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FineLifestyles SUMMER 2017 | VOLUME 3 ISSUE 2

SLEEP & DREAM The Art of Achieving a Good Night’s Sleep

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HOW TO BUY NATIVE ART WITH INTEGRITY NEW FACEBOOK DATA CENTER BRINGS PROSPERITY TO NEW MEXICO LOCAL ART SCENE BLOOMS IN THE SUMMER FineLifestyles

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FIRST WORD With Fine Lifestyles editor EMMALY WIEDERHOLT

Summer. The word has a magical ring to it. There’s nothing quite like the easy warm days and breezy cool nights of summer in the Southwest. Here are a few other words that seem relevant right now: Prosperity. A new Facebook data center is being built in Los Lunas, growing our economy as we speak. What can New Mexicans look forward to? We asked several state and local officials; read their responses inside this issue. Awareness. Summer always brings a plethora of arts and crafts festivals, including the famous Indian Market in August. When buying beautiful handcrafted pieces, it’s important to consider the artists and to ensure best practices are being observed. Check out our editorial on buying Native art with integrity. Lastly, ease. With all the hubbub summer brings, getting a good night’s sleep is imperative to health and wellness. Take it from our cover ladies at Sleep & Dream: The only way to get the most out of your days is to get the most out of your nights.

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SUMMER 2017 Volume 3 Issue 2 EDITOR Emmaly Wiederholt emmalyw@finelifestylessw.com DESIGN DeAnne Bell COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Megan Bowers Avina PHOTOGRAPHY Megan Bowes, Avina, Linda Carfagno, Caitlin Elizabeth, Ernest Trujillo, Keith Yates CONTRIBUTING WRITERS April Brown, Kelly Skeen, Deborah Stone PUBLISHER Mike Puzey mikep@finelifestylessw.com 910.508.3694 ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS

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64 CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS STYLE .................................................. 10 HEALTH & WELLNESS .....................30 ARTS, DINING & ENTERTAINMENT .. 37 HOUSE & HOME ................................59 PETS .....................................................85

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FEATURES COVER: Sleep & Dream: The Art of a Good Night’s Sleep ..........................................64 Buying Native Art with Integrity .....10 Glamping: Enjoy the Outdoors with Luxury ..............................................86 New Facebook Data Center Brings Prosperity .................................94

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How to Buy Native Art with Integrity By Emmaly Wiederholt Photos courtesy Shumakolowa Native Arts

NATIVE AMERICAN ART, CRAFTS AND JEWELRY: it’s ubiquitous in New Mexico. From the Plaza and Old Town in Santa Fe and Albuquerque to little outposts along state highways, the availibity of Native wares is a hallmark of our state. And much of it is incredibly beautiful. Yet, with the inundation of Native arts and crafts for sale, how do potential shoppers ensure that what they’re buying is the real deal, and that the proceeds from a purchase go to supporting the Native artists who create these beautiful crafts?


“The most common issue we run into is fakes,” discloses Ira Wilson, lead buyer at Shumakolowa Native Arts, the gift shop and fine art boutique located at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. “Just because something is labeled ‘Native American-made’ doesn’t mean it is.” Wilson, a Navajo with 25 years of experience working in the Native American craft market, shares his expertise on what precautions to consider when shopping for Native American art, crafts and jewelry. There are two simultaneous issues for buyers to be aware of: the claim of Native craftsmanship, and the use of authentic materials. Oftentimes, what seems to be turquoise or coral is simply clever plastic. “It’s a catch-22, because there are some Native American artists who use substandard materials,” Wilson explains. “It’s buyer-beware in some instances, but a novice purchaser can go to a well-regarded company like Shumakolowa Native Arts and benefit from the protection of that company’s product knowledge.” Though consumer protections from the government do exist, they have not been widely implemented; the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 has only recently shown teeth. This past February 2017, an indictment was handed down from a federal grand jury in Albuquerque charging five individuals with violating the act by passing off Filipino-made jewelry as Native American-made. The

defendants were caught in both Old Town and Gallup in 2014 and 2015. While this indictment is a step in the right direction, the market is still saturated with fakes. How does a novice buyer differentiate Filipino plastic from authentic goods? Your eyes will inevitably deceive you, as the manufacture of fake turquoise has become quite advanced, and simply asking, “Is this real?” may not yield the reassurance you’re looking for. Instead, Wilson coaches buyers to ask specific questions, like: “Is this turquoise natural, stabilized or manmade?” and “Is this hand-made or hand-crafted?” Hand-made means everything—from the clasp to the lapidary—was done by hand, whereas handcrafted means that, in addition to handmade elements, it was also assembled utilizing pre-made materials. Legitimate sellers should be able to answer those questions up front, and back up their products with certificates of authenticity. Along with misrepresenting something as Native-made, there is an unfortunate practice among stores and galleries of ripping off Native artists. One way to know for sure you’re buying from an upstanding company is by how long that company has been in business and their reputation around town. “There’s a certain ethic that comes from purchasing Native American artwork when you’ve been in the business a long time,” Wilson describes. “Word gets around.”

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A no-no on the buyer-end is haggling, especially at places where buyers can purchase directly from the artists, like in front of the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe or at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s portal in Albuquerque. “One of the most erroneous things buyers assume is that, if they are buying directly from Native artisans, they can haggle to get the price down. The artists know their pieces, the wholesale prices, and the work that went into it,” Wilson advises. “Trying to get a piece for peanuts is unfair to the artist.” Finally, there are some instances where—no matter how rare or incredible the piece—it’s simply not appropriate to purchase it. While the Native community generally polices itself internally in this regard, there are always sellers trying to make a buck. Religious items, especially those made with an eagle feather, should be avoided out of consideration to sacred tribal traditions. Also, sacred imaging of dances, certain kachinas and ceremonial masks aren’t made for public distribution. “I’m a staunch advocate of protecting our Native American artisans and their crafts. That’s why I’ve been doing this for 25 years,” Wilson reflects. “Before you make a purchase, do a little research.” The pay-off will be a beautiful Native American piece, and the knowledge you bought it with integrity.

For more information on Shumakolowa Native Arts, visit Shumakolowa.com.

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A SHOPPING EXPERIENCE DESIGNED

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Though browsing the racks at a store can be fun, there are numerous reasons why many women desire a more personalized shopping experience: from lack of time to needing something special for an upcoming event, many women seek a custom shopping experience that fulfills all their needs in one fell swoop. Such an experience exists, and it’s called direct marketing. 14

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hyllis Frier has been in the fashion business for many years. The past 25 have been in direct marketing, with nine in Santa Fe. ‘Direct marketing’ means she sells high-end clothes directly to her clients, as opposed to them shopping at a store. “You can’t buy our clothes in a store,” Phyllis asserts. “If someone comes in and says, ‘Phyllis, I’m going to wear this new gown to the opening night of the opera, so please don’t sell it to anyone else,’ I don’t.” With no middle man, i.e. a store, direct-marketing designs are anywhere from 40 to 60 percent less than what one would otherwise spend. Additionally, when you shop at a store, you are viewing an edited collection. With direct marketing, clients can view an entire collection.

In fact, Phyllis is one of 20 representatives in the country who can pre-sell seasonal collections, allowing Santa Feans an unprecedented opportunity to get the latest fashions well in advance. Those interested in viewing the upcoming fall line should contact Phyllis for an appointment in early June or throughout July. Phyllis builds and maintains close relationships with many of her customers. “Most of my clients have become my friends,” she shares. “While I’m very honest and direct, we have fun. It’s all about feeling comfortable.” Phyllis says it’s not so much about fashion as it is about the individual: “It’s all about people. I love my clients, I love the people at Carlisle, and I look forward every day to doing what I’m doing.”

Just recently, Phyllis began working with Carlisle, a new design company out of New York. It was one of the first direct marketing companies in the country, but has recently undergone a makeover. Carlisle’s new team of designers produce fresh clothing options that are current, sophisticated and on-trend. It’s really quite simple! Clients call and schedule a private appointment. Wiseman & Gale & Duncan Interiors lends a furniture showroom on St. Francis to Phyllis, allowing for a roomy yet cozy atmosphere in which to try on clothes. Phyllis and her associates, Susan Hancock and Robin Owen, who have also been in the fashion industry for years, make themselves available at any time to cater to their clients’ hectic schedules.

Carlisle By Appointment Only Phyllis Frier 601.918.3651 Susan Hancock 404.414.7292 Robin Owen 203.984.5636 www.CarlisleCollection.com

And the clothes! They show their clients the entire Carlisle line, a total of anywhere from 400 to 600 possible clothing items. Clothes vary in size from zero to 18, and are all in-season and well-tailored. From there, the client places an order, and that order is delivered to the client’s home. “Since I’ve been doing this for so long, I’m very good at analyzing my clients’ size and style,” reckons Phyllis. “It’s all about service.” The new lines of clothes come in six times a year, and Phyllis or Susan are available for private appointments to show each new line for a few weeks after each release. In this way, it’s like an ongoing trunk show.

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Exclusive Mark Schneider Event June 22nd, 23rd and 24th MARK SCHNEIDER—one of the few living designers to have a piece of jewelry on permanent display in the Smithsonian Institution Gem and Mineral Hall—will be visiting Butterfield Jewelers June 22-24. Bring in old family jewelry or out-of-style jewelry, and sit down one-on-one with Mark to create a new work of art. Call to make an appointment to design a custom piece with him! Additionally, enter a drawing to win a gift basket, valued at over $1,000, which includes a gift certificate for $750 toward any Mark Schneider purchase. Mark Schneider will be available by appointment only. Call today to schedule. Appointments fill up fast!

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CREATING WEDDING SETS as Unique as Each Customer By April M. Brown

JAMES KALLAS JEWELERS has been creating custom jewelry in Santa Fe for over 25 years. Their showroom is cozy yet decadent, with a large selection of hand-crafted designs for just about every gift and occasion. Pieces are featured by many talented jewelry artists, and much of the display is created in-store. In fact, when visiting the showroom, customers can often catch a glimpse of Kallas and his staff hard at work behind the counter, creating original pieces.

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ith wedding season just around the corner, Kallas is currently featuring elegant and unique bridal and wedding sets. His regular inventory includes a large selection of stackable wedding sets featuring various precious stones and metals, as well as stone inlay sets in several styles. he also offers wedding sets in Mokume Gane, a material produced using a painstaking Japanese metallayering technique. Mokume Gane is created by fusing several layers of different colored precious metals together into a billet, which is then manipulated until the surface pattern resembles a beautiful wood-grain. The process was originally used to decorate 17th century Japanese swords, and the final results are stunning.

