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oin us as we celebrate the top 30 under 30 in our
region. We asked for your nominations and
were shocked at the diversification and outpouring
of nominees. As we sorted through the nominations, we looked for those who were passionate about our city, committed to its growth and those invested in business with a strong sense of philanthropy. We
deserving to make the list and we hope that our readers are understanding. Our committee worked earnestly, researching social media, calling the friends and colleagues of those nominated, trying to obtain as much information as possible about each nominee to make the difficult decisions leading up to the final list. We hope you join us with congratulations as we recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the city, adding vitality and sustainability to their communities. We recognize those hard-working, passionate community leaders making a name for themselves on the El Paso business stage. The list consists of a diversification of business backgrounds, from an incredibly well-established dog walking business to entrepreneurs in the food industry, to a realtor whoâ€™s making his mark, to those taking over the reins of their family business. They all have one common threadâ€”they are proud of our city and are dedicated to preserving its history and making their mark on its future. These are just a few of the many young businessmen and women dedicated to making things happenâ€”they are our emerging leaders.
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Stop Human Trafficking 5k Registration for this event will begin on Friday April 13. The 5K will be held on April 15 at 8 a.m. and start at Memorial Park Reserve. Bring the whole family and bring awareness to end this tragic event. Race packets start at $25 and will include a t-shirt. Awards and prizes will be handed out as well as refreshments for all participants. For more info call Chris Rowley at (915) 478-5663.
Walk for Wishes El Paso Join this great event on April 28 as Wish kids and the community walk for a great cause. Meet at the Fountains of Farah at 8889 Gateway West Blvd. where the walk will begin at 8 am. Wish kids walk for free, adults are $20 and accompanying children are $10. For more info go to ntx.wish.org.
10 Annual Run/Walk for Autism Awareness At the Southwest University Park (home of the Chihuahuas) on April 28, the community can join together and walk for Autism awareness. A kid-friendly event, bring the family out for this great cause, benefiting the Autism community in El Paso. The race will begin at 7 a.m. and should end before noon. For more information search the event on Facebook.
Las Cruces United Heroes Run On April 29, the Las Cruces Police Department will partner with the Las Cruces Fire Department for a 5k/10k starting and ending at the Field of Dreams Stadium. Run with these superheroes and register by April 19 to guarantee a t-shirt. The race will start at 7 a.m. and will be followed by live music and food trucks. For more information, search the event on Eventbrite.com.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso Tennis Camp Tennis West will be hosting The Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso Tennis Camp June 11-15. BGCEP have partnered with the Sunshine Tennis League and will be adding tennis to their summer camp curriculum. Sunshine League volunteers will teach children 6-18 the fundamentals of tennis. For further information and to donate to the tennis camp, please contact Anthony Tomasheski, 532-7410.
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under e knew that there were a lot of successful young professionals in El Paso, but we weren’t quite ready for the massive amount of nominations we had for our top 30 Under 30. You guys made it very hard for us, but we were finally able to narrow it down. What we have is an eclectic group of young people who have become successful in various fields including human resources, technology, gastronomy and more. The following people that were picked are not only successful in their career, but they are also philanthropic and deeply involved in their community. These are the people changing and growing El Paso. These are The City’s top 30 Under 30. Read a little bit about them and see how they’re impacting the city.
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E l Pa s o ’ s 3 0 U N D E R 3 0
Owner, Mr. Photo Booth EP I Age: 23
CEO, 8 Hour Sleep Clinic I Age: 29
YouTuber, Happy Tails I Age: 25
What started as a weekend photography
Holding a master’s degree in leadership,
As a pet YouTuber, with over 155,000
business right after high school, Mr. Photo
Christopher has expanded El Paso’s options
followers and millions of views, Meghan has
Booth EP expanded to what is now a six-year-
in the healthcare industry by opening two
created a channel that features advice and
old business with 12 activations, supporting
comprehensive sleep study centers in
branded content, making a living off of this
the community through local non-profits.
Go-to karaoke song:
First business: Lemonade stand
Binge-worthy show? “’Orange is the new
*NSync “Bye Bye Bye”
Black’ … the idea of prison is terrifying.”
Vice President, BBVA Compass I Age: 29 Education & Curatorial Associate, Success: “In commercial banking everyone El Paso Museum of Art I Age: 26
Area HR Manager, Lowe’s Home Improvement I Age: 28
likes a local representative. The El Paso
Role: “Research and writing for exhibitions,
A mother of three, and an active member of
market is very unique and the people that
design exhibitions that are coming in the new
the Army Reserves, Krystal currently oversees
bank here and have their businesses here
galleries, and assist with programming.”
15 stores from Farmington, NM to El Paso and
love El Paso.” Early bird or night owl? “Night owl. I’m
Spirit Animal: “A bird you can only find deep in the rainforest.”
provides support to over 2,200 employees. Last concert attended: Carrie Underwood
more productive during the hours of five to seven p.m.” www.thecitymagazineelp.com
E l Pa s o ’ s 3 0 U N D E R 3 0
COO, Western Contracting I Age: 21
Gregory has achieved success through serving
Pharmacist, Chair of El Paso Young Black Leaders I Age: 28
Business Services Manager, Franklin Mountain Management LLC I Age: 29
his commercial, residential and industrial
Community: As a pharmacist and active
Community: In addition to being the
member in the National Reserves, Prince is
company liaison for the exciting Plaza Hotel
helping young black professionals network
restoration project, Kassi has also helped
in El Paso through his group called El Paso
organize the TEDxElPaso conference, going
Young Black Leaders.
on three years.
Super power: “To teleport … save on gas!”
Currently Reading: Chuck Palahniuk “Rant”
projects of all sizes with his company. EP in 3 words: “Dusty, growing, beautiful.”
Owner, Operation Outbreak: El Paso Escape Game I Age: 26
Owner, Gardea Construction I Age: 29 Taking over immediately after high school,
Audio Engineer, Beacon Hill Recording Studio I Age: 25
In an untapped market, Misael found his
Miguel has been the owner for 12 years at
What started as an internship, has turned into a
entertainment niche providing El Paso with
the company his father started, who remains
career where he’s worked alongside Grammy
a way to escape. There are currently two
his biggest role model.
nominated, Khalid. “Knowing him has been a
rooms to escape from with plans to include several more. Instrument you’d play in a band? Drums 22
Chico’s Tacos? “No. I’m always on a diet.”
blessing for me, for the studio and the things we’ve achieved after working with him.” Nicknames: Lando, Big O, Lo www.thecitymagazineelp.com
E l Pa s o ’ s 3 0 U N D E R 3 0
Project Manager, Lloyd Hamilton Construction, Inc. I Age: 28
Manager, Promotions & Community Relations, El Paso Chihuahuas I Age: 26
In addition to being the Executive Director
“We’re not a typical construction company;
Fav part of job: “Seeing our fans come enjoy
for YMCA, Jeremy is also the CEO for a
we get our hands dirty.” With five years of
themselves. If our fans leave and don’t know
private development company. As a civically
working in a family-owned business, Phil
the score, then we know they had a good time.”
engaged member of the community, he
performs specialized work with sophisticated electrical systems and professional welding. Survivor in a horror movie? “For sure, I’m
Fun Fact: Andy became the emcee after impressing
performance of “Shout” by The Isley Brothers.
Entrepreneur I Age: 29
displays a genuine passion for El Paso and its growth. Last Concert Attended: Sparta
an avid bowhunter.”
Owner, GAL Fashion I Age: 27
Owner, Phit Phuel I Age: 27
Owner/Founder, NOSH I Age: 29
Community work: Founder of The Cinderella
With long-time friend/chef, Freddie Garibay,
Starting with a catering business and
Foundation, a non-profit that provides free,
Alex has almost four years in business, with
smoothie bar, Tara started a concept geared
gently-worn evening gowns to girls who
three locations and two more coming. “I started
towards healthy living and eating—NOSH.
can’t afford a special occasion dress.
meal prepping for myself and getting noticed on
Binge-worthy TV: Housewives of Beverly Hills
social media and when I moved back to El Paso everyone was like, ‘Can you cook for me?’”
Deserted Island Necessities: Matches, vodka and a blanket.
Pet Peeve: “People who are late, even though I was late today (haha).” www.thecitymagazineelp.com
E l Pa s o ’ s 3 0 U N D E R 3 0
President, EPPX Construction I Age: 25 Owner/Personal Trainer, Holding a master’s degree in real estate Sun City Athletic Club I Age: 27
Agency Owner, Allstate Insurance Company I Age: 28
Natural athlete? “I was always very active. I
Working in the insurance business straight out
community by donating his time to the Hispanic
did dance, tap, jazz, cheerleading … but not
of high school, Yvette acquired invaluable on-
Chamber of Commerce and being part of
any intense sports.” Sponsored by ProSupps
the-job training and now owns one of the most
supplements, Lizzie is always coming up with
successful agencies in the region. She admires
entrepreneurs to strengthen the community.
new ways to promote El Paso to “LiveFit.”
El Paso and its dedication to support local.
Nicknames: Brother, Scooter
Super Power: “To fly, then I could go anywhere
Spirit animal: Tiger
I wanted to in the world.”
Financial Services Agent, New York Life Insurance Company I Age: 28
Owner/Chef, Off the Grill Food Truck I Age: 22
Erick has worked with New York Life for four
Co-owner/Creative Director, DoubleScope Films and DSF Rentals Age: 25
years handling over 600 cases. “We help
“I fell in love with everything about [film]: pre-
Best BBQ Food Truck in the U.S.), Adrian also
people with their portfolio, setting up life
production, production, post … I fell in love
helped start Shine On, a business mentoring/
insurance, supplemental retirement planning
with the whole process.” He has been with
coaching non-profit. “I want to change
and college funding.”
the company for five years and been a part-
people’s lives even if it’s in a small way.”
