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Irving with a fellow soldier in France during World War II.

April 14, 1925 - March 6, 2015

In Loving Memory of Irving Mann BY ROB MANN

Irving standing in front of the original Mann’s Jewelers on 158 Clinton Avenue South.


n March 6, 2015, my father, the beloved founder of Mann’s Jewelers, passed away just shy of his 90th birthday. Irving Mann, the only child of Alexander and Ida Mann, was brought into the world on April 14, 1925. When asked what his middle name was, he’d reply, “I don’t have a middle name; we were too poor to afford one!” That should give you some idea about his character. Irving led a normal childhood while his father tried to make a living as a watchmaker. After some tough years in Buffalo, Alexander brought the family to Rochester for a fresh start. Alexander quickly gained a reputation as a great watchmaker and even got the nickname Al the Watch Doctor. In his younger years, Irving apprenticed for his father and ran errands around downtown Rochester’s dynamic jewelry scene. But like many others his age, when Irving turned 18 the Army called, and he was rushed into service for his country. Irving loved telling this story about his somewhat overprotective Jewish mother, Ida: One day while he was stationed in Mississippi for basic training, he had just finished training work on the obstacle course. He was dirty, smelly and cut up from crawling on his hands and knees under barbed wire through the mud. As he made his way back to his barracks through the center of camp, he suddenly heard a familiar voice shout, “Irving, Irving is that you!?” It was his mother, who had taken a bus all the way from Rochester to check up on him! Irving went on to have quite the storied World War II experience. On D–Day he stormed the beaches of Normandy, which was extra heroic for Irving because he didn’t know how to swim! He had many stories from the war, and fortunately was able—and willing—to share his accounts when he returned. In 1944 he was wounded in combat, and much later in life he would receive a belated Purple Heart for his heroism. His war experience continued to follow him throughout his life. In 2011 he was named a chevalier, or knight, of the French Legion of Honor, the highest award France can bestow on a civilian. Then in 2013,

Irving with his wife of 59 years, Gertrude Mann.

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a farmer in France contacted Irving through the Mann’s Jewelers website: she had found Irving’s dog tag in her grandmother’s barley field! Irving’s reunion with such a personal piece of “jewelry” from 70 years prior was fitting of the career he had chosen. The story was so incredible that it made national and international news. When Irving returned from the war, he worked for his father and dreamed of the day he could start his own store. But before that happened, Irving would have another date with destiny: when he was fixed up with the love of his life, Gertrude Shushan, in Toronto. Gert and Irv were married in 1948 and opened up Mann’s Jewelers in 1949 at 158 South Clinton Avenue. They were an amazing team, with Gert taking care of the books and Irv selling whatever he could—not just jewelry. They sold luggage, toasters, mixers…you name it. Whatever they could to make a living! Irving had a kind and gentle nature. Back then, there were a lot of homeless people in downtown Rochester, and he would regularly be approached by those looking for help. Irving didn’t want to give them money for alcohol, so he set up an agreement with Louie’s Restaurant, which was down the street, and told them they could get a free meal on him just by going in and mentioning Irv’s name. Irving and Gertrude built up quite a reputation for themselves until 1968, when the City of Rochester forced them out of downtown for urban renewal. They opened the new Mann’s Jewelers between Rochester’s two most affluent suburbs, Brighton and Pittsford, where their legacy would be cemented. Irving’s charismatic personality helped the business to flourish, and he soon became the first local business owner to star in his own television commercials. He didn’t have classic Hollywood good looks, but there was something so genuine and sincere about his warm and caring smile that it welcomed folks right into the store. He famously filmed a commercial in the 1980s where he was cast as a playful cab driver, driving couples all the way from New York City to Rochester in search of the “finest jewelry store in New York.” That commercial solidified Irving’s local “celebrity status.” Customers would regularly ask about him and his taxi cab, which remains parked outside of Mann’s Jewelers to this day. Irving’s secret was a simple one: he genuinely cared about people and wanted to make them happy, no matter the cost. For him Mann’s Jewelers was never about making money; it was about making friends and making those friends happy. Employees at Mann’s Jewelers? There was no such thing. They were all co-workers who were adopted into his ever-expanding family. Those connections were deeply felt by his staff. Watch department manager Tim Silva-Duffy says that Irving inspired a loyalty in all of his employees because he looked at them as family. “He was always ready with a quick joke, a strong shoulder or a sympathetic ear. It’s easy to see how the years fly by when you are able to work for someone like him.” Helene Schwartz, a longtime sales professional, says, “When I walked into Mann’s, I truly did walk into my second home. I always felt so appreciated, valued and most of all respected. Working with Mr. Mann was my pleasure, and I will miss him.” If you were ever around Irving and mentioned you were sick, you would see the most caring,

compassionate soul emerge, as he would feverishly try to find some way to make you better. He’d get you chicken soup, he’d drive to the store for you, whatever it took—even if it meant going into his vast collection of medicines from every drug store that had ever existed in Rochester: Dox Drugs, Key Drugs, Fay’s Drugs, CVS or Eckerd, to name a few. He might as well have had his own drug store! Because most of all, he just wanted everyone to be okay. In his career, Irving became intricately entwined in the lives of all his customers as he helped them commemorate life’s happy occasions: births and birthdays, communions, bar and bat mitzvahs, engagements and anniversaries. Irving was there for you; it was almost like he became part of your family! The community always loved Irving, and in 2010, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks declared April 14th “Irving Mann Day” in honor of his 85th birthday. My sister and I took over the reins of our family business in 1996, but Irving never actually retired. You could always find him at the store, chatting about new marketing ideas with employees and helping customers from behind the counter, his favorite job of all. When I was contemplating joining the business, he said, “Rob, I challenge you to find a business that is based in happiness quite like ours is.” And as usual, he was right! My sister, Nancy, describes it this way: “My parents had vision when the time came for my brother and me to enter the business. First they encouraged us to try other things. Robert talked about being a photographer for National Geographic and I considered a career as an art historian. But the lure of the jewelry business proved too strong for us to resist. Most fathers prepare a son to join them in business. Having a daughter as a partner was a unique concept when I first joined the business, but to my father’s credit he welcomed and encouraged me and sat silently as he watched me make decisions that directly influenced the business. He never once reproached me for making a poor choice and continually encouraged me to move forward. At almost 90 years old, it was the things related to Mann’s Jewelers that still jazzed him the most.” As his son, the best thing I ever did was come to work at Mann’s Jewelers, where I was able to realize what strangers had told me my whole life: my parents were incredible people. My father wasn’t just a jeweler, he was Irving. He was there for you; he was everybody’s friend.

Irving’s reunion with such a personal piece of “jewelry” from 70 years prior was fitting of the career he had chosen.

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from the HEART Notable moms on Mother’s Day, push presents and their most memorable jewelry gifts. BY JILLIAN LAROCHELLE & JULIANNE PEPITONE

ROSIE POPE “I had my daughter, Vivienne, on Mother’s Day a couple of years ago. I would have to say she is my most memorable Mother’s Day gift! This year I am hoping for jewelry. Being a mom of four and running a business, I don’t have too much time to get ready in the morning. But with jewelry, I can throw earrings and bracelets on and feel a little more put together. “My favorites are four bracelets my children gave me with their names written on each one. The best part about them: my oldest wrote all the names out and they stamped each into the metal, all in his handwriting. It was a special gift because it was a way of the kids welcoming our youngest, Bridget.”

HEIDI KLUM “I’m always loving to be surprised. My kids do beautiful art; we have an art teacher who comes to our house every week and guides them. They’ve done beautiful clay pots that they designed and painted. Last Mother’s Day my kids painted on canvases. I love art, so they’re always making something beautiful for me. So that’s always, for me, the best. I don’t want them to go and buy something; I’d rather they make something for me.”

IVANKA TRUMP “My first Mother’s Day was obviously memorable, but last year was my favorite. Arabella was old enough that we could really spend the day together doing our favorite ‘girl things.’ It was also my first Mother’s Day with two kids. It felt so complete. “I have a special place in my heart for handmade gifts. I have Arabella’s artwork in my office and am always excited to add to my collection. That said, I think the best gift would simply be the day spent with my family—no phones, no internet, no distractions!—making breakfast, then exploring the city together. “I didn’t get ‘push presents’ when my children were born—the children are the best gifts I could ever receive! My husband did give Arabella a necklace when she was born and I keep it for her. She knows when she is old enough it’s hers, and until then, I always ask her before I borrow it!"



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Mother’s Day Jewelry Shop Open your heart by opening your jewelry box. BY ADENA MILLER


other’s Day is the holiday on which we formally acknowledge special women and show our appreciation for all they do. While gifts are exchanged all around us, not every child has the means to honor a mother or female caregiver with a gift of jewelry. Each year since 2012, elementary school students at a select school in the city of Rochester have earned an extraordinary classroom break to participate in the Mother’s Day Jewelry Shop (MDJS): a pop-up jewelry shop program that allows groups of children to hand-select a piece of jewelry to present to a loved one on Mother’s Day. Molly Butzer is one of four co-chairs for this year’s MDJS and is responsible for bringing this national program, which started in Atlanta in 2009, to the Rochester area. Butzer, a senior regional director at Bucknell University, formed a passionate committee of volunteers and a partnership with Mann’s Jewelers, and together we made Rochester the seventh program chapter and the only one in New York State. “Women love this program: it’s all about Mother’s Day, children and jewelry, and it doesn’t cost a dime to participate,” says Butzer. “Contributions can be made just by opening your jewelry box to donate a piece of jewelry you don’t have any intention of wearing.” More than 3,000 pieces of jewelry have been donated over the years, ranging from high-quality necklaces, bracelets and earrings still boasting the original price tags to more well-loved pieces that require new batteries, clasps or polishing. Mann’s Jewelers has brought these items back to life and given a second chance to make someone’s day. This year the MDJS committee worked with the Rochester City School District to select Kodak Park School No. 41 as a school whose K-6 students could benefit from the on-site shop. There is no exchange of money during the shopping experience. Instead, each child has the opportunity to earn a ticket to exchange for jewelry if they meet the goal of perfect attendance over a specific period of time. “Attendance has been a significant issue in our city schools, and as a community member, I feel like I’m making a difference,” says Butzer. Approximately 300 students qualify for the program each year. They enter the pop-up shop located right within their school to peruse rows of brightly colored

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tables, all sparkling with an assortment of donations to accommodate any jewelry preference and personal taste. Co-chair Jodi Reynolds, who serves as counsel at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, notes that each student has his or her own approach to picking out a jewelry item. “Some look at every piece on each table and we work with them to help make a selection, while others know immediately,” says Reynolds. Once a decision is made, each piece is gift wrapped with a ribbon and accompanied by a card for the student to fill out. “The significance of being able to give a gift of jewelry that is physically worn and kept close by your loved one is not lost on any age group, even children,” says Nancy Mann. “We’re happy to be part of a program that encourages school attendance, ‘recycles’ jewelry by allowing the public to donate in an unexpected way, and celebrates the important role that mothers play in our lives.”

