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Here and Now
Si El Paso
MARK PAULDA’S THIRD PHOTO BOOK HIGHLIGHTING EL PASO By: AUSTIN NORTH
the new kid on the block WORKING CAPITOL By: AUSTIN NORTH
Tuff Hedeman By: SHELLEY MOZELLE
THE BERKELEY EL PASO’S SPECIALTY COCKTAIL LOUNGE By: HENRY CRAVER
January, 2020 I’m proud to be able to announce...
it devastate us? No! We have
The Best in The City voted by you.
gained a new understanding on the value of protections,
Continue reading this issue only if you want to taste the
the value of community and
best, drink the best and shop with the best. Since we’ve
the value of love. Collectively
been publishing “The Best of The City” edition for thirteen
and respectfully, El Paso has
years, we’ve seen many changes. We’ve gone from a
honored, and will continue to
few hundred mailed-in votes to our current online voting,
honor the loss of life and will
which reached an exciting 200,111 votes this year! My,
forever remember the date
how fast technology has changed! We’ve seen the friendly
on the calendar—August 3,
and sometimes not-so-friendly competition, the hilarious
8/3— as the deadliest attack on
video footage, as those produced by news anchor Robert
our city. Never have I been so
Holguin, who made us laugh until we couldn’t breathe. Most
proud to say: I live in El Paso.
importantly, I hope you’ve felt the love from the city being
voted in the top three of your specific categories.
Thank you for your continued engagement to the magazine
and I sincerely hope you enjoy flipping through the pages
This year, we’ve seen first-hand how a terrorist attack can
and getting to know “The Best in The City.”
devastate lives and how that same attack can highlight the
strength of the people of our city. This attack truly brought
My best wishes for the coming year,
out the best in our city, from our first responders, to our law enforcement, the wonderful medical community, and the everyday people who came together in both tears and strength, without hesitation—who went to battle for their
neighbors. Was this attack on our city devastating? Yes! Did
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“El Paso is a feeling,” said photographer Mark Paulda. His new photo book “Si El Paso”, the third in a series showcasing El Paso, exemplifies that feeling—it features a plethora of gorgeous photos of the city and its surrounding landscape, supplemented with excerpts of many individual El Pasoans’ experiences of the culture. Mark initially released his book titled “Celebrating El Paso” ten years ago—
He has used this training to further his skills
it was a huge success, quickly becoming
and career in photography, and his newest
a best-seller and selling out within three
book “Si El Paso” is a prime example.
months. Mark said, “with the first book,
Featuring stunning photographs of our city,
‘Celebrating El Paso,’ I was actually still
Mark said of the book, “The way that I view
learning…quite honestly I had no business
the city through a camera, and then recognize
doing a book at that time. Lo and behold,
the really important parts that make up our
it became the fastest selling book for my
city—I think you see that in the new book.
publisher, TCU Press.”
Not only have I matured as a photographer, but the city has matured as well.” He’s right,
Mark is humble about his beginnings, stressing
emphasizing the revitalization of downtown
that he was still learning throughout these
especially. He believed ten years ago that
past ten years. He went to exceptional lengths
El Paso deserved a photography book, after
to study photography—Mark said of the
not having found one throughout his travels.
inception of the first book, “I had just returned
The landscape and architecture especially
from London where I had learned from
are such a unique talking point within the
some of the best photographers in Europe. I
city, and Mark felt that El Pasoans would be
had to come back to El Paso, but I was still
proud to be able to show off their hometown
learning and finding my way.” He reached out
through these books.
to acclaimed European photographers, and studied under three of them—”one is a very
“Photos are nice, but I think the stories make
accomplished Isreali photographer, one was
the new book,” Mark said of “Si El Paso”.
a photographer for Vogue magazine, and one
Within the pages, you’ll find countless
who has shot some of the most iconic, classic
passages and stories from El Pasoans—both
album cover photographs … It was through
native and those who have moved here—
them that I recognized that I could turn this
describing their experience of the city. It’s
into a viable business,” he said.
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Facebook! Contests Editorial Extras Things to Do being a large city, has a small-town mentality
In terms of success, Mark has found plenty
and feel. This can be observed throughout
both in and out of El Paso. His previous
the book—look through it and you’re sure
two books were sent to household names,
to find names you recognize in the stories.
who, “bought a whole bunch of books to
“What I wanted to do with the stories is give
send to their friends outside El Paso. They
people a good sense of what El Paso really is,
wanted people to know who and what we
and who we are,” he said. The people who
were.” Another demographic that he has
contributed the stories give their personal
found success in is people who had moved
accounts of their experiences growing up in
away, but still wanted a piece of El Paso.
or moving to El Paso, and the stories they
“They want to be able to look at something
share are genuinely insightful and often
and say that were just as worthy of a book
moving. Mark explained that the bilingual
as anywhere else.” Ulitmately, Mark wants
culture is something that he focuses on and
to answer the question of, “Why El Paso?”
appreciates, and as such, many of the stories
Whether it’s out-of-town football teams at
in the book are in Spanish as well. He said,
the Sun Bowl, or uninformed politicians and
“It being bilingual is important, cause the city
celebrities, people always ask why. “This is
is that way. Some of the writing is even in
sort of an answer to that question. To show
Spanglish, like we hear regularly here.”
that we really are a special place.”
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Best Philanthropic Business Southwest University
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Best Multimedia Company Axess Media
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DR. MOHAMMED ALNAJJAR BEST Barbershop Gold: Five Star Barber Shop Silver: Capone’s Barber Shop Bronze: TRND Setters Barbershop
BEST Doctor/Physicians Group Gold: Dr. Mohammed Alnajjar Silver: El Paso Pain Center Bronze: Dr. Gerardo Guillen
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development program. “Our employees provide to our customers
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everything Don Cuco stands for,” says co-owner Ariel Arredondo.
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In some respect, they all play a part in the growth of the business,
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who has opened two locations just this year alone—with their 11th
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to improve their leadership development program to help their
staff, Tacos Don Cuco also attributes their success to their suppliers
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experience, resources and a history of record-setting results. The
videos to prove a case.
twelve attorneys at the firm have an aggressive, client-focused philosophy when it comes to personal injury cases. The firm has helped seriously-injured clients across Texas and New Mexico and focuses solely on catastrophic and death cases.
The law firm is also active in the local community and gives to many non-profit organizations, schools and many other community groups across El Paso. “We are honored to be recognized as the Best Law Firm in El Paso
The team at Glasheen, Valles & Inderman takes the time to fully
again for 2019,” said Partner, Noe Valles. “We are committed to the
evaluate a case and has the resources to actively prosecute cases on
clients that we serve and feel honored that the people of El Paso
behalf of their clients. They not only have the financial resources, but
would vote for us for a second year in a row.”
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Luxor Gold Ballroom 11400 Rojas Dr. Ste. A El Paso, Texas 79936 Facebook: @luxorgoldballroom
Luxor Gold Ballroom
Sergio and Rossy Escorza’s love story didn’t just stop at their happily
“It’s rare that an event venue offers everything from photography to
ever after. The couple, turned-business partners, have been making
transportation services,” explained Sergio, “and since we’ve began
people’s party dreams come true for the past 23 years with their
offering our packages, we’ve helped alleviate most, if not all, the
all-inclusive event venue, Luxor Gold Ballroom. What started as
stress that comes with party planning.” Aside from throwing some
Sergio’s photography business, called HDEZ Studio, quickly evolved
of the best parties, Sergio and Rossy make it a point to also give back
as the duo saw the growing demand for more event essentials. The
to the community and have provided sponsorships to local schools
more quinceañeras and weddings booked the luxurious venue, the
and previous quinceañeras they have hosted. This year, Luxor Gold
easier it was for the Escorza’s to decide on expanding their services.
Ballroom placed “Top 3” for “Best Event Venue” and have shared
Today Luxor Gold Ballroom, along with Luxor Event Ballroom, offer
their gratitude to their customers and the community.
the all-in-one experience from photography, videography, catering, party bus rentals, invitations, day of staffing and more, thanks to their 40+ employees. By: ANDREA AVALOS Photographed by: SERGIO RAMIREZ
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Oso Good Express Bowie High School 801 S. San Marcial El Paso, Texas 79905 (915) 740-4020
Oso Good Express The Culinary Arts program at Bowie High School, now in its third year,
guest speakers, and most recently, the culinary team provided hot
is quite a success story. The purchase of a food truck has proven
chocolate and pan dulce for the VIP media event for the Border Tuner
to be an innovative venture that has established a reputation for the
Interactive Art display.
program. The food truck, officially the “Oso Good Express,” has become an award-winning enterprise for this culinary team.
This group of students already has a prestigious list of credits and recognition to their portfolio: receiving the El Paso Hispanic Chamber
The program has reached milestones in the relatively short time of its
of Commerce Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Year Award for 2018 and
existence, mostly through “word of mouth,” says Chef Christopher
the El Paso Del Norte Lions Club Inspirational Leader Award for 2019.
