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FineLifestyles FALL 2018 | VOLUME 4 ISSUE 3

SANTA FE & ALBUQUERQUE

DR. NICHOLAS LAM OF ALLURADERM MD MED SPA New Mexico’s Top Aesthetic Physician

AN INTERVIEW WITH COCHITI ARTIST AND DESIGNER VIRGIL ORTIZ INSIDE ¡GLOBALQUERQUE! MUSIC OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL CELEBRATING ALL THINGS WINE AND CHILE


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FIRST WORD With Fine Lifestyles editor EMMALY WIEDERHOLT

WHAT TELLS YOU AUTUMN HAS ARRIVED? Is it that first unmistakable scent of burning piñon wafting in the air? Or perhaps it’s the sound of hot air balloons hovering over the Rio Grande? And who could forget yellow aspen lighting up our mountainsides? Here in New Mexico, we are lucky to have a host of autumnal cues to see, smell, hear and taste. Here are a few more: The state’s premier food and drink festival, Santa Fe’s Wine & Chile Fiesta, brings together the area’s best chefs and the world’s best wines for a potpourri of flavors. Also listen for the international vibrations coming out of ¡Globalquerque!, a festival celebrating world music in its many forms. With so much excitement, it’s no wonder such notables as Dr. Nicholas Lam or Cochiti artist/designer Virgil Ortiz choose to call the Land of Enchantment home. Dr. Lam has been recognized as one of the best aesthetic physicians in the country, and Ortiz’ designs are on display around the country and worldwide. In this transitional stretch as summer falls into winter, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of the multitude of greats in our state. May this issue guide you toward just a few!

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FALL 2018 Volume 4 Issue 3 EDITOR Emmaly Wiederholt emmalyw@finelifestylessw.com DESIGN DeAnne Bell PHOTOGRAPHY Caitlin Elizabeth Herschel Mair Gabriella Marks David Marlow Daniel Quat Kate Russell Jason Stilgebouer CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Anya Sebastian Wolf Schneider Deborah Stone PUBLISHER Mike Puzey mikep@finelifestylessw.com 910.508.3694 SALES MANAGER Joe Encinias joee@finelifestylessw.com 505.250.2202

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CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS STYLE .................................................. 10 HEALTH & WELLNESS .....................26 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT ..................43 DINING ...................................................51 DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE ................68 HOUSE & HOME ................................ 73 SPORTS, REC & TRAVEL .................86

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FEATURES COVER: Dr. Nicholas Lam: NM’s Top Aesthetic Physician ..........28 An Interview with Cochiti Artist Virgil Ortiz ....................10 Inside ¡Globalquerque! Music of the World Festival

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Celebrating All Things Wine & Chile ........................................... 53

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A VISIONARY

Cochiti Artist and Designer Virgil Ortiz

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irgil Ortiz is an American Indian artist and designer who seamlessly moves between art, fashion and décor. The Cochiti Pueblo Native is highly sought after by collectors and celebrities alike, and has exhibited his work worldwide, including at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands, and the Fondation Cartier in Paris, France. Despite his fame and prominence, Ortiz stays close to his roots. He travels often for work – whether it be to Los Angeles to oversee the manufacture of his leather garments and Rez Spine™ accessories, or to New York or D.C. to work on his jewelry line exclusively available at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. But he says it is when he goes back home to Cochiti that he is able to best create for his next show/opening or collection launch. “Creating in a place that is pure, quiet and the atmosphere of home helps me focus,” he describes.

Artist Virgil Ortiz featuring centaur Kade, Cacique of the Horseman Tribe, a leading character in REVOLUTION: Rise Against the Invasion..

Hailing from a family of celebrated Pueblo potters, Ortiz grew up in a creative environment where storytelling, collecting clay, gathering wild plants, and producing figurative pottery were part of everyday life. The youngest of six children, he grew up under the influence of his grandmother, Laurencita Herrera, and his mother, Seferina Ortiz, both renowned Pueblo potters. “I realized at the age of 15 that it was my destiny to work with clay,” he tells. “Both my grandmother and mother taught me how to create, mostly using traditional shapes and designs on jars and storyteller figures. As I got older, I began to explore further by creating figurative works that were experimental in subjects, themes and painting designs. One day, Robert Gallegos, an art dealer from Albuquerque, asked my parents to take me to visit his showroom. To my amazement, it was the largest collection of Cochiti historic figures I had ever seen. What was most surreal was that the figures I had been experimenting on/ with looked exactly like these pieces from the past. This was a defining moment for me. To this day, my mission remains to revive the historic Cochiti pottery created around 1880 – 1920. These clay figures were based on social commentary; all my traditional clay work is created using the same methods and materials as our ancestors, it is only the subjects and era that have changed.”

Incubators; contemporary highfire clay vessels with glass tendrils.

He continues: “Later, I started to utilize our family pottery designs onto the different mediums I worked with. Placing these designs onto garments was a natural progression for me, followed by leather goods, interior designs, textiles and jewelry.” Ortiz’ work might best be summarized as bold, graphic and modernist infused with an age-old traditional flare. His work is constantly pushing boundaries, expanding on his rich culture, tradition and art history. Ortiz’ next big event, REVOLUTION: Rise Against the Invasion, will be on display from October 6, 2018 through January 6, 2019 at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. It tells the story of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt through contemporary art by blending historic events with sci-fi fantasy. Ortiz’ creations, including newly launched products, are available online at VirgilOrtiz.com. Form & Function. Rez Spine™ Carry-All Tote (available in 4 vibrant colors); virgilortiz.com

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EDUCATED CRAFTSMANSHIP EQUALS

Unparalleled Beauty What goes into a fantastic piece of jewelry? For Joseph DeBella of deBella Fine Gems and Jewelry Arts, the answer boils down to three components: education, craftsmanship and beauty.

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hen clients come by DeBella’s chic and inviting store next to Santa Fe’s historic Lensic Performing Arts Center, they are educated not only about the color and clarity of a gemstone, but also about the proportion ratios and fluorescence. “We spend the time to educate you on not only what it is you’re buying, but what the value is,” DeBella explains. He continues: “For instance, right now we have a large sapphire that has not been treated. That’s very rare because of its size and where it’s from, and there’s a big difference between a stone that comes out of the ground a certain color and a stone whose color has been affected through various treatment processes.”

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Craftsmanship is where DeBella’s designs shine. He believes function and form should go hand in hand, and “handmade” should always connote perfection, never an excuse for being rough around the edges. He commonly includes some aspect of the design that is obvious only to the wearer. For example, many of his rings are counterbalanced to not slip around the finger. He also frequently includes small diamonds underneath the more prominent gemstones, allowing them to sparkle more. “I balance timelessness and elegance with wear-ability and enjoyability,” says DeBella. “It’s about making the piece fit the individual’s body and lifestyle.” When he builds a necklace, for example, he considers if the wearer’s shoulders are

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square or their length of hair. Or, when he builds earrings, there’s always a left and a right to accentuate the wearer’s face. His engagement rings incorporate design components representational of the couple. To begin a new piece, DeBella draws a design by hand to scale, and then uses either casting or hand fabrication depending on the demands of the piece. Unlike many jewelers who use CAD programming, which he explains is simply a method of inserting various design components into a computer, DeBella builds his pieces organically, drawing upon his own raw skill and imagination. “I design for the individual body, hand or finger, never creating something generic,”


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reflects DeBella. “I always start with the stone and build from there. What does the stone dictate? What does it want to look like? And how can that be made in a way that is eminently functional for the wearer?”

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DeBella’s inventory is unparalleled, and he has access to gemstone dealers worldwide. Because of his international travels and decades of experience, DeBella has connections to rare stones most jewelers envy, so he commonly sources important diamonds for other jewelers based on his knowledge, expertise and network. In addition to one-of-a-kind rare jewelry, deBella Fine Gems and Jewelry Arts also buys and sells important estate pieces, including Cartier, Tiffany and Rolex. But it is DeBella’s own designs that truly dazzle. If you’re looking for educated craftsmanship and unparalleled beauty, look no further. deBella Fine Gems & Jewelry Arts 213 West San Francisco St., Santa Fe 505.795.7497 deBellaJewelry.com

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CASA NOVA INSPIRED BY OUR COLORFUL & CREATIVE WORLD

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ituated in the heart of Santa Fe’s historic Railyard district is Casa Nova, an exquisitely curated gallery-like space which celebrates the cultural wealth of indigenous communities and is highly regarded for its bold and unique blend of color, art, craft, contemporary design and furnishings. Casa Nova prides itself on recontextualizing and juxtaposing the extraordinary with the everyday in a world of cultural fusion which epitomizes “The Art of Living and Living with Art.” It is a dynamic, upmarket gallery often referred to as “a feast of eye candy”. NEW COLLABORATIONS: New African wax prints fashion collection that supports sustainability in Kenya, incredible ostrich shell jewelry from Namibia, stylish Mexican texture-inspired purses, beautiful handmade Maasai-inspired beaded jewelry from Tanzania, and so much more. This is a wonderful collaboration of individual and community empowerment – Casa Nova’s “raison d’etre.”

AFRICA ART ADORNMENT BEAUTY COLOR COMMUNITY CRAFT CREATIVITY CULTURE CUTTING-EDGE DESIGN ETHNICITY FOLKART FORM FUNCTION FUSION GLOBAL HANDMADE INSPIRATION RURAL STYLE TRIBAL URBAN Casa Nova by Natalie The Art of Living and Living with Art 530 S. Guadalupe St. 505.983.8558 CasaNovaGallery.com

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anta Fe Pens, now at the DeVargas Center, is New Mexico’s one-stop shop for all things writing. Owner Neal Frank brings his internationally renowned expertise to all aspects of the business. From finding that right graduation gift for a business-bound relative, to restoring grandpa’s vintage writing instrument, or simply experimenting with the latest in flex nib technology, Santa Fe Pens has been serving writing enthusiasts from around the world for 23 years. Santa Fe Pens’ inventory includes high-end collector models, daily writing pens, as well as starter calligraphy models. Santa Fe Pens also offers an exclusive annual edition consisting of 40 fountain pens and 10 roller ball pens, which are unveiled at the Santa Fe Pen Fair held each March at the DeVargas Center. Santa Fe Pens also stocks a large selection of fully restored vintage fountain pens. And the shelves are always full of beautiful journals and date books, leather bags, fine writing papers, colorful inks and writing accessories. “There are two types of people: Those who know and appreciate fine writing instruments and buy whatever their budgets can afford; and those who use nothing but what they’ve stolen from their bank,” is a quote often cited by Mr. Frank. He encourages nice pens for gifts since “the younger generation has no clue as to what writing with a nice pen is all about. And, despite this wired age, everyone still needs a pen. It might as well be a nice one.” Stop by Santa Fe Pens in the DeVargas Center and see the largest selection of pens in New Mexico. Santa Fe Pens 179-A Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe 505.989.4742 santafepens.com

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Where Luxury Accessories Abound By Debbie Stone

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uality pre-owned luxury handbags and accessories are the name of the game at Real Deal Collection. The shop has earned a reputation for offering high-end designer brands at a fraction of retail price. “We have hundreds of awesome pieces,” says owner Corey Palmer, “And every item is guaranteed authentic—forever.”

Palmer, a longtime collector of vintage bags, got into the business because she wanted to prevent the circulation of counterfeits. “I got scammed before… there’s just so much smoke and mirrors out there,” she explains. “It’s upsetting, which led me to becoming an authenticator myself.” Palmer started Real Deal Collection in 2006, and has been going strong for over 10 years. “Everyone can wear accessories, no matter what dress size you are,” explains the luxury handbag aficionado. Palmer stay true to her store’s name: She offers the ‘real deal.’ The most popular brand at Real Deal Collection is Louis Vuitton, followed by beloved brands such as Chanel, Hermès, Gucci, Prada, Bottega Venetta and Céline. “Women just love these gorgeous classic designs,” Palmer asserts. In addition to handbags, the store offers luxury brand shoes, scarves, wallets, sunglasses, jewelry and luggage—all in gently used condition. Furthermore, Real Deal Collection buys, sells and trades bags and accessories, and thus is a great resource for someone looking to clean out their closet or turn their no-longerworn items into cash or trade for something fresh. Real Deal Collection 223 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe 505.795.5979 RealDealCollection.com TOP RIGHT: Corey Palmer

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Dress: Fuchsia Variegated, Bamboo Mix Coat: Silver/ Grey, Cashmere

Dress: Wheat, Rayon Mix 3/4 Coat: Champagne Bronze, Rayon Mix

Sweater: Azurite, Bamboo Coat: White/ Chalk, Cashmere

SIMPLE ELEGANCE

NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE Photos Caitlin Elizabeth

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oft and sophisticated, hand-loomed knit clothing is stylish in every season or situation. Nobody knows this better than Dean Cheek of DC Knits, a Santa Fe boutique full of one-of-a-kind knit designs, all made in-shop.