Iconic Dinner Guest: Michael Jordan
owner for three years with Jaime Blanco.
In addition to owning Off the Grill (2014’s
What to order: Pulled pork cheese fries
Dream Destination: 24
Guadalajara (huge Guillermo del Toro fan).
E l Pa s o ’ s 3 0 U N D E R 3 0
Owner, Happy Tails Pet Sitting Services I Age: 29
Clinical Professor at the College of Business, UTEP I Age: 28
Owner/Chef, Panda Burgers I Age: 29
Courteney started her company growing from
With his experience in the tech industry
credits his parents as his biggest source of
one pet-sitter (her mom) to now having 38. They
from Silicon Valley, Erik is now sharing his
inspiration. “My mom taught me everything I
are now servicing Horizon, the eastside, Santa
knowledge as a professor at UTEP and also
know about cooking.”
Teresa and Anthony. “I took a leap of faith when
advises El Paso’s first tech incubator at the
I was 22 and started our pet sitting company.”
Medical Center of the Americas.
Rainy day bliss: “A hot cup of tea with my dogs
Favorite music: 90’s rap
With two restaurants in four years, Alan
Red or green sauce: Green sauce
and cat relaxing at home on the couch.”
Owner, Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon I Age: 29
YISD Interventionist I Age: 29 Guiding Principle: “I knew there was a lot
Co-founder, Alexander Cordova Luxury Real Estate Group I Age: 22
Contributing to success: “Social media was
of traditional teaching going on in the school
Key to success: “Hard work, dedication,
the biggest thing with building my clientele
system and education has evolved, so the
thinking outside the box, showing consistency
and reputation as a stylist.”
way students learn has evolved too and I
all day every day, always first one inside the
wanted to keep up with that.”
office and the last one to leave.”
Iconic Dinner Guest: “John D. Rockefeller”
Go-to karaoke song: Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink “Lady Marmalade”
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g n i v i G e p o H Projecting Kindness and
hile most have never experienced
Alcohol and drugs are far from the only
what it is like to be without a roof
reasons people end up living on the streets. A
overhead and lacking the basic
struggling single parent with multiple mouths
essentials, many, due to their
to feed is told they no longer have a job, or
own life experiences, have an idea
a teenager comes to find their parents are
of how quickly and easily some
so against their lifestyle, they are no longer
could find themselves teetering ever
welcome inside the family home. More
closer to such an unfortunate situation.
times than not, when a hand up is needed and offered by individuals with a little love in their hearts, the smallest gesture can mean the world. After coming across an Instagram post of sandwich bags filled with a toothbrush and toothpaste others put together for the less fortunate, Andy Farias got the idea to round up a few close friends and attempt to take the gesture a bit further. Aside from starting up a GoFundMe account, that raised about 800 dollars in less than a work week, â€œ...which far exceeded whatever we ever wanted to do,â€? Andy said, the group of friends were able to secure a donation of 15-20 drawstring
Kindness and Giving Hope
backpacks. With that, The Giving Project organization came to be.
P.A.K.’s were successfully handed out. An overwhelming majority of them
The backpacks were filled with basic essentials, such as: lotion, hair
went to individuals in the downtown area. It was only then Andy began
care products, deodorant and cold weather clothing. A date was set
to realize that the need was much bigger than he originally suspected.
to meet downtown to distribute all they could at an event they called, Project Give Night: Downtown.
The idea was to use the backpacks as a source to gain the trust of those dealing with an unfortunate situation, opening up a dialogue to
In mid-November 2015, with the help of a couple local businesses, Andy
then be able to ask what else might be done to help. Though Andy
and others gathered at San Jacinto Plaza to discuss how they would
felt that handing a few dollars over to a person in need, was in fact,
go about handing out what became known as Life: P.A.K’s, or Personal
a much needed act of generosity from those with the means to do
Assistant Kits. The group believed it would take all weekend long to
so, he also felt that meeting their needs, wherever they happen to
come across enough individuals who were down on their luck that would
be, was just as important. “Whether that it is us through Project Give
happily make use of the contents of the bags. In one day, just about all the
Nights, or whether that it’s somebody else grabbing a backpack from,
April, 2018 you know, a local business partner... Let’s say it is One:One downtown, and somebody grabs one, and they are for free,” Andy said. As recent as May and June of 2017, two others have joined Andy to take on more pivotal roles in the organization. Rachel Deslongchamps works as Lead of People, overseeing the progress and transition of the homeless individuals and families The Giving Project sets out to help. Lead of Development, Jordan Barron works on establishing and nurturing relationships with local businesses and donors. Both came on board to assist Andy in his role as Lead of Vision. Simply put, The Giving Project’s mission is to assist the homeless men and women in the El Paso community with some of their hardships by supplying them with the essentials and basic goods others might not think twice about having at their disposal. Since its inception, The Giving Project has transitioned from drawstring bags to a larger and more durable backpack similar to what a high school, or college student might use for school. They have also expanded the contents of the backpacks themselves to include items such as nail clippers, sunscreen, wet wipes, and gender- based goods. About a two week supply makes up the contents of these new bags. “Each of the items cost a dollar. It cost fifteen dollars at the dollar store to get all that stuff together,” Jordan said. “What we aim to do is influence the choice of housing for homelessness … It costs the city so much more in just public resources to take care of the homeless population than it would if everyone just chipped in a buck.” When it comes to volunteers and donors, The Giving Project and team members who make up the nonprofit are always elated when receiving an extra helping hand. Sponsors like One:One and other local businesses are also encouraged to act as drop off /pick up points. Those interested in information on The Giving Project and their upcoming events can check out any one of their social media pages. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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B e l l a’ s B a r g a i n s t is often the young who start change, positively affecting the communities they are involved in. There is an innocent, untainted
resolve to their character that pushes them to
be the change that they wish to see and create
the things that their community lacks.
This is how Bella’s Bargains was created. This inspired conception started with twins, Isabella and Arabella Cadena, during their junior year. In what used to be the head janitor’s house behind the high school, a thrift store for students (and teachers) has been created. The two sisters grew up participating in Girl Scouts and volunteering for Rainbow Room clothing drives, so being humanitarians and being involved in their community was not a new concept to them. “We saw a need in our community,” says Arabella about starting the thrift store. The girls drew up a proposal their junior year for a place to house their thrift store, where students, no matter their home or income situation, could get free or very inexpensive clothing. The proposal was sent to administrators, heavily backed by their Dual Credit English teacher, Mrs. Drury, and finally got approved in December 2017, during their senior year.
The store is named after the two sisters, after their nickname “the Bella’s,” given to them by Mrs. Drury, who says that she’s always been a fan of the girls. The store is everything that you want and expect in a thrift store; the clothing racks, packed with clothes, were taken from their grandfather’s house, art that the girls have done or acquired decorate the walls, spraypainted bookshelves stand at the back of the store and smaller objects, like jewelry and hair items, line the tops of vintage shelves and side tables. Isabella and Arabella had their official ribbon-cutting on February 9, 2018. The fruit of their labor required a lot of elbow grease. The first group of clothes available was from the twins’ closets. It has now grown immensely, with an overpour of clothing coming in from the community, with a lot of the school’s staff and teachers getting involved. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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Though they will only have until the school year to grow and nourish their baby, Bella’s Bargains will continue on with their little sister, Mia, currently a freshman at Burges. All three sisters expressed that more work needs to be done, but they’ve already seen growth in their project. The fitting room, a squared-off area composed of pipe and shower curtains, has moved from the main room to around the corner, imposing a bit on the existing kitchen. Whatever money that they do get for the thrifted clothing, a lot of it new and still showcasing their price tags, they put right back into the store to acquire materials and allow for shopping to be easier. This isn’t the end that we’ll hear from the twins. Both have already applied and interviewed for various Ivy League schools on the East Coast and have plans to continue being humanitarians. Arabella even voiced 34
maybe opening up a non-profit one day down the
road. Whatever the case, even bigger things are on the way for the sisters. For now, they are proud of the store they have created and the students that they are able to help. With the unconditional support of their mother, teachers and peers, this is just the beginning for the young women. If you’d like, do a little spring cleaning and donate your unwanted threads to Bella’s Bargains by dropping off your treasure at the front office of Burges High School (especially men’s clothing). For this month, the girl’s will be hosting a prom dress drive, hopefully complete with a fashion show at a pep rally, so that every girl can shop for something at the store.
REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS Profiles
Danii Sedillo A lot has changed for Danii Sedillo since she started as a REALTOR 13 years ago, but one thing stays true: she is in this business because she loves it. A catalyst for finding people the homes that they deserve, Danii finished 2017 with over 130+ satisfied new home owners and sellers. “If someone needs my help, I’m there,” she says. She points out that she works all of El Paso in order to better serve the community and make a difference. Danii even branched out to teaching and mentoring, a second passion of hers, so that she can pass down her knowledge and expertise to newer agents. She has added a transaction coordinator to her team to dedicate more time to clients and to ensure outstanding customer support. Danii Sedillo
Her customer service is built on going above
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El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 929-2755 www.daniisedillo.com
25 El Paso Realtors in El Paso Metroplex area. She has her certification as a Military Relocation Professional and aids many of the veterans and active-duty military, to include the German Air Force, in relocating and finding their home. She also works closely with lenders and title companies, who are flexible with Danii and her client’s schedules, expediting the process in getting the keys to your new home.
