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MAGICAL RETREATS CLOSE TO HOME

GEORGE R. R. MARTIN AND THE JEAN COCTEAU CINEMA From Vacant to Vibrant

SHOWHOUSE SANTA FE AND BARKER REALTY | CHRISTIE’S: DESIGNING A BETTER WORLD FOR CHILDREN TIAS AND SURYA LITTLE: YOGA AND THE ART OF RELAXATION NEW 2015 LEXUS SUV: A STEP ABOVE THE REST FineLifestyles

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FIRST WORD With Fine Lifestyles editor JANET JENKINS

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hat a pure labor of love this first issue has been. Thank you, Santa Fe, for being so Santa Fe — wonderful and welcoming, spirit-filled and generous. We are excited to become a part of your lives. An aspen forest full of gratitude to everyone who has made this issue so special. Thanks to George R. R. Martin for sharing with us his love of New Mexico, film, writing and, of course, the Jean Cocteau Cinema. The Jean Cocteau is one of the cornerstones of the Guadalupe District and, thanks to him, it’s thriving again. Our first issue features many Santa Fe favorites — from Mayor Javier Gonzales to freshly roasted green chiles, the wildly talented Chef Johnny Vee to perfect rejuvenating getaways, close to home. As well, take a peek at the new 2015 Lexus SUV— wow! We are honored to have Tias and Surya Little as a part of this first edition. Their elegance and grace are contagious. Speaking of grace, thanks as well to our style maven, Hillary Randolph, for sharing her musings on style and Santa Fe. We share with you images from this year’s ShowHouse Santa Fe, sponsored by Barker Realty | Christie’s International Real Estate, one of the most talked about events of the fall season. Find out more about this truly amazing cause; it is such a win-win for everyone involved.

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www.finelifestyles.ca WINTER 2014 Volume 1 Issue 1 Editor Janet Jenkins janetj@finelifestyles.ca Art Direction Amber Moon (Senior), Lisa Redden (Associate) Design Natasha Burkholder, Candace Haiko Staff Writers Michael Jenkins, Courtney Tait, Henny Buffinga, Tobie Hainstock, Tonya Lambert, Tori Stafford, Trina Annand Cover Photography Linda Carfagno lindalyncarfagno@hotmail.com Contributing Photography A Sound Look, Mike Billingsley, Linda Carfagno, Destination Hotels & Resorts, Dreamstime, El Farol, Lois Ellen Frank, Glow Skin, Lash and Spray Tan Boutique, Georgia Restaurant, Natalya Gomez, Anthony A. Griego, Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, Hewlitt-Packard Development Company L.P., Michael Jenkins, Tim March, Wendy McHern, Julien McRoberts, Prajna Yoga, Reggie Quintana, Kate Russell, Jonathan Tercero, TOURISM Santa Fe Contributing Writers Trina Annand, Tobie Hainstock, Dr. A. Burton Melton, Hillary Randolph, Quinn Stephenson, Courtney Tait Distribution kellym@finelifestyles.ca

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Welcome to Santa Fe! On behalf of the City of Santa Fe, I want to welcome Fine Lifestyles to Santa Fe and thank you for deciding to start your business here. You’re going to love it here. Our unique history of cultures coming together, our rich civic life, and our worldwide renown as a center for dining, architecture and lifestyle make Santa Fe a perfect fit for your publication. From symphony to opera, from dance to theater, from galleries, shops and boutiques to an active and growing nightlife - our city is rich in history, culture, and scenic beauty and I’m confident you will have no shortage of material to fill your pages! In addition, we’re working hard to grow and support our business community. Santa Fe is rich in human capital, and our talented business leaders are innovating in their fields and making waves that are heard around the world, and as you highlight the local economy and all it has to offer you will find many incredible individual stories. I look forward to seeing your first issue, and again, welcome you to our wonderful city! Bienvenidos a Santa Fe!

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t’s unlike any other SUV in its category,” says Doug Herbert, product specialist for Lexus College. He’s talking about the thrilling 2015 Lexus NX. With a more cutting edge design and new exciting new performance technology, the 2015 NX has been created with a more youthful appeal than its predecessors.

According to Herbert, the design of the 2015 NX originated with the power of performance vehicles. “The 2015 NX unites the engineering input of racers with the sophistication and class of Lexus luxury,” he continues. The 2015 NX is available in two awe-inspiring models, the NX 200t with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the NX 300h hybrid. This now means that Lexus offers six hybrid vehicles to choose from; that’s more than any other luxury brand to date. Because of the kick-down function of the new transmission, the hybrid offers the powerful thrill that drivers have come to expect from other Lexus vehicles.


Javier Gonzales Leads the City different One day at a time By Michael Jenkins Photos Michael Jenkins

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he scene on the Plaza is picture perfect: tourists milling about, vendors selling their wares, a musician playing guitar by the obelisk under a cerulean sky with white clouds dancing overhead. Through this idyllic scene Mayor Javier Gonzales passes, shaking hands and waving at people he knows. Being a native of Santa Fe and involved in local politics for many years, he knows a lot of people. He sits down with a group of locals enjoying lunch at one of the new tables found along Lincoln Avenue. They say they love what he’s doing with the Plaza. He then strides over to talk to artist Anna Chavez, who sells her paintings near the bandstand. Next he chats for a few minutes with pedi-cab driver Tracy Kurtenback to see how the summer has been. Mayor Gonzales has a genuine and heart-felt interest in Santa Fe and its people. The Plaza is a special place for many Santa Feans, the mayor among them. He says, “The Plaza is the place I grew up.” He says he has fond memories of getting ice cream, buying shoes and playing on the Plaza. Though things in Santa Fe have changed since his childhood, the Plaza is still the center of the community in many ways. One of first things Gonzales did upon becoming mayor in March was to get the city council to pass his People to the Plaza Resolution. “My goal was to bring all people to the Plaza.” This “gives us the green light to build an experience for all Santa Fe families, which will provide safety and an opportunity for the community to gather,” said Gonzales. As part of the initiative some of the streets bordering the Plaza were closed to vehicles during the summer months and

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people involved in production and postproduction work in the local film industry. On the environmental front, the mayor is putting together a Climate Action Task Force to address threats of climate change on a local level. Other environmental issues he plans to address include reducing greenhouse emissions, increasing bus ridership, promoting more usage of solar energy, improving the recycling program and lessening our dependence on fossil fuels. The mayor has been in office for only a few months, but he can already tell his biggest challenge is finding the time to do everything he wants to do. But when asked if he thinks he’ll run for a second term, he says “This is a four year term and we’re going to work that way.” He wants to take one day at a time and be in the moment rather than looking ahead to the next election.

tables brought in where people can sit and enjoy a cold drink or a meal. He also wants to make sure there are things for people to do on the Plaza like the Santa Fe Bandstand music series. Other ideas and activities are also being discussed.

its strengths and assets, needs to help people being left behind” said the mayor.

Gonzales, whose family has been here for several generations, has roots that run deep in Santa Fe. His political roots run deep as well. His father, George Gonzales, was mayor of the City Different from 1968 to 1972. In talking with Gonzales you realize there is a sincerity in his desire to make Santa Fe a better place for all its residents.

Regarding education, Gonzales wants to improve early childhood and after school programs. Considering all the rich arts and culture Santa Fe enjoys, he also thinks we should better integrate our cultural institutions with our education system.

“When I looked at the challenges facing the city, I was drawn to run for mayor. I ran for office because Santa Fe, for all

The mayor’s approach to this is something he calls the “three E’s”: education, economy and environment.

Using the same logic, Gonzales thinks we can improve the local economy through working with the creative sector. This could include, for example, getting more

Gonzales says he is honored to have been elected mayor and he treats it as an honor every day. He has many challenges ahead of him but says, “Being mayor of Santa Fe is just a fun job.” One of his favorite parts of the job is interacting with the public. He holds “meet the mayor” sessions twice a month where anyone can talk to him about what’s on their minds. He adds, “Listening to people makes me a better mayor.” PREVIOUS PAGE Pedi-cab driver Tracy Kurtenback chats with the Mayor while waiting for customers on the Plaza. TOP–BOTTOM Mayor Gonzales talks with artist Anne Chavez, who sells her paintings on the Plaza. Mayor Gonzales speaks with a group of local residents at the new tables that were placed on Lincoln Avenue as part of his People to the Plaza Resolution.

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Hillary randolpH:

The Santa Fe

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Hillary Randolph, entrepreneur, jewelry designer, mother, fashionista, friend, activist, visionary, dog lover and all around amazing woman, shares her thoughts on style, the meaning of luxury and Santa Fe.

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love Santa Fe and I love fashion, and it’s always a curious thing to mix the two. It’s more than turquoise and cowboy boots, although those things are a part of the style landscape here. For me, Santa Fe is a place of courage and confidence, healing and beauty, and it’s a place where we can combine these powerful elements into our own personal style.

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Santa Fe style is magical but not universal. The mere mention of the words Navajo or Paseo De Peralta evoke the autumn reds and golds, russet leather, and winking sky blue turquoise accents. These words, as well as these colors, are part of our everyday life in northern New Mexico. Luxury is more than a price tag; it’s a feeling of grace and self-assurance. It’s that feeling of confidence when you put on your favorite cashmere sweater, or that one pair of earrings that makes you feel fantastic. You know the ones. I have worked in luxury goods my entire life. I was born in


LEFT Hillary Randolph in Cupcake Clothing with owner Kate Kruger. BELow Cowboy boots from Goler Fine Imported Shoes worn by Hillary Randolph, Hillary Randolph with Goler owner Guadalupe Goler.

Donald Pliner, the world famous shoe designer, often visits her store. Guadalupe also brings community together, through her work and by creating out-of-the box fundraising events. Could you ask for more? Whether I am packing for a vacation to a guest ranch in Wyoming or for a business trip in Washington, D.C., I know my Santa Feinspired pieces and classic jewelry will carry me wherever I go. As well, I am taking a little part of home with me everywhere.

New York City and grew up in Palm Beach, Fla., where I was exposed to opulence and beauty from a very young age. The ocean, homes, fashion, jewels, cars and yes, even the people were beautiful. When I was 20 years old, I moved to New York City to work for Ralph Lauren. It was like working in a fairy tale. Beauty surrounded me at every turn. This one store had a million dollar flower budget and I had a clothing allowance larger than many salaries. Every moment was a flurry of exquisite fabrics, textures and patterns. This exposure to pure luxury helped me understand the emotional value of style and beauty — the spirit, if you will, of style. If you look fabulous you feel fabulous. Your entire attitude can be transformed by a beautiful wardrobe. The confidence purely decorative assets evokes is real. Kate Kruger of Cupcake has become my friend and ally in helping to create my

own personal Santa Fe style. Like Santa Fe, Cupcake is not about labels and bling. It is about quality, and looking and feeling beautiful. I define my own wardrobe as sophisticated, simple, elegant, and most of all, contemporary. Kate helps me pull everything together, whether it is mixing things from my own closet or purchasing something new. When I need clothing that looks current and travels well, I know I can find what I need right here in Santa Fe at places like Cupcake, Goler Shoes, as well as other retailers in the City Different. My clients always compliment me on “my look,” which Kate describes as an “opulent nomad,” because I travel so often and because I love beautiful, luxurious clothing. As well, Guadalupe, at Goler Fine Imported Shoes, is well-versed in the art and finesse of Santa Fe Style. She always has the most skillfully selected designer boots and shoes, and accessories. Even

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SOMERS: A Beautiful New Jewel on the Santa Fe Plaza

By Janet Jenkins Photos Wendy McEhern

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OMERS Jewelry has a new home and it’s right off the Plaza on Palace Avenue. You can spot the classic red sign, right across from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. It’s the perfect location filled with the most perfect accessories, for your home or yourself. Hillary Randolph, the creative director, founder and visionary of SOMERS Jewelry calls herself the “shop girl”. She is the

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most beautiful bundle of energy and justifiably sets the timbre of the store. Joyful. Upbeat. Classic. Irresistible. The displays dotting the gorgeous space often showcase elegant gold and silver pieces on vibrant green moss, or crystals. Beautifully combining the grace and simplicity of nature are core values of her sense of style. As well, the luminous sculptures of Somers Randolph, her husband,


anchor the light-filled store and are featured throughout. So let’s back up and find out how this all transpired, the legend and lore of SOMERS Jewelry. Each piece of SOMERS jewelry starts its life as a soapstone sculpture, handcarved by Somers. To keep the integrity of the original soapstone, each piece is molded, cast solid and hand finished in a five-step polishing process. Stone becomes silver and gold, the alchemy of the SOMERS collection. But before there was alchemy, there was chemistry. Somers, a nationally recognized sculptor, has carved stone for more than 30 years, in Santa Barbara, Nashville, and now Santa Fe. Hillary, then Fitzpatrick, traveled from New York’s high-profile fashion world to Santa Fe in 1999. She asked if she could park in Somers’ driveway to tour Canyon Road galleries. He told her she “had manners” and how thoughtful it was to ask, that most people didn’t, they just parked, and left. With that, he invited her for a cup of coffee. And the rest, as they say is history. They were married just over a year later. In the meantime, Hillary discovered a trunk full of his tiny soapstone carvings and decided to apply her fashion experience to a sculptor’s whittlings. They cast the miniature sculptures in silver and gold, creating sculpture as jewelry. To understand the appeal of SOMERS Jewelry, simply wear a piece. Feel the weight of solid silver and pure gold. Experience its substance and allure at the throat, on the ears or wrist. This is jewelry that demands to be picked up and held, to be worn and cherished. This jewelry will always be that go-to piece that makes you feel beautiful, every time. One word describes SOMERS Jewelry— timeless. Always striking, forever fashionable, these elegant designs eclipse seasonal trends with classic style. The store itself is an extension of Hillary and Somers and their daughter Coco’s powerful style and of course their hearts. As each piece is hand crafted, from beginning to end with care and love.

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Somers Randolph is America’s premier living abstract stone sculptor. His work has been acquired by discerning collectors for more than 40 years. Every piece is one of a kind, hand carved from the finest marble and alabaster and mounted on a hidden bearing so that even the largest pieces turn with a gentle push. A coffee table biography and traveling museum show are on the schedule for the next few years and right now is the perfect time to invest in Somers Randolph’s sculpture.

ABOVE Hillary Randolph (Photo by Michael Jenkins)

Their daughter, Coco, has joined them in their quest to make the world more beautiful and conscious. She makes bangles that have become practically iconic in Santa Fe. A portion of the sales of these bracelets goes directly to the Heart and Soul Animal Sanctuary, in Pecos, N.M. “As a responsible business, it is important to give back to the community,” Hillary says. “It’s time for businesses to have a conscience and to pass that legacy on to our children and future generations.” And they do just that. Usually, you will find one of their rescue dogs napping in the store, keeping a watchful eye on things. As well, there is a community dog bowl of water right outside the store’s door.

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SOMERS jewelry is featured in high-end boutiques and stores worldwide, with new venues being added all the time. If you are looking for the perfect gift for yourself or a friend, look no further than this darling shop. It’s one of the most special spots in Santa Fe.

SOMERS Jewelry 125 East Palace Ave. Santa Fe 505.986.0288 hillary@somersjewelry.com somersjewelry.com


HEALTH & WELLNESS

Profile

Dr. Melton is the best dentist I have ever found in my 72 years. Above all, I have finally found a dentist who laughs at my jokes. —Bruce Eakle

every year. Whether it’s meeting the demands of his patients, or educating dental professionals as well as many dental companies worldwide, Dr. Melton is experienced and committed to this healing profession.

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Bringing Hope, One Smile at a Time By Dr. A. Burton Melton

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r. A. Burton Melton, D.D.S., has helped New Mexicans get their quality of life back since 1974. Dr. Melton believes it all starts with a great smile and the ability to eat without pain. Dr. Melton is known in the dental community as a Prosthodontist. In simpler terms, his field of work is better described as the original extreme makeover dentist.

Dr. Melton has been on the cutting edge of dental implants and other prosthetic dental needs for more than 40 years. He says, “This is what I do, and what my life is about. You can never know too much, or have too much experience.” With years of experience with implant dentistry and prosthodontics, it’s no wonder he’s traveling 20 to 30 weekends

Many dental-related companies have sought his insight about how to make their products more effective and patient friendly. Besides his own continuing education, he provides free seminars teaching others how to create a better understanding of the dental implant process. Dr. Melton is at the top of his game, and wants to help others live a richer, more full life. It’s that simple. When a patient receives treatment from Dr. Melton, they are receiving his services from start to finish, as he is able to produce the whole treatment. Often, when it comes to getting dental implants, a patient usually must see two different dentists to complete the procedure. But with Dr. Melton’s training and experience, he is able to make his office a one-stop shopping place for your dental implant and denture needs. And speaking of dentures, his office is currently the only one world-wide to offer the Avadent Digital scanner, which helps produce the best fitting denture ever made. Dr. Melton sees patients in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Call Dr. Melton to learn more about improving your smile and quality of life.

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Bringing Back a Smile A compassionate approach to dental implants

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here has to be room for compassion,” says Dr. A. Burton. “It’s not all business.” This approach has served Melton and his patients well for more than 40 years. Melton is a prosthodontist who specializes in dental implants — a type of dental prosthesis that can be permanently screwed into the jawbone and is a replacement for the entire tooth or teeth. This solution avoids many of the issues often experienced with dentures and fixed bridges that simply rest on top of the gums or use surrounding teeth for support.

Because this work can be costly, Melton offers free seminars to give people information about his work and free consultations to people who come to his office. Once the initial consultation is complete, he’ll sit down with a patient to go over the best options. No one is turned away and Melton says he “maximizes what we can do within the cost you can afford.” His attitude is always, “Let’s see what we can do.” Sometimes a patient just needs one or two teeth replaced, and sometimes a patient may need all their teeth removed and replaced with implants. Melton, whose father was a builder, likens his

ABOVE Dr. A. Burton Melton NEXT PAGE Dr. A. Burton Melton with patient Fritz Kaser at Melton’s dental office in Albuquerque

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“As far as I’m concerned, Dr. Melton is the dentistry guru of the Southwest. Everyone in the world should go to Dr. Melton! Also, he has the most wonderful staff of such fun professionals that they made each office visit a very enjoyable experience for me. Dr. Melton makes you feel as if you are the only patient that he has.”

When he went to see Melton the news was not good. Due to significant infection, his natural teeth all had to be pulled. “I never knew it was so emotionally draining, the thought that someone was going to yank out your teeth,” Kaser recalls.

—Rhoda McGuire

The process of getting dental implants takes months for most patients. The work must be done in stages to allow time for the mouth to heal. During this time, Melton provides temporary dentures so people can go about their daily lives. For Kaser, the lengthy process was well worth it. “I lucked out to have found Dr. Melton and that he has been practicing prosthetic dentistry for so long,” he says. “This is the best thing I have ever done for myself.” Melton sees his work having a number of facets. There’s the scientific aspect inherent in his role as a dentist. There’s the artistic aspect in his ability to create a new set of beautiful “teeth” for his patients, giving them back their smile. He also notes that his work gives people selfesteem and confidence to have social interaction with others. “You can get calories anyhow. But you want quality of life and to enjoy food,” Melton says. “I’ve been doing this for a long, long time at a specialty level. There’s nothing I haven’t seen,” he adds. He’s witnessed the changes in his profession, too. He says prosthodontists are the original extreme makeover dentists. After practicing dentistry for years, he says he’s at the top of his game and doesn’t see any reason to stop. “I’m just not ready to go home,” he says. Melton feels he really makes a difference in people’s lives, adding, “What else would give me this much satisfaction?”

work to a home renovation. Some homes just need a remodel or a kitchen or bath update. But there are times when it’s best just to tear down the existing structure and start from scratch. One such patient who needed a complete reconstruction is Fritz Kaser. Kaser, who says his major calling in life is to be a ski bum, ended up in Taos teaching skiing and building snow runs. At age 60 Kaser realized he had some serious dental issues, which can be normal for an aging person. His dentist in Taos was not equipped to

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perform the kind of work necessary and recommended Kaser to go see Melton. Kaser, who now specializes in aging and activity, says dental problems are major issues affecting the quality of life for many elderly people. He says dental issues can affect an elderly person physically, psychologically and socially at a point in their lives when they have the most time to go out and do things. “I still wanted to ski competitively and didn’t want dentures to come out on the mountain,” Kaser says.