“I people-watch a lot, and I basically see who looks comfortable in what. Once I have a design in mind, I imagine what fibers I have, and how I can make that design lightweight enough to knit,” describes Dean. “I try to design simple pieces that can be dressed up or down.” Bamboo is popular, especially for dresses, due to its softness. With fall approaching, Dean is making more designs in merino and cashmere. He adds Lycra to keep elasticity and cling in some sweaters and dresses. “I use fibers I like the feel of,” he says. “After all, who wants to feel itchy?” Dean designs the gamut: wraps, ponchos, capes, sweaters, dresses, shorts, pants, children’s clothes, scarves and hats. He takes special orders, as well as repairs, and even knits dog and cat sweaters! “All designs can be knit in different colors,” Dean emphasizes. Special orders take two to eight weeks. Also in the shop are jewelry and scarf pins, many of them made by Santo Domingo artisans. The beaded traditional craftwork pairs elegantly with Dean’s designs. The shell shawl pins are exclusive to DC Knits, creating unique accent pieces. Most recently, DC Knits is carrying rare turquoise from mines that haven’t been open in years. The raw edges of the turquoise perfectly compliment the soft fibers of the clothing. “The way I knit is the way sweaters were made before mass production and automation,” Dean explains. “I create new designs every season, and I love seeing customers leave the store wearing a piece of my work.” DC Knits 102 E. Water St., Santa Fe (Entrance on Shelby Street) 505.471.3640 www.dcknits.com Sweater: Teal Marled, Cotton mix Dog Jumper: Purple, Wool

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Dress: V-Neck Marigold, Bamboo Handknit Wrap: Brown Metallic, Alpaca Mix

Sweater: Mint, Cotton Poncho: Turquoise, Cashmere

Dress: Aegean Blue/Copper Metallic, Rayon Mix Chameleon Wrap: Dark Neon Rose, Cashmere

Sweater: Turquoise, Bamboo Chameleon Wrap: Pansy Patterned, Bamboo

Sweater: Grape, Bamboo Skirt: Firebird Variegated, Cotton Mix Coat: Bruno, Linen Mix

Sweater: Brown/Forest/Maroon Intarsia, Cotton

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CREATE YOUR OWN PERSONAL STYLE AT ULI’S! Uli’s is a women’s and men’s (children too!) clothing boutique for people with discriminating and fanciful taste. Uli herself is renowned for her ability to dress specific body types and personal styles to their best look. She has a loyal following of clients from all over the country that fly to Santa Fe just to meet with her to do wardrobe and style development.

THOSE IN THE KNOW SHOP ULI'S.

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Expert ADVICE

CARING FOR VINTAGE WATCHES

DAVID PERLOWIN Owner

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

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intage watches are akin to vintage cars; whereas the mechanical make-up hasn’t changed dramatically over the past decades, other improvements with regards to parts and design have made newer models more robust. But just as everyone loves a vintage car, there’s nothing like a vintage watch. And —similar to an older car—taking care of a vintage timepiece is paramount in keeping its value. Santa Fe’s World Class Watches owner David Perlowin is a Swiss-trained watchmaker who brings knowledge and experience to caring for timepieces both old and new. “There are few watches that maintain or increase in value over time,” Perlowin explains. “It has a lot to do with the manufacturer—like Patek Philippe and Rolex—and the model within those brands.” Perlowin explains that the Sport Rolex, for example, is best treated at a place like World Class Watches instead of sending it to Rolex because the company often replaces the outdated parts, such as dials and hands, that

made the watch so valuable in the first place. World Class Watches has a Rolex factory parts account, and can service your Sport Rolex without ultimately devaluing the piece. Regardless of the rarity of your watch, it’s important to have even the newest model regularly serviced in order to keep it performing optimally. A mechanical watch should be serviced—which means being completely disassembled, cleaned, lubricated, and parts replaced as necessary—every five to seven years. Even if it’s been sitting in a drawer untouched, a watch should regularly be evaluated, as the mechanical lubricants can dry out or gum up, causing stress when it’s rewound. Should you drop your watch or bang it on a hard surface, it should immediately be looked at; unseen damage like a loose screw can cause injury to the watch over time. Additionally, any signs of moisture or fog should signal a watch check-up, as rust can greatly harm a beautiful timepiece.

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Regarding changing the battery in your watch, batteries used to contain mercury and thus last much longer than current battery models. Today, a watch battery needs to be changed on average every 16 months. When the second hand starts to jump in three to five second intervals, this is a good indicator your battery might be failing. And while battery changes are the most common cause for why a watch stops, in older vintage models, it is often because the movement and gaskets need to be replaced. This is yet another reason why regular service is important. World Class Watches sells pre-owned Rolex watches that have been serviced with genuine factory parts, setting the business apart from almost any other pre-owned seller. New watch brands available are Ball, Eterna and Luminox. From service to retail, Perlowin’s expertise makes him uniquely sought after in the realm of world class watches.

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

A TALE OF

Geronimo, Hot Springs and Hollywood By Deborah Stone

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ative American history, healing waters and show biz are ingredients for an intriguing story about a unique town along the banks of the Rio Grande in the high desert of southern New Mexico.

Truth or Consequences, which was originally called Hot Springs, has a colorful past. For hundreds of years, Native Americans met at the hot mineral springs that flowed from the ground where the town is now located. They discovered that the waters had inherent healing properties. It is believed that the famous Apache warrior, Geronimo, soaked in these springs. Hot Springs underwent a name change with the help of Hollywood. Ralph Edwards, host of the popular radio and later T.V. show, “Truth or Consequences,” announced he was seeking a city to rename itself in honor of the program’s 10th anniversary. Several towns sent letters indicating their desire to participate; the most interesting one came from Hot Springs, New Mexico. The show’s producer, Ed Bailey, traveled to Hot Springs to interview the residents and elected officials and, subsequently, the town voted to change its name on March 31, 1950. Visitors to T or C can learn all about this quirky city’s rich history at the Geronimo Springs Museum. Next to the museum is Las Palomas Plaza, the site of the original hot mineral springs. Hot mineral water actually flows directly from underground,

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Riverbend Hot Springs has prime real estate on the Rio Grande.

cascading down artist-sculpted ceramic mountains and flowing along canals and benches. The water is geothermally heated with temps ranging from 95 to 117 degrees Fahrenheit. Its high mineral content is purported to be therapeutic, which is what spurred the creation of the town’s bathhouse scene. By the 1930s and 40s, T or C was known as a healing center and people came in droves to take the “cure.” Today, there are approximately 10 public bathhouses offering private soaking tubs or natural pebble bottom pools on an hourly basis. Most of them have been restored in quaint and eye-catching styles. They range from the rustic La Paloma to the scenic Riverbend Hot Springs with its prime real estate on the banks of the Rio Grande. In a class in itself is the upscale

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For upscale digs, stay at the Sierra Grande.

Museum exhibits detail the story of how T or C got its name.

T or C is home to many artists

and elegant Sierra Grande Lodge & Spa, an iconic hotel now under the ownership of mogul Ted Turner. The property is a lovely sanctuary for body, mind and spirit, offering an array of holistic spa treatments, along with both indoor and outdoor private mineral bath facilities. T or C is a place where folks can recapture the feeling of bygone days and step back in time. The heart of town is dotted with historic buildings dating back to the 1920s. A number of artists make their home here and their work is on display at several eclectic galleries. And, if you’re into retro and antiques, you’ll be in seventh heaven with all the vintage and secondhand stores. There are also plenty of recreation options, including swimming, boating, fishing and hiking at nearby Elephant Butte Dam and Lake, the state’s largest and most popular state park.

T or C's quirky vibe.

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COVER STORY

NEW MEXICO’S #1 AESTHETIC PHYSICIAN

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ow you look isn’t superficial; it’s a reflection of how you feel and who you are. Nobody knows this better than Dr. Nicholas Lam, medical director and owner of AlluraDerm MD Med Spa. The Albuquerque practice is New Mexico’s number one provider of Botox®, Juvéderm® collection of fillers, Kybella™, CoolSculpting® non-invasive fat reduction, Fraxel® skin resurfacing laser, Thermage® non-invasive skin tightening, and SkinMedica® physician-grade chemical peels and skin care products. Dr. Lam hails from a medical background in anesthesiology. Beyond working as an associate professor in anesthesiology and an adjunct associate professor in neuroscience, he has conducted numerous clinical trials, participated in NIH-funded research, and been an invited speaker to prestigious international conferences. However, there came a pivotal moment when he realized he would devote his work to aesthetics.

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“I became very successful in anesthesiology,” Dr. Lam relates. “However, anesthesiology is about crisis management and removing negative factors like death, pain, suffering, nausea, complications, etc. It does not empower a person. It does not provide positivity. These things I found in aesthetics. My patients have taught me the importance of this.” In 2003, Dr. Lam was performing nerve blocks, and an attending aesthetic physician was impressed with his skill. She invited him to help her at her practice. Dr. Lam never looked back. As the owner and medical director of AlluraDerm MD Med Spa, Dr. Lam is able to positively impact lives on a daily basis. In his drive to excel, he has become the top aesthetic physician injector of Botox® and the Juvéderm® portfolio of fillers in New Mexico and the top 50 in the nation. He is also the first and only physician in New Mexico who has become licensed to treat cellulite with a technique that is FDA approved for the longest duration of improvement.

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His skill, commitment and compassion bring out the natural beauty in his patients. “After performing a treatment, not only have I restored youth or enhanced beauty, I have enabled a fellow human being with positivity,” he says. “This positivity will be evident in his or her interaction with the next person they meet. This is a powerful ripple effect.” When asked how a small practice like AlluraDerm can be ranked top 50 in the country over big practices in cities like New York or Los Angeles, Dr. Lam beams, “I have the greatest staff in the world who share the same vision and passion to empower and instill positivity. My staff would bend over backward and go above and beyond what is necessary to deliver exceptional patient care in a heartbeat.” He continues: “When a patient’s face lights up with joy, or when they cry from happiness after I have completed a treatment in our office, this is when I feel most accomplished. This is when I feel I have been impactful. This is when I feel I have helped a fellow human being.”

AlluraDerm MD Med Spa 9501 Paseo Del Norte NE, Suite B Albuquerque 505.821.9630 alluraderm.com

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nce the workout of dancers and movie stars, Pilates is now the fitness regimen of anyone who prioritizes core strength and fluidity of motion. Its benefits include strong abs, lean muscles, range of motion, and reduced stress and injury. Through proper breathing, correct spinal and pelvic alignment, and concentration on smooth movement, Pilates conditions the entire body, not just certain muscle groups. This is why so many athletes use it as a cross-training mechanism. Because most of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, its low impact is attractive to people not wanting to exert unnecessary pressure on their joints. German born Joseph Pilates developed the exercise methods known today as Pilates during World War I. Originally a selfdefense instructor, Joseph was interned in England, where he was touring when war broke out, and there created a workout system based on resistance. In 1926, he moved to New York City, where he opened a fitness studio, sharing an address with the New York City Ballet. In fact, dance and Pilates have a long history. Dancers quickly adopted Joseph’s methods as a means of cross-training and core stabilization. For most of the 20th century, Pilates was primarily practiced among dancers, performers, movie stars and the New York and Hollywood elite. Today, over 10 million Americans practice Pilates regularly, with numbers ever increasing. Whether you’re a long-time practitioner or new to Pilates, its benefits will make you healthier, leaner and stronger.

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PILATES SANTA FE Live Young Longer

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here’s a reason why Pilates Santa Fe has consistently been voted the best in town for over 15 years. What the studio has to offer is unique in its field and includes a wide variety of health and wellness modalities, in addition to the toprated private and group Pilates classes.

