Danielle Keogh is a visionary — the former Army reservist turned government contractor brought her international fashion sense to Oklahoma City when she opened Liberte.
Starting the boutique in Classen Curve was a “brain release” for Keogh from her heady day-to-day work and gave her a chance to revisit the many designers and specialty boutiques she fell in love with during her world travels.
Q. What will the biggest change be in the Oklahoma City metro area?
A. You’ve heard the old adage that “less is more” — this concept will define Oklahoma City’s future. Oklahoma City is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas (population greater than 500,000) in the nation; however it still has to differentiate itself and compete with other cities like Dallas and Chicago. While increasing significantly, the state and city’s revenue will still be limited and will require us as a community to accomplish more with less. As a result, the biggest change in Oklahoma City will not be based on infrastructure, skylines or even recruiting the next big oil and gas or aerospace contractor. The biggest change the city can and will make is from within by continuing its greater focus on healthy lifestyles and finally achieving the goal of moving out of the top 10 least healthy cities in the U.S.
Q. Will there be physical changes? If so, what will they look like?
A. The city will have physical changes and, with its limited resources, will strategically invest in education, reform and limited infrastructure. While the city will see an improvement of schools and maybe a new skyscraper or two, the key changes will be more subtle with new parks, athletic fields, bike paths, etc., all designed to draw people to more outdoor and exercise-related activities.
Q. Where is the most potential?
A. Oklahoma City has the greatest potential in raising awareness of unhealthy lifestyles and choices beginning in the classroom and making available ready access to exercise in any way possible. With the current and continuing state and local investment in biotechnology and health care, Oklahoma City is primed to attract a new generation of Oklahomans that will naturally increase life expectancy and improve our lifestyle IQ. The recruitment of local and national chains, e.g. Lululemon, Barre3, will be key for women to improve their self-images and invest in themselves through other local boutiques, e.g. Balliets, Liberte and CK & Company. Most importantly, the city will finalize the transitions to make nutritional information available on the menus at all restaurants, especially at the 800-plus fast food restaurants in the city, allowing consumers to make healthier choices at their favorite restaurants and begin to appreciate the specialties of some of the city’s latest additions, e.g. Whole Foods, Coolgreens, etc.