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Defining Philanthropy May, 2019
DENNECE KNIGHT Executive Director at the University Medical Center (UMC) Foundation and the El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation
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*philanthropy noun plural -pies 1 the practice of performing charitable or benevolent actions 2 love of mankind in general
s commonly defined, the word ‘philanthropy’ is characterized by either benevolence in action or charitableness, or more simply put, a sheer love of mankind. One particular El Paso woman encapsulates both. Enter Dennece Knight, who serves as executive director for University Medical Center (UMC)
Foundation, El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation, Fundación UMC de México, IASP’s Borderless Giving program, which is a UMC Foundation fund that provides care to children of Mexican citizenship, and if that weren’t enough, for the Children’s Miracle Network. A San Angelo, Texas nat ive, Dennece moved to El Paso at 11 years of age when her family relocated here as a result of a job transfer for her father and vividly recalls the surreal impression her first glance of the Franklin Mountains had on her. Fast-forward to her adult years and a diversity of opportunities that came her way, Dennece was decidedly immersed in the planning and execution of many local and quite notable political campaigns, which she says profoundly influenced her career trajectory, especially with respect to women’s politics. At some point, Dennece took on a more narrowly-defined marketing role at American RV and Marine, as it was known at the time, where she worked as their regional marketing director. Given her political campaign background, she says her 15-year “base” in politics allowed her to hone her skills for use in the advertising world then, and all the way through her present work at El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation and University
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Medical Center Foundation. She points to her political background as being highly relevant to her work around donors and their decisions to contribute valuable funding to a worthwhile cause. “Politics hung onto my sense of
“We were the largest metropolitan area in the United States without a [dedicated] children’s hospital.”
that because I forever-after looked at the world in terms of yes’s, no’s and undecideds,” which she says is actually vital in approaching donors. Nearly ten years after running her last political campaign, Dennece received an unexpected call and was subsequently scouted to head what would become a monumental campaign that would steer her in the direction of a municipal hospital district. In 2006, a huge local bond issue was in the works and looked to establish El Paso’s first-ever, dedicated children’s hospital. She was intrigued and says the timing came at a time when “we were the largest metropolitan area in the United States without a [dedicated] children’s hospital.” After a lengthy series of arduous interviews, Dennece was officially recruited by UMC and proceeded to spearhead a campaign for
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the new children’s hospital. She coordinated
El Paso Children’s Hospital boasts a Level IX
the related feasibility studies and embarked
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is
on all the political work necessary to the
the highest designation afforded this specific
campaign’s endeavor. Learning everything she
area of care, and is only one of 210 hospitals in
could on children’s hospitals, while enduring a
the world designated as a Children’s Oncology
series of ups and downs through the entire
Group (COG), which is a tremendous feat for
process, she says, “It was a terrifying task
such a young hospital.
because a lot was riding on it.” According to Dennece, donor impact includes Impressively, the 2007 bond election was
almost one in two El Paso children and almost
won, and the process of designing and
one in two adults on the UMC side. Each
building the new hospital began. Opening its
hospital focuses on serving more patients
doors in 2012, El Paso Children’s Hospital has
and improving the patient’s experience while
quadrupled its number of pediatric specialties
reaching them more quickly. This, in turn,
and, through massive effort, the El Paso
helps link donors to something very real
Children’s Hospital Foundation has raised
as they understand the relevance of their
over $30 million dollars for both hospitals.
The noble cause has enabled 110,000 local
children to receive care right here in their
Besides inspiring charitable actions from
hometown, as opposed to having to travel
crucial donors, Dennece enjoys her own share
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years, Brian Kennedy, completed a bachelor’s degree at age 56, attended Mitchell Hamline School of Law at age 59, and passed both the Texas and New Mexico bar exams at age 63. Impressively, he also took first place at the International Negotiation Competition 2017 in Oslo, Norway among 32 teams from 25 countries, placing our nation at the very top. She says of Brian’s accomplishments, “That part’s a real joy. It means a continual evolution—it’s nice to have that much inspiration in the house, so it’s going both ways.” The same can be said of her two sons, Shane and Hart Edmonson, who have certainly benefited from Dennece’s devotion to her family as evidenced in the years of juggling the demands of family and career. Today, both sons hold master’s degrees and one of them will soon be attending medical school. She says, “I really wanted my children to
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be independent and know that they could
the difficulties that come with illness befallen
find their way in the world.” With more and
on loved ones. Pointing to the immensely
more women challenged by the balancing
rewarding experience of helping to save
act of family and career, Dennece has one
lives and touching them in the deepest of
word of advice, “One of the most important
ways, she shows undying gratitude for the
things I learned is what I really wanted. What
people she works with in this aim and says,
resonated with me? … I got that I could be
“I feel very privileged and honored to work
really specific about it.” She adds that the
with people with that kind of commitment,
process could be likened to that of, literally,
that kind of dedication and with that kind of
making a list. She says, “You really hone it
heart.” A proud wife and mother, Dennece
down to what’s important—to what would
is very much a philanthropist by trade whom
have heart and meaning in your life.”
not only defines the word, but whose extraordinary work has and continues to
Undeniably, we see that what has given
embody that very notion.
meaning to Dennece’s career has been to be involved in the foundation of funding a
new children’s hospital for the area. While recognizing that there will be challenges that lie ahead, she’s been instrumental in laying the foundation for one of our city’s important pediatric healthcare options. Her impact is undoubtedly felt among families who endure
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Dynamic Du Mother and Daughter Become a Force in Fashion
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Classic. Timeless. Never going out of style.
hose are just some ways to describe this local business
and the dear relationship between its owners.
Located in west El Paso’s Century Plaza, Nono’s is a locallyowned and operated clothing boutique that aims to help all women look and feel their most glamorous. The store is truly ageless, carrying everything from glam glowns to funky accessories—they can dress all generations of women. “We tend to buy for women who appreciate quality and have a true sense of self,” co-owner Missy Altus tells The City Magazine. “Every woman deserves to live their best life... anyone at any age, at any weight, deserves to look their best.” After growing bored of being a stay-at-home mother, Ninette
“Nono” Altus opened her namesake boutique as a kids clothing store in 1961. She later began introducing juniors
and women’s fashions, broadening the store’s selections to cater to women and girls from their pre-teen years
through their 90s. “As her customers were growing up, she wanted to dress them as they were growing,” Missy, Ninette’s daughter, explains. “It’s a generational kind of thing, and there’s a lot of nostalgia in it.” The wife and mother-of-two ran the store all by herself for more than three decades before she and her daughter decided to join forces in 1996. “My mom and I have considered ourselves to be fashion stylists, and we always have,” the native El Pasoan says. “My mother and I being partners has been an amazing experience.”
As the decades went by, the mother-daughter duo curated their store to feature designer lines from Italy, France, Spain and other countries across the globe. “Most of the lines we carry are highly-respected and award-winning designers,” Missy explains. “We do a lot of work, research, and spend tens of thousands of dollars to bring these fashions to our city of El Paso.” The two enjoy traveling the world together to make it all happen. “We go to markets together, we have a wonderful time,” Missy says. “I’m sort of like the ‘yes yes’ to her ‘no no,’ she has to 30
curb my shopping ... so she’s really lived up to her name.”
The Altus family is no stranger to entrepreneurship. Dating as far back as the 1920s, Missyâ€™s uncle, father and grandfather all owned stores of their own in El Paso. Missy remembers spending her childhood wandering through www.thecitymagazineelp.com
the aisles of their businesses, not knowing that she, too, would
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one day become a storeowner. “We’re a true retail
“It sort of validated all these years that [my mom’s]
family, I was really born into it,” she recalls. “I have
put into it,” Missy said of the award. “I think that
so much background in retail.”
when somebody works that many years, it’s wonderful to be recognized for that longevity and the
After decades of hard work, Nono’s is gaining more
dedication over the years.”
and more attention from El Paso and beyond. The
boutique received an award in January from the
At a surprise ceremony inside the boutique, the Dallas
Dallas Market Center, a global wholesale trade
Market Center presented a shocked Ninette with a
company, for being the longest-running single-owner
Texas-shaped plaque recognizing all the time, money
boutique in the entire state of Texas.
and energy she spent to make Nono’s a success.
May, 2019 “We think that you represent the best qualities of retail. You are truly of legendary status,” a company representative told her at the ceremony. “We wanted to take a little bit of time to honor your longevity and success in business.” With or without the accolades, Missy says running the boutique with her mother has been a fun and educational experience that she holds dear to her heart. “The woman’s got amazing style, flair, a sense of fashion and I have learned so much from her,” she says. “The experience she and I have had is invaluable.” The women hope to continue working together to dress El Paso fashionistas for several more years to come. “It can be so difficult, yet it’s heaven on earth and I would not want to do it without her,” Missy says.