Donate Today! Now is the time to get in on the fun and contribute to this meaningful project. Jewelry donations for this year’s MDJS are being collected at both Mann’s Jewelers store locations (Monroe Avenue and at Eastview Mall) from now until May 1st. No donation is too big or too small! The team at Mann’s Jewelers will ensure that donated pieces arrive to the children’s shopping event in the best possible condition and are showcased in a beautiful manner with the use of display forms. Participants will receive an enter-to-win ticket in exchange for each jewelry item donated and will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win a pair of earrings from Mann’s Jewelers valued at $575.

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Fabulous inRochester Rochester native and fashion connoisseur Courtney Winslow shines the light on spring and summer fashion.

Photographed by Tammy Swales at Dado Boutique

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o as it turns out, classic and understated aren’t my thing. I tried to tone it down for winter, less is more...blah, blah, blah. Well, it just seemed like less of me and more of boring. When the spring shows hit Fashion Week it was like the mother ship calling me home. Bohemian gypsy glamour had me ripping off my cashmere black turtleneck. More is more. More fun, more color, more me. Well, Taylor Swift called my bluff when she said, ”I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.” Problem is, I can’t control the craziness that comes flying out of my mouth. People say “Hi, how’s the baby? You look great!” My response? “He’s an adorable fountain of drool, my head feels like it’s spinning around like The Exorcist and I’m pretty sure that I have forgotten one or two of them every time I get in my car. That happens right? (Sigh) Oh, and my new jeans won’t fit over my.... (Gasp!) Have you seen Mae? (Me running around trying to catch my daughter.) (Smile and brief eye contact.) “So how are you?” The blank look and awkward silence let me know that I have just way over-shared. And then I usually skip away with a halflaugh half-cry. Hey, I’m only as “back to normal” as I have ever been, and that’s not very normal.

Fashion is a way for me to feel less like a crazed mommy and more like a person. Not a normal person, but a fabulous person, or at least a mommy pretending to be a fabulous person. You get the point. After over a year in maternity clothes and elastic-waist dowdiness, I’m ready to just totally overdo it. Ever feel like you’re about to take something way too far? Well here I go, because fringe is the embellishment for this season. Everything I see with those slinky strings I want to gobble up. Shoes, purses, skirts and earrings are all dancing to the beat of my heart as it races with excitement. But remember: one fringed piece at a time. It’s like too many skinny margaritas; you’ll be a swaying hot mess quicker than you can say “tequila.” Wear bohemian evening wear everywhere. Hippie-dippie drippy jewels and low-cut halter gowns are sweeping the floor this spring. Big hair? Don’t care; the undone, unpolished, no-fuss evening look has arrived. Try Granny’s macramé sweater vest over layers of printed chiffon. For your Fourth of July country club commitments, go with a Pucci print maxi dress and tall chestnut suede boots, mint julep included. Go gingham! You can channel American Gidget playing beach blanket bingo or French-y sexpot Brigitte Bardot. Either way it screams summer lovin’. My favorite look is matching gingham shorts and gingham boxy top with tribal pearl earrings. It’s an easy outfit and can also be worn as separates. Pair the top with slouchy denim, and pair the bottoms with a crisp white cotton tunic. Perfect for summer weekend potluck pool parties; don’t forget the casserole. Be bashful in wedding whites. Why bother renewing your vows? You can just wear the dress! Let’s be honest: one of the best parts of that day was slipping on that gown. Well, you’re more skilled and frankly much smarter now. So find a pretty white dress for this

season, with lots of Chantilly lace and even more volume. It will be a perfect complement to a summer breeze. Restock your sneaks. Are you sick of me mentioning them yet? Well, buy another pair. Make them simple white Adidas Stan Smiths. And wear them with everything, even when it looks silly. My husband thinks that I finally get his style and was very proud that I had bought a matching pair of kicks. Little does he know I’m following every fashion blogger’s lead. You can copy Fashion Week street style with a pencil skirt layered over a shirtdress, a moto

Ask your three year old to help you dress, because I think they might have the right idea.

leather jacket draped over the shoulders and white tennis shoes.

Be a festival girl. I may be too old and not cool enough to pull off this youthful trend, but if Saint Laurent can turn into a rocker chick than so can I. I mean, I can drop my kids at the Bonaroo family commune right? Penny Lane bell bottoms, ribbon-tied vest and a felt floppy hat for grabbing an early dinner with the girls: it’s the new “I’m not dressed up,” dressed-up look. Also known as, “I didn’t try hard, but it took me three weeks to find these flared jeans and I had to use my kids’ college fund to buy this suede crossbody bag” kind of look. I’m planning on testing this theory at the Cheap Trick concert at CMAC. Hmm…I should probably start getting ready now. Buy more denim. Wear it as a jumpsuit, overalls, romper, shirt or just your everyday dungarees. It’s been polished and refined by Valentino, and ripped and bleach-splattered by Citizens of Humanity. If you can take the challenge, try a military jacket and a perfect white button down with a slouchy rolled jean and pointy flats. And if you’re really feeling trendy, the mom jean is moving in on your boyfriend jean. You decide: would you rather Mama’s high-waisted cropped waders or Magic Mike XXL’s lowslung Levi’s? Exactly. Having a baby and two kids to manage makes getting dressed a luxury in itself. I can either do my makeup and get dressed (like really get dressed, not just throw on workout pants and a tee) or I can shower and do my

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So if you see me and I look all sorts of fabulous, chances are that I showered the night before or had a blow-out at Sooz. Being three places at once means it’s

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essential to have some go-to outfits hung neatly together in your closet, and your accessories available and organized. Jewelry trays and hooks on which to hang your favorite layering necklaces are not just a Pintrest pipe dream; they’re a necessity. Closet maintenance is as important as an oil change. So no wire coat hangers, be sure to color coordinate, and for goodness sake, pack up those winter sweaters! Spring and summer wardrobes mean fewer clothes to worry about, so the only thing you need to layer over is your golden glow.

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1. Precious Petites bar necklace with turquoise and diamonds in 14k rose gold. $865 2. Stephen Webster Stargazer necklace with emeralds in 18k white gold with black rhodium finish. $55,000 3. Drop earring with pink coral and white and yellow diamonds in 18k rose gold. $7,995 4. Precious Petites engravable ID bracelets with diamonds in your choice of 14k yellow or rose gold. Each, $1,495 5. Ippolita Rock Candy flower ring with clear quartz and mother of pearl in sterling silver. $695 STELLA JEAN RUNWAY IMAGES COURTESY OF ACCESSORIES DIRECTIONS

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1. John Hardy Classic Chain Collection braided earrings in sterling silver with black ruthenium finish. $495 2. David Yurman Venetian Quatrefoil earrings with diamonds in 18k yellow gold. $9,500 3. Hermès Medor watch with a calfskin leather strap and silvered dial in stainless steel. $4,500 4. Halcyon Days enamel bracelets with 18k gold plate. Each, from $185 5. Roberto Coin Pois Moi ring in 18k yellow gold. $1,700 BIBHU MOHAPATRA RUNWAY IMAGES COURTESY OF ACCESSORIES DIRECTIONS

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ALL AVAILABLE AT MANN’S JEWELERS 1. Mikimoto drop earrings with white South Sea pearls and diamonds in 18k white gold. $25,000 2. Flexible cuff bracelet with Tahitian pearl and brown diamond pavé ball in 18k white gold. $3,550 3. Flexible cuff bracelet with black South Sea pearl and black diamond pavé ball in 18k rose gold. $3,150 4. Wire choker with South Sea pearl and white pavé diamond ball in 18k yellow and white gold. $5,625 5. Chandelier earrings with Tahitian pearls, rose-cut diamonds and white diamonds in 18k rose gold. $9,850 6. Tribal earrings with South Sea pearls and diamonds in 18k white gold. $2,850 7. Stephen Webster Couture Voyage two-finger ring with South Sea pearl, rubies and diamonds in 18k rose gold. $27,500 ELIE SAAB RUNWAY IMAGES COURTESY OF ACCESSORIES DIRECTIONS

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Bulgari to its city,” CEO Jean-Christophe Babin said in a statement. These gestures are not completely without precedent: In 2010, Roberto Cavalli presented his collection beneath Milan’s Arch of Peace in exchange for a $120,000 donation toward its restoration. What’s changed is the scale—and the ability to do some branding during construction. Tod’s, the shoe company famous for its elegant driving moccasins, announced it is helping to finance a series of projects at Rome’s 2,000-yearold Colosseum. Plans for the $30 million comprehensive restoration have been in the works since 2012. (They met with some controversy, since part of the agreement involves promotional opportunties for Tod’s in exchange for the funding.) A series of restorations of the site’s arches, facades and entrances will keep the famous amphitheater partially shrouded in scaffolding for over two years. In the end, though, the city should be able to enjoy its massive monument for another few millennia. And last summer, Fendi announced it would dedicate almost $3 million to a restoration of the Trevi Fountain, the Neptune-and-chariot adorned destination built in the 18th century and made famous in the films La Dolce Vita and Three Coins in the Fountain. While tourists might lament visiting the site while it’s drained and under scaffolding, it’s also possible they’ll catch Fendi’s creative genius Karl Lagerfeld, who loves photographing Rome’s fountains. For Fendi, restoring the city’s fountains (more projects are planned) makes sense. Insists Silvia Venturini Fendi, creative director of accessories and thirdgeneration designer, “It’s our duty to pay tribute to the city of Rome which has given us so much.”

Italy’s designers step up to preserve cultural landmarks. BY ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON


ast spring, in the wake of crippling recessions, Matteo Renzi, Italy’s newest (and youngest) prime minister, called on the private sector to help fund emergency restoration of collapsing structures in the ancient wonder that is the buried city of Pompeii. Heavy rains and flooding had caused severe damage, and the government was unable to cover the whole bill. Now the program is expanding to the country’s museums, fountains and other icons, particularly in Rome. And its fashion giants—including Fendi, Bulgari and Tod’s—are stepping up to the plate. While corporate sponsorship of public projects is nothing new in the U.S., it’s fairly unprecedented in Italy, where there’s a resistance to mixing private and government programs. “The ideological refusal to permit the private sector to intervene—as if only the public sector could guarantee the guardianship of heritage—must end,” Renzi announced last March. Soon after, luxury jeweler Bulgari said it would put $2 million toward an extensive refurbishment of the storied Spanish Steps in the Piazza di Spagna, where decades of heavy traffic have taken a toll on the 290-year-old structure. Scheduled to begin this year, it will help celebrate Bulgari’s 130th anniversary as a “special gift from


Roberto Cavalli held a runway show beneath Milan’s Arch of Peace and donated $120,000 towards its restoration.



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Idina Menzel wears diamonds during a performance at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

As Seen On... Our favorite stars share a love for our favorite jewelry!

Sarah Jessica Parker wears Mikimoto at the Great American Songbook Gala.

Taraji P. Henson wears diamonds at the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards.

