Innovative Copper Roof Finials

Copper Bella Roof Finials: Combining Strength and Beauty

Article Debra Laizure

Copper Bella roofing finial

At $199, the Copper Bella 36″ Old Chicago finial on the left is less expensive, more attractive, has no ugly weld marks, weighs less for shipping, and is more durable than its sheet metal counterpart on the right.

Elegant copper architectural accents are within your reach. Copper Bella brings metal plated industrial grade plastic to the construction industry. Copper Bella architectural accents weather like copper sheet products creating a rich, beautiful patina. For a fraction of the cost of expensive copper sheet, builders and roofing contractors can offer your customers a smart alternative.

What is it made of?
A highly weatherable, extremely durable Engineering Thermoplastic.

Will the copper chip or peel?
No. The electroplating process used to apply the copper creates an extremely strong bond between the materials.

Will it crack or dent?
No. This is the same type of plastic material used in automotive bumpers. It is extremely tough and resilient. Hail will not dent it.

Will it change colors over time?
The copper is 99.9% alloy free, a perfect match to architectural copper sheet products. This allows for a perfect match when combining our products with sheet copper products. You can expect Copper Bella products to patina at the same rate to a beautiful bronze, or verdigris, depending on the atmosphere where it is installed.

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The molded bronze finial is a best seller at $162.

How much does it cost?

The 36″ Old Chicago copper finial is $199.

The 36″ molded bronze finial is $162 and is their best seller. The bronze finial is a paintable product made from a tough, weatherable engineering resin to resist dents from hail or other impacts.

For an upscale look, Copper Bella can chemically accelerate a verdigris finish on the copper finial for a total cost of $215. The finish varies with each application so the coloration will vary from hues of green to blue with lovely highlights of salmon, dark bronze and deep ambers.

All products have a limited 5-year warranty, hardware, and installation instructions.

Why is it so much less expensive than sheet metal products?
Inventor and owner Teri Ward simply applied the technology of today to a very old craft. It has allowed the company to offer beautiful products that every homeowner can afford.

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Copper Bella can chemically accelerate the copper finial for an Old World verdigris finish.

What other colors are available?
Copper Bella gladly offers color matching to corporations that would like to add the products as accessories to their existing lines. For example, guttering and fencing.

What’s New?
Stay tuned for Copper Bella’s new molded special effects finishes of aged copper and verdigris now being developed which will offer a lower cost than the current products.

For more information, contact Teri Ward:

Copper Bella, LLC
P.O. Box 1419
Sand Springs, OK  74063

(918) 245-1120 phone
Email: tward@copperbella.com

The Campbell Hotel

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The Campbell Hotel: In the Heart of Tulsa

Article Debra Laizure | Photography Chris Humphrey

unspecifiedBrimming with history, The Campbell Hotel is a locally-owned business located on Route 66, just west of Columbia Avenue on 11th street. It was built in 1927 and was originally named The Casa Loma Hotel. The Campbell Hotel was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places after being painstakingly renovated by Aaron Meek and Barbara Casey.

Meek says “We restored everything from the original hardwood floors, transoms over the doors, and all of the windows. It was important to keep it as close to the original hotel as possible.”

Clever touches are integrated throughout the hotel starting with the 165 inch long leather sofa and old suitcases hanging above it in the lobby. A massive fireplace in the sitting area invites visitors to sit and relax. A local artist painted a beautiful mural in the hallway replicating a trolley car that used to travel from 11th Street to Sand Springs.

Beautiful Boudoirs

The Campbell Hotel has 26 uniquely decorated rooms. The hotel was chosen for the 2011 Designer Showcase where Tulsa designers transformed the entire hotel. Some of the theme based rooms are:

unspecified2The Leon Russell Room (#214) includes an incredible headboard made from the top of a grand piano and signed by Leon himself! The Oklahoma Legends Room (#201) has a huge white leather headboard set against black walls and features signed photos of many famous Oklahomans. The Oil Barons Room (#225) illustrates the grandeur of the period when Tulsa claimed the title of “Oil Capital of the World” with two black and gold queen four poster beds, chandeliers, skylight and photographs of some of Tulsa’s historic homes.

The Renaissance Bridal Suite (#221) features an 18 foot canopy draped around a king size bed in the middle of the room, downtown skyline views, mirrored walls and a custom purple velvet sofa. The bathroom is fabulous with onyx tile, a two person whirlpool tub, and a stand-alone shower with two heads. The Renaissance Suite sets the mood for a perfect wedding night or romantic rendezvous.