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Sylvia Sandoval-Rojas of Tropicana Homes A real estate sales professional at Tropicana Homes, Sylvia Sandoval-Rojas is an inspiration to not only women in real estate, but the entire industry as a whole. A self-taught real estate guru in the truest sense, Sylvia started as a receptionist with the prominent builder. Eventually, Sylvia was promoted to Warranty Coordinator, followed by Loan Officer/Processor for Tropicana’s preferred lender, Patriot Mortgage, and finally, to the sales side of the business in 2000, where she’s shattered ceilings ever since. Awarded 2015’s Sales Professional of Texas by the Texas Association of Builders, Sylvia’s made her mark without the traditional “Realtor” credentials and says, jokingly, that her 26 well-rounded years in the business equates to her own master’s degree in real estate. Graciously crediting Tropicana’s Bowling family for their faith and investment in her abilities, and what’s become a highly successful career, she says, “The whole Bowling family is my family,” and also credits her husband, Daniel Rojas, who she refers to as her “team/partner.” Bottom-line: Sylvia knows the business inside and out, including the nuances of new home construction, like reading blueprints and colorcoordinating, and imparts her vast knowledge via an exceptional customer service experience. Put simply, Sylvia says, “I will guide you from A to Z,” and as we see, she’s proven it!
Sylvia Sandoval-Rojas Real Estate Sales Professional Tropicana Homes 330 E. Main, Ste. 740 El Paso, Texas 79901 Cell: (915) 494-7104 www.tropicanahomes.com
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Iris Saenz, Realtor® at ERA Sellers & Buyers A sales pro at heart, Iris Saenz, Realtor® at ERA Sellers & Buyers, developed her love of the profession as a child, observing her father’s successful sales career and learning from the man she says, “could sell a rock.” An El Paso native who grew up in Juárez, Iris resides in the Sun City and points to the purchase of her first home as the catalyst for the move into real estate. Shortly after, Iris won ERA’s “Rookie of the Year” award for the most sales volume in 2014 by a new agent and has earned the title of “Top Producer” every year since. The 5-year Multi-Million Dollar Producer is versed in new homes, investments, multifamily properties, land, flips and represents buyers and sellers in both residential and commercial real estate. She’s also the preferred Realtor® for both Navy Federal Credit Union & USAA Bank, and works as a relocation specialist with an edge in representing military families. Her “border area” upbringing also means she’s completely bilingual and able to work with any price point in the city. A happilymarried mother of three, Iris says her family keeps her motivated and while she admits to being very competitive, she adds, “I stay true to my values.” Her greater vision is to continue helping families meet their home-ownership goals, which she finds very rewarding. A stickler for top-notch customer service, rest-assured that with Iris you’re “not just a transaction,” you’re her priority.
Iris Saenz, Realtor® ERA Sellers & Buyers Real Estate 1346 N. Zaragoza, Suite A El Paso, Texas 79936 Cell: (915) 873-8202 Email: IrisSaenz@SellersBuyers.com www.IrisSaenz.com
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Roland H. Correa of RC Properties Commercial real estate expert, Roland H. Correa, Owner/Broker of RC Properties, knows well the resurgence currently underway in El Paso and his company has long played an instrumental role. With clients such as WestStar Bank, El Paso Electric Company, Taco Tote and Rudy’s Bar-B-Q, coupled with 33 years of experience in commercial sales, leasing and development, Roland has been helping to shape the landscape of our city in a big way. The proud Cathedral graduate with double degrees in marketing and real estate from UTEP, this commercial real estate pro has overseen projects in the upwards of $50 million and has chaired numerous city boards to include the El Paso Downtown Revitalization Board and the El Paso City Plan Commission, among others. Serving El Paso for over 30 years, Roland has also managed projects in major areas like California, Florida and D.C., while the Sun City is and continues to be the company’s focus. Recognized in 2017 as one of the top 50 realtors in El Paso, recipient of the 2008 National Award for Outstanding Commercial Real Estate Professionals by the Realtors® Commercial Alliance and voted Realtor® of the Year in 2007 by the Greater El Paso Association of Realtors®, to name a few, Roland has made his mark by meeting and exceeding his clients’ needs and his motto is, “To be successful in real estate, you must consistently put your clients’ best interests at the forefront, helping them realize their expectations beyond their imagination … RC Properties, putting YOUR interests first.”
Roland H. Correa, Broker/Owner RC Properties – Commercial Real Estate 4855 N. Mesa, Ste. 116 El Paso, Texas 79912 Cell: (915) 328-9992 Email: email@example.com By: VERONICA NEVAREZ photographed by: JENN MÁRQUEZ
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Desert View Homes West Side Team 7910 Gateway Blvd. E., Ste. 102 El Paso, Texas 79915 (915) 637-9896
Desert View Homes West Side Team Recognized as the 43rd largest national homebuilder in the US,
With so much more expansion on the west side, from the Outlet
Desert View Homes began in El Paso in 1991. From our inception,
Shoppes at El Paso to the new Hospitals of Providence, we will
Desert View Homes has maintained the ideology of giving our new
also be expanding with our soon-to-be unveiled 55 Plus community,
homeowners the best value in their home, from the most energy-
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those who have worked hard and deserve to fully enjoy life in their
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cracks and fissures. With consistency and proven quality, our branch has expanded to San Antonio, Las Cruces and Colorado. Known for
No matter where El Paso grows, Desert View Homes is two steps
affordable homes packed with value, weâ€™ve continued to place our
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quality and affordable home that they deserve.
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Kristen De Santiago, The Real Estate Power Houses 5823 N. Mesa, Ste. 732 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 841-1714 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen De Santiago Kristen is not new to the world of real estate. For over nine years she has proven to be a great force when it comes to residential real estate in El Paso. Born and raised here, she has a keen sense of the unique culture and market in the city. “I know the in’s and out’s of El Paso,” Kristen says of being able to maneuver through the city and better serve her clients. “Welcome home” is a major slogan for Kristen and something that she passionately pushes so that everyone that she works with can be happy in their new homes. Her decision to not only work commercial, but residential Real Estate, comes from the ability to be more personable with the people that she’s working with. She helps clients buy and sell homes all over El Paso. Kristen also works with a lot of veterans, active duty military on Ft. Bliss and young families. She is currently continuing her education in real estate to garner her Military Relocation Professional certification, an important certification in a highly-populated military city. She is attentive and readily available for all of her clients saying that her mission is to make sure “…their goal is met and they are happy with the process.”
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Ozzie Chavez, Harris Real Estate Group 7100 Westwind Dr., Ste. 260 El Paso, TX 79912 (915) 241-9834 email@example.com
Ozzie Chavez of Harris Real Estate Group “My job is to educate [my clients] on the construction
His real estate is not limited to residential. Ozzie is also proficient in selling
process and the home they’re buying,” says Ozzie Chavez.
commercial spaces and works with clients on rental and leasing properties as
Working with the Harris Real Estate Group, Ozzie has
well. His team’s primary focus is on their home developer, Palo Verde Homes, who
found his niche in real estate, engaging with people and
have been named the best home builders for the past three years. His team, the
getting them into, and out of, the spaces they want. With
Harris Real Estate Group, have also been named the number one real estate team
his personable approach, Ozzie states, “[I’m] not geared
in 2016 and 2017. His genuine efforts to help people and work with them through
towards the transactions, it’s more about the connections.”
all aspects of home buying have reinforced the reason they have achieved this title
He usually works with various family members, gaining
and why people continue to work with him. He is the experienced realtor that you
business through the long-term relationships he builds.
want on your side.
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Jennifer Cullers, Realtor® with ERA Sellers & Buyers 780 N. Resler Dr. El Paso, Texas 79912 Cell: (915) 471-0542 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Cullers, Realtor® with ERA Sellers & Buyers Life-long resident of El Paso, Jennifer Cullers, Realtor® with ERA Sellers & Buyers, doesn’t just know her city well, she knows real estate better than the average agent. A prior deli owner of downtown’s Pike Street Market, Jennifer got her start in real estate after selling her business in 2012, and points to that very sales transaction as to what inspired her to become licensed the exact same year. Married to the owner of Cullers Homes, she says that venturing into real estate was rather a “natural transition.” Fast-forward to the present, Jennifer now enjoys a thriving career as a Multi-Million Dollar Producer and focuses mainly in residential real estate, specializing in new homes, and as a true local, says that being “well-versed” in every area of our city gives her an edge. Then there’s Jennifer’s knowledge of new home construction and all of the intricate planning that goes along with it. She’s an expert in color schemes and coordinates colors for both custom built and presale homes, and everything from paint, tiles, fixtures and finishes. Jennifer’s also proficient in design and even does the interior staging for numerous model homes. With a knack for what’s trending in home design, coupled with her expertise in nearly every facet of residential real estate, she’s already ahead of the game. Jennifer says, “I just love being in real estate and want to continue growing,” and to that we say, “It shows!” By: VERONICA NEVAREZ photographed by: JOHN HORTA
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muj e r 2o18
| By: NATALIE ECKBERG |
—especially women of color—are used to being underserved, underrepresented and often undervalued.
In greater numbers than ever before, women
We will say that we are here and we are a
are demanding their place at the table—
force in whatever means we can—and for the
“I saw all these strong women coming
some via marches for equality, some through
women featured tonight, it is through art.”
together to demonstrate to support one
through artistic expression. “The art exhibit MUJER 2018 was conceived with the goal of helping Latinas find their voice,” said organizer Leslie Grey. Launched on International Women’s Day in cooperation with Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, the exhibit displays the works of 11 of the USMexico Border’s boldest female visual artists ranging from 18 to 75 years. “We need to find our voice,” said Leslie. “Latinas
and share their power in a way that is accessible but also encourages dialogue and consideration. No more hiding in the shadows. 46
was officially born in February when Leslie decided she wanted to coordinate an exhibit featuring the work of Latinas, but the idea had been circulating to do something of consequence after witnessing the 2017 Women’s March.
another and to advocate for change, and I said yes!” recalled Leslie. She then began sending out a call for art, gathering works from artists both in El Paso and in Ciudad Juárez. Her goal was to find artists using different media and styles that were connected through culture, talent and the shared experiences of being a mujer. Leslie focused on artists not well known for the exhibit. The task wasn’t always easy. Leslie, who doesn’t own a car, often had to walk across the bridge separating the United States from Mexico on foot carrying canvases as several of the women cannot legally cross the international www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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“I made the decision to feature artists that were not as established,” she said. “It was important to me to do that. But as I’d talk to these women about my plans for the exhibit, many of the women were hesitant, saying: ‘I’m not ready. Why would you want to showcase my work? I’ve never shown anywhere.’ But I would tell them: ‘We are showing your work the way it is now. It is great just the way it is.’”