Puga, and because of that, awareness of the food truck and catering business has exploded and has made Bowie’s Culinary Arts Program a go-to caterer. Their track record includes luncheons for comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, the Paso del Norte Foundation, events for 38 | SPECIAL ADVERTISING
The Bowie High School Culinary Arts and food truck team want to thank everyone for voting us one of the Best Food Trucks in the city! Oso Oso Oso! Photographed by: JOHN HORTA
Track One 1330 Robert Lee El Paso, Texas 79925 (915) 779-2170 trackoneelpaso.com
Track One Ken McDermott acquired the Track One restaurant 30 years ago and later his wife Lolly joined him. They could never have predicted the amass of their success or how the business would become such a staple in the city of El Paso. “It has definitely grown from where we started and we’re very grateful for the journey it has been and hope to continue,” they say. Besides the food, the intimacy and unique environment make Track One what it is. Despite the questions of an expansion, Lolly and Ken don’t want to take away from the place and what the culture has molded into. They express the gratitude for their customer base, more importantly their support and patience. “Our customers are great and along with our employees and environment, it creates this cohesiveness that is memorable,” they say. Track One retains its own law of motion within the establishment. Lolly and Ken are proud owners, they’re even more proud of the team they have assembled, growing their team of 12 employees to 40. The continuity of a motivated team and the consistency in the quality of food increases a positive culture and customer experience. Any changes along the way just join the orbit. “It’s a team effort to keep it going … why change what isn’t broken.” By: HOPE ALEGRE Photographed by: JOHN HORTA
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Dr. Mohammed Alnajjar 2311 N. Mesa St., Ste. B El Paso, Texas 79902 (915) 544-1533
Dr. Mohammed Alnajjar “I always wanted to be a doctor to heal people, it was that
there we work together to figure out the best course of
simple. Being sick is one of the most disconcerting things
action ... I know everyone probably says this, but it’s really
someone can go through … so to be able to make a patient
true in my case: I do not see my patients as numbers to be
healthy again is obviously very rewarding,” explained Dr.
ticked off every day, they are humans and they deserve the
Mohammed Alnajjar, an internal medicine specialist located
utmost compassion. I, and my whole team, go above and
right near UTEP. Dr. Alnajjar began practicing in El Paso 20
beyond to solve their problems.”
years ago, shortly after having finished his postgraduate degree at Cornell University. When asked how he’d been able to build up such a loyal patient base over the years, Dr. Alnajjar stressed the importance of empathy, saying: “Patients want to be listened to, first and foremost. From 40 | SPECIAL ADVERTISING
Dr. Alnajjar went on to express how thankful he is to the El Paso community for having given trust and the opportunity to practice here for two decades. He hopes to continue for many more.
By: HENRY CRAVER photographed by: LUIS MARIANO
Design by Roselle (915) 288-0942 email@example.com
Design by Roselle Design by Roselle, founded in 2015, is an interior design firm that provides services to our beautiful city and our border area, for both residential and commercial spaces. It specializes in transforming spaces from standard to extraordinary. Roselle Ayala founder and owner of the firm, was born in El Paso, Texas. She started her career with local interior designers, builders and realtors, then becoming the design center manager for a well-known builder, to later opening her design firm. With over 10 years’ experience Design by Roselle creates tailored spaces adapted to clients’ needs and expectations. Services go from interior design, custom remodeling, project management, bespoke furnishings, to real estate staging. Roselle works with influential and leading distributors complementing superior design projects, exceeding customer expectations through world-class services and personal attention. Design by Roselle strives for customer satisfaction, she adds “we make business by creating close relations with our clients, their vision along with the end product is our main goal”. “My job and my passion is to understand and transform, bringing to life the essence of my client’s style”. Roselle would like to thank her clients and the community. She mentions: “I will continue designing beautiful spaces to unveil the best in the city.”
Photographed by: ADAL RIVAS
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Classic American Homes 12770 Edgemere Blvd., Ste. A-1 El Paso, Texas 79938 (915) 593-7707 classicamerican.com
Classic American Homes Classic American Homes is among El Paso’s leading home builders. Since 1988 “Classic” has built over 10,000 new homes in El Paso. Our floor plans are available in a wide range of sizes, features and price ranges to meet the needs of most any buyer. When Classic’s founders started building homes over 30 years ago, they didn’t want to be one of the biggest, just one of the best. Our superb quality inspections and customer care have gone a long way toward creating the “Classic” quality that is well known throughout El Paso. Come visit one of our great El Paso communities where we are “Building the American dream.” What you discover will please you. 42 | SPECIAL ADVERTISING
Jennifer Dayoub Jennifer has made a personal commitment to help simplify the complex world of investing and retirement planning. As an Accredited Asset Management Specialist, she brings over 10 years of industry experience to her team and the clients she serves. Together with her partner, Kristy McGee, Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Heritage Group of Raymond James, they built a practice with the understanding that retirement planning means more than providing clients with investment advice. It means helping them maintain the financial independence they have worked their whole lives to achieve and striving to ensure they have the means to pursue what is most important to them. Jennifer states “Our relationships with our clients are our priority ... they are family.” A native El Pasoan, Jennifer returned home after earnings her Bachelors in Finance and Economics from Texas Tech University to be an impactful part of El Paso’s growth and revitalization. As well as being an active member in the El Paso community, Jennifer sits on the Raymond James Advisor Mastery Board as well
Jennifer Dayoub, AAMS®
as being named to the 2018 and 2019
Raymond James Achievers club. Jennifer is looking forward to continuing to serve and be part of El Paso’s bright future. “I love my community and am so appreciative of all the support!” Photographed by: JOHN HORTA
4503 N. Mesa El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 534-4007 Raymond James & Associates Member New York Exchange/SIPC
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Susan Eisen Fine Jewelry and Watches is a business that uniquely The Susan Eisen jewelry and watch shopping experience is all blends many aspects of fine jewelry and watches: the artistic, jewelry encompassing and impressive. Eisen is a Master Gemologist Appraiser, that represents the essence of the wearer; the scientific, by identifying ASA, goldsmith and author, so her store is different from other jewelry diamonds and gems; and the emotional, when certain pieces represent stores. “Knowing the back end of how things are made, what is milestones and important events in one’s life. Customers will find necessary to keep them in their best condition, while maintaining the quality, expertise and a commitment for excellence at Susan Eisen.
highest quality control standards and appraisal credentials in El Paso, “The most rewarding aspect is the earned trust from our customers sets us apart.” Eisen said. Eisen began her business 38 years ago with coupled with creating a piece they will cherish forever,” Eisen said. an art metals background from UTEP. As a native El Pasoan, Eisen The diamonds are hand picked and graded for quality and price by sponsors events for the Junior League and the El Paso Museum of Art Susan herself in her accredited gem laboratory and the sales mantra 7 is, and designs jewelry for famous celebrities on the red carpet at the “the service after the sale is even more import than the sale itself.” Emmys and Academy Awards.
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ON THE BLOCK WORKING CAPITOL | By: AUSTIN NORTH photography by: PETER SVARZBEIN |
researching the future of work as a whole and how it is changing in graduate school, he moved to southeast Asia to gain experience in luxury hospitality and hospitality technology. Having moved back to his hometown of El Paso to practice architecture now, Christopher was looking for opportunity. “I always wanted to come back to my hometown El Paso, and I was looking to do something that I don’t just get hired for—I put it together
orking Capitol is unlike other co-working
from A to Z,” said Christopher. The process began with the property, with a focus
spaces in El Paso—with a membership
on the many historic buildings that El Paso is fortunate to have. “The goal was
program that also allows public access
to find the property, develop it, design it and build it, and now we’re operating.”
and with unique amenities, the space exudes an air of
Unlike other co-working spaces that can be found tucked away, hidden from the
aesthetically engaging professionalism and productivity.
public on upper floors of office buildings, Working Capitol is a ground floor, open
Owner Christopher Esper’s background in architecture
co-working space. “We wanted a real address, and a good building to facilitate
and hospitality makes him the perfect curator of Working
meetings with clients and members,” Christopher explained. The space was a
Capitol, emphasizing design qualities as much as
beautiful historic building that was covered up and added on to overtime—”There
amenities and services. “I was looking at the office as a
are old arches that were part of a 100-year-old system. We went through this
design problem. Now technology is changing the physical
whole process of showing the brick, keeping it clean and industrial.” Also found
landscape of what an office is,” said Christopher. After
on the space now are some 100-year-old factory windows from Dallas, and they
January, 2020 pushed in part of the building to create a patio where there will be a restaurant adjacent in the future. “It’s an open view, but its playing into the old aesthetic of the building,” he said. Simultaneously, Christopher was looking at the building from a programming standpoint. Questions such as, what makes the most sense with this space to allow the proper amount of sunlight, or the proper amount of quietness, played a part in the internal layout, which has resulted in a variety of different spaces for people to work in within the building. “Each attracts a different style of entrepreneur.” When it comes to members and clients, there’s plenty of diversity. Co-working spaces often cater to the knowledge economy—people in the tech industry, digital content creators, etc., though Christopher said, “I wanted to first focus on professional services—law, insurance, architecture, etc…That may be the core tenant, but it has allowed us financially to welcome solo entrepreneurs too, from
Photos by Gisela Estrada
January, 2020 photographers and web designers to life-coaches and more—creative and transient types of solo venturists. As mentioned before, the different types of workspaces in the building attract different clients, as Christopher said, “The work desks and the suites go side-by-side with different demographics.” That said, they have a strong core of professional services, from a Farmers Insurance agent to the Lone Star Title central office to Splendid Sun Productions, and more. All of that said, the major thing Christopher emphasizes is that they have a public component to our space—Salt and Honey Cafe. “It’s an amenity that invites the public right into our lobby,” and he explains that it allows the professional public to mingle with members to facilitate more organic professional matchmaking. “It lowers the barriers of entry for professionals to market themselves.” Other notable unique resources include seamless cloud printing, design-wise, and advanced security measures to allow both the public to have access at the proper times, and the members to have their own access times as well. The building is genuinely unique and quite beautiful, and the incentive to use the space is immense with amenities taken into account—head down to Working Capitol to see for yourself, enjoy the cafe, and consider becoming a member to make the most of it.
