Best Western Plus Opens in North Norman

Best Western Plus is the newest addition the Norman HealthPlex campus in North Norman. Located off Interstate 35 at Tecumseh Road, Best Western Plus brings an additional 116 rooms to the Norman hotel market. Construction on the 4 story hotel began in October 2015 and the hotel opened for guests in the fall of 2016. 

Ground Breaking on October 5, 2015

Ground Breaking on October 5, 2015

Ribbon Cutting on August 31, 2016

Ribbon Cutting on August 31, 2016

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Opens in Norman

Norman's newest hotel, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites, opened March 27, 2015 in the University North Park shopping district. The hotel is owned and operated by Focus Management Group, based in Durant, Oklahoma. Focus Management group also operates Norman's Hilton Garden Inn, as well as several other properties in Oklahoma and Texas.

The new hotel features 116 all-suite rooms, meeting space, and indoor pool, all in a sleek modern environment.  For more information about Holiday Inn Express & Suites, please visit or call 405-928-5300.

Why should citizens be excited about a new hotel?

In the City of Norman, the money from the hotel & motel tax contributes directly to the funding for Norman Arts Council grant program, the Parks Department and the Norman Convention & Visitors Bureau.  More hotel stays equal more arts, better parks, and more fun events in Norman!

Everybody go hotel, motel, Holiday Inn
— sugar hill gang

Campus Corner gets a little sweeter with Apple Tree Chocolate

Apple Tree Chocolate, a new specialty chocolate shop, opened on Campus Corner in late December at 754 Asp Avenue. Owners Scotty and Ashley Jackson are local Normanites. Well-lit display cases are filled with treats including chocolates, candies, and candy-covered apples, all handmade in-house. The shop also features fair-trade, locally roasted coffee by Norman-based Mariposa Coffee


For more information about Apple Tree Chocolate, visit their website:


Climb Up opens in Norman

Norman's first climbing gym opened this month on Washington Drive, just off North Flood and Interstate 35. The 12,000 square foot, climate controlled facility features multiple types of climbing including a bouldering area, top-roping, lead climbing, and auto belays. Climb UP also offers professional training by certified instructors and will host events such as climbing competitions, film nights, and outdoor climbing trips. 


Climb UP is one of several new occupants located in the newly built Franklin Business Park. On December 10th, 2014, the Norman Chamber of Commerce celebrated the openings of Climb UPLandmark Fine Homes and Diversified Wealth Management with 3 back-to-back ribbon cuttings. 

December Ribbon Cuttings

The Norman Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating the following businesses in Norman:

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014:
  11:00AM  Climb UP (2701 Washington Drive)
  11:30AM  Diversified Wealth Management of OK (2720 Washington Drive)
  12:00PM  Landmark Fine Homes (2740 Washington Drive)

Thursday, December 18th, 2014:
  11:00AM Papa Murphy's Pizza (320 12th Ave SE)

Who doesn't love giant scissors? Careful they are sharp!  Pictured above, Glenn Boone, Chamber Ambassadors Committee and keeper of the scissors. 

Zaxby's Coming to Norman

Zaxby's is planning 28 chicken restaurants in the Oklahoma City metro area in the next five to seven years. Franchisee Sterling Coleman, of Georgia, has been with Zaxby's for 11 years and this deal is the largest single contract in the restaurant chain's history. The Norman location will be the first in the metro area, but the state's first will open in Tulsa in late 2014 or early 2015. 

Coleman has purchased the property at 1839 West Main Street formerly occupied by Long John Silvers. Demolition of the old structure took place in early December The Norman location set to open in summer 2015. The Oklahoma stores will be among the first to feature the new farmhouse design concept.