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While many of the Mokume pieces are produced in-house, Kallas also offer designs by award-winning master jeweler Chris Ploof. Ploof is known nationally for his metal work in Mokume, Damascus steel and meteorite, and has received the Industry Leader Award twice at the Santa Fe Symposium. Kallas’ inventory is replenished every couple of weeks to include fresh styles and designs, so there is always something new to choose from. The staff also possesses the tools, experience and talent to create one-of-a-kind jewelry using precious stones like ruby, diamond and sapphire, or even dinosaur bone and meteorite. Customers can sift through the large inventory of colored stones, which can be polished and set to desired specifications.

customers can be a part of the jewelry design process from beginning to end—watching their own ideas morph into reality before their eyes. In addition to creating custom jewelry, Kallas and his team offer the full spectrum of jewelry repair services, like antique restoration and jewelry re-design – perfect for those who may have heirloom wedding sets in need of repair. They can also help add that special touch to wedding and bridal gifts like Nambeware, silverware and picture frames, with personalized engraving services, including traditional hand-engraving. Additionally, they offer formal insurance appraisals that include photos, detailed descriptions and accurate replacement value, as well as gold buying services.

Kallas shares, “Our selection is eclectic, and we strive to cover all the bases; but if you don’t see it, we can make it. We have the ability to create intricate designs as unique as our customers.” Through the use of the latest equipment and technology,

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A Passion for Antiques By Kelly Skeen

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tephen’s A Consignment Gallery, the oldest consignment shop in Santa Fe, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. In 1986, the gallery transitioned from an auction house to a retail consignment gallery when it moved to its current location at 2701 Cerrillos Road. Stephen’s Gallery contains 13,000 sq. ft. of artwork, antiques, furniture, decorative art, mid-century modern, Native American art, designer jewelry, sterling silver and vintage Mexican silver and art. “We’re different from other galleries because of our diversity; you just never know what you’re going to find here,” says owner and founder Stephen Etre. “What I can guarantee is variety, quality and value.” Etre knows his business; he started flipping antiques as a “Picker”—someone who buys and sells independently to dealers or shops—when he was 18-years-old, and put himself through college with his profitable hobby. “I would go to auctions three nights a week,” says Etre of his early picking days. “I’d pick up small things, take them back to my dorm room to polish or fix, and then sell them to dealers.” Etre continues: “If you’re a good picker, you know what people want and what will sell.” You may feel like a picker yourself as you hunt through the many gallery rooms at Stephen’s, discovering rare artifacts, Indonesian woodcarvings, classical European antiquities, unique sculpture and outdoor furniture. Etre and his key staff have over 150 years combined experience in the antique/consignment business, including an extensive knowledge in the secondary art market. The staff is friendly and welcoming, ready to assist you on a hunt to find the perfect items for your home or office. In the mid-1980s, Etre began to focus more on fine art as the business switched to a retail consignment gallery. Since that time, the gallery has gained a consistent presence in the secondary art market by handling important works by Alexander Calder, Zuniga, Tamayo, and Native American as well as New Mexican historic and contemporary artists. This diverse and extensive collection sets Stephen’s apart from other consignment/antique shops in Santa Fe.

As a longtime collector, Etre has amassed a stellar collection of art—both historic and contemporary – at the gallery and, as a result, has a devoted following of collectors. In addition to consignment sales, Stephen’s offers personal property appraisals as well as onsite estate sales throughout the year. You can keep up to date with the many ongoing events at Stephen’s by checking their calendar and website. The shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stephen’s A Consignment Gallery 2701 Cerrillos Rd. 505.471.0802 StephensConsignments.com


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Expert ADVICE

Why It Matters Who Changes Your Watch Battery

DAVID PERLOWIN Owner

World Class Watches 216 McKenzie Street 505.992.0200 www.wcwtimepieces.com

capacitors fail to charge, changing them usually fails to re-start the movement.

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hether servicing a fine timepiece or changing a battery in a Timex, one thing we at World Class Watches never do is touch a part with our bare fingers. All too often, we open a watch only to see someone has signed their work with a big, oily fingerprint, and sometimes much worse. Our goal when doing any work on a timepiece is to work like a ghost. This means no fingerprints, no scratches, no broken parts; just the work performed correctly giving you a fully functioning watch. A watch battery, or button cell, is a round disc that puts out a tiny amount of voltage over a period of time. This runs the movement, allowing the watch to tell time. Most button cells are comprised of silver oxide or lithium. There are also rechargeable batteries, called capacitors, that last many years, most often in Japanese movements. When these

Button cells should last between 16 and 24 months. Anything less indicates that the movement is running at reduced efficiency. When this happens, there are two options we offer our clients, depending on the quality and manufacturer of the movement. One option is to replace the movement with a new one, assuming that movement is available. The second option is to refurbish the existing movement, restoring it to its prior operating efficiency. Both options require an investment in the timepiece. Many times, when a battery is changed, we also perform a battery service. This entails cleaning the case and, if applicable, the bracelet, replacing worn gaskets, and performing water resistance testing. Many times this extra service is a nominal charge. The battery service is also highly recommended when changing batteries in diver-type watches, or any watch

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with a water resistance rating. World Class Watches utilizes four different water resistance testers: two wet testers and two dry testers to determine water-proofness. The case and bracelet cleaning involves ultrasonic cleaning, then steam cleaning. To some, this might seem over the top, but for us it’s just being thorough. Once the new cell is installed, the watch is kept overnight to observe if it keeps time. Microscopic debris, which can enter the watch case when not properly opened, can literally stop a quartz movement or, at the very least, cause it to slow down. This is why we also clean the case back every time we open a watch. Our goal in spending a little extra time and care to change your battery is to extend the life of your timepiece, saving you time and money later. Visit our website at wcwtimepieces.com to learn more about our philosophy of high-quality watch service, or bring your watch into our store at 216 McKenzie Street and experience our professionalism first-hand.

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Here in the high desert, we’re a lot closer to the sun than those lowlanders on the coasts. With Santa Fe at 7,200 feet and Albuquerque at 5,200 feet above sea level, and combined with New Mexico’s almost 300 days of sunshine on average per year, skin protection from our solar system’s life-giving star is of utmost importance in the Land of Enchantment. 30

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lthough the sun does us a host of good—from simply boosting our moods to regulating our sleep cycles and stimulating our bodies’ production of Vitamin D—ultraviolet rays at higher altitudes are stronger than at lower altitudes, and therefore more damaging. Repeated exposure can weaken the lower layer of skin, known as the dermis, and result in a host of undesirable outcomes, from wrinkles and age spots to skin cancer. However, there are measures we can take to ensure healthy skin while still enjoying the great outdoors. Start with drinking lots of water, as humidity is lower at high altitudes. Additionally, the lower oxygen levels make us breathe in and out faster, so we quickly lose more water through respiration. Experts recommend one to two more liters of water a day at high altitude. A good tip is to keep a water bottle on hand and drink fluids regularly.

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Of course, it goes without saying that sun screen is paramount to sun protection. Using a decent SPF (which stands for “sun protection factor”) is essential. Start with at least SPF 30, though the higher SPF number, the better. Many skin care professionals recommend reapplying sunscreen every two to three hours you are outdoors, especially if you’re swimming or perspiring. In general, sunscreen works better if you give your skin adequate time to absorb it. Applying sunscreen 20 minutes before heading outdoors can optimize its efficacy. A broad-spectrum sunscreen helps block both UVB (ultraviolet B) and UVA (ultraviolet A) rays from the sun. UVB light is the primary cause of sunburns. However, protecting skin against UVA rays plays an important role in preventing wrinkling and premature signs of aging. One more tip – although many cosmetics claim to have SPF, if you know you’re going to be outside for a long period of time, it’s best to use actual sunscreen and not depend on your makeup to protect your face.

Remembering to wear a hat and sunglasses can go a long way in keeping your skin healthy. For example, sunglasses protect the delicate skin around the eyes, and can also help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, leading causes of vision loss. Lastly, simply avoiding the harsh midday sun and seeking shade whenever possible can go a long way in keeping your skin at optimal health. With a little forethought and good habits, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to enjoy the best of both worlds— beautiful skin and a beautiful day outdoors.

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Expert ADVICE

DR. MARK RASMUSSEN, OD Optometric Physician 1651 Galisteo St, Suite 1 505.983.7746 ultimateeyecaresantafe.com

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y now, you’ve probably seen advertising regarding online vision tests and cell phone autorefractors. Some of these companies are telling you that they have been ‘registered’ with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), making it appear that the FDA has performed an assessment of this technology and views it favorably. This is NOT the case. Many of these advertisements are misleading with ambiguous claims and products. While they often appeal to your convenience, they do not and SHOULD not take the place of a comprehensive eye exam performed by an eye care professional. Many states are drafting legislation that requires a valid prescription for contact lenses and eyeglasses from a licensed eye care provider. This is because your optometric physician is not just evaluating your eyes to see if you need a prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses; periodic eye and vision examinations are also important in preventive care. Many eye

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and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms, so you might not know a problem exists. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent vision loss. Each patient’s signs and symptoms, along with your optometrist’s professional judgment, will determine what tests your optometrist conducts. A comprehensive adult eye and vision examination may include, but is not limited to, the following tests: The doctor will ask about any eye or vision problems you are currently having and about your overall health. In addition, a patient history will include when your eye or vision symptoms began, medications you are taking, and any work-related or environmental conditions that may be affecting your vision. The doctor will also ask about any previous eye or health conditions that you and your family members have experienced. Visual acuity measurements, like reading charts, evaluate how clearly each eye is seeing. As part of testing, you will read letters on charts both at a distance and near. You will also be evaluated on depth perception, color vision, eye muscle movements, peripheral or side vision, and the way your pupils respond to light.

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To see a clear, single image, the eyes must effectively change focus, move and work in unison. An assessment of accommodation, ocular motility and binocular vision determines how well your eyes focus, move and work together. This testing looks for problems that keep your eyes from focusing effectively or make using both eyes together difficult. Your optometrist may need to perform additional tests, which can help confirm or rule out possible problems, clarify uncertain findings, or provide a more indepth assessment. At the completion of the examination, your optometrist will discuss with you any visual or eye health problems and explain treatment options. In some cases, your optometrist may refer you to another optometrist or health care provider for consultation or treatment. As you can see, what happens in a comprehensive eye exam cannot be done by autorefractors on your cell phone and, if you choose to rely on those, you run the risk of serious eye problems and the possibility of missing a disease. Please call our office for more details.

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Santa Fe’s Healing Destination Photos Caitlin Elizabeth

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hen people walk through the doors of BODY of Santa Fe, they often find themselves enjoying more time at the health and wellness center than they intended. Perhaps they come in for just a yoga class or for a bite to eat, but before they know it they are getting a relaxing spa treatment, browsing through sustainable and fair trade products, or even taking advantage of the in-house childcare. “BODY is not just a yoga studio…,” explains owner Lorin Parrish. “BODY is an experience.” This guiding philosophy makes the business attractive to visitors and locals alike. BODY is increasingly seen as a prime destination for visitors coming through the City Different. Parrish describes how locals often bring their out-oftown friends and family to BODY, as it’s the perfect place to relax after browsing the Plaza or Canyon Road. Even though they may have come in for a relaxing massage, BODY visitors tend to find an experience of community and a place where they can connect to the power of self. In fact, one man, on vacation from New York, spent three full days in a row experiencing BODY’s varied offerings. “People enjoy a peaceful, spacious environment when looking for community and social interaction,” Parrish describes. “It doesn’t matter if it’s bodywork, food, clothing, yoga or dance; we love empowering people in small ways and making them happy.”