There’s a long list of people who are glad Melton was there when they needed him. And it looks like that list will continue to grow. If you have questions about if dental implants are right for you, please visit the website for Implant Dentistry of the Southwest or give them a call. A. Burton Melton, D.D.S. Albuquerque office: 7520 Montgomery Avenue, Suite D-3 505.883.7744 implantdentistryofthesouthwest.com Santa Fe office: 141 Paseo De Peralta, Suite C 505.983.2909 implantdentistryofthesouthwest.com


Yoga

and the Art of Relaxing By FineLifestyles Staff Photos Courtesy of Prajna Yoga

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oga. Just the mere word creates a sense of peace and calm.

The popularity of this ancient spiritual practice has exploded in the West. It has gone from being an edgy, new age practice, to a normal part of life for soccer moms and stressed out executives everywhere. It seems as though there is a yoga studio on every other corner across North America.

peace and calm to life every day. They do this by exemplifying the practice of yoga in their own lives and truly living their yoga through the way they interact with the world.

And what has happened in Seattle, St. Louis and Syracuse has happened in Santa Fe as well. Thanks in part to two dedicated and wise practitioners.

Tias Little opened one of the first yoga studios in Santa Fe back in 1994. He and Surya Little later opened another studio together in 2000, and have been providing spiritually grounded and heartcentered teachings and healing since then. Whether it’s in their own studio or in a studio in another state or country, Tias and Surya Little are profound teachers, whether you are a beginner or someone with a more seasoned practice.

Tias and Surya Little, names synonymous with yoga world wide, bring that sense of

Tias and Surya have developed their own style of yoga, called Prajna Yoga.

It has roots both in their years of study with B.K.S. Iyengar and study with Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Asthanga Yoga. This, combined with the study of Sanskrit, meditation, bodywork and energetic medicine, led them to develop Prajna Yoga, which incorporates proper alignment with a focus on calming the body/mind system. Tias Little, who teaches workshops, retreats and teacher trainings across the U.S. and abroad, has seen many changes in the practice of yoga. When he moved to Santa Fe in 1989, he says there were only a handful of people teaching yoga and no big studios. Today, a quick Internet search shows numerous places to practice yoga around town in a variety of styles.

Tias Little in trikonasana (triangle pose), Surya Little in bhujapidasana (shoulder-pressing pose)

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So what has caused this seismic shift in the yogic landscape? It’s that yoga has a positive effect on the body, mind and spirit of anyone who practices yoga for any length of time. Surya Little says, “What makes yoga so alive today is that it’s a physical practice, but it has a much deeper effect on the subtler body.” She notes that in a one and a half hour yoga class you not only get cardio-vascular benefits along with a muscular workout and bone strengthening, but also energetic benefits such as clarity of mind and more a bountiful energy level. Most people come to yoga for the physical benefits. But it doesn’t take long one until one notices changes in other aspects of their lives. Yes, yoga makes you stronger, more flexible and the body more lithe and resilient. But it’s the more subtle changes that can really help change your life for the better. Tias Little says, “Yoga is really invaluable as a way to help people reduce stress in their lives. It can help with structural problems like sciatica, lower back pain, shoulder compression and that sort of thing. But it also aids with mental well being, with stress reduction, improved sleep patterns and improved digestive function.” He adds, “The practice really enables people to connect more with their intention, in the way they live their lives.” Both Tias and Surya Little say Santa Fe is especially suited for yoga. Surya Little says, “Santa Fe always reminds me of the Himalayas in Nepal. There’s a sacredness about the land here. The land and open space allows one to reflect more.” She also notes there is a slower pace of life here. “You can live a spiritual life without dropping out.” Tias Little adds about the Santa Fe yoga scene, “Santa Fe has always been so rich in the healing arts. That ups the ante. “ He says this city is unique in this way, much like Boulder, Santa Monica, Austin and Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Spanish word “fe” means faith in English. With this in mind, Tias Little says, “Santa Fe has always been a place for spiritual renewal. The open space, the luminous light lends itself to a seventh chakra (blissful) experience. Santa Fe truly is the city of holy faith.” Surya and Tias Little RIGHT Surya Little in krauncasana (heron pose)

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DECADENT LUXURY & PURE RELAXATION

BLENDING HEALING AND ARTISTIC ELEMENTS FROM THE PAST AND PRESENT By Fine LIfestyles Santa Fe Staff Photos Reggie Quintana and courtesy of Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder

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he luxurious Wo’P’in Spa, located in the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, is a Native American-inspired, elegantly appointed resort with 11 gorgeous massage and spa treatment rooms, private lounges as well as a fullservice salon offering hair treatments, manicures and pedicures. Their professional and caring staff of therapists and estheticians is trained and practiced in the art of decadently pampering their clients.

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Just stepping into the Wo’P’in Spa you begin to unwind as you are lulled by the native flute softly playing and the gentle fragrance of lavender and sage. The music and aromatherapy combine to transport you beyond time and space, colliding with the seductive natural healing energy so ever-present in Santa Fe. Wo’P’in (pronounced “wo peen”) means “medicine mountain” in Tewa, the ancient language of Pojoaque Pueblo, on which the


spa is located. The spa incorporates the beauty and magic of this high desert location with traditional healing methods as well as high-end spa treatments. Here the mystical arts of the Southwest, meet decadent luxury and sacred healing modalities. Experience the energy of Wo’P’in, where time seems to stop as you immerse yourself in pure relaxation. One of the spa’s signature sessions is a “Warm Oil Scalp Treatment.” This session is based on a 300-to-400-yearold technique that is a rich and decadent treatment for the hair and scalp. “The oil is made locally with ethically wild-crafted ingredients by a master herbalist,” says Spa Director Dianna Thomsen. First, the oil is applied to the hair from the bottom up and then to the scalp. The client’s head is then wrapped in a towel for a minimum of 30 minutes so the oil can work its magic. Finally, the oil is shampooed out. This magical scalp treatment may be combined with a massage or spa treatment, hair treatment or facial.

Many of the oils and creams used in Wo’P’in’s sessions are made by Milagro Herbs and are available for sale in the spa. The spa also features Kevin Murphy hair care products as well as lovely concoctions from Purple Adobe Lavender Farms, which are made from lavender grown organically north of Santa Fe. The spa has a generous selection of offerings ranging from exfoliating body treatments to opulent facials. As well as, of course, a number of massage options including deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, Thai massage and couple’s massage. “Often couples like to treat themselves to a simultaneous massage,” says Thomsen. “It is a treat they give themselves on vacation.” Facials are another way to enjoy a relaxing moment at Wo’P’in. The “Ilike” line of products from Szep Elet is used for the facials. There are several deeply relaxing and healing facials from which to choose.

Each of the aestheticians is highly trained in advanced skin care and in the most advanced treatments for anti-aging, helping to create and maintain youthful, dewy skin. Thomsen notes that the Wo’P’in Spa has separate locker rooms for men and women which are appointed with dry sauna, steam sauna and Jacuzzi as well as plush robes and slippers for your spa visit. Whether you are a guest at Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder or a local resident in search of an amazing massage or spa treatment, Wo’P’in is the perfect choice. Call today to schedule your relaxing, healing session at this world-class spa.

Wo’P’in Spa Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506 505.819.2140 www.buffalothunderresort.com

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Putting Community Back Into Pharmacy By Michael Jenkins Photos Michael Jenkins

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aroline Campbell trusts Del Norte Pharmacy. With her dog, Pearl, in tow, she walks up to the counter where cashier Becky Pobe greets her by name with a friendly hello. Campbell sets the dachshund on the counter whereupon Pobe offers Pearl a doggy biscuit and an ear scratch. This level of customer service to people (and their dogs) is what Del Norte Pharmacy is all about. In a sense, it harkens back to a time when health care was more personalized and

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you knew your doctor, your pharmacist and others to whom you entrusted your most precious commodity: your health. In this day of giant chain pharmacies, Del Norte’s approach is a breath of fresh air. In the corporate chain pharmacies, you never know who you’re going to see behind the counter when you walk through the door. At independent pharmacies like Del Norte, you develop and continue a relationship with the same pharmacist and staff. Pharmacist Brian Hunt says, “Having the consistency of the same pharmacist

and staff really makes a difference to our customers.” At Del Norte, Hunt says, “We have a more personalized approach to medicine and patient care.” Del Norte Pharmacy reflects this level of service in a number of ways, one of which is compounding. Hunt explains, “Compounding is the art and science of creating a particular pharmaceutical product in response to a prescription from a licensed clinician. Manufactured medications generally offer a ‘one size fits all’ approach to patient care that is not


Del Norte Pharmacy also includes a department dedicated to medical supplies. If you hurt your leg and need to wear a brace, the staff will take the time to make sure you have the right piece of equipment and adjust it so it fits correctly. This level of service extends to those who are not physically able to get to the pharmacy. For example, Hunt says he and other staff members go out to retirement homes to do “wheelchair clinics” where they will adjust or repair damaged or worn out wheelchairs for the residents. “We like to pride ourselves on reaching out to everyone who needs us,” adds Hunt. This community service is part of being an independent pharmacy. It’s unlikely you would find this at a giant chain pharmacy. According to pharmacytimes.com, independent community pharmacies represent almost 40% of all retail pharmacy in the United States. Bruce Semingson, chief operating officer of the American Associated Pharmacies says,

LEFT Pharmacist Brian Hunt ABOVE Phaedra Herrera, Senior Pharmacy Technician, compounding medicine at Del Norte Pharmacy.

always adequate to properly address a patient’s needs.” For example, if a patient requires a dosage of a medicine not manufactured, if a patient is allergic to a component in a manufactured medicine or if a patient needs a liquid form of a medicine because they cannot swallow a pill, the staff at Del Norte, in consultation with a physician, can make individualized medicines to meet a patient’s particular needs. “As a pharmacist” says Hunt, “it allows you to treat a disease from multiple pharmacologic angles.” Another common reason for the use of compounded medicines is for hormone replacement therapy, often a treatment for women in menopause and men in andropause. This therapy is generally more effective when compounding is used. Each person’s chemical makeup is unique and compounding allows the physician and pharmacist to better match the hormone treatment to that of the patient’s natural hormone levels. Though compounding represents only a small percentage of prescription drug sales at Del Norte, they feel it is an important service to offer their customers. Del Norte has invested countless hours into staff training to learn how to compound medications safely and effectively.

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LEFT Cashier Becky Pobe with customer Caroline Campbell and her dog Pearl.

“The whole success of their business depends on treating patients kindly and servicing their needs.” Hunt adds that independent pharmacies are “more willing to take the time to address patients’ concerns and questions.” Unravelling insurance policy details can be confusing and overwhelming to say the least. Del Norte Pharmacy to the rescue. Another community service that’s new at Del Norte Pharmacy is help with choosing a Medicare Part D insurance plan, which helps pay the cost of prescription drugs. The Del Norte staff, at no charge, will sit down and help you decide the best plan for your needs and save you money. New Mexico is one of the few places where pharmacists can prescribe vaccines. You can walk into Del Norte Pharmacy and, after consulting with the pharmacist, receive your vaccinations. Del Norte offers vaccinations including influenza, shingles, hepatitis A & B, diphtheria, tetanus, varicella and more. They also offer travel vaccines that will vary depending on where you plan to travel. Along with prescription medicines and vaccinations, Del Norte Pharmacy carries an entire line of vitamins and nutritional supplements by Nature’s Source. This line of products is pharmaceutical grade, which means they are made to meet the same standards as medications. So if you’re looking for attention to detail, personalized service, a friendly atmosphere and a staff who cares about you and your community, stop by Del Norte Pharmacy. Del Norte Pharmacy is putting care and customers first. Del Norte Pharmacy 1691 Galisteo Street Santa Fe, New Mexico 505.988.9797 www.delnortepharmacy.com

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TAKE A

SPA DAY By Trina Annand

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hroughout human history some form of spas have existed, with their earliest roots dating back to the Roman Era. The culture was known for building structures around thermal or mineral springs, and visiting them was considered vital to a person’s health. Often, Romans would travel great distances to experience the spring’s benefits, making wellness tourism popular for centuries. In the 20th century this mentality shifted: going to a spa was viewed as a frivolous luxury. Now, spas are shifting their approach to focus on wellness, and medical science is learning more about the value of relaxation to one’s overall health.

Taking an entire day off to head to the spa may not be possible for everyone with today’s busy lifestyle, but everyone can spare an hour or two every so often. Massage is traditionally considered a spa treatment. It is proven to reduce stress and hormone levels, boost immunity and mood, relieve pain and increase circulation. When combined with a full-body wrap, scrub, soak or aromatherapy, a massage becomes the ultimate spa indulgence, creating an overall refreshed and relaxed feeling. With more than 30 different types of massage, there is something for every person and condition — from deep tissue and hot stone, to Swedish and shiatsu.

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Spas can also provide valuable information, assessments and regimens for clients with problem skin. Facials combine the relaxation of massage with the added benefits of a detoxification, exfoliation, moisturizing or vitamin-adding treatment. Facial massage can also reduce the occurrence of tension headaches and increase circulation to the face, allowing for a more youthful appearance. Part of the battle of maintaining a youthful face is knowing the right methods for ensuring healthy skin. With the right spa skincare professional, clients can treat skin conditions ranging from rosacea and dry skin to eczema and acne. Reducing pain and rejuvenating youth are the guiding principles behind spa facial treatments. Spa treatments can also result in a more polished professional appearance. Putting your best foot forward in the corporate world often means creating a “pulled together” look. To go along with a fresh face, a manicure and pedicure can provide a highly polished appearance.

These treatments not only look great, but also reduce stress on the body through massage and even hot wax processes. Pedicures also improve overall foot heath by softening skin — reducing the possibility of cracks and rough spots — and can even catch foot conditions before they get too serious. A manicure and a pedicure combine great health with a pretty polish or natural clear coat, literally putting your best foot forward. Though there are many at-home spa inspired treatments on the market, nothing compares to having someone else pamper you, allowing true body and mind relaxation. Spas have greatly shifted their image over the years as a result of more savvy clients who better understand the industry and demand results. This new approach focuses on the wellness elements of spa treatments and incorporating medical procedures, giving rise to the medical spa. At a medical spa all the standard spa treatments are offered, combined with youth enhancing medical treatments like Botox, oxygen treatments, dermal fillers, laser treatments, nutritional consultants, and in some cases even tattoo, mole and skin tag removal. Ensuring both a happy and healthy body with every visit is key with medical spas. Whether you are looking for all the bells and whistles that modern day spas offer, or simply a relaxing treatment to get away from a busy day, spa excursions can be perfect for busy couples or for a bonding escape for friends. Taking care of yourself will never go out of style; good health and youth maintenance ensure you get the most out of life. Everyone needs to get away now and then, and with vacations few and far between, taking a spa day can be the perfect break from the chaos of everyday life. Whether you’re a busy mom or a corporate juggernaut, it pays to take a spa day.

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Hearing Is One of Our Most Important Senses

information. Hearing loss can have a negative impact on our ability to learn, socialize and enjoy life. Untreated individuals repeatedly say they are less likely to go out to crowded restaurants, for instance. They miss important information at meetings and make frequent, often embarrassing errors at work or socially, since they cannot hear what is actually being said.

Cliff Phillips Hearing Instrument Specialist Sandia Hearing 3454 Zafarano Drive Santa Fe, NM 87507 505.988.1984 www.SandiaHearingCenter.com

Untreated hearing loss is isolating and can even be mistaken for far more debilitating diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. This means the inability to hear may negatively impact your life in a number of ways; damaging relationships, limiting recreational activities and reducing career opportunities.

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The best way to determine if you are suffering from hearing loss is to make an appointment with a hearing specialist and undergo a screening and evaluation. It’s quick, painless and, through Sandia Hearing, the hearing exam and consultation is free of charge. We provide complimentary hearing exams for adults as a way to give back to the community.

Just a mild hearing loss can interfere with one’s life and ability to process

My staff and I work closely with our clients so they reach the highest level of satisfaction possible when it comes to hearing enhancement. After your hearing test, we consult with you to discuss your options for improved understanding of speech and ability to listen in a group. We will discuss new hearing aid technology

id you realize that we don’t “hear” with our ears, but actually “hear” with our brains?

The brain analyzes the signals our ears receive and processes them so we can understand and make sense of the sounds around us. This system allows us to listen to music, communicate with others or turn toward the voice of the person speaking.

and the fitting options which best accommodate your lifestyle and budget. Many insurance plans include a benefit for the purchase of hearing instruments. Financing is another option to consider. Once hearing aids are purchased, clients are welcome to come in for on-going follow-up visits, plus complimentary cleaning and adjustments for their hearing aids. Minor repairs can often be completed right in our office while you wait. Sandia Hearing also offers a generous customer referral program, which includes a gift to our clients whose referrals purchase their hearing aids through one of our offices in northern New Mexico. Sandia Hearing is locally owned and operated and has been serving New Mexicans since 1958. The Phillips family has owned the Santa Fe office since 2003, with service center locations in Espanola, Taos, Los Alamos, Raton and Las Vegas, New Mexico. The office staff is available to check insurance policy benefits to determine if it includes full or partial payment toward the cost of hearing aids. If you are ready to take the first important step toward improving your hearing, please contact Sandia Hearing at 505.988.1984. Additional information is available at our website, www.SandiaHearingCenter.com.

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Inn and Spa at Loretto Romantic Spot, Healing Touch By Michael Jenkins Photos courtesy of Destination Hotels & Resorts

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he Inn and Spa at Loretto, located in the heart of Santa Fe, is a beautiful spot to spend a romantic weekend, offering packages for couples, a lovely restaurant in which to dine, and, perhaps best of all, they have the Spa at Loretto. The spa, tucked away in a quiet corner on the hotel’s first floor, is a sanctuary of sensuous decadence and healing. The ambiance, from the moment you arrive, is relax and slow down. The subdued lighting

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and aromatherapy make you think to yourself, “I could stay here forever.” For couples, the Spa at Loretto is the perfect place for a getaway weekend or to reignite that spark with your partner. “A couple getting a treatment together is a great way to be romantic,” says Spa Director Suzanne Chavez. She adds their detail-oriented spa staff do everything they can to set the stage for romance. Before couples receive a treatment, candles are lit and rose petals strewn.

There is also a large soaking tub, in several of the rooms for couples to take a “ritual bath” with salt and oil. The Inn and Spa at Loretto draws many couples from all over the world. Chavez says the hotel is set up with couples in mind with chandeliers, wood floors, a very earthy feeling and romantic dining rooms. She adds that many couples have been together a long time and coming to a place like the Inn and Spa at Loretto is a great way to spark that romantic energy.


