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FineLifestyles SPRING 2019 | VOLUME 5 ISSUE 1

COWBOYS & INDIANS Introduce Turquoise Inlay into Your Home




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FIRST WORD With Fine Lifestyles editor EMMALY WIEDERHOLT

I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR. Everything seems more alert and alive. I notice all the little things: the subtle warming of temperature week by week, the change in the amount of sunlight each evening, and of course the bursting of buds and blooms. It’s a transition most of us look forward to: that of winter to summer. Spring is also a good time of year to really notice and appreciate the gems in our community. Whether it’s revisiting the KiMo Theatre and remembering its glorious past, or being re-inspired by organizations like Cooking with Kids – which brings chefs into public schools to encourage kids to eat healthier – or Etkie – which harnesses the skillsets of Native women to create contemporary and elegant products, there are so many people and places that make the Land of Enchantment enchanting. There’s also the talent of someone like Freddi Amini, whose company Cowboys and Indians has perfected the application of turquoise inlay into beautiful handmade wood furniture. He graces the cover of this issue because he so perfectly straddles the line between craftsman, artist and businessman. I hope this issue serves as a reminder of the many affirming reasons to call New Mexico home. And perhaps, with the longer and balmier days, you’ll feel motivated to go take advantage of a few!


SPRING 2018 Volume 5 Issue 1 EDITOR Emmaly Wiederholt DESIGN DeAnne Bell COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Liz Lopez PHOTOGRAPHY Linda Carfagno Caitlin Elizabeth Liz Lopez Herschel Mair Gabriella Marks Amanda McCarthy Oda Daniel Quat Elizabeth Wells CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Anya Sebastian Wolf Schneider Deborah Stone PUBLISHER Mike Puzey 910.508.3694 SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscribe at

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COVER: Cowboys and Indians Introducing Turquoise Inlay


Etkie Traditional Techniques Meet Modern Design


The KiMo Theatre An Albuquerque Gem


Cooking with Kids Makes Food Fun




















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MODERN DESIGN By Emmaly Wiederholt Photos Elizabeth Wells

ETKIE embraces both the old and the new. The Albuquerque company draws upon the traditional beadwork techniques of Navajo artisans but presents those techniques in a product that is contemporary and elegant. ETKIE’s bracelet cuffs have been featured in The New York Times Style Magazine, Elle, and Vogue, and it’s not hard to see why. 10



“THE WOMEN WHO MAKE THESE PIECES ARE EMPOWERED BY HAVING THE FINANCIAL FREEDOM TO LIVE THE LIFE THEY WANT TO LEAD,” ETKIE WAS CREATED ALMOST FIVE YEARS AGO by Sydney Alfonso, who was raised in rural New Mexico near the Navajo Nation. While attending college on the East Coast, she noticed people’s fascination with Native American art and jewelry. She knew there were many talented artists in the Land of Enchantment who didn’t have either marketing access or a modern approach to design, but who were nevertheless creating beautiful handmade jewelry. She asked herself: How can I help take the traditional beadwork that is already being done and elevate it from a contemporary design standpoint? ETKIE was her solution. Through a crowdfunding campaign, ETKIE got a small start working with one Navajo artisan. Today, the company has grown to include nine full-time artisans and three office staff. All the artisans are women living in the Navajo Nation, thus the beadwork draws from the Diné tradition. The company’s ornate cuff bracelets are sold in more than 80 boutiques around the US, as well as in six countries worldwide. Another 20 percent of orders are made online. “We wanted to work with women who weren’t already tapped into the art market,” explains Alfonso. “Most of our artists were previously working other jobs but already had the beading skillset.” Each artisan is her own boss, and all materials are provided by ETKIE. One artisan will bead an entire bracelet from start to finish, and most of the work is done remotely since the women live on the Navajo Nation.

to browse. The more neutral hues of the Black Tourmaline or Dark Skies collections might appeal to some, while the more colorful AQUA or New Mexico Desert collections might be perfect for others. Designs are decided upon as a group and are informed by what has performed best over time. Many designs are drawn from Navajo textiles. Each beaded cuff is made of a copper base and wrapped in a leather hide. “It’s a totally different design than most of the Native jewelry out there,” Alfonso explains. “ETKIE appeals to a market of women who might not even own any Native jewelry. We use traditional techniques to create modern designs. These products benefit the population from which they are inspired, and I think that’s the biggest piece.” All ETKIE’s designs are co-owned among the artisans. ETKIE’s emphasis on women is unmistakable. Alfonso’s own mother, Kerry Marler, serves as the company’s Director of Operations, and there are three sets of mother-daughters within ETKIE’s group of artisans. “The women who make these pieces are empowered by having the financial freedom to live the life they want to lead,” describes Alfonso. “And for the women who buy ETKIE cuffs, they know they’re supporting a beautiful product that means something. Each cuff has a special history and story behind it.”


The new Spring and Summer Collection is available to preview on the company’s website, though there are several preexisting lines











World Class Watches 216 McKenzie Street 505.992.0200

THERE IS A LOT OF CONFUSING terminology surrounding the world of horology and perhaps this subject is one of the most misunderstood. I will try to clarify the confusion around these almost interchangeable sounding yet very different timepieces. The whole chronograph/chronometer conundrum is made even more confusing by the fact that a chronograph can be a chronometer and vice versa. Popular examples of these types of watches are made by Breitling and Rolex. To help clear things up, I will explain these two different terms as simply and clearly as I can. CHRONOGRAPHS The first thing to understand is that a chronograph is not a time-keeping instrument in and of itself. Rather, a chronograph is an additional stopwatch function, referred to as a complication, which is added to a watch that already indicates hours, minutes and seconds. Chronographs are instruments equipped with a mechanism activated by pushpieces enabling the measurement of a relatively short period of time. A



Breitling Superocean Chronometer

chronograph is an instrument where an independent sweep seconds hand can be started, stopped, and returned to zero by successive pressure on the pushers (or anything designed to perform the activation of the stopwatch). The independent sweep seconds hand, or simply the chronograph hand, measures a duration of time to one fifth, one tenth, or even one hundredth of a second. Modern chronographs are “standard” watches which usually have two pushers, one located at 2 o’clock, one located at 4 o’clock, with associated sub-dials which indicate elapsed time in minutes and hours. There have been and continue to be variations in pusher and sub-dial designs. However, the classic design is the most popular. Note that the minute counter, or totalizer as the Swiss like to call it, is near the 3 o’clock marker, the hour counter/totalizer is at 6 o’clock, and the going seconds hand is at the 9 o’clock position. Also note there is a central chronograph sweep seconds


hand which rotates around the dial and can be started and stopped and returned to the original location without affecting the timekeeping function of the watch. The bezel, which is fixed to the watch case, is part of the stopwatch function. In this example, the bezel has a tachymeter scale which is used to measure speed over a known distance. There are several different scales for chronograph use, but that is another article. The Omega Speedmaster is an example of a simple wristwatch chronograph. There are other variations that are more complex, such as a single pusher that starts, stops and resets the chronograph hand, also known as a mono-pusher; a split seconds chronograph, or rattrapante, which allows the user to time different events that begin at the same time but don’t end at the same time. This is made possible by two central chronograph hands, one of which is called a split seconds hand, and can be stopped independently of the regular chronograph hand to record an intermediate time. Once

Omega Speedmaster

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Superlative Chronometer

that time has been read, another push on the start/stop button will cause the split-second hand to instantly catch up to the regular chronograph hand. CHRONOMETERS: High Precision Standards A chronometer, in its modern definition, is a watch that has been tested and certified to meet certain precision timekeeping standards. The word “chronometer” is official nomenclature defined by precise rules, which various neutral official certification organizations give to a movement to become an official chronometer. High-grade watch movements produced in Switzerland are certified by “COSC,” or Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres. They test watch movements, uncased, for 15 days under different atmospheric, temperature, and positional criteria. Only the movements that have passed these tests get the COSC certificate and are allowed to have the term “chronometer” printed on the dial. Rolex has the largest number of chronometer-rated watches produced every year, followed by Breitling. Going a bit further, Rolex has designated their

Speedmaster 1861 crown & pushers

watches “Superlative Chronometer” after testing them in their cases after achieving COSC certification. Precision timekeeping has been and is an ongoing obsession for watchmakers, but the reality is that no human has been able to accomplish 100 percent accuracy in measuring time, all the time, with a timepiece. Mechanical watches are and always will be relatively inaccurate; plus or minus one second per day is quite difficult to achieve in real-world conditions. CAN A WATCH BE BOTH A CHRONOGRAPH AND A CHRONOMETER? There are several examples of watches being both, such as the Rolex Cosmography Daytona and most of Breitling’s chronographs. These watches come with not only operating instructions but also a chronometer certificate. At World Class Watches, we see many chronometer and chronograph timepieces in our service center and for sale in our retail store. If you have questions or would like more information about your timepiece, I invite you to visit our store in downtown Santa Fe. .





