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Editor-In-Chief ach year when the start of high school began, I would unveil all the clothes I’d

designed and sewn during the summer. I remember the excitement I felt as I

shared with the girls in my circle who appreciated fashion, the details, textures

and the quality of the fabrics—even if it came from my sewing machine and was

designed by me. I had labels printed that said “Shelly,” which I hand stitched into each article of clothing. I would spend the entire summer customizing my fall, winter and spring fashions. The sewing-bug was handed down to me by my “Nana,” who I spent summers with, and was by her own right, a very well-known seamstress in her time. So you see, it was inevitable that I sew. My mother gave me a shopping budget for school and it wasn’t long before I realized the beauty of designing my own clothes, and the ability to stretch a dollar by shopping in the fabric store rather than the traditional retail stores. I embraced the richness of the fabrics, my buttons were chosen carefully, my shoes covered in abstract cloth and the heels painted to match … but not. Was I ahead of my time? In my own sort of self-absorbed way I’d like to say yes, but the truth is there was always this piece of me that wanted to taste the world of originality, and I took pride when one of the fashionistas (although we didn’t call them that at


the time) at my school would “wow” at my latest creation. It wasn’t long before I was known in


my world as the girl who could design a new outfit overnight and tweak a homecoming dress to


its own “originalness” (not a word, but I like it) if the girl next door bought the same dress and we


didn’t find out until the night before homecoming. I was innately aware that, just like fall, fashion


runs its own cycle: the death of a color, it was in but now it’s out; the length of a skirt, long, short,


long again; the heights of a heel, kitten heels or wedges, or the three-inch heels that guys love but


we girls hate at the end of the day. The beauty world is made anew by the unveiling of the “color of


the year,” and the excitement of what the runway and new designers decide for us. We are either among the group of watchers or the watched, and by the time the season finishes we are drunk with exhaustion by looking or being watched, but we wait eagerly for the next season. At some point, we reach a place where we ask ourselves, “What is beauty anyway?” Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, and at the end of the day I believe it is just that. Although no matter our culture, no matter our age, no matter how impoverished or how wealthy, man or woman—it is an instinct that we find our own style, our own imagination, our own beauty. This month we bring to you two beauties. Beauties who know all too well the hated, dreaded words like cancer, words like chemotherapy, words like surgery, words like survival. We cry with them, for them and feel their pain because they touch our greatest fears—each of us deep down inside know it could be us, it could be our daughter, our mother, our sisters. These two women, whose faces are known, public faces who don’t have the option of keeping their illness completely private, have shown their strength and courage and have chosen to share pieces of their survival with us. To these women, Estela and Felipa, and the women who’ve had to receive the diagnosis of the “C” word, we dedicate this issue. With love and admiration for you both,


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Two Journeys, One Unified Message of Hope | By: VERONICA NEVAREZ photography by: JENN MÁRQUEZ | 18

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women are diagnosed with breast cancer at an average rate of every two minutes in the United States. Worldwide, it is the most common of all cancers in women, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of afflicted women each year. As mind-boggling as these statistics are, the silver lining is that the numbers are improving, evidenced in the trending reduction in breast cancer diagnoses and death rates, and due to the advances in early detection, treatment and awareness. Above all, there’s one underlying force that the statistics simply can’t touch, and that is the ever-present power of hope. In reality, without it we have no fighting chance at winning the battle against cancer, whether for ourselves or for our loved ones. Two inspiring women from the El Paso community demonstrate that this force is very much at work and together, serve as a pillar of hope and prove that hope, indeed, is a force to be reckoned with.


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educating the public on breast cancer awareness is and remains Estela’s mission. She explains, “That’s my truth … [I] might as well use this position that I have at the TV station to help improve the lives of other women—through my example.” By raising awareness for her cause, Estela’s platform has reached unprecedented levels of donated funds that are meant strictly for her community. In partnership with the El Paso Community Foundation, the “Stand With Estela” campaign has raised more than $225,000 and dispersed over $90,000 to needy recipients through its work with the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation. Most recently, James “Jimmy” Dick, Owner/CEO of Viva Auto Group, auctioned his yearling thoroughbred in honor of Estela at the New Mexico-Bred Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Sale at Ruidoso Downs. Affectionately named, “Stells Bold Journey,”

A beloved staple of our community, Estela Casas, the longesttenured KVIA ABC-7 news anchor in El Paso television history, has used her own breast cancer journey to publicly impart this all-important narrative of hope. As a survivor, Estela has helped numerous women and their families on a myriad of levels. From being relatable at the most basic level, despite her celebrity and

the horse sold for $40,000 in the first two minutes it was auctioned, of which proceeds will benefit the fund. A 2017 UTEP Gold Nugget Award recipient during some of the most difficult challenges of chemotherapy and hair loss, Estela positively stands for hope. She has selflessly described a fight that’s not just her own, but for the women of the community she serves.

solely as a woman who understands well the impact resulting from a breast cancer diagnosis, to being a vital catalyst on the charitable front through the wealth of donations that flood her “Stand With Estela” breast cancer fund. Diagnosed in August of 2017, Estela underwent chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, bilateral reconstruction surgery, and finally, celebrated her final round of immunotherapy on September 6, 2018, all while in the spotlight. As of today, her candid synopsis of the experience is this: “It’s not over—I can’t put my guard down. It’s a journey. My life has changed forever.” Describing further the natural reactions one would expect, Estela says she immediately went into a hard-wired “fight mode,” understandably had her “pity parties,” but almost immediately knew she had no time to wallow, would “shake it off” and ultimately, turned to, hope. Almost intuitively answering the question of how this diagnosis could ever be a blessing, Estela says it very much was. She explains, “It is a blessing because my life is much more rich and fulfilling, and filled with love.” As such, Estela took every bit of experience along the way and used her platform to go full-blown public for the greater good of her community. A known advocate of women’s health issues, 20

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FELIPA SOLIS Enter Felipa Solis, esteemed former news anchor at KTSM NewsChannel 9 and current Executive Director at El Paso Pro-Musica, who is another true testament to the power of hope. Amassing over thirty years of broadcast experience and a life in the spotlight, Felipa was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer in July of 2017. After enduring a very publically trying experience following the 2009 tragic car accident that claimed the life of her husband and once El Paso County Commissioner, Miguel “Mickey” Solis, Felipa decided that this time she would heal privately before going public with her diagnosis. Undergoing chemotherapy, a lumpectomy, radiation and her final immunotherapy session in September of 2017, it didn’t take long for her to begin spreading her own message of hope in the aim of enhancing the lives of the women who suffer from the disease. Recalling her loss of appetite, along with her hair, eyebrows and eyelashes, all while questioning her fate, Felipa says that the much needed turning point for her was on her first day of chemotherapy when someone said to her, “Every day is one day less of this.” With that one piece of advice, Felipa immersed

herself in her love of movies, cooking, music and yoga in order to rise above her diagnosis. Moreover, her seven-year role as Executive Director of El Paso Pro-Musica, working alongside Artistic Director and Grammy award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey, also played a significant part in her healing. In fact, her parents, Antonio and Rita Triana, were pioneers for the El Paso arts, specifically in music, choreography and dance. For years now, El Paso Pro-Musica’s Community Engagement program has been providing music to patients of the Hospitals of Providence NeoNatal Intensive Care Unit and Oncology Infusion Center, to name a few, for the gift of music’s proven benefits on well-being. This also became a part of Felipa’s healing. Today, Felipa says her cancer journey has both solidified her purpose in life and defined life’s true meaning. She says of her own calling, “That’s all I think this is. If I can give a piece of my heart to help other people, then I’ve done my job.” Bestowed with the 2014 Humanitarian of The Year Award by the League of United Latin American Citizens, Felipa’s inherent nature of selflessness and giving is clear. Last April, Felipa co-hosted the Rio Grande Cancer Foundation’s Colors of Cancer race, something she’s done for years, but this time as a survivor herself. Remarkably, she shares that her diagnosis also enabled her to fully come to terms with the death of her late husband, Mickey, and says, “It took a long time and this helped me get to that place.” Bringing her journey full-circle, Felipa says, “The legacy you leave is how you help others and if I can be known for that—that’s everything.”


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October, 2018 All in all, hope and the love of humanity is the spirit by which these two women live their lives. They’ve not only dedicated their entire lives professionally to our community, but they’ve given of themselves personally while expecting nothing in return. While breast cancer indiscriminately affects every walk of life, what it fails to do is take hold of our own intrinsic ability to thrive by and through hope. As such and in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we, too, honor two, altruistically-driven women who were thrust into the fight of their lives, only to inspire hope and healing in others while they have and continue to heal themselves. For that, we send our own message of gratitude to Estela Casas and Felipa Solis for their shining gifts of encouragement to the women and families of our city, and ultimately, for together serving as true beacons of hope and humanity.