Founder and director Ray Kurshals was a professional dancer in New York City for over 20 years before becoming a certified Pilates instructor. As a dancer, he was very familiar with the exercise technique—the ‘go to’ favorite for his profession—because it builds strength without sacrificing flexibility, and flexibility without sacrificing strength. Kurshals is the only person to have studied with five of the six masters who learned the craft directly from Joseph Pilates himself. His studio follows the founder’s original vision of combining the best of eastern and western techniques, and it’s the only studio in the world that focuses on the importance of the union between body, mind and spirit. “People with health issues come in for a wellness assessment,” says Kurshals, “and we work with the symptoms presented to find the cause and restore balance.” Instructors use a multiFounder and director Ray Kurshals

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faceted approach, identifying and working with six points of wellness: structural, intestinal, emotional, nutritional, bio-electrical, and toxic overload. It’s the only studio with fully certified teachers who are also licensed and certified in many other healing arts, including color therapy, applied kinesiology, cranial sacral, electromagnetic pollution elimination and nutritional support. “Toxicity is a major cause of health issues,” explains Kurshals, “because, in addition to pesticides and herbicides, many things are now added to food and water that the body doesn’t recognize and can’t deal with. That can result in obesity, digestive and respiratory issues, nervous system disorders and a number of other problems. And because of technology, negative electrical energy is all around us and can cause significant health problems too.” Instructors at Pilates Santa Fe include a naprapathic doctor, yoga teachers, and Kurshals himself is a certified nutritionist, with training in osteopathic and chiropractic medicine, applied kinesiology, six kinds of massage techniques, cranial sacral and homeopathy. He is also the first Pilates instructor to be invited to work as an Olympic coach. Kurshals moved to Santa Fe in 1993 and opened his studio in 1995, in the same location where it is now. Some of his well-known clients during the past 25 years include Ali McGraw, Gene Hackman, Shirley MacLaine, Scott Momaday and the Coen brothers, and his Pilates studio is a favorite for actors, directors and producers involved in film productions in the area. As for the local community, Kurshals has now taught three generations and sometimes an entire family—grandparents, parents and children—will rent the whole studio for a private lesson. Pilates Santa Fe also offers therapeutic spa services, including several kinds of massage, infra-red sauna, ozone therapy and detox foot baths. In other words, it’s a one stop shop for anyone wanting to feel good, look their best and get mind, body and spirit in balance. Pilates Santa Fe 839 Paseo de Peralta 505.995.9700 PilatesSantaFe.com

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hat is Dr. Lips? It is a contemporary storefront that specializes in lip augmentation. Consider your Dr. Lips (Dr. Valdez) your personal expert in lip augmentation. Dr. Valdez believes every woman should have the opportunity to experience a safe, affordable and aesthetic lip augmentation. Dr. Lips only uses FDA approved fillers and, of course, licensed practitioners. Dr. Lips offers eight different lip styles to suit your natural lip form. Dr. Lips focuses on the natural geometric forms of your lips and enhances them to their appropriate height of contour. Using the minimal amount of material to maximize your aesthetic result saves you money. Our average lip augmentation is only $275. This is less than half of the national cost of lip augmentation. This cost, combined with a 15-minute lip treatment, makes us the leader in lip augmentation. Dr. Lips is the only practice that offers a $99 lip augmentation, the purpose of which is for the client to get to know Dr. Valdez and his staff, and thus experience a comfortable lip augmentation and see an immediate aesthetic result. Dr. Valdez believes in delivering the right lip care at the right time. This is why he also incorporates the “Kiss Shot,” a special treatment to reduce the lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Harvesting a small amount of blood plasma will re-vitalize your lips, creating the opportunity to enhance them. Dr. Lips offers specialized lip training and maintenance programs for your affordability. If you haven’t called for your free consultation, now is the time.

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DR. MARK RASMUSSEN, OD Optometric Physician

1651 Galisteo St, Suite 1 505.983.7746 ultimateeyecaresantafe.com

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ntreated macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in those over 65 years old. While researchers have not yet discovered a cure for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), there are treatment options that prevent the disease from progressing to blindness and, in some cases, they can even improve vision. However, there is no cure for this ocular disease, and AMD-related vision loss cannot usually be recovered. There are treatments and preventative measures that can be taken, if detected early, so routine eye exams are essential. It’s important to have an open discussion with your eye doctor about the risks and limitations of AMD treatments. TYPES OF MACULAR DEGENERATION: There are two basic types of AMD, the wet form and the dry form. Dry macular degeneration is considered the less aggressive form of AMD. It typically progresses much more slowly, and the level of eyesight damage is less

TREATING MACULAR DEGENERATION

severe. Dry AMD is detected during routine eye exams, which is why it’s important to have yearly testing. Treating dry AMD often involves high doses of zinc and antioxidants, which have been shown to slow the disease’s progression. Wet macular degeneration is the more severe form of AMD. It occurs when there is abnormal blood vessel growth (angiogenesis) and leakage, which can cause scar tissue to develop. Treatments include laser surgery, injecting light sensitive dyes, or medication injected directly into the eye to inhibit angiogenesis. At Ultimate Eyecare, we now use MacuHealth in the treatment of AMD. MacuHealth is a unique and patented formula specifically designed to rebuild and maximize macular pigment over a lifetime. This is important because replenishing macular pigment helps protect the macula (central retina) from disease, in addition to optimizing visual performance. MacuHealth works by doing the following:

quality of the optical image formed at the retina. In fact, shorter blue light wavelengths scatter more than other wavelengths, thereby resulting in glare, chromatic aberration, and light scatter. Consequently, these conditions contribute to loss of visual acuity. Macular pigment selectively filters out damaging and imagedegrading visible blue light. • Critical Carotenoids: MacuHealth is the only dietary supplement containing all three critical nutrients —Lutein, Meso-Zeaxanthin and Zeaxanthin—in the same 10:10:2 ratio that makes up macular pigment. Taken once a day, this small, easy-toswallow soft gel is clinically proven to restore macular pigments to normal levels, resulting in enhanced vision and aiding in the prevention of agerelated macular degeneration. Want to know more? Make an appointment to get tested for AMD or ask if MacuHealth is right for you.

• Restores Macular Pigment: Exposure to high energy blue light increases oxidative stress on the retina, which over time can lead to AMD. MacuHealth helps naturally restore macular pigment to optimum levels, and may protect against AMD because of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nature of its three nutrients. • Improves Visual Performance: Visible blue light has a negative effect on the

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THE NEXT LEVEL OF

Wellness, Beauty & Nutrition

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hen is a spa not a spa? When it’s a place called Light Vessel Santa Fe. “We call ourselves a health spa, because that’s something people can understand and relate to,” explains owner Denice Sherwin, “but we are really a wellness center. We believe that, given the right circumstances, the body has an innate ability to heal itself, so we work from the inside out, instead of from the outside in.” According to medical research, healthcare’s main enemy is stress. Studies show that up to 85 percent of bodily dysfunction and dis-ease is associated with stress, which, if not effectively dealt with, can potentially lead to serious health issues. So Light Vessel specializes in treatments and services that focus on deep relaxation, stress relief and detoxification. The center is very science-based and equally heart-based, including the cuttingedge Life Vessel, from which the center takes its name. FDA approved as a class II medical device, the Life Vessel is a chamber that utilizes frequencies of light, sound and vibration to balance and help detoxify the body, allowing it to perform its natural ability to heal itself. Research shows that time spent in the Life Vessel balances the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and helps with stress reduction, detoxification and pain management. When the ANS is in balance, other systems in the body are affected in a positive way. This powerful and beautiful experience consists of four one-hour sessions, conducted over three to four days. It’s the ultimate experience

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in deep relaxation therapy and is suitable for all ages, including children and babies. People have come from all over the world to enjoy the benefits of this technology, which include higher energy levels, improved sleep, enhanced immune function, stronger cognitive abilities, pain reduction and harmonizing all stress related imbalances. Traditional spa services are also offered; therapeutic massage, DNA facials, cranial sacral and Ayurvedic treatments. Less traditional services include hot laser treatments, ozone/oxygen steam sauna, infrared sauna, cryotherapy, colon hydrotherapy and detox packages. There is also an MD on staff who can help with integrative medicine for better brain health and cognition, and a Doctor of integrative and quantum medicine to support and maximize optimal health and wellbeing.

specialists are invited to come and speak. “It’s never been more important for people to understand and access the power they have,” says Sherwin. “The body does not know disease by name; it only knows imbalance, which manifests in the form of pain, tremors, inflammation, immune system issues… We can help support your body’s return to balance.” Since an essential part of good health is good nutrition, next door to the spa you can find delicious, high quality food at Love Yourself Café and Elixir Bar. Everything is made in-house and is gluten free and organic, with ingredients thoughtfully selected for their nutritional benefits. “The café and center are complementary parts of one model for regaining wellbeing,” says Sherwin. “It’s all connected.”

Educational classes—yoga, dance, qigong and meditation—are also available and there is a community room where authors and

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Light Vessel Spa and Love Yourself Café 199 Paseo de Peralta, Suite D, Santa Fe 505.473.1200 www.LightVesselSantaFe.com

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What Does It Take to be The Best Dentist in Santa Fe 2018? Photos by Daniel Quat

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r. Esmael Valdez appreciates family values as an essential element for a well-rounded medical professional. He’s a proud and active parent to three beautiful children, and the son of a large, closeknit, pioneering family. Well-known in the community as a generous participant in charity causes, he works hard to give back to the community. In his practice, Valdez has committed to decades of dedication, hard work, high-octane energy, superior technical training, a surgeon’s skill, and an exceptional “chairside manner.” A native New Mexican, Valdez was born and raised in Mora, where he absorbed the freedom and spirit of the open range, as well as the rough discipline that life on his family’s ranch required. Valdez found his passion for dentistry while working as a dental assistant for his mentor, Dr. Frank Sanchez. After earning his DDS from Howard University with honors, he returned home and served apprenticeships in two local clinics where he immersed himself in the hometown spirit of caring family dental practices.

In 2004, Dr. Valdez opened his first Divine Dental office in Las Vegas, NM, and began the work of creating spectacular smiles. He opened his second practice in Santa Fe the following year. Since then, Dr. V has shared his considerable skill and generosity with thousands of happy patients. “We take the time to learn about our patients’ lives outside the office,” Valdez explains. “We know about their work, hobbies and families. Our goal is to know them as people, as well providing the best dental care possible.” Now, the community has spoken: Dr. Valdez is #1. In the words of a few clients: “Dr. Valdez is the consummate pro!” “The doctor worked WONDERS on my teeth…” “I am SO GRATEFUL to Dr. Valdez and his superior staff at Divine Dental. This is the best dental care I have ever received in my 20 years in Santa Fe.” “Dr. Valdez is the best dentist in town! It’s almost a treat going to the dentist.” “The staff and Dr. Valdez always make me feel very comfortable on my visits. As a bonus I walk out with beautiful teeth, total confidence booster!”

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The Anatomy of a #1 Dental Practice: What Makes Divine Dental Unique?

• Extraordinary Dentistry—Dr. Valdez is trained and

certified in the newest, safest and most successful dental procedures and techniques including veneers, crowns, guided implant surgery, invisible aligners, teeth whitening and all other aspects of general dentistry.

• State of the Art Technology—Divine Dental is equipped with cutting edge digital x-ray technology, Cerec same-day crown technology, and the newest, most advanced technology available for implants and guided implant surgery.

• Courteous, Highly Trained Staff—The staff gets rave reviews on social media.

• Client Comfort—Each patient has an array of choices

from the following amenities: massage chairs in the reception area, complimentary high-speed internet, flat screen TVs in each operatory, Netflix, headphones, neck pillows, blankets, beverages and lip balm. Nitrous oxide is also available.

• Responsiveness to the Needs of Clients—

Divine Dental listens and does their very best to accommodate the individual needs of every client: “When I had a dental emergency, Dr. Valdez saw me the same day, even though he was not ‘my dentist.’ He just got himself a patient for life. He and all the staff are so kind and genuine! In this day and age, it’s rare! I thank my daughter for recommending him! God bless you all!” – Shellie H

• Communication —Consultations

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• Affordability—Divine Dental has the most competitive prices in Santa Fe.

• Specialties—Divine Dental specializes in veneers, crowns and implant-guided surgery.

