A Growing Community

FYE 2017 is destined to be a big year in the City of Norman. In addition to over $350 million dollars of development in both the public and private sector, our community is investing in infrastructure in a big way. 

To help track the record number of projects underway in Norman, the GIS Department has created a map of the current projects and those anticipated for 2017. The map includes disaster relief projects, street projects, CIP projects, and projects from the 2010, 2012, and 2015 Bond elections. This map is a visual representation of millions of dollars approved by Norman voters for improvements throughout the community. It shows the tremendous level of commitment to, and investment in, the community's streets, parks, and utilities by the citizens of this City. 

Moving Norman Forward

In October 2015, the citizens of Norman approved (72% in favor) a temporary 1/2% sales tax to fund quality of life improvements in the City. Known as Norman Forward, this citizen-led initiative will renovate, expand, construct and fund multiple recreational facilities, libraries, parks, athletic venues, public art, trails, and more. This support for this initiative demonstrates Norman and it's citizens are committed to the bright future of our great City!

Planning of several projects has already began including the planning for the new Central and East Branch Library, the new Senior Center and the renovation of the Westwood Family Aquatic Center. To keep up with Norman Forward projects, check out the City's website


Norman Music Festival reveals record attendance...

From it's humble origins in 2008 with an estimated crowd of 13,000 and 27 bands, the Norman Music Festival (NMF) has grown into one of the largest music festivals in the Oklahoma. Earlier this week, event organizers revealed record attendance of 80,000. In it's eighth year, the festival featured 339 bands over three days and remains free to the public. Check out this article from NewsOK for more highlights and a really cool aerial video of the #NMF8. 

We are already excited about next years event; see you next April 21-23, 2016 for #NMF9!

Live music can be found almost every night in Downtown Norman, on Campus Corner, or at one of our city's many venues and festivals. Keep on rockin' Norman!



The Diner gets revived for Food Network program

Earlier this month, crews from the new Food Network show American Diner Revival visited Norman and gave one of our most beloved restaurants a make-over. Led by celebrity hosts Ty Pennington and Amanda Freitag, local volunteers helped replace the flooring, paint and refresh the furniture at the the Diner in downtown Norman. A large crowd gathered on Friday afternoon for the grand reveal to welcome the Amspacher family back to their revived restaurant. The program will air on Friday, May 22 at 9:30 PM, but you don't have to wait for the show to see the results, go see it in person in Downtown Norman. Don't worry, our beloved Diner still serves the same menu featuring hearty portions of classic American and Tex-Mex favorites and the infamous fish is still prominently mounted on the wall.

Located at 213 E. Main Street, the Diner is open Monday through Friday from 6:30AM to 2:00PM and Saturday and Sunday from 7:00AM to 2:00PM.

For more information about the Diner, please visit their website: http://normandiner.com/

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 www.hiexpress.com/normanok 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

Small Business Spotlight: Mitchell's Jewelry

Meet Newt and Gina Mitchell, owners of Mitchell's Jewelry. Mitchell's has been providing fine jewelry, custom design and quality repair work since 1981. Previously located in Downtown Norman, Mitchell's Jewelry recently expanded into a beautifully remodeled building at 2201 West Main (many Normanites will remember it as the old Hob Nob Rob's). 

It's not too late to pick up a sparkling gift for your sweetheart. Mitchell's is hosting their Valentines Antwerp Diamond Event on February 12 through 14. The store will be hosting a diamond expert from Royal Gem of Antwerp, Belgium--the diamond capital of the world.  For event details, check out their Facebook page

Also, if you see Gina, be sure to wish her a very Happy Birthday this week! 


For more information about Mitchell's Jewelry, visit their website:


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.