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Ruby Gonzalez Racing Towards Success
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S u n l a n d Pa r k
Photo courtesy of: Coady Photography “I will teach you to sing, if you’ll teach my
hours, and the camaraderie with fellow riders.
Gonzalez practiced only once or twice a year.
daughter to ride.” This was the conversation
Even when the dangers and pressures of the
That was until she began working under S.
that sparked the beginning of a promising
sport are mentioned, she adamantly defends
Gonzalez’s tutelage, when no matter how
her career choice. There is no other business
hard she had hit the ground the day before,
she ever wants to be involved in.
she would return the next day, ready to jump
jockey Ruby Gonzalez’s father, Valentin,
right back in the saddle. From the beginning,
an accomplished mariachi and a racehorse trainer. His musical group had been hired to
Unlike many riders, R. Gonzalez did not grow
S. Gonzalez saw tremendous potential and
perform at trainer Sal Gonzalez’s ranch, and
up at the racetrack, nor did she ride horses
talent, an eagerness to learn and persevere.
when S. Gonzalez asked to sing along, it was
on a regular basis as a young girl. Her family
Soreness and falls became a regular part of R.
noticed that he needed a little guidance in his
lived in East El Paso, and as mentioned,
Gonzalez’s daily life, but did not dissuade her.
vocal pursuit. R. Gonzalez’s father seized the
her father made his living as a musician, a
She remained more determined than ever,
opportunity to make his daughter’s dreams
mariachi. Every weekend R. Gonzalez and
even when at her trainer’s insistence, it was
come true, and thus the deal was made, he
her two older brothers would watch their
time to make the intimidating transition from
would teach S. Gonzalez to sing, in exchange
father perform, eventually performing in a
the training facility to the racetrack.
to teach R. Gonzalez to ride.
youth group of their own. For 10 years, she played an integral role as a singer, dancer,
R. Gonzalez transferred from Bel-Air High
“The secret to success is loving what you
and violinist as the group won competitions
School to Coronado High School midway
do.” R. Gonzalez loves what she does. Her
throughout the Southwest. As she says,
through her junior year. The close proximity
face lights up when she speaks of her love
“We were good!”
between the racetrack and school would allow her to continue her education while
of horseracing and all that it entails: the competitive nature of each day, the adrenaline
Living in the city did not provide easy access
learning at the track. She would arrive fifteen
rush of winning a race, the early morning
to horses, and riding was something R.
minutes before the track opened, exercise
ruby G on zal e z
horses, shower, then head to class, often
and offers her daughter many “great jobs,”
late. It paid off, not only did she benefit
along with the occasional “you messed up,”
from S. Gonzalez’s instruction, but from the
no longer only opening her eyes after she
constant guidance of other trainers and her
finishes the race, but instead relishing every
soon-to-be peers. At 18, she was ready to
second of it.
ride her first race. For R. Gonzalez, the learning process is It didn’t take long for the new rider to find the
winner’s circle, she won the second race of
jockeys offer constant encouragement and
her career in front of her friends and family,
constructive criticism. She is quick to mention
albeit her mother watched through partially
how “lucky” she is to find herself surrounded
closed eyes! Her family, especially her
by such a supportive colony of riders. And
father, is infinitely proud of her, taking every
the feeling of having “a ton of horse” under
opportunity to tell anyone who will listen
her, ready to pounce at any second, is one
about her accomplishments. Her mother
she wouldn’t trade for anything.
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Izabella and her Grandpa Robert Aguilar
The dangerous aspects, well, she tries to
Aguilar may grow into one of R.
keep those thoughts tucked safely away
Gonzalez’s biggest fans, but S. Gonzalez
in the back of her mind. As she sees it,
will always be her biggest influence.
the benefits far outweigh the risks.
She credits his ongoing insight and encouragement with her continued
With the impending return of live racing
improvement. He still offers up the
to Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino
occasional “you should have switched
on December 16th, R. Gonzalez’s fans
sticks” or “you need to save ground,”
will once again be able to cheer her on.
but always with affection for her.
One such fan is a young lady by the name of Izabella Aguilar, all of 10 years
As for S. Gonzalez’s singing career, that
old, whose grandfather was a jockey
too, has flourished. V. Gonzalez, has
in the early 60s. Aguilar also aspires to
proven a great instructor in his own
ride, and has found a new inspiration in
right. The two men now sing together
R. Gonzalez. She is now a role model
with the mariachi group, Los Toritos,
for little girls, proving they can compete,
on a weekly basis, and are currently
excel and endure in a predominantly
recording a CD. It was a good deal for
male sport, #ridelikeagirl!
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The Cityâ€™s Golden Gem
ost El Pasoans know
resources that show it has been utilized since
Castner Range as “the
the Early Archaic period (6,000 B.C.).
place where the poppies bloom” every spring. The
Currently, the public isn’t allowed onto the
blanket of yellow Mexican
location. That’s because Castner Range is also
poppies attracts thousands to
home to unexploded ordnance, remnants of
the mountain every year. While the flowers are
the forty decades between 1926 and 1966
a seasonal visual enticement, Castner Range
when the Department of the Army used the
has permanent unique features year round.
area for live firing. Activity stopped when The
The range’s natural features include a dozen
City of El Paso grew around its boundaries.
natural canyons, arroyos and alluvial fans that help transport run-off to the Hueco Bolsón.