In fact the Inn and Spa at Loretto was recently listed as one of “The Sexiest Hotels in America” by menshealth.com. So what makes the spa so special? Chavez says it is their staff of therapists. “I think the difference here is our body workers. There’s a family feeling in the staff. Everyone is developing their healing abilities. It’s my job to nurture that. They do their best work that way.” It may also be the loving attention to details found throughout the spa. For example, manicures and pedicures in relaxing are done in zero-gravity chairs; handmade massage oils and plush robes. Each massage room is spacious and well appointed with lovely furniture, soft lighting and a private patio. There’s also a private elevator connecting the spa to the guest rooms. For those who love facials, the Spa at Loretto is one of only two spas in the country offering the Oxygeneo facial. This facial uses a unique three-inone machine, developed in Israel, that incorporates exfoliation, oxygenation, along with the infusion of serums. And the results are spectacular! The spa menu boasts a variety of and massages, custom-blended treatments, facials, nail services and energy work. There are also a number of indulgent spa packages available whether you are visiting alone or with your partner. Make plans today to experience the Inn and Spa of Loretto. LEFT Suzanne Chavez, spa director. Photo Michael Jenkins

Inn and Spa at Loretto 211 Old Santa Fe Trail Santa Fe, New Mexico 505.984.7997 www.innatloretto.com

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Telepsychiatry

Dr. John Schaeffer Psychiatrist American Telepsychiatrists Santa Fe, New Mexico www.mentalhealthwithoutborders.com

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hen I tell people I own one of the largest telepsychiatry companies in the world, they ask: “What’s that, over the telephone?” The originators could have done me a favor and called it videopsychiatry, but people would say, “It’s on videotape?” “Skype psychiatry” people understand, but Google monitors and harvests your Skyping sessions to sell you perfume and diapers. I tell people, “It’s like Skype, but we use programs that are properly encrypted to meet all government health care laws for privacy.”

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They kind of get that, but then say: “I don’t want to see my doctor on the Internet. I like to shake my psychiatrist’s hand.” So you drive for an hour, park your car at a building known to house mental health offices, sit in a lobby for half an hour with magazines from 1984 and once called into the room, what is your reward? You get to shake your psychiatrist’s hand and then chat for 15 minutes. Did he wash his hands after that last patient? There isn’t a sink in his office. What are the communicable diseases spread from hand to hand? I think one of them starts with an E. Let’s face it, it’s not about the Internet or that you don’t get to shake your doctor’s hand. It’s that people don’t like change. Long ago, people told Henry Ford human bodies weren’t capable of moving at speeds faster than a horse gallop. Ten years from now, when someone says “I got stuck in traffic and just missed being killed in an accident while I was driving to my psychiatrist’s office,” the response is going to be: “Why in the world would you drive to your psychiatrist’s office?” We, as psychiatrists, don’t touch our patients. There is no physical exam, no tongue suppressor. Socorro and Alamogordo are wonderful places, but let’s face it, finding good

mental health care in rural America is very hard. If you manage a mental health clinic more than 30 miles from Santa Fe, Albuquerque or Las Cruces, you know the reality. High-quality doctors want to live in places like San Francisco and Seattle. Why? Because within 20 miles you have professional sporting events, theater, concerts, world-class museums, major universities and endless five-star restaurants. In one county, we were told, “Over a seven year period, we recruited and trained 100 psychiatrists, only to have them leave in less than a year.” What is one of the major complaints about mental health care in America? Clients are tired of having to tell their stories all over again just because their doctors keep leaving. The mission of our company is to bring highquality mental health care to underserved Americans, with a commitment to continuity of care (mostly Medicaid and Medicare, though we also see private, fee-for-service patients as well). If your doctor can teach at a major medical school on Thursday, take her husband to a Paul McCartney concert Friday night, attend a symphony with her friends on Saturday, take her kids to a Denver Broncos game on Sunday and see you in Raton, NM, less


than a mile from your home on Monday morning, what motivation would that doctor have to leave? It’s the perfect job. Help serve the underserved, and enjoy all the world has to offer. My biggest complaint about mental health care in America is those receiving psychological services are often passive. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard: “My counselor was such an idiot. He never did get where I was coming from.” And when I ask: “How long did you see him?” they tell me, “a couple of years.” Fifty minutes a week for a couple of years? And you never said anything? Seriously? If the paper boy threw KoolAid packets into your yard every morning instead of the newspaper, how long would you tolerate that and keep paying for the paper? People are afraid to confront their shrinks and therapists. Okay, I understand a newspaper and a grape Kool-Aid packet are tangible and clearly distinguishable, counseling services are harder to compare. What I tell people is: you know those things you tell your spouse when you get

home from the therapist’s office? Your complaints about being misunderstood? Your annoyance the doctor didn’t even seem to care or seemed caught up in his own stuff? Those are exactly the things you need to say IN the doctor’s office. That is where true therapy begins. The vast majority of mental health care workers would be clueless if you walked in and said, “I’m at point A, and I want to get to point B within six months. How can you help me achieve that goal?” But that is exactly what you should be saying. That makes the intangible tangible. How can telepsychiatry help? Supply and demand. If your psychiatrist is clueless, if your therapist keeps giving you the same platitudes, if you’re telling your story for the seventh time in two years because your small town can’t keep providers, then you now have options. Write your insurance company and demand that they cover telemedicine. You’ll go from two options to two hundred. How do you find a good psychiatrist? I would recommend not reading doctor

reviews that pop up on Google. Those sites are filled with reviews from disgruntled patients who were rightfully told no when they were seeking prescription drugs for recreational use or to feed addictions. And those sites come close to extortion, demanding money from doctors to remove bad reviews (that were likely placed there by the review company employees in the first place). Make sure your doctor is currently board certified. Check your state medical board to see if a doctor’s license has been suspended. People spend more time reviewing what television they are going to buy than they do what counselor or psychiatrist they are going to see. Telepsychiatry brings you options. Become a wise consumer of mental health care. Dr. Schaeffer is a double board certified child/adolescent and adult psychiatrist and founder/CEO of American Telepsychiatrists, a company with more than 80 doctors serving over 100,000 patients each year all around the country.

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Get Your

Glow On By Tobie Hainstock Photos courtesy Glow Skin, Lash and Spray Tan Boutique

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s a young person, I had severe cystic acne and as a result I became almost obsessed with skin care,” recalls Jonelle Duvall, owner and operator of Glow Skin, Lash and Spray Tan Boutique. Born and raised in Santa Fe, Duvall moved to San Francisco to study advertising. During that time she confesses she was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. “Even though I was going to school for advertising, I just knew I was eventually going to open a business of my own someday.”

‘Someday,’ happened a little quicker than she expected. It was four years ago when Duvall saw the opportunity to open a spray tanning salon in her hometown. Duvall’s self-proclaimed

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obsession with skin health led her to pursue an esthetics license, which is very useful when assisting clients with their own skin care issues. Today, Glow offers a wide variety of other services including lash extensions, teeth whitening, corrective peels, waxing and more. According to Duvall, her team is committed to the satisfaction and overall wellbeing of Glow’s clientele. “We are dedicated to helping our clients become the very best version of themselves,” she says. “We practice results driven, innovative beauty techniques and we understand the power of looking and feeling beautiful.” As a premier beauty boutique, Glow offers the finest in products and services. Duvall explains spray tanning is a much


We practice results driven, innovative beauty techniques and we understand the power of looking and feeling beautiful. ABOVE L-R Maria Belen (licensed esthetician), Jonelle Duvall (owner) and Alondra Piñon (spa supervisor) PHOTO BY Michael Jenkins

safer practice than lying in the sun for hours or baking in a tanning bed. Too much exposure can age your skin and can even cause health issues. A spray tan uses a sugar molecule derived from fruit that sits on top of your skin, rather than going beneath the surface. “One spray tanning session is equivalent to six tanning bed sessions, which saves you time and money and saves your skin’s health,” she notes. Duvall also points out each spray tanning session is done by hand, which captures all the contours of your body and gives you a more even and natural look. “Lash extensions are one of our areas of expertise,” adds Duvall. The team at Glow takes the time needed to isolate each individual lash for a full natural look

that’s stunning and won’t cause damage to your own lashes. Ask about Glow’s complimentary lash adjustment and professional brush out. After spending so much time in the elements all summer, fall and winter are often a good time for people to visit Glow for corrective facial and body peels. The team at Glow uses the cosmeceutical line Image Skin Care for their peel services, which lightens, tightens and gently resurfaces skin. Get rid of dull, sun-damaged skin and give yourself a fresh, brightened look just in time for the Holidays! For great gift ideas, or to spoil yourself a little, Glow also offers a full line of

Farmhouse Fresh bath, body and skin care products. Glow Skin, Lash and Spray Tan Boutique is open Monday to Friday 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 11:00AM to 4:00PM. Ask about after hours appointments for special occasions. Duvall also recommends checking their Facebook page and website for upcoming specials and events. Glow Skin, Lash and Spray Tan Boutique 1219 Cerrillos Road Santa Fe 505.471.1008 www.geturglowon.com geturglowon

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GEORGE R.R. MARTIN Breathing New Life Into Jean Cocteau Cinema By Janet Jenkins Photos Linda Carfagno and Michael Jenkins

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“Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.”

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ombine a love of film, divine timing, a cinema in need of some tender loving care and a man with the means to do something about it, and what do you have? The revival of the greatest little theater in Santa Fe — the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a little cinematic castle in the heart of the city. George R.R. Martin, the internationally acclaimed author and long-time Santa Fe resident, has known the Jean Cocteau Cinema for more than 30 years. He’s known its many incarnations: hippie art house, movie theater and abandoned art deco building. Each of these phases encapsulates a piece of Santa Fe history. Martin came to Santa Fe in 1979, “back in the day,” as he refers to it. He had been teaching journalism at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, and was hoping to turn his part-time passion for writing into a full-time career. He was also looking to leave behind the severe winters of the Midwest for a place with less extreme seasons. Today, his genuine affection for northern New Mexico is evident in the way he talks about the natural beauty and the light so synonymous with Santa Fe. But back then, little did he know what the future held for him. Martin fondly recalls when the Plaza and downtown were alive with local businesses. “The Plaza has changed. It was more a place where locals shopped.

In the old days, the Plaza was a more integral part of the town,” Martin says. He also vividly recounts each of the independent theatres and bookstores that used to be there. A lot has changed in Santa Fe, and as well for Martin. He explains that four years ago no one really knew who he was. His set of books, “A Song of Ice and Fire”, sold millions of copies and led to a hit television series on HBO, “A Game of Thrones”. Seemingly overnight he was catapulted into super-stardom and fame. One of the theaters he remembers most fondly from days past was the Jean Cocteau Cinema. “I loved this theatre and I really hated the thought that someone would buy it and tear it down,” Martin says. His success as an author gave him the means to do something about it and to change the fate of the local treasure. So, nearly two years ago, Martin decided to do just that after rounding the corner from lunch at the Whole Hog Café. “I have rounded that same corner many times and this time I just thought, ‘I’m going to do it,’” Martin muses. “What the hell, let’s see if we can make it go again. I love movies. I love old movie theaters. It broke my heart going by and seeing it dark,” he adds. Martin purchased the theatre April 2013 and spent several months renovating. It had been standing vacant since 2006,

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and after being idle for so many years, was in need of serious repair. He installed a new screen, a Dolby sound system, a digital projector and completely redid the concession area. Today, the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a la George R.R. Martin, is so much more than a theater. It’s alive with movies, music, lectures, books, art and more. “Basically, I’m up to try most anything,” says Martin. “I want to support the community and whatever the community wants to do.” Inside you will find a unique bookstore in which every book is signed by its author. This includes, of course, Martin’s own best-selling series, “A Song of Ice and Fire”, along with books from other authors who give readings and signings there. It’s a venue, too, a place where you can hear musicians, poets, writers and artists. There’s an ongoing list of events in the intimate and cozy theater gracing the beautiful Guadalupe District of Santa Fe. It is also a beautifully appointed spot you can rent for your own private function or party.

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While at the Jean Cocteau for a movie or other event, you can enjoy a beer, wine or some of the most creative “cocteau-tails” in Santa Fe. “You must try the Whiskeyrita,” says Martin, “It’s a wonderful cocktail Nicole Ullerich created with green-chile infused whiskey. Really quite nice,” Martin says with a smile and twinkle in his eye. “She creates the most unusual and delicious drinks, you really must try them,” adds Martin. True to its history, the Jean Cocteau is principally a theater. It’s where you will not only find what Martin calls the best popcorn in Santa Fe, but vintage musicals, newly released indie films, the classics and more — it’s a place where every genre is a star. Martin mentions he’s come across many people who think he only shows movies in keeping with the genres he writes, but nothing could be further from the truth. “I love sci-fi and fantasy. I’ve made a living writing that,” says Martin, “but we show many types of movies.” It’s a theatre created with the people in mind. TOP–BOTTOM Martin with some of his staff, which he refers to as his “minions”, in the concession area of the Jean Cocteau. Martin sits with actor Pedro Pascal, better known as the Red Viper from the television series “Game of Thrones”. Martin reads a mayoral declaration of “George R.R. Martin Day” in Santa Fe.

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The Perfect Mix of

Food, Fun and History By Fine Lifestyles Staff Photos courtesy El Farol

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f you would like to eavesdrop on history while enjoying one of the best margaritas in Santa Fe, El Farol is the obvious choice. At El Farol you can almost feel history emanating from every corner. The dark, worn wood of the floorboards and the thick adobe walls attest to the many decades this establishment has been a part of Santa Fe. In fact, this Canyon Road restaurant has been a gathering place for Santa Feans since 1835. One can only imagine the furtive conversations, wedding proposals, famous flamenco dancers and secret rendezvous that have happened in this historic place.

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In the early days, as owner David Salazar tells it, people used Canyon Road as access to the wilderness surrounding the city to hunt, forage and gather firewood. Canyon Road wasn’t even paved until 1959. Salazar says artists have always lived in the area and were some of the first customers of the restaurant. Nowadays, of course, Canyon Road is renowned for its art galleries, restaurants and upscale boutiques. Salazar, who has owned El Farol for 30 years, says that though the history of the restaurant runs deep, he and his staff make every effort to keep things

fresh and new. Right now there are two new aspects of this venerable eatery you should check out: the outdoor patio area and the gallery and gift shop. The outdoor patio area is a great addition to El Farol. There’s ample seating in a style of rustic elegance. A refreshing breeze and shaded seating keep it cool and inviting, even in summer. Salazar says there will be not only live music in the patio, but also fashion shows by known and upcoming designers as well as a sculpture garden.


Live music, whether inside the restaurant or on the outdoor patio, happens every night at El Farol, adding an even more festive air to this art-centric dining spot. Salazar says the music runs the gamut from salsa to flamenco to rock, jazz and more. Salazar says they are trying to recreate a “cafe society,” which harkens back to New York in the 1930s and ‘40s. It’s not just about going out to dinner. He says, “It’s about extending the evening to include music, dinner and still get home at a reasonable hour.” Salazar adds that, “Santa Fe is an eclectic place and we cater to the eclectic.” According to Salazar, El Farol was the first Spanish restaurant in New Mexico and they’ve been doing it for 30 years. From their menu you can pick entrees like paella, Angus rib eye or grilled sea bass. Or you can go the tapas route choosing from a delectable assortment of salads, cheeses, seafood and meats. ABOVE owner David Salazaf. Photo courtesy Michael Jenkins

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Adjacent to the patio is the new gallery and gift shop, which opened this June. General manager Freda Keller says, “The artists in the gallery represent the history and passion of El Farol.” She adds that they have a direct connection to El Farol and many of the artists are the ones who painted the murals that you will find gracing the walls inside the restaurant. As far as the items in the gift shop, Keller says that owner Salazar wants to have art from all around the world. He calls it a “casa del mundo” or “house of the world.” The gallery and gift shop are open from noon until 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Another valuable service at El Farol is its catering. In fact, if you are considering having El Farol cater your holiday event for family, friends or business, it’s wise to call soon as “we fill up pretty fast for the holiday time,” says Keller. The full regular menu is available for catering. What’s more, you can even have flamenco music and dancing at your catered event. Catherine Skelton, a client from Houston, Texas, raved about her catering experience. “We chose El Farol for our son’s rehearsal dinner last December. It was an incredible experience,” said Skelton. “We live in Houston and had never frequented the restaurant or Santa Fe for that matter. Freda Keller held my hand all the way from helping with decorations, sound and video equipment to planning the delicious menu. The event was perfect. Freda and her staff took care of every detail and everyone had a wonderful time. I would highly recommend El Farol. The food is fabulous and the staff is professional and efficient.” Experience a piece of Santa Fe history and enjoy fabulous Spanish tapas and sangria by heading to El Farol. They offer delicious food, wonderful music and an old world atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else. El Farol is open 11 a.m. to midnight every day.

El Farol 808 Canyon Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 505.983.9912 www.elfarolsf.com

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Legends of the Fall It’s green chIle season In santa Fe By Janet Jenkins Photos Michael Jenkins

To first time visitors, it’s a wondrous, rich, smoky aroma like nothing they’ve ever smelled before. To locals and long-time residents, it smells like home.

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o first time visitors, it’s a wondrous, rich, smoky aroma like nothing they’ve ever smelled before. To locals and

long-time residents, it smells like home. It’s green chilies you smell as they pop and sizzle in their hand-cranked roasting

bins in grocery store parking lots and barrio back yards all over town—welcome to fall in Santa Fe. From the Plaza to Old Pecos Trail during August, September, and October, Santa Fe is wrapped in the scent of green chilies tumbling over open flames. The deep green hue of the precious cargo blackening as it slow

roasts under the blue, cloud-dipped sky, waiting to be bagged—still warm. Northern New Mexico treasures her cherished chile. This favorite of the region is found in everything from burgers to breakfast burritos, pizzas to posole. Made into a sauce accompanied by its

ABOVE Matt Romero roasts green chiles in the Railyard District under a beautiful Santa Fe sky. Photo: Julien McRoberts.

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green chile chicken stew with cheddar cheese Biscuits From Johnny Vee 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 1/2 cups roasted, peeled and chopped green chiles 3 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoon jalapeno pickle juice or white vinegar 3 cups chicken stock 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 large red potatoes, diced into 1-inch squares 1 1/2 cups poached chicken meat

To learn more about Chef Johnny Vee’s eclectic Southwestern Style of Cooking, check out chefjohnnyvee.com, or his fabulous cookbook Cooking with Johnny Vee: International Cuisine with a Modern Flair .

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Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Add onion and sauté until soft and translucent. Add garlic and brown slightly. Stir in chiles. Sprinkle flour over onion mixture, stir in, and let brown slightly. Stir in pickle juice, stock, cumin, Mexican oregano, salt, pepper and potatoes. Reduce heat to simmer and cook about 10 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender. Stir in chicken. Pour stew into buttered 4-quart casserole dish and top with cheddar biscuits. Cheddar Cheese Biscuits 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon hot ground red chile 4 teaspoons baking powder 4 ounces cold unsalted butter 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 cup heavy cream, plus 2 teaspoons

In a medium bowl combine flour, garlic powder, pepper, salt, red chile and baking powder. Using a cheese grater, grate the butter into the flour and stir it until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in the cheese. Add cream and mix lightly with a wooden spoon until dough just holds together. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Using a large spoon, break off dollops of dough to form flattened biscuits 2 inches in diameter by 3/4 –inch thick and drop onto surface of stew. Bake stew uncovered in preheated 425 degree F oven (450 degrees at high altitude) for 20 minutes or until biscuits are nicely brown. Note: If you cannot fit all the biscuits on the surface of the stew, simply bake on a cookie sheet for 12—15 minutes and serve on the side.


culinary alter ego, red chile, and ladled over a couple of blue corn tortilla chicken enchiladas, it’s known as “Christmas.” And every time you have it, it’s a gustatory gift. Both professional chefs and local epicures enjoy the unique flavor of green chilies in their kitchen creations. Santa Fe celebrity chef and director of Las Cosas Cooking School, Johnny Vollertsen (known as Johnny Vee), incorporates green chilies frequently when cooking his prized Southwestern recipes. “Green chili is a versatile ingredient that offers not only heat, but a depth of flavor to anything it is used in, whether it is chopped and put on a green chili cheeseburger or used in something more complex like a green chili stew,” Vollertsen says. Green chilies fill our homes with the scent of tradition and our palates with punchpacking capsaicin, the component of chilies that makes your mouth smolder with delight. It also contains mega doses of vitamins A, B, and C and kick starts your metabolism, similar to caffeine or green tea. What’s not to love? For making your own green chile-inspired creations at home, here’s a couple of recipes to get you started from chef Johnnie Vee:

green chile scalloped Potatoes 4 medium potatoes, washed, peeled and sliced very thin 1⁄4 cup butter 1⁄2 cup breadcrumbs 1 1⁄2 cups heavy cream 1 1⁄2 cups milk 1 teaspoon, hot ground red chile 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano 2 teaspoons salt 8 green chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded and chopped Freshly ground pepper

Method: Preheat oven to 400oF and spread potatoes on kitchen towels and dry well. Melt butter in a medium sauté pan and add breadcrumbs. Saute the breadcrumbs until they are toasted and lightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together cream, milk, red chile, yolks, cheese, Mexican oregano and salt.

over potatoes and scatter half of the chiles over potatoes. Pour half of the cream/egg mixture over potatoes. Add remaining potatoes and chiles and pour remainder of milk/cream mixture over chiles. Top with toasted breadcrumbs. Cover and bake at 400oF for 40 minutes. Remove cover and continue baking for 15 minutes more, or until casserole is bubbling and nicely browned. Serve warm

Butter a 4 qt. casserole dish. Scatter half of the potato slices over bottom of casserole. Crack fresh ground pepper

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Dining “al fresco� at

MiDtown Bistro By Michael Jenkins Photos Michael Jenkins

As you pass through the elegantly appointed restaurant and out to the welcoming patio area, you hear a mingling of pleasant sounds: bubbling fountains, happy voices, the occasional clink of fork against plate, crystal goblet toasting and the strumming of acoustic guitar. This lovely, tucked-away garden environment is only matched by the delicious food created in the kitchen. Welcome to Sunday brunch at Midtown Bistro.

