H O M E ///AWAY EDI T I ON
PERRY M AT TFELD
DISH IT OUT
CHEF MICHAEL BECKMAN TALKS CREATING HIS AT-HOME MASTERPIECE
HANG IT UP, BEFORE YOU GO-GO
CALIFORNIA CLOSETS CAN HELP YOU DESIGN A CLOSET THAT WOULD MAKE CARRIE BRADSHAW BLUSH
JENNA FROM THE BLOCK
ACTRESS JENNA ORTEGA SHOWS US AROUND HER HOMETOWN OF LA QUINTA
RAISE THE WOOF PIJUAN DESIGN
WORKSHOP KNOWS THAT WHEN IT COMES TO SPOILING FIDO, GO BIG OR GO HOME
THE RIVIERA PALM SPRINGS
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MAKING THE ISSUE Working with the fabulous clothing line Grayse, which has locations on El Paseo and in Orange County, the styling was flawless. Everything your fashion-filled heart can imagine: sequins, lace, bright colors and shimmer were all showcased in this photoshoot. Stylist and co-owner of Grayse, Kelly Gray, said that this was one of her favorite collaborations. “I was thrilled with the opportunity to collaborate with Locale on this shoot,” added Gray. “It was the perfect combination of lifestyle, fashion and glamour.” It was so fun to have actress, model and rising star Perry Mattfeld grayse our cover for this issue. The soon-to-be “Shameless” star worked with the stylish brand previously and only has positive things to say about them. “I love being a part of a female-forward company. Ms. Kelly and her mother are the anchors behind the garments for women, designed by women,” said Mattfeld in her interview. “Every time I slip into a dress or a pair of Grayse pants, I can physically feel the thought and precision that is put into every stitch, every seam and every drape of magnificent fabric. I feel good in the clothes even before I get to see how beautiful they look on.” The Riviera Palm Springs made for the perfect background for our November cover shoot. Creative, decorative and straight up stylish spaces in almost every nook of the resort created ideal backdrops for celebrity photographer Hamid Moslehi. “It's always fun to work with Kelly, however, this time the model Perry made it more special and the location was the cherry on top,” said Moslehi. Elegant and so Old Hollywood-esque, J Russell! The Salon gave Mattfeld loose waves, sexy side swoops and chic up-dos. With 12 overall looks, we hope you enjoy this exclusive look at the brand’s upcoming clothing line!
A NOTE FROM OUR
PUBLISHER Home has never had an address for me. From my earliest recollection, our family was loading up a moving truck nearly every year. Mostly, we moved around the same city, usually less than a few miles from our previous address. We had a couple of larger moves, including a move my senior year of high school that took me from my home state of California to Flagstaff, AZ. The desire to change homes so rapidly must be genetic. My dad was a mover, his dad was a mover and from what I can tell our family has always been on the move. I have carried on with this tradition, and as of writing this, I am now living in my 35th house in the last 38 years. Home has always been more of a feeling. Home is the way you fold your towels, the way the house smells when your mom is cooking and the people you choose to snuggle on the couch with. Home is where the people I care the most about are. On Oct. 20 my definition of a home will change forever. Even though my fiancé Erin and I have lived together for almost five years and been engaged for more than two, the celebration and ceremony on that date in October will make home mean so much more to me. It will be how we fold our towels, the way our cooking makes the house smell and the snuggles on the couch with our family that will mean home to me for the rest of my life. Erin Frances Price did not exist to me before Feb. 5, 2012. I didn't even know the day before that
I needed her, but in those five years since, she has become my cheerleader, support system, travel partner, stepmom to my children, fiancé and now wife. I now cannot imagine existence without her and any day away from her is a day away from home. Erin, if you are reading this for the first time or the fifth, I hope these words I stole from Edward Sharpe ring true to you and become more real as the years wear on, “Home is wherever I'm with you.ˮ Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming. In this Home///Away issue, we will help you mix up some cocktails (p. 104), upgrade your closet (p. 72) and give you our ABC's of home decor and travel (p. 39). We were lucky enough to catch up with the upcoming star of Showtime’s “Shameless,” Perry Mattfeld (p. 80), witness the beauty of strong women lending each other a hand (p. 150) and get you hungry for some of the best burgers in Palm Springs (p. 99). Within 26 stories, we also talk to one of our favorite local chefs in the friendly confines of their own kitchen (p. 94), give you an insider’s look at Old Town La Quinta (p. 135) and talk with celebrity stylist Salvador Camarena about what inspires him (p. 112). We hope you can find plenty of our suggestions helpful and we hope you tap some of the local companies we recommend in this issue to make your house feel like a home.
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THIS ISSUE: HOME/AWAY
Meet the Experts in All Things Travel, Adventure and Escape
Building the Closet
SWEET HOME CALIFORNIA
H IS FOR HOME
HANG IT UP, BEFORE YOU GO-GO
From Designers to Landscapers, These Seven Experts Aim to Get Your Home on Point
TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
The Agency Knows What It Takes to Make Real Estate Dreams a Reality
How to Style Your Home and Travel From A to Z With This SoCal Guide
California Closets Can Help You Design a Closet That Would Make Carrie Bradshaw Blush
STYLE AND GRAYSE
LESS IS MORE
This Stylish Mobile Abode is 600 Square Feet of Possibilities
Rising Star Perry Mattfeld Struts Her Stuff at The Riviera Palm Springs
52 Pijuan Design Workshop
58 Shop for Your Home
70 Hotel Paseo
RAISE THE WOOF
Pijuan Design Workshop Knows That When it Comes to Spoiling Fido, Go Big or Go Home
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Shop at These Hot-Spots to Make Your Home the Flyest on the Block
Hotel Paseo is About to Be Your Favorite Palm Desert Getaway
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20 Events in Greater Palm Springs You Cannot Miss
Where to be Monday-Sunday
Travel Instagrams We Love
JENNA FROM THE BLOCK
That's What She Said
OH COME, ALL YE THIRSTY
ADULT JUICE BOX
Take buzzbox With You This Fall
Actress Jenna Ortega Shows Us Around Her Hometown of La Quinta
We Have the Cocktail Recipes You'll Be Craving This Holiday
142 Music Spotlight
LOCAL SOUND: EEVAAN TRÉ Eevaan Tré is Bringing a Different Kind of Heat to SoCal With His Smooth R&B Tracks
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FORE? Greg Rubino of Classic Club Shares Everything From Arnold Palmer’s Design to Charity Events
DISH IT OUT
Chef Michael Beckman Talks Creating His At-Home Masterpiece
Break Out Your Telescope for the Night Sky Festival
SLAY, ALL DAY
Salvador Camarena Shares Everything From Eating Tacos to Styling a Beyoncé Themed Bathroom
These Burgers Are Totally Drool-Worthy
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140 WAYS TO KNOCK THEIR STOCKINGS OFF
Fear No More—We’ve Done Your Holiday Shopping for You! Flip the Page to Find the Perfect Gift for the Perfect Person in Your Life
Night Sky Festival
IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY
YOU GO GIRL
This Palm Desert Organization is Helping Women Succeed Against All Odds
154 Glow in the Dark
GLOW FOR IT These Activities Make the Dark So Much More Fun!
LOCALENDAR 20 Events in Greater Palm Springs You Cannot Miss WRITTEN BY: TYLER HAYCOX
SAY “BOO!” AT THE HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR October 29 ¢ In celebration of Halloween,
from 1-3 p.m., several nonprofit organizations including the Cathedral City Police Department, Fire Department and City of Cathedral City’s Special Events are ready to bring on the fun for the entire family. Take part in trick or treating and a costume contest. You don’t want to miss this! www.discovercathedralcity.com
ATTEND MODERNISM WEEK’S FALL PREVIEW October 19-22
GO HUNGRY TO INDIO’S INTERNATIONAL TAMALE FESTIVAL December 2-3
¢ Palm Springs is known
for having some of the most iconic architecture around the world. The event offers the chance to take in all the iconic properties and designs that are so unique to the area. This particular event gives those viewers a sneak peek at what is to come in February’s Modernism Week. www.modernismweek.com
¢ Located at the Cathedral
City Town Center, the 4th Annual Cathedral City Hot Air Balloon Festival will span over three days with activities for the whole family that includes balloon tether rides, nighttime balloon glow, romantic dinners, musical entertainment, gourmet food, a kid’s zone and so much more! www.hotairballoonfest.com 18 LOCALE MAGAZINE
TAKE PART IN THE CATHEDRAL CITY SNOW FEST December 9 ¢ A new tradition to Cathedral City, Snow Fest is bringing the holiday spirit in one single event with arts and crafts, treats and loads of hot chocolate. The fun begins at 5 p.m. with an incredible holiday light parade. www.discovercathedralcity.com
EXPLORE THE ART AFFAIRE November 4-5 ¢ For two days from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m., over 90 artists will be at the Rancho Mirage Community Park showcasing beautiful artwork. Kids—or adults for that matter—can make festive head gear from recycled material via The Rad Hatter, who will be on location. Food and refreshments will also be available for purchase if you need a break from all the creative inspiration!
¢ Hosted by The Astronomical Society of the Desert, this stellar event will consist of “sky tours” and observations of the night sky. Located at the Santa Rosa-San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, the event will take place from 5-8 p.m. www.astrorx.org
GET STARSTRUCK AT THE PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL January 2-15
CELEBRATE PALM SPRINGS PRIDE November 4-5
¢ This January, grab a ticket to one of North America’s largest film festivals located here in Palm Springs. Curating the best of international cinema, Palm Springs International Film Festival welcomes over 135,000 attendees.
¢ This November, join the
LGBTQ community for Palm Springs Pride Week. Revel in the diversity and love that will surely bring a smile to all involved. Multiple artists, entertainers and beverage gardens will be on deck to make the event one to remember!
ENJOY THE JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK FREE ENTRANCE WEEKEND November 11-12 ¢ Take a trip to Joshua Tree National Park for Veteran’s Day weekend for free entrance to the park! While you’re there, check out the Night Sky Festival. www.nps.gov
Photos - Modernism Week Fall Preview: David A. Lee
SOAR AT THE CATHEDRAL CITY HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL November 17-19
¢ Make your way to Indio and enjoy a huge variety of tamales at Indio’s Internationl Tamale Festival. Having recently been featured on Food Network’s top 10 “AllAmerican Food Festivals” in the nation, this festival is loaded with exciting dance shows and all the tamales your heart desires.
EXPERIENCE THE STAR PARTY AT THE MONUMENT November 25
#TBT AT THE VINTAGEVIBE FESTIVAL October 20-22 ¢ Travel back in time while
WATCH THE PROS AT THE CAREERBUILDER CHALLENGE January 15-21 ¢ For all the golf enthusiasts out there, you cannot miss the PGA Tour’s CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta. Enjoy the sun and golfers playing their hearts out for Desert Classic Charities. Don’t miss one of the only PGA Tour events that has both Pro-Am and tournament play for the first 54 holes. Fore! www.careerbuilderchallenge.com
SING ALONG AT RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA November 24-28 ¢ Everybody knows the story
STARGAZE AT WILDLIGHTS AT THE LIVING DESERT November 24-December 24 ¢ Witness over a million twinkling lights brighten the night at The Living Desert’s must-see holiday event. The 25th annual event will get you in the holiday spirit and is a valley favorite for families. WildLights kicks off with a special members only night on Nov. 22, and runs select nights through Dec. 24! www.livingdesert.org
RUN IT OUT AT MARTHA’S VILLAGE AND KITCHEN 5K November 23 ¢ On Thanksgiving Day, you can help support the homeless and impoverished by registering for Martha’s Village and Kitchen 11th Annual 5K. Helping out others in need and getting in some cardio will be sure to make you feel grateful this season.
PATRIOT RIDE FOR OUR HEROES October 20-22
WATCH THE NATIONAL SUNSHINE SERIES November 1-12
¢ Be a hero and ride for a hero! Patriot Weekend will be in full effect, so be sure to participate in the 5th Annual Patriot Ride for our Heroes! The event benefits local charities related to the military, fire stations as well as police officers.
¢ For two weeks in the Coachella Valley, the National Sunshine Series brings you top notch horses and jockies with total prizes of about $1 million. Located at the HITS Desert Horse Park in Thermal, you can expect to see an amazing performance from these beautiful animals. Be sure to keep the fun going in January with the HITS Coachella Desert Circuit!
SEE THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE December 2
¢ Bring your pop-up chair, some hot chocolate and the whole family and enjoy the annual Festival of Lights Parade that Palm Springs has in store. With floats and balloons of all sizes, the event is sure to bring a joyous dose of holiday entertainment for all ages.
EXPERIENCE THE TASTE OF TAHITI October 21
of Cinderella, and at the end of November you have seven chances to see the Tony Award winning musical! Come listen to the orchestra and enjoy your favorite fairytale moments at the McCallum Theatre. Make sure you grab your tickets before they run out!
you enjoy treasures from different vendors. Taking place at the Palm Springs Convention Center, the festival celebrates the evolution of American style and pop culture. Get “the total vintage experience,” aka everything pre-1999, plus live music! www.vintagevibefest.com
CHEERS AT PROPS & HOPS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL November 18 ¢ If you’re a fan of beer
and airplanes, put them together and you have Palm Springs’ 6th Annual Props & Hops Craft Beer Festival located at the Palm Springs Air Museum from noon to 5 p.m. You must be 21 years or older, and be sure to have Uber or Lyft ready! Props & Hops will feature local craft beer tastings, food, music and some really cool vintage aircrafts! www.palmspringspropsandhopsfestival.com
¢ Need a mini-vacay? Head to the Hilton Garden Inn Rancho Mirage and take in the vibrant culture that Tahiti has to offer. Surround yourself with delicious food, amazing music and traditional dancing. www.tasteoftahiti.org
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BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
Jennifer DiFrancesco is All About the Great Outdoors
EXPERT: Jennifer DiFrancesco CREDENTIALS: Spa Bella Vita and Sports Club Director at Toscana Country Club
MONDAY ¢ As my days at Toscana are all about wellness and fitness, I start my week off with a visit to my favorite Pilates studio, Ecore Fitness in Palm Springs. Sean Bergara is the owner and is the ‘MacGyver’ of Pilates. His imagination with movement is impressive and inspires me throughout the week! ecorefitness.com TUESDAY ¢ My day at Toscana Country Club ends and it is off to enjoy a glass of wine with my boyfriend Mo at Mimmo’s Italian Restaurant in Palm Desert. The burrata salad is so fresh and light and this family establishment takes great pride in its culinary delights. mimmospd.com WEDNESDAY ¢ The desert’s beauty in the morning is something special and the Art Smith Trail in Palm Desert is a wonderful hike to start the day off right. My 15-year-old daughter Bella introduced me to a new musical artist called Oh Wonder, who I listen to as I hike the mountain before work. It is true, even a mother can learn great music and more from their children! hiking-in-ps.com THURSDAY
¢ One of my favorite happy
hour spots to enjoy a margarita or chevela is family-owned Guillermo’s Mexican Restaurant
Photoshoot Location: TOSCANA COUNTRY CLUB 76009 Via Club Villa Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.404.1444 www.toscanacc.com
in Palm Desert. The warmth, hospitality and authenticity of the food and drinks make my week! guillermosrestuaunte.com FRIDAY
¢ My weekend kicks off with a bike
ride around Toscana Country Club called Cycle Fun Friday. The Club has a five mile designated loop and I meet members to ride multiple loops. We then congregate at the Sports Club for a cold beer and a toast to Toscana and our efforts! toscanacc.com SATURDAY ¢ A bike ride on a road less traveled is always a soulful thing to do on a Saturday. A 40-mile bike ride in Mecca at Box Canyon keeps me honest. After the ride, a stop at Palm Desert Cyclery to visit Chris, the owner, and take a look at all the great bike bling is a must! pscyclery.com SUNDAY
¢ Right in our backyard, we have
the San Jacinto Peak to explore. A quick ride up the Palm Springs Tram and I’m either starting a hike or snowshoeing during the winter months. To be afforded all of these adventures in a 30-minute proximity is something I am tremendously thankful for. After a morning of hiking, a late lunch at Farm in Palm Springs is a cozy experience. The ambiance makes me feel like I am in the south of France. farmpalmsprings.com
“My weekend kicks off with a bike ride around Toscana Country Club called Cycle Fun Friday.”
Photographed By: Rudi Weislein
BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
THE INSIDE SCOOP
“My fiancé and I will go for brunch at Reservoir and then hang out by the pool.”