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Cara Delevingne wears John Hardy at the Serpentine Gala Summer Party. Jennifer Lopez wears diamonds during an appearance on Ellen.

Hillary Clinton wears colored gemstones at the Democratic Convention.

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The Perfect Team

Berg Racing is steering others toward their high-performance sport. BY JENN BERGIN


s her father loves to recall, when Dinah Weisberg was a little girl she carried a Volkswagen toy car with her everywhere. “My poor dolls got no attention,” she admits with a smile. Dinah is the executive vice president of REDCOM Laboratories—and her hobbies are as high-powered as her career. She teaches high-performance driving and is a competitive racecar driver. “Some people play golf,” she says. “I race cars instead.” Her husband, John, is a second-generation racer; his father was involved in motorsports and he grew up around the track. When Dinah and John were introduced over a decade ago at Watkins Glen, they both knew they had met their match. “He dangled the keys to an open-cockpit car and asked if I wanted to try it out,” she says. “I came back with the biggest smile on my face.” John is the owner and principal driver of Berg Racing, Rochester’s premier performance tuning and custom fabrication facility, located in Webster. For him, racing is more than a hobby—it’s a business. Along with his team of mechanics and fabricators in the shop, he takes basic street cars, strips them completely and turns them into full-on competitive racecars. “Cars will come in all plush, with sound systems and leather seats,” he says. “We begin tearing them apart. We basically start from the frame, and build them into racecars.” Although racing is in his roots, John used to wear a suit and tie and commute from Connecticut to Wall Street. “I got laid off from that job and decided to play with my racecars for six months,” he says. “That was 12 years ago now.” Anybody can learn to race, John insists. And Rochester is a great place for it, with many local car enthusiasts and avid collectors located in such close proximity to Watkins Glen. “We start out with a complete beginner in their own street car down at the racetrack, and teach things like car control, proper balance, reaction and threshold breaking,” John explains. “Someone may just have an interest in racing, or maybe they have a Porsche or BMW they want to drive faster than they’re comfortable with on the street. We help them navigate the track and know when they’re getting a little too close to the limit.” They also teach driving for teens. “Parents can bring kids that just started driving to the track, in their hand-me-down Honda or Saab, to get an idea of the car’s limits before they go out on their own,” he says.

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Whether teaching novice drivers or those with some high-performance experience, John and Dinah are passionate about helping others advance to the next level. “We guide our customers through the entire process,” John says, “from getting the car to the point where it’s safe to take on the track (making sure it has brakes, tires and necessary modifications) to getting the driver prepared mentally and set up with the right gear and equipment.” While a few other shops in the area provide similar services, Berg Racing is distinctive in its focus on actual motorsports racing and providing racecars. John compares his business model to that of Mann’s Jewelers, a team sponsor. “We provide a custom solution, as does Mann’s,” John explains. “If you want something that’s special or out of the ordinary, you go to Mann’s. That’s the same thing we do here. If you want more than just a hopped-up BMW or Porsche, we can do that. We have the engineering experience to offer something above the norm.” The partnership developed from a natural synergy, as both Mann’s and Berg Racing understand that their customers have an interest in what the other business provides. “It’s about a high-quality, custom experience,” Dinah adds. “We try to go above and beyond what everyone else is doing, and in our case, we want to make it more competitive and safer.” The motorsports experience is unlike any other, they say. Having driven up to 160 MPH at Watkins Glen, John will come off a session at the track drenched in sweat. “During the race it’s 100 percent adrenaline and 100 percent focus,” Dinah says. “The mental agility required to stay at that level of concentration is huge. It’s very taxing—and exhilarating.” Still, they admit it can be an expensive hobby. The car itself plus entry fees, fuel, tires and equipment: the costs can add up. A seat in a series can average $15,000 per driver, per race…on the low end. But for around $500, anyone with a car and helmet can train with John or Dinah for the weekend, through car clubs like TrackMasters and the BMW Car Club. Just be careful: you might get hooked. “It’s like riding a roller coaster, but you’re the one driving it,” John says. “That feeling you get, there’s nothing like it.”

Berg Racing is located at 1660 Boulter Industrial Parkway in Webster, NY 14580. For more information on car rentals, race training, service and more, contact the Weisbergs at 585.545.4265, or visit

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f you were a teenager in 1960s America, you likely dreamed of getting your driver’s license, impressing the girls by peeling out of the highschool parking lot and blasting down the road. European cars of the time were fun to drive, but a bit docile. Muscle cars (smaller-size, two-door American vehicles with huge, high-compression V8 engines that accelerate at blisteringly fast speeds in a straight line) were Detroit’s way of making a statement to potential customers that horsepower was the American way. Unlike European sports cars, which relied on well-balanced chassis with suspension setups to provide excellent cornering speeds, the brute power of muscle cars was primarily used for drag racing; cornering at speed was a very risky pursuit. Some say it was the Oldsmobile Rocket 88 that initiated the muscle car era, but Ford’s 1962 introduction of its 406-cubic-inch V8 Galaxy 500—to compete with Chevrolet’s Impala SS 409—is likely what began the horsepower wars. It didn’t take long before Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge and Pontiac joined the fray. These cars were so much more than transportation. A culture sprang up around them and pop music expanded this chapter of history as a way of life. The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Ronny and the Daytonas, and the Rip Chords set the mood with songs like Little Deuce Coupe, 409, GTO and Hey Little Cobra. The lyrics synced with the language used by gearheads, as exemplified in the Beach Boys tune Shut Down, which passionately tells the


story of a drag race between a Dodge 413 and a Corvette Stingray. This remarkable era in automobile history began to wind down in the early 1970s when the government placed limitations on emissions, forcing automobile manufacturers to detune their mighty engines in order to run on low-lead and unleaded fuel. In 1973 OPEC cut oil exports to the U.S., causing a gasoline shortage that led to long lines and short tempers at gas stations across the country. People began to gravitate toward compact cars with smaller, fuel-efficient engines, and for decades the automobile industry produced mostly lackluster, utilitarian machines with no character. Now for the good news: Performance cars with both quality and style are again what people want to buy, and what car makers again seem eager to produce. Muscle car mania may never again rise to the same heights, but its spirit can be seen on dealership sales floors across the country. In 2005, the redesigned Ford Mustang channeled the iconic fastback from 1965, which set off a wave of retro-modern American muscle. Three years later, Dodge dusted off the Challenger nameplate with a style that looked a lot like its 1969 predecessor. Chevy followed suit with the new Camaro, referencing the original 1967-69 model. Even Cadillac, which never produced a muscle car in the style’s heyday, now offers a 556-horsepower engine in its CTS-V model. These cars are remarkably exciting to drive, and technology has made them far more forgiving in terms of handling than their earlier incarnations.

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Lynnie Lou’s Homemade Ice Cream & Custard

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Hedonist Artisan Chocolates & Ice Cream

Pittsford Farms Dairy & Bakery

From first glance, you can tell that Eat Me Ice Cream is not your traditional ice cream maker. The eco-friendly bike carts, the handcrafted preparation, use of local and sustainable ingredients, and innovative flavors all tie back to a creative vision shared by co-owners Catelyn Augustine and Amber Odhner. They want to get Rochester’s attention with a pure and real ice cream. A must-try is the Lavender Goat Cheese Ice Cream, which is a blend of custard steeped in lavender blossoms with whipped goat cheese sourced from a local NYS farm, First Light. Tangy, floral, and utterly soothing…you can’t just have one bite. My favorite place to enjoy Eat Me Ice Cream is at the Brighton Farmer’s Market on Sundays starting May 24th. Bonus feature: Vegan Curry Cashew made with coconut milk, a delicious dairy-free option! 1115 East Main St., Rochester 585.455.3701

Located right in the heart of Naples, Lynnie Lou’s has been serving families for over 20 years. Their season starts on April 24th and runs through Columbus Day. Each week they offer 32 homemade flavors, sourced from Joe Trombley, owner of Seneca Farms Dairy in Penn Yan. Owner Lynn Musclow and partner Mark Steinmetz suggested that you discover Naples by riding around town using their rent-for-free bike program. Lynnie Lou’s seasonal and fresh fruit sundaes are all the rage. In the fall, you can order a Warm Apple Sundae made with NYS Crispin apples that are simmered to a perfect degree of tenderness. The apples rest on creamy vanilla custard, topped with homemade crumbly goodness, whipped cream and spices. Already dreaming about it! Bonus feature: Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream; you won’t regret it. 8665 Route 21, Naples 585.374.5980

Walk along the canal in the village of Fairport and you will stumble upon a gem called Moonlight Creamery. Moonlight Creamery makes their super premium ice cream on-site using locally sourced and natural ingredients. They have a core mission to create a customer experience that resembles a 15-minute vacation, allowing you to recharge and reconnect with your loved ones. Founders Heidi Grenek and Jeff Seidel are also Fairport residents and neighbors. The ultimate flavor to try is the Espresso with English Toffee ice cream. The ice cream is steeped in Rochester’s own Joe Bean Roasters and blended with cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, and topped with bits of English toffee for a buttery crunch. Totally swoon-worthy! Bonus feature: Oatmeal Ice Cream paired with F. Oliver’s Ginger Spiked Blackberry Balsamic Vinegar. Enough said. 36 West Ave., Fairport 585.223.0880

Owner and chocolatier Jennifer Posey prides her business on having a small-batch approach to chocolate and ice cream. Hedonist uses fresh, local and natural ingredients; they source their butterfat cream from Pittsford Dairy and fruit from Hurd Orchards. Given their stake in the chocolate business, ice cream was a natural fit for them. Next door to the chocolate shop, Hedonist offers eight ice cream flavors, four on rotation at a time. Thankfully, the Chocolate Sorbet is available year round. This smooth, decadent and rich chocolate will melt in your mouth, similar to one of their signature chocolate truffles. All of their waffle cones, toppings and sauces are made in-house, so be sure to indulge in this gourmet delight! Bonus feature: Salted Caramel Ice Cream paired with the Chocolate Sorbet. A deadly candy bar-esque combo! 672 South Ave., Rochester 585.461.2815

One of the places that will bring a smile to your face this season is Pittsford Farms Dairy. Open year round and serving Rochester for over a century now, the Corby family has carried on the tradition of bringing a fresh-from-the-farm approach to all of their dairy products. The homemade, rich, creamy goodness you taste in their milk and ice cream is truly divine. With an abundance of flavors to choose from, the Coconut Almond Crunch Ice Cream came out on top. A sweet and salty blend of coconut ice cream mixed with chocolate crunch and bits of almonds. Yes, I’ll have three scoops please! Releasing my inner child has never felt better. Bonus feature: Chocolate milk: you will feel like you’re drinking a chocolate milkshake. pittsfordfarmsdairybakery 44 North Main St., Pittsford 585.586.6610

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Reminiscent Rochester

Feeling nostalgic? Get a dose of vintage with a visit to these well-loved local spots. BY JENN BERGIN




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Even if you haven’t visited Seabreeze since childhood, chances are you remember it fondly. While a ride on the Tilt-A-Whirl may be a bit too much for you today, you can still enjoy a trip down memory lane. “On This Spot” signs are located throughout the park, offering a glimpse of what once was. Inside the carousel building, the park’s history is told through a timeline of photos and artifacts on display, while the organ plays tunes to take you back. When it came to Seabreeze in 1920, the Jack Rabbit was the fastest roller coaster in the world. Finally being tall enough for that first ride is a rite of passage in Rochester. The wooden roller coaster has been the site of marriage proposals and is often packed with wedding parties. Seabreeze may be the fourth-oldest operating amusement park in America, but it’s still a favorite of the young at heart. Seabreeze is located at 4600 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14622. For more information on the history and happenings at Seabreeze, visit The park opens for the season on May 16th.

