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El Paso’s Influential Artist A LOOK INTO HAL MARCUS, THE VIBRANT LOCAL ARTIST REPRESENTING THE CITY By: ERIN COULAHAN
Facelifting the Community STUART MYERS, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF THE MYERS GROUP, LOOKS TO BRING A NEW FACE AND CHARACTER TO DOWNTOWN AND THE COMMUNITY
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understood and often rarely appreciated for its talent. His name
outs, those of us in the business
is Hal Marcus and if his name is not familiar, then you must
world can often be heard talking about
be living under a rock if you call yourself an El Pasoan. He is
entrepreneurs who have made history. Steve
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Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey --
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they’re all known for their massive successes.
El Paso’s most predominant artists. His public gallery, which
From humble beginnings to those who are
extends to his private home gallery, displays over 200 works of
merely in the right place at the right time, some
art celebrating El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. His signature style
of the world’s wealthiest and most successful
is unforgettable and has left an impression on me that will not
people remind us that determination, hard work
be forgotten. As we concluded our cover shoot, he handed me
and perseverance can drive anyone -- at any age
a sketch he’d done of me as we visited. I now have an original
-- to achieve great success.
from one of the most successful artists in El Paso. A piece I will always treasure.
This month, the magazine’s focus is on successful people in our region, spotlighting
It was my pleasure spending time with Hal Marcus, I encourage
entrepreneurs whose efforts contribute to an
you to visit his gallery and who knows, you might just be lucky
improved economy, quality of life and overall
enough to have your own private tour.
life experience in the El Paso region. As we were prepping for this topic, I did my own
polling, asking those who I encountered who they believed fell into the area of local success. Interestingly, many of the local names I received have already graced our covers, or been featured in The City Magazine articles: Mayor Oscar Leeser, Bob Wingo, Dr. Keith Johnson, Emma Schwartz, Yolanda Arriola, Mary Kipp, Renard Johnson, Randy Johnson…these are some of El Paso’s most obviously successful locals. I can’t help but ask myself what these “successful” people have in common, or is that a fair question? I concluded that for all their diversity, the strikingly successful groups seem to have many shared traits, or definitions that together propel success, and most commonly, it is a deeply-seated belief in their exceptionality. Is success defined by financial gains? I think, partly. Is it defined by power and status? Again, partly, but it seems success might, more importantly, be defined by a person who lives the life they’ve set out to obtain for themselves, a life that had a purposed direction, rather than settling for only what life offers. The man on our March cover has done just that. He fought to follow his dreams and place his mark, his brand, if you will, in the world of art that is not always
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t’s a gray day in December. One of those rare dreary days in El Paso that makes you wonder where the color in this normally vibrant town has gone to. I found myself wondering exactly this the day I went to visit Hal Marcus, local multimedia artist whose work has become synonymous with El Paso and the growth of the community.
For decades, Marcus’ work has been a prominent feature in El Paso. Having lived in the same neighborhood since growing up, in Sunset Heights, he has a clear and keen understanding for the culture and people in this city. I entered Marcus’ gallery on Oregon Street and was greeted warmly by Ruben Vasquez, manager at the Hal Marcus Studio and Gallery. “Ah,” I thought as my eyes adjusted to the lobby made lambent by myriad artworks smartly hung on the colorful walls, and almost every other surface. I was awash in hues of avocado green, sorbet shades of pink, orange and yellow, and oceanic blues that made me think of the sea. “This is where all the colors come to play.” Marcus has been a professional artist since 1970, but his artistic inclinations began as an adolescent. “I decided when I was a young man -- maybe around high school -- that I was an artist. This is what I was going to do,” he said while we toured the gallery. Marcus’ artistic abilities were aided by his high school art teacher. “I went to Coronado High School and had a teacher named Isela,” he says. “She nurtured me and she encouraged me,” which is sometimes all you need. Marcus was inspired by images and films that celebrated Rembrandt, and decided art was his destiny. But Marcus would have to educate his family on art’s importance while also learning to be an artist. Marcus’ father owned a local grocery store a few blocks away from Marcus’ current home. Being a businessman, his father was initially apprehensive about his son’s creative aspirations. “My father was all business,” he says firmly, more seriously than any other anecdote he’d shared thus far. (This grocery store is where Marcus developed his business acumen.) But his father let up – ever so slightly – once Marcus, as a young man in high school sold his very first painting to a friend at a party. From there, Marcus began actively working on his art pieces and the art of making a sale; art is a business after all and the prototypical notion of the starving artist feeding his soul through artistic expression, while satisfying a grumbling in his belly, was not something Marcus was interested in. To put it simply, he wanted more.
s i s i h T “ where all the colors come .” to play
“Be Legendary, Not Ordinary.”
As I walked around the gallery, I took notice
California. “She’s an artist too,” said Marcus
of the similarities between the work and
with a gleam in his eye only a daughter can
Marcus himself. Dressed in a patterned shirt
bring, “we consult each other often.” The
adorned with spirals of bubblegum pink,
sense of pride is also apparent in his voice.
seafoam green and Chiquita banana yellow,
She is always able to articulate her opinions
Marcus glides through each room with
to him, a welcoming feedback of thoughts
alacrity, proudly showcasing the works that
that he cherishes.
quite literally reflect him. He exudes art in This sense of close familial bond extends
through the rest of the Marcus’ home as The day of our interview, he revealed a
well. We crossed the street to explore the
Marcus home, which also encompasses
multiple women standing in solidarity. “The
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piece,” said Marcus, “conveys the strength of women.” Marcus shared a photo of
“This is my home and I’ve always been
the work with his daughter, Adalaide, in
inspired by it. El Paso has a unique character
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and has grown tremendously,” he says of the city he has always
home and backyard art studio are various pieces as vibrant and eclectic
called home. The city’s character goes hand-in-hand with his own. He
as Marcus himself. He stops to point out a percussion instrument that
is authentic, unique and radiates an El Paso spirit. His home is also a
was a gift to him by his son. “It creates such an interesting sound
complete representation of him and his city. Everything is placed with
and was such a special gift,” says Marcus. This instrument is the
a sense of purpose, the smells of El Paso are in the air and from inside
hang drum, a custom hand-hammered metal pan originating from
and out, his presence is apparent on every surface.
Switzerland. It is a rare instrument, played with your hands to create beautiful sounds not usually associated with a drum, completing the
His work has become culturally iconic for representing the Sun City.
eclectic and vibrant feel to his home.
Many of Marcus’ pieces feature aspects of El Paso done in cubist style reminiscent of the work of Pablo Picasso. On the second floor
Marcus and his wife instilled a love of art and community in their
of his home, his studio overlooks the city and serves as an inspiring
children, which continues to inspire each member in their various
window to his many works. At any given window is a new perspective
artistic endeavors. I ask what it’s like to share inspiration and ideas for
of the city, giving Marcus, who is self-taught, a new view to explore
pieces with his children. “It’s great getting their thoughts as adults,”
the various feminist and folkloric themes present in his work.
he says, “but it’s always nice to talk to your children and still have that bond.”
“This is Sunset Heights,” he says, pointing to a piece of art on the wall. “I used to call it ‘Psychedelic Heights’ because it was known as ‘Acid
When I asked for his daughter’s response to the most recent piece,
Heights’ during the 1960’s and 70’s. The colors are a kaleidoscope, just
her reply seemed to echo the sentiments of what most people think
like the neighborhood.” Marcus, nearly a lifelong resident of Sunset
of Marcus and his work: “Dope.”