“We are very concerned as time goes on that more and more development will occur
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Nearly 30 wildlife and plant species listed
which will change the landscape, the wildlife
as “threatened or endangered” by the U.S.
habitat, and flat areas that allow water when
Fish and Wildlife Service are believed to be
it rains to flow back into the aquifer, and
present on the land. The area also holds
that would be altered greatly,” said Janae’
historical significance. Experts say Castner
Reneaud, executive director of The Frontera
Range contains archaeological and historical
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Beto O’Rourke meeting with Judy Ackerman, Scott Cutler, Stephanie Otero, and Angel Pena. Photo courtesy of the office of Congressman Beto O’Rourke “With Castner Range, it allows them to go
Congressman Beto O’Rourke submitted a
“It’s a place that’s incredibly significant
from the highest peak to the flat area along
bill to designate Castner Range a national
for our region and we thank the country
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monument on December 15, 2015.
because of the cultural, historical, geological, biological, (and) ecological significance that
than Transmountain road,” said Reneaud. “That is significant as the area around the
“Castner Range is the crown jewel of West
it represents,” he said online. “It would be
Franklin Mountains is becoming developed.”
Texas,” posted Congressman Beto O’Rouke
great for tourism in El Paso, quality of life,
on his Facebook page the day he filed the bill.
and it’s critically important to the Northeast
Efforts to safeguard the range have been
“It deserves to be protected and preserved
part of town. Essentially, our legislation
backed by El Paso City Council, El Paso County
in its natural state.”
would require the Department of Defense to transfer this land over to the Bureau of Land
Commissioners and Texas state legislators, and have strengthened over the last year.
Photo courtesy of the Frontera Land Alliance
The Congressman documented the bill’s
Management and the BLM would ensure
signing and delivery on video.
that it’s protected forever.”
December/January, 2017 So far, more than 30,000 signatures have been gathered and 25,000 letters have been signed in support. Artwork of Castner Range made by area children has also made its way to the nation’s capitol. “In the spring, seeing the mountain lathered up in yellow flowers is amazing,” said President/CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation, Eric Pearson. “Add to that the opportunity for children and others to enjoy the nature and our environmental beauty without having to drive miles out of town, and you have an important resource to
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resolutions to get all their 4th graders out to Castner Range if it does become a national monument. She adds that cleaning up, then opening up the land would allow more people to get out onto the mountain. Unlike other parts of the neighboring mountain, flat areas allow people in wheelchairs or with strollers to enjoy it. Anyone can help with efforts to preserve Castner Range. Visit http://castner4ever.org to download and sign a letter of support, or write your own. Supporters say the more representatives in Washington hear from the people who live here, the greater the chance of making Castner Range National Monument a reality. #castner4ever
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The World’s Toughest Row The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge | By: LADONNA APODACA photos courtesy of: THE SCHWARTZ FAMILY |
wo young men, both born in El Paso, are
issue hits the newsstands. During the next
me know how you’ll go about staying in
preparing to represent the United States
2 1/2 months, the Schwartz rowing team,
touch with everyone so we know that
as they set sail December 14th to row
which has come to be known as Row32North,
you’re safe and doing well?
3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.
will point their compass in the direction of Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua
John Schwartz (JS) - Absolutely Ladonna!
As a contributing writer to this magazine
and Barbuda—the ultimate destination of this
First of all, Kurt and I are really glad to have
almost since its inception, I’ve had the
grueling and arduous journey.
this opportunity to visit with you and want to thank you for the desire to share our story
privilege of interviewing a number of fascinating people for a variety of interesting
“Why” I asked myself, “would anyone want to
with your readers in El Paso. I don’t know if
articles. No story, however, has given me
tackle such a challenging and dangerous row?”
our mom ever explained to you the genesis
more pride and pleasure to offer our readers
The answer to that question will be answered
of the name of our team, Row32North?
than the piece you are currently reading.
for you now as you read the interview I recently
My godson, Kurt Schwartz (28), and his older
had during a conference call with these
LA - Actually, no. I thought the name might
inspirational and adventurous brothers.
represent some connection with the US and your ultimate destination. So, what was the
brother John (32) are preparing to leave their homes in New York City, to embark
Ladonna Apodaca (LA) - Hi guys! I’m so
on an ambitious 3,000-mile row across the
thrilled to have this opportunity to visit
Atlantic Ocean. It’s quite likely that they will
with you for a while before the two of you
JS - Well, if you look on a map, it’s actually
have already set sail from San Sebastian in
set sail. Can you first share with me some
the latitude and line that runs from El Paso
La Gomeria, Canary Islands by the time this
information about the row itself, then let
to San Diego. Although born in El Paso, the
inspiration of the name?
boys and their sister were raised in San Diego. We wanted the name of our team to remind us of important places that weâ€™ll always consider to be home. LA - Kurt, can you tell me what the inspiration was for the two of you to take on the challenge of this row? How did this all come about? Kurt Schwartz (KS) - It started quite simply with John flying across the ocean. While traveling abroad he thought it might be a cool idea for us to someday row across the Atlantic. Sure enough, after doing some research, we came across the Talisker Whisky Challenge. It had everything that we wanted. The foundation also had the structure to provide the safety that would matter to us and our friends and loved ones. The connection with The Samfund got looped in afterwards. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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be a safe endeavor? JS - Well, our boat is extremely sophisticated and self sufficient. We’ll be able to stay in touch with the outside world through pretty much every form of communication. The boat will have a radio that will enable us to access all forms of social media. We’ll be accessible through email and Facetime as well. Should any emergencies arise, we’ll be
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able to send signals to the Coast Guard, or if
taking a beating. We’re pretty confident with
we end up in distress for any reason a plane,
the fact that we have every aspect covered
will be available to rescue us as well. All in all,
the organization has done a great job to make sure that all the participants will be safe.