• Family Atmosphere—You’ll always be treated like family at Divine Dental.

with doctor and staff are always thorough and complete. The staff thoroughly explains all recommended procedures and gives the best options for your dental health.

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Benefit from the Healing Powers of Salt By Anya Sebastian

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Owner Kim Rash, photo by Amanda McCarthy Oda, hair by Mackenzie Moore.

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he first salt cave in New Mexico will soon be open for business. Obviously not a real cave, it’s a space completely lined – floor and walls—with Himalayan pink salt crystals. Minute particles of salt are also discharged into the air, so that occupants can breathe in the benefits at the same time. “It’s great for relieving respiratory issues, sinus problems and allergy symptoms,” says owner Kim Rash, a trained massage therapist and aromatherapist who moved from Kentucky to Santa Fe in March of this year. “It also helps to clear acne and detox smokers’ lungs.” Kim’s first encounter with a salt cave was in Asheville, North Carolina, where she went to study aromatherapy. It made such a profound impression on her that she, together with her best friend, decided to open the first of its kind in Kentucky. But her lifelong dream had always been to live in Santa Fe and, after running what quickly became a very successful enterprise for almost two years, she sold her half of the business to her partner in order to fulfill that dream. They say that Santa Fe either welcomes you or rejects you, in which case Santa Fe has welcomed Kim with open arms. Not only did she find a place to live within a few days, but she also found a suitable commercial space in a convenient and accessible location on Second Street. It even has parking. It took less than six months from the time she arrived to get settled, buy the commercial property, and get everything refurbished to fit the needs of her new business. The Santa Fe Salt Cave will be able to accommodate a maximum of 10 people in zero gravity lounge chairs (visitors must be at least 12 years old), and sessions will last 45 minutes. In order to maintain the integrity of the salt, it will be a shoe free zone, so people will be encouraged to bring socks, or they will be able to purchase a pair on arrival for just $1.00. Soft spa music will play in the background and no talking will be permitted.

technology and the hectic pace of life these days.” So cell phones will have to be silenced, or better still, switched off altogether. And, to keep the salt clean and pristine, no food or drink can be brought into the cave during sessions, but it’s strongly recommended that participants drink plenty of water afterwards. Plans are in the works to offer special events each month, including yoga, guided meditation, drumming, hypnotherapy for stress relief, sound healing and more. Sessions will start on the hour every hour, with single 45-minute sessions priced at $35. Special packages will also be available at a reduced rate: four sessions for $100 and 12 sessions for $250. Business hours will be as follows: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Tuesday.

“It’s a wonderful place to relax and restore, even if you don’t have any medical issues,” says Kim. “And it’s a place to disconnect from

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FINE LIFESTYLES MAGAZINE! MADE in the Shade It’s great to spend time outdoors admiring New Mexico’s stunning landscape but, at 7,200 ft. above sea level, wind and sun exposure can wreak havoc to both skin and furniture. Santa Fe Awning has a solution that offers the best of both worlds: With a Santa Fe Patio Wind and Solar Screen, you can enjoy your view to its full extent.

WITH OUR SCREENS, PEOPLE CAN SIT OUTSIDE AND ACTUALLY ENJOY THEIR PATIOS

Santa Fe Awning owner Jeff Maul— who is also Talachy’s father—wanted to create screens that were New Mexico proof, able to withstand the sunniest and windiest days. The screens typically do not have to be replaced for 10 to 15 years. Another innovation is the width of the screen. Because the last thing homeowners want is a seam gutted view, Maul achieved a fabric width of 126 inches, the first awning company in the world to mill fabric that wide.

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creens are our number one product,” says manager Sara Talachy. “Many homes here have a West-facing patio to take advantage of the sunset. Our screens drop down to block both direct sunlight and wind. They can take a highwind load, which is unusual in the industry, and we have a lot of wind in New Mexico. With our screens, people can sit outside and actually enjoy their patios. It also protects the sun from coming into West-facing windows and bleaching the furniture and floors.” The screen’s fabric allows for 90 to 95 percent blockage. At the same time, the screens are completely transparent from the inside, but do not allow for outsiders to see in.

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Another popular product is Santa Fe Awning’s shade sails, which are ideally placed above a pool or hot tub. “They are often described as geometric flying shapes for shade,” Talachy says. The sails are made of a fabric that stretches in order to achieve a taut and wrinklefree surface. “Our goal is to create a comfortable environment outdoors by blocking the wind and minimizing the sun,” Talachy sums. “It can mean installing a patio screen or it can mean building artistic shade with the shade sails.” With a little help from Santa Fe Awning, your patio can be your spring and summer domain.

An unexpected asset to the screens is how much they reduce cooling costs. Talachy had her house built specifically to test how effective the screens could be at reducing summer heat. She has three large 12 x 9 Westfacing windows. The first summer, she did not have a screen installed, and the house would heat to 84 or 85 degrees. The second summer she had the screens up, and the house did not get above 72 degrees. Though she had a swamp cooler, she purposefully did not turn it on either summer so as to get a comparison on the efficacy of the product.

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CASA NOVA Where Craft and Art Meet Photos Linda Carfagno

I manage The Teahouse on Canyon Road. Of all the publications we have advertised in, Fine Lifestyles has been the most talked about. People all over town tell me they enjoy reading our article. We can attribute a great deal of our growth to Fine Lifestyles! Jennifer Wowak The Teahouse

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Fitz-Gerald’s co-conspirator is the ever-effervescent 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. What else to ask? Casa Nova has become my home!”

Fitz-Gerald admits her goal is not only to bring out the best of Africa’s artistic talent, but also to support and nurture the artists, craftspeople and designers in the interest of poverty alleviation and sustainable livelihood creation. “Your purchase helps give them a sustainable income toward financial independence,” she says. She notes how her customers love the stories behind the products, as well as the fact they can make purchases with a social conscience.

Currently showcased in the gallery are the Kuba textiles, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Woven from the raffia palm, the elaborate and complex geometric designs are generally sewn onto a main woven panel of fabric, which is then embellished with repetitive patchwork, applique and embroidery to form a textured surface. These richly tactile fabrics influenced, among others, the famous French artist Henri Matisse; he combined the African aesthetic with his own vivid color palate.

Fitz-Gerald also leads tours to Africa once a year, an insider’s tour for those interested in exploring the continent in depth. She infuses the experience with cultural and culinary forays, as well as with a hearty dose of adventure, safari, flora, fauna and, of course, art. Casa Nova by Natalie 530 S. Guadalupe St. 505.983.8558 CasaNovaGallery.com

While traditionally used as ceremonial skirts, the Kuba’s intriguing designs also make great interior décor; through unique shops like Casa Nova, anyone can now admire and find inspiration in the Kuba textiles, using them as pillow or bed covers or hanging them as art in their own right.

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atalie Fitz-Gerald likes to refer to her shop as a “visual feast,” which accounts for how often she produces that special “wow” factor among her customers. The Santa Fe resident owns Casa Nova, an up-market gallery located in the city’s historic Railyard district. Creating a medley of cultural fusion, Fitz-Gerald 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 Kuba are used both functionally, ritually, and for barter and exchange,” Fitz-Gerald explains. “The middle color is woven by the men, and the women complete the applique. From an artistic and design standpoint, they are absolutely brilliant.”

“I work with anywhere from 25 to 30 cooperatives at any given time,” says Fitz-Gerald. “It’s a collaborative effort with regards to design, product development and marketing, and I always strive to be very sensitive to issues of heritage and tradition.”

These Kuba textiles are part of an extensive textile collection available at Casa Nova Gallery including, but not limited to, Indigo, Mudcloth, Kente Cloth, felted fabric, Oaxacan, Chinese and South East Asia textiles.

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2.24% Build Your Luxury Home Here! 821 Vista Catedral, lot 104, Santa Fe, NM 87506

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Prices in the luxury market are showing a slight increase, with the average selling price per square foot up more than 5% over the previous year’s fourth quarter.

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A rising momentum in selling prices is further indicated by a 4.54% increase in listing price vs. selling price. Negotiations on price are getting tighter as the luxury market strengthens.

anta Fe’s Residential Luxury Market continued its five year rise in 2016, and saw a significant 16.2% increase

We foresee 2017 continuing this trend as all indicators are pointing toward continuing improvements.

in the number of luxury homes sold from the previous year.

The majority of the increase in the luxury market was in the $1m - $2m range, with sales over $2m decreasing slightly over the last five years. It’s the highly desirable properties in this price range that

This is the single biggest increase we have seen in many

continue to attract interest and sell, and larger and dated properties that are not as appealing.

years and indicates a high level of consumer confidence in our local market. The steady increase in sales resulted in a dynamic 33.1% increase from five years ago. DBarker@SantaFeRealEstate.com LBarker@SantaFeRealEstate.com 505 992 3563 505 490 2626

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BOOK REVIEW Out of the West “Educated” is a bestselling memoir about how a young woman raised by survivalists in the Rocky Mountains educated herself sufficiently to make it all the way to Harvard.

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By Wolf Schneider

ho knows what transpires even today in some wide open spaces of the West? Where Tara Westover grew up on an isolated homestead in the Rocky Mountains, she took solace in reading between chores like salvaging iron. She tried not to feel left out when, on the highway below, the school bus rolled by without stopping. She was the daughter of Idaho survivalists who ran a junkyard and demanded she avoid schools and hospitals, with most of the household’s rules established by her fiercely authoritative Mormon-preaching father. Nobody would have predicted she would escape to graduate from Brigham Young University, win a scholarship to Cambridge, and become a visiting fellow at Harvard.

Tara Westover, Photo by Paul Stuart

In her acclaimed literary memoir “Educated” (Random House Hardcover & eBook, 2018), which has been sold in over 20 countries and was the subject of a heated auction when its author was only 28 years old, Westover recounts her true story, though changing some names. Like the Jeanette Walls memoir “The Glass Castle,” which was made into a feature film starring Naomi Watts, Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson, “Educated” is a tale of growing up in a hardscrabble, often abusive household. Also like “The Glass Castle,” it’s become a New York Times bestseller. A shocking story of physical trauma, oppressive ideological mania, and patriarchal domination during Westover’s childhood, “Educated” is a sparsely written and insightful view of her life in the modern West. It gains uplifting momentum halfway through when, as a teenager, the determined Westover gains acceptance into Brigham Young University against the odds. Her higher education becomes her way out of her father’s dominance into a wider mainstream world of possibility.

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¡GLOBALQUERQUE! Music of the World By Emmaly Wiederholt

Mokoomba, Photo by Jim Holbrook

Every year, music artists from around the world convene in Albuquerque for ¡Globalquerque!, a festival celebrating world music in its many forms. What can best be described as a big party, the festival is an opportunity to learn from and share in different cultures.

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o-founder and co-producer Tom Frouge has a history in the world music record label business. Shortly after moving to Albuquerque from Los Angeles, a business acquaintance asked if he’d consider starting globalFEST West, the West Coast equivalent of globalFEST, a New York based global music festival and nonprofit. Frouge liked the idea but repitched it out of Albuquerque instead. “At the time, there was nothing in the Southwest or Rocky Mountain region that could act as a bridge between the East Coast, Midwest and West Coast for this kind of music,” he recounts. Frouge reached out to Neal Copperman, a longtime New Mexico resident with his own history in the world music genre, and asked if he’d like to partner in the endeavor. ¡Globalquerque! was born. Now in its 14th year, ¡Globalquerque! consists of 17 bands with 10 performances a night for two nights – Friday, September 21st and

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Saturday, September 22nd – on three stages at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. In addition, the festival also puts on the free Global Fiesta on Saturday the 22nd from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This includes myriad workshops with the artists, dance lessons, hands-on activities like the GlobalCookie decorating competition, and a musical petting zoo of assorted international instruments. As if that’s not enough, the Global Village keeps attendees immersed in the crafts, cultures and cuisines of the visiting music artists, and a cinema series takes place the entire month of September in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center. While ¡Globalquerque! has its eye on the globe, they like to keep things local. For instance, they commission a New Mexico-based artist each year to do their poster image (this year is Armando Adrian-López). The festival also presents New Mexico’s own music artists as well as Native American musicians from around the country, one of the few world music festivals to do so.