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Westend Hair Company & Day Spa Monica Lorey and Gloria Viramontes have been in business for 31

Westend Hair Company takes pride in being recognized as one of

years, starting Westend Hair Company in the fall of 1987. The vision

the Top 200 Salons in the Nation by Salon Today Magazine, Best of

Monica and Gloria had was to have a salon that would give team

the City by The City Magazine as well as receiving the Texas Small

members a place to call home, creating a culture of excellence and

Business Award by the El Paso Chamber of Commerce.

empowering their team to be their best while providing an atmosphere of relaxation and pampering for guests. “Becoming an Aveda Concept

Monica and Gloria stay current with the latest business practices

Salon allowed us to create this experience with a product line that is

by providing their staff with both in-house education and courses

not only ethical but environmentally conscious as well.”

available in other cities, such as cutting and coloring classes at the Aveda Institute in Austin, Texas. Westend Hair Company is located in the newly renovated heart of the Kern Place Entertainment District. “We are a full service Hair Salon and Day Spa specializing in relaxing rituals and exceptional customer service.”

Westend Hair Company & Day Spa 2626 N. Stanton St. El Paso, Texas 79902 (915) 833-4050



Aura Salon & Spa 7500 Viscount, Ste. C-64 El Paso, Texas 79925 Hair (915) 269-2227 Spa (915) 549-4040 Instagram: AuraSalonandSpaEpTX

Aura Salon & Spa Drawing from their love of healing and helping others, Aura Salon

Rid of the chaos of a storefront, Crystal and Amanda meet by

and Spa, under the ownership of sisters Crystal Vallejo-Hernandez

appointment only. Upon entering Aura Salon and Spa you are warmly

and Amanda Vallejo, provides an intimate and soothing environment

greeted like family and have their undivided attention from the get go.

as a means to share a therapeutic experience with anyone in need of

Crystal views her clients as a form of art, she creates modern versatile

decompressing from stresses imposed on us by every-day lives. Having

looks that bring out the best in her clientele while using high-end

31 years of combined experience in business, these dynamic female

products. Amanda, in turn, customizes each massage for the health

entrepreneurs center their business around quality over quantity.

and wellbeing of each client with the latest therapeutic techniques.

When Aura Salon and Spa opened in July 2015, a dream was made a

Aura Salon and Spa is an intimate little nook that encompasses good

reality. “We believed it made sense to come together, combine our

energy, and healing. Their doors are open to people from all walks of

talents and become a power team focused on not just making people

life who need balance amidst all the chaos.

feel good on the outside, but on the inside as well … we’re blessed to be working together,” said Crystal. 54 | SPECIAL ADVERTISING

By: HOPE ALEGRE photographed by: DAVID PARISH

Industry Beauty Bar 2278 Trawood Dr., Ste. A & B El Paso, Texas 79935 (915) 500-3196

Industry Beauty Bar August 3rd marked Industry Beauty Bar’s one-year anniversary. From

Jaime, who is also a Joico educator, travels around the country receiving

hair and makeup, to nails, manicures and pedicures, Industry Beauty

training on product, ever-changing styles and techniques in the world

Bar does it all, and is always adding to the list of services they provide.

of hair, then comes back to El Paso and shares his knowledge.

The staff also spend their time participating in community events alongside organizations such as Project Amistad, San Vicente and

This past June, Industry Beauty Bar participated in El Paso’s Battle

Elk’s Lodge. Their involvement this year included providing haircuts

Of The Salons, where they took 2nd place. Early next year, they will

and manicures free of charge to members of the community on

represent the Sun City in a national competition taking place in Las

Valentine’s Day. Industry’s inaugural year was a success, exceeding

Vegas, Nevada. It appears this salon is truly going to make their mark

owner Jaime Rodriguez’s and business partner Raven Moore’s

in El Paso. Take a trip to the eastside, and let the staff at Industry

expectations of “opening up a location for all of us to work comfortably

Beauty Bar pamper you.

and work as a team to give back to the community,” says Jaime. By: MARKO MORALES photographed by: JENN MÁRQUEZ


Bomb Beauty Products With Bomb Beauty—the cutest makeup store in El Paso—Gloria Cadena, a born-and-raised El Pasoan and independent business owner, created a space where makeup meets art. Making the move from online and popup shows in November 2017, Gloria has brought together a carefully curated selection of cosmetics and accessories for industry professionals and passionate, independent makeup artists alike. Everything at Bomb Beauty is designed by artists and made by drafters. With a roster of fan-favorite brands, including Valfre and Mehron, Bomb Beauty offers studio-quality makeup and makeup tools, skin care products, lashes, apparel and other accessories. Bomb Beauty sells a variety of locally and regionallymade products—stickers, pins and wall art from local artists, Suavecita and GreenOcto products, earrings from the Santa Fe-based Cultura Corazón, colorful clutches hand-crafted in Mexico, as well as their own line of branded T-shirts, leggings, panties and more. There’s more to Bomb Beauty’s mission than makeup. Gloria hosts a variety of events, like a monthly step-by-step makeup tutorial to help create the look you crave, and a monthly courtyard popup




roots—to showcase her fellow independent beauty vendors.

Gloria Cadena, Owner Bomb Beauty Products 1212 N. Yarbrough Dr., Ste. 107B


By: ZAK HANSEN photographed by: JOHN HORTA

HelloBeautifulEPTX Ashley Duran Instagram @hellobeautifuleptx

HelloBeautifulEPTX Trying to make a name for yourself in an ever-

clients with the aim of assisting them find

changing industry can prove to be a challenge.

their perfect set of lashes. “My attention is

Ashley Duran, owner of an affordable and local

not only focused on makeup artists, but on

lash business HelloBeautifulEPTX however,

being all-inclusive to anyone who wants to

has done just that. In October 2017, Ashley

look and feel beautiful.”

decided to pay homage to her late mother, a cancer survivor, by sharing a small beauty secret—

Ashley’s signature greeting “Hello Beautiful,”

lashes. Ashley got her start by becoming friends

describes the boost of confidence she hopes to instill

with well-known local Instagram accounts and

in the clients she refers to as friends. Including EPTX

also participated in their giveaways and beauty fairs/ markets. As a result, she has now gained

in the business name was also important in remaining humble and representing where she got her start.

clientele from all over the United States. “Social media is a powerful tool right now,” she states.

HelloBeautifulEPTX has future plans to make her lashes more accessible and has high hopes for this

It is a principal aspect of her business to create

small growing business.

personal bonds and provide consultations to all By: HOPE ALEGRE photographed by: JENN MÁRQUEZ


Casa de Y Designs With Casa de Y Designs, owner and designer Pete Ybarra has returned eager to put his native El Paso on the map with his edgy, fashion-forward designs. “I like to try new things, play with different patterns and work in a classy and chic style,” Pete says. “I try to get away from the normal boundaries and play with unique cuts.” While Casa de Y Designs’ men’s and women’s look are curated for the catwalk, they’re created for everyday wear—no runway costumes here. With precision and artistic vision honed by years as a tattoo artist and shop owner, Pete’s parlayed the tattoo machine for the sewing machine, though he’s not given up on ink. After completing design school in Las Vegas, Pete’s brought that scholarship and lessons learned working inside the industry back to El Paso—and it feels like home. “El Paso has a lot of potential, that’s part of why I came back from Vegas—it’s not my home and I didn’t feel that hometown pride.” Casa de Y Designs can create stunning, custom and commission fashion pieces for men and women for all occasions. From wedding and quinceañera dresses, to stylish evening wear, to curve-contouring swimwear, to sophisticated and contemporary menswear, Casa de Y Designs does it all. In time, Casa de Y Designs

Casa de Y Designs

will make its way into a brick-and-mortar storefront;

(915) 260-1341

for now, find them online at 58 | SPECIAL ADVERTISING By: ZAK HANSEN photographed by: JON-CARLO DIAZ

Brows and Beauty Studio Brows and Beauty Studio, an aesthetics specialty salon in its third

The studio setting provides their clients with a calm, relaxing surrounding—

year of business, is dedicated to providing the best quality of services

much different from that of the typically loud salon. Each of the services

available. Eyebrow waxing can take as little as thirty minutes, but

available, like facials, eyebrow waxing and shaping, eyebrow tinting, and

other services can take as long as two hours—just one of the reasons

eyelash lifts are provided in an environment reminiscent of a quiet home.

the three specialists that make up Brows and Beauty Studio have

As a certified tattoo studio, those looking for semi-permanent services

deviated slightly from the more traditional “walk-in” model most

like ombre shading, or microblading can rest easy knowing they have

salons have adopted. Running the studio by appointment only allows

chosen the right professionals. Brows and Beauty Studio’s passion for

owner/eyebrow specialist April Rangel, eyebrow specialist Alyssa

aesthetics is really the source of all their success.