LA - Can you share with our readers the inspiration for naming your vessel the
KS - Something else worth noting is that
there are also chase boats that are part of the
organization. If we encounter hurricane type
KS - Absolutely! Well, Bonny as you know, is
weather, which actually happened last year,
our mother’s family nickname. Rey was our
the boat is designed to act as a life capsule.
grandmother’s maiden name and combining
If it happens to overturn in heavy swells it’s
the two just seemed to be a fitting way to
designed to flip right back up. The whole
honor two of the women who have had such
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emotional challenge. Being able to finish the row, for anyone, is a huge personal achievement. A number of folks … have really gotten behind us and been so supportive. It’s made it easier for Kurt and I to prepare because we don’t feel at all like we’re doing this alone. LA - Thank you for sharing this adventure with me and our readers. I can’t wait to hear where we’ll find you the next time we visit. In part two of your story we’ll touch base on your daily schedule, how you’re holding up and any other topics that become noteworthy. Be safe guys and bon voyage for now! The brothers have nominated The Samfund, JS - Of course! The idea of the Atlantic
LA - It’s amazing to think how challenging
Challenge Race came about when an East
this race will be on so many levels.
Coast sailor and businessman by the name of Sir Chay Blyth was rowing the Atlantic Ocean
JS - That’s true. A number of boats will
in 1966 with a friend named John Ridgeway.
actually end up dropping out of the race
It was a 92-day battle against hurricanes, 50
because they’ll either find themselves to be
foot waves and near starvation. That was
completely ill prepared or exhaustion will set
the pivotal event that sparked the concept of
in and the team will ultimately give up.
making this an annual event. We’re in this for the long haul though! It’s When we were researching the row it was mentioned a couple of times that more people have been into space, or climbed Mt. Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic. We knew we would be faced with severe sun burns, lots of blisters, torn up hands, salt rashes, infected sores, sharks and sleep deprivation. That’s why the TWAC is touted as the world’s toughest row. KS - We’ll be paddling 12 hours each per day. But distance-wise, there’ll also be plenty of days that we’ll actually go backwards because of the winds or lack thereof. Around 40-50 miles a day will be a good clip if we can consistently do that.
not so much a race as it is a personal and
a charity that supports young adult cancer survivors, as their beneficiary and are racing to raise money and awareness for them in remembrance of late friend Jeremy Hill, who was John’s former boss. Check out www.row32north.com for updates, where they’ll be live blogging and streaming during the race which begins December 14th.
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A Life December/January, 2017
Lens Behind a
| Written and Photographed By: DAVID PARISH |
“Photography is a way
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is captured forever…it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” - Aaron Siskind 74
A Life Behind a Lens
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he photograph came into being in much the same way as many scientific
discoveries do, by accident. Since it became commercially available in 1839,
people have been obsessed with taking photos. Those truly overcome with this
obsession are known as photographers. In the modern era the title of photographer
is worn by many different people, with various degrees of experience behind the lens. I am blessed enough to count myself among those lucky few.
A photographer in the modern era has become something of a cautionary tale. Forbes recently named a degree in Film, Video and Photographic Arts as the second most worthless degree a graduate could have based on earning potential. However, I would like to ask you to think of a world without photos, where moments faded from memory without the ability to hold a little piece of yesterday in your hands. I cannot imagine such a place.
________________________________________ “You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.” - Unknown
A Life Behind a Lens
Last summer I found myself in an art museum in Venice, Italy admiring the paintings that hung there. Each a masterpiece. Each a piece of history. Each a portrait of a person long gone from this physical realm. Already into my fourth year as a professional photographer, I thought about the life each of these people led. How this painting was probably hung with care in a family home for generations before time erased attachment to the contents of the frame. How the painting found its way to public view and how we all look at it today, studying the brush strokes forever frozen in the paint and the colors the artist used. I knew at this moment I wanted to continue my pursuit of portraiture, capturing and preserving the future images of people.
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December/January, 2017 The modern photographer is a jack of many trades. Part psychologist, easing people’s insecurities about their bodies. Part entrepreneur, there are very few corporate positions for photographers, most are self employed. Part wizard, manipulating light and bending it to his will. Part technological genius, the darkroom has moved from random corners in homes into computer desktops. The great thing about being a photographer is being a part of your life’s journey, even if only for a day, many to stand as “the best day of your life” days. We join you for your engagement and
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We are with you when you welcome your first child into the world and again when that child grows, has birthdays and eventually graduates. We are blessed with the ability to see all your most joyous occasions, witness you at your happiest moments and preserve it for eternity. We are more than artists; we are the collectors of the human experience.
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erving the community is what Whole Foods Market and the International Business Academy students from Bowie High School have in common.
Whole Foods Market opened its first store in El Paso, on October 19. Five percent of their opening day sales went towards a community grant they provided the students with for their Oso Good Food Truck. “Coming in (to El Paso) we want to do our best, whether it’s a local product or working with a local non profit organization, to ensure that we are infiltrating the market and supporting those that are around us,” Regional Marketing and Community Relations for Whole Foods Market Victoria Gonzalez said.