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Founded in 1878, The Genesee Brewing Company is one of the oldest American breweries. In 2012, a century-old Genesee packaging plant was transformed into the Brew House—a celebration of all things Genny. In its heyday, Genesee competed alongside the nation’s leading beer companies, and when you enter the Brew House you get a 360-degree view of its history—from vintage advertisements to exhibits. Check out pictures from the past, or take your own in the beer canreplica photo booth. Want a little taste on your tour? A pilot brewery is open daily, and its small-batch system allows brewers to make beers exclusive to the Brew House. Try a sample at the tasting bar, just $2 per flight and proceeds benefit local charities. The full-service restaurant upstairs features a 41-foot bar handcrafted from vintage kegs, and also hosts private events. Enjoy your brew with a view from the rooftop terrace overlooking High Falls. The Brew House is located at 25 Cataract Street, Rochester, NY 14605. To learn more about tours and tastings, or to host an event, call 585.263.9200 or visit

It's a Saturday morning staple; weekends aren’t complete without a stop at the Public Market. But more than just fresh produce and food trucks, the market has been a community gathering spot for over a century. Learn about its history with a free tour of the grounds, run by the nonprofit Friends of the Rochester Public Market. How about some history to take home? Curl up with a good book, The Hands That Feed Us: 100 Years at the Rochester Public Market by Nancy Rosin. Or hang a print from the commemorative historical poster series; at just $5 they’re yet another great deal you can find at the market! For information on Friends of the Public Market tours and merchandise, visit or call 585.325.5058. You can also stop by their kiosk near the Union Street entrance, or visit the Market Office.

When Ontario Beach Park opened in the summer of 1884, visitors came by trolley and train to visit “The Coney Island of the West.” The 1905 Dentzel Carousel is the last remnant of the park’s once carnival-like atmosphere, although with inflation, rides are now $1 each. As much of a tradition as Abbott’s custard, it’s not a summer day without watching the sunset from the park’s Charlotte Pier. But the best view may be from the top of The CharlotteGenesee Lighthouse, America’s oldest surviving lighthouse. For some nautical nostalgia, visitors can explore the 40-foot tower and tour and the Keeper’s House, which is now a museum. The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse is located at 70 Lighthouse Street at the Port of Rochester in the village of Charlotte. For information on tours and hours of operation call 585.621.6179 or visit

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The Little Theatre opened in 1929, two weeks before the stock market crash that ignited the Great Depression. One of the first theatres built to support the era’s “little cinema movement,” it offered an intimate alternative to the glitz and glamour of the entertainment industry in the 1920s. Today, a visit to The Little is a trip back in time—everything from the movies featured to the way popcorn is made can be traced to that tradition of film over fanfare. The Little holds many memories and invites you to make your own. The theatre can be rented for school showings, weddings and other special events. Bored with your book club? Instead, host a private film screening, with a discussion after at The Little Café. Or grab your girlfriends for Brunch & A Movie on Sundays: $25 includes a prix-fixe brunch at Restaurant 2 Vine and a matinee movie ticket. The Little Theatre is located at 240 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604. For more information on The Little Theatre, visit Interested in hosting an event? Contact Bri Merkel at 585.258.0404.

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Spain produces more than 100 different types of must-try cheeses including Quesos de Valdeon, a maple-leaf wrapped blue cheese made deep in the Picos de Europa, and the very sophisticated Sant Gil d’Albio, an artisanal goat’s milk cheese with luscious depth, great acidic balance, and hints of nuts and herbs. There’s even a perfect cheese for summer alfresco dining. Max McCalman, author of Mastering Cheese, says, "Manchego is my go-to cheese for a picnic. Simply irresistible, everyone loves Manchegos. They hold up well outdoors on a picnic and they are extremely nutritious. I prefer them between five and nine months of age, in particular Carpuela, a nine-month-old raw milk Manchego. It is versatile with a broad range of wines; for example, it pairs nicely with a Spanish Tempranillo."

On the southern slopes of the Alpilles Mountains near Provence is a wonderfully restored and very elegant 18th-century castle and estate, Château d’Estoublon. Traveling gourmands stop here for lunches paired with the château’s olive oil, which is not only delicious, but so stylish it’s offered in a couture spray flacon. Five olive varietals planted over 212 acres are hand selected, gathered in nets and processed within 24 hours of picking. (The green production method—processing olives harvested before they darken—brings out the full, fresh flavors.) Later this year, visitors won’t have to eat and run. The château will open to guests, offering the opportunity to spend a few days drinking wine, eating, touring the vineyards and olive groves (even picking olives for individual bottles of oil) and reveling in the beauty of Provence.



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At his atelier in the little town of Deidesheim, Germany near the Rhine River, master craftsman Jens Ritter creates handmade guitars that are also works of contemporary art. His Eye of Horus bass, custom-designed for Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead with black piano finish, silver Egyptian inlay and blue LED lights, is on display at the Smithsonian Institution, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired the Cremona bass guitar for their permanent collection. Ritter’s creations aren’t just for viewing. Prince, George Benson, Mary J. Blige, and the musicians behind Madonna, Christina Aguilera and Van Halen own (and play) Ritter’s guitars. For the reflective rock star, the Princess Isabella is made of German alder, mahogany and ebony with platinum inlays and is covered in over 7,000 Swarovski aquamarine crystals.


No spring ’15 fashion show was complete without hats. From city streets to the beach, they’re everywhere. Be heads above the crowd with a hat by Angiolo Frasconi. Founded in Campi Bisenzio (one of the major centers of famed centuries-old Florentine straw hat production) just after World War II, Angiolo Frasconi has been a family-owned company for three generations, creating collections of handmade hats that are molto elegante. The designs combine handcrafted tradition, innovation and fine natural fibers— straw first and foremost—but also classical raw materials of the tradition: linens, cottons, felt, wool and cashmere expertly crafted and trimmed by hand. The new collection focuses on creativity and the best of Italian craftsmanship.

Donald Sultan, one of the world’s leading avant-garde artists, achieved fame in the late 1970s as part of the New Image movement. Known for elevating the still-life tradition through the deconstruction of his subjects and the use of industrial materials, he pushes the restrictions of his medium through gouging, sanding and buffing to create depth and texture. Sultan’s philosophy emphasizes “the impermanence of structure and the malleability of form...the whole oeuvre is a celebration of substances before they disappear.” Many of his pieces are on display, including those at the Art Institute of Chicago, The British Museum, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This summer, Sultan will present his latest work, a sixfoot square creation utilizing black buttons on a modernistic surface, at New York’s prestigious Ryan Lee Gallery.






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Shore restaurant at the Santa Barbara Resort in Nieuwpoort, Curaçao. Below, Chef Heinrich Hortencia.


Celebrating Curaçao’s Cuisine

Ingredients: 4 whole lionfish, fileted 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thick slices 1 ripe plantain, diced 1 red tomato, diced 1 eggplant, diced 1 green zucchini, diced 1 yellow zucchini, diced 1 onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 handful curly parsley 2 cups olive oil ¾ cup unsalted butter Sea salt White pepper

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aute cuisine is not the main reason people travel to the Caribbean. Swimming in the azure waters, snorkeling beside coral reefs and exploring the jungle are the real temptations that lure us to these exotic locales. Except, perhaps, in cosmopolitan Curaçao, where Chef Heinrich Hortencia of the Shore restaurant at the Santa Barbara Resort in Nieuwpoort uses A-list local and imported delicacies in his quest to put the “C” of the ABC Islands on the foodie map. “Everyone recognizes Shore for interesting presentations of ingredients at the fine dining level,” he notes. “I want to change the taste of Curaçao to represent our diversity.” As Hortencia’s recent win on the Food Network show Chopped has proved, he knows how to deliver more than such white tablecloth menu staples as Lobster Thermidor, despite having spent 13 years cooking in Europe. While he initially returned to this colonial island of narrow winding streets and pastel building facades in order to spend time with his mother following his father’s passing, an edible agenda soon emerged: to elevate Curaçaoan cuisine from simple conch fritters to something worth traveling for. Hortencia admits that Curaçao’s steady warm weather and smaller production of crops than he was used to in Europe provide a bit of a challenge. Nonetheless, part of his plan involves using the finest local ingredients from such purveyors as The Curaçao Ostrich Farm, which provides the bird’s lean meat and giant eggs. Currently, Hortenica is on a lionfish kick. “There are too many lionfish around the island, so I am experimenting with preparations. That’s something I can’t do in Europe. We catch lionfish on this beautiful island and prepare it right here.”



For lionfish: Ask your local fishmonger to clean and filet the lionfish for you. Safe handling is a priority because lionfish spines are very sharp and venomous. Season filets with sea salt, then pan-fry in hot olive oil on the skin side until crispy. Flip filet onto other side and fry for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and set aside. For Caribbean ratatouille: Heat pan with a small amount of olive oil. Fry half of the onion and half of the garlic. Add the plantain, then the remaining vegetables. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside. For sweet potato: Boil potato until soft. Take out and dry on paper towels. Pan fry in unsalted butter. Season with sea salt and set aside. For chimichurri oil: Blend parsley, remaining garlic, remaining onion, olive oil, salt and pepper in blender. On each plate, form a circle of Caribbean ratatouille, then top with a lionfish filet. Plate sweet potato beside the ratatouille, then drizzle chimichurri oil over plate.

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Take Me Away

Escape your everyday routine and experience self-discovery during a yoga retreat. BY ELISE DIAMANTINI

Left: Open-air meditation session in Nicaragua during a Yoga for Bad People retreat. Right: Scenes from the juice cleanse retreat in Montauk, NY.