Garcia, and skincare specialist April Torres to personalize each of the services they provide to meet the needs of their clients.

Brows and Beauty Studio 5959 Gateway Blvd W., Ste. 445 El Paso, Texas 79925 April Rangel (915) 274-5140 Alyssa Garcia (915) 243-3787 April Torres (915) 539-5335

By: MARKO MORALES photographed by: JOHN HORTA


Qué Cute Style Boutique The idea of having a quaint little shop, like those visited during travels,

for everyone to enjoy. Qué Cute Style Boutique also has items that

became the catalyst for Qué Cute Style Boutique. It began as an

vary in price point and range in size from XS to 3X.

online business through social media, and morphed into a storefront from a renovated barn in Clint in November 2012. Co-owners Brandy

Along with having a beauty bar and being distributors of SeneGence

and Kylie Owen, who are 4th and 5th generation El Pasoans, opened

cosmeceuticals, this mother/daughter duo pride themselves on

a second location in El Paso in November 2017, after Kylie returned

providing a personable shopping experience for out of state,

home when she graduated from Texas A&M University. The name

international and local customers alike. “People are going to do

Qué Cute was not only a perfect fit to give a nod to the region they live

business with people they like and create friendships with.”

in, but a way to tie in family and a phrase that was heard growing up. Qué Cute Style Boutique Wanting to bridge a gap, Kylie and Brandy wanted the boutique to

145 Sunset, Ste. C-100

create a multi-generational shopping experience and have something

El Paso, Texas 79922 (915) 231-9999


By: HOPE ALEGRE photographed by: JOHN HORTA

Vanities Jewelry & Gifts Vanities Jewelry and Gifts has set the standard for creating a joyful shopping and gifting experience in El Paso for the past twenty years. For as long as they have been open, they have offered personal shopping and gift-wrapping for customers. “We do whatever we can to help our customers find the perfect gift,” says shop owner Ellen Gulbas. From






embroidered pillows, Vanities prides themselves in

Vanities Jewelry & Gifts

having a gift to suit anybody on your list. “When we do

7933 N. Mesa St.

our buying we think ‘Is this something I would want?’”

El Paso, Texas 79912

explains Ellen. For home, bridal or hostess gifts, Vanities

(915) 584-1183

carries a range of luxurious options including wine sets, dining trays and crafted metal decor from lines like Jan Barboglio and Beatriz Ball. Coveted jewelry lines can also be found, such as Kendra Scott, Uno de 50, Waxing Poetic and a Pandora Shop-In- Shop. With customers from all over the city, it’s impressive that the staff know most of their clients by name. “It’s an easy relationship … We seem to be able to key in on things that people in El Paso want for gifts,” says Ellen. By: JANENE ROJAS photographed by: JENN MÁRQUEZ


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ties | By: AUSTIN NORTH |

asculinity is a delicate subject—

to wear. After receiving his first few bow ties

people’s definition of it changes

from his wife many years ago, Joseph realized

from person to person. Joseph

that it would be easier to tailor a bowtie to

Snell, of Zion’s Bowties, has

one’s wardrobe rather than the other way

a unique vision of masculinity. He firmly

around. He was inspired to start making his

believes that a man, and people in general,

own bow ties through his longtime passion

should look their best to be the best version

for fashion, an interest he’s had since he

of themselves. He places a focus on “how to

was a child. His family was quite fashionable

dress and be presentable, and how to make

growing up, placing emphasis on respecting

a lasting first impression,” with an emphasis

one’s self through dressing well; his father

on self-respect and individuality.

used to take photos of Joseph throughout his childhood, so he liked to be sure to be dressed

Joseph has a unique profession—he runs

up for them. He has continued this tradition

the only business in El Paso that focuses on

and this mindset with his own son, Zion,

creating custom bow ties. With a history of

who the business is named after—”I feel like

sewing experience passed down through

[making bow ties] was a way to bond with my

his family, he started making bow ties for

son,” Joseph said, in regards to teaching his

himself in 2014, and made Zion’s Bowties an

son about strong father-son relationships and

official business in 2015. Joseph’s bow ties

proper, respectful masculinity. This tradition

Joseph has expanded this practice to start a

at Zion’s Bowties are uniquely made pieces,

has grown outside of Joseph’s own family,

boys club, Zion’s Boys Club, for the sake

often tailored to a client’s specific needs. He

with him reaching out to other often times

of improving their lives, and to give them a

encourages people to think outside the box

at-risk young men in need of a strong male

sense of respect and discipline that he is well-

regarding the patterns and colors they choose

figure in their life.

versed on from his time in the army. Through


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treating each bow tie as art, and through a mentorship program based on




provides all of the tools and resources necessary for any lost young man regardless of age, needing direction in his life. “I want to build relationships with people I do business with,” Joseph said. He wants to create a custom piece for everyone in order for them to let the bow tie speak for each individual. “If you have a bow tie that blends in, you’re not standing out,” he said. He truly treats each bow tie as “wearable art,” and has found a way to turn his passion into a business. His dedication to his craft is clear—he hasn’t worn a traditional neck tie in over four years, and encourages others to embrace the non-traditional nature of the bow tie. “Sometimes I get speechless when I see the results and reactions” of people getting their custom bow ties, adding a fashionable new addition to their wardrobes and a newfound sense of individuality that is important to a person’s wellbeing. “I want to use fashion to change lives,” he said. Zion’s Bowties currently focuses on creating custom bow ties, but also provides pocket squares and lapel pins to match. He has ambitious goals for the business, wanting to add vest and bow tie combinations, as well as newsboy hats to their inventory. You can find all of their products and information about the business on their website,, or you can reach out through their instagram page @zions_bow_ ties. Learn more about Joseph’s boys club on instagram at @zions_boys_club. |

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Beauty Within

October, 2018

the Zodiac Signs | By: GRACE THE PSYCHIC LADY |

Have you ever heard the saying, “beauty is only skin deep,” or for a better example, have you ever found someone to be attractive but were turned off once you got to know them? The point here is that outer beauty is not a guide to who someone is at all. In astrology, each of the signs has their own unique inner beauty that resonates from their very core as a person, tied in with their astrological traits.


Has a sense of adventure

and excitement about life which can be contagious and infectious. Enjoys challenges and encourages others to live life to the fullest. Aries enjoys helping others achieve dreams and defends the vulnerable.


One of the most beautiful

things about you is your palpable warmth and


You are a wonderful, loyal and


You are an admiring

your desire to make people feel comfortable.

dependable friend and partner. There is an

You are very loving, attentive, calm and patient.

honesty and purity inside of your soul and

sense of humor, wisdom and a rare quality

You offer others dependability and honesty.

compassion to help others in times of need.

of patience. Loyal to traditions, genuinely


Sympathetic, humane and emotionally warm.

concerned for others well being and give


sound advice.

So delightful, fun and full

of life. There is never a dull moment when you are around. You have a magical sense

Everyone is naturally drawn to

you and feels like they are the only person

spectator cheering on others in life. A good


Has one of the most

of bringing out the child in others with lots

around that matters when you are near. Your

of laughter and memorable moments. Very

natural inner beauty is sincere, charming

In fact, your good heart is one of the most

entertaining and charming.

and loving.

beautiful things about you. You have an



One of the most empathetic

signs who cares deeply about others. Your

honest, virtuous and pure hearts out there.

intense interest in people and are dependable You are a passionate and

very magnetic person who is compassionate

and a very loyal friend.


sense of warmth is pure and wholehearted.

and protective of others. You have a strong

You’re protective of those you care about and

sense of feeling others’ emotions and lending

you’re sympathetic even to those you don’t

your strength to others in a time of need.

attention. You are compassionate, kind and

know. You make people feel at home.


trusting, and will help all in distress. Being


You have a ton of internal

beauty, but in a way that never asks for

You have an infectious

the most empathic, you feel people’s pain

sense of humor and a deep and curious

very deeply even when it doesn’t affect you

of gold that is open, generous and giving.

outlook on life. You’re someone that people

personally. You are very mystical.