St. Augustine Artisan Pizza + Craft Beer Saint Augustine is an anachronism. David, Alejandro, and their team strive on combining the best of two eras with their wood-fired oven and their signature dough while adding a border town twist with ingredients ranging from habanero sauce, to grasshoppers, to al pastor pork—without forgetting classics like the margherita and pepperoni. The pies at St. Augustine are baked in a brick oven with fresh, never-frozen, ingredients. The dough is also prepared in-house. There will never be a rack of prepared dough pies waiting idly for customers to arrive. Much like with the ingredients, there is a vast array of wine and craft beer to accompany any meal. St. Augustine features locally brewed beers as well as international choices. The servers at St. Augustine will help you find the perfect brew for you. As runner-up of The City Magazine’s Best Pizza Award, in just their first year, St. Augustine continues to perfect their craft to make El Paso proud. St. Augustine is a restaurant made out of love, that knows this would not be possible without the support of family, friends, amazing customers and our beloved city of El Paso. Thank you to everyone for your support every step of the way. “Patience is the companion of wisdom” -St Augustine.
St. Augustine Artisan Pizza + Craft Beer 1831 N. Zaragoza Ste. #119 El Paso, TX 79936 FB + IG: @st.augustine.ep (915) 303-9688
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Sunny’s Sushi 7460 Cimarron Market
8838 Viscount Blvd, Suite A
13855 Horizon Blvd.
Bldg. 3, Suite 100
El Paso, Texas 79925
Bldg. D Suite 401 & 402
Horizon, Texas 79928
El Paso, Texas 79938
El Paso, Texas 79911 (915)600-5818
Sunny’s Sushi There is more that goes into a successful business than just good food, and if you’ve ever had the pleasure to dine at Sunny’s Sushi,
Despite being immigrants, all co-owners are El Pasoans through
you know they have plenty of that. While Sunny’s has been open
and through, having been here for more than 20 years. “El Paso is
for 12 years, it is an inherited business that became a joint venture
home, and through Sunny’s, along with our other business like The
for partners Pj Liu and John and Yuree Lee, along with partners
Grove, we as partners, in addition to our employees, are focused on
Roy Lee, Ana Ahn and Ryan Yoo. As co-owners they have found
providing new experiences with fresh food and excellent service,”
the recipe for success and it has made it that much easier to
John says. Having been partners for 8 years, Pj and John still value
duplicate through their expansion to 3 new locations within the past
the happiness they get when they see people enjoying not only their
few years. Although, each having a background in the restaurant
food, but the service and every other detail that has been carefully
business certainly helped. “It’s all about having the right people on
selected for the success of their businesses. “We value experience
your team,” PJ says.
and training is important in retaining the consistency throughout our restaurants,” they say.
By: HOPE ALEGRE Photographed by: LUIS MARIANO
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Coconuts 816 N. Piedras El Paso, Texas 79903 (915) 566-3044
Coconuts Your local bar should be a place of comfort. Somewhere where
After entering his second decade in business and having his bar
people from all walks of life come together to unwind and enjoy
being nominated for Best Happy Hour in the City, Noel was eager
themselves, completely free of pretensions. For many El Pasoans,
to thank those who’d made it possible: “I’m just so grateful to
that place is Coconuts. Opened eleven years ago, the Five Points
everyone who’s been involved with Coconuts. I’m thankful to Kelly
bar has garnered a reputation for its great service, affordable drinks
Boren who gave me this opportunity in the first place, my amazing
and warm atmosphere. “Customers feel welcome here, and they
past and current staff, my brother Jacob Jimenez who I couldn’t
definitely are. I’ve always stressed a friendly staff above all else.
do it without, my friends and family … and the El Paso community,
How are you supposed to have a good time if the bartender seems
especially Central El Paso, who make Coconuts what it is.”
annoyed to be serving you?” explained Coconuts owner and El Paso native, Noel Jimenez. It’s probably also worth mentioning that Coconuts is open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.—and happy hour prices are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.! 54 | SPECIAL ADVERTISING
By: HENRY CRAVER Photographed by: JESSE MAYNES
Poe Toyota When I visited Poe Toyota in late November 2019, the dealership was leading all others in El Paso, in new car sales. Part of that success, of course, can be attributed to the product itself. Toyotas, as you probably already know, are renowned for their combination of reliability and safety—those new 4Runners ain’t too hard on the eyes either. However, Poe’s popularity can’t be explained by Toyota’s reputation alone. The dealership prides itself on making customers happy—from the moment they walk in the door, until long after the initial purchase. Gerald Miller, Poe Toyota’s general manager and an El Paso native, explained his group’s mission to me, saying: “I’ve been in the new car business for 36 years, 25 of which I’ve spent here at Poe Automotive. I learned pretty early on that what’s good for the customer is good for business. Nobody wants to feel pressured into buying a car, they want a knowledgeable person to help them find the perfect vehicle for their budget. So that’s exactly what our employees do.” Miller then added, “And we’re honestly all so thankful to the El Paso community, for nominating us for Best Car Dealership, and for giving us their business. It’s really been a pleasure.” Poe Toyota 6330 Montana El Paso, Texas 79925 Poetoyota.com (915) 775-2000 By: HENRY CRAVER Photographed by: JOHN HORTA
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Southwest Chiropractic 61 Camille
2727 Wyoming, Ste. B
1030 N. Zaragoza, Ste. A
El Paso, Texas 79912
El Paso, Texas 79903
El Paso, Texas 79907
(915) 860-2233 southwestchiropractors.com
Southwest Chiropractic Chiropractic manipulation is an alternative
therapy and rehabilitation, used to optimize a
walk out feeling better than when they first
approach to healing the body and restoring it
patient’s recovery. Their specialty, however,
walked in,” says manager, Nancy Aguayo.
to its full and maximum potential. With this
is in treating personal injury and employees
Since no patient is ever turned down,
in mind, Southwest Chiropractic opened in
injured in the course of employment.
Southwest Chiropractic treats patients from
1998 as a means to help the people in the city of El Paso, who had been suffering with pain for years. Since their opening, they have expanded to three locations to better serve the community. They provide a variety of treatments from chiropractic manipulation, which provides pain relief and reduces activity intolerance, to passive 56 | SPECIAL ADVERTISING
As a family business, that sense of family extends onto their staff and creates a positive workplace culture, which in turns leads to making patients feel at home. “We take pride in our staff and the quality service they provide to all our guests … they give the best possible care, so patients always
all walks of life and anyone from newborns to elderly. In addition, as active members in the community, they participate where they can contribute, from health fairs to blood drives and contributing to the El Paso Victims Fund. Southwest Chiropractic is active in the needs of its city, and as their motto states, “Your Health is Our Well Being.”