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CUSTOM JEWELRY STARTS WITH an idea for a specific piece. For instance, with an engagement ring, we start out with the shape of the stone. It could be a family stone, or it could be something as specific as a princess cut one-carat diamond. We source stones from several dealers around the country. It’s about choosing the best stone both budgetwise and visually. From there, we start narrowing down the design field: classical, modern, deco, etc. We try to come up with something that suits the tastes of the customer, usually through a series of hand sketches. Sometimes clients bring in a photo of something they like, or they might model it off another piece of jewelry they admire, like their mother’s ring. Customers also get ideas from finished pieces on display

in the store. We tailor the design to the specific tastes of the customer. The final hand-sketched design gets input into a computer program, Matrix 3D Computer-Aided Design. The 3D rendering program still isn’t that common in the business, but more and more jewelry designers are using the technology to give customers the ability to see their design in different metals and stones for easy comparison, like what a shank in platinum and a setting in green gold might look like, or comparing a sapphire with a diamond. The whole idea is to give the customer a visual cue of what the finished piece will look like, so there’s very little guessing. After the 3D rendering, we make a wax model on one of our three in-house wax mills. This gives the customer a final opportunity to hold a 3D version of their piece before it is made. It’s an easy way to check the proportions in person. From there, we cast it, polish it, finish it, and get it on their finger. The entire process takes two to three weeks.


At James Kallas Jewelers, we’re proud to say we do every step of the process inshop. Most jewelry stores are majority showroom, whereas ours is two-thirds shop. We have a laser welder, an engraving machine, a cleaning station, a lapidary setup, and a casting station, all in-house. We’ve made every kind of jewelry imaginable, and can make anything a person could want. We both create jewelry and repair it. This sets us apart from most other jewelry stores out there. When you come in, you’re likely to speak to someone who is actually going to work on your piece. There’s nothing worse than ordering a custom piece of jewelry and, when it’s finished, it’s nothing like you envisioned. The steps we take prevent that from ever happening. We show the client the evolution of their jewelry at every stage. Most jewelry stores are simply taking an order to be shipped elsewhere. For truly custom jewelry, we take care of our customers in-house, at every step of the way.





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Focus on Family Values

HERE IN NEW MEXICO, FAMILY IS CENTRAL. Nobody knows this better than Dr. Esmael Valdez of Divine Dental. Long before practicing dentistry, he made a commitment to leave the world a better place by sharing the love, support and generosity he received from his large, embracing family. Today, he does just that by embracing every new and continuing patient into the warm atmosphere of the Divine Dental family. A native New Mexican, Valdez was born and raised in Mora, where he absorbed the discipline his family’s ranch required. He found his passion for dentistry while working as a dental assistant for Dr. Frank Sanchez, and went on to earn his DDS from Howard University. Returning to northern New Mexico in 2003, he served an apprenticeship in the office of his mentor. 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 (as he is affectionately called), has Photo by Daniel Quat




L–R: Dr. Esmael Valdez, Dr. Crystal Umphlett, Dr. Dylan Arens Photos by Daniel Quat

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 describes. “We know about their work, hobbies and families. Our goal is to know them as people, not just as patients.” 2018 was a year of expansion for Divine Dental. The practice was voted #1 Dentist and #1 Dental Practice in Santa Fe by the Santa Fe Reporter. Dr. V has also welcomed two additions to his practice: Dr. Crystal Umphlett and Dr. Dylan Arens. Both bring a passion for healthy smiles as well as an appreciation for the care Dr. Valdez devotes to making his patients feel like family. Dr. Umphlett hails from Wyoming and earned her DDS from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She became interested in dentistry after a childhood accident caused her to get dental treatments which ended up boosting her self-confidence. At a young age, she declared she would become a dentist, and never turned back. She’s excited to join Divine Dental’s team because “the whole office feels comfortable and patients love coming in.” She continues: “In looking for a practice to join, I wanted to be part of a place that puts patient care first. The overall experience here at Divine Dental lets people know they are valued.”

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It’s said that home is where the heart is. Dr. Valdez and his accomplished team welcome everyone into their dental practice, and work hard to bring “home” into the hearts of everyone they care for.

Dr. Arens also received his DDS at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and pursued dentistry because of a long-term interest in the medical field and a positive experience getting a teeth cleaning when young. On joining Divine Dental, he says, “It just felt right.” Arens has a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry; he loves seeing a patient’s self-esteem improve through a beautiful smile. “I like to go the extra mile in addition to providing functionality,” he explains. “As a provider, I want people to be happy coming in, happy going out, and confident and comfortable with the choice they made to see us.”


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The Arrival of Allergies ACHOO! NOTHING SIGNALS SPRING in the southwest quite like the arrival of wind, and with that wind comes the pollen of trees and plants beginning to bloom. Few of us are lucky enough to escape without any allergies as the weather turns, whether it’s sneezing, itchiness or congestion. ‘Hay Fever’ is a common term denoting this seasonal inflammation of the nose and airways, though the preferred medical term is ‘allergic rhinitis.’ What happens is the immune system overreacts in its attempt to protect the sensitive and vital respiratory system from outside invaders. The antibodies produced by the body succeed in keeping the foreign invaders out, but also cause symptoms characteristic of the common cold. A pollen count is a good way to know whether to plan a picnic or stay indoors. Counting pollen is done by placing a trap—usually an adhesive rod or plate—where ambient air flows freely. It is then analyzed every few hours, and the number of particles collected is averaged to reflect the pollens blowing through the area in any 24-hour period. Between Burque and the City Different, there are many businesses that offer relief from seasonal allergies. Take the Santa Fe Salt Cave, for example. “I’m really excited to be able to offer an all-natural, safe alternative for allergy relief here in New Mexico,” says owner Kim Rash. There’s also the Santa Fe Oxygen and Healing Bar. “We start our allergy treatment with an herbal drink comprised of local flora, followed by oxygen to address inflammation and open the breathing passages, paired with aromatherapy to further dilate the sinuses,” says co-owner Noah Kass. Gyana Basse of Hemp Apotheke adds her advice: “Taking supplements such as CBD can benefit the immune system and help to alleviate allergy symptoms.” With the assistance of experts like these, perhaps this spring might pass without a sneeze!




SANTA FE SALT CAVE Bringing You the Healing Powers of Salt By Anya Sebastian Photos Caitlin Elizabeth

IF THE THOUGHT OF SITTING IN A SALT CAVE in order to benefit your health strikes you as odd, it’s far from being a new idea. In fact, it can be traced back to ancient Greece, when Hippocrates recommended salt inhalation as a treatment for respiratory issues. Fast forward to 1843, when a Polish physician discovered that men working in salt mines had fewer respiratory problems and didn’t develop lung diseases like other miners. And almost 100 years later, a German doctor noticed that his patients’ health improved significantly after hiding in salt caves to avoid the heavy bombing of world war II. Gradually, the benefits of salt therapy, or halotherapy as it is officially called, spread across Europe and eventually reached the United States, where it’s becoming increasingly popular all over the country. Santa Fe is fortunate to now have one of its own; the Santa Fe Salt Cave opened on Second Street last year, when owner Kim Rash moved here after successfully starting and operating one in Kentucky. “It was always a dream of mine to come and live in Santa Fe,” she says. “I just didn’t realize that I would be opening in time for allergy season.” The timing couldn’t be better. Medical research and Kim’s own experience in Kentucky indicate that benefits include relief from all kinds of respiratory ailments, including asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis and, yes, allergies. The salt cave itself is an allergen-free environment—it’s impossible for allergens to exist there—and Kim has seen a number of regular visitors to her salt cave in Kentucky who were able to completely get off their allergy medications. “I’m really excited to be able to offer an all-natural, safe alternative for allergy relief here in New Mexico,” she says. “I had no idea it was such a major issue.” Anyone mentioning this article can request $10 off a halotherapy session through the end of May. The Santa Fe Salt Cave 1424 Second Street, Santa Fe 505.365.2875