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| By: MICHAEL C. GRAHAM, J.D., CLTC | ike many of you, I am fascinated by the rich and
of The Meyers Group, who is leading his company’s
unique history of El Paso. My mother was born here,
efforts in bringing the jewel of El Paso’s downtown
and although we did not move here permanently
landscape, the Hotel Paso Del Norte, back to its
until the late 1980s, we visited family often and I was
former glory and beyond; in addition to creating the
exposed to the rich and unique El Paso community
first luxury condominium tower in the city with its
at an early age. El Paso, without question, is one
project at Shadow Mountain.
of the most unique and cultured communities in the United States. We are without equal in our
Alan Turing, often credited with the creation of the
integration of our sister city, Ciudad Juárez. We
world’s first computer in Great Britain during WWII,
have a one of a kind downtown area, that as recently
once remarked about the future saying, “We can
as 1980 was the hub of the 4th largest city in Texas,
only see a short distance ahead, but we can see
boasting a population of almost 100,000 people
plenty there that needs to be done.” After only a few
more than Austin. Recently, I had a chance to sit
moments with Mr. Meyers, it is clear that at, whatever
down with Stuart Meyers, the Chairman and CEO
distance, he has a crystal clear vision of what to do.
Stuart Meyers and The Meyers Group Mr. Meyers’s background is, to put it mildly, varied and distinguished. He has served and led with excellence in a variety of industries, all seemingly leading to this moment. After receiving his B.S. in Economics and Finance from the Wharton School of Finance at The University of Pennsylvania, he then
The hotel is an icon, and we believe it is uniquely positioned to be the epicenter of that cultural and business center of the city.”
went to Columbia University in New York,
We spoke about the one of a kind history
where he received his Master of Business
of not only the Hotel property itself, but all
Administration in Accounting. A quick scan
of El Paso’s downtown. However, as his
of his publicly available biography will tell
company has already announced and begun
you that he graduated cum laude from
execution on their plans to complete an
both schools and that he went to work
18-month renovation on the former Camino
in the accounting field shortly thereafter.
Real, we focused the conversation around
After a career that included corporate
the signature hotel. “The first step was
accounting work, mergers and acquisitions,
changing the name to the original name, the
and many years of multi-family community
Hotel Paso Del Norte, and the next will be
development, Mr. Meyers spent many years
restoring the hotel to its original glory, with
as one of the principals of The Cornerstone
some added improvements.” Mr. Meyers
explained to me that in many ways, El Paso’s
exclusively on South Florida projects. Once
recent growth and development, some
he left Cornerstone, he was able to seriously
would say a rebirth, in the downtown area
begin exploring opportunities in other areas
reminded him of the development phases
and El Paso was at the top of the list.
that much of downtown Miami and other
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so years ago. “There was no community in
in El Paso and discussed not only his
downtown back then. Now, there is a thriving
career, but the vision he has for El Paso. In
community that allows people to enjoy all
particular, we discussed why El Paso and
aspects of their lives in a central area.”
why now. “El Paso is a very unique city and has tremendous growth and expansion
Although the work on the hotel is quite
potential,” Mr. Meyers said. “And though our
literally just beginning, there were a
company has a continued presence in South
few areas that we discussed that are
Florida and will continue to do so, El Paso has
of particular importance. There is great
a very special place in my heart and has been
respect being paid to the original Henry
very welcoming to my family and friends.”
Trost design, which he and Zachary White
That family connection centers around his
built and first opened on Thanksgiving
wife’s family and their presence here for
Day 1912. The two had traveled together
many years. However, in Mr. Meyers’s view,
to California after a fire destroyed a large
there has not has been an opportunity for
downtown hotel in order to learn how
development and growth in expansion as
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there is now.
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As we were concluding our conversation, I asked Mr. Meyers if there was anything that he wanted the community to know about his company and the plans that they have, now and in the future. His answer was simple yet powerful: “We are thrilled to be here, and we are going to work hard to bring quality properties and communities to the city. I have loved El Paso for many years, and these projects are finally providing an opportunity for us to give back to this wonderful city.” I for one cannot wait to see the finished projects.
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he two owners of J&K are
young, passionate creatives that proudly represent El Paso. They exude what a lot of young creatives do: a strong desire to keep creating and a will to make things happen. Both born and raised in El Paso, they have not only seen the city grow, but they have also most recently been apart of that growth. Meet Johnny Escalante and Enrique “Kiki” Cervantes, the duo responsible for a lot of positive attitudes and progress in the city. Their passion for their city has become contagious, exciting more and more people to stay and contribute to that growth. Because of their sincerity and motivation, the rest of El Paso can see the ideas they are bringing to life. “I must have been like 21,” Escalante says of when the J&K brand started. “I always used to throw parties at my parent’s house when I was in high school and college. We used to have a frat house that wasn’t a real frat house. [Kiki] knew a lot of the bar owners in town so he’s the one that connected me with Octavio Gomez of The Garden. We did [this one] party together and that’s kind of how J&K started.” Escalante and Cervantes’ entrepreneurial spirit is in their genes. Their family’s businesses include construction and denim manufacturing, respectfully. The two have come a long way since that first party. Their events now close multiple streets downtown for Trapfest Block Party, fill up the El Paso County Coliseum and bring big artists to the Sun City. The two have also just recently celebrated their oneyear anniversary for their new bar, Later, Later, a huge milestone.
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March, 2017 Being huge advocates of their city, they want others to appreciate and love El Paso as well. When people say that their bar Later, Later doesn’t feel like El Paso, Cervantes says, “It should look like El Paso. We have the positives of it. We’re in Sunset Heights, in a house that was built in the 1930’s; you have the view of Juarez, the Chihuahua’s stadium down the street. It really is what El Paso is. It’s about embracing it.” Advice for others starting a business? Taking from the Nike slogan, Escalante says, “Just do it.” He adds, “So many ideas die before they’re even implemented, it’s kind of sad to be honest.” Cervantes states, “I think you really have to love what you do. I think that’s the majority of it. There’s going to be ups and downs, mostly downs, so you got to have thick skin and the will to really succeed, that passion for what your vision really is.” Remarkably and humbly, they don’t consider themselves successful. Defining success as having a healthy balance of happiness, getting better and doing what you love, the two agree that they have a long ways to go before they get to where they want to be. “We always joke that we have so many good ideas that always die. The most important thing for any entrepreneur or any business is the value of your time. There’s only so much you can get done and you really have to evaluate what your ultimate goal is,” Escalante says. Don’t plan on them stopping anytime soon. With a five-year goal in sight, a second bar coming soon and numerous ideas still brewing, J&K and their team won’t be slowing
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Color Vibe 5K Feel the vibes of this colorful 5K as you run through Cohen Stadium on Saturday, March 11. Partnered with The YMCA, this colorful run will benefit this local charity. Tickets start at $30 and include a “runners kit”. Register at the colorvibe.com
El Paso Crohn’s & Autoimmune Disease Support Group On Saturday, March 11, from 8 a.m to 1 p.m there will a symposium to educate patients and family members about Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis and other diseases at Texas Tech University Health Sciences, Auditorium A.
Foam Glow 5K Lace up your shoes and run! The Foam Glow 5K at Ascarate Park on Saturday, March 18 aims to help raise awareness for childhood cancer. Start off at the beginning of the race as a blank canvas and end with an explosion of color as you run through colored foam. Tickets start at only $20, with a portion donated to a local charity. Register online at foamglow.com
Milagro Gala In benefit of the children at the El Paso Children’s Hospital, the annual Milagro Gala takes place on Saturday, March 18 at the El Paso Convention Center. Featured speaker NFL Pro Football player Devon Still will be accompanied by his 5-year-old daughter, who is a cancer survivor. Tickets are at $150 and may be reserved through elpasochildrensfoundation.org or call (915) 521-7229.