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“When we say, ‘world music,’ we mean, ‘music of the world,’” elaborates Frouge. “The genre used to be labeled ‘ethnic music,’ and usually signified traditional. In the 80s and 90s, there was an emergence of bands that kept one foot planted in their traditions while also expanding their palette. Music has always crossed borders. But ‘world music’ is not a genre like blues. You can have Sudanese hip hop next to Tunisian chants, and it’s all called ‘world music.’” It’s important to Frouge and Copperman that, no matter how cutting edge the music gets, it keeps one foot in tradition. This year’s line-up includes such diverse acts as Coreyah – a Korean band rooted in folklore but influenced by rock and Balkan Gypsy – and Jupiter & Okwess – a funk band from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of the bands are international touring acts, and many are award-winning. “If I could put our mission in one phrase,” sums Frouge, “it would be to recognize our similarities and celebrate our differences.”

To learn more, visit www.globalquerque.org.

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The Founder of Metaphorical Realism Visits New Mexico

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he founder of Metaphorical Realism, Vladimir Kush, once showed enthusiasm for the German Romanticism of Caspar Friedrich, admired works of the Impressionists from Edouard Manet to Vincent van Gogh and Paul CĂŠzanne, and took interest in Russian Symbolists Kandinski, Petrov-Vodkin and Filonov. From reproductions, he learned about Surrealist painters RenĂŠ Magritte and Salvador Dali. Building on this knowledge, Kush sought his own direction and creative method. We live in a world filled with meanings and symbols. Our thinking is naturally metaphorical. Artists transfer those metaphors from linguistics to visual paintings. Presenting the evasive and ever-changing world through metaphor makes it possible to bridge two widely separate subjects. Kush believes that paintings have the power to draw viewers in,

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allowing them to see metaphors and explore different layers of meaning. The skill of the artist to paint realistically allows this interrelation of different things to be convincing. This is Kush’s method, known as Metaphorical Realism. “Possessing the art of metaphor is the only art that cannot be learned from others… Real metaphor is the intuitive perception of likeness in things that are different,” Aristotle once said. This idea is where Kush found his voice as a Metaphorical Realist painter, and he resolved to follow it: metaphorical principle in content; clear, deep colouring; attention to detail; perfect technique. Metaphor is the means of communication that we live by. It aims at the subconscious, and gives full rein to imagination, as it is the imagination that creates the connections between two seemingly different things. Metaphor leaves the mind open to grasp onto the hidden likeness of things and events. And the more distant these things are, the greater the effect.

Kush believes it is the unexpectedness of a connection and sudden insight that is the true measure of a painting’s value. Different from art that leaves us in speechless admiration (realism) or suggests we solve a puzzle made of symbols (abstract art), metaphorical art challenges our subconscious with the symbolism of artifacts. Metaphor “sees” through centuries, unveiling the images of the world and connecting notions created by civilization. At the same time, metaphor reflect the complexities, ambiguity and contradictions of modern life. Kush’s mission is to find a metaphorical “parallel” for every aspect of life. Kush has a long history and deep relationship with The Longworth Gallery. “It has a very unique atmosphere because of Lisa’s personality,” notes Kush of gallery owner Lisa Rodgers. “She has a rare combination of being a great human being and a great gallery owner/director. From my long experience in the art industry, this combination is unique, to combine great human qualities and at the same time be such a great sales person of my art. But you have to believe in this art, and she has a lot of passion.”

MEET VLADIMIR KUSH, THE MASTER OF METAPHORICAL REALISM, ON FRIDAY, 12TH OCTOBER 2018 FROM 5 TO 8 P.M. INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SANTA FE BORN, JOAQUIN GALLEGOS, FLAMENCO GUITARIST WILL BE GIVING A LIVE PERFORMANCE. THE EVENT WILL INCLUDE AN OPEN WINE BAR, HOR D’OEUVRES AND LIVE MUSIC.

THE LONGWORTH GALLERY 530 & 532 Canyon Road 505.989.4210 TheLongworthGallery.com TheLongworthGallery@gmail.com

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golden pyramid towered over the Lensic stage on June 23rd, when nearly 200 guests gathered for Dinner on the Nile Onstage at The Lensic, an evening of spectacular fun and fundraising. The sixthannual gala celebrated the magic of ancient Egypt, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Lensic Performing Arts Center and its performance, community and education programs. As promised, it was a fete worthy of the pharaohs. Guests enjoyed one-ofa-kind cocktails (created by the mixologists at KGB Spirits) and an elegant wine-paired dinner, along with entertainment by the bejeweled Saltanah Dancers, who performed to traditional Egyptian music. Palm trees and colorful sarcophagi adorned the stage, and gilt-edged chocolate scarabs decorated each place setting. “I’ve never seen so many amazing costumes at a gala,” noted one attendee. “People really got into the spirit of the evening!” They got into the spirit of giving, too. “We are so thankful to everyone, including our many guests and local sponsors,” said Lisa Barker, Lensic board member and gala chairperson. “The money we raised is tremendously important in terms of what The Lensic can do for our community throughout the year. It was truly an incredible evening!”

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Guests on the Lensic stage; An elegant place setting at Dinner on the Nile; Guests capture special moments with the help of a selfie stick; Guests representing gala sponsors Jackson Family Wines, Allbright & Lockwood, and Martinizing GreenEarth Cleaning; The Saltanah Dancers begin their Egyptian dance performance; Local students show appreciation for donations supporting The Lensic’s arts education programs.


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JOE ILLICK & THE NEW YEAR’S EVE ORCHESTRA WITH OLGA KERN

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Tuscan Brunellos BRUNELLO, ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER WINES, comes from Montalcino, Italy. “Brunello” means brown, and is the name given locally to what was believed to be an individual variety of the Sangiovese grape. By law, Brunello wines must be 100 percent Sangiovese. They are known for their earthy notes, strong tannins, and relatively high acidity. I recently visited some iconic wineries in the area to taste the 2015 vintage. Let’s just say the area has had another incredible year and these wines will be drinking well for a long time to come! Biondi-Santi is the iconic signature wine of Brunello di Montalcino and was established in the mid-1800s. Ferruccio Biondi-Santi took a clone of the Sangiovese grape, known as Sangiovese Grosso, and produced the first ever Brunello. The Annata 2015 vintage has long lingering notes of tobacco, licorice and truffle. Aged in giant ancient barrels that give the wine its silky and soft feel, it will just get better and better. Casanova di Neri is relatively new on the scene. Founded in 1971 by Giovanni Neri who, with his great vision and passion, understood the huge potential of wine in the Montalcino territory, the winery is now considered one of the area’s finest. Their flagship wine is the Tenuta Nuova, which celebrates its 20th vintage in 2015. Their Cerretalto is a cru from a very small vineyard. It is amazing and deserves all the accolades it receives.

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Other wineries of note include Ucceleria, Altesino, Ciacci Piccolomina, Fontodi and Castello Banfi, to name a few. All are extraordinary wines and beautiful wineries to visit. Brunellos are somewhat expensive, and for good reason. Demand for these extraordinary wines far exceeds supply. Given that Montalcino’s winemakers are becoming even more selective and demanding of their product, the situation will only get worse. So do yourself a favor and buy some of the 2015 vintage to lay down for a few years or more. You will not be disappointed.

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outed as one of the best major wine and food events in the world, the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta kicks off its 28th edition September 23-30 at various venues throughout Santa Fe. Most major wine and food events are for-profit and corporate-owned, but Santa Fe’s festival is nonprofit, home-grown, grass-roots, and 100 percent community-owned and operated.

Photo by Gabriella Marks

The fiesta’s humble beginnings—28 years ago in the parking lot at the old Sanbusco Mall—featured 16 local restaurants and a dozen or so wineries, and drew a crowd of about 300 people. This year’s Big Event, covering the entire outside grounds of the Santa Fe Opera, will feature 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants and over 100 wineries from around the world, including the honored Wineryof-the-Year, Ramey (featured Champagne this year is Piper Heidsieck), and will have over 3,500 attendees and participants. Ticket sales for the Big Event on Saturday are limited to 2,500 and usually sell out weeks before the event. The limit is intentional to prevent overcrowding and to maintain a “boutique” feel. In addition to the Saturday Big Event, Santa Fe Wine & Chile features a film festival, wine-maker dinners at Santa Fe restaurants each evening, seminars, sommelier lunches, world famous guest chefs, a reserve tasting, tours, a major wine auction luncheon, a golf tournament, a Grand Fondo bike ride, and a Champagne brunch.

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The fiesta is a year-round effort of a 20-member volunteer board of directors, headed by this year’s president, Michael Trujillo, as well as a full-time paid executive director, Greg O’Byrne (now in his 25th year) and a full-time administrative assistant, Katharine Wright.

More information, complete details and schedule for this year’s fiesta are available at SantaFeWineAndChile.org or call 505.438.8060. Photo by Gabriella Marks

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What Does the Wine & Chile Fiesta Mean to You?

I’VE BEEN INVOLVED with the Wine & Chile Fiesta for 26 years. It made possible everything I have done in the restaurant industry, beginning with Burt’s Burger Bowl. We were the only restaurant that was part of the festival without having a liquor license; now that’s not possible, but we were grandfathered in. Wine & Chile gave me the opportunity to showcase Mexican food. One of the first dishes I served at the fiesta was Tacos al Pastor: lamb barbacoa slow-cooked for 24 hours. Its popularity enabled me to start Burt’s La Taqueria. Now that I am the chef of Sazón, the Wine & Chile Fiesta continues to be great exposure. This year, we’re particularly excited to introduce the wines of Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe.

Fernando Olea

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221 Shelby St., Santa Fe 505.983.8604 SazonSantaFe.com

What Does the Wine & Chile Fiesta Mean to You? THE WINE & CHILE FIESTA is a great community event that provides an opportunity to mingle with other chefs in the industry. In the restaurant industry, that can be very difficult to do. Chefs work many hours and can’t necessarily go to other establishments and enjoy themselves, so the fiesta is a good way to mingle and meet. The fiesta is also a good way to remind people who haven’t strayed from the Plaza scene that we’re here. It’s also the end of the summer season in Santa Fe, so it’s a great way to ring in fall!

Edmund Catanach and Angel Estrada

MIDTOWN BISTRO 901 W. San Mateo Rd. 505.820.3121 MidtownBistroSF.com

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What Does the Wine & Chile Fiesta Mean to You? IT MEANS A LOT TO ME. I’m on the board, and I was working with Mark Miller when it was created. The whole point was to expand the summer season in Santa Fe into the fall. Now it sells out every year, and it’s a great opportunity for guests from all over the country and world to experience Santa Fe. Though it’s called Wine & Chile, it’s not just about chile (though it is about wine). I always host the largest booth at the Big Event, and we put on a themed show. Every year it’s a secret, and every year I have to figure out how to outdo what I’ve done. We have a lot of fun, and my staff dresses up. Past themes have included fish tacos, ramen, lobster snow cones, pizza and Hog Island oysters. Come find out what this year’s theme will be!

Mark Kiffin Chef and Owner

THE COMPOUND 2653 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe 505.982.4353 CompoundRestaurant.com

What Does the Wine & Chile Fiesta Mean to You? WINE & CHILE MARKS MY FAVORITE time of the year. It’s when summer and fall meet and there is an abundance of products from both seasons. Tomatoes are sold next to acorn squash and corn; squash blossoms are sold beside melon. Mushrooms still grow on the mountain. During the week of events that comprise Wine & Chile, we have an endless array of dishes to draw from. It is also a time to see old friends who have left Santa Fe but return every year for the festival. With the weather so nice and the bounty so plentiful, it’s a wonderful time to entertain. The main event allows many of us industry folks to connect, bond and share experiences. It allows our staff to mingle and communicate over delicious wine and food, as well as great company!

Chef Matt Yohalem

IL PIATTO 95 W. Marcy Ave., Santa Fe 505.984.1091 ilpiattosantafe.com

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What Does the Wine & Chile Fiesta Mean to You? THE WINE & CHILE FIESTA highlights both the unique culinary qualities of northern New Mexico and Santa Fe’s place as a foodie paradise, as well as demonstrates that northern New Mexican cuisine full of red and green chile can pair beautifully with world-class wines. For the Red Sage Restaurant at Hilton Buffalo Thunder, the fiesta represents our opportunity to showcase the best of what we have to offer. Participation in the event is a requirement as a key player in the local restaurant community. Executive Chef Klaus Happel has embraced the challenge of bringing chile to the party with dishes like “Berkshire Pork Shank Christmas” with red chile spätzle and a green chile sauce…German tradition meets Santa Fe spice! We are looking forward to a fantastic showing at the festival with Chef Klaus at the helm.

