405 Magazine - August 2020

Midtown Market

  Midtown finally has its own grocery store with the opening of The Market at Commonplace. No, it’s not a full-size grocer, but operating partner Eric Berumen, consulting partner Chris Castro, and consulting cheese monger Gersende Cazaux have put together…

Memory’s Ups and Downs

  Now that they’re adults, they’re not ashamed to own the truth about their first roller-coaster rides. “It scared me to death,” says Larry O’Dell, director of special projects for the Oklahoma Historical Society. “It was pretty scary,” says retired…

Laotian Love

  While its geographical neighbors – Vietnam to the east and Thailand to the west – have flourished in the American culinary landscape, Laotian food has had a difficult time finding traction. A mountainous, agricultural country, Laos entered the American…

The Face of Aesthetics

  Celebrating her fifth year in business, esthetician Cara Edwards caters to both men and women who desire smoother skin – through a unique body-waxing technique that reduces pain and skin irritation by as much as 50 percent.    “I’m…

The Faces of Entertainment

  Before COVID-19 put a temporary pause on live shows, the Chesapeake Energy Arena was on track to decimate previous records for number of shows and tickets sold. In fact, April was to be one of its biggest months ever,…

The Face of Barbeque

  Brent Swadley came to Oklahoma to become a youth minister. Instead, thanks to some detours along the way, he established Swadley’s World Famous Bar-B-Q in 1998. And while the focus may be slightly different, Swadley said his restaurants are…

The Faces of Norman Law

  With the rise in popularity of shows like Making a Murderer, the public has become more interested than ever in the criminal justice system. “Defending those accused of crimes hasn’t always been so sexy,” says criminal defense attorney, Andrea…

Smoke in a Glass

  Trends are hard to predict under ideal circumstances, making it even more unlikely that even the best prognosticators could have foreseen the rise of mezcal over the past two years. The agave-based distillate from Mexico is known for its…

The Face of Lifestyle Pet Photography

  A long-term affinity for photography and a love of four-legged friends is a match made in heaven for Priscilla Forehand, owner of Lap of Luxury: Lifestyle Pet Photography.    Forehand combines that passion with her photographic skills to create…

The Face of Retirement Investment

  “The gravity of managing approximately $800 million for families is never lost on us,” says Andrew Flinton, President of Retirement Investment Advisors, Inc.    As a fee-only fiduciary, Retirement Investment Advisors offers complete transparency for its clients and a…

The Face of Family Advocacy

  “I know it sounds cliché, but we’re good at representing our clients’ best interests because we care about them,” says Amber Godfrey.    Godfrey has been practicing law for 11 years, and now with associate attorney Victoria Johnson, Godfrey…

The Faces of Custom Furnishing

  A home’s interior is as unique as its owner. Providing the ability to bring custom design to a home’s décor is why Amie Cook and Janice Carty are this year’s Faces of Custom Furnishings. Unlike big online companies or…

The Face of Estate Planning & Probate

  Emily Eleftherakis has taken her experience at one of the city’s most prestigious law firms and combined it with her client-focused approach to create what she calls a “one-stop shop for families and small businesses.”   “The focus is…

The Face of Ophthalmology

  Caring for the eye-related needs of countless Oklahomans with a whole-patient approach has always been the hallmark of Oklahoma City native Dr. Diana Hampton. From routine eye exams to cataract surgery, she provides care that serves a wide range…

The Face of Criminal Defense

  Jacqui Ford became a defense attorney because she knows first-hand what it means to face the criminal justice system. Ford says, “Justice demands each client receive individualized attention. No two cases are the same. Your story is important, unique…