Articles by Thomas Berger

About Thomas Berger

Thomas Berger is the owner of Ciskus Creative, an Edmond-based creative agency focused on creating marketing content for small and medium-sized businesses.

Prior to starting his own company, he worked as the communications/marketing specialist for an Oklahoma City-based office technology company. Former to coming to the Oklahoma City area, he had worked as a career journalist for more than a decade — initially reporting for several newspapers in western North Carolina and northeastern Oklahoma and later as a multimedia journalist for KJRH Channel 2 in Tulsa.

Thomas has lived in Edmond with his wife Alison since 2013. He has a passion for traveling, photography, learning languages, landscaping and coffee roasting. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Western Carolina University.

The new way to practice medicine

By Thomas Berger | April 6, 2021

Over the last few years, anybody living in Edmond has likely noticed the growth of urgent care medical clinics in the area. Nearly as common, but perhaps not noticed as much, has been the surge in the number of direct primary care providers in Edmond as well. Family doctors in Oklahoma—reflecting a national trend—are increasingly…

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PPOk leads independent pharmacies in vaccination effort

By Thomas Berger | March 2, 2021

Big problems call for big solutions, but sometimes those big solutions require small players like independently-owned small businesses. Thus has been the story for COVID-19, a pandemic that has provoked national, state, and city-wide shutdowns and mandates, new safety practices and protocols, and, finally, the development and release of new vaccines — all implemented with…

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A COVID Valentine’s Day

By Thomas Berger | February 2, 2021

As Valentine’s Day rolls around, many people are probably wondering how they can get stuck by Cupid’s arrow without being struck by the COVID’s flail. Around Edmond, businesses know this — especially those venues offering such sought-after Valentine staples as treats, cards, flowers, and fine dining. Here’s a look at a few of these businesses…

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High-contact businesses go the extra mile to stay safe

By Thomas Berger | November 3, 2020

Businesses of all sectors and sizes nationwide are suffering as they struggle to stay alive in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps the hardest hit of all are businesses that are, by their very nature, high-contact, such as medical offices, gyms, hair salons, and the like. Here’s a look at a few “high-contact” Edmond…

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Eat the rainbow from Indigo Acres

By Thomas Berger | November 3, 2020

If good health is true wealth, a small Edmond farm has found the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow —and wants to share it. Tucked back off a gently undulating paved country road, just a half hour drive north of Edmond, lies Indigo Acres, a two-and-a-half-acre family farm recognized locally for…

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Radial Engines, Ltd. restores WWII planes

By Thomas Berger | November 3, 2020

The sky over Edmond often seems filled with aircraft — giants from nearby Tinker Air Force Base lumbering their way through maneuvers, airliners whirring and purring as they descend to Will Rogers World Airport, small private planes slowly droning from horizon to horizon, and occasionally, a news helicopter thwacking its way through the air. But…

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Francis Tuttle innovating for businesses at new campus

By Thomas Berger | October 6, 2020

Hammers banging. Welders buzzing. Saws screaming. Engines humming. Mortar slopping. Those are the sights and sounds off Danforth Road, just west of I-35, where Francis Tuttle Technology Center’s new Danforth campus is taking shape. “We are moving along nicely on the construction. So far we are not behind, which is pretty phenomenal for a construction…

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The Patriarch breathes new life into a historic house

By Thomas Berger | September 1, 2020

A dozen musicians wielding guitars, dulcimers fiddles, and flutes sent cheery Irish notes mingling with the hum of conversation, sparks of laughter, the clinking of glasses, and the creaks from the old wooden floors. The mood glowed as friends seated at tables nearby conversed and shared laughs, pausing occasionally to listen to the music and…

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EEDA’s second round of small business microgrants

By Thomas Berger | August 25, 2020

Update from August 26: While available, the application is online here. Small Edmond businesses struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic could receive up to $5,000 in assistance, thanks to a new round of microgrants now becoming available. The Edmond Economic Development Authority (EEDA) on Tuesday announced it is now taking applications for the second round…

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Kelly Center revitalization focused on building community among tenants

By Thomas Berger | August 4, 2020

Location. Location. Location. That’s the age old cliche used by many in real estate. Why? Because a property’s placement, whether commercial or residential, is used as the prime determiner for the value of a property. But location, no matter how great, has little value if it doesn’t have the community and relationships to support it and…

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