Brandon Martinez

Director of Food and Beverage

HILTON SANTA FE BUFFALO THUNDER 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe 505.455.5555 HiltonBuffaloThunder.com

What Does the Wine & Chile Fiesta Mean to You? EVERY YEAR, TO CELEBRATE the Wine and Chile Fiesta, we partner with one of the participating wineries and offer a special menu to complement their wines. I like to choose products from the farmers’ market that I believe are a good addition to the flavor of the chile and the wines being offered. Our chef, Victor, creates the dishes using local red chile from Chimayo and green chile from Hatch. We also sponsor the Fiesta golf tournament, and have every year for the past seven years. It’s an 18-hole golf course and at every third hole there is food from a local restaurant. It has to be something small but hearty that people can eat while playing. Last year we made pork sliders with red chile barbecue sauce, topped with jalapeño coleslaw. The Fiesta is my favorite week of the year. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

Beau Bellett Owner

SAN FRANCISCO STREET BAR & GRILL 50 E. San Francisco St., Santa Fe 505.982.2044 sanfranbargrill.com

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Acclaimed Chef Joins Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder

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ilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder r e c e n t l y announced the appointment of Klaus Happel as Executive Chef. Happel brings over three decades of international expertise to the AAA Four Diamond resort in Santa Fe. In his new role, the Germanborn chef oversees the culinary direction of the resort’s signature restaurant, Red Sage, in addition to four full-service restaurants and the hotel’s banqueting operations. “We’ve revamped Red Sage completely, from the plates and dishes to the presentation,” Happel relates. “We’ve brought the restaurant to the next level, and the customers are responding really well to the changes.” Of the menu, he particularly enjoys the cactus salad and the Tomahawk steak, as well as the salmon. After studying at the Culinary Institute in Immenstadt, Happel began his career at the Hotel Weiler in Oberstdorf, Germany. He worked at many notable hotels, including the Robinson Club Calabria, Hotel Europe and the famous Savoy Hotel in London. Most recently, Chef Happel was part of Intercontinental Hotels Group serving Miami, New Orleans, Cleveland, Austin, Berlin and London. Throughout his distinguished career, Happel has received numerous honors, including Celebrated Chef for the National Pork Board in 2007 and the Fleur de Lis Savory Best of Show at the 2011 New Orleans Wine and Food Experience. Happel has enthusiastically embraced his new home and looks forward to drawing inspiration from Santa Fe’s celebrated art and culinary scene. “My wife and I love the West,” he shares. “We lived in Scottsdale 10 to 15 years ago before returning east, but we always wanted to move back. We love the weather, the landscape and the lifestyle. When the opportunity at Buffalo Thunder came up, I was thrilled.” Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe 505.455.5555 HiltonBuffaloThunder.com

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or wine and food lovers, September means it’s time for the Wine & Chile Fiesta, Santa Fe’s non-profit, grass-roots and community-run festival. The rest of the year, those lovers of good wine and chile know to head to Sazón, where the confluence of food, drink, ambiance and community reaches its zenith.

Chef and co-owner Fernando Olea has participated in the Wine & Chile Fiesta since its early years, first via Burt’s Burger Bowl and later Burt’s La Taqueria. He says his participation in the festival made his career possible, and that it continues to be great exposure. This year, Sazón is bringing in three highly respected wineries from the Baja to complement Chef’s fare: Lourdes “Lulu” Martinez Ojeda representing Bodegas Henri Lurton, Tom Bracamontes representing Adobe Guadalupe, and Jack Cole representing Corona del Valle. Because Sazón’s co-owner Lawrence Becerra is an avid wine enthusiast, Sazón was early to hop on the Baja bandwagon, offering the wines of Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe in northern Baja just as the rest of the world was beginning to take notice of the exceptional wines coming out of the region.

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“Since we’ve introduced the wines of the Baja, sales have exceeded expectations,” says Lawrence. “The public has realized these are exceptional wines at very good prices.” Sazón will proudly be represented at Wine & Chile’s Big Event alongside the three guest winemakers, as well as being showcased at a luncheon on artist Star York’s ranch and hosting a dinner at the restaurant on Thursday the 27th featuring just the wines of Bodegas Henri Lurton. Those interested in attending the hosted dinner may make reservations via phone or internet. Lawrence will be revisiting Valle de Guadalupe in November, scouting for new wines and vintages to add to Sazón’s already robust wine list. On the food side, Chef Fernando continues to experiment with local produce and meat as well as fresh seafood. He introduced a series of popular dishes this past summer, including octopus and halibut, that have been such successes that Sazón will continue to offer them. With autumn setting in, Fernando is adding more mushrooms and squashes to his menu. Sazón continues to be a proud supporter and patron of the local famer’s market, sourcing local produce and meat as much as possible. Sazón’s artwork collection, carefully curated by co-owner Suzanna Becerra, is expanding as well, with new pieces by Mexican artists Fragoso Maiz—whose sensual depictions of Frida Khalo are a favorite—and Julio de Rita – a talented artist known for his fauvist use of color. While lauded for its food and drinks, Sazón’s décor is what brings the exceptional dining experience full circle. “Speaking for Suzanna and myself, being involved with Sazón has connected us to the community,” describes Lawrence. “Our ability to provide support to worthwhile local charities has been very gratifying. We’re lucky to be able to be very generous. We try to use our business as a platform to support the community, particularly those less fortunate. That’s been hugely gratifying for us.” Sazón 221 Shelby St., Santa Fe 505.983.8604 www.SazonSantaFe.com

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ocated on W. San Mateo with easy access off St. Francis and St. Michaels, the aptly named Midtown Bistro offers fine dining with a regional influence in a warm sophisticated atmosphere. Since opening in 2013, the restaurant has become a local favorite. Two years ago, Midtown Bistro enhanced its already stellar reputation by adding a bar, acquiring a liquor license, and expanding the restaurant to accommodate private parties. “We can host a private event of 20 to 35 guests in the expanded bar room. Because we don’t have to close the restaurant to host the party, it’s not a rental, simply a secluded accommodation,” says co-owner and longtime restauranteur Edmund Catanach.

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Catanach emphasizes the bar is an extension of the restaurant. “It gives people another option in their dining experience with us,” he explains. “They can come in and enjoy an appetizer and drink without buying a full dinner, or they can join us for dinner and have a mixed drink with their meal. Our bar is built around our customers.” Private Dining/Party Room

The bar is the centerpiece in what is essentially a separate room from the restaurant, which makes it ideal for private parties and gatherings. In accordance with Midtown Bistro’s policy, all food service is made from scratch. Chef Angel Estrada doesn’t pre-cook food in advance because Midtown Bistro believes in staying true to the quality of food for which they are known, as opposed to serving it off warmers. The result is always a fresh dinner made to order. In general, food takes center stage and shines under the highly capable helm of Estrada, co-owner of the restaurant, who has 35 years of experience working in some of the finest restaurants around town. “I learned how to make everything from scratch, using whatever was available, whatever was fresh from the farm,” says Estrada. “My father was a farmer so that’s how I learned about the importance of using locally sourced products. I work with the local farmers here and my menu is all about using what’s in season.” Estrada describes Midtown Bistro’s cuisine as “American food with a Southwest flair.” Catanach stresses the importance of making a reservation. “When you’ve got friends and family in town, it’s great to arrive and be seated right away. Guarantee your table at your ideal time.” It’s worth noting that Midtown Bistro recently augmented parking at its popular location, opening 25 more spaces.

With autumn upon us, Midtown Bistro’s outdoor patio is a magnet for diners seeking exceptional food served in an alfresco setting. With native plants, a lovely rock garden, and soothing tableside fountains, the place has a Zen-like aura. “We recognize that we’re only as good as our last meal served,” reflects Catanach, “so we’re always striving to take care of our guests with the best service and food we can provide.” Midtown Bistro 901 W. San Mateo Rd. 505.820.3121 MidtownBistroSF.com

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“Sublime”

– New York Post

“Top Ten”

– USA Today

“Four Stars”

– Journal North

“Continues to charm legions of locals and lucky visitors” – Fodors

“Best Happy Hour” – Santa Fe Reporter

“A lively gathering spot for opera and gallery hoppers” – Food & Wine

“Ton Ten Dishes” – Local Flavor

“Top Twenty”

– Esquire Magazine

“Wonderful, makes me proud” – Daniel Boulud

“Best Restaurant” – Edible Santa Fe

“Best Chef”

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“Bottom line, eat where the locals eat” – Dallas Restaurant News

“Best Italian Restaurant” – Santa Fe Reporter

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or over 20 years, il Piatto has striven to provide guests with a unique and enjoyable dining experience through community building with local organizations such as the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, Slowfood, Farm to Table, Earth Care, Chef’s Cooperative, La Montanita Coop, Squash Blossom Produce and others. They purchase directly from New Mexico farmers, foragers and ranchers, including Romero Farms, Freshies, Estancia dos Rocas, Kyzer Pork, Beelers Heritage Pork, Native American Beef Consortium, Española Valley Farms, Camino de la Paz and Green Tractor Farms. All their breads, pastries, pastas and pizzas use Sangre de Cristo Mills Whole Wheat Flour, grown and ground in New Mexico. They use only European-style grass-fed butter and, while far from the ocean, il Piatto utilizes a local fishmonger to fly in wild sustainable or biodynamically farmed seafood. Chef Matt Yohalem, proprietor and executive chef, came up in acclaimed kitchens with top-notch chefs including Commander’s Palace with Emerill Lageasse, Le Cirque with Daniel Boulud, and Santa Fe’s The Coyote Café with Mark Miller. Yohalem opened il Piatto in 1996 as a farm-to-table restaurant, and quickly became a local champion for the movement, a role he cemented as a longtime board member for the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Institute.

“Leader in the farm-to-table movement, charming, rustic” – New Mexico Magazine

“Top Ten Picks… delicious” – Santa Fean Now

“Magnificent Italian farmhouse, everything is just right at il Piatto” – Albuquerque Journal

“il Piatto has the buzz, delivers the goods” – Venue

“Spot on”

– Cheryl Jameson

“Freshest, perfectly composed” – Elle Décor

“Well-known and loved, Chef Matt Yohalem serves up delicious things” – Good Taste Denver

Il Piatto’s award winning wine list is carefully curated by in-house sommelier Jamie Taylor. Boasting a custom-made wine cave, they offer a wide variety of wines from all over the world.

“Top dining experiences of my life”

The restaurant’s highly acclaimed happy hours draw locals and tourists alike, featuring two nightly happy hours from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and a late night happy hour from 9 p.m. to 10:30. All appetizers and glasses of wine are half price, making it the best deal in town!

– The Daily Meal

il Piatto 95 W. Marcy Ave., Santa Fe 505.984.1091 www.ilpiattosantafe.com

– El Paso Times

“Make room for il Piatto” “Best American Chef” – Bon Appetite

“Hottest drinking and eatery spot” – Eater

“il Piatto sails the culinary ship” – Phoenix Magazine

“Top Ten Hot Spots, Top Ten Restaurants” – Gayot

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MarkKiffin,chefandownerofTheCompound, bought and reopened the iconic restaurant on Canyon Road 18 years ago. “I brought back the fine dining this restaurant has been known for in its 55 years of existence,” he says. Kiffin was originally introduced to Santa Fe in the 1990s; he worked alongside Mark Miller at the Coyote Café from 1990 to 1998. Before then, his career spanned from Boston and Washington D.C. to Las Vegas and Dallas, as well as working with renowned chef Stephen Pyles.

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food year-round in the high desert, Kiffin’s many connections in the culinary world supply him with fresh ingredients directly. Another aspect of The Compound’s cuisine is its seasonal menu. Every 90 days, Kiffin develops a new menu reflecting the time of year and what’s growing. “We are now in our 74th menu,” he cites, “though a few beloved Compound classics stay on despite the season.” Fall brings squash, mushrooms, apples and pears, as well as braised meats, lobster and cod. Kiffin likes to bring out polenta and truffles as well. His energetic and forward approach to food earned him a James Beard award in 2005.

