The place to be–The Jones Assembly
“Let’s get a picture with the Devon Tower in the back!” – KQF
Being born and raised in Edmond, I never thought I would ever live in downtown OKC. I am a child of the suburbs through and through. Although I don’t live in a proper city, I’m closer to a city than I ever imagined. It’s been a little more than a month and so far, OKC is a dream. I’m not anticipating staying in this area forever, but for being a single, 23-year-old working girl, it’s pretty ideal. There are definitely pros and cons to every place you live, but today I’m going to share with you why I love living in OKC!
- I’m close to fun things: Sure, the grocery store is further than I’m used to. But, I’m so close to work and all the fun restaurants, patios and parks! I can walk to Bleu Garten or the Ambassador Hotel in less than 15 minutes. I can go to happy hour with co-workers and get home quickly. There’s never a reason to not go. This area is perfect for enjoying a nice evening or a holiday weekend.
- I’m living in an up-and-coming part of town while I’m young: Like I mentioned, this is the perfect time in my life to live downtown. I have no responsibilities except work, bills and volunteering. It’s really fun to be able to do things on the fly. I have the rest of my life for a house with a yard in the suburbs. (I still get my fix visiting my parents though.)
- I get to support small businesses: I’m a daughter of a small business, so I’ve really come to appreciate small businesses as I’ve gotten older. There are so many good coffee shops, stationary stores, t-shirt companies and restaurants in the area that are small businesses. Most times, they are hidden gems that I never would have found if I didn’t live down here. I love meandering around Midtown with an iced latte from Okay Yeah.
- I’m in between Edmond and Norman: I’m still attached to Norman, and I think I will be this next year, because I’m so green to the adult world. Luckily, I can be in Norman or Edmond in about 15-20 minutes to see friends or family.
- Hall’s, Barrio’s, Okay Yeah, Cultivar, Packard’s, Frontline Church, The Jones Assembly, O Bar, Waffle Champion…
- I made the decision to live here alone*: Ok, my parents definitely helped me out A TON with this decision and with furbishing it, but now I am a self-supporting human. There’s something exciting about choosing to live in a new(ish) place and doing it. I think OKC stands for a lot in my mind. Now, I will associate this area with this time in my life and that’s what I love about it.
I’m so thankful that OKC is becoming the hidden gem of the Southwest and I get to call it home!
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.