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very savvy entrepreneur will say a
“It takes a lot of networking, and definitely
successful business depends, largely,
emotional intelligence,” says Monica. Her
on the development of meaningful
day-to-day involves visiting with clients,
connections to move a profitable
from employers to job seekers, and then
idea forward. For Monica Moreno,
strategizing ways to optimize the connections
President of The Job Connection
that are made.
in El Paso, her mission as a leader is to utilize the strength of human-to-human
Monica’s flair for networking has lent itself
interactions. Moreno has challenged herself
to further cultivating a sustainable business
as a businesswoman, and the El Paso
in the region. In-person interaction is often
community has reaped the benefits.
undervalued in today’s fast-paced and hyperonline society. Oftentimes one must go
Monica came on board The Job Connection
through at least one round of online vetting to
in 1994, joining her mother and stepfather
apply for a job before receiving an email from
who independently operated the business.
an actual human to take the next steps. The
The company is a hiring agency that serves
Job Connection is successful in large part
to connect local employers with El Paso’s
because Monica understands that human
workforce. Monica was busy navigating the
realm of college life—a rigorous course load
support to employers and jobseekers alike.
coupled with the responsibility of reporting to a job—but quickly took to the face-to-face facet of her job. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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live just across the border. The mission of the
The Job Connection is the company’s
El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is
commitment to provide support from start to
to be the leading advocate in promoting the
finish. A quick visit to the agency’s website
success of small minority and women owned
businesses in the greater El Paso region
guidance in important areas that include
by providing resources, information and
resume preparation and review, what to
education while promoting the awareness
expect from the hiring process and a blog
and preservation of the Hispanic culture—all
that offers insight regarding everything from
things Monica does intrinsically through her
what not to do, to job forecasts.
work at The Job Connection.
Monica’s business acumen has recently
Monica was honored in March with a Women
of Distinction award, presented by The Texas
board appointments and state-recognized
Association of Mexican American Chambers
accolades. Moreno joined the board of
Western Heritage Bank last summer, as well
mission is to promote business leadership,
as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
create economic opportunities and provide
Western Heritage Bank exists in a region of
2.6 million residents; 1.2 million are on the U.S.
business community in Texas. Monica and
side, and approximately 1.5 million residents
11 other women in business received the
C o n n ec t i n g E l Pa s o ’ s Wo r k f o r c e M o n i c a M o r e n o
awards to recognize outstanding leadership
nation,” said Pauline E. Anton TAMACC
in economic, political and social landscapes.
president and CEO. “We look forward to
deserved and representative of the woman-
inducting these women into the TAMACC
driven talent that resides and flourishes in El
“Year after year we are proud and honored
Women of Distinction. We are grateful for
Paso. Among the other TAMACC Women of
to recognize and celebrate the outstanding
the recipients to share their stories; it is
Distinction awards were El Pasoans Estela
successes and contributions of endurance,
incredibly motivational and inspirational. It is
Casas, news anchor from KVIA Channel 7,
excellence and tenacity that women make
the encouragement for us all to do more.”
and Dr. Diane N. De Hoyos, assistant vice
to our Hispanic communities, state and
president for purchasing and general services
C o n n ec t i n g E l Pa s o ’ s Wo r k f o r c e M o n i c a M o r e n o
at UTEP. Three of the 12 women of distinction this year came from El Paso, which means that the Sun City made up a quarter of the women who were honored. This percentage is greater than any other city that was represented in this year’s award cycle. “I think my recent board-appointments helped me earn this award,” Monica says. She also attributes The Job Connection’s culture of care, business savvy, and close network of staff—many of Monica’s family members continue to propel the agency forward. Monica’s—and El Paso’s—success promises to expand within the next few months with the implementation of a west side location to serve as a reminder of the talent that resides in the region, as well as the power of a strong leader with a big heart.
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Ramona Frazier Ramona Frazier loves her job. Although she started her career as a Texas state defender, she soon switched over to represent plaintiffs and hasn’t looked back since. She appreciates the work’s fast paced nature–not waiting for anything, always moving forward. However, the most important aspect of the job is the opportunity it gives her to serve those in need, she explained, saying: “You have people who are discouraged, who feel like nobody is going to fight for them. Here at Lovett we get to comfort those people, to be champions for them. That’s extremely rewarding.” Yet as gratifying as the work may be, it isn’t the only thing Ramona likes about Lovett Law. Originally from a little town in eastern Texas, Ramona has become a big fan of El Paso since moving here seven years ago. “I’ve never lived anywhere this long since getting out of college and that’s a testament to how much I love it here. We’ve really made a home here. El Paso gives me the feel of the small town where I was raised, but it has all the advantages of the big cities I lived in … that’s the environment I want my kids to grow up in.”
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Chelsea Underwood Chelsea Underwood dreamed of becoming an elementary
graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education at the age of 19. After teaching for several years, she attended J. Reuben Clark Law School and landed a job with Walmart’s Tort Group. There, she wrote and implemented policies and procedures that resulted in closing a large percentage of Walmart’s Puerto Rico personal injury cases within six months. Chelsea has always wanted to represent individuals injured in accidents. She explained, “this is personal to me because many years ago, my father was injured while riding his motorcycle. A young man, in a truck, turned in front of him—on purpose—because my father was ‘running a yellow light.’ My father wasn’t represented by an attorney and the young man’s father was an attorney. As a result, my father only received a mere $100.00 for pain and suffering. “ This is why Chelsea joined the Lovett Law Firm where she fights for the people of El Paso. The Lovett Law Firm strives to ensure that no one, injured in an accident, will be taken advantage of by the responsible party. She explained, “at the Lovett Chelsea Underwood
Law Firm, our clients are like family. We take pride
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Pronto body shop Tiffany Menefee 1420 Myrtle Ave. El Paso, Texas 79901 (915) 533-0912 prontobodyshop.com
Pronto Body Shop Pronto Body Shop continues its 40 year-long commitment to
Tiffany recently made the cover of Fender Bender Magazine’s
customer service in the auto collision industry under owner Tiffany
February 2019 issue. The write-up highlights the shop and shop
Menefee. After taking over as the body shop’s owner in 2015, Tiffany
owner’s success in changing the dynamic between insurance
has brought fierce girl power and much more to a male-dominated
companies and auto body shops. A family owned body shop
business. Many of the shop’s management positions are held by
recognized at the national level is something to be very proud of
women, including the front office, marketing and parts department,
considering the competition. The management and staff at Pronto
as well as the back shop. A woman’s touch and Tiffany’s experience
Body Shop understand just how much stress and frustration one can
of over 20 years investigating fraudulent insurance claims are just
face while dealing with an auto collision. Pronto Body Shop and their
two of the reasons customers are made comfortable and put at ease
commitment to customer service is no accident.
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The Black Orchid Lounge 6127 N. Mesa St. Suite A, El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 235-9145
Michelle Fierro El Paso was missing something in 2012. Michelle Fierro, a Juárez
drinks, bar goers appreciate the place’s swanky feel and eclectic
native, had just moved back to the area after spending 13 years
event list, ranging from jazz, trivia and open mic nights. However,
in Chicago, and she was happy to be home. Despite its glitz and
despite Black Orchid’s eventual popularity, the venture hasn’t always
glamour, Chicago couldn’t match the Borderplex’s friendliness or
been easy for Michelle. El Paso’s bar scene is still male-dominated,
distinct bi-national culture. However, for all its virtues, our city was
and Michelle initially faced a number of hurdles as a woman: “I
undeniably behind the curve when it came to bars. There were a
remember when we first opened, alcohol distributors would come
couple good beer spots, but nowhere to get innovative, modern
and insist on talking to my husband, even after telling them that
cocktails. So, Michelle, a booze connoisseur without any real
I was in charge of ordering, not him.” Fortunately, attitudes are
experience in the bar industry, decided she would fill the void.
starting to change, undoubtedly due in part to Michelle’s success.
Michelle opened The Black Orchid Lounge in 2013, immediately transforming the city’s nightlife landscape. Beyond the top-notch
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Lorraine Higgins It’s finally here, El Paso! Orangetheory Fitness,
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more than a million clients live more vibrant and
fitness coaches. The 60-minute workout is
healthier lives, opened its doors in April. The
designed to give maximum results and the gym
fitness studio’s first El Paso location is located at
even offers a 30-day results guarantee.
La Villita on Mesa, 6801 N. Mesa. Owner Lorraine Higgins also owns four more Orangetheory locations in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM. “El Pasoans who have experienced an Orangetheory workout ask me, ‘When are you coming to El Paso?’” said Lorraine. “We are so honored to bring this lifechanging brand here. You can feel the excitement around the growth in El Paso— the timing is right.”
Lorraine doesn’t just run the business; she is an avid Orangetheory fanatic. “I’ve lost 40 pounds and controlled my diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure,” says Lorraine. “Don’t underestimate the impact that this brand is having on the health of our world. I was so happy to open our first El Paso studio so we could offer a fun solution to El Pasoans.” Visit orangetheoryfitness.com and sign up to experience a free workout.
Lorraine Higgins Orangetheory Fitness 6801 N. Mesa El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 213-1226
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Mary Stills Mary Stills, a trailblazing architect in El Paso, grew up fascinated with the built environment. Pursuing her profession was not easy, after all; it is still a male-oriented field that boasts few female leaders. Guided by passion and commitment, she recently became the first female partner at Parkhill, Smith & Cooper’s El Paso office. It’s an impressive accomplishment for a 75-year-old firm with over 350 employees and 10 offices across Texas and New Mexico. PSC is a multidisciplinary firm that provides architectural and engineering design services. Mary has gained a reputation for her design creativity, receiving local and state awards for a range of K-12 and higher education projects, including a TASA/TASB Caudill Merit Award for the EPCC Culinary Arts Program spaces. Yet, perhaps even more than the awards, Mary is most proud of her family
Mary J Stills, AIA, CNU-A
and her work in the community. She credits her mother and sister for
Principal / Architect
giving her a lifetime of encouragement. Mary is married to Michael (also
Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.
an architect at PSC); has a son Mikael, and two stepdaughters, Mia and
501 W. San Antonio Ave.
Marissa. Mary has dedicated time to the American Institute of Architects’
El Paso, Texas 79901
El Paso Chapter, serving as president in 2016. She is the first woman
president of the El Paso Architectural Foundation, a nonprofit that educates
the community and provides scholarships for aspiring architects. For Mary, it’s all about building community!