This Palm Springs Local Enjoys Sunday Brunch and a Scoop of Ice Cream
EXPERT: Athalie Laguerre CREDENTIALS: Owner of Ice Cream & Shop(pe), Investor at ARRIVE Hotel, Partner at OnTable Media MONDAY ¢ I had dinner at Workshop Kitchen+Bar my very first night in Palm Springs as a visitor. Now that I live here, it is still my favorite. Since it is always packed on weekends, I like to pop in on a weeknight and sit at the beautiful bar in the back. workshoppalmsprings.com TUESDAY ¢ On Tuesdays I can usually be found sneaking away from the office for “lunch” and getting my nails done at Lovely Nails followed by a walk-in massage at Beautiful Spa. beautifulspamassage.com
makes for a chic and sexy date night. theparkerpalmsprings.com FRIDAY ¢ Some people complain about the distance between the desert cities, especially for dinner, but I love to drive out to Palm Desert on a Friday night for dinner at The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge on El Paseo. I know sushi in the middle of the desert might sound strange, but Chef Engin serves the best fish in the most creative ways. thevenuepalmdesert.com
me to the East Valley on errands. There are some really great vintage furniture shops in Rancho Mirage. My favorite is Misty’s—I once got a great deal on a white baby grand piano there! mistysconsignments.com
SATURDAY ¢ Even in the scorching hot desert, there is no cooler place than Elizabeth & Prince. As a native New Yorker, I appreciate that I can find everything that I would want in a hip SoHo boutique right here. To add to the hip vibe, they play real records on a real record player. elizabethandprince.com
THURSDAY ¢ My new favorite spot in Palm Springs is Counter Reformation. It’s a 14-seat wine bar tucked away on the grounds at The Parker Palm Springs. The fancy small bites and eclectic wine selection seem like a portal right to Paris and always
SUNDAY ¢ My fiancé and I will go for brunch at Reservoir and then hang out by the pool. My ice cream shop is on site at the hotel too, so I can pop in and catch up on work or— more likely—get ice cream to take home. arrivehotels.com
¢ Mid-week usually brings
ONTABLE MEDIA 1701 N Palm Canyon, Ste 9 Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.904.4450 www.ontablemedia.com Photoshoot Location: ICE CREAME & SHOP(PE) 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr, Ste 4 Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.507.4005 www.icecreamandshop.com
Photographed By: Rudi Weislein
BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
LIFE OF THE P(ART)Y This Palm Springs Local’s Week Includes Pop-Tarts and Vintage Shopping
EXPERT: Arlene Amick CREDENTIALS: Director of Audience Engagement and Communications, Palm Springs Art Museum MONDAY ¢ I try to pick my boys up from school at least once a week, and for an extra treat, we love Ice Cream & Shop(pe) at ARRIVE Palm Springs. Honestly, it’s me, not my children, that have to be dragged away from the toppings bar. icecreamandshop.com TUESDAY ¢ If I work late, I love stopping by Dead or Alive Bar. Christine (owner) has my favorite wine list in Palm Springs. deadoralivebar.com WEDNESDAY ¢ One of my colleagues and I have been on a four-year quest to strategically time our lunch at Cheeky’s so we can beat the crowd. cheekysps.com THURSDAY ¢ My favorite day at the museum. As a staff perk, the museum offers a weekly yoga class with Janet from Power Yoga Palm Springs. And even though I work at a museum I still need a culture fix so I stick around for the museum’s free Thursday evenings to catch a lecture, performance or Pop-Up Studio project. poweryogapalmsprings.com psmuseum.org
PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM 101 N Museum Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.322.4800 www.psmuseum.org
FRIDAY ¢ Galen First Fridays is something our entire family can enjoy and following the performance, so we usually head over to Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge for literally the best sushi I’ve had…ever. pdfirstweekend.com thevenuepalmdesert.com SATURDAY ¢ Date nights are a treasured and rare occasion, we try and mix it up but usually end up at our favorite restaurant, Workshop Kitchen+Bar. Since Michael Beckman conveniently opened Truss & Twine next door, after dinner we head there for drinks. workshoppalmsprings.com trussandtwine.com SUNDAY ¢ The Bump and Grind hike to The Cross are just down the street, and a must, especially if it’s followed with homemade Pop-Tarts at Wilma & Frieda. Sunday afternoons you can also find me buried in vintage couture clothing racks at The Fine Art of Design. wilmafrieda.com thefineartofdesign.com
“Date nights are a treasured and rare occasion, so we try and mix it up but usually end up at our favorite restaurant, Workshop Kitchen+Bar.”
Photographed By: Rudi Weislein
BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
MODERN MUSE The Midcentury Modern and Vintage Expert Walks Us Through His Perfect Week in Palm Springs
EXPERT: Courtney Newman CREDENTIALS: Owner of ModernWay
MONDAY ¢ A visit to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a must. From two and a half miles up, you can see everything you have planned for the week ahead, and it feels cooler! pstramway.com TUESDAY ¢ Take an amazing midcentury modern tour of Palm Springs with resident expert Robert Imber on one of his Palm Springs Modern Tours. See Richard Neutra's iconic Kaufmann House and all sorts of lesser known hidden midcentury modern architectural wonders. palmspringsmoderntours.com WEDNESDAY ¢ Cool down with a scoop! Head on up to the newly revitalized north end of Palm Springs and the ARRIVE Palm Springs to get some of the best ice cream around at the ultra hip Ice Cream & Shop(pe). icecreamandshop.com THURSDAY
¢ Planning a night on the
town? Then you need to grab some vintage attire at Palm Springs’ coolest vintage clothing store, The Frippery. From Tiki wear
“Go back in time to the glamorous Palm Springs nightlife at Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn.”
to vintage couture, their selection is amazing. thefrippery.com FRIDAY ¢ Go back in time to the glamorous Palm Springs nightlife at Melvyn's at the Ingleside Inn. This old school restaurant with table side classic dining is like a time machine. And don't forget to hang out in the bar, as you might even see Trini Lopez! inglesideinn.com SATURDAY ¢ Trina Turk’s women's clothing, Mr. Turk for men and, of course, Trina Turk's home collection are the stores to hit when you want to buy something beautiful that will always remind you of how much fun you had in Palm Springs. trinaturk.com SUNDAY
¢ ModernWay is Palm
Springs' oldest and most honored midcentury modern furnishings store with rare and unusual finds from the ‘50s through the swingin' ‘70s! Step back in time listening to your favorite LP on one of the vintage stereos! psmodernway.com
MODERNWAY 2500 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.320.5455 www.psmodernway.com
Photographed By: Hilary Peters
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HOME EXPERTS These Pros Are Here to Give You Some Home Inspo
HOME/AWAY GUIDE From A to Z, How to Bring the California Cool to You
PIJUAN DESIGN WORKSHOP Spoil Your Furry Friends With A Modern Dog House
HOME PROFILE The Agency Is All About Teamwork
SHOP FOR YOUR HOME Eight Places to Shop for Home Accessories in SoCal
AWAY EXPERTS Our Get-Away Pros
HOTEL PASEO Check Into This Hotel and Get Away
BUILDING THE CLOSET Design Your Dream Closet With California Closets
AWAY EXPERTS Youâ€™re Trippin
Meet the Experts in All Things Travel, Adventure and Escape
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SU CASA Upgrade Your Home by Downsizing With Palm Canyon Mobile Club
FASHION SPREAD Get Glammed Up With Grayse and This Star on the Rise
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F R O M D E S I G N E R S TO L A N D S C A P E R S , T H E S E S E V E N E X P E R T S A I M TO G E T Y O U R H O M E O N P O I N T WRITTEN BY: DR. PAULA TRIMBLE-FAMILETTI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BIANCA SIMONIAN AND HILARY PETERS
Confucius once said “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” These home experts can fully attest to that quote. They use terms like love, passion, mission and enthusiasm to describe their feelings about their work. These amazing artists use their particular talents to transform homes, landscapes and lives, but the common thread is that they feel a unique connection and responsibility to their communities.
Sara and Richard Combs OWNERS, THE JOSHUA TREE HOUSE
Q: Do either of you have a background in interior design, carpentry, renovation or inn management? Sara Combs: We’ve been dating since high school, and within our first six months of dating Rich’s family moved into an early 1900s home that they were renovating. It was definitely a great intro into renovations for both of us. Richard Combs: Our experience with interior design is based on gut instinct. While we both went to a Fine Art school for college, we started along our path of designing spaces by designing for ourselves. Q: What drew you to Joshua Tree and how do you see your role in the community? SC: We were drawn to Joshua Tree after a cross country road trip we took back in 2014. We stayed in Joshua Tree for only one night, but it stuck with us throughout the rest of our travels. As soon as we returned to California, we headed straight for Joshua Tree to become a part
Photoshoot Location: KBC by Benjamin Sullivan 73-790 El Paso Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.864.8522 www.kbcofpalmsprings.com
of the community that had felt so friendly, fresh, and inspiring to us. RC: We hope that our role in this community is to connect other artists, designers, writers etc. so that we can collaborate and create amazing things together. Q: Are you looking for another property to revamp? SC: We did actually just acquire a parcel of land, and are excited for the new challenge of building from scratch! Q: How would you describe your decorating style? SC: Our aesthetic celebrates the age and history of both spaces and objects. We love natural materials that get better with age: wood, leather, wool, etc. RC: We also design our spaces around the experiences we hope people will have within them, and love to enhance the simple moments in life: reading a book, having coffee or having a conversation with friends.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, DESERT AIDS PROJECT AND REVIVALS STORES
Q: What inspires you to do this work that benefits so many people? SH: In some ways, Revivals feels like a community center because our volunteers and store employees personally know our customers or have friends who receive health care at DAP. Each of us is inspired by having found our mission match. Q: Tell us about some of the awards Revivals has won. SH: Year after year, Revivals
wins Best Thrift Store in reader generated contests such as Best of the Valley, Best of the Best, Ultimate Pride in The Desert Sun newspaper, Palm Springs Life Magazine and Desert Outlook. This year we were excited to learn we also won Best Furniture Store. Q: Revivals has their own brand. Is it furniture, fashion or both? SH: Mode at Revivals Furniture® is a collection of affordably designed new furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories that fit perfectly in the desert midcentury modern casual lifestyle. Q: How would you describe your role in the community? SH: What I love most about my job is being able to tell the unique stories of Revivals’ customers, volunteers and team members. The store attracts fascinating people who care deeply about the community.
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OLD AND NEW • Revivals refers to their design aesthetic ‘mixed-century modern™.’ Where else can you buy an affordable new sofa and pair it with a resale lamp from the ‘60s? BIG TIME • Lindsey Bennett of HGTV’s “Desert Flippers” selected items from the Mode at Revivals Furniture® collection for three episodes that are airing.
OLD SCHOOL • The Joshua Tree House was originally built in 1949 by the same people that built the Joshua Tree Inn. It would have been one of the first houses built in the area. FROM ANOTHER PLANET • Every year in May, the Joshua Tree Retreat Center is host to Contact in the Desert, dedicated to the study of aliens and UFOs. The Joshua Tree House @thejoshuatreehouse | www.thejoshuatreehouse.com
Photos - Steven Henke & Benjamin Sullivan: Bianca Simonian | Sara and Richard Combs: Hilary Peters
Q: Why is Revivals so much more than a thrift store? Steven Henke: Revivals store is a unique retailer because it benefits the Desert AIDS Project (DAP). Donating, shopping or volunteering at Revivals helps fund primary, dental and behavioral healthcare along with a host of the services that create community and offer support to DAP’s 4,200 clients.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE â€˘ The biggest reason clients hire them is because they really are home experts. They make sure that the rooms they do for clients reflects the clients, not them. WORLD TRAVELER â€˘ Sullivan has designed kitchens, bathrooms and closets in homes from Los Angeles and Chicago to London and Paris.
Benjamin Sullivan OWNER, KBC BY BENJAMIN SULLIVAN
Q: How long have you been designing kitchens, baths and closets in the desert? Benjamin Sullivan: I have been an interior designer for 20 years plus. I've been designing client kitchens, baths and closets here in the Coachella Valley for 10 years. Q: Do you have a favorite type of design? BS: Design is a funny thing. It changes and evolves with each client's needs. I am known locally for my midcentury/modern designs, though known [nationally] for my classic designs. Q: What do you find most rewarding? BS: Repeat business with former clients. I have so many clients over the 20 years that I still do homes for around the globe. Now I have their children coming to me for their homes. Q: You are a local Palm Springs resident. How do you view your role in the community? BS: Giving back to the community. I buy and source locally. I try to keep as much of my business in the desert as possible. Q: What inspired you to enter the kitchen, bathroom and closet design industry? BS: I was born in the industry. I've designed so many amazing houses over the years, but in every home I enjoyed the design and building of the kitchens, baths and closets more than any other rooms in the house. Those were always the most challenging, so when I moved to the desert, I built my practice on those three areas and to this day, I love my job more than ever. KBC by Benjamin Sullivan 73-790 El Paso Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.864.8522 www.kbcofpalmsprings.com LOCALE MAGAZINE
Gary Fredricks OWNER, GARY FREDRICKS LANDSCAPE DESIGN Q: Your designs are breathtaking. What inspires you? What is your design process? Gary Fredricks: Thank you! It is the same as anything else that has to do with art. If I see something that resonates powerfully with me, whether it is a plant, an artifact, a garden composition or a wild landscape, I’ll photograph it, sometimes with a camera and sometimes just in my head and if I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to replicate it in my work, I will.
Photoshoot Location: KBC by Benjamin Sullivan 73-790 El Paso Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.864.8522 www.kbcofpalmsprings.com
Q: Tell us how your passion for landscape design affects your role in the community? GF: No matter where I am living, I try somehow to be involved in the aesthetics of my community. I just completed a three-year term as a member of the Architectural Advisory Committee for the city of Palm Springs. I’m currently on the board of directors and the landscape committee for my homeowner’s association. Q: You have designed gardens for homes from many different
climates. How does the climate influence your design? GF: Climate determines the plant palette I can work with. It also sets the tone for how and how often the outside space is used. Is it purely a garden space or will it be used for recreation, dining, entertaining, etc? Q: You seem to have a gift for creating outdoor living spaces that incorporate indoor space and natural surroundings. How did that evolve? GF: After my first time visiting English gardens, I was particularly struck by how many were organized into garden rooms. I was impressed how the transition from one room to the next dramatically increased the visual impact of each room. That impression stayed with me and still influences much of my work. Q: What fun facts can you share with us about your work? GF: Ellen DeGeneres showed her house on her TV show. She is strolling through an alley of potted olive trees I placed outside. She was picking dollar bills off them and calling them her money tree. SHHHH! • After a completed project, Fredricks found out that Joan Rivers was a prospective buyer, so he and his employee hid in a bedroom closet hoping to hear some of her famous wit.
OWNER, KENN GRAY HOME
Q: You say you look in the Really, I am very over the top with closets of your clients before both my wardrobe and interior design you begin a project. How does choices in my own life and homes. I am that inspire you? known, however, for being the designer Kenn Gray: It is almost too who listens to my clients and truly gives simple! I can tell a lot about a them what they will enjoy living around person’s tastes, styles and how in their own homes and spaces. far outside the box they Q: What are your clients are comfortable stepping looking for in a design by looking at their wardrobe LOCAL FARE professional? • One of choices. I get a lot of side eyes KG: Well, most of my clients his favorite when I ask a client to do this, appreciate my candor and local spots is but the reality is that the end honesty regarding their Eight4Nine in result is a seamless melding project. They also love that I Palm Springs. of their personal style into the am involved from beginning project, which makes for a very READ ALL to end. From working with happy client! ABOUT IT the contractor, starting with • Gray writes Q: As an interior designer, the house plans and finishing a biweekly how do you see your role in touches a few months later, or column for the community? simply helping a client choose Live Magazine KG: Obviously, so many of the some throw pillows for their titled, creative design talents here sofa or a paint color for the “Designing give me so much in the way of kitchen, my job is to give the Your Life.” inspiration and pride to be a client what will make them feel part of such a well versed and good, not imposing my own creative collaborative community, and personal aesthetic upon them. most importantly, a sense of passion for Q: Do you have a favorite form or type my own clients and projects. This being of architecture you like to work with? said, I feel like I utilize my platform here KG: I do love midcentury and modern. as a well known creator of space to try However, I love very traditional just as and inspire others, influence their daily well. I have such an innate appreciation choices and help them know that they and prowess for all types of design, so are in control and that they can design working with new clients all the time is their own life. amazing and challenging. I never get
Q: How would you describe your style? KG: My own personal style is crazy.
bored, that’s for sure.
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HOT SPOTS • Fredricks’ favorite place to eat is Jake’s Palm Springs, and his favorite place to grab a drink is The Tropicale.
Photoshoot Location: KBC by Benjamin Sullivan 73-790 El Paso Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.864.8522 www.kbcofpalmsprings.com
TIME OFF • When he isn’t working, Fredricks likes to travel and see other gardens. He also loves to visit family in New York and catch up on theaters and museums.