By: HOPE ALEGRE Photographed by: JESSE MAYNES
Raw’Fitness 4519 Osborne El Paso, Texas 79922 (915) 549-8323 transformationelpaso.com
Raw’Fitness The greatest honor for Sofia and Octavio Urias is being able
greatest legacy anyone can leave is by positively impacting the lives
to witness the transformation of thousands of lives in El Paso
of others. They aim to leave their fitness footprints throughout the
and Las Cruces each year. Winning “The Best Gym in El Paso”
city in order to reflect what hard work, determination and kindness
award three years in a row is something Octavio could have only
can do, while continuing their mission of transforming one million
dreamed of when he was just 19 years old and working out of his
lives. They stress how blessed they are to cross paths with people
truck. Sofia, the team and Octavio are humbled by the loyalty of
of all walks of life and are so thankful to their clients for giving them
each and every person who took the time to vote for Raw’Fitness.
just two percent of their days. They love you all! From the bottom of their hearts and screaming from the mountaintops, they rejoice,
They vow to continue to create the most extraordinary fitness
“THANK YOU, EL PASO!”
experience for their Raw’Family because they believe that the Photographed by: DANIEL FREDERICK
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Christian Nassri Photography www.christiannassri.com Instragram: @christiannassri Mobile: +52 656 175 9544 Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Christian Nassri Photography The City Magazine’s Best of the City “Best Photographer” of 2017
With over 2000 events under his belt, Christian enjoys being in high
and 2018, Christian Nassri, is making his mark not only in El Paso
demand. He has photographed weddings from San Miguel de Allen-
and Juárez, but as far as Spain. Although he specializes in weddings,
de to New York. He has recently taught classes both about the ba-
his photography spans engagements, anniversaries, family and chil-
sics of photography and mobile phone photography. He hopes one
dren’s portraits, architecture and fine art. A native of Juárez, Christian
day to showcase more of his artistic work in galleries and museums.
always loved photography and got his official start in 2006, and soon
Humbly, he expresses his thanks to everybody that voted for him
becoming highly sought out for his stunning works. Interestingly, his
from El Paso and Juarez border to Spain. A truly talented and high-
background is in industrial systems engineering, working for Labora-
ly skilled ex-engineer turned brilliant photographer, we congratulate
torios de Ciencias Forenses, Gobierno del Estado de Chihuahua as a
and expect to see more of Christian Nassri.
forensic ballistics expert. On May of 2017, Christian resigned from his government job to pursue a full-time career in photography, a move that his Best of The City awards proved worthwhile.
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By: VERONICA NEVAREZ AND OSCAR ACOSTA
Photographed by: VICTOR H. DELGADO
The Ivy Hair + Nail Salon 518 W San Antonio Ave. Ste. H El Paso, Texas 79901 (915) 533-3790 theivyep.com
The Ivy Hair + Nail Salon The Ivy Hair + Nail Salon was established in 2013 by hairstylist Ivy
stress of outside chaos. Their priority is to help clients feel like the
Lizárraga in The Union Depot District downtown. Six years later, they
best version of themselves and step out happier than when they
have grown to host one of the best collections of independent hair
walked in. “There is nothing like seeing the extra strut in someone’s
and nail artists in the city of El Paso. Clients can choose from their
step when they walk out of the salon,” says Ivy.
wide variety of services, ranging from hair color to hair extensions and regular gel manicures to acrylics and nail art. From the invigorating aroma to their top-of-the-market styling brands, The Ivy prides itself in not only delivering amazing services, but a full experience that allows clients to disconnect from the Photographed by: ADAL RIVAS
The ever-evolving beauty industry is what pushes The Ivy to continue to learn, grow and keep offering El Paso the latest in beauty trends and self-care. “Thank you El Paso for your support and loyalty and for helping us do what we love to do!” -The Ivy Hair + Nail Salon. SPECIAL ADVERTISING | 59
Tin Man “We want to make beer fun and enjoyable to drink, to make beer uniquely tied to a time, place and people,” says Kenji Shigematsu, owner of Tin Man Filling Station. Tin Man emphasizes exploring one’s tastes, and facilitates that at their five locations. “Come in and we’ll give you a beer that you’ll enjoy regardless what people are drinking around you,” Kenji says. With specials like their Thursday Penny Growler Fills, where if you fill up one growler—essentially a six-pack’s worth of beer—you can fill up a second for only a penny, Tin Man expresses their love for the craft beer community in El Paso. “We really just want people to try all kinds beer, including visiting the local breweries,” Kenji says. Their Kill The Tank events, which have blown up and doubled in frequency this year, feature collaborations with breweries—the results include infinite range of beer styles. “ Kill The Tank is the creation of unique and innovative beer for every palate,” Kenji says. With big plans for future expansion, you can trust Tin Man to keep providing quality craft beer to those who are curious to try. It’s not just IPA’s—there’s a plethora of flavors, and it’s important to remember that taste buds change over time. Stop by Tin Man and let them help you find the best beer for your palate. Tin Man 2301 N. Zaragoza, Ste. 108
4935 N. Mesa St., Ste. 12
13001 Eastlake, Ste. 112
11100 Sean Haggerty, Ste. B203
El Paso, Texas 79938
El Paso, Texas 79912
El Paso, Texas 79928
El Paso, Texas 79934 armyoftin.com
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By: AUSTIN NORTH photographed by: LUIS MARIANO
Jefferson High School Cheer Team 4700 Alameda Ave. El Paso, Texas 79905 (915) 236-7400 Head Coach - Jessica Erales
Jefferson High School Cheer Team Joining the spirit of two campuses, the Jefferson/Silva Cheer Team
their eyes on the UIL State Cheerleading Championship. They will
works year-round to support the athletics at their historic school. The
travel to Fort Worth on behalf of Jefferson High School and Maxine
ladies and gentlemen represented, honor a tradition and heritage of
L. Silva Health Magnet School.
pride. They dedicate themselves to leadership, ambassadorship and sportsmanship. A team composed of student athletes with some of the highest academic standards and traditions dating back 70 years.
The Jefferson/Silva Cheer Team performs in pep-rallies, special events and provides over 20 weeks of athletic support and encouragement. These ladies and gentlemen are an elite group
Senior members of the squad, each with three to four years of
spreading Silver Fox pride throughout our El Paso. They pump up
cheerleading experience, have developed their fellow athletes into
the crowds at home games, get our teams fired up and support
future leaders for the school and community. With knowledge in
causes they believe in. The Jefferson/Silva Cheer Team, the Silver
stunt techniques, tumbling styles and crowd involvement, the
Foxes, thank you for your patronage this year.
Jefferson/Silva Cheer Team sets themselves apart. The team has
By: JESSICA ERALES photographed by: LUIS MARIANO
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L & J Café While L & J has garnered success at a national level, they have
In addition to the restaurant, is a gift shop that has now been
retained their charm and are still very much a mom-and-pop shop,
open for two years. The decision to get their red salsa jarred
as 3rd, 4th and 5th generations are hands-on in the business. While
was what jumpstarted the idea, and has since been shipped all-
their legal opening date wasn’t until 1936, they opened in 1927,
over the country. The gift shop has also taken on a “Day of the
during the prohibition, making them the 11th oldest continuous run
Dead” theme, influenced by the colorful history of the Concordia
restaurant in Texas. As a multi-generational family business with
a multi-generational customer base, they are old-fashioned in the best sense. With the pride, love and passion the employees take in creating the recipes, it is no wonder their food and reputation has remained consistent. “We are proud to have been able to preserve much of our history in keeping the border regional recipes that have been handed down for five generations,” co-owner Vanessa
“We have come a full 360 from our inception due to the guidance, wisdom and care passed on from the generations before us. It’s also about the customers being the final voice because without the fanfare of our community we wouldn’t be where we are today,” owner Leo Duran says.
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Tuff Hedeman, He’s not full of bull,
istorically, El Paso is famous for our gunfighters and our cowboys. Songs have been written about our men, most notably Marty Robbins wrote a
love song about a young cowboy in our west Texas town of El Paso, falling in love with a Mexican woman
in Rosas Cantina. Not far from that famous cantina, a young Richard “Tuff” Hedeman grew up on the Sunland Park race track where his dad, Red Hedeman, was famously known throughout the New Mexico and Texas horse racing community. Born into a western family, and being the youngest of seven, meant you were taught at an early age the meaning of hard work. Tuff’s young days began before the sunrise, feeding animals, mucking stalls, and exercising several race horses, all before the rest of the kids were waking up to catch the school bus. The intensity of this way of life, teaches the importance of work ethic, the importance of a job well done, and a mental strength where giving up was never an option. These lessons instilled at a young age formed him into the competitive hard-working man he is today, with the mindset and discipline to win. When asked about the roles his parents played in his life he said, “My dad (Red Hedeman) was the hardest working man I know and one of the coolest.” “And my mom, she did whatever it took to help us be successful … I was lucky.” “I had the best parents you could ever ask for.” Born at Providence Hospital, March 2, 1963, Tuff started riding calves at the age of four on the West Side of El Paso, at the “The Upper Valley Rodeo Club.” Young Richard Hedeman earned the nickname “Tough Nut” after a car door slammed on his hand and he didn’t cry or complain. Tuff says growing up with a name like Tuff, was much like being given the name Sue, it meant you either fought or turned around and walked off, he says he was never good at walking off.
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That bravery and can-do attitude propelled Tuff to a heavily decorated, professional bull-riding career spanning 15 years. At 56 years of age, Tuff has many accolades in the arena, including eleven-time NFR Qualifier, four-time World Champion Bull Rider, and the first bull rider with one-million dollars in career earnings, and if that’s not enough, Tuff was honorably inducted in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. One of his most well-known rides ever, was when he rode his tenth-round bull to the eight second buzzer at the NFR, securing his second world championship. He continued that same ride another eight seconds in memory of his closest friend Lane Frost, who’d tragically passed away five months earlier in a bull riding accident. This ride will always be remembered as one of the NFR’s greatest moments, hence why Tuff is known as “King of The Bull Riders.”
World’s Most Dangerous Bull - Bodacious
When asked about his greatest accomplishments, he’ll proudly tell
that keep fans and competitors on the edge of their seats. You
you that it’s not his buckles, not his titles, it’s his three sons Lane,
can support our local rodeo hero at The Casa Ford Tuff Hedeman
Trevor and Ryker.