YOGA FOR BAD PEOPLE Don’t be alarmed by the name: Yoga for Bad People is bad in a really good way. This traveling retreat company is the brainchild of NYC-based yoga instructors Heather Lilleston and Katelin Sisson, who provide guests with the perfect combination of yoga asana, meditation and fun-filled activities in beautiful settings all over the world. Lilleston describes the retreats as “not too much granola, not too much discipline, but just enough structure to give you an outline within which your own personal flavor of R & R can flourish. We like to think we have mastered the art of having a good time, rather than mastered the handstand or shoving our feet behind our heads. That can be fun too, but mainly we want the experience to feel inclusive.” Yoga for Bad People travels the globe to find gorgeous locations in countries like Nicaragua, Brazil, even Cuba. Yogis on retreat can expect a led meditation in the morning followed by a vinyasa yoga class, brunch, midday activities (like tanning, surfing, hiking, shopping, relaxing, etc.), an evening yoga class (generally more restorative), dinner and then time to chill out or explore the city’s nightlife. Yoga classes are focused on alignment and therapy, and as Lilleston says, “The practice reflects and balances out the

group dynamic, personal needs and the local environment, as well as offers a physical challenge. We make sure to give plenty of hands-on assists throughout a class. Led meditations are always optional, but those who have committed to them for the duration of the retreat have often been able to continue the practice at home.” Another thing that makes Yoga for Bad People unique is the music. Lilleston and Sisson say you’ll hear anything from Outkast to Cat Power to Led Zeppelin to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. “It’s not uncommon for the vibe of the class to feel like you have one foot on the mat and one foot on the dance floor,” she explains. “Bottom line: we like to have a good time.”

LUXYOGA Imagine this: an all-inclusive retreat at a private villa in the South of France with two daily yoga classes taught by master instructors, a personal chef who cooks delicious food using healthy local ingredients, and luxurious personalized service. When you book a LuxYoga retreat, this scenario becomes your reality. Benjamin Sears, who is trained in Bikram, Forrest and Dharma Mittra yoga, as well as meditation and pranayama, created LuxYoga as a high-quality yoga immersion and luxury vacation. “We offer a yoga



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program where teachers get to know the students in a space where they will reflect and grow,” explains Sears. “Plus, it’s really nice to do some challenging yoga and know that after the class our concierge will be waiting with fresh-pressed juice and a beautiful lunch. This is a deep yoga retreat for real people. We want to create not only a vacation, but a transformative experience. We try to get people to dig a deep well and really enjoy themselves.” Each retreat, specializing in either Bikram or vinyasa yoga, has no more than 15 people and two expert teachers. In addition to daily classes, students can attend in-depth workshops—photo analysis, lectures and clinics—that provide a deeper understanding of the practice. All levels are welcome, from beginners who want to learn more to certified teachers who want to refine their knowledge. “We want to make people feel safe and



xotic Yoga Retreats is exactly what its name implies: vacations with an emphasis on yoga in non-touristy locations, where students can experience “luxury travel, blending yoga and inner discovery with sensory experiences of visual beauty, healthy sumptuous cuisine, cultural enrichment and outdoor adventure.” Founder Gayle Olson, author of The Yoga and Fitness Guide for Women, is also a 20-year veteran teacher of vinyasa, Iyengar and Hatha yoga styles. She personally scouts locations in order to provide guests with “a deeply relaxing and inspiring setting [in which] to unwind, enjoy a little healthy indulgence, connect with themselves, with nature and with other interesting people from around the world: to enjoy simple pleasures in life, wrapped in a little luxury!” Upcoming 2015 retreats include trips to Croatia, Bali, Bhutan and Provence. Practicing handstands in Cambodia on an Exotic Yoga Retreat.

Yogis sharing a locally sourced meal during a LuxYoga retreat in the South of France.

“We want to create not only a vacation, but a transformative experience.” comfortable, and offer them a way of life that they can re-create at home. We do journaling exercises and meditation to promote self-reflection. And while I care about the asana and I want people to improve, I’m more concerned with people than poses. The poses are just tools to help people.” Sears says that while each activity at LuxYoga is optional, guests are typically inspired to take part in every aspect of the retreat. “And it’s not a Kumbaya situation, it’s a really special experience: yoga facilitates the bonds people make, but the bonds are not forced. It just happens that people form lasting friendships.” In addition to the quality of yoga and small classes, Sears says something that sets LuxYoga apart is the convivial atmosphere of the villa. “For example, our concierge will remember if someone likes mint tea and pick fresh mint flowers for them. “And the villa itself is something you have to see to believe. We have this incredible unobstructed view of the French Riviera. I wanted to create my ideal vacation: practice yoga in a beautiful place and share wonderful meals with soulful people.”

Accommodations are luxurious, whether guests lodge in a boutique hotel, a lavish sailboat or an extravagant villa; food and wine is always local and organic. Yoga classes are intimate (eight to 12 students) with lots of hands-on adjustments by Olson and her experienced instructors. She describes a typical day: “Mornings begin with fresh juice, a cappuccino or a healing Ayurvedic tea, depending on where we are in the world. A morning serenity walk on a tropical beach, in lavender fields, or through the rolling hills of Tuscany invites you to savor the tranquility and rejuvenating power of nature. We meet for yoga around 8 a.m., followed by a well-earned farm-to-table brunch on a beautiful terrace. Afternoons are for beach lounging, cultural excursions or other adventures. On touring retreats, there may be only one yoga class each day, with stretches along the way. But on most, we have sunset restorative, pranayama and meditation practices. Evenings are pure magic, as we savor the simple luxury of a healthy gourmet meal with fine wine and wonderful company!” Pure magic indeed.



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The view from the lounge attached to one of the suites at Amangiri makes the desert seem like a private space. Below: Coffee is always available for early risers on the Ecoventura yachts in the Galapagos Islands.



t its best, eco-friendly travel makes every day feel like the world is new. Full immersion in an exotic natural environment makes every sound clearer, every smell sweeter, every sight sharper, every taste more delicious. At the destinations below, getting away becomes a journey of coming home to the senses.


CRUISE THE GALAPAGOS WITH ECOVENTURA The arc of the sun and rise and fall of the tides measure the days as Ecoventura’s luxury motor yachts cruise the Galápagos Islands. The volcanic

archipelago straddling the equator 400 miles west of Ecuador stands outside human time. Under the tutelage of two naturalists per 10-cabin vessel, a one-week voyage is an intimate engagement with the planet’s least-spoiled corner. When you see the lay of the islands from atop a volcanic cinder cone, you immediately grasp the archipelago’s violent birth. Other hikes across black lava moonscapes to sandy coves reveal the resilience of bird and animal life. Protected since 1959 as a national park, every ecological niche of the islands is inhabited by creatures that view human intruders as a curiosity rather than a threat. You stare roosting seabirds in the eye, and watch blue-footed boobies in their comic courtship dance. Male frigate




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In Galapagos, unconcerned sea lions let photographers snap their portraits with abandon.

Sunsets (and sunrises) are spectacular in the Galapagos Islands.

The step pool at the spa at Amangiri glows in the falling light of dusk.

The giant tortoises of the Galapagos Islands are one of the region’s endangered species.

All the bungalows at Lapa Rios in Costa Rica are constructed of thatch.

The foot hue of bluebirds nearly roll over footed boobies varies by backwards on their nests, individual. incapacitated by the red chest pouches they have inflated to lure a mate. The strange creatures inhabit their own Garden of Eden. Sea lions bask on the beach nursing their pups, flightless cormorants literally “neck” as they court, giant tortoises lumber through highland meadows, and bright red Sally Lightfoot crabs skitter across black rocks in the surf. Park rules forbid touching the wildlife, but no one has told the sea lions not to waddle over to sniff a human’s toes. (Their whiskers tickle.)

Strange creatures inhabit their own Garden of Eden.


COSTA RICA ESCAPE AT LAPA RIOS Lapa Rios Ecolodge crouches where Central America’s last lowland rainforest meets the beach in Costa Rica. A model of ecologically sensitive tourism since 1993, the main lodge and 16 thatched bungalows nestle in the forest overlooking the ocean. Scarlet macaws chatter from branches and tree frogs sing all night, reminding you that Lapa Rios is the human exception in a 930-acre private nature reserve. More than 300 species of birds have been logged at Lapa Rios and birders seek the glint of feathers, the flurry of flight and the burble of song

to add to their life lists. Guided hikes in the rainforest uncover exotic flora and fauna—from more than 200 species of orchids to nectar-licking kinkajous, distant relatives of the raccoon. For a complete immersion in the rainforest experience, join an off-site excursion into the wild river canyon of El Remanso to spend an afternoon rappeling down a series of four waterfalls.


THE PURIFYING DESERT AT AMANGIRI For thousands of years, people have sought enlightenment and rejuvenation in the purifying spareness of the desert. Amangiri, which means “peaceful mountain,” hunkers down in a southern Utah desert valley looking south at Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Blending into the raw landscape of bluffs and mesas with an architecture as minimal as a whispered mantra, the resort is constructed around a swimming pool oasis. After a day of hiking amid hoodoos and step-rocks, retreat to the 25,000-square-foot spa, where hot stone massage and body treatments aim to restore the Navajo concept of Hozho, which translates as “beauty, harmony, balance and health.” To encourage meditation, daily group yoga classes are offered in the light-flooded yoga pavilion. But nothing so brightens the spirit as escaping the resort’s circle of illumination at night to commune with a dark desert sky awash with stars.



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Tammy Fender wants to care for your skin—and for you. BY JILLIAN LAROCHELLE


hile studying for her college degree in psychology, Tammy Fender took a job behind a cosmetics counter and was astonished at the number of chemicals being used in even the most well respected skin care products. She began training as an esthetician and blending her own products, using natural herbs and essential oils, in her kitchen. The lovingly handmade treatments quickly gained a word-of-mouth following, and she began doing facials at several luxury spas within Florida. In 2002, she opened her own atelier and spa, Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care, in West Palm Beach. Here, we interview the sweet and soulful Fender about her namesake skin care line and her philosophy for holistic living. Tell us about how Tammy Fender Holistic Skin Care came to be. I have been intuitively drawn toward a holistic lifestyle since childhood. I’ve always had a really strong desire for people to be happy and achieve wellbeing. Even when I was working behind a cosmetics counter I would think, “What are they buying? Does it work or do they just think it works?” So then I started researching ingredients. I decided to become an esthetician to learn more about the skin and find out how these ingredients were affecting it. I began over 25 years ago, long before organic and natural became the buzzwords in the industry.

My training has largely been in botany and aromatherapy. It’s not necessarily an area of study that you go to one school for, but I’ve taken many different courses in this country and abroad. I spent time in France doing informal training with a woman who had a spa there. I’ve spent time in New Zealand and Fiji working with the indigenous medicine men and women, learning how to heal the body and the mind through natural sources. Wherever my travels take me, I have a tendency to study the healing properties of the plant life there. My products were born from a desire to serve my clientele in the most healing and nurturing way. How do you explain the renewed focus on healthy lifestyles? People are once again practicing yoga, choosing organic foods, turning to holistic medicine…. In our fast-changing world, we’re all craving what sustains us and brings us peace, joy and vitality. I love to say that were human beings and not human doings. Everyone is searching for a way to slow down and bring balance back to our lives. What treatment would you recommend to someone visiting your spa for the first time? Our Holistic Custom Facial is the ultimate experience in beauty and healing.



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We recommend it [in conjunction] with reflexology because when there’s someone at the crown chakra and someone at the base chakra at the same time, there’s an energy balancing that takes place. This is caring for the well-being of the skin and body at once. The oils and herbs that the client selects upon arrival are utilized within both treatments, so it’s completely tailored to each individual.