Gary Fredricks Landscape Design 401 S El Cielo Rd, Ste 129, Palm Springs, CA 92262 805.689.8473 | www.garyfredricksdesign.com
All photos by: Bianca Simonian
OWNER, AN INTERIOR MOTIVE DESIGNS LLC Q: How would you describe your style? Morraika Simonds: Eclectic! I like many different styles, but it is not about what I like. It is what my clients want for their homes. My strength is to take their style and make a cohesive design come to fruition.
FOUNDER AND OWNER, RENOVA SOLAR
Q: What inspired you to get into the solar energy business? Vincent Battaglia: That essentially goes back to when I lived in Russia. I saw the waste and I knew there were better ways to use energy without so much waste of natural resources and electricity. Q: Your company is young—founded in 2006— and you have already won many awards. Will you tell us about some of them? VB: It makes me happy to hear us be called a young company. Four years is the average for a solar company. I like the recognition, but I use it as a motivator. My greatest honor was to receive Dealer of the Year from Sun Power. We use their modules. Of the 452 dealers, we were dealer of the year and it is great to receive that recognition from our peers. I was a finalist last year in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the year award for the Inland Empire and Orange County. Q: It is fascinating that you envisioned Renova Solar as your Master's thesis. Can you tell us more about that and did the thesis eventually become your book Cut the Cord? VB: Yes. In 2007 there was so much misinformation about solar energy, batteries, our right to use the sun and energy independence. So, I started to write notes about
the horrible business models of the energy companies, microgrids and batteries in the home. Eventually, I had so many notes I had to cut them down and turned them into my book. If anyone would like to learn more, they can reach out to me at Renova Solar, and I will send them a copy free of charge. Q: You emphasize that you are a local company. How do you see your role in the community? VB: I want this community be proud of what can be grown here. We can be more than small businesses with 10 employees. We can grow national organizations. I want to see the Coachella Valley lead as entrepreneurs and continue to use our valley as a headquarters. Q: Why are you so passionate to get everyone off the grid? VB: Because, when I left Russia, and I had seen the oligarchies and how mean they are to their people and their control over power companies, I knew I had to do something about it in my country. I saw how corrupting centralized power can be. I am not selling something that will not work. I have no bag of tricks. Every day, with every contract, I use the sun for my purpose.
Renova Solar 75-181 Mediterranean Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92211 760.503.3417 | www.renovasolar.com
GETTING SYMBOLIC • Saffron orange is Renova Solar’s mascot color, as it’s the color of light and eternal life. GREAT BEGINNINGS • Renova Solar started officially in 2006, and are dedicated to being an energy company offering closed loop, holistic solutions that will help consumers avoid the electric utilities who really are the energy companies of yesteryear.
Q: What are people looking for in an interior designer? MS: Someone that will listen and communicate. Someone who will create a design that is functional and who will tailor a design to the individual. Someone who will create a unique design that they may not be able to envision on their own. Q: How did growing up in the Coachella Valley affect your feelings about interior design? MS: Growing up in the Coachella Valley, I was exposed to big beautiful homes and unique architecture. We have the best of the best here and it taught me anything is possible. Q: As a long time desert resident, how do you see your role in the community? MS: I came from very modest beginnings. Growing up in the desert, I was provided many opportunities, and I see myself as an example to the young people growing up that you can start with nothing and create success for yourself. Q: To what do you owe your success? MS: I owe my success to my supportive family, my great clients, hard work and a little luck! An Interior Motive Designs 760.424.9209 | www.aninteriormotivedesigns.com Photoshoot Location: KBC by Benjamin Sullivan 73-790 El Paso, Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.864.8522 | www.kbcofpalmsprings.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 37
H is for Home
HOW TO STYLE YOUR HOME AND TRAVEL FROM A TO Z WITH THIS SOCAL GUIDE Written By: Emily Torres and Ameihia Turingan
Whether youâ€™re looking to revamp your interiors or escape on vacation, getting some inspo is always essential. Maybe you enjoy bringing your travels home and decorating with unique pieces from far away lands. Maybe you like to fill your kitchen with designer appliances. Or maybe you have your interior design dialed and are just looking to get out of town and relax on a beach for a few days. Whatever your desires are, we got you covered in our Home and Away guide.
Bar Cart Essentials
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Art for Your Cart DECORATE YOUR BAR CART WITH THESE ARTSY ESSENTIALS
u Spruce up your space with bold frames and eye-catching art. Not only will this serve as a picturesque backdrop while you’re pouring your favorite drink, but it will also add that perfect artsy addition to your home.
u Trend alert! Bar carts are the hottest item to have in your home these days. Add some flair with a gold-trimmed cart and add some metallic-themed decor throughout for extra style.
NAPKINS Meri Meri $6.50 The Balvenie
STRAWS Party Partners $5.95
LET’S CELEBRATE DISH Mudpie $39.50
PROFILE FRAMES $59-$99 Room & Board roomandboard.com
BRIXTON BAR CART $799 Room & Board roomandboard.com
Where’s the Party? wheresthepartyoc.com
Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey
CLAMSHELL JULEP STRAINER Twelve24 $20
JAPANESE JIGGER Cocktail Kingdom $10 MACH 2 MIXING GLASS Twelve24 $42 SPEEDY PEELER $13 DIAMOND CUT OLD FASHIONED GLASS Hardstrong $19.95 TEARDROP BARSPOON 30CM Twelve24 $24
The Mixing Glass the-mixing-glass. shoplightspeed.com
Photographed By: Krizia Loechle Styled By: Melissa Souza
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THE WORD IS IN: ACCESSORIES ARE NO LONGER JUST FOR OUTFITS. THESE ITEMS WILL COMPLETE YOUR HOME’S LOOK. THE DESIGN IS ALWAYS IN THE DETAILS.
$1,495 Ambiance Home ambiancehome.com
LOUISE VASES $35-$95 Pelago Palm Springs pelagopalmsprings. com
GOLD LANTERNS $32-$52 Bungalow 56 Interiors bungalow56.com
DREAM HOME DECOR Go to Marc Pridmore for a Fresh Look From luxury dining sets to upscale office decor, Marc Pridmore's 42,000-squarefoot showroom is our destination for interior design and decor. Based in Costa Mesa, Marc Pridmore offers classic, yet current, furnishings perfect for your dream home.
Designer Kitchen Accessories
TOASTER $499 Dolce & Gabbana dolcegabbana.com
u Catch your guests’ eyes from the moment they walk in with an elegant entryway chandelier. You can’t go wrong with a beautiful light fixture that shines radiantly.
Designer Kitchen Accessories
u Live like you’re in Italy everyday with Dolce & Gabbana’s “Sicily Is My Love” kitchen collection in collaboration with SMEG. Symbols of Mount Etna, friezes, bright red cherries and lemons adorn the brand new collection’s toasters to slow juicers.
u We love the look of a few embroidered throw pillows on
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couches and beds. Give your lounging spaces personality with different needlework designs.
u If Chip and Joanna Gaines are #goals, then farmhouse decor should be your style go-to. What better way to brighten up your home than with some barn doors or lanterns? Add in some farmhouse classics to bring the southern vibes to California.
u Gold is the new black. Opt for gold-legged side tables, gold frames, gold lamps or these gold trimmed vases for a touch of elegant edge.
$15 Knotty Dickens knottydickens.com
Home Away from Home Balboa Bay Resort meritagecollection. com/balboabayresort Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa indianwells.regency. hyatt.com
Leather Travel Case Set, $110 Cuyana, cuyana.com
USE INSPIRATION FROM YOUR VACATIONS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR HOME, AND MAKE EVERY DAY A GETAWAY.
LE SUD OVERNIGHT $215 Cuyana cuyana.com
Home Away from Home Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa u Experience the comforts of your home—a plush bed and cozy decor—with a twist: a luxury spa and pools, championship golf course and multiple restaurants. Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort and Spa offers an experience beyond any staycation we could have ever imagined. Balboa Bay Resort u We love to sip our morning coffee with a waterfront view at Balboa Bay Resort. This luxury— yet—casual resort in Newport Beach offers the best of both
SOUKIE CERAMIC CANDLE $150 Soukie Modern soukiemodern.com HAMSA TUNISIAN CERAMIC BOWL $44 The Souk thesoukmb.com
worlds: outdoor sports, stand-up paddleboarding and a top-notch spa and wine selection. We will see you there.
International Influence u Make your space an homage to travels abroad. Keep a vintage globe in your office, decorate your kitchen in Moroccan decor to inspire flavorful dishes or place candles with colorful markings throughout your home.
u When we leave home, we like to travel in style. We love trendy passport holders and large carryons to fit all our in-flight essentials.
Make your space an homage to travels abroad.
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MIELE OVEN $8,199 KBC by Benjamin Sullivan kbcofpalmsprings.com
ACCENT TABLE LAMP $1,885 Kelly Wearstler kellywearstler.com
Finishing Touches COMPLETE YOUR HOMEâ€™S LOOK WITH THESE MUST-HAVE ITEMS.
These simplistic pieces are perfect for subtle details.
Neutrals Kitchen Essentials
u No kitchen is complete without a top of the line oven, elegant, porcelain ramekins reminiscent of French patisseries, a cast-iron skillet that speaks to a rustic and plenty of greenery.
u Whether you go one with a crystal element or a wooden base, lamps are a great way to bring some light into your home.
u Write quirky notes to your
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family and friends with message boards. We love to keep ours in the entryway to welcome guests!
Made to Order WKNDLA wknd.la
u Balance out the bold with neutral splashes. Our current favorite? Fringe wall hangings. These simplistic pieces are perfect for subtle details.
Ombre Statement Rugs
$6,970 Kelly Wearstler kellywearstler.com
u Go bold and make a statement in your living room with an ombre rug. Our favorite colors? Grey, pink or blue ombre!
Ombre Statement Rugs
$26.95-$39.95 Mercenary General Store mercenarygeneral.com
P Paséa Hotel & Spa meritagecollection. com/paseahotel
Nothing says paradise like an ice-cold Pacifico!
PINEAPPLE SHOT GLASS SET $29 Pigment shoppigment.com
$7.99 for a Six Pack Pacifico discoverpacifico.com
WHAT’S YOUR PARADISE? DO YOU CRAVE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE, TRENDY RESTAURANTS AND NIGHTCLUBS AND BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN ARCHITECTURE? OR DO YOU DREAM ABOUT SAND BENEATH YOUR FEET AND SALTY OCEAN BREEZES? CREATE YOUR OWN PERSONAL MODERN CITY OR RELAXED BEACH PARADISE SO EVERY DAY FEELS LIKE A VACATION.
Paradise Paséa Hotel & Spa
u Indulge in a modern coastal oasis at the Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach. With views that overlook the Pacific, a Balineseinspired luxury spa and a coveted wedding venue, Paséa Hotel & Spa is the perfect spot for some sandy R&R.
Pendry San Diego
u Enjoy a sophisticated and stylish stay in the city at Pendry San Diego. The hotel’s modern decor and classic vibes gives you a side of San Diego rarely seen. Bonus: this spot features a relaxing rooftop pool and private cabanas.
u Create your year-long tropical paradise with pineapple accents. We love wallhangings, lamps and even these gold pineapple shot glasses. Pendry San Diego pendryhotels.com
u Nothing says paradise like an ice-cold Pacifico! Sit back, relax and enjoy this crisp refreshing lager as your troubles melt away.
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Relax and Rejuvenate
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa marriott.com The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel ritzcarlton.com
Wall Art Print, $15 Abbie Paulhus, abbiepaulhus.com
COASTAL CHIC SAND DOLLAR $9.35 Per Square Foot The Finishing Touch Floors, Inc. ftfloorsinc.com
EDISON BULB $335 for a Set Urban Lighting Inc. urbanlighting.net
Queen Bee Market
u Owned by sisters Kellie Dooley and Allison Gharst, The Queen Bee Market is a haven for all things home decor. The two-day show, convened in San Diego and Las Vegas, brings together local and national artisans to ensure that the marketplace buzzes with current and trendy booths that offer high quality and handmade goods. Their next San Diego show takes place Dec. 15-16 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Relax and Rejuvenate
u Need a place to unwind? Leave your worries at home and head to the spa. Close your eyes and relax. Book a visit to either hotel for a memorable and rejuvenating experience.
u In sunny SoCal, installing SunPower solar panels will create a clean source of energy for your home. Decrease or eliminate your electricity bill and go green by having Renova Energy install panels on your roof to generate “watts” of energy and savings.
u Tiles pack a punch of personality and can bring a room to life. If you’re looking for something
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that will elevate a room, consider putting in wall or floor tiles from The Finishing Touch Flooring, Inc. in a way that suits your style!
u Urban-chic decor provides a warm and industrial ambiance to a room. Add in elements like geometric patterns, metals, exposed brick walls, contemporary artwork and Edison bulb fixtures to complete the urban look.
u Utilizing technology, Brookfield Residential allows customers to easily envision their home before it is built through their virtual reality feature. Rather than viewing images about the home online, these immersive experience tours enable future homeowners to walk through the space and get a head start in figuring out how to decorate it before signing on the dotted line.
It’s the Little Things
Queen Bee Market
Wood Floors WHEATHER IT’S ADDING DECOR TO YOUR HOME OR TAKING TIME TO PAMPER YOURSELF, IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS IN LIFE THAT COUNT
u Looking to transition from carpet to wood? Warren Christopher Flooring provides beautiful flooring made from materials such as American Beech, French Oak, African Cherry, European Oak, Walnut or reclaimed wood.
Brookfield Residential brookfieldresidential.com
WESTERN EUROPEAN OAK Starting at $12.29 per Square Foot (Depending on Width, Thickness and Grade of Wood) Warren Christopher Flooring wchristopher.com
Renova Solar renovasolar.com
CHUNKY KNIT THROW $395 Modern Wool modernwool.com
GET HOMEY WITH THESE ESSENTIALS SHEEPSKIN PILLOW $49 Room & Board roomandboard.com
Skyfarm Yurt airbnb.com
CHEVRON VASE $155 Barclay Butera barclaybutera.com HERRINGBONE THROW PILLOW $149 Room & Board roomandboard.com
Chunky knits are essentials during cool autumn and winter nights. eXtra Cozy
u Chunky knits are essential during cool autumn and winter nights. Instead of relegating the material to just your clothes, look into purchasing big knit blankets, decorative pillows and crochet knit cozies to wrap around your mugs. Make sure to bundle up under the blankets and drink hot chocolate for an extra toasty time.
u A type of domed tent originating from nomads in Central Asia, modern yurts are decked out with features like furniture, beds, windows and doors. The spacious tent allows you to reap the benefits of outdoor camping while residing in a comfortable room. Invite your friends to camp in style and enjoy the night sky by renting one in Joshua Tree or in Los Angeles through Airbnb.
u The chevron shape provides a wonderful dash of detail for your table spread. Details in this trendy zig zag pattern comes in a variety of customized colors and different sized patterns so you can decorate your space tastefully.
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SHOP THESE LOCAL BLOOMS TO GIVE YOUR HOME A FRESH LOOK
Make Arrangements NOTHING SAYS ‘COMPLETED’ LIKE A FEW EXTRA DETAILS.
NATIVE POPPY SAN DIEGO nativepoppy.com
you and include maintenance instructions.
u A floral design company that shares space with local favorite Communal Coffee has a slight edgy feel. They keep it “throwback” with bicycle deliveries in town and offer subscriptions to keep your home (or office) super fresh. Add these blooms to your home decor to make for a whimsical color palette.
PAPER AVE HUNTINGTON BEACH paperave.com
SAGE SISTERS SAN DIEGO shopsagesisters.com
‘TIS THE SEASON Create Your Perfect In-Season Arrangement Paper Ave u Dahlias u Roses u Anemones u Peonies Native Poppy u Cosmos u Marigolds u Amaranth u Roses
u This sweet little flower shop in San Diego brings a second life to their floral arrangements. Day old flowers are bundled together and sent to local non-profits. Choose a bouquet from a variety of sizes and they’ll use unique flowers in an arrangement that couldn’t be storebought.
u Cactus Mart is a plant emporium featuring cacti and succulents located in Morongo Valley. They’ll put together a customized arrangement for
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PETALS & POP SEAL BEACH petalsandpop.com u Shop arrangements and pop some corks. Petals & Pop offers you an experience of blooms with a side of Champagne. Pick your colors or tell them your theme and the professionals at this location will put together a centerpiece that will be the talk of your party. MARISCAL CACTUS & SUCCULENTS DESERT HOT SPRINGS mariscalcactussucculents.com
CACTUS MART MORONGO VALLEY cactusmart.com
Photoshoot Location: Cactus Mart 49889 Twentynine Palms Hwy Morongo Valley, CA 92256 760.363.6076 www.cactusmart.com
u Looking for something unique and everlasting? Try out Paper Ave where luscious blooms are made of paper! Every product is made to order and can be customized with seasonal colors. Plus you can learn how to make your own; attend classes to learn the secret to creating these one-of-a-kind arrangements.
u With fields of options, you can’t go wrong with this nursery in Desert Hot Springs. This location is ideal for purchasing succulents in large quantities and you can even create a dreamy wreath for your holiday event with their individual succulents.