Bull Riding Tour presented by Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, February 8th, 2020 at The El Paso County Coliseum at 8:00 pm. To
His life is about hard work, about goals, it’s about reaching the end of
purchase tickets, go to tuffhedemanbullriding.com.
the buzzer. That’s what drives this man. His fellow bull riders said his “can do” attitude is what made him such an outstanding competitor.
He runs his business that same way he rode bulls, with intention, no
As a retired professional bull rider Tuff currently travels the world
accident, and if he gets bucked off, he gets back on. Is he a myth?
producing his bull riding events, bringing action packed performances
No, he’s a legend, and he’s one of ours, he calls El Paso is his home!
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We aim to educate our patients about chiropractic care and other natural solutions to common health problems like migraines and sciatica. We provide help in order to motivate you to take a more active and responsible role in restoring and maintaining your own health. Dr. Fred Aguayo, DC is passionate about helping patients to cope with and overcome stress. He provides quality care to ensure patients experience overall wellness.
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We start off the year recognizing a French inspired home located in the Franklin Mountains.
The City After 50
Our 3rd issue reminds our folk the
importance of remaining active, and how our great outdoors is a great place to start.
February As a new dental school comes to fruition, advancements in the medical field are recognized.
April Oso Good is a dream realized and staffed by Bowie High School students and their culinary arts instructor. Dedication and hard work pay off.
March We celebrate the animals utilized
as a therapeutic modality to
A combination of the Mediterranean
enhance and facilitate healing.
and Southwest influences is what this home is made of.
Weddings 2019 Showcasing two covers, two dream worthy shoots and 35 weddings, our 6th annual Weddings magazine
May Dennece Knight represents women in business as she inspires charitable acts and defines philanthropy.
is something to aspire to.
the year in covers 2019
June Dr. Frank Agullo reenvisions
beauty, as the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading
We commemorate the 22 lives lost
plastic surgeon, using
during the mass shooting on August
the latest techniques
3rd with a display of all their names.
Octavio Gomez, Rudy Valdes
Romina Cenisio enlightens us with
and Nick Salgado shows
Infinite Resort--a sustainable line
us what success is in the
that is inspired by nature.
restaurant business as driving forces behind some of El Pasoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best dining
Summer Spaces This Spanish haven home encompasses the tranquility
of a retreat home right here
The opulence of coastal with
in the Sun City.
stunning desert views make this foothills home swoon worthy
August Kassi Foster, Paige Fox
and Brett Goldberg give us
Exploring culture and sound at
a look into the next generation
Neon Desert Music Festival and
forging their path in businesses
what to expect next year.
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T h e Y e a r i n E n t e r ta i n m e n t As 2019 comes to a close we reflect on all that entertainment has had to offer, particularly in our city. This past year has been exciting, and the support has been unsurmountable. Endgame came in as the #1 film for the year, with Disney’s The Lion King coming in for a strong second. The highly anticipated fourth installment to the animated series, Toy Story, came in at number three. Fourth and fifth was Marvel’s own Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far from Home. Completing the top-10 are Aladdin, Joker, IT: Chapter Two, US and Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Action, Adventure and Thrillers really stole the show this year. As the Plaza Classic Film Festival went into its 12th year, it has only grown in popularity. It El Paso Electric Presents Broadway in El
continues to provide the perfect opportunity
Paso, continued their 2018-19 season with
to revisit the classics and the programming
astounding performances of “Jersey Boys,”
has grown to include outdoor movies and
and an emotional upbeat show of “Kinky
concerts. While it spans the generations
Boots.” Continuing with a captivating show
and continually has something for everyone,
of “Evita” and “Something Rotten!” The
it also continues to attract audiences from
2019-20 season is kicked off by none other
outside the region. Movies showcased
than The Blue Man Group. They are known
this year were classics like Some Like it
widely for their theatrical shows and truly are
Hot, Carrie, Boyz N the Hood along with
a visually unique form of entertainment.
familiar favorites including Addams Family Values, Ratatouille, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. With special guests occupying all avenues of the industry--from screenwriters, In addition, Neon Desert Music Festival
filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors/
completed their 9th year. Occupying a new
actresses—in attendance this year was Sam
location in downtown El Paso, the festival is
Elliot, Katharine Ross, Kathleen Quinlan,
still surrounded by the historical buildings and
Laura Emrick, Jay Kleberg, Ross Marks, Scott
mountain backdrop that is so dearly loved.
McGee, Lucky McKee, Zach Passero, David
2019 was the most attended year to date,
Rabinowitz, Shaun Redick, Victoria Riskin,
and one of the most anticipated festivals for
Ron Stallworth and Walt Strony.
While in years past the box office has been
attendees. With the continued deliverance
filled with almost nothing but superheroes,
of showcasing local food, visual artists, and
there was a variety in 2019’s highest
luchador wrestling--performances by big
grossing films. As expected, Avengers:
names like Miguel, Tory Lanez, Dashboard
Confessional, Steve Aoki, Don Omar and Wiz Khalifa dazzled the crowds.
Also, back for its 12th annual event was Chalk the Block. With over 47,000 El As music goes, in response to the mass shooting
Pasoans and visitors in attendance for a
that struck our city on August 3, Khalid, in natural
weekend of creativity in the Downtown
fashion, found a way to give back to the community
Arts District, it broke the attendance
that he calls home. As a musician and creator of
record. As the region’s largest free public
The Great Khalid Foundation, he held a benefit
art festival, this year they went paperless
concert to support the El Paso Shooting Victims
and their new app allowed for festival
Fund and the El Paso Community Foundation. The
attendees to view the map and schedule
night, dubbed Khalid & Friends: A Night for Suncity,
was a star-studded event. Starting off the night
Festival goers were met with live music,
with speeches from Matthew McConaughey and
art and food vendors, a variety of activities
“Los Trompos” which took over Cleveland
former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, Khalid took
and exhibits, theatrical performances, and
Square. Mexico City designers Héctor
over and headlined a heartfelt show. Throughout
the anticipated art competition. Not to
Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena created an
the evening were featured performances by SZA,
mention the interactive art installations
interactive piece that was part installation,
Rae Sremmurd and Lil Yachty.
that included the painted pianos and
part furniture and part playground.
Corny & Cheesy
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Fabiola & Michel Salayandia Get to meet this power couple—Fabiola and Michel Salayandia. The pair’s combined talents have resulted in two more “Best of the City” awards, one for Michel’s “Corny & Cheesy” food truck and another for Fabiola’s interior design work. About the Corny & Cheesy food truck…
About Fabiola Salayandia… Third-time awardee, Fabiola Salayandia’s Interior Design firm has the technical knowledge and design experience to manage residential and commercial projects of any style and size— whether collaborating with the client, architect or builder on new construction from the ground up, or simply rearranging a client’s
Using only the freshest and most authentic Mexican ingredients
furnishings to improve the comfort, flow and function of a space.
like white Mexican corn, four different cheese types, various herb
She works closely with clients to refine the design making helpful
and spices, all imported directly across the border—this food truck
suggestions, offering solutions and providing options both sensible
is certainly one-of-a-kind. This cute little kitchen on wheels has
and inspiring. She selects building materials, finishes and furnishings,
become the go-to place for a warm and rich elote, in a cup or on the
and helps clients make informed decisions.
cob and Juárez street-style enchiladas. She is as motivated as her clients to reach the finish line on time and within budget, having achieved an end result of lasting value that is a constant source of happiness and pride. 96 | SPECIAL ADVERTISING
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Azul Medspa East 10965 Ben Crenshaw Dr., Ste. 4A El Paso, Texas 79935 (915) 317-5212 Azul Medspa West 7300 Remcon Cir., Ste. 100 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 584-2985 www.Azul-Medspa.com
Azul Medspa Under the direction of Dr. Lyle D. Weeks, Azul Medspa of El Paso
hair removal to skin concerns, pigmentation and scarring. Botox
has provided aesthetic solutions for over 5 years. Our highly
and dermal fillers are among our most sought after treatments that
experienced staff of registered nurses, laser technicians and medical
enhance your facial features while taking years off your appearance.
aestheticians provide the best medical spa practices. We stay at the
We offer other medical spa treatments such as skin care treatments
forefront of cosmetic and medical spa treatments/technology. Azul
and hair loss restoration through PRP/PRFM.
Medspa’s patients are our upmost priority. Azul offers unique services, such as Emsculpt and Coolscupting, the most effective non-invasive body shaping services in the area. We also offer a variety of lasers for everything from permanent By: JOSH SANCHEZ Photographed by: DANIEL FREDERICK
Contact Azul for a free consultation and achieve your highest potential. Azul Medspa, the one-stop full body shop. Now with two convenient locations in east and west El Paso.