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Minerva Al-Tabbaa Real Estate Team 1035 Belvidere St., Ste. 200 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 740-3463 www.mateamrealtor.com
Minerva Al-Tabbaa Minerva Al-Tabbaa has been an expert in the Real Estate field with a
real estate. She delivers exceptional service throughout the great
proven track record for nearly 15 years. Prior to real estate she and her
El Paso area and has won numerous national and local awards.
husband owned the Gunslinger Western Wear store, a family owned
In 2018, she won the Triple Gold Award. Not to mention she has
business, for over 22 years. In the last four years, Minerva worked
been recognized several times throughout her career as one of El
on building a strong real estate team that has grown in numbers
Paso’s top 30 realtors. She and her team enjoy giving back to their
with four well qualified and informed members and administrator
community by volunteering their time throughout the year to collect
that provide knowledgeable and exceptional service. Their motto is:
items needed for La Posada Women’s Shelter.
“Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain.” Minerva is currently a member of the advisory committee at Home Pros.
“I have been so blessed to have a career that I truly love, and my team has only helped increase my admiration for this business,” Minerva says.
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Sylvia Cardenas A common irritation among realtors is having battered and scratched signs or having damage in the interior of their vehicles due to signs thrashing around. Sylvia Cardenas, a native El Pasoan and realtor for almost 20 years, has experienced such frustration. After spending thousands of dollars constantly replacing signs and repairing the interior of her car and trunk, she decided there must be a better way to transport her signs. It took Sylvia over six years of research, product testing and working with industry professionals to create the perfect sign cover. As a result, Carry Me Everywhere was born and the product has a patent pending (62/601.945). Any industry that uses signs for day-to-day business and promotion can benefit from investing in Carry Me Everywhere covers. To date, there are four distinct models, all made from durable waterproof materials with unique features that protect your signs and your vehicle. Carry Me Everywhere covers are light weight and portable. Sylvia emphasizes that itâ€™s a waste of money to constantly replace your signs and repair your vehicle. Investing in a Carry Me Everywhere cover will not only relieve these frustrations but will also uphold your professional image. Realtors and other professionals have attested to the quality and the convenience of Carry Me Everywhere covers. The covers are available at CarryMeEverywhere.com. All covers can be custom ordered to include name and logo.
Sylvia Cardenas Carry Me EverywhereÂŽ www.carrymeeverywhere.com (915) 241-8341
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Leila Soto Luxecraft Salon 6633 N. Mesa St., Ste. 204 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 213-5510
Leila Soto Leila Soto has cultivated a reputation in her 15 years as a hair and
professionals, cultivate their own success while having the creative
makeup artist in El Paso. She knew the foundation for success in the
freedom to do so. I welcome independent thinking and self-growth.”
industry was through education and building a solid clientele, but felt
That’s a huge part of Luxecraft’s salon culture.
the need to keep herself creatively open by taking freelance styling gigs that would further develop her personal brand and business skills, giving her the industry expertise she could be proud of. She has done everything from TV to editorial work. With confidence in her experience, she opened Luxecraft Salon. “Stylists often get stuck in a rut, even doing what they do best.
With a year under her belt, the young business owner has successfully fostered the environment she originally set out to. “I’m excited to now be in a position to pass on what I’ve learned and help my team flourish,” explained Leila, reflecting on her career. In the end, of course, what’s good for the stylists’ growth is also good for the client.
I want my stylists to elevate themselves as individuals and as
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Strategic Wealth Advisors Architects of Wealth Management 600 Sunland Park Dr., Bldg. One, Ste. 100 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 532-8885
Monica Salaiz-Narvaez and Claudia De La Rosa A solid financial plan provides the stability and flexibility you need
early age. Those experiences drove the pair to team up this year
to enjoy life. Statistics have proven that 40% of women are the
to provide services specifically tailored for women. Together, they
main financial providers in their household¹ yet 37% feel financially
possess a deep and intricate knowledge of the field. Monica has
insecure². Women want a financial plan that is tailored to their unique
been a founding partner at the firm since 2008. She is a pioneer in
situation. For women over 50, reassurance that they will not run out
being one of the first Certified Financial Planners in El Paso and now
of money or be a burden on their families is critically important.
carries more than 30 years of experience in wealth management.
Financial Advisors Monica Salaiz-Narvaez, CFP® and Claudia De La Rosa MBA of Strategic Wealth Advisors (SWA) understand the unique challenges women face. Monica lost her husband unexpectedly in 2010, and Claudia went through a divorce at an
Claudia has an MBA and spent a number of years working in the financial industry before joining SWA. Monica and Claudia offer customized financial solutions that consider a client’s individual life journey, wants and needs.
Securities and Investment Advisory Services Offered Through M ¹ “The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap,” American Association of University Women, Spring 2017 Edition, p.5. ² The Allianz Women, Money and Power® Study, 2017.
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Holdings Securities, Inc. A Registered Broker/Dealer and Investment Adviser, Member FINRA/SIPC. Strategic Wealth Advisors is independently owned and operated. 2502734.1
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Jessica Lazcano As El Paso becomes a popular secondary market for multifamily investors, FPI Management’s Jessica Lazcano is there to make the process as simple and successful as possible. A proud El Paso native, Jessica first came into the Multifamily real estate while apartment-hunting. “I was actually looking for an apartment home for my husband and I … and landed myself in a leasing position that I loved,” she said. Sixteen years later, as an Executive Portfolio Manager for FPI Management, Jessica is responsible for their El Paso portfolio, which includes 10 large multifamily communities throughout the city, totaling 2,300 units and growing. Being 100% fee-managed means Jessica is dedicated exclusively to meet the demands of the most sophisticated property owners. Overseeing a team of 60 employees and 10 communities in the region, Jessica’s number one priority is the financial success of each community they manage. She works closely with onsite teams ensuring each client’s expectations are met. Jessica has maintained her strong client base by always providing excellent
customer service and a particular attention to detail. Part of that
is FPI’s culture of managing with “HEART”—humility, excellence,
accountability, respect and teamwork. “At the end of the day,” she
said, “each of our clients wants to feel valued, and I take pride in
El Paso, Texas 79930
showing them how much we really care about their investment.”
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Gesuina Legaspy Owner and fashionista, Gesuina Legaspy, got her start in retail at only 19 years of age as an unpaid intern at a local boutique. Immersing herself in everything retail, Gesuina began buying, merchandising, styling and even launched her own fashion blog, Tres GAL, which developed a huge following. Outgrowing her role there, the fashion guru decidedly embarked on her own enterprise and what Sun City fashion lovers have come to know as GAL Fashion, coined from Gesuinaâ€™s initials. Today, GAL Fashion showcases exclusive, high-end designers and some of the most sought-after collections, including top-selling Tory Burch, and in-demand designers like Alice & Olivia and Stuart Weitzman. Her keen eye and exceptional market buys from the most prominent cities, undoubtedly, plays its part. As a plus, she offers personalized styling available on her website www.galfashion.com If you want to dress to impress, get styled at GAL Fashion.
GAL Fashion 5860 N. Mesa St., Ste. 114 El Paso, Texas 79912 (915) 300-0010 www.galfashion.com
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Chio’s Reshaping and Healing 1512 N. Zaragoza Rd., Ste. C2 El Paso, Texas 79936 (915) 328-7559
Rocio Rubio Chio has been in the beauty business for more than 15 years. She got started right out of high school, enrolling in classes to become certified by the state to use various body contouring machines and studying to be a frequency engineer. At the age of 21, she opened Chio’s Reshaping and Healing and has been there ever since. There’s no secret to the young woman’s success, she simply offers non-invasive treatments that no others in the region can match. Her expertise, knowledge, and studies in various specialties of the human body have made her a guru on body sculpting, reshaping, skin tightening, weight management, and all around wellness for both women and men. Namely, Chio is one of the few people in Texas with the knowledge and expertise to reshape one’s body without costly surgery, injections, pills, dieting, or exercising. Chio specializes in providing over 1,000 different treatments … a popular selection among her clients is torso reshaping which gives the patient a permanently smaller waistline. The clinic also boasts a number of different radio-frequency machines that allow technicians to burn away fat, tighten skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Beyond cutting-edge equipment, Chio’s is well-regarded for its excellent customer service and satisfaction guarantee. Chio and her staff make sure clients are comfortable and well-informed o the treatments and any necessary after-care.