BODY of Santa Fe 333 W. Cordova Rd. 505.986.0362

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Nicholas Lam, MD, is the #1 provider of Juvéderm® family of fillers in New Mexico, and is among the TOP 50 providers in the country. Juvéderm® is the #1 collection of fillers sold in the US. When asked how he has achieved the prestige of being the TOP 50 provider in a small practice, he replies that he has been told by his patients that he is good with his hands, has keen eyes and an empathetic heart. His patients often rave about his ability to connect with them, to understand what they want and provide the aesthetic guidance to help them achieve their goals. “He is an artist,” they always say. But Dr. Lam quickly adds that he could not have achieved his status without the help of his team at AlluraDerm. “The staff here really go above and beyond,” he reflects. “They truly care.” What drives Dr. Lam is his desire to impact positively. “I have patients cry and tell me they never thought they could look as beautiful as when I showed them the mirror after I had finished injecting Juvéderm®,” he describes. “I have patients who could not stop taking selfies after I enhanced their cheeks or lips. I have patients who have jokingly said, ‘If you ever leave Albuquerque, I will hunt you down’ because they were so pleased with their results.” With minimal downtime and a few injections, Dr. Lam can bring back a person’s lost years. One such woman, a 50-year-old who has worked hard all her life for her family, was finally given the opportunity to do something for herself. Using the range of Juvéderm® fillers like the different brushes an artist uses to paint a masterpiece, Dr. Lam took years away from the woman’s face with each injection. “I merely took away all the distractors so people can see her for who she is: a beautiful lady all along,” Dr. Lam humbly recounts. “I don’t just make a person look beautiful; I make a person feel attractive. I get to work every day eager to see patients, eager to help, eager to connect.” AlluraDerm MD Med Spa 9501 Paseo Del Norte NE, Suite B Albuquerque 505.821.9630 alluraderm.com

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here’s a new product on the market that allows dentists to manage and ameliorate sensitive spots in the mouth where the gum line has receded. Vanish™ XT Extended Contact Varnish provides immediate relief to dentinal hypersensitivity. A site-specific, lightcured durable coating that forms an immediate layer of protection along the gum lines, dentists are increasingly offering this easy-to-apply varnish to patients. The result is practically instantaneous.

outside of the tooth directly to its pulp. That exposure results in sensitivity. Vanish™ XT is softly brushed into those tubules, sealing them off from the nerve in the tooth.

Due to its relative in-expense and noninvasive application, more and more dentists are utilizing the two-year-old technology. The sealant is painted on the sensitive teeth directly after cleaning. It lasts about six months unless the patient is a heavy clencher or grinder, at which time it can easily be reapplied to areas that need it again. For some patients, it lasts longer than six months.

While some are genetically predisposed to gum recession, other common causes are clenching and grinding, which overstresses the teeth and wears the gums. Finally, periodontal and gum disease often results in worn down gums. Naturally, the best way to prevent gum recession is via good brushing and flossing habits, and regular dentist checkups. However, even the best-kept mouth will experience a measure of wear over time. Until recently, dentists didn’t have a good way to treat sensitive teeth resulting from recession, as it doesn’t require a filling. Vanish™ XT offers a serendipitous solution to this common problem.

When a gum is receded around a tooth, tubules are exposed that run from the

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to teeth over time, and creates a barrier against demineralization and acid erosion. Vanish™ XT is recharged every time a person brushes with fluoride toothpaste. Patients not only get the protection of a physical barrier; they get the benefit of long-term fluoride delivery. While Vanish™ XT won’t halt gum recession, it does allow a person to enjoy a popsicle on a hot summer’s day, or bite into a cool piece of fruit, without wincing. Patients are ecstatic to be rid of this minor but all-too-painful nuisance. They can brush their teeth or drink cold beverages without discomfort. With summer upon us, ask your dentist or dental hygienist about Vanish™ XT Extended Contact Varnish. Easy-toapply and instant in its results, there’s no reason you shouldn’t enjoy the variety of cold snacks and drinks served up this time of year.


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Advocating New Mexico through Film By Christa Valdez


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n its efforts to draw high-level, multi-million-dollar film productions, New Mexico attracts filmmakers from all over the world. Many such filmmakers not only find their creative muse here in the Land of Enchantment, but their spiritual home as well. One such filmmaker is producer Chad Burris, who has been producing films since the early 2000s. Originally from Oklahoma, Burris landed in Santa Fe in 2013 when he began working with the now acclaimed New Mexico filmmaker Sydney Freeland. Their work on 2014’s “Drunktown’s Finest” yielded widespread accolades, critical praise and a premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in 2015. Burris touts the relative ease of setting up production in New Mexico, thanks to the state’s accessibility to world-class facilities, high-end equipment and topnotch crew. “It really is a filmmaking mecca of sorts, because it’s so small and yet has such tremendous talent and resources.” With several films under his belt, he has enjoyed seeing his productions meet critical success. While Burris’ films “Bare,” “The Killer Inside Me,” and “Bringing Up Bobby” are available on various streaming networks, Santa Fe can look forward to playing host to his next feature film, “Santa Fake.” The whimsical comedy incorporates classic holiday themes alongside bright, beautiful scenery. This particular filmmaking process aims to establish revenue for its crew and vendors beyond the production schedule by building an ongoing residual stream through subsequent film distribution. “This concept of filmmaking is one I’ve considered for some time,” Burris says. “It’s as true to the concept of community filmmaking as possible. Santa Fake is one I’m really looking forward to.” Jon

Hendry, business agent for the International Business Alliance of Theater and Stage Employees in New Mexico, adds: “‘Santa Fake’ is the first truly community movie I know of – it includes everything from a Santa Fean director and writer, to the background and all of the filming locations.” The community-based film will strive to afford local cast and crew the opportunities to network, train and achieve a notable resume-building film credit. Burris’ personal ethic goes well beyond his newest attempt at community-integrated filmmaking: “Be honest and fair to everyone you work with on projects, and that includes investors. The industry is full of people trying to one-up and get away with something. It’s the allure of entertainment I guess, but it’s not worth your integrity to get a film made. It’s a relationship business, and you’ll be far better to be forthright and honest.” While the industry brings recognition and prosperity to communities across the state in the form of jobs and small business boosts, Burris is the first to remind anyone of New Mexico’s unique aura. “Notwithstanding the ease of making films here, it’s just a beautiful place,” he waxes. “You have to experience it to understand; there’s something special about the feel of it. How you harness that feeling will have a positive impact on whatever you do, film or otherwise.” Production announcements for “Santa Fake” will be updated via Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SantaFakeMovie.

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SANTA FE’S ART SCENE

Blooms in the Summerf

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riday evening gallery openings, elaborate market weekends, and community art events enliven Santa Fe’s cultural calendar as summer arrives in the City Different. Beginning as early as May, exhibition openings can be found every Friday night in the historic Canyon Road arts district as well as in the downtown area, while the Railyard Arts District (RAD) hosts a Last Friday Art Walk every month introducing exhibitions for the city’s leading contemporary artists.

during the third weekend of August, showcasing the work of roughly 900 Native artists. From contemporary to western and traditional to modern, the art scene in New Mexico’s creative capital offers a vast array of genres and mediums, attracting collectors and enthusiasts from all over the world who seek an eclectic arts experience.

Now in its 35th year, the Santa Fe Gallery Association brings the arts community together with collaborative events. In June, galleries team up with Santa Fe’s top restaurants and chefs for the ARTfeast Edible Art Tour sponsored by ARTsmart New Mexico. The two-night event takes place on June 9th and 10th and ticket sales benefit arts education programs for the youth of New Mexico. July brings the International Folk Art Market to Museum Hill, followed by the Traditional Spanish Market and Contemporary Hispanic Market on the Plaza. The 96th annual Santa Fe Indian Market – the largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world – spills from the historic downtown plaza into every corner and side street of the city

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The Power of

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FIGURE By Kelly Skeen

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anyons are filled with light and discovery, much like art,” says CANYON Fine Art director Hether Bearinger. The gallery’s name reflects its prominent location in the first block of Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road arts district, as well as the metaphor of canyon-as-passage. Nestled at the end of a narrow courtyard dotted with figurative bronzes, CANYON Fine Art’s entrance is an enticing passage into a world of fine art classified not by a specific genre, but by each artist’s ability to invoke a transformative connection with collectors. CANYON Fine Art assumed its identity in 2016 after a shift in ownership. While many artists have been exhibiting in the space for nearly a decade—such as impressionist landscape painter and regional icon Joseph Breza—several new artists were added when the gallery expanded its brand. Ranging from emerging to established and representational to abstract, the gallery’s artists are tied by a commitment to their craft and their devotion to the emotional impact of color and figure—two elements intrinsic to our daily existence.

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“The figure to me is the perfect vehicle to communicate the human condition,” says the gallery’s world-renowned sculptor Paige Bradley. While many of Bradley’s pieces are traditional renderings of the human form, she also takes a contemporary approach to her medium by fusing bronze with electricity. “Expansion” is one of Bradley’s modern pieces depicting a meditating woman illuminated from within, seated with outstretched arms and a serene lifted gaze. Light glows through the intentional breaks across the woman’s body, which seem to have cracked due to a thunderous display of inner strength. Voted one of the 25 most creative sculptures in the world in 2014, “Expansion” graces the front of the gallery’s courtyard with a striking presence.

CANYON Fine Art 205 Canyon Road 505.955.1500 CanyonFineArt.com

Inside its adobe walls, CANYON Fine Art has a new artist to discover around every corner. From Carol Hartsock’s bold and intricate abstracts of nature’s palette to Miguel Peidro’s realist landscapes, each artist draws you in with distinct interpretations of color and light. Peidro’s captivating landscapes evoke a familiar sense of place with their majestic mountain scenes or luminous fall fauna. Traditional yet painterly, Peidro’s paintings resonate as a dynamic portrayal of the vitality of the natural world. The artist will travel to Santa Fe from his home in Spain for a solo exhibition this summer titled “Paisaje y Poder,” Spanish for “Passage and Power,” opening July 28th. With its inviting sculpture gardens and light-filled gallery space, CANYON Fine Art is a gateway to quality fine art for new buyers as well as seasoned collectors. The gallery will host a group show—“Mellifluous” featuring Travis Bruce Black, Frane Mlinar and James Hoyle—opening June 9th in conjunction with Edible Art Tour, followed by a series of solo shows and group exhibitions over the next few months. Check the gallery’s website for their complete summer schedule. TOP: Front of Gallery with Paige Bradley “Academia—Once in a Blue Moon” Bronze 58x22x42 BOTTOM: Hether Bearinger director CANYON Fine Art


MARY SILVERWOOD

A LoveAffair with Landscape

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t’s easy to feel drawn to the texture and nuance of a Southwestern landscape. Throughout the day and year, the light hits our exaggerated mountains, plateaus and valleys, playing with shadow and color. Many artists have been drawn to capture that play of light, but few truly master it. One such master is the late Mary Silverwood. Silverwood originally studied art at the University of Texas before relocating to California. Once on the West Coast, the young woman realized she had no idea how to actually become an artist. After floundering a bit, she decided to do something practical: she studied accounting at Sonoma State. After only two weeks,

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Silverwood found herself back in the art department, where this time she discovered pastels. Until then, Silverwood had only been exposed to oils. After experiencing pastels, she never turned back, soon launching her career as a recognized artist in that medium. “She loved color,” says Joyce Robins, a close friend who represented Silverwood for 13 years at her gallery on Galisteo. “She also loved the earth, so it came naturally to her to paint landscapes. What made her distinctive was her expansion of intense color. I always felt like her paintings were so much more than just a picture of a scene; it was her love for the earth that came through.”