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ADD SOME FLAIR TO YOUR SPACE FROM THESE TALENTED CALLIGRAPHY ARTISTS
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LINDA YOSHIDA lindayoshida.com @lindayoshida
u Whether it comes to wedding invitations or just hanging something on your walls, you want a piece that is personal, was handmade with care and has beautiful detailing. It might be tempting to get a poster from a chain store or just have those invites printed, but think twice, because going the extra mile will pay off in the long run. Look no further than these local artists who are taking calligraphy and delicate watercolors to the next level.
LAUREN SAYLOR afabulousfete.com @afabulousfete
OLD SCHOOL u From the 1700s to 1800s, most calligraphy writing was done with a quill; a long, wing tipped feather of a swan, goose, turkey or many other birds. WHAT’S IN A NAME? u The word calligraphy is from the Greek language and means “beautiful writing.”
MKC CALLIGRAPHY & PAPERIE etsy.com/shop/ MKCcalligraphy @mkccalligraphy
LAUREN SAYLOR afabulousfete.com @afabulousfete
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REBECCA EICHTEN rebeccaeichten.com @rebeccaeichten
Raise the Woof Pijuan Design Workshop Knows That When it Comes to Spoiling Fido, Go Big or Go Home
“We are open to the individual taste of the client. The goal is always to provide for the needs of the dog and the happiness of the owner.” —Alejandro Pijuan
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As they say “It’s a Dog’s Life,” but these days, dogs have it pretty good. There are doggy spas, dog treat bakeries, daycare and dog strollers—everything to pamper and spoil your beloved companion. For those that have been there/done that and are ready for the next level, Pijuan Design Workshop offers hand-crafted, midcentury modern dog houses. Beautifully designed and perfectly functional, your puppy can now have his own dream home.
Alejandro and Sara Pijuan are the husband and wife team responsible for creating these wonderful abodes for the lucky pooch in your life. After receiving their degrees in architecture from USC, the pair have great careers with firms designing for humans, but find that designing for dogs is much more fun. “We work on high-rises and single family homes, but when people find out about the dog houses, they get really excited. It’s fun to see their reactions. You can see it in their eyes that it makes them happy,” said Alejandro. You can treat your pooch to “1118 Woof Ranch,” a cedar-shingled ranch home inspired by Richard Neutra, complete with a planter, deck with artificial turf and a stand for water and food bowls. Your pup will love “Dog Re-Treat,” inspired by the use of recycled materials with a live roof system planted with carex grass. For the beach-lover, there is “Dog Tower 9,” a lifeguard station dog house that doubles as a stylish end table for books, lamps or accessories. There are other styles and options available for dogs of every size and every home is designed for the dog to be able to move freely in and out and see what’s happening outside through windows or portals.
COME ONE, COME ALL
g Pijuan Design Workshop will be exhibiting at the Palm Springs Modernism Show Fall Preview Oct. 20-22.
g The Pijuan’s originally designed for their own beloved Husky, Adilynn, who is also the model for the brand.
The thought and care that goes into the construction of each home makes these not only a great way to show your love for your pet but also a great investment. You can have the homes customized to fit any style or even to mimic the architecture and style of your actual home. “We are open to the individual taste of the client. The goal is always to provide for the needs of the dog and the happiness of the owner,” said Alejandro. PIJUAN DESIGN WORKSHOP www.pdworkshop.com @pijuandesignworkshop
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THE AGENCY 830 North Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.209.8000 www.theagencyre.com Photoshoot Location: LINEA PALM SPRINGS 2025 Celestial Ct Palm Springs, CA 92262 www.lineapalmsprings.com The Agency's Greater Palm Springs Real Estate Agents From Left to Right: Marc Sanders, Joseph Chung, Maria Patakas, Mike Patakas, Rich Nolan, Loran Arvizu, Richard Bartholomew, Gregg Fletcher, Kimberly Kubas and Mike Stevins. 54 LOCALE MAGAZINE
MAKES THE DREAM WORK T H E A G E N C Y K N O W S W H A T I T T A K E S T O M A K E R E A L E S TAT E D R E A M S A R E A L I T Y
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No matter how many hours of “Million Dollar Listing” one watches, we will never understand what it’s like to be on the other side of the home buying court, unless, of course, you're a real estate agent. It takes a lot to find that clawfoot tub, open floor plan, large yard, close to town with a room for your art and a yoga studio. Most agents will find a house that checks off most of your list, which is great, unless it doesn’t fit your lifestyle. That’s where The Agency comes in.
Q: HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ASSIGNED TO A PROPERTY OR HOME T H AT Y O U W A N T E D T O PURCHASE YOURSELF? “OFTEN. I HAVE TO HOLD BACK OR I'D BE IN DIVORCE COURT!” —RICHARD BARTHOLOMEW
The Agency is the West Coast’s premier luxury real estate brokerage and lifestyle company with an office located in Palm Springs. Founded in 2011, The Agency has redefined the real estate business by cultivating a spirit of collaboration, innovation and integrity. Clients and listings are represented in a collaborative environment amongst its agents, providing clients with a true competitive edge in the marketplace. The Agency goes beyond what a conventional real estate brokerage offers, envisioning itself as a lifestyle company that informs and connects a vast international audience, through new technological advancements, social media strategies, design, marketing and sales solutions for buyers, sellers and investors across the globe. The Agency has a widespread reach with agents and offices in some of the most desirable locations, both in the United States and abroad, including Greater Palm Springs. The Palm Springs area is unique in that it offers something for everyone, from new buyers to those looking to retire and everyone in between. When it comes to presenting properties to buyers, Rich Nolan of the GPS office stays true to the mission and focuses on the lifestyle of his buyers. “Palm Springs has something for all styles and tastes. For me, I like to find out the client’s lifestyle first, then find the home that complements their style of living,” he said. Each member of The Agency team brings something new and unique to the table, much like the properties they represent. Richard Bartholomew represented a house built around an indoor swimming pool. “The living room, dining room and kitchen were all centered around the pool, connected by bridges,” he adds. “I don’t think this style of living would be for everyone, but it was 56 LOCALE MAGAZINE
GOING GLOBAL The Agency partners with Savills, a global network of over 600 offices, helping link clients to 30,000 agents in markets such, as Asia, Europe, Australia and India.
“ PA L M SPRINGS HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. FOR ME, I LIKE TO FIND OUT THE CLIENT’S LIFESTYLE F I R S T. T H E N FIND THE H O M E T H AT COMPLEMENTS THEIR STYLE O F L I V I N G .” —RICH NOLAN
“WE FOCUS ON THE VALUE OF THE LOT IT SITS ON, THE AT T R I B U T E S A N D THE LONG TERM POTENTIAL. BECAUSE OUR MARKET IS SECOND-HOME B A S E D, W E H AV E TO MAKE SURE TO PRESENT PROPERTIES T H AT H A V E S T R O N G CHARACTERISTICS, SO WHEN A BUYER GOES TO SELL, THEY WILL HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF M A X I M I Z I N G P R O F I T.” — M A R I A PATA K A S
certainly very cool to look at and different from most of the homes we see.” Dedicated to success, agents like Maria and Mike Patakas are sure to focus on quality work. They approach buyers a little differently. “We focus on the value of the lot the home sits on, the attributes and the longterm potential. Because our market is mainly second-home based, we have to make sure to present properties with strong characteristics, so when a buyer goes to sell, they will have a better chance of maximizing profit,” Maria Patakas said. As for what attributes an agent looks for to ensure the success of each listing, Maria says, “The most important thing is that the seller has maintained the property consistently and will do what it takes to have the property show at its very best. When discussing what requirements agents like to have met before taking on a property they think “the most important requirement is if the seller is maintaining the property consistently or if they will do what it takes to have the property show as best as possible. Even if it is a resale, we want to present it just like a new model home to the market. We put a lot of attention and investment into the listings we represent and aim to exceed our clients’ expectations on every transaction.” The Palm Springs team strives to ensure that their clients are happy and confident about their decisions, whether
buying or selling. They go above and beyond to build relationships and provide personalized service, such as Mike Stevins, who takes road trips to Santa Monica to represent a client's daughter in the purchase of a house. “To me, it is zero percent about markets and 100 percent about quality relationships,” Stevins said. “I am very close with my clients, and I once heard a client jokingly say ‘Michael, there isn't a barbecue, birthday, bar mitzvah or sale at Fred Segal that we haven't seen you at.’ Who doesn't love a good sale?” The team also stays on top of trends in the market, which varies depending on buyer demographics. According to The Agency’s Joe Chung, the area is a melting pot of trends, due to a rise in second-home buyers who don't always have a defined taste. According to Chung, millennial buyers tend to be drawn to midcentury homes, and while older buyers prefer other architectural styles. Keeping tabs on trends like these helps the agents stay successful and relevant in an ever-changing marketplace. The Agency corners all ends of the market, which helps keep its agents so well stocked with an inventory of gorgeous homes. When a company goes to such great lengths to guide you through the sale or purchase of a home, you know you’ve found a winner.
GIVING BACK The Agency was the first real estate brokerage to partner with Giveback Homes, where every donation directly helps build homes for families in need. HIGH-PROFILE LISTINGS GPS is home to numerous high-profile homes including the Frank Sinatra house, listed by Rich Nolan: “When I represented the former Frank Sinatra residences, there were a lot of unique features and amazing history that I couldn’t disclose, but I can talk about the helicopter pad—that was pretty cool.”
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Orange County City Life 720 E Imperial Hwy Brea, CA 92821 714.255.9696 www.citylifehome.com
Los Angeles DACHA 1219 Highland Ave Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310.545.8990 www.dachainteriors.com
Palm Springs Soukie Modern The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five 1345 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 www.soukiemodern.com
Orange County The Found Shop 122 N Harbor Blvd, Ste 105 Fullerton, CA 92832 714.252.8551 www.thefoundshop.com
Los Angeles Room & Board 8707 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90232 310.736.9100 www.roomandboard.com
San Diego Pigment 3801 30th St San Diego, CA 92104 619.501.6318 www.shoppigment.com
Palm Springs Flow Modern 768 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.322.0768 www.flowmodern.com
#HomeInspo Shop at These Hot-Spots to Make Your Home the Flyest on the Block WRITTEN BY: FRANCY LOPEZ
Looking for a custom-made chair to settle into, a hand-stitched pillow to cuddle with or a refurbished chandelier to accent your home? Well, search no further than these eight places across Southern California for that perfect home piece, whatever it may be! Regardless if your style is homey and rustic, or modern and edgy, you are guaranteed to find something within these stores that offer next level home decor. Though all different, these spots vow to bring your home only the best, and aim to give you the quality you deserve.
San Diego Graffiti Beach Boutique 2220 Fern St San Diego, CA 92104 858.433.0950 www.shopgraffitibeach.com
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Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa
45000 INDIAN WELLS LN, INDIAN WELLS, CA 92210
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You’re Trippin MEET THE EXPERTS IN ALL THINGS TRAVEL, ADVENTURE AND ESCAPE WRITTEN BY: NICOLE HAKIM PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BHADRI KUBENDRAN, CHAD MELLON, GEORGE DUCHANNES & VICTORIA FILICE Vacations are always a time of the year to look forward to. After months of hard work, people are ready to take it easy and have an experience they will always remember. However, it all depends on the folks behind the scenes taking care of you during your well-deserved break that will determine whether your memorable experience is one you will always cherish or one you will always condemn. Each person in this list has dedicated themselves to ensuring that their customers have a wonderful holiday—whether it’s a week long or just for the day—they will look back on these memories with fondness.
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Matthew La Vine GENERAL MANAGER AT MIRAMONTE INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA Q: What inspired you to work in the hotel industry? Matthew La Vine: It was mainly self-driven. I got a job out of high school working in a local hotel, and that’s what got me the bug to continue. I enjoy the fact that there’s something new everyday that prevents the job from becoming monotonous. Q: What is the best part about working in the hotel industry? MLV: For me, it’s the people I work Miramonte Resort & Spa 45000 Indian Wells Ln Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.341.2200 www.miramonteresort.com 62 LOCALE MAGAZINE
with. It makes all the difference. I like making people happy and doing all I can to create memories for them and make them feel comfortable. Q: What makes Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa unique? MLV: It’s a small, intimate hotel. It’s in the heart of the valley, and when you step onto the property, you feel like you are worlds away. It is a very relaxing area with relaxing scenery, like the beautiful, majestic mountains.
THAT’S AMORE • Matthew and his wife enjoy vacationing in Italy because of the scenery, food and experiences. CALIFORNIA LOVE • An LA native, Matthew loves that the hotel industry allows you to move to different cities.
Written By: Nicole Hakim // Photographed By: George Duchannes
“IT IS A VERY RELAXING AREA WITH RELAXING SCENERY, LIKE THE BEAUTIFUL, MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS.” —MATTHEW LA VINE
Kathrin and Brian Smirke OWNERS OF WE ARE IN OUR ELEMENT Q: What is the Dome in the Desert? Katherine Smirke: The Dome is a secluded house in Joshua Tree. It is a place of solace and solitude that can be rented through Airbnb. Q: What inspires you to create these spaces? Brian Smirke: Before we had the Dome, we were in LA buying properties and fixing them up in terms of how people were going to live in them. The Dome gave us the ability to create a space totally devoid of what other people wanted. Knowing that it wasn’t a full-time residence, we didn’t have to be totally practical. We could design the spaces in a more interesting way and do it purely to our likes and dislikes. That was what inspired us to continue; it’s such a creative process.
“IT’S NOT A PLACE WHERE PEOPLE JUST COME TO SLEEP; WE TRY TO CREATE A MOOD AND ALLOW THE GUESTS TO EXPERIENCE THE DESERT IN OUR EYES.” —KATHRIN AND BRIAN SMIRKE
Q: What makes you different from other homes on Airbnb? BS: What makes us different is that we buy some of the most run-down
properties and fix them up with budget restrictions. We can reenvision and create the way we like. We like creating an experience for our guests. It’s not a place where people just come to sleep; we try to create a mood and allow the guests to experience the desert in our eyes. Anyone can book a hotel, but we don’t think they would be able to feel as connected. Q: What is your favorite part about the Airbnb business? KS: Doing this stuff is great because it gives us opportunities to be creative. Once it’s done, we have time to pursue other things we’re interested in. Of course, we have to keep in touch and see if everything is flowing smoothly. We give our guests a lot of privacy, but we enjoy hearing about their experiences. Some people even get engaged at the Dome, or have other life altering experiences. Some people have even bought their own places in the desert because they loved it so much; it makes it so special.
CH-CH-CH-CHANGES • Kathrin Smirke originally moved to Los Angeles in the hopes of becoming an actor, but now, in addition to her Airbnb projects, is a stained glass artist. JACK OF ALL TRADES • Brian Smirke wanted to pursue a career in writing music. Now, in addition to working with his wife, he is a real estate developer, designer and part time musician.
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DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING AT AVENUE OF THE ARTS HOTEL Q: What inspired you to work in the hotel industry? Kenneth Chouinard: I’m an avid traveler. I spend most of my disposable income on travel. That’s what drew me into the industry. You get perks, and it’s good to be involved in something you like to do. There are hotels everywhere, so it doesn’t really matter where you live there is opportunity. Q: What is your favorite aspect of your job? KC: My favorite thing about my job is that working at a boutique hotel we are not very restricted by guidelines. I get to really express myself. I’m in charge of the brand of our hotel, so it feels like my personal hotel. We Avenue of the Arts Hotel 3350 Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.751.5100 www.avenueoftheartshotel.com 64 LOCALE MAGAZINE
get to work with community leaders, and to be able to have the flexibility to do whatever we want to help the guests is really awesome. Q: What has been the most interesting moment during your time at Avenue of the Arts? KC: Everyday is interesting. One of the things about the hospitality business is that it is always evolving and things are always different. We get rock bands to cast and crews of Broadway shows to royalty from the Middle East to giant parties to small private wine dinners. There’s always something happening. Since we’re in such a unique location in a city that’s a center for cool, it’s really good to be a go-to place for those kinds of things.
WALK THE WALK • Costa Mesa being “the center for cool” as Chouinard says, the Avenue of the Arts Hotel is only about a five-minute walk to the Segerstrom Center of the Arts. WORTHY CONTENDER • Chouinard says the biggest challenge is standing out amongst big names, and with a Marriott and a Westin only a five-minute walk away, the challenge is even more pronounced.