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his peaceful outdoor setting is the ideal place to enjoy an amazing meal and a superior glass of perfectly paired wine. The shady patio, which includes lovely umbrellas, as well as one of the oldest and most beautiful Russian olive trees in Santa Fe, is a wonderful choice for sharing a meal with friends or family. Heaters dotting the seating area extend the season for dining “al fresco” from May through October, weather permitting. Midtown Bistro is a collaboration between owners Edmund Catanach and Angel Estrada. Here, you’ll find amazing culinary creations served in a beautiful and elegantly comfortable setting. You are welcomed with friendliness and the smell of the chef’s exquisite creations. Chef Angel Estrada’s story is truly inspiring. He was born and raised in Chihuahua, Mexico, the oldest of eight siblings. His upbringing completely revolved around food. He helped his father, who was a farmer, and assisted his mother cooking the family meals. At age 15, Estrada came to the United States and found work as a dishwasher in a restaurant. He then moved up to prep cook and continued to learn the business via “on-the-job” training. He grew his expert cooking skills under the tutelage of many world-renowned chefs. To this day, he is very much a “hands-on” chef, doing everything from prepping vegetables to making sauces and keeping an eye on every plate before it leaves the kitchen. Beautiful visual presentation is integral to Estrada’s culinary style. Estrada met Catanach while both were working at one of Santa Fe’s longstanding fine dining establishments. Catanach was the general manager and Estrada was the executive sous chef, and then executive chef. Later, both had moved on and were looking for their next OPPOSITE Seared diver scallops with sweet corn-risotto, calabacitas and basil pesto. ABOVE Quinoa and black bean pilaf with sauteed summer vegetables and romesco sauce FineLifestyles

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restaurant adventure. Estrada contacted Catanach and suggested they open their own place. After many discussions, they decided to go for it, and Midtown Bistro opened in December of 2012. Catanach has enjoyed 35 years in the restaurant business and is often the first person you see when you enter Midtown Bistro. In addition to co-owning the restaurant, he manages the front of the house. Cantanach exemplifies the role of restaurateur. With his convivial manner and distinguished moustache, he escorts guests to their tables, directs the wait staff and ensures everyone has the most amazing dining experience. White linen tablecloths and fresh flowers, often English roses, add touches of elegance. The wait staff, several of whom have worked with the two owners for years, is professional, friendly and extremely knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. If you spend any time here, it’s obvious the waiters know many of the clients who return again and again. One diner, Dr. Robert Bell, has been to Midtown Bistro dozens of times and says, “We love everything on the menu.” The menu at Midtown Bistro is described by Estrada as, “American cuisine, with a Southwest flavor.” But this doesn’t begin to describe the delectable selections

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offered, whether you go for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. You might start with crispy calamari with citrus chipotle aioli and habanero pineapple sauces, or yellowfin tuna tartar with fried wontons, miso, wasabi and soy. Salads include a fresh mozzarella with organic, local heirloom tomatoes and balsamic syrup as well as a cobb salad with baby spinach, chicken breast, bacon, hard boiled eggs, avocado, tomatoes and gorgonzola cheese dressing…amazing! For a dinner entree, you might try the grilled New Zealand rack of lamb with summer vegetable gratin, sauteed Swiss chard and balsamic demi-glaze, or the seared diver scallops with sweet corn risotto, calabacitas and basil pesto. Both are prepared with the highest quality ingredients and attention to detail. The entire menu is extraordinary, delicious and wonderful. And what’s more, it changes throughout the year. Estrada says he puts together the menus based on what is fresh and seasonal. There’s plenty of local and organic ingredients as well as many gluten-free options. They serve Sterling Silver brand beef and the goat they use is procured from Talus Wind Heritage Meats in nearby Galisteo, New Mexico. Catanach says of himself and Estrada,

Owner and Executive Chef Angel Estrada and owner Edmund Catanach at Midtown Bistro’s beautiful outdoor patio.

“We’re just two guys who love the business and love what we’re doing.” This love of restaurants and food is obvious in every aspect of Midtown Bistro. Midtowm Bistro is open for lunch 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and for dinner 5 - 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Sunday Brunch is served from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Midtown Bistro 901 West San Mateo, Suite A Santa Fe, New Mexico 505.820.3121 www.midtownbistrosf.com


November 23 Santa Fe Symphony – Handel’s Messiah The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe November 16 Heath Concerts – Judy Collins The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe

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November 27 Beginning of Ski Season Santa Fe Ski Basin, Santa Fe

November 28 Lighting of the Christmas Tree Santa Fe Plaza Santa Fe Plaza, Santa Fe December 13 Santa Fe Animal Shelter’s Barkin’ Ball – A Winter’s Tail Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Santa Fe December 14 Santa Fe Symphony – Christmas Treasures The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe December 16–20 Desert Choral Christmas Concert Cathedral Basilica, Santa Fe December 19-24 Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble – A Baroque Christmas Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe December 20 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – The Nutcracker The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe December 24 Canyon Road Farolito Walk Canyon Road, Santa Fe December 24 Performance Santa Fe – Pianist Emily Bear and the Performance Santa Fe Opera The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe December 31 Performance Santa Fe – Soprano Ava Pine and the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe LEFT photo TOURISM Santa Fe FineLifestyles

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Keeping It Real at the

Cowgirl BBQ By Michael Jenkins Photos Michael Jenkins

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ix off-the-charts, delicious barbecue with a rockin’ selection of two dozen regional craft brews on tap, add the best outdoor patio in the high desert and the most upbeat, fun vibe ever, set this to a soundtrack of live music and, voilà, you have the Cowgirl BBQ. The Cowgirl BBQ is one of Santa Fe’s “must do’s” for visitors as well as locals. With over 20 years in Santa Fe, they have become a legend by serving dishes like their award-winning green chile cheese fries and their top-shelf margaritas. The

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Cowgirl BBQ has been featured on “Heat Seekers”, “Rachel Ray’s $40 a Day”, and will be on Food Network in January 2015. Even the “Wall Street Journal” has sung its praises, calling their nachos one of the 10 best Super Bowl foods in the country. The Cowgirl BBQ atmosphere is casual and friendly, boasting not only great food and an awesome beer selection, but a fun and friendly staff that makes you feel right at home. Co-owner Nicholas Ballas says, “We want to make sure you have a good time, every time.”

“Barbecue is serious business around here,” says co-owner and chef Patrick Lambert, “we roast long and slow, using Chimayo red chili and mesquite wood.” Barbecue and burgers are the cornerstones of the menu. Their burgers are all natural, hormone and antibioticfree beef. They even have a proprietary grind for the meat to give their burgers just the right texture. And the burgers are served with homemade, hand-cut fries that are perfection. The menu is filled with New Mexican favorites, too, like chiles rellenos, huevos


OPPOSITE Sarah Post ABOVE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT, L-R Symonne Burkart, Mickhaila Mulligan and Savannah Huerta-Baily, The Mother of All Green Chile Burgers, co-owner and chef Patrick Lambert (yellow shirt) and co-owner Nicholas Ballas, diners enjoying the outdoor air and live music on the outdoor patio at the Cowgirl BBQ.

rancheros and fajitas, which are super popular, as well as traditional comfort foods like macaroni and cheese. Sit back and enjoy the western flavor and the live music, which happens every night at the Cowgirl BBQ. The Cowgirl BBQ is “deeply committed to the local music scene,” says Ballas, spanning genres from Americana to Zydeco. Don’t forget Sunday’s musical brunch from noon until 3 p.m., with extraordinary menu selections. Wednesday nights, when school is in session, kids eat free. And on Tuesdays, nonprofit groups can arrange to come in for a meal and drinks with 25% of the restaurant’s

profit going back to that organization. The best happy hour in town happens at the Cowgirl BBQ, with drink specials from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 10 p.m. until close, as well as two-for-one appetizers in the afternoon. Fall at the Cowgirl BBQ means Oktoberfest. Ballas says this means a “bratwurst driven” menu, at least three special Oktoberfest beers on tap, as well as autumnallyoriented brews such as pumpkin beer, smoked porter and brown ales. According to Ballas and Lambert, “unexpectedly awesome” are the words commonly used to describe their

catering. Lambert says they can cater anything from their regular menu or they can custom design a menu as well. Drop in the Cowgirl BBQ and mingle with people from all walks of life, from all over the world. The owners say one of their main goals is to “keep it real.” And they are keeping it real, Santa Fe style, every day by creating amazing food served with a smile. Stop in today for a real taste of Santa Fe.

Cowgirl BBQ 319 South Guadalupe Street 505.982.2565 www.cowgirlsantafe.com

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Pa i ri n G S P i ri TS w iT h T h e S e aS o n

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ne of the many benefits of living in northern New Mexico is we get to experience all four seasons in such richness; picture-perfect examples of winter, spring, summer and fall. It is autumn here in Santa Fe, and we are moving slowly into the winter months, perhaps my favorite time of year for many reasons. One reason for my fondness, is the flavors that accompany both autumn and winter. Primordial cravings begin to somehow become part of what we choose to eat and drink as the seasons shift. Flavors of mushrooms, roasted nuts, butternut squash, figs, cider, pear, sweet spices and an array of savory herbs are just a few examples of ingredients finding their way into your kitchen, as well as the menus of seasonally-conscious restaurants across the city. It’s also a perfect time to turn inward and spend more cozy nights at home nestled around your kiva fireplace. So I would like to suggest some ideas for you to enjoy as the sun starts to set earlier and the cool brisk evenings say hello. While the herb-crusted rack of lamb is in the oven I would like to recommend two beautiful fall cocktails, as well as one amazing red wine. The first drink I named “The Tranquilo,” and the other is called “Spiced Chimayo Cocktail.” Both are perfect pairings for a brisk fall evening. The wine which I have chosen to accompany dinner is red, rich and robust. I developed “The Tranquilo” cocktail specifically for Tequila Patrón, which has come out with a new artisan line of tequilas, called Roca Patrón. These tequilas are all produced using the ancient method of the “tahona,” a large volcanic stone wheel used to crush the baked agave before fermentation. Roca is also fermented with the fibers, so the end result is a beautifully crafted line of tequilas showcasing pure, baked agave flavors.

By Quinn M. Stephenson Sommelier/Mixologist/Partner Coyote Café/The Den/ Geronimo

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In “The Tranquilo,” I chose to use the Patron Roca Añejo, which is aged for 14 months in American oak bourbon barrels. The cocktail highlights the inherent flavors of caramel and vanilla found in the tequila. This drink is incredibly versatile and can be either served warm or cold.


The Tranquilo 1.5 ounces of Roca Patrón Añejo 3 ounces of Loóza pear nectar 1/4 teaspoon of caramel syrup 2 drops of vanilla extract Caramel for rim

To prepare the drink (cold version): Gently heat up the pear nectar and dissolve the caramel and the vanilla paste into the nectar. Chill. In a mixing glass stir Roca Patrón Añejo with ice and chilled pear nectar. Strain mixture into a caramel-rimmed martini glass and serve.

To prepare the drink (warm version): Gently heat up all the ingredients and serve in a caramelrimmed glass. The second cocktail, “Spiced Chimayo Cocktail,” is incredibly unique and, for me, defines fall in the high desert, combining the spiciness for which Santa Fe is famous with artisan tequila and locally-pressed apple cider.

Spiced Chimayo Cocktail 1.5 ounces of Roca Patrón Reposado 3 ounces of fresh, local apple cider 3/4¾ ounce of crème de cassis 1/2¾ ounce of Spiced Simple Syrup

To make spiced simple syrup: With a spice grinder, grind two cups of cinnamon sticks, one cup of star anise, one cup of cloves, one cup of Szechuan peppercorns. Put ground mixture into a pan and gently start to heat. As the spices begin to smolder, stir the spices in the pan once or twice. Be careful not to burn them. Add five cups of simple syrup (Note: simple syrup is made, in this case, by mixing two-and-one-half cups water with two-and-one-half cups granulated sugar and heating) to the mixture and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Filter the mixture through a fine strainer and place in a squeeze bottle. Layer all ingredients over ice in a tall Collins glass and enjoy!

As the aroma of the herb-crusted lamb fills the kitchen and the risotto is being prepared, it is now time to open the wine. Autumn brings full-bodied reds to mind. A perfect pairing for the meal might be a Barbaresco from the Piedmont region in northern Italy. I recommend finding a 2007 vintage in your favorite wine shop. This wine is an excellent recent vintage and will be showing nicely with a few years of age. Try Marchesi di Gresy Martinenga Barbaresco. This particular Barbaresco has an explosive nose of cherry, sweet spices, rose petal and licorice. With integrated tannins and a nice bit of acidity, it helps to balance the richness of the risotto. I think you will find this to be the perfect paring for your special late autumn feast. Cheers! Enjoy! OPPOSITE Quinn Stephenson Photo by Michael Jenkins ABOVE “The Tranquilo” by Lois Ellen Frank FineLifestyles

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Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb 2 racks of lamb, about 1-1/4 lb. each, chine bones removed, rib bones frenched, and meat trimmed of all but a thin layer of fat Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 2 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme 1 cup soft fresh breadcrumbs 1/4 cup olive oil 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard

Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 475°F. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Combine the garlic, parsley, thyme, and breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl. Moisten the mixture with enough olive oil to make the mixture hold together. Heat a large dry skillet over high heat. Put the lamb, meat side down, in the skillet. With tongs, hold the lamb against the skillet for a minute to give it a nice brown crust. Turn the meat to sear it on all sides for a total of 4 minutes. Remove the meat from the skillet and paint the meaty side of the rack with the mustard. Roll the meat in the herb mixture to coat it. Sear and coat the second rack in the same way. Transfer the racks to a roasting pan just large enough to hold them. Cover the rib bones with strips of foil so they don’t burn and roast until medium rare, 20 to 25 minutes (120°F internal temperature). If you want a crispier crust, finish cooking under the broiler for 2 minutes. Let the racks rest for 5 minutes before carving. Use a carving knife to cut between the rib bones. Arrange the chops on warm serving plates. Serve hot. (The chops will cool quickly, so the best strategy is to carve the racks at the table.)

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GERONIMO’S DYNAMIC DUO By Michael Jenkins Photos Kate Russell

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hen you consider the top tier of restaurants in Santa Fe, a city known to “foodies” for its gustatory excellence, Geronimo is always included in that list. Equally impressive is Geronimo’s ranking as one of the top 100 restaurants in America by OpenTable, a leading restaurant reservation website. Geronimo is also the only Mobil/Forbes 4-star restaurant in New Mexico. The reason for this success rests in the hands and hearts of the partners, the collaborative team of Chris Harvey and Eric DiStefano. They’ve been working together for 18 years with Harvey as general manager, taking care of the front of the house and staffing, and DiStefano as executive chef, heading up the kitchen and putting together the imaginative and delicious menu. Harvey says of their partnership, “It’s like working with a brother who you really like.” Harvey has been one of the partners of Geronimo since 1994 and DiStefano since 1997. This duo, with their combined creative synergy, is one of the reasons why this restaurant is so wildly successful. “We both love food and dining. This is our life.” says DiStefano. Of their partnership he says, “It’s a good fit. Both of us are interested in excellence and that is what we constantly work toward.” Harvey adds, “It’s all about the service. It’s a combination of food and hospitality.” “We’ve worked really hard to get where we are,” DiStefano says. “Geronimo has evolved, it’s like a child. Being a part of that child’s evolution, watching it grow” is one of his favorite things about Geronimo. Diners now enjoy the fruits of that evolution, wisdom and growth which spans 18 years of creative collaboration. ABOVE Partners Eric DiStefano and Chris Harvey

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Incredible Food in a HISTORIC SETTING By Michael Jenkins Photos Kate Russell

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eronimo, just the name evokes thoughts of times past and images of the famous Apache leader. But Geronimo the restaurant isn’t named after the Native American, as many people believe. It’s named after Geronimo Lopez, a peasant farmer who built the adobe structure in 1756. In this historic dwelling, both locals and tourists enjoy one of the finest dining establishments Santa Fe has to offer From the white, crisply-pressed linen table cloths, to the simple fresh-fromthe-garden flowers and the plush leather chairs, Geronimo invites you to dine in elegance. But what keeps people coming back is the outstanding service and incredible food. This Canyon Road icon offers everything you need to have a memorable dining experience. The menu at Geronimo is self described as “global eclectic.” This global influence

can easily be seen perusing the menu where you will find elements of French, Thai, Japanese, Southwest cuisine and beyond. Examples from the current menu include wasabi caesar salad, wild mushroom & sherry bisque, pan-seared Hudson valley foie gras, New Mexico “Four Corners” naturally raised lamb chops and other creative dishes. The menu always includes favorites such as Telicherry-rubbed elk tenderloin, green miso sea bass and mesquite-grilled Maine lobster tails. New, scrumptious dishes are also available to try depending on the season and what’s available from local purveyors and farms. Executive Chef Eric DiStefano says everything is made right in the restaurant. They have their own pastry chef and even their ice cream is made from scratch. Fresh, local ingredients are a cornerstone of their fabulous menu. The tomatoes

they use, for example, are from a farmer in Abiquiu who grows tomatoes exclusively for them. “I use all the ingredients of the area” says DiStefano. On the other hand, DiStefano will bring in ingredients from anywhere necessary to make the perfect dish. For example, their fish is from Hawaii where, the chef says, the fish is fresher and from healthier oceans than fish from other areas. Do yourself a favor, and enjoy the ambiance, the service and most of all the incredible food that Geronimo has to offer. Geronimo is open for dinner every day of the year beginning at 5:30 p.m. Geronimo 724 Canyon Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 505.982.1500 www.geronimorestaurant.com

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COYOTE CAFÉ

Southwest Flavors Meet Classical Cuisine By Janet Jenkins Photos Michael Jenkins

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here are not enough adjectives to describe the flavors at Coyote Café. You could start with exquisite, after taking a bite of mesquite grilled Maine lobster tails and revel in its delicate, yet substantial, richness. Or you might say impeccable, after trying something so incredibly simple, yet perfectly prepared, as the cast iron seared, grass-fed filet mignon with a finish of foie gras butter that sings. Coyote Café—a place where exquisite and elegant, meet relaxed and creative. Chef Eric DiStefano grew up in Pennsylvania, a long way from anything resembling a chile pepper, and later did a five-year European cooking apprenticeship at the famed Hershey Hotel where he learned everything from béarnaise sauce to bouillabaisse. But it wasn’t until the ‘90s, when DiStefano moved to Arizona, that he discovered the powerful flavors of the southwestern desert. And once he got started, he never looked back. He learned about the complexity and richness of guajillo, poblano, Hatch green

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chiles and others. DiStefano combined that knowledge with his classical culinary training, mingled it together with care and love to create his own version of Santa Fe-abulous and is now recognized as one of the top chefs in the country. In fact, he is now the co-owner and executive chef of Coyote Café, the downtown Santa Fe restaurant started by Mark Miller who brought Southwestern cuisine to national recognition nearly 30 years ago. DiStefano is continuing this tradition of amazing, creative cuisine through a more global menu with Southwest touches. Coyote Café is, “the most fun place to eat in town,” DiStefano says. “It’s fine dining and great service with a fun atmosphere… it’s not stuffy,” he adds. DiStefano coowns Coyote Café along with Quinn Stephenson, who invented many of the wonderful drinks found on the bar menu, and Tori Mendes who is the general manager. The wait staff is clearly well versed, not only with the intricacies of each recipe, but also about which wines will pair best with each dish.

