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 Womble Company celebrates 100 years

By Thomas Berger | July 5, 2022

It’s often been said when God closes a door, He opens a window. This ages-old adage speaks of how lost opportunities can often give rise to new ones. It is also the story of Oklahoma City-based The Womble Company, celebrating 100 years in business this year. According to Ainslee Crum, co-owner of The Womble Company with her husband Andy, the closing of doors four decades ago led to a new approach to business, allowing the organization to be a thriving company, and ultimately saving the business.

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Edmond’s diverse automotive industry

By Thomas Berger | September 7, 2021

A quick drive through Edmond reveals the automotive industry is strong here with dealerships lining Broadway Street and just as many or more independently-owned automotive repair centers scattered throughout the city. Here’s a look at just a few of these local shops and the customers and brands they serve.

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Celebrating hard-working women in Edmond

By Thomas Berger | August 3, 2021

We’d like to introduce you to a few of the amazing women business owners who work hard and inspire us right here in Edmond: Dr. Shannon Lewis from Lewis Orthodontics, Victoria Woods from ChappelWood Financial Services, and Ruthie Gallardo-Owens from Oklahoma Real Estate Experts.

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Removing dents from around the world

By Thomas Berger | August 3, 2021

“Not all who wander are lost.” This is a quote often seen on bumper stickers, shirts, coffee mugs, and social media memes. Kyle Ellis, owner of Edmond-based Auto Hail Logistics, would likely agree, adding that some wanderers may be hail chasers—traveling the globe, making dents and dings on cars disappear, and making smiles appear on the faces of their owners.

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Cocktails to Go Act of 2021

By Thomas Berger | July 6, 2021

A bill signed into law allowing patrons of Oklahoma restaurants and bars to take cocktails to go seems to be having little effect, if any, in Edmond. Early last May, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed the Oklahoma Cocktails to Go Act of 2021, allowing businesses with mixed beverage or catering licenses to sell cocktails, mixed drinks,…

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Icon Cinema gives high hopes

By Thomas Berger | July 6, 2021

Tenants of Kickingbird Plaza are hopeful that the old Kickingbird Cinema will bring new life and customers to the shopping center. In March 2020, the eight-screen cinema, showing movies since it first opened in 1988, turned off its projectors, doused its lights, and shut its doors for the last time, an apparent victim of the…

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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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