Transformation Church buys shopping center for $20.5M

Transformation Church in the city of Bixby in Tulsa, Okla. | Facebook/Transformation Church

Less than two years after purchasing a building that formerly housed the SpiritBank Event Center in the city of Bixby in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for $10 million to become the new home of his thriving congregation, Pastor Michael Todd of Transformation Church has bought the entire retail center around it for $20.5 million.

According to Tulsa World, city data from Tulsa County property records show that Transformation Group Holdings Corporation, which lists Todd as president, purchased PostRock Plaza, formerly known as Regal Plaza at 10438 S. 82nd East Ave., from Moab Holdings Regal Plaza.

Post Rock Plaza has more than 34 businesses as tenants, according to News 6, and Todd said the church hopes to inject profits from their real estate investment into philanthropy.

“This has been an unbelievable journey for us,” Todd, whose church paid off the $10 million mortgage on his new church in six months, noted.

“There’s over 34 businesses that function out of this area, and we get the opportunity to have great relationships with them and see the future grow in this community,” the pastor continued. “We wanted this to be an investment for the long term of our church, that we could be able to get revenue to bless our community.” 

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Rhonda Millet, a business tenant of the plaza who runs Oklahoma Hand and Physical therapy, said she was informed about the purchase on Monday. While she doesn’t foresee any impact the ownership change will have on her business, she was “excited” to see the “goodwill” of her new landlord.

“They’re going to do a lot of goodwill and the things we supply through paying our rent, I’m excited to see what they do,” Millet said to News 6.

Earlier this year, Bixby officials threatened to shut down Todd’s church after it received 32 noise violation citations based on complaints from neighbors for worshiping too loudly. 

Phil Frazier, the city’s attorney, said they had looked at three different ways to fix the problem, including the drastic step of shutting down the church or making a deal that would appease the community.

“You read the books of Matthew and Romans, it talks about loving your neighbor and your neighbor right and that’s what we’re asking them to do,” Frazier said in an earlier report.

It was noted that even when the building was named the SpiritBank Event Center in the late 2000s, there were many complaints about noise from it as well.

“When that noise comes on and you have a cup of coffee sitting on a counter in a neighbor’s house,

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Rachel Brosnahan Talks Women And Babies Taking Center Stage In ‘I’m Your Woman’

“One of the things that emerged from early conversations with Julia Hart was that she had the passion for, and grew up loving, 1970s crime dramas, but she never saw herself, represented in them.”

In the crime drama, I’m Your Woman, directed and co-written by Hart, Rachel Brosnahan puts that right. On the run, after her husband betrays his partners, she’s a mother forced to make a dangerous journey.

“Julia mentioned the movie Thief, the 1981 movie directed by Michael Mann, and said it was a big inspiration and suggested that I watch it,” she explained. “I did and had the exact same feeling. Tuesday Weld plays such a dynamic and interesting woman, and then she disappears as soon as the action begins. I found myself saying, ‘Wait. What? I want to know more about her.’ This movie follows those characters who are rarely centered in the genre, and often relegated to being secondary characters.”

That wasn’t the only place the actress, who also co-produced I’m Your Woman, drew inspiration from. Diane Keaton’s performance in The Godfather had a significant impact on Brosnahan.

“Diane Keaton in the 70s, generally, and certainly in The Godfather was such an inspiration for me as an actor long before this film came round,” she gushed. “She can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. She is incredible.”

I’m Your Woman will debut in select theaters on Friday, December 4, 2020, before a global launch on Prime Video on Friday, December 11, 2020. While Brosnahan headlines, it was her newborn co-stars that pushed her to turn in such an authentic performance.

“It was definitely challenging. Babies are unprofessional at best,” she laughed. “As much as it was one of the most challenging experiences I have ever had, at the same time, it was incredibly special. Babies don’t know that they’re in a movie. They have not read the script; they are living in the moment and living their lives. They force you to remain honest. What we’re all trying to do is tell a story and occupy these characters to the degree that you can’t tell that we’re acting.”

“Having a baby as a scene partner definitely continued to ground me through the process. Everyone had to remain flexible. We had to improvise and be in every single moment together. It was a really interesting experience. I did catch a few colds along the way from my partner. We shared that too.”

Brosnahan added, “In the end, I’m Your Woman is exactly the movie that it was always meant to be. One of the moments that blows me away is there’s a scene, without giving too much away, where an intruder is in the house. My character, Jean, grabs the baby, Harry, and runs into the closet to try to call for help. The babies were a bit under the weather, and they weren’t feeling

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Covenant opens drive-thru coronavirus testing center near Fashion Square Mall in Saginaw

SAGINAW, MI – Covenant HealthCare announced on Tuesday, Dec. 1 that it recently opened up a new drive-thru center for COVID-19 testing to replace its Washington Avenue testing site for the winter season.