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Chamisa no. 1; White Sands National Monument; Deep Blue Mountains; Cliff Shadows II; Juniper Ridge

first of many trips, coming to New Mexico to take photos and then going back to California to paint. After a while, the frequency of her trips made the commute seem ludicrous. In 2000, Silverwood moved to Belen.

Silverwood enjoyed traveling around with her camera, taking photos of particular scenes. Back in her studio, she would reproduce those scenes in dramatic hues. Originally, Silverwood painted California before drolly observing that everywhere she liked was becoming a vineyard. A friend suggested she visit New Mexico. The moment she got off the plane, Silverwood found she needed 20 colors of blue she’d never used before. It was the

“I represented Mary from 1996 to 2009,” recalls Robins. “When my gallery closed, I brought her work to Ventana with me. Once Mary started painting New Mexico, the work just poured out of her. It was so well done. She gained a huge reputation and was very well respected. Her work was beautiful, and collectors loved it.” “Composition and color are the most important aspects of my paintings,” Silverwood once explained. “I have hundreds of pastel sticks in my studio, and just the colors alone are

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SHE WANTED PEOPLE TO LOVE AND EXPERIENCE NEW MEXICO. enough to get me started on a painting. I draw upon the shades and tones of nature, but I like to exaggerate them, dramatizing the emotional exuberance the landscape conveys to me.” Silverwood was a humble artist. Even after she achieved recognition, she admitted to Robins that she hadn’t really believed success would come to her as an artist. After Silverwood fell ill, Robins remembers how the lawyer came by a few days before Silverwood’s death, and exclaimed over the captivating paintings the artist had produced during her lifetime. She responded, “I am good, aren’t I?” Robins found the moment incredibly satisfying, as she believes her friend finally recognized her life for what it was: a veritable flow of creative talent and energy. Robins is the executor of Silverwood’s estate, a role which reflects the close friendship the women enjoyed. The painter was prolific; Robins estimates she sold at least 30 Silverwood paintings a year. Her estate left about 300 original pieces, though only five of her highly regarded Chaco Canyon series remain. In the early 2000s, Silverwood visited Chaco Canyon for the first time, and the setting left an indelible mark on her work. She knew instantly she had to paint the national historic park, despite her identity as a landscape painter. The Chaco Canyon series was a distinct turn in Silverwood’s career. She took an abstracted approach, rendering the ancient walls and windows in an intense saturation of color. “They’re so minimal,” describes Robins, “especially in contrast to her previous work.” Robins asserts that the Chaco Canyon study affected Silverwood going forward by emboldening her already brilliant use of color. “She loved the places she painted, and she wanted to ensure someone else experienced that place the same way she did,” Robins reflects. “She wanted people to love and experience New Mexico. She just couldn’t get enough of the landscape.” Mary’s work continues to remind people of the high desert’s power and lure.

Ventana Fine Art 400 Canyon Road 505.983.8815 VentanaFineArt.com TOP: Chaco Series no 75; BOTTOM: Chaco Canyon Series no 24

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Liquid Light Glass Contemporary Glass Gallery & Studio

Demos • Hours 10 am - 5 pm • Mon - Sat • 926 Baca Street Suite 3 • Santa Fe, NM 87505 505.820.2222 • www.liquidlightglass.com • sales@liquidlightglass.com • Photo: Wendy McEahern

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WHERE

Local Ingredients

SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES By Debbie Stone Photos Caitlin Elizabeth

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he Razatos family has been in the restaurant business in Santa Fe for over 70 years. Dan Razatos, a Greek immigrant, opened Plaza Cafe Downtown in 1947. Today, the place is a venerable landmark, beloved by locals and tourists alike. A few years ago, Razatos began thinking about opening a second restaurant and started looking for a space. “I wanted it to be located downtown,” he says, “so

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when I heard about Zia Diner closing, I jumped on it.” After an extensive remodel of the historical spot, Cafe Sonder opened last fall, and has been steadily gaining momentum in the city’s restaurant scene. “It’s a family affair,” comments Razatos. “I have three sons, and each one is working in the business. Jared manages Plaza Cafe Downtown, Justin now manages Cafe Sonder, and Nick is the chef at

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Cafe Sonder.” He adds, “And now our employees can work at both places if they want. It works out well for everyone.” The focus at Cafe Sonder is different than at Plaza Cafe Downtown. At Cafe Sonder, the emphasis is on providing a fine farm-to-table dining experience in a casual environment, with food that can be described as contemporary American cuisine. “We strive to give our diners a


natural, local meal that is prepared simply and cleanly, where you can really taste the ingredients,” says Razatos. As for cost, he believes good food should be accessible to everyone; the price point at Cafe Sonder is moderate. Popular entrees on the menu include such dishes as hanger steak, pan seared salmon, ruby trout, lamb chops and roast chicken, with a nod to regional cuisine in the form of New Mexico enchiladas. The restaurant also has an ample selection of craft beers on tap, along with a unique wine list. Thus far, the customer response has been overwhelmingly positive, both to the food and to the modernization of the space. The décor is contemporary chic with wood floors, red art lamps and a handsome hardwood hickory bar. The tones of red, grey, white and black give the place a sleek, clean look – exactly the aesthetic Razatos desired: “It has that big city feel to it, yet it’s comfortable and unpretentious. And even better, you’re not going to break the bank when you come in for a nice meal.”

THE EMPHASIS IS ON PROVIDING A FINE FARM-TO-TABLE DINING EXPERIENCE IN A CASUAL ENVIRONMENT as the biggest challenge for the restaurant has been lack of awareness. He notes: “Once folks know where we are and stop in, we can keep getting them to come back with our great food and excellent service.” Cafe Sonder 326 S. Guadalupe St. 505.982.9170 www.CafeSonder.com

Longtime customers of Plaza Cafe Downtown have begun to check out Cafe Sonder, and now, according to Razatos, they go back and forth between the two. He adds, “They like both places for different reasons, and that’s precisely the idea—to give them two different experiences.” The Santa Fe businessman hopes more people hear about Sonder,

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riginally from Mexico City, Chef Fernando Olea has been living in Santa Fe for almost 30 years. After running a few restaurants around town, he and his business partners Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra opened Sazón about 18 months ago. Sazón— which means something between “just the right taste” and “the perfect moment” in Spanish—showcases traditional and nouveau Mexican cuisine.

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Somewhat ironically, Olea started his foray into cooking after leaving Mexico. “When I first moved to the United States, friends used to take me to Mexican restaurants and, while some restaurants were nice, almost none were truly Mexican; they were Tex-Mex,” he relates. “Even though originally California, Arizona and Texas were part of Mexico, those states became very Americanized. However, the cuisine in New Mexico closely follows that found in northern Mexico.” Olea’s first restaurant in Santa Fe was Burt’s Burger Bowl which, incidentally, was an early joiner of the Wine & Chile Fiesta. Celebrating its 26th year this September, the much-heralded Fiesta is an opportunity for chefs and restaurants to revel in New Mexico’s unique culinary identity.

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CHEF FERNANDO HAS A CREATIVE TALENT AND TWIST WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD. THERE’S A LEVEL OF RISK-TAKING. “After my first couple of years with the Wine & Chile Fiesta, I brought some of my authentic Mexican recipes and got great reviews,” Olea shares. “I’ve always cooked, but it wasn’t until I got involved in the Wine & Chile Fiesta that I had the desire to bring my authentic Mexican cuisine to Santa Fe.” From there, Olea went on to open a string of Mexican restaurants in the City Different, culminating in the much-lauded Sazón. Olea is proud to have been involved with the Wine & Chile Fiesta for 24 years and counting; in fact, he currently serves as president of the board. Beyond his involvement with Wine & Chile, Olea has served as president of the Santa Fe and New Mexico Restaurant Associations. Olea’s allegiance to New Mexico’s culinary identity is in large part because the Land of Enchantment embraces Olea’s favorite ingredient: chile! Beyond Hatch green or Chimayo red, Olea doesn’t shy from utilizing the dozens of other chile varieties found south of the border. “If you travel a few hundred miles within Mexico, the food can be completely different, such is the biodiversity,” Olea describes. One of Olea’s favorite spices is epazote, native to southern Mexico. Other favorites include bay leaves and cloves. “People ask me: ‘What were you thinking when you paired these ingredients?’ Like my Sopa de Amor, a cream soup made with poblano peppers and blue crab with amaretto foam and chocolate sprinkled on top. I’ll combine chiles with fruits, nuts and other spices, but the center of my food is always chile.” “I learn something from Chef Fernando every day, just passing by the kitchen,” says Shannon Collins, Sazón’s public relations manager. “He has a creative talent and twist when it comes to food. There’s a level of risk-taking.” “I see how much people enjoy and appreciate the Mexican flavors,” Olea reflects. “Here in Santa Fe, we don’t have to try to be like New York or Chicago. We have a tradition and culture that make us unique, and I hope to help continue that tradition through Sazón and the Wine & Chile Fiesta.” Sazón 221 Shelby Street 505.983.8604 www.SazonSantaFe.com


Pulling Off the

Perfect Event

Summer is prime time for events; from graduation parties and birthday barbecues to weddings and galas, the warmest months of the year seem to provide an abundance of celebrations. But any celebration or gathering requires careful planning, as any caterer can verify. Food, seating, lighting, entertainment and clean-up: every aspect of an event must be perfectly planned and executed to pull off that seemingly effortless party. A veteran of the business, Walter Burke of Walter Burke Catering has been ensuring parties go off without a hitch for over 35 years.


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ince 1981, Burke has been serving the Santa Fe community and beyond. His award-winning company has created one-ofa-kind events in gardens, rooftops, wine cellars, meadows, opera parking lots, private residences, convention centers and art galleries.

integrate all elements of an event. “Over time, we’ve found who is worthy of recommendation,” says Burke. “We know the quality of our partners’ work to be high.” Additionally, Burke works closely with a local produce supplier and cheese company, and generally sources local food as much as possible.