These are qualities you should always be

never forget. You are inspiring to others and

proud of. You accept others at face value and

see the best in people. Your optimism is

have a sunny, friendly and kind disposition.

contagious to others.

You are known to have a big heart

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A Second Life | By: MARKO MORALES photography by: ANDY MARTINEZ |


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n idea to open a new and

used retail clothing store was floating around the

block of E. San Antonio might not be the first place

warehouse of Mid-West Textile Company for two

clothes shoppers think of while out looking to add to

years, before managers and other employees were

their closet full of fashions, Alejandra is confident the

given a green light to implement the plan. The textile

quality clothing and affordable prices will be enough to

company has been in operation for 36 years and is

bring shoppers a little out of the way. It was because

one of the largest textile recycling companies in the Americas. Already bringing in massive quantities of clothing and other material to be packaged, sold and shipped to places all over the world, access to some of the merchandise they will have for sale in the new retail store will be at their fingertips. Alejandra Martinez, a manager for the textile company, and other employees noticed that some of their online customers buy clothing from them, then turn around and sell it for a profit. “We thought it was a good opportunity to start our own retail store here,� Alejandra says. While the 1600th


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Que Trendy carries clothing for women, men and children. Recognizing the growing demand for retro clothing, the new store has its own vintage section with some throw-back fashions from the 80s and 90s.


October, 2018 of the location that the plan changed from just having an open warehouse area where customers could rummage through clothing, to investing a little money and converting a portion of the warehouse into something a little more aesthetically pleasing. Que Trendy carries clothing for women, men and children. Recognizing the growing demand for retro clothing, the new store has its own vintage section with some throw-back fashions from the 80s and 90s. Alejandra believes it will be a hit with


millennials searching for an old-school look. Though the store focuses mainly on keeping its floors stocked with pre-owned clothing, Que Trendy also purchases overstock from Macy’s, as well as from other suppliers out of New York, to make those items available to customers. Since opening a retail clothing store had never been part of Mid-West Textile’s plan prior to a couple of years ago, this store is being looked at as a bit of a pilot project. If the new shop does as well as they hope and expect it to, it could very possibly expand into multiple Que Trendys opening up around El Paso. While a team of four retail assistants, two security guards and two store managers will be working on making the new store as successful as they can, Alejandra can see the possibility of branching out into the online retail store market within the next year. Alejandra is excited to be a part of the team tasked with moving the project forward, and she takes pride in the way in which Que Trendy will be able to give back to the community. Through recycling, re-purposing and reusing, the company helps lessen its carbon footprint, all while providing shoppers in the community a place to purchase quality and fashionable articles of clothing at a very affordable price.

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Relevance e l pa s o h i s to ry

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of History

| By: ROBERT DIAZ, President of the El Paso County Historical Society photos courtesy of: EL PASO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY |


hen I started college, I hated history. In high

school, I passed two dual credit courses—

History 1301 and 1302—allowing me to avoid

history classes for the rest of my life. Rightfully

so, as history did not mean anything to me then. It

was boring and irrelevant, an exercise in memorization of mundane facts. You can imagine my frustration when the only elective I could take at UTEP in fall 2009 was World History-1500. I walked to class the first morning expecting to waste four months of my life. But the first day, I fell in love with history. My professor quickly demonstrated that the study of history is not about the memorization and recitation of names, dates and figures—(you would be surprised by how many professional historians do not remember dates. Instead, the true study of history is a series of long arguments based on logic and evidence. Later, I realized that it is also about the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. In an age when history seems more and more irrelevant in the face of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), it is easy to forget that history influences the way we see the world. History also offers narratives of the powerful and affluent that often supplant those of minority groups. In the United States, for instance, the histories of African-Americans, women, and Chicanx have struggled for attention from scholars. Luckily, this trend has changed in college classrooms, but unfortunately not much in middle/high schools. Moreover, histories frequently fail to showcase the narratives of common people—the people influenced by and influencing the “powerful.” Consequently, it is easy to forget that our families and their experiences as immigrants, laborers, businesspeople, civic leaders or stay-at-home parents are just as vital to our historical narratives as any story about the powerful. Think of how many people have parents or grandparents who partook in the Mexican Revolution or fought in World War I or II. Think of how many people are descendants of Braceros or Chinese railroad workers. Think of how many Jewish, Syrian and Lebanese immigrants crossed an ocean to settle and start their lives anew in El Paso. Think of how many traversed the Rio Grande even at the risk of death or capture.


This is all to say that WE are history and there is no single history. I write this as I sit in a room in Bayonne, France, studying with students from England, France, Germany, Tunisia, and Iran at a weeklong program about migration and music. I am an El Pasoan in a borderland known as Basque Country, trying to bring my history and that of my city to people who may not have heard it otherwise. And they are doing the same, spotlighting histories of which I was unaware. This is what this kind of work can do for us. It is not boring or irrelevant. Instead, histories are our narratives and can grant us a better understanding of one another in an increasingly uncertain world.

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October, 2018 El Paso Pro-Musica is presenting another unforgettable season filled with Grammy Award winners, Cello Rock and Zuill! Exciting world-renowned artists and unforgettable performances in amazing settings kick off the 2018-2019 Season. The special event of the season is the concert featuring the incomparable nine-time Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln

g n i g y n i f i y r f t i c r e t l EElec season AN

Center. The concert is set for Saturday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of El Paso. “Wynton Marsalis devotes much of his time and energy to educating students, creating a love of music for future generations.

He is the perfect fit for this season’s special concert event,”

said Zuill Bailey, Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica.

El Paso Pro-Musica is dedicated to education, and guest music artists

visiting El Paso will spend countless hours in the classroom, and

with El Paso Pro-Musica | By: FELIPA SOLIS |

work to help students establish careers in the 21st century in the arts, through UTEP’s Center for Arts Entrepreneurship. This commitment will continue with the 4th annual Young Artist Development Series in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody School of Music. This year will feature outstanding young percussionists, “Mitten3” from Peabody, who will celebrate a week long residency in El Paso, November 5-10. Another show-stopping event for EPPM is a “one night only,” performance by the nine-time Grammy Awardwinning “Emerson String Quartet.” The electrifying ensemble will perform on Thursday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of El Paso.

The 2019 El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival, in January, will feature some of the world’s biggest classical music stars including the return of pianist Yuliya Gorenman and “Break of Reality,” an innovative cello/percussive group that covers the theme song for HBO hit TV series,”Game of Thrones.” “Bach’s Lunch” will continue each Thursday at the El Paso Museum of Art, free at noon. Zuill Bailey will also be the guest artist for the El Paso Symphony Orchestra collaboration concert performing the Dvorak Cello Concerto. The season will continue with additional Educational Residencies by world renowned artists. A tribute to the music composed during the Holocaust in a special presentation by cellist and world renowned pedagogue Dr. Melissa Kraut, and the two-time Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio will close out the season. For tickets and more information, go to or call (915) 747-8163. 72

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How to Routine Nails and Skin | By: ERIN COULEHAN photos courtesy of: CURE NAILS |


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l Paso is set to receive a fix it

twenty dollars for gel or dip polishes. Cure’s

“For the soaks, we’ve created different

didn’t know it needed, and it’s

menu offers the choice of regular, gel, or dip

bath teas,” explains Mark. The “teas” are

called Cure. Opening this fall,

polish for any service at no additional charge.

floral compounds designed to complement

Cure is a new nail and wax

Instead, clients may optimize their service by

moisturizers that have also been formulated

boutique located at The Canyons at Cimarron

upgrading to additional products. Cure seeks

to promote overall skin wellness. Additionally,

in west El Paso. The owners, Mark and Leena

to offer luxury at every level with products of

Cure will also offer waxing services with a

Elias designed the salon with wellness,

their own creation.

variety of package options.

inclusion and consumer desires in mind. “Essentially what we’re trying to do is focus

But the most intriguing part is a membership

“We took to Instagram and asked followers

not only on the nail care, but also the skin

option, Cure will offer a month-to-month

about things they liked and didn’t like about

around the nail,” says Mark. “We’ve created

membership program that will provide

their current nail experience, so we could

a three-step menu where step one would

members discounted Cure manicure and

focus on what the client wants,” Leena tells

be choosing your style, which would be

pedicures each month, discounts on products,

The City Magazine.

manicure and pedicure. Then, depending

and a 72-hour window to change polish for

on your style you can add products: soaks,

free if buyer’s remorse arises.

The couple used social media as a way to

scrubs, masks, moisturizers that we’ve

engage with followers to determine how to

developed in-house.”