The drive-thru testing site is located at 4900 Fashion Square Mall in Saginaw Township at the former Sears Automotive building on the corner of Bay and Tittabawassee in the northwest corner of the mall parking lot. Covenant cited the automotive shop setup as being more practical to keep workers and patients warm in the winter weather.

Individuals are advised not to come to the center unless they have a doctor’s order for COVID-19 testing. As a safety precaution, people are asked to remain in their vehicles throughout the entire testing process.

The Covenant COVID-19 Testing Center is operational Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center is closed on Sunday.

Currently, samples taken at the drive-thru center are being sent to outside laboratories and results are expected within two to four days, according to Covenant. Testing demand may impact the turnaround time of results.

According to the Saginaw County Health Department, there have been 8,425 total positive cases of coronavirus in the county as of Tuesday, Dec. 1, with 239 total deaths.

The Saginaw County Health Department issued the following guidelines and steps for residents to take if they test positive for COVID-19:

• As soon as you or a loved one tests positive, start isolation immediately for at least 10 days.

• Notify your close contacts and encourage them to start quarantine for a full 14 days and watch for symptoms.

• Go to and fill out the individual self-reporting form. This is required if you need a letter for your employer.

• Please follow all instructions to help curb the spread to others.

• If you have questions about isolation or quarantine, call the health department hotline at 989-758-3828

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3rd restaurant opens in Mount Pleasant center this year; Charleston clothing shop to open | Business

A Florida-based restaurant chain now offers two locations in the Charleston area and is the third new dining venue to set up shop in a Mount Pleasant shopping center this year. 

Maple Street Biscuit Co. opened Tuesday at 996 Queensborough Blvd. in the Publix-anchored Queensborough Shopping Center near U.S. Highway 17 and Anna Knapp Boulevard. It follows Paisano’s Pizza Grill, which opened earlier this year, and Groucho’s Deli, which opened in the fall.

Maple Street’s specialties include freshly made biscuits, never-frozen chicken and newly ground beans every day for fresh coffee. Full-plate offerings are on the menu as well.

Owned by Sandy Powers, it’s open 7 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. Richard Starling will oversee the new location.

Record holiday spending projected from more disposable income due to pandemic

Maple Street previously opened is at 1739 Maybank Highway in the Harris Teeter-anchored James Island Center.

Jacksonville-based Maple Street has 41 restaurants in seven Southern states, including two Upstate locations in Simpsonville and Greenville.

Portal on St. Philip St.

Tina Heath-Schuttenberg will open a new vintage clothing shop called Portal at 189 St. Philip St. on the Charleston peninsula on Dec. 10. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Vintage threads

A new vintage women’s apparel shop is opening in downtown Charleston.

Portal will offer pre-owned threads in a 1,023-square-foot shop at 189 St. Philip St. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. It’s scheduled to open Dec. 10.

Tina Heath-Schuttenberg, co-owner of James Island restaurants Kwei Fei and Micho, said she has been walking past the site for the past five years and dreaming of opening her own clothing store.

“I come from a retail background with my history spent as a buyer and merchandiser for a quirky mix of high/low brands (such as) Buffalo Exchange, Zac Posen, The Plaza Hotel and Dean & Deluca,” she said.

Eyewear shops, handbag vendor, rebranded grocer offer new retail venues in Charleston area

During the past few years, she and her husband and business partner David Schuttenberg worked to create the two restaurants at Charleston Pour House on Maybank Highway, which she said kept her busy.

“The stars finally aligned, and I’m making the move back to my first love of retail,” Heath-Schuttenberg said.

Portal, she said, will be a buy-sell-trade-rental concept for vintage threads. She also plans to include contemporary brands. With an all-inclusive size range, she says clothing styles from edgy to demure will come in “an odd mix” that will be offered at an “affordable luxury price point.”

The shop also plans to offer curbside pick-up service and appointments for those who might need a safer shopping experience during the pandemic. All selling and trading will be done by appointment.

SAS Shoes

SAS Shoes recently reopened on Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley. It closed earlier this year when the former owners retired. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Stepping back in

A shoe store that closed earlier this year in West Ashley is now open again.

SAS Shoes can be found at 1755 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., at the same address it occupied previously.