Burke got into the world of food and service while young. His mother had a catering business, and he recalls helping her. Later, in college, he had a summer job working as both server and chef on a private yacht. In his 20s, he continued to serve and cook in hotels and restaurants in New York City. When he moved to Santa Fe and started a family, catering was an easy next step, as his familiarity and experience in the industry allowed him to do work he enjoyed while still giving him flexibility and variety. Today, Burke’s menus span the gamut. They include box lunches, buffet dinners, seated dinners, hors d’oeuvres, conferences, desserts and brunch. Should none of those prescribed menus fit the bill, custom menus can be created especially for any occasion.

Burke’s daughter, Alexandra, and Angela Reece, take on much of the party planning these days. “There is a lot behind the scenes that people don’t take into consideration,” she counsels. “If you’ve only ever been a guest at a party, you might assume things just happen. For example, are there work lights for the clean-up crew in the middle of the night or specific parking instructions for staff? What is the rain plan, even though we do have over 300 days of sunshine here a year? How do we get beautiful and delicious cakes down a 10-mile bumpy dirt road? These are the types of situations, as a full-service caterer, we take into consideration, and help to make any event a success!

As well as food and service, the company partners with several florists, photographers, DJs, musicians, valets and wedding planners to seamlessly

Because the company has been in business 36 years and has a reputation for attention to detail, people call upon them who perhaps used their services years ago,

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and now need a caterer for their daughter or son’s wedding, or Bar or Bat Mitzvah. “That aspect of community-building is really gratifying,” Alexandra says. “Through the years, I’ve met a lot of people,” Burke reflects. “That includes people in politics, non-profits, corporations and, of course, individuals throwing various celebrations. We’ve established many long-term friendships along the way. That’s been very satisfying.”

Walter Burke Catering 1209 Calle de Commercio 505.473.9600 WalterBurkeCatering.com

Alexandra Burke, Walter Burke and Senior Event Planner Angela Reece


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Homes for Sale 1Q17

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A significant decrease of 28.9% in the number of luxury homes for sale is being driven by increased sales and fewer new listings coming on the market. While the number of sales decreased in the first quarter of 2017, luxury sales in 2016 vs. 2015 increased by 17.39%, creating a downward trend in existing inventory.

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anta Fe’s Residential Luxury Market (over $1M) has been one of the slower portions of the market to improve but we are finally

seeing some solid gains. The highly desirable properties in this price range continue to attract interest and sell, while larger and dated properties are not as appealing. The rare sale above $2.5M is now not uncommon. An increasing number of buyers are resorting to the more expensive route of buying vacant land and building as they are not finding what they are after in the resale market. This will continue to push our values higher. DBarker@SantaFeRealEstate.com LBarker@SantaFeRealEstate.com 505 992 3563 505 490 2626

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The Santa Fe Luxury Real Estate Market Luxury Sales 1Q17

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Sales prices in the luxury market are showing significant gains, fueled primarily by lower inventory and higher buyer demand. Buyers are willing to pay more for properties in good condition, while sellers are holding out for higher sales prices.

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Following a 17.39% increase in luxury sales year-over-year, the first quarter of 2017 saw a decrease in the number of sales.

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$1,593,000

1Q17

$1,350,000

4Q16

$1,351,000 $1,246,000

3Q16

$1,364,000 $1,204,000

2Q16

$1,334,000 $1,219,000

1Q16

$1,224,000

$1,488,000

Average and median sales prices both posted robust gains in the first quarter as the market continues to get stronger. The rising momentum in increasing sales prices indicates continuing growth.

Santa Fe continues to rank high on the list of locations for a second home and retirement for those remaining baby-boomers. Our quality of life, lack of congestion and reasonably priced homes will continue to provide a steady stream of new buyers for the foreseeable future. The value of luxury homes in Santa Fe continues to be very attractive compared to many of our feeder markets, where some have selling prices 30 - 40 - 50% above what Santa Fe offers.

For real-time neighborhood specific data & statistics, visit SantaFeRealEstate.com/Market-Insights *Data source: All information contained herein is derived from the Santa Fe MLS and is believed to be accurate.

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From the Top “The Face of Santa Fe Real Estate” – A Visit with David Barker

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avid Barker and the Barker family have been a driving force in the Santa Fe community for four generations and in Santa Fe real estate for more than 50 years, longer than any other local real estate brokerage. We recently sat down with David to catch up and talk about where he is, where he’s been and where he’s going. Fine Lifestyles: David, you’ve been waist deep in real estate for nearly your entire life, correct? David Barker: (chuckles) Honestly, over the course of the years it has sometimes been more than waist deep! Growing up in real estate alongside my father, I remember him saying that it is always about your client and watching out for their interests. That still hasn’t changed. I was first licensed in 1977 when our purchase agreements were one page long and included a disclosure that said “Buyer Beware.” Those were very different times! I became a Qualifying Broker in 1983.

sustainable or renewable energy source. Retirement is somewhat hard for me to fathom but making way for new ideas, energy and people has appeal to me over the next 5 years. I honestly love what I do! FL: When the time finally comes, what will Barker Realty look like in your absence? DB: I’d like to think that it’s not about me and there won’t be a difference. We’ve established an incredibly strong management team and staff. When I eventually step aside I think I’ll see if the company has a ‘Greeter’ position and serve popcorn to everyone coming into the offices. FL: What’s your proudest moment?

FL: After so many years, how much more do you have left in the tank? Is the word ‘retirement’ floating around the house yet?

DB: Our company mission is to improve people’s lives through exceptional real estate service. It begins with our staff, continues to our Associate Brokers and then to our clients and community at large. My prouder moments revolve around seeing success in really making a difference in enhancing people’s lives.

DB: The tank seems to keep replenishing itself, kind of like some

FL: How’s your squash game coming along?

DB: This is really my meditation time. I’m faster and better at this than I ever have been and am starting to enjoy playing in more tournaments. Who knows, maybe you will see me at Nationals again soon! n

“Listen, no one can predict the next Uber startup, but ultimately making sure that Brokers are delivering real value to their clients is the cornerstone of any service related business. That will never change.”


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of Achieving a Good Night’s Sleep Photos Megan Avina

While we all wish our sleeping experiences were that of blissfully floating on a cloud, life sometimes doesn’t deliver, and the consequences of not getting a good night’s sleep can quickly add up. As scientists learn more about the importance of rest, it’s been proven that waking up with a stiff neck or back pain can have detrimental effects on one’s day and overall health as time goes by. Unfortunately, mattresses from mainstream manufacturers can wear out quickly, leading to discomfort. It seems they just don’t make mattresses the way they used to. Or do they?

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ary Domito, locally known as Mattress Mary, is a 20year industry veteran in the field of getting a good night’s sleep. She worked corporate management for a large mattress chain in California before moving to Taos 13 years ago and opening Sleep Sanctuary. The guiding principles that propelled her stores to become lauded local businesses—integrity and quality— are the same principles with which she and business partner/longtime mattress industry veteran Sharon Scott emphasize at Sleep & Dream, Santa Fe’s locally owned luxury bed store which offers high quality mattresses and bedding accessories. “Opening Sleep & Dream is a vision we’ve had for quite some time after assessing the retail mattress landscape,” Domito relates. Scott adds: “The quality is not just in the giant name brands. We provide a better shopping experience to our customers, as well as offer a more natural product.”

‘More natural’ aren’t words Domito and Scott take lightly. The brands of mattresses they carry—including Hästens, Vispring, Hypnos, Posh+Lavish and Sol Bed-In-A-Box—use natural materials like wool, cotton, horsetail, camel hair, silk and latex to create state-of-the-art mattresses with longer wear-ability. “These multi-generational owned and operated mattress companies are making mattresses the way they used to: by using nature’s own materials,” shares Scott.

“Ninety percent of the product on our floor is all-natural,” Domito describes. “It’s sad to hear people say, ‘I spent $4,000 on my mattress and now it’s sagging just a few years later.’” Domito explains how most mattresses are made of synthetic foam which can

The Swedish company Hästens has boasted handcrafted beds made from ethically-sourced natural materials since 1852. Similarly, for over a century, Britain’s Vispring and Hypnos have been using the finest materials nature can offer to refine the balance between spring size, tension and resilience. California’s Posh+Lavish has engineered mattresses that ingeniously address the spine’s need for comfort and support. Lastly, Sol Bed-In-ABox mattresses are designed for ease and resiliency, and can be shipped anywhere within the contiguous 48 states.

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WE WANT TO FIND THE BEST FIT FOR YOUR BODY, SLEEPING HABITS AND PREFERENCES quickly break down. Sleep & Dream’s brands incorporate materials that are designed by nature to last longer and endure. In fact, even the fire-retardant casing is made of naturally sourced wool. “I would challenge anyone to tell me they’re at the top of their game when they haven’t had a good night’s sleep,” Domito asserts. “Getting good sleep is important on so many levels. How vital or critical is the mattress? It’s where you’re laying your body. If you wake up sore, it affects your wellness. The difference with our mattresses is that they do support the body over time.” What can buyers do to ensure they are buying the right mattress for their body? Domito and Scott say the most common mistake is a lack of desire to lay down and try out a mattress. When it comes to a purchase as important and longlasting as a bed, giving a prospective mattress a ‘test rest’ is paramount. Regarding spending, there are those who believe getting the least expensive mattress possible is the best deal, while others believe the costliest bed must necessarily be the finest. While buying a mattress in one’s budget is an important consideration, price isn’t always

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indicative of the right fit. In fact, when new customers come in to Sleep & Dream, Domito and Scott talk to them for a while to determine any sleeping issues, as well as to discern sleep habits and needs, before even beginning to lay on mattresses. “This is your sleep and health!” Domito exclaims. Scott adds: “We want to find the best fit for your body, sleeping habits and preferences.” Do they make mattresses the way they used to? Absolutely! You just have to know where to look in order to discover the hidden treasures of a greats night’s rest. Sleep & Dream 510 West Cordova Rd. 505.988.9195 MySleepandDream.com

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Expert ADVICE

How Lending Has Begun to Loosen Up

LANCE ARMER Santa Fe Mortgage 459 Cerrillos Road 505.988.2501 Armer.Lance@gmail.com

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ince the financial meltdown in 2008, there’s been an overriding belief that it’s become almost impossible to get a house loan. Because the underwriting process is perceived as so onerous, it’s generally assumed you need perfect credit and a 20 percent down payment to get approved. While we’re not returning to no income-no asset verification, things have recently started to loosen up a little bit and become more realistic. One option is a Fanny Mae type loan that requires only three percent down and a credit score of 620. People are often surprised to learn you can buy a home with just three percent down. Including closing costs, that means that with just $11-12,000, you can get into a $300,000 home with a 30-year fixed loan at competitive market rates. Also available are one-time-close construction loans. In this instance, you can get approved with 10 percent down, resulting in a loan at Fanny Mae rates,

interest-only, during the construction period of your new home. This allows you to lock in the interest rates and closing costs well in advance of moving day. Another option is a jumbo loan of up to 90 percent. To qualify, you need a credit score of 680, which is still slightly below the national average. Even six months ago, you couldn’t get a loan with a credit score of less than 700. Jumbo loans aren’t governmentbased so, prior to 2008, insurance companies or investment banks bundled these loans. All of that dried up with the recession, resulting in a period of three to five years when mortgage brokers couldn’t offer jumbo products. In the past year or so, more companies are stepping forward and taking jumbo loans. The net result is more lending options.