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“SO GOOD IT SHOULD BE A SIN”
Jones Trailblazing The Highway
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R o ya l J o n e s
March, 2017 or one local Las Cruces man, success came humbly, yet profoundly. Enter Royal Jones. Born to a military family in Fort Dix, N.J., standard protocol had the would-be entrepreneurial giant and his family relocated to Anthony, Texas by age six. An Anthony High School graduate, the teenager was already driving trucks at age 18 and bought his first diesel truck at only 19 years of age. Well-versed in everything heavy-machinery, the inevitable trucking mogul honed his skills at an even much younger age as a result of working his father’s businesses; which consisted of a lumber yard and hardware store in Anthony, as well as a cinder block and ready mix cement business not far in Vinton, Texas. In no time, Jones was operating a forklift, unloading cement trucks and in his words, “could drive every piece of machinery” they had by the tender age of 12. With an uncanny knowledge for an industry he would eventually pioneer, Jones set out to make his dream a reality. Promoted to a managerial position at only 18 years old because as he says objectively, he “knew how to do everything” needed to run his father’s operation, was not as easy step in the process, but an experience that helped shaped the man he is today. Sharing openly, Jones tells of his early staff’s inability to take him seriously and says at times he felt like an “outcast.” Have times changed! The go-getting, unstoppable machine of a young entrepreneur both knew his calling and had no time to waste. Recognizing the talents of longtime friend, Jimmy Ray, a prodigy in the realm of mechanics who was already making strides in the industry as his own truck operator and mechanic, the two men joined forces and combined their talents in truck driving and diesel mechanics and established Mesilla Valley Trucking (MVT). That was 1981, with only one truck behind them. Today, Jones, president and CEO, along with Ray, vice-president and partner, operate an international fleet of over 1,400 trucks and 5,000 plus trailers headquartered in both El Paso and Las Cruces. Mesilla
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successful enterprise in the transportation
shows his appreciation for his employees in
business that, literally, dictates the standards
a big way. MVT shows its appreciation every
for the entire industry and where, aside from
quarter by giving the employee with the
the technical know-how, has set the bar
best quarterly fuel mileage a free car and for
high through an impeccable safety record.
the driver with the best yearly fuel mileage,
Today, MVT stands as the industry leader in
a whopping $25 thousand cash bonus
transporting goods, both perishable and dry
incentive! What’s more, the awards are tied
freight, by delivering timely, top-quality results in
into their notable Environmental Protection
a manner consistent with the ever-popular ‘triple
Agency’s (EPA) SmartWay Excellence award
bottom line,’ a term now cognizant of the most
in recognition of MVT as a top fuel performer
socially-responsible corporate proclamations
a company can make and whereby protecting
excellence among transportation companies
the environment and its inhabitants contribute
who outperform in climate change and air
equally to the bottom line.
pollution emissions reduction resulting from
the implementation of innovative trucking
On top of that, Jones owns and operates
practices. Not only has Jones and the entire
another half-dozen companies, including
operation of MVT managed to perfect their
Border International, J.H. Rose Logistics,
competitive advantage in trucking, labor,
Verde Logistics, Global Alternative Fuels,
fuel and maintenance, they’ve achieved it
LLC, to name a few. In fact, if anyone’s
in a way that’s environmentally-friendly and
counting, the man owns 14 companies
green. Today, MVT boasts a fuel mileage per
between Las Cruces and El Paso and
gallon record that has, aside from raised the
employs over 2,000 employees across state
bar for other trucking companies, has put the
lines. Not only has Jones promoted job
company on the map as the industry expert.
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March, 2017 Then there’s the Southern New Mexico Speedway. It just so happens that aside from running the industry-leading trucking corporation in our nation, Jones is also a sports enthusiast who, apparently, never misses a weekend on the track. A lover of trucks and cars, the roadster also happens to love anything related to drag racing and is what ultimately led him into that business. Current owner of the Speedway, Jones has now embarked on yet another venture that promises a new multipurpose motor sports complex the first of its kind in the Southwest. The park, yet to be named, is slated to offer everything from go-kart racing, BMX cycling and dirt track racing, an amphitheater and other fun-filled family geared activities. The facility is projected to open in May of 2018 at the Vado Exit off the I-10. Operating the number one, most efficient trucking company in the country, plus every
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n a chilly Thursday, I had the opportunity to do a phone interview turned Soto.
unfolded as I was shuttling
my eight year old daughter,
who’d recently suffered a broken arm, around town. Soto recounted a story in which as a child of about 8 or 9 had broken an arm while riding his bike, rushed home to call his mother, only to have to wait hours while his older sister talked on the phone. Fast forward several years and Soto graduated from Coronado High School. It was in school where his passion for film was ignited. “In high school I did a lot of speech and debate. I knew I wanted to work with actors and theatre and that whole world,” he said. “I knew I wanted to work in movies.” To that end, Soto traveled to the land of glitz and glamour and enrolled in the film program at the University of Southern California upon graduating high school. His stint at the school was cut short however, when he began to work full time with a director and producer team. Director George Tilman and producer Bob Teitel, who are the masterminds behind the “Barbershop” movie series and the “Soul Food” film and television spin off. After joining the team, Soto helped with the biopic “Notorious,” named after deceased rapper The Notorious B.I.G. The Latino family holiday film, “Nothing Like the Holidays,” was another project Soto worked on with Teitel and Tilman.
Soto explained his role: “I was the assistant to the director. I was integral in developing the script, I made recommendations on casting, I was involved with pre and post-production. I was basically the director’s right hand man. It was my first taste of how a studio motion picture gets created from a script, through production and release.” Soto immediately shed some light on a common misconception surrounding the movie industry: www.thecitymagazineelp.com
“I’m a production coordinator and I work
(insurance was hard to get since it was during
across all Paramount movies,” he said. “I
the height of the drug cartel violence) was
After working on the pair of films with Teitel
work hand in hand with production managers
shot in Santa Teresa. It portrays a day in the
and Tilman, Soto said it was difficult for the
of different movies.”
life of a Juarez waiter who must carefully
“It’s not glamorous at all, it’s a lot of work.”
negotiate how to serve a notorious cartel boss
team to fund another movie project, mostly
who happens to come into his restaurant.
due in part to the economic recession that
In a nutshell, Soto’s job is to coordinate
plagued the country at the time. Instead
they found work in the commercial arena,
best price for the studio, whether it’s for
producing high budget television ads for
equipment to actually shoot the film or a
distributed,” Soto said. “It played at the
companies such as Phillip Morris and
locale at which to film.
Cannes Film Festival and some other
festivals around the country.”
McDonald’s. The commercials were done mostly for the Latin market thus sending the
Soto described his jobs as very “nuts and
team all over Mexico to shoot.
bolts and nitty gritty.”
A short time later, Soto hooked up with a
In 2011, he wrote, directed and produced
your film accepted and screened at a major
manager at Paramount Studios and has been
the 10-minute short, “Reservado.” The film,
festival is pretty much the highest accolade
working there ever since.
which he originally intended to shoot in Juarez
you can achieve.
On the topic of film festivals, Soto explained that for an independent film maker having
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March, 2017 He expounded:
“For many independent filmmakers, that’s the most you could even ask for. If you’re a complete indie filmmaker and you get into Sundance [Film Festival], your chances of getting your movie distributed sky rockets. Sundance is such a brand name, so all the agents and managers want to say, ‘This kid who got a movie into Sundance; let me see what he’s all about and what he’s cooking up next.’ So for indie film makers, that’s kind of the Mecca.”