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Students were given the idea about the Oso Good Food Truck after Principal Dr. Michael Warmack presented them with a school bus that was donated to the district. The idea to reconstruct and retrofit the bus into a food truck costs $35,000, but that did not stop the students from looking at the bigger picture. “It’s good knowing that you have a good support system there to get this project up and going,” senior Sisco Gonzalez said. “If we didn’t have a good community surrounding us it would make it a lot harder. We were just so grateful and excited (to receive the grant from Whole Foods Market).” The produce from the school garden will be featured in menus and recipes including: salads, stews, quesadillas, tortas and agua frescas. The proceeds from the food truck will go towards a scholarship fund for the current and future Bowie High School students.
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The students plan to launch the food truck in
from the financial aspect of being able to get
January 2017 at local EPISD sports events and
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ore than 120 individuals attended the 3rd Annual Insco Distributing Golf Tournament “Golf for Wishes” on November 3 at Butterfield Trail Golf Club. The event raised the funds for the Make-A-Wish© North Texas El Paso Regional Office to grant more wishes for area children battling life-threatening medical conditions. More than $25,000 was raised.
Four passionate committee members—Rey Madrid and Paul Guerra of Insco Distributing, Charlie Rosales of Kings Aire and Marty Olivas of Ysleta Independent School District—chose to band together to coordinate and execute the event in an effort to put together something that would benefit the El Paso community. The team volunteered hundreds of hours to coordinate the event that included a Silent Auction, lunch, golf, raffle prizes and contests.
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ne of my all time favorite quotes is by Albert Einstien:
solid because the cells are so densely packed together, but everything
“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it.
is, essentially plasma. This means that when someone emotes—
Match the frequency of the reality you want and you
sends an emotion out into the space that surrounds them—which we
cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other
all do unintentionally all the time, even if we never open our mouths—
way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” I’ll break
that emotion, that feeling vibration, is absorbed by the surroundings
this down in my own language—you are the mayor of Yous-ville.
we inhabit, and by the people we are with. This adds to the hidden Feng Shui of any space.
Twelve years, numerous certificates, teaching classes at UTEP, and hundreds of consultations later, I am finally realizing the most powerful
The point is, we matter; And how we think and how we feel matter.
Feng Shui isn’t the action of moving furniture or changing paint colors.
So much of Feng Shui—wind, water, sun, electromagnetic energy—
It isn’t quite as simple as changing the surface of your home or office.
is out of our hands. Merely rearranging the top of your dresser isn’t
I have discovered through direct experience and actual practice of
going to make a huge difference in your life, but transforming yourself
Feng Shui—the energy of the environment—is not generated solely
into the person who is unaffected by being stuck in traffic for two
by the earth, how the house is shaped or decorated but rather by the
hours will indeed transform your life, allowing you to become a living
inhabitants of the space themselves.
example of good Feng Shui. Once this occurs and you clean up the top of your dresser, the energy in your space can flow smoothly, your
Have you ever been in a room where the tension was as thick as a
life will change in unexpected and delightful ways.
morning fog in Mississippi? That is external Feng Shui generated by the people themselves and an example of how we affect the spaces
Just as no space that is cluttered can be said to have good Feng Shui,
no person who is carrying around the baggage of their unconsciously lived early years can be said to have good internal Feng Shui.
Feng Shui, literally translated as Wind Water, is a poetic term for the energy of any environment, inside or out. It all comes down to energy,
We are all energy beings. We all vibrate at a certain frequency
but everything always does. The earth is alive with energy, an energy
according to the thoughts that we manage and the feelings that
that is inescapable. This energy is easy to imagine in volcanic activity,
we have, work through and release. It makes sense to understand
harder to realize in a simple rock but it is ever present and equally
the management of our energy and how our energy might become
unavoidable in the form of winds, waters, and electromagnetic flows
obstructed or how it can easily flow through us.
both around and within the earth. These various flows are the most dramatic influencers of Feng Shui—thus the name.
Good Feng Shui starts inside of you. The changes you make in your space will support the changes inside but they can’t make
We know from quantum physics that there are spaces between the
them happen for you. Only you have the power to accomplish that.
cells of everything; nothing is truly solid. We may perceive things as
Remember, you are the mayor of Yous-ville.
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f ever a hidden gem, Illume Decor is
How did she get her start? Interestingly, a
also exclusive to El Paso, that includes
without question the epitome of the
remodeling project of an older residence she
Venetian-inspired goblets, authentic “old
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as the catalyst for Illume Decor. Difficulty
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the sheer exquisiteness one enjoys the
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very moment you step through their doors.
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Founded in 2015, Laura Ellman, Owner and
market. Her subsequent exploration of
Buyer, is a natural in her skill and taste for
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a statement piece for any sofa or chair in
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and Spain, to unique and special items that
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cover the entire spectrum of price points, one
else in El Paso. As Ellman’s right-hand
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piece fit for any room in the home or
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Illume Decor’s stunning selection of lighting,
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to one particular style,” and instead, offers
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L ady B e h i n d t h e Cam e r a
t’s so incredibly unique,” Katherine Horak
Horak, 22 years of age, is set to graduate from the
said. “Everything about it; you can’t
University of Texas at Austin this December. Choosing
replicate it anywhere else,” she continued,
to double major in her undergraduate studies, she will
commenting in regards to El Paso, her
hold degrees in Liberal Arts and Science from an honors
hometown. “It’s so authentic. Not only does
program and a degree from the university’s distinguished
the city have a high production value, but
Department of Radio-Television-Film. After joining
there is also a rich pool of local talent here,
the Creative Mind Group (Filmmaking and Internship
both in front of and behind the camera. You walk
program), Horak attended the Cannes Film Festival. It was
down any street and it’s incredibly cinematic.”
there where she won a competition in the filmmaking
She uses the term “cinematic” aptly. Horak is a
program. Clearly, there was a calling. The young artist
young filmmaker, and much to her surprise, “No
later went on to study abroad in Prague, where she flirted
one is making big studio films here.”
around with some thoughts for a certain creation. “I had a general idea of where I wanted to go,” she said. Notes were jotted down and input was garnered from peers. 121
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By the time she left the Czech Republic, Horak
It’s a room with my disco ball, film posters,
departed with encouragement and inspiration.
pictures of people and lots of pillows.”
