Earlier this year, when Amazon agreed to begin collecting and remitting state and local sales taxes in Oklahoma, state and municipal leaders celebrated.

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Lindsay Zodrow and her son, Finn, are fixtures at the Plaza District’s Collective Thread, which Zodrow opened in 2008. (Garett Fisbeck)

Changing shopping habits challenge local municipalities’ tax collections and retail shops

Changing shopping habits challenge local municipalities’ tax collections and retail shops

A decade ago, when Lindsay Zodrow was preparing to open her handmade boutique in Oklahoma City’s urban core, she imagined a shop that went beyond selling goods. When shoppers entered Collected Thread, Zodrow stood ready to assist in finding the perfect gift or treat. Often, she introduced people to the area, named local restaurants and

The Yale Theater, 227 SW 25th St., was once the premier movie theater serving neighbors of Capitol Hill and other south Oklahoma City neighborhoods. Developers Aimee Ahpeatone and Steve Mason seek to revitalize the near hundred year old facility into an events center. (Garett Fisbeck )

Yale Theater is poised for preservation, which district leaders say is revitalization gold for historic area

Oklahoma City’s Yale Theater is one of 25 preservation projects vying for funding from Partners in Preservation: Main Street.

After a four-year rebranding effort to transform the shopping center into a Hispanic mall, Plaza Mayor will close at the end of the month. (Gazette staff/ file)

Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads to close at the end of October

When the 1.2 million-square-foot Crossroads Mall, located near the intersection of Interstate 240 and Interstate 35, was scooped up by Oklahoma City’s Raptor Properties and rebranded as Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads, there was plenty of cause for celebration. Back in Spring 2013, developers pitched their plans for transforming a near-empty mall into a shopping

Audience members raise their hands in support of preserving the Donnay Building when asked by Planning Commissioner Janis Powers to do so. (Megan Nance)

Braum’s application to rezone a portion of Classen Circle to make way for a new location is in limbo.

Braum’s application to rezone a portion of Classen Circle to make way for a new location is in limbo.

Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, the leader of Black Lives Matter Oklahoma City (Garett Fisbeck)

Disability rights and justice advocates want reform in police training and practices

Disability rights and justice advocates want reform in police training and practices following an officer-involved shooting of a deaf man.

Suzanne Parr works out at the MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Center operated by Healthy Living OKC. | Photo Garett Fisbeck

Six months after opening, the first MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Center has been embraced by the community

Six months after opening, the first MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Center has been embraced by the community.

Superintendent Chris Brewster, surrounded by Santa Fe South students, led a successful south Oklahoma City charter program to open a new high school facility in Plaza Mayor and add a fourth elementary school this academic school year. | Photo Garett Fisbeck

Rising student enrollment in south Oklahoma City creates an opening for charter school expansion

Rising student enrollment in south Oklahoma City creates an opening for charter school expansion.

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