“We love getting our nails done,” says Leena who has extensive spa and skin care

build on existing models and found many women in the area were dissatisfied with

Mark and Leena combined their expertise to

experience from Canada. “But it’s always

customer service, hygiene, and overall

design their own products that are catered to

something that is so in and out. We thought,

quality of existing nail salons.

their clients’ needs.

why not make this fun?”

In 2015, The New York Times published an

“The goal is to provide a certain functionality

If the eco-friendly and ultra-indulgent products

expose on nail salons that revealed nail techs

for the skin,” says Mark. “When it comes

don’t get you, the Instagram-worthiness of

are systematically exploited, underpaid, and

to the masks, it has peppermint powder

the interior will.

subjected to unsafe working conditions.

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tale signs of skin deterioration in the hands,

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chemical exposure with face masks and

which they say is a leading sign of aging. Cure will open its luxe doors this fall, and you

a special ventilation system designed to eliminate toxic fumes.

Step two to the Cure’s menu would be

can almost hear the tapping of pedicured feet

deciding on the products you want. Three

of the women of El Paso running to be the

Cure also has a remedy for limited service

options will be included for each product so

first to get their fix.

options. Most nail salons design their service

that clients can ensure their own customized

menus in a hierarchy: basic manicure, mid-

luxury experience. The final step is the option

level and luxury and then tack on fifteen to

to add on products or services.


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Yellow Light

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paint the room an off white color, I also knew I

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Sustainable Project October, 2018

| By: ALYSSA CARDONA photography by: MARINA POPOVA |


ayela Solis is a lively, passionate, proudly independent Latina, and an El Paso woman who is the co-founder of Sustainable Project. Sustainable Project is an initiative that seeks to educate others to

be conscious of the environment, fostering healthier choices and improving quality of living. I had the opportunity to get all of the juicy details in an interview full of laughter. Alyssa: When and why did you move to San Francisco? Mayela: “I was born and raised in El Paso. I moved to San Francisco when I was 23 … I moved for different reasons, I don’t know what it is, if I’m honest… I’ve always had this feeling in my gut that tells me I need to go out and explore areas that are different, where I can learn of other people and cultures.”

Mayela previously lived in New York where she didn’t feel that she blended in or could identify with the New York population. Upon moving to San Francisco, its people and different cultures inspired her. For Mayela, that’s what keeps motivating her to continue doing things and exploring. , Cassandra Mayela Solis

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M: “Well, we launched our page last year, held

different area. Stephanie is in charge of

our first event in mid 2018—that was like our

fashion, Cassandra takes care of beauty and

introduction to the project. Sustainable Project

as for myself, what I love is food and, since I

is an initiative that I co-founded with two other

work with interior design and architecture at

women—Stephanie and Cassandra. All three

the Design Center in San Francisco, I wanted

of us had this passion in helping and inspiring

to include that aspect in the project, as I

and we wanted to do something. Little by little

believe it is of equal importance.”

Where Are They Now?

October, 2018 A: When you talk about food and design,

fourth is, learn to cook. If you grow something

are the two things entirely independent of

use it in your food.”

each other? How does that work? For Mayela, her current workplace Cosentino M: “In general everything goes hand-in-

has been a great support and motivation as they

hand, sustainability is being conscious of the

not only are sustainable, but also allowed her to

environment, what you use and do. In food,

host their first show in their showroom. Aside

toothbrush with a bamboo one—it’s good to

what’s important is to eat locally, because

from being the only woman on the team that

use as it’s not plastic.”

you’re supporting not only what they grow,

has a nine-to-five job schedule as a showroom

but it’s also more organic—it’s what they

rep working for public relations, she volunteers

The suggestions Mayela makes are also the

grow in their spaces and cook. You’re giving

with several organizations. Mayela would like

model for her next idea and upcoming project,

jobs to locals.”

to stress that, although people are not always

ZERO WASTE. She has planned to develop a

accepting of change, one should start out small,

series of videos where she will advise others

i.e., in their daily routines that will eventually

on measures one can take to reduce trash

lead to creating a better ecosystem.

in the environment. “At our first event we





watermelon and papaya are seasonal foods,

learned that people want to change, they

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just need someone to guide them. All-in-all, you are the one who can create change by

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M: “Take your own grocery bags to the

leading and allowing others to learn by your

practical. Take baby steps. We aren’t experts

super market and avoid using plastic bags.

example,” says Mayela.

but we are very passionate towards what we

Avoid buying plastic and pre-packaged

do and we like to teach others. That’s what

foods as that will create waste. If you’re

If you would like to learn more

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hen it comes to voting, early voting is the easiest way to go. Early

voters have two weeks to cast their votes and visit any of the polling stations available. Voting on election day is limited to a few hours that day, and voters have to go to their assigned station to vote. As of 2016, there were 428,319 registered voters for general elections, and 49.15 percent of those who were registered went out to vote. Denton County, which has a significantly smaller population than El Paso,

compared to other large Texas counties. For

had 468,162 registered voters with 64.69

midterms there were 440,238 registered

percent of them voting.

voters in El Paso County, and only 67,287 people showed up to the polls. It takes more

There is a disconnect between people

than getting registered to make a difference

registering and showing up to the polls. The

and get your voice heard.


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El Paso County Elections Department has created an app to help with that disconnect. The app allows voters in the El Paso region to check if they’re registered to vote, find all early voting stations, look up their polling station and access a lot more information needed for election day.

“Our mission is to serve our county every time we have elections,” Melissa said. Melissa encourages people to register to vote

The app is free and can be downloaded

early because of how much more convenient

through any portable device. Melissa Rosales,

it is. “We’re flexible with the hours; we have

who works for the El Paso County Elections

extended hours. We also include Saturdays

Department, is hopeful that the app will make

and Sundays to vote, compared to election

things easier for voters and get them to the

day which is only one day,” she said.

polls, and has said they’ve gotten a good response from the public so far.

The County Elections Department has been working to get out information and make

Just earlier this year, voter turnout increased

voting as easy as possible, all people have

by 4.4 percent during midterm primary

to do is show up to cast their vote. For more

elections. Although the increase was a record

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The park provides activities for people of

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all ages. Kids will love the hike to the Tin

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Mines, found elsewhere in the park with the

exploration every once in a while. With the

trailhead starting at Chuck Heinrich Memorial

massive Franklin Mountains State Park

Park. This hike is definitely a day trip, given

embedded right through the middle of the

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and learn how to create

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picking which one to start on!

In addition to hiking trails, there are large

The Franklin Mountains State Park hosts a

amounts of bike trails found throughout the

plethora of these different trails, ranging from

park that are frequently used for races and

easy to extremely challenging hikes and rides.

events, and are open to the public to enjoy

Start your adventure off at the Tom Mays

as well. Ranging from total beginner trails to

Unit, one of the most accessible locations

steep, rocky and slim trails meant only for

in the park that functions as the jumping off

mountain biking experts, there is something

point for many of the trails found throughout

for everyone looking to exercise and

the park. For those serious thrill seekers,

adventure at the Franklin Mountains State

Sneed’s Cory is a uniquely shaped rock face

Park. Most bike paths have an abundance

that boasts over 17 different climbing routes,

of shortcuts available in case they get too

perfect for those who want the versatility

extreme, and most of the beginner paths

to try something new every time. For those

can be conveniently found in the Tom Mays

who like to keep their feet—or tires—on the

portion of the park.

ground, check out the trail up to the North Franklin Peak, a challenging 8-mile trek to

Don’t let the weather get the better of you—

the highest point in the park. While this trail

beat the heat, bring some water and come

provides some incredible views, do not fret—

hiking at the Franklin Mountains State Park.

there are significantly less-challenging walks

It is good fun and great exercise for all ages,

and hikes in the area that provide similar

and will truly help you fall back in love with

sightseeing opportunities, such as any of the

the beauty of the city through the abundance

nature trails or smaller hiking trailheads found

of gorgeous views and friendly people

in the Tom Mays portion of the park.

throughout the park.



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#LiveFitEP 2018



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El Paso’s Biggest and Only

Fitness Festival I | By: LIZZIE MARTINEZ photography by: EDWARD DROUTSAS |

nspired by a Ted Talk from

The first year the event, “LiveFitEP Fitness

Last year over 3,000 people attended and



Festival,” was held outdoors in the streets of

this year we had over 5,000 attendees, 50

Cornett, who inspired his city to

downtown El Paso. There was a bodybuilding

vendors and 1,200 athletes. The El Paso

lose one million pounds and turned

show, cross-fit competition and jiu jitsu

Museums and Cultural affairs department

the city into a “fit city,” Shane and

competition. It was free to the public with

has also given the event a grant from the city

Lizzie Martinez of Sun City Athletic

tents lining the streets from different local

to continue to bring in tourism.