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FirstLight Federal Credit Union FirstLight has been a staple of the El Paso community since 1955,
when it opened its doors to serve the military and civilian personnel
organizations, such as the
on Biggs Air Force Base. Over the years, FirstLight has grown to
USO, YMCA, Boy Scouts,
serve all El Paso and Doña Ana counties, and now provides all the
The Sun Bowl Association and
services and convenience found at their larger bank competitors,
many more have benefited from
while continuing to offer that same welcoming atmosphere and
the support of FirstLight. The Credit
home town feeling that is unique to the borderland.
Union also takes local education seriously,
“We offer all the same products and services of our bigger national competitors, but we call El Paso home,” says Karl Murphy, President/CEO. “What drives us is making our community better
partnering with local schools and organizations to promote financial literacy assisting students in getting their financial footing early in life.
and helping our members achieve their financial dreams. It’s why
It’s clear to see that FirstLight has its roots firmly planted in the
it has become common place to see FirstLight out and about
foundation the Credit Union was built on all those years ago;
supporting the community through volunteerism, sponsorships
People Helping People!
FirstLight Federal Credit Union 9983 Kenworthy Dr. El Paso, Texas 79924 FirstLightFCU.org (800) 351-1670
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Deutsch & Deutsch 889 Gateway Blvd W., Ste. 1840 El Paso, Texas 79925 (915) 730-6162 www.deutschjewelers.com
Deutsch & Deutsch Deutsch & Deutsch, “Where Life Happens.” Deutsch and Deutsch
the most prominent jewelers in Texas and the United States. Their
has been a family business for over 85 years. They are extremely
stores are found throughout the state, with locations in El Paso,
thankful for the inclusion, support and embrace the El Paso
Houston, Laredo, McAllen and Victoria, Texas.
community has given them over the past five years. Being a part of the community has solidified their inclusion in THE CITY.
Their slogan, “Where Life Happens,” makes it clear that they are passionate about becoming an important element in the customers’
Deutsch & Deutsch is not only a jewelry and watch store, it is a
lives. They can be counted on to always have perfect gifts for every
company that bases its ideology on the principle of being closely
special life occasion.
involved with its customers and on becoming part of their special life moments. Hard work and ingenuity has been the driving force behind its
In addition to jewelry, Deutsch & Deutsch prides itself on offering a wide selection of premium timepieces from the most respected watch makers on the planet.
evolution from a modest 1920’s tourist shop in Mexico to one of Photographed by: DANIEL FREDERICK
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My Life Chiropractic 1393 George Dieter, Ste. E El Paso, Texas 79936 mylifechiropractic.com (915) 228-4915
My Life Chiropractic “Another year has gone by and once again we are blessed by the
custom treatment plans allow patients to not only feel the before
response from our family, friends and patients for nominating us
and after results of the spinal correction, but see them as well.
for Best Chiropractor of El Paso,” expressed Dr. Gutierrez. My Life
Ultimately, the goal is to restore the spine to the way it was originally
Chiropractic offers personalized treatments for headaches, neck
created by allowing the body to function and heal without surgery or
and/or back pain by providing a non-surgical, non-medicinal approach
medication. While they are known for their many success stories, My
to healing, which has resulted in great success. The practice
Life Chiropractic attributes their true success to their wonderful and
specializes in neck and back pain, headaches, arthritis, and personal
loyal patients who have continuously supported them throughout the
injury. Treatment plans are objective and science-based which are
years. Dr. Gutierrez and his team are honored to contribute to the El
then analyzed to meet patients’ needs. With the help of X-Rays, their
Paso community by bringing them a better life—one spine at a time.
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Photographed by: LUIS MARIANO
MNK Architects Thank you for choosing MNK once again as one of the top El Paso
structural engineering, to graphic
design, web design, photography, and
This year has been phenomenal for our MNK family; not only has our firm grown to include 16 diverse, and highly experienced professionals, but more importantly, we are pleased to announce that we were able to open a second location in Fort Worthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a first for our firm. With the recent integration of an inhouse
marketing. The collaboration inspires everyone to push themselves; our young talent is bold and inspired--all the while enjoying a palpable energy in our office. As MNK turns 35 this year, its current team is the strongest in MNKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history.
structural engineer, BIM Manager, and two savvy members to the
With several million dollars of construction projects in El Paso
marketing team, MNK continues to improve its ability to deliver
this year alone, and our vast range of experience from small
projects with an increasing level of quality, and efficiency. Our
tenant improvements for private clients to complex institutional
wide range of skills and specialization allows our firm to match
facilities, MNK thanks all our amazing clients that allow this team
our best talent with the specific needs of a client.
to deliver their vision and making an everlasting stamp on our
Each member of our MNK family brings with them a unique set of skills, drive, and character; this has flooded our firm with
ever-evolving city. Let us be the designers of your dreams, El Paso.
diversity and overlapping aptitudes. Our background ranges from architecture, interior design, construction, project management, MNK Architects 330 Eubank Court, El Paso, Texas 79902 915.867.4858 www.mnkarchitects.com Instagram @mnkarchitects Facebook @MNKArchitectsInc
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Chuck DeBroder For more than 23 years, Chuck DeBroder brought El Pasoans their
and break destructive ones.
daily weather as their trusted, down-to-earth TV meteorologist; now,
“I love helping people help
he’s left the confines of broadcast and is bringing a new generation of
themselves with the power of
El Pasoans their forecasts as the first “Social Media Meteorologist.”
their minds and changing their
Today, Chuck’s twice-a-day forecasts, along with updates, look live weathercasts at local businesses, art, health, weather history
state of mind, eliminate phobias and erase anxiety,” he said.
and more—on his Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube Channel,
Chuck’s wife/partner, Rosario, recently created and helped Chuck
Google Business, LinkedIn and website—get El Pasoans the
become his own digital marketing/advertising/production force,
weather info they need, where they actually see it: on their phones
and he has appeared as an actor in three movies, as himself in 12
and social media feeds, not TV, where viewership has plummeted.
commercials (all in the past year) and he has a book in the works!
Chuck’s also been a certified hypnotherapist for more than 15 years, helping people tap into their subconscious to reinforce positive habits
Looking forward, Chuck is doing what he always does—making his own rules.
Chuck DeBroder, Social Media Meteorologist Facebook @weatherchuck Twitter @chuckdebroder Instagram @wxchuck chuckdebroder.com
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By: ZAK HANSEN Photographed by: DANIEL FREDERICK
The Berkeley Cocktail Lounge Downtown El Paso just got their very own upscale cocktail lounge with the recent opening of The Berkeley. Thanks to visionaries/owners, Lawrence and Danielle Davenport, locals can now experience a throwback to old-school drinking in a classy, yet comfortable atmosphere. Every detail, from the living room-styled furniture pieces that practically insist that drinkers sit and stay, to the six statement paintings of iconic jazz artists hanging on the wall, this new elegant hotspot will transport you into an era where people truly dressed up for a night out. Originally from California, the Davenports were eager to call El Paso “home” after being exposed to the strong community and the opportunity for growth. “We wanted to offer El Pasoans a sexy and sophisticated environment that is inviting to all” expressed Lawrence and Danielle, “we are so grateful that the community has been so welcoming.” Every night of the week, The Berkeley Cocktail Lounge opens its doors for guests to enjoy live music, classic films playing in the background, and specialty cocktails like the Apartment 6 or Berkeley on Fire. Additionally, they offer Classics, Old Fashioneds, Negronis,
and everything in between. Since opening, The
Berkeley continues to “wow” its guests with their
317 E. Mills Ave.
special events and notable entertainment, which
El Paso, Texas 79901
is why it’s no surprise that they placed Top 3 for
“Best Cocktails” in this year’s Best of The City.
By: ANDREA AVALOS Photographed by: DANIEL FREDERICK
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Truvize Financial Planning 500 N. Oregon, 2nd Floor El Paso, Texas 79901 (915) 502-0096 Truvizeplanning.com
Truvize Financial Planning After spending nearly a decade working as Financial Advisors, Jonathan
paid, and some are even flat-out ignored. Truvize clients know exactly
and Drew desired to break away from the status quo. They founded
what they are paying the advisor for the services and products they
Truvize Financial Planning in 2017, with the goal of changing the
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ICON Custom Home Builder When we talk about custom builders in El Paso, TX. it is impossible to not think of ICON Custom Home Builder. With close to 100 custom homes per year being designed and built, with nothing but quality in mind, it is no wonder that ICON is one of the biggest and most successful Custom Builders in El Paso.
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Dr. Eric Gutierrez Dr. Eric Gutierrez always knew he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and one day take over the family business. After graduating from Loma Linda School of Dentistry in California, he returned home and took over El Paso Dental Care located at 11625 Pellicano. Dr. Eric Gutierrez has embraced his father’s vision and allstar staff and has created a family friendly environment built around outstanding customer service, compassion, and highquality dentistry while ensuring the comfort of all patients. El Paso Dental care was founded 37 years ago with the vision of treating people in the community with state-of-theart dentistry and continues to do so by providing the highest quality of service and treatment. Dr. Eric Gutierrez believes it is important to stay active in his community and continue
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The Year in sports
Super Bowl 2019 As the first team, since the 1972 Miami Dolphins, to win a Super Bowl a year after losing it, The New England Patriots took down the Los Angeles Rams winning their sixth bowl. With a relatively low scoring game, Superbowl LIII was one of the lowest scoring super bowl games to date. As the teams traded punts, they held a 3-3 score after three quarters. While the Rams defense is what kept them in the game, their offense was not up to par. As far as the Patriots, all they and Tom Brady needed was a drive in the fourth quarter. A 41-yard field goal put the final score at 13-3.
