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Visiting Haunts: The Overholser Mansion and The Paramount Building

Embark on a spine-chilling adventure alongside author Jeff Provine as he unravels the mysteries of haunted locations in Visiting Haunts. Prepare to step into the realm of the supernatural as Jeff guides you through a collection of eerie destinations that are not only steeped in history but are also open for intrepid travelers like yourself. Join Jeff as he unearths the captivating stories behind these haunted sites, blending historical research with chilling firsthand accounts of paranormal encounters. Discover the architectural wonders, hidden secrets, and tragic events that have shaped the spirits that linger within.

Whether you’re a skeptic seeking to unravel the truth or a believer looking for an otherworldly experience, Visiting Haunts from Spielventure offers a captivating blend of history, folklore, and the supernatural. Visiting Haunts invites you to tread carefully, for each step unveils a ghostly tale waiting to be told. Are you ready to confront the haunted?

In this premiere, Jeff visits The Overholser Mansion and The Paramount Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Stay tuned, as I’ll be posting the rest of our spooky travels on my YouTube channel. Thank you for your support!

The Importance of Storytelling in Business

The Importance of Storytelling in Business
An interview with OVF Awards Keynote Speaker, Matt Payne


In 2015, Matt Payne moved to Oklahoma with his wife, embarking on a journey of experimentation and reinvention. From adjunct professorship at Oklahoma City University to delving into photography and documentary filmmaking, Payne embraced each opportunity enthusiastically and determinedly. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found a soundstage business, aiming to propel Oklahoma’s film industry forward. Despite facing unfamiliar territory, Payne and his partners navigated the challenges, eventually expanding into a production company and creative agency within Prairie Surf. For Payne, the essence of his career lies in constant adaptation and storytelling.

“I think Oklahoma is an incredible place to be an entrepreneur, and it’s an incredible time to be an entrepreneur in Oklahoma,” said Matt Payne, CEO of Prairie Surf Creative. “We had the idea of turning a city building into a movie studio. Pretty quickly, we were able to get the city to believe in it. We were able to get the state to believe in this idea. We were able to get the entrepreneurial community; we were able to get the film community to all sort of rally around this idea. I don’t know that that happens in other cities. I don’t know that two entrepreneurs could come up with the idea that, ‘Hey, we’re going to take this 1.3 million square feet in downtown Oklahoma City and turn it into a movie studio and then actually have that happen in nine months.’”

As the keynote speaker for this year’s OVF Awards, Payne will delve into his background, emphasizing the crucial role of storytelling in business. He believes that in a world where everyone is vying for attention, it’s the emotional connection that a business creates that truly matters. His talk will guide entrepreneurs in reflecting on their journey, viewing themselves as the heroes driving their businesses forward, and reframing their narratives to highlight the obstacles overcome and the successes achieved. He will show how these stories can be leveraged to fuel future endeavors.

“The better our story, the better we tell our story, the more likely we are to have a successful business,” said Payne.

Join Matt Payne at the Oklahoma Venture Forum Awards on Thursday, May 16, 2024, to recognize the achievements of Oklahoma businesses. The OVF Venture of the Year, Most Promising New Venture, and the Award for Economic Impact are three of the most prestigious recognitions a company can receive. The event will be held at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, Oklahoma City, OK). Register at ovf.org to attend.

“As an entrepreneur, as a business owner, you’re constantly in the trenches, constantly fighting, constantly dealing with a fire, looking for the next thing,” said Payne. “We rarely gather in our community and celebrate one another. And I think this event’s a great opportunity to celebrate individuals who have done a lot to celebrate our own successes because in celebrating ’em, we lay the groundwork to move on to more success.”

Girls Weekend Getaway in OKC with OKCU

Bri from Oklahoma’s Credit Union is back for an episode for an itinerary for a great girls’ weekend getaway in Oklahoma City. We start with a brunch at 30th Street Market, do some shopping in Midtown, make a glass flower at Blue Sage Studios, stay the night at Bradford House, and then end the adventure with a relaxing spa session at Purity Day Spa.

For the glassblowing segment at Blue Sage Studios, I didn’t do any editing tricks to speed up the action so you get a real feel for the session. With the constant instruction and some level bumps in the music, the pace flowed great, and I think people will be inspired to take a lesson.

Thank you to Oklahoma’s Credit Union for sponsoring this episode of Uncovering Oklahoma.

Just Put An Egg On It

I visited with Irese Harris, owner of Just Put An Egg On It, as she made a Steak Bowl. You can find this restaurant concept inside The Parlor in Oklahoma City.

Photo of food from Sedalia's.

Sedalia’s Oyster & Seafood

Sedalia’s Oyster & Seafood redefines seafood dining with its ever-evolving menu inspired by Spain and France. From weekly-transformed oysters to innovative dishes like Sichuan-infused focaccia, guests embark on a flavorful journey, curated with care, creativity, and an impressive wine-focused experience.

I’m really digging the whole “talking while working” format, although technically, Zach was fairly stationary while I was asking my main questions. However, the cutting between the different dishes really livens up the pace. I’m also looking at doing some Tom Scott-style videos about popular attractions. I’ve reached out to one place with plans to show parts the public doesn’t get to see.

Huge thanks to my Superstar Supporters on Patreon: Revolve Productions, The Keller-Kenton Family, Christopher Lloyd, and Phi Nguyen! You can also help support Uncovering Oklahoma by subscribing to my online video library, The Show Starts Now. Your subscription there will help me continue this series while you get access to exclusive videos.

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