THE SANTA FE OXYGEN & HEALING BAR Sanctuary through Relaxation

WHEN STRESS STARTS TO GRIND ON YOUR MIND AND BODY, take solace in the knowledge that there’s a place that specializes in the myriad arts of care and relaxation, where treatment isn’t compartmentalized but encompasses a wealth of techniques and approaches to make you feel your best. This place is the Santa Fe Oxygen and Healing Bar. The family-owned and operated business started in an upstairs boutique off the Plaza and has expanded into a thriving twolocation establishment. Owner Kadimah Levanah has been doing healing, designing nutrient rich farm-to-table food, and developing community business concepts for more than 15 years before opening the establishment with her family in 2014. The concept from the beginning was a place to offer sanctuary through relaxation. The upstairs area at 102 W. San Francisco still houses the Sanctuary Spa, but the business quickly expanded to include its nearby downstairs location at 133 W. San Francisco, which serves as an Apothecary Restaurant. Oxygen, of course, is offered at both locations. At Santa Fe’s altitude of 7,200 feet, there is significantly less oxygen in the atmosphere, resulting in impacts on energy levels, digestion, the sinuses, and “altitude headaches.” The Santa Fe Oxygen and Healing Bar has concentrated oxygen at 96 percent, which can aid in digestion, sinus inflammation and the release of lactic acid in muscles. CBD oxygen is also available, which provides the anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory benefits of cannabis.



CEO Kadimah Levanah


The Sanctuary Spa is best known for its Fusion Healing Offerings. Each package includes oxygen, hands-on healing/ massage, aromatherapy, and an herbal-infused elixir. Guests sign up for a private session starting from a half hour to up to two hours. While there are popular packages like Headache/Sinus/Allergy Relief, Weary Traveler, or Honored Warrior, packages can be tailored to address the personal needs of each guest. The 12 practitioners range in specialty from reiki to cranial-sacral, and thus offer much more than just a massage. “We focus on healing as a process of selfempowerment,” explains Kadimah, “so we start by asking what treatments you are drawn to.” The Apothecary Restaurant complements the Sanctuary Spa by offering a variety of nutrient-rich fusion food items. The kitchen is gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan friendly. Late-breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a warming drink are all options, as the business has become a popular place for gatherings of friends and family. The menu is extensive, ranging from beet-tomato ragu to pad thai and yuccaquinoa crust pizza. The Apothecary also carries herbs, juice shots, and teas to remedy a variety of ailments. “We’re very knowledgeable and present with our guests, which allows them to go on a journey of discovery,” describes Kadimah. “This helps people feel vibrant, empowered and nourished. We’re a place where both locals and tourists can come and feel comfortable and taken care of. Authentic healing happens when we meet people where they are. Whether someone comes in knowing what they’re looking for or are uncertain of how to best take care of themselves, we have something to offer through food, drink or in-depth healing.” Santa Fe Oxygen and Healing Bar Sanctuary Spa: 102 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe 505.660.9199 Apothecary Restaurant: 133 W. San Francisco St., Santa Fe 505.986.5037





Products that Help You Heal By Anya Sebastian Photos Caitlin Elizabeth

AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN A BAD CAR ACCIDENT that left her in severe pain, Gyana Basse, who had worked extensively in the field of health and wellbeing, started looking for holistic forms of pain relief. That’s when she discovered the remarkable powers of CBD (cannabidiol), one of the chemical extracts found in the hemp plant. “Unlike THC in marijuana, CBD is incapable of getting you high,” says Basse, “but it does affect the nervous system. That’s why it’s so good for pain relief, because it’s through the nervous system that pain is relayed to the brain.” She was so inspired to spread the word that she decided to open a store specializing in high quality CBD products, including tinctures, topicals, massage, vapes, edibles, transdermal patches, nano and colloidal CBD technology, and even products for cats and dogs. Hemp Apotheke opened almost a year ago, in collaboration with Aromaland, the local worldrenowned aromatherapy company that has been making therapeutic grade essential oil products for more than 30 years. “Aromaland has developed a line of CBD products called ‘Essence of Wellbeing,’ which are excellent,” says Basse, “Hemp Apotheke carries the entire Aromaland product line in the store and has searched the country for the best CBD companies, making them available to you in Santa Fe. Everything we sell is all-natural. All of our products are safe and of the highest quality.” Cannabinoid receptors are found throughout the body, making CBD highly effective for a wide range of issues, from insomnia, inflammation and stress, to acne, mood and memory. It also helps to boost the immune system and has been shown to assist with allergies as well. “We know there’s a lot of confusion about CBD,” says Basse, “so my staff and I make a point of spending time helping people to understand what it really is, what it has to offer, and how to get the best results. Seeing customers get relief from issues they have been dealing with for a long time is really gratifying.”

Hemp Apotheke 1330 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe 505.231.7775




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DR. MARK RASMUSSEN, OD Optometric Physician

1651 Galisteo St, Suite 1 505.983.7746

ONCE WE REACH THE AGE OF 40, it’s common to start noticing the natural effects of aging eyes, such as having to hold your phone at arm’s length to read text messages. Medically, this normal change in vision is called presbyopia and refers to the weakening of the lens inside the eye which is responsible for sharp focus and clear near vision. You may begin to notice presbyopia setting in when reading starts to become difficult and the words begin to lose focus. You might also experience eye strain or headaches when trying to read fine print. This is where reading glasses come in. Reading glasses are non-prescription eyeglasses that magnify text (or any object you are viewing) to allow your eye to focus better at a close distance. If reading glasses stop being effective, there are more options:

Multifocal Eyeglass Lenses Multifocal lenses technically refer to any lens that provides more than one zone



of corrective power and would therefore include bifocal, trifocal and progressive lenses. Multifocals are designed for the many individuals over 40 who struggle with presbyopia. The multiple lens powers enable you to correct for near and distance vision with one pair of glasses.

Occupational Bifocals and Trifocals Occupational bifocals and trifocals are specialized multifocal lenses created for specific jobs, hobbies or tasks. They differ from regular multifocal lenses in that the magnified power areas to see close and intermediate objects are typically larger and positioned in a different area on the lens, according to the needs of the designated task.

Progressive Lenses Progressive lenses or progressive addition lenses (PALs) are the most popular multifocal lenses today, offering an effective and great-looking vision solution for individuals with presbyopia (age-related near vision loss). The main advantage of progressive lenses over standard bifocals or trifocals is that they don’t have a visible line bisecting the


lens, but rather a seamless and gradual change in power as you move down the lens. Rather than two or three distinct zones (for near, far and intermediate), progressive lenses offer a smooth transition of focal powers that covers the total range of clear vision from close to far and every point in between. Progressive lenses start with your distance prescription (if you have one) at the top of the lens and increase as you move toward the bottom of the lens. You simply move your head position to allow you to focus through different areas of the lens. Move your head upwards to see something in the distance, hold it straight for intermediate or arm’s length vision, and move it down for near vision and objects that are close. In addition to the aesthetic improvement of the lens without the line segments (which tend to make people look and feel older), PALs avoid the visual discontinuity or image-jump when your eyes shift from one zone to the other in non-progressive multifocals. Call us today for an eye exam and SEE our large inventory of beautiful EYEWEAR!




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The KiMo Theatre A Jewel in Albuquerque’s Crown By Emmaly Wiederholt Photos courtesy of The City of Albuquerque

WHEN THINKING OF WHAT IS QUINTESSENTIALLY ALBUQUERQUE, what comes to mind is the Balloon Fiesta, the Sandia Peak Tramway, perhaps Nob Hill. But any list of Burque’s most iconic sights and sounds must include the KiMo Theatre on 5th Street and Central. The KiMo opened on September 19, 1927, the same year The Jazz Singer —the first talkie—was released. Oreste Bachechi, an Italian immigrant, managed the Pastime Theatre near the railroad depot with his wife and his partner Joe Barnett. The couple soon had the money and business acumen to open their own theater, and commissioned Carl Boller of the Boller Brothers Architectural Company in Los Angeles to design what would become the KiMo Theatre. It’s worth noting that the Boller Brothers would later design Santa Fe’s Lensic Performing Arts Center. Carl Boller’s design for the KiMo has become known as Pueblo-Deco, a fusion of Pueblo Revival and Art Deco. The exterior is brick and stucco façade with colorful window and door frames, while the interior includes plaster beams artfully painted as wooden vigas, air vents disguised as Navajo rugs, an array of Native American symbols on the walls, wrought iron bird railings, an assortment of murals in the lobby by Carl von Hassler depicting the Seven Cities of Cibola, and buffalo skulls with red glowing eyes.