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Sylvia Apodaca There are times we need to trust our instincts and take a leap of faith. With a business state of mind, that’s exactly what Sylvia Apodaca, owner of Woodhouse Day Spa El Paso, did. Long before opening the Woodhouse Day Spa, Sylvia was a stressed-out commercial lender. So stressed out, in fact, that her doctor ordered her to go get a massage. Fast forward 10 years and Sylvia had become a regular. A job transfer landed her back home in the city of El Paso and she was back to square one trying to find the right place for relaxation. With a phone call to the home office and a visit with the CEO, Sylvia was on her way to bringing a true spa experience to the Sun City. The Woodhouse Day Spa El Paso is so much more than what you envision. “It goes beyond pampering and is a holistic approach that is more geared towards the prevention of health issues,” says Sylvia. Upon entering the large wooden doors, you are met with intentional details to help you escape. The décor mimics that of a home, from the calm colors, dim lighting, cozy robes and warm tea. It provides a calming experience that allows you time to
relax and reflect, which follows the Woodhouse
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mantra, “Relax, Refresh, Renew.” If you are
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in need of some balance, plan a visit to the
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lives,” says Sylvia.
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Warehouse by DFC 426 Stanton St. El Paso, Texas 79901 (915) 351-4474
Elsa Isais and Sandra Acosta Warehouse by DFC re-branded and re-opened to the general public
Multi-store manager Elsa Isais and sales manager Sandra Acosta
in early 2019. It is the go-to destination for those in the El Paso
are empowered business leaders ready to make your experience
and Ciudad Juรกrez sector looking for top-of-the-line name brands
a memorable one. They are both a staple in the retail industry and
available at high-end department stores with the added advantage
have now joined our team to bring you the best luxury brands in the
of great savings. We believe in the revitalization the city is doing in
heart of downtown. Elsa oversees our border stores in California
the downtown area and we decided to invest in that vision. Inspired
and Texas as well as in airports in Maryland and Ohio and soon to
by an entrepreneurial spirit, we advocate for women and men to
open Miami International. With headquarters located in Miami, FL
start their own business by providing the most competitive prices in
we have access to the best brands in the world. We are excited to
the wholesale business.
bring the best brands and value to El Paso. Rediscover downtown El Paso, and start by visiting us at Warehouse by DFC.
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onstanza Romero’s love for theater
sound effects. Romero, on the other
stretches all the way back to second grade,
hand, decided to present the spirits
when she appeared in her first school
play. Something about the stage enthralled her and it’s been a part of her life ever since.
The young tech theater student’s creativity and excellent craftsmanship
Now 20 years old and a junior at UTEP,
ultimately proved too much for the
Romero recently won first place at the Allied
very stiff competition. Romero first
Crafts and Technology Design Competition
won a preliminary contest in Abilene, Texas, before beating out eight other winners at the final contest in Louisville, Kentucky. Asked if she was surprised by her success, she responded: “I was really confident going into the competition. I had worked really hard and was thrilled with the
result … but I was still surprised because I
actually be able to take advantage of the
don’t think I expected to win the whole thing.”
she’ll be busy with an internship at the Bay The award is certainly a prestigious accolade,
Street Theatre in Long Island, New York. There,
but it serves a more utilitarian purpose as
she’ll study stage carpentry, one of many skills
well. As the contest’s first-place winner,
the renaissance woman hopes to master before
Romero will be able to attend an eight-
graduating. Romero’s looking forward to the
for her rendition of “Bless Me Ultima,” a
week course at the Stagecraft Institute of
experience, although she’s a bit apprehensive
theatrical spin on Rudolfo Anaya’s classic
Las Vegas free of charge. The program is
about living in the NYC metro area.
Chicano coming-of-age novel.
highly regarded in the field, very selective and normally costs $12,000. Romero is
“I’ve never been to such a big city before, so
Although Romero is far from the first to turn
thrilled with the opportunity: “It’s a course
I’m a little nervous … but I’m ready to try it
“Bless Me Ultima” into a play, her effort
that I’d love to do but normally would be too
and I’m sure it will be fun.”
is unique for a couple of reasons. In most
expensive, so it’s really awesome I’ll be able
other performances, the story’s many spirit
to do it thanks to this competition,” she said.
Romero isn’t sure of exactly what she’ll
characters are never actually seen on stage,
decide to pursue after college. The stage,
instead represented by off-stage lights and
however, is certain to be front and center.
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dorned with the royal colors of gold, silver and
bronze, metal embossed works of art comprise classic and traditional details, yet can be customized with bold patterns, images or ideas.
This work of art, like many others, can inspire—for artist Romy Saenz Hawkins, a connectedness to her inner feelings
and emotions, combined with art’s beauty and diversity has influenced her career as an artist. Romy began her artistic journey 16 years ago. With a knack and love of learning, she first attended the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology before transitioning her focus to the arts.
“I enjoyed the level of dedication required to create art, as it requires great patience and skill,” says Romy. Despite many setbacks including her ailing health and
With a newfound appreciation for the city and a drive to
need to uproot her life due to her husband’s deployment,
create, Romy honed her artistry and centered her works
Romy fulfilled a certification in metal embossing from the
of art in mixed media and repujado en lamina, also known
Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez and made a home
as metal embossing.
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R o m y S a e n z H aw k i n s
g n i r Sp ocktails C â€œThis ancient art form manipulates soft
Her talent and dexterity have been exhibited
metals like copper, aluminum, pewter and
in juried shows locally and in private
brass with small hand tools and pressing,â€?
collections in and beyond El Paso, such as
the Las Cruces Museum of Art, the Chamizal National Memorial, the Mexic-Arte Museum
Since, she has created beautiful works of
in Austin and the Centennial Museum at the
art, taking traditional styles and incorporating
University of Texas at El Paso.
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May, 2019 Moreover, Romy’s collaboration with UTEP has extended beyond being a featured artist. Her experiences and expertise grew into an opportunity to teach for UTEP’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. A former board member for the university’s Center for Lifelong Learning shared Romy’s work with the program coordinator, leading to her being hired as a teaching artist. Over the course of 14 years, Romy has continued to teach metal embossing classes. This class, among other curricula, helps support the institute in providing learning opportunities to senior adults on campus and is driven to engage minds, elevate spirits and support the participation and socialization of seniors. Seniors are able to master something that does not require physical exertion and are taught to delve into their minds, learn a new skill and turn it into a piece of art.
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is appreciative to be a part of it.
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“El Paso is a border community rich in
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El Paso Women’s Hall of Fame and was
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has not necessarily altered her life, but has
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and knowledge have helped many people in
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his won’t surprise you, but it’s not easy to be a woman— especially a woman in business. On any given day, women around the globe wake up early to gain a head start on a busy day, send rapid-fire texts throughout to alleviate personal and professional crises, hold the hands of our lovers and children and stay up late to catch up on emails. It’s exhausting, necessary and part of the fun of being a woman. To have it all, we must be willing to do it all. It would not be the worst thing to accomplish it all with a manicure as strong as we are.
Say “privyet!” (“hello!”) to the most recent beauty innovation designed to make our lives easier and enjoyable—the Russian manicure. Don’t
near as scary as the name implies, and is painless when performed by a licensed and experienced nail tech. The technique makes use of an electronic file to remove the excess skin surrounding your nail bed to avoid cutting too aggressively, which achieves a hyperclean aesthetic that’s so impressive you might be tempted to forgo polish entirely— don’t cheat yourself!
that results in skin abrasions or unhygienic environments. The ante is upped with the Russian style because it is an inherently more invasive technique that requires the “I love the look of the clean cuticle
expertise of trained professionals.
removal,” says Jessica M, a nail tech at Cure Nail Company. “I love that it
Nail techs at Cure Nail Company recently
helps reduce those annoying hangnails
underwent a week-long training to learn the
and removes all the dead skin from the side
art and skill of the Russian manicure. Owner
the manicure. The process takes about 90
walls of the nail. It leaves a nice, polished,
Leena Elias brought in Olga Kisileva from Profi
minutes—I know—but what it takes up in
professional look as the final result.”
Nails in Los Angeles to teach her team the top
time spent at the appointment it makes up
technique. Unlike other nail spots that offer
for in terms of how long the style lasts and
An electric file to the nailbed reads more
the Russian-style, Olga’s tutelage comes with
the convenience of not having to worry about
like a Russian form of torture than a trendy
specific instruction to hold the hand upside
your manicure until the next appointment.
manicure technique, and it’s important
down (as you would to receive a low-five). If you don’t know how you’ll spend 90
to understand the implications. The risk for infection exists anytime you go in for
This allows for the polish to safely access the
minutes getting a manicure, I suggest
a manicure and pedicure, whether it be
nail bed under the cuticle, thereby distributing
keeping to the Russian theme: add vodka.
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Astrology for Women
The Feminine Traits of the Zodiac Signs | By: GRACE THE PSYCHIC LADY |
Aries (March 20-April 20)
Libra (September 23-October 23)
She stands out in the crowd and is a true leader glowing with energy.
Conscious of her appearance. She gives her opinion with diplomacy
She will look you straight in the eye and give you a firm handshake.
and tact. Excellent in partnerships and teamwork. Keen power of
She is fearless and will speak her mind, she is honest, direct and open.
analysis. Strong, independent—an adventure seeker. Great eye for art.
She expects to win in any situation and will make miracles happen.