Dining and Drinks

unspecified1From Oklahoma favorites like chicken fried steak, meatloaf and mac-and-cheese to fancier fare such as grilled rib eye steaks and fresh red snapper, Maxxwells Restaurant and its full service bar will coax you to come back again and again. It is located on the west end of the hotel with easy lobby access. Room service is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Make sure to stop into the Campbell Lounge located right by the massive fireplace in the extended lobby. You can enjoy a drink either at the bar or in front of the fireplace. The lounge opens at 4 p.m. daily and closes at 2 a.m.

Wonderful Weddings

The Campbell Hotel offers two distinct event venues for weddings:

The Ballroom is perfect for a wedding or special occasion with sparkling crystal chandeliers, barreled ceilings, and built in dance floor. It has two built in bars and can accommodate over 200 guests.

The Renaissance Square Event Center spans 4,000 square feet, holds over 200 guests, and provides plenty of parking. Maxxwells Restaurant is available for catering in all event spaces. Please visit TheCampbellHotel.com for pricing, details, and floor plans.

In addition, The Campbell Hotel has a room available for lunch meetings and small corporate events. The Boardroom seats 20 and offers a taste of business dealings from the past. The private meeting room boasts leather chairs, a heavy oak conference table and a fireplace.

Sweetheart Specials

unspecified4The Campbell Hotel is offering a Sweetheart Special for the entire month of February. The package includes a King Deluxe room with champagne, roses, chocolate covered strawberries, $50 Maxxwells gift card, and complimentary standard breakfast for two the following morning. Gratuity is not included.

Make sure to mark the calendar for this years’ Annual Sweetheart Ball, February 12th, which includes dinner for two and a night of music and dancing. Call Maxxwells at 918-748-5550 for reservations and details.

The Campbell Hotel invites you to experience a piece of Tulsa’s history. The hotel has a near perfect rating from TripAdvisor including the travel site’s Certificate of Excellence Award for accommodations, attractions, and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers.

The Campbell Hotel & Event Center
2636 East 11th Street, Tulsa
918.744.5500 or Info@TheCampbellHotel.com
TheCampbellHotel.com

 

New Year, New Home

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New Year, New Home: Resolve to Sell Before Spring

Article Debra Laizure

The holidays are over and the decorations are neatly packed away for another year. It’s time to write out New Year’s resolutions and plan for the year ahead.

Midtown_Craftsman_FormalWhat’s on your to-do list for 2016?

For many, it’s making the decision to buy or sell a house. If selling, the to-do list gets long pretty fast. Make repairs, clean windows, choose a Realtor®, and then wait to list your home at the opportune time—in April or May, right? Not necessarily.

“It’s always a good time to buy or sell a house,” says Brian Frere of Keller Williams Realty.

Frere says there isn’t a reason to wait until spring. In fact, January and February holds an advantage over the typical spring selling season, especially if you need to sell your home. There is less inventory and buyers are serious about buying a house offering at or near full listing price.

“Buyers that are looking in January and February aren’t buying for fun. They are buying now and they don’t have much to choose from so they are going to buy whatever fits their needs,” he says.

First Things First

SouthTulsaBut before tackling your to-do list, Frere suggests bringing in a Realtor® to develop a plan of action. A professional Realtor® will analyze each person’s individual situation and make suggestions for improvement to sell the house as fast as possible.

He says, “I’ve seen clients make repairs or improvements that they think they need to make, or because their friends or family have told them to do, when we may tell them to do something that is more important to get them more money and sell their home faster.”

The company provides staging consultants for every listing. Staging is imperative, but the level of staging is different for every house. For instance, some homes need a simple de-cluttering and advice on furniture arrangement while others benefit from moving out completely and staging with different furniture altogether.

The Internet is another useful tool to sell a home. Unfortunately, many think it’s replacing Realtors® and the services they provide.

SouthTulsa_Outdoor_FireFrere says, “We are embracing the vast amount of technology to sell our houses. Websites like Zillow.com and Realtor.com are great for folks to search for homes in their area, but you still really need the expertise of a professional to stand out in the sea of Internet sites to attract a serious buyer.”

From a buyer’s perspective, it’s fun to do some online dreaming, but it is not wise to make an actual buying decision based on the information that may, or may not, be correct on Zillow or other real estate websites. Buying a home is probably the largest financial decision a person can make in their life and they need an expert in their corner to help guide them through the process.

Hire an Expert

Frere explains that home buyers are encouraged to visit the Keller Williams office and spend 15-20 minutes learning about the home buying process. The process changes often, so if it has been more than three or four years since someone has purchased a home, it’s beneficial to take the additional time to learn what has changed.

“The process is a whole lot different than it was just a few years before. We want to educate our buyers as to what the process looks like in today’s market,” he says. “Pre-qualification is one of those things that we discuss during the pre-buying consultation. You need to know what price range you can afford before you start looking. Too many buyers fall in love with a house they cannot afford and then it’s hard to find a house in their price range that meets the same excitement level.”