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Thirteen Lune Is the New Beauty Site Putting Black- and Brown-Owned Brands Front and Center

Thirteen Lune, the new site that curates products from Black and Brown-owned beauty brands, feels so necessary in this moment that you might suspect it had been fast-tracked over the past months, as the pandemic dealt a harsh blow to Black businesses and America faced a racial reckoning. But the idea for the shopping platform actually started a year and a half ago, when co-founders Nyakio Grieco and Patrick Herning met for the first time. “We talked about various ways that we could collaborate and work together to really expand on this concept of inclusivity,” Grieco told Vogue over the phone from Los Angeles. “We saw how there is still so much work to be done within this industry.”

Grieco has been working in the beauty industry for 18 years. After leaving her job at Creative Artists Agency, where she discovered her deep love for beauty working with actresses on sets, she founded Nyakio Beauty in 2002, inspired by her Kenyan roots. “My grandmother taught me my first beauty secret, using Kenyan coffee beans and sugar cane rods that she grew on her farm as exfoliants, at eight years old. It really stuck with me,” Grieco remembers of her first visit to Kenya. When she approached her twenties, Greico realized that “Africa was always very underrepresented within premium beauty. So I decided to leave my job and bottle my grandmother’s coffee scrubs.”

Nyakio Grieco

Courtesy of Thirteen Lune

Patrick Herning

Courtesy of Thirteen Lune

Partnering with Herning (the co-founder of size-inclusive retailer 11 Honoré), Grieco is continuing her mission of making the beauty space even more inclusive of underrepresented cultures through Thirteen Lune. In a nod to its name—inspired by the fact that 13 is an honored number in Kenyan culture, and that there are 13 moons in an astrological moon cycle—the site launches today with a total of 13 stand-out brands, all owned by people of color. Buttah Skin, for example, was founded by model Dorion Renaud, who was inspired by the power of raw, organic shea butter. Bomba Curls is a nourishing natural hair-care brand based around generational Dominican beauty secrets. UK-based Liha Beauty combines Yoruba tradition with English aromatherapy for its hero moisturizing Idan oil. Grieco and her team were deep in the vetting process when protests—and resultant consumer activism—began this summer. “I went through a lot of those Black and POC-owned beauty brand lists that were going around this summer, buying the products and then seeing how they work on my skin and hair and on my daughter as well,” Greico says. When it came to reaching out to her chosen brands, Grieco was mostly met with resounding yesses. When she explained her mission to center minority-owned brands rather than leaving consumers to comb through major retailer sites, she often heard exclamations like, “Finally, something like this exists!”

A preview of Thirteen Lune

Photo: Courtesy of Thirteen Lune

After its initial launch, Thirteen Lune will be expanding its list of brand offerings. Grieco also hopes to

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A Music-Themed Hamilton Garden Wedding at the Kimmel Center


Some members of the wedding party carried their instruments down the aisle.

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Aly Goldstein and Jacob Tobias had a music-themed wedding at Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Center. Photography by Asya Photography

If there’s one thing that competes with our love of food here in Philly, it’s our obsession with good music. So it’s no surprise that our city has a long list of wedding and event caterers, and live entertainment acts to set the scene for your Big Day. Equally appealing? When the couple, their friends and family can bring the tunes all on their own. Such is the case with this wedding. The couple and their “band” of pals re-created an outdoor musical festival for their wedding at the Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Center. Of course, they got some help from local musicians, too. Here, Asya Photography shares a sound bite.


ringscouplecouplebridal partygroomsmencoupleMusic was a major part of Aly Goldstein and Jacob Tobias’s lives long before they met. (She’s played the trumpet since elementary school; his father and brother are both professional singers.) So when they crossed paths during a STRFKR set at the Escape Music Festival on Governors Island, it was easy to find things to talk about. “Our conversation flowed so naturally,” Jacob says. “Before I knew it, we were parting ways on the subway, and I almost missed my stop getting her number.”

Over the next three and a half years, the pair attended as many concerts as possible — even when they could only make the last 30 minutes. Then, one night, before heading to another STRFKR show, Aly came home to find a trail of rose petals leading to Jacob on one knee.

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For their late-summer wedding, the Queen Village couple wanted to re-create the fun outdoor vibe of a music festival in the city. With its glass walls and balconies, the Kimmel Center was the perfect venue. The couple commissioned close friend Hannah Westerman of Avenue West Creative — who specializes in music posters — to design a welcome sign for their celebration. (It also served as the save-the-date.)

At the ceremony, members of the wedding party who play an instrument carried theirs down the aisle, then gathered at the chuppah to play a live rendition of “Fiya Wata,” by Edward Sharpe, while Aly processed. Jacob’s dad performed an original number after the ketubah reading. In their vows, Aly and Jacob promised to always dance it out. “If we feel a disagreement coming on, someone will pause, throw a song on, and initiate a dance party,” she explains.