Scorpio (October 24-November 22)
Women Taurus (April 20-May 21)
Many talents with numerous passions. Sets and keeps a very high
She has an air of mystery about her partly because she is an introvert.
standard. She is poised and never uses flattery unless it is sincere.
Strong moral, ethics and emotional courage. Very loyal and dedicated
Says what she means and is devoted to family and friends. Likes a
to friends and those she loves. Practical common sense and prefers
challenge and does what is needed to win.
things to be real and high-quality. Also, very sensual.
Gemini (May 22-June 22)
Sagittarius (November 23-December 21)
She is honest and enjoys the freedom of thought and travel. Will laugh
A great conversationalist with many interests—a true social butterfly.
at her misfortunes and mistakes even in painful times. Considers
She is composed of many personalities and traits. Enjoys travel and
everyone as an equal. Kindhearted, but cuttingly sarcastic if someone
having a career with independence. She notices every detail, is very
intentionally hurts them.
intelligent and will never turn down someone in need.
Cancer (June 23-July 23)
Capricorn (December 23-January 20)
Has a smile to light the room. At times self-conscious and behaves
She is introspective, sensitive and emotional. Very nurturing and
in a ladylike manner around others. Likes to be recognized for her
protective of her family. Home and security are important. Very
achievements. Steady as a rock, runs a well-kept organized home.
intuitive and uses her emotions more than logic. She is shy and can
Dislikes being teased.
easily take offense to minor insults. Not impulsive, she is guarded.
Leo (July 23-August 23)
Aquarius (January 21-February 18)
She has a mind of her own and variety of interests. Independent and
She is trusting, honest and loyal. Gives respect, warmth and emotional
easy going with a wide circle of friends. Involved in her community
commitment to others. Likes excitement and is a social leader, but
and adept in settling feuds. Thrill seeker and adventurous. A free-
also needs to be admired. Enjoys excitement, adventure and the
refined elegant things in life.
Virgo (August 24-September 22)
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Very intuitive and empathic. Protects her emotions with humor. Has
Has incredible strength and is devoted to her work, usually serving
a loving, warm and sympathetic heart. Manages and organizes very
others in some way. She is shy and very observant of the smallest of
well even though she may appear vague or dreamy at times.
details. She is pure in mind but not naïve. A delightfully straightforward personality—very down to earth.
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DEVOTED MOTHERS | By: SARAH BORREGO, Zoo Special Events Coordinator |
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ine phone calls—nine. That’s
The relationship between Ibu and Khaleesi
how many times I call my
is a perfect example of how much baby
mom every day. Mind you, she lives about 10
orangutans need their mothers as they are
minutes away from me and I see her almost
every other day. And yet, it’s not enough. I call her with any minor inconvenience that happens
“Ibu is a very devoted mother with lots of
to me, or just to let her know that I saw a cute
patience. Khaleesi is your typical young
dog on a walk with its owner. And she’ll always
orangutan who loves to play and get
answer and indulge my nonsense.
into mischief. It’s not until Khaleesi does something really naughty that Ibu will get
Humans are not the only primate that have
involved,” said Rachel Alvarez, Zoo Area
incredibly close relationships with their
Supervisor. “Khaleesi shows strong traits
mothers. Orangutan babies have a very
from both parents. Her dad, Butch, likes to
close-knit bond with their mothers. Baby
walk upright (bipedal) and now Khaleesi tends
orangutans don’t have a strong support
to walk like that. Some traits that Khalessi
network outside of their mother to teach
gets from Ibu is that she is very curious
them all the lessons about finding food,
about her surroundings, is a fast learner and
building nests and other necessary survival
is easily motivated by food!”
skills they’ll need to know before venturing
out on their own. Here at the El Paso Zoo,
The El Paso Zoo is partnering with Orangutan
orangutan mother and baby interact thanks
to our 27-year-old orangutan mother, Ibu, and
Orangutan Mothers) is a positive way to
4-year-old orangutan offspring, Khaleesi.
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help protect them. Orangutan mothers are killed every year on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra in Southeast Asia. One of the reasons is because orangutan mothers are so devoted to their offspring, so the only way to capture the baby for illegal pet trade is to kill the mother. Another crisis that faces orangutans is the deforestation of their rainforest homes to make way for palm oil plantations which leaves hundreds of orangutans with nowhere to go. Thatâ€™s a lot of missing orangutan mothers! The El Paso Zoo will have special meet and greets with some of the orangutan zoo keepers as well as plenty of activities for the whole family from 10 am to 3 pm Sunday, May 12. The MOM event is free with paid zoo admission. For more information on how to get involved visit redapes.org/mom or elpasozoo.org.
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The Boom Times and Hard Times in the Five Points Business District: A Brief History | By: ROBERT DIAZ, Immediate Past President of the El Paso County Historical Society |
ay is preservation month, so this is the perfect time to talk
later the Masonic) Hospital. This building was later torn down and a
about one of El Paso’s most historic areas: Five Points. Located
Sears-Roebuck was put in its place. Across the street, one could fill
in the heart of Central El Paso, the Five Points Business District
prescriptions at the Rolston Drug Store owned by Mr. Miskimins. People
is bounded by Pershing to the north, I-10 to the south, Yandell to
shopped for groceries at the Piggy Wiggly down the street, whose
the east, and Cedar to the west, though other buildings within the
ads promised “High-Grade Groceries, Fresh Fruits, and Vegetables…”
immediate vicinity are also considered part of the district. Founded
Patrons also visited Gunning Castile later in the century, and Price’s
as one of the first business zones outside of Downtown in the early
Creameries opened its doors to area residents in 1918. Mr. Miskimins’s
twentieth century, Five Points boomed with commerce for decades
son, Dr. J. Harry Miskimins, who lived with his family at 2925 Montana,
before falling into tumult and disrepair. Within the last ten years,
recalled Five Points “bustling with people coming and going to the
however, Five Points has experienced revitalization and is now
stores.” During the Depression, one could visit Price’s and purchase “ice
teeming with new ventures along its corridors. Below, I provide a
cream, double dip, [which] cost five cents each.”
brief history of this El Paso gem. Five Points has seen boom times and hard times over the last fifty Five Points was developed as a business district outside of Downtown
years. By the 1970s, stores closed or moved out of the area. Buildings
El Paso in the 1910s. According to an El Paso Morning Times article
fell into disarray, and few businesses thrived in the district. In 2012,
published in September 1917, its planners envisioned this area as
however, new ventures moved into the area, renting and refurbishing
a “second chamber of commerce … with the avowed purpose …
buildings nearly a century old. Today, one can stop in for a late morning
to make known to all the central portion of the city that there is …
snack at Salt-N-Honey, have lunch at Joe, Vinny, and Bronsons, shop
a small group of up-to-date business undertakings which warrant
for tools and construction materials at Ace Hardware, and grab dinner
trading there, thus eliminating time and carfare spent in making
at the Five Points Bistro. If you live in the refurbished lofts in the 98
downtown purchases.” This was the result of years of growth in
year old R.B. Stevens building on Piedras, you won’t have to travel far
El Paso stemming from the arrival of the railroads in 1881. Within
to get home. I’ve had to omit a number of business because there are
forty years, the population of the once small town had surged and
simply so many.
led to the rise of a southwestern metropolis. As the population grew, people moved out of downtown into neighborhoods like Alamo and
The Five Points Business District has been a bastion for small businesses
Manhattan Heights, just north of Five Points. A new business district
for over a century. It is a place where visitors from all over the city can
was needed to suit these realities.
stop for unique items and treats. It also demonstrates that one can refashion historic properties and use them to their advantage. That is
The Five Points Business provided various amenities to area residents for
what many of the new businesses have done. Thanks to the ingenuity
decades. Located on the present site of the El Paso Police Department
and business acumen of shop owners in Five Points, this “second
Headquarters (though not in the same structure) was the Rolston (and
chamber of commerce” should succeed for many years to come.
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Offering high-quality, small-batch distilled spirits, Dry Point
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the Mesilla Valley; prickly pear fruit from cacti lining
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fermenter and stills.
Dry Point is the culmination of years of work by the Las
Several years of experimentation and fermentation later,
Cruces-native Schaefer family. Dr. Stefan Schaefer, a
Dry Point Distillers opened the doors of its tasting room
longtime family medical doctor, fell in love with distilling
in October 2018. With father and son at the still, Aimeé
as a hobby. Joined by his son, Chris, they perfected the
Schaefer manages the tasting room and crafts the cocktail
process with an eight-gallon still made from a converted
menus, and she’s a regular face behind the bar along with
milk pail, a fuel-alcohol permit and a promise to use their
her sister, Kate Schaefer.
spirits for farm implements only.
May, 2019 Aimeé recently unveiled Dry Point’s new
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mint, red chile, cacao and tarragon; bourbon
Lime Spritzer and the FARMesilla Cider,
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among others—can be made virgin and join
and spicy good earth; and ginger, pear and
Zia Ginger Beer, Beck’s Coffee and a variety
tarragon gin makes a unique addition to
of sodas and juices on the menu. A number
any number of refreshing gin cocktails.
of sugar-free options, honey and stevia are also available upon request.