One unique aspect of Coyote Café is the exhibition kitchen where much of the cooking is done and customers can see the chefs at work. The kitchen, open to those dining at Coyote, is beautiful to witness. “Well-oiled machine” doesn’t even begin to describe the focus and intensity, yet light-hearted and loving way, with which each plate is prepared. Diners can also reserve the seven seats at the chef’s exhibition counter. In this area you can order from the regular menu. Or, for a fun change, you can simply ask the cooking staff to prepare an original dinner for you and your friends. This could mean anything from five to 10 courses, made especially for you, with paired wines. DiStefano says, “We love doing that kind of cooking for people.” One can only imagine the possibilities. Coyote Café is open for dinner 5:30 p.m. to close every night. Coyote Café 132 West Water Street Santa Fe, New Mexico 505.983.1615 www.coyotecafe.com


Friedman Wilson Frames: The Art of True Craftsmanship By Tobie Hainstock Photos Michael Jenkins

From the time he was a teenager, Gabriel Friedman had a passion for artwork and fine craftsmanship. At the age of 14 Gabriel took his first job in the artistic world in St. Louis, Missouri. “I actually began in shipping before an opening came about in framing,” he recalls. “The boss was very impressed with the quality of my work and soon promoted me to production manager.” Gabriel remained with the company for two more years before moving to Santa Fe where he worked in the industry for 13 years. During that time, Gabriel worked closely with a number of artists and art galleries, gaining valuable experience with art handling, installation and voidless museum packing. Since August, Friedman Wilson Framing has been providing clients with the utmost in impeccable quality framing services. Gabriel understands the photographs and artwork are incredibly important to his clients and he is pleased to provide the finest in materials. “I streamline and search for the best quality materials I can find at the best prices,” he notes. At Friedman Wilson Frames, you will find only the best in acid free, forestfriendly materials. The majority of the projects that come to Gabriel are extremely important to his clients and he takes pride in the care he gives each piece individually. “I strive to make sure the final package is of the highest quality. I pick and choose all the materials very carefully and I refuse to cut corners to get things done cheaper or quicker,” he explains. Gabriel says that if, for any reason, he has the slightest concern about the quality of a project

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he will not let it leave his shop until everything is perfect. “Some of these items are heirlooms and I want my work to look just as good 15 to 20 years from now as it does today.” While Gabriel is working on a framing project, he keeps the communication doors open with his customers. Being open and honest and keeping his patrons updated is priority. Friedman Wilson Framing is pleased to offer quotes for your framing job. To make it more convenient for his clientele, Gabriel also provides virtual finished designs through Facebook and email. “Customers can send me the dimensions or photos of their item and I will send them the design with décor ideas. Customers get to see the piece in its entirety and choose from a selection of frame options,” he adds. Looking for the perfect gift? Friedman Wilson Framing has an exciting giftgiving package featuring an 8x10 portrait mounted in a lovely reusable frame for only $32. These frames are for school pictures or anniversary photos. This package is available until the end of the year. Feel free to ask about wedding packages that will be available soon. Trust your treasured artwork and photographs to the hands of a true craftsman. Friedman Wilson Framing will enhance the beauty of your piece and keep it well protected for years to come. Friedman Wilson Frames 3022 Cielo Court, Suite C Santa Fe, New Mexico 505.930.5929 Facebook

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“I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at - not copy it.” Georgia O’Keeffe

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eorgia O’Keeffe, gazes out over the dining room of one of the newest additions to the Santa Fe restaurant scene. Her wise, knowing look saying, “Yes, you picked the right spot.” The large, black and white portrait pays homage to the iconic New Mexico artist at this eponymous restaurant, Georgia. Located directly adjacent to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in downtown Santa Fe, this eatery combines great food, a warm, inviting atmosphere and local history all into one wonderful dining experience. Executive Chef Brett Sparman describes the menu as contemporary American cuisine “that’s just a little bit different.” While he appreciates the typical New Mexican fare found at so many local establishments, he says eating at Georgia is “a step out of Santa Fe.” While you won’t find any green

chile on the menu, you will find a tempting selection of free-range meats, seafood, organic salads and more. The menu at Georgia changes seasonally, Sparman says, but you will always find favorites such as the grilled romaine salad, shrimp and grits, and grilled and chilled jumbo shrimp cocktail. There are also daily specials available. “We take great importance in what we put on the plate,” adds Sparman. For example, all the beef used in their burgers is from wagyu cattle raised at Lone Mountain Ranch near Madrid, New Mexico.

under a number of the top chefs in that city. When Lloyd Abrams, one of Georgia’s owners, was looking for an executive chef for his restaurant, he says he put an advertisement on Craigslist at 5:30 a.m., Sparman submitted his resume at 6:30 and was hired by 7:30 a.m. In addition to the delicious food, Georgia also has an extensive wine list and a full bar. Their bar staff is experienced and have concocted a number of house specialty drinks including the Abiquiu Rose, the New York Night and the Black Iris.

Sparman has been cooking since he was a young boy. Creating food to please his friends and family was his passion. This passion is obvious from the first bite.

The owners of Georgia (Abrams, his wife, Janet Salk, Terry Sweeney, David Morris and Sparman) are all very hands-on and active in every aspect of the business. This means greeting and getting to know their guests.

Most of his professional training happened in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, working

This interaction makes Georgia like an “in town country club,” as Abrams describes

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it. He adds that they do not want Georgia to be just a place for special occasions, but rather a place you come back to again and again. Abrams wants his restaurant to be the kind of place where there is a familial atmosphere and everybody knows you by name. Sparman adds, “There’s a definite personal touch here. We take pride in knowing our guests.” Adding to the atmosphere is the history and architecture of the space. Georgia is housed in what were two separate buildings, both more than a hundred years old. Abrams says they were originally part of the Fort Marcy complex and used to be housing for cavalry officers. When Abrams first saw the buildings, they were not in good shape. But he says, “as soon as I came in, it hit me what had to be done.” And there was a lot to do; the place was renovated from floor to ceiling. Abrams notes that, along with his wife, Salk, they had a great time working on the project together. Now with the work done and the doors open since May of this year, Georgia is looking good and putting out great food. The hardwood floors, brick walls and clean design make Georgia very inviting. Abrams calls it “a sophisticated but simple aesthetic.” “Inside boasts simple elegance…it’s very clean and simple,” says Sparman, “It’s not a typical Santa Fe spot. You could step inside and think you’re in a hip borough in New York.” Georgia is open for dinner seven days a week beginning at 5:45pm. The restaurant closes on July 4th and Christmas Day. Georgia celebrates happy hour daily in the Tavern from 4 to 6 p.m. offering well drinks and selected wines for $6., bar snacks are $7. If you’re looking for a comfortable place to dine that’s a little different from your typical Santa Fe spot, Georgia may just be the place for you. Georgia 225 Johnson St. Santa Fe, New Mexico 505.989.GEORGIA (4367) www.georgiasantafe.com

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Sharing His Vision Opening People’s Eyes to What’s All Around By Michael Jenkins  Photos Michael Jenkins

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hat he sees, he paints or photographs. What he captures with his brush or camera, he wants to share with others. And sharing art is one of the things Ronnie Layden of Layden Fine Arts Gallery, does best. Layden is a true artist. He has always been moved to express his vision of what he sees. “My eyes see things, it grabs my attention. Something moves me and I want to capture it so it moves other people,” he says.This drive to share his vision with others is not new. “I have always been interested in details and patterns,” he says. Layden has been drawing since he was a young boy. But it was when his mother gave him a camera at age 16 that his art really changed. At first, he was photographing things as subjects to paint. Then through his photographs he says he started to learn design and composition. He was completely devoted to photography for years and says he has a collection of around 800,000 negatives. Eventually he returned to painting and now works in both mediums. “Having two different mediums to express myself…I like that,” he points out. When it comes to inspiration for his paintings, nature is definitely his muse. “I just love nature,” he says, “there’s something about the physical world that enthralls me. I want to share what moves me.” Unlike many artists, Layden doesn’t have interest in being political. “Some people want to make a political statement with their art. I don’t want to do that,” he says. “If I want to do that, I’ll use my mouth,” he says jokingly. His objective is more aesthetic. “I want to give people a place of peace and beauty with my art.”

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thing. “You’ve got to know the rules before you can break them,” he says.

Layden’s paintings fall into two distinct styles. One he calls “en plein air” (“in the open air”), which is a more traditional approach to painting. This style taught him the basic principles and values of painting. He believes it’s important to learn these fundamentals as your foundation. Once you have your foundation, you can then do your own

His other style of painting is more stylized and abstract, incorporating bolder colors and a cleaner, more graphic look. In both styles, however, nature is his most common motif. Though some of his work reflects his travels around the world, a majority of his paintings are inspired by his native Santa Fe. His gallery, Ronnie Layden Fine Art, is a reflection of his desire to help people see the beauty surrounding them. You’ll often find him painting in the courtyard of his

Canyon Road gallery, though he’s happy to stop and chat about painting, art and life. “I want to show people there’s all this stuff we take for granted. Things they wouldn’t usually notice,” he says. Layden’s gallery is an artistic oasis. Feel free to stop by, talk about art and perhaps open up your eyes to a whole new world. Ronnie Layden Owner, Ronnie Layden Fine Art 901 Canyon Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 505.670.6793 ronnielaydenfineart.com

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Gallery 901, A Canyon Road Treasure Specializing in Encaustic and Modern Contemporary Art, Jewelry and Sculpture By Janet Jenkins Photos by Michael Jenkins and courtesy of Gallery 901

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had the pleasure of stopping by and spending time with the Sherry Ikeda and John Schaeffer, co-owners at Gallery 901. During our time together, they enlightened me on many interesting ideas. Gallery 901 may be small, but they have an amazing assortment of fine art and jewelry. One can choose from oil, sculpture, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic and photography. “If you want it and we don’t have it, we can find it for you,” says co-owner Sherry Ikeda. How’s that for convenience? Gallery 901 is known as Canyon Road’s authority on encaustic art. The owners, Sherry Ikeda and John Schaeffer, are themselves encaustic artists. When I asked them, “What is

encaustic art?” they had a lot to say, but didn’t want this to all be about encaustic art. However, I was fascinated with the encaustic paintings, so I felt the need to present some history. “If you’re going to do that, at least dispel some myths about encaustic,” Schaeffer requests. Apparently, people come into the gallery and go on and on about how much they love the encaustic pieces, but then they ask, “Will it melt off my wall?’” You can feel the gallery owners’ exasperation when they tell the story. “If your wall is 140 degrees, you have more to worry about than an encaustic painting, and acrylic gets soft at 140 degrees too,” Schaeffer points out.

“Gallery 901 directly faces west and we put encaustic pieces out on the front wall in direct sunlight,” Ikeda says. “You can touch them and they are hot, but they are not melting off the wall. If you push your finger into them, they will damage, but that’s true of acrylic and oil as well. You treat an encaustic painting like you would any fine art.” The next myth, according to Ikeda, is that encaustic won’t last and thus has no investment value. I did some research and discovered the most expensive painting ever sold by a living artist is Jasper Johns’ painting ‘False Start’ sold in 2006 for $80 million and it’s an encaustic painting. The oldest surviving encaustic panel paintings are from the 1st Century B.C. ABOVE photo by Michael Jenkins

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(How many oil paintings are older than 2,000 years? None. Oil painting was invented in the 1300s A.D.) Ikeda and Schaeffer shared images of a 6th-century encaustic icon from Saint Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt. When

asked if that painting was for sale in gallery, Schaeffer replies, “It’s a museum piece, along with other encaustic art from around the world.” “We like to support innovation and artists who push the envelope,” Schaeffer says.

Gallery 901 represents Willow Bader, a nationally acclaimed encaustic artist, who sees her art as an ongoing adventure. She pushes encaustic painting beyond mainstream boundaries, always seeking images of people in motion — dancing, playing music, celebrating. “We know people come into the gallery specifically wanting oil and acrylic paintings,” Ikeda says. “So, we searched for local Santa Fe artists and fell in love with Paul Steiner’s oil paintings and John Barker’s acrylic works.” John Barker likes to call his art “distractionism.” He paints figures reflecting a state of inner chaos. Barker says this style arose out of his efforts to balance an outer world of stress and constant activity with an inner desire to find some kind of order and grounding. The images that emerge resonate because most people can relate to the conflict Barker expresses. Paul Steiner paints the high deserts of the southwest where there is a sense of loneliness and a sense of the tremendous scale of time that goes into each creation. Fine jeweler Christine Norton also shows

TOP Sherry Ikeda Encaustic 12 x 12 Graphite Series LEFT Christine Norton, Necklace RIGHT Paul Steiner, Arroyo de Querencia, 20x20 hr

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her work at Gallery 901. She specializes in precious metal clay, also called powder metallurgy, and unique, precious gems. Gallery 901 is an exciting addition to the other fine art galleries at the top of the legendary Canyon Road. It is located at the corner of East Palace Avenue and Canyon Road. Every Friday night through December 19, the Galleries at 901 Canyon Road have a get-together from 5 to 7 p.m. for live figure drawing, refreshments, snacks, live music and art appreciation. Come by and draw, mingle, enjoy the music and have fun with the artists. Just look for the giant horse head in the courtyard. You can’t miss it. Gallery 901 901 Canyon Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 505.780.8390 www.gallery901.org

TOP John Schaeffer Santa Fe Graffiti, Encaustic 24 x 30. MIDDLE John Barker MRS. DAWSON, Acrylic 20 x 30. BOTTOM L–R Sherry Ikeda Encaustic 12 x 12 Graphite Series; Saint Peter, 6th Century Encaustic Painting; Willow Bader Fire On The Floor, Encaustic, 40 x 28

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Rock & BRews It’s a rock and roll Party every Day By Michael Jenkins Photos Michael Jenkins

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f you’re into great food, an awesome beer selection and classic rock ‘n’ roll, then Rock & Brews is the place for you. The good news is this restaurant chain, which has the vibe of a family-friendly concert event, is now in Albuquerque. Rock & Brews officially opened its doors in the Duke City with a splash on Sept.16. Rock icons Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, of the ‘70s super band KISS, were on hand to get the festivities going. The two are founding partners of Rock & Brews. There was also a bevy

of television, radio and print media reporters and photographers present to record the proceedings. The cavernous restaurant — located on Montgomery Avenue in the northeast part of town — is family style, with picnic table seating both inside and out. It’s decorated with oversize album covers from famous albums of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, and a “Great Wall of Rock” tribute to legendary rock icons that runs all the way around the interior of the space. Multiple flat screen TVs show some of

the greatest rock concerts of all time. It’s a 360-degree entertainment experience. This chain has several restaurants in Southern California (where it started), one in Kansas, one in Hawaii and one in Mexico. So, why Albuquerque? “As Rock & Brews expands throughout the United States and beyond, our goal is to have local partners with deeply rooted ties to the communities in which our family-friendly restaurant brand operates,” says Gene Simmons. “In the

ABOVE Much to the delight of crowd at the Rock & Brews grand opening, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley got up on stage and played three KISS songs Photo Anthony A. Griego and Tim March

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case of Albuquerque, we have a few partners, including Matt McMahon and Perry Mann, who have been involved with the local community for quite some time, making Albuquerque the perfect place to establish Rock & Brews’ first Southwestern location.” KISS cohort Paul Stanley adds, “We are excited about opening a Rock & Brews in Albuquerque because, traveling extensively as I do, there are special places that have left a lasting impression on me. I have always found Albuquerque a warm, welcoming, closeknit community where families and friends value spending time together. That makes Rock & Brews a perfect fit. Our restaurants appeal to a multi-generational audience who want a special spot to meet, enjoy a local craft beer and delicious American comfort food, while being immersed in an energized rock environment that celebrates the greatest moments in rock concert history. These are our kind of people and Rock & Brews will be their kind of restaurant.” McMahon concurs, saying Rock & Brews should be a good fit for Albuquerque. “We wanted to be a part of the greatness that’s already here,” he says, noting it is the largest Rock & Brews they’ve ever built. In addition to serving up great food and classic rock, Simmons, Stanley and Rock & Brews are dedicated to giving back to the communities where they are located, especially to armed forces veterans and active military organizations.

TOP Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons cut the ribbon at the official opening of Rock & Brews. LEFT Gene Simmons, along with one of his youngest fans, displays his trademark extended tongue gesture from his days with KISS, Photo Anthony A. Griego and Tim March. RIGHT Inside Rock & Brews where a group of 100 veterans enjoy lunch at the grand opening of the rock ‘n’ roll-themed restaurant.

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For the Albuquerque grand opening, they invited 100 veterans for lunch, during which they presented a check to the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System for $30,000. The money was raised by selling tickets to the grand opening event on the evening of Sept. 16. Hundreds of people attended the bash, which included live music (including a set of three songs by Simmons and Stanley), signing of autographs, posing for pictures, a buffet of Rock & Brews food and lots of fun for all. The veterans at the luncheon were effusive in their thanks and praise to Rock & Brews for their support. “I didn’t know they really cared,” says John Rucker, a Marine Corps veteran who now works at the VA hospital. “This really touched me.” He adds veterans and troops should get more support. “People ought to take more advice from the rockers.” “I’m happy they’re helping our adaptive sports program at the VA,” says Issac Flores, a Navy veteran. When asked if he was a KISS fan, he replied, “I’m too young to remember them.” One veteran who clearly remembers the silver and black clad, face-painted rock group was Ed Flores, an Air Force veteran. “I grew up with KISS on Guam, surfing and partying to KISS along with other groups,” he says. “It’s outstanding that they have that connection with the VA and veterans.” Flores, who had donned a black KISS T-shirt for the occasion, was clearly having a good time. “Being here is like a dream,” he says. “It makes me feel like a teenager again.” ABOVE Gene Simmons does a television interview at Rock & Brews on the day of the grand opening.

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Hitting the Links,

SANTA FE STYLE Falling Leaves, Cooler Weather, Exclusive Prices By Michael Jenkins Photos Michael Jenkins and courtesy of Mike Billingsley Photo Shoot Art Director Henry Gerard Lucero Hair & Make up Priscilla Montoya

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ffering 360-degree panoramic views of pure southwestern bliss, the Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia and Ortiz mountain ranges rise up, dominating the vista in every direction bestowing a monumental backdrop to this idyllic, high-desert scene. Add to the jaw-dropping beauty, an award-winning, well-run golf course and you have the perfect way to spend a few hours enjoying the best northern New Mexico has to offer. The spectacular, natural southwestern surroundings make Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe an unparalleled golf experience, showcasing Santa Fe-style at its finest. Situated eight miles from the historic plaza, Santa Fe’s only municipal course offers golf enthusiasts of all ages a challenging and adventurous experience.