After Coyote Café, Kiffin wanted to work a larger space. The Compound can seat up to 150 in the winter and 250 in the summer with its idyllic outdoor seating. Upon reopening The Compound, Kiffin threw out three rules from the previous management: no walk-ins, no children, and no casual clothing. Kiffin instinctively knew he could combine the fine dining experience with a friendlier approach, and started accepting walk-ins and families, as well as embracing the more casual attitude of the Southwest. Kiffin renovated the historic structure, but kept the design aesthetic of Alexander Girard, who originally gave The Compound its distinctive look. Nestled off Canyon Road, the restaurant evokes old Santa Fe with its thick adobe walls, labyrinthine layout, and elegant garden. However, Kiffin is anything but old fashioned when it comes to cuisine. His contemporary American menu is influenced by the Mediterranean, especially Spain. The Culinary Institute of America-trained chef likes to draw his ingredients from the source. While acknowledging the difficulty of getting locally produced

The Compound’s wine list is extensive and includes over 100 wines from around the globe. Italian and Spanish wines are particularly well represented. As for cocktails, the menu follows the seasons, like the cuisine. Brandies, bourbons and ciders top the list as winter approaches. When it comes to private events, The Compound is uniquely situated to accommodate parties. The restaurant has its own private events coordinator and ample private rooms for celebrations and corporate events. In fact, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who hosts his annual Campfire retreat in Santa Fe, has closed out the restaurant a few times. “The Compound is my life’s work,” Kiffin reflects. “I’ve been working in restaurants since I was 15. I love this business. I’ve travelled and cooked all over the world. I’m bilingual with food, because everyone wants to eat. My craft translates everywhere.” The Compound Restaurant 653 Canyon Rd., Santa Fe 505.982.4353 CompoundRestaurant.com

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Santa Fe’s Best Kept

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an Francisco Street Bar & Grill may well be Santa Fe’s best kept culinary secret. Located upstairs on the corner of San Francisco Street and Don Gaspar Avenue, many people think it’s just another American bistro. “They don’t realize that we offer five different varieties of food,” says owner Beau Bellett, who took over the business five years ago. “Our menu includes salads, steaks, sandwiches, pastas and New Mexican food too. Regulars tell us that our food is the best – and the best value – on the Plaza.” Everything is made in-house, from the lemonade to the desserts, and nothing is frozen. “Our beef and pork both come from New Mexican ranchers,” says Bellett, “and even the fish is flown in fresh every day. There may be a bit of a wait for some dishes, because it can take 20 minutes to prepare a thick steak or a two-

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inch pork chop. If we run out of something, we have no frozen back-up. So when it’s gone, it’s gone.” Four ‘specials’ are offered every day of the week, two for lunch and two for dinner, one of which is always a standard for that day. “If we changed the regular daily specials, customers would riot,” says Bellett. Another great thing is the vegetarian and vegan options, as well as a great kids menu. During the week, happy hour is from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with a full bar, including wine and local beer. On Saturday and Sunday, brunch is served. Stop by and experience Santa Fe’s best kept culinary secret for yourself!

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Albuquerque’s Favorite

Italian Bistro By Debbie Stone Photos Jennifer Lake

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f you’re looking for fresh seafood, traditional scratch-made Italian dishes, and classic Neapolitan pizza, you’ve come to the right place. Piatanzi is known for its extensive and versatile menu featuring recipes from various regions around Italy. “We are food focused,” explains Matt Lukes, general manager of the restaurant. “We take pride in offering a classic product – no frills, just all-around great food.” He adds, “Seafood is a big part of our menu, which I think differentiates us from the other Italian restaurants: fresh Atlantic sea scallops, jumbo tiger shrimp, ahi tuna, clams, mussels, calamari, and the best crab cakes in town.” With a full 12-burner sauté station, Piatanzi does many pasta sauces “a la minute” alongside slower-cooked favorites like marinara, alfredo, bolognese, diavalo and puttanesca. “We can do high-end dining, and we can also offer a much more casual experience with pizza, meatballs, wings and beer. We have a great happy hour, but kids and families are also welcome.” One of the most popular entrees is the Penne Salsiccia, a combination of grilled Fontanini sausage, tomato, pesto wine sauce and spinach. Another favorite is Pescatore, a spicy-herbed bouillabaisse of different kinds of shellfish with potato gnocchi. And the “stone” Neapolitan pizzas are always in demand. The menu is crafted from the finest, freshest ingredients: organic, farmraised and locally sourced. And 90 percent of the menu can be made gluten-free. As for libations, over 100 bottles of wine and 22 beers on tap always rotate. Piatanzi recently opened its new location at 3305 Juan Tabo NE. Customers enjoy the restaurant’s upbeat ambiance, open kitchen, and contemporary atmosphere that combines casual dining with high-end food. Check out the new menu at PiatanziEAST.com! Piatanzi 3305 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque 505.296.2340 1403 Girard NE, Albuquerque 505.792.1700 piatanziEAST.com @piatanziJT

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he first thing you notice when you walk into Linson’s Design Source is its vast showroom. Design samples are everywhere, from window coverings and upholstery, to bedding and furniture. “We carry over 450 lines of interior and exterior fabrics,” says owner Lupie Linson, “which gives us the distinction of being the largest fabric supplier in New Mexico.” She adds, “People are always very surprised at our extensive selection. And chances are, if they don’t see it here, we can get whatever’s out there for them.” Linson, who runs the company with her husband Chris, has been in the design business for 39 years. “Chris got started as an upholsterer, and then we began manufacturing our own furniture, which we’ve shipped all over the world,” explains Linson. “We eventually expanded to include window treatments – blinds, shades, curtains, valances, swags – and bedding. We have our own drapery and upholstery workrooms, so everything is made on-site, which is a real plus for us, as well as for the customer.” The store, a fixture off Cerillos Road, serves Santa Fe and the surrounding area, though its reputation exceeds the local region. “Our reputation is far-reaching,” adds Linson, “as we have clients from all over the country.” More than a phenomenal selection of great products, Linson’s is known for its professional services and for its long-term commitment to the community. The company works with interior designers, as well as directly with customers, on both residential and corporate projects. “We have a positive attitude with each of our customers, no matter the size of the project,” explains Linson. “And we love our work because each job is different and creative in its own special way.” Linson’s Design Source 1305 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe 505.984.8700 www.LinsonsDesignSource.com

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hile the number of sales increased 10% from the first quarter of last year, Santa Fe’s Residential Luxury Market is experiencing an adjustment in pricing. Unlike the rest of the residential market, decreasing inventory is not driving prices higher. In fact, Average and Median sales prices as well as the average selling price per square foot all experienced declines this quarter. Quality, well-priced homes continue to sell as the average days-on-market saw a significant reduction this quarter.

Low inventory continues to challenge our market across the board — the luxury market is no exception. However, while the number of homes for sale declined 14% this quarter, there is still a 14.5 month supply in the luxury market, compared to a 4.2 month supply for the entire residential market.

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The Santa Fe Luxury Real Estate Market

Santa Fe luxury home sales increased in number by 10% from the same quarter last year. The demand is there for well-priced quality properties.

A decrease in the sales price per square foot is likely a result of larger inventory levels in the luxury home market, as is not seen in the rest of the market.

Nearly two months has been shaved off the average days-on-market as competitively priced attractive homes are selling relatively quickly compared to over-priced and larger homes, which continue to sit on the market.

A pricing correction continues in Santa Fe’s luxury market. Although luxury inventory continues to decline, it is still large enough to not drive up sales prices.

Home values found in Santa Fe’s luxury market contrast widely compared to our feeder markets where it’s not unusual to pay 30 - 40 - or 50% more for an equivalent property. Santa Fe’s popularity continues as its latest ranking from Outside magazine puts Santa Fe as the #4 “Top City in the United States.” As more people are drawn to our quality of life, and the virtual employment sector expands, we expect continuing favorable conditions for our luxury market.

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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A NEW KIND OF ROOFING COMPANY

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ixing a roof is a hassle; from comparing companies to scheduling construction, no one particularly looks forward to needing a new roof. However, there’s a new roofing company that is changing the industry, both in terms of an exceptional product and extraordinary customer service. Based out of Santa Fe but also serving Albuquerque and Los Alamos, Fix My Roof offers superior materials, workmanship and warranty.

Father James Sanchez, Abiqui, NM “I highly recommend Fix My Roof.”

Fix My Roof is a flat roof specialty company owned by John Grisak and Jon Purcell. The idea for the company came out of Grisak’s experience as a large loss residential and commercial insurance adjuster. He noticed there was one particular roof that insurance companies preferred: a liquid applied silicone membrane. Grisak moved back to his native New Mexico and set up shop seven years ago, applying the technology to the flat Pueblo-style roofs that are especially prevalent in Santa Fe. Purcell got on board when he saw the strength of the technology and the fact that, at the time, it was not being offered elsewhere in the state. The first silicone roof was presented at New York City’s World Fair in the 1960s. The white color of the silicone reflects the sun instead of absorbing it, which means buildings are easier to cool. A second advantage is that it is 100 percent UV stable; the primary cause of prematurely aging roofs in New Mexico is the UV, given our high elevation and number of sunny days. A third advantage

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Phil & Kristi D., Corrales, NM “We couldn’t be happier!”

Krysia N., Cochiti, NM “The entire Fix My Roof team was friendly, reliable and professional.”

SO MANY OF OUR CUSTOMERS WERE FRUSTRATED WITH ONGOING LEAKS. IT’S SO HEARTWARMING TO GIVE THESE CUSTOMERS A SOLUTION THAT MAKES THEM FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEIR HOME AGAIN.

is, because the silicone is applied as a liquid, it doesn’t have any seams; New Mexico is known for its warm days and cool nights, and this regular rising and falling of temperature causes buildings to expand and contract, eventually tearing roof seams apart. Finally, the silicone application is a roof restoration rather than a tear-off, which saves customers money.

was leaking like a sieve until Fix My Roof restored it using their 21st century solution. The silicone membrane keeps my house so cool that I haven’t turned on the AC once!” says customer Cindy Martinez. Gretchen M. echoes: “Fix My Roof’s warranty and personal follow-up are amazing. Their technology is the leading edge of roofing innovation!”

Fix My Roof couples its remarkable product with incomparable service. In fact, their warranty covers 10 years’ worth of both materials and labor, as well as a free yearly inspection at no additional cost. The company culture is based on empowering employees by paying well above minimum wage (rare in the roofing industry), and this translates to superior customer service.

Grisak enjoys being able to provide customers with a roofing solution so they can love their home once more. “So many of our customers were frustrated with ongoing leaks. It’s so heartwarming to give these customers a solution that makes them feel good about their home again.”

The company has been heartily endorsed by the Santa Fe Business Incubator, as well as by several customers. “My flat roof

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MADE IN THE

SHADE

I PURCHASED AWNINGS/SHADES FROM SANTA FE AWNING THIS SUMMER AND THEY KEEP MY HOUSE SO MUCH COOLER. EVERYONE WHO SEES THEM COMMENTS ON HOW ATTRACTIVE THEY ARE! -JOAN M.

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t’s great to spend time outdoors admiring New Mexico’s stunning landscape but, at a mile or more above sea level, wind and sun exposure can wreak havoc to both skin and furniture. Santa Fe Awning has a solution that offers the best of both worlds: With a Santa Fe Patio Wind and Solar Screen, you can enjoy your view to its full extent. “Many homes here have a west-facing patio to take advantage of the sunset. Our screens drop down to block both direct sunlight and wind,” says manager Sara Talachy. “With our screens, people can sit outside and actually enjoy their patios. They can take a high-wind load because we have a lot of wind in New Mexico. They also protect the sun from coming into west-facing windows and bleaching furniture and floors.” The screens’ fabric allows for 90 to 95 percent blockage. At the same time, the screens are completely transparent from the inside, but do not allow for outsiders to see in.

