trust member Lucille Warrick finally convinced the Edmond City Council members that not only did the school house still exist but possibly was the last remaining original 1889 structure in town. In 1997 the council gave the Trust the go-ahead to “investigate, acquire and preserve” the historic structure.

Once again a group of concerned citizens, led by a strong-willed woman, went to work on the 1889 school house. Immediately research was begun to prove to the nay-sayers that this was, indeed, the original school house. It was a great day when the inside walls of the old camera store were taken down and the original blackboards, painted on the walls of the old school, were revealed.

Interior of the 1889 Territorial School.

April 15, 2007, following years of hard work, the official dedication of the building was held. In the fall of 2008 a class of students from Russell Dougherty Elementary School walked two blocks down the street and through the front doors of the old school to begin a day of instruction in the manner of 1889.

The children of Edmond were attending the town’s first school house once more.

More than 200 pieces of public art dot our city with color and beauty. Some are in plain sight and others require slowing down to see. You can ponder the beauty of murals and sculptures on your own or during the Art in Public Places Tour.  Many of those pieces are located right here in Downtown Edmond.  Take a stroll through our beautiful district and discover the artistic flair.  Our most popular being Humpty Dumpty by artist Kimber Fiebiger located on Broadway between Hurd and Main Street and Dali by artist Chris Cargill located in the Alley at 14 South Broadway.  Both make wonderful photo opportunities. 

If you would like a map of all of the public arts in Edmond, contact Visit Edmond at 405-341-4344.