A Good Thing Gary Good hits high note with art, music, events

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A Good Thing
Gary Good hits high note with art, music, events

By Linda Miller

Gary Good grew up surrounded by music.

“That’s how I came into the world,” he said.

As the son of Al Good, Oklahoma City’s esteemed orchestra leader who kept toes taping and couples swaying for almost 60 years, it’s no surprise his business ventures would involve music.

A couple of years into college, Good became a booking agent. His business card simply said Rock Bands. That was the beginning of what is now Gary Good Entertainment & Speakers Bureau.

But his interests grew to also include history, art and events. He found a way to make them all work harmoniously.

His most recent endeavor is Guthrie Retreat comprised of three properties that can be used together or separately. It includes Suite Bettie Jean, a bed and breakfast; the Magnolia Moon, a wedding and event venue for everything from intimate concerts to golf weekends to girlfriend getaways; and the adjoining Magnolia Manor for guests.

Good lives and works in Guthrie, a treasure trove of architecture and history, and a popular site for bed and breakfast inns and wedding venues.

“I look at all this and sometimes I wonder what I’m doing,” he said. “When you boil it down, my life has been a mixture of music, art, events.”

Good has been buying into Guthrie’s future for a decade. In 2005, he purchased an old building and later opened Gallery Grazioso showcasing fine art, photography and music.

Grazioso is an Italian music term meaning elegance and grace. Built in 1902, the building housed the Pabst Milwaukee Brewing Co. Mr. Pabst is said to have had an office upstairs.

Suite Bettie Jean, the bed and breakfast named after Good’s mother, a singer and the lead vocalist in her husband’s band, is upstairs and across the hall in a building built in 1913. The B&B is decorated with some Good family furniture and artifacts. Good’s mother died in 1970; his father, 2003.

As he became more enamored with downtown Guthrie, Good started seeing other possibilities, such as the former amphitheater that had been transformed into a home in 2001. It was featured on HGTV.

The amphitheater was built in 1986 and used for a dozen or so years before concerts and festivals moved to Cottonwood Flats north of downtown.

In 2010, Good bought the home which sits on an acre of land. He walked through the property that first time with the eyes of an event and entertainment person, but he didn’t have a vision for it. Not immediately.

“I didn’t know to be honest. I just knew the place was awesome. I knew the place had to be shared, had to be used and I had to bring the music back,” Good said.

And that he did. Some 32 “house concerts” have been featured on what was the stage and is now the living room/dining room space. It can seat 60 people so the concerts are intimate and up close.

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