Written By: Nicole Hakim // Photographed By: Chad Mellon
“WE GET ROCK BANDS TO CAST AND CREWS OF BROADWAY SHOWS TO ROYALTY FROM THE MIDDLE EAST TO GIANT PARTIES TO SMALL PRIVATE WINE DINNERS.” —KENNETH CHOUINARD
Joanna Bear GENERAL MANAGER OF SURF & SAND RESORT Q: How did you start working with the Surf & Sand Resort? Joanna Bear: Another general manager I worked for gave me the opportunity to work for the Surf & Sand Resort. I came out from Arizona and interviewed and it went great. It’s been almost 14 years since then. Q: What makes Surf & Sand Resort different from other resorts? JB: It’s family owned. The location alone is amazing. The people are very special. We have tenured employees that help create a familylike environment. “I CAME OUT FROM ARIZONA AND INTERVIEWED AND IT WENT GREAT. IT’S BEEN ALMOST 14 YEARS SINCE THEN.” —JOANNA BEAR
Surf & Sand Resort 1555 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 855.690.7114 www.surfandsandresort.com
Q: How do you push through any difficulties you have faced? JB: I actually take a deep breath and hit one issue at a time. I have to prioritize, then reprioritize again and again until each challenge is eventually solved. Q: What is your favorite aspect of your job? JB: The people. It’s all about the people. Whether it’s the guests I meet and create connections with or the team members I am able to mentor and work with.
GET ON BOARD • As well as being the General Manager, Joanna Bear is also Chairman of the Board for Visit Laguna Beach. SOAK IN THE SUN • Surf & Sand Resort offers a variety of amenities, including an oceanfront pool, aquaterraspa, Splashes Restaurant and much more. LOCALE MAGAZINE 65
Amanda Szabo FOUNDER OF RESORTPASS
Q: What inspired you to create ResortPass? Amanda Szabo: There are so many resorts in San Diego and all I wanted to do is lie by the pool, have a drink and go in the hot tub at hotels near where I live. I didn’t feel comfortable sneaking in, so I’m thinking these pools are empty a lot of the time; so why can’t I pay just to be there? I hadn’t been able to do that because hotels didn’t have a system, so I connected these two sides by providing that system for hotels to benefit from hotel day-guests. Q: Which hotels have accepted and began selling ResortPass? AS: There are a few. The first one was the Estancia La Jolla Hotel &
Spa. They had a beautiful pool and a really nice spa. They benefitted from locals looking to use their pools and cabanas. Other hotels include the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa and the Paséa Hotel & Spa, as well as hotels in Hawaii, Texas, Florida and Arizona. Q: What is the best part about creating a way for people to have a “daycation”? AS: It makes me happy that people can enjoy luxury. They don’t have to sneak around, and the pass allows them justifying going to a hotel. It opens up more opportunities to people, and I look forward to allowing them the opportunity to experience it.
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WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK • Szabo is now too busy to enjoy the product, but she loves that she is able to bring that experience to other people. CALI ORIGINS • ResortPass was launched in May 2016, operating in San Diego, Palm Desert and Santa Barbara. It’s now extended to Orange County, Los Angeles, Napa Valley and Texas, Florida, Hawaii, Arizona and New Mexico.
Written By: Nicole Hakim // Photographed By: Bhadri Kubendran
“IT MAKES ME HAPPY THAT PEOPLE CAN ENJOY LUXURY. THEY DON’T HAVE TO SNEAK AROUND, AND THE RESORT PASS ALLOWS THEM JUSTIFYING GOING TO A HOTEL.” —AMANDA SZABO
VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES AND MARKETING AT EVANS HOTELS AND THE LODGE AT TORREY PINES Q: What inspired you to work in the hotel industry? Ilsa Butler: I can’t think of a better way to become oriented to a new city than working in the hotel industry first-hand. It forced me on the fast track of learning all I could about San Diego as a destination, and of course our own collection within Evans Hotels: the Bahia Resort Hotel, Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa and our AAA Five Diamond hotel, The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Q: Where is your favorite place to travel to and why? IB: I have many favorites, but one that has stuck in my mind over the years is Florence, Italy. I love “I ENJOY LIVING THE SAN DIEGO LIFESTYLE BY PLAYING GOLF, VISITING OUR BEAUTIFUL BEACHES AND CATCHING SUNSETS WHENEVER POSSIBLE.” —ILSA BUTLER
Evans Hotels www.evanshotels.com Photoshoot Location: The Lodge at Torrey Pines 11480 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla, CA 92037 858.453.4420 | www.lodgetorreypines.com
the people, architecture and the birthplace of gelato (I always got two a day). Plus, it was my first real experience travelling abroad with a local, like a local. It’s so different than being a tourist. I recommend those thinking of visiting San Diego to speak to our locals and explore it like a local. There are many hidden gems and unique neighborhoods to be discovered. Q: When you’re not working, what do you like to do in your spare time? IB: I enjoy living the San Diego lifestyle by playing golf, visiting our beautiful beaches and catching sunsets whenever possible. I’m also an animal lover, and start off every morning by walking my dog.
AND THE AWARD GOES TO... • Butler has received the HSMAI’s Gold Key Award for “Sales Person of the Year.” BUSY BEE • Butler has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from State University New York (SUNY). LOCALE MAGAZINE 67
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Captain Mando CAPTAIN OF THE CATALINA EXPRESS Q: What drew you to work in the ferry business? Captain Mando: I grew up on the water. When I was 18, I always wanted to work on a boat and Catalina Express hired me as a deckhand. I had no experience, but I had a great mentor who took me under his wing. It was my calling. I’ve been doing it for 27 years now. Q: What is your favorite part about working for Catalina Express? CM: People are friendly and the crew is like my family. I met a lot of good people here, and it opened up more doors for me, like working on a tugboat on the side. Catalina Express 320 Golden Shore Long Beach, CA 90802 800.613.1212 www.catalinaexpress.com 68 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Q: What is your favorite activity to do on Catalina? CM: I fish on the backside of the island with a lot of my friends who have boats. I do a lot of watersports, including snorkeling and spearfishing. Q: If you could travel by boat anywhere, where would you go? CM: Maybe the Virgin Islands or Greece. I’ve always wanted to do something like that. Maybe when I retire, I can rent a boat and just go sailing. It seems like the ocean has always called to me.
I-SEA-YOU • Captain Mando has told himself that he would stay away from the water when he retires, but he always gets an itch to go back if he stays away for too long. I’M ON A BOAT! • For contests, events and promotions sign-up for the Catalina Express monthly e-news at CatalinaExpress.com.
Written By: Nicole Hakim // Photographed By: Victoria Filice
“WHEN I WAS 18, I ALWAYS WANTED TO WORK ON A BOAT AND CATALINA EXPRESS HIRED ME AS A DECKHAND.” —CAPTAIN MANDO
Sarah Zurell CHIEF BRAND OFFICER AT PAVEMINT PARKING APP Q: What inspired you to create Pavemint? Sarah Zurell: I love solving real life problems with human powered technology, and so when I met Randall Jamail, Pavemint’s CEO, I knew parking was a problem I could help solve. Thirty percent of city traffic is caused by people looking for parking, and that comes to 4.2 billion tons of CO2 every year just in LA alone. If people know where they are going to park before they leave their house, they won’t have to spend 20 minutes looking for a space, and their cars wouldn’t pollute our air. And who doesn’t love cleaner air? “IF PEOPLE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO PARK BEFORE THEY LEAVE THEIR HOUSE, THEY WON’T HAVE TO SPEND 20 MINUTES LOOKING FOR A SPACE, AND THEIR CARS WOULDN’T POLLUTE OUR AIR. AND WHO DOESN’T LOVE CLEANER AIR?” —SARAH ZURELL
Q: How much does a parking spot typically get rented out for? What factor determines the price? SZ: It is a wide range. Our Pavemint www.pavemint.com @pavemint
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reservations vary from $5 to $100, and it all depends on demand and where the space is located. In Silver Lake, you might pay $5 for a few hours, whereas if you were going to a Ram’s game at USC, you might pay up to $100. Typically beach city spaces go for around $10 to $30 for the day. Q: What are your hopes for the future of Pavemint? SZ: Pavemint is so much more than a parking app. We are working to make it easier to drive an electric vehicle, as well as working with the city to make parking lots into parks and integrating Pavemint into self-driving cars so people can drive around like a VIP.
STAND UP! • As well as fighting for a cleaner environment, Zurell is also an active combatant against bullying. WONDER WOMAN • According to her Twitter, Zurell is also an aspiring superhero. LOCALE MAGAZINE 69
HOTEL PASEO 45-400 Larkspur Ln Palm Desert, California 92260 760.340.9001 www.hotelpaseo.com
Destination VACATION Hotel Paseo is About to Be Your Favorite Palm Desert Getaway
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Known as a city where “snowbirds” come to escape the cold of winter, Palm Desert is adding a new place for them to relax in. Hotel Paseo, the newest venture in Palm Desert, invites you to check in for a stay at its establishment. Nestled in the Coachella Valley, Hotel Paseo is the first luxury hotel to be built in Palm Desert in 30 years. The Autograph Collection hotel contains an array of amenities and experiences to guarantee that you’ll have an enjoyable time. “[Ten years ago], our owners saw that there was something missing in the El Paseo shopping district; they thought that a luxury hotel could anchor and complement the shopping area,” said General Manager Gil Reyes. Described as an “homage to the effortless style of the Golden Era” by Reyes, the hotel is meant to provide a warm and fun environment that “empower[s] visitors and locals to find their path.” Inside the hotel, guests can check into one of the 150 rooms or the renovated 25-foot vintage 1950s Airstream Cruiser trailer located on the backyard lawn. All rooms are decorated with local artwork and equipped with smart TVs to stream Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and YouTube. “It's uniquely in a position to incorporate modern technology to the overall guest experience,” said Reyes. Along with the lodgings, the hotel boasts a spa, restaurant, fitness center and pool. At the spa, you can relax with couples massages, manicures and pedicures. To eat, guests will be served breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hour at Chef Andrew Copley, Juliana Copley and Tony Marchese’s AC3 Restaurant + Bar, which specializes in new American cuisine with global twists and serves cocktails, California craft beers and wine. The hotel also has an expansive workout room featuring new equipment, bicycles, morning yoga and tai chi classes as well as a pool to help guests burn off a few calories. After swimming a few laps, you can treat yourself to the cabana bar or play lawn games with the bocce ball court, cornhole or shuffle board. If you decide to venture out and soak in the desert sun, the hotel is located right in the premium shopping, dining and art gallery destination of El Paseo. Reyes recommends that visitors also watch performances at the McCallum Theater, see animals at The Living Desert and play golf at Desert Willow Golf Resort, as all three will have a partnership with the hotel. With all these incredible amenities close at hand, what are you waiting for?
• To expand the workout room, the hotel added the 1950s Airstream Cruiser for extra lodging. The trailer was restored by David Winick and will undoubtedly be a signature element of hospitality (and Instagram posts).
BLOCK PARTY • Every first weekend from November to May, Palm Desert hosts a city-wide celebration event that features art and cultural activities.
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Hang It Up, Before You Go-Go CALIFORNIA CLOSETS CAN HELP YOU DESIGN A CLOSET THAT WOULD MAKE CARRIE BRADSHAW BLUSH
WRITTEN BY: REBECCA GRAZIER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOE NARDELLO
Looking to spice up your closet space? California Closets offers custom designed closets that can fit anyone’s space and style needs. California Closets uses a software called ClosetCad Pro, that allows the designer and client to create their dream closet one component at a time. The designer starts by dragging and dropping the partitions and the very top shelf, then building from there.
Clients have the option of choosing from the most basic type of closet with shelves and partitions or going with a completely decked out, Carrie Bradshaw type of closet. However, it’s not so much about the simplicity than it is about how the client wants the space to work for them. For the main structure of the closet, clients can choose from a variety of different finish options ranging from classic white to the upgraded Tesoro™ Collection which is exclusive to California Closets and imported directly from Italy. Now, this is where the real fun starts. After choosing the type of finish, clients are able to select upgraded drawer and door fronts with gorgeous patterns and glass inserts, clear glass or leather shelves and a range of contemporary to luxurious handle options. They’re also able to choose stunning quartz countertops, angled shoe shelves, numerous lighting options—pretty much all the accessories a closet would ever need. Pull out belt racks, tie racks, jewelry trays and hamper rods can be added in as well. If you can think of it, they probably have it.
“We have this amazing showroom with our design studio. It’s beautiful.” —Kristina Alcocer
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Q&A WITH CALIFORNIA CLOSETS DESIGN CONSULTANT
Q: What is your inspiration when designing? Kristina Alcocer: We have this amazing showroom with our design studio. It’s beautiful. Once you open up all the different drawers and see all the different colors and materials that we have, you can start pulling it all out and putting it all together to a vignette, which is kind of your drawing board of what you can possibly play with. That’s kind of where my inspiration comes from, and I also just look at other beautiful closet ideas that I see on Pinterest. Q: What is the process for designing a closet? KA: That’s the fun part. During the initial consultation, that’s where we first start off with just talking to the client, understanding their needs and making sure that we are a proper fit for the client. Then we measure the space and we actually sit down on the first consultation with the client, open our laptops and plot it all into our ClosetCad Pro software. It’s a really collaborative process. Q: What is a typical day for you? KA: My day is always different, and that’s what always makes it really interesting and fun. Pretty much, I have one to two 74 LOCALE MAGAZINE
appointments set for the day, and I visit the client’s home and I manage my time around that. So it’s kind of always changing, but it’s what keeps it interesting. [I have] multiple projects that are always going on, so even though I work from home, it feels like I have a very social job because I have so many clients that I’m working with. Q: How would you describe your style? KA: I’d say that my style is that I like to keep the closet very balanced. I want it to look good, and I try to start off with a focal point of that closet and then I work my way out from that point to kind of build the rest of the space around it so it can all fit together. Q: What’s your favorite part of the closet? KA: That is a tough question because my favorite is probably how the closet comes together as a whole. But, if I had to choose a favorite, it would probably be a tie between floor to ceiling angled shoe shelves behind beautiful glass doors or a large island with a quartz countertop. I commonly use these as a main focal point in the closet and then everything else comes together from there.
Clients have the option of choosing from the most basic type of closet with shelves and partitions, or going with a completely decked out, Carrie Bradshaw type of closet.
SAVE THE PLANET California Closets strives to maintain sustainable products. In fact, all their boards meet the California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards.
CLOSETS, OFFICES AND LIVING ROOMS OH MY! Donâ€™t let the name fool you, California Closets designs everything from garage workbenches and libraries to entertainment centers and wine storage.
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Less is More THIS STYLISH MOBILE ABODE IS 600 SQUARE FEET OF POSSIBILITIES
WRITTEN BY: QUINTAN VALLES PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: KELLY PEAK
The days of fantasizing about that big mansion you’ll buy when you hit the jackpot are beginning to fade away as environmental awareness and simple living is quickly becoming more popular. We are realizing that less is way, way more! The Palm Canyon Mobile Club in Palm Springs is hopping on the eco-friendly tiny-house bandwagon to show us that chic stylish living can come in very small packages (600 square feet to be exact). So wipe those shoes off and let us give you the grand tour in one of these little nooks—because no one wants to clean a mansion anyway.
PALM CANYON MOBILE CLUB 1880 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.459.1396 www.palmcanyonmobileclub.com LISTING AGENT: Paul Kaplan CalBRE# 01909396 760.459.1396 |www.paulkaplanrealtor.com
You’ll suddenly feel like you’re taking a little time-travel vacation to a groovier time.
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The days of fantasizing about that big mansion you’ll buy when you hit the jackpot are beginning to fade away as environmental awareness and simple living is quickly becoming more popular.
A MOBILE DEVICE These chic little mobiles are in fact mobile, if you so desired you would be able to relocate your home. But why would you want to leave beautiful South Palm Springs? That’s just silly.
GO GREEN To make the footprint of these homes even smaller most of the roofs are built to support solar panels.
As real estate agent Paul Kaplan states, “This home is perfect for someone downsizing and looking for indoor/outdoor living.” It has the vintage mood that Palm Springs is known for with all the modern edges and amenities. The first thing you’ll notice is a classy deck with plenty of room for a table and chairs for a nice early morning breakfast or a relaxing afternoon with a good book and a sunset. The unique and vibrant color scheme on the outside of the house creates fantastic curb appeal as the bright yellow door frame accents the cool gray exterior. Inside, the living room showcases sleek wooden floors and retro furniture. You’ll suddenly feel like you’re taking a little timetravel vacation to a groovier time. Aside from the ones overhead, there are plenty of other windows to create an open feel so you can let out that claustrophobic sigh of relief. Some other features that Kaplan mentions are “insulated ceilings and walls, dual pane windows, high ceilings, a spacious bathroom and modern appliances.” This next room is for all the foodies out there. Let's take a peek inside the kitchen, the tastiest and, dare we say, most important room of the house. This completely modern kitchen flashes some elegant quartz countertops and designer hardware like a stainless steel sink and contemporary stove, dishwasher and microwave. The cupboards are a simple, clean white with stainless steel handles for you to keep all your goodies inside. Just because this house is small doesn’t mean your plates have to be.