What’s the biggest skin care mistake you see people making today? It’s important to recognize that the skin is a living organ and that what you put on it permeates to the cellular level. You always want to use products that nourish. Avoid chemicals when possible and don’t fall into the trap of over-cleansing and over-exfoliating.

Tell us about the selection process and the power of aromatherapy. When someone comes into the spa, we offer them a collection of herbs and oils to sit with prior to going into the treatment room. All plants give off either masculine or feminine hormones, and each oil has different physical and psychological healing properties. The oils a person is drawn to might indicate that certain parts of the body need extra healing energy. On an emotional level, if someone is tired they’re probably going to choose a stimulating oil in order to bring life back into balance. It’s an excellent diagnostic tool.

What’s your makeup routine? Personally, I don’t wear any. I like to let the beauty of the skin shine through and live in that space of natural freedom. If you use makeup, use it minimally and only to enhance your best features. Allow your natural skin to glow. I think we can get away from thinking everything needs to be so perfect…. Healthy and natural is beautiful.

How do men’s skincare needs differ from women’s? My products can be used by both men and women, depending on each individual’s needs. Men’s skin in general is thicker, so it ages more slowly. But they have more irritation from shaving, and their skin tends to be oilier, so they usually need more deep cleaning and purifying. Women are more sensitive with thinner skin, so for them it’s all about nourishing and anti-aging. The best forms of anti-aging originate from natural ingredients: rose is the most powerful at cell renewal. Avocado butter permeates the skin to replace nutrients, which is healing and anti-aging. Are your products FDA approved? Yes, always. They go through all the clinical testing and trials, but they are 100 percent botanical. The products are also handmade. We use food-grade instead of cosmetic-grade ingredients, since the processing of cosmeticgrade ingredients (they are often heated and/or cut with a solvent) decreases their therapeutic value. In our products you’re getting the livingmost parts of the plant in the most natural form possible.

What kind of diet and exercise complements your skin care regimen? Eating things in their most natural state is going to give the highest nutritional value. I’m a big believer in juicing, because it gets those fresh nutrients and enzymes directly to the bloodstream. Obviously when you can do it locally and organic, it’s even better. Stretching and increasing circulation is very important too. I love Pilates, yoga and dance. Dancing creates a freeness. Your mind isn’t necessarily guided in a certain way. We’re always told what we should and shouldn’t do, but when you dance, you’re expressing freedom. What’s next for Tammy Fender? We’re working on so many different things at the moment: growing our retail division with The Breakers, continuing to be a pioneer in holistic skincare, keeping up with demand and figuring out how to expand into global markets. I’m excited to grow into a holistic lifestyle brand. Most of all, we want to continue caring for the person as a whole. I never thought of starting and growing a company; it all just happened from me living my passion. And the best part is getting to see how that passion has benefited others.

FENDER’S PHILOSOPHY “Yin and Yang are the foundations of holistic medicine. Sometimes we all feel a little out of balance, whether it’s because of emotional stress, overworking ourselves, or not nourishing ourselves. My opinion is that the mind and body intuitively urge us to create balance. When you’re eating junk food all the time, the body is going to start craving healthy food. If you’re constantly in front of a computer trying to keep up with your workload, you’re going to crave a yoga class. But to recognize these signals we need awareness. “We must remember that all cells need nutrients and oxygen to thrive. This is where plants are so phenomenal. Plant oils and herbs provide the life force. The skin is a living organism, and it’s amazing because it has the ability to regenerate and to repair itself. It’s also an eliminating organ: when things are out of balance in the body, they’ll start to be pushed out through the skin. “Holistic skin care is all about awareness and prevention. You should be intuitive about what your needs are—not what anyone tells you they are. We have different personalities and different genetic make-ups, so each person is different. Our minds and bodies will tell us what we need to know if we just listen. “We can live in health and peace, even if there is a lot of chaos around us. When we find that inner peace within, it radiates out. That’s what beauty is.”





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Right: Chenoweth’s 2014 CD release of career favorites.



Kristin Chenoweth’s big voice and bright smile have been lighting up stages and screens for decades. BY BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON


hat Kristin Chenoweth lacks in height she makes up for in vocal power, acting ability and fashion sense. The 4'11'', 46-year-old superstar has thrilled Broadway audiences with her work in such shows as You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (which earned her a Tony), Wicked and Promises, Promises. She’s also a frequent TV and film actress, best known for her roles as Annabeth in The West Wing, Courtney in Four Christmases, Olive Snook in Pushing Daisies (for which she won an Emmy) and April in Glee. And did we mention she regularly sells out concert halls and major arenas? Last fall, Chenoweth released her latest CD, Coming Home, a concert version of which also aired as a PBS special. She’s currently appearing on Broadway opposite Peter Gallagher as



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From top: Chenoweth in The Good Wife; with Peter Gallagher in On the Twentieth Century; in Glee; as Glinda the Good in Wicked.

tempestuous 1930s film star Lily Garland in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of the hit musical On the Twentieth Century. Accent recently caught up with Chenoweth to chat about her career, her fashion choices and her favorite pieces of jewelry. The character of Lily Garland in On the Twentieth Century has long been on your radar. How does it feel to finally get the chance to portray her on Broadway? It’s definitely been on my bucket list. The composers, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, told me before they passed away that I was the next rightful owner of that role. I’ve always kept that in the back of my mind, and it seemed like now the time was right. And here I am doing it! I’m very nervous, because it’s a difficult score to sing, and there’s some major physical comedy. When you play a character like Lily, who is a bit of a diva, which parts of your personality do you draw from? I guess there is strength in me that I can only see at times when I’m being pushed to the limit, and Lily is a push-to-thelimit type of character. And vocally she’s a soprano, so that is right in my wheelhouse. The character you’re best known for may be Glinda from Wicked. Do you ever get tired of singing songs from that show at your concerts? Sometimes I wonder if the audience really wants to hear Popular again, but they prove me wrong every time. They always do! How did you choose which songs to record for Coming Home? It’s a culmination of songs I’ve been singing my whole life, so it’s more of a career record. Gospel music is a big part of my life, so I included a song I grew up singing, Little Sparrow, which is a tribute to Dolly Parton. There’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow, which I’ve been singing since I was itty-bitty. And I Could’ve Danced All Night from My Fair Lady shows my vocal training. Everything I do is represented on that album. What are your favorite things to do off-stage? When I need to get away, I like to go to Cabo San Lucas and lie by the pool and drink margaritas and hang out and eat. I also like to just stay in bed and watch TV. Tell us about your sense of fashion, both in real life and on the red carpet. I keep it pretty simple. I think simple is better when you’re petite. And I like to mix and match. If I get a dress from Zara, then I’ll pair it with Christian Louboutin shoes. Do you have a surefire look for attracting attention? I don’t think cleavage ever hurts. How do you use jewelry to complete a look, and what are some of your favorite pieces? I don’t do a lot of big jewelry unless I’m on stage. Personally, I like smaller stacked necklaces and rings. I have a brand-new pair of broken arrow earrings that my friends gave me knowing I’m from a little town in Oklahoma called Broken Arrow, so currently those are my favorite. Have you inherited any family jewelry heirlooms that mean something particularly special to you? There is a black onyx ring that my grandma had. She gave it to my mom and my mom, not too long ago, gave it to me. That’s one of my prized possessions. So is another ring that my grandma had throughout her life; it’s an opal with diamonds around it. Those are the kind of things on which you can’t put a monetary value.



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wore a black and white diamond ring to an Art Basel party in Miami.

wore a pear shaped diamond ring to the Emmys.

wore a starburst ring to the Emmys.

THE RED CARPET Take a cue from these decorated digits and ring in spring! BY JILLIAN LAROCHELLE


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triumph & tragedy

Gary Player won the 1965 U.S. Open Championship, but Phil Mickelson missed his chance in 2006.

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Gary Player celebrated at Bellerive in 1965.





t’s one of the most demanding athletic showcases in the world, where unshakable endurance and remarkable precision are all-important. The U.S. Open Championship, which will be held in June, this year at Chambers Bay near Tacoma, Washington, has long been a proving ground for the world’s best golfers. Every year since the first Open, in 1895 at the Newport Country Club in Rhode Island, legends have been inspired by brave men battling ankle-high rough, dramatically contoured fairways and unnervingly fast greens. “The Open was my most coveted title because it’s such a grueling test, and it consistently offers special moments in the game’s history,” says 1965 Open champion Gary Player. “Open courses are so physically and mentally demanding that handling the terrific pressure is essential to winning—and that requires a combination of patience and precision.” Although the Open is especially merciless (maybe because of it), many of the game’s most inspirational moments have taken place during this United States Golf Association-staged event. Only last year at Pinehurst, Martin Kaymer ran away from the field by shooting a nine-under par 271, the third lowest score ever. It was a triumph reminiscent of three-time champion Tiger Woods’ stunning 12-under par performance at Pebble Beach in 2000, and Rory McIlroy’s blistering 16-under 2011 conquest of Congressional. Staging his own heroics in 1990, Hale Irwin, at age 45, became the oldest man ever to claim the title. His uplifting win belied the great Walter Hagen’s remark about a typical U.S. Open course: “It makes duffers of us all.” Few golf aficionados can forget how “The People’s Champion” Phil Mickelson turned victory into defeat at New York’s Winged Foot Golf Club in 2006. Trying to carve a three-iron around a tree to buttress his one-stroke lead, Mickelson hit a branch, only managing to advance his ball a mere 25 yards. Obviously dismayed, he subsequently plopped the ball into a bunker, and later rued, “What an idiot I am!” As Rolex, one of the tournament’s chief sponsors, suggests, Open golfers who do achieve a win become “witnesses to history,” masters of “impossible physics on the most hallowed grounds.” They display the same boldness and passion that make Rolex an iconic watch brand, so it’s no wonder that Rolex is irrevocably linked with greatness. Emphasizing Rolex’s preeminence in watches as well as the integrity of the brand, John Green, president and CEO of Lux Bond & Green, says, “Our clients see Rolex wearers like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Roger Federer striving for excellence, and they too want to own a Rolex. These are the world’s greatest athletes, so buyers want what they want: the absolute best.”

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guy style Stephen Webster for STEPHEN WEBSTER “Ceramic has been around for a while in the watch world and I wanted to work out how to incorporate it into our men’s jewelry. It’s inexpensive but it still looks substantial and feels good. After about three years, our Ceramic Link collection is finally ready. The idea is you invest in the clasp, which we’re making in rose, yellow and blackened gold with various

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gemstones. My favorite designs include the Revolutionary, the Churchill and the HALF

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“This has been our best year yet for men’s; we’re

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our very talented men’s designer, Nicolas Robert. Men are really getting comfortable buying jewelry, as long as it’s something cool with an interesting story behind it. They love our pieces that incorporate mixed materials, like metals with leather. They don’t want to overspend, and most of all, the pieces need to be comfortable. They should be simple, sleek and easy to clasp. “We recently introduced a highly polished

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bracelet, which we’ve made more flat and rectangular, less chunky than in the past.

enough that guys can buy it in different colorways; we have manly options like oxblood, gunmetal gray and matte black. There are different widths available, but chunkier seems to be more popular at the moment. “Our designs are never basic, but you could say they’re moving in a more classic-clean direction, with the interest coming from MIXING MATERIALS (like leather, mother of pearl and black sapphires with various metals) rather than novelty designs.