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Appraisals are changing as well. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have built data bases of appraisal information for the past 20 years. There’s now a real push to leverage that data, save borrowers money, and speed up the financing process by using property value waivers. It is by no means automatic, but the trend is clear: more and more transactions are being done without an actual appraisal. Basically, we’re starting to see higher loan-to-value, which is a function in part of nationally not being worried about home prices going down. Because the housing market is increasingly perceived as stable, it’s becoming much easier for banks and mortgage companies to absorb risk. Looking into the next year or two, banks predict conditions staying the same or even becoming looser.

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CANYON ROAD HIDEAWAY Luxury Home Interior Design

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amuel Design Group is in the business of making dreams come true. The well-known and award-winning Santa Fe design firm has been specializing in creating interiors tailored for high-end residential, commercial and hospitality clients for nearly 20 years. Owner Lisa Samuel and her team take pride in their ability to communicate effectively with clients, and to collaborate and work together toward the aim of creating spaces that support the end user. “It’s more than just the look of the place or the functionality that’s important,” explains Samuel. “It’s ultimately a feeling we want our clients to have when they’re in the space.” With any project, the team’s process involves getting to know each client personally in order to understand their goals so that the team may develop a unique design sequence. With extensive training in architecture, lighting and interior design, Samuel—a Santa Fe native—also serves as a mentor to up-and-coming designers. “I share my knowledge with other designers to help them be successful, to be the best they can be,” she reflects. “This is part of my journey and an important personal mission.” One

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such designer is Meghan Brown, a precocious 25-year-old who has worked with Samuel Design Group for four years. “Growing up, I was always surrounded by design; my mom is an interior designer, so I would often help her out on small projects,” says Brown. “I studied design at the University of Central Arkansas, the state where I was born and raised. When it came time to do an internship, I found Lisa on Houzz [a website and online community focused on architecture, interior design and home improvement]. I served a six month internship with Samuel Design Group before I had the honor of joining the company full time.” One of Brown’s first design projects as a junior designer and project manager was for a wonderful couple from Arizona. “They were thinking of it as a vacation home,” Brown explains. By incorporating reds and oranges into contemporary ethnic patterns, Brown and Samuel created a Santa Fe chic theme. “They had several pieces of abstract artwork they wanted us to pull from for the color palette. From there, we custom designed a majority of the furniture using local craftsmen, from their sofa and lounge chairs to their dining room table, chairs and beds,” Brown describes. “We presented fabrics and furniture options while they were in town, and then communicated further ideas via email.” In fact, the process of learning to communicate with out-oftown clients has proven an important skill to Brown, given how many clients commission Samuel Design Group for second home design consultation. “We design many homes where the clients don’t live in Santa Fe permanently, so it’s necessary to have alternate ways of communication,” she says.

Since their home’s completion, the clients decided to move to Santa Fe fulltime, such was their satisfaction with the design. On Brown’s end, she has advanced to managing 10 plus projects a year, and has been praised on her efficiency and attention to detail. Through mentoring fresh young designers like Brown, Samuel Design Group continues to grow its capacity for creating dream design solutions. Samuel Design Group 607 Cerrillos Rd., Suite A Toll Free 844.284.6999 Studio 505.820.0239 SamuelDesignGroup.com ABOVE: Meghan Brown, Allied ASID

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The Finest Rugs and Kilims from Around the World By April M. Brown

Create a sense of style and color in your home with a luxurious rug from Classic World Oriental Rugs and Kilims.

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wners Adnan and Imran Joseph shop the world in search of the highest quality pieces to stock their showrooms. Classic World offers a large selection of both traditional and contemporary designs ranging from Persian antique and semi-antique to fine, new rugs and kilims. Their entire inventory is handmade and hand-knotted by master craftsmen from around the globe. Whether you’re looking for something informal, formal, vegetabledyed or silk, Classic World has something to suit everyone’s decorating needs.

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The ultimate goal at Classic World is not just to provide the finest handcrafted rugs and kilims, but to also provide each customer with a superior, personal customer service experience. The employees at Classic World enjoy working closely with each customer to find individualized solutions. Customers consistently rave about the staff’s expertise and dedication, as well as the quality of their merchandise for the price. Customers can choose from hundreds of designs both online and inside their showrooms, located in both Santa Fe and

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Albuquerque, as well as a variety of high quality rug pads and accessories. If you’re already the owner of a fine rug that may be in need of a little attention, Classic World also offers expert repairs, custom alterations and quality rug cleaning services at both locations. Classic World Oriental Rugs and Kilims 217 West Water Street, Santa Fe 505.820.7777 5901-Y Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque 505.822.5000 www.ClassicWorldRugs.com.


Owner Freddie Amini

Introduce

Turquoise Inlay into Your Home

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magine: a beautiful coffee table or bureau made of hand-sanded, kiln-dried and reclaimed wood. But look closely, because filling the natural cracks and crevices of the wood are turquoise specs, creating a surface reminiscent of a river with its sparkle and flow. What you’re seeing is the turquoise inlay furniture of Cowboys and Indians. Located on the plaza in a historic building, Cowboys and Indians is well-known for its array of home furnishings, women’s apparel, ladies’ shoes, boots, jewelry and accessories. Names like Jan Barboglio, Jeff Smith and Andy Sanchez adorn the products on display. And on the third floor is a beautiful arrangement of furniture with turquoise, silver and copper inlay. “We make coffee tables, end tables, office desks, dining room tables, wooden bowls, bedroom furniture…basically anything the customer wants. We even do fireplace mantels,” says owner Freddie

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Amini. “It can either be a custom design or something already in-shop that the customer likes but wants to change.”

Cowboys and Indians 72 E. San Francisco St. 505.982.8280 candisantafe.com

“The wood is all reclaimed and kiln-dried, which causes it to crack in small places. Where the cracks form is where the inlay goes,” he describes. “We don’t create nooks for the inlay; it’s a natural process. Everything we do is by hand the oldfashioned way.” He continues: “We love it when people come into our showroom and find a piece they like. But if the size is a little off, we can adjust it or make a brand new custom piece based on the design. Or we can take someone’s old furniture and refurbish it with inlay.” In addition to turquoise, copper and silver is also available. Looking for that perfect piece of furniture that sings of the Southwest? A handmade turquoise inlay table might be just the thing.

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ituated in the heart of Santa Fe’s historic Railyard district, Casa Nova is a dynamic upmarket shop highly regarded for its unique blend of art, craft and contemporary design. Perhaps best described as “New African,” the house style is urban, edgy and vibrant with echoes of traditional Africa. Owner Natalie Fitz-Gerald likes to refer to her shop as a “visual feast.” Creating a medley of cultural fusion, she personally sources her stock from primarily African countries, though other regions of the world are also represented. “I was born in South Africa,” she notes, “and for many years I admired all the wonderful art being created in rural cooperatives. I knew I wanted to open a store one day and sell those exceptional products.”

The cornerstone of Casa Nova’s trading ethos is the support and nurturing of local artists, craftspeople and designers. Empowering artisans and artists, and thus creating sustainable employment, is an integral part of Casa Nova’s business ethos. To this end, Casa Nova assists with product development and design by collaborating with local craftspeople. The result is innovative, finely-made work. Fitz-Gerald’s co-conspirator is the evereffervescent Nelly-Joy Irakoze, a Burundi native who previously ran a Santa Fe bed and breakfast. “The best thing about Casa Nova is the joy I feel when I walk in the door,” she says. “I am very fortunate to be part of this amazing gallery, and am happy to be surrounded every day by the unique art and craft Casa Nova offers. It brings me back home each time I enter Casa Nova!” Casa Nova’s inventory of textiles, tribal art and home décor range from elegantly

functional to leading-edge contemporary. Noted throughout the store is the use of black and white with accented color. Black and white are two of the most emotive visuals in nature. The melding or juxtaposition of these two shades can be either simple or complex, and offer endless opportunities that other color schemes just don’t manage to generate. Figurative sculptures and adorable knit zebra dolls adorn geometric bedding; elegantly shaped ceramics twist and spire with delicate white lines; chic throw-pillows add a softening touch to any room. By combining the starkness of black and white with the world of African color, Casa Nova offers the best of the continent’s artistic talent. Casa Nova by Natalie The Art of Living and Living With Art 530 S. Guadalupe St. 505.983.8558 CasaNovaGallery.com


Discover Eternity’s Unique Collection of Furniture and Accessories

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aldoun Sassila has long been in the business of making people look and feel sexy. His unique eye and attention to detail has helped many a woman and man look their best through his Eternity for Women and Eternity for Men stores, respectively. However, his aesthetic and sensibility has long been sought out for home design as well, and last summer he opened his third store, Eternity Home.

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All within a block of each other and the Plaza, the Eternity trio of stores feature European-made inventory with southwestern flair. Since 1999, Kaldoun has offered private consultations to high-end customers looking for unrepeatable styles. He works closely with European designers to readjust styles and pick out colors to fit the needs of his clients. “Somehow the designers listen,” he laughs. Kaldoun grew up in the clothing industry; his dad was in textiles, his great-grandfather was a master weaver, and he is fifth generation in the textile and clothing business. “I love what I do,” Kaldoun confesses. He also spent much of his life in Paris working closely with private design companies to create and enhance lines. Eternity Home opened in August 2016, though Kaldoun has been doing private furniture consulting and interior design for the past 15 years. The bright and colorful store carries living room and dining room tables and chairs, sofas, bedding, lamps, rugs, and other accessories such as wall art and glassware. “Some homes need a facelift, while other homes just need a touch up,” Kaldoun describes. He has the remedy for both. Eternity Home works with an interior designer to offer design consultation in addition to the retail aspect. Walking into the store, what perhaps is most striking is the variety and expansion of color. “I love color,” Kaldoun says. “Most people are afraid of color. I teach people how to embrace color, how to pair different colors. Many people are drawn to beige and gray, for example, but I might advise them to add a bright red lamp.”

Kaldoun completely remodeled the bright window-filled store since taking over the space last summer, and says he gets new inventory every few weeks. He describes how much he likes searching for items for his stores: “I source my inventory mainly from France and Italy. A lot of the lamps are from New York.” “It’s all about making your home look great,” he reflects. “When working with a new client, I find out where they’re from, where they work, what their hobbies are, etc., so I can discern the best décor for their lifestyle.” It’s the same approach he’s long taken to women’s and men’s clothing and accessories: “I want to make you and your home look perfect.” Eternity Home 135 W. San Francisco St. 505.982.6286


Expert ADVICE

How to Identify and Protect Your Rugs/ Textiles from Insects?