So where are you going to catch your z’s after enjoying the nearby Palm Springs nightlife? In this perfectly portioned bedroom, complete with mirrored wardrobe doors to conceal all your swag. They are also useful by providing you with a luxurious place to make sure your outfit is on point, and of course, your hair and eyebrows are most definitely on fleek. Even with a full-size bed, you will have room for a nightstand and that built in dresser where you can keep all your lucky socks and undies. Now, it's time to see the place that most of us start our day and get prepped for the hustle and bustle ahead—the bathroom. Ah yes, we all appreciate a lovely bathroom, it's our place to relax and practice our singing in the shower or give ourselves that 10-second pep talk in the mirror before we face the day. The simple and sleek design of this bathroom creates a serene atmosphere from the granite sink to the stainless steel lighting fixtures above. With ample space for your toiletries below the sink, you’ll be able to fit all of your beauty essentials in one place. Now, if you thought 600 square feet is not enough space to entertain guests, then guess again! Your place will be the place to hangout for your friends and fam for summer night barbecues. The meticulously maintained grounds of the Club and the resort-style pool, clubhouse, barbecue and lounge areas are perfect for summer fun. And if you want to get out of this beautiful little house for a bit, Kaplan says that residents can enjoy nearby attractions such
as “downtown Palm Springs entertainment venues, restaurants, bars and hiking.” So whether you’re in the house or out exploring the city, there will never be a dull moment. Okay, we know what you’re thinking, ‘this place seems great, but there is no way I'll be able to accommodate my beloved dog who is also my best friend/cuddle buddy.’ Well, the animal lovers at the Palm Canyon Mobile Club were thinking of your furry little friend when they created a community dog park. Now you and Lassie can take a stroll or play some fetch and maybe sniff a new friend or two (that last one is just for your dog). If you’re getting jealous of all the nice exercise your pooch is getting, then go have yourself some “me time” at the community gym. Build lean muscle with the free weights or get that heart rate up with some miles on the treadmill. Now you no longer have to waste valuable time driving yourself to the gym or hand over your hard earned money for a membership. One of the wonderful aspects about this house and the Palm Canyon Mobile Club is the perfect balance between community and privacy. The serene sense of privacy is best felt through that fenced backyard with a stunning view of the mountains. It’s perfect for watching the sunset and having a moment of meditation in your own personal succulent garden and neat desert landscape. This hip and modern tiny house packs a huge punch in delivering style and comfort. You may just find yourself having more “staycations” in this little spot.
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STYLE & GRAYSE Rising Star Perry Mattfeld Struts Her Stuff at The Riviera Palm Springs
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: HAMID MOSLEHI STYLED BY: KELLY GRAY HAIR, MAKEUP AND NAILS BY: J. RUSSELL! THE SALON MODEL: PERRY MATTFELD OF CESD PRINT, CAROL SCOTT AND INNOVATIVE ARTISTS, JOSIAH AKINYELE
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Perry Mattfeld, Rising Star KEEP A LOOKOUT ON YOUR SCREEN FOR THIS IT GIRL From her television debut on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel to being a high achiever at the University of Southern California to having a new role in the Showtime hit show “Shameless,” Perry Mattfeld, model for Grayse, is on the rise to stardom. “Being an actress is demanding work, but the rewards are beyond fulfilling. I get a high from making people laugh, making people feel and relate to my characters,” said Mattfeld.
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Mattfeld is not only grateful for how supportive her parents have been in her acting career, but is also thankful for the mentorship that Kelly Gray, owner of Grayse, has provided her in her modeling career. “Not only is she a mentor to me in my simultaneous modeling career, she believes that I bring life to her clothes and to her vision as a designer. This is an incredible honor,” said Mattfeld.
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EAT PROFILE See What Chef Michael Beckman is Cooking Up in His Home in Rancho Mirage
MEALS DECONSTRUCTED Sink Your Teeth Into These Awesome Burgers
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dish IT OUT CHEF MICHAEL BECKMAN TALKS CREATING HIS AT-HOME MASTERPIECE
WRITTEN BY: NIA YATES PHOTOGRAPHED BY: YASIN CHAUDHRY
Today, he was a master host, chef, fishmonger and waiterâ€” he was everything, all while keeping a calm demeanor.
TRUSS AND TWINE AND WORKSHOP KITCHEN + BAR 800 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.459.3451 www.trussandtwine.com www.workshoppalmsprings.com Photoshoot Location: RANCHO MIRAGE, CA LOCALE MAGAZINE 95
[His daughter] was now his sous chef, and she was prepared to taste and give the thumbs up when necessary.
from chef Michael Beckman’s demeanor, it is obvious when you walk into his kitchen that he loves cooking at home; to him, it is relaxing, therapeutic and it centers him. He likes how meditative cooking at home makes him feel. He mentioned that cooking usually involves his two-year-old sitting on the counter with his wife by his side, paired with a glass of wine. They also enjoy being outside, sitting in the backyard and getting the grill going. The conversation started with a red tool box; it was interesting to see such an industrial, unique object in his kitchen. As he continued to chop vegetables, I gazed outside, and spotted a small red top grill. Nothing extravagant, just simple. The pieces of the masterpiece that he was creating began to come together. Similar to a painter preparing for a major opening with a blank canvas, this non-assuming grill appeared as a lonely object, sitting in the middle of a well-manicured backyard with a picturesque lake as its backdrop. In no way did I imagine that this simple object would be the foundation of the dishes that he was creating.
My curiosity began to grow. I had to ask, “Are you more of a griller, or pots and pans type of guy?” Beckman replied, “This time of year, we try to stay inside. If I have the time, I like to fire up the charcoal grill because I like the smoky flavor you get from it. Usually a combination, a good healthy salad, legumes, whole grains and something smoky and grilled. A lot of the food at my restaurant comes from that flavor profile.” Beckman uses the same tools to cook at home as he uses in his restaurants, Truss and Twine and Workshop Kitchen + Bar, and he keeps them all in that red toolbox. As the comfort level heightened, the
MAKE THIS: Grilled Fish How to Make Chef Beckman’s Favorite Meal at Home
INGREDIENTS • 6 Shallots • Butter • 2 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme • Himalayan Salt • 2 lbs of Fennel • Extra Virgin Olive Oil • French Lentils • Carrot • Celery • Chopped Tomatoes • Crushed Garlic • Chermoula • Fish – Flown in from Veta La Palma, Spain RECIPE 1. Julienne 6 shallots and sauté in clarified butter over medium heat with a couple whole sprigs of fresh thyme until deep golden in color. Season with salt. 2. Finely chop fennel and reserve until you’re ready to plate.
to simmer gently. “At Workshop I use San Marzano tomatoes canned in Napoli,” Chef Beckman adds. 5. Braise with a couple cloves of crushed garlic and sprigs of thyme. Keep adding water as the lentils absorb the liquid until they are tender. Season with salt and finish with butter or olive oil. 6. For our gorgeous fish from Veta La Palma, Spain, simply rub inside and out with salt and chermoula, a Moroccan spice blend. Drizzle a little olive oil over the skin, and grill gently over medium heat on a charcoal grill until you feel the meat is easily separated from the spine.
conversation took a comedic turn. “Say for instance you were on ‘Naked and Afraid,’ cooking style. What is that one tool you can not do without?” Beckman replied, “My knife. It is my carbon steel 11-inch chef’s knife and it is versatile for everything.” He keeps his tools basic at home, something that most master chefs would appreciate. As the fragrant aromas began to fill up the room, his wife and daughter woke up from a nap. At this point, we are all immersed in culinary bliss. He sat his daughter on the counter, and she observed him cooking as if this was a part of her everyday routine. She patiently watched her dad as he diligently prepared some of her favorite dishes. She was now his sous chef, and she was prepared to taste and give the thumbs up when necessary. When it comes to sourcing ingredients for his home, his strategy is all about freshness. “We use farmto-table, farmers market and Whole Foods. We are shopping for organic produce at home,” he explained. He grabs a few things from work as well to include into his home dishes. “A lot of the spices and oils and specialty fish that is hard to get anywhere retail, we take advantage of the supply chain at work.” One of his favorite places is the Santa Monica Farmers Market, due to the fact that he went there religiously every Wednesday for three years. “I feel like I know it well,” he mentioned, and “the produce is always beautiful.” After all of the conversation amongst family and friends, it was time to eat. The table was set outside in a beautiful manner, paying attention to every
detail. Today, he was a master host, chef, fishmonger and waiter—he was everything, all while keeping a calm demeanor. He created a warm environment that I am sure spills over into his restaurants. Dinner was served. Our meal included grilled fish that was flown in from Veta la Palma, French lentils, onion confit and roasted baby fennel. He created a true work of art with just two tools; his grill and his beloved knife, and lest we forget, the love and helping hands of his family. He proved that cooking from your heart starts in the home. The delicious spread was complete; we all enjoyed the rest of the evening and continued the chatting until the sun set in the heat of the desert.
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CAFE 54 AT AUGUSTINE CASINO 84-001 Avenue 54 Coachella, CA 92236 760.391.9500 www.augustinecasino.com
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BURGER B RE AKDOWN
Cafe 54 at Augustine Casino
Black & Blue Burger
THESE BURGERS ARE TOTALLY DROOL-WORTHY WRITTEN BY: QUINTAN VALLES PHOTOGRAPHED BY: YASIN CHAUDHRY
Black & Blue Burger Deconstructed
MUST ORDER: Hickory Burger u Mmmm boy! We sure
do love the flavor of hickory-smoked meats. Oh, you too? Well then, stop at the iconic, retro Ruby’s Diner for their mouth-watering Hickory Burger. This classic comes with cheddar cheese, thick slices of bacon, lettuce and tomato, Rubysauce, crispy Rubyrings and smoky barbecue sauce. If this smoky sammie doesn’t satisfy your craving for an all-American style cheeseburger then nothing will!
HOUSEMADE BLEU CHEESE DRESSING
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Ruby’s Diner 155 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.406.7829 rubys.com
MUST ORDER: The Draughtsman Burger u When you want to
Draughtsman 1501 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.507.1644 draughtsmanpalmsprings. com
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Photos - Ruby’s Diner: Ed Visions | Draughtsman: Nichole Gawalis
eat a burger you’re usually feeling a serious gut grumble that demands attention. The Draughtsman Burger has got you covered. Constructed of a half pound of 100 percent black angus beef, topped with zesty red chili pepper bacon, spicy ketchup, griddled onions, cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce and pickles elegantly fitted between two bronzed pretzel buns, this behemoth of a burger will give your server an arm work out as they carry it to your table. So clear some room and show some respect for this flavor beast.
PRO TIP Chef Granados says that some people like to jazz up this burger by adding a fried egg to it. So get adventurous and make it a breakfast black and blue.
MUST ORDER: Thick Cut Applewood Bacon Cheeseburger u Can you think of a better combination in a burger than bacon and cheese? Yeah, we didn’t think so. Come and sink your carnivore chompers into Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse’s Thick Cut Applewood Bacon Cheeseburger made with fresh, never frozen ground New York striploin and your choice of a side. Maybe get creative and choose house made turkey chili instead of the usual French fries—wait, now you have a bacon chilicheeseburger! I think we found an addition to that perfect combo.
Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse 71800 Hwy 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.346.8738 babesbbqandbrewhouse. com
MUST ORDER: Ahi Tuna Burger u Now, who says burgers
have to be all about the beef? Let Acqua California Bistro show you the what’s under the sea with their amazing Ahi Tuna Burger. Served with fresh ahi, pleasantly earthy alfalfa sprouts and dressed with a dazzling wasabi aioli, this burger has the feel of a classic burger but the light freshness of seafood. Acqua California Bistro 71-700 Hwy 111 Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.862.9800 acquaranchomirage.com
SHARING IS CARING Chef Granados recommends splitting your meal with a friend so you can try more items without getting too stuffed. After trying to eat this burger solo, we think this is sound advice.
We know Coachella for its rockin’ music festivals and vast desert landscape, but this town also has some great places to chow down. We had a hankering for some tasty burgers and heard that Chef Carlos Granados and his crew were serving up a Black and Blue Burger that was like a music festival for your taste buds. So we stopped in Cafe 54 at the Augustine Casino, the place that Chef Carlos proudly calls his home, to see what this talented man is capable of burger-wise. Let’s just say, after tasting this burger you’ll leave the casino feeling like a winner.
Chef Granados is careful to ensure that his guests can order classic comfort foods while at the same time using ingredients and preparation methods that elevate the dishes to a gourmet status. This heavyweight burger is the perfect combination of comfort and elegance. Nestled between two soft, grilled brioche buns is an eight-ounce juicy burger patty stacked will all kinds of tastiness. The house-made bleu cheese dressing is drizzled on top of the patty and topped with sautéed mushrooms, onion, tomato, lettuce and bacon. When the order for a Black and Blue Burger comes through, Granados’ skilled and careful hands charbroil the patty to your liking (well-done or still mooing), then carefully sautés the onions and mushrooms and places two locally baked
brioche buns on the grill to develop a nice lightly toasted outer layer. Once the crispy yet soft buns are on the plate, Chef Granados places that thick patty on the bottom bun and tops it with fresh bleu cheese and drizzles that housemade bleu cheese dressing over it. He then places two thick-cut savory strips of bacon on top and lays the sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions over the bacon and, of course, the fresh tomato and leafy lettuce next. Then the burger is topped with the brioche bun and a steak knife is inserted in the middle of the burger to hold everything together (it’s also useful for fending off your jealous friends from stealing off your plate!). Now that first bite is an eventful flavor experience. You have the warm, soft brioche buns to slowly sink your teeth into before you hit the fresh crunch of the lettuce and tomato. Next you notice the thick-cut salty bacon that compliments the sweet grilled onions to make that ohso-satisfying sweet and salty combination to guide you into the sharp spark of the bleu cheese. The flavor of the bleu cheese pleasantly lingers throughout the bite, and blends with the charbroiled taste of the burger patty. Go ahead and savor that second bite as you did the first, there’s plenty more of that burger to enjoy, and we are very, very happy about that.
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Q&A With Executive Chef Carlos Granados Q: What sets the Black and Blue Burger apart from the other burgers on your menu? Carlos Granados: This burger brings you a sweet tanginess and saltiness that people crave in a burger. The flavors blend really well, and it's one of our more popular burgers. With this burger you don’t have to say, ‘Give me a burger and add bleu cheese’ or this or that, it’s already there for you. Q: What ingredient would you say makes this burger pop? CG: The bleu cheese. It’s the creaminess, the saltiness and the tang of the bleu cheese that makes the flavor pop, it really stands out. If you just had a bacon burger, it would be good but it wouldn’t pop. The cheese blends well with the bacon and if you took it out, it would still be a good burger, but it wouldn’t stand out. Q: What would be your idea of the perfect meal for a first time visitor of Cafe 54 with the Black and Blue Burger as the main course? CG: It would depend on where you come from and where you grew up. I have a Mexican heritage and I am used to those flavors, but I also lived in Santa Barbara where there was a lot of Asian culture and flavors. So it also depends on how adventurous you’re going to be. One of my favorites would be our Asian Chicken Salad. Q: In your opinion, what makes a burger truly “gourmet”? CG: It happens when you start thinking about what each item brings to the burger. If I were to make a bleu cheese burger and use just any bleu cheese or using other ingredients just because they are cheap, then you won't have a quality product. I look for the right flavors to blend together; you have to pay attention to each ingredient in the burger. So you need time, thought and skill. You can’t just throw it in the microwave and be done, you have to put care and love into it; pay attention to the details. Q: Would you pair this burger with beer or wine, and why? CG: I would probably pair it with a red wine or a bolder beer to compliment the bleu cheese. But it really depends on the flavors you’re used to. If you’re not a red wine drinker then you might not want something strong, but you still want something to compliment how strong the bleu cheese is. LOCALE MAGAZINE 101
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BUZZBOX PREMIUM COCKTAILS @buzzboxcocktails www.buzzboxcocktails.com
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Oh Come, All Ye Thirsty WE HAVE THE CO C KTA I L R EC I P ES YOU'LL BE CRAVING THIS HOLIDAY
WRITTEN BY: TAMARA AUSTRING PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CHAD MELLON STYLED BY: MELISSA SOUZA HAIR AND MAKEUP BY: LAUREN SCACCIA MODEL: HANNAH FOWLER-KIMSEY OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT, www.brandtalent.net
HENDRICK'S GIN www.hendricksgin.com Photoshoot Location: VILLAS FASHION ISLAND 1000 San Joaquin Plaza Newport Beach, CA 92660 855.247.5870 www.irvinecompanyapartments.com ALL APPAREL & JEWELRY PROVIDED BY: Novecento Boutique www.novecentofashion.com ALL DRINKWARE PROVIDED BY: The Mixing Glass www.the-mixing-glass.shoplightspeed.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 105
Shake It Up
PARTS HENDRICK’S GIN
PART FRESH LIME JUICE
Preparation: Mix gin, lime juice and rasberry syrup in a shaker. Pour over ice in a tumbler and top with ginger beer
TOP WITH GINGER BEER
But after you’ve read through these mixed drink how-tos, we’ll put you in the spirit to invite your family or co-workers—21 and over, of course—to your home to whip up some of the finest holiday drinks. We have a few exclusive recipes to make playing at-home-bartender over the holidays seamless, and will surely impress your guests. Whether you’re celebrating by roasting chestnuts over a fire or laying out by the pool somewhere warm near the equator, we have a drink to tickle your yuletide fancy. And always remember to drink responsibly!