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Afterward, all 177 guests sojourned to the second-tier balcony for cocktail hour, with steel drum group Trinidelphia providing a reggae soundtrack.

Attendees found their seats via mini tambourines, which they were encouraged to shake as they entered the reception space. Sweet arrangements of hydrangea, garden roses, zinnias

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Online shopping takes center stage as Black Friday adjusts to the pandemic

A long line snaked across a packed parking lot at the Mission Valley Best Buy on Black Friday.

But shoppers in the queue weren’t waiting to get into the electronics store. They were waiting to pick up items they’d already purchased online.

The holiday shopping season has long swirled around Black Friday. And on the day after Thanksgiving, 2020, despite the pandemic’s continuing spread, it was clear people were getting their shopping in.

Many of them were just doing most of the work from home.

According to data from Adobe Analytics, online shopping hit a new Thanksgiving Day record, jumping 21.5% from last year to $5.1 billion. Adobe, which scans 80 percent of online transactions across the top 100 U.S. web retailers, forecast that online spending would hit $8.9 billion on Black Friday, a jump of 20% from last year.

Retail’s shift to a digital shopping cart was on full display at Fry’s Electronics off Interstate 15. The colossal store is known for its Black Friday crowds. Last year, a line of shoppers was eagerly waiting when the doors first opened.

Zach Zkeesee and Kat Branco outside Best Buy in Mission Valley

Zach Zkeesee and Kat Branco with their new 65-inch flat screen TV at Best Buy in Mission Valley.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

This year, the parking lot was nearly empty. Inside the store, the carts that were most full were being pushed by employees who were busy filling online orders.

A deal so good it’s worth rolling out of bed at 5 a.m. in the morning has long been a hallmark of Black Friday. But these days, many of those deals can be found online — some as early as October.

“Online is really the best way to shop these days,” said Ryan Wilson.

Under his arm, the 37-year-old was carting a 24-inch, curved Samsung computer monitor that he snagged for $99. Wilson found the monitor a couple of days ago and scheduled it for pick up on Friday morning.

The only thing he purchased inside the store was a bag of Cheetos.

A growing penchant for online shopping may have been a bit of a boon for retail spaces that were forced to contend with state regulations designed to limit the spread of COVID-19. San Diego County’s case totals place it in California’s most restrictive, “purple” tier, meaning retail stores are required to operate at or below 25 percent capacity.

At a Walmart in National City, employees at the door were using tablets to track how many people were moving in and out of the store. Curbside service was also a bigger part of this year’s shopping ritual.

Target Store customers in Mission Valley

Target customers in Mission Valley navigated between the store’s first and second level on Friday.

(Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

At a Target in Eastlake, a community in East Chula Vista, employees sat at a table out front ready to deliver packages to vehicles parked in the store’s dedicated curb-side spots.

Other precautions were being taken as well. Many stores had hand sanitizer readily available as customers

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Central Pa. shopping center holiday guide: Thanksgiving hours, reservations for Santa and more

This year has not been like any other, and there’s little reason to expect the holiday shopping season will be any different.

Area malls and centers will be open, but as you might imagine there will be restrictions for COVID-19 and shorter operating hours.

Most retailers will be closed on Thanksgiving, moving back from a trend in recent years to open on the holiday.

We’ve compiled a list that includes a number of shopping centers in the Harrisburg, Lancaster and York regions, with some important information about the upcoming season.

Please note that while all these shopping centers and malls are closed on Thanksgiving, stores with outside entrances might choose to open on the holiday.

Our guide is below:

Dauphin County reopens

The Colonial Park Mall as businesses reopen in Dauphin County on June 19, 2020. Joe Hermitt | [email protected]

Colonial Park Mall

4600 Jonestown Road, Lower Paxton Township

The Colonial Park Mall will not be open on Thanksgiving. The mall will open at 6 a.m., Nov. 27, for Black Friday and will close at 8 p.m.

Santa Claus will arrive at the mall on Dec. 5 and will be located in the space between Designer Suits and T-Mobile. The mall said that Santa will have his own store space this year in order to control the traffic and keep the experience within COVID-19 guidelines. The mall said a link to make reservations for pictures with Santa will be made available on both the mall’s Facebook page and its website.

Shalom House will provide gift wrapping, directly across the hall from Santa Claus, beginning Dec. 12.