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Since the grand opening in 1998, Santa Fean’s and tourists alike marvel at the spectacular views surrounding this world-class establishment. “I love our course because it’s a good challenge, but it’s not really punishing,” says Head Golf Pro, Julio “Alo” Brodsky. He adds, “You get a private course experience at a public course price. It’s just a really good bang for your buck.” Competitive rates, excellent customer service and two distinct and versatile courses set Marty Sanchez apart from the others. The course is set among native cottonwood, juniper and piñon trees, as well as other desert flora such as yucca, chamiso and cholla. You may also see local residents like owls and jackrabbits, as well as roadrunners, the official state bird. “Its uniqueness shines from the native southwestern terrain and scenic

mountain views, excellent customer service and exclusive, yet affordable rates,” says Jennifer Romero, general manager. Featured on “Golf Life” and “Fox Sports Television Networks”, Links de Santa Fe features a 35-station all-grass driving range, two practice greens, a practice bunker and a delicious café. The fullystocked pro shop offers clubs, shoes, balls, men’s and women’s clothing, and everything else you may need to play a round of golf. The knowledgeable pro shop staff also offers custom club fittings for those who want a personalized set of golf clubs. Golf lessons, both private and group, are also available from the PGAcertified teaching professionals. Designed by master landscape architect, Baxter Span, the championship 18-hole course and executive par-3 course, called


“The Great 28”, is among Santa Fe’s favorites. “It’s perfect for all skill levels,” Brodsky adds. He says, “The course has larger greens so they are easy to hit and each hole has a lot of character and a unique look to it.” He notes this is indicative of courses designed by Spann. Of the championship 18-hole course, the greens have five sets of tees ranging from forward tees of 5,045 yards to the championship test of 7,415 yards from the back tees. If you are new to golf and play from the forward tees, the course is more accessible. For more expert players who play from the championship and tournament tees, they will find the course more challenging. Brodsky adds many people feel the time it takes to play a full 18-hole course is too long and hard. For this reason, he says, the one to two hours it takes to play “The Great 28” is ideal for many people. “It’s perfect for beginners or those getting back into golf. For better golfers, it’s a great place to practice their approach and short game.” Nationally, Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe is ranked in the “top three big little courses in the United States”, by Travel + Leisure magazine. This course offers five sets of tees ranging from forward tees of 1,030 yards to the championship test of 1,615 yards from the back tees. Open year round, weather permitting, Santa Fe’s average of 300 days of sunshine per year offers the golf sport enthusiast a chance to play a round of golf in the heat of June or the chill of January. It’s perfect for fundraising tournaments and businesses wishing to hold company outings, as well as non-profit events. Marty Sanchez bills itself as Santa Fe’s golf course of choice, and with good reason. The city’s municipal golf course is rich with Santa Fe style. Voted “top 10 cities for weather” by Travel + Leisure magazine, and in 2013 ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as the number two travel destination in the country, Santa Fe offers a truly cultural getaway that is unlike anywhere else. Between the majestic views and desert calm, you’ll feel like you’re getting away from it all. Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe 205 Caja del Rio Road Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507 505.955.4400 www.LinksdeSantaFe.com hglucero@santafenm.gov

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Rejuvenating Jaunts N E A R S A N TA F E By Janet Jenkins  Photos Julien McRoberts

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Ever want to take a break? Sometimes you just want a little overnight jaunt, leaving the cares of your day-to-day life behind…but not too far behind. Pack a swimsuit and pajamas and like that, you are away from it all, in one hour or less. Each of us needs a little break from time to time and there are many gorgeous and relaxing spots here in northern New Mexico to take a deep breath and renew.


Ojo Caliente:Magical and Sacred Healing Close to Home

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Just a short, stunningly beautiful drive from downtown Santa Fe is Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. Ojo Caliente, as most refer to this legendary spa, is located on the pueblo of the Posi or Poshuouinge tribe and is known as the “village at the place of the green bubbling hot springs.” It is filled with magic and transformation and immediately nourishes the body as well as the soul. You can inhale and feel a divine presence immediately upon arrival. Ojo Caliente speaks for itself in a quiet and loving way, as a true legend does. Lore says the “famous and the infamous” have felt miraculous cures from spending time in these healing pools. Within a few moments of arrival, you feel as if you are wrapped in the essence of healing itself. There is an energy, a power, that you feel while here. It is present in every aspect of this gorgeous spot, noted as one of the premier hot springs in the United States.

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SPA is the acronym for the Latin phrase, “salus per aquas”, which means “health through water.”

Santa Feans, as well as spa lovers worldwide, find their way to Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. It is the only mineral spa in the world to include that unique combination of four different mineral waters. More than 100,000 gallons burble to the surface each day. These waters are rejuvenating and revitalizing and their effects are felt bone deep. The legacy Native Americans found centuries ago is available within a short drive from Santa Fe. As one might expect, the spa and healing sessions at Ojo Caliente are based in ancient wisdom, incorporating all natural and organic oils as well as traditional herbs. From the Milagro Wrap to the

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Earth Keeper’s Hot Stone massage, each session is steeped in healing, transporting you to another time and place. There are myriad of divine treatments available, which are only enhanced by the healing powers of the springs. Ojo Caliente offers many levels of lodging, each of the rooms carefully appointed in rustic southwestern elegance and surrounded by beautiful landscaping, including Russian sage and other native plants. The rooms offer Pendleton wool blankets to keep the chill away on a crisp fall evening. It’s a perfect place to rejuvenate in the embrace of the earth’s healing waters.


We are blessed with beautiful, blue skies and spectacular views in every direction. The wideopen road leads to many quiet and rejuvenating destinations. Here’s a selection of getaways that are just a short drive away. Palacio de Marquesa

A TAsTe of Luxury in TAos Take the high road or the low road to this sweet little spot right in the heart of Taos. In this luxury boutique hotel, you will be spoiled and pampered in style. Each room is appointed with its own Kiva fireplace, canopy bed and high-end Italian linens. There are only eight rooms in this designer inn. It’s a quiet place to recharge and regroup after a long week. Palacio de Marquesa serves the most delicious breakfast and will cater to your every need.

Inn and Spa at Loretto

TAke A BreAk in The heArT of sAnTA fe Nestled in the heart of Santa Fe, just a few blocks from the Plaza is the Inn and Spa at Loretto, most recently voted one of The Sexiest Hotels in America by menshealth.com. It is the perfect choice for taking a break and recharging. The Inn and Spa at Loretto has not only one of the most beautiful, healing spas, but a four- star restaurant as well. You can take a break and feel you have been transported without even leaving the city or the hotel itself. The Inn and Spa at Loretto is anchored in Santa Fe charm and high-end luxury.

Hilton Hotel and Spa at Buffalo Thunder

resorT reLAxATion AT iTs finesT Buffalo Thunder, located on the Pojoaque Pueblo, a 20-minute drive from the Plaza, is resort relaxation at its finest. Buffalo Thunder offers everything for someone wishing to get away close to home: a pool, restaurants, spa, as well as a casino. While there, check out the Wo’P’in Spa offering massages and healing treatments based on ancient healing techniques.

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A Luxurious Mountain Getaway and a Tribute to Women Artists of Taos By Michael Jenkins Photos Michael Jenkins

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ucked away on a quiet side street in Taos, surrounded by towering cottonwoods, you’ll find Palacio de Marquesa, one of the loveliest boutique hotels in northern New Mexico. Its charm stems both from the old adobe family home in which it is located and the completely redesigned interior of the guest rooms and common areas. Taos in general, and Palacio de Marquesa in particular, is a place to get away from it all. General manager Chad Ozment says, “The thing so unique about this property is that the people come and relax. They can renew their energy. They’re different when they leave, than when they arrive.”

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The relaxed atmosphere and get-awayfrom-it-all feeling of Palacio de Marquesa come, in part, from the fact that it’s a hotel with only eight rooms. Ozment says it is more intimate and that he and his small staff have more one-on-one interaction with each guest.

The hotel, recently acquired by Heritage Hotels and Resorts, was completely redecorated before it’s reopening in April of this year. The design concept of Palacio de Marquesa pays tribute to a number of notable women artists who have lived in Taos.

After staying at Palacio de Marquesa for the first time, Chuck Blanton, from Houston, remarked, “If I can’t stay in a place nicer than my home, why bother? This place is great. I will come back.” Blanton’s stay was made remarkable by the flavorful breakfast, attentive staff and exquisite luxuries found in his room, like the Italian-made Frette linens and towels.

The interior designer of Palacio de Marquesa, Adriana Long, says, “The rooms honor the remarkable women of Taos who made Taos what it is today.” Each of the rooms is dedicated to one of these extraordinary women: Martha Reed, Georgia O’Keeffe, Dorothy Brett, Agnes Martin, Gene Kloss, Mabel Dodge Luhan and Millicent Rogers.


Long says they wanted the rooms to all look similar but with each one having details particular to each woman. “The room is kind of a blank canvas to showcase the artwork and persona of each woman,” she notes. The rooms are a mix of modern and traditional design. Each has a canopy bed designed by Damien Velasquez of Albuquerque and throws designed by Irving Trujillo, a well-known weaver from Chimayo. Although each room has been completely redesigned, the original flooring and vigas remain intact to reflect the local style and history of the building. Palacio de Marquesa is so charming guests may not want to leave the premises. But Ozment says there is so much to do in the Taos area, like hiking on Taos Mountain, viewing the breath-taking Rio Grande Gorge, going to the Taos Pueblo, white water rafting, art gallery hopping and more.

The hotel offers a number of packages for guests. The museum package includes an entrance to five local museums. In the winter season, a snowshoe package is available. And perhaps most intriguing is the “take a llama to lunch” package, where guests embark on a day hike with these wooly companions that carry all the provisions for a lunch feast enjoyed in the great outdoors. Whatever adventure guests choose, they appreciate their return to the peaceful oasis that is Palacio de Marquesa. Why not call today to arrange your Taos getaway of relaxation and luxury? LEFT Chad Ozment, resident manager

Palacio de Marquesa 405 Cordoba Street Taos, New Mexico 87571 575.758.4777 Toll Free 855.846.8267 www.marquesataos.com

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ShowhouSe Santa Fe A BrilliAnt EvEning for EducAtion By Michael Jenkins

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It was a perfect, starlit fall evening, with a slight nip in the air, as guests arrived at Casa La Luna. They came wearing everything from cocktail dresses to miniskirts, jeans to business suits, reflecting the gamut of casual elegance that is Santa Fe. More importantly, they came to be a part of ShowHouse Santa Fe 2014.

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his event is both a way for local interior designers to show off their talents and a way to raise money for worthy causes. In addition to enjoying the work of interior designers and the gorgeous property itself, guests were treated to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment including Chinese dancing dragons. This year the money raised from ShowHouse Santa Fe goes to support local education through the nonprofit organization, Dollars4Schools, which funds activities, materials and innovative programs for Santa Fe-area schools. The gala event also funds children’s programs — such as in-class workshops, student productions, technical internships and a statewide student film and photography festival — at The Lensic Performing Arts Center. While area school children are certain to benefit from this event, it may be the local interior designers who are most excited by this project. La Casa Luna is a 13,400 square-foot house located just off of Old Santa Fe Trail on the southeast side of town. This magnificent home was sitting vacant for a number of years. After the work of nineteen interior designers, it is now a showcase of style and elegance.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Samuel Design Group, ShowHouse Santa Fe, photo by Kate Russell, western view photo by Jonathan Tercero - www.t3media.com, bedroom suite, Stivers and Smith Interiors photo by Michael Jenkins, infinity pool natatorium photo by Jonathan Tercero - www.t3media.com.

David Naylor, one of the founders of ShowHouse Santa Fe, a member of the gala committee and a local interior designer, was thrilled to be a part of the event. “This house was perfect for us. It’s a great platform for designers,” says Naylor. Because La Casa Luna is such a large house, Naylor says they were able to include more and younger interior designers on this project. He notes it’s unusual to have such collaboration and cooperation among the designers in what is usually a very competitive field. “Everyone really stepped up,” he says.

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The theme of the ShowHouse this year was Ancient-Future. “Acknowledging the past, but interpreting it in a contemporary way,” Naylor describes. Each designer, or design company, was given a room in the house to decorate. They were given free reign to do whatever they wanted. Naylor says they were told, “Show what lights you up. Go outside the box, not just what the industry provides.” The result is an eclectic array of styles and tastes. Though a different artist designed each room, there was flow and consistency. “The


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sensibilities really mesh,” Naylor says. The house, which is for sale and listed by Barker Realty | Christie’s International Real Estate, is a blend of old and new; it was a perfect venue for the Ancient-Future theme of the event. While the original part of the house was built in the 1920s, a major addition was completed more recently. “The bridging of 1920s and contemporary was masterfully executed,” says Lisa Barker, co-owner of Barker Realty, and co-chair of the gala committee. She explains the granite for the original estate was quarried from the property.

The pool was then constructed in the place from where the granite was taken. The asking price for La Casa Luna, which sits on 10 acres of land, is $5,850,000. All of the elements of the interior design work, including furnishings, artwork and accessories, were also for sale the night of the event. Naylor thinks anyone who purchases the home would be excited to have a house that served as a fundraiser for worthy causes. Barker says, “The current owners of Casa La Luna are very philanthropically inclined and pleased

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that their property could be of benefit to children.” Naylor adds about raising funds for the schools, “We wanted to choose an organization we really affect. We love that we’re helping our community and our schools.” “I’m so excited to have the whole house furnished,” says Stephanie Duran, who is the listing agent and works with Barker Realty | Christie’s, “It rejuvenates the property’s soul. And with my personal experience as a mother in Santa Fe, I fully understand the impact of these organizations and how they help to mold our children.” Barker notes this property is listed with Christie’s International as part of their Bespoke Marketing Program. This program is only for top tier properties around the globe. This translates into La Casa Luna being marketed all over the world and in all of Christie’s auction houses.

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Stephanie Duran From Actress to the Leading Role in Real Estate Barker Realty | Christie’s International Real Estate By Fine Lifestyles Staff

“I was never cast in the chorus.”

—Stephanie Duran, a leading broker at Barker Realty | Christie’s International Real Estate

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eeting Stephanie Duran is quite an experience, to say the least. She’s dynamic, perceptive, charismatic and seems to have a sixth sense. Stephanie possesses an innate ability to truly connect with almost anyone and immediately puts them at ease with her infectious energy! These traits, combined with an inexhaustible drive, have perpetuated her stardom in the Santa Fe real estate scene. But real estate has not always been the focus of this considerable energy. As a child growing up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., she was on the ice daily at 5 a.m. as a competitive figure skater and embraced the rigorous demands of a serious athlete. Her focus, to this day, stems from those grueling hours on the ice. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in theater, she pursued a career as a musical theater actress in the competitive arena of New York City. Between ending a European tour of “HAIR” and beginning a U.S. tour of “Will Rogers’ Follies”, Stephanie summered in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A summer that moved her forever and rerouted her life’s direction. “Santa Fe calls so many people and I finally knew that I had found home,” says Duran. Photo by Michael Jenkins

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“Stephanie is the ultimate professional. We worked with her to both buy our new home and sell our old home. She knows the market from both the buyer’s and the seller’s perspectives and she uses this knowledge to the benefit of her clients. Stephanie does an outstanding job of marketing homes that she lists; marketing that attracts serious buyers. In addition to her professional skills and approach she is a joy to be around. She turns a process that can be trying into one that is fun. You cannot find a better Realtor.” Barbara and Bob From Santa Fe - Client, Seller, & Buyer

“Stephanie Duran represented us as “Buyers”. We traveled to Santa Fe multiple times over the course of 2012 specifically to find a home having qualities that met our needs. Stephanie was patient and accommodating with our search, very focused on our expectations, and knows the area and housing market well. We purchased a home and are extremely satisfied with the outcome. Utilizing Stephanie’s resources, there were no surprises as we approached closing on the property. She is a pleasure to work with and, as important, she truly represented our interests with respect to the pricing and contractual components of the purchase.” Mark and Cheryl, Santa Fe, NM - Client, Buyer

“Our dreams evolve and my dream of living a life as ‘a leading lady’ shifted gears.” With suitcase in hand, she began her life as a true SantaFean and she has never looked back. Today, working at Barker Realty | Christie’s International Real Estate, she is at the top of her game and, out of 750 agents, has been ranked as one of the top 20 brokers for the last five years. After 13 years in the business, Stephanie Duran is a leading lady in her field. “I was never cast in the chorus and must have a leading role in everything that I pursue in life.... I look at the challenges, I determine the options and guide my clients.” Stephanie Duran’s hard-earned drive and focus are the sought after traits that deliver results in her highly competitive environment. She says one of her best traits is she melds with her clients’ objectives.

BELOW 3304 Monte Sereno Drive – list price $1,950,000, photo Jonathon Tercero

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“Stephanie Duran is the “Real Deal”. Integrity is who she is and we, as well as our buyers, always knew we were getting the truth – Very comfortable and gracious. Thank you, Stephanie – We will sell our next home with you…” Jay Jay and Leigh Shapiro, Client, Seller

10 Altazano – list price $5,850,000, photo Jonathon Tercero;

“You figure you’re doing pretty well if your real estate agent is simply tolerable, but Stephanie Duran is a cut above and then some. She’s down to earth, realistic about the market and the homes she shows, never pushy but aggressive when you need her to be and, overall, a consistently hard working and patient advocate for your interests. Highly recommended around. She turns a process that can be trying into one that is fun. You cannot find a better Realtor.” Christi and Judd - Client, Seller

1805 Old Arroyo Chamiso – Sold $1,525,000, photo Katie Johnson

Lisa Barker, co-owner of Barker Realty | Christie’s, says of Duran, “Stephanie is masterful at putting prospective buyers in the right home. She’s a truly refined matchmaker.” So what’s next for Duran? She says, “Each transaction and client relationship are of great importance to me and I am now choosing quality over quantity.” Duran is the mother of two teenage sons, Noah and Adam. “My role as a mother, continues to broaden the scope of the ultimate purpose of ‘who and why’ I am.” If you are considering the purchase or sale of a Santa Fe property, you would be wise to cast Duran at Barker Realty | Christie’s International Real Estate. Barker Realty | Christie’s International Real Estate 530 S. Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe 505.992.3578 santaferealestate.com

94 Cloudstone Drive – Sold $1,195,000, photo Katie Johnson

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GREEN &

BEAUTIFUL ALL UNDER ONE ROOF Platinum Sky Construction Has it All By Michael Jenkins Exterior Photo Michael Jenkins Interior Photos Natalya Gomez

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“We loved the Montoyas and are thrilled with our new home. Our home is not only beautiful, it is energy efficient and perfectly placed on our property. We highly recommend Platinum Sky Building. They did a fabulous job!” - Platinum Sky Construction Customer

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hen Joseph and Valerie Montoya began their home-building venture, they didn’t plan on having a “green” construction company. But today, Platinum Sky Construction is one of the top green building companies in Santa Fe. It all just fell into place. Right after they opened for business in November of 2007, the economy went south and the housing market crashed. During that challenging period, the couple did much of the work themselves to keep costs down. Joseph Montoya became intrigued with building techniques and materials that would lower the Home Energy Ratings System (HERS) score of the houses they built. He started doing what he calls “tighter” construction. This includes using different framing techniques, better insulation in the walls and more energy efficient windows to help regulate the temperature in a house. Then in 2009, two interesting things happened. First, they started building houses for Homewise, the local nonprofit that helps Santa Feans achieve home ownership. Homewise requires their homes to be built with green building practices. Second, the city of Santa Fe started requiring that any new construction incorporated eco-friendly building techniques. Since Platinum Sky was already using these techniques in their construction projects, they were ahead of the game. Joseph Montoya says, “We were the first ones doing it in Santa Fe.” He adds, “In Santa Fe they are very stringent about

what you can and can’t do. We actually go above and beyond what the city requires.” Currently their company does all the new housing construction for Homewise, about 35 to 45 houses each year. They also build three custom homes per year. The custom houses tend to be larger dwellings, like the Las Companas home in which the Montoyas currently live. Their 5,100-square-foot house, with sweeping views of the mountains, won the Parade of Homes 2013 Grand Green Award for Excellence in Green Building. The green building features of the Montoya’s current home earned it an amazingly low HERS rating of 17. Valerie Montoya says, “Our bills from PNM and the gas company are less than the 1,700-square-foot home we lived in before. This house stays at this temperature all year, no matter what the outside temperature is.” In addition to the homes they build earning impressive HERS ratings, Platinum Sky Construction usually receives a gold level LEEDS certification on its construction projects. LEEDS stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council. A home’s LEEDS certification is based on factors such as materials used, if the materials are local, building techniques and more. In Platinum Sky Construction homes, they use non-toxic glue, paints with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), minimal carpeting and no tiles.