You certainly don’t need to host a holiday party to create and indulge in craft cocktails.
PART RASPBERRY SYRUP
Feliz Navidad! Take a trip down to Cancun— or even Palm Springs, for that matter—and enjoy the sunshine as you sip this refresher. Top with a lime, and you have yourself a duo of Santa’s favorite colors. Now that’s a holiday!
HENDRICK'S GIN www.hendricksgin.com
TULLAMORE DEW IRISH WHISKEY www.tullamoredew.com
Preparation: Pour a cup of fresh coffee, drop in one part Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey, and a splash of sugar. Top with whipped cream.
Cup of Cheer
Occasion: While you can drink this with your breakfast, don’t let the coffee limit you to enjoying this in just one section of your day. This is the ultimate night cap after a long day of family chats and party planning. Grab a seat, lounge and sip.
PART TULLAMORE DEW IRISH WHISKEY
CUP BLACK COFFEE
DASH OF SUGAR
TOP WITH WHIPPED CREAM
TOAST THE GOOD LIFE Irvine Company’s Villas Fashion Island is the ultimate Newport Beach luxury apartment community. And, it's the perfect place to make one of these delicious craft cocktails to enjoy in the comfort of your stylish residence, by one of the pools, at an outdoor fireplace or under the palms and the stars.
PART SAILOR JERRY SPICED RUM
If you love these cocktails, keep a lookout for these other fine liquors to make more holiday-inspired drinks:
The Balvenie Drambuie Glenfiddich SAILOR JERRY www.sailorjerry.com
PARTS MULLED CIDER
Preparation: Heat Sailor Jerry and slowly add cider and desired spices. Stir and let cool before serving in a coupe glass.
The Jerry Cider is classic at any holiday party—it’s good for the soul. However, this is the best after a long day of skiing. Take a sip and feel it slowly warm you up. Enjoy. Repeat.
PHOTO BY: Bianca Simonian
///BEAUTY OCT 2017
STYLE PROFILE Get to Know the Stylish Salvador Camarena
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID Jenna From the Block
Actress Jenna Ortega Shows Us Around Her Hometown of La Quinta
GIFT GUIDE Consider Your Holiday Shopping Handled
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID Jenna Ortega Gives Us a Tour of Old Town La Quinta
JENNA ORTEGA @jennaortega OLD TOWN LA QUINTA 78100 Main St La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.1770 www.oldtownlaquinta.com
SALVADOR CAMARENA www.salvadorcamarena.com @stylistsalvador Photoshoot Location: VILLA GOLIGHTLY Palm Springs, CA
STY L E PROFILE
Slay, All Day SALVADOR CAMARE NA Shares Everything From Eating Tacos to Styling a Beyoncé Themed Bathroom
WRITTEN BY: JASMÍN NELSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BIANCA SIMONIAN
“[MY CLOSET] IS BASICALLY A PIÑATA EXPLOSION.” —SALVADOR CAMARENA
Inside the ever so lovely Villa Golighty in Palm Springs, a sweet and sassy sartorialist is lighting up the room with free spirited charm in a finely fitted, blush pink suit serving piñata smooches and shaking his “Judy” (his personal word for booty) to ‘90s Jennifer Lopez jams. The vibe is contagious. And that’s before witnessing him jump into the backyard pool with his stylish threads on. Salvador “Sal” Camarena, born and raised in Indio is a self proclaimed “Modern Mexican.” He’s the celebrity wardrobe stylist you can’t help but wish could be your personal stylist. “I really just want to make people happy—give them that JLo glow and make them smile," said Camarena.
Camarena puts love and light into everything he styles from flower arrangements, interior design and piecing together outfits for celebrities. During this year’s Modernism Week, within the walls of the gorgeous and mod home of his friend Kelly Golightly, he slayed in the creation of the Beyoncé bathroom paying tribute to Bey’s Lemonade album. The lavish lavatory is complete with a retro phone above the TP with signage reading “Dial 9 To Call Becky With The Good Hair” and brightly colored, lemon wallpaper certainly making the Beyhive proud. Speaking of the powers that bey, one of Camarena’s style manifestos includes channeling your inner Beyoncé. “It’s about being confident and just owning who you are even if you’re wearing sweatpants,” said Camarena.
Golightly describes her pal’s personality as “someone you just naturally gravitate to, the life of the party and hysterical without trying to be.” Golightly and Camarena know one another from mutual design circles where they attended Fashion Week together. “We realized we were two, design-nerd peas in a pod who are just geeked about pretty visuals,” said Golightly. Camarena’s upbeat and colorful persona of “Hollywood Glam With Palm Springs Swag” matches his personal wardrobe style of grown-and-sexy mixed with whimsical, playful pieces. The man has not one, but two closets! “In closet number one I have my suits, bow ties, dress shoes, pocket squares, my grown man attire; you know, the stuff you want to steal,” said Camarena, “In closet number two, I have my jogger situations, elastic waist bottoms ‘cause I like to eat 114 LOCALE MAGAZINE
my tacos, the kicks (sandals and Vans), oh and I love a slide shoe, my Selena tees, tons of swimsuits, short sleeve button downs; there is a lot of playful color prints and party stuff. It’s basically a piñata explosion,” said Camarena. When speaking of his resumé, Camarena is modest, and not to name drop for him, but he’s outfitted the likes of Jeff Lewis, Heather McDonald, Ali Landry, partner Ross Mathews and then some. You may have also seen Camarena doing his thing on “Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian,” E! Live from the Red Carpet, “Chelsea Lately” and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” As if his resumé is not already poppin’ you probably turned the pages of In Touch Weekly and saw his skills. When the dapper designer isn’t styling and profiling, he’s a doggy daddy to two chihuahuas, Audrey (named after Audrey Hepburn, of course) and Selena, named after the “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” singer. You’ll also most likely find him working his “Judy” training for the Glitter Run, which benefits LGBTQ. The 5K funds go directly to the Latino Initiative. “I’m all about pushing the culture and promoting communities working together.” For the next month or so, Camarena is committed to working on the future project of building his brand to continue doing what he loves. “I legit love styling and it goes back to making people smile.” He hopes to host his own makeover show for the everyday man and woman. So, let’s aim to live like Camarena: embrace your talents, tailor your suits and eat tacos.
#Inspo Camarena draws his inspiration from his mother, Frida Kahlo and Selena Quintanilla. Style Goals Camarena would love to style Kendall Jenner, Issa Rae and Jackie Cruz.
“I REALLY JUST WANT TO MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY— GIVE THEM THAT JLO GLOW AND MAKE THEM SMILE.” —SALVADOR CAMARENA
The Motto Camarena’s fashion motto is: “Be yourself, because at the end of the day there is no one else like you and I’ve also gone by Marc Jacobs’ ‘Make it pretty and f— it up.’”
“I’M ALL ABOUT PUSHING THE CULTURE AND PROMOTING COMMUNITIES WORKING TOGETHER.” —SALVADOR CAMARENA
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FEAR NO MORE—WE’VE DONE YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING FOR YOU! FLIP THE PAGE TO FIND THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THE PERFECT PERSON IN YOUR LIFE
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for the foodie
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9 Recipe Cards Rifle Paper Co. $12 Tripli-Kit triplikit.com
Bonnie's Jams $12 Tripli-kit triplikit.com
Borgo deâ€™ Medici $10.99 La Quinta Olive Oil Company laquintaoliveoilcompany.com
Decorative Plate $25 White Lilac whitelilacinc.com
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18 Decorative Plate $15 White Lilac whitelilacinc.com
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$39.95 Williams Sonoma, Westfield UTC williams-sonoma.com
Olive Oil & Balsamic
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Florence Filigree Vetro 24k Gold Compote
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Eagle Rare 10yr Single Barrel
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Goodio Chocolate $9 Huset huset-shop.com
Normann Copenhagen $50 for Set of Two Pelago Palm Springs pelagopalmsprings.com
25 Hard Seltzer
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Graf & Lantz $21 Pelago Palm Springs pelagopalmsprings.com
Pineapple Tumbler The Pineapple Co. $32 Tripli-Kit triplikit.com
39 Leather Coaster Set
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Julep Strainer $12-$26
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40 Cocktail Kit
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41 Matcha Powder Tin & Whisk
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ROLEX Cosmograph Daytona, 18k White Gold With Blue Dial Price Upon Request Rolex Boutique South Coast Plaza BaronandLeedsSCP.com
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Matched Pair of Natural Museum Quality 26.49k Sapphires 3 Carat White Diamonds Collection Quality $49,000 Winstonâ€™s Crown Jewelers winstonscrownjewelers.com
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Sketch Inc. $14.95 each Mercenary General mercenarygeneral.com
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Melissa $85 Wild Dove Boutique wilddoveboutique.com
Sonix $35 Wild Dove Boutique wilddoveboutique.com
Credit Card Holder
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60 Coconut Bath Soak
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Byrd Pomade $22 Moniker General monikergeneral.com
VIP AF Canvas Tote
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Sparkle Zip Pouch Tracy Tanner $38 Burro Goods burrogoods.com
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Herbivore Botanicals $19 H2O Closet h2ocloset.com
Soap & Soap Stand
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Ogee $22 Olive and June olivejune.com
Beauty Nouveau Botanical Beauty $28 Waylon Salon waylonsalon.com
74 Nylon Hair Brush Mason Pearson $150 H2O Closet h2ocloset.com
Soul Sisters $64 Shanghai Salon shanghai-salon.com
for the man on the go
77 Mint Flight Blanket
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$188 Faherty fahertybrand.com
Creatures of Leisure $29.99 Katin katinusa.com
76 Rechargeable Lantern
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11-in-1 Survival Tool
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Canvas Zip Pouch
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Mustache Band-Aid Tin $6.95 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
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89 Golf Ball Wine Stopper
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$14.95 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
$110 futures. futuresfins.com
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Swell $36 Burro Goods burrogoods.com
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Book 108 â€œThe Little Book of Yogaâ€? $14.95 Mercenary General mercenarygeneral.com
Reversible Throw 113 $225
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Bowls 112 Normann Copenhagen & Hawkins $34-$50 Pelago Palm Springs pelagopalmsprings.com
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Melting Mugs 119 Studio Arhoj
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Pappelina $115 Pelago Palm Springs pelagopalmsprings.com
$225 Jenni Kayne jennikayne.com
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125 Cactus Pom Pom Pouch
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131 Large Orange Mesh Bag
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Pineapple Party $15 for Set of Four Local Fare oclocalfare.com
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$22 Waylon Salon waylonsalon.com
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Pineapple Party Picks 137 RICE $6 Huset huset-shop.com
1 oz Travel Essential Kit 139 Malin & Goetz $30 Ice Cream & Shop(pe) icecreamandshop.com
Natural Rest Travel Remedy 140 Hope Gillerman $48 The Detox Market thedetoxmarket.com
The Ultimate Celebration of Midcentury Architecture, Design and Culture in Palm Springs
February 15-25, 2018 Tickets on sale now Supporting Preservation, Education, and Neighborhoods.
Tickets and information
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T H AT ' S W H AT S H E S A I D
FROM THE BLOCK
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BIANCA SIMONIAN
WRITTEN & MAKEUP BY: JENNA ORTEGA
JENNA ORTEGA @jennaortega OLD TOWN LA QUINTA 78100 Main St La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.1770 www.oldtownlaquinta.com
HAIR BY: ANNABELLE PONTIOUS
ACTRESS JENNA ORTEGA Shows Us Around Her Hometown of La Quinta
One side is for coffee and a place where kids can hang out, but the other side has a wine-tasting bar for the adults.
I’M FROM LA QUINTA; It’s a quaint little city near Palm Springs, but no one really knows where it is. It’s pretty hard explaining to people
so I tell them that Coachella Fest takes place in the city
right next to mine. People understand then! Old Town La Quinta is right in my backyard. It’s a cute little area with
restaurants, stores and salons. Pretty much everything you could ever need is in Old Town La Quinta (including ice
cream!). Recently, I visited a couple of my favorite shops there and thought I would show you. Obviously I had to change my outfits to match each location because I’m
‘extra.’ I definitely plan on going there more often; it’s so beautiful and I had an awesome time!
Old Town Coffee Company I like coming to this coffee shop; it’s very quiet and the hot chocolate is really good. Anyone who has a page theme on Instagram would be obsessed with this place. It’s a cool place to go to when you want to relax and unwind. I come here on my days off. 760.564.5233 136 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Q&A With Jenna Ortega by Makena Hale
The ice cream looks amazing and tastes amazing—I love this place!
Makena Hale, daughter of LOCALE’s publisher Erik Hale, had the chance of a lifetime—to spend the day with one of her favorite Disney Channel stars, Jenna Ortega. She even was able to interview her and ask the questions she’s been wanting to know!
Makena Hale: What are some of your favorite things to do in Palm Springs? Jenna Ortega: I like to go to the movie theater. We have a Wet ’n’ Wild here so we like going to the waterpark a lot and [going to] pool parties with my friends.
Certified Farmers Market Certified Farmers' Market is adorable. I like going there to pick up fresh fruit and to smell the flowers. La Quinta’s a small town, so you almost always run into someone you know. They play good music and everyone is really nice. If you’re in La Quinta on a Sunday you should check it out! What’s Your Flavor
• Salted Caramel
• Strawberry Cheesecake
Nitroinfusions This is a really cute ice cream shop! They have a chalkboard wall that’s decorated with colorful paint. The store has adorable popsicles and makes the ice cream on the spot using liquid nitrogen. When they make the ice cream, the nitrogen fills the front desk and makes for a really cool photo. The ice cream looks amazing and tastes amazing—I love this place! 760.771.0700 www.nitroinfusions.com
• Roasted Pistachio & Olive Oil • Chocolate Espresso
I have only heard really good things about Solano’s Bistro. They have a wide range of food there, so it might be a smart choice if you have a picky eater in your family!
• Raspberry Delight
• Mint Chip
MH: Is there a certain person who inspired you to become an actress? JO: The person who inspired me to become an actress was Dakota Fanning and I remember I saw her in Man on Fire and I thought she was the coolest thing ever, especially since she was [the same] age in that movie as I was at the time. MH: What’s your goal for the next 10 years? JO: I want to be a leading lady in feature films and I want to win an Oscar. As I get older, I want to get into directing and writing and producing and stuff like that, so I can work behind the camera.
• Peanut Butter • Banana Lavendar
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I also go here to get my nails painted and to buy new beauty products. They have a lot of products to choose from.
It’s an awesome restaurant to go to with your family and friends, but I went by myself this time because I wanted the pizza all to myself!
h2o closet Modern Apothecary
Alankara Aveda Lifestyle Salon Filming and doing a bunch of photoshoots is hard on my hair, so I go to the salon a lot to get my ends trimmed. The people who work here are awesome and always do a great job. I also go here to get my nails painted and to buy new beauty products. They have a lot of products to choose from. I’ll definitely be back there soon! 760.777.8188 www.alankarasalon.com 138 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Old Town La Quinta is right in my backyard. It’s a cute little area with restaurants, stores and salons.
I don’t come to h2o closet as often as I would like, but it’s a fun place to go shopping with friends because of the area it’s in. I’ve gotten a couple great things from here. Plus, the products smell really nice. It’s a pretty laid back place—I like it! 760.564.7399 www.h2ocloset.com
Tarah Jade Boutique Tarah Jade Boutique has a lot of cute accessories. I’m so bad though, I lose my jewelry all the time so I have to keep coming back! The boutique almost has a Bohemian vibe, which I like. If you need some accessories that go with almost every outfit, I would go here if I were you. 760.777.6670 www.tarahjade.com
Stuft Pizza Bar & Grill Rising Star You may recognize Jenna from “Stuck in The Middle,” “Jane the Virgin” and “Elena of Avalor,” but make sure to check her out in her upcoming film Saving Flora.
