We are thankful

Tulsans share what they are grateful for in 2019

In this month of thanksgiving, we asked several Tulsa business owners what makes them grateful. The answers are both unique and universal ... in the end, it's people that make the difference. 

Tamara Noel, Owner

Luxe Furniture and Design

Luxe is a furniture, upholstery and design business offering affordable luxury with complimentary in-home design services. Luxe offers a beautiful showroom located in South Tulsa featuring living, bedroom and dining furniture, rugs, window treatments, accessories and accent pieces.

What are you grateful for?

Valued customers

"In March, with much excitement and anticipation, we opened the doors to our new showroom on South Memorial. We are thankful for our long-standing customers whose support made this move possible. We are also thankful for all the new faces who have walked through the doors at our new location. A family's home is such an intimate and personal space, and we're so grateful to get to play a small part in transforming houses into homes all over Tulsa.

We have such appreciation for the clients we've worked with for years and whose families we've gotten to know and watch grow. It's very fulfilling to help our customers find pieces that work for their entire family. As a family-owned business, we love that Tulsa is a family-first community and has a small-town feel in a big city.

We're committed to supporting the Tulsa community through philanthropy, and in 2020, we hope to increase our charitable contributions through time and treasure. We have been longstanding stewards of Project Orphans, Building All Children and Family & Children's Services among others, and we look forward to adding to the roster of amazing organizations we support in the coming year.”

Luxe Furniture & Design is located at 10545 South Memorial Drive in Tulsa and can be reached by calling 918-459-8950 and online at

Troy  McNamara, DVM and Medical Director

Sheri McNamara, Business Manager

Animal Emergency Clinic

Established in 1987, Animal Emergency Center (AEC), P.C. is northeast Oklahoma’s oldest and most established veterinary emergency hospital care facility. As a 24-hour emergency pet hospital, we offer urgent and critical care treatment seven days a week, 365 days a year. In addition to helping pets at our facility, we help to promote community education on a variety of pet topics, including responsible pet ownership. We collaborate with Oklahoma Alliance for Animals - an organization dedicated to creating positive change for pets - often volunteering our time and veterinary services at their events throughout the year.

What are you grateful for?

Pet lovers

“We are thankful for the continued support of the Tulsa area pet owners and veterinarians. We are blessed to have a very dedicated staff of highly skilled veterinarians, veterinary nurses and support staff. We are also very thankful and proud to be the only nationally accredited veterinary emergency and trauma center in the entire state of Oklahoma.

Tulsa has wonderful pet owners that truly view their pets as family members. Our city
is becoming so much more "pet friendly" with the dog parks, increasing number of businesses and restaurants that allow people to bring their pets along for a day out, it's wonderful. 

Outside of work, we are most thankful for our family. We are lucky enough to have all our children and three grandchildren living with us. Despite the hectic nature of our household, being able to watch our grandchildren grow every day is a true blessing!”

AEC is located at 4055 S. 102nd E. Avenue in Tulsa, can be reached at 918-665-0508 and can be found online at

Michael Tidwell, CFO

Southern Sheet Metal Works, Inc.

Founded in 1904 by J.W. Tidwell, Southern Sheet Metal Works Inc., is one of the oldest and most respected sheet metal fabricators in the state. The company, established at the beginning of the Oklahoma oil boom, was a major supplier of sheet metal to the booming oil fields. By the ‘70s, the third generation of the family was running the company and Michael became president and expanded the firm’s operations to include climate control systems. Now, his son David has joined the company as vice president.

Today, you can see Southern Sheet Metal's work all over Tulsa from the bike racks created for the city to the fabricated waterfalls in Center 1 on Peoria and the pontoon boat at Margaritaville in the River Spirit Casino.

What are you grateful for?


“I am grateful for my family. Watching my four grown children as parents and spouses who are committed to their families and their community. I have six grandchildren and they are all smart, funny and happy. My wife Shari has devoted 32 years to Southern Sheet Metal while taking care of the family at the same time. My youngest son David oversees our operations and serves as vice president. I am proud of his loyalty and commitment to our family.

I love Tulsa, I have always lived here. My children live here. We do business with people I went to Cascia Hall with and continue to work with companies my dad knew 50+ years ago.  

Tulsa is innovative and Southern Sheet Metal has followed that lead. We've had to keep up, at times reinventing ourselves, adding to our product line and capabilities. We established Southern Safe Rooms in 2011 after the Joplin tornado. David heads up this operation and it has proven to be a successful addition to our product line. 

My hope for the future is that we continue to grow as a family and a business. Southern Sheet Metal is a family with fourth generation quality sheet metal workers. We work together every day combining our talents and ideas for growth and improvement. I see 2020 as a banner year for us on many levels. I love having my family be a part of this idea my grandfather came up with 115 years ago.  It's an honor and a privilege to continue his dream.”

Southern Sheet Metal Works, Inc. is located at 1225 E. 2nd Street in Tulsa, can be reached at 918-584-3371 and can be found at Capabilities include laser and plasma cutting, shear, punch and break as well as Auto Cad.

Britt Greenwood, Owner and General Manager

Blue Jay Cleaning Services

Blue Jay Cleaning Services provides commercial, residential and post-construction cleaning in Tulsa, Edmond and North Oklahoma City. Founded in 2016, the business was name after Britt’s late brother, James LeBlance who was known as “Jay” and had a passion for business.

What are you grateful for?

Team members

“I am most thankful for Blue Jay Cleaning Services' rock star employees. They live our core values of ‘having integrity, working hard and loving people.’ Through having a stable staff, Blue Jay has been able to make a real community impact by partnering with Joy in the Cause, a local non-profit organization. We are honored to serve families impacted by life-altering illnesses with free cleaning in a time they need it most. 

The older I get and the more I travel, my appreciation for Tulsa expands. Affordable housing, safe communities, kind people and ample activities keep my family firmly planted here. 

In 2020, Blue Jay Cleaning Services aims to double our staff and clientele. We've spent years laying a foundation for this growth. The more we expand, the more we can serve the community and provide advancement opportunities for employees.”

Blue Jay Cleaning Service can be reached at 918-277-3378 and online at

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