“Those buffalo skulls have been scaring kids since 1927,” laughs Larry Parker, manager and de facto historian of the KiMo. Parker has heard scores of stories of people sharing first dates at the KiMo, or how kids could take the bus to the theater and see a movie for under a dollar. Such stars as Vivian Vance, Tom Mix, Gloria Swanson, Ginger Rogers and Sally Rand have all graced the stage. The KiMo originally functioned as a vaudeville theater and atmospheric picture palace. Oreste Bachechi died a year after the theater was built, but his wife and later his two eldest sons continued the family business. Throughout the years, parts of the building were a radio station, a café, office space, even a curio shop, but entertainment was always the KiMo’s mainstay.


Unfortunately, the Bachechi sons’ enthusiasm for running the KiMo waned by the 1960s, and the theater fell into disrepair. A large fire did sizeable damage, and the downtown area experienced an exodus. After being slated for demolition, the City of Albuquerque purchased the building in 1977. Citizens voted on bonds to restore the theater and turn it into a multi-use performing arts venue. The most recent renovation was completed in 2000 and included a re-creation of the KiMo’s original ornately decorated proscenium arch. A replica of the neon sign overhanging the street was installed in 2011. Today, the KiMo regularly hosts Ballet Repertory Theatre of New Mexico, New Mexico Young Actors, AMP Concerts, TEDxABQ, the New Mexico Burlesque Festival, and the New Mexico Film Office for several private screenings of locally made movies. Guided tours are given twice a week when it doesn’t conflict with a show.

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“The KiMo is one of the few buildings in downtown Albuquerque that is still performing it’s original function,” reflects Parker. “It was the premier movie palace for almost 45 years. It now provides local performing groups and non-profits an affordable venue. We’ve maintained the original spirit of the place. Preserving it has extreme value; you’re not going to experience anything like the KiMo anywhere else.”





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BOOK REVIEW Rattlesnake & Son Jonathan Miller

“Rattlesnake & Son” is the newest in a homegrown New Mexico crime series By Wolf Schneider

THE LOCALLY PUBLISHED “Rattlesnake & Son” (Artemisia Publishing, March 2019) is the 11th book in a legal thriller series by Albuquerque-based lawyer Jonathan Miller. It’s something of a mash-up of the TV crime drama “Better Call Saul” and Stephen King’s horror novel “Carrie” about a high-schooler with telekinetic abilities. So, there are plenty of low-life criminals to defend in this novel, along with various long-suffering characters struggling to get their footing, and psychic flashes of sudden knowledge spouted by a misfit high-schooler. In “Rattlesnake & Son,” the beleaguered 50-something attorney Dan Shepard, nicknamed the Rattlesnake Lawyer, reunites with his telepathic teenage son Marley and ex-wife Luna, meanwhile



pursuing his line of work on the fictional “breakdown docket,” whereby he inherits crime cases from other lawyers who’ve had breakdowns. While juggling his last-minute urgent appearances in courtrooms all over the state, as well as his personal responsibilities, it’s all very stress-inducing, but Marley’s psychic abilities prove an unexpected boon. In addition to a plot with twists and turns, what Miller brings to the mix is well-described settings complete with ironic commentary about the state’s geographic social strata. For instance, about scruffy Truth or Consequences: “A gigantic Walmart with covered parking stood guard at the entrance to town,” and, “This was the last town in America without a Starbucks.” As for the town’s high school, the Rattlesnake Lawyer muses, “I pictured Hot Springs High School and the children of cowboys, jet ski repairmen, and farm workers.” But when Marley is sent to a Las Cruces boarding school instead, it proves way more dangerous and the Rattlesnake Lawyer must put his crime-defending skills to work in the ultimate case.


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FOR PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, it can be costly and difficult to access valuable physiotherapies like equestrian and swimming therapy. This is why Las Campanas Compadres (LCC) puts to good use The Club at Las Campanas’ world-class equestrian facility and pool—as well as the generosity of many Las Campanas residents—to offer free riding and swimming lessons to people with special needs. Founded by Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra in 2007, the program underwrites approximately 1,500 lessons per year. “It’s not just about kids learning to ride a horse or swim,” says Lawrence, “it’s about building self-esteem.” Most participants live in Española, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Vegas. The only qualification for participation is that the state recognize the participant as having physical, cognitive or emotional special needs. Riding happens on Mondays for 30-minute sessions with up to 12 students per day. The swimming program runs twice per week, normally on weekends. These 30-minute lessons facilitate up to 16 students over two days. The riding program is run by Karen Evans, a rated instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. The swimming program is run by Dave Caldwell, an accredited swim instructor who has worked as a coach for several university programs. Additionally, LCC has a pool of 40 volunteers who fill up time slots according to which students have signed up for lessons each week. Volunteers quickly become attached to participants, and though the Becerra’s report no trouble matching volunteers to lessons, LCC is always open to new volunteers. Many are Las Campanas residents, as well as folks from Santa Fe and Los Alamos.




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Last summer, 160 supporters of Las Campanas Compadres gathered for the non-profit’s 10th anniversary Wild West Show fundraiser. Clyde the Buffalo, provided by local cowboy and saddle/ buckle maker Clint Mortenson, was present for guests to take photos with. Clint also performed trick shooting off the back of his horse and arranged for barrel racing. Other activities included trick riding, roping, line dancing and two-step instruction by Micki Lando Brown. The band Half Broke Horses played a blend of Honky Tonk and Americana, getting the dance floor started. Las Campanas’ chef provided a barbeque, while Sazon provided oeuvres. All in all, $40,000 was raised to benefit the good work of LCC. “We will use all moneys raised to carry on paying for equipment and paying our instructors for the swimming and

riding programs,” describes Suzanna. “We also hope to carry on helping families as much as we can. We have a fund called Helping Hands that I chair where we help if a family needs a little extra aid buying a piece of equipment or a wheelchair upgrade.” LCC will celebrate its 11th anniversary on July 13th by hosting another dinner fundraiser at The Club at Las Campanas’ equestrian facilities. “We hope to have an even bigger and better event this year. After all, it’s not our first rodeo!” quips Suzanna.

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MAKES FOOD FUN By Emmaly Wiederholt Photos Gabriella Marks

“I DON’T LIKE THIS,” IS THE REFRAIN SO MANY PARENTS HEAR when they introduce a new dish at the dinner table. Unfortunately, most elementary-aged kids don’t have a welldeveloped palette or knowledge of where food comes from. But through the efforts of Cooking with Kids, schoolchildren in Santa Fe may have a better appreciation of food than most. Cooking with Kids began in 1995 as a volunteer effort led by Lynn Walters in a couple Santa Fe Schools. Today, it provides a template nationally and internationally for how to introduce kids to a healthy relationship to food. It also has grown into a tour de force nonprofit in Santa Fe, working with 5,000 kids a year in over a dozen low-income public schools in Santa Fe and Española.



Lynn Walters was a local restauranteur with schoolchildren of her own who was interested in helping to improve cafeteria food. A group of volunteer chefs and nutritionists known as the Chef’s Collaborative cooked fresh food for schoolkids and discovered, to their dismay, that the majority of the food went into the trash. Walters began exploring how to encourage kids to eat healthier and learned that fixing cafeteria food wasn’t enough; kids needed to be exposed to healthy foods in fun, non-threatening and repeated ways to change their preferences. Cooking with Kids was born. “We have Cooking with Kids staff members embedded in lowincome public schools,” explains Anna Farrier, executive director. “Each school has a dedicated Cooking with Kids classroom.