She had an idea.
The title of the film is “What We Were.”
“I wrote pages and pages for each character,”
The film follows 22-year-old Lee Wallace
Katherine said, addressing the early stages
amidst her limbo between post-graduation of
of the writing. It was a tedious and intense
college and adult life in the real world, where
process. Scores of pages were written on
Wallace goes home for two weeks. Due to
extensive research and background. Each
her overwhelming fear of the unknown future,
character’s past was written. “From birth to
she ends up slipping back into her old group of
present [for each character]. It helped me with
high school friends and former boyfriend. The
the dialogue and character development.”
relationships renew. The group, as a whole,
Once the extensive “prep work” was done,
begin a dark journey to recreate all of their best
Horak buckled down to write the screenplay.
high school memories together, not simply by
It took her four days to complete. “I split my
revisiting and reminiscing—but by actually
time between a local coffee house and a closet
playing their previous selves in a ritualized
in my room nicknamed the ‘creative closet.’
manner. Each event increases in stakes and
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Beauty Buys for
2016 | By: MATTHEW ABRAHAM |
Lipstick Love Several cosmetics companies are offering entire lipstick collections this season, packaged and completed enough to offer lip options that complement any makeup look you come up with during 2017. Of all the sets offered, the favorite of all beauty editors this season is the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Vault. This beautifully packaged collection of 38 rich, pigmented, nourishing and long-lasting lipsticks, are all the perfect size to slip in your clutch for touch ups at all of your holiday parties. Another great lipstick find this holiday season is the edgy Urban Decay Cosmetics Blackmail Vice Palette ($35, Ulta), which has 12 hot shades, including some on-trend metallic lip colors that are all the rage this winter.
Brush Binge The most sought after (and priciest) cosmetic brush set of 2016 was handsdown the Artis makeup brush set. The incredibly soft Artis Brush Elite Gold 10 Brush Set ($495, net-a-porter.com) will help ensure that your makeup is expertly blended, using densely packed CosmeFibre bristles. If you donâ€™t want to drop such a large amount of dough, the Makeup Revolution Pro Precision Oval Brushes ($67.50 tambeauty.com) are equally attractive as the Artis brushes and more importantly, equally as effective. Another great brush set available now is the Sonia Kashuk Lavish Luxe 10-Piece Brush Set ($30, Target), which features dense fluffy white bristles and a gold finish.
Hair Dryer Hero Dyson has not only reinvented the vacuum cleaner, but has also reinvented the traditional everyday hair dryer. At $400, this is quite a steep price for a hairdryer, however for people who spend a lot of time blow drying their own hair or a lot of money on professional blowouts, this dryer may prove to be a good investment (Dyson stands behind their products to last for several years.) Not only is this dryer designed to be easier to use than a traditional dryer, the power and control of airflow with this hairdryer is truly unmatched, cutting down the time and effort you spend drying your hair significantly.
Nude Attitude Nude and neutral eyeshadow palettes have been all the rage for beauty bloggers and Instagrammers for the past couple of years and this trend doesnâ€™t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Not only are these palettes extremely versatile (they make creating daytime or nighttime looks a breeze), but they will never go out style or be at the back of your makeup drawer by the end of the season. Makeup legend, Bobbi Brown, handpicked eight of her all-time favorite nude shadow palettes from her vast archives and created the ultimate nude eyeshadow palette. The Bobby Brown The Nude Library 25th Anniversary Edition ($200) is already being hailed by reviewers as the best (and the last) nude eyeshadow palette you will ever own. With 40 base, lid and liner colors designed to flatter every skin tone, this palette can create limitless looks. Also, try the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics ($54, ulta.com).
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ELG B LO D
H i s P r e r o g at i v e
Malin+Goetz Mojito Soap Set These soaps are the ideal holiday gift. The three bars are scented
L´Occitane en Provence Men´s Luxury Shave Set
in peppermint, lime and rum (Duh, Mojito!) and are the best way
For the guy that cherishes his shaving sessions. This gift set has
to forget about the cold weather. Revigorate with the scented
a luxurious, foamy shaving cream that will also help hydrate your
glycerin bars, filled with natural ingredients. Available at www.
skin, a brush to apply the cream evenly across the face, and it’s
own razor (just in case you´re not happy with those drugstore bought razors). This gift is set to make a good impression at your
Billy Jealousy Market IV Life Tattoo Care Kit
holiday dinner. Get it at www.usa.loccitane.com for $80.
Have a family member that´s all “tatted” up? This is the perfect gift for them; these products are ideal for taking care of tattoos.