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“You don’t have to have a fancy degree or have the backing of an art gallery to be an artist,” Leslie continued. “You just have to have a story to tell. Their art—their story—is just as
powerful as the women behind the artwork.” What is especially moving, said Leslie, is the ways in which the women’s stories—all so different were all so much the same. “It didn’t matter in the end if the artist was 18 and just starting out or if she was 75. The creative force behind the pieces overstepped
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art,” she said “But there is
wants. We all have a history
a vibrancy in the young people
of coming from creative and
who are bringing art to our area. And
resourceful women. If you see a
these artistic traditions run through the
mother making a meal for the day, she will open her pantry and work with whatever is there. She will make do with what she finds. And as an artist, we do the same.” Salma Escorza, 18 years, was among the featured artists. As a young photographer in the MUJER 2018 Exhibit, she found support and enthusiasm during her first exhibit that has stayed with her in the weeks since. “This experience has really pushed me to challenge myself,” said Salma, who has been photographing the world since she was 7-years-old and hopes to one day be a fashion photographer. “I want to get out there and do more and see what else I can accomplish. 50
What I really enjoy doing is portraying different perspectives through the photography— including what [the subjects] may be insecure about. I like to embrace the different parts of them. And I’ve enjoyed sharing this work with the community.” For Estela Reyes Lopez, Media Relations and Public Information Officer for Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc., community is at the heart of why they chose to collaborate on the exhibit. “Unfortunately, when most people think of Segundo Barrio, they think of poverty, not
bloodlines of our community’s artists. Our ancestors have always used art to tell stories and now these artists are breathing new life into sculpture, painting and other forms of art—and they are doing it with a proud and unapologetic Chicano flavor.” Artists involved include Leslie Grey, Nairetni Interian, Carmen Navar, Salma Escorza, Kelia Lee, Mayra Garcia, Addie Montes, Ana Paulina, Gabriela Saetre, Vanessa Quintana and Maria Lovely. The MUJER 2018 Art Exhibit was made possible thanks to support from the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural-Affairs Department. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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As Simple as Math April, 2018
| By: ANDY MARTINEZ photography by: JESSE MAYNES |
April, 2018 or many teenagers, the prospect of starting and managing a business may appear like a long
term goal that would take years of planning and strategizing. First comes college, then comes work experience, and ultimately, the resources to get to the drafting process of an effective business model. For 17-year-old, recent high school graduate, Levi Moreno, this entire plan was solved as simply as any algebra equation. Levi’s Tutoring Services, a business with the tagline, “Got 99 problems? Let me help solve one,” comes as a refreshing alternative to what would otherwise be a rigid extension of the already-difficult coursework that a student might be trying to get through. “I notice that most of my clients need help with math and that is my personal favorite, some history as well as language arts and science,” said Levi. Problems, as it seems, don’t faze Levi that much. In a brush-off-the-shoulder, matter-of-fact manner, Levi explains his experience with Wolfram’s syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by earlyonset diabetes, optic atrophy and deafness, this is a condition that Levi has had to learn to adapt to throughout his young life. “When I was five, I got diagnosed with diabetes and around the age of eight I started losing my hearing. Then, when I was 12, I got visually impaired. Even so, when I tutor, if I can’t hear my clients or I can’t really see the colors or what they’re doing, I’ll just ask them to repeat it. It’s not hard,” said Levi. Levi then promptly returned to speaking about his business and his goals. The realization that Levi doesn’t pay much mind to his condition elicits a thought of relief, in that although there may be certain general perceptions when it comes to disabilities, coming to terms with and accepting them as a part of daily life, is the most crucial step in disallowing them from unfavorably affecting goals and aspirations. “Do not give up, we didn’t cause these things ourselves but they’re there and there’s no reason for us to stop or give up. Just keep going.” For Levi, this is just a part of his everyday life that he doesn’t consider a hindrance but rather a simple additional aspect of his life. Despite this, he’s committed to providing a comprehensive way for
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children from K-8th to understand subjects that they may be struggling with. “If I understand a subject, what if I help others understand it the same way? I make it fun, that’s why I got into the tutoring business.” Uniquely, and in an effort to connect with his young client base while maintaining an academic outlook, Levi has turned to Instagram and used it as a way to expand his mission. “I like to post little jokes and puns on Instagram and sometimes even riddles for others to solve to give an idea of how I tutor. I try to not make it boring. I use illustrations and try to make it fun.” Levi’s Tutoring Service has maintained a steady client base throughout its first year in business, and as far as growing the business: “I plan on keeping it the same, I want to be able to have that personal one-on-one relationship with each of my clients,” said Levi. Despite any challenges that Levi has faced, and will continue to face in his personal life as well as through any future business venture, for him, a disability and a math problem evoke the same response: “There’s always a way around it. Even if they think it’s tough or if they’re going through a hard time, always keep trying and keep pushing on.”
| By: GRACE THE PSYCHIC LADY |
mudging is a Native North American practice of cleansing the environment through an ancient smoke ritual. Smudging involves burning small bundles of herbs to physically and spiritually cleanse homes and people in an effort to clear negative energy and replace it with positive. Smudging can also be used to purify the mind, body and spirit before prayer, meditation, ritual, or ceremonies.
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Here are a few different types of sage for burning and their purposes.
is the most commonly
used sage. Excellent for meditation, divination , smudging,
useful for attracting peace, happiness and restful
sleep. Also reduces depression, grief and sorrow.
cleansing and purification.
is a rare grass which
is found growing wild in very few places. Traditionally, sweetgrass is believed to invite in good spirits. Particularly useful in sacred spaces.
is related to Frankincense,
Myrrh and Copal. It is also known as the holy wood. When burned, the smoke is believed to have both medicinal and therapeutic healing powers.
is said to be ruled
by the moon. Traditionally used for enhancing psychic abilities, magical protection, healing and spiritual strength. Excellent for meditation and divination.
When smudging your space, it is important to be very deliberate and methodical. A great best practice is to start at the front entrance of a space and work clockwise entering each room with a burning smudge stick. Some people find that a smudge stick is difficult to lightâ€”in this case, you may consider cutting open the bundle and burning it inside an abalone shell. As you smudge each room, be sure to start in the corner and work through the entire spaceâ€”including closets, cabinets and drawersâ€”to expel stashed-away negative energy. Finish each room until you are back at the front door again. Another common practice is to move the smudge stick in the pattern of a cross while reciting a prayer. Some people also like to use an eagle feather to help move the smoke as part of this practice. It is important to set the intention that the smoke is releasing negativity from the space. In attempting to release the energy, you can also open doors, windows and turn on ceilings fans to aid in the process.
aids to stimulate and revive when
tired in body, mind or spirit. Smoke believed to aid clairvoyance. Also useful for purification and to stimulate contact with other worlds. Burned during the plague to resist disease.
Finally, it is key that you pay attention to the smoke itself. If the smoke is dark, spend extra time in that area until the smoke clears as an indicator something negative has been released. If you are wanting to ensure a greater impact, smudging on a full moon can be very powerful when clearing a space. It is always a good time to smudge after an illness, argument, or moving into a new residence. www.Gracethepsychiclady.com\
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El Paso Home to
Texas Firsts | By: LAUREN MACIAS-CERVANTES photos courtesy of: TXDOT |
hen you drive down a state roadway
Loop 375 (Purple Heart Boulevard) northbound
in the Borderland, you probably don’t
to Spur 601 (Liberty Expressway) westbound.
think twice about the engineering
The DDI addresses congestion by allowing
behind it. Years go into planning,
vehicles to travel more quickly through an
designing, then constructing a roadway. For
intersection by temporarily shifting traffic to
more than a century, The Texas Department
the left side of the road, allowing through-
of Transportation has worked to provide
traffic and left-turning traffic to proceed
and maintain a safe, reliable and integrated
through the intersection simultaneously. This
transportation system. In the El Paso District,
eliminates the need for left-turn arrows. The
that includes the implementation of several
configuration increases safety by reducing the
innovative construction solutions.
number of potential conflict points between cross-traffic and left-turn movements.