Club decided to create a hashtag that people

and out of town vendors.

Sponsors of this year’s event include: GAT

could use to tag their fitness activities around El Paso. They teamed up with Marc and

For the second and third year, the event was

Sport, Real Dr. WorldWide from Southwest

Amy Duchene of Crossfit 915 to promote

held in the downtown convention center

Plastic Surgery, Supplement Xpress, Atomic

the hashtag movement and, as they started

and became a ticketed event. Added to

Strength and Nutrition, Upper Valley Urgent

talking, they came to the conclusion that El

the list of competitions was powerlifting,

Care, Big Media, Caterpy Laces, Complete

Paso needed a big fitness event!

karate and basketball. Local supplement

Nutrition, Evolution Foods, Desert Sun

store Supplement Xpress took over the

Chiropractic and BluePrint Body Engineering.

“All four of us have always traveled out of town

bodybuilding competition and vendors lined

for different bodybuilding conventions, or cross-

the convention center.

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fit competitions. We thought El Paso is the perfect city to hold a big fitness event, because

This fourth year, the karate tournament

on out the web at or on

we’re right on the border so it’s perfect to invite

became a national competition, and a national

Instagram @LiveFitEP.

people from other states or from Mexico to

Strong-Man competition was also added to

come compete. It’s also a perfect way to bring

the list of events. Each year the event has

tourism to El Paso,” said Lizzie Martinez.

grown in size and spectator attendance.


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the EPZS has hosted a slew of fundraisers like the “Stampede Run” at the Chamizal, an “Evening with Jack Hannah” at the Plaza Theatre, car raffles, silent auctions and even a golf tournament at Horizon Golf Course. Those special events have come and gone, however, there is one event that has withstood the test of time; the Society’s annual gala first titled, “Safari Nights Gala.” You may have heard of and possibly attended “A Feasts with Beasts” at Grace Gardens or “Africa in El Paso” at the El Paso Country Club. More recently,


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E L pa s o zo o

you may have been a guest at “Feasts with

newly opened TOPGOLF in El Paso. And

Beasts Fiesta” or the “Gateway to Asia

because the Society knows a winner when

Gala.” Starting as a sit-down dinner with

it sees one, the EPZS is currently planning

presentations, the Society’s Gala has grown

on another fandom based event, the much

into a grand celebration now held on Zoo

anticipated Harry Potter themed fundraiser,

Grounds. Complete with early VIP entry and

“ZooSpecto Patronum!” presented by Sun

wine tastings in the African Event Pavilion, to

City Emergency Room.

the main event held throughout Zoo Grounds featuring samples of decadent foods, open

With over 6,000 Facebook Event Page

bars, themed décor and live entertainment,

followers, ZooSpecto looks to be one of,

the annual gala is the EPZS’s signature event

if not the most, highly attended Society

and will continue to promise its guests a

fundraiser held with a projected attendance

“roaring good time!” for years to come.

of 3,000-5,000 guests. Fans of the books and movies will have the chance to attend this

However, in an effort to raise awareness

themed event at the El Paso Zoo on Saturday,

of the El Paso Zoo Society as the nonprofit

November 10, from 5pm-10pm. Tickets

organization working to raise funds for the

began selling online in January - yes, 11

Zoo by reaching different audiences, the

months prior to the event! Tracking purchase locations reveal guests from surrounding cities like Alamogordo, Las Cruces, Ciudad Juarez, Albuquerque, and as far as Chihuahua Mexico, Victoria and Houston, Texas, and Richmond, Virginia planning to attend. With ¾ of the Society Office being loyal Potter fans, meeting expectations should come with ease. “You stop and think, what is it that I want to see as a fan? and then find a way to make it happen,” says Volunteer Coordinator, Olivia Siqueiros. In addition, fans are aware of these efforts and dedication; “I really admire your commitment to this

EPZS has expanded its fundraising program

event. Some might say, it’s just a party, but I

to host events that include families and

appreciate your time and effort in making this

fandom of all demographics.

happen and making it absolutely magical,” says Facebook follower Alison Westermann.

The first attempt was made by hosting, “May the Fourth Be With Zoo,” a Star Wars

From riding the Hogwarts Express at

themed event. With a projected attendance

Platform 9 ¾, picture opportunities with

of 250 guests, you can imagine the surprise

professors in the Great Hall, competing in

when over 1,300 guests of all ages showed

the Triwizard Tournament Inflatable Obstacle

up at the front gates ready to join Rebel

Course, to sending a letter from Hogwarts,

Forces and take on the Dark Side. Since then,

and wandering Zoo Grounds in search of

the Society has hosted its second “May the

Horcruxes, this EPZS fundraiser promises

Fourth Be With Zoo,” second LGBTQ family

to be an enchanted evening for all witches,

friendly “Hear Me Roar: Pride Night at the

wizards, and yes, even muggles in the 915.

Zoo,” first “Earth Day at the Movies,” and holds the bragging rights to have hosted the

For more information, call 915.212.2877.

first golf tournament, “Howl in One,” at then

Tickets on sale at



October, 2018


Memoirs | By: MARIE MOORE |


t the heart of Jing’an Gardens is a

Standing over his final resting place, a waft

sand that filled those cauldrons. They ignited

koi-filled pond with frog and turtle-

of incense tickled my nose. The chanting

almost immediately. Then the unlit end was

shaped stone fountains. As I sat

of Buddhist monks and the gong of their

held against their foreheads and prayers were

next to it, sipping my gunpowder tea, a man

instruments echoed through the garden. They

chanted to the four corners of the compass,

who seemed to be wearing white pajamas

beckoned me to cross the Venerable Path and

and to the Buddhas that sat beside the urn.

silently entered the garden and performed a

enter the holy oasis of Jing’an Temple. The Temple features two, six-story Pagodas,

series of silent, strenuous exercises. I smiled when he finished with a flourish, turned and

As I stepped into another world, drums began

each with many rooms. Golden elephants

bowed in my direction.

beating and elongated horns wailed a deep,

raise their trunks as if they too are calling on

throbbing sound. If you’ve seen Brad Pitt’s

Buddha to bless them, from their rooves. A

Nearby, inspiring my visit, lay the hidden tomb

“7 Years in Tibet,” you can imagine what

perfectly preserved stone stele tablet hand-

of the Buddhist monk who created this retreat

lay ahead. Temple dogs and stone dragons

carved in 400 A.D., measuring four by ten

in 267 A.D. He found “home” in three caves.

sit in each corner of the Temple Square. A

feet, perches on a tilted platform before them.

Before his death, Jing’ An not only planted

30-foot silver urn, intricately carved on three

this elaborate garden around a bubbling

tiers, tempts believers to launch coins, catch

I watched Buddhist monks offer fruit and

natural spring beside the caves, but also

a ledge and enjoy good luck.

flowers to statues that sat on petal-covered altars. Pictures of a deceased woman adorned

began constructing a mammoth temple that is now a revered center of the Buddhist faith.

Two carved iron stalls stand before the urn.

a side altar where her family gathered and

Today, his tomb is marked with a simple stone

Each houses a large cauldron. People were

prayed for the enlightenment of her spirit in

and lies in the middle of the garden he loved.

poking bamboo and incense sticks into the

its next life. A monk beckoned me to observe 107

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t r av e l

SERVING EL PASO with patient-centered orthopaedic care! as they took turns kneeling on a red silk cushion and touched their heads to the floor. No sorrow was expressed. Only reverence and affection. I stood there until the ceremony was over and the monk, touching my forehead, thanked me for my respectful interest. Then I continued to an inner temple where the most holy Buddha sits. Carved from white jade, his serene composer has dominated this temple since 400 A.D. Fifty feet away, a laughing gold Buddha, perches on a golden altar that features 1,000 intricately carved figures. Both are astounding examples of faith and artistic excellence. Jing’an Temple is truly a rare and ancient treasure, in the heart of Shanghai.

12770 Edgemere Blvd Bldg F El Paso, TX 79938 (915) 249-4000 |


Photo by Christian Chapman October, 2018



a n n o d a L a c a d o p A | By: ELAINE GORDON |

Ladonna’s Healthy Garden Vegetable Soup

I have known Ladonna Apodaca for the past


six years, and I am so honored to have her

4 tablespoons of olive oil

as my friend as she is the most talented and

2 cups chopped leeks, white part only (from 3 medium leeks)

incredible person I have met in El Paso.