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A couple years ago Soto released his first feature length film, “The Divorce Party,” a ripped from the headlines take on singer/songwriter Jack White and his ex-wife Karen Elson. The couple decided to throw a divorce party after surmising although they couldn’t reconcile their differences, they were still very much in love and shared a group of mutual friends. Currently, Soto is working on a couple different projects, including a web series which is slated for release next month and another short film titled, “Chavez Ravine.” He plans to submit the film to the Sundance Film Festival.
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El Paso Specialty Hospital Committed to providing quality medical care marked by personalized service, El Paso Specialty Hospital is known for its high standard of excellence. The physician-owned orthopedic and urological specialty hospital has a proven success record, most recently receiving their 10th consecutive Five-Star Recipient Award for total knee replacement surgery from Healthgrades, as well as a 2017 Five-Star Recipient Award for total hip replacement surgery. CEO James Wilcox, MBA, credits the hospital’s continued success to its expert medical team and their focus on putting patients’ needs first. “Administration responds to surgeons and not the other way around. They choose what’s best for their patients,” says Wilcox. The modest 28-bed facility allows the staff to provide deliberate, specialized care to those they serve. In this setting, surgeons are free to exercise their best practices, all in the pursuit of the best possible patient outcomes. This dedication is noted by patients and healthcare organizations alike, leading the hospital to be recognized in 2014 as one of the nation’s top 10% of hospitals for joint replacement surgery, as 1 of 82 “Physician-Owned Hospitals to Know” in Becker’s 2014 Hospital Review, and in 2015 with the Women’s Choice Award for “America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care.”
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nique and unaccompanied, the
Accompanied with a certificate to guide
asked, Waggoner reassured me, “Yoga and
Cave Gym stands as the first
rope and boulder climbing, he taught as a
climbing go well together, and many climbers
public climbing gym offered in El
tour guide at Hueco Tanks, then proceeded
can benefit from the stretches and core
Paso, and has long been sported
to open his gym. Waggoner acknowledged
workouts that yoga provides.” Bouldering
by local and out-of-town climbers alike. The
the tremendous help from his wife, ‘’She is a
provides intense respiration where muscles
owner of the new two-month start-up gym
very huge part of the support behind opening
are worked heavily from the core and back as
has achieved his certificate as an AMGA
up this business with me and she is doing so
well as forearms and triceps, to the calves and
Single Pitch Instructor and accumulated a
much with the Cave Gym marketing.” Being
hamstrings. The term “bouldering” is used by
boastful 20 years of climbing experience. Ben
the first climbing gym available to the El
climbers to describe a form of rock climbing
Waggoner, of Ohio, is familiar to start-ups
Paso community, he informed me that many
without using any equipment, including
being a disciple of its tradition, his grandfather
El Pasoans have been curious about the
ropes and harnesses. Climbing provides a
owned and operated a gun-shop, and his
sport and picked up skills from a bouldering
full body workout, while bouldering requires
father started a bicycle shop thereafter. He
class where they learned how to move
and builds problem solving skills. On top of
was proud to chase the opportunity here in
around the wall without ropes, on routes
motor function, climbing tests neurological
El Paso when he explained, “It is an honor to
described as “problems”. The Cave Gym
ability when working through wall problems,
be the first entrepreneur to bring a climbing
offers exclusive types of physical exercises,
like working through a puzzle.
gym to the city.”
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A distinctive component to the Cave Gym
Waggoner informed me, if his gym continues
Among gym classes, he also takes groups
includes community. Individuals cheer on
to grow and surpass the space he has, he
outdoors for rope classes where students learn
and collaborate with climbers throughout
hopes to open a high rope climbing gym as
top rope climbing, as well as tying climbing
the problems as the climber moves along
well, “but that is in the future,” he said. He
nots and setting anchors (cams), while on the
the wall from point “A” to point “B”. Ben
is happy to instill his love and enthusiasm
cliff. One of the most encouraging aspects for
challenges his gym members by having them
into climbers and new members through
Ben while starting the Cave Gym, was that
solve climbing problem routes that he pre-
his gym. Healthy lifestyles and stewardship
he had a lot of support from the community,
customized on the climbing wall, specific to
are among other attributes he encourages
as well as continued encouragement from
different muscle groups. The set problems
climbers to strive for. “As a guide at Hueco
friends and loved ones; “I had people actually
demand utilization of different skills and
Tanks, I promoted stewardship over the
come up to me to shake my hand and thank
footwork such as, “smearing,” “toe hooks”
land to preserve it for those who come
me for starting this gym”. With Hueco Tanks
and “heal hooks,” as well as handwork like
after them, and encourages students to
being nationally ranked as ‘Top Ten’ in State
“crimps” and “sloppers,” which are designed
recognize the long rich history of Hueco
Park destinations, as well as mentioned
to maximize time and strength for palm holds.
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for ‘World Class Climbing,’ The Cave Gym
Waggoner described that, ‘Climbing works
come. It’s a sacred place.”
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e p i c e R March, 2017
| By: JESSE MAYNES |
ometimes the “feel good” food that we need isn’t fried chicken with mashed potatoes and corn bread (that you picked up from KFC, let’s be honest). We need something that satisfies our taste buds and feels good in our
bodies. Seafood and risotto is right up that alley of comfort. Your mouth will water when thinking of the combination of Atlantic cod cooked with eggplant, sitting on top of a bed or risotto. And if it doesn’t, maybe the pictures will help.
Try this recipe out and be the hero at the dinner table.
6 cups chicken broth 3 1/2 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil 2 shallots, finely diced 2 cups Arborio rice 1/4 cup dry white wine 1 cup grated Parmesan 2 tablespoons parsley, fresh, chopped 2 tablespoons lemon juice 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
Directions: 1. Bring broth to simmer in large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; cover to keep warm. 2. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add shallots and sautée until tender, about 6 minutes. 3. Add rice; stir 1 minute. Add wine and stir until evaporated, about 30 seconds. Add 1 1/2 cups hot broth; simmer until absorbed, stirring frequently. 4. Add remaining broth 1/2 cup at a time, allowing broth to be absorbed before adding more and stirring frequently until rice is creamy and tender, about 35 minutes. 5. Stir in cheese and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Stir in parsley, lemon juice, and lemon peel. Season risotto with salt and pepper. Set aside. 6. Wrap the thinly sliced eggplant around the cod, hold with a toothpick if necessary. 7. In a heavy-bottom pan, add one glug of olive oil, heat on medium high until oil glistens. Season fish with salt and pepper and add to pan.
8. Cook both sides for 1-2 minutes. Set aside and cover with foil to finish cooking.
2 fillets, Atlantic Cod
9. Plate risotto in a mound in center of plate, eggplant-wrapped Cod on top. Top
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Finding My Spirit Animal
| By: MICHELLE CROMER |
Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul. - Pythagoras
Years ago while living and studying in New York I discovered I was the
Discovering your spirit animal is a passage that requires more of you
perfect size for designers who were trying to sell their fur creations to
than simply taking an absurd online quiz. I learned that this meaningful
department store buyers. I spent most of my free time in the garment
journey is life changing and discovering your spirit animal will leave
district allowing my body to be poked and measured in order to have a
you inspired and empowered.
shot of purchasing the fur samples after the buying season was over. That’s how I started my collection of furs, being a human mannequin.
Your spirit animal is the embodiment of your subconscious mind and
I jokingly used to refer to my coats as my spirit animals.
therefore cannot be chosen. It must choose you. There isn’t a onesize-fits-all solution and often it will take time before it reveals itself.