Late summer will see the addition of plenty of fruit infusions—blueberries, peaches,
Dry Point’s tasting room, with its speakeasy
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and various citrus fruits—most of which
been an immediate hit, especially in the
Dry Point buys from its neighboring
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“People always assume cocktails are
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undled against the crisp
Nashville air, 18-year-old Jarrett
quarterback had no idea what a special young man he was about to meet.
watched intently as the Tennessee
Titans offense drove heavy into Jacksonville
Before he knew it, Jarrett was on a plane
Jaguars territory. His favorite player, Titans
to Nashville, and from there to the Titans’
quarterback Marcus Mariota, was picking
practice facility. Though the building was
packed full of athletes, Jarrett was the celebrity that night.
Huddled closely with his family, Jarrett cheered as the Titans ran to victory that cold
December night. For Jarrett, this moment
cheerleaders, the coaches, the players; they
seemed like a dream come true. He couldn’t
were all high fiving him and signing more
believe that he had been down on that same
swag then we could carry. And then out
winning field just hours before, surrounded
came Marcus with what I swear was a halo
by that same triumphant team. It had been a
above his head. I think that was the moment
long journey before Jarrett had the chance to
that Jarrett felt like ‘Wow this is really
meet his football hero, but when he finally did,
happening,’” said Jarrett’s mom, Eileen.
it became a moment he would never forget. Eileen explained that Jarrett had prepared Like many west Texas boys, Jarrett fell in
questions for Marcus on his Dynavox, a
love with the game of football at an early
speech-generating device that Jarrett uses to
age. His brother had some part in that: They
communicate, but was beyond awestruck, and
poured over college stats and players every
decided to just take in the moment instead.
time the leaves began to change colors. But Jarrett felt a strong pull towards the
“Meeting the owner of the Titans and the
University of Oregon’s Ducks, and their then
head coach was such a thrill, and they were
star quarterback, Marcus Mariota.
so gracious about spending time with us. It was incredible. The memories will be there
Diagnosed with a nervous system disorder,
forever,” said Eileen.
playing football was a difficult dream to follow, but watching his favorite players
After a tour of the practice facility, a meeting
made it a little bit easier. So, when Make-
in the head coach’s suite, a flurry of photos
A-Wish volunteers came to Jarrett with the
and signatures and many happy tears from
question of what his one true wish would
Eileen, the family headed back to their home
be, he didn’t skip a beat. The 25-year-old
to await the big game the next day.
May, 2019 The following evening, a limo arrived. Wearing his brand-new Titans jersey, adorned with his own name on the back, Jarrett was taken to the sidelines and given a very warm welcome. Players and coaches alike included
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Five Things Your Trainer Wishes You Knew
| By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ |
You might believe that all your trainer thinks about is planning the next torturous workout for you, but we actually have a lot more on our minds. empty stomach
It might seem counterintuitive to eat something before you workout, but trying to lift weights on an empty stomach is like trying to drive with no gas. You need food as fuel to be able to lift heavy weight. Two to three hours before a
workout, try to eat something healthy that will give you
goodenergy,suchasasmallyogurt,hardboiledeggs,aprotein bar, some almonds or an apple. This will also help prevent
you from getting light-headed or dizzy during the workout!
Sleep is super important
If you’re not getting a solid 7-8 hours of sleep a night, you’re not getting the rest you need to have energy to get through the day and through your workouts. Sleepless nights can increase your hunger levels, causing you to eat more during the day, and can also make your cortisol levels skyrocket, leading you to hold onto fat. Treat sleep as a practice and slowly
start to implement either more hours of sleep, meditation for sleep or supplements like melatonin to help you sleep. During sleep, your muscles are also better able to repair themselves, which is
important to have a long-lasting workout regimen without injuries.
Working out is the main focus As you continue to train with someone for a long period of time, you and your trainer may become close friends.
And while talking isn’t a big issue, it’s important that you complete your full workout in the time allotted.
Trainers want you to work your hardest during every
session so you can get the best results. Long conversations can wait until you’re able to meet up for coffee or lunch.
Don’t be late There are some unprofessional trainers who are always late, but a professional trainer won’t like it if you’re late. A good trainer has their workout for you planned within the
time allotted, and then they’ll have clients after you they need to pay attention to, so running you over into the next hour isn’t ideal.
Personal trainers want you to do more than just show up. You hired
them for accountability—so be accountable to them.
Seventy-five percent of Americans are considered to be chronically dehydrated because we are not drinking enough water daily. Water is super important when it comes to your workouts because it helps lubricate your joints and, in turn, prevents injuries. Water also
helps transport the nutrients your body needs to give you energy. If you are not hydrated, your body cannot perform at its highest level and you may suffer from cramps, body aches, muscle tears or dizziness.
Blue Eye Makeup This
Springâ€™s H t Trend | By: ELYSE SIMONS |
f you’re tired of wearing 50 shades of brown, you’ll love this spring trend. In 2019, we will be seeing a lot more color, especially with our eye makeup looks. Recently, on the red carpet and during fashion week, celebrities have been bringing back blue eye shadow, liner and mascara. 2019 fashion is turning towards bolder colors, prints and embellished clothing and accessories … so, in turn, decorative and colorful makeup is coming back in a big way.
You may now be asking “how can I pull off blue eye makeup without looking like I’m stuck in the 80s?” Keep reading to find out!
– Blue mascara is officially back in style. Here’s why:
this fun spin on traditional black mascara beautifully compliments your irises. But the real bonus is that it makes the whites of your eyes appear whiter, which makes you look more awake. The only recommendation is
– Whether you choose an ocean
to skip pairing any blue eye shadow or eyeliner with it, as this will look too
blue or you prefer a soft sky blue, soften and blur out the
artificial and dated. My favorite blue mascara is Yves Saint Laurent in the
edges with a light brow or tan in the crease to keep it modern.
colors Extreme Blue or Deep Night yslbeautyus.com
Follow with a thin black liner on both the upper lid and the lower waterline. Favorite shades for me are by Cozzette Beauty in Lapis and Gratitude cozzettebeauty.com What to do with the makeup on the rest of your face? Keep your skin looking dewy and fresh with a sheer wash of blush. On your lips, wear either a nude or rosy color or a nude or pink lip gloss. Just remember to play around a bit and to have fun with your makeup!
– The trick to making this bold look work is to limit your
liner. There are three ways to wear this makeup trend. Keep the color on the top lid, making sure you get it as close to your eyelashes as possible, then balance it out with black eyeliner on your lower waterline. For a softer look, use a grey-blue liner and trace a dramatic cat eye on your upper lid, then blend the color with a small brush so that you get a soft, diffused look. Still afraid to go for an electric blue? Try a soft tan eyelid and apply blue on the lower lash line only—this will open up the eyes in a big way. My go-to blue eyeliners are from Make Up For Ever in the shades Majorelle Blue and Endless Blue sephora.com , and Pat McGrath Labs in the shade Blitz Blue patmcgrath.com
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sulfates might get rid of any and all gunk that might have built up in the hair, but a clean head of hair cannot remain healthy without the scalp’s natural oils. Besides, why are we letting ourselves be convinced that our natural oil production is dirty? This shampoo is also silicone-free, which means that instead of coating the hair
with a pseudo-healthy shine, the shampoo does its best to retain the hair’s natural shine and texture. The mint and acacia scent gives this shampoo that extra boost on top of all of its benefits to make it a well-rounded cleansing experience.
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2 Triumph & Disaster | Conditioner The obvious follow-up to its companion, this conditioner picks up where the shampoo left off. Delivering hydration in the form of Argan oil, the keratin-rich formula fortifies the hair without weighing it down. Allow your hair to be in its best natural form, shine and volume-wise with this all-natural formula. Tazmen Pepper, historically used to treat inflammation, helps to soothe a sensitive scalp, which many of us don’t even know we have (most of it is aggravated by harsh lathering shampoos and heavy conditioners). The light cucumber and mint fragrance is the perfect bright scent for those groggy mornings and perks up the senses for the day ahead.
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3 Aesop | Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Hydrator Many of us blame the colder months for dry and malnourished skin, however, just as much attention (albeit different) needs to be paid to the skin in the warmer
months. We often forego the more intense hydrating steps in our routine during this time of year, but neglecting the skin through summer leads to a sensitive and vulnerable complexion. As counterintuitive as it might seem, serums are a quick-absorbing moisturizer alternative. Able to deposit many hydrating properties within a light formula, this anti-oxidant serum acts fast to prevent the skin from producing excess sebum before the product has a chance to absorb into the skin. Good for oily skin, the fresh and herbal scent-infused serum leaves your skin with a naturally shine-free yet hydrated appearance.