NBA Finals As the underdog team, the Toronto Raptors beat two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals. Raptors won 4 out of the 6 six games, and closed things out with a final score of 114-110 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Kawhi Leonard was named Finals MVP, averaging 30.8 points, 0.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists, making it look easy. As for Pascal Siakam, NMSU alum, while last season was his
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MLB World Series In the 115th edition of the Major League Baseball World Series, the Washington Nationals went up against the 2017 World Series Champions, the Houston Astros. As the teams headed into game 7, the series was tied 3-3. During the bottom of the 9th in game 7, with three balls and two strikes, pitcher Daniel Hudson pulled through and got the last strike. For the first time in franchise history the Washington Nationals became the 2019 World Series Champions. This was a big win considering the last time a Washington team won in the World Series was the Washington Senators in 1924.
Locomotive Championship Playoffs Although founded in 2018, the El Paso Locomotive made their debut in the USL Championship in 2019. Having had 18 events on the El Paso calendar has allowed them to showcase the talent that makes up the team. While the team provides a high-quality sporting experience it also allows for the gathering of fans alike and creates excitement and passion within the community. The El Paso Locomotive made history as they hosted their first playoffs match, The Western Conference Semi-Finals, at Southwest University Park against Sacramento Republic FC. Although both teams had not scored for much of the first half, Locomotive led 1-0 at halftime. With the final two goals scored at the 83rd and 88th minute of the game, the El Paso Locomotive won with a final score of 3-0, allowing the team to advance to the USL Championship Final.
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t first the beauty was barely noticeable.
I wasn’t prepared for the beautiful archeology
experience we call life. They remind me that
I stepped out of the school bus that had
driven outwork expression, causing such a
I am here for such a brief time.
just driven over 21 miles of a washed out
deeply, moving spiritual response. I closed my eyes and I gave my heart to the
dirt road, and wiped the dust out of my eyes. Chaco Canyon, remote by any standard, had
Standing by a 1000-year-old structure, I
land and in return I received the experience
been on my bucket list for years because this
slowed my breathing, inhaled dust and felt
of beauty, which is a transformative power.
shallow, ten-mile canyon situated in Northwest
the shift in my body as I felt home. There
I opened my eyes to my guide, author and
corner New Mexico, is a complete mystery.
was wisdom in the rocks. From the wisdom
friend Gregg Braden reciting a Navajo poem:
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what the land meant to me. I stood in silence.
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The ancient people who lived there called
and intriguing petroglyphs.
the elements of the earth, angels- the angel
The beauty upon I base my life.
of the wind carried my breath as I shared The inhabitants between 900 and 1150 AD
it with those with me and with those that
Recent discoveries in Western science now
grew sustainable sources of food in the
come before me. The angel of the sun
add to a growing body of evidence suggesting
warmed me. The angels of the earth mixed
that beauty is a transformative power. More
astronomy and developed the architecture
the minerals that make my flesh and bones.
than simply an adjective that describes the
for multi-story buildings—all unlike anything
The angel of the water whispered that the
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seen in North America until the 20th Century.
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are believed to be the only species of life
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A new you health spa These days Americans are becoming more health conscious and even more “natural” health conscious. We are looking for alternatives to drugs and surgeries for what ails us. Now, don’t get me wrong, we definitely need the option of drugs/surgery in our healthcare arsenal—but we are talking about common conditions that most Americans deal with, such as hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes. That’s where Dr. Daniel Garcia comes in. Advanced Practice Chiropractor and proud veteran, he started A New You health spa 10 years ago because he wanted to offer El Pasoans a healthy alternative to many common conditions. He does this by offering chiropractic care for physical problems and functional medicine (balancing blood chemistry) to get you to a healthy balance inside. At a New You health spa, they offer natural and effective chemical peels,
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Three years ago, when the studio was about
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and Teddy who have helped build confidence
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The Year in media Future Media Group acquired W from Conde Nast
Future Media Group, formed by Surface Media, acquired W from Condé Nast in June 2019. As they try to position themselves as a “portfolio of luxury brands,” W will join brands like Surface
and Watch Journal. During the transition, Stefano Tonchi will be leaving the brand as well as his position as editor in chief and Condé Nast in general. He had served as W’s editor in chief for the past nine years. Marc Lotenberg, CEO of Future Media Group, had commented on the legacy of W Magazine and the company’s commitment to continue building on it. They will continue to publish 8 print issues, while simultaneously working on growing W’s digital presence. Stepping into the role of editor in chief is Sara Moonves. Having previously worked at Vogue, The New York Times, and W, as the Style Director, she will become W’s first female editor-in-chief since its creation more than 45 years ago.
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was a $5 billion settlement deal with Facebook.
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accountable for their actions. It is also a means
formal complaint about how Facebook not
to bring about change in their privacy structure
only deceived their privacy and mishandled
in order to decrease something like this ever
user’s personal data, but had violated a prior
happening again. The order will begin at the board
agreement with the commission as well.
of directors’ level and trickle all the way down
Through year of investigation it was brought to
to individual. Facebook will also be required to
light that Facebook failed to protect data from
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the year in media 2019
Online News Landscape Although television still remains the most popular source of news for Americans, those who prefer to get their new online is growing. The number of people who prefer to get their local news online is also on the rise. Whether it be through social media, apps or websites, it has also been found that more Americans prefer these sources for their news versus print sources, like newspapers. It is no secret that newspapers have experienced layoffs, but digital-native news has not been immune and organizations like The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed have been affected as well. However, digital newsrooms have experienced an employee increase in the last ten years. With that being said, while people are turning to social media for news, majority of those people expect the news to be highly inaccurate. This brings about concerns for the digital news industry and their future. A study has shown that 52 percent of Americans have changed how they use social media and a large number have even stopped following a news source because of the concern.
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Serums. Serums are advanced formulations the skin in a specific way to address your skin
Our winter in El Paso is super dry, so I’m
needs. When to start using a serum? Starting
going to share some tips and suggestions to
at age 18, you should be using Vitamin C,
help your skin.
this will stimulate collagen production and
Cleanser. Cleanser is to be used on dry
brighten the skin. At age 30 we start losing about 1% of collagen a year, so we will
skin with dry hands, massage into the skin for
need to add additional serums. My favorite
30-45 seconds, then gently rinse when done.
anti-aging serum is LeMieux TGF-B Booster,
You can use cotton squares to remove it or a
it helps “reduce appearance of fine lines &
gentle wet washcloth. You don’t want your
wrinkles, promotes firmness & helps prevent
skin to feel tight and dry because that means
collagen breakdown and boosts results of
it has stripped your skin. Try Pomegranate
other skincare products.”
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Toners will enhance your skincare
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few weeks ago, I was just finishing up a long workday when I got a text message from a good friend inviting me out for a drink. I didn’t hesitate in accepting his offer—a drink is exactly what I needed. Although I would have been happy with any of our usual watering holes, my buddy was eager to try out a new cocktail lounge downtown called the Berkeley. I ordered up an Uber and was on my way.
Upon arriving, I was surprised to find that there was a line outside of this new establishment—a rarity in our beloved El Paso. Impatient to get the weekend started, I suggested we go somewhere else, but my friend was intent on seeing what all the hype was about. Slightly annoyed, I agreed to queue up … which I’m glad I did. Even with an ever-growing number of cool bars, the Berkeley manages to bring something new to the table. Co-owner Lawrence Davenport explained the concept, saying: “[We wanted to do] something
classy ... sophisticated, but comfortable at
with a collection of contemporary paintings
the same time … Someplace where you
lining the walls, a beautiful and very long
wouldn’t feel the need to get dressed up, but
bar in the back, and a number of sitting
also wouldn’t ever feel overdressed ... That
areas that are as comfy as they are refined.
led us to open a cocktail lounge, and we’ve
The chill and sophisticated ambience is
been open two months now.” Lawrence
completed by frequent live music—which is
went on to say that they hoped their place
always guaranteed on Saturdays. But what
would offer a welcome alternative to the
is a cocktail lounge without great drinks,
many bars in central El Paso that, although
right? Have no fear, the Berkeley excels in
really cool, tend to get pretty high-energy as
all things booze as well. Their menu features
the night rolls on.
a growing list of wines, fine spirits, and, of course, an assortment of classic cocktails
The Berkeley certainly lives up to its owners’
as well as their own inventions. Lawrence
vision. First of all, the spot is absolutely
described their unique cocktails to me:
beautiful. The design is eclectic but coherent,
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delicious.” The customers evidently haven’t
The couple explained how excited they were
been disappointed, nominating the bar for
to be part of El Paso’s burgeoning downtown
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month after its grand opening.