After a recent profoundly personal journey with a Shaman in Santa Fe,
Keep your heart and mind open and begin by observing nature. Be
I discovered that the true meaning of a spirit animal is much deeper
open and attentive when animals appear in your life. Meditate with
and much more than just generic animal symbolism. Its meaning
the intention and reflect on any images. Be attentive to your dreams.
deepens our personal connection to our physical, mental and spiritual
And most importantly, what I learned is to embrace the process of
world and it offers influential insights into our subconscious mind.
Spiritual seekers throughout history recorded their interactions with
And as I journey through life, and time passes, I know that my spirit
animal energies. They strove to build strong relationships with animal
animal and my relationship with it will change. It is the embodiment of
archetypes as a way of broadening the human experience with the
my inner self and as I grow and am shaped by life, so will my totem.
natural world. In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether spirit animals are merely A spirit animal is the belief based on the spiritual concept of the
primitive social constructs, or whether their long history throughout
universe, and all-natural objects within the universe, has souls and
many peoples and cultures points to a higher, deeper truth. Mine is
spirits. An animal spirit is believed to be a supernatural power that
serving as a much-needed inner guide helping me to glimpse into a
embodies, or conveys influence, empowering a person with the traits
deeper vision of my life. It is teaching me how to live with passion and
of the animal.
genuine purpose and brings awareness and attention to the part of me that needs to be acknowledged and explored. The world around
The phrase “Spirit Animal” refers to the shamanic idea that certain
us has become increasingly uncertain and chaotic. When foundations
animals (or tutelary spirits) can physically and psychologically empower
of social systems become disoriented and misguided, there may be
us. The Spirit Animal is thought to lend its wisdom, attributes, and
no better time to find and follow the pattern already set and waiting
instincts to us in times of need.
to be discovered within the individual soul.
It is said that we, as human beings, possess at least one Spirit Animal
As I left Santa Fe, I reflected on how life unfolds in mysterious ways
or totem in our lifetime that serves as our personal protector, guide,
and in the end, the connections with others on the level of the soul
helper and companion. Usually, it is common for us to have many
enrich life immeasurably and add to the dimension of the physical,
Spirit Animal helpers throughout different periods of our lives.
the dimension of the spiritual. Spirit animal relationships will one day become quite natural and
Totemism, a system of belief practiced by the Native American
commonplace, for they represent
people. The Australian Aboriginal people, for example, incorporate the
notion that each human being has a spiritual connection to another
the beauty and promise of our
capacity as spiritual beings to live
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OUT WHEN THE LIGHTS GO
| By: GRACE THE PSYCHIC LADY |
W March, 2017
e all have a purpose in life and sometimes we may not know exactly what that purpose is, but the universe has a way of leading us to our destined path. I would like to share with you someone I met who has a unique story to share. David “Nino” Rodriguez was born and raised in El Paso and is a Heavy Weight World Champion with an impressive record of 37-235, of which 25 were first-round knockouts. He was ranked 13th in the world by the WBC and 12th by the WBA. His first-round knock outs surpass Mike Tyson’s earlier record. His latest accomplishment is becoming the author of his first book, “When the Lights Go Out.” He found out at an early age of five what bullying was all about and learned to fight back not only outside, but inside the ring where he became world champion. While being on top of the world his life changed in a moment’s notice when he was violently attacked in Arizona and his neck was slashed open. He received 369 stitches and soon after slipped into a coma for two days due to the loss of blood nearly costing him his life. Out of that sheer determination, Rodriguez took to the boxing ring to regain his status only to be handed his first brutal defeat of being knocked out in the last ten seconds of the fight he was winning. One more time he suffered another loss in a second return fight. Nothing stopped as Rodriguez returned to the ring for a third fight back and delivered a victorious knockout win in the first round. Ultimately, costing him a permanent injury to his spine which required spinal surgery. His recovery was much needed down time for personal reflection. While healing and facing an uncertain future. Rodriguez began to write about his life on his iPhone. At first his writing was more cathartic release for himself and immediate family, not realizing he would eventually turn it into a book.
ast rolo gy Reflecting back on his life, Rodriguez feels that his calling has come full circle from once being a insecure bullied child, to now a victor. The irony he finds in his experience is how he was once the insecure and troubled adolescent apologizing in front of the classroom for his mischief, to now standing in front of auditoriums speaking to the youth he once was, now in a suit and tie. We all think we have a choice in our lives of what we want to become, but the universe has a higher divine plan for our true destiny. Sometimes our battles inside and outside of the ring lead us to where we are truly meant to be and our life’s purpose. I highly recommend his book which is for sale on Amazon which you will find truly inspirational. You can find out more about Rodriguez at DavidNinoRodriguez.com
We all think we have a choice in our lives of what we want to become, but the universe has a higher divine plan for our true destiny.
Rodriguez’s life had taken change and a new direction and purpose. While writing his book, he had the “aha” moment of the true meaning of his book, which was to help change the life of others who had been bullied and through similar trials and struggles in life. His new calling in life has now found him not only as an author, but a motivational speaker for bullied youth by sharing his own story. Rodriguez speaks at alternative schools and detention facilities nationwide.
e t t e u q i t E March, 2017
e t a D t s r i F
| By: JANNET BUSTILLOS |
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Let’s face it, dating can be a bit daunting or discouraging at times. Especially, first dates. I’m sure we all have our share of first-date horror stories. Here’s a list of first date etiquette that we should all follow.
What not to do: Don’t show up stressed or disoriented: We all have our bad days, but showing up to a date with negative energy is no good. Count to ten, take a deep breath and push it aside. Vent all you want to your friends later, but not to your date. Be on time. Need I say more? This rule of thumb be incorporated into your everyday life, especially for a date. When you are trying to get to know someone, the last thing you want to do is give a bad impression right off the bat. If an emergency came up last minute and you can’t make it on time, a simple text or phone call to your date should be done asap. Put your phone away: This day and age, we tend to get caught up by constantly being on our phones. It’s poor manners to have your phone out on a date. Letting your date know that you have their full attention is key to a successful date.
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Don’t talk about previous dating disasters; you can laugh with your buddies about it, but telling your date might create a selfconscious vibe. You don’t want to come off as a “Negative Nancy.”
Don’t drink too much: Limit yourself to a two drink minimum. I understand first dates can be nerve wracking but chugging your dirty martini is a no-no. You don’t want to wake up not only with a hangover, or a face palm moment the next day.
This goes hand in hand with number four: try not to disclose too much information about yourself. Keep your troubled past or talking about previous heartbreaks that can be a buzz kill. This can render a big red flag for your date that you might not be a good dating candidate.
Steer away from going to the movies on your first date-dating is about getting to know one another. Not only are movie theaters not an intimate setting, but they limit your chances of getting to converse.
Like actor Chris Pine said, “I enjoy dating. I love first dates. I think they’re incredibly fascinating studies in human psychology. When you sit down across from someone on a first date and things are going alright, you talk objectives. We want to win each other over, so how do you win someone over? You have to put the best foot forward.”
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One of the quickest and easiest ways to get to know
• When sharing a bathroom, make
someone is to take a trip with them. Following are some
sure to clean up after yourself
tips on being a good traveling companion:
out of respect for the person
• Before taking a trip, make a point of getting together beforehand to discuss what the goal for the trip is. Will you be sight seeing, sunbathing, touring, going to theaters, clubbing, dinner? Make sure everyone is in agreement to what you will be doing on your trip. • Make a financial plan as to what expenses will be incurred and who will be paying for what. Will everybody be going dutch? Make sure you agree whether all dinners will be split evenly or if there will be separate checks. • Will everybody be sticking together for all activities? If not,
that follows. • If you snore, smoke or like the room particularly warm or cold, make arrangements for your own room, or share with someone with the same habits or preferences. • When traveling in a group, if you should find yourself in a romantic situation with someone you have met, be considerate of your roommates and do not bring a stranger to your room.
make sure it is understood ahead of time so no feelings
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20’s,and30’s Beyond | By: MATTHEW ABRAHAM |
s science and technology rapidly advances in skin care and anti-aging, more and more products are available to target and correct any skin issue imaginable for everyone from teens to seniors and everyone in-between. The unlimited options available can make selecting a consistent and effective skin care routine, best suited for your age and skin concerns, quite daunting. Beyond the daily use of an SPF 30+ moisturizer (which should be used by all skin types and age groups daily without fail), there are no clear answers as to what you should do to get your best possible skin for your age. To help guide you, I have pinpointed some key considerations to take note for those in their 20’s, 30 to 40’s and everyone over the age of 40.
in your 20’s.