MICHAEL ROSE Owner

One World Rug Care and Gallery 8212 Pan American Frontage North Albuquerque 505.821.0302 OneWorldRugCare.com

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ave you ever thought about inspecting your rugs and/ or textiles for moths, carpet beetles or silver fish damage or infestation? Now is the perfect time to do so. “Hatch season” is upon us, and it is better to be safe than sorry. In New Mexico, we have seen a massive influx of this type of damage in more recent years, which can be catastrophic and sometimes heartbreaking if not carefully examined and handled appropriately. With over 40 years’ experience in the industry, we can confidently say that in the past few years we have seen over $300K worth of non-correctable damage/loss. Protecting your investment is our top priority! At One World Rug Care & Gallery, our team of experts has the professional skills necessary to handle these destructive creatures in a non-toxic and chemical free fashion. What attracts infestations and damage-creating pests? Ultimately it is

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due to neglect and dark draft-less areas. Infesting bugs love protein fibers because the oils and lanoline give them what their little bodies need. Another thing that is a hyper attractant is any sort of PET URINE. Pet urine becomes an alkaline salt when dry, like salt and butter on popcorn. Pests absolutely love it! Where to begin examining? Start by observing the obvious dark and draft-less areas in your home, like under the couch, the rug hanging on the wall, grout lines, drawers, trunks, attics, under the bed, brick floor seam lines, closets, under any type of furniture, or anywhere else in your home that you would consider dark and draft-less. How to identify infestation? Get a bright flash light. After observing the many possible infestation areas in your home,

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you may find obvious signs of damage, actual bugs moving, and/or missing areas of design or color. Each pest has its specific way of infestation and damage. In addition, each have different life cycles. How to get rid of them? Contact us immediately and we will be glad to help. Prior to our arrival and assistance, vacuum into a well-sealed unit, weather pests are dead or alive, and discard into a sealed bag for disposal. If contents are small enough and you have a safe exterior space, place them outside in the sun. If you, a friend and/or family member may have a problem, contact us immediately. Don’t hesitate to send images for a prompt response during any phase of the process. We are a phone call way for FREE RUG CARE ADVICE.


Why Choose One World Rug Care & Gallery as Your Trusted Rug Expert

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ith over 40 years of experience and training in the industry, one can guarantee to be treated with respect, fairness and integrity while we reveal our hidden love affair with rugs. Making the most educated decision when purchasing a new rug can be very difficult. Our philosophy is to educate our clients about the “AgeOld Art We Call Rugs,” so that you can make the most educated decision regarding budget and what your love.

5) Last but not least, take the rug on a FREE test drive to see if it creates the proper harmony in the space and luxuriates the aesthetic value of your home.

We specialize in all types of rugs from around the globe... New, Semi Antique/ Vintage, Antique, Traditional, Contemporary, Tribal, Modern, Transitional, Hand Knotted, Woven, and the list goes on. We have a rug for everyone’s taste!

2) Moving Sales that never actually move.

At One World Rug Care and Gallery, we are proud and active members with The Academy of Oriental Rugs, who uphold the highest standards in the world. In 2014, we were elected TOP 72 Rug Care Experts in the World by The Carpet Collectors Magazine and in 2015 by the “Persian Rug Collectors Guide.” Plus, in 2016, YELP named us New Mexico’s LOVED go-to rug experts. Even if you’re not 100 percent ready to buy, we invite you in as family for a cup of tea or coffee to alight your senses and facilitate your onward love and passion for handmade rugs. Feel welcomed to check out a book from our library of rug books.

4) Auctions where your emotions create bidding wars and the price always exceeds the actual appraisal value.

HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT: 1) All rugs are sold at fair market value.

HOW TO BUY A NEW RUG: Helpful hints on buying your next rug. AVOID: 1) Up to 75% OFF Sales, where your favorite rug starts at 10% OFF and the one you don’t like is 75%OFF.

3) Going Out Of Business Sales that eventually open with a new name and or never actually close.

NOTE: Just as there are 365 days in a year, so there are 365 ways to generously mark up a rug to be marked down. Even though 75% off sounds tempting, in most cases it is still above appraisal value. Why do we stress appraisal value? Accidents happen and insurance companies will only insure and/or reimburse certified appraisal value, not an invoice purchase price. If you are ever in question regarding the value of a potential new purchase or existing rugs in your collection, feel free to contact us for a COMPLIMENTARY verbal appraisal. Visit us online at www. OneWorldRugCare.com.

2) Every rug purchased at One World Rug Care comes with a one year service maintenance program and a certificate of appraisal. Why? To reassure that you are purchasing the rug at market value and to assist maintaining its beauty for generations to come. 3) NO hard ball pressuring / all sales final tactics pressuring you to buy a rug you don’t love. 4) We offer COMPLIMENTARY interior decor assessments to help achieve the appropriate look and character you are trying to achieve.

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One World Rug Care 8212 Pan American Frontage North Albuquerque 505.821.0302 OneWorldRugCare.com

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FINDING PEACE OF MIND Peace of mind is worth a lot; just knowing you’re less vulnerable can reduce stress and enhance quality of life. With today’s technology, there are more options than ever when it comes to ensuring security and safety. From safes to cameras and everything in between, deterring crime is easier than ever.

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eff Botz has worked at Security Source USA for 24 years. The Albuquerque company enjoys working closely with customers to help them find the device or technology that makes sense for their wants and needs. Some of the more popular items Security Source carries are safes and cameras. Safes are usually purchased by people who want to protect their assets, from a valuable coin collection or expensive jewelry to fire protection of documents or photos. “A lot of people don’t trust banks

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anymore,” Botz says, as he explains how he increasingly has customers who keep cash at home. “They want to keep part of their assets at home where they can touch them instead of in a traditional safe deposit box.” Another demographic who commonly use safes are responsible gun owners who don’t want their firearms to end up in the wrong hands. Safes come in variety of types: wall, floor, handgun, gun, depository and vault doors for your business or home. Cameras are another hot item. “People want cameras for many uses, from

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making sure their kids or grandkids get home from school to making sure their dog is okay,” Botz describes. “A lot of people get peace of mind just from a simple camera.” With the proliferation of smartphones and wifi technology, cameras can be hooked up to your smartphone, allowing you to monitor your home or business from practically anywhere in the world. Smartphones allow camera owners to playback video for up to 30 days. Security Source’s Spy Shop carries all varieties of cameras and related devices. Botz uses the example of a teddy bear or clock radio with a camera in it that can be used to keep an eye on a nanny, or sunglasses with a discreetly embedded camera and recording device. Another popular item is a tracking device for cars or assets. Security Source’s inventory often crosses back and forth between people’s homes and businesses. “Most people love what we offer so much they’ll put them in both locations,” Botz says. “A safe at a business is obviously a good place to store check books, cash or any company valuables. And, of course, cameras can help keep an eye on inventory and prevent theft and damage to property and assets.” Security Source also offers installation and service; the company provides 24-hour response to any needs or emergencies in its service areas. Security Source also provides 24-hour monitoring for almost all types of burglar or intrusion alarm systems. “For me, it boils down to the products we sell; they have gained immense popularity as an effective crime deterrent,” says Botz. “The cameras are something you can see in real time, enabling people to monitor their home, business, children or animals. The safes too—they give our clients a sense of security. We’re in the business of deterring crime. We can’t stop crime totally, but our products can help make crime less probable.” In other words, it boils down to finding peace of mind. Security Source USA 7910 Lorraine Ct. NE Albuquerque 505.796.1111 SecuritySourceUSA.com


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utdoor living is one of the top benefits of New Mexico; the climate ensures an abundance of days best spent outside. Thus, the outdoor area where you call home should be as carefully considered as your inside décor. Tara Josub, owner of Truth and Heart Landscaping, has the skill, experience and passion to create beautiful outdoor environments that entice and excite. The Caribbean-born woman has loved being outdoors since childhood, and has molded that love into a honed skillset. “I spent a lot of time outside growing up,” she reflects. “I naturally want to be in the sun all the time. My mom is a gardener, and my grandma also; she grew mango trees and figs. I spent a lot of time pruning and planting; landscaping came naturally to me. But I didn’t always know that…” Josub was studying at St. John’s with the intention of going into international law, when she took up her first job working for a landscaping company in the early 2000s. One of her first lessons was about weeds; she learned which weeds were noxious to humans in terms of allergens, in addition to those that are garden eyesores. She found the learning process as fulfilling as the design and implementation process. One thing led to another, and soon Josub opened Truth and Heart landscaping at the same time as she completed her liberal arts degree. Josub launched her own business in 2003. Since then, she’s taken on all levels of residential projects that have given her the breadth and depth of experience she has today. Her big break came in 2005 when she was hired by a custom builder in Las Campanas to do all the company’s landscape projects for two years. Jobs included everything from galleries on Canyon Road to residences throughout the city. “I love creating striking and colorful designs that utilize desert plants. I’ve been painting since I was young, and I enjoy bringing my understanding of color into my work,” she describes. “I am also cognizant of climate change and our high desert climate coupled with an underlying water scarcity. My goal is to create sustainable long-term gardens that homeowners won’t have to mess with for 10 to 20 years.”

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Her process begins with a no-charge meeting to understand what clients are envisioning. Some are looking for an entertainment space, while others desire an intimate garden. Most of Josub’s clients are residential, though some are small businesses. From there, she develops a design.

“There are very few days that I don’t look forward to doing all of my job,” Josub asserts. “I enjoy watching the design come together; I enjoy working alongside people; and I enjoy the colors, textures and complexity of building a landscape that will last 10 to 15 years. Giving people that is so rewarding.”

One aspect of Josub’s philosophy is biodiversity, which translates into planting rare varieties of common plants to diversify the landscape as well as the microclimate. This encourages and attracts butterflies, bees and birds of varying species. Instead of just planting lavender, for instance, she might recommend a cousin to the common lavender plant that’s a bit more unusual. The idea is to both diversify the garden and provide her clients with an interesting plant to admire. She also often installs rain catchment and irrigation systems.

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ost of us are incredibly attached to our pets; from the way Bella curls up at our feet to the way Max nuzzles us for food, pets have a way of crawling into our hearts. But beyond their easy companionship and furry affability, are there any measurable health benefits to owning a dog, cat, bird or (insert animal here)? Turns out, there is. From reducing blood pressure to fighting allergies, pets can literally benefit our health. Researcher James E. Gern, MD, a pediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reports that kids who grow up around a furry animal have less risk of developing allergies and asthma. For instance, he cites that infants living in a home with a dog are 33 percent less likely to show evidence of pet allergies. Research suggests that the dirt and allergens a pet tracks inside actually boost a child’s immune system rather than hinder it.

there is an animal in the home. Additionally, the simple physical demands of pet care, like taking Charlie for walks every day, keep seniors active and nimbler for longer. Finally, pet ownership can reduce stress, consequently lowering blood pressure, cortisol and norepinephrine, all of which can contribute to heart disease. Blair Justice, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health, says playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine—nerve transmitters that are known to have pleasurable and calming properties.