El Paso is home to the first diverging diamond
intersection, or DDI, in Texas. The unique
To help drivers maneuver through the new kind
design is located on Loop 375 and Spur 601
of route, another “first” was implemented
and was first opened on September 2, 2014.
with an in-pavement lighting pilot project in
It was constructed to reduce congestion
2015. The illumination is similar to the lighting
caused by heavy left-turn movements from
used on airport runways and guides drivers
through the intersection. The technology, able
Constructed in 2015, the design helped
Paso District was the pioneer and the first in
to withstand truck and vehicle impacts, helped
address heavy traffic and pedestrian travel
the state to design and construct monotube
avoid confusion and improved safety while
through the complex intersection. The dual
overhead sign bridges on interstate and state
testing the markers for future construction
designs have improved pedestrian pathways,
highways in Texas. The first sign was installed
projects. The in-pavement lights in the DDI
improved safety and increased efficiency and
in 2004 on US 85. Subsequent installations
were a groundbreaking tool in educating the
mobility in the area. Other states are now
were on Interstate 10 from Executive Center
public on this new type of intersection and
looking at the El Paso implementation to
to Raynolds. The design that replaced multi-
positioned TxDOT on the forefront of utilizing
duplicate the design as a solution in their state.
rail truss bridges, is more aesthetic and entails less maintenance. This particular
these lights for vehicular roadways. And what would we do without those sign
design subsequently became a state standard
The first modern roundabouts on a state
bridges that let us know how far our exits
available for statewide use by all districts.
system are located at the intersection of
are? They may only look like massive green
Alameda Avenue (SH 20) and Paisano Drive.
posts to you, but they also are a first. The El
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We also have a first for financing. Texas Inner
was constructed in 1985, and is owned and
Loop Spur 601 represents one of the first
operated by TxDOT and the Government
projects developed as a pass-through financing
of Mexico. The United States side of the
agreement (also known as shadow tolling) in the
bridge connects to US Route 67 which leads
United States. This approach can involve either
to Marfa, Texas, and FM 170. The Mexican
a private firm or public agency, which provides
side of the bridge in Ojinaga, Chihuahua
up-front capital for project development in
connects to MEX 16 and CHIH 18. Since the
return for annual payments based on traffic
completion of the new highway between
levels on the facility. In this case, the Camino
Chihuahua City and Ojinaga in Mexico in late
Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA)
2003, commercial border crossings have
served as the conduit bond issuer on behalf
increased more than 300 percent at the
of a private developer. The $321 million dollar
Presidio-Ojinaga Port of Entry.
project involved the construction of a 4-lane, 7.4 mile divided freeway between US 54 and Loop
El Paso state roads may have you taking
375. The pass-through agreement combined
a second look the next time you see any
with private debt funding accelerated the start
signage or drive through the diverging
of the El Paso Spur 601 Project by an estimated
diamond intersection or double roundabout.
five to ten years.
A series of â€œfirsts,â€? these models were designed to improve your commute, they all
International acclaim? Yes. The first and only
have an innovative framework that helped
state owned international bridge is in the El
set our TxDOT district on the cutting edge of
Paso District. Located in Presidio, the bridge
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L o c a l A r t i s a n s C r a f t i n g f o r H e a lt h first met Juan and Wendy Barbosa in the early spring of 2017 at The Last Thursdays Art Crawl in downtown El Paso. Perusing the various vendors and artists in attendance peppered throughout the Union Depot, my eyes immediately magnetized to a large canvas, adjourned with an eight-legged cephalopod mollusk with its white-eyed stare. Upon further inspection, I was introduced to Green Octo, a local skin and hair care enterprise. As the cap was opened on the first vile of oil, it invaded the senses via the nostrils— then charged into my olfactory bulb and sent off and sparked various synapses. After my neural adventure and return to reality, Juan and his lovely wife Wendy shared an anecdote of the company’s beginning. Wendy was diagnosed with stage three Hodkinson Lymphoma in 2012. It was a grueling battle, and after copious amounts of procedures, surgeries and chemotherapy, Wendy’s cancer was in remission. The countless hours spent in various hospitals and being literally under the knife left her skin and hair forever damaged, or so she thought. “I tried everything, I went to various dermatologists and doctors and nothing they prescribed worked. After exhausting so many options my husband turned to me and said, ‘You’ve been a nurse for several years, why don’t you create something yourself?’” Wendy and her husband tapped into some chemistry skills and made various concoctions, combining various essential oils and vitamins, looking for the right combination that would be stable at various temperatures. They labored for three years until they got their first formula perfected. The balm
regenerated hair growth and cleared up Wendy’s skin, giving her back precious years and quality of life that cancer took from her—with all that this disease tried to steal, Wendy and Juan found a way to give back. They began developing more formulas to help others that had been in similar situations—from those suffering from hair loss and scarring, they wanted to find a way to heal others. “I have a sister who at the time was suffering from Universal Alopecia, and she was amazed at how quickly my hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes were returning after my battle. After explaining that I was using a serum that I had developed, she asked if she could try it out and see if it could help her situation. In six weeks, one of her biggest gaps had completely closed up. She told me, ‘You need to do this for other people.’ So, we decided to find a way to develop if on a larger scale and take it to market.” The success of the product and the brand has been astronomical— starting off at the local farmers market and online-only, to having local distributors carry their products and a storefront in downtown El Paso. They now not only carry their OG serums and balms, but have branched into the realm of everyday beauty products, producing lines of beard and skin oils for men, women, and children that still look to provide natural healing from everyday life. But don’t even think they forgot what got them started in the first place. The Green Octo family still finds ways to give back to those battling cancer, by creating special formulas for fighters such as Mia Gold, or by hosting their yearly art show that raises funds for families that are battling every 66
day. “Mia is a two-year-old that is battling stage three neuroblastoma
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and is currently being treated in Dallas. She has gone through aggressive surgeries and rounds of chemo; she’s a tough little girl. My husband Juan developed a special formula [scent] for her. When she is getting intubated she loves having her hands massaged with the oil. We donate [the profits] to her because the family has to travel and they have expenses. The little that we can do, we give to them. I was diagnosed when I was thirty. Nothing in the world prepares you for that. My family and I know what it feels like to go through this. We want to give back and help those who are going through this battle.” But why the name Green Octo? To Juan and Wendy, the octopus was very symbolic to them. It’s peaceful, smart and represents self-healing. The color green ties in with the natural aspect of their product, to them the mascot and name was a no-brainer, the amalgamation of the two symbols unified their mission with their business—to help others heal through natural efforts. When asking them the best part about these past few years, Wendy doesn’t hesitate to answer, “It’s all about meeting people who we have helped. Plain and simple. That’s what it is all about. It’s connecting with people in similar circumstances and knowing we helped them.” A communication scholar once said, “It’s not the story itself that is striking—it’s the linkage the stories have to other things.”
Online Dating Profiles
| By: JANNET BUSTILLOS |
here’s a reason why the show “Catfish” on MTV has been so popular. The show entails catching people who are using fake profiles in order to date or scam people. With so many online dating apps out there, stumbling upon a fake profile is not uncommon. Unfortunately,
it is relatively easy to steal someone’s identity on the internet nowadays. While I’m not an expert in investigating online profiles, I have done extensive research on the topic of deciphering online profiles and what red flags we should look for. What does the profile say?
What country are they from?
You may be able to find the first red flag by simply reading over their
According to Seeking Arrangement and TC LogiQ, after reviewing
profile. Most fake profiles do not take the time to fill in all the sections.
60,000 banned profiles they found that 28 percent were from Nigeria,
Also take into consideration that it may be a fake profile if the about
23 percent were from the Ukraine and 21 percent from the Philippines.
me section is full of grammatical errors and if they have trouble with
Unless you are looking for an international love affair, I would be careful
basic English. People who really want to meet someone special will
divulging information with anyone, especially from a different country.
put in the time and effort to make their profile perfect. If their profile seems a bit sketchy, proceed with caution.
Are the messages generic? Time is of the essence to a scammer. They don’t like to waste time,
“You get what you pay for”
meaning they will not put in hours to try to get to know you. What
Free dating apps tend to have the most fake profiles. Most people
you’ll end up getting is something that’s copied and pasted and that
who are catfishing will not bother to spend money on a monthly
replaces your name with the last person they communicated with.
If there is no depth to their messages and they’re responding with simple questions, it’s an indication that something is not right.
A picture can make all the difference Photos on an online profile is one of the most important aspects.
Are they asking for money?
Their picture is the first thing that catches our attention. A real person
Remember online dating scammers are pros at what they do. They
will have real photos that showcase their personality or hobbies,
are really good at coming up with sob stories that may be hard to turn
while a fake person will not risk getting caught by uploading too many
a blind eye to. You’ve got to be strong and fight the urge to help, even
if you’re a big softy.
Is the photo too perfect?
Are there discrepancies in their story?
Photos that look too perfect should be a huge red flag. Be on the lookout
Lying to someone online is easy because you’re not having to look
for stock photos, meaning photos that have plain backgrounds (e.g.,
that person in the eye, but if you do it for long enough and to a lot of
white). If you’re unsure if the photo is indeed the person you are talking
people, it’s going to catch up with you. If you’re catching the online
to or not, there are different resources that can help, such as: TinEye and Google’s reverse image search.
person you’re talking to in several lies or they tend to change their story often, I would take a step back and reconsider talking to that person.
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ike in much of this beautiful city, the west side of El Paso, Texas has been experiencing its own share of growth. In the last few years, a small area, a bit west of the university,
has seen several different eateries, townhomes and office spaces pop up. There are now new and exciting places to shop and live. There’s even a spot to throw a couple back while having a meal and watching the next blockbuster movie. In the heart of all this new development, on the corner of Castellano and Montecillo, stands the Glory Road Barber Shop. Just like the business’s sign, the shop itself is putting a new spin on tradition. Upon walking up to the establishment’s door, the first thing to likely catch the eye is how in place of the traditional red, white, and blue barber pole, there is a sign with a barber pole sporting a Miner-themed color scheme. Eight stylish dark wood stations with a vintage look, brought in from New York, make up the barber shop. The four stations on the left, and four on the right, with a porcelain pedestal sink sitting between
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every two stations, gives the shop a very
joy. “I was waiting for them for so long,” Alexis
comforting and symmetrical look. The shelves
says with an excitement in her voice.
are filled with hair care products by Johnny B. and Esquire. If unsure of what styling gel,
While new to being a business owner, Alexis
mousse, or hairspray is right for you, simply
is far from inexperienced in cutting and styling
tell an employee what you are looking for in a
hair. She was able to make a little of her own
product and they will be more than happy to
money while in middle school, when word
point you in the right direction. If you are a fan
quickly spread of her talent, after styling a
of really cool things, take the time to check out
schoolmate’s hair for a quinceañera. She
the clock on the wall. It is made out of a real
convinced her parents to drive her around
LP vinyl record.
to different hair appointments during the weekends. In return, Alexis gave them a little
Having done her research, Alexis Cook-Aguirre
gas money, she also agreed to put a percentage
found that in all of El Paso, the west side of
aside for savings. By her own admission, “I
the city had the least amount of options when it
used to have a problem with scissors when I
came to the barber shop experience. This was
was younger,” Alexis says jokingly. “I got in
one of the main factors in the Socorro, Texas
trouble for cutting peoples hair all the time.”
native’s decision to step out of her comfort zone
She also recalls being scolded for cutting one of
and begin growing her business on the opposite
her sibling’s hair, and again for giving the family
side of the city she calls home. Towards the
dog bangs. She remembers spending much of
earlier part of October 2017, Alexis opened up
her youth with a pair of scissors in her hands.
shop, and for the first two months in operation,
she handled all aspects of the business on her
After becoming licensed in 2007, Alexis began
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eing a mother is a bundle of emotions,
circumstances and situations. Having a child is no easy feat whether it is raising one or
several. No matter who you are, where you come from or how many legs you have, being a first time mother is an honor,
to be respected. New mothers are stepping into
a completely new world with no set of instructions.