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What about the cost of buying an environmentally sound home? Valerie Montoya says, “People usually think building green has to be expensive. But we build affordable homes.” Of course buying a green home is better for the environment, but it’s also better for your wallet by saving you money on your utility bills each month. Platinum Sky Construction will build your custom home anywhere in the Santa Fe area. Once you have chosen the property, the Montoyas will make sure your new home blends into the landscape. Joseph Montoya says, “We try to make it look like the house just grew out of the ground. We’ll try to design something to fit your lot.” “We loved the Montoyas and are thrilled with our new home,” says one of their customers. “Our home is not only beautiful, it is energy efficient and perfectly placed on our property. We highly recommend Platinum Sky Building. They did a fabulous job!” Another aspect of being environmentally friendly is thinking ahead to future generations. This may be especially true in a place like Santa Fe where the nature that surrounds us is such an integral part of our lives, the high-desert environment so fragile and resources like water so precious. The way houses are built can impact the natural surroundings for a long time to come. Valerie Montoya says it’s important to, “preserve the land for the next generation so they can enjoy what Santa Fe is all about.” Not only do the Montoyas do their part to help the environment. They also love what they do. Valerie Montoya says, “I think what’s so nice is that we really enjoy what we do. To be a part of building people their homes is really great.” Platinum Sky Construction 3831 Thomas Court, #A Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507 505.474.6500 www.platinumskyconstruction.com TOP Joseph and Valerie Montoya

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Are You Thinking of Remodeling or Building?

Chuck Caswell & Bill Deuschle General Contractors Fabu-WALL-ous Solutions, LLC 1925 Rosina Street, Suite E Santa Fe, New Mexico 505.982.9699 F 505.982.5088 www.fabuwallous.com

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In considering a potential contractor, look for a contractor with a great

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reputation, who has community involvement, accolades from their peers and of course positive testimonials from current and previous clients. If possible, visually inspect their current and past projects and look through any portfolios they might have on display. Did the contractor win any building, energy or design awards? Many cities have local home building associations that will recommend various contractors in your area. They can be valuable in helping you connect with a general contractor who is right for you. The contractor’s goal, throughout every stage of the project is to: provide the client with detailed attention to their individual construction needs; outline the project clearly and practically; listen and document all ideas; keep a close eye on the bottom line; and understand the construction and housing markets in their area. An experienced contractor also displays confidence and patience, while overseeing and maintaining the complicated details that occur throughout the entire project. Many individuals come to the first meeting with a variety of ideas and pictures. They are searching for a contractor who has experience, confidence and a track record of accomplishing projects on time, within budget and with quality and positivity. In other words, someone they can trust. It is important that the contractor is prepared to provide professional information, share client testimonials, explain the pros

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and cons of any idea, and align with the client’s goals and desires. The ability to think outside the box is also important. It is valuable to find a contractor with vision who is able to anticipate possible future needs. In all areas today a general contractor has various technologies available to share with the client at the present or to incorporate into the future. Each project’s DNA is as unique as its owner. Your site terrain, views and vegetation all play key roles in creating your dream home. An effective project, as we see it, is one where the client is extremely happy and the contractor and all teams involved accomplished their professional/creative goals. Equally important is the client trusts they have made a positive, solid decision when choosing their general contractor, and that they are proud of their new home surroundings and they have made a positive, solid decision. At Fabu-WALL-ous Solutions our motto is, “finding solutions to challenging building situations”. We continue to evolve right along with the project and with our clients. We are older and wiser today and we look forward to the opportunities and challenges of our future industry and the integration of space with technology and of course the amazing clients whom we have had and will have the honor of working with. We welcome you to contact us with any questions you might have concerning any of your building projects.

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Cooking Like the

StarS inspiration from Celebrity kitchens By Courtney Tait

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hile red carpet premieres, personal drivers, and private planes may feel out of reach for most of us, there is an area of daily life in which we can sample celebrity glamour: the kitchen. From highend appliances to custom counters, the homes of the famous feature kitchens designed for function, flair, and of course, luxury. Whether you’re transforming your cooking space from great to gourmet or simply want to introduce a few shiny new elements, you’ll find inspiration from these three stars — they know how to slice and sauté in style!

ABOVE Gwyneth Paltrow. Photo courtesy Dreamstime

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The Gwyneth: Cool Glamour Oscar-winning actress and author of cookbooks My Father’s Daughter and It’s All Good, Gwyneth Paltrow has lived — and cooked — in many luxury homes, including a mansion in London, a penthouse in New York, and a country estate in the Hamptons. Her style is cool (white is the dominant shade) and always glamorous, and the kitchens are no exception. Consider the countertops she prepares meals on in her New York apartment. White marble — softened by flowing white drapes that dress the adjacent windows — is Gwyneth’s stone of choice. If you appreciate a clean, classic look, this may be the countertop material for you. Choosing honed marble (the matte finish achieved by abrading the stone) is wise, as it’s more scratch resistant. A celebrity kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a few expert appliances. Gwyneth favours the Vitamix blender, a self-cleaning machine known for its power and precision. To sharpen knives, she uses a MinoSharp, a device filled with water before the knife gets pulled between ceramic whetstone wheels. Perhaps Gwyneth’s biggest indulgence, aside from owning two backyard pizza ovens, is the fully equipped outdoor kitchen in her Hampton’s abode. Designed for entertaining, the Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet features a hybrid fire built-in grill, which can cook with gas, wood, and charcoal. Refrigerated drawers ensure groceries stay cold even on hot summer days.

The Nigella: Touch of Comfort If anyone is deserving of a seven-foottall fridge, it’s Nigella Lawson, the British cooking show host and award-winning author of How to Be a Domestic Goddess. The Sub-Zero appliance is just one of four fridges in her London kitchen — two are half fridges, for drinks and produce, and one is dedicated to cooking “projects.” But while her fridge-to-kitchen ratio is extravagant, Nigella’s approach to her

cooking space is mostly centered around comfort and ease, with commonly used tools visible and easy to reach. Tired of searching for the right knife? You might consider displaying them the Nigella way: on a magnet. If you want to emulate her prepping methods, keep a mezzaluna (a moon-shaped herb chopper) on hand — it’s her go-to tool. Hang essentials such as pots, pans, and cooking utensils from wall racks, where you can quickly find them.

Raise or lower the sink height first, then match the other surface heights to that.

The Martha: Organized Opulence

If you’re renovating your kitchen, one of the best investments you can make for comfort is customizing your countertop height. Consider who in your household spends the most time in the kitchen, and design accordingly. Nigella’s rule? Simply stand over the kitchen sink and choose the place where your arms feel most comfortable. ABOVE Martha Stewart. Photo courtesy Dreamstime

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Founder of media and merchandising company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. and publisher of Martha Stewart Living magazine, Martha Stewart remains the queen of homemaking. Her multiple residences, from a Manhattan apartment to a farmhouse in Bedford, N.Y., feature kitchens that prove organization is a style element all its own. Most high-end kitchens come equipped with an island, but if you want to entertain Martha-style, you’ll want the versatility of two islands — one stationary, and one on wheels. Do your cooking prep on one and seat guests on the other for casual dining. Or place them side-by-side for buffetstyle serving. Want to maximize your vertical space? Try shelves instead of cabinets. By

opening up the space this way, you’ll be inspired to use the tools and dishes normally hidden away. Martha favours “bird’s beak” shelving supports, which feature notches so the shelves can easily slide in and out. The key to optimal organization is a heavy helping of customized drawers, with similar items grouped together, displayed on trays, and labeled. In a Martha Stewart kitchen, the ubiquitous “junk” drawer doesn’t exist. We can’t guarantee that adding these celebrity-inspired elements to your kitchen will transform you into a domestic God or Goddess, but it will certainly create a luxurious and functional atmosphere to hone your cooking skills. However you design your space, you

can’t go wrong with Gwyneth’s advice from My Father’s Daughter: “Invest in what’s real. Clean as you go. Drink while you cook.”  

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Mold: A Potential Threat to Home and Health

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Klaus Herring Managing Partner/Owner ARCS (Alpha Restoration & Construction Services, LLC) 6820 Cerrillos Road #8 Santa Fe 505.473.2057 Klaus.H@ARCS247.com www.ARCS247.com

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old can cost you your health and wellbeing. If left unaddressed in your home, it will also cause significant structural damage to your house. Alpha Restoration & Construction Services (ARCS) is a general contracting company specializing in removal of potentially dangerous molds and other types of water and disaster restoration. As the owner of ARCS, I have discovered the leading cause of so-called “disasters” in New Mexico is from water leaks and flooding. With water

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damage comes mold, which creates the need for its own special type of restoration and care.

lead to more serious problems down the road not only to your health, but to the infrastructure of your home.

Removing potentially dangerous, toxic substances from your home requires a specialist. The removal of mold needs to be handled professionally to create and maintain a safe environment in your home. Disturbing toxic mold can cause the release of spores and mycotoxins throughout your home, causing health symptoms to appear or get worse. I recommend During moving temporarily during the restoration of your home until the toxic black mold removal has been completed, so as to avoid further damage to your health.

Christopher Alba is a Santa Fe-based forensic architect, general contractor and expert in determining the causes of damage to buildings. Mr. Alba informed me that water damage and, by extension, mold damage to buildings can be divided into three major categories. “Approximately 49% of water damage to buildings is directly related to roof issues. Another 40% or so is caused by plumbing and mechanical failures and the rest is due to assorted other failures of the building envelope,” he said.

When toxic black mold does grow in the home it’s usually in a place out of sight. Toxic black mold needs a lot of moisture for a long time before it can begin to grow. This is why it often grows where there has been a water leak hidden from view. Leaks inside walls, above ceilings or under floors are common causes of toxic black mold. If not taken care of quickly and professionally, mold may

After thinking about this statement I talked to the estimators in ARCS’ commercial and residential roofing division. John Bell, our senior estimator and Haag Certified Roof Inspector, pointed out that almost all the commercial and residential roof work in our company also had water damage. To make matters worse, he said “more than 50% of our roof work also requires mold remediation and very little, if


situated low enough to allow water drainage. Canales placed too high will allow water to pond and ponding water will eventually enter into the building. 4. Check all flashing around roof penetrations (vents, pipes, chimneys, skylights). 5. Check the roof membrane field and corner seams to make sure that they are water tight, especially in areas which already have visible evidence of ponding. The second most common cause of water damage, and by extension mold contamination, is plumbing and mechanical system failures. Therefore, these systems should be checked and maintained as well. A reputable, licensed and insured plumbing and mechanical professional should be hired.

AFTER any, of that cost is covered by the insurance companies.� Most insurance companies no longer cover mold removal or repair, or have placed limits on the payment of services related to mold control. Considering that mold remediation work can range from $750 for minor work to $15,000-plus for more involved remediation projects (not to mention the potential allergic reactions and ill health effects) the costs of mold contamination can be quite substantial for building owners. To avoid all of this expense, building owners need to become pro-active. The best possible way to minimize the occurrence of costly building repairs is to make sure your building is consistently well maintained. Since the number one cause of moisture intrusion is a faulty roof system and its components. We recommend having your roof professionally checked at least once a year. We recommend such checks in the fall, just before winter. With pitched or steep-slope roofs:

1. Check the general condition of the roof covering. If it looks worn ask reputable roofing contractors for estimates to replace the roof. 2. Repair or replace any missing shingles. Re-fasten or replace loose or missing screws in metal roofing. 3. Pay attention to the condition of flashing around roof penetrations (chimneys, pipes, vents and skylights). With flat or low-slope roof systems: 1. Check the general condition of the roof covering. If it looks worn ask for estimates from reputable roofing contractors. 2. Pay particular attention to stucco cracks or other damage to the parapets. These areas need to be repaired as water will leak into the roof and the building from these areas. 3. Take a close look at the flashing and positioning of the canales (roof scuppers). Make sure the canales are sealed on all sides to prevent water intrusion. Make sure the canales are

1. Periodically check under all of the sinks and look for active drips. If the cabinet base has discoloration that looks like mold that is usually an indication of some sort of water leak. 2. Check under and around the water heater and boiler for indications of water leaks. Discoloration of the water heater platform and drywall in the mechanical closet often is a good indication that something is amiss. 3. Check exterior faucets and hose bibs for leaks or drips. 4. Make sure that your sewage drain system is functioning properly. The third most common cause is moisture intrusion/mold contamination from the remaining building envelope, the outer exterior of your home. 1. Carefully look at the condition of your building’s siding or stucco. Make sure all cracks are repaired. 2. Look at the windows and doors. Seal around them to prevent possible moisture intrusion. 3. Inspect all penetrations to the exterior. Cable, Phone, TV, electrical and plumbing penetrations should be sealed. 4. Clean and inspect the gutters and downspouts. Call ARCS today for your free estimate on roof and building inspections.

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Tech Gurus To The Rescue By Michael Jenkins Photos courtesy A Sound Look

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magine you’re travelling in Europe and you receive an automated email informing you the water usage in your home back in Santa Fe unexpectedly went up. You get on your phone and, using voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), contact the staff at A Sound Look. They go to your home and discover a broken pipe in your irrigation system with water leaking everywhere. By the next day, the leak has been fixed and you can continue your travels knowing everything is okay back home.

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A Sound Look thrives on creating this peace of mind for its customers. According to Leonard Pascual, owner of A Sound Look, this is one of their customer’s real life stories. The multiple sensors they installed in the customer’s home measure everything from water usage to humidity, to temperature and more. In this example, the sensors noted the spike in water usage and automatically sent the homeowner an email. The phone call he made using VoIP, which uses the Internet

to make phone calls, means that his call was as if he were calling from home. The team at A Sound Look, with whom the customer has a monthly contract, took care of all the details. The customer is left satisfied and his home secure. This example of “The Jetsons” technology is no longer just science fiction. It’s real and available right here in Santa Fe. Pascual and his team of tech-gurus are here to help saying, “We treat everyone the same; if it’s a pair of speakers or a


coordinate the people and technology to find the perfect solution for their customers. “I read a lot and am just an out of the box thinker,” he says. So whether your technology requirements are big or small, having to do with home automation, audio visual, home security or just about anything else, A Sound Look is the place you want to go first. They will make you happy you left your home technology needs in their capable hands.

A Sound Look 502 Cerrillos Road Santa Fe 505.983.5509 ext. 201 505.983.5642 fax www.asoundlook.com

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complex home system, we want their experience with us to be outstanding.” The home automation systems are really quite astounding. From the touch panel in your living room or kitchen you can control water, lights, temperature, security, music and more. You can do the same from your smartphone when you are away from home. If you are at the grocery store and can’t remember if you locked the door when you left, you can now lock the doors from your phone. If its winter and you’ve been gone all day, you can get your house up to a cozy temperature prior to your arrival via a couple of quick touches on your phone. This not only saves you money, but also makes your home more environmentally friendly. A Sound Look has been in business for 20 years. Pascual says they started out simply doing audio visual systems: stereos, televisions and home theater. As technology changed, A Sound Look changed and grew too. “We’re evolving all the time. If you don’t, you’ll be left twiddling your thumbs” Pascual notes. And no, they have not been twiddling their thumbs. In fact, Pascual, in collaboration with other companies he owns in Australia, the Philippines and elsewhere, is in the middle of setting up a Wide Area Network (basically WiFi) for an entire country in Africa so people there can do all their banking transactions via their cell phone. Pascual admits he is not super tech savvy. One of his real talents lies in his ability to understand a client’s needs and

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Don’t Get “Frightened” by These Scary Investment Ideas

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alloween is upon us. Of course, whether you’re navigating the dark corridors of a “haunted house” or just dealing with the “creepy” characters coming to your door demanding candy, you’re probably not too fearful of the sights of the season. But as you go through life, you’ll want to avoid some things that really are scary — such as these investment moves: CHASING AFTER A “HOT” INVESTMENT By the time you hear about a supposedly “hot” investment, it may already be cooling off. But even more importantly, it might not have been

INVESTING TOO AGGRESSIVELY To achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you will unquestionably need to own a reasonable percentage of growth-oriented investments in your portfolio. However, the greater the potential reward, the greater the risk, so you don’t want to go overboard by investing too aggressively. INVESTING TOO CONSERVATIVELY Some types of investments can offer a high degree of preservation of principal. But they carry their own type of risk — the risk of not keeping up with inflation. Consequently, just as it’s not a good idea to invest too aggressively and own only growth-oriented investments, it’s also not wise to invest too conservatively by owning only those vehicles that sacrifice growth potential for principal protection. FOLLOWING THE CROWD In many arenas of life, you’ll find that it may make sense to go your own way rather than “follow the crowd.” And that’s usually the case with investing, too. It’s quite common for the “crowd” to collectively make an unwise investment decision — so, make your choices based on your individual needs, goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. TAKING A TIME OUT FROM INVESTING After sustaining big losses during the financial crisis of 2008, many

investors decided to take a “time out” from investing — which meant they may have missed out on the rally that began in 2009 and ultimately resulted in the financial markets achieving record highs. The best investors just keep on investing right through market downturns — and, quite often, their persistence is rewarded. OV E R R E AC T I N G TO THE HEADLINES Too often, people will make long-term changes to their investment strategy in response to short-term news events, such as political turmoil, a bad economic report and even natural disasters. You’ll likely help your cause tomorrow by not overreacting to the headlines today. UNDERREACTING TO CHANGES IN YOUR LIFE You will experience many changes in your life, such as a new job, new spouse, new children, new home, the “empty nest” and so on. Many of these changes may require changes in your investment strategy. You could jeopardize your progress toward your financial goals by not reviewing this strategy regularly — at least once a year, in consultation with your financial advisor — and making the necessary adjustments in response to your evolving life. By staying away from “scary” investment moves, you may well find that investing can be a positive, productive experience. And that’s not a frightening thought at all. This article was written by Edward Jones for use

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Santa Fe: Reigning City of Retail By Janet Jenkins Photos TOURISM Santa Fe and Michael Jenkins

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hen natural beauty, history, spiritual elevation and commerce collide, it creates a synergy— a style that is palpable from the inside out and that is Santa Fe. That Santa Fe synergy combines bandana-inspired Western wear and cowboy décor with exclusive jewelry and one-of-a-kind boutiques, all nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Throw in more art galleries per capita than New York City, all under a crayon-blue sky, and

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voila! You are experiencing the epicenter of shopping nirvana. All this adds up to why Santa Fe was recently voted number one in the Condé Nast Traveler reader’s poll “10 Best Small Cities in America.” And just a few months ago, Santa Fe was recognized for its preeminent shopping, by being voted as the number one place to shop in the United States. The USA Today reader’s poll recognized Santa Fe’s enlightened and abundant shopping for a variety of

reasons including: selection, local artists and quality. To elevate the experience even further, the “City Different” has embraced the mantra of shopping local, adding more spirit and élan to the idea of retail therapy. Upscale resorts and hotels all have treasurefilled boutiques and gift shops, while the city’s famed historic downtown area, the Railyard, the Plaza and Canyon Road are filled with shopping gems, one boutique or gallery tucked next to another, waiting for


you to unearth your next discovery. In fact, USA Today Travel reader’s poll rates Santa Fe’s Canyon road as the second most iconic street in America. Savvy shoppers head to the Tesuque Flea Market, just a short drive northwest of the city. The outdoor market is appreciated for its “treasures”: art, textiles, antiques, hand-woven rugs and blankets, southwestern jewelry and vintage and Santa Fe-inspired clothing. As home to more than a dozen museums and several internationally renowned art fairs, including Indian Market, Spanish Market, the International Folk Art Market and Art Santa Fe, this is yet another reason for Santa Fe’s shopping celebrity. Santa Fe’s galleries feature visual art from myriad styles, periods, media and cultures. For the avid collector, Santa Fe is THE destination for photography, Native American, Western, Spanish and Contemporary art. For more than a century Santa Fe has been an inspiring destination, a convergence of artists, creativity and trade. And that partnership is present today in the boutiques and galleries found throughout the city that makes Santa Fe a magical place to shop.