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us. (I wear them every day even though I spend a lot of my

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Bali as well. It has been a huge success at all of the trunk shows and personal appearances where I’ve shown it.”

Evan Yurman for DAVID YURMAN “I admire men who take risks with their choices in terms of accessories. Layering pieces to create a signature look really resonates with me. I also appreciate collectors: men who accumulate and wear their jewelry like talismans to remind them of special places and times in their lives. When designing for women, the first thing we ask ourselves is ‘Is it beautiful?’ With men, we find ourselves asking ‘Is it interesting?’ We look for innovative materials, unusual techniques and design motifs steeped in history. “I’m most excited about our FACETED

METAL collection. The inspiration came from a high jewelry piece that we created out of platinum to mimic the

facets of a remarkably cut diamond. We took this idea of applying a stone-cutting technique to metal and created bold, tailored pieces that seamlessly blend sterling silver and gold. “We’re launching a collection called Heirloom in both green and BLACK

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used these stones. We have also introduced a limited run of Paraiba Tourmaline pavé into our Frontier collection. This stone is remarkable for its vibrant blue color and exceptional rarity.”




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worry over

The watch business is booming—and that’s got luxury brands determined to make sure watches can be produced and repaired in, well, a timely way. BY JACK FORSTER


watch can be many things: an heirloom, a tool, even a work of art. But what all watches have in common is that they’re machines, and like any machine, they need to be taken care of. Though most customers give little thought to maintenance when they buy their first watch, the purchase is actually the end of one story and the beginning of another—one that involves a lifetime relationship with whoever is going to keep the watch in good running order. Making sure there are enough watchmakers to go around is increasingly a challenge. Servicing even a simple watch means taking apart a tiny mechanism no bigger than a quarter, with hundreds of parts, without damaging anything. Then each part must be meticulously cleaned before the entire movement is reassembled, with the correct amount of lubricant applied to moving parts that, in some cases, are no bigger than the eye of a housefly. A properly serviced watch will also have its seals changed, to maintain the



water resistance it had when first sold. Then its performance has to be checked and the watch adjusted to within desired specifications before it can be released back to the customer. If it’s a complicated watch, the time necessary to service increases exponentially. For a vintage watch, finding replacement parts can require hours of detective work. Educating a new generation of luxury consumers to understand exactly how much goes into servicing a watch is an important step forward. Patek Philippe has had a service center in the United States for many years, and its U.S. president Larry Pettinelli says, “There’s no question that there is a need to educate clients about using qualified Above: watchmakers and what it takes to Watchmakers maintain a fine timepiece.” working at the Patek Philippe It’s demanding work, and a hurried Institute in watchmaker is a bad watchmaker. To Shanghai. clients used to getting a car sent in for repair back within a few days, it’s mystifying that it should take so long. The problem watch owners and watch brands alike are facing is that there just aren’t enough people around who know how to service a watch properly. It’s difficult enough when you’re trying to get a fairly simple, threehanded wristwatch cleaned and oiled; if you have something more complicated—a chronograph, perhaps, or something really challenging like a perpetual calendar or tourbillon—it’s critical to entrust the timepiece to one of the increasingly few skilled watchmakers around. Nobody wants to wait weeks or months to get a favorite watch back, and luxury brands know that since every watch they sell is going to need service sooner or later, something has to be done to fill the gap in trained watchmakers. Fortunately, progress towards this goal is being made.



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One of the biggest names in watchmaking, Rolex, is also one of the front-runners in making sure watches it sells are watches it can keep running. Here in the U.S., one of the best-equipped schools for watchmakers is the Lititz Watch Technicum in Lititz, Pennsylvania, launched by Rolex in 2000. The cost of tuition is entirely underwritten by Rolex and watchmakers there work in spotless, NASA cleanroomstyle facilities, using a combination of traditional tools and state-of-the-art equipment. Though most watchmaking Watchmakers programs teach servicing a watch rather than making one at work inside the Lititz from scratch, Technicum students must actually make their Watch own timepieces before graduation. Technicum. Still, the Technicum graduates only a handful of students each year. According to a story watch historian Stacy Perman wrote for Bloomberg, there were 43 watchmaking training programs in the U.S. Germany; it also has a partnership with the British School of Watchmaking in 1976, compared to only a dozen in 2006, when the story ran. And it’s not just in Manchester. The Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking School in the United an American problem. In countries like China, where boom economies have States (started in Seacaucus, NJ in 2005 and located in Miami since 2009) driven an explosion of watch sales, the difficulties in getting a watch serviced provides a comprehensive, 3,000-hour curriculum that gives graduates a can present a major headache to owners, and a crisis of confidence in brands. well-rounded understanding of both the theory and practice of he principal of the Lititz Watch Technicum, German-born Herman watchmaking. It even includes courses on time and physics, and the Mayer, traces the shortage in trained watchmakers to a global event: evolution of instruments for reckoning time. the advent of inexpensive quartz watches. Says Mayer, “Reduced Beat Aebi, head of Swatch Group Customer Service, says such training demand was caused by the quartz dominance starting from the late ’70s. is essential for the future of luxury watchmaking. “Our products are made That situation led to watchmaking losing its attraction as a field of to last a lifetime,” he says. “Many people come back to us and expect high employment. The full-fledged watchmaker as a professional had levels of service [for] watches that have been passed down from generation disappeared from the awareness of the general public by the time the to generation.” And though watchmaking as a profession is still an unusual renaissance of the mechanical high-end started.” choice, Aebi says that, increasingly, “Many students seek us out. It is a Companies with the ability to do so are taking steps to make up for the passion to become a watchmaker, and they have parents or grandparents shortfall. Patek Philippe, which despite a general slowdown in luxury watch who were watchmakers and have passed down the passion and skills.’’ sales continues to be one of the most ardently desired and passionately A few independent watchmaking programs also still exist. The collected watch brands in the world, has established watchmaking schools Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology has a program that’s one in Shanghai and Beijing, intended to train watchmakers in China to handle of the oldest in the country, having been established in 1946. The program the brand’s service needs there. offers an associate’s degree and enjoys the support of Rolex, which Patek Philippe’s New York service center is one of the most highly provides material (state-of-the-art equipment) and financial assistance. regarded in the United States. “The U.S. service center has been in existence Still, relieving the shortage will be a gradual process, since for decades,” says Pettinelli. “Our watchmakers are capable and trained at watchmakers can’t be trained overnight. The Patek Philippe program, for the highest level to work on the most complex timepieces. But minute instance, requires two years of training and 3,500 hours just to reach a level repeaters and tourbillons are sent back to Geneva so they can be addressed where Patek considers the trainee qualified to service quartz and simple in the workshop they were originally created in, oftentimes with the actual mechanical movements. The OSU program, one of the most highly watchmaker who created the timepiece.” Though Patek doesn’t yet have a regarded in the USA, graduated only six students last December. And while watchmaker’s school in the United States, Pettinelli says that there are basic training programs provide a solid foundation, it’s only the beginning. serious discussions underway to establish one—a logical extension of the Learning how to handle the really big guns of horological complexity— firm’s commitment to bringing top-level expertise to its local markets. repeaters, perpetual calendars, tourbillons—takes many more years, and The Richemont Group, which owns some of the world’s most there’s no way to rush the process. prestigious brands, including Cartier, IWC and Vacheron Constantin, Pettinelli remarks, “I don’t think we are yet at a crisis, but certainly there supports the schools known as the Institutes of Swiss Watchmaking, with is a growing realization that supply is not keeping up with demand.... The training centers in Dallas, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The Institute’s U.S. major issue regarding delayed watches is the lack of qualified watchmakers. campus, the North American Institute of Swiss Watchmaking, bases its For instance [Patek Philippe’s service center in New York] does 10,000 3,000-hour program on the curriculum set by WOSTEP (Watchmakers of repairs a year with only 20 watchmakers.” Switzerland Training and Education Program), the current industry standard Help, at least, is on the way, as more and more watch brands strive to for watchmaking schools seeking to offer students a comprehensive make sure that at least basic repairs can be taken care of more quickly. For general introduction to the craft. watch customers and collectors, it helps to remember that if you buy The Swatch Group, which owns Blancpain, Breguet and Omega, among something meant to last a lifetime, it’s worth taking a little extra time to others, has a total of six watchmaking schools worldwide: in Shanghai, care for it—and worth appreciating the skill and dedication it takes to be a Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Miami, and Glashütte and Pforzheim in watchmaker.




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y 101-year-old Grandma Estelle and I have long played hand games together—a simple, tender way to enjoy each other’s presence. My favorite isn’t actually a game, but more a looting of my Bubbeleh’s jewelry—a way to get her rings off her fingers and onto my own. The seven rings she wears fit loosely, yet the hurdle of knotted knuckles, inevitable casualties of arthritis, slow the removal process. “Uh-uh! Let me do it,” she insists, pulling at a ring, wetting it with her saliva until it slides off. Once all are off, a pile of storied little treasures for me to play with; I curate them across my own fingers. First is always a sapphire ring accented with diamonds. “My birthstone,” she explains (again). “September 11th. You know, that day didn’t always mean what it does now. “Grandpa gave me this one.” A simple white gold band that’s now mine, which I stack daily on my finger. “One of my wedding bands…the first one. Grandpa proposed many times. I played hard to get. “I was a goody-goody. Always, always did as my mother asked. Not like you. I never did what I wanted. I had wanted to be a nurse you know: I like to comfort people.” Although my Grandma talks of this shy, timid girl she claims to still be, this is not the woman I know. “Ach, I’m just an actress and the world is my stage!” she balks, responding to my adoring compliments. “No one wants to hear what this old biddy has to say.” Yet ripe with opinion (she’s a voracious reader of both The Washington Post and The Washington Jewish Week), my Bubbeleh never hesitates to dish gems of wisdom, discussing politics and foreign policy with the same fervor she uses to deliver opinions about Bette Midler, Oprah, Judge Judy and her favorite, Dr. Oz. “This-a one was my mother’s…her wedding ring,” she continues, twisting at a large asymmetrical ring. It’s platinum with three large settings for diamonds, yet only two diamonds remain in place. One disappeared long ago and was never replaced.

