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January 23rd, 2012 - okcBIZ Staff

Compass: 2-1-2012


News and notes on business development in Oklahoma City.


 

“USA Canoe/Kayak is launching a new era in paddle sports in the United States, with a focus on enabling U.S. athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic, Paralympic and other international competition,” says Joe Jacobi, USA Canoe/ Kayak CEO.

NORTHWEST
Dave & Buster’s
plans to open the doors of its first restaurant and entertainment center in Oklahoma City on Jan. 30. The 26,000-square-foot facility is in the May Crossing development at the southwest corner of N. May Avenue and Northwest Expressway. Other restaurants at the May Crossing include Whataburger and Jack in the Box.

BOATHOUSE ROW USA
Canoe/Kayak
announced in December it was moving its headquarters to Oklahoma City’s Boathouse Row. It is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and serves as governing body for the Olympic sports flatwater sprint and whitewater slalom.

The group will have its offices with the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation at Chesapeake Boathouse. The two groups plan to work collaboratively to promote paddle sports here and around the world.

right, Cambria Suites

“USA Canoe/Kayak is launching a new era in paddle sports in the United States, with a focus on enabling U.S. athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic, Paralympic and other international competition,” says Joe Jacobi, USA Canoe/ Kayak CEO. “Oklahoma City is the ideal location for the epicenter of our efforts and initiatives.”

INNER CITY
Oklahoma City University
President Robert Henry announced new leadership at the business and law schools.

The university will welcome Valerie Couch as dean of the law school, effective July 1. Couch was appointed United States magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District in 1999. She will leave that post to take the position at OCU. Over the past decade, she has served as an adjunct professor at the law school.

Steven C. Agee took over as dean of the Meinders School of Business in January. He ended his tenure as chairman of the Oklahoma City branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in December. He had been serving as interim dean of the business school since November 2010. A native of Wichita, Kan., he earned his bachelor’s of business administration in 1975 from University of Oklahoma, his master’s degree in economics in 1979, and a doctorate in economics in 1982 at University of Kansas. In addition to OCU, he has taught at University of Kansas and Washburn University in Topeka.

MIDWEST CITY
The Midwest City Chamber of Commerce recently held ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Batteries Plus at 7201 S.E. 29th; Robert C. Dimski, M.D., at 9070 Harmony Drive; Edible Arrangements at 7199 S.E. 29th; and J Lilly’s Gifts and Gatherings at 10901 N.E. 23rd.

SOUTHWEST
The Texas-based Latino Hotel Association named Cambria Suites Oklahoma City, 4410 S.W. 19th, the full-service hotel of the year. It is owned by Suenos Hospitality and led by John Lopez. It was selected from seven other nominated hotels, and won due to overwhelming positive guest comments. The hotel opened in mid-2010. The award was part of the association’s annual Estrella Awards.

Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma State University alum Barry Sanders helped open the EA Sports Experience store Dec. 2 at Will Rogers World Airport. It is the second EA store in the country. The first store is in the airport in Charlotte, N.C.

The store was joined by new or redesigned shops that include Bricktown Square, Brighton Collectibles, InMotion Entertainment and Pops East and West. It is part of a $1.7 million renovation to the airport’s retail and concession shops, a joint partnership between Atlanta-based The Paradies Shops and local partner Kamber’s Gifts and Luggage. The group responded to a request for proposals last year and won the contract to construct and manage the stores.

NORMAN
Vintage musical instrument and musical equipment store The Sound Truck is open at 527 E. Main. More than 90% of the store’s stock is vintage equipment. The store is owned by Josh Drain. 

EDMOND
The Edmond Economic Development Authority will hold its annual Edmond Economic Preview from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Nigh University Center at University of Central Oklahoma. The featured speaker will be Deidre Myers, division director for research and economic analysis at the state Department of Commerce. Registration is available at eeda.com.

right, Red Coyote Running and Fitness

CLASSEN CURVE

Red Coyote Running
and Fitness, 5800 N. Classen Blvd. was ranked among the top four elite stores category in the “Competitor 50 Best Running Stores in America for 2011,” by Competitor magazine. The store made the list after a year-long search that included secret-shopper reviews and evaluations based on a set of 20 criteria, including customer service, shoe fitting and knowledge.

The store is owned by Burke and Jon Beck and opened fewer than two years ago. The Becks report it is the youngest store to ever receive a nomination.

Photos by Mark Hancock

 
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