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GRAPHIC SKY Cutting Edge & Environmentally Focused Celebrating 10 Years of Delivering High-Quality Affordable Printing and Graphic Design to Santa Fe By Brenda Linker By Michael Jenkins

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ince 2004, Graphic Sky Printing has been providing high-quality, customized communications and printing for individuals and businesses in Santa Fe and the surrounding area. Their wide-ranging services include graphic design, signs and banners, digital printing and large-format scanning and printing. A FAMILY TEAM Personalized attention, reasonable rates, a passion for the environment and excellent quality are the core values of this familyrun business. Graphic Sky’s talented and creative team is made up of Joshua Weybright, president and founder, who brings with him 18 years of experience in the graphic design and printing industry;

co-owner and wife, Jennifer Weybright, who is vice president and accountant; Joshua Weybright’s sister, Danielle Preut, who has 12 years of experience in the printing industry; and brother-inlaw, Jeremy Spurgeon, a 3-D artist and animator with 20 years of experience as an architectural draftsman. ECO-FRIENDLY BUSINESS PRACTICES When asked to name his favorite project, Joshua Weybright, an accomplished graphic artist and designer, explains it was his Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) for the Arctic Council. Josh produced the illustrated, 1,042-page science document including the design, layout and all graphics, illustrations and

maps. From initial layout to final press check, this was a two-and-a half-year project. In 2005, Cambridge University Press published the book. “Working on the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment project was a real eyeopener in terms of human impact on the environment. It gave our business a mission to find ways to reduce our environmental impact by reducing waste, sourcing recycled papers and being more environmentally friendly,” says Joshua Weybright. THE BIG MOVE AND THE NEXT BIG THING FOR GRAPHIC SKY On their 10th anniversary, Graphic Sky moved into a larger space at 3216

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Richards Lane in the Richards Avenue Office Park in Santa Fe. This enabled them to install an HP large-format Latex Printer*. When asked what’s next for Graphic Sky, Joshua Weybright responded, “wall murals...from man-caves to museums.” Wall coverings are a rapidly growing segment of the printing industry. Graphic Sky Printing is leading the way with PVCfree and recycled content wallpapers, as well as odorless and safety-certified Latex inks. They are ready to deliver personalized wall decorations and custom interiors for your home, office or retail space. You can create custom wall art by using personal photos, high-quality images and original artwork. For example, you can create a relaxing forest for your living room, hip geometric designs for your boutique or an entire galaxy or wildflower garden for

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your child’s bedroom. You have complete creative control. Whether it’s a new business card, brochure or a beautiful Santa Fe sunset for your wall, let the creative team at Graphic Sky Printing help you bring your ideas to light. Come in today to see all of the creative options available at Graphic Sky Printing.

Graphic Sky Printing 3216 Richards Lane, Ste. A Santa Fe, NM 87507 Monday—Friday 9:05 am to 5 p.m. 505.473.1120 www.graphicsky.com info@graphicsky.com

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ExpErt AdVice Financing the American Dream

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t’s the American dream. It’s where you live and raise your family. It’s home sweet home and, for most people, it’s likely to be the biggest purchase they will make in their lives.

Bill Layden Senior Vice President Century Bank 100 S Federal Place Santa Fe, New Mexico 505.995.1200 www.MyCenturyBank.com

For the majority of people, buying a house means finding a lender that will finance that home purchase via a mortgage. In Santa Fe, where the median price for a house is more than $300,000, that means it’s important to find the right lender. Banks pretty much all offer the same types of mortgage services and all play by the same rules set down by the federal government. So why is one lender better than another? At Century Bank, we believe what sets us apart is the fact that we are local and have been since 1887. We’re a community bank. We’re locally owned, and our employees live around here so we have a vested interest in being part of this community and taking care of our customers. When it comes to mortgages, we can offer any service the big banks can. But everything, every step of the mortgage process, is done on a local level. Processing the loan, the underwriting, preparing the closing documents are all done here by someone who probably lives just a short distance from you. And

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because we do everything locally, we can get it done more quickly. One way to speed things up even more is to ask your mortgage lender for a prequalification. You would need to provide specific financial and other personal information to determine if you are qualified for a mortgage and the amount for which you are qualified. If you qualify, you will be able to narrow your home search to those properties within your price range. A prequalification also shows the seller of a property you are serious, have met with your lender and are ready to purchase. We offer the full gamut of loan products including VA, FHA, construction, fixed rate, adjustable rate and jumbo loans. We have more personalized service, do a better job of understanding each of our customer’s needs and will find the right product for your needs. If you’re a first-time home buyer, we have a number of products specifically designed with you in mind. There are down payment assistance programs of which you can take advantage along with financing with the Mortgage Finance Authority (MFA). Century Bank has also been approved by the MFA to participate in their HERO


If you already own your home, you may want to consider joining the millions of other Americans who have refinanced their mortgages. It’s still a great idea. If the interest rate on your current mortgage is 1.5 to 2 percent or more above what’s available today, it’s probably worth considering refinancing your home. Depending on your situation, you can even refinance as a form of debt consolidation, folding in credit card debt and auto loans that likely carry a much higher interest rate. Program. The HERO Program is a special MFA mortgage loan that gives down payment assistance for homebuyers employed in specific occupations including teachers, safety workers, health care workers and active armed forces. The majority of mortgages made in this country are typically the traditional 30-year loan. This type of loan is almost always sold by banks and other lending institutions to the governmentsponsored enterprises (GSE) known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Due to the gigantic volume of mortgages they buy, these GSEs also dictate the lending rules that banks, like Century Bank, have to use when evaluating whether or not to approve a mortgage for a customer.

Nationally, housing prices have gone up 29 percent since bottoming out in 2012. In Santa Fe, prices have risen as well but have not gone back to their pre-recession highs, so you can still get a good price on a property and enjoy all the benefits of home ownership. Prices are expected to continue going up locally, which means your home purchase is a great investment as well as being a place to call your own. Regarding interest rates, they are still near a historical all-time low. This is good news for qualified homebuyers because it may mean they can buy more home for their money.

Another reason many people refinance is to use the equity in their home for improvement. Depending on the circumstances, equity may be used to remodel, add on, or upgrade the home. Century Bank is here to help with all your mortgage needs. Don’t forget we have offices not only in Santa Fe, but also in Espanola, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Las Cruces. Come on in and let’s talk mortgages. You’ll be glad you did. This advertisement is not an offer to extend credit. Application for all credit products is subject to credit approval. Speak to a Century Bank mortgage professional for more information.

However, if you’re looking to finance a second home, a condo, a large amount of acreage or other less common property purchase, where do you turn? At Century Bank we have something called “portfolio loans.” This means we keep these loans rather than sell them to a GSE. By offering both traditional and portfolio loans, we can better serve all of our customers. It’s the best of both worlds. But is now a good time to buy a home? The answer is most definitely yes. L to R Mortgage Professional Leroy Baca, Senior Vice President Bill Layden and Mortgage Professional Gilbert Garcia at the main branch of century Bank in Santa Fe. FineLifestyles

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Something Old, Something New… Business Technology of Today and Yesterday By Michael Jenkins Photos Michael Jenkins

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ap, tap, tap…click…tap, tap. Everyday most of us use our computers, smart phones, tablets or other high-tech devices, happily tapping and clicking our way through our tasks with a fluidity and speed that would have been unthinkable only a few short years ago. Modern technology is really quite amazing. At the same time, some say there is something more real and satisfying about the feel of pressing the keys of an actual

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typewriter and seeing the words appear magically, letter by letter, on a sheet of crisp, white paper. Billy Garcia, owner of Santa Fe Business Products, has seen the changes in how people get their work done in the almost 40 years he has been in business. He’s witnessed the revolution from analog to digital, from mimeograph to Macintosh. Though most people don’t see, let alone use, typewriters in their daily life, Garcia

says they are still out there. You’ll find them in banks and credit unions, government agencies and schools. Anywhere there are paper forms to fill out. What’s more, there’s a set of individuals who just plain like the old technology better. Many of these people are older and perhaps don’t want to learn about gigabytes and Google, CPUs and software. Garcia says many people get frustrated with computers.


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But Garcia notes there are also some younger people who come into his store, iPod and cell phone in hand, and start to play with the selection of old typewriters on display. Some become so fascinated with the tactile pleasure and the clicketyclick sound of the old machines that they end up buying one to take home. Garcia says, “If a young person comes in and sees a typewriter and computer side by side, they are drawn to the typewriter. They like the feel, the sound and they can see what they’ve typed immediately on paper.” Of course mechanical devices, such as typewriters, break down from time to time. Where do you go to get something like that fixed? Santa Fe Business Products is the only place in Santa Fe that repairs typewriters, cash registers, calculators and time stamp machines.

Garcia says that old technology is actually more challenging to repair than new technology. With the old tech, you had to actually learn how the machines worked to fix them. With the new tech you either just replace a circuit board or throw away broken equipment and replace it.

In this age of the Internet, you have a multitude of places from which you can purchase office equipment. However, Garcia emphasizes the advantages of buying locally. “If they have a problem, they can talk to us directly. We can take care of their needs.”

Garcia says, “Old people like me train younger people to repair old tech like typewriters. There’s not many of us around. They’re either retired or are in heaven.”

Take a moment to discover Santa Fe Business Products where you can see the best of the old and the new in business technology.

You won’t just find old typewriters at Santa Fe Business Products. They have a full line of modern office equipment by Kyocera and Samsung such as printers, cash registers, multifunction machines (all in one copier, fax and scanner) and more. They also carry new typewriters…. yes, they are still made by companies like Brother and Nakajima.

Santa Fe Business Products 906 South St. Francis Drive, Suite D Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 505.983.1549 sfbizprod@qwestoffice.net

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Focus on the Image

Andy Johnson & Sean McGann

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nderexposed Studios is a full-service photography and design house focusing on creating strong and lasting imagery to help our clients be successful. Our services include commercial photography, website design, graphic design, identity creation, social media and fine art giclée printing. Our clients range from galleries and artists to distilleries and retailers. While our projects vary in scope, our ability to strategize and handle multiple creative tasks makes us a onestop shop for your visual presentation needs. No project is too big or too small. We are here to make your business look its best and to create the lasting impact that will keep your customers’ attention. The old adage, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” is true now more than ever. In a world that runs at the everchanging, light speed of digital, where answers are a click away, images and design are your first chance to catch someone’s attention. Leading your business without a strong brand identity will leave you behind and without brand awareness, and perhaps without customer loyalty. Advertising recognition is a result of the time-tested influence of

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decades of print and television media, which has now transitioned to the Internet while becoming a working part of our social awareness. Underexposed Studios can help create global awareness for your business as far reaching as the Internet itself. The design and function of websites has changed as the Internet has evolved, but old websites are still being used even though they are often cumbersome and ineffective. New websites are image driven, clean designs that often integrate with social media and e-commerce to maximize your company’s on-line presence and capabilities. Not having a web presence now, is similar to not being listed in the phone book 20 years ago. Today, when customers want to research something, they usually turn to the Internet. This may be through social media, a search engine or a direct link to a company’s website for something as simple as a phone number. In today’s marketplace, a professional presentation and identity on the Internet is a must. And this is what Underexposed can do for your business.


At the heart of your design is photography. And Underexposed Studios offers professional photography services at our in-house studio or on location. We can also pick up your item, photograph and return it for your convenience. We all know that a “bad picture” is anything but flattering. The same applies to your product. A bad photo does nothing to help sell or market your idea or what your product is about. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Would you be interested in new clothes or a new car if the photograph didn’t look amazing? Or if you couldn’t tell what they really looked like? Digital photography has made it easier to take pictures, but a poor photograph is a disservice, especially when being broadcast to the world as a representation of your business. Advertising and product photographs should be interesting, engaging and appealing so that when your customer sees them they are intrigued and informed. Professional photographs are integral to the success of your advertising and identity in both print or on the Internet. Professional photography is just one of our specialties at Underexposed Studios.

Your logo, the identifiable graphic design and style of your business, is what creates your identity. Your logo and its symbolic text and illustration have far reaching associations and inherent requirements in order to be effective. Underexposed Studios can create both your logo and your identity and transmit them throughout your visual media and merchandise. Taking the time to create a lasting symbol for your business should be a priority for any business owner. This can be a fun and collaborative project that can breathe new life into an existing business or become fundamental in establishing an enduring identity for a new business. Our graphic design services don’t stop with logos or identity. We can create letterheads, business cards, post cards, advertisements for magazines, advertisements for your website, layouts, catalogues, portfolios, books, signs, labels, CDs, albums, packaging as well as many other things. There are myriad uses for graphic design and it is an ever present part of our lives. Successful design is a

work of art that translates from viewer to viewer and creates an effective message that is both a visual communication tool and a highly polished facet of your business image. Although some of these ideas can be overwhelming for the average business owner, Underexposed Studios is here to make it easy, fun and effective, helping you create beautiful and long-lasting marketing and advertising material for your business. There are multiple elements to incorporate into creating a strong visual identity and Underexposed Studios can help you put the pieces together to make a cohesive presentation to the world. Helping your business is our business and we love to collaborate with you to help you put your best foot forward. Your business is what you should be focused on while we focus on the image. Call Underexposed Studios today to help you design and create your presentation to the world.

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THE LAMBORGHINI

The World’s Most Expensive Vehicle

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ince the invention of motorized vehicles, the focus has been on making them faster and better. Exploring the limits of technological advancement has been a special focus for the teams at Lamborghini. Since its launch in Bologna, Italy, in 1963, Lamborghini has established a name for itself as the ultimate in luxury and speed. The newest line features the 2014 Veneno. It’s a startling achievement that already has a loyal fan base and a waiting list that would make any car lover cry. The 2014 Veneno is a 12-cylinder masterpiece. With a 750-horsepower

engine, it would give the bat mobile a run for its money. This beauty can go from zero to 60 in a mere 2.8 seconds, with a maximum speed of 355.7 km per hour. It does come at a cost, though, ringing in with a price tag of $4.5 million. A drop in the bucket for true car connoisseurs, the wait list is courtesy of a limited yearly release of nine cars. This allows engineers and mechanics to focus on every inch of this dream machine, ensuring the highest possible quality. When the car was created in 2013, there were a mere three cars released for sale. All were sold before they were even produced.

Interior finishes for the Veneno feature race seating, created with the finest leathers and carbon-fibre panels that mimic the sleek exterior look of the vehicle. With carbon-fiber components, the Veneno has achieved a superior rank among lightweight vehicles. Creating a car that is as beautiful under the hood as it is on the outside, is the company’s guiding principle. The Veneno was a jewel in Lamborghini’s crown for their 50th anniversary. Their tagline for the special event, “A century of innovation in half the time,” is a statement that rings true when you look at the company’s success.

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Launching the Luxurious 2015 Lexus NX:

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t’s unlike any other SUV in its category,” says Doug Herbert, product specialist for Lexus College. He’s talking about the thrilling 2015 Lexus NX. With a more cutting edge design and new exciting new performance technology, the 2015 NX has been created with a more youthful appeal than its predecessors.

According to Herbert, the design of the 2015 NX originated with the power of performance vehicles. “The 2015 NX unites the engineering input of racers with the sophistication and class of Lexus luxury,” he continues. The 2015 NX is available in two awe-inspiring models, the NX 200t with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the NX 300h hybrid. This now means that Lexus offers six hybrid vehicles to choose from; that’s more than any other luxury brand to date. Because of the kick-down function of the new transmission, the hybrid offers the powerful thrill that drivers have come to expect from other Lexus vehicles.

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Is venturing into unexpected weather a possibility for you? Both NX models offer their own version of pro-active allweather drive (AWD). Just seeing the Lexus NX is a pleasurable experience. The excitement in Herbert’s voice is unmistakeable as he describes the look of this edgy compact SUV. “The designers wanted something that would ‘pop’ and the NX definitely turns heads,” he comments. While still upholding the Lexus tradition of impeccable quality; the Lexus NX features a sportier design that’s not only aerodynamic but very pleasing to the eye. Audrey Allison, the new general manager of Lexus of Santa Fe, with more than 36 years in the automotive industry, agrees with Herbert. Allison says, “This new 2015 Lexus features the most state-of-the-art technology Lexus has put out to date. “ The Lexus NX was designed in Japan by a team of innovative designers Takkakaw Kato, Keiichi Nishiyama, Hiroshi Inoue and Sunao Ichihara. The team have a history of racing and advanced automotive design with Lexus. Together they focused on optimal performance while targeting fuel efficiency. As a result the new 2015 Lexus NX features a number of Lexus ‘firsts’ which include: • The all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine has a combination watercooled cylinder head, integrated exhaust manifold and twin-scroll turbocharger. • A kick-down switch in the hybrid,

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which, as in conventional vehicles, ensures maximum power is delivered when required. • The front axle adopts a pre-load differential to control differential torque. It assists turning on slippery roads and straight-line stability at high speed. • Standard energy-efficient LED headlights and taillights. • Touch-sensitive interior lamp switches in the headliner. Detail, detail, detail; you can rely on Lexus to pay close attention to everything right down to the last bolt. As you get into the Lexus NX you quickly get the thrilling feeling of sitting in a sports car. The NX dashboard and console continue the Lexus concept of display and operational zones. The seats, inspired by sports car design, coddle driver and passenger as you’d expect from a Lexus. “When you’re sitting in the seats you actually feel at one with the vehicle; like you’ve become a part of it,” remarks Herbert. Driver and passenger comfort are a must Lexus as the NX offers available heated or heated and ventilated front seats. Standard dual-zone automatic climate control is also available as it offers an available fuelsaving S-Flow mode that detects a front passenger and directs airflow only to the occupied front seat or seats. Let’s not forget safety! Famous for their high standards in this area, the Lexus NX comes standard with eight airbags. A pre-

collision system will give audible warnings prior to preparing the vehicle for impact. Other features include lane departure alert and an all speed cruise control system that allows you to maintain a safe speed when following vehicles. “When we do it, we do it right!” exclaims Herbert, “We are all about detail.” He goes on to explain that the Lexus NX is equipped with premium lighting throughout which leaves no black spots on the exterior of the vehicle. This includes LED lighting in the door handles which serve as puddle lamps. “What you are looking at with this new Lexus is the new luxury sports car of SUVs” Allison adds. “Not only is the car gorgeous on the outside, it is the ultimate urban cross-over vehicle, quite possibly changing the car world forever.” There are far too many amazing features on the 2015 Lexus NX to list. Herbert encourages everyone to watch for the launch of this electrifying luxury SUV in November 2014 when it will be introduced to 80 anxiously awaiting markets around the globe. “It’s an exciting time for Lexus and I’m very proud to be part of such a great brand,” he adds. “I think Lexus has a hit on its hands,” says Motor Trend magazine, Oct. 2014. www.lexusofsantafe.com


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