Spring is typically a very busy time at the El Paso Zoo (EPZ)
for new mothers; usually it means new arrivals of babies. Many of the zookeepers and veterinarian staff have begun noticing signs of pregnancy amongst the animals. These signs can include nesting behaviors and weight gain. Sometimes it is hard to tell if one of the animals is pregnant, some animals have adapted the strategy of hiding any evidence of pregnancy so they are not a target of predators.
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Recently, the El Paso Zoo announced a
The El Paso Zoo also suspects that two of their
handful of anticipated spring and summer
female peninsular pronghorn antelopes are
babies. Brianna, a Przewalskiâ€™s horse (Asian
pregnant. Last spring two healthy sets of twins
wild horse), is pregnant. In a recent press
were born. Along with two other U.S. zoos, the
release, EPZ commented on their guarded
El Paso Zoo is cooperating in breeding what is
optimism about her pregnancy. Zoo staff is
a highly endangered subspecies of pronghorn
said to be hopeful that this will be her first
found on the Mexican Baja peninsula. Zoo
full-term pregnancy. Brianna, was recently
staff has assisted at facilities in the Baja during
transferred to the El Paso Zoo from the
calving season, as well. The most recent birth
National Zoo in Washington D.C. Asian
at the El Paso Zoo was a young male addax
wild horses were once extinct in the wild
calf, born to first time parents Makena and
and zoos are assisting in their successful
Blender. Addax, also referred to as white
recovery and reintroduction into their native
antelope, are reported as highly endangered in
ranges in Mongolia.
their home ranges in Africa.
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April, 2018 The Association of Zoo and Aquarium (AZA) has various cooperative breeding plans
Program (SSP™) which all of these animals are a part of. AZA states that SSP Programs “are led by expert advisors
together to maximize genetic diversity, appropriately manage the demographic distribution and long-term sustainability of
recommended Animal Programs within AZA member institutions.” Thankfully, EPZ participates in programs like these along with other accredited zoos. The El Paso Zoo invites everyone to come visit this spring and summer to see all of the zoo babies!
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with Barcelona Wish | By: ROSE LUCERO |
m a k e - A - W i s h e l pa s o
hey say that life is like soccer:
I’ve always wanted to do!”
you need Goals! Goals give
The very next day, Daniel, his mother, his
us direction and something to
sister and his younger brother hopped on a
look forward to, both on and
plane (or two) and crossed the Atlantic Ocean
off the field—and much like wishes that are
traveling 5,653 miles to begin the journey for
granted through Make-A-Wish® to children
Daniel’s life-changing wish. As part of his
ages two to eighteen who are facing critical
wish, Daniel got to meet his favorite players
medical conditions—goals are unique in the
and even got some autographs. As if that
sense that no two goals are ever alike. Each
wasn’t enough, he got a private tour of Camp
one gives us the opportunity to experience
Nou, the official stadium of FC Barcelona that
was built in 1957. As the largest stadium in Europe, with the seating capacity of 99,354,
For 18-year-old, Daniel, out of El Paso, the
the stadium has hosted several cup games
wish—or goal, depending on how you see
in its 60-year life span, as well as the 1992
it—to see his favorite soccer team, based out
Summer Olympics. Daniel and his family had
of Spain, seemed just like that: a wish in the
the chance to spend a total of seven days in
distance. On March 5, 2018, Daniel made his
Spain, getting to explore the best of the area
way to Top Golf, a national corporate partner
which included Gaudi’s park, its beautiful
of Make-A-Wish, to what he believed was
churches and anywhere else their Barcelona
an outing with his family and his sister’s
Card could get them to.
friends. Much to his surprise, Daniel walked onto the main deck of the newly-built Top
It is because of generous donors, dedicated
Golf on El Paso’s westside and learned, in
volunteers and valuable partners in the
front of a team of Top Golf management
community that each wish becomes a reality.
and employees, that he would, indeed, get
In this case, we scored!
to meet his favorite team, FC Barcelona. Daniel’s wish was being granted! As part
Every eligible child needs a wish to count on.
of his wish reveal, Daniel received a team
To learn more about how to get involved or
jersey, a team scarf and a team pullover. In
to donate, visit ntx.wish.org or call our local
the very own words of a shocked Daniel,
office here in El Paso at 915-855-8700.
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Fitness ver wonder why you’re having such a hard time losing weight,
artificial colorings and preservatives, but added sugar is definitely the
even though you think you’re eating healthy? The truth is,
most common—especially with reduced fat foods.
many foods we think are healthy (usually thanks to cleverly
marketed boxes) may be far from it. Some have hidden ingredients like
Always remember that just because there’s a nutrition-oriented
trans fats, which the body has a hard time breaking down. Others have
statement on the package like “fat-free” or “whole grain” or “100% juice”, doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain an alarming amount of sugar.
Here are the top five “healthy foods” containing hidden sugar: 1. Breakfast Cereals It’s obvious that cereals like “Reese’s Puffs” and “Lucky Charms”, that are targeting
like soup, right? So, just check the labels, there’s usually always a lower sugar options.
children, are packed with sugar, but even
the more adult options, like granola, are not
Some smoothie companies make a killing
as nutritious as they appear. A single bowl
on advertising “healthy” smoothies while
of “Quaker Oat Granola” has 23 grams of
secretly loading in the sugar for that sweet
sugar. As a personal trainer, I always advise
taste we all crave. Many of them do this by
my clients to avoid foods that contain over 15
using concentrated fruit juice to make it taste
grams of sugar per serving.
What to eat instead: Muesli is an option
What to eat instead: Making your own
that’s lower in fat and sugar. You can also
smoothie is always going to be the safest
make your own sugar free granola with
option, but when going to a restaurant
recipes found online.
double-check with your waiter to ask if they’re using concentrated fruit juice and try
2. Sushi A lot of people think rice and vegetables
to find places that only use fresh ingredients.
must be healthy but the reality is that sushi
5. All kinds of bread
is very high in calories and salt. And yes,
By now, if you’ve been watching what you
unfortunately, sushi rice wouldn’t be sushi
eat, you should know that white bread is full
rice without some added sugar.
of sugar. Don’t be fooled by these “whole wheat” and “Multi-Grain” breads—a lot of
What to eat instead: When eating Asian
them are brown thanks to caramel coloring.
cuisine, sashimi is always the healthiest
And these breads surprisingly also contain
option. Some places now make brown rice
added sugars. Check the label first, some
sushi or rice-less sushi as well.
brands can contain up to 16 grams of sugar per slice.
3. Commercial sauces & soups Whether it’s your favorite salad dressing, a savory tomato sauce, or a chicken noodle soup, almost anything in a jar or can will come with loads of added sugar.
What to eat instead: Rye Bread is the healthiest option of a processed food like bread. It has a lower glycemic index, meaning it won’t turn into sugars that turn into fat in your body.
What to eat instead: Check the labels— there’s really no need for added sugar in things
Borrowed from the
| By: KRYSTA AYERS |
Fa s h i o n i s ta
his yearâ€™s spring runway fashions were bold and enticing. Designers behind massive fashion houses such
as Balenciaga, Versace, Calvin Klein and Paco Rabanne were set to higher standards of creativity and inventiveness. They delivered. The spring ready-to-wear runways were filled with florals, bold colors, mixed patterns and even brought plaid back. Another noticeable trend were the silhouettes on the models strutting down their designated walk way. Fabric draped over to hide most curves was a unifying detail in most of the designerâ€™s collections. Think slip dresses, long A-line skirts and boxed tops. So, how can we incorporate these high-fashion trends into every day fashion in El Paso? April in El Paso brings a lot of heat, but so can our clothes. By taking some of these details and trends, we can borrow from the runway and bring them into our lives. The long, heavy fabric of an A-line skirt seen on the runway may not work with the heat in El Paso, but finding something in a lighter material, or finding something shorter, is your better option. If there is anything that can be taken from the collections, itâ€™s that comfort is slowly starting to become a priority. Though the details are bold, the fabric is loose-fitting, allowing movement and ease for your daily routine. When looking back at those bold prints, most of them color-blocking or floral, and the necklines, patterns and silhouettes, it is reminiscent of another time in history. Louis Vuitton created bold blazers, detailed with large buttons, bell sleeves and a hi-low concept. The collection was very much an ode to the Victorian style of old Paris, it is still a wearable wardrobe. Add this to your closet with bold colors and tailored shoulders to make that same, daring statement. Alexa Chung, queen of London (not really) and comfortable clothes, kept true to her signature style in her 2018 collection. With overalls, long pioneer women dresses and matching pajama pantsuits, the queen of
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reigns all. Keep that stripped button-down
closet and add some bold flared bottoms. If you can, and your office allows it, try out the pajama pant suit. Not only will you be the
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most stylish, but you’ll also be the most comfortable. If you’re looking for something
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a little more sophisticated but along the same realm, take it from the book of Mara Hoffman. Devoid of the crazy patterns, her collection focused on the various cuts and hems, sticking to breezy colors (think white, satin orange, blue and white plaid, etc.). She keeps the classic satin slip dresses in simple silhouettes and adds playful, large sleeves to her matching tops and bottoms. This gradual turn from tight, sheer fabrics and garments are exactly what fashion needed right now. In looking for inspiration from the past, we have found ourselves in a new era of classic hems and a new sense of comfort that can (finally!) be found in the clothes that we wear. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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Secrets for Long Lasting Makeup | By: ELYSE SIMONS |
e are not lazy. We just want to put on our makeup in the morning, have it be bulletproof and not touch it again throughout the day.