As you exit your teen years, you should be practicing and further developing good habits to provide important protection from the sun and other environmental damage. This should be the foundation of your skin care regime for the years to come. If you suffer from acne, the hormonal changes that occur in your 20’s may see breakouts shift from your forehead and midface to closer to your chin and jawline. As your skin begins to produce less collagen and moisture, the harsh products you may have used in the past will end up leaving your skin feeling tight, dry and dull. Switch out your soap-based face wash for a creamy moisturizing cleanser such as Paula’s Choice Softening Cream Cleanser ($18, paulaschoice.com) or, if you have oily-skin, a micellar cleansing water such as L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin ($9.99, Walgreen’s), which will remove dirt, oil and makeup effectively without pulling or tugging on skin or leaving you feeling tight and dry. As for the breakouts that still plague nearly half of all women in their 20’s, introducing a retinol product will help to normalize skin and aid in its healthy, efficient exfoliation and renewal. This retinoid, when used a few times a week, at a very low concentration, can help clear bumps and erase the dark marks they may leave behind. Additionally, retinoid has powerful anti-aging properties when used consistently over time, as they help to diminish discolorations from sun damage and prevent and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, which will start to slowly appear in your mid-twenties. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
in your 30’s.
As your skin adjusts to the retinoid and the fine lines start to deepen in your 30’s, you might consider seeing a dermatologist to get a prescription-strength retinoid to combat the breakdown of elastin and collagen in the skin that occurs during these years. Important antioxidants and peptides that help to repair skin are further lost during your 30’s and can be replaced by serums now available on the market. These are packed with skin building-blocks and can make a significant difference in the appearance of your skin. Products such as Olay’s Regenerist Anti-Aging Regenerating Serum ($22.99, Walgreen’s) or First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum ($36.00, Sephora) will provide skin with the crucial peptides and vitamins to help stimulate cell production and repair and fight against aging.
While I won’t get into the pros and cons of Botox and
fillers that many feel are the holy grail and only option left, a couple of key additions to your skin care routine can
make a noteworthy difference for mature skin. Eye creams help to add additional moisture and
age-fighting ingredients to this critical facial area, which can show signs of aging faster and more prominently due to its thin composition. Try MAC’s Lightful C Vibrancy Eye Cream ($35, Dillard’s) and Cerave Eye Repair Cream ($12.99, Walgreen’s). Another product that should become a key step in your everyday skin care routine, is the addition of a serum high in hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. These lightweight, greaseless serums are quickly absorbed, seemingly disappearing into the skin upon contact, instantly moisturizing, plumping and smoothing the surface of the skin without leaving it feeling even the slightest bit sticky or heavy. These serums can be applied before you apply your makeup, or even over makeup, throughout the day to give lagging skin a bolt of hydration. Try Passport to Organics 100% pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($28.99, passporttorganics.com) or Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum ($17.99, Walgreen’s).
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A O G R O U P
| By: PABLO DELGADILLO |
Back to the Backpacks Even if you’re not in school anymore and you don’t have to carry around school supplies, backpacks are coming back in full swing. Now with more stylish and modern designs, they are the perfect accessory to take on a trip or even to the gym. Say goodbye to the boring chunky bags and the big duffle bags. Backpacks are easier to carry around and lighter as well! Another perk about backpacks is that you can find them in an infinite assortment of styles and we’re sure that you will find one that will fit your personal style!
Shine bright It is time to add a little pizazz to your wardrobe and what better way to do it than taking inspiration from unicorns and all sorts of other magical creatures and go for an iridescent clothing item. Now before you get scared, hear us out. You can go full magic and get a whole garment that shines and shimmers in the sunlight, but if you’re a little more conservative you can opt for an accessory, like a bag or an iridescent hat. The idea is to get in touch with your inner magical creature and go full shimmery this spring.
You smell good People often associate other people with how they smell, so it is important to have a signature fragrance that reminds every one of you. Sure it is also nice to spice things up once in a while and try different smells, but we all have a distinct liking on scents. Some like to smell sweet, other people prefer something a little musky. Find the fragrance that’s perfect for your style and stick to it, make it your staple so that when people smell something similar they can think of you.
Spider Legs We are not here to tell people how to do their makeup, everyone has their own style, but clumpy spider leg eyelashes are a tough look to pull off. Not only will your eyelashes look like you haven’t washed your face in three days, but once you blink it tends to get messy (it also depends on the brand of the mascara). Just save the “Tammy Faye” look for Halloween and plump your lashes, don’t clump them!
Espadrilles The go-to preppy shoe, is preparing its comeback for this spring/summer season and we couldn’t be more excited for you to throw them away!! They’ve seen their days and it’s time to let them go. The comfortable yet very ugly shoe, has been done and re-done in every style and by every brand. Also, have you smelled one of those when you’ve been walking all summer with them? Yikes! We don’t know how people don’t get rid of them every time the season to wear them is over. Let them go!
Can you send me a life? One thing that is really annoying on social media, is when you see your notifications and instead of a message from a friend, it’s someone asking for a “life” on a game. “Hey X, asked you to send them a life.” Um, annoying! If I’m not playing those games, why should I send you anything? Stop bothering your friends with dumb requests.
Ready | By: GESUINA LEGASPY |
O fa s h i o n i s ta
ut with the old and in with the new! The spring is the perfect time to purge your closet of what you no longer wear or want to wear and instead create a fresh look, or at the very least, add some new items to your old wardrobe. After all, style is very close to emotion and your
clothes can serve as a visual representation of
how you feel. Most people have at least one
or two pieces of clothing hanging in their closet
that they absolutely love— one that evokes a warm
memory, or is a reminder of a special day.
First thing’s first
Make room for those special items! Start by categorizing your clothes into tops, pants, jackets, dresses, and accessories. Begin with the heaviest and make your way down to the lightest (ie. coats first, then sweaters, tops, dresses and pants). Take quick emotional inventory, how does that piece make you feel? Happy or sad, heavy or light? If it does nothing for you, get rid of it! Make this year all about surrounding yourself with things you love. Yes, that means tossing impulse purchases, even if they cost too much. Like relationships, release what doesn’t serve you and move forward.
Second tip Don’t store out-of-season items. Everything should be on display and visible (you still wear t-shirts in winter, so why store them?). This way, you can winterize certain pieces. Mix and match and maximize your closet. Follow the golden rule about tidying up: If you haven’t used or worn it in a year, get rid of it. Don’t trick yourself into thinking, “I’ll wear it eventually,” because if you didn’t wear it last year, you won’t this year.