Go! Calendars and Games, and Cupboard Maker Books are back at the mall for the holiday season. Beauty Sleep Collection, Pizza Anela and Ms. Cottons Cafe are new to the mall this year.

The mall is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Santa's first day at Capital City Mall

Visits with Santa, with safety protocols in place, start today at Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township, November 11, 2020. Dan Gleiter | [email protected]

Capital City Mall

3506 Capital City Mall Drive, Lower Allen Township

The mall will be closed on Thanksgiving and will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 27, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 28. The mall will be open from 11 .am. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24.

Santa Claus arrived at the mall on Nov. 11. Reservations are required this year for all photos and can be made at this link: He will be at the mall until Dec. 24. Santa’s hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

All Capital City Mall employees will wear face masks, have their temperatures taken daily and have hand sanitizer provided to them. Santa’s set will be sanitized after each visit. A greeter will check in each reservation and take temperatures of all

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Activists Discuss Their Hopes For The Future At The NYC LGBT Center Women’s Event

On Thursday evening, at the New York City LGBT Center Women’s Event, a panel of LGBTQ activists discussed the sweeping change they hope to see under the Biden/Harris administration.

“I would love them to repeal all Trump executive orders,” began Urvashi Vaid, an attorney and longtime activist, “And replace them with proactive executive orders that advance LGBTQ people’s lives and freedom, [and] that advance racial justice, gender equity, and create economic opportunity for everybody.”

Alicia Garza, co-creator of Black Lives Matter and Supermajority, added that after nine months of the pandemic, “immediate relief and recovery” is vital.

“What I would like to see,” said Garza, “is a setting of the tone at the federal level for what states and cities across the nation should be doing in terms of reallocating funding from a punishment economy to an economy that’s built on care.”

“What I know,” she continued, “is that we don’t have the basic infrastructure that we need to live, much less to live well, and I think the federal government can actually make the federal budget a moral document that identifies that there are new priorities in this new phase of this country, and those priorities again should be our communities.”

The panel also emphasized the role people of color have long played in the fight for progressive change in the United States, and discussed how it is time for those in power to more greatly acknowledge those contributions.

“Black women have always carried the Democratic party,” said LaLa Zannell, community organizer and Trans Justice Campaign Manager for the ACLU.

“We have always been at the forefront of any organizing. I just would like to see…the Bidens and the folks in power start to acknowledge our contributions, because erasure is real.”

Queer people of color have also always carried the LGBTQ rights movement, Zannell added, declaring that there are activists like Bamby Salcedo who should be known for pushing politicians on key issues and working to increase LGBTQ voter turnout.

It is not only the federal government that has work to do, though. The panel also discussed the importance of fighting for equity at the state and local levels.  

“Local and state politics offer me this little umbrella,” said Cecilia Gentili, a former asylum seeker from Argentina and founder of Transgender Equity Consulting. “If the federal Government is throwing a rock at me, I have an umbrella that is the state and the city.”

As such, Gentili said investing in local leadership is one of her biggest priorities.

“We really have to work hard on what the state and the city’s going to look like, and I think we have to finally redefine what progressiveness looks like.”

New Yorkers, Gentili went on, are too comfortable using the term progressive in a state that continues to criminalize marginalized communities.

Zannell added that for Black trans women, who experience some of the most extreme marginalization in the country, the fight for

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Nissley Vineyards opens wine shop and tasting room at central Pa. shopping center

Just in time for the holiday season, Nissley Vineyards has opened another wine shop in Lancaster County but the new shop is different than its other three shops. It has a tasting room with tables and chairs.

Nissley Vineyards Wine Shop and Tasting Room opened on Nov. 9 at Tanger Outlets Lancaster in East Lampeter Township, 311 Stanley K. Tanger Blvd. in suite 301. The space is around 3,000 square feet and is located between Book Warehouse and the Yankee Candle Outlet. The store features a wine shop, where customers can purchase wines by the bottle or case, as well as several locally produced beers.

The tasting room seats around 30 people and customers can sip on Nissley Vineyards wines and local beers and choose from a selection of specialty meats, cheeses and snacks. The food options are available to comply with the state COVID-19 requirement that alcohol be consumed with food.

For curbside service, customers can call the shop and then call again when they arrive at the curb, and employees at the shop will bring the order outside. For curbside orders, payment is by credit card only.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Nissley Vineyards’ winery is located in Conoy Township, Lancaster County near Bainbridge and in addition to the new store, the company also has stores in the Capital City Mall in Lower Allen Township, Park City Center in Lancaster and at the Shops @Rockvale in East Lampeter Township. Nissley Vinyard was founded in 1978.

–Business Buzz

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