The schools supply time and space, and we supply the food education.” Program director Jane Stacey describes how, “If people have hands-on experience with food, they are more likely to try it. Research has shown that Cooking with Kids increases consumption of fruits and vegetables.” How it works is the Cooking with Kids staff members teach kindergarteners through sixth graders three to four times a semester for one to two-hour sessions. Students learn about the ingredients involved in a particular dish, the steps of the recipe, and then they cook and eat together. Beyond that, Cooking with Kids does a monthly promotion in the school cafeteria of a new dish. “School cafeterias in Santa Fe have been doing a really good job bringing in more local food and scratch cooking,” Farrier reports. “We like supporting those efforts.” Cooking with Kids has an impressive list of over 30 Superchefs, accomplished cooks from restaurants around town who donate their time and expertise. Many give demonstrations while the food is being made in the classroom. A similar collaboration called Farmers in the Schools features the fruits and vegetables of local farms and how they’re grown. “The chefs and farmers act as guest stars in the classroom,” Farrier shares. Through a legion of more than 1,000 family volunteers, kids stay closely monitored in the kitchen classroom. “We explain the importance of safety, but it’s a big deal to them to be trusted,” says Farrier. “Obviously we never let kids be by themselves with any heat

or sharp objects. We show them the correct technique and tools, so the kids do the work and the adults only oversee and guide.” The results are tangible. One research study by Colorado State University showed there was “increased fruit and vegetable preferences, especially with vegetables. Greatest gains in preferences and self-efficacy were seen in boys without prior cooking experience.” In order to continue changing kids’ attitudes toward food, community support is always appreciated; private donations comprise over one fourth of the non-profit’s budget. A Superchef fundraiser is held every November through the Santa Fe School of Cooking. “This isn’t a fringe issue anymore,” Farrier asserts. “In the past 10 years, people have realized the importance of children eating well and having cooking skills. It’s been wonderful to see people care about food more.”






For More Than Celebrations CHAMPAGNE IS A SPARKLING WINE that comes from France’s Champagne region using primarily Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes. The first sparkling Champagne was created accidentally. The pressure in the bottle led it to be called “the devil’s wine” as bottles exploded or corks popped. Méthode Champenoise is the traditional method of producing Champagne. After primary fermentation and bottling, a second fermentation is induced by adding several grams of yeast in the bottle. After aging, the bottle is manipulated in a process called remuage so that the lees settle in the neck of the bottle. After chilling the bottles, the cap is removed. The pressure in the bottle forces out the ice containing the lees, and the bottle is quickly corked to maintain the carbon dioxide. Previous vintages and sugar are added to maintain the level within the bottle and, importantly, adjust the sweetness. Given the complexity of making sparkling wine, Champagne is the best value in the market today and thus should not only be reserved for special occasions. Try the Ruinart Blanc de Blanc, Champagne’s oldest brand. It’s beautifully fresh with floral notes and a subtle effervescence. Or try Dom Perignon 2009, the latest vintage to be released. Dom Perignon, a division of Moet Chandon, only releases certain vintages. The 2009 is an absolute stunner. You don’t always have to buy Champagne, which typically commands the highest prices. Many Méthode Champenoise wines are delicious and a fraction of the price. Sparkling wines designated crémant (“creamy”) were originally named because their lower carbon dioxide pressures were thought to give them a creamy rather than fizzy mouth-feel. Though they may have full pressures today, they are still produced using the traditional method. Try Le Grand Courtage. In any blind tasting, you would think you are drinking Champagne. Or try Spain’s version of sparkling wine, Cava, from Catalonia. Only wines produced in the Méthode Champenoise may be labelled Cava. Try the Segura Viuda Heradad Reserva. Don’t let the old notion that sparkling wines should be reserved for special occasions stop you from enjoying a glass of Champagne; every day is a special day! .




Spring is in the air! Stop by and enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner with your favorite cocktail. Our bar area and patio will be open for your dining pleasure! Seared Diver Scallops with Rosemary Risotto, Sautéed Broccolini

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SAZÓN’S Recognition Keeps Growing Photos Herschel Mair

WHEN SAZÓN OPENED THREE AND A HALF YEARS AGO, the ingredients for a superb restaurant were all in place: a talented chef, an enthusiastic wine devotee, and an art-lover with a special eye for color. However, in the words of co-owner Lawrence Becerra, “Nobody expected this.” Positive reviews abound, and a reservation is needed most nights. “The big change in the past year is that we’ve become a nationally recognized restaurant,” Lawrence describes. Anyone who has dined at Sazón can readily see why. Lawrence’s appreciation for and connections to the Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe wine-growing region continue to expand Sazón’s impressive drink menu. The restaurant is now carrying two wines from the producer Lechuza—a Nebbiolo and a CabernetNebbiolo blend—as well as Solar Fortun’s “O Positivo”—a Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blend. Sazón is also carrying Palafox’s “Marija” by winemaker Lourdes “Lulu” Martinez Ojeda of Bodegas Henri Lurton. Don’t forget Lulu’s “Boheme,” a very limited production of a delicious Tempranillo and Nebbiolo blend



only available at Sazón. These offerings allow the restaurant to boast the largest selection of Baja wines in the country. “When Fernando and I first started going to the Valle de Guadalupe in conjunction with the restaurant, the wave of interest was just forming,” Lawrence describes of the growing attention the region has received. “Now, I’d say the wave is cresting. There are more and more articles coming out about the Baja for both its wine and food.” While the wine list is excellent, Sazón’s entire bar menu is certainly notable. The mezcaleria/tequileria is introducing new seasonal cocktails that capture the effervescence of spring and summer. The restaurant is also in the process of bringing in craft Mexican beer. “We continue to expand what we offer and push the envelope,” says head bartender Amanda Morris. At Sazón, food and drinks go hand in hand. Chef and co-owner Fernando Olea likes to pair his menu to the fruity and complex flavors of the Baja. He is particularly inspired by seafood and enjoys adding seasonal ingredients to create a medley of


unexpected and complimentary flavors. Olea is particularly excited about offering abalone, scallops and octopus, and is also researching sea products indigenous to the Baja, like black clams. Olea’s reputation is spreading; Tru Miller, a pioneer of Baja wines who owns Adobe Guadalupe, has invited him to cook for her charity benefit at Baja’s celebrated Fiestas de la Vendimia in August 2019. Sazón’s interior is as exceptional as its cuisine and bar. The Becerra’s recently commissioned new work by Mexico City artists Julio de Rita and Fragoso Maiz that feature such Mexican icons as Frida Kahlo, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata. “How can you not love the vibrancy and use of color in these magnificent artworks?” poses co-owner Suzanna Becerra, who is responsible for the incomparable décor. The art in the restaurant is part of the Becerra’s private collection, but several pieces are available for purchase.

Chef Fernando Olea

Looking back on Sazón’s success over the past three years, Olea sums, “It’s been an incredible experience the way the locals and tourists have supported us. We, in turn, are very committed to the community.” Lawrence adds, “We’re proud of the fact that we’ve been able to be very generous in our philanthropy.” To date, Sazón has supported over 15 local charities. Given the restaurant’s track record, it’s exciting to ponder what Sazón’s next big milestone might be. Sazón 221 Shelby St., Santa Fe 505.983.8604






SANTA FE IS FULL OF HISTORY, and one establishment that particularly embodies that myriad history is El Nido, a historic restaurant and bar in Tesuque. In fact, Will Shuster, who began the first Burning of Zozobra in 1924, frequented the El Nido bar back in the day. Since reopening in 2016, the restaurant’s bar has been christened The Zozobra Bar at El Nido in honor of its historic patron. Sommelier and General Manager Chris Banks strives for a Happy Hour atmosphere that is eminently casual and welcome. “You don’t need to plan a big evening,” he says of the bar’s appeal, “Just come in and relax.” The Zozobra Bar at El Nido features Happy Hour every Tuesday through Friday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Acclaimed Chef Christian Pontiggia serves $10 wood burning oven pizzas, perfectly paired with $7 glasses of the house wine and $5 beers. The Happy Hour wine is a Frescobaldi Remole, a Sangiovese blend from Tuscany. “I find it to be the perfect pizza wine,” describes Banks. “It has more than enough characteristics to be enjoyed with or without food. Accompanied by one of Chef Pontiggia’s pizzas, it is a beautiful pairing.” Sommelier and General Manager Chris Banks



In addition to happy hour, El Nido’s Wine Down Wednesdays are not to be missed. Many bars and restaurants across the country host #WineDownWednesday, and Banks has embraced the trend by


serving half off all wines by the bottle. The sommelier procured wine list is extensive and includes many esoteric smaller producers of high quality. Also of note at The Zozobra Bar at El Nido is the craft cocktail program. Through his experience working in Las Vegas and New Orleans, Banks has become specialized in pre-prohibition cocktails. These libations were designed pre-1930s and revolve around the classic spirits of the day: bourbon, whiskey, scotch, gin, brandy and rum. “These cocktails were simply made with three or four ingredients to please the palette when there wasn’t the luxury of fresh ingredients,” Banks explains. Pre-prohibition cocktails usually have higher alcohol percentage and are less sugary or fruity than contemporary cocktails. In honor of the naming of The Zozobra Bar, Banks recently concocted a cocktail he calls ‘Old Man Gloom.’ A spicy rendition of a classic Manhattan, Banks combines Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, and Amaro di Angostura, which adds the flavor of clove and cinnamon spice. Amaro is a classic way to finish a meal and, as such, Banks is also offering flights of Amari from Europe with a short explanation of the drinks’ history and flavor profile, available on the dessert menu.