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4 Le Labo | Bergamote 22 Shower Gel From the rustic and earthy Le Labo comes this moisturizing shower gel. Squeakyclean might work for the windows, but if that’s your goal while cleansing your body, then you better be prepared for dry and flaky skin. Let’s treat the skin on the rest of our body as well as we treat our face, because although it might be sturdier and require less attention, it’s still prone to different but just-as-damaging elements, some of them inflicted by ourselves. This antioxidant-rich formula makes sure that your skin remains healthy while still getting rid of all the extra gunk that accumulates under our clothes every day. It’s gross, I know, but we can develop sensitivities if we strip our body’s skin of its protective barriers or allow it to build too much dead skin and debris. The aloe vera base of this shower gel with olive leaf extract ensures that the skin remains in tip-top shape for it to take care of itself. Besides, allowing your body’s skin to age faster than your face is far worse than the gnarliest farmer’s tan. www.thecitymagazineelp.com
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THE ROCK OF May, 2019
| By: MARIE MOORE |
A Chunk of England â€“ In the Heart of Spain
The Rock of Gibraltar
GIBRALTAR May, 2019
The American War Memorial
ooking at a map of Southern Spain, it’s easy
You’ll notice accommodation prices are better
of fun, unless a plane is on its way—which
to envision a spectacular road trip in the
in La Linea de la Concepcion on the Spanish
means another wait.
triangular area east of Portugal. Across the
side of the border, but you might want to
top of the triangle you’ll find the enchanting
forego the savings and find something
Staying downtown is ideal because you won’t
cities of Huelva, Seville, Cordoba, Granada
centrally located in this tiny British enclave,
have to trek anywhere to hop in a taxi or tour
and Almeria. But at the bottom, almost
as walking and driving across the border can
bus; everything is at your fingertips. But again,
inconspicuous in size, is a locale that is actually
be tedious and time-consuming.
it’s important to find a hotel with parking since it won’t be possible on the streets.
part of another country—Gibraltar. Note: It is almost impossible to find public Since 1713 and the Treaty of Utrecht, Gibraltar’s
parking zones in Gibraltar. Most of it is
2.6-square-miles of land has remained a British
metered and restricted to two or three hours.
What to See
Overseas Territory. Today, a population of 30,000
Driving also entails passing through customs
St. Michaels Cave is a spectacular natural
thrives in its bustling, modern community with
in a long line of vehicles including motor
grotto that was used as a hospital during
proud ties to an illustrious past.
coaches, so it can take some time. Once
World War II. Unique lighting and unusual
through, you literally walk or drive across the
rock formations make it a must see. Tours
only airport landing strip. It sounds like a lot
are available and you can pre-book online.
T H E R O C K O F G I B R A LTA R
St. Michaels Cave
BROCK BENJAMIN WWII Tunnels
BENJAMIN LAW FIRM Creativity for your defense
Chapel, St. Andrew’s Church and the Anglican
mischievous tail-less monkeys that roam the
Cathedral of the Holy Trinity speak to the
rock and have been known to steal snacks!
culturally diverse population and rich heritage.
The American War Memorial, King’s Bastion,
Dating back to 1160, the Moorish Castle
Garrison Library, Military Heritage Center,
overlooks Gibraltar’s Botanical Garden and
Great Siege Tunnels, WWII Tunnels, Trafalgar
Wildlife Park, where Giuseppe Codali created
Cemetery, Nelson’s Anchorage/100-pound
a series of mystical sunken gardens, gentle
gun and City under Siege Exhibit all point to
fountains and spritely waterfalls amidst beds
Gibraltar’s strategic geographical position and
of extraordinary desert and tropical flora.
role in countless military events. We loved the pubs too! Boasting “the best
The Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned, The
fish and chips outside of England,” “a pint
Great Synagogue, The Shrine of Our Lady of
of Guinness to drown your sorrows” and “a
Europe, The Mosque at Europa Point, The
Merry Olde Tyme for ALL,” the signs were
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| By: ELAINE GORDON |
Joe’s Italian Sausage Fennel Ziti Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 1 pound of sweet or hot Italian sausage (skin removed) 1 pound ziti pasta salt and pepper to taste
Joe Gomez is an icon in the El Paso community and has
1 jar of tomato sauce (6-8 ounces)
given many hours of his time to the people of our great city.
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 2 onions, cut in half, thinly sliced
Joe is the Director of Business Development and
1 fennel bulb (stalks cut/discarded, fronds cut and chopped, bulb cut in half,
Community Affairs for Jordan Foster Construction in El
cored and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces)
Paso, Texas. He also sits on several boards in the city,
garlic bread, or plain Italian bread
including The Museum of History’s Circle of Giants. A
1/2 teaspoon of salt
member of the UTEP Athletic Hall of fame committee and
1 teaspoon of olive oil
an inductee in the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame, Joe also
1 large tomato, chopped
serves on the Engineering Advisory Board at UTEP. Directions: Most recently, Joe was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott
Bring a large pot of water with ½ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon of olive oil
to serve on the P-TECH Advisory Board (Pathways to
to a boil for the pasta.
Technology Early College High School). The council is composed of statewide education and industry leaders
In a separate skillet, cook the sausage on medium-high heat, stirring until
working to expand partnerships between school districts,
higher education institutions and business employers. The council provides recommendations to the commissioner of
Reduce heat to medium and stir in the onions, fennel and tomatoes. Cook
education on the establishment and administration of the
until vegetables are soft and then add in tomato sauce and cover with a lower
P-TECH program, and criteria for a campus designation as
heat for about 12-15 minutes. Add your Ziti pasta to the boiling water and
a P-TECH school.
cook al dente. Strain the pasta and place in a large serving platter or bowl.
It is an honor to have Joe Gomez be a part of the innovative
Pour the sausage mixture over the pasta then top with grated parmesan
and progressive development of our city.
cheese and salt and pepper to taste—toss thoroughly. Sprinkle fennel fronds and extra parmesan cheese on top to garnish. Serve with warm bread. Bon Appétit!
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I SANDWICH FRIED CHICKEN
t’s not often that I fry food at home. It can get messy and create lots of waste. But then there are times when I don’t want anything other than fried chicken, and this is one of those times. There’s
nothing better than a perfectly crunchy and juicy chicken
With Candied JALAPEñO SLAW
thigh topped with tangy slaw. It’s a classic sandwich combo, so let’s mix it up with some candied jalapeños to give it that “umph” that every sandwich needs. I really do like spicy, but it can often take over a dish and leave you with nothing but heavy breathing and the sweats. It’s easy to transform a spicy element by cooking it down on some water and sugar. The syrup-like texture that’s left after cooking will take on the flavor of the spicy element
| By: JESSE MAYNES | 4 chicken thighs, boneless (skin optional) 3/4 - 1 cup buttermilk
Leave out the seeds of the jalapeños for all the flavor and none of the heat.
3 tablespoons hot sauce 4 cups peanut oil
1/4 red cabbage, shredded 1/4 cabbage, shredded 1/2 cup carrot, shredded 1/4 red onion, julienned 1/2 bunch cilantro, rough chop 1/3 cup mayonnaise
perfect amount of added flavor that will leave your eaters wondering what you did to take this sandwich over the top.
Combine sliced jalapeño, sugar, turmeric and water in a small saucepan
Once candied, pour into glass or heatproof bowl, let cool. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
While jalapeños cook down, mix buttermilk and hot sauce together in an airtight container. Place chicken in liquid mixture and let marinate 2 to 24 hours in refrigerator.
Remove chicken from fridge 20-30 minutes before cooking.
Toss together cabbages, onion, carrot, cilantro and half of the candied jalapeños in a large mixing bowl.
In a smaller bowl, combine mayonnaise, spicy brown mustard, apple cider vinegar, and a pinch of salt/pepper.
Pour wet ingredients into the dry bowl and mix until evenly distributed. Reserve a few tablespoons of wet mixture as sandwich spread for later.
Cover and refrigerate.
Warm 4 cups peanut oil in a medium sauce pan to 350 degrees.
While oil heats, add flour to a shallow bowl and heavily season it
2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
with salt and pepper. Remove chicken from buttermilk mixture and let excess liquid drain, place one piece of chicken at a time in the
1 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar Salt/pepper
add something special to this chicken sandwich. It’s the
minutes to 1 hour. Stirring occasionally. 2.
2 teaspoons turmeric 1/2 cup water
cowboy candy) into your slaw to bring it up a notch and
and allow it to reduce until it becomes a syrup-like consistency. 45
4 brioche buns
1 cup sugar
some of these candied jalapeños (sometimes called
and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium/low simmer
3 cups flour
5 jalapeños, cut into rounds
and make it tolerable, and even “mature” its flavor. Mix
flour mixture and coat chicken. Make sure to coat in every crevice and press flour into hard to reach places. 7.
Bread and butter pickles for serving
Slowly fry one piece of chicken at a time until an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove from oil and let drain on paper towel.
Assemble sandwich by spreading wet slaw mixture on bun, then fried chicken. Top with slaw and pickles.
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03 Pancho Barraza May 3 | 9 P.M. The Plaza Theatre
The City Calendar
One of Mexico’s top traditional songsters, Pancho is sure to draw quite the crowd when he comes to town this spring.
18 The Japanese House
Lil Skies & Lil Pump
May 16 | 8 P.M. Lowbrow Palace
May 18 | 7 P.M. The Coliseum
May 20 | 7 P.M. The Coliseum
The British singer has hopped the pond and is headed for the desert. Who knows the next time she’ll be state bound, so don’t wait to get tickets!
The reggaeton OG’s are coming to town. You can expect the duo to play all their classics in addition to their latest album, “Update.”
Highly-touted hip-hop newcomer Lil Skies finally makes an appearance in EP. We’ve got a feeling the next time he comes around the tickets will be a little pricier.
24 New Kids On The Block May 21 | 6:30 P.M. Don Haskins Center They’re not kids anymore, but this group of crooners still knows how to bring it. Their bubble gum tunes are just as sweet as ever.