Marvis 7 Days of Flavor Gift Set
One bottle is a wash, perfect to keep your ink fresh, the other
Have a family member/friend that after every holiday dinner is
bottle is lotion to help moisturize, and the balm helps to set
in need of a mint? This is the perfect gift! The Marvis gift set
colors so they don’t lose their vibrancy. Gift this to whoever
contains seven tubes of toothpaste in different flavors (because
wants to keep their art looking pristine. Buy it at
traditional peppermint, although appropiate for the holiday
www.billyjealousy.com for $30.
season, can get boring). The flavorful tubes come in mint, cinnamon, ginger, jasmine, licorice mint, classic and whitening flavors. You´re worried that you’re the only one with bad breath? Buy them for yourself and enjoy a fresh kiss under the mistletoe! Purchase them for $36 at www.eastdane.com.
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Resolutions! Start Doing This… | By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ |
“Well, in 2016 I said I wanted to exercise more and eat better, and I was motivated for three weeks, then life got in the way, and I kinda let it go…” Sound familiar? Most of us try to start fitness resolutions and think of an extreme ideal, then fall off the wagon and try to forget we ever said anything. Instead of going through that same old cycle of creating hollow resolutions that never get fulfilled, let’s be realistic. Here are a few tips to do a “No Resolution” resolution:
A lot of us end up using the excuse “I don’t have the willpower” or
Tip 3: Create space between you and the bad influences
“I’m just not that motivated” and that’s not really how we, as humans,
Ever heard the saying “out of sight, out of mind?” This saying goes
work. Start by coming to an understanding with our crazy, irrational
very true when kicking out bad habits, and creating new healthy ones.
brains. We are creatures of habit. We are products of our environment.
So clear out all the junk food from the cabinets. Put your alarm clock
We become like the people we associate ourselves with. By creating
across the room, so you have to get up and go workout. Stop listening
systems and habits in our lives, our bodies can adapt and accomplish
to that girl in the office always talking about food, etc.
Tip 1: Forget “motivation”
faster and easier, instead of waiting to feel motivated. So for example, a healthy dish each night that you will take “on the go” the next day
Tip 4: Decrease the steps between you and the good habit
for lunch, five days a week. Little by little, you can work your way up
Stock your fridge with healthy things to eat. Pack your gym bag in
to also having a healthy breakfast ready, etc. Or instead of trying to get
the car ahead of time so you’re always ready. Sleep in your workout
a workout in every single day, try to schedule a session with a trainer
clothes so you can wake up and go. All these things make it easier for
or someone to hold you accountable, three times a week.
you to continue forming that habit.
Tip 2: Create a new habit
Tip 5: Form a group of allies
By setting short term goals, your brain is more likely to cooperate. Like
Now that you have a plan in place, it’s time to recruit teammates to
the example above, start working out three times a week. Eventually
help. This could mean joining a running group, or starting a group
you will make it a habit and three times a week will become easy for
text of friends also going for the same goals. Because we become
you. When you feel you are ready to kick it up a notch, add one more
the average of the people we surround ourselves with, we should
day, and so on until eventually you’re doing something everyday.
surround ourselves with happy, fit, and successful people so that we
instead of trying to eat healthy every day all year, try to start by cooking
are subtly influenced in that direction. 2017 is going to be a big year for you! You’re not going to rely on a “resolution” or “motivation” to start you in the right direction. You’re not going to fail at a “too large” goal. You’re going to slowly, but surely, move forward to reach a long term goal and feel successful and satisfied! 2017 is your year for the “no resolution” resolution.
| By: PABLO DELGADILLO |
A Little Sparkle
It is a must to be the “light” of the family gatherings
We are not only talking about hugging your loved
this holiday season. A little shimer is the perfect
ones this December, but we are also talking about
accessory to dazzle during dinner or to steal the
covering up your legs when the cold weather breaks
limelight at your New Year´s Eve party. Choose
out. If you refuse to let your skirts or shorts rest this
a dress that has a little sequin, or try a metallic
winter, tights are the perfect thing to pair them up
pullover. We know shimmer for the holidays might
with. With tights in cotton, nylon, and even wool, there
be a little overdone, but c´mon .. it´s the holidays!
are quite a variety of ways to keep those limbs cozy.
Christmas Movies TV marathons are always nice, reminiscing of sweet times when you were young and you used to binge watch holiday movies on Christmas day. Now, if you´re tired of staying home and need a family break, not a lot of people know this but … the theaters are open during the day on Christmas! Usually big movies open that day, so why not make it a nice tradition of going to the theater and ending the holiday with a tub of popcorn?
When sitting at your holiday dinner it is important to leave your strong political beliefs at the door. The season is
for jolly and loving times, and if someone brings up the election, or any political/religious arguments, trouble is sure to erupt. Try to focus on the good things, and enjoy the people close to you – Cheers!
Ugly Xmas ENOUGH with the ugly Christmas sweaters! Yes, they are tradition and the holiday season is the only time you can wear them out, but come on people … if they´re ugly, they´re ugly.
Grinchy Attitude It really is a time for unity, and in the cold winter, no one wants to be alone. You might not love the holidays, but being a grinch and a loner is never fun. If you´re not into the season, “fake it ‘til you make it.”
| By: GRACE THE PSYCHIC LADY |
s we say goodbye to 2016, we usher in the new year with
If we look back at 2016, we can see many changes. The biggest one
optimism. This holds especially true for 2017 from a
to note was the recent election and how the candidates were more
numerology standpoint. This year, 2016, when added
disliked than any ever known before. There have been moves in
together is a nine in numerology (2+0+1+6=9) which
government with Great Britain leaving the European Union. Many of us
represented change, endings and closure. In numerology, there are
experienced personal changes ourselves—from our relationships, our
only nine numbers, then you start the cycle all over again. If we look
homes and even careers. The “nine” vibration gives a “letting go” or
at the past nine years we can see how much change has happened
“releasing” energy to allow room for something new to manifest into
during this cycle.
our lives. Like the old saying: “Out with the old and in with the new.”