2 tablespoons finely minced garlic Kosher salt to taste










2 cups of carrots, peeled and chopped into rounds (2 medium carrots)



2 cups of peeled and diced potatoes (red potatoes)

planner and, last but not least, a fabulous artist.

2 cups of fresh green beans, broken or cut into ¾ inch pieces 2 quarts of chicken or vegetable broth

Apodaca wields her design aesthetic on

4 cups of peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes

a variety of projects both commercial and

2 ears of corn, kernels removed, or you can substitute parsnips for less sugar

residential, personal and professional. As an

(2 cups of parsnips cut and cubed)

interior stylist, her work benefits greatly from

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

an understanding that there are countless

1/4 cup packed, chopped fresh parsley leaves

facets of the arts. Composition, balance,

1-2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

the psychology of color and an extensive

1/4 cup of fresh tarragon

understanding of visual merchandising all factor into the spaces that she creates with


beautiful attention to detail.

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed stockpot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add the leeks, garlic and a pinch of salt and sweat until they begin to soften, approximately 7-8 minutes.

When creating a space, Apodaca’s work reflects

Add the carrots, potatoes (parsnips if you choose to substitute for the corn) and green beans

her belief that there are no set rules. It’s about

and continue to cook 4-5 more minutes, stirring occasionally.

trusting your own instincts and listening to your clients. She loves the challenge of being clever

Add the stock, increase the heat to high and bring to a simmering boil. Once simmering, add the

with affordable and accessible pieces. She also

tomatoes, corn kernels and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until the vegetables

believes that any form of artistic creation should

are fork tender, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the parsley and

be fun. Whether it’s in the realm of décor,

lemon juice and tarragon. Serve immediately, and add a dollop of goat cheese to the top of the

writing or the visual arts, Apodaca believes that

vegetable soup for a unique spin on this healthy classic vegetable soup.

her work should evoke joy. Her philosophy is that work shouldn’t be work, it should be fun. And because of that, she’ll never work a day in her life.

October, 2018

While we are no longer

We are the same caring staff, in the same locations, doing the same life-affirming work: helping you make a difference. With this new brand we can better serve our donors, our hospitals, and ultimately-our patients.

Come by and learn what this new

identity is all about!

424 S Mesa Hills Dr. El Paso, TX 79912

1338 N Zaragoza Rd. El Paso, TX 79936

1200 Commerce Dr. Las Cruces, NM 88011

(915) 544-5422


October, 2018

Ruby Red Greyhound


Ingredients 1 1/2 ounces Absolut Grapefruit Vodka 1/2 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur 1 1/2 ounces fresh Ruby Red grapefruit juice 2 dashes Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice 1/2 ounce simple syrup soda water grapefruit, fresh sliced, garnish

Directions Combine all ingredients in shaker tin with ice (except soda water and bitters) Shake and strain over ice in pilsner glass Ruth’s Chris Steak House 8889 Gateway Blvd. W. El Paso, TX 79925


Top with soda water Add two dashes Fee Brothers Grapefruit Bitters and garnish with a grapefruit slice Photo by: Jesse Maynes

October, 2018

EL PASO RHINOS Upcoming Series: October 26, 27 & 28

Friday and Saturday games at 7 pm | Sunday games at 4:30 pm For tickets and more information, visit or call 915-479-PUCK (7825)


C o olk ’s

October, 2018



BLOCK co oks ne e d in s pirat ion to o


October, 2018

Squash I blossoM

pizza | By: JESSE MAYNES |

Chef’s tip

Keep dough cool until use!

4-5 squash blossoms 1 zucchini, thinly sliced rounds 1 cup basil pesto 1 pizza dough, proofed Flour, for rolling out dough

have a love/hate relationship with seasonal produce. It’s mostly love, but I can’t help but get a little bitter about an inevitable goodbye. In a final effort to squeeze out the last remaining bits of summer, I will elect its most

delicate contender to be consumed on its behalf, the squash blossom flower. Usually a late summer edible flower, El Paso has the warmth to keep it around well into our fall season. Traditional to Mexican cooking, especially as a partner in crime to an asadero filled quesadilla, something about its earthy flavor just gives a depth to any dish that is hard to miss and equally hard to forget. The squash blossom flower is extremely delicate and perishable, so time is of the essence when working with them. The cooking methods are usually stuffed with soft cheeses, battered and fried, eaten raw in salads, quesadillas or in soups. Take a Saturday morning to explore your local farmers markets—most will have an abundance of seasonal produce including some hard-to-find options like squash blossom. If you don’t see any blossoms at the tables, simply ask. I was lucky enough to find Yvonne with De Colores Farms who went above and beyond to ensure I had a quality product with amazing freshness—an unforgettable experience that no supermarket could compare to. Thanks Yvonne!


Preheat oven to 450 degrees


While oven preheats, roll out pizza dough. Toss flour around a flat workspace. Using a rolling pin, roll back and forth while turning the dough 90 degrees between pushes.


1 package mozzarella balls

Once dough is flat and round, take with your hands underneath the dough and work the dough from the center outward using your hands in a fist, slightly stretching while

Fresh basil, garnish Salt/pepper

tossing/turning between each stretch. We’re looking for a roughly 11-12 inch round dough 4.

Once dough is stretched, place on a floured baking sheet or pizza stone.


Spread pesto over pizza, leaving ½ inch border from crust. Add more if desired.


Use roughly 5-6 mozzarella balls spread evenly around dough, top with red onion, thinly sliced zucchini, and cleaned squash blossom (strip stem with spoon and twist out pod inside of flower)


Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake until golden brown crust (15-20 minutes)


Remove from oven, top with fresh basil, and serve.


October, 2018




The Hospitals of Providence


TAKE A QUIZ To find out if you may be at risk for stroke, take our quick Health Risk Assessment at


The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus, 1625 Medical Center Drive, El Paso, TX 79902

October, 2018

s r a t S E L PASO


A Night Full of


we’re talking about.

fight rather than give up. There is no greater

benefits of a wish, firsthand, every day.

If you weren’t, we

feeling than to be able to serve and give of

That’s why referrals are at an all-time



ourselves, and Make-A-Wish provides that

at next year’s event.

opportunity to anyone that wants to be

Wish Night took place at

involved and support the cause. I promise

the El Paso Country Club and

your life will change the day you see a child’s

edical professionals see the

high. More and more doctors are incorporating a wish into the treatment process. Wishes are a catalyst for



wish revealed and fulfilled.”

hope—they reunite families and give a child

featured dinner, live music, a live auction

something to look forward to and think

and extremely inspiring stories from local

about while enduring the unthinkable. But,

wish kids. At these events, not only are the

And that’s why Lowenfield and the entire

funding drives the pace at which wishes

attendees vital in being able to raise money,

Casa family are continually such dedicated

are granted. So how does Make-A-Wish

but the sponsors committed to the Make-A-

supporters of Make-A-Wish events.

raise the necessary funds to be able to

Wish mission are integral as well. “Wish Night gives you an opportunity to

grant life-changing wishes? Well, there are the wonderful donors who are crucial to the

Justin Lowenfield, Dealer Principal of Casa






organization and help make wishes come to

Ford Lincoln, has seen the impact wishes

provides to these amazing children and their

life. There are also fundraisers and givebacks

have so much so that Casa has been the title

families. It will leave you encouraged and

held to help raise awareness and funds for

sponsor for Wish Night and other Make-A-

inspired to support and pursue a cause that can

Make-A-Wish. And then there are the events.

Wish events for over six years.

change a child’s outlook on their circumstances and continue to fight the good fight.”