Finally, fold all cotton up ways
— you want
to see your inventory and have it easily accessible. If you fold on top of each other, you make a mess looking for things and you forget about what you have. Fold small and with care, this is true for every item down to your socks. Remember, a good relationship with you clothes starts with love and respect for the space they take in your closet. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
Prerogative | By: PABLO DELGADILLO |
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Honest Company Men’s Complete Multivitamins For you to be on your A-Game this spring, it’s not only important to look extra handsome, but to remember that beauty starts from within. Feel your best with these multivitamins. The bottle contains supplies for a full month, and it’s not only affordable but it is also free of any of the 8 major allergens found in other vitamins. It has iron and digestive enzymes for those days where you need that extra help on the toilet. Get your vitamins at target.com for only $19.99
Kyoku Earth Body Lotion This mineral rich lotion is perfect for moisturizing those parts of your body that have been cracking because of the cold winter days. Now that the sun is starting to shine on us again, pamper your body with this lotion. The mix of glycerin and amethyst is perfect for your elbows, knees and toes (just like the song!) getting rid of the roughness and dry areas while leaving a smoky scent. Get your 250ml bottle at beautybar.com for $15.97.
Goodwipes Deodorizing Body Wipes Going backpacking to Europe and you’re scared you won’t be able to take nice hot showers? Having a busy day in the city going from meeting to meeting and need to freshen up? Are you just a dirty hippie that refuses to shower, but still wants to smell nice? Well, then these wipes are for you. They come in lavender and cedar scents and with no hard chemicals (tea tree oil is the secret!) you’ll be clean in a jiffy. They not only remove bacteria from all over your body and deodorize, but they also leave your skin silky smooth. So, wipe away at every little inch of your body and know that it won’t sting! Buy them at Magellans.com for $9.50.
FALL INLOVE March, 2017
| By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ |
You’ve seen those people…the ones who bounce out of bed in the morning to their 5 a.m. gym session, the ones who use their lunch break to take a spin class, the ones who don’t give in to the pizza temptation at birthday parties. You start to wonder…could I EVER be like these fitness fanatics? Good news is, experts say you can! Just by starting to mimic the habits that fitness freaks have, you too can be on your way to becoming “one of them”.
1. THEY ONLY DO WORKOUTS THEY ENJOY
4. THEY GIVE THEMSELVES SOME WIGGLE ROOM
Too often I see people sign-up for a gym, go to the treadmill, try to run,
Studies show that people who have wiggle room in their mindset
then leave and never come back. That’s because they hate running.
are more likely to maintain a fitness routine. Sometimes life gets in
Something fit people do is not waste time on an activity they despise.
the way and you have to tell yourself “it’s okay.” Instead of having
Instead, they find something that interests them, or that they enjoy,
the mentality of “I missed class, now I’ve blown it,” switch gears to
and create a schedule around when they can do it. It doesn’t have to
saying, “I missed class, but it’s okay. I’ll be back tomorrow and I will
be the Zumba your neighbor did that helped her lose 20 pounds when
be back on track!”
you know you have no coordination. Try a few drop-in classes for free and see what makes you feel good.
2. THEY GET FEEDBACK
5. THEY DON’T OBSESS OVER WEIGHT
Studies suggest that people who frame their exercise as something other than calorie burning, like for example saying it’s “me time,”
Whether it’s from a trainer, instructor or a fitness tracker device,
will actually lose weight faster, and eat less after a workout. Instead
fitness freaks crave instant feedback. Hearing from a trainer that their
of thinking of a weight-loss goal, think of a strength, endurance, or
form has improved, or from an instructor that their coordination is
energy goal. Stressing over the weight-loss can also make you retain
better, motivates them to keep pushing forward. Fitness trackers help
pounds from the stress.
push you to beat your goals daily and motivate you by tracking calorie burn.
3. THEY EXERCISE WITH SOMEONE THEY LIKE
6. THEY PUMP UP THE VOLUME!
Why do you see so many runners with ear buds, and gym freaks with the big headphones on? Because music makes people exercise
It doesn’t have to be your boyfriend that’s correcting your form every
longer and more vigorously. Music distracts from fatigue. So when
second and having you lift weights that you don’t enjoy. It can be a
you need some motivation, put on those buds and get ready to sweat!
friend you love chatting with. Instead, chat on the treadmill or join a class and make a new friend that just started so you can push each
7. THEY REWARD THEMSELVES
other through the class. It’s always great to help keep each other
Last but not least, reward yourself! Not with something calorie-filled,
accountable when the other one misses, as well.
but something like some new running shoes that will not only be fun to buy, but will also motivate you to hit the pavement for that next run. A reward reinforces the routine.
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Sunny S Seascapes and a Place to Hang Your Hat
itting near the Roman Bridge at the Café Venezia, I hear bits and pieces of several European languages mixed in all manners of relaxed tones – as Tavira truly
appeals to anyone in search of January sun, with delicious food, affordable fare and lots and lots of local color. All are heard over the splashing sounds of a gushing fountain, the occasional zing of motor bikes and the plaintive call of seagulls as they hover over the fishing boats on the River Gilao. One by one, like lizards in the sun, we remove our scarves and mittens, undo our lightweight jackets and take off our hats. It is 12:40 p.m. and the midday rays are intoxicating. There are at least 20 occupied tables, mostly by an interesting mob of gray-haired retirees. Some have rented apartments in the old town center over the winter, but others have taken advantage of Portugal’s open door
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policy and purchased apartments, villas or ruins. “We love when foreigners buy the old abandoned properties and fix them up,” says Isabel, who works at the small riverside inn where I pay €36 a night for a clean, little room with a T.V., complimentary Wi-Fi and a great European style breakfast. “They improve the infrastructure of our town and always respect the historical features – restoring our deteriorated buildings beautifully.” However, investment.
developments, mostly comprised of apartment buildings and townhouses, offer one, two, and three bedroom listings. Starting under $100,000 and ranging as high as $300,000, they offer top floor units with sunny roof terraces that overlook the sea. Of course, you can spend much more. There are breath-taking views from hilltop villas and refurbished downtown houses to accommodate every taste. Tavira is situated on the far eastern edge of the Algarve – Portugal’s answer to the Riviera, Costa del Sol or Cote D’Azur. I’m told it gets pretty crazy here in July and August when the dry, scorching hot weather resembles ours in El Paso. The one other similarity I
March, 2017 can attest to is that the natives are friendly, welcoming and accommodating, just like my neighbors back home. Almost everyone in the service/hospitality industry speaks English, and many people actually enjoy the opportunity to practice it, so Americans are not treated shabbily here. There is a modern mall nearby with a cinema that shows English language films. English newspapers and English menus are readily available and a lot of the stores advertise in both English and Portuguese, so shopping and entertainment are also a pleasure. Most importantly, the sun seems to shine equally on all, so if you’re considering a European holiday or an overseas property purchase, Tavira might be just what you’re looking for.