20 Wisin y Yandel
25 NEEDTOBREATHE May 24 | 6 P.M. Abraham Chavez Theatre Handsome, talented and pure, these Christian rock heart-throbs are finally coming to the Sun City. This show is sure to be fun for the whole family.
Neon Desert Music Festival May 25 | All Weekend Downtown El Paso Does it need any introduction? El Paso’s signature music event is back in 2019 and, as always, you can expect a host of the world’s biggest acts to be there.
Thunder From Down Under
May 5 | 6 P.M. Don Haskins Center
May 13 | 7:30 P.M. The Plaza Theatre
The iconic metal band is coming to El Paso on their supposed farewell tour. This may be your last chance to headbang to “Raining Blood.”
Australian accents and six-pack abs? Count me in. The male dance troupe is finally taking a break from their Vegas duties to come to El Paso. Ladies, leave your men at home for this one.
May 20 | 7 P.M. Lowbrow Palace
May 21 | 6 P.M. The Coliseum
“Very alternative” is how we would describe this Montreal indie-rock band. With tickets starting at just $13, what do you have to lose?
From dancer to hip-hop sensation, this Bronx native has had a solid couple of years. Who knows the next time she’ll be in El Paso, so make sure to see her while you can!
31 Martin Short and Steve Martin May 31 | 8 P.M. Abraham Chavez Theatre Your favorite 80s comics are back on tour and they’re coming to El Paso—they’re sure to still have you in stitches.
Anson 11 $$-$$$
303 N. Oregon St. Ste. 110 | (915) 504-6400
204 E. Mills Ave. | (915) 228-9050
Anson 11 is two exceptional dining experiences dedicated to the
From the same people that brought you 150 Sunset, Park Tavern is a
military man, the gentleman and the food connoisseur that was
new lunch and dining experience in downtown. With many options
Anson Mills. For a downtown dining experience like no other, Anson
available, from creamy chicken pasta to buttery fried fish, this new
11 is the restaurant to go to. PR, H
addition to the block is a welcoming place to satisfy your cravings.
The Downtowner $$ 325 N. Kansas St. | (915) 532-5200 Eat like a downtowner. Found on the ground floor of the Hotel Indigo, The Downtowner offers breakfast, lunch and dinner - the only breakfast spot available in downtown El Paso. The restaurant delivers great American taste with a twist of our Southwest flair. Savor the amazing dishes offered on the menu and enjoy a cold and carefully crafted cocktail while enjoying the gorgeous views of downtown.
Prices: $ - Low Priced Patio/Outdoor Seating - O
$$ - Medium Range Dog Friendly- DF
Edge of Texas
8690 Edge of Texas St. | (915) 822-3343 Located in the far east, this is definitely worth the drive! Eat the best steak youâ€™ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.
$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H
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5411 N. Mesa, Suite 1 | (915) 875-0034
6232 N. Mesa St. | (915) 584-3621
Join Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano for lunch or dinner with Chef/Owner
Winning Best Taco for Best of The City 2015 and Best Chips
Cosimo Baltaglia, who hails from Calabria, Italy, for the freshest
and Salsa in 2014, Avila’s has a savory Mexican menu that will
seafood, gourmet hand-cut Angus reserve steaks aged 21 days,
satisfy your cravings. We’re open for weekend breakfast, have
and gently homemade pasta from Italy. O
lunch specials available daily and a convenient pick-up window is accessible for family dinners on the go. PR
Jerusalem Grill $$
Westside’s 3rd Hole
5380 N. Mesa St. | (915) 500-4357
1035 Belvidere Suite 168 | (915) 584-5577
Jerusalem is a low-key eatery where you can find authentic gyros,
There’s no better place to relax and grab a bite to eat than W3H. Nominated
baba ghanoush, shish kababs and more. Their appetizer combo is
as El Paso’s best tacos, stop by today and see why we’re becoming El
complete with hummus, baba ghanoush, grape leaves, spanakopita
Paso’s go-to spot for catching a game and eating some good food. “We
and falafel. Your tastebuds will enjoy this retreat to an amazing
saved you a seat.” Now with NFL Sunday Ticket on all screens. O, H
array of dishes. Serving El Paso Authentic Italian Cuisine since 1948 • Private Party Room • Beer & Wine • Outside Dining • Live Music Thur. to Sat. • We cater large or small events
The State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr. I (915) 581-3371 Enjoying delicious authentic BBQ from The State Line. Based on four principles: offer the highest quality smoked BBQ, provide generous portions at affordable prices, offer friendly table and bar services and www.thecitymagazineelp.com celebrate the heritage of Texas. Come on by to enjoy!
Italian Kitchen West
450 Thorn Ave. | (915) 842-0775 Enjoy boundless savory Italian classics either at their outdoor Italian.Kitchen. Westpatio
or intimate and comfortable atmosphere inside.www.theitaliankitchenelpaso.com Italian Kitchen West m is doling out classic pizzas, mouth-watering pastas with great wine pairs and Italian meat entrees. Stay local, but enjoy the cuisine from 131 an ocean away. O, PR
Mesa Street Grill $$$
150 Sunset | (915) 585-0801
3800 N Mesa St., Ste D1 | (915) 532-1881
Whether you’re looking for brunch, a quick lunch or a nice sit-down dinner
Mesa Street Grill introduces their newest dessert creation – the Pineapple
with views of El Paso’s sunsets, you will find all that you need at The
Crostata. This refreshing blend of pineapple, cinnamon and nutmeg is
Kitchen at 150 Sunset. Be sure to also check out our special wine dinners,
crowned with a cashew crumble and handmade sugar garnish. Taste this
with a specially curated menu and wine pairing. Come and treat yourself.
dessert once and it’s sure to become a summertime favorite. O, H, PR, H
P, H, DF, PR
Angry Owl Southwest Grill & Cantina
675 Sunland Park Dr. | (915) 581-7042
4799 N. Mesa St. | (915) 532-2450
1201 Airway Blvd. | (915) 778-7771
1700 N. Zaragoza Rd., Ste. 128 | (915) 300-1004
From traditional Italian dishes like Chicken Parmesan, to the more
This colorful Southwestern eatery offers mesquite-spiced, Mexican-
creative “Spiced Italian” fare like the Spicy Shrimp and Chicken and
inspired chow and potent cocktails. From seafood and ribs to fajitas
Jalapeno Garlic Tilapia, Johnny Carino’s has food and drinks to satisfy
and wings, you’ll find plenty of southwestern flavors to tempt your
your hunger for great food in a family-friendly atmosphere. H
palate. PR, H
King Crab $$$
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd. Fabens, TX 79838 | (915) 544-3200
1700 N. Zaragoza Suite 154 | (915) 849-8697
This is a family-style restaurant located on a 46 square mile working
You can’t get seafood like this anywhere else in El Paso. With Chef Pierre
ranch. Come savor our famous juicy steaks and mesquite-smoked BBQ while enjoying miles of desert scenery and spectacular sunsets! PR, O 132
bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the seafood boils and dishes will leave your mouth watering for more. Fresh seafood www.thecitymagazineelp.com is brought in twice a week. Come in and try for yourself. PR, H
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Leo Marketing............................................................ Pg. 129
Ben Bridge Jewelers.................................................... Pg. 11
Lucchese Boots............................................................ Pg. 65
Benjamin Law Firm..................................................... Pg. 110
Mesa Street Grill........................................................... Pg. 75
Casa Buenavista........................................................Pgs. 6, 7
Mix/Milan Salon & Day Spa........................................ Pg. 133
Chio’s Reshaping Body Esthetics............................... Pg. 135
New Mexico Wine Fest................................................ Pg. 79
Connor Family Dentistry............................................... Pg. 91
Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.......................................... Pg. 105
Cool Canyon Nights...................................................... Pg. 41
Ortho El Paso................................................................ Pg. 66
Deutsch & Deutsch Jewelers...........Pg. 9, Inside Back Cover
Pacifica Homes............................................................. Pg. 97
El Paso Behavioral Health System................................ Pg. 40
Quicksell Investments.................................................. Pg. 26
El Paso’s Children’s Hospital........................................ Pg. 93
Sharkdogs Sports Grill................................................ Pg. 127
El Paso Rhinos.............................................................. Pg. 99
Smallcakes.................................................................... Pg. 98
El Paso Spine Center.................................................... Pg. 87
Southwest Plastic Surgery........................................... Pg. 13
El Paso Water Softeners.............................................. Pg. 59
Southwest University at El Paso...............................Pgs. 2, 3
Elyse Simons Beauty.................................................... Pg. 27
Spectrum Technologies.............................................. Pg. 115
European Wax Center.................................................. Pg. 33
Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique....................................... Pg. 61
Farmers Insurance........................................................ Pg. 85
Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists....... Pg. 14
FPI Management.......................................................... Pg. 73
Table Occasions ........................................................... Pg. 85
The Big Dig................................................................... Pg. 67
Geico............................................................................ Pg. 90
The Black Orchid.......................................................... Pg. 64
Grace the Psychic Lady................................................ Pg. 33
The Hospitals of Providence........................................pgs. 15
Indicium Display Network......................................Pgs. 84, 92
The Italian Kitchen West............................................... Pg. 97
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The State Line.............................................................. Pg. 39
Intraceuticals.............................................................. Pg. 118
Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc........................................... Pg. 1
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Vitalant.......................................................................... Pg. 94
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