Don’t forget the ‘El Nido-Rita,’ the bar’s signature cocktail, which balances the spice of serrano chile syrup with cucumber puree and won “Most Innovative Margarita” in 2016 at Hilton Buffalo Thunder’s annual Margarita Festival. “We just want folks to come and enjoy the atmosphere and the special offerings we have,” sums Banks. “El Nido’s got its place in history—think about the people who have come into this bar over the years.” If Will Shuster were still alive, he’d have plenty of reasons to patron El Nido today. El Nido 1577 Bishops Lodge Rd., Santa Fe 505.954.1272





The Selection You Desire; The Service You Deserve By Anya Sebastian Photos Amanda McCarthy Oda

WHEN I MENTIONED TO A FRIEND of mine that I was putting together an article about Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits, his immediate response was, “I really like that place. When I go into most liquor stores, I feel like a drunk, but Susan’s makes me feel like a connoisseur.” I was reminded of that comment as I sat and talked with owners Frank and Nirmala and the store’s general manager, Adam. Their knowledge and infectious enthusiasm make it clear that, for them, this is far more than just a business; it’s very much a part of who they are. I had no idea, until we talked, of the intricacies, customs, methods and traditions involved in creating a good wine. It really is a complex and subtle mix of art and science where everything involved interacts with everything else. The end result depends on a combination of soil, water, location, sun exposure, rainfall, the age of the vines, the size and nature of the vats used for fermentation and storage, and even the winemaker’s personal relationship with the grapes. Some talk to them, while others pipe classical music into their vineyards to encourage the grapes to produce a superior flavor. “There isn’t one right way to produce good wine,” explains Nirmala, “there can’t be. But there are plenty of wrong ones. What matters is the final result.” Customers clearly recognize and appreciate not only the staff’s knowledge and expertise, but also their willingness—even eagerness—to help people find exactly what they’re looking for. “I like this place a lot,” says Rebecca, one of the visitors to a wine tasting event. “Everyone here is really knowledgeable and helpful and there’s a great selection.




What’s more, you can give them a price point without feeling like a loser. They’ll work with you, whether you want to spend $20 or $320, and that’s really rare in my experience.” When it comes to the production of whisky, certain basic rules must be followed. Bourbon, for instance, must be made in America and has to contain at least 51 percent corn. It must be aged for a minimum of two years and can have no added coloring or flavoring. Scotch whisky, on the other hand, may contain coloring, must be aged for at least three years and must be made in Scotland from malted barley. Then again, Irish whisky is only allowed to contain water and caramel coloring as additives. As for Japanese whisky, well, the only rule seems to be that it should be made in Japan. As with wine, the quality of whisky also depends on a skillful mix of art and science. There are many factors involved here, too—the quality of the grains (corn, rye, wheat, malted barley); where the water comes from (water flowing through limestone has produced some of the best bourbons in the country); where the


barrel sits during aging and even the range of temperature swings it experiences during the aging process. How these different elements interact will determine the final price, which can range from under $20 to many hundreds of dollars a bottle. The next time you’re on the lookout for a good quality bottle of wine or whisky, head over to Susan’s for the best selection, most knowledgeable staff and exceptional customer service. And if you engage one of the assistants in conversation and ask for their advice, not only will you get the best bang for your buck and turn a simple purchase into an enjoyable experience, you might even leave the store feeling like a connoisseur yourself. Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits 1005 S. St Francis Drive, Suite 101, Santa Fe 505.984.1582




CAFE SONDER Real Food at Affordable Prices By Anya Sebastian Photos Liz Lopez

In a town as rich in culinary diversity as Santa Fe, it’s quite a challenge for a restaurant to stand out for being unique. However, Café Sonder achieves that distinction on a number of different levels. First of all, no other restaurant in town has been known to offer alligator or wild boar, both of which were recently featured as specials. The alligator, flown in from New Orleans, was the brainchild of Chef Juan Aguilar, who tried it while on a trip to Louisiana and decided to offer it to adventurous diners as an experiment. “It tastes like chicken, with the consistency of steak,” says owner Daniel Razatos. The wild boar, from Arizona, appeared as burgers, adding to a selection that also included elk from Colorado. Unlike most of the items on the menu, these exotic dishes were obviously not able to be locally sourced. The majority of products do come from New Mexico farmers and ranchers, and are, as much as possible, organic. “It’s definitely a priority of ours to offer real food at affordable prices,” says Razatos. Specials change each month and are created by Chef Aguilar, who also helps to plan the main menu. Groomed in the kitchens of the Pink Adobe restaurant




and Plaza Cafe, his natural inborn talent and drive took him to where he is now. Being creative and curious, he regularly cruises the meat and fish counters of local stores, picking out something unusual to taste test. If he likes the result, the restaurant will find a good supplier and he will make it his own, like the mussels in wine and New Mexico red chile sauce, which is now a regular—and hugely popular—menu item. Offering good quality food is a goal that applies to everything, from beef and buffalo – supplied by local ranchers and all grass fed and grass finished – to honey from Pecos, chile from Chimayo and Hatch, and seafood, none of which is farmed. “If I wouldn’t want to eat it myself, why would I expect my customers to eat it?” asks Razatos. Café Sonder even uses organic wheat and has a full-time baker on board, who makes all the bread in-house, with pastries and pies also made from scratch by a full-time pastry chef. The menu follows the seasons, reflecting what’s currently available and there are always vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. Something else that distinguishes the menu is its broad range, which can include everything from pasta, salads and sandwiches, to New Mexican, European and even Japanese dishes. “We aim to offer something for everyone,” explains Razatos, “whether you’re a meateater, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or just want to try something different. It’s all there.” The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner during the week and a full brunch menu is offered on the weekends, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Café Sonder also offers beer and wine, with 14 local beers on tap, as well as a selection of house-made, carbonated fruit drinks—a refreshing change from commercial, sugary sodas. The atmosphere is welcoming, casual and contemporary, with very friendly service, so visitors feel instantly at home. And, from now until June 1st, any customer mentioning Fine Lifestyles magazine can enjoy a free sample of their house-made frozen Greek yogurt—organic of course. Café Sonder 326 S. Guadalupe St. Santa Fe 505.982.9170 www.







Into Your Home Photos Liz Lopez

Imagine: a beautiful coffee table or bureau made of hand-sanded, kiln-dried and reclaimed wood. But look closely, because filling the natural cracks and crevices of the wood are turquoise specs, creating a surface reminiscent of a river with its sparkle and flow. What you’re seeing is the turquoise inlay furniture of Cowboys and Indians.




COWBOYS AND INDIANS’ WORKSHOP CARRIES BETWEEN 300 AND 500 SLABS FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE LOCATED IN A HISTORIC BUILDING right on the Santa Fe Plaza, Cowboys and Indians is well-known for its array of fine furniture, home accessories and art. Now open for 10 years, the store’s inlay furniture has been gaining in popularity and now comprises the bulk of its merchandise. For products not made inshop, Cowboys and Indians strives to carry locally-made arts and crafts. However, the custom turquoise inlay designs are what’s put the company on the map. “We make coffee tables, end tables, office desks, dining tables, bookcases, wooden bowls, bedroom furniture … basically anything a customer wants. We even do fireplace mantels, floors and cabinetry,” says owner Freddie Amini. “It can either be a custom design or something already in-shop that the customer likes but wants to change.” Amini sources his turquoise from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. He usually uses bright blue turquoise, as he finds the hue to be particularly vibrant against the grain of wood. The actual amount of turquoise in a given piece is decided on by the customer, though the goal is to make it as natural looking as possible. Amini also offers copper, silver and geode inlay, but can use any stone a customer wishes. Then there’s the wood. Although Amini works with about 20 different species of wood, his most popular selections are acacia, maple, walnut and alligator juniper. Amini and his team often source their own wood by visiting ranches and cutting down dead trees. “If you cut a fresh tree, you have to wait a couple years for it to dry out,” explains Amini of his preference for dried wood. “Dry wood already has the cracks where we inlay turquoise; we don’t create nooks, just enlarge them.” It’s worth noting that Cowboys and Indians has its own workshop and mill where they slab their own wood. Finally, a five-coat lacquer is applied to the wood to protect it against damage. “You don’t have to use coasters on our furniture,” Amini says. “Our tables are basically maintenance free.” The average dining table takes 10 to 12 weeks to complete, and a coffee or sofa table take about eight weeks. Amini is happy to work with interior designers as part of a larger design process. In fact, locals often purchase several pieces to outfit a home.