Pet benefits are not solely limited to children; the elderly can benefit too. Lynette Hart, PhD, associate professor at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, claims that Alzheimer’s patients have fewer anxious outbursts if

Isn’t it nice to know your furry friend is earning their keep?

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typically have bathroom and shower facilities nearby. In certain situations, such facilities will be conveniently located within or adjacent to the structure. Most importantly, all will have immediate access to the outdoors. Cost can range anywhere from $60 to $2,500 a night, depending on the level of luxury and location. Very plush glamping situations might even have personal butlers, whose sole job is to satisfy your every whim. In recent years, glamping sites have sprung up across the globe to appeal to a variety of preferences and budgets. The number is growing to match the demand, as glamping has become its own category of travel. The appeal is across the board, as the range of possibilities is so varied. Couples, in particular honeymooners, who seek a different style of vacationing, are attracted to glamping. And families are increasingly finding it a popular choice because it presents a happy medium when it comes to traditional tent camping. The first step to planning a glamping getaway is to decide geographically

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hen you’re glamping, you don’t have to deal with pitching a tent, unrolling your sleeping bag or even building a fire. There’s no “roughing it,” as the amenities found at a glamping site far exceed anything most campers have ever experienced. Many glamping places have a unique structure, such as a luxury safari tent, yurt, treehouse or tipi, and are equipped with comfortable full-sized air mattresses, or even regular spring mattresses that sit on actual bedframes. Some are rigged for electrical power so you can operate lamps, appliances and any of your personal devices. They will

where you want to go, whether it’s to an exotic locale like Africa or to someplace nearby in the American West. Then figure out your budget and start searching online via sites such as glamping.com or glampinghub.com. Read reviews of the specific offerings to learn the pros and cons of each site. In the US alone, the options are many. At the higher end is The Resort at Paws Up in Montana, with its two to three bedroom fully furnished tents, upscale amenities, extensive array of activities, gourmet cuisine and more. Yellowstone Under Canvas, with its tipi style accommodations, is more down to earth. Families enjoy the ability of having an adjacent children’s tipi for convenience and extra space. Another bonus is the proximity to outdoor adventures in Yellowstone National Park. Some state parks are now offering yurts as an alternative to traditional camping. They typically provide only the basic necessities but, on the plus side, they offer complete shelter and protection from the elements. For anyone who has ever camped in the rain and woken up in a soggy tent, yurts are indeed a luxury!


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lijah Salazar has been in more than two dozen golf tournaments within the past two years, and he’s only nine years old. The Santa Fe native has traveled as far as Nevada to claim top honors within his age category, finishing first place eleven times in the Sun Country Junior League. He owes his skills and passion for the sport to the Little Linksters Youth Program at Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe, the city’s finest municipal golf course. “I learned how to hit a sand shot, which was neat, and how to line up the driver,” he says, “but I also learned how to focus on the game and not pay attention to others.” Elijah keeps playing because of the challenges inherit in the sport and because it’s a fun activity that gets him outside. He adds, “I enjoy it so much that I hope to continue and go professional one day.” Elijah is one of many kids who have participated in the youth program at the golf course. This summer, the facility will offer six one-week sessions geared toward youth ages six to 12. Participants, many of whom are returnees from year to year, learn the basics in an upbeat and positive environment. Alo Brodsky, head golf pro at Marty Sanchez, oversees the popular program. He comments, “We try hard to make the sessions fun while being instructional, so the kids feel good about themselves at whatever level they’re at.” He notes there are 20 children per session, with a ratio of one instructor for every eight participants. In Brodsky’s opinion, golf is more than a game, as he sees the long-term value in the sport. “It has so many benefits, especially for kids,” he says. “It can be a lifelong hobby and skill; you can use it as a recreational or social outlet, to get exercise, or to simply enjoy and appreciate the outdoors. It can also be an asset to a career later in life.” Brodsky emphasizes other qualities, adding, “Golf teaches honesty and integrity because the game is rooted in these characteristics. It also teaches discipline and patience, and is an excellent way to work on social skills.” For Brodsky, the game is a microcosm of life with its continual ups and downs, as well as its opportunities to gain perspective with experience over time. He believes golf can serve as a common ground to bring people from all walks of life together. With regards to the course at Marty Sanchez, Alo emphasizes that it’s ideal for those starting out, as well as for longtime golfers, who continue to find it challenging. “The most important things to know about this course are that it’s affordable, accessible and very playable,” he comments. “It’s rare to find a public course with this quality of play and level of service for such a reasonable cost. It’s a good bang for your buck. And, you can’t beat the views!” Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe 205 Caja Del Rio Rd. 505.955.4400 www.linksdesantafe.com

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t the very least, most of us own a personal computer and smart phone. More likely, you own a few more devices, such as a tablet or a Fitbit. Perhaps even aspects of your home are “smart,” allowing for ease and comfort. Consider the enormous amount of data you create every day, every hour. Where is it all stored?

Increasingly, data centers with storage servers are taking on importance. Given the sheer amount of data produced, a data center can be a boon to a town in the form of economic development. Luckily, New Mexico is ahead of the curve in this regard. Last year, Facebook announced it will open a data center in Los Lunas, a village of 15,000 just south of Albuquerque. Beginning in 2015, New Mexico began to court Facebook for consideration as the site of a new data center. It came down to Utah and the Land of Enchantment and, luckily, we enchanted Facebook enough for them to break ground here. Construction began last fall 2016, and the data center’s ensuing progress has brought much excitement around the state.

“The data center is being built in phases, which brings thousands of construction jobs into the local economy. That very much affects Los Lunas, of course, but Albuquerque all the way down to Socorro as well, with people in the construction industry commuting for work,” says Theresa Montoya, vice president of Los Lunas’ Chamber of Commerce and owner of Flyer Press, a print shop in Los Lunas. “Facebook has directed its contractors to hire as much work locally as possible. For example, my husband and I own a local print shop, and we’ve seen a lot of business in the form of blue prints. Hiring local is great for Los Lunas, and it’s great for New Mexico.” “Facebook is bringing tremendous economic benefits to the village of Los Lunas and its businesses,” echoes Gary Tonjes, president of Albuquerque Economic Development, a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to recruit new industry and help local companies grow. “There will be an estimated 700 to 1,000 construction workers on site every day for the next eight to 10 years. They’ll spend money with small businesses there, and the village will see a big jump in tax receipts. Albuquerque and the state will benefit as well, as other data centers and employers will follow with investments of their own. We’re working with several firms now that began their search because Facebook’s investment was seen as a validation.” ABOVE: Facebook Prineville Data Center

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The Los Lunas data center will be Facebook’s eighth center, with its ninth recently announced in Nebraska. Six of those nine have been initiated in just the past three to four years, demonstrating the social media company’s response to its mammoth user demand. While Facebook hopes to soon power all its data centers with green energy, the Los Lunas center will be powered with 100 percent renewable energy when it opens. The center is expected to be operational at the end of 2018. Matt Geisel, cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Economic Development Department, points out how the project drives diversification. “It’s creating new industry for us, and has sparked interest from other potential companies, giving us the opportunity to sell New Mexico as a great place to set up shop. And, beyond the construction, it will create about 100 jobs with a salary above the median income for Los Lunas. It’s not just job creation; it’s wealth creation.” For an example of what Los Lunas can look forward to in the next several years, one can look to Prineville, OR, the site of Facebook’s initial data center, built in 2010. A town of 9,000 in central Oregon, Prineville had the highest unemployment rate in the state at nearly 20 percent. Since Facebook’s made Prineville home,

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THERE WILL BE AN ESTIMATED 700 TO 1,000 CONSTRUCTION WORKERS ON SITE EVERY DAY FOR THE NEXT EIGHT TO 10 YEARS Apple has also moved in, unemployment has dropped by over 10 percent, and the schools have benefited from donated technology. “We are thrilled to have found a home in New Mexico,” says a spokesperson for Facebook. “Everything has been as advertised—from the strong pool of talent for construction and operations staff; to the great set of community partners who have helped us move forward so quickly; to the opportunity to power our facility with 100 percent renewable energy. We are excited to invest in this project and in this community, and we will find other ways to help the Village of Los Lunas, Valencia County, and the State of New Mexico continue to thrive. After all, we won’t just work here—we’ll live here, too.” Is Facebook the first in a new wave of tech investment in New Mexico? By the looks of it, prosperity is on its way. TOP: Architectural rendering of the Facebook Los Lunas Data Center BOTTOM: Technician working in Facebook Prineville Data Center

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Expert ADVICE

Help Protect Older Adults from Financial Abuse

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MULTIPLE CHECKS WRITTEN TO SAME PERSON OR ENTITY If you think your parents may be making questionable financial moves, ask to see their checkbook. If you see several checks written to an unfamiliar person or business, you might be viewing evidence of a financial scam. If so, you will want to intercede before your parents get victimized again.

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CHANGING POWER OF ATTORNEY OR BENEFICIARIES If your parents suddenly decide to name someone new as their “agent” (the person responsible for carrying out a power of attorney), you may need to investigate. The same is true if your parents change the beneficiary designation on their investment accounts or insurance policies.

Though it is possible for anyone to become a victim, older adults may be easier targets than younger people for a variety of reasons. That is why, when interacting with your parents, you should look for these warning signs:

UNUSUAL URGENCY TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT If you learn that your parents want to make some type of investment “immediately,” you should be concerned. No reputable financial professional would ever pressure them—or anyone else—to “act now” on an investment.

inancial exploitation costs older Americans billions of dollars per year, according to several sources, including the National Council on Aging. If you have older parents, could they be vulnerable to financial scams and rip-off artists? And, if so, what can you do to help protect them?

SUSPICIOUS NEW RELATIONSHIPS If your parent mentions something about a new friend, a romantic partner or some type of caregiver who seems to take great interest in your parent’s financial situation, you may have reason to be suspicious. Do not be afraid to ask some questions.

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at impersonating legitimate businesses and organizations. For example, unless you are looking closely at the email, you might think the logo of a bank or another company is being accurately depicted. Again, though, reputable businesses typically don’t send messages that are demanding, threatening or otherwise employing some type of extreme language. Also, stress to your parents that they should never wire money to a random account. Plus, remind them about the truth of “no risk” offers: Any financial offer that sounds too good to be true is just that—untrue. Every legitimate investment carries both risks and rewards. Older adults who have debt problems may be especially vulnerable to offers that claim to “clear up” all their debts. But there’s no quick fix to this problem, and any caller who claims otherwise is likely being deceitful. Encourage your parents to discuss their debt situation with an honest, professional debt counselor or financial advisor.

Apart from watching out for the above signs of trouble, what else can you do to help guard your parents from fraudsters?

Finally, if your parents don’t already work with a trusted, qualified financial professional, introduce them to one. Your parents worked hard all their lives. Do what you can to help them enjoy their “golden years” in dignity.

For starters, urge your parents to never give out personal information over the phone or online. Scammers have gotten quite clever

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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