Hot, or Not

So, are the suburbs like Jenks, Bixby, and Owasso still the hot places to buy?

SouthTulsa_OutdoorLiving“Well, not necessarily,” says Frere. “Instead of looking at the traditional ‘city vs. suburbs’, we are seeing different age groups defining different hot areas.”

He says that downtown and midtown are fantastic for younger buyers that don’t have kids. School districts become important at a certain season in everyone’s life and then the seasons change again when we get older and downsizing to a single level ranch makes the most sense.

The good news is Tulsa is a balanced market rather than a buyer’s market or seller’s market. But that can change from day to day.

He says, “The market is very micro-economic. If we say Tulsa is a balanced market, there will be sectors within the market that are a buyer’s market or a seller’s market.”

Ready to Get Started?

The professionals at the Brian Frere Home Team are truly a selling team. Rather than having a certain Realtor® specializing in a niche area, all the agents are required to stay on top of the market at every price range so they know what the inventory is, which areas should be worked, and how quickly the homes are selling in the different areas.

Midtown_Craftsman_FoyerAdditionally, the Home Team has alliances with mortgage lenders and other companies they know and trust to make the buying process smooth and stress free.

“I am a huge believer of using local service companies for a couple different reasons. First, I like to keep money in the community. Secondly, it may be hard to reach an out-of-state lender or closing company if we have a last minute question. We need to be able to talk to somebody face-to-face to resolve the issue, shake their hand, and complete the loan closing.”

The Home Team

Frere has been a sales associate for Keller Williams for 12 years and has been consistently recognized as Oklahoma’s Top Keller Williams Realty Agent. When asked if he would ever start his own brokerage firm he laughs and proudly states that the Keller Williams model and strength of 125,000 agents worldwide is far more than any local boutique or independent operation could ever try to match.

Selling homes and helping people attain their home buying dreams is Frere’s passion. Even as a small child Frere loved real estate, but chose another career path as a certified public account, even working his way up to Chief Financial Officer of a gas company. He enjoyed great success in a respectable profession but didn’t enjoy going to work every day.

He says, “Now when I wake up every morning, I know what I do is helping families and helping people get to the next step in life, and I love that so much more.”

For more information, call Brian Frere Home Team at 918.298.6900 or visit BrianFrere.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Mortgage Company

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Kerrick Draper, First Mortgage Company

Kerrick Draper, First Mortgage Company

First Mortgage Company: Local, Hassle-Free Loans from Start to Finish

Article Debra Laizure

First Mortgage Company is the largest independent FHA and VA lender in Oklahoma. They provide almost every loan under the sun, from Conventional, FHA, VA, Rural Development, State/Tulsa County Bond Loans (first time homebuyer), One Time Close Construction, Jumbo, Rehab/Remodel, and Native American Loans (HUD 184).

Manager Kerrick Draper has been in the mortgage and finance industry for more than 30 years. The goal for his entire TEAM is to help each client buy the home they love with the mortgage that fits their needs.

He says, “First Mortgage Company has been in Tulsa for 25 years. The experience level in our office is phenomenal with 15, 20, and 25+ years experience in most all departments.”

30-Day Loan Closings

First Mortgage Company prides itself on a smooth and easy loan process. The company’s experienced loan officers take the time to sit down across the table from someone and strategize which loan is best for them and their family.

Draper says, “One thing that I think sets us apart is that from start to finish, the loan never leaves our office.”

First Mortgage Company provides hassle-free local processing, underwriting, and closing. The process is so efficient they boast “application to close” takes only 30 days usually. In fact, all loan closings are done in-house and typically take only 20-30 minutes.

How can they close so quickly?

He says, “It’s simple. We are the lender, so there are only our documents. We aren’t a middleman, a broker, so there’s not multiple sets of documents for each entity involved in the transaction—there’s one.”

Investment Opportunities

Draper says it’s a good time for investments because borrowing money on a mortgage is so inexpensive. We often work with clients to do cash-out refinances. Homeowners can take advantage of low interest rates by pulling equity out of their home, putting it on a fixed term, and using the money to make an investment, buy a vacation home, or pay off some other debt.

However, utilizing the equity to make an investment depends on a person’s risk tolerance. It’s not for everyone. But for those comfortable with this situation, they can use the money to their advantage. Rates are very low right now and government insured rates are even lower.

Interest Rates

It’s still an opportune time to buy or refinance a home.

With the impending 2016 election comes speculation about interest rates. Most people believe interest rates will go up, but Draper’s biggest question isn’t when they will go up but by how much. He explains that with interest rates being where they are now, extremely low, this is a great to buy or refinance a home if it makes financial sense to the customer. However, in order to benefit from the extremely low interest rates, the customer needs to meet certain financial requirements. That’s why working with knowledgeable, professionally licensed loan officers is critical.