“Because of the uniqueness of the inlay, our furniture is usually the focal point of the room. For that reason, we offer matching furniture without turquoise to compliment the inlay piece,” says Amini. Half of Cowboys and Indians’ customers are out of state, and the company has shipped as far as Australia. For those who don’t live in Santa Fe year around, Amini and his team send the customer photos at every stage, allowing them to choose their own wood slabs. Cowboys and Indians’ workshop carries between 300 and 500 slabs from which to choose. Though some clients love the southwestern style, Amini can accommodate a more contemporary aesthetic. Hand-forged iron legs are an option that creates a cleaner look and allows for more chairs to fit under the table neatly. Customers can choose between three different finishes on the iron: rust, silver, or gunmetal. Another contemporary choice is a clean and simplified cut of the slab, as opposed to a natural live edge. Amini’s team is comprised of four skilled artisans at the workshop and 12 helpful and knowledgeable staff in-store. The company also has two delivery trucks of its own. “We strive for customer satisfaction on every level,” says Amini. “The quality of our inlay is very high. We don’t leave gaps between our stones, and we’ve mastered our own process to ensure the stones won’t slip out.” He continues: “We love it when people come into our showroom and find a piece they like. But if the size is a little off, we can adjust it or make a brand-new custom piece based on the design. Or we can take someone’s old furniture and refurbish it with inlay. There’s no project we can’t or won’t do.” Looking for that perfect piece of unique furniture to tie a room together? A handmade turquoise inlay table might be just the thing. Cowboys and Indians 72 E. San Francisco St., Santa Fe 505.982.8280





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Congratulations to the Jazz Division on their selection to perform in the NYC Jazz Festival! Casita Tienda is accepting consignments for NMSA. Have a piece of furniture to consign? Send us an email with a photograph of your item(s) and dimensions. Let us know if you want your consignment proceeds to go to the school. If we are able to sell it during the normal contract time, we will send a check to the school with your name as donor. Space and time are limited, so contact us right away at

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Our luxury homes sold 32% faster. In 2018, luxury properties sold by Barker Realty | Christie’s International sold in an average of 94 days, compared to our main competitors (141, 192, and 206).


Notable Luxury Sales

Circle Drive Stephanie Duran $10.5m – Highest priced listing sold in Santa Fe since 2007. DOM: 284

Camino del Monte Sol Gary R. Hall / Meleah Artley $3.695m DOM: 57

N Star Gazer Vee Bybee $1.225m DOM: 6

Shining Sun, Vineyard Jeff Assad $1.195m – Full asking price. DOM: 53

Summit Ridge Robin Zollinger $1.075m – Full asking price. DOM: 5

* Based on Information from Santa Fe Association of Realtors MLS for the period Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2018. This representation is based in whole or in part on data supplied by SFAR MLS. SFAR MLS does not guarantee nor is in any way responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by SFAR MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. *

Real Estate Market Insights


anta Fe’s luxury real estate market continues to gain strength as the number of sales in 2018 saw an increase of over 25% from the previous year. This marks the eighth year in a row that luxury sales have increased. Unlike the rest of the market, inventory in the luxury segment remains healthy, keeping the average selling prices fairly steady. Although low inventory is not a concern, the average days-on-market decreased significantly as quality wellpriced homes are selling quickly.

The luxury part of our market has seen one of the most dramatic increases in transactions. Sales have increased steadily for eight years in a row and days on market continue to decline. 505 992 3563 505 490 2626

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The inventory of luxury homes for sale has been relatively steady over the past five years and has not diminished significantly as we see in the balance of the market.

Although we see some swings from quarter to quarter, the average selling price per square foot has changed very little over the past five years. A big difference can be seen in sales prices of newer homes compared to larger and older houses.

Time on market has decreased by 25% compared to the same quarter last year with well-kept and updated homes selling at a healthy pace.

While the average priced luxury home has been just over $2,000,000 for the past year, the average sales price continues to be in the $1,500,000 range.

We believe the number of luxury sales will maintain their high level in 2019 with little further increase. Sales above $3,000,000 have been uncommon until recently, with Barker Realty selling 1/3 of those properties in Santa Fe for 2018. We anticipate continued sales at that price point to come.

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

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CHRISTOPHER ALBA Managing Partner OlinMen Santa Fe, LLC 1800 Old Pecos Trail, Suite E, Santa Fe, NM 505.660.6311

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OLINMEN SANTA FE, LLC is a general contractor specializing in providing full-service construction solutions to residential and commercial customers in New Mexico. OlinMen was founded by Christopher Alba in 2013 as an answer to the people’s need for skilled tradesmen after the recession. “We permanently lost more than 50 percent of the skilled construction workforce in the United States during that time,” reasons Alba. “OlinMen is our attempt to provide skilled, reliable construction tradesmen to customers who have a need for such services, be they large or small,” he says. Alba is a GB98 licensed New Mexico general contractor and the qualifying party for OlinMen as well as a licensed architect. As such, he has been providing design-build solutions to customers statewide. In addition, Alba works as a “forensic architect” with his other company, E/CA – Experts Construction Analytics.



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OlinMen provides an array of services ranging from roofing and remodeling to stucco and plaster. In addition, OlinMen’s crew are skilled in water damage mitigation/dry-out and mold remediation. “We offer customized turnkey solutions for any roofing, restoration, remodeling or repair need our customers may have,” says Alba.


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Liquid silicone roof systems, single-ply flat roof systems, like TPO and PVC or asphalt-based modified bitumen, are offered. OlinMen also provides metal and shingle roof solutions for pitched roofs. “Our aim is to provide the best possible roofing solution with the best possible warranty to our customers,” says Gabe Contreras, Project Manager for OlinMen.

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Interior or exterior remodeling, room additions and insurance restoration work is part of the OlinMen portfolio. “Our tradesmen are multi-skilled individuals who can start and finish any project successfully,” says Contreras, pointing out that “professional competence and quality assurance are top-down expectations in our organization.”

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Alba explains how OlinMen tradesmen are vetted with a comprehensive background and drug check prior to being employed. “It is important for our customers to know that we place a premium on employing professionals who have passed these requirements,” he says. To obtain a no-cost consultation for your project, contact us today!


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HERE IN THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT, almost every home has an outdoor retreat—a beautiful patio or yard to enjoy the natural beauty we call home. However, our state’s abundance of sun and wind might just chase you indoors. Chase you indoors, that is, to call Santa Fe Awning. Santa Fe Awning has been family owned and operated for 24 years. Owner Jeff Maul started the company when his children were young; he sold awnings in the morning, installed in the afternoon, and sewed and welded at night. “My dad’s always been an entrepreneur,” says Sara Talachy, Maul’s daughter and manager. Today, Santa Fe Awning continues to offer the high-quality products and custom service it’s known for. “Our goal is to create a comfortable environment outdoors by blocking the wind and minimizing the sun. It can mean installing a patio screen or building artistic shade sails,” Talachy relates. “We custom design on site. We start with a complimentary design consultation and estimate. From there it takes two to four weeks for the manufacturing of the product before setting up an installation date. A lot of our products can be customer installed, but we like to provide full service.” Compared to major retailers, Santa Fe Awning’s products are designed and manufactured to last 10 to 15 times longer. The products are milled in the USA with high quality fabrics that resist UV rays. Santa Fe Awning’s products are constructed with lasting parts and fabric that are easily replaced years down the road.