Reflecting back to nine years ago, we had cellphones which have now
At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, we are always ready to
advanced into being our GPS, music downloader, camera and more.
make our resolutions to lose weight and save money. This year is a
Today online shopping is easier than ever and is quickly replacing big
great year for setting intentions and resolutions because 2017 will be
box retailers. We’re officially in the “Jetson” era where we can shop
a “one” in numerology (2+0+1+7=10).
online and have anything brought to our front door, from clothing to food, without standing in line. 138
AST ROLO GY
The “one” year represents beginning, starting over. It is an excellent
If you have the traditional New Year’s resolution of losing weight and
time to plant the seeds for what you want the coming nine-year cycle
working out, and start in the cycle of the “one,” your chances of
to bring. For example, if you wanted to launch a new business in
sticking to it will be greater and pay off. You are planting the seed for
2016, it may have been impossible or delayed because the “nine”
what you want long term, with the path to it holding and working in
was about endings and closures, not beginnings. However, if you
your favor. If your resolution is to kick a bad habit such as smoking,
want to launch a new business in 2017, it is a great time to do so with
2017 will also be a great year to do so as it reinforces a fresh start.
the vibration of the “one” representing the start of all things. Now that you know the power of the “one,” set some time aside to In the “one” year cycle, not only is it a perfect time to start a business
set goals and manifest what you would like the New Year to bring.
but also to get married, change jobs or change your lifestyle. 2016
With some hard work on your part and the “one” being on your side,
was full of delays, red lights and speed bumps. 2017 is green lights
2017 can be your best year yet!
and hit the road— there is nothing stopping you! www.GracethePsychicLady.com
New Year... December/January, 2017
| By: ELAINE GORDON OF ELAINE GORDON CONSULTING |
...New You! December/January, 2017
anuary is the time for new beginnings. Many people rush to gyms
This month I am introducing a very different way of eating by
to sign up for a workout program to improve the look of their
substituting a healthy shake (my favorite product is the “CLEAN”
bodies. However, what many of us don’t realize is that although
program) or two in place of a meal that will give your body all the
fitness is a key component to good health, diet is responsible for
nutrients it needs while eliminating the hungry feeling you feel when
80% of your wellbeing. This can be why your weight, AND your overall
your blood sugar drops. The key to a successful shake/meal substitute
health, don’t change if your diet is not what it should be.
is by putting in the proper clean ingredients that will keep your body satiated longer and keeps your blood sugar regulated.
The simple fact is that what you put into your mouth has a profound effect on your body’s health and the shape that your body takes on.
One very important thing to remember is that you must consume
Something that can be beneficial for those of you feeling that you
good fat in order to loose fat and the fat will keep your body fuller
need a change, along with a well-rounded workout regime, is to do
longer. Also, always include protein and carbs in your shake or meal
an “elimination” diet. This is where you eliminate specific foods from
for a well-balanced diet. If you can eat every three to four hours, by
your diet that may cause you to hold onto weight, or even cause
including a small, healthy snack, your body will burn fat for energy
you to have symptoms such as heartburn, indigestion, headaches,
instead of the sugars, therefore causing weight loss at a healthier
fatigue, nausea and inflammation.
rate. Go ahead and incorporate a cleanse into your diet with clean food this New Year and see how amazing your body will look and feel.
One successful tool in this process is to do a cleanse for your body that contains clean food products void of preservatives, food dyes,
(*Note: any ingredient in these recipes can be substituted for a similar
pesticides, chemicals and GMO’s. Locally-grown organic products are
ingredient to satisfy your taste!)
the very best choice you can make in choosing healthy food to consume. Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy
food.” By choosing food that is clean and close to the source it will promote not only wellness, but also the look of health and beauty.
ELAINE’S MORNING SHAKE Ingredients: 16 ounces of purified water 1 cup of unsweetened almond or coconut milk 1 cup of chocolate almond milk ½ cup of organic coconut water 1-2 handful of mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries ½ of small banana
1 cup ice
1 tablespoon of nut butter (sunflower, almond) ½ teaspoon of hemp seeds a handful of nuts (cashews, almonds, pecans) ½ teaspoon of raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds 2-3 Medjool dates, pits removed ½ avocado a pinch of sea salt 1 packet “Clean” Shake or other protein powder 1 tablespoon of macha powder (for energy) ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder Directions: Blend until creamy and delicious. Enjoy! (You can use some mason jars to store your shake and drink it throughout the day)
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PEACHES AND CREAM SMOOTHIE Ingredients: 2 cups organic frozen peaches 16 ounces filtered water 2 cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 2-3 Medjool dates, pitted 4 drops of liquid stevia ½ teaspoon chia seeds ½ avocado 2 cups of ice cubes 1 teaspoon of macha powder a handful of pecans Directions: Blend all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy.