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Another asset of the screens is how much they reduce cooling costs. Talachy herself has three large 12 x 9 west-facing windows. The first summer in her house, she did not have a screen installed, and the indoor temperature heated to 84 or 85 degrees. The second summer she had the screens, and the indoor air temperature did not get above 72 degrees. Though she had a swamp cooler, she purposefully did not turn it on either summer so as to get a comparison on the efficacy of the screens. “The other nice thing is the wind blockage,” Talachy says. “I have a patio with a table but, without the screens, I can’t eat outside very often because of the wind. With the screens down, I can eat outside with napkins on the table.” Santa Fe Awning owner Jeff Maul— Talachy’s father—wanted to create screens that were New Mexico proof, able to withstand the sunniest and windiest days. The screens typically last for 10 to 15

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years. Another innovation is the width of the screen. Because the last thing homeowners want is a seam-gutted view, Maul achieved a fabric width of 126 inches, the first awning company in the world to mill fabric that wide. Most recently, Santa Fe Awning has incorporated Somfy myLink™ motorization technology to raise or lower screens from anywhere in the world via a smartphone or tablet. “It’s kind of like smart awnings,” Talachy describes. This means your home’s screens can be strategically lowered from work or even on vacation. The system comes with a variety of sensors and can be automated, allowing you to maximize your window coverings with the push of a button. “Our goal is to create a more comfortable environment both outdoors and indoors by blocking the wind and minimizing the sun,” Talachy sums. With a little help from Santa Fe Awning, your patio can be fully used and enjoyed. Santa Fe Awning 28 Bisbee Ct., Suite B-7 505.474.6460 – Santa Fe SantaFeAwning.com 505.243.9089 – Albuquerque AlbuquerqueAwning.com

I AM IMPRESSED WITH THE OUTSTANDING QUALITY OF MY SHADES AFTER SEVEN YEARS—CONVENIENCE AND SHADE AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON, PLUS IT KEEPS THE HOUSE COOL DURING THE HOT SUMMER MONTHS. GREAT SERVICE AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL. LOVE THESE SHADES! -BETH J.

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Expert ADVICE

THE KEY TO ROOF LONGEVITY IS DILIGENT MAINTENANCE

KLAUS HERRING

President/Estimator ARCS Alpha Restoration & Construction Services, Inc. 505.473.2057 3812 Oliver Road Santa Fe Kh_Austin@yahoo.com

ABOVE: Making repair to a foam roof prior to installation of roof coating.

roof inspection and assessment for our customers and make maintenance recommendations. Depending on the roof system installed and the work required, roof maintenance can run anywhere from a minimum charge to several thousand dollars. he National Weather Service has predicted a wetter than normal fall and winter season for New Mexico. Now is the time home and business owners should take a serious look at their roofs and initiate a roof maintenance program to prevent water intrusion problems during the fall and winter months.

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Roof maintenance for flat roof systems needs to focus on every roof scupper (canale) to make sure they are sealed and can drain properly. ARCS also examines each seam, each roof penetration, all the perimeter flashing against the parapets, and each skylight for potential problems. Once the inspection is complete, we share our findings with our customers and discuss potential solutions.

Since Alpha Restoration and Construction Services, Inc. (ARCS) offers comprehensive roofing services to our customers, we start with roof maintenance. ARCS believes that a wellmaintained roof can last significantly longer than normal life expectancy. To that end, we usually perform a no-cost

ARCS is a certified roof coating installer. As such, we are offering the finest roof coating products available in the United States with the best coating system warranty. Many competitors offer a “lifetime” roof coating warranty, which is usually limited to the material only. ARCS offers the same “lifetime”

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warranty, but we believe that a “system warranty” is actually a much better solution for our customers since it covers both materials and installation of the coating. This type of warranty is extended for up to 20 years on both commercial and residential roofs. It is issued by the manufacturer of the roof coating, and the manufacturer will send its technical experts to inspect the installation of the coating before it is accepted into warranty. The installation of roof coatings, applied over existing roof membranes, now requires a building/roofing permit. It is our opinion that requiring building permits for roof coating installations is actually a good thing for consumers. ARCS makes sure that each roof, before coating, is carefully assessed to determine if it is a candidate for coating. Roofs that have pumice, have moisture trapped between layers, or have significant structural damage to the roof membrane should never be considered for roof coating.


TOP LEFT: Cleaning of roof surface prior to installation of roof coating. TOP RIGHT: Installation of primer and seam sealer. LEFT: Installation of roof coating. BELOW: Testing the mill thickness of the roof coating to verify proper install.

In many instances, foam roofs are candidates for roof coatings. In fact, we see roof coating on foam roofs as a viable alternative to removing and replacing such roofs, provided that the foam roof has been thoroughly inspected and does not hold moisture. ARCS utilizes a thermal imaging camera to look for suspected areas with moisture and then confirm with moisture meters that the foam roof is either wet or dry. If there are only a few “wet” areas, repairs can be made before roof coating installation. If there are too many wet areas, it becomes cost prohibitive to make repairs, and the foam needs to be removed and replaced with another roofing material. When roof coatings are installed over roofs that do not qualify, the resulting damage caused to roofs and structures can be significant and very costly to repair. In many instances, we’ve seen coatings installed over wet areas, thus trapping moisture and eventually resulting in significant mold contamination and wood rot.

In cases where roofs are beyond maintenance or coatings, ARCS offers an array of solutions ranging from metal and shingle installations for pitched roofs to Modified Bitumen, PVC or TPO flat roof systems for residential and commercial buildings. ARCS has been doing business as a New Mexico licensed General Contractor since December 2008. Since we started, the core of our business is Commercial and Residential Disaster Restoration. As disaster restoration specialists, ARCS’ certified staff of experts focuses on fire and water damage restoration, smoke cleanup, water/flood dry-out services, sewage abatement and mold remediation. Since 2010, ARCS has slowly added additional capabilities, focusing on commercial and residential roofing and roof maintenance services as well as commercial and residential remodeling. To schedule a free roof inspection and assessment, call ARCS at 505.473.2057.

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Expert ADVICE

HAVE YOU BEEN THINKING ABOUT HAVING YOUR AREA RUGS PROFESSIONALLY CLEANED?

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NO CROSS CONTAMINATION washing systems utilizing shared wash pits, submersions, immersions or spas. All rugs are individually cleaned ONE AT A TIME. You will be thrilled with the results. By cleaning your rugs now, you can protect your assets during the most crucial time of year. ONE WORLD RUG CARE has been RATED among the MOST ELITE area rug experts in the country. It has been RATED #1 in the entire state by The Persian Rug Collectors Guide, Yelp for three consecutive years, and TOP 72 IN THE WORLD by the Carpet Collectors Guide. For a free evaluation CALL TODAY.

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ASPEN MANIA

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n any given New Mexican’s phone or camera are three types of photos: sunsets, hot air balloons and aspen. Let’s just say our state is ridiculously photogenic! This time of year, the aspen are in full regalia, alighting entire mountain sides with their shimmering yellow (and occasionally red) leaves. It makes for a magical photo op! If you live in Santa Fe or Albuquerque, you’ve got easy access to the aspen. For Santa Feans, just drive up Hyde Park Road/NM-475 to Aspen Vista. For Burqueños, head up the Sandia Crest Byway off the Turquoise Trail/NM-14 and hike along the North Sandia Peak Trail. Both Aspen Vista and the Sandia Peak Trail offer stunning views of the surrounding areas in addition to dense aspen bowls. If you’re looking for a day drive, the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway tops any list. Beginning in Taos, catch NM-522 north through Arroyo Hondo to Questa. From there, head east on NM-38 to Red River before turning south toward Eagle Nest. NM-64 takes you full circle through Angel Fire and back to Taos. Enchanted Circle markers guide the 84-mile stretch, leading you around Wheeler Peak, the state’s highest point, as well as delivering dramatic aspen overlooks. In the southern part of the state is the Sunspot Scenic Byway. Beginning in Cloudcroft, take NM-6563 south to the community of Sunspot. The curving 15-mile road passes along the Sacramento Mountains and by two national telescope observatories. Of course, the fall foliage and vistas are spectacular. Finally, if you’re looking for something unique, head up to Chama and take the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. Autumn boasts bright yellow aspen along both sides of the track and, when the steam engine rounds the bends, it’s impossible to get a bad photo!

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Still Kickin’ A

lmost 100 years after its founding, Route 66 still captures the imagination and evokes a sense of new frontiers, even though the road itself has long been fragmented. Established in 1926 as part of the budding U.S. Highway System, Route 66 went from Chicago to Los Angeles, covering almost 2,500 miles. Some fun local facts: Route 66 originally cut north from Los Lunas up through Albuquerque and Santa Fe, almost to Las Vegas, before cutting down again toward Santa Rosa. This was in the days when Route 66 was mainly gravel and dirt. The detour north was rerouted when the road was paved in 1937, instead going directly through Albuquerque on Central Avenue, saving travelers as much as four hours. Route 66 embraced an aesthetic that is often considered “retro,” with flashing neon signs and curios around every corner. Representing freedom, the route showed up in popular books, TV shows, songs and even poetry. The stereotypical Route 66 diner, complete with bar stools, burgers and milkshakes, can be found in many cities today not even located along the route. The symbolism and iconography of Route 66 is often incorporated into contemporary designs; the road headed nowhere is a common theme in art and style. Since “America’s Main Street” went right through New Mexico, the ideas it evoked – freedom and possibility – continue to be important to residents today. Decommissioned in 1985, much of Route 66 has been repurposed or incorporated into other highways and interstates. Regardless, history buffs and enthusiasts regularly trek as much of the original route as is possible with the hope of still experiencing the Wild West and beyond!

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HIGHLIGHTING WHAT NEW MEXICO HAS TO OFFER By Emmaly Wiederholt

Founded 15 years ago, the New Mexico Partnership was established by an act of the state legislature to serve as the marketing and business attraction arm for economic development in the state. The organization’s primary focus is attracting preexisting businesses to move all or portions of their operations to New Mexico. “The whole idea is to increase the net wealth of the state,” explains Tim Nitti, President and CEO of the organization.

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The New Mexico Partnership underwent a comprehensive strategic planning assessment last year. “What we’re doing a lot more of under our new strategy is getting the word out about New Mexico,” details Nitti. “Our biggest issue as a state is lack of familiarity among outsiders. When I ask businesses and decisionmakers outside the state, ‘What do you think of New Mexico?’ I discover that they don’t think about New Mexico.” Nitti and his team are thus targeting how the state is marketed. The ability to reach large numbers of people has never been easier, even for a small organization representing a relatively small population. “Social media, earned media and owned media are the best ways to gain leverage and get New Mexico’s brand out there,” says Nitti. “We’re trying to let businesses across the nation and globe know what we offer, what kinds of businesses are here already, and what successes they’ve had. New Mexico has a great workforce, lack of natural disaster risk, reasonable costs, and stability. But we have to build awareness.” Nitti hails from a background on the other side of the fence; he spent 20 years running a consulting practice that helped companies choose locations. Previously in New York, he came to New Mexico because he was interested in economic development, and “believed in the product” so to speak. He’s been with the New Mexico Partnership for about a year and a half. The New Mexico Partnership also does the traditional sales activities one might expect from an economic development organization – sales missions, trade shows, building relationships, etc. Nitti acknowledges the need to grow what’s already here and create an environment that supports local entrepreneurs, but the third leg of supporting an economy on pace with other states is attracting outside businesses. Given New Mexico’s relatively small population – about two million – it’s important to retain the talent we produce, such as those graduating from the state’s three leading research universities, by providing job opportunities. And while it’s important to grow opportunities locally, the state also needs large catalyzing businesses from the outside. How is the new strategy going? Compared to last year, the volume of business prospects considering New Mexico is 77 percent higher. “We’re seeing bigger projects, more diversity across more sectors, and more repeat looks from advisors who represent companies,” Nitti describes. With regards to the rural populations in New Mexico, he says, “We have a diverse geographic spread of projects. Most companies and advisors who approach us are willing to look across the entire state.” To sum it up, the New Mexico Partnership is getting the word out that the Land of Enchantment is a viable and exciting place for business.

To learn more, visit www.nmpartnership.com.

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In this painting, the sky and ocean respond serenely to the charming sounds of the violin. This calming of nature is reflected in various world cultures, like the legend of Sadko. Sadko is a rich merchant whose ship is in a severe storm, threatening lives and the loss of goods. Sadko remembers his old skill playing “gusli,” a traditional instrument. The sea king is charmed with Sadko’s music, and the ocean becomes calm. Sadko returns home safely with his ship and crew. In classical music, Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous opera tells the same story.

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