Whether going to work, watching a sad movie, attending a party or
going out on the town, itâ€™s nice to not have to worry about a makeup meltdown. It can be pretty embarrassing interacting with the world only to discover that your face has lost all of the beautiful foundation color that you applied earlier, or that you have mascara running down your cheeks. Iâ€™ve done the web surfing for you on my best
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beaut y Start your makeup with Skindinavia Makeup Primer
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primers have no place on your face! Get perfect makeup and a virtually poreless, more even-toned complexion. This siliconefree primer mist delivers a smooth canvas for impeccable, long-wear makeup application, and offers long-term skin benefits as well.” www.skindinavia.com Use a wax-based foundation rather than a heavy coat of makeup and you’ll never see your face makeup disappearing throughout the day. One of my favorites is RCMA, “It’s made with 50% pigments and 50% emollients. Whether you need full coverage or a natural look, build it up or sheer it down, its perfect for any occasion.” www.limelightbyalcone.com My concealer of choice is Dermacolor Camouflage Cream by Kryolan, “A camouflage concealer crème is considered the best professional cover up. It is long-lasting, waterproof, and opaque yet feels light on the skin. It can completely conceal tattoos, veins, dark under-eye circles and skin discolorations.” www.limelightbyalcone.com Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra by Mally Beauty is the perfect solution for a quick, long-wearing eye that looks incredible all day. “The shadow stick is your primer, shadow base, and eye shadow all in one. You can wear it alone, or pair it with different shades to create a fierce eye look.” www.ulta.com Want a waterproof liquid liner that enables you to create a variety of eye-opening effects? Try Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner from Stila Cosmetics. “This formula glides on with ease, dries quickly and won’t smudge or run day-into-night. It results in beautifully defined eyes that will leave a lasting impression.” www.stilacosmetics.com Many women consider waterproof mascara an essential in their beauty arsenals, as it will help you avoid raccoon eyes. You can even wear waterproof mascara on your lower lashes without fear of smudges. Try Aqua Smoky Lash by Make Up For Ever, “an ultra-pigmented, volumeenhancing formula that is waterproof.” www.sephora.com You’ve finished your makeup; now ensure it actually lasts through the day and holds up against the elements by using Skindinavia Finishing Spray. “Clinically proven to keep colors vibrant and make creasing concealer and faded foundation a thing of the past. It applies as a lightweight, breathable mist to set and hold your makeup in place for up to 16 hours.” www.skindinavia.com
His Prerogative April, 2018
| By: ANDY MARTINEZ |
rooming and skincare trends can come and go as quickly as the changing seasons. With that, there are some
products that fall by the wayside as well as some that make a lasting impression that can establish their footing as a staple in many peopleâ€™s routines. Personally, there are just some steps in my get ready routine that I canâ€™t see going away anytime soon, as well as some new additions that have left me pleasantly surprised. Here are two mainstays that everyone should consider implementing into their routine as well as two new ones that are definitely worth a shot.
H I s P r e r o g at i v e
1 Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion I picked up this little bottle when I was still in high school. I had just made my first venture into
a skincare routine that didn’t look like I had raided the clearance section of Neutrogena. After some research, and with my teenage skin beckoning for proper attention, (high school acne was rough y’all) I came across this simple solution that many called an “overnight zit zapper.” Even now, with a balanced skin routine and minimal breakouts, I reach over for this trusty tool every time I so much as suspect that my skin might surprise me with an unwelcomed pimple.
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2 Every Man Jack Citrus Scrub Body Wash A drugstore alternative to drugstore options. The guilt-free biodegradable jojoba scrubbing beads gently exfoliate to reveal smooth and bright skin while the fresh scent of the essential oils livens up your mood. Perfect for a refreshing and reinvigorating post work/gym shower.
_________________________________________________________________________ $6.50 | everymanjack.com
3 Perricone MD Cold Plasma
For an all-encompassing concentrate that tackles the majority of skin problems, this treatment works just as well as a preventative measure. Fine lines, enlarged pores and discoloration are just some of the issues that this product tackles. Use every morning and night before moisturizing to take full advantage of its benefits.
_________________________________________________________________________ $149 | perriconemd.com
4 Lab Series Oil Control Face Wash For those of us with skin that leans more toward the oilier side of the spectrum, ordinary face washes might not cut it, as in cut through all the grease. Not only does this face wash keep the shine and grime under control, but it does so while controlling excess sebum production as well as treating the skin for potential breakouts with salicylic acid.
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| By: KRYSTA AYERS |
National Level Though no one is ever quite sure who comes up with these “National Days,” we are here for them. It’s really just a time for us to celebrate our favorite things in life, and why shouldn’t we? In April, we can look forward to National Beer Day (4/7), National Empanada Day (4/8) and National Picnic Day (4/23). Who cares if they’re real or not, go on and celebrate.
Keep it Analog Your wrist game should be analog. Sure, your Apple watch is cool and sleek, but it’s too busy. Keep things classic and simple by switching back to your analog watch. Men and women, you don’t need that kind of distraction on your wrist when you’re trying to get things done or have a work meeting.
Namaste in Shape Yoga has been in for a long time, but it seems that the number of participants in EL Paso has grown immensely. Not only is it great for staying in shape, but it’s also calming for your soul and great for mental health. Roll out a mat, no matter what your gender, and enjoy the practice of yoga. Find a local studio near you. 98
You have no excuse to not support local
Enough with the plastic water bottles—
when it comes to coffee shops. El Paso
honestly, why are you paying for water
has been popping up new coffee shops
anyway? Not only are you hurting the
left and right over the past few years. Ditch
planet, you’re hurting it for no reason.
the Starbucks and take your money to the
Get yourself a refillable water bottle and
hard-working, local business owners.
carry it around with you everywhere. At home, either get yourself a Brita or invest in a water cooler. Those last two options are great for people who insist that water tastes funny out of the fountain—get yourself a purifier and call it a day.
Snapchat I think that even those of us who don’t Snapchat often can agree that this app has seen its day. With all of the changes and ad spaces that come with it, it has become too much work to even find your friend’s stories. (Even Kylie Jenner dissed it recently). Let’s all move over to Instagram and keep up with our aesthetics instead.
Canadaâ€™s National Treasure | By: MARIE MOORE |
hether you fancy a skate on the frozen
The National Gallery of Canada (designed by
Rideau Canal or a stroll through millions
Moshe Safdie) is easily identified by its glass
of tulips donated by the Netherland’s
towers facade. Favored exhibits feature The Group of Seven, authentic aboriginal and
Queen Juliana, Canada’s capital is lovely.
Inuit artworks. Ottawa hugs the southeastern border of Ontario. Its population is about one million, but
it’s not the bustling city you’d expect. Instead,
mahogany carvings by Parizeau and the four
Ottawa is the diplomatic and cultural mecca
evangelists, prophets and apostles by Louis-
of the geographically second largest country
in the world. Interesting military perspective awaits in the Towering
Canadian War Museum, where miniature
exhibits and life-size dioramas thrust observers
Victorian Gothic sandstone architecture. My
into the heart of battle. Colorful storyboards
favorite, and most visited, is the library. Built in
describe the fierce Iroquois nation, Canada’s
1916, its unique octagon shape, distinguished
victory over the U.S. in 1812 and participation
interior and historical archives deserve a visit.
in both World Wars.
The Peace Tower is most photographed
The “Diefenbunker” or Cold War Museum
because of its captivating sculpture garden
offers visitors a rare glimpse of an underground
and daily patrols of Royal Canadian Mounted
Police who drill on the front lawn.
officials during nuclear attack while The Canada
Aviation and Space Museum houses replicas Rideau Canal connects Ottawa to Lake Ontario.
of the Silver Dart, fighter planes from both
Locks lift hundreds of recreational boats three
World Wars and seaplanes used to explore
seasons per year, but during winter, the frozen
Canada’s uncharted northern wilderness.
canal becomes a 200-kilometer skating rink.
Overlooking the fun, is the Chateau Laurier, a
The Byward Market’s open-air collection of
magnificent hotel that’s as close as it gets to a
fruit, flower and vegetable stalls opened in
Canadian medieval castle.
1846. They supplement larger selections in 101
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April, 2018 the main market hall. Also on site: a variety of yummy dining facilities. Other must-see sights: National Gallery of Canada (eclectic architecture housing Canadian/international collections), fashionable Upper Town (Wellington, Kent, O’Connor, Metcalfe
pedestrian mall), Bank of Canada building (Arthur Erickson masterpiece with twelve floors of tinted glass and immense atrium), Currency Museum (coins from ancient China, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, medieval Europe, the Renaissance and current North America). From Dows Lake Pavilion and the Canadian Museum of Nature to the RCMP Musical Ride Center and stables, Ottawa offers stunning outdoor vistas. The National Archives of Canada hosts the largest collection of Canadian sheet music in the world. There is so much variety that I recommend at least four days in Canada’s Capital.
