Local restaurateur Charlie Robinson learned his 200-year-old barbecue recipe from his grandfather while growing up in the Mississippi Delta. It's been passed down in his family for, he estimates, 14 generations.
Not too long ago, the SOHO condominium and townhouse development in Oak Park seemed to represent all that was wrong with the local real estate market. The ambitious project was the brainchild of local architect John Schiess and developer Alex Troyanovsky, who originally purposed an all-townhome development at the corner of South Boulevard and Home Avenue (South-Home, hence SOHO).
Growing up in a small, dusty, rural town in northeastern Oklahoma was hardly a rich cultural experience. I was 8 years old and Bartlesville was void of any architecture. But that was soon to change thanks to a chemist, Harold Price, his two sons, and the need for an office building to house their booming electric welding company.
Life finds a way, even in a newly seeded backyard vegetable garden, which, after a huge rainfall, more closely resembled a pond. Before the deluge, several "tough little" radish and beet seeds, germinated in an Oak Park raised bed, were planted during Richard Kordesh and Maureen Staub Kordesh's mid-April Sugar Beet Cooperative backyard membership coffee.