I learned to appreciate platinum, black diamonds, rose and white gold from my Bubbeleh. But accessorizing with sentiment rather than status is what dazzles her. While she inspired my predilection for the fine and rare, what she treasures more than those seven stacked rings—which I’m certain she sleeps and bathes with—are the memories they inspire. “This-a one I bought myself,” she says proudly, admiring the thick gold 1940s ring with a clustered setting of tiny diamond chips. “This one here, it’s from your mom and dad. A garnet, I think.” Her other jewelry BY SHIRA LEVINE has evolved with her age. Her drawers were once filled with glittery gemstones: extraordinary clip-on earrings, the half-dozen other engagement rings. These now sit in a safe deposit box, replaced by little boxes housing various contemporary pieces I’ve brought her from my travels to Istanbul, Singapore, Cusco and Capetown. Her idea of what money buys is far from reality. “Please, don’t tell me you spent more than $25 on that!” she says to everything I’ve ever given her. Even Mikimoto and Cartier gifts elicit a practical truth: “Where will I wear it? To the loo?” Dropping the last ring, of mysterious origin (“Am I supposed to remember everything?”) into my hand, nails newly painted gold (by me), Queen Levine rises from her rocking throne. Sporting a drugstore tiara and bejeweled necklace, she curtsies and announces dramatically that she’s “off to the loo....”

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Music and travel play important roles in Lulu and Isaac’s relationship. They met during graduate student orientation week at the Eastman School of Music. Lulu had returned to Rochester from Guatemala, and Isaac had just moved to town from Philadelphia. Isaac says the moment they knew they were meant to be was on a picnic in Highland Park. “We packed a beautiful picnic basket, found a secluded spot under the shade of a tree, and spent hours eating, laughing, talking and falling deeper in love,” he shares. Isaac worked closely with Judy Fishgold of Mann’s Jewelers, who rushed a Mikimoto pearl engagement ring delivery in order for Isaac to have it in time for a trip to France. The couple went to Paris to audition for the Atelier Lyrique at the Opéra National de Paris, and while there Isaac proposed to Lulu at the top of the Eiffel Tower. They will travel to Antigua, Guatemala in August 2017 to tie the knot.

Lauren and Jay can thank Good Luck restaurant for their initial meeting. He sent her a drink from across the bar, and the two hit it off as friends before they started dating. Jay’s elaborate proposal included recorded video clues that took Lauren on a limo tour of Rochester, on which she met up with a close friend and family members at several of the couple’s favorite spots. The final clue brought her to the first apartment they shared, where Jay proposed on the porch. A surprise celebration back at Good Luck, where their love story began, completed the night. When it came to selecting an engagement ring, Jay and Lauren say they simply felt comfortable at Mann’s Jewelers. “The consultative and family-like atmosphere made it the clear choice for us,” says Lauren. The two will wed in November at St. Margaret Mary’s, followed by a reception at Irondequoit Country Club.

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Ohio natives Stacy and Corey met in a beach volleyball league. His eye was not only on the ball, but also on Stacy, who served as one of the referees for his games. Following a dinner date, the pair instantly felt as if they had been best friends all their lives, and in 2013, they moved from the Midwest to Webster, NY. The couple knew they wanted to establish a long-term relationship with a jeweler, and after visiting an exhaustive number of area stores, they say that Mann’s Jewelers provided an experience unmatched by any others. “When it came time for me to purchase the setting and diamond, the relationship I had formed with Tim Silva-Duffy allowed me to exceed Stacy’s dreams; he guided me through putting together a timeless piece,” says Corey. Following a scenic winter proposal in Ellison Park, complete with a horse-drawn sleigh ride, Corey and Stacy are planning a May 2016 wedding at the Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, Ohio.

In Courtney and Lucas’s love story, the loss of a cell phone resulted in the gain of an engagement ring! When Courtney’s phone went missing after a motorcycle trip from Syracuse to Rochester, the couple headed to the AT&T store at Eastview Mall. Lucas, who had always teased Courtney about getting engaged, noticed that Mann’s Jewelers was having its annual Wedding Band Weekend and decided to pop into the store for a look. When he didn’t return 20 minutes later, Courtney was surprised to find him happily sipping a beer and picking out an engagement ring. It would be another mall—this time Destiny USA, where the Syracuse couple regularly spends time dining, catching comedy shows and visiting other hot spots—that would serve as the location where Lucas would propose to Courtney during dinner. Lucas and Courtney, who first met at work, will say “I do” at the Dibbles Inn in Verona, NY in May 2016.

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orraine DePasque has a passion for jewelry: she’s been writing about it for most of her career and for many years in this magazine. So her recent appointment as’s first-ever wedding bands and engagement rings expert comes as no surprise. Here, we chat with her about her new position and about the basics of buying bridal rings. Congrats on the new job! We always knew you were an expert… Thank you! has roughly 900 experts, but I’m the first to specialize in engagement rings and wedding bands, which became a separate category on the site this past November. What are some of your favorite topics? I recently wrote about platinum, black diamonds and eco-friendly jewelry. Social responsibility is huge with the bridal demographic: they care about ethical sourcing, reclaimed metals, recycled materials, sustainability, etc. What’s the hottest trend in engagement rings for 2015? White metal is still number one, meaning platinum of course, but also white gold (14K and 18K). Yellow gold has also been trending for the past year or so, and estate jewelry is a growing piece of the business. There’s also more interest in natural colored diamonds (thanks to celebrity preferences) and even other colored gemstones. When Prince William presented Kate with his mother’s sapphire engagement ring, it was all about blue; this year, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Marsala, so rubies— equally as durable as sapphires—should be newly popular. How about diamond cuts: what’s popular now? Round is still the top trending cut: perhaps 80 percent of the business, followed by cushion cuts, followed by squares. But some of the older cuts, especially marquises and pear shapes, are starting to come back. The other continuing trend is halos: everything from a single halo around any cut stone, a multi-halo, or even an intricate floral halo. How are the trends evolving? It’s interesting. I learn a lot about consumer preferences from Pinterest, and when I recently posted two modern engagement rings (both platinum

with round diamond center stones, one tension set), the response was overwhelming. So while the majority of women have been leaning toward classic or retro, there’s a definite trend emerging toward contemporary. Another observation: this generation wants special, even customized, wedding jewelry. I truly believe there’s a special ring for everyone, which is why I love what I do. If there’s a particular way you’d like to customize your ring, talk with your jeweler about it; this is what they do every day and they can offer suggestions on personalization. What about trends in wedding bands? Personally, I like wraps if you plan to wear your band on the same finger as your engagement ring. But I’m seeing more and more women buying a slim band that may or may not match the engagement ring, especially if they plan on wearing that on the right hand. And women are putting other slim bands of all kinds on their jewelry wish lists, so their husband knows exactly what to buy for their first anniversary, birth of their first child, or even a birthday. Then you can stack them all with your wedding band, creating a dramatic right-hand ring! The whole stackable ring fashion look has sparked this trend, and it’s not going away anytime soon. Buying jewelry online is a controversial issue: what’s your opinion? While the internet is okay for research (but don’t believe everything you read!), I’d never suggest buying wedding jewelry online. There are so many elements that go into a ring; if you don’t work with a reputable jeweler, so much could go wrong. I’ve heard horror stories about chipped stones, stones that don’t line up, stones that don’t reflect light, insecure settings. So my best advice is to form a relationship with a trustworthy jeweler, a real person (or family) who’s been around awhile and who stands behind their work. After all, it’s the most important purchase you’ll ever make, a reflection of your personal style, and something you’ll be looking at every day of your life. Don’t risk it! For more information on wedding jewelry, check out or





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enhances wine or cocktails, but there’s no doubt a heavy-cut crystal whisky glass or big red wine glass enhances our perception of the drink. Texture also plays a significant role: granular sugar is a plus on the rim of a Sidecar, but a minus in the drink (where liquid simple syrup is often used instead). Sound: People underestimate how much sound influences experience. To play with this sense, British bartender Tony Conigliaro experimented by serving the same drink against two different soundtracks (classical and techno), resulting in completely different tasting notes from attendees. Sense of Place: Terroir is a French word which suggests that wine, in particular, is influenced by soil, microclimates and even the personality of the winemaker. But we also experience a sense of context; visiting a winery or distillery can actually make the product taste “better,” because you now have a connection to the producer. A specific cocktail can induce memories of a perfect date or a great travel experience. Sense of Balance: Equilibrioception, regulated by the inner ear, is severely hampered by consuming too much alcohol. But there’s another sense of balance: one of balance in your cocktail, where all the elements— sweet and sour, alcohol and sugar, fruit and savory—come together perfectly. Learning to identify a balanced drink (or what a drink is lacking) goes a long way toward creating ideal food pairings. It even turns out that senses can do double duty. Synesthesia crosses wires, and allows those with that neurological condition to “hear” colors and “see” sounds. To some degree, we all do it: Green means “go” and fast food restaurants decorate in bright colors to make people hungrier and eat faster. Get to know your senses and how they work, and you’ll enjoy your drinking and dining experience in a whole new way.





f someone asks what senses are involved when you’re sipping a glass of wine or a cocktail, the correct answer is “all of them.” Taste, smell and sight are all pretty obvious. But touch (mouth feel, a chilled glass), sound (the bubbles in the glass, the crack and tumble of ice) and more come into play to truly round out your drinking experience. It turns out we rely on far more than five senses (maybe as many as 21) to make sense of the world. Thermoception, for example—our sense of hot and cold—turns out to be a completely different thing than our sense of touch. When it comes to enjoying a glass of wine or a cocktail, understanding how our senses interact goes a long way to understanding why we like or don’t like a particular food or drink. “Dimmer lighting in a bar can mask colors and aesthetics, causing the imbiber to rely on aromas, texture and flavors to engage with the drink,” says Pamela Wiznitzer, president of the New York branch of the U.S. Bartenders Guild and an M.S. candidate in food science at NYU. “Similarly, the sounds of cracking ice and shaking and straining a cocktail can cause a Pavlovian sensation. Bars that elevate the background music may drown out that component, leaving the guest with visual stimulation as the only option. It’s one reason why drinks at brightly lit rooftop and pool bars tend to rely on vivid colors and wild garnishes, while cocktail lounges emphasize complex, savory ingredients.” Sight: “Blind” tastings can be taken to an extreme at restaurants that offer “dining in the dark” options. A few years ago, Wiznitzer crafted a deconstructed Pisco Sour cocktail featuring reduced lime syrup and gelled pisco “pearls.” Guests put the drink together on their palate in total darkness for a new experience. Smell: An old trick has you pinch your nose shut to learn that an onion and an apple taste the same. Somewhere between 70 and 90 percent of what we “taste” actually happens with our olfactory nerves. Opus One winemaker Michael Salacci hires a parfumist to lead sensory training sessions and provide an outside opinion while blending the brand’s iconic Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine. Taste: The old “tongue map” (sweet at the tip of the tongue, salty on the sides, etc.) has been largely debunked by science. But it does turn out that different chemical reactions are responsible for differing tastes. Wired magazine’s August 2014 What’s Inside column noted that for the popular hot sauce sriracha, capsaicinoids in spicy peppers bind to TRPV1 receptors in nerve endings conveying touch, temperature and pain, while salt is probably interacting with ion channels in your taste buds. Touch: There’s a lot of debate on whether the “right” glassware actually



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