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Potatoes and Salmon
efore I make a recipe, I break down the different flavors and textures I want to use. Chimichurri sauce is always in constant rotation at my household because it’s easy to incorporate it into a variety of
dishes. Traditionally, chimichurri is an herby/oily topping for grilled meats, or as a dipping sauce for meat empanadas. Once you have a good chimichurri it’s hard to replace it. Substitute it as a dressing or binding agent to keep the freshness at the forefront of any dish. It’s rare to have a side dish as the star of a meal, but its 2018 and we’re not following any of the rules. Potato salad on its own is a great side dish for the warmer days, and because it’s basically summer in El Paso
| By: JESSE MAYNES |
Chef’s tip For more bite, substitute green chimichurri for the red variation.
4 five-ounce salmon filets 1 bag baby Yukon gold potatoes 1 pound bacon 1 bunch parsley 1 bunch cilantro
already, I wanted to incorporate a fresher element into the dish that brightens up the pallet. A combination of chopped herbs, garlic, shallot and extra virgin olive oil really takes a classic potato salad and transforms it. Trust in the chimichurri and it will trust in you. Oh, and don’t forget the pan seared salmon that, if properly cooked, is smooth, meaty and fatty in all the best ways. In other words, get hungry and make this for someone you care about. They’ll love you more for it.
Finely chop parsley and cilantro, combine with oregano, minced garlic and shallot. Lightly stir in a bowl to combine,
3 tablespoons fresh oregano, finely chopped
add red pepper flake, salt/pepper, red wine vinegar and one cup olive oil. Mix to incorporate evenly, this makes your
1 shallot, minced
chimichurri. Cover and let rest in refrigerator. 2.
fresh dill (optional/garnish)
Cut potatoes in half width-wise and add to a sauce pot, cover potatoes in water with one inch excess on top. Bring to boil and cook until fork tender.
2 large cloves garlic, minced
While potatoes boil, add bacon to a cold pan and bring to medium high heat. Cook until crispy, remove from pan and
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
set aside to drain excess fat on a paper towel. 4.
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Once potatoes are fork tender, drain water and cool in refrigerator. After refrigerated and cooled, toss potatoes with chimichurri and chopped up bacon.
2 tablespoons canola oil
Heat 2 tablespoons canola oil with 2 tablespoons butter in a large sauté pan on medium high heat until butter is frothy.
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
Generously season salmon with salt and pepper on all sides, place into hot pan and lightly press down for 15-20
2 tablespoons butter
seconds to ensure even contact with the hot pan. This will keep your fish from curling up. Cook 2-3 minutes per side
or until salmon reaches an internal temp of 145 Fahrenheit. 6.
Serve salmon with a side of chimichurri potatoes and top with fresh dill for garnish.
CHop it like it’s hot
watch us cook this recipe on our YouTube! youtube.com/thecitymagazineep
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El Paso Comic Con ::: April 13-15
Downtown Artists and Farmers Market ::: Every Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Union Plaza Support local and get handmade goodies and freshly farmed produce. Admission: Free
5:00 p.m. Judson Williams Convention Center A pop culture phenomenon comes to El Paso with fun celebrity guests and events. Admission: $15 Info: ticketmaster.com
7:00 p.m. NMSU Pan American Center Put your two-stepping boots on and listen to country’s finest. Admission: $40 Info: ticketmaster.com
8:00 p.m. The Lowbrow Palace Come enjoy some live music at this local venue. Admission: $20 Info: lowbrowpalace.com
Thomas Rhett: Life Changes Tour ::: April 7
La Santa Cecilia ::: April 18
Texas Country Music Fest ::: April 14
7:30 p.m. El Paso County Coliseum Get your fill of country music at El Paso’s Country Music Fest. Admission: $25 Info: elpasolive.com
::: April 20
8:00 p.m. El Paso County Coliseum Music sensation, Maluma will be here and you don’t want to miss this performance. Admission: $80 Info: ticketmaster.com
Downtown Living Tour ::: April 7
11:00 a.m. Downtown Take a tour of the ever-growing downtown area and find your future downtown apartment. Info: downtownelpaso.com
::: April 18
7:30 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre Don’t miss out when ZZ Top performs all of their classic hits. Admission: $50+ Info: zztop.com/events
UTEP Miners Softball ::: April 20
7:00 p.m. Helen of Troy Complex Catch some UTEP softball as they play against Ole Miss. Admission: $5 Info: utepathletics.com
National Reputation. Local Expertise. Sun City Craft Beer Festival ::: April 21, 22
12:00 p.m. Convention Center Plaza Head downtown for a fun weekend of drinking craft beer. Make sure to get a DD. Admission: $25 Info: suncitycraftbeerfest.com
::: April 25
8:00 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Join Grammy-award winners, Zoé, as they bring their hit Spanish rock songs to El Paso. Admission: $50+ Info: ticketmaster.com
Mariachi Los Camperos ::: April 21
8:00 p.m. The Plaza Theatre This is your chance to come and see two-time Grammy winners. Admission: $25 Info: elpasolive.com
David Sedaris ::: April 27
8:00 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Back again, catch David Sedaris as he shares his sardonic wit. One of America’s prominent humor writers, you don’t want to miss this. Admission: $25 Info: ticketmaster.com
::: April 24
7:30 p.m. The Plaza Theatre Sing along to Vance Joy when he comes to El Paso. Admission: $35+ Info: elpasolive.com
Master Class: Sculpting with Digital Technology ::: April 28
12:00 p.m. El Paso Museum of Art Sculpt using digital technology and 3D printers with UTEP Professor Angel Cabrales. Admission: $75 Info: (915) 212-3056
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PAY IT FORWARD
Share your umbrella with a stranger on a rainy day.
Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighborhood, office, school, etc.
Compliment the first three people you talk to today. Leave unused coupons next to corresponding products in the grocery store.
Let someone with only a few items cut ahead of you in line at the grocery store.
Donate blood. One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
When someone wants to repay you for something, ask them to pay it forward.
Put some change in an expired parking meter. Donate cat and dog food to an animal shelter. Call and ask what is needed. 108
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Anson 11 $$-$$$
303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400
204 E. Mills Ave. | (915) 228-9050
Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the
From the same people that brought you 150 Sunset, Park Tavern is a
military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was
new lunch and dining experience in downtown. With many options
Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson
available, from creamy chicken pasta to buttery fried fish, this new
11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H
addition to the block is a welcoming place to satisfy your cravings.
The Downtowner $$ 325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200 Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.
Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O
$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF
Edge of Texas
8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak youâ€™ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.
$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H
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WESTSIDE April, 2018
5411 N. Mesa, Suite 1 | (915) 875-0034
6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621
Join Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano for lunch or dinner with Chef/Owner
Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips
Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest
and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will
seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,
satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have
and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O
lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR
Jerusalem Grill $$
Westside’s 3rd Hole
5380 N. Mesa St. | (915) 500-4357
1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577
Jerusalem is a low-key eatery where you can find authentic gyros,
There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated
baba ghanoush, shish kababs and more. Their appetizer combo is
as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El
complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita
Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We
and falafel. Your tastebuds will enjoy this retreat to an amazing
saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H
array of dishes. Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat. • We cater large or small events
The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and www.thecitymagazineelp.com celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
Italian Kitchen West
450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoor Italian.Kitchen. Westpatio
or intimate and comfortable atmosphere inside.www.theitaliankitchenelpaso.com Italian Kitchen West m is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from 115 an ocean away. O, PR
Mesa Street Grill $$$
150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801
3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881
Whether you’re looking for brunch, a quick lunch or a nice sit-down dinner
Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple
with views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The
Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is
Kitchen at 150 Sunset. Be sure to also check out our special wine dinners,
crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this
with a specially curated menu and wine pairing. Come and treat yourself.
dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H
P, H, DF, PR
R E S TAU R A N T & B A R
150 W. Castellano Drive Ste. D | (915) 229-6674
5860 N. Mesa St. Suite 130 | (915) 307-3346
Nosh creates delicious, freshly made, craft salads & prepared food items. A
Gusto is El Paso’s newest and most unique restaurant on the west
sustainable, fresh and fun concept, NOSH focuses on providing El Paso with
side. It features international cuisine that blends European with Latin-
healthy and delicious meals. Whether you’re on a specific diet or not, Nosh has
American flavors. Gusto will transport you to a different place with
something wholesome for you - including vegan, vegetarian, keto and paleo
a totally new taste experience. Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a
modern environment. PR
King Crab $$$
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200
1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697
This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working
You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre
ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O 116
bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood www.thecitymagazineelp.com is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H
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Subaru El Paso...............................................................Pg. 77
Indicium Display Network...................................... Pgs. 35, 76
Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 96
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino.................Pg. 9
Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists........Pg. 91
Institute of Regenerative Medicine...............................Pg. 29
Table Occasions.............................................................Pg. 57
Texas Country Music Fest.............................................Pg. 11
Jerusalem Grill...............................................................Pg. 18
The Hospitals of Providence.................................. Pgs. 13, 82
KTSM News Channel 9...............................................Pg. 118
The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 49
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The State Line...............................................................Pg. 52
Mesa Street Grill............................................................Pg. 17
Tropical Smoothie CafÃ©....................................................Pg. 8
Mix/Milan Salon and Spa.............................................Pg. 117
Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1
Walgreens................................................................. Pgs. 6, 7
Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 71
Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers...................................Pg. 85
Park Tavern....................................................................Pg. 31
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“SO GOOD IT SHOULD BE A SIN”
Join us as we celebrate the top 30 under 30 in our region. We asked for your nominations and were shocked at the diversification and outpour...
Published on Apr 1, 2018
Join us as we celebrate the top 30 under 30 in our region. We asked for your nominations and were shocked at the diversification and outpour...