I. Love. Pizza. Who doesn’t? Stuft Pizza is soooo good. It’s an awesome restaurant to go to with your family and friends, but I went by myself this time because I wanted the pizza all to myself! I tried to balance my meal out with a salad on the side, but let’s be honest, the pizza looks prettier. 760.777.9989 www.stuftpizzabarandgrill.com
MUSIC SPOTLIGHT Get to Know Up and Coming Artist Eevaan Tré
DO EXPERT This Golf Club Has Arnold Palmer’s Thumbs Up
NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL You Can’t Miss The Stellar Event
PHOTO BY: Sal Cavazos
HUMANITARIAN PROFILE Girlfriend Factor is Helping Women Succeed
GLOW IN THE DARK Get Glowing With Bright Things to Do in SoCal
NIGHT SKY FESTIVAL In a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Break Out Your Telescope for the Night Sky Festival
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK 74485 National Park Dr Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 760.367.5500 www.nps.gov
EEVAAN TRÉ www.eevaantre.com @eevaantre Photoshoot Location: BAR 340 N Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.537.7337 www.barwastaken.com
Eevaan Tré Eevaan Tré is Bringing a Different Kind of Heat to SoCal With His Smooth R&B Tracks WRITTEN BY: QUINTAN VALLES PHOTOGRAPHED BY: GEORGE DUCHANNES
2015 was a big year for R&B singer/songwriter Eevaan Tré. That was the year he made it to the musical mecca known as the Coachella Music Festival. For many musicians, making it to Coachella is a pretty big deal; it’s the moment in a music career that signifies, “you’ve made it.” For Tré, the big shows are great, but it’s the small venues that are intimate and personal, just like his music, that are the most memorable. Writing music since he was 16 years old, Tré received encouragement from teachers who saw his musical potential, which led him to make a career out of his talent (thanks Teach!). Coachella was Tré’s big musical moment, “I’ve always entered competitions, and spent one year out in LA spending money on making songs,” said Tré, “but it never really happened for me until I played at Coachella Fest. It wasn’t until then that I was like ‘Damn, this is cool.’” We agree, Coachella is pretty cool, but what’s even better is experiencing it with your bandmates who are also your best friends, as Tré explained, “We get to travel and do music so that’s kind of dope. You find stuff out when you go on the road with your homies,” he exclaimed, “We had a bass player one time who was the guy that would bring his sleeping bag and would sleep in the nude! So that was interesting,” he laughed.
Tré also looks to his iPod for inspiration and listens to artists such as Michael Jackson and James Brown because, “he really controlled his band,” stated Tré, “I also like Prince because he was so out there. I grew up listening to Justin Timberlake, so a lot of boyband stuff.” Tré has opened for some wellknown favorites like the B-Side Players and Ozomatli, and he also dreams of working with some of his other favorites. “It would be cool to work with someone like Anderson Paak,” said Tré. “He’s one of my favorite artists right now and Justin Timberlake, of course, would be dope.” Eevaan Tré and J.T. on the same stage? We’re not sure if the world is ready for all that fire.
TRÉ’S FAVE PALM SPRINGS SPOTS Ò Bar Ò Moxie Ò Mr. Lyons
Be on the lookout for his upcoming album and make sure to catch Tré at one of the local venues like Moxie, where he performs every Friday. These small shows are dear to Tré’s heart. “I like small shows because I get to be more intimate with people,” said Tré, “To be honest, when I played at Coachella, I don’t even remember that show, it just went by so fast. I like the smaller sets.” So if you get a chance to see one of those intimate shows, don’t miss it! We have a feeling Eevaan Tré won’t be playing these small venues for very long.
BACK TO SCHOOL Ò If Tré was not making music he would love to teach, he explained, “I like teaching because I feel like there were not a lot of opportunities for me as a kid growing up in Coachella and kids need someone to point them in the right direction. I would like to be a mentor for kids and keep them motivated.”
“I like small shows, because I get to be more intimate with people.”—Eevaan Tré
CONFESSIONS Ò One of the first CDs that Eevaan Tré purchased was Usher’s My Way.
ON REPEAT Ò Tré says that if you looked at his iPod right now you would find a lot of Kehlani: “I love Kehlani, Kehlani is my girl. She’s like the new Aaliyah, she’s definitely my favorite artist right now.”
CLASSIC CLUB 75200 Classic Club Blvd Palm Desert, CA 92211 760.601.3600 www.classicclubgolf.com
“WHAT I THINK IS GREAT ABOUT MY JOB IS THAT THERE REALLY ISN’T A TYPICAL DAY.” — G RE G RU B I N O
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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING
FORE GREG RUBINO OF CLASSIC CLUB SHARES EVERYTHING FROM ARNOLD PALMER’S DESIGN TO CHARITY EVENTS
WRITTEN BY: ASHLEE POLAREK
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BIANCA SIMONIAN
Expert: Greg Rubino Credentials: General Manager and COO, Classic Club Early Birdie: Rubino thinks golfing in the morning is the best time to tee off.
Classic Club is more than just an award-winning golf course; it’s more than one of Arnold Palmer’s creations; it is an organization that gives to those in need and keeps its doors open for any who wish to golf. Greg Rubino is the man that runs it all, making sure the staff of Classic Club keeps the course and club in top shape and that all elements of the machine are running smoothly.
“AR NO L D PAL ME R WAS T HE D E S I GNE R O F T HE GO L F CO U RS E.” —G REG RUB IN O
Q: WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY AT WORK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU? Greg Rubino: What I think is great about my job is that there really isn’t a typical day. Being part of running a golf course means that every day is somewhat different. My main responsibility is being the person that overlooks the entire operation. Q: What makes Classic Club special? GR: Our ownership group, H.N. & Frances C. Berger Foundation, a large nonprofit, allowed us to hold the facility for charitable purposes. We hold hundreds of charitable events a year here, and we give those charities amazing deals so they can make money on what a normal course wouldn’t charge them; we charge them a lot less than they charge their participants and it allows them to raise money for their charity. Q: How were the charities and nonprofits introduced to the club? GR: So, when the Berger Foundation set out to build the facility they always build with [charities] in mind. When they originally built 146 LOCALE MAGAZINE
it for the Bob Hope Classic, it changed names several times; we hosted it for three years. Once the tournament left and the foundation took it back over in 2009, we officially designated the facilities to be held for charitable purposes. But it’s always been about charity since day one. Q: What do you like most about Classic Club? GR: It’s an unbelievable opportunity to be able to work with a facility that is able to help so many people. Classic Club is great for the golf course, the facility, food and beverage and all that but what makes it really special is our owners and the ability to help people. Q: How did you start golfing? GR: I grew up in Erie, PA and I
FORE! Arnold Palmer’s favorite hole in the golf course was hole 12, a par three.
“IT’S AN UNBELIEVABLE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO WORK WITH A FACILITY THAT IS ABLE TO HELP SO MANY PEOPLE.” —GR EG R UB I N O
CASUAL FRIDAY Classic Club welcomes everyone, and even has a very relaxed dress code.
had a nine-hole golf course within biking distance, so when I was 12 or 13 years old, I started golfing and I just got hooked on it. Now I’m a PGA professional. There are over 19,000 PGA professionals around the world and we’re the people that actually run the golf courses, versus someone that is a PGA Tour Professional that plays golf for a living. So we’re good golfers but were not on tour, we’re operators. Q: If you could play a round of golf with anyone dead or alive who would it be? GR: Considering the area we live in and my Italian heritage I would like to play with the Rat Pack; Frank Sinatra and that whole group. They grew up in a very different time of celebrity and were true icons in that era. Q: How did Arnold Palmer help in designing the golf course? GR: Arnold Palmer was the designer of the golf course. We gave him sort of an open invitation to design the best golf course he possibly could. I actually got to ride around with him and play some holes with him. He told me that this is one of his favorite golf courses that he ever designed because he really had the ability to take his vision and implement it. LOCALE MAGAZINE 147
IN A GALAXY FA R , FA R A W AY
Ò Although you won’t be able to see the core of the Milky Way (as shown in this photo), still keep your eyes peeled to see parts of this disk-shaped galaxy in November.
Break Out Your Telescope for the N I G H T S K Y F E S T I VA L
TWINKLE, TWINKLE Ò The Pleiades Constellation consists of several hundred stars, but only about six are visible to the naked eye.
WRITTEN BY: DR. PAULA TRIMBLE-FAMILETTI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: SAL CAVAZOS
Growing up in the Coachella Valley, I spent many nights lying down in the backyard with my sisters while our father pointed out the constellations and told us myths about each one. Some of the myths were Greek, some Native American, some African American. I still look up at the night sky for the belt of the giant Orion, the seven daughters of Atlas known as the Pleiades and, of course, the Big Dipper. As the valley has grown, it is more and more difficult to see the beautiful, desert night sky.
During Veteran’s Day weekend, we have the opportunity to view the desert night sky without all the Coachella Valley lights. Joshua Tree National Park is hosting the annual Night Sky Festival Nov. 10-12. The festival begins Friday at 5 p.m. and runs until Sunday at 2 p.m. The primary location for the event will be the Oasis Visitor Center located near the north entrance of the park in Twentynine Palms. The event is free, and in honor of Veteran’s Day, park fees are waived on Saturday and Sunday. Experience telescope and naked eye viewing of our vast universe by night. In addition to the night sky viewing, there will also be astronomy programs as well as an astronomy fair during the day and solar viewing. This incredible and unique event is sure to be one you won’t want to miss! Star gazers and space lovers alike will be able to take part in this event, celebrate the night sky and discover the wisdom of the stars.
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK 74485 National Park Dr Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 760.367.5500 www.nps.gov
This incredible and unique event is sure to be one you won’t want to miss!
H U M A N I TA R I A N P R O F I L E
You Go GIRL
This Palm Desert Organization is Helping Women Succeed Against All Odds
WRITTEN BY: NANDA DYSSOU PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BIANCA SIMONIAN
By profession, Joan Busick is a Certified Public Accountant with her own firm in the Palm Desert area, but in her free time, she manages the nonprofit, Girlfriend Factor. To date, Girlfriend Factor has given over $420,000 in grants to over 130 local women to help them pursue college degrees and occupational certificates.
“Everything we do in Girlfriend Factor is meant to be fun.” —Joan Busick
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In the ‘80s, Busick was a mother of two and married to the wrong man with very little money to her name. She knew she had to go back to school to take control of her destiny and to regain her independence. With the help of a Soroptimist scholarship, she was able to start over and earn her CPA credentials. Her firm now specializes in helping women become more confident in managing their lives.
In 1999, she published a book, “Surviving Beyond Happily Ever After,” and became an outspoken proponent of both traditional and financial education for women. Still, Busick didn’t feel that her advocacy work was complete until 2005, when she and a small group of dedicated women, including Donna Dunn, Diana Herrington, Jan Harnik, Katie Sween and the “Blind Faith Gang,” brought to life Girlfriend Factor, or GFF.
“Everything we do in Girlfriend Factor is meant to be fun. If I’m going to commit to working on something, I want to enjoy doing it. Quite honestly, before I started GFF, there was nothing in our community that had a fun element to it. Everything was too serious and red-tape,” Busick said of her style of philanthropy. The organization’s primary aim is to provide financial and emotional support to women through its GoGirl! Grants. “The women we select are determined to be successful. They have a specific educational path that they are passionate about that leads to a career. And they are convinced that they will achieve their goal with or without our help.” GFF boasts numerous success stories. “One of our first recipients, Donna, was a truck driver with small kids who had always wanted to be a nurse. She has gone on to earn a master’s in nursing, working as an emergency pediatric nurse in Loma Linda, and eventually teaching other nurses,” Busick said with a smile. “Then there’s Jennifer, who was in the middle of a divorce, struggling and she wasn’t even sure that she should apply. She is now a special education teacher at one of our local elementary schools. And we had Vanessa, from the Hispanic community, who had a small child when her husband was diagnosed with MS,
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“They have a specific educational path that they are passionate about that leads to a career.” —Joan Busick
Party For A Cause
• Join GFF on November 2, 2017 at the Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa as they celebrate the women that have made such an impact and had a positive influence on other women. Attendees will also get the chance to meet and hear from some inspiring GoGirl! recipients.
• Head to Barry Manilow’s 2017 A Gift of Love IV Benefit Concerts Dec. 12-17! You can help support GFF by purchasing tickets.
• Celebrate the men who support GFF at the “Club Cabana” event February 16, 2018 at Toscana Country Club.
Busick’s Local Hot Spots • Okura Robata Grill and Sushi Bar • Mitch's on El Paseo Prime Seafood • Il Corso
“It is a celebration of our recipients, and the impact, inspiration and influence women have on each other’s lives.”—Joan Busick and she became the sole supporter of the family. Determined to get an education, to make something of herself, she succeeded against the cultural push back from her family. She earned a degree in psychology and went into counseling.” GFF goes further than simply writing a check. Their Recipient Relations Committee, a group of liaisons, keep in touch with award recipients. They take them to coffee, find out how they are doing and help them as needed. GFF also hosts a High Tea, where recipients can bond with each other. The fund for the grants comes from a combination of sources: general donations, Personalized Giving Grants and fundraising events. Their signature event is the Annual GoGirl Luncheon. “It is a celebration of our recipients and the impact, inspiration and influence women have on each other’s lives,” said Busick. “We always make sure that donors can see the faces of the women they support.” In the first year, they had seven awardees stand up and talk about their stories and plans for the future. This year, they
will have 30 new awardees and several hundred past recipients and donors at this impactful event, held at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa in November. Looking at the future of GFF, Busick said, “We want to make sure that we are multi-generational in terms of women who lead the organization, so we have our Girlfriend 2 Girlfriend (“G2G”) Circle, consisting of young professionals, ages 25 to 40s, who may be new to philanthropy. It allows them to get to know and encourage each other in their professional growth while learning what it means to be supporting a philanthropic organization.” As a nonprofit, GFF is always looking for donors and volunteers. “We encourage people to get their feet wet, and see if they are passionate about our work. We are more of a lifestyle than a formal organization. We want people involved that love what we do,” said Busick. So dive in, the water is warm and you’ll be having fun while helping women change their lives!
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GO/DO ORANGE COUNTY
These Activities Make the Dark So Much More Fun! WRITTEN BY: NICOLE HAKIM
Life can become a bit routine, and the things that you once considered to be fun may become stale once you’ve done them over and over. The best way to rectify this is to try something out of the ordinary. Glow in the dark activities are exciting and offer something that’s unlike anything you’ve done before, and for those who are apprehensive about stepping out of their comfort zones, they may just add a colorful new twist to already loved activities.
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The Blacklight Slide supports several charities including Ronald McDonald House and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Laser Oasis is the only indoor facility of its kind in the valley and features 17,000 square feet of fun.
Compete against your co-workers and book your next corporate event at K1 Speed!
Glowzone hb.glowzone.us The Glowzone offers a variety of glow in the dark activities including a ninja course, a laser maze, Spin Zone Bumper Cars and more! You can even host your next birthday party here and customize it to be unique and exciting for you and your guests. LOS ANGELES Velveteria velveteria.com At Velveteria, you’ll find a room known as the Black Light room where you will discover a new way to view and appreciate art: through glow in the dark. The Black Light room allows you to lounge in bean bags as your eyes wander over the fluorescent pieces that make for a unique art experience. SAN DIEGO K1 Speed k1speed.com K1 Speed turns your average go karting into Glo Karting, Monday through Friday at 7 p.m.
until closing. Ride in glowing go karts and race against your friends down tracks illuminated by the black lights above. The race will feel much more suspenseful, and maybe even a bit more dangerous, which is perfect for those customers looking for an adrenaline rush. PALM SPRINGS Friends of the Desert Mountains desertmountains.org Shining their black lights, excited guests try to spot glowing scorpions wandering along the trail. Along with the Friends of the Desert Mountains, guests will not only be able to see these creatures giving off brilliant glowing lights, they will be able to learn about them as well. Laser Oasis laseroasis.com Channel your inner Barney Stinson as you explore the 6,000-squarefoot arena and forget the other team members are friends and family as you aim to earn points by hitting anyone that is now your enemy. You can also
take part in a laser maze and face your fears by trying out a rope course. RIVERSIDE Glo Mini Golf glominigolf.com Take mini golf to another level by playing—you guessed it—in the dark. The Glo Mini Golf course will not only provide you with a new way to play mini golf, but it will also take you around the world in just 27 holes. Throughout the course, you will see famous, glowing landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, as you take on putt after putt. SAN BERNARDINO Blacklight Slide blacklightslide.com If you’re looking to get glowed yourself, the Blacklight Slide will make your wish come true. The slides are filled with neon glow in the dark water ensuring that you’ll get splattered with the shining substance. After you’ve tuckered yourself out on the slide, head to the DJ to glow as you dance.
Take mini golf to another level by playing—you guessed it—in the dark. GLO MINI GOLF 1299 Tyler St Riverside, CA 92503 888.896.8419 www.glominigolf.com
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