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Adal Ramones ::: March 3
8:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre Mexican comedian, actor and host, Adal Ramones visits El Paso for a night of laughs at the Plaza Theatre. Admission: $39+ Info: ticketmaster.com or call 915-231-1100
Birth of the Beat ::: March 5
2:30 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre Celebrate the birth of Blues with ‘Birth of the Beat’ as you’re taken through an adventure through the beginnings of American music genres of blues and jazz and many others. Admission: $30 Info: abrahamchavez.theaterelpaso.com or call (915) 534-0600
Jewel Box Series: Killing Buddha ::: March 12
2:30 a.m. Philantrophy Theatre A modern take on ancient North Indian legend detailing the atonement of a serial killer. Admission: $16 Info: epcf.org/give/donate or ticketmaster.com
::: March 4
8:30 p.m. El Paso County Coliseum Columbia singer/songwriter Maluma visits El Paso on his world tour. Admission: $60+ Info: ticketmaster.com or 915-231-1100
The Illusionists-Live from Broadway ::: March 7
5:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre Enjoy the talents of the illusionists as they dazzle people of all ages through magic and amazing acts. Admission: $43-$73 Info: ticketmaster.com or 915-231-1100
Skillet “Unleashed Tour 2017” ::: March 16
7:30 p.m. Tricky Falls Unleashed 2017 Tour presents Skillet, Sick Puppies and Devour the Day at Tricky Falls. Admission: $27.50-$32 Info: trickyfalls.com or ticketfly.com
::: March 4-5
7:00 p.m./2:00 p.m. Sun Bowl Stadium Gear up for an action packed live event, Monster Jam, as monster trucks go head-to-head to put on an exhilarating experience. Admission: $15-$17 Info: ticketmaster.com or call 915-231-1100
Home & Garden Expo
::: March 10-12, 2-17
2:00-6:00 p.m. El Paso Convention Center DIY-ers rejoice! The Home & Garden expo returns to El Paso for their 17th annual show at the El Paso Convention Center. Admission: $7.50+ Info: elpasohomeandgarden.com
An Evening with Bill Maher ::: March 19
7:00 p.m Plaza Theatre Emmy winner and comedian Bill Maher returns to El Paso for ‘An Evening with Bill Maher’. Admission: $56.50+ Info: ticketmaster.com or (915) 321-1100
Cinderella ::: March 23 & 25
7:30 p.m. Abraham Chavez Theatre El Paso Opera presents Gioachino Rossini’s take on La Cenerentola Cinderella. Sung in Italian, guests will enjoy this classic take on one of the classics. Admission: $15-$90 Info: epopera.com
Elton John ::: March 23
8:00 p.m. Don Haskins Center Multiple Grammy-winning icon, Elton John, returns to the borderland after 10 years to put on the concert of a lifetime. Admission: $46+ Info: tdonhaskins.centerelpaso.com
::: March 25
10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Downtown El Paso Help the El Paso Symphony Orchestra celebrate their 10th annual KidsPalooza, through children’s concerts, games, art, and more. Admission: free Info: epso.org
::: March 28
7:30 p.m. Plaza Theatre Legendary band Chicago returns to El Paso as they celebrate their 50th anniversary with guests JD & The Straight Shot. Don’t miss them, this show will sell out! Admission: $49 Info: chicagotheband.com or ticketmaster.com
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Anson 11 $$-$$$
Edge of Texas
303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400
8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343
Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the
Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best
military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was
steak youâ€™ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.
Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson 11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H
ALL OVER TOWN
El Taco Tote
The Downtowner $$
201 East Main St. | 2921 N. Mesa St. | 1000 Magruder St.
325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200
1461 N. Zaragoza | 9933 Kenworthy St. | 9910 Montana Ave. Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel
3480 Joe Battle Blvd. | (915) 838-6000
Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers
This is not fast food, this is Real Mexican Grill food that weâ€™ve made just
great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the
for you, El Paso. Changing the face of Mexican food, we offer different
amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully
variations of tacos ranging from: barbacoa, pork, chicken, shrimp, fish
crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.
and much much more. Also on our menu, try our new veggie taco.
Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O
$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF
$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H
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5411 N. Mesa, Suite 1 | (915) 875-0034
6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621
Join Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano for lunch or dinner with Chef/Owner
Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips
Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest
and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will
seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,
satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have
and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O
lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR
The Green Ingredient
201 East Main Street #201 | (915) 298-1010 The Green Ingredient is a restaurant that offers delicious, nutritious, personalized meals, teas and more. Offering people the real perspective of health, you can get balanced meals that are nutritious, free from additives, preservatives, GMO’s and extremely high quality. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Sunny’s Sushi $$ 910 E Redd Rd. | (915) 842-9508
Westside’s 3rd Hole
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
The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371
Winners of The Best of The City for Best Sushi, you don’t want
Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four
to miss out on what this restaurant is cooking up. With incredible
principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous
hospitality and great attention to taste and detail, you can be sure
portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and
to enjoy any dish you choose to eat. With weekday bento box lunch
celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
specials from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., prepare your taste buds for the top-rated sushi in El Paso. O, DF
The Smokehouse BBQ, Ribs and More $$ The Arena Sports Bar and Grill
8414 North Loop Dr. | (915) 592-RIBS (7427)
2301 N. Zaragoza Rd. | (915) 270-9979 Meat lovers! Welcome to a little piece of rib-heaven in El Paso. The Original Crowd pleasing, signature burgers and other delectable eats from
Baby Back Ribs are just one of their specialties of the house with their
the new MVP! Hit a touchdown with “The Cowboy,” topped with
own original recipes; prepared fresh and slowly cooked to perfection using
savory cream cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapenos. Wings are
apple wood during the whole process creating a magnificent flavor. H
grilled to perfection, then fried, and available in take-home party trays. Weekday lunch specials 11-2pm, plus Happy Hour and food specials 3-7pm, make for the perfect play on your day. Full menu with other tasty treats, full bar and more! H, O
King Crab $$$ 1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697 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
The Notorious B.L.T. at Murray’s $-$$ 1580 George Dieter, Suite 105 | (915) 328-1808
seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H
Home to the ‘Best Cocktails’ of 2016 is also the spot for another El Paso favorite: The Notorious B.L.T. food truck at Murray’s are some of the best tacos you’ll find around town! Their Mexican street-style tacos have quickly taken Murray’s-goers by storm and are available daily until 11p.m. The perfect complement to their top-rated cocktails makes for an official, win-win bar experience! DF, H, O
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200 This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O
Mesa Street Grill $$$
The Garden Grill
3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881
111 W. University Ave. | (915) 351-2121 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 summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H
Rulis International Kitchen
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
4176 N. Mesa St. | (915) 313-4806 Take a bite out of any of the delicious plates being served at Rulis’ International Kitchen. As winners of Best Beer Selection for Best 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
Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O
$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF
$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H
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march Advertiser INDEX A + O Group..................................................................Pg. 81
RGU Cancer Center.......................................................Pg. 31
Casa Buenavista......................................................Pg. 10, 11
Robeana Construction...................................................Pg. 52
D’ansa Jazz Stage..........................................................Pg. 94
Scott Asbury, Allstate Insurance....................................Pg. 64
Dr. Jorge Villareal...........................................................Pg. 94
Shannon Quartermane..................................................Pg. 35
Edge of Texas................................................................Pg. 45
Sin Vodka...................................................Pg. 39, Back Cover
Fox Auto Group.............................................................Pg. 27
Southwest University...................................................Pg. 67
GECU..........................................................Inside Front Cover
Spectrum Technologies.................................................Pg. 67
Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 80
Stonewood Modern American Grill...............................Pg. 30
Hal Marcus....................................................................Pg. 51
Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 95
Hotel Indigo...................................................................Pg. 65
Sunset Funeral Homes..................................................Pg. 45
Hughes Financial...........................................................Pg. 66
Table Occasions.............................................................Pg. 50
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino......................Pg.5
The Green Ingredient.....................................................Pg. 76
The Hospitals of Providence............................................Pg. 9
Kayton Lee.....................................................................Pg. 52
The Hospitals of Providence Children’s Hospital.........Pg. 103
KB Realty.......................................................................Pg. 47
The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 31
Matthew Abraham Make Up.........................................Pg. 23
The State Line.............................................................Pg. 105
Mattress Firm............................................. Inside Back Cover
The Woodhouse Day Spa..............................................Pg. 57
Mesa Street Grill............................................................Pg. 17
Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1
Mix Salon and Spa.........................................................Pg. 91
Walgreens...............................................................Pg. 12, 13
New You Gym................................................................Pg. 44
Wyatt Underwood.........................................................Pg. 15
Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 51
77 Stone......................................................................Pg. 106
Quartermane Salon........................................................Pg. 37
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