He says, “I don’t think there will be any significant movement on interest rates until after the election. But, all it would take is one large financial institution to go belly up to change things on Wall Street.”

Refinance Now

Draper reminds us there are still a lot of people today who are paying a much higher interest rate than they should be. Maybe they refinanced five or six years ago and feel it might not be beneficial to do it again or they think it’s too much trouble to refinance.

He says, “We’ll be the first one to tell a client they shouldn’t do a refinance because that’s the way we operate, but a lot of people with higher interest rates could really benefit from refinancing. It might be good to refinance and it might not be—but if it’s not, we have the staff that will tell them, ‘No, don’t do this and here’s why.'”

This kind of honesty is one of the reasons First Mortgage Company has earned its solid reputation in the community and continues to grow.

First Mortgage Loan Officers take the time upfront to work through several different scenarios with a client to determine what is best for them and their family. It’s not just about the loan, it’s about the relationship and making the process enjoyable.

Draper says, “I personally believe every customer deserves red carpet service, not red tape.”

If you are looking for great advice and personal attention on a home loan or refinance, stop by First Mortgage Company at 2504 E. 71st St., Suite A, in Tulsa, call 918.496.2241 or visit them online at FirstMortgageCo.com.

First Mortgage Company is an Equal Housing Lender, Company NMLS # 2024, Branch NMLS # 251162

 

El Rancho Grande Website

El Rancho Grande Mexican Food on Historic Route 66 has been serving authentic Tex-Mex food to generations of Tulsans since 1950, including “Tulsa’s Best” cheese enchiladas and “Tulsa’s Best Margarita.”

The former website needed new photography and was hard to update. Laizure Marketing & PR built El Rancho Grande a new WordPress website that is easy to use and showcases their long-lasting reputation in Tulsa.

In addition to an online menu, the website promotes the restaurant’s catering business, gift cards, and active social media interaction with their customers.

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Curtis 70th Anniversary Logo

CURTIS 70th LOGOIn 2016, Curtis Restaurant Supply will be celebrating 70 years in business. The company is locally owned and serves the foodservice industry with commercial kitchen equipment, smallwares, and supplies.

A benchmark anniversary adds company credibility and proves longevity, staying power, and success. It’s a great marketing tool and a way to thank the customers who have brought you to this momentous occasion. Expressing direct, targeted gratitude directly to existing customers will solidify their decision to buy from Curtis and encourage past and new customers to also buy from Curtis.

Creating a “Celebrating 70 Years” logo to use all year long will tie their marketing activities together. The event logo gives a nod to the original 1946 Curtis logo at the bottom and will be used on things that are temporary, such as the website header, sale flyers, social media, mailings, equipment catalogs, signage, decor, and giveaway items.

Contech Motorcycle Trailers Website

Contech Enterprises was looking for an affordable option for selling their motorcycle trailers online. With less than 20 products, a traditional eCommerce website would drain their profits and take precious time managing their website.

Laizure Marketing & PR suggested a Shopify web solution. Easy to build and even easier to manage, Shopify has user-friendly tools and step-by-step tutorials to set up shipping, taxes, and inventory.

Check out these great motorcycle trailers by Contech Performance Series Trailers. Designed for smooth towing behind a motorcycle, Contech Freedom Trailers are also great behind small cars and SUV’s.

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Love & Patients

Stay tuned for an innovative clothing line focused on patient dignity. Love & Patients features comfortable, easy-to-access clothing for medical treatment.

The spring line is in progress as well as an eCommerce website and business collateral items.

For now, we would like to share the company logo and garment monogram with you.

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New Home Heaven

Click to read the article in Tulsa Lifestyle magazine about the 2015 Parade of Homes written by Debra Laizure.

SNA Trade Show

2014-06-18 10.09.01Curtis Restaurant Supply provides cooking equipment, smallwares items, and kitchen construction services to public and private schools, and universities.

The School Nutrition Association of Oklahoma (SNA) conference brings together school nutrition personnel, nutrition directors, and school district executives.

The show’s Super Hero theme played well with simple, inexpensive decorative items from Oriental Trading. The super hero “photo spot” with a cardboard stand-up was used by many of the attendees. Products displayed included a milk cooler, food prep equipment, and smallwares items.

Pre-show, at-show, and post show activities included a direct mail flyer, eNewsletter, and a drawing for a vertical fruit display. Two show specials continued in-store for an additional 30 days.

Although the SNA conference is considered an image-only show, the sales representatives staffing the booth made many contacts with existing clients, which will likely turn into new sales for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Attendees enjoyed the “Super” photo spot.

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Strategically placed, a small 8′ X 8′ space can have a large impact with a professional booth display.

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