“Screens are our number one product,” says Talachy. “Our A savvy homeowner might incorporate several shade sails by overlapping their positions, mounting them at different heights, screens drop down to block both direct sunlight and wind. They introducing more than one color, or cutting them in a variety of can take a high-wind load, since we have a lot of wind in New shapes for artistic effect. Depending on the design, shade sails Mexico. They also protect the sun from coming into WestEnjoy life with a view can be attached to anchors on a house or independent posts, facing windows and bleaching the furniture and floors. And the and the number of attachments can vary from three to six points. difference in cooling costs is huge!” The screen’s fabric allows range the gamut from neutral to bright; Santa Fe Awning for 90 to 95 percent blockage. At the same time, the screens Enjoy life with a view Colors has over a dozen options. The combinations of colors and shapes are completely transparent from the inside, but do not allow for are virtually endless. outsiders to see in. Also popular are the shade sails, which are ideally placed above a pool, hot tub or open patio. “They are often described as geometric flying structures,” Talachy describes. The sails are made of a fabric that stretches in order to achieve a taut and wrinkle-free surface. Comprised of commercial-grade mesh fabric, shade sails block 90 percent of UV radiation. Moisture, light and air pass through, so plants do just fine under a sail, while simultaneously blocking the sun’s harmful rays.

With a little help from Santa Fe Awning, your patio or yard can be your spring and summer domain.

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OUR SANTA FE SERVICE office has seen an uptick in sugar ant calls over the past few weeks. Sugar ants found in Santa Fe and around New Mexico are also known as odorous house ants. This unusual name stems from the fact that, when crushed, they emit a smell similar to the odor of rotten coconuts. These ants are highly-tolerant of other ants and occasionally live in compound colonies with other species.

Sugar ants are completely black in color and tend to be very small—about 1/16 inch long. They have an uneven thorax and antennae with 12 segments. Distributed worldwide, this ant species is one of the more common household ants, and carries the dubious distinction of being one of the most difficult household ants to control. More than just the food it consumes or spoils, this ant is considered a serious pest simply due to its ability to “get into things.” In addition, hospitals are of heightened concern, as the ants can spread disease and contaminate sterile equipment and rooms. The sugar ant is a major indoor pest and has the ability to survive most conventional household pest control treatments. We know they will appear each spring because they take advantage of artificial heating in buildings to survive the winter. The best signs are the small amber-colored workers as they forage along surfaces. This ant infests almost all areas of a building where food is available, and additionally infests many areas where food is not commonly found. Infestations commonly occur in food service areas. Sugar ants have a wide preference for the types of food they like to consume. In infested areas, if sweet, fatty, or oily foods are left uncovered for only a short period of time, one can likely find a trail of sugar ants to the food. They will also eat other insects.




Sugar ants will nest in well-protected and hidden areas throughout a structure, but they can also nest outdoors in lawns or gardens in warm climates. Sugar ants can build nests in walls, cabinet voids, behind baseboards, refrigerator insulation, the hollows of curtain rods, the folds of clothes, sheets, paper, and other undisturbed dark spaces. Sugar ants have multiple queens and are able to move their colonies from place to place when disturbed. They begin new colonies when a small group of workers and a single queen migrate from an existing colony to start a new colony. Do-it-yourself control of sugar ants is difficult due to their nesting in inaccessible areas. Treatment must be thorough and complete at all nesting sites, as well as the foraging area. Thus, treatment must include walls, ceilings, floor voids, and electrical wall outlets. Baits are the preferred method of control for sugar ants, and several baits (insecticides) are labeled for indoor ant control. Ants nesting on the outside may be controlled by also using a perimeter barrier treatment. However, sugar ants can become a major problem, especially when infesting buildings. When disturbed with repellant insecticides, the colony will scatter and create many new colonies. It is best to contact a pest control professional when these ants are causing problems. A colony of sugar ants will scatter if a toxic substance disturbs it, creating multiple problems where there had been only one. In controlling them, it is often advisable to seek professional help. To learn more about Truly Nolen, visit or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook. com/TrulyNolen) and Twitter (www. In addition, call our Santa Fe service office at 505.989.5047. We are a proud partner each year of Rodeo de Santa Fe and TRULY enjoy being involved with local community events. Tom Larrabee is the Santa Fe Territory Manager for Truly Nolen. Founded in 1938, Tucson-based Truly Nolen of America is the largest family-owned pest control company in the United States.

WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING “We had struggled with keeping mice out of our house for several years. We had professional help, but it didn’t work until we switched to Truly Nolan. Literally, since the very day they took charge, we haven’t had a single mouse dropping (or mouse!) in our home. I have gone from being on the lookout for mice to forgetting they exist. I would recommend Truly Nolen 100 percent without any reservation! They are not only tremendously effective but courteous, reasonably priced and prompt. You won’t be disappointed! ” –Karin L. “I had my grandpa’s house serviced by Truly Nolen and I was very pleased with the outcome. His house had many bug issues, most of them regarding spiders, and now there isn’t a single spider or any other pest. Tom Larrabee was very professional and knowledgeable. He took care of everything that needed to be done. I highly recommend Truly Nolen to anyone who has pest problems! Thank you, Tom and everyone at Truly Nolen!” –Alexis B. “I normally use another company but thought I would try this company out. Tom Larrabee was the person who came to my house to check for termites. My contractor found evidence of termites and suggested I call a termite company. Tom came and walked me through the house and showed me past evidence of termites. He then walked around the house and showed the locations where the house had been serviced in the past. Tom was great; I learned a lot from him. I am in real estate and will tell all my clients to use this company. Great job Tom!” –Terry S. “I had seen noticeable amounts of ants; they were everywhere, and we thought they’d never go away. Ever since signing up with Truly Nolen, the results were almost immediate.” –Rick R. “One of the best decisions I’ve made since moving to New Mexico has been calling Truly Nolen. Very professional! They explained everything there were doing step-by-step and were punctual and courteous. They definitely have my recommendation!” –Marissa S. “I have had multiple pest control companies try and resolve my ant and other insect problems. They failed and were a total waste of money. Then Truly Nolen came along and offered their pest control services. I took a leap of faith and signed on. All I have to say about Truly Nolen is that they are “truly” professional and resolved my pest issues.” –Verona T.









By Debbie Stone

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Photo by Debbie Stone

Photo by Debbie Stone

SVELTE AND GRACEFUL, the lithe tigress made her way through the tall grass, her movements barely making a whisper. We watched in awe as this elegant creature in all her glorious stripes crossed the road in front of our jeep. Though we knew the tigress was fully aware of us, she never once glanced our away. It was a privileged moment for our group and we reveled in the good fortune and timing that had allowed us to witness this memorable scene at Ranthambore National Park in northern India. Once the former hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur, Ranthambore is now a renowned national park and wildlife attraction. Covering over 150 square miles and bounded by rivers, the park is a veritable haven for animals, birds and reptiles. Its dense, tropical dry forest with open grassy meadows and numerous lakes and streams makes it an ideal milieu for such creatures as monkeys, leopards, hyenas, deer, antelope, mongoose, crocodiles, iguanas, snakes, bats and more. The most famous resident, however, is the Bengal tiger. Currently, there are nearly 60 of these majestic jungle cats living within Ranthambore, thanks to Project Tiger’s conservation efforts. Each has its own territory which it marks and guards fiercely. These areas contain large amounts of prey animals, providing plentiful food options. The tigers are individually named and have unique reputations and legends that precede their lineages. There’s Machali, the regal tigress queen (now deceased), whose fight with a 14-foot-long crocodile years ago created history when it was filmed and recorded. Dollar, a fierce male, surprisingly displayed a soft side when he uncharacteristically played mother to two orphaned cubs. Handsome Sultan was kind enough to grace us with his presence as he ambled down the road to a

nearby watering hole. There, in the shade of a tree, he sprawled languidly, taking in his surroundings with a kingly air. Though the tigers are certainly the main draw at Ranthambore, the other creatures who make their home in the park are equally fascinating to observe. The Langur monkeys with their long tails and slender bodies are consummate entertainers, flying among the treetop branches like Olympic gymnasts. One curious soul even jumped on the back of our jeep. We also saw herds of Sambar deer run nimbly through the woods, a sleek mongoose hunting for food, and an iguana poking its head out of a hole in a tree. A stunning Nilgai or “blue bull” antelope played hide-andseek with us between the trees, while a large croc lazily basked in the sun on the river. Peacocks and their hens wandered about, making almost human-like screams, while an assortment of other resplendent birds added vibrancy to the scene. The environment itself is also something to behold. Enormous banyan trees sprawl across the landscape, along with numerous ruins scattered about the jungle. Old, crumbling walls and the remains of once glorious pavilions and battlements from the 10th century Ranthambore Fort provide testament to the region’s colorful past. If you want to visit Ranthambore, book one of the park’s safaris. Trips are offered twice daily; once in the early morning and then again later in the afternoon. The best time to tour the park is from October to April when the temperatures are cooler. To learn more, visit




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