Have you ever attended a signature Make-AWish event? There are two held right here

“The number one thing that has inspired the

in El Paso each year—Wish Night and Walk

Casa family and myself to be so dedicated

Without events, Make-A-Wish would not be

For Wishes.

to Make-A-Wish has been seeing the smile

able to raise necessary funds to grant local

Make-A-Wish community

of a child fighting for their lives,” Lowenfield

wishes. Without the sponsors, volunteers,





said. “The joy wishes bring to those children

donors and attendees, these events would




and the impact it makes on our people is

not survive.

the power of a wish and raising money to

what keeps us so dedicated to the cause.” With Wish Night 2018 now in the rearview

help ensure every eligible child has a wish to count on. Through the program, wish

But Lowenfield knows it’s not just smiles

mirror, we’re excited to announce that the

kids and families share their experiences

these wishes provide.

date for Walk For Wishes, the other local Make-A-Wish signature event here in El Paso,

and oftentimes reveal how their wish has “Behind that smile is hope,” he continued.

is set for Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the

“That is what Make-A-Wish does by granting

Fountains at Farrah! We can’t wait to see you

life-changing wishes for the child and the

there. Thank you for your support of Make-A-

September 8, and was it unforgettable or

family. They provide a sense of hope that

Wish and for helping to be the turning point

what? If you were there, you know what

transcends logic and encourages a child to

for children battling critical illnesses.

changed their life. Wish Night 2018 was held recently on


M a k e - A - W i s h E l PA S O

October, 2018

Make-A-Wish Gala

The stars of at El Paso Country Club | September 8th | Photos by: JENN MĂ RQUEZ |


October, 2018



On September 6, we enjoyed the

stunning surroundings at the El Paso Museum of Art as we unveiled our


“art” issue. It was a beautiful venue for a beautiful crowd! | Photos by: JENN MÁRQUEZ |




October 2018

October 2018

The City Calendar


5th Annual Foto Frontera ::: October 1-26

9:00a.m.-6:00 p.m. La Fe Culture and Technology Center Galería Aztlan The Foto Frontera Visual Stills Invitational Photography Exhibition is held every year in celebration of Chicano Heritage Month. Come admire the works of select USMexico Border photographers. Admission: Free Info:

El Paso Downtown Street Fest ::: October 5-6

4:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Civic Center Plaza El Paso’s annual Downtown Street Fest returns with car exhibitions, food, art shows and live music. Admission: $35+ Info:



El Paso Chopin Music Festival ::: October 1-21

7:30 PM Chamizal National Memorial Theatre Catch the classical festival featuring pianists from all over the world as they play the music of Chopin at the beautiful Chamizal Theatre. Admission: Free Info:


Check website for show times. El Paso County Coliseum Five Disney princesses are headed to the County Coliseum to embark on a magical journey. Moana, Elsa, Anna, Belle, Rapunzel and Cinderella will discover their inner heroes on the ice with the help of Mickey Mouse and his friends. Admission: $22+ Info:

Chalk the Block

::: October 12-24

10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Downtown El Paso Coming back for its 10th year, Chalk the Block has become the largest three-day arts festival in the Southwest region. About 200 local, national and international artists are set to participate in the festival which spans throughout all of downtown El Paso. Admission: Free Info:


Trigeminal Neuralgia Warriors Race ::: October 7

4:00 - 6:00 PM Ascarate Park Support El Paso’s Trigeminal Neuralgia Warriors by participating in their 5K run and 1 mile run. Build a team and come help raise funds for the warriors. Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve in the face. There will be music, booths, refreshments and trophies will be awarded to the largest team. Admission: $20 Info:

Way Out West Fest

::: October 13

5:00 p.m. Southwest University Park The third annual Country Music Festival is back! This year Lee Brice is set to headline the festival which will also feature a Margarita contest and a Chili challenge. Admission: $25+ Info:



Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream ::: October 3-7




UTEP Dinner Theatre: Young Frankenstein ::: October 12-28

1:30 PM UTEP Dinner Theatre The UTEP Dinner Theatre will be opening the season with “Young Frankenstein,” a comedy-musical adapted from Mel Brooks’ movie of the same name. There will be both dinner and no dinner matinee shows. Admission: $19.50+ Info:

Los Temerarios

::: October 13

8:30 PM Plaza Theatre Mexican group, Los Temerarios head to the Plaza Theatre for their international tour. The family group is known for their romantic Spanish music. Admission: $49 Info:

October 2018



Gipsy Kings by Andres Reyes ::: October 27

The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show

::: October 13

6:00 - 9:00 PM Holiday Inn Sunland Park West El Paso Catch the interactive comedic mystery dinner show while its in town. Throughout the night you will gather clues to solve the murder mystery. Admission: $60 Info:


8:00 PM Plaza Theatre Gipsy Kings, known for their blend of traditional Flamenco and Western Pop and Latin rhythms, will be stopping by the Plaza Theatre with special guests Chico Castillo and Mario Reyes. Admission: $59 Info:


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer ::: October 20

9:00 AM Burges High School The American Cancer Society hosts the annual walk against breast cancer in front of Burges High School. Everyone is welcome to register and join the walk. Admission: Free - Donations accepted Info:

Franco Escamilla

::: October 28

7:00 PM Plaza Theatre Comedian Franco Escamilla, known for his sarcasm will be stopping by the borderland as a part of his R.P.M. tour. Admission: $39 Info:


Last Thursdays El Paso ::: October 25

6:00-11:00 p.m. San Jacinto Plaza Walk downtown and enjoy this monthly event that highlights downtown arts, culture and entertainment while experiencing the diversity of Downtown El Paso’s arts scene. Guided tours are available Admission: Free Info:


August, 2018



Anson 11 $$-$$$

Park Tavern

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 you’ve ever had and enjoy the saloon.

$$$ - High Priced $$$$ - Exquisite Dining Party/Private Room - PR Happy Hour - H

To highlight your local restaurant in The City Local Eats email:

WESTSIDE August, 2018

Mi Piaci





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 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 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 125 an ocean away. O, PR



The Kitchen

August, 2018

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






150 W. Castellano Drive Ste. D | (915) 229-6674

5860 N. Mesa St. Suite 130 | (915) 307-3346

Nosh creates delicious, freshly made, craft salads & prepared food items. A

Gusto is El Paso’s newest and most unique restaurant on the west

sustainable, fresh and fun concept, NOSH focuses on providing El Paso with

side. It features international cuisine that blends European with Latin-

healthy and delicious meals. Whether you’re on a specific diet or not, Nosh has

American flavors. Gusto will transport you to a different place with

something wholesome for you - including vegan, vegetarian, keto and paleo

a totally new taste experience. Enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks in a

options. P

modern environment. PR


Cattleman’s Steakhouse


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 126

bringing his Cajun home-style cooking from New Orleans, the 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

August, 2018

Natassia Paloma

Daniel Marin

Weekdays at 6 p.m.

Sandra Ramirez

Alejandra Briones

Weekdays from 5 a.m. - 7 a.m.

Monica Cortez


October, 2018

october Advertiser INDEX Alzheimer’s Association.................................................Pg. 69

Mesa Street Grill............................................................Pg. 27

Benjamin Law Firm.........................................................Pg.31

Mix/Milan Salon & Day Spa...........................................Pg. 81

Casa Buenavista........................................................ Pgs. 6, 7

Nicholas Reyes Hair Salon.............................................Pg. 43

Cumbre & Toltec Railroad..............................................Pg. 89

Ortho El Paso...............................................................Pg. 109

Edge of Texas................................................................Pg. 33

Pacifica Homes..............................................................Pg. 63

El Paso Behavioral Health System.................................Pg. 88

Park Tavern..................................................................Pg. 129

El Paso Fashion Week...................................................Pg. 71


El Paso Rhinos.............................................................Pg. 113

Southwest Plastic Surgery............................................Pg. 15

El Paso Spine Center.....................................................Pg. 79

Southwest University at El Paso............................... Pgs. 2, 3

El Paso Wine Fest.........................................................Pg. 17

Spectrum Technologies...............................................Pg. 103

Elyse Simons Beauty...................................................Pg. 102

Sugar Skull Fashion Boutique........................................Pg. 51

Farmers Insurance..........................................................Pg.41

Sun City Orthopaedic & Hand Surgery Specialists........Pg. 26

FPI Management...........................................................Pg. 91

Table Occasions............................................................Pg.102

GECU.................................................................... Inside Front

The Black Orchid Lounge.............................................Pg.105

Grace the Psychic Lady.................................................Pg. 33

The Hospitals of Providence................................ Pgs. 11, 116

Hotel Indigo...................................................................Pg. 97

The Italian Kitchen West................................................Pg. 41

Humane Society of El Paso...........................................Pg. 94

The State Line...............................................................Pg. 25

Indicium Display Network.................................... Pgs. 16, 108

United Blood Services.................................................Pg. 111

InVogue Rejuvenation....................................................Pg. 73

Vanities Jewelry & Gifts, Inc............................................Pg. 1

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino.................Pg. 9

Walgreens................................................................. Pgs. 4, 5

Institute Regenerative Medicine...................................Pg. 25

Wallflower.....................................................................Pg. 29

Intraceuticals.................................................................Pg. 34

Westend Hair Company & Day Spa...............................Pg. 75

Junior League of El Paso...............................................Pg. 65

Workforce Solutions Borderplex....................................Pg. 95

KTSM...........................................................................Pg. 127

Wyatt Underwood Trial Lawyers...................................Pg. 85

Lucchese Boots.............................................................Pg. 24


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