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predicted, more cool establishments such as
Berkeley, California. The bay area’s influence
their own would only attract more visitors,
is visible in other parts of the lounge as
making business better for all.
well, like on the menu where many of the drinks make allusions to Nor-Cal culture and
Speaking of moving forward, Lawrence and
history. The Berkley on Fire, for example, is
Danielle are intent on continuing to improve
a reference to the 1991 fires that terrorized
the Berkeley. They plan on introducing new
Berkley and Oakland. Despite the West
innovative cocktails, and are even looking into
Coast references, Lawrence and Danielle
adding charcuterie and cheese to the menu.
insist they aren’t homesick. “We moved
What’s more, the two are keen on trying out
here a year ago to be close to family …
another concept either downtown or on the
[but] this is already home now … the
west side. If their follow up act is anything as
people are so welcoming and have made
good as the first, we’re all in for a treat.
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chicken on top of fluffy rice, it’s a great winter dish that brings warm tones and colors that will leave your house smelling amazing. You can cook the chicken in this dish any way you please, I do prefer grilling or broiling, since the chicken will be finished in the tomato sauce, getting those crispy burned edges on the chicken adds an extra layer of flavor and texture to this sauce heavy dish. Most things you may already have in your pantry so don’t feel like this is a stretch to make, the main thing needed to get that classic flavor will be a spice called garam masala. Garam masala is basically a mixture of roasted and ground up spices that make up a subtle sweet and savory coating guaranteed to bring classic
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2 pounds chicken thighs
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2 tablespoons vegetable oil
rice and grilled naan bread and you’re set for a great dinner.
1/2 medium onion, diced 3 tablespoons tomato paste
grill heats, season chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon grated ginger, fresh
Using tongs, lightly rub an oiled paper towel on grill to create a nonstick surface. Reduce heat to medium high. 2.
juices to release (save the juices, they’re important for later). 3.
cook until fragrant. After 3-4 minutes, stir in garam masala, turmeric and chili powder. Let cook for another 2-3 minutes
1 (15) ounce can tomato sauce
to get some heat throughout the tomato paste and break
1 cup chicken stock
down the natural sugars for a deeper flavor. 4.
Salt/pepper 2 cups basmati rice, cooked according to directions
Once incorporated, stir in tomato sauce, chicken stock, and juices from grilled chicken, season with salt and pepper. Let reduce and thicken up for 10 minutes on a medium heat.
1/2 cup coconut milk Cilantro, garnish
In a medium stockpot, warm vegetable oil until shimmery on medium high heat. Add onion, garlic, and ginger and
1 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
Grill chicken 4-5 minutes per side until slightly rare and charred edges occur. Set chicken aside and cover allowing
1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala 1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Heat grill on high for ten minutes with the lid closed. While
While sauce thickens, cut grilled chicken into 1-inch pieces keep aside. 5.
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Statue of Freedom, former Royal Palace, City Wall, Saint Matthias
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YOGA ART WINE January 11, 2020 | 7:00 PM Sign up for a full hour of yoga and wine. That’s right, all poses are intended for drinking wine! Local artists from the area will be showcasing their artwork, plus vegetarian and vegan omnivore food trucks will be on site.
Body Mind & Soul Fitness, Admission: $20-$31
THE FAB FOUR: THE ULTIMATE BEATLES TRIBUTE January 23, 2020 | 7:30 PM The Emmy Award Winning tribute band come to the Sun City to perform fan favorites that will have you believing you’re watching the real thing.
The Plaza Theatre, Admission: $25-120
MARGARITA CRAWL EL PASO January 11, 2020 | 2-8 PM Enjoy a day of making memories as you embark on an intimate taste tour.
Admission: $19.99- $34.99
BINGO PLAYERS January 23, 2020 | 9 PM – 2 AM Dutch dance and electro musical project heads back to the Sun City for a night of brain rattling fun!
Green Door Event Center, Admission: $10-$20
EL PASO MEDIA FEST January 17-19, 2020 Learn from industry members with a festival dedicated to educating and networking with filmmakers and community members. Attend an event looking to help you further yourself in the world of film.
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CHINESE NEW YEAR CHINATOWN GHOST TOUR W GHOSTS915 January 25, 2020 | 8 PM-10 PM It is said that the Chinese were a part of El Paso’s history. Walk and discover rumors of tunnels in Downtown El Paso that Chinese laborers developed.
110. E San Antonio St., Admission: $15 per person
WINTER FEST FIESTA FRIDAYS January 3, 2020 As Winterfest comes to a close, join the community for a night of live music on the Winterfest ice rink deck.
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PUZZLER MOUNTAIN BIKE RACE January 19, 2020 | 8:00 AM Are you an avid biker, or interested in testing your biking endurance? Then this is the event for you! Race consists of 50-mile, 35-mile and 15-mile route. For more info: www.elpasopuzzler.com
Franklin Mountain State Park
Registration: December 1st - January 15th: $70 - $80
ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY January 29 - February 2, 2020 This night will be your golden ticket to fun! Enjoy songs, new and old, with a new score from the songwriters of Hairspray.
The Plaza Theatre, Admission: $42+
PAGLIACCI OPERA January 10-11, 2020 | 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM
In El Paso’s newest venue, this Italian love-triangle tragedy brings to life passion, jealousy and revenge.
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The Outlet Shoppes at El Paso receives 8,000,000 visitors throughout the year.
The Tony Award-winning musical joins the lineup of Broadway shows set to appear in El Paso. Be ready to be dazzled with a new production of one of the world’s most popular musical, set against a backdrop of 19th-century France.
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A SPECIAL COACH, A SPECIAL TEAM AND THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS Written and photographed by: HENRY CRAVER
“You know, as kids, special needs boys and girls get so much
progress. “Coach Joseph really pushes them,” says Peggy, another
support. They get special treatment through school, there are tons of
volunteer. “When they first arrived, most of them had no fundamental
community programs … everyone just sort of rallies around them. But
basketball skills to speak of. Now, they’re dribbling with both hands,
that all changes when they become adults … they get lost,” explains
doing jab steps and shooting much better … it’s amazing to see.”
Julie Bauer, the mother of Eddy Bauer, a special needs man.
All the players’ skills will be put to the test at the Special Olympics
That’s why the Praise basketball team was put together in mid-2019,
this coming spring. Coach Joseph thinks it will be a great opportunity
to help remedy the dearth of activities available to special needs
for the team to get a taste of real competition, and he’s excited
adults. By almost all measures, Praise has proven to be an undeniable
to see his squad use everything they’ll have learned by that point.
success. The team, a group of about nine adults ranging in age from
“Obviously the practices are great and full of competition, but there’s
25 to 50-years-old, practices every week under the supervision of
no replacement for real games against different teams … It’s also
coach Joseph, a basketball trainer for Street Cred Sports. For most
good because it gives the players something to work towards … a
of them, the practices are the highlight of their week. “Some parents
goal,” says the coach.
have told me their kids wake up on Saturdays and the first thing they do is put on their Praise shirts … even though practice isn’t until 4:45 p.m.,” explained Glenn, one of the team’s volunteers.
While things are clearly going great for Praise now, the team’s path to success didn’t always seem so clear. When a local businessman originally came up with the idea to start Praise to honor his special
The practices are more than just a time for the players to have fun
needs nephew who had passed away, there were a number of hurdles
and socialize, they really do work hard and have made enormous
to overcome. First off, who would coach the team?
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“PRAISE GIVES ME SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO ON SATURDAYS, A NICE LITTLE BREAK FROM THE NORMAL GRIND.” “We really didn’t know if we’d be able to find a coach willing to take on the challenge. Luckily coach Joseph was kind enough to step up and he’s been fantastic. He’s patient, a great motivator and puts a lot of thought into designing creative drills especially for these players … We’re really lucky,” says Peggy. “It is a big challenge,” says Coach Joseph. “But it’s also really rewarding and fun. The first couple weeks were tough, it seemed like the lessons weren’t sticking. But around week four we had a breakthrough, which was really great to see. You know, as a private coach, the weekend is the most stressful time of the week because that’s when everyone wants to train. Praise gives me something to look forward to on Saturdays, a nice little break from the normal grind. I definitely don’t see it as just another obligation.” The second challenge was finding a way to get the team together every week. Luckily for all involved, Javier Castro, the Dayhab coordinator at Community Options, a local organization that serves adults with disabilities, was happy to volunteer his time driving the players to practice in the organization’s big van. “I’m just happy to help any way I can. Driving is how I can help now, so that’s what I do. I feel so blessed to be a part of Praise. This team means so much to them,” says Javier. The day I visited Praise, the team had a special practice. Drills ran for just thirty minutes because unbeknownst to the players, some volunteers had planned a special holiday surprise. They had brought food, home baked cookies and, most important of all, brand new basketball shoes for each player. As you’d imagine, the players were delighted—as were the parents. Outfitted with top of the line sneakers and a plethora of skills, Praise is now ready for the Special Olympics. If you’re free, try to make it out to a game. This team deserves all the support in the world.
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