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Anson 11 $$-$$$
House of Pizza $$
303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400
208 N. Stanton St. | (915) 533-3424
Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the
The vintage and trendy House of Pizza offers their most popular
military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was
specialty pizza, which is called the House Special. It includes
Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson
pepperoni, Canadian bacon, sausage, mushrooms, black olives,
11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H
onions, bell peppers and irresistible extra cheese. O
ALL OVER TOWN
The Downtowner $$
El Taco Tote
325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200
201 East Main St. | 2921 N. Mesa St. | 1000 Magruder St. Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel
1461 N. Zaragoza | 9933 Kenworthy St. | 9910 Montana Ave.
Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only
3480 Joe Battle Blvd. | (915) 838-6000
breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the
This is not fast food, this is Real Mexican Grill food that weâ€™ve made just
amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully
for you, El Paso. Changing the face of Mexican food, we offer different
crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.
variations of tacos ranging from: barbacoa, pork, chicken, shrimp, fish and much much more. Also on our menu, try our new veggie taco.
Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O
$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF
$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H
To highlight your local restaurant in The City Local Eats email: email@example.com
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
311 N. Kansas St. | (915) 260-5400
Westside’s 3rd Hole
An authentic Vietnamese restaurant offering your favorite pho. With different menu options, like spring and egg rolls and rice dishes, Pho King also offers “build it youself” pho and grill with different protein options and spices to suit your taste buds. It’s the best phoking place in town!
The Green Ingredient
1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577 There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H
201 East Main Street #201 | (915) 298-1010
The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 The Green Ingredient is a restaurant that offers delicious, nutritious, personalized meals, teas and more. Offering people the
Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four
real perspective of health, you can get balanced meals that are
principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous
nutritious, free from additives, preservatives, GMO’s and extremely
portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and
high quality. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
The Smokehouse BBQ, Ribs and More $$
Mesa Street Grill $$$
8414 North Loop Dr. | (915) 592-RIBS (7427)
3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881 Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this dessert once and it’s sure to become a
Meat lovers! Welcome to a little piece of rib-heaven in El Paso. The Original Baby Back Ribs are just one of their specialties of the house with their own original recipes; prepared fresh and slowly cooked to perfection using apple wood during the whole process creating a magnificent flavor. H
summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H
King Crab $$$ Rulis International Kitchen
1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697 $$
4176 N. Mesa St. | (915) 313-4806
You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the
Take a bite out of any of the delicious plates being served at Rulis’
seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh
International Kitchen. As winners of Best Beer Selection for Best
seafood is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H
of The City 2015, there’s also a good reason to stay and drink. On Sundays try their savory Paella dish or stop in for Happy Hour Mon. - Fri. 4 – 7 p.m and Th-Sat 9 – 11 p.m. O, H, PR, DF
Edge of Texas The Garden Grill
111 W. University Ave. | (915) 351-2121 Enjoy American cuisine with influences from around the world. Try the popular green chili soup, sip on some wine after work or class and enjoy El Paso’s weather on our outdoor patio. Located inside the Hilton Garden Inn, this treasure is for all of El Paso to experience. O, H
8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak you’ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.
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december/January Advertiser INDEX
A + O Group................................................................Pg. 125
Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 80
Alto Outlaw Golf Estates.............................................Pg. 125
Axess Media..................................................................Pg. 60
Patient Care Associates...............................................Pg. 129
Ben Bridge Jewelers.....................................................Pg. 15
Quatermane Salon.........................................................Pg. 79
Casa Buenavista......................................................Pg. 18, 19
RGU Cancer Center.....................................................Pg. 123
D’ansa Jazz Stage........................................................Pg. 125
Scott Asbury, Allstate Insurance....................................Pg. 42
Dr. Jorge Villarreal........................................................Pg. 106
Shannon Quartermane..................................................Pg. 77
Dr. Keith Johnson........................................................Pg. 128
Southwest Plastic Surgery..............................................Pg. 3
Edge of Texas................................................................Pg. 45
Southwest University at El Paso...................................Pg. 13
El Paso Coyotes.............................................................Pg. 95
Spectrum Technologies.................................................Pg. 69
GECU.................................................................... Inside Front
Stonewood Modern American Grill.............................Pg. 119
Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 43
Strategic Wealth Advisors...........................................Pg. 105
Hotel Indigo...................................................................Pg. 76
Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique......................................Pg. 109
Hughes Financial Group...............................................Pg. 104
Sun City Emergency Room...........................................Pg. 86
Illume Décor..................................................................Pg. 25
Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino..............................Pg. 27
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino......................Pg.5
Sunset Funeral Homes..................................................Pg. 45
Table Occasions...........................................................Pg. 107
Johnson Jewelers.........................................................Pg. 71
The Green Ingredient...................................................Pg. 107
KB Realty.......................................................................Pg. 54
The Bartlett Assisted Living.........................................Pg. 124
KTSM News Channel 9...............................................Pg. 154
The Hospitals of Providence............................................Pg. 9
Makios.......................................................Pg. 81, Back Cover
The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital.........Pg. 102
Matthew Abraham Make Up.........................................Pg. 94
The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 43
Mattress Firm............................................. Inside Back Cover
The Mattress Store........................................................Pg. 11
Melissa Aranda, Realtor...............................................Pg. 123
The Woodhouse Day Spa..............................................Pg. 83
Mesa Street Grill..............................................................Pg. 7
Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1
Mix Salon and Spa.......................................................Pg. 133
Montenegro Salon.......................................................Pg. 142
Westside’s Third Hole...................................................Pg. 50
National Furniture Liquidators......................................Pg. 115
New You Gym..............................................................Pg. 122
77 Stone...............................................................Pg. 146,147
Besxt of the City 2016 is the 2016 version of our annual Best of the City Awards.